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Ben Long

Ben Long

Ben Long is a father, conservationist and outdoorsman in Kalispell, Montana. His writing appears in Outdoor Life, Bugle and he is the founding editor of Backcountry Journal.

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Bar Room Banter: The Drunken Grizzlies of Marias Pass

Wildlife Management

Bar Room Banter: The Drunken Grizzlies of Marias Pass

There’s a difference between book smart and bar smart. You may not be book smart, but this series can make you seem educated and interesting from a barstool. So, belly up, mix yourself a glass of LMNT Recharge, and take notes as we look at how you could literally get away with murder in Yellowstone...
How to Predator-Proof Big Game Herds

Wildlife Management

How to Predator-Proof Big Game Herds

Maybe you’ve been there: You’re hunting and haven’t seen a hoofprint all day. Then there are tracks tearing up the snow—but instead of deer or elk, they are wolf, bear, or mountain lion. As predator populations have expanded across the West in recent decades, so has the debate about what to do about...
Study: Eastern Whitetails Thrive Despite Coyote Invasion

Wildlife Management

Study: Eastern Whitetails Thrive Despite Coyote Invasion

The howl of a coyote has spread across the Eastern United States, stirring concern and debate among deer hunters and wildlife managers. But according to a new multi-state, decades-long study, whitetail deer have continued to thrive even as coyote populations boomed. Hunters are often leery of change...
Tribal Conservation: Recognizing the Contributions of Native Communities

Wildlife Management

Tribal Conservation: Recognizing the Contributions of Native Communities

The recent row over the Herrera v. Wyoming Supreme Court case tends to pit tribal and non-tribal outdoorsmen against each other. This rift can be polarizing, and it dates all the way back to the first contact between Europeans and the native residents of North America. But lost in the dust of...
The Dogs That Track Trout for Conservation

Wildlife Management

The Dogs That Track Trout for Conservation

If you’re like me, you’ve been awed time and again by the nose of a good dog. Flushing pheasants out of cattails. Trailing lions in the snow. And now, identifying the species of fish in a trout stream. That last one is science, not science fiction. To help conserve native trout, the scientists at...