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The MeatEater Podcast

Building on the belief that a deeper understanding of the natural world enriches all of our lives, host Steven Rinella brings a deep and relevant look at all outdoor topics including hunting, fishing, nature, conservation and wild foods. Filled with humor, irreverence and things that will surprise the hell out of you, each episode welcomes a diverse group of guests who add their own expertise on the vast world of the outdoors.

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Ep. 266: Crying Wolf

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  • over 3 years ago
  • 02:12:51

Steven Rinella talks with Jon Mooallem, Gaspar Perricone, Brody Henderson, Ryan Callaghan, Phil Taylor, Corinne Schneider, and Janis Putelis. Topics discussed: Papa Jani's wish to have guests introduced at the beginning of the show; how Ronny B. got Steve in trouble, and a correction about raccoons duking it out with dogs inside barrels; moss balls and zebra mussels; Tonka trucks and tularemia; "Wild Ones,""This Is Chance!" and the great Alaska earthquake of 1964; Richter as a nudist; the sociology of disaster; Cal's look alikes; wolves traveling very far distances; The Great Chill, or The 2020 Die Off; wolves coming to Colorado, like it or not; how many elk will they really kill?; social legislation and wildlife as a vehicle for vendetta; where to watch "Cal In The Field"; and more.   Connect with Steve and MeatEater Steve on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Ep. 265: The Rambo Rabbit

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  • over 3 years ago
  • 02:06:30

Steven Rinella talks with Mike Ruhl, Jeremy Romero, Kevin Murphy, Seth Morris, and Chester Floyd. Topics discussed: Has the Bitcoin boat sailed?; a hot tip on using tampons dipped in vaseline as a fire starter; proof of the albino porcupine; one hairy-assed deer eyeball; feeding grizzly bears (ahem, moose!) in your backyard; cloning black footed ferrets; the death of the last passenger pigeon; that time when a squirrel hefted up his dead buddy into a tree; how ibex hunting came to be a thing; the problems that the border wall creates for wildlife; people's inability to openly debate issues; living on vertical cliff faces and basically eating gravel; being a proud member of the 98% club; opinions about non-native species; the saga of Kevin Murphy's beagles; gauging a good hunting day based on whether the scent sticks around; the great history of eating rabbit turds; Kevin Murphy, an American treasure; and more.   Connect with Steve and MeatEater Steve on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Ep. 264: The Champ of Champs

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  • over 3 years ago
  • 02:04:54

Steven Rinella talks with Preston Pittman, Ryan Callaghan, Phil Taylor, Corinne Schneider, Samantha Bates, and Janis Putelis. Topics discussed: The caviar of the south; the story of Cal's forearm scar; is there such as thing as a Covid tweaker?; the champ has been shot twice, but doesn't call the cops; the beautiful Grim Reaper choking noises that Steve makes when trying to gobble; Jani's talent; David Letterman; breaking down tag team competitive calling scenarios; how life's too damn short not to enjoy it; no shame in being dyslexic; Preston's perspective on trail cams and the new young farts; the difference between hey, heyyy!, and heeeeeeey; running a diaphragm with a big dip in your lip; studying Ma Nature; and more.   Connect with Steve and MeatEater Steve on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Ep. 263: Free Casting in Coon Country

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  • over 3 years ago
  • 02:00:57

Steven Rinella talks with Clay Newcomb,Seth Morris, Chester Floyd, Rick Smith, and Janis Putelis. Topics discussed: The story of a deer called Moose; sturgeon spearing in Wisconsin on the Fur Hat Ice Tour; bartering services for caviar, then serving the caviar in a restaurant; NY's squirrel hunting tournament going strong; an ear-tagged squirrel traveling 62 miles; the dachshund (weiner dog) and Steve's pronunciation attempts; what it means when you hang a painting on the ceiling; the abundant raccoon; breaking down coon hunting; the nuance inside of the bark; Clay's right ear deafness; how Clay wants to train his mule to key in on turkey gobbles; staying on the snuggle; Jani's eagle eye spotting a squirrel eye; Mingus as a talented tree puppy; Where The Red Fern Grows; and more.   Connect with Steve and MeatEater Steve on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Ep. 262: The Jake Brake

