Exited to share this episode with you guys though. As Ron’s nephew says Ron is tougher than woodpecker lips and kills more shit than smallpox. Ron is someone I really look up to for his never quit attitude and I love his mentality of if anyone has ever done it, then by hell, I can do it too. He is one of the lesser-known greats that has probably forgotten more than I will know.
Before we get going though if you have not signed up for my Backcountry Fuel Box yet get your ass on it. We are giving away a free subscription for life. Must sign up for your box by March 15 to be in the drawing. That’s is for $30 bucks you could win a free box for life. That’s a $500 per year value. Backcountry Fuel Box is the best way to test out products, Stock up for hunting season, and save money on the products you use anyway. This month we have some awesome products like Heathers Choice, wilderness Athletes no RE-Bars, which are delicious btw, off-grid foods have a surprise in there, Dark timber Coffee and much more. I super excited to send out those first boxes. Hurry and sign up there are limited spots available for the first box and that’s the only way to be entered to win the free subscription for life.
This episode is also brought to you by On X Hunt. On X is the most trusted source for private and public mapping with mapping available for all 50 states. One of the cool features about On X is the layering system. On X give you the ability to use various layers turning them on and off which is super cool for scouting new areas and doing the research for upcoming hunts. I have been using On X on the desktop a ton the last couple months to scout for various hunts that I am putting in for. The cool thing with on X is that it transfers right to my phone and turns my phone into a mobile map, and GPS. honestly, I haven’t used my Garmin for over a year. On X Hunt is a must have tool. Use promo Code TRO and get 20% off your annual membership.
Alrighty really hope you guys enjoy this episode as much as I did. Also if you like the podcast and have not yet go leave a review on iTunes, Stitcher, pod bean, wherever you listen to really appreciate the support.
A little bit of a State of the Union so to speak. For those who just recently started listening, I wanna say welcome to the show. This past year has been a whirlwind and I know there are a ton of new listeners. I have to admit, back when I started this whole little podcast thing, it stemmed from the selfish desire to ask questions and learn more from those ahead of me. I was so bored of the 500-word magazine articles that merely toted the “five tips to killing the bull of a lifetime”. Even the hunting books that only covered a general outline and the basics of hunting were a snooze. I had been listening to podcasts for years about all kinds of random topics and loved how much the platform allowed you to nerd out on a specific topic. Somewhere along the way, in my desire to learn more, ask better questions, and hear great hunting stories, I realized that there are a lot of people in my shoes as well. I am not the best hunter by any stretch of the imagination, nor do I seek fame in any sense of the word. To be honest, I despise it, because ego is the enemy, but if my journey to be a little better and push myself a little harder every year motivates you to get after it as well, then awesome. I can’t tell you how awesome it is to get success photos and messages thanking the podcast for their success. If one of the byproducts of me getting excited about September is motivating others to get after it, that’s great!
Last year, in an attempt to just be able to do an elk podcast every week, we launched a little thing called Wapiti Wednesday. At the time, it was intended to be a shorter 20-30 minute show on elk hunting, but when the first 2-3 episodes went well over an hour, I knew there was no way to cut Wapiti Wednesday down to a short conversation nor was there a need to. In fact, the Elk Nut episode went nearly 3 hours and I can’t tell you how many people told me they listened to that episode multiple times. Then, with a quality Mule Deer tag in my pocket, I figured I better learn as much as I can about that, so we launched Muley Monday as well. Now I like to give a little grief to all my buddies, telling them that chasing elk is much better than the chasing stinky jackrabbits with horns on their heads, but chasing mule deer is definitely growing on me. Now that I live in a state with killer mule deer hunting and terrible blacktail hunting, I may spend a little more time chasing sticky mule deer bucks. If only for the fact that I need redemption and love the new challenge.
I have been getting pounded with questions about when Wapiti Wednesday and Muley Monday are coming back. To say that they were a huge hit is quite the understatement. I can’t thank you all enough for tuning in every week. My original plan was to run Wapiti Wednesday and Muley Monday from June to October, however, if the death threats to bring you more don’t stop, we may have to bump those up to may. Your guys’ support has been amazing and I can’t thank you enough. 2018 is no different and we plan to bring you a lot more. Muley Monday will be back, Wapiti Wednesday will be back, and we’re adding a Tag Tuesday from time to time though probably not every Tuesday for draw season. We will also still be here every Thursday for more great interviews with an even wider spectrum of personalities, and yes, more of The Walt and Dave Show. Again I can’t thank you guys and gals enough for the support and I hope to keep this show a good mix of whatever I find interesting albeit sometimes random, and more of what you guys want to hear, including doing some live podcasts.
