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/
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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)