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The Hunting Collective

The Hunting Collective with host Ben O'Brien 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. Part of The MeatEater Podcast Network.

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Ep. 91: Studying the Earliest MeatEaters and the Evolution of the Human Diet with Brianna Pobiner

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

1hr 33mins

10 Dec 2019

Rank #1

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Ep. 88: Beyond Factory Farming, the Power in Our Soil, and Learning About Regenerative Agriculture at Roam Ranch

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

2hr 22mins

19 Nov 2019

Rank #2

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Ep. 42: A Bear Attack on Afognak Island

Afognak Island is a small land mass about 20 miles long and 40 miles wide off the coast of Alaska in the Kodiak archipelago. There aren't many reasons to visit this place and even fewer motivations for someone to take up residence on the island. In fact, there are only 39 permanent human residents today, most of which are workers at a state-run salmon hatchery. There are no roads, bars, grocery stores or shopping malls on Afognak, but there is a large population of Kodiak brown bears and a few healthy herds of Roosevelt elk. It's a harsh place that defines the environment of coastal Alaska. Wild swings in weather produce a climate that can feel like a rainforest in the summer and a despotic tundra when winter arrives. This place is no tourist destination, and it doesn't suffer fools. It's an unpredictable domain that calls for preparedness and as such, attracts some of the most dedicated hunters to its shores. Brad Jameson is one of those hunters. He's an experienced outdoorsman well-versed in wilderness medicine and survival. He'd hunted the island before without a hint of trouble, bringing home hundreds of pounds of venison and avoiding even a casual run-in with a brown bear. On Oct. 23, he boarded a boat with four hunting buddies to head back to Afognak. It was a normal trip for the Alaska residents, and they were looking forward to a tough-as-hell hunt.Three days later everything would change. Brad suddenly found himself five yards from an old sow with nowhere to run and only a moment to prepare himself for what was to come next.Be sure to listen to my entire podcast with Brad to hear his jarring story of grit and survival and how he made it out alive. Connect with Ben and MeatEaterBen on InstagramMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

2hr 17mins

31 Dec 2018

Rank #3

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Ep. 33: Adam Greentree

For this episode I’m joined by my friend Adam Greentree. He’s one of the most influential bowhunters in the game and his recent social media rise has been unrivaled. Beyond that, his story is one I have wanted to share for a long time, knowing where he is today and where he came from. It’s an amazing example of struggle and resilience, and we can learn a lot from what he has overcome. He’s got an awesome family who’ve traveled with him for the last four months on a road trip across the U.S., and I caught up with the entire Greentree clan on their journey. We even managed to include two very special guests to kick off the show. Enjoy one of my favorite podcast conversations. Connect with Ben and MeatEaterBen on InstagramMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 59mins

30 Oct 2018

Rank #4

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Ep. 45: Steven Rinella and Ryan Callaghan

For this week’s podcast, I’m joined by MeatEater’s Steven Rinella and Ryan Callaghan for a fireside chat in Sonora, Mexico. As most late-night conversations go, this one went in a few unexpected directions—most notably stories about our first cars, rifles and favorite beer. We also covered whether or not we are overthinking the why of hunting, the great American writer Jim Harrison, hunting animals you don’t intend to eat and the joys of hunting Coues deer.Get your tickets to the MeatEater Podcast LIVE here: https://www.themeateater.com/event Connect with Ben and MeatEaterBen on InstagramMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 46mins

22 Jan 2019

Rank #5

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Ep. 55: Cal’s Love Life, the Adam Greentree Case & an Interview with Cameron Hanes | 4.2.19

This week Ryan Callaghan joins the podcast to discuss being single forever, we talk about the year of the cat, and I’m joined by bowhunting athlete Cam Hanes for an exclusive interview. Enjoy. Connect with Ben and MeatEaterBen on InstagramMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 45mins

2 Apr 2019

Rank #6

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Ep. 24: Wyman Meinzer

It was late July in the Texas Badlands, a time of year Wyman Meinzer says turns his home into a "hell hole of a place." We sat in his living room drinking whiskey and talking politics. We were both sweating a bit despite the best efforts of the air conditioning, but managing to get a few laughs in between fits of intense conversation meant to solve the world's problems. Wyman and his wife Sylinda had spent the day with three of their grandchildren, leaving the house cluttered with dolls, juice boxes and the like. Just another sign of changing times for my friend Wyman. He's 67 now and gone are the days when he lived in the old dugout, trapping coyotes and bobcats. Gone are the wild days when he crashed planes and crawled into rattlesnake dens. Things are slower now in Benjamin, Texas, and Wyman is enjoying telling his story rather than furiously writing more chapters. He doesn't mind petting the cat, drinking some whiskey and just talking. He's got enough stories to tell that he and I could fill a lifetime of evenings like this, and I'd be happy to do just that.  Sadly, I don't get all that much time with Wyman, so I'm happy to have recorded this podcast. I'll listen back to it quite often I'm sure, when I'm in need of a reminder of what hard work means and how much I can still achieve in this life. In this episode we cover just about all of Wyman's life and times, and gathered some perspective on how he made it. Enjoy. Connect with Ben and MeatEaterBen on InstagramMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

