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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

    I Got A Tag, Now What? With Jaden Bales

    I Got A Tag, Now What? With Jaden Bales

    I Got A Tag, Now What? With Jaden Bales


     


    Show Notes:


    A lot of new hunters have no idea where to start when it comes to prepping for a hunt. They got a tag, but they have no idea what to do next.


     


    Longtime hunter Jaden Bales has developed a system for hunting prep. He, like me, thinks that you have to be in the hunting mindset year-round. Start your scouting early. Learn the land before the season starts. You can look at weather reports and maps to figure out where the water is, and that’s going to massively affect where the animals are going to be. Your local area game and fish sites are going to be a great source of information, too.


     


    You can also reach out to local experts; just be sure and ask the right questions. You don’t want to be “that guy!” Remember, these guys get asked about the basics all the time, so try and get that stuff figured out on your own first.


     


    Jaden also works with the Wyoming Wildlife Federation to help conservation efforts in his home state. To learn how you can help, go to wyomingwildlife.org.


     


    What’s Inside:


    ABH: Always Be “Hunting”.

    Study the lot as soon as you pull a tag.

    How to get info online about the area.

    What questions to ask the local experts.


     


    Mentioned in this episode:


    Phoenix Shooting Bags save 20% with code johnstallone


    Days In The Wild
    JohnStallone.me


    Wyoming Wildlife Federation


    Jaden Bales on Instagram


     


    Short Description:
    So you pulled a hunting tag; now what are you supposed to do? Longtime hunter and friend of the show Jaden Bales tells us how to properly prepare for a hunt by studying the area before the season even starts, plus shares tips and stories about how to take that scouting knowledge and use it on the hunt. 


     


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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Preseason Practice and Prep

    Preseason Practice and Prep

    So I have had many people ask me about getting ready for season so I put together a solo podcast to talk about the subject. bellow are links to some of the video I reference .


    Elk Practice


    Never Miss an Elk Again


    First shot pin checking


    Archery Training drill


    In The Field Practice


    Some practice scenarios 

    • 43 min
    Lessons Learned Coues Deer with Jay Scott

    Lessons Learned Coues Deer with Jay Scott

    Lessons Learned – Coues Deer with Jay Scott


     


    Show Notes:


    We’ve all heard the saying: keep your eye on the ball. It’s true in baseball, and as a general statement about goals in life. Gotta keep your eyes on the prize. Well, Jay Scott learned from years of experience that in hunting, you have to keep your eye on the buck. He’s been hunting coues deer in Arizona and Mexico for years, and that’s the biggest piece of advice he has for hunters of all skill levels. “Those coues deer especially have a unique ability to get away from you.”


     


    Nothing is more frustrating than stalking a deer for hours and then, when you decide to move to a better shooting position, the buck disappears on you. The trick is to work with a buddy who can keep the buck glassed while you make your move.


     


    This is more difficult to do when you’re alone; Jay recommends getting a height advantage on the animal so that you can keep it in sight while you move. It’s also a good idea to wait a good 30 minutes or so after a deer beds down, just to make sure that he isn’t going to get back up again and move once you look away.


     


    I lost a buck this way one time while hunting with a friend. I had him in my scope with my rifle all set to shoot, and then I looked away for no more than 30 seconds to check on my friend. When I looked back in my scope, the buck was gone.


     


    Its for this reason that the spotter’s job is so important. If you’re spotting for a buddy, treat your job with the same intensity that you would treat the shooting or the stalking portion of the hunt. All it takes is a split second while you look away to grab a sandwich from your bag, and bam, the animal vanishes.


     


    Jay also has some great stories and tips for finding coues deer. Features like prominent shade are good things to look for in the Arizona desert, because the deer will move from open feeding areas to the shade to rest. The time of year and weather plays a factor too. That’s why its important to learn the land, and the animals on it.


     


    That way, if the deer does manage to disappear on you, at least you’ll know where he should be next.


     


    What’s Inside:


    Keep your eye on the prize: in this case, the animal you want to harvest

    The importance of intensity as a spotter

    Tips for finding coues deer in the Arizona desert

    Use elevation and ridgelines to help spot animals


     


    Mentioned in this episode:


    Phoenix Shooting Bags save 20% with code johnstallone


    Days In The Wild


    Jay Scott Outdoors Podcast


     


    Short Description:
    Deer are elusive creatures, and they can vanish on you in an instant. That’s why Jay Scott says never to take your eyes off an animal you want to harvest. He explains this tip and more, while sharing stories of hunting coues deer in the Arizona desert.


