Where to Hunt Podcast
By The Okayest Hunter
We’re the Okayest hunting podcast in the Midwest. We keep it casual, drink bourbon, scotch, whiskey, and beers, and shoot the breeze with known and unknown deer deer, elk, and other hunters from around the country.
Wisconsin based deer hunters. Hunt public. Stay okay.
Where to Hunt PodcastMay 26, 2021
Joe Kruse - Big Woods Bucks
Hunting vast, desolate land is a bit different than what we're used to here in the midwest by and large. This week on the show, Greg and Eric are joined by Joe Kruse from Big Woods Bucks out of Maine. Joe breaks down how they go about tracking deer, doing more of a still-style all-day hunt rather than sitting and waiting like a lot of us are used to.
We talk about their approach to hunting both whitetails and also moose. Moreover, Joe talks about what they consider to be a trophy animal, and also how they pack out when they're deep in the backwoods of Maine, what to wear, and also some of his favorite wild game meals.
Big Woods Bucks also has their own podcast in addition to guiding, lodging, and outfitting - be sure to check them out!
Alex Ramondo - Bucks, Bears, and Wild Game Cooking
Alex Ramondo returns for his second appearance on the W2H podcast to shoot the breeze with Greg and Eric. This go-around, Alex shares his story from his 2020 buck, and his 2020 bear hunt. From there we head to the kitchen, and the grill and talk about how to cook all this wild game meat and even chat about fishing for a while towards the end. Grab a drink and kickback to enjoy this great chat!
Bill Thompson - Spartan Forge
Our friend Bill Thompson with Spartan Forge joins us again to provide an update about their new data-driven deer predictability application, as well as what's on the horizon. Bill talks about the tech and neural networks that drive the app, as well as some of the anecdotes and case studies the data has helped shed light on in terms of how deer behave during peak rut, and peak conception times. Lastly, Spartan Forge is hosting a veteran hunt later this year to help donate to the overall health of those that help defend our freedoms every day!
Chris Whitley - Get Outdoors 2Day
Are you on TikTok? If not, you might be missing out on some really practical and entertaining deer hunting content! Not to mention, a ton of young hunters are on the platform. Chris Whitley with Get Outdoors 2Day thought the TikTok was just a social platform for people to goof off among other things, but it turns out there's an appetite for more hunting content. Rather than watching a 20-minute how-to YouTube video for 2 minutes of what you really needed to learn, Chris has created several dozens of short-form, quick-hit practical tips for hunters on the platform. New hunters are highly engaged in learning more from this new platform.
More than just social media talk, we do dive into talking turkey and as a competitive caller, Chris brought along some turkey calls to demonstrate some of the ways he's successfully called in turkeys!
Nic De Castro - LandTrust
Nic De Castro with LandTrust joins us this week to talk about their new platform. LandTrust is a marketplace that enables sportsmen to book hunting trips on private lands across the US. They hope to increase quality, private-land access for hunters and create a new, profitable revenue stream for rural landowners like farmers & ranchers to keep rural lands intact & in family hands, rather than being sold off for more and more development.
It's a very interesting topic, and our listeners added a ton of value and perspective to the conversation with their questions during the live broadcast.
We're LIVE every Tuesday, from 6 PM - 7 PM CST if you'd like to tune in and join the conversation we'd love to hear from you!
Colin Jones - Field Ethos
Being in the NFL definitely has its perks, however football season happens to take place at the same time deer hunting gets underway! Our guest on this week's show, Colin Jones shares his experience as both an NFL football player and a deer hunter. Moreover, Colin is the CFO for Field Ethos. Field Ethos is giving a voice to the nomads, sojourners, and searchers. They're delivering content from contributors worldwide, from remote corners of the world, or a trip to the woods outside of town and everything in between.
Mitch Baker: WI DNR Spring Hearings
Mitch joins Greg and Eric for the second time on the W2H podcast. We chat about how Mitch completed the David Goggins 4x4x48 recently, and then we dive into some specific topics related to the WI Spring Hearings such as:
- High fences on private property to impact deer movement
- White deer hunting
Beau Martonik - East Meets West Hunt
Great fireside chat with Beau with East Meets West Hunt as he, Greg, and Eric chatted about chasing whitetails in PA public land, how someone should invent a snot sleeve to stay quiet when you're getting close to mature bucks. Beau also shared his Most Memorable (elk) Hunt and some of the things he enjoys about both gun hunting, and bowhunting!
Rerun: Turkey Grand Slam with John Mulligan
Jason Redd - Hunt for the Adventure
Jason Redd with Timber Ninja Outdoors joins Greg and Eric this week to chat about gear, mobile setups, hunting safety, and hunting for the adventure.
