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Mia Anstine Featured in Empowering Book About Women Hunters

Mia Anstine of Pagosa Springs, Colorado is among 18 individual female hunters across the country profiled in a revealing new book called Why Women Hunt. The book is the first of its kind by Author and hunter K. J. Houtman.

Anstine is a hunting guide and instructor in archery, firearms, and other outdoor-related skills: “Sitting in a tree stand is tough for me personally, more than climbing from 9,000 to 13,000 feet, but I’ve taken bears, whitetail and other game animals from just sitting. I love it all. Each has its own purpose—you can learn from one method of hunting to help in another.”

Mia told the author that she wishes non-hunters understood hunting better and that’s part of the reason she took to being a hunter education instructor, “… the burden is on us to help them understand. I wish they’d take a hunter education class, even if they weren’t going to hunt. Sometimes we don’t get anything after a long day. It’s not always easy and it is never guaranteed. Some people don’t know and some have a misconception fostered from watching hunting TV shows. We need to demonstrate how we achieve healthy wildlife herds and how we affect animals in a positive way through hunting.”

Houtman of Minnesota takes an intimate look at the lives of these intrepid outdoor women—of all ages, professions, education and cultural backgrounds. Their diverse personal stories explore what motivates them to connect—spiritually and physically—with the natural world in one of humankind’s most ancient food-gathering rituals.

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Live on the 2A Guardian with Gabby Franco

I stayed up past my bedtime last night to do a LIVE interview on the 2A Guardian show with my good friend, Gabby Franco. I give you five hunting tips, plus tell you how to take care of your game before and after the shot, so you have the best tasting meals on your table. In case you missed our live chat, I’ve embedded the replay below.

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Outdoors and Hunting – Sportswomen You Ought to Know Series

In a recent interview with Gabriella Hoffman, for her ‘Sportswomen You Ought to Know Series’, she asks about my road to the outdoors and hunting, my favorite hunting trip to date, the Field & Stream cover, and more.

I pass on the hunting tradition, locavore idea, and outdoor experience for a variety of reasons. One big reason is to share a connection with nature. Additionally, there is a lot of public land out there, which is incredible if you take the time to explore. Many of us take the areas and the pursuits for granted. Did you know that public lands are being sold off? have you been out there to explore? Where do you think the future of hunting is headed? Will you, or do you speak up? Let me know in the comments then read below to learn how you can get involved.

Here is information about our local Colorado Parks and Wildlife public meeting. I hope to see you there.

Meeting scheduled for southwest communities to discuss future of hunting, fishing, outdoor recreation in Colorado 

DURANGO, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is facing long-term budget issues that will affect how the state’s parks and wildlife are managed in the future. To present the issues, CPW will hold a public meeting to discuss the “Future of Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Recreation in Colorado” for Southwest Region residents, 6 p.m., Sept. 25.

The meeting will be held by teleconference to allow residents of the far-flung Southwest Region to participate. At the meeting, CPW officials will explain the agency’s current challenges, present some ideas for fixing the budget problems, and provide an opportunity for the public to participate in developing solutions.

Residents can attend the meeting at any of the Southwest Region’s four wildlife service centers:

  • Durango, region headquarters, 415 Turner Drive in the Bodo Park
  • Gunnison, wildlife office, 300 W. New York Ave.
  • San Luis Valley, Monte Vista wildlife office, 0722 Road 1 East
  • Montrose, wildlife office, 2300 S. Townsend Ave. (U.S. Highway 550)

Besides discussing budget issues, CPW staff will give an update on regional hunting, fishing and parks activities in a roundtable format.CPW is managed as an “enterprise agency”, which means it does not receive any general sales tax dollars from Colorado taxpayers. The majority of the agency’s revenue comes from parks users and from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses. The agency also receives grants from Great Outdoors Colorado, and federal excise taxes levied on the sale of hunting and fishing equipment.

CPW has not raised resident hunting and fishing licenses since 2005.

A bill to address the budget issues was submitted to the 2017 Colorado General Assembly. The bill passed with bi-partisan support in the House of Representatives. However, the bill did not reach the Senate floor when it failed to pass out of committee by a vote of 3-2.

