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The Hunter Conservationist Podcast
89 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
Round Canada Ep 24 - Bear Paws and Human Skulls
In this episode Mark updates you on the alteration of a scientific report by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans that might cause steelhead to go extinct, a new wildlife coalition in BC, the danger of bird feeders, contaminated wild foods by forestry chemical spraying, the loss of being able to ship firearms and ammunition in Canada, body cams for Conservation Officers and a bear watchdog oversight body, DFO’s rejection of a salmon smolt transfer to ocean farms, a new hybrid deer study in Alberta and Saskatchewan, whether polar bears want to become vegetarians, wildlife permit violations at a bear rehabilitation center in Alberta, bear attacks, dumped bear paws, the rejection of a coal mine in Alberta, the Nova Scotia First Nation’s moderate livelihood lobster fishery, more funding for CWD in Alberta, a river in Quebec that is now legal person (maybe), new hunting laws in Saskatchewan and a wildlife traffic bust that included a human skull.
124 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Social Science in Predator Management with Dr. Sophie Gilbert
This episode is sponsored by Fisher Peak Brewing Company and supported by iHunter app. In this episode, Mark and Curtis are joined by Dr. Sophia Gilbert from the University of Idaho to talk about predators. Everyone weighs in on why there is so much controversy around predators, why predator management is dividing people, the use of human dimensions and social sciences in predator management, socioeconomic benefits of large carnivores, whether predators can reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions, the segment of society that hunters should be most concerned about, whether science will help reconcile the gap between protectionism versus management, how anglers used to view the predatory Bull Trout and hunting Sitka Blacktails in Alaska. Show Notes: Rain deer – A Sitka Blacktail Story with Sophie Gilbert https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE53BE4sEjg Sponsor: Fisher Peak Brewing Company Kootenay Fresh Local Legendary https://www.theheidout.ca/ Supporter: iHunter App iHunter lets you see which game seasons are open where you are or where you plan to go. Right on your mobile device. https://www.ihunterapp.com/ Get a 20% discount on iHunter using the PROMO CODE: THCPODCAST
112 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Behind the Wildlife Science Curtain with Dr. Adam Ford
This episode is sponsored by Heid Out Restaurant and Brewery and supported by iHunter App. In this episode, Mark and Curtis are joined by Dr. Adam Ford from the University of British Columbia -Okanagan. Dr. Ford is the Canada Research Chair in Wildlife Restoration Ecology, a member of the British Columbia Minister’s Wildlife Advisory Council. Adam leads the Wildlife Restoration Ecology Lab at UBC in Kelowna, oversees several significant wildlife research projects and he is the faculty adviser for the UBC-O Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society and Student Chapter of the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. In this episode, Dr. Ford gives Mark and Curtis a crash course on how wildlife science works, how the industry of science operates, what a paper is, how scientific papers get reviewed and published, the good, the bad, and the ugly of the peer review process, how to read a scientific paper, the roles of scientists in government, academia, and the private sector and how science can change conservation. Dr. Ford also touches on the Together for Wildlife Strategy in BC with his (optimistic) outlook on how the process is going to date. The gang talks about science-based wildlife management, science versus emotion, the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, fishing, what value God hunter conservationists should pray to, and the plan to get Indiana Jones on the podcast. Sponsor: Heid Out Restaurant and Brewery Kootenay Fresh Local Legendary - Cranbrook, BC https://www.theheidout.ca/ Supporter: iHunter App iHunter lets you see which game seasons are open where you are or where you plan to go. Right on your mobile device. https://www.ihunterapp.com/ Get a 20% discount on the Public Lands subscription at http://web.ihunterapp.com using the PROMO CODE: THCPODCAST
34 minutes | May 19, 2021
Round Canada Ep 23 - Fake News
In this episode Mark covers some controversial fake new stories from across the country including sponsored hunting regulations, wild turkey culls, dreaming about salmon fishing, new measures to address hunting social media, new research on hunting-related social media content, a proposed bait and switch caribou recovery plan, a whale of post pandemic economic recovery plan and how it’s all just fake news.
