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John Stallone Host of Days in The Wild Interviews professional hunters , and hunting industry leaders on bowhunting, deer hunting, elk hunting, big game hunting, whitetail, mule deer, antelope, moose, bear, ibex and everything in between to bring you the best tips and tactic to help you improve your hunting success. The goal of this podcast is to educate and inform by covering topics ranging from hunting, fishing, wildlife, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, mule deer and coues deer, ibex, wild turkey, whitetail, hunting tips and tactics, guides, outfitters, archery, bowhunting, rifle hunting, and much more

Days In The Wild - Big game Hunting podcast John Stallone

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John Stallone Host of Days in The Wild Interviews professional hunters , and hunting industry leaders on bowhunting, deer hunting, elk hunting, big game hunting, whitetail, mule deer, antelope, moose, bear, ibex and everything in between to bring you the best tips and tactic to help you improve your hunting success. The goal of this podcast is to educate and inform by covering topics ranging from hunting, fishing, wildlife, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, mule deer and coues deer, ibex, wild turkey, whitetail, hunting tips and tactics, guides, outfitters, archery, bowhunting, rifle hunting, and much more

    Elk Season 30 days out what do I Do ? - Joe Giglia

    Elk Season 30 days out what do I Do ? - Joe Giglia

    Elk Season is 30days out what do I do? Joe Giglia and I go over some things you should be doing to maximize your elk hunting this fall. Elk hunting as most hunting is a game of inches, meaning success is found in the details. Joe and I talk about the details you need to pay attention to in order to fortify your chances of tagging out on your elk this season. 

     

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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Elk Calling Adventures with Michael Batease

    Elk Calling Adventures with Michael Batease

    Elk Calling Adventures with Michael Batease

     

    Show Notes:

    We are in for a much-needed catch-up storytelling session with the founder of the Elk Calling Academy, Michael Batease. The last time we spoke was back in 2019, and Michael was just starting out with the academy. The Elk Calling Academy has since grown a lot, and he now has a Patreon and does one-on-one sessions. Michael does live Q&As and is currently working on switching over to a true e-course platform, targeted for July. The Elk Calling Academy is great for everyone, especially if you’re new to elk hunting and calling.

     

    Elk calling requires special skills and abilities and not everyone can physically do it. A lot of people use externals when they can’t use diaphragms. It takes time to learn how to master both methods. Michael talks about some of the advancements and improvements companies are coming out with to make things easier. Michael shares a story about when one of his reeds started sticking and made a noise that scared a bull away. He even wound up throwing the call in the fire!

     

    We talk about using lower sounding elk calls and how responsive the cows are in terms of answering. There are times to be loud and times to turn it down. As elk hunting becomes more popular, the more calls there are in the environment. Michael and I also chat about hunting in different kinds of places where you wouldn’t think elk are hanging out. Many people want open country, but they’re in smaller pockets, too. A lot of hunters are afraid to try new stuff and fall in love with one area. Don’t be afraid to use a new technique and head to a new area.





    What’s Inside:



    Nuances of elk calling and vocalizations.
    Challenges of using externals and diaphragms.
    Stories from Michael’s adventures in elk hunting.
    Volume levels of elk calls.
    Elk hunting in different types of land.



     

    Mentioned in this episode:

    Phoenix Shooting Bags save 20% with code johnstallone

    Howl for Wildlife: https://www.howlforwildlife.org/

    GoHunt: https://www.gohunt.com/

    Elk Calling Academy on Facebook

    Elk Calling Academy on Instagram

    Elk Calling Academy on YouTube

    Elk Calling Academy Patreon

     

    Short Description:. 

    Michael Batease is back for a catch-up storytelling session on all things elk calling. Michael shares some of his best elk hunting stories and we share a laugh or two. We also discuss how to use different calls, the effectiveness of call volumes, and elk hunting in open country vs. smaller pockets.



     

    Tags:

    big game hunting, hunting tips, hunting guide, big buck hunting, hunting stories, elk hunting, elk calling, bugling, diaphragm

    • 1 hr 6 min
    AZ Mule Deer Outlook with Terry Herndon

    AZ Mule Deer Outlook with Terry Herndon

    Mule Deer Outlook with Terry Herndon

     

    Show Notes:

     

    Arizona is currently struggling when it comes to mule deer, pertaining especially to encroachment and housing developments. Terry Herndon, CEO of the Arizona Mule Deer Organization, speaks his mind about this issue in the AZ field. Terry was born and raised in Arizona, and he’s hunted throughout his entire life. His organization advocates for wildlife and helps get kids involved in hunting and the great outdoors. The number one thing that’s affected these deer over the last 15 years is drought. Terry shares what’s being done to help these deer and what still needs to happen.

