Top 8 hunting and countryside podcasts from the UK and around the globe you should be listening to.
Podcasts are something which I have been listening to for almost 10 years, but its only in the last 2-3 years that I have started listening to hunting podcasts on a regular basis. This largely came as a result of starting our own, called Podcast – Into The Wilderness. There are a few questions we get on a regular basis from people who follow us. The first one normally is 'what is a podcast'.
The technical answer is this: “A digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or portable media player, typically available as a series, new instalments of which can be received by subscribers automatically.”
What I would normally say, is a podcast is an on-demand radio show which you can go back to anytime you want and listen offline. It can be downloaded on an array of devices and it’s one of the fastest growing forms of media for very good reasons.
Another question we get is 'why would I listen to one?' Podcasts are amazing in the way they make you feel part of the show if you listen on a regular basis. You get to know the hosts as well as the content you can expect. The best part is they are free entertainment. Most podcasts have guests from all over the world sharing a vast knowledge from their sectors, and they are up forever so you can always go back. Many of our own listeners consume our content while commuting, travelling or at work. We even see spikes in downloads on Sunday evenings or after any major holiday, which tells us people like them as an escape, or like to expand their knowledge.
The last question we get is 'how do I download or access it?' Up to 80% of our listeners download through iTunes or the podcast APP which is already on most apple devices. This is a trend across most podcasts which is no surprise. Apple has a firm hold on the Smartphone and computer market. For everyone else who has an Android phone or only a computer, you can download the Stitcher App which is the second largest next to apple APP for consuming podcasts. SoundCloud is another great one especially for desktop computers. Once you have found the APP of choice, just search for the podcast you want, and if you enjoy hit subscribe! (TuneIN radio, IHeart Radio and Spotify have a selection of podcasts as well but they are limited)
Right, down to my top 8 hunting, wilderness, outdoors, conservation podcasts. This is in no particular order. Some of the descriptions are taken from show notes and the rest is my opinion
1) Pace Brothers – Into The Wilderness
Yes, I am plugging my own podcast, but for good reason. We are still to this day the only U.K. based hunting, fishing, adventure, conservation podcast with a huge array of guests from home and around the globe. From Donnie Vincent, Josh James, to Sean Conway, as well as bringing the latest news story’s and policy’s changes in hunting and fishing. We are also one of the highest rated hunting podcasts out there, and as an bonus we give away prizes every two weeks.
Find more info www.thepacebrothers.com
2) Journal Of Mountain Hunting
Beyond the Kill.FM is the podcast brought to you by the creators of The Journal of Mountain Hunting, the world’s only monthly, digital magazine dedicated exclusively to mountain and wilderness hunting. This Canadian based podcast is one of my favourites, and their host Adam Janke is a very knowledgeable guy who we have had on our show. His first guest was none other than Donnie Vincent - you can’t go to wrong with that. The shows spectrum in the world of hunting is huge, and really adheres to the show’s title 'Beyond the Kill': conservation, gear and hunting its one not to miss.
3) The Hunting Show
Hosted by Stephen Spargo, The Hunting Show is for hunters, hobbyists and those who love the great outdoors. Stephen started in radio when AM was still cool (not that long ago) and has been a keen hunter for as long as he can remember. Stephen has worked on both sides of the microphone so understands what it takes to deliver a truly all round package to both clients and interviews. What I like about this show is nearly all the downloads are under 1 hour, which makes for a very bitesize show. Delivered in a relaxed format and highly enjoyable with varied guests mainly from the southern hemisphere - not that that’s not a bad thing in my books.
4) The Meat Eater Podcast: Hunt.Fish.Listen
You might recognize the voice of this host Steven Rinella his highly popular show on newflix meateater has made Steven more popular than ever in the UK. An informative show mainly about hunting in the United States and Canada. What I really like about this show is they have often have 3+ people on the show at once which makes it great listening and really interesting discussion. Here you’ll find advice on choosing an all-purpose big game rifle, a spirited debate about catch-and-release fishing, a biased breakdown of wolf politics in America, the best way to call in a bull moose, where to find wild hogs, how to cook a monkey, and an explanation of the similarities between Pamela Anderson and fence-raised whitetails. You’ll also get a chance to hear from many of the folks that you’ve come to know through the MeatEater TV show, as these fellas join the podcast to talk shop about their own particular areas of expertise. It’s like having an extended bullshit session with a handful of seasoned hunters, except you can join in while driving around by yourself.
5) The Joe Rogan Experience
One of our favourite podcasts, and if you enjoy it you won’t be short of shows to listen to, with currently on over 800. Today many are streamed live and often over 3 hours long (some even over 5). The range of people on the show is massive, from sportsmen and women, hunters, film makers you name it he has them on. There is a fantastic interview with one of my heroes Jim Shockey which is highly worth listening to. The Joe Rogan Experience podcast is a long form conversation hosted by comedian, UFC colour commentator, and actor Joe Rogan with friends and guests that have included comedians, actors, musicians, MMA instructors and commentators, authors, artists, and porn stars. The Joe Rogan Experience was voted the Best Comedy Podcast of 2012 on iTunes.
6) Wired to Hunt
The Wired To Hunt Podcast is the top-rated deer hunting podcast on iTunes, with over 553 5-star reviews. Covering all things whitetail, in each episode they share new strategies, expert interviews and discuss their own stories throughout the hunting season. This show really gets deep into the hunt with hunting story’s and advice. What I really like about the shows is on their show notes. It breaks down things so you will learn within the show. Something I haven’t seen on any other podcasts.
7) Hunt to Talk Radio
Hunt Talk Radio, Randy Newberg Unfiltered is a podcast covering hunting politics, public lands, and conservation topics; even a few things you didn’t need to know. The best hunters you’ve never heard of join Randy to answer questions from the Hunt Talk web forum, share ideas, reveal tactics, and give perspectives unique to public land hunting. Its a very relaxed show, with Randy really speaking his mind. The shows are very slanted toward conservation, and he has a great voice as well, so very easy to listen too.
8) Keep Hammering Camreon Hanes
A very new podcast, although Camreon himself has been on the hunting scene for a very long time. Heavily slanted toward fitness in hunting and athletes, but that comes as no surprise as Camreon himself is a machine. The only downside to this show is they don’t get brought out very often at this moment in time. Other than that, highly enjoyable with lots of swearing and laughs. A very inspirational guy, henreally makes you want to get off your ass and either go hunting or work out.