The Western Bowhunter Podcast

The Western Bowhunter Podcast is here to bring you people and stories of Western Bowhunting. Hosted by South Cox of Stalker Stickbows and Kody Kellom of Born And Raised Outdoors, where they live life to the fullest! Whether it is topics of preparing for the backcountry, calling elk or spot and stalk hunting, we will bring you interesting guests and incredible insight. If you bowhunt the West for Elk, Mule Deer, Blacktail Deer, or anything you can chase with a tag, you better sit tight and enjoy the ride. If you have any questions or requests, we'd love to hear from you. E-mail us at: Thanks for listening! // South Cox & Kody Kellom
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Dec 8, 2018

Hey everybody, welcome to the show! Today's episode is back by popular demand, a reading from Patrick McManus. Make sure you don't skip the intro as I get you all caught up on whats going on in the Stalker world, and how you will all hopefully be seeing much faster turn around times! Hope you all enjoy this episode, thanks for listening.

Nov 17, 2018

Hey everyone, welcome to the show. This episode is one from the archives that was recorded before season started, but is still a great episode to share. Today's guests are my longtime friends Ron Crouch and Rodney York. You can follow along on their hunts by visiting their youtube page or website- BentBowProductions.  I hope you all enjoy this episode, and thanks for tuning in!

Show Notes:
  • Bent Bow Productions (2:00)
  • British Columbia goat hunt (8:00)
  • At the end of 240 miles of gravel road (16:30)
  • “You’re up” (25:00)
  • Stalking a billy with a stick bow (29:30)
  • Techniques for the hunt (44:00)
  • Preparing mental toughness (53:30)
  • Timeframe for capes (1:02:30)
  • Teaching yourself to bow hunt (1:09:00)
  • Confidence in the field (1:20:45)
  • A love for traditional bowhunting (1:27:30)


Nov 2, 2018

Hey everybody, welcome to the show! Today's episode is one that I recorded with the Push Archery folks not too long ago, and we decided to co release it on both podcasts. In this episode we talk about my various trips throughout the season, particularly the hunt in Colorado with Tim and the film he produced for me. If you haven't checked it out, please do! It's worth your time. Thanks for listening!

The High Country Film

Nov 1, 2018
Hey guys, welcome to the show. In today’s episode I have my friend Nick White, who is a fellow trad bow hunter, and happened to have the same elk tag in Colorado that I had this year. Nick drew the tag as a non resident, and was hunting not too far from us. We kept in touch through out the hunt, and decided it be best to set up a podcast and recall all of our memories. I appreciate you all  listening to the show, thanks for tuning in!
Show Notes:
  • Preference points for Colorado tags (2:00)
  • Age class of bulls (8:00)
  • Scouting preseason (12:00)
  • Hunting pressure (17:00)
  • Hunt highlights (21:00)
  • Start of South’s hunt (32:00)
  • The order of events for South’s bull (47:00)
  • The pressure to get it done (56:00)
  • Nick’s bull (1:04:30)
  • The relief when it all comes together (1:12:30)
  • Nick’s gear set up (1:15:45)
  • The Push Archery guys (1:38:00)
Sep 9, 2018

Hey there everybody, welcome to today's show. This episode was recorded quite a while back, so most of the information in the start may be old news to a few of you, so I apologize. Today's episode is a Patrick McManus reading from the book "A Fine and Pleasant Misery," chapter being "The Two Wheeled ATV." I hope everybody's having success in their season so far, I can't wait to share and hear all the stories. Thanks for listening!

Jul 6, 2018
Hey everyone, welcome to the show. Today’s guest is a good friend of mine, Randy Burtis. On this episode, Randy and I discuss hunting mostly in the state of Wyoming. Randy is proficient and spot and stalk archery antelope hunting, mule deer hunting, and it is his preferred tactic for archery elk hunting, compared to calling. Randy dives into how he hunts elk with his recurve by trailing along herds and never uses a call. I hope you all enjoy this episode, thanks for listening!
Show Notes:
  • Randy Burtis introduction (1:00)
  • Wyoming antelope hunting (8:45)
  • Rifle deer opportunities in Wyoming (20:00)
  • Massive deer migrations (28:00)
  • Wyoming elk opportunities (37:15)
  • Wyoming draw system (42:30)
  • Randy’s elk tactics (47:30)
  • Hunting elk on the move (1:03:00)
  • Hunting the full moon (1:07:15)
  • Adjusting to Montana (1:20:00)
  • Gear for hunting off your back (1:28:15)
  • Hunting elk all night (1:34:00)
Jun 29, 2018

Hey there everyone, welcome to the show. Today's show is going to be a well over due Patrick McManus episode that many of you have been asking for. I take quite a bit of time at the beginning of the show to catch you all up with whats been going on in my life, including details about my hunt with Lary jones coming up in the fall. Thank you all for listening!

