Outdoor

  • Hunting: Embracing Embeddedness

    Posted January 4, 2019 by mdoerr

    I’ve been searching for a way to challenge the hunting community to rethink how the activity is portrayed. There are random thoughts on notes posted in various places in Evernote, Trello, an outdoor notebook and on the notepad on my phone, but they never really came together until I…

  • No real darkness in nature

    Posted December 21, 2018 by mdoerr

    I love when I can bring nature and its benefits into a conversation. As a budding Ecopsychologist, I’m finding it pretty easy to incorporate my love of the outdoors into every conversation, especially when it has to do with living well. In preparation for a Wellness Forum on Lightness…

  • A Professional Hunter in Africa - What's That Gig Like?

    Posted July 16, 2018 by mdoerr
    Professional Hunter, a title some hunters assume due to their hunting prowess and success. But, it’s an earned title in Africa. On my recent 10-day hunt in South Africa, I meet some wonderful professional hunters – or “PH” as they’re called. A PH is required to accompany every foreign hunter there.
  • The Sounds (and Squirms) of Summer

    Posted June 7, 2018 by mdoerr
    We are bonded by those special things in nature that each group enjoys. For our summer neighborhood, it is sunshine, the lake, the neighborhood lawn and yummy fish (caught with a few extra special worms).
  • Hunting for a New Perspective

    Posted April 5, 2018 by mdoerr
    A women-centered authentic hunting movie that even the non-hunter will appreciate. It's a story that is long overdue in the telling.
  • What It Takes to be a Great Mentor: Part 2

    Posted March 11, 2018 by mdoerr
    n Part 1 of my two-part series on what makes a good hunting mentor, I covered the need to discuss expectations, develop a relationship, positivity, and safety. Today, I’ll cover three more important aspects of mentorship if you are to succeed in becoming a great mentor to new people finding this challenging, yet exciting and healthy activity.
  • What It Takes to be a Great Mentor: Part 1

    Posted February 28, 2018 by mdoerr
    A majority of hunters grow up “learning by osmosis”. I like to say; experiencing it throughout childhood with an experienced adult. For those of us without the fortune to grow up in such fashion, we have to find other options. This could be self-learning or guided learning, i.e. mentors. Here are the first four ways to become a great mentor.
  • What does customer experience have to do with the outdoors? Everything!

    Posted February 6, 2018 by mdoerr

    Credit: Shane Indrebo

    If you haven’t quite figured it out yet, we live in what some call “The Experience Economy.” Read the book with the same name, written by Joseph Pine II and James H. Gilmore and see if you agree. Then, just take a look around.…

  • 3 ways to ensure the demise of your future archery range

    Posted December 19, 2017 by webdev

    Some years ago I traveled to a small Minnesota town to check out a “new” archery range. This was before my work on the Archery Park Guide, a tool created to help communities navigate archery range development. The city’s existing range had to be moved and…