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 is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America.

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...

Tree stand practice in full gear!

Locavore Blog: My First Bow Season is Almost Here!

I have a friend back in Detroit who always said that he was “living the dream” and I never understood what he was talking about. Now that I’ve been in Vermont for two years with the ability to focus on family, writing, sustainable living and archery, I get it. We had a good garden,...


Locavore Blog: What Gets You Outside?

Since I’ve been learning archery and preparing to bowhunt, I’ve noticed that I spend more time outside than inside these days. I’m a firm believer that anything that gets you outside more, into nature more, is healthier for you, and it appears that all of my dabbling in jogging, biking, and hiking haven’t ignited...

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Locavore Blog: Bobcats, Chickens and Deer: Oh My!

Thanks to a stream of beautiful days here in Vermont, we’ve been outside pulling in garden produce, picking berries and apples, and working on a bobcat defense fortress for our remaining chickens. If you follow me on Twitter, you’re aware that we’ve unintentionally been operating a bobcat drive-thru the past few days, which led...

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Locavore Blog: Five Bowhunting and Tree Stand Safety Tips

I’ll be hunting from two, possibly three, tree stand locations on our property this October. Based on Bryce Towsley’s advice on scent control, I know I need to switch locations throughout the season so the scent has a chance to neutralize. In fact, he mentioned that the first day you hunt in a tree...

Practice, practice, practice!

Locavore Blog: Bowhunting and Archery Practice

Between harvesting potatoes, freezing and drying vegetables and herbs from the garden, and getting my daughter ready for the upcoming back-to-school routine coming our way in just a few weeks, I’ve been making sure that archery practice doesn’t get pushed aside. With the countdown on to bow season this fall — I can take...

Hunting expert Bryce Towsley shares his knowledge on scent control.

Locavore Blog: Basic Scent Control for Beginners

Scent control is an important part of hunting that beginners need to learn and experienced hunters are always improving upon. While I thought I understood some of the basics based on the years of washing my husband’s hunting clothes in ScentKiller detergent, there are so many other aspects that are important if you hope...

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Locavore Blog: Archery and Bowhunting Tips for Women

Before I started writing this blog, I was researching bowhunting and archery on my own. My interest in hunting was sparked when I was researching my piece on women hunters and local food for National Geographic and had the opportunity to talk with so many women hunters, both bow and rifle. It became an...