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Highlander Hunting Podcast

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Chronicles of Backcountry hunting. Offering tips, instruction, and stories about hunting big game on public land.

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Chronicles of Backcountry hunting. Offering tips, instruction, and stories about hunting big game on public land.

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Interesting and Entertaining

By jim_g1967 - Feb 20 2019
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Just found this podcast and already getting a lot of good info. John and Mike have a lot of good knowledge and are entertaining at the same time. Looking forward to upcoming episodes, but have a few archives to catch up on in between. Keep them coming.

Great guests, but speakerphone audio

By thatrujabrone - Jul 11 2018
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You have great guests, but any time a podcast utilizes a speakerphone connection makes it really difficult to tolerate...

iTunes Ratings

8 Ratings
Average Ratings
6
1
1
0
0

Interesting and Entertaining

By jim_g1967 - Feb 20 2019
Read more
Just found this podcast and already getting a lot of good info. John and Mike have a lot of good knowledge and are entertaining at the same time. Looking forward to upcoming episodes, but have a few archives to catch up on in between. Keep them coming.

Great guests, but speakerphone audio

By thatrujabrone - Jul 11 2018
Read more
You have great guests, but any time a podcast utilizes a speakerphone connection makes it really difficult to tolerate...
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Highlander Hunting Podcast

Latest release on Aug 27, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Episode 57 Crushing Hills and Reaching Goals

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Join us for our latest episode where Mike and John interview one of our listeners Jordan Pack.

Just a few short years ago, Jordan and his wife Alaina, didn't hunt, and neither owned a firearm.

With glasses full of peaty single malt, we chatted with Jordan as he recounted his first mountain mule deer buck.  We really enjoyed hanging out and listening, and we hope you do too.

It's been a great season so far! Send us your success or even just some great stories, we love to see how everyone spends their hunting season even if you don't fill your tag  😉

Email us at highlanderhuntingpodcast@gmail.com

Nov 22 2019

1hr 18mins

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Rank #2: Episode 44 More Camo than Cabela's. Hunting in Pressured Areas, John's Solo Antlered Mule Deer Hunt

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Mike and John sit down and chat about John's general antlered mule deer hunt.  They talk about strategies for success when hunting in busy areas, how to be safe when hunting on public land, and managing expectations when hunting in pressured areas.  All this plus the usual banter and tangential conversations. Enjoy!

Please rate us on iTunes or your favorite podcast platform and we will send you some swag! Listen to the end to hear how.

Cheers,

Highlander Hunting Podcast Crew

Dec 18 2018

1hr 32mins

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Rank #3: Episode 51 Ultralite Backpacker's Tips and Tricks

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We had the pleasure of sitting down with the president of the Great Divide Trail Association and talked about the mechanics of ultralight backpacking.  Dave Hockey has several years experience on some of the most popular through hike routes in North America, including the trail he currently heads up, the GDT.

We also talked about the Great Divide Trail and the sometimes complicated process that's involved when building a 1,100 km continuous trail that crosses through several land use areas in Alberta and British Columbia. From public land, provincial parks, and National Parks, GDT passes through them all to make a continuous route that is increasingly used by international visitors and locals.  Dave explains how truly wild the country is and encourages our listeners to get out and explore it!

Hoping you enjoy this informative episode.

May 03 2019

1hr 27mins

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Rank #4: Episode 37 Bows and Camo Clothes

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We hope everyone is having a fabulous summer!

Here at Highlander Hunting we are always preparing for the upcoming season, on this episode we are talking about pre-season preparation and where to spend your hard earned dollars.  Mike and John talk archery, arrow and broadhead tuning, what you're paying for when purchasing premium arrows.

They also talk about camo, clothing, and different types of concealment available to bow and rifle hunters.

As always thank you all for the support and keep sending those emails. We love to hear from our listeners.  Email highlanderhuntingpodcast@gmail.com

Jul 26 2018

42mins

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Rank #5: Episode 46 Hunting the Unkown - Saddle Hills Elk Hunt

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On this episode fellow hunting partner Dave joins John and Mike to discuss the 2018 Saddle Hills hunt.  We talk about what went well this season, and what we could have done better.  We offer some advice on what to do when going into an area completely blind, especially when the hunting area is too far away to put boots on the ground.

Sit back, relax, and crack a beer as we did during this informative podcast. 

Feel free to send us your stories and photos of some of your memorable hunts. Email us at highlanderhuntingpodcast@gmail.com.

Jan 21 2019

1hr 1min

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Rank #6: Episode 49 Curls, Chukars and Cartridges

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If any seasoned or new hunters are considering hunting the mountains this year, this episode is a must listen. 

