Ep. 177: Good Phil Hunting: Endgame
In the final episode of The Hunting Collective, Phil the Engineer becomes a hunter. Connect with Ben on MeatEater and Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop The Hunting Collective Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com...

Ep. 176: Phil's First Hunt, Part 1
Follow along as Phil the Engineer heads out on his first turkey hunt.  Connect with Ben on MeatEater and Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop The Hunting Collective Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com...

Ep. 175: Turkey Trek Part Deux, Bipartisan Parties, and Getting Ready to Rendezvous with BHA's Land Tawney and Rachel Schmidt
On this episode, Ben and Phil recap First Lite's Trek for Turkeys and read stories of podcast listeners that have had success this spring. In the interview portion of the show, Ben is joined by BHA's Land Tawney and Rachel Schmidt to talk about the 2021 Rendezvous and why gathering to celebrate public lands means much more this year. Enjoy. Connect with Ben on MeatEater and Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop The Hunting Collective Merch Learn more about your ad-choices a...


Ep. 174: Trek for Turkeys 2021, Thank You Dad, and the Desire to Possess Animals with Shane Mahoney
In this week's episode, Ben and Phil are joined by First Lite's Conservation Manager Ford Van Fossan to discuss the Trek for Turkeys 2021 and how it all benefits the NWTF. In the interview portion of the show, Ben is joined by Shane Mahoney to reflect on past conversations, discuss the desire to possess animals, and get an update on the Wild Harvest Initiative. Enjoy. Connect with Ben on MeatEater and Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop The Hunting Collective Merch Learn ...

Ep. 173: The Beginning of the End, Elk Don't Want to Die, and Animal Rights as a Conservation Model with Dr. Robert C. Jones
On this week's episode, Ben and Phil check in with California chapter leader Nurry Hong to talk about what's happening in his state, including an inspiring story of a disabled hunter who's kicking ass in the field. In the interview portion of the show, Ben chats with his favorite vegan and animal rights believer Dr. Robert C. Jones about whether animal rights ideologies could actually be translated into a model for conservation. You can find Robert's work by clicking here. Enjoy.  Connect with Ben on MeatE...

Ep. 172: Texas Turkey Success, Phil's Burner Account, Sit/Git versus Run/Gun, and Top Turkey States with Sam Soholt
On this week's episode, Ben reports back on his turkey success in Texas and his pure, unadulterated excitement for the rest of the season. The guys also cover the philosophical debate that is sit/git versus run/gun and update the progress of THC's regional chapters. In the interview portion of the show, Sam Soholt checks in with his top turkey hunting destinations and his new conservation campaign. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben on MeatEater and Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube S...


Ep. 170: A Podcast About THC Chapters with Luke Reeves
On this episode, Ben and Phil break down the creation of regional chapters for THC and what it means for the future. The guys are joined by Nebraska chapter leader Luke Reeves to give everyone all the details they need to join. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop The Hunting Collective Merch   Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com...

Ep. 169: Coyote Shootin' Folk Songs, Anti-Hunting Hyperbole, and Unpacking Wildlife Killing Contests with Cornell Ethicist Dr. James Tantillo
On this week's episode, Phil the Engineer is out sick, so Ben is joined by Brian Lynn of the Sportsmen's Alliance to talk about a troubling documentary about wildlife killing contests and the progress with our regional chapter work. In the interview portion of the show, Ben is joined by Cornell University's Dr. James Tantillo to discuss the ethics and morality around contests in the hunting world and how to spot a bullshitter. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater o...


Ep. 169: Coyote Shootin' Folk Songs, Anti-Hunting Hyperbole, and Unpacking Wildlife Killing Contests with Cornell Ethicist Dr. James Tantillo
On this week's episode, Phil the Engineer is out sick, so Ben is joined by Brian Lynn of the Sportsmen's Alliance to talk about a troubling documentary about wildlife killing contests and the progress with our regional chapter work. In the interview portion of the show, Ben is joined by Cornell University's Dr. James Tantillo to discuss the ethics and morality around contests in the hunting world and how to spot a bullshitter. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram,...

Ep. 168: Looking for Leaders, Aldo Leopold's Green Fire, and Wisconsin's Wolf Hunt Drama with Patrick Durkin
On this week's episode, Ben and Phil check in with the amazing progress of THC's regional chapters. In the interview portion of the show, writer and journalist Patrick Durkin details the drama around Wisconsin's recent wolf hunt and why he considers it a failure. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop The Hunting Collective Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www...

Ep. 167: Kayla Ray's New THC Tune, Deadly Vegan Data, and Animal Welfare versus Animal Rights with Paul McCarney
On this week's show, Ben and Phil are joined by musical legend Kayla Ray to finally hear the new THC theme song. The guys also break down the death totals of large scale plant agriculture and discuss THC cult regional chapters. In the interview portion of the program, Ben chats with conservationist Paul McCarney on the nuances of animal rights, the movement's history, and more. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop The Hunting C...


EP. 166: The Value of Mentorship, THC's First Regional Chapter, and Hunters of Color Co-Founders on Achieving Real and Lasting Diversity in Hunting
On this week's episode, Ben and Phil answer reader emails on the Bojangles Fraud, Ben's Minnesota lookalike, and the Virginia "emergent" hunter who now has a whole lot of friends in the Blue Ridge mountains. In the interview portion of the show, Ben is joined by the founders of Hunters of Color to talk about diversity in our community on micro and macro levels. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop The Hunting Collective Merch  ...

Ep. 165: The Anthem of a Cult, Tahr Wars, and the Many Sides of Trophy Hunting with SCI's Ben Cassidy
On this week's episode, Ben and Phil read listener emails, talk Valentine's Day, and go through a list of hunting bills that have proposed recently throughout the country. In the interview portion of the show, Ben welcomes SCI's Director of Government Affairs Ben Cassidy to talk about Tahr Wars, the now-defunct California bear ban, and all things trophy hunting. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop The Hunting Collective Merch ...

Ep. 164: Cameo for Turks, Dad Noises, the Anti-Hunter Populist High Ground, and Another Ask the Eagle with Janis Putelis
On this week's show, Ben and Phil talk about their Cameo for Turks campaign to raise money for the NWTF, examine the anti-hunter populist high ground, and talk about making big bets on the Super Bowl. Next, Janis Putelis joins the guys for another Ask the Eagle segment. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop The Hunting Collective Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad-choices at http...


Ep. 163: THC Marriage Counseling, a New Theme Song, and the California Bear Ban Saga with Clay Newcomb
On this week's episode, Ben and Phil read some listener emails, announce plans for a new theme song, and dive into bear hunting in California. Next up, Clay Newcomb joins the show to talk about the "Bear Protection Act," what it means for hunters in all states, and how to make our voices heard.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop The Hunting Collective Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ...

Ep. 162: Hate Listeners Unite, Ammo Shortages Going Long, and Welcoming 8.4 Million New Gun Owners with RECOIL's Iain Harrison
On this week's episode, Ben learns that Phil's dad is in the CIA, we welcome hate listeners, hear Phil's perspective on guns, and start working on a new theme song for THC. Next up, RECOIL's Iain Harrison joins the show to talk about the current ammo shortage, race and gun control, and more.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop The Hunting Collective Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad-...