127 minutes | May 15, 2021
Of Mice and Moose with Alexia Constantinou
This episode is sponsored by Fisher Peak Brewery and supported by iHunter App. In this episode Mark and Curtis talk with Alexia Constantinou from the University of British Columbia. Alexia recently completed her Master of Science degree and defended her thesis. Alexia’s research looked at the response of small and large mammals to clearcut logging and selection harvesting across three study sites in British Columbia. If you have ever flown across BC, you know that clearcut logging is the dominant method of logging and the most noticeable human impact on the land. But is it all bad? Which wildlife are the winners, and which are the losers when it comes to clearcutting and selection harvesting? Alexia breaks down her study by explaining which mammals, all the way from mice to moose, do well in clear-cuts, which ones preferred partially logged forests, and which ones liked unlogged forests. Find out how species behavior in clear-cuts and why hunters say there are no white-tailed deer left. Alexia provides her thoughts on the general scale of logging in BC and the crew discusses forest fires versus logging, whether wildlife habitat is properly cared for during logging and what you can do to help support wildlife management. Show Notes: WildCam project https://wildcams.ca/ Dr. Suzanne Simard’s Mother Tree Project https://mothertreeproject.org/ Ted Talk Dr. Suzanne Simard https://youtu.be/Un2yBgIAxYs Sponsor: Fisher Peak Brewery Kootenay Fresh Local Legendary - Cranbrook, BC https://www.theheidout.ca/ Supporter: iHunter App iHunter lets you see which game seasons are open where you are or where you plan to go. Right on your mobile device. https://www.ihunterapp.com/ Get a 20% discount on the Public Lands subscription at http://web.ihunterapp.com using the PROMO CODE: THCPODCAST
78 minutes | May 3, 2021
Round Canada Ep 22 - The Ultimate Sacrifice for Conservation
In this episode Mark covers new caribou research and what’s happening to endangered caribou habitat, grizzly bear recovery in Alberta and fight over hunting, West Coast Councils’ call for a wolf hunting ban, moose populations in Northern BC, US-based Sinixt People’s right to hunt in Canada, Seaspiracy and the Canadian seal hunt, tree planting, court ruling on Aboriginal fishing vessels, BC Parks budget uplift, hunting Alberta’s endangered Wabasca bison herd, headless seals in Cape Breton, the controversy over the elver fishery in Nova Scotia, poaching fines, lead bioavailability in marinated game meat, more fishing restrictions on Pacific salmon, a new weasel on Haida Gwaii, a new court ruling on restocking fish farms, conibear traps in Manitoba and the ultimate sacrifice for conservation.
104 minutes | May 1, 2021
Mid-Turkey Season Debrief with Brad Siemens
In this episode, Mark and Curtis are joined by fellow turkey hunter, and wild turkey aficionado Brad Siemens. Brad hails from the Grand Forks region of Southern BC and literally lives with wild turkey year-round. The crew discusses how their turkey season is going so far and the pain of missing a wild turkey. The guys talk about wild turkey hunting strategies for BC such as locating tom birds, calling, using decoys, why it is easy to miss with a shotgun, and the sneaky ways in which toms approach you. Find out why wild turkeys are so hard to hunt and what makes them so addictive to hunt. The guys also dig into why wild turkeys have such a bad rap in BC when it is one of the most admired game animals in North America. Brad, Curtis, and Mark also discuss some management and conservation issues including the issue of why BC does not have a game tag for the Merriam’s wild turkey. Show Notes: Call to Action British Columbia is the only jurisdiction in North America that does not require a species tag for wild turkey. The idea of a tag has been pooh-poohed by BC wildlife staff for many years even though most turkey hunters support the idea. A tag makes enforcing regional bag limits easier and a turkey tag, along with the conservation surcharge fee, will help contribute more money to wildlife conservation. Conservation Officers support a species tags as do most all the hunter conservationist organizations in the province. If you also support the idea of a species tag for Merriam’s wild turkey in BC please email firstname.lastname@example.org in the BC Wildlife Branch and kindly ask that the proposal for a wild turkey species tag be included in the new hunting regulations proposals for 2021/2022 that will be posted for public comment later this year. Sponsor: Heidout Restaurant and Brewhouse Kootenay Fresh Local Legendary https://www.theheidout.ca/ Supporter: iHunter App iHunter lets you see which game seasons are open where you are or where you plan to go. Right on your mobile device. https://www.ihunterapp.com/ Get a 20% discount on the Public Lands subscription at http://web.ihunterapp.com using the PROMO CODE: THCPODCAST
124 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
Wild Food Systems with Kevin Kossowan and Jeff Senger
This episode is sponsored by Fisher Peak Brewing Company and supported by iHunter app. In this episode, Mark and Curtis are joined by Kevin Kossowan and Jeff Senger. Kevin and Jeff are from northern Alberta and produce the inspiring internationally recognized From The Wild show. Kevin and Jeff talk about why they created From The Wild and provide their thoughts on why they are different from the mainstream hunting shows. As well, the crew dives into the relationships between wild protein, wild plants, and eating with a sense of place. Kevin and Jeff offer a unique perspective on what a hunting trip is to them and how there is always something to be harvested from the wild. Learn about how to get started in collecting wild edibles, how to get bear meat without firing a shot, how the hunting industry wants you to behave, whether the guys differentiate wild from agricultural land, wild food systems, what weird food really is, and drinking the forest. Show Notes: Sponsor: Fisher Peak Brewing Company Kootenay Fresh Local Legendary https://www.theheidout.ca/ Supporter: iHunter App iHunter lets you see which game seasons are open where you are or where you plan to go. Right on your mobile device. https://www.ihunterapp.com/ Get a 20% discount on iHunter using the PROMO CODE: THCPODCAST
52 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Episode 21 - Wolf Moratorium, Wool Dogs and Turkey Hunting
In this episode Mark digs into the new call for a wolf hunting and trapping moratorium in BC, whether wolf trapping and hunting affects populations, the high rate of female salmon mortality in the Fraser River system, salmon-eating herons, a new salmon aquaculture industry in Newfoundland, the annual Cree southern goose hunt in Quebec, night hunting in Manitoba, too many mule deer in Saskatchewan, the response of two grizzly bear populations to the 2000 BC hunt ban, high wolf mortality in Banff National Park, urban coyotes, Indigenous wool dogs and the New Brunswick first spring wild turkey hunt.
