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There are many wonderful people adding to the positive outlook of a backcountry and hunting lifestyle. Our goal is to join them in promoting that outlook. We share stories, tips and tactics of backcountry pursuits.
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At the Gym with Land Tawney

At the Gym with Land Tawney

2020-03-1001:02:16

To those that think it’s impossible to ramp up the intensity without ever lifting a weight or turning on the elliptical machine, think again. Joe and Brian meet up with Land Tawney at quite a telling location to discuss the sweat equity they put into their passions. It’s time to turn up the heat!Topics discussed:- The most visited and successful wilderness in America- It’s our job to use our voice- The “Oh my god!” moment- Losing a father at a young age- The Land Legacy Effect: Teller Wildlife Refuge- Raiding Retirement Homes- A quick way to raise $60k and lose 20lbs- Hiking in moon boots and platform shoes- Hunting benefits and drawbacks after a scorched earth- The ridiculousness of coming home to mow the lawn- Solace of the wild- When to embrace the grit and when to throw in the towel - Long distance equestrian riders- Sometimes it’s learning the story of being a Public Land Owner- Democracy is driven by those that show up - 5 ways to turn up the heat as a Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA) memberJoin BHA: https://www.backcountryhunters.org/joinFollow BHA: @backcountryhunters Follow Land Tawney: @landtawney
The Golden Ticket

The Golden Ticket

2020-02-2501:02:40

Mr. Western DIY, Ross Niebur, returns to the show with a Governor’s Tag story to tell. To all that may think it’s impossible, this one's for you. To all that want it to be their possible, grab a notepad and pen, this one is for the record books.- The importance of marrying a woman that understands your passion- A Governor’s tag’s blessing: open to all units- A Governor’s tag’s curse: narrowing down the units, then the mountain- Graduate Level Logistics- Going about a DIY Governor’s Tag: 20 day scout, broken up in 3 trips— Trip 1: (June) Feel out a mountain range - getting goat shape - climbing into the clouds— Trip 2: (July) Participated in the Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance survey— Trip 3: (August) +30 mile solo through hike- Growth an inch a week- Watching goats pee- Hockey puck sized glands- Amidst a 6k foot ceiling in 9-10k country- The product of having a Plan B- Bombing avalanche shoots in crampons- Shooting a 2x2 alpine opening- Connecting 3 months of glass to the real thingFollow along with Ross on Instagram at @rniebur
Aging Done Right

Aging Done Right

2020-02-1301:07:47

Joe and Chad sit down with Jamie Carlson from Modern Carnivore to chat about cooking wild game right. The old fashioneds were flowing and Jamie’s smoked whitefish were whetting the appetite. Grab a chair and pour a stiff one with us – you’re bound to get heaping scoops of Jamie’s insight and dashes of humor along the way. Topics discussed:— Affinities for white suckers— Becoming a market fisherman at 6 years old— Why Grandma’s clothesline is perfect for hanging -squirrels — Is duck the ultimate gateway game?— Wet aging— Garage geese— Aging shark for 6 months— Why the gun range is the number 1 reason for better tasting wild game— Sean Brock’s ideal deer heart preparation— Scouting for your kids success— Suffering with age
BHA Stateside

