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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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The EPA Wants Your Input on Permanently Protecting Bristol Bay

Public Lands & Waters

The EPA Wants Your Input on Permanently Protecting Bristol Bay

On May 25, the Environmental Protection Agency released a plan that would effectively prohibit the development of the controversial Pebble Mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region. The proposed determination, under force of the 1972 Clean Water Act, would bar the Canadian mining conglomerate seeking to...
New Criminal Charges Dropped, but Corner Crossing Case Could Still Set Precedent

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New Criminal Charges Dropped, but Corner Crossing Case Could Still Set Precedent

Four hunters from Missouri were acquitted of criminal trespass and trespass to hunt on April 29 in Wyoming’s Carbon County Circuit Court relating to events where they “corner crossed” between adjacent checkerboard parcels of public lands in 2021. However, just before that jury trial began, three of...
What the Wyoming Corner Crossing Verdict Means for Hunters

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What the Wyoming Corner Crossing Verdict Means for Hunters

Public land hunters across the country celebrated Friday as a jury quickly delivered a not-guilty verdict in the high-profile case of four Missourians charged with trespassing in Wyoming last fall. That means those four men in their particular situation did not commit a crime. It does not mean that...
Wyoming Corner Crossing Case Deepens with New Charges and Civil Lawsuit

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Wyoming Corner Crossing Case Deepens with New Charges and Civil Lawsuit

Editor’s note: In October 2021, four Missourians hunting in Wyoming were cited for criminal trespass after “corner crossing” from one square parcel of public land to another across adjoining corners—presenting an opportunity to test an infamously murky legal issue. This article is the third...
Biden Admin. Might Consider Closing Some Public Lands to Hunting and Fishing

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Biden Admin. Might Consider Closing Some Public Lands to Hunting and Fishing

In November 2021, the animal-rights activist group Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over a 2020 decision by the Trump Administration to expand hunting and fishing opportunities within the National Wildlife Refuge System. News recently broke that the Biden...
Wyoming Corner Crossing: Hunters Call for Dismissal, Allege Harassment

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Wyoming Corner Crossing: Hunters Call for Dismissal, Allege Harassment

Editor’s note: In October 2021, four Missourians hunting in Wyoming were cited for criminal trespass after “corner crossing” from one square parcel of public land to another across adjoining corners—presenting an opportunity to test an infamously murky legal issue. This article is the second...
Forest Service Wants Your Input on Mine Adjacent to Boundary Waters

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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

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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...
What the Infrastructure Package Means for Hunters and Anglers

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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

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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...