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Harvest Your Own Podcast
43 minutes | Jul 4, 2022
Episode 34: Let's Make Sausage
Leanne and Aaron are the meat experts! Listen is as the duo from High Caliber Products share their know-how on transforming your wild game into your best-ever sausage and jerky. From basics and beyond, field to closing the freezer door, we cover it all. Whether you already make sausage and are looking for ways to improve your final product or haven't even harvested an animal yet, all of us can benefit from this one!
48 minutes | Jun 20, 2022
Episode 33: Mentoring Future Hunters
We've got a trio of special guests - Linda and Todd Zimmerling and Lee Foote - who are some of the most patient and positive mentors we've ever come across. All three recognize how far a connection or relationship can go when it comes to carrying on and evolving the hunting tradition. From comfort with firearms to cooking that protein right, they weigh in on all the ways we can help create new hunters or people who simply respect the pursuit of feeding our families with wild game.
37 minutes | Jun 6, 2022
Episode 32: Raise the Bar Fitness
Hunters taking pilates?! Absolutely! It's just one of the many ways to strengthen the core, focus the mind, and improve fitness and mechanics for our hunting pursuits. Perhaps our own Brad Fenson says it best: "Whether you are thinking about hunting, dabbling in it, or an avid hunter, fitness is critical to your success and enjoyment of your long-term activities outdoors." It's not just about health—it's about overall happiness too. Get primed and ready to take on the next challenge, no matter your schedule or where you're at in your hunting journey.
34 minutes | May 16, 2022
Episode 31: Getting Started in Archery
When it comes down to it, most people like archery. From heroes we see on TV (Katniss Everdeen, Robin Hood, Legolas) to the fact that firearms don't enter the picture, bowhunting can feel like a welcoming way to hunt. In fact, someone with the right archery equipment and enough hours practicing can feel just as confident as someone with a firearm. Learn from bowhunters Lisa Roper and Joe Winter as they share how they got into archery, the best way to do for yourself, and just how amazing the reward can be!
41 minutes | May 2, 2022
Episode 30: Mario Friendy, Early Waterfowl
Decoy master. Field expert. This guest KNOWS waterfowl...it's what he lives for! Brad and Mario talk early season tactics for ducks and geese. From wetland location to planning your hunts to creating more opportunities for ultimate success, Mario shares his wealth of knowledge and experience to help you take your early waterfowl hunts to the next level.
34 minutes | Apr 21, 2022
Episode 29: Matt Leriger, Try a New Species
Hunter, family man, and Alberta's luckiest hunter...according to Brad! Matt Leriger was one of the last people in the province to draw a mountain goat tag (only three available the year he drew!). Hear all about his quest and experience to get the goat. Matt also shares the best tips for those looking to get into hunting or thinking about taking on the challenge of going after a completely new species. There's a lot to cover—jump right in!
51 minutes | Feb 25, 2022
Episode 28: Wild Game Ramblings
Do you hang your animal? From animal selection to the moment you pull the trigger to every action after - our trio of experienced hunters discuss all the details when it comes to ensuring your harvest presents itself as the best-tasting meal it can be! Brad Fenson, Matt Besko, and Lee Foote share their hardworking knowledge and real-life stories, with a good dose of humour. Laugh with us, learn with us, and get ready to eat your best-tasting game yet!
45 minutes | Jan 27, 2022
Episode 27: Matt Besko, CWD in Alberta
Matt Besko, Wildlife Disease and Licensing Specialist with Alberta Environment and Parks, has been involved in fish and wildlife management for over 30 years. An avid hunter and outdoorsman, Matt not only shares his passion (obsession!) for it all, but also lays down CWD (Chronic Wasting Disease) history, facts, and science. As concern grows about this endemic for hunters in Alberta, Matt is here to set the record straight.
34 minutes | Dec 6, 2021
Episode 26: Ralph Leriger, Being an Ambassador
What exactly does it mean to be an ambassador of the outdoors? Why does it matter? Join host Brad Fenson and his good friend, avid hunter, and Mayor of Westlock—Ralph Leriger! From passing down skills to eating better than you ever imagined, Ralph talks about the proud hunting experiences that can shape our futures. In Ralph's words: "Always think positive...it doesn't cost any extra!"
36 minutes | Nov 10, 2021
Episode 25: Onoway's Women's League
Not everyone grows up with the chance to connect with the outdoors—which is why guests Ingrid and Dona work hard to create new opportunities for women of all ages! From social connection to mentorship to asking ALL the questions (there are no "wrong" questions!), the Onoway Women’s League is a welcoming group. They encourage the sharing of knowledge across their shooting, hunting and fishing pursuits, and good food is always a staple too. Step by step, connection by connection, this league is making the outdoor space more accessible and even helping other places create their own women's leagues too!
36 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
Episode 24: iHunter and ABHuntLog
iHunter is a must-have tool for any type of hunter in Alberta. The app has continued to develop more resources (maps, weather, waypoints and more) and technological advances for hunters and even outdoor lovers too, with its growing downloads speaking to its success over the last decade. And now, it has evolved to offer users a chance to do even more: helping biologists collect essential population data for wildlife species. We talk to two biologists from Alberta Conservation Association as well as the man behind the app to learn about the need, the logistics, the security, and bust some myths too - so you can decide for yourself if you want to contribute to conservation's future.