BHA Stateside

2020-01-3057:43

Joe and Chad sit at the MN BHA table with their Chairman, Aaron Hebeisen (pronounced “hey-bison”). Despite the Minnesota focus, one can still glean insight to understanding how much their corresponding state chapters are bringing to the table.- 6 pack and refreshing for an hour and a half- Warning: Don’t ever buy duck decoys- BHA’s 2020 Focus: Engaging and empower Current Membership- Your Voice is more important than your money and time (but we appreciate them all!)- Public Grouse Film Tour- Pheasant Fest- The BHA Angle on angling- Pint Night 2-4-1s: Beer and activity in one eventTickets for Public Grouse Film Tour (chances are, it’s in your state)Tickets for Pheasant Fest 2020 in MinneapolisJoin BHAFollow BHA at @backcountryhuntersFollow the BHA Minnesota Chapter at @bha_mnFollow Aaron at @aaron_hebeisen
Grab your coffee and join Jeff, Joe and groggy Chad as they sit down over morning brew reminiscing of this past waterfowl season’s successes, learning moments, and head scratchers. Topics discussed:- Uncovering shipwrecks- Recruitment going full swing- Do geese jump ahead of the field spread?- The 3 generation hunt- Folly of guided hunts- Jacked up by a trailer jack- Sea duck hunting in the land-locked Midwest- Learning curve hunting out of a layout boat- An 8 month old pup in the field- Blaze orange in the duck blind??- A 12 Month hunting dog vs a 2 month hunting dog- The idiotic epiphany with a duck dog in their prime- Reactivation after 15 years- The power of giving back to the disabled_____________________________________________Do you have any success stories, learning moments, or head scratchers? We want to share it! Please submit to contactoutdoors.com
What could an economics graduate do to change the entire knife industry? Give them a doctor’s scalpel and a dream. Hear how Luke Johnson, the owner and developer of Tyto Knives, is living the dream.- Why recording at a coffee shop isn’t always the best option- How to successfully miss 7 antelope and kill 7 deer in one season- No fear with a fixed blade- The name behind Tyto- Taking client feedback with open arms- Why philanthropy in conservation organizations pays more than just dividends- The economics behind a doctor’s scalpel- The greatest caping tool- Precision - let the blade do the work- Benefits of quartering vs dragging out a whole animal from the woods/backcountry- The effectiveness behind the Tyto knife system- The 75 yard challenge- Mule deer in velvet- Distance dichotomy between mule deer and whitetail- Preseason and pre-hunt scouting——————Website: https://tytoknives.com/shop/ Instagram: @tytoknives
The Kentucky Deer Hipster

The Kentucky Deer Hipster

2019-12-0501:07:471

Subjects discussed:- The 90% success state- No need to debate various archery methods- In 100 years a herd of 2,000 to 4MM- Impacts of Record Precipitation and Record Drought in the same year- Hunting as a family- Attaining Hipster status with a Vortex and 6.5mm Creedmoor- Pros of challenging oneself- Irony of close proximity- Squirrel gymnastics- Self-preservation of wise deer and fate of the foolish ones- When the wind is almost bad- Reverse patterning tactics————We want to hear your story and tactics. Submit it via contactoutdoors.com
Seventy Times 7

Seventy Times 7

2019-11-2201:20:36

They say the best couples travel well, great teams never have “I”s, and lasting marriages remove self. There isn’t a better example of these that we’ve seen in the outdoors than our friends Alli and Andrew who have put on some serious miles together. Listen and laugh along with this engaging conversation that covers the following:The silver lining of getting cut from the playbookHusband/wife mentoring dynamics“Yeah, but I’m strong”70 arguments become 70 lessonsDeath March DoomWhy “the why” is always the answerCouple dynamics in backcountry groupsHealthy redundancy versus over-packingThe unquestionable, untouchable ukuleleFollow this dynamic duo on Instagram: @allirunswild & @ajvavra
State Of Our Union

