EPISODE 324: Iron Will Broadheads with Bill Vanderheyden

February 23, 2018
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen I sit down with Bill Vanderheyden of Iron Will Outfitters. Bill is a mechanical engineer by trade. When he finally got the opportunity to shoot a nice bull the broadhead he was using failed him. It just didn’t penetrate but a few inches. He resolved to make a better broadhead.

 

Photo Credit: Ironwilloutfitters.com 

EPISODE 323: BLACK EAGLE ARROWS WITH RANDY “BLACK EAGLE” KITTS

February 23, 2018
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen I sit down with Randy Kitts of Black Eagle Arrows. 

EPISODE 322: GARMIN XERO TESTERS, RESULTS & OPINIONS

February 21, 2018
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen I sit down with Emily Kantner, Morgan Mason and Lucas Cooney of Archery Talk and review our experience with the Garmin Xero Sight. 

Emily Kantner @emmycolekanner

Morgan Mason @mtnmorgan

gearjunkie.com/hunt

Lucas Cooney @ArcheryTalk  

EPISODE 321: Garmin Xero Sight with Garmin Engineering

February 21, 2018
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen I sit down with Ted Gartner and Chad VanCamp to talk about the new Garmin Xero sight. 

EPISODE 320: Coatimundi & Coues Deer Hunting with Jonathan O’Dell & Sam Soholt

February 21, 2018
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen I sit down with Jonathan O’Dell, Small Game Biologist for the Arizona Game and Fish Department and Sam Soholt, Professional Photographer (a.k.a. the guy who bought a school bus). This is the first installment of a series of episodes I made during my hunt with Randy Newberg, in Southern Arizona.  Southern Arizona is AWESOME! It feels exotic, but you’re right here in the good ole’ US of A. Arizona is the convergence of all four North American Deserts which makes for the highest amount of biological diversity in North America. We discuss my Coatimundi attack, Sandhill Cranes (and how it’s my new favorite meat), Giant Jack Rabbits, Javelina, Quail, Waterfowl, and more. We talk about hunting seasons, the cost and how you really should be bringing your kids to Arizona to hunt. 

EPISODE 319: Why Do You Hunt? with Adam Janke

February 19, 2018
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Is there something in our DNA that is most self-actualized when we are hunting? And if so, what is it? I would argue that there are few activities on this planet that cause the human being to enter the “present moment” with more force and completeness than in that moment of truth just before we take an animal’s life. And hunting is more than that--there’s something spiritual in the harvest of an animal’s flesh and bone so that we may live--and not only live but so that we may thrive. Discomfort; frozen hands and feet, sleeping on the ground, hiking countless miles, denying the negative voices in your head, schooling your adrenaline, overcoming doubts, honing weapons skills; feeling nature--reading animal behavior; predicting the wind--being both predator and prey at the same time; these things awaken ethereal human senses that all-too-often lay dormant in the heart of the modern man. If these things are true, one-dimensional statements like, “I hunt for meat,” do not even scratch the surface for why we do what we do.
Our message needs to evolve; because it’s deep than what we’ve been saying. Today, I visit with my friend, Adam Janke, from The Journal Of Mountain Hunting. It’s always a pleasure to visit with Adam because he’s continually challenging my ideas and preconceived notions. I hope this episode gets you thinking about why you hunt and how you share your story--because everybody has one and how it’s told can make all the difference.

EPISODE 318: Hunting The World with Pedro Ampuero

February 18, 2018
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen I sit down with Pedro Ampuero, Kuiu European Manager of Brand Development and my good friend Tim Burnett, SOLO HNTR. We talk, poison arrows, tracking poachers, The Total Peep sight, Hunting the World and much more. You can follow Pedro @pedroampuerca or @solohntr on Instagram to find out more.

Keywords: Hunting Regs in Spain, Favorite Hunt, Giant Lord Derby Eland Hunting, Poachers, Poison tipped arrows, Monetization of animals, Hunting Tigers with snares, Hunting with Dad, Hunting in Africa - Opportunities - Everyone that goes wants to go back! Mountain Goat Hunting, Types of Release Aids, Total Peep Sight, D-Loop Pliers

EPISODE 317: How to Make a Hunter with Logan Ross & Aaron Hitchins

February 15, 2018
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Hello friends. Today’s episode of Gritty Bowmen is pretty special, I think. My guests are Logan Ross and Aaron Hitchins from Rockhouse Motion. The first time I met Aaron and Logan I instantly liked them. Logan is, perhaps, one of the kindest and most thoughtful human beings I’ve ever met. And Aaron Hitchins has a sharp wit that reveals a deeply intelligent mind. To me, Logan is as conscientious as a person can be--a human trait that I deeply admire. While Aaron is the counterweight in their relationship; providing constancy, realism, and acceptance for what is. A year ago, Logan told us her story. She was new to hunting--even opposed to hunting before she met Aaron. But then… she learned about hunting; Logan has always been conscientious about where her food came from--and with that as a foundation, she embarked on a bowhunting journey with Aaron. Bowhunting is HARD. And Logan failed at it despite her best efforts. At the end of the 2016 hunting season--Logan still could not answer the question, “can I kill an animal--and if I do, will I be okay with it?”

