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Ben Long

Ben Long

Ben Long is a father, conservationist and outdoorsman in Kalispell, Montana. His writing appears in Outdoor Life, Bugle and he is the founding editor of Backcountry Journal.

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Hunting Seasons May Have Ended this Ailment

Upland Birds

Hunting Seasons May Have Ended this Ailment

Ruffed grouse are widely considered one of the more delectable upland game birds. But did you know they might also be poisonous? Odd as it seems, there is a fairly extensive—and largely forgotten—body of medical literature detailing unfortunate souls who have been poisoned by eating ruffed grouse...
Ben Long Mar 17, 2022
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Are Bison Wildlife? Colorado Conservation Group Asks State Game Agency

Wildlife Management

Are Bison Wildlife? Colorado Conservation Group Asks State Game Agency

America just can’t seem to make up its mind about bison. The buffalo is the official National Mammal of the United States and a lost icon of the West, to borrow from Steve Rinella’s book on the topic. Yet we are stuck with a strange double-vision when it comes to this massive, if inconvenient, beast...
Ben Long Mar 9, 2022
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How to Use Whitetail Tactics for Farmland Elk

Elk

How to Use Whitetail Tactics for Farmland Elk

Spin through an elk hunting website or magazine and you’ll see a lot of rugged backcountry—a mountain setting with a mule packstring, or at least hiking boots and trekking poles. But a new world-record archery bull taken in 2020 drives home an emerging fact: The world of North American elk is being...
Ben Long Aug 19, 2021
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Does Your Dog’s Nose Work Better Than a Grizzly’s?

Predators

Does Your Dog’s Nose Work Better Than a Grizzly’s?

Imagine a proud new dog owner bragging up their new pup—a hound like Mingus or a retriever like Snort. “My dog has a better nose than a grizzly bear,” he or she boasts. Should you believe them? After all, from the outside, a dog’s and a bear’s noses look very similar. Humans have bred dog...
Ben Long Mar 15, 2021
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