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Oklahoma Outdoors - Sportsmen's Empire
33 minutes | Nov 28, 2022
A Little Late Season Encouragement
As November comes to an end and rifle season fades away, many people consider the season done for. That very fact is one reason you should not give up yet! As John is off in Colorado chasing elk, he wants to make sure that you are not down in the dumps just yet. There is still over a month of deer season left and it can be some of the best hunting of the entire year. This may be a shorter episode of the Oklahoma Outdoors Podcast, but it is a very important one. John absolutely loves late season whitetail hunting. In fact, 5 of his last 7 Oklahoma bucks have come after December 22! This episode is meant to both educate and encourage folks to not give up. Late season can be one of the easiest and best times to pattern a mature buck. As hunting pressure goes down and bucks become slaves to their stomachs, punching your tag can be as predictable as a late season cold front. Check out the Sportsmen's Empire Podcast Network for more awesome content!
49 minutes | Nov 21, 2022
My 2022 Oklahoma Muzzleloader Buck
EPISODE 100! Holy smokes can you believe that. What better way to celebrate 100 episodes than with a good ol big buck success story! Finally, John is telling his October muzzleloader buck story this week on the Oklahoma Outdoors Podcast. It was a weekend full of rain and very little deer movement, but in the end John was able to find some success and put his tag on a really nice Oklahoma buck. John was very limited in hunting time this year after the birth of his daughter in July, and had put most of his season's hope into the last weekend of October during the state's muzzleloader season. The weekend had been good to John in the past, with several mature buck sightings over the years. John put in for a vacation day that Friday to make it a long weekend, but as the time approached, so did the bad weather. After a few slow hunts, John kept telling himself that as soon as the weather breaks, the bucks would be coming out. His patience paid off, and he was rewarded with a dandy Oklahoma 10 point buck! Check out the Sportsmen's Empire Podcast Network for more awesome content!
71 minutes | Nov 14, 2022
Late Season Colorado Elk Pre Trip Breakdown
It is hard to believe November is almost halfway over, and for John and his hunting partner Nate Jasper, that means their attention is turning to late season elk hunting. John and Nate started hunting elk together in Idaho during college in 2009, but this is a totally different type of hunt than anything either of them have ever done before. The two started out rifle hunting elk in October, but then transitioned to September archery hunting and have done that ever since. The hunt they are about to experience however, is Colorado's fourth season rifle hunt. This hunt takes place the week of Thanksgiving in late November. Cold and Snowy are probably the best way to describe the conditions, two things John in particular is not very experienced with as of late since graduating and moving away from Idaho in 2013. On this episode of the Oklahoma Outdoors Podcast, John and Nate discuss their upcoming trip. They talk about the gear they plan to bring for a trip that has a lot of uncertainty when it comes to weather. It could be anywhere from 60 to -20 at any given time and everywhere in between. Apart from clothes, the guys also talk about gear such as packs, binoculars and spotting scopes, guns, and even four wheeler accessories.The guys also discuss some strategies they think will be helpful on the trip, and where they might be able to find some bulls. Check out the Sportsmen's Empire Podcast Network for more awesome content!
67 minutes | Nov 7, 2022
Land and Whitetails With Arrowhead Land Company
This week the guys from Arrowhead Land Company (aka the title sponsor of the Oklahoma Outdoors Podcast) join John for an informative and fun episode about both land and deer hunting. Will Bellis and Andrew Schultz started Arrowhead Land Company with the goal of becoming the premier land company in the state of Oklahoma, and less than a year in, they are well on their way. Will and Andrew kick things off by giving a quick market update with how things are going in these crazy times, and give a few pointers that folks can use if they are looking to buy or sell land. After a little land talk, the guys talk about their other passion of whitetail deer hunting. Will was able to harvest a heck of a buck during Oklahomas muzzleloader season and talks about the unique way he was able to gain permission to hunt the Oklahoma monarch. After Will tells his story, Andrew answers a few questions about what it was like to come from the midwest big buck state of Illinois to Oklahoma. Andrew talks about what it was like being able to use bait and how that now plays into his hunting strategy, but also how it takes a lot more than a corn pile to kill a great buck. This is a great episode for anyone looking to be either educated or entertained! Check out the Sportsmen's Empire Podcast Network for more awesome content!
