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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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New Mexico Legislature Passes Bill to Ban Trapping on Public Land

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New Mexico Legislature Passes Bill to Ban Trapping on Public Land

Most trapping on public lands in New Mexico will become illegal if the governor signs SB 32, the “Wildlife Conservation & Public Safety Act.” The bill passed by the legislature last week with a one-vote margin, and if signed it would prohibit leghold, body-gripping, and cage traps, as well as snares...
Idaho Congressman Proposes Breaching Snake River Dams to Restore Salmon

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Idaho Congressman Proposes Breaching Snake River Dams to Restore Salmon

Representative Mike Simpson, Republican of Idaho, released a massive infrastructure proposal on Feb. 6 that would fundamentally restructure Pacific Northwest shipping and energy with the goal of rehabilitating Idaho’s remaining wild salmon and steelhead runs. Realizing a decades-long dream of...
Montana Legislation Would Give Majority of Non-Resident Tags to Outfitted Hunters

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Montana Legislation Would Give Majority of Non-Resident Tags to Outfitted Hunters

Editor’s note: this article was amended on Feb. 4 following a hearing in committee. A new bill in the Montana legislature would guarantee up to 60% of all non-resident deer and elk tags to hunters sponsored by an outfitter. On Jan. 25 State Senator Jason Ellsworth of Hamilton introduced SB 143 and...
California Bear Hunt Ban Bill Withdrawn Amid Online Outcry

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California Bear Hunt Ban Bill Withdrawn Amid Online Outcry

California State Sen. Scott Wiener of San Francisco has dropped his bill to end bear hunting in the state after mass protest online and organized opposition from numerous industries. As the COVID pandemic continues to ravage the state, Wiener believed “this isn’t the time to focus on this right now...
New Legislation Could Ban Bear Hunting in California Forever

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New Legislation Could Ban Bear Hunting in California Forever

As black bear populations continue to climb past historic levels in California, a state senator introduced a bill to permanently ban bear hunting in state. On Monday, Jan. 25, Democratic Sen. Scott Wiener of San Francisco brought forth S.B. 252, the “Bear Protection Act,” which would abolish bear...
The Unfortunate Inevitability of Washington’s Boat Ban for Steelhead Fishing

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The Unfortunate Inevitability of Washington’s Boat Ban for Steelhead Fishing

Faced with several years of dismal steelhead returns and even worse predictions this year, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in early December announced a suite of new angling regulations meant to reduce impacts on fish while preserving fishing opportunity. Among those regulations are...
The Great American Outdoors Act Passes Congress

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The Great American Outdoors Act Passes Congress

The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Great American Outdoors Act by a margin of 310 to 107. This historic bill now moves to the desk of President Trump, who tweeted in favor of the bill today and is expected to sign it into law. This legislation, which has been called the biggest thing...
Find Out Where Your Representative Stands on the Great American Outdoors Act

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Find Out Where Your Representative Stands on the Great American Outdoors Act

The United States House of Representatives will vote on the Great American Outdoors Act on Wednesday, July 22, the Speaker’s office announced this week. The legislation passed the Senate on June 17 by a 73 to 25 margin. Read our past coverage of the bill to learn why Conservation Director Ryan...
Senators Pass Great American Outdoors Act. Find Out How Yours Voted

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Senators Pass Great American Outdoors Act. Find Out How Yours Voted

On Wednesday morning, Senators overwhelmingly voted in favor of the Great American Outdoors Act, thanks in no small part to vocal support from the conservation, hunting, and fishing community. With 73 ayes, two absent, and 25 nays, this legislation now heads to the House of Representatives. Click...
Here’s How YOU Can Make Public Lands Better Today

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Here’s How YOU Can Make Public Lands Better Today

Pick up your phone right now. Dial (202) 224-3121 and hit the green button. When you reach the congressional switchboard, tell them where you’re from and ask to be connected to your Senator’s office. When you get through, tell the staffer who answers that you want your elected representative to vote...