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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.

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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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Episode 31 Spring Black Bear Hunting Is Here!

March 27, 2018 @ 11:01 pm

This time on Highlander Hunting Podcast Mike and John discuss Spring Black Bear Hunting.

While hunting black bears in the foothills and mountains, you might run into his cousin the grizzly bear.  We cover the finer points on grizzly - black bear ID skills, a few stories of grizz encounters, black bear habitat, feeding habits, and hunting tactics.

We also give details about a local meet up/seminar that we are going to be hosting at Cabela's Calgary, and our call to action for local listners.

Hope you enjoy this bear focused episode, and ask you to show your appreciation by liking us on iTunes or following us on Podbean.


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Episode 30 A Sniper’s Life

March 8, 2018 @ 10:42 pm

From 2002-2009 Rob Furlong owned the title of longest kill shot ever taken, 2430 meters.  A Canadian Forces sniper fighting in Afganistan with the 3rd Battalion of the PPCLI, Rob fought Al Quida and Taliban fighters while providing overwatch for US troops. 

We spoke with Rob about early life, how he got into shooting, and what lead up to the fateful day that changed his life and made him famous.

Lately, Rob has been using the skills he learned in the military to help shooters reach their potential.  He runs a long range shooting school here in Alberta.

Rob's schools us on all things long range.  From Caliber's, ballistic software, shooting techniques, and bad habits.

If you're a rifle shooter, you will love this  one!

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram, or check us out at www.highlanderhunting.com  If you have any question, comments, or concerns, don't hesitate to email us at highlanderhuntingpodcast@gmail.com





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Episode 29 Bowhunting Filmmaker, Adam Foss

March 1, 2018 @ 1:16 pm

This week on Highlander Hunting Podcast, Mike and John speak with Adam Foss.

Adam is the youngest to complete the North American Grand Slam, with a BOW! He's also done conservation work with both the Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance and the Wild Sheep Foundation.  He tells us how to get involved.

We go over Adam's bowhunting set up / hardware.  We talk sheep behavior and hunting tactics, scouting strategies, and field judging Rams.

He's an accomplished filmmaker and has two films in the 2018 Hunting Film Tour.  He's a pro, an athlete, and a local boy representing Alberta on the world stage.


Hope you all enjoy this episode! Let us know what you thought by emailing us at highlanderhuntingpodcast@gmail.com. Feel free to swing by and check out our website at www.highlanderhunting.com. We love to hear from our listeners!


John and Mike

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Episode 28 The Hunting Film Tour - A chat with Naoto Aoki

February 3, 2018 @ 10:46 am

Fly fishing guide, professional photographer, bear guide, and bowhunter.... Naoto Aoki wears many hats, and adding to his list of titles - he's handling all the Canadian dates for the Hunting Film Tour for 2018.

Our idea was to have him come on and talk about the film tour, but Naoto has had so many great adventures, that we covered so much more.  

From his trips fishing in exotic locations like the South Pacific and the Amazon, to guiding bear hunts in Northern Manitoba, Naoto has done it.

He also has a film in the 2018 Hunting Film Tour that he made with his brother.

Other topics covered include the health of the Bow River trout fishery, what it takes to be a hunting photographer, and the remarkable recovery of the wild turkey in North America.

Check out: huntingfilmtour.com  wekuskofallslodge.com  naotoaoki.com

 Don't forget to rate us on iTunes or give us a follow on Podbean. It really helps others find us.

Thanks for listening, hope to see you at the Hunting Film Tour!

Mike and John

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Episode 27 Jay Scott - Arizona Coues Deer Hunting

January 24, 2018 @ 9:08 pm

Our most recent conversation is with Jay Scott, talking about DIY Coues Deer hunting in Arizona, Jay explains how to make it happen.

A few of us are planning a public land Arizona Coues Deer hunt next January, so we asked the advice of an expert.

Jay Scott, Arizona outfitter and host of the most popular outdoor podcast in the world, talks us through what it takes to be successful when going after this curious little subspecies of the whitetail deer.

We cover scouting, safety in the desert, how to plan, and where to access valuable info that will increase your chances of success.

Jay is a humble guy who knows his stuff, and we greatly appreciate his insight. We hope you enjoy this episode!


Feedback is appreciated, feel free to contact us at highlanderhuntingpodcast@gmail.com with stories, questions, comments and suggestions. Check out our new website at www.highlanderhunting.com 

Mike and John


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Episode 26 Kijiji for Guns

January 17, 2018 @ 9:27 pm

A transplant to Southern Alberta, Andre Perrault was dissatisfied with online options for buying and selling firearms.  Most social media sites don't Allow it, so he made his own site, GunPost. 

