MeatEater Podcast

By Steven Rinella: Author, Host of TV show MeatEater, and Outdoorsman

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The MeatEater Podcast with Steven Rinella covers hunting, fishing, nature, wildlife conservation, and wild foods with humor, irreverence, and plenty of unexpected viewpoints and surprising trivia. Recorded on the road from locations around the U.S., the podcast features a recurring cast of guests with their own unique areas of outdoor expertise.

Episode Date
Ep. 121: A Man of the Law
02:05:03
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.
 
Jun 18, 2018
Ep. 120: Adaptive Hunting and Fishing
01:17:50
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.
Jun 11, 2018
Ep. 119: Walking the Edge
02:12:03
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 and famine; what's up with Nimrod?; God is a hunter; a religious critique of hunting; rock concerts and religious experiences; and more.

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

Jun 04, 2018
Ep. 118: Open to Nuance
02:39:40

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.

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

May 31, 2018
Ep. 117: The Bronzeback and the Bat
01:40:45

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

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

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

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May 21, 2018
Ep. 116: Senator Heinrich
01:12:24
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 Antiquities Act?; National Monuments; and more.
 
May 14, 2018
Ep. 115: The Judas Hog
02:05:58

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; squirrel dogs; and more.

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

 

May 07, 2018
Ep. 114: The Hollow
01:58:36
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 dinkers, whole frys, and fiddlers; Steve's lucky break; what goes into Midwest mom chili; the Ozark's lumber industry; sous vide cooking; and more.
 
Apr 30, 2018
Ep. 113: I'm Right And You're Wrong
01:59:16
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 Holyfield; glassin' turks; private land conservation; and more.

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

 

Apr 23, 2018
Ep. 112: Salmon
01:40:50
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 Lakes; and more.
 
For more on the studies, books, and ideas discussed in this episode,  check out the show notes here.
Apr 16, 2018
Ep. 111: Inside the Dark House
01:50:15

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.

 

Apr 09, 2018
Ep. 110: Up North
01:51:05
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.
 
 
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Apr 02, 2018
Ep. 109: Hunter Harassment
01:48:23
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 materials referenced in this episode check out the show notes here
 
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Mar 26, 2018
Ep. 108: Broken Bones and Loose Change
01:37:09

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 here to learn more about the studies, concepts, and materials referenced in this episode.

Mar 19, 2018
Ep. 107: Saving the Everglades
01:29:29

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 the ideas, studies, and materials referenced in this episode.

 

 

Mar 12, 2018
Ep. 106: Gladesmen
02:00:07
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 episode. 
Mar 06, 2018
Ep. 105: Chairman Rob Bishop
01:27:43
 
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 the Endangered Species Act; and more.
 

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

Feb 26, 2018
Ep. 104: Turks!
01:32:49

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 and hunter's dollars and how they impact habitat work; why are dudes with hunting shows always hunting turkeys?; and more.

 

Feb 19, 2018
Ep. 103 Thirteen Bullets
01:34:45

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 game huddling up in no-mans lands; the categorical imperative and the morality of hunting; high fence vs. fair chase; artisanal small batch deer drives; love handles; and more..

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

Feb 12, 2018
Ep. 102: El Surpriso: The Grey Ghost
03:07:15

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 a bunch of Cholla cactus thorns into your hand; the saga of El Surpriso; and more.

Feb 05, 2018
Ep. 101: The Hammer of Steve Rinella
01:26:39
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.
Jan 29, 2018
Ep. 100: The Powerful Joe Rogan
01:41:03

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 in this episode.

Jan 22, 2018
Ep. 099: Wild Game Basics
02:01:11
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 between the hunter and chef; and more.
 
 
Check out the show notes here for studies, books, and concepts referenced in this episode.
Jan 15, 2018
Ep. 098: Jon Mooallem
01:57:00

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

Jan 08, 2018
Ep. 097: Loose Ends
01:38:26

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.

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Jan 01, 2018
Ep. 096: Permissions!
02:17:42
Seattle, WA- Steven Rinella talks with Mark Kenyon, Ryan Callaghan, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.
 
