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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Feb 3, 2018
On today’s episode, South runs solo, and explains why there has been a lack of production recently. Some news from the podcast is shared, regarding hosts, and new apparel. South dives into some of the products that he is looking forward to trying out in the upcoming season, that are being displayed at the Outdoor Retailer Expo. Thanks for listening!
Show Notes:
  • Interview starts (1:00)
  • Podcast news (2:30)
  • Patrick McManus readings (7:30)
  • Upcoming Outdoor Retailer Shows (10:45)
  • New gear to look out for (19:30)
  • New food products (27:00)
  • Hygiene products (34:00)
  • In conclusion (37:30)
Jan 5, 2018
Hey everyone, welcome to the show, and happy new year! On today’s episode, South sits down with Lane Walter, a talented camera man for outdoor productions such as Outback outdoors, as well as a contestant in the Full Draw Film Tour. South and Lane discuss going from basically zero knowledge with a camera, to running full manual and on the latest DSLR’s. Lane shares his experiences on the DIY Alaskan moose float hunt he did in 2017, and gives some words of advice for those who are looking for a similar adventure. Lane also shares some wisdom on hunting Colorado, particularly as a non resident, wanting to get the best hunt for their time and money invested. We appreciate you tuning in!
Show Notes:
  • Show starts (1:00)
  • Learning the camera (5:15)
  • Moose float trip (17:00)
  • Planning a DIY moose hunt (38:00)
  • Gear to bring (43:30)
  • First timers (47:00)
  • Hunting Kodiak Island (55:00)
  • Hunting Colorado (1:00:15)
  • Video editing (1:10:30)
  • Keeping up with Lane’s content (1:16:00)
Dec 6, 2017
Hey everybody, welcome to the show. On today’s episode i bring my friend Mark Viehweg on and we discuss the ins and outs of hunting in South Dakota. The state has plenty of opportunity to offer, and could very easily be over looked compared to its neighboring states. I hope this episode brought some knowledge for you and I recommend looking into hunting South Dakota! Thanks for listening.
Show Notes:
  • Interview starts (1:15)
  • Hunting west of the Missouri River (4:45)
  • Hunting the badlands (11:15)
  • Bad winters over the last few years (12:45)
  • Tag opportunities in South Dakota (14:15)
  • Hunting mule deer in the high plains (21:15)
  • Antelope opportunities in South Dakota (26:00)
  • Mule deer rut in South Dakota (30:45)
  • Traditional Bowhunters Magazine (33:15)
  • Weapon specific tags (41:45)
Nov 1, 2017
Welcome to the show. On today’s episode, South sits down with Trevon Stoltzfus of Outback Outdoors, and dive into many of the behind the scenes secrets of making outdoor television and web series productions. They discuss the pros and cons of going with television instead of web series, camera equipment, and the problems that most productions are running into, which is being disconnected with the reality of hunting, that it is not all about the success, but more the stories that come with every trip. We hope you all enjoy this episode, thank you for listening!
Show Notes:
  • Interview starts (1:15)
  • Hunting Nebraska (9:15)
  • Starting Outback Outdoors (17:15)
  • Telling a story (27:15)
  • Outdoor TV shows (31:30)
  • Too close for comfort (39:15)
  • Having a good cameraman (45:00)
  • There is always a chance (52:00)
  • TV vs. Web (55:15)
  • The storyline is always the most important part (1:08:15)
  • Keeping the story real (1:27:15)
  • Not getting caught up in unsuccessful hunts (1:37:15)
  • Camera equipment (1:39:15)
  • Trying the stick bow (1:54:45)
Oct 28, 2017
Hey everybody, welcome to the show. In today’s episode, South and Kody bring Trent on and relive this last season and the crazy project that everybody knows as the Land of the Free project. The guys sit down and break down nearly every state that was hunted in this project, and dig into more detail on just about everything that has been released before. They discuss lots of gear and camera equipment, and how to keep things organized on a crazy adventure such as this one. Thanks all for listening, and we hope you’re looking forward to the beginning of The Land of the Free!
Show Notes:
  • Interview starts (1:30)
  • A brutal Montana hunt (3:30)
  • The only Montana bull (14:15)
  • The Idaho hunt (21:30)
  • Using decoys (24:45)
  • Perfect timing (29:30)
  • Pure Elevation in Colorado (35:30)
  • Everything over the counter (43:30)
  • Hunting with different groups (50:15)
  • If you could only have one hunt (54:30)
  • Best gear from this season (1:00:30)
  • The Sony 6500 (1:13:30)
  • Having good equipment pays off (1:28:30)
  • Dropping bulls off at the butcher (1:34:15)
  • The OnX after party (1:36:30)
  • The Land Of the Free goes live (1:39:30)
  • How to top this year (1:45:30)
  • South to Texas (1:50:15)
  • The new Stalker bow (1:52:45)
Oct 23, 2017
Hey everybody, welcome to the show! In today’s episode, I bring Mike Mitten back on, and we talk about his awesome successful solo moose hunt in Alaska. If you listened to the last few episodes, you’ll know that we recently talked to Mike and he explained the crazy journey of moose hunting with traditional equipment. Now that Mike has filled his tag this year, it seemed fitting to bring him back on and hear the story of the absolute giant that he took! hope you all enjoy this episode.
Show Notes:
  • Interview starts (1:30)
  • The trip up to Alaska (4:00)
  • Sketchy landings (18:00)
  • Reaching as many ears as possible (21:30)
  • Why bulls will lock up on you (28:30)