2hr 7mins

21 Aug 2018

Rank #7

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Ep. 22: David Wise, Janis Putelis and Sam Soholt

Episode No. 22 is a doozy. Three awesome guests packed into one conversation straight from Big Sky, Montana at the Total Archery Challenge.I was joined by Sam Soholt, bus guy and frequent contributor, Janis Putelis, MeatEater producer and Latvian Eagle, and David Wise 2-time Olympic gold medal skier and avid hunter. We discussed Janis’s proper job title, Sam’s public Land bus maintenance record, David’s hunting history and recent success in the Olympic arena, how much turkey meat a man needs, and how 3D archery can help or hurt your real world hunting practice. And much more. Enjoy. Connect with Ben and MeatEaterBen on InstagramMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

2hr 7mins

7 Aug 2018

Rank #8

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Ep. 30: Charles “The Rabbit Man” Rodney

Charles “The Rabbit Man” Rodney is my guest for this week’s episode of the podcast. Charles is no hunting celebrity or any kind of influencer, but he is without a doubt one of my favorite people. You’ll find out why when you listen to this episode.Simply put, Charles loves rabbit hunting, it’s the only game in town for him—it says so on his business card. Funny thing is, Charles isn’t in business to sell hunts. He doesn’t guide for a living. A devoutly religious man, he just meets folks he really likes and takes them rabbit hunting. No money exchanges hands, no favors at all, he just loves to hunt and will take every opportunity he can to add another to his congregation. Charles brings with him a loyal pack of “dawgs,” beagles to be precise, and they’re some of the best hounds you’ll ever find. Enjoy Mr. Rodney’s story and I hope it sheds light on one man’s giving nature and how spreading the good word of hunting can be its own reward. Connect with Ben and MeatEaterBen on InstagramMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 41mins

9 Oct 2018

Rank #9

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Ep. 15: Ryan Callaghan

Ryan Callaghan, the long bow shooting, public lands loving, mustached Idahoan, joins me for his second appearance in episode 15. First Lite’s Director of Conservation and Public Relations, hunting guide and frequent contributor to MeatEater, Callaghan is just damn fun to have in hunting camp. He joined me and Casey Butler in Sonora, Texas for a crazy Axis deer hunt in the rut. We battled chiggers, ticks, 105-degree temps and the occasional rattlesnake and came out with coolers full of venison and a bunch of awesome stories. In this discussion we covered why and how Cal decided to hunt with a long bow, success and failure with that weapon, what record book animals really mean, Memorial Day mishaps, and my latest speeding ticket. Enjoy, and we’ll see you next week. Connect with Ben and MeatEaterBen on InstagramMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 20mins

12 Jun 2018

Rank #10

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Ep. 63: Rinella on Race and Hunting, the Rabbit Rut & an Interview with Charles Rodney

This week the boss man Steven Rinella joins the show to talk about weird rabbit facts, the cottontail rut and the touchy subject of how race impacts the culture of hunting. We also catch up with Charles “The Rabbit Man” Rodney for a listener Q&A and he gives a stump speech on why every American should go rabbit hunting. Plus some recorded listener feedback. Enjoy. Connect with Ben and MeatEaterBen on InstagramMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 56mins

28 May 2019

Rank #11

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Ep. 56: Bears in the News & Grizzly Attack Survivor Todd Orr |4.9.19

On this week’s show, it’s all about bears. We check in with Janis Putelis to talk about bear rugs, New Jersey animal rights protestors, bears in the backcountry and catch up with infamous grizzly attack survivor Todd Orr. Enjoy. Connect with Ben and MeatEaterBen on InstagramMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 43mins

9 Apr 2019

Rank #12

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Ep. 70: Visiting a Vegan Butcher Shop & a Conversation with an Animal Rights Activist

On this week’s show we’re talking about the controversial subjects of speciesism and animal personhood. Up first I chat with Ryan “Cal” Callaghan on the definition of chicken and we try to understand the purpose of a vegan butcher’s shop. We close things out with an interview with Matt Johnson, the press coordinator for Direct Action Everywhere, an animal rights organization based in Berkeley, California. Enjoy. Connect with Ben and MeatEaterBen on InstagramMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 50mins

16 Jul 2019

Rank #13

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Ep. 58: Explaining Game of Thrones to Steven Rinella & an Interview with the Sportsmen’s Alliance

This week Steven Rinella joins the podcast to discuss his least favorite fantasy show, our love of morel mushrooms and the ethical conundrum with coyote contests. I’m also joined by Brian Lynn and Evan Heusinkveld from the Sportsmen’s Alliance to chat about their ongoing battles with animal rights activists. Enjoy. Connect with Ben and MeatEaterBen on InstagramMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 58mins

