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A show that covers the ideologies and philosophies of the modern hunter while touching on key ideas like conservation, our value systems and how to construct a better public image. A recurring cast of top hunting voices help drive the conversation and keep things pretty damn interesting.

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On this week's show, we're joined by Anthony Licata and Joe Ferronato from the MeatEater crew to talk about Phil's backstabbing appearances on another podcast, two Pennsylvania hunters charged with animal cruelty, and winning a hunt in New Zealand with Ben. In the interview portion of the show Cornell ethicist James Tantillo talks about the tragic wisdom hunting provides and how it can help us understand death. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch    
On this week’s show we’re finishing off the “Best of THC” series with volume four. This week it's the outdoor legends we've had on our show including Dr. Valerius Geist, Col. Tom Kelly, and Jim Posewitz. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch
On this week’s show we’re rolling out the third volume of “Best of THC” with the wildest bear attack stories from our show. Those include Todd Orr's viral video from Montana, Brad Jameson's gruesome encounter on Afognak Island, and Barrie K. Gilbert's Yellowstone attack from the 1970s. Enjoy. Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch
On this week's show we're rolling out the second volume of "Best of THC" with listener picks for the top moments of our show. Those include Steven Rinella learning about Game of Thrones, Cameron Hanes doing a pack dump and talking about The Bachelor, and when Ben traveled to Berkeley, Calif., to interview an animal rights activist and a vegan philosopher. Enjoy.  Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch  
This week we're rolling out our very first "Best of THC" podcast featuring some of our favorite characters from almost two years of conversations on hunting and life. In this episode you'll hear from Texas photographer, biologist, and predator hunter Wyman Meinzer on his upbringing, and photographer Dusan Smetana on escaping communist Czechoslovakia and finding his way to Montana. To wrap things up Charles "The Rabbit Man" Rodney talks about coming up as a sharecropper's son in segregated Louisiana.  Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch  
On this week’s show, we’re joined by Ryan “Cal” Callaghan and Phil the Engineer for a conversation on why we’re annoyed by Christmas, how to mentor new hunters, and where Phil might go for his first hunt. In the interview portion of the show we’re in Princeton to meet up with author and conservationist Tovar Cerulli to talk about his shift from vegan to hunter, his book “The Mindful Carnivore,” and what it means to accept change. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch    
This week on this show, Ben O’Brien and Phil the Engineer take a closer look at the reaction (both good and bad) to Episode #89 with Dr. Carolyn Finney. In the interview portion of the show, Ben is joined by Brianna Pobiner, a paleoanthropologist at the Smithsonian studying the evolution of the human diet. After a walk through “The Hall of Human Origins,” they discuss how eating meat has contributed to our humanity. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch  
On this week's show, I'm joined by MeatEater's Joe Ferronato and Maggie Smith to hear the story of Maggie's first deer. We also check in on a fledging YouTube controversy involving a big giant buck and a young gun hunter that wasn't wearing his orange. In the interview portion of the show, we're joined by Andy Anderson and Bill Roden for a discussion on marketing in the outdoors and how storytelling is effecting our future. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch
On this week’s show, MeatEater’s Miles Nolte and I discuss the issue of race in the hunting community and consider the idea of increasing diversity within and among hunters. For the interview segment, I’m joined by Dr. Carolyn Finney, a storyteller, author, and cultural geographer who wrote the book, Black Faces, White Spaces, which addresses the relationship of African Americans to the outdoors. It’s an incredibly difficult and important conversation for us all. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch
On this week's show, Phil the Engineer and I read some listener emails and tie up the loose ends from past episodes. We also put Skimpy McWeakstache to rest for good. In the interview segment we're joined by Taylor Collins, Robby Sansom, and Marshall Seedorf from Force of Nature Meats to explore regenerative agriculture, how we can better consume meat on a large scale, and the power in our soil. Enjoy.  You can also check out Roam Ranch and Force of Nature for more.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch
On this week’s show, Phil the Engineer finally gets his own segment, we read the best emails from listeners, and find some international perspective from our friends in the United Kingdom. In the interview portion of the show, we’re joined by Mark Kenyon, Hunter Rud, and Jordan Riley to take a deeper look at MeatEater’s new whitetail-focused series, The Back 40. It’s the rut, so we have some great deer stories to tell! Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch
On this week’s show, we’re joined by Sam Lungren, Anthony Licata, and Spencer Neuharth to discuss halloween costumes, World Series action, and our different experiences with coyotes over the years. In the interview portion of the show we’re joined by author Dan Flores to talk about the cultural and spiritual history of the coyote in America. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch
On this week’s show, we’re joined by Sam Soholt and Phil the Engineer to finally name Phil’s mustache. We also talk about Sam’s #stampitforward project to help promote the Federal Duck Stamp. In the interview portion of the show we’re joined by Bear Hunting Magazine’s Clay Newcomb to talk about the ethics of baiting for bears. Clay is incredibly articulate and it’s one of the best conversations we’ve ever had on this show. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch  
On this week’s show, we’re joined by Phil the Engineer to talk about where we draw the line when it comes hunting, when funerals interrupt elk season, and a Not-So Sharp Moment involving a pet raccoon. In the interview portion of the show we’re joined by Harry W. Greene, a herpetologist who retired in 2016 after working for many years as a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Cornell University. We cover all-things snakes. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch  
In this week’s show, we’re putting a bow on last week’s conversation with Barrie K. Gilbert and studying Phil the Engineer’s developing mustache. We’re also joined by Miles Nolte and Steven Rinella for a special new segment called Whiskey and Ethics, where we drink MeatEater Bourbon Whiskey and dive deep into some tough topics. It’s a show with no inhibitions. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch
On this week’s show, we’re joined by grizzly bear advocate, wildlife activist, and author Barrie K. Gilbert to talk all things bears. Gilbert has become an outspoken advocate for grizzlies in recent years after surviving a brutal attack in Yellowstone in 1977. Unfortunately, the interview quickly goes off the rails and becomes the most contentious conversation in THC history.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch
On this week’s show we’re joined by Ryan "Cal" Callaghan to talk about eating man-eating bears, dogs loved and lost, and how to ask for hunting permission. In the interview portion of the show we're joined by Greg Lemon, Emily Almberg, and Jennifer Ramsey from Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks to talk about the wildlife diseases facing our populations and what we can do to combat the related issues. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch  
On this week’s show we’re joined by MeatEater's Morgan Mason and Joe Ferronato recapping a day grouse hunting on public land in Montana. We learn about Phil the Engineer's rescue dog, Mango, and get real emotional. For the interview portion of the show we stop by the home of 81-year-old bird hunting author Ben O. Williams to talk about life, good dogs, fine European shotguns, and why he fell in love with hunting Hungarian partridge some 60 years ago. Enjoy.    Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch
On this week’s show we’re joined by Dr. Valerius Geist, by many estimations the most important conservationist in the last 50 years. Dr. Geist is the original author of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and a lifelong devotee to studying wildlife. He is a specialist in zoology, biology, and has studied elk, moose, bighorn sheep, and other wild ungulates intensely over the years. We covered predator pits, riding moose into battle, why wolves don’t eat us, and his upbringing. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch
On this week’s show we’re telling elk hunting stories with our favorite MeatEater crew members Ryan Callaghan, Sam Lungren, and Joe Ferronato. We're slinging tales of success and failure on opening day in Montana, plus the story of Cal's weekend wedding adventures. Enjoy.   Connect with Ben and MeatEater Ben on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater Merch  
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Comments (19)

