A show that covers the ideologies and philosophies of the modern hunter while touching on key ideas like conservation, our value systems and how to construct a better public image. A recurring cast of top hunting voices help drive the conversation and keep things pretty damn interesting. Part of MeatEater, Inc.
This week on this show, Ben O’Brien and Phil the Engineer take a closer look at the reaction (both good and bad) to episode 89 with Dr. Carolyn Finney. In the interview portion of the show, Ben is joined by Brianna Pobiner, a paleoanthropologist at the Smithsonian studying the evolution of the human diet. After a walk through “The Hall of Human Origins,” they discuss how eating meat has contributed to our humanity. Enjoy.
On this week's show, I'm joined by MeatEater's Joe Ferronato and Maggie Smith to hear the story of Maggie's first deer. We also check in on a fledging YouTube controversy involving a big giant buck and a young gun hunter that wasn't wearing his orange. In the interview portion of the show, we're joined by Andy Anderson and Bill Roden for a discussion on marketing in the outdoors and how storytelling is changing our community. Enjoy.
On this week’s show, MeatEater’s Miles Nolte and I discuss the issue of race in the hunting community and consider the idea of increasing diversity within and among hunters. For the interview segment, I’m joined by Dr. Carolyn Finney, a storyteller, author, and cultural geographer who wrote the book, "Black Faces, White Spaces," which addresses the relationship of African Americans to the outdoors. It’s an incredibly difficult and important conversation for us all. Enjoy.
On this week's show, Phil the Engineer and I read some listener emails and tie up the loose ends from past episodes. We also put Skimpy McWeakstache to rest for good. In the interview segment of the show we're joined by Taylor Collins, Robby Sansom, and Marshall Seedorf from Force of Nature Meats to explore regenerative agriculture, how we can better consume meat on a large scale and the power in our soil. Enjoy.
On this week’s show, Phil the Engineer finally gets his own segment, we read the best emails from listeners, and find some international perspective from our friends in the United Kingdom. In the interview portion of the show, we’re joined by Mark Kenyon, Hunter Rud, and Jordan Riley to take a deeper look at MeatEater’s new whitetail-focused series, The Back 40. It’s the rut, so we have some great deer stories to tell! Enjoy.
On this week’s show, we’re joined by Sam Lungren, Anthony Licata, and Spencer Neuharth to discuss halloween costumes, World Series action, and our different experiences with coyotes over the years. In the interview portion of the show we’re joined by author Dan Flores to talk about the cultural and spiritual history of the coyote in America. Enjoy.
On this week’s show, we’re joined by Sam Soholt and Phil the Engineer to finally name Phil’s mustache. We also talk about Sam’s #stampitforward project to help promote the Federal Duck Stamp. In the interview portion of the show we’re joined by Bear Hunting Magazine’s Clay Newcomb to talk about the ethics of baiting for bears. Clay is incredibly articulate and it’s one of the best conversations we’ve ever had on this show. Enjoy.
On this week’s show, we’re joined by Phil the Engineer to talk about where we draw the line when it comes hunting, when funerals interrupt elk season, and a Not-So Sharp Moment involving a pet raccoon. In the interview portion of the show we’re joined by Harry W. Greene, a herpetologist who retired in 2016 after working for many years as a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Cornell University. We cover all-things snakes. Enjoy.
In this week’s show, we’re putting a bow on last week’s conversation with Barrie K. Gilbert and studying Phil the Engineer’s developing mustache. We’re also joined by Miles Nolte and Steven Rinella for a special new segment called Whiskey and Ethics, where we drink MeatEater Bourbon Whiskey and dive deep into some tough topics. It’s a show with no inhibitions. Enjoy.
On this week’s show, we’re joined by grizzly bear advocate, wildlife activist, and author Barrie K. Gilbert to talk all things bears. Gilbert has become an outspoken advocate for grizzlies in recent years after surviving a brutal attack in Yellowstone in 1977. Unfortunately, the interview quickly goes off the rails and becomes the most contentious conversation in THC history.
On this week’s show we’re joined by Ryan "Cal" Callaghan to talk about eating man-eating bears, dogs loved and lost, and how to ask for hunting permission. In the interview portion of the show we're joined by Greg Lemon, Emily Almberg, and Jennifer Ramsey from Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks to talk about the wildlife diseases facing our populations and what we can do to combat the related issues. Enjoy.
