The MeatEater Podcast

The MeatEater Podcast 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.

MeatEater Presents: Cal's Week in Review Episode 2
This week Cal brings you cool facts about old poop, fish, birds, ticks, poachers, snakes and a bunch of other cliff notes from the world of wildlife and conservation....

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Ep. 169: Gut You Like A Fish
Steven Rinella talks with Ryan Callaghan, Ben O’Brien and Janis Putelis. Subjects discussed: Gashed nipples and the saga of Scarface; Texas and it’s love for exotic wildlife; more doggin' on Texas; Texas game wardens and drunk folks; the #metoo movement and waffles; a flying squirrel fetish; sandbaggin’; pedicures before hunts; and more.   Connect with Steve & MeatEater Steve on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stevenrinella MeatEater on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meateater Facebook: https://w...

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Ep. 168: Satan's Decoy
Steven Rinella talks with Ryan Callaghan, Ben O’Brien and Janis Putelis.   Subjects discussed: Making soap with wild game fat; turkey hunting in the Texas Hill Country; how to call shitloads of turkeys; how many showers is too many?; what’s the temperature in hell, and why is Steve headed there?; why turkey hunts never end up the way you imagine; a new hunting mantra; and more....

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Ep. 167: Mauled by a Grizzly
Steven Rinella talks with Amber Kornak and Janis Putelis. Subjects discussed: The polite way to address someone who has suffered a bear “tragedy”; Janis's chicken egg business; what it’s like for female wildlife biologists; hair snares; the precise moment when you realize you’re about to be attacked by a grizzly; where to carry bear spray and how to hose a grizz with it; biophilia; tattooing bears; and more....

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Ep. 166: Hunting With Teeth
Steven Rinella talks with Diane Boyd and Janis Putelis. Subjects discussed: Cyclone fences; swapping a motorcycle for a first wolf experience; Wolf rendezvous sites and snagging a wolf in a blind set; wolves killing wolves; wolves and border security; the myth of the super-wolf; did the wolf reintroduction need to happen?; how old is an old wolf; what, if anything, should Colorado do about wolves; should we be hunting and trapping wolves; the emotional and monetary value of wolves; would you do anything dif...

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Ep. 165: Whole As Hell
Steven Rinella talks with Jimmy Doran, Sam Lundgren, April Vokey and Janis Putelis. Subjects discussed: Houdini, the Moore Theater, and a tragic death; Jimmy Doran as ageneralist Seattleite outdoorsman; an excise tax that sticks it to non-hunters and non-anglers; fishing for ducks; how to stay married; killing marine mammals to save marine mammals; preg checking cows and freezing whole salmon; what exactly is a “huntress”; another problem with King salmon; an ethics conundrum; is bowhunting really more ethi...

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Ep. 164: It Shall Be Delicious
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...

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Ep. 163: Wildcatters
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; len...

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Ep. 162: Landscape of Fear
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;...

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Ep. 161: Only in Texas
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 coo...

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Ep. 160: Lust and Greed
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” me...

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Ep. 159: Swimming Naked
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 th...

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Ep. 158: Noxious Stimuli
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....

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Ep. 157: Bottle to Throttle
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 diseas...

Ep. 156: Battle Scars
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 mor...


Ep. 155: Guns
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;...

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Ep. 154: Poaching
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 f...

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Ep. 153: Viva Mexico, Bro
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 critter...

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Ep. 152: The Nipple And The Funnel
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; sy...

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Ep. 151: Body of Water
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. Get your ti...

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Ep. 150: Tough Assed Questions Vol. 3
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 se...


Ep. 149: Path of the Puma
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...

Ep. 148: American Prairie Reserve
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 snak...

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Ep. 147: Tough-Assed Questions, Vol. 2
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 llam...

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Ep. 146: Bigfoot
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 t...

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Ep. 145: A Life of Service
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; c...

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Ep. 144: Tough-Assed Questions
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 r...

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Ep. 143: Self-loathing and Guilt
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 H...

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Ep. 142: Begging and Pleading
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 veget...

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Ep. 141: Squirrel Brains, Stags, and the Fourth Wall
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...

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Ep. 140: Getting The Most Of It
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...

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Ep. 139: X marks the spot
Bozeman, MT- Steven Rinella talks with Eric Siegfried, Matt Seidel, and Zach Sandau of OnX, along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew. Subjects Discussed: magic circles, rut fests, and meat balls; prairie dog guide by day, tech visionary by night; more memories from Steve's pre-OnX days; unsolicited advice from meddling uncles; partisan diseases; good old American elbow grease; a killer goose pastrami recipe from the forthcoming MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook; and more.  Click here for the show notes...

