42 episodes

We’re not all habitat work all the time here at NDA. We know the importance of enjoying the fruits of your labor and that’s the primary focus of the Coffee and Deer podcast. The show is hosted by NDA President and CEO Nick Pinizzotto and his long-time hunting buddy and friend Mike Groman and focuses on hunting heritage and conservation policy. Nick and Mike are typically joined by expert guests — from NDA staff to outdoor writers to policymakers — to share hunting stories and discuss important conservation issues impacting deer and deer hunting. We hope you’ll join us for a fun and informative discussion over coffee about all things deer.

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We’re not all habitat work all the time here at NDA. We know the importance of enjoying the fruits of your labor and that’s the primary focus of the Coffee and Deer podcast. The show is hosted by NDA President and CEO Nick Pinizzotto and his long-time hunting buddy and friend Mike Groman and focuses on hunting heritage and conservation policy. Nick and Mike are typically joined by expert guests — from NDA staff to outdoor writers to policymakers — to share hunting stories and discuss important conservation issues impacting deer and deer hunting. We hope you’ll join us for a fun and informative discussion over coffee about all things deer.

    Avoiding Hunting Trip Disasters With Melissa Bachman of Winchester Deadly Passion

    Avoiding Hunting Trip Disasters With Melissa Bachman of Winchester Deadly Passion

    Traveling out of the local area to hunt is steadily gaining in popularity. While going on a destination hunting trip can be exciting and rewarding, it can be equally frustrating and disappointing if hunters don’t properly plan for the excursion. There are few people who travel to hunt more than our guest, Melissa Bachman, who has seen and done it all at this stage in her career. Melissa is the longtime host and producer of Winchester Deadly Passion and she joins Nick and The Doctor to share her tips and experience for hunters venturing far from home in the coming season. She also shares stories about when things didn’t go according to plan, and how she handled those situations. Both outfitted and do-it-yourself hunts are discussed. In addition to Melissa’s impressive hunting career, she is a former board member and current advisory committee member of the National Deer Association.
    In this episode’s B-Team Report, you’ll hear the story of how one of our bumbling hosts ended up walking more than 14 miles in one day due to some poor planning and indecision. This is also an Ask NDA Anything episode and Nick and The Doctor answer questions about habitat management and shed antler hunting. Do you have a question you’d like to ask NDA? If so, be sure to send them to nick@deerassociation.com.
    Important Links
    Title sponsor: Black Rifle Coffee Company
    Melissa Bachman’s Website – Winchester Deadly Passion
    Melissa Bachman - Instagram
    Winchester Deadly Passion - Facebook
    Follow Nick Pinizzotto on Instagram
    Follow Mike Groman on Instagram
    Music by Bensound
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    About the National Deer Association
    The National Deer Association (NDA) is a non-profit deer conservation group that works to ensure the future of wild deer, wildlife habitat and hunting. Thank you for subscribing to our podcast!
    Support NDA’s mission by becoming a member today.
    NDA has the highest ranking from Charity Navigator, an independent group that monitors non-profits for financial efficiency and effectiveness.
    Learn more about deer and deer hunting in our weekly, free e-newsletter.
    Follow us on our other channels: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Protecting Yourself From Hearing Loss With Audiologist Dr. Grace Sturdivant

    Protecting Yourself From Hearing Loss With Audiologist Dr. Grace Sturdivant

    Our hearing is one of our five finely tuned senses and arguably the most likely to be compromised by our lack of protection of it. This is particularly true for hunters and recreational shooters who often put their hearing in danger by pulling the trigger on firearms, even with lower calibers, without proper ear protection. High-intensity impulse sounds will permanently damage the inner workings of the ear, and people who shoot firearms are at a higher risk of noise-induced hearing loss than those who do not shoot. Sometimes damage can occur with just one shot taken without hearing protection.
    In this episode, we’re joined by audiologist Dr. Grace Sturdivant who is the owner and founder of OtoPro Technologies to discuss the threat of hearing loss and what can be done to mitigate it by hunters and shooters. She explains the causes and effects of hearing loss and talks about the unique way her company can help clients save their hearing.
    In this episode’s B-Team Report, Nick and The Doctor share stories about how a split-second decision cost one of them about $200, while the other ended up with a sore backside thanks to some help from Mother Nature. Next week is an Ask NDA Anything episode, so be sure to get your questions in to nick@deerassociation.com soon.
    Important Links
    Show sponsor:  Banks Outdoors
    OtoPro Technologies
    OtoPro Technologies on Instagram
    Follow Nick Pinizzotto on Instagram
    Follow Mike Groman on Instagram
    Music by Bensound
    Subscribe to the Podcast on:
    Apple Podcasts
    Google Podcasts
    Spotify
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    About the National Deer Association
    The National Deer Association (NDA) is a non-profit deer conservation group that works to ensure the future of wild deer, wildlife habitat and hunting. Thank you for subscribing to our podcast!
    Support NDA’s mission by becoming a member today.
    NDA has the highest ranking from Charity Navigator, an independent group that monitors non-profits for financial efficiency and effectiveness.
    Learn more about deer and deer hunting in our weekly, free e-newsletter.
    Follow us on our other channels: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube

