100 episodes

Hunting. Angling. Public Lands. That's the meat of what BHA's Podcast & Blast with Hal Herring is about, and we cover the gamut. With guests that range from outdoor writers to backcountry hunters to legendary anglers, we seek to uncover the stories, the truths, the controversies, and the epic conversations that our public land heritage provides.

BHA Podcast & Blast with Hal Herring Backcountry Hunters & Anglers

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    • 4.8 • 819 Ratings

Hunting. Angling. Public Lands. That's the meat of what BHA's Podcast & Blast with Hal Herring is about, and we cover the gamut. With guests that range from outdoor writers to backcountry hunters to legendary anglers, we seek to uncover the stories, the truths, the controversies, and the epic conversations that our public land heritage provides.

    Ep. 141 - Nate Schweber - Public Lands Journalist

    Ep. 141 - Nate Schweber - Public Lands Journalist

    BHA Podcast & Blast, Ep. 141: Public Lands Journalist Nate Schweber
    A flamboyant Western politician, yelling hatred for the federal government, accusing anyone who questioned him of being a “communist,” secretly planning a takeover and selloff of 230 million acres of public land to his cronies. Sounds like today, yes? Well, it was 1947, and it almost worked. Montana-born, New York City-seasoned reporter and writer Nate Schweber uncovers the whole sordid, instructive history in his wild ride of a book, This America of Ours: Bernard and Avis DeVoto and the Forgotten Fight to Save the Wild, a chronicle of the life of one man, DeVoto, the greatest Western historian who ever lived, and his wife, Avis,  genius editor, publisher, devoted friend and promoter of the chef Julia Child, who stood up against some of the most powerful and corrupt forces of their time. And, with the help of the American people, they won. 

    • 1 hr 52 min
    BHA Podcast & Blast, Ep. 140: Far Bank’s Simon Gawesworth on public access to public waters…worldwide

    BHA Podcast & Blast, Ep. 140: Far Bank’s Simon Gawesworth on public access to public waters…worldwide

    BHA Podcast & Blast, Ep. 140: Far Bank’s Simon Gawesworth on public access to public waters…worldwide
    Simon Gawesworth is a second-generation master flycasting instructor and world casting champion, author of three books on Spey casting, and currently works as the education and engagement manager for Far Bank. A native Brit, he has been working in the flyfishing industry in the U.S. for the past 25 years and fishing the fresh and saltwater globe from Tierra del Fuego to Montana to Christmas Island. Hal and Simon range far on this interview: through Simon’s work with Far Bank (which includes Sage, RIO, Redington and other brands dedicated to flyfishing education and conservation) to the near-total lack of public access to waters in Europe and Argentina. The talk is fly tackle for small streams in the southern U.S., leaders for topwater bass fishing, the highly specialized culture of competitive “coarse fishing” in the United Kingdom, and the fact that American anglers, whether they are wading the Madison for big browns, Spey casting for Oregon steelhead or rollcasting a 2-weight switch rod on a Mississippi creek for shellcrackers, seem utterly unaware of how good we have it, and how quickly it could all go…Euro on us. Join us.    

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Ep. 139 - Kyle Lybarger, Native Habitat Project

    Ep. 139 - Kyle Lybarger, Native Habitat Project

    BHA Podcast & Blast, Ep. 139: Kyle Lybarger, Native Habitat Project
     
    Kyle Lybarger, a 29-year-old consulting forester, father, deer-hunter, small creek addict and self-proclaimed “native plant nerd” of Hartselle, Alabama, is a major part of a new and wonderful current sweeping America. Kyle’s Native Habitat Project videos – simple, one-minute vignettes of obscure native plants, remnant grasslands and wildlife-vibrant native plant landscapes – have been downloaded millions of times. The Native Habitat Project is bizarre insects and forgotten plants, science from the heart and soul, love of place, sense of wonder, mostly right under our noses (some of Kyle’s most intact ancient grassland remnants were discovered by the local Dollar Store). For a nation exhausted by abstraction and thirsting for the irrefutably real, Kyle Lybarger’s life work is a tin cup of cold water from a deeper well. 

    • 1 hr 48 min
    Alex Harvey - Mississippi forester

    Alex Harvey - Mississippi forester

    BHA Podcast & Blast, Ep. 138: Mississippi forester Alex Harvey
    Come with Hal to southern Mississippi to talk with Alex Harvey, a registered professional forester in Mississippi and Alabama and a land management consultant, wildlife biologist and multi-generational conservationist, hunter and fisherman. Harvey is carrying on the outdoor traditions passed on to him from generations of his family, ranging from herbalism and foraging to rabbit, squirrel and deer hunting, cattle ranching, gardening, cooking and living a full and thriving life in the Southern outdoors. Alex is also the founder of Legacy Land Management, “forestry from the ground up,” helping private landowners, many of them Black, make the most of their properties for wildlife, timber and ecological resilience. 

    • 1 hr 42 min
    Russell Worth Parker - Marine Veteran and Storyteller

    Russell Worth Parker - Marine Veteran and Storyteller

    BHA Podcast & Blast, Ep. 137: Marine Veteran and Storyteller Russell Worth Parker
    Russell Worth Parker, known as Worth, is a retired Marine and a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. After 27 years in the Corps, he is home in Wilmington, North Carolina, hunting and fishing and being a husband and father – and has, as he puts it, “fallen backwards into a writing career.” Parker’s work has been published in The New York Times, Garden & Gun, The Bitter Southerner, Backcountry Journal, Shooting Sportsman, Salt Magazine and military websites such as SOFLETE.com. Join us for a full-tilt conversation that ranges from BHA’s Armed Forces Initiative to the Drive-by Truckers, Cormac McCarthy, veterans hunting Texas turkeys, traumatic brain injury and war. We also discuss the 80s classic film Red Dawn.

    • 2 hr 31 min
    Saving the Striped Bass with Mike Woods and Chris Borgatti

    Saving the Striped Bass with Mike Woods and Chris Borgatti

    Striped bass are arguably the most important fish – culturally and economically – on the Atlantic seaboard. And right now, anglers are spearheading a push to conserve and rebuild striper populations, which have suffered in recent decades because of overfishing and poor habitat. What’s the future of this iconic Eastern species, and what opportunities can we create to ensure our continued ability to fish for striped bass? Hal talks with Mike Woods, chair of BHA’s New England chapter, recipient of BHA’s Jim Posewitz award and resident of Rhode Island, and Chris Borgatti, BHA’s New York and New England chapter coordinator who hails from Massachusetts, about the past, present and achievable future of striped bass fisheries in the eastern United States. As Chris says, “New England might not have as much public land as in the West, but what’s there is vital to the huge population centers in the East. And it makes the fight for conservation, habitat, access and opportunity even more important.” Join them for a far-reaching conversation that hits on all aspects of the outdoor lifestyle along the New England coast.

    • 2 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
819 Ratings

819 Ratings

manlike. ,

A pragmatic look at this world of wounds.

This is the perfect podcast for any resident/student/disciple/junkyard dog of the natural world who, as Hal Herring puts it, suffers a “lack of indifference”.

Michael Outside ,

One of the Best Outdoors Podcasts

Hal has a wonderfully curious mind which makes for great conversations and very interesting guests. If wild places, hunting, and fishing matter to you, give this podcast a listen.

Solar panel ,

My favorite podcast

Hal Herring is an extraordinary host that matches the guests that are on this program. These podcasts dive deep into relevant issues regarding public lands, hunting, eating, and conservation. It is hard to find an outdoors podcast so filled with real content that all conservation-minded people can learn from. Thank you Hal and BHA for such an awesome program.

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