PODCAST

Outdoor Feast

Mark Norquist

Welcome to the Outdoor Feast by Modern Carnivore. If you’re new to hunting, fishing or foraging we welcome you to the conversation. Get ready for stories and insights that start in the northeast U.S., but range to the south, far west, and wide open spaces in between.

Outdoor Writer, Kristen Schmitt – Outdoor Feast Podcast (EP:026)
Nov 17 2021
Outdoor Writer, Kristen Schmitt – Outdoor Feast Podcast (EP:026)
Outdoor Writer, Kristen Schmitt - Outdoor Feast Podcast EP:026 On this episode of the Outdoor Feast Podcast, Todd Waldron has a great conversation with Kristen Schmitt.  Kristen is an author by trade but it has not always been that way.  She started, like many, in corporate America.  After working in this setting for many years she and her husband decided they had enough and they moved from Detroit, Michigan to a rural Vermont home.  One driver of this change was the desire to achieve a lifestyle focused more on the outdoors. She wanted to eat more naturally and to have a better connection with where her food comes from.  This was so important to her that she even started raising her own chickens and buying meat from a butcher that lives next door. In today's podcast Kristen also discusses her journey to becoming a writer.  It didn't come easy for her.  Writing used to just be a hobby of hers but with the support of her family and an adventurous spirit she worked hard to become the writer she is today.  Now writing is her full-time job.  She has been published in many notable journals and magazines.  Check out Kristen Schmitt's amazing work on her website.  Please listen in to the Outdoor Feast Podcast for an in-depth discussion on books, food, and the many challenges of getting outdoors with children.  This was definitely a fun conversation. Also check out the most recent episodes of the Modern Carnivore Podcast!
Hunting Maine with Brent West – OFP (EP:023)
Jun 8 2021
Hunting Maine with Brent West – OFP (EP:023)
Hunting Maine with Brent West - Outdoor Feast Podcast EP:23 On this episode of the Outdoor Feast Podcast, Todd sits down with Brent West.  Brent is the executive director of the High Peaks Alliance and a proud resident of Maine.  The High Peaks Alliance is a volunteer, non-profit organization founded in 2007 and made up of outdoor lovers of all types.  The Alliance comes from many different backgrounds, hunters and non-hunters alike.  In general, their main goal is to work together to ensure public access in the High Peaks region of Maine.  Maine has a remarkable 17 million acres of forest.  Previously, much of this land was private ground open for public access.  However, this access has been limited recently due to the land owners finding upkeep and maintenance with public use to be too big a task.  For this reason, Brent and the High Peak Alliance are working hard to open this land back up for public use. Brent West and a display of his harvest. Brent West with Steve Smith and Ryan Callaghan in Maine.       Todd and Brent start by talking about Brent's background growing up and how it shaped his career.  According to Brent, there are many great upland bird hunting opportunities in Maine.  However, not many people are aware of this.  But Brent is no stranger to sharing them with those who want to learn.  Brent was recently featured on an episode of "Cal's Week in the Field" by MeatEater.  During this episode Brent shares with Cal the wonders of Maine Woodcock and Grouse hunting.  You can watch that episode HERE.             We're talking about bird hunting in the state of Maine this week on the Outdoor Feast Podcast. Hunting Maine with Brent West, joins us. Thanks for listening!Click To Tweet New Episode of the Modern Carnivore Podcast Check out the latest Modern Carnivore Podcast where Mark sits around the campfire with 2 brand new turkey hunters and their mentor.  They talk about the amazing experience of hunting wild Turkey in Minnesota.  Were they lucky enough to bag a bird on their first hunt? Listen in to find out. you would like to learn more about bird hunting visit HuntingCamp.LIVE site and register for the Upland Bird Hunting course.  This course will teach you how to identify, hunt, and cook upland birds.