    • 1 hr 12 min
    The Importance of Venison Donation With Josh Wilson and Peter Churchbourne

    The Importance of Venison Donation With Josh Wilson and Peter Churchbourne

    Did you know that 38.3 million Americans suffer from critical hunger every day, or that one in six children lack the daily nutrition necessary for healthy growth? Imagine a situation where you were forced to secure a loan to put gas in your vehicle and food on your table. Unfortunately, that’s the reality for a startling number of people and much of it flies under the radar of awareness.
    The good news is, deer hunters can help by sharing a portion of their venison each season. Thanks to programs like Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH), more than 22 million servings of venison have been provided since the group’s founding in 1997. You might be surprised to know that one deer can provide up to 160 meals for a family in need, so imagine the impact you’re making when you decide to share meat from a deer you tagged.
    Nick and The Doctor are joined on the show by Josh Wilson, Executive Director of FHFH, and Peter Churchbourne, Director of the NRA Hunters Leadership Fund, to talk about the importance of hunters stepping up and giving back.
    This is also an Ask NDA Anything episode and our hosts tackle questions about the impact of drought on antler growth and whether or not different times during the season require their own stand or blind locations. In this episode’s B-Team Report, learn which of our hosts almost learned the hard way that having a range finder does you no good if it’s not easily accessible.
    Happy New Year friends!
    Important Links
    Show sponsor:  Mathews Archery
    Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry
    NRA Hunters Leadership Forum
    Follow Nick Pinizzotto on Instagram
    Follow Mike Groman on Instagram
    Music by Bensound
    Subscribe to the Podcast on:
    Apple Podcasts
    Google Podcasts
    Spotify
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    About the National Deer Association
    The National Deer Association (NDA) is a non-profit deer conservation group that works to ensure the future of wild deer, wildlife habitat and hunting. Thank you for subscribing to our podcast!
    Support NDA’s mission by becoming a member today.
    NDA has the highest ranking from Charity Navigator, an independent group that monitors non-profits for financial efficiency and effectiveness.
    Learn more about deer and deer hunting in our weekly, free e-newsletter.
    Follow us on our other channels: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Filled Tags and Missed Opportunities: Our 2022 Deer Season Recap

    Filled Tags and Missed Opportunities: Our 2022 Deer Season Recap

    It’s hard to believe that the 2022 fall hunting season has come to an end. We spend so many months preparing and thinking about the coming season that the few months of hunting we have seems to flash by in the blink of an eye. In this episode, Nick and The Doctor recap their seasons and share stories of filled tags and missed opportunities. More than just telling hunting stories, the guys share what they felt went well, and what could have gone better during the season. They also share their B-Team stories with one involving physical pain and another about getting caught with your pants down, literally!
    Remember, the next episode is an Ask NDA Anything episode so please get your questions in by emailing nick@deerassociation.com. Please note that we will skip a week for the holidays and the next Coffee and Deer podcast will post on January 4.
    Important Links
    Show sponsor:  Black Rifle Coffee Company
    Follow Nick Pinizzotto on Instagram
    Follow Mike Groman on Instagram
    Music by Bensound
    Subscribe to the Podcast on:
    Apple Podcasts
    Google Podcasts
    Spotify
    iHeartRadio
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    About the National Deer Association
    The National Deer Association (NDA) is a non-profit deer conservation group that works to ensure the future of wild deer, wildlife habitat and hunting. Thank you for subscribing to our podcast!
    Support NDA’s mission by becoming a member today.
    NDA has the highest ranking from Charity Navigator, an independent group that monitors non-profits for financial efficiency and effectiveness.
    Learn more about deer and deer hunting in our weekly, free e-newsletter.
    Follow us on our other channels: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Michael Hunsucker on His 3-Year Quest for a Buck Named ”Floppy”

    Michael Hunsucker on His 3-Year Quest for a Buck Named ”Floppy”

