Episodes

  • Darren Binder from Muzzle-Loaders.com joins me on this special Monday morning episode to talk about some of the new developments in muzzleloaders for 2022. Specifically, CVA released a new version of their Wolf muzzleloader that's an outstanding option for children and small framed adults and Traditions is jumping on board the high BC muzzleloader bullet train with some new muzzleloader offerings that can use some of the great bullets CVA has released in recent years.

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    Show Notes: https://thebiggamehuntingblog.com/podcast/new-muzzleloader-products-for-2022/

  • Today, we have Aaron Minkus on the show today to talk about a his 2021 Africa hunting safari. Like many people, COVID turned Aaron’s world upside down and he had to postpone his hunt, which was originally scheduled for May of 2020, for over a year. However, he was one of the first Americans to make it over to South Africa in 2021 after things opened back up. We talk about how he prepared for his hunt, how things went over there, and some things he wished he knew prior to that trip.

    Show Sponsor: Be sure to sign up for my email list at huntingguns101.com. You’ll get my free E-book when you do so and you’ll also receive the email updates I send out every weekday. If you like The Big Game Hunting Podcast you’ll love those emails. I talk about all sorts of things in my emails: cartridge and bullet selection, hunting in Africa, funny hunting stories, etc. I also send an in-stock ammo email update every Friday to everyone on the list with some of the latest news on ammo I've found and where you can get it.

    Show Notes: https://thebiggamehuntingblog.com/podcast/first-africa-hunting-safari-with-aaron-minkus/

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  • There are LOTS of misconceptions about hunting in Africa. For instance, I get lots of comments from people that go something along the lines of: "I’m not a trophy hunter. I only hunt for meat and I don’t see the point of hunting in Africa. That seems like just killing for fun." Unfortunately, that's an all too common viewpoint about hunting Africa with lots of negative consequences. Well, we have Cries of the Savanna author Sue Tidwell on the show with us today to help set the record straight.

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    Show Notes: https://thebiggamehuntingblog.com/podcast/sue-tidwll-cries-of-the-savanna/

  • Kevin Robertson is back on the Big Game Hunting Podcast today to talk about hyena hunting. Hyenas are a very misunderstood creature and let’s be frank here: everything (or at least most) of what you think you know about hyenas is wrong. As you’ll learn here shortly, they are literally the complete opposite of the stupid, dirty, mangey, cowardly, scavengers they’re made out to be in media.

    Show Sponsor: Be sure to sign up for my email list at huntingguns101.com. You’ll get my free E-book when you do so and you’ll also receive the email updates I send out every weekday. If you like The Big Game Hunting Podcast you’ll love those emails. I talk about all sorts of things in my emails: cartridge and bullet selection, hunting in Africa, funny hunting stories, etc. I also send an in-stock ammo email update every Friday to everyone on the list with some of the latest news on ammo I've found and where you can get it.

    I highly recommend purchasing a copy of It Shouldn't Happen and The Perfect Shot II. If you have an upcoming hunt or if you just want to learn more about game in Africa and want a great "all in one" reference, you will not be disappointed with either book. Go to thebiggamehuntingblog.com/kevin to get copies of each one.

    Show Notes: https://thebiggamehuntingblog.com/podcast/hyenas-what-you-know-is-probably-wrong/

  • Kevin Robertson is back again to talk about the “classic” Africa hunting cartridges today. We cover the pros, cons, and recommended uses for almost everything from the 243 Winchester all the way up to the 600 and 700 Nitro Express in this episode. Among other things, we talk about how hunting in Africa is different from hunting in north America, the unique characteristics of some of the most popular species of game in Africa, and how those things dictate ideal ballistic performance for the situation.

    Show Sponsor: Be sure to sign up for my email list at huntingguns101.com. You’ll get my free E-book when you do so and you’ll also receive the email updates I send out every weekday. If you like The Big Game Hunting Podcast you’ll love those emails. I talk about all sorts of things in my emails: cartridge and bullet selection, hunting in Africa, funny hunting stories, etc. I also send an in-stock ammo email update every Friday to everyone on the list with some of the latest news on ammo I've found and where you can get it.

    I highly recommend purchasing a copy of It Shouldn't Happen and The Perfect Shot II. If you have an upcoming hunt or if you just want to learn more about game in Africa and want a great "all in one" reference, you will not be disappointed with either book. Go to thebiggamehuntingblog.com/kevin to get copies of each one.

