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The Big Game Hunting Podcast will teach you to how to prepare for the big game hunting adventures you’ve always dreamed about. Our host, John McAdams, is an experienced sportsman with decades of experience afield who has successfully hunted big game like whitetail deer, mule deer, blacktail deer, pronghorn antelope, black bear, Rocky Mountain elk, feral hogs, javelina, cape buffalo, kudu, wildebeest, and other species of African plains game in over a dozen different states and countries. In addition to hosting The Big Game Hunting Podcast, John has authored countless hunting articles in prominent hunting publications and is also the founder of The Big Game Hunting Blog. He will guide you down the path of improving your skills as a hunter, teach you how to pick the best hunting rifle for your needs, conduct caliber comparisons (like 6.5 Creedmoor vs 300 Win Mag and 30-06 vs 270 Winchester) to show you how to pick the best hunting caliber for a specific hunting situation, guide you into the world of muzzleloader hunting, share the hard earned knowledge he has earned over the years pursuing game all over the world, and conduct interviews with internationally recognized experts in the hunting community on topics like cape buffalo hunting in Africa and elk hunting in North America. Regardless of whether you’re dreaming about going plains game or cape buffalo hunting on an African hunting safari, on an elk hunting trip in the Rocky Mountains, on a pronghorn antelope hunting adventure on the windswept plains of Wyoming, on a feral hog hunting expedition in Texas, or just learning more about deer hunting in general, then you’ve found the perfect hunting podcast to learn about turning those dreams of hunting adventures into a reality!

Big Game Hunting Podcast: Rifles, Calibers & Muzzleloaders For Deer, Elk & African Game John McAdams talks about topics like hunting rifles, hunting calibers, cali

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    • 4.9 • 229 Ratings

The Big Game Hunting Podcast will teach you to how to prepare for the big game hunting adventures you’ve always dreamed about. Our host, John McAdams, is an experienced sportsman with decades of experience afield who has successfully hunted big game like whitetail deer, mule deer, blacktail deer, pronghorn antelope, black bear, Rocky Mountain elk, feral hogs, javelina, cape buffalo, kudu, wildebeest, and other species of African plains game in over a dozen different states and countries. In addition to hosting The Big Game Hunting Podcast, John has authored countless hunting articles in prominent hunting publications and is also the founder of The Big Game Hunting Blog. He will guide you down the path of improving your skills as a hunter, teach you how to pick the best hunting rifle for your needs, conduct caliber comparisons (like 6.5 Creedmoor vs 300 Win Mag and 30-06 vs 270 Winchester) to show you how to pick the best hunting caliber for a specific hunting situation, guide you into the world of muzzleloader hunting, share the hard earned knowledge he has earned over the years pursuing game all over the world, and conduct interviews with internationally recognized experts in the hunting community on topics like cape buffalo hunting in Africa and elk hunting in North America. Regardless of whether you’re dreaming about going plains game or cape buffalo hunting on an African hunting safari, on an elk hunting trip in the Rocky Mountains, on a pronghorn antelope hunting adventure on the windswept plains of Wyoming, on a feral hog hunting expedition in Texas, or just learning more about deer hunting in general, then you’ve found the perfect hunting podcast to learn about turning those dreams of hunting adventures into a reality!

    Federal Premium Updates For 2023

    Federal Premium Updates For 2023

    I’m focusing the next few episodes here in January and February 2023 on new products and updates from rifle and ammunition manufacturers. This is the time of year when companies in the sporting good community unveil their new products and I think this is a great opportunity to talk about some of this new stuff in detail Eric Miller is first out of the gate for 2023 to talk about what’s new with Federal Premium. 
    Learn more at FederalPremium.com
    Show Sponsor: Go to HuntingGuns101.com and Sign up for my free e-book on the best hunting calibers at to receive the entertaining and informative emails I send out about hunting, firearms, and ballistics every weekday (along with my weekly ammo supply updates).
    If you’re a serious hunter looking for a true African hunting adventure, get in touch with me to make that dream come true at our new camp in South Africa's Limpopo Province. We have limited availability during June, July, August, September, October, and November 2023. We also have limited availability in 2024. Visit bestsafarihunt.com to learn more or contact me directly at john@thebiggamehuntingblog.com. Make sure you say you heard about Big Game Hunting Adventures through The Big Game Hunting Podcast for a special bonus!
    Show Notes: https://thebiggamehuntingblog.com/podcast/federal-premium-2023/

