Catherine approached me asking for a podcast about teenagers and students hunting and how they balance it. She then stepped up when I asked her to be that conversation. I took away a ton of insight from this conversation. I know that this episode will be intriguing to not only some, but all parents and all students! Listen in a grow with me as we learn the positives and the very few struggles that can happen. Listen with an open heart willing to learn whether you have kids or mentor students in our community. We all can learn!
Sharenda Birts is a good friend who is joining me for a personal conversation about stepping forward. Be yourself, stand up tall, straighten that crown and be a big part of our hunting and shooting community! I love Sharenda's candor and honesty of where she has been and how the journey has looked for her entering the world of outdoors! As a woman, as an African American, as a hunter, as a shooter how her journey has evolved over the past few years. We are all individuals with stories of our own. This is Sharenda's!
Kerra joins us again for a great conversation about the process of wildlife conservation. Let's talk banding ducks and owls and sea turtle conservation in Mexico. Listen in to hear about how you can be a part of this process. What does it look like volunteering? How can you do more than just buy a hunting license? Or donate money, which is great, but how can you do more? How can we teach our next generation hunters the responsibility of seeing the full picture of waterfowl habitat and growth? Kerra is a wealth of information and we talk Tequila in Mexico too!
Maranda and I met at TAC this year here in TN. We have been talking ever since about getting together for this episode and I am so glad we did finally do it. Maranda has a heart of gold and a humble mindset to learning. Listen in and learn how sometimes taking a step back and being an observer and "pack mule" will teach you lessons you cannot replace. We talk about the value of mental toughness and how no amount of physical strength will get you past the suck more than the mental game but you have to exercise that too every day! Thank you Maranda for giving us a glimpse of your heart and soul in this podcast. We will need to do it again soon.
Sue Tidwell joins me for a conversation about Africa! We talk about her book coming out soon that describes the Savanna from a view of those who live day in and day out in it. Sue, a non hunter was able to see the necessity of hunters and the hunting community and how it affects conservation efforts overseas. IT is important to see from the view of Lillian and others who are native conservers of the lands and wild game over there.
Listen in and hear her passion for sharing the stories of those who need to be heard! Go to suetidwell.com to find all of the information of when the book will be released and how to get on the email list.
This episode is part one of a conversation with Kerra Nibset. We will be getting to know Kerra a bit in this podcast and hearing how this Canadian found her calling. She has a heart for our waterfowl and honestly our whole ecosystem. Listen in as we talk protection of the species she specializes in and how hunters have such an important part in doing that specifically. Thank you Kerra for your wisdom and I cannot wait for part two to release for detailed talking about conservation and more!
Stephanie and I got passionate in this episode about the value of archery in schools! You will hear how confidence is built and how the school systems that choose to allow the NASP program in have noticed a difference in the students who have grown in it. The value found in success in a child as young as 4th grade.
Listen in as we talk the importance of form and practice and how there is no such thing as muscle memory! It is about time. Stephanie gives some great advice on how you can create better habits and how to ask others for help.
We also get to hear about a personal project that I hope to definitely be a part of in any capacity even if it is the cook!
Enjoy this episode. Let us know what stands out to you and how you plan on applying it!
Ryan and I had a great conversation that discussed a few of his passions that lined up very similarly with mine. Ryan tells us how the outdoors switched from a pastime to a passion and how he has made it a life project. Sometimes this happens slowly over time and sometimes this happens in a moment. Listen in and find out how that happened for him but also how he has created a way to pass it on.
We also dip into the views from a hunter of the male side looking in and over the years that women have grown in our community. We discuss the impact we as hunters have and how it is different for each individual person. We talk about that responsibility and how it has evolved over time.
Let us know what you think and how you can be a part of the impact!
Olivia and I sat down and had a conversation a few weeks ago and again on this episode of Her Wild Outdoors. You will hear in the episode the accolades that she has earned and the validity of her passions for our hunting community. We were able to discuss how important communication is toward the anti and non hunters in our world. How important is a woman's voice in our industry? How can it be utilized for the best? When is it important to stand up and be bold and when is it important to create a common thread? Olivia shares with us some great skills to have, some amazing advice on dialogue and what to not do when trying to save our community and our wildlife!
Madi gave me the honor of an awesome conversation about physical well being and mental well being in and out of the field. We were able to talk about the head space we need to be in to come through successful not just with an animal but with safety and respect to that hunt. When focusing on things that matter the mind and body follow suit. Self confidence and self worth is something we all need to balance out for ourselves. It gets carried into the field and can make or break you. Listen in and let us know what you think. Thank you for your support!
