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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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.


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. 


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.


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

#GrittyBC #GBC

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. 


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

EPISODE 269: Getting Elk Calling Instruction From Jason Phelps

August 9, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen I hang out at xXx Archery in Rainier Oregon with good friend, Jason Phelps. I asked Jason to give me some elk calling lessons and decided we might as well throw on the headsets. I hope you find this information valuable and good luck on your hunts. 

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EPISODE   99: Phelps' Elk Nuggets #1
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EPISODE 105: Phelps' Elk Nuggets #3
EPISODE 115: Phelps' Elk Nuggets #4
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EPISODE 268: Why Llamas Are The New Mule with Mark Livesay

August 9, 2017
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This is an Audio Only podcast. We decided to go ahead and publish it for our listeners as a courtesy. We hope you like it. On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk with my friend Mark Livesay of Treeline Pursuits. I first met Mark at the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Rendezvous in Missoula, Montana. On this podcast we talk about hunting with Llamas; Mark's new obsession. Check it out. It's good stuff. You can follow Mark on social media @treeline_pursuits on instagram or Treeline Pursuits on Facebook. 

EPISODE 267: Drawing Lines in the Sand; Tech & Hunting

August 2, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we meet with Brandon Bates, Casey Harbertson and Brian Brian McElrea to talk technology and hunting. 

EPISODE 266: Corey Jacobsen, The Perfect Season; Filming “The Linguists”

August 2, 2017

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we hear from Elk Calling Champion, Corey Jacobsen of Elk101.com. Corey shares their story of making the film, "The Linguists". This is an audio only podcast. 

EPISODE 265: Hanging Out with Friends Chad Mendes and Luke Caudillo

July 25, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk with MMA fighter, Chad Mendes and former MMA fighter, Luke Caudillo. This podcast is just a bunch of guys hanging out and having a good time. Aron and Luke go way back and they like to talk smack. It's funny stuff. 

EPISODE 264: Body Movement Myths, Overtraining & Injury Prevention with Chris Spealler

July 21, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we meet with CrossFit Games Athlete, Chris Spealler. Chris recently qualified for the 2017 games in the newly formed 35-39 year-old Masters Level Men’s competition. We at Gritty Bowmen will be rooting for him in August!

Chris and I discuss exercise myths, his experience with over training and how to prevent injury and still maintain your fitness if you are working through an injury.

Chris is a former college wrestler from a family of standout athletes, Chris Spealler quickly became one of CrossFit’s leading ambassadors, impressing and inspiring newcomers to the sport with his underdog spirit, unequaled work ethic, and warm personality. A competitor at the very first CrossFit Games in 2007. He was the only performer from the ’07 Games who was also in the 2014 games.

Spealler continues to train and coach at CrossFit Park City in Utah, where he lives with his wife Sarah and their two children.

Chris has just started his own podcast called Icon Athlete Podcast. If you want to learn more about fitness or just like Chris Spealler, do me a favor, and go and subscribe to his podcast. Check it out!

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EPISODE 263: Improve Your Shooting with Aron Snyder

July 18, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen Aron Snyder talks about how to improve your shooting. Brian and Aron also talk about some of the recent events, like the Total Archery Challenge in Snowbird and The Alpha Bowhunting Challenge. 

Previous Gritty Bowmen Episodes mentioned in this podcast:
EPISODE 86 : The Arrow Podcast with Cory Miller
EPISODE 152: Aron Snyder's Shot Process For Compound & Traditional
Episode 153: Iron Mind Hunting with Joel Turner
EPISODE 197: ARROWS with Aron Snyder 
EPISODE 262: Controlled Process Shooting with Joel Turner

EPISODE 262: Controlled Process Shooting with Joel Turner

July 18, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we meet with Joel Turner of ironmindhunting.com. Joel has been teaching how to execute the shot through a controlled process at his clinics and his online course. For more information visit his website or checkout Gritty Bowmen Episode 153: Iron Mind Hunting with Joel Turner. 