State Of Our Union

2019-10-3133:51

| State of Our Union | No, were not getting political here; rather we’re excited to share some updates with some additions to the Contact Outdoors team, film projects, and podcasts that’ll highlight subjects near and dear to our hearts: conservation and apprenticeship. Bonus content: Brian is a ”leaker”, volunteering with Capable Partners, hunting safety, bushcraft and field dressing knives from Uinta Knives & Tyto Knives, and guiding/hunting updates from Jeff and Brian.Plugs:Capable Partners: capablepartners.orgUinta Knife Co: @uinta_knife_coTyto Knives: @tytoknives
Topics Discussed:- Outcomes of being a pier bum- John’s first contact with the outdoors- The heart and beauty of duck hunting- 80 pine blinds- Southern Flyway Outfitters origin story- What is a Decoy Raft and how is it used?- America’s bird and tactic diversityMentions:southernflywayoutfitters.com/decoyraftInstagram: @southernflywayoutfittersFacebook: facebook.com/southernflywayoutfitters/YouTube: youtube.com/channel/UCw0IbqFdFLTaXyhzcr_K73gDo you have a story about how you connected with the outdoors? We would love to hear it! Contact us via Facebook, Instagram or email.contactoutdoorsmedia.comfacebook.com/contactoutdoorsinstagram.com/contactoutdoorscontactoutdoorsmedia@gmail.com
When you know someone that manages the string building crew at Vapor Trail Archery and has extensive archery success in the whitetail woods and muley hills of the Dakotas, it's only a matter of time for a friend to knock on your door with an invitation to chase elk further west. This is the story of how Joe came knocking on Ricky Brule's door and how they tackle their elk trip.- Planning a western hunt- Choosing a hunting partner- Choosing a state- Picking a unit- Who shoots when?- E-scouting- Prep work (shooting, exercise and mental preparation)Guest Bio:Ricky Brule lives in Ham Lake, MN and manages Vapor Trail Archery where he uses his astute archery acumen to help grow the business and raise the success bar for bow hunters.Do you have a story about how you connected with the outdoors? We would love to hear it! Contact us via Facebook, Instagram or email.contactoutdoorsmedia.comfacebook.com/contactoutdoorsinstagram.com/contactoutdoorscontactoutdoorsmedia@gmail.com
Life has tried its best to slow Paul down – as you’re grossly aware of from Chapter 1 with him. Hear out what Paul has done to mentor his son with the same mentality, prepping for the life in the wilderness and so much more.
When Paul talks you listen. When he tells you a story, you best be sitting down. This one brings out all the feels in a harrowing, backcountry experience where fatherly and brotherly love take the forefront during a disaster that would cripple anyone. Anyone, that is, aside from Paul, his son and his friend.This didn’t make the headlines for any site, paper, or station – it should have, though.Maybe it’s just telling of who Paul is – a badass that flies under the radar, but shouldn’t. It’s why we’re proud to share his story in this first episode of a two part series.This is truly what Contact Outdoors is all about: to promote wonderful people that add a positive outlook of a backcountry (and hunting) lifestyle and, in turn, inspire others to connect with the outdoors. You have a story to tell as well. We want to hear it.
Topics discussed:Cody’s first contact with the outdoorsBrian goes to Alaska!Cody interviews BrianHow these annual Alaska trips got startedGetting in to shapeDaylight in AlaskaGear!Connecting with natureAnd much, much more!Read the blog post about Alaska - contactoutdoorsmedia.com/blog/2018/12/19/big-game-big-countryMentions in this episode:Beyond The Lens Productions - beyondthelens.tvFirst Lite - firstlite.comKifaru - kifaru.netVortex - vortexoptics.comCrispi - crispius.comSchnee’s - schnees.comLeki - Leki.comTyto Knives - tytoknives.comGarmin - garmin.comEnlightened Equipment - enlightenedequipment.comSmith & Wesson - smith-wesson.comDo you have a story about how you connected with the outdoors? We would love to hear it! Contact us via Facebook, Instagram or email.contactoutdoorsmedia.comfacebook.com/contactoutdoorsinstagram.com/contactoutdoorscontactoutdoorsmedia@gmail.com
A Raw Lengthy Spring Review