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Ep 138: The Life and Times of a Squirrel Man
Steven Rinella talks with Parker Hall, Chris "Ridge Pounder" Gill, Seth Morris, Michael Lindemuth, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.   Subjects Discussed: half breasts, whole breasts, and lobes; the problematic nature of the Herrera case; Mark Twain's dooziest quotes; the repetitive and deafening nature of squirrel dogs; big mambo jambo Flatheads; the Soylent Green of the fish world; invasive exotics; Parker's contentious catfish species preference; the lo-cull factor; and more.     For more on the i...

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Ep. 137: Bulls, Bucks, and Pre-Chewed Meat
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 s...

Ep. 136: Locked Out
Bozeman, MT- Steven Rinella talks with Mark Kenyon of Wired to Hunt, Eric Siegfried and Lisa Nichols of OnX, Joel Webster of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.  Subjects discussed: A major MeatEater announcement; the 9-million acres you own but can’t use; defining landlocked; a brief history of how things got this bad; an OnX Pro Tip; historic uses and prescriptive easements; Janis discusses what the hell a “checkerboard” is; LWCF success stories...

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Ep. 135: Titillation
Bozeman, MT- Steven Rinella talks with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew, along with Chris "Ridge Pounder" Gill, Loren Moulton, Seth Morris, and Kelsey Johnson. Subjects discussed: is it okay to use holler’ in Pennsylvania?; a new addition to things that get turks to shock gobble; upper deckers, lower deckers, and the full stadium; scouting a Quality Elk Unit; camp cookies; hiding in plain sight; running through bushes, rolling logs, beating the snot out of the woods, and Jani's other elk behavior imitati...

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Ep. 134: An Object and Its Shadow
Anchorage, AK- Steven Rinella talks with his brother Danny Rinella, Army veteran Levi Meyer, Chris "Ridge Pounder" Gill, along with Dirt Myth and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.   Subjects Discussed: risking life and limb for household birds; the ballad of Jani Tsimane; dipping, smoking, and chaw dawgs; Matt Rinella's primitive navigation tool; Danny's swollen uvula; the blond bombshell of the grizz world; Ovis dalli and its rocky, nasty, glaciated homeland; full curls, double broomers, and other marks...

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Ep. 133: You're a cool dude, Buck.
Anchorage, AK - Steven Rinella talks with Alaska Master Guide Buck Bowden, along with his brother Danny Rinella, Chris "Ridgepounder" Gill, Dirt Myth, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.   Subjects discussed: becoming Buck, or a boy mangles himself with a knife; digging for money with nine fingers; hunting and visiting the obscure; candyass horses from lower-48 and their rough and rangy Alaskan counterparts; the big money makers in fur trapping; eating wolverines; cutting your teeth on sheep, moose, an...

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Ep. 132: Sheep on the Mountain
Bozeman, MT- Steven Rinella talks with Gray Thornton, Garrett Long, and Clay Brewer of the Wild Sheep Foundation, along with Scott Peckham of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.   Subjects Discussed: Wolves, lynx, eagles, and other things that can be hell on wild sheep; thick and thin (horns, that is); the historic decline of wild sheep everywhere, including Texas; auto-immune diseases in sheep and lessons learned; wild sheep vs. the wool indu...


Ep. 131: Calling Elk
Bozeman, MT- Steven Rinella talks with Jason Phelps of Phelps Game Calls, along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew. Subjects Discussed: rippin' bugles; herd bulls, satellite bulls, lead cows, and their impact on herd dynamics; dissecting the five parts of a bugle; 90% bugles to 10% cow calls; the good fortune of listening to bad elk callers; getting more locater bulls; lunch bulls and nap bulls; and more....

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Ep. 130: Packing Gear
Steven Rinella talks with Kurt Racicot of Stone Glacier, along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.   Subjects Discussed: the unique nature of Alaskan bears; the PTSD-inducing capabilities of Killer whales; sea cucumbers, abalone, scallops, and other Alaskan ocean grub worth owning a cabin for; how to pack for a long backcountry hunt, and how to get your head straight; proof that cotton kills; suffering; water purification preferences; cold supper; how big is your backpack?; 13 bullets revisited; and m...

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Ep. 129: Live from Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN- Steven Rinella talks with the outdoor writer Patrick Durkin, along with First Lite's Ryan Callaghan, Mark Boardman of Vortex Optics, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew. Subjects Discussed: Recycled car batteries out the end of your barrels; the hidden value of bearded hens; putting things into perspective; chronic wasting disease, tularemia, and other food safety concerns; freezing freshwater fish; the legal and ethical conundrums of bartering fish and game; should a single-species hun...

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Ep. 128: Outdoor Media
Minneapolis, MN- Steven Rinella talks with Mitch Petrie of the Outdoor Sportsman Group, along with Ryan Callaghan of First Lite, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.   The good, the bad, and the ugly of outdoor television; the outdoor media talent pool; the disproportionate draw of whitetail and turkey content, and the aspirational nature of big game hunting programming; is hunting TV good or bad for the sport?; sandwich boards and where the bite is; working through the fears of evolving media; the resp...

