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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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Introducing Janis Putelis’s New Hunting Show!

Hunting

Introducing Janis Putelis’s New Hunting Show!

“On the Hunt with Janis Putelis” is now live on the MeatEater YouTube channel! I’ve had a lot of incredible experiences in the field. From my early days as an elk guide to my years traveling around the globe with Steven Rinella, I’ve been fortunate enough to hunt and fish in some of the most...
Video: Red Dot Turkey Sights in Jani’s Gear Shed

Firearms

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?

Firearms

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

Firearms

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

Firearms

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 Are Your Favorite States to Hunt?

Big Game

Ask MeatEater: What Are Your Favorite States to Hunt?

Every day, our fellow meateaters send us more than 100 emails regarding hunting, fishing, cooking, conservation, and more. So, we decided to publish a series dedicated to our favorite FAQs. Ask MeatEater is powered by onX, creators of the best digital mapping tool for hunters and anglers. My...
Ask MeatEater: How Do You Hunt Elk in the Snow?

Elk

Ask MeatEater: How Do You Hunt Elk in the Snow?

Every day, our fellow meateaters send us more than 100 emails regarding hunting, fishing, cooking, conservation, and more. So, we decided to publish a series dedicated to our favorite FAQs. Ask MeatEater is powered by onX, creators of the best digital mapping tool for hunters and anglers. Snow gives...
Photo Story: Janis' Bighorn Sheep Hunt

Wild Sheep

Photo Story: Janis' Bighorn Sheep Hunt

George Dieruf, the gunroom manager at Schnee’s Sporting Goods in downtown Bozeman, Montana, is 73 years old and has been applying for a Montana sheep tag since he was 13. The unit he applies for has a .31% chance to draw, and he’s applied for 60 years unsuccessfully. It doesn’t matter which state...
Video: Coyote Attacks Hunter's Wounded Turkey

Turkey

Video: Coyote Attacks Hunter's Wounded Turkey

Earlier this week, I was turkey hunting with my wife in Montana when something unusual happened. After I called in a Merriam's gobbler and shot it, a coyote ran in and tried to steal the bird. Here's a video of the attempted heist in progress.
Ask MeatEater: What Do You Need to Know About Flying with Guns?

Firearms

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...