Hunt Quietly

By Matt Rinella

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The future of hunting is imperiled. More and more hunters are competing for limited numbers of licenses. Public land hunting is overcrowded, and private land hunting is increasingly unavailable to those unable or unwilling to pay for it. These are the dominant problems facing hunters today, and nobody in the hunting industry and hunting entertainment is talking about them. That is because they cause and even benefit from these problems, as do some hunting nonprofits. Join Matt Rinella and his guests as they rethink the future of hunting and implement steps to save our cherished pastime. Visit to learn more.

Episode Date
Episode 38. HOWL for Wildlife
In this week’s episode, Jim talks with the folks from HOWL For Wildlife, Charles Whitwam, and Mike Costello. HOWL is a nonprofit corporation with the mission to give people the tools to act on hunting, fishing, and conservation issues. Their discussion includes a variety of anti-hunting legislation that various states have faced, more recently, the bear hunting ban in Washington State.
Jan 29, 2023
Episode 37. Joseph von Benedikt
In this week's episode, Jim talks with Joseph von Benedikt. JVB is a writer and field editor for various magazines and the host of the Backcountry Hunting Podcast. They discuss the ethics behind long-range hunting, why the 6.5 Creedmoor is not a wise choice for elk, and a little gun and shooting history.
Jan 22, 2023
Episode 36. The data
Ben Loss and Matt discuss wildlife and hunter participation data.
Jan 15, 2023
Episode 35. Rangeland Habitat
Scott Heidebrink, the Director of Bison Restoration with the American Prairie, and Rangeland Wildlife Biologist Kent Undlin are on the podcast this week talking about rangeland ecology. This topic is of the utmost importance to Matt since he works as a Rangeland Plant Ecologist.
Jan 08, 2023
Episode 34. 4PROGENY
Skyler Watkins is an outfitter who has started 4Progeny, a nascent non-profit attempting to crowd-source fund the purchase of land for public hunting. Check them out at 4PROGENY.ORG.
Jan 01, 2023
Episode 33. Montana Block Management
Matt and Jim talk Block Management with Matt's better half and ranch owner, Juanita Vero, MFWP Access Bureau Chief Jason Kool, and podcast regular and public land advocate John Kuntz. With this group, every perspective is covered in the conversation.
Dec 25, 2022
Aron Snyder
Matt and Aron practice the lost art of agreeably disagreeing and discover a surprising amount of common ground.
Dec 18, 2022
Episode 31. Adam Nelson
Fellow hunter Adam Nelson joins the podcast to discuss a project he's working on. His project involves purchasing private property in hopes of making it it publicly accessible hunting land. Adam shares what he's learned from this experience as well as some of the roadblocks he's faced. Jim and Adam also chat about other topics like bird dogs and bird hunting, farm subsidies, and corn production in southern Minnesota.
Dec 11, 2022
Episode 30. Baxter Byrd and Chase Kokojan
Matt talks with Hunt Quietly architect Baxter Byrd and concerned citizen Chase Kokojan.
Dec 04, 2022
Episode 29. HUSH
Jim Durkin is flying solo on this podcast episode with the boys from Hunters United for Sunday Hunting (HUSH). Kevin Askew and Doug Lapp discuss antiquated blue laws in Pennsylvania that severely restrict Sunday hunting and how HUSH is fighting those outdated laws.
Nov 27, 2022
Episode 28. BUY GULCH GEAR!!!!!
Matt is joined by Brian Tindall, Pixar animator and owner/operator of the hunting clothing company Gulch Gear. Gulch Gear manufactures high-quality hunting apparel right here in the good ole U.S. of A. What's more, they don't use dead wildlife as marketing instruments! If you want to lavish your loved ones with bad-ass camo this holiday season without feeding the f***ing beast, screw Sitka, Kuiu, and Kifaru. Buy Gulch Gear!
Nov 20, 2022
Episode 27. Jimmy Ditraglia and David Strickland
Matt talks turkey (and many other topics) with Jimmy Ditraglia and David Strickland of the Carolina Wildlife Syndicate.
Nov 13, 2022
Episode 26. Ron Spomer
Matt is joined by renowned outdoor writer and TV personality, Ron Spomer along with Jim Durkin. They cover a variety of different topics from conservation, hunting TV, and media, to rewriting the hunting "rule book."
Nov 06, 2022
Episode 25. Rico Latone, John Kuntz, and Jim Durkin
Hunt Quietly podcast regulars John Kuntz and Jim Durkin talk with airline captain Rico Latone about hunting celebrities blowing up people's spots.
Oct 23, 2022
Episode 24. David Stagliano and Bradley anonymous
David and Bradley, two fans of the podcast, happen to come through Matt's neighborhood on the same evening. They hit record and have a fascinating conversation about impacts of hunting media.
