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55 minutes | 9 months ago
TUP Podcast Episode 16: Most parenting advice is bulls&$*
Most parenting advice is bunk because every child is unique, but that isn’t going to stop Editor-in-Chief Nate Granzow from weighing in on when he thinks the best age is to start a child hunting. He and Karl go on to talk about their forthcoming backcountry elk/bear hunt in Colorado, bullet choices (and why Nate may have made a mistake with his latest purchase), and this week’s Dumb Idea, Poorly Executed: the Himalayan Tahr culling in New Zealand.
54 minutes | 10 months ago
TUP Podcast Episode 15: Shoot another hole in the boat to let the water out
Arguing with TUP’s founder, Karl Hylle, is no fun. The guy should have been a lawyer. TUP Editor-in-Chief Nate Granzow finds this out the hard way in this episode when trying to make the argument that solid bullets—a throwback to another era of hunting—are still among the most versatile options available to today’s hunters. Karl isn’t buying it. Karl gives some tips on (and caution about) putting in a food plot, and the guys discuss the wolf reintroduction initiative in Colorado—a topic in which the stakeholders seem incapable of finding middle ground.
60 minutes | 10 months ago
TUP Podcast Episode 14: When hunts go wrong
Turns out the old battlefield quotation “no plan survives first contact with the enemy” applies to backcountry hunts, too. Despite his best efforts at planning, training, and preparedness, TUP Founder Karl Hylle found himself battling blizzards, washed out trails, overflowing rivers, and uncooperative game on his hunting trip to the Idaho backcountry wilderness. Meanwhile, Editor-in-Chief Nate Granzow did some reading on legendary big-game hunter Peter Hathaway Capstick, where he learned a thing or two about the difference between preservation and conservation. Finally, the TUP team discusses Elmer Fudd’s recent disarmament—the producers of the reimagined Warner Brothers show resolving to remove his iconic double barrel while keeping all the other cartoony violence.
58 minutes | a year ago
TUP Podcast Episode 13: A backcountry pack dump
What does it take to survive for eight days while hunting in the mountains? Turns out, quite a bit. The tricky part, though: You’ve got to carry it all in on your back. TUP Founder Karl Hylle has been backcountry hunting for years and does a full-on pack dump in this episode, detailing all the gear he relies on to survive in one of the most inhospitable environments on earth. “Backcountry mountain hunting, spike camping, it really doesn’t get much tougher than that,” Karl says. The guys then get into why Karl prefers the .270 over other comparable big-game cartridges. Then, for this show’s “Dumb Idea, Poorly Executed,” the team talk about the proposed change in classification of e-bikes from motorized vehicles to bicycles and the impact that could have on hunters.
46 minutes | a year ago
TUP Podcast Episode 12: Nervous ticks
The TUP editorial staff goes on an end-of-season turkey hunt and ends up covered in ticks and surrounded by coyotes. Editor-in-Chief Nate Granzow gives a few quick tips on avoiding tick-borne illnesses (tips he admits he should have followed himself) while TUP Founder Karl Hylle ridicules him for his continued inability to use a diaphragm call. “It sounds sort of like a turkey—if one of those coyotes had gotten ahold of it.” For this episode’s “Dumb Idea, Poorly Executed,” the TUP crew calls out Idaho Fish and Game on their refusal to permit the use of lighted nocks for bowhunters, then muses on what truly qualifies as primitive-style hunting.
44 minutes | a year ago
TUP Podcast Episode 11: Oh (brother), Canada
In this episode, Editor-in-Chief Nate Granzow is reunited with his lucky knife he thought was gone forever after losing it in the field last deer season. “It was my first fixed-blade knife. It’s nothing especially fancy, but it’s a nice, dependable knife. I’m really pleased to have it back.” TUP Founder Karl Hylle talks about his preparations for his black bear hunt in Idaho, and the guys discuss single-shot rifles and why they’re still viable. Karl says, “One and done, baby. It’s gratifying: All I needed was one (round).” For this episode’s “Dumb Idea, Poorly Executed,” the focus turns to Canada’s latest sweeping gun ban that may include modern 10- and 12-gauge shotguns, as well as several big-game rifle calibers. Karl says, “You wrote a bill trying not to affect hunters, and now the most commonly used hunting firearm ever is illegal. You can’t figure out the basics of guns, and now you’re going to give me fair value for the gun I have? Yeah right.” Nate agrees. “The people who are responsible for legislating this stuff know so little about what it is they’re trying to ban, it’s impossible to take them at face value. These people don’t even know which end of the barrel makes flame, and they’re going to legislate—in fine detail—what guns we can use.”
53 minutes | a year ago
TUP Podcast Episode 10: Dude, you shoot trap weird
Suffering from itchy trigger fingers as a result of the COVID-19 delay on the commencement of their summer trap league, the TUP team resolved to get their own automatic clay-pigeon thrower and take to the field. TUP Founder Karl Hylle and Editor-in-Chief Nate Granzow explore some of the ways shooting clay pigeons can improve a bird hunter’s skills, noting Karl’s unusual trap-shooting technique that defies all conventional wisdom. For this episode’s “Dumb Idea, Poorly Executed,” the guys target meat-eaters who condemn hunting, while also discussing some of the ways the hunting community can improve outreach and public image.
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