Big Game Hunting Podcast

picture of big game hunting podcast logoMy name is John McAdams and I created The Big Game Hunting Podcast to assist hunters like you in preparing for the big game hunting adventures you’ve always dreamed about.

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Are you a hunter who has imagined getting outside your comfort zone and going on some sort of adventure? Maybe you want to hunt kudu, impala, or even cape buffalo in Africa or chamois, Himalayan tahr, and red stag in New Zealand. Perhaps you want to go black bear, caribou, elk, moose, pronghorn, or mule deer hunting in states like Alaska, Colorado, or Wyoming or even up in Canadian Provinces like Alberta and British Columbia.

If those are the sort of hunts that fill your dreams at night, then you’ve come to the right place to learn about turning those dreams into reality.picture of big game hunting podcast pronghornThis isn’t your typical deer hunting podcast or hunting show. The Big Game Hunting Podcast will cover a wide range of topics like where you need to go to hunt various species, effective hunting strategies, how to find an honest hunting outfitter, entertaining and inspiring hunting stories, the ins and outs of public land hunting, interviews with leaders in the hunting industry, how to choose the best rifle, cartridge, and ammunition and other gear for a particular hunt, and much more.

I’ll publish new episodes of The Big Game Hunting Podcast each week on Thursday.

Feel free to send me a message at [email protected] with any feedback you have on the show as well as topic requests for future episodes.

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Ep 98: Rafe Nielsen On Browning Firearms and Ammunition

Rafe Nielsen from Browning joined me on this episode of The Big Game Hunting Podcast. We talked about the history of Browning, the different rifles, shotguns, handguns, and ammunition they offer, and what sort of situations they’re best used for.
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Ep 97: Kevin Robertson On Africa Hunting Bullets

We’re joined by Dr. Kevin Robertson in this episode and he’s going to share his thoughts on some of the best bullets for hunting in Africa for plains game, lion, leopard, and cape buffalo. Africa is a very large and diverse continent with a wide variety of game to match. Well, the various species of game quite often require very difference performance characteristics from a bullet. However, Kevin has lots of real world experience afield in Africa and he literally wrote the book on shot placement and bullet selection on African game. So, make sure you pay attention because he’s about to share some very important information.
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Ep 96: Joseph von Benedikt On Elk Hunting Bullets

While we’ve talked in pretty general terms about bullets and ammunition in these past few episodes, today we’re going to dive into more detail on the subject. Specifically, we’re joined by Joseph von Benedikt in this episode and he’s going to share his thoughts on some of the best bullets for hunting elk. As you’ll learn here shortly, it’s a pretty big jump moving up from deer and pronghorn to elk. They’re bigger, tougher, and elk hunts just simply often require a whole lot more out of a bullet than deer hunts.
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Ep 95: Eric Miller On Federal Premium Ammunition, The .224 Valkyrie, And The .338 Federal

Eric Miller from Federal Premium joined me on this episode of The Big Game Hunting Podcast. We talked about the history of Federal Premium, the different types of bullets and big game ammo lines Federal Premium currently manufactures, the various situations that ammo is best used for, and the story of the .338 Federal and .224 Valkyrie cartridges and what advantages they offer to hunters.
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Ep 94: How To Pick The Right Hunting Scope

Today, we’re talking about rifle scopes. Specifically, I’ll be answering some common listener questions I’ve received lately about choosing the right scope with the right features for typical hunting situations. So, stay tuned to learn about first focal plane vs second focal plane scopes, the pros and cons of different ballistic turrets, and what scope magnifications are best.
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Ep 93: How Barrel Length and Barrel Contour Affect Rifle Performance

Are longer barrels more accurate? What is barrel contour and how does it affect performance in a hunting rifle? In this episode of The Big Game Hunting Podcast, I talk in detail on the effects of changing barrel contour and barrel length as they pertain to the performance of a hunting rifle. I discuss why they’re important and the pros and cons of different barrel lengths and barrel contours.
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Ep 92: Dan Roland On Dall Sheep Hunting In Alaska And Canada

Today, Dan Roland is back for another great hunting discussion on the Big Game Hunting Podcast. You may remember him from episode 84 when we talked about hunting brown and grizzly bear up in Alaska. Well, Dan has also been on a couple of Dall Sheep hunts in Alaska and the Yukon and we really get into the nitty gritty details of those hunts in this episode. So, if you’ve always dreamed about a sheep hunting adventure, then you’ll love today’s show.
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Ep 91: Ben Frank On Winchester Ammunition and the .350 Legend Cartridge

Ben Frank from Winchester joined me on this episode of The Big Game Hunting Podcast. We talked about the history of Winchester, the different big game ammo lines Winchester currently manufactures, the various situations those bullets are best used for, and the story of the brand new .350 Legend cartridge and what advantage it offers to hunters.
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Ep 90: Zach Waterman On Nosler Ammunition and Cartridges

Zach Waterman from Nosler joined me on this episode of The Big Game Hunting Podcast. We talked about the story of how Nosler first got started, the different bullets Nosler currently manufactures, the various situations those bullets are best used for, and the story of the various Nosler cartridges and what advantages they offer hunters.
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Ep 89: How Bullets Kill

This show is the first in a new series about choosing the right bullet for hunting various species of big game. I have interviews lined up in the future with some of the big ammo manufacturers and we’re going to discuss the pros and cons of their really popular bullets used for big game hunting. However, before we get into that, I wanted to talk to you about the actual mechanics of how bullets kill big game animals. Basically, I’m going to provide a good base of understanding of how bullets perform under different conditions and an overview of the two most prominent schools of thought regarding optimum terminal bullet performance.
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Ep 88: Best AR-15 Calibers

Regardless of what some people would have you believe, the AR-15 platform can be an outstanding choice for hunting all manner of game. In this episode of The Big Game Hunting Podcast, I give an overview of some of the most popular cartridges used in the AR-15 along with the pros and cons of using each one for hunting various species of game. Specifically, I cover the .223 Remington, 5.56 NATO, .224 Valkyrie, 6.5 Grendel, 6.8 SPC, .300 Blackout, .450 Bushmaster, .458 SOCOM, and .50 Beowulf.
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Ep 87: Kendall Jones On Overcoming Adversity

