EP18: Jason Carter & Adam Bronson - Epic Outdoors

April 7, 2017

Coming to you from the 2017 Western Hunting and Conservation Expo, we catch up with Jason Carter and Adam Bronson, partners of Epic Outdoors in Cedar City, UT. Both are very skilled Western Big Game hunters with large resumes when it comes to Mule Deer and Wild Sheep. Jason has devoted his life to research and scouting, which has enabled him to harvest 16 bucks over 200” (4 between 237”-271”). Adam has worked as a wildlife biologist, professional hunting consultant, and is a licensed big game outfitter. He is also the current President of Utah Foundation for North American Wild Sheep (FNAWS). This is a fun epidsode where we share laughs, stories, and straight talk Western Big Game.

Topics covered:

  • Start Epic Outdoors, what was the reason behind another membership service?

    • What sets Epic apart from your competitors?
  • OTC tags available
  • What is the best state to hunt Mule Deer?
  • What is it about Mule Deer for you that drives your passion for this species of animal?
  • How do you measure success? --- Inches of bone? Multiyear chase? Older age class?
  • 2016 Hunting Season Recap
    • Nevada 216” Buck
  • What do you have your sights set on for 2017?

You can contact Jason at: jason@epicoutdoors.com and Adam at: adam@epicoutdoors.com or online at www.epicoutdoors.com.

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EP17: Jim Sessions, Huskemaw Optics & Best of the West

March 28, 2017

We take a break from the busy Western Hunting Expo to speak with Jim Sessions, vested partner of Huskemaw Optics which is based out of Cody, WY. Jim also is a field host for ‘The Best of the West’ TV series on the Pursuit Channel (Long Range Hunting Authority). He was born and raised in Wyoming where he has remained in the outdoors for most all of his life.

Topics covered:

  • Passion for DIY Adventures and what led you to success with Huskemaw
  • The concept behind ‘The Huskemaw Advantage’, what sets this product apart from competition
  • Best of the West shooting systems:
    • Breakdown the system, capabilities, limitations
    • Discuss how the system is manufactured, bullet match, optics (turrets)
  • What is the biggest variable when shooting long distances? Wind/Thermals? Mirage? Steady rest?
  • Best caliber for long range shooting
  • Explain difference MOA vs Mil… What does 1 MOA signify at 100 yds?
  • If I have a base model 700… Discuss the makeover process and can you build a 1000 yard shooter?
  • Upcoming Huskemaw events (June 10-11, Cody)

You can contact Jim at: jim@huskemaw.com or online at www.huskemaw.com.

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EP16: John McGannon, Wildeats Enterprises Game Chef

March 18, 2017

Most all of us hunt for the meat and the experience, and that experience continues in the kitchen. Wild game chef John McGannon shares his insights on field preparation to tablefare of wild game. We talk about bourbon, bacon, butter, bratwurst, and Habanero Teryiaki Honey Saki Soy Glaze...

Topics covered:

  • Where did your passion for cooking come from?
  • What is WildEats Enterprises? Background, journey (opened 13 restaurants, rubs & seasonings
  • Publications: RMEF Bugle (Carnivore’s Kitchen), MDF (Cuisine Elevation), Outdoor News (Taste of the Wild)
  • What is your favorite game meat to prepare?
  • Dry aging meat… What’s the science behind this tactic? How long for various meats?
  • Is it better to sear meat and cook quickly or slow cook low temp over time?
  • Temperature Awareness: Why is this important? Optimum temperature for cooling?
  • Where can someone get these fine products? Retail locations

You can contact John at: john@wildeats.com or online at https://www.wildeats.com/.

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EP15: Corey Jacobsen, Dirk Durham, Donnie Drake - Elk 101 Trio

March 10, 2017

For the first time in podcast history, we were able to round up the Elk 101 trio and talk Elk during the Western Hunting Expo in SLC. Corey, Dirk, and Donnie have been hunting partners for many years and share some of their insights and tactics to getting it done in September. In addition, they enjoy jabbing each other a bit and laughing about times had in the elk woods. These guys emulate what a partnership should be in the backcountry and its obvious their passion for chasing bull elk in September.

