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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 25, 2017
Seattle, WA- Steven Rinella talks with Mark Kenyon, Ryan Callaghan, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.
 
Subjects Discussed: Hubris, pride and Greek tragedy; how to gain hunting access permissions; hunting in Texas; novice deer hunter help; rattlin'; the last man to be legally hanged in Wyoming; cynical acts of flattery; how to keep your access permissions; the saga of Holyfield continued; where appliances go to die; the focus factor; and more.
 
Dec 18, 2017

Loveland, CO- Steven Rinella talks with wildlife biologist Ed Arnett along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.

Subjects discussed: losers in Darwin's casino; that huntin' and fishin' problem; why you should care about the greater sage grouse; economically inconvenient animals; priority habitat; the Sage Grouse Initiative; the PECE Policy; the Roosevelt Party; Aldo Leopold and hunting technology; on Theodore Roosevelt and conservation; cautious optimism; and more.

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Dec 11, 2017

Seattle, WA- Steven Rinella talks with wildlife biologist Carmen Vanbianchi, Ryan Callaghan, Chef Andrew Radzialowski, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.

Subjects discussed: Wolves returning to the landscape; predator interactions; spoonin' does; the creation of a female hunter; women in the woods and gender stereotypes; zero pink stuff; hunting alone vs. hunting with others; being moved emotionally; the striking effect of camo boxers; duds for ladies; the Heisenberg principle; the trouble with beavers; and more.

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Dec 4, 2017

Somewhere in Colorado- Steven Rinella talks with Brody Henderson and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.

Subjects Discussed: Colorado: the land of hodge-podgey land ownership issues, lots of hunters, and big giant bucks; Frustration Tit; blaze orange cowboy hats; wildlife moments; old-school hippies; the danger of horses; gettin' up into the zone; spookin' timber bucks; buck fever'in a shot; Steve becomes a Colorado man; Pepsi challenging big meat bucks; flaggin' wild game; and more.

Check out the show notes here to see Steve's monster Muley buck and more.

Be sure to check out 12 Days of Gifts brought to you by MeatEater and Weston Brands. Steven, Janis, and the MeatEaters-At-Large came together to create 12 how-to videos that cover some of our favorite wild game preparations. This is our way of giving back to our amazing community. Head on over to the MeatEater website throughout the month of December for more exciting wild game recipes and how-to videos. 

Nov 27, 2017
Lyons, CO- Steven Rinella talks with author and angler John Gierach, along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.
 
Subjects Discussed: Gierach's work at a pivotal moment in Steven's life; the palpable anxiety of young adulthood; reading the literary canon in the autumn of life; "fly fishing is friggin' beautiful"; hook and bullet writing; why spin fishing doesn't produce the writers that fly fishing does; what's best for hunters and fishermen in America?; writers and their love of explaining and telling; the tricky thing about conservation; glimpses of abundance; catch and release fishing; and more.
 
Check out the show notes here for studies, books, and concepts referenced in this episode. 
Nov 20, 2017

Seattle, WA- Steven Rinella talks with Eduardo Garcia, along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew. 

Subjects Discussed: the pumpkin thief; electrified bear hides; cooking on yachts; getting back to a western way of life; Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story; the La Brea Tarpits, sabertooth cats, and dire wolves; what recovery looks like; huntin' with a hook; and more.
 
You can watch Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story on iTunes and Amazon.

Check out the show notes here for studies, books, and concepts referenced in this episode. 

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Nov 13, 2017

Steven Rinella talks with Whit Fosburgh of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.

Subjects Discussed: regional conservation issues around the United States; America's environmental grade as a nation; the threats to native forests; what's up with the Farm Bill?; water quality issues of the Southeast; dead zones; chipping away at the feds; wildfire outlook; Alaska's Pebble Mine, and why it won't die; The Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Clean Water Act, and the Antiquities Act; Zinke's Monuments; funding for conservation; trafficking in life and death; how to ensure a conservation legacy; and more.

Check out the show notes here for ideas, studies, and materials referenced in this episode.