Jun 19, 2018

Hey everyone, welcome to the show! Today’s episode has an extra special guest, someone who I have looked up to in the hunting industry for many years, Randy Ulmer. Randy is one of those all star hunters who you can bet is going to punch every tag he’s got on an absolute giant. He as been bowhunting for many many years, and is a book of knowledge. In this episode we talk about his backcountry set up, his stalk process, and lots of other super important information that I’m sure you will all enjoying listening too. Thank you all for tuning in!

Show Notes:
  • Who is Randy Ulmer (1:30)
  • Randy’s current bow set up (5:00)
  • Shooting heavy FOC (12:15)
  • Arrow vanes (18:30)
  • The Ulmer Edge broadhead (21:15)
  • Bow setup (26:30)
  • The transition from elk hunting to mule deer hunting  (52:00)
  • Elk hunting tactics (55:00)
  • Executing a stalk (1:10:00)
  • Maximum affective shooting range changing your stalk (1:14:00)
  • Mental approach to a stalk (1:24:00)
  • Controlling your scent in the backcountry (1:29:00)
  • Hunting with a partner (1:31:45)
  • Optics (1:45:00)
  • Sleeper states for mule deer (1:49:00)
  • “What’s buck fever?” (2:00:00)
Jun 11, 2018
Hey everyone, welcome to the show. Today’s guest is Jade Helmich of Full Draw Film Tour. For those of you who may not know what FDFT is, I would definitely suggest visiting their website and reading more about it and of course pick up some tickets for the location closest to you! I’ve been to multiple shows and must say it is a very well done event and something I look forward to every year. Jade breaks down all the stops on the tour this year, and gives a general description of what the submissions look like this year. We talk a lot about what makes films good, anywhere from the importance of a storyline, to the type of equipment being used. I hope you all enjoy this episode, and make sure you pick up tickets to the show!
Show Notes:
  • Show tour stops (1:45)
  • The content of the tour this year (12:15)
  • Hunting with Lary D. Jones this season (17:30)
  • Making a submission to FDFT (21:30)
  • The importance of the story line (20:00)
  • Tour sponsors this year (28:00)
  • Camera equipment being used in the industry (30:30)
  • The importance of good audio (38:15)
  • Editing softwares (47:30)
Jun 3, 2018
Hey everyone, welcome to the show! On today’s episode I am joined by the guys from The Push Archery, and we dive in deep on setting up and shooting an ILF bow. We quite literally cover everything there is to consider when it comes to tuning and getting set up, so there is quite a bit of information in this one. You might hear us using words or phrases that may not make sense if you don’t have much experience tuning a bow, so I would encourage you to reach out to myself or The Push Archery pages and ask if there is anything that you don’t quite understand. I hope you all enjoy listening to this episode, thanks for tuning in!
Show Notes:
  •  Making the transition from compound to traditional (2:00)
  • Interchanging limbs on ILF bows (9:00)
  • South’s decision to build ILF (15:00)
  • Tuning your recurve (20:15)
  • Adjustable side plates (27:15)
  • Setting up a new bow (30:30)
  • Setting tiller height (42:15)
  • Rechecking your bare shaft (48:45)
  • String silencers (56:30)
  • Arrow quivers (1:02:15)
May 21, 2018

Hey everyone, welcome to the show. It’s good to be back like I mentioned in the last episode my editor Nick had to take a couple weeks off unexpectedly. So hopefully everything runs smoothly from here on out. This is another Patrick McManus episode, titled “The Big Match” from Never Sniff A Gift Fish. Unfortunately, I learned that our beloved author passed away last week, at the age of 84. So this episode is extra special, and I hope you all enjoy it. Thanks for listening!

