Big Game Hunting Podcast

Big Game Hunting Podcast

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John McAdams


56: Foot Care Tips For Hunters
Nov 11 • 10 min
It’s really important to take care of your feet, especially when you’re doing a bunch of hiking. After all, your feet are your primary mode of transportation on many hunting adventures. It’s really easy to get some blisters on your feet if you’re not…
55: My Favorite Hunting Books
Nov 7 • 17 min
Now I don’t know about you, but I love to read and I love to hunt. Fortunately, there are a bunch of really good hunting books out there. Some provide useful information to help you improve your skills as a hunter or in the kitchen. Many others are filled…
54: Jake Downs On Hunting In Alaska
Nov 4 • 37 min
Today we’re going to dip our toe into some of the incredible hunting opportunities that are available in Alaska and hopefully provide a little insight into how to get started planning a hunt up there. We’re joined again by Jake Downs who has also done a…
53: Keith Beam On Ground Blinds And Children’s Hunting Books
Oct 31 • 53 min
Today’s we’re joined by Keith Beam and he’s going to talk with us about hunting out of a ground blind regardless of what you’re hunting. Keith will also tell us about the great series of children’s hunting books he’s written Show notes:…
52: New Mexico Mule Deer Hunt Recap
Oct 28 • 14 min
Well, I just got back from my second hunt of 2019 and, unfortunately, my New Mexico mule deer hunt did not go as well as my hunt up in Colorado at the beginning of October. Even so, I still had a nice trip, saw a lot of wildlife, and I learned some more…
51: Hank Forester on The Field To Fork Program
Oct 24 • 51 min
Unfortunately, the hunting community is facing some serious problems associated with a severe long term decline in hunter numbers. The bad news is that this is related to some demographic challenges that will very likely get worse if we don’t do something…
50: My 2019 Hunting Gear List
Oct 21 • 14 min
At this very moment I’m up in New Mexico on a mule deer hunt. So with that in mind, I thought I’d talk about some of the hunting gear I’m using this hunting season. I’ll discuss my muzzleloader, hunting rifle, ammunition, rifle scopes, binoculars, as well…
49: 5 Tips To Prepare For Hunting Season
Oct 17 • 7 min
Today’s show is a short one because I’m heading up to New Mexico for my muzzleloader mule deer hunt. I just wrapped up my Colorado pronghorn hunt last week and had a short turn around to prepare for my hunt in New Mexico. So with that in mind, I wanted to…
48: Alyssa Nitschelm On Her Oregon Mountain Goat Hunt
Oct 14 • 24 min
Today we’ll be sharing a successful first hunt story of a woman from Oregon. Alyssa Nitschelm decided to start hunting this year and applied for the usual things in Oregon’s hunting draw like deer, elk, and pronghorn. However, she didn’t draw any of those…
47: Colorado Pronghorn Hunt Recap: Success!
Oct 10 • 19 min
Well, I just got back from my first hunt of 2019 and I have good news: I punched my pronghorn tag up in Colorado! Today, I’m going to tell you how the hunt went, a couple of lessons I learned, and share a few recommendations for you to keep in mind if you…
46: How To Glass For Mule Deer, Elk, And Pronghorn
Oct 7 • 13 min
With the start of hunting season, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about how to glass for game. Proper glassing techniques will help you on virtually any big game hunt, but this is an especially important skill on the pronghorn, mule deer, and…
45: Dylan Dowson On Using onX Hunt To Find A Spot To Hunt
Oct 3 • 39 min
Finding a spot to hunt can be really tough, but fortunately, there are some good products out there that can help you find a productive hunting spot on public land. Today, we’re joined by Dylan Dowson from onX Hunt, who is going to give us an overview of…
44: CVA Paramount: What You Need To Know
Sep 30 • 15 min
The CVA Paramount is one of the hottest new muzzleloaders on the market. Advertised as suitable for hunting situations in excess of 300 yards, the Paramount incorporates a bunch of interesting and unique new features that set it apart from other…
43: Best Hog Hunting Guns
Sep 26 • 10 min
This is the last episode in my series on hunting feral hogs and we’re going to talk about what sort of guns are best suited for hog hunting. We’ll discuss the best guns for hunting hogs over bait, calling hogs, hunting hogs with hounds, still hunting…
42: Glenn Guess On How To Call Mature Boars
Sep 23 • 60 min
We’re back for another show about hunting hogs today and once again, I’m joined by Glenn Guess of Hog Zombies. Today, Glenn and I are going to talk about how to call in mature boars in particular. Today, he’s going to give us an overview of how to call…
41: Glenn Guess On How To Call Hogs
Sep 19 • 47 min
