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EatWild 52 - Ultra-lite tents and packs with Kevin Timm of Seek Outside

EatWild 52 - Ultra-lite tents and packs with Kevin Timm of Seek Outside

May 29, 2021
The adventure hunting season is around the corner! I am getting excited, and that means the podcast is shifting focus to conversations on preparing and planning for the season.  In this episode, I am having a beer with Kevin Timm, co-founder of Seek Outside, and we are talking ultra-lite tents and the ideal backpack for packraft hunting. 
 
Seek Outside (SO) is known for the single-pole tent with an ultra-lite packable wood stove system. The huge advantage of this system is that you can backpack a roomy tent with a stove into the backcountry. This can make late hunting in the mountains way more comfortable and safe. I've had several adventures in my Seek Outside 8-person tent and I am considering investing in a 2-person super lite tent for the sheep hunting season.  I am also looking to replace my backpack with a waterproof system. But before I can give up my MSR Hubba and my pack, I have a bunch of questions for Kevin? 
 
How safe is it to have a wood stove in a tent made of technical fabric?
 
What's the best way to manage bugs in the early season?
 
Can I use my down sleep bag inside of a single-wall tent? 
 
What's the best option in the SO pack designs for my next packrafting sheep hunting adventure? 
 
What are the pros and cons of an integrated pack frame vs the breakaway carry system? 
 
Along the way, we get insight into how a cybersecurity researcher finds his way into the high-performance gear manufacturing industry, and what motivates him to develop the best products on the market?  Kevin breaks down his philosophy and process of making his tents and backpacks and ensuring they stand the test of the elements.
 
This conversion was lots of fun.  I hope you enjoy it and start to get excited about the adventure season ahead. 
 
If you have any questions about my experience with SO tents you can reach out to me on Instagram @eatwild. Drop your question in the comments of this post or you can email me direct dylan@eatwild.ca
 
You can see all the SO gear at seekoutside.com and be sure to follow Kevin and his team @seekoutside.  
 
Thanks for the time Kevin! 
 
 
EatWild 51 - Hunters of Color - Inclusivity in Hunting with Jimmy Flatt

EatWild 51 - Hunters of Color - Inclusivity in Hunting with Jimmy Flatt

May 12, 2021
The face of hunting in North America is prominently white. Is there a place for people of colour in the hunting community?  Can we make the hunting space more inclusive? I think so, but we have some work ahead to make the hunting community more welcoming and inclusive. 
 
In this episode, I am joined by Jimmy Flatt the co-founder of Hunters of Color. Hunters of Color was founded by Jimmy Flatt, Lydia Parker, and Thomas Tyner in August of 2020 with a mission to share a love for the outdoors with everyone.  94% of the hunting community is white. HOC believes that the "Outdoors are for Everyone," and is forging a road ahead to welcome a diverse community of new hunters.  

Jimmy shares his personal journey of being a passionate hunter in a community dominated by people who don't look like him. We chat about implicit racial bias and how we can build awareness through education, with the goal of breaking stigmas and stereotypes concerning hunting.

 
Here is the link to the MeatEater Rebuttal by HOC. 
 
 
Thanks for listening. 
EatWild 50 - Spring Foraging for Wild Edibles with Jody Peck

EatWild 50 - Spring Foraging for Wild Edibles with Jody Peck

April 16, 2021

In this episode, I am sitting with my good friend Jody Peck of Wild Northern Way, happy that the spring foraging season is finally here. 

 
We are talking about harvesting wild plants from urban settings and the forest in a sustainable and ethical way, the seemingly daunting duty to process them the importance of finding fun ways to prepare them. We touch upon the ephemeral nature of the foraging seasons with the added engagement that brings and, at the same time, the stable nature of discovering your foraging spots and maintaining them through respectful harvesting practices.

 
There are many edibles out right now and many more about to start coming out soon through this foraging season. We are getting excited about hosting a foraging workshop series this spring. 
We are conspiring to teach our guests to ethically forage wild edibles and how to make delicious and beautiful food and cocktails with the harvest.
 
 
You can find Jody Peck on Instagram @wildnorthernway and through her website wildnorthernway.com
49 - Huntin’ Fishin’ and Scoring Goals - Brendan Morrison

49 - Huntin’ Fishin’ and Scoring Goals - Brendan Morrison

April 9, 2021

If you’re a Vancouver Canucks fan, hunting enthusiast, or a passionate fisherperson you’ll enjoy this episode. I’m joined by Brendan Morrison, 15-year veteran and star of the National Hockey League. Brendan is a local legend from his years centring the West Coast Express line flanked by Todd Bertuzzi and Markus  Näslund that generated some of the most exciting moments in Canuck history. 

 
Brendan Morrison has always been a passionate fisherman which has led him to produce and host the Reel West Coast fishing show in his retirement.  Fishing led Brendan to discover hunting after his hockey career.
 
I invited Brendan on the podcast to talk about the journey to become an adult-onset hunter.  We get into a few great hunting stories and valuable lessons learned.  We chat about the barriers and opportunities for how to get into fishing and hunting. 
 
Brendan shares his passion for scoring goals, catching fish and hunting critters on this episode. This one was lots of fun. 
 
EatWild 48 - Smartphone Navigation & the iHunter App with Mark Stenroos

EatWild 48 - Smartphone Navigation & the iHunter App with Mark Stenroos

March 28, 2021
The iHunter App is an essential tool for the new Hunter. Apps like the iHunter tool have changed how I approach hunting entirely. E-scouting, orienteering, checking regulations, and recording where and how I hunted an area have all been improved with the innovations of the app world. The Hunter App brings together multiple essential app tools to make hunters more effective, safe and help hunters stay on the right side of private property boundaries and regulations.
 