Nov 6, 2017
The Delmarva Peninsula, MD- Steven Rinella talks with 
Marcia Pradines of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge; Maryland Deer Biologist Brian Eyler; avid Sika hunter Steve Kendrot; and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.
Subjects Discussed: The pronunciation and origins of Sika deer; scoutin' in a bag; the health of Sika deer; the Delmarva peninsula; the good ol' days of Sika deer hunting; the millinery trade; bag limits, regulations, baiting, and their compatibility with wildlife conservation; woodsmanship, fair chase, and other personal ethics; controlling Phragmites and marsh migration; the little-shittin antlers on a Sika deer; the Delmarva fox squirrel as a bad mofo (redux); EHD and Blue Tongue; and more.
Oct 30, 2017
The Delmarva Peninsula, MD- Steven Rinella talks with wildlife biologist Steve Kendrot of the Chesapeake Bay Nutria Eradication Project, along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.
 
 
Subjects Discussed: back nipples; all about nutria; why an airport needs a wildlife biologist; high-quality muskrat pelts; nutria of the Pacific Northwest; emergent marshes and the changing landscape of the Blackwater Refuge; public backlash over lethal wildlife management techniques; Mute swans as the big bastards of the marsh; defending sentient life; the value of trappers to conservation and their communities; the Delmarva fox squirrel as a bad mofo; and more.
 
Check out the show notes here for ideas, studies, and materials referenced in this episode.
Oct 23, 2017

Afognak Island, AK- Steven Rinella talks with Remi Warren, Dirt Myth, Ridge Pounder, Pat O’Connel, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.

Subjects Discussed: the brown bear attack story continues; the feeling of your life flashing before your eyes; the short but exhilarating ride of Dirt Myth; the devastating mental setback of being charged by a brown bear; bear attacks as an act of predation; being 'bearanoid'; lessons learned; and more.

Check out the show notes here for ideas, studies, and materials referenced in this episode.

Oct 16, 2017

Afognak Island, AK- Steven Rinella talks with Remi Warren, Dirt Myth, Ridge Pounder, Pat O'Connel, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.

Subjects Discussed: The sprawling distribution of Ursus arctos; binomial nomenclature, the Linnaean classification system, and the finer details of brown bear taxonomy; Seward's Folly; how elk got to Alaska; bad mofos; a little bit of elk taxonomy; the shittiness of Afognak; quartering an elk in the water, battle scars, busted antlers, and other stories surrounding Steve's bull; getting attacked by brown bear, and more.

Oct 9, 2017

Afognak Island, AK- Steven Rinella talks with Remi Warren, Dirt Myth, Ridge Pounder, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.

Subjects Discussed: the impeccable sound quality of the MeatEater Podcast; Dirt Myth's fancy chew; Night Moves; the biggest bears in the world; Bergmann's Principle; grizzly behavior in proximity to food sources; hunting Afognak elk; embracing the suck; people snaking your hunting spot; ethics checks; precipitation as it relates to bear coloration; how to square a bear; is the effort worth the reward?; and more.

Oct 2, 2017

Caribou camp, AK- Steven Rinella talks with Doug Duren, Mark Kenyon, Dirt Myth, Brody Henderson, Ridge Pounder, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.

Subjects Discussed: hunting the 40-Mile Herd; herd mortality from wolves, grizzlies, humans, and accidents; Tit Peak, Nipple Butte, Scro Mountain and other MeatEater landscape terminology; hunt terminology; picking your moment; the challenges of hunting in grizzly country; the peculiar luxury of cherry pickin' bulls; life journeys; Dirt still needs a caretaking job; a ripper of a concluding thought; and more.

Sep 25, 2017
Seattle, WA. Steven Rinella and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew discuss Janis's complete gear list for a 7-day backcountry archery hunt.
 
Subjects Discussed: Steve's emotional distress over his son fishing with another man; Steve's special Japanese fish-bone pickers; guns vs. bear spray vs. bears; Janis Putelis shares his gear list for long hunt while Steve critiques and criticizes his selections; is it possible to own a camping pillow and still be a real man?; and more.
 
Check out the show notes for a complete inventory list of Janis' backpack here.
 
Sep 18, 2017

Tok, Alaska- Steven Rinella talks with Mark Kenyon of Wired to Hunt, Doug Duren, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.

Subjects Discussed: Whitetail guys and big game generalists; the seasonality of deer hunting; Steve's dad's impressively large hands; big 4-finger buck tracks; the motivations behind shed hunting; farmers' cousins, and the troubles they bring to hunters; Mark's buck of interest; a deer's home range; the Boone and Crockett scoring system; Mark's advice to folks wanting to enter the outdoor media industry; the earth as an organism; and more.