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Ep. 127: Grays Harbor
Grays Harbor, WA- Steven Rinella talks with the pizza magnate Jimmy Doran, Tony Colagrossi, and Tommy Eidson, along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.   Subjects Discussed: Randy Johnson's most famous pitch; insane drives and intense wanderlust; Razor clam tailgating, squid-jigging, and Surfperch fishing; a Grays Harbor baptism; the thinkin' man's clam strip; the Backcountry Clam Diggers Association; the founding fish and Daniel Boone; Jani the Surfperch master; smoother than a baby's bottom; the rep...

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Ep. 126: Wild Horses
Tempe, AZ- Steven Rinella talks with Wild Horse and Burro Coordinator Dr. Tolani Francisco, along with wildlife ecologist Dr. Karl Malcolm, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew. Subjects discussed: kids and the fundamentals of bow shooting; the Pueblo Revolt; the brief and glorious lifespan of the equestrian buffalo hunters of the Great Plains; where feral horses end and wild horses begin; the Blitzkrieg Hypothesis; horse fat in your ceramics; mustangers; wild horse holding yards and adoptions; the flame...

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Ep. 125: Live from Tempe
Tempe, AZ- Steven Rinella talks with his big brother Matt Rinella, Dr. Karl Malcolm, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew. Subjects Discussed:  Neanderthal hunting strategies; when an Arizonan draws a tag; the High Visibility and CSTB factors as they relate to turkey hunting; turning nine o'clock birds into three o'clock birds; the statistical probability of life on other planets; encounters with grizzly bears and Monte Carlo luck; who gets to take the shot?; the subjugation of bees and other vegan woes;...

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Ep. 124: Live from Columbus
Columbus, OH- Steven Rinella talks with Mark Kenyon of Wired to Hunt, along with the world's greatest small game hunter Kevin Murphy, Ryan Callaghan, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.   Subjects Discussed: ringing in the summer solstice; Kevin blows the horn; Ohio and Michigan's pissing match; Ohio's Serpent Mound and the undying memories it conjures; the death of an Ohio hunting spot; the impacts and ethics of shed hunting; Kevin forecasts the future squirrel season; pondering turkey breasts; Jani D...

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Ep. 123: The Sportsmen's Alliance
Columbus, OH- Steven Rinella talks with Evan Heusinkveld, Brian Lynn, and Sean Curran of the Sportsmen's Alliance, along with Ryan Callaghan, Kevin Murphy, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.   Subjects Discussed: core mission; moving the needle forward; the lynx of Arizona; backdoor attempts at banning methods and means of the hunt; taking care of the long-term problem; #metoo hits the animal rights world; the Great Lakes wolf situation as a case study in madness; are you for wildlife or not?; some g...

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Ep. 122: Live from Denver
Denver, CO: Steven Rinella talks with Ryan Callaghan and Cody Lujan, along with Brody Henderson and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.   Subjects Discussed: Folsom hunters; fidelity to a place; more on morels; squirrely vs. western, revisited; other MeatEater housekeeping items; old Mose the grizz and the ballad of Ed Wiseman; Gore and the rapacious nature of man; an exercise in morality; what's your shot to kill ratio?; a 1/4 pound turkey liver, and more.   The MeatEater Podcast Live is coming to Minneap...

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Ep. 121: A Man of the Law
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.   To learn more about the studies, books, and ideas referenced in this episode check out the show notes h...

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Ep. 120: Adaptive Hunting and Fishing
Bozeman, MT: Steven Rinella talks with adaptive hunter and angler Chris Clasby; along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.   Subjects Discussed: adaptive hunting and fishing; finding the limits of language; the delusion of reprieve; Occurrence at Owl Creek; facing challenges as an exercise of identity; adaptive technologies; calculating risk; catching trout by sucking and puffing; an obligation to advocate; and more. To learn more about the ideas and materials referenced in this episode check out the...

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Ep. 119: Walking the Edge
Bozeman, MT- Steven Rinella talks with historian and religious scholar Bracy V. Hill, along with Michelle Jorgensen and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.   Subjects Discussed: The intersection of religion and the history of hunting in America; the evolution of America's hunting culture; a two-part history of Paul/Saul; the connection between the creation story and blue laws; radical religious groups; masculinity and the symbol of life and death; the saga of Jacob and Esau; hunters walking the edge; feast...

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Ep. 118: Open to Nuance
Subjects Discussed: what is beer-drinking coming to?; being all tippy-toey; the new Stone Glacier tent; walking closers for black bears; taking a sharp left; the squirrel slam; freezer fossil game meat; increased hunting and fishing opportunities on our national wildlife refuges; the Maine moose conundrum; addressing the state of Alaska-NPS rule change on national reserve lands; walking through the crowd of life without pushing others; and more. The MeatEater Podcast Live is coming to Minneapolis. Click her...