On this week’s show we’re joined by MeatEater's Morgan Mason and Joe Ferronato recapping a day grouse hunting on public land in Montana. We learn about Phil the Engineer's rescue dog, Mango, and get real emotional. For the interview portion of the show we stop by the home of 81-year-old bird hunting author Ben O. Williams to talk about life, good dogs, fine European shotguns, and why he fell in love with hunting Hungarian partridge some 60 years ago. Enjoy.
On this week’s show we’re joined by Dr. Valerius Geist, by many estimations the most important conservationist in the last 50 years. Dr. Geist is the original author of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and a lifelong devotee to studying wildlife. He is a specialist in zoology, biology and has studied elk, moose, bighorn sheep, and other wild ungulates intensely over the years. We covered predator pits, riding moose into battle, why wolves don’t eat us, and his upbringing. Enjoy.
On this week’s show we’re telling elk hunting stories with our favorite MeatEater crew members Ryan Callaghan, Sam Lungren, and Joe Ferranato. The boys offer up tales of success and failure on opening day in Montana, plus Cal chronicles his weekend wedding adventures. Enjoy.
On this week’s show we’re rolling a little differently. We’re going around the horn to hit up our favorite elk hunters to check in on what they have planned for this season and see if they can stoke us up as opening day approaches. We close things out with an awesome interview with Randy Newberg. Always love when he stops by the studio. Enjoy.
On this week’s show I’m joined by Janis Putelis and Spencer Neuharth to talk about must-have whitetail and elk gear, blood thirsty wolves in World War I, and we listen to Phil the Engineer reading some mean comments. We close things out with an awesome interview with Montana’s Director of Outdoor Recreation Rachel Vandevoort. Enjoy.
On this week’s show I’m joined by Sam Lungren and Miles Nolte, two of the top minds in conservation at MeatEater, to talk about a time to act for public lands advocates, the history of the Bureau of Land Management and what Acting Director William Perry Pendley is all about. We close things out with an interview with wildlife educator, taxidermist, and public speaker Brant MacDuff to chat about the history of taxidermy. Enjoy.
On this week’s show I'm joined by Remi Warren to talk about his big new podcast launch, his thoughts on what makes a good show, and Phil the Engineer reads mean (and nice) comments from the Internet. We close things out with an interview with Boone & Crockett Club’s Director of Marketing Keith Balfourd covering the history of the club and fair chase. Enjoy.
On this week’s show I'm joined by Ryan Callaghan and Seth Morris of MeatEater to cover mustaches, whether sports and hunting can mix, trailhead diplomacy, and the story of a dog owner who is embroiled in controversy. We close things out with an interview with writer Wes Siler of Outside Online's Indefinitely Wild to talk about journalism in the modern age, the backpack tax and more. Enjoy.
On this week’s show we’re battling the boredom of July with the first ever THC Top Fives. We’re covering top songs, treestand snacks, animal traits and podcasts guests with a panel of MeatEaters plus Sam Soholt. We close things out with an interview with William von Hippel, a professor of psychology at the University of Queensland who’s spent the last decades studying how humans evolved over time. Enjoy.
On this week’s show I’m diving back into animal rights and veganism for another complicated conversation. Up first I’m joined by Phil the Engineer to learn more about the man behind the worldwide #keepphil movement. We discuss getting sponsored by White Claw, pea love, Game of Thrones and Phil’s background. We close things out with an interview with Robert C. Jones a vegan philosopher from California State University. Enjoy.
On this week’s show we’re talking about the controversial subjects of speciesism and animal personhood. Up first I chat with Ryan “Cal” Callaghan on the definition of chicken and we try to understand the purpose of a vegan butcher’s shop. We close things out with an interview with Matt Johnson, the press coordinator for Direct Action Everywhere, an animal rights organization based in Berkeley, California. Enjoy.
On this week’s show we’re covering some pushback in the hunting world surrounding the public lands movement. I'm joined by Steven Rinella, Mark Kenyon and Sam Lungren to talk about the public versus private lands conversation and whether it's even worth having. We close things out with a great interview with Luke Macauley, a cooperative extension specialist at UC Berkeley studying the role of hunting in private land use and conservation. Enjoy.
