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Welcome to Kifarucast! Here we discuss everything from backpack hunting, gear, tactics, long distance shooting, Traditional and compound shooting, Tenkara, food prep, etc.

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Josh Bowmar: Lightning

Josh Bowmar joins the podcast to discuss his latest hunt, as well as the problems Fish and Game is causing in his life. 

1hr 23mins

21 Nov 2019

Rank #1

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Jordan Jonas - Alone

Jordan Jonas, who managed to survive for seventy seven days in the frigid Arctic on season six of History Channels Alone, joins the podcast.  Jordan offers not just theory on how to survive in the wild, but knowledge from many years of living and learning from nomads in Northern Siberia. About Jordan JonasExtensive experience in the wilds of North America and Siberia has made Jordan into a woodsman with unique survival skills that allow him to thrive in the harshest environments.https://www.youtube.com/user/hobojordo https://www.instagram.com/hobojordo Assyrian American who grew up on a farm in Idaho, spent time riding freight trains across the USA, lived for many years in Russia including several amongst Evenki reindeer herders in Northern Siberia. Proficient at many practical trades and skills. Follows a constantly evolving Christian path.Watch me put it all together on Alone Season 6 - Thursday, June 6 at 10/9c #AloneOnHistory @History Kifaru Become a Patron!


17 Mar 2020

Rank #2

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Donnie Vincent

Donnie Vincent joins the podcast!  Aron and Donnie discuss shooting discipline, gear, food, and poo (Lord knows Aron works hard on poo maintenance) in this episode, as well as Donnie's desire to pick up a Trad bow. Driven by nature, Donnie has consistently let the outdoors and his passion for adventure be the compass for his life. The wide open expanses of the world’s most remote territories dominate his thoughts and conversations. Deep in the heart of the wildest of terrain is where Donnie thrives. On his expeditions into remote wilds, in the lands where seemingly no one lives, he finds a wilderness and peacefulness that is all his own. The premier example of explorer, biologist, conservationist, and sportsman, Donnie takes a wider view of the topics he tackles while in the field, because to him, this is all a story worth telling. A story of ancestral heritage, native respect, and the desire to live strongly, empowering us all to open our minds to the bigger picture and inspiring us to find our own adventure.

1hr 34mins

15 Jan 2019

Rank #3

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Bow Tuning and Broad Head Selection

Bow Tuning and Broad Head SelectionAron discusses the primary methods to properly tune your bow, then goes into detail on how to fine tune and sight in on the range. Primary tuning tips:Make sure your bow is the correct draw lengthbuy Arrows that fit the bow (proper spine depending on point weight )Spin every broadhead to make sure they spin trueMake sure the second and third axis on your sight are levelMake sure cams are in sync


