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Your Mountain

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."

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  • Artist: Your Mountain with David Willms, Mike McGrady and Nephi Cole
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 0054 - Public Access Lawsuit in Montana's Crazy Mountains | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:42

Several Montana sporting and conservation groups recently sued the Forest Service over a lack of access to Montana's Crazy Mountains. They guys go through some of the background of the issue, describe the legal concept of prescriptive easements, and provide an introduction to the arguments raised in the lawsuit. Stay tuned for more detail in future episodes. They also give an update on the Herrera v Wyoming case. Take a listen. 

 0053 - Western Big Game Hunting Hacks | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:27:51

The trio of Dave, Mike, and Nephi are all together in one spot to announce the winner of the gun giveaway. Plus the guys take time to relax and share the hunting tips they have acquired through time and experience (and tears for some). From Nephi's love of the best gear to Dave's frugal repurposing beyond just trash bags, to Mike's backpack full of individually separated, yet heavy stuff. The guys dial back the wonk and up the fun. Enjoy.

 0052 - Elephant Hunting Policy in Botswana | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:37

Dave and Mike get a bit wonky without Nephi around to keep them in check. They break down Botswana's recent decision to allow elephant hunting. Other topics include: hunting threatened species, applying the Endangered Species Act overseas, the fact that neither Mike nor Dave have been to Africa, whether U.S. citizens should rush to hunt Botswana, and a human dimensions comparison between elephants and grizzly bears. All of this without actually taking a position on elephant hunting. Tune in!

 0051 - An Ag Tech and Habitat Collaboration with Pheasants/Quail Forever and Land O'Lakes SUSTAIN | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 59:09

What do Pheasants/Quail Forever and Land O'Lakes SUSTAIN have in common? Turns out, a lot. Howard Vincent, CEO of Pheasants Forever, and Matt Carstens, Senior VP of Land O'Lakes SUSTAIN join the guys to visit about their new partnership. Using the innovative Truterra Insights Engine, farmers are increasing yields, profits, and then Pheasants Forever helps them improve wildlife habitat. How does this partnership work, and what does this mean for hunters? Listen to find out.  

 0050 - Herrera v. Wyoming | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:11

TECHNICAL GLITCH ON THIS EPISODE. DOWNLOAD AGAIN FOR CORRECTED VERSION. On May 20, 2019, the United States Supreme Court decided the Tribal treaty right case of Herrera v. Wyoming 5-4 in favor of the Crow Tribe. In doing so, the Court determined that 1868 language guaranteeing the Tribe a right to hunt on the "unoccupied lands of the United States so long as game persists" is valid today. What does this decision mean? Not as much as you might think...yet. Listen as Dave and Nephi break down the decision. 

 0049 - The Global Wildlife Crisis (and a little about grizzly bears) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 47:42

0049 - The Global Wildlife Crisis (and a little about grizzly bears)

 0048 - Dissecting the Target Practice & Marksmanship Training Support Act | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:52

No Dave, no problem. Nephi and Mike breakdown the newly passed Target Practice & Marksmanship Training Support Act which will change how Pittman-Robertson Act dollars can be used to make improvements at shooting ranges. They also give a quick take on Google's decision not to run a Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation ad because it promoted hunting (note: Google ultimately recanted). Finally, the guys break down the mystery and the history behind the AR rifle (sneak peak: it's not an "assault rifle"). Enjoy!

 0047 - Everything You Wanted to Know About Compensatory Mitigation But Were Too Afraid to Ask | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 45:06

Compensatory mitigation has been around for more than 35 years, but many people still don't know much about it. They should. What is is? How does it work? Why should you care? What are mitigation/conservation banks? What is an in-lieu fee program? Other types of mitigation? How to companies make money on mitigation? The guys tackle these questions and more. It's a little wonky, and we only scratch the surface of its complexity, but it's a very important conservation tool. Take a listen.

 0046 - The Stories and Experiences of Three Women Bow Hunters | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:09:03

Bow Hunters Jess Johnson, Hanna Herold, and Codee Augustin join the guys to talk bow hunting. What were their barriers to entry? What was their experience buying a bow and learning to hunt? What made them become bow hunters? You'll learn about all of that, plus we discuss ethics of bow hunting, compound bows vs cross-bows, their mountains, and more. Take a listen - we guarantee you will learn something. 

 0045 - Hunting and Conservation with Federal Premium Ammunition and Backcountry Hunters & Anglers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:47:38

Ryan Bronson and Jon Zinnel of Federal Premium/Vista Outdoor and John Gale of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers join the guys to talk wildlife, hunting, conservation, and quite frankly a bunch of nonsense. Topics include, feral cats, lead ammunition, non-lead ammunition, turkey hunting, Recovering America's Wildlife Act, Land and Water Conservation Fund, Ryan's Teddy Roosevelt shirt, the ethics of the Oregon Trail computer game, everyone's mountain, a fun giveaway and more.

 0044 - The Second Amendment: Its History, and How Hunting Influenced its Creation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 46:44

The guys dive into the Second Amendment, but not in the way you might think. They explore human kind’s hunting history. They talk about how taking up arms was required by law for hundreds of years in England before monarchs began civilian disarmament to prevent an uprising. Other topics include: the Game Act of 1671, the English Bill of Rights, armed citizens during the Revolutionary War, how hunting and the 2nd Amendment are inextricably linked, and much more.

 0043 - John Gale, Conservation Director for Backcountry Hunters and Anglers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:22:52

BHA Conservation Director joins the guys to talk about the history and mission of BHA, and well as a bunch of fun stuff. Topics include: John's time in the Peace Corps in Morocco; the CIA; hooky bobbing; free-range children; hunting the backcountry; BHA's growth; protecting hunting and fishing on public lands; BHA's position on the 2nd Amendment; the Magna Carta; birth of the public trust doctrine and the North American Model; Secretarial Order for protecting Migration Corridors; John's mountain; and more.

 0042 The Often Ignored History of Public Lands in the United States | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:05

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!

 0041 The Incomparable Navy Seal Commander Rorke Denver | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:18:45

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.

 0040 - Like Freedom? Hug a Hunter: Constitutional Right to Hunt and Fish | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 49:16

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!


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