27 episodes

On the Hunt To Eat Show, Paul McCarney hosts conversations about community, real food, and conservation. We speak with guests involved in inspiring work in the outdoors, discuss current conservation news and events, and share tips and techniques related to food and cooking. Join us to explore important topics about hunting and fishing, learn about wildlife and wild places, and create an inclusive outdoors community.

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On the Hunt To Eat Show, Paul McCarney hosts conversations about community, real food, and conservation. We speak with guests involved in inspiring work in the outdoors, discuss current conservation news and events, and share tips and techniques related to food and cooking. Join us to explore important topics about hunting and fishing, learn about wildlife and wild places, and create an inclusive outdoors community.

    Episode 26 - Environment and Politics in Beringia

    Episode 26 - Environment and Politics in Beringia

    On this episode, I chat with Dr. Bathsheba Demuth. Bathsheba is the Dean’s Associate Professor of History and Environment and Society at Brown University, where she specializes in the lands and seas of the Russian and North American Arctic. We chat about her multiple prize-winning first book, Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait. Floating Coast is required reading for anyone who is interested in the intersection of political systems and the environment – which everyone should be because that intersection is where we find and do conservation. Bathsheba is currently working on a book about the environmental pasts of the Yukon River. Thank you to everyone for joining us on this show!

    • 49 min
    Episode 25 - Innovating the Hunting Industry

    Episode 25 - Innovating the Hunting Industry

    On today’s episode, I chat with Brad Brooks, the co-founder of Argali, a hunting gear and equipment company specializing in lightweight, functional gear made by and for hunters. Brad tells me about how he got into the hunting industry and was inspired, initially, to innovate by making his own game bags, and how Argali then expanded out to knives, a belt, and now a line of tents. We also chat about Argali’s approach to creating stunning hunting video content and how they choose the landscapes and stories they tell. In the conservation segment, I talk about the links between wildlife disease and human health, including the emerging One Health approach and how addressing increasing concerns about zoonotic diseases will be increasingly important in the context of climate change (42:26). I also cover some new research on bison that tells us more about both their historical range and the current state of their genetics, and what this means for ongoing conservation efforts (53:39).
    On this episode, we discuss:
    Argali: https://argalioutdoors.com/ The Wildlife Society: “House Committee Discusses Wildlife Disease”: https://wildlife.org/house-committee-discusses-wildlife-disease/ The Wildlife Society: “Wildlife biologists can learn from One Health”: https://wildlife.org/wildlife-biologists-can-learn-from-one-health/ The Wildlife Society: “Changing climate may worsen wildlife disease outbreaks”: https://wildlife.org/changing-climate-may-worsen-wildlife-disease-outbreaks/ CBC News: “Thousands of blood-sucking ticks found on bodies of Canadian moose”: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/winter-ticks-climate-change-moose-1.5452694 The Atlantic: “Climate Change Enters Its Blood-Sucking Phase”: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/02/ticks-can-take-down-800-pound-moose/583189/ Landscapes and Letters: “Genetically Pure Bison in North America”: https://landscapesandletters.com/2015/12/27/genetically-pure-bison-in-north-america/ Science Daily: “New research documents domestic cattle genetics in modern bison herds”: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/05/220510163401.htm Bozeman Daily Chronicle: “MSU study: Bison inhabited large portion of North America over past 20,000 years”: https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/environment/msu-study-bison-inhabited-large-portion-of-north-america-over-past-20-000-years/article_6412bf9a-6111-5c41-8e60-bb69832c7ff9.html

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 24 - Polar Bears and Climate Change

    Episode 24 - Polar Bears and Climate Change

    On this episode, I chat with Dr. Gregory Thiemann, an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change at York University. Greg has studied the ecology and conservation of polar bears and Arctic marine mammals for the past 21 years and talks to me about his research on trophic interactions, foraging ecology, and the use of biochemical markers to investigate predator diets. He has also been a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Polar Bear Specialist Group since 2008. We chat about Arctic ecology, climate change, and the complexities around polar bear hunting, including the blurry line between subsistence and economics in the Arctic.
    On today’s episode we discuss:
    Species At Risk Registry: Polar Bears: https://species-registry.canada.ca/index-en.html#/species/167-284 Article: “Arctic Habitat Conservation Requires Climate Change Action”: https://landscapesandletters.com/2022/05/03/arctic-habitat-conservation-requires-climate-change-action/ Article: “U.S. bans import of polar bear trophies: official”: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/u-s-bans-import-of-polar-bear-trophies-official-1.712686

