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Jodi Stemler

Jodi Stemler has worked on conservation policy and communications for decades, however, over the last few years she added freelance outdoor writing to her portfolio. Her articles have appeared in a number of well-known publications and she has won awards for her writing. As a child, Jodi shot trap and skeet at her grandfather’s gun club and hunted small game and waterfowl on her family’s farm, but college and work in the city kept her away from actively hunting and shooting for more than 20 years. The outdoors is in her blood, but like many she is rapidly expanding her hunting and shooting knowledge joined by her highly-experienced husband and her daughter who is also a new hunter. Jodi’s articles will share this journey with the thousands of other new or re-activated hunters who are taking to the woods while agencies work to recruit, retain and re-engage outdoor enthusiasts.

Recent Posts

Moms Mentor the Youth Waterfowl Hunt

Posted by Jodi Stemler on Oct 11, 2017 2:11:12 PM

IMG_8090.jpegThe weather report wasn’t looking very good. After 90-degree temperatures on Thursday, the outlook for the weekend was for rain and highs in the low 50s. But the state youth-only waterfowl hunt for our zone was just for this weekend, so there was no doubt we would still be going. Besides, even as a novice waterfowler, I knew that cool and cloudy days often make for good duck hunting.

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Topics: Hunting - Duck

Shotgun Shooting 201

Posted by Jodi Stemler on Sep 5, 2017 9:57:32 AM

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The first article in the Shotgun Shooting series focused on the necessary foundation needed to shoot a shotgun consistently. While most of shotgun shooting depends on that solid foundation, the art of successful shotgunning comes more from understanding how to move with the target to intercept it in the air. It’s essential that you have your basic stance and mount engrained in your muscle memory so that you can adapt your shot to the variables of a flying target. This summer I shot with Sporting Clays All-American Cynthia Kruger to get instruction on these finer points of shooting. Cynthia teaches at Kiowa Creek Sporting Club outside of Denver and is also a shooting instructor at the Beretta-endorsed Brush Creek Ranch in Wyoming with her husband, Jon Kruger. Cynthia had several tips to improve the consistency in your clay shooting.

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Topics: Clay Shooting

Shotgun Shooting 101

Posted by Jodi Stemler on Aug 23, 2017 3:49:27 PM

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Proper shotgun shooting is a game of repetition – the more you shoot, the more often you will shoot well. However, if you don’t start with the basic shooting position engrained in your muscle memory, it will be hard to ever shoot consistently. There are a few fundamental things you should always do when you shoot a shotgun. Make these fundamentals habitual, and you will be able to focus on the more “intangible” parts of shotgunning and wingshooting.

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Topics: Clay Shooting, Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Duck, hunting - waterfowl

Top 5 Reasons Hunters Should Always Use Hearing Protection

Posted by Jodi Stemler on Aug 7, 2017 11:01:34 AM

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We all know the gun range mantra of “eyes and ears” and, when we’re at the shooting range, many of us wear this protection without fail. However, it is not uncommon for a hunter to head to the woods without hearing protection in place.

I’ll raise my hand and say I am one of them. Hunters spend hours sitting in a blind or walking in the upland fields not knowing when or if a shot will ever be fired. Muffling noise for those limited times when you shoot means every other minute when you’re NOT firing sounds like you are under water.

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Topics: Firearms Safety, Hunting

Shaking the Turkey Monkey Off My Back

Posted by Jodi Stemler on May 17, 2017 1:48:25 PM

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A week before our turkey hunt, the weather report wasn’t looking good. This was the only weekend we had to head up to Scottsbluff, Nebraska and predictions were calling for sub-freezing temperatures, snow, and high winds – not exactly prime spring turkey hunting conditions! I tried to manage my expectations, but fears of not having the opportunity to finally harvest my first bird raised their ugly head.

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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Turkey