Check out the show notes to dig deeper into the books, studies, ideas, and stories mentioned in this episode here.

Sep 11, 2017

Steven Rinella talks with his big brother Matt Rinella, First Lite's Ryan Callaghan, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.

Subjects Discussed: Cormac McCarthy's brutal code of morality as it relates to Steve's marital advice; the illegitimacy of stand-up paddle boarding; the ethics of sasquatch hunting; Luke Rein as the resident MeatEater philosopher; Dirt Myth's commanding presence; how to expose your kids to the beauty and grit of hunting and fishing; elk hunting is a vision quest; squirrel hunting; the business of selling wild animals; and more.

Sep 4, 2017

Steven Rinella talks with Dirt Myth, editorial contributor Brody Henderson, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.

Subjects Discussed: Dirt's dad's activewear; cheaters; the straight dope version of Dirt Myth's wounded eye saga; Steve's jealousy of Janis's cannibalism; drinking breast milk; sexing rabid mink; the salmon moochin' madness of 2017; limp dickin' vs. reelin' down on 'em; retaining bi-catch and roadkill; pelagic fish; the intricacies of fisheries management; i kejime; Steve's one rifle conundrum; Dirt: the would-be ranch caretaker; and more.

Check out the show notes to dig deeper into the books, studies, ideas, and stories mentioned in this episode at http://www.themeateater.com/podcasts

Aug 28, 2017

Steven Rinella talks with fisheries program manager Mike Ruhl, the pizza magnate Jimmy Doran; and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.

Subjects Discussed: therapeutic wheat cutting in Montana; the end of establishing new non-native populations of sport fish; funding wildlife management; a brief history of the Dingell-Johnson and Pittman-Robertson Acts; the user-pay system; Pennsylvania: the 'huntin'est state'; managing native trout; 'horn-nose chub mussels'; managing ecosystems as a whole; slow-burning emergencies; John Mcphee's Annals of the Former World; the New Jersey cat lady rears her head...for the last time?; and more.

Check out the show notes to dig deeper into the books, studies, ideas, and stories mentioned in this episode at http://www.themeateater.com/podcasts

Aug 21, 2017

Steven Rinella talks with writer, podcaster, angler, and conservationist April Vokey, along with Matt Elliott of Benchmade Knife Company, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.

Subjects Discussed: Sparkly bass boats; killin' smallmouth; well-fed, thick, fat, football bass; dealing with fuck-wits; April's introduction to the outdoors; credibility in social media; the only purpose of dating is to suss out the craziness; creeper catwalks at Sportsman's Warehouse; marlin on the fly; flippin' lillypads with a jig and chuckin' and duckin'; 100k or a trophy?; how to get out of small talk; bowhunting is the only reality; elitism in fly fishing and bass fishin' rednecks...it's just how it's marketed; Steve can smell hunters and fisherman a mile away; professionalizing your passion; yoga pants selfies: the female path to success in the hunting industry?; and more.

Check out the show notes to dig deeper into the books, studies, ideas, and stories mentioned in this episode here.  Hunting Fishing Wildlife Wild Foods

Aug 14, 2017

Steven Rinella talks with author Thomas McIntyre, along with Michelle Jorgensen and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.

Subjects Discussed: Writing for television; Tom McIntyre, Hemingway, and the nuns; stepping on a butterfly while hunting dinosaurs; the nuances between outdoor writers and writer writers; the changing parameters of African hunting; Cecil the lion; great writers and suicide; African wilderness-how much is there?; old school vs new school African hunting; Colonialism in Africa; keeping the mzungu (or crazy white guy) alive; how to identify age on a large critter; Tanzania as a purer hunting location; shooting a hippo?; the Selous wilderness hunting grounds; and more.

Check out the show notes to dig deeper into the books, studies, ideas, and stories mentioned in this episode at http://www.themeateater.com/podcasts

Aug 10, 2017

Steven Rinella talks with Kurt Racicot and Pete Muennich of Stone Glacier Packs, along with Brittany Brothers and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.

Subjects Discussed: Ultralight backpacks; being alone in the woods for a long time; more on the New Jersey Cat Lady; three types of hunting tags; cash tips and guided hunters; Martin vs. Wadell; the brutality of Montana's unlimited bighorn sheep units; suffering; the science of packing meat; the functional quality of neatness; Steve's new marketing slogan ("We Hunt Unlimited Sheep") that Stone Glacier oughta be using; catchin' pus' in shrimp pots; and more.