40 minutes | Aug 31, 2021
Episode 23: Benoit Boudreau, School of the Hunt
Alberta is a hunter's paradise—especially for waterfowler hunters!Benoit knows. From being a newbie looking for birds with a million questions to now being an experienced hunter whose had the opportunity of time, patience and experimenting, he's been in almost every position of the journey (plus owns every single waterfowl book from Amazon). All of it is what led him to do what he does now - waterfowl hunting coaching and mentorship.It's about equipping people with the skills to hunt waterfowl confidently, so they can take their experiences to the next level. Waterfowl hunting should be about real how-to and connection. Welcome to Benoit's perspectives and School of the Hunt - when it comes to waterfowl, it's what you need to know!
34 minutes | Aug 10, 2021
Episode 22: Timothy Fowler, Wild Game Charcuterie
Curing and smoking: an art and a science! Welcome to the world of charcuterie. Timothy Fowler is an experienced wild game chef, with years of harvesting, preparing and tasting behind him. One of his specialities is bear, but he shares his knowledge about a variety of methods and flavours of wild game charcuterie. “The game we harvest pays the ultimate price, and as hunters, we owe it to the game and to the act of hunting to do the best we can.” So listen in, learn a LOT…and get excited about your next luxurious wild game meal!
48 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
Episode 21: Mike Uchikura, All About Archery
No bang. No recoil. No complex licensing. Archery and bowhunting can be very attractive to people who maybe got a taste of it school, or even who are thinking about getting their own wild protein on the table. Expert Mike Uchikura (he literally practices every day!) takes us through the equipment - from compound to recurve to longbow. Whether you're brand new to archery and just want to try out a new hobby, or are a bit more seasoned and have harvested an animal before, listen in for great tips on form and practice and share in the passion for archery in Alberta!
37 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Episode 20: Bob Gruszecki, Let's Talk Hunter Ed
Since the program began, Bob has been there! Alberta's Hunter Education Program started in 1964 - and since then it's majorly expanded, improved safety across the province, and seen over 2.5 million students graduate with essential knowledge. In North America, Alberta sets the standard when it comes to educating hunters. As Bob says when talking about the reason behind its success:"...it's the collaboration between the public who believe that wildlife and wild place need to be part of our value system." Volunteers, government, teachers, students - together we're still making major impacts. Make yours. Take the course!
36 minutes | May 19, 2021
Episode 19: Wendy Wismer, Wild Game Is Good For You
Most of us know wild game is nutritionally solid— regular consumption means you can count on essential fats, specifically omega-6 and omega-3, which is critical to a healthy diet. Calorie for calorie, it wins as a protein source and has high amounts of iron and zinc. But there’s more to it than that! Guest and nutritional expert Wendy Wismer (PhD, University of Alberta· Department of Agricultural, Food, and Nutritional Science), has grown her career exploring why people eat the way they do. She gives us a unique show where we look at how people approach new food and determine the taste, attributes, and challenges—particularly when it comes to wild game. There’s a lot to learn, so join us and get into some wild game head games!
47 minutes | May 1, 2021
Episode 18: All About Black Bear
Intimidating? Worried about eating the meat? Whatever his holding you back from trying your first black bear hunt in Alberta, this is the episode for you! Brad Fenson gives us a triple header: he picks the brains of provincial wildlife disease specialist Dr. Margo Pybus, black bear seeker Emily Lamb, and kitchen pro Josh Glover. Learn about the risks, the reward, and how to up the dinner table factor with what is sure to be on of your most memorable hunts ever.
47 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
Episode 17: THE Snow Geese Primer
Join Brad Fenson and geese fanatics Mario Friendy and Josh Luedtke, who cover everything hunters might ask about hunting and finding success with snow geese. Running March 15 - June 15 every year, Alberta's spring snow geese season is the ideal time to get yourself some healthy, tasty protein for the table - and have a fun, memorable and challenging experience doing it! If you miss the spring, rest easy knowing the fall season comes quickly. Bring on the snowstorms!
39 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
Episode 16: Michael Higgins, Do You Eat the Weird Bits?!
Food geeks unite! Director of “Canada in the Rough" Michael Higgins loves what he does—especially the part where he takes people along on adventures to dream places and helps inspire seeking wild food into reality (fun fact: he’s eaten wild game in every province and territory!). Brad and Michael talk the things we don’t often eat—if ever—like heart, liver, tripe, and bone marrow. We also veer into how to best introduce wild game to someone new to that world. This episode is about being a food geek, and being proud of it!
44 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
Episode 15: Mark DesRoches, Chasin' Waterfowl (Plenty Sandhill Crane!)
So many tips, so much knowledge - all in one listen. For the past 40 years, our special guest Mark DesRoches has been chasing waterfowl all over the continent. A lot of it—especially duck hunting in the prairies—is not as gear intensive as you might think. Mark shares breaks it all down and spends a great deal of the episode sharing his insights on sandhill crane, as the recent introduction of this season has been one of the most exciting events to happen for Alberta hunting in a very long time! After all, Mark has hunted in nearly every corner you can imagine, and says Alberta waterfowling is world-renowned. So take advantage, listen and get ready to chase!
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