     


    Tags:


    coues deer hunting, big game hunting, hunting tips, hunting guide, big buck hunting, hunting stories, hunting in arizona, how to spot

    • 53 min
    Hunting Is A Mental Game with Brandt Smith - Lessons Learned

    Hunting Is A Mental Game with Brandt Smith - Lessons Learned

    Lessons Learned – Hunting Is A Mental Game with Brandt Smith


     


    Show Notes:


    Whitetail deer are a ton of fun to hunt. In my experience, when you’re hunting whitetail, anything goes. You can stalk ‘em, hunt ‘em from a stand, rattle ‘em in... There are so many options. My friend Brandt Smith has been hunting whitetail since he was 17, and he’s got a lot of great stories to share. 


     


    After some early success with big bucks, Brandt ran into a dry spell that lasted for a few years. During that time, he had to re-evaluate what he was doing, “Yeah, some things are going my way... but what can I do better?”


     


    One thing he figured out is that whitetail are really good at noticing the intrusion of a hunter into their area. You may think you’re being quiet and sneaky, but you are educating deer with the things you are doing. You have to be extra careful, not only when getting into your stand, but when leaving it too, because if you stir up animals, even on your way out, they are going to learn to avoid that location.


     


    Ultimately, hunting is a game of chess. It’s less about how quickly you can get up the ridge, or how many days you can spend out in the wilderness at a time hunting. It’s a mental game, a battle of wits between you and nature.


     


    This comes into play especially when hunting from a tree stand. Keeping your mental game focused when you’re standing on a 2x2 platform for hours is a real challenge, but it’s one you need to master. Brandt also learned that he had better success when he did shorter trips. It’s hard to stay focused for 17 straight days, for example, but two 5 day stretches, one at the beginning of the season, and one near the end? Brandt started doing way better once he adopted this strategy.


     


    You also have to be willing to put in the time it takes to learn the land. Brandt says that “time plus location equals success.” It’s the genetics of the area that produce big bucks, and they will make another one if you get the kill.


     


    “You gotta hunt smart, and hunt hard. Don’t climb out of the treestand to eat a sandwich... You never know when it’s gonna happen.”


     


    What’s Inside:


    Whitetail deer: one animal, many methods to hunt

    Hunting is more mental than physical

    Tips for keeping your focus

    You can’t perfectly predict the deer, so you have to always be ready

    Time plus location equals success


     


    Mentioned in this episode:


    Phoenix Shooting Bags save 20% with code johnstallone


    Days In The Wild


    Fade to Black


     


    Short Description:
    We like to think of hunting as a physical activity, but it’s much more a mental game: you versus nature. Whitetail deer expert Brandt Smith shares stories and tips for outsmarting whitetail deer and upping your mental focus on hunts.


     


    Tags:


    whitetail deer hunting, big game hunting, hunting tips, hunting guide, big buck hunting, hunting stories, white tail, mental focus

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Arizona Mule Deer with Hunter Weems

    Arizona Mule Deer with Hunter Weems

    Arizona Mule Deer with Hunter Weems


     


    Show Notes:


    Today, I’m talking with my friend Hunter Weems from Arizona. He’s been guiding hunts since he was old enough to have a license, and he grew up in his dad’s guide outfit. So, it goes without saying that he really knows his stuff when it comes to hunting and guiding in the Arizona backcountry. I brought him on the show to pick his brain about mule deer.


     


    One thing Hunter learned over the years is the importance of good scouting and prep work. In fact, he takes pride knowing that he’s out there with boots on the ground before any of the other outfits in the area. By spending all that time out there scouting, you learn where all the animals tend to be, and how they tend to move around. Then, when it's time to hunt, you know right where the bucks are going to be.


     


    Trail cameras can also be a great tool for prep work. Hunter likes to set his cameras up around water. “The deer can walk anywhere they want. They can’t drink anywhere they want.” But, as helpful as trail cameras are, they’re no substitute for boots on the ground scouting. If you’re relying solely on cameras, you’re not going to do very well. 


     


    When it comes to locating deer, stick to what you’ve had success with in the past. If there’s good feed and water nearby a bedding location, for example, you’re probably going to see a lot of deer there. That’s a general terrain combo that you can look for in other units. Take your past successes and build on them.


