EatWild Podcast

EatWild Media

The EatWild podcast provides mentorship to folks who want to learn how to hunt, fish, and gather wild food. We want to reduce barriers and create a welcoming, inclusive and supportive community for people to re-connect with nature and wild food. Join us as we share stories, adventures, guidance and knowledge about a way of life that’s rooted in eating wild. EatWild podcast is hosted by Dylan Eyers.
EatWild 60 - Coastal Blacktail Hunting with Chris PrynEatWild 59 - The Ramtastic Adventure Part 3 - Getting the meat home
This is the third and final episode of the​ Ram​tastic adventure​ Sheep Hunting podcast series. In this podcast, I’m catching up with our crew after having re-entered our post-adventure lives​ and we debrief about the challenges that we​ faced as the trip progressed.    After a hugely successful opening day, we had two rams on top of the mountain and we faced the perils of getting ourselves,​ and the meat off the mountain ​and down the river ​safely. We were confronted with lots of barriers in getting the meat to butcher without spoiling in the hot temperatures. ​​The hot weather persisted, the bugs were brutal, the river was scary, and our resiliency was waning.​ We break down our systems for what worked well and what we would do differently next time. We also share our experience with getting both rams through the compulsory inspection process. This turned out to be such an awesome opportunity to learn from sheep experts about ageing wild sheep. And lastly, we get to start planning the next adventure. I hope you enjoyed this episode. ​Please leave a review and share this podcast.     ​This adventure was made possible by our good friends at West Coast Kitchen for nourishing us all on the way, ​our Friends at ​S​eek ​Outside for gearing us up with ultra-lightweight backpacks, and our friends at ​Alpac​k​a ​Rafts for the bomber lightweight rafts for the voyage.   ​Try out West Coast Kitchen on your next adventure and use the EATWILD discount code for 10% discount. ​
Nov 10 2021
1 hr 38 mins
EatWild 58 - The Ramtastic Adventure Part 2 - Stalking sheepEatWild 57 - The Ramtastic Adventure Part 1 - A sheep hunting storyEatWild 56 - Illegal Sheep Harvest -Why are we making mistakes?
Some troubling news in the sheep hunting community. At least 12 illegal rams have been seized by the Conservation Officer Service this year. These rams did not meet the legal requirements and yet hunters still pulled the trigger. Thinhorn rams must reach either eight years of age or full curl in order to be legal for harvesting in BC. In an average year, 3 to 5 rams typically fail inspection as legal rams.  So why are we making mistakes? I’m joined by Adam Janke of the Journal of Mountain Hunting and Kyle Stelter of the Wild Sheep Society of British Columbia to look at the reasons that could be fueling this problem. We talk about the growing interest in sheep hunting, and how tools and technology are making sheep hunting more accessible. Being exposed to an abundance of information gives a false impression of knowledge accumulation, however, this does not and cannot replace experience and true skill building in the field – sheep hunters will relate to our discussion about the challenges of ageing sheep in the field. Is sheep hunting attracting more inexperienced hunters? Are the motivations changing for this type of hunt? Why are we making the wrong call on these sheep? And most importantly, what are the implications to sheep conservation and our privilege to continue hunting sheep in BC? Lots to be discussed here. This is a challenging conversation, but one we need to have in the hunting community. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks to Adam Janke and Kyle Stelter for making the time for this important discussion.  Photo credit: Fort Nelson Conservation Officer Service Thanks to West Coast Kitchen for their support!  The discount code is EATWILD
Sep 14 2021
1 hr 11 mins
EatWild 55 - Elk Management with Mike Bridger -  Wildlife biologist seriesEatWild 54 - Caribou Management with Biologist Conrad Thiessen
We are kicking off a series of podcasts with a focus on learning more about big game species in BC and how they are managed to ensure sustainable wildlife populations and hunting opportunities. In the first episode, I am pleased to welcome wildlife biologist Conrad Thiessen.  Conrad has a very cool job in the Northwest corner of BC (Region 6). This is an area of relatively low road density and high wilderness and wildlife values, so he spends his workdays flying around in a helicopter, in spectacular wilderness areas, counting wildlife.  Conrad's work is focused on caribou management, so we dive into the topic of caribou, discuss ecotypes, their range, habitat, migration patterns, population status in BC, and methods to assess herd health and numbers. Conrad describes survey and calculation methods, as well as the opportunity to work with First Nations on research projects.   He introduces and explains concepts like “calf recruitment”, the ideal calf/cow ratio, and shares details about the delicate and exciting process of “netting caribou” for the purpose of fitting them with research collars.   Of course, we get to talk about caribou behaviour, hunting experiences and the ideal time to hunt caribou for optimal taste.    We reflect on the impacts of human activity, climate change and predation on caribou population dynamics and Conrad reveals an unlikely, yet successful caribou predator, besides wolves and bears.   Give this episode a listen if you are interested in caribou biology, conservation or hunting and you will find a few other exciting details about the life of caribou and wildlife biologists in Region 6.   To keep an eye on Conrad and his adventures in an “unbelievably, indescribably” beautiful place, follow him on Instagram @conrad_thiessen. Poster photo credit: Clint Walker    This episode is dedicated to Dr. Valerius Geist, wildlife biologist, conservationist, great storyteller, and kind human. You will be missed by the conservation community.     This episode is brought to you by West Coast Kitchen. Check out their stuff and use the EATWILD discount code for 10% off    Show note:  At some point in the podcast I mention that Jody, the hunting camp cook, will not use cook with caribou meat that is harvested in late September.  The intention was to suggest that the meat may have a gamey taste, and may not be as pleasant as the other meat options.  In Jody's case, she may choose to use the moose or sheep meat that would also be available in a hunting camp to make dinner. The caribou hunters are required to take all edible portions of the meat home and it will be consumed, just with a bit more spice if it happens to be gamey.
