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By 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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0012 Your Mountain - Hunter Advocacy with Land Tawney, President and CEO of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers

Land Tawney, President and CEO of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers joins Dave, Mike, and Nephi for an educational, thought-provoking, and frequently hilarious conversation. Learn about BHA's "Hike to Hunt" program; training for hunting season; hunter/outdoor rec partnerships; Dave's terrible kayaking skills; history, mission, and structure of BHA; Land and Water Conservation Fund; River Access; backcountry law enforcement; importance of landowner relationships; Dave's deer honey hole; and Land's favorite place.

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Aug 14, 2018
0011 Your Mountain: Dissecting the Endangered Species Act, Part 2: Nuts and Bolts of Listings

In Part 2 of a 3 Part series, Dave, Mike, and Nephi get a little wonky talking about how the Endangered Species Act operates, or is supposed to work. The guys discuss the process of listing and delisting species, candidate species, public participation in the process, as well as some of the other things the Fish and Wildlife Service must do under the Act. This episode draws upon the Part 1 discussion about why the Act was passed, and sets up Part 3 that will cover proposed statutory and regulatory changes to the law. Join the guys from Studio 1A and get a crash course in the ESA. 

Hunting, Fishing, Public Land Law and Policy, ESA, Threatened and Endangered Species 

Aug 07, 2018
0010 Your Mountain -- Interview with Zach Bowhay of Hunt DIY

Zach Bowhay is back to talk with the guys about how to game western preference point systems and why it's creating a problem for the future of hunting. Zach reveals the trials of being an outdoor writer, and the guys talk about the evolution of state wildlife management. The guys also debate whether too much hunting success early on is good for a new hunter. Join the guys at First Lite headquarters. 

Hunting, Fishing, Public Lands Law and Policy, Preference Points, Hunt DIY 

Jul 31, 2018
0009 Your Mountain--Dissecting the Endangered Species Act, Part 1: History of the ESA

Mike and Dave tackle the first episode of a three part series on one of this country's most impactful conservation laws - the Endangered Species Act (ESA). They share their personal experiences working with the ESA in science, law, and policy, and then dive into its storied history. Did you know that the ESA was Congress's 3rd attempt at a species preservation law? You will after this episode. The guys also discuss how a small fish shut down a $100 million water infrastructure project, the first US Supreme Court case interpreting the ESA, the amendments resulting from that case, and how that case changed the political dynamic surrounding the ESA. Parts 2 & 3 will discuss the mechanics of ESA, and the various efforts to amend the law. Settle in, this should be interesting.

Jul 24, 2018
0008 Your Mountain -- Kryptek's Kelli Thornton discusses women hunting, hunting in Africa and getting veterans into the field
Kryptec's slogan, from battlefield to back country, only tells part of the company's story. They also have notable employees and the guys sit down with one of them--international hunter and hunting emissary Kelli Thornton. The guys learn about how she got into hunting and the fast growing segment of women hunters, blaze pink, commissioner tags, getting veterans into hunting, and the North American versus African conservation models. 
Hunting, Fishing, Conservation, Public Lands, Law and Policy, Kryptek
Jul 17, 2018
Your Mountain 0007 - Dissecting Senator Mike Lee's Public Land Proposals

You've read the headlines and seen the tweets about U.S. Senator Mike Lee's ideas for limiting national monument designations, and transferring public lands to private hands. Some groups are even using it to fundraise. But what did the Senator actually say, and what does it really mean? The guys discuss what is motivating the public lands transfer crowd, Senator Lee's ideas for transferring public lands, the likelihood of the legislation going anywhere this Congress, and how you can make your voice heard. Check it out.

