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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: Jani’s Review of Schnee’s Boots

Hunting Gear

Video: Jani’s Review of Schnee’s Boots

Schnee’s is a Montana-based company that has been around since 1946. They build their boots for outdoor pursuits. I have a few different styles on my shelf, and they each have a specific purpose. The Kestrel is unique because it’s a super lightweight, 0-flex boot. This makes it appropriate for flat...
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...
How Long Can You Refrigerate Raw Meat?

Cooking Techniques

How Long Can You Refrigerate Raw Meat?

Introducing Ask the Eagle, where I’ll be answering your questions about everything from hunting to butchering to marriage. This week, Steve wants to know how long I’ll leave raw meat in the fridge before tossing it out. Have a question of your own? You can write to me asktheeagle@themeateater.com.
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...
How to Improve Your Tree Saddle Location

Hunt

How to Improve Your Tree Saddle Location

One of the biggest things we’ve learned about tree saddle hunting is that just because you can pop right up any tree doesn’t mean you’re in a good spot. You may be surrounded by limbs and leaves, or worse, you could be upwind or too far from where the deer will likely show up. In this video, Mark...