61 minutes | Oct 31, 2022
Are You Ready For November?
We finally made it. November is here! It's the time all deer hunters dream about 11 months out of the year, and the Oklahoma Outdoors Podcast wants to make sure you make the most out of it. John has become a big fan of the two part podcasts, and this week is no different. After talking about his recent and upcoming hunts, John goes into full on rut mode with a November break down. John breaks the month into thirds, and talks about what kind of deer activity a person can expect as the month goes on. From an all out frenzy to a slow lock down grind, John discussed what you can expect to see and the best tactics to use during each phase. After the November break down, John goes into some best practices that he has learned over the years. He talks about what to do when the action on your cameras goes dead, and a trail camera strategy he learned that has directly led to putting a buck on the ground. Grunt tubes, rattling, decoys, it's all covered in this episode. And be sure not to forget the most important thing when it comes to hunting November, just be out there! Check out the Sportsmen's Empire Podcast Network for more awesome content!
50 minutes | Oct 24, 2022
Oklahoma Archery Antelope Hunting
This week on the Oklahoma Outdoors Podcast John finally gets to talk about a topic he has been trying to cover since he started the show, Oklahoma Antelope hunting! Antelope are one of the hidden species in Oklahoma that many don't realize are here, much less that there is a hunting season for them. Josh Barnthouse started applying for one of the coveted controlled hunt rifle tags several years ago, and it was then that he learned Oklahoma offered an over the counter archery option. He and a buddy set out with a goal of harvesting a speed goat with a bow, which is no easy task in any state or circumstance. Josh walks us through his three years of chasing antelope in the pancake flat Oklahoma panhandle. He started on one of the few public areas that offered hunting opportunities, but after putting in some time and miles, was eventually able to gain some private land permission. Josh talks about the different strategies he and his buddy and most recently his wife have implemented over the last few years. They have done it all, from sitting over water holes to spot and stalk, and even decoys. Josh talks about what he has learned, what worked and what didn't, and how anyone could take advantage of this unique opportunity. Check out the Sportsmen's Empire Podcast Network for more awesome content!
58 minutes | Oct 17, 2022
Two Bucks Down with Taylor Jones
We have another two-parter this week on the Oklahoma Outdoors Podcast. First, John takes us through his weekend hunting adventure where a last minute change of plans landed him on a brand new piece of public land that might just be a hidden gem. John talks about how and why he chose the spot, what he looked for in a stand site, and how a deer ended up 8 yards from the base of his tree! This is definitely a spot he will be back to in the future. In the second half of the show, John welcomes back returning guest Taylor Jones. Taylor is a man on a mission. So far that mission has included two great early season bucks, including a Kansas velvet buck. Taylor talks about how water played a big roll in his success this year because of the dry conditions, and how he has learned how important entry and exit routes are. Taylor and John also have a little bonus conversation about getting your significant other into hunting, and things to do or not do. Check out the Sportsmen's Empire Podcast Network for more relevant, outdoor content.
52 minutes | Oct 10, 2022
Opening Day Success on a Small Parcel
We are off and running this deer season! This week on the Oklahoma Outdoors Podcast we are joined by successful bowhunter Jesse Edwards who tagged a slammer of a buck on Opening day. This is one of those episodes that is both entertaining and educational. Jesse picked up a 50 acre property part way through the 2021 deer season, and quickly found that this little piece had a lot to offer. Jesse spent all off season prepping his lease for this particular buck, and all that hard work paid off on opening day of the 2022 archery season. Not only do Jesse and John relive the hunt, but also the months of work and preparation that went into a single hunt that ended with Jesse bagging the buck of a lifetime!
