On today’s episode, Sean Johnson joins Travis Ishida to talk about all things hunting, the exciting 2022 Blue Ridge Big Five hunter-style match coming to Washington, and much more!
Sean Johnson has been in the outfitting industry for 40 years. He has been a part of the Blue Ridge Ranch 15+ years running mule deer and waterfowl hunts and helped build out the property for rifle competitions. He is a seasoned match director and all-around great guy who is hosting the upcoming hunter-style match, 2022 Blue Ridge Big Five. The event will be hosted in Benge, Washington the weekend of May 27-29, 2022.
NRL HUNTER Presented by SIG SAUER, is a series of competitions for hunters by hunters. It brings ethical hunters together in an innovative, competitive format for new and seasoned hunters to learn about their skills, gear, overall capabilities, and about local hunting terrains.
Learn more about NRL Hunter, the 2022 Blue Ridge Big Give, over-the-counter hunting opportunities, side matches, good food, and more on the NRL Hunter Podcast!
00:32 – Sean Johnson’s Background
04:10 – Growing Blue Ridge Ranch
• New areas of range, Range 3
8:10 – Hunting Season Opportunities
• Ritzville 284; over-the-counter Tag
• Mule Deer – 2nd Week of October for 12 Days
• Elk – 4th Week of October for 2 weeks
09:52 – Side-Matches for 2022 Blue Ridge Big Five
• Rimfire Sage Rat Shootout with Mover
• Archery Shootout (bring your own bow)
• Pheasant Shootout: Clay Bird, Flush or Bust
13:15 – Welcome BBQ, Sat & Sun Meals
13:30 – Hunting stages
• 16-18 Stages
14:48 – Environment, Camaraderie, Dry Camping, Limited RV Hookups
16:49 – Hunting Stories
23:37 – Sean’s experience in the Outfitting Industry
26:49 – Evolution of hunting from Hunting Guide’s Perspective
32:45 –Ethically Harvesting; Seek Best Gear you can Afford
• Rifle Evolution
• Optics Evolution: How do you determine quality of glass?
44:20 – 2021 Blue Ridge Big Five Sponsors
• Rugged Maps
45:07 – Sean’s preferred method of hunting
47:50 – Fun Experience from Blue Ridge Big Five
• Great event for new hunters
2022 BLUE RIDGE BIG FIVE Match Registration – nrlhunter.org/matches-2022/22-09/
Blue Ridge Ranch – blue-ridge-ranch.com/
Blue Ridge Ranch Facebook page – www.facebook.com/Blue-Ridge-Ranch-171846429525820/
Rugged Maps – www.ruggedmaps.com/
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30 March 2022