Our guest and friend Alex shares with us his decades of mountain hunting experience, not only in North America, but all over the world.  We wanted to concentrate on sheep hunting topics, but quickly realized that many of the topics we covered apply to all mountain hunting, even Chukars! We got in-depth about gear, and what has proven to last in the tough mountain environments.  We talked tactics on finding sheep, and many other mountain big game. 

Alex is a wealth of knowledge, and we were very happy he agreed to join us.  We picked up a lot of good advice and insight from him, and we know you will too!

We hope you enjoy this episode! 

Remember to send any questions, comments or stories to highlanderhuntingpodcast@gmail.com.

Mar 10 2019

1hr 17mins

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Rank #7: Episode 56 Feeding Bear Meat to Strangers and Other Worthwhile Endeavours

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Welcome to this week's episode with John and Mike.  Here are some of the topics covered, overcoming the bear meat taboo, rifle elk hunting, 212 primitive weapon elk tags, the finer points of reloading and using the Saterly test to optimize rifle harmonics. Hunting with youth and how not to wreck them.

Make sure to listen to the end to hear what the guys have coming up on their calendars.

Thank you for your continued support, we love to hear everyone's success stories from the newly opened season, good luck and shoot straight!

Nov 04 2019

1hr

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Rank #8: Episode 38 "To Load or Not to Load" that is the question

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Are you a factory or a handload hunter?  Don't know the difference? Not to worry. 

John sits down with local reloading guru, Mike McRae.  We approach the topic of reloading from the point of view of a newer hunter/shooter.  Mike walks through the process, the different options, and the finer details.  We cover the basic considerations to think of when deciding if you plan on shooting "factory or handloads".

Email us if you want to get your hands on a sweet Highlander Hunting Podcast vinyl sticker. We love to hear from our listeners. 

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook and by email highlanderhuntingpodcast@gmail.com 

Aug 29 2018

50mins

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Rank #9: Episode 40 Type 2 Fun at it's best, The EXO Death Hike Dissected

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The 2018 EXO Death Hike was 90+ miles over three days, with 21,000 feet elevation gain.

Sound impossible?  We chatted with Mark Huelsing from the Hunt Backcountry podcast and EXO Mountain gear packs, and finisher of the 2018 Death Hike to find out what it takes to complete such a physical and mental challenge.

This is in preparation for the first Highlander Challenge, which we will be organizing for Summer 2019.

If you want to come along, email us!

Sep 21 2018

1hr 26mins

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Rank #10: Episode 52 Preparation, Perserverance and Other Strategies to Outwit the Night Ranger

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For this episode we chat with Cody Gross.  Cody is a guy who grew up playing alot of hockey.  This made some of the other hunting seasons out of reach, but in May he had some free time.  He's an experienced black bear hunter from Manitoba and he explains some of the details on exactly how they hunt them in that part of the country.  The practice of baiting black bears is a method that is often misunderstood and sometimes judged harshly. 

Have a listen and make your own determination.

Thanks for all the fan support we appreciate every comment, email and like! Feel free to contact us with your own pictures, stories or questions.

John and Mike

May 15 2019

1hr 23mins

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Rank #11: Episode #50 Milestones and Memoirs

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For our 50th episode, we answer listener questions.  Things like being territorial with your hunting spots, effective use of spotting scopes, the political scene here in Alberta and how it affects hunters.

We read some emails from listeners, one of tragedy and one of success.  Mike and John talk about what they have learned and what they enjoyed most about podcasting to hunters.  They do a whole bunch of shout outs to everyone who has helped out and been a guest.  

John cautions Highland Challengers - don't underestimate the effort.  Put the work in.

Mar 24 2019

1hr 30mins

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Rank #12: Episode 39 Time of Year for Elk and Gear

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Mike and John are getting fired up for the start of bow season.  This episode they do a side by side comparison of the Mystery Ranch and FHF bino harness systems.  They go over the features of Mike's new ultralight tent, then they start brainstorming about putting on a EXO Mountain style "Death Hike" next summer. 

They're looking for input from listeners on this....

There's a bunch of new HHP vinyl sitckers that the guys are giving away.  Just email highlanderhuntingpodcast@gmail.com today!

Sep 10 2018

57mins

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Rank #13: Episode 48 Frostbite and Fur - Coyote Hunting

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To break the winter monotony, the boys have been out predator hunting, and think you should do the same.

They discuss the whys, tell you about coyote facts, current management practices, what gear you need, teach you about best practice, and walk you through what a typical day looks like when hunting Wile E. Coyote. 

