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Ryan Furrer Podcast
70 minutes | Nov 23, 2022
Mike Yoder- Drone Deer Recovery
This one happened fast folks. And I must say, it was ( I think) a great episode! I kid you not when I say it happened fast. I stumbled across Mike on social media about 2 weeks ago, thought wow, that's pretty cool he's finding wounded animals with a drone. Good stuff!Fast forward those 2 weeks, Mikes been finding deer everyday, some times multiple a day. His social media following has averaged 1000 new followers a day for the last week! ( That reminds me, if you're reading this and don't follow me, go hit the follow button ha!) I need to get better at that. Back to Drone Deer Recovery and this episode. Not only did we talk about the ins- and outs of locating deer with a drone. We covered EVERYTHING! From technology, (the goods, the bads, and the ugly). The legalities. the statistics, the weather conditions, foliage, morale's, self policing as sportsman, etc. I mean everything- Some great discussion was had! Please give this show a listen, leave me some comments, a good review, hit the like and share button! Go follow Drone Deer Recovery, check out his Youtube channel, leave Mike some feedback. Enjoy!
84 minutes | Oct 19, 2022
Wired to Hunt: Mark Kenyon
Whoa!!! This is a GOOD one, and I'm not trying to be biased. It's just good. If you're a hunter who likes to "follow" along with the who's, who of the hunting side of social media and Youtube. Then this episode is for you.So, if you are one of those people, then I'm sure you have heard of Meateater, right? How about "Wired to Hunt"? Yep. My next guest is none other than the Meateater's own, Mark Kenyon! I probably don't have to tell many podcast listeners who Mark is or what he does. So I wont. But what I will tell you is how this episode came about. I've known Mark for 10 years or so. He's one of the guys who in the hunting world that I would say. "has made it" Right!? Like a baseball player coming out of triple A. He's been "called up". His platform is arguably one of the largest in the industry. He is literally 'livin the dream'. Well. At least that's what it looks like to us who follow along on social media. I mean, think about it, his job is to travel the Country chasing White-tailed deer basically from the beginning of the early season all the way up until the last day of the late season. Then, all he has to do is tell us about it via social media, the website, articles and videos on Youtube. How hard can that be!? Ha!Well.. That's where this story takes a turn. Not to say Mark doesn't thoroughly love his job, he does. But it became NOT FUN! That's right, I just wrote, Mark was "livin the dream", right? But somehow it managed to make him miserable. So he had to ask himself so difficult questions. Somehow try to get it all back into perspective. And that's what he did. He put it into perspective, made a new plan. Then he wrote about it. Back in September Mark penned an article "How to make Deer Hunting, Not Fun". I read the article and it resonated with me. It's very easy to get caught up in what we think is the "dream". Especially in the days of social media. It's one big buck picture after another. Mid October through mid November after about 10 minutes scrolling though Instagram I feel like the worst hunter ever. ha! "What am I doing wrong!?" "Must be something, I better get out there!" "I need a buck picture to post"! Right? Don't lie, we've all been there. In this episode we unpacked it all. All the emotions, all the anxiety and more. Have a listen. As always feel free to leave your question and comments. I'd love to hear some feedback. I hope you enjoy.
147 minutes | Sep 6, 2022
Tim "Hammer" Gillingham
Hey everyone! Welcome back to another episode of the Ryan Furrer Podcast. It's been a while. But this one was well worth the wait. Tim Gillingham! What can I say!? They guy has been around Professional Archery for a long time. The last 20 years or longer Tim has been traveling the Country shooting his bow, working for arrow manufactures (Gold Tip) while constantly growing the sport of Archery. He's what I would call a "grinder", pushing the limit of himself, his equipment, his peers, and even his sponsors. Ha! Yes, he's the type of guy who isn't afraid to have a difficult conversation with anyone. I like him.. He unapologetically says what's on his mind. If you like that in a person then boy, oh, boy is the episode for you. We cover an array of topics: IBO, ASA, NFAA, Known yardage, unknown yardage, Tim's opinion (strong, ha!) of each. Draw length, weight, speed, his "command style" release etc. And as soon as you thought you heard enough about target archery we start down a whole other rabbit hole talking about hunting. His set-up, my set-up, light arrows, heavy arrows, even Ranch Fairies, why I've been doing it all wrong (according to Tim) for 25 years. ( joking) And of course the only tried and true argument to be had this time of year amongst bowhunters, the GOAT of arguments- Mechanicals vs Fixed ( I mean, why not, right?) HA! Honestly- This was one of my favorite episodes. It's loaded with great info, back and fourth banter for archer's and hunters alike. I truly hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. As always, lets us know in the comments, or send me an email.. Enjoy!
