Liz had an unconventional journey to becoming a hunter. She was born in suburban New Jersey, just a short train ride from the Big Apple. As the only child of two non-outdoorsy (but endlessly supportive) parents, she’s felt a deep love for new and wild things from an early age, which was bolstered by an upbringing full of traveling, good eats, occasional fishing, and summers spent in Maine at an all-girls, off-the-grid sleepaway camp where she learned about outdoor skills like foraging, canoeing, and camping.
Somewhere in her middle school years, Liz gave up eating red meat, poultry, and pork out of concern for the wellbeing of animals and the environment. This lasted until she WWOOFed on a small chicken farm in Texas, and she got a taste – literally – of the personal, community, and environmental benefits of “slow food.” Her opinion of hunting also changed as she rambled throughout the western U.S. after college, and she tried her hand at it for the first time in 2014 in Montana. She was fortunate to have learned from a mentor who, in addition to being a Montana native and near-lifelong hunter, is also a talented chef. He taught her how to shoot a rifle and shotgun, pursue a wide variety of game species, and get hard-won food from field to fork.
When she’s not hunting or tinkering in the kitchen, Liz is living out her childhood dreams, working as an archaeologist for the U.S. Forest Service in Jackson, Wyoming. Outside of work, she likes to dabble in conservation service projects, fishing, hiking, camping, gardening, and writing.
Liz is proud to support the efforts of conservation organizations including Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Artemis Sportswomen, 2% for Conservation, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Idaho and Wyoming Wildlife Federations, and the Muley Fanatic Foundation.
You can follow Liz on Instagram at @lizdigsdirt!