Wired To Hunt Podcast

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 Jan 8, 2021

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Dive deep into the world of whitetails with leading expert Mark Kenyon. Each episode covers specific and actionable strategies for the next generation of whitetail hunting addicts. Get your fix through the stories of Mark’s learning experiences as a whitetail hunter and valuable insights provided by a weekly slate of expert guests. Part of The MeatEater Podcast Network.

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Ep. 603: Late Rut and Late Season Hunting with Clint Casper
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This week on the show, we're joined by diehard bowhunter, writer, and podcaster Clint Casper to discuss his top tactics for killing late rut and late season whitetails. 

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Nov 24, 2022
Ep. 602: Rut Fresh Radio 11/23/2022 - GUN SZN Brace or Embrace?
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This is the TWELFTH episode of Rut Fresh Radio of the 2022 Season! In each episode, K.C. and Tyler interview deer hunters from across the country in search of the freshest, most current information on Whitetail Buck movement and hear stories of hunting success. This week we get to hear from hunters in ALABAMA, WISCONSIN, PENNSYLVANIA, and TENNESSEE. The country is in turmoil, but not because of Elon or political pundits. It’s full-fledge deer season, with ruts, post ruts, pre ruts, archery season, gun season, late season; almost everything that can happen in the deer woods is happening currently. Are you setting yourself up to capitalize on the moment?

WE FOUND THE GIANT FROM LAST YEAR!!! | Bow Hunting From The Ground | Spot and Stalk

Camping HACKS for DIY Whitetail Hunts

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Nov 23, 2022
Ep. 601: Foundations - A Little Rut Reflection Does A Hunter Good
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On this week's show, Tony breaks down his rut hunt and explains why we should all do a little reflecting on this year's successes and failures, so that we can all have more fun next November. 

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Nov 22, 2022
Ep. 600: Rut, Lockdown, Late November, and More of Your Deer Hunting Questions Answered
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This week on the show, I'm joined by Tony Peterson to answer a whole pile of listener questions about hunting the rut, lockdown, late November/post-rut tactics and a whole bunch more.

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Nov 17, 2022
Ep. 599: Rut Fresh Radio 11/16/2022 - LOCKDOWN or HOEDOWN?
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This is the ELEVENTH episode of Rut Fresh Radio of the 2022 Season! In each episode, K.C. and Tyler interview deer hunters from across the country in search of the freshest, most current information on Whitetail Buck movement and hear stories of hunting success. This week we get to hear from hunters in Wyoming, Illinois, Kansas, and Rhode Island. Are we in lockdown? I think we’re in lockdown. Maybe we aren’t in lockdown! It’s a great (and arguably the best) week to be in the whitetail woods! Hunters this week have some encouraging thoughts on how to hunt big bucks doing big buck things in the third week of November.

https://www.themeateater.com/wired-to-hunt/whitetail-hunting/do-you-really-need-to-sit-all-day-to-kill-a-rutting-buck

https://www.themeateater.com/listen/wired-to-hunt/ep-597-rut-hunting-lessons-successes-and-sorrows

https://youtu.be/qhXum9FATAY

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Nov 16, 2022
Ep. 598: Foundations - Expert Level Hide and Seek
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On today's show, Tony breaks down what happens in mid-November as the rut starts to wind down, and the hunting pressure from the archery and firearm crowd causes the deer to seek sanctuaries. 

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Nov 15, 2022
Ep. 597: Rut Hunting Lessons, Successes, and Sorrows
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This week on the show Mark shares the story of his week hunting the whitetail rut in Nebraska and Ohio, the tactics he used to find success, and the lessons he learned along the way. 

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Nov 10, 2022
Ep.596: Rut Fresh Radio 11/9/2022 - One HOT Week
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This is the TENTH episode of Rut Fresh Radio of the 2022 Season! In each episode, K.C. and Tyler interview deer hunters from across the country in search of the freshest, most current information on Whitetail Buck movement and hear stories of hunting success. This week we get to hear from hunters in Texas, North Dakota, Kentucky, and Iowa. We’re in the thick of it now! It seems this past week you’re either HOT, or you’re not. With looming colder temps before us, hunters this week have some encouraging thoughts on working around the weather and the moon to capitalize on big bucks doing big buck things in the second week of November.


https://youtu.be/qhXum9FATAY


https://www.themeateater.com/hunt/whitetail-deer/when-to-abandon-your-rut-hunting-plan


https://www.themeateater.com/listen/wired-to-hunt

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Nov 09, 2022
Ep. 595: Foundations - It's Not About How Many, But Who
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On this week's show, Tony discusses a common rut mistake many hunters make, which is to look for deer concentrations when they might be better off looking for fewer deer in the right spots. 

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Nov 08, 2022
Ep. 594: Mastering the Whitetail Rut with Skip Sligh
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This week on the show, I’m joined by diehard bowhunter Skip Sligh to discuss his top tactics for hunting the rut from Michigan to Iowa and points in between. AND we've got a surprise guest joining us for a rut kick-off intro as well!

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Nov 03, 2022
Ep.593: Rut Fresh Radio 11/2/2022 - The Rut
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This is the NINTH episode of Rut Fresh Radio of the 2022 Season! In each episode, K.C. and Tyler interview deer hunters from across the country in search of the freshest, most current information on Whitetail Buck movement and hear stories of hunting success. This week we get to hear from hunters in Arkansas, Michigan, Ohio, and Colorado. Early November is the heat of the rut, however hunters this season are going to encounter super hot temperatures as well. This week we talk to hunters who have some unique takes on warm weather rut action.

https://www.themeateater.com/wired-to-hunt/whitetail-hunting/5-mistakes-hunters-make-during-the-rut

https://www.themeateater.com/listen/wired-to-hunt/ep-591-patterning-bucks-during-the-rut-and-beyond

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Nov 02, 2022
Ep. 592: Foundations - Don't Fall In Love With Deer Hunting Ideas
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On today's show, Tony discusses a problem that plagues a lot of whitetail hunters, which is that they want a hunt to happen a certain way, in a specific spot. This tends to influence their hunting decisions in a negative way. 

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Nov 01, 2022
Ep. 591: Patterning Bucks During the Rut and Beyond with Jeff Sturgis
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This week on the show, I'm joined by Jeff Sturgis to discuss his in-depth perspective on patterning bucks during the rut and his process for dialing in a plan for bucks at all times of year.

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Oct 27, 2022
Ep. 590: Rut Fresh Radio 10/26/2022 - The Hunt For Late October
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This is the EIGHTH episode of Rut Fresh Radio of the 2022 Season! In each episode, K.C. and Tyler interview deer hunters from across the country in search of the freshest, most current information on Whitetail Buck movement and hear stories of hunting success. This week we get to hear from hunters in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Georgia, and Minnesota. The last week in October means we finally get to see some true rut action! However, unseasonably warm temps can put a damper on buck movement. This week we talk to hunters who have some unique tactics to circumvent the problems of these hot late October days.
The Element Podcast- Small Adjustments, Big Payoffs 

South Dakota Buck From The Ground!

Is Late October The New November For Whitetail Hunters?(Mark Kenyon)

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Oct 26, 2022
Ep. 589: Foundations - Coming Out Heavy
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On today's episode, Tony breaks down the different ways in which you can get your buck out of the woods, no matter where he dies. 

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Oct 25, 2022
Ep 588: Patterning Public Land Bucks with Jake Bush
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This week on the show, I’m joined by Jake Bush to dive deep into his process for patterning big public land bucks. 

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Oct 20, 2022
Ep. 587: Rut Fresh Radio 10/19/2022 - What About The Lull?
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This is the SEVENTH episode of Rut Fresh Radio of the 2022 Season! In each episode, K.C. and Tyler interview deer hunters from across the country in search of the freshest, most current information on Whitetail Buck movement and hear stories of hunting success. This week we get to hear from hunters in New Jersey, Maine, Alabama, and South Dakota. With the “October lull” in full effect we talk to hunters in the field and discuss whether there is a lull along with tactics used to be successful at this point in the season.

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Oct 19, 2022
Ep. 586: Foundations - Blood Trailing Breakdown, Part 2
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On today's show, Tony continues his discussion of blood trailing by explaining how to interpret spoor and how to make informed decisions no matter how difficult the trail becomes. 

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Oct 18, 2022
Ep. 585: A Masterclass on Patterning Bucks with Mark Drury
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Today on the show, I’m joined by the mad scientist himself, one of the greatest of all time, Mark Drury, for an absolute masterclass on the art of patterning whitetail bucks.

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Oct 13, 2022
Ep. 584: Rut Fresh Radio 10/12/22 - Find the Limited Resource to Find the Bucks!
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This is the SIXTH episode of Rut Fresh Radio of the 2022 Season! In each episode, K.C. and Tyler interview deer hunters from across the country in search of the freshest, most current information on Whitetail Buck movement, and hear stories of hunting success. This week, we get to hear from hunters in Illinois, Arkansas, Michigan, and North Carolina. Apparently, if you work your tail off in South Dakota, you might have a few good buck encounters there too! Early October meant focusing on food in spite of harsh conditions. Green food, bedding, and maybe even some moon stuff just might play into the bigger picture of getting close to a big buck this time of year

To check out some content that could be helpful this time of year, take a look at these:


Jaw-Dropping Footage!!! Oklahoma Public Land Buck

THE ELEMENT Youtube Channel

Mark Kenyon's Whitetail Layering System

Foundations with Tony: Hunt to Kill, Not to Hunt

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Oct 12, 2022
Ep. 583: Foundations - Blood Trailing Breakdown, Part 1
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On this week's show, Tony explains the importance of trusting your instincts immediately after a shot, and how you should go about gathering the right evidence to make a good blood trailing plan. 

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Oct 11, 2022
Ep. 582: Kenyon’s October Success and Lessons Learned
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This week on the show Dan Johnson returns to the show to help Mark Kenyon break down his successful hunt on opening night in Michigan and the lessons we can all learn from it and apply the rest of this season.

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Oct 06, 2022
Ep. 581: Rut Fresh Radio 10/5/22 - Falling Mast, Finding Bucks, and Involving the Family
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This is the FIFTH episode of Rut Fresh Radio of the 2022 Season! In each episode, K.C. and Tyler interview deer hunters from across the country in search of the freshest, most current information on Whitetail Buck movement and hear stories of hunting success. This week we get to hear from hunters in Missouri, Ohio, New York, and Texas. There’s also report of two public land bucks going down in NEBRASKA by two fellers you know! The common theme for the October Opener seemed to be finding the falling mast and making sure to keep family an important part of hunting.

To check out some content that could be helpful this time of year, take a look at these:

THE ELEMENT Youtube Channel

Mark Kenyon's Deer Country E4: Big Woods Buck Tracking

Lies Hunters Believe About Blood Trailing Deer -Tony Peterson

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Oct 05, 2022
Ep. 580: Foundations - Go Ahead, Get A Little Cocky
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On today's episode, Tony talks about how important it is to try to develop confidence in all aspects of your deer hunting game. He also explains how getting too cocky can kill your chances of success as well. 

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Oct 04, 2022
Ep. 579: 5 Hard-Earned Lessons for This Deer Hunting Season
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Today on the show, Tony Peterson and Mark Kenyon break down 5 hard-earned whitetail lessons from their first hunts of the year and discuss how they can help you be more successful throughout this coming season. 

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Sep 29, 2022
Ep. 578: Rut Fresh Radio 9/28/2022 - Paying It Forward For Late Season Success
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This is the FOURTH episode of Rut Fresh Radio of the 2022 Season! In each episode,  K.C. and Tyler interview deer hunters from across the country in search of the freshest, most current information on Whitetail Buck movement and hear stories of hunting success. This week we get to hear from hunters in  Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Arkansas. The common theme for the back half of September was giving a helping hand in the early season in order to reap the rewards of better weather, and hunting days that are still to come.
To check out some content that could be helpful this time of year, take a look at these:
THE ELEMENT YOUTUBE CHANNEL
DEER COUNTRY EP.3 Decoying Great Plains Whitetails

HOW TO MAKE DEER HUNTING NOT FUN-Mark Kenyon

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Sep 28, 2022
Ep. 577: Foundations - Hunt To Kill, Not To Hunt
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On this week's episode, Tony talks about the difference between hunting for the sake of going hunting, and hunting in spots where you truly believe you'll kill a buck. 

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Sep 27, 2022
Ep. 576: Exploring The Myths Around Quality Deer Ground and Overall Hunter Effort with Nathan Mrnak:
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On today's show, Tony chats with the COO of Basecamp Leasing, Nathan Mrnak. Mrnak has deep roots as a public land whitetail hunter, but he also owns and leases additional ground. He brings an interesting perspective to the whitetail conversation because of his vast experience hunting in different states on a variety of different types of dirt. 

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Sep 22, 2022
Ep.575: Rut Fresh Radio 9/21/2022 - Good ACCESS = Great BUCKS!
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This is the THIRD episode of Rut Fresh Radio of the 2022 Season! In each episode,  K.C. and Tyler interview deer hunters from across the country in search of the freshest, most current information on Whitetail Buck movement and hear stories of hunting success. This week we get to hear from hunters in Kansas, New Hampshire, Georgia, and Maryland. The common theme for the middle of September was "Access." Buck sightings were sparse, but hunters made the most of their encounters with pivotal moves and unconventional tactics.
To check out some content that could be helpful this time of year, take a look at these:


Wired To Hunt Ep. 574: Foundations - Dealing With Failed Plans

THE ELEMENT YOUTUBE CHANNEL

DEER COUNTRY Ep. 2 Mountain Bucks with Mark Kenyon and Clay Newcomb

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Sep 21, 2022
Ep. 574: Foundations - Dealing With Failed Plans
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On today's show, Tony breaks down how the best whitetail hunters out there plan on failing to some extent throughout their season -- and why that's actually a good thing. 