That being said, our first live podcast is scheduled for January 6th in Longview, Washington at the Columbia Theatre. I’m pretty pumped for this actually. The Born and Raised Outdoors crew and the Phelps Game calls guys are all really, really good dudes and good friends, and what better way to do your first live podcast than to get your elk hunting buddies together and shoot the shit. The Land of the Free project that they have been doing is amazing and I couldn’t be happier for their success. You won’t find many people who will outwork those guys and they have been working toward this success for a long damn time. For the live podcast will do a podcast with the whole crew, and then do Q&A segment, as well as a meet and greet. I think it is almost sold out, so if you want tickets better hurry. So long as this isn’t a complete failure, then I would imagine we’ll be doing more of these in 2018.
I also have a big announcement that I have been working on for the last couple of months and would love your input on.
It all started as a hair-brained idea last summer, and if you know me, my brain produces those about every three to five seconds. So, like most hair-brained ideas I didn’t give it much further thought. This little gem though kept popping back into my head over and over, and initially, I put it off because honestly, I just did not have the time to stack another thing on my plate. However, like any good idea does, it persisted. Now, over the years I have come to learn to not just dive into something right away (pun totally intended) but to wait until the excitement wears off. If it still seems like a good idea, then maybe it is worth pursuing. So, over the course of hunting season, I kicked around the idea even more and talked it over with hunting buddies. (Which, let’s be honest, hunting camp has been the sounding board of both great ideas and terrible ones for probably hundreds of years.)
The concept actually stems from my own personal needs. I was sitting there one day and thought, “I wish there was one of those subscription boxes that would send me all the bars and meals that I use for hunting.” For one, I feel like there are a ton of companies constantly popping up producing cool new products, and I would love to try them all, whether it be Off Grid Food Company, Dark Timber Coffee, Heather’s Choice, Humble Foods, Green Belly or Big Sur bars, there are so many options and they all take time to track down and order. Personally, I find myself not getting around to ordering very often if at all. Half the time, I fill the shopping cart at Walmart on the way to camp or at best, the night before, which ultimately costs me an arm and a leg just to live in the woods for a weekend. So the more I thought about it, the more the idea intrigued me. As far as hunting goes, my gear is pretty dialed. I know what works and what I can live without, but the food is the one thing I’m always going through, and it’s also something that is vastly improving and the industry is growing every year. As we become more conscious of where our nutrition comes from, it only makes sense that we are looking for the best fuel for our bodies while we do so.
Enter Backcountry Fuel Box, a monthly subscription box that will send you all the bars, blocks, snacks, mixes, and meals to your door. It will be the ultimate way to not only save on the supplies you use anyway, but also to try out a wide variety of high-quality options, while not having to think about it or spend the time finding and ordering new products. Each month for $29 bucks you will receive $40-$50 dollars of food you will actually use. Everything in the box will be hand-picked items that will work great as backcountry fuel. Like I said, this idea stems from both my own needs and what I’ve found from the podcast that is lacking. Before I actually kick it off though, I really want your opinions. Is this something that you guys, the listeners, would actually want? I mean, I may think it’s a great idea, but if I’m the only one then it doesn’t much matter. I am hoping to launch the first box in March and would love to hear your thoughts and input. Just drop your info in at Backcountry Fuel Box.com and be sure to leave some feedback in the comments section. I will say that there will be a number of free boxes given away to early supporters. Honestly, I’m somewhat hesitant to do much of a giveaway to start out, because I want your honest feedback and not just a bunch of people signing up for free stuff. However, I am hoping that the decision to launch or not launch is very clear based on feedback, so please let me know what you think. Again that is Backcountry Fuel Box.com and I will put a link in the show notes.
Thank you all for your support of the podcast and here’s looking forward to an even better 2018.
Hey everybody, welcome to the show. For the holidays I was lucky enough to come back to Oregon and spend time with the family, and get this awesome podcast recorded with some awesome guys. Today’s episode is super interesting because the speakers seemed to be divided in half… Those who had amazing seasons, and those who, well, didn’t… I’ll let you decide who is who though. Lots of stories shared, and lots of lessons were learned on both sides of the hunts. Definitely a funny episode, and just a great group of stone cold killers, and I’m sure you guys will enjoy this episode. Thanks again Nick Schmit, Chris Pascua, and Cory Staniforth for joining me while I was in town to record this awesome episode.
