Episodes
Today on the Bear Grease Render, Clay Newcomb is joined by Brent Reaves, Misty Newcomb, and a posse of game wardens from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.  Cap. Hank Jenks, Lt. Joe Alexander, Austin Jackson, and Kody Moore bring some law and order and regale the Render Crew with stories of retired game warden Keith Green, poacher-turned-legitimate caviar producer, Billy Wishard, and the success of the Paddlefish Research Center. Connect with Clay and MeatEater Clay...
Published 06/19/24
Published 06/19/24
It’s time to pause and give a salute to the dads out there. They do a lot for us, and this week we’re recognizing their efforts by putting them in the spotlight. Brent's sharing something special with us that we think you’re sure to enjoy. Plus, we’ve got a listener story that will have you covering your eyes just listening to it. It’s “Father’s Day” on MeatEater’s This Country Life podcast.  Check out Brent's cousin Valerie's book Preserving Family Recipes. Connect with Brent...
Published 06/14/24
Prepare to take an unexpected turn in this week's episode of Bear Grease as Clay Newcomb goes on a deep dive into the topic of Paddlefish caviar. This prehistoric creature is cherished as a game species but is also targeted by poachers to produce black-market caviar. Retired Oklahoma game wardens, Jeff Brown and Keith Green, tell the stories of starting the revolutionary Paddlefish Research Center and catching a poacher who turned into a legitimate caviar producer for the State. Additional...
Published 06/12/24
Brent's talking wild hogs this week and sharing his brother Tim's story that could've turned tragic. You'll hear why so many put so much value on pigs in the past and how they've affected not only the environment, but also a lot of the creatures that share the habitat. Say it with us, "WOO PIG SOOIE!" It's time for MeatEater's This Country Life podcast. Connect with Brent and MeatEater MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop Bear Grease Merch See omnystudio.com/listener...
Published 06/07/24
Today on the Bear Grease Render, Clay Newcomb is joined by Da n Gates from Coloradans for Responsible Wildlife Management as they discuss the proposed state Mountain Lion Hunting Ban and the implications for hunters and wildlife management far beyond the state of Colorado. savethehuntcolorado.com Connect with Clay and MeatEater Clay on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop Bear Grease Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 06/05/24
Brent's back from the Canadian bush of Manitoba and he brought a big color phase bear with him. Hear the tale of that hunt and get a teasing glimpse into a family that lives their lives close to nature. More on those folks in a future episode. Right now we're bear hunting and the bear hunting is good! All that plus a listener-submitted story showcasing the teamwork of three generations of turkey hunters on MeatEater's "This Country Life" podcast. Connect with Brent and MeatEater MeatEater...
Published 05/31/24
Luke McFadden is a 27-year-old, first-generation waterman on the Chesapeake Bay. In this episode of the Bear Grease Podcast, Clay Newcomb invites Luke to tell his story of how determination combined with a love for the outdoors, fishing, and the water, propelled him down a one-way path to becoming a crabber. His experience shows how he embraced challenges, and with thinking outside the box, created a whole new way to engage with customers and create a social media empire. Connect...
Published 05/29/24
It's time to eat and there's "masked bandit" on the menu. Brent's gonna tell you how to cook one like they do down in Gillett, Arkansas, home of the world-famous Gillett Coon Supper. He's also sharing a listener-submitted story that anyone can enjoy. It's time to get supper ready on MeatEater's This Country Life podcast. Connect with Brent and MeatEater MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop Bear Grease Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 05/24/24
On this Bear Grease Render, Clay Newcomb is joined by Kolby Morehead, of Bear Hunting Magazine, along with Misty Newcomb and Josh “Landbridge” Spielmaker.  Clay brings the heat playing his original song “Ballad of Backwoodsman.”  The group discusses long-range shooting and bear hunting. Dr. Misty Newcomb takes a deep dive into her field of expertise, "social capital," as they review the Coon Supper podcast. Connect with Clay and MeatEater Clay on Instagram MeatEater...
Published 05/22/24
It won't be long before family vacations and interactions with nature increase. Schools are out for most, but for some the real education in the outdoor classroom begins. The temptation of getting that perfect profile picture with a seemingly docile bison can turn a vacation into tragedy. It can happen quicker than you can say, "Where'd Frank go, and why is that buffalo standing by his shoes?" It's "Messing With Critters" this week on MeatEater's This Country Life podcast.  Connect with...
Published 05/17/24
Once a year in the small farming town of Gillett, Arkansas, people from the local and surrounding communities gather in the gymnasium of the de-commission high school for a fundraiser to provide scholarships for the towns high school seniors. Throughout the decades, this event has also become an epicenter for state and regional politicians to gladhand with the constituents. In this Bear Grease episode, Clay Newcomb discusses the link between the Gillett Coon Supper and the value of social...
Published 05/15/24
You knew it was coming. After two consecutive weeks of bagging turkeys like he's picking peas, the mighty hunter has stumbled. That he encountered turbulence might be a more fitting description. Brent's tales of woe aren't confined to turkey hunting either, but you probably knew that already. It's time for some humble pie on this week's episode of MeatEater's "This Country Life" podcast. Connect with Brent and MeatEater MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop Bear...
