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How 8 Unelected Officials Control Hunting on Millions of Acres of Public Land

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How 8 Unelected Officials Control Hunting on Millions of Acres of Public Land

Many hunters dream of traveling to Alaska, but opportunities to do so are coming under fire from a federal board that controls hunting on federal public land in our 49th state. Alaska’s Federal Subsistence Board (FSB) regulates hunting on federal public lands in the state, above and beyond the state...
Charlie Booher Sep 21, 2022
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How to Keep Locations a Secret (Without Being a Jerk)

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How to Keep Locations a Secret (Without Being a Jerk)

It’s easy to feel like an outsider, especially when it comes to hunting and fishing. I know because I’ve been one. I remember asking (what I thought were reasonable) questions about where to hunt on various forums, only to get some snide or sarcastic reply that essentially amounted to “screw off...
Steve Schwartz Sep 15, 2022
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USFWS Expands Hunting and Fishing Access at 18 Wildlife Refuges

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USFWS Expands Hunting and Fishing Access at 18 Wildlife Refuges

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced this week that hunting and fishing opportunities will be expanded at 18 national wildlife refuges across 38,000 acres of federal public land. These openings are slightly pared back from the original proposal, which called for 54,000 acres to be...
Jordan Sillars Sep 15, 2022
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Ranch Owner Claims Over $7 Million in Damages in Corner Crossing Case

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Ranch Owner Claims Over $7 Million in Damages in Corner Crossing Case

The owner of Elk Mountain Ranch in Wyoming is claiming over $7 million in damages after four Missouri hunters corner-crossed into the airspace of his property last year. In disclosure documents obtained by WyoFile, an attorney for Iron Bar Holdings LLC, the official owner of the ranch, alleges...
Jordan Sillars Sep 9, 2022
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Human Foot Found Floating in Yellowstone Hot Spring

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Human Foot Found Floating in Yellowstone Hot Spring

On August 11th, an employee of Yellowstone National Park spotted part of a foot, found within a shoe, floating in a hot spring in the southern part of the park. This discovery at the Abyss Pool led park officials to temporarily close the West Thumb Geyser Basin and its parking lot while...
Hannah McKinney Aug 22, 2022
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What I Learned After 3 Months of Camping with a Toddler

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What I Learned After 3 Months of Camping with a Toddler

Prior to having children, my wife and I had made an annual tradition of leaving our Michigan home each summer to camp and explore the public lands of the American West for months at a time. When our son arrived in 2018, we decided the show must go on. So, five months later, we hit the road. I knew a...
Mark Kenyon Jun 15, 2022
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Video: Historic Flood Causes Yellowstone to Evacuate Tourists

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Video: Historic Flood Causes Yellowstone to Evacuate Tourists

On Monday, June 13, the Yellowstone River burst at the seams with historic flows of raging, chocolatey-brown runoff water. The roaring current wiped out Tom Miner Bridge outside of Gardiner before noon. Flood waters are eating away at paved roads, mud and rockslides are blocking means of travel, and...
Maggie Hudlow Jun 13, 2022
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The EPA Wants Your Input on Permanently Protecting Bristol Bay

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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...
Sam Lungren Jun 2, 2022
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Vanishing Trails: The Battle for One of the West's Most Beloved Mountain Ranges

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Vanishing Trails: The Battle for One of the West's Most Beloved Mountain Ranges

On October 21, 2021, during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing, New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich brought the microphone to his mouth, flipped his pencil around in his fingers, and accused U.S. Forest Service Deputy Chief Christopher French of yanking his chain. “Mr. French...
Katie Hill May 31, 2022
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A Small Hunting Town Caught Between Industrial Pollution and Environmental Activism

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A Small Hunting Town Caught Between Industrial Pollution and Environmental Activism

“Boy, those Branch Davidians sure did get a bum deal.” I sat in the back seat of the truck not quite sure I understood what Ron Harper had said. It had been 20 years since I’d even thought of David Koresh and the ATF invasion of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. Back then, Harper had been...
Mati Bishop May 18, 2022
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Location of Forrest Fenn’s Treasure Finally Revealed

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Location of Forrest Fenn’s Treasure Finally Revealed

The decade-long search for Forrest Fenn’s treasure ended two years ago, but the hunt for answers has not. Although details have slowly surfaced since Jack Stuef located the gold-filled chest, the greatest Fenn mystery of all remained unsolved: Where was the treasure hidden? Finally last week, we got...
Spencer Neuharth May 13, 2022
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