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Sep 20, 2022
Ep. 573: How a Contrarian Mentality Kills Mature Bucks with Zach Ferenbaugh
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On today's show, Tony chats with Zach Ferenbaugh from The Hunting Public about how he thinks differently from most hunters, and why that has helped him be so successful on public land whitetails. 

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Sep 15, 2022
Ep. 572: Rut Fresh Radio 9/14/2022 - Fall Is Here
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In this episode of Rut Fresh Radio, Tyler interviews deer hunters from across the country in search of the freshest, most current information on whitetail buck movement and hear stories of hunting success. This week we get to hear from hunters Ron Stoddard, Parker McDonald, Eric Albus, and Brennen Nading. 

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Sep 14, 2022
Ep. 570: An Outfitter's Perspective On Creating Killable Bucks For His Clients with Mike Stroff
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On today's episode, Tony speaks with Mike Stroff, who owns and operates several whitetail hunting outfits. Stroff breaks down his strategy for creating as many hunting options as possible while trying to preserve natural deer movement at each site, all while also working with clients who have wildly varying skills and experience levels. 

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Sep 08, 2022
Ep. 569: Rut Fresh Radio 9/7/2022 - Adversity Produces 4 Season-Opener BUCKS!
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This is the FIRST episode of Rut Fresh Radio of the 2022 Season! In each episode, K.C. and Tyler interview deer hunters from across the country in search of the freshest, most current information on Whitetail Buck movement and hear stories of hunting success. This week we get to hear from hunters in Wyoming, Tennessee, Georgia, and North Dakota. The common theme for the opening week of deer season was adversity. Hunters faced hot weather, rain and fog, hunter pressure, and even depreciated deer population numbers in their pursuit of velvet bucks. 

To check out some content that could be helpful this time of year, take a look at these: HOW TO CARE FOR VENISON IN HOT WEATHER -Tony Peterson

WIRED TO HUNT EP. 566: FOUNDATIONS - GIVE YOURSELF SOME OPTIONS

THE ELEMENT YOUTUBE CHANNEL

HOW TO PLANT A FOOD PLOT ON A BUDGET -Tony Hansen

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Sep 07, 2022
Ep. 568: Foundations - Develop A Whitetail System
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On this week's show, Tony breaks down why he has a gear system for whitetail hunting and how it helps him avoid frustrating sits - no matter what style of hunting he's engaged in. 

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Sep 06, 2022
Ep. 567: How a Public Land Master Consistently Outsmarts Mature Bucks with Andy May
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On this week's episode, Tony chats with Michigander Andy may about how he finds deer, how he keeps his options open for ambush sites, and how he occasionally runs into dumb bucks -- even on public land. 

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Sep 01, 2022
Ep. 566: Foundations - Give Yourself Some Options
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On today's episode,Tony talks about how important it is to have as many ambush options as possible to avoid spot burnout and stay productive throughout the entire season.

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Aug 30, 2022
Ep. 565: What Would Lee Ellis Do?
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Today on the show, I’m joined by Lee Ellis of Seek One to discuss exactly how he’d handle some of the most challenging deer hunting scenarios in the whitetail woods.

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Aug 25, 2022
Ep. 564: Foundations - Taking Kids and Newbies Hunting, Part 2
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On this week's show, Tony expands further on the topic of taking new hunters out, and what the best way is to help them develop a true love of the whitetail hunting game. 

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Aug 23, 2022
Ep. 563: What Would Tyler Jordan Do?
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Today on the show I’m joined by Georgia hunter and host of Realtree Roadtrips, Tyler Jordan, to discuss exactly how he’d handle some of the most challenging deer hunting scenarios in the whitetail woods. 

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Aug 18, 2022
Ep. 562: Foundations - Taking Kids and Newbies Hunting, Part 1
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On today's episode, Tony discusses the thought process around taking beginners whitetail hunting and how best to make the experience as positive as possible. 

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Aug 16, 2022
Ep. 561: What Would Eddie Claypool Do? (and BONUS Goals, Hopes, and Hitlists)
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This week on the show we’re joined by DIY bowhunting guru Eddie Claypool to discuss exactly how he’d handle some of the most challenging deer hunting scenarios in the whitetail woods - PLUS a bonus goals, hopes, and hit-lists chat with the one and only Dan Johnson.

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Aug 11, 2022
Ep. 560: Foundations - The End of Hunting?
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This week, Tony talks about the inevitable end of hunting -- and what we might be able to do to delay it. 

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Aug 09, 2022
Ep. 559: What Would Grant Woods Do?
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This week on the show we’re joined by Dr. Grant Woods of Growing Deer TV to discuss exactly how he’d handle some of the most challenging deer hunting and management scenarios in the whitetail woods.

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Aug 04, 2022
Ep. 558: Foundations - A Peek Behind The Curtain
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On this week's show, Tony breaks down the realities of the hunting industry, hunting in social media, and why most of it is just a highlight reel that doesn't come close to representing the reality of our pursuit. 

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Aug 02, 2022
Ep. 557: Overcoming Errant Shots, Buck Fever, and Bad Luck with Terry Drury‬
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This week on the show I’m joined by Terry Drury to discuss his years long journey dealing with buck fever, target panic, and errant shots and how he’s overcome these challenges to find deer hunting success.

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Jul 28, 2022
Ep. 556: Foundations - The Sound of Settling
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On this week's episode, Tony discusses the little details of our summer gear prep that can get us into trouble if we don't address them. 

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Jul 26, 2022
Ep. 555: Executing a Perfect Shot with Taylor Chamberlin
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This week on the show we’re discussing everything it takes to execute a perfect shot on a deer with someone who has executed more perfect shots on deer in high pressure situations than anyone else I know: Taylor Chamberlin.

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Jul 21, 2022
Ep. 554: Foundations - The Buck Bed Mystery
1156

On today's show, Tony discusses why he was reluctant to focus on buck beds while scouting, and how (and why) he has changed his mind on that topic. 

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Jul 19, 2022
Ep. 553: Becoming a More Effective Whitetail Gun Hunter with Jordan Sillars and Spencer Neuharth
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This week on the show were covering everything you need to know to become a more accurate and effective whitetail hunter with a gun, and helping me do that are diehard firearm deer hunters Jordan Sillars and Spencer Neuharth.

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Jul 14, 2022
Ep. 552: Foundations - The (Sort Of) Secret Lives Of Fawns
1047

On today's episode, Tony talks about "Bambi" and the reality of how fawns survive even in predator-rich environments. 

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Jul 12, 2022
Ep 551: Randy Ulmer’s Archery Masterclass
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Today on the show I’m joined by bowhunting legend and world champion tournament archer Randy Ulmer to discuss everything you need to know to take your archery accuracy and effectiveness to the next level.

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Jul 07, 2022
Ep. 550: Foundations - Animals Are Assh@$*es
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On this week’s show, Tony discusses how animals are all kind of assholes, including whitetails. Understanding this trait in deer is a great step toward becoming a more successful hunter because it helps you to suss out the motivation behind some of their behaviors. 

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Jul 05, 2022
Ep. 549: Whitetail Management and the Future of Deer with Jason Sumners
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On today’s episode, Tony speaks with Dr. Jason Sumners, who is the Branch Science Division Chief for the Missouri Department of Conservation, and is a wealth of insight into deer management from the State level. 

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Jun 30, 2022
Ep. 548: The Truth About Whitetail Scenting and Hearing Abilities with Karl Miller
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On this week’s show, guest host Tony Peterson speaks with Dr. Karl Miller about his years of deer research. They also dive into what the science says about how well deer can hear, and the real reason why their advanced olfactory ability is so important to survival. 

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Jun 23, 2022
Ep. 547: Foundations - Just Hunting Something Else
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On today’s show, Tony talks about why it’s beneficial to expand your hunting horizons beyond whitetails - and how doing so can make you more lethal in the deer woods. 

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Jun 21, 2022
Ep. 546: The Story of Deer Survival - Whitetail Anatomy Lessons with Justin Brown
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On this week’s episode, Tony chats with Dr. Justin Brown about his research on viruses, disease pathology, and whitetail anatomy. Brown’s research, and veterinarian background, allow him to explain deer adaptations and evolutionary traits in a fascinating and informative way, which should be of interest to every whitetail hunter. 

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Jun 16, 2022
Ep. 545: Foundations - A Weird Way to Become a Better Deer Hunter
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On today’s show, Tony explains how a few non-hunting related decisions in his life led him down the path to not only enjoy deer hunting more, but to also become much better at it. 

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Jun 14, 2022
Ep. 545: The Science Behind CWD, Fawn Mortality, and Mature Buck Movement with Mike Chamberlain
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On today’s episode, Tony speaks with Dr. Michael Chamberlain about a variety of research projects he has been involved in, all of which teach us about unique aspects of whitetail behavior. 

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Jun 09, 2022
Ep. 544: Foundations - You Do You
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On today’s episode, Tony explains why whitetail hunting success always ultimately comes from your personal goals and efforts, and not some outside source. 

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Jun 07, 2022
Ep. 543: What Whitetails Really See & How We Know It with Bradley Cohen
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On today’s show, Tony speaks with Dr. Bradley Cohen about his research into whitetail vision and how we have come to know so much about what deer can actually see. 

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Jun 02, 2022
Ep. 542: Foundations - Rabbits With Antlers
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On this week’s show, Tony explains why even the smartest bucks are still really just rabbits with antlers, and why acknowledging that can help you be a better hunter. 

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May 31, 2022
Ep. 541: Can Whitetail Science Make You a Better Deer Hunter?
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Today on the show I’m joined by Tony Peterson to explore if, why, and how a deep-dive into whitetail science and biology can help you become a better deer hunter, as we kick off a brand new month-long series on this very topic.

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May 26, 2022
Ep. 540: Foundations - How (and Why) to Take Summer Deer Inventory
1127

On today’s show, Tony discusses the tactic of using trail cameras to take deer inventory throughout the summer, even if you don’t own or have access to private ground. 

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May 24, 2022
Ep. 539: Is it OK to be a Just Okay Hunter?
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This week on the show I'm joined by four hunters who've decided it's time to embrace being an "okay hunter" and all the fun, fumbles, and failures that come along with it. We're not all going to be a Mark Drury or Dan Infalt, might there be a benefit to embracing that reality?

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May 19, 2022
Ep. 538: Foundations - Shoot Smarter, Not Harder
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On today’s episode, Tony discusses how to make each practice shot count regardless of whether you’re using a bow, muzzleloader, or rifle. 

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May 17, 2022
Ep. 537: Raising Outdoors Kids - A Mark and Dan Progress Report
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This week on the show I'm joined by Dan Johnson to check-in on our progress attempting to raise outdoor kids and the lessons we've learned over the last 10 years introducing and teaching our collective 5 children about hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities.

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May 12, 2022
Ep. 536: Foundations - It’s Time To Start Shooting
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On this week’s episode, Tony makes a compelling argument that all of us should dedicate ourselves to a target practice regimen, regardless of our weapon choice. 

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May 10, 2022
Ep. 535: Tackling Target Panic and Rebuilding My Shooting Process with Joel Turner
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Today on the show, I’m joined by archery coach and SHOT IQ founder Joel Turner to discuss my experiences battling target panic over the years and what I learned and changed about my shooting process after my in-person coaching experience with him this spring. 

 

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May 05, 2022
Ep. 534: Foundations - Building a Better Bow, Part 2
1094

On today’s show, Tony discusses bow rests, quivers, and stabilizers and why whitetail hunters should really consider what bow accessories they choose. 

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May 03, 2022
Ep. 533: A Deer Hunter's Guide to Planting and Improving Native Grass Habitats with Chris McLeland
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Today on the show, we’re discussing why, where, and how to plant native grass habitat for deer and deer hunting, and other wildlife, and joining me to discuss this is Pheasants Forever VP of Conservation Delivery, Chris McLeland.

 

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Apr 28, 2022
Ep. 532: Foundations - Build a Better Bow, Part 1
1095

On this week’s show, Tony discusses bow sight and peep sight choice and how each can affect a hunter’s ability to shoot well during hunting season. 

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Apr 26, 2022
Ep. 531: Planting Trees for Wildlife with Bob and Iain Wallace
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Today on the show we're talking trees; why they’re valuable to wildlife, where to plant them, and how to do it well. To help us have that conversation I’m joined by two of the most knowledgeable folks in the trees for wildlife world, Bob and Iain Wallace of Chestnut Hill Outdoors.

 

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Apr 21, 2022
Ep. 530: Foundations - Off-Season Scouting, One Last Time
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On this week’s show, Tony makes the case that there is still a little bit of time left to get out and wrap up your winter scouting duties. 

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Apr 19, 2022
Ep. 529: Working the Land for Southern Whitetails with Mark Haslam
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Today on the show, I'm joined by Mark Haslam, the 2019 NDA Deer Manager of the Year, to discuss his experiences, lessons learned, and best practices for improving whitetail habitat in the South.

