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Ben O’Brien is a writer, editor, host of The Hunting Collective podcast, a member of the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Board of Directors, and MeatEater’s Director of Hunting.
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Ep. 132: Bipartisan Action and The Great American LWCF Challenge with BHA’s Land Tawney, Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH)
Jul 2, 2020
On this week’s episode, the crew is joined by Land Tawney, President/CEO of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, to talk about the Great American Outdoors Act and its potential impact on our public lands and waters. To help in that discussion Ben and MeatEater’s Sam Lungren call Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH), two important Congressmen who have co-sponsored the legislation. Ben also announces a very special contest that...
Ep. 131: PETA’s Tofu Propaganda, the Trouble with Cancel Culture, and Pro Snowboarder Mark Carter Has Nothing to Hide
Jun 25, 2020
On this week’s show, the guys discuss PETA’s new tofu propaganda campaign, usher in the return of Not So Sharp Moments, and learn that mocking liberal hunters is a good thing. Up next is an interview with Mark Carter. He’s a native of Ten Sleep, Wyoming, the son of a salt of the earth rancher, and a world-class snowboarder. Mark is a grab life by the balls type of guy that has lived a life of adventure most of us only dream about. He...
Ep. 130: A Dumper Gets Redemption, the Liberal Hunter Match Game, and Challenging the Anti-Meat Movement with Robb Wolf and Diana Rodgers
Jun 16, 2020
On this week’s show, Ben and Phil again answer the flood of listener emails on topics like the benefits of yoga, the liberal hunter match game, enforcing the law during protests, and the redemption of Phil’s dumper fan. In the interview portion of the episode, Ben talks with registered dietitian Diana Rodgers and author of “The Paleo Solution” Robb Wolf about their documentary and accompanying book “Sacred Cow” that...
Ep. 129: Elmer Fudd Loses His Gun, Charles Rodney on Segregation, and Mat Best and Omar “Crispy” Avila on Gun Culture and Avoiding the Victim Narrative
Jun 12, 2020
On this week’s show, Ben and Phil answer a few listener emails about Elmer Fudd losing this gun, Ben’s thoughts on politics, and a certain flower that doubles as toilet paper in a pinch. Charles “The Rabbit Man” Rodney also joins the show for a very special conversation about living through segregation followed by an interview with Purple Heart recipient Omar “Crispy” Avila, and former Army Ranger and co...
Ep. 128: Watch for Rattlers and Be Careful with Those Guns: A Conversation with Texas Legend Wyman Meinzer
Jun 2, 2020
On this week’s episode, Ben, Phil, and Joe talk through the current state of affairs in this country, answer some questions about regenerative agriculture, and admit to some hypocrisies. In the interview portion of the show we’re joined by Texas legend Wyman Meinzer to talk about growing up in the Big Empty, killing and regret, and avoiding rattlers as a kid. Enjoy.
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Ep. 127: Bear Butchering Interrupted, the Trouble with Supply Chains, and a Plant-Based Meat Takeover with Nick Halla from Impossible Foods
May 26, 2020
On this week’s show, Ben and Phil read a listener email that suggests Shane Mahoney might be a higher power, tease a story about crapping your pants in the woods, and check in on what’s happening on Memorial Day. In the interview portion of the show, Ben chats with Nick Halla, SVP of International for Impossible Foods, about their quest to eliminate animal agriculture from our food system by 2035. That is followed up by a conversation...
Ep. 126: Bear Attack Turned Urban Legend: The True Story Behind the Gruesome Images that Shocked the Internet with Bret Bohn
May 19, 2020
On today’s podcast, we’re joined by MeatEater’s Sam Lungren and Joe Ferronato to discuss one of the wildest stories we’ve ever encountered. It’s the gruesome tale of a grizzly bear attack involving 33-year-old Wasilla, Alaska resident and hunting guide Bret Bohn and his father, Glenn.
Back in 2016 Bret saved his 77-year-old dad by killing a 9-foot grizzly as it mauled his face. Glenn amazingly survived and just as...
Ep. 125: Baiting and Backyard Bird Feeders, Game Laws During the Apocalypse, and Our Place in the Natural World with Shane Mahoney
May 13, 2020
This week Miles Nolte joins Ben and Phil to talk about baiting and backyard bird feeders, game laws during the apocalypse, filming hunting TV during the quarantine, and whether hunting is selfish or selfless. In the interview portion of the show, Shane Mahoney weighs in on how this pandemic is helping us understand our place in the natural world, whether hunting license sales will increase in the long term, and how our Model of Conservation...
Ep. 124: New York’s Idiotic Deer Vasectomy Plan, Lab-Grown Meat Conspiracies, The Great Pea Debate, and the Flavors of Spring with Jesse Griffiths
May 5, 2020
On this week’s show, we’re joined by Pat Durkin and Spencer Neuharth to update the aftermath of Phil’s first crap in the woods, tell the story of Three Toes the legendary wolf, and take a look a New York’s idiotic deer vasectomy plan. In the interview segment, Ben is joined by chef and restauranteur Jesse Griffiths to talk about running a restaurant during the pandemic, eating local, the value of peas, and the best flavors...
Fact Checker: Are There More Tigers in America than the Wild?
Apr 28, 2020
Myths, lies and old wives’ tales loom large in the outdoor pursuits. Here at MeatEater, we’re dedicated to separating facts from bullsh*t, so we created this series to examine suspect yarns. If there’s a belief, rumor or long-held assumption you’d like us to fact check, drop us a note at email@example.com.
There are more captive tigers in the United States than there are wild tigers in the entire world. Exact numbers are hard to...