Jerry Carlson started his outdoor writing career in 1987 when he began writing for a local outdoor paper. He currently writes about 130 articles per year for various papers in the Midwest.
In addition to writing, he had his own television show for five years in the mid nineties. For the past 17 years he has done a radio show called "In the Outdoors." This show is featured on two St. Cloud radio stations: WWJO FM (100,000 watts) and WJON AM (1000 watts).
Jerry also does numerous fishing and hunting seminars throughout the course of the year. In 1998 he authored a book called Details for Locating and Catching Fish. He has produced three educational CD ROMs on fishing and organizes a kid's fishing clinic each summer with 40 kids and 50 volunteers participating.
I have been involved in the outdoor industry for just a few years. I have been fortunate to meet some great people and make some true friends. I was brought up camping and fishing and was always around hunting but didn’t start hunting myself until a few years ago. I always loved helping set up spots and going out and being part of the tracking team. My husband would joke “let the hound out”!
I truly want people to learn that it’s never too late to get involved in the outdoors. It is a learning experience for everyone, even those who have been doing it forever, so don’t let that stop you from trying something new. Everyone can learn something new and so many people who love the outdoors also love inviting new people and teaching them, so give it a try!
I am a mom and of course family comes first. My daughter loves to fish. My favorite quote from her from when she was young was “one more drift grandpa, one more drift!” I also have a young son and he continues to ask “when will I be tall enough to hunt!” I love teaching my kids things and getting them out there! I also have a new pup that we are training for upland bird hunting. I am learning as she is! Dogs are amazing!
I have to thank my dad for taking the time to get me involved in the outdoors as a child. My husband has been great at taking over and teaching me more. My favorite part is being able to help my dad get out there and still do it even as he ages. He’s made me who I am today and I love that I can help keep him doing what he loves!
Amber Hobert is a farmer’s daughter from Harrold, SD. Growing up involved many hours of hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, boating, and snowmobiling. Her love of the outdoors has followed her into adulthood, and she has experienced many new things recently, including scoring her first archery deer after only a few months of getting comfortable with a bow. The fact she did it in a “spot and stalk” situation made it even better! She enjoys hunting both archery and rifle. She hunts whitetail deer, mule deer, pheasants, and antelope in South Dakota. What she loves most about the outdoors is the time spent with Steve and their son Caleb. Amber says there is nothing more rewarding that teaching a child to love and respect nature, and to enjoy the great outdoors as a family simply spending quality time together. She has a few animals and hunts on her “bucket list” that she looks forward to accomplishing soon including an archery safari in South Africa!
Trolling Crankbaits or Slip Bobber fishing in the timber
Favorite Fishing Memory:
My favorite fishing memory is winning the 2011 Masters Walleye Circuit Father/Son Team of the Year, qualifying for the Cabelas National Team Championship and also qualifying for the Masters Walleye Circuit World Walleye Championship. This is my favorite memory because all three came at the same time after a 7th place finish in the 2011 Masters Walleye Circuit at Cass Lake, MN.
Other than fishing, I love to waterfowl hunt.
What's in store for the 2012 season?
In 2012, I will be fishing four events with the Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC): Mille Lacs Lake, Lake Oahe, Cass Lake and the World Walleye Championship. In conjunction with the MWC event on Mille Lacs Lake, I'll also be fishing the Cabelas National Team Championship.Two other events I will be fishing are the Spirit Lake Walleye Classic on Devils Lake and a MN Tournament Trail Event on Mille Lacs Lake.
This year, I'm also working with different organizations to put on kids fishing clinics. During these events, we will be teaching kids about the sport of fishing and showing them how to get involved in such a great sport. I will be taking part in clinic's after each MWC event hosted by the National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA). I'm also working with The Cullen's Children Foundation to put together an event at their annual picnic. These events are very exciting and I'm looking forward to 2012!
Hunting and fishing has been in my blood since I was born. For as long as I can remember, I have been on the lake fishing or in the woods for a great hunt. I studied Wildlife and Forestry in college which pushed my passion for the outdoors even further. As a former Miss Minnesota US International 2011, I was able to bring my passion for nature and the outdoors to the forefront and help get youth back into the great outdoors. I am so blessed to have had the oppurtunity to reach out and meet people who share the same passion and love for the outdoors as I do.