Not only is South Cox one of my favorite storytellers but he is such an amazing hunter that he has so much to share. One of the best in the business, in my opinion, I always enjoy having South Cox of Stalker Stick Bows on the podcast. South is renowned for being a high country Mule deer guy with a trad bow so it was really cool this year to see him head after screaming bulls and get it done at less than 5 yards. In this episode we a lot and tend to bounce around to some interesting topics, but South shares some of the struggles he encountered on his elk hunt as well as one of the coolest stories I have heard all year as he ended up arrowing his bull at feet, not yards. We also chat about knowing when to be aggressive and when to be patient. This might be South’s most valuable skill as he does this seemingly flawlessly. Even as he recounts his Nevada Mule Deer harvest this year, he amazes me with knowing just what to do at the right moment. We also talk about the struggles of more and more people in the backcountry and how South deals with pressure in places there never has been in years past. A great episode and one I highly recommend. Do me a favor and be sure to follow @stalkerstickbows on Instagram and be sure to check the Full Draw Film Tour Schedule for a show near you to go check out South’s Elk Hunt on the big screen.
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Introduction – 0:03:18
Tag Choices & the Extra Pressure – 0:06:26
Too many Bulls? – 0:12:53
A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words – 0:19:18
Using Decoys – 0:35:05
Setups for Trad Bow & Shots – 0:39:40
Patience & Agression – 0:50:36
Fighting the Wind – 0:54:09
Thoughts on Colorado Management – 1:00:36
Beating Discouragement – 1:09:07
South’s Buck Story – 1:12:00
Full Draw Film Tour – 1:21:21
Stalker Stick Bulls – 1:24:28
Welcome to the podcast, Today I am joined by Justin Shaffer who is a total badass and awesome guy who takes full advantage of his opportunities in Alaska as we all live vicariously through him. In this episode, we take a deep dive into all the things you need to know before submitting your application to hunt in Alaska which is due by the 17th. If you are past the deadline when you hear this there is still a ton of useful information for anyone who may be thinking about someday traveling to Alaska to embark on a hunting adventure. While you are listening to this take a second an give Justin a follow on Instagram the dude has done more in the last two years than I will probably do in a lifetime and is by every definition of the word a Badass.
Justin’s 2018 Season & Injury – 03:51
AK Draw System & Guide Requirements – 05:56
License Carry Over for Applications – 10:41
Sheep Hunts, Units, Guides, & Costs – 11:47
Mountain Goat Details – 19:19
All About Grizzlies & Brown Bears – 25:35
Justin’s Arctic Grizz – 34yds with Bow – 28:03
Justin’s Musk Ox & Application Strategy – 30:19
Elk Draw Info & Areas – 36:44
Moose Draws, Logistics & Size of the Area – 41:23
Float Hunts vs. Flying Into Backcountry – 47:51
Caribou: Knowing Who, When & Where – 50:56
The Haul Road: Dalton Highway – 52:05
What You Need to Know: Apply & Hunt Alaska – 55:06
How to Get Ahold of Justin for Booking Caribou – 56:42
What’s up ladies and gents, welcome to the podcast. I am really excited to share today’s podcast with you guys. I don’t often get star struck but it was a huge honor to have a guy like Nate Adams on the podcast. Most of you might not know who he even is unless of course, you are into motorcycles. Then I am sure you in a mix of excitement and curiosity as was I when I learned Nate was into chasing bulls with his bow. I had a blast talking to Nate and hearing his story, not only the ups and downs of his career but hunting and archery helped pull him out of the low points in his life. Couldn’t be happier with how this turned out and again pumped to share it with you guys. Big thanks to Nate for joining me, he is such a humble and down to earth guy. I have a lot of respect for him and everything he has accomplished.
One note on Backcountry Fuel Box. First off it is going really well and I can’t thank you guys enough for all the support. Love all the feedback and sounds like a ton of you really look forward to getting the box each month. If you are interested in stocking up for next season or maybe you want to join but haven’t yet we are doing a killer Holiday Special. We have a special 12 month Gift Subscription that is 25% off what you would normally pay. The holiday special brings it down to $25 per box. That is by far our lowest price and will not be available after December 20th I can promise you that. If you’re like me and you don’t know what to have your wife this is the perfect gift because each month you get a box of awesome snacks for hunting, scouting, or maybe when your home alone and don’t feel like cooking. Check it out, I will link to the gift box in the show notes and remember December 20th offer is gone. You will have to pay full price.
MTNTOUGH Fitness Lab located in Bozeman, MT, has established itself as the elite source for improving mental toughness, physical preparation, and performance research for the backcountry hunter. I personally tested their pre-season Backcountry Hunter program here in Bozeman, with Dustin Diefenderfer, the founder of MTNTOUGH and I loved it. It is a great workout that will test you and push you to the limits physically and mentally.
Their online programs are 90-days, all video based, and is delivered through the private MTNTOUGH site that is accessible on any device. Think of it as a private social training platform specifically built for Backcountry Hunters. They now have a 90-day online program for pre-season and a brand new 90-day online program for post-season. The post-season program is specifically built to pack strength back on to a hunter after a long season in the field and will be available Jan 1. An ideal winter program to capitalize on all the work you have put in this hunting season. Make sure to go www.mtntough.com to take a look at these programs and there you will also find a few of their favorite workouts as free downloads, including a no-gear and a heavy pack workout.
Introducing Nate Adams – 04:27
Nate’s First Elk Hunting Experience – 08:46
Why the Interest in Archery – 12:38
What Got Nate Through the Struggle – 18:38
Advice When Facing Serious Change – 28:51
Why Entrepreneurship Vs. a Regular Job – 36:32
Working Hard & Working Smart – 39:42
Advice Chasing a Career – 45:02
Dynamics of Racing Into Hunting – 46:47
Prioritizing the Requirements of Hunting – 48:56
Nate’s Montana Bull – 51:19
Race Industries Reaction to Nate Hunting – 59:45
Nate’s Company and Social Media – 1:06:15
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Butch’s Humbling Bowhunting Experience – 0:03:36
Are The Breaks Really Going Down Hill? – 0:07:04
Advice to Rifle Hunters New to Archery – 0:12:30
A Little Speed Goat Talk – 0:16:44
Montana Elk Opener – 0:21:57
Montana Late Season – 0:28:12
Butch’s Monster 2016 Season – 0:32:31
Advice for Younger Guys – 1:14:05
Approach Changes & Tag Strategy – 1:18:09
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