Hunt Talk Radio

By Randy Newberg

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 May 5, 2019
love listening a pitty we don't have more podcasts like this but for us Ozzie's.

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Hunt Talk Radio, Randy Newberg Unfiltered is a podcast covering hunting politics, public lands, and conservation topics; even a few things you didn’t need to know. The best hunters you’ve never heard of join Randy to answer questions from the Hunt Talk web forum, share ideas, reveal tactics, and give perspectives unique to public land hunting.

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EP 120: Wyoming Mule Deer Fanatics

In this Episode (120) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is on a long awaited Wyoming mule deer hunt and shares a mic with two conservation advocates, Chris Steffen and Jared Oakleaf, both lending their talents to mule deer conservation group, Muley Fanatic Foundation.  Topics covered included mule deer, migration routes, Wyoming Migration Initiative, accommodating for wild things, world demand for resources, mothers are leaders, winter kill, quality habitat, risk-reward of migration, corridors, relearning migration routes, and other topics related to the amazing conservation story that is the migratory mule deer of western Wyoming.

Nov 11, 2019
EP 119: Theodore Roosevelt IV - Wild Places and Wildlife

In this Episode (119) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy shares a mic with Theodore Roosevelt IV (Ted).  Topics covered include some controversial topics, such as our changing climate and the impacts to wildlife and hunting, change is constant, science or bias, shrinking wildness, value of wild places, conservation, Roosevelt Legacy, Vietnam service, operating a science-dependent investment business, favorite hunting and fishing adventures, and a host of other topics through the eyes of a former Navy Seal and current investment banker who loves wild places and wild things.

Nov 04, 2019
EP 118: New Mexico Elk Hunt Update

In this episode (118) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy and the crew are wrapping up a trip to New Mexico to help Uncle Mike fill his elk tag.  Topics covered include "sensitive" social media images, before/after food images, aging as a hunter, hunting with family, paying back the favors, a lengthy day-by-day analysis of Mike's elk hunt, misses are part of hunting, post-rut elk, bulls and burns, wind sucks, and always, some marital advice.

Oct 28, 2019
EP 117: Mid-Season Update

Randy, Marcus, and Michael get together and talk about their successes in the 2019 hunting season. The team discusses the previous two months of hunting trips, including Michael's first bull elk.

Oct 21, 2019
EP 116: Fulfilling Your Lifelong Dreams

In this episode (116) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy and Marcus are on their way home from Randy's lifelong dream hunt; Mountain Caribou in the Cassiar Mountains of British Columbia.  This podcast focuses on the importance of having dreams, and even more important to work at making those dreams come true. Randy has been dreaming of this hunt since a teenager.  It took 40 years to make it a reality.  In addition to caribou, a moose tag in hand was a handy addition to this amazing experience.  Great adventures, new landscapes, special species, more memories and new friends.  If you get only one thing from this episode, I hope it is the inspiration to make your lifelong dreams the reality of today.

Oct 12, 2019
EP 115: Hunting as a Woman's Experience

In this Episode (115) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy opens the mic to a trio of hunters who just happen to be women.  Randy is deeply interested in the lens through which hunters who are women see the hunting world.  Joining in this conversation are Nicole Qualtieri, Sarah Keller, and Lindsey Mulcare.  Topics covered include how women are socialized away from hunting at younger ages, coming back to hunting, born into hunting or having to learn it, patronizing or pragmatic, crying is part of the deal, shrink it and pink it, huntress or hunter, OK to exclude men/women, and many other topics these three hunters find discussion-worthy for a male-dominated activity as is hunting.

Sep 09, 2019
EP 114: Fair Chase & Self-Restraint

In this episode (114) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio Randy is joined by Keith Balfourd, Marketing and Communications Director at Boone & Crockett Club.  Topics covered include the history and origin of Fair Chase, self-restraint as the foundation of species recovery, conservation founded on the Fair Chase principles, hunting image, codes, standards, behavior, why it matters, wise use of resources requires restraint, hunting in a diverse society, conservation through a single species lens, databases used for conservation, harvesting older or male species is conservation, and many other sticky hunting topics on which B&C is leading the discussion.

Aug 26, 2019
EP 113: Public Land Hunting with Aaron and Sam

In this episode (113) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy shares a mic with two fellow public land hunters, Aaron Warbritton of The Hunting Public and Sam Soholt of the Public Land School Bus.  Topics covered include the challenges of filming public land hunts, finding public hunting spots, information and inspiration, how we all got into this gig, some behind the scenes stories, public land whitetails, midwest public land hunting, western spoils, and lots of ideas on finding public hunting ground.

Aug 12, 2019
EP 112: Shane Mahoney's Optimistic Future

In this episode (112) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy shares a mic with frequent guest, Shane Mahoney of Conservation Visions.  From the RMEF Elk Camp in Park City, topics covered include sharing the harvest, wild harvest statistics, value of information gives value to wildlife, North American Model of Wildlife Conservation update, opponents can be allies, opportunities to sway abound, sustainable use of all resources includes wildlife, world looking to North America wildlife models, food security concerns favor hunting, hunting as an example for sustainable systems, food at the core of the hunting message, health awareness benefits hunting, society admires those who share, and a host of other ideas crammed into an hour-long discussion.

Jul 29, 2019
EP 111: Elk - You Find Them Where They Are

In this Episode (EP 111) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy and his crew debate where you find elk and why you find them.  Marcus believes elk "Are where your find them."  Randy insists you find elk "Where they are."   That debate is not solved, but discussed in great depth, along with elk patterns, why elk are where they are, five calendar periods of an elk's year, E-scouting, fishing skills for elk hunting, elk needs, hunting scapegoats, moon phases, locked down whitetails, internet research, all forage is not the same, elk hunter botanists, and host of other topics designed to inform and inflame the listener.

Jun 30, 2019
EP 110: Big Idea to Final Product in the Hunting World

In this Episode (110) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy shares a mic with former guest and Leupold's VP Product Development, Tim Lesser.  Topics covered include where new ideas come from, dreams and realities, manufacturable, value proposition, relentless pursuit of improvement, gateways to end product development, field testing, honest feedback, migration of military technology, producing with customers in mind, test for weakest links, pulling the plug, USA manufacturing benefits and challenges, foreign competitors, real world results, over-engineer, weight and resulting forces, lighter can be more durable, surfaces aplenty, lens coatings matter, and many other topics that explain how high quality rifle scopes are made.

Jun 16, 2019
EP 109: Archery Muleys and Spring Black Bears

In this episode (EP109) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is joined by Ryan Lampers of the Sthealthy Hunter.  Topics covered include spring black bears, boars' nests, green pockets, backpacking for bears, evening or morning, bear meat, velvet mule deer, archery stalks, controlling your nerves, young buck sentinels, Western Hunting Summit,  high country bucks, Washington muleys, blown stalks, sloth-like, ten-day hunts, patience, and many other topics related to archery mule deer and spring black bears.

May 30, 2019
Bonus EP: Hunt Idaho Elk This Year

In this Bonus Episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy gives a quick overview of the Idaho system for non-resident elk tags.  Topics covered include deadlines (6/5/19), no point system, upfront costs, getting the most for your money, strategy to hunt Idaho every year, wolf opportunity, combining with a deer hunt, where populations are over objective, season dates, and the other basics you need to apply for and hunt elk in Idaho this year.

May 22, 2019
EP 108: Hunting Media, Messaging and Insights

In this episode (108) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy shares the mic with Tony Peterson, outdoor writer and host of the Hunt For Real Podcast.  Topics covered include hunting public land whitetails, kids teaching parents, late season pheasants, hunting dogs, print media, changes to digital media, how hunting has changed, insights to the archery industry, commercialization, Congress is pro wrasslin, portraying real hunting experiences, how Randy got into media, how hunting messages are formed by outside influences, and many other topics from two experienced media producers.