Michelle and I sit down and talk about the voice of influence. She is the President of the Profession Outdoor Media Association and so much more that gives her plenty of merit in giving advice on how you manage your media, influence and voice in the outdoors. We talk about the role we play on social media, pros and cons of how being involved in this community can affect your own outdoor life, how can you get involved and the responsibility we have as people with a voice.
Listen in, ask questions and get involved in this discussion. Thank you for being a part of Her Wild Outdoors.
Stephanie joins me in this conversation as a 22 year veteran hunter who has decided that her meat shouldn't be the only thing that she wants to have control and knowledge of where it comes from. How can she bring it all together? What does 22 years of hunting look like from then to now? Let's have these conversations and be grateful for where it has come from and where it is going. Listen in and enjoy!
Let's hear Jen's Story! How has she come to support hunting as a non hunter? Her husband began hunting later in life and that has had an impact on her life. How has maturity and growth of her own life created a supportive relationship? How can non hunters learn how to be a support for hunters, but also how can hunters create a situation that makes it easier for non hunters to be supportive? Respect and Communication are key! Listen in!
Let's talk guns! Let's have a conversation about what it is like to step onto a range with a bit of fear and uncertainty. How can you overcome that? How can fear change to respect? Lets talk confidence and how that comes with hands on practice! Hannah graciously gives us an honest recap of what it was like to do exactly that and what some suggestions are for success!
Adrian is the host of Review This Thing on YouTube. She has a passion for answering the questions that are not normally answered in review videos. Let's get into who she is and how this came to be! We get to talk about how play is strategic in growing up and being able to apply lessons learned in all of life. The way they go into each review is strategic and has an edge. Listen in and see how it all comes together!
Imposter Syndrome: a pattern to which an individual doubts their own skills talents or accomplishments despite the obvious evidence of their hard work.
Most people deal with a level of this. Kimberly and I dive into this conversation after she gives us a little background on herself. Let's talk about the example we are setting and the need to stop the habit with the next generation. How well do you take a compliment? How often do you celebrate your victories no matter how small? Do you minimize the effort given? Let's talk about it!
Jonathan and I sat down and had a conversation about how hunting and the outdoors saved his life from the path he was traveling as a teenager. We discuss a few of the do's and don'ts to bring kids into hunting. There are ways that you can encourage new hunters and very very wrong ways. Listen in as we give each of our top three most important things to apply to mentoring! This has been a question I get asked a whole lot! How do you get kids involved in hunting!?
Megan and I had a conversation that was about how the outdoors has been a huge part of her evolution of who she is over her lifespan. How can the outdoors help with transition from military life to civilian life? How do you go from the military family to civilian life? Where is the camaraderie? How can it help heal our soul? Let's have this conversation. We also talk about taxidermy, moving from Utah to Oregon, how to get involved in hunting groups that transfer states. Conservation...do you take and not give back? Are you a selfish hunter or do you build back what you have taken? Listen in and grow from it.
Jenn and I have now been able to hang out twice in Texas in person and hug each others' necks. We have been able to chat about our faith, our love of the outdoors, our family and who we are. When we were discussing what this podcast was going to involve it was hard because Jenn is on Instagram just to almost treat it like a journal of her love of the outdoors. Her question to me "what makes me different than others or how do I stand out beyond others" is a valid question.
An easy answer though...authentic living at its finest! Jenn and I talk about how the outdoors was a huge part of her life growing up but she lost it a bit along the way of adulthood. So listen in to find out how she found herself again in the mountains. We talk about how hunting and fly fishing is very very similar. Hear how living real and honest is so much easier than working the "fake Social Media life" and what it has meant to her finding others who are like minded!
Sarah and I sat down and talked about how she grew up in the outdoors, how her grandmother introduced her to wrestling and her move to Japan. We shift gears to then get back to the root of being grounded in family, the outdoors, farm life and being unashamed in who she is. We do not fit the box society puts us in. We discuss the difference between the received messages about hunting that she gets versus Ray her husband who is also a wrestler/hunter and why we think that is. We also get into how we should be mindful about what we post as hunters but not ashamed or quiet about the reality of it. Join us for this conversation! Sarah, thank you!
May highlights the necessity of attention to mental health! Annie joins me from Arizona to discuss how her faith and the outdoors has been a huge part of healing for her. How do you go from growing up in the outdoors and hunting to needed to take a break due to a tragic event and then come back? Listen in as my sweet friend shares her heart and story to us in an effort to help others. "if my story can reach one person, then it has purpose.
