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Sam Lungren

Sam Lungren

Sam Lungren is MeatEater's Fishing 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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You're Being Too Quiet in the Elk Woods

Big Game

You're Being Too Quiet in the Elk Woods

Jason Phelps’ father initially held dim prospects for his son’s hunting career. “He told me I wasn't quiet enough to be a rifle elk hunter,” Jason said. “So, basically, I was born to be an archery elk hunter because I was allowed to get away with making noise. Those guys put on their white New...
How to Kill a Bull Elk on Opening Day

Elk

How to Kill a Bull Elk on Opening Day

The cow and calf must have thought we were sagebrush in the frail predawn light. We crouched low, motionless but completely exposed, as they sauntered on up out of the gulley not 12 yards away. We waited until they had passed before standing to see which way the rest of the herd was coming. Suddenly...
Hydrate Heavy, Hunt Harder

Big Game

Hydrate Heavy, Hunt Harder

Dehydration is most often associated with the heat and dryness of summertime. That’s probably why so many hunters and anglers forget to stay on top of their fluids during the cold months and suffer the consequences, such as low energy, cramps, headaches, and worse. Fact of the matter is, cold...
How to Find Big Mule Deer Bucks During the Rut

Mule Deer

How to Find Big Mule Deer Bucks During the Rut

We’d barely walked a half mile from the trailhead on the first morning when a respectable, dark-horned 4×4 strode out into the icy breeze 100 yards ahead. The appearance sent my four buddies into a flurry of conversation. “Nate should shoot it; it’s his birthday.” “No, Carson, you’re up, we wanted...
You Don’t Actually Need a Hunting Mentor

Big Game

You Don’t Actually Need a Hunting Mentor

David, Travis, and I must have invited Mason to come duck hunting with us a dozen times in high school. Sure, he didn’t have the background or equipment, (though we would’ve gladly shared) but I always got the feeling he just didn’t want to muck around in the swamp. More than a decade later, I got a...
How to Read Topo Maps to Find Elk

Elk

How to Read Topo Maps to Find Elk

My buddies Todd and Ken came out from Washington to fill freezers with Montana’s highly available and affordable whitetail doe B tags. We’d punched a few of those permits before the guys found out that the next day, my last in camp, was also my last day to hunt elk for the season. They insisted we...
Kodiak December: A Hunt and a Blacktail of a Lifetime

Blacktail

Kodiak December: A Hunt and a Blacktail of a Lifetime

I’d just strapped knee-high gaiters over my boots in the bunk-lined forecastle when a rifle shot rang out from the bow deck directly above my head. After settling my heart rate I climbed into the F/V Kylia’s tophouse to hear what happened. It was 9:00 a.m., but the pale pink late November sunrise...