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Artemis's 2022 Highlight Reel
Part highlight reel, part blooper episode: Artemis's end-of-year special is back. Hear the most memorable clips from our THIRD year on the airwaves. As always, thank you for being here.
1:00 Artemis's Women in Conservation Leadership series aired this spring, an 8-episode dive into the stuff strong leadership is made of
4:00 Check out Artemis's field episodes: A rabbit hunt with Mary Lynn and turkey camp in South Carolina
6:00 This year we brought you field events, book clubs, tactics courses, a year's worth of podcasts, and more. If Artemis has meant something to you, please share the show with a friend or leave us a review wherever you listen. If you're able to donate, all financial contributions are put toward expanding access for women in sporting.
CHASING UNGULATE TALES: Mule Deer Fidelity & Philopatry with Rhiannon Jakopak
Artemis is revisiting one of its most popular series ever: A deep dive into ungulate biology with the scientists of the Montieth Shop. Mule deer are remarkably faithful to the geographies they were raised in... until they're not. Ungulate ecologist Rhiannon Jakopak talks with us about rogue individuals, migration fidelity, the rose petal hypothesis, and more. Plus, the emotions of harvesting your first animal (slash ANY animal).
4:00 From vegetarianism to wildlife science to becoming a hunter with your sci-pals in tow
6:00 Taking a life... you process it while you're literally processing it. The complicated feelings are normal; they don't need to go away
12:00 Those hunting mentors who make you feel encouraged, not pressured
14:00 A first-time mule deer harvest: Watching an individual deer for weeks before getting a shot on it at 28 yards.... and just like that, a life is changed
17:00 Knowing your local mule deer as individuals... so much so that you recognize certain animals in friends' harvest photos
19:00 Transition from bow- to rifle-hunting... there's a different feel to the hunt
23:00 The Rose Petal Hypothesis - this idea that female deer establish home ranges that are adjacent to and overlapping those of the female parent and sisters in a manner that looks like the petals unfolding on a rose
24:00 Mule deer have high fidelity (faithfulness to preferred geographies) and philopatry (those places near where they were born/reared)
28:00 Because of high site fidelity/philopatry, mule deer are especially slow to fill habitat vacuums... if we inadvertently remove them from a landscape, it can take a long time for new deer to show up
31:00 Combining knowledge from the science world with the place-based experience of hunters, ranchers, and other intimate land users
32:00 Rogue deer do colonize new habitats! They completely buck the fidelity/philopatry pattern, especially with their winter range
36:00 The first year of an animal's life is crucial for establishing the behaviors that'll govern behavior later on - rogue deer go rogue as yearlings
39:00 Mule deer have generally low fawn survival... but they also typically have two fawns per year
41:00 Scientist #facepalm: when all 50 collared fawns in your study die
45:00 Why is it so fun to pick on bird people? Jokes aside, they have some SOLID science on taught vs. inherent migration
48:00 Do relatively common species lose their mystique for us? Heck no. Next time you see a deer on the side of the highway, ask yourself how many mountain ranges it crossed in the past year
52:00 Those big antlers on your buck? They're a symbol of an intelligent species on healthy, connected habitat... be reverent, everyone!
57:00 How do we tell compelling science stories?
1:02 We're in an unprecedented era of everyone caring how we communicate/reach each other
1:06 The good news: Everyone cares about mule deer. The bad news: We disagree what's going on with them
1:08 Scientists as arbiters of information for policymakers
1:13 MontiethShop.org - a place to get involved and be in the loop on new science; Also @Monteith.Shop on Insta
CHASING UNGULATE TALES: Bighorn Sheep & Mule Deer Winterkill with Tayler LaSharr
This week we're revisiting one of Artemis's best-loved series of all time - Chasing Ungulate Tales with the scientists at the Montieth Shop at the University of Wyoming. You've heard it before: "If we kill the animals with the biggest horns, aren't we selecting for smaller horns over time?" This week we take a deep dive into that question with ungulate biologist Tayler LaSharr in the third episode of our special series with The Monteith Shop. We'll also talk about her research into how mule deer behaviors are affected by harsh winter events.
