This week host Matty is joined by his youngest guest yet Monty Nixon. Although he is only 19, don’t let his age fool you as this young man has some of the best tips available when it comes to hunting Tahr on both the west and east coasts of New Zealand!
Monty spends a lot of his time tracking the New Zealand terrain for his work as a trapper. He explains how this helps to keep him ‘mountain fit’ to get him into the harshest terrain to find the big bull tahr.
The boys dive into where the big bulls typically are, what they feed on, when they’re breeding/rutting, the best ways to spot them and of course monty’s methods for hunting them!
Monty also loves diving for crays and spear fishing. Although the boys don’t go too deep down this route they dive into the NZ crays as well as Monty’s plans to take the next year off to go hunting!
This week host Matty is joined by Adam Kavanagh (@adam_kavanagh). Adam has been a nomad travelling Australia for the past 3 years living off the land where ever possible!
After a 9 year stint in the mines, Adam suffered some health issues and some deaths in the family which helped him realise that life was short and that he should get out and travel Australia like he always wanted to… So, he packed the car and lived out of his swag for a year straight before upgrading to a camper trailer.
Matty and Adam dive into his experience/adventure of living on the road. From bowhunting and foraging for food to learning bush tucker and bush tool tips from the indigenous Australians his adventure has been far from uneventful.
This week host Matty is joined by Darcy Galliano (@darcygalliano). Although young (20 yr/old) Darcy is a very well traveled and experience bowhunter who is actually a butcher by trade. In the episode the boys go from A-Z of gutting, skinning, butchering and tanning and animal and it’s hide.
Darcy has travelled most of Australia chasing deer with only one of the six species left to notch off of his belt.
Darcy explains how his mentor took him under his wing from a young age and attributes his success to being able to live off of the shoulders of giants like his mentor.
This podcast covers Darcy’s upbringing in bowhunting as well as diving into the butchering and tanning of an animal. Its really full of a little bit of something for everyone!
This week Matty is joined by his wife and business partner Stacey Turner. Together they run a health consultancy company called The Chief Life. This is a podcast request host Matty has had since first starting Becoming a Bowhunter.
In this podcast the two of them dive deep into nutrition for optimal health and fitness and what would be very beneficial for improving your bowhunting performance.
In the episode they cover over the fun 5: Gluten, Dairy, Sugar, Caffeine and Alcohol. They talk about why these food groups are inflammatory and why you should potentially consider swapping these foods out of your diet or at least work on reducing the amount you consume.
This week host Matty is joined by Andrew Joulianou (@thebaldchefau). Andrew is of Greek decent and grew up with his family feeding and foraging off of his grandparents 5 acre farm. His family typically fed off of smaller critters with Hare’s being the delicacy of his heritage.
We dive deep down the cooking rabbit hole of how to better prepare you’re your wild game for cooking. Everything from large and small critters available here in Australia. We talk about different ways to butcher your meat to set you up for success in the kitchen. Some of the best herbs and spices and the best methods for pre, during and post cooking!
This week we have part 2 with Scotty Meadows pumping for you. Scotty lives in western New South Wales. Hos closest archery shop is a whopping 5-6 hour drive away so when he first started off he was left with no other option but to learn how to tune his own bow!
Scotty takes us through an in-depth recap of how he tunes his bows and arrows. He also shed’s light on some handy tips to making bare shaft, paper and fletching tuning a lot easier as well as how often he changes the strings on his bows.
For those far away from a pro shop know if there’s a will there’s a way. There are that many youtube channels, magazines and websites available to help you learn how to do it yourself.
This week is part one of two with Scotty Meadows! Host Matty and Scotty dive deep into how Scotty packs for his hunting trips. Although scotty has only flown for 3 flights his been bowhunting for 30 odd years and has a really good understanding of what’s needed to be safe and successful on a hunt.
This week host Matty takes you to the island of Kona in Hawaii to hear all about the bowhunting opportunities and game on offer in Hawaii!
Austin Griffey was born and raised on Kona and has been fortunate to have been chasing big horn sheep, axis deer and pigs with a bow for most of his life. Austin explains the change in animal numbers in recent years compared to when he was young, due to aerial shooting programs.