May 8, 2018
Hey everybody, welcome to the show. I’d like to apologize for the lack of episodes being posted recently, my editor was unexpectedly unavailable. I appreciate you all being patient, and hope you enjoy this next episode. On today’s show, I am joined by My good friend Brian Morris, and we discuss hunting in California. Brian has been hunting in California for long enough to have seen dramatic changes in populations and hunting areas, which we discuss in depth. I hope you all enjoy this episode, and don’t forget to leave a review! Thanks for listening.
Show Notes:
  • Interview starts (00:45)
  • Brians history of hunting with a stick bow (3:00)
  • Hunting with our mutual friend Charlie (7:00)
  • Brian’s daughter (8:30)
  • Turkey hunting opportunities (15:00)
  • Hog populations (19:00)
  • Deer populations (25:00)
  • Brian’s stud black bear from last year (27:45)
  • Brian’s recurve set up (33:30)
  • Arrow set ups (37:00)
  • Shooting styles (43:00)
  • Nevada Elk hunts (48:30)
Apr 17, 2018

Hey everyone, welcome to the show. At the beginning of this episode I clarify something that was spoken about on our last episode about Colorado. It has to do with the legality of certain types of broad heads, so make sure you listen closely, and I apologize for any confusion and misinforming all of you. This episode is once again a Patrick McManus episode. This chapter is from his book “To Sniff a Gift Fish,” titled “The Bush Pilot.” I apologize for the lack of episodes from last week, but we are back on it and have got a lot of content coming out for you guys and we will be as consistent as we should be for you all. I appreciate you listening today, and being patient with us! Hope you all enjoy this episode as much as I did.

Apr 5, 2018

Hey everyone, welcome to the show. Today’s episode is a little different. I am joined by my old friend Charlie Bisharat, who was the founder and creator of Stalker Stickbows. In this episode, we reminisce over how Stalker came to be, the series of events that lead up to it being handed over to me, and just over all some of the history behind the company. I hope you guy’s enjoy this sort of behind the scenes episode, and thanks for listening.

Apr 3, 2018

Hey everybody, welcome to the show. Today’s episode is another Patrick McManus reading from the book “Into the Twilight-Endlessly Grousing.” The chapter is titled Mrs. Peabody Two. If you have listened to the previous readings, you’ll remember the story about the car that was named “Mrs. Peabody.” This is yet another similar story, and as you will all be able to notice, this one struck a chord with me. I apologize for the uncontrollable laughing, but I honestly couldn’t help myself. My editor Nick even cleaned it up and shortened it quite a bit, but insisted on leaving a good chunk of me laughing hysterically because it is just too funny to take out. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did, and thanks for listening.

Mar 29, 2018
On today’s episode of the Western Bowhunter Podcast, I sit down with an old friend of mine and we get into some of the nitty-gritty of hunting the state of Colorado. Scott has been bowhunting in the State for much longer than I have and is a wealth of knowledge for those who don’t have as much experience. We get into the three different types of terrain that Colorado has to offer as far as mule deer hunting goes, and why Scott chooses to hunt where he does. I hope this episode, as well as the one from last week, will be beneficial for you as the draw season comes to a close, and thank you very much for listening!
Show notes:
  • Making the move to Colorado (2:00)
  • Early bowhunting in Colorado (5:00)
  • Coming to hunt elk in Colorado for the first time (8:45)
  • Finding bulls in their summer routines (12:30)
  • Finding motivation and past regrets (21:00) 
  • Hunting wilderness areas vs hunting national forests (24:15)
  • Advice to those who hunt out of state in Colorado (26:00)
  • Planning ahead and having a meat packer lined up (18:30) 
  • Difference between hunting elk vs mule deer in Colorado (32:00)
  • Choosing glass (34:30)
  • Choosing what part of the season to focus on (37:00)
  • Focusing on terrain and topography (44:00)
  • Know when to move fast and know when to slow down (48:15)
  • What to do when you’re in range and he won’t stand up (51:15)
  • Colorado bonus points (54:45)
  • Backcountry gear (1:00:00)
  • Getting into your 50’s (1:02:30)
  • The high country shoot (1:11:30)
Mar 27, 2018

Welcome to the show, today’s episode is another Patrick McManus episode. Todays reading is from the book "Never Sniff a Gift Fish,” chapter titled “The Mountain Car.” I’ve heard a bunch of feedback from the listeners saying that they really enjoy these episodes, which has been awesome for me since I genuinely enjoy reading these chapters and I’m so glad that I’m not the only one. As you may have noticed in some of the previous episodes, the humor in these chapters can really get to me, and I try my best to read as clearly as possible but I can’t help but laugh uncontrollably sometimes. I’ve heard from a few people that it’s pretty funny to just listen to me laughing. So, I hope you enjoy this episode and thank you for tuning in!

