Author Archives: Kristen Schmitt

Kristen Schmitt

About Kristen Schmitt

Kristen Schmitt is a metropolitan Detroit native who moved to the Green Mountains in Vermont in August 2012. Schmitt is an accomplished journalist whose work has been featured in National Geographic, Modern Farmer, Urban Times and Mother Earth News. Her National Geographic article, “More Women Give Hunting a Shot,” received over 11,000 shares, propelling the idea of women hunters and local food into the spotlight. Schmitt is currently working towards her masters of science in sustainable food systems at Green Mountain College in Vermont.

Kristen DDH March 2014_3p

Locavore Blog: Field Dressing, A Story

Once upon a time before we decided to move to Vermont and I decided that I wanted to hunt my own deer, my husband and I used to drive about five hours north of where we lived in southeastern Michigan so he could hunt on his family’s rural property. This property was purchased by...

Earrings made from deer hide and gem stones.

Locavore Blog: Using the Whole Deer

I mentioned last week that I’m interested in possibly processing my deer myself — along with the help of a few friends that have done it before. I’m not entirely sure why I feel this way, but it is definitely something that I’m considering. Much of my rationale behind wanting to hunt is because it...

Lunch break! Archery practice on a sunny afternoon.

Locavore Blog: Summer Days Tick Tock Toward Deer Season

Summer in Vermont means that nature is no longer on the cusp, but instead, in full force. Wind rustles the full green leaves of maple and beech trees; rose petals finally uncurl after the harsh winter; apples are appearing on our trees. It means that the goose family finally has goslings that are rapidly...

Tree stand loaded and waiting. We had to clear some small bushes and trees before getting it up.

Locavore Blog: Setting up my first tree stand

Tree stands are heavy. And they come with a lot of different parts. Two things that longtime hunters already know, but for someone just starting out, these two factors may influence where you choose to build yours before actually attaching it to the tree. Or, if you’re like us, you may want to have...


Locavore Blog: Can GMOs Affect Deer?

GMOs are a rather complex and uncomfortable topic especially when you start looking at the effects of GMOs on wildlife and on deer. As someone who studies nutrition and health in relation to food and food sources, GMOs are a slippery slope — and one that I readily agreed to research in relation to...

New office location complete with morning archery practice.

Locavore Blog: Beyond Archery Practice

I’ve always been an active person. My old desk job kept me stuck inside more than I wanted to be and weekends back in the city were filled with errands, laundry, and maybe a bit of leisure time if we were all caught up. Country life is filled with opportunities to spend full days...

Hurricane Bag target stops the arrow with a resounding thwock!

Locavore Blog: Archery Practice

I’ve been practicing a lot. Every day I’m outside, bow in hand, field arrows at the ready, and I can feel myself improving. The funny thing about this journey of learning archery is how intimidated I was in the beginning and how that intimidation is starting to slip away as I realize more and...

This is after the second pass. He ended up going over the garden spot about four times.

Locavore Blog: My first food plots

Spring may be late this year, but it’s definitely here to stay. And it’s about time since we have a garden to get ready and food plots to plant. Our property is bordered by a variety of flora and fauna and the landscape varies from field to brush to forest to pond, so we’re...

Rouge, our new Chesapeake Bay Retriever.

Locavore Blog: Nutrition for Hunting Dogs

When we bought our property in Vermont, we knew it was time to get a dog. We wanted a dog that could help manage our property, keeping predators at bay and also act as a good hunting dog and great watch dog. We went back and forth between Labradors and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers before...