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The Bear Grease Podcast with host Clay Newcomb delivers compelling storytelling through documentary-style episodes exploring the culture, traditions, and history of rural America. He’ll dive in deep with hunters, biologists, anthropologists, and hillbillies to learn about human nature and our ancient connection to the land. Bear Grease explores unique people, topics, and stories that reveal the incredible value of life lived close to the land. Part of the MeatEater Podcast Network.
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On this episode, the crew exchanges gifts, eats Christmas cookies, dissects the Folsom site even more, and introduces a new guest. Clay makes an apology to early Christmas light hangers. The crew tries to understand why the Folsom hunters killed so many bison. Clay gives away Josh's muzzleloader in the gift exchange and Josh handcrafts a belt buckle for Daniel. This episode is full of good Christmas vibes, and though Brent couldn't make it, he leaves a special holiday tribute to the crew. Merry Christmas!Connect with Clay and MeatEaterClay on InstagramMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop Bear Grease Merch Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Ep. 206: Cobra Scare

Ep. 206: Cobra Scare

2024-04-1752:36

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 identity of "The Queen City of the Ozarks."  He interviews Fred Lally, Kyle Jeffries, John Stellars, and Kevin Jansen. Come see Clay and the rest of the MeatEater crew on the MeatEater Live Tour starting April 23rd. See www.themeateater.com/events for cities, dates, and tickets. Connect with Clay and MeatEater Clay on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop Bear Grease MerchSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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 MerchSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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. Also on the Render are Gary “Believer” Newcomb, Josh “Landbridge” Spielmaker, and Bear John Newcomb.  Connect with Clay and MeatEater Clay on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop Bear Grease MerchSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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 MerchSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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 Arthur, as these men tell their best turkey hunting stories. Connect with Clay and MeatEater Clay on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop Bear Grease MerchSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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 MerchSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
On this episode, Clay and the crew discuss his new custom saddle, trends in the owl hooting world, Moe’s great-grandfather being bushwhacked in the Civil War, and the latest Turkey Stories episode. He’s joined by viral owl hooter Demi Whittinghill, her husband John, Moe Shepherd, Misty Newcomb, and Josh “Landbridge” Speilmaker.  Connect with Clay and MeatEater Clay on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop Bear Grease MerchSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Brent's spilling the beans on how his and Clay Newcomb's Mississippi River Expedition film all came about with some behind the scenes information on how it was put together. It was a journey for the books and quite the production. Brent's talking boats and boating safety, if you can call it that, this week on MeatEater's This Country Life podcast. Connect with Brent and MeatEater MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop Bear Grease MerchSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This is episode one of the Bear Grease Turkey Stories Series. We’ve gathered six storytellers from Tennessee, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Georgia. We've got a tale of a man getting shot while hunting, a prankster planting a pair of emu eggs to trick his hunting buddy, and a 21-day hunt for a gobbler called the Blue Yodeler. Our storytellers are best-selling novelist, David Joy, TikTok celebrity, Macy Watkins, Jack Hall, a 92-year old Appalachian mountain hunter, and several others. Connect with Clay and MeatEater Clay on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop Bear Grease MerchSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
It's Black Bear Bonanza time in Arkansas and Brent’s gathering with hundreds of his closest friends to celebrate the American success story of the black bear. He tells the story of a life-changing black bear encounter that he credits as a resume booster. It's black bears, hooting owls, and good trades this week on MeatEater's This Country Life podcast.  Connect with Brent and MeatEater MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop Bear Grease MerchSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This podcast was recorded live at the Black Bear Bonanza in Bentonville, Arkansas. The crew talks about some of the most recent bear research in the state, then ends with a recap on the American Wilderness series. Clay is joined by AGFC biologist Myron Means, BHA CEO Patrick Berry, James Brandenburg, Bernie Barringer, Brent Reaves, and Misty Newcomb. Andrew Wills of Hawken Horse ends with the debut of his and Clay’s new song, "Arkansas Mule." Connect with Clay and MeatEater Clay on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop Bear Grease MerchSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Therapy can come from lots of places and some of the best are right out the front door. Brent’s telling us about one of his favorites this week on MeatEater’s This Country Life podcast. Connect with Brent and MeatEater MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop Bear Grease MerchSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
On this episode, Clay Newcomb explores the personal benefits of wilderness, but also criticisms of this federally managed land. He's again joined by Dr. Dan Flores, Dr. Sara Dant, Steven Rinella, Ben Masters, and Adam Keith. Connect with Clay and MeatEater Clay on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop Bear Grease MerchSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
What's better than catching fish? If you ask Brent, he'll tell you there's not much, but if you're catching a bunch of fish, now that's something special. He's gonna tell you one of the ways he and his brother, Tim, like to catch them, and tell you a story about the time they got caught themselves. It's "Fishing With Nets" on MeatEater's This Country Life podcast. Connect with Brent and MeatEater MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop Bear Grease MerchSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Clay Newcomb and the crew speak with the artist and retired Missouri Game Warden, Kyle Carroll, about his career in the American wilderness. They discuss the wilderness myth, Clay’s fourth verse of the song "Ironic," pragmatism, Frederick Jackson Turner’s Frontier thesis, and the wimpification of America. Josh “Landbridge” Spielmaker, Dr. Misty Newcomb, Bear John Newcomb, and Brent Reaves join the show. Connect with Clay and MeatEater Clay on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop Bear Grease MerchSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
What do you take with you when you're out in the woods to keep you from getting so hungry that you feel like your belly is rubbing a blister on your backbone? It's usually pretty basic for Brent when he can remember to take them. He's gonna share a story and some experiences on what he likes and how to make some fun memories while doing it. We're talking about Hunting & Fishing Food 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 Grease MerchSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This week on Bear Grease, Clay continues to explore the history of American ideals on wilderness with Dr. Dan Flores, Dr. Sara Dant, Steven Rinella, Hal Herring and Ben Masters. Connect with Clay and MeatEater Clay on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop Bear Grease MerchSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Brent's telling a tall tale this week about a coon that almost got away. He's got witnesses that the story's true and the video to back it up. Then he jumps the Big Muddy to visit with the folks at one of the biggest coon hunts of the year in Batesville, Mississippi. It's "Coon Hide & Seek and the UKC" on MeatEater's This Country Life Podcast. Black Bear Bonanza Connect with Brent and MeatEater MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop Bear Grease MerchSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This week on the Bear Grease Render, Clay Newcomb is joined by Brent Reaves of “This Country Life," Josh “Landbridge” Spielmaker and Maryland crabber, Luke McFadden. The crew talks about eating crabs before turning their attention to the most recent Bear Grease episode, "American Wilderness. (Part 1)." Connect with Clay and MeatEater Clay on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop Bear Grease MerchSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Comments (37)

