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Wildfowl Podcast

The Wildfowl Podcast is your go-to source for all things waterfowl. Join hosts Editor-in-Chief Skip Knowles, Associate Editor Nathan Ratchford, and Sales Manager Big Jim McConville as we hear from the biggest names in the industry, leading gear manufactures, and other key players in the game. We'll recap our favorite hunts, cover trending news and events, discuss popular gear and hunting tactics, and share our common love for this lifestyle.


Episodes

Episode 37 - 2022 Giant Gear Issue Series - Duck & Goose Calls with George Lynch (BUCKS, DUCKS, AND DOUBLE CLUCKS)

Skip and Big Jim visit with long time legend and one of the nicest guys in the  business, George Lynch of Legendary Gear. George tells of how he got started making duck and goose calls and addresses many of the most common mistakes made by beginners. We also share killer tactics for making decoys work and swap fun stories of chasing big Iowa whitetails.  

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Episode 36 - 2022 Giant Gear Issue Series - Duck Boats & Motors with Go-Devil (BAND TALES, BULL FROGS, BIG BASS & BOG-BUSTIN BOATS)

In this fourth installment of the gear issue podcast Skipper and Big Jim  visit with one of the original mud motor mad men, Coco Warren of Go-Devil. Coco hails from Baton Rouge, and is an American Cajun country all-original and marvelous storyteller who singlehandedly launched a niche industry almost 40 years ago. Learn about some of the tools every boat captain must always have on hand and what it’s like to catch 2,400 largemouth bass! 

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Episode 35 - 2022 Giant Gear Issue Series - Waterfowl Shotguns with Browning

In this third installment of our 2022 Giant Gear Issue Series, Skip, Nate, and Jim talk waterfowl hunting shotguns with a few of our favorite people in the industry, Rafe Nielsen and Shaundi Campbell of Browning. Find out why the 16-gauge A5 is here to stay, and enjoy a lively discussion on the efficacy of the 3/5” shell and whether calling waterfowl is really a good idea.

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#34 | Episode 34 - 2022 Giant Gear Issue Series - Waterfowl Decoys with MOJO Outdoors and Big Al's Decoys

Join Skipper and Ratch as they jump into the studio with Terry Denmon of MOJO Outdoors and Al Falkenstein  of Big Al's Decoys.  The gang talks about the surge in silhouette decoy use and the undeniable magic of motion decoys as we get ready for teal and early goose season, now only a few short weeks away. Tune in to hear what hot new products are coming from the innovation labs of MOJO and Big Al's, and don't miss the 2022 Giant Gear Issue of Wildfowl for the complete list of our favorite duck and goose decoys for the 2022-2023 waterfowl hunting season.

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#33 | Episode 33 - 2022 Giant Gear Issue Series - Waterfowl Hunting Chokes & Loads with Apex Ammunition

In this episode, Skip, Ratch, and Big Jim launch the 2022 Giant Gear Issue Series with a bang and are joined by Jason Lonsberry and Jared Lewis of Apex Ammunition to chat about chokes and loads for waterfowl hunting. Although Apex Ammunition has only been around a few years, the company has set the shotgun world on fire by changing the way we shoot and hunt. Known for producing superior, super-lethal loads of Tungsten-Super-Shot (TSS) and other deadly hunting loads, Apex continues to hit peak performance levels, blow away expectations, and unveil new realms of possibilities for hunters. 

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#32 | Episode 32 - Rob Hansen of Leg Iron Outfitters (Special Goose Hunting Issue launch, Spring Snow Goose Season Recap and Snow Goose Tactics)

Just as WILDFOWL’S  Big September Goose Issue hits newsstands, we kick it off with hosts Skip, Nathan, and Big Jim connecting with Rob Hansen of Leg Iron Outfitters in Arkansas to talk all things snow goose hunting, from mouth calling and banded birds to using dog whistles to call the shot. 

