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Wildlife biologist Pat Rodgers leads the 92-mile mule deer walk for many reasons. This fabulous film interweaves the personal with the educational in a way that is both moving and awe inspiring.
Mule deer are migratory. In order to reproduce, breed and survive, the species needs space and corridors to move safely through different phases of life.
Part of Pat Rodgers’ job as a wildlife researcher is to better understand these corridors. The stressors and obstacles mule deer currently face are not just a few.
And to delve into their journey, Rodgers decided to turn the track into an ultra run to alert both of them to the many problems Mule deer make and inform human decisions about land use and management.
But Rodgers also struggles with personal losses along the way. His father – a nature filmmaker – supported this idea of walking along the migration route, but he left too early to see how it came to fruition. Rodgers pays tribute to this journey of personal loss against the journey of better understanding the land mule deer travel through.
“We try too often to change places like this instead of letting ourselves be changed,” says Rodgers along the way. “And that’s migration. It’s moving from a difficult place where you suffer and struggle to a better place. “
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By Nicole Qualtieri
Nicole Qualtieri, based in Montana, is the Hunt + Fish editor for GearJunkie. A DIY hunter, she comes from a non-traditional hunting background and started hunting and fishing in her 30s. She has been a voice for hunting, fishing, and conservation since 2014 when she started working on the television show MeatEater. She is an avid rider, bird dog lover, snowboarder, hiker / backpacker, food nerd and all-round outdoor woman. Find her online at @nkqualtieri.