Mar 23, 2018
Welcome to the show folks. On today’s episode by Bryan Posthumous who works for Colorado’s Parks and Wildlife Public Outreach. We go into great detail about the state of Colorado and dive into many different topics that will be useful for many people who want to hunt the state, but don’t have much experience with how the system works. We cover topics such as general hunting opportunities, different tag opportunities, how the draw system works, how to understand the hunt code that you are applying for, and much of the general regulations that are important to know if you’re wanting to come hunt this state. Bryan is a wealth of knowledge and has most the entire Colorado hunting regulation book memorized. He is also a great example of how we as hunters should act and perform so that we portray a positive light from the hunting community. The state of Colorado does a great job at showing the general public the positivity that hunting has on the ecosystem, which is quite refreshing to see after living in California. The Colorado applications are coming up pretty quick here, so I hope this podcast answers most of the questions that some of you might about how it works, and I hope that you’re successful during this application period. Thank you, Bryan, for being a great guest and sharing all the information with me and the listeners, and thank you for all of you who tune in! 
Show Notes:
  • Interview starts (1:00)
  • Estes park elk festival (3:30)
  • The basics of the Colorado big game applications (8:15)
  • Breaking down game units and hunt codes (14:15)
  • Understanding the point system (25:00)
  • Turkey hunt applications (27:30)
  • How the draw works (29:15)
  • Left over tags (38:15)
  • Reissue license (42:45)
  • The different limited licenses draw processes (45:00)
  • Hunt statistics (49:15)
  • Random number in the draw (52:45)
  • White tail specific tags potential (59:30)
  • Making a game plan (1:04:45)
  • Getting to know your units (1:10:00)
  • Muzzleloader advantages (1:13:30)
  • Landowner courtesy cards (1:18:45)
  • Being advocates for the image of hunting (1:24:15)
  • List A and List B opportunities (1:26:30)
  • Hunt code quotas (1:39:00)
  • Archery regulations (1:42:00)
  • Hunter education verification (1:49:15)
  • Carcass tag (1:52:00)
  • Sheep, Moose. and Goat opportunities (1:58:30)
  • Fish and game appreciation in Colorado (2:07:00)
  • State land that you’re able to hunt (2:11:00)
  • Resources such as “Hunt Data” (2:15:45)
Mar 20, 2018
Hey everyone, welcome to the show! On today’s episode, The Stalker Stickbow team gathers around in my living room, and we talk about where the company’s headed and how we got to where we are today. As some of you may know, the team is growing, we’ve added Jake Veldhaus, or as we like to call him, “JV” who will be doing a lot of the computer art design that we need for production. I also sent him to Grady Rawls’s film school a couple weeks ago, and he seems to be picking up the video production quite nicely. He’ll be helping out with editing some of my older content that has never been released, so hopefully here pretty soon we will have some new films coming out for you all to see. I am very happy to announce that I was able to talk my wife, Kyri Cox into sitting in on this episode, and she and I reminisced over our backcountry hunts we did together in our first couple years of marriage. Jake Morris, who has been on the show before, brought up what he’ll be doing for hunting season, as well as what the whole crew will be doing with each other, so you guys can expect some awesome hunts to come from us this year. I hope you enjoy this episode and get to know the Stalker team a little better and let us know what you would like to see from us in the future, with a little more manpower than we’ve had before, we are going to be able to get some awesome stuff put out there for you guys. Thanks for listening!
Show Notes:
  • Interview starts (1:00)
  • The newest addition to the family “JV” (5:15)
  • Attending Grady Rawls’s Film School (10:30)
  • New developments coming from Stalker (12:00)
  • South’s wife Kyri Cox (16:00)
  • Backcountry hunting as newlyweds (22:00)
  • Application season (27:30)
  • Teaching the young one's archery (33:00)
  • Upcoming hunts for the group (38:00)
  • The craigslist lurker (43:00)
  • The new pack llamas (46:00)
  • Hunting opportunities in Australia (50:30)
  • Let us know what you want to see from us (55:30)
On today’s episode, I sit down in my living room with my lovely wife Kyri Cox, Jake Morris, and the newest member of the team Jake Veldhaus, or “JV” as we call him in the shop. The whole Stalker team is together and we discuss future plans for the year.
Mar 15, 2018

Hey everybody, welcome to the show. I am back from Australia, and just getting over being sick which is why my voice might sound a little off. Today’s episode is another Patrick McManus episode, this chapter being one of my personal favorites. It’s a story I can relate too from my childhood, growing up playing with tons of explosives for fun. Hope you guys enjoy this episode, I appreciate you tuning in!

