Cal in the Field: Maine - Private Ground & Public Woodcock & Grouse | S2E04 | MeatEater

Apr 6, 2021
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Cal heads out to Maine to check up on Shiloh Pond and see what "access" means in Maine. He hunts grouse and woodcock in the nasty, thick regenerative growth of Maine's Northwoods with Brent West of the High Peaks Alliance.
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  • good job Cal

    BP7447BP744711 hours ago
  • I’m from maine and this absolutely awesome to see maine get recognition like this we are ver fortunate to have what we do and it’s up to us to keep this for future generations

    bill mazariegobill mazariegoDay ago
  • Top a serie do netflix asisto todo dia

    Richardtomazella TomazellaRichardtomazella Tomazella2 days ago
  • Hey Cal thanks for comming to Maine and spreading awareness for the High Peaks Alliance . Thank you MeatEater

    Errol LittlefieldErrol Littlefield2 days ago
  • Maine seems a lot like Vancouver Island here in BC.

    Gomi KelaGomi Kela2 days ago
  • 5:01 Cal should consider retaking hunter safety...yikes

    Matthew BarylskiMatthew Barylski3 days ago
  • Thanx

    jer ojer o3 days ago
  • absolutely love cal, does it look to anyone else like hes flinching bad everytime he shoots?

    22koltjos22koltjos3 days ago
  • Glad to call this great state home! I grew up hunting the logging land in the North Maine Woods. Amazing place for sure

    Calm Before the StormCalm Before the Storm4 days ago
  • What bird bag is Cal running?

    Erikk MachowekErikk Machowek4 days ago
  • Last October I shot a rough grouse in colorado with a sling shot

    rangercowboy 16rangercowboy 164 days ago
  • Quit trying to make cal happen , he's Steve's sidekick.

    Steve KellySteve Kelly4 days ago
  • how you been?

    Ali QazilbashAli Qazilbash4 days ago
  • What gun is cal using ?

    p44jodp44jod4 days ago
  • Not much better in this world than a brittany, some woodcock, and a double gun!

    Jeff DillonJeff Dillon4 days ago
  • Cal has a podcast on Spotify get onto it . Some interesting stuff on there

    OzArmourOzArmour4 days ago
  • We are losing formerly "public" land in Wisconsin, as well. These are lands that were owned by paper companies for decades and decades, and suddenly up go the gates and the signs- No Trespassing. We often wonder how it works when these companies sell out, they were all given lucrative tax breaks by the state on property taxes then suddenly its some wealthy guy who winds up buying them. Same for small plots owned by the DOT and other State agencies, many are now privately owned. Seems like something fishy going on with all the secretive transactions.

    Repete MynameRepete Myname4 days ago
  • One shot, one kill.... that’s how it should be. Taking double shots means you need more practice. Don’t look down the barrel, look at the bird, pull the gun up to your shoulder and shoot. I never miss that way.

    Ross McClureRoss McClure4 days ago
  • I'm worried about access to certain areas I hunt in California.

    skypieperskypieper4 days ago
  • I love hunting in Maine, I got so many grouse this year and a moose

    Ashton GuerinAshton Guerin5 days ago
  • Respect the land and the land will respect you. Take care of the land and the land will take care of you...

    Vincent HurietVincent Huriet5 days ago
  • I just had 30 of my 80 logged two years ago, the young poplar growth is like a magnet to Woodies. Damn they are my favorite to hunt!

    Jesse DahlJesse Dahl5 days ago
  • The upper peninsula of Michigan seems like the exact same environment, minus all the land being private

    Dad StuffDad Stuff5 days ago
  • That's some beautiful country

    rabbit boyrabbit boy5 days ago
  • I don't understand why people get so wrapped up on wanting to hunt private land. I see people hunting small shitty private lands before they go out and hunt excellent public lands! I don't understand it. I own private land and I like both, but I'll always hunt public land

    rabbit boyrabbit boy5 days ago
  • Great video! I fell in love with Maine last October when I took my first trip there with my young Labrador retriever to bag our first Ruffed Grouse!