  • A moose at the bottom of the hill (39:30)
  • Coming into your shooting lane (48:30)
  • Killing a warrior (56:30)
  • A 70 inch bull (1:02:30)
  • Multiple opportunities (1:10:30)
  • Condensation in the sawtooth (1:17:00)
  • Gear questions (1:23:00)
  • Bow set up for a recurve moose hunt (1:31:00)
  • Water treatment (1:42:00)
  • Breaking down 600 pounds of meat (1:44:00)
  • Total cost of the trip (1:49:30)
Oct 15, 2017
Welcome to the show. Thanks for staying with us in this gap between episodes, I’m sure everyone understands the delay is that its hunting season. We hope that this season has brought you many memories and success. In today's episode, South sits down with his employee Jake, and they discuss the process of moving from northern California to Colorado in pursuit of the dream that they are chasing. They discuss the decisions that lead up to quitting your stable job and pursuing a job in what you’re passionate about. Thank you all for listening!
Show Notes:
  • Interview starts (1:00)
  • Working for South (8:00)
  • The road trip (18:30)
  • Going from a stable job to going all in on a big move (26:00)
  • Advice to your 20-year-old self (36:30)
  • Moving to a location that benefits your interests and goals (43:00)
  • Interning for your dream job (54:00)
  • Live looking forward, not looking backwards (59:00)
Sep 29, 2017
Welcome to the show, everybody. On today’s episode, South sits down with Kody and interviews him about the crazy season that the Born and Raised crew and many others have had so far this season. Kody goes over from start to finish the series of events that have lead to having such a successful season so far, and how they’ve managed to put 12 bulls on the ground. Be sure to check out the Born and Raised Youtube page to keep up with all the crazy hunts that have happened this year! Thanks for listening guys!
Show Notes:
  • Interview starts (1:00)
  • Stats so far for the Born and Raised Crew (7:30)
  • The Rambo bike (11:45)
  • Hush crew goes Roosevelt hunting (14:00)
  • Trevor and Steve’s hunt (32:00)
  • Calling elk for a world championship caller (28:00)
  • Cory’s bull and Donnie’s bull (38:00)
  • Trent’s first six point (44:00)
  • The mobile fridge (46:00)
  • The tarp and quilt set up (50:00)
  • Day one with Pure Elevation (56:45)
  • Never walk past the elk (1:03:45)
  • Finishing up the season (1:08:00)
  • South’s season so far (1:11:00)
  • Go further than anyone else (1:23:00)
  • The BRO signature series reeds (1:29:00)
  • Getting through different footage from this season (1:32:15)
Sep 15, 2017
Welcome to today’s show, in this episode South sits down with his hunting crew and they discuss their middle of the hunt update. Many highs and many lows can occur within only a couple of days while in the backcountry, all of which are discussed during this episode. South also comes on at the end of the recording to share a series of unfortunate events that occurs very shortly behind the recording of this podcast. Hope you all enjoy the show, and good luck with the rest of your seasons. 
Show Notes:
  • Show starts (1:30)
  • Hunting with no pants (9:00)
  • When to call off a search (19:30)
  • Day two (28:30)
  • The classic error (43:15)
  • To new areas (48:30)
  • Never ditch your packs (55:00)
  • The struggle of trying to get kills on film (1:03:00)
  • The one time you don’t bring your rain gear (1:08:30)
  • Day 3 turns elk hunt (1:11:30)
  • Trying to get it done in the last couple of days (1:24:45)
  • An unfortunate series of events (1:30:30)
Sep 4, 2017
Hey guys, welcome to the show. On today’s episode, Trent Kody and South sit down pre season and talk about gear, and the ethics of hunting in public lands. We can all agree that you don’t need the most expensive gear in the world to get out there and do an awesome backcountry hunt, and we discuss what has worked well for us. South goes into depth on his problems in the last few years of running into people where he is hunting, which brings up the discussion about what to do when that happens, and the ethics that go around hunting where other people are at. 
Show notes:
  • Interview starts (3:00)
  • Don’t let lack of equipment keep you from hunting (7:00)
  • Gear doesn’t trump woodsman ship (14:00)
  • Souths upcoming Nevada hunt (19:30)
  • Selling old gear/buying used gear (22:00)
  • Tents vs bivy and tarps (29:00)
  • Packs (35:00)
  • Getting the full experience of the rut (38:15)
  • Scheduling different states around the rut (41:15)
  • Upcoming hunts for 45 days (46:15)
  • Sharing hunting spots  (51:30)
  • Hunting brand new areas (1:01:15)
  • Having people intrude on your spots (1:05:00)
  • Passing on a 300 bull (1:18:15)
  • Final thoughts (1:22:45)
Aug 29, 2017
On today’s show, South and Kody sit down and have some pre season discussions about the changes in their set ups this year from their sleeping arrangements to their camera gear. Kody reflects on his spring bear float trip and talks about his crazy upcoming season, and what he’s doing to prepare for 45 days of elk hunting. Thank you all for listening to the podcast, I hope you’re all having an awesome season.
Show notes:
  • Interview starts (1:30)
  • Whats new with South (3:00)
  • Taking a shooting break (7:40)
  • Wyoming bonus points (14:30)
  • Switching up gear (15:30)
  • Quilts vs Sleeping bag (19:45)
  • Jimmy tarps (22:30)
  • Bivy sacks (26:30)
  • Camera gear for the year (30:30)
  • Enlightened Equipment (40:00)
  • Kody’s bear trip (43:00)
  • Float trips (47:45)
  • Keeping footage organized on 45 days of hunting (52:15)
  • Freeze drying food (54:30)
  • The future of the podcast (1:00:00)
Aug 22, 2017

