September 6, 2020
Jenny, Celina and I are waiting out a rainstorm in sheep country. We are 5 days into our adventure hunt. We have left the rafts on the river and fought our way up the mountains into sheep habitat. In this podcast, we talk about the challenges and some tricks for getting from the river or the road up into the alpine country. Good terrain and forest cover assessment can make or break a successful ascent up the mountain. Hope you enjoy it!
August 7, 2020
Join for episode 4 of our expedition hunting planning series. In this episode, we are talking backpacking food for a 12-day backpack-packrafting hunting expedition. We have invited Penny from West Coast Kitchen to hang out with us and talk about how to keep food light and gourmet.
Celina, Jenny and I are on our way into the mountain and we are counting ounces to keep our weight down, but we still need to max out calories to keep up climbing mountains.
Specifically, we talk about:
How do we keep it light and taste?
How many calories do I need to bring?
How much should my food weigh per day?
Breakfast packing tips?
Favourite lightweight snacks?
August 1, 2020
In this episode, we're joined by Thor Tingey of Alpacka Raft. Jennie P, Celina and I are doing our research on how to best prepare for a 12-day packrafting wilderness adventure. So we thought we would invite the expert on all things packrafting. We had a ton of fun hanging out with Thor as he shares the origin story of the packraft, a few adventures, and everything we need to know to prepare and plan for our adventure.
Specifically, we discuss how durable these boats are, and what types of repairs we can plan for? How much weight can we load into these boats, and how best to load the weight? What should we bring in a repair kit?
Thank you Thor!
July 17, 2020
Wildlife biologist Mike Bridger joins us in this episode to talk about planning for a sheep hunt in Northern BC. As a Provincial biologist for the Northern BC, Mike gets the privilege of overseeing the management of wildlife in the remnant wilderness of North America. All nine big game species thrive in this area and Mike's job is to keep an eye on things. He pretty much has the coolest job in North America. Mike is passionate about his work managing Stone's Sheep, and he is a self-described elk hunting fanatic.
Celina, Jenny and I are continuing our podcast series planning for our sheep and elk hunting expedition into Northern BC. One of the most important parts of a successful hunt is doing the research on the species that you plan to hunt. We have the opportunity to ask Mike about planning our adventure and how to go about hunting Sheep in Northern BC.
This is a fun episode, I hope you enjoy it.
Thank you Mike for hanging out with us. @bc_bridger
July 3, 2020
I'm getting excited! Safe and successful hunts start with research, planning, practice and gearing up with the right equipment for the trip. It takes time and commitment to pull it all together, but for me, it might be the best part of the trip.
Jenny P, Celina and I are in the process of putting together what will be an adventure of a lifetime. We are planning to fly packrafts into the Northern Rockies and drift down 100 kms of river through spectacular sheep, elk and moose country.
Join us for the next series of podcasts as we put together our plan for a safe and successful hunt. We will be inviting experts on packrafting, wildlife biologists, and safety and gear experts as we research and get equipped for this adventure.
And we will have a bit of fun too.
Thank you Jenny P and Celina for doing this!
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June 13, 2020
EatWild 30 - Dylan's first bear hunt - Tips and tricks of the road hunter
In this episode, I'm hanging out with my hunting partner Jenny P. She's taking me along on a bear hunt. As I learned, bear hunting includes a lot of Truck Huntin'. Jenny is a bit of a pro-truck-hunter, so we thought it might be fun to break down the tips and tricks of the road hunter. Along the way, we recap our hunting adventure and my first ever bear hunting experience.
I have struggled with the idea of hunting bear. I've had long relationships with black bears. As a park ranger, I've befriended many black bears over the years. I grew up eating moose and deer, so bear meat was unfamiliar. In recent years, I have been exposed to the culinary opportunities of black bear meat. Jenny P and Chef Mark Perrier have prepared numerous exquisite meals with bear meat. Bear meat has a greater fat content than ungulate meat that allows for some new recipe ideas and cooking techniques that the lean ungulate meat will not allow for.
From a wildlife management perspective, hunting black bears is a sensible way to put meat in your freezer. Black bear populations are thriving in BC, which affords hunters the opportunity for a hunt with a high probability of success while ensuring the long term sustainability of the black bear population.
Even knowing that black bear makes for a sustainable and ethical source of meat for the freezer, I am still challenged by the idea of bear hunting. We tell the whole story in the podcast. I hope you enjoy it!
