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Public Pursuit

The decline of hunter participation isn’t a joke and neither are the issues facing our public lands, which is why I’ve partnered with outdoor industry leaders to address these concerns head on.

My name is Ian Burrow, and I am Public Pursuit.

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 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.

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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.


 The Pursuits of Volume 2

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 Podcasts

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 Articles

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 Partners of Public Pursuit

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 Volume 1

2018-2019

 
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