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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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Dec 23, 2015
Episode 025: Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. Steven Rinella talks with Janis Putelis and Ron Leighton, a Vietnam veteran and former commercial fisherman. Subjects discussed: Janis' first Sitka blacktail buck; muskegs; deep-water shrimp trappin'; why Steve doesn't catch a fraction of the shrimps that Ron does; why do so many men cook nowadays, and what happened to women?; smoking, canning, and jarring octopus and halibut; commercial halibut fishing; saltwater as a cure for seasickness; identifying found art; Latvian power rings; shooting critters in the head vs. in the lungs; deer calls; and the one thing good about getting old.
Dec 10, 2015
Llano Estacado, Texas. Steven Rinella talks with guests Ronny Boehme, Mike Panasci, Ed Arnett, and Janis Putelis from the MeatEater crew. Subjects discussed: how to one-up someone's scat story; the Natal Habitat Bias Dispersal Hypothesis; the draw of Sandhill Crane hunting; getting hunting permissions on private land; the danger of overthinking a waterfowl hunt; how not to lose downed birds; reporting banded birds; life expectancies of game animals; the inherent pain in the ass of filming hunts; Mike Panasci's nasty homemade crane decoys; lead animals and their influence on the group; and eating Sandhill Cranes, a.k.a. ribeye of the sky.  
Dec 4, 2015
Cazenovia, Wisconsin. After whitetail deer hunting opening day on the Duren family farm, Steven Rinella talks with Doug "Buckman" Duren, Brittany Brothers, Helen Cho, Janis Putelis, and Mahting Putelis. Subjects discussed: blaukš!, or the Latvian bang; similarities between opening day and Christmas; similarities between opening day and war; mooching for whitetails; The Wet Spot (or what Steve would name his bar if he had one); The Standard; Steve's alternative big buck management plan; thoughts on antlers; after-kill rituals; and why people want to let small animals go, aside from the fact that they don't have as much meat.  
Nov 13, 2015
Subjects discussed: Montana roots; conservation easements; how Backcountry Hunters & Anglers came to be; the definition of Fair Chase; what high fence operations truly cost the American public; Green Decoys; the promising new demographics in hunting and fishing today; and why the conservation movement is so powerful at the moment. ---- Learn more about Backcountry Hunters and Anglers at https://www.backcountryhunters.org/ Steve will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Rendezvous and people can learn more or buy tickets at www.rendezvous2016.com
Oct 30, 2015
Bethel, AK. Steven Rinella talks with Janis Putelis, Mike Washlesky, and Korey Kaczmareck from the MeatEater crew. Subjects discussed: Nunivak Cup'ig Eskimos; Texas pride; jumping out of helicopters while snowboarding; the circumpolar distribution of blue mussels; muskox wool; the Arctic explorer Robert Peary; Mickey Mouse boots vs. bunny boots; the poet and novelist Sadaam Hussein; gear list for a Nunivak Island muskox hunt; Russian fur traders; the subsistence lifestyle on Nunivak Island; seal skin hat-buying misadventures; feeling like an ecological participant vs. an ecological voyeur; and putting into words why you sometimes just want to go right back out and do the same hunt all over again.
Oct 16, 2015
Cheyenne, Wyoming: Steven Rinella talks wildlife politics with Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, policy advisers Nephi Cole and David Willms, retired SEAL officer Rorke Denver, and the Latvian Lover, a.k.a., Janis Putelis. Subjects include: the death by hanging of the stock detective Tom Horn; Rorke Denver’s next book; Governor Mead’s family history as Wyoming ranchers; The One Shot Challenge; the Endangered Species Act and its impact on wildlife management; Grey Wolves; the litigious nature of ESA judgments; why elk aren’t considered endangered species; the 2010 attempt to delist the grizzly bear and what’s happened since then; sage grouse; why all people should seek to expand their worldview; getting sprayed by a skunk compared to getting sprayed by bear spray; Rorke's elk hunt; and Matt Rinella's vanished llama.