112 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
An Inuk Perspective on Hunting, Science and Conservation
This episode is sponsored by the Heid Out Restaurant and Brewhouse and supported by iHunter app. In this episode, Mark and Curtis are joined by Paul Irngaut, Director of Wildlife and Environment for Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Paul talks about growing up in Igloolik and his memories of being on the land with his family. Paul describes his experience when his family was moved off the land to a matchbox house by the government and the challenges that relocation created for Inuit. Paul explains the Nunavut Act and Nunavut Land Claims Agreement and how important wildlife is to Inuit. Paul also describes the Nunavut Harvester Support Program and National Inuit Strategy. Paul goes into detail about hunting and living off the land as well as how the polar bear harvesting program in Nunavut is structured, polar bear populations, impacts of climate change, the impact that the global bans on polar bear and seal fur trade had on Inuit, his concerns about polar bear research and his perspective on eco-tourism wildlife viewing. Find out the difference between an igloo and a quaggiq, why getting married depends on knowing how to build an igloo and learn some Inuktitut words. Show Notes: Sponsor: Heid Out Restaurant & Brewhouse Kootenay Fresh. Local Legendary https://www.theheidout.ca/ Supporter: iHunter App iHunter lets you see which game seasons are open where you are or where you plan to go. Right on your mobile device. https://www.ihunterapp.com/
109 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
Return of the Ontario Spring Black Bear Hunt with Dr. Keith Munro
This episode is sponsored by Deluxe Wall Tents and supported by iHunter App In this episode, Mark and Curtis are joined by Dr. Keith Munro, wildlife biologist with the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters. In 1999, the Ontario government banned the spring black bear hunt. The guys discuss why the ban occurred, the misinformation campaign around orphaned cubs, the controversy around how the cub numbers were presented, and how this had an impact on the politics of the hunt. Dr. Munro talks about the social and economic impacts caused by the loss of the spring hunt particularly in Northern Ontario, how hunting was the entity that gave black bears social value, and how the loss of the spring hunt precipitated less tolerance for black bears. Dr. Munro then walks through the long history of how the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters worked to get a pilot hunt and eventually the full reinstatement of the spring bear hunt. Learn what and who was doing black bear research to support the return of the hunt and the types of messages the Federation was presented to elected officials. Finally, learn what key steps hunters should be taking to prevent another province or territory from losing black bear hunting. Within this episode lies the road map to bringing back the grizzly hunt in British Columbia. As well, catch up on some Eastern wild turkey talk and wobbly deer antlers. Sponsor: Deluxe Wall Tents Built in Canada for Canadian Conditions – Family-owned. Canadian made. https://www.deluxewalltents.com/ Supporter: iHunter App iHunter lets you see which game seasons are open where you are or where you plan to go. Right on your mobile device. https://www.ihunterapp.com/
66 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
The Power of Social Media with Britt Longoria
This episode is sponsored by Fisher Peak Brewing Company and supported by iHunter In this episode, Mark and Curtis are joined by hunter and Ph.D. candidate Britt Longoria. Britt was the centre of a global hate campaign against hunting when her photograph was pirated from a private website. Britt explains how this anti-hunting campaign came about, how she learned about it, what happened to her, how it made her feel and how she rose above it to become a better hunter conservationist. Britt tells Mark and Curtis how she took time to objectively assess the fundamental questions that underlie the comments that were being posted about her. She explains how she used her understanding of people’s comments to regroup, reclaim the hunting narrative and tell her story the way she wants it told. Every hunter who posts anything on the internet even on secure private accounts can have pictures pirated and accounts hacked and end up the target of one of these international anti-hunting campaigns. Britt provides her thoughts on how hunters can prevent this from happening, how hunters can tell their own story and how to dig deep into yourself to understand why you do what you do. Britt challenges hunters to think about who their audience is. As well, Britt talks about her Ph.D. work in communication and how it ties into the future of hunting. It appears this episode will foster a new relationship aimed at helping hunters reclaim the art of storytelling which can be used to define modern hunting cultures in the same way it was used to define ancient hunting cultures. Episode Sponsor: Fisher Peak Brewing Company https://www.theheidout.ca/ Award-winning craft beer from Cranbrook, British Columbia. Episode Supporter: https://www.ihunterapp.com/ iHunter lets you see which game seasons are open where you are or where you plan to go. Right on your mobile device.