On this week’s show we're covering a lot of ground, including the most egregious dick moves in hunting and in the MeatEater office. Editor-in-Chief Anthony Licata rejoins the conversation to talk about our complicated role in reshaping the modern hunting narrative and whether we should even try. We close things out with an awesome interview with Modern Huntsman Editor-in-Chief Tyler Sharp. Enjoy.
On this week’s show we're talking about the amazing story of the Lamalerans, a subsistence whale hunting culture on a small island off the coast of Indonesia. It's a story of the struggle to balance tradition with modernity told vividly in guest Doug Bock Clark's book, "The Last Whalers." Clark joins the show to discuss the three years he spent with the Lamalerans and the amazing lessons he learned along the way. Enjoy.
On this week’s show we’re bringing back turkeys! You only got a one-week break. I’m not sorry. MeatEater’s Hunting Editor Spencer Nueharth joins the show to tell us why turkeys are faster than Usain Bolt and we go over the history of this great bird in our country. I’m also joined by Dr. James Earl Kennamer, the former chief conservation office for the NWTF and a key figure in the recovery of the wild turkey in America. Enjoy.
As Father’s Day approaches, I open the show this week with some reflections on hunting with my dad and what it’s meant to me over the years. I’m also joined by writer Eddie Nickens to talk about raising kids in the outdoors, ethics in hunting and the East versus West dynamic in our community. Enjoy.
This week everyone’s favorite Latvian Janis Putelis joined the show to talk about the end of turkey season and what we learned this year. I also interviewed famed author Col. Tom Kelly, a legend in the literary space and turkey hunting’s unofficial poet laureate. Enjoy.
This week the boss man Steven Rinella joins the show to talk about weird rabbit facts, the cottontail rut and the touchy subject of how race impacts the culture of hunting. We also catch up with Charles “The Rabbit Man” Rodney for a listener Q&A and he gives a stump speech on why every American should go rabbit hunting. Plus some recorded listener feedback. Enjoy.
This week we chat with MeatEater’s most fashionable trio: Katie Finch Rinella, Maggie Smith and Tracy Crane. What’s the point of talking fashion on a hunting podcast? To explore the inner-most motivations of Steve, Jani and Cal. We also catch up with President and CEO of TRCP Whit Fosburgh to talk about climate change and other important issues facing our community. Enjoy.
This week we chat with Brody Henderson of MeatEater on the floor of the 2019 Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Rendezvous about our weekend in Boise, defining hunting ethics and the problem with fair chase. We also catch up with Jess C. Johnson to talk about the lack of women on the show, conservation in action and a bunch more. Enjoy.
This week we chat with Ryan Callaghan about his new podcast, talk about Game of Thrones and answer some reader emails. We also catch up with Anthony Licata, MeatEater’s new editor in chief, on his first day in the office to talk about his life, philosophies and why in the hell he likes peas so much. Enjoy.
On this week’s show we’re in camp in South Dakota for the first stop on the THC turkey tour. We check in with Sam Soholt, tell hunting stories, research turkey genitalia and marvel at the experience of hunting in our national forests. We also caught up with Drs. Alex and Libby Metcalf, a husband and wife professor team at the University of Montana who focus on human interaction with wildlife and our attitudes toward hunting.
This week Steven Rinella joins the podcast to discuss his least favorite fantasy show, our love of morel mushrooms and the ethical conundrum with coyote contests. I’m also joined by Brian Lynn and Evan Heusinkveld from the Sportsmen’s Alliance to chat about their ongoing battles with animal rights activists. Enjoy.
This week Miles Nolte joins the podcast to discuss fake news, a mountain lion attacking a 7-year-old boy and the craft of writing in the digital age. I’m also joined by renowned writer, conservation and the host of the BHA Cast & Blast podcast Hal Herring. Enjoy.
On this week’s show, it’s all about bears. We check in with Janis Putelis to talk about bear rugs, New Jersey animal rights protestors, bears in the backcountry and catch up with infamous grizzly attack survivor Todd Orr. Enjoy.
On this week’s show, we’re talking whitetail with two of the most knowledgable guys in the space: Wired to Hunt’s Mark Kenyon and Spencer Neuharth. We cover a ton of thorny topics like misunderstanding the QDMA, shooting young bucks, why some folks think all giant bucks are on the juice, and more. Enjoy.
