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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 30, 2016

Subjects discussed: wild game on Craigslist; words Remi thought he’d never hear from Steve; PFD violations; the violation that the MeatEater crew reported; glassing for violations; reporting incentives; the Lacey Act; killing caribou with a .22; Aldo Leopold on improving the pump but not the well; hunting bears with dogs; traditional use; shooting from a motorized vehicle; common game violations; drones for hunting; radio hunting; Google Earth, and more.

Dec 23, 2016

Subjects discussed: Turkey on Thanksgiving; King of the Mountain gear; deer hunting injuries; the first deer Steve missed with a bow; gap shooting; hunting with compounds vs traditional bows; baiting laws in New York; popup blinds and wigwams; leather, bone, and wood; sightpins on recurves; and bowhunting in a ghillie suit. 

Dec 8, 2016

Subjects discussed: the Latvian Eagle; federal vs state wildlife management; Remi Warren's stance on hand lotion and chapstick; latex gloves as disease prevention tool; the overdangerfication of America; blood poisoning; hunting in New Zealand; tips for introducing hunting to your kids; landscapes that have made Steve emotional; hunting boots and man Uggs; favorite gear under $20; and more. 

Dec 1, 2016

Subjects discussed: varied state rules on keeping roadkill; Janis's Colorado mule deer hunt; mythic timberbucks and doe condos; euthanizing deer; killing elk with a .45 ACP; bogus hunting tips; yoga, crossfit, and hunting-based physical fitness; being off-the-grid on Election Day; Japanese cowboys; and female listeners of the MeatEater Podcast. 

Nov 11, 2016

Subjects discussed: Mark's Sitka blacktail deer hunt; policy on checking in with loved ones when on the road; diving for sea cucumbers; water weenies; paralytic shellfish poisoning; eel skin wallets; blacktail liver; sea cucumber tasting notes; MeatEater on Netflix; grotesquerie as a selective advantage; smelly suspenders; and more. 

Oct 28, 2016

Subjects discussed: mountain man Jacques Laramie; the ecology of the post-apocalypse and the best caliber for post-apocalyptic firearms; ’Waters of the United States (WOTUS)’ vs. ‘navigable waters’; Justice Kennedy’s ‘significant nexus’; the delisting of wolves in Wyoming; Mexican gray wolves; Yellowstone Syndrome; hunting luddites; dynamite fishing for trout; using old hunting gear and disposable culture; Steve’s theory on discomfort; John Denver; what swayed Steve to go to grad school in Montana; losing dogs to wolves; the division of western and eastern hunters; and more.

Oct 14, 2016

Subjects discussed: Dirt Myth humor vs. Twin Lake humor; Steve's bet after the first date with his now wife; obligate species; lekking birds; tweety birds; the relocation of sage grouse; why some states still allow grouse hunting; sage grouse management; thrash and trash; sage grouse singles bars; brood rearing habitats; and more. 

Sep 29, 2016

Subjects discussed: Janis's dad's moose hunt; positive visualizations; Latvian power rings; Steve's wife; cooking up moose nose; skepticism; the sculptor Michael Heizer; wolverines and other animals on Rick's list of special animals; a hypothetical game called "a whale, a monkey, and a wolverine"; cow calling; Janis's caribou hunt; fad diets; getting hit by fashion; and shooting the first animal you see. 

Sep 16, 2016

Subjects discussed: the beginnings of the MeatEater tv show; Mo's second deer hunt; the midnight hike of dirt myth; whisper yelling; the relationship between the camera operator and the subject; the human bullshit meter; running shrimp traps; the bushwhack rating scale; Steve's first tv biz meeting; and the language of camera. 

Sep 1, 2016

Subjects discussed: the mountain man Jeremy Laramie; trespassing vs wanton waste; halibut fishing in Alaska; King's Grant in Virginia; fishing waters that flow through private land; river left and river right; land owners posting notice vs user responsibility to know boundaries; pissing in boats; fishing in Glacier National Park; Jim Harrison's Wolf and Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire; punchlines, such as "tell em' how my dictate" that are funnier than the actual joke; high holing, low holing, and hole holding; and more.  

Aug 19, 2016
Episode 042: Seattle, Washington. Steven Rinella talks with wildlife biologist Bart George along with Ryan Callaghan, Land Tawney, and MeatEater's Janis Putelis. Subjects discussed: caribou in the lower-48; what's up with anadromous, catadromous, and adfluvial fish; Teddy Roosevelt's guided caribou hunt; lumpers and splitters, and how to tell the difference; hard (hot) releasing vs. soft (cold) releasing; Mr. Tom, a caribou killin' mountain lion; collaring animals; inherent risks of capturing wild animals; American vs. Canadian predator control; genetic drift; the charismatic mega fauna list; a barometer of wilderness; the warner-bratzler shear force test; and the three things necessary for caribou recovery in the lower-48. 
 
