Preserve, promote and protect the use of performance dogs for the purposes of effective wildlife management, conservation of wildlife and through the responsible, ethical care and partnership with hounds.


Houndsman XP is a widely-heralded weekly podcast designed to entertain and inform a previously ignored segment of the sporting dog community, hound hunters.  Hosts interview guests from every walk of the hound-hunting sport, garnering more than 1,500,000 downloads in the time since the popular program’s introduction in May of 2019. Houndsman XP covers a wide range of topics to include; performance hound care and nutrition, legendary and iconic personalities within the outdoor community, the ethical pursuit of game animals using hounds, and the biological benefits of hunting with hounds.


When you spend your advertising dollars with Houndsman XP, you are building a relationship with a brand that will be loyal to you. Houndsman XP will never place a competitor’s ad in the same production space. When Houndsman XP was established, the decision was made that we would only attach our brand to high quality products that we, as discerning houndsmen, use ourselves.

"A houndsman feeds his hound before himself, he will ensure his hound has medical care even if it means driving to the vet with the flu, or scaling cliffs or wading through snake infested swamps to get to his partner." -Chris Powell


Chris Powell

Founder / Host

Chris is a lifelong hunter, houndsman and wildlife management professional. Chris is retired from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, serving 28 years as a conservation officer and supervisor. He now travels the country with his hounds and pursues a variety of game animals with them and meets the dedicated outdoorsmen that share his passion for the houndsman lifestyle. Chris is a co-founder of an Indiana outdoor organization, the Hoosier Tree Dog Alliance, that is influential in conservation and legislative issues. Chris serves the Houndsman XP Team as owner, primary host, and producer.

Seth Hall

Patreon Manager / Host of "All Mixed Up"

Hailing from the southern deserts, Seth is an enthusiast of all things hunting and the outdoors with a passion for hunting with Sighthounds. His Salukis and Greyhounds blaze across the desert plains after the noble Jackrabbit, leaving a trail of dust as they go! Seth is a Wildlife BIologist with the USDA which stems from his great love of wildlife, ecology, and the natural world. Seth is the host of All Mixed Up, the Patreon Manager, and a content contributor for Houndsman XP.

Heath Hyatt

Host of "The Journey"

Heath has been an avid houndsman for 29 years. He started in the competition world running a plott female named Brandy, winning the Isiah Kidd award at plott days in 1997 and following up with high scoring plott of the year in 1998. He started bear hunting during those years and continues that passion today. He started into the Police K9 world in 2005 and has been training dogs for Law Enforcement since 2010. He is a Master Trainer for the State of Virginia running a group of 16 dogs in the area he works for. Heath runs several schools each year for new handlers and dogs. Just being around dogs and learning new ways to bring out the greatness in them is what it's all about for Heath.

Josh Michaelis

Host of "The Truth"

Josh Michaelis is a lifelong Houndsman with three decades of experience in raising, training, and competing with Treeing Walkers in competition coonhunting. With added experience in pointing breeds, retrievers, and working dogs of all kinds, as well as his job as a regional sales manager for Joy Dog Food, Josh has a unique perspective amongst houndsmen.

Chad Reynolds

Houndsman XP Contributor / Co-host

Owner of Reynolds Ranch LLC, a professional “any and all” animal training facility. Outside of commercial animal training, Chad likes to stay busy year round following his various hunting dogs, falconry birds, protection dogs and horses. Chad enjoys good company... but it has to be had on the way to the next hunt.

Bryce Matthews

Host of "Deep and Lonely"

Bryce has been immersing himself into the competition coonhunting world for the past 8 years: from "new kid on the block" to placing 5th at the 2022 UKC World Championship. He was raised right hunting deer dogs with his grandfather in the backwoods of North Carolina. Bryce is the current president of the Hoosier Tree Dog Alliance; his motivation driven by the competition world to become a better houndsman.


Houndsman XP

Hosted by Chris Powell

The Flag Ship of the Houndsman XP Podcast Network

This is the show that started it all. Airing each Monday, the Houndsman XP Podcast is hosted by HXP Owner Chris Powell. Chris talks with houndsmen, canine experts and warriors from across the globe that stand in the gap to defend our lifestyle of ethical hunting with the use of hounds against the animal extremists that threaten hunting and freedom on every front. Houndsman XP is the original podcast for houndsmen. Being the first podcast of its kind in the outdoor industry, Houndsmen XP has a mission to give hunters a voice that reflects our lifestyle in a way that Preserves, Protects and Promotes the use of hounds as a sound biological tool for science based wildlife management.

The Truth

Hosted by Josh Michaelis / Chris Powell

The Journey

Hosted by Heath Hyatt

All Mixed Up

Hosted by Seth Hall

Deep and Lonely

Hosted by Bryce Matthews
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