Welcome to the podcast today’s episode is with a total badass of a hunter as well as an Army Ranger. Even though Justin is probably sitting in his lazy boy with his foot up listening to this because he just had surgery on his ankle. Which still hasn’t slowed him down much. Justin is a straight killer and will always find a way to get it done. A ranger, an artist in taxidermy, and has an outfitting business as well a dad to a total badass daughter. I have a lot of respect for Justin and his accomplishments both on and off the mountain. Born and raised in Colorado Justin took full advantage of the opportunity to move to Alaska, and I do mean full advantage. I really applaud those who live life to the fullest.
This episode made possible by Backcountry Fuel Box. The best way to try out new backcountry meals and food. Honestly, I started backcountry Fuel to scratch my own itch, I wanted a box that sent me like things Green Belly Bars, or protein bars so I didn’t have to order them all the time or actually go shopping. Enter Backcountry Fuel Box. Each month, for about $30, we send you a $40-50 value of great snacks, meals, bars, goos, or gels. The month’s April box should be hitting doorsteps as we speak and I think it turned out pretty good. I really love the Protein Pucks I found those this last year and loved them. They are packed full of protein and energy. We also have a couple Fbomb products in there and a bunch more, but I don’t want to ruin the surprise. Any of you guys who get the box and you want to try the any of the products do me a favor and do an Instagram story for review of the product. Let us know what you think. Also if you haven’t yet go sign up for the may box it is such a great way to stock up before season or just test out new products. Use TRO and you’ll save 10% off.
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Hey, Welcome to Tag Tuesday! If you plan to hunt in Idaho this year you are definitely going to want to check this episode out. My buddy Zach Bowhay of Hunt DIY and I had some great discussions on choosing what species to put in for in Idaho. Personally, though I have put in for goat almost every other year, I am really leaning toward moose and in this episode, we will talk about why. We also discuss Idaho as a great DIY option with tons of over the counter opportunity.
This episode brought to you by goHUNT.com I use goHUNT religiously, in fact, I was running through various filters last night until midnight still trying to make up my mind on what I want to put in for this year. I have an OTC rifle elk hunt planned in Idaho so trying to decide if should try for a better elk tag, try and squeeze in a moose hunt, or if this is my year to draw a goat tag. Honestly, I am booked solid this year with what I think will be some really good, fun hunts. I really don’t know if I can even squeeze in another tag, but the more I play around with goHUNT’s filtering tool the more tags I find and want. Do yourself a favor put more tags in your pocket by getting yourself a goHUNT insider membership. Use promo code TRO and get $50 credit to use on gear in the gear shop.
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- Interview starts (5:00)
- Advice for starting applications out of state (6:30)
- New Mexico as a whole (9:15)
- Trail’s New Mexico hunt last year (11:30)
- The go-to units (16:30)
- New changes to regulations (18:30)
- How to put in for New Mexico (19:30)
- Hiring guides (21:30)
- Youth opportunities (23:30)
- Mobility impaired hunts (28:45)
- Landowner tags (30:00)
- Elk units to look for (32:30)
- First archery vs second archery (37:15)
- How to use GoHunt to scout New Mexico (42:30)
- Mule deer tags (47:00)
- Coues deer (48:30)
- Antelope breakdown (50:15)
- New Mexico sheep tags (54:15)
- Exotic hunts (57:00)
- Aoudad hunts (1:01:45)
- Tag deadline (1:04:30)