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Pro Talk Outdoors - Sportsmen's Empire

139 episodes - English - Latest episode: 6 months ago -

JP and Dave of Pro Talk Outdoors, conduct in depth interviews with hunting and fishing industry pros and share their own adventures in one of the most engaging and entertaining outdoor themed podcasts available! From whitetail hunting and turkey hunting to discussions on fishing and predator hunting, this podcast has it all.

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Have Boat, Will Travel

January 07, 2022 10:00 - 48 minutes - 43.9 MB

Parker McDonald has burst onto the hunting scene in recent years, but never more explosively than he did in 2021.  The Southern Ground Hunting host has illustrated a clinic by example on how to make the most of public ground whitetail hunting, and doing so in different states, scenarios, and climates.  McDonald has become the peak of versatility, and shared with Dave and JP part of what makes him tick...and why water is his best friend.   Pro Talk Outdoors is Powered by Simplecast

Leases and Late Season Success with Derrick Minton

December 17, 2021 10:00 - 51 minutes - 47.6 MB

On this episode of PTO, Dave and Savanna are joined by good friend Derrick Minton.  Derrick and Dave discuss some late season success in Kentucky, as well as their thoughts on hunting leases.  The gang goes over their "what to do and not to do list" when it comes to going into a new lease.  And as always, they share lots of laughs.   Pro Talk Outdoors is Powered by Simplecast

Success, and a Rebound Buck

November 26, 2021 10:00 - 1 hour - 61.3 MB

The Pro Talk Outdoors boys have had one of their most eventful whitetail ruts of recent years.  JP finds a little redemption in Kentucky after a dream hunt on an island in Pike County, Illinois ends with heartbreak.  Meanwhile, Dave returns to a property with a lot of history based on a weather induced gut feeling and shows exactly why keeping track of your previous seasons can pay dividends in the future.   Pro Talk Outdoors is Powered by Simplecast  

Dave and Savanna on the Crooked Heart

November 12, 2021 10:00 - 41 minutes - 37.9 MB

Join Dave and his wife Savanna as she makes her first appearance on PTO, and they discuss life on their newly named farm, "The Crooked Heart".  They take a dive into discussing their land management strategy, as well as discussing recent hunts and interesting events.  On this episode you will hear about "checkerboard" management, dealing with neighbors, hunting close to home, and enduring the full moon.  Just not the moon you would expect.     Pro Talk Outdoors is Powered by Simplecast

We're Back

November 08, 2021 10:00 - 38 minutes - 35.5 MB

The boys of Pro Talk Outdoors have found their microphones amidst the pile of moving boxes, household repair items, and new far equipment.  While new property and home buys for both may netted some horrible luck, and huge opportunities...they haven't lost their desire to get back in the whitetail woods.  Get the scoop on some stories that are too bizarre to be made up.   Pro Talk Outdoors is Powered by Simplecast

Talking Turkey & A Charity Raffle

April 23, 2021 09:00 - 45 minutes - 41.8 MB

Dave and JP open the show setting up what their turkey season openers are lining up to be, how unlike with your wife, sometimes it's 'what you say' and not 'how you say it', and are even joined by Terry Peer of Lester's Feet Foundation, and Real World Wildlife Products to talk about how his foundation is doing a live raffle between now and July 4th to benefit the families of children with life altering illnesses.  The guys get into all the details on how folks can participate, how they pick ...

Life Changes and Making Impacts

April 02, 2021 09:00 - 38 minutes - 35 MB

Repeat guest Cragg Fitz, formerly of Realtree and Trained Assassins dealt with major life impacts during 2020, like many Americans. While his journey with both of those groups came to a close, his journey to a fitter, healthier, and happier life was just beginning. Now after dropping significant weight, Cragg is using his following to impact other people by kickstarting their weightloss in a big way.   Pro Talk Outdoors is Powered by Simplecast

How Clover Can Be Your Most Versatile Food Plot

March 12, 2021 10:00 - 36 minutes - 33 MB

The Pro Talk Outdoors guys have made no secret how fond they are of fall planted food plots, particularly the Deadly Dozen.  However, each year they get more and more fond of clover blends because of their versatility, relative low maintenance, and outright production throughout the year.  They bring on co owner of Real World Wildlife Products, Wes Delks, to dive into the proper steps to prep for a clover plot, establish it, and maintain it for both new, and already existing areas.     Pro...