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  • over 3 years ago
  • 02:07:29

Steven Rinella talks with Jason Phelps, Dirk Dirham, Seth Morris, Phil Taylor, Corinne Schneider, and Janis Putelis. Topics discussed: Chester The Investor makes a solid plan on a walleye boat; how skepticism is the chastity of the intellect; reconsidering the use of a sous vide wand to warm up your bathtub; Steve's FOMO were he to die while other humans got to keep living; Texas' record low temperatures wiping out piles of exotic big game; yet another nipple ripping tale; taxidermying an albino porcupine and getting a $70,000 offer for it; how The MeatEater Podcast solves tombstone mysteries; when turkeys are bad turkey callers; how turkey testosterone levels change daily, like Steve's; the reason God made naps; the incredible way turkeys hear and how they're basically GPS devices; how you get Jason Phelp's personal phone when you call Phelps' Game Calls customer service number; breaking down turkey calls; the otherwordly odor of a turkey buzzard; tuning game calls; MeateaterXPhelps calls: the Jake Brake, the Latvian Eagle, and the Easy Clucker; Dirk, the saxophone player; a single production of a black walnut tree; pink vs. red; and more.   Connect with Steve and MeatEater Steve on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Ep. 257: The Burrito Buck

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  • over 3 years ago
  • 01:40:47

Steven Rinella talks with Brandon Butler, Matt Desrosiers, Chase Millemann, Duke Wasteney, Seth Morris, Ryan Callaghan, and Janis Putelis. Topics discussed: When an arsonist is caught on trail cam; Steve trying to take credit for Luke Comb's "Better Together"; creating a big foot hunting season; the "build not bought" movement; catching whoever poached a nanny mountain goat with a crossbow; when neighbors suspect you're BBQ-ing a neighborhood dog; makeshift-grills; Cal's sister birthing Cal's niece; the #landback movement; crossing international borders with shooting irons; lard; high highs and low lows; seeing the grip and grin fade; Seth’s first coues deer; how dang dry it was; Steve's suggestion that folks watch the "Five Came Back"; and more.   Connect with Steve and MeatEater Steve on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Ep. 256: When They Come To Burn Your House Down

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  • over 3 years ago
  • 01:46:37

Steven Rinella talks with Brandon Butler, Jim Heffelfinger, Brody Henderson, Ryan Callaghan, and Janis Putelis. Topics discussed: Steve's fourth quarantine and how his kids turned against their mother; when a poacher burns you down; how to support our buddy Brandon; Mingus the dog's first mountain lion and Jani's deep-felt pride; can Mingus excel as a coon hound?; when your scrotum retains its natural abilities to retract and firm up, and implications for horsemanship; caught on camera: a jaguar killing an ocelot; all the krinkles in possession limit details and when your girlfriend stores her birds in your freezer; birthing a baby at home into your kiddie pool with sous vide-warmed water; when you burn "The MeatEater Guide to Wilderness Skills" and save the day; how to submit your photos for our Fucked Up Old Deer Stands fine art coffee table book; Jim's article and what science says about lead vs. non lead bullets; and more.   Connect with Steve and MeatEater Steve on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Ep. 255: Never Pass Up on the First Day What You'd Be Happy to Have on the Last

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  • 980 views
  • over 3 years ago
  • 01:44:30

Steven Rinella talks with Clay Newcomb, Seth Morris, Chester Floyd, and Spencer Neuharth. Topics discussed: the time when Steve put a hit on a beaver; wolves and their magical ability to sniff out CWD-positive deer; why Doug feels you're missing the point; would you feed CWD-positive deer meat to your dog?; having mega colon and then dying from constipation; the handbook of mummy studies; how Seth survived a weasel attack; fear of too much renewable energy infrastructure and the failure to recognize how destructive it is to wildlife; castration bands to strangle off sheep tails; how mountain lions used to be everywhere; Boone's elk antler, or not; when deer had tusks; how Steve is against Clay bringing his bow and his rifle on the same hunt; a 17-year-old transgendeer; and more.   Connect with Steve and MeatEater Steve on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Ep. 254: Fur Will Never Shine Again

