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Alaska Dreams - Don't Hunt Elk Here

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In Episode 77 of Elk Talk Podcast, Corey is home from a harrowing Alaska Roosevelt archery elk hunt.  Randy has been waiting for Corey's story since getting a picture with no details.  This is a story you want to hear.  A story about dreams, perseverance, risk-reward, foolish chances, being prepared for the unexpected, kidney stones, terrible weather, and some of the world's largest-bodied elk in some of the world's worst terrain.

Preseason Primer - Talking Elk for the 2021 Season

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In this episode (76) Corey and Randy have a preseason session to discuss the 2021 elk season that launches by the time this episode drops. Randy chimes in from a temporary studio, apologizing for the bad audio, while Corey is fully loaded for Alaska archery elk.  Topics covered include Alaska archery elk, luck better than hard work, prioritize physical condition or knowledge or both, mobile tactics better than setups, allocation between scouting days and hunting days, the Montana elk wars, spikes or old bulls, hunting as a conservation tool, and some sneak previews of what Corey and Randy have ahead.

Building a Company for Hunters - PEAX Equipment

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In this episode (75) of Elk Talk Podcast, Corey talks with Brice Bishop of Peax Equipment.  While Randy is in Nevada, Corey and Brice talk about manufacturing hunting-specific products for western mountain hunting. This is a story of building a hunting equipment company from nothing more than a great idea and a lot of hard work.  Topics covered include listening to hunters, fulfilling their needs, developing products specific for what a hunter needs, building a mature brand to fulfill the mission of the company, and how a company can help improve conservation and access to hunting lands.

LIVE Podcast from RMEF 2021 Mountain Summit

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In this podcast, Corey and Randy take the stage at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Mountain Summit, where the audience receives a new Gerber knife for having the courage to ask a question that Corey and Randy try to answer.  Questions asked include conservation opportunities, adult onset hunting, getting young hunters involved, too many hunters, the need to continue improving access, calling setups for archery elk, and a host of other sidebars the audience was not expecting.

EP73: Hunting Elk in Fires, Smoke, and Droughts

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In this Episode (73) of Elk Talk Podcast, Corey and Randy are taking listener questions and reciting some experiences of recent elk seminars.  Topics covered include Alaska elk hunting, smoke and elk, hunting new areas, food scarcity, what is the best elk forage, elk dispersal, calling for elk is not for turkeys, making elk hunting simple, eliminating where elk "ain't", most archery seasons are a food pattern, every elk movement is with intention and purpose, same elk on different landscape, thermo-regulation, and many other tangents.

EP 72: Drought, Migrations, and Elk

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In this episode (72) of the Elk Talk Podcast, Randy and Corey dive into the topic of drought impacts on elk. This takes them into migratory v. non-migratory elk, how to E-scout for each, dispersal v. density, selecting the best sanctuaries based on weather and moisture, priority on highest quality food in drought years, data used for selecting OTC and general units, your archery setup, remaining tag options, and many other tangents.

EP 71: Planning Season for Elk Hunting

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In this Episode (71) of Elk Talk Podcast, Corey interrupts Randy's Montana drawing results and with Randy's serious sinus infection they to try carry on a podcast about planning elk hunts now that tags are being issued.  Topics covered include E-scouting differences for archery seasons compared to rifle seasons, eliminating where elk aren't, fall back options in Idaho and Colorado, cow elk hunting, how to pick up returned tags, no plan means paralysis, executing a plan and modifying your plan, World Elk Calling Championship, and a few reader questions mixed in.

EP 70: Your Elk Hunt, It's Planning Season

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In this episode (70), Corey and Randy are answering listener questions and focusing on planning season.  Now that tags are being drawn, we take questions that give our approach to planning a hunt.  Topics covered include early archery season, how an E-scouting plan is developed, using rafts to escape the crowds, Corey's shed antler report, risk analysis while in the woods, selecting a general unit, what information is used to plan a hunt, and at listener request, a bit of marital advice.