For more information on black bears and black bear hunting, I recommend that you check out Hunter Conservations Podcast
on the future of black bear hunting in BC.
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May 30, 2020
"Wow...how do I take care of this amazing hide?" That's what I needed to know when I walked up on the dead Bison in the snow. Fortunately, my friend Mara was expecting this call from me.
In this episode, I’m joined by Mara Cur of Crow's Nest Wildcraft, a hide tanner, land tender, and community herbalist and teacher. Mara and I connected a while back to offer a hide tanning workshop with the EatWild community. On that call standing over the massive Bison, Mara walked me through the important steps of taking care of the hide. I have since dropped off the Bison hide with Mara, and we talked about the steps in the hide's journey from the Peace, to it eventually laying around my home in Vancouver. Join us as we chat about how to take care of a hide in the field, natural smoked tanning methods, and staying connected with the wildcraft and harvesting community during these strange days.
Mara offers hide tanning workshops, herbal medicine workshops and recently introduced the Limina wild skills webinar series, centred on healing through backcountry and ancestral skills.
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May 9, 2020
I am connecting with La’goot Spencer Greening over Zoom for part 2 of our discussion on Indigenous rights and title and wildlife management. In our first conversation, we talked about Indigenous approaches to harvesting fish and wildlife throughout the seasons. In this episode, we get into the sticky bits of a much more complex discussion about the legal framework that reaffirms Indigenous rights and title to manage the land and what that means for current and future wildlife/fisheries management in British Columbia. Will resident hunters lose access to hunting and fishing opportunities? What would it look like if First Nations took over land management in their territories in BC? Will fish, wildlife, fishers, and hunters benefit from over 10,000 years of Traditional Ecological Knowledge incorporated into modern wildlife management?
La’goot is a Tsimshian leader, storyteller and academic. In addition to being a passionate hunter and forager, La’goot is generous about sharing his knowledge around the importance of indigenous knowledge and stewardship of the land.
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April 24, 2020
Can we go hunting in British Columbia during the COVID 19 pandemic? Answer: Maybe, if we all follow the Provincial Heath Orders, guidelines, and recommendations. I am sitting down with Jesse Zieman of BCWF and Mark Hall of the Hunter Conservationist podcast to discuss the recent announcement by the Province of BC that hunting is an essential service and what that means for hunting during the COVID 19 pandemic. This announcement is good news for hunters, but this announcement could lead to a misunderstanding in the hunting community and unintended consequences. Hunting as an “Essential Service” means that the Province will ensure that the regulatory infrastructure and services are in place so residents can continue to hunt (buy tags and run the LEH program). It does not mean that you can ignore PHO recommendations to avoid non-essential travel, stay local and maintain social distancing.
To many of us, hunting is essential to our way of life, but this announcement does not mean that we can travel to go hunting. The small communities throughout BC are extremely vulnerable to the COVID 19 virus. All it would take is for one hunter who is unknowingly carrying the virus to pass it on at a gas station, a Tim Hortons, or picking up a 6 pack at the cold beer store. These communities do not have the health infrastructure deal with an outbreak. The BC hunting community must not put rural communities at risk. In the podcast, we discuss our interpretations of the recent essential service announcement, the PHO travel restrictions and COVID hunting guidelines.
Be patient with everyone.
Provincial Hunting and Fishing COVID 19 Updates
BC LEH COVID Recommendations
Kai Negata on Potential Impacts of Hunting on Rural Communities
Mark Hall - Hunter Conservationist Podcast
Jesse Zieman - The BC Wildlife Federation
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April 10, 2020
In this episode, I am joined by La’goot Spencer Greening. La’goot is a Tsimshian leader, storyteller and academic. In addition to being a passionate hunter and forager, La’goot is generous about sharing his knowledge around the importance of indigenous knowledge and stewardship of the land. We got together to talk about Indigenous and resident hunter perspectives on wildlife management and hunting. Over a cup of tea, we ended up talking about the commonalities of our way of life as it revolves around the seasons of eating wild. We are planning a follow-up episode shortly to dig into the politics. But for now, I hope you enjoy a chat about harvesting wild food on the North Coast.
We recorded this podcast during the Covid-19 pandemic. We met in the cemetery across the street from my house. This peaceful quiet outdoor space allowed us to maintain our social distancing while we recorded the podcast.
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