 

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Apr 14, 2022
Ep. 528: Foundations - When the Land Buying Dream Turns Into a Nightmare
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On today’s show, Tony follows up last week’s episode with some cautionary tales, and advice, for anyone interested in buying a little piece of deer paradise. 

 

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Apr 12, 2022
Ep. 527: The Kansas 80 Case Study in Land Management with Nate and Thomas Krick
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Today on the show I’m joined by Nate and Thomas Krick, hosts of Identical Draw, to discuss their experience as young 20 somethings diving headfirst into whitetail land management and their hard learned lessons managing their family’s new 80 acre farm.

 

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Apr 07, 2022
Ep. 526: Foundations - The Realities of Buying Your Own Deer Ground
1031

On today’s show, Tony discusses the land-buying dream that most deer hunters have (and how to make it happen with a limited budget). 

 

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Apr 05, 2022
Ep. 525: The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Average Joe Whitetail Habitat Work
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This week on the show, Tony Peterson and I break down our real-world experiences dabbling in whitetail habitat management -- the good, the bad, the ugly, and what we've learned along the way.

 

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Mar 31, 2022
Ep.524: Foundations - Does Anyone Really Need a New Bow?
994

On today’s episode, Tony breaks down the annual conundrum bowhunter’s face after the year’s newest flagship bows are released. 

 

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Mar 29, 2022
Ep. 523: 10 Books Every Aspiring Conservationist Should Read with Ed Roberson
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Today I'm joined by Ed Roberson of the Mountain & Prairie Podcast to discuss our top book (and other media) recommendations for those of you who want to dive deeper into the world of conservation - ranging from public lands history, to endangered species, water conservation, big game management, and more. 

 

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Mar 24, 2022
Ep. 522: Foundations- Gobbler Hunting Sessions and Deer Hunting Lessons
1055

On this week's episode, Tony explains what a turkey hunter can learn about deer while chasing gobblers in the spring woods. 

 

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Mar 22, 2022
Ep. 521: How to Live a Life Dedicated to Hunting, Fishing, and Conservation with T. Edward Nickens
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This week on the show I’m joined by author, writer, and total outdoorsman T. Edward Nickens, to discuss what it actually looks like to live a life dedicated to hunting, fishing, and conservation and what small steps we can add to our daily lives to ensure our outdoor lifestyle in the future.


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Mar 17, 2022
Ep. 520: Foundations - Turkey Road Trips and the Whitetail Connection
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On today’s episode, Tony makes the case that if you want to take your whitetail hunting on the road, you should start with a spring trip dedicated to finding a longbeard.


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Mar 15, 2022
Ep. 519: How to Hunt AND Save Grassland Habitat for Whitetails with Torin Miller and Bethany Erb
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This week on the show, Tony Peterson and I break down why we love hunting grassy habitats for deer, from Midwest CRP fields to the plains out West, and discuss our best practices for success in these areas. Then we're joined by Torin Miller of the NDA and Bethany Erb from Pheasants Forever to explore the significant threats these ecosystems currently face across the country and a potential opportunity to help protect this important habitat.


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Mar 10, 2022
Ep. 518: Foundations - The Finer Details of Winter Scouting
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On today’s episode, Tony takes winter scouting to a granular level to explain what sign you should look for and what your findings mean for your upcoming fall hunts.


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Mar 08, 2022
Ep. 517: Aldo Leopold's Conservation Lessons For Modern Hunters With Stanley Temple and Doug Duren
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Today we’re exploring the life, legacy, and teachings of one of the godfathers of modern game management and conservation - Aldo Leopold. And ultimately, discussing why this stuff still matters for today's hunters and anglers.


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Mar 03, 2022
Ep. 516: Foundations - Big Picture Winter Scouting
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Today’s show is all about taking a broad view of winter scouting. Tony goes through the process of starting your winter scouting sessions, and explains how time spent in the woods right now can lead to better deer hunting this fall.


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Mar 01, 2022
Ep. 515: 2022 State of the Whitetail Union With Kip Adams
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Today on the show, I’m joined by Kip Adams of the National Deer Association to explore the current state of whitetail deer and deer hunting across the country and the news, trends, and issues we need to pay attention to in 2022.


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Feb 24, 2022
Ep. 514: Foundations - How to Train a Shed Antler Dog
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On this week’s episode, Tony breaks down the strategy for training a dog to find shed antlers through nose-work and visuals.


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Feb 22, 2022
Ep. 513: Whitetail Therapy Session with Tony Peterson
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Today on the show, Mark talks with his new therapist, Tony Peterson, about what he learned about whitetails -- and himself -- over his most demanding season ever.


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Feb 17, 2022
Ep. 512: Foundations - Shed Hunting with a Purpose
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On today’s show, Tony discusses how to plan shed hunting routes, and figure out the best timing for your antler finding missions.


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Feb 15, 2022
Ep. 511: First Deer Stories on the Back 40 with Evan Barrett, Forest Wagoner, and Hank Forester
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Today on the show, we're talking new hunter mentorship, getting you updated on what’s happened with the Back 40 in 2021, and then diving into a couple great stories about two new hunters that I had the privilege of helping mentor on their first successful deer hunts.


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Feb 10, 2022
Ep. 510: Foundations - What Shed Antlers Can Tell You
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This week on the show, Tony Peterson reminds us that shed antlers are more than cool trinkets, and walks us through how much we can learn from shed antlers, even on land we can't hunt.


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Feb 08, 2022
Ep. 509: Andy May - The BEST Reason to Take Your Whitetail Game On the Road
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On today's show, guest host Tony Peterson talks with Michigan's Andy May about planning his whitetail hunts around whether they'll not only be worth the time and effort, but more importantly, will help him level up his deer game. 


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Feb 03, 2022
Ep. 508: Foundations - What Makes Shed Antlers So Cool
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On this week’s episode, Tony explores the topics of why sheds are fascinating to us as hunters, and he dives into the science behind the timing of the antler drop.


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Feb 01, 2022
Ep. 507: K.C. Smith - Planning the Perfect Over-The-Road Whitetail Hunt
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On today's episode, K.C. Smith of The Element discusses how he decides to hunt a specific state, and how he really narrows down his research to focus on individual tracts of public land. 


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Jan 27, 2022
Ep. 506: Foundations - Whitetail Hunt Planning Done Right
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This week on Foundations, Tony breaks down his process for planning over-the-road whitetail hunts so that he has the best odds of not only killing a buck, but enjoying his time afield.


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Jan 25, 2022
Ep. 505: Behind the Scenes Big Buck Management and My Wisconsin Hunt with Tom Indrebo
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This week on the show, we're exploring the story of how our current midwestern big buck management culture got its start in Buffalo County, Wisconsin, Tom Indrebo's impact on all the above, and my experience hunting with one of the forefathers of modern deer hunting.


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Jan 20, 2022
Ep. 504: Foundations - Should You Travel to Hunt Whitetails?
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On today’s show, Tony discusses the considerations every whitetail hunter should make while kicking around the idea of taking their hunting over the road for the first time.


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Jan 18, 2022
Ep. 503: From Whitetails to Tahr with Traditional Archer Bre Lewis
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This week on the show, guest host Tony Peterson talks to traditional archer Bre Lewis about the ways hunting has influenced her life, and ultimately led her to become a guide in New Zealand.


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Jan 13, 2022
Ep. 502: Foundations - Whitetail Gear Tear-Down Time
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On today’s episode of Foundations, Tony explains why every whitetail hunter should think about gear in the immediate off-season, in order to set themselves up for a safer and more productive year in the whitetail woods.


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Jan 11, 2022
Ep. 501: Kayaking For Alabama Public Land Bucks with Parker McDonald
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This week on the show, I'm joined by Parker McDonald of the Southern Ground Hunting Podcast to recap my Alabama public land deer hunting adventure, and the lessons I learned about deer hunting the south and using boats to find bucks.


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Jan 06, 2022
Ep. 500: Foundations - It's Time For a Little Deer Hunting Self-Reflection
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This week, Tony explores the topic of thinking back on last season, and how the successes and failures of the season can be used to shape a better plan for the new year.


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Jan 04, 2022
Ep. 499: Mules, Mountains, and My Arkansas Hunting Adventure with Clay Newcomb
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This week on the show, I'm joined by Clay Newcomb to recap my mule-back public land Arkansas deer hunting adventure and the lessons I learned about hunting the southern mountains, still-hunting, scent control, and more.


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Dec 30, 2021
Ep. 498: Foundations - Last Chance For a Slow (Deer) Dance
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On this week's episode, Tony discusses what you have to do in order to end the season with a filled tag on a buzzer-beater deer.


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Dec 28, 2021
Ep. 497: My Experience Tracking Big Woods Bucks in Maine with Hal Blood
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Today on the show, I’m joined by legendary big woods tracker Hal Blood to recap my recent hunt in Maine and the lessons I learned about tracking deer in the snow.


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Dec 23, 2021
Ep. 496: Rut Fresh Radio 12/22/2021 - The Final Episode of 2021
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This is the 12/22/21 episode of Rut Fresh Radio! In each show, Spencer interviews hunters across the country to get the latest intel on whitetail buck movement. This week he talks to whitetailers from Illinois, Alabama, New Hampshire, and Oklahoma. They discuss trends like weather patterns, moon phases, crop status, hunting pressure, sign making, and more.


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Dec 22, 2021
Ep. 495: Foundations - Building a Late-Season Bowhunting Strategy
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On today’s episode, Tony makes the case for ignoring most of the conventional late-season hunting advice to build a plan that takes into account the reality of your specific bowhunting situation.


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Dec 21, 2021
Ep. 494: My Face to Face Whitetail Experience with a Decoy with Tony Trietch
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This week on the show, I'm recapping my incredible experience chasing rutting whitetails on the ground with a hand-held decoy in Nebraska and the lessons I learned from my mentor Tony Trietch.


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Dec 16, 2021
Ep. 493: Rut Fresh Radio 12/15/2021 - December Optimism
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This is the 12/15/21 episode of Rut Fresh Radio! In each show, Spencer interviews hunters across the country to get the latest intel on whitetail buck movement. This week he talks to whitetailers from Nebraska, Texas, North Carolina, and Michigan. They discuss trends like weather patterns, moon phases, crop status, hunting pressure, sign making, and more.


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Dec 15, 2021
Ep. 492: Foundations - Muzzleloader Hunting Strategies, Part 2
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On this episode of Wired to Hunt Foundations, Tony talks about a couple different hunting strategies that are not only perfect for muzzleloader hunting, but also for having as much fun as possible while carrying a front-stuffer into the December woods.


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Dec 14, 2021
Ep. 491: Ignoring Conventional Late Season Advice to Build a Pressured Deer Plan, With Clint Campbell
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On today's show, Clint Campbell discusses how he hits the reset button once the general firearm season ends in his home state of Pennsylvania so that he can quickly find deer as the late-season sets in. 


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Dec 09, 2021
Ep. 490: Rut Fresh Radio 12/8/2021 - The Secondary Rut
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This is the 12/8/21 episode of Rut Fresh Radio! In each show, Spencer interviews hunters across the country to get the latest intel on whitetail buck movement. This week he talks to whitetailers from Kansas, Virginia, Minnesota, Arkansas. They discuss trends like weather patterns, moon phases, crop status, hunting pressure, sign making, and more.


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Dec 08, 2021
Ep. 489: Foundations - Muzzleloader Hunting Strategies
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On today’s show, Tony discusses tactics and strategies for muzzleloader hunters looking to take their smokepoles to the field and try to tag out on a late-season deer.


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Dec 07, 2021
Ep. 488: My Wild Adventures Hunting Washington DC Whitetails with Taylor Chamberlain
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Today on the show, we’re exploring the highs, lows, and lessons learned from my experience bowhunting whitetails in the suburbs of Washington DC with the one and only Taylor Chamberlain.


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Dec 02, 2021
Ep. 487: Rut Fresh Radio 12/1/2021 - Hunting December Fronts
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This is the 12/1/21 episode of Rut Fresh Radio! In each show, Spencer interviews hunters across the country to get the latest intel on whitetail buck movement. This week he talks to whitetailers from New York, Louisiana, Wisconsin, and Tennessee. They discuss trends like weather patterns, moon phases, crop status, hunting pressure, sign making, and more. For more content that's relevant right now, check out these articles from Wired To Hunt: 


The One Week in November Gear Package Giveaway

How The Hunting Public Finds Quality Public Land Deer Hunting – Emily Kantner

3 Places to Find a Post-Rut Buck – Mark Kenyon

How to Kill a Late-Season Buck From the Ground – Tony Peterson


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Dec 01, 2021
Ep. 486: Foundations - Assessing the Deer Damage and Working Towards Next Season
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This week on the show, Tony walks us through what we can do--right now--to start maximizing the potential for next season.


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Nov 30, 2021
Ep. 485: How Playing Favorites with Certain Hunting Styles Can Make You More Successful on Whitetails, With Tyler Jones
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On today's show, Tyler Jones discusses what it takes for him to find success on public land whitetails - whether he is hunting his home state of Texas or on the road as a nonresident. 