Subjects Discussed: Hubris, pride and Greek tragedy; how to gain hunting access permissions; hunting in Texas; novice deer hunter help; rattlin'; the last man to be legally hanged in Wyoming; cynical acts of flattery; how to keep your access permissions; the saga of Holyfield continued; where appliances go to die; the focus factor; and more.
 
Dec 25, 2017
Ep. 095: Inconvenient Critters
01:41:12

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

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

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Dec 18, 2017
Ep. 094: Female Hunters
02:05:15

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

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

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Dec 11, 2017
Ep. 093: Big Giant Bucks
01:34:38

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

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

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

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

Dec 04, 2017
Ep. 092: John Gierach
01:12:28
Lyons, CO- Steven Rinella talks with author and angler John Gierach, along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.
 
Subjects Discussed: Gierach's work at a pivotal moment in Steven's life; the palpable anxiety of young adulthood; reading the literary canon in the autumn of life; "fly fishing is friggin' beautiful"; hook and bullet writing; why spin fishing doesn't produce the writers that fly fishing does; what's best for hunters and fishermen in America?; writers and their love of explaining and telling; the tricky thing about conservation; glimpses of abundance; catch and release fishing; and more.
 
Check out the show notes here for studies, books, and concepts referenced in this episode. 
Nov 27, 2017
Ep. 091: Surviving
01:26:35

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

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Nov 20, 2017
Ep. 090: The State of the Union
01:32:59

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

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

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

Nov 13, 2017
Ep. 089: Ghost of the Marsh
01:48:29
The Delmarva Peninsula, MD- Steven Rinella talks with 
Marcia Pradines of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge; Maryland Deer Biologist Brian Eyler; avid Sika hunter Steve Kendrot; and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.
Subjects Discussed: The pronunciation and origins of Sika deer; scoutin' in a bag; the health of Sika deer; the Delmarva peninsula; the good ol' days of Sika deer hunting; the millinery trade; bag limits, regulations, baiting, and their compatibility with wildlife conservation; woodsmanship, fair chase, and other personal ethics; controlling Phragmites and marsh migration; the little-shittin antlers on a Sika deer; the Delmarva fox squirrel as a bad mofo (redux); EHD and Blue Tongue; and more.
Nov 06, 2017
Ep. 088: Conservation Through Eradication
01:57:50
The Delmarva Peninsula, MD- Steven Rinella talks with wildlife biologist Steve Kendrot of the Chesapeake Bay Nutria Eradication Project, along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.
 
 
Subjects Discussed: back nipples; all about nutria; why an airport needs a wildlife biologist; high-quality muskrat pelts; nutria of the Pacific Northwest; emergent marshes and the changing landscape of the Blackwater Refuge; public backlash over lethal wildlife management techniques; Mute swans as the big bastards of the marsh; defending sentient life; the value of trappers to conservation and their communities; the Delmarva fox squirrel as a bad mofo; and more.
 
Check out the show notes here for ideas, studies, and materials referenced in this episode.
Oct 30, 2017
Ep.087: The Meat Tree, Part 2
01:24:48

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

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

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

Oct 23, 2017
Ep. 086: The Meat Tree, Part 1
01:26:09

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

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

Oct 16, 2017
Ep. 085: Afognak Island Elk Hunt
01:31:58

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

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

Oct 09, 2017
Ep. 084: Grizzlies in Camp!
01:43:06

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

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

Oct 02, 2017
Ep. 083: What The Hell's In Your Backpack
01:52:50
Seattle, WA. Steven Rinella and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew discuss Janis's complete gear list for a 7-day backcountry archery hunt.
 
Subjects Discussed: Steve's emotional distress over his son fishing with another man; Steve's special Japanese fish-bone pickers; guns vs. bear spray vs. bears; Janis Putelis shares his gear list for long hunt while Steve critiques and criticizes his selections; is it possible to own a camping pillow and still be a real man?; and more.
 
Check out the show notes for a complete inventory list of Janis' backpack here.
 
