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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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On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss the value of volunteerism, how it's quantified, and how one local news outlet got it wrong. Also, recent winter weather, and why the weather is a constant topic of conversation; the TOPS extension is now on the Colorado Springs ballot for April. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast!…
 
We’ve all heard the stories or experienced it ourselves…bright moonlit nights affecting duck behaviors and making for tough hunting the next day. But what does science tell us about this phenomenon? Do ducks really move more during bright nights and less the next day? Starla Phelps, graduate student at University of Arkansas-Monticello sits down wi…
 
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It turns out there are many paths to a career in waterfowl and wetlands conservation. On this episode, we learn about Wes Prebeck’s transition from a 20+ year career in law enforcement to now slogging through swamps and marshes in support of the Wetlands Reserve Easement program. Part of this path, inspired by a love of duck hunting, is Wes’s educa…
 
Chris Jennings and Dr. Mike Brasher peruse a series of fun facts about waterfowl, including questions such as how many invertebrates a wood duck eats, which waterfowl species is the largest, which lives the longest, which is the fastest and why is it not green-winged teal. The duo also discuss observations from past research including multiple pate…
 
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Host Chris Jennings is joined by John Pollmann, Ducks Unlimited magazine contributor, to discuss a recent magazine feature in the January/February 2023 issue of Ducks Unlimited magazine. Pollmann reached out to several veteran goose hunters to find out their go-to spreads for hunting geese over water. These species-specific decoy and calling tactic…
 
Rock Island Auction Company's Outside Consultant and Collector Richard Ellis and Director of Acquisitions Rick Henley join us to discuss the big guns of waterfowling and some of their favorite gun find stories. Richard tells us about his personal collection on display at the DU museum, and he also helps dispel some of the myths surrounding these gu…
 
Host Chris Jennings is joined by John Pollmann, Ducks Unlimited magazine contributor and Migration Editor for the Central Flyway. Pollmann breaks down the habitat conditions across the Great Plains and into Missouri, based on reports he is hearing from his contacts throughout the flyway. As South Dakota is being pummeled by another winter storm, Po…
 
Join us for an exciting episode about the waterfowl hunting heritage and traditions of Louisiana with special guest, Dale Bordelon. As a lifelong hunter and resident of Louisiana, Dale will share his insights and experiences on the rich history of duck hunting in the state. We'll discuss the importance of preserving these traditions and the unique …
 
On this week's podcast Bob and co-host Kevin discuss how to hike safely in severe winter weather. Also, hiking statistics for 2022; GPS enabled watches; places to go in 2023, the unintended consequences of the iPhone 14 SOS feature, and more. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/hikingbob for more inform…
 
Host Chris Jennings and Dr. Mike Brasher are joined by Derek Christians, coordinator of R3 Media/Campus Waterfowl Productions, to discuss how Campus Waterfowl came to fruition under the Ducks Unlimited brand. Christians shares the story of how Campus Waterfowl began and how engaging with collegiate waterfowl hunters is contributing to Ducks Unlimit…
 
In this episode of the DU Podcast, host, Katie Burke, speaks with decoy collector, John Munson. John takes our listeners on a in depth look at Ladysmith, Wisconsin, decoy company, Evans Decoy Factory. He begins by sharing his journey to learning about Evans birds and ends with describing many of the nuances that make an Evans bird special. John fin…
 
Dave and Nephi end 2022 discussing some hot topics in conservation, including a Recovering America's Widlife Act update (update since recording: it didn't pass in 2022), and teeing up a needed deeper dive into the Montana Crazy Mountains access saga. They also discuss the resolution of a recent case brought by Center for Biological Diversity challe…
 
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