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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 an in-depth 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 to the vast world of the outdoors. Part of The MeatEater Podcast Network.

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Ep. 262: The Jake Brake

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 MeatEaterSteve on Instagram and TwitterMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

2hr 11mins

1 Mar 2021

Rank #1

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Ep. 247: The Miss and the Return

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 MeatEaterSteve on Instagram and TwitterMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

2hr 17mins

16 Nov 2020

Rank #2

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Ep. 222: Morels in the Time of Covid

Steven Rinella talks with Spencer Neuharth, Ryan Callaghan, Joe Ferronato, and Phil Taylor.Topics discussed: Too many Twin Lakes; practicing civil disobedience in order to get married; a strong prejudice against yoga studios; the obvious upsides of an open bar; the mystique of morels; cracking the code on lab grown mushrooms; how Cal found a morel in a gravel patch by a manhole cover in downtown Boise; the disgruntled hunter; a nasty rabbit disease hits American shores; Spencer as a newly formed rock-hunting enthusiast; how Yellowstone agates came to be; Spencer being way-assed wrong about folks' interest in red squirrels biting the nuts off fox squirrels; the tale of a wolf named Three Toes; how Steve has really enjoyed waking up at home for a change; what the hell is a Polish rose?; the forgotten size of sugar cubes; and more. Connect with Steve and MeatEaterSteve on Instagram and TwitterMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 43mins

25 May 2020

Rank #3

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Ep. 217: Mark Kurlansky on Saving Salmon

Steven Rinella talks with Mark Kurlansky, Phil Taylor, and Janis Putelis.Topics discussed: Mark being a lifelong fisherman; fisheries and over fishing as only minor problems by comparison; how salmon get hit by everything we do wrong; the 11-foot-high jump of the salmon; Francisco Franco, dictator of Spain and dedicated fly fisherman; the Atlantic Ocean's decreasing carrying capacity; why catch it if you're going to release it?; calibrating the success of salmon stock recovery to population numbers from centuries ago; environmentalists spending too much time trying to stop things rather than fix things; subject as a proxy for your soapbox issue; the problem with solutions; New Deal dam building; dumbed down wild salmon; celebrating the completion of your 33rd book (Salmon: A Fish, the Earth, and the History of Their Common Fate) by beginning to write your 34th book; and more. Connect with Steve and MeatEaterSteve on Instagram and TwitterMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 52mins

20 Apr 2020

Rank #4

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Ep. 259: The Squirrel Doctor Is In

Steven Rinella talks with Dr. John Koprowski, Spencer Neuharth, Clay Newcomb, and Janis Putelis.Topics discussed: Having a Phd in all things squirrels; what a squirrel has for a penis; when squirrel semen hardens into a waxy plug to prevent other squirrels from breeding; 45 male squirrels chase a single female for six hours; what the hell is a drey?; settling the score on testicle biting; how color phasing works; hitting the ground from 70 feet and shaking off the daze; freakish ways to die; how squirrel incisors never stop growing; eating your own young; being anal about managing your mushrooms; barking at anthing and everything, but especially each other; the stick trick; and more. Connect with Steve and MeatEaterSteve on Instagram and TwitterMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

2hr 16mins

8 Feb 2021

Rank #5

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Ep. 257: The Burrito Buck

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 MeatEaterSteve on Instagram and TwitterMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 42mins

25 Jan 2021

Rank #6

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Ep. 086: The Meat Tree, Part 1

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. Connect with Steve and MeatEaterSteve on Instagram and TwitterMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 31mins

16 Oct 2017

Rank #7

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Ep. 100: The Powerful Joe Rogan

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. Connect with Steve and MeatEaterSteve on Instagram and TwitterMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 46mins

22 Jan 2018

Rank #8

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Ep. 221: The Perfect Rock

Steven Rinella talks with Ryan Callaghan, Seth Morris, Brody Henderson, Phil Taylor, and Janis Putelis.Topics discussed: how all of the stuff you add to braising liquid matters; Steve draws a MT mountain goat tag; explaining point creep; spike antlers; hot tips for hunting pressurized land; the bird that nightmares are made of; strutting and gobbling as an ok way to spend a day; Pleistocene re-wilding as a complete waste of time but a fun distraction; becoming a cattle apologist with old age; making the leap from gas station coffee; bleeding game out; each cheek on its own support; how to responsibly poop in the woods; the Latvian plug; a very strong "no" on the Pebble Mine project; and more. Connect with Steve and MeatEaterSteve on Instagram and TwitterMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

2hr 2mins

18 May 2020

Rank #9

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Ep. 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

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. Connect with Steve and MeatEaterSteve on Instagram and TwitterMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 23mins

23 Jun 2016

Rank #10

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Ep. 253: Meat Slaps and Tallow

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 MeatEaterSteve on Instagram and TwitterMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 39mins

28 Dec 2020

Rank #11

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Ep. 029

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. Connect with Steve and MeatEaterSteve on Instagram and TwitterMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 36mins

19 Feb 2016

Rank #12

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Ep.087: The Meat Tree, Part 2

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. Connect with Steve and MeatEaterSteve on Instagram and TwitterMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 30mins

23 Oct 2017

Rank #13

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Ep. 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.