Well... the 2017 hunting season has come to a close… and Logan is ready to answer to those questions. I hope this episode inspires you like it inspires me… to be a better person. To be more conscientious in how I hunt and live. Please take the time to invite your non-hunting friends and family to listen to Logan’s story. Because it matters--it’s the oft-unspoken side of the hunter’s heart and soul

Photo Credit: @matt_white_rockhouse

EPISODE 316: Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say with Ben O’Brien

February 15, 2018
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Hello friends. Today on Gritty, my guest is Ben O’brien, Hunting Marketing Manager at YETI Coolers and previously, the Executive Editor at Petersen’s Bowhunting. AND, something I’m excited about… Ben has launched his own podcast called, The Hunting Collective. Ben seems older to me than his young age suggests… He’s a young chap with an old soul. What I like most about Benny--he’s not afraid to speak his mind; even when it’s not popular. At the same time--Ben doesn’t think he’s got all the answers--he’s a man open to new ideas and I like that about him. 

Recently, Ben took a poll on Instagram. The poll asked, “should hunters get rid of the grip and grin pic?” As you can imagine, this question sparked some serious debate. And naturally, I had to ask Ben about it on the podcast. It’s okay, because Ben’s a deep thinker--he can get all philosophical on you--in a good way. He’s been some places--seen some things. He’s not naive to the broad world outside of hunting. It’s his job at YETI to make sure that hunting is represented in a positive light. 

In today’s modern world, we all have a voice. How do we use it? Join us as we explore this topic and more on today’s Gritty Bowmen podcast. 

“Never underestimate the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us. - Wilma Rudolph

EPISODE 315: Stress; The Silent Killer with Doctor Hillary Lampers Part 2

February 7, 2018
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PART TWO-
Today on Gritty, we talk about an insidious, silent killer; a life-sucking force that people naively and foolishly welcome into their lives. A life-wrecking force that the fast-changing modern age has thrust upon the modern human mind. This insidious killer is STRESS. Today, I’m joined by the deep-thinking, intense and amazing, Doctor Hillary Lampers. She explains stress in clinical and colloquial terms. She talks about how our bodies and brains are all that we really have and how we should treat them. Human beings have evolved to thrive under stress--we need stress. But today’s modern stress is different--it’s a different animal from the kind of stress human beings NEED. Find out the difference and more about how to live “better” on today’s episode. You can learn more from Doctor Hillary’s website at HuntHarvestHealth.com.

GRITTY BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS PODCAST:

The Millionaire Next Door, The Millionaire Mind by Thomas J. Stanley, The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey, Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? by Peter Walsh, It's All Too Much by Peter Walsh, The 4-hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss, Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk, Why Zebra’s Don’t Get Ulcers by Robert Sapolsky, Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin, Walden by Henry David Thoreau

EPISODE 314: Stress; The Silent Killer with Doctor Hillary Lampers

February 6, 2018
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Today on Gritty, we talk about an insidious, silent killer; a life-sucking force that people naively and foolishly welcome into their lives. A life-wrecking force that the fast-changing modern age has thrust upon the modern human mind. This insidious killer is STRESS. Today, I’m joined by the deep-thinking, intense and amazing, Doctor Hillary Lampers. She explains stress in clinical and colloquial terms. She talks about how our bodies and brains are all that we really have and how we should treat them. Human beings have evolved to thrive under stress--we need stress. But today’s modern stress is different--it’s a different animal from the kind of stress human beings NEED. Find out the difference and more about how to live “better” on today’s episode. You can learn more from Doctor Hillary’s website at HuntHarvestHealth.com.

GRITTY BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS PODCAST:

The Millionaire Next Door, The Millionaire Mind by Thomas J. Stanley, The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey, Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? by Peter Walsh, It's All Too Much by Peter Walsh, The 4-hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss, Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk, Why Zebra’s Don’t Get Ulcers by Robert Sapolsky, Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin, Walden by Henry David Thoreau

 

 

EPISODE 313: Donnie Vincent, Driven By Nature, Proud To Be A Hunter

February 1, 2018
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Today on Gritty Bowmen we hang out with friend Donnie Vincent. I could sit an listen to Donnie tell stories for hours. He’s an explorer, biologist, conservationist, and sportsman. And a gifted weaver of adventurous tales in wild and remote places. When Donnie’s storytelling transcends the spoken word and comes to life in the form of cinematic film--it’s incredible. His films change hearts and minds. And films like, “Who We Are,” “The River’s Divide,” and “Terra Nova,” have permanently changed how I view the world and the hunt. So sit back and enjoy the show. And then, if you haven’t already, support Donnie by getting his film’s at www.donnievincent.com.

Those who know me, know that I love a good hunting story. And I’m no Donnie Vincent but Gritty Bowmen has its own brand of filmmaking--it’s kinda Gritty… it’s a bit unpolished, it usually has a few smart-aleck comments, some shaky footage, some adventure and it reminds you of the hunts you go on with your buddies.

So with that preamble, I have an announcement to make. On Thursday, February 8th at the Western Hunt Expo in Salt Lake City, I’ll be showing my latest Gritty film on the big screen. And it’s not just my film that’ll be showing, my good friend Cole Kramer will also be featuring his YETI film from Nepal that night as well. There will be Gritty Bingo, Prizes, Raffles, Giveaways and much more! My good friends at Sitka Gear, YETI, HOYT, MTN OPS, and Leupold Optics are helping to make this event a fun one! Raffle proceeds go to the Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance.

