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The Reverend Hunter Podcast
71 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Jason Mitchell: "The unquantifiable essence of a handmade duck call"
Jason Mitchell is a champion duck caller, the heir apparent to Iverson Duck Calls, a former pastor and church planter, and a long-time friend. Tony and Jason talk about carrying a shotgun on a paper route, poaching on Mr. Hoover's ponds, ducky-sounding duck calls, the contemplative nature of a lathe, the process of the hunt running counter to your life -- and Jason gives a duck calling lesson. Find Jason on social media @jasonmitchell, and Iverson at https://www.iversonduckcalls.com/.
61 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
Justin Juntunen: "Sauna is a verb"
Justin Juntunen is the founder and owner of Cedar & Stone Sauna, a company that both builds custom saunas and leads sauna experiences in Duluth and around the country. Tony and Justin discuss growing up in Esko, Minnesota, sauna as a way of life, how there are more saunas than cars in Finland, why Lake Superior is a fickle mistress, keeping your head above the rocks, the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of sauna, and more. Find out more about Justin at https://cedarandstonesauna.com/
62 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
Brian McLaren: "The place you live is pretty amazing"
Brian McLaren is a best-selling author, pastor, activist, and avid outdoorsman. He talks with Tony about kayak fishing, taking his kids to a mucky swamp, how the wisdom of God is woven into the natural world, foolish politicians and the environmental crisis, how we can actually love the earth, how he sees the face of the divine in every living thing, having permission to doubt, and more. Find Brian and his work at brianmclaren.net.
58 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Chris Estus: "A loving, listening, nonreactive presence on the Appalachian Trail"
Tony's guest is Chris Estus, aka "Bone Spur," aka "The Chappalachian." Chris is the 2021 United Methodist Chaplain on the Appalachian Trail, and he checks in from a zero day in Pennsylvania. He and Tony discuss extricating from daily life to hike the trail, going outdoors to connect with others, recovery ministry, what's in Chris's pack, some of the people he's met, and more. Watch Chris's videos from the trail here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjIaYvcrQO8aMnMXggODXqQ
26 minutes | May 31, 2021
Tony and producer extraordinaire Brandon catch up on their summer vacation plans, including Brandon's big trip out west and Tony's two trips to the BWCA. They also discuss Tony's 10th year of hunting and not bagging a turkey.https://www.startribune.com/bwca
65 minutes | May 17, 2021
Douglas E. Christie: "Open yourself to the gift"
Tony talks with Catholic theologian and historian Douglas E. Christie about his book, The Blue Sapphire of the Mind." They discuss contemplative ecology, Thoreau's laundry, our unconscious desire for healing, asceticism, learning how to love our fellow human beings, grieving for the world, becoming less fidgety, and more. Find Douglas's book here: https://amzn.to/3fkj1tN
68 minutes | May 3, 2021
Aaron Simmons: "The existential hope of trout fishing"
Tony sits down with philosopher and trout fisherman J. Aaron Simmons, and they discuss Kierkegaard's leap of faith, doing the best you can with what you've got, how we know things, the phenomenology of fly fishing, living poetically, dancing with a river, and coming out of the pandemic. Find Aaron and his work at https://jaaronsimmons.wordpress.com/ Special Thanks to Realtor Heather Womack (https://heatherwomackrealty.com/)
73 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Don Payne: "The created order is a wild place"
Tony talks with theologian and hunter Don Payne of Denver Seminary. They how hunting antelope keeps Don hunting elk, mountain muleys, academics who don't understand hunting, animal-on-animal predation, overdetermining the Garden of Eden, and how Christians can respond to objections to hunting. Find Don at https://denverseminary.edu/about/departments/member/78715/ Special Thanks to Realtor Heather Womack (https://heatherwomackrealty.com/)
58 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
Rabbi Joseph Edelheit: "Some Jews do hunt"
Tony's guest is his dear friend, Rabbi Joseph Edelheit. They discuss whether Jews hunt, why Nimrod is a biblical villain, whether you should follow Jacob or Esau, kashruth, Jews who ice fish, the ethics of kosher butchering, why Noah brought animals to the Big Do-Over, and leaving some crops out for the animals.Find Joseph and order his book at his website: https://www.whatamimissing.org/ Special Thanks to Realtor Heather Womack (https://heatherwomackrealty.com/)
32 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
Tony and Brandon discuss whether hunters should support commonsense gun control, and Tony also weighs in on the MeatEater controversy about ending hunter recruitment. They also banter about life, spring, Lake Mille Lacs, opening the cabin, and more. Special Thanks to Realtor Heather Womack (https://heatherwomackrealty.com/)
72 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
Meadow Kouffeld: "There's something mythical about seeing a dog on point"
Tony's guest this week is Meadow Kouffeld, wildlife biologist, taxidermist, college professor, accomplished hunter, and single mom. They talk about growing up off-grid, pointers vs. flushers, getting claustrophobic in Europe vs. living in a FEMA trailer, not letting your dog's tongue near your face, battling intestinal parasites, taxidermy as an act of art, and letting people into your soul when you take them hunting. You can see Meadow's work at https://www.facebook.com/WoodsandMeadowTaxidermy/ and follow her on Instagram at @MeadowKouffeld. Special Thanks to Realtor Heather Womack (https://heatherwomackrealty.com/)
68 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
Bob Timmons: "The spiritual architecture of a canoe"
Tony sits down with Bob Timmons, editor of the StarTribune Outdoors Weekend section, and they talk about faith healing, Christian Science reading rooms, the uniquely spiritual architecture of a canoe, middle-aged men, whether bird watchers and bird shooters can work together, and more. Read Bob's writing here: http://www.startribune.com/bob-timmons/10646126/ Special Thanks to Realtor Heather Womack (https://heatherwomackrealty.com/)
69 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
Bob St. Pierre: "I've learned more from my dogs than any person"
Tony's guest this week is Bob St. Pierre, the chief marketing and communications officer for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever. Tony and Bob talk about being a Yooper, blaze orange sport coats, the St. Paul Saints, Disco Demolition Night, hanging out with Bill Murray, the origins of PF, the magic sauce, keeping life in perspective, hunting with a passion, and more. Find Bob on Twitter at @BobStPierre and Instagram at @pheasantbob.