Austin explains what the wild game means to the locals. He speaks of being taught to respect the animal and hunt only for meat! Austin also shares some of his favourite cooking methods for wild pigs, including smoke house (a garden shed with a coals spread across the ground and a China box (a wooden coffin style box that is a similar concept to a hangi)
This podcast is filled with great stories and incredible methodologies and of course all you need to know for bowhunting Kona.
This week host Matty is joined by Troy Fowler from The Ranch Fairy!
Troy does a heap of testing videos where he has played with broadhead size, shapes, sharpness as well as total arrow weight. The best thing is these tests are done on big boars. Typically Troy will do a biopsy of the boars he is shooting to explain exactly what’s happening inside these large animals on impact.
We discuss the perfect placement for all animals on this planet as well as the distance an arrow has to travel through a large animal like a big pig. Troy is an incredibly smart individual and has some awesome videos on his YouTube channel offering a lot of the research he has done.
This week’s podcast is a lead on from last weeks episode where Matty and Lawrence recap their last day in Goat Camp… Don’t worry this was in the comfort of their homes so there is no constant buzz from the generator in the background.
The boys go into detail of what happened on the 3rd and final day of this very adventurous and rewarding hunt. The boys had multiple opportunities and were able to spot a few new species that they hadn’t yet seen in the previous 2 days.
They explain their fox whistling adventures as well as Matty’s hard realisation of expectations. They explain the pressure they felt from the final day of hunting as well as the pressure they applied to the hunt as it was a paid hunting experience. So many lessons were learnt and they all come out in this episode.
This week is coming directly at you from the Day 2 of a 3-day goat hunt in Northern New South Wales.
Host Matty is joined by Lawrence Arnold for a jam-packed podcast of their hunting adventures so far.
Lawrence and Matty have known each other for years from the history in music, however, reconnected when Matty started Becoming a Bowhunter. The boys had been in talks of making a goat hunt happen for a few months… This podcast is all about what happens.
Lawrence has a history of hunting Northern New South Wales State Forests. He brings his previous successful goat hunting experiences to the party and talks of the vast difference in the animals he’s previously hunted compared to the ones the boys hunted for the weekend.
This week host Matty enjoys his interview with bowhunting enthusiast Rohan Walker. Rohan lives in the Northern Territory of Australia and has some wild stories to tell of his adventures from up there.
Often referred to as ‘Mr Hoyt’ Due to his passion for the hoyt bows. Rohan has now been on their pro-staff for a number of years and is an avid collector of all things Hoyt for his self claimed Hoyt World.
Rohan is an absolute wizard around his bow and know how to fine tune it for spot on shooting. He gives tips around buying new equipment along with what gear is necessary for hunting and what is needed for target archery to be as accurate as possible!
This week Matty has mustered up Shane Chater from Bowhunters Domain to give us the 101 on arrows.
Bowhunting and archery are incredibly technical. Fortunately for us newbies, people like Shane from Bowhunters Domain exist. Shane is a wealth of knowledge and happily explains the ins and outs of arrows.
Matty and Shane dive into the basics of what makes up an arrow, how you should select the correct spine and arrow weight. Why it’s important to match the poundage of your bow to weight and stiffness of your arrow.
The boys dive into the topic of ‘heavy arrows’ and Front of Centre (FOC) and why and how both of these can be of benefit for hunting. They also talk about arrow weight for hunting Australia’s big game animals.
This week host Matty has Joshua James the kiwi bushman on for a fantastic episode. Josh has been running rafting and hunting tours through the south island of New Zealand. Not only is he full of incredible bush knowledge he also an absolute character who’ll make you laugh.
Josh has made a self proclaimed hunting series on YouTube that is now his main income provider for him and his family. Josh releases a new helpful video for his subscribers every week. They are jam packed full of hunting gold nuggets and in the wild survivor tips.
The Kiwi Bushman was also once poached by The Discovery Channel to create a TV series which was called ‘Kings of The Wild.’ Joshua has some excellent stories to share from his time and worldwide travels on this adventure.
Josh is a light hearted yet switched on individual who has a strong message to share with everyone!
This week host Matty is joined by traditional bow hunter Jack Spinks. Jack is a very successful hunter who has plenty of stories to share of his success with his traditional archery gear.
Jack takes us through his shot process and explains how the ‘instinctive’ shooting method he uses works. He explains the benefits of quality materials as well as why you should try to always wear finger protection while shooting a trad bow. Jack takes us through why your arm is getting slapped with the string and how to fix it.
