Today I am joined by Dustin Diefenderfer of right here in Bozeman Montana. Born and raised in Montana Dustin is a beast on the mountain and loves to push the limits. I met Dustin through the MTN Tough Course here in Bozeman and got the chance to test it out over the last couple months. You have probably heard the ads for this course on the podcast and Dustin is the man behind the scene for the MTN Tough program.
In this episode, Dustin and I dive into the mental toughness aspect of being a backcountry hunter. Not only is this one of my favorite pieces of the puzzle but also what I feel is the difference between being good and being great. We also dive into how hunting has such a much larger impact on making you a better human than is often talked about. Dustin is one of those guys who pushes the group and is always leading both mentally and physically. I really love this episode and believe this is one of the most underrated aspects to any backcountry hunt.
For over a year, behind the scenes MTNTOUGH has been building an online training program specifically designed for Backcountry Hunters They have assembled an impressive team for this task, including a former Navy Seal, a former Army Colonel who instructed physical education at Westpoint, and couple trainers with decades of experience. I tested the program here in Bozeman, with Dustin Diefenderfer, the founder of MTN TOUGH and let me tell you this program will kick your butt. Over the years I have done a ton of various work out programs. with the last couple years spending most of my time running and using kettle-bells I was in pretty good shape when I started this workout and quickly realized this program is going to crush muscles I forgot I had. Make sure and go to mtntough.com to get on the waiting list to be one of the first to get access to the program in June.
Oh, and MTN TOUGH is giving away 3 LIFETIME MEMBERSHIPS to 3 winners who have their name on the waiting list.
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Meet Dustin D. of MTN Tough Fitness Labs – Start
Dusting’s Background – 7:23
Hunting & Mental TOughness – 22:11
The Success that Follows – 29:30
A Hunt that Helped Instill Toughness – 35:54
Developing Self Discipline – 45:12
Dusting Discusses Opening MTNT – 52:13
What does MTNT D & Provide – 1:01:34
A Free Program Offer to TRO Fans – 1:06:18
Important MTNT Dates & Where to Find Them – 1:13:09
Muley Monday is back! For all of you Muley Freaks who love hearing stories of big muley bucks The Rich Muley Monday segment is right up your alley. To kick off Muley Monday this year I am joined by my buddy Hjalmar Hedman who is originally from Sweden. Hjalmar didn’t really grow up hunting but was a board sports fanatic. When he finally picked up archery and then hunting he became a fanatic and emerged himself if everything he could get his hands on. With zero guidance when getting into hunting, Hjalmar has a pretty epic first hunt story. Following the exact guidance of a book published in 1883, Theodore VanDyke The Still Hunter. Hjalmar was still hunting the hills outside of L.A. and managed to harvest a buck. With early success, Hjalmar continued to learn and expand his knowledge. In this episode, we dive into his early success but we also talk about his learning curve and not having any hunting mentor to learn from. We also cover advice to new hunters and tactics he’s developed over the years. I am excited to start talking about big bucks again and glad Hjalmar could be the first episode. Hope you guys enjoy this episode with Hjalmar Hedman.
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Today’s podcast brought to you by Solo Targets. Solo Targets are life-sized 2D targets that look ultra-realistic. I found these guys because I was looking for a standard 2D elk target for my range and these Solo Skins were exactly what I wanted only way cooler. The Elk Target that I got is huge, it is full size and they use an actual high res image of a bull. One thing I love about this target overshooting a dot is that it is very realistic as far as having to choose a spot on an animal to shoot. After getting the elk skin and loving it the guys from Solo Target sent me their full target system which is a stand for your own standard block target which will work with pretty much any block, couple that with one of the skins and you an awesome life-like target. Not only is a Solo Target cheaper than a full 3D target but I love the added pressure of knowing you have to hit the vitals. For pictures of the targets check out my Instagram or theirs @solotargets.Use The Rich Outdoors code TRO and save 20%
Meet Hjalmar Hedman – Start
Hjalmar’s Backstory & Hunting in Sweden – 5:10
Discovering Archery – 11:14
From Archery to Hunting – 13:38
Hjalmar’s First Muley – 17:30
Early Success & Lessons Learned – 25:30
How his Hunting has Evolved – 29:41
Solo Hunting High Country Muleys – 36:00
Time Managment Choosing an Area – 43:23
His Fear of SNakes – 50:34
Hjalmars “Elk Calling” Episode – 53:44
Where to Follow Hjalmar Hedman – 59:21
Welcome to Wapiti Wednesday, and what an episode at that. Garth Jensen is an assassin on the mountain from bucks to bulls Garth gets it done. This turned out to be a killer episode and one of my favorites so far this year. Garth had an epic year a couple years back drawing two premium tags, one in Utah and another in Arizona. With the stars aligning in the tag draws the pressure was on. The season proved difficult having to spend 20 days in Utah before even getting a chance to think about his Arizona tag. This episode will get you fired up for the season with a tail of two epic hunts. Garth and I also chat about a fair amount of tactics throughout the show and cover many of the failures and success throughout the struggles he faced. Patience and persistence prevailed and Garth was able to harvest a 350 bull and a 370 bull in the same year. You won’t want to miss this episode!