93 minutes | Jun 11, 2022
Ep.36- (Lefty)- Tony Tazza and Darrin Christenberry
With turkey season over and not much hunting going on a lot of bowhunters/ shooters turn their summertime efforts to honing their archery skills in the way of 3-D archery. 3-D archery is essentially walking through the target course, standing at a pre-determined spot or "stake" acquiring the target or in this case the lifelike 3-dimensional animal, picking your spot, and in some classes judging the distance (more on that in the podcast) and making the shot. Trust me. It's fun and the whole family can do it. Almost like golf but with archery tackle. When talking 3-D archery or just archery in general, these two guys do it well, and have been doing so for a long time. We go back in time to the beginning, back when things were just simpler and now have become nostalgic. We cover how they got started, what keeps them going, the mindset they use entering a tournament etc. Ohh! Let me not forget to mention we spend a great deal of time talking about how Darrin has switched from a lifetime of shooting right-handed to a lefty! Yep! He was forced with a decision to make regarding his archery career. This is a great episode from beginning to end. You won’t want to miss the details! As always, let me know your thoughts, rating and feedbacks are always welcome! I hope you enjoy it!
65 minutes | May 19, 2022
Ep.35: Matt VanCise- One of the OG's of turkey sounds
If you've been around turkey hunting or more so, turkey calling for as long as I have then the name Matt VanCise probably more than rings a bell. Yep.. Matt was calling on the "big stage" with some of the greatest ever 25 years ago. The likes of Mark Drury, Denny Gulvas, Matt Morrett, Dick and Chris Kirby, Preston Pittman. The list goes on. Aside from sounding like a hen turkey on stage, (Honestly if you find Matt on Facebook and listen to some of his calling, you'd swear he has feathers) Matt has spent a lifetime chasing thundering gobbles through the mountains of Pennsylvania. Yep, born and raised in PA, Matt cut his teeth chasing the ever so difficult PA mountain gobbler(s). In this podcast we break down the way Matt hunts gobblers. from scouting, calling, patience, and everything in between. This is an action packed podcast full of real hunting stories, ones that are explained in so much detail you think you were sitting right there beside Matt. As always.. Let me know what you think. I enjoy hearing from you.
78 minutes | Mar 22, 2022
Ep.34: Wild Turkey Doc- Mike Chamberlain (part 2)
If you're an avid turkey hunter but consider yourself as just a semi-avid podcast listener you've probably heard of my next guest, "The Wild Turkey Doc". Dr. Mike Chamberlain. That's how poplar "doc" is in the turkey world. In fact, the day Doc and I recorded this podcast I was his 3rd podcast of the day and 5th for the week. And rightfully so. His level of knowledge, dedication, and enthusiasm is unparalleled. You know when you meet new people and every now and then someone just stands out? You're not sure what it is about them, but it's just different. For me- I'm really interested in people who excel at their craft, whatever it is. I feel if you're one of the best at something, I want to hear what you have to say, as usually people who are at the top of their game articulate their experiences with a passion that you cant fake. That's how I feel about Doc. When you listen to doc 'talk turkey' you can tell very quickly he has dedicated years, day in and day out of research of something he loves. It's one of the places I feel he finds his peace. You know they say, find a job you love you'll never work a day in your life. Doc has done just that. And for that, all turkey hunters should be grateful he's pursued his passion. He and his students research has helped many State agencies manage their turkey population for thousands of hunters to enjoy year after year. With that, this podcast is full of knowledge. We cover a little bit of everything. I hope you enjoy listening to it half as much as I did recording it. Let me know your thoughts.
66 minutes | Mar 12, 2022
Ep.33: Predator Hunting- At a different level!
On this episode I'm joined by one of my childhood hunting and fishing buddies Mike Squires and one of his buddies who is now my new buddy, Darren Hudock. Mike and Darren met by chance as they were trapping coyotes on the same farm. Soon after that talked turned into hunting them. Then it wasn't long and they were both running some of the best infrared rigs money can by to hunt coyotes ( That's usually how it goes, ask my wife) And man have they been putting them down. It seemed like it was everyday they were posting pictures of another successful hunt. So with that I kindly reached out to them and invited myself on one of there hunts. Ha! Thanks guys! Now- I've been outspoken in the past when it comes to hunting tools, and tactics in the technology driven industry. It's quite the conundrum for me. On one hand I'm of the mindset "enough is enough" I think that technology has taken over for good woodsmanship and pure passion. Where does it end!? BUT... When it comes to predators and invasive species like feral hogs, BRING ON THE TECHNOLOGY BABY! I think this episode is just the beginning of the discussion of predator hunting and technology in general. Be sure to let me know your thoughts! Also in other "BIG NEWS" as you'll here in the into- We've started down the path of another Podcast. It's titled "Bubba the Hunter" There's a story behind the name, so tune in and check it out. As with RFP it can be found on all your podcasting platforms. Please be sure to check it out.
