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Food Afield Podcast with John Schneider

Food Afield Podcast with John Schneider

By John Schneider
Traditional bowhunting, fly fishing, foraging, and wingshooting wild ingredients in the Canadian backcountry. Wild food ingredients, and how we collect them! Premium, ad-free, expedition-style podcasts are recorded live in the field and are available on the website, These premium episodes are recorded in wide-stereo format. Headphones recommended!
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Food Afield Podcast with John Schneider

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Kevin's Bear - S4E4 Premium Episode
Kevin Kossowan and I find ourselves back in the wall tent in the middle of Northern Alberta's boreal forest. In this episode, Kevin is looking to replenish his freezer and the hunt is on. There's one problem though, he is stuck using his vintage British 303. We also get stranded in a thunderstorm one evening, but make the most of it with some tremendous cocktails and wild food, and amazing audio of the storm! Lots of vintage-style hunting, food, and tent vibes in this premium episode of the Food Afield Podcast. Enjoy!
June 19, 2022
Salt Water Beach w Courtney Ogilvie
On a recent trip to Vancouver Island, I made a point of sitting down with Courtney Ogilvie, the owner of Nile Creek Fly Shop in Bowser, BC. From the moment I sat down, it felt like chatting with an old friend. Courtney is funny, personable, and extremely knowledgeable about fly casting to anadromous salmonids from the beach.  I had one goal in mind when I set the appointment at the shop. I wanted to find out how to catch trout and salmon from the beach with a fly rod. I feel like I accomplished that goal, but I also learned so much more about Courtney, his life, and his passion for fishing. There are many nuggets of fly fishing wisdom in this episode. He has led an interesting life and the episode could've gone on for hours as far as I was concerned. I very much enjoyed my time with Courtney in his wonderful store.  The Nile Creek Fly shop is situated on the old Island Highway midway up the east coast of Vancouver Island. If you were strong enough, you could throw a stone and hit the water of the Nile Creek estuary as it enters the Pacific Ocean. Courtney bought the building and started the fly shop almost on a whim. Not quite though...he wanted a headquarters near his favourite waters. We recorded the show at the tying counter near the front door of the shop. As customers entered, Courtney would get antsy in his chair, wanting to help. I noticed immediately that Nile Creek Fly Shop is there to help fishers, this was obvious.  Please enjoy the episode and if you get a chance, stop by the store and say hey to Courtney. 
June 16, 2022
Big Bear - S4E3 Premium Episode
This is a completely re-mastered episode. It is the story of my big bear from last spring with added recordings that were previously unavailable. The story is told much better now with the new audio. It was a special bear and a special hunt, so it deserves to be published again! Join us in the boreal forest of northern Alberta where we eat, laugh, and spot and stalk black bears with Kevin and Jeff.  
May 26, 2022
Twelve Years - S4E2 Premium Episode
This is the second of the premium episodes for season four. It has, until now, only been available for sale on the website. “Twelve Years is the episode that takes us out into the whitetail woods with a traditional bow, my 64 year old Bear Recurve. This episode is recorded in the ag fields near Edmonton, and the kitchen in our farmhouse. Kevin and I make some venison sausage and then, of course, you get to hear the recovery of the huge whitetail buck that I shot on November 24th, 2021. We've decided to abandon the idea of trying to sell the podcast episodes individually. They are still available for download on the website, where you can choose to pay what you want (minimum amount is $0). Not going to lie that it would be nice to recoup some costs for producing the show, but I will leave that up to you. Happily! Both the premium and regular interview episodes will be released wherever you listen to podcasts, and the Food Afield Website
May 21, 2022
Eric Leslie of Driftstone Fly Fishing
An episode with a new friend, Eric Leslie. Eric lives in northern California and has launched his fly fishing supply business. But, Eric's true advantage is his videography background! You can find his amazing YouTube channel under his name. Driftone Fly Fishing can be found at
May 20, 2022
Van Isle Bear Primer w Chef Jade Berg
Chef Jade Berg and I sit down and chat about the details of our upcoming Vancouver Island bear hunt. 2 years in planning, this hunt appears to be special for a number of reasons. Listen in on our plans!
April 05, 2022
Dreaming of the Yukon with Alex Nadeau.
I sit and chat with Alex Nadeau. Alex is an accomplished sheep hunter and outdoorsman who lives in Whitehorse, Yukon. He also has a background in wildlife biology. The show was supposed to be about planning my spring Grayling fly fishing trip up there, but it was highjacked by Alex’s great sheep hunting story! We eventually got around to planning the trip though. Audio quality isn’t that great for some reason. It was my first attempt with squadcast.
February 18, 2022
Fly Fishing BC with Curtis Hall
Curtis Hall is the co-host of the Hunter Conservationist Podcast and a professional fly fishing guide. In this episode he helps me figure out some early season fish options and tells a tremendous guide story!
