29 episodes

Hunting ain't easy, but we love the challenge, the opportunity and the wild places it brings us. Hosted by California hunter Mike Costello, we focus on California hunting topics (#DzoneHunting) with specific focus on public land deer and bear hunting. We believe that habitat and herd management are topics that need more attention, so look forward to guests that can shed light on what we can do as hunters and conservationists, to put more animals in the woods. Mike is an "adult onset hunter" and the score card going into 2021 seasons is: Deer 0, Bear 1. We're going to follow Mike's misadventures, scouting tactics and success. "Big buck down" is coming in '21!

Hunting Ain't Easy Mike Costello

    • Sports
    • 5.0 • 32 Ratings

Hunting ain't easy, but we love the challenge, the opportunity and the wild places it brings us. Hosted by California hunter Mike Costello, we focus on California hunting topics (#DzoneHunting) with specific focus on public land deer and bear hunting. We believe that habitat and herd management are topics that need more attention, so look forward to guests that can shed light on what we can do as hunters and conservationists, to put more animals in the woods. Mike is an "adult onset hunter" and the score card going into 2021 seasons is: Deer 0, Bear 1. We're going to follow Mike's misadventures, scouting tactics and success. "Big buck down" is coming in '21!

    Ep 29 (Part 2) California Mule Deer Zones (x5a/b, x6a/b, x7a/b) with Dan Ryan

    Ep 29 (Part 2) California Mule Deer Zones (x5a/b, x6a/b, x7a/b) with Dan Ryan

    Dan Ryan is an avid hunter and outdoorsman with a profession that allows him to get to know land and habitat all over California.  In this 2 part podcast Dan and I get down to talking about 6 of the most popular and accessible ”draw zones” which require a Premium tag for archery, rifle/general or muzzleloader hunt opportunities. Any hunter with 3 to 17 points in California is probably considering hunting or scouting these zones as they offer diverse terrain, high quality hunts and the potential for a truly great California buck. 

    You can reach out to Dan directly via the Bureau of Land Mgmt, in the Susanville CA office: 530-249-8559 or Email dryan@blm.gov  

    California Big Game Draw resources are found in the Big Game Digest... we have until June 2nd to put in for the draw, so it’s time to study and make some choices. 

    Follow Hunting Ain’t Easy on Instagram 

    Want to protect hunting rights, opportunity and support quality wildlife mgmt across all states and all species - follow HOWL For Wildlife! 




    #Hunting #MuleDeer #California #Bear #Deer #Conservation #Wildlife

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ep. 28 California Mule Deer Zones (x5a/b, x6a/b, x7a/b) with Dan Ryan, Part 1

    Ep. 28 California Mule Deer Zones (x5a/b, x6a/b, x7a/b) with Dan Ryan, Part 1

    Dan Ryan is an avid hunter and outdoorsman with a profession that allows him to get to know land and habitat all over California.  In this 2 part podcast Dan and I get down to talking about 6 of the most popular and accessible ”draw zones” which require a Premium tag for archery, rifle/general or muzzleloader hunt opportunities. Any hunter with 3 to 17 points in California is probably considering hunting or scouting these zones as they offer diverse terrain, high quality hunts and the potential for a truly great California buck. 

    You can reach out to Dan directly via the Bureau of Land Mgmt, in the Susanville CA office: 530-249-8559 or Email dryan@blm.gov  

    California Big Game Draw resources are found in the Big Game Digest... we have until June 2nd to put in for the draw, so it’s time to study and make some choices. 

    Follow Hunting Ain’t Easy on Instagram 

    Want to protect hunting rights, opportunity and support quality wildlife mgmt across all states and all species - follow HOWL For Wildlife! 




    #Hunting #MuleDeer #California #Bear #Deer #Conservation #Wildlife

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Ep. 27 What’s wrong with SB 856 ”the wild pig bill” - It’s a TRAP!

    Ep. 27 What’s wrong with SB 856 ”the wild pig bill” - It’s a TRAP!

    Charles Whitwam and I jam on the issues, problems and outright threats embedded in SB856. This California legislation has some shiny and attractive bait to attract hunters’ attention, but the boring sections of the Senate Bill are NOT GOOD for California hunters, outdoors enthusiasts, farmers and ranchers. OPPOSE SB856.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    EP 26 Fuel The Hunt with Kyle Alton - fitness, nutrition and fueling your body through the seasons

    EP 26 Fuel The Hunt with Kyle Alton - fitness, nutrition and fueling your body through the seasons

    No matter what the game is you’re chasing, your overall fitness is going to limit you or it will power you.  Fitness is a year-round pursuit, just like hunting. There’s scouting seasons, planning seasons and hunting seasons.  Keeping your body in mountain ready condition requires seasons for building strength, seasons for building endurance, and seasons for performing. No matter what season you’re in, the fuel you put into your body will affect the outcome.  Food, water, nutrients, supplements need to be sync’d to your training plan and your goals. 

