Public Lands & Waters

Want a New Wilderness Challenge? Volunteer with Search and Rescue

Public Lands & Waters

Want a New Wilderness Challenge? Volunteer with Search and Rescue

The hunt is on. We drop off the wind-whipped mountain road and descend through the fog toward the rain-drenched forest below. Tight lips belie heavy chests, high hopes, and the highest stakes. Our boots thud and click and slide under an urgent pace along the plummeting trail. Tabs stick from cut...
Shane Townsend Oct 22, 2021
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Mysterious Deaths Near Yosemite Remain Unsolved

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Mysterious Deaths Near Yosemite Remain Unsolved

Nearly two months after a couple, their infant child, and their dog were found dead in a remote section of the Sierra National Forest near Yosemite National Park, investigators still aren’t sure what killed them. Husband and wife Jonathan Gerrish and Ellen Chung were discovered by search teams on...
Jordan Sillars Oct 20, 2021
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The Plague of America's Wild Spaces

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The Plague of America's Wild Spaces

“I didn’t know littering was illegal!” It’s a claim no conservation warden expects to hear after citing someone for dumping garbage on public lands or sinking their empties beneath their boat. Littering is perhaps the United States’ most universally scorned dick move, and yet we seldom need to look...
Patrick Durkin Oct 14, 2021
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Welcome to MeatEater's Auction House of Oddities

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Welcome to MeatEater's Auction House of Oddities

Welcome to MeatEater’s Auction House of Oddities. This is your one-stop shop if you’re looking for a bunch of cool, strange, and obscure stuff that you can spend money on, and then watch that money go towards an incredibly important cause. Or, if you already have some cool, strange, and obscure...
MeatEater Staff Sep 29, 2021
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'Shaman' Accused of Starting Wildfire From Boiling Bear Urine

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'Shaman' Accused of Starting Wildfire From Boiling Bear Urine

At one point or another, the survivalist in each of us has probably contemplated how extreme a wilderness situation would need to be for us to drink urine. We even wrote an article about it. Whether it be our own, someone else’s, or that of an animal, drinking piss seems to be a pretty standard...
Katie Hill Sep 28, 2021
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Pipe Bomb Discovered in Montana River

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Pipe Bomb Discovered in Montana River

On Saturday, Sept. 4, a search-and-rescue team from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office found a pipe bomb at a popular fishing access site in Southwest Montana along the Jefferson River. According to a press release from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the team discovered the explosive device in...
Maggie Hudlow Sep 10, 2021
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Bar Room Banter: The Old Man of Crater Lake

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Bar Room Banter: The Old Man of Crater Lake

Crater Lake, as we discussed on episode 285 of the MeatEater Podcast, is the deepest waterbody in America. It was formed 8,000 years ago when the Mount Mazama volcano collapsed in on itself. Still, that’s not even the most interesting thing about the lake. That title belongs to The Old Man of the...
Spencer Neuharth Aug 27, 2021
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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...
Sam Lungren Aug 3, 2021
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How the MAPLand Act Could Change Hunting

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How the MAPLand Act Could Change Hunting

While we’ve all heard about public lands scofflaws who knowingly trespass, poach, or drive their ATVs where they shouldn’t, most public land hunters pride themselves on being stewardship-minded citizens who follow rules and stay in bounds. But in order to do so, they must slog through the arduous...
Katie Hill Jul 20, 2021
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Here's Your Chance to Win Rifles, Shotguns, and More

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Here's Your Chance to Win Rifles, Shotguns, and More

Gaining access to private ground is tough no matter where you hunt. Here in Montana, many private landowners allow public access for hunting through the state’s Block Management Access program (BMA). By enrolling in BMA, landowners let folks like you and me hunt their property at no cost to the...
Steven Rinella Jul 7, 2021
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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...
Sam Lungren Jul 2, 2021
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