Welcome to The Cutbanks Conversations
This podcast was created to facilitate discussions around Hunting, Fishing and Conservation in British Columbia.
Our intention is to present a perspective on the outdoors that recruits ideas, information and experiences from an expansive range of people, organizations, science and philosophy in BC, Canada and around the world. Our conversations will explore the historical evolution of land and wildlife management in BC and seek to understand the challenge and the opportunities ahead. We examine the roles of hunting and fishing as tradition and how we can better promote, engage and encourage our outdoor lifestyles and pursuits. We aren’t biologists. Just concerned individuals with a broad and diverse background who cared enough to get involved from boots on the ground, to the airwaves.
Change begins with a conversation…so let’s get started.
Episode 14: Imagine There’s No Wildlife It’s Easy If You Try
We talk with Cam Hill about his Grizzly bear encounter this fall. Co-Connor Borsa talks to us about her first backcountry alpine hunt, the benefits of a great stove and hunting with grizzly bears in your midst.
We update the Upper Fraser Salmon situation as well as here from Dustin Snyder on the success of our 2020 Brood Capture program at Spruce City.
A discussion on bear hunting, predator management and the Tahltan Predator Management Initiative. We ask some questions about what is more important to hunters opportunity or the wildlife that it is based on? How do we manage for tomorrow versus lament about what we don’t have today?
What are we managing towards in wildlife? How do we push for tangible objectives in Fish and Wildlife Management? Things to consider during this fall election?
Make sure you vote and hold the people we elect to account.
Episode 13: The Campfire Conversations
Steve Hamilton, Peter Campbell, Mark Neudorf, Chad St. Amand and Don Willimont
Produced by Matt Wakeham
A few stories and perspectives from a few Resident hunters to explore why we hunt and our journey into hunting.
Our favourite animals to hunt and why we love them so much. The allure of backcountry hunting and the evolution of the truck hunter.
The challenges of Elk Hunting, calling, finding terrain.
The etiquette around a hunting spot or area, do you share your favourite locals in crown land, what is the rule on blocking off an area with your camp.
Long range shooting, trail cameras, blaze orange, optics and other gear what are the key pieces of kit you believe in or don’t use.
Hunting in bear country, a few tales from the trail and a couple of embarrassing hunting moments. Who would you love to have on a celebrity hunt.
Episode 12 – A conversation with Tahltan Central Government President Chad Day
Hosts: Steve Hamilton, Don Willimont
Guest: Chad Norman Day
The history of the Tahltan people and the historical boundaries of their territory. The evolution of guiding in the region from 1884 and the role guiding plays as a vocation for many Tahltan people.
Understanding the evolution of Tahltan governance and the difference between Indian Act Band and council and role of Tahltan Central Government.
Grizzly bear population concerns, the role of the provincial government in managing grizzly populations, the observations and risks to Tahltan hunters, guides and resident hunters in the territory.
Collaborative management strategies between Tahltan, Guides and Resident Hunters that could net a better result for wildlife in BC. Finding the balance between opportunity and healthy wildlife populations for all consumptive users.
Managing industry and the impacts on the land. The role of Impact Benefit Agreements and the need for oversight in land use practices.
Restricting access to Tahltan territory during COVID as a mitigation strategy for public health, the reality of an isolated community and its limited capacity for critical care.
Episode 11: Planes, Trains and Automobiles - Managing Wildlife Populations in a World With Roads
Hosts - Steve Hamilton, Don Willimont, Dustin Snyder
Guests - Roy Rea and Gayle Hesse
Roy and Gayle join the crew to chat about managing wildlife populations in a modern world. They share a bit about the program that brought them together and their work that followed.
Where you find roads you likely will find wildlife collisions as well, but what are the impacts of these on the local animal population? We spend so much time and money trying to reduce the damage but could we be spending it better? We examine some effective measures and others that are not quite up to snuff.
What should you do if you hit something? What are your responsibilities? We hand out some important info to help keep you safer and how to help prevent these things in the future.
Sit down, get comfy and check out our most recent episode where we dive into some important info and share some unbelievable stories
Episode 10: Hunt, Film, Edit, Repeat - Living Your Dream in Hunting TV
Hosts- Steve Hamilton, Don Willimont
Guests Darcy and Dana White of Fatal Impact Outdoors
The genesis of Fatal Impact Outdoors, how the show got started. 5 minutes of bear hunting footage with a $200 camera turned into an opportunity in television. Getting the support and encouragement from Cody Robbins and Jason Petersen to chase down his dream.
Making season 1 for Wild TV, finding sponsors, huntable opportunities and learning how to put together 13 Episodes for television. The early days as newcomers to the TV landscape and learning the craft of making television.
Balancing act between your home and personal life as a couple, paying the bills and pursuing your dream. The value and importance of the support of friends and family.
Hunting for yourself and hunting to make content, the challenges in making your hobby your vocation. The road ahead for Fatal Impact Outdoors and for Dana and Darcy, what does the future hold.
Episode 9: Hunter or Huntress?
Featuring: Don Willimont, Steve Hamilton, Connor Borsie, Mandy Starnes, Cassy Premack and Matt Wakeham
A look at the hunting landscape in Canada. Women representing about 10 plus percent of hunters and 20 plus percent of anglers and are the highest growth in new people into these recreations.
We look at how Connor, Mandy and Cassy all were introduced to hunting and fishing in their lives, the role that it plays in defining their lifestyle and the way they interact with the outdoor world.
The differences in motivation behind our reasons to hunt from Food security and ethics, empowerment and connection to the land.
Social media and its effect on the perception and engagement of women in hunting and fishing. The heightened backlash that prominent women in the hunting space suffer because of their public facing content in television and social media.
Feminism and it’s connotations in a hunting context, is positive or negative? What are some of the challenges that women face as they embrace hunting and fishing as a lifestyle and as a community?
A review of the 5 Conversations We Should No Longer have about Women – A commentary on an article by Nicole Qualtieri.
Customer ReviewsSee All
I’m from Alberta, why are all the best hunting podcasts in BC? I might just have to move there some day or at least head there for a hunt. Awesome work!
To Don Matt and Steve you guys are doing a great job love listening to you guys are easy listening and you’re covering great topics keep up the good work.
Great content guys, keep it up, keep the pressure on and let’s make some changes to conservation and wildlife managment in B.C.