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Sam Lungren

Sam Lungren

Sam Lungren is MeatEater's Supervising Editor and a former freelance writer/photographer, commercial fisherman, and editor of BHA's Backcountry Journal. Though originally from Whidbey Island, Washington, he's been in Montana for almost a decade and probably isn't leaving—except during steelhead season. Send him an email sam@themeateater.com or follow him @samlungrenmedia.

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World Record Mountain Whitefish Caught in Oregon

Fly

World Record Mountain Whitefish Caught in Oregon

It was the first time Alex Dietz got out on the water after the birth of his first child, a daughter named Willow, a month prior—certainly an auspicious moment for any angler. Dec. 19 brought a chill over Oregon’s hallowed Deschutes River, where he and friends were nymphing for the river’s native...
Forest Service Wants Your Input on Mine Adjacent to Boundary Waters

Public Lands & Waters

Forest Service Wants Your Input on Mine Adjacent to Boundary Waters

Some casts just feel too picture-perfect to produce—an expectation likely borne of experience with fishing busy waters where everyone hits the obvious, great-looking spots. It was with that skepticism that I landed my big silver spoon in the wash of a tall waterfall clattering down a sheer granite...
First Lite's New Camo Pattern is Perfectly Designed for Waterfowlers

Waterfowl

First Lite's New Camo Pattern is Perfectly Designed for Waterfowlers

Typha is a Linnaean genus containing some 30 species of rhizomatous semi-aquatic plants, the most common of which are known to you and me as reeds, bulrushes, tulies, and cattails. They’re pretty much synonymous with wetlands and the waterfowl hunting that occurs among them. The waterfowl team at...
The Best Polarized Fishing Sunglasses

Gear

The Best Polarized Fishing Sunglasses

Sunglasses are to fishing what binoculars are to hunting: you’re not quite doing it right without a decent pair, and any serious participant always has a set glued to their face or hanging around their neck. Besides the rod and the reel, your shades are just about the most important tools in your...
Inside the Wyoming Corner Crossing Case Everyone is Watching

Public Lands & Waters

Inside the Wyoming Corner Crossing Case Everyone is Watching

In early October, four hunters were pursuing elk and mule deer in the foothills of southern Wyoming. Brad Cape, Phillip Yoemans, John Slowensky, and Zach Smith, friends from Missouri, read on the Wyoming Game and Fish website that crossing adjoining corners of public land parcels was not in...
The Best Hunting Tripods for Glassing and Shooting

Gear

The Best Hunting Tripods for Glassing and Shooting

Most folks who hunt open country will have the epiphany someday: You aren’t really seeing without a tripod. You may be looking through your binoculars while they’re supported by your knees or shoulder tension, but at any sort of range you’ll skim right over a lot of semi-hidden animals as your...
Montana’s Madison River Nearly Runs Dry During Dam Failure

Conservation

Montana’s Madison River Nearly Runs Dry During Dam Failure

Only small pools remained as if abandoned by a receding tide. The thin sheen of ice crackled as my fingers plunged into what once was a trough formed by hydraulic downwelling in front of a boulder. The substrate writhed with life. Cupped hands emerged brimming with mottled sculpins, salmonfly nymphs...
Video: Golden Eagle Eats Pronghorn Alive

Wildlife Management

Video: Golden Eagle Eats Pronghorn Alive

While eagles commonly symbolize grace, freedom, and other lofty ideals, they might be an even better analogue for the sheer brutality of nature. From knocking chamois off cliffs in the Himalaya to catching monkeys mid-leap to ripping the bellies out of spawning salmon, these largest birds of prey...
Choosing The Best Hunting Pants

Gear

Choosing The Best Hunting Pants

More than any other single item of gear, your pants will make or break a hunting trip. If they’re too tight or too baggy, you can’t walk right. Too thin and you’re cold; no ventilation and you’re hot. A lot of hunters struggle for years to find the best hunting pants for their body shape and hunting...
Hunter Legally Kills Elk from Urban Herd, Sparks Public Outcry

Hunting

Hunter Legally Kills Elk from Urban Herd, Sparks Public Outcry

“Just because you can doesn’t mean you should” is the refrain echoing from the popular ski town of Telluride in southwestern Colorado’s San Juan Mountains. On Saturday, Nov. 13, an out-of-state hunter shot a bull elk that was counted among the visible, urban, Valley Floor Herd that locals and...