“The column was almost always controversial,” he told me. Madson did not shy from topics like the dangers posed by Wyoming's dependence on feeding elk through the winters. (The feedgrounds, which concentrate elk abnormally, are considered a major disease event waiting to happen, and their continued use—because of development, agriculture, and simple geography, there is not nearly enough natural winter range to support large numbers of elk—is one of Wyoming's longest-running wildlife controversies.) In my opinion, one of the best columns Madson ever wrote shined a light on the elephant in all of our rooms—human overpopulation, which is still a taboo subject in most mainstream conservation and fishing and hunting publications. Madson used a simple trip from Wyoming to Denver, gridlocked in traffic, navigating crowded streets filled with "combat drivers," to ponder not just the loss of wildlife and fishing, but the loss to the very essence of human freedom that too many people, living in crowded spaces, inevitably entails.