February 14, 2022
From The Wild Creator, Kevin Kossowan
A sit-down interview with Kevin Kossowan, where I get to ask him about things that I’ve always wanted to know about his show, “From the Wild”.
January 16, 2022
Whitetails by Design - S4E1 Premium Episode
Kevin and John spend November trying to connect on whitetails with their rifles. This is the Season 4 premiere episode! The hunts take place in both the agricultural fields surrounding Edmonton, and the familiar boreal forest ‘Bush Camp’. The wood stove crackling in the wall tent on chilly November evenings helped make this episode so memorable.
December 25, 2021
Fly Fishing Alberta’s Foothills with Tom Stewart
A quick overnight fishing trip to a favourite stream. 4 species hook ups, and the best day of fly fishing I’ve ever experienced. I think we hit 41 fish landed between both of us. Interesting to note that on the second day, while euro nymphing, I managed to catch a couple more fish than Tom. His technique of nymphing was a definite game changer for me.
August 24, 2021
Bear Hunt 2021
An expedition style podcast that documents an extremely memorable spring bear spot and stalk hunt with Kevin Kossowan and Jeff Senger. Every spring we spend several days in Alberta’s northern boreal forest looking for Black Bear.
July 08, 2021
Visit with Blayne Prowse of Stumpstalker Archery
I get to sit and talk with Blayne about his fletching business, Stumpstalker Archery. We chat about his arrows, which are a little different. We also talk about traditional bowhunting Columbia Blacktail on Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada.
June 10, 2021
Rikki Folger - First Wild Harvest!
I get to sit and talk with new friend and wild food chef, Rikki Folger. Rikki tells her story of progressing from a Michelin 3 star restaurant in California to her first wild harvest as a hunter! Rikki has had a completely self-determined journey in cooking wild food and she has just been successful in harvesting a wild turkey. A great story of a first harvest! @wild_and_foraged_
May 13, 2021
Victoria Loomis - wild food chef, hunter, boss
Tori is a hero of mine. I was very glad to be able to sit and talk with her about her hunting and cooking journey so far. She’s had an interesting life and she shares interesting experiences in this interview.
May 06, 2021
A Ramshackle Homesteading Episode
Jennifer and Keith from Ramshackle Homestead join us on the podcast this week. We talk about homesteading challenges and successes as well as some hunting and food ideas as well. Oh ya, and Jen got shot once. So there’s that too.
April 27, 2021
Jeff Benda - wild Game Cooking Inspiration
Wild game cook extraordinaire, Jeff Benda joins me in conversation on the Food Afield podcast. In this episode, Jeff helps inspire me with his methodology in adapting recipes to spotlight wild protein ingredients. Follow Jeff on Instagram at @wildgameandfish for great posts on the wild game food he prepares, and the hunting expeditions he enjoys!
April 12, 2021
Lake Trout Ice Fishing
Kevin Kossowan and I head out to the Rocky Mountains in mid March to backpack, camp and ice fish for the elusive Lake Trout of Spray Lakes. Kevin filmed episode 1 of season 8 of his award winning series, From The Wild; and, then we recorded enough material for a decent little Food Afield podcast episode! Fishing for Lake Trout, and especially ice fishing for them is a difficult process at Spray Lakes. Actually, the process itself isn’t what is hard, being successful at harvesting any fish in this lake is the real problem. But, we seemed to figure it out near the end of the trip, in true fashion for most of our outings.
March 24, 2021
E. Donnall Thomas Jr.
Don Thomas is a legend in the outdoor hunting and fishing community. He is widely considered to be amongst the best outdoor authors in the world and his traditional bowhunting, fly fishing and wingshooting adventures span the globe. Don has written more than 20 best selling books and countless articles; and, he always tells a great story. It is my honour to present to you my friend, Don Thomas, on the Food Afield Podcast.
February 23, 2021
Chef John Horne - Cooking With Fire Pt.2
Continuing our discussion on cooking with fire and the fuel we use...wood! Executive Chef John Horne joins me on this episode to share his thoughts on cooking with wood and wild food. John is absolutely one of Canada’s top chefs. This is a very rare opportunity. Hope you enjoy!
February 11, 2021
Wood Library - Kevin Kossowan
A very important part of wild food and outdoor cooking is the heat source. However, cooking with wood is so much more than heat. There are so many different ways to use wood to impart flavour profiles in your wild harvested dishes. In this episode we chat with filmmaker Kevin Kossowan about his "Wood Library" and some of the ways that he uses wood in the wild. Part 2 of this episode, which will air separately, features Chef John Horne. John is one of Canada's top chefs and his restaurant Canoe is the quintessential taste of Canada. 