Oct 1, 2015
Napa Valley, California. Steven Rinella talks with Janis Putelis and Mike Washlesky from the MeatEater crew as they answer frequently asked questions from fans. Subjects discussed: eating groundhog; hunting in Texas; Bryan Callen exposing himself to the crew; Steve's desire to audit the overall expenditures of hunters in order to prove that they have plenty of money for hunting trips and gear; Aldo Leopold; wild game meats that are off limits to the crew's wives; whether or not a woman should take her husband's last name; Sasquatch; eating roadkill; and the kind of 'tattoo' Steve would like. $5 off any volume on MeatEater VHX = MEATEATERPODCAST
Sep 17, 2015
Juneau, Alaska. Steven Rinella talks with Janis Putelis, Mike Washlesky, Garret Smith, and Korey Kaczmarek from the MeatEater crew. Subjects discussed: hunting blue grouse; Randy Newbird; how MeatEater cameramen got their jobs; getting smoked on the mountains by a 50 year old female grouse hunter; devils club vs. poison oak and peckers; nepotism; Bigfoot; and what Steve thinks about to help him keep moving up steep hills in the mountains.
Sep 3, 2015
Seattle, Washington. The Complete Podcast Accompaniment to the Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game. Steven Rinella talks with Janis Putelis from the MeatEater crew about the newly released guidebook. Subjects discussed: how Janis became the world's most powerful t-shirt magnate; the problem with gun writers; why Steve isn’t cut out for reading any post-WWII hunting material; the making of the guidebook; what's in the guidebook; why Steve thinks you are smarter before you get married and have kids; making sense of cartridge nomenclature systems; wildlife photographer John Hafner; hunting mentors; the importance of being a versatile big game hunter; authors Jack O’Connor, Robert Ruark, and Chuck Hawks; cutting through the BS of archery equipment; good hunting etiquette on private property; inside tips on how to get good hunting info; and plenty more.
Aug 20, 2015
Scottsdale, Arizona. Steven Rinella talks with big game guides Jay Scott and Darr Colburn, along with Janis Putelis from the MeatEater Crew. Subjects discussed: the Gould's wild turkey in Mexico; what it's like to guide once in a lifetime tags; the Arizona governor's tag for Bighorn Sheep; the Mexicana and Nelsoni sheep subspecies; the importance of scouting; mountain lion sightings as a result of glassing your ass off; scouting for paying clients; the author Duncan Gilchrist; why Steve's not cut out for the guiding life; judging elk calling contests; and who really earned the kill on a guided hunt? Guests: Jay Scott & the Jay Scott Outdoors Podcast Darr Colburn
Aug 6, 2015
Bozeman, Montana. Steven Rinella talks with guests Casey Lavere and Eric Chesser of Hushin, along with Dan Doty and Janis Putelis from the MeatEater crew. Subjects discussed: writing about a hunt vs. filming a hunt; exploiting your children through social media; breakdown of how an episode of MeatEater gets made; the nicest trailer park in the world; the Fire Bull; the basics of filming a hunt for television; jake brakes on big rigs; visually contextualizing the hunter with the quarry; B-roll; making a living filming hunts for youtube; the best way to learn how to make better hunting videos; prehistoric cave art and the earliest recordings of hunts; Dan Doty's giant chickens. Guests: Casey Lavere Hushin Eric Chesser
Jul 23, 2015
Episode 14. Bozeman, Montana. Steven Rinella talks with Janis Putelis and special guest Randy Newberg. Subjects discussed: assessing the monetary value of one's GPS waypoints; how fitness for mountain hunting is unlike any other kind of fitness; walleye fishing tournaments; finding elk on public land before the rut, during the rut, and after the rut; whether or not the old you is tougher than the current you; the great American fur boom; trapping beaver; Randy's impression of Steve after reading Steve's book, American Buffalo; Randy's belief that Steve is either dumb or full of shit; how old bull elk like to hide out in weird places; the difference between peace and justice, and other marriage advice that will give you more time to hunt and fish. About guest Randy Newberg: Randy is the voice of the public land hunter in America. Decades of chasing all species across public lands has provided both experience and perspective that has allowed Randy to become the leading advocate for the self-guided hunter; hunters dependent upon public lands for hunting access. What started by accident, has grown into two popular TV shows, Fresh Tracks and On Your Own Adventures, accompanied by the long-standing Hunt Talk web forum. Now added to those platforms is the Hunt Talk Podcast where you get Randy Newberg, unfiltered. Randy uses his platforms to advocate for hunters and public access. In addition to representing hunters in Congress and state legislatures, he serves as a volunteer and board member for many hunting and conservation groups.
Jul 9, 2015
Anchorage, AK. Steven Rinella joins Danny Rinella, Brandt Meixell, Janis Putelis, and Mike Washlesky for a conversation about preserving wild game. Subjects discussed: smoking, pickling, canning, drying and freezing wild game; author Peter Matthiessen's take on Anchorage; the wild boars of Latvia; making mountain goat stock; cool ranch Doritos; living on a diet of canned teal and Slim Fast; moldy moose bresaola; the best jerky Steve's ever had; differences between freezing fish, fowl, and red meat; rescuing freezer burned packages of bull elk from the bottom of a dude's freezer; recurring nightmares caused by a decade of fur trapping; buffalo suckers; bird hearts; gizzards.