Topics covered:

  • Where did the elk hunting passion start and why?
  • 2011 Extreme Elk Magazine (Dirk): Part of the initial plan? Gateway to bigger projects?
  • What was the driver to starting Elk 101?
  • What’s in the pack? What can’t you live without in the back country? Elk calls?
  • 2016 Fall Hunting Recap:
    • Idaho, New Mexico (w/ Randy), Isaac’s hunt,
  • Future projects or releases from Elk 101?
  • During application season, what plans are you making for fall 2017? Points based or OTC?
  • Scenarios and tactics:
    • 1pm, calm mid-September day, take a nap or hunt? Why?
    • Bull hung up at 100 yds and won’t move, do you close the distance? Bugle? Cow call?
    • Hunting an area with heavy predation, how do you approach strategy & calling tactic?

You can contact Corey and the gang at http://www.elk101.com.

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EP14: Robert Hanneman & Garth Jenson, Huntin’ Fool

March 2, 2017

We locked ourselves away in the steel tank Diesel Brothers 'Built to Hunt Truck' at the Western Hunting Expo and talk about the Huntin' Fool. Both Garth Jenson and Robert Hanneman have worked with and for the Huntin’ Fool for over a decade and are a wealth of knowledge when it comes to not only hunting but applying for Western Big Game. All that and Robert doesn't let our co-host Jason Quick live down his short lived videographer career... Tune in and listen!

Topics covered:

  • How did you get involved with The Huntin’ Fool?

    • What competitive advantage does Huntin’ Fool offer for application services?
    • Explain difference in Bonus vs Preference Points… Modified Preference
  • Dive into application strategies
    • Saving points for trophy units, mid-tier units, trophy quality
    • OTC tags available
  • Discuss Application Strategies for clients --- Long term vs short term goals?
  • I’m new and never have applied, how do you work with those clients?
    • Budget, how to prepare a beginner for what it can cost
    • 1 year plan, 5 year plan, 10-15 year plan
  • 2016 Hunting Season Recap
  • What do you have your sights set on for 2017?
  • Hunts planned? Longer term tags?

You can contact Robert at: robert@huntinfool.com and Garth at: garth@huntinfool.com or online at http://www.huntinfool.net/.

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EP13: Alex & Johnny Thomson, Eland Safaris of South Africa

February 22, 2017

After gorging on elk meat, venison, and red wine, we sit down with Professional Hunters Alex and Johnny Thomson who own and operate Eland Safaris located in South Africa. They offer world class accommodations for those looking to book an African safari of a lifetime.

Topics covered:

  • Where is Eland Safaris located in proximity to Africa?
  • Discuss the process of booking a hunt--- how to book, lead time, preparation, travel arrangements (best travel times), FNRA events
  • Traveling w/ Firearms, Scopes, Cameras (serial # items) – US Customs/Border Pro (4457)
  • What can someone expect during their hunt --- species, habitat, topography, accommodations
  • What is the most coveted species of animal to hunt in Africa?
  • Is poaching an issue in the Limpopo area? What is the targeted species and why?
  • What services does Eland Safaris offer for both hunter (archery vs rifle) and non-hunters
  • What happens with the meat? Is it prepared during the stay? Donated locally?
  • Taxidermy – where do the trophies go and what is the timeframe to get them completed?

You can contact Alex at: alexthomson@mweb.co.za and Johnny at: johnnythomson@mweb.co.za or online at http://www.elandsafaris.co.za.

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EP12: Bryan Martin, Asian Mountain Outfitters

February 12, 2017

Bryan Martin is a distinguished all around mountain hunter and guide. He has traveled all over the world guiding and hunting and has a well-deserved reputation for his technical knowledge of gear, tactics, travel logistics, etc. He is also an accomplished hunting editor for Western Hunter magazine and has published many articles and Blogs in regards to long-range backpack hunting and gear breakdowns.