“It’s a three-second high that can’t be duplicated by anything you can do in your life,” Rob says of the moment the shot is called. The guys look back on last snow goose season, and changes they’re seeing in bird behavior and populations. Rob talks about growing up in southern snow goose country, what it takes to kill the white birds day in and day out, what can ruin a hunt, common mistakes  , how to hunt with small spreads, when and how to use various snow goose decoys, hiding strategies, and much more.

Be sure to visit www.wildfowlmag.com for ongoing news about the bird flu, transporting birds across the border, snow goose hunting gear, and everything else you need to get your white bird fix.

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#31 | Episode 31 - Cody Stokes of Dive Bomb Industries

In this episode, Skip, Nathan, and Big Jim visit with Cody Stokes of Dive Bomb Industries to chat about the trend-setting company's origins, their current spread of waterfowl products, and where they're going in the future. From game-changing decoys to gotta-have-it gear to functional and fashionable apparel, they really do have it all for the modern-day waterfowler. Check out www.divebombindustries.com to learn more.

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#30 | Episode 30 - Garret Walker & Ted Wells (The Quack Rack Story, Road Trippin', & Coors Light Sippin')

In this episode Skip & Big Jim sit down with Garret Walker (owner of Quack Rack) and Ted Wells (outdoor photographer and social media guru). We learn how Garret went against the grain to build and grow Quack Rack into an iconic industry brand. We'll also hear about how this dynamic duo likes to travel to 'fowl, and had a legendary run-in with Coors Light. Crack a cold one and settle in for the show!

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#29 | Episode 29 - Alex Langbell of GunDog Outdoors

In this episode, we chat with industry legend Alex Langbell. Alex is an experienced waterfowler and content producer. In his time, he's hunted up and down the flyways, produced television shows, and has created an innovative, problem-solving lineup of hunting dog products at his company GunDog Outdoors

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#28 | Episode 28 - Josh Galt of Scale Damage (LA Duck Hunting, Hurricane Impacts, Splash Limits, and Hunter Ethics).

In this show, hosts Skip and Nathan are joined by Wildfowl's Big Jim McConville to talk with elite Louisiana duck outfitter Josh Galt of Scale Damage. We talk about proposed splash limits, the state of duck hunting, Louisiana outdoors culture, hurricane impacts, duck identification and the finer ethics of waterfowl hunting.

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#27 | Episode 27 - Ed Wall (Duck Hunting, Photography, and Retriever Hunt Tests)

In this episode, hosts Skip & Nathan chat it up with Ed Wall of WALL MEDIA. Ed is an extremely talented photographer, videographer, and producer, most known for his Mossy Oak series "Lost Brake" and "Crash Landing". Ed has a feature story in the Big Dog Spring 2022 Issue of Wildfowl Magazine entitled, "Fiercely Driven" chronicling his journey into the hunt test circuit with his Labrador retriever "Diche".  Don't miss this episode, as the guys talk about photography, duck hunting, and dog training.


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#26 | Episode 26 - Scott Haugen

On this episode, Skip and Nathan check in with Wildfowl contributor and professional outdoor writer, Scott Haugen, to hear about his recent hunting trips to Alaska and why his versatile pudelpointers just may be some of the most underrated duck dogs in the game.

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#25 | Episode 25 - 2021 Giant Gear Issue Series - The Recap (The Fowl Life Podcast E163)

Chad and Skip recap the previous 10 episodes of the 2021 Wildfowl Giant Gear Issue Podcast Series. We cover decoys, blinds, goose calls, duck calls, boats and motors, retriever gear, shotguns, chokes and loads, waders and clothing and waterfowl hunting accessories.