Aug 5, 2016

Subjects discussed: the untouchedness of certain animals; hunting hats, radical lefty hats, and hats that say hello before you do; making smoked bear hams; the fishy taste of coastal bears; beaver tasting notes; Chris Gil's grey rabbit meat; Chupik eskimo and seal oil; the mountain man era; what would happen at the mountain man rendezvous; company trappers vs. free trappers; today's equivalent of a mountain man; why Janis is done promoting squirrel hunting; beaver tail belt buckles and eel skin wallets; the richest man in America; Daniel Boone, Jim Bridger, Laramie, Jed Smith, John Colter, Hugh Glass, Jed Smith, and more badasses.

Jul 22, 2016

Subjects discussed: Cormac McCarthy and No Country for Old Men; how to get into good graces with the Latvian Eagle; Jani Day, otherwise known as the Summer Solstice; hunting black bears in grizz country; the delisting of grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and implications for the Endangered Species Act; the differences between poke poling, limb lining, jug fishing, and trot lining for catfish; the Big 3 of catfish species; Canadian Hunter whiskey; skanky salmon; pon hoss; best methods for cooking catfish; sending your kid off to school with a muskox sandwich; why the Mississippi River is a sham; and more. 

Jul 8, 2016

Maverick County, Texas. Steven Rinella continues his discussion with ranch manager, wildlife biologist and hog trapper Ben Binnion, along with Chris Gill and Janis Putelis from the MeatEater crew. Subjects discussed: perception of pigs on a scale from Satan to margaritas; Sus scrofa and the Eurasian wild boar; hog fecundity; whitetail deer breeding vs. pig breeding; what "hogzilla" is and ain't; hog bait recipes; selling wild pigs to slaughter facilities; charging for pig hunts; whether helicopter pig hunts are for sport or control; several bullshit aspects of pig hunting; the best pigs to eat; and how to get hog hunting permissions.

Jun 23, 2016

Maverick County, Texas. Steven Rinella talks with ranch manager and hog trapper Ben Binnion, along with Chris Gill and Janis Putelis from the MeatEater crew. Subjects discussed: the music of Shearwater; why Steve won't plug Janis's t-shirt company anymore; the importance of trail cams; whitetail antler potential; high-fence vs unfenced whitetail properties in Texas; buck identification; how to age a deer; the question of carrying capacity; helicopter surveys; how Texas allocates deer permits; trashy does and fecund bucks; the Founder Effect; why deer are like people; managing vs farming game; and the biodiversity of Texas whitetail country.