Today, we have a special guest on the show who has a little experience in making lemonade out of an unexpected gift of lemons from the world: Kendall Jones. You may have heard of her: she was the Texas Tech cheerleader that became the famous target of anti-hunter harassment as the result of an African safari back in 2014. As you’ll learn here shortly, she suffered through some other very painful times in the years following that famous hunt in Africa that weren’t as nearly widely known. We talked about how she persevered through those struggles and what she’s up to today.
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Ep 86: Mark Huelsing On How To Choose A Hunting Backpack

Mark Huelsing from Exo Mountain Gear joined me again on this episode of the Big Game Hunting Podcast and we had a great discussion on how to choose the right backpack for your hunting needs. We talked about how to evaluate your backpack needs as a hunter, the capabilities a good pack offers, the right way to pack your backpack when hauling a heavy load, and specific recommendations on which Exo Mountain Gear packs are best for various hunting situations.
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Ep 85: Phil Massaro On Hunting Plains Game

In this episode of the Big Game Hunting Podcast, Phil Massaro and I had a great discussion on hunting plains game. We talked about some of the ins and outs of hunting plains game: how tough they are, proper shot placement, choosing the right, bullet and cartridge, some underrated species of plains game and some other things you should keep in mind when preparing for a hunt for in Africa. today.
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Ep 84: Dan Roland On Bear Hunting In Alaska

Spring is here and that means bear seasons all over the country will be opening soon. If you’re not one of the lucky hunters who with a spring bear hunt on your calendar, talking about going bear hunting might be the next best thing. Today, we’re joined by Dan Roland who is a veteran of many hunts in Alaska, both for coastal brown bear and grizzly bear. Well, Dan and I are going to get into the nitty gritty details of bear hunting in Alaska. So, if you’ve always dreamed about one of those hunts, you’re gonna love the show today.
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Ep 83: How To Get Cheap Airline Tickets

Long haul international flights are not cheap in the best of times and they can really have a wide variation in prices. Fortunately, I’ve discovered a couple of strategies to save some serious money on airline tickets. Listen to today’s episode to learn some great tips on how to save money when booking big international trips to Africa, South America, New Zealand, Europe, etc.
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Ep 82: Cable Smith On Moose Hunting

Are you dreaming of going moose hunting, but aren’t sure how you’ll be able to afford a hunt in Alaska or the Yukon? The good news is that there are some places in Canada that also offer some really awesome moose hunts that cost a fraction of what you’ll pay for a moose hunt in Alaska. Cable Smith from the Lone Star Outdoor Show is back today and he shared the story of his moose hunt in Newfoundland last year and why those hunts are a great option for many people.
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Ep 81: Ryan Cleckner On Improving Your Shooting Skills

Former special operations sniper team leader Ryan Cleckner of GunUniversity.com was kind enough to join us on this episode of the Big Game Hunting Podcast to discuss some tangible things YOU can do to improve YOUR shooting ability when it actually matters while afield. Make sure you pay attention to this discussion because Ryan drops some serious knowledge that can really help you take your shooting game to the next level.
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Ep 80: Slade Johnson On Trips 4 Trade

What would you say if I told you there were a way to work out a trade with another hunter somewhere else in the world where you guys exchange hunts? Maybe you take a hunter from Colorado deer, hog, or turkey hunting in your next of the woods, and in exchange, that same person takes you elk or mule deer hunting in Colorado? Would that sort of deal interest you? Well, we have Slade Johnson on the show today and he’s the founder of Trips 4 Trade, which is a company that can help you do just that.
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Ep 79: Cable Smith On Nilgai Hunting

Today, we’re going to shift gears a little bit and talk about another cool hunting opportunity that you DON’T need to draw a tag for, can be hunted in the USA outside of the normal hunting season window in the fall and winter, AND doesn’t cost a bunch of money to hunt: nilgai. Today, we’re joined by Cable Smith from the Lone Star Outdoor Show. He actually went on a nilgai hunt in south Texas last year and is going to tell us all about this little known species and the cool opportunities that are available to hunt them in the great state of Texas.
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Ep 78: Trail Kreitzer Talks Colorado, Nevada, Idaho Wyoming, and Hunting Draws

We have Trail Kreitzer from goHunt back on the Big Game Hunting Podcast today and we’re going to go into detail about the second group of western big game application options. Specifically, we’re going to be talking about the Colorado, Nevada, and Idaho draws for all species, the Wyoming deer/antelope draw, and the Arizona deer draw. We’ll briefly cover the overall prospects for each draw in order to give you an idea if each individual draw is something that’s worth investigating in more detail.
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Ep 77: Mark Huelsing On Self-Guided Archery Elk Hunting In Colorado

Mark Huelsing from Exo Mountain Gear joined me on this episode of the Big Game Hunting Podcast and shared the story of his initial attempts at archery elk hunting out in Colorado. He grew up whitetail hunting in Missouri, but decided to take the plunge into elk hunting a few years ago. Here’s the story of how it went, what he learned, and how you can make your elk hunting dreams turn into a reality.
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Ep 76: Why You Should Consider Hunting In New Zealand

It’s unfortunate, but few people realize the full extent of the hunting opportunities available in New Zealand and it’s often overshadowed by Africa. New Zealand has beautiful scenery, friendly people, and a good variety of unique big game species that may be hunted. So in this episode of The Big Game Hunting Podcast, we’re going to talk about some of the different species you can hunt in New Zealand as well as where to go in the country for the best hunting!
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Ep 75: Javelina Hunt Recap: Success!

I actually just got back from a javelina hunt in New Mexico and I have good news: I punched my javelina tag! Today, I’m going to tell you how the hunt went, a couple of lessons I learned, and share a few recommendations for you to keep in mind if you want to go javelina hunting in the future!
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Ep 74: Phil Massaro On Big Bore Rifles And Hunting Dangerous Game

Today, we have a special guest on the show: gun writer and big bore rifle enthusiast Phil Massaro. We’re going to talk about choosing the right rifle, cartridge, and ammunition for hunting dangerous game (most notably cape buffalo). The advice commonly given about hunting dangerous game is to “bring the most powerful rifle that you can shoot accurately.” That’s not bad advice, but it really leaves a lot of room for interpretation and is a subject that deserves a pretty in-depth discussion.Well, that’s exactly what Phil and I provide in this episode of The Big Game Hunting Podcast!
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Ep 73: Should You Hunt In Africa?

