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Katie Hill

Katie Hill

Katie Hill is an assistant editor for MeatEater and a former freelance writer with a master’s degree in environmental journalism. Originally from Connecticut, Katie spent her first 22 years eating elk and venison from her dad's hunts before fleeing to Montana to become a wordsmithing outdoorswoman. When she’s not wrangling sentences together, she’s slinging mud and dust on a trail run or reading conservation bills for fun. Send her an email at katie.hill@themeateater.com.

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Seeing Fewer Mule Deer, Turkeys, and Ducks? Thank America's Habitat Crisis.

Wildlife Management

Seeing Fewer Mule Deer, Turkeys, and Ducks? Thank America's Habitat Crisis.

It sounds like hyperbole. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, since a lot of conversations about loss in the conservation sphere sound hyperbolic these days. Loss of access, population, participation, and time all tend to get measured in vague, scary figures. But the claims the National Wildlife...
One of 2021’s Biggest Bucks was Poached in a Church Parking Lot

Wildlife Management

One of 2021’s Biggest Bucks was Poached in a Church Parking Lot

In 2021, 42,143 whitetail bucks were harvested by hunters in West Virginia. It’s safe to assume that most of them were taken by law-abiding whitetail nuts who worked hard to do everything by the book. Unfortunately, one buck—which likely would’ve scored in the top 1% of deer harvested nationwide...
Mail Carrier Accused of Killing Aggressive Wild Turkey with Stick

Wildlife Management

Mail Carrier Accused of Killing Aggressive Wild Turkey with Stick

Before we dig into this one, we can all agree: mail carriers and other delivery personnel put up with a lot when it comes to animals. Whether it’s a dog that feels the need to defend its home with a ferocity rivaling Rambo, the neighborhood deer that callously throw themselves in front of moving...
Colorado Man Attacked by Mountain Lion on Front Porch

Wildlife Management

Colorado Man Attacked by Mountain Lion on Front Porch

It wasn’t that long ago that Charles Zelenka watched a mountain lion kill an elk in the middle of the night on his porch in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. He was lucky enough to see the mountain lion through his window and chose to stay inside instead of opening the door to investigate the ruckus...
Wyoming Advances Controversial Proposal to Farm Sage Grouse

Policy & Legislation

Wyoming Advances Controversial Proposal to Farm Sage Grouse

In 2017, the Wyoming Legislature passed a bill that allowed licensed, private game farms to collect wild sage grouse eggs, hatch them in captivity, and use them to artificially propagate the imperiled species. Many conservationists pushed back on the bill then and are fighting it again now. The bill...
Major Online Retailers Acted as Black Market for Endangered Animal Parts

Wildlife Management

Major Online Retailers Acted as Black Market for Endangered Animal Parts

Saiga antelope are quite the spectacle. Their floppy, trunk-like noses are reminiscent of fleshy side-by-side shotgun barrels, and their round bodies coated in camel-colored fur look like they should squash their skinny, matchstick legs. Two ribbed horns shoot out of their heads, and they scuttle...
Video: Mountain Lion Kills Cow Elk on Colorado Man's Porch

Wildlife Management

Video: Mountain Lion Kills Cow Elk on Colorado Man's Porch

Plenty of tired, frustrated elk hunters may have shaken their fists at the sky with exasperation, wishing a dead elk would just appear on their doorstep. No one in their right mind would ever expect that to actually happen, though. Charles Zelenka of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, was pulled out of a...
Will RAWA Help Fix America’s Coasts?

Conservation

Will RAWA Help Fix America’s Coasts?

When Rhode Island’s Senator Sheldon Whitehouse walked into the chamber for a legislative hearing on the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act this morning, he brought a statement that demanded some attention. RAWA is a bipartisan, nationally supported conservation bill that would put $1.4 billion in the...
New York Man Dies in Thanksgiving Hunting Accident

Conservation

New York Man Dies in Thanksgiving Hunting Accident

A Finger Lakes hunting trip that was supposed to be a fun start to Thanksgiving ended in tragedy for Zachary Barse, 28, of Gorham, New York. His hunting partner accidentally shot and killed him while Barse was tracking a deer, according to the Utica Observer-Dispatch. Kevin Hudson, 61, of Clifton...
What an American Hunter Learned from a Scottish Red Deer Cull

Wildlife Management

What an American Hunter Learned from a Scottish Red Deer Cull

Jess Johnson touched down in Edinburgh at 1 a.m. on September 28, just in time for a hunt that was scheduled to start five hours later—on the other side of Scotland. Sleep wasn’t much of an option even if Jess had more time. She’d just spent five days in Hungary speaking about wolf policy in the...