    • 30 min
    2023 Sandhill Crane Podcast Hunt Part 2

    2023 Sandhill Crane Podcast Hunt Part 2

    I just made it home from a fantastic hunt over in west Texas for sandhill crane with several podcast listeners. Today’s episode is a short “campfire style” discussion of the highlights of day 1 of the hunt from everyone who joined me there. I’m about to record a more detailed recap of the hunt that you’ll receive in a few days, but I wanted to get this out to you as soon as possible because I know a lot of listeners have been very excited to hear how our hunt went.
    Subscribe to my Patreon channel to see video from this hunt before I release it elsewhere. Additionally, Patreon subscribers will hear about any potential future podcast hunts before the general public and will also receive first priority on available spots.
    Message me through Patreon or email me at  john@thebiggamehuntingblog.com if you're interested in potentially joining me on a hunt in the future for sandhill crane (or some other type of hunt) with some other podcast listeners.
    Show Sponsor: If you’re a serious hunter looking for a true African hunting adventure, get in touch with me to make that dream come true at our new camp in South Africa's Limpopo Province. We have limited availability during June, July, August, September, October, and November 2023. We also have limited availability in 2024. Visit bestsafarihunt.com to learn more or contact me directly at john@thebiggamehuntingblog.com. Make sure you say you heard about Big Game Hunting Adventures through The Big Game Hunting Podcast to a special bonus!
    Ep 238: 2023 Sandhill Crane Podcast Hunt Part 1 – Episode referenced in podcast
    Ep 185: Sandhill Crane Hunting 101 With Austin Petree – Episode referenced in podcast
    Ep 173: Sandhill Crane Hunting, Steve Rinella, & Me – Episode referenced in podcast
    Ep 172: Elk Hunting With A 6.5 Creedmoor vs 300 Win Mag With Mark Floyd – Episode referenced in podcast
    Show Notes: https://thebiggamehuntingblog.com/podcast/sandhill-crane-podcast-hunt-part-2

    • 41 min
    2023 Sandhill Crane Podcast Hunt Part 1

    2023 Sandhill Crane Podcast Hunt Part 1

    I just made it home from a fantastic hunt over in west Texas for sandhill crane with several podcast listeners. Today’s episode is a short “campfire style” discussion of the highlights of day 1 of the hunt from everyone who joined me there. I’m about to record a more detailed recap of the hunt that you’ll receive in a few days, but I wanted to get this out to you as soon as possible because I know a lot of listeners have been very excited to hear how our hunt went.
    Subscribe to my Patreon channel to see video from this hunt before I release it elsewhere. Additionally, Patreon subscribers will hear about any potential future podcast hunts before the general public and will also receive first priority on available spots.
    Message me through Patreon or email me at  john@thebiggamehuntingblog.com if you're interested in potentially joining me on a hunt in the future for sandhill crane (or some other type of hunt) with some other podcast listeners.
    Ep 185: Sandhill Crane Hunting 101 With Austin Petree – Episode referenced in podcast
    Ep 173: Sandhill Crane Hunting, Steve Rinella, & Me – Episode referenced in podcast
    Show Notes: https://thebiggamehuntingblog.com/podcast/crane-podcast-hunt-part-1/

