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The Hunter Conservationist Podcast

Hunter Conservationist Media, Inc

The Hunter Conservationist Podcast brings you nuanced content about conservation, science and responsible hunting in Canada, so you can stay topped up on issues concerning your outdoor, hunting and fishing lifestyle, stay current on the latest in wildlife conservation, science and responsible hunting and be entertained by conversations with intellectual thinkers.

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Underground Ep 3 - Whitetail Deer Hunting Controversy
05-10-2021
Underground Ep 3 - Whitetail Deer Hunting Controversy
Curtis and Mark discuss the division in the hunting community over antlerless deer seasons, how deer populations grow, all manner of death, saving the breeding stock, populations trends, herd culling, whether rain grows antlers, not enough meat argument, consolation hunt argument, kid and old people argument, individual choices, pretty deer, Bambi in your head, whether you have to hunt against your will and having the ebbee geebees in hunting.   Show Notes Got an episode idea? Email us hcmedia@thehunterconservationist.com
Underground - Ep 20 Gun Control, Hunting and Hunting Firearms
2d ago
Underground - Ep 20 Gun Control, Hunting and Hunting Firearms
In this episode Curtis and Mark talk about Canada’s new federal gun control restrictions and what that means for hunters and hunting firearms. Topics the guys discuss include the assault weapon ban, national handgun freeze, whether hunters care if sport shooters lose their firearms, what is a hunting firearm, will hunting firearms become a target of gun bans, whether some hunting firearms have already been banned, fearmongering or legitimate concern, educating friends about firearms and constitutional rights to hunt.
Round Canada Ep 34 - Tipping Point
5d ago
Round Canada Ep 34 - Tipping Point
In this episode Mark covers a controversial reduction in moose hunting for BC hunters, polar bear problems, polar bear quotas, polar bear harvest research, narwhal hunting, firearm regulations, problem geese, snow geese deaths, bear attacks, conflict bear management oversight, class action lawsuit over the BC grizzly hunt, a half-baked deer rescue plan,  Newfoundland Labrador’s new helmet laws for hunters, urban coyotes versus super pigs, more cormorant culls, seized elvers, mackerel for tuna fishers and tipping points – the line between when Canadians love and then hate wildlife.
Rattling Squirrels with Andrea Wishart
15-06-2022
Rattling Squirrels with Andrea Wishart
Curtis and Mark are joined by Andrea Wishart to talk all things squirrel. Andrea is a Ph.D. student at the University of Saskatchewan and an evolutionary and behavioral ecologist studying red squirrels in the Yukon. This is a fun look at one of Canada’s most underrated, abundant, and accessible wildlife species. Topics covered include red squirrel biology, life span, territory size, boom and bust cycles, predator avoidance, food refrigeration, bequeathing food caches, the motivation to store tree cones, turf wars, effects of logging a forest during the winter, middens, larder-hoarding, getting yelled at, Canada’s amazing Kluane region in the Yukon, squirrel rattling, Sabre-toothed squirrels, and the happy conclusion to Scrat’s story.