May 06, 2019
EP 107: Animal Recovery with Blood Tracking Dogs

In this Episode (107) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy shares the mic with Damon Bungard of Orion Coolers to discuss his use of blood tracking dogs to recover hit animals.  Topics covered include the history of blood tracking dogs, breeding lines, growth of blood tracking in the US, what states are legal, leashed or unleashed, United Blood Trackers Organization, ethics of using dogs for recovery, volunteering for tracking other's animals, and a host of other topics to open the minds of people not familiar with using blood tracking dogs to recover hit animals.

Apr 22, 2019
Bonus Episode: How To Hunt Elk In Nevada

In this bonus episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy gives the overview of applying for elk tags in Nevada.  Nevada has amazing hunting, with Nevada elk being highly coveted.  Topics covered include application deadlines, application strategies, maximizing your license investment, season dates, how the system works, using all your choices, bonus points systems, quality elk and quality experience, and all other issues you need to know to apply for, and hopefully draw, Nevada elk tags.

Apr 19, 2019
EP 106: Conservation, Cooking, & History with Johnathan O'Dell

In this Episode (106) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is joined by prior guest, Johnathan O'Dell, small game biologist, chef, and historian of conservation, specifically in the southwestern states.  Topics covered include small game cooking, crane bacon, javelina hams, history of ornithology in Arizona, conservation as an American identity, jackrabbits as big game, panfish for the pan, and a host of other interesting points by the world's most interesting small game hunter.

Apr 08, 2019
Bonus: Colorado - Hunt Elk This Year

In this bonus episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy goes over the manner to get an elk tag for Colorado.  Colorado is a state you can hunt every year for elk, even as a non-resident.  The deadline is April 2, 2019.  Topics covered includes how the draw system works, deadlines, left-over options, over-the-counter elk hunting, public access, preference point systems, and other important issues when applying for elk hunts in Colorado.

Mar 27, 2019
EP 105: Hunting & Marriage; Advice From Women

In Episode 105 of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, we have a follow up to the recent "hunting & marriage" episode.  This is marital advice from married women; Hillary, Morgan, and Jen laying down the facts to Randy. Topics covered include men being clueless, hunting is a mistress, the thought does count, expectations, financial fairness, time budgets, I need a break from the kids, what women mean versus what they say, and many valuable "decodings" for the hunter who wants marital harmony.

Mar 25, 2019
EP 104: Public Lands Bill with US Senator Steve Daines

In the episode (104) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy sits down with US Senator Steve Daines to discuss the recent public land, S. 47, bill that became law.  Topics covered include an overview of S. 47, how complex bills become legislation, unifying message of public lands and conservation, Land & Water Conservation Fund, importance of public access, LWCF funding mechanism, hunters in Congress, Senator Daines' hunting and fishing background, how Senate rules work, killing bad amendments, what is next on the public land front, and many stories of hunting and fishing public lands.

Mar 18, 2019
Bonus Episode: Hunt Elk Every Year - Montana Elk Primer

In this Bonus Episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy gives a quick overview of the Montana drawing process and how non-residents can use Montana as a predictable state for their plan to hunt elk every year.  Topics covered include the Montana tag draw system, general tag, limited entry tags, long seasons, public land archery benefits, returned tags, deadlines, and enough other tips to get you well on your way to hunting elk in Montana. 

Mar 05, 2019
EP 103: Managing Large Carnivores on Large Landscapes

In this episode (103) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy has return guest Jim Heffelfinger, Science Coordinator for Arizona Game & Fish who also leads their Department involvement recovery of the Mexican Wolf.  Topics covered include Mexican wolves, Endangered Species Act, Congressional delisting, genetic purge, Colorado gray wolf proposal, litigation, can the ESA work in a litigation environment, and a lot of other difficult topics related to reintroduction and recovery of endangered species.

Feb 27, 2019
Bonus Episode: Utah - Hunt Elk Every Year

In this bonus episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy gives a quick overview of the Utah elk tag drawing system as it applies to non-residents.  Topics include how the system works, why UT is a long-term plan, allocating time and money budgets, realistic expectations, bonus points, limited non-resident opportunity, great season dates, big bulls, lots of public land, and other high-level topics to get you started thinking about elk hunting in Utah.

Feb 26, 2019
Bonus Episode - Hunting & Marriage Advice for Men

In this bonus episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is celebrating his 30th wedding anniversary today.  As part of that big event, Randy has invited some fellow hunters, Bart May, Michael Parente, and Dan Wilde to discuss marriage advice for men.  Version 2 will have marriage advice from women guests.  Topics covered include "peace, not justice," men are bad negotiators, women are smarter, know what you bring to the table, don't care too much, don't be handy, setting & exceeding expectation, when to get married, elope if you can, measuring the future costs, taxidermy, and a host of other topics men usually mess up on when trying to accommodate their hunting passion with their marriage.  Stay tuned for the women's perspective.

Feb 11, 2019
Bonus Episode: Arizona - Hunt Elk Every Year

In this bonus episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is joined by Brady Miller of to give a brief overview of how the Arizona elk non-resident tag system works.  Topics covered include point system, draw process, youth licenses, how to avoid the 10% non-resident cap, increase your odds, use both your choices, and many other points to get you started on the path to someday hunting elk in Arizona.

Feb 08, 2019
EP 102: Arizona Quail Camp Discussions

In this Episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio (EP102) Randy is joined in southern Arizona by friends wildlife biologists Wade Zarlingo (Mearns Quail Expert), Al Eiden (Quail Forever Regional Director), and Kyle Dutro (Arizona Game & Fish Landowner Relations Director).  Topics covered are quail management, quail hunting, landowner access programs, Farm Bill for hunters, watering deserts for wildlife, hunting impacts on populations, large landscape management, public land access, conservation volunteers, and other topics pertinent to hunting Arizona.

Feb 04, 2019
Bonus Episode - Wyoming; Hunt Elk Every Year

In this Bonus Episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is joined by Brady Miller of  Continuing with the mantra that you should hunt elk every year, the guys give a half hour dissertation of the points you need to know about drawing elk tags in Wyoming.  Topics covered include point system, regular versus special draw, random draw, draw odds, strategy by point level, general tags, archery options and enough Wyoming draw information to give you a good start in your research.  Don't miss the deadline of January 31.

Jan 27, 2019
EP 101: Life in a Mexico Jail (and some Arizona hunting)

In this episode (101) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is joined by crew members, Marcus and Michael, along with frequent TV guest, Jerry Pritchard.  Listeners have asked for the full story of why Randy won't hunt Mexico.  He and Jerry explain their night in a Mexican jail, making it clear why they will never hunt Mexico.  After that story, other topics include Coues deer hunting, antelope jackrabbits, dove, quail, javelina, Arizona style chili, drawing tags in Arizona, and other random thoughts from a Coues deer camp in the Sonoran desert.

Jan 21, 2019
BONUS EPISODE: 2019 Updates for WY and AZ from

In this short bonus episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy gives an overview of what can be expected in application season of 2019.  The focus will be "hunt elk every year," with Wyoming and Arizona as the first states to be considered in this short-term, mid-term, and long-term plan.  Joining Randy is Trail Kreitzer of, explaining the updates found in the new version of the goHUNT INSIDER service.  Topics covered are details of Wyoming and Arizona non-resident elk drawings.

Jan 07, 2019
EP 100: Q&A - Listener Questions

In this Episode (100) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy and Matthew have sorted the piles of emails that have come in over the last year, choosing a handful of discussion topics to include corner crossing, civil trespass, gun control folly, 2nd Amendment clarity, grizzly bear delisting, point creep(s), Wyoming elk drawing, how much is too much information, what is "my spot," new hunter conundrum, GPS or Smart phone app, and a lot of tangents that originate from listener questions.