    Charles HarakalCharles Harakal5 days ago
  • Cal rocks!!

    Hunter BockHunter Bock5 days ago
  • Would you guys ever do a Canada tour???

    Joseph FawnJoseph Fawn5 days ago
  • Glad Cal is not using an over\under shotgun, but rather a side-by side like a real english lord not common these days

    Harold JollyHarold Jolly5 days ago
    • ​@Harold Jolly ​ @Harold Jolly ​ @Harold Jolly The loudest people are usually the fools. Even within France, I am sure it is very diverse with customs. You should read "For a Handful of Feathers" by Guy De La Valdene" He lives near my hometown in northern Florida and lived in Normandy for some time. His writing about his childhood bird hunting and fishing in France is great as are his other works.

      RStoddard11RStoddard11Day ago
    • @RStoddard11 haha I didn't know that. I just know I hunted once in England and I had a o/a 12 gage shotgun and people said it was 'unfair' not very lordish idk.. Never been to US I am just a Frenchman amazing to know cultures and customs are different all over the world!!

      Harold JollyHarold JollyDay ago
    • Down in south Georgia and northern Florida, the "Lords" all have Browning or Italian O/U and the old timers in overalls and beat up trucks have side by sides. I prefer them myself.

      RStoddard11RStoddard11Day ago
  • This is what happens when you bring a western hunter here to the east. I’d be interested to see you guys come and shoot a big buck on public land anywhere in the northeast. Great video 👍👍😎

    Mass TrapperMass Trapper5 days ago
  • he said woodcock lol

    Art CMBDIAArt CMBDIA5 days ago
  • I was in maine around this time could you imagine running into callahan at Cabela's !

    Anthony KingAnthony King5 days ago
  • you are probably the most best ambassader for hunting and conservation an wildlife there is:)!

    Henrik LarssonHenrik Larsson5 days ago
  • This is a fantastic representation of hunting in western Maine. Cal and steve are the absolute best with teaching people wholesome hunting values and respect for the land and animals.

    Josh EustisJosh Eustis5 days ago
  • Great Video! Technically, these are private lands but they are heavily subsidized and receive massive tax breaks. This system was set up over a hundred years ago based in part on the thinking that because Maine is a forest products state and that industry employees so many Mainers (loggers, paper mill workers, truckers, etc) that this socialist arrangement was in our best interest. Times and industry have changed though but the socialist tax policies have not and are so deeply ingrained that they probably never will.

    Susan PottersSusan Potters5 days ago
    • I speak about this social contract a lot. Thanks for bringing it up. It has helped keep some forest in production though and I think helps keep a diverse land ownership in the southern half of the state. I do think linking public access to tree growth would be a smart move.

      High Peaks AllianceHigh Peaks Alliance5 days ago
  • #1 reason to significantly reduce immigration into this country is land access and wildlife habitat. This country is full. You cant really go anywhere where there aren't people, especially east of the Mississippi River.

    RaivkkaRaivkka5 days ago
  • Im enjoying this conservation series Cal..... great work

    Jim CurrieJim Currie5 days ago
  • The mightiest mustach in all of hunting.

    MadLipz JagdMadLipz Jagd6 days ago
  • Great video guys!

    Will CWill C6 days ago
  • The growth is so mature and grouse numbers so low now, even Burton Spiller, Norris, Wolner, et al would never bird hunt. They'd move or travel to hunt.

    Paliacho9Paliacho96 days ago
  • Great work as always Cal. Thanks for always fighting for the wild places - the best places we have left

    Hunter EdbergHunter Edberg6 days ago
  • What is Cal's shotgun in this episode? Looks like a 20 ga? What make and model?