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Ep. 117: The Bronzeback and the Bat
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 ...

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Ep. 116: Senator Heinrich
Washington DC- Steven Rinella talks with Senator Martin Heinrich, along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.   Subjects Discussed: thinking long-term; the path to becoming a Senator; the politician and the elk; the Sabinoso Wilderness as a big win for hunters; what's up with the HUNT Act; why reforming the fire budget is so damn important; stream access issues and how they affect sportsmen; why the Land and Water Conservation Fund is always imperiled, and why it shouldn't be; what's up with the Antiqui...

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Ep. 115: The Judas Hog
The Ozarks, MO- Steven Rinella talks with wildlife biologist Parker Hall, Brandon Butler, Steve Jones, and Janis Putelis from the MeatEater crew. Subjects Discussed: the Judas animal trapping method; saving sea turtles by shooting predators; ways of hunting and trapping feral swine; Hogzilla and other bullshit; swine as disease vectors; the thing about brucellosis; the upshot of banning hog hunting; Parker earns his lifetime membership to the Rocky Mountain Squirrel Foundation; ways of cooking up squirrel; ...

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Ep. 114: The Hollow
The Ozarks, MO- Steven Rinella talks with Brandon Butler of the Conservation Federation of Missouri, Steve Jones, and Parker Hall, along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.   Subjects Discussed: the MeatEater Podcast Live tour dates drop today; bad weather; pestered by a pit bull; the perseverance of the Latvian Eagle; listening for gobblers; spittin' n' drummin'; America's toughest turkeys; the Name-a-Sound-a-Turkey-Will-Gobble-to-Game; highfalutin-quail-shootin'-facilities; diminutive channels as di...

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Ep. 113: I'm Right And You're Wrong
Boise, ID- Steven Rinella talks with Jason Phelps of Phelps Game Calls, Mark Kenyon of Wired to Hunt, Remi Warren, Ryan Callaghan of First Lite, Mark Boardman of Vortex Optics, along with Brody Henderson and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.   Subjects Discussed: low-T turkeys and game calling; feeding wildlife, baiting, and muddying the waters in Alabama; bait haters and food plots; the hierarchy of species and the ethics of fishing for spawning trout; roosting turks; the continued saga of a deer named ...

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Ep. 112: Salmon
Anchorage, Alaska- Steven Rinella talks with fisheries biologist Danny Rinella (his big brother), along with Dirt Myth and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.   Subjects Discussed: Salmon on the brain; artificial insemination of salmon; black mouth season; why dams are bad for fish; the slow and painful shrinkage of King salmon; Alaska's conservation mode; strengthening the relationship between Alaskans and salmon; eating dogs (salmon, that is); getting duped by Whole Foods; fish introductions in the Great...

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Ep. 111: Inside the Dark House
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....


Ep. 110: Up North
La Crosse, WI- Steven Rinella talks with Doug Duren, the writer Pat Durkin, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew. Subjects Discussed: the thievin' Mississippi River; sous vide cooking; the disappearance of traditional hunting camps; killing 1.4 deer per second during Wisconsin's deer season; the hunt-purity scale; the pain-in-the-ass nature of weddings and birthdays that fall during hunting season; the misadventures of Zebulon Pike; and more.   To learn more about the studies, concepts, and materials ref...

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Ep. 109: Hunter Harassment
La Crosse, WI- Steven Rinella talks with Doug Duren, the writer Pat Durkin, along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew. Subjects Discussed: catching muskies and male pattern baldness; hunters as UFO researchers; legalizing deer and hog baiting; Steve's dying wish; Jim Jarmusch's masterpiece, Dead Man; hunter harassment and blue laws; fall turkey harvest; new thinking about coyote population dynamics; the business of death; the tax on stupidity; and more.   To learn more about the studies, concepts, and ...

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Ep. 108: Broken Bones and Loose Change
Sioux Falls, SD- Steven Rinella talks with Russel 'Roof' Wolf, Ronny Boehme, Doug 'Buck Man Juice' Duren, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew. Subjects Discussed: Effin' Ronny; talking about people behind their back; Tom Petty's American Girl; a few broken bones and some loose change; snakes eating their own tail; the problem with corner hopping; the deer baiting conundrum; rescue dogs and playdates; artificial insemination of hunting dogs; a Catholic nun dog breeder; and more. Check out the show notes ...

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Ep. 107: Saving the Everglades
Fort Lauderdale, FL- Steven Rinella talks with Kellie Ralston and Matt Cook, along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew. Subjects Discussed: the American Sportfishing Association; Florida: the most fishinest state; the Magnusson-Stevens Act; the state of America's major fisheries; restoring the Everglades; Florida's access issues; how to save our coral reefs; keeping America fishing; the mechanical awesomeness of a largemouth bass's big-assed mouth; and more. Check out the show notes here for more on th...

