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Modern Huntsman Stories
“The word ‘matagi’ is derived from ‘matagu’, meaning to cross over, step over or straddle, bounding an image of people between two worlds — the realm of humans and that of the mountain deity: yama-no-kami.” Scott Schnell, Ph.D., Associate Professor Emeritus in Anthropology This post is only available to members.
Therein lies the overarching question: what does society want our landscape to look like? We seem to be moving toward a future where, in the name of "rewilding," people are disassociating with the land. This post is only available to members.
Fire & Fear on the Middle Fork
Fire history across the West is invariably wrapped up in human history, and removing human fire in these places calls to question what wilderness actually means. The essential truth is this: fire belongs in these landscapes. This post is only available to members.
Hope Dies Last
Fear is not a sin in the taiga, but cowardice is. This post is only available to members.
Love, Loss & the Blood of a Stag
After nearly four years of anticipation, reminiscing and planning, it was to be my triumphant return to Scotland. This post is only available to members.
The Land of the Tall Grass, Again.
“There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing results from the hard work that you’ve done yourself. Our ranch’s soil health is improving because of the work we’ve done, and our rangelands provide for us every summer because we’ve put in the time to regenerate them. It only gets better every year, and it’s somewhat addictive because as long as we keep doing it right, we’ll keep seeing results.” This post is only available to members.
The Last Overland
The Last Overland was the greatest adventure of my life. At moments, however, I questioned what on earth I was doing: what even is “adventure” in the 21st century, where there are so few “world-firsts” left and you can view the top of Everest from your mobile phone? This post is only available to members.
The Question of Enough
“It’s deliciously impractical covering eight or ten or twelve miles a day, gaining elevation much of that time, all for, if you’re lucky, a couple of birds that, plucked, will fit in your palm.” This post is only available to members.
To Glimpse a Ghost
Federal and state wildlife agencies estimate there are around 300 wolverines living in the Lower Forty-Eight, with strongholds and stable populations in Alaska and Canada, several hundred of which reside in Montana. This post is only available to members.
Under the Midnight Sun
I stared down at my feet, a vanishing vortex transforming in a crimson tide, a portal deepening in vibrant richness — somewhere, there were answers to questions I hadn't yet formed. This post is only available to members.
Where Elk Take You
When we eat elk ... we taste not just the land, but the shape of the land in their muscles, and the shape of the animal, the shoulder so different from the ham, the backstrap anchoring and holding the immense neck and antlers. This post is only available to members.
Photography & Hunting
In landscapes shaped by humans, meeting the needs of people is key to conserving not just elephants but all wild animals. This post is only available to members.