    Any seasoned deer hunter will tell you that there’s nothing more exhilarating than hunting a particular buck over more than one season. It’s a rarity for most to get more than a second season to match wits with the same deer let alone three, but that’s the challenge Heartland Bowhunter Co-host Michael Hunsucker faced while engaged in a chess match with a giant buck he named Floppy. Oddly, the Missouri monster was quite visible over the years, which made it even more frustrating for Hunsucker when he couldn’t get into bow range. At one point the deer ghosted him and he thought maybe it had fallen to a nearby rifle hunter, but eventually the two reconnected. In this episode you’ll hear the story of the final hunt for Floppy directly from Hunsucker, and it’s one that will have you on the edge of your seat!
    This is also an Ask NDA Anything episode and Nick and The Doctor answer listener questions about taking bow shots at walking deer and how to have a successful winter season. As always, the B-Team report doesn’t disappoint as the guys share their latest follies including one where one of the guys benefits by forgetting his field dressing gear, “conveniently.” Let’s just say it’s not the first time this particular host of the show has gotten the benefit of shooting a deer without doing much work during the recovery. If you’d like to submit an Ask NDA Anything questions or tell us about your own B-Team story, email nick@deerassociation.com.
    Important Links
    Show sponsor:  onX Hunt
    Heartland Bowhunter website
    Heartland Bowhunter YouTube Page
    Michael Hunsucker on Instagram
    Follow Nick Pinizzotto on Instagram
    Follow Mike Groman on Instagram
    Music by Bensound
    Subscribe to the Podcast on:
    Apple Podcasts
    Google Podcasts
    Spotify
    iHeartRadio
    Stitcher
    About the National Deer Association
    The National Deer Association (NDA) is a non-profit deer conservation group that works to ensure the future of wild deer, wildlife habitat and hunting. Thank you for subscribing to our podcast!
    Support NDA’s mission by becoming a member today.
    NDA has the highest ranking from Charity Navigator, an independent group that monitors non-profits for financial efficiency and effectiveness.
    Learn more about deer and deer hunting in our weekly, free e-newsletter.
    Follow us on our other channels: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Deer Hunting Strategy and the Importance of Staying Comfortable in the Stand With Greg Farrell of First Lite

    Deer Hunting Strategy and the Importance of Staying Comfortable in the Stand With Greg Farrell of First Lite

    It doesn’t matter if you have the best bow or gun or have the luxury of hunting great land crawling with big whitetail bucks if you’re not able to put adequate time in the deer woods. Being comfortable in any weather condition is key to successful hunting and our friends at First Lite have all day comfort nailed. During a recent hunt in Kentucky, Nick sat down with First Lite’s Senior Whitetail Category Manager, Gregg Farrell, to talk about what goes into the making of their gear before it hits the market and also get into some whitetail hunting strategy. Gregg talks about the importance of wearing the right layers and shares what his favorite First Lite product is. He also shares the story of his journey that eventually led him to the company and how being home and hunting with his friends and family tops any of his other hunts each season.
    Just when you thought the guys couldn’t outdo themselves for the B-Team Report, Nick tells the tale of how he now has a few hundred dollar’s worth of damage to his Polaris Ranger, and also ended up down a hat and pair of glasses. To add insult to injury, he also describes why his target buck is still safely roaming the hills of Pennsylvania. The duo provides a full update on their seasons so far, while discussing their hopes for the next couple weeks.
    Important Links
    Show sponsor:  First Lite
    Gregg Farrell on Instagram
    Follow Nick Pinizzotto on Instagram
    Follow Mike Groman on Instagram
    Music by Bensound
    Subscribe to the Podcast on:
    Apple Podcasts
    Google Podcasts
    Spotify
    iHeartRadio
    Stitcher
    About the National Deer Association
    The National Deer Association (NDA) is a non-profit deer conservation group that works to ensure the future of wild deer, wildlife habitat and hunting. Thank you for subscribing to our podcast!
    Support NDA’s mission by becoming a member today.
    NDA has the highest ranking from Charity Navigator, an independent group that monitors non-profits for financial efficiency and effectiveness.
    Learn more about deer and deer hunting in our weekly, free e-newsletter.
    Follow us on our other channels: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

MarkTCO71 ,

Thanks guys!!

Absolutely love the podcast! Thank you. Would like to hear more on cooperatives and getting them off the ground. James Lanier from Wis as a possible guest? Also, does the NDA plan to make any more of the coop signs. Our coop has ran out and would love to buy some more. Keep up the great work!

Camden SC ,

Learning opportunity!

What a great show! I learn something useful every time I listen!

CF047 ,

A great show

Really love how layback but logical this show can be.

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