Elk Talk

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 Feb 8, 2019

 Nov 26, 2018


All elk, all the time, and only elk. Hunting elk is the aspirational pinnacle for most American hunters. Corey Jacobsen, 10-time World Elk Calling Champion, and Randy Newberg, long-time public land hunting advocate, have combined to lower the hurdles for aspiring elk hunters and provide insight from their combined decades of elk hunting mistakes that will give useful information to elk hunters of all experience levels. Brought to you by Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and partners Sitka Gear, onX, goHUNT.com, Gerber Gear, and Rocky Mountain Hunting Calls.

Episode Date
EP 28: Hunting or Photography - Bow or Camera

In this Episode (28) of The Elk Talk Podcast, Randy talks to Jason Loftus, Utah elk fanatic and amazing wildlife photographer.  Topics covered include Utah elk hunting, waiting lists, photography improving hunting skills, rifle hunting in the rut, hunting with family, kids are most fun, cow elk hunting, glory tag pressures, managing for harvested age class, photography at close range, learning animal behaviors to capture the images, better field photos, camera gear, video or still images, "one size doesn't fit all," cameras are like bows or rifles, getting super close, long arming, shadows, light, sun angles, images respect the hunt/animal, images convey hunting for food, and many other lessons a hunter learns from photography.

Jun 14, 2019
EP 27: Elk Talk Q&A from BHA Rendezvous

In this Episode (27) of the Elk Talk Podcast, Randy and Corey are at the annual Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Rendezvous taking live questions from the audience.  Audience questions include proper boot fit, blisters, socks, first or last week of season, private land refugees, late season cow elk, first elk hunt, favorite elk hunt experience, hunting with your kids, calling wolf-conditioned elk, hunting the equinox period, can you bugling too much, whitetail skills for elk, sticking to your plan, short day hunts, calling to fight, sticking with a spot, dissing Utah, solo setups, late season cow elk, slowing down to hunt with elderly hunters, and a host of other ideas from the audience.

Jun 07, 2019
EP 26: The Science of Outer Layers with John Barklow

In this Episode (026) of the Elk Talk Podcast, John Barklow discusses outer layers, including science and how that drives technology.  Hunting elk brings all sorts of bad weather conditions.  John explains how the proper outer layer is your protection against those elements.  Topics covered include membranes, evaporation rates, humidity equilibrium, heat loss from wind and evaporation, DWR surfaces, weight from moisture absorption, seams and leakage, breathable rain gear, and a lot of shop talk about designing and building high performance outer layers.

May 24, 2019
Bonus Episode - Hunt Idaho Elk This Year

In this Bonus Episode of The Elk Talk Podcast, Corey and Randy cover Corey's home state of Idaho.  Topics covered include deadlines, how the Idaho draw works, a tangent against point systems, ID OTC Heaven, choose your weapon, hunting among wolves and grizzlies, archery or rifle, license requirements, fees, maximizing your investment, two bull elk tags, youth options, RMEF Idaho projects, Elk Camp, and many other topics that will get you hunting Idaho elk.

May 17, 2019
EP 24: Archery Roosevelt Elk with Angry Spike Productions

In this Episode (24) of the Elk Talk Podcast, Shannon Mobbs and Cory Ford from Angry Spike Productions talk to Corey and Randy about archery hunting Roosevelt elk.  Topics covered are close range redefined, terrain for coastal elk, thick as thick gets, aggressive or passive calling, go to them, limited shot selection, habituated elk, small home ranges, best dates for Rosies, jungle calling tactics, scouting pays off, persistence, knowing the terrain, being mobile, stay or move if no reply, and many other tricks from guys who has spent decades tagging Roosevelt elk in the coast ranges.

May 10, 2019
EP 23: Hunt Oregon Elk This Year; Here's How

In this Episode (23) of the Elk Talk Podcast, Corey and Randy cover topics related to applying for, and hunting, elk in Oregon.  Topics include how the system works, deadlines, over-the-counter, spike only, cow elk, archery and rifle, Roosevelt and Rocky Mountain Elk, early season, late season, non-resident perspectives, license requirements, point system, season dates, and a ton of other Oregon tidbits.

Apr 26, 2019
EP 22: Fitness, Fun & Elk Success

In this episode (22) of The Elk Talk Podcast, Corey and Randy are joined by Mark and Jeff Skousen, two of the most fit elk hunters you will meet.  Topics covered include elk hunting is supposed to be fun, fitness makes it more fun, how find motivation, calories in-out, hunting with horses, beyond backcountry, when fitness matters, diet versus exercise, public land hunts, general season elk, over-the-counter options, and a host of other topics that will help you find motivation to make elk hunting fun while improving your fitness. 

Apr 12, 2019
EP 21: Elk Addicts Talk Hunting and Shed Antlers

In this Episode (21) of The Elk Talk Podcast, Corey and Randy are joined by Tyler Crockett, fanatic elk hunter, bull rider, and owner of Pure Elevation Productions.  Topics covered in this episode are shed antlers, shed hunting ethics, Jackson Hole antler rodeo, call-in and set-up scenarios, why bull riders make good elk hunters, antlers as money or souvenirs, scouting while hunting for sheds, archery elk tactics, wolf hunting, wolf impacts on elk habits, Hunt Of A Lifetime program, helping others hunt, elk in timber, hunting burns, open country elk, Northwest Archery Challenge, summer practice, and a variety of other elk hunting topics.

