Rank #1: 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.
Rank #2: 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.
Rank #3: 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.
Rank #4: 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.
Rank #5: 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.
Rank #6: 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.
Rank #7: 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.
Rank #8: 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.
Rank #9: 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.
Rank #10: 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.
Rank #11: 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.
Rank #12: 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.
Rank #13: 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.
Rank #14: 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.
Rank #15: 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.
Rank #16: 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.
Rank #17: 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.
Rank #18: EP 036: Randy's pre-season planning and some unfiltered political comments
Randy does a Q&A with the HuntTalk.com 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.
Rank #19: 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.
Rank #20: EP060: Hunts To Do This Season and Gear We Use with Randy Newberg and goHUNT.com
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 goHUNT.com 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 goHUNT.com.