My outdoors passion was born on LWCF land in the Sierra Nevada’s of California.  I couldn’t get enough of hiking through the wilderness. After I moved back to a Northern California valley I found myself pushing myself further and becoming aware of my natural resources. Although I feel that I have graduated from just hiking […]

Just two weeks ago, I had the trip of a lifetime to the Kenai peninsula in Alaska. We left for the airport at 0700, arrived in Anchorage at 1400, and were fishing on the Kenai river at Centennial campground by 1800. The seven of us in our group descended the slope of the river using […]

Location: Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, Afognak, AK It was November 29th, 2012 and it had snowed almost 8 inches overnight. I was hunting with my husband and his father in law that day. The three of us were dropped off separately on small beaches that were relatively close to each other but far enough apart […]

My name is Rhonda Gomez and as a sportswoman, I am very thankful to have access to LWCF land. I hunt and fish in the great state of New Mexico. To me, hunting and especially fishing is more than just a sport. My husband and I have a special needs daughter so our daily lives […]

“Crank one, babe” he whispered, motioning toward the sprawling valley below us. Our shed hunt had quickly turned into a wild turkey stalk, leading us up a drainage and across the pine-covered ridge. With each beginner’s attempt at my mouth call, an enthusiastic gobble erupted in reply. Somehow, that sound alone was enough to send […]

I walked up the hill, my headlamp casting shadows on the young regenerating lodgepole pines. Before reaching my morning sit spot I turned off my light and let the darkness settle in. In a world seemingly void of light and sound I crept the last few yards to the place I hoped to sit and […]

Alaska is a truly a land of opportunity in terms of public lands. Protein harvest is a central part of life for most Alaskans and their Federal lands managers and Alaska Fish and Game have ensured that everyone from traditional users to non-residents can have a chance to gather their fill. I am fortunate to […]

    As a Colorado native, my dad made sure to get us out camping, fishing, or hiking.  I’ll admit that I didn’t love those long hikes, but at 14, he nudged me right into the deep end with all the expectations elk hunting requires of you. Suddenly, it was like he let me in on […]

                                                                        October 15, 2017 my husband and I were hunting in Payette National Forest down an old Forest Service road. […]

                                          The reverberation from the shot of my .270 had faded and the cow’s head had begun to sink towards the ground as I looked 20 yards downhill to my husband, Bryan, and whispered to […]