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The Roads to Ridges Podcast
27 minutes | May 3, 2018
Lessons Learned from an Unsuccessful Turkey Hunting Trip
You ever heard the phrase, "That's why they call it hunting"? Well, I said it frequently this past weekend after coming up empty hunting turkeys in Spokane, WA. For most of us (or all of us), the main goal when we are hunting is to harvest an animal for food. When that doesn't happen, it can be frustrating. However, there is a gift that is hidden in failure: the opportunity to learn from your experience and be a better hunter on your next trip. For me, I learned three very valuable lessons this past weekend turkey hunting. BE OBSERVANT. Regardless of the species that you are hunting, when you are out in the field you are surrounded by dozens of potential learning experiences, you just need to seek them out. Try to identify tracks and scat. If you can't identify them, take a picture and research them later. Look and listen for other animals in the area. Keep your eyes on the ground for bones, hair and other sign. Take note of the trees where a turkey is roosting or the paths that it takes. No hunting trip is a failure unless you choose not to learn anything. Get out there and be observant. ADAPT. When you're out hunting, you are playing on the animals' territory. You are the outsider. Animals live in their habitat successfully because they adapt to their surroundings. You need to do the same thing. When you're calling a turkey and he isn't reacting, change it up. Call louder or quieter, more or less frequently, try a different call all together. Like Matt Dale said in the previous episode, you have to listen to the bird and call accordingly. The same thing goes with hunting tactics. If you're sitting in a blind and nothing is working, move to a different area or try to spot and stalk. Whatever the situation, if things aren't working "as planned", you need to adapt. TRAIN. Can you be a successful hunter without training? Yes. Will you have more opportunities for success if you're in shape and able to climb higher, run farther, creep longer, hold position without moving? Absolutely. Training is like insurance, you don't "need" it all the time, but when you do, it can make the difference between bagging a bird and coming home empty-handed. For me, having done squats 3 days/week for the past month and a half allowed me to stalk a pair of toms downhill for 100 yards and charge full-speed at a jake through forested terrain. Both of these opportunities put me closer to birds than I would have been if I hadn't trained. You don't have to train, but if you want to have better opportunities for hunting, training is essential. If you're new to strength training or are just looking for a simple, full body program I highly recommend checking out www.stronglifts.com. I'm not getting paid to endorse this site, it's just what I use and it's incredible easy to follow and highly effective. They also have a free app that keeps you on track and charts your progress. Those are my three takeaways from this past weekend. What have you learned from a recent hunting trip? Leave a comment below so we can all be better hunter on the next trip. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast: we are on iTunes, Google Play and now on Stitcher! Intro and Outro music: Instrumental #1(Mountain Man) by Simon Kornelis
70 minutes | Apr 17, 2018
Spring Turkey Hunting Tips with Matt Dale, Turkey Expert
Okay folks, buckle up for this episode because there is a lot of information packed into this interview. Today's guest is Matt Dale, renowned YouTube Turkey Expert. While you may not know him by name, you almost certainly have seen one of his videos on YouTube and have grown as a hunter because of his authentic, down-to-earth and extremely valuable instructional videos. I first saw one of Matt's videos about 5 years ago when I was preparing to go on my first hunt: spring turkey. His videos helped back then and they are helping today as I prepare for spring turkey hunting 2018. In this episode we discuss: how Matt started turkey hunting, keys to preparing for your first turkey hunt, essential spring turkey gear, scouting, locating, and hunting techniques, how to successfully hunt a new area, and Matt's three tips for success. Be sure to subscribe to the Roads to Ridges podcast. Follow Matt Dale on Social Media YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/mddale31 Facebook: Eyes of the Hunter Inc.
30 minutes | Apr 9, 2018
Planning Your Hunting Year
In this episode I reveal the name of my podcast and discuss my preparations for hunting in 2018. To help plan out my year I created a hunting calendar that visualizes what animals I can hunt (and fish) throughout the year so I can know at a glance what to hunt when. For me, this is crucial to planning my first hunting year and will keep me on track while I schedule interviews with experts for every game animal that I hunt this year. As a bonus, you can download a copy of my hunting calendar for yourself here. I also discuss the licensing process for WA state and walk you through the process of buying my WA fishing and hunting license. I discuss the different fishing and hunting options available in WA state and share what licenses I'm buying this year and how much they cost. Don't forget, you can download my hunting calendar at this link. Interested in being on the podcast or want to recommend a topic? Connect with me here.
9 minutes | Mar 24, 2018
The Journey Begins – Game Tags over Grocery Bags
This is the first episode of the Roads to Ridges podcast. Being raised in the suburbs of Chicago I had no exposure to hunting. After recently moving to Western Washington, I realized how game-rich this state was and decided that I needed to learn how the traditions of my ancestors and cultivate a deeper connection with my food. This year I am challenging myself to hunt and fish every legal game animal that I can with the help of local experts. We'll see if this suburbanite can become a successful hunter in one year and change his relationship with food forever.
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