Fossil Hunting with Chris New
01-06-2022
Fossil Hunting with Chris New
Brought to you buy Community-Minded Alpine Toyota   In this episode, Curtis and Mark are joined by their long-time friend Chris New. Chris is an avid fossil hunter and has helped paleontologists identify new trilobite species previously unknown to science. Chris’s journey and passion for fossils started at young age near Cranbrook, British Columbia and now he travels all over the place hunting fossils. Chris talks about how he got started in fossil hunting, how he preps fossil hunting, what he does in winter offseason, as well as how he gathers intel and leads on fossil sites. Other cool topics the gang discussions include the brief history of fossil formations, how to get into fossil hunting, how to hunt fossils, trilobites, similarities between fossil hunting and game hunting, laws around digging, poaching fossils, Burgess Shale, how crime doesn’t pay in fossil hunting and whether Ricky Gervais trolls fossil hunters on social media.   Show Notes Here are the scientific names of the trilobites that Chris, his collecting partner Chris Jenkins, and his daughter Rebecca have had named after them for having discovered them. Olenaspella chrisnewi Anechocephalus rebeccae Orygmaspis jenkinsi Claycreekia chrisorum
Underground Ep 19 - Duck Hunting
31-05-2022
Underground Ep 19 - Duck Hunting
In this episode Curtis and Mark discuss what they consider to be the basics for getting into waterfowl hunting including shotguns, shells, skeet shooting, decoys, blinds, and calls. The guys talk about their experiences, what works and what hasn’t worked and try to come at the whole topic of waterfowl hunting from the lens of let’s not make waterfowl hunting more complicated than it needs to be and the guys keep a focus on affordability. Curtis and Mark also talk about mushroom infused whiskey, and they put out an offer for you to come on the podcast so listen to this episode and find out how and why!
What is Happening to Waterfowl Hunters
15-05-2022
What is Happening to Waterfowl Hunters
Brought to you by Community-Minded Alpine Toyota In this episode, Mark and Curtis are joined by Dr. Howie Harshaw from the University of Alberta, Dr. Lee Foote, and Matt Besko to discuss the decline in waterfowl hunter numbers in Canada. The group discusses waterfowl population trends, social science as a tool for wildlife management, hunter recruitment, retention, and reengagement strategies, the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, access to private land, barriers to waterfowl hunting, inclusivity, cultural and ethnic differences among new hunters, complicated hunting regulations, duck stamps, paying for conservation bird watchers interested in waterfowl hunting, hunter surveys, trusting scientists, truck noises and practicing being on podcasts.
Underground - Ep 18 Grizzly Debrief
12-05-2022
Underground - Ep 18 Grizzly Debrief
In this episode Curtis and Mark discuss the BC Wildlife Federation webinar where Dr. Bruce McLellan talks about the status of grizzly bears in BC and why the hunt ended. The guys recap Dr. McLellan’s assessment of how grizzlies are doing in BC, what the conservation concerns are, were the bears are doing well and no so well. Curtis and Mark also discuss the role of social media in ending the hunt and how the ethos and culture of hunters might change so that a hunt might be possible again in the near future.
Round Canada Ep 33 - Squirrels in Rehab
10-05-2022
Round Canada Ep 33 - Squirrels in Rehab
In this episode Mark covers the H5N1 avian bird flu outbreak in wild birds, new findings for COVID in deer, possible new gun registry system, trapping, beaver castors in the NWT, mackerel fishing, herring closures, the failure of Canada’s Species at Risk Act, goose poop and coexisting with wildlife bison moving to Alaska, hunting bison in Banff National Park, the rat poison debate in BC, Newfoundland’s online big game hunting license system, forgetting your password and endorsing squirrels in rehab or not.
Canada’s Seal Industry with Romy Vaugeois
01-05-2022
Canada’s Seal Industry with Romy Vaugeois
Brought to you by Community-Minded Alpine Toyota In this episode, Curtis and Mark are joined by Romy Vaugeois. Romy is the Program Manager at the Seals and Sealing Network. Romy explains a bit about Canada’s seal species and the state of their populations. Romy describes how Canada’s seal harvesting industry works and its impact on East Coast and Indigenous culture and livelihoods. Romy describes the various products made from seals and the qualities and benefits of seals. Other topics covered include whether seal meat can be called venison, how to cook seal, why seal meat is black, pinnipeds, sea bears, sea weasels, whether a person can hunt seals, the difference in seal harvest policies between the East and West Coasts, why seals are classified as fish in Canada and the Montreal Phoque Fest. Show Notes
Underground Ep 17 Turkey Season Part 2
30-04-2022
Underground Ep 17 Turkey Season Part 2
This is the part 2 episode where Curtis and Mark continue their analysis of the ups and downs of the spring turkey season in BC to date. The guys discuss what they have been hearing, seeing and encounters with gobblers as well as gobbler behavior, making mistakes and using the lay of the land.