110 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
The Future of Hunting with Robbie Kroger
Sponsored by the BC Firearms Academy In this episode, Mark and Curtis are joined by Robbie Kroger of Blood Origins – the Truth About Hunting. Robbie brings his perspective to the hunting and trophy hunting debates that are taking place across the world. In Canada, the narrative about trophy hunting is filling the news lately and is influenced by perceptions of trophy hunting in Africa. Robbie demystifies African trophy hunting and explains how much wildlife is protected by hunting lands versus parks. Robbie covers the economics of hunting in Africa, ecotourism versus trophy hunting, what can happen to wildlife under a trophy ban, the Community Based Natural Resource Management model, and whether the average citizen in Africa can go hunt on the land. Digging deeper, the guys talk about the current narrative of hunting in North America, where the moniker of trophy hunter came from, pulling back the curtain on hunting, hunters’ tendency to hide in the closet, who’s behind the image that the non-hunting public has of hunters, grip and grins on social media, how to get outside the box, what hunters will say in ten years and the two questions every hunter needs to ask if they want to preserve hunting now and in the future. Show Notes Find the BC Firearms Academy at https://bcfirearmsacademy.ca
109 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
Snowshoe Hares with Dr. Yasmine Majchrzak and Dr. Michael Peers
This episode is sponsored by the Heid Out Restaurant and Brewhouse. In this episode, Mark and Curtis are joined by Dr. Yasmine Majchrzak and Dr. Michael Peers to talk all things snowshoe hare. Topics discussed include whether or not hares are rabbits and jackrabbits are hares, all the hare subspecies, distribution of the hare in Canada, habitat preference, food, behavior, breeding, dominant bucks, hare runs, litter size, what predators eat hares, killer Whiskey Jacks, mortality rates of hares, the 10-year population cycle phenomenon, Hudson Bay fur records, predicting the hare cycle, peak population densities, what causes a hare’s fur to change colour, the effect of snow hardness and climate change on snowshoe hares, whether hares are food limited or predator limited, why the hare crossed the road, big antlered bucks, why snowshoe hare ecology is important in conservation, GPS collaring hares, once bitten twice shy, the stealthy Lynx, post-doc the cartoon character, a new hare app and Ki YOH tee versus Ki yote.
141 minutes | Jan 15, 2021
The North American Non-Lead Partnership with Leland Brown and Chris Parish
In this episode, Mark and Curtis are joined by Leland Brown and Chris Parish, founders of the North American Non-Lead Partnership. In this episode, the guys learn about the history behind why the Partnership was created, what its goals are, and where it's headed. Topics covered include, the impact lead bullet fragments have on wildlife especially birds, why birds guts are different than mammals when it comes to ingesting lead, how much lead comes off a bullet, the snowstorm effect, why you will never see a lead-poisoned bird in the wild, why gopher shooting helps raptors, non-lead 22 ammunition for small game hunting, population-level impacts of lead poisoning, lead in venison, lead in Indigenous Peoples, women and kids, how a bullet works, how non-lead bullets perform, copper bullet myths, rifle barrel damage, how to choose a copper bullet, voluntary versus mandatory use of non-lead ammunition, hunters controlling the narrative, smear by fear campaigns, a new way of thinking about a hunter’s ethical responsibility for the bullet when it leaves the gun, grizzly bears, an awesome elk hunt and first-time javelina with a bow. These guys are so passionate and knowledgeable about non-lead ammunition and the future of hunting. You will be inspired! Show Notes North American Non-Lead Partnership http://nonleadpartnership.org/ Boone & Crocket – A Wicked Issue https://www.boone-crockett.org/wicked-issue
147 minutes | Dec 15, 2020
Furbearer Conservation and Trapping with Tim Killey
In this episode, Mark and Curtis are joined by Tim Killey, President of the BC Trappers Association. Hang on as the guys take a deep dive into furbearer conservation and the business of trapping. Topics covered include learning whether trapping is a business or a hobby, the fur market ups and downs, the economic value of trapping in Canada, who's who in the furbearer world, what is happening with furbearer populations, the greatest threat to furbearers, the controversy over fisher trapping, how trappers manage their trap lines, public acceptance of trapping, trapping on social media, how people get into trapping or at least how they can buy organic natural furs and whether your conservation committee should have a trapper on it or not. Find out what the most valuable fur on the market is today and why beavers build dams.