Mineral Time!

February 26, 2021 10:00 - 29 minutes - 27.2 MB

It's no secret the guys have their favorite mineral, but they spend this episode discussing why getting something with a high nutrient value is what's important.  They explain why reading your tags, labels, and doing your homework is a worthy investment of your time, and can pay dividends in the long run.  In the interest of long run, they also discuss timing of getting supplements out on your properties, and how long you should expect to put in that work before you see benefits, and just wh...

New Amateur Fishing Series backed by Outdoor Legend Johnny Morris

February 12, 2021 10:00 - 30 minutes - 28.3 MB

Dave and JP are avid anglers, as any listener would know.  They're also amateurs, which they're not afraid to admit.  However, only one of the two would be eligible to fish in the new Bass Pro Shops U.S. Open which was just announced by Outdoor legend Johnny Morris, and his iconic Bass Pro Shops brand.  Our two hosts dive into the pluses, minuses, schedule, and rules for the new well as who may have an advantage to take home the one million dollar grand prize.   Pro Talk Outdoo...

Dialing In Your Approach With Hunt Predictors Like Deercast

January 01, 2021 10:00 - 41 minutes - 38.3 MB

Dave and JP are joined by Matt Drury of Drury Outdoors, and one of the pioneers of the revolutionary "Deercast" App that was designed to give everyday hunters a deeper analysis of their local hunting based on current conditions.  Matt discusses the first meeting in which the idea was pitched, why the Drury's felt like they needed to release something like this, and what "Deercast" and other similar hunt predictors can bring to your day to day hunt planning, especially for a hunter with limit...

Dueling Deadly Dozen Experiment

October 30, 2020 09:00 - 42 minutes - 39.1 MB

Deadly Dozen from Real World Wildlife Products, a fall planted plot blend containing twelve different seed types, has become the favorite staple every fall for Dave and JP.  This year they decided to do their own experiment with the mix by planting two plots, side by side at the front end, and the back end of the recommended planting window.   While the experiment won't be complete until the bell tolls on the 2020 season, they've noticed some interesting behavior trends from the local wildl...

Putting Cell Cameras to the Test

October 02, 2020 09:00 - 1 hour - 68.1 MB

The Pro Talk Outdoors team was joined by co-host of the Chasing Giants Podcast, Terry Peer, to discuss in depth the format of his ongoing cell camera test.  Peer grabbed six of the top selling cell cameras on the market and has begun putting them through the most intensive, and unbiased test available for public consumption.  The results have been interesting, and may help you identify which features are best for you, and may not be best for your neighbor.   As a cherry on top, Terry discus...

The Luckiest 'Fall' of All

September 04, 2020 08:00 - 57 minutes - 52.5 MB

Louisiana hunter Justin Lanclos had a 'fall' to remember a few years ago, and one that nearly could have taken his life.  Lanclos was fortunate to land correctly, and even more so that his nine year old son was with him to get them out of the woods.  He shares this harrowing story and how he has parlayed that incident into a career in the industry, and a presence with the Tree Stand Safety Awareness Foundation.  President of the TSSA Glen Mayhew also joins the show to discuss how accidents l...

Big League Level Woodsman

August 14, 2020 09:00 - 39 minutes - 35.9 MB

Interviewing the cream of the crop in the outdoor industry is nothing new to Dave and JP, as that's the platform Pro Talk Outdoors was built on.  It's not often, however, that a pro level outdoorsman on their show brings with him a Big League level talent, experience, and resume from a professional sports.  The boys were pleased to welcome the founder of Taz Timbers Outdoors, professional relief pitcher Tony Zych.   Zych spent time detailing the inspiration for his family based show, and th...

