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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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Firearm Hunting

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...

Big Game

Ask MeatEater: How Do You Break in Hunting Boots?

You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers (and if we don’t, we’ll make them up). Every day, 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. This is Ask MeatEater. My feet are...

Firearm Hunting

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...

Firearm Hunting

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...

Big Game

Ask the Eagle: What Power Binoculars Are Best?

This is Ask the Eagle, where I’ll be answering your questions about everything from hunting to butchering to marriage. This week, I cover my favorite binocular range and how an eager individual can land an apprenticeship in the outdoors. Have a question of your own? You can write to me asktheeagle...

Wild Turkey

Mid-Day Toms and Common Mistakes: An Interview with Turkey Legend Guy Zuck

Guy Zuck talks turkey, literally—and he doesn’t need a call to sound better than your most practiced reed. Guy competed in voice calling competitions in his youth, placing second in the World Voice Calling Championship in 1991. When he puts a reed in his mouth, he somehow sounds even more like a...

Big Game

Ask the Eagle: How Do I Stop Flinching While Shooting?

In our Ask the Eagle series, I’ll be answering your questions about everything from hunting to butchering to marriage. This week, someone wants to know if I have any tips for preventing flinching while shooting. Have a question of your own? You can write to me asktheeagle@themeateater.com.

Whitetail Deer

Ask the Eagle: What Age Should Kids Start Hunting?

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 if 4 years old is too young to go on a hunt. Have a question of your own? You can write to me asktheeagle@themeateater.com.

Firearm Hunting

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...

Whitetail Deer

Ask the Eagle: Is It Unethical to Shoot a Deer Near Your Truck?

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 if it’s unethical to shoot a deer right after stepping out of the pickup. Have a question of your own? You can write to me...