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Artemis endeavors to get more women in the field and on the water, to support women as leaders in the conservation movement, to ensure the vitality of our lands, waters, and wildlife. Artemis endeavors to change the face of conservation.

Aug 11, 2022

Jillian Kilborn is a wildlife biologist in Vermont whose species of focus include pine marten and lynx. Jillian is also a mother, and watching her kids fledge as sportsmen and women has been a rewarding journey. The fulfillment she feels in watching them forge their own paths is part of what drew her to Artemis. What it means to be a hunter looks different for every person -- sometimes it's about the quarry, or the camaraderie, or just being outside. All 'whys' are valid here. 


1:00 That moment when you say, 'You know what? I'm good with a little AC in my life.'

3:30 Bird parts in the freezer for training a bird dog

5:00 Ground sniffers vs. air sniffers 

7:00 Lab-griffon mix 

10:00 Pine marten recovery in Vermont after the trapping boom a century ago

11:00 Lynx recovery in the Northeast (yep, also in Vermont!)

12:00 Trapping pine marten

14:00 Handling the "furry vipers"

17:00 Building the Artemis community

22:00 Being an add-on vs. an integral member of the hunting crew

25:00 The 'why' of hunting varies person to person 

30:00 Baby's innate berry radar

35:00 Being an active outdoorsman/woman and then having kids -- sometimes you have to split your time in the field so someone can tend to the offspring

36:00 Watching your kids fledge as their own selves in the hunting world

37:00 The most epic, 90-minute turkey show... at 80 yards

40:00 How many sporting lessons do we learn in hindsight? #somany

41:00 Turkey breast marinated in pickle juice

43:00 Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) program

46:00 Introducing women to trapping

48:00 NTA Convention in Ohio

53:00 Ground blind visibility... like Harry Potter's invisibility cloak

56:00 Temperature tolerance

1:01 Artemis program manager job