    700 Nitro Express video

    577 T-Rex shooting video

    Show Notes: https://thebiggamehuntingblog.com/podcast/classic-africa-hunting-cartridges-with-kevin-robertson/

  • Kevin Robertson is back again to talk about hunting Africa with lever action rifles. While lever-action rifles are great for some applications, they're not great for others and, for various reasons, they've never really caught on with the general hunting community in Africa. We talk about why that's the case, the pros and cons of lever action rifles, the situations they're best suited for, and which cartridges meet the minimum requirements for hunting plains and dangerous game in Africa.

    Show Sponsor: Be sure to sign up for my email list at huntingguns101.com. You’ll get my free E-book when you do so and you’ll also receive the email updates I send out every weekday. If you like The Big Game Hunting Podcast you’ll love those emails. I talk about all sorts of things in my emails: cartridge and bullet selection, hunting in Africa, funny hunting stories, etc. I also send an in stock email update every Friday to everyone on the list with some of the latest news on ammo I've found and where you can get it.

    I highly recommend purchasing a copy of It Shouldn't Happen and The Perfect Shot II. If you have an upcoming hunt or if you just want to learn more about game in Africa and want a great "all in one" reference, you will not be disappointed with either book. Go to thebiggamehuntingblog.com/kevin to get copies of each one.

    Show Notes: https://thebiggamehuntingblog.com/podcast/lever-action-rifles-for-hunting-africa-with-kevin-robertson/

  • We talk at length on this show about things you can do to set yourself up for success on a hunt. That’s all very important, but in many ways, the work is really only just beginning once you get an animal on the ground. With that in mind, we have Justin Townsend from Harvesting Nature and the Wild Fish and Game Podcast on the show today to talk about wild game meat care and cooking. Among other things, we talk about some things you should NEVER do to meat, how to deal with “gamey” tasting meat, and a few delicious recipes on the show today.

    Show Sponsor: Be sure to sign up for my email list at huntingguns101.com. You’ll get my free E-book when you do so and you’ll also receive the email updates I send out every weekday. If you like The Big Game Hunting Podcast you’ll love those emails. I talk about all sorts of things in my emails: cartridge and bullet selection, hunting in Africa, funny hunting stories, etc. I also send an in stock email update every Friday to everyone on the list with some of the latest news on ammo I’ve found and where you can get it.

    Resources

    Learn more about Harvesting Nature by checking out their web site, their podcasts, their spice blends, and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

    Follow Justin on Instagram.

    Show Notes: https://thebiggamehuntingblog.com/podcast/wild-game-meat-care-and-cooking-with-justin-townsend/

  • Today's episode compares the new 6.8 Western to the 6.5 Creedmoor and 270 Winchester Short Magnum Cartridges. I've received a lot of requests to do a show comparing the 270 WSM to the new 6.8 Western because the 2 cartridges are so similar. Let's just say the results are very intriguing.

    Article Referenced In Show: 6.8 Western vs 6.5 Creedmoor vs 270 WSM Review & Comparison

    Best 6.5 Creedmoor Ammo – 6.5 Creedmoor Hunting Ammo Recommendations

    Best 6.5 Creedmoor Rifles– 6.5 Creedmoor Hunting Rifle Recommendations

    Subscribe to my Patreon channel to get instant access to exclusive bonus content.

    Sponsor: Hunting Guns 101: If you enjoy these cartridge comparison episodes, then you will love Hunting Guns 101 because it’s full of the same sort of information contained in these episodes, just with even more detail and analysis. Hunting Guns 101 is jam packed with useful information about practical ballistics and firearms in general that will help you be more successful afield and fill more tags on your hunts.

    This training will teach you what you need to know about practical ballistics and is guaranteed to be both a time and money saver going forward with future gear purchases. Go to huntingguns101.com/form and submit the order form to receive instant access or go to huntingguns101.com/order to learn more about the training.

    Show Notes: https://thebiggamehuntingblog.com/podcast/6-8-western-vs-270-wsm-vs-6-5-creedmoor/

  • We have Evan Siembida from Siembida Custom knives with us on the podcast today to talk about everything knife related: the difference between a custom knife and a mass produced knife, what makes his knife special, the ins and outs of sharpening knives, blade and handle materials, etc. We also talk about a few things you should NEVER do to a hunting knife, especially a high end knife.

