Had a phenomenal time speaking with Joe.
Robby hosts Cliff Gray of Colorado. Cliff was an outfitter in Colorado for 11 years, amassing a huge pool of experience hunting mule deer after mid-October. They chat about mule deer behavior at that time and dive into the story of one of the biggest bucks to come out of Colorado in the last decade during the October dates. They also talk about tips when hiring an outfitter.
Had an awesome time on the 6 Ranch Podcast. Some great conversation with James –
If you want to be a more effective hunter, you need to up your glassing game. My guest today, Cliff Gray, is just the person to aid in any hunter’s goals for improvement. Cliff has founded and operated some of largest and most remote wilderness outfitting businesses in North America and has personally guided for years. Recently, Cliff sold all his operating outfitting businesses and is now focused on sharing his knowledge with others through his YouTube channel and newsletter. I love Cliff’s teaching style and have personally learned a ton from him. I know that if you take his glassing tips to heart, you’ll quickly become a phenomenal hunter.
This week, I had the pleasure of recording with a very interesting guest, Cliff Gray. This gentleman’s journey is quite fascinating – he went from the corporate world of finance to becoming an outfitter, building and selling multiple businesses along the way.
During our conversation, we dove into Cliff’s life story and the path that led him to where he is today, including how he has built his life on his own terms. We talked about the importance of creating a life that suits your unique needs and desires, and how homeschooling played a significant role in his family’s life due to their lifestyle.
Cliff discusses many aspects of hunting big mule deer with Robby Denning. Robby is the author of “Hunting Big Mule Deer: How to Take the Best Buck of Your Life” and “Hunting Big Mule Deer: The Stories”.
Cliff and Robby discuss draw strategy, an overall approach to hunting big deer, hunting tactics, how winter range conditions affect buck age class, using pack animals to expand your hunting opportunities, and the challenges that come along with the pursuit of giant mulies.
For this episode, Chris brings in Cliff Gray to talk about Cliff’s knowledge of elk movement, behavior, hunting, and outfitting in a variety of northwest Colorado Elk/Deer Game Management Units, and get his thoughts on the upcoming wolf reintroduction, and “what could be” with the reintroduction effort, and if sportsmen got their $#!+ together! Cliff was the owner/operator of Flat-tops Wilderness Guides for nearly 10 years (amongst other guiding/outfitting activities), and now has a very informative YouTube channel called “Pursuit with Cliff” (along with his Instagram page under Cliff Gray) where he shares a TON of knowledge from his direct experience for those just getting started in the hunting/elk hunting. Cliff is also a great “critical thinker,” while being a humble dude, so he’s a great person to dive into a variety of topics with, and especially those that might be tricky, controversial, and uncomfortable. In other words… another great “intellectual sparring partner” for some of the discussions we’ve had on here of late!
Cliff interviews Jimmy Oswald, operations manager at Flat Tops Wilderness Guides. The podcast starts with an update on current winter conditions and thoughts on wolves in Colorado. Then Jimmy and Cliff discuss the upcoming Colorado Big Game Draw, including strategies and details on many Colorado sheep, goat and moose units.
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James Nash is a retired USMC officer, professional guide, hunter, and outdoorsman who spends his time traveling, developing outdoor equipment and consulting private landowners on wildlife management. He writes articles about his hunting adventures, teaches classes on hunting, shooting, guiding, and hosts the 6 Ranch Podcast.
Cliff and James discuss wildlife management, predator management, James’s theory that Ibex may have roamed Oregon years ago, and many other interesting topics.
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Chad Mendes is a professional bare knuckle boxer and UFC competitor. He is also an accomplished hunter with his own outfitting business, Finz and Featherz Guide Service. Through that service, Chad provides varied trips from deep sea tuna fishing, to Florida gator hunts, to Oregon Elk hunts. Chad and Cliff discuss Chad’s businesses, the carnivore diet, his recent Dall sheep hunts, the sheep hunting addiction and many more topics.
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Allen Bolen is an accomplished archery hunter on a quest to harvest as many Boone & Crockett qualifying species as possible with his archery equipment. He has held several world records, including the Mountain Goat record and Velvet Sitka Blacktail record. Cliff and Allen discuss career paths and strategies that allow anyone to go on these types of hunts, the excitement of learning new species, researching trophy quality areas, the challenges of the state draws and where the best bang for your buck is when it comes to hunting.
Cliff interviews Jake Muise, the CEO and Founder of Maui Nui Venison. Jake is also an avid free range Axis deer hunter. Jake and Cliff discuss Axis deer hunting opportunities, the tactics and technology Jake’s team uses to harvest wild Axis deer, the benefits of eating wild game meat, and the potential implications of new technology when it comes to counting and monitoring big game populations.