Sep 25, 2017
Ep. 082: Whitetail Freaks
01:46:20

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

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

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

Sep 18, 2017
Ep. 081: Live from Bozeman
01:37:24

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

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

Sep 11, 2017
Ep. 080: The Fish Shack
01:48:59

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

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

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Sep 04, 2017
Ep. 079: From Taxes to Trout
02:11:22

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

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

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Aug 28, 2017
Ep. 078: Fishing for a Living
02:16:05

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

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

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Aug 21, 2017
Ep. 077: African Hunting
02:05:04

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

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

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Aug 14, 2017
Ep. 076: The Impossible Hunt
02:18:05

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

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

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Aug 10, 2017
Ep: 075: Cloning Mammoths
01:35:16

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

Subjects Discussed: U.C. Santa Cruz and the Ewok forest; ancient DNA and the assumptions it has added to our world; black footed ferrets; the romance versus the reality of de-extinction; the volatile speed of DNA decay; mammoth tusks and sheep piss; horn-core morphology; 400 pound kiwis and 9-foot Haast's eagles; volcanoes; big-assed bison with 6-foot horn spreads; biological species concept; the persnickety sage grouse; and more.
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Aug 03, 2017
Ep. 074: Gray Wolves
02:08:44

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

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

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Jul 27, 2017
Ep. 073: Advanced Wild Game Cooking
02:10:30

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

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

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Jul 20, 2017
Ep. 072: American Wilderness
01:53:58

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

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

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Jul 13, 2017
Ep. 071: The Buttery Tones of Karl Malcolm
02:10:41

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 paw, swallow saliva consume, and 124 more dishes; Theodore Roosevelt's kids were specimen hunters?; the enjoyment of hunting and fishing indigenous species; the future of hunters and conservation; venavores; and more.

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Join Steven Rinella and a couple surprise guests for a live recording of his popular MeatEater Podcast in Bozeman, Montana on August 15, 2017. Tickets for a raffle will be sold at the event benefitting Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, with high-end prizes from our sponsors First Lite, Yeti, Vortex Optics, Savage Firearms, and Benchmade Knife Company. Raffle winners will be drawn following the podcast recording and Steven will be on hand signing books.

Jul 06, 2017
Ep. 070: Chronic Wasting Disease
02:21:39

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 humans); peanut butter and prairie dogs; the “ick” factor; the captive deer industry; transporting deer carcasses and other possible vectors; deer piss; why you should care about CWD; what hunters can do to help prevent the spread; why you shouldn't begin Google searches with the words "the truth about..."; and more.

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Jun 29, 2017
Ep. 069: Dr. Dan Flores
02:23:19

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 Blitzkrieg and Solutrean hypotheses; Liebig's principle of ecology; Keepers of the Game: Indian-Animal Relationships and the Fur Trade; did the Indians reach equilibrium with the buffalo?, and more.

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Jun 22, 2017
Episode 068: Cazenovia, Wisconsin. Steven Rinella talks with the outdoor writer Pat Durkin, "Buckman" Doug Duren, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.
02:20:48

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 make people stupid; the viciousness of deer politics; the scholarly consensus; the most insulting article someone could write if his aim was to piss off deer hunters; blaze pink; the relative merits of various midwesterners; buck movements during the rut; shirkers; stress impacts on antler development; do sanctuaries actually work?; lunar phases and deer movements; is camo a bunch of bullshit?; selling venison; and more.

 

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Jun 15, 2017
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.
01:06:30

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 turkey guns; What the hell are red dots and green dots?; Minute-of-jug accuracy, and more.

 

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Jun 08, 2017
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.
02:01:10

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 the summer solstice; Dirt on alliteration, and more.

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Jun 01, 2017
Episode 065: Miles City. Steven Rinella talks with his big brother Matt Rinella, along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.
01:39:05

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.

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May 25, 2017
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.
01:45:20

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.

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May 18, 2017
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.
02:00:56

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.

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May 11, 2017
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.
02:16:05

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

 

 

May 04, 2017
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.
02:24:24

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.

Apr 27, 2017
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.
02:17:27

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.

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Apr 20, 2017
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.
01:03:07

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. 

Apr 06, 2017
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.
01:51:43

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

 

Apr 05, 2017
Episode 057: Seattle, Washington. Steven Rinella talks with houndsman and wildlife biologist Bart George along with Janis Putelis from the MeatEater crew.
01:51:31

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.