Mar 28, 2019
EP 20: How To Draw Your Colorado Elk Tag

In this episode of Elk Talk Podcast, Corey and Randy explore all details of hunting elk in Colorado, with a bit of tangent about wolves and other requests from listeners.  Topics covered include Colorado draw system for non-residents, over the counter options, season dates, costs, deadlines, using your points, realistic expectations, elk conservation, state trust land rules, and other topics helpful in hunting elk in Colorado.

Mar 15, 2019
EP 019: How To Draw Your New Mexico Elk Tag

In this Episode (19) of the Elk Talk Podcast, Corey and Randy explain how you might draw an elk tag in New Mexico this year.  Going through all the destination elk states, the guys are explaining how you can hunt elk every year.  Topics covered in this episode are the nuances of the New Mexico draw system, using all three choices, mixing weapon types, no point system, glory tags, your time horizons, mid-term plan, easier draw means harder conditions, getting the most from your investment, spot and stalk versus calling elk, rifle, muzzy, and archery options, and many other topics related to hunting elk in New Mexico.

Mar 01, 2019
EP 18: Montana - Hunt Elk Every Year

In this episode (18) of the Elk Talk Podcast, Corey and Randy continue the discussion of hunting elk every year.  Topics covered focus on Montana elk hunting and cover the non-resident application system, deadlines, limited entry, general tags, archery options, long seasons, public land, hunting pressure, seasonal movements, grizzly bears, wolves, and many other topics related to Montana elk hunting.  Hunt elk every year.  Montana is a great option.

Feb 15, 2019
EP 17: Nevada & Utah - Hunt Elk Every Year

In this Episode (17) of the Elk Talk Podcast, Corey and Randy continue the discussion of how you can hunt elk every year while making short/mid/long-term plans in the process.  Topics covered include the drawing systems of UT and NV, why these states are hard to draw, using UT and NV as long-term plans, allocating budgets, swinging for the fences, and a few stories from the lucky guys who have hunted elk in these states.

Feb 01, 2019
EP 16: Arizona Elk - Draw Your Tag

In this episode of the Elk Talk Podcast Corey and Randy go into great depth about the Arizona elk tag drawing system and application strategies to help you draw your tag.  Topics include Arizona system overview, tips to improve your odds, mid-term and long-term strategies, point systems, deadlines, archery and rifle opportunities, unique ways to increase your odds, youth applications, some Arizona elk hunting stories from Corey and Randy, and a lot of other good ideas related to Arizona elk hunting.

Jan 18, 2019
EP 15: Hunt Elk Every Year; How and Where

In this Episode of the Elk Talk Podcast (EP 15), Corey and Randy are focused on helping every hunter acquire an elk tag for 2019.  Many think it is impossible to hunt elk each year, but this podcast will show how this can be done.  Topics covered include having a strategy, short/mid/long-term strategy, state application deadlines, how to allocate your tag budget, how each state fits your plan, fall back options, Randy's application plan, and Corey's personal application plan, strategy for a new applicant, worry about drawing multiple tags, and quirks of each system and each state that will give you a better chance too hunt elk this year.

Jan 08, 2019
EP 14: Wyoming Elk Hunting - How and Why

In Episode 14 of the Elk Talk Podcast, Corey and Randy get into deep discussion about elk hunting in Wyoming.  Topics covered are the Wyoming non-resident tag drawing system, strategies based on point levels, how to decide on a unit, point system, hunting near grizzly bears, tag allocations, public access in Wyoming, archery and rifle, Wilderness areas. special v. regular draw, and some stories of their Wyoming elk hunts.

Dec 24, 2018
EP 13: Notes and Lessons from the 2018 Elk Season

In this episode (12) of the Elk Talk Podcast Corey and Randy give a wrap up of their 2018 elk seasons.  Topics covered include hunting with your children, what are transition ranges, elk bugling in post-rut, early elk migrations, migration weather, locating elk on transition ranges, weather affecting rut, elk where you least expect them, bulls higher than cows, how to hunt elk every year, glory tag risks, low elevation hunters preparing for high elevation hunts, and many other topics of the 2018 elk season experiences.

Dec 07, 2018
EP 12: More Listener Q&A with Corey and Randy

In this episode (12) of the Elk Talk Podcast, Corey and Randy are answering more questions from listeners.  Topics covered include picking a general unit to hunt, glassing in archery season, movement during peak rut, late season tactics, weekend warrior tactics, hunting pressure as an ally, opening day plan, rest of the season plan, scouting imperative in post-rut and late season, where elk locate transition ranges, migration caused by snow or cold, hunting pressure affecting migrations, sources to learn about migration corridors, hunt where the elk are, bedding based on thermals, cow elk ideas, dismantling your elk, bone out or leave on bone, and lots of other public land elk hunting topics.

