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EatWild Podcast 29 - The Bison hide - Hide tanning with Mara Cur

EatWild Podcast 29 - The Bison hide - Hide tanning with Mara Cur

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.
 
 
 
Please share, review, and thanks for listening! 
 
Dylan Eyers,
Owner/Operator

EatWild 28 - Indigenous rights and title to the land - what Hunters need to know - Part 2 with La’goot

EatWild 28 - Indigenous rights and title to the land - what Hunters need to know - Part 2 with La’goot

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. 
 
If you want to dig a little deeper please read La'Goot:s article on Indigenous Harvesting Rights And Practices on  @aprilvockey 's  anchoredoutdoors.com. 
 
You can find La'goot here 
 
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Thanks for listening, 
Dylan Eyers,
Owner/Operator

 
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EatWild Podcast - COVID 19 - Can you hunt in BC?

EatWild Podcast - COVID 19 - Can you hunt in BC?

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 

 

Thanks for listening.

Dylan Eyers

www.eatwild.ca

 

EatWild Episode 27 - Seasons of Eating Wild with La’goot Spencer Greening

EatWild Episode 27 - Seasons of Eating Wild with La’goot Spencer Greening

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.
 
If you want to dig a little deeper please read La'Goot:s article on Indigenous Harvesting Rights And Practices on  @aprilvockey 's  anchoredoutdoors.com. 
 
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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Thanks for listening, 
 
Dylan 
EatWild Episode 26 - Listen to your elders;  it’s storytime with Larri Woodrow.

EatWild Episode 26 - Listen to your elders;  it’s storytime with Larri Woodrow.

March 26, 2020
Listen to your elders;  it’s storytime with Larri Woodrow.

Success in hunting and fishing, and in life for that matter, is achieved much more easily with the benefit of knowledge. I attribute my competence as a hunter and fisher, and my confidence in life, to the knowledge that has been shared with me by the elders along the way.

In this episode, I’m hanging out with Larri Woodrow. Larri is a grandfather, teacher, conservationist, hunter, fisher, adventurer and storyteller. I’m fortunate to call Larri my good friend. His passion for wilderness has driven him to explore every river and trail in British Columbia. He’s an encyclopedia of the kind of knowledge that I cherish.

 
Larri's been around a while and he has seen the changes to our forests, oceans, and wildlife populations.  Larri takes us back 75 years to growing up fishing on Vancouver Island.   We talk about our perceived baseline of abundance for fish and wildlife in the oceans and forests of British Columbia. The sad truth is that if we don't know what we had, we are unlikely to know what we are loosing.     

I hope this to be the first of a few episodes where elders can share their stories and passion for their way of life.  

Please give me some direct feedback or provide a review. If you like it, please share it too! 

Thanks for listning. 
 
Dylan Eyers
 
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EatWild Podcast 25 - Rookie hunter success! EatWild First Buck Banquet stories from the dinner table

EatWild Podcast 25 - Rookie hunter success! EatWild First Buck Banquet stories from the dinner table

March 14, 2020

Join us at the dinner table to hear first harvest success stories from the EatWild hunter community.  The First Buck Banquet is an annual event where new hunters are invited to come for dinner and share their first harvest stories. All of the hunters bring something special for the dinner table from the harvest.  This is a fun event and I hope you enjoy the stories.  

EatWild Podcast 24 - Why is hunting so hard?

EatWild Podcast 24 - Why is hunting so hard?

February 13, 2020

Why is hunting so hard? In this episode, I am joining Mike and Kelly of the Rookie Hunter Podcast, Mark and Curtis of the Hunter Conservationist Podcast, and Jenny Ly of the Chasing Food Club blog for a live recording of a podcast/swapcast. We talk about the barriers and challenges for hunting success. We get into the different measures of what success means on a hunt. Is it just about filling the freezer or getting eyes on a mature animal?  A big thanks to the crew at Filson Vancouver for hosting us at there shop.  This event was hosted by @backcountryhuntersbc 

Please share and review this podcast!

Thanks for making this happen @rookie_hunter_podcast@chasingfoodclub, and @the_hunter_conservationist

Thanks for listening! 

Dylan www.eatwild.ca

https://www.therookiehunter.com/

https://thehunterconservationist.com/podcast/

https://www.chasingfood.club/

EatWild Podcast 23 - Bison adventures finale (Part 3)

EatWild Podcast 23 - Bison adventures finale (Part 3)

February 11, 2020

The Bison has tipped! Join us for the conclusion of our Bison hunting adventure.  All of the mistakes, hard work, and lessons learned result in some exciting hunts for our rookie bison hunting crew.  Catch the end of the story here and a bit of the celebration. 

Thanks to the crew for putting up with the podcast machine! The crew: @seanbadart @devontaylorstewart @taylor.j.e.woodcock @jennyp403

If you like this podcast and the raw format, please let me know, and share your review! 

Background: 

Follow along with our rookie Bison hunting crew as we figure out how to hunt this majestic animal. Our hunting group drew a "once-in-a-lifetime" tag to hunt Bison in Northern B.C.

At one time there were over 60 million Bison roaming the plains of North America. Market hunting and habitat destruction reduced the herd to less than a thousand animals by 1900. Since then, numerous conservation efforts have helped Bison recover to over 500,000 animals. It's estimated that there is a population of over 2000 Bison living in B.C. The Bison herd is expanding and they are competing with threatened wild sheep for limited winter range habitat. Wildlife managers have encouraged a limited hunt to manage the Bison population growth and herd expansion.

Our group was lucky enough to get drawn for two tags for Bison on this hunt. The tags allow us to shoot a bull, cow, or calf bison. This hunt took place in late January in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. It was - 38 degrees Celcius when we arrived at our cabin and all of our beer was frozen. We had a lot to learn about this animal, its habitat, and how to hunt them. Come join us on the hunt! --

EatWild Podcast 22 - Bison adventures (Part 2)

EatWild Podcast 22 - Bison adventures (Part 2)

February 9, 2020

Part 2 of the 3 part Bison adventures podcast series. Our rookie Bison hunting crew are carrying on with our adventure and taking steps towards success.  This episode recounts days 3 and 4 of the hunt.  Some near misses, lessons learned and some foreshadowing of events to come.  Enjoy! 

EatWild Podcast 21 - Bison adventures (Part 1)

EatWild Podcast 21 - Bison adventures (Part 1)

February 4, 2020

We are hunting Bison! Follow along with our rookie Bison hunting crew as we figure out how to hunt this majestic animal.  Our hunting group drew a "once-in-a-lifetime" tag to hunt Bison in Northern B.C. 

At one time there were over 60 million Bison roaming the plains of North America.  Market hunting and habitat destruction reduced the herd to less than a thousand animals by 1900.  Since then, numerous conservation efforts have helped Bison recover to over 500,000 animals.  It's estimated that there is a population of over 2000 Bison living in B.C.  The Bison herd is expanding and they are competing with threatened wild sheep for limited winter range habitat. Wildlife managers have encouraged a limited hunt to manage the Bison population growth and herd expansion. 

Our group was lucky enough to get drawn for two tags for Bison on this hunt.  The tags allow us to shoot a bull, cow, or calf bison. This hunt took place in late January in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. It was - 38 degrees Celcius when we arrived at our cabin and all of our beer was frozen.  We had a lot to learn about this animal, its habitat, and how to hunt them.  Come join us on the hunt!  

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