Jun 25, 2015
Seattle, Washington. Steven Rinella talks with guests Andrew Radzialowski, Janis Putelis, and environmental historian Randall Williams. Subjects discussed: how hunters have identified over the course of 50 years in relation to one another and to the non hunting public; historian Dan Flores; Plains Indians and bison herd equilibrium, or the lack thereof; changing perspectives of hunters and their guns; hide hunters and the burden of guilt for animal extermination; a roadkill recipe for hogs stuffed with whitetail deer from Steve's college years; William Temple Hornaday; the closing of the American frontier; whether the American West should be regarded as a place or a process; the historic emergence of anti-hunting groups; a different kind of group that Steve founded in high school; the semantics of the words conservationist and environmentalist; and the changing culture of wild game consumption from the mid 1940's to the present. Guest info: Randall Williams In May of 2015, Randall completed his Ph.D. in history at the University of Montana, where his graduate studies concentrated on Western U.S. and environmental history.  His dissertation, "Green Voters, Gun Voters: Hunting and Politics in the Twentieth-Century United States," explores the changing ways in which American sportsmen imagined, articulated, debated, and pursued their policy interests from the end of the World War II up until the mid-1990s. Among the various developments examined by the study are the rise of popular environmental concern, the emergence of organized anti-hunting activism, the eruption of the modern Second Amendment controversy, and the continued debate over public lands in the American West. Janis Putelis hunttoeat.com
Jun 12, 2015
Episode 011: Cazenovia, Wisconsin. Steven Rinella and Janis Putelis join Doug Duren at his family farm. Subjects discussed: the leveling of Wisconsin by glaciers, and how Wisconsin's Driftless Area was spared; why Latvians love the Driftless; managing for whitetail deer on private land; generational differences in hunting deer; earn-a-buck programs as a way of changing public attitudes about harvesting does; animism; letting bucks walk past unscathed; Doug's giant famous buck; perspectives on whitetail overpopulation; Doug's penchant for fact-checking people's claims right in front of them; red oaks vs. black oaks; agricultural land management as it relates to wildlife management; magical antlers; the demonization of trophy hunters; the joys of hearing a John Deere tractor; and the only kind of giant buck Steve is interested in shooting. Guests in Episode #11: Doug Duren Watch Hunts on the Duren Farm in Volume 2 (Big Bucks and Small Game: Whitetail Deer) and Volume 6 (Opening Day: Wisconsin Whitetail (Parts 1 + 2) Janis Putelis Hunt to Eat Enjoying the podcast? Please take a minute and subscribe to us on iTunes (best for iOS devices) and on Stitcher (best for Android devices).  
May 28, 2015
Scottsdale, Arizona. Steven Rinella talks with Chris Denham and Floyd Green of Western Hunter magazine, along with Janis Putelis from the MeatEater crew. Subjects discussed include: Western big game tag lotteries; how Western Hunter magazine came about; long-shot dream units vs. decent undersubscribed units; the three hardest species to draw tags for; what would happen if everyone in this country went out and killed a deer; the psychology behind bonus points; the most underrated big game species; how draw tags aren't necessarily better than over-the-counter tags; how hunters today are better than hunters of yesterday; the Strip; the woes of trail cams; and why Steve's brother hates hunter recruitment. Guests in Episode #10: Chris Denham Western Hunter TV show Western Hunter magazine Floyd Green Watch Floyd and Steve on the mountain lion hunt with dogs in MeatEater Volume 3 Western Hunter magazine Enjoying the podcast? Please take a minute and subscribe to us on iTunes (best for iOS devices) and on Stitcher (best for Android devices).  
May 15, 2015
Cazenovia, Wisconsin. After a morning of hunting turkeys on the Duren family farm, Steven Rinella talks with guests Paul Neess and Mark Boardman from Vortex Optics, along with Doug Duren and Janis Putelis. Subjects discussed include: the difference between red dot sights and laser sights; how far is "too far" when taking a shot; Charlie Brown optics wisdom; patterning your shotgun; the widely misunderstood differences between 1inch and 30mm rifle scope tubes; parallax and MOA (minute of angle) in layman's terms; what to look for when shopping for binoculars; the quarter-mile buck hunter; "running" optics; and the best rifle scope to buy if you're a hunter who predominately hunts whitetails in the midwest, occasionally hunts big game out west, and hopes to one day hunt Dall sheep. // If you're enjoying the podcast, do us a favor and share it with a friend!