Join in as South Cox spends a couple of hours talking about the challenges of solo hunting, how the unanticipated can build the experience and confidence to begin their own journey down the road of self-reliance and appreciate the peaceful solitude only the backcountry can provide. Hear about Mike's multiple trips into the wilds of Alaska,  for weeks on end, with the wildlife his only company.


Show Notes:
  • Show Starts (4:00)
  • Mike’s upcoming solo moose hunt (13:15)
  • Finding ways to run cameras on backcountry hunts (19:30)
  • The mental game of solo hunting (22:15)
  • Using satellite phones (29:30)
  • Planning an Alaskan hunt (36:00)
  • Bringing meat home (1:00:00)
  • Bear protection (1:20:00)
  • Tundra boots and waders  (1:33:15)
  • Butchering moose (1:45:45)
  • Different rules in different units (1:51:45)
  • Moose tactics (1:54:30)
Dec 9, 2016

South & Kody interview an inspiring veteran bowhunter, Rodney York. He and his hunting partner have founded a video series group called, Bent Bow Outdoor Production, where they share their adventures exploring and thriving in the mountains. Rodney recounts his humbling experience chasing giant bulls in the Nevada mountains, where he observed 17 bulls on a daily average. His insight and perspective of the greater good is incredible. This is an in-depth look on what hunting truly means to us and how to leave a legacy for future generations. You can follow Rodney and his adventures on their Website, Facebook & YouTube.

Kody also mentions a book worth reading, Ambition: Leading With Gratitude by Seth Buechley, you can learn more here:

During the show, we reference several groups listed below:

Father In The Field

Compassion Child

Promise Child

We hope you enjoy one of our favorite interviews. Thanks for tuning in!

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-South Cox & Kody Kellom

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