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A podcast about fishing and hunting, wildlife, nature and outdoor pursuits in magnificent British Columbia (BC) and western Canada. I’m Robert Koopmans and every week, I talk with people on a wide variety of topics and issues related to wild things. Some specific topics include fly-fishing, chironomids, hunting mule deer, bow hunting and learning all that's required to become good in the field with archery equipment. I have lived in Kamloops for nearly 30 years and have come to love all aspects of the outdoors in B.C., from our great stillwater fishing lakes to our wild mountains, prime fishing rivers, incredible rainbow trout and spectacular scenery. There is so much to talk about when it comes to the outdoors in British Columbia, and I hope to provide outdoors folk with a wide range of meaningful information about so many of the outdoors activities that have become my life's passion. Please subscribe, and let me know what you want to hear about by sending email to info@theoutdoornarrative.com.

Hunting & Fishing British Columbi‪a‬ Robert Koopmans

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    • 4.4 • 28 Ratings

A podcast about fishing and hunting, wildlife, nature and outdoor pursuits in magnificent British Columbia (BC) and western Canada. I’m Robert Koopmans and every week, I talk with people on a wide variety of topics and issues related to wild things. Some specific topics include fly-fishing, chironomids, hunting mule deer, bow hunting and learning all that's required to become good in the field with archery equipment. I have lived in Kamloops for nearly 30 years and have come to love all aspects of the outdoors in B.C., from our great stillwater fishing lakes to our wild mountains, prime fishing rivers, incredible rainbow trout and spectacular scenery. There is so much to talk about when it comes to the outdoors in British Columbia, and I hope to provide outdoors folk with a wide range of meaningful information about so many of the outdoors activities that have become my life's passion. Please subscribe, and let me know what you want to hear about by sending email to info@theoutdoornarrative.com.

    Setting Up a Stillwater Fly-Fishing Boat, and What to Expect on Our Lakes This Spring

    Setting Up a Stillwater Fly-Fishing Boat, and What to Expect on Our Lakes This Spring

    Setting Up a Stillwater Fly-Fishing Boat, and What to Expect on Our (COVID) Lakes This Spring Welcome to Hunting & Fishing BC, my podcast about fishing, hunting and other wild pursuits in British Columbia and western Canada. I’m Robert Koopmans and every once in a while, I chat with people about interesting aspects of our outdoor sports. This time around, I talked to Kamloops flyfishing master Brian Chan about his prediction for this year’s upcoming fishing season — especially as COVID continues to dominate — and how he is setting up a new boat for stillwater fishing this spring… Thanks for listening to this week’s episode. If you want to share a thought, send us an email at info@theoutdoornarrative.com. I’m Robert Koopmans, thanks again, and we’ll catch you next time.

    • 36 min
    Can You Be Self-Sufficient Eating Only Wild Meat? And Chatting About the Importance of Quality Bow Strings …

    Can You Be Self-Sufficient Eating Only Wild Meat? And Chatting About the Importance of Quality Bow Strings …

    Welcome to Hunting & Fishing BC, my podcast about fishing, hunting and other wild pursuits in British Columbia and western Canada. I’m Robert Koopmans and every once in a while, I chat with people about interesting aspects of our outdoor sports. This time around, I talked to John Zubak, a Kamloops hunter who truly embodies the hunter-gatherer lifestyle. John and his family eat only wild meat, a decision they made years ago. That decision gave John’s hunting new purpose, and also fuelled a passion for cooking. To share what he knows about cooking, John hosts a YouTube cooking channel called “In the Kitchen with John” in which he shares pioneer-spirit recipes that are perfect for those who are seeking greater connection to their food. John and I talked about what it means and what it takes to be protein self-sufficient … In the second part of today’s show, Kevin Wood and I called up Jeff Maron, a Chilliwack-based archer whose obsession with perfection led him to create his company, Pin-It Custom Bow Strings. Jeff is fanatical about bow string quality and has developed his own system for building quality strings that not only last but shoot arrows to the highest possible standards. It’s an interesting chat about many technical aspects of bow strings that most of us probably never think much about. *** Jeff Maron decided pretty early on in his archery career that he could build better bow strings than what is available from most string makers. He carefully studied all aspects of strings and learned how to avoid the common pitfalls that plague archers who don’t shoot good strings. Jeff promises his strings will never stretch and will last tens of thousands of shots. At the same time, they will provide dependable repeatable performance that will translate into new levels of accuracy. Both Kevin and I have bought strings from Jeff, and both of us will wholeheartedly agree — Jeff knows how to build high-quality strings. Visit Jeff’s website at https://www.pinitcustombowstrings.com to learn more…

    • 53 min
    Year of the Bow #11 — Killing Time in the Off-Season with BS About Bows, Arrows and Accuracy …

    Year of the Bow #11 — Killing Time in the Off-Season with BS About Bows, Arrows and Accuracy …

    Welcome to Hunting & Fishing BC, my podcast about fishing, hunting and other wild pursuits in British Columbia and western Canada. I’m Robert Koopmans and every once in a while, I chat with people about interesting aspects of our outdoor sports. This time around, Jeremy Jensen, Kevin Wood and I met up at Jeremy’s archery warehouse in Kamloops to shoot some arrows and b******t in rambling fashion about bow and arrow accuracy. I’m not sure how much fact we brought to the table, but it was fun to discuss all the same… It’s a good time of year to sit around and have long rambling chats about stuff like this… Hunting season is still a long way down the road, and hey, you have to kill time somehow...