64 minutes | Oct 3, 2022
A Chat with ODWC Director J.D. Strong
The 2022 Oklahoma hunting season is underway! To celebrate, we have a very special guest this week on the Oklahoma Outdoors Podcast. Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Director J.D. Strong joins John to talk about all things big game. Right out of the gate the two tackle one of the big issues creeping up on Oklahoma and surrounding states, chronic wasting disease aka CWD. JD outlines what the state is doing to combat a potential spread of the disease, and also talks about some best practices for people to implement to help keep our deer herd safe. After the CWD talk, the conversation takes a much more light hearted turn. The guys talk about the state's two elk herds and how the state tries to manage them on both private and public land. Black bears are also a topic of conversation and JD discusses the growth of Oklahomas population and why the state manages the hunting seasons the way that they do. You can't talk about Oklahoma big game without spending some time on white tail deer. John asks the controversial "one buck vs two buck" question and JD offers some very insightful responses. JD also talks about the states mule deer population and how it can be challenging to manage such a small and varying herd on the edge of its natural range.
61 minutes | Sep 26, 2022
Deer Behavior and Preseason Reminders
Have you ever asked yourself if your camo pattern really makes a difference? Or wondered how much hunting pressure is too much? This episode of the Oklahoma Outdoors podcast has been building all off season long. John is constantly learning about whitetails and their behavior, habits, and how they move about the landscape. This week, John teaches a crash course in everything he has been learning over the last several months, and how it can be used in hunting scenarios. He has read, listened, and watched countless hours of information from experts all across the country such as the MSU Deerlab and other biologists. The bulk of this episode is about science and research backed data outlining some of the most important things he has learned about how deer see, travel, and react to hunting pressure. John takes these lessons, and applies them to how it can help you be more successful this deer season. After the deer behavior 201 course, John also throws out some good reminders for folks to keep in mind heading into the fall. Tips like not wasting your time chasing unkillable bucks or not getting hung up on summer trail camera photos. As fall quickly approaches the time has finally come! This is the last episode before Oklahomas bow season opens up, so what better time to talk deer hunting!
65 minutes | Sep 19, 2022
Early Season Success with Chris Hammond
We have our first success story of the year this week on the Oklahoma Outdoors Podcast! Returning guest Chris Hammond (episode 74) joins us again on the show to talk about his early season Kentucky velvet buck. Chris was invited out to Kentucky by a fellow professional archer and was blessed to hunt a very lightly hunted and secluded farm. This episode timed out well with John recently returning from his own early season hunt, so the two were able to bounce new experiences off of each other. Chris is a great story teller, but the story is only half the episode this week. John and Chris also talk about several lessons they learned from hunting new states with different terrain and circumstances. Chris talks about hunting corn early season, which is not something people talk about a lot. The guys also talk about using ozone out in the field, and the things they have learned from using it for several years now. Last but certainly not least, Chris and John talk about Oklahomas CWD rules, and how it makes out of state hunting a little more challenging now that you can no longer bring whole deer from other states back into Oklahoma. They also discuss a few Oklahoma CWD thoughts as well, so listen in and feel free to give your thoughts on the subject on the Oklahoma Outdoors Podcast social media pages.
55 minutes | Sep 12, 2022
2022 Nebraska Hunt Breakdown
John is back from his early season Nebraka whitetail hunt, and he is ready to break down what he learned this week on the Oklahoma Outdoors Podcast. It was a quick trip over a long weekend full of car trouble, getting stopped by land owners, learning a heck of a lot about whitetails, and having a blast doing it all. Everyone has heard that whitetail deer are "creatures of edge" and over Labor Day weekend John really got to learn what that meant. The mixture of crop fields, CRP, and timbered creeks gave ample opportunity to see how deer use different terrain features and vegetation types to their advantage. John also learned that not all soybeans are created equal, or have the same appeal to deer. One of the best surprises of the trip though, was how easy it ended up being to gain access to private land. It definitely helped having a local inside man to speak on John's behalf, but over all most of the people John interacted with were happy to help or at least give some knowledge. John left his house with 110 acres to hunt, and driving home he now has access to over 1,300 acres for future trips! So even though he came home with a giant pot of tag soup, the trip was far from a waste, and the knowledge he gained on this out of state trip will absolutely help him bag more bucks back on his home turf.