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#24 | Episode 24 - 2021 Giant Gear Issue Series - Waterfowl Hunting Accessories (The Fowl Life Podcast E162)

Although the gear we are about to talk about is not necessities but they certainly make waterfowl hunting more pleasurable and often more productive. We are talk about the Waterfowl Hunting Accessories section of the Wildfowl magazine Annual Giant Gear Issue. We have Josh Tichenor of Mallard View Outdoors to talk about all the fun duck hunting gear items including his Ice Eater device used to keep hunts going into the colder temperatures.

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#23 | Episode 23 - 2021 Giant Gear Issue Series - Waterfowl Clothing, Waders, & Camo (The Fowl Life Podcast E161)

Few pieces of gear are more critical for a waterfowl hunter than waders and the warm clothes need to pull of a successful hunt. We have Drew Keith, the CEO of Honey Brake Lodge, master duck caller and someone you'd want to share the duck blind with on the podcast. We also have Josh Beckham, a Banded Prostaff member, skilled waterfowl hunter and another great person to share the duck bind with to share their thoughts on waterfowl hunting clothing, waders and the different camouflage used to conceal the hunter.

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#22 | Episode 22 - 2021 Giant Gear Issue Series - Chokes & Loads (The Fowl Life Podcast E160)

An investment in a custom choke and quality of loads can help fill your tote on a more regular basis. We have Dan Compton, Product Line Manager for Federal Premium and Rob Roberts, maker of custom chokes for waterfowl shotguns. 

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#21 | Episode 21 - 2021 Giant Gear Issue Series - Waterfowl Shotguns (The Fowl Life Podcast E159)

All shotguns are not created equal. They are engineered for different purposes and in this podcast we discuss what goes into the making of a great waterfowl hunting shotgun. These shotguns need to withstand the harshest environments and they need to operate smooth and be accurate. Our guests include George Thompson, Director of Product Management for Benelli and Chad Mendes, owner of a Finz and Featherz Guide Service and retired MMA fighter. 

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#20 | Episode 20 - 2021 Giant Gear Issue Series - Retriever Accessories (The Fowl Life Podcast E158)

There are a lots of things that make waterfowl hunting so special, but none rank quite as high as the dogs. They deserve good gear. From crates to vests to training bumpers and you name-it, not only do quality retriever accessories help our hunts run more smoothly, they help our dogs become better hunters. We have pro duck dog trainer Pete Fischer to discuss the accessories for your hunting partner.

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#19 | Episode 19 - 2021 Giant Gear Issue Series - Boats & Motors (The Fowl Life Podcast E157)

A solid boat fitted with a good motor instantly makes any waterfowl endeavor cooler. We have Kyle Broussard co-founder and mechanical engineer of Gator-Tail to discuss duck boats and motors.

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#18 | Episode 18 - 2021 Giant Gear Issue Series - Duck Calls (The Fowl Life Podcast E156)

This podcast covers Duck Calls in part of the Wildfowl Magazine Giant Gear Issue. Our special guest, Chris Cifreo of Jargon Game Calls discusses what goes into making a good duck call and some of the techniques to produce realistic duck sounds.

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#17 | Episode 17 - 2021 Giant Gear Issue Series - Goose Calls (The Fowl Life Podcast E155)

With his companies Zink Calls, Avian X decoys, and his hunting television show, Avian-X TV, Fred Zink has been a leader and pioneer in the waterfowl hunting industry. After Zink won the 1990 Ohio State Goose Calling Championship, Zink went on to develop a line of goose calls that performed very well. We're excited to listen to Fred talk about goose hunting and the goose call technology advancements.

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#16 | Episode 16 - 2021 Giant Gear Issue Series - Blinds (The Fowl Life Podcast E154)

Tony Vandemore is a hunter, conservationist and owner of Habitat Flats, North America's #1 Waterfowl Lodge Network. Tony has a lot of experience with setting up concealment for waterfowl hunters. Tony shares his thoughts on today's selection of hunting blinds and the role they play in a successful duck or goose hunt. 

