October 07, 2007
Hunting and the Work Place
By Kim Hiss
First of all, those are some great comments on pink guns-and on Karen Lee's Support System post. I got back from being away and couldn't believe how much the blog was buzzing!
So here's another topic. Awhile back, reader Dana (known to us and her own blog regulars as The Wild Woodswoman), wrote and suggested a blog topic on hunting in the work place. It's a great idea, and I'm only sorry it took me so long to get around to posting it.
Of course, working at Field & Stream, hunting is part of the job description, not just some extracurricular bonus. Editors are expected to get out in the field as much as possible, and if they're not, something's wrong. When I first started my job there as a new hunter, there were a number of days when mornings were spent at a local club working on my shooting with deputy editor David E. Petzal, and afternoons were spent in the office. Nice. And of course, all off-site meetings have a huge fishing or shooting (or both!) component.
But, obviously, not all bosses expect their employees to hit the woods on a regular basis. It seems we all know women who find it very hard to get away for a hunt, and fight prejudice from co-workers and the limits of vacation time to get out there.
This topic goes for everyone-whether your job is field-related, or you're stuck at a cubicle in a center city high rise all day, or your work place is at home. Is it a shock for co-workers to find out that you hunt? Or maybe it was a co-worker who got you into hunting in the first place? Does your work schedule make it hard to hunt? Or are you one of those lucky people who can fit a few field hours in before even starting your day? Whatever the case, how well do your hunting and your work lives mesh? -K.H.