Jul 22 2021
1 hr 8 mins
EatWild 53 - Getting into Sheep ShapeEatWild 52 - Ultra-lite tents and packs with Kevin Timm of Seek Outside
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!
May 29 2021
1 hr 15 mins
EatWild 51 - Hunters of Color - Inclusivity in Hunting with Jimmy FlattEatWild 50 - Spring Foraging for Wild Edibles with Jody Peck49 - Huntin' Fishin' and Scoring Goals - Brendan MorrisonEatWild 48 - Smartphone Navigation & the iHunter App with Mark StenroosEatWild 47 - Are we losing our social license to hunt?
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
Mar 11 2021
1 hr 6 mins
EatWild 46 - Search and Rescue in the Mountains - Sandra Riches of AdventureSmartEatWild 45 - Part 3 - The Pole Bender AdventureEatWIld 45 Part 2 - The Pole Bender AdventureEatWild 45 - The Pole Bender Adventure Part 1EatWild 44 - Ceremony, ritual and hunting with La'goot
In this episode, I am catching up with my friend La’goot Spencer Greening. La’goot is a Tsimshian leader, storyteller and academic. In addition to being a passionate hunter and forager, La’goot generously shares his perspective around the importance of Indigenous knowledge and stewardship of the land.   I wanted to ask La'goot about his perspective on ceremony around the hunt. This past hunting season I witnessed a range of ceremonies that hunters practiced after taking the life of an animal. At one end of the spectrum, I overheard what sounded like a new years eve celebration as a couple of nearby hunters got lucky on the road, to being part of Miki's first hunt where her ceremony involved calm moments of contemplation as she processed the experience of taking her first animal. We start with a question about holding a ceremony after taking an animal’s life and dive deep into a conversation around rituals, that, in some traditions, start a long time before the hunt takes place. La'goot shares his experience of the role that his community, elders and mentors play in learning rituals and developing the practice of ceremony. We reflect on how having those connections can help new hunters be more present in their actions and have a mindful experience when faced with taking an animal's life. This podcast goes in a few more interesting directions. I am grateful for these insightful conversations with La'goot, and I feel fortunate to be able to share them with our listeners. Reading recommendations: Tsawalk: A Nuu-chah-nulth Worldview - by Eugene Richard AtleoSpirits of our Whaling Ancestors - Revitalizing Makah and Nuu-chah-nulth Traditions - by Charlotte CotéEcologies of the Heart: Emotion, Belief, and the Environment Hardcover – by E. N. Anderson (Author)For more time with La'goot listen to episodes 27 and 28 of the EatWild Podcast. More about La'goot Spencer Greening: Spencer’s Ph.D. research emphasizes the importance of Indigenous knowledge and stewardship of land in the context of colonial management practices and law. Specifically, it explores how the connections among Indigenous pedagogy, language, and the sharing of place-based knowledge are linked to heritage preservation, identity, and more sustainable environmental management. Spencer is analyzing one of the  Cultural Keystone Places  in his home territory, in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, where his Elders were born and raised in a life of fluent Gitga’at culture, language, and ecological relationships. By working with their ancestral knowledge systems, he is able to highlight local Indigenous knowledge and its vital role in academic scholarship, Canadian law and policy, and the promotion of environmental awareness. His research is also unique as it is led by his community and rooted in Indigenous research methodologies and frameworks. This ensures its contributions to cultural continuity, self-determination, Indigenous research, and decolonization.   You can find La'goot here.   Please review and share this podcast!    Thanks, Dylan
Jan 3 2021
1 hr 19 mins
EatWild 43 - Setting your sights on your first rifle - Tips for buying the right firearm with Silvercore