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  • over 3 years ago
  • 02:04:55

Steven Rinella talks with Mike Matney, Rick Matney, Seth Morris, Phil Taylor, and Corinne Schneider.  Topics discussed: duck feet earrings; something in the cosmos that's making people find buffalo skulls; "muskrat moms"; making enough money trapping as a 16-year-old to buy a brand new four-wheel drive pickup truck; the unpredictability of fur prices; Mike's no grip trap; trapping as an excuse to run around in the woods; ‘skrats off minty toothpaste; why are trappers always tasked with explaining themselves?; how Thanksgiving turkeys are killed; feeling yucky and icky; wolverine; Seth's top lot mink; 40 pounds of beaver sausage; the fly fishing river crowds in MT like the Macy's Day Parade; and more.   Connect with Steve and MeatEater Steve on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Ep. 253: Meat Slaps and Tallow

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  • over 3 years ago
  • 01:37:46

Steven Rinella talks with Jesse Griffiths, Clay Newcomb, Chris Gill, Rick Smith, and Seth Morris. Topics discussed: a requester of GPS collar data explains himself; axiographics; a trail cam enthusiast; meat sheets and meat slaps; the geographic differences of meat cookery; the boneless bear ham through a funnel mesher; what LeBron and bacon have in common; getting mauled by a variety of tick species; Seth's setup of the hog hunt story; the sound a javelina's lips make while eating turkey shit; that time when Clay shot the same hog twice; Jesse's skinning method; how to support a hog book by a hog apologist; and more.   Connect with Steve and MeatEater Steve on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Ep. 251: Buckman Juice on the Back 40

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  • over 3 years ago
  • 01:53:22

Steven Rinella talks with Clay Newcomb and Mark Kenyon. Topics discussed: Clay's sleep-to-hunt equation; Steve's distrust of men-only clubs; The One Shot Antelope Hunt catches up to reality; does Steve qualify as a ringer?; the saga of Bruno the bear; the homing instinct; loving Paul Revere, whether he road or not; requests for radio collar data; the survival of outliers; the bounty of the Back 40 plus 24 bonus acres; all the things you do to renew life on the land; turning sameness into a bunch of differentness; Doug's lack of tolerance for backward hats; Buckman Juice; naming your kids after chewing tobacco products; naming all the bucks and the drop tine Spencer Buck; expanding your idea leaving selfish hunting behind; The MeatEater Podcast episode with the QDMA; donating the land; watch "The Back40" here; and more.     Connect with Steve and MeatEater Steve on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Ep. 250: Doin' it Your Own Way with Whiskey Myers

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  • over 3 years ago
  • 02:02:01

Steven Rinella talks with Cody Cannon, Chris Alexander, and Khris Poage of Whiskey Myers, and Spencer Neuharth, Sam Lungren, and Corinne Schneider. Topics discussed: switching your name to Steve Fever; natural condoms made out of lamb casings; castration bands; unethical hunting and plowing down an elk herd; calf shelters as a moral boosting thank you to ranchers who enroll in block management; to wolf reintroduce or to not wolf reintroduce?; when the best stuff about America is written by a bunch of British guys; thoughts on eating bass; when the best country music is really just rock-n-roll; people gravitating towards sad songs and the song called "Sad Song"; the cultural difference between European and American hunting; Americans ignorantly talking about Europe as a monolith; Fergusson the carp being pulled to shore on a landing mat; starting on music because your wild grandpa leaves a guitar for you; a superb day of duck hunting; peiking-ing a duck; and more.   Connect with Steve and MeatEater Steve on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Ep. 249: Begging and Pleading Redux

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  • over 3 years ago
  • 01:54:00

