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Ryan Callaghan

Ryan Callaghan

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

Check out some of Cal's favorite gear.

Cal' to Action

Click below to learn how you can get involved with the legislative and policy issue I discuss on “Cal’s Week in Review.”

Episode 196: Paradise Island Lost, Legislation, and Bears

Episode 195: Legislation, Poop, and NIMBY

Episode 194: Foreign Affairs, Legislation, and Hog Troubles

Episode 193: Exploding Fish Tanks, Crime, and the Carnivore Desk

Episode 192: Legislation, Contemplation, and Call to Action

Episode 191: New Jersey Bears, Colorado Wolves, and Kansas Ducks (Plus, The Snort Report

Episode 190: Invasives, Wildlife Disease, and Citizen Science

Special Cal to Action: CWD Bill

Episode 189: Poaching, Regulation, and Vertical Hogs

Episode 188: Bullet Selection, Crabattery, and Legislation

Cal's Gear

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Men's Uncompahgre 2.0 Puffy Jacket
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First Lite
$200.00
Light and packable but warm and comfortable over a wide range of conditions, this is one of our favorites. It goes pretty much everywhere.
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MeatEater Smoke Signals BBQ Sauce
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MeatEater Store
$9.99
This smokey, tangy, Kansas City-style BBQ sauce is perfect to serve alongside brisket, slather over burgers, or baste on a rack of brontosaurus ribs. Made in the USA.  12 fl oz
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Men's Furnace Zip Off Boot Top
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$145.00
When hunting out west, frost-covered mornings often turn into hot, sunny afternoons. In whitetail country, cold mornings can turn into cold sits without proper layering. Long johns are a no-brainer for both situations, but with temp swings or long distances to the stand, the hunter often finds himself overheating halfway through the morning's walk. Taking base layers off on the hill or before climbing the ladder involves taking off boots, dancing...
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Land Access Fund T-Shirt
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MeatEater Store
$30.00
Profits from the sale of this t-shirt will be made as a donation to the Land Access Initiative. Get yours today and support this cause.
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Essential Meatcrafter™️ Knife
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Benchmade
$180.00
A hybrid hunting fixed blade with a fine, smooth edge to trim, debone, or slice your preferred cuts of meat. Makes just as much sense in the back of your truck as it does in the kitchen drawer.
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Razor HD LHT 3-15x42 Riflescope
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Vortex Optics
$1299.99
"The LHT has become my go-to scope for nearly every hunt. It’s lightweight for easy backcountry carry, yet has the glass quality and exposed turrets for precision shooting from sunup to sundown." - Janis Putelis
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Men's Kiln Quarter Zip
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$105.00
A mid-weight layering piece with maximum versatility to get the job done throughout the season
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Tundra Cold Weather Neck Gaiter
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$40.00
Featuring a combination of softshell construction to keep you dry, Merino wool face shield so that you can call and breathe, as well as an ultra-warm synthetic shearling liner, this is next-level protection in winter's worst weather.
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Men's Chamberlin Down Jacket
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$350.00
Packs light and small and provides an incredible amount of insulation and warmth in cold mountain weather.
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Rifle Sling and Pack Attachment System
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FHF Gear
$70.00
Designed to securely attach your rifle over the shoulder and directly to your pack, while simultaneously providing quick, easy, one-handed access and deployment of your rifle.
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LZ Jacket
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First Lite
$400.00
A full-season waterproof Waterfowl jacket designed to fit over varying degrees of insulating layers to keep you warm down to 30°F. The LZ is patterned for wing-shooting with heavily articulated arms and specialty pocketing optimized for security and quick access to essential gear.
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Men's Sawbuck Brush Pant
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$150.00
These have become one of Steve’s favorite hunting pants. They’re comfortable and tough and stand up to hard backcountry use.
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PD-1 Single Reed Duck Call
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Phelps
$98.99
Built on a J-Frame platform this single reed duck call is built for callers of all skill level and abilities.
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Razor UHD Binoculars 10x42
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Vortex Optics
$1699.99
The Razor UHD 10x42s are Steve's go-to binoculars. The Ultra High Definition optical design features an improved optical prescription and unparalleled image resolution. Whether you need to pick apart a densely packed hillside or observe the finest details at insanely close distances, the Razor UHD can do it all.
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Land Access Fund Hat
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MeatEater Store
$30.00
There are about 15 million acres of landlocked public land in the United States, places we all own but can’t get to. There are thousands of miles of streams that we can’t get to or can’t legally wade. We’re actively searching for ways to increase public access, but we need your help to pull it off. There is no situation too small or too big, and no area too urban or too rural. As our leader Steven Rinella says, “This will be a win for every...
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A well-seasoned cast iron needs a little maintenance for optimal non-stick cooking. If the sides of your skillet have gotten a little crusty after a long camping trip or you just picked up a second-hand steal, this method will get rid of the grime and leave you with the goods to achieve perfectly...
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This week, Cal rounds up state and federal legislative action, the turducken of the weasel family, and bears. Connect with Cal and MeatEater Cal on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop Cal's Week in Review Merch
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Cleaning gizzards doesn’t have to be difficult. Follow these simple instructions for clean gizzards ready for tacos, to be pickled, or tossed in dirty rice. And you might even find a nugget of gold while you’re at it.
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Ep. 195: Poop Cards, Legislation, and Nimby

This week, Cal talks about the better way to collect DNA, fancy trash pickup, lots of legislation, and so much more. Connect with Cal and MeatEater Cal on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop Cal's Week in Review Merch
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