The Big Honker Podcast is your ultimate authority on all things waterfowl hunting!! The show's hosts are Jeff Stanfield, owner of Stanfield Hunting Outfitters and Andy Shaver, head guide at Stanfield Hunting Outfitters. You will not find a duo more knowledgeable about the hunting industry than these two! Join them as they give you an all access pass into what most hunters dream about, which is to hunt for a living! Not only will they be giving you a peek behind the curtain on what its like to run one of North America's largest outfitters but each episode will be filled with discussions on topics such as scouting, decoy spreads, migration and hatch reports, product reviews, retriever training, calling tips and techniques, as well as tactics they use everyday to make each hunt a success... Couple that with the occasional tall tale from past hunts and special guests interviews from waterfowl industry leaders this show will be a fun ride and a must listen for everyone from the most hardcore hunter to the hunter that only hits the field twice a year.
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Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by Erik Guggenheim and his lovely wife, Mary Caroline Guggenheim. Erik is a world class photographer, waterfowl hunting extraordinaire, and he has chased waterfowl up and down North America. Mary Caroline grew up in hallowed Stuttgart, Arkansas, and she has worked for some of the top companies in the waterfowl and outdoor industry, including, Macks Prairie Wings.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by aspiring country music artist, MarDe Brooks. The guys discuss MarDe's life as a singer/song writer, what led him leave his corporate life behind for a life on the road, the impact music has on everyone, and what aids him in writing music.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by the host of the hit show Duck Camp Dinner, Chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois. Season 2 of Duck Camp Dinner premieres August 12th on the Meat Eater YouTube channel. They discuss what to expect in the second season, wild dishes prepared at the Duck Camp, blind snacks, diet and weight loss, Southern Louisiana heritage, and Jean-Paul looks shares his ideas for season 3.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by avid ducker hunter Shawn Winstead. Shawn is a cancer survivor and the guys discuss his battle with cancer and keeping a positive attitude, duck hunting in Tennessee, and draw system for blinds on Tennessee public land.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by the only Official State Photographer of Texas, Wyman Meizner. Wyman has recently finished his upcoming book, The Art of Predator Calling: A Portrait in Tradition, which will be available later this fall. They discuss his passion for pursuing coyotes and his meticulous note taking, his mindset going into this latest book project, rattlesnakes dens, and plenty of history.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by attorney and author, Jim Crews. Jim's first book, Amid the Cypress, is a collaboration of the decades he has spent journaling his hunting adventures. They discuss Jim's recent hunting trip to South America with Ramsey Russell, keeping a hunting journal since the '70's, the challenges of the past hunting season, and they talk about this coming dove season.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by Fowl Flight Outfitters owner, and former Stanfield Hunting Outfitter's waterfowl guide, Mike 'Mags' Kmetz. Mags has been an avid waterfowl hunter since he was a kid hunting on Lake Michigan. The guys discuss his journey in the waterfowl business, what shaped his mindset and love for waterfowl hunting, and what he sees for the future of waterfowl hunting.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by butcher and outdoorsman, Jordan Nisly. The guys discuss Jordan's meat processing company, some of the wild dishes he's made with some unconventional game choices, and community coyote drives. Jordan has his own YouTube channel @Jordans Harvest where you can see his adventures.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by World Live Duck Calling champion, Cory Niccum. Cory is coming off a big weekend at Dive Bomb Squadfest, winning both the two man meat duck and the open meat duck calling contests. They discuss Cory's time on the calling contest circuit, guiding waterfowl and turkey hunts for a living, spooky things they've come across in the woods, the future of calling contests, and what it takes to be a world champion duck caller.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by cowboy and ranch hand, Ty Self. Ty has worked on the King Ranch and on the border of Texas. They discuss living on the Texas border with the heavy migrant surge and what all they have found while on horseback, ranch rodeos, his time on the King Ranch, and the guys debate what they would do if they found $1 million dollars out in the woods.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by the Wisconsin Turkey Commander, Loren Voss. Loren has harvested over 150 turkey during his time in the turkey woods. The guys discuss what attracted him to turkey hunting, how he's maintained his love for chasing longbeards, beating cancer 30 years ago, and his new book set to release this fall.