This week I’m joined by my friend Andrew McKean, former editor-in-chief at Outdoor Life and one of the sharpest minds in the outdoor space. We recorded this podcast in the middle of the frozen waters of Fort Peck Lake near McKean’s home of Glasgow, Montana. You’ll know that because of the constant gusts of freezing cold wind blasting our microphones. It’s a great conversation about how we retain hunters, encouraging youth to get outdoors and the virtues of ice fishing and Old Milwaukee Light. Enjoy.
On last week’s show, we caught up with scientist, wildlife manager, policy innovator, public speaker, and strategic adviser Shane Mahoney to talk about the creation of the North American Model of Conservation. We devoted an almost three-hour conversation to the Model with the intent to break down its beginnings, how it became popularized, its major principles and the criticism it has received. This is the second part of that chat covering the final four principles of the Model and the challenges it will face in the years to come. Check out EP. 51 of the podcast before you get started on this one. Enjoy.
Shane Mahoney is a conservationist to his core. Over more than 30 years of experience working primarily as a scientist, wildlife manager, policy innovator and strategic adviser, Mahoney has gained a unique perspective on our world and the hunter’s place in it. He was also involved in the earliest days of the creation of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and has insight on the subject you can’t get anywhere else. We devoted an almost three-hour conversation to the Model with the intent to break down its beginnings, how it became popularized, its major principles and the criticism it has received. The podcast will be broken up into two parts, this episode being part one. Come back next week for the conclusion of my chat with Mahoney.
Earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representative voted on the much-discussed Natural Resource Management Act (S. 47). When Sam Lungren, Miles Nolte and I got wind of the vote playing out on CSPAN, we figured what better way to cover the event than by podcasting as it unfolded on TV here at the MeatEater offices. To liven up the recording and add some color to the bill’s innerworkings, we were joined via phone by Steve Kline, director of government relations for TRCP and Land Tawney, CEO of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. Enjoy this special episode of the show.
This week I’m joined by the most prolific hunting content creators that Scotland has to offer: Byron and Darryl Pace. The Pace Brothers, as they’re most commonly known, have carved out a unique niche on the British Isles as powerful voices for conservation, wildlife and living a life of adventure. In this episode, you’ll hear just what brought them to where they are today, what the “country lifestyle” means in the UK and more. I can assure the stories aren’t boring. These two gentlemen are badass, and they’re quickly rising among my favorite follows in the industry. Enjoy.
On this week's podcast I'm joined by MeatEater colleagues Ryan Callaghan, Janis Putelis and Sam Lungren. We sat down in our offices for an editorial meeting of sorts to review the most recent hunting scandal in the mainstream media. We're using the new MeatEater Scandal Assessment Chart to help determine the validity of the national media coverage and the anti-hunting outrage when a Texas banking executive paid $110,000 to kill a Astore markhor in Pakistan.
This week we’re coming to you from the YETI booth on the floor of the Wild Sheep Convention in Reno, Nev., with Tim Burnett and Remi Warren. If you’ve never been to the Sheep Show, you’re missing out. It’s one hell of an event that brings together the best mountain hunters in the world and raises a pile of money for conservation. In between entering raffles to win sheep hunts, live shows and fancy banquets I caught up with Warren and Burnett to talk tag draw strategies, Nevada living, sheep hunts and test out some new segments for the show. Enjoy.
This week MeatEater's Ryan Callaghan and I are hanging out in Las Vegas, Nev., for the 2019 SHOT Show and we just so happened to run into our good buddy Iain Harrison.
Harrison is the editor of RECOIL magazine and the first ever champion of History Channel's reality shooting competition Top Shot.
We caught up with him halfway through the grueling marathon that is SHOT to talk about his upbringing, his service in the British military, what brought him to the States and a whole lot more. Enjoy.
Donnie Vincent has spent a ton of time in wild places and in doing so has gathered a bunch of interesting stories and perspectives. With his company, Sicmanta, he’s created three feature-length hunting films including his newest release entitled “The Other Side” and “The River’s Divide” which followed his hunt for a buck named “Steve “in the Badlands of North Dakota. In challenging the typical 30-minute TV show format, he’s creating hunting content in a different way and focusing on compelling visual story-telling. We caught up in Las Vegas during SHOT Show for a conversation around the origins of his interest in wildlife biology, tracking tigers in Nepal, his longing for adventure and how modern hunters can benefit from critical thinking.
