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The MeatEater Podcast

Building on the belief that a deeper understanding of the natural world enriches all of our lives, host Steven Rinella brings a deep and relevant look at all outdoor topics including hunting, fishing, nature, conservation and wild foods. Filled with humor, irreverence and things that will surprise the hell out of you, each episode welcomes a diverse group of guests who add their own expertise on the vast world of the outdoors. Part of MeatEater, Inc.
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Apr 15, 2019

Steven Rinella talks with Ryan Callaghan, Ben O'Brien, and Janis Putelis.

Subjects discussed: all about Janis; in defense of not loving Shakespeare; getting rich for killing fish; corn starch vs. chapass; Indiana’s wimpy approach to poachers; the lowly Florida hunter; freezing crab; can you freeze then thaw then re-freeze meat?; carrying around another man's tooth; Oregon's new road kill law; Is there a difference between a crick and a creek; what the return of Washington’s wolves means for deer; go-to wild game dishes; and more.

 

Apr 8, 2019

Steven Rinella talks with Adam and Brenda Weatherby, Ryan Callaghan, Spencer Neuharth, and Janis Putelis.

Subjects discussed: hot marriage advice from Weatherby; love stories and reasons not to die; adventures that give you sweaty palms; when steel shot pellets meet MRI machines; Spencer Neuharth scores the antlers from Bambi’s dad; high ballistic bullets; are short mags out of fashion?; fire forming, wildcatting and the confusing world of naming cartridges; California's vineyard bucks; a family legacy; length of pull and bouts of global transient amnesia; life is too short to shoot cheap guns; and more.

 

Apr 1, 2019

Steven Rinella talks with Dr. Kevin Monteith, Dr. Matt Kaufmann, Jared Oakleaf, and Janis Putelis.

Subjects discussed: genetics that rewrite our understanding of animals; big game guts; learning how to migrate; who pays for wildlife research?; brain scrambling, extreme sports, and wildlife capture; advancing modern wildlife management; how the rut kills bucks and bulls; the strange and far-ranging journeys of deer; the mule deer heyday; lighting a fuse and leaving the room; why scientists hate to speculate; eruptive dynamics; surfing the green wave; climate change; the importance of migration corridors and stopover areas; and more.

Mar 25, 2019

Steven Rinella talks with chef Jesse Griffiths, Danielle Prewett, Dr. Karl Malcolm, and Janis Putelis.

Subjects discussed: Texas high fence; drunk designated drivers and other wildlife news; nilgai meat and their defecation piles; coyote attacks; wild game dishes you never want to eat again; a shocking example of erectile dysfunction in the animal kingdom; why grizzlies don’t live in the eastern US; can you make soap out of another man's fat?; Daniel Boone vs. Davy Crockett; pressure cooking versus slow cooking; adult-onset hunting; misconceptions about wild hog meat; the ethics of serving wild game to the unwitting; would you eat a CWD-positive deer?; the cocaine bear; and more.

Mar 18, 2019

Steven Rinella talks with Seth Berglee, Ryan Callaghan, Sam Lungren, Ben O'Brien, and Janis Putelis.

Subjects Discussed: More on the world’s most expensive fish; disservicing Robert Service; Canadian pride; talking someone on to something; shooting effectively; what good marksmen have in common; being process oriented versus outcome oriented; how to be deadly with a bow; Daniel Boone’s ol' Tick Licker; the origins of getting skunked; the battle of Adobe Walls; big bore pistols; what exactly does “loaded” mean; our penultimate word on Herrera v. Wyoming; and more.

Mar 11, 2019

Steven Rinella talks with his big brother Matt Rinella, along with Matt Drost, Ron Boehme, Mark Kenyon, and Janis Putelis.

Subjects Discussed: Latvian hellos; beach access and the end of summer; deer season in review; elite deer hunters; summing up Michigan in a single word; Uncle Ted and Uncle Bobby; drinking frozen Boone’s Farm; detaining beavers and other shenanigans; are crossbows ruining hunting?; emotional support dogs; things from childhood that sound way worse now; scoring trophy deer; triggering the rut; seeing through the bullshit; if humans rutted like deer; being reincarnated as an animal; and more.