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#15 | Episode 15 - 2021 Giant Gear Issue Series - Decoys (The Fowl Life Podcast E153)

We kick off the highly anticipated 2021 Wildfowl Gear Podcast Series on the topic of Decoys with decoy pioneer and professional hunter Terry Denmon. Terry has been involved in Outdoor Television for over 10 years having hosted or co-hosted and produced a number of shows included Hunting Across America and the various MOJO Outdoors TV Series. Terry is President & CEO of the cutting edge outdoor products company, MOJO Outdoors.

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#14 | Episode 14 - 2020 Giant Gear Issue Series - Duck & Goose Calls (The Fowl Life Podcast E83)

Duck and goose calling is just plain fun. Nothing is more satisfying to a duck hunter than fooling hard-hunted, wary birds with effective calling. And the tools used to lure those birds, the calls, have only gotten better and cooler over the years. Special guest Chris Cifreo duck call maker with Jargon Game Calls joins co-hosts Chad Belding and Skip Knowles to talk about all the duck and goose calls on the market.

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#13 | Episode 13 - 2020 Giant Gear Issue Series - Dog Accessories (The Fowl Life Podcast E81)

Brad Arington with Mossy Pond Retrievers and Josh Dokken of Banded join co-hosts Chad and Skip to talk Waterfowl Dog Accessories. Taking care of a duck dog properly is a lot of work and there is a ton of canine gear available to get your dog at the top of his game.

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#12 | Episode 12 - 2020 Giant Gear Issue Series - Boats & Motors (The Fowl Life Podcast E79)

Co-host Chad Belding and co-host Skip Knowles are joined by special guests Marty Hesch, an Arkansas duck hunter that uses his boat and motor throughout the duck hunting season. Our other guest is Kyle Broussard, owner of Gator Tail Outboard Motors, maker of one of the best surface-drive boats and motors for waterfowl hunters.

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#11 | Episode 11 - 2020 Giant Gear Issue Series - Shotguns (The Fowl Life Podcast E78)

Tony Vandemore, co-owner and operator of Habitat Flats and George Thompson with Benelli join Chad and Skip to talk about Shotguns from the 2020 Wildfowl Giant Gear Issue. Tony Vandemore has spent most his life outdoors hunting waterfowl, turkey, and deer, as well as fishing. Tony has a wealth of knowledge and experience in waterfowling and he shares what he looks for in a waterfowl shotgun. George talks about the inner workings of Benelli's Super Black Eagle 3 B.E.S.T system.

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#10 | Episode 10 - 2020 Giant Gear Issue Series - Hunting Accessories (The Fowl Life Podcast E76)

Drew Keith and Jared Mophett, head guides at Honey Brake Experience out of Louisiana, join Chad and Skip to help lead us through the Hunting Accessories section of the 2020 Wildfowl Giant Gear Issue.

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#9 | Episode 9 - 2020 Giant Gear Issue Series - Laden Force (The Fowl Life Podcast E75)

Laden is a young careerman of the outdoor industry, now working as the publisher of North American Whitetail, Gun Dog, and Wildfowl Magazine, as well as the Producer/Co-host of North American Whitetail TV. Raised on his family farm in northern Missouri, he cut his teeth on hunting white-tailed deer, eastern turkeys, waterfowl, and quail. Laden is an avid outdoorsman that thrives on pursuing game with a bow and sharing his passion with his three sons.

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#8 | Episode 8 - 2020 Giant Gear Issue Series - Blinds (The Fowl Life Podcast E74)

Fred Zink returns with Chad and Skip to talk about concealment and the use of different blinds in waterfowl hunting like field blinds, dog blinds, layout blinds, pit blinds and A-Frame. Today's migratory fowl are more wary than ever, and a good hide is as important as a reliable shotgun. 

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#7 | Episode 7 - 2020 Giant Gear Issue Series - Loads & Chokes (The Fowl Life Podcast E72)

Special guests Dan Compton, with Federal Premium and Rob with Rob Roberts Custom Gun Works join Chad and Skip to discuss the technology advancements in ammunition and chokes. Cut and polished steel, bismuth, tungsten, and special alloys are faster and more lethal than anything available before. High-tech ammunition and specialty chokes can help anyone a better hunter.

