Today I am joined by the very accomplished Brian Barney of Eastman Elevated. Brian takes his hunting skills and preparation to a whole new level and has found success in every animal he chases because of it. When it comes to bears Brian not only gets it done year in and year out but does it on mature boars with archery tackle spot and stalk. In this episode Brian and I talk Spot and stock tactics for spring bear hunting. Last year Brian and I did a podcast on spring bear hunting and tactics we have both found over the years. Brian spends the bulk of his time hunting mountains in Montana and myself looking for bears in steep canyons of Eastern Oregon. There are a lot of similarities but also many differences.
Moving to Montana this year it was like starting from scratch and having no prior knowledge of units, areas, or even habits in a lot of ways. This has been both fun and frustrating having to start from ground zero. In doing so it has opened my eyes to a lot of questions that I think I have probably taken for granted in previous podcasts. In this episode, Brian and I discuss the struggles and process of even finding an area to begin with. and then breaking down things to look for. We also discuss timelines, best season dates, and how to maximize the efficiency of time. Oregon and Montana seem to have different best hunting dates with vastly different winters and springs. We also Talk tactics for spot and stalk bears for both rifle and bow hunting. Brain Barney is a wealth of information on spring bear hunting and I think we could talk for hours on the subject. I Always learn more than a few things when I chat with Brain.
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Welcome Back Brian Barney – Start
Weather & Bear Behavior – 8:42
Ideal Time of Day & Conditions – 18:47
Scouting Tips & what to Look For – 26:46
A Couple Fun Bear Stories – 40:31
Wind, Thermals, & Bow Hunting – 43:26
Bear Eyesight & Detecting Movement – 52:56
Late Season Tactics – 58:45
Advice for Judging a Bears Size – 1:03:07
A Boar Over a Sow, Or…? – 1:12:55
Info: Brian’s Podcast & Online Presence – 1:19:25
Book Suggestion on Thermals, Wind, Predators & Prey – Mentioned @ 50:23
Predator-Prey Dynamics: The Role of Olfaction – by Michael J. Conover
This book examines the physics of airflow, environmental & behavioral elements of predators and prey, survival dynamics, and how predators use olfaction detect, locate, and track their prey using odor.
Today I am joined by Shed Crazy, Ben Dettamanti. Ben is known pretty much across the internet as Shed Crazy and spends the majority of his time picking up sheds. In fact, about a year ago Ben quit his full-time job and started picking up sheds full time and building a YouTube channel. Most will know Ben through Shed Crazy on social media and YouTube but Ben is also a successful elk hunter, having taken great bulls on OTC Utah hunts. If you know anything about OTC Utah bull tags it’s that they are tough hunts and very few people consistently take good bulls off of those areas. We also talk a fair amount about hunting wallows, a tactic that gets overlooked quite often. We dive into various wallow tactics and how to utilize wallows at various times during the season.
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 latter. 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 OnX maps. OnX is the most trusted private/ public mapping system available and any more I don’t go anywhere without my OnX maps. The OnX 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 OnX 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 OnX account from multiple sources allowing you to scout from your desktop or tablet and explore with confidence with your smartphone or GPS. On X membership is a must have for any serious western hunter. Hunt with confidence and know where you stand with an OnX membership. Save 20% off your membership when you sign up or renew withThe Rich Outdoors promo code TRO.
Meet Ben Dettamanti AKA “ShedCrazy” – Start
Ben’s Career: The Big Leap – 5:25
Maximizing OTC Tags – 10:43
Ben’s First OTC Elk Bow Hunt – 14:54
OTC Tags: Struggles & Mistakes – 19:58
Tactics & Elk Behavior – 25:12
Ben’s OTC 350 Bull 37:17
Advice to Novice Hunters – 41:16
Rifle or Bow? – 43:36
Advice: Getting into the Industry – 46:31
His 2018 Plan’s – 48:23
Ben got a Backcountry Fuel Box – 50:12
Where to Find Ben Online – 52:08
Today I am joined by my good buddy and California hog hunting guide, Tony Lombardi. If you guys want to go on a hog hunt you need to go with Tony. I did a hunt with Tony 3 years ago and we have been close friends ever since. He’s a great guy and has some killer hog hunting in Cali not only with a ton of hogs but it is beautiful country hunting pigs in rolling hill country of California. In this episode, we chat about hunting in California and cover everything from hunting as a resident to applying as a non-resident. We cover public land pig hunting and even applications for access. Whether you are a resident or a non-resident you should pull some great info from this episode.
GoHUNT.com just added California to their growing list of states and did a great job with the launch. I can’t say enough good things about goHUNT.com, they continue to add new states and grow their information. If you listen to Tag Tuesday, you need a goHUNT account. That is all there is to it, I use goHUNT religiously and I love the platform. If you fancy yourself a hunter, you need to go sign up for goHUNT and become an insider member. Use the promo code TRO when you sign up and you will automatically get $50 to use in the gear shop.
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Catching Up with Tony – Start
Get Started Pig Hunting – 8:20
Opportunities for Res. & Non-Res. – 14:15
Overview of Cali Deer Hunts – 20:06
Using GoHunt for Unit Review – 26:30
OTC Early Season Bow Blacktail – 31:04
Talkin’ Thule Elk -34:12
Local Hunting Opportunities – 34:48
Pig Population in SoCal – 37:35
Cali Antelope – 43:16
Cali Sheep – 46:25
Final THoughts – 50:07
How to Find or Contact Tony – 55:08
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
In this episode, Mr. Hunt DIY himself Zach Bowhay joins me to talk about how to plan a DIY Antelope Hunt in Wyoming. This information generally works for most any state but I wanted to cover Wyoming specifically to pair it with our Tuesday episode of application strategy in Wyoming. With Wyoming draw deadline at the end of May, I wanted to make sure all of those who have an interest going on a great antelope hunt this fall get the info and start planning now. Probably the two most important tools I would consider in setting up a DIY Antelope hunt and we talk about at length in this episode are goHUNT.com and On X Maps. Both of which will make doing a DIY Antelope hunt out west so much easier. In fact, Having ON X Maps is pretty much a must on most any Antelope hunt in the west as you can pretty much guarantee that most anywhere you find antelope it is going to be checker-boarded in bits of BLM ground. I also rely on On X to Scout units and help me make decisions on which unit to apply for. Like I said if you want to plan an Antelope hunt get yourself a goHUNT account and On X account. Our TRO code works for both and will save you some money. Overall I highly recommend an antelope hunt if you have never been. It is a super fun hunt, and with a couple buddies, you can make it a trip of memories that will last a lifetime.
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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.
On X membership is a must have for any serious western hunter. Hunt with confidence and know where you stand with an On x membership. Save 20% off your membership when you sign up or renew with The Rich Outdoors promo code TRO.