Marcus Ewing - The Average Conservationist
Greg and Eric have a conversation about conservation with Marcus Ewing of the Average Conservationist. Marcus is a Michigan native that grew up hunting public land and eventually fell in love with bow hunting. He's partnered up with 2 Percent for Conservation and 10% of his product sales go directly towards conservation!
There are several ways to give back to conservation and the fellas talk about each of them.
Andrae D'Acquisto - A Whitetail Hunting Legend
Greg and Eric chat with Andrae D'Acquisto with Lone Wolf Custom Gear and hear about some of their latest innovative products on the marketing and soon to be on the market. Then we switch gears and talk whitetail tactics, starting with hunting scrapes, or as Andrae calls them, fools gold. From there, we dive into a LIVE listener Q&A that goes even deeper into some of the tactics Andrea has deployed over the years as a mature buck killer.
Beast Mode Archery Challenge 2021 Events
This week with the Beast Mode Archery Challenge (BMAC) guys, Brian Austin and Jonny Dove shoot the breeze with Eric and Greg. We chat about fitness in the outdoors, pushing yourself, and prepping yourself and your gear from the hunts you embark on.
These guys host some pretty awesome events and have built a great community around getting fit for the outdoors!
Aron Snyder - The Backcountry
We go deep into the heart of the backcountry on this one with Aron Snyder, the President of Kifaru International. Aron has hunted several species in several states, has put more time in the woods than most, and has tested tons of gear. He's a wealth of knowledge and experience!
Seth Porter - Dedicated to Whitetails
This week Greg and Eric chat with the Bearded Nomad himself, Seth Porter who also runs a podcast called the Nomad Project. Seth had a grueling season and hunted hard. He was disciplined and stuck to the goals that he set at the beginning of the season.
We talked about rolling with the punches of the season and how to keep pushing through even when you're spent. We also talk about hunting one-stick high and Greg and Seth go back and forth about their heavy arrow set ups!
Overall, it's just a great conversation among a few deer hunters that love chasing whitetails.
Deer Season is Over, Now What?
Deer season in Wisconsin is officially over until September. What the heck are we all going to do now??
This week Greg and Eric chat about how Greg's season wrapped up and how he made the most of it by gathering more intel to compound knowledge for next season! We chatted about how deer navigate terrain, how and where they bed, and just how and why these creatures of the edge are so damn hard to kill!
Late Season Shenanigans
Eric and Greg test out their new broadcasting platform to welcome LIVE video chat into the weekly LIVE broadcast via YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook!
They chat about Greg's final days in the woods as the WI bow season comes to a close. They also chat about what else is in season, like small game and coyote hunting, as well as ice fishing and other winter activities.
Guest video chat appearance from our good friend Jeff out of WI chats about his plans for an upcoming out-of-state Mule deer hunt, too!
This week, Greg and Eric (well mostly Greg) talk about caring for your venison. From the moment you shoot your deer, drag it out of the woods, butcher it, and cook it. We also chat about the various types of cuts and what types of meals you can cook with them. Of course, then we get hungry and start sharing some of our favorite recipes!
Deer's n' Beer's with Kyle and Ryan
This week we chat with a couple of Michigan whitetail hunters that run an Instagram page called DeerNBeers. Over the last year or so, we've chatted with them a lot and shared a few virtual cheers via social media. These are good, down-to-earth everyday dudes that love chasing whitetails and having a few beers after the hunt. They've also got a great YouTube channel where they've documented some of their hunts, called the Whitetail Coffin Club - this week, kick back, crack open a cold one, and enjoy the banter!
Transition to Killing Mature Whitetails with Clay Thurman
Pull up a chair, grab a drink and tune into this week's show with guest, Clay Thurman of Nebraska as the fellas talk with him about bourbon, Clay's transition from hunting any buck to killing mature bucks!
Prepping for an Elk Hunt
This week, Greg and Eric chat with Jeff Moran, the Relentless HNTR about some of his recent elk hunts. We also dig into some overlooked things when prepping and packing as it relates to both tactics and gear. We also took a call from one of our listeners who has 10 years of experience doing out of state elk hunts and the fellas chatted about the various camp styles you can deploy when chasing elk in the backcountry. Overall, we learned a ton on this week's episode and we'll have Jeff on again sometime in the spring of 2021!
HHA Sports Year in Review with Chris Hamm
Chris Hamm, Founder, and President of HHA USA and Vice President of HHA Sports jump back on the W2H podcast to chat about their year in review, the events they've put on for HHA USA, and what some of their plans are for 2021!