72 minutes | Feb 14, 2022
Ep.32: David Miller- Big Mountain Bucks
Look. We all as hunters like to hear stories and see pictures of the giant bucks that roam the Midwest, there is no denying that. But for me, there is just something about those bucks that roam the hills and hollars' of the big woods in the East and those hunters that year after year are successful in pursuing them. David Miller fits that bill. David is the founder of the Appalachian Range Outdoor YouTube channel. And just as I mentioned above- he successfully chases big giant mountain bucks in the east. More specifically when I mention east I'm talking Southern WV. Yep. read that again. I said West Virginia. Now I knw what you're thinking. When we think of WV we instantly think of John Denver, moon shine stills, diggin' ginseng, steep hills and lot's of mountain laurel. well at least I do. Also when you're around a group of deer hunters and someone mentions "Big Bucks", WV usually isn't in your top 3 States. Or maybe even your top 5? Well let's be serious, unless you specifically know what I'm talking about it probably isn't even in your top 10! But.. Did you know that there are 4 Counties in WV that are BOWHUNTING ONLY!? Yes! you can only hunt deer with a bow and arrow in those counties ( That's cool!) David Miller knows that. He was born there. He knows the in's, the out's, the nooks and crannies of killing big bucks in Southern West Virginia. And he came on the podcast to tell us all about it. We coved everything from his early days, to hanging trail cameras, hunting off the ground in steep terrain, His overall "process" of getting on these big deer. and so much more.So here he his... Big Mountain Bucks with Mr. David Miller . I hope you enjoy it.
51 minutes | Feb 6, 2022
Ep.31:Shed Hunt and more with Ryan and Rob Harrity
Hey all! This episode I recorded with my good friend and the man behind the scenes of the Ryan Furrer podcast Mr. Rob Harrity. If you like a podcast with many different rabbit holes and good stories, this one is for you. Seriously, lots of rabbit holes.We started off with shed hunting, or lack there of in Rob's case, then made every turn, bend, up, and down you could from there. I'd like to list all the topics in order but honestly I cant remember them all. I know the discussion was good and full of, I think, great info. Hopefully you think the same. Let me know!
68 minutes | Feb 1, 2022
Ep.30: Whit Fosburgh- President and CEO of TRCP
In this episode I'm joined by President and CEO of the TRCP ( Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership) Mr. Whit Fosburgh. Whew! What a great discussion we had.Lately, I've really been thinking about all the different conservation non-profits. (NGO's) Let's be honest, there are A LOT of them. Let's be more honest. Sometimes it's really hard to discern between who's doing what and where. While we're being honest, I'm willing to bet that the majority of license buys are unaware to most of the NGO's let alone what they are up to and how it effects their own concern from a hunting, fishing, access standpoint. In this episode Whit and I not only cover the history of the TRCP, we also go over why it, and others like it are so important. We cover the challenges that are being faced head on on a daily basis. How some of those challenges have been neglected over the years, not necessarily maliciously but more so just an afterthought. But.. It's not to late. We cover the importance of being involved, what can each individual do, and how little time it actually takes to have an impact. I believe we're living in a time to have the most positive impact then any other time before with social media at our fingertips.With hunters and maybe more importantly non- hunters just a "click" away. A positive message followed by sound education can be profound. This episode is just that. Some topics covered. History of TRCP TRCP's top 10 initiatives for 2022 Land and Water Conservation Fund Public Access CWD And much, much more. As always we appreciate you taking the time to listen any feedback is welcomed. Hit "like" and if you feel it's worthy of "sharing" please do so. Hope you enjoy it!
33 minutes | Jan 21, 2022
Ep.29: First Lite Whitetail Communications Specialist- Josh Hillyard
Hey Folks! In the episode of the Ryan Furrer Podcast I am joined by my good friend Mr. Josh Hillyard. Not only is Josh the Whitetail Community Specialist for the outdoor hunting apparel company First Lite . But if you have ever listened to Mark Kenyon's "Wired to Hunt" Podcast Josh is probably more famously known simply as "Furter". All kidding aside- Josh is a great dude who heart and soul belongs in conservation. We break down what Josh is up to nowadays in his new role with First Lite. His past very successful hunting season. What the future holds Raising kids in the outdoors.How First lite is giving back to Conservation and much more.. As always- I hope you enjoy the show.