January is the peak time of year for booking guided hunts overseas, most notably in Africa. For that reason, I’m going to talk about some of the opportunities that are available for hunting in Africa as well as some tips on how to choose the right hunting outfitter for you in this episode of the Big Game Hunting Podcast.
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Ep 72: Trail Kreitzer Talks Wyoming, Arizona, Utah, Montana, and New Mexico Hunting Draw

We have Trail Kreitzer from goHunt back on the Big Game Hunting Podcast today and we’re going to go into detail about the first group of western big game application options. Specifically, we’re going to be talking about the Wyoming elk draw, the Arizona elk/pronghorn draw, the Utah draw for all species, the Montana deer/elk draw, and the New Mexico draw for all species. We’ll briefly cover the overall prospects for each draw in order to give you an idea if each individual draw is something that’s worth investigating in more detail.
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Ep 71: What Are Your 2020 Hunting Goals? Plus A Big Announcement!

What are your hunting goals for 2020? In this episode of The Big Game Hunting Podcast, I discuss the importance of setting goals, what my hunting goals are for the new year, some changes to the podcast for 2020, an awesome deal available for an Alberta black bear hunt this spring, and another special announcement!
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Ep 70: Arizona Coues Deer Hunt Recap: Success!

Like I mentioned a couple of times in previous episodes, I had a coues deer hunt scheduled for a week before Christmas. Well, I have good news: I punched my coues deer tag over in Arizona! On this episode of The Big Game Hunting Podcast, I’m going to tell you how my Arizona coues deer hunt went, recap a couple of lessons I learned, and share a few recommendations for you to keep in mind if you want to go coues deer hunting in the future.
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Ep 69: Story of My First Deer

Similar to Thanksgiving, I really associate deer hunting with the Christmas holiday. Like many people, growing up I’d quite often go deer hunting during the Christmas break from school. This was actually when I shot my very first deer.Today is December 26 and that is the exact date I shot my first deer many years ago. For that reason, today I’m going to share the story of that particular hunt with you on this episode of The Big Game Hunting Podcast.
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Ep 68: Should You Wear Camouflage While Hunting?

Today, I want to give a big shout out to Josh, who recently made a couple of great suggestions for future episodes. One of those suggestions was about the evolution of hunting attire and the utility of wearing camouflage. He made the great point that wearing camo is a relatively new fashion trend in the hunting world and if you go back and look at pictures of hunters from the 1940s and 50s, really any time prior to about the 1990s, hunters didn’t wear camo. So, the question is, does wearing camouflage actually increase your odds of success afield? Or is that just a marketing scheme? Well, that’s what we’re going to talk about on this episode of the Big Game Hunting Podcast.
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Ep 67: Handgun Hunting Overview

Today, I want to give a shout out to Josneym from Ecuador. Josneym recently contacted me requesting an episode giving a general overview of hunting with a handgun. So, that’s what we’re going to talk about in this episode of The Big Game Hunting Podcast.
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Ep 66: Hunting Gift Recommendations Plus Contest Winner Announcement!

In this episode of The Big Game Hunting Podcast, I announce the winner of the Maven binocular giveaway. Additionally, I also figured I’d give you guys a couple of different gift ideas for any hunters on your shopping list that you haven’t gotten stuff for yet. Most of these items will also work really well for YOU to give as an answer to a friend or family member asking what YOU want for Christmas.
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Ep 65: Push Feed vs Controlled Round Feed Rifle Pros And Cons For Hunting

Today, I want to give a shout out to Andrew from Minnesota. Andrew recently contacted me requesting an episode on push feed vs controlled feed rifles from a hunting perspective. So, that’s what we’re going to talk about in this episode of The Big Game Hunting Podcast.
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Ep 64: 338 Federal vs 308 Winchester vs 358 Winchester For Big Game Hunting

Today, I want to give a shout out to Steve. Steve was one of the very first guys to make a topic request for the Big Game Hunting Podcast. He emailed me a couple of months ago with a request for an episode about the .358 Winchester and what its suitable for hunting. So today, I’m going to do a detailed comparison of the 338 Federal vs 308 Winchester vs 358 Winchester in order parse out the differences between those three cartridges so you can make an informed decision regarding which one will work best for you.
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Ep 63: Clay Newcomb on Brown Bear and Grizzly Bear Hunting

Clay Newcomb from Bear Hunting Magazine joins us for this episode of The Big Game Hunting Podcast and he’s going to help us sort out things in the brown and grizzly bear hunting world. Today, we’re going to talk much more specifically about grizzly bear and brown bear hunting: what they are, the difference between brown and grizzly bear, where they live, where the best places are to hunt them, and about how much one of those hunts will cost.
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Ep 62: What You Need To Know About The Winchester Short Magnum Cartridges

In this episode of The Big Game Hunting Podcast, I’m going to do a detailed analysis of the 270, 7mm, 300, and 325 Winchester Short Magnum cartridges and compare them to the .270 Winchester, the 7mm Remington Magnum, the .300 Winchester Magnum, and the .338 Winchester Magnum in an effort to answer the above questions and parse out the their true strengths and weaknesses so you can make an informed decision regarding which one will work best for you.
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Ep 61: My Biggest Whitetail Buck

Happy Thanksgiving! I don’t know about you, but deer hunting and Thanksgiving always seem to go together perfectly for me. For that reason, today I’m going to share the story of my biggest whitetail deer ever, which I shot many, many years ago on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
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Ep 60: Hunting Travel Logistics Simplified