Please, if you want to support Gritty and you’re coming to the Western Hunt Expo, please go to www.mtnops.com/gritty and get tickets now.

Please spread the word--invite your friends and family, and come see what a Gritty Movie Night is all about.

Here’s a 30-second trailer for the film--check it out.

 

EPISODE 312: Wife, Mother, Hunter; Finding Balance with Eva Shockey

January 30, 2018
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we sit down at the ATA show with Eva Shockey-Brent. Eva became a Mother about a year ago and we discuss the delicate balance of motherhood, hunting and marriage. What it's like to travel on an airplane with a baby and  her new book "Taking Aim". 

EPISODE 311: The Evolution of a Hunter with Tim Burnett, SOLO HNTR

January 26, 2018
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Hey friends! Today on Gritty I’m hanging with my good buddy Tim Burnett--the SOLO HNTR brand OG. We recorded this podcast at my house after returning from our Oklahoma Whitetail hunt. Tim is one of my favorite people to hang out with. He’s gonna have fun, but he’s not gonna talk your ear off--in fact, you kinda have to drag words out of him. So it was not a surprise to me when I found out that Tim created a podcast for the SOLO NATION with more than 15 recorded episodes and I didn’t know about it. I’m all about more SOLO HNTR. If you’re like me, go and subscribe to the SOLO HNTR podcast and get some! 

So here it is… a final Oklahoma Whitetail podcast recording session with Mr. SOLO himself, before he road off into the sunset in the aged and crippled Solorado. 

EPISODE 310: Hunt The Experience with Jason Price & Dallas Hemeyer

January 26, 2018
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On today's podcast I sit down with Jason Price & Dallas Hemeyer of Hunt The Experience. The guys share some harrowing experiences flying on bush planes and more than one near death experience. They talk about their mission to share "The Experience" of hunting, rather than focusing on a hunter. They share how hunting all over the world has changed their perspective on life and how happiness doesn't come from having more stuff. 
You can find them on social media here:
YouTube The Experience
Facebook The Experience
Instagram
@hunttheexperience
@DallasHemeyer
@mjasonprice

EPISODE 309: Land of the Free; 50 Days of Elk Hunting with Born & Raised Outdoors

January 25, 2018
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we sit down with my good friends from Born and Raised Outdoors; Trent & Trevor Fisher & Kody Kellom. In this interview we talk about their Land of the Free Elk Hunting Collaboration Project. The project consisted of a video series of 50 days hunting in 5 different states in collaboration with HUSH,  ELK101, PURE ELEVATION, PHELPS GAME CALLS & RYAN CALLAGHAN.  

They showcase public land hunting and issues surrounding land transfers across the Western US. 

They talk about the success of the switch from DVD's to YouTube and how they became more connected with their fan base. 

EPISODE 308: Spot and Stalk Whitetails in the Lone Star State

January 24, 2018
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Today on Gritty, I give you part 2 of the Texas Whitetail hunt--first part is episode 297. A group of us were invited to Sloane’s family ranch in Texas; which includes John Barklow and Chris Derek from Sitka Gear. AND Sloane Brown from Backbone Media. AND my good friend, Casey Harbertson, partner and owner of MTN OPS.

On this episode we switch gears from survival and technical clothing systems to hunting whitetails in Texas. It’s just a group of buddies sitting around the hunting cabin talking about the week’s antics and adventures. 

“There wouldn’t be no Alamo,
No Cowboys in the Superbowl…
No Lonsome Dove, no “Yellow Rose”,
If it wasn’t for Texas. 
-George Strait 

EPISODE 307: Catchin’ Deers, Elks, Fishes & Sheeps

January 22, 2018
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You’ve been out hunting all-day. And you roll into a truck-stop diner. You’re still in your camo duds and the waitress comes over and says, “you been huntin’?” And you say, “ya…” And she says, “did ya catch anything?” And then you laugh a little and you say, “nah, not yet.” But you don’t bother explaining that hunters don’t “catch” deer. This little scenario has played out a million times across the civilized world--it’s a universal experience that nearly every hunter can relate to. Why do people use the word caught? After all, deer huntin’ ain’t fly-fishing--there’s no catch-and-release; deer hunters hunt for keeps. And what’s another thing… my wife still says deers--with an “s.” No matter how many times I tell her that the plural for deer is still just deer she can’t seem to bring herself to drop the “s.” Did you know we also have elks where we live in Colorado?

Well, today’s guests are the boys from Catchin’ Deers. AND TRUST ME, you don’t want to miss this one! These guys are the epitome of what I call “The Hunting Buddy Fraternity.” This podcast consists of a lot of heckling, camaraderie, trash talk, brotherhood, and laughter. My guests are Mike and Bud Fisher, and Austin Casselman. 
We talk about how Catchin’ Deers got started--the many hours of work and in-depth planning that DID NOT go into creating this brand. We talk hockey. We talk hockey retirement; apparently Mike played hockey in the NHL for 17 years and he was kind of a big deal. Look him up--because that’s probably the only way you’re gonna hear about it because Mike doesn’t really talk. But that’s okay, his brother, Bud talks enough for both of them. Austin is currently suffering from Adult Onset Hunting Syndrome--in other words, he’s been newly inducted into the hunting fraternity. Ironically, he’s also the person who asked, “did ya’ll catch anything?” Which pretty much makes him the mastermind, genius behind the Catchin’ Deers brand--no matter what Mike and Bud tell you. 
Enjoy this one! And if you like what you hear, get yourself a Catchin’ Deers hat and shirt. And follow’em on social media--and also, bombard them with useless new ideas for more awesome clothing ideas that’ll keep us laughing. Here’s Catchin’ Deers. 

