NDA's Coffee and Deer

NDA's Coffee and Deer

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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January 12, 2022 58 min

Swing and a miss! It happens to even the most experienced hunters and skilled shooters and not coming through at the moment of truth at some point in a hunting career is inevitable. Being able to recover quickly from these major disappointments is important so that the next opportunity can be taken advantage of. In this episode, Nick and The Doctor are joined by Heartland Bowhunter co-owner and personality Shawn Luchtel about the m...

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If you want to hear a deer hunting story that’s sure to give you goosebumps and may even bring a tear to your eye, don’t miss this episode. Nick and The Doctor are joined by Kathleen Savaiano who went on her first deer hunt and found success as a recent participant in an NDA Field to Fork event in Missouri. She tells the story of her long journey from an initial interest in trying hunting to the moment she squeezed the trigger. Kat...

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Did you know that hunting privileges are continually under attack by animal rights activists and even some deceptively named organizations like the Humane Society of the United States and Center for Biological Diversity? Luckily, we have groups like the Sportsmen’s Alliance working on these issues and in this episode Nick and The Doctor talk with their CEO, Evan Heusinkveld. He explains that even though deer hunting typically isn’t...

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It’s hard to believe, but with the peak of the rut behind us many hunters have moved on from their bows and regular archery seasons and are either picking up their firearms or are looking ahead to some winter hunting. In this episode, Nick and “The Doctor” recap their hunting seasons so far and tell the stories behind three recent successful hunts. Nick tells the story of his Halloween Eve buck and Mike shares tales of his November...

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If you’ve never tried hunting whitetails with a decoy, you’re missing out on an adrenaline-filled experience. In this episode, Nick and “The Doctor” are joined by the President of Montana Decoy, CJ Davis, and the guys discuss deer decoy tactics that the novice and experienced decoy user will find useful. You won’t want to miss CJ’s story about his most memorable hunt with a decoy, which is sure to make you laugh hard enough to cry....

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It’s November and that means it’s the Super Bowl of deer season for most whitetail hunters. This episode is all about hunting the rut and Nick and “The Doctor” were joined by legendary outdoor writer and Field and Stream Field Editor, Scott Bestul. Scott has more than 30 years of experience writing about whitetails and whitetail hunting, and he’s also an accomplished hunter having pursued deer across the country with both bow and f...

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Running a state wildlife agency has to rank up there as one of the most difficult jobs in the country given how passionate sportsmen are about hunting. Deer in particular drive much of that passion, especially in states with hundreds of thousands of hunters who all have their own idea of how to manage deer. Maybe that’s why Bryan Burhans, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission and NDA board member boldly proclaims t...

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Communicating to the masses the positive impact of deer and hunting on conservation has become increasingly important. As hunters and wildlife face new challenges at the policy level, the need for more people to participate in those issues by contacting elected officials and decision makers is critical. Nick and “The Doctor” are joined by writer, Kristen Schmitt, who not only writes on outdoors and conservation issues, but has writ...

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The early archery season brings on many challenges not the least of which is wearing the appropriate clothing during a time of year when changes in weather can be fast and significant. Nick and “The Doctor” are joined in this episode by Ford Van Fossan, who is the Conservation and Content Director at First Lite, which is a sponsor of NDA. In addition to talking clothing they discuss conservation issues, specifically the North Ameri...

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Who better to give a history lesson on the progression of archery hunting than the man with more than 50 years of experience behind a bow and who was the leader of the Archery Trade Association for 17 years? Jay McAninch, now retired and emeritus member of the National Deer Association Board of Directors joins Nick and “The Doctor” to talk about his early years as an archery hunter in the mid 60’s and how what he carries to the woo...

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Who doesn’t like a big buck story, especially when it comes from a state not known for high-scoring deer? Beau Martonik, host of the East Meets West Podcast and writer for MeatEater joins Nick and “The Doctor” to share the story of connecting on a Pennsylvania bruiser last winter. He also talks about his passion for hunting mountainous public lands and share some insights about how to be successful when most of the odds are stacked...

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In this episode of the Coffee and Deer podcast, Nick and “The Doctor” are joined by Greg Simons who shares the story of his Texas state record mule deer, and how Quality Deer Management practices had a lot to do with setting up the encounter of a lifetime. Greg has had a long and successful career in wildlife management and is the general manager and principle of Wildlife Systems, Inc., and is also a member of the NDA Board of Dire...

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In this episode of the Coffee and Deer podcast we are joined by outdoor writer and accomplished deer hunter Josh Honeycutt of Kentucky. Josh has written for more than 50 publications and has also been a contributor to NDA’s content library. He has a knack for telling the stories behind some of the best deer ever taken by hunters, and some of those are discussed in this episode. We also talk deer hunting strategy ranging from huntin...

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On this first episode of the Coffee & Deer podcast, hosts Nick Pinizzotto and Mike Groman talk with Lindsay Thomas Jr. about how he was introduced to hunting and the great outdoors, his role with the National Deer Association, and how deer hunting media has changed over the last 40 years. 

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We are extremely excited to bring you the all new NDA Coffee and Deer Podcast. Each episode, we'll be talking to an expert in their field — from NDA staff to outdoor writers to policymakers — sharing hunting stories and discussing important conservation issues impacting deer and deer hunting. We are officially launching Wednesday, July 7, 2021. Never miss an episode by heading over to our website and signing up for our email li...

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