Mar 4, 2019

Steven Rinella talks with Sam Lungren, Miles Nolte, Seth Morris, Ryan Callaghan, and Janis Putelis.

Subjects Discussed: Where Janis’s marriage advice falls short; hanging trophies in the living room; forty dollar underwear vs. expensive beer; “The Shooting of Dan McGrew” and “The Cremation of Sam McGee”; trouble in North Dakota; the case for banning banana peels; the psychological burden and consequences of poaching a 400-pound tuna; Seth's ill-fated buffalo hunt of a lifetime; Narcissus’s death; Herrera v. Wyoming and getting in over one’s waders; the conservation necessity doctrine; noxious stimuli; do fish feel pain?; and more.

Feb 25, 2019

Steven Rinella talks with Remi Warren, Gray Thornton of the Wild Sheep Foundation, along with Ryan Callaghan, Ben O'Brien and Janis Putelis.

Subjects discussed:  getting a gun (kind of) pulled on you; presentism and Jack O'Connor; the 12-hour rule; the severe consequences of fingering your rifle; re-squeaking cheese curds; tamales and the mystery tooth; can you have another man's taxidermy in your home?; Steve's school of wild game freezer management; hot-buttered buck nuts; ewe hunts and controlling disease spread in sheep; are hunters failing to take on the hard subject of chafing?; Remi Warren’s tips on talking someone in; literature that brings out the essence of hunting; seeing through the bullshit; and more.

Feb 18, 2019

Steven Rinella talks with Ryan Callaghan, Ben O’Brien, and Janis Putelis at the MeatEater Podcast LIVE from Sacramento.

Subjects discussed: poaching a great white shark with a .22; the peculiarities of California; trading “smokies” for taxidermy, selling walleye fillets, and other details of an Ohio's wild game racketeering case; Lazarus species; step ladder diplomacy and fishing for monsters; naming one's rifle; shooting turkeys off the roost; the morality of stealing from a bird; kids are a pain!; and more.

Feb 11, 2019

Steven Rinella talks with Larry Keane and Mark Oliva of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, along with Janis Putelis.

Subjects discussed: Negligent discharges and the dark humor of the Marine Corps; button bucks and the Doppelkopf syndrome; the Colorado runner who choked-out a mountain lion; illegal ginseng harvest and methhead bears of Tennessee; the fatal grizzly bear attack of a Wyoming hunting guide; SHOT Show; on not shooting old appliances; both sides of the suppressors debate; background checks; who hates  Sunday hunting?; arguments around lead, or “traditional” ammo; keeping a finger on the pulse of gun legislation; gun safety around kids; and more.

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Feb 4, 2019

Steven Rinella talks with Ryan Callaghan, Pete Muennich, Janis Putelis, and Ben O'Brien.

Subjects discussed: what’s up with eating songbirds? a big waidmannsheil to you!; Amish prejudice; gun safety; powercuts, edge habitat, and crawling deer; the mysterious mathematical formula behind Ohio's poaching fines; can you make hog jerky without getting trichnosis?; Pete's Lil baby Roadrash and other stories of folks saving critters; button buck antlers and over-developed pedicles; the best shooting rests in the field; the difference between party applications and party hunting; and more.

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Jan 28, 2019

Steven Rinella talks with Mark Kenyon, Ryan Callaghan, Chris Gill, Rick Smith, and Janis Putelis.

Subjects Discussed: Why we throw apple cores; dating apps, poaching, and a suitable mate from the MeatEater crew; lurking; interesting things about bucks; Janis’s days as a big game guide; hunting the US border; the patience and focus of Coues deer; Mark's classic Coues deer hunt; venison tamales; a pint jar full of ticks; getting game across the US-Mexico border; the Mexican bush monkey and other bonus critters; and more.

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Jan 21, 2019

Steven Rinella talks with Jon Edwards of Schnees, along with Ryan Callaghan, Ben O’Brien, and Janis Putelis.