    Show Sponsor: Be sure to sign up for my email list at huntingguns101.com. You’ll get my free E-book when you do so and you’ll also receive the email updates I send out every weekday. If you like The Big Game Hunting Podcast you’ll love those emails. I talk about all sorts of things in my emails: cartridge and bullet selection, hunting in Africa, funny hunting stories, etc. I also send an in stock email update every Friday to everyone on the list with some of the latest news on ammo I’ve found and where you can get it.

    Resources

    Contact Evan on Instagram at Siembida_Custom_Knives or call him at 740-270-9057

    Everyone who purchases Hunting Guns 101 or Muzzleloaders 101 will receive a special code they can redeem with Evan to get a special bonus with their knife for free.

    Show Notes: https://thebiggamehuntingblog.com/podcast/hunting-knives-101-with-evan-siembida/

  • Be sure to tune in today to learn who won the $200 Lucky Gunner gift card, receive some updates on those upcoming podcast hunts, and get a preview of my 2022 hunting season.

    Send me an email at [email protected] or a private message on Instagram (@thebiggamehunter_) for more information on the Africa hunt.

    Subscribe to my Patreon channel for first priority on available spots for that hunt.

    Show Notes: https://thebiggamehuntingblog.com/podcast/bonus-16/

  • Ron Spomer is back on the podcast today to talk about sheep hunting. Ron actually has a pretty good amount of sheep hunting experience pursuing bighorn, dall, and stone sheep in Idaho, Alaska, and Canada. Fortunately, he was generous enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to come on The Big Game Hunting Podcast today and talk to us about some of those hunting experiences and some insights based on those hunts. As usual, we talk a lot about rifles, cartridges, and bullets as well as a lot of the other stuff that goes with hunting sheep.

    Show Sponsor: Hunting Guns 101: Hunting Guns 101 is jam packed with useful information about practical ballistics and firearms in general that will help you be more successful afield and fill more tags on your hunts. This training will teach you what you need to know about practical ballistics and is guaranteed to be both a time and money saver going forward with future gear purchases. Go to huntingguns101.com/form and submit the order form to receive instant access or go to huntingguns101.com/order to learn more about the training.

    Resources

    1) Ron's Instagram & YouTube Pages

    2) RonSpomerOutdoors.net – Ron's web site.

    3) Ron Spomer Outdoors Podcast - Apple & Spotify

    Show Notes: https://thebiggamehuntingblog.com/podcast/sheep-hunting-101-with-ron-spomer/

  • Can you believe this is episode 200?!? In this episode, I tell the story of how we got here, provide some specific episode recommendations, announce the winner of the autographed copy of The Perfect Shot II I'm giving away, the details of ANOTHER awesome giveaway I'm doing in celebration of this episode, and details on 2 really excellent upcoming podcast hunting opportunities you can join me on.

    Subscribe to my Patreon channel for first priority on available spots for those two hunts.

    Send me an email at [email protected] or a private message on Instagram (@thebiggamehunter_) with your guesses for the giveaway and to sign up for either hunt.

    Show Notes: https://thebiggamehuntingblog.com/podcast/200th-episode/

  • The 6.5 Grendel and 6.5 Creedmoor are both very popular 6.5mm centerfire rifle cartridges. While their names are very similar, these cartridges were designed to fill very different needs and perform differently afield. With that in mind, today’s episode compares and contrasts the 6.5 Grendel and 6.5 Creedmoor in order to provide some insight into which cartridge is best suited for different situations.

    Article Referenced In Show: 6.5 Grendel vs 6.5 Creedmoor: Which 6.5 Cartridge Is Right For You?

    Best 6.5 Creedmoor Ammo – 6.5 Creedmoor Hunting Ammo Recommendations

    Best 6.5 Creedmoor Rifles– 6.5 Creedmoor Hunting Rifle Recommendations

    Subscribe to my Patreon channel to enter in the upcoming giveaway for an autographed copy of The Perfect Shot II.

    Sponsor:

    Sponsor: Hunting Guns 101: If you enjoy these cartridge comparison episodes, then you will Love Hunting Guns 101 because it’s full of the same sort of information contained in these episodes, just with even more detail and analysis. Hunting Guns 101 is jam packed with useful information about practical ballistics and firearms in general that will help you be more successful afield and fill more tags on your hunts.

    Additionally, you'll also receive access to my upcoming module on appropriate firearms for a survival situation and which firearms are best for hunting, which are best for defense, which ones will work for both tasks, and the tradeoffs associated with each.

