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/
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.