    Chris TroutChris Trout6 days ago
  • Seriously love Meat Eater. The only real hunting show out there. Unlike other outdoor productions that are nothing more than outdoorsy frat boy wannabes engaging their viewers in a 40 minute infomercial for the not one, but 50 products they pimp for their sponsors (because after all, those tricked out F250’s ain’t cheap) Meat Eater actually describes the soul of the outdoors and what hunting and fishing are. Sometimes Steve harvests an animal, and sometimes he treks for miles and miles without so much as seeing any sort of game. That is reality. It’s appreciated, and it’s refreshing.

    West Water WoodcraftsWest Water Woodcrafts6 days ago
  • impresionante sus videos i que bonitos lugares caminan

    Felipe DominguezFelipe Dominguez6 days ago
  • Cal up in the 207 awesome

    Maine Home GrowerMaine Home Grower6 days ago
  • I'm not a hunter, have thought about taking it up. I am an outdoor enthusiast and i am happy there are people like you guys out there fighting the complete privatization of all lands! if it were up to all the billionaires we would be given our boxes to live in and only allowed out when they say so.

    Busting Balls Golf ChannelBusting Balls Golf Channel6 days ago
  • Greetings from Venezuela, excellent video .. I am a fan of the gauge 20, I love your shotgun. Could you share what brand and model is the one you use? Thanks, Succos!

    Freddy MosqueraFreddy Mosquera6 days ago
    • Thank you.

      Freddy MosqueraFreddy Mosquera6 days ago
    • Cal was using a older Franchi and I was using a 1932 Lefever Nitro Special

      High Peaks AllianceHigh Peaks Alliance6 days ago
  • I think the SxS makes Cal's mustache even more powerful.

    Brock YenglinBrock Yenglin6 days ago
  • Hellllllllll yaa cal 🤣

    Damien GonzalezDamien Gonzalez6 days ago
  • Did you keep the pin feathers on the woodcock?

    Robert HelliwellRobert Helliwell6 days ago
  • Why doesn't the team come here to NJ?

    ikazukison2ikazukison26 days ago
  • At 10:30, he mentions something important . . . giving everyone access to land that isn't otherwise marked is good in theory, but there is certainly a significant issue when "nuisance use" becomes an issue, mostly drinking and littering

    ikazukison2ikazukison26 days ago
  • What type of side by side was Cal using?

    NOIRNOIR6 days ago
    • @High Peaks Alliance gauge/specs? Link? Thanks in advance.

      NOIRNOIR6 days ago
    • @High Peaks Alliance thanks!

      NOIRNOIR6 days ago
    • A Franchi we loaned him

      High Peaks AllianceHigh Peaks Alliance6 days ago
  • Anyone know who makes Cal’s upland pack?

    Joshua GrochowskiJoshua Grochowski6 days ago
  • Come to Michigan, people eat their children before letting anyone hunt on a good piece of property.

    BigWater59BigWater596 days ago
  • Finally reppin Maine on the meateater Platform... Maine is your target audience

    Anthony RayeAnthony Raye6 days ago
  • That sweep at 5:04 is something me and my friends would do any day of the week, but I don't know that it's the best thing to see on camera.

    hnicjfchnicjfc6 days ago
  • I really digging these vids... Great content meateater!

    Metal Buddha HeadMetal Buddha Head6 days ago
  • Adding Cal has been a brilliant extension of the MeatEater brand. You've given us another protagonist that's likable, real, and an excellent narrator. Whoever is managing and editing these episodes is doing a fantastic job as well. Well done, folks.

    Michael JohnsonMichael Johnson6 days ago
  • remember when meateater was cool?

    Benjamin LasterBenjamin Laster6 days ago
  • dude is very light on his feet, super funny

    American ShadAmerican Shad6 days ago
  • Excited to see you working the Northeast. I'd love to see more!

    MesatchornugMesatchornug6 days ago
  • I've lived in Maine my whole life and just started upland hunting last year. I really appreciate you guys calling attention to this issue of access. It's well past time I joined a conservation program.