92 minutes | Nov 30, 2020
A WWI Solider, A Modern Hunter and Two Whitetail Bucks
In this episode, Mark and Curtis have a conservation about natural forces and intangible entities in hunting. This is a conversation that is rarely openly spoken about or even acknowledged. It may even be a conversation that gets scoffed at. Mark talks about his Remembrance Day 2020 hunt and the relationship between a soldier who died in World War I and two recently harvested whitetail bucks. The guys share their experiences about the feeling of a force guiding them while they are hunting, what that feeling has taught them and how acknowledging and embracing natural forces and intangible entities may help others become better hunters. Other topics covered include, the value of rituals before, during, and after the hunt, the feeling you know you will be successful, stepping into the other world, speaking to the animals, first bite – last bite, returning the animal to the land, hunting amulets the message an owl brings, ice fishing, small gaming hunting and hugging your pee bottle for warmth. Show Notes Book: Relational Archaeologies. Humans, Animals, Things. Edited by Christopher Watts.
109 minutes | Nov 15, 2020
Working with Elected Officials with MLA Mike Morris
In this episode Mark and Curtis are joined MLA Mike Morris from Prince George, British Columbia. Mike is a hunter and trapper and has been an MLA since 2013. Mike is an advocate for better forest practices and biodiversity conservation in the province. Mike reflects on his years of experience in politics and offers a ton of advice to hunter conservationists on how they can best work with their MLAs. Mike explains how government works and who the real decision makers are in government, what the difference between policy and regulations are, how to find wildlife management policy, how to prepare an effective letter or email to an MLA, what the best way is to build a relationship with an MLA, how form letters and nasty grams get filed in MLA's offices and whether hunters can ask for judicial reviews of wildlife management decisions.
126 minutes | Nov 1, 2020
Are Words Part of Ethical Hunting
In this episode, Mark and Curtis are stoked to have Kelly Molar of the Rookie Hunter Podcast on the show. The guys have a fireside chat about Kelly being a new Dad, how fatherhood changes hunting, and Kelly being joined by his Dad as a rookie hunter. Then the gang discusses the notion of ethics and morals in hunting, a way to resolve moral dilemmas while hunting and whether it is ethical and or moral to harvest an old nanny mountain goat. Curtis, Kelly, and Mark then weigh in on the controversial subject of words, phrases, and terminology that have become popularized in hunting and whether words are or should be a part of ethical hunting. Mark explains the root of the commonly used phrase animal down and the guys discuss their views on other words being used in hunting including kill being used as a verb and as a noun, whether a hunter’s choice of words portray a food or kill culture and what all these words could mean for the future of hunting.
130 minutes | Oct 15, 2020
Is Glyphosate Spraying Killing Moose with James Steidle
In this episode, Mark and Curtis are joined by James Steidle from Prince George, British Columbia. James heads up a campaign called Stop the Spray BC which is dedicated to banning the spraying of glyphosate chemicals on public forests. James talks about some shocking aspects of the chemical herbicide Glyphosate, what ingredients we are not being told about that are in Glyphosate, and whether Glyphosate is a health risk. James explains why forest companies spray Glyphosate on your forests and why that is a concern to him for biodiversity and for moose conservation. James describes the ecological importance of aspen, birch, willow, and alder trees and why the forest industry likes to kill them all. James discusses some of the moose research that has been going on in Northern BC around moose food and exposes flaws in the claims that forest spraying is not hurting moose populations. James also shares his lessons learned from running a grassroots advocacy campaign. Bonus content - find out who blocks James on social media. Show Notes: Sign the Federal petition to ban glyphosate spraying in Canadian public forests here: https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-2738 Website: http://stopthespraybc.com/ Twitter: @stopthespraybc
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