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Ben O'Brien

Ben O'Brien

Ben O’Brien is a writer, editor, former host of The Hunting Collective podcast and a member of the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Board of Directors.

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Ep. 177: Good Phil Hunting: Endgame

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Ep. 177: Good Phil Hunting: Endgame

In the final episode of The Hunting Collective, Phil the Engineer becomes a hunter. Connect with Ben on MeatEater and Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop The Hunting Collective Merch
Ep. 176: Phil's First Hunt, Part 1

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Ep. 176: Phil's First Hunt, Part 1

Follow along as Phil the Engineer heads out on his first turkey hunt. Connect with Ben on MeatEater and Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop The Hunting Collective Merch
Ep. 175: Turkey Trek Part Deux, Bipartisan Parties, and Getting Ready to Rendezvous with BHA's Land Tawney and Rachel Schmidt

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Ep. 175: Turkey Trek Part Deux, Bipartisan Parties, and Getting Ready to Rendezvous with BHA's Land Tawney and Rachel Schmidt

On this episode, Ben and Phil recap First Lite's Trek for Turkeys and read stories of podcast listeners that have had success this spring. In the interview portion of the show, Ben is joined by BHA's Land Tawney and Rachel Schmidt to talk about the 2021 Rendezvous and why gathering to celebrate...
Ep. 174: Trek for Turkeys 2021, Thank You Dad, and the Desire to Possess Animals with Shane Mahoney

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Ep. 174: Trek for Turkeys 2021, Thank You Dad, and the Desire to Possess Animals with Shane Mahoney

In this week's episode, Ben and Phil are joined by First Lite's Conservation Manager Ford Van Fossan to discuss the Trek for Turkeys 2021 and how it all benefits the NWTF. In the interview portion of the show, Ben is joined by Shane Mahoney to reflect on past conversations, discuss the desire to...
Ep. 173: The Beginning of the End, Elk Don't Want to Die, and Animal Rights as a Conservation Model with Dr. Robert C. Jones

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Ep. 173: The Beginning of the End, Elk Don't Want to Die, and Animal Rights as a Conservation Model with Dr. Robert C. Jones

On this week's episode, Ben and Phil check in with California chapter leader Nurry Hong to talk about what's happening in his state, including an inspiring story of a disabled hunter who's kicking ass in the field. In the interview portion of the show, Ben chats with his favorite vegan and animal...
Ep. 172: Texas Turkey Success, Phil's Burner Account, Sit/Git versus Run/Gun, and Top Turkey States with Sam Soholt

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Ep. 172: Texas Turkey Success, Phil's Burner Account, Sit/Git versus Run/Gun, and Top Turkey States with Sam Soholt

On this week's episode, Ben reports back on his turkey success in Texas and his pure, unadulterated excitement for the rest of the season. The guys also cover the philosophical debate that is sit/git versus run/gun and update the progress of THC's regional chapters. In the interview portion of the...
Ep. 171: A Crossbow Apology, a Nugget Revival, and a Turkey Hunting Lesson for Phil The Engineer with Tony J. Peterson

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Ep. 171: A Crossbow Apology, a Nugget Revival, and a Turkey Hunting Lesson for Phil The Engineer with Tony J. Peterson

In this episode, Ben and Phil are joined by writer and turkey expert Tony J. Peterson to talk tactics and help Phil prepare for his first hunt. Enjoy.  Connect with Ben on MeatEater and InstagramMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop The Hunting Collective Merch Learn more about...
Ep. 170: A Podcast About THC Chapters with Luke Reeves

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Ep. 170: A Podcast About THC Chapters with Luke Reeves

On this episode, Ben and Phil break down the creation of regional chapters for THC and what it means for the future. The guys are joined by Nebraska chapter leader Luke Reeves to give everyone all the details they need to join. Enjoy. Connect with Ben on MeatEater and Instagram MeatEater on...
Lab-Grown Meat is Here to Stay and It Might Change Everything

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Lab-Grown Meat is Here to Stay and It Might Change Everything

Right now, in advanced laboratories across the world, meat is being grown outside the body of an animal. Petri dishes are packed tight with a stringy red substance that has the look, feel, and maybe even taste of a real burger. Back in 2013, Professor Mark Post of Maastricht University introduced...
Ep. 169: Coyote Shootin' Folk Songs, Anti-Hunting Hyperbole, and Unpacking Wildlife Killing Contests with Cornell Ethicist Dr. James Tantillo

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Ep. 169: Coyote Shootin' Folk Songs, Anti-Hunting Hyperbole, and Unpacking Wildlife Killing Contests with Cornell Ethicist Dr. James Tantillo

On this week's episode, Phil the Engineer is out sick, so Ben is joined by Brian Lynn of the Sportsmen's Alliance to talk about a troubling documentary about wildlife killing contests and the progress with our regional chapter work. In the interview portion of the show, Ben is joined by Cornell...