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by the owner of Dive Bomb Industries, Cody Stokes. Dive Bomb is getting ready for SquadFest 2.0 this weekend, and some of the biggest names in waterfowl will be in attendance. The guys discuss what Cody has planned for this year's SquadFest and what changes they made from last year. They also talk about new products coming from Dive Bomb Industries for this coming waterfowl season, his hunting trips from last season, and nocturnal ducks.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by Lovejoy High School offensive coordinator Jayson Lavender and his son Jaxson Lavender, who is entering his senior year of high school football and he is ranked as the #7 wide receiver in the state of Texas. Jaxson has already committed to SMU and the guys discuss what led him to the SMU Mustangs over other universities. Jayson grew up with Jeff and they both attended Wichita Falls High School, where Jayson held the national pole vault record for several decades, and he went on to play wide receiver at Texas Tech University.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by former Stanfield Hunting Outfitters waterfowl guide, Matt Sullivan. Matt worked at Stanfield Hunting Outfitters during the early days of the company, and was among the first group of waterfowl guides Jeff hired in the mid 90's. The guys share stories about those winters in West Texas chasing ducks and geese, and building on a dream. Matt was always the class clown that was an extremely effective waterfowl hunter.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by the owner of Dry Creek Outfitters, Rustin Morgan. The guys discuss the upcoming hunting season and Rustin is getting ready to launch a new app that will revolutionize the way clients interact with the outfitters where they have hunts booked.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by bow fisherman, Nick Sebold. The guys discuss the growing popularity of bow fishing, the ins and outs of getting ready for a bowfishing tournament, and how Nick transitions from bow fishing right into to waterfowl hunting.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by the owner of Guyette & Deeter Inc., Jon Deeter. Guyette & Deeter has held over 125 live auctions, realizing over $200 million in sales of decoys, paintings, and related sporting items. Their firm has handled the most important decoys and collections in North America. The guys discuss how Jon's love for collecting decoys turned into a business. Then, they look at some of the more expensive items to be auctioned by Guyette & Deeter, including a duck call that sold for over $100,000, and Jon shares several stories about the rich waterfowling history of North America.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by coon hunter, Jacob Heumphreus. From more strict trespassing laws to the fur trade becoming obsolete, coon hunting is a fading piece of Americana. The guys discuss the art behind running hounds for raccoons and why the population of coon hunters is dwindling, the makings of a good hound dog, and what's the craziest thing he's found while running hounds in the woods.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by high school teachers, Kim Price & Erin Nimetz. Erin teaches Forensics at her local high school, which wildly popular with the juniors and seniors, where the students observe all that goes into studying a crime scene. Kim teaches Family and Consumer Sciences where the students learn the finer details of being an adult and study balancing a bank account, financing a vehicle, and buying a home. In this episode they discuss these courses in detail and how they fit into the students curriculum and advance their futures. Erin has "Serial Killer" Fridays so they look at some of America's more notorious and heinous serial killers, including, some that are closer to home.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by head football coach Mitch McLemore & "Coyote Man" Clay Reid. Mitch and Clay have spent decades together chasing coyotes and varmints across multiple states. This episode is full of more hilarious stories from their adventures in life and profound wisdom from times of hardships.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by film maker and producer of their new YouTube series, The First Family of Waterfowl, Ricky Keller. He has worked for some of the top brands in the hunting industry, including, Beretta and Lucky Duck, and he spent a large amount of time this past winter filming at The Big Honker Lodge for the upcoming series. They discuss Ricky's time and entrance into filming outdoors adventures, what makes The Big Honker Lodge a unique experience, the treacherous editing process, and how this series will be different from the typical hunting show.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by the founder of 24.7 Hunt, Ranar Moody. Ranar and 24.7 Hunt have three seasons of hunting footage on YouTube, chasing after everything from ducks to dove and turkey. The guys discuss Ranar's journey in the hunting industry, his entrepreneur side and branching out to develop music and sneakers, and how he's handled being in the public's eye.