Meadow Kouffeld – Minnesota
When we leave this world, we leave something behind. One way or another, for better or worse. Equally true is our inheritance upon birth. I was not born in to wealth rather a rich life. My inheritance is one of skills, knowledge, and passion for the outdoors. I am fortunate for my upbringing. Most girls and women never get the opportunities that I did. I am working to change that.
My personal and professional interests surrounding the decline in hunter participation and its impacts on wildlife resources has driven me to spend a significant amount of time working with hunter recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) efforts focused on women. I relate to the Extreme Huntress competition goals through recognizing that women play critical roles in their children’s perspective and eventual participation in hunting. It has been said that you cannot plant seeds on sidewalks. To me this means that we can’t continue to pour our limited R3 resources in to youth hunting programs and expect success if we do not recruit the parents. In the end, if the parents are not supportive of their child hunting and do not continue to provide opportunities to develop skills, the youth’s interest will wither and die. As a result, we gain no new hunters to stem the decline. For positive results we should look to the non-hunting parents, especially mom.
Women are the fastest growing demographic in hunting but there are still significant barriers to their recruitment. One of the hurdles of recruiting women in to hunting is breaking the ingrained perspective that hunting is a man’s sport. This is one area that I feel like I can make a difference. One way to overcome this perception is to increase efforts that promote knowledgeable and competent female role models and leaders that hunt in the media and beyond. In addition to my efforts to develop a women’s R3 program I strive to be the best example of a hunter and angler in both my personal and professional life and continue to produce positive images and examples of women in the field in different media outlets.
As a wildlife biologist and college instructor I have dedicated my life to the future of hunting and the management of our Natural Resources. I work to educate generations of resource managers on the North American Model of Wildlife management and advocate for our public lands and conservation of our natural resources. The Extreme Huntress competition provides an amazing opportunity to meet and join in competition with like-minded women, continue to grow as a role model, and demonstrate my ability and knowledge in the field. I don’t claim to be the best at any single thing, but I am certainly proficient to excellent at everything I do! If selected, I am confident that I would be an exemplary, well-rounded and capable huntress and give a solid run at becoming the next Extreme Huntress!
List of accomplishments of merit, special awards and organizations involved with:
Rush Memorial Gamebird Scholar, The Wildlife Society.
D.O.V.E. Fellow at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities
California Deer Hunters Association Scholarship 2009-10, 2010-11
Huempfner Scholarship, Wildlife. University of Minnesota- Twin Cities
Related Positions of Particular Note:
Prior Regional Biologist and Women’s Intro to Wingshooting Founder and Developer at the Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society
Included in core group of a women’s conservation organization currently under formation. Initial meeting in Washington, DC Mar.2018
Related Current Memberships:
Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society
The Wildlife Society- Member
Pheasants Forever- Member
Minnesota Deer Hunters Association- Member
Dark House Spearing and Angling- Member
NRA Life Member (Since Youth)
Related Past Memberships:
National Wild Turkey Federation
California Deer Hunters
California Waterfowl Association (Founding Member of Humboldt Chapter)
Related Educational Background:
B.S. In Wildlife, Vertebrate Ecology and Conservation Biology track. Humboldt State University. 2006
M.S. In Wildlife Ecology and Management. University of Minnesota. Ruffed Grouse Research. 2011
Related Primary Subject Audio and Film:
“West Nile Virus and Grouse – Meadow Kouffeld tells us more.” 91.7 KAXE/KBXE. December 2017.
“The Opportunity”. RGS/Project Upland. YouTube. A.J. DeRosa
“Grouse Hunting Season Opens – Biologist Meadow Kouffeld.” Heidi Holtan. 91.7 KAXE/KBXE. September 2017.
“Meadow Kouffeld with results of the National Hunt for Grouse in Grand Rapids.” Heidi Holtan. 91.7 KAXE/KBXE. .October 2017.
“Ruff Grouse Society Biologist Meadow Kouffeld-Hansen talks about grouse and habitat.” Ron Boehm. Hunting Dog Podcast. Oct 2015.
Related Primary Subject or Author Newspaper, Magazine, and Online Written Media:
“Where and How to Hunt: Part 1” Ruffed Grouse Society Magazine. Author: Meadow Kouffeld. Summer 2016.
“Where and How to Hunt: Part 2” Ruffed Grouse Society Magazine. Author: Meadow Kouffeld. Fall 2016.
“Public Lands, Access and Thinking Long Term” Ruffed Grouse Society Magazine. Author Meadow Kouffeld March 2017.
“Training in the Dog Days of Summer” Ruffed Grouse Society Blog. Meadow Kouffeld. July 2016.
“Women’s Intro to Wingshooting” Ruffed Grouse Society Magazine. Meadow Kouffeld. July 2016.
“Love of the Outdoors Lured California Hunter to Minnesota Grouse Country”. Minneapolis Star Tribune. Doug Smith. October 2017.
“Women’s Shotguns- The Art of Useability”. Project Upland. Meadow Kouffeld. March 2017.
“3 Things that Annoy Women Hunting in the Upland”. Meadow Kouffeld. February 2017
“The Scientist: “Hunters are the true conservationists of our country. Here’s why.” The Monocular. Meadow Kouffeld. March 2017.
“Woman to Woman: Meadow Kouffeld on Women in Hunting”. Duluth Tribune. Sam Cook. October 2017.
“Women aiming to be hunters hone their wingshooting skills”. Duluth News Tribune. Sam Cook. October 2017.
“Ruffed grouse hunting: Habitat needs pines, old growth.” Twin Cities Pioneer Press. Dave Orrick. October 2015.
“Column: Passing on the inheritance you may have taken for granted.” Meadow Kouffeld. Duluth Tribune. April 2018.
“Women’s Intro to Wingshooting.” Herald Review Grand Rapids, MN. February 2016.
“Grouse Opener a Woodcock Bonanza.” St. Paul Pioneer Press. Dave Orrick. September, 2015.