Ashley Chance once caught more than 300 deer in three months as a part of a field tech crew. She joins Artemis as the group’s coordinator in the Southeast after a career as a wildlife biologist. On this episode we hear about Ashely’s graduate research – how mature bucks move in response to hunting pressure – what she has planned for Artemis, and why this work matters. 

  • 1:40 Conservation job perk? Going hunting with all three of your office mates
  • 3:00 Artemis’s staff doubled this fall! Meet Ashley Chance, the new Artemis coordinator in the Southeast
  • 4:00 Springer spaniels in the field AND around the house… Boykin spaniels are a southern favorite because of their heat tolerance
  • 6:30 Hitting a deer and putting it in your freezer, #fistpump
  • 8:00 Working as a wildlife field tech, to Peace Corps in Africa, to a grad degree in Mississippi
  • 10:00 Catching more than 300 deer in 3 months… #fieldtechgoals
  • 12:00 When you realize you have more experience tackling deer than shooting them
  • 14:00 How does hunting pressure impact mature buck movement in whitetail deer? 
  • 16:00 Whitetail questions – Is it true that if you spook/flush a whitetail, and just hold tight and quiet, that it’ll likely return?
  • 19:00 Can you use movement as a proxy for individual personality types in deer? Go with us. You can learn everything you need to know about whitetail deer from the cast of Cheers
  • 23:00 Does whitetail behavior in Mississippi transfer to, say, Rocky Mountain whitetail?
  • 24:00 Any whitetail study in the Southeast generally calls for access from private landowners
  • 25:00 Whitetail movement in Ashley’s study was generally a function of animal density, hunter density and food availability
  • 33:00 Your sense of smell in the field… it just comes alive in a way it doesn’t in the urban world
  • 37:00 Growing a community of women hunters: Even for women who were hunters before Artemis, there’s an added magic to plugging into a community of women of like minds and hearts
  • 39:00 The genesis story of Becca’s Idaho women’s turkey hunt
  • 46:00 Public lands hunting in the Southeast… not at all like the West
  • 48:00 Peace Corps experiences that stick with us… a willingness to be in uncomfortable situations, and to navigate relationships with people very different from us
  • 53:00 Hits and Misses gets literal during hunting season #darnpheasants