For this week’s podcast, I’m joined by MeatEater’s Steven Rinella and Ryan Callaghan for a fireside chat in Sonora, Mexico. As most late-night conversations go, this one went in a few unexpected directions—most notably stories about our first cars, rifles and favorite beer. We also covered whether or not we are overthinking the why of hunting, the great American writer Jim Harrison, hunting animals you don’t intend to eat and the joys of hunting Coues deer. Get your tickets to the MeatEater Podcast LIVE here: https://www.themeateater.com/events
Biologist, historian, author and renowned conservationist, Jim Posewitz is among the foremost experts on Theodore Roosevelt, conservation history and fair chase philosophy. For this podcast, my colleague Sam Lungren and I traveled to Jim’s home in Helena, Montana. He took us along on the history of his life, which closely mirrors the history of conservation—from making fake deer tracks in the mud at a deer-less summer camp in his native Wisconsin; to traveling West to play football at Montana State University and see robust wildlife populations; to a 40-year career at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks on the front lines of conserving wild places and waterways; and a prolific “retirement” in which he founded Orion–The Hunter’s Institute and wrote five books: Beyond Fair Chase, Inherit the Hunt, Rifle in Hand, Taking a Bullet for Conservation and My Best Shot. Jim’s work Beyond Fair Chase has been printed more than 800,000 times and has become a standard text for hunter safety courses nationwide. We ended the recording with a thoughtful discussion of fair chase and the considerations hunters should make afield to abide by this valuable mindset. I hope you learn as much as I did!
Mark Kenyon lives for hunting deer and his dedication to the pursuit is absolute. That makes him one hell of a resource for the rest of us, and his thoughtful approach to the subject makes him all the more valuable.
I caught up with Kenyon at our offices in Bozeman, Mont., to recap the MeatEater Christmas party, talk about ethics in whitetail hunting and challenge some of the accepted norms in the community. Enjoy.
On Oct. 23, Brad Jameson boarded a boat with four hunting buddies to head back to Afognak. It was a normal trip for the Alaska residents, and they were looking forward to a tough-as-hell hunt.
Three days later everything would change. Brad suddenly found himself five yards from an old sow with nowhere to run and only a moment to prepare himself for what was to come next.
Be sure to listen to my entire podcast with Brad to hear his jarring story of grit and survival and how he made it out alive.
At just 33, Chad Mendes has enjoyed a lot of success and fame. He was an All-American wrestler in college and quickly rose through the ranks of the UFC to be a top contender in his weight class. With a record of 18-4 and an already storied career, he's been called the most underrated MMA fighter of all time. In this podcast we discussed his upcoming fight against Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 232, the future of his career, what he hopes to achieve in the hunting world, and his "why" on many subjects. Enjoy.
Randy Newberg is quite simply one of my favorite people. His podcasts, television shows and digital media efforts have always stood out to me as good, honest work on behalf of all hunters.
Randy is a champion for public lands, access and doing the right thing.
On a fairly normal Wednesday afternoon in Bozeman, I sat in Dusan Smetana’s living room sipping brandy and enjoying a damn nice fire. It was slow and calm, the perfect setting to learn about the life of a man with a novel’s worth of stories to tell. Dusan, a renowned outdoor photographer, has a great life on his Montana homestead with his family, dogs, Icelandic sheep, chickens, pigs and a rather athletic flock of homing pigeons. It’s not unusual on a cold winter day to find Dusan doing exactly what we did that day—enjoying life. It’s a stark contrast to his upbringing in communist Czechoslovakia and his immigration to the United States. We talked about that journey, how his community handled hunting during his childhood and where hunting is headed today. Please enjoy this conversation with a one-of-a-kind man.
Ecologist Charles Post returns for his third conversation on the podcast this week, and we went long. Real long. We talked and reasoned for three hours, mostly on grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. It was an interesting debate backed by my love and affection for the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and Charles’s background studying wild creatures and their ecosystems. Enjoy.
This episode of the podcast featured the one and only Janis “The Latvian Eagle” Putelis. The Eagle and I sat down at MeatEater, Inc., HQ to address some reader quandaries in regards to hunter ethics and some generally sticky situations you folks have encountered. The Eagle provided measured, thoughtful advice that every hunter can learn from and I did my best to keep up. From shooting coyotes to sharing spots, we covered a lot of ground. Enjoy this conversation and thanks for all the input.
