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. I’m not a betting man, but if I were, I would bet that Mr. Ryan Lampers is going to be a successful hunter year after year. Not only will he be successful, but he is one of those guys who consistently kill monsters on every tag. On today’s episode, Ryan and I dig into a bit of his crazy awesome season so far, from his Nevada buck to his Washington bear with his 8-year-old daughter. Ryan and his wife are the hosts of the Hunt Harvest Health podcast, which is a great listen for those of you who are looking for ways to be in better shape, and overall health so that you can take your seasons to the next level. I would highly suggest listening to some of their stuff. I hope you all enjoy this episode, thanks!
- Interview starts (4:00)
- Who is Ryan (8:30)
- Ryan’s crazy successful year (17:00)
- Hunting a new area (20:15)
- Nevada high country buck (25:00)
- How do you know when to pull the trigger (30:45)
- Setting goals (37:00)
- Training for season over the years (41:45)
- Train to hunt (44:45)
- Solo hunting (48:15)
- An amazing hunt with an 8-year old (1:03:00)
- The secret to Ryan’s constant success (1:08:00)
- Advice to your 20-year-old self (1:17:15)
This episode is brought to you by goHUNT.com. GoHUNT’s insider membership is a membership that gives you access to so many tools to help you become a better hunter. I know you guys hear me talk about it all the time and you probably hear it on every podcast you listen too but if you are not a member yet you are missing out on a great resource. GoHUNT.com is easily one of my favorite tools for finding and researching hunts, but it is so much more than that. Having access to the knowledge base and articles is super valuable and when you become a member you get even more benefits like points back on gear in the goHUNT Gear Shop. Just the prices at the gear shop alone are worth being a member. GoHUNT is currently offering a free trial. If you have always wondered if this goHUNT thing worth the money? now is your chance to test it out for free. Try it out and I promise you will be hooked. This tool will save you so much time and effort on researching hunts, not to mention you will find hunts you never knew were there. Just go to goHUNT.com/TRO sign up for your free trial and I will send you a free TRO podcast Decal and tutorial on how I use go hunt to find hidden gem units.
Hey, everyone, this episode is actually podcast I did with Drew Devires over at Adventure Deficit Podcast. I Don’t talk about myself much on my show but drew did a great job of prying some good stories and advice out of me, that I am usually reluctant to give so I want to share it with you guys. On top of me rambling about myself, I think there is also so good info throughout the show and I am happy to share it with you guys. I gotta say thank you to Drew for having me on, be sure to go subscribe to his podcast Adventure Deficit. Enjoy
- Interview starts (3:30)
- First elk hunting experience (9:30)
- Hunting throughout the teenage years (12:45)
- Gaining new mentors (17:00)
- Careers for a small town kid (18:30)
- First out of state hunt (20:30)
- Hit the reset button (31:30)
- Why backcountry hunting belongs with the Adventure Deficit group (35:30)
- Conversations over wild game meat (45:15)
- A life lesson from backcountry hunting (48:00)
- You have to fail in order to win (57:30)
- Respecting an animals life (1:00:30)
- The difference between poachers and hunters (1:12:00)
- Buy tags, not gear (1:13:30)
- A dream hunt (1:21:15)
- Dropped (1:22:30)
- Hunting and social media (1:27:30)
- Gear for a dream hunt (1:29:15)
- Powder River Cartridge (1:39:00)
This episode is brought to you by goHUNT.com. GoHUNT’s insider membership is a membership that gives you access to so many tools to help you become a better hunter. I know you guys hear me talk about it all the time and you probably hear it on every podcast you listen too but if you are not a member yet you are missing out on a great resource. GoHUNT.com is easily one of my favorite tools for finding and researching hunts, but it is so much more than that. Having access to the knowledge base and articles is super valuable and when you become a member you get even more benefits like points back on gear in the goHUNT Gear Shop. Just the prices at the gear shop alone are worth being a member. GoHUNT is currently offering a free trail. If you have always wondered is this goHUNT thing worth the money? now is your chance to test in out for free. Try it out and I promise you will be hooked. This tool will save you so much time and effort on researching hunts, not to mention you will find hunts you never knew were there. Just go to goHUNT.com/TRO sign up for your free trial and I will send you a free TRO podcast Decal and tutorial on how I use go hunt to find hidden gem units.
