Author Archives: Kristen Schmitt

Kristen Schmitt

About Kristen Schmitt

Kristen writes articles on hunting, wildlife, nutrition, sustainable agriculture, and environmental issues and her articles have appeared in National Geographic, Modern Farmer, Deer & Deer Hunting, Food Politic, Mother Earth News, Modern Hunter, Utne Reader, Vermont’s Local Banquet, and Urban Times. Kristen and her family moved away from metropolitan Detroit and into the Green Mountains of Vermont for a realignment of priorities and a focus on family and sustainable living. A new bowhunter, Kristen recently completed a DVD entitled, “Beginner’s Guide To Archery For Women” that is now available for pre-order at She is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America.

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Locavore Blog: Let’s Extend Vermont’s Bow Season!

After writing my last few posts, I started researching bow seasons and found out Vermont has the shortest bow season in the Northeast — lasting a mere 23 days this year! Neighboring states like New Hampshire and Connecticut have significantly longer seasons — lasting nearly twelve weeks! That doesn’t seem to give Vermont bowhunters a fair...


Locavore Blog: Favorite Venison Recipes

Anyone who reads this blog or Deer & Deer Hunting Magazine is already aware of how tasty fresh venison is. Not only is venison one of the leanest sources of red meat, but it is one of the best alternatives to commercial meat. This is meat from an animal that has never been domesticated,...

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Locavore Blog: Water Treatment Tips for Hunting in Back Country

While I’m hunting this season on my own property and a neighboring parcel, many other hunters travel to their special hunting spot. Bringing the right gear is important, but equally important is bringing enough healthy food (trail mix, energy bars, fruit, jerky) and water if you plan to spend more than a few hours in...

The Tenzing 1260 pack is light weight and easy to use for bow season.

Locavore Blog: My First Bow Season

I feel like every single blog post starts with another first for me and this one is really no different. I’m in the middle of my first bow season and enjoying it, despite the soggy weather during opening day and a few rainy mornings that have kept me indoors. I mean, if my chickens...


Locavore Blog: Beginner’s Guide to Archery: for Women

I’m excited to share that the pre-order site for the Beginner’s Guide to Archery: For Women is live! This will be available as both a digital download and as a DVD for purchase. My personal journey from newbie to novice will hopefully inspire others to pick up a bow and arrow and find empowerment...

I hope my aim is this good on Saturday!

Locavore Blog: Bow Season in Vermont Starts SATURDAY!

Saturday morning, I’ll be in my tree stand. I wonder how well I’ll sleep on Friday night, knowing that not only is it the first day of Vermont’s deer hunting archery season, but my very first season ever as a bowhunter (or any type of hunter). I’m as prepared as physically and mentally as...