An Introduction to Volume 2
The idea of Public Pursuit grew out of happenstance, curiosity, and the love of a good challenge. I was extremely fortunate to end up with a tag for every critter in the state, but I think what made (what I’m referring to as) Volume 1 of this journey truly possible was my place in life at the time. Living the bohemian college senior lifestyle definitely paired well with a pocket full of game tags and an unquenchable thirst to hunt. I took that opportunity and set out to prove a point, “stop finding excuses and simply go hunt and, by the way, my home state of Kansas is kick-ass.” In retrospect, that may not have been the best PR message, but I’m chalking it up as a learning experience that helped me mature in my views of the hunting community.
Truth be told, I fell short of my own expectations in nearly every facet of Volume 1. I’d never filmed or edited anything, I didn’t understand things like Search Engine Optimization or web design, I hadn’t written anything outside of my high school English class or cooked a meal that didn’t come out of a box, and – the biggest hurdle of all – I didn’t even know what half the species looked like that I had committed to chasing. Even though I didn’t quite live up to the vision of a Sundance Film Festival caliber video series or a New York Times Best Seller book regaling the adventure, I wouldn’t trade that time and experience for anything. I watched more sunrises, discovered more nuances of the natural world, and created more friendships in that six months than my whole life combined.
At the end of August 2018, I had a tag for every single game species in the state of Kansas. A year prior to that I was decked out in body armor, embracing the 152-degree index of the Middle East. Now, it’s 2019 and the summer is wrapping up. So, what’s in store for this year? I didn’t draw every single tag but I’m more committed to the Public Pursuit journey than ever before. Public Pursuit: Volume 2 will carry forward my journey to hunt as often as possible, on public land, but this year I will incorporate the mission to mentor – and ultimately create – a new hunter. The decline in hunter participation in America is no joke and it’s time that I began contributing to the solution. I can’t think of a better way to face this epidemic head-on than by taking someone new afield with me this fall.
Here’s to Volume 2, here’s to advocating for the things and places I love, and here’s to bringing one more into the fold. My name is Ian Burrow and I am, Public Pursuit.