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Public Land Scouting Seminar

August 15, 2019 @ 3:41 pm

Things have been busy this summer, but Mike and John found some time to sit down to record a mini-sode about their upcoming scouting seminars at Cabela's Calgary.  Mike and John's scouting seminar will be held on Tuesday, August 20 from 6-8 pm.  In this seminar we will discuss why you should scout, many tools at your disposal, and some tips and tricks the boys have learned over the years. 

John will also be doing a solo presentation for brand new hunters on Saturday, August 17 at 1 pm at Cabela's Calgary.

Hope to see you there!

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Episode 54 Highland Challenge 2019 Recap

June 24, 2019 @ 6:04 pm

Join Mike and John for a detailed recap of the first annual Highland Challege.  The guys discuss the group, the ground and the gear! Keep listening to hear what each of the participants high's and low's of the trip were and what they would like for next year.

We would like to thank Cabela's and iHunter for the sponsorship and swag generously dontated to the Highland Challenge.  

Want to help us out? Rate, review, subscribe on iTunes or whichever platform you use for your favorite podcasts!  We also love emails with questions, suggestions and stories, John and Mike can be reached at highlanderhuntingpodcast@gmail.com



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Episode 53 BS’ing in the Basement

May 26, 2019 @ 5:58 pm

Recorded earlier in May, this episode features Mike and John bs'ing in the basement.  We chat about new gear and some of our upcoming adventures.

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Episode 52 Preparation, Perserverance and Other Strategies to Outwit the Night Ranger

May 14, 2019 @ 9:43 pm

For this episode we chat with Cody Gross.  Cody is a guy who grew up playing alot of hockey.  This made some of the other hunting seasons out of reach, but in May he had some free time.  He's an experienced black bear hunter from Manitoba and he explains some of the details on exactly how they hunt them in that part of the country.  The practice of baiting black bears is a method that is often misunderstood and sometimes judged harshly. 

Have a listen and make your own determination.

Thanks for all the fan support we appreciate every comment, email and like! Feel free to contact us with your own pictures, stories or questions.

John and Mike


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Episode 51 Ultralite Backpacker’s Tips and Tricks

May 2, 2019 @ 6:26 pm

We had the pleasure of sitting down with the president of the Great Divide Trail Association and talked about the mechanics of ultralight backpacking.  Dave Hockey has several years experience on some of the most popular through hike routes in North America, including the trail he currently heads up, the GDT.

We also talked about the Great Divide Trail and the sometimes complicated process that's involved when building a 1,100 km continuous trail that crosses through several land use areas in Alberta and British Columbia. From public land, provincial parks, and National Parks, GDT passes through them all to make a continuous route that is increasingly used by international visitors and locals.  Dave explains how truly wild the country is and encourages our listeners to get out and explore it!

Hoping you enjoy this informative episode.


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Episode #50 Milestones and Memoirs

March 24, 2019 @ 4:29 pm

For our 50th episode, we answer listener questions.  Things like being territorial with your hunting spots, effective use of spotting scopes, the political scene here in Alberta and how it affects hunters.

We read some emails from listeners, one of tragedy and one of success.  Mike and John talk about what they have learned and what they enjoyed most about podcasting to hunters.  They do a whole bunch of shout outs to everyone who has helped out and been a guest.  

John cautions Highland Challengers - don't underestimate the effort.  Put the work in.

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Episode 49 Curls, Chukars and Cartridges

March 10, 2019 @ 5:20 pm

If any seasoned or new hunters are considering hunting the mountains this year, this episode is a must listen. 

Our guest and friend Alex shares with us his decades of mountain hunting experience, not only in North America, but all over the world.  We wanted to concentrate on sheep hunting topics, but quickly realized that many of the topics we covered apply to all mountain hunting, even Chukars! We got in-depth about gear, and what has proven to last in the tough mountain environments.  We talked tactics on finding sheep, and many other mountain big game. 

Alex is a wealth of knowledge, and we were very happy he agreed to join us.  We picked up a lot of good advice and insight from him, and we know you will too!

We hope you enjoy this episode! 

Remember to send any questions, comments or stories to highlanderhuntingpodcast@gmail.com.

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Episode 48 Frostbite and Fur - Coyote Hunting

February 24, 2019 @ 11:12 pm

To break the winter monotony, the boys have been out predator hunting, and think you should do the same.

They discuss the whys, tell you about coyote facts, current management practices, what gear you need, teach you about best practice, and walk you through what a typical day looks like when hunting Wile E. Coyote. 

Mike and John also talk about upcoming topics, future sheep hunting plans, and the latest gear they have aquired.

Sit back and enjoy this imformative episode.

Feel free to contact us at Highlanderhuntingpodcast@gmail.com with comments, stories or suggestions.

Stay tuned for more information on the Highland Challenge.... 