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Ep. 106: Gladesmen
Florida Everglades- Steven Rinella talks with Matt Cook, the gladesmen Josh Bright and Ryan Tubbs, along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.     Subjects discussed: Janis’s disgusting seasickness; dry launching and running airboats; Everglades style and Palm Beach style airboats; giggin’ frogs; Snakehead fishing; commercial swordfishing; sightcasting; talking to ET; catchin’ your love mate; and more.     Check out the show notes here for more on the ideas, studies, and materials referenced in this epi...

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Ep. 105: Chairman Rob Bishop
Salt Lake City, UT- Steven Rinella talks with House Natural Resource Committee Chairman Rob Bishop, along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.     Subjects discussed: the Land and Water Conservation Fund; Monument designations and who administers them; Chairman Bishop's perception of public lands; the Outdoor Industry Association's decision to pull out of Utah; access as the primary barrier to entry for hunters and anglers; twisting the intent of public access enhancement; what ought to happen with th...

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Ep. 104: Turks!
Las Vegas, NV- Steven Rinella talks with Becky Humphries of the National Wild Turkey Federation, First Lite's Ryan Callaghan, along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew. Subjects discussed: The National Wild Turkey Federation; defining turkey habitat; the Lacey Act of 1900 and playing by the rules; the captive wildlife industry; the re-introduction of wild turkeys to the landscape; America's Big 6 habitats; timber sales as conservation stewardship; threats to habitat; making painful compromises; hunters...

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Ep. 103 Thirteen Bullets
Las Vegas, NV- Steven Rinella talks with Ryan Callaghan of First Lite, along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew. Subjects discussed: going pantsless at the table; Chef Kaido and salting fish for sushi, morel tips and other wild foods know-how; is the sun setting on Old Bay Seasoning?; the peritoneal and thoracic cavities; sewing yourself back up; the loose math of packing enough bullets; things gettin' "western"; the upshot of cannibalism; Cabeza de Vaca and making shakes outta folks; the reasons for ...

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Ep. 102: El Surpriso: The Grey Ghost
Douglas, AZ- Steven Rinella talks with Ben O'Brien of Yeti and John Snow of Outdoor Life, along with Dirt Myth and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew. Subjects Discussed: Listener corrections; Dirt Myth's issues with deodorant, tobacco-free dip, and wrist watches; how Coues deer got their name; Farrah Fawcett, Pamela Anderson, and Coues deer; the Gates Test; feeling deeply uneasy in a foreign country; banana chips, donk, and moose chips; dealing with reticle wobble; figure eights and recoil drift; getting ...

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Ep. 101: The Hammer of Steve Rinella
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....

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Ep. 100: The Powerful Joe Rogan
Los Angeles, CA- Steven Rinella talks with the powerful Joe Rogan, along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew. Subjects Discussed: Trees of questionable integrity; Joe's obsession with archery; open loop systems and managing a mindset; recreational outrage in America; vegans; throwing out false bait; sharing photos of dead animals online; moving the needle toward a pro-hunting place; predators and surplus killing; and more. Check out the show notes here for the studies, books, and concepts referenced i...

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Ep. 099: Wild Game Basics
Seattle, WA- Steven Rinella talks with chef Andrew 'Pooder' Radzialowski, First Lite's Ryan Callaghan, along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.   Subjects Discussed: Jacques Pépin, a.k.a. Jack Peppin; Steve's squid jigging breakthrough; stuffing a deer inside a pig; Matt Rinella's strange new wild game recipe; the thinking man's hot sauce; Pooder's culinary tips; catfish fat; Cal's morel tip and tongue preparation; how to cook venison ribs to perfection; standard-issue whitetail deer; the bridge betw...

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Ep. 098: Jon Mooallem
Seattle, WA- Steven Rinella talks with the writer Jon Mooallem, along with Ryan Callaghan, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew. Subjects discussed: Anchorage and salmon floating around Steve's head; looking at people, looking at animals; animals making it into the stuffy realm; the rising of the hedgehog's brand; how kids react to the brutality of nature; William T. Hornaday, buffalo, and what enlightenment looks like; claims to moral legitimacy; Ice Age hunters; species level thinking; and more. Check ...

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Ep. 097: Loose Ends
Seattle, WA- Steven Rinella reads and responds to listener email with Ryan Callaghan, along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew. Subjects Discussed: hate mail, love mail, disappointed mail, and listener questions; turning loss and failure into a drive toward success; national monuments and wilderness designations; the Sabinoso Wilderness; bleeding fish, freezer aging meat and other important considerations; cooking caul fat and kidneys, and the original sous vide; and more. Help Steven out by heading o...

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Ep. 096: Permissions!
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....

