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

EPISODE 251: TESTOSTERONE, GUT HEALTH, SEX, & FOOD with Ryan & Hillary Lampers

June 8, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we meet with Ryan and Hillary Lampers of Hunt, Harvest, Health.

So… about a month back--Aron Snyder hit the big 4-0. And I’m well on my way to 43. We’re not exactly old, but we’re not spring chickens either. We’re fit for two older guys--in fact, we’re in better shape now than we were in our early 30s--and we’re pretty happy about that. But father-time isn’t backing down and it’s more important than ever to live well--both physically and emotionally. And that’s why I’m pleased to have Doctor Hillary Lampers and my good buddy Ryan Lampers, aka Donnie Vincent Lampers, on today’s episode of Gritty Bowmen. Ryan is an absolute stud when it comes to bowhunting public lands. And his wife Hillary is a doctor--but not your regular, everyday, run of the mill doctor that I generally mistrust except in the case of dire emergencies; Hillary is the kind of doctor that actually treats root causes of physical distress instead of simply prescribing drugs to treat symptoms.

Hillary and Ryan started a podcast this past December called Hunt Harvest Health--and I’m so glad they did! I’ve been listening to their podcasts on backcountry meal prep, gardening, testosterone, cortisol and other hormones, gut health and the second brain, hunting and more. This past year has been a whirlwind of life-changing events for me. Admittedly, I’m not as fit or feeling quite as froggy as I did a year ago.

If you’ve got little kids around while you’re listening to this podcast, you may want to revisit this episode when they’re not around. This is a talk about health--it’s not time to be squeamish. We talk about things like poop, S.E.X., how to increase testosterone, love languages, etc. You’ve been warned.

Some of you may be thinking that this “health stuff” is boring or that this medical talk is way too complex--but it’s really not--and I truly believe it is life-changing information. So I encourage you to buck-up and take notes. And when you’re done with this podcast, go subscribe to the HUNT HARVEST HEALTH PODCAST and continue learning how to feed your Temple of Power.

EPISODE 250: Elk Hunting Talk with Corey Jacobsen and MTN OPS

June 8, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we meet with Casey Harbertson of MTN OPS and Corey Jacobsen of Elk101.com They've teamed up to offer you a chance to win an archery hunt in the rugged mountains of Montana. There are TWO WAYS to enter.

Every $5 spent at www.MtnOps.com or at an authorized dealer gets you one entry into the VAULT.

The second way to enter is by purchasing a membership to Elk University http://www.elk101.com/onlinecourse/

Hurry and enter before this promotion ends! Enter now and keep your fingers crossed. September is calling! Deadline July 12th at 12pm 


EPISODE 249: Listener Questions & Backpack-Hunting Tips with Aron Snyder

May 30, 2017

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we answer listener questions and Aron drops some knowledge on backpack hunting. 

EPISODE 248: Backpacking Gear Update with Aron Snyder

May 29, 2017
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 On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we show you EXACTLY what is in our packs WHILE on the mountain. We talk about clothing, stoves, cook stoves, shelters, floor-less shelters, knives, lanterns, headlamps, first aid, fire starter, food, backpacks, fishing tackle, camera gear, sleeping pads and more.

EPISODE 246: Hunting Grizzly with Aron Snyder

May 18, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk about Aron's recent Grizzly and Black Bear hunts with Primitive Outfitting in British Columbia. 

EPISODE 245: Prince of Wales Alaska with Ken Brough

May 17, 2017
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This episode of Gritty Bowmen is coming at you from Whale Pass  on Prince of Wales Island in South East Alaska. Our guest is our friend Ken Brough. Ken is a quiet unassuming guy, but if you spend a little time with him you quickly realize there's more to this man than meets the eye.

