Death and the Spirituality of Hunting A successful hunt can bring many mixed emotions. It is exciting to succeed in your goal but can be equally as troubling because you have taken the life of a living being. To help sort through these emotions, Mark has a talk with Tony Jones, the Reverend Hunter. Tony has a Ph.D. in theology from Princeton Theology Seminary and is an accomplished author. He has many books and is frequently found in the "Outdoors" section of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. You can also listen to Tony on his own podcast titled, The Reverend Hunter. Mark and Tony discuss hunting ethics and the spirituality of hunting. Join us for this in-depth discussion. Tony Jones out hunting with his dog. You can also listen to Mark on the Reverend Hunter Podcast, "Mark Norquist: It's better to sit in a boat and think about God than to sit in a church thinking about fishing". For more reading on hunting ethics, check out these titles. * Beyond Fair Chase by Jim Posewitz Mindful Carnivore by Tovar Cerulli Blood Ties: Nature, Culture, and the Hunt by Ted Kerasote A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold Newest Outdoor Feast Podcast If you haven't yet, check out the newest episode of the Outdoor Feast Podcast. Todd has a talk with a couple native New Yorkers about hunting and fishing around New York City and Long Island. https://modcarn.com/hunting-around-new-york-city-and-long-island-ofp-ep021/ To learn more about about hunting, head over to Hunting Camp LIVE. * Please Note: Modern Carnivore is part of the Amazon affiliate program and may earn a commission on sales made from clicking on links.
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Ryan Busse – Author of Gunfight, Modern Carnivore Podcast (EP:032)
59:08Ryan Busse - Author of Gunfight In this episode of the Modern Carnivore Podcast Mark sits down with Ryan Busse. Ryan is the author of the forthcoming book Gunfight - My Battle Against the Industry that Radicalized America*. Ryan Busse is a former sales and marketing executive at one of the most respected firearms manufacturers in the country. In this memoir he shares his perspectives and personal stories about how the gun industry has changed over the years. While Modern Carnivore has usually steered clear of controversial discussions, we felt that this was an important story to share. Ryan Busse has a unique perspective, as a kid who grew up on a ranch in rural America and then went on to be one of the leaders in the firearms industry. Listen in and then join us in a thoughtful conversation about the often-avoided topic of firearms and the role it plays in hunting, and our broader society. Ryan Busse, Montana Author. Photographed by Mandy Mohler of Field Guide Designs. Like this episode with Ryan Busse? Check out previous Modern Carnivore Podcast episodes! https://modcarn.com/mcp031/ Also be sure to check out the latest Outdoor Feast Podcast episode! https://modcarn.com/land-connection-ofp-ep025/ * Modern Carnivore is part of the Amazon Affiliate program and may receive compensation for purchases made after clicking on links from this site. This does not impact the price you pay for items, but is purely a way for us to earn income from partners like Amazon.
The MacGillis Brothers – Modern Carnivore Podcast (EP:031)
58:57The MacGillis Brothers On this episode of the Modern Carnivore Podcast, we have a story of the MacGillis brothers. Their names are Pierre, Alex, and Jim MacGillis. None of them grew up hunting, yet all found their own way to it eventually. This podcast has their unique experiences of learning to hunt. All three were brought to hunting for different reasons and at different times. However, they all have stayed with it and have no plans on stopping. During this conversation with Mark, they share their successes but also some of the times that hunting was very challenging for them. This includes both mental and physical challenges. Hunting can be both mentally and physically draining at the same time. For example, blood trailing a deer that you have just missed your shot on. Physically tracking through tough terrain, straining to see small amounts of blood can be very physically tiring. At the same time, thinking about how you may have only injured the animal and the gut wrenching feeling you get while playing out possible scenarios in your head can be extremely mentally tiring as well. This is only one of the many topics discussed with the MacGillis brothers during this episode. Listen in to hear more! Like this MacGillis brothers episode? Check out previous Modern Carnivore Podcast episodes! https://modcarn.com/game-fair-mcp030/ Also be sure to check out the latest Outdoor Feast Podcast episode! https://modcarn.com/hunting-maine-ofp-ep023/
Game Fair 2021 – Modern Carnivore Podcast (EP:030)