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Episode 47 What’s In Our Bag Now

February 4, 2019 @ 12:57 am

John and Mike discuss what's in their backpacks, and what makes a good backpack.  They discuss the needed essentials they believe in, and how their gear lists have evolved from years hunting on foot in the backcountry.  They discuss the importance of brands that stand strongly behind their products, and why good warranty's are essential.  

If you're a gear nut like John and Mike are, tune in and enjoy!

As always we like to thank our listeners, feel free to email us with suggestions, stories or questions at highlanderhuntingpodcast@gmail.com



John and Mike

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Episode 46 Hunting the Unkown - Saddle Hills Elk Hunt

January 21, 2019 @ 12:36 am

On this episode fellow hunting partner Dave joins John and Mike to discuss the 2018 Saddle Hills hunt.  We talk about what went well this season, and what we could have done better.  We offer some advice on what to do when going into an area completely blind, especially when the hunting area is too far away to put boots on the ground.

Sit back, relax, and crack a beer as we did during this informative podcast. 

Feel free to send us your stories and photos of some of your memorable hunts. Email us at highlanderhuntingpodcast@gmail.com.

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Episode 45 Get Home Alive!

January 3, 2019 @ 9:12 pm

Keeping yourself alive in the backcountry. 

This episode we discuss the risks that go along with travelling in the backcountry.  We talk about the most common accidents that occur while hunting and some tips on making you safer.  Mike does a first aid bag dump and we talk about safety gear we carry and why.  We chat about how our safety gear has evolved for the better and in some cases worse.  Our hope is this podcast gets people thinking about their safety and use the off season to build on their outdoor skills.

We hope you enjoy this episode.  Feel free to give us a like on iTunes or whatever podcast platform you use.


John and Mike

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Episode 44 More Camo than Cabela’s. Hunting in Pressured Areas, John’s Solo Antlered Mule Deer Hunt

December 17, 2018 @ 7:45 pm

Mike and John sit down and chat about John's general antlered mule deer hunt.  They talk about strategies for success when hunting in busy areas, how to be safe when hunting on public land, and managing expectations when hunting in pressured areas.  All this plus the usual banter and tangential conversations. Enjoy!


Please rate us on iTunes or your favorite podcast platform and we will send you some swag! Listen to the end to hear how.


Highlander Hunting Podcast Crew

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Episode 43 Season Progress Report

November 12, 2018 @ 4:43 pm

Chronicles of our adventures and misadventures since the bow season opener.  We recount some of our more memorable days in the field with friends and family.  Mike recounts his daughter Ashlyn's first buck, and John talks about his son Dylan calling in his first bull.  So far, 2018 has been a fun season, and the best part is just starting!

We touch on some of the frustrations a new hunter can have when success doesn't come, and offer tips on how we deal with it.

Hope you enjoy, and please take a second and rate us.  It helps others find us.

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Episode 42 Big Game Harvest Objectives and the Science Behind Wildlife Management Part 2

October 19, 2018 @ 2:16 pm

Welcome back for part 2 of our sit down conversation with biologist Grant Chapman. Sharpen your pencils as we dive into more indepth conversation on wildlife management.  Including important information on how draws are decided and what you as the hunter can do to help with this process.

Hope you enjoy!

Remember to like us on iTunes and follow us on instagram.

John and Mike

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Episode 41 Big Game Harvest Objectives and the Science Behind Wildlife Management

October 5, 2018 @ 7:58 pm

Ever wonder why a tag's on a draw?  Or who makes the call for a general season or special license?  Grant Chapman, wildlife biologist - Bow district, with Alberta Wildlife  and Parks is the person responsible for this task.  

Stewarding wildlife populations for a swath of land that stretches from the Eastern slopes to the Badlands, and South from the Panther River to the Montana border.

Grant took time out of his busy schedule to visit with Mike and John and shed some light on the processes involved in setting the harvest objectives for all the big game species within his territory.

We walk through most of the species and discuss where they're doing well, what the management challenges are, and what the threats to different big game animals are.

We touch on how the government views resident hunters, hunter opportunity, and the economic impact resident hunters have on our economy.

Grant is from a ranching background and is an avid big game hunter and outdoorsman.

Due to the length of the recording, we decided to break it into two parts.

We hope you enjoy this episode.

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Episode 40 Type 2 Fun at it’s best, The EXO Death Hike Dissected

September 21, 2018 @ 10:12 am

The 2018 EXO Death Hike was 90+ miles over three days, with 21,000 feet elevation gain.

Sound impossible?  We chatted with Mark Huelsing from the Hunt Backcountry podcast and EXO Mountain gear packs, and finisher of the 2018 Death Hike to find out what it takes to complete such a physical and mental challenge.

This is in preparation for the first Highlander Challenge, which we will be organizing for Summer 2019.

If you want to come along, email us!

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Episode 39 Time of Year for Elk and Gear

September 9, 2018 @ 7:50 pm

Mike and John are getting fired up for the start of bow season.  This episode they do a side by side comparison of the Mystery Ranch and FHF bino harness systems.  They go over the features of Mike's new ultralight tent, then they start brainstorming about putting on a EXO Mountain style "Death Hike" next summer. 

