Kamilia (Kami) was born in Wyoming where she lived for a short time before moving to New Mexico at the age of seven with her father. Growing up, Kami was very active in the outdoors, she was fortunate to go on many trips and adventures like white water rafting the Middle Fork Salmon in Idaho, back country pack trips in the Gila Wilderness in New Mexico and fishing/canoeing in the Arctic Circle in Northern Alaska.
The adventures of my childhood helped my passion for the outdoors grow. Little did I know that it would it also plant a seed of wanting to protect our public lands, water and wildlife for the future generations to experience and explore.
Kami did not grow up hunting but had always wanted to have the opportunity too. It was not until recently, a good friend introduced her to the lifestyle and community of local hunters and anglers in Central New Mexico. Kami identifies as an “Adult Onset Hunter” and she went on her first waterfowl hunt four years ago and that’s all it took for her to fall in love with hunting. Since than she has had the opportunity to hunt big game, small game and upland game birds in multiple states, all while doing it on public land.
Through her various hunts, Kami has become more and more aware of issues threatening access to public lands, public waterways and wildlife. This sparked her interest in conservation efforts, public education and policy change because without this perspective, hunting and fishing is at risk due to habit loss, access to public land, waterways and the overall health and management of our wildlife.
Kami feels it is all of our responsibility to protect the places and wildlife we love. Any contribution to conservation is a win for our future generations, whether they hunt, fish, hike, camp or just enjoy the outdoors. Let’s keep our public lands public, keep our waterways accessible and help keep our wildlife healthy for all to enjoy.
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