Hunting Around New York City and Long Island – OFP (EP:021)
Mar 3 2021
Hunting Around New York City and Long Island – OFP (EP:021)
This week, we're sharing a fun conversation that was recorded on February 29, 2020 at the World Fishing Expo in Suffern, New York. Located within 40 miles of downtown Manhattan, this popular outdoor expo draws tens of thousands of visitors annually. Our conversation happened just one week before last year's COVID-19 restrictions. Matt Corcoran, Gary Maerz and Tom Hammond join Todd this week.  They share their insights and stories about what it's like hunting and fishing on Long Island. How would you get started hunting on Long Island? For those outside the Northeast, it might not appear that Long Island has some of the best hunting/angling opportunities. First of, Matt talks about his incredible personal journey working on a lobster boat for his father-in-law in Mount Sinai, New York. Then Gary, founder of Germanik Angler, shares his story as someone who grew up fishing and later developed an interest in hunting. While sharing his stories, Gary talks about his re-activation journey as an adult angler.  In addition, he explains why he loves the term #FashionablyLateHunter. Finally, Tom talks about his transition from growing up in New York's Adirondack Mountains and then moving to Queens several years ago. Matt Corcoran (left) and Gary Maerz (right) talking about the incredible outdoor opportunities on New York's Long Island We're talking about outdoor opportunities around New York City this week on the Outdoor Feast Podcast. Gary Maerz, Matt Corcoran and Tom Hammond share their stories. Thanks for listening!Click To Tweet Have you checked out Modern Carnivore's most recent podcast? If not, click below to listen to it.
New Hunter Stories – Christa Whiteman – Outdoor Feast Podcast (EP:020)
Jan 30 2021
New Hunter Stories – Christa Whiteman – Outdoor Feast Podcast (EP:020)
Christa Whiteman from New York's Catskill Mountains joins Todd on the Outdoor Feast Podcast this week to talk about her 2020 deer hunting season. Christa is an Artemis Ambassador and founder of Wild Woman Apothocary in the Hudson Valley. She shares her incredible archery buck story and talks about her first deer, favorite recipes and the importance of sharing venison with the landowner who granted her hunting permission. Christa is also a Clinical Herbalist, New York BHA chapter board member and a NY DEC hunter education instructor. We talk about her experiences with all of these roles, the benefits of learning how to identify plant species and more. She also shares her perspective and advice for women who are interested in learning how to hunt. This episode of the Outdoor Feast has a companion episode over at the Modern Carnivore Podcast. Once you listen to Todd's conversation with Christa make sure you check out Mark's conversation with Ronnell Lynn who is another new hunter with a unique story to share. If you are someone who loves the outdoors but is not quite sure how to get into hunting/fishing you can check out the resources Modern Carnivore has on this website as well as our learning portal at Hunting Camp LIVE. Christa Whiteman is a Clinical Herbalist and founder of Wild Woman Apothecary The Outdoor Feast has @artemis_nwf Ambassador Christa Whiteman on the podcast this week. Christa is talking about her 2020 deer season, engaging landowners, favorite recipes and more. Thanks for listeningClick To Tweet Be sure to check out the Modern Carnivore Podcast this week as well. Mark is talking with new hunter Ronnell Smith and his friend Erik Jensen as they share Ronnell's story about his recent first deer experience in the big woods of Minnesota.
