The Big Honker Podcast is your ultimate authority on all things waterfowl hunting!! The show's hosts are Jeff Stanfield, owner of Stanfield Hunting Outfitters and Andy Shaver, head guide at Stanfield Hunting Outfitters. You will not find a duo more knowledgeable about the hunting industry than these two! Join them as they give you an all access pass into what most hunters dream about, which is to hunt for a living! Not only will they be giving you a peek behind the curtain on what its like to run one of North America's largest outfitters but each episode will be filled with discussions on topics such as scouting, decoy spreads, migration and hatch reports, product reviews, retriever training, calling tips and techniques, as well as tactics they use everyday to make each hunt a success... Couple that with the occasional tall tale from past hunts and special guests interviews from waterfowl industry leaders this show will be a fun ride and a must listen for everyone from the most hardcore hunter to the hunter that only hits the field twice a year.
Jeff and Andy are joined by two of Ron's closest friends, Steve Barber and Gary Coker. The guys recount some of the classic Ron hunting and dog training stories, and talk about the impact Ron had on everyone he met.
Jeff and are joined by TikTok superstar and Trump supporter, Homeless Guy with an iPhone. His real name is David and he lives on the streets of Austin, Texas; after the recent riots and protests have rocked the city of Austin, David has begun speaking out to expose the hypocrisy that lies beneath what the Black Lives Matter movement has turned into.
Jeff and Andy are joined by Nebraska public land hunter, Coleton Schellpeper. Coleton hunts southern Nebraska and he has a minimalistic approach when it comes to chasing ducks on the public waters of Nebraska.
This episode Jeff and Andy are joined by North Dakota waterfowl hunter, Colby Bullington. With the Canadian border most likely remaining closed this waterfowl season and many hunters setting their sights on North Dakota for September and October, the talk about North Dakota laws and etiquette that every hunter should be mindful of before they setup their goose or duck spread.
Jeff and Andy run through all the hot topics in the news right now, including; the NFL opening training camp, anarchy in Portland, Trump vs Biden, and why there is an abundance of hideous women that make up the Democratic party.
Jeff and Andy are joined by former Medellin Cartel drug pilot Roger Reaves. Roger started as a moonshiner in Georgia but as fate would have it he became the top pilot for Pablo Escobar and the Medellin Cartel's drug operation. The guys talk about Roger's many brushes with death, his numerous, arrests, crashing planes loaded with drugs in the jungle, a few former Presidents, and hiring Barry Seal. Roger has recently published his memoir, 'Smuggler', available now on Amazon.
Jeff and Andy are joined by the owner of Gun Dog Outdoors, Alex Langbell. Alex has been around the hunting industry a long time and he has created two major waterfowl television shows but he is now working on Gun Dog Outdoors, which specializes in hunting dog safety. The guys discuss Alex's time in the outdoor television market, his career as a firefighter, and what led him to create a brand centered around hunting dogs.
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This episode Jeff and Andy are joined by Nick Wiles. Nick is an air conditioner mechanic, competition barbecue pit master, and all around funny dude. The guys discuss some of Nick's wildest stories of things he's seen working inside people's homes, the perfect brisket, and the latest target in the Epstein circle.
Jeff and Andy are joined by Skeen Gundogs and Outfitters owner, Wade Skeen. Wade is a soon to be retired member of the Air Force and is starting his next chapter by training dogs and guiding waterfowl hunts in Kansas. The guys discuss how Wade entered into the dog training and waterfowl hunting circle, how he has turned his passion into a new career, and there is plenty of talk about hunting dog training.
Jeff and Andy are joined by Iowa waterfowl hunter Trent Sinclair. Trent chases ducks and geese in southern Iowa and he is also a team roper. The boys talk about Trent's methods when going after ducks and geese, giant Iowa bucks, and his time in the rodeos.
Jeff and Andy are joined by Habitat Flats owner, Tony Vandemore. The guys talk about Habitat Flat's plan for whether or not the Canadian border opens in time for waterfowl season, they discuss last years goose and duck hunting season, and how different this coming fall might look if we are still in the midst of the pandemic.
Jeff and Andy jump head first into several conspiracy theory rabbit holes, including, the Wayfair human trafficking allegations, John F. Kennedy Jr. still alive, and the possibility that Anthony Bourdain, Chris Cornell, and Chester Bennington were about to release a bombshell.
Jeff and Andy are joined by Kris Wujcik. Kris is the owner of Michitoba Outfitter in Manitoba, Canada. The guys discuss what the Canadian outfitters are hearing about the border remaining closed for waterfowl season and what they are planning to do if it does.
