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Mia Anstine

Mia Anstine is an outfitter, guide, hunter, mentor, firearms and archery instructor. Among other publications, she is a staff writer for Beretta USA, Western Whitetail Magazine and guest at several other publications. As a public speaker she teaches and inspires others to get involved in outdoor activities. She takes pride in guiding ladies and children for their first hunts. She’s hunted red stag, bull tahr, elk, mule deer, black bear, turkey, game birds, waterfowl, predators, varmints, hogs, carp and has more on her bucket list. To learn more about Mia, visit her website at www.MiaAnstine.com.
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Russian Hunt with Beretta and Sako

Posted by Mia Anstine on Oct 11, 2016 3:24:19 PM

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I received the invite to join a group of notable writers, along with Beretta, to the Sako plant in Finland. This adventure will be a memorable experience. I have to share it with you each step of the way.

To begin with, the process of getting to Finland is a relatively easy undertaking, but the Sako group had greater visions for the experience. After we learn about the company and tour the facility, we would be pressing on to hunt in Russia.

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Topics: Hunting

Adventures of a New Zealand Bull Tahr Hunt

Posted by Mia Anstine on Jul 24, 2015 10:42:55 AM

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With just five days until departure to New Zealand, for a Bull Tahr hunt, a story appeared in my mailbox. It was from Midway USA’s Larry Potterfield. It seems he’s always out and about living my dream hunts and, here again, just days before I was to embark on a dream, he tells a story about his experience hunting chamois and tahr in New Zealand.

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Topics: Hunting

15 Keys to Creating Your Dream Hunt

Posted by Mia Anstine on Jul 7, 2015 11:30:00 AM

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A dream hunt is about more than the harvest. When you’re planning, think past the kill shot. There’s an array of legwork and budgeting needed to ensure you have extraordinary memories when you get home. 

Also readQuestions You Should Ask When Booking A Guided Hunt (Part 1)

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Topics: Hunting

6 Things That Can Spoil Your Turkey Hunt

Posted by Mia Anstine on Apr 22, 2015 3:29:00 PM

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I look up through the tree branches to see bulbous bodies silhouetted against the forest scenery. The chilly air bites at my cheeks. Slowly the sky lightens, and the figures begin to take shape. Then hen those figures begin to move. A shiver of excitement runs through my body as I see one puff and fan its tail. I know it’s a gobbler.

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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Turkey

How to prepare for a Horseback Hunt

Posted by Mia Anstine on Mar 11, 2015 5:44:00 PM

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For many hunters, big game seasons are winding down, but it's time to start planning for next year. If you are planning to go on a guided hunt out west, you may encounter the use of horses and/or mules to get into the high country. One of the benefits of using an outfitter is the fact that they should be able to get you to the good hunting areas. Sometimes this means a two-hour ride and other times it means a 12-hour ride up mountain trails. This is something you should ask when you are booking a guided hunt.

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Topics: Hunting

Clay Shooting Advice from an Olympian

Posted by Mia Anstine on Mar 1, 2015 8:25:00 AM

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Each year thousands of people make a great migration to the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show). It is the industry’s largest trade show and is attended by retailers, media and other industry professionals. This year was a bit different for me. My daughter, Lea, was finally old enough to take along. She had an amazing time meeting colleagues, suppliers and learning about products. While she was there she worked on intern and homework assignments. 

Lea had a lot of work to do, but a highlight was meeting clay shooting Olympic athlete, Beretta shooter, Kim Rhode.

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Topics: Clay Shooting, Competitive Shooting

Questions You Should Ask When Booking A Guided Hunt (Part 2)

Posted by Mia Anstine on Oct 19, 2014 2:41:00 PM

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Today we'll cover part two of that long list of questions that will help you have the hunt of your dreams instead of the hunt of someone else’s.

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Topics: Hunting

4 Ways to Put Wild Game in Your Freezer

Posted by Mia Anstine on Oct 14, 2014 4:21:16 PM

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The more you hunt, the more experiences you have. The more experiences you have, the better hunter you become. How do you get more experience if you always do what you’ve always done?

Get out and try something different.

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Topics: Hunting

Questions You Should Ask When Booking A Guided Hunt (Part 1)

Posted by Mia Anstine on Oct 8, 2014 11:26:00 AM

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Many hunters have bucket lists of items they would like to harvest. The challenge in checking animals off the list comes in assessing the cost to hunt said animals and having the time to sufficiently scout the area prior to the hunt. Fortunately, for some, hunters can look to a guide or outfitter to do the behind the scenes scouting without using up valuable vacation days.

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Topics: Hunting

6 Ways to Survive a High Mountain Elk Hunt

Posted by Mia Anstine on Aug 18, 2014 1:07:00 PM

Tips-on-elk-hunting-2There is nothing like chasing bugling bull elk up in the mountains. If you have ever been on a high mountain elk hunt, you know the type of shape you need to be in. If you haven’t been lucky enough to do such a hunt need to know what to be prepared for when you get there.

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Topics: Hunting