In this conversation we break open the can of worms of what critters mean to farmers and why you saying you’ll clear out some pests is a laughable comment to the land owners.
Jack finishes up with some incredible stories around some of his favourite hunts as well as his method of stalking and how he consistently gets within 10m of the big critters he’s putting on the ground.
This week join host Matthias for another solosode where he uncovers his latest adventure in the field. Matty dives into his relentless pursuit of bowhunting so far and how his game plan has changed which has already proven to be super successful.
Matty is your typical weekend warrior who only gets out every once in a while and really cherishes each hunt even if they are unsuccessful… Listen in to his major insights and a huge wakeup call from a lesson learnt on his recent hunt.
This week host Matty interviews guest Lonnie Broekman. Lonnie has been a life long hunter but has only transitioned to bowhunting in recent years, however, has excelled in his hunting. Among many stories, Lonnie tells us of a white fallow buck that he hunted for 5 years straight before successfully hunting in the 2019 rut.
Before this story though Lonnie talks in detail about one of his favourite animals to hunt… Foxes.
We talk everything from populations and taxpayers money spent on population control, where to look for foxes, how to whistle foxes in both while soloing and with a friend helping to whistle them in.
Lonnie has some great stories and experiences that we can all learn from. In particular… patience. For someone to put in the effort and time over 5 years of rutting seasons shows a crazy amount of persistence and patience and almost goes unspoken in his shortened version of his hunt.
This week host Matty gains a true understanding of Fallow deer with guest Matt Eland.
Matt spent his younger years growing up on a deer farm that mainly bred Fallow Deer. Matt talks from his experiences as to the common traits of both the does and bucks. Matt explains where they typically like to hang out as well as where he first looks when he gets to a hunting property that hosts fallow deer.
Matt explains the different ways you can call buck in during the rut. Matt also tells us what the bucks typically do out of the rutting season. He also talks about their typical feeding habits and his ideal placement for game cameras to watch the fallow.
This week host Matty is joined by Chris Hyde (@bowhunting_somewhere). Chris has been hunting for many years and in that time has picked up a lot of knowledge around high country hinting and Sambar deer!
Chris and Matty talk from a consumer’s perspective of how he finds some different back tension and thumb releases he’s invested in. He explains how each shoot differently and the benefit and improvement he has found from each one of his knock on releases.
Chris takes us through his experience with Sambar deer, from where he typically finds them through to what he looks for when he’s hunting national forests for them. Chris also explains his thoughts and processes around his game camera placement!
This week host matty is joined by Elissa Rosemond, known on FB and instagram as @egr_bowhunting.
Elissa is an avid bowhunter and explains many times throughout the episode how persistence pays off in the bush with a bow.
We talk from her beginnings into bowhunting in 2011 through to now were she is deeply involved in bowhunting and archery at her local club in Rockhampton!
Elissa tells us some great hunting stories including some close encounters with boars, only she was the target. Rosemond dives into her first Cape York hunt along with more recent and very successful hunts in NSW this year.
Elissa tells a great story from this years rut where her and partner Brett gave themselves 3 weeks to get the job done and it literally came right down to the last day.
This week Matty is joined by Tyler Skowronski of Hiit Outdoors (@hiitingthedream)
Tyler is based out of the state of New York in America and is an avid outdoorsman. In fact, Tyler spends so much time outside Matty though he was a guide as he’s forever outdoors sharing his passion for bowhunting white-tail, shotgunning turkey’s and fly fishing for trout.
The turkey season has just come and gone in America and so a lot of the conversation is dedicated to the great big turkeys. The boys cover over the fascination with the birds and what dictates a great turkey.
It’s not all about the turkeys at the moment though as the trout are biting! Tyler is also a passionate fisherman and dives into the legalities of trout fishing. He lets us know that a male trout is referred to as a ‘buck’. Meaning that he’s chasing good sized bucks all year around!
Tyler has been in the outdoors for most of his life and reminisces on some of his first adventures with his bow as well as his first big game kill, a white-tail deer.
Tyler and Matty talk a bit about the importance of fitness and how it’s served them both in the wild as well as how you can keep motivated for your next hunt.