Ep. 161: Emergent Hunters are Badass, Cultural Division in our Pursuits, and the Taibbi Paradox with Miles Nolte
On this week's episode, Ben and Phil answer listener emails about badass new hunters, hunting problems with roommates, and anti-hunters in Australia. Next up, MeatEater's Miles Nolte joins the show to talk about cultural division in the outdoors, hate-based media, and the Taibbi Paradox. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop The Hunting Collective Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ...


Ep. 160: The Year of the New Hunter, Phil Learns Gun Safety, and a Tragedy in the Duck Blind with Guide Armando Vendittozzi
On this week's episode, we're opening the new year with a pledge to all the new hunters out there, and we're teaching Phil the NRA's gun safety rules. In the interview portion of the show, Ben checks in with his good buddy and hunting guide Armando Vendittozzi to talk about the good ol' days, the end of caribou hunting in Quebec, and a tragedy in the duck blind. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop The Hunting Collective Merch ...

Ep. 159: Best of 2020: Sizzler Changes Our Lives, Rabbit Hunting with Charles Rodney, and Burying the Hatchet with Dr. Barrie K. Gilbert
In the second and final "Best of" show, Ben and Phil recap gator hunting in Louisiana, chasing rabbits in Maryland, tracking cougars in Yellowstone and more. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop The Hunting Collective Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com...

Ep. 158: Best of 2020: Dumper's Redemption, Chuck Norris Reads Aldo Leopold, and the Not So Sharpest Moment of the Year
On this episode, Ben and Phil take a look back at 2020, a year that sucked real hard, and find some bright spots well beyond the riots and lockdowns. Get ready to relive the dumper's redemption, Phil's first poop in the woods, Chuck Norris reading Aldo Leopold, and more!    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop The Hunting Collective Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://ww...


Ep. 157: Running Deer with Dogs: A Paradox, Guarding the Gate, and in Defense of Hunting's Slippery Slope with Clay Newcomb
In this week's episode, Ben and Phil deliver the last Not So Sharp Moment of the year and answer a listener's questions about being pissed at hunters running deer with dogs. Clay Newcomb joins the conversation and talks about hunting's slippery slope, guarding the gate, and how to fight the anti-hunting movement. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop The Hunting Collective Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy informatio...

Ep. 156: Dragging versus Quartering, Scent Control for Normal Folks, and more on Ask the Eagle with Janis Putelis
This week on the show, Ben and Phil figure out why the hell Ben can't get on the "People from Maryland" Wikipedia page and read a not so sharp poem. Janis Putelis also joins the show for the third installment of Ask the Eagle. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop The Hunting Collective Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com...

Ep. 155: Two Dudes from Maryland, Old Bay for Life, and Essential Duck Stamp Knowledge with Sam Soholt
On this week's episode, Ben and Phil are joined by First Lite's Ford Van Fossan to talk about the wonderful state of Maryland, why Old Bay rules, drinking Yuengling, and First Lite's new initiative Common Wild. In the interview portion of the show, the public land bus guy Sam Soholt speaks up for conservation and the Federal Duck Stamp. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop The Hunting Collective Merch See omnystudio.com/listene...


Ep. 154: An Emotional Holiday, Hunting Traditions that Define Us, and Graduate Level Deer Naming with Wired to Hunt's Mark Kenyon
On this week's show, Ben and Phil read listener emails that just about move them to tears and talk about their holiday traditions. In the interview portion of the episode, Ben checks in with Wired to Hunt's Mark Kenyon to talk about his relationship with his dad, the end of his show Back 40, and the psychology of naming deer. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop The Hunting Collective Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for priva...

Ep. 153: The Great THC Holiday Contest, We're (Not) a Cult, and Scaling the Future of Meat with Anya Fernald of Belcampo Farms
On this week's episode, Ben and Phil talk about how cool it is being in a cult, announce the Great THC Holiday Contest, and solve a listener's duck hunting dilemma. In the interview portion of the show, Ben talks with Belcampo Farms CEO Anya Fernald about positive emotional eating, honesty in the meat business, and so much more. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop The Hunting Collective Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for pr...

Ep. 152: Dealing with COVID-19, the Colorado Wolf Reintroduction Debate, and Why We Need Game Cooperatives with Doug Duren
On this week’s show, Ben discusses his COVID diagnosis, how he is feeling, the problem with wolves in Colorado, and how Phil is hooking up with THC listeners to play video games. In the interview portion of the episode, Ben catches up with Doug Duren to talk about his time on the Back 40, generational farming, and the need for a new-age game cooperative.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop The Hunting Collective Merch See omnystudio....


Ep. 151: Jolene the Gas Station Queen, 100 Hunters Flock Shoot 50 Elk, and Wolves on the Ballot with Robbie Kroger from Blood Origins
On this week's show, Ben and Phil talk about the new engineer on the MeatEater team, hear Ben's story about Jolene the Gas Station Queen, and cover off on a Montana incident in which 100 hunters surrounded and opened fire on a herd of elk. In the interview portion of the program, Ben is joined by Robbie Kroger from Blood Origins to talk about wolves on the ballot and how Robbie went from South Africa to Mississippi. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, ...

Ep. 150: The One-Nut Spike, Killing a Wolverine with a Hatchet, and Riding Reindeer with “Alone” Season Six Winner Jordan Jonas
On the week's show, Ben and Phil hear the story of the spike with one nut, reveal Phil's big news, and talk about the election. In the interview portion of the episode, Ben catches up with Jordan Jonas, the winner of season six of the hit reality show Alone. They talk about living off the land, sharpening the life knife, and riding reindeer in Siberia. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop The Hunting Collective Merch   See omny...

Ep. 149: Defining Extremism in Hunting, Crying in the Woods, and a Discussion on Wounding Game Animals with Janis Putelis and Sam Lungren
On this week's show, Ben and Phil answer some important emails on grip and grins, extremism in hunting, and more. Next, Ben is joined by Sam Lungren and Janis Putelis from the Meateater crew to talk about wounding game animals, crying in the woods, and the efficiency of archery hunting. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop The Hunting Collective Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your a...


Ep. 148: Battling for the Moral High Ground, Animal Rights as a Human Construct, and New Jersey's Bear Hunt Drama with Brian Lynn of the Sportsmen's Alliance
On this week's episode, Ben and Phil read your email reactions to episode 147 with animal rights activist Paul Bashir and welcome Brian Lynn of the Sportsmen's Alliance to dive into the conversation. Ben and Brian talk about the attempt to find the moral high ground, animal rights as a human construct, and take a hard look at the drama around the New Jersey black bear hunt. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop The Hunting Colle...

Ep. 147: Finding Common Ground with Animal Rights Activist Paul Bashir
In this episode we get the long-awaited conversation between Ben and animal rights activist Paul Bashir. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop The Hunting Collective Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com...

Ep. 146: A Wild and Whole Governor, the Sizzler Changes Our Lives, and How to Butcher a Deer with Danielle Prewett
On this week's show, Ben and Phil are joined by MeatEater's Danielle Prewett to check in on how her fall is shaping up and to hear about the controversy sweeping the Internet: Danielle was mistaken for the governor of South Dakota.They also look at promotional video for the Sizzler that is changing lives. To wrap up, Danielle and Ben discuss how to butcher a deer and what to do with some of the essential cuts. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitte...


