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.

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. 

As always, the National Wildlife Federation Outdoors Podcast is supported by RepYourWater and their 3% for Conservation commitment. 

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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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September 13, 2019

America’s Duck Factory with the North Dakota Wildlife Federtion

John Bradley and Dave Brandt of the North Dakota Wildlife Federation join the National Wildlife Federation Outdoors podcast this week to talk about America's "Duck Factory," the Prairie Pothole region that occupies much of North Dakota, and how North Dakota farm policy affects waterfowl production for much of the country. John is the executive director for the North Dakota Wildlife Federation and Dave is a board member for the organization as well as a wildlife biologist. They talk about what drew them to North Dakota, the history of the federation and its conservation work for fish and wildlife in the state. The National Wildlife Federation Outdoors podcast is supported RepYourWater and their 3% for Conservation commitment. 

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August 30, 2019

Confronting Climate Change with the Montana Wildlife Federation

Alec Underwood, federal conservation campaigns director for the Montana Wildlife Federation, joins the National Wildlife Federation Outdoors Podcast to discuss how climate change is affecting fishing and hunting in Montana, the public land wildlife impacts of the federal administration's energy dominance agenda, the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act and how it's brought together diverse interests to support a conservation initiative, and how the Montana Wildlife Federation applies grassroots conservation to fish and wildlife issues in the state through events like Camo at the Capitol. The National Wildlife Federation Outdoors Podcast is supported by RepYourWater and their 3% for Conservation initiative. 

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August 23, 2019

Increasing Racial Diversity in the Outdoors with Eric Morris

Eric Morris is the host of the forthcoming hunting show, "Nontypical Outdoorsman," a U.S. Army veteran, and a tireless advocate to increase the racial diversity of the hunting and fishing community. He joins the podcast from the Outdoor Writers Association of America conference to discuss his efforts to get new hunters in the field, how conservation clubs and organizations can better diversify their ranks, how the images we portray of hunting affect recruitment efforts, how historical racial violence impacts hunting participation today, the story of Holt Collier, the guide and hunter behind Theodore Roosevelt's "teddy bear" incident. The National Wildlife Federation Outdoors podcast is supported by RepYourWater and their 3% for Conservation commitment. 

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August 16, 2019

Public Lands for the Boundless Spirit with Shilo Harris and Andrew Black

Shilo Harris, the founder of Boundless Spirit, a U.S. Army veteran, and the author of Steel Will, joins the podcast from the National Wildlife Federation Annual Meeting, where he gave the keynote address. National Wildlife Federation's public lands manager Andrew Black also joins us as we discuss Shilo's efforts to get veterans outdoors after surviving catastrophic burns during his second tour of duty in Iraq, how public lands can heal, why the outdoors are good for everyone, why we need to protect our public lands, and what you need to do to prepare to adventure in them. The National Wildlife Federation Outdoors Podcast is supported by RepYourWater and their 3% for Conservation commitment. 

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August 8, 2019

Finding Common Ground with Leland Miyawaki

Leland Miyawaki is a fly fishing guide and the co-star of a recent video from New Belguim Brewing, The Angler & The Kayaker, which is part of their Finding Common Ground series promoting our shared public lands. In the video, Leland is paired with whitewater kayaker Tyler Brandt, where they teach each other about their favorite ways to enjoy the river. Not only is it a powerful video about forging friendships on our public lands and waters, but New Belgium is donating $1 to the National Wildlife Federation and American Whitewater for each share that the video gets on social media - so follow the link in the resource notes to watch and share the video! In addition to describing the behind the scenes action shooting the film, Leland describes fishing the Pacific Northwest from the beaches of Puget Sound to the Snake River in Idaho, public access to fishing waters, his guiding services, and where you can find his famous Miyawaki Beach Popper. He also discusses challenges to the fisheries of the northwest, including dams and aquaculture. 

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