In each episode of the Modern Carnivore Podcast our host Mark Norquist is joined by guests covering a wide swath of topics, but always connected to healthy eating and lifestyle. This includes interviews with hunters, chefs, anglers, foragers, biologists, historians and others who prefer to have no official title. If you're interested in learning more about hunting, fishing and foraging for quality food ingredients, then this podcast is for you. No experience required. You can also check out the companion podcast - Outdoor Feast - hosted by Todd Waldron.
Ed Arnett – All About Conservation – Modern Carnivore Podcast (EP:039)
Ed Arnett - All About Conservation - Modern Carnivore Podcast (EP:039)
On this episode of the Modern Carnivore Podcast, Mark is joined by Ed Arnett. He is an avid hunter and angler based out of Colorado. He has been working in wildlife management for several decades. Previously, he was the chief scientist for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. Recently, he has had a change in profession.
His current position is the CEO of the The Wildlife Society. This organization's mission is to inspire, empower, and enable wildlife professionals to sustain wildlife population and habitat, through science-based management and conservation. Wildlife professionals are people who work to ensure that the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation works. If you are not familiar with this model make sure to check it out here. Listen in to learn about Ed's life and the powers of conservation!
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The Sober Hunter – Modern Carnivore Podcast (EP:038)
The Sober Hunter - Modern Carnivore Podcast (EP:038)
Jonathan Norman is The Sober Hunter.
Jon lives in the state of Washington and at a young age he learned that he was adopted from biological parents who had problems with substance abuse. Fast forward in his life to 22 years old and taking his first drink. This started him down the path to nearly a decade of booze, blackouts and drunken fights.
One night he drank too much, got belligerent and picked a fight with a family member in front of his young son. The next morning he knew something needed to change or he'd lose everything that mattered to him.
This started him down a path of learning to hunt and a life lived outdoors has been his focus ever since. He enjoys sharing this love of wild spaces, wild food and good living with anyone who will listen. But, he especially loves sharing this new life with his family.
Listen to Mark's conversation with Jon about this journey to becoming "the sober hunter" and then check out @The_Sober_Hunter on Instagram which is how he stays honest with the world.
Jon Norman, on a typical night in his old life.
Jon Norman, now sober and on his hunting journey.
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Minority Outdoor Alliance – Modern Carnivore Podcast (EP:037)
Minority Outdoor Alliance - Modern Carnivore Podcast (EP:037)
This episode of the Modern Carnivore Podcast was recorded at Pheasant Fest 2022 with Durrell Smith and Kris Rockwell of the Minority Outdoor Alliance (MOA) and Colby Kerber from Pheasants Forever / Quail Forever. Durrell and his wife Ashley created MOA following the killing of George Floyd in 2020 as a way to help those who are under-represented in the outdoors. The goal is to get more people outdoors and experience the wonderful ways these experiences can add richness to life.
Keep your eyes peeled in the coming months as Modern Carnivore and Pheasants Forever / Quail Forever will be doing more with Durrell and MOA. These projects will help get more people from all backgrounds into the outdoors.
In October of 2021 Durrell and Ashley Smith (co-founders of the Minority Outdoor Alliance) presented Jared Ungar with the first-ever Corey Rockwell Bird Dog, Literacy, & Conservation Development Award on behalf of MOA and the S. Kent Rockwell Foundation.
Durrell and Ashley Smith present Jared Ungar with the very first Corey Rockwell Bird Dog, Literary, & Conservation Development Award
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Darkhouse Spearing in Minnesota – Modern Carnivore Podcast (EP:036)
Darkhouse Spearing in Minnesota - Modern Carnivore Podcast (EP:036)
This episode of the Modern Carnivore podcast takes place after a very fun, yet very cold darkhouse spearing trip. A large cast joins Mark on this episode. Firstly, we have Katie Burgert. Katie is the host of the Fish Untamed Podcast and a first timer to spearing. Next, is Alex Gorman. Alex is the president of the University of Minnesota Club Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. Thirdly, we have John Kaczorek. John is a writer for Modern Carnivore and has many good articles on our Hardwater Hunters Series. Make sure to check those out below. Lastly, we have Dave Gunther. Dave is a retired educator and he has a passion for darkhouse spearing.
The group gathered around a darkhouse.
This trip came about when Katie reached out to Mark about giving this awesome activity a try. Mark, of course, said yes and so this small group headed up to North Central Minnesota. During this trip they braved the freezing cold and gusty winds but were rewarded with some fish. Listen in to this great episode that is filled with laughs and even some fish.
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The Non-Lead Partnership – Modern Carnivore Podcast (EP:035)
North American Non-Lead Partnership - Modern Carnivore Podcast (EP:035)
On this episode of the Modern Carnivore Podcast, Mark talks with three representatives from the North American Non-Lead Partnership. This partnership is a formation of more than 40 entities across the country. They're a hunter-focused organization that is working to preserve the North American wildlife and hunting heritage. They educate hunters about lead vs. non-lead ammunition in firearms. The three gentlemen talking with Mark during this podcast are Leland Brown, Chris Parish, and Andrew Clare. They each spend a good deal of time growing the partnership, but all three still have typical day jobs. First off, Leland works for the Oregon Zoo. Secondly, Chris is from the Peregrine Fund. Lastly, Andrew works for the Great Basin Institute.
The North American Non-lead Partnership takes a voluntary approach in switching to non-toxic ammunition. Through raising awareness and educating hunters, they are trying to increase the usage of non-toxic ammunition. These gentlemen are also hunters and it gives them pride to help lead others on this journey with non-toxic ammunition.
You can also check out this previous article written by Andrew Clare from the North American Non-lead Partnership
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Jeb Taylor Knives – Modern Carnivore Podcast (EP:034)
Jeb Taylor Knives - Modern Carnivore Podcast (EP:034)
A knife is the one universal tool that you need in the field and woods, or on the water. Whether you're hunting, fishing or foraging the knife in an indispensable tool.
Jeb Taylor has been in love with knives his entire life. He fondly remembers his first knife as a kid which was Swiss Army style that his parents gave him. As a young man in the U.S. Army he was stationed in the Philippines and became fascinated with blacksmiths there who would make bolo knives in the jungle. This started his interest in making his own knives. Fast-forward just a few years later and he operates his own knife company - Jeb Taylor Knives. He's also the founder and President of the Midwest Knife Maker's Guild. which was established in 2019 to create community and provide education, networking for knifemakers and enthusiasts in the midwest area of the country.
We're also giving away one of Jeb Taylor's custom made knives. Click here to register to win this knife (registration closes soon).
Jeb Taylor and his family.
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This is a great podcast
Mark is such a nice guy and his content is fantastic. He makes the field-to-plate lifestyle approachable, fun, and informative. Great podcast!
Great podcast definitely worth having in your listening library