Mar 09, 2017
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.
01:26:10

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

Feb 24, 2017
Episode 055: Bozeman, Montana. Steven Rinella talks with bear biologist Frank VanManen along with Janis Putelis and Nicole Qualtieri from the MeatEater crew.
02:02:32

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

Feb 09, 2017
Episode 054: Steven Rinella talks with Carmen Vanbianchi along with Janis Putelis from the MeatEater crew.
01:52:47

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

Jan 27, 2017
Episode 053: Seattle, WA. Steven Rinella talks with political communications PhD candidate Greg Blascovich and Janis Putelis from the MeatEater crew
02:00:54

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. 

Jan 11, 2017
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.
01:29:50

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

Dec 30, 2016
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.
01:32:29

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

Dec 23, 2016
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.
01:17:02

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

Dec 08, 2016
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.
01:55:15

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. 

Dec 01, 2016
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.
48:35

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. 

Nov 11, 2016
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.
01:45:09

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

Oct 28, 2016
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.
01:39:44

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. 

Oct 14, 2016
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.
02:12:47

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

Sep 29, 2016
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.
01:52:09

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

Sep 16, 2016
Episode 043: Seattle, Washington. Steven Rinella discusses stream access laws with Hillary Hutchinson, Ryan Callaghan, Land Tawney, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.
01:51:30

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

Sep 01, 2016
Episode 042: Seattle, Washington. Steven Rinella talks with wildlife biologist Bart George along with Ryan Callaghan, Land Tawney, and MeatEater's Janis Putelis
01:34:03
Episode 042: Seattle, Washington. Steven Rinella talks with wildlife biologist Bart George along with Ryan Callaghan, Land Tawney, and MeatEater's Janis Putelis. Subjects discussed: caribou in the lower-48; what's up with anadromous, catadromous, and adfluvial fish; Teddy Roosevelt's guided caribou hunt; lumpers and splitters, and how to tell the difference; hard (hot) releasing vs. soft (cold) releasing; Mr. Tom, a caribou killin' mountain lion; collaring animals; inherent risks of capturing wild animals; American vs. Canadian predator control; genetic drift; the charismatic mega fauna list; a barometer of wilderness; the warner-bratzler shear force test; and the three things necessary for caribou recovery in the lower-48. 
 
Aug 19, 2016
Episode 041: Daniel, Wyoming. Steven Rinella talks with Janis Putelis, Chris Gil, and Garret Smith from the MeatEater Crew.
01:10:52

