Artemis Georgia Featured on National Podcast
When the pandemic hit, Bre Bashford returned to her home state of Colorado from Georgia, where she works as an R3 coordinator for the Georgia Wildlife Federation. She hunted elk and antelope, and she tells us what it was like to build up to those successful hunts after growing up in suburbia. For Bre, the journey started with a strong ethos about food, a generous mentor, and being willing to figure out what you don’t know. Plus… what’s it like when a group of vegans asks you to speak on the ethics of eating meat?
Melissa Hulsey is a rifle, bow, and muzzleloader hunter from Georgia, where she’s just retired and moved to a farm. (Living the dream, Melissa!) Her scenery has switched from tree stands at private hunting clubs to her own backyard. In this episode, we talk about the currency of human capital when it comes to developing hunting expertise, and how Artemis is trying to foster strong hunting communities through connection. One-off mentorship experiences in the field aren’t enough to build self-sufficient hunters. So how can we better bridge the gap?
About Artemis Georgia
Are you interested in hunting, fishing, and shooting sports, but not quite sure how to get started? Do you already hunt and fish, but you’re struggling to find a community to help you stay involved? We can help. Artemis Georgia is a strategic initiative established and supported by Georgia Wildlife Federation in collaboration with Artemis National and the National Wildlife Federation. Artemis Georgia, led by a volunteer advisory board of dedicated sportswomen, focuses on building community, one-on-one mentorship, and helping women to become more confident in the outdoors.
The mission of Artemis Georgia is to ENGAGE, EMPOWER, and ENCOURAGE women in conservation through hunting, fishing, and shooting sports.
- Engage: Create a network of women with the commonality of hunting, fishing, and shooting sports but with varying stages of expertise.
- Empower: Identify and find solutions to barriers that keep women from enjoying hunting and fishing activities.
- Encourage: Facilitate personal, mentoring relationships that ultimately lead to a deepened sense of stewardship for the environment.
Resources in Georgia
Camo Coalition is the advocacy arm of the Georgia Wildlife Federation. Sign up for free to be notified via email as important issues arise that might affect Georgia’s land, water, and wildlife. Sign up today.
Academics Afield is the collegiate hunting community within the Georgia R3 program. During 2019 programs, 50% of participants in collegiate programs were female. Visit the R3 page for more information on programs at ABAC, UGA, and Georgia Southern, or to find out how to start an Academics Afield program at your university.
Becoming an Outdoor’s Woman (BOW): Becoming an Outdoors-Woman and Beyond BOW (BBOW) is a non-profit educational program developed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources offering hands-on workshops to women of all ages and fitness levels.
Resources from Artemis National
Artemis: Bold sportswomen creating fresh tracks for conservation.
Artemis podcast: Join Marcia Brownlee and co-hosts Maggie Heumann and Becca Aceto as they talk to the adventurous, accomplished women who are redefining conservation through their lives in the field and on the water.
By Bre Bashford, Georgia R3 Coordinator Many women have only been hunting with their male counterparts. Many are searching for a fellow sportswoman to learn from, grow with or inspire. This was the narrative of seven women who attended Artemis Georgia’s, “Going Out...read more