Blood Origins

Blood Origins

Blood Origins is an non-profit organization bringing unique storytelling and conservation together to change not only how hunting is viewed, but also how we fund conservation programs around the world more efficiently and effectively.

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May 19, 2022 36 min

Already well known among spearfishermen in his native Florida and beyond, Owen Bartruff recently stepped out of his comfort zone to become a bow hunter. And he jumped in with both feet! His first bow hunt ever was in Zambia, for spot and stalk Cape buffalo - also known as ‘The Black Death’ and among the most dangerous game there is. Buckle up, this is a wild story.


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Executive Director of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Austin Booth joins the podcast to talk about our ongoing black bear collaring research fundraiser - from what the program will fund to what you can win, this is a short conversation meant to get you excited about this amazing new conservation initiative the Blood Origins Family is leading together!


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Ben O’Brien joins the roundup in Cody’s absence. In this week’s fully-packed schedule, we get the skinny on Robbie’s wife and address everyone’s burning questions, launching The Hunt In Common, an update on the Arkansas Bear Project, Wyoming cutting 11,000 tags, Outdoor Life’s controversial turkey article, and more!


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Writer and producer of books, television and video games are just some of the hats Will Staples wears. From well known titles like Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare III to the popular Jack Reacher TV series and more, this guy’s seen (and written) a lot. Last year, he took his talents to writing a book about animal trafficking, and the murky criminal enterprises behind it. Not much is known about this world because it’s not the highest p...

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Commissioner Mark Williams of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources - the ‘boss’ of all things concerning fish, wildlife and natural resources in the Peach State, joins Robbie on the podcast to talk about what those resources mean to him and the nearly 11 million citizens he stewards those resources for.


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Russell De La Harpe joins the roundup from Zambia. The boys talk about Russell’s beloved 375 HH, your weekly update on Cody’s quest to get a Peach Tree Distilleries sponsorship, Cody’s nemesis: the elusive tarpon on the fly, rehashing Robbie’s ‘Texas heart shot’ on a turkey last week, Jaguars in the southwest, Yellowstone wolves, red wolves in the wild and more!


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The former NRA Director of Hunting Policy and Advisor at the NRA’s Institute of Legislative Action, and now the Director of Government Affairs for Dallas Safari Club, Erica Tergeson joins the Blood Origins podcast to talk about her perspective on hunting as both one of its biggest advocates and as a woman with a leading voice in hunting policy.


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Randy Newberg, host of popular hunting shows ‘Fresh Tracks’ and ‘On Your Own Adventures’ joins Robbie for an in-depth conversation about Randy’s motivations and advocacy for hunters and public lands. This ‘State Of Hunting’ straight from the mouth of Randy himself dives deep on the challenges facing not only hunters and hunting today but the industry as a whole, from corner crossing to distance shots and more.


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The boys cover a lot in this short Blood Origins Roundup today. From Cody’s misadventures helping on a deer collaring project sponsored by NC State, answering good old Dave’s text questions, Robbie’s questionable turkey hunt and - of course - the focus this week was all in on our big project, the Arkansas Black Bear project. Tune in and get the down low on how you can win!


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Ivan Carter is a conservationist. This former professional hunter has an impressive conservation resume, from helping with the initial 24 lion project in Mocambique, which is arguably the greatest lion conservation success story in Africa, to translocating the most amount of elephants in Mocambique, to working with giraffes, chimpanzees, you name it. Robbie digs deep on the questions that have been flooding in after the Botswana Bi...

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Robbie first crossed paths with Richard Sowry about 22 years ago when they were both in Skukuza in Kruger National Park. A self-styled ‘Pro-wildlife. Period.” Conservationist - Sowry believes we should be doing what we can to make every activity available for wildlife conservation more sustainable, and he and Robbie touch on three ways we can achieve that, through always looking at the ecological, social and economic sustainability...

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Veterinarian and Non-Hunter Dr. Jen Chatfield joins the Blood Origins Roundup. Together, we discuss Blood Origins getting highlighted in an Elephant hunting controversy out of Botswana, Tajikistan Markhor and snow leopards, and a recent court ruling on the powers of game wardens.


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    Andrew Danckwertz is a Safari Guide and Owner / Operator of Odysseia Collection (https://theodysseiacollection.com) that leads photographic expeditions to wild corners of Africa. He is a phenomenal photographer and was one the first persons online to hit back on the Elephant hunt - specifically calling Blood Origins out. Because of who we are, I wanted to engage Andrew and give him an opportunity to voice his opinion and thoughts a...

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    WARNING: CONTROVERSIAL. Robbie sits down with Leon Kachelhoffer, the Professional Hunter who accompanied the hunter who took the big tusker elephant out of NG-13 in Botswana. Controversy surrounds this elephant, mainly because it's a ‘Big Tusker’ - an elephant with a tusk(s) over 100 pounds, which are essentially iconic. While controversial, this conversation is a critical one about the generalities of sustainable, well-managed...

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    Ryan Callaghan of the Meateater Team has joined the Blood Origins roundup this week. Cal and the boys talk about a (wrong) opinion piece in the Seattle Times about non game vs game species management, the latest on the corner crossing case and why it is important, elephant carrying capacities, and much more!


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    Native Hawaiian Justin Lee joins the Blood Origins podcast to talk about this life that is connected to the land through the lens of a Native of the Big Island. From the nuances of hunting culture in a state whose almost entire mammal population is invasive, to reforestation projects passed from father to son, to worrying changes in land access due to skyrocketing land prices Justin dives deep on the land in Hawaii.


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    CEO of Zambeze Delta Safaris, Mark Haldane joins the Blood Origins podcast. He shares incredible insight with Robbie into his work in conservation of the Marromeu in Mocambique and what it’s like to do this work on the ground in Africa - including his well-known and wildly successful ’24 lions project’.


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    The boys talk about Grandpa Kroger’s eccentric art designs, a windmill company’s big fines for killing eagles, getting a lot of love from Canada, some Rhino news sets off Cody’s beef with so-called ‘compassionate conservation’ and other emotionally charged arguments in the scientific community, the historical significance of hunting mementos, and more.


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    Mike Glover, CEO of Field Craft Survival, joins Robbie for a fast-paced conversation that starts about Mike’s intense desire to help South Africa with their rhino poaching problem in Kruger National Park - but the conversation takes a left turn when the boys start talking about 6.5 Creedmoor, the caliber everyone loves to hate, and the ethics of long range shooting.


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    Jack Carr is an author and hunter, who’s book “The Terminal List” is in production to be turned into an Amazon Prime TV Series with Chris Pratt. Robbie and Jack discuss Mozambique, which one of his books, True Believer, is set in, and what it’s like to be a person with a growing platform as a vocal hunter.


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