In this episode of the Elk Junkie podcast, Dave and Lance catch up on several topics including Lance's recent turkey hunt where he killed a tom on opening day, Lance drawing out for a 2021 Utah limited-entry archery elk hunt, drought conditions across the Western United States, remembering to bring your key, comparing backpacking deep into the mountains with Easter egg hunts, a drone that flew away on its own, Dave's recent purchase of a Luxe hot tent, Mormon Crickets (Gross!), Dave taking 3rd place in a recent archery shoot, and getting ready for the Total Archery Challenge (TAC) in Park City (foam is home and using Walmart arrows).
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EP. 13: Brook Chappell | A Memory of a Lifetime | Fish Lake Bull Elk | Dirty Hat | What‘s with the Studio Lights
1:02:07In this episode of the Elk Junkie podcast, we visit with Brook Chappell. Brook shares his 2021 early season rifle elk hunt on the Fish Lake / Thousand Lakes Plateau unit in Utah. Brook waited 17 years to draw this limited-entry tag and he wasted no time closing the deal. Brook's story is full of captivating detail which really shows his love of hunting. We cover setting up cameras (and we mean cameras in the most plural sense), 320/330-inch bull at 300 yards...Nah, MOOOO...that's my dad, making a choice (patient vs. aggressive), 75 yards with a rifle, using the gun you are comfortable with, what if I just shot a rag-horn, ground shrinkage, lessons learned from the hunt, and more. Oh yeah, did we mention we had a visit from the beyond that messed with our studio lights during the podcast. Thanks for listening and we hope you enjoy this episode of the Elk Junkie podcast.
EP. 12: KC Wall | Giant Bull from the Boulder Plateau
33:43In this episode of the Elk Junkie podcast, we visit with KC Wall, an avid hunter that went all in with the 18 points he had built up for a chance to harvest a big bull. This year, KC finally drew a tag and it was on one of the premium elk units in Utah...the Boulder Plateau. KC shares his story from deciding to put in for the Boulder to putting down a giant 6x6 bull that unofficially scored in the mid 370's to low 380's. We got a chance to put our hands on this bull and it took about two hands to wrap around the base of this animal's antlers. As you'll hear, archery elk hunting was a new challenge for KC, one that he conquered and will never forget. KC shares with us calling for the first time and sounding like a duck, what sounded like a dog barking, and other memorable experiences. We hope you enjoy this episode of the Elk Junkie podcast.
EP. 11: Dirk "The Bugler" Durham
1:04:17In this episode of the Elk Junkie podcast, Dirk Durham, or as many of us know him as "The Bugler", joins us for an incredible show. If you think you have heard it all from Dirk, well trust us, you haven't. Dirk shares life before "The Bugler", the new elk calls from Phelps Games Calls (Metal Bugle Tube, Mini AMP diaphragms, and Young'n Calf Call), the process of innovating and creating a new call, who won the elk diaphragm contest (Pink Phelps Signature call or the Red Maverick call), Dirks most memorable hunts (we loved his response), what it was like using a mouth tab for drawing back his bow and shooting a bull, plans for this fall, social media and the hunting industry, and Dirk's advice and lessons learned (and no, it's not about how to call elk, it's even more profound than that...more great responses). Thanks for listening and we hope you enjoy this episode of the Elk Junkie podcast.
EP. 10: Lea Leggitt and Mia Anstine | A Story of Perseverance, Commitment, and Triumph
50:21Do you want to be inspired? Do you want to be a better hunting parent or mentor? Do you want to get pumped for this year's elk hunting season? If you said yes to any of these questions, then check out the latest Elk Junkie podcast with Lea Leggitt and Mia Anstine. Lea shares her story of persevering through challenges brought on from a horseback riding accident to ultimately reaching her goal of harvesting her first bull elk. Lea's mother, Mia Anstine, shares her perspective of Lea's story as a mother and hunting guide. We can't say enough about both of these amazing ladies, they are truly incredible. Even if you don't hunt, this podcast will inspire you. Can you say...goose bumps? Find Lea on Instagram @legit.outdoors and @lea_huntress or on the web at www.legitoutdoors.com Find Mia Anstine on Instagram @miaanstine or on the web at www.miaanstine.com
EP. 9: Competition Archery and Elk Hunting with Professional Archer Kyle Douglas
1:02:51In this episode of the Elk Junkie podcast, we hang out with professional archer, Kyle Douglas. Kyle is the reigning back-to-back Vegas Open Pro Champion and Indoor National Champion. The Vegas Open is the largest indoor archery tournament in the world, basically the Super Bowl of archery tournaments. Kyle owns and operates Douglas Archery which is located in Ogden, Utah (who better to set up your bow). Kyle is obviously an accomplished archer, but he is also an avid elk hunter who loves to hunt. We cover many topics to include the importance of setting up your bow to your proper draw length, having a bull in camp and Kyle bringing it down, when to be aggressive, what makes Kyle’s heart race more – elk hunting or archery competitions, Kyle's comfortable shooting range, playing Bingo and winning a 4K television, and much more. Oh, did we mention Batman joins the podcast. Check out Douglas Archery at www.douglasarchery.com
EP. 8: Quickcast with Dave and Lance
36:44In this episode of the Elk Junkie podcast, Dave and Lance catch up on several topics including Lance's recent turkey hunt where he killed a tom on opening day, Lance drawing out for a 2021 Utah limited-entry archery elk hunt, drought conditions across the Western United States, remembering to bring your key, comparing backpacking deep into the mountains with Easter egg hunts, a drone that flew away on its own, Dave's recent purchase of a Luxe hot tent, Mormon Crickets (Gross!), Dave taking 3rd place in a recent archery shoot, and getting ready for the Total Archery Challenge (TAC) in Park City (foam is home and using Walmart arrows).
