Bear Grease

Bear Grease

The Bear Grease Podcast with host Clay Newcomb delivers compelling storytelling through documentary-style episodes exploring the culture, traditions, and history of rural America. He’ll dive in deep with hunters, biologists, anthropologists, and hillbillies to learn about human nature and our ancient connection to the land. Bear Grease explores unique people, topics, and stories that reveal the incredible value of life lived close to the land. Part of the MeatEater Podcast Network.

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April 24, 2024 80 mins

On this episode of the Bear Grease Render, Clay Newcomb and the Render Crew are joined by “herpaculturalist” and snake ambassador Brad Birchfield as he shows up on the scene with some jaw-dropping stories and bundle of snakes from his personal collection. Bear Newcomb tells the tale of his turkey hunting exploits. Also joining are Misty Newcomb and Josh “Landbridge” Spielmaker as we discuss the Cobra Scare...

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The gift of our time is a valuable commodity, as it's the one thing none of us know with certainty how much we have left of it to give. This week, Brent talks about how he values time and tells a story about how he and his brother occupied theirs on a turkey hunting trip to Kansas. Put on your deerstalker hat, like the one Sherlock Holmes made famous, and crack a case to win a Case pocket knife. Listen to the show for details on ho...

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April 17, 2024 45 mins

In 1953, the town of Springfield, Missouri was terrorized by the mysterious appearance of 12 Indian Cobras some 8,000 miles from their native home. Though all signs had pointed to a local pet shop owner, the case remained unsolved for decades. Follow along to hear how townsfolk navigated this problem so foreign that they came to employ some highly unorthodox solutions. In this episode of The Bear Grease Podcast, Clay explains how t...

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This week Brent's sharing a story of reading a good article when he should've been reading the Good Book. He also talks about a few other books that've had a positive influence on his life. Just when you thought it was time to leave the library, he shares information about a couple of his favorite poets. All that and more on MeatEater's This Country Life podcast. 

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In today's Render, host Clay Newcomb is joined by Luke Naylor, Wildlife Management Division Chief with Arkansas Game and Fish, and Nathaniel Maddux of Slate and Glass, as we discuss the topic of turkeys forward and backward and share highlights of the Turkey Stories (Part 2) podcast. Nathaniel discusses his latest film, "The Colonel & The Fox," a documentary about turkey hunting, some of its iconic figures, and the incredibly s...

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It's always a treat for the blind hog when he finds an acorn. Brent and his brother Tim paddled into a file of them, except the nuts were in the boat and the fish were in the net. The Reaves brothers are back on the river and lucky to still have both of their left arms. Hear that story and more on this episode of MeatEater's This Country Life podcast. 

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This is episode two of the Bear Grease Turkey Stories Series. We’ve got nine storytellers on our final turkey episode from Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and Arkansas. They talk about three-wheeler wrecks, people getting shot, folks flying around in jets, a turkey walking with a forked stick, and even a Voo Doo gobbler. Join host Clay Newcomb, along with guests David "Yawt Yawt" Ellis, Andy Brown, Clifford Lawing, Slade Johnson, ...

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It's time to go to work and we're riding along with Brent and his dad this week. Traveling all over Southeast Arkansas and visiting area farms was a fun activity for him as a kid. The lessons learned haven't been forgotten and Brent's sharing them now on MeatEater's This Country Life podcast.

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On this episode, Clay and the crew discuss his new custom saddle, trends in the owl hooting world, Moe’s great-grandfather being bushwhacked in the Civil War, and the latest Turkey Stories episode. He’s joined by viral owl hooter Demi Whittinghill, her husband John, Moe Shepherd, Misty Newcomb, and Josh “Landbridge” Speilmaker. 

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Brent's spilling the beans on how his and Clay Newcomb's Mississippi River Expedition film all came about with some behind the scenes information on how it was put together. It was a journey for the books and quite the production. Brent's talking boats and boating safety, if you can call it that, this week on MeatEater's This Country Life podcast.

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This is episode one of the Bear Grease Turkey Stories Series. We’ve gathered six storytellers from Tennessee, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Georgia. We've got a tale of a man getting shot while hunting, a prankster planting a pair of emu eggs to trick his hunting buddy, and a 21-day hunt for a gobbler called the Blue Yodeler. Our storytellers are best-selling novelist, David Joy, TikTok celebrity, Macy Watkins, Jack Hall, a 92-y...

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It's Black Bear Bonanza time in Arkansas and Brent’s gathering with hundreds of his closest friends to celebrate the American success story of the black bear. He tells the story of a life-changing black bear encounter that he credits as a resume booster. It's black bears, hooting owls, and good trades this week on MeatEater's This Country Life podcast. 

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This podcast was recorded live at the Black Bear Bonanza in Bentonville, Arkansas. The crew talks about some of the most recent bear research in the state, then ends with a recap on the American Wilderness series. Clay is joined by AGFC biologist Myron Means, BHA CEO Patrick Berry, James Brandenburg, Bernie Barringer, Brent Reaves, and Misty Newcomb. Andrew Wills of Hawken Horse ends with the debut of his and Clay’s new song, "Arka...

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Therapy can come from lots of places and some of the best are right out the front door. Brent’s telling us about one of his favorites this week on MeatEater’s This Country Life podcast.

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On this episode, Clay Newcomb explores the personal benefits of wilderness, but also criticisms of this federally managed land. He's again joined by Dr. Dan Flores, Dr. Sara Dant, Steven Rinella, Ben Masters, and Adam Keith.

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What's better than catching fish? If you ask Brent, he'll tell you there's not much, but if you're catching a bunch of fish, now that's something special. He's gonna tell you one of the ways he and his brother, Tim, like to catch them, and tell you a story about the time they got caught themselves. It's "Fishing With Nets" on MeatEater's This Country Life podcast.

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Clay Newcomb and the crew speak with the artist and retired Missouri Game Warden, Kyle Carroll, about his career in the American wilderness. They discuss the wilderness myth, Clay’s fourth verse of the song "Ironic," pragmatism, Frederick Jackson Turner’s Frontier thesis, and the wimpification of America. Josh “Landbridge” Spielmaker, Dr. Misty Newcomb, Bear John Newcomb, and Brent Reaves join the show.

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What do you take with you when you're out in the woods to keep you from getting so hungry that you feel like your belly is rubbing a blister on your backbone? It's usually pretty basic for Brent when he can remember to take them. He's gonna share a story and some experiences on what he likes and how to make some fun memories while doing it. We're talking about Hunting & Fishing Food on this week's episode of MeatEater's This Co...

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This week on Bear Grease, Clay continues to explore the history of American ideals on wilderness with Dr. Dan Flores, Dr. Sara Dant, Steven Rinella, Hal Herring and Ben Masters.

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Brent's telling a tall tale this week about a coon that almost got away. He's got witnesses that the story's true and the video to back it up. Then he jumps the Big Muddy to visit with the folks at one of the biggest coon hunts of the year in Batesville, Mississippi. It's "Coon Hide & Seek and the UKC" on MeatEater's This Country Life Podcast.

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