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Publicly Challenged

A podcast about the hosts quest for knowledge to become a better hunter, angler, and forager on public land.

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Episode#14 Adam Haritan of Learn Your Land

Luke sits down and talks to Adam Haritan of Learn Your Land to talk about foraging and hunting. Adam has built a brand around his knowledge of foraging and hunting mushrooms. Adam also talks about his experiences in adult onset hunting.


2 Mar 2020

Rank #1

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Episode 04 Andrew Toigo

Luke sits down to talk whitetail tactics and strategy with Andrew Toigo. Luke and Andrew met through Backcountry Hunters and Anglers and have talked quite a few times but never had time to have an in-depth conversation about deer hunting. Andrew has figured out public parcels and consistently takes mature deer off of them. So give it a listen and you might learn something too!


22 Dec 2019

Rank #2

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Episode#16-SAM SOHOLT

Luke sits down to talk with Sam Soholt to talk about hunting, conservation, the iconic Public Lands Bus, the van, and future plans for him and his ideas.


22 Mar 2020

Rank #3

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Episode #7 llamas, llama poo, and E-Scouting-Mark Livesay

Luke sits down to talk with Mark Livesay about moving to Montana, llamas and E-Scouting. Mark breaks down in detail how formulating a strategic hunt plan will greatly increase your odds of success without ever putting boots on the ground. He talks about the feeling of contentment knowing that you can fall back on your hunt plan when things aren't working out. There are also some laughs to be had when we talk about those loveable llamas.

1hr 49mins

12 Jan 2020

Rank #4

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Episode#13 Jordan Barnes -Turkey Tips and Tactics

Luke sits down to talk to Jordan Barnes of Close Proximity TV to talk about turkey hunting. Jordan is probably one of the most passionate turkey hunters on the planet and has years of experience. Jordan shares his knowledge and walks us through his turkey hunting toolbox.

1hr 13mins

23 Feb 2020

Rank #5

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Episode #08 Foraging with The Wander School- Abby Artemisia

Luke sits down and talks to Abby Artemisia of The Wander School to talk about her herbal remedies book and wild edibles. She is great source of information and has a passion for foraging that she likes to share with the world. With the Flu Season upon us there is some great content in here to help combat Illness.


19 Jan 2020

Rank #6

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Backyard Forager- Ellen Zachos

In this episode Luke sits down to talk to a woman who is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to foraging. Ellen Zachos is an author and also teaches classes on the subject of foraging. If you haven't been to her website you need to check it out. https://www.backyardforager.com


15 Dec 2019

Rank #7

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Episode #6 Some water fowling wisdom

Luke sits down with his buddy Tom Humenik and talks about calling, wind, weather, decoy spread, and various other things. Luke tries to get answers to the waterfowl puzzles he has been trying to figure out.


5 Jan 2020

Rank #8

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Episode #11- Tony J. Peterson

Luke sits down to talk to Tony J. Peterson outdoor writer and host of Hunt for Real Podcast. Chances are if you have read articles in Bowhunting magazine or on The Meateater website you have read one of his articles. Tony has years of experience hunting on public land and killing mature animals. He is known for going against the grain of the mainstream hunting industry and has found success in doing things others said couldn't be done. If you haven't heard of his podcasts give them a listen too! 


9 Feb 2020

Rank #9

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Episode #09 Shane Simpson- Calling All Turkeys

Luke sits down to talk all things turkey hunting with the turkey calling master Shane Simpson. Shane Simpson is a NWTF national champion turkey caller and turkey hunting fanatic. He has hours of excellent content on YouTube and lots of years of experience. You can visit his website and purchase calls made by him and also check out all of the info he shares and all of the audio content he has on there. If you've ever wondered how the pros are looking for birds or scenario based calling you'll want to give this episode a listen.

1hr 6mins

26 Jan 2020

Rank #10

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Luke sits down and talks to bear hunter Clay Newcomb of Bear Hunting Magazine. Clay has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to hunting bears on public ground all around the country. He breaks down buying a tag and getting on bears across the country.


9 Mar 2020

Rank #11

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Episode #5 - Elk and Mulies with Brandon Waddell

Luke sits down to talk with Brandon Waddell of Wilderness Attitude Podcast and owner of Mountain Archery Fest. Brandon a Colorado resident and avid hunter is an amazing guest with a ton of knowledge to share.

1hr 8mins

30 Dec 2019

Rank #12

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Episode#12 BHA-Land Tawney

Luke sits down with Land Tawney to talk about the current issues surrounding our public lands and waters. They talk about finding common ground when you don't always agree about everything, but can find ways to come together to solve problems that affect all of us as hunters and anglers.


17 Feb 2020

Rank #13

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Luke sits down with Stan Tekiela of "Nature Smart" to discuss ways to combat quarantine boredom from inside and outside the home. Stan is the author of over 200+ books including some great nature books for kids. He is also the host of a  radio show and column for The Outdoor News publications and hosts nature photography clinics. This episode is full of knowledge from a serious lover of the outdoors.


29 Mar 2020

Rank #14

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Luke sits down with Chad Ryker of Backcountry Rookies Podcast and talks about podcasting and expectations vs. reality. They also talk about  hunting and why he started his podcast. Chad shares his hunting experiences thus far and his most recent course deer hunt in Arizona.

1hr 2mins

6 Apr 2020

Rank #15

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Luke sits down and talks to Lindsay Persico. Lindsay was recently on the television show Alone: The Beast, where she survived in the wilds of the arctic with nothing but the clothes on her back. She has a blogging site called www.huntfiber.com Where you can read about her family and the amazing adventures in the wild and find inspiration in her workouts. There are also some truly amazing wild game recipes on there too. She is an avid outdoors woman and hunter too!


12 Apr 2020

Rank #16

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Episode#10 Kayak Bass Fishing-Chad hoover

Luke sits down with Chad Hoover television show host and  president and CEO of Kayak Bass Fishing to talk about the development of the sport and its future as well as fishing tactics. They also talk about the use of kayaks for hunting.

1hr 14mins

2 Feb 2020

Rank #17

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Luke sits down and talks to Gina Shively about dehydrating your own backcountry meals and why high fat is better than carbs. We also talk about Alaskan sheep hunting and hunting the haul road.


26 May 2020

Rank #18

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Luke sits down to learn about fly fishing for smallmouth in the Kankakee river from local fly fishing guide Austin Adduci. Austin owns and operates Grab your Fly Charters.


18 May 2020

Rank #19

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Luke sits down and talks to Tyler Kath of T&K hunting gear. T&K is a company focused on quality American sourced and made products. Their gear is of superb quality and made to last a lifetime. Their customer service is second to none and all gear comes with a no B.S. warranty for life. The marketing for T&K is definitely a no holds barred approach, so if you are sensitive or easily offended it may not be for you. However, if you are not the sensitive type and want a good laugh give them a follow and watch it all unfold.


11 May 2020

Rank #20