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Join David Willms, Mike McGrady, Nephi Cole, and entertaining guests each week as they use humor, storytelling, and more than 40 years of collective experience in law, science, and policy to explain important decisions affecting your outdoor experience. As the guys frequently say, "There are millions of acres of opportunity out there. They belong to you. Every day, decisions are being made that affect your land, your water, and your wildlife. You should know about them. This is Your Mountain." http://www.itsyourmountain.com/

Join David Willms, Mike McGrady, Nephi Cole, and entertaining guests each week as they use humor, storytelling, and more than 40 years of collective experience in law, science, and policy to explain important decisions affecting your outdoor experience. As the guys frequently say, "There are millions of acres of opportunity out there. They belong to you. Every day, decisions are being made that affect your land, your water, and your wildlife. You should know about them. This is Your Mountain." http://www.itsyourmountain.com/

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United States

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Join David Willms, Mike McGrady, Nephi Cole, and entertaining guests each week as they use humor, storytelling, and more than 40 years of collective experience in law, science, and policy to explain important decisions affecting your outdoor experience. As the guys frequently say, "There are millions of acres of opportunity out there. They belong to you. Every day, decisions are being made that affect your land, your water, and your wildlife. You should know about them. This is Your Mountain." http://www.itsyourmountain.com/

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English

Contact:

307-421-8086


Episodes

RETURN Act, Corner Crossing, and the Senate's Inflation Reduction Act

8/7/2022
Dave and Nephi provide updates on the RETURN Act (Pittman-Robertson defunding act) and the infamous corner crossing case from Wyoming. Then they dive into the freshly passed (as of today) Inflation Reduction Act. Love the bill or hate it, the guys don't care. They just hope to cut through the hyperpartisan politics dominating the airwaves, and let you know some of the pieces in the bill that would send funding towards conservation. Take a listen, and tell your friends about the Your Mountain...

Duration:01:20:57

A Federal Proposal to Gut Wildlife Funding for States

7/5/2022
In late June, nearly 5 dozen members of Congress co-sponsored a bill that would end the 100+ year excise tax on firearms and ammunition, which contributes more than $1.1 billion to state wildlife agencies each year. Dave and Nephi explain the history of the Pittman-Robertson Act, break down the bill, discuss how the excise taxes are used, and explain why the bill won't pass but needs the hunting community to kill it anyway. Take a listen, and then call your Congressman.

Duration:01:03:25

Permanent Wildlife Funding Nears and 70,000 Acres of New Public Access

6/22/2022
After a month away from recording due to Nephi building a house and Dave completing a fellowship in Europe, the guys are back. They discuss Recoving America's Wildlife Act, the major Congressional hurdle it cleared, and when it might become law. They also discuss a land acquisition by the Bureau of Land Management in Wyoming that creates access to 70,000 of public land, and the controversy surrounding the purchase. Other topics include: hunting draw results, Nephi moving, why soccer is a...

Duration:00:50:47

Corner Crossing Update and Proposed Lead Ammunition Ban

5/17/2022
The guys discuss a recent bill in Congress that would ban lead ammunition on US Fish and Willdife Service lands. They also jump back into the corner crossing issue with an analysis of the Wyoming litigation. Other topics include, transferrable landowner tags, National Corndog Day, why Nephi constantly interrupts Dave, and a teaser on a Sunday hunting case in Maine. Tune in!

Duration:01:18:19

The Open Fields Doctrine and the 4th Amendment

5/3/2022
After a long absence, Mike McGrady rejoins the podcast to discuss the open fields doctrine and search and seizure laws under state and federal constitutions. They explain what the open fields doctrine is, the cases that gave rise to it during prohibition, and a recent Tennessee decision limiting a game warden's ability to enter private property. Other topics include: trona mining, and the importance of the 4th Amendment.

Duration:01:17:40

The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation with Tim Brass of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers

4/14/2022
Tim Brass of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers joins the guys to talk about the North American Model of Wildlife Management. Topics include: what is the model; does the model work; what are the biggest threats to the model; should we rethink the model; Tim's mountain; and more.

Duration:01:20:06

The Energy Debate

3/30/2022
NOTE: THIS EPISODE WAS RECORDED PRIOR TO THE US BANNING RUSSIAN OIL IMPORTS, BUT THE MATERIAL REMAINS RELEVANT TODAY. Nephi and Dave discuss oil and gas policy in the US since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Topics include: the problems with the “drill baby drill” and “keep it in the ground” mindsets; why energy companies aren’t drilling; why renewable energy has its own challenges; balancing development and conservation; will we have more ammo shortages; and more.

Duration:01:02:04

Relisting Wolves (again)

2/25/2022
A Federal District Court just reinstated protections for wolves in 44 states, and the Fish and Wildlife Service announced they will consider whether to relist wolves in the Northern Rockies. What does this all mean? Dave and Nephi dive in, but leave a lot of questions on the table for a future episode. Tune in.

Duration:00:57:23

Thinking Outside the Box: The Path for State Management of Federally Listed Species

2/2/2022
The guys discuss an idea to use the Endangered Species Act in a way that encourages state management of federally listed species. They also discuss: late velvet in mule deer; a bad goose hunt; a good goose hunt; hunting wolves near Yellowstone National Park; appreciation of wildlife professionals; and more.