He’s an accountant by trade but an adventurer at heart. He’s been to some of the most remote areas of Alaska. He’s hunted brown bear, caribou, goat, and sheep to Sitka blacktail and big coastal black bears that Prince of Wales if famous for. A couple years ago Ken quit his accounting practice  and started a hunting outfit in whale pass on the island. He calls his outfit Prince of Wales Eagle Lodge. We purchased lodging at his place for two weeks. Ken caters to the DIY hunters who want to do everything on their own, as well as those who wish to be catered to. He basically set us up with a  place to sleep, a car to drive and a skiff to cruise the ocean shores with. On this episode we learn more about Ken. The enigmatic accountant/bush pilot. He tells us a few good stories about his adventures and the harrowing adventures of others who have explored Alaska’s wild frontier. Ken shares his knowledge about bears and about POW island and he talks about what drew him to the island. We talk bout the difficulty of judging the bears and the best time to fish the island. It’s good stuff. I hope you enjoy hanging out with this quiet unassuming man as much as we did. If you’re planning a trip to POW island give Ken and his lodge a look. You can find him on instagram @EagleLodgeAlaska. Give him a follow and checkout his website EagleLodgeAlaska.com

EPISODE 244: Muley Slayer 2.0 with Marc Smith

May 14, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we meet with Aron’s long-time friend, Marc Smith, AKA The Muley Slayer. According to Aron, “Marc has killed more things than small pox.” Marc’s main focus is on hunting Mule deer although he is excited to get to hunt Elk this year. We also talk about judging yardage and whether or not it’s ethical to not use a range finder. Checkout Episode 102 to see more backstory of Muley Slayer, Marc Smith. He gives us a glimpse of a less experienced Aron Snyder and how he first cut his teeth on Colorado mule deer. And Aron shares some great stories from their past.

EPISODE 243: Getting Into #ElkShape with DanThe Fitness Man Staton

May 10, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk about fitness with none other than Dan Staton. Dan is the current owner of Crossfit Spokane Valley and helped co-found Train to Hunt with long-time friend Kenton Clairmont. We talk about different fitness programs and whether just throwing on a backpack and hiking up a mountain is enough to get you into #ElkShape. You can follow Dan on his YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/elkshape . or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ElkShape/ or on Instagram @danthefitnessman

EPISODE 242: Wishes For Warriors, Impacting Lives with Bryan Marshall & Erik Galvan

May 6, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we meet with Bryan Marshall, founder of Wishes For Warriors and Erik Galvan a triple amputee and Ambassador for Wishes. These guys are doing stuff that matters and we ALWAYS have a great time when they are on the podcast. Eric talks about the first time he met Bryan on a Tough Mudder course that took them 7 1/2 hours to complete. It’s straight-up inspiring and hilarious at the same time. I really enjoyed this podcast and we love what the Wishes For Warriors organization is doing for our wounded veterans. To learn more about Wishes For Warriors and how you can be a part of it, checkout out Gritty Bowmen episodes 66 & 106 or follow the links below. 


Tough Mudder Erik Galvan, USMC 








EPISODE 241: Valkyrie Broadhead Delivery Systems with Brent Hahn

May 5, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we meet with Valkyrie Archery founder Brent Hahn. Valkyrie Broad heads are moderate weight, extreme weight forward delivery systems. "Your material is tougher, more precise and the center pin portion is more accurate compared to a standard shaft." ~Aron Snyder 

EPISODE 240: Still Going Strong with Dark Energy

May 5, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we meet with Garrett Aida of Dark Energy. Garrett goes over some of the features of why Dark Energy chargers are so durable and long lasting. He shares some of his paragliding adventures and I talk about the many ways Aron Snyder and I use them in the field. Check out more Dark Energy on Gritty Bowmen Episode 178 and Aron's Oft-Overlooked Gear List Episodes 132 & 230. @garrettaida or @darkenergytech on Instagram

EPISODE 239: Hunting Trophy Bulls with Ryan Carter & Sean DeGray

April 28, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we meet with Ryan Carter and Sean Degray of DC Outfitters & The Total Archery Challenge. We talk about hunting big trophy bulls and why Ryan prefers early season.


April 27, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk about what cameras we're using, the lenses and why.
Sony A7R2
85mm Batis


April 27, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk about Camera Gear and the 15 Do's and Dont's we wish that we had known when we got started. 


April 27, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk about camera gear basics; Camera 101, Auto or manual focus, white balance, ISO, shutter speed, aperture, etc.

EPISODE 235: Brotherhood is Earned

April 25, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we meet with Donnie Drake, Dirk Durham and Corey Jacobsen. These men are Elk hunting masters and are consistently getting it done. We talk about hunting dynamics, relationships, ego, nutrition, exercise and throw a few Elk hunting stories in as well. For more information check out elk101.com and follow them on social media.

EPISODE 234: Get The Pack On Right! And Other Stuff with Aron Snyder

April 14, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen Aron Snyder teaches how to adjust your pack and his knife setup for 2017. 