They're looking for input from listeners on this....


There's a bunch of new HHP vinyl sitckers that the guys are giving away.  Just email highlanderhuntingpodcast@gmail.com today!

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Episode 38 “To Load or Not to Load” that is the question

August 28, 2018 @ 8:13 pm

Are you a factory or a handload hunter?  Don't know the difference? Not to worry. 

John sits down with local reloading guru, Mike McRae.  We approach the topic of reloading from the point of view of a newer hunter/shooter.  Mike walks through the process, the different options, and the finer details.  We cover the basic considerations to think of when deciding if you plan on shooting "factory or handloads".

Email us if you want to get your hands on a sweet Highlander Hunting Podcast vinyl sticker. We love to hear from our listeners. 

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook and by email highlanderhuntingpodcast@gmail.com 

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Episode 37 Bows and Camo Clothes

July 26, 2018 @ 3:16 pm

We hope everyone is having a fabulous summer!

Here at Highlander Hunting we are always preparing for the upcoming season, on this episode we are talking about pre-season preparation and where to spend your hard earned dollars.  Mike and John talk archery, arrow and broadhead tuning, what you're paying for when purchasing premium arrows.

They also talk about camo, clothing, and different types of concealment available to bow and rifle hunters.

As always thank you all for the support and keep sending those emails. We love to hear from our listeners.  Email highlanderhuntingpodcast@gmail.com

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Episode 36 The Off Season Update

July 5, 2018 @ 10:08 pm

Mike and John chat about what they've been up for the past while, including John's recent mountaineering course, where he learned about skills and gear that will transfer into this years hunt.  Mike talks about the course outline for the upcoming Precision Rifle course with Canadian Sniper Rob Furlong.  We also discuss some scouting tactics, playing the wind, understanding thermals in the mountains, and plans for the upcoming season.

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Episode 35 Taking a Stand on Public Land

June 6, 2018 @ 9:03 am

Hunting from a tree stand explained.  Our friend Mark from iHunter came back to chat with us about how he effectively uses tree stands to hunt big game on grazing leases and crown land.

Make sure you listen to the end for some exciting promo codes.

We love to hear from our listeners! Feel free to email us pictures, stories, questions or comments good or bad we wanna hear it all.

Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and our webpage at https://highlanderhunting.com

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Episode 34 “Chance favours the prepared” Alberta Draws Explained

May 25, 2018 @ 9:48 am

Newer hunters often don't get into applying for draws right away.  We explain simple ways to exploit the draw system to help set you up for future success.

We talk about how to use available data to make informed decisions on which draws to apply for, and give examples of how to cross reference havest reports, to draw statistics, to WMU maps.

Also, we chat a little about how our seminar at Cabela's went, and things we would do differently.


Thanks for listening. Don't forget to "like" us on iTunes and "follow" us on Instagram. We love to hear from our listeners email us at highlanderhuntingpodcast@gmail.com.


John and Mike

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Beyond Hunter Education with Highlander Hunting - Calgary Cabela’s May 17th

May 10, 2018 @ 4:06 pm


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Episode 33 Spring Bear Update

May 10, 2018 @ 4:05 pm

Spring bear update.... some sage wisdom, ramblings, and a little bit of truth from the Highlander crew.

We sit down and chat about some of our recent day trips, dive deep into the murky waters of camo patterns, talk gear that worked, and some that didn't.  Mention the ever evolving gear lists and talk a bit about our upcoming evening at Cabela's, and what people can expect.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and send us any feedback, suggestions, comments, etc.



Mike and John

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Episode 32 Mushroom Hunter - Searching for the Elusive and Delicious

April 30, 2018 @ 3:11 pm

The morel mushroom is the most desired mushroom in the world, yet they cannot be cultivated.  We talk to Eric Whitehead of Untamed Feast, who makes his living harvesting these and many other wild edibles for the culinary adventurists among us.

Eric takes his time and gives Mike and John great tips on how to identify and where to find these wild mushrooms.  Hint - all the wild fires last should make for a great 2018 morel year.

Eric, John and Mike talk about other wild edibles available to forage and Eric demystifies the wild mushroom and other wild foods a person can hunt for.  We chat a little on the secretive and esoteric world of commercial mushroom hunters and Eric lets us know what skills are needed for a person to become a pro.

If you've every been curious about foraging for mushrooms but don't know where to start this podcast will help greatly.


Mike and John will also be hosting a "Beyond Hunter Safety" seminar that will be held at Calgary Cabela's on May 17th, 2018 at 6:00 pm.  To register and submit $30 fee, email us at highlanderhuntingpodcast@gmail.com.  This isn't a boys night so feel free to bring your wives or girlfriends as our will be there.


Mike also talks about launching of his new company Highland Arms.  If you require rifle, scope, or complete hunting package please contact him at highlandarms@hotmail.com.


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