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...


How to Mount a Rifle Scope and Bipod

Properly mounting your scope is an important step in building an accurate hunting rifle. This is how to level the scope, set your eye relief, and torque the mounts. Additionally, a bipod improves accuracy in a variety of different shot scenarios. This video also shows the proper way to mount the...

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...


Gear Dump: Traditional Archery Traveling Kit

Ah summer, a relaxing season full of barbecues, beers and ample time dedicated to archery practice—or what’s what I always tell myself. The reality is that summer in Montana is a short season full of long, hot days that we pack full of as many activities as humanly possible. Dedicated archery...


MeatEater Glossary: Pedicle

Pedicle \ˈpe-di-kəl\ noun On the head of ungulates with antlers, the pedicle is a defining feature that is often not seen unless you shoot, kill and euro mount the skull. Callaghan: “It’s a section of skull where the antler connects to the skull.” For the full collection of the MeatEater Glossary...