Ep. 145: Roadtrip Tips, Dream Hunting Rigs, Pick Your One Gun, and More on Ask the Eagle with Janis Putelis
On this week's show, Ben and Phil are joined by Janis "The Latvian Eagle" Putelis for the second edition of Ask The Eagle on THC. The guys talk about Jani's Colorado archery elk success, Ben's Montana failure, and Phil's procrastination. Then they take a series of calls from listeners on a variety of topics. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop The Hunting Collective Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. L...

Ep. 144: Bear Grease Predicts the Weather, Connecting Hunting to God, and Elk Failures with Clay Newcomb and His Flashy Mules
This week on the show, Ben is joined by Bear Hunting Magazine's Clay Newcomb on an elk hunt in the Missouri Breaks. The guys talk about their trip, the landscape, becoming a hunting craftsman, and valuing your kids. Clay extols the value of bear grease and talks about how his faith in God translates to his hunting pursuits. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop The Hunting Collective Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy...

Ep. 143: Ryan "Cal" Callaghan on His New Pup, Yelling "Snort" in a Crowed Place, Dirty Public Land Mattresses, and Big-Ass Grizzly Bear Encounters
This week on the show, Ben and Phil are stuck at home and things are falling apart. Luckily, Ryan "Cal" Callaghan comes in to save the day and they have an interesting conversation about Cal's new dog, grizzly bear encounters, and yelling "Mango" or "Snort" in crowded places. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop The Hunting Collective Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad-choices a...


Ep. 142: That Time Remi Warren Rescued His Future Wife and What Hunters of All Skill Levels Need to Know About Elk
On this week's show, Ben and Phil are joined by Remi Warren to catch up before the start of elk season and talk about what all hunters need to know about the great wapiti. Remi also tells the amazing story of the time he rescued his future wife after she was lost in the backcountry. To close things out, Ben and Phil prep for next week's conversation with animal rights activist Paul Bashir. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop T...

Ep. 141: The End of Living Off the Land in Louisiana, the Market for Alligators, and Catching Dinosaurs with Swamp People's Troy and Jacob Landry
On this week's episode, Ben heads to Pierre Part, La., to chase alligators with the Landry family of History Channel's Swamp People fame. They hit the bayou to hang bait before heading out with three generations of gator hunters to fill tags to be sold to buyers and distributors. They eat a true cajun meal and sit down to talk about being on cable TV for 12 years, the end of "living off land" in Louisiana, and why people from around the world are drawn to their corner of the bayou. Enjoy.    Connect with Be...

Ep. 140: Burying the Hatchet with Dr. Barrie "Salty" Gilbert and Why We Seek Trophies with Chris Darimont
On this week's episode, Ben and Phil welcome back possibly the most famous guest ever on THC, Dr. Barrie K. Gilbert. They finally bury the hatchet and talk about why grizzly bear management is so contentious. In the interview portion of the show, Ben talks with Canadian interdisciplinary conservation scientist Chris Darimont about hunter motivation, defining trophy hunting, and killing predators. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube...


Ep. 139: Ask the Eagle with Janis Putelis and Dr. Valerius Geist on Wolves, Intelligent Intervention, and the North American Model
On this week's episode, Ben and Phil are joined by MeatEater's own Janis Putelis to talk about archery practice, the upcoming hunting schedule, and to debut Jani's newest segment, Ask the Eagle. In the interview portion of the show, Ben talks with Dr. Valerius Geist on his predator management philosophies, the problem with protectionism, and the intelligent intervention promoted by the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Insta...

Ep. 138: Chuck Norris Reads Leopold, Please Study Our Hunting Brains, and Inside the Mind of a Predator with Neuroscientist Ivan De Araujo
On this week's episode, Ben and Phil learn about the trials of a loyal listener, hear from good friend Chuck Norris, and read a Not So Sharp Moment from a really shitty dad. In the interview portion of the show, Ben is joined by neuroscientist Ivan De Araujo for a conversation on just how a predator's brain actually works. Enjoy.  Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop The Hunting Collective March See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy in...

Ep. 137: The Salty Gilbert, David Hasselhoff Reads Edward Abbey, and Olympic Gold Medalist David Wise on Bowhunting and Overcoming Depression
On this week's show, Ben and Phil pick the winner of the LMNT cocktail naming contest, read a story about cut fingers and feminine hygiene projects, and hear from the great David Hasselhoff in an attempt to motivate Phil as his first hunt approaches. In the interview segment, Olympic Gold Medalist David Wise talks about the ups and downs of his career, how competing in skiing compares to hunting, and overcoming depression in the outdoors. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater o...


Ep. 136: An Unnamed Cocktail, the Value of Hunting Naps, and Complicated Mountain Goat Management with Pete Muennich
On this week's show, Ben and Phil talk about a brand new title sponsor, an oxymoronic cocktail, identifying birds, and the value of a good hunting nap. In the interview portion of the podcast, Ben is joined by the founder of the Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance, Pete Muennich, to talk about the complicated management of some goat populations in our national parks, and how mountain goats hold an intriguing position in the conservation world. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on ...

Ep. 135: Wolves Aren't Great Hunters, a Cougar's 17 Kills in Two Months, and Finding the Predator's Purpose with Yellowstone National Park's Dr. Daniel Stahler
On this week's show, the guys announce the winners of the Great American Outdoors Contest while Ben fights a hangover. In the interview portion, Ben meets Dr. Daniel Stahler on a dirt road overlooking the town of Gardiner, Montana situated right smack on the 45th parallel of latitude. Dr. Stahler, a veteran wildlife biologist who first came to the park in 1997 to be a part of its wolf program, was making a trek into what he calls a "cluster site" of a local mountain lion in the developing heat of an early J...

Ep. 134: Phil's a Duck Hunter Now, Accidentally Fishing with Firecrackers, and a Balanced Backcountry Marriage with Hillary and Ryan Lampers
On this week's show, Ben and Phil check in with another Not So Sharp Moment about fishing with firecrackers and talk about Phil's first hunt. In the interview portion of the show, Ben is joined by Hillary and Ryan Lampers to talk about the conquering the backcountry, staying healthy, and how to make a marriage work when your spouse is a hardcore hunter. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop The Hunting Collective Merch     See o...


Ep. 133: A Tribute to the Late Jim Posewitz, a Non-Discussion about the New Zealand Tahr Cull, and Achieving a Fair Kill with Dr. James Tantillo
On this week's episode, Ben is joined by Joe Ferronato to talk about his last days at MeatEater, and what's next in his career. They also cover the late Jim Posewitz and discuss what meant to the hunting community. In the interview portion of the show, Ben is joined by Cornell's Dr. James Tantillo to talk about the validity of fair chase and the confusing nature of personal preference versus ethical action. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, ...

Ep. 132: Bipartisan Action and The Great American LWCF Challenge with BHA’s Land Tawney, Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH)
On this week’s episode, the crew is joined by Land Tawney, President/CEO of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, to talk about the Great American Outdoors Act and its potential impact on our public lands and waters. To help in that discussion Ben and MeatEater’s Sam Lungren call Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH), two important Congressmen who have co-sponsored the legislation. Ben also announces a very special contest that can bring more attention to this bill and all that it gives to tho...