Underground Ep 16 - Turkey Season Part 1
29-04-2022
Underground Ep 16 - Turkey Season Part 1
In this episode Curtis and Mark talk about the start of the spring turkey season in BC. The guys break down a close call with a gobbler, analyze the turkey’s behavior and assess the tactics they used in that situation.
Klinse-Za Caribou Recovery with Dr. Clayton Lamb
15-04-2022
Klinse-Za Caribou Recovery with Dr. Clayton Lamb
Brought to you by Community-minded Alpine Toyota In this episode, Curtis and Mark are joined by Dr. Clayton Lamb. Clayton talks about his involvement and research in the Indigenous-led caribou recovery program for the Klinse-Za herd in Northeastern British Columbia. Clayton describes how the Indigenous-led program started, the details of citing, constructing, operating, and monitoring a caribou maternal pen as well as how the caribou are fed and guarded 24/7. Clayton describes his experience learning and integrating western science with traditional knowledge on this project. Clayton also provides an overview of his research findings on how the Klinse-Za caribou herd is doing since the Indigenous-leg recovery program started, caribou survival in and outside the maternal pen, and the effect of wolf management. Other topics discussed include spring turkey hunting, one vs two decoys, calling, the ethics of shooting roosted turkeys, rural living, and coexisting with grizzlies and chicken tractors.
Round Canada Ep 32 - Coyote Bookends
07-04-2022
Round Canada Ep 32 - Coyote Bookends
In this episode Mark covers a couple of coyote stories as bookends to the podcast including a lawsuit filed over a coyote killing contests and a coyote introduction Darwin Award. Other stories Mark covers include an amendment to BC’s Wildlife Act, BC’s controversial moose hunting proposal, a coastal mountain goat study, grizzlies in Manitoba, new research on caribou recovery, a lawsuit over night hunting restrictions in Manitoba, territorial turkeys in Ontario, new fall turkey hunting season in Ontario, herring, mackerel, cod, seals, broken DFO boats, COVID in deer and feeding deer in Ontario.
Underground Ep 15 - Ethical Ammunition
03-04-2022
Underground Ep 15 - Ethical Ammunition
Curtis and Mark talk about the ongoing ammo shortage as well as successful strategies and places in Canada to find ammunition. The guys talk about online ammo buying, retailers that’s wont ship ammo, the growing science over the impacts and threats of lead ammunition, the proportions of eagles in North America with chronic and acute lead poisoning, the failure of the UK’s voluntary ban on lead ammunition, the North American Non-Lead Partnership and taking full responsibility for the consequences of each bullet that leaves the end of your barrel.
Spring Bear Hunting Primer with John Schneider
01-04-2022
Spring Bear Hunting Primer with John Schneider
Brought to you by Community-Minded Alpine Toyota In this episode Curtis and Mark are joined by John Schneider, host of The Food Afield Podcast and member of the From the Wild film series in northern Alberta. The gang compares hunting spring black bears in BC’s Rocky Mountings versus the Alberta’s Northern Boreal Forest. John talks about the atmosphere and tempo of hunting spring bears versus fall deer and his general strategies to find bears in Alberta. Other topics the group muses over include how and where to find spring bear, early spring success versus late spring success, bear meat, cooking, bear organ meat, using the brains, baiting hunting bears form a tree stand, what to do with the hide, hunting outcomes, what size of bear should you take, rifle calibers, game rating systems for black bears, shot placement, getting messed up, Star Wars tribute and assless bear fur riding chaps. Show Notes: The Food Afield Podcast From the Wild
Underground Ep 14 - Auction Hunts for Conservation
27-03-2022
Underground Ep 14 - Auction Hunts for Conservation
In this episode Curtis and Mark talk about the recent bill passed in Utah state limiting the number of guides an outfitter can hire to track game animals for the state’s special auction tags. The guys then talk about the special sheep permits in BC and Alberta auctioned at Reno each year. Topics covered include fair chase with respect to how many people are tracking the game animals, the selling of specific game animals, hunting in the winter, hunting versus shooting, questionable hunting practices used to kill auction animals, black rhino, elephant ivory and whether game animals sold for conservation is the right thing to do.