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by the owner of Chêne Gear, Jeff Jones. Chêne Gear makes the best waders on the market and now their lineup is expanding. In this episode, Jeff Jones announces all the new products that Chêne Gear has coming out for the 2022-2023 waterfowl season.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by Jeff's high school friend and trucker, James Steinbeck. James grew up in a tough environment and served 4 different prison sentences in the Texas and Oklahoma, but was able to turn his life around after earning his CDL license in prison. James is very candid and honest as they discuss his life as a criminal, his arrest and time in prison, and how he eventually turned his life around to build a highly successful business.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by Sean Weaver of MeatEater's Duck Lore. They discuss what led Sean to working with Steve Rinella and MeatEater, the hits and misses from last waterfowl season and how the inconsistent weather patterns complicated filming for Duck Lore, new projects and research that has occupied Sean's offseason, and his plans for this upcoming waterfowl season.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by David Schuessler of Ducks Unlimited. For 85 years Ducks Unlimited has conserved almost 15 million acres of waterfowl habitat in North America. In this episode, the guys discuss David's career at Ducks Unlimited, their ability to adapt and modify at Ducks Unlimited during the pandemic, getting more people involved in the conservation effort, and how Ducks Unlimited has stood the test of time.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by the boys from Fowler Hide Supply, Cameron and Drew Peters. Fowler Hide specializes in making custom leather goods for waterfowl hunters. The brothers tell where the idea for Fowler Hide started, how they have been received by the waterfowl community, and what they have planned for the future.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by Mark Boardman and Haley Fochs from Vortex Optics. Vortex is a veteran owned, family owned business that has made a name for itself by making products that give consumers the best value for their dollar. Mark and Haley detail their favorite products from the Vortex lineup and where they like to use certain optics on their hunts, Mark outlines his upcoming hunts in Maui for axis deer and Kodiak for black-tailed deer, and Haley tells of a frustrating spring turkey season.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by the one and only "Coyote Man" Clay Reid. This episode is filled with more hilarious stories and "Coyote Man" wisdom. He is currently working on a book and attempting to bag one coyote per day for an entire year.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by the owner of Cadillac Creek Outfitters, Toby Brohlin. They talk about the past waterfowl season at Cadillac Creek, the benefits of building a hunting lodge, the average career of a waterfowl guide, embracing the grind of hunting season, and how Toby's views on social media have shifted over the years.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by retired Marine and motivational speaker, Davey Lind. In 2007 Davey and his unit drove over a roadside IED resulting in the loss of both of Davey's legs. The guys discuss Davey's career in the military, his road to recovery and how he amazed the medical staff by his speedy progress. They also talk about the role that anti-depressants could be playing in veteran suicide and society at large.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined Michigan waterfowl hunter and friend of Boss Shot Shells, Mike Clements. Mike works in the oil and gas industry and has traveled all over the world. The guys discuss Mike getting accepted into MIT, his research on the railgun, working in foreign countries, and Mike recently took a trip to North Dakota to get a firsthand account of the bird flu.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by Indiana waterfowl hunter, Zane Ladig. The guys discuss Zane's impressive waterfowl season from the previous season, chasing big geese in North Dakota's early August season, and Jeff and Andy settle their debate on "reaping" turkeys.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by Congressman, Dr. Ronny Jackson. Ronny is a retired United States Navy Rear Admiral and former Physician to the President for President Obama and President Trump. He now represents Texas's 13th Congressional District. The guys discuss the recent $40 billion aid package that was approved to send to Ukraine, the baby formula shortage, the recent de-classification of documents regarding UFO's, and President Biden's cognitive decline.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by Chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois from Duck Camp Dinners. The guys discuss when Jean-Paul knew he was comfortable in front of a camera, getting his start in a New York City restaurant, coastal erosion in Louisiana, his hunting plans for this coming waterfowl season, and he lists his top 5 favorite places to eat.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by University of Oklahoma meteorology student and avid waterfowl hunter, Daniel Carter. The guys discuss the dry weather pattern that has plagued the Plains states, the college transfer portal and the NIL, chasing tornados, and they look to this coming waterfowl season.