    Grant BealsGrant Beals6 days ago
  • Cal is the man Please do some bow hunting vids would be sweet

    OzArmourOzArmour6 days ago
  • Another great episode. You and Rinella are in a league of your own. Keep it up brother. Regards from a British pats fan. (Thought I’d mention that as you in that area. )

    Jackie KinnerJackie Kinner6 days ago
  • Heck ya next episode plz

    Jacob GodfreyJacob Godfrey6 days ago
  • Love these films , completely different from the hunting we have here in the uk, makes me want to come to the USA 👍

    stewart bucklandstewart buckland6 days ago
  • Cal needs to do a whole series about training a dog for hunting birds.

    Eric CEric C6 days ago
  • Cal, try hunting turkey in the fall in NYS. You can use dogs.

    Roberto AielloRoberto Aiello6 days ago
  • unsubscribing from this crap..R.I.P...MEAT EATER !

    brett mehrerbrett mehrer6 days ago
  • What kind of shotguns were y’all using? I’m in the market for a good side by side!

    Zach BryanZach Bryan6 days ago
    • Not sure what they are using, but the CZ-USA Bobwhite and Sharptail are great. Stoeger makes some more affordable versions.

      RStoddard11RStoddard11Day ago
  • Nothing against you guys but may love is the dogs. Brittanie's and English setters have my heart.

    Brenda van ordenBrenda van orden7 days ago
    • They are the sweetest bird dogs

      High Peaks AllianceHigh Peaks Alliance6 days ago
  • Private landowners - dont fall for the temptation to woodchip all leftovers from logging - like i know many already do, let the forresters like me leave piles of branches scattered around - it is gold for our small wildlife.

    bøf bøffersenbøf bøffersen7 days ago
  • Why shoot such a gorgeous bird jw Cal?is it gonna take the whole bird population by storm and you have to keep them in check ahaha 😏😘🇨🇦😎

    Keith BrassKeith Brass7 days ago
  • These are sooo good.

    James SeguraJames Segura7 days ago
  • This is as good as it gets. Really nice work.

    Mark TracyMark Tracy7 days ago
  • 5:01 Cameraman duckin but still getting the shot.

    Duskmean *Duskmean *7 days ago
    • Sad to say but poor form on Cals part. Did not expect him to take that shot, or for them to include it in the edit.

      klappy803klappy8035 days ago
  • Shout out,here in the philippines,i really like ur vedio....!

    Jerome RamosJerome Ramos7 days ago
  • I am a Mainer in the western area by the popular ski resort sugarloaf, and this is so true to what is going on. We have had such amazing hunting and raw area to get lost in that it use to be baffling to most. As we still do have a ton of this, but it is crazy to watch honey holes and just good old nostalgia areas become private. When I saw this episode was from Maine I lit up with and not only was I happy to see that they were hunting our enrich habitat, you were able to show the problems we have occurring. So thank you meat eater. Long time fan and happy to see you guys not only pursuing the paramount joys of hunting, but also the overcoming situations at hand to preserve it.

    Dow JonesDow Jones7 days ago
    • Woot!!!! A shout out from Westbrook!!!! :)

      StormcryStormcry4 days ago
  • You never feed the dog before a hunt but always keep the water and treats close by. You do short little walks with breaks in between and you can hunt all day long with the right team.

    Andrew WebsterAndrew Webster7 days ago
  • Grouse and woodcock have seemed to dissappear in CT and Western Mass.. As a kid they were abundant and loved to hunt them. Do you know what happenned to them? Coyotes, bobcats, hawks have crazy high numbers now.