Jeffery Lockhart

This guy was interesting to listen to. He is clearly emotionally invested in this subject and isn't willing to hear the other side, and takes any alternative to his view as an affront to him personally. Yes he's an academic, but he isn't unbiased as he claims.

Oct 17th
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Jeremy Badger

Last time I checked in Alaska killing bears in den with cubs isnt even close to being legal. The only exception they make on the issue up here is when it's done under tribal rights. If your not part of that bubble it is a completely illegal. Aside from that I get that everyone has different views as they should, we are not cut from the same mold. That being said half way in this guy just wants to pick a fight because someone doesnt agree with every word he lays out there.

Oct 13th
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Julian Iacobazzi

Normally I don't comment on podcasts like this....but I am cracking up at them all going back and forth giving hilarious descriptions of William Perry Pendley! On a serious note... pretty horrible what he is about, and trying to do to public lands.

Sep 9th
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Corey Goodall

Cripes...this frickin' episode. Anyone who sticks an animal in the guts with a crossbow @ 50 yards isn't going to be any better with a rifle @ 100. Archery killed animals shot in the same spot as a rifle will typically expire more peacefully. smh

Aug 23rd
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Corey Goodall

The "hunting community" has done this to themselves by a) picking the orange dude in their primary & b) putting him in the WH. Cry all you want but no D president has done the damage to hunting & outdoor interests that R's have done in the last 40 years...but keep voting R...

Aug 23rd
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Paul B

Thank you for this.

Jun 4th
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Ernesto Mercado

I don't watch the Games of Thrones, because I read the books and the TV series is a love story.

Apr 24th
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John Ester

Awesome podcast. Ben does a great job tackling some complex issues in the hunting world. And more importantly he does a great job allowing the listeners to hear hunting stories from multiple people. the podcast gives new hunters a chance to hear the true side of hunting that rarely get portrayed in most media.

Feb 7th
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Brad Stephens

i don't see the ethical issue of hunting to feed your dog. why should someone be expected to go buy manmade kibble from a store?

Feb 1st
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Justin Upp

Wasnt Ben O'Brien behind the decision at Yeti to distance themselves from the NRA?

Jan 18th
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Lawrence Kaiser III

Larry mcmurtry wrote lonesome dove. you mentioned the musician James Mcmurtry as the author.

Dec 11th
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Lawrence Kaiser III

heard the Louisiana in his voice right off. Thought there's no way he is from the eastern shore.

Oct 11th
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Terry Owens

Based on selection of guests and Ben's interviewing, this is the only podcast I'm currently listening to as regularly as Rinella's. Keep it up!

Jun 5th
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John Kimble

Aaron Snyder brought me here. Thank you for the content! Great work!

Apr 13th
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Jimmy Jam

If you start with Rinella you couldn't possibly fail.

Feb 16th
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