Land Tawney is a lot of things. Most folks know him for his job title: president/CEO of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA). They know him as the fiery leader of a passionate group of huntin’ and fishin’ public land advocates. During his rise at BHA, Land has made a name for himself as a man unwilling to compromise and certainly willing to fight for what he believes. Get to know Tawney, though, and you’ll find that he’s all about service. He serves the hunting community, BHA membership, his family and his home state of Montana in all that he does. Tawney joined me at the MeatEater, Inc., headquarters to talk about the state of the public land movement, the freshly concluded midterm elections and the important legislation that needs all of our attention. It was one of my favorite conversations. Enjoy.
It’s been a long road for Morgan Mason to get to where he is today. It’s a story not unlike many veterans who have struggled to find their way after coming home from deployments overseas. Morgan is from a farm near a small town in rural Kansas, and he had a pretty normal upbringing, spending a ton of his time hunting and fishing with his dad and brother. But a deployment to Iraq in 2003, at just 20 years old, changed his world. Morgan spent his time post-war conflicted and searching for answers. The search led him to backcountry adventures in Colorado paddling whitewater or snowboarding the mountains and multiple season-long surfing and spearfishing missions in Baja. It was a time of experiential outdoor therapy that would help Morgan to rediscover hunting with an invigorating clarity. Eventually, Morgan’s road led him to MeatEater, Inc., where we hired him as an associate editor just about a month ago. We’re happy as hell to have him. Enjoy this conversation with the newest member of our crew, because you’ll be seeing a lot from him on our platform very soon.
Shane Dorian is a legend in surfing. The Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, native has been defying death for around 30 years now, riding giants walls of water all over the world.
To achieve what Dorian has over his career in surfing it takes a certain amount of determination and singular drive. It takes love and passion for what you do. Dorian has that in spades and it's inescapable when you meet the man. It just so happens that nowadays he's channeling a sizable portion of that energy into bowhunting.
For this episode I’m joined by my friend Adam Greentree. He’s one of the most influential bowhunters in the game and his recent social media rise has been unrivaled. Beyond that, his story is one I have wanted to share for a long time, knowing where he is today and where he came from. It’s an amazing example of struggle and resilience, and we can learn a lot from what he has overcome.
This week I’m joined by Senator John Tester (D-MT) in Bozeman for an exclusive conversation on the major conservation issues in Montana and in our nation. We covered the Land and Water Conservation Fund, Chronic Wasting Disease, land use in his home state and extraction and mining on public lands and elsewhere. We also hit on the difficult landscape of American politics and how Sen. Tester is fighting back. Enjoy.
For this week's podcast I'm joined by Ryan Callaghan of First Lite in the brand spanking new offices of MeatEater, Inc., in Bozeman, Montana. Ryan is a veteran guest of the show and someone with great perspective on all things conservation and hunting.
Charles “The Rabbit Man” Rodney is my guest for this week’s episode of the podcast. Charles is no hunting celebrity or any kind of influencer, but he is without a doubt one of my favorite people. You’ll find out why when you listen to this episode.
There’s a press release hitting the wire today that leads with the following statement: “…Renowned writer, TV, and podcast personality Steven Rinella has launched MeatEater, Inc., a newly-formed outdoor lifestyle media and commerce company…”
That’s a pretty damn exciting development for the hunting world as a whole. For me, it’s also a relief, because I can finally announce that I’m proud to be part of this venture.
For this episode I traveled to our Nation's Capitol to catch up with Jeff Crane and Andy Treharne from the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF). Why did I travel all that way to find Jeff and Andy? I wanted to shed light on an organization that does important work on important issues and really never gets much publicity, or at the very least isn't as forward-facing as some other conservation groups we know and love.
Adam Foss is officially our third Canadian ever on the podcast. Quite the honor, indeed. Foss is not just a Northerner, though, he happens to be one of the top sheep hunters in North America and beyond. At the ripe young age of 24, he became the youngest hunter to earn the wild sheep grand slam with a bow. Since then he’s travelled the world seeking out bowhunting’s toughest challenges, all the while developing his skills as a filmmaker, photographer and story-teller.
Roy & Ryan Seiders were born and raised in Driftwood, Texas, a small town outside of Austin. Their parents cultivated a family-first environment and dad, Roger, brought his boys up in an entrepreneurial environment. They also went hunting and fishing...a lot.