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

Aug 05, 2016
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.
02:03:41

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

Jul 22, 2016
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.
01:29:07

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

Jul 08, 2016
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
01:17:40

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

Jun 23, 2016
Episode 037
47:12
Episode 037: Albuquerque, New Mexico. Steven Rinella talks with wildlife ecologist Dr. Karl Malcolm along with Janis Putelis, Chris Gill, and Garret Smith from the MeatEater crew. Subjects discussed: the Wisconsin Super Sow; why bears are marching south; what it means to work up a bear den; the fate of a bear drinking three gallons of gear oil; calorie rich bear milk; the difference between altricial vs. precocial;  delayed implantation in bears; the dispersal behavior of black bears; and recent bear encounters while turkey hunting.
Jun 10, 2016
Episode 036
01:38:33
Bozeman, Montana. Steven Rinella talks with Jeff Sposito, Pete Muennich, Chris Gill, and Janis Putelis. Subjects discussed include: organic masses; bringing meat and ammo through TSA checkpoints; the writing of Duncan Gilchrist; 2% for Conservation's mission; domain names; bobbers vs strike indicators; how to run a t-shirt business; Chris Gill-Ridge Pounder; getting older; why everyone should be more direct; the genesis of the Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance; how mountain goats differ from other big game; hunting a bear with Randall Williams; how to pay it forward; why we've got it good as sportsman today.
May 27, 2016
Episode 035
01:27:37
Seattle, Washington. Steven Rinella and Janis Putelis talk with guests Matt Elliott of Benchmade Knife Company and environmental historian Randall Williams. Subjects discussed: getting hunting spots from people who’ve moved far away; the federal ban of lead shot pellets for waterfowl; why terms like ‘ecofacist’ and ‘libtard’ are for dumbasses; why it’s hard to make knives that love saltwater; the different types of steels used to make knives; sports cutlery enthusiasts; butterfly knives, and what happened (if anything) happened to them; buying a trapline though the classified ads; lead poisoning from shot vs. industrial pollutants; and shooting monolithic vs. lead core bullets.
May 13, 2016
Episode 034
01:45:04
Missoula, Montana. Recorded live from the 2016 BHA Rendezvous, Steven Rinella and Janis Putelis talk with First Lite's Ryan Callaghan, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers' founder Land Tawney, and Kimber's Vice President of Sales Ryan Busse. Subjects discussed include: Callaghan sneaking out of the BHA conference to go fishing; Steve's invasive species t-shirt idea; judging a wild game cook-off; BHA's work on drones in hunting; texting and using radios while hunting; baiting bears; the death of a thousand cuts; American Exceptionalism; Roosevelt's public land legacy; Steve's fascination with the American buffalo; making roads vs making wilderness; how public lands became a partisan issue; the intrinsic value of wilderness;  what's happening in the Badger Two Medicine of Montana; Steve Rinella for President; how to be an advocate; the question of climate change; and being a role model.
Apr 29, 2016
Episode 033
02:05:37
Episode 033: Seattle, Washington: Steven Rinella and Janis Putelis talk with environmental historians Dan Flores and Randall Williams. Subjects discussed: what's up with Flores' two upcoming books, American Serengeti and Coyote America; biodiversity during the pleistocene; the Blitzkrieg Hypothesis; George Wolforth's 1884 view of the Llano Estacado; historic elk distribution; how the grey wolf changed the coyote; fission-fusion societies; the nightly vocal census of the coyote; New York City's coyote bar scene; why coyotes kill pets; Flores' influential take on bison population decline; and the myth of General Sheridan and the post-Civil War buffalo slaughter.
Apr 14, 2016
Episode 032
01:32:39
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.
Apr 01, 2016
Episode 031
01:26:53
Bozeman, Montana. Guest host Janis Putelis talks with Annie Raser, Brittany Brothers, Nicole Qualtieri, and Dan Doty from the MeatEater crew. Subjects discussed: Annie, Brittany, and Nicole’s introductions to hunting; what it’s like hunting with women from the male perspective; venison diplomacy; having hunted vs identifying as a hunter; developing a game eye; on-line dating tips for hunters; women in hunting media and the term ‘huntress’; pink camo; female hunter role models; women in starring roles in mainstream films; why Janis thinks female hunters have it made; how Doty's wife takes her own sweet time at shooting; and the possibility of a Stephanie Rinella.  Listen to the podcast via SoundCloud here: http://bit.ly/1VhcDUJ
Mar 17, 2016
Episode 030
01:15:03
