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Janis Putelis

Janis Putelis

Janis Putelis is the Director and Executive Producer of the Netflix Original series MeatEater and co-host of The MeatEater Podcast. Before joining MeatEater in 2012, Putelis spent over a decade guiding hunting and fishing trips in Colorado, Arizona, and Mexico and three years in a professional kitchen.

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Video: Red Dot Turkey Sights in Jani’s Gear Shed

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Video: Red Dot Turkey Sights in Jani’s Gear Shed

Hunting turkeys is my number-one favorite pursuit in the woods. While elk or bighorn sheep hunts obviously represent some pinnacle of the hunting experience, they also involve a ton of effort and stress. Not so much with gobblers. In the spring season, the weather is nice, the country gentle...
Video: Is Shooting Off a Backpack or Bipod More Accurate?

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Video: Is Shooting Off a Backpack or Bipod More Accurate?

After recently missing a shot on a black bear hunt with Clay Newcomb, I wanted to determine if shooting off a bipod or a pack is more accurate. I had my rifle dialed in for the hunt but didn’t have the time to set my bipod up, so I took the shot off my pack and missed low. To test the difference...
Video: How to Master Prone Hunting Shots

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Video: How to Master Prone Hunting Shots

Shooting prone is something every gun hunter should master. Although it seems like a basic concept, there are lots of ways you can gain or lose accuracy. With a few thoughtful tips, the team at Vortex had us shooting tighter groups than ever before.
Video: 3 Shooting Positions Every Hunter Should Master

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Video: 3 Shooting Positions Every Hunter Should Master

If there's one constant in hunting, it's unpredictability. One thing that's predictable though is that you won't encouter many bench rests out in the woods. If you practice these three shooting positions in the off-season, you'll be prepared for a variety of situations you may face in the field that...
Ask MeatEater: What Do You Need to Know About Flying with Guns?

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Ask MeatEater: What Do You Need to Know About Flying with Guns?

I’ve flown with firearms over 60 times in the last few decades. Let me start by telling you this: It’s OK. Airports are accustomed to it and ready for you. Although some terminals are easier to work with than others and policies vary among airlines, it’s actually pretty simple. Here’s what you need...
Video: How to Clean a Rifle Barrel

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Video: How to Clean a Rifle Barrel

Whether your rifle is brand new or passed down through several generations, regular and proper cleaning is imperative to keep it in good shape and shooting accurately for hunting seasons to come. It all starts with the right tools and a solid understanding of what you’re trying to accomplish. When...
Video: How to Sight in a Rifle

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Video: How to Sight in a Rifle

Getting a new gun zeroed in or on target is not as complicated as some folks might believe. But it is easy to get a few crucial steps wrong. The proper equipment will make the process easier and more reliable. First, there’s your rifle and your scope. You can mount the scope yourself and use a laser...
Ask the Eagle: What’s Your Favorite Big Game Rifle Caliber?

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Ask the Eagle: What’s Your Favorite Big Game Rifle Caliber?

Introducing Ask the Eagle, where I’ll be answering your questions about everything from hunting to butchering to marriage. This week, an Instagram follower wants to know what rifle caliber I’d recommend to hunt all big game with. Have a question of your own? You can write to me asktheeagle...