     

    Terry talks about the changing wildlife populations in Arizona. When elk were introduced in the Flagstaff area, it affected the mule deer population as they now had to compete for resources. Predation is also a big factor in why the deer are struggling. Most people don’t think about the cause and effect of their actions, and as a culture we’ve been pretty egocentric. We don’t think about the repercussions, and over time, the little things add up and cause major problems. Conservation should be top of mind.

     

    Terry’s organization helps the mule deer by adding water in certain areas, but Arizona needs regular rain for the situation to turn around. To help, people can work to eliminate predators like coyote. Get involved in the organization of your choice, preferably in your state. Keep your eye on upcoming projects and contribute to whatever interests you, like building fencing and maintenance and repairs on tanks. It feels good to volunteer, and it makes you want to stay involved and pass it to the younger generations.  





    What’s Inside:



    What’s going on with the Arizona mule deer population.
    The Arizona drought and contributing factors.
    What someone can do to help the mule deer.
    Terry’s plans for the upcoming hunting season.
    Info on Arizona Mule Deer Organization initiatives and how you can get involved.



     

    Mentioned in this episode:

    Phoenix Shooting Bags save 20% with code johnstallone

    Howl for Wildlife: https://www.howlforwildlife.org/

    GoHunt: https://www.gohunt.com/

    Arizona Mule Deer Organization





    Short Description:. 

    Terry Herndon is the CEO of the Arizona Mule Deer Organization, who runs several conservation initiatives to help the struggling mule deer population. We talk about what’s going on in Arizona and how the deer are being affected by drought, encroaching, and predation. We also talk about how you can get involved if you’re interested in making an impact. 





     

    Tags:

    big game hunting, hunting tips, hunting guide, big buck hunting, hunting stories, deer, deer herd, Arizona mule deer, mule deer, archery, wildlife conservation

    • 46 min
    Expert Elk Hunting with Casey Brooks

    Expert Elk Hunting with Casey Brooks

    Expert Elk Hunting with Casey Brooks

     

    Show Notes:

     

    If you have 78 bulls under your elk hunting belt, there’s no doubting your expertise in the field. Casey Brooks is one of the few people that’s done a Super Slam with a bow, and he knows elk hunting like the back of his hand. He’s been bow hunting for over 40 years and he caught the elk hunting bug at an early age. I’ve spoken to quite a few people about elk, mainly in terms of calling techniques, and Casey does things a bit differently. He shares his unique perspectives on how to become an effective elk caller. 

     

    Location is everything and calls are getting more and more advanced. Elk are starting to get a bit smarter, so it’s not as easy as it used to be. Patience is a big deal when you’re hunting in the early season. Casey also believes timing is everything, as is understanding the signs the animal is giving you and acting accordingly. 

     

    When you’re trying to pick a spot and are going towards a bull, Casey recommends sitting down and waiting a bit until the bulls come to you. They’ll only come so far away from their cows, as that’s their comfort zone. You likely won’t get a bull away from the cows, so pay attention to where he stops. Casey bow hunts five to six months out of the year and is still learning new things. He shares some great stories and has a ton of great tips for hunters, whether you’re brand new or a seasoned veteran. 

     

    What’s Inside:



    Key elements of being an effective elk caller.
    The best dates of the season for elk hunting.
    Why timing is everything.
    Elk hunting scenarios and how to handle them.



     

    Mentioned in this episode:

    Phoenix Shooting Bags save 20% with code johnstallone

    Howl for Wildlife: https://www.howlforwildlife.org/

    GoHunt: https://www.gohunt.com/

    Casey Brooks on Instagram

    Beau Brooks Power Calls on TikTok





    Short Description:. 

    Casey Brooks has killed 78 bulls and is one of the few people that’s done a Super Slam with a bow. Casey shares some of his top tips for elk calling and stories from several of his hunting trips. We also walk through some elk hunting scenarios so you’re ready for your own trips this coming season.



     

    Tags:

    big game hunting, hunting tips, hunting guide, big buck hunting, hunting stories, elk hunting, elk calling, bugling, bow hunting, archery

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Return ACT Guts Pittman Robertson bonus episode

    Return ACT Guts Pittman Robertson bonus episode

    The “Return Act” GUTS Wildlife Conservation and Hunting

    A layman’s view of the bill and the implications:  Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) has introduced H.R. 8167 a bill that would ultimately be the tumbling pebble that initiated the collapse of the hunting industry. This is a bold and polarizing statement, but unfortunately very true. This bill aims to remove Pittman Robertson (PR) Excise tax. Don’t know what PR is or does? Simply put, PR is an 11% excise tax to the manufacturers of firearms, ammunition, and archery equipment.  The proceeds of the funding is distributed to state governments for wildlife restoration projects, public shooting ranges, hunter education programs and R3 programs.  

    How will this destroy hunting?