Dec 30, 2018
EP 099: Non-resident discrimination, Easements, Zinke

In this Episode (99) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy, Marcus, and Dan discuss listener topics like wildlife not connected to the land ownership, states as wildlife trustees, price gouging non-residents (NR), how much to allocate NRs, what are conservation easements (CE), why CEs are under attack, property rights hypocrites, resignation of Ryan Zinke as Sec of DOI, Utah selling 28K of open hunting ground, the anti-public land movement, and many other topics related to public land and conservation.

Dec 19, 2018
EP 098: Wyoming Elk Hunting Recap

In this Episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio (EP 098) Randy is joined by Marcus Hockett and Matthew Newberg to discuss Matthew's recent Wyoming elk hunt, recorded via a YouTube Livestream.  Topics discussed include late season elk, winter ranges, reserve WY tags for following year, hunt another's tree stand, public land etiquette, importance of mentors, ethics v. preferences, wound one and you're done, distance and technology, wounding losses, what you want from a hunt, hunt opener or end of season, elk are where you find them, non-lead ammo performance, burning points, and other topics from YouTube viewers.

Nov 30, 2018
EP 097: Mule Deer Management Observations

In this Episode (97) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, we are talking about mule deer hunting.  Randy, Marcus, and Micheal all took Montana mule deer two days apart, in different hunts, in different habitats, giving cause to discuss what is happening with mule deer management.  Topics include, hunting opportunity v. trophy desires, can you have both, mandatory harvest reporting, limited entry v. general tags, genetics, v. age, crowding, limited cost us hunter numbers, mule deer experts, report from early season elk hunts, bad hunting luck, and many other mule deer topics.

Nov 16, 2018
EP096: Hunting Advocacy & Politics with Cameo by US Senator Jon Tester

In this Episode (096) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy and his crew discuss how hunters can engage in elections and politics as informed voters.  Included is a half hour interview with US Senator Jon Tester.  Topics covered include mid-term elections, chameleon candidates, competing priorities when voting, party relevance, trustworthy sources, contacting elected leaders, voting matters, being informed, accountability from those you voted for, trends in politicization, what they say v. what they've done, LWCF, public land funding, and a host of other hunting and access issues swirling around in this election season.

Oct 29, 2018
EP095: Henry Mountain Free Range Bison Hunting

In this episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy and friends are podcasting from their bison camp in the Henry Mountains of southern Utah.  Joining Randy are his crew members, Marcus and Dan, previous guest JR Young, and friend Ray White.  Randy drew one of two non-resident archery bison tags and the day prior to this podcast filled his tag with a big bull bison.  Topics covered include bison hunting, processing a one-ton animal, good luck rules, easy packouts, bison as the sacrificial lamb for conservation, history of bison, genesis of US conservation, strange cuts only from a bison, chefs in hunting camps, and other topics of food and conservation.

Oct 19, 2018
EP094: AZ G&F's Jim Heffelfinger

In this episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk radio, Randy is joined by Jim Heffelfinger, wildlife science coordinator for Arizona Game & Fish.  Topics covered include migration corridors, science for wildlife management, mule deer issues, habitat versus predation,  Mexican wolves, ESA, restoring threatened and endangered species, coues deer, deer and more deer, Arizona opportunity hunts, and many topics related to science of game management.

Oct 05, 2018
EP093: Chronic Wasting Disease - Facts Matter

In this episode (93) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is joined by two renowned hunter-scientists who have made their careers studying Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).  Dr. Kelly Straka and Dr. Krysten Schuler talk about what is known and what is not yet known about CWD.  With washed up rock 'n rollers and a few TV personalities impersonating as disease experts, now seems like a great time to let true scientists have a platform to dispel the misinformation being spread about CWD.  This podcast is all CWD, what we do know, what we don't know.  And the best advice given from these hunter-scientists; keep hunting, even if CWD is in your hunting area.

Sep 22, 2018
EP 092: Dall Sheep Discussions with Randy Newberg, Tim Burnett, and Marcus Hockett

In this Episode (92) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is in Alaska with cameraman, Marcus Hockett, hunting Dall Sheep.  Also there was Tim Burnett of the SoloHunter who joined them for the last three days.  Topics covered include details of three intense Dall Sheep stalks, dreams fulfilled, mental versus physical stamina, satisfaction as a function of difficulty, outdoor media platforms, and a host of other topics relevant to a once-in-a-lifetime Alaska sheep hunt.

Sep 07, 2018
EP091: Sitka Blacktails from Southeast Alaska

In this Episode (091) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is joined by his camera crew Marcus Hockett and Tyler Johnerson, and two leading experts on Sitka Blacktails, Jim Baichtal and Dr. Sophie Gilbert. Topics discussed include hunting southeast Alaska, Sitka Blacktail biology, lack of blacktail research, raising awareness, how good can habitat get, man and deer coexisting, management by science, science funded by hunters' excise taxes, appeal of hunting extreme locations, effort provides rewards, how you can help with Sitka Blacktail conservation.

Aug 24, 2018
EP90: Talking with Kenetrek Boots president and founder Jim Winjum

In Episode 90 of Hunt Talk Radio, Randy and Jim talk about how Kenetrek Boots started, the importance and use of proper socks, and Jim's passion for sheep hunting.

Aug 10, 2018
EP 089: Unfiltered Public Land Discussion with Brian Call

In this Episode (089) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio Randy is joined by Brian Cal of the Gritty Bowmen.  This is a very unfiltered discussion about the current affairs of public land advocacy, worthlessness of the two-party system, Randy as a party-agnostic, Brian's feedback from of speaking out, inflicting political pain, going on the offense, the Utah doctrine, when silence becomes support, spineless politicians, you can't buy a politician who isn't for sale, drop your party allegiances, and many perspectives on public land politics.

Jul 27, 2018
EP: 088 - Expand Your Public Land Hunting with Remi Warren

In this episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio (EP: 088), Randy Newberg and Remi Warren finally connect for a long-planned chat, albeit a shorter thannormal episode.  Topics covered include public lands in other countries, self-guided experiences in Australia and New Zealand,  buying one-way tickets, figure it out, being a lucky fool, is hunting really a job, cancellation lists, solo hunting/filming, digital media, and making success your only option.

Jul 13, 2018
EP 087: Lead-free Ammo and Huntiing with Raptors

In this Episode (087) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is joined by his production leader, Marcus Hockett, and two fanatic hunters who happen to be experts on raptors and hawking, Chris Parish and Leland Brown.  Topics discussed include Randy's excitement to hunt small game and birds with raptors, history of hawking, non-lead ammo, superior bullet performance, how to get lead out of the field, voluntary compliance is better than legal mandate, hawks, falcons, raptors, scavengers, hunting birds with birds of prey, small game hunting, bullet fragmentation, terminal performance of non-lead bullets, value of condor studies to hunting conservation, and lots of other cool ideas you want to hear.

Jun 29, 2018
EP 086: Live From Alaska Black Bear Camp

In this Episode (086) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is joined by field producer, Marcus Hockett, and frequent guest hunter, Mike Spitzer, recorded at black bear camp on a remote island in southeast Alaska.  Topics covered include a lot of bear hunting stories, rain, details and logistic of self-guide Alaska black bear hunts, using a 7mm-.08 for bears, if Remi Warren was right about when bears come out, and many topics that will make you want to go to Alaska on your own black bear hunt.

Jun 15, 2018
EP - 085: Expert Panel on Wild Sheep Disease

In this episode (EP:085) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy Newberg hosts a panel of wild sheep experts at the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Society annual convention in Denver.  On the panel are Kevin Hurley, Dr. Peregrine Wolff, and Clay Brewer, all professional experts who study wild sheep, disease, and conservation opportunities.  Topics covered include disease risks, impacts on herd expansion and translocation, transmission from domestic animals, habitat impacts on disease prevalence, and questions from the audience.  To learn more about wild sheep conservation, go to

Jun 01, 2018
EP:084 - Talking Elk with Born and Raised Outdoors

In this Episode (084) Randy fights off a cold to talk elk and new media with Kody and Trent of Born and Raised Outdoors.  Topics discussed include Land of The Free project, archery elk hunting, all things Roosevelt elk, why film your hunts, hunting with llamas, hunting new places, collaboration media, YouTube video distribution, calling elk, aggressive elk hunting, public land hunting challenges, getting away from crowds, hiding your favorite spots, decoy rigs, hunting multiple states, over-the-counter tags, hunting 50 days straight, the bull who wants to fight, and many other elk hunting topics.

