Hi there and welcome to "Alicia Joy Outdoors."
I’ve decided my first official blog will be a quick introduction about who I am and answer some of the questions I receive through social media on a regular basis. However, I want to start off by saying THANK YOU! Thank you to each and every one of you who have subscribed to my website/blog. I am blown away at how many people have chosen to support me and this blog. I cannot thank you all enough. Many of you have only seen bits and pieces of my life through social media and I am hoping to share a bit more about who I am and entertain you along the way.
For those of you that don’t know, I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Wisconsin. I grew up in northern Wisconsin “The Northwoods,” with my parents and older brother. We spent many summers camping and fishing, which are some of my fondest memories. The first fish that I ever caught was a small perch and I was PROUD! My passion for fishing has grown immensely over the past twenty some years and I could not imagine my life any other way. Aside from fishing, hunting is another passion of mine. My father purchased my first compound bow when I was around ten or eleven. I remember practicing in the yard and letting the arrows fly into a small target that sat in front of an old hay bail. Fast forward ten years and my father surprised me with an older Mathews model, which I still shoot to this day. My parents deserve a great deal of credit when it comes to my success in the outdoors. After all, they were the first ones to teach me and cheer me on as I grew in age and experience. Now, many thanks and credit go to my boyfriend, Kurt, and his family. I continue to learn through the adventures that I partake with Kurt, his family, and good friend, Joel.
Aside from being a part of the Rocky Boots team for nearly 3 seasons, I am also an ambassador for a well-known Wisconsin magazine called Badger Sportsman. (Keep an eye out for the article on my first bow buck and overall 2018 bow season. It will be a good one!) Also, Kurt and I are working on a few fun things in relation to the outdoors, which is a work in progress. I promise more info will come once I can share. Anyway, lets get onto the Q&A!
1. Who got you into hunting and fishing?
a. As I previously mentioned, my parents are the ones I thank for raising me with a great love for the outdoors!
2. Do you prefer hunting or fishing, why?
a. This is a tough one for me to answer, because I love hunting and fishing the same. However, it truly depends on the time of year. For example, right now I am all about ice fishing. Once spring/summer roles around I am eager for turkey season and fishing from my kayak in open water. Of course, when Fall peaks here in Wisconsin I am more than ready to climb into a stand with my bow. I could never pick just hunting or fishing, I enjoy both just the same.
3. What was the first animal you harvested and at what age?
a. My first harvest was a mature doe during early bow season of 2016. I have been hunting since I was around twenty years-old but used to go sit with my dad when I was just a kiddo.
4. What is your favorite species of fish to target?
a. Open water: musky (hands down) which I will be doing more of in 2019 now that I have my Hobie kayak!
b. Hard water: crappie for jigging and walleye for jigging and tip-ups
5. What advice do you have for someone who is trying to make a name for themselves in the outdoor industry?
a. Before I answer this question, I want to be clear that I am not “making it in the outdoor industry.” Instead, I am simply enjoying myself, learning, making memories, and sharing my passions. The opportunities that have come my way are not because I went seeking for a company’s attention. Instead, I have remained true to myself and have kept an honest demeaner throughout all of my social media platforms. In order to be known, I believe you need to stand out from the crowd in a way that is YOU and not what others are doing. Always remain true to yourself and good things will come.
6. What outdoor activity could you not live without?
a. Truthfully, I could not live without fishing (open water or hard water.) Yes, I look forward to every turkey season and when Fall is in the air, but fishing is the first outdoor sport that I fell in love with.
Alright, that is enough Q&A for now. Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments below!
I am looking forward to this blog and hope to post a few times each month. Please let me know what you’re interested in reading by sending me an email - firstname.lastname@example.org or drop a comment in the box below. Since ice fishing is in full swing, you can expect a few blogs relating to that this season.
Until next time, en-JOY the outdoors!