This episode brought to you by Phelps Game Calls. If you fancy yourself an elk hunter and don’t have some Phelps AMP diaphragms in your bag of tools, you are not doing it right. Take it from me I have tested nearly every, if not every diaphragm on the market past and present and these things are hands down far and away the best there is. Phelps game calls are consistent which is one thing I drive me nuts about other calls. Jason Phelps the owner is an amazing elk caller for one, but more importantly he a brilliant engineer, and obsessive about quality, which makes his calls consistent and super high quality. If you haven’t been able to use a diaphragm call before, first off you need to learn, and second buy yourself a few amp frames to learn on these are far and away the easiest calls to learn on. I don’t care what anyone says being able to call will make you a better hunter. doesn’t mean you gotta call all the time, but having the ability can mean the difference in a week-long hiking trip and eating Elk steaks all winter. I prefer the ladder. Phelps Game Calls are finally in stock again, but you better order fast because last year they sold out of a lot of reeds before the season. Get free shipping on your order with the code TRO. Go get you a pile of reeds and start practicing now!
This Episode brought to you by Backcountry Fuel Box. I know what a lot of you are thinking. I’m not really a subscription box kind of person, but hear me out. This is the one subscription box you need. Backcountry Fuel Box is a monthly box of backcountry meals, snacks, bars, and all kinds of food for your next adventure. This box will introduce you to so many cool brands that you may have never heard of before, Brands Like Protein Puck, which are delicious by the way, Fbomb nut butter, Bgood Bars, Rugged Meat sticks, Greenbelly Meals, and so many more. Each month is different, new products for you to test out and try. You can also just stock up and save each months box of goodies for your upcoming hunting season. Either way, the Backcountry Fuel Box is the best way to test out, Stock up, and save money on the products you need anyway without having to order each one or even pay to ship. Head over to backcountryfuelbox.com and get signed up today. Use the TRO code to save 10% of your subscription. So far we have had nothing but super positive feedback with less than one percent of people unsubscribing. My goal is to create a truly great service that I would want to have and be apart of myself so I hope you guys like it and judging by the feedback I think we are doing really well.
Debate: Elk or Mule Deer – 4:15
Garths two big 2015 Bulls – 6:24
Scouting for his Utah Hunt – 8:58
Few Days into the Season – 18:45
The Kill – 26:30
Garth’s Arizona Bull – 40:18
Strategy and Story – 45:59
Thoughts after the Kill – 56:45
The Experience of the Hunt – 1:04:03
Where to Find more about Garth Online – 1:10:45
What’s up girls and boys! You know what time it is, it is Wapiti Wednesday time! Which also means that elk season is fast approaching, or at least we can officially start counting down the days. What better way to get Wapiti Wednesday kicked off for 2018 than to have on a couple of true elkoholics. In this episode of Wapiti Wednesday, I am joined by good friends Andrew Whitney and Pete Muennich. Both of them are Montana transplants that didn’t find out they were obsessed with elk hunting until they got to Montana. We start the episode off with their laughable attempts and chasing bulls in the early years. We talk about the highs and lows as well as they’re an impressive learning curve and some of the tactics they developed along the way. Pete and Andrew have really grown in the last decade and were fortunate enough to have a banner year in 2017 harvest bulls each as well as helping buddies punch their tags as well. Rounding out 2017 with 6 point bull a week during the season. This episode will leave you begging for September to get here faster. If you thought you weren’t really having withdrawals yet just wait until you give this podcast a listen. If you call yourself an elk hunter, this will get you fired up.
