The Women Fighting for Public Lands

By Tracy Ross for Outside Magazine

On a snowy night in 2014, 25-year-old Jessi Johnson made good on two years of dedicated practice with her bow and fired an arrow into a 175-pound buck with a three-point-four rack. She remembers none of the exhaustion associated with field dressing, just the elation of bringing sustenance to her friends and family. Then came an epiphany: If public lands are sold off to private landowners, her entire experience would be lost to future generations.

Johnson is one of a rapidly growing demographic: female hunters and anglers. In fact, they’ve become so numerous and well connected that they’ve recently formed a women-specific lobbying group aimed at uniting recreationists to save the lands where they hunt and fish.

Meet the women behind Artemis, a group of female hunters and anglers who could be just what we need to get more politicians to care about conservation.