May 21, 2018
EP:083 Hunting, Tags, & Conservation Advocacy with

In this Episode (EP083) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy gets into a deep discussion about conservation commitment and advocacy with folks Lorenzo Sartini and Chris Porter.  Topic discussed include commitment to conservation, regional names for species, fat ducks, winter kill affecting where you applied, human impacts requiring human intervention, volunteering as a lifestyle, doing more is doing more, institutional inertia, mandatory harvest reporting, is hunting conservation, Arizona youth opportunity, habitat without water, babies and hunting passes, point portfolios, safety net hunts, California a hunting state, strategy pays off, elk-goat combo hunt, will Randy ever draw a sheep tag, 2% For Conservation, Nevada Dream Tags, quality versus opportunity, and many more.

May 07, 2018
EP 082: Elk, Packs, Tracks, and Mystery Ranch

In this Episode (082) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is at Mystery Ranch HQ, joined by Luke Boswell and Tim Hoffer.  Topics covered include new packs, how packs are designed/tested/tweaked, Mountain Goat hunting, packing out other hunter's bull, field testing, hunter education, commitment to conservation, public land advocacy, good isn't good enough, and many other tangents.

Apr 23, 2018
EP:081 - Todd Orr on grizzly attacks, elk hunting, and knife making

In this episode (081) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is joined by Todd Orr, backcountry veteran, custom knife maker, experienced handgun elk hunter, and most famously, survivor of a grizzly bear attack.  Topics covered are grizzly bears, knife making, grizzly bears, hunting public land elk, grizzly bears, how Todd has tagged 28 bull elk, grizzly bears, details of a grizzly attack, bad luck is just bad luck, and many other points to be learned from an experienced backcountry expert like Todd Orr.

Apr 09, 2018
EP:080 - YouTube, Congress, and the Public Land Alphabet

In this episode (EP:080) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy Newberg is joined by his crew, Marcus Hockett and Michael Parente to discuss many issues affecting hunters.  Topics include YouTube prohibiting firearm content, Bill of Rights, Example of Advocacy, Alphabet Soup of Public Land Acronyms, Civics overview for hunters, Who is the Fed, get mad at the proper person, Facebook stupidity, western states discriminate against non-residents, and many other topics sure to make you mad.

Mar 26, 2018
EP079: Getting Gritty in Arizona with Jim Heffelfinger

In this episode (079) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is joined with Brian Call of Gritty Bowmen and the "Deer Master," Jim Heffelfinger, Wildlife Science Coordinator of Arizona Game and Fish and also the coordinator of the multi-state western Mule Deer Initiative.  Recorded on a Coues Deer hunt in Southern Arizona, the topics covered are deer-centric, adding in lots of discussion of other food we are chasing; javelina, Mearn's quail, jackrabbits, coatimundi, with Jim adding a lot of science to each topic.  Jim is also a youth hunting mentor leader, prolific writer, and known for his cooking talents.

Mar 11, 2018
EP078: Talking Wild Game Cooking with Hank Shaw and Johnathan O'Dell

In this Episode (078) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is in Arizona and joined by past guests Hank Shaw and Johnathan O'Dell to discuss food and cooking of the things we hunt.  Hank is a renowned wild game cooking author.  Johnathan a biologist, historian, and standout cook.  Topics discussed are small game hunting, Coues deer, foraging, fore borne illnesses, mistakes when cooking wild game, over complicating cooking, fat mallards, crane hunting, waterfowl delicacies, and more items to make your mouth water.

Feb 24, 2018
EP:077 Shane Mahoney on The Hunter's Permission To Speak

In this episode (077) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is joined by a frequent guest, Shane Mahoney of Conservation Visions.  Shane gives us an update on his Wild Harvest Initiative, transitioning the discussion to food as the fundamental underpinning to explaining hunting to those no longer connected to wild things and wild places, as a better way to explain why food connects us to conservation and the importance the land holds for all we find important.  To summarize, "It's the food, stupid!"  Follow Shane at

Feb 11, 2018
EP:076- Strategies to Draw Western Big Game Tags

In this episode (EP:076)of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is joined by guest Lorenzo Sartini and Brady Miller of where they go into great detail about strategies for drawing western hunting tags.  All western states are covered, with deadlines, result dates, point systems, quirks and intricacies, tips for each states and each species, along with strategy ideas for your hunting plans in general and by strategies for short and long-term approach to drawing more tags.

Jan 31, 2018
EP075: Conservation Commitment with Sitka Gear, First Lite Gear, and 2% for Conservation

In Episode 75 of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is joined by Jared Frasier of 2% for Conservation and two leading brands in the hunting world; Sitka Gear and First Lite.  Taking the mic are Jonathan Hart (co-founder) and Garrett Long (conservation coordinator) of Sitka Gear, and Kenton Carruth (founder) and Ryan Callaghan (marketing director) of First Lite Gear.  Topics covered include the common cause of conservation for all companies in the hunting world, managing risk while staying relevant, the value of supporting conservation efforts, dealing with critics, being bold with your brand, making a difference, new age companies leading the hunting industry, working with non-hunting advocates, and many more topics shared by two leaders in the performance clothing world.

Jan 25, 2018
EP074: Eastern Backcountry Hunting with Randy Newberg and Damon Bungard

EP:074 of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radion with Randy Newberg has Damon Bungard, a specialist in Eastern Backcounty Adventures and product manager for Orion Coolers.  Damon has been on prior podcasts, explaining his adventures of backpacking in the Eastern and Southeastern states.  Topics covered include subjectiveness of what is "backcountry," kayak deer hunting, finding public lands in crowded areas, abundance of opportunity in the southeast, challenge of saving accessible public and private lands, tracking dogs, equipment lists, logistics and hurdles for traveling hunters, and a host of other topics relevant to the public land hunter.

Jan 15, 2018
EP073: Advocate or Apologist?

In this episode (EP073) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is joined by his Field Producer, Marcus Hockett.  Apologies for missing a week due to holidays and obligations.  This podcast starts pretty calm and explains what we are up to, then transitions to some heated topics that are heavy on politics and public land policy.  Topics covered include digital video, the death of TV, moving to Amazon and YouTube, National Monuments, advocacy is uncomfortable, am I an apologist, anti-public land Utah delegation, Trumps' deal with Utah, subsidizing resource extraction, paying the true costs, pending sage grouse wreck, speaking up, conservation advocacy is difficult, inconvenient, and uncomfortable.

Jan 05, 2018
EP072: Beau Know Llamas

In this episode (072) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy catches up with Beau Baty, owner of Wilderness Ridge Trail Llamas.  Earlier this season, Randy and his crew rented llamas from Beau.  Being the hunter he is, Beau demanded he join the crew on the hunt, which turned out to be a great thing.  Topics covered include, llamas, hunting with llamas, low maintenance backcountry pack animals, mule deer hunting in Idaho and Wyoming, 2016-17 mule deer winter kill, plans for next season, being a hunting ambassador while guiding tourists, and lots of other backcountry fun.

Dec 11, 2017
EP:071 More Road Trippin' - Deer and Bighorn Sheep Hunts

Our production schedule is so tight this time of year, the only time it seems we have time to record episodes of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio is when we are driving down the road between hunts.  Following our road trip to our Montana deer hunt, on this episode (071), we give an update on how that Montana hunt turned out.  Once that report is given, we give a recount of the Nevada Desert Bighorn Sheep hunt we just wrapped up.  Subjects covered are the amazing conservation story that is wild sheep conservation, feral horses, invasive plant species, road hunting for sheep, 101 days on the road, how cold does it get in Nevada, Montana deer hunting traditions and the impact on herd health, and poachers posing as hunting TV hosts.