Today, I want to give a shout out to Matt from Tennessee. He emailed me a couple of months ago with a request for an episode about the logistics of doing a self-guided hunt out west. So, that’s what we’re going to be talking about today. We all have work and family obligations, so you can only realistically plan on taking so much time off for a hunt and every day that you’re traveling is a day that you’re away from your other obligations, but not actually hunting. So like Matt requested, we’re going to talk about a couple of different options hunters have to maximize their hunting time while they’re actually away from home and work.
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Ep 59: Adam Whitehead On The Sportsman’s Box

Well, Christmas is just around the corner and that means it’s time to start thinking about Christmas presents. Shopping for hunters is always a really difficult task, especially if the person doing the shopping doesn’t hunt themselves. For the most part, I’m really particular about the gear I use and I just buy what I want/need myself. I’ll be a lot of you are in that same boat too. What would you think if I told you there was another way to get high quality hunting gear vetted by experienced hunters at a reasonable price? In this episode of the Big Game Hunting Podcast I interview Adam Whitehead from The Sportsman’s Box who will give us a glimpse into a potential alternative.
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Ep 58: Trail Kreitzer On goHUNT

Unfortunately, for the most part, getting a good tag isn’t as simple as buying a hunting license in many western states. Instead, many states issue the majority of their elk, deer, and pronghorn tags through a random draw. While there are exceptions, this applies to guided as well as self-guided hunts in many places as well. Trail Kreitzer from goHunt joins us for this episode of The Big Game Hunting Podcast and he’ll give us an overview of goHunt, the information they offer to hunters, why that information is important, and some good tips on how you can use goHunt to find some awesome hunting opportunities that you probably never would have known about otherwise.
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Ep 57: Jay Scott On Coues Deer Hunting

Like I’ve mentioned a couple of times in previous episodes, I have an Arizona coues deer hunt coming up in late December. So with that in mind, today I’ll be interviewing Jay Scott of Jay Scott Outdoors who knows a whole lot more about coues deer hunting than I do. Now my Friend Fred Bohm and I talked about coues deer hunting all the way back in Episode 9. That episode provides a good overview of what coues deer are, where they live, and generally how to hunt them. Today, Jay and I are going to go into a whole lot more detail on the finer points of Coues Deer hunting and exactly how to go about hunting these wiley desert whitetails.
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Ep 56: Foot Care Tips For Hunters

Today is Veteran’s Day and as any veteran will tell you, it’s extremely important to take care of your feet, especially when you’re doing a bunch of hiking or rucking as is common on many big game hunting adventures. Bottom line: torn up feet are a recipe for a seriously NOT fun hunt and nobody wants to get laid up due to preventable foot problems during a hunt you’ve spent a lot of time and money planning.

So with all that in mind, I’m going to share a few things I’ve learned over the years about how to take care of your feet so you can focus on enjoying yourself while you’re hunting.
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Ep 55: My Favorite Hunting Books

Now I don’t know about you, but I love to read and I love to hunt. The good news is that there are a bunch of really good hunting books out there. Some of them provide useful information and are a great way to improve your skills as a hunter. Others contain some delicious wild game recipes that can help you take your game in the kitchen to the next level. And of course, many others are just entertaining and are filled with funny or exciting stories from hunts all over the world.

A book can help you pass the time when you’re sitting in a deer stand on a slow morning, when you’re on an air plane, or it can help you get your hunting fix during those dog days of summer when hunting season seems so far away. So with all that in mind, I decided to share a list of some of my favorite hunting books with you in this episode of the Big Game Hunting Podcast.
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Ep 54: Jake Downs On Hunting In Alaska


Today we’re going to dip our toe into some of the incredible hunting opportunities that are available in Alaska and hopefully provide a little insight into how to get started planning a hunt up there. We’re joined again by Jake Downs who has also done a bit of hunting up in Alaska, both with an outfitter and on self-guided hunts.
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Ep 53: Keith Beam On Hunting From Ground Blinds And Children’s Hunting Books

Today’s guest is going to share some interesting thoughts with us on another piece of gear that is really popular for some whitetail and turkey hunters, but also actually has a lot of applications for hunts out west: ground blinds. Keith has really been around the block a time or two when it comes to hunting out of ground blinds today he’s going to share a BUNCH of tips and tricks with you guys on how to get the absolute most out of your ground blind regardless of whether you’re hunting whitetail deer, turkey, mule deer, pronghorn, or even elk.

Also, make sure you stick around at the end of the show because Keith and I are also going to talk about a couple of really cool hunting books he specifically designed for kids that should really be interesting to those of you who are parents or grandparents to small children and want to introduce them to hunting at an early age.
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Ep 52: New Mexico Mule Deer Hunt Recap

Well, I just got back from my second hunt of 2019 and, unfortunately, my New Mexico mule deer hunt did not go as well as my hunt up in Colorado at the beginning of October. Even so, I still had a nice trip, saw a lot of wildlife, and I learned some more valuable lessons that I’m happy to share with you.
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Ep 51: Hank Forester Talks About QDMA’s Field To Fork Program

I don’t know if you heard or not, but the hunting community is facing some serious problems associated with a severe long term decline in hunter numbers. The bad news is that this is related to some demographic challenges that will very likley get worse if we don’t do something about it. However, the good news is that there are some great programs out there to help combat and hopefully, reverse this decline in hunter numbers. In that vein, we have Hank Forester from the Quality Deer Management Association and he’s going to talk about QDMA’s Field to Fork program for recruiting new adult hunters.
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Ep 50: My 2019 Hunting Gear List

At this very moment I’m up in New Mexico on a mule deer hunt. So with that in mind, I thought I’d talk about some of the hunting gear I’m using this hunting season. I’ll discuss my muzzleloader, hunting rifle, ammunition, rifle scopes, binoculars, as well as a couple of important services I use to get set up for success on my western hunting trips.
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Ep 49: 5 Tips To Prepare For Hunting Season

Today’s show is a short one because, as you’re listening to this, I’m heading up to New Mexico for my muzzleloader mule deer hunt. So with that in mind, I wanted to go over some things YOU should do before hunting season starts.
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Ep 48: Alyssa Nitschelm On Her Oregon Mountain Goat Hunt!