Ep. 131: PETA’s Tofu Propaganda, the Trouble with Cancel Culture, and Pro Snowboarder Mark Carter Has Nothing to Hide
On this week's show, the guys discuss PETA's new tofu propaganda campaign, usher in the return of Not So Sharp Moments, and learn that mocking liberal hunters is a good thing. Up next is an interview with Mark Carter. He’s a native of Ten Sleep, Wyoming, the son of a salt of the earth rancher, and a world-class snowboarder. Mark is a grab life by the balls type of guy that has lived a life of adventure most of us only dream about. He’s also a convicted poacher and a felon. In a time of cancel culture, his s...


Ep. 130: A Dumper Gets Redemption, the Liberal Hunter Match Game, and Challenging the Anti-Meat Movement with Robb Wolf and Diana Rodgers
On this week’s show, Ben and Phil again answer the flood of listener emails on topics like the benefits of yoga, the liberal hunter match game, enforcing the law during protests, and the redemption of Phil's dumper fan. In the interview portion of the episode, Ben talks with registered dietitian Diana Rodgers and author of "The Paleo Solution" Robb Wolf about their documentary and accompanying book "Sacred Cow" that makes the case for better meat. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram Me...

Ep. 129: Elmer Fudd Loses His Gun, Charles Rodney on Segregation, and Mat Best and Omar "Crispy" Avila on Gun Culture and Avoiding the Victim Narrative
On this week's show, Ben and Phil answer a few listener emails about Elmer Fudd losing this gun, Ben's thoughts on politics, and a certain flower that doubles as toilet paper in a pinch. Charles "The Rabbit Man" Rodney also joins the show for a very special conversation about living through segregation followed by an interview with Purple Heart recipient Omar "Crispy" Avila, and former Army Ranger and co-founder of Black Rifle Coffee Company, Mat Best. The guys talk about whether you should read social medi...

Ep. 128: Watch for Rattlers and Be Careful with Those Guns: A Conversation with Texas Legend Wyman Meinzer
On this week's episode, Ben, Phil, and Joe talk through the current state of affairs in this country, answer some questions about regenerative agriculture, and admit to some hypocrisies. In the interview portion of the show we're joined by Texas legend Wyman Meinzer to talk about growing up in the Big Empty, killing and regret, and avoiding rattlers as a kid. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch   See omnystudio....


Ep. 127: Bear Butchering Interrupted, the Trouble with Supply Chains, and a Plant-Based Meat Takeover with Nick Halla from Impossible Foods
On this week's show, Ben and Phil read a listener email that suggests Shane Mahoney might be a higher power, tease a story about crapping your pants in the woods, and check in on what's happening on Memorial Day. In the interview portion of the show, Ben chats with Nick Halla, SVP of International for Impossible Foods, about their quest to eliminate animal agriculture from our food system by 2035. That is followed up by a conversation with Robby Sansom from Force of Nature Meats about his company's alternat...

Ep. 126: Bear Attack Turned Urban Legend: The True Story Behind the Gruesome Images that Shocked the Internet with Bret Bohn
On today's podcast, we're joined by MeatEater's Sam Lungren and Joe Ferronato to discuss one of the wildest stories we've ever encountered. It's the gruesome tale of a grizzly bear attack involving 33-year-old Wasilla, Alaska resident and hunting guide Bret Bohn and his father, Glenn. Back in 2016 Bret saved his 77-year-old dad by killing a 9-foot grizzly as it mauled his face. Glenn amazingly survived and just as notably, Bret took pictures and video of his dad’s gruesome injuries soon after the bear was d...

Ep. 125: Baiting and Backyard Bird Feeders, Game Laws During the Apocalypse, and Our Place in the Natural World with Shane Mahoney
This week Miles Nolte joins Ben and Phil to talk about baiting and backyard bird feeders, game laws during the apocalypse, filming hunting TV during the quarantine, and whether hunting is selfish or selfless. In the interview portion of the show, Shane Mahoney weighs in on how this pandemic is helping us understand our place in the natural world, whether hunting license sales will increase in the long term, and how our Model of Conservation creates real value for wildlife. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and Mea...


Ep. 124: New York's Idiotic Deer Vasectomy Plan, Lab-Grown Meat Conspiracies, The Great Pea Debate, and the Flavors of Spring with Jesse Griffiths
On this week's show, we're joined by Pat Durkin and Spencer Neuharth to update the aftermath of Phil's first crap in the woods, tell the story of Three Toes the legendary wolf, and take a look a New York's idiotic deer vasectomy plan. In the interview segment, Ben is joined by chef and restauranteur Jesse Griffiths to talk about running a restaurant during the pandemic, eating local, the value of peas, and the best flavors of spring. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Ins...

Ep. 123: Turkey Season Failures, Six Degrees of Alpha-Gal Syndrome, and Beauty and Horror in the Natural World with Donnie Vincent
On this week’s show, we’re joined by Mark Kenyon of Wired to Hunt to get an update on the failures of turkey season, talk vasectomies, hear about Phil’s first crap in the woods, and answer some emails. We’re also joined by our favorite listener, Eric Hall, to hear about his quarantine perspective. Finally, filmmaker and conservationist Donnie Vincent joins Ben for a great conversation about how to get by during these tough times. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagra...

Ep. 122: Phil's First Crap in the Woods and the Bargains of Suffering with Vegan Philosopher Dr. Robert C. Jones
On this week's show, Ben and Phil answer some listener emails about Dolly Broadway on TikTok, catching another hunter crapping in the woods, and thinking hard about PPE during the pandemic. In the interview segment, Dr. Robert C. Jones returns to the program to talk about the problems with modern veganism, the bargains we make about suffering, and the path to a more conscious diet. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater...


A New Yorker’s Pandemic Perspective, the Worst Turkey Hunting Screw Ups, and Learn to Call with the Legendary Will Primos
On this week's episode, Janis Putelis and Seth Morris stop by to talk about an opening day snowstorm, hunting during the quarantine, public land scouting for birds, the death of our original turkey podcast, and one thing we always screw up as turkey hunters. We're also joined by legendary call maker Will Primos to talk about his life and times as an industry pioneer. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater...

Ep. 121: A New Yorker’s Pandemic Perspective, the Worst Turkey Hunting Screw Ups, and Learn to Call with the Legendary Will Primos
On this week's episode, Janis Putelis and Seth Morris stop by to talk about an opening day snowstorm, hunting during the quarantine, public land scouting for birds, the death of our original turkey podcast, and one thing we always screw up as turkey hunters. We're also joined by legendary call maker Will Primos to talk about his life and times as an industry pioneer. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omny...

Ep. 120: Phil's Dumper Fan, Old Bold Mushroom Hunters, and the 50-Year Ram with Guy and Ike Eastman
On this week's episode, we're joined by Spencer Neuharth and Anthony Licata from the MeatEater crew to talk about Phil's "dumper fan, what's happening in morel mushrooms, and drinking habits during the quarantine. In the interview portion of the show, we check in with Guy and Ike Eastman to tell the story of a very special Dall sheep hunt in the Northwest Territories. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omn...


Ep. 119: THC Daily Quarantine-Cast Finale: Please Tell Us We're Open for Hunting, Pink Camp Lamps, and a Once-in-a-Lifetime Public Land Bull with Sean DeGrey
On the finale of the Daily Quarantine-Cast, we're joined by Greg Lemon, information bureau chief at Montana FWP, to talk about the department's approach for keeping hunting and fishing open during the pandemic. We're also joined by Sean DeGrey to tell the story of a giant public land bull in Utah. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad-c...