May 1, 2015
Prince of Wales Island, Alaska: Weathering a rainstorm during a Sitka Blacktail Hunt, Steven Rinella talks with guests Joe Rogan, Bryan Callen, Janis Putelis, and Dan Doty. Subjects discussed: the highly flammable nature of Frito Lay corn chips; staying warm with fleece sleeping bag liners; getting stranded by bad weather when doing fly-in hunts; why suffering is fun; how everything in life is a reaction to whatever happened last; overlooked DIY big game hunts; how bald eagles salute Bryan Callen when he takes his shirt off; infanticide among bear populations; evolution and coincidence; Steve's animal scat collection; Hunter S. Thompson; Mormon apostate James Jesse Strang; moose droppings as incense; the anxiety of influence; and why it's bad if women think you're "nice" but it's good if women think you're "funny."     Notes and misc links: Steven Rinella's coffee table scat collection: http://themeateater.com/2012/scat-collection/ Matt Rinella on the joys of moose scat incense: http://themeateater.com/2012/scat-and-sniff/ Lone Survivors: How We Came to Be the Only Humans on Earth
Apr 16, 2015
Madison, Wisconsin. Steven Rinella talks with Remi Warren, Doug Duren, and Janis Putelis. Subjects discussed: big game hunting in New Zealand; getting poison oak on your pecker; whether or not there's a difference between poison oak and poison ivy; the redneck capitol of Wisconsin; acclimatization committees and impacts on New Zealand's wildlife; Steve's reluctance to eat human beings; extirpation of 500-pound birds by Polynesian cultures; Janis's need to save money for kiddy bicycles; weasels, ferrets, mongooses, and rats; Remi's first shotgun; the hardest animal to hunt; the qualities of Himalayan tahr meat; hunting Canada geese with a rifle; apex predators; how a blue heron's life is tougher than you'd think; the novelist Tom Robbins; and Remi Warren's latest TV project. Guests: Remi Warren Host of Apex Predator Doug Duren Janis Putelis Misc. Links: The 4-part New Zealand episodes of MeatEater featuring Remi Warren Janis' Hunttoeat.com site Download episodes of Remi Warren's new show Apex Predator
Apr 2, 2015
Ransom Canyon, Texas. Recorded from the Llano Estacado, Steven Rinella talks with hunting dog experts Ronny Boehme and Ed Arnett, along with MeatEater producer Janis Putelis. Subjects discussed: the best all-around hunting dog; whether guys who hunt with dogs like dogs more than hunting; Steve's three very different experiences hunting wild pigs with dogs in Hawaii, New Zealand, and Florida; "rescuing" a dog vs. just going to the pound and getting one; the legality and ethics of trailing a wounded big game animal with a dog; Faith Hill; the experience of getting licked by a dog who just ate the unmentionable; the bare minimum of time to put into a dog to ever expect to have a hunting dog that isn't going to embarrass you in the field; marked vs. blind retrieves; and how finding the right dog is like finding the right wife (or husband, for you ladies.) Guests: Janis Putelis https://twitter.com/LatvianHuntr Ronny Boehme Dancing Duke Kennels Host of the Hunting Dog Podcast Ed Arnett TRCP Other links: Instantly download episodes of MeatEater 
Mar 19, 2015
Seattle, Washington. Steven Rinella and MeatEater producer Janis Putelis sit down in Steve's office to answer frequently asked questions. Subjects discussed include: the best bang-for-your-buck western hunts; old rusty rifles; a crash course on bonus points for big game tags; all-purpose rifle calibers; dry-aging venison; the problem with high-wire hunting; the hypothetical cooking of a red fox; whether or not camouflage matters; getting fooled by randomness; hunting trends worth praising; hunting trends worth damning; being a candyass about recoil, and whether or not that's bad; and how to transport game meat on airplanes. // Mentioned links and notes // Sponsors: Squarespace.com - use the code MEATEATER at checkout to get 10% off and help support the MeatEater Podcast. Visit Wealthfront.com/Meat to get your first $10,000 managed for free. // MeatEater TV Show Book: The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, And Cooking Wild Gam Gun Broker
Mar 6, 2015
