District of Conservation

District of Conservation

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District of Conservation is a podcast highlighting the incredible conservationists who thrive and survive deep in or around “The Swamp.” These are the policymakers, storytellers, trailblazers, and hardworking folks who go unnoticed but shape this region—whether they live or work here. In addition to guests, the podcast will also cover difficult and even controversial conservation public policy matters and news. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/district-of-conservation/support


106: Bill Cooksey, Sportsmen Outreach Director at Vanishing Paradise
Sep 22 • 47 min
In Episode 106 of District of Conservation, Gabriella spoke to Bill Cooksey. Bill is a Sportsmen Outreach Coordinator at Vanishing Paradise, a project of National Wildlife Federation and Ducks Unlimited started in 2009 to advocate for restoration of the…
105: Michael Shellenberger, Founder & President of Environmental Progress
Sep 21 • 48 min
In Episode 105 of District of Conservation, Gabriella spoke to Michael Shellenberger—bestselling author and founder & president of Environmental Progress. Shellenberger came on to discuss his book, Apocalypse Never, his work with Environmental Progress,…
104: Four Federal Environmental & Conservation Updates to Be Aware Of
Sep 15 • 15 min
In Episode 104 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discussed four key policy updates across the environmental and conservation space. ENVIRONMENT: Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) being praised by environmentalists for Superfund Clean-up…
103: Biden vs. Trump: Who’s Better for True Conservationists?
Sep 14 • 32 min
In Episode 103 of District of Conservation, Gabriella compares the 2020 candidates on the issues of Second Amendment rights, hunting, fishing, wildlife conservation, land management, public lands access, and more. She dissects and assesses Joe Biden’s…
102: Red Drum Fishing with Captain Josh Saunders of Peake Tide Fishing & Your Reviews
Sep 7 • 21 min
In Episode 102 of District of Conservation, Gabriella recounts her recent red drum fishing trip with Captain Joshua Saunders of Peake Tide Fishing. Josh launched his fishing charter in 2014. During season, he splits his time between Hampton, Virginia, in…
101: Jenny Anderson from ‘Girl of 10,000 Lakes’
Aug 26 • 36 min
In Episode 101 of District of Conservation, Gabriella speaks with former journalist and outdoor content creator Jenny Anderson, who runs the Girl from 10,000 Lakes blog. Jenny was born in Korea and immigrated to the USA as a child. She also serves as a…
100: We’ve Hit 100 Episodes! Plus: a Preview of Season 3
Aug 25 • 7 min
In Episode 100 of District of Conservation, Gabriella expressed her gratitude to listeners, clarified the mission of the podcast, and previewed what people can expect in Season 3, which will debut on September 8th. Leave a review for District of…
99: Jeff Angers of Center for Sportfishing Policy
Aug 24 • 42 min
In Episode 99 of District of Conservation, Gabriella spoke to Center for Sportfishing Policy president Jeff Angers. Here’s more about the organization: The Center for Sportfishing Policy’s role is to affect public policy related to the conservation of…
98: Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA)
Aug 17 • 33 min
In Episode 98 of District of Conservation, Gabriella spoke to Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA) of Virginia’s 1st Congressional District. Serving the First Congressional District of Virginia since 2007, Rob has been focused on strengthening our military and…
97: Henry & Lakeisha Woodard of H.A.L.O. Chronicles
Aug 12 • 29 min
In Episode 97 of District of Conservation, Gabriella spoke to Henry and Lakeisha Woodard of HALO Chronicles. The Woodards reside in NW Mississippi with their four children and love to fish and hunt. “H.A.L.O.” is an acronym for Henry and Lakeisha…
96: Nick Hoffman, Country Music Artist & Outdoor Channel TV Host
Aug 10 • 39 min
In Episode 96 of District of Conservation, Gabriella spoke with a fellow but unrelated Hoffman—”Nick’s Wild Ride” star and country music artist, Nick Hoffman! Nick Hoffman is an award-winning country music artist whose passion for travel and the outdoors…
95: Make Seafood Sexy Again with Chef Andrew Gruel
Aug 5 • 40 min
In Episode 95 of District of Conservation, Gabriella chats with Chef Andrew Gruel. Chef Andrew Gruel is currently the Founder and Executive Chef of Slapfish Restaurant, the award-winning food truck turned international brick and mortar, based out of…
94: U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO)
Aug 3 • 20 min