EPISODE 233: Engineering & Product Design with John Barklow of Sitka Gear

April 6, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk with David Brinker and John Barklow about the 2017 Sitka Gear Products. 

EPISODE 232: Q&A: Condensation, Shelters, Future of Hunting, Gear, & More

April 4, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen Brian and Aron answer more listener questions regarding shelters, condensation, gear and more.

EPISODE 231: No Time To Waste with Suzanne Call

April 3, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we meet with Suzanne Call and Jordan Harbertson to talk about Cancer, Life, Love, Faith and Hope.

EPISODE 230: Aron Snyder & Brian Call Answer Listener Questions

March 27, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we answer questions from our listeners. For show notes please visit our website grittybowmen dot com

EPISODE 229: Aron Snyder Compares Kifaru Sawtooth & Kifaru Tut

March 23, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen Aron Snyder compares the Kifaru Sawtooth to the Kifaru Tut.

EPISODE 228: Ladies Hunting Camp with Candy Yow, Riza Lesser & Asha Aiello

March 20, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we meet again with Candy Yow of Extreme Desire TV to talk about Ladies Hunting Camp. We are joined with Asha Aiello and Riza Lesser this year. Ashais the Marketing Manager of Cabelas in Tualatin, Oregon. She strives to connect customers with opportunities for outdoor recreation and learning. Which is exactly what this Ladies Hunting Camp is all about. Riza is Leupold's Marketing Program Manager. Riza went to the camp last year for the firs time and shares her experience and why she's such proponent of the event. This year they will have a camp in Oregon and in Utah. To register or find out more please go to http://ladieshunting.com

EPISODE 227: Kip Fowler at the Western Hunt Expo

March 17, 2017
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On this podcast we meet Kip Fowler. Kip is a long-time friend of Aron Snyder's. Kip talks about his Super Man Buck, How his hunting techniques have evolved over the years, tips on consistently getting big bucks and how he and Aron became friends.

EPISODE 226: Coyote Hunting with Hidden Instinct & HUSH

March 10, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we meet with Garrett Carr of Hidden Instinct and Eric Chesser and Casey Lavere of HUSH.  Garrett and Micah Fey have built a successful Youtube Channel helping people hunt predators. We talk specifically about Coyote hunting and its purpose. As well as how hunting coyotes can help you hone your hunting skills for other western big game animals. 

EPISODE 225: @shedcrazy: The Oracle of Wisdom

March 7, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we meet with Ben Dettamanti, also known as @shedcrazy on Instagram. Ben is your typical “class clown” and what better avenue to support such natural tendencies than Social Media. Ben started his own Instagram page called @shedcrazy a few years ago to share his passion for shed hunting. Over time it morphed into a satirical compilation of hunting life. On this podcast we get a little serious and get to know the real @shedcrazy and have a lot of laughs along the way.

EPISODE 224: Vortex Optics with Mark Boardman & Paul Neess

March 4, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we meet with Mark Boardman & Paul Neess of Vortex Optics. We talk about a few of their new 2017 products, as well as share tips on how to grid when glassing and which optics to take for different hunting situations.

EPISODE 219: Alabama Whitetail 2.0

February 23, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk more in-depth about our Alabama Whitetail hunt. 

EPISODE 218: To Sitka? Or Not To Sitka???

February 22, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk Gritty Partnerships & Sponsors. 

EPISOE 217: What’s So Cool About Orion Coolers? with Damon Bungard

February 19, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we meet with Damon Bungard of Orion Coolers. Orion coolers are made by Jackson Kayaks. They took the knowledge they already had for making Kayaks and used their skills to make some pretty innovative coolers. They're made in the USA and each is unique. But, Orion Coolers aren't just flashy. In addition to keeping things cool, they’ve got some pretty sweet design features we think you’ll love! We talk about custom colors, exterior design features, interior space issues for common things put in coolers, exterior space issues for fitting in the back of your vehicle and the importance of quality. Be sure to check out the Orion Chronicles coming up in April as well.

EPISODE 216: ACCUBOW with Kristy Titus, Jules McQueen and Jana Waller

February 19, 2017
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we meet with Kristy Titus, Jules McQueen and Jana Waller at the ATA Show to talk about Accubow. Accubow is an Archery Training Aid.

These three ladies share their experience of using the Accubow and the features they love.

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