Nakai Northup is a member of the Mashantucket Pequot people of southern New England. He works at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research center as an educator and tribal liaison. Through subsistence hunting and fishing practices and traditional craft work, Nakai and his family are able to live with and from the land, and are helping to preserve their people’s rich culture and heritage. We sat down to talk about hunting, trapping, the modern day wampum trade, being the guy people call when they see roadkill, and more.
To learn more about the Pequot people, or to visit the museum, go to www.pequotmuseum.org
Mike Gregonis is a Connecticut state wildlife biologist, and has been working on wild turkey conservation and management for over 20 years. Besides being a veteran of one of the most successful wildlife reintroduction programs in American history, Mike is a passionate and accomplished turkey hunter. We met recently to talk about wild turkey conservation, where and how to find them on state land, and how to be more successful on your hunts. Whether you are new to turkey hunting, or have a few toms under your belt already, there’s lots of good info in this podcast to help you have a more enjoyable, safe, and productive spring season.
For more information on how you can help ensure the future of wild turkeys in New England, visit the National Wild Turkey Federation at http://www.nwtf.org
This episode was actually recorded last October, when I went spearfishing for blackfish with Caleb Rose in Stonington, CT,. Caleb is a skilled fisherman, sailor, and educator, and is more at home both on and in the water than almost anyone I know. His passion for fishing and marine ecology is clear and contagious, and I had a great time talking to him.
In our first episode, we’re starting off the 2017 deer season with some post season scouting and shed hunting. Our first guest, Tom Wansleben, is a professional conservation biologist, as well as a skilled hunter and general outdoorsman. We had a great conversation about post season deer scouting, deer habitat in the northeast, and the history of our New England landscape. And he didn’t even get mad when I found the only pair of sheds at his local spot. What a guy.