In this episode, I'm joined by Mark Stenroos, iHunter App developer, and my hunting partner Jenny P.  Mark breaks down the functionality of the app and the benefits of the tool.  Jenny and I share how we have adopted the app into how we hunt. Along the way, we chat about getting lost and found and our favourite hunts.
 
Join us for our next EatWild E-Scouting Webinar.
 
 
 
 
 
EatWild 47 - Are we losing our social license to hunt?

EatWild 47 - Are we losing our social license to hunt?

March 11, 2021

Are we losing our social license to hunt? 

 
Social license refers to the perceptions of the public that deem an activity as socially acceptable. The concept of an activity requiring a "social license" emerged in the 1990's as the natural resource industry realized they needed to build public and stakeholder support for resource extraction projects to be successful. 
 
A recent article published by Chris Darimont in the Society of Conservation Biology Journal applied the concept of social license to hunting. The study suggests that the public perception of hunting carnivores can pose threats to the social license for carnivore hunters and potentially other hunters. 
 
The article kicked off a storm of discussion and reaction within the hunting community.  There has been a call to action across social media platforms encouraging hunters to take action to "defend" hunting rights.  What are we defending, what's the battle, who are we fighting, who started it, what's at risk.... are we just fighting ourselves?  
 
I have a lot of questions and I am confused, so let's have a discussion. 
 
I have invited Jenny Ly with Chasing Food Club and volunteer with BC Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, and Jesse Zeman, BCWF director for Fish and Wildlife Restoration on to the podcast to try to understand what's happening in our community.  We talk about our interpretation of social licence and how, as a hunting community we can build our social licence
 
We are living in an era where images and storytelling inform public perception.  
 
What is the impact of the images we share?  Can we do a better job of telling our stories?  
 
Please share this podcast. 
  
Note: In our discussion, I overestimated the number of new hunters. Based on the stats that I have, there has been an increase of 11,000 more hunters purchasing licenses in 2021 than in 2011. 
 
Total BC Hunting Licenses Issued:
2010/11 - 95,000
2020/21 - 106,000
EatWild 46 - Search and Rescue in the Mountains - Sandra Riches of AdventureSmart

EatWild 46 - Search and Rescue in the Mountains - Sandra Riches of AdventureSmart

February 26, 2021

Sandra Riches is the Executive Director of the BC AdventureSmart program and she joins me on the podcast to talk about how search and rescue works in BC, using the AdventureSmart App to leave a trip plan, and the essential gear to make hunting and foraging adventures safer. There's lots of good info in this podcast to stay safe on your next adventure.

Everything is "unprecedented" this past year, including the number of search and rescue calls for people on outdoor adventurers. More people than ever are getting out into our wilderness to take refuge from the challenges that have come with the pandemic. AdventureSmart and Sandra Riches are working to reach folks to help them get prepared for their outdoor adventures so their trip doesn’t result in another call to 911.

Find out more about AdventureSmart and download the trip planning app here: adventuresmart.ca

EatWild 45 - Part 3 - The Pole Bender Adventure

EatWild 45 - Part 3 - The Pole Bender Adventure

February 14, 2021

We survived 3 days of the storm and then another 5 days of being stuck in the tent waiting for the skies to clear.  So that's about 192 hours with 4 guys sharing 36 square feet of real estate.  We pulled it off and we are all still friends. Catch up with our crew as we debrief the Pole Bender Adventure. We reflect back on the decisions and the gear that kept us safe. Also, we share another near-disaster story as we make the flight out of the mountains.  Lots of good info in this podcast if you are planning an adventure hunt this year. 

Thanks for listening!

EatWIld 45 Part 2 - The Pole Bender Adventure

EatWIld 45 Part 2 - The Pole Bender Adventure

January 31, 2021

Cliffed out, rained out, blown out and snowed out: the pole bender adventure. 

In August 2019, I set out with my hunting crew on a caribou hunting adventure in the mountains of the Tahltan Traditional Territory in Northern British Columbia. Idyllic summer days strolling across the mountain tundra spotting caribou and goats, everything was going according to plan.  But our plan took an unfortunate turn, and an unseasonably harsh arctic storm front blasted our camp with hurricane-force winds and 3 feet of snow. We went from hunting to surviving. Taking shelter in the tipi tent, we took turns keeping the center pole from snapping as we held down the tent praying for the storm to let up. Join us for this three-part series on the Pole Bender Adventure. These are great episodes if you're planning an adventure trip in the wilderness. We talk about the logistics of planning a fly-in trip, trip safety plans, emergency communications, and a little bit about sneaking up on goats. I hope you enjoy this.  

You can find the article by Cleston Lee in the 02/2021 BC Outdoors Magazine. 

 

EatWild 45 - The Pole Bender Adventure Part 1

EatWild 45 - The Pole Bender Adventure Part 1

January 14, 2021

Cliffed out, rained out, blown out and snowed out: the pole bender adventure. 

In August 2019, I set out with my hunting crew on a caribou hunting adventure in the mountains of the Tahltan Traditional Territory in Northern British Columbia. Idyllic summer days strolling across the mountain tundra spotting caribou and goats, everything was going according to plan.  But our plan took an unfortunate turn, and an unseasonably harsh arctic storm front blasted our camp with hurricane-force winds and 3 feet of snow. We went from hunting to surviving. Taking shelter in the tipi tent, we took turns keeping the center pole from snapping as we held down the tent praying for the storm to let up. Join us for this three-part series on the Pole Bender Adventure. These are great episodes if you're planning an adventure trip in the wilderness. We talk about the logistics of planning a fly-in trip, trip safety plans, emergency communications, and a little bit about sneaking up on goats. I hope you enjoy this.  

You can find the article by Cleston Lee in the 02/2021 BC Outdoors Magazine. 

 

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