Talking Wolves with Adrian Wydeven

Adrian Wydeven headed up the wolf recovery program for the DNR for over 20 years.  After retiring, he took a position with the Timber Wolf Alliance with Northland College.  There is probably no one in the state who knows more about these animals, and how they came to be back in Wisconsin.

Subjects discussed: Why Noah held this episode for so long; how wolves came back to Wisconsin; Why people think that they were released back into WI by the DNR; What impact these animals have on the deer population; The long and sordid tale of the wolf’s position on the Endangered Species List; what a proper population goal looks like; the possibility of a future wolf hunt.

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Confession Time

Confession time.

I have no idea how to run a podcast,(which may be self evident for you listeners). I say that, because I’m fairly sure that one thing you are probably not supposed to do is to give free advertising for other shows.  Luckily, I’m not making any money on this show (and am spending money that could be going to other important things like hunting and fishing equipment and trips, presents for my wife to make up for the hunting and fishing equipment and trips, etc…)

The good news is that I am letting you guys know, and taking entirely way too long to get to the point about other podcasts that I think that we should all be listening to because they touch on important topics for the hunting community.  None of these are what I would call “how to”, though some of them do have episodes on those topics as well.

1. MeatEater with Steven Rinella.  If you haven’t heard of Steven Rinella, you absolutely need to look him up.  He is the modern day voice of the hunter/conservation ethic.  I believe that he is the best that we have to offer right now, though I think that the case can be made for the number two on this list. 

2. Hunt Talk Radio with Randy Newberg – Randy Newberg is a little bit more political than Rinella is.  He tends to call people out a bit more, but does a great job laying out the issues.  If these two were based in Wisconsin and covered just Wisconsin topics more often, I would not have started this thing to begin with.

3. Wired to Hunt: While the first two on  this list may have the sense of being western hunters (though both are from the Midwest, and Rinella hunts here on a fairly regular basis), Mark Kenyon’s podcast focuses on whitetail hunting. There is a lot of how to and “hitlist” talk on this show, but he does cover the larger issues as well. 

4. The Hunting Collective with Ben O’Brien — This show just premiered in the beginning of February.  It has a bit more chutzpah than my show does.  O’Brien has an impressive resume that includes being the Hunting Marketing Manager for Yeti as well as past work for Petersen’s, Intermedia and the NRA.  His guest list thus far has been impressive, with Rinella, Ryan Callaghan and Shane Mahoney all making an appearance

5. Conservation Matters with Shane Mahoney — Shane may be Canada’s answer to Jim Posewitz with the exception that his voice is scary as hell. These podcasts come out at irregular intervals, but are worth a listen.

6. BHA Podcast and Blast — The podcast for Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.  They do a good job of covering issues that have to do with public lands and other conservation issues.

7. Joe Rogan Experience — Joe Rogan is a stand up comedian and television personality.  Some may remember him from News Radio or Fear Factor.  Others may know him from is involvement with the UFC.  What some may not know is that Joe has become heavily involved in hunting after being introduced to the sport by Steven Rinella.  Joe’s podcast is one that is worthy of checking on every couple of weeks to see who he has on there.  He has a lot of hunters on there from time to time including Rinella, Cam Haines, Remi Warren, and Wisconsin’s own Doug Duren.


What podcasts do you guys have that you think are worth checking out?


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Paul Smith

“You can have your own opinion, but you can’t have your own facts.”

Paul Smith is the last full time outdoors writer employed by a daily newspaper in Wisconsin.  Subjects discussed: changes in the newspaper industry, changes in the DNR, changes in us as a hunting community, why Noah should learn to avoid social media debates, and how much Paul is charging for interviews…

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Combating CWD

Mike Foy is a retired wildlife biologist with the Wisconsin DNR.  He made the news when he presented a plan to combat Chronic Wasting Disease at the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in Milwaukee.  His proposal is to pay hunters AND the landowners for each deer that tests positive for CWD. It may strike many hunters as absurd at first, but it may be our best shot to put this knock this disease out before it becomes unmanageable.

For more information on this disease you can do no better than listening to the Meateater Podcast and Wired To Hunt episodes on the matter.

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Jim Posewitz

This week Noah speaks with Jim Posewitz.  Jim has written a number of books that lay out the history of the hunting conservation movement in this country.  Every hunter needs to read these and to share them with all of their friends.  They might send a copy to their legislators as well.

Subjects discussed: The status of Wisconsin’s wildlife in the 1940’s and early 50’s; the Packers; That “damned cowboy” becoming president; TR and Gifford Pinchot thumbing their noses at congress and then hitting the road to save us all; Germany, Kyrgyzstan, and Iraq as examples of what we might have become; the beautiful story of the passage of the Pittman Robertson Act; the Sirens calling to Ulysses; and what we risk by not knowing what those who came before us did to make sure that we could enjoy the hunting and fishing.

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Scott Zimmerman

Trappers are at the forefront when it comes to the threats posed by antihunters today, whether they be through legislative efforts or propaganda campaigns. It is important that all hunter’s and anglers understand the practice of trapping so that we can fight the misinformation and stand ready to defend ethical trappers everywhere.

This week’s guest, Scott Zimmerman is the President of the Wisconsin Trappers’ Association.  Subjects discussed include a brief overview of trapping, how to get into trapping, current legislation that affects trappers, trapping and social media.



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Wisconsin Elk with DNR Biologist Scott Roepke

Scott Roepke of the Wisconsin DNR talks about the Elk Recovery program.  Subjects discussed: Where the Elk went? Why Kentucky? Elk v. Cars, Citizen involvement, the possibility of a hunt, why Scott won’t hunt them here, how wolves are affecting the reintroduction efforts, CWD and the killing of a cow elk by the DNR for the protection of the herd.

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George Meyer


This week Noah talks with former DNR Secretary George Meyer.  Subjects discussed: The pitfalls of a governor appointed secretary, politics and the DNR, the wetlands bill, wardens not being above the 4th amendment, posers in the legislature, and working for our children and grandchildren.

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