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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

    Lessons Learned: Ibex Hunting with Brian Cillessen

    Lessons Learned: Ibex Hunting with Brian Cillessen

    Lessons Learned: Ibex Hunting with Brian Cillessen


     


    Show Notes:


    Today, I’m swapping stories and tips with Brian Cillessen, star of Beyond Rubicon. This episode is going to be a real mixed bag of good hunting info, so pull up a seat and get ready to hear some great stories!


     


    Ibex are crazy animals. They’re like aliens. There’s something mesmerizing about the way they work a mountain. They’ll go up and down a cliff face like Spider-Man; one time when Brian spooked a group of them, he thought they’d jumped off a cliff into the void. But he walked over to the cliff face, and they were scurrying safely down the rocks. 


     


    Brian learned about the New Mexico mountains known as “The Rock.” It’s some seriously intense New Mexico bush, but you can’t let it get into your head. You have to respect the terrain, sure, but the moment you become afraid of it, it’ll become your worst nightmare for real. He encountered two rock slides back to back, but after spending some time and learning the mountains, he got a handle for the area. 


     


    Brian shares a success story that illustrates a great point: sometimes, you find success on the very last day of the hunt. He was in a situation where he was sick, the rest of the hunters had already packed up and left, and he was about to call it quits. But he decided that since he was halfway up the rock already, he might as well give it one last shot. And guess what? He spotted a herd of ibex, got into position, and bagged a billy that was hopping across the boulders below him.


     


    We also talk bowhunting in the wind, Brian’s first kill with a bow, the thrill of scoring an Ibex for the first time, and more. 


     


    What’s Inside:


    Ibex are spider-goats!

    Be confident in harsh terrain: don’t let the bush get into your head.

    Don’t let the wind work against the angle of your shot.

    Sometimes, success comes at the very end of the hunt. Don’t give up!


     


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    Short Description:
    Ibex are amazing creatures, like some crazy cross between a goat and Spider-Man. Brian Cillessen, star of Beyond Rubicon, is here with us today to talk about lessons learned hunting ibex in the New Mexico mountain region known as “The Rock.”


     


    Tags:


    big game hunting, hunting tips, hunting guide, ibex, goat hunting, mountain goats, new mexico mountains, beyond rubicon, bow hunting

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Are We losing The OTC archery Deer Hunts In AZ?

    Are We losing The OTC archery Deer Hunts In AZ?

    I speak with Brian Rimsza the Chairman of Bowhunting in Arizona and a board member of the Arizona Bowhunters Association about the possible changes to the OTC deer hunts here in AZ. It's very important for you to voice your opinion to the commission so that we don't lose our hunting privileges and we do what's necessary to maintain and healthy deer herd . Please share this episode and please take the time to reach out to the decision makers 


     


    Hello,


     


    As the Chairman of Bowhunting in Arizona and a board member of the Arizona Bowhunters Association I have been working with the Department and the Commission for the past six months to develop a better alternative to the drastic closure of over 30 OTC archery deer hunts that was made in the spring of 2020 . I commend the Department and Commission for their willingness to bring me into this process and listen to my ideas. Based on these conversations the AZGFD is going to present their Hunt Guidelines proposal to the Commission on December 10, 2021. The Commission will choose one of these recommendations to utilize in the management of OTC archery deer for the next 5 years so, it is very important! The hunt guidelines establish the parameters in which the Department and Commission can make hunt recommendations.


    The Department's three recommendations for OTC archery deer management are:


    Maintain the status quo. Basically, keep doing it the same way we have been doing it. This will lead to more and more OTC hunts being moved to a draw and the eventual closure of all OTC hunts once they exceed 20% harvest and a great loss of revenue.

    Utilize a harvest threshold system. This is the managment strategy I have been fighting for.

    Move everything to a draw. (estimated loss of 1 million dollars in tag sales revenue)

    You can watch the webcast using this link:AZGFD



    AZGFD


    Public Forum Webcast. The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) will conduct the second of two webcasts from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, to provide an update and gather public input on the review of the five-year game management hunt guidelines.


    www.azgfd.com



     


    I have included an additional breakdown of the potential for the threshold model that I propose below.


     


    Threshold Model


      


    Continue to issue OTC permits in the same manner we do now. Establish harvest objectives for each unit. These objectives will include an individual season objective along with an annual harvest objective. Utilizing a mandatory harvest reporting system similar to bears/lions requiring successful hunters to report their harvest via telephone, internet, or etag within 48 hours of harvest. Once the season harvest objective has been met in a unit close the season the following Wednesday at sundown. In addition to the harvest reporting, also utilize MANDATORY REPORTING to collect harvest data from unsuccessful hunters as well. This option would allow the department to reopen the units that were closed during the 2021 hunt recommendations process and return them to the OTC format.