 

EPISODE 306: John Dudley and Andy Stumpf Under Pressure

January 18, 2018
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Have you ever jumped off a building? Have you been on the US Archery Team or competed in more than 120 professional archery events worldwide? Have you ever been shot at? For that matter, have you ever been shot. Today on Gritty I’m joined by two remarkable human beings. There are few people who can lay claim to the accomplishments that these men have achieved in their respective areas of expertise. My guests today are John Dudley, Professional Archer and passionate bowhunter, and Andy Stumpf, retired Navy Seal and the man who jumps off buildings. 
John Dudley started shooting professionally in 1997 and has competed all over the world. John has 45 Career Top 3 Professional Finishes.
Here are just a few of Johns professional accomplishments: 
APA Rookie of the Year
IBO National Champion (2x)
NABH National Champion
AZ International Gold Medalist
European Grand Prix Gold Medalist
World Field Championship Bronze
In short, John knows how to shoot a bow. And more than that, John has knack for teaching his craft to others.
Andy Stumpf executed hundreds of combat operations throughout the world over his 17-year career in the military. He was medically retired in June of 2013. His awards and decorations include 5 Bronze Star Medals (four with valor). The Purple Heart, The Joint Service Commnedation Medal. The Navy and Marine Corp Commendation Medal with Valor, Three Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medals, Two Combat Action Ribbons, and The Presidential Unit Citation. 
In 2015 he set two world records after jumping from 36,500 feet and flying over 18 miles in a wingsuit in an effort to raise 1 million dollars for the Navy Seal Foundation. 
Okay, there you have it folks—these two gentlemen are unique. Each have excelled in their chosen endeavors. They’re both able to govern their fear, manage their heart rate, and perform under extreme pressure. And we talk about this and much more on today’s podcast. It’s good stuff!
If you like what you hear, do me a favor and support each of these guys by following them on social media and subscribing to their respective podcasts, Nockon-Podcast and Cleared Hot. Enjoy the show!

EPISODE 305: Charged By A Bear; Does Bear Spray Really Work? Ryan Lampers

January 18, 2018
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Have you ever been charged by a bear? Have you ever been forced to use bear spray or a firearm in defense of your life? Well, my good friend Ryan Lampers was charged by a bear while tracking his archery bull elk through the bloody snow. This tale will get  you thinking and could perhaps even save your life someday. After you finish this podcast, do me a favor and go follow Ryan in Instagram at sthealthyhunter. And subscribe to his excellent Hunt Harvest Health podcast! Without further ado, here’s Ryan’s story…

EPISODE 304: Crocodiles & Grizzlies with Cameron Hanes & Adam Greentree

January 18, 2018
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk with Cam Hanes and Adam Greentree at 2018 ATA Show. 

EPISODE 303: Hunting Big Bulls with Ryan Lampers The Sthealthy Hunter

January 18, 2018
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Today on Gritty I am joined by my good friend Ryan Lampers, aka sthealthy hunter AND owner, host, and cohost of the Hunt Harvest Health Podcast. Ryan is a modest, quiet guy who kills mature old animals on public land hunts across the West. Today on Gritty, Ryan shares some of his tactics for elk hunting. I feel like Ryan is a treasure box of useful information just waiting to be opened. Today on Gritty we pluck a few gold nuggets out of his treasure box and the information is worth its weight in gold. I hope Ryan’s stories and tactics help you on your next elk hunt--I know I’ll be putting a few of his strategies to use next season.

EPISODE 301: The Moment of Truth with Phil Mendoza

January 2, 2018
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Today on Gritty, my guest is my good friend Phil Mendoza. I’ve been attending a few of his beginner bowhunter and bow tuning classes at his Denver archery shop--No Limits Archery. If you live in the area and you’re new to archery or just want to learn how to work on your own bow or build your own arrows, checkout Phil’s classes--they’re great. On today’s podcast, Phil and I discuss hunting mistakes--primarily, mistakes made in the final moments of a shot opportunity. Cody Eardley wrote a great article in the January 2018, Bugle Magazine (put out by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation--which you should become a member of if you aren’t already) and the article is titled, Situation Ethics. The article is a good one and it got Phil and I talking about ethics, shot selection and closing the deal in the final moments of a hunt. I enjoy talking to Phil because I always learn. Phil is an extremely talented hunter and archer. He’s a Train To Hunt champion. And he’s owner and mastermind of the Alpha Bowhunting Challenge. And as discussed on an earlier podcast, Phil wrote a mini book titled, “Targeting Buck Fever.” Train to Hunt and The Alpha Bowhunting Challenge are competitive events designed to help hunters hone the ability to make good decisions and good shots at the proverbial “moment of truth” while under extreme pressure. So join Phil and I for a frank and open discussion on mistakes we’ve made, things we’ve learned and our Situation Ethics. Big thanks to Cody Eardley and Bugle Magazine for providing relevant, educative, thought provoking articles like the one we discuss today.