    • 18 min
    RJ Contorno From Savage Arms

    RJ Contorno From Savage Arms

    It’s been awhile since we’ve done a rifle company profile. With that in mind, RJ Contorno is joining us on the show today to talk about Savage Arms. We’re going to talk about the entire line of Savage’s centerfire rifles from the Axis to the 110 and everything in between. I learned a few things about Savage myself during this interview, and I’m sure you will too.
    Learn more at SavageArms.com and check out their Special Order Department if you're looking for a special rifle they don't offer in their catalog.
    Show Sponsor: Go to HuntingGuns101.com and Sign up for my free e-book on the best hunting calibers at to receive the entertaining and informative emails I send out about hunting, firearms, and ballistics every weekday (along with my weekly ammo supply updates).
    Show Notes: https://thebiggamehuntingblog.com/podcast/savage-arms/

    • 42 min
    Chris Neville On The 2023 Application Season

    Chris Neville On The 2023 Application Season

    Chris Neville from goHunt is on the show today to talk about some changes certain states have made to the draw system in 2023, some new developments from goHunt this year, and the basics how to draw a deer, elk, or antelope tag out west in the near future. 
    Show Sponsor: OutdoorClass is the only outdoors-focused streaming platform, built for hunters of all levels to learn and refine their skills. Your annual membership gives you unlimited access to every course and chapter we offer, with skills covering everything from finding animals through cooking them. Go to OutdoorClass.com and use code BIGGAMEHUNTER for 20% off your subscription and get instant access to this fantastic resource.
    My goHunt INSIDER membership is the most valuable and useful resource I could ask for to help with planning this stuff. It is an absolute must have if you want to plan some western hunts for yourself in the future, regardless of whether you’re going guided or on a DIY hunt.
    If you buy a membership and read their stuff carefully, you’ll set yourself up for success by avoiding situations where you’re wasting your money on applications you have literally 0% odds of drawing and potentially end up having a quality hunt YEARS sooner than you would have otherwise because you simply know the odds and can find some of the under the radar hunts to apply for like I have over the years.
    Go to goHunt.com, sign up for an INSIDER membership TODAY, and use it to start planning your future hunts. Use promo code BIGGAMEHUNTER when you do to get $50 in store credit at their gear shop.
    Show Notes: https://thebiggamehuntingblog.com/podcast/chris-neville-2023-application-season/

    • 1 hr 4 min
    6mm Creedmoor - Your Ultimate Guide

    6mm Creedmoor - Your Ultimate Guide

    I have another cartridge profile/cartridge comparison today. Specifically, this episode covers the 6mm Creedmoor in detail along with how it compares to the 243 Winchester and 6.5 Creedmoor cartridges. As you’ll learn here in a few minutes, This is another VERY interesting cartridge that I absolutely think is worth considering for North American hunters these days. 
    Article referenced in show: 6mm Creedmoor: Everything You Need To Know
    Show Sponsor: Go to HuntingGuns101.com and Sign up for my free e-book on the best hunting calibers at to receive the entertaining and informative emails I send out about hunting, firearms, and ballistics every weekday (along with my weekly ammo supply updates).
    If you enjoy these cartridge comparison episodes, then you will love Hunting Guns 101 because it’s full of the same sort of information contained in these episodes, just with even more detail and analysis. Hunting Guns 101 is jam packed with useful information about practical ballistics and firearms in general that will help you be more successful afield and fill more tags on your hunts. 
    This training will teach you what you need to know about practical ballistics and is guaranteed to be both a time and money saver going forward with future gear purchases. Go to huntingguns101.com/form and submit the order form to receive instant access.
    Show Notes: https://thebiggamehuntingblog.com/podcast/6mm-creedmoor/

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
229 Ratings

229 Ratings

Tom Grendel ,

Excellent podcast

Absolutely love listening! Very informative across many aspects!

gitard ,

Awesome !!!

Love your work. Keep it up! Really love stories of African hunting. Thanks!

daddie63 ,

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I make sure to listen to all of Johns podcasts. He has some great info in them and I like they way he presents them. Easy to understand and seems to relate to us blue collar folks well.
Keep up the great work John. I appreciate it.

Ken

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