On episode No. 26 I’m joined by Sgt. Omar “Crispy” Avila. Omar is an amazing Texas character. He’s had a life of service dedicated to his country and his fellow veterans.
Sgt. Avila joined the U.S. Army in 2004 as an Infantryman, deploying to Iraq in 2007. On May 14, 2007, his vehicle was struck with a 200 lb IED, resulting in burns to 75% of his body and amputation below the knee of his right leg.
Russell Cunningham is an oral surgeon by day and an archeologist by night. He’s a trained professional at the former and an amateur at the latter. That said, I didn’t need any dental work when we sat down at his home near Dripping Springs, Texas, a few weeks back. I wanted to learn all about what this amateur archeologist is digging in his backyard.
It was late July in the Texas Badlands, a time of year Wyman Meinzer says turns his home into a "hell hole of a place." We sat in his living room drinking whiskey and talking politics. We were both sweating a bit despite the best efforts of the air conditioning, but managing to get a few laughs in between fits of intense conversation meant to solve the world's problems.
When Senator Mike Lee of Utah announced on Twitter his plan to introduce a trio of bills into Congress that would redefine how we use public lands, our group stood up and took notice.
Brian McElrea of Get Hushin almost immediately sent me a text suggesting a roundtable discussion of like-minded hunters to talk through our concerns and general outrage. A few weeks later I was joined by Brian, Casey Butler of Get Hushin, Sam Soholt and Ben "Shed Crazy" Dettamatni for episode No. 23.
Episode No. 22 is a doozy. Three awesome guests packed into one conversation straight from Big Sky, Montana at the Total Archery Challenge.
I was joined by Sam Soholt, bus guy and frequent contributor, Janis Putelis, MeatEater producer and Latvian Eagle, and David Wise 2-time Olympic gold medal skier and avid hunter.
This week on Episode No. 21 I'm joined by Jason Matzinger and Sam Soholt for a killer conversation and lots of laughs. Matzinger is a Montana-dwelling film and television producer and host of the TV show Into High Country on the Sportsman Channel. What really makes Matzinger stand out to me though is his true, unabashed commitment to conservation. He's a lifetime member of RMEF and Mule Deer Foundation and works on content projects with Wild Sheep and many other groups.
Charles and I sat down in his home to continue our conversations on bringing outdoor user groups together, caring for ecosystems, celebrating the connection between science and hunting, Hunting’s perception problem, his upcoming nuptials, and the interesting issue of the ecological impacts of wild horses on public lands...and more. Enjoy.
You don't have to hang around very long and it's easy to figure out that the hunting industry has some interesting stories to tell. One of the most interesting is that of Ben "ShedCrazy" Dettamanti, a Utah-based content creator and shed hunter known for his funny-as-hell social media presence. Here's a guy that left his job as a school janitor to post videos on YouTube about running around the mountains collecting antlers and making folks laugh. It takes some courage to make that jump.
On this episode I'm joined by Cole Kramer out of Kodiak, Alaska, one of the top guides in mountain hunting today. Cole, a small town Kansas kid, was inspired by his Aunt and Uncle to venture North after high school and has since made a living guiding hunters in Alaska's harshest conditions.
Cody Rich has been podcasting for a while. In fact, as of this writing, he's 244 episodes deep. When I started The Hunting Collective Cody was one of the first guys to step up and teach a rookie the ropes. Just goes to show you that the hunting world is full of good guys. Cody is definitely one.
Adam Janke is the host of the Beyond the Kill podcast, and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Mountain Hunting (JOMH). Adam, a British Columbia resident and diehard mountain hunter, is a deliberate dude. He came into the hunting industry recently and has made a name for himself early on as someone who cares about hunting's image and is striving to celebrate the experience.
Ryan Callaghan, the long bow shooting, public lands loving, mustached Idahoan, joins me for his second appearance in episode 15.
First Lite’s Director of Conservation and Public Relations, hunting guide and frequent contributor to MeatEater, Callaghan is just damn fun to have in hunting camp.
Casey “LaVere” Butler is a success story. A few years back he decided to leave his 9-to-5 job at a steel mill to do something crazy: create a hunting and fishing YouTube channel. With no assurances he'd make anything of the idea, he took the leap and started Hushin.
Fred Eichler lives the dream. His ranch near Aguilar, Colorado is tucked in the game rich foothills of the Spanish Peaks holding elk, mule deer, whitetail, pronghorn, turkeys, bears and more. He lives there with his three boys and awesome wife Michele, running Full Draw Outfitters and living off the land.
