As we drove from the airport to hunt camp, my hunting guide looked over at me and said, “You’re not what I expected…I thought you’d have a mullet.” That pretty much sums up the response I get when people find out that I work in the outdoor industry.
I often get, “How did you (meaning someone like you) end up working for Realtree?” Many people assume that the industry is made up only of unshaven, burly men, and perhaps a few unshaven, burly women. But, there’s actually quite a few of us smooth-legged, feminine gals working in various hunting-related jobs, and our numbers are growing.
I’ve worked in the hunting industry for 12 years (nine as the PR coordinator for Realtree) and consider it a perfect fit. I grew up hunting and fishing with my dad and have wanted to mesh my talent as a writer with my love for the outdoors as long as I can remember. Now, I won’t say that I haven’t faced some challenges as a woman in a male-dominated industry. My first SHOT Show was a doozy, but that’s a subject for a later blog. And, I definitely have a few whacky hunt camp stories that I can’t wait to share with you.
So far it’s been a wild and crazy ride, but I wouldn’t change a thing. I’ve gotten to write about the sport that I love, work with some of the best people I’ve ever known and hunt in some of the most wildlife-abundant places in the country. My plan for this blog is to give you an insider’s look at what’s happening in the industry, as well as share with you some of my personal experiences and perspectives on the going-ons of hunters in the news and out in the field. I think you’ll be entertained by my musings, and I can’t wait to get your feedback.
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Stephanie Mallory is a mom, a hunter and Realtree’s PR Coordinator. She’s here to deliver an insider’s look at the outdoor business and give her opinion on all things outdoors—whether you asked for it or not.