New Moose Hunting Proposal in BC’s Peace Region with Jesse Zeman
16-03-2022
New Moose Hunting Proposal in BC’s Peace Region with Jesse Zeman
Brought to you by Community-minded Alpine Toyota In this episode, Curtis and Mark are joined by Jesse Zeman, Executive Director of the BC Wildlife Federation. Jesse explains the situation with the current proposal to reduce hunting opportunities for moose and caribou in the Peace Region of northeastern British Columbia. As a backgrounder for listeners not from Canada, Mark provides a synopsis of First Nations rights in Canada with respect to hunting, the amount of unceded land in the province, the BC treaty process, game harvest priorities, and obligations of government to consult with First Nations. Jesse explains the Yahey v BC court decision and why First Nations' rights under Treaty 8 were deemed to have been violated by extensive resource development in the Peace Region. The guys discuss why hunting regulations are being used as the solution for habitat impacts caused by industrial projects, the danger of divisive issues, and what the next steps should be regardless of whether the government's moose hunting proposal is approved or not.  Show Notes 7B Moose/Caribou Public Engagement Website: Backgrounder:
Species at Risk in Northern Alberta with Hayley Gavin
15-03-2022
Species at Risk in Northern Alberta with Hayley Gavin
Brought to you by Community-minded Alpine Toyota In this episode, Curtis and Mark are joined by Hayley Gavin. Hayley lives in Alberta and she was the Lead Administrator for the Alberta Northwest Species at Risk Committee. Hayley describes how and why the NWSAR committee was formed and how the communities that were involved stepped up to help with scientific studies on endangered species. She describes the disconnect between government, science, industry, and the public when it comes to environmental and wildlife management. Hayley talks about the value of boots-on-the-ground community-based science, the challenges, and successes in bringing people together as well as working with the Alberta Trappers Association, Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute, and forest companies. Other topics covered include hunting grouse in the Rocky Mountains and the mystery of the High Level Handy Tree.   Show Notes: Public access to project data on Wildtrax:   Alberta NWSAR website: ABMI’s Human Footprint Inventory: Landscape Monitoring Results: Mammal Monitoring Year 1 Results: State of the Region Report:
Wolverine Conservation with Dr. Matt Scrafford
01-03-2022
Wolverine Conservation with Dr. Matt Scrafford
Sponsored by Community-Minded Alpine Toyota In this episode Curtis and Mark are joined by Dr. Matt Scrafford, a Conservation Scientist with the Wildlife Conservation Society Canada. Matt has studied wolverines all over Canada and talks about their biology, ecology and distribution in Canada, their home range sizes, general behavior, threats, sources of mortality and the wolverine’s conservation status in Canada. Matt describes the results of some his research and how wolverines are doing in human-disturbed ecosystems what the key attributes are for wolverine habitat conservation and the difference in wolverine habitat in the boreal regions versus the western mountains. Find out about whether other meso-carnivores compete with wolverines, wolverine head injuries, how to survive a wolverine attack, colloquial names and most importantly, find out the winner of the wolverine game show, who won a bottle of Canadian wolverine whiskey and the significance of Valentine’s Day.
Underground Ep 13 - A New Fly Rod
28-02-2022
Underground Ep 13 - A New Fly Rod
In this episode Curtis explains the ins and outs of fly rods as Mark is in the search for a small new trout rod. Curtis talks about fiberglass and graphite rods how fly rods work line weight, fishing off the beaten path, fishing creel restoration, old bamboo rods, top picks for a small new fly rod and the great eBay watch screw up. Are you in the hunt for a new fly rod? Send us your questions.