6 Dec 2017

Rank #4

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Floorless Shelters Q&A

Floorless Shelters Q&A Talk about setting up on snow, and dealing with mud in the shelter 00:01:28 - 00:15:30 How do you run your guy outs so you can periodically tighten them to re tighten the shelter: 00:15:30 - 00:18:05 Does a floorless shelter make sense in a desert environment: 00:18:07 - 00:20:30 ----more---- Setup for beginners...tips and tricks to avoid: 00:20:30 - 00:22:31 Would you use a floorless shelter in Arizona? 00:22:30 - 00:22:47 Do you need to purchase poles for the tarps or can you use Trekking poles? 00:22:47 - 00:24:22 Why did my KUIU Summit Refuge melt like a candle? 00:24:23 - 00:24:51 Can I seam seal my Tut when it is 30 degrees out: 00:24:51 - 00:25:29 What is the footprint of the Megatarp compared to the Paratarp? 00:25:36 - 00:26:03 when going floorless to you always use a groundsheet, and if so what material do you use? 00:26:03 - 00:26:30 Will you be bringing back the Megatarp? 00:26:30 - 00:27:03 Advantages and disadvantages of a floorless shelter over a floored shelter? 00:27:03 - 00:31:03 also covered further at 00:38:16 - 00:40:40 Can you retro an old Megatarp to put a zippered annex on it 00:31:04 - 00:31:14 Is there anything you can do to keep mice out? 00:31:16 - 00:34:15 and 01:34:53 - 01:35:49 Advantages over a covered hammock: 00:34:20 - 00:35:44How do you deal with mosquitoes? 00:35:46 - 00:37:40 Would you recommend a tarp shelter for late season? 00:37:48 - 00:38:02 Any tips on dealing with condensation besides bringing the stove? 00:40:41 - 00:42:40 The Tut is better suited for below timberline vs the Sawtooth which is better suited for above timberline? 00:42:44 - 00:43:16 How often do you deal with rodents getting to your gear? 00:44:05 - 00:44:21 when would you use a Tipi instead of a Tarp? 00:44:21 - 00:44:37 and 01:52:00 - 01:52:09 What do you think is the best shelter for northern Idaho and northwestern Montana thick and rainy? 00:44:41 - 00:45:51Any concerns from sparks from the stove burning the Tipi? 00:45:53 - 00:47:55 What are the harshest conditions each Kifaru shelter has withstood? 00:47:56 - 00:50:14 I'm having trouble pitching my Tut tight to the ground, what am I doing wrong? 00:50:33 - 00:51:44 Discuss how your fabric is superior to others: 00:51:49 - 00:57:49 Any tips on using smaller amounts of cord to pitch the Paratarp, do you pitch with trekking poles or sticks lying around? 00:57:52 - 00:59:55 With a floorless setup, what is the best way to protect your sleeping pad? 00:59:56 - 01:01:00 Will a floorless shelter keep unwanted Cougars out? 01:01:24 - 01:01:54 Why don't high end single wall shelters come seam sealed? 01:02:00 - 01:02:55 What function does a liner play in a four season shelter through the individual seasons? 01:03:00 - 00:03:35 How to keep it warm during Colorado rifle season: 01:03:37 - 01:03:47 Do you use a ground tarp and a bivy in windy situations? 01:03:48 - 01:06:48 Can you fit two cots and a stove in a Sawtooth? 01:06:55 - 01:07:49 How do you use the tipi stove combo to dry clothing, and how do you ventilate to prevent overheating? 01:07:51 - 01:08:30 How do you get over the fear of going floorless? 01:08:33 - 01:10:18 Box vs. Cylinder stoves and recommended sizes for your shelters (Frank has some mic issues on this one, they are using a temporary plastic table while waiting for the wood table to come in and the mic keep falling...sorry): 01:10:27 - 01:14:05 With modern tent technology, what makes a Tipi/tarp a better option over other lightweight shelters? 01:14:12 - 01:15:40 Is it possible to ruin a carbon fiber pole by having it too close to the stove? 01:15:43 - 01:16:33 How would you vent in rainy weather to mitigate condensation without a liner? 01:16:36 - 01:17:09 What makes a Kifaru shelter better than the competition? 01:17:10 - 01:18:07 Can you talk about stove use in a tent? 01:18:12 - 01:19:32 Do you advice seam sealing every year or is once good? 01:19:34 - 01:19:56 How do you decide what shelter to start out with for an Elk hunt in the western states? 01:20:25 - 01:21:10 Why floorless? 01:21:14 - 01:21:34 Do you have to use a spark arrestor in a stove? 01:21:47 - 01:21:58 How do your shelters handle snow loads? 01:22:02 - 01:22:57 What is your cold weather setup? 01:22:59 - 01:23:2600 How to deal with condensation: 01:23:26 - 01:23:56 and 01:43:00 - 01:43:32 How is the Tarp in strong winds? 01:23:54 - 01:24:03 How do you sell the idea of a high end tent to your wife? 01:24:49 - 01:24:05 What are some considerations in heavy rain with a floorless shelter? 01:24:50 - 01:25:01 and 01:26:50 - 01:27:27 What would be the most versatile sleep/shelter setup for four seasons? 01:25:21 - 01:26:06 How do you decide when to bring the stove? 01:26:08 - 01:26:48 What is the best ground cloth? 01:27:27 - 01:27:32 Do you ever cook with a gas stove? 01:27:33 - 01:27:50 Is a floorless shelter doable in the South East? 01:27:54 - 01:28:21 Trendiness and minimal weight savings aside, What are the benefits? 01:28:25 - 01:31:42 Is it safe to size up in a floorless shelter if you are going to be in windy locations? 01:31:42 - How would you rate the Seek Outside shelters? 01:32:38 - 01:33:25 Can you successfully join two trekking poles to make one longer center pole? 01:33:25 - 01:33:46 Seam sealer...paint thinner or no paint thinner?  Can you still seam seal if it is cold out? 01:33:51 - 01:34:15 If I leave a box of wine outside alone, will the cougar leave me alone? 01:34:20How would you use a backpack-able shelter when not in the mountains? 01:35:49 - 01:37:08 How do you secure you stove jack in the wind? 01:37:08 - 01:38:04 Does compressing the shelter long or short term affect the shelter? 01:38:47 - 01:39:16 and 01:50:35 - 01:50:44 At 6'3" will I be able to stand and change in the Sawtooth? 01:39:16 - 01:39:55 At what elevation do you need to be at to not be eaten alive by bugs? 01:39:56 - 01:40:23 Floorless shelters are trendy: 01:40:23 - 01:41:06 Any tricks to keep the stove from melting the snow around the shelter then re-freezing? 01:41:06 - 01:41:58 when would you use a tarp bivy combo and do you use the tarp for glassing? 01:41:58 - 01:42:56 and 01:46:34 - 01:47:14 What do you use to keep your bag from getting wet and how do you battle heavy rain? 01:43:33 - 01:44:59 What are the benefits of using a Sawtooth vs. a Hilleberg? 01:45:50 - 01:46:29 What is the all around best budget shelter stove combo for all seasons for solo application? 01:47:14 - 01:47:44 Are you using a floorless shelter or a Hilleberg during high country archery season? 01:47:45 - 01:49:13 Best option for Kodiak for two people? 01:49:16 - 01:49:28 Best shelter for BC on a budget? 01:49:29 - 01:50:00 When planning a trip what factors do you consider when selecting a shelter? 01:50:05 - 01:50:31 How much extra cord do you need to pitch a tarp? 01:50:44 - 01:51:31 What shelter would you use with family? 01:51:30 - 01:51:43 Do you need a bivy with a down bag because of condensation? 01:51:43 - 01:52:00 Liner or no for late season high elevation in the Sawtooth? 01:52:10 - 01:52:25 How do you deal with pitching the shelter in rocky areas? 01:52:25 - 01:52:38 Best three person shelter with a stove? 01:52:39 - 01:52:43 I'm looking at buying a Tut for summer trips with my boys, how do you deal with mosquitoes, and what stove do you recommend: 01:52:43 - 01:53:12 Prime Synergy Hybrid give away! 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1hr 57mins