Subjects Discussed: Steve and Cal’s wild meat shop; waterfowl gizzard pickling and the art of making confit from Canada geese; pro-foie gras people and the Anti-Funnel Fois Gras Society; Jon’s in over his waders; Cal’s pastrami recipe; the angel, the devil, and virtue signaling; hunt purity; more on Bigfoot people; the toughest animals to spot; super poachers; Hollywood's depiction of rural folks; synergy, show business, and muzzle control; and more.

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Jan 14, 2019

Steven Rinella talks with the author and poet Chris Dombrowski, along with Ryan Callaghan, April Vokey, and Janis Putelis. 

Subjects discussed: MeatEater's first poet; rowing Jim Harrison down the river; one nasty poacher and Alaska’s aggressive fines; the saga of Steve Kendrot's stolen deer antler; fornication; the bonefish of the prairie and partridge poop groups; how the bonefish became a celebrity;  the importance of the Bahamian freshwater lens; loving nature to death; fish tales; and more.

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Jan 7, 2019

Bozeman, MT-Steven Rinella talks with Sam Lungren, Morgan Mason, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.

Subjects Discussed: the bird as a "Michigan hello"; quick thought on Secretary Zinke’s departure; Jani’s heart health; throwing lead at Jani’s solstice party; making your own lures and catching big fish; what happens when you snag a seagull; taking drugs to fight buck fever; the hard knock life of blue-collar deer and the immunity of white-collar deer; disinfected deer; is tender food a fad?; the big seasonal differences in taste of black bear meat; glass or boots?; why are some squirrels tougher than others?; how much wild game does it take to feed your family?; what is road hunting and is it bad?; muskies are back in fashion; and more.

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Dec 31, 2018

Bozeman, MT- Steven Rinella talks with author and wildlife biologist Jim Williams, along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.

Subjects discussed: The MeatEater Podcast LIVE tour 2019; the sports car of the cat world; overshooting everything; the adventures of Boana Jim; the GI Bill and how it helped spur wildlife management degree programs in America; the genetic debate around the Florida panther; lumpers and splitters; the meat with feet; how much room does a mountain lion need?; the grizzly bear that didn’t den; when a lion kills livestock; landscape level changes and South American puma management efforts; and more.

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Dec 24, 2018

Bozeman, MT- Steven Rinella talks with Sean Gerrity, the founder of the American Prairie Reserve, along with Ryan Callaghan, Sam Lungren, Michelle Chandler, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.

Subjects discussed: questions about Ryan Callaghan; when ballparkin' goes wrong; Santa Claus as a grade-A a-hole; "keep them toes cold" and other thoughts on parenting in the outdoors; Janis as a segue master; the Buffalo Commons and the Big Open; just how game rich was America?; the rabbit going through the snake; access is back in style; grizzlies, wolves, and cougars on the Great Plains; let's talk about bison; creating robust wild game habitat; tight jeans and slip-on shoes; Sean Gerrity's top 3 ways hunters can help; and more.

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Dec 17, 2018

Bozeman, MT- Steven Rinella talks with Ryan Callaghan, Ben O’Brien, Seth Morris, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.

Subjects discussed: pony walls and pony play; the bird as a Michigan hello; eating kangaroo tail again; Jani’s heart; do Australians think America is weird?; Why does the Latvian Eagle have so many nicknames?; the 50/50 acceptance split of this show’s closing song; chamber sealer corrections; best loads for squirrels; what does “a thinking man’s chicken wing” mean?; grizzlies eating llamas; an illegal tag shuffle; and more.

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Dec 10, 2018

Bozeman, MT- Steven Rinella talks with journalist and podcaster Laura Krantz, along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.

Subjects Discussed: “Wild Thing” podcast; the newest oldest hunting weapons ever found in America; Clovis hunters; what good is a squirrel’s tail; Steve stands corrected on Pancho Villa; the other kind of knocking boots; old Bob Milligan’s game dinner; a critique of Teddy Roosevelt; the Four horsemen of Sasquatchery; burning a village to save it; what a bigfoot nest looks like; the two types of bigfoot believers; the Patterson-Gimlan film; a 1-million-dollar bounty for a dead bigfoot; the human need for the unknown; and more.

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Dec 3, 2018
Missoula, MT- Steven Rinella talks with Idaho Department of Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore, the author and poet Chris Dombrowski, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.
 
