Interview with Outdoorswoman Mia Anstine of The MAC Outdoors
I write from my house in the southwest Colorado Rocky Mountains. I grew up in a tiny home on a dirt street down the San Juan River. My dad hunted to place food on the dining table. My mother grew a garden, sewed, as well as taught me daughter ways to fish. My great-grandfather happened to go to the place for yearly hunting outings and transferred his knowledge to my dad, who passed these to me. By my rural house base, I have traveled to follow wild animals worldwide. I guide hunters chasing mule deer, elk, Merriam’s turkeys, and black bears in northern New Mexico and southwest Colorado.
Growing up, I discovered about all stuff via a straightforward, pioneer method of lifestyle. Most people today will never get the chance to experience, or perhaps understand, the means of living independently from technology. It is that basic living style in the Colorado mountains which motivated me to inspire others to come outside, fish, hunt, cook, shoot, survive, eat, make, and live their life on a positive manner.
My works were featured on radio, television, magazines, and in newspapers. Apart from being a hunting guide, I’m an instructor at firearms, archery, plus other outdoor-related activities. I am a commentator, instructor, and a keynote speaker. My passion for influencing others rewarded me with becoming the 1st American woman to be listed on the Field & Stream magazine cover (the Aug 2016 edition). Also, I got featured in Chris Crisman’s ‘Women’s Work’ and KJ Houtman’s ‘Why Women Hunt.’
As a volunteer, I’m currently the Professional Outdoor Media Association treasurer and also a Regional Representative to Safari Club International. I am a volunteer and member of several other associations, which includes the Pope & Young Club, the Colorado Bowhunters Association, National Wild Turkey Federation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Delta Waterfowl, Ducks Unlimited, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Women’s Outdoor Media Association, and many more.
I am a National Rifle Association (NRA) life member and a range safety officer and certified firearms instructor who also volunteers along with the NRA’s Eddie Eagle GunSafe system. I served two terms in the Sportsmen’s Roundtable Committee plus am a hunter volunteer education instructor to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
With my passion and inspiration to share, I have created my company, MAC Outdoors, where you will find my videos, articles, apparel, podcasts, homemade creations, accessories, recipes, tips, inspiration, and more.
I grew up in a family that hunts.
MAC Outdoors features most of my job. It’s my media management business, which includes blog posts, articles, education seminars, video blogs, social media outlets, and hands-on training courses. MAC provides certified archery and firearms classes, hunting tricks and involves education targeted toward a long-term commitment for the wildlife conservation, U.S. Constitution, tradition preservation, habitat management, and hunting ethics. Presentations and articles include tips, product reviews, education, and recipes related to fishing, hunting, shooting, and other outside activities.
The best parts about hunting in Colorado are the variety of terrain, number of various species to hunt, and large amounts of public land.
I prefer any legal means of taking for hunting.
I’m not certain that I own a “gear kit.” I pack my hunting gear in relation to the hunt, location, season, and method of take. As a writer, the items I use during a hunt may vary depending on what I need to review for companies at that particular time. Here are a couple of videos about gear for Colorado hunts.
Some men and women have a desire to learn and look for information about how to get started hunting. First off, they should attend a hunter education program to study ethics, responsibility, and safety. After finishing a certification course, they’re free to hunt.
Being that you are a professional hunting guide and instructor, what are some mistakes new hunters can avoid?
There are many mistakes that new hunters can avoid, and the best way to learn is to get out there and immerse yourself into the experience. Sometimes we learn the hard way, and other times we can admit that we’re learning and look to a mentor for shared knowledge. Always be open to other people’s experiences, and remember you need to always be learning.
The biggest misconception of hunters is that they’re cold-blooded killers.
Hunting laws vary from state to state; I believe that the rules that are made with the safety of people and the North American Model of wildlife management are the best out there.
Each time I head out to hunt (or guide a hunter), the general goal is to get close to an animal. What takes place varies with each encounter. It’s something that many hunters learn, the more you hunt, the more you know that you always have to continue to learn. Just when you think you have the animals figured out, they teach you that you’re still improving; This challenge is part of what makes hunting rewarding.
You became the 1st American woman to be listed on the Field & Stream magazine cover. Awesome! How did you manage that?
My work as a mentor leads to me getting featured in the Aug 2016 Field & Stream magazine issue, together with ten other ladies featured inside, that are “feet-on-the-ground,” each day women that are creating a difference on the hunting and outdoor industries.
I admire people who mentor others into hunting; those who progress through the five-stages of hunting (Shooting Stage, Limiting-Out Stage, Trophy Stage, Method Stage, and Sportsman Stage) and then go beyond them to become a Sportsman Mentor and share the adventures with others are tops in my book.
It is an off-year, so when I’m not hunting, I’m scouting, and when I’m not scouting, I’m working at my ranch. On an average year you’ll find me scouting, working at the ranch, traveling to conventions, presenting seminars, teaching at women’s events, teaching hunter safety, testifying at game commission meetings, visiting with representatives from my state’s and others, and spending time with my family.
Generally, I have a long list of “Where You’ll Find Me,” which I send in a monthly newsletter. When COVID-19 appeared in our country, that list dwindled little by little. Events have been canceled and then rescheduled and then canceled or pushed back numerous times.
I’ve been teaching virtual classes, working on getting numerous things done on the ranch, and spending time with family. Family time means wild game cooking, horseback riding, scouting, fly-fishing, range time, and more – all of which leads to additional content for my videos, articles, apparel, podcasts, homemade creations, accessories, inspiration, tips, and recipes.