2017 Podcast List
Alright, so it’s been awhile since we’ve chatted about one of my favorite kinds of media to consume and that’s podcasts. I thought I’d put together a list of what I am looking forward to listening to in 2017. These aren’t in any particular order, so if a podcast is at the bottom of the list, that doesn’t mean that I like that show the least, it just means it’s at the bottom. Most of the podcasts I listen to focus on all things western hunting, so that is what you are going to see here. I will include two sections to this. Podcasts that have been constants in my library and then I will follow that with newer podcasts that I have just recently started listening to. Let’s go.
Mainstays in my Library
This is one of those shows that I am oftentimes hitting refresh on my ipod to check for new episodes, because I can’t get enough of it. Mark Huelsing and Steve Speck of Exo Mountain Gear have done a fantastic job coming out with a steady stream of great content to gobble up. This show leans very hard to the side of the backcountry archery hunter and is a must listen to podcast for the hunter that prefers to make his own trails in the mountains. As someone that falls in that category, I can tell you that I have benefited a ton from this podcast. They cover everything from gear, nutrition, backcountry fitness, and more. I was actually fortunate to be a guest on the show recently. Mark and I had a great time chatting about an article I did for them entitled Mental Battles of the Backcountry. Check out that episode here.
Check out the Hunt Backcountry podcast at http://exomountaingear.com/podcast/
Full Draw Full Time
If you are an archery hunter in the West and have not checked out the Full Draw Full Time podcast, let me tell you, you are missing out. Hosts South Cox of Stalker Stickbows and Kody Kellom of Full Draw Film Tour dive into all things western bow hunting and are sure to keep you asking for more. They interview guests such as Dwight Schuh, Corey Jacobsen, and Kristy Titus to name a few. One of my favorite parts about this show is that they do semi live hunt episodes. You get to follow along, day by day, on some of South’s and Kody’s hunts. Hearing their successes along with their failures as they happen is pretty cool. You can hear the exhaustion is their voices a lot of times and get to be with them every step of the way as they try and fill their tags. Another thing that I’ve come to love about these semi live hunts is they go over the gear that they are using, as they are using it. This show definitely deserves your ear. Check out the Full Draw Full Time Podcast at http://www.fulldrawfulltime.libsyn.com/
I remember when I first heard of the Gritty Bowmen podcast. I came across one of the episodes on Youtube and before I knew it, I had just lost 3 hours of time due to me being sucked into this show. Fast forward to present day and I honestly think you are looking at the biggest hunting podcast that there is. Hosts Brian Call and Aaron Snyder(Kifaru packs) dissect everything hunting that you can think of. Want to go on an out of state hunt, but don’t know how to go about it? Done. Need to know Navigation skills? Done. Curious about health and longevity for the hardcore hunter? DONE. That doesn’t even touch on the guests that they have on their show, which are just as impressive as the topics they cover solely. This show is not only informative and inspirational. It’s FUNNY! These guys have a blast doing what they do and I love it. While Brian Call interviews everyone under the sun, Aaron Snyder covers a lot of the technical side of things with hunting and isn’t afraid to say what’s on his mind. The title says it all. This show is definitely GRITTY. Check out the Gritty Bowmen Podcast at http://www.grittybowmen.com/gritty-podcasts/
Jay Scott Outdoors
The Jay Scott Outdoors Podcast has always remained a mainstay in my library for a few reasons. First, Jay really dives deep into the process of hunting, which I deeply appreciate. He doesn’t just end at a general overview of something, he swoops down into the trenches and really unhinges how to do things. It seems like a great portion of Jay’s guests are fellow guides, so you get to hear the inside scoop on some of the West’s premier hunting units and how they go about hunting them. They also usually cover a great deal of content on the gear that they use while out on these hunts. Second, Jay is from my home state, Arizona. It’s nice to hear from guys chasing the same animals that I am and how they go about doing so. I think the Jay Scott Outdoors Podcast is here to stay. Check out his Podcast at https://jayscottoutdoors.podbean.com/
New Additions to my Library
Interviews with the Masters
I just recently took in a few episodes of this show, and so far, I like what I’m hearing. Interviews with the Masters is hosted by John Stallone of the Days in the Wild TV show. John interviews guests such as Randy Ulmer, South Cox, and Chris Denham. How the podcast works is, John gets questions submitted to him by his followers and he then bestows those on “The Masters,” in which he interviews. This show hits home for me on a lot of levels and is probably due to the fact the John is an Arizona resident and has a lot to offer in the realm of hunting, not only in the west, but particularly in my home state. Don’t let this podcast slip through your fingers. See that Ibex? Dude is no joke. Check out Interviews with the Masters at https://interviewswiththemasters.podbean.com/
Hunt, Harvest, Health
These 3 words have become a huge part of my life in the past few years and I knew I had to check out this show when I saw the title. The Hunt, Harvest, Health podcast is hosted by Ryan and Hillary Lampers. Ryan is a DIY backcountry archery hunter that has a strong passion in remaining healthy to do so. Ryan’s wife, Hillary, is a Naturopathic Doctor that offers amazing insight on all things natural health. The Lampers grow a lot of their own food in their garden and shed light in that area as well. I think the topic of self sufficiency is only natural for hunters to be curious about. A lot of us already don’t have to buy meat from the grocery store, why not learn to grow some of our own food? With how much I love hunting, I want to be able to do it as long as possible, so shows like this get my attention. Really looking forward to seeing how this podcast pans out. Follow along with Ryan and Hillary at http://huntharvesthealth.com/podcast/
If you are a western archery hunter and don’t know who Cameron Hanes is, I’d question if you have been living under a rock. Cameron Hanes is the author of a book very dear to me, Backcountry Bowhunting, and just an all around physical beast, not to mention a huge inspiration to me. Everyday, Cam lifts, runs, and shoots always striving to become the ultimate predator. If you haven’t read the book I mentioned, get on that. Mr. Hanes is a hardcore bowhunter through and through and his success doesn’t go without notice. So, of course, when I heard he was doing a podcast, I NEEDED to dive into it. I’ve enjoyed every one of his episodes thus far and am really hoping that he sticks with it. My favorite episode to date is an interview he has with Nate Simmons. Hearing the adventures that these two have had together is nothing short of captivating. If you are reading this Cameron, we want more episodes!! Follow along with Cameron’s podcast at https://keephammering.libsyn.com/
Well, there you have it! I hope that if you haven’t heard these podcasts yet, that you do so in the future. If you are anything like me, you won’t be disappointed. Like I said earlier, these are in no particular order and each one them has earned a spot in my ears. All of these can be found on Itunes, so get after it and start listening!