23 Apr 2019

Rank #14

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Ep. 18: Cole Kramer

On this episode I'm joined by Cole Kramer out of Kodiak, Alaska, one of the top guides in mountain hunting today. Cole, a small town Kansas kid, was inspired by his Aunt and Uncle to venture North after high school and has since made a living guiding hunters in Alaska's harshest conditions.  Cole and I first met a few years back when I hadn't yet been on what I would call a true adventure hunt--think backcountry drop camps in sub-zero temps or hiking to 18,000 feet of elevation to kill a sheep. It's through those experiences that I was able to challenge myself, and watch Cole overcome hunting's roughest conditions with ease. I've also gotten to know him as a friend.  On this episode Cole joined me at the Total Archery Challenge in Terry Peak, South Dakota for a weekend of shooting and a great conversation. We talked about how he came to be guide, how adventures sharpen the willing hunter, respecting bears, bear on bear violence, and our trip to Nepal chasing blue sheep. This is one of my favorite podcasts to date. Enjoy. Connect with Ben and MeatEaterBen on InstagramMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

2hr 28mins

3 Jul 2018

Rank #15

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Ep. 105: THC Daily Quarantine-Cast: Meeting Joe Rogan, Eating Moose Heart, and Shooting Covers with Sam Soholt

In light of the COVID-19 quarantine in much of the US, we're rounding up our favorite hunting stories for a slate of daily podcasts. First up, Sam Soholt helps us recount an epic moose hunt in British Columbia with Joe Rogan and guide Mike Hawkridge. Connect with Ben and MeatEaterBen on InstagramMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 28mins

16 Mar 2020

Rank #16

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Ep. 71: Exploring Consumption & Ethical Veganism with Professor Robert C. Jones

On this week’s show I’m diving back into animal rights and veganism for another complicated conversation. Up first I’m joined by Phil the Engineer to learn more about the man behind the worldwide #keepphil movement. We discuss getting sponsored by White Claw, pea love, Game of Thrones and Phil’s background. We close things out with an interview with Robert C. Jones a vegan philosopher from California State University. Enjoy. Connect with Ben and MeatEaterBen on InstagramMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

2hr 26mins

23 Jul 2019

Rank #17

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Ep. 46: Donnie Vincent

Donnie Vincent has spent a ton of time in wild places and in doing so has gathered a bunch of interesting stories and perspectives.With his company, Sicmanta, he’s created three feature-length hunting films including his newest release entitled “The Other Side” and “The River’s Divide” which followed his hunt for a buck named "Steve" in the Badlands of North Dakota. In challenging the typical 30-minute TV show format, he’s creating hunting content in a different way and focusing on compelling visual story-telling.We caught up in Las Vegas during SHOT Show for a conversation around the origins of his interest in wildlife biology, tracking tigers in Nepal, his longing for adventure and how modern hunters can benefit from critical thinking. Connect with Ben and MeatEaterBen on InstagramMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 42mins

29 Jan 2019

Rank #18

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Ep. 99: Plant-Based Meat vs. Wild Game with Steven Rinella and Rachel Carrie on Fighting for Hunting in the UK

In this week's episode, Ben and Phil are joined by Steven Rinella, Annie Raser, Kylee Archer, and Corinne Schneider from the MeatEater crew for a blind taste test featuring plant-based meat versus wild game. In the interview portion of the show, we're joined by author Rachel Carrie from the United Kingdom to talk about the threats hunting faces across the pond. Enjoy.  Connect with Ben and MeatEaterBen on InstagramMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 58mins

4 Feb 2020

Rank #19

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Ep. 21: Jason Matzinger & Sam Soholt

This week on Episode No. 21 I'm joined by Jason Matzinger and Sam Soholt for a killer conversation and lots of laughs. Matzinger is a Montana-dwelling film and television producer and host of the TV show Into High Country on the Sportsman Channel. What really makes Matzinger stand out to me though is his true, unabashed commitment to conservation. He's a lifetime member of RMEF and Mule Deer Foundation and works on content projects with Wild Sheep and many other groups. Sure, he's featured in most of his own films, but that's not the purpose. Most of the time the purpose is to promote real efforts to do good work outside. He's traveled the West for decades, most recently with Sam at his side, filming, hunting and developing some pretty damn unique perspectives on our world. Not to mention a pile of great stories.  I caught up with Jason and Sam in Big Sky, Mont., for a late night pizza and beer fueled chat on wild sheep, the community of sheep hunters, Jason's latest film and so much more. Also, our buddy Greg was hanging out providing color commentary. It was past midnight before we wrapped up, so excuse any colorful exchanges. Enjoy. Connect with Ben and MeatEaterBen on InstagramMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 34mins

31 Jul 2018

Rank #20