Subjects Discussed: open season on pine squirrels in Idaho; Steve's Mexican roadkill bonefish encounter; managing deer for opportunity versus quality; the unfortunate reality of why Idaho's winter steelhead season has been closed; the ongoing fight around grizzly bear delisting; multi-state game and fish agencies working together; caribou flirting with the U.S. border and conservation triage; the surprising issues attached to public apathy; counting wildlife; legitimate and illegitimate gripes about fish and game agencies; preference points as a pyramid scheme; and more.
Nov 26, 2018

Bozeman, MT- Steven Rinella talks with Outdoor Life’s shooting editor John Snow, Jon Edwards of Schnee’s, Pete Muenich of Stone Glacier, and Phillip Larson, along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.

Subjects Discussed: The tension between hunters and shooters; scent dogs pinging Willie Nelson’s tour bus and other antics of outlaw country’s finest; the last word on Andrew McLean’s public land treestand theft; Australian mugs #1 and #2 explain Kangaroo hunting; another misguided attempt from an animal rights activist; how much shooters actually contribute to Pitman-Robertson; your most vexing questions answered; speaking of hunting public land: the ethics of killing, shock gobbles, and encountering other hunters; how to gear up on a budget or just shut up and go hunting; and more.

Nov 19, 2018

Kalamazoo, Michigan- Steven Rinella talks with Mark Kenyon of Wired to Hunt, Guy Zuck, Chris “Ridge Pounder” Gill, Loren Moulton, Seth Morris and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.

Subjects Discussed: The Golden Spruce and other essential reading; man-eating tigers and a seventeen-foot-long python; copper bullet efficacy; 12-hour mega sits; haikus, High Coues, and Huntin’ High; what makes a mature buck?; the significant benefits of hunting all day; early antler drops and Mark’s theory about the fate of Holyfield; getting screwed by big bucks; getting thrown off; adrenaline moments; mental fortitude, self-hatred, self-loathing, and discipline in hunting; MeatEater’s marital advice; and more.

 

Nov 12, 2018

Grand Junction, MI- Steven Rinella talks with Mark Kenyon of Wired to Hunt, Chris “Ridge Pounder” Gill, Matt Cook, and Seth Morris and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.

Subjects Discussed: What’s a freezer full of wild game worth?; souped-up swamp rabbits and their latrine fidelity; why do rabbits eat their own shit?; waking up to the harsh reality of a played-out hunting justification; Mrs. Dash and Uncle Tom; dogs and the cake theory; trail cams ethics; an eight-feet high decorative fence; should vegetarians hunt?; The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook;match-making; squirrels, rabbits, and a thinking man's hot wings; how to roast a beaver tail; Kevin Murphy's squirrel gravy; how to handle puddle ducks and diving ducks; how to use all manner of guts; and more.

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Nov 5, 2018

Delmarva Peninsula - Steven Rinella talks with Steve Kendrot, Ryan Callaghan, Loren Moulton, Brody Henderson, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.

Subjects Discussed: eating squirrel brains; what, exactly, is Southern Literature?; the Fourth Wall or why we didn't talk about the Meat Tree Incident in season 7 of MeatEater; 47,000 ticks on a dead moose; the controversy of aerial wolf gunning; Steve's heartfelt apology; sika deer and their preference for great people; the similarities between sika deer and elk; big mambo jambo blues, dungeys, and peeler crabs; rippin' a Kendrot combo; the bullyish nature of sika deer; and more.

Oct 29, 2018

Bozeman, MT- Steven Rinella talks with wild game experts Danielle Prewett and Eduardo Garcia, along with Chris “Ridge Pounder” Gill, Seth Morris, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.

Subjects Discussed: a dude named Keith grinds an axe; souped-up weasels; capitalizing on Doug Duren's urine and Dirt's chew spit; letting Mother Nature take over; unseasoned meat as seeing someone naked for the first time; everything about cooking tongues; to sous vide or not to sous vide; fish thawing 101; Steve's trifecta of wild game ingredients that need to come from young critters;  Pennsylvania meat hunters; the standardization of commercial meat production; Jenny Long Muzzle and whether to target animals by age; and more.

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