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Ep. 095: Inconvenient Critters
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. Click here to bring Steven Rinella and...

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Ep. 094: Female Hunters
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 beaver...

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Ep. 093: Big Giant Bucks
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 not...

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Ep. 092: John Gierach
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...

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Ep. 091: Surviving
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 ...

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Ep. 090: The State of the Union
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 Wate...

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Ep. 089: Ghost of the Marsh
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; woodsma...

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Ep. 088: Conservation Through Eradication
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...

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Ep.087: The Meat Tree, Part 2
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 ref...

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Ep. 086: The Meat Tree, Part 1
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 Stev...

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Ep. 085: Afognak Island Elk Hunt
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...

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Ep. 084: Grizzlies in Camp!
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 careta...

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Ep. 083: What The Hell's In Your Backpack
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 ...

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Ep. 082: Whitetail Freaks
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 outdoo...

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Ep. 081: Live from Bozeman
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; th...

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Ep. 080: The Fish Shack
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 conundru...

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Ep. 079: From Taxes to Trout
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 emer...

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Ep. 078: Fishing for a Living
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...

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Ep. 077: African Hunting
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 ...

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Ep. 076: The Impossible Hunt
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 ("W...

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Ep: 075: Cloning Mammoths
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 pers...

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Ep. 074: Gray Wolves
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: br...

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Ep. 073: Advanced Wild Game Cooking
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 sturge...

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Ep. 072: American Wilderness
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 conspir...

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Ep. 071: The Buttery Tones of Karl Malcolm
Steven Rinella talks with Dr. Karl Malcolm and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew. Subjects Discussed: Zoonotic disease and the guy with the dead lion; Hua Gua or Karl's take on Chinese hot pot; ideas on how to capture blood for blood sausage; Latvian meals using ice wands; the 45th Parallel; Asiatic black bear and the Sichuan takin; the Blue Ribbon Panel project; the North American, European, and African models of wildlife conservation; contract culling of wildlife; pit hunting; the Imperial Feast: bear p...

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Ep. 070: Chronic Wasting Disease
Steven Rinella talks with CWD expert Bryan Richards, Doug "Buckman Juice" Duren, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater Crew. Subjects discussed: The U.S. Geological Survey's National Wildlife Health Center; bighorn sheep in Texas; hibernacula; white-nose syndrome in bats; people eating other people's brains and a disease called kuru; cannibalistic cows; where did CWD come from?; elk in South Korea; CWD in Norway's reindeer; neuronal death; zoonosis (a disease that can move back and forth between animals and hu...

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Ep. 069: Dr. Dan Flores
Steven talks with historian and author Dan Flores, along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater Crew. Subjects Discussed: Clovis hunters; North America's oldest mine; the religious underpinnings of Chaco Canyon's mysterious road network; Steve as The Inconsiderate Mountain Goat Hiker; macaw feathers, turquoise, and other luxury goods; Steve's wife and the 4-degree human comfort zone; the spread of human hunters around the globe; the eyed needle; boating around glaciers; wanderlust; ice-free corridors; the Blit...

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Episode 068: Cazenovia, Wisconsin. Steven Rinella talks with the outdoor writer Pat Durkin, "Buckman" Doug Duren, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.
Subjects Discussed: Are coyotes and wolves really killing all the deer?; habitat as the driving factor for deer populations; is Doug part of the problem or part of the solution?; dirty farming vs. clean farming; newspapers and the death of outdoor columnists; the pen is mightier than the fire hydrant; resident locksmiths on naval vessels; fatherly advice; Deer and Deer Hunting magazine; why you should hunt whenever the Green Bay Packers are playing; expert hunters who can't tell one tree from another; deer ...

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Episode 067: Vortex Optics Headquarters, Wisconsin. Steven Rinella talks with Paul Neess, Mark Boardman, Ryan Muckenhirn and Reuben Aleckson of Vortex Optics, along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.
Subjects Discussed: Bushwhackin', roost-tree shootin' and Mark's elitist turkey hunting attitude; "The 10th Legion"; Bowhunting for turks; Aluminum billets; The thickness of a human hair; Meat tenderizers vs meat mallets; Sunshades; Straight vs angled spotting scopes; The late Duncan Gilchrist's seminal masterpiece, "Hunt High"; The best all-around spotting scope; Giving critters a detailed stink-eye with your spotter; Eye and body fatigue while glassin'; What the hell is parallax?; Scopes and red dots for ...

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Episode 066: Cazenovia, Wisconsin. Steven Rinella, Pat Durkin, Garret Smith (a.k.a. Dirt Myth) and Janis Putelis join Doug Duren at his family farm.
Subjects Discussed: Doug's nubbin'; power jakes, jake psychology, rope dragger activities, and busted spur turks; Janis' conundrum; puttin' on the jake brakes; Durkin's personal stuffed deer pact; favoring the serious while penalizing the jackasses; roosting a turkey; rigidity and weakness in nature; the worst kind of sleep; the navel of the Duren farm; Matt Rinella's bar names; Bergmann's Rule; North America's turkey history; Rinella's principle; Dirt on wildlife; napping with Jani; hunts in proximity to t...