74 minutes | Jan 1, 2022
Ep.28:NDA- Chief Communications Officer- Lindsay Thomas Jr
Hey everyone. Happy New year! I Welcome back to The Ryan Furrer Podcast. It's a new year and 2022 is going to be a BIG year for the Podcast! We have a lot of new episodes/ guest along with some of our favorite returning guest in the works. Hopefully you have been finding the past episodes enjoyable/ educating and entertaining. More on that later! In the meantime- let's get right to our next episode. It is with great pleasure to bring you my friend, Mr. Lindsay Thomas Jr. Chief Communications Officer at NDA. Not only is Lindsay the editor of NDA's Quality Whitetails, he also no stranger when it comes to whitetail behavior, habitat management, herd management and overall conservation. I reached out to Lindsay after watching one of his videos on you tube in regards to the " 2nd rut" It's the late season here in PA and some hunters may be seeing just that. We cover but not limited to; What is the late rut Can doe fawns breed Overall herd health and much, much more.. Please as always give it a listen and let me know your thoughts.
43 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
Ep.27: Opening Day PA Big Buck with- Sam Musi
If you're from Pennsylvania and like big bucks... Well, I guess you don't have to be from PA. Actually where you reside doesn't matter- what does matter is that you like to hear about someone who shot a big buck! And if that is the case, this is the perfect episode! It just so happens Sam Musi is from PA. He also killed a big buck. You may recognize it as it made a pretty big splash on social media. North American Whitetail did a story on it as well. I caught up with Sam to get the low down as I'm a big fan of big bucks that happened to be killed in PA. What a cool story it was. It just so happens that Sam is a regular guy, just like most of us. He works, he has a family, the kids play soccer on the weekends, and Sam likes to hunt. So he hunts when and wherever he can. That's how this all started way back in 2018 with one trail camera photo on a 5 acer piece of property Sam and his family own and live on. As they say.. The rest is history. Some things discussed but not limited to: Why do kids have to play in the yard? Saturday morning soccer games trail cameras of the cellular type. to saddle, or not to saddle. With that- you'll have to listen for the rest. I hope you enjoy the podcast it was my pleasure to bring it to you.
82 minutes | Oct 12, 2021
Ep.26: PGC Executive Director Bryan J. Burhans
This is a not only a great episode of all the Pennsylvania hunters out there, it's a great episode for all hunters in any State as it give you great insight on how your State agency conducts business. Yes, I said it, "business" at the end of the day, it's a business, it has to make money. On the topic of money, that's one of the first things we covered. Bryan walks us through how PGC comes about their income and how that money is allocated. It's a great discussion with some interesting insight that I think all can learn from regardless of what State you reside. After the sticky subject of discussing money the conversation turns more to of what you may hear at hunting camp or your local watering hole. That may include but not limited to; Bryan's background Herd, hunter and habitat management The not so new 'concurrent deer season's Antlerless license allocations CWD Wildlife management units And much, much more. I will say this, coming from the top of the PGC Bryan was very accommodating. At the end of the day he's a hunter and a lover of all things outdoors that let's his passion lead him as the Executive Director of the PGC. From my perspective- he's in it for all the right reason's. With that it was my pleasure to bring you Bryan Burhans As always please leave some questions or comments on social media or you can email me at Ryan@ryanfurrerpodcast.com . Enjoy.
59 minutes | Oct 9, 2021
Ep.25: Round 2 with Steve Sherk
Here you go folks! The first episode was so well received we had to go back and see what Steve was up to. If you like hunting big mountain bucks on public land this show should tickle your fancy. If you missed the first episode you can go back just 2 shows to episode 23 and give it a listen. I might mention, it's definitely worth doing so. If you have been following Steve's social media you've probably noticed there is no shortage of giant big woods bucks on his trail cameras. (He post new pictures almost daily from some of the 150-200 trail cameras he's running on about half a million acres!) Yes! I said it. half a million acres!In round 2 we delicately go over some of the tactics Steve plans on using from opening day and on throughout the fall. If all goes as planned I feel sure that Steve and some of his clients my have a taxidermy bill to worry about in the near future. Steve is a great down to earth guy who certainly knows how to hunt big mature bucks. This show was a pleasure to bring to you. As always, please leave us some comments, and hit the subscribe button.
