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Location: Connecticut
Joined: 07/13/2005
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well im 16 and i have to start thinking about what im going to do when i grow up when ever that is . I realy want to do something in the outdoor indusrty so i thought being an outdoor writer would be a good job. I emailed some editors and they said very few people are 100% outdoor writers and the ones who are have been in the indusrty for a long time. I would love to get payed to hunt but thats just dreamin. Opening up a guideing service is an option but that takes money. How much does a guide make any way? THe only things i like are archery hunting and fishing i realy dont have much interest in anything else. I would love to be a product tester for martin or bear archery but thats dreamin too. If anyone knows of a good paying job(have to feed the family) in the hunting fishing archery indusrty please let me know. Any info on what i should do to get hired at one of these jos would be most appreciated.-Scott

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Location: Pennsylvania
Joined: 10/28/2003
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Do you have anyone in your family or friends that can get you started working with them? That would be a big help.
If you want to be a guide and be able to feed your family my only suggestion there is....don't have one Big smile
The outfitter that I know all have one thing to say about thier guides. The best ones are single. Once they get girlfriends or wives thier performance goes down and thier problems go up.
I'm not saying don't follow your dreams but it will take awhile (and hard work) to get where you want to go.
For starters.....go as far as you possibly can in school. Theres your first step in being as successful as you can be in anything. Thumbs up

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Location: Colorado
Joined: 11/09/2005
Posts: 166
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Get a college degree. Go to work for the Forest Service. Spend spare time working for an outfitter--you'll probably have to start cleaning up after the horses, putting up tents, washing dishes, and such as that.

All the while, keep a journal. Write every day. Read much. Don't just read the articles, but study how they are written, how they cover a subject, and so on. Also study the pictures--how they are framed and exposed. Get a decent camera (you don't need a professional quality camera to start, but you'll need something better than a disposable) and start taking pictures. Magazines will pay almost as much for a really good photo as they will for a 2,000 word article.

Opportunities will open up either to move into guiding, or better opportunities with the Forest Service. Use the experience to give your writing credibility and to spawn story ideas. Start fleshing out story ideas--questions you hear over and over, or timeless subjects that you haven't seen covered in a while. Send query letters to publications.

If you write well, and have something to say, you will eventually find editors willing to pay for what you write. There is an immense satisfaction to having someone say to you, "I think what you have written is worth paying cash money for."

Good luck.

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Location: Connecticut
Joined: 07/13/2005
Posts: 61
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thanx guys i think my longer term goal will be to make it into the bow hunters all of fame that would be great. I can see my picture right next to my buddy chuck adams Yes (who is my hero).

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Location: Pennsylvania
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I was thinking about this post today. If you were a game warden or forest ranger you might be able to hunt while on the job depending on the state you are in. I know that in Pa the conservation officers can hunt while on patrol.

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Location: Connecticut
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now thats a job i like it Thumbs up