Welcome to The Rich Outdoors podcast. Spring hunting is here and I have seen a ton of gobblers hitting the ground already. Actually, as this podcast airs, I am going to be in Oregon chasing thunder chickens for my first nonresident Oregon hunt. I hear a lot of people talk about bear hunting vs turkey hunting. To me, it doesn’t really make sense, I’m all for both. In two months you can easily do plenty of both and throw in a pig hunt, couple shed hunting trips, maybe a bow fishing trip or 5. Yes to all of it. I love chasing true mountain birds, I have nothing against people shooting valley birds, but to me, I would rather comb the mountains all day trying to locate a bird and chase him just like I would a big bull elk. It is just what I like to do.
In this episode, I am joined by world-renowned turkey caller and accomplished elk hunter, Chris Parrish. We talk about some of the similarities and differences between chasing turkeys and elk. We also go over many of the mistakes people make and how to go from being a good turkey caller to a great turkey caller.
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Today is not your average hunting interview, but to me, it’s as every bit and even more important. A good portion of hunting is about heritage, likewise, this episode is heritage. It is also about life and insights from those who have lived before us.packing, to me, embodies so so many great so much of what I hope to help pass on to my kids and the next generation. If you don’t know Val Geissler, he is a horseman, a cowboy, a singer, a poet, a teacher, and a family man, among being a dad to not only his own but to so many others just to name a few things though I do not feel that sums up the man at all. If you have ever seen UnBranded, the documentary about riding mustangs from Mexico to Canada, Val is the father like figure that truly helps Ben Masters and the guys accomplish their mission. If you haven’t seen it I highly recommend you watch it. Anyway, I had the chance to sit down for a cup of coffee with Uncle Val and to be honest I think I had a smile glued to my face the entire time. This interview with Val is one that I will hold close as one of my all time favorites up there with Roy Roth for a lot of reasons. Do we me a favor if this has as much impact on you as it did for me, share it with someone. I say that not for me at all, but I truly hope that as many people as possible get the chance to sit in the kitchen with Uncle Val and pull a bit of good old boy insight.
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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 desireto 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.
Welcome to the show, Turkey Season is finally here we made it through winter and spring hunting is upon us. I know a lot of guys chase predators and water fowl all winter but to me spring turkey and bear is kind of that turning point where I start get out and doing a lot more and this year is no exception I have a bunch of hunting to do over the next couple months and I’m super excited to chase some thunder chickens this weekend.
I have always been a fan of chasing birds around the mountain and love to locate a big gobbler down in a whole and make a move to call him in. This episode is pretty special as Wil Askew was the very first episode I ever did way back two years ago where we talk a lot more about specific tactics than we did in this episode. Still a great conversation about turkey hunting mountain birds vs valley birds with a some great turkey hunting takeaways. This episode might even convince a couple non-turkey hunters to give it a try. There’s plenty of time to chase bears in may. Hope you guys enjoy this episode with an Old friend and good luck to those headed to the woods this weekend.
Starting The Rich Outdoors (6:35)
Turkeys VS Bears (8:05)
Turkey hunting with kids (12:05)
Wil’s history and turkey hunting out west (17:05)
Subspecies of Turkeys (20:35)
Barometric pressure and weather (24:05)
Moon phases: (26:50)
Transition from rookie to pro (35:35)
Finding turkeys in the spring (42:50)
Best western state for turkey hunting (49:45)
Going deep for turkeys (59:45)
What you need to get started and favorite calls (1:02:35)
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