Ep. 118: THC Daily Quarantine-Cast 14: Phil's a Gamer, Pandemic Turkey Hunting, and Three Toms in One Sit with Mike Hunsucker
On today's Quarantine-Cast we're joined by Mike Hunsucker from Heartland Bowhunter to talk about his life in quarantine, 13 years of making hunting TV, and a pandemic turkey hunt in Nebraska. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com...

Ep. 117: THC Daily Quarantine-Cast 13: COVID-19 Threatens Spring Hunting, Use Your Turkey Sponges, and Beak-to-Fan Eating with Danielle Prewett
On today’s show, we cover how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting spring hunting seasons across the country, and we're joined by MeatEater’s Danielle Prewett to tell the story of her first turkey hunt. We also cover Danielle's guide to beak-to-fan eating for our favorite wild bird. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad-choices at https:/...


Ep. 116: THC Daily Quarantine-Cast 12: The Greatest Hand Turkey, the Flashiest Mule, and Up Close Bear Encounters with Clay Newcomb
On today's show, we're joined by MeatEater's Joe Ferronato to finally select the winner of the 2020 Great Hand Turkey Contest. In the interview portion of the show, we're joined by Clay Newcomb to discuss his shooting a deer from a mule, his approach to quarantine, and a life fueled by family and the outdoors. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more a...

Ep. 115: THC Daily Quarantine-Cast 11: A Habanero Turkey Lobe, Truck Camp Distancing, and a Spicy Elk Hunt with Sam Lungren and Miles Nolte
On today’s show, we’re joined by MeatEater’s Miles Nolte and Sam Lungren to talk about how most hunters and anglers are more than prepared for a pandemic, the woes of the outdoor economy, and to recap a September elk hunt that went awry for the strangest of reasons. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodc...

Ep. 114: THC Daily Quarantine-Cast 10: Reviewing the Netflix Documentary Tiger King *So Many Spoilers*
Settle in, grab a drink, and forget all of your troubles. Today's Quarantine-Cast covers the wildest documentary in some time: Netflix's "Tiger King." Seth Morris, Annie Raser, and Phil Taylor join Ben for a happy hour discussion of a story you'll never forget. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastne...


Ep. 113: THC Daily Quarantine-Cast 9: Sinew Stew, The Return of El Gigante, and Big Giant Coues Bucks with Janis Putelis and Steven Rinella
On today's Quarantine-Cast, we take a look at a possible new leader in the Great Hand Turkey Contest, learn how Steve is handling his quarantine, and hear what Janis is cooking up. We also recap the Coues deer hunt in Sonora, Mexico, that became the very first episode of this podcast. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad-choices at htt...

Ep. 112: THC Daily Quarantine-Cast 8: Toilet Paper Calculating, Bob the Butcher, and Lanai Archery Axis Deer with Shane Dorian and Sam Soholt
On today's Quarantine-Cast, Ben helps Phil calculate how long his toilet paper will last and the guys announce the future of the daily podcasts. Ben is joined by legendary big wave surfer Shane Dorian and photographer Sam Soholt to tell the story of their first trip to the Hawaiian island of Lanai to chase axis deer. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn ...

Ep. 111: THC Daily Quarantine-Cast 7: Robe Life, Netflix's" Tiger King" is Gold, and YouTube as a Career with Hushin's Casey Butler
On today's Daily Quarantine-Cast, we're joined by Get Hushin founder Casey Butler to talk about Ben's new addiction to wearing a robe, Casey's approach to being quarantined with his family, how to make YouTube a career, and the amazing new Netflix documentary "Tiger King." Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.ihe...


THC Daily Quarantine-Cast 7: Robe Life, Netflix's" Tiger King" is Gold, and YouTube as a Career with Hushin's Casey Butler
On today's Daily Quarantine-Cast, we're joined by Get Hushin founder Casey Butler to talk about Ben's new addiction to wearing a robe, Casey's approach to being quarantined with his family, how to make YouTube a career, and the amazing new Netflix documentary "Tiger King." Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch...

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Ep. 110: THC Daily Quarantine-Cast 6: Hand Turkeys Roll In, the Heartbreak Bull, and Public Land Gobblers with Kevin Harlander
On today's show, we're joined by First Lite's Kevin Harlander to hear the story of "The Heartbreak Bull" and recount one hell of a turkey hunt on public land in eastern Oregon. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

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Ep. 110: THC Daily Quarantine-Cast 6: Hand Turkeys Roll In, the Heartbreak Bull, and Public Land Gobblers with Kevin Harlander
On today's show, we're joined by First Lite's Kevin Harlander to hear the story of "The Heartbreak Bull" and recount one hell of a turkey hunt on public land in eastern Oregon. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com...


Ep. 109: THC Daily Quarantine-Cast 5: Big Giant Blacktails, Frozen Rivers, and Being Stranded on Kodiak with DJ Bell and Cole Kramer
On today's THC Daily Quarantine-Cast we're joined by Cole Kramer, the most handsome hunting guide in Alaska, and DJ Bell from Austin, Texas. The guys talk big giant blacktail bucks, frozen rivers, 100-pound packs, and a few desperate nights stranded in frigid temperatures on Kodiak Island. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad-choices a...

Ep. 108: THC Daily Quarantine-Cast 4: The Great Hand Turkey Campaign, Stimulus Package Gun Buying, and Texas Ticks with Ryan Callaghan
On today's Quarantine-Cast we're joined by Ryan "Cal" Callaghan to talk about buying a rifle with your stimulus package money, the best mindset for quarantine living, getting Lyme Disease, and chasing axis deer in Texas. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com...

Ep. 107: THC Daily Quarantine-Cast 3: Summary of a Deleted Rant, New Zealand is for Hunters, and a Q&A with Remi Warren
On today's daily quarantine-cast we're joined by the great and powerful Remi Warren to talk about how his social anxiety is useful during a global pandemic, hunting spring bears, and falling in love with New Zealand. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com...


Ep. 106: THC Daily Quarantine-Cast 2: Vasectomies, Uno the One-Legged Beaver, Win a Podcast, and Why Soil Matters with Mark Kenyon
On today's daily quarantine-cast we're joined by Wired to Hunt's Mark Kenyon to talk about life in quarantine, getting vasectomies, the story of Uno the One-Legged Beaver, soil health in America, and life on the Back 40. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com...

Ep. 105: THC Daily Quarantine-Cast: Meeting Joe Rogan, Eating Moose Heart, and Shooting Covers with Sam Soholt
In light of the COVID-19 quarantine in much of the US, we're rounding up our favorite hunting stories for a slate of daily podcasts. First up, Sam Soholt helps us recount an epic moose hunt in British Columbia with Joe Rogan and guide Mike Hawkridge.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com...

Ep. 104: THC's Poetic Reviews, Listener Turkey Calls, and Rob Greenfield on Escaping Industrialized Food
On this week's show, Ben and Phil are joined by a bunch of MeatEater crew members to decide the Find 'Em and Grind 'Em contest in a winner take all competition. In the interview portion of the show, we're joined by environmentalist Rob Greenfield to talk about his year-long experiment of not consuming any industrially-produced foods. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy inf...