John Gale is the Conservation Director for Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA). He’s also a fifth-generation Idahoan who grew up engaged in politics at a young age. Nowadays John is the man on Capitol Hill for BHA and he’s as immersed in public land policy as anyone in the conservation game.
Aron Snyder's official title is President/CEO at Kifaru international and Host of the Kifarucast podcast, but he's a whole lot more than that.
He's handy with a trad bow, and spends up to 150 days a year on the mountain. He's been in the hunting podcast world for as long as just about anyone, and he's a wealth of knowledge because of it.
Chef Jesse Griffiths is a encyclopedia of wild game cookery. He's also a down-home Texan that does things his way and never apologizes. He's also an author, owner of Dai Due Supper Club and all-around educator of the art of butchering. All of that is precisely the reason I decided to sit down with Griffiths for episode No. 9.
Sam Soholt is a nomad. As long as I’ve known him he hasn’t had a fixed address—and that hasn’t been a problem. Sam lives a life most of us dream of while we’re sitting at our desk staring at an inbox full of emails. He lives on his terms, travelling the world and making a living doing what he loves: photographing and filming hunts.
Charles Post might look like a walking contradiction. Dig a bit deeper and you'll find he's far from it. Born and raised in northern California, Charles earned a B.S. and M.S. in ecology from U.C. Berkeley, serves as a conservation advisor for Sitka and editor of Modern Huntsman.
Remi is part of a new generation of hunting content creators and voices leading the charge in our industry. In this podcast we covered his upcoming nuptials, the great lost episode of 2018, whether men want their wives to hunt, social media's purpose, answer some tough questions, drink some beers and tell some hunting stories. Hope you enjoy.
Shane Mahoney is a conservationist to his core. He loves wildlife and has poured his entire life into their well being. Talk with him for a few minutes about hunting and you’ll hear it in his voice and know he means business. Over more than 30 years of experience working primarily as a scientist, wildlife manager, policy innovator and strategic adviser, Mahoney has gained a unique perspective on our world and the hunter’s place in it.
Here's John Dudley's resume: He has earned medals on multiple continents with 45 top 3 professional finishes in competition archery. He was APA Rookie of the Year, IBO National Champion (2X), NABH National Champion, European Grand Prix Gold medalist, World Field Championship Silver Medalist, US Open Silver and British National Indoor Champion.
Aubrey Marcus is the CEO of Onnit, an athlete, a media mogul and consciousness explorer that runs in circles far, far outside of our hunting community bubble. All of that makes him a great guest for episode No. 3 in which we cover topics deep and shallow with a lot of laughs in between.
On the first episode of The Hunting Collective, I’m joined by the great Steven Rinella. You probably already know him by now, whether it’s as an author, public speaker, host of MeatEater TV or the MeatEater podcast. No matter how you’ve discovered his work, there’s no doubt that you’ve benefitted from Rinella’s take on hunting. I first met Rinella in 2011 on the heels of the debut of his Travel Channel show The Wild Within. Back then, his name was fresh, and his approach to presenting hunting to the mainstream was even more so. His pragmatic style centered on a cultural and historical exploration of wild animals, the land they inhabit, and a keen sense of who we are as hunters. The years that followed built Rinella’s presence in the hunting world and turned him into something more: a simple but authoritative voice that both speaks clearly to hunters and rings true to even the most ardent skeptics. That’s why he’s the perfect first guest for this podcast. I hope The Hunting Collective can mirror Rinella’s path. So join Steve and I on a glassing tit in Sonora, Mexico for an in-hunt conversation about life, hunting and our values in both. Show Notes: Introductions (2:00) Hunting Cous deer late in the year (4:30) Hunting public land (10:15) Discovering a new spot (13:00) Perspectives (19:15) Radio sidebar (23:00) Family influence (25:00) Early memories of hunting with Dad (31:45) Not expecting whats next in life (36:45) Steering people in the right direction (43:30) Individual value (53:00) The goal of starting this podcast (56:00) The emotional hurdle (1:02:00) “Types” of hunting (1:06:00) We are all in the same boat (1:11:00) Another guest appearance (1:16:00) High fence trophy hunters (1:17:00) Changing mentalities (1:23:00) A system of values (1:28:15) Final thoughts (1:33:30)