EP. 7: Covy Jones and Rusty Robinson | Incredible Limited-Entry Archery Elk Hunt | Biologist's Perspectives
1:13:29In this episode of the Elk Junkie podcast, we get the opportunity to hang out with Covy Jones, Big Game Coordinator for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR), and Rusty Robinson, manager of the DWR Central Region. Last year, Covy was lucky enough to draw a limited-entry archery elk tag on the Manti Unit in Utah and Rusty was there to help his buddy out. Covy and Rusty share this experience with all of us. In addition, they share some of their insights as biologists that we think everyone will find useful to becoming better elk hunters. We cover many topics including “COCOMO” which means get there fast then take it slow, a bull the size of a Volkswagen, burned vegetation, geeky biologists, yelling “run at’em”, after 15 days the emotions are running high, no quit in Covy, hunter crowding is a function of effort, spending an hour and a half working the bull, an 80 yard army crawl, being grateful for the sacrifice of the animal, don’t put your elk in your friends freezer, having a secret account, 1-2-3 shoot, making a meat satchel, oldest cow ever taken by Rusty (black meat and nubs for teeth), how many cows can you fit in a Toyota 4Runner, and of course Covy getting his bull. And one of our favorites…where is Rusty going with this - comparing elk hunting to child birth. We think he pulled through it nicely. You don’t want to miss this podcast!
EP. 6: Weber County Archery Park | An Archery Venue for the Community with Todd Ferrario and Mike Luna
1:01:59In this episode of the Elk Junkie podcast, we go on-site to the Weber County Archery Park - Bakcou Center and visit with Todd Ferrario, Weber County Parks and Recreation Division Director, and Mike Luna, Archery Park Manager. We begin by discussing the history and vision for the park and the amazing partners (Utah Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, R.A.M.P, etc.) and sponsors (Bakcou, Hoyt Archery, Easton, Easton Foundation, Delta McKenzie Targets, etc.) that helped establish the venue and keep it progressing into the future. We cover many topics including a “zoo” of 3D animal targets, past and future events such as Elk Shape and the Hill Archers tournament, the benefit of having national archery champion Kyle Douglas (winner of the 2020 and 2021 Vegas Archery Shoot) and his Douglas Archery shop on-site, lessons for kids and adults, providing something for everyone, creating opportunities for the next generation of archers, volunteering, and new projects like animated shooting for kids and holding movie premiers for hunters that film their own hunts. Whew! We covered a lot and it’s definitely worth a listen.
EP. 5: Nate Richards with NR Peaks Outfitting Service
1:01:07In this episode of the Elk Junkie podcast, we visit with Nate Richards, owner/operator of NR Peaks outfitting service in Central Utah. We discuss many topics to include the benefits of hiring a guide, Nate guiding Dave's son's Utah limited-entry elk hunt on the Central Manti unit in 2020 (which ultimately led to an incredible 6x6 bull being taken from 685 yards), stupid bike seats, ebikes, Utah's recent baiting and trail camera regulations, running 70 cameras and the time to manage them, wire - the new duct tape, nothing but tuna to eat, SQUIRRRREL, and much more. We hope you enjoy the latest episode of the Elk Junkie podcast. If you are interested in Nate guiding your hunt, checkout his website at www.nrpeaks.com
EP. 4: Elk Tactics | Disney World or Mowing the Lawn
40:52In this episode of the Elk Junkie podcast, we discuss a book titled Elk Tactics by Don Laubach and Mark Henckel. We focus on specific areas of the book that resonated with us such as breaking bad habits, being ready for elk at any time and place, persistence and patience, calling to elk in the direction they are going, calling softly to start, looking for subtle signs of elk in dark timber, to hide or not to hide, and much more. We hope you enjoy this episode of the Elk Junkie podcast.