Steven Rinella talks with Ben Friedman (youngpageviews), Spencer Neuharth, Sam Lungren, Brody Henderson, and Janis Putelis. Topics discussed: Spencer's long day spent rescuing an owl and then getting his buck because of karma; transporting a doomed owl in a plastic tote; Steve's kids' mouse; the Federal Duck Stamp having racked up a billion dollars so far; how Darien, CT folks are upset about the new Federal Duck Stamp incorporating an image of hunting; Janice’s box of airfreighted shrimp tails; the tragedy of Dirty Myth; the surprising dangers of s’mores; how to build all the levels of survival kit; why not to drink your pee; cowboy cauterization; Steve's better than Brody at squealing like a pig; thoughts on cannibalism; all the things that can bite and make you sick; the best material ever written on pooping in the woods; how Ep. 192 of The MeatEater Podcast saved a life; Steve begging and pleading with you to go buy MeatEater's Wilderness Skills book; and more.   Connect with Steve and MeatEater Steve on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Ep. 247: The Miss and the Return

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  • over 3 years ago
  • 02:18:06

Steven Rinella talks with Kurt Racicot, Rick Smith, Dirt Myth, Ridge Pounder, Chester Floyd, Seth Morris. Topics discussed: Harder than a woodpecker's lips; being dialed in on your system; a 10,000 year old footprint sandwich of early human, mammoth, and ground sloth; when a pelican starts a brush fire with a carp hanging out of its mouth; dippin' to deficate; free pouring powder and Daniel Boone’s ballistics; bed ticking and muzzleloader families; making your own bird shot by melting lead in a cool way; the extent of Steve's self loathing and the three main feelings; what becomes displaced on a goat when it tumbles down the mountain; the time when Steve shot a buck with his pants down; conceding that storming the ridge was not smart; a snail on a razorblade; a hot tip on where to find mountain goats: where ridges collide with benchy saddles; how Chester got married in a homemade bolo tie made out of elk antlers; ET's cocoon for Covid times; why Steve is a great dad; Jimmy Buffet's zero hangover cocktail; "if you're not learning, you ain't earning"; what a cactus buck is; walking away from your long johns; buying back the bear you killed in self defense; and more.   Connect with Steve and MeatEater Steve on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Ep. 246: The Fenn Treasure

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  • over 3 years ago
  • 01:41:47

Steven Rinella talks with Benjamin Wallace, Spencer Neuharth, Corinne Schneider, and Phil Taylor.  Topics discussed: Ben's article and Spencer's article; topless vs. shirtless; the world's most expensive bottle of wine; the Fenn cache of Clovis points and the Fenn Treasure of gold and jewels; when a Playboy Bunny is gifted a mummified baby crocodile; creating a treasure hunt that leads to your dead body; what is  10” x 10” and weighs 42lbs?; when the FBI gets involved; the searchers, the supersearchers, and the solves; the folks who died while hunting the treasure; getting rescued off the side of a cliff but then running away because you're paranoid about agents making you reveal your secrets; Hebgen Lake as The Fire Hole; where warm waters halt; eye tracking technology; calling bullshit!; a bronze-sniffing dog; the psychological profile of the Fenn chasers; kangaroo words giving latitude and longitude coordinates; Yellowstone National Park; Steve's idea about getting credit card records to figure out which gas stations Fenn's family stopped at; have we all been duped?: back to Spencer's enthusiasms around rock hounding; an invitation to go do something wild; and more.   Connect with Steve and MeatEater Steve on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Ep. 245: Luke Combs on the B-Side of Hunting

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  • over 3 years ago
  • 02:13:46

Steven Rinella talks with Luke Combs, Reid Isbell, Dan Isbell, Luke Thorkildsen, and Janis Putelis. Topics discussed: being on the tour bus; the Fatvian Seagulls; organic vs. assembly line song writing; ten cents per song on one of the best selling albums of all time; on being a lunch pail song writer; where country music and the outdoors intersect; on maintaining country music street cred in the outdoors; dudes that are actually like the dudes in country songs; letting the chickens out in your undies; when Northerners speculate on the lives of Southerners, and vice versa; turkey hunting as the poor man's elk hunting; country fried antelope; pronouncing the words, "pecan" and "crappie"; Steve's new hit song lyrics: "you gotta work with what you got, not with what you wish you had"; retreating to write; leave it to Stever; the definition of a hook and the Johnson motor; if Steve were a trout...; shit as fertilizer; the grizzly bear vocalist; and more.   Connect with Steve and MeatEater Steve on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Ep. 244: Good People for a Good Country