Indigikitchen with Mariah Gladstone – OFP (EP:019)
Jan 15 2021
Indigikitchen with Mariah Gladstone – OFP (EP:019)
Mariah Gladstone joins the Outdoor Feast Podcast this week to talk about her online cooking platform Indigikitchen. She explains how she's using cooking videos, storytelling and food to build awareness around food sovereignty & wellness for Indigenous communities. She's also sharing some incredible recipes for delicious meals like butternut bison lasagna, blue corn-crusted whitefish and amaranth crackers. Mariah Gladstone (Blackfeet, Cherokee) lives in western Montana and attended Columbia University in New York City to study environmental engineering. She's been a featured speaker on TEDxBozeman and is a Champion for Change through the Center for Native American Youth. Mariah shares some stories about how she got started with Indigikitchen, offers a definition of food sovereignty and talks about influences like Winona LaDuke and Robin Wall Kimmerer. What is the difference between food sovereignty and food security? MG: Food security is mainly about food access. Food sovereignty includes food security as well as the right to control your own food systems and to feed yourself. For Native nations, we are striving to feed ourselves without relying on external "food aid." Photo Credit Mariah Gladstone The Outdoor Feast has Mariah Gladstone of Indigikitchen on the podcast this week. @mariahgladstone is talking about how Indigikitchen uses online cooking videos & storytelling to amplify food sovereignty for Indigenous communities. …Click To Tweet Photo Credit Celia Talbot Interested in learning more about Darkhouse Spearing? Check out the Modern Carnivore Podcast Episode 18 - Darkhouse Spearing in the Superior National Forest
A Conversation with Peter Stein of Peeko Oysters – OFP (EP:018)
Dec 27 2020
A Conversation with Peter Stein of Peeko Oysters – OFP (EP:018)
A Conversation with Peter Stein of Peeko Oysters Peter Stein of Peeko Oysters joins Todd this week to share his incredible story about sustainable oyster farming on Long Island's North Fork. A Native New Yorker and avid angler, Peter traded in his corporate career in 2016 to start up Peeko Oysters on Little Peconic Bay, just 80 miles east of New York City. Peter is sharing his passion and knowledge for sustainable oyster farming and how it benefits marine ecology, water quality and nutrient sequestration. We're also talking about some of his favorite recipes that are simple and easy to enjoy in the comfort of your home. Whether you enjoy them raw on the half shell or grilled, Peeko Oysters is harvesting and delivering fresh, delicious, briny oysters to some of the finest restaurants in New York City and to your door. He also shares stories about working with celebrity New York chef Tom Colicchio who was one of the co-founders of Gramercy Tavern in Manhattan and founder of Craft. The Outdoor Feast has Peter Stein of Peeko Oysters on the podcast this week. We're talking about sustainable oyster farming on Long Island's North Fork, sharing some great oyster recipes and more. Thanks for listeningClick To Tweet Interested in learning more about the history of oysters and their significant ties to New York and Long Island? Check out author Mark Kurlansky's classic oyster book The Big Oyster - History on the Half Shell  and M.F.K Fisher's incredible work Consider the Oyster Are you interested in upland hunting, but not sure how to get started? Check out Modern Carnivore's Hunting Camp Live platform! You also might be interested in Hardwater Hunters - Modern Carnivore's new series about dark house spearing on the ice. Check out the newest episode where Mark is joined by three friends and they head into the Superior National Forest to a remote lake where they are after northern pike. * Modern Carnivore is part of the Amazon Associates Program. By clicking on links to Amazon that are in this website Modern Carnivore may receive referral compensation. This does not impact the cost to the purchaser.
Owls of the Eastern Ice with Jonathan Slaght – OFP (EP:017)
Dec 4 2020
Owls of the Eastern Ice with Jonathan Slaght – OFP (EP:017)
Owls of the Eastern Ice with Jonathan Slaght Author & biologist Jonathan Slaght joins Todd this week to talk about his new book Owls of the Eastern Ice and his incredible story about the elusive Blakiston's fish owls in the Russian Far East. Jon shares his compelling conservation story about why he's spent his life researching fish owls, while offering his perspective on the hunting culture, food and people of Primorye - a remote area two thirds the size of Minnesota along the Sea of Japan.   Jonathan Slaght with a Blakiston's Fish Owl   Fish Owls and Hunting Cultures We're talking about local food staples such as salmon, moose cutlets, deer, fish pelmeni dumplings and Russian blini. Jon shares a few stories about the hunters he met while doing his field work in remote villages like Agzu and Amgu. We also talk about his fascinating fish owl research and the challenges of locating Blakiston's fish owls in the Sikhote-Alin Mountains. He shares perspective on learning about their habitat and home ranges and talks about developing collaborative conservation plans with local logging companies and communities to protect them. We also talk about global connections, how some flooring in North American homes comes from the hardwood forests of Primorye, and more. Order Owls of the Eastern Ice * The Outdoor Feast has @JonathanSlaght on the podcast this week. We're talking about his recent book Owls of the Eastern Ice, which has been awarded the Times Nature Book of the Year.Click To Tweet Check out Jonathan C. Slaght's website for more information and updates on upcoming events. Are you interested in upland hunting, but not sure how to get started? Check out Modern Carnivore's Hunting Camp Live platform! You also might be interested in the sister podcast to this one hosted by Mark Norquist. Here are two recent episodes: Grouse Camp Stories - Part 1 Grouse Camp Stories - Part 2 * Modern Carnivore is part of the Amazon Associates Program. By clicking on links to Amazon that are in this website Modern Carnivore may receive referral compensation. This does not impact the cost to the purchaser.