Check out the show notes to dig deeper into the books, studies, ideas, and stories mentioned in this episode at http://www.themeateater.com/podcasts

 

Aug 3, 2017

Steven Rinella talks with paleogeneticist Dr. Beth Shapiro, along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.

Subjects Discussed: U.C. Santa Cruz and the Ewok forest; ancient DNA and the assumptions it has added to our world; black footed ferrets; the romance versus the reality of de-extinction; the volatile speed of DNA decay; mammoth tusks and sheep piss; horn-core morphology; 400 pound kiwis and 9-foot Haast's eagles; volcanoes; big-assed bison with 6-foot horn spreads; biological species concept; the persnickety sage grouse; and more.
Check out the show notes to dig deeper into the books, studies, ideas, and stories mentioned in this episode at http://www.themeateater.com/podcasts

 

Jul 27, 2017

Steven Rinella talks with John Oakleaf, Vicente Ordonez, and Karl Malcolm of the US Forest Service, along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.

Subjects Discussed: Mexican gray wolves; taxonomic lumpers and splitters; historic sub-species of wolves in North America; Cormac McCarthy's The Border Trilogy; wolves and livestock depredation; the Endangered Species Act; tainted bait for trappin'; foothold traps for wolves; roadkill buffalo; how many elk do wolves kill?'; wandering wolves; a correction re: brevited and brigadier generals; and more.

Check out the show notes to dig deeper into the books, studies, ideas, and stories mentioned in this episode at http://www.themeateater.com/podcasts

Jul 20, 2017

Steven Rinella talks with Chef Josh Skenes, along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.

Subjects Discussed: how to cook beaver tail; industrialized food versus "real" food; Saison: the focus is purely on taste; closed-loop agricultural systems; you can't ever replicate the true taste of nature; how to deal with the lack of consistency in wild game, and whether or not that's actually an issue; proper shot placement; monolithic bullets; stomper bucks in Idaho; caviar from white sturgeon, shovelnose sturgeon, paddlefish, and lake whitefish; Steve and his fake uncle Don trollin’ for striped bass in front of San Quentin Prison; fishing for diamond turbot; ike-jime, or how to run a wire through a fish's spine to make it taste it real good; headshots; box crab; monkeyface eels; safe mold versus shitty mold; and more.

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Join Steven Rinella, Ryan Callaghan, and other surprise guests for a live recording of his popular MeatEater Podcast. Tickets for a raffle, with high-end prizes from Yeti, Vortex Optics, First Lite, Stone Glacier, Savage Arms, Benchmade Knife Company, Schnee’s, Weston, and Seek Outside will be sold at the event. Raffle proceeds benefit Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. Raffle winners will be drawn following the podcast recording and Steven will be on hand signing books.

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Jul 13, 2017

Steven Rinella talks with Dr. Karl Malcolm, Bjorn Fredrickson, and Jerry Monzingo of the U.S. Forest Service, along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew. 

Subjects Discussed: The National Wild and Scenic Rivers Systems; the Cascades as a nexus for the climbing world; Karl's unlikely cure for not drawing an elk tag; the many homes of Aldo Leopold; Curt Meine's Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work; Howard Zahniser and the Wilderness Act; the societal challenges of Wilderness; dudes who just love a good conspiracy theory; Wilderness as a part of the American identity; Frederick Jackson Turner; Frontier Anxiety; helicopters in Wilderness and the "Minimum Requirements Necessary" concept; does Wilderness need to justify itself financially?; Ben Lilly and other rogue wildmen of the Southwest; and more.

Get your tickets to the MeatEater Podcast, Live with Steven Rinella and Friends here.

Join Steven Rinella and a couple surprise guests for a live recording of his popular MeatEater Podcast. Tickets for a raffle, with high-end prizes from Yeti, Vortex Optics, First Lite, Stone Glacier, Savage Arms, Benchmade Knife Company, Schnee’s and Seek Outside, will be sold at the event. Raffle proceeds benefit Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. Raffle winners will be drawn following the podcast recording and Steven will be on hand signing books.

Check out the show notes to dig deeper into the books, ideas, and stories mentioned in this episode here.

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