 

 

EPISODE 300: BC Grizzly Hunting Ban with Adam Janke

January 1, 2018
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THIS IS AN AUDIO ONLY PODCAST

Today on Gritty, I am joined by Adam Janke, Editor in Chief, of the Journal of Mountain Hunting, resident of B.C. and the host of the Beyond the Kill podcast. We discuss the issues surrounding the Grizzly Hunting ban in British Columbia and we go deep on the topic. But before I launch into the conversation with Adam I feel it is important to set the stage for the discussion. The topic is not a sexy one--but it’s extremely important. So please hang on and slog your way through it because this stuff matters.

 

 

In August of this year, the left-leaning New Democratic government, propped up by the Green Party, took office in British Columbia in July after ousting the Liberals who had ruled the province for 16 years. A few weeks ago, Doug Donaldson, the province’s minister of forests and lands announced that (quote) “it is abundantly clear that the grizzly hunt is not in line with the public’s values.” Donaldson also said (in an interview with the CBC News) that the level of Grizzly Bear hunting in BC is sustainable. However, Donaldson says the decision to end trophy hunting is “not a matter of numbers, it’s a matter of society has come to the point in B.C. where they are no longer in favour of the grizzly bear trophy hunt.”

 

 

I can’t help but feel deeply disturbed by the government’s decision to ban Grizzly bear hunting and the justifications behind it.

 

 

Make no mistake about it, the Grizzly Bear Ban makes the following statement: “Hunting is immoral.” “You are an evil, dare I say “un-evolved” person if you hunt Grizzly Bears.” And “Hunting grizzly bears is morally reprehensible… we do not need to do this any longer…”

 

 

Please understand that their argument is not based on science or rationale. Their justification for banning Grizzly Bear hunting is solely based on moral reasoning. These people have argued and lost the health, science, and conservation argument. So they changed tactics and made this a debate about right and wrong--about morality. And the truth is, the hunting debate has and always will boil down to one thing… the morality of it. Is hunting moral?  

 

 

The moral argument against hunting is that hunting kills animals unnecessarily. This claim depends on the existence of alternative activities that accomplish hunting’s effects with less or no animal killing. It is said that nutrition does not justify hunting because we have alternative sources of nutrition, namely agriculture and domestic animal production; which does not kill animals or only kills farm animals.

 

 

 

EPISODE 299: Targeting Buck Fever with Phil Mendoza

December 18, 2017
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Today on Gritty, my guest is my good friend Phil Mendoza and our topic is Targeting Buck Fever. Phil is a stud. Period. Not just because he’s an incredible hunter, archer, Train To Hunt champion, owner of Alpha Bowhunting and the Alpha Bowhunting Challenge and not because he’s the owner of the biggest archery shop in Denver; although that resume pretty sick. No, Phil is a stud because of his character. “The best index to a person's character is how he treats people who can't do him any good, and how he treats people who can't fight back.”
― Abigail Van Buren

And that quote about sums up Phil and why I like him so much. He’s been a guest on the podcast before. Early on, when I started the Gritty Bowmen podcast, Phil and Aron Snyder went on an Epic Big Horn Sheep hunt and Aron tells the story on GB EPISODE 24 and 30. More recently, Phil was a guest on episode 255 where he and our friends from Fit 4 The Hunt talked about Physical Conditioning and The Mental Game--those have been popular episodes and if you’ve never listened them, I recommend you check them out.

Phil wrote a booklet, not too long ago, that he titles Targeting Buck Fever. Every hunter, every archer has struggled at one time or another with Buck Fever. The urban dictionary defines buck fever as, “nervousness felt by novice hunters when they first sight game.” Which is absolute rubbish because buck fever can affect both new and experienced hunters. When the stakes are high, when you’re on that once-in-a-lifetime hunt, when it’s the last hour of the last day, when the buck of your dreams presents a last second shot, buck fever can wreck you. So how do you rise to occasion, hold your mud, and crush that shot? Well, that’s the discussion that Phil and I have on today’s podcast. It’s good stuff. Take a listen and if you like what you hear, do me a favor and link up with Phil on his Alpha Bowhunting Instagram and Youtube Channels and checkout his book on Amazon. As always, thanks for tuning in to Gritty and making this show possible.

EPISODE 298: SOLOSPECTION with Tim Burnett

December 14, 2017
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Today on Gritty, I’m on location in Oklahoma with Tim Burnett. We’re on a whitetail hunt in Oklahoma. And I’m trying to self-film my hunt. And… it’s not so easy. Tim shares his philosophy on self-filming. And we stray from the subject of self-filming hunts to the topic of so-called trophy hunting--and the propensity of weak people to fault-find and criticize others to make themselves feel better about their own lives. Because if you can hate on a post about a kid’s first bull elk, you’ve got problems and I’m not afraid to say, “grow-up” and “get a life.” Stop saying things that make you weak. And figure yourself out. Too many people assume the problems of the world are someone else's fault. A true person tries to change him or herself, which is more difficult and less grand. If we all focused on fixing ourselves instead of trying to fix everybody else the world would be a better place. And if you think you don’t have anything to fix--think again. Evil is the force that believes its knowledge is complete. 

The reality is this:

•Everybody acts out a myth,

•but very few people know what their myth is.

