The National Wildlife Federation Outdoors Podcast explores the biggest conservation issues and most interesting conservationists and programs throughout the country. Supported by Rep Your Water and hosted by Drew YoungeDyke.

May 11, 2020

Muley Fanatics with Josh Corsey

In this episode, Josh Corsey of the Muley Fanatic Foundation joins co-hosts Drew YoungeDyke and Aaron Kindle to talk about mule deer conservation, his organization, mule deer migration routes, how they're affected by oil and gas development, and the Bureau of Land Management's resource management plan for the Rock Springs Field Office in Wyoming. They also discuss the National Wildlife Federation's new report, "Unchecked Energy Development and the Future of Hunting Across the West." The National Wildlife Federation Outdoors Podcast is supported by Rep Your Water and their 3% for Conservation commitment. Intro music provided by National Park Radio. 


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April 24, 2020

Conservation Funding and COVID-19 with 2% for Conservation

In this episode we talk with Jared Frasier, executive director of 2% for Conservation. He explains how 2% for Conservation certifies businesses which contribute at least 1% of their time and 1% of their profit to conservation, how he became involved with it, how conservation funding is being affected by COVID-19 and the cancelled events which generate significant funding for conservation organizations, and how conservationists can help out through efforts like #tinesandtrash and #helptheevents. 

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April 6, 2020

Wild Game and Nonlead Hunting with Michael Cravens of the Arizona Wildlife Federation

In this episode, we get to know Michael Cravens, the new Advocacy and Communications Coordinator for the Arizona Wildlife Federation. Michael is an avid hunter, angler, naturalist, and wild game cook who is also a brand ambassador for Hunt To Eat. We discuss his background in conservation, the bipartisan conservation approach of the Arizona Wildlife Federation, his return to hunting as an adult and the ridiculously successful hunting season he had last year, his approach to wild game that won the past two Wild Game Cookoffs at the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Annual Rendezvous, how he's adapting to working from home to help flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic and how conservation organizations are still working for wildlife, and hunting with nonlead ammunition. We apologize for the tinny sound of this recording: The National Wildlife Federation is working from home, too, and this episode was recorded through Zoom in our host Drew YoungeDyke's garage. The National Wildlife Federation Outdoors Podcast is supported by Rep Your Water and their 3% for Conservation commitment. Intro music provided by National Park Radio. 

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March 10, 2020

Recovering America’s Wildlife with Emily Wood of the Indiana Wildlife Federation

On this episode, we're joined by Emily Wood, executive director of the Indiana Wildlife Federation, to talk about her organization and the Recovering America's Wildlife Act. Each state has a federally mandated list of species of greatest conservation need - essentially species at a higher risk of becoming threatened or endangered. Tallied together, this represents about one-third of all wildlife in America. While the Pittman-Robertson Fund and hunter/angler license dollars have done a tremendous job of recovering game species over the last century, many other species are in crisis. The Recovering America's Wildlife Act will provide the funding for states to implement State Wildlife Action plans to recover those species and keep them off the endangered species list. Emily talks about the work of the Indiana Wildlife Federation, how they work with the National Wildlife Federation on priorities like recovering wildlife, and what the Recovering America's Wildlife Act would mean for Indiana. The National Wildlife Federation Outdoors Podcast is supported by Rep Your Water and the intro music has been provided by National Park Radio. 



February 25, 2020

Volunteering for Conservation with Cindy Stites

We're back! After a hiatus while our host was on paternity leave, the National Wildlife Federation Outdoors Podcast is back for 2020 with new guests and new intro music from our friends at National Park Radio. In this episode, we talk with Cindy Stites, an avid hunter and conservation volunteer from Indiana. Cindy's story about getting into hunting as an adult is one that you have to hear, and the volunteerism it inspired in her is something we should all try to emulate. She is a hunter safety and youth shooting sports instructor, a board member of the International Caribou Foundation, a regional committee member for 2% for Conservation, an ambassador for Hunt To Eat, and was a founding board member of the Indiana Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. She tells us how she got into hunting and volunteering for conservation, the lessons she's learned about avoiding burnout, the challenges of recruitment, retention, and reactivation of hunters, the plight of North American caribou, her participation at the National Wildlife Federation's upcoming Women in Conservation Leadership Summit, and squirrel hunting with her dad. As always, the National Wildlife Federation Outdoors Podcast is supported by Rep Your Water, and be sure to check out the music of National Park Radio, which provided our new intro music. 