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Episode 065: Miles City. Steven Rinella talks with his big brother Matt Rinella, along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.
Subjects discussed: Brigadier (or poseur) generals; mutilating the 7th Cavalry with knives and sewing awls; how Miles City got its name; race-ready huntin' llamas; moose pellet incense; packing large loads of wild meat; Jani-Aspen; being married; mountain goats falling over cliffs and getting frozen up in trees; cartin' llamas; llama vans; and more. Check out exclusive bonus material and show notes at www.themeateater.com/podcasts...

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Episode 064: Bozeman. Steven Rinella talks with Kevin Murphy, the world's greatest small game hunter, along with Helen Cho, Brittany Brothers, Michelle Jorgensen, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.
Subjects discussed: the MeatEater crew's favorite things about The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game; Kevin's rotating trophy; Sylvalagus aquaticus; just one more gobble: boss toms, rope draggers and missed turkeys; squirrel-hunting war horses for the armageddon; Land Between the Lakes; the novelist Larry Brown; Conrad Richter's The Light in the Forest; Steve's kids are way-ass pro-hunting; unknown squirrel locales in the Rocky Mountain West, and more. Check out exclusive bonus ma...

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Episode 063: Seattle. Steven Rinella talks with the beautiful and deadly Rorke Denver, along with Ryan Callaghan of First Lite, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.
Subjects discussed: the psychology of pansieness; Young Lions; Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL training; universal service; Hells Bells as the soundtrack of Seal training; to "fall" in combat; "this is fishin' and we don't complain"; being in Act of Valor; shared misery; Camp Cancer; drinking coffee like a lunatic; Rorke's take on public lands; training in a purposeful way; stump shootin'; what all this means for hunters, and more. Check out bonus material at www.themeateater.com/podcasts...

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Episode 062: Seattle. Steven Rinella talks with Brad Brooks of Argali Outdoors, along with Ryan Callaghan of First Lite, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.
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; discours...

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Episode 061: Seattle. Steven Rinella talks with David Allen of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, along with Navy Seal and author Rorke Denver, Ryan Callaghan of FirstLite, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.
Subjects discussed: Deadwood, South Dakota; Dale Earnhardt, senior; not being afraid to say "I love you" before it's too late; Bugle magazine; the brucellosis vaccine; livestock detectives and bio-terrorism; chronic wasting disease; conservation easements; the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and how politicians screw with it; the Durfee Hills; Disney Syndrome; the relativity of cruelty; wildlife as a relic of the past; H.J.R. 69 and the unwarranted hysteria it inspires; and more....

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Episode 060: Guyana. Steven Rinella talks with Makushi guide and fisherman Rovin Alvin, along with Garret Smith, Rick Smith, Korey Kaczmarek, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.
Subjects discussed: bear spray used in all the wrong ways; This Hole Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us-the next great American fishing novel; Guyana and Amerindians; big ass yams; casiri, paracari, local drink, farine; capibara, maccaw, toucan, and harpy; how to hunt an arapaima; the Latvian Eagle's mystery fish, a.k.a. the flower-eating-rainstorm piranha; handlining; Relaxation Culture; hammock sleeping; getting cursed by a jealous shaman; and more. Check out show notes and links at themeateater.com/podc...

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Episode 059: Seattle, Washington. Steven Rinella talks with employees at Starbuck's World Headquarters along Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew and Land Tawney from BHA.
Subjects discussed: underutililized food resources, such as street pigeons and small game, and underutilized methodologies, such as squid jiggin’; guns, kids, and safe handling practices; federal land transfers and a brief history of our public lands; hunting as a wildlife conservation tool; duck stamps; the Yellowstone story; why Steve self-identities as a  trophy hunter; wolf hunting; human and large predator interactions in the West; how to get engaged in the protection of public lands; and more....

Episode 058: Seattle, Washington. Steven Rinella answers listener questions with Matt Elliott from Benchmade Knife Company, Land Tawney from BHA, the pizza magnate Jimmy Doran, and Janis Putelis from the MeatEater crew.
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 t...

Episode 057: Seattle, Washington. Steven Rinella talks with houndsman and wildlife biologist Bart George along with Janis Putelis from the MeatEater crew.
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....


Episode 056: Las Vegas, NV. Steven Rinella takes a break from SHOT Show to answer frequently asked listener questions with Ben Obrien from YETI Coolers, Ryan Callaghan from First Lite, and Janis Putelis from the MeatEater crew.
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 t...