Topics covered:

  • How did you start in hunting/guiding? Where did your passion for hardcore backpack hunting come from?
  • The “Gear Guru”… Let’s dig into your pack and gear...
    • Most important aspect to backcountry backpack hunting? Weight? Quality?
    • What can’t you live without on a long range pack in?
    • Does your pack or gear change based on length in the field?
    • Feet are most important: Boots? Sock set up?  Prevention blisters/climbers feet
    • Trekking poles --- absolutely necessary or live without them?
    • Optics of choice? Spotters vs Binos… Tripod/head set up
  • Dealing with Altitude sickness (bad cases, treatment, prevention)
  • What other trade shows do you have planned?
  • Close calls --- falling, capsized boats, grizzly bears… Lessons learned?

You can contact Bryan at: bryankmartin@gmail.com or (250) 317-5525.

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EP11: Dan Adler, Diamond Outfitters of Arizona

February 3, 2017

Our guest today is a TV personality and co-host of the Petersen Production Best of the West TV series on the Pursuit Channel. Dan Adler is the owner/outfitter for Diamond Outdoors in Arizona and they kill some monster animals year after year. Dan is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to elk and coues deer hunting and speaks nationally at hunting conventions all over the US. He is a veteran of the USAF where he was a Captain and served for 10 years as an officer.

Topics covered:

  • Diamond Outfitters story… Background, services provided
  • What areas/units does Diamond Outfitters guide in AZ? Species offered? Trophy class?
  • Application season… What is the best unit for elk in AZ?
  • Best of the West shooting systems
    • What is your role at BOTW? How did you get involved?
    • Best caliber for long range shooting, deer, elk, larger game?
  • 2016 Hunting Season Recap and forecast for 2017
  • 2017 Trade Show circuit - Where will Diamond Outfitters be?

You can contact Dan at: DiamondOutfitters@gmail.com or online at http://azdiamondoutfitters.com.

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EP10: Eric Pawlak, Worldwide Trophy Adventures (WTA)

January 26, 2017

Broadcasting from the 2017 Sheep Show in Reno, we catch up with Eric Pawlak, TAGS Manager, at Worldwide Trophy Adventures (WTA) based in Sidney, NE. Erik was the founder of Cabelas Tags preceding the WTA purchase in July 2016. He has hunted western big game in many different areas of the Rockies, Midwest and Alaska. During the 2010 season, Eric accomplished his three quarter slam of North American wild sheep and he also holds a Super 10 of North American big game. Eric is an expert in understanding the complex application process that the states have in place to obtain limited-entry big-game tags.

Topics covered:

  • Grass roots discussion, passion for outdoors, road map to WTA (how you got here)
  • What services does WTA provide for hunters and anglers?
  • What sets WTA tag service apart from its competition? 
  • Explain difference in Bonus vs Preference Points… Modified Preference
  • Application strategies, budgets, trophy quality units, LO tags, cancellation hunts
  • Personal Hunts: 2016 Hunting Season Recap and what do you have your sights set on for 2017?

You can contact Eric at: eric.pawlak@trophyadventures.com or online at Worldwide Trophy Adventures - Eric Pawlak.

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EP09: Jason Quick, California Mule Deer Hunting unit G3, Part 2

January 18, 2017

In episode #9, we continue our discussion with Jason and his family. Jason's brother Ron drew this same tag a year preceding and discusses his experience last year vs this year. This is just a good episode where everyone shares their experience in the Eastern Sierra's.

Topics covered:

Average trophy class of deer, daily populations, bucks vs does
Max points in CA, preference points
Is G3 the best unit in CA?
Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountain topography
You can contact Jason at: JQuick@nrahq.org or online at http://fieldreps.nra.org.

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