The Hunting Collective

The Hunting Collective

The Hunting Collective with host Ben O'Brien covers the ideologies and philosophies of the modern hunter while touching on key ideas like conservation, our value systems and how to construct a better public image. A recurring cast of top hunting voices help drive the conversation and keep things pretty damn interesting. Part of The MeatEater Podcast Network.

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May 11, 2021 77 min

In the final episode of The Hunting Collective, Phil the Engineer becomes a hunter.


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Follow along as Phil the Engineer heads out on his first turkey hunt. 


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On this episode, Ben and Phil recap First Lite's Trek for Turkeys and read stories of podcast listeners that have had success this spring. In the interview portion of the show, Ben is joined by BHA's Land Tawney and Rachel Schmidt to talk about the 2021 Rendezvous and why gathering to celebrate public lands means much more this year. Enjoy.


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In this week's episode, Ben and Phil are joined by First Lite's Conservation Manager Ford Van Fossan to discuss the Trek for Turkeys 2021 and how it all benefits the NWTF. In the interview portion of the show, Ben is joined by Shane Mahoney to reflect on past conversations, discuss the desire to possess animals, and get an update on the Wild Harvest Initiative. Enjoy.


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On this week's episode, Ben and Phil check in with California chapter leader Nurry Hong to talk about what's happening in his state, including an inspiring story of a disabled hunter who's kicking ass in the field. In the interview portion of the show, Ben chats with his favorite vegan and animal rights believer Dr. Robert C. Jones about whether animal rights ideologies could actually be translated into a model for cons...

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On this week's episode, Ben reports back on his turkey success in Texas and his pure, unadulterated excitement for the rest of the season. The guys also cover the philosophical debate that is sit/git versus run/gun and update the progress of THC's regional chapters. In the interview portion of the show, Sam Soholt checks in with his top turkey hunting destinations and his new conservation campaign. Enjoy. 

 

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In this episode, Ben and Phil are joined by writer and turkey expert Tony J. Peterson to talk tactics and help Phil prepare for his first hunt. Enjoy. 

 

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On this episode, Ben and Phil break down the creation of regional chapters for THC and what it means for the future. The guys are joined by Nebraska chapter leader Luke Reeves to give everyone all the details they need to join. Enjoy. 

 

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On this week's episode, Phil the Engineer is out sick, so Ben is joined by Brian Lynn of the Sportsmen's Alliance to talk about a troubling documentary about wildlife killing contests and the progress with our regional chapter work. In the interview portion of the show, Ben is joined by Cornell University's Dr. James Tantillo to discuss the ethics and morality around contests in the hunting world and how to spot a bulls...

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On this week's episode, Ben and Phil check in with the amazing progress of THC's regional chapters. In the interview portion of the show, writer and journalist Patrick Durkin details the drama around Wisconsin's recent wolf hunt and why he considers it a failure. Enjoy. 

 

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On this week's show, Ben and Phil are joined by musical legend Kayla Ray to finally hear the new THC theme song. The guys also break down the death totals of large scale plant agriculture and discuss THC cult regional chapters. In the interview portion of the program, Ben chats with conservationist Paul McCarney on the nuances of animal rights, the movement's history, and more. Enjoy. 

 

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On this week's episode, Ben and Phil answer reader emails on the Bojangles Fraud, Ben's Minnesota lookalike, and the Virginia "emergent" hunter who now has a whole lot of friends in the Blue Ridge mountains. In the interview portion of the show, Ben is joined by the founders of Hunters of Color to talk about diversity in our community on micro and macro levels. Enjoy. 

 

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On this week's episode, Ben and Phil read listener emails, talk Valentine's Day, and go through a list of hunting bills that have proposed recently throughout the country. In the interview portion of the show, Ben welcomes SCI's Director of Government Affairs Ben Cassidy to talk about Tahr Wars, the now-defunct California bear ban, and all things trophy hunting. Enjoy. 

 

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On this week's show, Ben and Phil talk about their Cameo for Turks campaign to raise money for the NWTF, examine the anti-hunter populist high ground, and talk about making big bets on the Super Bowl. Next, Janis Putelis joins the guys for another Ask the Eagle segment. Enjoy. 

 

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On this week's episode, Ben and Phil read some listener emails, announce plans for a new theme song, and dive into bear hunting in California. Next up, Clay Newcomb joins the show to talk about the "Bear Protection Act," what it means for hunters in all states, and how to make our voices heard. 

 

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On this week's episode, Ben learns that Phil's dad is in the CIA, we welcome hate listeners, hear Phil's perspective on guns, and start working on a new theme song for THC. Next up, RECOIL's Iain Harrison joins the show to talk about the current ammo shortage, race and gun control, and more. 

 

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On this week's episode, Ben and Phil answer listener emails about badass new hunters, hunting problems with roommates, and anti-hunters in Australia. Next up, MeatEater's Miles Nolte joins the show to talk about cultural division in the outdoors, hate-based media, and the Taibbi Paradox. Enjoy. 

 

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On this week's episode, we're opening the new year with a pledge to all the new hunters out there, and we're teaching Phil the NRA's gun safety rules. In the interview portion of the show, Ben checks in with his good buddy and hunting guide Armando Vendittozzi to talk about the good ol' days, the end of caribou hunting in Quebec, and a tragedy in the duck blind. Enjoy. 

 

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In the second and final "Best of" show, Ben and Phil recap gator hunting in Louisiana, chasing rabbits in Maryland, tracking cougars in Yellowstone and more. Enjoy. 

 

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On this episode, Ben and Phil take a look back at 2020, a year that sucked real hard, and find some bright spots well beyond the riots and lockdowns. Get ready to relive the dumper's redemption, Phil's first poop in the woods, Chuck Norris reading Aldo Leopold, and more! 

 

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