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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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4 Ways Elk Hunting Is Not Deer Hunting

Elk

4 Ways Elk Hunting Is Not Deer Hunting

“I was pinned down. I couldn’t move or he’d see or hear me,” I explained. “We were only 12 yards apart with a tree in between.” Greg looked at me blankly. “Why didn’t you just run in there and kill him?” This was a long time ago, but it was a revelation in my elk hunting knowledge. Greg has been...
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...
Unstuck the Truck: Tools and Techniques for Hunting Season

Hunting

Unstuck the Truck: Tools and Techniques for Hunting Season

This feels like bragging but probably isn’t: I’ve gotten my truck stuck way more times than I can count. It’s a badge of honor, like a battle scar, if you value venturing to very remote places in order to find really good hunting and fishing. It just happens—when rain turns roads to gumbo, erosion...
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...
Cluck and Chuck: How to Hunt Turkeys by Canoe

Turkey

Cluck and Chuck: How to Hunt Turkeys by Canoe

The first flush of daylight brought forth a cacophony. Rooster pheasants began cackling. A beaver slapped its tail. Sandhill cranes trilled overhead. Mallards squawked back and forth. Cinnamon and green-wing teal joined the chorus, along with widgeon whistling by. Honkers honked. Blackbirds, both...
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...
Ask MeatEater: What Do You Carry in a Mountain Hunting Pack?

Gear

Ask MeatEater: What Do You Carry in a Mountain Hunting Pack?

I’ve often been accused of carrying a lot of stuff going into the mountains for all-day or multi-day hunting adventures. But I’ve never once been accused of being unprepared. Every elk or mountain muley hunter exists on a spectrum of comfort—and associated pack weight—ranging from spartan to cushy...
Ask MeatEater: Pistol or Bear Spray in Grizzly Country?

Firearms

Ask MeatEater: Pistol or Bear Spray in Grizzly Country?

You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers (and if we don’t, we’ll make them up). Every day, fellow MeatEaters send us more than 100 emails regarding hunting, fishing, cooking, conservation, and more. So, we decided to publish a series dedicated to our favorite FAQs. This is Ask MeatEater. I have...