EPISODE 261: How to Rock a Relationship with Rockhouse Motion

July 13, 2017
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Hello folks, on this episode of Gritty Bowmen I was able to hang out with my friends from Rockhouse motion--Aaron Hitchins, Dustin Lutt and Logan Ross. Sometimes you meet someone who’s work you’ve admired. Or an individual you’ved looked up to because of the message they’ve shared or the principles they stand for. And so in your mind you’ve built them up into something special--and then you meet them and you’re utterly disappointed. They’re not who you thought they were and you feel totally let down. BUT, then there’s the opposite… you meet that person and they’re even cooler than you expected. They’re a breath of fresh air and you feel fortunate to have met them. Well… that’s how I feel about Rockhouse Motion--they’re remarkably talented, quirky, creative, deep-thinking, down-to-earth folks that I feel blessed to know. On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk about Logan’s hunting season--being a new hunter who has never killed an animal; we talk about her thoughts and experiences from this past season. Dustin shares his thoughts on having a wife how hunts. And we learn a little more about the stark differences in personality between Dustin and Aaron and how they hunt differently. This is a late night conversation in a hotel room after pulling some long days at the ATA Show earlier this year. I thoroughly enjoy these late-night conversations with excellent people. Sit in and take a listen. And if you haven’t seen their films or are not familiar with their work, go check out the film, Beyond The Roar ; you’ll be glad you did.

EPISODE 260: Finding Purpose with Jana Waller and Jim Kinsey

July 6, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we meet with Jana Waller & Jim Kinsey of Skullbound TV. We talk about how they met and fell in love and how they began Skullbound TV. Jana and Jim are two very down-to-earth people that love what they do and share a passion for hunting, conservation and working with wounded veterans.


June 29, 2017
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Hello friends, on EPISODE 251 of the Gritty Bowmen podcast we had the pleasure of hanging out with my friends Ryan and Hillary Lampers from the Hunt Harvest Health podcast to talk testosterone, gut health, diet and more. That same evening, Ryan and Hillary joined me in a discussion with my good friend, and backcountry food aficionado, Heather Kelly, the maker of Heather’s Choice Backcountry Meals. The 4 of us nerd-out on backcountry food and discuss our shared passion for good eating in the backcountry. Heather is a nutrition expert in her own right and she spares no expense in the creation of her backcountry meals and it shows in her products. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to interview both Heather Kelly and Ryan and Hillary all together on the same AWESOME episode of Gritty Bowmen. Check it out! If you like this episode and you want more like it, let Heather and Hillary and Ryan know how you feel. I hope this episode gets you excited to try some of Heather’s products and to start experimenting with some of your own meals at home.

EPISODE 258: Are You Misplaced or Lost? with Frank the Tank

June 28, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk with good friend and Head of Customer Support at Kifaru International, Frank (TortLife) Peralta. Frank and Aron talk about their latest hike in Colorado. They talk about navigation, fishing, survival, gear, shelters, cooking as well as manliness, mental toughness and how it can sometimes backfire on you if you're not careful. It's gritty.  

Gear Mentioned in this podcast:

Kifaru Sawtooth

Hilleberg Anjan GT 2 

Hilleberg Soulo

Fishing Gear:

Panther Martin

Pistol Pete

Daiwa 4 piece ultra light reel

ShakespearePole #Walmart Special

Abu Garcia Reel

Torpedo bobber

Blue fox spinner

rooster tails

cast masters

bead headed brassies

bead headed princes

copper johns

Traeger Grill seasoning


REI quarter dome tent

Kifaru Sawtooth

Hillaberg Staika

Primus Micron Lantern


MSR Aquatabs

Gravedigger Broadhead

Amy’s Clothing:
Fanatic Hoodie Sitka

Lightweight Core Crew Sitka

Timberline Pants

Prana Halle Pants

Timberline Jacket

Aron’s Clothing:

Core Medium Weight Sitka

Fanatic Hoodie Sitka

Kuhl Renegade Pants

Sitka Ascent Pants

Jetstream Beanie


Slick Bags 20 degree Regular Length, Wide

Quilt Long Wide 

Kifaru Lost Park Parka

Kifaru Woobie


EPISODE 257: Communication Devices For The Backcountry with Aron Snyder

June 23, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk about communication devices. Aron talks about some of the different types of communication for different situations. The times they've been used in the field and his dealings with Delorme.