How to Lease

July 03, 2020 09:00 - 43 minutes - 39.6 MB

Dave and JP sit down to discuss the three major points in identifying what to lease, how to lease, and strategies to make the most out of it.  They dive deep into each steps analysis to help you eat the elephant one bite at a time.  Leasing can be intimidating...but it doesn't have to be!   Pro Talk is Powered by Simplecast 

You Reap What You Sow

June 05, 2020 16:55 - 46 minutes - 42.5 MB

Co Owner of Real World Wildlife Products, Wes Delks, was kind enough to chat with the boys on common mistakes and pointers for soybean planting, their new Giant Miscanthus, as well as a bit about how important it is to be constantly innovating with habitat products to give consumers an added edge every year.  An all land managers dream episode!   ProTalk Outdoors is Powered by Simplecast

Three Jakes, Two Big Boss Gobblers, and One Bearded Hen

May 22, 2020 09:00 - 57 minutes - 53 MB

The Pro Talk Outdoors team had one heck of a circus-like turkey season while filming season four of their original series "In A Strut" set to air in 2021.  They ran along some major accidents, misses, a run in with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, and one TON of fun.  Give this episode a listen to catch all of that, as well as how one set a personal best bird, and another got their first ever.  Hook 'Em or Hunt 'Em!   Pro Talk Outdoors is Powered by Simplecast

Bass Fishing's Greatest of All Time Debate

April 17, 2020 02:20 - 36 minutes - 33.8 MB

Dave and JP wanted to get in on the fun that everybody has with the "Greatest of All Time" debates that occur on radio and TV across sports America.  To do their own spin, they broke bass fishing down into two categories: The Greatest of All Time, and The Greatest of Today.  Check out their arguments, and feel free to weigh in on social media as to who's list was better!   Pro Talk is Powered by Simplecast

Black Bass Biology on Shared Water

March 23, 2020 04:00 - 41 minutes - 37.7 MB

Dave and JP took a conservation approach this episode to discuss the methodology toward improving a private lake that you share access to, and how to properly assess the current state of the fish present.  Jeff Buckingham from the state of Arkansas joins the show to give an expert approach on things such as potential habitat improvement, selective harvest, as well as under the radar methods that one could do to improve a body of water tremendously.     Pro Talk is Powered by Simplecast

The Long Road of Lyme Disease

February 23, 2020 23:43 - 41 minutes - 38.2 MB

One of outdoor television's most energetic and known personalities, Kip Campbell of Red Arrow, has fought back from a multi year battle with Lyme Disease to land back among the most active, seen, and laughed with hosts in the industry.  The road to return however, was long and tumultuous.  He detailed how proper diagnosis saved his life, and made a return to his passions possible again.  Give this one a listen to hear the harrowing story, and what he would recommend to fellow outdoorsmen to ...

Wintertime To-Dos

February 07, 2020 02:00 - 37 minutes - 34 MB

Dave and JP go solo for an episode to discuss how cabin fever can truly go away when you look at a surprisingly long list of to do's than the average outdoorsman could undertake.  Things such as shed hunting, stand movement, and even door to door property acquisition are highlighted as productive ways to push your way through the end of winter.     Pro Talk Outdoors is Powered by Simplecast

Be Better People, Be Better Advocates

January 17, 2020 05:05 - 37 minutes - 34 MB

Dave and JP open the show discussing some of the negative stigmas associated with the modern day outdoorsman in the general public, as well as some of the divides among the outdoor community itself.  This topic is continued in the second segment when they are joined by Kendall Jones.  She explains how some opposition helped fuel her rise in the industry, as well as shared what ways she continues to give back to local communities as a whole.  Being better people, and being better advocates wa...