In Episode 94 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO). U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), the junior senator from Colorado and chief architect of the recently passed Great American Outdoors Act, sits down with our…
93: Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation
Jul 27 • 37 min
In Episode 93 of District of Conservation, Gabriella spoke with Aoibheann Cline and Ellary Tucker Williams of Congressional Sportsmen Foundation. You don’t want to miss this girl-power episode. The ladies spoke about the passage of the Great American…
92: Mountain Dew ‘Outdoor Stimulus’ Program, New Salmon Farm Coming to Maryland’s Eastern Shore
Jul 21 • 8 min
In Episode 92 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses two interesting updates on the conservation front. First, the fanfare associated with Mountain Dew’s new “Out Here It’s DEW” campaign, which has closed on account of 5,000 people applying…
91: Environmental Law with Pacific Legal Foundation’s Jonathan Wood
Jul 20 • 40 min
In Episode 91 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews Jonathan Wood of Pacific Legal Foundation. Jonathan spoke about his work, recent PLF legal victories, the need to modernize the Endangered Species Act, how the EAJA is abused by…
90: State Dept. Legalizes Suppressor Exports, 9th Circuit GYE Grizzly Ruling, ICAST 2020 Online
Jul 13 • 18 min
In Episode 90 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses three topics: the State Department allowing exports of suppressors abroad, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling against true conservation stakeholders with respect to GYE grizzly, and why…
89: VDGIF’s New Name, VA Elk Tag, Atlantic Coast Pipeline Canceled, and Soaring Gun Sales
Jul 6 • 15 min
In Episode 89 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses what’s happening in Virginia on the conservation front. VDGIF is now the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources We’re getting an elk tag — it’s now law Despite winning at the Supreme Court,…
88: Rachelle Hedrick of Smoke Hole Outfitters
Jun 29 • 30 min
In Episode 88 of District of Conservation, Gabriella ventured next door to West Virginia to the town of Cabins to experience Smoke Hole Outfitters and all the fishing it had to offer. She spoke to Rachelle Hedrick, who co-manages the outfitting operation…
87: Is Teddy Roosevelt Being #Canceled? Plus: Watch Yellowstone S3 on Paramount Network
Jun 22 • 11 min
In Episode 87 of District of Conservation, Gabriella Hoffman discusses two newsworthy items: the #canceling of President Theodore Roosevelt (?!) and why listeners should watch Yellowstone on Paramount TV Sunday at 9pm ET. SHOT NOTES: NYT Story and Quotes…
86: Atlantic Coast Pipeline SCOTUS Ruling, Forest Service Modernization, ‘Get on Board’ Campaign
Jun 15 • 13 min
In Episode 86 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses three important updates. First, being the SCOTUS ruling in favor of the Atlantic Cost Pipeline. Second, the new U.S. Forest Service rule to allow more balanced use on USFS lands. And the third…
85: Jennie Gordon, First Lady of Wyoming, Talks New Hunger Initiative and How Hunters Can Play a Role
Jun 8 • 26 min
In Episode 85 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviewed Wyoming First Lady Jennie Gordon about her newly-launched Wyoming Hunter Initiative—a program geared towards ending childhood hunger. A component of her initiative, believe it or not, gives…
84: June is Great Outdoors Month, A Bill That Can Unify Us, and Your Reviews
Jun 2 • 11 min
In Episode 84 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses the history behind Great Outdoors Month and how nature can heal a hurting nation. Plus, a breakdown of the Great American Outdoors Act and some reading of reviews. *Show Notes* Great Outdoors…
83: Sign the #ResponsibleRecreation Pledge
May 27 • 7 min
In Episode 83 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses why she’s taking the #ResponsibleRecreation pledge. It’s a challenge started by Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership with backing from National Wild Turkey Federation, Congressional…
82: Boris Returns to the Podcast to Update Listeners on His Hunting Journey
May 18 • 35 min
In Episode 82 of District of Conservation, Gabriella’s dad Boris returns to the podcast to share where he is on his hunting journey. He updates listeners, talks about the importance of spending time outdoors, why he’s excited to experiment with…
81: DC Project’s Dianna Muller Discusses Why Women Are Empowering Themselves with Guns and More
May 4 • 39 min
