The Hunter Conservationist Podcast brings you nuanced content about conservation, science and responsible hunting in Canada, so you can stay topped up on issues concerning your outdoor, hunting and fishing lifestyle, stay current on the latest in wildlife conservation, science and responsible hunting and be entertained by conversations with intellectual thinkers.
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!
North American Non-Lead Partnership
Boone & Crocket – A Wicked Issue
Evolution, Hunting and Bighorn Sheep with Dr. Marco Festa-Bianchet
In the first episode of 2021, Mark and Curtis are joined by Dr. Marco Festa-Bianchet from the Unversité de Sherbrooke in Quebec. In addition to studying roos down under Marco has been researching bighorn sheep in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta for many decades. Marco covers when and how wild sheep got to North America as well as the species and subspecies that now inhabit the continent. Marco explains the role of small horns and the role of big horns when it comes to mating success in bighorn sheep. The guys learn about the current harvest strategy for bighorn sheep in Alberta and its role in the evolutionary change in the size of ram horns. Marco also talks about what shrinking horn size means at a population level. Other topics covered include genetic recovery, minimum population size that triggers inbreeding, pedigree-based research, lumping versus splitting in wild sheep taxonomy, intensive selective hunting pressure versus trophy hunting, full curl hunting restrictions on mountain sheep, the evolutionary effect of hunting horned animals versus antlered animals, peak ram harvest periods in Alberta, the difference in the age of rams harvested near versus further away from the National Parks, the declining ram harvest in Alberta versus the rest of North America, the reactions of the hunting and anti-hunting communities to Marco’s research and ice fishing on thin ice.
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.
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.
Book: Relational Archaeologies. Humans, Animals, Things. Edited by Christopher Watts.
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.
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.
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What a great podcast!
Every episode has had a bunch of great learning’s and interesting topics. Most recently I have greatly emptied the lead free episode!
Great Conversation and Informative
Thank you for the great conversation - super interesting. Looking forward to working through these episodes!
equal hunting rights
love the podcast but you danced around the issue of talhtan blockades and not letting resident hunters into 11% of their province. fax