•And you should know what your myth is,

•because it might be a tragedy.

• And maybe you don't want it to be.

 

EPISODE 297: “I Will Just Build A Fire;” No You Won’t

December 11, 2017
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Today on Gritty, I’m joined by John Barklow and Chris Derek. John is the Big Game Product Manager at Sitka Gear and Chris is the Whitetail Product Manager at Sitka. AND, I am joined by Sloane Brown from Backbone Media, a public relations, social media and content marketing agency for active lifestyle brands. AND I’m joined by my good friend, Casey Harbertson, partner and owner of MTN OPS.

 

The group of us were invited to Sloane’s family ranch in Texas to hunt whitetails. And although we talk whitetail hunting on an upcoming episode--this episode is more technical in nature--it’s about survival, it’s about managing moisture within your chosen clothing system. It’s about hunter responsibility. It’s about staying gritty in hostile and sometimes deadly conditions. By the end of this episode you should have a better understanding of clothing layering systems and when and why they matter. And, hopefully, as a result of this episode, you’ll be better prepared for surviving an extreme cold disaster. And after this podcast, if you’d like to learn more about A Navy SEAL Rewarming Drill, go to Sitkagear.com and search “Rewarming Drill.”

 

EPISODE 296: Desert Sheep Hunt with SOLO HNTR Tim Burnett

December 10, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen I sit down with SOLO HNTR, Tim Burnett. We talk about our Oklahoma Whitetail hunt, Public Lane Hunting vs. Guided Hunts and Tim shares his most meaningful hunt. 

EPISODE 295: Bowhunting Grizzly Bear; Turns To Bear Charge

December 1, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we are in Canada at Primitive Outfitting. We talk with guide, Ben Jackson and hunter, Clay Reinarz. Clay was fortunate enough to get one of the last Grizzly hunting tags before they closed Grizzly hunting in Canada. He shares the story of his Longbow Grizzly hunt and how things went a little sideways.  Check it out. To learn more about the Canadian Grizzly Ban check out Episodes 282 and 278. 

EPISODE 294: What’s In A Name? Creating A Brand with SOLO HNTR Tim Burnett

November 30, 2017
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Today on Gritty, I am joined by Tim Burnett, aka SOLO HUNTER and we talk about branding, marketing and business. Tim and I are in the business of content creation and so our branding and marketing discussion leans that direction. I really like Tim--he’s got a “what you see is what you get” personality that I find refreshing. And he doesn’t over complicate things--words like, “don’t be a jackass” are pretty easy to comprehend. Nonetheless, in classic fashion, I ask him to elaborate on the “jackass” statement just to be sure I fully understand it. 

I ask Tim how Solo started. What’s the biggest mistake people make when creating a brand name. We talk about our objectives when we create content. And we talk about the importance of good business partners and how you know whether you have a good one or not. We agree that media consumption habits differ greatly from platform to platform, for example., from TV to FB to Instagram to Youtube to Twitter--and people have preferred platforms. We discuss the differences between platforms and we share our thoughts on how our messaging differs from platform to platform.

This isn’t all we talk about, but this intro gives you a good idea of what this show is about. I hope you find this episode helpful. In today’s world, nearly everyone is a content creator of some sort. So I don’t believe this episode is just for those trying to build a brand per se. This episode can help those who are actively involved in promoting the hunting life, conservation and life values. Finally, please know that Tim and I are by no means experts in marketing or content creation--we just know what has worked for us and we share it on this podcast.

For those who want to learn more about these topics, I recommend that you read the following books: 

The Thank You Economy, Crush It, and Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk.
And for those wanting to start a new career and chase a more meaningful job, check-out the book START, by Jon Acuff. In this book, “Jon Explores the five stages every life goes through on the path to awesome and looks at what it takes to punch fear in the face, escape average and do work that matters.”

EPISODE 293: Missing the Shot, Shooting Under Pressure & Reducing the “Cone of Variables” to Enhance Success

November 17, 2017
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On the episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk about missing the shot and reducing the “cone of variables”. Be sure to listen to the previous parts to this episode; Episodes 291 and 292. We are joined by Aron Snyder, Bryan Broderick of Lost Arrow Films, David Brinker of Sitka Gear in Alberta, Canada.

EPISODE 292: Target Panic and Making the Switch From Tradbow to Compound, Alberta Mule Deer

November 17, 2017
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On the episode of Gritty Bowmen we are joined by Aron Snyder, Bryan Broderick of Lost Arrow Films, David Brinker of Sitka Gear in Alberta, Canada. We continue our discussion from the previous episode by talking about David’s recent change from traditional archery to a compound. David has struggled with target panic and since he switched to a hinge release and a compound and followed some of Joel Turner’s advice, he has found success.

EPISODE 291: Mule Deer Hunting with Bryan Broderick, David Brinker & Aron Snyder

November 17, 2017
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On the episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk about our 2017 Mule Deer Hunt in Alberta, Canada. We are joined by Aron Snyder, Bryan Broderick of Lost Arrow Films & David Brinker of Sitka Gear. We begin this discussion by sharing our mule deer stalks and Aron talks Mechanical vs. Fixed Blade Broadheads and Bryan Broderick shares his success with the longbow.