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Mental Health Awareness Month
Women, the Outdoors and Gender Bias
Cindy Stites joins me for a conversation on the article she wrote for B.R. Shadley Sporting Report. It is "an article that needed written but no one wanted to write" and she took on the first in the series. We discuss how hard it was to write an article highlighting what women and other hunters deal with on a daily basis sometimes without targeting men who actually do it right.
Listen in and enjoy! Let us know what you think! We want to hear your opinions on the subject as well!
An organization for women, by women to not only give experience but to educate...that is wildHERness! These hunters not only teach hunting, they also educate others on responsibilities of the outdoors. Think bee keeping, land management, fishing, hiking and hunting. This organization is going further into the community than just one time moments that cost an arm and a leg.
We also tackle a controversial article printed by the MeatEater crew.
Listen in and let us know your takeaways! We want to know!
Lindsay and I had so much fun talking solo hunting because WE LOVE IT!!!!! Is it easy? Hell no! Is it safe? Hell no! Is it rewarding? HELL TO THE YES! So lets get into it! How do you get started? What do you need to be prepared for? Not everyone has a person to get them into hunting so how do you do it? We cover these topics and more. Lindsay has a passion not just for the outdoors but for health, nutrition and strength especially in preparing for the outdoors. You can find her everywhere under HUNT FIBER! Also check into her episodes of Alone the Beast on the History Channel and see how she kicked butt!!!!
Mel and I have a conversation on archery. Archery can be used for recreation, competition or hunting, but all of them are enjoyable and therapeutic usually to the archer. How in the world do you even start? Especially as a woman or youth! Partners often ask what bow should I get my significant other or child, how do I get one that fits their body? TAKE HER IN! Take THEM in! It is a process that needs patience and the ability to walk in without the need to walk out with a bow! Mel gives insight into the things to look for when skipping out an archery shop...the red flags, the high points, the things you need to stay healthy! I truly respect her passion behind finding a bow for each person who wants one. We get to the nitty gritty of details surrounding the negatives of bow shopping and the set backs it can cause! Listen in! It is going to be a good one!
Join me for this conversation with Allison as we discuss everything from traveling all over the world, to hunting all over, noodling huge catfish, turtle soup and her book Chasing Deer! We both have a heart for getting the next generation open to enjoying the outdoors and understanding hunting and angling. Our kids should never be forced into hunting but there is a level of respect for it that all should be taught. Listen in as we discuss a bit about hunting differences in the eastern, midwest and western United States. The differences in those hunts and the similarities! Thank you Allison for this fun episode! I cannot wait to do it again!
Check out her book for kids Chasing Deer and the group she is a part of American Daughters of Conservation. Follow her on the socials @amhunter11, @raisedtochasethewild, @adconserve and her book you can find on Amazon!!
First Episode of the New Season!!!!
Sara Gamache joins me in talking about a few things close to her heart. Hunting and Family! We get to chat a bit about her stag hunt in Scotland. A little bit about a debacle when it came to credit taken for the hunt. But even. more so we talk about family. The balance a parent must have between kids, spouse, hunting or anything else you enjoy doing. We talk a lot between ourselves about the guilt of leaving family to pursue the joy of the outdoors. Sara and I talk about the right balance and the responsibility we have to teach our kids the right way of the outdoors.
Hunter, Photographer, Equine Specialist, Trapper...I could keep going! Theresa joins me for an awesome conversation about growing up in a guiding family and taking it on herself over the years! We get to talk about how the outdoors life deeply impacts her every day life. Animals are a huge part of it, but the artistry of photography has a piece of it too. Listen in about her hunt with open sights, her bull elk and more. Thank you Theresa again!
Jen Shears...kicking ass and showing the next generation how to do it. This episode has some great stories in it but Geez Louise did I learn a lot about what to pack and what not to pack for myself and a kiddo on a backcountry trip hunting! Jen and her family have some pretty exciting things coming up for all of you so listen in and find out what you are in store for! Thank you Jen!
Jenn and I have been trying to sit down for a conversation since late spring of last year when COVID was kicking her tail. Jenn is a passionate hunter who has an amazing story to tell about how she got started. We were able to truly relate on a few levels of how becoming a hunter sometimes can seem strange to those who have known us the longest. Jenn is a person who can see what she wants and goes ahead no matter how many "you can't do that's" she gets. Like me that just pushes her further into it. Enjoy this conversation...it is such a great one!