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Nov 25, 2021
Ep. 484: Rut Fresh Radio 11/24/2021 - Avoiding Orange Armies
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This is the 11/24/21 episode of Rut Fresh Radio! In each show, Spencer interviews hunters across the country to get the latest intel on whitetail buck movement. This week he talks to whitetailers from West Virginia, Montana, Georgia, and Missouri. They discuss trends like weather patterns, moon phases, crop status, hunting pressure, sign making, and more. For more content that's relevant right now, check out these articles from Wired To Hunt: 

How to Kill a Big Buck at the End of the Rut – Tony Peterson

10 Natural Food Sources Every Deer Hunter Should Know – Mark Kenyon

Caliber Battle: .308 Win. vs. .270 Win. – Jordan Sillars

How to Kill a Buck in Late November – Mark Kenyon


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Nov 24, 2021
Ep. 483: Foundations - Wrapping up the General Firearm Season
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This week on Wired To Hunt Foundations, Tony discusses the dismal—but not only entirely hopeless—outlook for hunters still holding unfilled tags as the general gun season winds down.


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Nov 23, 2021
Ep. 482: Success Stories From "One Week in November"
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This week on the show, I'm joined by Tony Peterson and Spencer Neuharth to break down the strategies and philosophies that led to their four recent big buck kills during the filming of our new whitetail series, "One Week in November," which you can watch episode one of here.


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Nov 18, 2021
Ep. 481: Rut Fresh Radio 11/17/2021 - Hunting the Whitetail Lockdown
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This is the 11/17/21 episode of Rut Fresh Radio! In each show, Spencer interviews hunters across the country to get the latest intel on whitetail buck movement. This week he talks to whitetailers from Illinois, Texas, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania. They discuss trends like weather patterns, moon phases, crop status, hunting pressure, sign making, and more. For more content that's relevant right now, check out these articles from Wired To Hunt: 

How to E-Scout for the Rut – Tony Peterson

What I’ve Learned Watching Deer Have Sex – Mark Kenyon

How to Pull Off an ‘Almost’ All-Day Rut Hunt – Tony Hansen

What is the Whitetail Lockdown? – Mark Kenyon


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Nov 17, 2021
Ep. 480: Foundations - Gun Hunt Like a Bowhunter to Kill More Bucks
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Today’s Wired To Hunt Foundation’s show is all about getting into the cover during the general firearms season to hunt like a bowhunter, or at least not like all of your gun-toting competition.


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Nov 16, 2021
Ep. 479: Day-After Analysis of a Whitetail Rut-cation
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 This week on the show I'm running solo as I break down my recent 7 day rut hunt in Iowa, analyzing step by step all of my decisions, successes, and mistakes. 


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Nov 11, 2021
Ep. 478: Rut Fresh Radio 11/10/2021 - Spencer Kills Two Bucks
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This is the 11/10/21 episode of Rut Fresh Radio! In each show, Spencer interviews hunters across the country to get the latest intel on whitetail buck movement. This week he talks to whitetailers from Iowa, South Carolina, Ohio, and North Dakota. They discuss trends like weather patterns, moon phases, crop status, hunting pressure, sign making, and more. For more content that's relevant right now, check out these articles from Wired To Hunt: 

Why Transitions Are the Perfect Rut Setups – Alex Gyllstrom

Can You Burn Out a Rut Stand? – Dylan Tramp

How to Kill a Pressured Buck During the Rut – Tony Peterson

What is the Whitetail Lockdown? – Mark Kenyon


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Nov 10, 2021
Ep. 477: Foundations - The Beginning of the Rut Grind
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On today’s show, Tony explores the reality of when the rut starts to taper off, but you’re still chasing that grip-and-grin glory by grinding it out every chance you can.


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Nov 09, 2021
Ep. 476: The Rut Hunting Mistakes We All Make (How to Avoid Them), with Alex Gyllstrom
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On today's show, guest host Tony Peterson talks with Alex Gyllstrom. They discuss Alex's strategy for staying mobile and keeping a positive attitude during the rut. Alex also addresses many of the common mistakes bowhunters make while hunting through the best weeks of November. 


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Nov 04, 2021
Ep. 475: Rut Fresh Radio 11/3/2021 - The Best Time of the Year
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This is the 11/3/21 episode of Rut Fresh Radio! In each show, Spencer interviews hunters across the country to get the latest intel on whitetail buck movement. This week he talks to whitetailers from Kentucky, Colorado, Minnesota, and Arkansas. They discuss trends like weather patterns, moon phases, crop status, hunting pressure, sign making, and more. For more content that's relevant right now, check out these articles from Wired To Hunt: 

3 Unconventional Whitetail Rut Hunting Tactics – Dylan Tramp

How to Hunt the Whitetail Rut in Big Woods – Beau Martonik

What is the Best Day of the Whitetail Rut? – Spencer Neuharth 

The Rules of the Whitetail Rut – Mark Kenyon 


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Nov 03, 2021
Ep. 474: Foundations - Mastering the Best Part of the Rut
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There is no better week for most deer hunters than the second week of November, but it’s still not an easy proposition for a lot of us. This is the crux of this week’s show, where Tony lays out the case for how exactly to make the most of each day of the rut.


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Nov 02, 2021
Ep. 473: Bill Winke's Evolving Approach to the Whitetail Rut
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This week on the show, I’m joined by legendary whitetail bowhunter Bill Winke to discuss his best practices for hunting the whitetail rut and how his approach has evolved in recent years as he’s shifted from hunting his own properties to new, unmanaged ground.


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Oct 28, 2021
Ep. 472: Rut Fresh Radio 10/27/2021 - The Rutting Moon
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This is the 10/27/21 episode of Rut Fresh Radio! In each show, Spencer interviews hunters across the country to get the latest intel on whitetail buck movement. This week he talks to whitetailers from Kansas, New Jersey, Mississippi, and Indiana. They discuss trends like weather patterns, moon phases, crop status, hunting pressure, sign making, and more. For more content that's relevant right now, check out these articles from Wired To Hunt: 


What You Need to Know About the 2021 Rutting Moon – Mark Kenyon

This Strategy Will Help You Kill More Rutting Bucks – Alex Gyllstrom

The Pros and Cons of Rubber Boots for Archery Hunting – Beau Martonik

3 Reasons Hunters Fail During the Rut – Tony Peterson


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Oct 27, 2021
Ep. 471: Foundations - Rut Timing Realities
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Today’s show is dedicated to playing a pre-rut and rut strategy according to exactly what day it is, and just what your in-field observations are telling you about the timing of the breeding season.


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Oct 26, 2021
Ep. 470: How the Right Rut Mindset Helps You Kill More Bucks with Brodie Swisher
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This week on the show, guest host Tony Peterson talks to Brodie Swisher. They discus Brodie's strategies for calling during the pre-rut, grinding out long days during the heart of the breeding season, and why Brody never misses a sunrise in the November woods.


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Oct 21, 2021
Ep. 469: Rut Fresh Radio 10/20/2021 - Biggest Buck in Rut Fresh History
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This is the 10/20/21 episode of Rut Fresh Radio! In each show, Spencer interviews hunters across the country to get the latest intel on whitetail buck movement. This week he talks to whitetailers from Iowa, Tennessee, Michigan, and Louisiana. They discuss trends like weather patterns, moon phases, crop status, hunting pressure, sign making, and more. For more content that's relevant right now, check out these articles from Wired To Hunt: 


How to Rattle in a Buck on Public Land – John Eberhart

The Land Feature Too Many Deer Hunters Ignore – Beau Martonik

How to Sight in a Bow in 25 Minutes – Tony Hansen

How Adam Hays Finds the Biggest Buck on a Property – Emily Kantner


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Oct 20, 2021
Ep. 468: Foundations - Don’t Jump the Gun on the Rut
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On today’s episode of Wired To Hunt Foundations, Tony explores a topic that gets a lot of bowhunters into trouble—thinking that the rut is going to happen long before it actually does.


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Oct 19, 2021
Ep. 467: Building a Ground Game for Whitetails with Travis Glassman
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Today on the show, we're joined by Kansas bowhunter Travis Glassman for a deep-dive on ground hunting tactics for whitetails, including using natural and pop-up blinds, spot-and-stalking, and aggressive silhouette decoy plays. AND, as a special bonus, Dan Johnson of Nine Finger Chronicles joins me for a quick introductory conversation covering our hopes and plans for the 2021 hunting season.


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Oct 14, 2021
Ep. 466: Rut Fresh Radio 10/13/2021 - October Optimism
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This is 2021's seventh episode of Rut Fresh Radio! In each show, Spencer interviews hunters across the country to get the latest intel on whitetail buck movement. This week he talks to whitetailers from South Dakota, New York, Alabama, and Illinois. They discuss trends like weather patterns, moon phases, crop status, hunting pressure, sign making, and more. For more content that's relevant right now, check out these articles: 


How to Make a Horizontal Rub – Mark Kenyon

3 Places to Kill a Buck During the October Lull – Alex Gyllstrom

How to Deer Hunt a Staging Area – Tony Peterson

How to Kill a Buck in October – Mark Kenyon


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Oct 13, 2021
Ep. 465: Foundations - Hunt the Right Scrapes, Right Now
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Scrape hunting is often thought of as being a worthwhile strategy from the bow opener until the rut winds down, but on today’s episode, Tony explains why your best bet for killing a buck on a scrape is actually in mid-October.


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Oct 12, 2021
Ep. 464: Finding Whitetails Fast with Levi Morgan
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Today on the show, we're joined by world champion archery and bowhunter Levi Morgan to break down his techniques and practices for finding, scouting and hunting whitetails when time is short.


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Oct 07, 2021
Ep. 463: Rut Fresh Radio 10/6/2021 - Beating the October Lull
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This is 2021's sixth episode of Rut Fresh Radio! In each show, Spencer interviews hunters across the country to get the latest intel on whitetail buck movement. This week he talks to whitetailers from Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Oklahoma. They discuss trends like weather patterns, moon phases, crop status, hunting pressure, sign making, and more. For more content that's relevant right now, check out these articles: 


How to Make a Horizontal Rub – Mark Kenyon

3 Places to Kill a Buck During the October Lull – Alex Gyllstrom

How to Deer Hunt a Staging Area – Tony Peterson

How to Kill a Buck in October – Mark Kenyon


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Oct 06, 2021
Ep. 462: Foundations - Staging Areas and Overlooked Whitetail Hotspots
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On today’s episode, Tony discusses his strategy for figuring out where the bucks relocate to after a couple of weeks of hunting pressure ushers them into survival mode.


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Oct 05, 2021
Ep. 461: The Art of the "Whitetail Pivot" with Jared Shaffer
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Today on the show, we're joined by DIY West Virginia bowhunter Jared Shaffer to explore the art and science of making quick adjustments and hard pivots in strategy when chasing whitetails.


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Sep 30, 2021
Ep. 460: Rut Fresh Radio 9/29/2021 - Opening Day Mentality
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This is 2021's fifth episode of Rut Fresh Radio! In each show, Spencer interviews hunters across the country to get the latest intel on whitetail buck movement. This week he talks to whitetailers from Georgia, Missouri, New Hampshire, and Ohio. They discuss trends like weather patterns, moon phases, crop status, hunting pressure, sign making, and more. For more content that's relevant right now, check out these articles: 


How to Deer Hunt Standing Corn – John Eberhart

Everything I Use on DIY, Out-of-State Deer Hunts – Mark Kenyon

A Guaranteed Way to Ruin Any Deer Hunt – Tony Peterson

The Truth About Frontal Shots on Deer – Dylan Tramp


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Sep 29, 2021
Ep. 459: Foundations - The Dying Gasp of Summertime Patterns
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On today’s show, Tony breaks down what to do when you’re unsuccessful on the opener and are now considering laying low unit the rut looms closer.


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Sep 28, 2021
Ep. 458: Secrets to Finding October Whitetails on Pressured Ground, with Zach Fleer
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On today's show, guest host Tony Peterson talk to Zach Fleer. They discusses not only why Zach loves hunting public ground in his home state of Missouri, but also how he goes about finding deer concentrations during the first couple weeks of October. 


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Sep 23, 2021
Ep. 457: Rut Fresh Radio 9/22/2021 - Buck Movement in Rain
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This is 2021's fourth episode of Rut Fresh Radio! In each show, Spencer interviews hunters across the country to get the latest intel on whitetail buck movement. This week he talks to whitetailers from Minnesota, Florida, Montana, and Wisconsin. They discuss trends like weather patterns, moon phases, crop status, hunting pressure, sign making, and more.If you want more content that's relevant for hunters right now, check out these articles:


Best Food Sources for Big Woods Whitetails – Beau Martonik

How to Kill a Buck in High Wind – Tony Peterson

Why September is the Best Month to Hunt Scrapes – Tony Hansen

Should You Deer Hunt in the Rain? – Mark Kenyon


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Sep 22, 2021
Ep. 456: Foundations - Seeking That Opening Week Glory
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Today on the show, Tony discusses the dos and don’ts of opening week, and breaks down how hunters should work off of their summer scouting, but also be open to fresh sign and what it tells us.


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Sep 21, 2021
Ep. 455: Dissecting September Success and Failure with Clay Newcomb, Josh Hillyard, and Justin Michau
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Today on the show, we're dissecting two unique September whitetail hunts -- my public land hunt in the western US, and Clay Newcomb's on private land in Canada -- with the goal of understanding what we did right, what we did wrong, and what we can all learn from these experiences.


