Welcome to the Rich outdoors podcast. Thank you guys so much for all the messages and DM’s this time of year it seems we get a ton of new listeners and I just want to say thank you and my apologies if we didn’t get back to you. Today’s podcast is with Mr. Jaden Bales, who has been a huge help to me over the last year and I can’t thank him enough. Jaden has been helping me with social media and various other tasks as the podcast grows. Going back to last January we did a podcast with Mike and Angela Haralson about financial planning for hunting, which has had thousands of downloads and a ton of feedback. Jaden had the idea that we should also do a podcast about hunting on a college budget. After reminiscing about all of our hunting trips during those broke ass college days we decided to just hit record and go over some tips to hunting on the cheap. This was a fun episode and if you enjoy this podcast be sure to go back and check out Ep 198 with Mike and Angela. Also, Stay tuned after the show for an iTunes 5 star shoutout and free gear!
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This episode is brought to you by On X maps. On X is a must-have tool for any serious hunter. With the season just around the corner, I am constantly using my On X to e-scout and learn everything I can about all of my upcoming hunts. On X maps works across all of my devices so I can scout areas and mark locations on my desktop and they automatically appear on my phone when I am in the field with my smartphone. On X maps even works on your phone with or without service. I just save the maps I need and even deep in the wilderness my On X Hunt app will show me right where I am and show me all my waypoints from e-scouting. On X is available in all 50 states and I can’t speak highly enough about this system, it is truly a must-have for me. Use the TRO promo code and get 20% off. Go download it today and get yourself familiar with it before your hunt. www.onXmaps.com
Meet Jaden Bales – Start
Jaden’s Background & College Life – 7:00
College Hunting AKA Broke – 12:06
Budgeting for Money, Time, & Gear – 21:57
Food Costs & Transporting Game -31:25
Transportation Problems – 41:25
Getting Good Gear on the Cheap – 48:45
Other Great Resources – 50:26
The Flip Challenge: Make that Cash – 54:36
Useful Budgeting Apps: Mint & Stash – 1:05:50
A Similar Past Episode: EP 198 – 1:07:39
Jaden’s Project & Where to Find Him Online – 1:08:40
Welcome to the show, today I am joined by the owner and founder of Seek Outside, a popular tent manufacturer out of Colorado. Kevin is a great guy and has a ton of knowledge in tents, backpacks and all kinds of outdoor gear. In this episode, we dive into various gear selections, such as, choosing the right shelter, discussing the pros and cons of tarps, teepees, and double wall tents.
Seek Outside also makes a great wall-tent style synthetic fabric tent called the “Courthouse” and it makes for a great horse packing tent as well. I am a huge fan of Seek Outside’s Courthouse tent and have spent many nights in it this past season. We also discuss various styles of packable wood stoves and the pros and cons of each. Kevin also introduces a new, really cool, and super simple pack design which is extremely light for a pack that can handle gear loads up to 7400 cubic inches! Also real quick before we get started I wanted to tell you that as of tomorrow maybe late today Backcountry Fuel Box has a whole new site. We ran into some serious problems with the first site as there was no way for subscribers to login in and update their info. The good news is we fixed it. we rebuilt the whole site and you can now log in update your subscription, change your card info and all that good stuff. Also with the new site, we have a bunch of last months buddy boxes left over. So if you loved last months box so much you can purchase another one, or if you didn’t get signed up in time order your buddy box and you will get last months kickass box. If you aren’t signed up at all go sign up this months box is going to blow your mind. I am pumped for this box. There are so many goodies 99% of you will have never heard of. Also, stay tuned after the show as I have some a 5-star shout out to giveaway and it could be you. unless you haven’t left a review. in which case we aren’t friends. Go leave a review I am giving away free gear and swag every week to bribe you to leave a review. so do it.
Say Hello to Kevin 7:42.459
Kevin’s Background & Seek Outdoors 10:54.408
Kevin’s Motivation to Hunt Again 15:19.330
It’s gonna be a long pack out 27:37.688
Pros & Cons of Tent Styles 43:30.032
The “Courthouse” Lightweight Wall tent 55:37.279
Pros & Cons: Tent Stoves/Cookers 1:04:29.823
Where to find Seek Outdoors & Kevin Online 1:16:05.703
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This episode brought to you by On X maps. On X is the most trusted private/ public mapping system available and any more I don’t go anywhere without my On X maps. The On X Hunt app available on your phone turns your smartphone into a handheld GPS that works with or without service. With over 400 map overlays the possibilities are endless. I love the ability to switch from topo to satellite, to hybrid modes, allowing you to see actual terrain thickness. The On X hunt app allows you to share locations with your buddies extremely easily and I find myself using this feature all the time. You can also log into your On X account from multiple sources allowing you to scout from your desktop or tablet and explore with confidence with your smartphone or GPS.
