Oct 29, 2020
Ashley Chance once caught more than 300 deer in three months as a part of a field tech crew. She joins Artemis as the group's coordinator in the Southeast after a career as a wildlife biologist. On this episode we hear about Ashely's graduate research - how mature bucks move in response to hunting pressure - what she has planned for Artemis, and why this work matters.
1:40 Conservation job perk? Going hunting with all three of your office mates
3:00 Artemis's staff doubled this fall! Meet Ashley Chance, the new Artemis coordinator in the Southeast
4:00 Springer spaniels in the field AND around the house... Boykin spaniels are a southern favorite because of their heat tolerance
6:30 Hitting a deer and putting it in your freezer, #fistpump
8:00 Working as a wildlife field tech, to Peace Corps in Africa, to a grad degree in Mississippi
10:00 Catching more than 300 deer in 3 months... #fieldtechgoals
12:00 When you realize you have more experience tackling deer than shooting them
14:00 How does hunting pressure impact mature buck movement in whitetail deer?
16:00 Whitetail questions - Is it true that if you spook/flush a whitetail, and just hold tight and quiet, that it'll likely return?
19:00 Can you use movement as a proxy for individual personality types in deer? Go with us. You can learn everything you need to know about whitetail deer from the cast of Cheers
23:00 Does whitetail behavior in Mississippi transfer to, say, Rocky Mountain whitetail?
24:00 Any whitetail study in the Southeast generally calls for access from private landowners
25:00 Whitetail movement in Ashley's study was generally a function of animal density, hunter density and food availability
33:00 Your sense of smell in the field... it just comes alive in a way it doesn't in the urban world
37:00 Growing a community of women hunters: Even for women who were hunters before Artemis, there's an added magic to plugging into a community of women of like minds and hearts
39:00 The genesis story of Becca's Idaho women's turkey hunt
46:00 Public lands hunting in the Southeast... not at all like the West
48:00 Peace Corps experiences that stick with us... a willingness to be in uncomfortable situations, and to navigate relationships with people very different from us
53:00 Hits and Misses gets literal during hunting season #darnpheasants