Jun 10, 2016
Episode 037: Albuquerque, New Mexico. Steven Rinella talks with wildlife ecologist Dr. Karl Malcolm along with Janis Putelis, Chris Gill, and Garret Smith from the MeatEater crew. Subjects discussed: the Wisconsin Super Sow; why bears are marching south; what it means to work up a bear den; the fate of a bear drinking three gallons of gear oil; calorie rich bear milk; the difference between altricial vs. precocial;  delayed implantation in bears; the dispersal behavior of black bears; and recent bear encounters while turkey hunting.
May 27, 2016
Bozeman, Montana. Steven Rinella talks with Jeff Sposito, Pete Muennich, Chris Gill, and Janis Putelis. Subjects discussed include: organic masses; bringing meat and ammo through TSA checkpoints; the writing of Duncan Gilchrist; 2% for Conservation's mission; domain names; bobbers vs strike indicators; how to run a t-shirt business; Chris Gill-Ridge Pounder; getting older; why everyone should be more direct; the genesis of the Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance; how mountain goats differ from other big game; hunting a bear with Randall Williams; how to pay it forward; why we've got it good as sportsman today.
May 13, 2016
Seattle, Washington. Steven Rinella and Janis Putelis talk with guests Matt Elliott of Benchmade Knife Company and environmental historian Randall Williams. Subjects discussed: getting hunting spots from people who’ve moved far away; the federal ban of lead shot pellets for waterfowl; why terms like ‘ecofacist’ and ‘libtard’ are for dumbasses; why it’s hard to make knives that love saltwater; the different types of steels used to make knives; sports cutlery enthusiasts; butterfly knives, and what happened (if anything) happened to them; buying a trapline though the classified ads; lead poisoning from shot vs. industrial pollutants; and shooting monolithic vs. lead core bullets.
Apr 29, 2016
Missoula, Montana. Recorded live from the 2016 BHA Rendezvous, Steven Rinella and Janis Putelis talk with First Lite's Ryan Callaghan, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers' founder Land Tawney, and Kimber's Vice President of Sales Ryan Busse. Subjects discussed include: Callaghan sneaking out of the BHA conference to go fishing; Steve's invasive species t-shirt idea; judging a wild game cook-off; BHA's work on drones in hunting; texting and using radios while hunting; baiting bears; the death of a thousand cuts; American Exceptionalism; Roosevelt's public land legacy; Steve's fascination with the American buffalo; making roads vs making wilderness; how public lands became a partisan issue; the intrinsic value of wilderness;  what's happening in the Badger Two Medicine of Montana; Steve Rinella for President; how to be an advocate; the question of climate change; and being a role model.
Apr 14, 2016
Episode 033: Seattle, Washington: Steven Rinella and Janis Putelis talk with environmental historians Dan Flores and Randall Williams. Subjects discussed: what's up with Flores' two upcoming books, American Serengeti and Coyote America; biodiversity during the pleistocene; the Blitzkrieg Hypothesis; George Wolforth's 1884 view of the Llano Estacado; historic elk distribution; how the grey wolf changed the coyote; fission-fusion societies; the nightly vocal census of the coyote; New York City's coyote bar scene; why coyotes kill pets; Flores' influential take on bison population decline; and the myth of General Sheridan and the post-Civil War buffalo slaughter.
Apr 1, 2016
Seattle, Washington. Steven Rinella and Janis Putelis talk with call maker Jason Phelps. Subjects discussed: the annoyingness of people, such as Annie Raser, who don't get a chubby about hunting turkeys; the first and second bull that Phelps ever called in; lathes; consistency in craftsmanship; the inherent difficulties of stretching latex just right; why turkeys gobble at weird noises; the best weird noises to make a turkey gobble; grizzly bears; the ESA; market saturation; American elbow grease.
Mar 17, 2016
Bozeman, Montana. Guest host Janis Putelis talks with Annie Raser, Brittany Brothers, Nicole Qualtieri, and Dan Doty from the MeatEater crew. Subjects discussed: Annie, Brittany, and Nicole’s introductions to hunting; what it’s like hunting with women from the male perspective; venison diplomacy; having hunted vs identifying as a hunter; developing a game eye; on-line dating tips for hunters; women in hunting media and the term ‘huntress’; pink camo; female hunter role models; women in starring roles in mainstream films; why Janis thinks female hunters have it made; how Doty's wife takes her own sweet time at shooting; and the possibility of a Stephanie Rinella.  Listen to the podcast via SoundCloud here: http://bit.ly/1VhcDUJ
Mar 4, 2016
The Rockies, Idaho. Steven Rinella and Janis Putelis answer listener questions with Ryan Callaghan from First Lite, along with Adam Moffat and Garret Smith from the MeatEater crew. Subjects discussed: Hunting ads that should be illegal; whether draping clothes over carcasses to prevent meat loss from predators and scavengers actually works; conspiracy theories on the reintroduction of wolves; tips on traveling domestically and internationally with firearms; tips on traveling with wild game; the only game meat Steve's ever lost traveling; what NOT to bring on a plane to avoid a $4000 fine from TSA; long distance shots and the longest shot Steve is comfortable taking; and tips for westerners who want to go out East for a whitetail hunt.
Feb 19, 2016
Paducah, Kentucky. Steven Rinella and Janis Putelis talk with Kevin Murphy, a small-game aficionado. Subjects discussed: shotguns vs rimfires for squirrel hunting; chasing swamp rabbits; training up a squirrel dog; a toothpick trick for extracting fur or feathers that were dragged into the meat by a shotgun pellet; Butchey Badtoe, the squirrel head eating cur; coulees, guts, hollows, and other names for drainages; four types of squirrels; rabbit drives and how to pick your shooting lanes; squirrel broth dumplings and other methods of cooking squirrel; and squirrel hunting with Daniel Boone.
Feb 5, 2016
Subjects discussed: How to pronounce the word "Coues;" the five subspecies of the American wild turkey; what is a turkey Royal Slam?; the unwritten rules of hunting public lands; Kevin Murphy, the Neil deGrasse Tyson of squirrels; other hunters, a.k.a. the assholes; how to pick a conservation group; whether hunter recruitment is a scam; how Steve would cook goat testicles; bear hearts; elk hunting tips; the debate around suppressed firearms; coyote killing contests; point creep; poaching; the ins and outs of hunting technology; game eyes and the great challenge of spotting a Coues deer.
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