     


    Pro's


    Reopen hunts that were closed last year

    Accurate Harvest data

    No loss of revenue

    Active management during season, eliminating overharvest

    Ability to evaluate non-resident harvest vs. resident harvest

    Does not restrict non-resident participation

     


    Con's


    No restriction to non-resident tag sales

    Currently there is a perception that non-resident participation/harvest should be restricted in the OTC deer hunts. At this time there is no data to support this claim although it is a strong perception from many. In 2020 non-residents accounted for 10.5% of the total OTC tags purchased, but we do not know what percentage of harvest occurred by non-residents v​s residents.

    After utilizing this system for a few years, we would have data to show if non-resident participation/harvest needs to be regulated.

    Requires an Article 3 rule change for mandatory reporting

     


     


    Mandatory Reporting

    • 28 min
    Hunting in Hawaii with Armando Martinez

    Hunting in Hawaii with Armando Martinez

    Hunting in Hawaii and The Bow Hitch with Armando Martinez


     


    Show Notes:


     


    Armando Martinez has a great product called The Bow Hitch. It’s a neat little device that makes carrying your bow suck less. He’s got a website and is on Facebook and Instagram, so check it out. The links are below. 


     


    Armando started up The Bow Hitch with a friend of his in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he was born and raised. Armando is a fireman by trade and is set to retire in about 10 months. He grew up hunting, and started doing work as a guide in New Mexico, which took his hunting to the next level. He’s got a great story about hunting in Hawaii, a place I’ve heard was wild but couldn’t wait to hear more.


     


    While he was working as a guide, he met someone who lived in Hawaii and wound up inviting him out to hunt. Now, Hawaii is way different than the mainland when it comes to regulations. They do have game and fish and have seasons on some parts of the island, but most of the game lands are privately owned. On privately owned lands, they don’t have seasons, so the dates and weapon choices don’t matter. Some areas do draw tags, but Armando didn’t have to go through that for his trip. 


     


    On his first day out, Armando borrowed a custom rifle along with his bow after his guide suggested it. The animals in Hawaii are way more skittish, so a rifle would give him a better chance of shooting something to take back home with him. He went after a buck about 43 yards out but lost him. After 12 hours, he got pretty dehydrated from the heat and wind. The terrain on the islands is paradise, but it can be really rough.


     


    The best part of the story is when Armando went to the airport to check in for his flight home and he realized he was a day early! He got an extra day of hunting to do, and he went out alone this time with his bow. In a grassy field, he came up on a bunch of deer and two bucks who were feeding and didn’t see him. It gets crazy from here on out. Armando wound up shooting the buck and then had to get some help to take it down. The buck kept getting back up and they would lose him in the grass, and at one point it charged at the other guy! It finally went down, and everyone lived to tell the tale.







    What’s Inside:


    What it’s like to hunt in Hawaii’s terrain.

    Armando’s story of taking down a buck in the islands.

    How hunting permits are different in Hawaii.

    Information about The Bow Hitch.


     


    Mentioned in this episode:


    Phoenix Shooting Bags save 20% with code johnstallone


    Days In The Wild


    JohnStallone.me


    Thebowhitch.com


    The Bow Hitch on Facebook


    The Bow Hitch on Instagram


     


    Short Description:
    Armando Martinez is the co-founder of The Bow Hitch, a company with a device that makes carrying your bow suck less. He’s also got a wild story about hunting in Hawaii, which is way different than hunting on the mainland. 


     


    Tags:


    big game hunting, hunting tips, hunting guide, big buck hunting, hunting stories, deer hunting, rifle hunting, archery hunting

    • 35 min
    Long Range Hunting Dave Maher

    Long Range Hunting Dave Maher

    Long Range Hunting Dave Maher


     


    Show Notes:


    I don’t think anyone knows more about hunting rifles than competitive shooting expert Dave Maher. Today, he’s on the show to give us a deep dive into all things hunting rifles and hand loading.


     


    Did you know that the barrel of your rifle vibrates harmonically when you fire a shot? The barrel is actually moving around rapidly while the bullet is traveling through it, and this affects your accuracy. Dave explains exactly how this works, and tells us how you can “tune” your ammunition so that it exits the barrel consistently.


     


    Dave also gives an in-depth guide to developing and tuning a load for your particular rifle. Start by looking at what you’re trying to hunt. This will tell you your caliber and bullet grain. Then, it’s time to start tuning your powder load. The goal is to get to consistent, small groups, and it’s going to take some trial and error to get there.


     


    We also talk about ballistic software, shooting positions, shooting in the wind, recoil management, and more!


     


    What’s Inside:


    What are barrel harmonics?

    The ins and outs of developing a load.

    What “miles per hour” is your rifle?

    Practice in the wind.


     


    Mentioned in this episode:


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    Short Description:
    No one knows rifles like competitive shooter Dave Maher. He’s here today to geek out about all things hunting rifles, including how to tune and develop your own hand load. Plus, a deep dive on the science of barrel harmonics, a case for the sitting shooting position, dealing with the wind, and more!


