I hunt deer each season but only until I kill a doe, and unlike my brothers, I don’t enjoy hunting deer from an elevated deck.
We ate lunch, and before leaving I toured the shack.
A few years later, Dad gave me a Remington 1100 20 gauge.
Lights coming from trucks, some parked and others moving around the structure, cast wild and rolling shadows across the faces of the men, some of whom I knew from church and others I’d never seen.
I climbed into the back of a truck with my dad and other hunters, and we headed out.
Neither Dad nor I ever hunted dogdriven deer again.
After the club’s demise, I hunted deer to spend time with my dad and brothers.
Usually, I get a doe quickly and am always thankful for a close, clean shot.
I wouldn’t hunt over dogs again, but I am thankful Dad shared that experience, which continues to shape my hunting expectations—even as I pass 50.
As I get older, I often do wish my siblings and I had been closer in age, that we could have shared life’s experiences when we were all relatively inexperienced.
Katie, Arc’teryx: I’ve been a climber most of my life, but have always loved building things as well.
At the show, I had the opportunity to meet and network with a lot of brands in the industry and that helped me when I went home to start looking for jobs.
How do you find career opportunities in the outdoor industry? Do you have to move to the mountains to get an outdoor job?
Kami, Osprey Packs: Outdoor Industry Jobs is another great resource for all types of outdoor industry jobs, not specific to women.
Camber Outdoors: We’ve got a bunch of resources on our Career Center designed to help women make the shift into the outdoor industry.
What’s something you wish more people knew about working in the outdoor industry?
Brylee, Arc’teryx: Sew!
With summer winding down, you might be trading your beach balls for boots, but nature’s action doesn’t have an off-season. Just click in, sit back, and watch nature unfold.
(Unfortunately, many table turkeys come from factory farms, so when shopping for yours this holiday season, look for labels advertising free-range or organic poultry.)
North American alligators take the cake for having the most forceful bite of any living animal, and can grow up to 15 feet long. You can watch these fearsome reptiles and their pink-feathered neighbors, the spoonbills, sunbathe and swim anytime. We recommend tuning in for daily feedings at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. PST.
Feeling nervous? Don’t worry—these hallmarks of Halloween much prefer gorging on horses and cows over humans, and don’t take enough blood to harm their hosts.
These fluffy predators weigh between two and three pounds, but with a wingspan of up to five feet, they’re North America’s largest species of owl.
For the past three years thousands of college students across the country have gotten outside through a friendly competition called the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge.
Wilkes, a private university in Pennsylvania with undergrad enrollment just shy of 2,500, is probably not what you have in mind when you hear the term “outdoor mecca.” Despite being an urban campus, we have a small but passionate community of outdoor enthusiasts eager to embark on any adventure.
Thanks to the Outdoor Foundation, Wilkes was first able to participate in the Campus Challenge in 2015.
We were unsure of how we’d match up against campuses in more traditionally outdoorsy environments.
That first year, we came in 4th place out of 60 schools, with nearly 900 participants and 3,600 outdoor activities logged.
What we learned is that many people had no idea that so many amazing outdoor recreation options were available to them.
Wilkes, for example, has four beautiful state parks within 45 minutes of campus.
She got to spend time with our students, and it was neat to see how a shared love of being outside can connect people, even from opposite sides of the country.
Our outdoor community is still small, but thanks to Campus Challenge, it’s always growing.
Living an outdoorsy lifestyle and exploring what the world has to offer is a choice you can make wherever you are.
FWC releases new videos to help Florida residents avoid conflicts with bears As part of ongoing efforts to reduce conflicts with bears, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is releasing two new videos in the “Living with Florida Black Bears” series.
These videos are designed to help educate the public about how to safely coexist with bears in Florida.
Knowing how to interpret bear behavior can help people react appropriately when they have a close encounter with a bear.
The “Scare the Bear” video illustrates how residents can reduce conflicts with bears that may come onto their property.
Bears are driven by their need for food and powerful sense of smell, which often leads them into neighborhoods and areas with readily accessible food sources.
A bear that has been frightened by people is less likely to stay in areas where people are present, which reduces the risk to public safety.
“As bears spend more time in neighborhoods, they begin to lose their natural fear of people, which can lead to dangerous encounters.
These videos highlight steps that can be taken to ensure the safety of both bears and humans.” The new videos are being added to the existing “Living with Florida Black Bears” series, which already includes the following videos: How to Make Your Wildlife Feeders Bear-Resistant How FWC Conducts Bear Population Estimates A Day in the Life of a Florida Black Bear How to Protect Livestock and Pets from Bears Cause for a Call BearWise Communities The FWC plans to release more bear-related videos in the coming months.
In addition to educational efforts, the FWC is inviting local governments to apply for BearWise funding for their communities.
A total of $515,000 will be available to offset the costs for communities to use bear-resistant equipment to secure their garbage and help reduce conflicts with bears.