The Hunting Stories Podcast

The Hunting Stories Podcast

Elk. Bear. Hog. Turkey. Deer and More. Hunting Stories that will make you laugh or maybe cry; real life chronicles from the field.

Episodes

May 20, 2024 68 mins

When a former law enforcement officer swaps his badge for a bow, the result is as captivating as it is inspiring. This is the essence of our latest encounter with John Mulligan, affectionately known as Johnny Utah, as he walks us through the tall grasses of his life's work and passion. From the rolling hills of Kentucky to the abundant fields of Iowa, Utah's evolution from a hunter to a television personality is an odysse...

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Gather 'round the campfire for our centennial episode as we honor Larry Peterson, the man whose hunting legacy courses through our veins. Joined by Dylan Peterson and Steven Bryant, we spin yarns of our shared adventures and the laughter that echoes through the wilderness. Our tales traverse from Saskatchewan's elk-rich forests to the bullet-riddled army tents of Washington, each one stitching a more vibrant patch into th...

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Aaron Snyder of Kifaru, a seasoned adventurer with a heart forged in the great outdoors, joins us for a fireside chat brimming with wild escapades and profound wisdom. Celebrating our 99th episode—a testament to the journey we've all been on together—we traverse the emotional terrain of hunting, encountering the raw edge where nature meets human spirit. Aaron doesn't hold back as he shares his riveting experiences, from c...

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When Central Texas whispers its call of the wild into a young boy's heart, a lifelong hunter is born. Will Cooper, our esteemed guest, weaves a captivating narrative of his evolution from a bright-eyed youth, taking his first shots on family land, to his present-day role as a raconteur of the hunt and a steward of the outdoors. His journey through the tapestry of tradition to his current position with GSM Outdoors and HuntStan...

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From the curious beginnings of a 17-year-old discovering the thrill of the hunt to leading Carbon TV's innovative digital presence, Jules McQueen joins us to weave a tale that traverses the raw beauty of the outdoors and the screens that bring it to life. Our conversation peels back the curtain on how Jules turned her vision into a hub for hunters and outdoor enthusiasts alike, where the authenticity of fishing lines and hunti...

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Ever wonder what happens when a Bellator heavyweight champion swaps the gloves for a bow? On our latest Hunting Stories podcast, we do just that, inviting Cory "Overtime" Anderson to share his first forays into the hunting world, as well as the laughs and lessons he's picked up along the way. From his initial rabbit hunts to a tree stand escapade that'll have you in stitches, Cory's tales are as impactful a...

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Have you ever wondered what it's like to grow up in the true north, wild and free? Our guest Spencer Rempel doesn't need to imagine; he's lived it, and he brings his incredible stories to our latest podcast episode. From the history-soaked northern Canadian wilderness to the adrenaline rush of hunting cougars with dogs, Spencer's narratives are as varied as they are enthralling. He paints a vivid picture of a li...

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Embark on an auditory expedition with the formidable Jana Waller-Bair, the seasoned hunter and captivating host of Skullbound Chronicles and Skullbound TV and on Carbon TV, as she recounts her evolution from a young Wisconsin outdoorswoman to a prominent figure in the hunting world. Our conversation with Jana is a masterclass in the unexpected joys and solemn realities of hunting, mixing humor with reverence as she shares tales of ...

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Episode 93 of The Hunting Stories Podcast is live with the one and only Tony Gilbertson, an ace in the art of elk calls and a treasured contributor to the hunting community. In our latest episode, we unpack Tony's evolution from a rifle hunter taught by his father to a masterful archer, as he weaves a colorful narrative of his escapades in the Pacific Northwest's untamed forests. We're talking full-bodied laughter, m...

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Embark on a journey into the heart of archery elk hunting with the remarkable Jason Phelps, a true innovator who's turned his passion for the wilderness into a symphony of success with Phelps Game Calls. His story, woven from childhood hunts to the thrill of the bow, captures the essence of a tradition transformed by innovation. As we sit down with Jason, his tales of transition from rifle to bow and the founding of his game c...