74 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
Blood Origins; Robbie Kroger and Cody Heitschmidt
This episode of the Ryan Furrer podcast I was joined by the Robbie Kroger and Cody Heitschmidt of Blood Origins. Also sitting in on the chat was a past guest on the Blood Origins podcast my good friend Rob Harrity You ask, what is Blood Origins? Well, If you are a listener who cherishes the freedom to hunt, fish, and enjoy all that mother nature has to offer Blood Origins and their platform is for you.Below is an excerpt from the Blood Origins website; No matter your personality or background, an innate desire to learn more about why you are the way you are exists within most of us. It’s introspection, a desire to dig deep within yourself and your past to determine what makes you tick the way that you do. Stories about generations of outdoorsman have seated into your conscious, evoking thoughts of your own hunting adventures. Each story stirs a distinctive scent deep in your lungs. It pervades your being. It makes you smile. These questions of self and belonging are not unique to any one of us. These stories answer the question of where you belong, to whom you belong. We took a deep dive into what drives Robbie and Cody. What is their why? With that,What is your why? What drives you to the outdoors? This was a great episode, with some great discussion, with some great people. I hope you enjoy it. as always please leave us some comments.
87 minutes | Aug 1, 2021
Ep.23: Steve Sherk ( Sherks guide service)
If you are a deer hunter who wants to hear about a guy who strictly hunts public land in the East, this podcast is for you! In fact, Steve Sherk has never hunted private land. Yep! Go back and read that again. Steve has never hunted private land. This was some great conversation about how Steve hunts big deer in the big woods, we barely scratched the surface. Things covered; Sherks Guide Service Cover Bedding areas Access Time of year and much more. Like I mentioned we barely scratched the surface so Steve has agreed to come back on closer to season to cover some more. To see trail cam photos of giant public land bucks be sure to give Steve a follow on facebook at Steve Sherk Jr or on Instagram at Sherksguideservice Between now and then If you have any questions for Steve or something specifically you would like us to talk about send me an email at my new email address Ryan@ryanfurrerpodcast.com and I'll be sure to bring it up.Speaking of new email addresses we also have a brand new website! So please check it out as well at www.ryanfurrerpodcast.com We're in the infancy stages now but you can go back to any past podcast and I'll be uploading more podcast, blogs, articles, and video links as we move forward. It's exciting times for the podcast- As always any feedback is welcome. I hope you enjoy it.
98 minutes | May 6, 2021
Ep.22: Barry Wensel- Part 2
What can I say!? Except it never gets old listening to someone like Barry Wensel! This episode is just that. Me listening to one of the greats share his stories. He has tons of them too! This barely scratched the surface. Barry's whole life he's had a knack where strange/ funny things just "happen" to him. So we dove into that. Things covered How to use your bow in self defense. (maybe he'll start a school?) How not to talk to a Griz Elk calling 101 Mating habits of Black bears Trust me.. If you like to laugh, you wont want to miss this one...
51 minutes | Apr 11, 2021
Ep.21: Ben and Kate Harshyne- Hunterra Maps
In this episode of the Ryan Furrer Podcast I was joined by my good friends, husband and wife team of Hunterra Maps- Ben and Kate Harshyne. Not only is Hunterra a great product, but it's brought to you by great people. That's part of the reason why I had them on the show. They are living the American Dream of entrepreneurship.This journey takes you from living in the rat race type of lifestyle brought to you by Corporate America in the Washington D.C area to 'living it up' in campgrounds across the Country in an Airstream camper before digging their roots in the mecca of Big Buck Country of rural Iowa.Their story is an inspiration to anyone who wants to 'make it' on their own. As to the maps- as I mention in the podcast it a valuable tool every hunter should have on hand, as valuable as a rangefinder in my book. I'm constantly looking at my map and learning, even after I think I had it all figured out. So with that, give it a listen and check them out on all social media platforms and on the web at Hunterra.com Hope you enjoy.
80 minutes | Mar 6, 2021
Ep.20:The Turkey Doc. Dr, Michael Chamberlain
With this episode of the Ryan Furrer Podcast I was joined by Thee Turkey Doctor- Dr, Michael Chamberlain. Wow! Michael has dedicated his life to wild turkey research, research that has helped state agencies keep a huntable population in their states since the re-introduction days for hunters to enjoy. The amount of information Michael and his students (past and present) have about the wild turkey is literally mind blowing. We honestly barely scratched the surface. So that's why I persuaded Michael to come back on to bring more "turkey talk" in the next few weeks. From peak gobbling times, to brood laying, predators, turkey survival rates, DNA testing, incubation periods etc, the list goes on, we talked about it. I cant stress enough the amount of info Michael is armed with when it comes to wild turkeys, and the fact that at the end of the day he's like most others, just a "down to earth" solid, good guy, that likes to hunt turkeys. So please- sit back and listen to the show, it's a good one. I hope you enjoy it as much as I. Thanks!
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