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#6 | Episode 6 - 2020 Giant Gear Issue Series - Decoys (The Fowl Life Podcast E71)

Fred Zink joins Chad and Skip to discuss duck and goose decoys and which ones work best for pulling a visual ruse on sharp-eyed fowl.

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#5 | Episode 5 - 2020 Giant Gear Issue Series - Clothing, Waders, & Camo (The Fowl Life Podcast E69)

This episode is all about top-notch clothing, waders, and camouflage meant to work in your chosen hunting environments. Special guests include Josh Dokken, Director of Marketing at Banded and Kelley Powers of Final Flight.

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#4 | Episode 4 - Jim McConville & Matt Ekren (Arkansas Snow-Goosapalooza!)

As the preeminent brand for avid 'water-fowlers,' Wildfowl provides best-practice hunting advice, habitat reports, flyway forecasts, conservation programs and updates on issues affecting waterfowl populations nationwide. We're excited to bring you the best of Wildfowl, now available in audio format, anytime and anywhere you choose.

In this episode, we link up with Jim "Big Jim" McConville of the Outdoor Sportsman Group and Matt Ekren of Dirty Bird Outfitters. We relive a few fond memories and comedic moments from our recent Arkansas Snow-Gooseapalooza trip and discuss how COVID-19 has impacted the waterfowl industry—for worse and for better.

Head over to www.wildfowlmag.com to watch and read about our pilgrimage to the snow goose hunting mecca that is Arkansas!

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#3 | Episode 3 - 2020 Giant Gear Issue Series - The Introduction (The Fowl Life Podcast E68)

Wildfowl and The Fowl Life team up for an exciting podcast celebration and exploration of Wildfowl’s 2020 Giant Gear Issue. Topics include: calls, ammo & chokes, decoys, apparel, boats and motors, retriever accessories, hunting accessories, blinds, and shotguns. Co-host Chad Belding of The Fowl Life is joined by co-host Skip Knowles, Editor-in-Chief of Wildfowl. Plus, Laden Force publisher of Wildfowl, GunDog, and North American Whitetail joins the conversation to discuss all the topics important to all waterfowl hunters.

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#2 | Episode 2 - Bartholow Brothers (Learn to Shoot Birds Like a Champ)

As the preeminent brand for avid 'water-fowlers,' Wildfowl provides best-practice hunting advice, habitat reports, flyway forecasts, conservation programs and updates on issues affecting waterfowl populations nationwide. We're excited to bring you the best of Wildfowl, now available in audio format, anytime and anywhere you choose.

In this episode, we talk with Foster and Matt Bartholow, brothers and rising legends in the shooting sports. We discuss their entrance into hunting and shooting and reflect on our recent Arkansas snow goose safari with Dirty Bird Outfitters to test the new Browning Maxus II shotgun. As expert clay shooters, the Bartholow brothers drop some insight on how breaking clays in the off-season can translate to improving your shooting mechanics and lead to a more enjoyable and successful hunting experience. We also share some laughs and some of our favorite hunting stories.

Don't forget to check out our feature of the new Browning Maxus II on WildfowlMag.com

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#1 | Episode 1 - The Introduction (Why We Love This)

As the preeminent brand for avid 'water-fowlers,' Wildfowl provides best-practice hunting advice, habitat reports, flyway forecasts, conservation programs and updates on issues affecting waterfowl populations nationwide. We're excited to bring you the best of Wildfowl, now available in audio format, anytime and anywhere you choose.

In this first introductory episode, we introduce who we are, address our ambitions with our newly upgraded digital delivery, discuss where the brand is headed, and outline what you can expect from the Wildfowl Podcast.

Tune in and come along on the journey.


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