May 20, 2019
S2, E16 - Conservation Visions, Shane Mahoney
We are honored to feature the renowned conservationist Shane Mahoney on this week’s Talking Mule Deer episode. Shane describes how he grew up in Newfoundland and how his childhood experiences formed the foundation for his own conservation vision. Shane is one of the most eloquent philosophers in the hunting and outdoor community who has been carrying forward his message of continuing these honorable and sustainable traditions to a broad audience. Our conversation touches on the deeper connection we humans have historically had to the natural world and the need to tap back into this connection as a culture. Shane’s Wild Harvest Initiative is working to quantify the economic value of sustainably harvested wild game meat as an influence on our culture and health. We also get Shane’s perspective on the development of the concept of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation; the approach has been around for over 100 years but the conceptual framework to explain the approach has only been around for a few decades. Dr. Valerius Geist, Shane and several other colleagues helped to develop the original concept and how this vision has been the foundation of wildlife conservation in this country. He will be releasing a book in the Fall of 2019 that presents the Model and the challenges and opportunities we have as conservationists moving forward. This is one Talking Mule Deer conversation you do not want to miss!
May 13, 2019
S2 E15 - California Conservation with Randy Morrison and Kevin Zieman
This week’s Talking Mule Deer brings in Randy Morrison, MDF’s Senior Regional Director for the state of California, and Kevin Zieman who used to work for the U.S. Forest Service and now is working for MDF. Kevin’s focus is helping to implement habitat stewardship agreements, partnership opportunities with the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to do larger scale habitat restoration across the West. These agreements are making a huge difference for mule deer conservation in California, which has seen its fair share of catastrophic wildfires in recent years. Randy and Kevin describe how stewardship projects are helping set back the natural ecological succession cycle to create a more natural forested environment that provides diverse habitat for wildlife and reduces fire risk. Kevin also tells us how the state has implemented the California Climate Initiative, and how MDF has received over a million dollars to implement projects on the Plumas National Forest and help provide matching funding for the federal funds used for stewardship projects. Randy also describes how California’s chapters are working to designate their Chapter Rewards funding and their volunteer hours toward these stewardship projects to make a much larger impact on the landscape. They then tell us about some of the creative new projects that are likely on the horizon in the state and the outlook for chapters in the state moving forward – including a new southern California chapter!
May 6, 2019
S2 E14 - Camp Chef’s Brooks Hansen
We love to hunt, but we also love to eat the wonderful wild game meat we bring home and Logan, Utah’s Camp Chef provides some of the best tools to cook your meals in the field or at home. This week Steve and Jodi are talking mule deer with Camp Chef’s marketing manager Brooks Hansen. Brooks tells us about growing up mule deer hunting with his family in Utah and how hunting still provides him with family adventures in the Utah mountains. We learn that the founder of Camp Chef came up with the idea when he was cooking for a hungry group of boy scouts and he thought that there had to be a better way. Camp Chef’s two-burner stoves have developed from the same basic concept over 30 years ago and they continue to expand their product line and improve their quality every year. The company has a broad range of grills, stoves, cast iron and accessories that will allow you to make first class meals anywhere from the backyard to the back country. He gives us some tips for game cooking and some of the best Camp Chef equipment to take up to deer camp. We wrap up talking about Camp Chef’s sponsorship of, and Brooks’ friendship with, The Sporting Chef’s Scott Leysath and a unique hunt that they have planned.
April 29, 2019
S2 E13 - Nevada Department of Wildlife with Director Tony Wasley and NDOW’s game division manager Brian Wakeling
This week’s episode of Talking Mule Deer features that great state of Nevada. We talk to the executive director of the Nevada Department of Wildlife, Tony Wasley, and game division manager Brian Wakeling about what’s going on in the state. Wasley has also been co-chairing a national committee working to evaluate how to make conservation, hunting and fishing relevant in society when they appear to be declining in priority. He talks about a “Roadmap to Relevance” that partners are developing with specific recommendations on how to help spread awareness of our wildlife and outdoor traditions. We then shift gears and hear about the status of Nevada big game animals. Brian talks about current populations and tells us about habitat quality and the impacts of recent big fires on the sagebrush landscape. We also learn a little bit about the challenge of managing feral horses and burros in the state and how these rapidly growing populations are affecting public lands. Steve asks about the state game commission’s decision to regulate trail cameras around water holes and Tony talks about why this has been a growing issue and what the regulations are intended to do. We talk about Nevada’s efforts to conserve big game migration corridors and wrap up with an overview of the state’s new online licensing system.
April 22, 2019
Season 2 Episode 12 - Wildlife and Transportation with TRCP’s Ed Arnett and the Colorado Wildlife and Transportation Alliance
On this episode of Talking Mule Deer, Steve and Jodi are talking with Ed Arnett with the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and David Singer with the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado Wildlife and Transportation Alliance. We learn a little bit about the organizations before diving into the work happening on issues related to wildlife/vehicle collisions and road ecology. The TRCP hosted a workshop in January, co-sponsored by a number of other organizations including MDF, that was inspired by Secretarial Order 3362 on big game migration corridors. The meeting brought together key players in conservation organizations, state fish and wildlife agencies, and state and federal transportation agencies. This meeting helped to bring in existing knowledge related to wildlife and transportation issues and talk through what can be done to improve planning to help ensure wildlife is able to continue to move through traditional migration corridors that might be fragmented by highways. We talk about how MDF members and chapters could get engaged on transportation issues by working with local and state governments early in the planning process for highway development. Ed tells us about how planning, design and fencing are the keys to improve designs to allow wildlife crossings – and just wait to hear the statistics for how big an impact wildlife/vehicle collisions have on the car insurance industry! We wrap up by talking about what’s on the horizon and how interested individuals can get more information at the TRCP workshop home page and the Colorado Wildlife and Transportation Alliance webpages.