Greens, Grains, and Hunt Tokens

December 27, 2019 20:22 - 39 minutes - 36.3 MB

Team Radical's Kyle Heuerman joins the show to share a bit of his story of 'Uno', a buck he chased for six years, as well as how he patterns the month of December with greens, grains, and 'hunt tokens' with the wife at home.  Get the low down right here on Pro Talk Outdoors!   Pro Talk is Powered by Simplecast

Nonscents or Nonsense?

November 29, 2019 03:00 - 50 minutes - 46 MB

The fellas are far from experts, experienced, or with expectations when it comes to using scent in the whitetail woods.  They were joined by the head of Rack Getter Scents and Lures Gerard Sauchelli to get his thoughts on their place in a hunters arsenal.  Is it Nonscents or Nonsense?  You decide!   Pro Talk Outdoors is Powered by Simplecast

Don Higgins Breaks Down The Rut

November 16, 2019 15:44 - 45 minutes - 41.5 MB

The renowned hunter, land manager, writer, and whitetail aficionado Don Higgins joined the show to discuss his daily social media sensation "Rut Report", break down what he feels like are the main 3 phases of "the rut", as well as a little bit about the two giants he killed on back to back days earlier this November.  Get it all on Pro Talk Outdoors!   Pro Talk is Powered by Simplecast

Mornings, Weather, and the October Moon

October 24, 2019 01:00 - 45 minutes - 41.5 MB

Dave and JP go 'no pro' on this episode to discuss what they've got going for what is setting up to be a strong Kentucky season...and a very challenging Indiana season.  The two spend the meat of the episode diving into when and why you hunt a morning, how you go about it, as well some of the effects they believe the moon can have in October.     Pro Talk Outdoors is Powered by Simplecast

E.H.D. Outbreak In Indiana with Dr. Joe Caudell

September 20, 2019 02:00 - 46 minutes - 42.1 MB

The fellas are joined by Indiana State deer biologist Dr. Joe Caudell to discuss the current state of the Indiana deer herd. This episode offers some great insight into the how's and why's that go into the decision making process for herd management.

High School Bassin' Picks up Steam

August 30, 2019 02:00 - 38 minutes - 35.1 MB

Our hosts got a chance to catch up with some local flavor recently in the fishing scene. Scottsburg High School Bass Fishing Team head coach Bill Buckner joined the show. Bill was gracious in being razzed about his name, and most importantly shared how SHS got it's inaugural season underway, and how important community support is to the survival of the program. Support local, and check out what the Scottsburg Warriors Anglers have been accomplishing in 2019!

Making a Pitts Stop

August 09, 2019 02:00 - 50 minutes - 46 MB

Humor and the outdoors can often go together. Michael Pitts takes nearly every hunting trend to the woodshed in his YouTube and Realtree 365 segments. If it's popular or controversial, Pitts has found a way to roast it with tongue planted firmly in cheek. We chatted with the fulltime firefighter, bow shop owner, and outdoor comedian to see how he got his start in the outdoors, and how his laugh based content really lighten the world up a bit...particularly when it comes to hunter on hunte...

Roll With the Punches

July 26, 2019 02:00 - 46 minutes - 42.9 MB

Changing your frame of mind is going to be paramount in 2019 for hunters in the midwest. States all across the region have experienced at, or near record rainfall this year to cripple many farmers and foodplotters alike. Dave and JP wanted to take it to the next level on this discussion, and throw out the how and why's to adjusting your game plan to ensure a successful season with unprecedented circumstances. Things like fall food plots, amounts, mineral, and drastically altered hunting s...

Facing the Flood with Wes Delks

July 12, 2019 01:28 - 30 minutes - 28.1 MB

Co Owner of Real World Wildlife Products, Wes Delks, jumped on the show with Dave and JP to discuss the options that hunters have with the record rains in the midwest, and how they may be able to adjust to save their food plots. With Wes' ties to the farming community, the group delve in on consequences that the farmers may face as well.

