March 01, 2019
If you’re a podcast fiend like me, you know how large the podcast world has grown – especially when it comes to hunting and fishing shows. Not only have these outdoor podcasts become a free resource to better myself as a hunter and angler, but they also unite a community of listeners, which is important for this unique industry.
Whether you listen to podcasts when you’re at work, exercising, hiking, on the lake, exploring the mountains or doing whatever it is you do, I am positive that using wireless headphones like Outdoor Tech Rhinos are the best way to listen. So, before I list what I consider the top 10 hunting and fishing podcasts, let me tell you about these eargasm-worthy headphones.
First off, these babies are called Rhinos for a reason – they are tough! I’ve been caught in the rain with them during some of my runs and outdoor adventures, and I’m happy to report they still work good as new. They’re waterproof, sweatproof, shockproof and the best part: wireless. On a full charge the Rhinos last around 8 hours, but they last me a little longer when I’m not listening to podcasts on full volume all the time (which is very loud).
The wireless range on these headphones is over 30 feet, allowing you to leave your phone or other connected device at a distance. I never have to worry about the Rhinos snapping in half – especially when I pack them for weekend trips – because the headband is wicked flexible, and the muffs fold up!
One of the most important features is the built-in microphone paired with Bluetooth. I can answer, end and decline calls by tapping one button on the headphones as I’m wearing them. Along with that, I can activate Siri (or Google Voice) to play my podcasts, without having to even touch my phone! The most unique function is that they can act as Walkie Talkies by connecting to the ODT Audio app. You and your friends can create a group on the app and talk from across the river with your line in the water or while adventuring in the wilderness – as long as you have some service.
Additional Rhinos specs/features:
- IPX6 water resistant
- External controls to play/pause, change tracks, raise/lower volume, answer/end/decline calls, Walkie Talkie function button
- 40mm drivers to deliver clear sound
- Play time: 8 hours
- Bluetooth 4.1
- Wireless range: 32 feet
- Includes USB charge cable, 3.5mm cable, carry pouch, user manual, 2 ODT stickers
For more information on the Rhinos Headphones, visit OutdoorTechnology.com.
And without further ado, I present to you my top 10 picks of hunting and fishing podcasts – in no particular order – that I promise will not disappoint.
1. The Hunt Backcountry Podcast | Available on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, SoundCloud, exomountaingear.com
Top Episodes: #67, #69-73 – Building A Backcountry Rifle Series
Whether you’re a beginner or veteran hunter, “The Hunt Backcountry Podcast” educates all listeners about backcountry big game hunts through interviews with a wide range of guests. Hosts Steve Speck and Mark Huelsing have welcomed well-known hunters such as 10-Time World Champion Elk Caller Corey Jacobsen and Professional Elk Caller Paul the “Elk Nut” Medel, as well as industry professionals from Hoyt Archery, First Lite and more!
As the co-owner of Exo Mountain Gear, Steve has a long-time history of successful backcountry hunting. Mark originated in the Midwest and endured the learning curve of becoming a successful backcountry hunter that many of us can connect with. Mark and Steve really know how to run an interview and, as they say, there’s “no fluff and no B.S.” to create a truly enlightening show.
2. Drifting with JT Van Zandt | Available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher
Top Episodes: Talking bass on the fly with household name and reporter Dan Rather
Watch out podcast world, we’ve got a fresh, new show for you that launched in December 2018, hosted by native Texan JT Van Zandt! As a revered fly-fishing guide, JT brings that laidback nature of passing time adrift on a boat to his show. The conversations on “Drifting” are constantly changing due to the shifting focus of various passions and pursuits of the iconic guests. One of the first episodes includes hunter and co-host of SOLO Hunter on Outdoor Channel Remi Warren speaking about surviving a Kodiak bear attack.