    • 56 min
    Episode 23 - Indigenous Conservation and the North American Model

    Episode 23 - Indigenous Conservation and the North American Model

    On today’s episode, I chat with Caleb Musgrave, a Mississauga Anishinaabe man from Rice Lake Ontario, who has been training in wilderness survival, bushcraft and traditional woodcraft since he was a child. Caleb is the owner and director of Canadian Bushcraft, a wilderness skills and training company in Ontario that teaches courses ranging from blacksmithing and homesteading, to weeklong survival training courses, to guiding long trips into the backcountry. Caleb is also the host of the Canadian Bushcraft Podcast and the Aboriginal People's Television Network's Wilderness and Cultural Survival series "Merchants of the Wild." Caleb and I chat about how he brings Western and Indigenous understandings of hunting and conservation into his pedagogy and practice. We talk about the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, some of its strengths and weaknesses, and the need for efforts to decolonize the model. In the conservation segment, I review some recent Indigenous-led conservation efforts around boreal songbird monitoring (35:33) and provide some updates on recent hunting policy and legislative initiatives across the U.S., from Virginia to Mississippi to California, including what should be the final update on the black bear hunting petition in California (39:58).
    On today’s episode, we discuss:
    The Canadian Bushcraft Podcast: https://anchor.fm/canadianbushcraft Canadian Bushcraft on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/canadian.bushcraft/ Article: “Boreal birds are vanishing, and with them, their songs. How can we conserve Canada’s soundscape?”: https://canadiangeographic.ca/articles/vanishing-birdsong Seal River Watershed Alliance: https://sealriverwatershed.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Seal-Brochure-8.0-Sept-2021-3-min.pdf Bill SB 8: Hunting on Sundays; permits hunting on public or private land, etc.: https://openstates.org/va/bills/2022/SB8/ Article: “Younger: Effort to make Black Prairie WMA private ‘dead issue’”: https://cdispatch.com/news/2022-03-01/younger-effort-to-make-black-prairie-wma-private-dead-issue/ HOWL updates on BPWMA: https://www.howlforwildlife.org/bpwma Article: “California Fish and Game Commission Firmly Rejects Petition to Suspend Bear Hunting”: https://www.fieldandstream.com/conservation/california-rejects-bear-hunting-ban-petition/ Article: "Bear Hunt Ban: Science Wins, but Values Matter": https://tothebone.substack.com/p/bear-hunt-ban-science-wins-but-values?r=13nlk5&s=w&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web 

    • 52 min
    Episode 22 - The Time and Temperature Equation

    Episode 22 - The Time and Temperature Equation

    On today's food episode, we have Tristan Henry back to chat about an age old question that has persisted from campfires to modern kitchens: choosing when to cook something with low heat for a long time or high heat for a short time. Tristan breaks down some of the science underlying cooking times and temperatures and give some great tips on achieving the Maillard reaction (named after the French physician and chemist Louis Camille Maillard, who lived from 1878-1936). Tune in for some insight into cooking venison, fish, and waterfowl with methods ranging from braising, searing, and sous vide.

    • 28 min
    Episode 21 - Understanding Death and Gratitude in Hunting

    Episode 21 - Understanding Death and Gratitude in Hunting

    On today’s episode, I chat with Dr. Sophie Gilbert, a wildlife biologist, hunter, mom, and grateful heterotroph living in Moscow, Idaho. For the past six years, she’s been a professor at the University of Idaho, where she’s worked on all kinds of projects, from deer in the coastal temperate rainforest of Alaska to the conjoined effects of drought and carnivores on wildlife-ranching systems in the west. Now, Sophie is joining a forest ecosystem services start-up, NCX, where she’ll work to make sure that wildlife habitat and biodiversity are valued alongside forest carbon in the fight against climate change. Sophie and I chat about what it means to ensure that hunting is both biologically renewable and socially sustainable, how we come to a deeper understanding of death as human beings and consumers, and the need for more deliberate and patient communication about the rich and complex issues related to hunting and conservation. In the conservation segment, I give an update on two stories related to funding for conservation: a recent announcement by Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and the next steps for the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act.
    In this episode, we discuss:
    Department of the Interior press release: https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/secretary-haaland-announces-progress-toward-conservation-and-restoration-wildlife#:~:text=Secretary%20Haaland%20announced%20%242.5%20million,Corridors%20and%20Habitat%20Connectivity%20program “Western Big Game Seasonal Habitat and Migration Corridors Fund”: https://www.nfwf.org/sites/default/files/2022-04/NFWF-WesternBigGameMigration-20220330-GS.pdf Report: “Ungulate Migrations of the Western United States, Volume 2”: https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/sir20225008 Blog: "Habitat Connectivity is a Critical Part of Wildlife Conservation": https://landscapesandletters.com/2017/06/10/habitat-connectivity-is-a-critical-part-of-wildlife-conservation/ Blog: "Cooperative Conservation Defines the Hunting Narrative": https://landscapesandletters.com/2021/02/17/cooperative-conservation-defines-the-hunting-narrative/ The Wildlife Society: “Recovering America’s Wildlife Act”: https://wildlife.org/policy/recovering-americas-wildlife-act/ The Wildlife Society: “Recovering America’s Wildlife Act heads to Senate floor”: https://wildlife.org/recovering-americas-wildlife-act-heads-to-senate-floor/

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

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28 Ratings

28 Ratings

manlike. ,

Intelligent, pragmatic and interesting.

Thank you for emphasizing the common connection we all have— or or should have —with the natural world. Hunting is only a part of that. I’ve got a biology background. I’m about to give up on podcasts that I have listened to for years because I am exhausted by the condescending drumbeat of the “them and us“ mentality. Too many hunters aren’t interested in caring for the ecosystems or the creatures themselves as much as they are guarding their “right“ to hunt them.

Thank you. One way or another we are all in this together.

wildricethrasher ,


I am so excited that you guys are doing this show! I finally got to listen to the first episode and I am pumped thankful that two intelligent people are going to be talking about relevant up to date topics.

vrygudgrl ,

Amazing podcast to learn more about hunting!

I love how they look at the conservation of hunting and education. I feel like I finally found my community.

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