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District of Conservation is a podcast highlighting the incredible conservationists who thrive and survive deep in or around "The Swamp." These are the policymakers, storytellers, trailblazers, and hardworking folks who go unnoticed but shape this region—whether they live or work here. In addition to guests, the podcast will also cover difficult and even controversial conservation public policy matters and news.


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District of Conservation Gabriella Hoffman

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    • 4.9 • 55 Ratings

District of Conservation is a podcast highlighting the incredible conservationists who thrive and survive deep in or around "The Swamp." These are the policymakers, storytellers, trailblazers, and hardworking folks who go unnoticed but shape this region—whether they live or work here. In addition to guests, the podcast will also cover difficult and even controversial conservation public policy matters and news.


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    EP 113: Jana Waller, Conservationist and Skull Bound Chronicles Host

    EP 113: Jana Waller, Conservationist and Skull Bound Chronicles Host

    In Episode 113 of District of Conservation, Gabriella talks to Jana Waller—Skull Bound Chronicles host and outdoor communicator. 

    Jana joined the podcast to discuss: how she got involved in the outdoor industry; her new CarbonTV series Skull Bound Chronicles; why she loves hunting with veterans; her work with Mule Deer Foundation, The National Wild Turkey Federation and why groups like Sportsmen's Alliance, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Safari Club International - SCI matter; why she's on board Sportsmen for Donald J. Trump, the importance of hunting storytelling with projects like Blood Origins and MUCH MORE.

    Here's her biography: 

    Jana Waller resides in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana where she revels in her passion for hunting and fishing. A bowhunter for nearly three decades, Jana has traveled the globe hunting Africa, Alaska, Canada and all over North America. She is a freelance outdoor writer for numerous websites and magazines and has been featured in Bowhunter Magazine, Sports Afield, Bowhunting World, Turkey Country, Predator Xtreme, Mule Deer Foundation Magazine, Petersenʼs Bowhunting, Montana Magazine, Hunting Illustrated, Earned, Lady Hunter, Buckmasters, Bowfisher Magazine, Texas Bowhunterʼs Journal, as well as on CNN.com.

    Jana is a lifetime member of Safari Club International, The Mule Deer Foundation and the National Wild Turkey Federation and an annual member of The NRA, The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and The Sportsman Alliance. She was awarded the prestigious 2015 “Communicator Of The Year” award by the National Wild Turkey Federation. Jana was also awarded the ‘Distinguished Alumni Award’ in 2016 from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater for her work in promoting the outdoors and conservation. In 2019 she was appointed as a member to the Federal Hunting And Shooting Sports Conservation Council.

    Along with being an ardent conservationist, Jana is dedicated to supporting veteran organizations. She is committed to getting veterans back into the woods and the mountains, featuring many veteranʼs stories of courage and strength on her shows Skull Bound TV and Skull Bound Chronicles. Many of Janaʼs painted or beaded skulls are donated every year to raise money for conservation and veteran related organizations. To date, she has personally raised over $71,000 for conservation and veteran causes.


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    EP 112: Colorado Proposition 114 (ft. Mia Anstine)

    EP 112: Colorado Proposition 114 (ft. Mia Anstine)

    In Episode 112 of District of Conservation, Gabriella spoke with Mia Anstine—a jill of all trades based in Colorado. Her titles include: hunting guide, writer, podcast host, outdoor tv guest host, commentator, keynote speaker, and firearms, archery, hunter-ed instructor, and POMA Board Member. 

     One thing on Mia's mind is Proposition 114, if passed at the ballot box, would lead to forced reintroduction of gray wolves into Colorado. Hunters like Mia and other stakeholders are concerned this would upend wildlife management efforts in the state. 

    Mia's Bio: She grew up in a small house on a dirt road along the San Juan River. Her father hunted to put food on the table. Mia’s mom grew a garden, sewed, and taught her daughter how to fish. Her great-grandfather used to visit the area for annual hunting trips and passed on his skills to Mia’s father, who passed them on to her. From her rural home base, Mia’s traveled to pursue wild animals around the world. She guides hunters chasing elk, mule deer, black bears, and Merriam’s turkeys in southwest Colorado and northern New Mexico.

    Growing up, Mia learned about all things wonderful through a simple, pioneer way of life. Most people these days will never have the opportunity to experience, or even understand, the ways of living independent of technology. It’s that basic style of living in the Colorado mountains that inspired her to encourage others to get outside, hunt, fish, shoot, cook, eat, survive, create, and live life in a positive way.

    Mia’s work has been featured on television, radio, and in newspapers and magazines. She is a hunting guide and instructor in archery, firearms, and other outdoor-related skills. She’s an engaging speaker, commentator, and instructor.

    Mia has been featured in numerous interviews, and her passion for influencing others projected Mia to becoming the first American woman to be featured on the cover of Field & Stream magazine (the August 2016 issue). Mia, along with 10 other ladies profiled inside, are “feet-on-the-ground,” everyday women who are making a difference in the outdoor and hunting industries. She’s also been featured in KJ Houtman’s “Why Women Hunt” and Chris Crisman’s “Women’s Work.”