    This training will teach you what you need to know about practical ballistics and is guaranteed to be both a time and money saver going forward with future gear purchases. Go to huntingguns101.com/form and submit the order form to receive instant access or go to huntingguns101.com/order to learn more about the training.

    Show Notes: https://thebiggamehuntingblog.com/podcast/6-5-grendel-vs-6-5-creedmoor/

  • The 223 Remington, 204 Ruger, 22-250 Remington, and 220 Swift are all very effective and popular cartridges among varmint hunters. Which one is right for you though? With that in mind, today’s episode compares and contrasts the 204 Ruger, 223 Remington, 22-250 Remington, and 220 Swift in order to provide some insight into which cartridge really is the "best" of the 4 high velocity cartridges.

    Article Referenced In Show: 22-250 vs 223 vs 204 Ruger vs 220 Swift

    Subscribe to my Patreon channel to enter in the upcoming giveaway for an autographed copy of The Perfect Shot II.

    Sponsor: Hunting Guns 101: If you enjoy these cartridge comparison episodes, then you will Love Hunting Guns 101 because it’s full of the same sort of information contained in these episodes, just with even more detail and analysis. Hunting Guns 101 is jam packed with useful information about practical ballistics and firearms in general that will help you be more successful afield and fill more tags on your hunts.

    Additionally, you'll also receive access to my upcoming module on appropriate firearms for a survival situation and which firearms are best for hunting, which are best for defense, which ones will work for both tasks, and the tradeoffs associated with each.

    This training will teach you what you need to know about practical ballistics and is guaranteed to be both a time and money saver going forward with future gear purchases. Go to huntingguns101.com/form and submit the order form to receive instant access or go to huntingguns101.com/order to learn more about the training.

    Show Notes: https://thebiggamehuntingblog.com/podcast/204-ruger-vs-223-remington-vs-22-250-remington-vs-220-swift/

  • It's a fact: talk about the 6.5 Creedmoor long enough in a public forum and someone will bring up the 260 Remington and/or 6.5x55 Swede and tell everyone why they think those other cartridges are better. With that in mind, today’s episode compares and contrasts the 6.5 Creedmoor with the 260 Remington and the 6.5x55 Swede in order to provide some insight into which cartridge really is the "best" of the 3.

    Article Referenced In Show: 260 Remington vs 6.5 Creedmoor vs 6.5x55 Swede

    Best 6.5 Creedmoor Ammo – 6.5 Creedmoor Hunting Ammo Recommendations

    Best 6.5 Creedmoor Rifles– 6.5 Creedmoor Hunting Rifle Recommendations

    Subscribe to my Patreon channel to enter in the upcoming giveaway for an autographed copy of The Perfect Shot II.

    Sponsor: Hunting Guns 101: If you enjoy these cartridge comparison episodes, then you will Love Hunting Guns 101 because it’s full of the same sort of information contained in these episodes, just with even more detail and analysis. Hunting Guns 101 is jam packed with useful information about practical ballistics and firearms in general that will help you be more successful afield and fill more tags on your hunts.

    Additionally, you'll also receive access to my upcoming module on appropriate firearms for a survival situation and which firearms are best for hunting, which are best for defense, which ones will work for both tasks, and the tradeoffs associated with each.

    This training will teach you what you need to know about practical ballistics and is guaranteed to be both a time and money saver going forward with future gear purchases. Go to huntingguns101.com/form and submit the order form to receive instant access or go to huntingguns101.com/order to learn more about the training.

    Show Notes: https://thebiggamehuntingblog.com/podcast/260-remington-vs-6-5-creedmoor-vs-6-5x55-swede/

  • Most shotgunners will probably agree that, as good as many modern semi-automatic shotguns are, it’s still really tough to compete with the reliability of a solid pump-action shotgun like the Mossberg 500 or the Remington 870. Things changed when I got the chance to hunt with the new Mossberg 940 Pro Field semi-automatic shotgun last year though. This episode is an in-depth Mossberg 940 Pro Field Review where I go over the pros and cons of the shotgun in detail so you can make an informed decision regarding whether or not it make sense for you to pick one up for yourself.

    Article Referenced In Show: Mossberg 940 Pro Field Shotgun Review: What You Need To Know

    Don't even think about missing our upcoming podcast event with Kevin Robertson on 7 May at Conroe Taxidermy. Kevin will be bringing his famous 505 Gibbs rifle for everyone to check out and he’ll also be giving 2 presentations to everyone on hunting in Africa. The event is FREE to attend, but please RSVP here and vote for the topic you'd like Kevin to talk about.

