Hunting Vegans, a thoughtful new podcast that examines our complex relationship with the environment. Vegan yogi Niti Kala and wildlife scientist/lifelong hunter Nate Wehr ask the question: can you teach a vegan to hunt? The answer takes them on a journey beyond hunting, encompassing everything from ancient Hindu philosophy to modern piracy, from Namibian game reserves to the rivers of New York City and beyond. Each week hear diverse perspectives on hunting, conservation, outdoor recreation, and what each of us can do to save the planet.
Meet co-hosts Nate Wehr, Appalachian wildlife scientist and lifelong hunter, and Niti Kala, Hindu vegan and non-hunting New Yorker, as they consider the good, the bad, and the very ugly aspects of Niti’s first encounter with hunting: a coyote contest.
Remember Where the Red Fern Grows? Turns out it wasn't just about cute dogs, it had a lot of hunting in it too. Niti and Nate revisit the classic book by Wilson Rawls and talk about hunting culture and how a novice can engage with the hunting community.
Niti and Nate dive deep into New York's waterways with Katie Leung of Riverkeeper and learn how to get involved in local conservation efforts - like the annual Riverkeeper Sweep! Katie also offers a personal take on diversity in conservation and making outdoor recreation more accessible (Bonus: Katie tells us about her time at NYC Parks monitoring urban wildlife and Niti discovers the fascinating world of birds)
Nate and Niti talk with Dr. Michael Fisher, professor emeritus of history at Oberlin College and renowned expert on Indian history, about Hindu ideals of nonviolence, the history of hunting in India, and their past and present influence on India's conservation efforts.
A bonus episode in honor of Brant MacDuff’s new book The Shotgun Conservationist! Niti and Nate sit down with Brant for a wide-ranging discussion on everything from butchering cows to birdwatching and food ethics (and Niti promises to give hiking another chance)
The Shotgun Conservationist is out now! https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/brant-macduff/the-shotgun-conservationist/9781643261034/ Find Brant here: https://www.immortalanimals...
Niti and Nate voyage to Fiji to learn about biodiversity, coral reefs and traditional fishing practices with Dr. Josh Drew - until their journey takes an unexpected turn into the treacherous world of fish pirates.