Late Season Whitetails
Greg and Eric recap their bow hunting season and discuss some of the new gear and tactics they put to use this season. They wrap up talking about late-season whitetail tactics and how to keep at it! They answered a few questions from the LIVE comments and took a call from a good Michigander buddy of theirs to talk about areas where they most improved their hunting success on public land.
Sportsmen's Nation with Dan Johnson
Dan Johnson with the Sportsmen's Nation Network and Nine Finger Chronicles podcast is a true conservationist! We chatted about hunting multiple states, chasing your dreams of working in the hunting niche, and balancing it all while raising a family!
Genesis 3D Printing with Austin Kantola
Eric and Greg chat with a guest, Austin Kantola, a MI native that loves solving problems! Austin shares his story of how Genesis 3D Printing started and where it's going. Genesis 3D Printing is printing complimentary hunting gadgets to help make the DIY hunter's hunt more practical. When Austin identifies an opportunity for a small adjustment or improvement to an existing product or piece of gear, he prints one up and shares it with the hunting community!
Blaze Orange Rut Club Radio
The Wisconsin Gun Deer season is almost here! This week we heard from hunters from all across the US. From the west coast to the east coast and everything midwestern in between. Thanks to everyone that called in, it's so great hearing how everyone's season is going, their stories, and gun season plans! Have fun, hunt safe!
Eric's Public Land Bow Rut Buck Story
Hear how Eric (finally) got his first bow buck and on public land last week on November 4th. Also, hear how Greg plans his attack during the remaining days of the Wisconsin bow season while the rut is still in full swing!
Tactic Talk: Ryan Glitsky - Hunting The Unseasonably Hot Rut
Greg and Eric talk about how their rut-cation went and how their season is going so far. There are some lessons learned that will help improve the remaining season as well as many more to come in the future.
Tactic Talk: John Stewart - Pre Rut Public Land Hunting
Hear how John thinks about and approaches public land hunting in PA during the pre-rut. Hint, you need to get out in the woods. John spends most of his time scouting and a smaller percentage actually hunting. There's a really good nugget in this one, you'll have to tune in to get it!
Hunting the Pre-Rut with John Stewart
Public land hunting isn't easy. Bucks are hard-earned. Jonh Stewart spends most of his time scouting and only a fraction of his time actually spent hunting. John hunts public land in PA and has had a good deal of success over the years harvesting mature whitetails. He has put in the time over the years and chats with Greg and Eric about h.is approach during the pre-rut He also talks about rubs, and scrapes and how he values or devalues that intel when planning his hunts. This episode also features a bunch of calls from our listeners during Rut Club Radio, a weekly LIVE broadcast radio-style rut report!
Tactic Talk: Greg Litzinger - Hunting Scrapes Amidst Whitetail Behavior Changes
As daylight diminishes, crops die or get cut, foliage is no longer there to conceal deer (or hunters), whitetail hunters need to adapt to these changes to create opportunities to capitalize on taking a shot at a mature buck. This week Greg Litzinger, the Bow Hunting Fiend talks about hunting hot signs, setting up on scrapes, and how he identifies which scrapes to hunt. This was also how Greg was able to fill his tag recently on a beautiful public land buck!
Iron Will Outfitters - Bill Vanderheyden
This week Greg and Eric chat with the Co-Founder of Iron Will Outfitters, Bill Vanderheyden about how they got their start, what they're all about, and how they make broadheads Precision Engineered to be as Reliable as Science Allows. Born out of need after missing an opportunity on a bull elk, Bill went to work on designing a broadhead he would feel confident about using on his hunts to get the job done. They've experienced true product lead growth and have really grown organically via word of mouth as other hunters have experienced just how effective and ethical their broadheads could be.
Tactic Talk: Byron Horton - Cold Fronts and Scrapes, Getting Prepared
Louis Pasteur said, "Chance favors the prepared mind." This quote pairs really well with Byron's approach to prepping for when you know a cold front is in the weather forecast. Byron also talks a bit about hunting scrapes and rub lines as they relate to when deer movement starts to really pick up during these fronts.
Mid Season Updates
Greg and Eric announce a couple of new partnerships, chat about how their season is going so far, and take a few calls from listeners including Dave Bechtel with Chase Nation, Alex Plew, and Mitch Baker. There was some good conversation about arrow builds and bow setups as well as some great hunting stories!
