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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 ...
 
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) is about so much more than fish + game, with leaders on every level changing the face of conservation and blazing new trails for a better Maine outdoors. This podcast takes you behind the scenes with MDIFW public outreach specialist Katie Yates, exploring the unique and diverse work done by department staff across the state. Listen in to learn why these game changers love what they do, and what drives them to apply their time and ...
 
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In the late 1990s, waterfowl harvest managers in the Atlantic Flyway began exploring new approaches to tie harvest regulations for their states to eastern mallards and other duck populations that were the primary source of Atlantic Flyway harvest. Dr. Min Huang, Connecticut Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection, and Dr. Pat Devers, USFWS, jo…
 
In this inaugural episode of our Fact or Fiction series, hosts Chris Jennings and Dr. Mike Brasher give the straight talk on three questions brought to us by our listeners. How much of DU's work occurs on public vs. private land, do you have to register for HIP separately in each state in which you hunt, and does DU provide corn for managed impound…
 
Alicia Filley, Physical Therapist a/k/a "The Healthy Hiker" and a frequent show guest, returns. On this episode the discussion centers around how someone who is usually a "day hiker" can train and prepare to do long, multi-day hikes, such as the Colorado Trail. This podcast sponsored by Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit: for …
 
In this concluding episode, Dr. Chris Nicolai, waterfowl scientist for Delta Waterfowl, explains neck collars, web tags, nasal saddles, geolocators, transmitters, GPS units, and more. How are they used, how have they evolved, and how are scientists using them to learn more than ever about movements, migrations, and behaviors of waterfowl across Nor…
 
Host Katie Burke is joined by wildlife artist, Adam Grimm. Adam is a two-time Federal Duck Stamp winner and two-time DU Artist-of-the-Year. In this conversation, Adam goes into detail discussing his journey to become a professional wildlife artist, particularly, how his love of art and the outdoors came together to in his professional career. The t…
 
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin start the New Year by reviewing their experiences from 2021 and their plans for 2022. They also discuss preparing for winter weather recreation, and a lawsuit involving a guided hike on Cheyenne Mountain that resulted in a search and rescue operation. Winter weather prep article: Broadmoor lawsuit: Plea…
 
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: …
 
Dr. Chris Nicolai, waterfowl scientist for Delta Waterfowl, rejoins Dr. Mike Brasher for a “bird nerd” discussion about waterfowl banding. This episode covers everything from the basics of what it is and when it happens to more detailed coverage of reward bands, survival estimation, calculating population size using the “Lincoln-Petersen” method, a…
 
An alternative recipe for your harvested ‘fowl, the DU Podcast and Dr. J.-M. DeVink bring you a French-inspired dish that pairs well with red wine and a blustery winter day – Acadian duck pie. Perfect for any species of waterfowl or wild game, including those considered less than stellar table fare, J.-M. steps through the recipe and provides educa…
 
Jay Anglin, Great Lakes Migration Editor, joins host Chris Jennings to discuss the incoming cold front happening New Year’s Day. This influx of cold weather throughout much of the Central and Mississippi Flyway could have major impacts on waterfowl wintering in mid-latitude states. Anglin shares local and regional updates across Illinois, Ohio, Ind…
 
On this week's podcast, Bob chats with Lloyd Athern, the Executive Director of the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative. They discuss the organizations mission and goals, and the work they do to keep access to Colorado's highest peaks open to hikers and mountaineers. They discuss the groups long history, and how they partner with the US Forest Service a…
 
Dr. Chris Nicolai, waterfowl scientist for Delta Waterfowl, joins Dr. Mike Brasher for an extended, in-depth discussion about the science and application of marking individual birds. In the first of 3 episodes, we discuss the early days of marking, the type of data and information gathered from it, its advantages over other methods of study, and ho…
 
Join Chris, Mike, & Katie as they take a walk down memory lane discussing Christmas presents from their youth, reflecting on Christmas traditions, and considering why Dec 25th might be the safest day for the ducks. You'll also hear songs recorded by local Ducks Unlimited staff and a Christmas letter reading from all of us to all of you! We hope you…
 
Past Editor-in-Chief of Hunting and Fishing Collectibles Magazine, Stan Van Etten, joins host, Katie Burke, to chat about the magazine’s 20-year run. The duo reminisces about some of the magazine’s great articles over years of its publication. Stan discusses what led him to start the publication of the magazine, as well as his reason for retiring i…
 
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…
 
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin Westendorf discuss a recent storm that hit Colorado Springs and the reaction people had to the resulting damage and power outages. They discuss whether people were reasonable in their expectations of the government to attend to their problems, and are people who seriously recreate outdoors better prepar…
 
Dr. Jean Michel DeVink, DU Canada’s National Manager of Conservation Planning, joins the DU Podcast to share bits of scientific expertise and culinary insights from his journey to becoming a better cook of wild game. We discuss an introductory fajita recipe, slow cooking goose legs, wild game during the holiday season, and other elements that even …
 
Fresh off a November elk harvest, Dr. Ray Alisauskas of Environment and Climate Change Canada joins the podcast to discuss early data on productivity of Mid-continent light geese in 2021. Evidence continues to indicate a “nose-diving” population trajectory for snow and Ross’s geese in the mid-continent. Earlier spring thaw and phenological mismatch…
 
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…
 
On this week's podcast, Bob interviews Becky Leinweber, the Executive Director of the Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance (PPORA), a new participant in the 2021 IndyGive campaign. They discuss what makes PPORA unique in the outdoors recreation community, it's mission, it's outreach and stewardship, and how donations to the IndyGive will help it …
 
Dr. Heath Hagy rejoins the podcast to continue a discussion about how plants differ in their value to waterfowl. From smartweed and millet to oaks and corn, this episode covers a plethora of plants commonly mentioned in waterfowl management and discusses the good, bad, and ugly. Are all exotic plants bad for waterfowl, are all grasses and sedges of…
 
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…
 
Dr. Heath Hagy, waterfowl ecologist for the USFWS National Wildlife Refuge System, joins host Dr. Mike Brasher to discuss the diversity of wetland plants and how they differ in their value to waterfowl. Beginning with a reflection on the history of waterfowl food habits and its importance to effective management, this episode launches our explorati…
 
Most get their first introduction to the world’s leader in wetlands conservation by attending a local banquet or other style of event. David Schuessler, DU national director of event fundraising and R3 programs, joins Chris Jennings to talk about DU’s successful event system. Schuessler shares some of the history and the current successes of today.…
 
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…
 
Luke Naylor, AGFC waterfowl program coordinator, joins the DU Podcast to talk about hunting and habitat in Arkansas as the state prepares reopen the season after the first split. Naylor explains that water is a major problem throughout the Natural State and landscape-level water is what attracts and holds ducks. Some success was reported during the…
 
For the fourth installment of the History series, Dan Thiel returns to discuss with host, Katie Burke, the impact of Thomas C. Main on the newly founded Ducks Unlimited. Main was DU’s first General Manager in Canada and had a significant impact on the early conservation work done in the organization. Dan and Katie walk through those early years of …
 
This week's podcast features Jennifer Peterson, the Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Field Institute, and a participating organization in the 2021 IndyGive campaign. We discuss the work RMFI has done over the past year, the work planned for next year, and how your contribution can help them achieve their goals for the upcoming year. Rocky M…
 
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