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Sep 16, 2021
Ep. 454: Rut FreshRadio 9/15/21 - The September Shift
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This is 2021's third episode of Rut Fresh Radio! In each show, Spencer interviews hunters across the country to get the latest intel on whitetail buck movement. This week he talks to whitetailers from Kentucky, North Dakota, Virginia, and Wyoming. They discuss trends like weather patterns, moon phases, crop status, hunting pressure, sign making, and more. If you want more content that's relevant for hunters right now, check out these articles:


How Mark Drury Predicts Buck Movement Based on Wind – Emily Kantner

How to Deer Hunt Big Tracts of Public Land – Tony Peterson

How to Set Up a Ground Blind that Won’t Spook Deer – Mark Kenyon


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Sep 15, 2021
Ep. 453: Foundations - Big Buck Setups on Moving Water
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On today’s episode, Tony talks about his favorite kind of landscape feature -- moving water. Nothing forces deer movement more if you know how to use it, which is the topic of this whole show.


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Sep 14, 2021
Ep. 452: Perfecting the Run-N-Gun Whitetail Strategy with Greg Godfrey
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Today on the show we're diving in to all things run-n-gun whitetails - including advice on the most important qualities in mobile gear, different ascent systems, how to become more quiet and efficient, scouting on the fly, and picking the right tree. Joining us is Greg Godfrey of Tethrd Nation, a diehard mobile bowhunter and saddle hunting fanatic.


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Sep 09, 2021
Ep. 451: Rut Fresh Radio 9/8/21 - Four Dead Bucks
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This is 2021's second episode of Rut Fresh Radio! In each show, Spencer interviews hunters across the country to get the latest intel on whitetail buck movement. They discuss trends like weather patterns, moon phases, crop status, hunting pressure, sign making, and more.


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How to Find Bucks After They Shed Velvet

How Volume Hunting Could Save Your Season

4 Tools Every Bowhunter Should Own

The Best Way to Get Bucks on Trail Cam Without Bait


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Sep 08, 2021
Ep. 450: Foundations - Standing Water Whitetails and the H20 Connection
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On today’s show, Tony discusses some of his favorite strategies for finding secluded seeps, ponds and cattle tanks, as well as how he hunts them.


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Sep 07, 2021
Ep. 449: Master September with Shawn Luchtel, Dave Skinner, Brennan Nading, and Greg Godfrey
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This week on the show, I'm joined by Shawn Luchtel, Dave Skinner, Brennan Nading, and Greg Godfrey, as we discuss what it takes to make the most out of early season opportunities.


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Sep 02, 2021
Ep. 448: Rut Fresh Radio 9/1/21
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Today on the show, Rut Fresh returns for its sixth season! In each episode, Spencer interviews hunters across the country to get the latest intel on whitetail buck movement. They discuss trends like weather patterns, moon phases, crop status, hunting pressure, sign making, and more.


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How to Kill an Early-Season Buck in the Morning

The Best Setups for Killing a Velvet Buck

How to Kill a Whitetail Buck on Opening Day

How to Kill a Whitetail Buck Hunting Water

3 Mods That Will Improve Your Mobile Setup

How to E-Scout Big Woods for Whitetails

The Best Archery Advice I've Ever Gotten

How to Chum Whitetails


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Sep 01, 2021
Ep. 447: Foundations - The Last Essential Work of the Pre-Season
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On today’s show, Tony breaks down the reality of the kind of work that we should have totally squared away in the immediate pre-season, and what to do if you don’t feel like you’re ready for the opener. 


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Aug 31, 2021
Ep. 446: Chasing Public Whitetails from South to North with Tyler Jones and KC Smith
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Today on the show I'm joined by Texas bowhunters Tyler Jones and KC Smith, from The Element, to discuss their experiences hunting public land whitetails from their homes in the South all the way up to the Midwest and Great Plains.


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Aug 26, 2021
Ep. 445: Foundations - Evaluating Your Whitetail Ambush Options
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On today’s episode, Tony discusses the stands that we should all have up by now if we have the option to pre-set sites. He also explains what to do if you’re a saddle hunter, or if you hunt public land and can’t get your stands up ahead of the season.


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Aug 24, 2021
Ep. 444: What Would Zach Ferenbaugh Do?
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This week on the show, we're running public land bowhunting specialist Zach Ferenbaugh of The Hunting Public through the "What Would You Do?" gauntlet, posing him a series of challenging deer hunting scenarios to see exactly how he'd handle them.


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Aug 19, 2021
Ep. 443: Foundations - Do You Need More Boots-On-The-Ground Scouting?
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Today’s episode is all about whitetail self-reflection, and whether there is still scouting or treestand work that needs to be done as we creep ever closer to opening day. 


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Aug 17, 2021
Ep. 442: What Would Adam Hays Do?
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This week on the show, we're running big buck bowhunting specialist Adam Hays, of Team 200, through the "What Would You Do?" gauntlet - posing him a series of challenging deer hunting scenarios to see exactly how he'd handle them.


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Aug 12, 2021
Ep. 441: Foundations - Treat Whitetail Glassing Sessions Like a Rifle Hunt
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On today’s show, Tony goes further into the topic of long-range glassing to describe his favorite strategy for laying eyes on bachelor groups that live on pressured ground. 


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Aug 10, 2021
Ep. 440: What Would Michael Hunsucker Do? (And BONUS Conservation News!)
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This week on the show, we've got a two-parter. In part one, we're joined by John Gale of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers to discuss one of the most substantial and exciting new pieces of wildlife conservation legislation to be proposed in decades, the Recovering America's Wildlife Act. Then, we chat with Mike Hunsucker of Heartland Bowhunter to see how he'd handle our gauntlet of difficult hypothetical deer hunting situations.


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Aug 05, 2021
Ep. 439: Foundations - The Long Lost Art of Long-Range Glassing
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On today’s show, Tony makes the case for dusting off your binos and spotting scope to glass summertime bucks like we used to before trail cameras became so popular.


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Aug 03, 2021
Ep. 438: How to Get Your Head in the Whitetail Game, with Tim Kent
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On today's show, guest host Tony Peterson talks with New York bowhunter Tim Kent. They discuss how Tim has changed his mental and physical strategies over time to not only fall deeper in love with whitetail hunting, but to stay focused throughout the entirety of the season.


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Jul 29, 2021
Ep. 437: Foundations - Trail Camera Recon Realities
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On today’s show, Tony explores the various scenarios we all deal with when it comes to summertime trail camera images and how to stay the course, or adapt to new information as it comes to you.


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Jul 27, 2021
Ep. 436: What Would Jeff Sturgis Do?
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This week on the show, I'm joined by Jeff Sturgis of Whitetail Habitat Solutions to run him through a series of challenging hypothetical deer hunting scenarios and see how he'd handle them.


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Jul 22, 2021
Ep. 435: Foundations - Developing a Whitetail Grocery List
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On today’s episode, Tony explains why the mid-summer months are a great time to start inventorying available food sources on your deer ground.


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Jul 20, 2021
Ep. 434: Setting Up the Perfect Whitetail Bow with Jace Bauserman
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On today's show, western bowhunter turned whitetail junkie Jace Bauserman discusses his reasoning behind exactly how he sets up his whitetail bows in order to be as lethal in the deer woods as possible.


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Jul 15, 2021
Ep. 433: Foundations - Cell Cams and the Changing Scouting Game
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On today’s show, Tony explores the topic of cellular cameras. He argues for -- and against -- trail cameras in the deer woods, and explains why you shouldn’t rely solely on cameras for your summertime scouting.


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Jul 13, 2021
Ep. 432: A Deer Season in the Life of Mario Trafficante
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Today on the show, I'm joined by Mario Trafficante of The Hunting Beast to walk through how he approaches scouting, stand set-up, and understanding deer behavior through each phase of the hunting season.


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Jul 08, 2021
Ep. 431: Foundations - A Trail Camera Overview
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Today on the show, Tony breaks down trail camera choices and explains the various features of most available models (and why they matter to your scouting efforts).


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Jul 06, 2021
Ep. 430: Jon McRoberts and the Story of One Buck's 185-Mile Rut Journey
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On today's show, guest host Tony Peterson chats with Dr. Jon McRoberts about the Missouri deer research he led, which discovered how far some bucks are capable of traveling throughout the fall.  


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Jul 01, 2021
Ep. 429: Foundations - Scouting Summer Whitetails, Right Where They Live
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Today on the show, Tony makes his case for why he thinks we should all spend more time in the woods - even during the summer months when it’s bound to be hot, buggy and generally miserable. 


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Jun 29, 2021
Ep. 428: Solving the Whitetail Puzzle with Jarrod Erdody
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Today on the show, I'm joined by Jarrod Erdody, most well known from his appearances on the Whitetail Addictions TV show and his Nextbuk Outdoors DVDs, and we're discussing his analytical approach to solving the whitetail puzzle.


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Jun 24, 2021
Ep. 427: Foundations - Taking E-Scouting for Whitetails to a Granular Level
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Today on the show, Tony discusses the subtle terrain features, food sources, water sources, and stand sites you should look for when really digging into your e-scouting efforts. 


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Jun 22, 2021
Ep. 426: All of the Ways Deer and Dogs Are Connected With Jeremy Moore
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Today on the show, guest host Tony Peterson interviews dog trainer and avid bowhunter, Jeremy Moore. Topics range from blood tracking with dogs, to the weird ways in which sporting dogs can help you improve as a whitetail hunter. 


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Jun 17, 2021
Ep. 425: Foundations - Big-Picture E-Scouting for Whitetails
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Today on the show, Tony breaks down taking a macro view of e-scouting for whitetails, whether you’re hunting at home or on the road.


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Jun 15, 2021
Ep. 424: Summer Scouting, Prep, and Big Wired To Hunt News with Spencer Neuharth, Tony Peterson, and Hayden Sammak
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Today on the show, we answer a pile of listener questions about summer whitetail scouting and prep-work, AND share big news about the future of Wired to Hunt.


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Jun 10, 2021
Ep. 423: Foundations - Why You Should Develop a True Love of Deer Scouting
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On this inaugural episode of Wired To Hunt Foundations, Mark and Tony kick it off with a discussion on why they teamed up to create this new mini-series. After that, you’ll hear Tony make his best case possible for why everyone should learn to foster a deep love all types of deer scouting.

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Jun 08, 2021
Ep. 422: Uncovering a Whitetail Wonderland with Janis Putelis
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Today on the show, I'm joined by Janis Putelis to discuss the scouting, stand prep, and habitat improvement projects the two of recently took on while visiting his Wisconsin family hunting property.


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Jun 03, 2021
Ep. 421: What Would Dan Johnson Do?
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Today, I’ve got the one and only Dan Johnson of Sportsmen's Nation on the show and I’m running him through the "What would you do?" gauntlet of challenging deer hunting situations to see exactly how he would handle them.


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May 27, 2021
Ep. 420: An Antler Geek's Manifesto with Tony Hansen
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Today on the show, I'm joined by longtime whitetail addict and outdoor writer Tony Hansen to discuss his new book, "An Antler Geeks Manifesto: The Foundational Principles of a DIY Deer Hunter."


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May 20, 2021
Ep. 419: Why Discomfort (and Hunting) Makes Us Healthier and Happier, with Michael Easter
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Today I’m joined by Michael Easter to discuss his fascinating new book, The Comfort Crisis, and his surprising case for getting uncomfortable and, not coincidentally, how perfectly hunting fits into this suggested way of living.


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May 13, 2021
Ep. 418: Planning a DIY Whitetail Trip with Tony Peterson
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Today on the show, I'm joined by Wired to Hunt contributor Tony Peterson to break down everything you need to know to plan and execute a successful DIY whitetail hunting trip.


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May 06, 2021
Ep 417: 10 Actions You Can Take Today for Conservation with Sam Soholt
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Today on the show, I’m joined by Sam Soholt, cofounder of Public Land Tees and well known for his Public Land Bus Adventures, and we’re diving into 10 very specific actions you can take today for conservation.


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Apr 29, 2021
Ep. 416: What's New in Private and Public Land Conservation Policy with Whit Fosburgh
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Today on the show I’m joined by Whit Fosburgh, the President and CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, to discuss the private and public land conservation related policies, bills, and initiatives that hunters and anglers should be keeping tabs on over the coming years.


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Apr 22, 2021
Ep. 415: DIY On-the-Ground Conservation Work with Adam Keith and Matt Dye
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Today on the show, I’m joined by wildlife habitat consultants Adam Keith and Matt Dye to discuss on-the-ground conservation projects you can employ on your own ground to help wildlife, native plants and the environment as a whole.


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Apr 15, 2021
Ep. 414: Where Public Lands Stand with Randy Newberg
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Today on the show I’m joined by the one and only Randy Newberg to explore the current state of affairs of public lands in America and the topics, issues and policies we hunters need to be paying attention to and taking action on.


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Apr 08, 2021
Ep. 413: Aggressive On-the-Ground Tactics for Whitetails with Josh Ilderton
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Today on the show, I’m joined by West Virginia bowhunter Josh Ilderton to discuss his aggressive on-the-ground tactics for hunting whitetails.

 

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Apr 01, 2021
Ep. 412: Swamp Hunting Masterclass with Joe Rentmeester, Doug White, and Andy May
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Today on the show we’re back for another habitat specific roundtable with our focus today being how to hunt deer in swamps, marshes, and wetlands, from Wisconsin all the way down to Florida. Joining me is Joe Rentmeester, Doug White, and Andy May.


