Renowned wild game chef Hank Shaw has spent a lifetime gathering wild edible plants and fishing the waters of North America. On this season of Hunt Gather Talk, he talks upland game—focusing on a different animal each episode.
Every week, Hank interviews a new hunter or wildlife expert, digging deep into the life, habits, hunting, lore, myth and of course prepping and cooking a particular wild upland animal.
EPISODE 1: SQUIRRELS
Hank talks with Arizona Game & Fish biologist Johnathan O’Dell all about squirrels.
EPISODE 2: PTARMIGAN AND SNOWCOCK
Hank talks with Kansas hunter Jim Millensifer all about ptarmigan and Himalayan snowcock.
EPISODE 3: SNIPE HUNT
Hank talks with Florida hunter Scott Lindars all about the Wilson’s snipe.
EPISODE 4: THE WILY HUN
Hank talks with Tyler Webster, host of the podcast Birds, Booze and Buds, about all things Hun.
EPISODE 5: BOBWHITE QUAIL
Hank talks with lifelong hunter and quail biologist Dwayne Elmore all about Bobwhite Quail.
EPISODE 10: DOVES
Dove Hunting with Jorge Ramirez of Upland Jitsu and biologist Owen Fitzsimmons
EPISODE 11: SAGE GROUSE
Sage Grouse with Ed Arnett of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
EPISODE 12: SPRUCE GROUSE
Spruce Grouse with From the Wild’s Kevin Kossowan.
EPISODE 13: BAND-TAILED PIGEONS
Band-Tailed Pigeons with Biologist Mark Seamans of the US Fish & Wildlife Service
EPISODE 14: SCALED QUAIL
Scaled Quail with Game Bird Biologist and Hunting Outfitter Ryan O’Shaughnessy
EPISODE 15: AMERICAN WOODCOCK
Hank is joined by A.J. DeRosa of Project Upland and Matt Soberg of the American Woodcock Society to talk about hunting and eating these chunky shorebirds.
EPISODE 16: PHEASANT
Hank is joined by Bob St. Pierre of Pheasants Forever and outdoor writer Chris Niskanen as they talk in-depth about the history of this bird in America, its conservation status, how to hunt them both with and without a dog, which sort of dog works better for pheasants, where to hunt them, and of course how to cook them.
EPISODE 17: MOUNTAIN QUAIL
This is a very special episode of Hunt Gather Talk, as Hank gets the chance to talk with Rocky Gutierrez, one of the top three experts on mountain quail. They’ll talk a ton about this mysterious bird: how to find it, how it lives, and how to hunt it.
EPISODE 18: FALL WILD TURKEY
Hank talks wild turkey hunting with his friend Tony Caggiano of World Slam Adventures. Tony has done the world slam of turkeys and has guided turkey hunters for many years all over North America. He’s also a great game cook and runs a podcast called Wild Game Based.
EPISODE 19: RUFFED GROUSE
To many, the king of all game birds is the ruffed grouse. In this episode, Hank talks with hunter-biologists Heather Shaw and Rocky Gutierrez about the biology of the grouse, its habitat, and why it is so tame in the West yet so tricky in the East. Plus a healthy conversation about cooking and eating them.
EPISODE 20: DESERT QUAIL
If you haven’t noticed, Hunt Gather Talk is something of a quail podcast. This episode is all about the desert quail: Mearns and Gambel’s, with a smattering of scaled quail talk. Hank is joined by hunter-biologist Kirby Bristow of the Arizona of Game & Fish Department.
EPISODE 21: Wild Game Cooking Geek out
You asked for it and here it is: an all-cooking episode. Hank has a spirited conversation with Lori McCarthy of Cod Sounds in Newfoundland, and Wade Truong of Elevated Wild in Virginia. They’ll talk wild game — birds, rabbits, squirrels, and yep, big game, too.
EPISODE 22: Rabbits & Hares
Hunting rabbits is what started it all for Hank. So it’s with pleasure that he’ll join Jonathan O’Dell of the Arizona Department of Game & Fish on a deep dive into the biology, lore, hunting and yes, cooking of the numerous North American rabbit and hare species.