17 Jan 2018

Rank #5

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Chris Roe

Chris Roe joins the podcast to discuss public issues and issues with going public in social media. Roe Hunting Resources Kifaru

3hr 37mins

13 Feb 2019

Rank #6

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Not Sure We Should Talk About This

Not Sure We Should Talk About ThisFood, clothing, camp stoves and more, Frank and Aron cover a broad spectrum of gear that worked best for them in 2017.  Frank drops info on new gear coming out in 2018 from Kifaru, and Aron covers upcoming gear from other outdoor companies.  Sadly, Even though Frank and Aron live in the same house, Aron admits he kept Humble Foods to himself while Frank suffered in the backfield with Ramen and Tuna...and of course Spam, but at least Frank loves Spam.

1hr 1min

12 Jan 2018

Rank #7

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Josh Bowmar Part 1: Nutrition

Josh Bowmar (Superman, Captain America, A-hole) joins the podcast to talk nutrition and hunting.  in Part one, he talks about diet and nutrition, and if you will take a moment to look at the featured photo for this podcast, he definitely has the diet and nutrition thing figured out. Bowmar Nutrition Kifaru Become a Patron!

1hr 12mins

4 Jun 2019

Rank #8

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Brian Call

Aron Snyder and Brian Call haven't spoken in a while.  In this episode they put the past behind and have a good ol' manversation.


7 Apr 2020

Rank #9

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Make Hunting Great Again

Let's keep the hate mail coming!

1hr 27mins

18 Feb 2020

Rank #10

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@t_s_.dLove them or hate them Tanner Coulter and Kyle Brockman run a humorous Instagram page holding hunters accountable.  They talk with Aron and Frank about keeping respect for the animals above the social media game. Follow them down the rabbit hole: @T_S_.D

1hr 8mins

12 Dec 2017

Rank #11

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FOC with John Dudley

Hours can be spent discussing FOC and arrow tuning, thankfully John Dudley joins the podcat and goes into great detail about tuning arrows, proper equipment, and how to improve accuracy. About John Dudley I started hunting at the age of ten in my childhood state of Mississippi. I was raised to be a passionate deer and turkey hunter. To improve further on my hunting skills I started shooting at local clubs and shop tournaments. I quickly realized that archery was a talent I felt I was gifted with and shooting competitively seemed very natural. I started shooting professionally in 1997 and have competed in over 120 Professional events Worldwide. Since recognizing my talent I have successfully competed in 3D, field, indoor and outdoor target archery. I have represented the US Archery team for several years and won multiple medals and championships in each format. When I was 18, I left a college football scholarship opportunity to instead work in an archery shop for 4$ an hour simply because I loved it! Later I opened my own shop for a brief period before being hired at one of the leading bow manufacturers where I worked for nearly 9 years. I ventured on my own in 2006 to work independently as an International public relations/sales/ marketing manager for several archery manufacturers. I spend my days with my sales, marketing and R+D task, as well as, testing new gear, writing articles, taking photos or traveling the globe conducting educational compound archery training seminars for retailers, clubs and National teams. I have dedicated my life to archery and it has always been for the purpose of being better as a Bowhunter. I am fortunate to see a lot of places and coach some of the best shooters in the world and hunt with good people including my family and friends. For more in depth info on archery be sure to check out Johns Nock On Podcast Youtube Facebook