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I recently sat down with Phil Mendoza, a legend in the archery world and the visionary behind No Limits Archery and the Mile High Hunt Expo. Together, we took an introspective look at the transformation from rifle to bow, exploring how commitment to craft and community shapes the essence of a hunter. Phil's own evolution mirrors the metamorphosis of hunting itself—a tradition steeped in the beauty of challenge and the bon...
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When Brett Thompson recounted his first hunting trip, where an elusive banded duck almost met its match, I knew our listeners were in for a treat. Each of his stories, woven with the fabric of family and tradition, brings the wilderness of Idaho alive with an authenticity that only a true outdoorsman can convey. From an emotional tribute to a gun-loving uncle to the unexpected success facilitated by day-old bread for bear baiting, ...

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Gather 'round the hearth as we explore the visceral connection between the wild outdoors and the warmth of the kitchen with our esteemed guest, Jesse Griffiths. In a tale that marries the primal thrill of the hunt with the delicate art of cuisine, Jesse, author, chef, and culinary conjurer, takes us through the forests teeming with game and into the sanctuary of his restaurant Dai Due. His vivid recollections of hunting, paire...

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When Ashley Covert traded her vegan lifestyle for the woods and wild game, her journey opened up a world of respect for nature, ethical hunting, and self-discovery. As we sit down with Ashley, she recounts the poignant transition sparked by a craving during pregnancy that led her from a plant-based diet to embracing the hunter's path. Her engaging story isn't just about changing eating habits; it's a profound explora...

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When the stadium lights dim and the roar of the crowd fades, where does the heart of a champion lead? For Derek Wolfe, Super Bowl hero and former Denver Bronco, the call of the wild was impossible to ignore. Step off the beaten path with us as Derek recounts the transformation from NFL glory to becoming a master of the mountainous hunt. His stories, rich with the anticipation of a mountain lion pursuit and the adrenaline of Western...

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Embark on a wilderness journey with seasoned archer and hunter, Brandon McDonald, as he weaves the tale of his archery and black bear hunting exploits. Drawing you into his world, Brandon's story begins with the birth of his YouTube channel—an endeavor meant to capture hunting memories—that flourished into a go-to resource for bow aficionados. As we traverse the Canadian wilderness, our exchange delves into the ethical complex...

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As I welcomed the extraordinary father-son duo, Finn and John Waddell, to the mic, we unearthed the layered narrative of hunting traditions that have shaped their bond. Our journey with the Waddell's takes us through laughter-filled tales of moose mishaps and deer that turn up their noses at garden pumpkins, to the poignant stories of camaraderie and resilience that can only be found in the quiet of the woods. Together, we cel...

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When Leigh McClendon isn't captivating the internet with his viral cat antics, he's living a less-known, but equally engaging life as an ethical hunter. This episode takes you through the unexpected journey of a social media star who's just as comfortable with a rifle in hand as he is behind the camera. Leigh's candid discussion on the whirlwind of reactions from his audience, his heartfelt take on family huntin...

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Episode 83 with Dave Thomas

When childhood adventures pave the way for a lifetime passion, the stories are bound to be riveting. Dave Thomas of BowHunter Planet joins me,  on a journey through the wilds of memory and experience, painting a vivid tableau of life as a bowhunter. From his earliest days with a bow in hand, nurtured by family traditions, to the birth of BowHunter Planet amidst the less-than-romantic realities o...

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Join us on a gripping expedition into the heart of hunting and the stirring narratives of life in the wild with our guest John Lusk, a seasoned bowhunter with tales that will keep you on the edge of your seat. With a background as rich as his arrow quiver, John's experiences as a pastor and hunter uniquely intertwine, painting a compelling picture of adventure and introspection. His YouTube channel, Lusk Archery Adventures, ca...

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