Ryan Callaghan

Ryan Callaghan

Ryan Callaghan is MeatEater's Director of Conservation and a member of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, as well as a national board member. Ryan has been a passionate member of the outdoor community, having grown up hunting and fishing, guiding, and playing in the West.


Big Game

Ask MeatEater: What Power Binoculars Do You Use?

If I could only have one set of binoculars for the rest of my life, I would carry 10x50s. This size has an excellent field of view, with enough magnification to get the detail needed to find an antler tip in the sage brush. The range of binocular choices and manufactures are wide and the decision...

Big Game

Season 8, Episode 3 Gear: Ghosts of the Chesapeake

In this episode, Steve and I head east to the Delmarva Peninsula to chase Sika deer and blue crab. We’re met by Steve Kendrot and Trevor Michaels, experts of both land and sea. The Sika deer are wary, but the blue crabs are abundant. Here’s some of the gear we used on this uniquely Maryland...


Love and Loss: Cal’s New Mexico Elk Hunt

For the third time that morning, I caught wind of it: a sour, slightly sweet odor beneath the dust rising from the piñon and juniper, almost an afterthought. The smell was strong enough to stir recollection, but not strong enough to command attention—a dead smell. Bull elk get wounded while vying...