This episode Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by die hard turkey hunter, Cameron Weddington. Cameron recently wrote an article for Outdoor Life magazine explaining why "turkey reaping" uses the toms own instincts against him and gives turkey hunters an unfair advantage. The guys discuss the growing popularity of "turkey reaping", how social media has changed turkey hunting and the perspective of turkey hunters, the turkey's rapid population decline and what might be done to reverse the decline.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by the owner of Skeen Gundogs & Outfitters. They talk about Wade's goose and duck hunting from the past season, turkey hunting in Kansas and the dip in the turkey population, hiring new waterfowl guides, and Wade's new dog training program that focuses on working more with the dog handler.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by Buck Heath and Jay Peterson from Dirty Duck Coffee. The guys discuss what led to Buck and Jay starting Dirty Duck Coffee, their vision for Dirty Duck moving forward, their duck hunting from the past waterfowl season, hunting morel mushrooms, and the Johnny Depp trial.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by Army National Guard veteran, Ryan Lonegran. Ryan deployed to Iraq in 2009 and he was stationed at Camp Bucca where on a daily basis he was hands on with some of the world's most vicious terrorists. After returning home, Ryan struggled with PTSD and through that battle he has become a voice and an ally for veterans transitioning to civilian life.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by Chris Dorsey of Dorsey Pictures and host of Sporting Classics TV on the Outdoor Channel. Chris has recently released his IMAX and 3-D film Wings Over Water. The film showcases the vital importance the Prairie Pothole Region plays in the production of not just waterfowl but million of birds and other species. They discuss what led to the production of this film, the challenges of filming for IMAX, why conserving the prairie pothole region should be a mainstream issue, and what Chris is working on next.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by Chef and bbq pit master Bart Likes. The guys talk about Bart's influences and technique in making delicious bbq, taking the leap to start his own food truck and opening a brick and mortar restaurant, what led him to cooking, and how he plans to expand in the future.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver hit a variety of topics, including the newest branch of the Department of Homeland Security, the Ministry of Truth, and the pair examine several frightening outcomes, they look at recent UFO Report released from the Pentagon, and they discuss the connection between Charles Manson and the CIA.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by Cole Townsend, co-owner of Ole Dog Outfitters in Alberta. Cole started guiding waterfowl hunts for Ranger Creek Goose in Knox and Haskell county. The guys discuss the early days of Cole's guiding career, keeping Ole Dog Outfitters doors open during the border shutdown, the good and bad of social media, and what aspiring waterfowl guides are missing.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by Trent Dirks from Retrieving Freedom, who places service dogs in the homes of Veterans and children with Autism. Trent battled with PTSD after his military career ended and he found out firsthand how a service dog can change a life.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by one of the most promising young photographers in the waterfowl and outdoor world, Seth Dortch. Seth has worked with some of the most prominent brands in the waterfowl industry and has learned from some the best in the business. They discuss his start in the photography game, balancing work, family, and fitness, being the new guy, and the rich hunting heritage in Tennessee. Seth had to go chase a mid-morning Tom with Kelley Powers after about 40 minutes and after that Jeff and Andy bounce back and forth on several different topics. *When Seth mentions him starting as a full time photographer in 2018, 2017 is the actual year.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by former Major League Baseball player, Jay Bruce. Jay played 14 seasons and was 3 time All-Star and a 2 time winner of the Silver Slugger Award. After his retirement from baseball last year Jay purchased Sure-Shot Game Calls. The guys discuss Jay's career in majors, what led to him buying Sure-Shot, being the new face in the duck call world, and what his approach will be to revamping this historic brand.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by the one and only, Ramsey Russell. Ramsey chases ducks and geese from one corner of the earth to the other. His company GetDucks.com specializes in worldwide waterfowl hunting, living by the motto of "It's duck season somewhere." The guys discuss difficult clients, where all Ramsey plans to hunt this spring and summer, and traveling with the wild and varying restrictions all over the world.
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by one of the world's best waterfowl and outdoor photographer, Lee Kjos. The guys talk about the changing landscape of the hunting industry, the divide among hunters, how Boss Shot Shells changed the game forever, and Lee reflects back to when waterfowl hunting was at its purest form.