    • 56 min
    Year of the Bow #10 — Another Season Ends, and Looking Ahead to the Next One

    Year of the Bow #10 — Another Season Ends, and Looking Ahead to the Next One

    Welcome to Hunting & Fishing BC, my podcast about fishing, hunting and other wild pursuits in British Columbia and western Canada. I’m Robert Koopmans and this week Jeremy Jensen, Kevin Wood and I talked about the end of the hunting season, how it all turned out, and what role bowhunting will play for us in the future. We also answer some questions from a listener about things like cover scents, camo, how to carry binoculars, and making best use of the off-season to practice… Lastly, my apologies for the sporadic episode publishing schedule this past fall. These sorts of projects are often the first to be sacrificed when life gets busy. All that said, doing this podcast is something I enjoy, and I’ll be back in the New Year with a resolution to record content more regularly. If there is something you want to hear about, or something you want to share, send me an email at info@theoutdoornarrative.com. So until next year, thanks for listening, and now on to our chat.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Year of the Bow #9 — Early Success for Deer with a Bow, Close Calls with Geese and Chasing a Goat-Killing Predator…

    Year of the Bow #9 — Early Success for Deer with a Bow, Close Calls with Geese and Chasing a Goat-Killing Predator…

    Welcome to Hunting & Fishing BC, my podcast about fishing, hunting and other wild pursuits in British Columbia and western Canada. I’m Robert Koopmans and this week I was back in the archery warehouse with Jeremy Jensen and Kevin Wood, talking about the past six weeks of hunting, including some great early season success for mule deer and blacktail deer, chasing Canada geese with arrows and our attempts to track down a goat-killer, a massive black bear we nicknamed Tank … ***** Thanks for listening to this week’s episode. If you want to share a thought, send me an email at info@theoutdoornarrative.com. I’m Robert Koopmans, thanks again, and we’ll catch you next time.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Terrible Choices of Fall, and a “Wild Moose Chase” in B.C.’s North Country …

    The Terrible Choices of Fall, and a “Wild Moose Chase” in B.C.’s North Country …

    Welcome to Hunting & Fishing BC, my podcast about fishing, hunting and other wild pursuits in British Columbia and western Canada. I’m Robert Koopmans and this week I talked to fly-fishing master Brian Chan about the terrible choice outdoors folk face every autumn — do we fish or hunt? It’s a dilemma Brian faces every year now that he has become enamoured by bowhunting for deer, as the fall also provides such excellent stillwater fly-fishing opportunities in B.C.’s lakes. Brian’s choice? Hunt hard during the early September archery season then fish hard after that. Brian provided me with many great tips and suggestions for catching fall rainbows … I also chatted with Randy Nelson about his trip to B.C.’s Peace country for moose. He and two friends spent nine days looking for a bull moose in what should have been prime hunting country. As it turns out it was incredibly hard country to get around in, something that led to the unexpected discovery of a young couple who spent two days walking through swamps and bush after their truck got stuck bumper deep in thick mud. *** Randy Nelson has made many trips to B.C.’s far north hunting moose. In late August he and two friends made another trip to country north of Fort St. John in search of moose. This trip turned into a different kind of experience, however, as he and his crew suffered truck troubles, wet weather, and not many moose. Randy’s hunting trip quickly turned into a day-long rescue mission, something that ultimately created an experience that will remain burned into his memory … He and his friends helped rescue a young couple whose truck became stuck deep and hard in thick mud far off the main road. His crew sprang into action, setting aside their hunting to help these strangers out of a really difficult situation. Their actions were a great example of an ethic we should all aspire to — when the call comes to help someone, answer it. It’s an act that might one day need to be repaid … I apologize for the sound quality upfront. To make sure we could respect social distancing, Randy and I chatted in a Kamloops park that proved to be a busy, noisy environment … *** Thanks for listening to this week’s episode. If you want to share a thought, send me an email at info@theoutdoornarrative.com. I’m Robert Koopmans, thanks again, and we’ll catch you next time.

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Deer-Dave ,

Great podcast

Nice to have multiple viewpoints on how much to get into the tech side of archery. Kevin needs to leave some deer for the rest of us though

Fozzyw ,

Podcast

Great podcast!!!

Pedlic ,

love it.

So Glad Robert has found this medium to share his stories with us. Welcome back Koops!

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