The Rockies, Idaho. Steven Rinella and Janis Putelis answer listener questions with Ryan Callaghan from First Lite, along with Adam Moffat and Garret Smith from the MeatEater crew. Subjects discussed: Hunting ads that should be illegal; whether draping clothes over carcasses to prevent meat loss from predators and scavengers actually works; conspiracy theories on the reintroduction of wolves; tips on traveling domestically and internationally with firearms; tips on traveling with wild game; the only game meat Steve's ever lost traveling; what NOT to bring on a plane to avoid a $4000 fine from TSA; long distance shots and the longest shot Steve is comfortable taking; and tips for westerners who want to go out East for a whitetail hunt.
Mar 04, 2016
Episode 029
01:30:43
Paducah, Kentucky. Steven Rinella and Janis Putelis talk with Kevin Murphy, a small-game aficionado. Subjects discussed: shotguns vs rimfires for squirrel hunting; chasing swamp rabbits; training up a squirrel dog; a toothpick trick for extracting fur or feathers that were dragged into the meat by a shotgun pellet; Butchey Badtoe, the squirrel head eating cur; coulees, guts, hollows, and other names for drainages; four types of squirrels; rabbit drives and how to pick your shooting lanes; squirrel broth dumplings and other methods of cooking squirrel; and squirrel hunting with Daniel Boone.
Feb 19, 2016
Episode 028
01:30:57
Subjects discussed: How to pronounce the word "Coues;" the five subspecies of the American wild turkey; what is a turkey Royal Slam?; the unwritten rules of hunting public lands; Kevin Murphy, the Neil deGrasse Tyson of squirrels; other hunters, a.k.a. the assholes; how to pick a conservation group; whether hunter recruitment is a scam; how Steve would cook goat testicles; bear hearts; elk hunting tips; the debate around suppressed firearms; coyote killing contests; point creep; poaching; the ins and outs of hunting technology; game eyes and the great challenge of spotting a Coues deer.
Feb 05, 2016
Episode 027
01:31:32
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 prohibition; Trichinosis from bears; the weird and disgusting worm in Janis's Coues deer head; out-of-the-box Savage rifles; Chuck Hawks; the AccuTrigger; ammo shortages; the break-in and cleaning process of rifles; copper vs lead; budget vs match grade loads; the best all-purpose caliber; and the fluctuating regional popularity of various rifle calibers.
Jan 21, 2016
Episode 026
01:23:09
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 why it is that no one ever hits a bigfoot with a car); what it means to "jump the lion"; hunting lions and coyotes; eating eagles; wild burros; and Steve's first mountain lion sighting.
Jan 07, 2016
Episode 025
02:16:59
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; Latvian power rings; shooting critters in the head vs. in the lungs; deer calls; and the one thing good about getting old.
Dec 23, 2015
Episode 024
01:16:29
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 Panasci's nasty homemade crane decoys; lead animals and their influence on the group; and eating Sandhill Cranes, a.k.a. ribeye of the sky.  
Dec 10, 2015
Episode 023
01:51:06
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; after-kill rituals; and why people want to let small animals go, aside from the fact that they don't have as much meat.  
Dec 04, 2015
Episode 022
01:40:36
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 Rendezvous and people can learn more or buy tickets at www.rendezvous2016.com
Nov 13, 2015
Episode 021
01:29:56
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-buying misadventures; feeling like an ecological participant vs. an ecological voyeur; and putting into words why you sometimes just want to go right back out and do the same hunt all over again.
Oct 30, 2015
Episode 020
01:18:50
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 elk aren’t considered endangered species; the 2010 attempt to delist the grizzly bear and what’s happened since then; sage grouse; why all people should seek to expand their worldview; getting sprayed by a skunk compared to getting sprayed by bear spray; Rorke's elk hunt; and Matt Rinella's vanished llama.
Oct 16, 2015
Episode 019
01:15:43
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 husband's last name; Sasquatch; eating roadkill; and the kind of 'tattoo' Steve would like. $5 off any volume on MeatEater VHX = MEATEATERPODCAST
Oct 01, 2015
Episode 018
01:38:05
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.
Sep 17, 2015
Episode 017
01:28:03
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 and have kids; making sense of cartridge nomenclature systems; wildlife photographer John Hafner; hunting mentors; the importance of being a versatile big game hunter; authors Jack O’Connor, Robert Ruark, and Chuck Hawks; cutting through the BS of archery equipment; good hunting etiquette on private property; inside tips on how to get good hunting info; and plenty more.
Sep 03, 2015
Episode 016
01:37:57