75 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
Jamie Becker-Finn: "The Creator wanted me to get a deer today"
Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn sits in the Minnesota House of Representatives and is Anishinaabe. She and Tony talk about her childhood on the Leech Lake Reservation, growing up as a Rez Catholic, walleye vs. perch, how white people can learn from native cultures without coopting them, working as an indigenous person in a colonial system, the spread of CWD, the spirituality of deer hunting, and more. Find Jamie on all the social medias and on her website: https://becker-finn.org/
69 minutes | Jan 18, 2021
Tovar Cerulli: "Who am I if I'm a hunter?"
Tovar Cerulli is the author of "The Mindful Carnivore: A Vegetarian's Hunt for Sustenance." Tovar and Tony discuss the journey from veganism to hunting, how life and death are constants, the two camps of hunters, the dietary benefits of meat, the spirituality of mortality, the ritual of butchering, and more. Find Tovar at tovarcerulli.com and buy his book here: https://amzn.to/38YiZEFSupported by Manscaped (https://www.manscaped.com/) – Use Promo Code “REVHUNT” for 20% off and FREE shipping!
66 minutes | Jan 4, 2021
Courtney Perry: "We are each unique and beautiful"
Courtney is not only Tony's spouse, she's also a photographer, yoga instructor, and an Enneagram teacher. Tony and Courtney discuss eating wild game yogically, reading a book while goose hunting, the joy of watching dogs hunt pheasants, how to best photograph a hunt, how the enneagram can help hunters work together and solo, and more. Find Courtney at yenneagram.com and on all the social medias by searching Yenneagram (that's yoga + enneagram).
61 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
Dennis Anderson: "I'll have the beef commercial"
Tony chats with longtime StarTribune Outdoors columnist Dennis Anderson, and they talk about loose-meat sandwiches, hitchhiking to Ecuador, St. Sigurd Olson, small town cafes, Bud Grant, that feeling when the ducks drop in, and more. Read Dennis's columns at http://www.startribune.com/dennis-anderson/10644341/
66 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
Steve Chapman: "A look at life from a deer stand"
Tony welcomes Steve Chapman, the author of "A Look at Life from a Deer Stand" and many other books about hunting and faith. They discuss Steve's first squirrel hunt, his grandpa getting his arm amputated on the kitchen table, self-publishing his first book, storing ten thousand copies in the garage, an antelope hunt in Wyoming, finding the first drop of blood when trailing an animal, and more.Find Steve at steveandanniechapman.com and find his books here: https://amzn.to/37p0qbY. Thanks to Scheels for sponsoring this episode.
36 minutes | Nov 30, 2020
Tony and Brandon discuss how death is endemic to hunting, how we stay attuned to the animals we kill, what it feels like to be a first-time hunter, why Aristotle was better than Plato, and more. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share!Thanks to SCHEELS (https://www.scheels.com/)
73 minutes | Nov 16, 2020
James Chiavarini: "I don't think we should be better than a leopard"
Tony chats with London-based Italian chef and avid hunter, James Chiavarini. They discuss the 30% rule, shooting for the pot, pairing wild game with its natural environment, being biologically omnivorous, duck hunting in Wales, stalking red stags, the blueprint of our inner workings, and some wild game cooking tips for Thanksgiving. You can find James's restaurant at https://www.famigliaportico.co.uk/ and read his blog post about hunting at https://www.famigliaportico.co.uk/field-notes-james/healing-effects-of-nature. Follow James on Twitter @ilporticolondon and on Instagram @james_chiavarini.
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