December 2, 2019

Deer Camp

Jason Dinsmore, Director of Conservation Partnerships for the National Wildlife Federation covering Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota joined the podcast for this episode to talk about deer hunting, deer camp, deer regulations, how our deer seasons have gone so far, hunting with nonlead ammunition, the efforts of the Michigan DNR to reduce the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease, the bait ban in Michigan, politicans' efforts to undermine scientific wildlife management in Michigan, and why that's a bad idea. 

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November 5, 2019

Artemis Sportswomen and the New Conservation Landscape

On this episode, we catch back up with Artemis Sportswomen's Marcia Brownlee and Aaron Kindle, senior manager of western sporting campaigns for the National Wildlife Federation. We first interviewed Marcia when she started a year ago on Episode 2 and Aaron on Episode 5. On this episode we discuss how Artemis has grown in the last year, what they're working on now, how Artemis ambassadors are taking over the hunting world, hunter recruitment and moving beyond recruitment, the National Wildlife Federation's sporting roots with the Pittman-Robertson Act, telling hunting stories, how "traditional bros" can be good allies to women hunters, LWCF, clean water, and sage grouse, the new conservation landscape, the future of hunting, the wildlife crisis, the Recovering America's Wildlife Act, and hunting with non lead ammunition. 

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October 17, 2019

Bowhunting with Tim Endsley

Tim Endsley is a bowhunter, filmmaker, cowboy, conservationist, owner of Livin the Brand and Wildhorse Motion, a brand rep for Badlands and Prime, and the host of the Badlands Film Fest. Tim joined the National Wildlife Federation Outdoors podcast in Little Rock, Arkansas to talk about bowhunting, how he got started hunting as an adult, his rodeo roots, the public perception of hunting, public land, deer camp, making hunting films, and how he talks to non-hunters about hunting. 

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October 7, 2019

Fishing the Driftless with Scott Mackenthum and Buddy Seiner of Fish Stories

In this episode, host outdoor writer and fisheries biologist Scott Mackenthum and Fish Stories' Buddy Seiner join host Drew YoungeDyke to talk about fly fishing in the Driftless Area. They talk about Minnesota's trout easement public access program, the fish, geology, and terrain of the Driftless Area, the heated rivalry between Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan about who has the most lakes, preserving fishing stories for future generations, controversial terminology such as fly fishing with bobbers and poles, using a tungsten bead head to get down to brown trout holding in a pool, how to deal with stinging nettle, wardrobe malfunctions on the stream, having fun not catching fish, Robert Traver's Testament of a Fisherman, and why trout don't live in ugly places. If this episode just sounds like three fishing buddies having fun after a great day of trout fishing, that's because it is. The National Wildlife Federation Outdoors Podcast is supported by RepYourWater and their 3% for Conservation commitment. Get the new RepYourWater/National Wildlife Federation collab hat to support efforts to stop Asian carp! 

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September 30, 2019

National Public Lands Day with Curt McAllister of Toyota

This past Saturday was National Public Lands Day, where Americans from all of the country celebrated our public lands by hunting, fishing, recreating, and volunteering for our shared spaces. At the recent Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers annual conference, we sat down with Curt McAllister of Toyota, which has sponsored National Public Lands Day volunteer activities through the National Environmental Education Foundation for 21 years, about the importance of our public lands to outdoor recreation as well as Toyota's support for outdoor media through its Let's Go Places scholarship partnership with multiple national, regional, and state outdoor writers associations. 

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