This week we’re joined by Jono Roberts (@jonoluke) on the podcast. Jono is a mad keen outdoorsman and does his very best to interact with the wildlife as often as he can. His instagram is full of incredible selfies with animals such as eagles, snakes, echidnas, crocodiles, emus, kangaroos and more.
Jono has a fascination for snakes, so much so that he has stashes of the most deadliest snakes in not only Australia but the world in enclosures around his house.
Jono explains how snakes are misjudged creatures and that almost all bites could be related back to human stupidity or pushing past the safe zone when they should have backed out.
Roberts explains how he sees to snake handling and gives a few insights as to how he leads other passionate outdoorsmen to snake handling.
Most of Jono’s bowhunting is around goats. He hunts for meat, he hunts for the experience and he occasionally hunts for the trophy. He explains how he typically locates goats and his usual movements in the stalk for his goat hunts.
Unknown to host Matty, Jono explains how goats have multiple ruts throughout the year and sheds more light on their mating seasons.
This week I’m joined by the host of Hunting Camp Downunder podcast Craig Hailes. Craig Hailes grew up on a pig farm and had a bow in his hands from a very young age.
Ever since entering archery Craig has applied himself to it, whether it be 3D archery competitions, bowhunting, his podcast or his consultancy work in which he helps bowhunters apply for oversea’s hunts of a lifetime.
Craig gives away all he knows when it comes to finding big mountain boars. He explains the do’s and don’t when it comes to stalking mountain boars to ensure you don’t scare them off forever.
Craig helps to answer some listener questions about what to do when you can’t get access to keep your hunting skills alive and active.
Mr Hailes also goes a little into detail about guided hunts and about his experiences over in USA. Craig explains how and why the consultancy work came about and talks a little bit about how much of a jumble and lottery it is from state to state. With the consulting he helps you apply for where and what you want to hunt to ensure you have the best experience possible.
Whether you’re planning on hunting USA multiple times or if it’s a once in a lifetime trip, Craig can’t stress enough how important it is to get in early and start applying for tags for the years to come.
This week I’m joined by Micahel Herne. Michael has been in infantry for years and was introduced to bowhunting as the military had a hunting program set up on base in which service teams and their families could hunt hogs year round.
Michael takes us through the tag system in Northern America and explains how the conservation system works. Michael explains the positives and negatives of the system and how to best use it to your advantage as an ‘outter state buyer’ especially when hunting for elk.
Mr Herne talks us through his elk hunts that he has done and explains the night and day differences he experienced from year to year after gaining some confidence around these animals.
Michael enlightens us with some fun stories and tips for beginners to think about when they’re out in the field. Michael helps to fill in the blanks from costs of the hunt to the time needed to be successful out on public land.
This week is part 2 with James Doumtsis! We dive deep into his background in hunting. He gives his insights to gaining property access as well as explaining it from the property owners point of view. James explains just how often property owners deal with poachers and reminds you to keep that in mind and separate yourself from those who take it upon themselves to ruin the hunting name for the rest of us.
James has a heap of tips for hunters both in the field and in the kitchen. James talks to beginners a lot through his social media platform and says one of the biggest tips he can give is taking the ‘trophy’ pressure off of yourself. It’s not expected that you will get a monster deer or any deer on your first hunt. Go into hunting with a good reason and intent. Enjoy your time in the bush and getting in with nature firstly and then the animal culls will come.
James expresses how you should make your time cooking wild game enjoyable too. Hunting is only half of the process, some times the biggest challenges come in the kitchen with knowing how to best cook the meat.
This week I’m joined by James Doumtsis. This podcast was recorded post a hunting weekend in Late March 2019.
We dive deep into the hunt and break down my learnings and James’ teaching from the weekend. We got onto pigs and deer and I learnt a lot from the stalking opportunities and as well as some basics for around the bush that could really help you out with your next hunt.
Join us next week for Part 2 with James as we dive deeper into his background and hunting stories.
This week I am joined by the team behind HuntShack (@huntshack huntshack.net) Jess, Tash and Rod Byfield. Hunt Shack started out of Rod hunting with outfitters from Africa, Australia and New Zealand and others asking him for guidance and references based on his previous hunts.
They now provide a full service from setting up the hunt to taxidermy your animal and ensure a safe delivery home whether your hunt is in Australia or abroad.