1:15:25Conversations from Game Fair 2021 On this episode of the Modern Carnivore Podcast Mark sits down for six separate interviews. These interviews take place in the Minnesota Backcountry Hunters and Anglers booth at Game Fair 2021. Listen in for a sampling of the wide range of people you might encounter at Game Fair. Based on the answers to Mark's questions you can tell that they truly love what they do and want to share that with anyone and everyone. You can find the line-up below! Lee Kjos Lee Kjos, founder of Boss Shotshells. First off we have Lee Kjos from Boss Shotshells. Lee is an avid outdoorsman with a passion for duck hunting. He created the Boss Shotshell brand to help clean up the environment using only non-toxic materials. While listening to Lee talk you can hear the passion he has for keeping our land and waters clean. He believes it so much he built the idea for the Boss brand around that principle. You will never go bored or hungry while sitting at Lee's table. So pull up a chair and take a listen. Jason Kelvie Second, we have Jason Kelvie with USA Clay Target League. This league comprises many different types of shooting that involve clay targets, like skeet and trap shooting. Within this league there is a high school, college, and even home school leagues. These leagues are made up of students and schools from across the country. Mercedes Akinseye Mercedes Akinseye with Minnesota Deer Hunters Association. Next, Mercedes Akinseye from the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association. Mercedes is a development director for this great organization. They are a large conservation organization based only in Minnesota. They boast an impressive 60 chapters and around 20,000 members. Mercedes' considers herself an "adult-onset hunter". This means that she started to get into hunting as an adult instead of the more traditional route of being taught by older family. She came from a family who does not hunt or fish. However, that did not stop Mercedes from getting into hunting and exploring all it has to offer. Andy Shoemaker Andy Shoemaker with the Minnesota Trapper's Association Followed by, Andy Shoemaker with the Minnesota Trapper's Association. Andy is very passionate about all things outdoors but more specifically, trapping. He is the director of District 6 which is the association's metro district. The number of trappers in Minnesota has gone down in recent years. There are many reasons to blame for this but one of those is that trappers tend to get a back reputation. Andy is out to change that reputation with his passion and willingness to teach anyone who shows interest. Cory Loeffler Cory Loeffler, owner and creator of DRC Calls. Fifth, Cory Loeffler, owner of DRC Calls. Cory is a lifelong hunter whose family has a long history with Game Fair. This will be Cory's 17th year in a row attending Game Fair. Cory's company makes "easy operating waterfowl calls with superior sound and craftsmanship". Cory would know superior sound because he was previously an award winning caller. Cory would compete in goose and duck call competitions and not being able to find the perfect call is what led him to start his own business. Just listening to him speak you can tell he has a passion for what he does. Keng Yang Keng Yang the Minnesota Hunter. And last but certainly not least, Keng Yang, also known as the Minnesota Hunter. Keng's passion is hunter recruitment. He started his business, Minnesota Hunter, to help as many people as possible find their way to hunting. He is an outstanding mentor and it shows through his work. His main focuses include waterfowl, pheasant, and turkey hunting. You can find him on his TikTok or Instagram but more importantly, you can find Keng wherever the birds are! All of these amazing people join Mark to discuss their passions and why they do what they do. Join us to learn more about each of these great organizations and the people that support ...
Northstar Bison – Modern Carnivore Podcast (EP:029)
57:10Northstar Bison - Ethical Bison Farming On this episode of the Modern Carnivore Podcast Mark chats with Sean Graese. Sean lives in New Mexico where he is an avid elk hunter. However, this conversation has a little bit different topic. Sean is a Wisconsin native where his family owns a 100% grass fed bison farm. This journey started when his mother (a dietician) and his father (a power lifter) were trying to find the best, nutrient dense, red meat. Thus, Northstar Bison was born. There are a few things that set this farm apart from the rest. The first difference is they use a feeding system called rotational grazing. This is a practice that simulates the natural movement of the bison across the land as they use up the available resources in a particular area. The second difference, is use a practice called, field harvesting. Field harvesting is when the farmer harvests the needed animal in the field with a firearm. The practice helps to reduce stress on the animal because they are harvested in the natural habitat during their daily routine. To learn more about Northstar Bison and Sean's experience with these animals, listen in to our latest episode! Also explore previous episodes!! https://modcarn.com/data-driven-recruitment-mcp027/ https://modcarn.com/death-and-spirituality-of-hunting-mcp-ep023/
Hunters in Conservation – Modern Carnivore Podcast (EP:028)
