Episode 169 – Traveling hunters and local issues

I grew up watching Lower 48ers take Alaskan salmon back to their homes and in October I took a Wyoming mule deer back to mine. Traveling to someone else’s spot to live out a dream can be a complex issue and one that often leads to debate. For every angry local about meat leaving the…

Episode 166 – Mule Deer Recap

On Day 1, I was hoping for a 3 or maybe a 4-point buck because we had scouted an area and seen big bucks. By Day 4 I was ready to shoot a spike we called Chopstick. So much happened during the 6-day hunt in Wyoming it was difficult to get the days straight, but…

Episode 149 – Outside social, masks and pressure cooking

We’re back! I didn’t make time to podcast the last two weeks because I was outside hiking, camping and looking for fish. The above picture is from a 40-mile trek in the Wind River Range. This lake had Golden Trout, but was also 99% frozen. In this episode I talk about social activities outside, masks…

Big Horn fly fishing

I was spoiled by the fishing reports from The Fly Shop when I lived in California. It may have been a matter of population density, or accessibility but whatever it was, I knew a lot about the rivers I wanted to fish. Wyoming has been a different animal, and that makes sense. Local fly shops…

Episode 147 – Winner!

Maybe the jinx is over! I saw in person what I scouted online then discussed with Jaden Bales and I still managed to draw the tag. A remarkable change of fate for me. In this quick episode I talk about my lack of luck drawing cool tags, finding new opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, the…

Episode 146 – E-scouting elk and mule deer

I e-scouted three spots for a potential mule deer hunt in Wyoming and had Wyoming Wildlife Federation’s marketing director Jaden Bales evaluate my spots. Without giving the specific areas away, I breakdown why I chose them, and Jaden evaluates my work. We discuss vegetation, land texture, how long to let a pocket rest if other…

Episode 143 – Preference points and elk

Tomorrow (May 21) is a big day. Not the big day, but a big day. Results for the Wyoming elk draw will be released and I will find out if the call practicing I’ve been doing will be put to use for a September archery hunt for cow elk. In this solo episode I talk…

Column: Seeing things

I was twenty yards away when I let out the call. It was horribly flat and unlike any animal that has roamed earth. I doubled down and spit out a quality tone. I waited for a second then heard, “C’mon.” I turned and looked through the trees toward the road. There stood a dog, ears…

Episode 142 – Spring Bear 3 – Instagram

Jaden Bales works for the Wyoming Wildlife Federation and hosts Muley Monday for the Rich Outdoors Podcast. He and I talk mentorship, identity, what your Instagram post can and can’t say about you. We also talk about hunting bears and the gear we like.