Today we’ll be sharing a successful first hunt story of a woman from Oregon. Alyssa Nitschelm decided to start hunting this year and applied for the usual things in Oregon’s hunting draw like deer, elk, and pronghorn. However, she didn’t draw any of those species and instead hit the jackpot by drawing a rocky mountain goat tag this year instead. Here’s the story of her successful Oregon mountain goat hunt.
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Ep 47: Colorado Pronghorn Hunt Recap: Success!

Well, I just got back from my first hunt of 2019 and I have good news: I punched my pronghorn tag up in Colorado! In this episode of the Big Game Hunting Podcast, I’m going to tell you how the hunt went, a couple of lessons I learned, and share a few recommendations for you to keep in mind if you want to go pronghorn hunting in the future.
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Ep 46: How To Glass For Mule Deer, Elk, And Pronghorn

With the start of hunting season, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about how to glass for game. This is an important hunting tactic for spotting game all over the world. After all, you can’t shoot game that you can’t see. Proper glassing techniques will help you on virtually any big game hunt, but this is an especially important skill on the pronghorn, mule deer, and coues deer hunts I’ll be on this year. So, today I’m going to share a few tips and techniques you can do to take your glassing game to the next level.
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Ep 45: Dylan Dowson On onX Hunt

Finding a spot to hunt can be really tough, but fortunately, there are some good products out there that can help you find a productive hunting spot on public land. With all that in mind, today we’re joined by Dylan Dowson from onX Hunt, who is going to give us an overview of onX Hunt, the improvements they’ve made to the product in recent years, and some good tips on how you can use onX Hunt to find a place to hunt and help you fulfill your hunting dreams.
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Ep 44: CVA Paramount: What You Need To Know

The CVA Paramount is one of the hottest new muzzleloaders on the market. Advertised as suitable for hunting situations in excess of 300 yards, the Paramount incorporates a bunch of interesting and unique new features that set it apart from other muzzleloaders. I’ll be hunting with a CVA Paramount this fall and here’s what I think about this new muzzleloader so far.
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Ep 43: Best Hog Hunting Guns

This is the last episode (for right now anyway) in my series on hunting feral hogs and we’re going to talk about what sort of guns are best suited for hog hunting. Glenn and I did talk about this a little bit in our interviews, but I wanted to cover it in more detail on my own today. So, we’ll discuss the best guns for hunting hogs over bait, calling hogs, hunting hogs with hounds, still hunting hogs, and hunting hogs with thermal sights.
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Ep 42: Glenn Guess On How To Call Mature Boars

I’m joined by Glenn Guess of Hog Zombies again in the episode. In the last couple of episodes, we’ve talked about how to hunt hogs in general and a basic primer on calling hogs. Today, Glenn and I are going to talk about how to call in mature boars in particular. Today, he’s going to give us an overview of how to call dominant boars: how he defines a mature boar, dominant boar behavior, how hunting mature boars are different from other hogs, what call sequences to use when hunting mature boars, and a few other things you can do to increase your odds of success (and have more fun) on a hog hunt. If you want to learn more about hog hunting, be sure to listen to this episode!
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Ep 41: Glenn Guess On How To Call Hogs

We’re back for another episode about hunting hogs today and once again, I’m joined by Glenn Guess of Hog Zombies. In the last episode we talked about how to hunt hogs in general. Today, Glenn and I are going to talk about a lesser known way of hunting hogs: by calling them. Glenn pretty much wrote the book on hog calling and he’s going to give us an overview of how to call hogs: how to pick a spot to call, what sort of gear you’ll need, and a few other things you can do to increase your odds of success (and have more fun) on a hog hunt. If you want to learn more about hog hunting, be sure to listen to this episode!
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Ep 40: Glenn Guess On How To Hunt Hogs

Glenn Guess of Hog Zombies joins us in this episode of the Big Game Hunting Podcast for the first of 3 interviews where we talk about some of the finer points how to hunt hogs. He’s going to give us an overview of how to hunt hogs today: how to identify good feral hog habitat, how to identify hog sign, how to pick a spot to hunt, what sort of gear you’ll need to hunt hogs, and a few tactics that can be especially useful for hunting hogs. If you want to learn more about hog hunting, be sure to listen to this episode!
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Ep 39: Introduction To Hog Hunting
Today we’re going to start by doing a general overview of feral hogs. We’ll discuss what feral hogs look like, the difference between Russian Boar, feral swine, feral hogs, wild pigs, and Razorbacks, what habitats wild hogs prefer, what states have the best hog hunting opportunities, a few different methods of hunting feral hogs, and hog much a guided hog hunt costs. Ever wondered if you can eat the meat from wild hogs? I’ll answer that question as well.
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Ep 38: 2019 New Mexico Pronghorn Hunt Recap
Today, I’m joined by my friend Tyler Ball in this episode of the Big Game Hunting Podcast as we recap his first venture into the hunting world: a 2019 New Mexico pronghorn hunt. Tyler is a brand new hunter and we’ll talk about why he decided to start hunting in the first place, how he prepared for this hunt, how the hunt went, a couple of things we plan on doing differently in the future, and why you should consider an antelope hunt out west.
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Ep 37: Jake Downs On Moose Hunting And Elk Hunting

Today we’ll be talking about two of the largest and most impressive species of North American big game: elk and moose. For many of American hunters in the USA, getting the chance to harvest these two species represents the pinnacle of their hunting dreams. Fortunately, while I wouldn’t say that elk or moose are easy to hunt, getting the chance to harvest both species is indeed within reach of most hunters who want it badly enough and are willing to put in the time and energy necessary to do so.

With that in mind, we have a guy here with us today that has been there and done that: Jake Downs. Heck, not only has he successfully taken both elk and moose, but he did so with traditional archery gear. He’s going to give us an overview of how he went about hunting elk and moose on his quest to complete the Super 10 and hopefully offer some insight into how you can make your dreams of hunting moose and elk a reality.
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Ep 36: 25-06 Remington vs 6.5 Creedmoor vs 270 Winchester: Which One Should You Use?

