Barbara Baird, who profiled five outdoorswomen for “The Total Outdoorswoman”, talks odd assignments, kitchen attire, and getting wires crossed.
Hometown: Sioux Falls, S.D.
Lives in: The Missouri Ozarks
Years as an outdoor writer: 15
Most out-there assignment: “Fish gigging on the Osage River on a 29-degree January night, slipping around the frozen deck with a long spear. But then we enjoyed a 1 a.m. fish fry, complete with whomp’em donuts fried in fish oil.”
Outdoor role model: “I wrote about Il Ling New, a Gunsite Rangemaster, and I’m still in awe of her. She’s done so much to bring more women to the outdoors.”
Big regret: “That I was 40 before I realized I’m genetically wired to hunt. My children’s lives would have been very different.”
Wears pink camo: “As an apron when I’m grinding venison sausage and making bratwurst.”
Advice to young outdoorswomen: “Whether you’re trying to shoot a trophy, land a fish, or break into outdoor media, work harder and sweat more, and it’ll happen for you. But you have to attack your goals with all the energy, and then some, that you can muster.”