Tune in every Wednesday morning from now through October for the best Elk hunting stories, Tactics, and more on The Rich Outdoors Wapiti Wednesday. If you enjoy Wapiti Wednesday be sure to give it a share and a review on iTunes.
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This episode brought to you by Phelps Game Calls. If you fancy yourself an elk hunter and don’t have some Phelps amp diaphragms in your bag of tools, you are not doing it right. Take it from me I have tested nearly every, if not every diaphragm on the market past and present and these things are hands down far and away the best there is. Phelps Game Calls are consistent which is one thing I drive me nuts about other calls. Jason Phelps the owner is an amazing elk caller for one, but more importantly he a brilliant engineer, and obsessive about quality, which makes his calls consistent and super high quality. If you haven’t been able to use a diaphragm call before, first off you need to learn, and second buy yourself a few amp frames to learn on these are far and away the easiest calls to learn on. I don’t care what anyone says being able to call will make you a better hunter. doesn’t mean you gotta call all the time, but having the ability can mean the difference in a week-long hiking trip and eating Elk steaks all winter. I prefer the ladder. Phelps Game Calls are finally in stock again, but you better order fast because last year they sold out of a lot of reeds before the season. Get free shipping on your order with the code TRO. Go get you a pile of reeds and start practicing now!
This Episode brought to you by Backcountry Fuel Box. I know what a lot of you are thinking. I’m not really a subscription box kind of person, but hear me out. This is the one subscription box you need. Backcountry Fuel Box is a monthly box of backcountry meals, snacks, bars, and all kinds of food for your next adventure. This box will introduce you to so many cool brands that you may have never heard of before, Brands Like Protein Puck, which are delicious by the way, Fbomb nut butter, Bgood Bars, Rugged Meat sticks, Greenbelly Meals, and so many more. Each month is different, new products for you to test out and try. You can also just stock up and save each months box of goodies for your upcoming hunting season. Either way the Backcountry Fuel Box is the best way to test out, stock up, and save money on the products you need anyway without having to order each one or even pay shipping. Head over to backcountryfuelbox.com and get signed up today. Use the TRO code to save 10% of your subscription.
Welcome to the podcast. First off huge thank you to everyone for the kind words and reviews about the Ep 212 Uncle Val. I’m am just happy that his message could be put out to the world. It is definitely one my favorite episodes that I have done.
Stay tuned after today’s interview for details on another Review Giveaway!
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Alrighty, today’s episode I am joined by my good friends Tyler Crocket and Corey Jacobsen. These guys are absolute elk nuts, and this year they chose not to sit on the sidelines and complain about the wolf problem, but to take action and be a part of the solution! Tyler and Corey decided to set out and hunt wolves in their home state of Idaho, what they learned along the way might surprise you. In this episode, Corey and Tyler share the adventures of their journey while learning to become successful wolf hunters to protect the elk they love so much. So many of us complain about the problem but have failed to put forth a valiant effort into helping manage that problem. It is very interesting to hear tell us their journey, what they discovered both about wolves as well as about the elk those wolves are killing. I really hope this episode hits home for all of you elk hunters and inspires you to put some time into hunting wolves.
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Introductions: Corey Jacobsen & Tyler Crocket
Corey’s 10th Elk Calling World Championship: 7:26
Inspiration for Wolf Hunting: 13:48
Strategies and Success: 19:12
The Kill: 23:33
The Carnage of Wolves:31:06
Corey on the Wolf Impact: 39:16
Future Plans for Success: 47:25
Cody’s Declaration: Our Duty to Protect Elk: 50:25
Thoughts on Next Year: 52:31
Advice to New Wolf Hunters: 56:56
Upcoming NW Mtn Challenge Bow Shoots: 59:16