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Whats up boys and girls, ladies, and gents. It’s time for another episode of the podcast. I am home and finally back from about a month straight of trade shows. Had a blast catching up with everyone and meeting tons of new people. Huge Thank you to everyone who stopped me to say hi, I am still blown away at how many people listen to the show every week and just thank you for all the support. I had so much fun just having out and hanging out with folks that I only recorded two podcasts. Which is fine I have a ton of great interviews lined up with some truly great under the radar type folks that I think you guys will really like. This week is from the Hunt Expo though and a podcast collaboration of sorts. Today I’m joined today by the crew behind finding backcountry podcast, the Wittwer Brothers, Dustin and Jason, and Corey Beckendorf. I really wanted to talk to Jason about big Muleys but with three elk guys against one Mule Deer guy, I’m sure you know where the conversation went. There are some good takeaways this episode from newbie to veteran, I like how it turned out. Had a blast with these guys and I will definitely have to have Jason back on to do a Muley Monday.
- Interview starts (5:00)
- The first backcountry experience (12:00)
- Advice to guys over east who want to try elk hunting (16:15)
- The best way to learn how to hunt elk (21:00)
- The classic elk vs mule deer fight (28:15)
- Leaving a hunt early (32:00)
- Coming out empty handed (34:30)
- “Failed” hunts (38:30)
- Using pack animals (42:00)
- Pack goats (46:00)
- Pack lamas (50:00)
- The prehistoric lama warning call (54:00)
- Finding backcountry podcast (1:07:00)
One reason I am pumped to be back from the show is to get back to work on the Backcountry Fuel Box. For those who haven’t heard, I am launching a new subscription box called Backcountry Fuel Box. Each month we are going to send you a box of backcountry meals and snacks to try out with each box having $40-$50 dollars worth of cool new products. I am super excited to finally get this thing out to you guys and so far at the shows people have been overwhelmingly in support of it. The first box will go out March 20th ish. We are taking pre-sign ups which is just your email, and if you sign up I am going to give away 3 free boxes to those of you who pre-register and take the survey. That closes this Sunday so get your name in the hat. Also, be on the lookout for a Backcountry Fuel update episode next week because we have a really cool giveaway next week. Go check it output your email in, take the 2-minute survey and you could be one of three lucky people to win a free box of goodies.
This episode is also made possible by the good folks at On X Maps and the On X Hunt app. Now is tag draw season and any serious hunter is doing a boatload of research to find that sweet spot that no one else knows about. One commonality I have found among the top hunters in the world is that they read maps like no one else. they know how to find the honey wholes that nobody has been into in years. On X is a great tool for this. When I am researching new areas I have my On X account pulled up and I can use various layers to scout areas I have never been to. Before I put in for a unit I always pull it up and see if there is a good chance I can find something no one else or at least few other people see. The huge part about this over just google earth is that now all the points I save while scouting on the desktop transfer over to the app on my phone and are right there to scout this summer when I do draw the tag. On X its a really handy tool. Get 20% off your membership with promo TRO.
Hey everybody, welcome to the show. Last week while at Sheep show, I was lucky enough to run into Mr. Adam Weatherby and in the midst of all the chaos, we were able to sit down and bust out an episode for you guys. For those of you who may not know who Adam is personally, I’m sure you’re all familiar with the family business, Weatherby Firearms. Adam shared with me some of the histories of the company, talking about what lead to his grandfather to start the company. Adam also shares some new and exciting news with us, which you’ll all have heard of by now, and I think we can all agree that it is very exciting news for the company as a whole. Being that we were at Sheep show, of course, we talked a bit about Adam’s two sheep hunts so far, including his Oregon desert sheep hunt that he drew as a non-resident last year. I hope you all enjoy this episode, thanks for tuning in!
- Show starts (5:00)
- Who is Adam Weatherby? (12:15)
- Weatherby Rifle Company today (18:00)
- Hunting with the family (22:15)
- The most anticipated hunt of the year (26:00)
- Drawing an Oregon sheep hunt (28:45)
- Buying tags VS trying to draw tags (34:15)
- New for Weatherby (37:00)
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 is 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.
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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.