- Interview starts (7:00)
- Baiting blacktail (12:00)
- Endless bad luck (17:00)
- New Mexico draw tag (37:00)
- A coues and a six point in one trip (47:00
- Oregon Ochoco’s elk hunt (52:00)
- Drawing one of the big three in Oregon (1:02:00)
- Back to Nick’s unlucky season (1:17:00)
- Lessons learned (1:40:15)
This episode is brought to you by GoWild the ultimate app for hunting, fishing and the outdoors. We Actually just had Brad and John from goWild on the show and had a blast getting to know those guys and getting a behind the scenes look at why they built the app and some of the really cool features within the app. The GoWild app has a ton of cool features but one of the coolest features is the proprietary new scoring system that allows you to enter in your trophies and be scored on much more than just the inches of antler. Their scoring algorithm takes into consideration things like the weapon used, distance of the shot, public or private land. This gives you the ability to compete with your buddies even if he shot his buck with a bow and you shot yours with a rifle. The app also allows you to log time for things like hours scouted, or checking trail cameras. The team over at goWild understands that it is more than just how many inches of horn a buck has, it is about the whole experience. Go check out the episode we and then go download the app. Its free and the best part is they do a ton of gear giveaways all the time!
This episode is brought to you by On X Hunt. I recently harvested a great bull in Montana and I owe a huge part of that to my OnX. This was an area that I had hunted years ago but because of On X Hunt I was actually able to find a new access point to get into the area from a new way and save myself a lot of miles. For that hunt, I actually spent a ton of time on my laptop scouting areas and marking locations which are super cool because then when I get out in the field all of those points of interest I marked on my computer are now right there on my phone. It all worked out really well and I ended up finding a really cool bull and was lucky enough to harvest him. Another really cool new feature of the OnX hunt app is that after I shot the bull I was able to share that location with my buddy Butch who was coming in to help me pack out. which made it super convenient for him to know exactly where to find me. On X Hunt is hands down my best hunting tool I have for under $100 dollars and highly recommend getting it. Check it out and use The Rich Outdoors promo code TRO to save %20 off your membership. On X Hunt know where you stand.
This week we are going to dive into a bit of bear information. Grizzly bears and grizzly encounters are becoming more and more common, and with current politics surrounding the matter, I don’t see bear human encounters getting any better any time soon. As someone who hunts in grizzly country, I personally wanted to know more about what to do and what not to do in certain situations. When I started hunting around grizzlies about all I knew was don’t try and live with them, that’s a bad idea. Actually, I have had a few encounters with bears and have been pretty fortunate, but with attacks seemingly more and more common I thought it would be a good idea if we were all a little more educated. Kevin Wilson is the president and CEO of Wild Encounters and has a vast amount of experience in both hunting around bears as well as training people about bears and bear behavior. Kevin has some great grizzly encounter stories that I am much happier to hear from him than to actually experience first hand and I can’t thank him enough for jumping on the show to share his knowledge on the matter.
- Interview starts (4:15)
- Who is Kevin Wilson (6:15)
- Black bears vs Grizzly’s (12:30)
- Bear encounters (16:45)
- Preventing encounters (19:15)
- Understanding bear behavior (24:30)
- Bluff charges (35:15)
- Calling in grizzly country (37:15)
- Personalities (42:15)
- Relocating bears (42:45)
- Growing cougar population (50:00)
- Protecting food/electric fences (52:00)
- Once meat has hit the ground (56:15)
- Bear spray vs guns (1:03:15)
- Run or stand your ground (1:13:15)
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In this episode I stopped by the First Lite headquarters which is one of the coolest companies in the world. Everyone there is awesome and I had an amazing time. The whole crew is great, and you know you are at a great company when there are as many black labs chilling around the office as there are employees. I may be partial I think labs are the the best dog in the world. While we were there and Ryan Callaghan and I decided to answer your questions. It turned out to be a super fun episode and we answered everything from gear questions and tactics questions to what super random questions and even more weird answers. Like how elk estrus ended up in Cal’s mustache and why a camp with Teddy Roosevelt and Bill Murray would be the greatest hunting camp ever. I had a blast with this episode so I hope you guys enjoy it as well. I can’t tell you guys enough how much I appreciate all the DM’s, emails, and reviews about the show you guys are awesome. If you haven’t yet go leave the show a rating it would mean the world to me. Thank you guys so so much.
- Interview Starts (6:3)
- Hunting in bear country (8:30)
- Diving into gear questions (15:15)
- Tips for bear avoidance (26:00)
- Backcountry meals (30:45)
- Mustaches (40:45)
- Floors vs Floorless (42:45)
- Sleeping bags (50:45)
- Best tip for a new hunter (57:30)
- Lessons learned (1:02:30)
- When to switch units (1:14:00)
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