Andre is an avid shooter, hunter, as well as a traditional bowhunter.  Our conversation ran the gamut from hand loading, to hunting with a recurve bow, and various different traditional archery techniques, back to the ever popular topic of the 6.5 Creedmore.

Andre's a real interesting guy who has created a free service that will benefit anyone looking to buy or sell hunting gear, archery tackle, and of course firearms.

We hope you enjoy this episode and go check out www.Gunpost.ca


A big Thank You to those who have rated and left reviews on iTunes.  We love to hear from our listeners so feel free to email us at highlanderhuntingpodcast@gmail.com 


John and Mike

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Episode 25 A chat with Randy Newberg, Honorary Canadian

January 10, 2018 @ 8:54 pm

As if humming the original Hockey Night In Canada Theme song isn't enough to qualify this US based leader of the DIY, public land western hunting scene as a honorary Canadian, he hits us with a Beachcombers reference!

Mike and John had the good fortune to have a conversation with the host of one of tv's most watched hunting shows.

Besides his tv show, Randy has a popular podcast:  Randy Newberg Unfiltered, and also runs a hunting forum called Hunt Talk.

If you've never heard of Randy Newberg, set aside a couple of weeks to catch up on his instructional media.  Topics such as the gutless method of field dressing, his "pack dumps" and the seasons of the elk year.

He has produced some of the best info for newer westen hunters, hunting public lands, and he shares his insights with us on topics such as gear, rifle calibres and marksmanship, packs, clothing, optics, and so much more.

Find Randy at www.randynewberg.com


Check out our show notes at:  https://highlanderhunting.wordpress.com 

iTunes reviews are always appreciated.  It helps others find us.

Thanks for listening.

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Episode 24 The Deer Authority - A Chat with Idaho’s Robby Denning Part 2

January 3, 2018 @ 12:41 pm

Mike and John sit down with Robby Denning for part 2 on high country mule deer hunting.  They talk mountain fitness, gear, rifle and caliber choices, tactics, and much more to make you successful in the West.  

We hope you enjoy this as much as we did.


Check out our new webpage https://highlanderhunting.wordpress.com/, Thank you for all the support as always feel free to email us with questions, comments or stories at highlanderhuntingpodcast@gmail.com 


Leaving reviews and ratings on iTunes really helps bump us up to the top of the list!!



John and Mike


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Episode 23 The Deer Authority - A Chat with Idaho’s Robby Denning

December 20, 2017 @ 6:15 pm

Mike and John have a conversation with a guy who literally wrote the book on hunting mule deer.  As well as being an author, Robby is the editor for Rokslide.com a popular gear review/hunting forum.  He is also a professional guide for elk and deer.  He is eager to share his wealth of knowledge and has some great stories of success and failure along the way.  We cover scouting, tactics, firearms, marksmanship, gear, bows, clothing, to name a few. 


Additional show notes, photos, and useful links are now being posted at https://highlanderhunting.wordpress.com

Please leave us a review on iTunes, they really help others find us.

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Episode 22 Don’t Stress it, we thought of everything (Gift Ideas for the Hunters in your Life)

December 4, 2017 @ 5:17 pm

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"...)

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Episode 21 High Country Mule Deer-A-Palooza - HAVALON KNIFE GIVEAWAY! Listen for details.

November 20, 2017 @ 4:27 pm

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

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Episode 20 Giving the Gift of Adversity - Reflections on Taking Kids Hunting

November 10, 2017 @ 3:27 pm

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!

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Episode 19 E-Bikes into Sheep Country (A Tale of the Tumbling Backpack)

October 19, 2017 @ 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


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Episode 18 Addicted to Altitude (In search of high country rams) Part 2

September 27, 2017 @ 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. 

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Episode 17 Animal Down, Now What? Be Good To Your Meat

September 17, 2017 @ 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.

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Episode 16 Addicted to Altitude (In search of high country rams) Part 1

September 11, 2017 @ 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.

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Episode 15 The Original Mantracker Terry Grant - Every Track Tells a Story

September 1, 2017 @ 2:28 pm

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.

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Episode 14 Let Your Arrow Fly True

August 27, 2017 @ 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.


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Episode 13 Don’t Waste Your Time Hunting

August 27, 2017 @ 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!

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