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Back 40 Episodes

Handing The Back 40 Property Over to the NDA

S02 E07 Feb 22, 2021

Handing The Back 40 Property Over to the NDA

Mark meets up with Nick Pinizzotto and Hank Forester from the National Deer Association to hand over the Back 40 Property, which will become an important part of their hunter recruitment program, Field to Fork.Brought to you by Can Am
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New Hunter Gets a Crack at His First Buck

S02 E06 Dec 13, 2020

New Hunter Gets a Crack at His First Buck

Michigan’s gun season is here and so is what might be Mark's last hunt ever on the Back 40. The goal is to get Dan Jajo his first deer and Idaho native Dane Acevedo, the prize we all hoped for when he won the Back 40 hunt giveaway. Here's to hoping that the Back 40 provides one last time...
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Mark Kenyon Kills the Drop Tine Buck

S02 E05 Dec 6, 2020

Mark Kenyon Kills the Drop Tine Buck

After an off-season full of hard work and a memorable October guiding his father to his first archery kill, it's finally time for Mark Kenyon to hunt the Back 40 himself. November is here and MeatEater contributor Tony Peterson is back in Michigan to join Mark for what should be an exciting rut hunt...
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Mark Kenyon’s Dad Kills His First Archery Buck

S02 E04 Nov 29, 2020

Mark Kenyon’s Dad Kills His First Archery Buck

Of all of the failures Mark has experienced on the Back 40, he just can’t get over last year’s hunt with his Dad. He wanted nothing more than to pay his old man back for introducing him to whitetail hunting, but they didn’t even get eyes on a decent buck. This season it’s all about redemption, and...
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Mark Kenyon and Tony Petersen Get a Look at this Year’s Target Bucks

S02 E03 Nov 22, 2020

Mark Kenyon and Tony Petersen Get a Look at this Year’s Target Bucks

Mark has already put in four months of blood, sweat, and tears to get this place ready for another season. August is coming to a close and he’d like to get the hell off the property to let it rest before hunting kicks off in October. Before he can do that he needs to set up tree stands and tower...
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Mark Kenyon and Doug Duren Get to Work on the Farm

S02 E02 Nov 15, 2020

Mark Kenyon and Doug Duren Get to Work on the Farm

In this episode, Mark Kenyon is joined by everyone’s favorite guitar-picking Wisconsinite Doug Duren to revisit the plan he proposed during his 2019 visit to the farm. Doug and Mark have a goal to get 55 trees in the ground and double the acreage of food plots on the property. Along the way they’ll...
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Steven Rinella and Mark Kenyon Discuss the Transformation of the Property

S02 E01 Nov 8, 2020

Steven Rinella and Mark Kenyon Discuss the Transformation of the Property

Last year, we bought a 64-acre farm in Michigan. The goal was to transform this small chunk of land into a hunting and wildlife paradise. Mark Kenyon’s first season as deer hunter turned land manager was full of half-done projects and failed additions. Other than arrowing a mature buck he called...
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Mark Kenyon and Ryan Callaghan Show a New Hunter the Ropes

S01 E08 Dec 30, 2019

Mark Kenyon and Ryan Callaghan Show a New Hunter the Ropes

After five months of dedication to the Back 40 for Mark Kenyon, every corner of the property is connected to a lesson. Luckily, there’s still one more chance to capitalize on everything learned this year. Joining Mark for the final hunt of the season is MeatEater’s conservation director Ryan “Cal...
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Mark Kenyon Gets His Hands on the Mature Buck He Calls "The Wide Eight"

S01 E07 Dec 16, 2019

Mark Kenyon Gets His Hands on the Mature Buck He Calls "The Wide Eight"

After a long season on the property, Mark Kenyon finally gets a payoff when he recovers the mature buck he calls “The Wide Eight.” He also gets to share it all with his father, as the Kenyon men celebrate Mark’s success and head out to the Back 40 in hopes of creating a new hunting story together...
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Mark Kenyon Kills His First Big Buck on the Property

S01 E06 Dec 9, 2019

Mark Kenyon Kills His First Big Buck on the Property

With October in the rear view mirror and two great hunts in the books, Mark Kenyon is ready for the early-November whitetail rut. Mark is rejoined by MeatEater colleague Ben O’Brien for a week of all-day sits in hopes of taking home one of the few mature bucks that have been spotted on the property...
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Mark Kenyon and Doug Duren Hunt the Late October Pre-Rut

S01 E05 Nov 25, 2019

Mark Kenyon and Doug Duren Hunt the Late October Pre-Rut

Fall has settled across the Back 40, and deer season is in full swing. With a few target bucks identified, Mark Kenyon has invited Doug Duren to hunt the late October pre-rut. Both Kenyon and Duren are disciples of conservation writer Aldo Leopold, who famously advocated for Americans to develop a...
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Mark is Joined by UC Berkeley’s Luke Macaulay to Kick Off Michigan’s Deer Season

S01 E04 Nov 11, 2019

Mark is Joined by UC Berkeley’s Luke Macaulay to Kick Off Michigan’s Deer Season

With all of the preseason commotion on the property now behind him, Mark Kenyon can finally start deer hunting. After kicking off the season with little action, Mark welcomes his first guest to hunt the farm. Luke Macaulay is a professor and cooperative extension specialist at UC Berkeley, an...
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