Nov 26, 2017
EP:070 - Montana Deer Hunting Road Trip

In this episode (070) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy and his camera guy, Michael Parente, are driving to eastern Montana for the annual deer hunt.  As part of the trip, the guys decide to do a Road Trip Podcast while driving down the road.  Topics covered are cold weather elk hunting, deer population cycles, what do we do with all the meat, rifle mule deer hunting during the rut, CWD, mule deer v. whitetails, glory tags, long-form hunting content, and lots more.

Nov 13, 2017
EP069: Montana Moose Hunt Musings

In this episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio (EP:069), we are fresh back from a Montana moose hunt.  Joining Randy on the mic are camera guys, Marcus Hockett and Michael Parente, and moose tag holder, Matthew Newberg.  Topics discussed are Shiras moose hunting, waders that don't fit, how many moose can you see in one day, what a boned out moose weighs, playing jokes on the old guys, packing meat through a swamp, if a grizzly claims your carcass, is there a second cycle to the moose rut, Shiras moose as a once in a lifetime tag, analysis of Randy's book shelves and recent reading material for hunters.

Oct 29, 2017
EP068: Arizona Elk Hunt BS (Bull Story)

In this episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randh is fresh out of the Kachina Peaks Wilderness of northern Arizona, having filled his bull tag with the aid of two camera guys who share the mic with him, Marcus Hockett and Ty Stubblefield.  Marcus and Ty filmed the event while joined by Randy's college buddy, Wade Zarlingo and Wade's friend Clayton Crowder.

Topics covered in this episode include hunting elk in the transition from peak rut to post rut, complications of hunting thick timber, how every elk plan changes before daylight, llamas as Randy's new hunting tool, energetic turkey hunters, hunting as a conservation tool, elk and aspens, meeting non-hunters on a trail while pack out an elk, what parts are edible, public lands as a hunter's playground, and every detail of how this amazing elk hunt unfolded.

Oct 16, 2017
EP 067: "Hunt Fair Chase," Why It Matters

On this episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is joined again by Keith Balfourd, Marketing Director of the Boone & Crockett Club.  Keith is in charge of all media communications at B&C, the historic organization formed in 1887 and the first conservation organization in America.  Recently B&C started a new initiative titled Hunt Right/Hunt Fair Chase, in an effort to knock the dust of the ethos of American hunters and their reputation for fair chase pursuit and embracing the highest ethical standards while hunting.  Hunters, since they founded the conservation movement 130 years ago, based on a fair chase ethic that was not the norm for a time of market shooting, exploitation, and belief that the resources could never be depleted.  There was much resistance at that time to the notion of aspiring to a higher standard, the same as we find today when hunters have the important discussion of what is appropriate and what does society find acceptable.  Whether we want it be or not, in the instant media world, we are all hunting ambassadors.  Our every action, every motive, every message, is viewed by others who do not have a lifetime of hunting as context by which to view.  This podcast is a discussion of revitalizing the Hunt Fair Chase standard and discussing how it applies today when technology, communications, and hunting itself are changing at a rapid pace.

Oct 03, 2017
EP066: Live Audience Elk Hunting Q&A with Kenetrek Boots and Sitka Gear

This episode (066) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio is recorded with a live audience at the Headquarters of Kenetrek Boots in Bozeman, Montana.  Joining Randy are Jim Winjum, Founder and President of Kenetrek Boots, and John Barklow, Big Game Product Manager at Sitka Gear.  The live audience is asking questions, along with online participants, focused heavily on elk hunting.  Topics are heavy with equipment suggestion for archery and rifle elk seasons with plenty more about tactics used for public land elk.  Each question is answered by Randy, Jim, and John, all with a different twist and each having a different perspective.

Sep 18, 2017
EP065: Public Land and Conservation Advocacy - Fischer and Callaghan

In this Episode of Hunt Talk Radio, Randy Newberg shares the mic with Kit Fischer and Ryan Callaghan.  Both these guys are neck-deep in the advocacy of public lands and conservation of native of wildlife species.  Kit and Ryan have traveled to Bozeman to talk about many current topics, including hunters conserving that which they may never enjoy, bison history, brucellosis, why we owe bison for the American Conservation Ethic, public lands closed to hunting, agricultural research station stopping hunting, wild sheep struggles, how complex these wildlife topics are, sage grouse conservation, Utah politics affecting the rest of the west, all conservation groups are not the same, Idaho deer, affects of weather, why we engage in conservation, public lands that need protection, and many more.

Sep 03, 2017
EP064: Public Land Express with Sam Soholt

Sam Soholt has taken an old Bluebird school bus and transformed it into the dream hunting camper and public lands advocacy vehicle. Randy, Sam, and the Hunt Talk camera crew (Marcus and Michael) sit down to discuss a variety of topics.

Aug 21, 2017
EP063: Mapping Technology - How Did We Live Without It?

In this Episode (EP 63) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is at the Total Archery Challenge sharing a mic with Eric (founder) and Matt (HUNT APP manager) from onXmaps and Jason Matzinger from Into High Country.

Topics covered include how onX got started, how to draw multiple bighorn sheep tags in Montana, drawing luck or bad luck, new APP lauch by onX, hunting boundaries, most anticipated hunt, Randy as a low-tech hunter, Jason's #Project Elk, fence lines of convenience in the west, new layers from onX, how Randy did the roadless layers, water drinkers supporting wildlife, hunting squirrels in Arizona, hunters telling their own story, donating money to NV Division of Wildlife, feral horses competing with native wildlife, invasive weed species, pinon-juniper encroachment hurting wildlife, hunters as conservationists, land management, allocating time for conservation, companies that support conservation.

Aug 07, 2017
EP062: Elk Talkers - The Linguist Film; Randy, Corey Jacobsen, David Brinker, and Ben Potter

Recorded live at the Total Archery Challenge in Big Sky, MT, Randy sets up shop in the Sitka Gear tent to talk about elk hunting, elk talking, and the new film from Sitka; The Linguist, starring Corey and Issac Jacobsen, Will Primos, Wayne Carlton, Larry D. Jones, and Rocky Jacobsen, produced by Ben Potter of Cana Outdoors.

Topics covered are the history of elk calling, the idea behind The Linquist, how the pioneers started, passion driving innovation, challenges of telling stories with video, why you shouldn't hunt elk in New Mexico, Randy being the hunting contrarian, fat accountants can kill elk, Dilly Bars for everyone, fitness craze in hunting, traditional archers going to compounds, calling skills for elk hunting, Sonic Boom, hunting for your own pleasures, hunters who smoke, grouse hunts ruined by elk bugles, carrying too much gear, parabolic microphones, grizzlies fighting over a carcass, Issac the Great, video does no justice to an elk bugle, and a thanks to the innovators of hunting.

Jul 26, 2017
EP:061 - Misses, Mistakes, Meatheads, and Mayhem; too much fun

In one of the most fun podcasts we've ever done, Randy sets up his podcast kit at the Sitka Gear Inaugural Converge Event in Bozeman, Montana, welcoming anyone who wants to put on a headset and talk hunting.  Taking the invitation are Mark Kenyon from Wired to Hunt podcast and David Brinker from Sitka Gear.  Part way through we are joined by Brian Call of Gritty Bowmen, then added to the conversation are Dustin Roe, a serious sheep outfitter from Cranbrook BC, and Cole Kramer, a Brown Bear outfitter from Kodiak, Alaska.  Topics covered are endless, ranging from sentimental hunts, untold conservation stories, hunting the Great Basin states, unexpected encounters, misses, worst shot you ever made, pressure or just unprepared, hunting with pack dogs, clients not listening to guides, the normal small dose of marital advice, videoing your own hunt, breaking body parts while hiking, language edits on camera, hunters seeing the world through a different lens, and more.