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 the guiding life; judging elk calling contests; and who really earned the kill on a guided hunt? Guests: Jay Scott & the Jay Scott Outdoors Podcast Darr Colburn
Aug 20, 2015
Episode 015
01:50:18
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 living filming hunts for youtube; the best way to learn how to make better hunting videos; prehistoric cave art and the earliest recordings of hunts; Dan Doty's giant chickens. Guests: Casey Lavere Hushin Eric Chesser
Aug 06, 2015
Episode 014
02:04:20
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 book, American Buffalo; Randy's belief that Steve is either dumb or full of shit; how old bull elk like to hide out in weird places; the difference between peace and justice, and other marriage advice that will give you more time to hunt and fish. About guest Randy Newberg: Randy is the voice of the public land hunter in America. Decades of chasing all species across public lands has provided both experience and perspective that has allowed Randy to become the leading advocate for the self-guided hunter; hunters dependent upon public lands for hunting access. What started by accident, has grown into two popular TV shows, Fresh Tracks and On Your Own Adventures, accompanied by the long-standing Hunt Talk web forum. Now added to those platforms is the Hunt Talk Podcast where you get Randy Newberg, unfiltered. Randy uses his platforms to advocate for hunters and public access. In addition to representing hunters in Congress and state legislatures, he serves as a volunteer and board member for many hunting and conservation groups.
Jul 23, 2015
Episode 013
01:26:38
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 freezer burned packages of bull elk from the bottom of a dude's freezer; recurring nightmares caused by a decade of fur trapping; buffalo suckers; bird hearts; gizzards.
Jul 09, 2015
Episode 012
01:38:30
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 whitetail deer from Steve's college years; William Temple Hornaday; the closing of the American frontier; whether the American West should be regarded as a place or a process; the historic emergence of anti-hunting groups; a different kind of group that Steve founded in high school; the semantics of the words conservationist and environmentalist; and the changing culture of wild game consumption from the mid 1940's to the present. Guest info: Randall Williams In May of 2015, Randall completed his Ph.D. in history at the University of Montana, where his graduate studies concentrated on Western U.S. and environmental history.  His dissertation, "Green Voters, Gun Voters: Hunting and Politics in the Twentieth-Century United States," explores the changing ways in which American sportsmen imagined, articulated, debated, and pursued their policy interests from the end of the World War II up until the mid-1990s. Among the various developments examined by the study are the rise of popular environmental concern, the emergence of organized anti-hunting activism, the eruption of the modern Second Amendment controversy, and the continued debate over public lands in the American West. Janis Putelis hunttoeat.com
Jun 25, 2015
Episode 011
01:19:20
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 overpopulation; Doug's penchant for fact-checking people's claims right in front of them; red oaks vs. black oaks; agricultural land management as it relates to wildlife management; magical antlers; the demonization of trophy hunters; the joys of hearing a John Deere tractor; and the only kind of giant buck Steve is interested in shooting. Guests in Episode #11: Doug Duren Watch Hunts on the Duren Farm in Volume 2 (Big Bucks and Small Game: Whitetail Deer) and Volume 6 (Opening Day: Wisconsin Whitetail (Parts 1 + 2) Janis Putelis Hunt to Eat Enjoying the podcast? Please take a minute and subscribe to us on iTunes (best for iOS devices) and on Stitcher (best for Android devices).  
Jun 12, 2015
Episode 010
01:23:28
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 tags aren't necessarily better than over-the-counter tags; how hunters today are better than hunters of yesterday; the Strip; the woes of trail cams; and why Steve's brother hates hunter recruitment. Guests in Episode #10: Chris Denham Western Hunter TV show Western Hunter magazine Floyd Green Watch Floyd and Steve on the mountain lion hunt with dogs in MeatEater Volume 3 Western Hunter magazine Enjoying the podcast? Please take a minute and subscribe to us on iTunes (best for iOS devices) and on Stitcher (best for Android devices).  
May 28, 2015
Episode 009
01:31:22
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 terms; what to look for when shopping for binoculars; the quarter-mile buck hunter; "running" optics; and the best rifle scope to buy if you're a hunter who predominately hunts whitetails in the midwest, occasionally hunts big game out west, and hopes to one day hunt Dall sheep. // If you're enjoying the podcast, do us a favor and share it with a friend!
May 15, 2015