A Conversation with Michael Neiduski of Ruffed Grouse Society – OFP (EP:016)
Nov 13 2020
A Conversation with Michael Neiduski of Ruffed Grouse Society – OFP (EP:016)
Conservationist and bird dog expert Michael Neiduski joins Todd this week to talk about ruffed grouse, American woodcock, bird dogs and healthy forests. Mike is the Southeast Regional Development Director for the Ruffed Grouse Society/American Woodcock Society and is currently based in North Carolina. He's sharing some great stories about the unique grouse and woodcock hunting opportunities in the southern Appalachians, bird hunting in the upper Midwest, and his volunteer work with North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) Mike talks about his outdoor background as a deer hunter growing up in New England, his early experiences with bird dogs and how he eventually became involved with NAVHDA. We're also talking about the important conservation work that Ruffed Grouse Society/American Woodcock Society is doing to promote healthy forests and habitat throughout the Southeast and beyond. We share some tips for people who have an interest in bird dogs, but don't really know how to get started. Mike also explains why grouse hunting in the southern Appalachians should be on your radar. The Outdoor Feast has @Mike_L_Neiduski of @RGS_AWS on the podcast this week. We're talking about the intersection of healthy forests, bird dogs and upland hunting.Click To Tweet Are you interested in upland hunting, but not sure how to get started? Check out Modern Carnivore's Hunting Camp Live platform!
A Conversation with Katie Burns and Ashley Peters: OFP (EP:015)
Oct 2 2020
A Conversation with Katie Burns and Ashley Peters: OFP (EP:015)
Katie Burns and Ashley Peters join Todd this week to talk about wild food and how to get people connected to the outdoors. Katie is an outdoor educator and bird conservationist from the Twin Cities area who focuses on outreach programs that expand participation, community and awareness. Ashley also lives in Minneapolis and recently joined the Ruffed Grouse Society/American Woodcock Society as their Marketing & Communications Director. Katie shares her incredible story about how traveling abroad to places like Tuscany, Greece and Australia led to an appreciation and mindfulness around great food and the importance of how it is sourced.  She talks about how cooking and sharing wild food with Ashley and their friends has influenced her curiosity around hunting, angling and foraging. We talk about putting out "welcome mats" to new hunters and anglers, how to keep things fun, and Katie's thoughts and experiences with community-building in the outdoor space. Ashley talks about how her early career experience with the Conservation Corps shaped her outdoor leadership journey, the importance of taking a few steps back when introducing people to hunting and angling, why its important to thank your legislators and representatives when they deliver conservation wins, and more. The Outdoor Feast has @burns361 and @GrouseLady on the podcast this week. We're talking about wild food, connecting people to the outdoors, community-building and more Click To Tweet Are you interested in upland hunting, but not sure how to get started? Check out Modern Carnivore's Hunting Camp Live platform! Make sure you also check out the newest episode of the Modern Carnivore Podcast where Mark talks with Ben Jones who is the President and CEO of the Ruffed Grouse Society/American Woodcock Society. Wild food.