The .25-06 Remington, 6.5 Creedmoor, and .270 Winchester are all relatively flat shooting cartridges that are good choices for hunting a variety of big game. While each of the three cartridges offer certain benefits to hunters, there are a lot of misunderstandings regarding their capabilities and it’s incredibly easy to get confused when trying to understand their true strengths and weaknesses. Here’s what you need to know about these three cartridges when it comes to picking the right one for a big game hunt.
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Ep 35: Best 35 Remington Hunting Ammo Recommendations

Though it was originally introduced in the early 1900s, the .35 Remington remains a solid big game hunting cartridge under the right conditions. However, there aren’t many choices for factory loaded .35 Remington ammo these days. Fortunately, the different varieties of factory loaded .35 Remington ammo currently available from Federal, Hornady, Remington, and Winchester are all designed for hunting big game. So, while there aren’t many loads to choose from, you still have really good odds of finding some rifle ammo that will work for you. That’s what we’re going to discuss in today’s episode.
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Ep 34: The Underrated 35 Remington

In Episodes 29 and 30 I talked about the .45-70 government, which is a cartridge that, while very popular among certain hunters, doesn’t get much mainstream attention. Well, today’s episode is about another cartridge that fits that description: the 35 Remington. Like the .45-70, the 35 Remington is a pretty old cartridge that’s still quite capable under certain conditions. It’s still hanging around, but I’d say that the 35 Remington is one of the most under-rated brush cartridges in North America today. Well today, we’re going to talk about why that’s the case.
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Ep 33: Kevin Paulson On Mule Deer Hunting And Elk Hunting

Today we’ll be talking about two species of North American big game that are near and dear to the hearts of many hunters: mule deer and elk. For a lot of hunters in the USA, these two species are the ones they dream about hunting one day. Fortunately, we have Kevin Paulson, who used to own an outfitting service offering guided hunts for both mule deer and elk, with us today. He’s going to give us an overview of hunting elk and mule deer, how you can make your dreams of hunting them a reality, and a few things you can do to increase your odds of success (and have more fun) on an elk or mule deer hunt.
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Ep 32: Preview Of My 2019 Hunting Season

Today I wanted to take a few minutes to give you a brief update on what my hunting season will look like this year. Now, we’re still in the dog days of summer down in Texas, but I’ve gotten all the draw results back from every state I put in for this year, so my hunting schedule for this fall and winter is pretty well set and I’ve been starting more detailed preparations for hunting season.
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Ep 31: Mark Norquist On Best Practices For Caring For And Cooking Wild Game Meat

In this episode of the Big Game Hunting Podcast, we’ll be talking about a subject that’s really important for all hunters, but doesn’t always get the attention it deserves: taking care of wild game meat. Now, the things that go into taking care of the meat from an animal you killed can vary widely depending on the exact animal as well as where the hunt took place. Regardless of the animal or circumstances of the hunt though, there are a few steps you can take to ensure that you get as much meat from the animal in question as possible and that you’re able to prepare healthy and delicious meals from it when you return home.

With all that in mind, today we’re joined by Mark Norquist, who is going to give us an overview of some easy steps that hunters can take to take care of the meat from wild game at the site of the kill, how to transport it back home, and a few easy to make (but still delicious) wild game recipes that will all help you more fully enjoy that aspect of the hunt.
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Ep 30: Best 45-70 Hunting Ammo Recommendations

Due to advances in powder and bullet technology, ammo for the .45-70 Government is now even more effective for hunting than it ever has been. Known for its bone crushing power and excellent terminal performance on virtually every species of North American big game at short to medium range, hunters all over the United States still utilize the .45-70 for deer hunting in thick conditions and it’s also quite effective on black bear, feral hogs, moose, and grizzly bears.

Today, I’m going to talk about a couple of different ammunition options by companies like Hornady, Buffalo Bore, Barnes, and Remington for the 45-70 that are great choices for hunting a variety of big game.
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Ep 29: The Legendary 45-70 Government

Today I’ll be discussing a cartridge that, while extremely popular in certain circles, does not get a lot of mainstream attention these days: .45-70 Government. So, while the .45-70 is as American as apple pie and other cartridges like the .30-30 Winchester, the .30-06 Springfield, and the .45 Colt, only a relatively small percentage of dedicated hunters and shooters use it these days.

That’s really too bad because the .45-70 has a very interesting history and remains a very capable big game hunting cartridge. Today, we’re going to discuss why this is the case.
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Ep 28: 5 Best Shooting Positions Every Hunter Should Master

Many hunters do the vast majority of their shooting from a bench rest, but this is not the best way to practice your marksmanship under typical hunting conditions. Now I don’t know about you, but I’ve never taken a shot at a deer, or any other big game species for that matter, from a bench rest. For this reason, it’s very important that hunters learn to shoot from positions they are more likely to use when hunting.

So in this episode, I’m going to describe what are (in my experience) the 5 best shooting positions for hunters and describe the pros and cons of each one.
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Ep 27: Tim Kjellesvik On How To Improve Hunting Fitness

In this episode, we’ll be talking about a subject that’s really important for all hunters, but usually doesn’t get the attention it deserves: physical fitness. Now, this is obviously much more important on some hunts (like hunting elk, tahr, or mountain goat in the high country) than others (like hunting whitetail from a tree stand). Regardless of the hunt though, you’ll probably enjoy the experience a whole lot more and improve your odds of success if you’re in better physical shape.

With all that in mind, today we’re joined by Tim Kjellesvik. He’ll give us an overview of some easy steps that hunters can take to improve their overall hunting fitness that will provide tangible results afield.
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Ep 26: How To Fly With A Gun On An Airline

While the hassle involved with airline travel seems to be getting worse and worse each day, flying with a gun actually isn’t as complicated as you would think. There is a right and a wrong way to do it though.

Today I’m going to talk about how to fly with a gun on an airline without breaking the law or otherwise getting into trouble. I’ll also cover some different things you’ll need to keep in mind depending on whether your final destination is within the United States or if you’ll be traveling to another country.
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Ep 25: How To Protect Your Hearing While Hunting

I think we can all agree that we’d love to keep our sense of hearing for our entire life. After all, I’m sure you know someone who has a tough time hearing and can barely carry on a conversation. It’s even worse for those who have severe tinnitus, which is an absolutely miserable (and incurable) condition for a lot of people. There are many different things that can damage your ears, but if you do a lot of hunting with firearms, there’s one simple thing you can do to avoid hearing loss and make sure you don’t have to wear hearing aids later in life: wear ear protection while you’re hunting.