Episode 008
01:29:41
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 takes his shirt off; infanticide among bear populations; evolution and coincidence; Steve's animal scat collection; Hunter S. Thompson; Mormon apostate James Jesse Strang; moose droppings as incense; the anxiety of influence; and why it's bad if women think you're "nice" but it's good if women think you're "funny."     Notes and misc links: Steven Rinella's coffee table scat collection: http://themeateater.com/2012/scat-collection/ Matt Rinella on the joys of moose scat incense: http://themeateater.com/2012/scat-and-sniff/ Lone Survivors: How We Came to Be the Only Humans on Earth
May 01, 2015
Episode 007
01:30:56
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, mongooses, and rats; Remi's first shotgun; the hardest animal to hunt; the qualities of Himalayan tahr meat; hunting Canada geese with a rifle; apex predators; how a blue heron's life is tougher than you'd think; the novelist Tom Robbins; and Remi Warren's latest TV project. Guests: Remi Warren Host of Apex Predator Doug Duren Janis Putelis Misc. Links: The 4-part New Zealand episodes of MeatEater featuring Remi Warren Janis' Hunttoeat.com site Download episodes of Remi Warren's new show Apex Predator
Apr 16, 2015
Episode 006
01:24:40
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 animal with a dog; Faith Hill; the experience of getting licked by a dog who just ate the unmentionable; the bare minimum of time to put into a dog to ever expect to have a hunting dog that isn't going to embarrass you in the field; marked vs. blind retrieves; and how finding the right dog is like finding the right wife (or husband, for you ladies.) Guests: Janis Putelis https://twitter.com/LatvianHuntr Ronny Boehme Dancing Duke Kennels Host of the Hunting Dog Podcast Ed Arnett TRCP Other links: Instantly download episodes of MeatEater 
Apr 02, 2015
Episode 005
01:07:17
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 worth damning; being a candyass about recoil, and whether or not that's bad; and how to transport game meat on airplanes. // Mentioned links and notes // Sponsors: Squarespace.com - use the code MEATEATER at checkout to get 10% off and help support the MeatEater Podcast. Visit Wealthfront.com/Meat to get your first $10,000 managed for free. // MeatEater TV Show Book: The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, And Cooking Wild Gam Gun Broker
Mar 19, 2015
Episode 004
01:28:05
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 fact that Janis Putelis, a.k.a. Long Tong, has been in on 100 elk kills; women hunters; the conundrum of hunter recruitment; and getting really depressed when a hunt goes bad. Mentioned links and notes: Squarespace.com - use the code MEATEATER at checkout to get 10% off and help support the MeatEater Podcast. Ryan Callaghan once addressing a bear "Smell us now, lady". Sweetgrass Hills Colonial Rifle and Pistol Club in Staten Island Podsurvey.com/MeatEater
Mar 06, 2015
Episode 003
01:15:52
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; various guns and bows; 19th Century fat cats; trying to determine the meaning of inscrutable hand gestures given by indigenous hunters; how much the Tsimane love monkey meat. Mentioned links and notes: -Watch: MeatEater Crew Eats Monkey Stew -Jerry Clower reference "too much like folks" -Interview with Marco about his jaguar's story will be posted at a later date. -MeatEater airs on Sportsman Channel Thursdays at 8pm e/p -To watch episodes of MeatEater instantly, use code MEATEATERPODCAST at checkout to get $5 off any volume on meateater.vhx.tv
Feb 20, 2015
Episode 002
01:25:30
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 species; the mountain man Jim Bridger; and whether or not flyfishermen are total pansies. Related links/notes: Smell Us Now, Lady! Books: The Old Man and The Sea + Hemingway's Guns First Lite MeatEater television show on Sportsman Channel Instantly Download MeatEater TV Episodes- Listen to the episode for the coupon code. Western Hunter Magazine Ike Jime technique First Lite Fusion Camo Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Guests: Kenton Carruth twitter.com/firstlitewool firstlite.com Ryan Callaghan twitter.com/olCal406 firstlite.com Janis Putelis twitter.com/LatvianHuntr Helen Cho twitter.com/HelenCho Originally Recorded August 2014 ++++++++++++++ If you’re enjoying the podcast, please leave us a review on iTunes. The MeatEater Podcast is available on: -iTunes -Stitcher -YouTube -Soundcloud
Feb 06, 2015
Episode 001
01:06:49
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 safaris RELATED LINKS/NOTES MeatEater.VHX.tv to download episodes of MeatEater SOG Knives  VIDEO: Bryan Callen Can't Take the Cold on MeatEater Joe Rogan Joe Rogan Experience Podcast www.joerogan.net Bryan Callen Fighter and the Kid podcast www.bryancallen.com ++++++++++++++ If you're enjoying the podcast, please leave us a review on iTunes here. Available on: -iTunes -Stitcher -YouTube -Soundcloud
Jan 20, 2015