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Mar 25, 2021
Ep. 411: What Would Ben Rising Do?
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Today on the show, I'm joined by Ohio whitetail hunting addict Ben Rising to explore exactly how he’d handle some of the most challenging situations and decisions you might encounter in the whitetail hunting world.

 

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Mar 18, 2021
Ep. 410: Fighting for the Future of Hunting with Clay Newcomb
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Today on the show, I’m joined by Clay Newcomb to discuss the murky future of hunting in America, and actionable ways to ensure that this lifestyle and pursuit is around for many generations to come. 

 

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Mar 11, 2021
Ep. 409: Mountain Buck Hunting Masterclass with Johnny Stewart, Beau Martonik, and Andy May
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This week, we’re continuing our habitat specific deep-dive series, and today the focus is on mountain country, like the steep country of Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, Ohio, New Hampshire, and beyond. Joining us to dissect how to hunt these regions are expert whitetail bowhunters Johnny Stewart, Beau Martonik, and Andy May. 

 

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Mar 04, 2021
Ep. 408: The Future of the Back 40 with the National Deer Association
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This week on the show, I’m joined by Nick Pinizzotto and Hank Forester of the National Deer Association to discuss the future of the Back 40 property, the Field to Fork new hunter mentorship program, and our Back 40 to Fork giveaway.

 

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Feb 25, 2021
Ep. 407: Non-Resident Woes, Shed Antlers, and 2021 Hunting Plans with Dan Johnson
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Today on the show, we’re taking a break from hardcore strategy and deer hunting deep dives, and instead simply kicking back and catching up with long time Wired to Hunt contributor and deer hunting mad man Dan "Nine Fingers" Johnson.

Topics discussed: 

  • Cold weather and herd health
  • Shed hunting 
  • Unethical hunters/poachers
  • Losing access
  • Getting through the offseason 

 

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Feb 18, 2021
Ep. 406: 10 Off-Season Tasks For Your Best Season Ever with Tony Peterson
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Today on the show, I’m joined by DIY public land bow hunting guru Tony Peterson to explore 10 different off-season tasks that can help you on your path towards your best season ever.  

 

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Feb 11, 2021
Ep. 405: 2021 State of the Whitetail Union with Kip Adams
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Today on the show, I'm joined by Kip Adams of the National Deer Association to discuss the issues, news, and trends most impacting the future of deer and deer hunting in 2021 and beyond. 

 

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Feb 04, 2021
Ep. 404: Open Country Hunting Masterclass with Jared Scheffler, Eddie Claypool, and Andy May
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This week, we're continuing our habitat specific deep-dive series, and today the focus is on open country like Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and similar locales. Joining us to dissect how to hunt these regions are expert whitetail bowhunters Jared Scheffler, Eddie Claypool, and Andy May.

 

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Jan 28, 2021
Ep. 403: Hill Country Hunting Masterclass with Justin Wright, Joe Elsinger, and Andy May
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Today on the show, I'm joined by a phenomenal panel of DIY whitetail experts to dive deep into all aspects of hunting deer in hill country -- my guests being Justin Wright, Joe Elsinger, and Andy May.

 

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Jan 21, 2021
Ep. 402: What Can Be Learned From the 2020 Hunting Season
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Today on the show, I'm joined by Spencer Neuharth to review the top events, trends, and nation-wide lessons we can all learn from the 2020 hunting season. 

 

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Jan 14, 2021
Ep. 401: Dan Jajo Killed His First Deer!
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Today on the podcast, I'm joined by Dan Jajo -- the new hunter we documented through the Back 40 series -- to hear the inspiring story of how he recently killed his very first deer.

 

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Jan 07, 2021
Ep. 400: New Years Resolutions and Late Season Firearm Advice
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This week on the show, I'm joined by Josh "Furter" Hillyard to reflect back on the 2020 season and examine the highs and lows of the past four months. Then we follow that up with a great conversation with Luke Thorkildsen of Weatherby about late season firearm do's, don'ts, and maintenance.

Topics discussed: 

  • Late season hunting plans
  • Highs and lows of 2020
  • Chasing target bucks
  • Resolutions for the New Year
  • Weather and firearms 
  • Firearm field care
  • Firearm maintenance and maintenance mistakes

 

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Dec 31, 2020
Ep. 399: Late Season Hunting and Habitat Improvement with Rob Haubry
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Today on the show, we’re joined by wildlife and habitat consultant Rob Haubry to discuss late season hunting and ideas for improving deer and wildlife habitat.

Topics discussed: 

  • Late season hunting plans
  • Hunting small properties
  • Developing small properties
  • Picking a starting point for land improvement 
  • Creating food plots
  • Improving cover

 

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Dec 24, 2020
Ep. 398: Late Season Tactics and the Helium Balloon Theory
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Today on the show, I'm joined by Tony Peterson to answer listener questions on topics ranging from killing does, to finding late season bucks in warm weather, to whether or not helium balloons can lead you to big bucks. 

 

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Dec 17, 2020
Ep. 397: Rut Fresh Radio 12/16/20
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Today on the show we're getting from-the-field updates on deer behavior, activity, and tactics from deer hunters across the country for late December and beyond.

States covered:

  • Michigan
  • Texas
  • West Virginia
  • Iowa

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Dec 16, 2020
Ep. 396: How to Learn From a “Failed” Hunt with Janis Putelis
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Today on the show, I’m joined by MeatEater’s Janis Putelis to analyze his 2020 Wisconsin rut bow hunt and explore ways all of us can better learn from our hunts and unfilled tags.

Topics discussed: 

  • The dreaded November heat wave
  • Saddle hunting 
  • The urge to tree hop 
  • Scent control vs. wind direction
  • Deer sign and lack thereof 
  • The importance of scouting
  • What to do with limited time and intel
  • Optimism and moving forward 

 

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Dec 10, 2020
Ep. 395: Rut Fresh Radio 12/9/20
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Today on the show we're getting from-the-field updates on deer behavior, activity, and tactics from deer hunters across the country for mid-December.

States covered:

  • Kansas
  • Minnesota
  • Kentucky
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania

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Dec 09, 2020
Ep. 394: How I Killed My #1 Target Buck in Michigan
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Today on the show we’re diving deep into the strategies, challenges, and curves in the road that eventually led to me killing my #1 target buck of 2020 - the 5.5 year old Michigan buck we came to know as Tran. 

Topics discussed: 

  • Glitter bombs
  • Getting aggressive 
  • Shooting deer from the ground
  • Rut behaviors 
  • The power of new land access
  • Strategically "overhunting" a stand
  • Benefits of compulsive scent control
  • Recovering from missed opportunities
  • The little things that need to go right
  • Learning to truly enjoy the hunt

 

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Dec 03, 2020
Ep. 393: Rut Fresh Radio 12/2/20
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Today on the show we're getting from-the-field updates on deer behavior, activity, and tactics from deer hunters across the country for early December

States covered:

  • Indiana
  • Alabama
  • South Dakota
  • New York

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Dec 02, 2020
Ep. 392: Mastering December with Don Higgins, Neil Dougherty, Gabe Adair, and Will Brantley
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Today on the show we’re hearing from four different whitetail experts about the challenges and opportunities presented to deer hunters by the month of December. Joining me is Don Higgins, Neil Dougherty, Gabe Adair, and Will Brantley. 

Topics discussed: 

  • The importance of food sources
  • Reasons to love the late season
  • Bad weather for big bucks 
  • Playing the long game
  • Arguments for sleeping in 
  • Late season calling
  • How and when to check cameras 
  • Avoiding burning out your best spots 
  • When to take a late season risk 
  • The crucial roll of bedding 
  • Keeping the faith 

 

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Nov 26, 2020
Ep. 391: Rut Fresh Radio 11/25/20
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Today on the show we're getting from-the-field updates on deer behavior, activity, and tactics from deer hunters across the country for late November.

States covered:

  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • Missouri
  • Florida
  • New Jersey
  • Wisconsin

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Nov 25, 2020
Ep. 390: I Missed a Buck, Now What?
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Today on the show we are tackling the topic of missing a buck and figuring out what to do next. That’s exactly what happened to me last week. Let’s discuss.

Topics discussed:

  • Back 40 Season 2 Episode 2 is live!
  •  Dan Jajo's experiences learning to hunt this year
  • Dan's first miss
  • Dan Jajo's Back 40 hunt and taking a shot at his first buck
  • Handling the pain of a miss
  • What to do after a miss
  • How to mentally process a miss and learning from it
  • The latest updates in my hunt for Tran
  • My closest call on my #1 target buck yet
  • My greatest failure this year
  • Missing my target buck and what I'm going to do now

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Nov 19, 2020
Ep. 389: Rut Fresh Radio 11/18/20
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Today on the show we're getting from-the-field updates on deer behavior, activity, and tactics from deer hunters across the country.

States covered:

  • Mississippi
  • Nebraska
  • Illinois
  • New Hampshire

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Nov 18, 2020
Ep. 388: Overcoming the Challenges of the Whitetail Rut
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Today on the show I'm joined by Tony Peterson, Justin Michau, and Charlie Williams to discuss how to handle the unique challenges of hunting the whitetail rut AND the story of my 2020 Back 40 buck.

Topics discussed:

  • What to do when warm weather strikes during the rut
  • Thoughts on saving spots for better weather during the rut VS being aggressive
  • Do other hunters really matter during the rut
  • What to do if you spook a buck at this time of year
  • The challenges of hunting small properties in November
  • The unique struggles of rut hunting on public land
  • The mental grind of the rut
  • Dealing with the high expectations of November
  • Handling social media comparisons
  • The story of our rut hunt this past week on the Back 40
  • How I killed my first drop tine buck


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Nov 12, 2020
Ep. 387: Rut Fresh Radio 11/11/20
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Today on the show we're getting from-the-field updates on deer behavior, activity, and tactics from deer hunters across the country for the middle of November.

States covered:

  • Ohio
  • Colorado
  • Tennessee
  • Michigan
  • Iowa
  • South Dakota


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Nov 11, 2020
Ep. 386: Rut Hunting Public and Pressured Land with Aaron Warbritton and Greg Clements
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Today on the show I'm joined byAaron Warbritton and Greg Clements of The Hunting Public for an absolute masterclass on hunting public land, or heavily pressured private, during the rut.

Topics discussed:

  • My Ohio public land hunt
  • Dan's take-aways from his hunt in Michigan
  • Dan's pre-rut hunts and the first half of my hunt for Tran
  • How is hunting the rut different on public land?
  • The traditional rut approach VS aggressive THP style
  • Pinch points that work on public
  • How to find overlooked public land
  • How scouting during the rut is different
  • Tips for calling and decoying on public land 
  • Thermal hubs
  • Doe bedding VS buck bedding during the rut
  • How to know when to set up and wait VS keep scouting
  • Stand selection advice


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Nov 05, 2020
Ep. 385: Rut Fresh Radio 11/4/20
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Today on the show we're getting from-the-field updates on deer behavior, activity, and tactics from deer hunters across the country for the first full week of November.

States covered:

  • Michigan
  • Kansas
  • New York
  • Kentucky
  • South Dakota


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Nov 04, 2020
Ep. 384: Hunting the Whitetail Rut with Andrae D’Acquisto
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Today on the show I'm joined by legendary whitetail bow hunter Andrae D’Acquisto for a followup to our previous conversation this summer and this time we’re tackling how to hunt the whitetail rut.

Topics discussed:

  • My principles for rut hunting success
  • How Andrae's 2020 season has gone so far
  • How he goes about finding a buck during the last few days of October
  • Why the rut can be frustrating for someone hunting a single buck
  • The most important step to Andrae's rut success
  • The detail of the rut bump and dump
  • Setting up on funnels during the rut and why some bucks avoid them
  • How and why to set up off the edge of bedding areas
  • What to do when you see a buck locked on a doe
  • Overhunting or not?
  • What sign is valuable during the rut
  • How moon phase may or may not impact deer movement


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Oct 29, 2020
Ep. 383: Rut Fresh Radio 10/28/20
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Today on the show we're getting from-the-field updates on deer behavior, activity, and tactics from deer hunters across the country leading into the beginning of November.

States covered:

  • Minnesota
  • Arkansas
  • Indiana
  • West Virginia


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Oct 28, 2020
Ep. 382: Mastering the Mind for Better Hunting with Ryan Holiday
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Today on the show I’m joined by New York Times best-selling author Ryan Holiday to discuss the mental side of hunting and a series of time-tested philosophies and principles that can help us improve in this arena.

Topics discussed:

  • Why it's important to consider the mental side of hunting
  • How ancient ideas can help us still today
  • Ideas for self improvement
  • The importance of understanding the difference between the things you can control and those that you can't
  • Dealing with failure
  • Handling high intensity moments
  • Remembering what's really important on a hunt
  • How to better learn from failure and success
  • Perseverance and how to foster it


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Oct 22, 2020
Ep. 381: Rut Fresh Radio 10/21/20
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Today on the show we're getting from-the-field updates on deer behavior, activity, and tactics from deer hunters across the country for the last week of October.

States covered:

  • Georgia
  • Michigan
  • Virginia
  • Nebraska


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Oct 21, 2020
Ep. 380: Dad's First Bow Buck and the Back 40 Transformation
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Today on the show we've got the roller coaster story of Year 2 on the Back 40 and my father's recent hunt there which ended with his first kill with a bow and his biggest buck to date.