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.  Connect with Steve and MeatEaterSteve on Instagram and TwitterMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

2hr 9mins

22 Jul 2016

Rank #14

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Ep. 198: Hunting with the Home Run King

Steven Rinella talks with New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso, Cody Fahrion, Rick Smith, Seth Morris, and Janis Putelis.Topics discussed: All those home runs; the value of a high ass; Steve and Jani’s disagreement over “natural”; shooting a duck on the ground and a turkey in the air; chocolate milk, squats, and yodel-sounding farts induced by chocolate milk; what it feels like to win a million dollars, meet Seinfeld, and then hunt with Steve; Pete's first buck; and more. Connect with Steve and MeatEaterSteve on Instagram and TwitterMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 55mins

9 Dec 2019

Rank #15

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Ep. 194: Summon the Squall

Steven Rinella talks with Adam Weatherby, Landon Peterson, Stewart Peterson, Seth Morris, and Janis Putelis. Topics discussed: A shot so bad it didn’t even spook the buck; Wyoming’s Region G; magic mountains and crooked skies; animosity toward your mentor; horses vs. mules as hunting equipment; riding horses on steep-assed cliffs; is it unsportsmanlike to shoot bedded bucks?; Janis shooting a buck in self defense; wanting to become a cowboy; adopting butt pad technology; and more. Connect with Steve and MeatEaterSteve on Instagram and TwitterMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

2hr 16mins

11 Nov 2019

Rank #16

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Ep. 130: Packing Gear

Steven Rinella talks with Kurt Racicot of Stone Glacier, along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew. Subjects Discussed: the unique nature of Alaskan bears; the PTSD-inducing capabilities of Killer whales; sea cucumbers, abalone, scallops, and other Alaskan ocean grub worth owning a cabin for; how to pack for a long backcountry hunt, and how to get your head straight; proof that cotton kills; suffering; water purification preferences; cold supper; how big is your backpack?; 13 bullets revisited; and more. Connect with Steve and MeatEaterSteve on Instagram and TwitterMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

2hr 26mins

20 Aug 2018

Rank #17

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Ep. 199: Big Pieces of the Brain Pie

Steven Rinella talks with Director of Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, Martha Williams, Greg Lemon, and Janis Putelis.Topics discussed: A fancy playdate that includes some deer stalking; different names for your fish and game agency; death to blue laws; hunting with an atlatl; regular science vs. social science; what does it mean to love a resource to death?; when science is weaponized; rainbow v. walleye; inflatable swans; will GYE grizzlies ever be delisted?; and more. Connect with Steve and MeatEaterSteve on Instagram and TwitterMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

2hr 48mins

16 Dec 2019

Rank #18

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Ep. 197: Eating Folks in the Arctic

Steven Rinella talks with Buddy Levy and Janis Putelis.Topics discussed: Jumping out of planes with sacks of cash; the outlaw Claude Dallas as both an asshole and a good book subject; a crash course on David Crockett; the Labryinth of Ice; promiscuity on the frontier; eating spuds basted in human fat; flossing out a bullet hole with a silk handkerchief; that time when Steve mistook a communal sink for a urinal; bumpkin pride; Jani eating dehydrated placenta pills; and more. Connect with Steve and MeatEaterSteve on Instagram and TwitterMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

2hr 25mins

2 Dec 2019

Rank #19

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Ep. 201: What Exactly Is the Problem?

Steven Rinella talks with Kylee Archer, Samantha Bates, Maggie Smith, Tracy Crane, Brody Henderson, Kevin Harlander, and Janis Putelis. Topics discussed: Brody's elk and trout-infested house is for sale; Kevin's hog-fattening business; Pfeilstorch, which is German for a stork with an arrow stuck in it; crying after butchering; bring the scope to your eye and not the other way around; Cal's bowel movements; how to be a good hunting mentor; hot tips on making jerky; and more. Connect with Steve and MeatEaterSteve on Instagram and TwitterMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

2hr 29mins

30 Dec 2019

Rank #20