We’re back for another episode about hunting hogs today and once again, I’m joined by Glenn Guess of Hog Zombies. Today, Glenn and I are going to talk about a lesser known way of hunting hogs: by calling them. Glenn pretty much wrote the book on hog…
40: Glenn Guess On How To Hunt Hogs
Sep 16 • 68 min
Glenn Guess of Hog Zombies joins me in this episode where we talk about some of the finer points how to hunt hogs. Specifically, he gives us a good overview of how to identify good feral hog habitat, how to identify hog sign, how to pick a spot to hunt,…
39: Introduction to Hog Hunting
Sep 12 • 11 min
Today we’re going to do a general overview of feral hogs. We’ll discuss what feral hogs look like, the difference between Russian Boar, feral swine, feral hogs, wild pigs, and Razorbacks, what habitats wild hogs prefer, what states have the best hog…
38: 2019 New Mexico Pronghorn Hunt Recap
Sep 9 • 49 min
Today, I’m joined by my friend Tyler Ball in this episode as we recap his first venture into the hunting world: a 2019 New Mexico pronghorn hunt. Tyler is a brand new hunter and we’ll talk about why he decided to start hunting in the first place, how he…
37: Jake Downs On Moose Hunting And Elk Hunting
Sep 5 • 33 min
Today we’ll be talking about two of the largest and most impressive species of North American big game: elk and moose. Fortunately, both species are within reach of most hunters who want it badly enough. For that reason, we’re talking with Jake Downs…
36: 25-06 Remington vs 6.5 Creedmoor vs 270 Winchester
Sep 2 • 23 min
The .25-06 Remington, 6.5 Creedmoor, and .270 Winchester are all good choices for hunting a variety of big game. While each offers certain benefits to hunters, it’s easy to get confused when trying to understand their strengths and weaknesses. Here’s what…
35: Best 35 Remington Hunting Ammo Recommendations
Aug 29 • 8 min
Originally introduced in the early 1900s, the .35 Remington remains a solid big game hunting cartridge under the right conditions, but there currently aren’t many factory ammo choices for .35 Remington ammo. Fortunately, Federal, Hornady, Remington, and…
34: The Underrated 35 Remington
Aug 26 • 13 min
Today we’re going to discuss a pretty old cartridge that’s still quite capable under certain conditions: the 35 Remington. It’s still hanging around, but I’d say that it’s one of the most under-rated brush cartridges in North America today. Well, we’re…
33: Kevin Paulson On Mule Deer Hunting And Elk Hunting
Aug 22 • 45 min
Today we’ll be talking about two species of North American big game that fill the dreams of many hunters: mule deer and elk. Fortunately, we have Kevin Paulson from Hunting Life, who used to own an outfitting service offering guided mule deer and elk…
32: My 2019 Hunting Season Preview
Aug 19 • 10 min
I wanted to take a few minutes to give you an update on what my hunting season will look like this year. I’ve gotten all the draw results back from every state I put in for this year, so I now know my hunting schedule for this fall/winter and I’ve started…
31: Mark Norquist On Best Practices For Caring For And Cooking Wild Game Meat
Aug 15 • 42 min
In this episode, we’ll be talking about a subject that’s important for all hunters, but doesn’t always get the attention it deserves: taking care of wild game meat. Today we’re joined by Mark Norquist and he’ll show us some easy steps hunters can take to…
30: Best 45-70 Hunting Ammo Recommendations
Aug 12 • 9 min
Due to advances in powder and bullet technology, ammo for the .45-70 Government is now even more effective for hunting than it ever has been. Today, I’m going to talk about a couple of different ammunition options from Hornady, Buffalo Bore, Barnes, and…
29: The Legendary .45-70 Government
Aug 8 • 16 min
Today I’ll be discussing a cartridge that, while extremely popular in certain circles, does not get a lot of mainstream attention these days: .45-70 Government. That’s really too bad because the .45-70 has a very interesting history and remains a very…
28: 5 Best Shooting Positions Every Hunter Should Master
Aug 5 • 14 min
It’s very important that hunters learn to shoot from positions they are more likely to use when hunting. So in this episode, I’m going to describe what are (in my experience) the 5 best shooting positions for hunters and describe the pros and cons of each…
27: Tim Kjellesvik On How To Improve Hunting Fitness
Aug 1 • 44 min
Today, we’ll be talking about a subject that’s really important for all hunters: physical fitness. Regardless of the hunt, you’ll enjoy the experience a whole lot more and improve your odds of success if you’re in better physical shape. With all that in…
26: How To Fly With A Gun On An Airline
Jul 29 • 15 min
Fortunately, flying with a gun on an airline isn’t as complicated as you would think. There is a right and a wrong way to do it though. Today, I’ll discuss how to fly with a gun on an airline without breaking the law or otherwise getting into trouble.…