EP 69: Public Land Etiquette & Other Tangents

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In this Episode (69) of The Elk Talk Podcast, Corey and Randy are again scanning listener questions and explaining their approach to many of the topics facing elk hunters.  Tangents explored are public land etiquette for hunters and antler nuts, how to improve habitat for drought, drought impacts on hunting strategy, Randy's Five Periods of the Elk Calendar, some people need a wedgie, technology at our finger tips, remaining elk drawing deadlines, elk near roads, hackers took Randy's Facebook Page, and a host of other listener questions to round out the week.

EP 68: Elk, Colorado & Questions

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In this episode (68) of the Elk Talk Podcast, Corey and Randy talk about the upcoming Colorado elk deadline and a host of other listener questions.  Topics covered include, if Corey was King for a Day, R3 or access, selecting season dates, solo set-ups, nuances of thermals, barometric changes, elk and grizzlies, antler hunting, why some rules exist, elk/deer combo ideas, hunt a week straight or split your time, and a host of other random elk ramblings.

EP 67: Listener Q&A and New Mexico Elk Apps

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In this Episode (67) of Elk Talk Podcast, Randy and Corey talk about the upcoming New Mexico deadline, along with a host of listener Q&As.  Topic covered include the basics of New Mexico elk apps, Idaho rule change to lower DIY tag allocations, trail cams on winterkills, wolves impacting how elk behave, wolves less vocal, adaptive elk hunters, calling in November, what are edges, high elevation elk, growing the pie bigger, antler drop dates, and more listener question.

EP 66: Elk Hunters as Advocates

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In this Episode (66) of the Elk Talk Podcast, Corey and Randy start taking viewer questions related to the recent flurry of legislation in western states that will impact hunting opportunity and elk.  Before long Corey has point Randy down the legislative rabbit hole and they do and in depth discussion of where these bills are coming from, what hunters can do to improve the situation, and why the future likely has more legislative policy rather than less.  Elk advocacy requires elk hunters speaking up for wild thing and wild places.

EP 65: Hail to the Weekend Warrior

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In this episode (65) of the Elk Talk Podcast, Corey and Randy pay tribute to the amazing folks who consistently fill elk tags with only weekends to hunt.  We admirably refer to them as Weekend Warriors. Topics covered include hunting on a budget, knowledge trumps gear, making due with what you have, making the most of a limited schedule, meat care concerns determine where/how you hunt, backpacks as an elk hunting tool, a primer for upcoming political podcasts, you can only buy a politician if he is for sale, and a host of other fun topics about elk and conservation.

EP 64: Arizona Elk Strategy - Details and Drought

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In this episode (64) Corey and Randy go over all the details of applying for elk in Arizona.  A complete discussion of the Arizona draw system is provided, along with some things to think about in a drought year such as 2021.  Topics include draw system, points, strategy to increase your odds, mistakes to avoid, season dates, deadlines, setting realistic expectations, baking a bigger elk pie, starting young, allocating budgets, and a host of questions from listeners.

EP 63: Wyoming Elk and Idaho Wolves

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In this Episode (63) of the Elk Talk Podcast, Corey and Randy discuss details of drawing elk tags in Wyoming and Corey gives the details of his Idaho wolf hunt.  Topics covered include deadlines, point systems, point creep, general tags, non-resident tag allocation, costs, strategy for low point holders, wolf habits, managing predators, hunters' role in conservation, and other topics about hunting elk and wolves in Wyoming and Idaho.

EP 62: Crowding - Residents and Non-residents

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In this Episode (62) Corey and Randy take listener questions and dive deep into the topic of shrinking herds and less opportunity, which leads to a discussion of non-resident allocation, crowding by residents, western tradition of blaming non-residents, why can states discriminate against non-residents, growing a bigger pie or fight over a smaller pie, putting more elk on the mountain, and issues we all consider when another hunter is at our favorite trailhead.

EP61: Season Wrap up and Audience Q&A

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In this episode (61) of the Elk Talk Podcast Corey and Randy discuss an overview of the 2020 elk season and answer audience questions.  Topics covered include muted rut, base your hunt dates on moon phase, tactics for silent elk, overthinking your situation, 2021 planning and changes to season dates, hunting for your own reasons, hunting new burns, and more topics that try to explain why 2020 was such a strange elk season.