2:30 Squirrels... the gateway drug to hunting?
4:00 A Wyoming antelope hunt with all the science gals, creeping in for that 150-yard shot
7:30 Autopsy is to human what Necropsy (NEE-kraap-see) is to animals
9:00 Antelope heart pastrami (!!!) - get the how-to right here
10:00 Jess's Wyoming tag line-up: Three antelope, three elk, three deer, and one bear
13:00 Research deep-dive: The effects of hunter harvest on horn size in sheep. It started with a paper that used Boone & Crockett data to assess changes in horn size over time
14:30 Bighorn sheep harvested by hunters anywhere are required to be checked into a Fish and Game station… which means there's a treasure trove of data on size/ages of in every state
16:00 Horn size is a function of age + nutrition + genetics
19:00 Mom's nutrition affects her son's antler size
21:00 Does the removal of big males (by hunter harvest) change a population's genetics over time? A lot of it has to do with the average age of rams being harvested in different years
23:00 Alberta harvests sheep by a different standard -- the four-fifths curl. When you have management scenarios where harvest is determined by horns and not age (the annuli), there is evidence that it leads to decreased horn size over time. For example, if a five-year-old grows fast and gets to that four-fifths curl before other individuals his age, he stands to be harvested sooner from his population and may not have adequate chance to breed and pass on his genetics
25:00 How do you age a bighorn sheep?
27:00 One hedge against the overharvest of big-horned young animals is a conservative tag system... it's still a once-in-a-lifetime hunt in many states
29:00 "Evolution reverse" is this theory (/misunderstanding) that hunter harvest of big-horned animals selects out those traits in a population over time. In reality, it's way more complicated than that... management strategy plays a big role in how traits persist over time. Many factors are involved, and broad generalizations generally don't hold up all the time.
31:00 Changes in game management aren't often reflected in an animal population for years/decades
37:00 Rhiannon Jakopak's digest of Tayler's horn size work in layman's terms
38:00 Connecting sheep scientists with sheep hunters
40:00 The Wyoming Range Mule Deer Project - a long-term study following deer individuals throughout their lives AND their offspring
42:00 Looking at the after-effect of harsh winters on mule deer. Differences in behavioral strategies? Migration routes? Reproductive strategies/mothering behavior? What allowed them to survive when other deer succumbed to winterkill?
48:00 Fish and Game departments have to balance immediate hunter desire against the long-term, ever-changing health/hardiness of game populations
57:00 The genesis of an ungulate biologist!
59:00 Check out more of the Monteith shop at UngulateCompendium.org
CHASING UNGULATE TALES: Mule Deer and the Green Wave with Ellen Aikens
Artemis is revisiting its best-loved series of all time: A deep dive into ungulate ecology with the scientists at the Montieth Shop. This week we're surfing the green wave! Seasonal mule deer migration is based on food availability. Deer move across the landscape to maximize their access to high-quality food resources. We're joined by migration ecologist Ellen Aikens to learn more about Wyoming's mule deer populations and how they're challenged by drought, climate change, and energy development.
PLUS: Artemis's long-time partner, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks is offering an incredible giveaway that includes a guided pheasant hunting trip in South Dakota, a travel voucher to get there, and a $4,000 gift card to Scheel's. Don't miss out!
3:00 - Artemis's first guest to connect from overseas! Plus, moving to Germany during the pandemic
6:30 - Animal research: A generally rewarding endeavor with LOTS of challenges
8:00 A new scientist asks her peers/mentors, What's one of the most important fields to be savvy in? "GIS/remote sensing" comes up again and again
11:00 GPS collars let us see where an individual animal is going, year after year -- it's a bonafide jackpot of data. This field is called "movement ecology"
12:30 Marcia's sage advice: "Do what you enjoy doing until you don't enjoy doing it anymore. Then go do something else."
13:30 Sampling the field April-August to survey which plants are available and when. Documenting the seasonal change from green to brown was revelatory! Plus, KNOWING the place.