Brian Jaynes

the goats WILL be there!

Feb 8th
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Iain Kaslar

I'd somehow missed this episode about ken's reward. after listening to the render where it was mentioned, I went back, downloaded it again, and registered paying much closer attention. Loved it. This country life is by far my favourite podcast, and I look forward to it coming out every Friday.

Dec 1st
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Brian Jaynes

don't get what is the big deal. Solidly half of the GWoT veterans that I know have refused to wear underwear (due to chaffing from body salt + environmental sand so fine called "moon dust"). I haven't worn any since 2006 myself. A little hygiene goes a long way if ya catch my drift... Puked or not (well played Clay!) under roos don't matter but fresh socks do! choose accordingly.

Sep 17th
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Linda Wilson

Hello I was engaged to suspect #1 at the time of this raid. The NWTF had a video that they played on TV about the operation red bud. I had a vcr tape but I have no idea where it is after all of these years. I seen Claude this past weekend and he told me about his Podcast with you. It brought back a lot of memories.

Jun 19th
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ID11393689

Super pretentious. Not sure why this guy is part of meateatertv

May 8th
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VAN ROSEBERRY

i would love to buy the book poachers were my prey, with rt stewart's signature. would you be able to do that?

Feb 11th
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John Taylor

Bear Grease is the best digital media in the Meat eater line up by far

Nov 14th
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Daniel Wagner

you have to have these guys back amazing podcast

Nov 10th
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Brian Miller

great podcast! I enjoy the original render crew but this one was nice. especially enjoyed mr Andy's lesson that he shared about when you promised God something. that sounds like a great bunch of guys to hang around

Oct 28th
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Brady Gross

stop apologizing for telling a good story

May 25th
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andrew galceran

0 4

Nov 19th
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Kent Aldridge

Bear Grease is a great show, you get deeper into some thinking mans subjects

Sep 25th
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Dan B

This is in my top 5 podcasts.

Sep 21st
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Dan B

I love this podcast and it is the sole reason I still connect with MeatEater

Sep 15th
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austin slaughter

great podcast my only gripe is that the randomly placed background music is a bit overbearing and distracting at times.

Sep 8th
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Frederick A. Smith

love the podcast. great to listen to at work when I'm driving. very informative. made be by book about Daniel boone

Sep 8th
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beautifulisblue

awesome podcast

Sep 4th
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Chris Gates

The only thing Clay got right about the story from Campfire stories was that there was a Game Warden and that there was a mud puddle. That was it! Love this Podcast!

Sep 1st
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Aaron Price

Clay Newcomb is an excellent podcast host not.only are his podcasts educational and informative but also a joy to listen too.

Aug 18th
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Chris Gates

This should be mandatory for all kids to listen to. Clay Newcom should be teaching American History to all! Great Listen and Great Podcast!

Aug 11th
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