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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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Hunters, Hearing Loss, and New Tech to Fix it

Firearms

Hunters, Hearing Loss, and New Tech to Fix it

If ever there was an epidemic in the hunting community, it’d be hearing loss. When target practice is a way of life, it’s easy to become blasé about earmuffs. When that buck is about to get over the ridge, jamming in ear plugs is the last of our worries. For those reasons, most of us will go through...
The EPA Wants Your Input on Permanently Protecting Bristol Bay

Public Lands & Waters

The EPA Wants Your Input on Permanently Protecting Bristol Bay

On May 25, the Environmental Protection Agency released a plan that would effectively prohibit the development of the controversial Pebble Mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region. The proposed determination, under force of the 1972 Clean Water Act, would bar the Canadian mining conglomerate seeking to...
Gear We Use: Best Fishing Waders

Fishing Gear

Gear We Use: Best Fishing Waders

Where I’m from, you’re not really an angler until you have a decent pair of waders. In the Pacific Northwest and many other regions, you need to be able to get comfortable standing in chilly water if you’re going to catch anything outside of July and August. Whether that’s wading deep in glacial...
New Criminal Charges Dropped, but Corner Crossing Case Could Still Set Precedent

Public Lands & Waters

New Criminal Charges Dropped, but Corner Crossing Case Could Still Set Precedent

Four hunters from Missouri were acquitted of criminal trespass and trespass to hunt on April 29 in Wyoming’s Carbon County Circuit Court relating to events where they “corner crossed” between adjacent checkerboard parcels of public lands in 2021. However, just before that jury trial began, three of...
What the Wyoming Corner Crossing Verdict Means for Hunters

Public Lands & Waters

What the Wyoming Corner Crossing Verdict Means for Hunters

Public land hunters across the country celebrated Friday as a jury quickly delivered a not-guilty verdict in the high-profile case of four Missourians charged with trespassing in Wyoming last fall. That means those four men in their particular situation did not commit a crime. It does not mean that...
Choosing the Best Hunting Jacket

Hunting Gear

Choosing the Best Hunting Jacket

Along with hunting pants, jackets are the other cornerstone of a gear system. Your jacket does the most work to keep your core insulated. It can also provide important wind and moisture protection for your torso, as well as useful pockets for storing gear or un-numbing fingers. Some jackets are...
Photos: Authorities Seize $31 Million Taxidermy Collection in Mysterious Raid

Wildlife Management

Photos: Authorities Seize $31 Million Taxidermy Collection in Mysterious Raid

For most hunters, a taxidermy collection is invaluable in the truest sense of the word. Any European or shoulder mounts on the wall got there through our own toil or that of a forebearer. A dollar amount fails to capture that personal history and those fond memories—not that anyone would actually...
Gear We Love: Best Camping Tents

Hunting Gear

Gear We Love: Best Camping Tents

Is it really camping without a tent? Yeah, there are those rare, glorious nights when the wind and weather permit us to sleep beneath the stars—but you’d be dumb to not have a shelter handy just in case. And the booming popularity of techy truck campers and tow-behind sleepers is great for those who...
Does Harvest Have a Place in Fly Fishing?

Fishing

Does Harvest Have a Place in Fly Fishing?

This text was originally delivered as a speech at the 2022 International Fly Tackle Dealer trade show hosted by the American Fly Fishing Trade Association. MeatEater adapted it into an article format for publication. Good afternoon and thank you for coming. My name is Sam Lungren and I’m the...
Most Americans Just Lost Millions of Acres of Hunting Access

Wildlife Management

Most Americans Just Lost Millions of Acres of Hunting Access

On March 30, the Federal Subsistence Board voted unanimously to approve Wildlife Special Action 21-01a, which will close millions of acres of public lands in northwestern Alaska to caribou and moose hunting by most non-locals for at least the next two hunting seasons. The effort was led by local...