In the not-so-distant past, if you didn’t have a mentor afield, you had to buy and read books or magazines to learn anything about hunting. While there’s still value in dead-tree media, the digital revolution has upended the old world order, and podcasts have become the new king of outdoor intel. Some take a how-to approach. Others bat around hot topics in wildlife. Others feature savvy dudes talking about hunting, not unlike a fall night around a campfire in the mountains.
Yet all podcasts are not created equal. It seems as though everyone and his brother has started one. Some podcasts offer information that’s spotty at best. So, in an attempt to focus attention on the podcasts that matter, we came up with a list — in no particular order — of our go-to hunting shows, along with quick explanations of why you should listen to them.
Hosts Aron Snyder and Frank Peralta spend more time sleeping in tents than their own beds. Aron has years of product development and testing under his belt. The podcast doesn’t have any sponsors other than Kifaru; no one pays them to push products. Here you will find honest opinions on most Western hunting gear — except backpacks, which Kifaru makes. There’s a great deal of info on traditional and compound archery, as well as some pretty funny bits. It’s a great podcast for both information and a good laugh from one of the most legit active bowhunters in the world. Listen here
Nock On Podcast
Host and archery coach John Dudley talks all things archery. The earlier episodes of the podcast are where you want to look for more archery-specific and how-to information. We get it. Duds can only speak about tying in a peep or proper form so many times before it gets old. (Check out his video series for banger how-to intel, too.) He has great guests with various backgrounds, from Olympic archers to die-hard hunters, which has made Nock On a one-stop shop for archery nerds everywhere. Listen here
This show has a little of everything, but it’s best known for hunting tips and tactics. Host Brian Barney has a wealth of knowledge and experience, and the show features drop-ins by the Eastman family members themselves: Mike, Ike, and Guy Eastman. The mission of the print magazine Eastmans’ Hunting Journal was to help hunters achieve success in the field. Eastmans’ Elevated has taken it to the next level with free content for all and tons of knowledgeable guests. Listen here
Working Class Bowhunter
If you’re a whitetail hunter and you’re not listening to this show, you are missing out. Hosts Curt Geier, Eric Hamann, and Doug Schmidt are deer-killing machines. The show has a laid-back atmosphere in which they discuss whitetail tactics and tips with some of the most knowledgeable deer hunters in the US. Whitetail isn’t all they talk about, but it’s undoubtedly their bread and butter, and nearly every deer hunter out there could learn something from these guys. Listen here
RokCast is the official podcast of the internet forum RokSlide. The show’s host Jordan Budd is one of the most hardcore women in hunting. RokCast tends to be geared towards the Western hunter, but there’s a bit of whitetail talk in there as well. The show covers various topics, from guns, bows, and gear to first aid, land navigation, and general information about hunting in Western states. This is a great show for anyone interested in hunting out west or for someone considering purchasing new gear and looking for an honest discussion. Listen here
Redneck Tech Podcast
For those interested in outdoor film and photography, this is the show for you. The Copeland Creative team of Caleb, Ryer, and Clay share the outdoor film and TV trade tricks. On the podcast, they cover all things cameras, storytelling, shooting, and editing. The team has a collective 16 years of outdoor-industry video and photo experience. They currently produce shows such as Red Arrow TV, Hunt Masters, and Nock On TV. The best part is they provide information that most people charge hundreds — if not thousands — of dollars for for free. If you aspire to work in outdoor media, this is the podcast for you. Listen here
No list of hunting podcasts would be complete without the 800-pound gorilla that is MeatEater. Host Steve Rinella wrote some great hunting books early in his career, started the widely popular MeatEater television show — now on Netflix — and, after some prodding from Joe Rogan, launched this podcast, which stands as one of the Top 100 podcasts across all categories, not just for sports or the outdoors. It’s roundtable style, with numerous co-hosts and guests. While they get into the weeds on wildlife and hunting tactics, it has a particular appeal for new hunters and nontraditional hunters, such as those in the urban and suburban locavore crowd. Listen here