Tom Ryle

Since childhood my roots have been anchored outdoors. Camping, fishing, and hunting with my family was and integral part of growing up and secured my connection to wild places and the experiences they offer. My passion for bowhunting has fueled adventures spanning the United States, Canada, and South Africa.

In early 1993 I began working for legendary game calling pioneer and National Bowhunter Hall of Fame inductee, Larry D. Jones at Wilderness Sound Productions.  I worked on new game call product development, production, and filming for a variety of projects.  Larry taught me how to shoot high-quality video in the field and I was able to put these skills to use on promotional videos, DART Target System footage, Techno-Hunt footage, and a few notable hunting video titles.

Later, to further my technical archery & bowhunting knowledge, I moved to Colorado and partnered with Bowhunter Magazine’s Technical Editor, Dave Holt.  We conducted bowhunting classes (Colorado School of Bowhunting) and spent 150+ days afield each year bowhunting and field testing products.  I was responsible for promotional video footage, video target footage, press releases, building a technical workshop, sales and promotion of various archery products and videos throughout our bowhunting adventures.

Over the years I have harvested Columbian Blacktail Deer, Roosevelt Elk, Rocky Mountain Elk, Black Bear, Pronghorn Antelope, Whitetail Deer, Caribou, African game, Coyote, Turkey, and a variety of small game.  I have been involved with numerous wildlife, habitat, conservation, and NBEF bowhunter education volunteer activities in order to give back to the wild resources I cherish so much.  I have been blessed with some incredible mentors as well, so in turn I’m driven to share my experiences to help others find success in the field.

Professionally, I have worked in Product Design & Development over 20 years specializing in Industrial Design and Design Management.  I’m an official measurer for the Pope and Young Club, NMLRA, NW Big Game, and Oregon Shed Hunters.  I’m a member of Columbia Sportswear’s Beta Program, Badlands Packs Pro Staff, and am involved in a variety of other outreach activities such as seminars, coaching, and bowhunter education.

Stan Woody

Stan Woody is a home-grown Pacific Northwest bowhunter.  Stan, 40, grew up in Cathlamet, Washington, a small town nestled between the Willapa Hills and the Columbia River.  Stan’s father worked for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and they lived on a fish hatchery deep in the game-rich Elochoman Valley.  He grew up hunting and fishing with his dad since it all started just a short step out the front door.  Hunting wasn’t reserved for a week each year; it was a key ingredient of his life, and Stan often skipped school hoping to get another crack at that elusive buck or bull.

Stan and his wife Shaudine now reside in Portland, Oregon raising their three children; Ashley (8), Hailey (6) and Hunter (2) – all of whom have a full-time bowhunting mentor in their father.  Stan is a full time Engineering Manager for Intel Corporation and Co-Founder of FreshTRAX Inc.  He is also a product design and engineering consultant, Beta Program member for Columbia Sportswear, and on the Field Staff for Pursue the Outdoors.  His affiliations include the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Oregon Hunters Association, to name a few.

Stan has worked in some of the most rugged outdoor backcountry locations across the U.S. including Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, and the extreme conditions of Bristol Bay, Alaska.  These positions provided endless adventure in the backcountry, mountaineering, hiking and hunting.

Although Stan grew up hunting with his father since he could walk, in 1990 his lifelong friend, Tom Ryle, talked Stan into buying his first bow and he hasn’t looked back since.  Stan has been blessed with much success in the field, harvesting a wide variety of game but specializing in D.I.Y. Roosevelt elk and blacktail deer throughout the Pacific Northwest.  He credits his success to God, his dad, and to those who have mentored him through the years.

His adventuresome spirit and work have taken him to countries all over the world, including: Israel, Turkey, Malaysia, China, Canada, Taiwan, Japan, England, and many places in between.  Even though Stan loves traveling and new adventures his roots pull him back to his passion of bowhunting elk and deer in the lush environment of the Pacific Northwest, where Tom and Stan have recently launched their new venture,FreshTRAX, Inc. Stay tuned

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Daniel Stainer January 19, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Hello Tom,

I’m having the hardest time trying to track down anyone that can confirm whether or not this picture is a Blacktail Deer or Roosevelt Elk? I need confirmation for an upcoming nature photography book. The book editor says that the snout is too sharp to be an Elk. It was taken in the Hoh Rainforest – Olympic National Park. I figured a hunting pro like yourself might know. I would certainly appreciate your taking a look if you don’t mind. Much appreciated. Link is here:




Tom Ryle January 23, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Hi Daniel,

That is indeed a Roosevelt Elk (a male or “bull”). They are also known as “Olympic Elk” on the peninsula and in some circles. Any elk west of Interstate 5 is classified as a Roosevelt elk vs. the Rocky Mountain Elk sub-species that lives from the crest of Cascades east. Roosevelt and Rocky Mtn. elk will interbreed where their habitat and herds overlap, which is the area east of I-5 to the peak of the Cascade Range. This is somewhat vague and it is my belief that most of elk in the lowlands east of I-5 are pure Roosevelt elk. However, this sub-species is often referred to as Cascade Roosevelt elk. Elk and blacktail deer are quite different in every aspect. Check your email as I’ve sent you a photo of a western Washington blacktail buck.
Hope this helps clarify.

Thanks for your question,


Warren August 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Hey Tom,

Warren here, I’ve been playing phone tag with you a bit, and I figured I’d try this. I can’t find a contact page on this site with an email, so I’m sending out an SOS here (forgive me). I’m looking for specific elk scouting tips for our NW coastal areas (The Olympic Mountains are where I’ll be focusing this year). I’m a fairly new hunter with a mountain bike frame of mind, but not totally green. I’m going to get off the roads, but I would like to have a clear idea of what I’m looking for before I go out read: Google earth, topoo map, terrain savy. Every mile is more effort when its people power, so smart scouting is a must. Currently it all looks like a “Great Wooded Abiss”.Any help is of value.


graycen February 15, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Stan Woody:
i have read alot of your articals here and i have bin scouting hard and soaking up all the info online about Roosevelts that i can. i have hunted them for four years now and killed two cows so far and only one with a bow. and i have my trail camras up and i ride my mountain bike in every where but i had some questions that i would like to email you about so if you could either email me at quadrunner1113@gmail.com i would really appreciate it.


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