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BHA Podcast & Blast with Hal Herring

Hunting. Angling. Public Lands. That's the meat of what BHA's Podcast & Blast with Hal Herring is about, and we cover the gamut. With guests that range from outdoor writers to backcountry hunters to legendary anglers, we seek to uncover the stories, the truths, the controversies, and the epic conversations that our public land heritage provides.

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Tom McGuane, Legendary Writer and Outdoorsman

Hal meets up with Tom McGuane in McLeod, Montana, on the Boulder River. They begin with an eye-widening discussion of how McGuane’s “The Heart of the Game” (widely recognized as one of the greatest-ever essays on hunting) came to be written and published in Sports Illustrated in the early 1970s. The stories – as well as the funny and thought-provoking observations – continue from there. The poet Jim Harrison once said, “Thomas McGuane writes better about fishing than anyone else in the history of mankind.” Start 2019 off right with this conversation between two lifelong sportsmen and masters of the written and spoken word.

1hr 44mins

1 Jan 2019

Rank #1

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BHA Podcast & Blast, Public Lands Month BONUS Episode: Ryan Callaghan and Kenton Carruth of FirstLite

This bonus episode of the BHA Podcast & Blast is being released in celebration of Public Lands Month. Listen as Hal talks to Ryan Callaghan and Kenton Carruth about the founding of Firstlite, the confusing and alarming statements made by Sen. Mike Lee of Utah about public lands, and the coming together of outdoor enthusiasts by forging relationships with brands like Patagonia. 

1hr 23mins

17 Sep 2018

Rank #2

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Ron Mills, Montana Outfitting Legend

Back by popular demand: Ron Mills, an outfitter, hunting guide and packer in the Bob Marshall Wilderness since 1959, returns for Round Two in the BHA Podcast & Blast! Ron has authored a new book called Under the Biggest Sky of All, 75 Years on Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front, a raucous and astoundingly funny account of his adventures as a guide, horseman and packer, farrier and ranch hand in some of the wildest country left on the planet. (Hal wrote the forward to the book, as seen in the spring 2019 issue of Backcountry Journal.) Ron and Hal discuss the book, life in the saddle and in 20 different camps across the Bob, and what it is like to work with a man who turns out to be a coldblooded American serial killer.

1hr 9mins

13 Mar 2019

Rank #3

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BHA’s Podcast & Blast, Ep. 55: Randy Newberg and Land Tawney on the Crisis at the BLM

Calling all American public land owners! The time for action is upon us. In wildland firefighting, a backburn is setting a fire to stop a fire … burning fuels ahead of a conflagration that must be stopped. This episode of BHA’s Podcast & Blast, featuring Hunt Talk’s Randy Newberg and BHA President and CEO Land Tawney along with host Hal Herring, is our version of a backburn. We are setting a fire in our country, raising a public land owner’s flag and marching on Washington, D.C. The administration’s appointment of William Perry Pendley, an outspoken proponent of selling off our American public lands, to head the Bureau of Land Management, which oversees 248 million acres of our lands and waters, poses an unprecedented threat to our outdoor traditions and shared resources. We cannot allow it to proceed unchallenged.

1hr 20mins

13 Aug 2019

Rank #4

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BHA Podcast & Blast, Ep. 67: Mark Kenyon, Founder of Wired to Hunt and Contributor at MeatEater

We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope.” –Wallace Stegner. This week’s podcast is an in-depth conversation with Mark Kenyon, Michigan-based hunter and fisherman, founder of Wired To Hunt, leading contributor at MeatEater Inc. and author of the new blockbuster public lands book That Wild Country. Mark and Hal talk hunting and fishing, reading and wanderlust, freedom, fatherhood, and Mark’s epic journey of writing a book that combines the best of everyman’s adventures with a powerful dose of history, conservation, and the nuts and bolts of our public lands.

1hr 17mins

31 Dec 2019

Rank #5

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BHA Podcast & Blast, Ep. 66: Wildfire expert, Dr. Stephen J. Pyne

“Photosynthesis puts things together. Fire takes them apart.” – Dr. Stephen J. Pyne. While many people talk of the “Anthropocene” – the age of humankind, when nearly every natural process seems to be affected by the actions of billions of individual people – Stephen Pyne reminds us that we also are living in the Pyrocene, the age of fire, and that the history of humankind is inextricable from the history of fire, the most elemental and implacable force on this planet. Join Hal in Queen Creek, Arizona, for a conversation with Dr. Pyne, 15 years a firefighter on the crew of Grand Canyon National Park; a renowned writer, speaker and teacher; author of 35 books; and the world’s foremost scholar and historian of fire, about the Pyrocene, about forests and public lands, and about the future of life on this Earth.