Jul 09, 2017
EP060: Hunts To Do This Season and Gear We Use with Randy Newberg and

In this Episode (EP 60) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy travels to scorching hot Las Vegas to discuss the many options you have to hunt the west every year, regardless of your luck.  Randy is sharing the mic with Lorenzo Sartini and Brady Miller of to explain how many hunts are available to the person who wants to go hunting every season.  Topics covered start with Nevada as the most overlooked western state, deer hunting Arizona every year, impartial gear testing, gear that works not what your paid, application strategies, swinging for the fences, lifetime licenses, what state to live for a hunter, Wyoming is the west's great hunting, foolish TV rule that you can't shoot animals in their bed, elk hunting Idaho and Colorado every year, sharing too much information, save a few secrets, figuring it out by yourself, burn your Arizona elk points, leftover tags in Nevada and Wyoming, sharing your harvest, thermals and unpredictability, retirement v. quiting, closet pronghorn hunters, buy two buck tags in Idaho, and then the conversation gets into some serious gear discussions about trekking poles or not, high altitude cooking stoves, lightweight sleeping pads, weight versus comfort, backpacks, water filtration systems, how much food, favorite Mountain House Meals, and lots of other gear issues that can be solved at the new Gear Shop created by

Jun 26, 2017
EP059: Randy's new Elk Talk Live Videos - More Elk Hunting Q&A

In this episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy continues on the topic of elk and elk hunting, expanding on his new Live Video Q&A program called "Elk Talk."  In the first two episodes of Elk Talk, over 300 questions were provided and not nearly enough time to answer even a fraction of those.  So, Randy sits down with Marcus and Matthew to expand the Elk Talk Q&A session to the Hunt Talk podcast.  Topics covered include hunting hot weather, does moon phase matter, where to find consistent wind, setting data for shooting dials, tips for weekend warriors, hunts for those with more time and less money, gear to film your own hunt, how did this platform get started, fear of failure, the perfect point drawing system, using hunting pressure, public land etiquette, when to scout, don't hunt with Debbie Downer, when to stay and when to move, rifle weights and muzzle breaks, homemade camp meals, best advice ever learned on Hunt Talk forum, how to get info from biologists, Randy's big mistakes, only one hunt and what would it be, lots of Colorado-specific questions, meat care in the field, the standard question about ethical shooting distances, daily routines for elk fitness, shooting bigger one versus better shot opportunity, cow elk are trophies, don't send Randy Facebook messages, and a ton of other elk hunting questions.  To watch Elk Talk Live Video Q&A, go to these Facebook pages; Randy Newberg, Hunter, Bowtech, and Leupold.  Tune in on Wednesday nights at 8:00pm Mountain Time and you might win a new Bowtech Reign 7.

Jun 12, 2017
EP058: Randy's Q&A on Elk Hunting, Gear, Techniques, and Preparation

Randy and his TV crew, Marcus and Michael, take up the mics during a day when the blizzard chased them off the mountain and ruined a bear hunt.  This is a Q&A session, with all questions coming from listeners and viewers.  Topics include tactics for weekend warriors, scouting close to season opener, elk hunting success without being a gym rat, Randy's training regimen, replicating hiking elk country, Marcus' mountain relay team, how camera guys stay in shape, elk conditioning for urbanites, more fitness is "gooder," trekking poles are an elk hunter's tool, folly of shooting surprised game, complications of filming your hunt, gun safety above all else, elk is a glassing game, mental toughness grows with age, mind overcoming the body, diet and nutrition for an elk hunter, hunting with a bum liver, quality food input, home-cooked meals in camp, Super Size Me documentary, glassing techniques, gridding horizontally v. vertically, bino power choice, giving camera guys credit for spotting critters, camera guys who are hunters, public property posted as private, encountering other hunters on public land, meat care while on the road, Randy's passion for guttin' & gillin', satisfaction in processing game, best first hunt for an adult onset hunter, learning through success, assumptions by experienced hunters, Randy's favorite hunting books, YouTube replacing Randy's book deal, terrible high school haircuts, ideal tag drawing system, overlooked item in Randy's pack, easy public land advocacy, do we want dirtier air/water, hunters risking the claim as conservationists, corner crossing, and too many other question to list here.

May 28, 2017
EP057: Elk Hunting Grouse in Sasquatch Country

From Missoula, MT Randy shares an early morning mic with Damon Bungard of Orion Coolers and Clay Hayes of Twisted Stave.  Topics covered include finding Sasquatch dens, traditional archery, building your own bow, #freezer function, Twisted Stave blog, elk hunts that become grouse hunts, what is a “self bow,” Orion Chronicles TV show, Appalachian backpack whitetail hunting, Backcountry College videos, broken “give a chit filter”, snake fears for fetish, antelope meat myths, hunting public land in the East, hunting jungles of Northern Idaho, Rocky Mountain Black Bear Trifecta, hunting in grizzly country, how NOT to behave when you have a bear encounter, bad hunting luck, stupid things we do while hunting, fearless black bears, elk hunting grouse stories, small game pleasures, whitetail winter range, tag filling pressures, multiple hunting motives, hunt for your own reasons, AOH Adult Onset Hunters, camping as the gateway drug, backcountry as a relative concept, high country rattlesnakes, planners v. free spirits, carving backcountry utensils, how long to hang meat in the backcountry, and a host of other campfire topics from Sasquatch Country.

May 13, 2017
EP056: Wyoming Hunter's Gem of West

In this Episode (056) of Leupold’s Hunt Talk Radio, Randy shares the mic with two of the best hunters you never met, Buzz Hettick and Jeff Muratore, both Wyoming residents and public land activists who have an amazing mix of insight to hunting strategies, public lands, and hunting advocacy.  Topics covered include Wyoming as a generous place for non-resident hunters, residents helping non-residents, Wyoming as the best elk managers in the West, use resident draw odds when applying as a non-resident, be your own hunting consultant, it’s OK to disagree with fellow advocates, non-resident antelope hunting as a profit center, tragedy of dying with money that could have been spent on hunting, Wyoming non-resident wilderness bill, the rules are made by those who show up, why State Lands are different in the west, guerilla style advocacy, using social media for activism, policy makers want to hear from you, complaining on Facebook as a waste of time, state hunting access programs, backpack antelope hunting, why everyone should be a pronghorn hunter, put ‘em to bed and fill your tag the next morning, overlooked mule deer, CWD in mule deer versus elk, migration studies, conserving the most critical habitat, and topics that will have you applying in Wyoming for the rest of your hunting years.

Apr 30, 2017
EP055: A Great Idea - the #KeepItPublic campaign

From the 2017 Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Rendezvous, Randy shares the mic with Greg Blascovich, Founder of the non-profit organization, and Board Member Randall Williams.  Each having a PhD in relevant topics of history and/or politics, Greg and Randall provide perspective of how public lands came to be and how politics formed America's interest in public lands.  Topics covered include the mission of KeepItPublic, skipping college graduation to go fishing, image of hunters over historical time, public lands as an issue to align unaligned groups, animated video how America got its Public Land, importance of 19th Century politicians to hunting and public lands, excerpts from "Hunting and the American Imagination," party-ism v. conservation, inform/educate/advocate, colonists' rejection of European hunting, tribalism as a natural human element, Americans as centrists v. their elected officials as partisans, did hunters really start the public land movement, voters as apologists, factors that influenced America's view of hunters, clean water as an example of political dichotomy, binary view of the world, political communications labs, abundance thinkers v. scarcity thinkers, public lands as an apolitical issue, history of how Americans form opinions on topics, challenge of keeping a non-profit with one focus and resisting engagement of other topics, the mission of KeepItPublic being to oppose the sale/transfer/degradation of America's Public Lands.  Make a donation at  #KeepItPublic

Apr 16, 2017
EP054: So, You want to start a hunting business?