    Next, support me through Patreon here. I will record Kevin's talks at the event and Patreon supporters will be able to consume those recordings online. In addition to these presentations, I will be providing bonus content to Patreon supporters in the future. Patreon supporters will also receive first access to future Big Game Hunting Podcast events and hunts as well as first priority when it comes to emailing me directly with questions about hunting, cartridges, and ballistics.

    Show Notes: https://thebiggamehuntingblog.com/podcast/mossberg-940-pro-field/

  • I'm doing a special giveaway for the upcoming 200th episode of the Big Game Hunting Podcast. Listen for details on how to enter as well as information on my upcoming meet and greet with Kevin Robertson at Conroe Taxidermy on 7 May 2022. The event is FREE to attend, but please RSVP here and vote for the topic you'd like Kevin to talk about.

    Next, support me through Patreon here. I will record Kevin's talks at the event and Patreon supporters will be able to consume those recordings online. In addition to these presentations, I will be providing bonus content to Patreon supporters in the future.

    Subscribe to my Patreon channel or RSVP to and attend the upcoming event to enter in the giveaway for an autographed copy of The Perfect Shot II.

    Show Notes: https://thebiggamehuntingblog.com/podcast/giveaway-and-special-announcements/

  • Today, I’m going to address one of those things that's really important, but often overlooked by hunters: charging your electronics out in the backcountry. I’ve used all sorts of portable power chargers over the years with varying degrees of success. With that in mind, I want to talk about the ins and outs of portable battery chargers and one of the best battery pack options you should definitely consider.

    Article Referenced In Show: Dark Energy Poseidon Pro Review- Read Before You Buy!

    Don't even think about missing our upcoming podcast event with Kevin Robertson on 7 May at Conroe Taxidermy. Kevin will be bringing his famous 505 Gibbs rifle for everyone to check out and he’ll also be giving 2 presentations to everyone on hunting in Africa. The event is FREE to attend, but please RSVP here and vote for the topic you'd like Kevin to talk about.

    Next, support me through Patreon here. I will record Kevin's talks at the event and Patreon supporters will be able to consume those recordings online. In addition to these presentations, I will be providing bonus content to Patreon supporters in the future. Patreon supporters will also receive first access to future Big Game Hunting Podcast events and hunts as well as first priority when it comes to emailing me directly with questions about hunting, cartridges, and ballistics.

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    Show Notes: https://thebiggamehuntingblog.com/podcast/charging-electronics-afield/

  • Today I have another cartridge profile and cartridge comparison for you. Specifically, we’re going to be talking about the 224 Valkyrie and how it compares to the 223 Remington and the 22 Nosler.

    Article Referenced In Show: 224 Valkyrie: What You Need To Know

    Don't even think about missing our upcoming podcast event with Kevin Robertson on 7 May at Conroe Taxidermy. Kevin will be bringing his famous 505 Gibbs rifle for everyone to check out and he’ll also be giving 2 presentations to everyone on hunting in Africa. The event is FREE to attend, but please RSVP here and vote for the topic you'd like Kevin to talk about.

    Next, support me through Patreon here. I will record Kevin's talks at the event and Patreon supporters will be able to consume those recordings online. In addition to these presentations, I will be providing bonus content to Patreon supporters in the future. Patreon supporters will also receive first access to future Big Game Hunting Podcast events and hunts as well as first priority when it comes to emailing me directly with questions about hunting, cartridges, and ballistics.

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    Additionally, you'll also receive access to my upcoming module on appropriate firearms for a survival situation and which firearms are best for hunting, which are best for defense, which ones will work for both tasks, and the tradeoffs associated with each.

    This training will teach you what you need to know about practical ballistics and is guaranteed to be both a time and money saver going forward with future gear purchases. Go to huntingguns101.com/form and submit the order form to receive instant access or go to huntingguns101.com/order to learn more about the training.

    Show Notes: https://thebiggamehuntingblog.com/podcast/224-valkyrie-profile/

  • I hope you enjoyed my podcast last week about my New Mexico mule deer hunt. Today, we’ll talk about my Wyoming pronghorn antelope hunt. Once again, that was that a very fun and ultimately successful hunt that also has a lot of lessons for a person who has never been hunting out west and/or who has never hunted pronghorn before.

    Show Notes: https://thebiggamehuntingblog.com/wyoming-pronghorn-antelope-hunt-recap/

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