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Your Mountain with David Willms, Mike McGrady and Nephi Cole

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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 ...
 
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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 …
 
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 hunti…
 
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. Ot…
 
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.By David Willms, Nephi Cole
 
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 rene…
 
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.…
 
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 …
 
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: …
 
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 geomorpho…
 
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 as…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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 displea…
 
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.…
 
This week Dave and Nephi sit down to talk about mule deer migration with Patrick Rodgers, a University of Wyoming grad research associate at the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. They discuss the science of migration; riding the green wave; impacts of development; and whether hunting triggers migration. They also discuss Pat's re…
 
Bianca “Mo” McGrath-Martinez This week Dave and Nephi sit down to talk with Bianca "Mo" McGrath-Martinez of Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting, and the Outdoors (HECHO) to address the importance of diversity in the R3 discussion. Topics include barriers to becoming a hunter, how Bianca got into hunting, buying her first firearm, mentors, her mount…
 
Dave and Nephi join Randy Newberg’s Hunt Talk Radio- They discuss how the policy game works, an insider's perspective, what not to do, what to do, Dave’s top 10 rules for effective advocacy, R3, lost access, conservation matters, managing hunters and hunting, elk hunting stories, and other great tangents from three passionate hunters who are concer…
 
This week the Dave, Mike and Nephi tackle the Alaskan Subsistence Hunting and Temporary Wildlife Special Action Request 21-01. A request to the interior department request being considered to close all federal lands within select game units in Alaska in regards to non-subsistence hunting of Moose and Caribou during the non-resident season.…
 
By Popular Demand- Today, the hosts talk about their respective paths into and through the outdoors industry with some career advice and wisdom peppered throughout. Whether you're looking at college course options, a mid-life career transition, or just want to know more about Dave, Nephi, and Mike's career path this episode is for you.…
 
Important things you Oughta Know! 1) Sunday hunting bill in Maine and push for a new Bill in PA 2) NM Public Lands Trapping ban update 3) SCOTUS Cert Denial and Opinion on Monument Designations 4) State initiated litigation in WY and LA - Oil & Gas 5) Public Service Announcement—Don’t Feed Wildlife This episode produced by Ben Paige…
 
Mike & Dave are joined by Jessi Johnson from the Wyoming Wildlife Federation. Topics Discussed: Join in on the Conservation Conversation The false need for a Recording Studio, 5 Things Episodes and their Shelf Life, How Pastries make the Legislative World Go Around, Smuggling Zebra Mussels in Pet Store Moss Balls, One Careless Flush Away, Wolves an…
 
This week Mike gives you an update on - 1)Senator Haaland's road to the Interior 2)5 Bills that are sitting before the House Committee on Natural Resources 3)March Hunting/Draw Application Deadlines 4)A Take on How the Pandemic created More Hunters 5)Wisconsin Wolves - A breakdown Don't miss out and head on over to our facebook listener group! This…
 
This week your host Mike McGrady, David Willms, and Nephi Cole break down the current Ammo Shortages, the Value of Non-Resident Hunters and discuss the history of the Public Trust Doctrine. Want to join in on the conversation? Head on over to our Podcast Listener Group. Other Topics Discussed: Long Beards, Short Beards, Patchy Beards, the ammo supp…
 
Brian Brooks, Executive Director of the Idaho Wildlife Federation, joins the guys to discuss Rep. Mike Simpson's plan to save salmon in the Pacific Northwest from extinction. They discuss: the history of salmon; the causes of salmon decline; the importance of the rivers for power and commerce; details of Rep. Simpson's plan to breach four dams alon…
 
This week Dave and Nephi sit down with Ike Eastman of Eastmans' Publishing along with special guest co-host and American Hero, Kyle Lamb. In this episode, they discuss Hunting Outfitters as they hang in the balance and what the future may hold based on current events and policy. Join in on the Discussion Guest Bios: Ike Eastman - President of Eastm…
 
Teasing Next Weeks Episode and discussing the 5 things you ought to know! CONTEST: New Episode Series. New Name. Join the Podcast Listener Group to weigh in on the decision. Representative Cyrus Western’s Baby got a name… Wyoming House Bill 122-Hunting and Fishing Access- reliable funding Montana SB 143- Updates Significant Bill Change when it come…
 
This week your hosts Nephi Cole, Mike McGrady, and Dave Willms sit down and talk with Wyoming Representative Cyrus Western to discuss a new piece of legislature aimed at providing reliable funding for hunting and fishing access in Wyoming. Want to continue the conversation? Join the brand new "Your Mountain Podcast Listener Group" today! Bills Disc…
 