April 15, 2019
Season 2, Episode 11 - State Sportsmen’s Legislation with Andy Treharne of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and Nephi Cole of the National Shooting Sports Foundation
Steve and Jodi caught up with Andy Treharne of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and Nephi Cole of the National Shooting Sports Foundation at the recent North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference to talk about state sportsmen’s legislation. Treharne describes what state legislative sportsmen’s caucuses are and how CSF serves a resource on issues and events through the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses and the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus. Andy explains how each caucus is different and how the organizations work proactively to engage with these legislators on a wide variety of issues. NSSF’s Cole also talks about how state legislative bodies are actively working on a variety of second amendment issues in the states during the current legislative session. Both of our guests describe how state legislative sessions can be very different than Congress, how quickly issues can move, and how to effectively work with state legislators who are typically part-time politicians. This Talking Mule Deer episode is a great resource for how chapters and members can make a difference on state sportsmen’s issues.
April 8, 2019
Season 2 Episode 10 -Ladies Hunting Camp with Candy Yow and Jeremy Anderson
Today we are talking with Candy Yow who started a Ladies Hunting Camp as a way to share information with women who are interested in learning how to hunt and shoot – this summer the camps will be in Oregon and Utah. The camps provide instruction on a variety of techniques that include archery and rifle shooting; tracking, stalking and calling game; field dressing and processing meat; outdoor cooking; and much more. Women (and girls!) must have their hunter ed card, but all ages and skill levels are welcome to attend. Jeremy Anderson, MDF’s regional director in Utah, describes how Utah chapters helped with last year’s camp and also how transformational it was for his wife to participate – to the extent that this year, she completed her hunter safety course! These events have women empowering other women to be active participants in conservation, and MDF will be helping to sponsor the camp and have an increased presence in the Utah event this year. Jeremy also tells us about the MDF ladies’ chapters that are starting to develop in Utah, Oregon and California. Candy’s Ladies Hunting Camp continues to grow and there are many ladies coming back year after year, so they are planning on expanding opportunities with other learning experiences. Listen to this episode of Talking Mule Deer to get more detailed information about this year’s Ladies Hunting Camps, and check it out online at ladieshunting.com.
April 1, 2019
Dakota Boyz – Season 2 Episode 9 – April 1
It’s April 1st and we’re talking to the Dakota Boyz, Ole Olsen and his cousin Sven Svenson. They’re telling us about what they’re up to in both North and South Dakota. There’s some great projects going on, and they’ve been having fun huntin’ and fishin’ and have the stories to prove it. We learn about lutefisk Twinkies, Leinenkugel and shield maidens. They also talk about some of the cool new MDF events they’re running up in the Dakotas like Beers for Deer and Gun-a-paloozas – and they tell us about the two new chapters launched in Minnesota. Steve then describes the time when MDF Regional Director Marshall Johnson had him eat Atomic Bison Turds (go NDSU!). Boy, those guys know how to make a fool of themselves…
March 25, 2019
Season 2, Episode 8 - Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation President Jeff Crane
Today we are talking to Jeff Crane, President of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation. CSF plays a key role for sportsmen and women on Capitol Hill and in state houses around the country. Jeff describes more about the organization and its affiliated National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses and the Governors’ Sportsmen’s Caucus. Miles Moretti, President/CEO of the Mule Deer Foundation joins us and both he and Jeff talk about why sportsmen should care about policy. They talk about some of the legislation that has recently passed such as the Farm Bill, including the provision that helps sagebrush restoration that will benefit habitat, and the “fire borrowing fix”. Both Jeff and Miles are also members of the Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council, a federal committee established to help advise the Secretary of the Interior and Agriculture on sportsmen’s issues and they describe some of the priorities they are working on. We also hear about some of the issues sportsmen and women should pay attention to that are on the horizon. CSF provides updated information about what’s going on in Congress as well as state legislatures at www.congressionalsportsmen.org and also include recommendations on what individuals can do to get involved.
March 18, 2019
Season 2 Episode 7 – Mark Kayser
During the 2019 Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show), Steve and Jodi had the opportunity to sit down with outdoor writer Mark Kayser, who is a regular contributor to the MDF magazine. Kayser describes how he got his start as an outdoor writer – a vocation that started back with a school assignment to “write about what he was passionate about”. While he’s an avid and skilled mule deer hunter, we focus on why he loves predator hunting so much and he shares some of the tips he’s learned about how to become a better predator hunter. He tells us about his 2018 deer hunting season, and why he likes being able to hunt “crossover” units so that if he’s not successful on a mule deer he can still harvest a whitetail. We also hear his craziest hunting story and how he loves living the outdoor lifestyle.