Jeff and Andy are joined by Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt Logan Morrow. The guys discuss how jiu jitsu has redirected Logan's life and helped him deal with the stress of being a paramedic, the high suicide rate among first responders, and the ways of pushing the youth to excel in sports and life.
Jeff and Andy run through the NFL deciding to play the Black National Anthem before games, Jeff and Andy have different takes on the Patrick Mahomes half a billion dollar contract, and news that the bubonic plague is making a comeback.
Jeff and Andy talk about the recent surge in Covid-19 cases and how it could impact hunting outfitters in the United States, as well as ensuring the Canadian border remains closed. They also discuss Cam Newton going to the Patriots and if it's a good fit for the Belichick way.
Jeff and Andy are joined by Congressional candidate Ronny Jackson. Ronny is a retired Navy Admiral and former White House Physician, serving under three administrations, including President Trump; he is now running for Congress in the 13th District of Texas. The guys discuss Ronny's time as President Trump's physician, his career in the military and his service overseas, and also the issues he is ready to take on in the 13th Congressional District of Texas.
Jeff and Andy are joined by Utah public land hunter, Chad Yamane. Chad hunts the Great Salt Lake and owns Fried Feathers Outfitters, specializing in duck hunts on the lake. The guys discuss Chad's unique method of duck hunting, chasing after swans, and how he has noticed the migration change in his years of chasing ducks and geese.
Jeff and Andy chat with Stanfield Hunting Outfitter pheasant guide, Bo Pierce. Bo tells the guys what he's been up to since leaving Texas at the end of hunting season and they look forward to this coming fall.
Jeff and Andy sit down with the one and only, "Coyote Man" Clay Reid. The guys revisit a few of Clay's classic stories and discover a few new ones. They cover a lot of topics including; the civil unrest and destruction following the George Floyd case, Covid-19 robbing seniors of their final year of high school and sports, and breaking in young cowboys.
Jeff and Andy are joined by Stanfield Hunting Outfitter waterfowl guide, Austin Kaufman. They talk about the border in Canada as waterfowl season approaches, how Austin keeps his dog ready for hunting season, and what the crops in Nebraska are looking like.
This episode Jeff and Andy are joined by longtime friend and hotel developer, Scott Tarwater. Scott was groomed by hotel tycoon John Q. Hammons. The guys discuss Scott's fondest memories from his time at The Big Honker Lodge, as well as his career in hotel business and the incredible lessons he has learned from his business dealings with some of biggest real estate moguls in the nation.
Jeff and Andy are joined by waterfowl legend, Lee Kjos. Lee is an icon in the outdoor and wildlife photography world and the true epitome of what a waterfowl hunter shoudl be. The guys discuss the U.S.-Canadian border remaining closed as the effects of Covid-19 still linger, the enormous amount of pressure that hunters put on ducks and geese in Canada and what a season of minimal pressure could do to the migration in the United States.
Jeff and Andy are joined by former Minneapolis police officer, Kurt Graff. Kurt was brought in to work security during the recent Minneapolis riots. The guys talk about the tragedy that led to the riots, the magnitude of destruction in Minneapolis, and the terrible idea of defunding the police.
Jeff and Andy are joined by public land hunter, Cody LaRocque. Cody hunts ducks and geese in the state of South Carolina, he hunts the open ocean, coastal marshes and beaver dam ponds. The guys discuss Cody's preferred method of hunting and the controversy of hunting pen raised mallards.
Jeff and Andy are joined by the man that started it all, Ron Stanfield. The guys talk about Ron's health, his career as a firefighter, defunding the police, and their first night in what is now the world famous Big Honker Lodge.
Jeff and Andy are joined by Stanfield Hunting Outfitter waterfowl guide, Josh Stoner. The guys talk about how Josh plans to kickoff this fall's hunting season, fantasy football, the waterfowl hatch, and what the waterfowl migration could look like if the Canadian border remains closed to American hunters.
Jeff and Andy are joined by Wisconsin public land hunter, Kevin Mancl. Kevin describes how he duck hunts the marshes off the main body of water, deer hunting on public ground, and black bear hunting in September.
Jeff and Andy are joined by the "Snow Fox" Rick Hamm. Rick owns and operates his own snow goose guide service, Show Me Your Snows Outdoors. The guys talk about the art of snow goose hunting with massive spreads, the changes and disappearance of the mallard duck in Illinois, and the legal battle he found himself in after taking two undercover federal game wardens goose hunting.