Hunting, Fishing, Conservation, Public Lands, Congress, Law and Policy, Antiquities Act, Homestead Act

Jul 10, 2018
0006 Your Mountain - Conservation and Camo with First Lite's Ryan Callahan and Western Hunter's Zach Bowhay

The guys cover lots of ground in this educational and funny episode with First Lite's Ryan Callahan, and Western Hunter's Zach Bowhay. Topics covered include: why everyone loves Idaho, what got Ryan started in the outdoor industry, advocating for front country vs. backcountry access, does camo work, the Pittman-Robertson Act, finding more money for wildlife conservation, the 2% for Conservation program, do non-hunters pay their fair share for conservation, Butch Cassidy in Idaho, and much more. 

Jul 03, 2018
0005 Your Mountain - Dissecting The Pittman-Robertson Act

You hear it all the time - hunters pay for wildlife conservation. But, what does that really mean? In this short but educational episode, the guys breakdown the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act - better known as the Pittman-Robertson Act. They cover: (1) The events that led to Congress adopting the Act, (2) How the Act works, (3) Why hunters and non-hunters should care, and (4) current legislation that would amend the Act, including each one's likelihood of passing this Congress.  You don't want to miss this episode!

Jun 26, 2018
0004 Your Mountain - Black Bear Hunting, and Hunters as Conservationists with Jana Waller of Skull Bound TV

David Willms, Mike McGrady, and Nephi Cole visit with Jana Waller, wildlife artist, and host of Skull Bound TV on The Sportsman Channel.

The guys sit down with Jana only hours after her epic Montana black bear hunt and get all the details. They also discuss the importance of educating non-hunters about hunters as wildlife conservationists, the value of hunting in Africa, the changing demographics of the American hunter, and the need to recruit women and veterans to hunting. Jana also shares what we can expect on the upcoming season of Skull Bound.

Hunting, Fishing, Recreation, Wilderness, Wildlife, Outdoors, Public Land Law and Policy.

Show notes coming soon: 

Jun 19, 2018
0001 Your Mountain - A Conversation with Steven Rinella of MeatEater

Dave Willms, Mike McGrady, and Nephi Cole visit with author and TV personality Steven Rinella, host of the MeatEater TV show and podcast, from his home in Seattle. 

In this episode, the guys tackle who knows the most about dinosaurs, the best parts of a sage-grouse, history of the Wilderness Act, permitting for filming in Wilderness areas, Dave's propensity for short-range shooting, the future of MeatEater, whether hunting is a fundamental right or a privilege, and Steve's podcast tour.  

Hunting, Fishing, Recreation, Wilderness, Outdoors, and Public Land Law and Policy

Show notes: coming soon at 

Jun 11, 2018
0002 Your Mountain - The Outdoor Economy with Amy Roberts, Outdoor Industry Association

Dave Willms, Mike McGrady and Nephi Cole chat with the Executive Director of the Outdoor Industry Association, Amy Roberts, from her office in Boulder, Colorado.

This episode dives into the reasons behind the >$800 billion outdoor recreation economy, Bear's Ears, Utah's public land bills, public land transfers, supporting the Land and Water Conservation Fund, tariffs on outdoor recreation gear, the backpack tax, the Outdoor Industry Association's efforts to get inner city children in the great outdoors, and Amy's most memorable outdoor experience.

Hunting, Fishing, Recreation, Outdoors, Economy, and Public Land Law and Policy

Show Notes: 

Jun 11, 2018
0003 Your Mountain - Public Lands with Braden Sheppard, Utah Governor's Office

Dave Willms, Mike McGrady and Nephi Cole visit with Braden Sheppard from Utah Governor Herbert's Office.

The guys visit about Braden's work with big horn sheep, shrinking Bears Ears National Monument, loving our public lands to death, hunting in Utah, Revised Statute 2477 road claims, and Dave questions whether Utah actually has a cutt slam.

Hunting, Fishing, Recreation, Outdoors, and Public Land Law and Policy

Show Notes:coming soon 


Jun 11, 2018
000 Your Mountain -Teaser

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, your wildlife. You should know about them. This is your mountain.

Teaser episode.

Hunting, Fishing, Public Land Law and Policy 

Jun 06, 2018