It pays to be the best
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This is Part II of the Top Hunting Blogs Series at Hunting Business Marketing. I have come across some more great hunting blogs and I thought I’d share my thoughts.
Here is part I:
“The best way to learn how to be successful in business is to do what successful business guys do. Learning from the success of others is about as useful a tool as you can have.”
I hadn’t thought about the Top Hunting Blogs series for awhile, but Tom’s comment got me thinking so I thought it was time again to share a few of the best hunting blogs the Web has to offer.
Let’s take a look…
A Focus in the Wild
A unique collection of wildlife photographs from the American West.
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A Focus in the Wild Brief
Stacey Huston is an amazing photographer.
Her blog, A Focus on the Wild, combines her brilliant photography with writing in a way that is inspiring to those who love the outdoors and the wildlife that inhabit it.
Why I like A Focus in the Wild
I love blogs that inspire.
I’ve written about inspiration many times on my own site, but what I truly love is when other bloggers write about inspiration.
Even more than that, I love when other bloggers go beyond normal inspiration and take their passion to unique levels.
Stacey goes way beyond normal inspiration with her photography. I’m a fan of photos and outdoor and wildlife photography are my favorite so maybe I’m a little biased, but I think Stacey’s work is truly remarkable for hunters and non-hunters alike.
Stacey inspires readers visually with her stunning wildlife photography. I’m not quite sure how she gets so close to the animals she photographs, but I’m glad she does because it’s truly a unique perspective on the beauty of nature.
Camp Wild Girls
Hunting and Fishing Resources for Women of the Wild
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Camp Wild Girls Brief
Terri grew up in Wisconsin (Yay Wisco!). She was a hunter and outdoorswoman growing up and today she is a valuable resource for women that hunt and fish. (I would argue that she’s a resource for all hunters, however).
Why I like Camp Wild Girls
I like Terri’s strong opinions on topics like the obvious, Women Hunting.
One of the things I find most endearing about all people is passion. Terri’s passion is obviously hunting and the outdoors and the meaningful place women have in the hunting world.
I love this passage from Terri’s post Women Don’t Hunt?!:
“I started hunting with our gang at age 10. I would follow my Dad through the woods, trying to walk exactly in his footsteps so I didn’t make a sound. By age 12, I was able to start carrying a rifle, having taken my hunter safety course and learning from my dad for the previous two years. There were 4 first time hunters that started hunting that year. I wasn’t treated any differently than the three boys. I did my fair share of drives through briar patches with vines reaching over my head or the poplar slashes so thick you had to sling your gun, put your hat on backwards and crawl to get through them.”
This sounds exactly like my first experiences with hunting. I can’t tell you how many briar patches I walked through to prove to the hunting elders in my party that I was worthy of being in deer camp.
Terri did the same thing and I don’t care who you are, that is what earns respect both in hunting camp and in the hunting industry.
Terri’s unique voice and is an asset in the hunting blogosphere and she’s become a member of another top hunting blog, HuntingLife.com.
Trying to keep the wind in our face
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Winded Bowhunter Brief
Rudy’s blog is all about sharing his unique perspective on enjoying life in the backcountry. He writes about relative products, noteworthy news, and anything else he finds relevant and points of interest for his readers.
A unique aspect of Winded Bowhunter is the fact that Rudy adds a family touch to his writing.
Rudy also writes about conservation and his passion for the outdoors shines through with every word he shares with his readers.
Why I like Winded Bowhunter
One thing that lures me to Rudy’s writing is his love for spending time in the outdoors with his family.
I always enjoyed spending time with my family doing things like hunting, camping, boating, fishing, golfing, and even just sitting around a campfire kicking dirt around and talking about whatever is on our minds.
In his post Traveling With Toddlers, Rudy talks about how much he enjoys his family and he also gives a few helpful tips:
Always Have Snacks
Our son Ciro is very much like his Mom’s side of the family. Meaning, that hunger can come up quick, fast and you better be prepared! The family joke is that if you wait too long to feed them, they start to turn into “Regan” from the Exorcist. So, we always have snacks for the whole family. We will have GORP, deer jerky, deer sticks and Ciro’s favorite Mum-Mums!
I would agree 100% with Rudy’s advice when traveling with kids (and adults too) that bringing snacks will always deter frowns and unpleasant riders.
Rudy’s blog is full of valuable information on hunting, conservation, and noteworthy outdoor content.
His unique perspective is something all hunters can use for inspiration and knowledge when looking for the top hunting blogs on the Web.
Hunt Proud. Fish Hard!
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Muskoka Outdoors Brief
Muskoka Outdoors is a Canadian Hunting and Fishing blog that takes a unique perspective on the location-specific news and happenings that affect the region and its outdoors people.
There are tons of articles on this well-organized site. I’m not even sure how they find all of this relevant content for their readers, but you could spend days reading and taking in all of the valuable information.
Why I like Muskoka Outdoors
I like what Cory had to say the other day about Muskoka Outdoors on the post 8 Little Details That Make Big Differences on Hunting Websites:
“I like how they don’t ride the fence. Too many people try to please the masses. Find your niche and be true to who you are. Good job guys.”
People on the Web are looking for subjective content and Muskoka Outdoors doesn’t try to be like any other hunting and fishing site on the Web. They have a unique voice and a unique perspective on the topics they cover.
I occasionally like to write guest posts (if you are interested in having me contribute to your blog please contact me) and I was lucky enough to contribute to Muskoka Outdoors with How to Start an Outdoor Conservation Charity.
The articles on Muskoka Outdoors are focused and relevant to its readers and this is a unique quality that makes the blog stand out from the rest and a reason why I consider it one of the top hunting blogs on the Web.
High Country Archer
Lover of all things natural in this world
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High Country Archer Brief
To write one word to describe High Country Archer I’d have to write “passion”.
As Mike puts it:
“I am a hunter, conservationist, and lover of all things natural in this world.”
In this short phrase, you get a description of a blog that will instantly draw your attention if you love hunting and the outdoors.
Why I like High Country Archer
Mike is a very gifted writer.
I love when writers can take the little details and use them to make a blog post vivid and alive for the reader.
Take this excerpt from Tree Shadows:
“The forest hides it’s secrets well, dirt, pine needles and eons of debris litter the forest floor. Soft light filters down through the upper canopy and illuminates the lower reaches, while at the same time creating shadowed darkness in others.”
Is that great writing or what?
I love details in writing and even if the details seem personal or only relevant to you, still use them because you’ll be surprised at how much your readers connect with the article.
Mike has a talent for great writing and it’s a main reason I visit his blog.
I have to also admit that I also have a soft spot for Wyoming because it’s one of my favorite places in the world (that I’ve been). I’ve taken two family vacations there and I can’t wait to drive back out there to visit again.
Mike has a unique perspective on hunting and his is a blog I thoroughly enjoy reading.
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