63 minutes | Sep 5, 2022
Forerunner Blinds and Iowa Deer Management
This week the Oklahoma Outdoors Podcast travels to the whitetail paradise known as Iowa. John met Daryn Yoder of Forerunner Blinds at the ATA show back in January, and the two instantly hit it off. Daryn is a family rancher, a bucking bull breeder, an all around great guy, and the owner and founder of Forerunner Blinds. Daryn talks about why he started the company and how it has continued to expand from blinds, to ebikes, and most recently the purchase of Monster Meal deer supplements. Daryn took his knowledge of animal husbandry from growing up around farm animals and now applies it to help people grow bigger healthier whitetails. You are going to want to stick around for the end of this show also, as Daryn and John discuss what makes Iowa whitetail hunting so special. John asks about Iowa's deer management laws to see if there are any ways Oklahoma could improve its own practices. The two talk one buck vs two buck tags, doe numbers, ag practices, and much much more.
66 minutes | Aug 29, 2022
Oklahoma Mountain Bucks with Surrender Outdoors
One thing most people just don't realize about Oklahoma is how diverse it is. Today's episode of the Oklahoma Outdoors Podcast highlights one of the lesser known habitats in Oklahoma, the mountains that dominate the South Eastern portion of the state. Michael Harrell grew up in those mountains, and today hosts a successful hunting show called Surrender Outdoors. On this week's episode, Michael and John discuss all the challenges a person faces when trying to hunt the big mature whitetails that call this area home. Many people are drawn to this area for the rugged landscape and large bucks that dwell within it, but Michael assures anyone interested that it is not for the faint of heart! Michael and John cover a lot of the usual hunting topics, but from a mountain whitetail perspective. It's pretty hard to grow a foodplot on rocks, and with such drastic elevation changes, thermals often trump wind. John and many Oklahomans have the headache of dealing with hogs, but have you ever tried to keep a black bear off your bait pile? This episode is as unique as the terrain it covers, and Michael does a great job of teaching people what he has learned in his many years of hunting this remote and beautiful landscape!
59 minutes | Aug 22, 2022
Essential Gear for Hunters
Last weekend John had the honor of leading a session at the National Wild Turkey Federation's deer conference in Oklahoma City. The conference was intended to help bring in and educate new hunters from across the state, and the turnout was very encouraging for the future of hunting! John decided why stop at only those who could attend though, so this week's episode of the Oklahoma Outdoors podcast is all about gear. John will be going over all the essential gear a person needs to get out in the woods and confidently harvest a deer. For the non beginner listeners, this episode still has something for you. After John goes through the essentials, he runs down his entire gear list for the upcoming season. Bow, rifle, broadheads, binoculars, knife, treestands, popup blinds, and everything in between, he talks about why he bought it and if he would buy it again. For John's talk, he broke the gear into three categories: Essential, Recommended, and nice to have. John is a firm believer that gear should never be the reason a person chooses not to hunt, and most people probably don't need nearly as much gear as television shows or advertisements would lead them to believe. Are binoculars nice to have, sure, but are they really essential? Listen to this week's podcast to hear John's take on binoculars and loads of other gear.
52 minutes | Aug 15, 2022
Mobile Hunting gear with Out on a Limb
Today's whitetail hunters are becoming more and more mobile, and Out on a Limb is here to provide the gear folks need to make those split second moves as easy, quiet, and efficient as possible. Matt Garis joins the Oklahoma Outdoor Podcast this week to talk about their complete lineup of mobile gear and accessories. Matt and Out on a Limb started off making lightweight tree stands and climbing sticks, but have quickly made a name for themselves in the saddle hunting community with their rugged yet extremely light saddle platforms. All of Out on a Limbs products are machined and made right here in Oklahoma by passionate and experienced hunters, and if you get the opportunity to handle some of their products, the craftsmanship really shows. These stands and platforms are so lightweight it is almost an optical illusion when you pick them up, it just doesn't seem possible that they can be made out of metal. After Matt and John finish the mobile gear talk, John dives into a little preseason hunt update. On his last trip out to the ranch he discovered the cows had destroyed everything, and he means everything. Luckily most of it was fairly easily fixed, and he got a little extra work done as well. He is preparing for his early season Nebraska hunt, and trying to finish up his preseason prep on the home place in Oklahoma.