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  • 980 views
  • over 3 years ago
  • 01:32:24

Steven Rinella talks with Juanita Vero, Casey Snider, and Janis Putelis. Topics discussed: Very dramatic wind; a lightning strike that festers for weeks; codifying hunting and fishing in the state constitution; a privilege vs. a right; the national hobby of poking fun at California; all the levies at the tail end of ballots; how Steve wants to run for government office and propose a trapping bill; campaigning for your opponent; truly trying to understand someone with whom you disagree; neutralizing folks' anger by knocking on their doors for a conversation; politics are terrible and people are good; how it would be wise to Vote Vero! if you live in Missoula County; "block management" as a terrible name for what the thing actually is; visiting the bones of your grandfather when you need to make a decision; the correct recipe for pavement; attempting to infuse politics with joy; and more.   Connect with Steve and MeatEater Steve on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Ep. 243: Boggeying in the Brushworld

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  • 980 views
  • almost 4 years ago
  • 01:57:19

Steven Rinella talks with Michael Tewes, Neal Wilkins, Ryan Callaghan, and Janis Putelis. Topics discussed: the ocelot as an animal that's unknown to most folks; how it hurts like hell to get bitten by a cat; chicken-ocelot bonding; the ocelot population in the US being less than 100 individuals; how mammalogists have more fun than ornithologists; a mad obsession with cats; reproduction and the minimum birth rate to maintain a population; the effect of declines in genetic variation; all the different ways of losing an ocelot; how conservation is dependent on private landowners; maintaining the ocelot population on the East Foundation's Texas ranch holdings; is the ESA antiquated what it means to be pro-ESA reform; sex, hunger, and fear; the insane number of birds killed by feral and domestic cats; a hope that ocelots will stick around; how to incentivize conservation when you can't ever go to the place in need of conserving; and more.   Connect with Steve and MeatEater Steve on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Ep. 242: Steep Dark Timber

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  • almost 4 years ago
  • 01:43:22

Steven Rinella talks with Taylor McCall, Brody Henderson, Seth Morris, Phil Taylor, and Janis Putelis. Topics discussed: The time when Chester the Molester got credit for writing a Tyler Childers' song; catch-and-release for stocker trout; Steve dropping Bible knowledge about the how the Bible condemns people who shit out in the woods without burying it; chewin' Grizz and spittin' in cups; python oil; a perfect compliment sandwich; getting suspended from school because you have a BB gun in your bedroom; the plot thickens on squirrels biting off nuts, but now it's about rabbits; mountain man Osborne Russel's journal as a must-read about the Wild West; a tarpon scale guitar pick; air dropping fish from planes into high country lakes; "hey, boom!" vs. wing shooting; instinctively not believing your child; Brody's super fast bear hunt; the full stadium/hog nut dip strategy; Jani's elk hunt with Jason Phelps; Steve accompanying with sad guitar; the premier of "Black Powder Soul"; and more. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Ep. 241: A Half Life of Never

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  • 1.2K views
  • almost 4 years ago
  • 01:48:25

Steven Rinella talks with Tim Bristol, Miles Nolte, and Janis Putelis. Topics discussed: The skinny on Pebble Mine; size, type, and location; dead snow geese in a toxic hole; Butte’s Berkeley Pit; ten billion tons of waste; cyanide leech mining; the Richter scale and how Richter was a nudist; milk, bourbon, and other causes of mass fish die offs; the incredible value of sockeye salmon to life; how everything is keyed in to the salmon lifecycle; the Pebble Beach golf course; when the state pays you to be a resident; Steve being clear on where he's coming from and his $1,000 bet with his sister-in-law; the EPA and Clean Water Act as the last stand; empty statements like empty air; how Alaskans don't want Pebble; the amount of money spent on lawyers and how the debate on Pebble is an economic driver; how conservation in Alaska is a different fight; holding on to perfect things; how to take action and stop Pebble Mine; and more.   Connect with Steve and MeatEater Steve on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.