February 09, 2021
Traditional Bowhunting Black Bear & Osso Buco
Jeff Lander of Primitive Outfitting provides the highlight of this episode with his story of the mauling that one of his friends received at the hands of a black bear. The story is a complete lesson on camp cleanliness and bear risk management. We also have a great little visit from Timothy Fowler, columnist with Bear Hunting Magazine and chef. Tim is gracious enough to share his technique on making the classic peasant dish, Osso Buco made with cross-cut bear shanks. Please check out and subscribe to the new Food Afield Magazine! B944j9bzsTm0KxDSNwQt
January 25, 2021
“Drinking Games” - Wild Foraged Cocktails with Melissa Fin
A wonderful conversation with bartender and foodie, Melissa Fin, about all things wild cocktail. Mel and I chat about the how-to's of foraging ingredients for tinctures and syrups. Then we get into wild created gins and how to create wild cocktails for home and camp! A stellar episode.
January 17, 2021
Chicken Strips and Fries
An episode dedicated to a successful boreal forest grouse hunt. I manage to knock down a couple Ruffed Grouse and Spruce Grouse on a solo hunt. Then I head into my echo chamber of a kitchen to fry up some fast food from slow food ingredients. It was such a great meal. Enjoy the show! Check out the new Food Afield Magazine!
September 15, 2020
Dry Flies
I have spent 9 out of the past 21 days fly fishing trout on different streams and rivers in the Alberta backcountry. This episode covers the From The Wild episode that Kevin Kossowan, Jeff Senger and I filmed. Then I come back to the same area on a solo trip a week later and am eventually joined by Jeff and his two daughters, Paige and Ainsley. We go over some fly fishing basics and enjoy a little in-camp smoked whitefish.
August 28, 2020
Blacktail Burrito
A great discussion with Chef Jade Berg! We talk about his evolution into hunting and a little about his cooking career. Then he tells us a great story about his last Blacktail hunt, which was successful; and, walks us through how to make Blacktail Burritos.
July 30, 2020
Little Wins
I get a chance to have a bit of a bumpy chat with Tyler Wilkins at North Mountain Knives. The connection was delayed in places, a little awkward with some delays, but Tyler is a great guest and gave me a lot of good info on his knives. I also publish a conversation that Kevin Kossowan and I had one afternoon in Bear Camp. We talk about some upcoming trips that will require some ultra-light gear. Then we morph into a totally inspirational conversation on food options that do not include freeze dried stuff. Enjoy!
July 17, 2020
Meat Bark
How to up your game with dry-ageing wild meat. This episode I get to meet Matthew Ochoa (@rockyred86 on Instagram). Matthew is a dry-age meat magician and we talk about some preliminary ideas on how and why to dry age your own wild game at home...or not. At the end of the show I introduce a new segment called “Guide Tales” and share perhaps my most memorable story from days spent professionally guiding on Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories, Canada.
July 01, 2020
Ditch Weed
Another few days of Spring spent in Bear Camp and filming another episode of "From The Wild" with Jeff Senger and Kevin Kossowan. There is a pretty strong vegetarian vibe this episode as we explore Fiddleheads and Marsh Marigold and Fireweed and other edible plants from the northern Boreal forest. From salads and broths to braise liquids and cocktail ingredients, there is so much to learn about the herbs and plants that add variety to our wild diet. Excited to have you along again on my wild Food Afield journey! Jeff gets a little colourful with his language describing things, but that is what we love about him! When Jeff gets rolling, just hit record and stay out of the way. lol
June 09, 2020
The Food Afield Podcast
Canadian wild food ingredients and how to collect them! Flyfishing , traditional bowhunting, wingshooting and foraging wild food.
May 20, 2020
In this episode I am back on the set of the award nominated series “From The Wild” with Kevin Kossowan and Jeff Senger. We are camped in the boreal forest of northern Alberta hunting Black Bear. One night, after getting back from a successful hunt, we were enjoying some drinks in the wall tent around the wood stove and we got to talking about taboo meats and some other meat related topics. In the back audio you can hear the fire crackling in the wood stove. In camp the next day, Kevin goes through the process of preparing a beautiful dish, Braised Rabbit in Garlic Cream! The From the Wild video series can be found at
May 19, 2020
Traditional Archery - Beginnings
Traditional Archery - Beginnings by John Schneider
September 08, 2016
RGE RD Venison S1E02
I get the chance to sit in Blair's restaurant RGE RD in Edmonton. RGE RD is one of Canada's top restaurants and Blair has a special focus on "untamed cuisine". We have a couple laughs reliving last November's memorable Whitetail hunt on our farm, where he knocked over his first big game animal. Listen all the way to the end to catch Blair's invaluable advice on properly preparing venison and what to drink with it!
August 14, 2016
Kevin Kossowan - Catch and Release S1E01
The premier episode of Food Afield with John Schneider. Guest Kevin Kossowan talks about his hit vimeo series From the Wild and we talk about our recent fly fishing trip and the ethics of catch and release.
July 30, 2016