EP 60: Hunting the Peak Rut to Post-rut Transition

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In this Episode (60) of the Elk Talk Podcast, Randy and Corey catch up to discuss recent elk hunts during that transition from peak rut to post-rut.  Topics covered include calling in October, second cycle rut, 2020 is a weird elk season, archery tactics for early rifle seasons, value of scouting, opening day strategy, elk change when the shooting starts, and other topics relevant to October elk hunting.

EP 59: Mid-season Q&A – Where are the Elk?

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In this Episode (59) of the Elk Talk Podcast, Corey and Randy answer listener questions about what has been a strange year for elk vocalization and rut intensity.  Topics covered include reports from Corey and Randy’s hunts so far, challenge versus locating bugles, where are the elk if I am seeing fresh sign, hunting pressure, transition from peak rut to post-rut, testing new equipment, second cycle cows, late season calling, did COVID cause crowding, where to camp in relation to elk, competition from cattle and sheep, and other questions that listeners are submitting this season.

EP 58: Live from the Idaho Backcountry

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In this Episode (58) of the Elk Talk Podcast, Randy is in the Idaho backcountry with Kurt Howard, GM of Rocky Mountain Hunting Calls, while Corey is off chasing Oregon elk.  Topics covered include an autopsy of what can go wrong and what must go right on a high pressure public land archery elk hunt, moon phases, weather impacts, what causes peaks in bugling activity, risky plans can go south, weather extremes, pardoning grouse, building animals calls, and a lot of other topics that recap a difficult archery elk hunt.

EP 57: Pre-rut Elk Tactics

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In this Episode (57) of The Elk Talk Podcast, Randy and Corey take on many listener questions that are focused on hunting elk in the pre-rut period; early September.  Topics covered include calling techniques, solo set up, dispersal after velvet rub, drought impacts, when the rut gets rolling, when to cow call, water attracts, variable moisture patterns, dry year post-rut patterns, knowing your plants, elk are picky eaters, where to find elk feed preferences, and a host of other topics that will help you find elk in a drought year across all seasons.

EP 56: Elk-Specific Gear

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In Episode 56 of Elk Talk, Corey and Randy talk about some equipment specialized for elk hunting. Corey talks about his history designing elk calls, and Randy talks about his recent collaboration with Gerber. Corey goes into tactics of calling elk and setups in archery elk of late August and early September.  Finally, they discuss using 3D maps for E-scouting elk.

EP 55: Hunting Elk in Grizzly Country

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In this Episode (55) of The Elk Talk Podcast, Corey and Randy take on the many questions listeners have about hunting elk in grizzly bear country.  Some of the best elk hunting in the west is occupied by grizzlies, yet many avoid these areas.  Topics covered include avoidance, clean camps, field dressing among bears, hanging quarters in camp, bear spray or sidearm, risky behaviors, bear densities, bear distribution, defense if attacked, and other topics that hopefully get you more comfortable hunting in grizzly country.

EP 54: Elk Hunt With Llamas

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In this Episode (54) of the Elk Talk Podcast, Corey and Randy talk llamas and elk hunting with Beau Baty of Wilderness Ridge Trail Llamas.  Topics covered include the history of llamas, maintenance in the backcountry, max loads, what they eat, how to rent them, conflicts with bears and wolves, where they can go, temperament, comparison to horses and goats, durability, longevity, trailering and transporting, and a ton of other questions that relate to renting high quality pack llamas for your elk hunting.

EP 53: More Listener Q&A; All ELK

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In this episode (53) of the Elk Talk Podcast, Corey and Randy are again taking listener questions.  Topics covered include which season dates to hunt, OTC every year or glory tags every ten years, llamas are your friend, learning your area, using OTC asyour fall back, too much pressure in Wilderness, low-point tags, how to get multiple tags each year, 350# of meat from a spike bull, heaviest loads, archers and muzzleloaders at the same time, glory tags, and many other questions listeners have submitted.

EP 52: Tags, Point Creep, and Idaho Elk Hunting

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In this Episode (52) of the Elk Talk Podcast, Corey and Randy discuss elk hunting in Idaho and a summary of the tag application season.  Topics covered include Idaho drawing systems, using ID as a safety net, deadlines, strategy to get the most value, long-term trends from preference point systems, point creep, reasonable expectations, new RMEF membership, and other topics that will make sure you go elk hunting in 2020.

