Mia Anstine writes from her home, the “Funny Farm,” in the Rocky Mountains of southwest Colorado. She grew up in a small house on a dirt road along the San Juan River. Her father hunted to put food on the table. Mia’s mom grew a garden, sewed, and taught her daughter how to fish. Her great-grandfather used to visit the area for annual hunting trips and passed on his skills to Mia’s father, who passed them on to her. From her rural home base, Mia’s traveled to pursue wild animals around the world. She guides hunters chasing elk, mule deer, black bears, and Merriam’s turkeys in southwest Colorado and northern New Mexico.
Growing up, Mia learned about all things wonderful through a simple, pioneer way of life. Most people these days will never have the opportunity to experience, or even understand, the ways of living independent of technology. It’s that basic style of living in the Colorado mountains that inspired her to encourage others to get outside, hunt, fish, shoot, cook, eat, survive, create, and live life in a positive way.
Mia’s work has been featured on television, radio, and in newspapers and magazines. She is a hunting guide and instructor in archery, firearms, and other outdoor-related skills. She’s an engaging speaker, commentator, and instructor. Her passion for influencing others projected Mia to becoming the first American woman, and of Latin descent, to be featured on the cover of Field & Stream magazine (the August 2016 issue). Mia, along with 10 other ladies profiled inside, are “feet-on-the-ground,” everyday women who are making a difference in the outdoor and hunting industries.
As a volunteer, Mia is currently the treasurer of the Professional Outdoor Media Association, and a Regional Representative for Safari Club International. She’s a member and volunteer for many other associations, including the Colorado Bowhunters Association, the Pope & Young Club, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl, Women’s Outdoor Media Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation, and more.
Mia is a hunting guide. She’s a Safari Club International Official Scorer. She’s a life member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and a certified firearms instructor and range safety officer who also volunteers with the NRA’s Eddie Eagle GunSafe program. She served two terms on, and now sits in on, the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Department’s Sportsmen’s Roundtable Committee. Inspired by her passion for wild animals, habitat, and conservation, Mia is also a volunteer hunter education instructor in the state of Colorado.
With her inspiration and passion to share, Mia has created her business, MAC Outdoors, where you’ll find her articles, videos, podcasts, apparel, accessories, homemade creations, recipes, and more. If you would like to learn more, visit MiaAnstine.com.
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Associations of which Mia is a member
- Safari Club International Region Representative and an active board member for my local SCI chapter.
- Board member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association.
- Life member of the National Rifle Association.
- National Wild Turkey Federation.
- Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
- Ducks Unlimited.
- Member of and in the record book of the Pope & Young Club.
- Colorado Bowhunter’s Association.
- National Shooting Sports Foundation.
- Mia has completed two terms sitting on the Colorado’s Sportsman’s Roundtable committee.
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