Cliff interviews Robert Arrington, the host of the popular YouTube show DearMeatForDinner. Robert and Cliff discuss the value of a diversified exposure to the outdoors, introducing kids to hunting, the challenges of filming hunts, and the art of storytelling around the adventures we all enjoy.
I had the great opportunity to turn the tables on Jay and interview him for once! We talk about his history in the outfitting business, guiding, thoughts on how hunting has changed in regard to social media and a bunch of other topics. This was a really fun interview for me.
Apologies for the poor audio on my end, I have made improvements for future podcasts I am hosting.
As a guest host on Jay Scott Outdoors, I interview two long-term guides that worked for me while I was outfitting, Evan Koster and Jimmy Oswald. These guys are super experienced hunting heavily hunted OTC elk and deer. We focus on archery tactics, a review of how September went and a bunch of suggestions for Colorado rifle elk hunters this Fall.
Cliff Gray has founded some of the most successful remote wilderness guide services in North America and has personally guided dozens of hunts over the last two decades, for various species of big game, while his multiple guide services have guided thousands of expeditions.
Cliff sold all of his guide businesses in 2021 to focus on providing knoweldge to the public from his years of guiding.
With decades of experience as a hunter, guide, and outfitter, Cliff Gray has hunted more elk than many of us could ever experience in a lifetime. His time as a guide and outfitter has allowed him to see the common mistakes that elk hunters make, and how the consistently-successful hunters make success happen. In this conversation, Cliff shares some of the ways that struggling elk hunters can find more consistent success on public land elk hunts.
Join Jay Scott as he talks with Colorado resident and hunting guide, Cliff Gray, of Flattops Wilderness Guides about the upcoming applications deadline for big game hunting in Colorado including Elk, Mule Deer, Sheep and Goat.
Join Jay Scott as he talks with Cliff Gray of Flat Tops Wilderness Guides and True Hunts.
On this episode, we are joined by returning guest, Cliff Gray of Flat Tops Wilderness Guides to talk about what you should be doing right now to prepare for an elk or deer hunt in the west this fall. Cliff walks us through why gear is important, but also why it shouldn’t necessarily be at the top of your list based. We also touch on a 2020 Colorado hunting outlook where we highlight a number of potential outcomes based on various weather patterns and changes in hunting pressure due to the corona virus.
We then talk about “True Hunts” which is his hunting outfit that specializes in planning and booking a dream hunt anywhere in the world. As part of this venture, Cliff also puts on mountain hunting seminars to help beginners and people who want to learn more hands-on, tactical knowledge when it comes to western hunting. In conjunction with these seminars, he has created an entire library of videos on his youtube page to help kickstart your western hunting experience with videos on gear, thermals, and feed, just to name a few.
Listen as Jay Scott talks with Cliff Gray about the Colorado hunting season and what units to apply for elk, deer, sheep, goat and bear.
Today we are joined by returning guest, Cliff Gray who is the owner of Flat Tops Wilderness Guides where we discuss all things related to elk and deer hunting in Colorado. During this podcast, we dive into a recap of the 2019 hunting conditions, success rates and setting realistic expectations for public land elk hunting. We also talk about weather related trends and how precipitation can affect elk and elk hunting conditions.
We talk about the current and future state of elk/deer hunting in Colorado in regards to the quality of hunting, animal numbers, policy decisions, and hunting pressure. We talk about 2020 season date changes and the positives and negatives associated with them. Lastly, we speculate on decline of elk numbers in Colorado in recent years, what is causing it, and what could be done to help improve hunting and wildlife.
Listen as Jay Scott talks with outfitter Cliff Gray about Colorado mule deer, elk, sheep, goat and bear hunts.
Listen as Jay Scott talks with Cliff Gray of TrueHunts.com and Flat Tops Wilderness Guides about Black Bear hunting in BC.
Cliff has guided and outfitted hundreds of hunts for goats, sheep, elk, bears, and mule deer throughout North America. He’s a registered outfitter in the State of Colorado with commercial special use permits for hunting, fishing, and remote horse packing in the White River National Forest and Flat Tops Wilderness Area of the Rocky Mountains.
Jay Scott talks with professional guide and outfitter Cliff Gray of Flat Tops Wilderness Guides about footwear throughout the seasons. Listen as Cliff goes specifically through each season and which specific footwear he recommends for each application as the season progresses from early to late season. In this episode you will hear exact tips on how to find the right boot for you, tips for keeping your feet happy, maintenance and your feet and your footwear, Surfing excursions, starting a fire in the backcountry tips and much more.