Modern Carnivore Podcast

Mark Norquist

Conversations and interviews with host Mark Norquist and guests on everything related to hunting, fishing and other paths to eating meat responsibly.

Game Fair 2021 – Modern Carnivore Podcast (EP:030)
Sep 3 2021
Game Fair 2021 – Modern Carnivore Podcast (EP:030)
Conversations from Game Fair 2021 On this episode of the Modern Carnivore Podcast Mark sits down for six separate interviews.  These interviews take place in the Minnesota Backcountry Hunters and Anglers booth at Game Fair 2021. Listen in for a sampling of the wide range of people you might encounter at Game Fair.  Based on the answers to Mark's questions you can tell that they truly love what they do and want to share that with anyone and everyone.  You can find the line-up below! Lee Kjos Lee Kjos, founder of Boss Shotshells. First off we have Lee Kjos from Boss Shotshells. Lee is an avid outdoorsman with a passion for duck hunting.  He created the Boss Shotshell brand to help clean up the environment using only non-toxic materials. While listening to Lee talk you can hear the passion he has for keeping our land and waters clean.  He believes it so much he built the idea for the Boss brand around that principle.  You will never go bored or hungry while sitting at Lee's table.  So pull up a chair and take a listen. Jason Kelvie Second, we have Jason Kelvie with USA Clay Target League.  This league comprises many different types of shooting that involve clay targets, like skeet and trap shooting. Within this league there is a high school, college, and even home school leagues.  These leagues are made up of students and schools from across the country. Mercedes Akinseye Mercedes Akinseye with Minnesota Deer Hunters Association. Next, Mercedes Akinseye from the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association.  Mercedes is a development director for this great organization.  They are a large conservation organization based only in Minnesota. They boast an impressive 60 chapters and around 20,000 members.  Mercedes' considers herself an "adult-onset hunter".  This means that she started to get into hunting as an adult instead of the more traditional route of being taught by older family.  She came from a family who does not hunt or fish.  However, that did not stop Mercedes from getting into hunting and exploring all it has to offer. Andy Shoemaker Andy Shoemaker with the Minnesota Trapper's Association Followed by, Andy Shoemaker with the Minnesota Trapper's Association. Andy is very passionate about all things outdoors but more specifically, trapping.  He is the director of District 6 which is the association's metro district.  The number of trappers in Minnesota has gone down in recent years.  There are many reasons to blame for this but one of those is that trappers tend to get a back reputation.  Andy is out to change that reputation with his passion and willingness to teach anyone who shows interest. Cory Loeffler Cory Loeffler, owner and creator of DRC Calls. Fifth, Cory Loeffler, owner of DRC Calls. Cory is a lifelong hunter whose family has a long history with Game Fair.  This will be Cory's 17th year in a row attending Game Fair.  Cory's company makes "easy operating waterfowl calls with superior sound and craftsmanship".  Cory would know superior sound because he was previously an award winning caller.  Cory would compete in goose and duck call competitions and not being able to find the perfect call is what led him to start his own business.  Just listening to him speak you can tell he has a passion for what he does. Keng Yang Keng Yang the Minnesota Hunter. And last but certainly not least, Keng Yang, also known as the Minnesota Hunter.  Keng's passion is hunter recruitment.  He started his business, Minnesota Hunter, to help as many people as possible find their way to hunting.  He is an outstanding mentor and it shows through his work.  His main focuses include waterfowl, pheasant, and turkey hunting. You can find him on his TikTok or Instagram but more importantly, you can find Keng wherever the birds are! All of these amazing people join Mark to discuss their passions and why they do what they do.  Join us to learn more about each of these great organizations and the people that support ...
Hunters in Conservation – Modern Carnivore Podcast (EP:028)
Jun 29 2021
Hunters in Conservation – Modern Carnivore Podcast (EP:028)
Hunters in Conservation On this episode of the Modern Carnivore Podcast we talk about conservation.  Joining Mark are guest Kyle Daly and Dan Born.  Kyle is a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Dan is an archeologist and environmental analyst formerly for the U.S. Forest Service.  They have both worked in wildlife studies for many years.  Therefore they have great knowledge of the natural world and how hunters play a part in it.   Kyle Daly Dan Born Conservation has had a long history in the United States.  Historical figures in the fight for conservation have stressed the importance of public lands and waters.  This is so that anyone, not just the wealthy, can have access to wild game and fish. This idea is what helped create the North American Conservation Model.  For example, here is how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service defines it: The North American Conservation Model Wildlife is a public resource Markets for game are eliminated Allocation of wildlife by law Wildlife can only be killed for a legitimate purpose Wildlife species are considered an international resource Science is the proper tool for discharge of wildlife policy The democracy of hunting These rules are meant to help protect our wildlife and that the government manages these resources with a science-based approach for all the people.  In addition, hunting is also a privilege of all the people and not just those with wealth and power. For more about the history of conservation and how we as hunters have played a part in it, listen in to this episode of the Modern Carnivore Podcast! Also from Modern Carnivore about Conservation! New Podcasts! Also make sure to check out the newest episode of the Outdoor Feast Podcast where Todd sits down with Brent West to discuss public land hunting in Maine.  They have a great conversation you will not want to miss!
Data Driven Hunter Recruitment – Modern Carnivore Podcast (EP:027)
Jun 15 2021
Data Driven Hunter Recruitment – Modern Carnivore Podcast (EP:027)
Hunter Recruitment, through a New Lens! On this week's episode Mark has a conversation with Torey Vayer and Lincoln Larson.  These two are researchers with the North Carolina State University's College of Natural Resources.  In contrast with many of the guest on this podcast, Torey and Lincoln are not hunters.  However, I think this makes what they have to say even more important.  They recently released their research involving thousands of students across the country.  Their research, in a nutshell, involved two main questions: Do you hunt? If not, do you have an interest in hunting?  College campuses are traditionally a very diverse place.  Since this is the case, Torey and Lincoln were able to get a very unique and diverse sample for their research.  During their research they came across a lot of interesting data.  This research can provide vital insight into the future of hunter recruitment.  Are we putting hunter recruitment dollars in the wrong place?  You will have to listen in to this episode of the Modern Carnivore Podcast to discover what they found! Students learn how to hunter through program at North Carolina State University. For More on Hunter Recruitment! Hunter recruitment is crucial.  Now more than ever.  The number of hunters is slowly declining and we must act to reverse the trend.  Check out the link below to learn more about one recruitment effort titled "R3". many New Podcasts! Also make sure to check out the newest episode of the Outdoor Feast Podcast where Todd sits down with Brent West to discuss public land hunting in Maine.  They have a great conversation you will not want to miss!