EP 51: Ticks, Tricks, RMEF & Oregon Applications

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In this Episode (51) of the Elk Talk Podcast Randy and Corey talk about ticks, disease, social distancing, new RMEF Sportsman Membership, Oregon elk applications and elk hunting, point  systems a benefit or detriment, hunting multiple states, changing apps based on current info, predictive or historical strategies, over the counter ideas, point creep is expected, point buyers, getting your money's worth, we're all non-residents somewhere, a resident hunting perspective, and man other tangents having little to do with elk hunting.

EP 50: Elk Talk To Answer Listener Questions

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In this Episode (50) of the Elk Talk Podcast Corey and Randy address some of the many questions they receive from listeners.  Topics covered include limited-entry once a decade or OTC every year, no substitute for time in the woods, amazing weekend warriors, consistently successful elk hunters, tricks learned, know your landscape to know your elk, factors when choosing OTC units, what information matters, choosing places that fit your hunting style, move or stay, how long to wait, practice v. training, prepare for field situations, intuitive or purposeful, mental focus, thick brush, open country calling, let the elk determine the setup, and other listener questions.

EP 49: Finding Elk - Maps, Terrain & Topography

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In this Episode (49) of the Elk Talk Podcast, Randy and Corey start talking about maps and other tools and end up covering more topics than imagined; what drives elk locations, topography, terrain, needs, time of year, investing in your knowledge, gear purchasing is a crutch, nothing beats experience, to kill and elk you have to find an elk, 90% of the elk are in 10% of the terrain, using maps to eliminate where elk aren't, and many other topics that will help you find elk at all times of the season.

EP 48: Colorado Elk Hunting Opportunties

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In this episode (48) of the Elk Talk Podcast, Corey and Randy talk about elk hunting in Colorado.  Topics covered include how to get a limited entry tag, deadlines, how the draw works, preference points, over the counter options, building points, point creep, season types and dates, long and short-term plans, costs, elk hunting access, and changes to the Colorado elk hunting regulations for 2020.

EP47: Montana Elk Hunting and Tag Drawing

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In this Episode (47) of the Elk Talk Podcast, Randy and Corey solve their technology struggles to record a discussion about Montana elk hunting.  Topics include, deadlines, how to get a tag, how the draw works, season lengths, general v. limited entry tags, areas to consider, grizzly bears, prices, why so complicated, why you should apply in MT, and lots of other ideas to consider before the April 1, 2020 deadline.

EP 46: Get Your New Mexico Elk Tag

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In this Episode (46) of the Elk Talk Podcast, Corey and Randy give an overview of drawing your elk tag in New Mexico.  New Mexico a great elk state, made better by not having a point system for non-resident applicants.  Topics discussed are non-resident quotas, how the draw works, using all three choices, season dates, deadlines, strategies to improve your chances, and the quick overview that gets you started if New Mexico is on your list of elk states to hunt.

EP 45 - 2020 Nevada & Utah Elk Tag Strategies

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In Episode 45 of the Elk Talk Podcast, Corey and Randy cover all the details of applying for elk tags in Utah and Nevada.  Topics covered include long-term strategies, realistic expectations, difficult draw odds, how the draw systems work, how the point systems work, general overview of season dates, budget allocations and priority, and other ideas new applicants should consider when adding Utah and Nevada to their application states.

EP 44: Q&A - Wind, Thermals, and Gadgets

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In this Episode (44) of The Elk Talk Podcast, Corey and Randy pick listener questions.  Topics covered include wind, thermals, scent management, difference between wind and  thermals, fooling an elk's nose, reading thermals, why the winds change, investment in your knowledge, no short cuts, gadgets as a substitute for experience, spend money on hunts first and gear later, and other topics from listeners who have sent comments.

EP 43: Arizona Elk Drawing Reminder 2020

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In this Episode (43) of the Elk Talk Podcast, Corey and Randy cover all aspects of getting an Arizona elk tag.  And, if you don't get a tag at least how to build points for future years.  Topics covered include how the draw works, short-term and long-term ideas, units that avoid the 10% non-resident cap, big tag reductions for 2020, build points for youth inexpensively, what season type gives you the best odds, why waiting may cost you, use both of your choices, how to get permanent bonus points, and a pile of other topics to help you hunt elk in Arizona.