We dive deep into hunting in Africa and the truth behind the access and high fence operations there. The crew explain what to look for in a good outfitter as well as what may be a sign that the outfitter isn’t the perfect fit for you. We talk about changing from rifle to bowhunting and the challenges involved. Together we share our opinions around hunting ethics and the current problems with Australia’s hunting rules along with a heap of other insights including a dive into their new Hunters membership ‘I Am Hunter’
Dr Anthony Jay earned a B.A. with a double major in Biology and Theology from Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida, where he researched HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) inhibitors. After college, he continued to work with virus (lentivirus) in the context of Alzheimer’s disease for the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs. Next, Dr. Jay earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Boston University School of Medicine, researching fats, hormones, and cholesterol. Dr Jay is a husband a father and a Bowhunter.
In this episode we talk at great lengths about Dr Anthony’s public and private land hunting experiences. He explains the pro’s and con’s to paid hunts from his perspective as well as explains how he was contracted to reduce the hog numbers on campus at university.
Dr Anthony Jay explains why he only uses fixed blade broadheads on large game now as well as a dive into the health benefits of free ranged meat over the factory farmed meats.
Ayden Doumtsis is arguably one of Australia’s most successful young bow hunters. After his father past his passion for bowhunting onto Ayden and his twin James when they were young they have both continued to grow and further their bow hunting skills.
Ayden tells stories from his first bow and kill right through to some of his favourite hunts to date. In the past 12 years Ayden has spent A LOT of time in the bush filming and hunting our critters and has learnt many lessons from doing so. Ayden gives tips and tricks that will help fast track your next hunt.
Ayden’s Instagram and YouTube channels are both aesthetically pleasing and a great place to go to get you pumped for your next hunt.
Brad Murphy is a physio, an archery coach and an Australian champion of 3D archery and the technical editor of Arrowhead Magazine. In this episode, we dive deep into brad’s 3 step process of grip, anchor and release. Brad explains and breaks down what he’s looking for and what you should be feeling each step of the way. Brad dives into the common trigger punching technique and ways to assess if you’re doing it and how to fix it along with some information on the best back tension releases available for you.
Brad has hunted all over Australia and now all over the world. At the time of release, Brad is currently in temperatures of up to -30 degrees Celsius hunting Musk Ox. We dive a little into his motivation to travel the world hunting along with his love of travelling to help others further their archery skils.
This week the show brings you Mr Kev Schilf. Kev grew up on a Red Deer farm where his family harvested the velvet for sale. He is very knowledgeable on red deer and their habits.
We talk from where to start entering a property with red deer populations right through the butchering process and everything in between like what they feed on at different times of year, how to approach them both in and out of the rut, calling trophies in to in Kev’s opinion the correct culling method/protocol for reds.
Ian Summers has been in the archery world for over 30 years! After years of grinding away as a plumber and not enjoying his work life at all Ian decided to bite the bullet and make a career out of his passion.
Ian coaches archery, build bow press apparatus, is a part owner in Kayuga Broadheads, guides hunts for Kayuga Adventures and works at Abbey Archery in Sydney tuning bows.
Ian is incredibly passionate about archery and hunting and in this episode helps to decipher the questions you should be asking when buying a bow whether it’s your first or your perfect bow.
We also take a look into selecting arrows and how thinks the ideal grain arrow and arrow weight for hunting should be selected by each archer.
Finally, Ian takes us through the heartiness of Australian broadheads and his new signature model broadhead from Kayuga Broadheads ‘ZOT’.
This is an introduction to your host Matthias Turner.
Matty is the co-founder of The Chief Life an online platform where they help their members with nutrition and lifestyle.
Matty is a 29 old male, living in Brisbane who has recently become obsessed with all things archery. Join him as he takes you through his introduction into archery and a few hunting stories he’s stoked to tell you.
Note the audio quality of this podcast isn’t great as it was recorded in the car on the way home from a hunting trip. Future episodes are all great quality and highly understandable.
I, like you, love archery and have become obsessed with all things to do with it. Part of my journey in archery is becoming a bow hunter. I have created this platform to make yours and my journey’s easier.
I want to give back to the sport/hobby/lifestyle that has already given so much to me. The goal is to bring you some of the best podcast content from a beginners point of view. Talking to the best about bow set up and gear advantages/disadvantages, stalking animals, learnings of different species habits, environments, favourite foods to bedding places, competition archery, animal conservation, best hunting stories and a hell of a lot more.