    With her inspiration and passion to share, Mia has created her business, MAC Outdoors, where you’ll find her articles, videos, podcasts, apparel, accessories, homemade creations, recipes, and more. If you would like to learn more, visit MiaAnstine.com.

    Follow Mia on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

    Show Notes

    Denver Post Editorial Mentioned

    Safari Club International Primer - No on Prop 114

    Trump admin intends to fully delist recovered gray wolf

    Joe Rogan & Cam Hanes touched upon this recently




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    • 55 min
    EP 111: Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-AR)

    EP 111: Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-AR)

    In Episode 111 of District of Conservation, Gabriella spoke to Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-AR) of Arkansas' 4th Congressional District. They chatted about the history of forest management in the US, how to manage wildfires, the congressman's legislative priorities, his love of duck hunting, why free market environmentalism is the future, and more. 

    Here's Westerman's Bio: U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman is a Hot Springs native currently serving his third term as representative from the Fourth District of Arkansas, having first been elected in 2014. Westerman serves on the Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, where he is Ranking Member of the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee. Westerman also serves on the Minority Whip Team under the leadership of House Minority Whip Steve Scalise.

    Prior to serving in Congress, Westerman was elected to two terms in the Arkansas General Assembly, where he was the state’s first Republican House Majority Leader since Reconstruction following the 2013 GOP takeover of the Arkansas House of Representatives.

    An engineer and forester by trade, Westerman worked for 22 years at Mid-South Engineering in Hot Springs. He was named Engineer of the Year by the Arkansas Society of Professional Engineers in 2013.

    A 1990 graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Westerman was a four-year walk-on member of the Razorback football team. He was awarded the Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2005 and the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012. Westerman is also a graduate of Yale University, earning a Master of Forestry degree in 2001.

    Westerman lives in Hot Springs with his wife, Sharon, and their four children. He enjoys hunting and fishing.



    Follow the Congressman on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Visit his Congressional website or check out his re-election website.


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    • 34 min
    EP 110: ACE Act & ACB Gun + Environment Rulings Spell Good News for SCOTUS

    EP 110: ACE Act & ACB Gun + Environment Rulings Spell Good News for SCOTUS

    In Episode 110 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discussed two trending subjects: the American Conservation Enhancement Act (ACE Act) and how a Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett would rule on gun rights and environmental issues. Hint: good news for gun owners and true conservationists!
    ACE ACT
    The ACE Act Text + SCI Primer + Rep. Wittman Statement
    ACB RULINGS
    2A Revolution- Free Beacon Piece by Stephen Gutowski
    POLITICO + E&E News

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    • 15 min
    EP 109: America's Most Anti-Hunting Governor Strikes Again (ft. NJOA's Cody McLaughlin)

    EP 109: America's Most Anti-Hunting Governor Strikes Again (ft. NJOA's Cody McLaughlin)

    In Episode 109, Gabriella welcomed back Cody McLaughlin of New Jersey Outdoor Alliance onto the podcast and asked him to brief listeners on what's happening with the New Jersey black bear hunt—back in the news. And Cody touched upon more topics too.

    Black bears are at healthy numbers in the Garden State and must be managed, or else it'll lead to more bear-human conflicts and other problems. Governor Murphy's approach is anti-science, anti-conservation, anti-wildlife management. 

    Governor Murphy's tweet about killing the bear hunt by year's end & news story

    Humane Society endorsing Murphy

    NJ Sierra Club praising the move


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    • 30 min
    EP 108: Samantha Pedder, Director of Operations at Council to Advance Hunting and Shooting Sports

    EP 108: Samantha Pedder, Director of Operations at Council to Advance Hunting and Shooting Sports

    In Episode 108 of District of Conservation, Gabriella spoke to Samantha Pedder—Director of Operations at the Council to Advance Hunting and Shooting Sports. 

    She previously served as the Manager of Outreach and Diversity for the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Hunting Outreach Specialist for the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Samantha has spent her career focusing on improving contemporary R3 practices through each of these organizations. Samantha holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University, a Master of Natural Resources from Utah State University and just recently finished a Master of Business Administration from Georgia Southern University. Samantha is an avid hunter and angler, and a novice trapper. More and more of her time afield is being dedicated to pursuing waterfowl, however, she still annually reserves a week to spend time with family and friends pursuing white-tailed deer during Pennsylvania's rifle season.

    About the Council: The Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports was formed by the leaders in the Conservation community to take a fresh look at the business of recruiting and retaining hunters and shooters and to develop new and sustainable strategies and tactics to solicit, engage and support these groups so vital to Conservation and America’s heritage.

    Sam's bio

    CAHSS Website

    R3

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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

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55 Ratings

55 Ratings

Maria Oz ,

Amazing Podcast

As someone who is new to the outdoors community and conservation this podcast is very informative! Great topics are discussed with just enough detail that a person can be informative without information overload! Gabriella is also an amazing role model for women in the outdoors!

All you all day ,

Great listen

Current conservation topics with a variety of guest. Good length and always informative.

Tom Shakely ,

Great conversations about nature and our place in it

Great conversations, consistently hopeful and inspiring guests, and a good way to stay rooted in a time when it seems like everything in the world threatens to uproot us.

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