Hey guys and gals, welcome to the show. First off I gotta say thank you to you all for tuning in and listening to the show. This last month has been absolutely crazy as far as downloads and I seriously can’t thank you guys enough. The WW and MM episodes have been a big hit and just over all, I have received so many messages from people that just found the show and have nothing but great things to say. So thank you guys so much all for downloading and sharing the podcast with all of your friends. Seriously I can’t thank you guys enough. If you like the show and you haven’t had a chance yet, please go leave a rating. Hell even if you don’t like the show, let me know that too.
I am also super excited about todays episode. Sidney Smith is someone I have a ton of admiration for and was on the show way back in episode 25 back when he hacked off his first leg! Yes you heard me correctly Sidney has a pretty rare condition called Charcot Marie Tooth and you’ll have to listen to the episode to hear exactly why, but Sidney has been through some tough times and has had both his legs amputated. Throughout the episode we talk a lot about overcoming struggles, dealing with hard times, and overcoming those fears to push the limits. Through all of this Sidney was even able to harvest a great bull last year and I think when he text me a picture of that bull last year I was probably as excited for him as he was. Like I said I have a ton of respect for Sidney as he has battled the challenges that life has thrown at him and has become an amazing person. Sidney has competed in multiple triathlons as an amputee in his preparation for his upcoming Iron man this weekend. Thats right he competing in the Boulder 70.3 Ironman so do me a huge favor and go wish him luck on his big race this weekend and help cheer him on. Good Luck this weekend Sidney, we will be cheering you on buddy.
- Show starts (5:30)
- Working around the disease to hunt (13:30)
- Deciding to amputate (24:30)
- Hitting rock bottom, and how to move forward (29:45)
- Going from double amputee to being a triathlon athlete (32:45)
- Taking two steps forward one step back (38:15)
- Taking new athletic skills to hunting skills (40:00)
- Finding a passionate escape (43:30)
- 2016 Elk hunt (48:30)
- Advice to amputees who want to do western hunts (1:00:00)
- Hunts coming up (1:05:30)
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In this episode, I am joined by bowhunting rock star Jimmy Herman. Jimmy is such a great guy with a great outlook on hunting and on life. When Jimmy is not out on tour playing with Carrie Underwood or playing with Gene Simmons he’s shooting his bow and preparing for fall. I had a great time talking hunting, gear, fitness and even elk hunting with Jimmy. He is such a down to earth guy, I hope you guys enjoy the show and be sure to tell Jimmy hello on social and grab yourself a Jimmy Herman mojo tee.
- Interview Starts (4:30)
- Jimmy’s musical career (7:50)
- Hunting in Nashville and coming out west (17:30)
- Advice to the whitetail hunter who wants to go elk hunting (23:15)
- Fitness routine (25:20)
- Gear talk (31:45)
- The dream hunt (44:30)
This Episode is brought to you by onXmaps. If you are a serious hunter onX is 100% a must have in today’s hunting environment. I often ask on the podcast what the best piece of gear under 100 dollars is that makes them a better hunter and this is hand down on my list of gear under $100 dollars. onX maps are not only the most trusted public/private mapping system out there for all 50 States, but it also has all kinds of map layers. From hunting units to road systems, to burns it has a ton of information. I don’t think I can stress enough how important it is these days to know where you are and where you can and can’t hunt. On top of all of that the onX app allows you save maps and use them when you are out of service. I think this is an awesome product and a must have for hunters which are why I am super excited to have OnX as a sponsor of the shop. Use the Rich Outdoors Promo code TRO and save 20% on a membership. It truly is one of the best tools under $100 to make
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