You’ve been hunting and fishing for a long time! Does your whole family participate? How about your friends, especially growing up?
I grew up hunting primarily with my Dad and brothers. My brothers are 9 years older than I am, so they were always there to help my Dad and I pack out of the field when I was young. When I shot my mountain goat at age 10 it was a 5 day drop camp, when we finally reached the goats we were so far back just my Dad and I wouldn’t have made it out alive.
My parents started our family lodge when I was a year old, however, my family has been hunting for generations. Kodiak holds an annual contest each year for the biggest Sitka Blacktail; which my grandmother won in 1961, and I proceeded to win 3 different years. So as you can see, hunting has always been a huge part of my life as well as tradition. You can read find more of these stories on my website.
Hunters are constantly targeted in social media these days; especially lady hunters. How do you deal with the negativity and nasty comments? Does it ever get to you?
Personally, anti-hunters have never really bothered me simply because I understand that hunting is something, they simply don’t understand like I do. I am an outdoors woman because that’s how I was raised, many people that don’t agree with what I do have never done it. What does bother me however, is to see how some people respond to the way that I choose to live my life. It bothers me to see that society can attack someone so strongly for just something that they believe in. I’m sure I can find many things on the internet that I don’t agree with, but if that’s how someone chooses to spend their life, for reasons that they were raised by, who am I to disagree with them?
You’re combining your love of the outdoors with a blossoming music career. Tell us about that.
I have always had a great passion for music & the outdoors. Writing, singing & listening to music has been my way of expressing myself and the great outdoors has just been where I can experience that within myself. Its that special time for me to make connection and memories with people that I love.
What is the biggest challenge so far, in becoming a successful musician?
The biggest challenge in my career has be being a jack of all trades and a master of none. Not being able or willing to live solely in Los Angeles to pursue a music career has definitely held me back from that portion of my career. I grew up in the small town of Kodiak, moving to LA would be giving up the amazing lifestyle that I have been privileged with. I spend each year managing our lodge and taking care of clients, while building my business selling crab and traveling to Los Angeles to write & record. I don’t think I’m ready to give any of those up quite yet.
As a young musician, how do you define success? What is that spot in your career where you can say “I did it”?
I don’t think there is a single definition for success. I believe that it doesn’t matter what you do in life, as long as you enjoy what you’re doing, you give it your all and enjoy life, who’s to say you’re not successful?
However, to answer to your question, I will call myself successful when I can reflect on my life and know that I enjoyed my youth while it lasted, that I built a thriving career doing something that I had passion for, that I helped everyone I could along the way and to raise loving children to achieve the same by making this world a little better place at a time.
What is the biggest challenge faced by the hunting community? What can we do about it?
I suppose our biggest challenge is and will be protecting our rights to hunt & bare arms. Personally, I haven’t experienced any complications with this issue yet, but I am afraid that if we don’t gain better control of our guns that our rights will diminish over time. I am optimistic that I can give anti-hunters reasons to believe that hunters & gun owners are truly not the reason for today’s violence and that hunters are passionate people. I don’t enjoy hunting as a sport to kill; hunting is a cycle of life, harvest & tradition. I’ve been hunting all my life, and most would tell you that I am one of the most caring, nurturing people you will ever meet. As far as gun control goes, we must fight to keep our guns in hand to protect our families & the things we have worked for.
What is your favorite thing to hunt?
I don’t think I have a favorite animal to hunt, every species I have sought for has a different style and I enjoy them all. However, the moose trip that I took with my boyfriend and my Dad was probably my favorite hunting trip overall.
What’s the big hunt or fishing trip on your bucket list? Your dream trip?
My big dream hunt would be taking my Dad on a Big Horn Sheep hunt. He lives to see our excitement in things that he enjoys and I hope that I can return that favor one day by taking him on the hunt that he has always wanted.
What can my readers do to help you?
Your readers can help by believing in me, trusting that I can make this world a better place a little at a time and telling me what I can do to help others.
They can follow me on Facebook & Instagram and share my story with others. Further assistance could be done by donating to my campaign so that I can continue to make music and and fight for our rights to hunt & bear arms.
More information can be found at my website
Thank you for your time, Krimson
What an amazing young lady – I look forward to following her career (and hunting adventures) as she continues on her journey. Hopefully we can chick in from time to tome…