Harvest Your Own’s Podcast is about to become your go-to resource for all things related to your field-to-fork experience, by helping you with the harvesting, processing and cooking of your own ethically-sourced, wild Alberta protein. Join host Brad Fenson as he talks to a wide variety of people about their experiences and expertise. Take on new challenges and deepen your connection to the outdoors—learn to harvest your own!
Episode 44: A Modern Hunter - Rose Athena
"The feeling of independence is why I'm drawn to hunting." In this week's podcast episode, Brad is joined by Rose Athena, a Calgarian who took up hunting because it's "in her blood." As a teenager, she hunted upland game birds with her dad and uncles. She took the leap into big game hunting in 2019, at the age of 28, after being mesmerized by pictures of her dad on horseback, geared up for a big game hunt. She learned more about hunting from Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA), Wild Sheep Society, and Alberta Hunter Education Instructors’ Association (AHEIA). She harvested her first does on mentored hunts with Allan Orr of AHEIA and got her first buck this year hunting on private land. Tune into the latest episode to learn more about Athena and her journey as a hunter.
Episode 43: Fish & Wildlife Officers
Hunting and fishing regulations don't need to be complicated. In this episode, Brad is joined by Alberta Fish & Wildlife officer Dana Kopp, who has 5 and a half years’ experience. Tune into the newest episode to find more information on regulations, their social media pages, how to contact them and what to do if you encounter an officer, and the most common questions they receive. They also cover Report A Poacher, its function, and when and how to use it.
Episode 42: Optics101 & Scope Mounting Basics - Adam Patterson
Have you ever been lost when looking at hunting optics—the terms, types and more? Then this episode is for you! This episode, Brad is joined by optics expert, Adam Patterson from Korth Group, to cover everything from scopes, mounts, binoculars and more.
Episode 41: John Barklow—Dress for Success
As John Barklow says, "Knowledge weighs nothing," and the tips and tricks John gives in this week's podcast can make the difference between being prepared for the elements and having an uncomfortable hunt. And he would know!
Not only has he taught the skills and mindset required to live in remote wilderness, he has trained search and rescue teams and special operations units how to thrive in dynamic mountain environments. With the knowledge and know-how of 20 years of hunting, skiing, and climbing in some of the most remote places around the world, he has developed clothing and equipment systems for the military and hunting industries.
Episode 40: Dan Mosier - Everything Shotgun
This week Brad and Dan dive into everything shotguns, from shooting for the first time and gun placement to tips and exercises to help you shoot accurately.
Dan Mosier grew up in central Alberta and is best described as a lover of all things outdoors. At 4 years old, Dan began hunting with his dad and never looked back. Mosier tracks all sorts of big game and birds and is an active member of numerous conservation groups. Dan has worked as a field staff member for Stoeger Canada for nearly a decade and knows shotguns inside and out.
He is a teacher, mentor, and ambassador for the hunting and shooting communities, and you may have even had the opportunity to learn to shoot or test a new gun from him. Dan always enjoys the outdoors with friends and family, and mentoring new hunters. As a die-hard waterfowler for 29 years, Dan is two-thirds of the way towards completing his North American waterfowl slam of 42 species.
Episode 39: T.J. Schwanky and Vanessa Harrop—Embracing a Hunting Lifestyle
T.J. Schwanky and Vanessa Harrop are hosts and producers of Canada’s longest-running television hunting series, Outdoor Quest TV. Their pursuit of game has taken them around the world and they love to fully immerse themselves in the food and the culture wherever they hunt. For them, the hunt is about the journey. They call Cochrane, Alberta home and when they aren’t hunting internationally, count on finding them pursuing game right here at home. Both are passionate about cooking wild game and they are constantly exploring new methods of preparing their harvest.