This wasn’t a typically outfitted hunt that you may think of when you hear about lodges and guides. This was one of a different sort where we were given gear and equipment, then turned loose on the land to try our hand at the big birds in the area.
"The time to invest in the outdoors is now," Ferguson will tell the committee. "Millions of people ventured outdoors over the past 20 months. Some reconnected with their favorite pastimes, such as hunting or biking, while others engaged in a recreational activity for the first time, including more than 10 million first-time campers. This resurgence in outdoor activity has continued in 2021 and isn't expected to slow down. With so many new and existing participants venturing outside, it's incumbent upon leaders in the private and public sectors to adjust to these changing trends and creating an outdoor ecosystem that is more accessible, diverse and streamlined."