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 Anstine is an outdoor writer, licensed outfitter, hunting guide, life coach, keynote speaker, and a range safety officer, firearms instructor, and archery instructor. She is the founder of MAC Outdoors and Host of the MAC Outdoors Podcast.
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.
Mia has been featured in numerous interviews, and her passion for influencing others projected Mia to becoming the first American woman 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. She’s also been featured in KJ Houtman’s “Why Women Hunt” and Chris Crisman’s “Women’s Work.”
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.
Associations of which Mia is a member
- Member of Colorado’s Outdoor Partnership Program (CO-OP).
- Volunteer lead hunter education instructor.
- SCI Region 13 Representative, Chairman of SCI Region Representatives, member of SCI’s Ethics Committee, member of SCI’s Awards Committee, SCI Member, Four Corners SCI Member, Colorado Chapter SCI Member, Denver Chapter SCI Member, former board member Four Corners Chapter SCI.
- Steering Committee member of the Colorado Wildlife Conservation Partnership.
- Member and former board member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association.
- Press member of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
- Member of the Women’s Outdoor Media Association.
- Member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.
- Member of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association. Current Vice-Chair of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Wildlife Resources Committee.
- Member of Colorado Farm Bureau.
- Life member of the National Rifle Association.
- Member of the National Wild Turkey Federation.
- Member of the Mule Deer Foundation.
- Member of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
- Member of Ducks Unlimited.
- Life member of Trout Unlimited.
- Member of and record book listing of the Pope & Young Club.
- Former member of Colorado Bowhunter’s Association.
- Region Caucus delegate of the Colorado Sportsperson’s Roundtable committee.
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MAC Outdoors LLC
PO Box 31
Ignacio, CO 81137-0031
Mia Anstine strives to encourage others to outdoors, hunt, fish, shoot, and survive life with others in a positive way.
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12 Replies to “About Mia”
Thank you, this is the best blog on the net. In the city ( hell A ) Los Angeles, we have to be vigilant to stay connected to our true roots, your story and blog remind me of my tim growing up in Montana And rural Washington. Andi and I dream of the day whe our home is back in Montana, we cling to every tit bit we can… Thanks for sharing …….
I too share your love of the outdoors, only in a more tropical setting. . .it must be an Anstine thing.
It shows your love of the outdoors.
I have been following you on twitter and just started reading your blog I have to say I envy what you get to do but understand God puts us were we need to be you are so blessed also I know you have worked hard for it keep doing what you do and keep bloging
I cant stop reading.
Thank you for following! I am happy to share my experiences with others.
Just found your BLOG and looking forward to digging in.
Just found your blog Mia, looking forward to reading and catching up on your posts. I really respect what you’ve done to help promote female hunters and the outdoors.
Thank you Shawna. I look forward to getting to know you.
So good to see more women in the outdoors and actively promoting women in areas that have been traditionally male! Thank you.