“Drifting” brings out continually compelling content through personal philosophies and highlights amazing life experiences from a pro bull riding champion, climber/filmmaker and more in the first five episodes. As a proud ambassador for YETI, Howler Bros, Nautilus, Scott Fly Rods, Seaholm and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation, JT sure does have a passion for the fishing industry!
3. Big Buck Registry Podcast | Available on iTunes, Spotify, Libsyn, Tune-In, iHeart, Amazon Alexa, and social media platforms (Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, and Twitter)
Top Episodes: #140 – Cameron Coble, #190 – Dan Infalt; #49 and 100 – Lane Benoit
In its 7th year producing shows (yes, 7 YEARS), the “Big Buck Registry Podcast” is no amateur when it comes to uniting a deer hunting community. They focus mostly on buck hunting, but make no understatement in the range of topics they have covered over the past 270 episodes! They’ve featured celebrity guests like Matt Light from the New England Patriots, but have also found their listeners appreciate the authenticity of guests who are highly skilled “average joe” hunters.
Host Jay Scott Ammann created “Big Buck Registry Podcast” because he wanted to better himself as a deer hunter by learning from others and desired to share this exploration with the rest of the community. Jay, along with co-host Dusty Phillips and news anchor Jim Keller, always leave their listeners with something tangible and practical they can take to the field.
4. Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Podcast & Blast | Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Podbean and YouTube
Top Episodes: #39 – Tom McGuane, Legendary Writer and Outdoorsman
“BHA Podcast & Blast” differs from other podcasts on this list due to its emphasis on conservation issues across the country. Whether you are a public land hunter or angler, hiker or backcountry adventurer, “BHA Podcast & Blast” covers a range of diversified stories, issues and individuals from across the continent!
With stories covering threats to the Boundary Waters wilderness in Minnesota to conservation politics in Washington D.C., host Hal Herring brings a companionable energy when highlighting conservation issues, as well as local, regional and national hunting and fishing opportunities. The award-winning journalist has hosted numerous icons on the show including Steve Rinella and Tom McGuane, but “BHA Podcast & Blast” ultimately prides themselves on bringing in under-the-radar sportsmen and conservationists who have great, inspirational stories to tell.
5. Tom Rowland Podcast | Available on iTunes, Google Play, Facebook, iHeart Radio, Libsyn Classic Feed, Waypoint Collective, Spotify, Soundcloud, YouTube and more
Top Episodes: #0010 – Bill Dance – America’s Favorite Angler; #0052 – Russell Kleppinger – 814 Tarpon in A Year
There’s no doubt many of you know Tom Rowland as the host of Saltwater Experience TV on Sportsman Channel or even as a multi-tournament champion over the years, but did you know that he also has his own podcast? For the past year, “Tom Rowland Podcast” has been airing and growing. The show has a unique schedule in the form of two parts: a “How2Tuesday” and the longer interview-style shows on Wednesdays.
Tom embraces the storytelling vibe as he welcomes all sorts of guests on his show: Bill Dance, April Vokey, 9x UFC Champion Matt Hughs and so many more. Tom’s goal is to always bring on quality, inspirational guests, whether established or up and coming. 2019 is already full of interesting hunting and fishing stories, so don’t miss out!
6. Outdoor Guys Radio: Radio for the Sportsman Lifestyle | Podcast available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher and more
Top Episodes: May 12, 2012 – Willie Robertson (Duck Dynasty); August 25, 2018 – Scott Leysath (The Sporting Chef)
Ken Taylor has been hosting “Outdoor Guys Radio” on ESPN Radio since 2011, and the “Outdoor Guys” podcast began in 2012. As a longtime host, Ken does an excellent job making the shows about the listeners and their experience with the guests. Some of “the guys” who regularly contribute to the show include The Sporting Chef’s Scott Leysath who shares his wild game cooking, as well as special guests like Dr. Grant Woods from Growing Deer TV and professional dog trainer Tom Dokken.