25: How To Protect Your Hearing While Hunting
Jul 25 • 13 min
Many different things can damage your ears, but if you do a lot of hunting with firearms, there’s one simple thing you can do to avoid hearing loss: wear ear protection while you’re hunting. In this episode, I go over some of the best hunting ear…
24: How Trophy Hunting In Africa Supports Wildlife Conservation
Jul 22 • 17 min
Trophy hunting is a very misunderstood topic these days, even among hunters. The many misconceptions and myths that surround trophy hunting have turned it into a controversial subject. With that in mind, my goal today is to clear up the misconceptions…
23: How To Get The Most Out Of Guided Hunt
Jul 18 • 12 min
Today I’m going to talk a couple things that you as the client can do to make the most out of a guided hunt in Africa. Just like in the last episode, some of the things I’ll be talking about in this episode are specific to hunting in Africa, but there’s…
22: How To Choose A Hunting Outfitter For An African Safari
Jul 15 • 15 min
There are lots of hunting outfitters in Africa to choose from. While many are very good, there are some really bad apples that you’ll really want to avoid. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to help separate the good from the bad and choose…
21: Best Cape Buffalo Hunting Calibers And Bullets
Jul 11 • 24 min
If you use a powerful enough cartridge, loaded with premium quality bullets, and place your shot where it needs to go, then even the biggest, toughest, and meanest cape buffalo won’t go very far. However, if you mess up in any of those areas, things can…
20: Cape Buffalo Hunting-What You Need To Know
Jul 8 • 15 min
Also known as Nyati, mbogo, or simply the “Black Death” Cape buffalo are right up there with kudu in terms of animals that hunters dream of pursuing in Africa. Today, I’m going to talk about the cape buffalo: how they’re different from water buffalo, what…
19: The 30-30 Winchester
Jul 4 • 17 min
When they close their eyes and try to imagine a deer rifle that best represents classic Americana, many hunters likely picture a lever-action chambered in .30-30 Winchester. In this episode, I discuss why the .30-30 Winchester remains so popular after all…
18: How To Prepare For An African Safari Hunt
Jul 1 • 19 min
In this episode, I discuss how to prepare for an African hunting safari, some underrated hunting gear that a lot of hunters forget and really regret not having (like a basic gun cleaning kit), and some tips on shot placement on African game. Show notes:…
17: Hunting In Africa-Plains Game Overview
Jun 27 • 16 min
In this episode, I discuss some of the most commonly hunted species of African plains game, especially for those on their first African safari hunt: warthog, impala, blue wildebeest, zebra, and kudu. I also talk briefly about the cartridges and ammunition…
16: Hunting In Africa-What You Need To Know
Jun 24 • 11 min
Hunting in Africa was one of my dreams for many years until I made that fantasy come true back in 2006 on a hunt in Namibia. I’ve been back to Africa a number of times with safaris in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique where I’ve hunted many species…
15: Muzzleloader Hunting Tips And Tricks
Jun 20 • 11 min
While it can be a very rewarding and fulfilling experience, hunting with a muzzleloader can also be extremely challenging and frustrating. For those who are planning on taking the old front stuffer out into the woods this year, here are a few muzzleloader…
14: CVA Optima Muzzleloader
Jun 17 • 11 min
Today I’ll be talking about one of the most popular hunting muzzleloaders in the United States and why it’s such an awesome choice for hunters: the CVA Optima. I’m also going to talk about some of my hunting experiences with the CVA Optima and the bullets…
13: Best Muzzleloader Scopes & Muzzleloader Sights
Jun 13 • 15 min
Choosing the best muzzleloader scope and/or sights really depends on what conditions you hunt in, what you’re trying to accomplish, and what the regulations are where you’re hunting. In this episode, I’m going share my picks of the best muzzleloader…
12: Best Muzzleloader Powder & Muzzleloader Primers
Jun 10 • 21 min
I think most hunters will agree that choosing the right propellant and primer for a muzzleloader can be an overwhelming experience. I struggled with the same problem when I first got started hunting with a muzzleloader many years ago. In this episode, I’m…
11: Brad Watts On Why You Need To Hunt With A Muzzleloader
Jun 6 • 29 min
In this episode, I interviewed Brad Watts of Muzzle-Loaders.com and we discussed hunting with a muzzleloader in detail. We discussed the different types of muzzleloaders, the capabilities and limitations of modern muzzleloaders, the advantages of hunting…
10: 243 vs 308 vs 7mm-08: Which Is Right For You?