This week, Dave Willms, Mike McGrady and Nephi Cole give you a look into some of the legislation that all hunters & anglers should be following in the early days of 2021. Bills Discussed in this Episode Allowing Firearms on Campus Wyoming Bill Senate File 0067-Repeal Gun Free Zones Montana House Bill 102- Generally Revising Gun Laws Anti 2A Infring…
 
Dave opens the podcast by correcting a couple errors from last week's episode. Then Nephi and Dave discuss how the wildlife law system works from cradle to grave and back to the cradle again. Topics discussed include: clarifying a MeatEater episode on possession limits; what's worse-wanton waste or trespass; what happens if wardens and prosecutors …
 
Dave and Nephi explore President Biden's executive orders that (1) direct the Secretary of Interior to pause oil and gas leasing on federal lands and waters, and (2) direct his agencies to chart a path to conserve and restore 30% of lands and waters by 2030. Controversy abounds, but is the sky really falling? Tune in to find out!…
 
Nephi drops a big surprise on Dave and Mike; the guys provide an update on the Herrera v. Wyoming (tribal hunting rights) case; and then it's everything you wanted to know about corner crossing. The guys discuss: the history of checkerboard lands; legally inaccessible public lands; corner crossing laws/enforcement around the West; and ideas to gene…
 
Dave and Nephi discuss a new decision involving grizzly bears, and then dive deeper into lifetime hunting and fishing licenses than any normal person should. They discuss pros and cons of the licenses for hunters and wildlife agencies, and then dive into a recent controversy in Arkansas over what activities are covered by a lifetime license. Suppor…
 
The guys are glad 2020 is over, and are excited to continue delivering great content in 2021. In this episode, Dave tells a recent elk hunting story, Nephi provides cold weather firearm advice (and starts conspiracy theories), Mike asks for Nephi's Parler handle, the guys tease some of the topics they will cover in 2021 and then solicit listener id…
 
In Part II of our conversation with District of Conservation podcast host, Gabriella Hoffman, the guys continue to talk conservation policy. They discuss the overcrowding, accessibility, affordability, and importance of National Parks. They also discuss Gabriella's experience harvesting her first whitetail deer, her mountain, and more. Tune in and …
 
Gabriella Hoffman-media strategist, consultant, writer, and host of the District of Conservation podcast joins the guys to talk conservation policy/politics. They discuss: administration transitions; predicting a new Secretary of Interior; Trump v Biden - who is better for hunters/anglers; consequences of halting oil and gas leasing off shore and o…
 
While everyone is recovering from their tryptophan hangovers, the guys are providing entertaining breakdowns of more conservation policies. They discuss: the Army Corps of Engineers denying the permit for Pebble Mine; reintroduction of wolves in Colorado; Utah's Constitutional Amendment to protect hunting and fishing; local, county, and state land …
 
The guys dive deep into the 2020 Election and analyze what it means for sportsmen and women. They discuss the Congressional Review Act, a controversial new LWCF Secretarial Order, executive branch transition, political calculus of cabinet appointments, last minute executive orders, opportunities in a new Congress, what to expect from the Biden admi…
 
Interest is growing in conserving 30% of the world's land and water by 2030. Dave and Nephi explore 30x30, including its origins, pitfalls, and opportunities. They only scratch the surface, but you'll see why it's complicated. But before that, you'll have to endure some of their 2020 elk, pronghorn, and mule deer hunting stories.…
 
You may have heard the recent news of Congress recently passing America's Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act, and how that's good for hunters/anglers. If you are wondering what the ACE Act does, this podcast is for you. Dave and Nephi break down the ACE Act to highlight everything it does for wildlife and wildlife habitat. Check it out, then thank …
 
Nephi shares stories from a recent waterfowl hunt in Nebraska, and Dave shares the origins of his waders. Then the guys explore a brief history of waterfowl and wetland issues in the United States, the Constitutional limits of the Clean Water Act, and the importance of states and private enterprise in protecting wetlands.…
 
Massive fires are burning across the western United States. Politicians are casting blame, and conspiracy theories are flooding the internet. In this episode, the guys take on the topic of forest management. They discuss the history of US management, different factors that are contributing to today's fires, and some (very general) suggestions to ta…
 
On September 22, 2020, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a hearing on the "Endangered Species Act Amendments of 2020." The bill isn't going anywhere in this Congress, but as the guys discuss, some of the ideas it contains might warrant discussion. They'll take you through the multi-year effort that led to the bill, general…
 
Gunwerks CEO, Aaron Davidson, joins the guys to talk hunting ethics. They discuss: the mountain goat cull in Grand Teton National Park; the history of Gunwerks; ethics of new technology in hunting; long-range hunting; how to become a better shooter; Aaron's African hunts; Aaron's mountain; and more! Listen, subscribe, and share!…
 
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