55:34Hunters in Conservation On this episode of the Modern Carnivore Podcast we talk about conservation. Joining Mark are guest Kyle Daly and Dan Born. Kyle is a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Dan is an archeologist and environmental analyst formerly for the U.S. Forest Service. They have both worked in wildlife studies for many years. Therefore they have great knowledge of the natural world and how hunters play a part in it. Kyle Daly Dan Born Conservation has had a long history in the United States. Historical figures in the fight for conservation have stressed the importance of public lands and waters. This is so that anyone, not just the wealthy, can have access to wild game and fish. This idea is what helped create the North American Conservation Model. For example, here is how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service defines it: The North American Conservation Model Wildlife is a public resource Markets for game are eliminated Allocation of wildlife by law Wildlife can only be killed for a legitimate purpose Wildlife species are considered an international resource Science is the proper tool for discharge of wildlife policy The democracy of hunting These rules are meant to help protect our wildlife and that the government manages these resources with a science-based approach for all the people. In addition, hunting is also a privilege of all the people and not just those with wealth and power. For more about the history of conservation and how we as hunters have played a part in it, listen in to this episode of the Modern Carnivore Podcast! Also from Modern Carnivore about Conservation! https://modcarn.com/podcast-003-public-lands/ Other New Podcasts! Also make sure to check out the newest episode of the Outdoor Feast Podcast where Todd sits down with Brent West to discuss public land hunting in Maine. They have a great conversation you will not want to miss! https://modcarn.com/hunting-maine-ofp-ep023/
Data Driven Hunter Recruitment – Modern Carnivore Podcast (EP:027)
57:16Hunter Recruitment, through a New Lens! On this week's episode Mark has a conversation with Torey Vayer and Lincoln Larson. These two are researchers with the North Carolina State University's College of Natural Resources. In contrast with many of the guest on this podcast, Torey and Lincoln are not hunters. However, I think this makes what they have to say even more important. They recently released their research involving thousands of students across the country. Their research, in a nutshell, involved two main questions: Do you hunt? If not, do you have an interest in hunting? College campuses are traditionally a very diverse place. Since this is the case, Torey and Lincoln were able to get a very unique and diverse sample for their research. During their research they came across a lot of interesting data. This research can provide vital insight into the future of hunter recruitment. Are we putting hunter recruitment dollars in the wrong place? You will have to listen in to this episode of the Modern Carnivore Podcast to discover what they found! Students learn how to hunter through program at North Carolina State University. For More on Hunter Recruitment! Hunter recruitment is crucial. Now more than ever. The number of hunters is slowly declining and we must act to reverse the trend. Check out the link below to learn more about one recruitment effort titled "R3". https://modcarn.com/hunter-recruitment/ So many New Podcasts! Also make sure to check out the newest episode of the Outdoor Feast Podcast where Todd sits down with Brent West to discuss public land hunting in Maine. They have a great conversation you will not want to miss! https://modcarn.com/hunting-maine-ofp-ep023/
Turkey Hunting Camp 2021 – Modern Carnivore Podcast (Ep:026)
1:12:31Turkey Hunting Camp 2021 On May 7, 2021 a group of thirty-plus people converged on Ideal Township in north-central Minnesota for turkey hunting camp. Most were new hunters and from as far away as Texas and New York. Others were experienced hunters who had never been turkey hunting. Most importantly we had some amazing mentors who worked tirelessly to get all the new turkey hunters out into the field to safely chase after some spring gobblers. Three of our new hunters were successful in the hunt over the weekend. Congrats Dawn, Nate and Rya...Jim and Greg...and Nolan and Joe! Nate (mentor) with new hunters Dawn and Rya (and Dawn's big tom turkey) Jim Specht and Greg Kvale (mentor) and Jim's tom turkey. Nolan Kerr and his mentor Joe Mixer with their jake turkey Listen to this podcast to hear new hunters Dawn McShinsky and Rya Stone along with their mentor Nate Thom share their story of the hunt. If you're interested in learning to hunt turkeys make sure you check out our Learn To Hunt Turkeys course on the learning portal Hunting Camp LIVE. Other Turkey Hunting Stories & Recipes https://modcarn.com/archery-hunting-turkeys/ https://modcarn.com/wild-turkey-wild-rice-bowl-recipe/ https://modcarn.com/turkey-hunting-with-drew-goerlitz-outdoor-feast-podcast-ep007/ https://modcarn.com/wild-turkey-tamales/ https://modcarn.com/mark-strand-talks-turkeys-modern-carnivore-podcast-ep012/
CWD Field Test – Modern Carnivore Podcast (EP:025)