Starting Your Own Trophy Bass Lake

June 20, 2019 17:00 - 1 hour - 55.2 MB

JP and Dave reflect on the Wisconsin trip from last week, and how their time in the North Woods turned into a dream adventure. Dave caught not one, but two muskies to fulfill a lifelong goal, and JP landed a 4 pound smallmouth to mark off a bucket list accomplishment. If their smallmouth recap wasn't enough, they caught up with Chris Horton of the Congressional Sportsmen's Society, formerly the B.A.S.S Biologist to discuss how anglers can make a positive impact in legislation for their loc...

Red Hot Cobb Chats Elite Series Success

May 30, 2019 18:31 - 41 minutes - 37.9 MB

Bassmaster Elite Series angler Brandon Cobb comes on the show to talk about his meteoric rise to two event wins in only sixteen appearances in his young career. He spends some time with Dave and JP discussing how he's made the most of his recent opportunities, and how he picks apart a body of water to fit his style of fishing, instead of throwing the kitchen sink to find what sticks. In depth discussion with one of the hottest anglers in pro fishing!

Freshwater Fish Biology for Dummies

May 16, 2019 07:15 - 41 minutes - 38.5 MB

He may not be a doctor, but he should have an honory PHD, as Professor Steven Bardin has his finger on the pulse of freshwater fish biology. Not only can Bardin put things in a basic perspective for laymen like show hosts Dave Barrett and Johnny Pace, but his group at TX Pro Lake and Bass Brigade are raising funds to get more youth involved with freshwater biology, and into the great outdoors. Give a listen to Steven in this episode!

We're All Human: Turkey Season Recap

May 03, 2019 02:00 - 38 minutes - 35.7 MB

Dave and JP dive deep into the eventful turkey season the Pro Talk Outdoors and "In A Rut" team has had in 2019. They go full access on Dave's three missed birds, an incredible reaping hunt, JP's back to back opening day triumphs, and how ANYBODY can get a case of the 'yips'. These regular dudes share once again how regular they really are.

How Season Dates Impact The Turkey Population

April 04, 2019 05:11 - 36 minutes - 33.2 MB

Cragg Fitz of Trained Assassins spent some time with Dave and JP to talk about turkey hunting tactics that he employs regardless of the time of season, or location he hunts. Most of the episode, however, centered on the impact that season dates can have on individual locations, and even the effect of periodically shifting those dates can have on bird population, and hunter success. Lastly, they close out explaining why every outdoorsman should be a CraggHead!

The Science Behind Herd Health

March 21, 2019 23:26 - 44 minutes - 41.2 MB

The Pro Talk Outdoors guys played host to Dr. Clifford Shipley, a biologist and veterinarian with decades of experience studying the science of four legged creatures, and their resiliency to sickness and disease. He joined the show to go in depth on bovine creatures such as deer, elk, and even cows to help understand how EHD, CWD, and other diseases can affect what outdoorsmen will experience in their lifetimes.

Chatting Bassmaster Classic with former Champion Casey Ashely

March 07, 2019 20:13 - 31 minutes - 28.5 MB

The Pro Talk Outdoors boys jump on the mic with former Bassmaster Classic Champion Casey Ashley. The three of them talk about how being comfortable with a body of water can make a world of difference, and how adverse conditions can level the playing field…and eliminate the advantage that locals may have. With that sort of thing in mind, Ashley discusses how much confidence he has during early season tournaments, especially with things lining up the way they are for the Tennessee River this...

100th Episode: Shed Season and Our Greatest Hits

February 21, 2019 21:31 - 51 minutes - 47.7 MB

JP and Dave hop on the mic to go over their respective shed hunting strategies, or lack thereof. They both have ideas about what they'd like to accomplish and learn from the process, and discuss the mixed results that can often occur. To kick off the remainder of the show, they wax poetic about episodes gone by, and some of the best moments they've had on the show in their three years. Excerpts are played from Roland Martin, Chad Morgenthaler, Don Higgins, Bill Winke, and Lee and Tiffany ...