So with all that in mind, in this episode, I’m going go over some of the best hunting ear protection products that you should be wearing afield to safeguard your precious hearing.
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Ep 24: How Trophy Hunting In Africa Supports Wildlife Conservation

Trophy hunting is a very misunderstood topic these days, even among hunters. The many misconceptions and myths that surround trophy hunting have helped turn it into a very controversial subject.
With all that in mind, my goal for today’s show is to clear up some of the misconceptions about trophy hunting in Africa and help set the record straight. I’m also going to go into detail on the tangible benefits that trophy hunting has for wildlife conservation all over the world, but specifically in Africa.
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Ep 23: How To Make The Most Out Of A Guided Hunt In Africa

Today I’m going to talk a couple things that you as the client can do to make the most out of a guided hunt in Africa. Just like in the last episode, some of the things I’ll be talking about in this episode are specific to hunting in Africa, but there’s also a lot of good advice for guided hunting in general, regardless of where you’ll be hunting. So even if you’re not considering booking a hunt in Africa, you should still pay attention because you might learn something useful.
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Ep 22: How To Choose A Hunting Outfitter For An African Safari

There are lots of hunting outfitters in Africa to choose from. While many are very good, there are some really bad apples that you’ll really want to avoid. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to help separate the good from the bad and choose the right outfitter for your dream Africa hunting safari.

In this episode, I’ll go over some tips and tricks you can use to find a good right hunting outfitter for an African safari.
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Ep 21: Best Cape Buffalo Hunting Calibers And Bullets

In the last episode, I really tried to emphasize the toughness, disagreeable temperament, and sheer size of the cape buffalo. I’m not trying to scare you, but I do want to highlight the importance of taking things seriously when hunting buffalo. Fortunately, If you use a powerful enough cartridge, loaded with premium quality bullets, and place your shot where it needs to go, then even the biggest, toughest, and meanest cape buffalo won’t go very far. However, if you mess up in any of those areas, things can go sideways in a hurry.

In this episode, I discuss the best cape buffalo hunting calibers and bullets that you should strongly consider using on a cape buffalo hunt.
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Ep 20: Cape Buffalo Hunting: What You Need To Know

Also known as Nyati, mbogo, or simply the “black death” Cape buffalo are right up there with kudu in terms of animals that hunters dream of pursuing in Africa. This is for a variety of reasons, but chief among them is the unique feeling of matching wits with a truly dangerous animal on his own turf. After all, there’s a reason why cape buffalo are worthy of their inclusion on the list of the Big Five species of dangerous game.

Today, I’m going to talk about what countries have good cape buffalo hunting, what makes cape buffalo special, and how they’re different from water buffalo.
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Ep 19: 30-30 Winchester

When they close their eyes and try to imagine a deer rifle that best represents classic Americana, many hunters likely picture a lever-action chambered in .30-30 Winchester. That shouldn’t be surprising because after all, the .30-30 Winchester has been around for well over a century and has arguably taken more deer in United States than any other cartridge.

In honor of the 4th of July, I’m taking a one episode break from the series on hunting in Africa to discuss one of the most American cartridges out there: the .30-30 Winchester.
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Ep 18: How To Prepare For An African Safari Hunt


In this episode, I discuss how to prepare for an African hunting safari, some underrated hunting gear that a lot of hunters forget and really regret not having (like a basic gun cleaning kit), and some tips on shot placement on African game.
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Ep 17: Hunting In Africa-Plains Game Overview


In this episode, I discuss some of the most commonly hunted species of African plains game, especially for those on their first African safari hunt: warthog, impala, blue wildebeest, zebra, and kudu. I also talk briefly about the cartridges and ammunition that are best suited for hunting those species of plains game.
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Ep 16: Hunting In Africa-What You Need To Know


Hunting in Africa was one of my dreams for many years until I made that fantasy come true back in 2006 on a hunt in Namibia with my dad. I’ve been back to Africa a number of times since then with safaris in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique where I’ve hunted many species of plains and dangerous game. During the course of all those hunts, I’ve learned a great deal about hunting in Africa (often the hard way) and this episode is the first in a series about hunting in Africa where I’m going to share a lot of those lessons with you. So, if you’ve always wanted to hunt in Africa, you’re going to love this series. Additionally, even if you don’t plan on going on safari in the near future, you’ll probably still enjoy these shows because I’m going to clear up a lot of myths and misconceptions about African safari hunts.
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Ep 15: Muzzleloader Hunting Tips & Tricks


Hunting big game with a muzzleloader can be an extremely fulfilling experience and as a result, muzzleloader hunting is becoming more and more popular among hunters these days. However, hunting with a muzzleloader can also be extremely challenging and frustrating. This is especially true with late season muzzleloader hunting where hunters may have to deal with extremely cold and/or wet conditions. For those who are planning on taking the old front stuffer out into the woods this year for black bear, elk, or deer hunting, here are a few muzzleloader hunting tips that I’ve learned the hard way.
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Ep 14: CVA Optima Muzzleloader


In this episode, I’m going to talk about one of the most popular muzzleloaders in the United States and why it’s such an awesome choice for hunters: the CVA Optima. I’m also going to discuss some of my hunting experiences with it and the specific bullets I’ve had the most success with in the CVA Optima.
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Ep 13: Best Muzzleloader Scopes & Muzzleloader Sights


Choosing the best sighting system for your muzzleloader really depends on what conditions you hunt in, what you’re trying to accomplish, and what the regulations are where you’re hunting. In this episode, I share my picks of the best muzzleloader scopes and sights for hunters and what situations each different sight is best in.
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Ep 12: Best Muzzleloader Powder & Muzzleloader Primers