Mike and John also talk about upcoming topics, future sheep hunting plans, and the latest gear they have aquired.

Sit back and enjoy this imformative episode.

Feel free to contact us at Highlanderhuntingpodcast@gmail.com with comments, stories or suggestions.

Stay tuned for more information on the Highland Challenge.... 

Feb 25 2019

55mins

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Rank #14: Episode 53 BS'ing in the Basement

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Recorded earlier in May, this episode features Mike and John bs'ing in the basement.  We chat about new gear and some of our upcoming adventures.

May 26 2019

1hr 10mins

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Rank #15: Episode 47 What's In Our Bag Now

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John and Mike discuss what's in their backpacks, and what makes a good backpack.  They discuss the needed essentials they believe in, and how their gear lists have evolved from years hunting on foot in the backcountry.  They discuss the importance of brands that stand strongly behind their products, and why good warranty's are essential.  

If you're a gear nut like John and Mike are, tune in and enjoy!

As always we like to thank our listeners, feel free to email us with suggestions, stories or questions at highlanderhuntingpodcast@gmail.com

Cheers,

John and Mike

Feb 04 2019

1hr 31mins

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Rank #16: Public Land Scouting Seminar

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Things have been busy this summer, but Mike and John found some time to sit down to record a mini-sode about their upcoming scouting seminars at Cabela's Calgary.  Mike and John's scouting seminar will be held on Tuesday, August 20 from 6-8 pm.  In this seminar we will discuss why you should scout, many tools at your disposal, and some tips and tricks the boys have learned over the years. 

John will also be doing a solo presentation for brand new hunters on Saturday, August 17 at 1 pm at Cabela's Calgary.

Hope to see you there!

Aug 15 2019

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Rank #17: Episode 45 Get Home Alive!

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Keeping yourself alive in the backcountry. 

This episode we discuss the risks that go along with travelling in the backcountry.  We talk about the most common accidents that occur while hunting and some tips on making you safer.  Mike does a first aid bag dump and we talk about safety gear we carry and why.  We chat about how our safety gear has evolved for the better and in some cases worse.  Our hope is this podcast gets people thinking about their safety and use the off season to build on their outdoor skills.

We hope you enjoy this episode.  Feel free to give us a like on iTunes or whatever podcast platform you use.

John and Mike

Jan 04 2019

1hr 51mins

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Rank #18: Episode 54 Highland Challenge 2019 Recap

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Join Mike and John for a detailed recap of the first annual Highland Challege.  The guys discuss the group, the ground and the gear! Keep listening to hear what each of the participants high's and low's of the trip were and what they would like for next year.

We would like to thank Cabela's and iHunter for the sponsorship and swag generously dontated to the Highland Challenge.  

Want to help us out? Rate, review, subscribe on iTunes or whichever platform you use for your favorite podcasts!  We also love emails with questions, suggestions and stories, John and Mike can be reached at highlanderhuntingpodcast@gmail.com

Jun 25 2019

1hr 10mins

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Rank #19: Episode 41 Big Game Harvest Objectives and the Science Behind Wildlife Management

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Ever wonder why a tag's on a draw?  Or who makes the call for a general season or special license?  Grant Chapman, wildlife biologist - Bow district, with Alberta Wildlife  and Parks is the person responsible for this task.  

Stewarding wildlife populations for a swath of land that stretches from the Eastern slopes to the Badlands, and South from the Panther River to the Montana border.

Grant took time out of his busy schedule to visit with Mike and John and shed some light on the processes involved in setting the harvest objectives for all the big game species within his territory.

We walk through most of the species and discuss where they're doing well, what the management challenges are, and what the threats to different big game animals are.

We touch on how the government views resident hunters, hunter opportunity, and the economic impact resident hunters have on our economy.

Grant is from a ranching background and is an avid big game hunter and outdoorsman.

Due to the length of the recording, we decided to break it into two parts.

We hope you enjoy this episode.

Oct 06 2018

1hr 33mins

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Rank #20: Episode 43 Season Progress Report

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Chronicles of our adventures and misadventures since the bow season opener.  We recount some of our more memorable days in the field with friends and family.  Mike recounts his daughter Ashlyn's first buck, and John talks about his son Dylan calling in his first bull.  So far, 2018 has been a fun season, and the best part is just starting!

We touch on some of the frustrations a new hunter can have when success doesn't come, and offer tips on how we deal with it.

Hope you enjoy, and please take a second and rate us.  It helps others find us.

Nov 12 2018

1hr 4mins

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