1hr 46mins

3 Jul 2018

Rank #12

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Gear review

Episode 3: Gear ReviewIn this episode, Frank and Aron discuss their favorite gear from this past year.Gear reviewed this episode:Spotting scopesLost Park Parkaclothing - inner layer/outer layerBowsBino/opticsArrow restsknivesbootsbroadheadsArrowsMore Bows Rifles


6 Nov 2017

Rank #13

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2018 High Country Mule Deer Hunt

Aron and Frank provide a day by day account of their high country mule deer hunt.  An incredible amount of blood sweat, and tears went into this hunt.

1hr 46mins

13 Sep 2018

Rank #14

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Three Guys Talking

This episode with Paul Gustafson contains a wealth of knowledge on hunting seasons, building arrows, and archery hunting in general.

1hr 21mins

26 Apr 2018

Rank #15

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Robby Denning

Author Robby Denning, Mule Deer expert and Franks man crush, joins the podcast to discuss Mule Deer hunting tactics.  Also, in this episode…a discussion on how everyone adores social media.

1hr 59mins

29 Nov 2018

Rank #16

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Tim Gillingham

Professional Archer, Tim Gillingham, engages in a passionate debate regarding FOC, arrow tuning, and broadheads with Aron Snyder

1hr 40mins

21 Mar 2019

Rank #17

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Arrow Setup

Aron and Frank talk about their arrow setup...or at least it sounds like they're talking about arrow setup...sometimes the line blurs in this episode.


24 Apr 2018

Rank #18

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Elk Calling Part 2

Wildlife biologist Chris Roe owner of Roe Hunting Resources offers science-based information about animal behavior, vocalizations, and their communication on part two of our Elk calling series. THE GENESIS OF ROE HUNTING RESOURCES From my childhood and youth in the dairy country of Upstate New York, I developed a fascination with, and a passion for, animal behavior and the manner in which certain behaviors affect the outcomes of hunter/animal interactions. As my level of learning and understanding of animal behavior grew, so did my hunting success. Elk calling and hunting seminars with Primos Hunting CallsThat success, in part, helped me land a position with Primos® Hunting Calls as one of their ProStaffers. As I began to give calling and hunting seminars across Colorado, SE Wyoming, and northern New Mexico, the truly unique material that I taught, how I taught it, and the success of my "students," others came, hungry for the type and level of education I provided. Between 1999 and 2003, demand for my seminars increased to the point where—in the months preceding turkey and elk seasons—I was speaking to a different group of hunters nearly every weekend, and even on some weeknights. Because others across the country were starting to put out hunting-related educational material on CDs and in various video formats, the pressure built for me to do the same. While I did record some material for private distribution, I held off on producing material for the public at large, not only because of increased demands on my time as a wildlife consultant, but also because I just was never satisfied with the production quality, or the professional appearance, of what could be produced economically. While my material was circulated around the country (with its influence being seen in the educational resources provided by some of my competitors over the years), I put off producing my own video material until I had sufficient time to devote to the effort, and until the necessary technology became faster and more affordable. Moreover, while some hunters were asking for “portable” resources such as DVDs, others were asking for more in-depth educational opportunities. To satisfy the latter demand, in 2003, I started conducting three-day clinics, which focused on elk behavior, vocalizations, communication, and hunting strategies.Online hunting instructional videos But demand continued to grow. People grew increasingly hungry for quality information, yet disappointed with much of what was available to them outside of actually attending one of my seminars or clinics. Between 2003 and 2008, demand grew to the point where, in 2009, I finally committed to start producing educational videos for the public-at-large. With today's technology and internet streaming capabilities, there really was no reason why I COULDN'T provide what you all wanted: professional, science-based information about animal behavior, vocalizations, and their communication, that could be accessed through a high-quality, web-based, affordable format. Thus was born Roe Hunting Resources.

2hr 11mins

2 Aug 2018

Rank #19

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Sleeping Bags

Aron answers questions from Kifaru Insiders regarding our slick bag temperature ratings, and offers advice based off his many years of field experience on how to stay warm overnight in the backcountry. Kifaru Become a Patron!


9 Jan 2020

Rank #20