17:00 Dynamics in plant growth and seasonal transition influence how animals move
18:00 To study mule deer you need to become versed in the world they live in
20:00 "The green wave" - this idea that for deer and other species, young/emergent plant species are the most nutritious growth. That stage is staggered across an elevational gradient -- and this is the 'green wave' -- moving to find that nutritious feed
22:00 Most mule deer move from a low-elevation winter range to a higher elevation spring/summer range. This is colloquially called 'surfing the green wave'
24:00 Migration isn't a continuous line from Point A to Point B. Mule deer spend about 90% of their time on migration at stopover sites, foraging and eating
27:00 What makes a good stopover? It totally depends. Elevation plays a big role. They're generally places that are more lush than the surrounding area.
30:00 Fall migration: A combination of fleeing cold/snow, plus finding the lushest feed given the season... the "residual greenness"
33:00 Drought has an effect on how well mule deer can surf the green wave, which is shorter; Energy development also affects that migration
35:00 Mule deer in the West have high fidelity to their migration routes
38:00 Mule deer DO move through energy development sites... but they're not able to use those areas to the degree they would if there was no resource development there
39:00 A high-quality study would collect data BEFORE an energy project, DURING it, and AFTER reclamation
45:00 Being migratory is key for mule deer in the Wyoming Range. There ARE resident deer populations, but it's a small fraction (47:00 Drought/climate change/fire/invasive species stand to alter how the green wave moves across the landscape
55:00 Mapping migrations is crucial to understanding how they're impacted by development and other threats
58:00 Wyoming's governor signed an executive order that acknowledged migration corridors. Good science DOES inform policy.
1:02 Wyoming Migration Initiative has a great coffee table book, "Wild Migration: Atlas of Wyoming Ungulates"
1:07 Animal movements stand to change as green-up patterns change (elk are also green-wave surfers)
1:10 Norway, Italy, Germany, France... all these countries have good data on deer migration and changing green-up patterns (Want to nerd out even more? EuroDeer is a collaborative group of ungulate ecologists with great data. Check them out.)
CHASING UNGULATE TALES: Thermal Ecology of Moose with Rebecca Levine
We're revisiting Artemis's most-downloaded series ever, Chasing Ungulate Tales, featuring scientists from the Monteith Shop, an ungulate research lab at the University of Wyoming. This week we're joined by Rebecca Levine, whose research is focused on understanding the thermal ecology of moose. More than half of southern moose populations in the Lower 48 are in decline. We talk parasite loads, chronic wasting disease, the mysterious moose of New Zealand's fjordlands, and what habitat a moose needs to stay cool. Also: bear spray works for moose, too.
PLUS... Artemis's long-time partner, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks is offering an incredible giveaway, which includes a guided pheasant hunting trip, a travel voucher to get there, a $4,000 gift card to Scheel's, and loads of other gear. Check it out and be sure to enter.
4:00 When do you get to call yourself a 'hunter'?
5:00 In the southern half of moose's range, about half of populations are in decline
7:00 Why is heat stress so particular to moose versus other cervids? The skinny: They're big, they're dark, and they don't sweat.
10:00 How do moose find those spots to cool off in?
12:00 Collaring MOOSE... it's a PROCESS. But the video collars? SO COOL
15:00 Moose = tick paradise
16:00 Moose are intermingling with more ungulates that they ordinarily may not have overlapped with, which is one vector for parasite spread
18:00 Preg-checking a female moose
21:00 Twin prevalence in moose
24:00 Different subspecies of moose and their historic ranges... they're unique in that moose are circumpolar. They're in Russia, China, Canada, Alaska, etc.