The agency will be looking at funding ideas in 2018, as well as ways that it can continue to provide sustainable wildlife populations, world-class outdoor recreation and stewardship programs. Those details will be explained at the Sept. 25 meeting.

“Colorado hunters, anglers, state parks users and recreation users care deeply about outdoor resources in the state, and CPW works to maintain and improve those resources from our prairies to our peaks,” said Patt Dorsey, manager for CPW’s Southwest Region. “We want to continue to provide customer service and recreational opportunities, and we need to think seriously about how we do that with an increasing population and a shrinking budget.”

Funds for the wildlife section of the agency and the park section of the agency are, by law, kept completely separate. There is no comingling of revenues or expenditures.

“Coloradans are lucky to live in a state with a diversity of recreation opportunities and wildlife resources and they’ve always been willing to pay for those privileges,” Dorsey said. “CPW is reaching out to Colorado residents to bridge the gap between the present and the future.”

Those unable to attend the meeting can view an on-line presentation which details CPW’s financial challenges and a preliminary proposal for increasing hunting and fishing licenses at:

After watching the presentation, the public is urged to provide comments in an on-line survey at:

For more information about the meeting, contact Joe Lewandowski, Southwest Region public information officer at

CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on license sales, state parks fees and registration fees to support its operations, including: 41 state parks and more than 350 wildlife areas covering approximately 900,000 acres, management of fishing and hunting, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails, boating and outdoor education. CPW’s work contributes approximately $6 billion in total economic impact annually throughout Colorado.

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Mule Deer Hunting with Mia at Big Buck Registry

“Mia Anstine recently found herself on the cover of Field and Stream and rightfully so, Mia is an outdoor writer, podcaster, and hunting guide in Colorado. You’ll hear Mia’s positivity as we discuss the numerous species and hunting opportunities that Colorado has to offer. Mia loves getting in shape both mentally and physically in preparation for her guided horseback mule deer hunts and explains why waiting patiently for the right shot will pay huge dividends.” Big Buck Registry

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Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt Media Guest Mia Anstine

Mia Anstine to be a media guest at 2016 Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt


Laramie, Wyo. – Mia Anstine will be a media guest at the 2016 Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt. She is a big-game guide, mentor, instructor, writer, and the first American woman to be featured on the cover of Field & Stream magazine.
Remington Arms Company is supporting her trip to the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt, and she will be hunting with a Remington model 700. The hunt will be held Oct. 6-9, 2016 and will bring together 40 female hunters from across the nation at the Ranch at Ucross in northeast Wyoming for a weekend of hunting, mentorship, and camaraderie, as well as raising funds and awareness for the Wyoming Women’s Foundation.



Anstine is co-owner of Wolf Creek Outfitters, where she guides hunts for elk, mule deer, black bear or Merriam’s turkeys. She sits on the Colorado Sportsmen’s Roundtable and is the secretary of her local Safari Club International chapter. She has a lifelong commitment to wildlife conservation, hunting ethics, habitat, and preservation. 

Anstine loves exploring, learning and sharing the modern day Wild West. She inspires others to get outside, hunting, shooting, or come together around the table, savoring all life has to offer. She’s hunted around the world, pursuing moose, brown bear, red stag, bull tahr, elk, mule deer, black bear, turkey, game birds, waterfowl, predators, varmints, hogs, carp and has more on her bucket list. Above all, she takes pride in guiding ladies and children for their first hunts. To learn more, visit
“I’m am honored to be included in this year’s women’s event,” Anstine said.”I look forward to inspiring new and longtime hunters, regarding our role in conserving wildlife through the hunt.”
“We are thrilled to have Mia Anstine join the hunt this year,” said Rebekah Smith, Program Associate with the Wyoming Women’s Foundation. “Her commitment to help and inspire others to hunt, especially women and children, is very commendable and a great fit for our hunt. We are looking forward to hunting with her this year.”
The Wyoming Women’s Foundation created the event – the first of its kind in the nation – in 2013. So far the annual event has raised more than $200,000 for grants and special projects to help women and girls across Wyoming. Special guest hunters have included retired Wyoming Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Kite, Wyoming State Superintendent Jillian Balow, Jana Waller from “Skull Bound TV” on the Sportsman Channel, Women’s Outdoor News (WON) Editor Barbara Baird, 2013 Ms. Wheelchair USA Ashlee Lundvall, and Julie Golob, captain of Smith & Wesson’s highly successful shooting team. Of the 40 total hunters in 2015, 36 harvested antelope, 11 for the first time.

