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Ep. 8: Calling All Black Bear with Douglas Boze

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Ep. 8: Calling All Black Bear with Douglas Boze

Today's guest is the author of “The ultimate guide to black bear hunting”, “No Bait, Just Bears” and the creator of the ultimate predator calls app, Douglas Boze. Jason and Doug discuss what it takes to call in black bears. They start the conversation talking about the most...
Ep. 7: Elk Hunting and Turkey Hunting Are Damn Near the Same Thing

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Ep. 7: Elk Hunting and Turkey Hunting Are Damn Near the Same Thing

Out west it's a contentious topic: turkey hunting. Some love it and feel it’s the same as hunting elk during the rut, while others seem to be insulted by the idea. In this episode Dirk Durham and I dive into all of the similarities and a few of the differences. Some of the topics we dive into...
Ep. 6: Shotgunning Turkeys

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Ep. 6: Shotgunning Turkeys

Once the trigger is pulled on a turkey shotgun the result should be as quick and humane of a kill as possible. In this episode Jason discusses shotgun shells with Daniel Compton of Federal Ammunition. There are a tons of options and combinations of guns, chokes and ammo out there. They talk...
Ep. 5: Understanding the Turkey Nest

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Ep. 5: Understanding the Turkey Nest

Mike Chamberlain has forgotten more about wild turkeys than many will ever know.  Chamberlain leads the University of Georgia’s Wild Turkey Lab. Since writing his dissertation on turkeys and predation, Chamberlain has studied the birds for almost 30 years. What he has learned about turkeys has made...
Ep. 4: Why Turkey Habitat Matters with Randy Milligan

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Ep. 4: Why Turkey Habitat Matters with Randy Milligan

In this episode, I’m chatting about turkey habitat with my good buddy, Randy Milligan. Randy owns a little over 800 acres in Eastern Kansas. He spends most of his free time working on the property figuring out how to maximize the amount of turkeys and the size of bucks there.  We talk about what...
Ep. 3: Calling and Killing Turkeys with Chris Parrish

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Ep. 3: Calling and Killing Turkeys with Chris Parrish

In this episode, I’m talking about turkeys with not only one of the best turkey callers of all time, but one of the best turkey hunters of all time: Chris Parrish. We talk about what hunters should look for in picking a spot to setup, all while quickly reading the turkey’s behavior and the situation...
Ep. 2: Turkey Hunting 101 - Being Aggressive vs. Being Patient

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Ep. 2: Turkey Hunting 101 - Being Aggressive vs. Being Patient

Jason Phelps sits down with Janis Putelis to go over his turkey hunting philosophy. They talk about the run-n-gun approach, as well as being patient and using decoys. Jason asks Janis to describe the perfect turkey hunt and the best dates to be in the field. Connect with Jason and Phelps Phelps on...
Ep. 1: Starting Fresh - Where Does Your Turkey Call Come From?

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Ep. 1: Starting Fresh - Where Does Your Turkey Call Come From?

Jason Phelps kicks off as the new host of Cutting the Distance alongside Steven Rinella to discuss the future of the podcast, as well as Steve’s best tips for turkey hunting. They’ll also talk about the brand-new Line 1 Turkey Pot Calls, what inspired Steve and Jason to make a pot call from scratch...
Jason Phelps' Archery Elk Hunting Kit

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Jason Phelps' Archery Elk Hunting Kit

Backpack elk hunting is about as gear intensive as it comes. You need what you need to hunt well and stay comfortable on the ground at night, but you also must be careful to not overdo it. While you might not need to sweat each individual ounce as much as you might for a sheep hunt, you may end up...