You can tell Ken and “the guys” have fun while they entertain. Even while interviewing notable celebrity guests Willie Robertson, Jeff Foxworthy, Jimmy Houston and more, they are all about appealing to outdoors men and women of all experience levels. Ken hopes that, if anything, the show inspires people to get out and enjoy the amazing outdoors!
7. Ralph and Vicki’s OffGrid Podcast hosted by Pete Rogers | Available on iTunes, Spotify, Waypoint TV, Soundcloud and YouTube
Top Episodes: Faith Journey; Game Warden (airing Spring 2019)
“OffGrid” is the newest podcast on this list, but includes extremely familiar faces of the outdoor media market! Ralph and Vicki Cianciarulo have appeared on the Outdoor Channel for over 18 years as “America’s Favorite Hunting Couple” and launched their own podcast with host Pete Rogers on January 7, 2019. The entertaining, yet educational, bantering of the couple keeps a conversational tone that is entertaining for novice to experienced hunters and outdoorsmen.
An admirable focus of the podcast is promoting hunting, archery and the outdoors in a positive manner to recruit new participants to the field, as well as educate and entertain current participants. Through the lighthearted topics to deeper discussions, Ralph, Vicki and Pete aim to unite hunters and outdoorsmen and women in a way that will strengthen and better the industry as a whole.
8. Jay Scott Outdoors | Available on iTunes, Podbean, Stitcher, Google Play
Top Episodes: #268 – Straight Talk from KUIU Founder Jason Hairston, #478-482 – Jason Hairston Founder of KUIU Tribute Series
The “Jay Scott Outdoors” podcast started around three years ago, but quickly grew to be one of the most educational podcasts in the West. Host Jay Scott uses his 20 years of big game hunting and fishing guide experience to bring value to the rest of this tight-knit community by collaborating with guests week after week. Primarily focused on western hunting and fishing, Jay covers topics ranging from specific game hunting, tech talks, listener Q&As and more!
Jay’s journey into the hunting world is commendable, and it’s obvious he has a passion for bringing value to his guide clients as well as his listeners. With over 21 MILLION downloads since the beginning, this is a podcast you won’t want to skip.
9. Down South Hunting | Available on iTunes, Google Play, iHeartRadio and more
Top Episodes: #013-015 – Scent Control Strategy Comparison w/Dan Infalt & John Eberhart; #051-053 – The Science Behind Deer Movement and When to Hunt
Attention all southern hunters: we’ve got the perfect podcast for you! As the first major show to focus on hunting in the South, the hosts discuss tactics and strategy involving all sorts of southern critters such as whitetail, turkey, hogs, gators and more. Don’t worry, even if you’re not from the South, host Mike Higman makes sure that hardcore hunters from all across America get value from the show by focusing on the educational aspect.
Mike has brought on well-known guests like Jeff Lindsey and Mark Drury, but some of the listener favorites include many wildlife biologists and relatively unknown hunters that speak about overcoming their challenges throughout the seasons. If you’re looking to improve your hunting skills, “Down South Hunting” creates a friendly atmosphere where everyone learns together.
10. So Fly | Available on iTunes, Soundcloud and Spotify
Top Episodes: #22 – Elk Lake; #34 – James Bond: Master of Bamboo
Passionate, entertaining and downright cool – that’s just the very beginning of the “So Fly” podcast. If you like fly-fishing the slightest bit, then you’ll love hosts Mitch, Aldo and Yilma. These guys can’t get more genuine as they exude their passion for fly-fishing by actively sharing their travels across the country and experiences meeting guests that have insane wisdom from their history of fishing. “So Fly” gives its guests the stage to guide the conversation while providing listeners access to legends such as fly-fishing authors John Gierarch and Simon Gawesworth.
One of the podcast’s main goals is to remove the “club” label people associate with fly-fishing. The fun, lighthearted vibe welcomes anglers of all levels and entertains a wide audience – you can tell right off the bat these hosts have a blast recording. Make sure to check out their video content highlighting the trips and podcasts too!