Bozeman, Montana. After 4 days of elk hunting in the Sweetgrass Hills of Montana, Steven Rinella talks with Ryan Callaghan, Janis Putelis and first time hunters Brittany Brothers and Helen Cho. Subjects discussed include: good hunts for first time hunters; searching for hearts and livers in gut piles left by other hunters; hunter's safety courses; what happens when you carry a New Yorker magazine, an Alaska driver’s license, and a pocket knife on a NYC subway; how to say "MeatEater Podcast" in Latvian; the fact that Janis Putelis, a.k.a. Long Tong, has been in on 100 elk kills; women hunters; the conundrum of hunter recruitment; and getting really depressed when a hunt goes bad. Mentioned links and notes: Squarespace.com - use the code MEATEATER at checkout to get 10% off and help support the MeatEater Podcast. Ryan Callaghan once addressing a bear "Smell us now, lady". Sweetgrass Hills Colonial Rifle and Pistol Club in Staten Island Podsurvey.com/MeatEater
Feb 20, 2015
Mission Fatima, Bolivia. After 8 days of hunting and fishing in the jungles of central Bolivia with the Tsimane people, Steven Rinella talks with Phillip Baribeau, Dan Doty, and Janis Putelis from the MeatEater crew. Subjects discussed include: the moral complexities of eating a monkey; the pain of getting stung by bullet ants; fishing for dorado, maturo, surubi, and sabalo; western influences on indigenous South American tribes; dugout canoes; the late Mississippi comedian and storyteller Jerry Clower; various guns and bows; 19th Century fat cats; trying to determine the meaning of inscrutable hand gestures given by indigenous hunters; how much the Tsimane love monkey meat. Mentioned links and notes: -Watch: MeatEater Crew Eats Monkey Stew -Jerry Clower reference "too much like folks" -Interview with Marco about his jaguar's story will be posted at a later date. -MeatEater airs on Sportsman Channel Thursdays at 8pm e/p -To watch episodes of MeatEater instantly, use code MEATEATERPODCAST at checkout to get $5 off any volume on meateater.vhx.tv
Feb 6, 2015
Ketchum, Idaho. After a day of flyfishing for cutthroat trout, Steven Rinella talks with Kenton Carruth and Ryan Callaghan from First Lite, along with Janis Putelis and Helen Cho from the MeatEater crew. Subjects discussed include: killer instincts; the suicide of Ernest Hemingway; catch-and-release vs. catch-and-eat; acquiring a strong sense of grrrrr; fish physiology; Danny Rinella's adipose nipple; an exotic Japanese way of dispatching fish; the conundrum of wanting to fish for threatened or endangered species; the mountain man Jim Bridger; and whether or not flyfishermen are total pansies. Related links/notes: Smell Us Now, Lady! Books: The Old Man and The Sea + Hemingway's Guns First Lite MeatEater television show on Sportsman Channel Instantly Download MeatEater TV Episodes- Listen to the episode for the coupon code. Western Hunter Magazine Ike Jime technique First Lite Fusion Camo Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Guests: Kenton Carruth twitter.com/firstlitewool firstlite.com Ryan Callaghan twitter.com/olCal406 firstlite.com Janis Putelis twitter.com/LatvianHuntr Helen Cho twitter.com/HelenCho Originally Recorded August 2014 ++++++++++++++ If you’re enjoying the podcast, please leave us a review on iTunes. The MeatEater Podcast is available on: -iTunes -Stitcher -YouTube -Soundcloud
Jan 20, 2015
From the Super 8 motel in Ketchikan, Alaska, Steven Rinella talks with guests Joe Rogan, Bryan Callen, Dan Doty, and Janis Putelis about the charms of hard hunts, "Pamela Anderson" deer, Bergmann’s Rule (why mammals get really big up North), wolves and wolf management, and public perceptions of American bear hunts and African safaris. On this episode... -Podcasting -Hard Hunts -"Pamela Anderson" deer -Bergmann's Rule -Wolves and wolf management -Nick Nolte -Perceptions on American bear hunts and African safaris RELATED LINKS/NOTES MeatEater.VHX.tv to download episodes of MeatEater SOG Knives  VIDEO: Bryan Callen Can't Take the Cold on MeatEater Joe Rogan Joe Rogan Experience Podcast www.joerogan.net Bryan Callen Fighter and the Kid podcast www.bryancallen.com ++++++++++++++ If you're enjoying the podcast, please leave us a review on iTunes here. Available on: -iTunes -Stitcher -YouTube -Soundcloud
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