28:00 Moose are relative newcomers to Wyoming/Utah/Colorado
32:00 Moose reach heat stress above 55 degrees... and they indulge in a number of behaviors to mitigate heat -- bedding down in marshes, traveling to higher altitudes, etc
36:00 Chronic wasting disease effects all cervids, including moose
37:00 Wyoming Chronic Disease Management plan
44:00 Bilingual fishing/game regs - Kansas just did this, and the results are great
46:00 Monteith Shop on Insta (@Monteith.shop)
47:00 Funding is a limiting resource on the production of high-quality science
47:40 Monteith Shop website, UngulateCompendium.org
52:00 Moose encounters in the Brooks Range... MONSTERS RISING FROM THE WILLOWS! Bear spray doesn't help you feel brave in that moment
53:00 "Don't run" is the general advice for wildlife encounters... EXCEPT with moose
54:00 National Park Service project to preserve big-horn sheep in Grand Teton National Park
55:00 Charismatic megafauna vs charismatic megafauna... eliminating mountain goats to preserve bighorn sheep
56:00 Three hours to go a mile in canyon/bog/swamp... great chance for a somewhat scary moose encounter! Also, that moment when your scientist friend hears something and says, "Hmm... that sounds like a large mammal."
59:00 Two cans of bear spray deployed... which totally got the target animal, but also the person in flight
1:01 Bear spray is oil-based, and thus very sticky
1:04 In 1910 moose were introduced into New Zealand's fjordlands. The population never really took off... the last sighting was in 1980, BUT, it's led to a Sasquatch type of fervor, with the occasional wingnut moose sighting in that area. #moosetrivia
1:06 Moose = swamp donkeys
Field to Fork with Karlin Gill
Karlin Gill grew up among her family's outfitting business... in Karlin's words, "Food is our love language." Hunting was always a part of her life, but hunting and foraging came to take on new meaning for Karlin as an adult as she grappled with Crohn's disease. This week we talk about actually wanting to eat what you hunt -- making exquisite food from the wild. Plus: Big bucks, missing the shot, field to fork, and TWO giveaways on the table.
2:00 Tanner crabs from Alaska & transporting your bounty on a passenger flight #carryoncrabs
4:00 Growing up in a subsistence-centric household
6:00 Artemis's foraging outing was a huge success!
7:00 Wanting to eat the bounty you forage/harvest (versus choking it down)
9:00 New to foraging? Start with something easy to identify: Pawpaws, acorns, etc.
10:00 Acorn flour, acorn milk (and mushroom flour, ya'll)
14:00 A hunting season where you just can't get into the deer
18:00 I like big bucks and I cannot lie #buckfever
21:00 National Deer Association's Field to Fork program
24:00 TWO GIVEAWAYS, everyone! First, Artemis is teaming up with Prios for the month of November to offer a full outfit of swag. Check out the Artemis Instagram or Facebook feeds for all the details on how to enter. Also, Artemis's long-time partner, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks is offering another giveaway, including a guided pheasant hunting trip, a travel voucher, and a $4,000 gift card to Scheel's. Don't miss either chance!
26:00 Crohn's disease
27:00 Safari Unlimited hosts an incredible dinner for Artemis's deer camp... "Food is our love language"
31:00 Being a hunter's ed instructor, and generally having a love for outreach/education
37:00 White belly dance
40:00 Hits and misses... the only way to never miss is to never shoot
44:00 Why can't we easily pop the deers raiding our gardens.... WHYYY!?
The podcast I’ve been waiting for
Here’s a group of quality sportswomen discussing the fun and important aspects of hunting, fishing, and conservation. This is my go-to weekly listen to learn new outdoors tips, build knowledge of ecosystems and conservation, and just listen to smart women discuss life and the outdoors. I usually pour myself a cup of coffee and relax to this podcast. It feels like chatting with a group of friends and I always walk away feeling inspired to challenge myself in new ways.
So I thought this was a cool place for women in the outdoors and general empowerment - I’m not a hunter. I’m not getting pulled in to this podcast. I can’t say why. Im not sure. I’m not interested in the conversation. And when I saw a guest advertising her fashion line at $75/leggings and $25/mask (!!!!), it confirmed for me that this is not what I was looking for. Unsubscribing now. Thanks, but no thanks.
You’ll find what you’re looking for in this podcast
This podcast is exceptional. I’d been looking for a women centered podcast about hunting/fishing/the outdoors and this podcast has it all. The hosts ask thoughtful questions and have done an excellent job picking guests. Truly a gem.