On the first episode of The Hunting Collective, I’m joined by the great Steven Rinella. You probably already know him by now, whether it’s as an author, public speaker, host of MeatEater TV or the MeatEater podcast. No matter how you’ve discovered his work, there’s no doubt that you’ve benefitted from Rinella’s take on hunting.
I first met Rinella in 2011 on the heels of the debut of his Travel Channel show The Wild Within. Back then, his name was fresh, and his approach to presenting hunting to the mainstream was even more so. His pragmatic style centered on a cultural and historical exploration of wild animals, the land they inhabit, and a keen sense of who we are as hunters. The years that followed built Rinella’s presence in the hunting world and turned him into something more: a simple but authoritative voice that both speaks clearly to hunters and rings true to even the most ardent skeptics. That’s why he’s the perfect first guest for this podcast. I hope The Hunting Collective can mirror Rinella’s path. So join Steve and I on a glassing tit in Sonora, Mexico for an in-hunt conversation about life, hunting and our values in both. Show Notes: Introductions (2:00) Hunting Cous deer late in the year (4:30) Hunting public land (10:15) Discovering a new spot (13:00) Perspectives (19:15) Radio sidebar (23:00) Family influence (25:00) Early memories of hunting with Dad (31:45) Not expecting whats next in life (36:45) Steering people in the right direction (43:30) Individual value (53:00) The goal of starting this podcast (56:00) The emotional hurdle (1:02:00) “Types” of hunting (1:06:00) We are all in the same boat (1:11:00) Another guest appearance (1:16:00) High fence trophy hunters (1:17:00) Changing mentalities (1:23:00) A system of values (1:28:15) Final thoughts (1:33:30)
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