49:45New CWD Field Test For those who don't know, CWD stands for Chronic Wasting Disease. The animals affected by this disease include deer, elk, and moose. This disease is spread through direct and indirect transmission. Direct transmission is when the animals are together and are in direct contact with each other. However, indirect is when an animal transmits the disease through the silva, urine, or other bodily materials that an infected animal has left behind in the environment. This disease is fatal 100% of the time but can take 2-3 years to fully waste the animal. Commonly, animals with CWD appear sickly and confused. Yet, this disease is found in seemly healthy animals as well. As a result of the lengthy period from infection to death, it can be hard to track animal exposure. This is why testing can be one of our best and only defenses against this disease. The Importance of Testing Currently CWD has been found in 26 states across the Untied States and is spreading fast. By testing the deer we can determine the prevalence in certain areas. This helps the state and national wildlife departments make important CWD management decisions. Another positive about testing is that you can make an informed decision on whether or not to eat your harvested venison. At this point, it is not recommended to eat venison that has tested positive for CWD. The current testing process can be complicated and lengthy. In some cases it can take two or more weeks to get results. However, researchers are working hard for a solution to this problem. The MN PRO team working with the novel test for chronic wasting disease (CWD). Progress Towards a CWD Field Test for Hunters On this episode of the Modern Carnivore Podcast Mark talks with Marc Schwabenlander and Tiffany Wolf from the University of Minnesota. Marc is the chronic wasting disease research program and outreach manager at MNPRO. Tiffany is an assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Population Medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine and co-director of MNPRO. They are two of the great minds that have created this exciting new innovation for the world of conservation. The goal of this project is to create a faster cost-effective test for CWD. While this is only the first step in what has promise as a game-changer with CWD, it's extremely positive news. Listen in to this episode to find out more about CWD and this innovative new testing method. First glimpse at the novel CWD field test by MN PRO researchers (Image by Carolyn Bernhardt) Check out the University of Minnesota's Press Release on CWD Field Test! Also check out the spread of CWD with this Interactive Map from the USGS For more CWD information from Modern Carnivore: https://modcarn.com/podcast-007-chronic-wasting-disease-in-deer/
Access for Urban Hunters – Modern Carnivore Podcast (EP:024)
1:00:03Hunting Access for Urban Dwellers On this episode of the Modern Carnivore Podcast we discuss hunting accessibility. Mark is visiting New York City where he talks with his friends Todd Waldron and David Gever. Todd is the host of the Outdoor Feast Podcast and a longtime resident of New York. David is an avid hunter that lives in the heart of Brooklyn. He experiences first-hand the challenges of living in such an urban area. Mark, Todd, and David are discussing some of the challenges of being a hunter in an urban area, such as New York City. These challenges include transportation, land access, and gun ownership laws and can make getting out to hunt and fish a hassle. This conversation is being recorded in the Metropolitan Rod and Gun Club in Brooklyn. The hunters and fisherman of the Brooklyn area founded this club in 1934. They were looking for a place to meet so they could discuss their adventures and teach new generations of hunters and fisherman. In addition, they were meeting to discuss their own hunting accessibility problems which are probably similar to the ones we are still having today. If you would like more conversations about hunting and fishing in New York City, check out this other content! https://modcarn.com/hunting-around-new-york-city-and-long-island-ofp-ep021/ Also, check out the latest episode of the Outdoor Feast Podcast. Todd talks bird hunting from the east to the west with Bill Swiac. https://modcarn.com/bill-swiac-outdoor-feast-podcast-ep022/
Death and the Spirituality of Hunting – Modern Carnivore Podcast (EP:023)
1:14:17Death and the Spirituality of Hunting A successful hunt can bring many mixed emotions. It is exciting to succeed in your goal but can be equally as troubling because you have taken the life of a living being. To help sort through these emotions, Mark has a talk with Tony Jones, the Reverend Hunter. Tony has a Ph.D. in theology from Princeton Theology Seminary and is an accomplished author. He has many books and is frequently found in the "Outdoors" section of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. You can also listen to Tony on his own podcast titled, The Reverend Hunter. Mark and Tony discuss hunting ethics and the spirituality of hunting. Join us for this in-depth discussion. Tony Jones out hunting with his dog. You can also listen to Mark on the Reverend Hunter Podcast, "Mark Norquist: It's better to sit in a boat and think about God than to sit in a church thinking about fishing". For more reading on hunting ethics, check out these titles. * Beyond Fair Chase by Jim Posewitz Mindful Carnivore by Tovar Cerulli Blood Ties: Nature, Culture, and the Hunt by Ted Kerasote A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold Newest Outdoor Feast Podcast If you haven't yet, check out the newest episode of the Outdoor Feast Podcast. Todd has a talk with a couple native New Yorkers about hunting and fishing around New York City and Long Island. https://modcarn.com/hunting-around-new-york-city-and-long-island-ofp-ep021/ To learn more about about hunting, head over to Hunting Camp LIVE. * Please Note: Modern Carnivore is part of the Amazon affiliate program and may earn a commission on sales made from clicking on links.