    I got to spend some time with Kyle Alton to chat about hunting, and fueling the body for optimal performance. Kyle is an experienced hunter and personal trainer (10+ years), and he’s merging these passions with a food/nutrition/fueling coaching program to help hunters achieve their goals and maintain the edge that good fueling can provide. 

    Find Kyle on instagram @ Fuel the Hunt 

    Thanks again for your support, feedback and engagement with the Hunting Ain’t Easy Podcast! 

    mountain fitness / wilderness athlete / hike to hunt / train to hunt / fuel the hunt / food is fuel / muledeer / black bear / elk hunting /

    • 1 hr 31 min
    EP 25 HOWL for Wildlife, with the creator of HOWL, Charles Whitwam

    EP 25 HOWL for Wildlife, with the creator of HOWL, Charles Whitwam

    Wouldn’t it be great if the hunting community had a single platform where we could voice our support for conservation, wildlife management through hunting, and hunting rights & opportunities? What if there was a place where we could #GuardTheGate?


    Heck yes!! Charles Whitwam has created HOWL For Wildlife to do exactly that. Charles is a hunter and guide, a wildlife advocate and conservationist. You may know him as ShadowTrekker Adventures.


    I sit down with Charles to learn about HOWL, his inspiration and goals for the site. We talk about our need to energize and transform the communications power of the 15 MILLION hunters in the US. We talk about the outright lies and misrepresentation of facts that anti-hunters use to manipulate people’s emotions and actions.


    Friends – go to HOWL and check it out. Take Action, Share the Site with fellow hunters and your non-hunting friends who value balanced wildlife mgmt..


    Hit me up at HuntingAintEasy to follow along, comment or ask questions.


    #Hunting #Conservation #Wildlife #Muledeer #California #Habitat #Blackbear #BearHunting #HSUS #PETA #HumanSociety #Wilderness #Deer #Whitetail #Elk #Blacktail #AnimalRights #Advocate #Activist #Howl #Ecology #AZGFD #CDFW #FishandGame #Colorado #Arizona #Washington #Oregon #Idaho #Utah #Montana #Wyoming #Regulations

    • 1 hr 28 min
    EP 24: John Stallone pre-AZ hunt call, post-hunt recap

    EP 24: John Stallone pre-AZ hunt call, post-hunt recap

    As a deer hunter I'm intrigued by opportunities beyond our great state.  Neighboring and nearby Western states offer habitat, terrain, tags and wildlife populations that are uniquely different, and enticing, compared to what we have available. I love big mountain back-country hunting, but the reality is that wilderness beauty and backcountry adventure isn't limited to high-alpine basins. The desert offers a starkly different experience - and there are some big bucks cruising the palo verde and cactus.  In this episode I get to chat with John Stallone of Days in the Wild for a quick podcast call, and to pick his brain on what to look for when it comes to mule-deer rut, habitat and habits in the Southwest corner of AZ. 


    If you're heading to AZ or even the southern deserts of California you'll benefit from John's Days in the Wild podcast - he has been sharing stories and experience of coues deer, mule deer, javalina and coyote hunting in AZ for many years! 


    A trip to hunt AZ in December or January will sharpen your skills and expand your idea of what "mule deer country" really looks like.  I encourage you to use our CA off-season to explore the southwest, find desert bucks and get some practice stalking these bucks. 


    John Stallone - Instagram 


    Days in the Wild outfitters - Instagram 


    AZGFD online 


    Hunting Ain't Easy - Instagram 


    HOWL For Wildlife


    #Hunting #Conservation #Wildlife #Muledeer #California #Habitat #Blackbear #BearHunting #HSUS #DeerHunting #ElkHunting #Wilderness #Deer #Whitetail #Elk #Blacktail #Advocate #Activist #Howl

    • 1 hr 33 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

masiv4 ,

Great California Hunting Conversation

Love that there’s finally a high-quality podcast that fills the vacuum that is California hunting content.

Sue Tidwell ,

HOWL for wildlife.

I listened to this podcast to lean more about HOWL for wildlife. It was a great conversation. I am so thrilled to have such an easy option for adding my voice to support the sustainable use of wildlife and legislation to enhance it.

Sue Tidwell, author of Cries of the Savanna. An adventure. An awakening. A journey to understanding African wildlife conservation.

bigcarscox ,

Great podcast

The content is amazing and the topics are very relevant. Would love to sit down with Mike some day to do an interview to write an post for my blog!

-Brow Tines And Tight Lines

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