60 minutes | Aug 8, 2022
Early Season Whitetails with Tony Peterson
Tony Peterson of MeatEater joins John on the Oklahoma Outdoors Podcast this week. John recently found out that he has an opportunity to hunt velvet whitetails in Nebraska in just a few short weeks, and he couldn't think of anyone better to get advice from than Tony. Tony is a long time outdoor writer, host of the Foundations episodes of the Wired To Hunt podcast, MeatEater content contributor, and all out deer hunting nut. Tony has a knack for getting it done on quick out of state bow hunts, just like the one John is about to embark on. John and Tony dive right into what it takes to kill an early season whitetail. John has a lot of cards stacked against him on this quick hunt, but Tony helps him shuffle the deck to try and sort a few things out. John will have only two or three days to locate and kill a buck in a mix of corn, CRP, and timber. Tony and John talk about where bucks might be bedding, what types of food sources they might be hitting, and how John might be able to get in between the two. Tony also talks about how much he enjoys hunting Oklahoma, and the guys spend some time talking about the current state of the deer herd and how it might improve. If you have ever wanted to tag an opening day whitetail, this is the episode to help you do it!
61 minutes | Aug 1, 2022
Oklahoma Fly Fishing
This episode of the Oklahoma Outdoors Podcast has been a long time coming! Dalton Wortham with the Creek Adventure Podcast joins John this week to talk about fly fishing in Oklahoma. Dalton makes it a point to let people know that fly fishing is not just for the trout streams of the rocky mountains, or the overly wealthy. Dalton and his friends do a lot of their fly fishing in rivers and lakes right here in good ol Oklahoma, and target a vast multitude of species. If you can catch it on a regular rod and reel, there's a good chance you can catch it on a fly rod! Dalton and John talk about all aspects of fly fishing, from beginner rods to the basic gear you need to get started. John asks about some flies that work well in Oklahoma as well as other places, and a few good bodys of water people should check out. And though the guys make it a point that fly fishing is for more than just trout, they do talk about some of the great trout fishing opportunities that Oklahoma offers for both fly fishermen and rod and reel folks. There is no way you can listen to this podcast and not get at least a little curious about fly fishing, and Dalton throws out some other great resources to help people get started and learn more.
59 minutes | Jul 25, 2022
Public Land Whitetail Roundtable
We have a very exciting and much requested topic this week on the Oklahoma Outdoors Podcast. Returning guests Jonny Griffin and Josh Garroutte both join the show for a public land whitetail roundtable. John asks the questions, and Jonny and Josh answer from their unique and different perspectives. Jonny is more of the traditional treestand hunter, while Josh has been making a name for himself in the open country ground hunting game. So no matter how you choose to chase whitetails, we have an answer for you on this episode. Topics covered include where to start hunting, how to use trail camera data, buck bedding and how it plays into your strategy, wind, and terrain just to name a few. Along the way all three gentlemen drop plenty of tips and tricks from using online maps to cheaper feed for your feeders. To end the discussion, Jonny and Josh both help John with some potential hunting strategies for his upcoming early season Nebraska velvet hunt. The boys truly cover it all in this episode!
44 minutes | Jul 18, 2022
Planning for Success in Drought Conditions
Stay inside and beat the summer heat with a good old fashion BS session this week on the Oklahoma Outdoors Podcast. The dog days of summer are here and it is hot and dry. This week on the podcast, John discusses his off-season prep, his plans for this upcoming fall, and gives his two cents on the current dry conditions. John talks about how he thinks the drought will affect the deer herd, and how that will play into his hunting strategy for this fall. A large portion of this week's podcast is about John's plans for this upcoming fall, and if you are a listener of the show, he is looking for your input! Oklahoma whitetail, Texas whitetail, and Colorado elk are already on the schedule. John also has an opportunity to hunt whitetails in Nebraska, and the potential to hunt black bear and mule deer in Oklahoma. He is looking for some listener input to help him decide, so give this episode a listen and then let him know what you think!
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