Duration:01:16:42

Suppressors and Other Hunting Technology with John Burns of Wyoming Arms

1/18/2022
Dave and Nephi are joined by John Burns of Wyoming Arms to talk about technology in hunting. They talk about the importance of range finders, and then take a deep dive into the history and use of suppressors, including new changes in processing paperwork to purchase a suppressor. Other topics include Dave's recent elk hunt; Nephi finally getting a goose hunt invite; remote game cameras; Wyoming Arms; John's Mountain; and more.

Duration:01:35:20

Grizzly Bears and the Rinella Family Feud

1/4/2022
Dave and Nephi provide an update on all things grizzly bears, including updating on a petition to delist Yellowstone grizzlies; a petition to delist Northern Continental Divide grizzlies; and a new population estimator showing there are lots of freaking bears. They also weigh in on a recent Matt Rinella piece advocating for fewer hunters. Spoiler: the guys commend Matt for being willing to speak up, but think he's missing the forest through the trees.

Duration:01:00:33

The Unintended Consequences of Wyoming's Corner Crossing Case

12/22/2021
Dave and Nephi take a look at Wyoming's corner crossing case through a different lens. Legal issues aside, they discuss the possible policy outcomes of the case, and how setting a court precedent could backfire for hunters. Other topics include: how to increase public land access; how they first met Steven Rinella; Nephi's love of fluvial geomorphology; Aldo Leopold; Dave meeting Dick Cheney; and more.

Duration:00:55:11

Road Trip (Part III): Guiding You Through Wyoming’s Wilderness Hunting Law

12/16/2021
Dave and Nephi complete their road trip through MT and WY. In this episode they take a deep dive into Wyoming’s law that requires nonresidents to hunt with a guide in Wilderness Areas. They discuss the history of the law, possible reasons for the law, its legal history, and venerabilities. They also discuss their favorite hunts of 2021, and Dave asks for listener advice about an issue with his 2021 mule deer. Take a listen, share, then subscribe to get more great content!

Duration:01:29:21

Road Trip (Part II): Recent Wildlife Wins in Congress

12/14/2021
Dave and Nephi continue their road trip across MT and WY. They discuss wildlife wins in Congress's bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, such as: money for wildlife crossings, reclaiming orphaned oil and gas wells, fire mitigation, and more. They also discuss Recovering America's Wildlife Act, what it could mean for hunters, and how to voice your support. Then stay tuned for Part III of the road trip where the guys will discuss Wyoming's requirement that nonresidents must hunt with a guide in...

Duration:00:56:54

Road Trip (Part I): Barriers to Becoming a Hunter

12/9/2021
Dave and Nephi road trip across Montana and Wyoming. They discuss barriers for recruiting new hunters, such as: sharing your spot, finding a place to hunt, cost of equipment, access to shooting ranges, hunter diversity, judging others' reasons for hunting, complex hunting and fishing regulations, and more. They also preview parts 2 & 3 of this road trip series: good things for wildlife coming out of Congress; and a dive into the requirement that non-residents can't hunt Wyoming wilderness...

Duration:00:50:37

Whiskey's For Drinkin', Water's For Fightin': A Western Water Law Primer

11/2/2021
Dave and Nephi dive into a discussion about western water. Learn about the origins of prior appropriation, interstate compacts, equitable apportionment, instream flow, return flow, beneficial use, and other wonky water words. Water is the lifeblood of the west, feeds the country, and the fight over its use is escalating. The guys explain why. This isn't a dry topic, so take a listen.

Duration:01:19:59

Groundhog Day - Relisting Wolves and Delisting Grizzly Bears

9/21/2021
After a long hiatus consumed with work and the backcountry, Dave and Nephi are back! In this episode they discuss a recent action taken by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in response to a petition to relist gray wolves in the West. They also discuss Wyoming's announcement to petition the FWS to delist grizzly bears. Sound familiar? It should. The tug-a-war over wolves and grizzly bears is decades old. Spoiler: there's no end in sight. Take a listen.

Duration:01:07:54

ATF and BLM Nominees Plus a Ballot Box Attack on Hunters

8/3/2021
Dave and Nephi break down the nomination of Tracy Stone-Manning to serve at the Director of the Bureau of Land Management, and David Chipman to serve as the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. They also discuss a controversial ballot initiative in Oregon, a shooting sports competition in Colorado, and Dave’s displeasure over not getting to cull mountain goats in Grand Teton National Park.

Duration:01:08:23

Oil & Ice- Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

7/20/2021
This week your hosts break down ANWR, the Transfer of Federal Public Lands, Climate Change, Santa Clause, McKenzie River Delta Gas Pipeline, Public Lands in Public Hands, and the Trans Alaska Pipeline.

Duration:01:28:20

Playing Prairie Chicken with RAWA

7/9/2021
This week the guys talk about Recovering America's Wildlife Act (RAWA) and Prairie Chickens. Other topics discussed; Mike's big moves, How to become a primary or secondary source for Meateater, Endangered Species Act (again), The difference between Big Chickens and Little Chickens, Wildlife Funding and Grants, and a whole lot more.

Duration:01:16:41