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/
Dave and Nephi visit with Jon Zinnel, Federal Premium's Conservation and Youth Shooting Sports Director. They talk all things Federal, including: innovation in the ammunition industry, why you should care about the shooting sports, youth shooting programs, what makes up a wildlife agency budget, impediments to recruiting youth hunters, the need to invest in conversation, Jon's Mountain, and more.
Mike and Nephi break down the recent action to repeal the Waters of the United States regulation established during the Obama administration, but first give the historic context to understand what is going on. They take a dry subject and filter out the noise so you can be informed around the water cooler. Enjoy.
In this episode, Dave and Mike want to hear from you! They quickly run through 10 current events in natural resource law and policy that you need to know. Then they ask you to let them know which ones deserve a dedicated episode. This is your chance to weigh in on the next several episodes of the podcast, so take a listen and then email your suggestions to email@example.com or connect via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram at the handle @itsyourmountain.
Dave and Mike visit with US Senate Budget Committee Chairman, Mike Enzi (R-WY). They discuss his decision to enter politics; his early career; the Interstate Transport Act of 2019; pack rafting in Yellowstone; the Land and Water Conservation Fund; the difference between the budget and appropriations; whether the President's budget matters; getting money to projects on the ground; how the public should advocate with the Senate; Sen. Enzi's experiences as a hunter/angler; his Mountain; and more.
Matt Hoobler of Pathfinder Ranches picks up with the guys right were they left off in ep. 64. They dive into Dave's moose hunt, which Matt shared. Lots of lessons in this episode. They cover: treating wounds in the field, navigating in the dark, processing meat properly, moose introduction in Colorado, coyotes, and more. Matt even cooks up something special for the guys. This episode is very different from a typical Your Mountain episode, but is a lot of fun! Listen to the story, and learn what not to do!
Matt Hoobler of Pathfinder Ranches joins the guys to talk about his business of sage grouse conservation banking. They discuss how conservation banks work, grazing benefitting habitat, youth hunting programs, Dave turning 40, pranks on friends, and a primer on an epic moose hunt. You won’t want to miss this episode.
National media headlines would lead one to believe that the Trump administration just significantly weakened the Endangered Species Act. Did they? They guys dissect the recent amendments to the implementing regulations, and lay out both the positives and negatives of the changes. They also get philosophical about partisanship, and Nephi dishes some compliments. So, is the sky falling? Are species destined to falter? You'll have to listen to find out.
Join Dave as he visits with Chris Tymeson - chief legal counsel for Kansas Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism. They discuss the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, being a wildlife attorney, fishing for wipers, public private partnerships, and everything you want to know about Kansas wildlife.
Dave and Nephi address the controversial appointment of attorney William Perry Pendley to the highest post at the BLM. Is there cause for alarm? Are public lands really in jeopardy of being sold to the highest bidder? They tackle these questions, discuss the legal framework of public lands and the process for disposition of federal lands. They also discuss the importance of understanding alternative points of view to better resolve conflict.
Dave and Nephi wax philosophical with TV host, podcaster, author and self-guided public land hunting advocate Randy Newberg. Join the conversation about Randy’s evolution from hunting as a kid to being a major public voice for conservation on public lands. From managing the land, to managing for species such as wolves and grizzly bears, this episode covers a lot of ground. Enjoy.
The guys discuss a new grizzly bear lawsuit (not about Wyoming grizzlies); a bill in Congress that would forever prohibit grizzly bear hunting; and a bill that would ban the importation of many species of African wildlife into the United States. Dave also shares a story from his private legal practice, and Dave and Mike plan their fall deer hunt. True edutainment in this episode! Listen and subscribe!
Your Mountain sits down with John Burns, the "Godfather" of Long Range, former host on Sportsmen's Channel and Shooting Beyond Belief. Listen as we discuss legislation on the use of technology in hunting, Mountain Pursuit's 400/50 challenge, Boone and Crockett Club's position on Long Range Hunting, how an individual can find their own proverbial line in the sand, can you really buy your way in, and more.
Dave and Nephi take a deep dive into the current status of wolves in the United States. They discuss: the new US Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to delist wolves nationwide; the legal definition of distinct population segments; hunting wolves; reintroducing wolves in Colorado; the value of state management; current wolf populations; and more. They leave a lot on the table too, so watch for future episodes on the topic!
What do Gerrymandering and Census citizenship questions have to do with decisions relating to land, water, and wildlife? The guys will break-down two recent US Supreme Court decisions, and discuss the nuances that could make their way into the natural resources arena. You also learn where the genesis of the term, "Gerrymandering"; a little about Mike and Dave's recent camping experience; and why Nephi was recently in Minnesota. Get ready to wonk out!
Jake McGuigan of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) joins the guys to talk NSSF and Sunday hunting laws, i.e. Blue Laws. Topics include: SHOT Show; the difference between NSSF and NRA; history of blue laws; a break down of the recent movement of a Sunday hunting bill in Pennsylvania; the policy reasons to support Sunday hunting; how to get involved; a tally of Nephi's verbal tick; and more.