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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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    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...
    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...
    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...
    The Great Mountain Goat Debate

    Wildlife Management

    The Great Mountain Goat Debate

    Hunters, anglers, and wildlife managers are occasionally willing to “naturalize” non-native wildlife with high aesthetic and sporting qualities. Think of the reverence and conservation attention paid to brown trout and ringneck pheasants—transplants from Northern Europe and China, respectively. If a...
    EPA Moves to Block Pebble Mine, Again

    Environmental Issues

    EPA Moves to Block Pebble Mine, Again

    The proposed Pebble Mine and its backers ran into another major obstacle today when the Environmental Protection Agency announced it would continue working toward durable Clean Water Act protections for Alaska’s Bristol Bay Region. Conservation groups, especially those that brought the successful...
    What the Infrastructure Package Means for Hunters and Anglers

    Public Lands & Waters

    What the Infrastructure Package Means for Hunters and Anglers

    A group of Republican and Democratic Senators reached an agreement last week to advance a trillion-dollar legislative package aimed at restoring the country’s roads, bridges, waterways, and public lands. The “Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act” has won support from several...
    Drunk Tourist Jailed for Bad Behavior in Yellowstone

    Public Lands & Waters

    Drunk Tourist Jailed for Bad Behavior in Yellowstone

    Regular readers are likely quite accustomed to headlines about people doing really stupid stuff around wild animals in Yellowstone National Park. In just the last two months, a woman was bluff charged by a sow grizzly after getting too close to its cubs, another man was smacked around by a bear...
    Subsistence Board Responds to Alaska Public Land Hunting Closure Proposal

    Public Lands & Waters

    Subsistence Board Responds to Alaska Public Land Hunting Closure Proposal

    On June 16, the Federal Subsistence Board discussed a contentious proposal that seeks to close nearly 60 million acres of federal public lands to any hunters who are not qualified for subsistence use. After three hours of debate, the board chose to delay their vote and defer any action on the...
    Bar Room Banter: Alaska’s World Record Tsunami

    Public Lands & Waters

    Bar Room Banter: Alaska’s World Record Tsunami

    There’s a difference between book smart and bar smart. You may not be book smart, but this series can make you seem educated and interesting from a barstool. So, belly up, pour yourself a glass of something good, and take mental notes as we look at the tallest wave known to man. On July 9, 1958, at...