This episode, Jeff and Andy are joined by Cody Choate and Brodey West. Cody is a combat vet serving multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq in the early 2000's. Cody tells of how the military has evolved since his joining in 1995, his tours overseas, and the mental struggles that came after his military career.
Jeff and Andy are joined by up and coming country music artist, Brandon Bing. In addition to being a singer/songwriter Brandon also has his own line of whiskey, "Stockyard Whiskey". Brandon's latest EP "Florida Man" can be found on iTunes or where ever you listen to music.
Jeff and Andy are joined by newcomer to the waterfowl world, Katie Verbois. Katie hunts ducks and geese in the great state of Louisiana. They discuss how she was introduced into waterfowl hunting, the many things she has learned in her short time as a duck hunter, and what she looks forward to with this upcoming waterfowl season.
This episode, Jeff and Andy are joined by Wisconsin public land hunter, Cory Kemnitz. Cory hunts ducks on the mighty Mississippi River, he chases puddle ducks in the early fall and switches to diver hunting after Halloween. They talk about scouting on the Mississippi River, sleeping on sand bars in the river the night before the hunt, and some of the memories he's made along his journey of waterfowl hunting.
Jeff and Andy look at life after the shutdown in Texas and what this hunting season could potentially look like, they discuss the latest scandal 'Obama Gate', and they look at the schedule for a few NFL teams and give their early predictions.
Jeff and Andy are joined by the one and only, Ron Stanfield. Ron is the one that introduced Jeff, and his brother Tony, to waterfowl hunting so many years ago. The guys take a trip down memory lane with Ron to talk about some of the first duck dogs he trained, Ron's time on the road with his band, and they talk about some of the early days at The Big Honker Lodge.
Jeff and Andy are joined by outdoor photographer, Sam Soholt. Sam hits the road every fall in his Public Land Bus and chases everything from big game to waterfowl, all while take some of the most breathtaking wildlife photographs along the way. The guys discuss how the covid-19 pandemic has changed his spring plans, Sam's 2020 Stamp It Forward program, and where he plans to travel in the fall.
Jeff and Andy are joined by California public land hunter, Jake Adams. Jake hunts ducks and geese around the San Francisco Bay Area. The guys discuss California's public land system, the different species of ducks that can be found in California, and one fool proof method Jake uses to gain permission on private land.
Jeff and Andy have another quarantine talk about some of the most pressing issues and headlines in our nation today. There are a ton of topics covered in this episode from turkey hunting, Netflix series, life after quarantine, and of course football.
Jeff and Andy are joined by Idaho big game bow hunter, Josh Hanson. The guys discuss the many challenges that come with chasing big game with a bow and Josh recounts a hair raising story about a close encounter with a grizzly bear on one of his elk hunts.
Jeff and Andy recap the first round of the NFL draft and give their thoughts on the winners and losers from the first night of the draft. The guys look ahead to the light at the end of the tunnel of the "shelter in place" orders in Texas and they set the draft order for their fantasy football league, "The Knox City Stud Farm".
Jeff and Andy are joined by waterfowl legend, Ramsey Russell. Ramsey has traveled the world chasing ducks and geese in every corner of the planet. The guys talk about some of Ramsey's many travels, including a wild adventure with some gypsies in Romania. Ramsey has a new podcast "Duck Season Somewhere" that can be found on Apple Podcast or where ever you listen to your podcasts.
Jeff and Andy are joined by Jeff Hood, inventor of the J2 Ice Ripper. This Ice Ripper is a new and improved method to prevent your pond from freezing over. The guys discuss Jeff's motivation for making the Ice Ripper, torture testing new products, and what set the J2 Ice Ripper apart from the competition.
Jeff and Andy are joined by public land hunter, Austin Manthey. Austin has waterfowl hunted public land in North and South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. The guys talk about some of his more memorable hunts and times out in the field or marsh, including, a hair raising story where Austin got trapped in quicksand.
Jeff and Andy are joined by the most interesting man in the world, Gary Wagner. Gary is a resort owner in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and a very well connected man in Washington D.C. The guys discuss Gary's entry into the real estate game in Mexico, as well as some of his favorite stories with Hollywood celebrities, and a few of his common sense ideas to tackle some of our nation's most significant issues.
Jeff and Andy are joined by storm chaser, Erik Burns. Erik is the owner of Tornadic Expeditions Storm Chasing Tours; here, he recounts some of his more memorable experiences chasing these extremely powerful forces of nature.
