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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.

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