EPISODE 290: Olden Times, Grit & The Way Things Used To Be with Grandpa Joe

November 16, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen I interview my Grandfather, Joe Lane. My Grandfather is nearly 90 years of age and his time on this earth is almost over. Every human being travels the road of life. And in my estimation, the best humans among us are the ones who travel their road with moral fortitude--the best among us are those who love the best they can. I know this might come across as fairytale-ish to some, but I truly believe this to be so.

 

My Grandpa Joe has never been a perfect man. But I can say with certainty that he has always loved; and although that love maybe imperfect, it’s always been at the heart of who he wants and strives to be and he has modeled well for me how a man should love and cherish his wife.  And what higher endeavor can a man aspire to than to love and reduce suffering in the world? There are those in this world who honestly “TRY” to be a good person. And there are those who make no effort at all to be “good.” My grandfather is the former--and for that I am deeply grateful. My Grandpa has always been a prominent figure in my life. He’s always been a strong man. A man of grit and determination. He’s honestly one of the most physically tough human beings I’ve ever met. Growing up during the Great Depression and in a state of abject poverty he was hardened and forever shaped by the rigors of his youth and on this podcast, myself, my sister, Katie and her husband Bryce talk with my Grandfather about his interesting and diverse life. Things aren’t like they used to be. We’ve traded root cellars for refrigerators and horses for cars. We have smart phones and iPads. And very few of us are in danger of starving to death or dying from Scarlet Fever. So take a listen to this long conversation and then stop complaining about the traffic, or your job, or how things aren’t fair because they could be a whole lot worse. In the words of Jordan B. Peterson, “Pick up your damn suffering and bear it. And try to be a good person so you don’t make it worse.” Because, “Since Auschwitz we know what man is capable of. And since Hiroshima we know what is at stake.” 

 

In other words, man is self-determining AND life has meaning. So act like it. Live a life that is intrinsically good and worth remembering.

 

EPISODE 289: Randy Newberg & Gritty Bowmen Converge in Boze-Angeles

November 7, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen, I get to hang out with the one and only Randy Newberg! Randy Newberg identifies himself as a “hunter.” Growing up in a small town in the midwest--Randy spent a lot of time running around on public land hunting and trapping small game. I would say that Randy is the quintessential “Public Land Hunter” and he uses his platforms to advocate for hunters and public access. In addition to representing hunters in Congress and state legislatures, he serves as a volunteer and board member for many hunting and conservation groups. I can honestly say that Randy Newberg is one of my favorite people on the planet. He says what he means and and means what he says. And if you don’t like what he has to say, well then, you’ve mistaken him for someone who gives a damn. Follow Randy on Instagram and facebook and check-out his youtube channel for some good public land hunting films.

EPISODE 285: 2017 ELK HUNT UPDATE 3

September 20, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we give our third update on our 2017 Archery Elk Hunt with A-ron Snyder. We talk Giardia, Navigatioin, Survival, Elk, Sketchy Wind and more. In case you missed the first two updates go check out Episodes 283 & 284. 

EPISODE 284: 2017 ELK HUNT UPDATE 2

September 14, 2017
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Round Two: On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we give an update on our 2017 Archery Elk Hunt with Cousin Ben Morris and A-ron Snyder.

EPISODE 283: 2017 ELK HUNT UPDATE 1

September 13, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we give an update on our 2017 Archery Elk Hunt with Cousin Ben Morris and A-ron Snyder. 

EPISODE 281: Mountain Goat Hunt in British Columbia with Bart Lancaster

September 5, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen Aron Snyder and I share our recent archery mountain goat hunt in British Columbia with Bart Lancaster. 

EPISODE 280: Hunting Blacktail Unicorns with Rihana & Ty Cary

August 29, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen I sit down with Rihana & Ty Cary at the SHOT show in Vegas. I love Blacktail hunting and Rihana shares how she got a monster in 2016. We talk about the Cameron Hanes 5k run and how Ty & Rihana stay motivated to train during the off season. If you haven't seen it, go check out my "Treestand 101" video. It's good stuff. 

EPISODE 279: Wild Game… It’s What’s For Dinner; Cooking with Outdoor Anna Lea

August 28, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we meet with Outdoor Anna Lea. She shares some recipes and why she hunts. You can find her recipes on outdoorannalea.com and follow her in Instagram as outdoorannalea 

EPISODE 278: Grizzly Ban, Trophy Hunting Issues, Antelope & Archery with Aron Snyder

August 25, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk about the recent Grizzly Ban in BC, Archery techniques and Aron's recent antelope hunt. 

EPISODE 277: Which Bino Harness? Bino Harness Review with Aron Snyder

August 24, 2017
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On this Gritty Gear Review we talk Bino Harnesses. We review the Alaska Guide Creations, Marsupial Gear and Sitka Gear Bino Harness. Each one has pros and cons and you'll find out which ones we plan to use for our upcoming hunts. -Stay Gritty 

EPISODE 276: From Anti-Hunter to Hunter with Samantha Reynolds & Michael Barry

August 22, 2017
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I was fortunate to meet Samantha Reynolds and Michael Barry at the @ladieshuntingcamp this summer. As I got to know them I was impressed by their perspective and attitude toward hunting. I felt as though these two individuals embodied the "new hunters" that Shane Mahoney (@conservation_visions) spoke of in the last podcast. Sammy isn't quite sure if she's ready to hunt; but Mike is committed and Samantha supports him. I hope this episode gets you thinking about hunting, why you do it, and how you represent hunters at large.