    MpMp7 days ago
    • Development, loss of agriculture/forestry, check out the young forests initiative

      High Peaks AllianceHigh Peaks Alliance6 days ago
    • More likely related to habitat. Lack of timber harvest in appropriate moderation and species

      Gram MooreGram Moore7 days ago
  • Another good show Cal

    John NaesJohn Naes7 days ago
  • Just a great fuckin episode thanks cal

    USS_Catfish_the_tv_showUSS_Catfish_the_tv_show7 days ago
  • Great story ! Thanks Cal.

    Jim StaubJim Staub7 days ago
  • Great to see u guys out here in new england

    USS_Catfish_the_tv_showUSS_Catfish_the_tv_show7 days ago
  • Spent so much time sitting in a discovery 169 when I was young.

    sherlockbonezsherlockbonez7 days ago
  • I live around these grounds.. going to visiting this summer

    G TaylorG Taylor7 days ago
  • I fell in love with Maine and have gone up hunting there for the last decade. This is exactly my experience of how little public land there is, but lots of open private land.....for now. I appreciate what you do Cal.

    ltdannicholsltdannichols7 days ago
  • So cool to have this happen in Maine! We're loosing access at an alarming rate. These types of initiatives to secure public access, are so important, and are the future for places like Maine. Thanks Cal, MeatEater, and HPA for setting an example and shinning a light on this! I'm stoked to grab the shotgun and go check out Shiloh Pond this fall!

    Josh RayJosh Ray7 days ago
  • Access here in Vermont sucks! Mostly privately owned, and all those out of state owners post their land, since they come from NY, Mass, CT, NJ and so forth and do not have the same culture that we grew up with here, very sad.

    SteveSteve7 days ago
    • It is the writing on the wall.

      High Peaks AllianceHigh Peaks Alliance6 days ago
  • So cool to see new england in these episodes

    headybudheadybud7 days ago
  • Good deal Cal- I'm goin up to check it out!.thanks 🤙🤙

    brickcityluvbrickcityluv7 days ago
  • So happy to see an episode in Maine!

    Kale ChurchillKale Churchill7 days ago
  • This is happening all over the Pacific Northwest. Timber companies that have opened gates for decades during hunting seasons are now charging for access and closing gates

    S GS G7 days ago
  • I'm from Maine and now live in a western state that's majority public land. I've tried to explain access to poeple here and they almost don't believe me. Maine is largely wild but seriously unlike the wildlands in the west. This is a really great and important thing to talk about.

    j carryj carry7 days ago
    • @Moonshine Mackey yeah

      j carryj carry3 days ago
    • What state? Utah

      Moonshine MackeyMoonshine Mackey3 days ago
    • @Sooner Frac Friend, it definitely is their job and it's definitely in the constitution. It gives Congress the “power to dispose of and make all needful rules and regulations respecting the territory or other property belonging to the United States...” which directly implicates that the Unites states is allowed to own property, because it already did at the time. If we can claim that the original intent covers an AR, which it does, then this is a slam dunk. The federal government absorbed the responsibility for the theoretical, unknown amounts of territory that the colonies "owned" under crown law so that it couldn't be lost by other means. Since then whatever doesn't get allotted to form a state or bought by an individual is still owned by the US and its citizens under the original intent of the framers. "Public" land wasn't technically a thing in 1788 but neither was a brass cartridge. It was just an acknowledged fact. Any land without a fence was pretty much public, and it was overseen by some type of government who protected it as a common resource. BTW, not everything you don't love is an "end run around the constitution." That cathphrase is already a stale turkey. But I appreciate your point, the fed can definitely screw things up. But I believe that leaving things up to the individual states opens too many terrible doors of whimsy, competition, and carelessness. Allowing states to determine their own 2A laws leads to lots of absurd situations. I have guns in Maine that I couldn't move west with me because if I stopped in Massachusetts for any reason I could be quite legally searched, seized, and arrested for riding around with World war relics. Think about what would happen if every state really got to act like its own kingdom, or just if the feds didn't have land authority. If Utah hadn't been forced into acknowledging federal authority and then forced into statehood there'd be an independent slaveholding nation in the west with control over the water supply of millions and one of the greatest flyway stops on the planet. Some of the greatest paleontological and archaeological and first nation history would have been shut off from science and probably bulldozed by a theocratic corpo-state who has a long history of poaching and hiding findings that don't compliment their scriptures. If there was no centralized authority like the forest service who would be monitoring the west for abuse by log poachers, or cartels who wanted to grow closer to their market? What if Colorado went broke and decided to harvest all their resources all at once? Well the Rio grande, the Colorado, they'd be gone. Millions and millions would be displaced, Americans would flee as refugees. The lights would go out and farms would dry up across 6 or 7 states. Anyway, I just think that in this case its something that a central government does better overall. Just my friendly case I'm making. But we agree that having the common resource is important, and that's a thing people in the northeast don't understand because things were stable and now they're not, and it's why they're losing access to the wealthy.

