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Clay Newcomb

Clay Newcomb

Clay Newcomb is a 7th-generation Arkansan that grew up in the Ouachita Mountains. He's a hunter, mule skinner, curious naturalist, and observer of rural culture. He's also a writer, filmmaker, podcaster, and owner/publisher of Bear Hunting Magazine.

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Ep. 6: Searching For Akerns

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Ep. 6: Searching For Akerns

In this podcast, we're going to get a PHD in acorns, or as 20% of the country says, "akerns." We're going to do a biology deep dive with the nation's leading expert in oaks and acorns, Dr. Craig Harper of the University of Tennessee, but the main thing we're trying to understand is how we use...
Ep. 5: Understanding Our Irrational Connection to Dogs

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Ep. 5: Understanding Our Irrational Connection to Dogs

On this episode of the Bear Grease podcast, I’m in pursuit of understanding my irrational connection to dogs. I’ll talk about Lewin Newcomb -- my grandfather -- and his internal hierarchy of important things (of which dogs ranked very close to the top). I’ll interview anthropologist David Ian Howe...
How to Predict Weather with Bear Grease

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How to Predict Weather with Bear Grease

You can make bear grease by heating the lard off a bear until it liquifies into a usable oil. It’s highly valued because of its stable shelf life at room temperature and numerous applications. I’ve personally cooked, conditioned leather, lubricated metal, and made lye soap with it. Other folks use...
Ep. 4: Death of a Bear Hunter

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Ep. 4: Death of a Bear Hunter

On this episode of The Bear Grease Podcast, we’re exploring the gruesome death of Erskine, an Ozark Mountain bear hunter killed by his quarry in the 1840s. You’ll hear the firsthand account of the incident from his comrade, Frederick Gerstacker. We'll also interview the leading historian of Ozarks...
Video: How to Make Bear Grease Soap

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Video: How to Make Bear Grease Soap

Making bear grease lye soap is a practice as old as the hills. It's a time-tested and valued cleaning product to this day. As a matter of fact, you can use any type of animal tallow to make soap, as people commonly did before modern commercial soaps. In this video I'll show you how to use four...
The Biology of the Black Bear Rut

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The Biology of the Black Bear Rut

If you are bear hunting from late May into June, your hunt will be influenced by the bear rut. Knowing all you can about it will make you a better hunter. A 1980 study by Kim Barber and Frederick Lindzey conducted on Long Island, Washington, found that female bears are in estrus ranging from six to...
Video: How to Score a Turkey

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Video: How to Score a Turkey

I’m an official scorer for the Boone & Crockett Club. And although we track scores for nearly every game animal on the planet, we don’t keep records for gobblers—we leave that to the National Wild Turkey Federation. They keep records for every state, county, and subspecies of turkey. Here's how to...
Ep. 3: The Shed Horn Buck of 1962

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Ep. 3: The Shed Horn Buck of 1962

James Lawrence is a master public land whitetail hunter and his favorite tactic is called "still hunting." In this episode of Bear Grease, you'll hear James' family story and about the buck that altered the trajectory of his life. The story has many twists, turns, and some family drama. For many...
Everything You Need to Know About Black Bear Shot Placement

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Everything You Need to Know About Black Bear Shot Placement

After all the work to get within shooting distance of a big bear, you need confidence in your ability to make a great shot. Bears are big, tough animals that are unforgiving when hit badly. Many new bear hunters use shot placement and strategy derived from experience in deer hunting, but bear...
Video: How to Mount a Turkey Cape and Fan

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Video: How to Mount a Turkey Cape and Fan

A wild turkey's feathers rival nature's finest works of art. They're beautiful. Typically, hunters save a gobbler's fan, beard, and spurs, but in this video I'll show you how to make a turkey cape mount. It will display all the beautiful parts of the turkey and look great on your wall. All you'll...