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Should Wolves be Reintroduced to Colorado?

My home state of Colorado is ground zero for the latest battle over wolves. A proposal to reintroduce wolves here has garnered enough signatures to make the ballot this fall. Voters will be asked to approve a measure to bring wolves back to the state. Now there’s a wildlife management storm brewing...

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Fact Checker: Do Old Whitetail Does Go “Dry?”

Myths, lies and old wives’ tales loom large in the outdoor pursuits. Here at MeatEater, we’re dedicated to separating facts from bullsh*t, so we created this series to examine suspect yarns. If there’s a belief, rumor or long-held assumption you’d like us to fact check, drop us a note at factchecker...

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Wildlife Bounties: Effective Management or Relic of the Past?

Wildlife bounties have a long, complicated history in American wildlife management. In the early 20th century, state game management agencies commonly placed bounties on predators to protect domestic livestock and restore plummeting game populations. Many hunters and trappers were happy to receive...

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Attacked: The Year in Review

For thousands of years, humans have been fascinated and frightened by stories of wild animal attacks. Whenever someone tells one of these stories, they will often qualify it by saying that the odds of being killed by a large predator are less than that of being struck by lightning. For the vast...

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The Rare and Random Nature of Fatal Cougar Attacks

A recent fatal cougar attack in Oregon is the second such incident to occur in the Pacific Northwest in the past four months. The first attack took place in Washington in May when a mountain lion stalked and repeatedly attacked two mountain bikers, eventually killing one of them. In the more recent...

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Ask MeatEater: You Think You Saw a Grizzly Bear in Colorado?

During the live MeatEater podcast in Denver, we discussed the possibility of the presence of grizzly bears in Colorado. Grizzlies were believed to have been extirpated here by government trappers by 1952, but the last confirmed grizzly bear in Colorado was killed in self-defense by an archery hunter...

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Conservation: More Elk Means More Elk Hunting

For the first time ever, hunters in Wisconsin will be able to apply for an opportunity to win one of the state’s first elk hunting tags. Two decades of reintroduction efforts have paid off with enough elk now living in the wilds of northern and central Wisconsin to support a limited hunting season...

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MeatEater’s Position on Wyoming’s Proposed Grizzly Bear Hunt

It’s been several decades since grizzly bears could be legally hunted anywhere in the lower 48. But all that may be changing soon in Wyoming. The federal status of grizzlies in this part of the country was recently changed from threatened to recovered. As a result, Wyoming’s state fish and game...

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The Catch and Release Conundrum

American fly fishing pioneer Lee Wulff famously stated that “A gamefish is too valuable to only be caught once.” Wulff was an early advocate of catch-and-release fishing regulations that eventually became a widely used management tool in the United States. As a fly fishing trout guide, catch and...

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Bag and Possession Limits Explained

Times are tough right now for a lot of folks, but that doesn’t mean you can go out and start stacking up meat with no regard for the law. Lately there’s been a lot of misinformation on social media regarding the temporary suspension of fish and game laws surrounding season dates and bag limits...