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!


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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!

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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

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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