     


    But, also, you can never fully predict the behavior of mule deer. For example, when it comes to migration, the deer tend to move down from the mountains when the snow gets heavy. But Hunter saw a big buck one time that decided to migrate down ahead of the rest of the herd. The snow hadn’t picked up yet, but something inside told this deer to go ahead and move. And other times, he’s seen deer hanging around in snow up to their bellies!


     


    At the end of the day, it’s when you combine experience with the extra work it takes to set yourself up for success that leads to the best hunts. Hunter definitely loves what he does; you can get in touch with him at ArizonaCustomHunts.com to learn about him and his guide outfit.


     


    What’s Inside:


    Remember: guides provide a service, not a product.

    Scouting on the ground is the key to a good hunt.

    How to use trail cameras to help scout.

    What to look for when trying to find deer.

    Don’t let uncomfortable conditions like wind scare you off. They don’t bother the deer!


     


    Mentioned in this episode:


    Phoenix Shooting Bags save 20% with code johnstallone


    Days In The Wild


    Arizona Custom Hunts Instagram


    ArizonaCustomHunts.com


     


    Short Description:
    Today, we talk with my friend Hunter Weems, who’s been hunting and guiding in Arizona since he was old enough to get a license. I pick his brain about scouting, locating deer, trail cameras, deer migration patterns, and more.


     


    Tags:


    mule deer hunting, big game hunting, hunting tips, hunting guide, big buck hunting, hunting stories, hunting in Arizona, how to use trail cameras

    • 49 min
    Elk Calling with World Champ Jermaine Hodge

    Elk Calling with World Champ Jermaine Hodge

     Elk Calling with Jermaine Hodge


     


    Show Notes:


     


    A lot of people ask me about the top four or five elk sounds to learn. For beginners, I would suggest working on calf sounds but if you want to consistently call elk, practicing on cow sounds is your best bet. In this episode, we have world champion elk hunter and expert caller, Jermaine Hodge, to demonstrate how you can use a diaphragm to make cow and calf sounds.


     


    “Those two are the most important for me, in the woods. Those were the ones that were getting it done for me on a consistent basis.”


     


    A good location bugle will help you find the bull. Then, you can move in and start your cow and calf sounds to draw him in. Jermaine shows off and explains his location bugle on both a tube and a diaphragm. That’s definitely the next thing to learn. After that, grunts and chuckles should be your focus.


     


    As a somewhat more advanced caller, I was curious to pick Jermaine’s brain about different bugles. Listening to the way the bull responds to your location bugle can tell you a lot about the animal’s temperament. If you get a chuckle as a response to your location bugle, then the bull is mad and doesn’t want you coming close. Personally, I get a lot of success using courting bugles when I’m having trouble getting a location call.


     


    You don’t have to be the best elk caller in the world. Sure, it helps, but you don’t have to be perfect to successfully call some elk. Practice the calls that you’re not good at, and the ones you are good at will improve along with them. Youtube can be a good way to listen to elk if you can’t get out into the field.


     


    What’s Inside:


    Jermain talks about the most important elk calls for a beginner to learn, and demonstrates them on a diaphragm and a tube.

    Master your cow and calf sounds, location bugle, grunts, and chuckles first.

    The way a bull responds to your calls can tell you a lot about what’s going on.

    Practice makes perfect. Your calls won’t get better unless you get out there and work on them.


     


    Mentioned in this Episode:


    Phoenix Shooting Bags Save 20% with code: johnstallone


    Days in the Wild


    Primos.com Save 15% on everything at Primos with code: STL02


    Jermaine Hodge on Instagram


    Jermaine Hodge on Facebook
    Colorado High Altitude Hunters








    Short Description:


    Jermain demonstrates and discusses the most important beginner elk calls: cow and calf sounds, location bugles, grunts, and chuckles. Also, the way a bull responds to your calls will tell you what he’s up to and how he’s feeling.


     


    Tags:


    How to call bull elk, elk hunting, elk calls, elk bugles, location bugles, how to call with a diaphragm, cow sounds, challenge bugles, better elk calls, what does an elk sound like

    • 1 hr 1 min

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319 Ratings

319 Ratings

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The Podcast for the skilled hunter.

I love the content of this podcast. Always new and exciting. 99% of podcasts are based on new hunters John makes sure he includes info from beginners to pro’s.

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Excellent

Always good information. Interesting guests and relevant info no matter where you hunt.

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Useful information

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