Summary: Join David Willms, Mike McGrady, Nephi Cole, and entertaining guests each week as they use humor, storytelling, and more than 40 years of collective experience in law, science, and policy to explain important decisions affecting your outdoor experience. As the guys frequently say, "There are millions of acres of opportunity out there. They belong to you. Every day, decisions are being made that affect your land, your water, and your wildlife. You should know about them. This is Your Mountain." http://www.itsyourmountain.com/
The guys take you on a 230+ year journey to understand how the United States went from having zero acres of public land to acquiring 1.8 billion acres, and then wound up with the 640 million acres we have now. They will explain: why the acquisition and disposition of federal lands were critical to settling the country; how the government disposed of land; authority for the government to own land; the Federal Land and Policy Management Act; the sagebrush rebellion; and more public lands stuff. Download now!
He starred in "Act of Valor." He authored the best selling books "Worth Dying For" and "Damn Few." He started his own brand, Ever Onward. Now, combat veteran and former Navy Seal Rorke Denver joins us for an educational, inspiring, and funny listening experience. Topics include: playing lacrosse, the inspiration of Winston Churchill, how to write a book, dying honorably, finding hunting as an adult, being a Navy Seal, goose hunting, Rorke's mountain, and so much more. Listen. You'll leave inspired.
Is hunting a right? It depends on where you live. The guys are joined by new Your Mountain team member Shawn Blajszczak to discuss state efforts to adopt constitutional amendments to hunt and fish. Topics include: how hunting helped win the Revolutionary War; the Constitutional Convention; 2nd Amendment; states that recognize hunting and fishing through their constitution; how state amendments differ; how courts have interpreted the amendments; and more. It's a little wonky, but a lot interesting. Enjoy!
Eric Dinger, CEO of Powderhook and co-host of the On Gravel Podcast, joins Dave and Nephi to talk all things hunting, including: R3; mentoring new hunters; things that keep people from hunting; why Lincoln, NE is the biggest little town in America; that time fantasy football cost Dave an elk; Nephi's propensity to interrupt Dave and tell stories with no ending; honoring our kill; and how the Powerhook app aims to increase hunting numbers to save our heritage. Take a listen, and share with a friend!
Blue laws were enacted hundreds of years ago to restrict certain activities on Sundays for religious purposes, but are mostly a thing of the past. Yet, some states still restrict hunting on Sundays - for reasons that have nothing to do with religion. Which states restrict Sunday hunting, and why? Which states are considering changing their laws? How have the courts weighed in? The guys dive into the past, present and future of Sunday hunting laws in a way that may leave you with more questions than answers.
Jessica Crowder, Policy Director for the Western Landowners Alliance (WLA), joins the guys to discuss both educational and entertaining topics like: who WLA is and what they do; landowners as conservationists; using livestock for invasive species control; participating in a women's antelope hunt; why hunting is a lot like dating; the need for a new "timber" app; getting kids hunting; a hilarious elk story involving Dave and Mike; and more. This one has it all, so listen and then share with a friend.
State legislatures are in session across the country, which means you need to be on the lookout for bills that may impact hunters and anglers. Fortunately, the guys have you covered. Topics discussed: Sunday hunting bills in PA and MD; anti-trapping in NM; changing hunter trespass in ND; prohibiting hunting contests in OR and WI; baiting deer in ME, lowering the hunting age in NY and WY, wildlife damage bills in ID, and more. Do you know of other bills working through state legislatures? Let us know!
Former Department of Justice attorney, Erik Petersen, joins Dave and Mike to talk about being a wildlife attorney for largest law firm in the country (DOJ). Learn more about how DOJ operates, and also some war stories. They talk litigation involving grizzly bears, wolves, wild horses (aka "range trash"), wildlife impacting Naval operations, driving a trolley in Boston, litigation as a fundraising mechanism, political bias among DOJ attorneys, Erik's mountain, and lots of other great discussion.
The federal shut down ended, and now it's time to talk about what to expect for sportsmen from the 116th Congress. Dave, Mike, and Nephi discuss the recently introduced Natural Resources Management Act, which is poised to move in this Congress. Topics include: LWCF, transporting bows in National Parks, shooting ranges, public land access, Partners in Conservation program, hunting on public lands, and so much more. This bill has something for everyone, and you should know about it. Take a listen.
Special Forces veterans, Kyle Lamb, Ryan Cleckner, and Scott Steiert join Nephi for an elk hunt, and then get into a frank discussion about all things hunting. Topics covered include: killing v harvesting game, long-range shooting, veteran's as hunters, thanking service members, training for combat, hyphenated-hunters, defending the Constitution, respecting people's hunting preferences, a new partnership with Viking Tactics, and each guest's mountain. Leave your political correctness at the door and enjoy.
The guys sit down with Ryan Bronson of Federal Premium Ammunition, Kyle Lamb of Viking Tactics, Mark Boardman of Vortex Optics, and Landon Michaels of Gunwerks to discuss: conservation, the biggest challenge facing the hunting/fishing community today, ways to address that challenge, and their favorite hunting/fishing memory. Oh yeah, and to announce a series of partnerships that will help deliver important, relevant content on issues facing your land, water, and wildlife to the broadest audience possible.
Dave, Mike, and Nephi are back after a brief holiday hiatus to tackle the partial federal government shutdown that's on the verge of becoming the longest in US history. They identify the agencies impacted, how different employees are impacted, how federal appropriations work, and what the shutdown could mean to the outdoor recreation community. Spoiler alert: not a lot of good news to report, but plenty of good information. Take a listen.
Dave and Nephi are joined by the leaders of State Outdoor Recreations Offices; Tom Adams (UT), Rachel VandeVoort (MT), and Domenic Bravo (WY) prior to their presentation at the Western Governor's Association. Topics include: what state outdoor recreation offices do; how we expand and enhance the outdoor recreation economy; building coalitions; using an area to death, funding resource management; growing an outdoor economy too fast; keeping Coloradans out of Wyoming, and a host of other interesting tidbits.
Wildlife conservation requires a regulated system for managing the game and the hunter. Known as the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, it has prevented many extinctions over the past 100 years. Everyone must follow state game laws now, right? Not so fast. The guys discuss a pending US Supreme Court case interpreting an 1868 Treaty that could exempt some citizens from state game laws on many federal lands. Listen to learn about the background of the case, and how it could impact you.
The guys sit down with TRCP's Alex Maggos and Zane Zaubi of Horizons Land and Farm Development to dive into the conservation title of the Farm Bill. From the Voluntary Public Access Program, to youth hunting, Alex and Zane make the case for continued conservation funding. Other topics include: importance of private land in conservation, sportsmen and landowners as partners, recruiting first time hunters, voluntary conservation, CRP, creating duck habitat, whether Congress can strike a deal, and more.