Mar 5, 2018
Welcome to the show, on today’s episode I am lucky enough to have sat down with Wayne Endicott, owner of the Bow Rack, and we had an awesome discussion about hunting in Oregon. We pretty much cover all of the over the counter hunts in Oregon, including some of Wayne’s history growing up, and how he became a bow shop owner. Wayne lives in Western Oregon, which means he is lucky enough to be able to hunt Blacktail deer every year, so we spend quite a bit of time discussing tactics for hunting these elusive deer. We also talk about some of the histories in Wallowa County, and how the wolves in Oregon have affected Wallowa. To wrap up the episode Wayne shares stories about Roy Roth, which I hope you all enjoy. I hope that you all enjoy this episode, and thank you for listening.
Show Notes:
  • Interview starts (3:00)
  • Becoming a bow shop owner (12:15)
  • The hunting community today (27:45)
  • Hunting in Oregon (33:45)
  • Southern Oregon blacktail (42:00)
  • Private leases (44:00)
  • Hunting Oregon high country (48:00)
  • Spot and stalk vs tree stand hunting for blacktail (52:00)
  • Rattling in blacktail bucks (58:30)
  • Columbian whitetail deer (1:04:30)
  • Wolves in Oregon (1:14:00)
  • Stories about Roy Roth (1:34:00)
  • The Bow Rack (1:57:00)
Mar 2, 2018

On today’s episode, South reads a chapter from a Patrick McManus book, a chapter titled “Blowing Smoke.” Don’t forget, the podcast is looking for support from the listeners in order to help cover some of the costs to produce the show, without having to turn to show sponsors to do so. Please check out the Stalker Stickbows website, where you will be able to find logo t-shirts and sticker decals. You’re purchasing these items will help us keep the show going at the rate that we are, and keep the show sponsor free! we appreciate those who have already purchased shirts. Thanks for listening, we hope you enjoy this episode.

Feb 27, 2018

Welcome to the show, everybody. On today's episode, we are releasing a podcast that South was a guest on for the "Living Country in the City" podcast. You can listen here, as well on their podcast as well. Hope you enjoy this episode!

Feb 21, 2018

On today's episode of the Western Bowhunter Podcast, South reads a chapter from a Patrick McManus book, titled "Shooting the Chick-A-Nout Narrows." This is the second episode of the Patrick McManus series.

Feb 18, 2018
Welcome to episode 69 of the Western Bowhunter Podcast. On today’s show, I sit down with Grady Rawls, a freelance photographer, videographer, and editor from north eastern Oregon, and we discuss in depth what you need to know to produce a high quality film. We talk different cameras, lenses, audio, editing software, and everything you can pretty much think of to make high quality hunting films. Grady has been producing films with his team and has put out hundreds of films,, which you can find at his vimeo account. Years ago, I attended a film school that Grady hosted, which was an awesome 4 day experience set in Sunriver, Oregon. The school was an intense crash course on all things DSLR and filmmaking, and I recommend it to anyone who is on the fence about starting their own web series or even just filming your own hunts for yourself. Thanks for the listen!
Show Notes:
  • Introductions (1:00)
  • Interview starts (10:45)
  • Who is Grady Rawls? (12:15)
  • Camcorder vs Mirrorless/DSLR (17:30)
  • Canon vs Sony (21:00)
  • Megapixel importance (26:30)
  • Investing in equipment to fit your needs (30:45)
  • Whats the best lens for what you’re doing (35:00)
  • Full frame vs crop sensor (38:00)
  • Benefits of the A6500 (42:30)
  • Metabones adaptors and foreign lenses (44:30)
  • Buying full frame lenses for your crop sensor body (49:00)
  • IBIS in both the camera and the lens (53:30)
  • Prime vs telephotos (56:30)
  • Gathering audio in multiple scenarios (1:02:30)
  • Investing in audio equipment (1:15:45)
  • The difference between using a Beachtek vs an H1 (1:22:15)
  • Running a cage on your camera (1:27:00)
  • Buying used equipment (1:30:00)
  • Attending Grady’s film school (1:36:00)
  • Films benefiting conservation (1:47:00)
  • Watching Grady’s content (1:50:00)
  • Becoming a do it all camera man (1:53:00)
  • Wages for film production (1:55:30)
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