Jun 3 • 23 min
The .308 Winchester is an excellent cartridge, but that hasn’t stopped wildcatters from attempting to improve upon it over the years. The .243 Winchester and 7mm-08 Remington are the two most common examples of cartridges developed by necking down the…
9: Fred Bohm-Why You Should Hunt Coues Deer
May 30 • 35 min
In this episode, I interviewed Fred Bohm. He’s been bitten by the Coues Deer bug and routinely heads down to the Sonoran Desert each year in pursuit of these wily desert whitetails. He’ll be covering where to head to go Coues Deer hunting, some of the…
8: 6.5 Creedmoor vs 308 Winchester Debate Settled
May 27 • 20 min
The .308 Win has been around for a long time and has great reputation as an effective hunting cartridge, but many are skeptical of the newer 6.5 Creedmoor for hunting. Unfortunately, there is a lot of marketing hype and a few misunderstandings regarding…
7: Ryan Lisson Of Zero To Hunt On How To Scout A New Hunting Area
May 23 • 29 min
We were fortunate to interview Ryan Lisson of Zero to Hunt on this episode and he provided a bunch of great tips on how to find a place to hunt on public land and how to scout a new area, both in person and using your computer. So, if you’ve ever felt…
6: 270 vs 30-06: Which Hunting Cartridge Is Best For You?
May 20 • 16 min
Most hunters probably agree the .270 Winchester and .30-06 Springfield are both quite versatile and effective cartridges. While there is an overlap in their capabilities, the two cartridges are best suited to different tasks and represent two different…
5: Everything You Need To Know About Shotgun Gauges
May 16 • 25 min
While many hunters know a little bit about shotgun gauges, I think that most people probably agree the subject can be really confusing. That’s understandable because the way shotgun gauges are classified is counterintuitive at first glance. I’m going to…
4: 7mm Rem Mag vs 300 Win Mag What You Know May Be Wrong
May 13 • 20 min
Both the 7mm Rem Mag and the 300 Win Mag probably are among the first cartridges that spring to mind for hunters thinking about buying a new rifle for a serious hunt. They’re both excellent cartridges and are similar in many ways, but they’re also…
3: 308 vs 30-06 vs 300 Win Mag Which Should You Hunt With
May 7 • 16 min
The .308 Winchester, .30-06 Springfield, and .300 Winchester Magnum are all outstanding big game hunting cartridges. Similar in many ways, they’re also different in a few key areas. Here’s a detailed breakdown of the history, strengths, and weaknesses of…
2: Interview With Clay Newcomb Of Bear Hunting Magazine
May 6 • 40 min
We interviewed Clay Newcomb of Bear Hunting Magazine on this episode and he provided a great overview of the awesome bear hunting opportunities available in North America. Clay did a great job removing some the mystery surrounding the subject and…
1: Big Game Hunting Podcast Introduction
May 5 • 5 min
Hi, I’m John McAdams, and I want to thank you for joining me on the very first episode of the Big Game Hunting Podcast. If you’ve always dreamed about going on some sort of hunting adventure, this podcast is the perfect resource for you to turn those…