Gear mentioned in this podcast: 

Iridium GO 

DeLorme InReach 

SPOT device 

Global Star 9505A  

Garmin Rhino 650

Garmin Wristwatch GPS 401 foretrex


June 20, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk with my good friend Duane, The Rock, Sessions and his brother Wes Sessions. Wes shot the Montana State Record Non-typical Bull Elk this year, on PUBLIC LAND. This episode will make you feel like you're sitting around the campfire swapping hunting stories. It's good stuff. 

EPISODE 255: Are You Tough Enough? Physical Conditioning & The Mental Game

June 18, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we hang with my good friend, Train To Hunt Champion, bowhunting phenom and archer extraordinnaire, Phil Mendoza. AKA Backcountry Bowhunting Cholo. AND we hang with my Trash Talking, hyper-fit, Crossfit buddy, Shanely Brezen and my friend, veritable strongman, Brian Horton. Phil Mendoza owns No Limits Archery in Denver, CO and is the Director and owner of Alpha Bowhunting and the Alpha Bowhunting Challenge. And Shanely and Brian direct and operate Fit4TheHunt. On this podcast we talk fitness and hunting, we talk about mental toughness--how to develop it and whether you’re just born with it or not. It’s good stuff--it’s got me striving to dig deeper and push harder when things get tough. But before we dive into this show, allow me to present a quick backcountry hunting tip from the Backcountry, Bowhunting Cholo, also known as Phil, Big Sexy, Mendoza.

Mentioned in this podcast:
Episode 24: Phil Mendoza - Trophy Country Big Horn Part 1
Episode 30: Phil Mendoza - Trophy Country Big Horn Part 2
Episode 43: Train to What? Hunt! with Phil Mendoza

EPISODE 254: What’s in Aron’s Archery Tool Kit?

June 15, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen Aron goes over his Archery Tool Kit. 

Gear List:
Extra “D” loop material 
Allen Wrenches (depending on how far packing in)
2-Gorilla Glue or Locktite 
levels (doesn’t always pack these)
extra nocks (3 minimum)
extra inserts 
field tips
Big tube of glue  (leave in my truck)
Bowstring Wax Scorpion Venom  (leave in my truck)
Halo Serving 5-10ft in my pack (Leave the roll in my truck)

EPISODE 253: What’s in Aron’s Possibles Pouch?

June 12, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen Aron Snyder goes over the gear in  his "Possibles Pouch". 

Gear list: 
Medium or Large Kifaru Pull Out
Steripen Classic
Small ziplock with:
Disinfecting wipes
alcohol wipes
big band aids

Waterproof Cell phone E Case
MSR Aquatabs
Gore tex patch kit
alcohol wipes for the patch kit
Seam Grip Gore Tex Gear Aid
Seam Grip Sealer & Adhesive
Adhesive Knit 2nd Skin Spenco
Sleep Aids
Petzl elite headlamp with batteries
extra blades for Tyto knife
Mantles for Primus Lantern
Gear Aid Tenacious Tape
Duct tape
Compressed gauzesingle use 6 play cotton white

Pill case
migraine pills

Small ziplock with:
fire starter kit
trioxane tabs
waterproof match kit

Headlamp Black Diamond 250 lumens Touch side
Zip Ties
reflective paracord 2.1mm - 50 ft.
Garmin 401 foretrex
Suunto M9 compass
Backup batteries for headlamp

Tyto knife
Esee Izula 
Fizz Endurolytes from Hammer
Leuko Tape
Ferro Rod


June 9, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk with Tim Burnett of SOLO HNTR. Tim talks about solo hunting safety and what you should avoid while hunting solo and the things you can do to help yourself stay out there longer.  We also talk about some of the gear he uses, his sleeping system and what sleep aids are doing to your body.  

Gear mentioned in this podcast:
Thermarest NeoAir
Therm-a-rest LuxuryLite Ultralite Cot
DeLorme InReach
Adventure Medical Kits - Survival Medic

Trioxane tablets
Spot Sat Phone
Meridian SAT phone

Books/Podcasts mentioned in this podcast:

1 Quick Way To Naturually Increase Testosterone: Sleep w/ Dr. Kirk Parsley – EPISODE 113
What is Melatonin?
SouthCox Full Draw Full Time Podcast Bear Attack
Aron Ralston Story - Between a Rock and a Hard Place