Ep. 103: A Rabbit Hunt in Maryland with Charles Rodney
On this week's show, Ben and Phil choose the winner of the THC turkey call contest, and Ben travels to Maryland to chase rabbits with his friend Charles "The Rabbit Man" Rodney and his six beagles. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com...

Ep. 102: Phil’s Voice Gets a Face, a Listener Gets Engaged, and Becoming a Stoic with Ryan Holiday
On this week’s show, Ben and Phil are joined by Seth Morris, Janis Putelis, Joe Ferronato, and Spencer Neuharth to call a listener that just got engaged and vote for the best illustration of Phil’s voice face. In the interview segment, Ben talks with Ryan Holiday from the Daily Stoic about why every liberal millennial should go hunting. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy ...

Ep. 101: Hollywood Loves Animal Rights, THC Book Club, and Living with Grizzlies with Bryce Andrews
On this week's show, Ben O'Brien and Phil the Engineer let listeners in on the deadline to enter the episode 100 giveaways, talk about Phil's trip to the NWTF Convention, introduce the THC Book Club, and react to actor Joaquin Phoenix's Oscar acceptance speech. In the interview portion of the show, author Bryce Andrews joins the show to talk about his time as a city boy turned Montana rancher and how he's helping others live with grizzly bears. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEa...


Ep. 100: A Podcast with Too Many Giveaways
On this week's show we're celebrating you, the listener, with an insane slate of giveaways from some of our favorite partner brands including YETI, Vortex, Worksharp, Weston, First Lite, and more. Listening to this podcast is the only way to find out how to win. MeatEater's Janis Putelis, Ryan Callaghan, and Joe Ferronatto also join the conversation to cover PETA's newest plea to free Punxsutawney Phil, Mercy the rescued Chicago coyote, and Disney's new CGI Bambi remake. Enjoy!    Connect with Ben and MeatE...

Ep. 99: Plant-Based Meat vs. Wild Game with Steven Rinella and Rachel Carrie on Fighting for Hunting in the UK
In this week's episode, Ben and Phil are joined by Steven Rinella, Annie Raser, Kylee Archer, and Corinne Schneider from the MeatEater crew for a blind taste test featuring plant-based meat versus wild game. In the interview portion of the show, we're joined by author Rachel Carrie from the United Kingdom to talk about the threats hunting faces across the pond. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio...

Ep. 98: Dad Strangles Coyote that Attacked Son, Lab-Grown Meat is Here, and Dr. James Swan on Hunting and Religion
On this week's show, MeatEater's Miles Nolte and Joe Ferronato drop in to close out the discussion on the two Pennsylvania teenage hunters charged with animal cruelty, talk about a dad who strangled a coyote that had just attacked his son, and argue about the apparent arrival of the controversial lab-grown meat industry. We're also joined by author, actor, and philosopher James A. Swan PhD to talk about the twists and turns of his career in show business, his books, and the historical ties between hunting a...


Ep. 97: Win a Hunt in New Zealand, Hunters Charged with Animal Cruelty, and Tragic Wisdom with Cornell Ethicist Dr. James Tantillo
On this week's show, we're joined by Anthony Licata and Joe Ferronato from the MeatEater crew to talk about Phil's backstabbing appearances on another podcast, two Pennsylvania hunters charged with animal cruelty, and winning a hunt in New Zealand with Ben. In the interview portion of the show Cornell ethicist James Tantillo talks about the tragic wisdom hunting provides and how it can help us understand death. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitte...

Ep. 96: Best of THC, Volume 4: Outdoor Legends Valerius Geist, Col. Tom Kelly, and Jim Posewitz
On this week’s show we’re finishing off the “Best of THC” series with volume four. This week it's the outdoor legends we've had on our show including Dr. Valerius Geist, Col. Tom Kelly, and Jim Posewitz. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com...

Ep. 95: Best of THC, Volume 3: The Wildest Bear Attack Stories
On this week’s show we’re rolling out the third volume of “Best of THC” with the wildest bear attack stories from our show. Those include Todd Orr's viral video from Montana, Brad Jameson's gruesome encounter on Afognak Island, and Barrie K. Gilbert's Yellowstone attack from the 1970s. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad-choices at ht...


Ep. 94: Best of THC, Volume 2: Rinella Learns Game of Thrones, Cam Hanes Digs the Bachelor, and Ben Visits Berkeley
On this week's show we're rolling out the second volume of "Best of THC" with listener picks for the top moments of our show. Those include Steven Rinella learning about Game of Thrones, Cameron Hanes doing a pack dump and talking about The Bachelor, and when Ben traveled to Berkeley, Calif., to interview an animal rights activist and a vegan philosopher. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/li...

Ep. 93: Best of THC, Volume 1: Wyman Meinzer, Dusan Smetana, and Charles “The Rabbit Man” Rodney
This week we're rolling out our very first "Best of THC" podcast featuring some of our favorite characters from almost two years of conversations on hunting and life. In this episode you'll hear from Texas photographer, biologist, and predator hunter Wyman Meinzer on his upbringing, and photographer Dusan Smetana on escaping communist Czechoslovakia and finding his way to Montana. To wrap things up Charles "The Rabbit Man" Rodney talks about coming up as a sharecropper's son in segregated Louisiana.   Conne...

Ep. 92: Cal on Being a Mentor, Change Versus Loss, and the Mindful Carnivore with Tovar Cerulli
On this week’s show, we’re joined by Ryan “Cal” Callaghan and Phil the Engineer for a conversation on why we’re annoyed by Christmas, how to mentor new hunters, and where Phil might go for his first hunt. In the interview portion of the show we’re in Princeton to meet up with author and conservationist Tovar Cerulli to talk about his shift from vegan to hunter, his book “The Mindful Carnivore,” and what it means to accept change. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagra...


Ep. 91: Studying the Earliest MeatEaters and the Evolution of the Human Diet with Brianna Pobiner
This week on this show, Ben O’Brien and Phil the Engineer take a closer look at the reaction (both good and bad) to Episode #89 with Dr. Carolyn Finney. In the interview portion of the show, Ben is joined by Brianna Pobiner, a paleoanthropologist at the Smithsonian studying the evolution of the human diet. After a walk through “The Hall of Human Origins,” they discuss how eating meat has contributed to our humanity. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, T...

Ep. 90: ASMR for Hunters, Maggie's First Buck, and Telling Our Story with Photographer Andy Anderson
On this week's show, I'm joined by MeatEater's Joe Ferronato and Maggie Smith to hear the story of Maggie's first deer. We also check in on a fledging YouTube controversy involving a big giant buck and a young gun hunter that wasn't wearing his orange. In the interview portion of the show, we're joined by Andy Anderson and Bill Roden for a discussion on marketing in the outdoors and how storytelling is effecting our future. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Fac...

Ep. 89: Hunting While Black and Questioning Our Cultural Competency with Dr. Carolyn Finney
On this week’s show, MeatEater’s Miles Nolte and I discuss the issue of race in the hunting community and consider the idea of increasing diversity within and among hunters. For the interview segment, I’m joined by Dr. Carolyn Finney, a storyteller, author, and cultural geographer who wrote the book, Black Faces, White Spaces, which addresses the relationship of African Americans to the outdoors. It’s an incredibly difficult and important conversation for us all. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben...