Especially if you’re new to the muzzleloader world, I think you’ll agree with me when I say that choosing the right propellant and primer for your muzzleloader can be an overwhelming experience due to the sheer number of options available. I struggled with the same problem when I first got started hunting with a muzzleloader many years ago. Since then I’ve tried lots of different load combinations. Some worked better for me than others, but I’ve also gained a lot of insight into the strengths and weaknesses of the various propellants, primers, and bullets under different conditions.
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Ep 11: Brad Watts On Why You Need To Hunt With A Muzzleloader

I first started hunting with a muzzleloader back in 2013 in an effort to take advantage of the great muzzleloader hunting opportunities available in Washington. Though there was certainly a learning curve involved with making that transition, I enjoyed some great hunting opportunities that would not have otherwise been open to me if I’d stuck with a centerfire rifle. I interviewed Brad Watts of Muzzle-Loaders.com and we discussed hunting with a muzzleloader in detail. We discussed the different types of muzzleloaders, the capabilities and limitations of modern muzzleloaders, the advantages of hunting with a muzzleloader, some specific muzzleloader equipment recommendations, and what states offer particularly good muzzleloader hunting opportunities.
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Ep 10: 243 vs 308 vs 7mm-08: Which One Should You Use?


The .308 Winchester is an excellent cartridge, but that hasn’t stopped wildcatters from attempting to improve upon it over the years in various ways. The .243 Winchester and 7mm-08 Remington are the two most common examples of cartridges developed by necking down the .308 Winchester to shoot smaller diameter bullets and are especially popular with deer hunters. While each of the three cartridges offer certain benefits to hunters, it’s still easy to get confused when trying to understand their true strengths and weaknesses. Here’s what you need to know about these three great cartridges when it comes to picking the right one for a big game hunt.
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Ep 9: Fred Bohm On Why You Need To Hunt Coues Deer


Coues deer aren’t very large animals and they don’t have gigantic antlers when compared to the other deer species that most people are more familiar with. However, Coues deer are an extremely challenging and fulfilling animal to hunt. For that reason, Coues deer have an almost cult-like following among hunters who have tried to match wits with them. Going after Coues deer is far from your typical whitetail hunting trip. Today, I’ll be interviewing Fred Bohm, who is a bow hunter that has been bitten by the Coues Deer bug and routinely heads down to the Sonoran Desert each year to go bow hunting for these wily desert whitetails with hopes of tagging a big buck during the rut. He shares some of his Coues deer hunting stories and will also be covering where you need to go to hunt Coues Deer, some of the best practices on how to hunt them, and why they are such a darn addictive animal to pursue.
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Ep 8: 6.5 Creedmoor vs 308 Winchester – Which One Is Best For You


I think most shooters agree that the .308 Winchester and 6.5 Creedmoor are both fantastic cartridges for competition shooting. While the .308 Winchester has been around for a long time and also has a well-deserved reputation as an effective cartridge for hunting a variety of game, many hunters are skeptical of the capabilities of the comparatively new 6.5 Creedmoor as a hunting cartridge.
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Ep 7: Ryan Lisson Of Zero To Hunt On How To Scout A New Hunting Area


We were fortunate to interview Ryan Lisson of Zero to Hunt on this episode and he provided a bunch of great tips and tricks on how to find a place to hunt on public land, how to scout a new area without leaving home, and then what sort of things you should be looking for when scouting an area in person. So, regardless of whether you’re a whitetail hunter in the midwest, going turkey hunting down south, trying to prepare for a diy hunt in Montana, or even an angler in the southwest, if you’ve ever felt overwhelmed and just didn’t know where to begin when looking for a place to hunt on public land, this podcast contains lots of helpful information you should be able to put to use immediately.
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Ep 6: 270 vs 30-06: Which One Is Best For You?

Most hunters and shooters probably agree that the .270 Winchester and .30-06 Springfield are both quite versatile and effective cartridges. After all, there is a reason why they are the two most popular centerfire rifle cartridges used by hunters in the United States. While there is an overlap in their capabilities, the two cartridges are best suited to different tasks and represent two different ways of thinking. This is part of the reason why each cartridge has such a dedicated and loyal following and why the 270 vs 30-06 debate continues to rage on after so many years.
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Ep 5: Shotgun Gauges: Everything You Need To Know

While many hunters know a little bit about shotgun gauges, I think that most people would likely agree the subject can be really confusing. That’s perfectly understandable because the way shotgun gauges are classified is counterintuitive at first glance. It’s also based on an old, outdated measuring system that has gradually evolved over the years. For that reason, I’m going to discuss the ins and outs of shotgun gauges in detail in this episode.
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Ep 4: 7mm Rem Mag vs 300 Win Mag


Both the 7mm Rem Mag and the 300 Win Mag probably are among the first cartridges that spring to mind for sportsmen thinking about buying a new rifle for a serious hunt they think they’ll need a real heavy hitter on. They’re both excellent cartridges and are similar in many ways, but they’re also different in a few key areas and each is best suited for particular situations. Here’s a detailed breakdown of the history, strengths, and weaknesses of each cartridge as well as recommendations on which one you should be use for specific hunting conditions.
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Ep 3: 308 Winchester vs 30-06 Springfield vs 300 Win Mag


The .308 Winchester, .30-06 Springfield, and .300 Winchester Magnum are all outstanding big game hunting cartridges. Though they’re similar in many ways, they are different in a few key areas and each is best suited for particular situations. Here’s a detailed breakdown of the history, strengths, and weaknesses of each cartridge as well as recommendations on which one you should be use for specific hunting conditions.
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Ep 2: Interview With Clay Newcomb of Bear Hunting Magazine


We were fortunate to interview noted bear conservationist and backcountry hunter Clay Newcomb of Bear Hunting Magazine on this episode of the Big Game Hunting Podcast and he provided a great overview of some of the awesome bear hunting opportunities available in North America. Even though they are one of the most widely distributed game species on the continent, black bears are still something of an enigma to most hunters.
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Ep 1: Introduction To The Big Game Hunting Podcast


Hi, I’m John McAdams, and I want to thank you for joining me on the very first episode of the Big Game Hunting Podcast. If you’ve always dreamed about going on some sort of hunting adventure, this podcast is the perfect resource for you to turn those dreams into reality.
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