Topics discussed:

  • What worked and what didn't work for habitat improvements in Year 1 of the Back 40
  • Why our plots failed
  • Why we didn't see as much deer activity as expected the first year
  • How we improved our fields in Year 2
  • The new food plot plan
  • The power of bees
  • The incredible change in trailcam results in Year 2
  • My father's journey as a bowhunter
  • Dealing with a vision impairment and hunting
  • An exciting but disappointing Night #1 on the Back 40
  • Lessons learned from a missed opportunity
  • My dad's first bow kill and takeaways from the "best hunting trip of his life"


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Oct 15, 2020
Ep. 379: Rut Fresh Radio 10/14/20
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Today on the show we're getting from-the-field updates on deer behavior, activity, and tactics from deer hunters across the country for mid-October.

States covered:

  • Alabama
  • Illinois
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania


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Oct 14, 2020
Ep. 378: What Would Andy May Do?
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Today on the show we're running acclaimed DIY bowhunter Andy May through a series of challenging hypothetical deer hunting scenarios to better understand his deer hunting thought process and strategies.

Topics discussed:

  • How Andy would seek out and hunt a buck that seemingly roams over an area well over a mile or two square
  • How to make the most of areas without trees
  • How to scout and hunt your way into new properties 
  • Public land hunting new spots
  • How to choose between two equally matched hunting locations
  • Locating nocturnal bucks in October
  • Calling on heavily pressured properties
  • Adjusting stand locations off sightings in October VS November
  • Getting winded during the rut
  • Trying to call a buck away from an in-estrous doe
  • Handling hot weather in late October VS the rut
  • What to do on the day before gun season
  • Bowhunting pressured properties


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Oct 08, 2020
Ep. 377: Rut Fresh Radio 10/7/20
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Today on the show we're getting from-the-field updates on deer behavior, activity, and tactics from deer hunters across the country for the second week of October.

States covered:

  • Wyoming
  • Indiana
  • Louisiana
  • New York
  • Iowa


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Oct 08, 2020
Ep. 376: Mastering October with Jeff Sturgis, Adam Hays, Dan Infalt, and more
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Today on the show we’re hearing from six different whitetail experts about the challenges and opportunities presented to deer hunters by the month of October. Joining me is Adam Hays, Jeff Sturgis, Mark Drury, Dan Infalt, Bernie Barringer, and Gordon Whittington.

Topics discussed:

  • The early October opportunity
  • Understanding the October shift
  • The importance of fronts
  • The end of mont venn diagram effect
  • What makes October such a tough month for many people
  • How to decide whether you should be aggressive or passive during mid October
  • How to push into buck bedrooms in October and when to do it
  • Why some people think late October is the very best time of the entire season to kill a giant buck
  • How to use the weather forecast to pick the perfect days to hunt in October
  • Should you hunt mornings in October?
  • How to pick stand sites in late October
  • The importance of scrapes at this time of year


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Oct 01, 2020
Ep. 375: Rut Fresh Radio 9/30/20
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Today on the show we're getting from-the-field updates on current deer behavior, activity, and tactics from deer hunters across the country for the first week of October.

States covered:

  • Minnesota
  • Tennessee
  • Michigan
  • Kansas
  • Ohio


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Sep 30, 2020
Ep. 374: Big Woods, Big Scrapes, Big Bucks with Troy Pottenger
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Today on the show I’m joined by whitetail addict Troy Pottenger to discuss his unique methods for targeting big mature public land bucks in the big woods, big hill country he calls home.

Topics discussed:

  • The unique areas Troy hunts whitetails
  • How his techniques have worked across the South, Midwest, and beyond
  • Breaking down huge chunks of public land into more manageable sections
  • Spring and summer scouting
  • The terrain features that mountain bucks are attracted to
  • Elevations of most activity
  • How to locate bedding in big hill country
  • The importance of community scrapes in big woods settings
  • How to locate and identify these best scrapes
  • Creating the ultimate mock scrapes 
  • Pro tips for running trail cameras on mock scrapes
  • The importance of mock rubs
  • Setting up bulletproof stand sites
  • Wind considerations in the hills and mountains


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Sep 24, 2020
Ep. 373: Rut Fresh Radio 9/23/20
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Today on the show we're back with our Rut Fresh Radio mini-series in which we get from-the-field updates on deer behavior, activity, and tactics each week from deer hunters across the country.

States covered:

  • Michigan
  • Delaware
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina
  • South Dakota


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Sep 23, 2020
Ep. 372: What Would Tony Peterson Do?
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Today on the show we're running acclaimed public land bowhunter Tony Peterson through a series of challenging hypothetical deer hunting scenarios to better understand his deer hunting thought process and strategies.

Topics discussed:

  • Tony's thoughts on the Back 40 and plans for November
  • What would you do if hot weather rolled in for your week long out-of-state hunt?
  • How would you approach a mid-October hunt in Iowa if you had just a long weekend to fill your much-anticipated tag?
  • If you pass red hot sign on the way to a prepared location, should you stop and hunt right there?
  • How to identify buck concentrations
  • How to handle a hunting spot sabotage?
  • You find great sign but you have no tree stand - hunt on the ground or go grab a stand a come back?
  • If you could only hunt one day of the season, what would it be?
  • Would you take a 50 yard shot at a whitetail?


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Sep 17, 2020
Ep. 371: Rut Fresh Radio 9/16/20
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Today on the show we're back with our Rut Fresh Radio mini-series in which we get from-the-field updates on deer behavior, activity, and tactics each week from deer hunters across the country.

States covered:

  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • Georgia
  • South Dakota
  • New Jersey
  • Wisconsin


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Sep 16, 2020
Ep. 370: The Trials and Tribulations of Public Land Deer Hunting
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Today on the show we discuss the trials and tribulations of public land deer hunting and how to deal with these challenges - using the story of our recent Idaho hunt as an example.

Topics discussed:

  • How the story of our recent Idaho hunt can serve as an example for future trips and ways to adjust
  • The power of the first sit - and the downfall of future sits
  • Adjusting to hunting pressure
  • Dealing with random adversity on traveling hunts
  • How to stay positive in the face of challenges
  • Learning new ground on the fly
  • When and how to scout public land on a short trip
  • Balancing the hard work of a hunt and still trying to have fun
  • Sabotage
  • Setting standards on a public land hunt
  • Taking a punch and getting back up


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Sep 10, 2020
Ep. 369: Rut Fresh Radio 9/9/20
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Today on the show we're back with our Rut Fresh Radio mini-series in which we get from-the-field updates on deer behavior, activity, and tactics each week from across the country.

States covered:

  • Idaho
  • South Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Kentucky
  • Nebraska


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Sep 09, 2020
Ep. 368: 10 Steps to Your Best Deer Hunting Season Ever
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Today on the show we discuss ten steps to take and keep in mind this year in pursuit of your best deer hunting season ever AND we discuss our first hunt of the year in Idaho.

Topics discussed:

  • The importance of the first sit
  • The power of positive thinking and negative preparations
  • Ask why
  • Not slacking on access and exit
  • The game of inches
  • Executing on a gameplan
  • The importance of scouting more
  • Picking your times and striking at the right moments
  • How to look at your hunting spots with fresh eyes
  • Control what you can, accept what you can't
  • A final pep talk for the season


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Sep 03, 2020
Ep. 367: Goals, Hopes, and Hitlists for 2020
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Today on the show I'm joined by Dan Johnson to break down our goals, hopes, and hitlists for the 2020 deer hunting season.

Topics discussed:

  • Setting the stage for the upcoming hunting season
  • The return of "Tran"
  • My gameplan to hunt for my #1 target buck in Michigan
  • Strategic improvements on my local Michigan farm
  • The latest Back 40 projects 
  • Expectations for the Back 40
  • Dan's updated Michigan plan and expectations
  • Renewed optimism for my Idaho public land whitetail hunt
  • Dan's top target bucks in Iowa
  • Areas of improvement for 2020
  • How our goals and expectations have changed over the years


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Aug 27, 2020
Ep. 366: Hunting Down a Target Buck with Andrae D’Acquisto
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Today on the show I'm joined by Andrae Daquisto to discuss the aggressive scouting and hunting tactics that have made him, in many people’s eyes, one of the very best deer hunters in the country.

Topics discussed:

  • Is off-season scouting a waste of time?
  • What should we be doing in the late summer leading into hunting season?
  • How Andrae identifies his target buck for a given year and why he prefers to make his shoot or don't shoot decisions well ahead of the season
  • How Andrae approaches the early season 
  • Andrae's unique in-season scouting 
  • The sign that prompts Andrae to stop scouting and start hunting
  • When to hunt, when to scout
  • How to scout without over-pressuring deer
  • How trailcams fit into Andrae's strategy today
  • How to identify buck beds and what to do when you find one
  • The full scoop on the Bump and Dump
  • Thoughts on finding and hunting "bulletproof" stand set-ups
  • Advanced wind strategies
  • Why Andrae hates the rut


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Aug 20, 2020
Ep. 365: What Would Mark Drury Do?
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Today on the show I’m joined by Mark Drury to run through a series of hypothetical deer hunting scenarios ranging from small property habitat improvements, to dealing with hunting competition from the neighbors, to patterning specific bucks during the rut.

Topics discussed:

  • What would Mark do if he lost of his farms/leases?
  • What would the ideal small 40 acre farm look like if Mark Drury had to start all over again?
  • How Mark would analyze photos/sightings prior to the season after discovering a new target deer
  • What Mark does on the night before the season opener
  • Would Mark hunt opening day or wait, if he had bad weather conditions?
  • How would Mark hunt a 20 degree temperature drop on October 14th?
  • What would Mark do if he spotted an early hot doe in mid-October?
  • What would Mark do if he saw a buck move out of range in the same location two out of three days?
  • What to do if you get busted by a buck?
  • Should you swing for the fences the day before gun season?
  • One day and one spot to kill a buck, where would it be?


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Aug 13, 2020
Ep. 364: What Would Dan Infalt Do?
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Today on the show I'm joined by renowned whitetail bowhunter and founder of The Hunting Beast Dan Infalt to explore how he'd tackle a series of tough hypothetical deer hunting scenarios from the swamps of public land to private land farm ground.

Topics discussed:

  • What would Dan do if he glassed up a world class buck in mid-August while driving back roads
  • How Dan would attempt to keep tabs on a giant buck without other people noticing
  • How would Dan hunt a property different if there were 10 other hunters on it VS just him
  • How Dan would go about locating a specific target buck
  • How Dan identifies farm land buck beds from the maps
  • How to access a property without bedded bucks spotting you
  • What Dan would do if he inherited a piece of private land
  • What Dan would do if he was busted by a buck while setting up a stand
  • How Dan sneaks in and sets up on deer
  • Dealing with swirling winds
  • Dealing with long tough spells in the woods
  • What Dan does when he fills a tag early
  • His top stand and date for a sure-fire buck kill


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Aug 06, 2020
Ep. 363: What Would Steve Bartylla Do?
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Today on the show I'm joined by outdoor writer and whitetail consultant Steve Bartylla for his take on a series of hypothetical deer hunting scenarios varying from private land habitat improvements to public land hunting tactics.

Topics discussed:

  • What would Steve to a new lease if he only had two weekends in August to improve it?
  • What to do if you have to share a great, but small, hunting property with a family member who hunts poorly
  • What would you do if your target buck is daylight active leading up to opening day, but the first few days of the season have horrible conditions and wind?
  • How to get good trailcam intel if baiting is banned in your state?
  • A mid-October cold front hits and you can only hunt the next morning or the evening several day later - which do you pick?
  • What to do after missing a buck
  • What to do when spotting a cruising buck out of range during the rut
  • How to entice a buck onto your property if he beds on the neighbors
  • What would you do if you could no longer hunt in November?
  • Where would you hunt on Oct 1 VS Nov 25 VS Dec 7?


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Jul 30, 2020
Ep. 362: What Would John Eberhart Do?
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Today on the show I'm joined by the legendary DIY Michigan bowhunter John Eberhart to discuss what exactly he would do in some of the deer hunting world’s toughest scenarios.

Topics discussed:

  • How John's 2020 whitetail preparations are coming
  • What would John do if he gained permission on a new property at the end of August with only one weekend to prep?
  • It's October 1 and you have to choose between a dynamite apple tree set or a lone oak, which do you choose?
  • What should you do when another hunter comes crashing through your spot?
  • What does John Eberhart do when a mature buck busts him?
  • What to do when you discover hot sign but there's no good tree to hang from?
  • Should you move the next day after seeing a mature buck move out of range?
  • What would John do on the very first day of a 5 day public land rut hunt on a brand new property he's never seen?
  • How has John's trail camera philosophy evolved in recent years?
  • How has the increased know-how of the average hunter impacted John's success and tactics?
  • John's top day to hunt and #1 stand location 


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Jul 23, 2020
Ep. 361: Islands, Big Woods, and Northeast Bucks with John Altman
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Today on the show I'm joined by John Altman, of the new whitetail show Sea Bucks, to discuss his unique tactics for hunting mature bucks across the islands and big woods of the Northeast.