Published 05/10/24
Fresh back from the MeatEater Live Tour, Clay Newcomb is joined by the Render Crew and Anthony Ballard, Bear Program Leader for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. He discusses the history, research, current status and developments of the black bear population in the state of Mississippi. Bear Newcomb talks about his new Mountain Feist puppy, Osage. Misty Newcomb shares about her new website, thenewcombfarm.com.  Josh "Landbridge" Spielmaker and his wife, Kristie...
Published 05/08/24
It's been a turkey season of firsts and Brent's still reeling from an incredible opener in Missouri. He's got two great hunts on tap for you, a movie review, and is sharing a listener-submitted tale that pairs well with this episode. Sit back and relax, it's time for MeatEater's "This Country Life" podcast. Connect with Brent and MeatEater MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop Bear Grease Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 05/03/24
Join Clay and the crew for a behind-the-scenes view into the MeatEater Live Tour. Steve Rinella, Janis Putelis, and Spencer Neuharth are hitting ten cities across the western United States telling stories, playing music, and even playing games. Get your tickets for the remaining tour dates in Spokane, WA, Portland, OR, and Tacoma, WA here.   Connect with Clay and MeatEater Clay on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop Bear Grease Merch See...
Published 05/01/24
Brent's opening week of Missouri's 2024 turkey season went better than he'd hoped. Along with that, a lot of you found the picture of Tim and him on Google Maps that he challenged you to find. The opportunity for Brent to read a listener-submitted "My TCL Story" received a lot of attention, and he's got one for us today. Turkeys, pocket knives, one of your stories, and a little political intrigue are all here in this week's episode of MeatEater's This Country Life podcast.  Connect with...
Published 04/26/24
On this episode of the Bear Grease Render, Clay Newcomb and the Render Crew are joined by “herpaculturalist” and snake ambassador Brad Birchfield as he shows up on the scene with some jaw-dropping stories and bundle of snakes from his personal collection. Bear Newcomb tells the tale of his turkey hunting exploits. Also joining are Misty Newcomb and Josh “Landbridge” Spielmaker as we discuss the Cobra Scare Podcast. Come see Clay and the rest of the MeatEater crew on the MeatEater Live Tour...
Published 04/24/24
The gift of our time is a valuable commodity, as it's the one thing none of us know with certainty how much we have left of it to give. This week, Brent talks about how he values time and tells a story about how he and his brother occupied theirs on a turkey hunting trip to Kansas. Put on your deerstalker hat, like the one Sherlock Holmes made famous, and crack a case to win a Case pocket knife. Listen to the show for details on how to participate, as well as on how to get your favorite story...
Published 04/19/24
In 1953, the town of Springfield, Missouri was terrorized by the mysterious appearance of 12 Indian Cobras some 8,000 miles from their native home. Though all signs had pointed to a local pet shop owner, the case remained unsolved for decades. Follow along to hear how townsfolk navigated this problem so foreign that they came to employ some highly unorthodox solutions. In this episode of The Bear Grease Podcast, Clay explains how this freak occurrence left quite lasting (bite) marks on the...
Published 04/17/24
This week Brent's sharing a story of reading a good article when he should've been reading the Good Book. He also talks about a few other books that've had a positive influence on his life. Just when you thought it was time to leave the library, he shares information about a couple of his favorite poets. All that and more on MeatEater's This Country Life podcast.  Connect with Brent and MeatEater MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop Bear Grease Merch See...
Published 04/12/24
In today's Render, host Clay Newcomb is joined by Luke Naylor, Wildlife Management Division Chief with Arkansas Game and Fish, and Nathaniel Maddux of Slate and Glass, as we discuss the topic of turkeys forward and backward and share highlights of the Turkey Stories (Part 2) podcast. Nathaniel discusses his latest film, "The Colonel & The Fox," a documentary about turkey hunting, some of its iconic figures, and the incredibly successful wild turkey restoration program of the 1940-1970's....
Published 04/10/24
It's always a treat for the blind hog when he finds an acorn. Brent and his brother Tim paddled into a file of them, except the nuts were in the boat and the fish were in the net. The Reaves brothers are back on the river and lucky to still have both of their left arms. Hear that story and more on this episode of MeatEater's This Country Life podcast.  Connect with Brent and MeatEater MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop Bear Grease Merch See omnystudio.com/listener...
Published 04/05/24
This is episode two of the Bear Grease Turkey Stories Series. We’ve got nine storytellers on our final turkey episode from Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and Arkansas. They talk about three-wheeler wrecks, people getting shot, folks flying around in jets, a turkey walking with a forked stick, and even a Voo Doo gobbler. Join host Clay Newcomb, along with guests David "Yawt Yawt" Ellis, Andy Brown, Clifford Lawing, Slade Johnson, Dale Craig, Chris Hopson, Kevin Laws, Bill Baird, and Russ...
Published 04/03/24
It's time to go to work and we're riding along with Brent and his dad this week. Traveling all over Southeast Arkansas and visiting area farms was a fun activity for him as a kid. The lessons learned haven't been forgotten and Brent's sharing them now on MeatEater's This Country Life podcast. Connect with Brent and MeatEater MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop Bear Grease Merch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 03/29/24