Jeff and Andy are joined by tattoo artist, Dirk Sorrells. Dirk is the former tattoo artist for Joe Exotic and his entire ‘Tiger King’ crew, the guys talk about the weekend long tattoo sessions that Joe would book for his team and the wild stories he heard from the group about living life on the road with Joe Exotic.
This episode, Jeff and Andy, are joined by lifelong waterfowl guide, George Zahradka. George is a world class story teller who grew up hunting ducks and geese in Maryland and then went on to start guiding waterfowl hunts for Prairie Thunder in Kansas. The guys talk about his days on the original Avery pro staff in the early 2000's, he ended up hunting in Kansas for Prairie Thunder, as well as, being raided by federal game wardens and the aftermath of that event.
Jeff and Andy look at the third week of social distancing/quarantine that most of the nation finds itself under, Andy has a crazy lady show up to his house in the middle of the night, and when sports shows get political.
Jeff and Andy are joined by Washington state public land hunter, Tyler Bush. Tyler hunts ducks and geese on the northwest corner of Washington. The guys talk about the many different duck species he goes after, snow goose hunting, and some of the procedures for getting access to public land in Washington.
Jeff and Andy are joined by Logan Pyeatt. Logan is the founder of the Looking Glass Duck Club, one of North America's most exclusive duck hunting clubs. The boys hit a bunch of topics, including, the story behind the unique name of the duck club, the past season's highs and lows, and of course, 'Tiger King'.
Jeff and Andy are joined by Texas legend, Wyman Meinzer. Wyman is the only individual to ever hold the title of the official State Photographer of Texas. The guys discuss Wyman's amazing body of work, the new generation of outdoor photographers, Covid-19, and what Wyman's next project might be.
Jeff and Andy are joined by Vermont public land, Troy Rocheleau. Troy chases waterfowl all over upper Vermont and the border of New York state. The guys discuss early season honker hunting, diver duck hunting on big open water, crazy bear attack stories, and going after gobblers in the spring.
Andy is joined by waterfowl and outdoor photographer, Ted Wells. The guys chat about Ted's travels and memorable hunts from last waterfowl season, his most unusual setup for getting a photograph, and how he has evolved as a photographer.
Andy is joined by the one and only Blake Poppe. The guys discuss how snow goose season was for Blake, hunting big geese after leaving Texas, Blake's new weight lifting regimen, and of course, the coronavirus pandemic.
Jeff and Andy are joined by chef Rory White. Rory is an avid outdoorsman, waterfowl hunter, and world class chef. The guys talk about cuisine from different regions of the country, the perfect steak, and Rory's go to meal plan when cooking wild goose.
Andy is joined by Spencer Halford, of Rolling Thunder Game Calls. The two discuss spring turkey hunting and all of the challenges and triumphs that go along with it. Spencer has traveled across the nation going up against all the different species of longbeards, there is not much he hasn't seen in the turkey woods.
Andy sits down with his wife, Jessy Shaver, for a different perspective on the grind of waterfowl season. The two discuss the difficulties that hunting season brings, raising a family in the hunting industry, and how to overcome the struggles to come out stronger.
Andy sits down with Ron Stanfield to talk about the basics of retriever training. They walk through picking a puppy and what steps you should immediately take to ensure that your pup has the core fundamentals to perform when hunting season rolls around in September.
Jeff and Andy are joined by James Washington and Gus West. James is entering his third year as wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Gus is his childhood friend, hunting partner, and life of the party.
Jeff and Andy are joined by Luke Musgrove and Cody Crook. Luke is a former waterfowl guide for Stanfield Hunting Outfitters turned trophy deer guide and Cody is the owner of Fowl Plains, guiding waterfowl hunts out of central Kansas. The boys discuss a ton of topics, including, Luke's time guiding goose and duck hunts in west Texas, his new passion for deer hunting, how Cody started his guide service, and what has been the biggest challenge for him.
This episode, Jeff and Andy are joined by duck hunter and dog trainer, Freddy King. Freddy hunts mallards in the flooded timber of Arkansas and he also offers an online retriever training course for dogs and trainers at every level that can be found at www.TheRetrieverTrainer.com.
Jeff and Andy are joined by the crew from the Empty Nest Adventures. They discuss how the idea for Empty Nest Adventures came to be, their first viral video, and what is to come from the Empty Nest Adventures.
Jeff and Andy are joined by the "Prince of Poachers" Charles Beaty. Charles is one of the most notorious poachers in the world, having spent decades illegally harvesting some of the biggest whitetail deer in the country off of the Kennedy and King Ranches.