Nov 23, 2018
EP 011: Listener Q & A with Corey and Randy

In this episode (11) of Elk Talk Podcast, Corey and Randy go through volumes of listener questions and provide the best answers they can muster.  Topics included are backcountry first aid, what's in your emergency kit, five periods of elk season, finding cow elk, elk ecology, finding post-rut elk, displacement from livestock grazing, glassing as a tactic, bugling in post-rut, late season locations, glassing set ups, scent control or wind discipline, new moon or fall equinox, calling in an elk versus taking a big bull, and other listener questions.

Nov 09, 2018
EP10: Elk Mistakes and Gear Talk with Sitka's John Barklow

In this Episode of The Hunt Talk Podcast (Ep 10) Randy meets up with John Barklow, big game product manager at Sitka Gear.  While Corey volunteers for a Hunt of a Lifetime, the topics discussed include John's Top 5 elk hunting mistakes, merino v. synthetics, garment engineers, field testing for Special Operators, baking the moisture from you clothes, windchilling, insulation layers, evaporation effects, performance clothing comforts, John's archery setup, and a host of other topics related to elk hunting and gear.

Oct 26, 2018
EP09: Corey Talks Roosie Elk and First Aid with David Brinker

In Episode 09 of the Elk Talk Podcast, Corey Jacobsen catches up with David Brinker to discuss their recent Roosevelt Elk hunt in western Oregon.  Topics covered include hunting elk jungles, broadhead wounds, backcountry first aid, early Roosie rut, Rockies versus Roosies, early season calling, huckleberry grazing, accidents happen, and a hair-raising story of David impaling a broadhead in his calf while hunting deep in the woods.

Oct 12, 2018
EP08: Mid-season Update and Note Comparison

In this Episode (08) of the Elk Talk Podcast, brought to you by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Corey and Randy are comparing notes after the first few weeks of elk season.  Corey has already been to Oregon and Wyoming, while Randy has been to New Mexico.  Hot weather has made the elk action a nightime activity.  Topics discussed include backcountry first aid, nutrition, bad camp food, e-scouting, mistakes made again this season, hunting with grizzly bears, leaving elk to find elk, food patterns for peak rut elk, don't focus on sanctuaries in September, and a lot of other September elk hunting topics.

Sep 28, 2018
EP07: Top 5 Mistakes with Dirk Durham

In this Episode (07) of Elk Talk Podcast, Corey and Randy are at the Total Archery Challenge in Big Sky Montana, sharing the mic with Corey's long-time hunting partner, Dirk Durham.  Topics covered include Top 5 mistakes Dirk has seen in his life of elk hunting, #1 giving up too easy, #2 aggressive versus passive, #3 not being flexible when your plan isn't working, #4 be unorthodox, #5 not having your equipment working flawlessly, knowing when to be aggressive or passive,  attitude being the reason for success, success comes from confidence, confidence comes from knowledge, and a long list of other perspectives from a guy who has hunted, lived, and breathed elk for most his life.

Aug 31, 2018
EP06: David Brinker at the Total Archery Challenge

Corey and Randy are joined by David Brinker, who is shooting a traditional bow at the Total Archery Challenge in Big Sky, Montana. The crew talks about David's top 5 elk hunting mistakes, the difference between Roosevelt and Rocky Mountain Elk, and dealing with failure. Corey even shares his #1 Karaoke tip.

Aug 24, 2018
EP05: Full Moon Elk with Donnie Drake

In Episode 5 of Elk Talk, Corey is joined by his elk hunting partner, Donnie Drake. They discuss the effects of the full moon on elk hunting, as well as hunting elk during the early season. They also discuss their 2018 elk hunting schedule, and share an exciting new video project they will be working on this fall.

Aug 17, 2018
EP04: Choosing Campsites

In this episode, Randy and Corey talk about the importance of choosing a camp site, strategies for site selection, and the risks of choosing poorly.

Aug 10, 2018
EP03: Elk Calling Strategy

In the third episode of the Elk Talk podcast, Randy and Corey finish up their Top 5 mistake list from the previous episode and talk about elk calling strategies.

Aug 03, 2018
EP02: Top 5 Elk Hunting Mistakes We've Made & Still Make

In this Episode (02) of Elk Talk Podcast, Randy and Corey each give their list of the Top 5 mistakes each of them made and still make.  The greatest part of increasing elk hunting knowledge is acquired by experiment and making mistakes. Mistakes listed and most of them discussed were lack of elk knowledge, reliance on gadgets, not respecting the wind, lack of a plan, failure to experiment, getting stuck in a rut, setup mistakes, calling mistakes, and a few others that got discussed as part of the many tangents that come with Elk Talk.

Jul 20, 2018
EP01: The Beginning of Elk Talk

In this Episode (01) of the Elk Talk Podcast, Corey Jacobsen and Randy Newberg explain how the Elk Talk idea came about, what the audience can expect for future content, the partners supporting the podcast, mistakes we commonly make, Top 5 topics every elk hunter must consider, wind and elk, rifle or archery, aggressive or passive, and setting the table for future content.

Jun 23, 2018