Ashley and I sat down to have an important conversation about hunter retention. The female hunter percentages are so high for entering into our community. Sadly though the amount of women who stay in hunting more than a year are much much lower. So what is the reason? COMMUNITY! Ashley and I chatted about how important it is to have community for hunters, men and women. There are so many groups that are great about introducing people into hunting and fishing but how about the long haul? Artemis is a program that isn't about mentorship it is about retention! It is about having someone to walk into public land and hunt, go with on hunts throughout the year, learn things together and grow together as hunters and anglers. Artemis has grown in the western part of the US but we want to expand further East! How can you get involved? Listen in and be a part of this community. Find local chapters to grow with and learn from! Thank you so much Ashley for such a great convo! you can find more information at Artemis.nwf.org!
I had the honor of talking with Edie, The Bass Queen. We were able to bring to the table how her love for fishing as a kid resurfaced just recently and has grown into fishing in tournaments. As an angler that finds both excitement in tourney fishing and solo fishing that recharges her soul, she has the best of both worlds at her fingertips. We get into how being in the outdoors grounds us. Dealing with anxiousness around new things and stepping out of comfort zones is eased by being surrounded by nature. We both feel that ease and respect the need for it. We do get to process those feelings and grow from them, but sometimes the life we have lived has long lasting effects on how we continue to live life. Join this conversation. Listen in. I believe this is something we all can relate to.
Hannah Marcom is a woman of Texas who hunts. She is also a woman who hunts and gives unbiased, unsponsored reviews of hunting products. Her videos and testimonies of gear truly have spoken to people who all over despite being so different from each other find a community of authentic truth spoken. We get to hear about some of the stories of learning to hunt with another person and how sometimes it is good to hunt alone to learn even more. We also talk about an amazing hunt she had this season for a beautiful 10 point whitetail. She worked hard for that one!! How do you overcome the shakes?
You might have heard or seen Doug on a few MeatEater podcasts alongside Steve Rinella and on the Back40 episodes with Mark Kenyon. Joe Rogan also has had a great conversation with Doug. You might have heard Doug speak so passionately about land management and ethical responsibility. Doug actually has come alongside some of my very own West TN landowners to talk about CWD.
Today, Doug Duren joins me for a heavy conversation about CWD and our responsibility as "land owners" to the holding at bay the spread of this disease within our herds. We talk numbers, science, awesome things that in the works to make it easier to dispose of carcasses that are infected...dumpster programs... and being a part of the testing process. We talk about what it is like from a land owner perspective of inviting others on your property to hunt and help with managing numbers to the hunters who are helping landowners with management to the public land hunters. How are apps like OnX joining the fight?
We are all fighting CWD in one way or another; either to actively fight in the middle of it or fight to keep it at bay! Join us for this conversation and let us know how you and your state are involved in keeping CWD from eradicating your deer and elk herds.
Kyla took some time to have a conversation about how she fell in love with archery and with being outdoors hunting. There is a completed circle to it when you start with building your strength in not only a bow but in handling all changes and repairs to your own equipment, moving things over to make things work and also how important it is not to rush any of those processes. How rushing the process of new hunters harvesting can actually be harmful. Each person responds differently to choosing to harvest an animal. Giving a hunter time to figure it out is something we should give room for. Listen to Kyla's story behind her first harvest this year and how leaving room for processing those feelings was extremely respectful and selfless.
Hailey sat down and had a conversation with me today about her recent mule deer hunt in Idaho. We talk about her foundation in hunting and where the passion has come from, her heart for the authentic and ethical hunting, how she has handled the past few days of scrutiny. Hailey gets to tell her story here. We were able to talk about how we as a hunting community should not jump to assumptions before doing our own research. We talk about the awesome support that she has received. Listen in and give her your respect. She deserves it! We all do.
Kylie is an almost 16 year old hunter who has finished a Grand Slam 7 times in the last 5 years! Her first was when she was 10! Listen in to a hunter full of integrity and heart for her community. She tells some amazing stories about awesome hunts she has been on and how it all began. Let us know what you think and how it inspires you in your hunting this year.
This podcast is full of the most Southern drawl and grannie loving conversation. You are going to hear everything from the strong history of the women in our family to the strong hell no to the box society wants to put us in. Anna is a part of a very small community of female bird hunters and it is a breath of fresh air to hear her vision of importance in it. When you are in such a small percentage it is hard to find mentors that you can lean on, but Anna is one to learn from. She isn't just "the hat lady", even though she wears the heck out of them! Listen in as we laugh and chat like two awesome friends who have just met for the first time.
This episode of Her Wild Outdoors I am joined by Dana Sacia. She has come up with a genius networking idea of connecting those with the same mindset of the outdoors with each other based on location and things you have in common. Whether it is used for meeting a significant other, likeminded friends in your area or even advice on guide services that are reputable, it is a great tool to connect. We chat a little about how a hobby turned into a lifestyle and Dana does a great job of including others in her passions! Listen in and find others near you who love the outdoors as much as you do!
