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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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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.

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.

The MeatEater Podcast LIVE is going on tour! Get your tickets here.

Oct 8, 2018

Bozeman, MT- Steven Rinella talks with Kurt Racicot of Stone Glacier, Mark Kenyon of Wired to Hunt, along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.

Subjects discussed: revisiting Kurt’s impossible hunt; creating problems for yourself; Mark Kenyon's Montana public land whitetail hunt; taking note of squirrels; dreaded shots; making your kids eat more than just buttered noodles; gear that you brought but didn’t use and gear you shouldn't have left behind; cutting books into thirds; Tom Petty's tracking of a single bee to its hive; and more.  

To learn more about the ideas and materials referenced in this episode check out the show notes here.

Jun 18, 2018
Eagle, CO: Steven Rinella talks with game warden Bill Andree, along with Brody Henderson and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.
 
Subjects Discussed: a man of the law; doing a little detective work; corner hopping and other hypotheticals; the difference between a live mountain lion in your house and live bear; big-time Colorado bear guys; bulls and swingsets; tasing moose for their own good; and more.
 
May 21, 2018

Southwest Michigan - Steven Rinella talks with competitive turkey caller Guy Zuck, Mark Kenyon of Wired to Hunt, Chef Andrew "Pooder" Radzialowski, Dirt Myth, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.

Subjects Discussed: Dirt still slowing killing himself with dip; getting back into drinking; the MeatEater Podcast Live; Mark Kenyon joins the team; when quail go away; Pooder's wild game turkey camp menu; a filicidal and cannibalistic cat named Maude; what turkeys talk about when they talk about love; Steve's hit song; going through life graciously; a hunter who doesn't hunt; and more.

To learn more about the ideas and materials referenced in this episode check out the show notes here.

Get your tickets to the MeatEater Podcast Live in Minneapolis and Tempe here.

Apr 9, 2018

Interior Alaska- Steven Rinella talks with Bryce Myers, Brandt Meixell, Joe Zych, Dirt Myth, and Janis Putelis.

Subjects Discussed: chopping big-assed holes in the ice; correlations between TV sizes and amounts of TV watched; Minnesota: the most ice-fishingest state in the world; ice fishing's PR problem; eelpouts, lawyers, and burbot; circumpolar species; prepping bait; here comes one now!; the relative qualities of fish flesh; and more.

 

Jan 29, 2018
Seattle, WA- Steven Rinella talks with his buddies Jamie Fitzgerald, Matt Moisan, and Jimmy Doran, along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew. 
 
Subjects Discussed: Can bullets trespass?; Janis's secret cow hunt; to sling or not to sling; Fitz's on-again-off-again twenty-year hunting saga; what's up with the turkey flop?; what hunting and blackjack have in common; Jimmy Doran's rough hunt; Matt's high-mountain North Dakota hunt; the Sword of Damocles vs. the Hammer of Steve Rinella; and more.
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. 

Be sure to check out the MeatEater Store November 22-26 for our Black Friday/Thanksgiving sale for 25% off all orders. Use offer code: meat, offer good while supplies last.

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.

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 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

 

May 4, 2017

Subjects discussed: Diswashers today; peelin' fricken trees, man; dippin' smelt; remembrances of a former violater; The Wilderness Society; electroshocking fish; Steve as radical conservationist; mountain bikes; The Death Hike; the federal land-transfer threat; politicians against public lands and whether or not their motivations matter; Jason Chaffetz and Rob Bishop; The Midnight Forests; the Yellowstone Park Super Tag; high-grade Missouri turkey hunters; low-elevation Wilderness with a capital W; discourse and the other kinda 'course; Argali Outdoors, and more.

 

 

Apr 5, 2017

Subjects discussed: pizza and the Seahawks; largemouth bass tasting notes; helicopters and hunting; multiple use on public lands; the author Jim Posewitz; hunting knives and the performances of replaceable blades vs. fixed blades in the field; hunts to go on that might raise your success rates; rifle vs. bowhunting for television; whether camera guys are a hunter's worst enemies; best cuts for someone wanting to try more adventurous game meals; why Steve never cooks steaks anymore; corned bighorn and tahr tartare; Steve's recommendation for Bald Eagle PR; what gear you should splurge on upfront vs. gear you can work up to later; Steve's hunting bucket list; hot-buttered buck nuts and buffalo wild nuts; knives used by the mountain men of the 1800's; and more.

 

Mar 9, 2017

Subjects discussed: getting bit by a mountain lion; Radar the dog; collared dogs; running cougars and playing golf; the comedian Jerry Clower; what it's like seeing a mountain lion for the first time; toning dogs; finding lion kills while chasing lions; the challenges in lion hunting; responses to lion grip-n'-grins on Instagram; Steve's lion hunt; reasons why people don't want to eat predators; lion meat; strychnine traplines; and The Goat Killer.

Feb 24, 2017

Subjects discussed: the inexplicably awful feeling of leaving kids at home when you have to travel; the author Robert Ruark; why you should never meet your heroes; lung shots vs. head shots; whether hunting guide schools are worth it; using grip-n-grin photos as marketing materials; whether it's more economical to hunt or just buy meat from a store; female deer with antlers; the effects of lunar phases on animal movements; dealing with your fears; physical disabilities and the relevance of wilderness; how to handle a gutshot deer; whether hunting is a right or a privilege; and how to get a job in the outdoor industry.  

Feb 9, 2017

Subjects discussed: Bear DNA; bear denning behaviors; why Steve thinks the naming of 'The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem' was a mistake; Sloth bears; Andean bears; Panda bears; tricks for uncovering a journalist's biases; closing garbage dumps to save grizzly bears; super cougars; bear population size estimating methods, including Chao 2 and mark-resight; bear populations in Europe; Kate Kendall's research on grizzly bears in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem; getting hosed by bear spray; genetic connectivity; bucket biologists; and more. 

Jan 27, 2017

Subjects discussed: squid jigging birthday parties; invasive mongoose; mist-netting song birds; the Bison Boys; prejudice against women in the world of carnivore field research; life advice Steve likes to give now that he's older and wiser; grrr and grit; darting cougars and helping them down from trees; kill site analyses; the correlation between animal interaction and empathy; trapping wolves for research; treadle trigger systems; Jared Diamond; de-scenting trail cameras for wolves; and more. 

Jan 11, 2017

Subjects discussed: how Janis's hair is going gray; Latvians and Croatians worldwide; varmint hunters; how politicians establish themselves as hunters to score points with voters; cognitive threat; "hipster hunters"; the Dingell-Johnson Act; the five arguments that non-hunters like to give, and which ones work; Keep It Public; Trump, and whether or not he's telling the truth about public lands; polarization in elected officials and the American public; Jeff Foxworthy; perch flies; squid jigging; and more. 

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. 

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