Ep. 88: Beyond Factory Farming, the Power in Our Soil, and Learning About Regenerative Agriculture at Roam Ranch
On this week's show, Phil the Engineer and I read some listener emails and tie up the loose ends from past episodes. We also put Skimpy McWeakstache to rest for good. In the interview segment we're joined by Taylor Collins, Robby Sansom, and Marshall Seedorf from Force of Nature Meats to explore regenerative agriculture, how we can better consume meat on a large scale, and the power in our soil. Enjoy.  You can also check out Roam Ranch and Force of Nature for more.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on I...

Ep. 87: Kickass Listener Emails, the Whitetail Rut is Here, and Inside the Back 40 with Mark Kenyon
On this week’s show, Phil the Engineer finally gets his own segment, we read the best emails from listeners, and find some international perspective from our friends in the United Kingdom. In the interview portion of the show, we’re joined by Mark Kenyon, Hunter Rud, and Jordan Riley to take a deeper look at MeatEater’s new whitetail-focused series, The Back 40. It’s the rut, so we have some great deer stories to tell! Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook...

Ep. 87: Kickass Listener Emails, the Whitetail Rut is Here, and Inside the Back 40 with Mark Kenyon
On this week’s show, Phil the Engineer finally gets his own segment, we read the best emails from listeners, and find some international perspective from our friends in the United Kingdom. In the interview portion of the show, we’re joined by Mark Kenyon, Hunter Rud, and Jordan Riley to take a deeper look at MeatEater’s new whitetail-focused series, The Back 40. It’s the rut, so we have some great deer stories to tell! Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagr...

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Ep. 86: Persecuting Predators and the History Coyotes in America with Dan Flores
On this week’s show, we’re joined by Sam Lungren, Anthony Licata, and Spencer Neuharth to discuss halloween costumes, World Series action, and our different experiences with coyotes over the years. In the interview portion of the show we’re joined by author Dan Flores to talk about the cultural and spiritual history of the coyote in America. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for pri...

Ep. 85: Phil’s Mustache Gets a Name, The #StampItForward Project, and the Ethics of Bear Baiting with Clay Newcomb
On this week’s show, we’re joined by Sam Soholt and Phil the Engineer to finally name Phil’s mustache. We also talk about Sam’s #stampitforward project to help promote the Federal Duck Stamp. In the interview portion of the show we’re joined by Bear Hunting Magazine’s Clay Newcomb to talk about the ethics of baiting for bears. Clay is incredibly articulate and it’s one of the best conversations we’ve ever had on this show. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Face...

Ep. 84: Pulling Pythons by the Tail and Being Afraid of Snakes with Herpetologist Harry W. Greene
On this week’s show, we’re joined by Phil the Engineer to talk about where we draw the line when it comes hunting, when funerals interrupt elk season, and a Not-So Sharp Moment involving a pet raccoon. In the interview portion of the show we’re joined by Harry W. Greene, a herpetologist who retired in 2016 after working for many years as a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Cornell University. We cover all-things snakes. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Ins...


Ep. 84: Pulling Pythons By the Tail and Being Afraid of Snakes with Herpetologist Harry W. Greene
On this week’s show, we’re joined by Phil the Engineer to talk about where we draw the line when it comes hunting, when funerals interrupt elk season, and a Not-So Sharp Moment involving a pet raccoon. In the interview portion of the show we’re joined by Harry W. Greene, a herpetologist who retired in 2016 after working for many years as a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Cornell University. We cover all-things snakes. Enjoy. Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram and Twitter MeatE...

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Ep. 83: Whiskey and Ethics: The Value of the Grip and Grin with Steven Rinella
In this week’s show, we’re putting a bow on last week’s conversation with Barrie K. Gilbert and studying Phil the Engineer’s developing mustache. We’re also joined by Miles Nolte and Steven Rinella for a special new segment called Whiskey and Ethics, where we drink MeatEater Bourbon Whiskey and dive deep into some tough topics. It’s a show with no inhibitions. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.c...

Ep. 82: A Contentious Interview with Grizzly Bear Attack Survivor and Wildlife Advocate Barrie K. Gilbert
On this week’s show, we’re joined by grizzly bear advocate, wildlife activist, and author Barrie K. Gilbert to talk all things bears. Gilbert has become an outspoken advocate for grizzlies in recent years after surviving a brutal attack in Yellowstone in 1977. Unfortunately, the interview quickly goes off the rails and becomes the most contentious conversation in THC history.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omn...


Ep. 82: A Contentious Interview with Grizzly Bear Attack Survivor and Wildlife Advocate Barrie K. Gilbert
On this week’s show, we’re joined by grizzly bear advocate, wildlife activist, and author Barrie K. Gilbert to talk all things bears. Gilbert has become an outspoken advocate for grizzlies in recent years after surviving a brutal attack in Yellowstone in 1977. Unfortunately, the interview quickly goes off the rails and becomes the most contentious conversation in THC history. Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch...

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Ep. 81: Owl Herpes, CWD, Avoiding the Plague, and the Deadliest Wildlife Diseases
On this week’s show we’re joined by Ryan "Cal" Callaghan to talk about eating man-eating bears, dogs loved and lost, and how to ask for hunting permission. In the interview portion of the show we're joined by Greg Lemon, Emily Almberg, and Jennifer Ramsey from Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks to talk about the wildlife diseases facing our populations and what we can do to combat the related issues. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtu...

Ep. 80: Grouse Adventures, Mango the Dog, and Upland Hunting Legend Ben O. Williams
On this week’s show we’re joined by MeatEater's Morgan Mason and Joe Ferronato recapping a day grouse hunting on public land in Montana. We learn about Phil the Engineer's rescue dog, Mango, and get real emotional. For the interview portion of the show we stop by the home of 81-year-old bird hunting author Ben O. Williams to talk about life, good dogs, fine European shotguns, and why he fell in love with hunting Hungarian partridge some 60 years ago. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram ...


Ep. 79: Predator Pits, Riding Moose, and Fighting for the North American Model with Dr. Valerius Geist
On this week’s show we’re joined by Dr. Valerius Geist, by many estimations the most important conservationist in the last 50 years. Dr. Geist is the original author of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and a lifelong devotee to studying wildlife. He is a specialist in zoology, biology, and has studied elk, moose, bighorn sheep, and other wild ungulates intensely over the years. We covered predator pits, riding moose into battle, why wolves don’t eat us, and his upbringing. Enjoy.   Connect ...

Ep. 78: Cal's Jorts, Notched Tags, and Elk Opener Stories
On this week’s show we’re telling elk hunting stories with our favorite MeatEater crew members Ryan Callaghan, Sam Lungren, and Joe Ferronato. We're slinging tales of success and failure on opening day in Montana, plus the story of Cal's weekend wedding adventures. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodca...

Ep. 78: Cal's Jorts, Notched Tags, & Elk Opener Stories
On this week’s show we’re telling elk hunting stories with our favorite MeatEater crew members Ryan Callaghan, Sam Lungren, and Joe Ferranato. We're slinging tales of success and failure on opening day in Montana, plus the story of Cal's weekend wedding adventures. Enjoy....

