Katelyn Sheehan of Anchorage took a circuitous route to becoming a hunter. Her first time shooting a Sitka black-tailed deer on the island of Kodiak was a game-changer for her, and it’s an experience she’s been able to bring into her social work. Katelyn tells Artemis about why spending time in the outdoors can be healing, both in her own life and the lives of the veterans she takes into the backcountry. 

  • 3:00 – A hunting genesis story that starts with great people
  • 5:00 – Sitka black-tailed deer hunt on Kodiak. A first-time harvest, and a chance to absorb the hunting lifestyle from a family who lives it intimately
  • 10:30 – A journey into outdoors healing. Katelyn started in the military, then social work, then the outdoor guiding, eventually with No Barriers in Colorado
  • 15:00 – “The Body Keeps the Score” by Bessel Van Der Kolk
  • 15:30 – Trauma is something we hold on to, but there’s a lot we can do to release it
  • 17:00 – Sometimes the absence of spending time in nature is what makes us realize how much we need it (lookin’ at you, Covid!)
  • 23:00 – Sometimes the outdoors strip away what’s distracting us, and it lets us see what we need to work on
  • 28:00 – Great American Outdoors Act plus Katelyn’ advocacy on LWCF; plus, Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s decision to stand with GAOA
  • 30:30 – LWCF 101: How it’s (supposed to be) funded and what that’s meant the sporting community, and pretty much everyone who wants to spend time outside
  • 33:30 – Anchorage’s Chester Creek Trail: LCWF beneficiary, and about the raddest place to go salmon fishing within Anchorage city limits
  • 35:00 – Moose run-in on a bike during moose calving season
  • 37:00 – Episode 12 with Kyla West – Don’t Run (unless it’s a moose)
  • 39:00 – Artemis storytelling contest for GAOA advocacy