EPISODE 275: Conservation Matters with Shane Mahoney

August 18, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen I talk with Shane Mahoney. Shane Patrick Mahoney is the President and CEO of Conservation Visions Inc.. A Newfoundland native, he holds both an Honors and a Masters of Science degree in Zoology from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Mahoney has over 30 years experience working primarily as a scientist, wildlife manager, policy innovator and strategic advisor.

Shane is a brilliant and passionate conservationist. And he has been working on a massive project called “The Wild Harvest Initiative.” Shane explains it like this: Safe, healthy food is important to everyone. Every year, some 40 million citizens in the United States and Canada take to the fields, mountains, forests, streams, and lakes, returning with a harvest of wildlife and fish to feed their families and share with friends. Just how much of this natural, organic food do these two nations provide annually, and how valuable is it to our societies? At this point, no one really knows. “It’s time we did know,” said Shane Mahoney, founder and CEO of Conservation Visions, Inc., a private conservation organization focused on building broader coalitions in support of biodiversity and the natural world. “We’ve known for well over a century that conservation of the world’s ecosystems is critical to human well being and that the sustainable use of wild resources brings enormous and unique benefits to human beings everywhere.”

On november 30th of this year, British Columbia says it will no longer allow the trophy hunting of grizzly bears in the Canadian province.

Of the approximately 15,000 grizzlies in British Columbia, about 250 are killed by hunters annually, according to government figures.

Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson characterized that level of hunting as “sustainable” in an interview with the CBC.

However, he says the decision to end trophy hunting is “not a matter of numbers, it’s a matter of society has come to the point in B.C. where they are no longer in favour of the grizzly bear trophy hunt.”

The key word in the above statement is “trophy.” As stated, the population of Grizzly Bears is robust and the harvest rates are sustainable; but regardless of these facts, Grizzly Bear hunting has been banned by the voice of the people. And something that was “legal” is not legal anymore. I’ve been saying this for a long time, legal is not an argument for hunting. As Steven Rinella recently said, “it’s legal for a man to cheat on his wife but nobody believes that makes it okay.”

Why did 90% of the electorate vote against “trophy hunting Grizzly bears?” If you’re a hunter, are you surprised by this vote? Is hunting even a relevant activity in today’s world? Why do people despise trophy hunting? What is trophy hunting? How have hunters in the United States and Canada portrayed hunting in the last 20 to 30 years? What motives and values do we display and promote on our TV Shows and Social Media Outlets? Does it matter? If we send the wrong message, what’s at stake?

These are the sorts of questions that Shane tackles on a regular basis. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to personally visit with Shane and have him as a guest on this podcast.

I hope you listen to this entire podcast and that it causes you to feel an increased measure of concern for wild animals and wild places. For, “hunters of have an inseparable relationship with nature and a responsibility to protect it.”

EPISODE 274: Learning From Elk Hunting with Jason Phelps

August 18, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen I sit down with my good buddy, Jason Phelps of Phelps Game Calls. Jason shares some of his elk hunting experiences and what he's learned along the way.

EPISODE 273: Daniel Boone, A Biography; Gritty Book Club with Ryan Lampers

August 17, 2017
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 On this episode of Gritty Bowmen Sthealthy Hunter, Ryan Lampers and I review the book, "Boone: A Biography" by Robert Morgan. We talk about Daniel Boone's life as he helped bridge the gap of westward expansion in the United States, his love of the frontier and how he felt as it started to become "over populated", how he was captured by Indians and managed to escape, his daughter's capture and much, much more.

If you liked this podcast you may also enjoy our other Gritty Book Club reviews:
EPISODE 196: Extreme Ownership with Corey Jacobsen and Jordan Harbertson
EPISODE 223: Ego Is The Enemy with Corey Jacobsen and Jordan Harbertson

Additional Book Club Suggestions based on this book:
American Serengeti by Dan Flores
The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History by Joseph Marshall
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard

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EPISODE 272: Aron Snyder Talks About Broadheads

August 15, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk broadheads with Aron Snyder. He talks about mechanical vs. fixed blade and pros and cons to both. 

Broadheads reviewed on this podcast: NAP Kill Zone, Grave Digger Cut on Contact, Grave Digger Chisel Tip, Iron Will. 

EPISODE 271: TALKING ARCHERY with Aron Snyder AT BIG SKY TAC

August 11, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen Aron and I talk about our experience at the Total Archery Challenge in Big Sky, Montana. We discuss some exciting new things coming up for Aron, as well as our upcoming 2017 hunting season.

EPISODE 270: KODIAK BROWN BEAR & SHEEP HUNTING with Dustin Roe & Cole Kramer

August 10, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk with Dustin Roe and Cole Kramer at the Sitka Converge in Bozeman, Montana. Dustin and Cole are backpack sheep, moose, bear and mountain goat hunting specialists.They are a wealth of knowledge.  We also talk about Dustin's pack dogs and the pros and cons.  Dustin owns Backcountry BC and Beyond, which is his freelance guide service. Cole owns Kramer Kodiak Guide Service and  Adventure Mountain Hunts.  I hope this episode makes you as excited for hunting season as it does for me. -Stay Gritty