About the Wyoming Women’s Foundation
The Wyoming Women’s Foundation is a priority fund of the Wyoming Community Foundation, which granted out over $6.1 million to nonprofits across the state in 2015. The Women’s Foundation builds on a permanent endowment that will ensure funding to enhance the lives of women and girls in Wyoming for generations to come. It makes grants to organizations that help Wyoming women and girls attain economic self-sufficiency, creates statewide awareness of the barriers to economic self-sufficiency, and supports systems change to eliminate those barriers. Since its inception in 1999, the foundation has invested $775,000 into almost 100 organizations. Learn more at

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Mia Anstine on Gun Freedom Radio’s ‘No Guns for You’

Mia Anstine shares more than one need for a firearm during hour 2 of Gun Freedom Radio’s ‘No Guns for You’ segment.

Durango, CO: Field & Stream magazine’s author, Barbara Baird, recently interviewed Mia Anstine in a segment recognizing women who are changing the face of the outdoor, hunting and fishing industry. Anstine’s story is featured in the popular publication, being only the third woman ever to grace the cover, it’s evident that women are indeed the ‘Game Changers’ who are paving the way for other women.


Get outside. Explore, learn, hunt, fish, shoot, connect with nature.

“It is my goal to always inspire you to spend more time with your family and friends, whether it be outside, hunting, at the shooting range or around the table, savoring all life has to offer.”

Mia Anstine and Cheryl Todd, of Gun Freedom Radio, discuss the context of a third woman gracing the cover of Field & Stream magazine as well as raising youth in today’s society. The two conclude with a wrap of up of the importance this year’s elections make for the future of our country.


  • The third woman ever to grace the cover of Field & Stream.
  • Raising youth in today’s society.
  • What this year’s elections might mean to our country.

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Sharing Hunting, Shooting and More During #SSSVEDA

I’m giving a huge shout-out thanking those of you who have been, and an invitation to those of you who haven’t been, following me on my YouTube channel. This month I’ve been partaking in a challenge over there. My family chuckled when I told them about it because they know that I don’t have a lot of spare time, but this is something I really wanted to do in order to push myself. It’s a sort of boot camp, and I hoped it would put a spark under my behind.

I’m always looking for outlets where I can share, teach and inspire others, so I took on the challenge. The Savvy Sexy Social – Vlog Every Day in April challenge.

Although I mentioned it’s a challenge, and even refer to it as a “boot camp,” It’s been really fun. You see, at the beginning of the year, my goal was to share a video a week with you. Honestly, before April, I really had been slacking on this goal. So when I saw the #SSSVEDA challenge I thought it was my chance to really pull it together and get going with my videos. Now, after half a month has gone by, I have successfully published a video every day on my YouTube channel.

The challenge has been really fun and I’ve learned a lot about how to get the videos put together a bit more quickly. I’ve also learned that I need to have a focus on what I’m sharing with you, what I’m teaching you and also what might inspire you. So for those of you who haven’t been over there, below are a few of the videos I’ve shared. Click over. Go watch, like and subscribe to my channel! Let me know what you want to learn. Again, thank you for following, commenting and sharing.

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All about Mia’s Motivations

Have you noticed a change around here? We are such creatures of habit, that change is often hard to deal with. I’m excited and pleased with the new changes to my site and social outlets. I’ve been working on branding myself and my page, as well as honing in the direction it’s heading. More than one of my friends took notice.

