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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...
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...
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...
Why Do Female Deer Sometimes Grow Antlers?

Wildlife Management

Why Do Female Deer Sometimes Grow Antlers?

We’d been sitting in the aspen stand for hours, glassing the same distant seam of sagebrush-pine transition, waiting for a group of whitetails to creep out into the open. As the light began to fade, three slowly appeared from behind the trees: one yearling; one young, skinny doe; and one small deer...
Missouri Poachers Lose Hunting Privileges for Idaho Killing Spree

Wildlife Management

Missouri Poachers Lose Hunting Privileges for Idaho Killing Spree

What started with one dead Idaho pronghorn in 2019 turned into a multi-year, multi-state investigation that eventually sentenced three Missouri poachers for killing 12 animals of seven different species. According to a press release from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game on Sept. 30, 202...
The Biggest Thing to Happen to Wildlife This Century

Wildlife Management

The Biggest Thing to Happen to Wildlife This Century

What would Glenn Harper do with a million dollars? To start, he would bring more pronghorn back to the Santa Ana Pueblo on the Tamaya Indian Reservation, where he works for the Department of Natural Resources. Pronghorn and pronghorn hunting have high cultural significance for the Santa Ana people...