Lee has a conversation with me in this episode of Her Wild Outdoors about transitioning from small game to large game in hunting. Lee is a great fisherman and had dabbled in small game. She has, since we recorded, harvested her first bear! I am so excited to go back and listen as she was preparing for this season. Lee does some fun things out there with her drone in the wild outdoors! Enjoy this chat and let us know what you like!
Bobby joins me for a great conversation about growing up hunting and how it changes and evolves especially when you add three daughters to the mix! We discuss how he is prepping for a lifetime with his daughters in the outdoors, how important it is to have a plan and the growth we have as hunters when we mentor and teach another person to hunt. Bobby also gives us some pretty cool things he has right now for turkey hunting and deer hunting that can help make a hunt easier. Enjoy it as you listen!
Mark joins me for a conversation about starting Grizzly Ears. We talk about his hunting experience and how much he loves being out there and how Grizzly Ears has been beneficial to the hunting industry and more. We also get to talk about Thor the amazing Labrador who is a versatile hunting dog. Mark talks a bit about the hunting industry and community. We cover what it is like to own a company in this day in age and how finding people to represent his company can be hard to come by. He is very particular in finding "REAL" people who are true to self and others. So follow along and listen in to the podcast. Hear all about hunting East and West Coast. What it is like to hunt alongside some of the most amazing guides in the United States. This was a fun conversation.
How many women do you know are graduates of Army Ranger School and have harvested a beautiful bull elk? Lt. Colonel Lisa Jaster sits down and has a great conversation with me about her time in the US Army and Army Reserves. She and I discuss how important the outdoors is in our life and in our families lives. We also talk about men and women in "traditional roles". Her platform "delete the adjective" is one that she is passionate about. We discuss how we all have our differences but we all have some commonalities as well. Is it necessary to talk about us saying "she is a female hunter"? Or to say "he is a male hunter"? Same for the military..."she is a female soldier". It is a double emphasis on gender instead of what you are truly defining. I am grateful for Lisa and her conversation. Let us know what you think!
McKayla joins me in a conversation discussing the importance of mindset! We talk about how her life was changed in a moment and what her support system has meant to her physically and mentally. We talk about hunting before the accident and after. McKayla is a strong minded woman who knows what she wants and where she wants to be. The question how can I help vs what can I do for you is something to keep in mind when supporting someone with a disability! McKayla has been a huge example for a SCI community. Listen in and hear just how passionate she is about the outdoors and how strong she is! Thank you McKayla for your time and story.
Join me for a great conversation with Glorianne Boyd of Florida. We had a blast talking about her life in the outdoors with her husband Ryan and being a spectator for years and then feeling the competitive pull into hunting. We chatted about how that transition was harder than she thought. The chance to go to New Zealand was amazing and we were able to talk about perseverance on that trip. Enjoy the episode and let us know your favorite parts on IG. @herwildoutdoors @wildtechgirl
I found Lyndsey through a friend on Instagram and the first video I watched was the one of her loading up her buck in the back of her truck solo. Girl is keeping it real out there. We recorded this podcast and had a laugh doing it. Enjoy hearing all about how she began in the outdoors but also how it has evolved over time. We all grow in our hunting and taking that step out of the familiar into the new can be intimidating. She does it with grace and strength as well as a heap of confidence and mojo! Have fun listening in and let us know what your favorite part is! You can find Lyndsey on IG as @lyndseykotrla
Amanda and I sat down one morning talking and laughing for almost an hour and then decided to press record! We dove into how she got started hunting and how that influenced her desire to pass it on. She and I discussed how social media and reality can go hand in hand only when there is transparency. Amanda is involved in so many things from That Hunting Girl to the Women's Hunting Association, but her heart is 100% involved in hands on education and encouragement of women around her. Women learn how to shoot and hunt through programs such as Range Days and Take Me Hunting! Join us and listen in on our conversation. Let us know what you think and what stood out to you.
Stacey Sutherlin and I sit down to have a conversation about her move to Alaska, nursing and learning new surroundings in the Alaskan wilderness for hunting and fishing. Even more so we touch on the topic of authenticity. How important it is to be honest in who you are and how you portray yourself in life. Listen in and let us know what you think!
Heather and her family live a minimalistic lifestyle in the outdoors. Hunting, trapping and living off the land are all a part of a plan they have. Join us and listen in as we talk about this way of life and how it has been beneficial and full of growth!