BONUS - Most Memorable Hunts: Zeb Woiak
Tactic Talk: Jared Scheffler - Aggressive Ground Hunting Public Land During The October Lull
The Lone Wolf with Cody D'Acquisto
Hear what Cody's been up to in the business, and in the woods! We only chatted about his most recent buck a little bit, then got sidetracked... sorry about that. There were some great questions Cody answered from our listeners along the way, both from the comments and one caller!
BONUS - Most Memorable Hunts: Full Draw Assassins, Double Take
Tactic Talk: Jason Kline - Hunt Right Now: Cell Cams and Wind Bumps
Jason Kline has put down some dandy mature bucks. Over the last 10+ years, Jason has heavily utilized wind scent bumping to push mature whitetails out of their bedding. Over the last 2 years, he has doubled down on cell cam usage to really hone in on target bucks and apply those tactics. When those cams send out notifications of mature bucks on hoof, there is no hesitating to get into the woods immediately to get it done.
A Whole Month to Deer Hunt - Tyler Brooks with Chase Nation
What would you do with a whole month off to deer hunt? Which dates would you take off? Where would you go? These are some of the questions Eric and Greg ask Tyler Brooks with Chase Nation, who takes all of November off to do what he loves... deer hunt. Tyler covers how he prepares for the month, what gear he brings, what food, and even where he showers since their camper doesn't have running water! This is a great episode from a great guy out of our home state, Wisconsin!
Tactic Talk: Marc Krebsbach - Key Terrain Features in Big Woods
This week Marc Krebsbach joins Tactic Talk to share his experience in hunting big woods in the most northern part of Minnesota, just miles south of the Canadian border near the Boundry Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) - this is tough, vast country and any buck in these parts ought to be considered a trophy. Marc has put boots to the ground in big woods over the last seven years before he started having success putting down mature bucks in these desolate areas. Learn how he started to put the pieces together and how it can help during late September, into mid-October bow season.
Public Land Buck with Derek Malcore
Derek Malcore out of Wisconsin recently moved from Northern, WI to South Eastern, WI. New to new public land territory, Derek put in some time scouting new small public land parcels and hand a few sits without seeing any deer at all. On his latest sit, though he spotted some fresh buck sign and along with it came fresh hunter sign, too. Public land hunting in a populated area is no easy feat and isn't for the faint of heart. Derek was able to make a few quick judgment calls and capitalized on getting into an area with promising signs of sure buck bedding and got it done! This week's episode is Derek's story of his 2020 Southeastern, WI public land buck!
BONUS - Most Memorable Hunts: Bill Thompson with Spartan Forge, the Gangster Buck
Tactic Talk: Cody D'Acquisto - Navigating Hunting Pressure
As bow season has opened and the hunting season is picking up steam, more hunters are flocking to the woods for a chance at tagging a buck. Cody D'Acquisto talks about his specific approach to navigating away from hunting pressure - you might be surprised by his response and how he goes about it. Cody tends to either ignore hunting pressure or leverages it to his advantage when hunting mature whitetail bucks.
Greg's Eater Doe and Heavy Arrows
This week we break down Greg's WI bow season-opening hunt. We chat about his approach, his bow and arrow set up and the "plan B" shot on his doe. We take a few calls from the Ranch Fairy and the Whitetail Experience, too. We hope you get some practical value from this weeks episode!
BONUS - Most Memorable Hunts: Dustin Rifkin the Magic Circle
Tactic Talk: Jarrod Norwood - Early Season Hunting in Extreme Heat Down South
Jarrod Norwood joins Eric on Tactic Talk this week to share some of his experience and success hunting extreme heat down in Arkansas. If you hunt in the south, this will be a must listen and if you hunt in the northern part of the country, a lot of what Jarrod talks about applies to the early season!
Full Draw Assassins
This week Greg and Eric chat with Derek and Ken with Full Draw Assassins out of PA. These guys are digging in and grinding into the upcoming season. They are hunting a 30-acre private plot and doing all the work to create a sustainable whitetail habitat, however they're also trekking 7 miles west to Ohio to hunt public land. They're learning and stay humble along the way!
We're LIVE every Tuesday from 7 PM - 8 PM CDT on our FB, YT, and Twitter pages to take listeners' calls.
Rut Club Radio is LIVE and airs every Tuesday night from 5:45 PM - 6:15 PM CDT to take calls from hunters across the US.
Call 262.757.4122 to join the conversation!
Tactic Talk: Mark Kenyon - Early Season Private Land Tactics for Mature Whitetails
This week on Tactic Talk, Mark Kenyon with Wired to Hunt joins us to break down his approach to hunting private land. Being sure to access it strategically, or holding out access as to not "burn" it early on. Mark talks about how important pre-season scouting is to ensure you're creating the highest probability for success.