Oct 16, 2022
Episode 23. David Fontenot
David and Matt talk east coast duck hunting, fist-fighting people that shoot big game at 1000 yards on TV, the potential for taking Hunt Quietly on to social media, and many other topics.
Oct 11, 2022
Episode 22. Lee James McGuigan
Jim Durkin and Matt talk with sociologist Lee James McGuigan about his 2019 research article entitled This kill shot is brought to you by...:An analysis of hunting television in the United States.
Oct 02, 2022
Episode 21. Bob Bourland
Matt and Bob discuss the potential for improving hunting through traditional archery units and seasons.
Sep 25, 2022
Episode 20. Richard Prideaux
Matt and Richard Prideaux discuss hunting in Great Britain.
Sep 18, 2022
Episode 19. Ken Madson
Matt talks with Ken Madson, a newish hunter that was drawn afield by hunting media.
Sep 11, 2022
Episode 18. Mental health and hunting social media
Matt talks mental health and hunting social media with therapist and hunter Matt Feinauer.
Sep 04, 2022
Episode 17. Jared Oakleaf
Matt talks with lifelong hunter and Bureau of Land Management outdoor recreation planner Jared Oakleaf.
Aug 28, 2022
Episode 16. T & K Hunting Gear!!!
In this episode, Matt talks with Tyler Kath of T & K Hunting Gear. If you're sick of the hype and gross commodification of our pastime, support this veteran-owned company! They make quality hunting products without all the b.s. right here in the good ole U.S. of A. No sponsored hunting heroes, no hunting TV advertising.
Aug 21, 2022
Episode 15. Keiran Bangs
Keiran Bangs is a commercial fisherman that splits his time between Alaska and Norway. Keiran and Matt discuss hunting in Norway.
Aug 14, 2022
Episode 14. Tom Venesky
Tom Venesky is an outdoor writer and farmer.
Aug 07, 2022
Episode 13. Bo Schumacher
Matt talks with hunting social media influencer Bo Schumacher.
Jul 31, 2022
Episode 12. Todd Anderson
Matt is joined in conversation with friend and Montana game warden Todd Anderson to talk hunter behavior and a range of related topics.
Jul 24, 2022
Episode 11. Danielle Nagle
Matt talks with Danielle Nagle, State University of New York professor, about her article "Conservation dressed in camouflage: Neoliberal environmentality and the hunting industry" which was published in the May 2022 issue of the journal Geoforum.
Jul 18, 2022
Episode 10. Randy Newberg
Matt talks with hunting personality Randy Newberg.
Jul 10, 2022
Episode 9. R3
Matt Discusses the R3 movement to recruit, retain, and reactivate hunters with Trey Curtis and Tim Brass from Backcountry Hunters & Anglers.
Jul 04, 2022
Episode 8. Johnny Sain
Johnny Sain is a naturalist, hunter, outdoor writer, and editor. He's also quite obviously one of the more thoughtful hunters in America today.
Jun 26, 2022
Episode 7. Hunting TV with Jim Durkin
Matt speaks with his new friend Jim Durkin about hunting TV and the push by the hunting industry and nonprofits to lease you out of your hunting grounds. The threats are real!
Jun 19, 2022
Episode 6. The ethics of hunting media and related topics, Part 2
Matt continues exploring moral conduct in hunting media with Alaska Pacific University ethicist Dr. Alex Lee.
Jun 12, 2022
Episode 5. The ethics of hunting media and related topics, Part 1
Matt believes hunting media and leasing hunting lands to exclude others is clearly lacking in taste, selfish, and rude. But are these things downright unethical? In the first of a two-part series exploring what's right and wrong about how hunters treat other hunters, Matt quizzes University of Montana ethicist Christopher Preston and Missoula, Montana county commissioner David Strohmaier.
Jun 06, 2022
Episode 4. Mark Norquist
In this episode, Matt and Mark Norquist work toward resurrecting the lost art of agreeably disagreeing. Mark is the founder of Modern Carnivore, a company focused on drawing more people into hunting, which is the LAST thing Matt wants. That said, if the hunters Mark brings into the fold are half as delightful as he is, it'll be hard to be too terribly upset about it...As long as they hunt far, far away from Matt.
May 29, 2022
Episode 3. Hunting leases and hunter behavior
Matt talks with outfitter Rod Paschke and friend John Kuntz about something Matt hates (hunting leases) and something they all hate (poor hunter behavior).
May 18, 2022
Episode 2. Mountain Pursuit
Matt Talks with Rob Shaul, founder of Mountain Pursuit. Mountain Pursuit is devoted to combating all the b.s. in hunting. It's Matt's favorite non-profit.
Apr 30, 2022
Episode 1. The playing field
In this introductory episode Matt describes the themes underpinning the Hunt Quietly podcast.
Feb 12, 2022