Randy travels to Kamiah, Idaho to make good on an old promise he made to Rockie Jacobsen to come and see how Rockie went from being a logger to a leader into the "hunting business" of call manufacturing.  Joined by Kurt Howard, Randy and Rockie talk hunting stories, tips on calling and set up for archery, making your passion a business, how you would never start if you knew the work it entailed, why Idaho elk hunters are wired differently, the benefits of taking your grandkids to the toy store, why loggers make good elk hunters, what elk are actually saying, Rockie's stories of some fellow pioneers in the hunting call world, most fun place to hunt elk, each guest preferred place to hunt elk, finally why elk hunting cannot be replicated by video or other media and must be experienced to fully appreciate.

Apr 02, 2017
EP053: Elk Hunting Ideas with Public Land Politics

Randy is joined by field producer, Marcus Hockett, as they discuss elk hunting new areas, E-scouting on YouTube, Wyoming elk hunting quirks for non-residents, elk state deadlines, swing for the fences in New Mexico, skepticism that you can hunt elk every year, elk reintroduction in the east, hunting general areas in Montana, getting elk out whole, Central Idaho is for backcountry badasses, hunt burn areas, track fires today for hunting tomorrow, "pretty elk country", black bear trifecta in MT/ID/WY, trichinosis testing, ease of doing a Western Whitetail Trifecta, leftover deer tags in Wyoming, treestand boredom, hunting boundaries, the blowback of sharing hunting knowledge, hunting units with lots of private land, elk success by eliminating dumb ideas, was Al Gore (internet inventor) a closet-hunter, Wyoming elk harvest rates, CWD and Brucellosis politics, Congress members who are the greatest threats to your public lands, what you should do to protect your public lands, and lots of other things to bend your mind.

Mar 19, 2017
EP052: Hunt Talk Forum Members on Conservation and Public lands

Randy sits down with three of the long-time forum members from his Hunt Talk forum who are serious conservationists and public land advocates.  Terry (Oak), Joe (Dinkshooter), and JR walk the walk for conservation and public lands, as do the groups they serve for, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Society and Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.  This podcast was recorded in Reno while all members were at the Wild Sheep Foundation national convention.  Topics covered are wild sheep conservation, raising money for conservation, "accountants in conservation," missing a ram with your bow, excuses for missing, Colorado sheep as Republicans/Democrats/Independents, bighorn sheep are born looking for a place to die, wildlife disease issues, comical trophy photos, pack goats as a disease vector, improve your tag drawing odds by putting more critters on the mountain, sheep karma, public land politics affecting wildlife and hunting, missing the biggest black bear of your life, and lots of laughs and jokes.

Mar 05, 2017
EP051: Stories, laughs, and fun with Fred Eichler and Kyle Lamb

Randy decided it was time to lighten things up and take a break from the serious business that is public lands, politics, and policy.  Randy is joined by Fred Eichler of Easton's Bowhunting TV and Kyle Lamb of Viking Chronicles at the SHOT Show in Vegas, where they takeover the Leupold booth and try to get a few smiles from the audience.  Topics covered, in a manner that is not overly sensitive, include having fun no matter what you're hunting, Fred's secrets, Kyle's marital advice, some stories from Kyle's career as a Delta Force Operator, trapping as a background for hunting, what hunt you want to do again, slapping a bear in the butt, missing easy shots, toilets make good porch furniture, and more tangents than we've ever had on a episode.  Thanks for listening and keep smiling.

Feb 19, 2017
EP 050: Hunting/Fishing (HUSHIN) in a Digital World

Randy (gramps) is joined by the guys who convinced him to dive into the deep end of the YouTube pool.  Casey, Brian, and Eric of HUSHIN share the mic to discuss their perspectives on hunting, how they convinced Randy to start a YouTube channel, the importance of family and hunting, how to handle social media haters, shed antler affliction, the future of outdoor TV, hunting media afraid of its shadow at times, public land politics, favorite animal to hunt, influence of fathers, and how Randy adopted his motto of "Hunt while you can, you're gonna run out of health before you run out of money."

Feb 04, 2017
EP 049: Arizona - So much hunting, so little time!

Randy is joined by friends (and Arizona Game and Fish employees), Wade Zarlingo and Jonathan O'Dell, from his January archery Coues deer camp in southern Arizona, also known as a "Sonoran Smorgasboard."  Topics discussed are plethora of hunting opportunity in Arizona, spot and stalk Coues deer as joyful insanity, javelina distraction, Arizona drawing system and deadlines, how to pronounce "Coues," Mearn's quail are not fools, delicacy of grilled quail, calling quail, eating javelina, southern AZ as a waterfowler's paradise, Thick Billed Parrots, how to spot and stalk a Coati Mundi, sandhill cranes taxonomy, Mexican ducks as a trophy species, why isn't everyone hunting southern Arizona in the winter, and all other topics relevant to the finest winter hunting of Randy's career.

Jan 22, 2017
EP048: Hunt Elk EVERY YEAR. No excuses now!

In this episode of Hunt Talk Radio Randy and Field Producer, Marcus Hockett, answer the most common question we receive - How can I hunt elk, preferably every year?  This episode is the nuts and bolts of a short-term strategy to hunt elk every season, in some western state.  We incorporate the short-term ideas with a longer-term strategy to increase odds of a high-quality tag every few years.  We imposed a license and tag budget of $1,000, more than any of these states will cost you.  We also discuss the drawing process for most the western elk states and how you can get more details on each state by watching our Elk Talk videos on YouTube.  If you decide to not go elk hunting each year, that's your decision.  We've given you the road map.  Now go elk hunting.

Jan 07, 2017
EP047: Public Land Mule Deer, Mule Deer, and more Mule Deer

Randy and Brady Miller get into deep discussions about everything related to hunting public land mule deer.  Topics covered include, overlooked units, opportunity to hunt every year, burn your points NOW, application strategies, over-the-counter mule deer hunts, easy-to-draw mule deer hunts, adapting your plan to the conditions, the risks of glory tags, overview of mule deer in Nevada, Montana, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah; using trekking poles, using local hunting pressure to your advantage, and why you should be mule deer hunting in 2017.

Dec 24, 2016
EP046: Western Deer Hunting Options (Live from Idaho)

Randy is again joined by field producer, Marcus Hockett.  On this late season Idaho archery mule deer hunt, Randy and Marcus explain the vast amount of public land deer hunting opportunity in the west, left-over tags, second choice tags, unlimited tags, western whitetails, how bucks cannot be stockpiled, hunt now before the next brutal winter, muskrat backstraps, inaugural Muskrat Cook-off, Hank Shaw, trapline tablefare,"Charlie Daniels of the GPS," big woods whitetails in the Rockies, ethics of "ground pounding" versus flushing birds, why are some laws still in effect, the value of Marcus' Wildlife Biology degree, and shoot a doe or a young buck?  Also recap and highlights of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona hunts this season.

Dec 12, 2016
EP045: Randy's Colorado Elk Hunt - Don't shoot an elk there!

Randy mics up his field producer, Marcus Hockett, where they discuss public land elk hunting, specifically the recent Colorado elk hunt that resulted in the most challenging extraction of any bull Randy has ever taken.  Topics include, mindset of successful elk hunters, expectation gap with glory tags, public land bull elk sanctuaries, Randy's late season system for locating bulls, excitement overtaking common sense, glassing to elk success, how much gear do we carry, a day in the life of our camera guy, a call for Wilderness Production Assistants, the misery of oak brush, too much Type 2 fun, reading elk tracks, and Randy' compilation of elk hunting failures.

Nov 27, 2016
EP044: Roosevelt Elk with Randy and Ty Stubblefield

Randy is joined by Ty "3Arrow" Stubblefield of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers to talk about hunting politics, public lands, Roosevelt Elk, Columbia Blacktails, elk hunters of the Northwestern states, hunting with mountain bikes, Born and Raised Outdoors, nicknames, the curse of power tools, don't be handy, and as always, a bit of marital advice.

