Highlander Hunting

Chronicles of Backcountry hunting. Offering tips, instruction, and stories about hunting big game on public land.

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Jump into the festive season with this podcast all about Christmas Presents for your significant other who hunts.  John and Mike breakdown their backpacks, and give gift ideas for those starting out in backcountry hunting, and even ideas for the hunter who has backcountry experience. Gift ideas are further broken down into presents for the naughty, no so naughty and the nice pricing categories.  The Havalon Knife winner is revealed at the end of this episode!


Merry Christmas from the Highlander Hunting crew, now stop reading this and go buy him/her something nice!! 

(Notice we didn't say "Happy Holidays"...)


Mike and John talk all things Mule Deer, scouting, things to consider when looking for Mule Deer habitat, and necessary gear.  John tells the story of his highs and lows on this years Mule Deer hunt which ended very successfully in the Alberta Rockies.


Thanks for listening! As always feel free to email us at highlanderhuntingpodcast@gmail.com with questions, comments, suggestions or stories! We would love to hear from you. Find us on Instagram and Facebook under highlanderhuntingpodcast.





John and Mike


This episode Mike and John talk about their own experiences as parents who are passing on their values and ethics to the next generation.  Tips on how to equip your kids when they discuss hunting with non hunters.  Other topics discussed include Mike's successful elk hunt, John's mule deer hunt, and Mike's youngest daughter's recent deer hunt.


Please stop by iTunes and give us a rating!  Stay tuned for up coming episodes and an awesome giveaway!  As always should you wish to contact John and Mike you can email at highlanderhuntingpodcast@gmail.com 


Wishing you all a successful 2017 hunting season, post some pictures of your hunt on our facebook page!

Oct 19th, 2017 by highlanderhunting at 8:52 pm

This episode is a recap of our recent week long sheep hunt.  Fat tire pedal assist bikes got us the three hour ride deep into Alberta Bighorn Sheep country.  Into a place we named the fertile valley.  We got 10" of snow, we were soaked at times, our water tasted of campfire, we climbed big slopes, and we saw Rams almost daily.  Join us while we recount what worked, what didn't, and what we will do next time. 

Thanks for listening, any questions, comments, stories or suggestions feel free to email us at highlanderhuntingpodcast@gmail.com


Sep 27th, 2017 by highlanderhunting at 11:07 pm

It's all in the timing... Join John and Mike with Chris Maxwell as they continue their talk of all things Sheep and Sheep hunting just prior to their 7 night sheep hunt!  They talk tricks on how to judge size in the field, and what to do when the Brown is on the ground.  Things a hunting partner/group should know before going on a hunt, and preferences on certain gear.  Chris also tells some great stories on previous guided hunts, and other trips hunters should look into experiencing for themselves.

Thanks for joining us for this episode, as always if you wish to contact us with questions, stories, comments or suggestions feel free to email us at highlanderhuntingpodcast@gmail.com. 

Sep 17th, 2017 by highlanderhunting at 8:28 pm

It's that time of year when our listeners will start harvesting their wild meat.

Whether you'll be processing your own, or hiring a butcher, you need to know what to do in the field and at home.

With this in mind, we sought out the counsel of a local pro, Chris Rivest.  Chris is a professional butcher, a hunter, a YouTube Chef, a foodie, podcaster and broadcaster, and an all around renaissance man.

Chris, Mike, and John talk about field care, your options on how to process wild game, and the process of getting your kill from field to table.  Chris tells some great stories and sheds some light on the finer ways to consume wild game.

For all you listeners who want to share your stories of a successful harvest, send them to us.  We'd love to hear them.  As always email us at highlanderhuntingpodcast@gmail.com.

Sep 11th, 2017 by highlanderhunting at 10:38 pm

Mental toughness, accepting discomfort, patience, restraint....When faced with the challenge, will you falter or will you endure?  

Mike and John had the pleasure of being joined by Wild Sheep Foundation board member Chris Maxwell.  Chris has a passion for wild sheep hunting and conservation that's truly inspiring.  His wealth of knowledge and expertise in mountain hunting really comes through as they talk about Rocky Mountain Bighorn sheep biology, habitat, behavior and population.

This isn't Chris' first time on a podcast.  He's been a guest on two popular US podcasts, Jay Scott Outdoors and Hunt Backcountry.

The conversation takes many turns, and soon moves toward scouting and hunting Alberta rams.  Mike is an experienced and successful Alberta ram and ewe hunter himself, while John is new to the challenge.  They talk about their upcoming sheep hunt and Chris provides many useful tips on gear, tactics and what a hunter needs to be successful hunting our provincial mammal.  A freelance writer for Big Game Illustrated, as well as a person who has travelled to hunt and had some awesome adventures, make Chris a fascinating interview and gives him a keen insight into how hunting as conservation fits into the modern context.

We hope you enjoy listening as much as we did making it.

Please feel free to email us with questions, comments, suggestions or stories at highlanderhuntingpodcast@gmail.com.


Hunting season is here!  Mike and John sit down with Terry Grant the Original Mantracker to talk all things tracks.  Have you ever looked at a track and wondered... What species? When the animal left the track? What direction did it go?  Is it male or female?

With a lifetime of hunting, ranching, guiding and tracking experience behind him, Terry shares his tips and tricks for the new or seasoned hunter on tracking both man and beast in the backcountry.

Terry also talks about essentials every new and seasoned hunter should have including gear and knowledge.  During his 15 years involved in Foothills Search and Rescue, Terry has seen first hand what can happen when people venture into the woods without these essentials.

It was a real pleasure sitting down with this true Alberta Outdoorsman.

For any questions, comments, suggestions or stories feel free to contact us at highlanderhuntingpodcast@gmail.com.

Aug 27th, 2017 by highlanderhunting at 10:06 pm

After a beautiful summer break, we sat down for a conversation with Calgary archer and bowhunter Brian Struthers.  Brian has decades of experience shooting bows, working at a pro shop and setting up new shooters.  We cover all the choices facing a new bowhunter choosing a bow setup.  From rests to cams, brace height and releases, we discuss the merits of each type.  Brian's 20 plus years of experience in competitive archery, with the Alberta Archery Association and with the Alberta Winter Games, make him a true expert on shooting form.  We talk techniques that all bowhunters need to understand to make that critical shot count.  

It was a pleasure chatting with Brian about a subject he's dedicated much of his life to.  We hope you enjoy the conversation too!

As always should you have any questions, comments, suggestions or stories feel free to contact us at highlanderhuntingpodcast@gmail.com.


Aug 27th, 2017 by highlanderhunting at 9:56 pm

Don't waste your time hunting...scouting, timing, and optimizing your time in the field.

Chance favours the prepared mind.  Join John and Mike as they discuss strategies for planning the upcoming hunting season.  Topics include planning around the rut, the merits of patience, and not letting eagerness hamper your effectiveness.

Temper your effectiveness...Mike lays out some dates of successful hunts to outline the importance timing can play, and just because its legal to hunt on a certain date, doesn't mean it makes the most sense.  What to hunt, Where to hunt, and When to hunt make up the framework for this episode. Focused mostly on the Western big three, elk, mule deer and whitetail, they chat about when each of the ruts takes place and how you can capitalize on it.  Black bear hunting is discussed as an option for those eager to get out in the mountains early.

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Thanks for listening!