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Welcome to the Vortex Nation Podcast. Brought to you by lovers of hunting, shooting, public lands, the Second Amendment and dang good food.

    #10MinuteTalk - Bear Shot Placement/Methods of Take with Ryan Lampers

    #10MinuteTalk - Bear Shot Placement/Methods of Take with Ryan Lampers

    There’s more than one way to pursue a bear - spot-and-stalk, baiting, hounds. Choose your weapon too – bow, rifle, or muzzleloader. They all have their intricacies. The good news, all are challenging, fun, and hopefully reward you with a bear for the freezer. We go through all these options with Ryan Lampers in our final installment of our spring bear special. Listen in to the end for some great shot placement advice. It may not be what you’ve heard before.

    • 20 min
    #10MinuteTalk - Eating Bear Meat with Ryan Lampers

    #10MinuteTalk - Eating Bear Meat with Ryan Lampers

    Fried bear, canned bear, bear tacos (burritos if you’re Jim), bear BQ sandwiches, bone-in bear hams - hungry yet? In this installment of our spring bear special, bear chef extraordinaire, Ryan Lampers, dispels bear meat myths, takes us through all the great attributes of bear meat, why it’s his favorite wild game, and hucks out a few of his go-to preparations. Tune in and get your salivatory glands fired up!

    • 15 min
    #10MinuteTalk - Finding Spring Bears with Ryan Lampers

    #10MinuteTalk - Finding Spring Bears with Ryan Lampers

    Hunting spring black bears is growing in popularity! But where the heck do you find these walking delicacies? What should you be looking for? Good questions! That’s why we grabbed spring bear/all-around outdoor expert, Ryan Lampers, to give us a zero-to-sixty crash course on that very topic. Terrain features, water features, food sources, what slope they will likely be on at different times throughout the spring and more are covered in first installment of our 10-minute talk spring bear special.

    • 15 min
    #10MinuteTalk - Does Pistol Red Dot Height Matter?

    #10MinuteTalk - Does Pistol Red Dot Height Matter?

    Red Dots on pistols are becoming the norm – not the exception. So, what height should your dot sit? Mark and Jim get professional advice on this often-asked question.

    • 12 min
    Ep. 176 | Building an AR - Where to Spend Your Money and Where to Save

    Ep. 176 | Building an AR - Where to Spend Your Money and Where to Save

    AR component and accessory options abound. Wading through them is part of the fun, but can be daunting at the same time. How can two seemingly identical parts have such an extreme price discrepancy? Jimmy and Mark bring in AR-Gurus Adam Maxwell and Reuben Aleckson to dissect the anatomy of an AR, and where to consider dropping coin like brass on a hot range, or where to save money like cartridges during an ammo crisis (that would never happen). Mark even brings in his plaid-lined wicker basket of AR parts as visual-aid. You can rest easy knowing they have been assembled. Let us know in the comments if you want to see the complete rifles before they are mysteriously lost to the ocean in a tragic, undocumented, boating accident.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    #10MinuteTalk – Vortex Wear is “Fit For Everywhere”

    #10MinuteTalk – Vortex Wear is “Fit For Everywhere”

    For years, Vortex has been making optics for looking through. We still do that, but have jumped headfirst into making things for looking good in as well! Join us, as we chat with Brandon and Erin, who spearhead Vortex Wear, to get their take on our lifestyle apparel, the tech built into it, the “Why” behind it, and more. We also debate the hard-hitting topic of, “Are the new Sun Slayer Shorts dress shorts?” Few places are “clothing-optional” these days (probably a good thing). Vortex Wear can help you with that!

    • 15 min

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Likestoshoot ,

Alway entertaining and enjoyable

Thanks for the great content. If someone can’t find a subject they’re interested in I don’t want to know that person. LOL

Fritz Feulner ,

The first rule of podcasting...

...is knowing when to shut up!
WTH is wrong with these host clowns? Why bother have knowledgeable guests if you constantly interrupt them?

hardwater newb ,

1 magnification and only 1.

Love the podcast lots of great information!!

I mostly hunt mule deer and elk here on the east side of Oregon So i would go with 8x that is where i like to set my scope from 50-600 yards i have the viper pst with the FFP so i like the size of the recital right around there.
Also with the first buck I shot, I was using an older 3x9 and at the time I didn’t know you could adjust the magnification.... so i was at 3x the buck was with a doe and I couldn’t see his antlers through my scope. I had to use my knockers to see which deer was the buck. It was a forky so they had similar sized bodies if it was it older buck probably could have been able to tell difference. Kept having to go back and forth between knocker and rifle took what seemed like 10 minutes until they both where standing still and i was able to see that the buck was lower on the hill and i was able to kill the buck. This was at 250 yards. The Buck didn’t make it 10 feet.

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