1hr 31mins

17 Dec 2019

Rank #6

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Adam Gall, visionary fishing and big game guide

After almost two years of trying, Hal catches up with Adam Gall, visionary fishing and big game guide who, with his wife Ana, started Timber to Table Guide Service based in Paonia, Colorado. Adam's dream: to create a guide service for people who may never have hunted before but who want to learn the entire process – from the rifle to the hunt to field dressing, butchering and cooking the very best wild game recipes. Adam’s business is about experience, the heritage of ethical hunting and conservation, and the freedom of the wild Colorado public lands where it all takes place. Hal and Adam talk guiding – Adam also has a more traditional guide service called Dark Timber Outfitters – big bulls, big mule deer bucks, big trout on the Gunnison, farming and gardening on the small scale, and a lot more.

1hr 15mins

15 Aug 2018

Rank #7

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Steve Piragis, outfitter and Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wildnerness expert

Steve Piragis, of Piragis Northwoods Company, is an institution in Ely, Minnesota: the grand old man of Boundary Waters outfitting and perhaps the most eloquent and knowledgeable spokesman for the region’s public lands wilderness since the legendary Sigurd F. Olson. Piragis and Hal meet in Ely to discuss all matters related to the Boundary Waters, including why anybody would want a Chilean company to build a vast copper-nickel mine on a river at the very edge of the most visited wilderness in the United States.

1hr 20mins

23 Oct 2018

Rank #8

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Shane Mahoney, Conservationist

Hunter, writer, thinker, scientist and wildlife expert, Shane Mahoney of Newfoundland is the foremost and most powerful voice of our time for hunting-based conservation and the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. Come and sit in on a conversation between two die-hard and lifelong hunter-conservationists for whom hunting and a life outdoors is as natural, and as necessary, as breathing.

1hr 30mins

7 May 2019

Rank #9

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BHA Podcast & Blast, Ep. 65: Carp Expert and Public Access Proponent Dan Frasier

Imagine an undiscovered Eden in the heart of South Dakota, a major river lying untouched and forgotten for decades – with epic fishing amidst thunderous solitude. It exists, and Dan Frasier, a pioneer of fly fishing for big carp and author of an Orvis guide to carp flies, found it: 39 miles of the Missouri River, almost inaccessible to the public, almost unknown. He was sorely tempted to keep his discovery to himself. Why he did not is a message for all American conservationists.

1hr 31mins

3 Dec 2019

Rank #10

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BHA Podcast & Blast, EP. 62: Chris Parish and Leland Brown of the North American Non-Lead Partnership

Hal sits down in Montana with Chris Parish and Leland Brown to talk copper bullets, lead fragments, falconry, raptors, condors, Mexico and California, a love of good guns, wild animals and wild meat – all following a long day of rifle shooting with everybody from the Hellgate Hunters and Anglers (a Missoula-based rod and gun club) to former U.S. Army snipers. Chris and Leland are co-founders of the North American Non-Lead Partnership, which educates hunters about the effects of the lead we shoot – on ourselves, on our environment and on the wildlife we love. 

2hr 28mins

29 Oct 2019

Rank #11

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Eduardo Garcia, chef and co-founder, Montana Mex

Chef Eduardo Garcia and Hal Herring sat down at the 8thAnnual North American Rendezvous to talk about wild landscapes, their outdoor pursuits and seizing the opportunities that life affords you.

1hr 18mins

21 May 2019

Rank #12

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BHA Podcast & Blast, Ep. 61: Ron Boehme of The Hunting Dog Podcast and Ryan Busse of BHA

Ron Boehme of Twin Lake, Michigan, has been hunting and training bird dogs since 1973 and is a senior judge with the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association. Ron is the host of the extraordinarily popular (and rightfully so – the podcast is a riot) Hunting Dog Podcast. He has a whole lot of knowledge and a whole lot of stories. Ryan Busse, chairman of BHA’s North American board, joins in because one cannot have a raucous conversation about bird hunting, dogs and guns without attracting Ryan, like a moth to a flame. Join us.

1hr 30mins

15 Oct 2019

Rank #13

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BHA Podcast & Blast, Ep. 47: Drew Phipps, mussel biologist and upland hunter

Hal catches up with Drew and his Llewellin setter, Penny, on the George Washington National Forest in Virginia, and they set out on a long hunt for ruffed grouse. The second half of this epic conversation is all about a lifelong pursuit of ruffed grouse and woodcock and the good dogs that make the chase a million times better.      

2hr 16mins

23 Apr 2019

Rank #14

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BHA Podcast & Blast, Ep 68: Wildlife Migration Corridors and the Future of Western Wildlife

This episode of BHA’s Podcast & Blast was recorded at New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins, Colorado! We’re talking wildlife migration corridors, wildlife crossings and the future of Western wildlife with Colorado’s best and brightest. The numbers are sobering: 3,000 wildlife and vehicle collisions per year in Colorado, 600 collisions in one stretch of Highway 9 between Kremmling and Silverthorne alone, human lives lost, life-changing injuries sustained, millions of dollars in damages to vehicles, and thousands of wildlife slaughtered. Join Hal as he interviews Dan Prenzlow, director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Jessica Myklebust of Colorado Department of Transportation, and Luke Schafer, wildlife warrior of the West Slope from Conservation Colorado, about problem-solving for wildlife and human beings on an epic scale.

1hr 39mins

14 Jan 2020

Rank #15