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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.

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Recent Posts

Video: How to Cut a Tomahawk Steak

Butchering & Processing

Video: How to Cut a Tomahawk Steak

A tomahawk chop is nothing more than a backstrap steak with a rib for a handle—but you don’t need to tell that to your friends or significant other. Just let them go on thinking you’re a gourmet wild game chef and that you put some extra special effort into the meal you made for them. They’ll feel...
Ryan Callaghan Aug 4, 2020
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Video: How to Properly Cut a Venison Steak

Butchering & Processing

Video: How to Properly Cut a Venison Steak

Like most things in life, there’s a passable way and a proper way to cut venison steaks. Clean-cut, uniform chunks of meat will simply freeze better, cook more evenly, and taste better. I always preach the deliberate approach and attention to detail when butchering, and that is especially valuable...
Ryan Callaghan Jul 14, 2020
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Video: How to Remove Venison Shanks

Butchering & Processing

Video: How to Remove Venison Shanks

Shanks—the four forelegs on any four-legged animal—are among the most under-appreciated cuts. They’re so packed with sinew and silverskin that they’d be nearly impossible to grind for burger or chew through if cooked under high heat, but if you go low and slow all that tough stuff breaks down into...
Ryan Callaghan Jul 7, 2020
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Video: How to Make a French Cut Venison Rib Roast

Butchering & Processing

Video: How to Make a French Cut Venison Rib Roast

Don’t let the name throw you. Call it the Freedom Cut if you want, but you really should learn the absolute coolest way to remove and prepare your deer ribs and loin. A French Cut Rib Roast is really just a piece of the loin or backstrap left attached to the tops of a few ribs. It’s a common product...
Ryan Callaghan Jun 16, 2020
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Ryan Callaghan's Gear Picks

Obsidian Merino Pants On Sale
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First Lite
$108.00 $180.00 -40%
Silent, odor-resistant, and comfortable from 100 degrees to late in the season.
Dirtbag Duffle - Large On Sale
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$160.00 $200.00 -20%
Whether you toss it in the back of a pickup, strap it to an ATV, pack it in a floatplane, or carry it through an airport, the First Lite Dirtbag Duffle is your new favorite travel companion. The rugged rip-stop and double-sided TPU bag construction paired with the ballistic grade nylon bottom ensures your gear stays safe and dry. Regardless of what you, or the baggage handlers, throw at it this bag, it is designed to withstand the test of time...
Men's Wick Short Boxer Brief On Sale
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Wicking, non-stink merino base layers are the way to go in the backcountry.
MeatEater Land Access Initiative Donation
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A quick and easy way to contribute to our Land Access Fund in an amount of your choosing.
Land Access Fund Nalgene
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$17.00
Profits from the sale of this Nalgene will be made as a donation to the Land Access Initiative. Get yours today and support this cause.
Land Access Fund T-Shirt On Sale
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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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