Jeff and Andy are joined by outdoor legend, Tom Oar, from the hit tv series, Mountain Men. Tom is a knife maker, trapper, and hunter and he has carved out a living in the unforgiving terrain of Montana. Here, the guys discuss Tom's time on the rodeo circuit, how he learned to become a skilled trapper, and some of the unique approaches he uses to trap and tan animal hides.
Jeff and Andy are joined by Trevor Austin and Alex Yerges, owners of Pacific Calls. The guys talk about how Trevor and Austin got their start in the call making business, the immense sacrifices they've made since opening Pacific Calls, and what new products will be coming out in 2020.
Jeff and Andy are joined once again by Adam Fontenot and Lauren Baxter from Mack's Prairie Wings to recap year two of their World Championship Snow Goose Conservation tournament. They discuss how the new rules worked out, the quality of hunting during the tournament, and what changes they look to make for next year's tournament.
Jeff and Andy are joined by Michigan public land hunter, Mike Brown to discuss waterfowl hunting in the great state of Michigan. The guys talk about peak times for goose and duck hunting, chasing old squaw, and close calls on Lake Huron.
With the conclusion of waterfowl season, Jeff and Andy look back at one of the more difficult groups to come through the doors of The Big Honker Lodge. They chronicle the morning's goose hunt and all the details that led to one man receiving the title of "A$$hole of the Year".
Jeff and Andy are joined by Zach Meyer of WildEar. WildEar provides hearing protection that is custom fit to each hunter. Zach shares how he got his start with WildEar, new products on the horizon, and a few hilarious stories from his time with the company.
With hunting season and the Super Bowl in the rear view, Jeff and Andy look at the last week to discuss a few things going on in the waterfowl world, details from Jeff's road trip through the entire southeast United States; they also recap the Super Bowl and briefly look at NFL free agency.
Jeff and Andy are joined by outdoor legend, Lee Kjos. Lee is one of the most iconic outdoor photographers in the world. He is that rare individual who lives and breathes hunting and the great outdoors, and he has carved out a truly unique legacy from behind the camera.
Jeff and Andy are joined by the full waterfowl guide staff for the final round table talk of the 2019-2020 waterfowl season. The look back at the peaks and valleys from this hunting season and the countless hours spent together as they gear up for the off-season.
Jeff and Andy enter the final days of the 2019-2020 waterfowl season and they discuss some of the highs and lows from the season, they look forward to what's coming this off-season, Bo's recent miscalculation in the pheasant pen, and Federal Ammunition entering the bismuth arena.
Jeff and Andy are joined by Blake Poppe, Josh Stoner, and Logan Landers to discuss the upcoming snow goose conservation season and some of the things they look for when choosing where to hunt; they also share some tips and strategies for late season lesser hunting.
As the waterfowl season winds down Jeff and Andy talk with Josh Stoner about some of the recent successes and failures hunting duck, geese, and cranes. They also recap the games from the Conference Championship in the NFL and the McGregor/Cerrone fight.
Jeff and Andy are joined by Adam Fontenot and Lauren Baxter from Mack's Prairie Wings. Adam and Lauren are in charge of this years World Championship Snow Goose Conservation tournament. Here, they discuss where the idea for the tournament originated and they outline some of the rule changes that will be implemented for this year's contest.
Jeff and Andy are joined by lifelong client and great friend, Steve Barber. Steve sent his lab 'Thunder' to work with Blake for the waterfowl season so Blake sits in with the guys to discuss current events such as the recent church shooting, mild winter, and of course, goose and duck hunting.
Jeff and Andy are joined by Josh Stoner and Austin Kaufman to discuss a ton of different topics from both in and out of the waterfowl world, including; shooting juvenile specklebellies, would you rather have rivet or Jack Miner band, playoff football, and bad taxidermy.
Jeff and Andy are joined by Blake Poppe, Josh Stoner, and Tony Stanfield for their playoff pick 'em tournament. With the Wild Card round starting in the NFL the guys pick the teams they believe will cover the spread.
Jeff and Andy are joined by the entire Stanfield Hunting Outfitters waterfowl guide staff; Blake Poppe, Josh Stoner, Logan Landers, Austin Kaufman, Ethan Mally, and Bo Pierce for the final round table discussion of 2019.
Jeff and Andy are joined by Josh Stoner for their weekly pick 'em where they predict the winners and loser from each game in the NFL. The guys also give an update on the who is playing for the championship in the Knox City Stud Farm league.
Jeff and Andy run through the past week of tough waterfowl hunting with stale geese and warmer weather. They also discuss some of their most unreasonable clients, then Josh Stoner hops on to settle a debate between high end full bodies and silhouettes.