A Raw Lengthy Spring Review

2019-07-1801:43:37

Topics discussed:The growth of the showSpring recaps from Brian, Chad and JoeJoe’s new dog and his trainingBrian details his big lake trout fishing tripChad got married!Chad’s trip to the Boundary WatersMeal planning for long outdoors tripsHow Chad became an outdoors momWhen to not pull the triggerCats and dogsBrian’s eternal packing routineThe meaning of huntingTrue and honest self evaluationAnd much, much more!Mentions in this episode:Nekoda Renken - instagram.com/nekodaBackpacker’s Pantry - backpackerspantry.comHeather’s Choice - heatherschoice.comMountain House - mountainhouse.comRead the blog post Brian talks about at the end of the episode - contactoutdoorsmedia.com/blog/2019/6/10/unpredict-abilityDo you have a story about how you connected with the outdoors? We would love to hear it! Contact us via Facebook, Instagram or email.contactoutdoorsmedia.comfacebook.com/contactoutdoorsinstagram.com/contactoutdoorscontactoutdoorsmedia@gmail.com
Topics discussed:Happy Father’s Day!Tom’s backstory with the outdoorsDuck FeetFamily hunting historyIntroducing kids to hunting and fishingSharing your hunting dog with your childThe experience of hunting vs the actWhich gun to get for a young hunterHow to put your kids in a position to succeed in the outdoorsEthics and etiquette of hunting with other peopleHow to be a good parent and mentor in the outdoorsAnd much, much more!Do you have a story about how you connected with the outdoors? We would love to hear it! Contact us via Facebook, Instagram or email.contactoutdoorsmedia.comfacebook.com/contactoutdoorsinstagram.com/contactoutdoorscontactoutdoorsmedia@gmail.com
Topics discussed:Matt Wright’s outdoors origin storyRemembering first Boundary Waters tripsBrian explains how he planned this tripFishingThe Canoe Country Slam! (Grand Slam)Destinations and locations of the tripRespecting the wilderness and one anotherCooking in the Boundary WatersOnion Rings and other recipesHow to plan your own tripAnd much more!Do you have a story about how you connected with the outdoors? We would love to hear it! Contact us via Facebook, Instagram or email.contactoutdoorsmedia.comfacebook.com/contactoutdoorsinstagram.com/contactoutdoorscontactoutdoorsmedia@gmail.com
Topics discussed:The Chris Daniels Origin StoryIntro to MushroomsIntegrating foraging with huntingWhere most mushrooms we eat come fromHow to properly cook mushroomsGentleman ForagerForest to ForkVariations to forage in MinnesotaMedicinal usesWhat to look for on the groundDifferent types of mushrooms and where to find themFlora knowledgeDeadly mushroomsHow to tell what mushrooms NOT to eat!FAQsAnd much more!Referenced in the show:The Gentleman ForagerForest to Fork forest-fork.comKeg and Case Market kegandcase.comDo you have a story about how you connected with the outdoors? We would love to hear it! Contact us via Facebook, Instagram or email.contactoutdoorsmedia.comfacebook.com/contactoutdoorsinstagram.com/contactoutdoorscontactoutdoorsmedia@gmail.com
Topics discussed:Getting to know RossRoss’ hunting origin storySpring bear huntingBear hunting statesPlanning a tripExpecting the unexpectedMapsWhere to look for bears in different seasonsHow to judge which bear to huntGear choicesPrince of Wales Island huntAnd much more!Do you have a story about how you connected with the outdoors? We would love to hear it! Contact us via Facebook, Instagram or email.contactoutdoorsmedia.comfacebook.com/contactoutdoorsinstagram.com/contactoutdoorscontactoutdoorsmedia@gmail.com
Topics discussed:- A brief history of turkey hunting- Trap and transplant- The legend of Boss Tom- Turkey population through the years- How to get the best line of sight on a turkey- When you should and shouldn’t call- How to direct your call- Levi offers tips on dating- Decoys and blinds- How to deal with hens- Preferred arrows for bow hunting turkeys- Preparation for the table- Passing on hunting to the next generation- And much, much more!El Halcon Lodge - halconoutfitters.netThe National Wild Turkey Federation - nwtf.orgProject Upland - projectupland.comMorning Thunder - morningthunderhunt.comContact Levi Glines on Instagram @ljglinesDo you have a story about how you connected with the outdoors? We would love to hear it! Contact us via Facebook, Instagram or email.contactoutdoorsmedia.comfacebook.com/contactoutdoorsinstagram.com/contactoutdoorscontactoutdoorsmedia@gmail.com
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