Over the past few months, I’ve received a few messages and phone calls both complimenting me and also inspiring, or nudging me, in the direction of my outreach. My friend, Robert, told me how much he liked the hunting, shooting and other pieces I share but even more, he liked the encouragement I subtly add to everything I do. Then my friend Julie began picking my brain about topics for my website. We sent messages back and forth about what I love, what my mission is, what I do and so on. I was left with a million thoughts swirling through my head.

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Then I was chatting with another friend and she said, “I love your morning motivations.” WHAHLAH! There it was. The new title for my site. ‘Mia’s Motivations – Exploring survival in the mountains of the modern Wild West.’I aspire to motivate others into the outdoors, shooting sports, hunting, and other avenues of life.  cropped-mias-motivations-exploring-survival-in-the-modern-wild-west-mac-outdoors2.jpg

Motivations – For a long time, I’ve had a favorite quote.”One thing I am sure of. I was put on this earth to shed light onto others. Even if it is only with a smile.” It’s my quote, and created it to remind myself that even when I’m going through trying times, there are others who have it as bad or worse. We’re not in this world alone and a positive attitude is contagious.

Exploring – Since I was a young girl, growing up near the river in southern Colorado, I’ve LOVED exploring. No matter where we live, there are always places to go, see, learn, explore and be outdoors. What we do out there is limitless, but we should always have an attitude of care and conservation in our thoughts. As always, I’ll be exploring the outdoors as well as tools to use and things to do, primarily in the hunting, fishing and shooting categories.

Survival – Of course it’s important to know how to survive, and I’ve already shared some products to help in this area, I’ll also share, techniques, recipes, and stories about how to make it in this big world, God created.

Mountains – I aspire to motivate others into the outdoors, shooting sports, hunting, and other avenues of life. Although I live in the mountains, sometimes the mountains we encounter are obstacles or challenges. I will do my best to encourage you to look to the goal and what is on the other side of the “mountain.”

Modern – In case you didn’t know, I live out West. I live on the west side of the Rocky Mountains, in Colorado, to be exact. So why modern? Because I’ve lived in and out of this area long enough to know how it was “back then.” I know what it’s like to live without running water or electricity. NO. I’m not THAT old. My parents simply chose to live is such a manner when I was a small child. I have great memories of those times and I have an appreciation for the luxuries we have today, because of it. Even though I live with modern day conveniences, I know what it was like way back when the pioneers were discovering this beautiful country, call the Wild West.

Wild West – My, oh my! I used to end all my stories with, “It’s always and adventure” because IT IS! There are some wild times on horses in the mountains, during hunts,on the boat, at the lake and virtually any place. I’ll share it with you in as safe a manner as possible. Let’s check it out!

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Mia Anstine featured at Dan Small Outdoors Radio

Mia Anstine and Dan discuss her column about empowering your daughter.

This week, Dan Small Outdoors Radio features outfitter and blogger Mia Anstine, Takedown Outdoors president Jason Amato, food plot expert Doug Kostreva and pro-angler Duffy Kopf. Jeff runs a 5K in Minocqua. Dan reviews new products exhibited at Deer Fest.

The show is posted at Show 1032. the Hupy and Abraham Outdoor Report, Mia Anstine shares some advice for empowering girls and introducing them to outdoor activities. (,

Jason Amato, president and CEO of Takedown Outdoors, invites listeners to attend an outing called an “eventure” at Coon Creek Hunt Club near Rockford, IL. (,

Doug Kostreva, owner of Horny Buck Seed Company, shares advice for planting fall food plots. (

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Nebulus pro-staffer Duffy Kopf reports on fishing action on the Madison chain.


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HEY! Look who’s on CarrieZ’s Hunting, Fishing & Outdoor Podcast – #TeamWON’s Mia Anstine

CarrieZ’s Hunting, Fishing & Outdoor Podcast Episode 73 – Ladies of WON – Mia Anstine

by Carrie Zylka – The Wild World of CarrieZ

Mia-Anstine-Ep-73-HeaderA special series highlighting women in the outdoors. Mia Anstine columnist at the Women’s Outdoor News joins us to talk about Little Gal, some upcoming ladies hunts and some seriously funny elk stories.

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