Mountain Life

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2018 Skeena Region Mountain Goat Capture, By Krystal Dixon

British Columbia is home to over 50% of mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus) that are found globally, with an estimated half of those residing in the Skeena region (MOE 2010). Mountain goats are ranked S3 and are Blue Listed in British Columbia, indicating they are a species of special concern (BC Conservation Data Center 2016), for management. Mountain goats are not only a species that need to be conservatively managed; they are also a symbol of rugged wilderness and have important linkages to First Nations cultures, hunters and non-hunters, in the Province of British Columbia and beyond.

Wild Game Curing Part 1, By Tina Windsor

I am not a hunter, in fact the only thing I’ve ever shot was a beer can from forty feet away. And that was only after missing two-dozen times. I worked as a ranch hand for a few seasons and a farm hand for a few others.

In Search of Something Beautiful, By Coley Gentzel

It has taken me a while to wrap my mind around what drew me to mountain hunting and what continues to bring me back. I may not ever fully understand this love, but I believe I am getting closer to some level of comprehension. Like most others, I have gone through numerous phases in life.

The Hunting Industry – Savior or Saboteur? By Mark LR Hall

As 2017 was winding down, the host of a network TV hunting show posted pictures of himself with a cougar he hunted and shot in Alberta. Hang on, here we go again. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…kaboom. Another social media hunting fiasco erupts.

Conservation Spotlight: The Wild Sheep Society of BC, By Kyle Stelter, WSSBC Director of Communications

It goes without saying that a little goes a long way when it comes to preparing for a hunt, especially a mountain hunt where your gear and fitness can have a significant impact on your success and enjoyment.

Bridging the Gap, By Emory Wanger

I’ve been told time and again I would never bridge the gap between the backcountry hunter and the long distance thru-hiker. It baffles me as to why we sometimes go out of our way not to interact with one another when there is a vast pool of knowledge waiting to be tapped into, sometimes a mere arm’s length away.

What Is Real Conservation? By Rob Chipman

Editor’s Note: We’d like to thank Rob for submitting this incredibly well written and timely piece. You can read more of Rob’s excellent work on his own site http://www.conservatontruths.org/.     “Pseudo-conservation” is a label