    Anti-wildlife:  Removing a key component of wildlife conservation funding will ultimately result in less sustainable populations of wild animals, both game and non-game species. Less game, means less opportunity, less opportunity means less participation, less participation means less funding, and less funding means even more loss of wildlife. The all mighty dollar is always the number one contributing factor on policy creation, especially when it’s on a resource that is determined by perceived value. Deer have value to people who want to see them on the landscape, but how much are they willing to pay to see them there? Deer also have value to those who want to hunt them and consume them. Historically hunters are willing to pay much more 20-30x more than wildlife viewers for animals to be on the landscape. Removing, funding just shrinks the hunters voice and adds more road blocks for sound management practices.  
    Removes a piece of our armor:   One of the most relatable arguments we have as stakeholders in wildlife management and hunting legislation is the funding we bring to the conservation table. It has been very hard for special interest groups and anti-hunting groups to out voice us because we have been protected by the shield of conservation funding. Although PR funds are just a portion of the funding provided by hunters, it is still a very substantial component to wildlife management funding and without question fortifies our right to have a say in what happens in wildlife management. Plus as in the aforementioned example #1, the alternate funding streams would begin to follow suit in a domino effect further stifling the voice of the hunter.

    Pitman Robertson protects Hunting: PR funds work on a fund matching base. Many states do not have laws that protect funding from license and tag sales from being used by the state for other projects. The way PR works – To help ensure states use the money for wildlife conservation, habitat, shooting facilities, hunter Ed and R3 programs, each state will receive $3 for every $1 they generate for these programs. This is an incentive for state fish and game agencies to keep and use as much of their license sales and even create other revenue streams IE: raffles and auctions etc. If this mechanism is lost, it is very likely that much of the funding brought in by license and tag sales would be pillaged by the state for projects unrelated to wildlife conservation. I don’t have to state what that would do to our wildlife and hunting opportunity.  

     Cutting off their noses to spite their face!

    It's Likely, This bill is a political stunt to retaliate to the absurd 1000% tax law introduced by Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia and many of the other anti-gun laws surfacing in the current political climate. Many Republicans have supported this bill touting their 2A membership cards and rallying the “troops” not realizing that pushing this bill forward would be detrimental to the gun industry. According to “American gun facts” 81 million Americans own guns; there are 15-17 million hunters in the US alone so roughly 20% of gun owners are hunters. In order to make an example of anti-gun policy supporters of this bill are willing to punish 20% of their

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Whitetail Deer Hunting Strategies with Jake Bush

    Whitetail Deer Hunting Strategies with Jake Bush

    Whitetail Deer Hunting Strategies with Jake Bush



    Show Notes:

    In my circle of hunting friends, there’s no one who knows whitetail deer as well as Jake Bush in my book, specifically in the Midwestern side of the states. Jake is an experienced hunter who lives in Ohio, where he chases big bucks on public land. I see a lot of myself in Jake’s approach to hunting. Neither of us have a lot of time to spend in the field – we hunt on very tight schedules. So, I picked Jake’s brain about Ohio hunting, whitetails, working on tight schedules, and more. 

     

    Jake walked us through his scouting and hunting philosophies. He wants to tag out as quickly as possible, so he spends a lot of time scouting. He works with online maps and topography maps, in an effort to “put as many pieces of the puzzle together as possible.” Jake discussed these “puzzle pieces” and what he looks for in his ideal hunting grounds. We also swapped a few tips for maximizing your success in the field. There’s a lot of great info here that any hunters can put into practice.

     

    We also traded stories about our experiences hunting deer in the western states. No two states are the same, so we compared and contrasted some of the Midwestern states with further west areas. Each region calls for its own strategies and techniques. 

     

    To round out our podcast, Jake told us a story about one of his hunts. This hunt changed the way Jake looked at the sport, scouting, and more. It was a great, insightful story about understanding your surroundings and waiting for the proper conditions – or not waiting, in this case. 

     

    What's Inside:

    - Jake’s strategy for scouting whitetail.

    - Jake’s in-the-field techniques and tricks.

    - The differences between hunting in western vs. Midwestern states.

    - When to analyze your surroundings – and when to act.

    - Stories about big game hunting across the western states.

     

    Mentioned in this episode:

    Howl for Wildlife: https://www.howlforwildlife.org/

    Phoenix Shooting Bags: https://www.phoenixshootingbags.com/

    Jake Bush: https://www.instagram.com/thejakebush/?hl=en

    Jake Bush on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/LegendsOfTheHunt

     

    Short Description:

    Whitetail deer expert, Jake Bush, was such a pleasure to have on the show and he’s one of the best to exchange knowledge and swap stories on big buck hunting with. We discussed hunting all over the country, whitetail strategy, and how to maximize your scouting in this episode. This was a fantastic conversation, and Jake dropped a lot of great knowledge here. 

     

    Tags:

    Whitetail deer, mule deer, big game hunting, western states, Midwest hunting, technique, scouting, days in the wild, Jake Bush, Ohio hunting, whitetail hunting

    • 52 min

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Great info!

I just started listening on this and it’s great hunting information for sure!

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