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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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Choosing the Best Hunting Jacket

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...
Gear We Love: Best Camping Tents

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...
Limited-Edition Line 1 Turkey Pot Call Now Available

Gear

Limited-Edition Line 1 Turkey Pot Call Now Available

My bear-defense revolver has a black walnut grip. My favorite fishing net has a black walnut handle and hoop. This coming turkey season, I can already tell my go-to pot call will be this beautiful, black walnut number known as the Phelps Line 1. This isn’t your average turkey call. While most are...
Calling Tips from Steve Rinella's Favorite Turkey Hunter

Turkey

Calling Tips from Steve Rinella's Favorite Turkey Hunter

Try to get any sort of hunting tip out of Steve Rinella and he’ll often demur: “You should really talk to [so-and-so] about that. [He/she] knows it way better than me.” Call it humility or pragmatism, but the man knows enough to define the boundaries of his knowledge. “Talk to Abernethy, man,” Steve...
Man Accidentally Shoots Brother in Bear Encounter, Then Kills Himself

Hunting

Man Accidentally Shoots Brother in Bear Encounter, Then Kills Himself

In a tragic event in the early morning of Feb. 8, an Oregon man saw a black bear near his house then accidentally shot his brother while loading a gun to defend them. According to the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office, the man then apparently turned the gun on himself before officers could arrive...
How to Call Elk like Jason Phelps

Elk

How to Call Elk like Jason Phelps

Jason Phelps is quick to admit that you don’t need to sound like a verbatim elk to get one inside arrow range. He’s spent a lot of his life building tools for us to speak with the big tan-and-chocolate creatures, but he says a simple mastery of truck-cab bugling won’t prepare you well for actually...
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 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...
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...