Nov 20, 2016
EP043: Podcasting from Nevada Mule Deer Camp

Randy is in mule deer camp with Mike Spitzer and Matthew Newberg, where they turn on the mics to talk about their success on this hunt, plus many other topics, such as; hunting rutting mule deer, play-by-play of each tag filled, how to get tags in Nevada, "settling" in hunting and online dating, public land opportunities across the west, shot selection, hunting "glory tags," chasing rumors of big bucks, allocating your time on a limited hunt, sticking to your plan and making it work, and bribing your son to elope.

Nov 13, 2016
EP042: Elk Hunting Podcast from the Field

Following a successful elk hunt, Randy opens the mics with guest hunter, Tim Lesser from Leupold and badass cameraman Tyler Johnerson.  After packing the last of a bull out of a miserable canyon, the guys talk about what when right, what went wrong, hunting in hot weather, full moon affecting elk patterns, strong winds change elk behavior, the mindset needed to be successful on public land elk hunts, producing TV complicates hunting, difficulty of hunting post-rut bulls, when its OK to hug another man, the Butt-out tool really works, leaving cows and young bulls to find mature bulls, behavior of post-rut bulls, how bad do you want to kill a mature bull elk?

Oct 27, 2016
EP041: Wild Sheep and How Conservation Evolved in America

Gray Thornton, President and CEO of the Wild Sheep Foundation joins Randy and prior guest host, Shane Mahoney, to talk about the many parallels wild sheep conservation has to the bigger picture of conservation in America.

Topics covered include - Wild Sheep conservation, Citizen-conservationists, leading by example, how hunters planted conservation in the American ethos, fallacy of circling the wagons, non-game species as the beneficiary of big game conservation, America's "Big Tent" principle helped start conservation, will hunters continue to lead, how to increase your odds of drawing a sheep tag (put more sheep on the mountain), food as the motive for hunting, and two hours of hunting-related topics from a pair of uniquely qualified guests.


Oct 13, 2016
EP040: Ramblings from New Mexico Elk Camp

Randy takes a day from elk hunting to rest up and deal with a liver flare up.  Topics include; moon phases for elk hunts, how to blame hunting problems on Obamacare, the UnderArmor bear hunting fiasco, being a hunting or brand ambassador has expectations, why the elk aren't rutting as expected, Randy's bucket list, YouTube as a way to deliver additional content, why we don't film muzzleloader hunts, complications of public land film permits, hunting not ready for social media, hunters getting more involved, source of information for public land YouTube series, and some tangents that will raise the hackles of many listeners.

Sep 30, 2016
EP 039: 3:10 to Yuma

Randy and Jonathan O'Dell talk about small game hunting as a gateway drug to a lifetime addiction we call hunting, squirrel cook-offs, best squirrel meat, dove taxonomy, dove recipes, Hank Shaw as our small game cooking mentor, history of small game hunting, best hunting options for the urban hunter, Yuma AZ as dove Capitol of America, and why Randy is craving more dove tacos

Sep 22, 2016
EP 038: Randy and Tony Bynum talk about "your story."

Randy's guest, renowned wildlife photographer Tony Bynum, talk about many issues including public land threats, the importance of every hunter telling "their story," Randy's "public land story," how hunting's image is being crafted by accident, how outdoor media is funded, what each person can do to be a hunting ambassador, how hunters end up living where they do, how hunting forms some of our most important life skills, how lucky some of us are, the tragedy of losing your hunting spot, the value of public lands for hunting, Randy's focus on the "story," being judged by those disconnected from the natural world.

Sep 05, 2016
EP 037: Randy and Matthew discuss hunting's public image

Randy and Matthew sit down to talk about Montana Initiative 177 and public perception of hunting. Finally, Randy shares a few stories from Big Falls.

Aug 23, 2016
EP 036: Randy's pre-season planning and some unfiltered political comments

Randy does a Q&A with the forum members on topics of pre-season planning, scouting, his low-intensity workout regimen, how to have home-cooked meals for camp food, keeping meat cool if you do fill a tag in hot weather, what a crazy travel schedule looks like, his best effort to convince you that this really is a "job," and a lot of commentary on public land politics with heavy emphasis on "What and Who" is behind the effort to sell your public lands.

Aug 04, 2016
EP 035: Randy and Janis Putelis talk "lethality index" and "animals v. targets"

Randy is joined by Janis Putelis from the MeatEater crew.  Inspired by heated emails Randy received for critiquing another hunter's decision to move further away for his shot in search of a "personal best," Randy asked Janis to discuss the perspectives of animals as living creatures versus long range targets.  Topics covered are physics of shooting and ballistics, Randy's use of a "lethality index", distance amplifying every shooting variable for every projectile, update on Janis' HuntToEat project, gutless method on elk, bone-in or bone-out when hauling elk quarters, what parts of the elk you keep, and upcoming schedules for the Fresh Tracks and MeatEater crews.

Jul 24, 2016
EP O34: Randy and podcaster Mark Kenyon talk all things hunting

Randy is joined by Mark Kenyon of the Wired to Hunt podcast.  Topics discussed include, western whitetail hunting, expensive nature of producing public land TV, unrealistic expectations, when does hunting critique turn to criticism, hunting politics in an election year, provincial outlook hunters have, traveling to hunt widening perspectives, media message in hunting, never quit, cornering the market on hunting mistakes, narrow vision gets you blindsided, hunters as conservation leaders, bright future for hunting if we make it so.

Jul 14, 2016
EP 033: Randy talks backpacks with Mystery Ranch

Randy shares the mic with Dana Gleason, Founder of Mystery Ranch backpacks and Ryan Holm, Mystery Ranch Marketing Manager.  Dana explains 40 years of backpack design and business philosophy that results in the highest quality backpacks on the market.  Built for no failure and no compromise to quality, Dana and Ryan explain how the Mystery Ranch business ethos pervades all the company creates.  There is a reason why we use Mystery Ranch backpacks and this podcast explains why.  When a company builds products for intense users, such as military and wildfire personnel, the technology and product development migrates to consumers at all levels, in our case, the hunting consumer.

Jul 07, 2016
EP 032: Randy and Mark Seacat swap elk hunting stories

Randy is joined by Mark Seacat, Founder of Seacat Creative, as they talk about public land elk hunting and how their vision of hunting is crafted in the media they produce.  Topics include mental aspects of hunting success, how finding pleasure in hunting is all about your perspective, that each hunter gets to define his/her definition of success, family being important to the hunting experience, finding happiness in the success of others, aspects of mountaineering that translate well to hunting, is there such thing as a bad hunt, and as always, a bit of marital advice about how to balance family as the top priority with the heavy hunting schedules their work demands.

Jun 23, 2016
EP 031 - Randy shares the mic with Shane Mahoney and Keith Balfourd

Randy discusses big topics with Shane Mahoney and Keith Balfourd (Boone & Crockett Club).  Recorded from the Professional Outdoor Media Assoc annual conference in Kalispell, Montana.  Topics covered include "petri dish bacon," hunting image in the post-Cecil era, what really is trophy hunting, the "Total Hunter," is grizzly hunting the next "Cecil the Lion," is reality for hunters "reality" for the rest of the world, do hunting motives match the expressed behavior and images, wrapped up with a bit of election year advice.

Jun 19, 2016
EP 030: Randy talks elk hunting strategy, day-by-day, over a five-day hunt

While battling a serious sinus infection, Randy explains to the audience his method of "desk scouting" for an elk hunt, from home, even for a hunting area he has never seen.  Detailed discussion of day-by-day strategy for executing the plan on public land bulls, reasons he selects areas he does, the value of a scouting day, how the map gets "whittled down" by desk scouting, how seasonal period influences your map spots, morning versus evening spots, using your time wisely, and when to be aggressive and when to be passive.  Additional discussion about YouTube segments with more depth on elk hunting topics, public land issues, and why some hunts/locations are filmed for TV and some are not.  And, the new YouTube-only elk episode coming in late June.

Jun 09, 2016