We get a lot of questions in person and in email and social media form. In an effort to answer as many as possible, we decided to do question and answer podcast to cover all the questions we receive. We will do 1-2 Q&A podcasts a month depending on how many questions we get. So keep the questions coming!
In this podcast, we cover optics, long-range guns, backpacks, calls, spotting scopes, quilts, Idaho elk hunts, and which jacket Tanya wore on her Southern Idaho Mule Deer hunt.
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Ryan and I recently got the opportunity to tour the K-L Mfg. Co. factory with owner, Joseph Deehan and Steven and Molly Holley, owners of Sixsite. K-L Mfg. Co. is where Sixsite’s clothes are sewn and embroidered in Spokane, Washington. It was a great and informative tour and we were able to check out the process of the clothing coming together. It’s not very hard to want to get behind a company that is owned by a former Navy seal AND has all their clothes sewn and embroidered in the USA!
This hunt was an amazing adventure with even more amazing friends. I barely had time to sit back and reminisce before we were off on another hunting adventure, so getting to edit this podcast helped me relive the experience.
3:15 Why Ryan and Tanya don’t hike together
6:15 10% chance of rain in Idaho really means 100%.
7:15 If you hunt with horses, you probably think we are idiots.
8:18 When a favor tests the limits of a friendship
We sit down during my Mule Deer hunt with Robby Denning and Justin Crossley to chat about Robby’s 2018 season and answer questions received on our live Instagram event. As usual, it’s never a dull moment when you get this group together!
0:00-5:00 Justin and Tanya’s Mule Deer hunt
7:25-55:10 Robby’s 2018 season
17:10-17:45 Crotch shots of Robby, and where he parks his dragon
1:15:20 Robby realizes he has moobs
1:18:20 Did you catch horny head?
1:23:40 Why Robby isn’t against shooting Does
INSTAGRAM LIVE QUESTIONS:
1:03:00 “What units do you hunt in AZ?”
1:05:50 “What do you do if you’re old and don’t have time to waste?”
1:09:50 “Is Robby going to do an audio version of his book? I’m a firefighter with three kids and don’t have time to read.”
1:13:50 “Robby, who’s your best-looking friend?”
1:17: 40 “If my wife leaves me because I’m hunting, I’m sending her to talk to your wife.”
1:19:50 “I hunted a very well known unit East of Idaho Falls for 8 days and only saw one small buck, which I shot. I wasn’t road hunting like every other person there. Was it a bad unit? This was my first year there.”
A few weeks ago, we sat down with Darin Cooper, former Rokslide editor, and one of the genius’ behind the cam and a half system from Hoyt. Darin was lucky enough this year to draw a Bighorn Sheep tag in Idaho and walks us through his preparation for the hunt and the hunt itself, spending over 30+ days! We also talked about the competition shooting he’s been doing lately and of course, his amazing dog.
After much fear it would be permanently canceled, The Vortex Extreme Challenge was back this year and hosted in a new and better (IMO) venue! We traveled to Douglas, Wyoming to the Wagonhound Ranch to take part in this 2-day event. Friday night was filled with dinner, prizes and camaraderie from new and old friends and the much-anticipated race draw times. This year’s Vortex Challenge course was a bit longer than the previous years, and a bit more challenging with elevation reaching up to 7,500 ft. This was a big jump for us because we reside at around 2,300 ft. There also was an increase from 30 rounds to 70 rounds. Three cheers for more shooting!
The Prize tables were INSANE! so many amazing prizes!
Vortex Optic’s own Mark Boardman is MC’ing Friday nights events
After drawing a very late race time, we got lucky in a second chance drawing and ended up drawing a much better time of 8:00 am. This was seriously a blessing because it was over 100 degrees on Saturday :/
We got some great stuff from the prize table. Ryan can’t get enough MTN OPS and I got a super cute hat to wear the next day.
Pics before the race:
The course was very diverse with multiple shooting positions.
Lots and lots of walking…
And done! It kicked our butts, but a great time was had by all!
To learn more about the challenge, check out these videos:
In May, we were invited to Lander, Wyoming to tour the Maven world headquarters to collaborate with a couple other people in the outdoor industry about a new rifle scope Maven is working on. Our time in Lander was filled with campfires chats, drinking and of course, tons of smack talking along with some amazing meals at local restaurants. The Maven guys were great hosts and every minute was a blast!