A Walk on the Wild Side with Dan Infalt

February 07, 2019 03:07 - 1 hour - 57.3 MB

Dan Infalt is different. His approach, his style, the way he thinks about his craft…it’s all different than the average bear. Over the years Infalt has honed his ‘Hang and Hunt’ technique to fit different areas, time of season, and especially a buck’s personality. In this episode Infalt spends some time discussing how he goes about finding buck bedding locations, and what each one means based on where you find it. He is known now as the Big Buck Serial Killer, and talks about that here o...

Live from the ATA Show

February 04, 2019 14:58 - 32 minutes - 30.1 MB

Live from the ATA Show, we had a chat with a couple old friends, and some new blood within Real World Wildlife products led to a spill on the 2019 push, and goals to make things even more 'Real World' and relatable. Their vision for the year sheds light on their pursuit to continue a strong influence on deer herd health in North America.

The Mind Behind Chasing November with Jared Mills

February 04, 2019 14:55 - 26 minutes - 24.5 MB

One of the masterminds behind "Chasing November" joined us on Pro Talk Outdoors to discuss his path directly from college that led him to moving completely into the outdoor world with his production role with Midwest Whitetail. One of the most humble, down to earth, and realistic guys you could have a chat with.

Big Announcements from Don Higgins

February 04, 2019 14:50 - 37 minutes - 34.1 MB

Just when you thought Don would have a quieter 2018, he found ways to make more headlines! While this time it wasn't a combined 400" in back to back hunts, but more big news on the personal side. Not only is Don adding to his role in the industry, but is broadening horizons as well. As if that wasn't enough...he's now pioneering something that's never been done before when it comes to sharing knowledge, and patterning big on farm master class! Get the scoop first on Pro Talk O...

A New Call to the Big Leagues with Gary Klein

February 04, 2019 14:46 - 38 minutes - 35.6 MB

The Innovative Angler himself, Gary Klein hopped on the show to explain the roots of the bass fishing revolution that is Major League Fishing. Not only has this creation caught fire the last few years, but it’s now escalated the sport to a whole new level with its first tour in 2019. Don’t think for a second that they’re done there. Check it out!

All Day Sits...or Not? with Dan Schmidt

February 04, 2019 14:42 - 28 minutes - 26.5 MB

We asked Deer and Deer Hunting editor Dan Schmidt to share his thoughts on when to pull an all day sit, and if they really make a difference. Dan, JP and Wyatt discuss whether its quality over quantity, or a mixture of both that creates the best recipe for success in the whitetail woods. Have a listen to see if you find your style in the methods discussed.

Rut Timing with Gordon Whittington

February 04, 2019 14:11 - 36 minutes - 33.1 MB

Does the rut start based on daylight, temperature, or the exact same time it started last year? To jump into the age old question, we thought no better guy to ask than Gordon Whittington of North American Whitetail! Whittington shares with us his thoughts on the subject, and how he came to believe those things over years in the woods all across the country. Engaging thought processes, and even some tips on how to choose your vacation days wisely, and make the most of time afield. What a ...

Wild West with Nick Mundt of Bone Collector

October 03, 2018 12:40 - 42 minutes - 39.3 MB

Nick Mundt of Bone Collector shares a bit about his Western Guiding beginnings, and how a regular joe should go about getting himself on a hunt of a lifetime on that side of the Mississippi.

Public Land Pursuits

September 24, 2018 18:45 - 1 hour - 62.1 MB

The boys 'Dive Deep' with local hunter Jason Campbell, who is taking on a brand new challenge of all public land whitetail hunting in 2018. Campbell shares all the lessons he's learned so far, and how he's tackling this big change.

Project Matzinger

September 24, 2018 18:41 - 1 hour - 59 MB

Jason Matzinger of Into High Country comes on Pro Talk Outdoors to chat about all things outdoor, the great species out west, and his recent projects.