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 26: Ralph Leriger, Being an Ambassador
What exactly does it mean to be an ambassador of the outdoors? Why does it matter? Join host Brad Fenson and his good friend, avid hunter, and Mayor of Westlock—Ralph Leriger! From passing down skills to eating better than you ever imagined, Ralph talks about the proud hunting experiences that can shape our futures. In Ralph's words: "Always think positive...it doesn't cost any extra!"
Episode 25: Onoway's Women's League
Not everyone grows up with the chance to connect with the outdoors—which is why guests Ingrid and Dona work hard to create new opportunities for women of all ages! From social connection to mentorship to asking ALL the questions (there are no "wrong" questions!), the Onoway Women’s League is a welcoming group. They encourage the sharing of knowledge across their shooting, hunting and fishing pursuits, and good food is always a staple too. Step by step, connection by connection, this league is making the outdoor space more accessible and even helping other places create their own women's leagues too!
Episode 24: iHunter and ABHuntLog
iHunter is a must-have tool for any type of hunter in Alberta. The app has continued to develop more resources (maps, weather, waypoints and more) and technological advances for hunters and even outdoor lovers too, with its growing downloads speaking to its success over the last decade. And now, it has evolved to offer users a chance to do even more: helping biologists collect essential population data for wildlife species. We talk to two biologists from Alberta Conservation Association as well as the man behind the app to learn about the need, the logistics, the security, and bust some myths too - so you can decide for yourself if you want to contribute to conservation's future.
Episode 23: Benoit Boudreau, School of the Hunt
Alberta is a hunter's paradise—especially for waterfowler hunters!
Benoit knows. From being a newbie looking for birds with a million questions to now being an experienced hunter whose had the opportunity of time, patience and experimenting, he's been in almost every position of the journey (plus owns every single waterfowl book from Amazon). All of it is what led him to do what he does now - waterfowl hunting coaching and mentorship.
It's about equipping people with the skills to hunt waterfowl confidently, so they can take their experiences to the next level. Waterfowl hunting should be about real how-to and connection. Welcome to Benoit's perspectives and School of the Hunt - when it comes to waterfowl, it's what you need to know!
Episode 22: Timothy Fowler, Wild Game Charcuterie
Curing and smoking: an art and a science! Welcome to the world of charcuterie. Timothy Fowler is an experienced wild game chef, with years of harvesting, preparing and tasting behind him. One of his specialities is bear, but he shares his knowledge about a variety of methods and flavours of wild game charcuterie. “The game we harvest pays the ultimate price, and as hunters, we owe it to the game and to the act of hunting to do the best we can.” So listen in, learn a LOT…and get excited about your next luxurious wild game meal!
Episode 21: Mike Uchikura, All About Archery
No bang. No recoil. No complex licensing. Archery and bowhunting can be very attractive to people who maybe got a taste of it school, or even who are thinking about getting their own wild protein on the table. Expert Mike Uchikura (he literally practices every day!) takes us through the equipment - from compound to recurve to longbow. Whether you're brand new to archery and just want to try out a new hobby, or are a bit more seasoned and have harvested an animal before, listen in for great tips on form and practice and share in the passion for archery in Alberta!