Topics discussed:

  • Why island hunting is a sneaky effective way to hunt mature bucks
  • Tips for accessing islands to hunt deer
  • How wind and available space impact how you hunt islands
  • How John killed a 12+ year old island buck
  • Annual patterns for Northeast deer
  • Scouting and locating mature bucks in the big woods of the Northeast
  • Dissecting stand set-ups for big woods deer
  • How do calling and rattling work in the big woods
  • Tracking deer on foot


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Jul 16, 2020
Ep. 360: A New Era in Deer Conservation with Nick Pinizzotto, Kip Adams, and Lindsay Thomas Jr
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Today on the show I'm joined by Nick Pinizzotto, Kip Adams, and Lindsay Thomas Jr to discuss one of the most significant changes in the deer conservation world in decades - the merging of the Quality Deer Management Association and the National Deer Alliance into a brand new organization.

Topics discussed:

  • Why the QDMA and NDA are merging into a new organization
  • The mission of the new organization
  • How will this impact deer and deer hunters?
  • What to expect for prior QDMA members 
  • Will there still be a management and habitat focus in this new organization?
  • Thoughts on the legacy of QDMA and the ending of an era
  • What the National Deer Alliance leadership learned over its five years of existence
  • What NDA can bring to the new org from a policy perspective
  • The big wins and wishes that the new org hopes to see come to fruition
  • Why we the hunters are the most important part of this new era in deer conservation
  • What we need to do in the coming day and years to make a positive difference for deer


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Jul 09, 2020
Ep. 359: The Evolution of our Summer Whitetail Prep
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Today on the show I’m joined by Dan Johnson to recap our latest summer whitetail projects and evolving thought processes around summertime deer prep.

Topics discussed:

  • Our latest debacles in parenting and the outdoors
  • Catching up on Mark and Dan BS
  • Hypothetical dream bucks
  • The evolution of Mark and Dan's summer trail camera processes
  • Scouting new public land
  • Why we don't set many tree stands in the spring or summer anymore
  • Summertime preparations to hunt a single specific buck
  • Dan's new plans for Gnarley Charlie
  • Marks latest plans to hunt for Tran
  • Concerns around Mark's early September whitetail hunt prospects
  • Mark's part-time move
  • Our favorite reoccurring segment


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Jul 02, 2020
Ep. 358: Finding the Buck of Your Dreams with Heath Cisco
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Today on the show I’m joined by DIY bowhunter and Whitetail Addictions team member Heath Cisco to discuss in detail exactly how he locates, studies, and moves in on top tier whitetail bucks.

Topics discussed:

  • How Heath and his hunting buddy Justin Hollandsworth handle the sharing of hunting properties
  • How to improve your mock scrapes
  • Setting high goals for your hunting season
  • Seeking out top tier bucks
  • Summer scouting for target deer
  • Trail camera strategies for specific bucks
  • Walking the fine line of scouting VS pressure during the season
  • Locating specific buck bedding areas and how to determine if it's a big buck
  • What to do when you find a big buck track
  • Aggressive hang-and-hunt tactics
  • What to do when you visually bump a buck while scouting
  • How bucks act differently between farm country and hill country
  • How the biggest bucks behave and use wind differently


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Jun 25, 2020
Ep. 357: Getting Out of Your Deer Hunting Comfort Zone with Justin Hollandsworth
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Today on the show I’m joined by Justin Hollandsworth of Whitetail Addictions TV to discuss high risk high reward tactics that lead to DIY deer hunting success and much more.

Topics discussed:

  • Doing something whitetail related every day
  • How Andrae D'acquisto influenced Justin's deer hunting mindset
  • Scouting new properties aggressively VS staying out
  • The value of hot sign VS year old sign
  • Identifying and patterning specific bucks
  • The early October morning taboo
  • How to hunt "edge winds" and ways to make it work
  • When to swing for the fences
  • Trailcam positioning 
  • Hunting an area VS hunting the tree
  • How to quickly and quietly get set-up in a stand during hunting season
  • Trim or no trim a new set?
  • When's the best time to move stands midday?
  • What quality do most great deer hunters have in common?


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Jun 18, 2020
Ep. 356: Answering Your Most Pressing Hunting Questions with Andy May
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Today on the show I’m joined by my friend and DIY whitetail bowhunting extraordinaire Andy May to answer your most pressing and challenging deer hunting questions.

Topics discussed:

  • Summer scouting advice
  • Our favorite terrain/habitat features for deer hunting success
  • How to avoid spooking deer in the fields, while waiting for bucks to come out later
  • How we organize our OnX waypoints and other historical information
  • What weakness Andy wants to improve on
  • The books that influenced our hunting styles the most
  • How close should you get to bedding areas with your cameras
  • What do great hunters do that average hunters do not
  • Hunting small wood lots surrounded by ag
  • Why do bucks get old - luck or skill?
  • Our first bucks and lessons learned
  • How to handle new neighbors


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Jun 11, 2020
Ep. 355: Becoming an Elite Deer Hunter with Joe Rentmeester
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Today on the show I’m joined by Wisconsin bowhunter and Hunting Beast contributor Joe Rentmeester to discuss his take on the aggressive hunting tactics that have led him to becoming one of the best DIY deer hunters around.

Topics discussed:

  • What Joe's early days of hunting looked like
  • How he connected with Dan Infalt and started learning from him in-person
  • The most important lessons he's learned from Dan Infalt
  • How his style differs from Infalt
  • Tips for locating and targeting specific bucks
  • Ideas for hunting early season mornings
  • Predicting buck bedding areas
  • How to determine the right spot to set-up VS pushing in farther
  • How Joe "won" back to back Public Land Challenges
  • One deer hunting "rule" we need to forget
  • One deer hunting "rule" we all need to learn
  • When to be aggressive, when not


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Jun 04, 2020
Ep. 354: Your Epic Summer Wild Game Cookout with Danielle Prewett
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Today on the show I’m joined by MeatEater wild foods contributing editor Danielle Prewett to discuss everything you need to know to make this your very best summer of wild game cookouts ever.

Topics discussed:

  • What was on the menu for Memorial Day weekend
  • What kind of wild game comes to Danielle's mind during the summer
  • How long is venison good in the freezer?
  • Best practices for grilling steaks outside
  • To marinade or not? And how to do it best
  • The scoop on rubs 
  • Summer burger grilling tips
  • How to spice up your wild game Taco Tuesdays
  • Ideal thickness for your steaks
  • Barbecue and sloppy joes
  • Tex Mex rubs and cooking techniques
  • Other summer wild game favorites
  • Ideas for summer camp food


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May 28, 2020
Ep. 353: How to be a Conservationist in a Post-Pandemic World with Hal Herring
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Today on the show I'm joined by conservation writer and BHA podcast host Hal Herring to explore how to be a conservationist in a post-pandemic world.

Topics discussed:

  • When Hal knew he had to tackle conservation and advocacy as his life's work
  • Early inspirations
  • How to channel anger and frustration with anti-environment/public land acts 
  • How to filter all of the information and misinformation when trying to learn about possible threats to wildlife or wild places
  • Resources for unvarnished truth related to wildlife and wild places
  • How to achieve an informed and relatively unbiased opinion
  • How to get politicians to actually listen to hunters and anglers
  • Do hunters and anglers still have the stomach to fight for our resources?
  • How will COVID-19 impact conservation efforts
  • How/when should we begin to push for conservation wins amidst the pandemic
  • What to consider leading up to the vote in 2020


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May 21, 2020
Ep. 352: Hunting, Fishing, and Social Distance Socializing
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Today on the show Dan Johnson and I are doing some social distance socializing, simply kicking back and catching up - telling hunting, fishing, and foraging stories and maybe even chatting with a surprise special guest. 

Topics discussed:

  • Getting in a rut during lockdown
  • Dan's turkey hunting efforts this year
  • Catch and release turkey hunting and my first real hunt of the year
  • My son's first fish
  • Dan's mushroom hunting exploits
  • Our favorite food to snack on while hanging with buddies
  • Plans and preparation for the upcoming season and even 2021
  • A surprise guest
  • Surprise guest turkey stories


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May 14, 2020
Ep. 351: It's Only Slow Food Until You Try to Eat It with Bill Heavey
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Today on the show I’m joined by Field & Stream editor-at-large and and author Bill Heavey for a rambling exploration of the relevance of hunting, fishing, and foraging in the year 2020 and beyond.

Topics discussed:

  • What Bill's been doing outside during the COVID-19 lockdown
  • Has hunting and fishing become more or less important given the current health crisis?
  • What Bill still wants to do outdoors before the pandemic or anything else gets to him
  • What to make of the renewed urgency to eat/live closer to the land
  • How Bill's personal journey to get more of his food from hunting/fishing/forgaging has evolved over the years
  • Tips for foraging for wild edibles 
  • Eating goose eggs
  • The relevance of hunting in the future
  • Introducing kids to the outdoors


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May 07, 2020
Ep. 350: Can Whitetail Habitat Managers Do Better? with Lindsay Thomas Jr.
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Today on the show I'm joined by Lindsay Thomas Jr. of the Quality Deer Management Association for a terrific and varied conversation about whitetail habitat management and how we can all do a little better.

Topics discussed:

  • How conservation organizations have been impacted by COVID-19
  • What we can do to help support QDMA and other conservation organizations at this time
  • How deer habitat management has evolved over the past few decades
  • If Lindsay could change one thing about deer habitat managers, it would be ...
  • Why plant and tree ID matters
  • Does invasive and non-native species management really matter?
  • Desirable weeds and tree species to look for
  • What a "green" or "low impact" food plot means
  • How to plant more environmentally friendly and beneficial food plots
  • Safety considerations and environmental impacts of herbicide use
  • Erosion, tillage, no-till and other soil considerations

 

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Apr 30, 2020
Ep. 349: BONUS How to Talk Turkey with Andrew Johnson
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Today on the show we're back with our final bonus turkey hunting episode and we're here with Andrew Johnson to break down the top six turkey vocalizations hunters need to be able to interpret and replicate. 

Topics discussed:

  • How Andrew came to be involved with turkey hunting and turkey hunting media
  • Why so many hunters have one-sided conversations with turkeys
  • What the most important turkey vocalizations
  • Why it's important to understand what different vocalizations mean to turkeys
  • Understanding and replicating a yelp
  • Understanding and replicating the tree yelp
  • Understanding and replicating clucks and putts
  • Understanding and replicating cutting
  • Understanding and replicating a purr
  • Understanding and replicating a gobble
  • Most common turkey calling mistakes

 

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Apr 29, 2020
Ep. 348: A Deer Hunter’s Guide to Mushroom Hunting
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Today on the show I’m joined by MeatEater team member and mushroom hunting aficionado Spencer Neuharth to cover off on everything a deer hunter needs to know to successfully take up mushroom hunting.

Topics discussed:

  • Why the hell should deer hunters care about mushroom hunting?
  • What mushrooms are worth seeking out
  • How to properly identify the top mushrooms
  • Top locations for finding mushrooms
  • Specific hot spots for morels
  • Mushroom myths and wive's tales
  • Tips for better seeing mushrooms in the wild
  • How to properly pick a mushroom
  • Cleaning and storing mushrooms the right way
  • Spencer's top ideas for cooking mushrooms

 

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Apr 22, 2020
Ep. 347: BONUS Talking Southern Turkeys with Lake Pickle
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Today on the show we're back with another bonus turkey hunting episode and we're here with Lake Pickle to discuss his top tactics for hunting southern turkeys, how to call and kill highly pressured birds, taking a turkey's "temperature" and ways to change a gobblers mood

Topics discussed:

  • What makes southern turkey hunting unique
  • Top times to hunt public land birds
  • How to call to heavily pressured turkeys
  • Ways to take a turkey's "temperature"
  • How to change a gobbler's mood
  • How to add realism to your turkey calls
  • Top decoy set-ups
  • Calling on the limb
  • What to do when you spook a gobbler

 

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Apr 22, 2020
Ep. 346: Southern Deer, Canadian Bucks, and Bears with Clay Newcomb
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Today on the show I’m joined by Arkansas hunter, content creator, and modern mountain man philosopher Clay Newcomb to discuss southern deer hunting, Canadian bucks, and bears.

Topics discussed:

  • Who is Clay Newcomb
  • How Clay thinks about the sacredness of hunting
  • The trials and tribulations of raising children in a hunting family
  • Mistakes or regrets raising kids to hunt
  • Introducing kids to discomfort
  • What inspired Clay to understand our history as hunters
  • Southern deer hunting culture
  • How to kill deer in Arkansas, depending on habitat type
  • Trophy hunting - how to justify?
  • What it's like to hunt big Canadian whitetails
  • Why deer hunters should give bear hunting a shot
  • The ideal first bear hunting experience
  • Is bear meat any good?
  • Why all hunters should care about bear hunting rights

 

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Apr 16, 2020
Ep. 345: BONUS Talking Turkey with Tony Peterson
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Today on the show we're back with another bonus turkey hunting episode and we're here with Tony Peterson to discuss his top tactics for striking up quiet gobblers, how he changes a turkey's mood, and much more.

Topics discussed:

  • How to scout for good turkey hunting public land spots
  • Mature tom tendencies
  • Tips for making decoys more realistic
  • Tony's aggressive calling tactics
  • Preferred decoy set-ups
  • What to do different when bowhunting for turkeys
  • Where to aim with a bow
  • Broadheads for turkeys
  • Can you run-n-gun for turkeys with a bow?
  • The craziest turkey tactic Tony employs

 

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