Episode 055: Bozeman, Montana. Steven Rinella talks with bear biologist Frank VanManen along with Janis Putelis and Nicole Qualtieri from the MeatEater crew.
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 con...

Episode 054: Steven Rinella talks with Carmen Vanbianchi along with Janis Putelis from the MeatEater crew.
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....


Episode 053: Seattle, WA. Steven Rinella talks with political communications PhD candidate Greg Blascovich and Janis Putelis from the MeatEater crew
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....

Episode 052: Upper Bitterroot, Montana. Steven Rinella talks with Idaho game warden Eric Crawford, big-game guide Remi Warren, and Janis Putelis from the MeatEater crew.
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....

Episode 051: Seattle, Washington. Steven Rinella talks with traditional bowhunter Ron Rohrbaugh, the pizza magnate Jimmy Doran, and t-shirt magnate Janis Putelis from the MeatEater crew.
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....


Episode 50: Steven Rinella answers frequently asked listener questions with Remi Warren along with Janis Putelis, Garret Smith, and Rick Smith from the MeatEater crew.
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....

Episode 049: Off the I-70 Corridor, Colorado. Steven Rinella talks with Janis Putelis, Rick Smith, Garret Smith, Korey Kaczmarek, and Brody Henderson from the MeatEater Crew.
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....

Episode 48: Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. Steven Rinella talks with guests Mark Boardman from Vortex Optics, Ryan Callaghan from First Lite, along with Rick Smith, Garret Smith, and Janis Putelis from the MeatEater crew.
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....


Episode 047: Laramie, Wyoming. Steven Rinella talks with Wyoming policy advisers David Willms and Nephi Cole, Ronny Boheme, along with Brody Henderson and Janis Putelis from the MeatEater crew.
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 d...

MeatEater Episode 046: Saratoga, Wyoming. Steven Rinella talks with guests Ronny Boehme and Ed Arnett, along with Brody Henderson and Janis Putelis from the MeatEater crew.
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....

Episode 045: Interior Alaska. Steven Rinella talks with Janis Putelis and his father, Janis putelis, along with Rick Smith, Korey Kaczmarek, and Brody Henderson from the MeatEater crew.
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....


Episode 044: Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. Steven Rinella talks with Morgan Fallon, Garret Smith, Korey Kaczmarek, Erik Osterholm, and Rick Smith of the MeatEater crew.
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....

Episode 043: Seattle, Washington. Steven Rinella discusses stream access laws with Hillary Hutchinson, Ryan Callaghan, Land Tawney, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.
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 hold...

Episode 042: Seattle, Washington. Steven Rinella talks with wildlife biologist Bart George along with Ryan Callaghan, Land Tawney, and MeatEater's Janis Putelis
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; ...


Episode 041: Daniel, Wyoming. Steven Rinella talks with Janis Putelis, Chris Gil, and Garret Smith from the MeatEater Crew.
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...

Episode 040: Paducah, Kentucky. Steven Rinella talks with small-game and catfish aficionado Kevin Murphy, along with Janis Putelis, Garret Smith, and Adam Moffat from the MeatEater crew.
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 co...

Episode 039: 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.
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...


Episode 038: 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
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 an...

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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 encoun...

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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; hunt...


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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 (...

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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; A...

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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 sc...


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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....

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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 mai...

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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 me...


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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 dum...

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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 o...

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Las Vegas, Nevada. On this SHOT Show two-part special, Steven Rinella talks with Kenton Carruth and Ryan Callaghan from First Lite, Janis Putelis and Helen Cho from MeatEater, Jason Nash from Federal, and Bill Dermody from Savage. Subjects discussed: Shot Show; First Lite receiving Outdoor Life's Open Access Award; Oregon dickshines and false patriotism; Steve and Janis's armed takeover of Yellowstone National Park; chronic wasting disease; Steve's wife's repeal of the Rinella household bear meat prohibitio...


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Scottsdale, Arizona. Steven Rinella talks with Janis Putelis and guests Floyd Green and Chris Denham about the least understood realm of hunting in America-- mountain lion hunting. Subjects discussed: eating mountain lions; Montana's Rock Creek Lodge Testicle Festival; how Floyd got into lion hunting; hunting lions in the snow; the varied names for mountain lions; following a false trail while lion hunting; the behaviors and diets of mountain lions; the greatest argument against the existence of Bigfoot (or...

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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;...

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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 Panasc...


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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; ...

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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 Rendezvo...

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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-bu...


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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...

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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 husba...

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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....


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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...

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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 th...

Episode 015
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 livi...


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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 boo...

Episode 013
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...

Episode 012
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 whit...


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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 over...

Episode 010
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 t...

Episode 009
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 t...


Episode 008
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 ta...

Episode 007
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, mon...

Episode 006
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 ...


Episode 005
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 wo...

Episode 004
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 ...

Episode 003
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; var...


Episode 002
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 s...

Episode 001
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 saf...