      j carryj carry5 days ago
    • Oh, I get that states do some shady crap too. Leasing in some western states for top elk habitat to the highest bidder. But as bad as the states are, especially with pollution, the federal EPA has caused more disasters than the state, and often bigger. Remember the mine cleanup a couple years ago? That was the EPA screwing around with a situation that was for the most part already fine. As to flavor of the day regulations, that already happens quite frequently, especially at the federal level. Again, especially with the EPA. They have been known to let friends in the environmental rights groups know that they won’t fight certain lawsuits if they were brought, then once filed they cave in and payout plus legal fees. Essentially using federal funds to provide income to radical environmentalists. Then there’s the capricious and ever changing regs on federal lands about access, what can be done and when, etc.. Again, the point is, without making and end run around the Constitution, there’s no provision for them to hold the titles. I’ll add this in closing. I don’t think it’s Constitutional under the ORIGINAL meaning and intent of the Constitution. But they are almost certainly not going anywhere anytime soon, and as such we should be protecting them from destruction as well as allow proper management. Proper management means all of it. The wildlife, water, and minerals.

      Sooner FracSooner Frac5 days ago
    • It’s not there job. Pure and simple, according to the Constitution it’s just not their job. We can’t sit back and say how we believe in the Constitution when it benefits us (i.e. 2 A rights) then say well, it’s ok if they overstep their boundaries in this area because it benefits me in a different way. I don’t like it, it is what it is. It doesn’t mean I’m 100% against public lands, there are limited cases where they are needed such as Corps Of Engineers lands, and some other federal lands as well. Usually military related. Yeah, I know the CoE is also military. But the point is there isn’t a direct pathway to federal land ownership via the Constitution, every justification is a convoluted mess to circumvent the document. Generally it’s done out of stewardship and and public welfare, etc... Guess what philosophy they are trying to do right now at the Supreme Court to be able to have warrant less searches for guns? Essentially the exact same. It’s in the public interest, it’s called a community caretaker. Now, it’s entirely the same thing, but the justification for WHY they are able to do it with land is the exact same thing. You can’t be trusted with the land so it will be held for you instead. Like I said, I am torn because I do love our public lands. But I do believe they have gone overboard on them.

      Sooner FracSooner Frac5 days ago
  • Not a fan of blunting a local economy by securing private land away from productive, sustainable ownership, to economically unproductive public, government bureaucracy run land.

    CJ ECJ E7 days ago
  • I see Cal and thumbs up!

    MMR TacticalMMR Tactical7 days ago
  • Awesome to have you up here in Maine Cal!

    Alex C.Alex C.7 days ago
  • Can we skip summer and fast forward to October?

    Dsb9erDsb9er7 days ago
    • Only if we can make October 180 days long

      Ben KizerboughnerBen Kizerboughner6 days ago
  • My camp is in the same county nothing better than a couple birds in the pouch

    Benjamin HoefsBenjamin Hoefs7 days ago
    • Hope you check us out. We need everyone who cares.

      High Peaks AllianceHigh Peaks Alliance6 days ago
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