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Ep. 77: THC Elk Hype Show Featuring Cam Hanes, Sam Soholt, Remi Warren, and Randy Newberg
On this week’s show we’re rolling a little differently. We’re going around the horn to hit up our favorite elk hunters to check in on what they have planned for this season and see if they can stoke us up as opening day approaches. We close things out with an awesome interview with Randy Newberg. Always love when he stops by the studio. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy ...

Ep. 76: Must-Have Gear, Killer World War Wolves, and Inside Outdoor Recreation with Rachel Vandevoort
On this week’s show I’m joined by Janis Putelis and Spencer Neuharth to talk about must-have whitetail and elk gear, blood thirsty wolves in World War I, and we listen to Phil the Engineer reading some mean comments. We close things out with an awesome interview with Montana’s Director of Outdoor Recreation Rachel Vandevoort. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information...

Ep. 75: William Perry Pendley Sucks & The History of Taxidermy with Brant MacDuff
On this week’s show I’m joined by Sam Lungren and Miles Nolte, two of the top minds in conservation at MeatEater, to talk about a time to act for public lands advocates, the history of the Bureau of Land Management and what Acting Director William Perry Pendley is all about. We close things out with an interview with wildlife educator, taxidermist, and public speaker Brant MacDuff to chat about the history of taxidermy. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Faceboo...


Ep. 74: Remi’s New Podcast, We Read Mean Comments & the History of the Boone & Crockett Club
On this week’s show I'm joined by Remi Warren to talk about his big new podcast launch, his thoughts on what makes a good show, and Phil the Engineer reads mean (and nice) comments from the Internet. We close things out with an interview with Boone & Crockett Club’s Director of Marketing Keith Balfourd covering the history of the club and fair chase. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listene...

Ep. 73: The Washington Post Fails at Journalism & an Interview with Outside Magazine’s Wes Siler
On this week’s show I'm joined by Ryan Callaghan and Seth Morris of MeatEater to cover mustaches, whether sports and hunting can mix, trailhead diplomacy, and the story of a dog owner who is embroiled in controversy. We close things out with an interview with writer Wes Siler of Outside Online's Indefinitely Wild to talk about journalism in the modern age, the backpack tax and more. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater...

Ep. 72: THC Top Fives & How Hunting Made us Human with William Von Hippel
On this week’s show we’re battling the boredom of July with the first ever THC Top Fives. We’re covering top songs, treestand snacks, animal traits and podcasts guests with a panel of MeatEaters plus Sam Soholt. We close things out with an interview with William von Hippel, a professor of psychology at the University of Queensland who’s spent the last decades studying how humans evolved over time. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube...


Ep. 71: Exploring Consumption & Ethical Veganism with Professor Robert C. Jones
On this week’s show I’m diving back into animal rights and veganism for another complicated conversation. Up first I’m joined by Phil the Engineer to learn more about the man behind the worldwide #keepphil movement. We discuss getting sponsored by White Claw, pea love, Game of Thrones and Phil’s background. We close things out with an interview with Robert C. Jones a vegan philosopher from California State University. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook,...

EP. 71: Exploring Consumption & Ethical Veganism with Professor Robert C. Jones
On this week’s show I’m diving back into animal rights and veganism for another complicated conversation. Up first I’m joined by Phil the Engineer to learn more about the man behind the worldwide #keepphil movement. We discuss getting sponsored by White Claw, pea love, Game of Thrones and Phil’s background. We close things out with an interview with Robert C. Jones a vegan philosopher from California State University. Enjoy....

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Ep. 70: Visiting a Vegan Butcher Shop & a Conversation with an Animal Rights Activist
On this week’s show we’re talking about the controversial subjects of speciesism and animal personhood. Up first I chat with Ryan “Cal” Callaghan on the definition of chicken and we try to understand the purpose of a vegan butcher’s shop. We close things out with an interview with Matt Johnson, the press coordinator for Direct Action Everywhere, an animal rights organization based in Berkeley, California. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and...


Ep. 69: A Private Versus Public Debate & Studying Land Use at UC Berkeley
On this week’s show we’re covering some pushback in the hunting world surrounding the public lands movement. I'm joined by Steven Rinella, Mark Kenyon and Sam Lungren to talk about the public versus private lands conversation and whether it's even worth having. We close things out with a great interview with Luke Macauley, a cooperative extension specialist at UC Berkeley studying the role of hunting in private land use and conservation. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on ...

Ep. 68: Dick Moves, Redefining the Hunting Narrative & Modern Huntsman's Tyler Sharp
On this week’s show we're covering a lot of ground, including the most egregious dick moves in hunting and in the MeatEater office. Editor-in-Chief Anthony Licata rejoins the conversation to talk about our complicated role in reshaping the modern hunting narrative and whether we should even try. We close things out with an awesome interview with Modern Huntsman Editor-in-Chief Tyler Sharp. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop Me...

Ep. 67: What the Last Subsistence Whale Hunters Can Teach Us
On this week’s show we're talking about the amazing story of the Lamalerans, a subsistence whale hunting culture on a small island off the coast of Indonesia. It's a story of the struggle to balance tradition with modernity told vividly in guest Doug Bock Clark's book, "The Last Whalers." Clark joins the show to discuss the three years he spent with the Lamalerans and the amazing lessons he learned along the way. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twit...


Ep. 66: The Great Wild Turkey Revival & an Interview with NWTF’s Dr. James Earl Kennamer
On this week’s show we’re bringing back turkeys! You only got a one-week break. I’m not sorry. MeatEater’s Hunting Editor Spencer Nueharth joins the show to tell us why turkeys are faster than Usain Bolt and we go over the history of this great bird in our country. I’m also joined by Dr. James Earl Kennamer, the former chief conservation office for the NWTF and a key figure in the recovery of the wild turkey in America. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Faceboo...

Ep. 65: A Message About Father’s Day & an Interview with Eddie Nickens
As Father’s Day approaches, I open the show this week with some reflections on hunting with my dad and what it’s meant to me over the years. I’m also joined by writer Eddie Nickens to talk about raising kids in the outdoors, ethics in hunting and the East versus West dynamic in our community. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad-choice...

Ep. 64: The End of Turkey Season & an Interview with Legendary Writer Col. Tom Kelly
This week everyone’s favorite Latvian Janis Putelis joined the show to talk about the end of turkey season and what we learned this year. I also interviewed famed author Col. Tom Kelly, a legend in the literary space and turkey hunting’s unofficial poet laureate. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcast...


Ep. 63: Rinella on Race and Hunting, the Rabbit Rut & an Interview with Charles Rodney
This week the boss man Steven Rinella joins the show to talk about weird rabbit facts, the cottontail rut and the touchy subject of how race impacts the culture of hunting. We also catch up with Charles “The Rabbit Man” Rodney for a listener Q&A and he gives a stump speech on why every American should go rabbit hunting. Plus some recorded listener feedback. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/...

Ep. 62: MeatEater High Fashion, Climate Change & a Conversation with TRCP’s Whit Fosburgh
This week we chat with MeatEater’s most fashionable trio: Katie Finch Rinella, Maggie Smith and Tracy Crane. What’s the point of talking fashion on a hunting podcast? To explore the inner-most motivations of Steve, Jani and Cal. We also catch up with President and CEO of TRCP Whit Fosburgh to talk about climate change and other important issues facing our community. Plus some recorded listener feedback. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Y...