     


    Tags:


    big game hunting, hunting tips, hunting guide, hunting rifle, shooting tips, hand load, reloading, powder load

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Elk Hunting with Morgan Abbott

    Elk Hunting with Morgan Abbott

    Elk Hunting with Morgan Abbott


     


    Show Notes:


     


    I’m talking to listener Morgan Abbott. He grew up in rural Utah, hunting with his dad – he shot his first deer at four years old! Today, he’s 23 and plans to take additional time off work so he can spend more time hunting. Just a few weeks ago, Morgan got into the Wasatch limited entry muzzleloader and shot elk with a friend of his. His friend drew the tags and they put their plans together, started placing trail cameras and locating cows over the summer. 


     


    They showed up the night before the hunt, checked their cameras and didn’t see what they wanted. They were discouraged but woke up on opening morning and started glassing from square one. They hiked into a canyon and then another location and glassed up a 300-310 bull, a straight 6 point. His friend wanted to shoot it, but he thought they could do better. A third friend wound up joining them and they started bugling and some bulls started to respond. They spent a couple of days bugling and tracking, but nothing was happening.


     


    On the fourth day, Morgan got to the trailhead they were working early, but someone had beat them to it. They decided to try a totally different area altogether and drove about an hour to another spot. He ripped a bugle and had 4 bulls answer immediately! They chased bugles all morning, found some cows and a 5 point, but they wound up letting him go and went back to camp. The next day, they woke up at 4am to hit the trail and were the first ones in the canyon. They bugled but it was dead silent. Right when they started to get discouraged again, they heard a long bugle about 10 minutes after shooting light, saw two cows through a small opening, and spotted a 6 point! After a lot of hard work to home in, they wound up getting it. It came in at around 330.


     


    All the stress just left them after they shot the elk, and I know there’s no better feeling. It’s all worth it and it really is such a humbling experience. You don’t always realize how tired you are after the chase until it’s all over. Morgan said his pack out was exhausting but they wound up going home proud.







    What’s Inside:


    Morgan’s experience on the Wasatch Elk Hunt.

    How to bugle.

    How the chase humbles you when you finally get your kill.







    Mentioned in this episode:


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    Short Description:
    Listener Morgan Abbott tells his intense story about getting a 6 point elk on the Wasatch hunt in Utah. After almost a week of bugling and tracking cows and bulls, they finally got their kill, which was a humbling experience for the whole crew. 


     


    Tags:


    big game hunting, hunting tips, hunting guide, big buck hunting, hunting stories, elk hunting, Wasatch elk hunting, muzzleloader

    • 41 min
    Making Things Happen with Steve Evans

    Making Things Happen with Steve Evans

    Making Things Happen with Steve Evans


     


    Show Notes:


     


    Steve Evans is pretty new at hunting, but he’s got some great tips, especially for other people just starting out. He lives in California and started big game hunting in 2019, killed his first buck in Montana and then just took off. Steve’s now addicted to both archery and rifle hunting and travels all over the place.


     


    Last year, Steve killed a 30-inch buck on California public land. He found it pre-season but started tracking it with a trail camera. When he first found it, it was only about 22 inches wide, but he knew it was going to grow. He set his camera up 100 yards from the buck’s bed and planned on waiting until rifle season. Steve watched the buck grow into a 30 and 3/8 buck from the trail camera! 


     


    Steve went back at the beginning of rifle season but decided to focus on a different buck opening weekend. He realized that the only way he was going to get to the big guy was if he slept on the mountain and then snuck down 1000 feet from where was so he could kill the buck in his bed. Steve planned a multiple-day hike and took a couple days to get about a mile away from where the buck was living. On the third day, he spotted a big frame in a little avalanche pretty early in the morning – this buck was huge. He didn’t think it was his buck, but it turned out that it was! He wound up killing him almost by accident, about 1000 feet higher than where his pictures were.


     


    Steve’s the kind of guy who likes to make things happen. I’m the same way. He’s found a way to kill bucks in their beds, taking a more active approach to tracking. If you have an instinct for something, you should just go for it. Steve was lucky enough to have a buddy of his show him how to get out in the field and look for things himself and he found his own style from there.







    What’s Inside:


    Steve’s story on how he killed a 30-inch buck.

    How you can track and kill a deer in its bed.

    How you can hunt without patterning.

    Why making things happen instead of waiting for them works.


     


    Mentioned in this episode:


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    Short Description:
    Making things happen with your own unique hunting style can make you a better hunter than waiting around for them to come to you. Steve Evans shares a couple of awesome stories of how he’s been able to get some big bucks by tracking them in their beds. He might be somewhat of a beginner, but he’s got great instincts.


     


    Tags:


    big game hunting, hunting tips, hunting guide, big buck hunting, hunting stories, trail cameras, rifle hunting, archery hunting

    • 35 min

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