Welcome to The Rich Outdoors where we dive into everything from hardcore backcountry hunting to being an entrepreneurship, and life in general. It is back! A while back we put together a massive compilation of the best moments of throughout Wapiti Wednesday over the last couple years. What started as a concept for a 1 hour podcast turned into a gigantic project. This compilation is packed full of amazing content and whether you are going on your first elk hunt or have doing this for 20 years there is something in here for you. If you are new to this podcast or just haven’t listened to us in a while you should know that we have an entire elk and mule deer show called Wapiti Wednesday and Mule Monday with new podcasts every week that is only available on our Patreon feed. Its a 100% ad free feed that will cost you $5 a month but there are literally hundreds of additional podcasts that you can’t get anywhere else. If you have ever struggled to kill and elk $5 is a pretty low prices for years of experience and knowledge dropped on our patreon feed. check it out patreon.com/therichoutdoors. sign up and you will get a custom podcast feed just like this one.
This week, I wanted to share an episode where I was the guest on another podcast. Ty Leary, who I consider a good friend and has been on the show multiple times, is launching his own podcast later this week, called Life In Full. He invited me as a guest for one of the first interviews and we ended up having a killer conversation lasting over 3 hours! Ty’s podcast, Life In Full, focuses on the unique aspects of life through organic conversations with good people, over a glass of good whiskey.
Ty really dove deep on this one and knocked it out of the park as an interviewer. In 460 + interviews thus far, I don’t talk much about myself but it was fun to have an open conversation with a good friend who knows me pretty well. Hope you guys enjoy this conversation and do me a favor, go subscribe to Ty Leary’s podcast, Life In Full.
Intro – 0:05:11
The Early Days – 0:06:32
Expectations, Podcasting, & Work Ethic – 0:31:55
Small Town Shenanigans, Struggles, & Dynamics – 1:04:33
Business, Careers, & Entrepreneurship – 1:32:11
Generational Differences & Upbringing – 1:55:04
Impactful Life Events, Decisions, & People – 2:16:44
Self Identity, Value, & Criticism – 2:48:59
Trucks, Gear, Toys & Stories – 3:14:30
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A lot of you probably know that I like talking business and learning business. Some of you probably know that I am also a big fan of new music and underground artists. Recently I got introduced to a gentleman by the name of Bo DePeña. Bo and I hit off talking about the music industry and hunting. We had a fascinating conversation just shooting bows in my back yard and decided we should hit the record button and let all of you join in. Bo is a very interesting guy who has made a pretty good name for himself in the music industry which might be one of the hardest things to do. An avid hunter, Bo has recently also picked up a archery and it was fun to talk about his journey into western big game hunting as well as his journey to build a music career that pays the bills.
Intro – About Bo DePena – 0:05:19
Career & Self Progression – 0:15:33
The Music Industry Today – 0:29:26
Time Spent in Texas & NY – 0:38:54
Hunting – 0:44:50
Adapting & Live Events – 0:57:21
Struggles Today – 1:07:40
Obligations, Relationships & Life Balance – 1:13:23
On Stage, Image, & Trends – 1:21:53
Bo’s Music, Where & What to Listen – 1:28:57
In today’s podcast we sit down with a solid group of mountain hunters to talk about what makes them more successful than 90% of other hunters. Dioni Amuchastegui, Travis Nowotny, and Zach Kenner have all been on the podcast before but it is pretty special to have them all on together in a round table format. Dioni, is one the best mule deer hunters I know and puts so much dedication toward finding and killing big bucks. Travis, is one the only hunters I know that is massively successful at harvesting great animals of every species. In this podcast travis how he is able to be so efficient with his hunting season and we talk about the importance of time efficiency. As a busy person myself, this is so huge for me and something I preach to others constantly. I have interviewed hundreds of great hunters over the years and I can promise you this is a very common denominator between great hunters.
We also talk about Alaska hunting. Zach Kenner a Washington native, moved up to Alaska and has taken full advantage of all that it has to offer. Like most of us dream of doing Zach has been on some pretty epic sheep and brown bear hunts and we talk about those experiences and really what it takes to just go up and hunt DIY for both.
Intro – Background & Skill Level – 0:04:55
Misery, Confidence, & Acceptance – 0:13:00
Time Management & Effective Hunts – 0:21:33
Sheep Talk & Multiple Game Tags – 0:30:14
Alaska Gizz Hunting – 0:35:03
Caribou are reindeer? – 0:42:57
The Call to the Unknown – 0:46:35
When Shit Goes Sideways – 0:52:21
DIY Dall Sheep Hunting – 0:55:28
How Far is Too Far – 0:59:29
Closing Advice – 1:12:40
Today I’m joined by a good friend and excellent elk hunter Dirk Durham from the Elk Collective and Phelps Game Calls. In this podcast Dirk shares is journey last year to turn a ruined season into a success. After receiving a major shoulder injury just days into season, Dirk thought it was all but over for the year. After switching to a mouth tab release and teaching himself to shoot it, Dirk pushed through and was able to kill a bull which is amazing. We dive into that story and more in this episode. We also cover how you can get a tag if you were not able to get lucky and get a limited entry tag somewhere. We cover how Dirk would go about choosing an area within those general season tags that offer multiple units. We also cover an in depth discussion about utilizing racking to kill bulls that may be over called to.
Intro – Dirk Durham – 0:03:23
How Dirk Tore His Rotator Cuff – 0:06:48
Choosing a General Tag & Unit – 0:17:04
What to Look For & How Far In – 0:27:45
Cow Calls vs Bugles – 0:37:34
Raking Tactics – 0:47:16
Dirk’s Plans for the Upcoming Season – 0:58:28
The Elk Collective – 1:01:27
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