In Episode 81 of District of Conservation, host Gabriella Hoffman chats with Dianna Muller, competitive shooter and founder of The DC Project. The D.C. Project comprises women from all 50 states meeting their legislators in Washington, D.C. as firearm…
80: Fly Fishing the District with Art Noglak of Tidal Potomac Fly Rodders
Apr 27 • 43 min
In Episode 80 of District of Conservation, Gabriella caught up with Orvis Arlington store manager and Tidal Potomac Fly Rodders president Art Noglak to get the latest on fly fishing in the Washington, D.C., Metro Area. Here’s what Art discussed: His…
79: Katie Pavlich Explains Why Conservatives Are True Conservationists and More
Apr 20 • 45 min
In Episode 79 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews Katie Pavlich. Katie is an award-winning and New York Times bestseller author, Fox News Contributor, and Townhall.com Editor. She’s also an avid outdoors woman, gun owner, and hunter. Katie…
78: WSI Sports is Equipping First Responders, Medical Personnel Battling #Coronavirus
Apr 13 • 31 min
In Episode 78 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews WSI Sports co-owner and operations manager Priscilla Magana-Wiens. Priscilla talks about the company, how they converted their business operations in two weeks to meet coronavirus challenges…
77: Abby Casey of AC Outdoors
Apr 6 • 40 min
In Episode 77 of District of Conservation, host Gabriella Hoffman interviews Abby Casey of AC Outdoors. Abby isn’t your typical outdoor influencer. She began her career in the outdoor industry at Realtree Outdoors, went to host a program on the popular…
76: ‘Tiger King’ Spurs Wildlife Conservation Debate & Firearms Industry Businesses Essential for COVID-19 Response
Mar 30 • 18 min
In Episode 76 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses her thoughts on the ‘Tiger King’ documentary from a wildlife conservationist standpoint and why it’s good news the Department of Homeland Security listed firearms manufacturers and ammunition…
75: Coronavirus Can’t Keep Us Down: Peak Bloom, Virginia Gets an Elk Tag , GoWild Pledges $250K to Wildlife Agencies & More
Mar 23 • 13 min
In Episode 75 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses some good conservation news—meant to combat coronavirus news. The five items were: 1) Department of Interior announced sportsmen and women pumped back nearly $1B into conservation funding last…
74: Practice Social Distancing in The Great Outdoors, LWCF Update & MAPLand Act
Mar 16 • 11 min
In Episode 74 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses ways to practice social distancing in The Great Outdoors and how to heed caution from state wildlife agencies and be aware of any closures in your state(s). She also discussed the Great…
73: PERC’s Hannah Downey Talks Market Solutions to Environmental Problems and More
Mar 9 • 21 min
In Episode 73 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews Hannah Downey from the Bozeman, MT-based Property and Environment Research Center. Hannah serves as their Policy Director. They touched upon a multitude of subjects , ranging from finding…
72: Travis Thompson of Cast & Blast Florida Podcast
Mar 4 • 46 min
In Episode 72 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews Travis Thompson of Cast & Blast Florida podcast. Travis is also a waterfowl & fishing guide. They touched upon Florida wildlife, an update on the Everglades, why nuance matters in…
71: Kate MacGregor Confirmed, Wolf Delisting Update, VA School District Offering Hunting Courses
Mar 2 • 13 min
In Episode 71, Gabriella begins with a call-to-action to encourage listeners to get more women fishing, hunting, and partaking in shooting sports this International Women’s Day on March 8th. She also discusses the confirmation of Kate MacGregor as the new…
70: My Georgia Hog Has Been Recovered and Let’s Talk Conservation at CPAC This Week
Feb 24 • 6 min
In Episode 70 of District of Conservation, Gabriella gives an update on her wild hog harvest from October and encourages listeners attending CPAC this week to come talk about conservation at the CFACT booth. She also previewed her upcoming interview on…
69: Good News—HB 961 is Dead (For Now) in Virginia. Now the Battle for 2A Begins
Feb 17 • 10 min
In Episode 69 of District of Conservation, host Gabriella Hoffman discusses the latest update to HB 961 in Virginia: This morning, four Democrats joined Republicans in the Judiciary Committee to pass on this extreme gun control bill, which would have…
68: Finally Some Good News Out of Virginia: Elk Tag Closer to Reality & Trout Slam Challenge Announced
Feb 3 • 9 min
In Episode 68 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses several positive things happening in Virginia on the conservation front. First, both chambers of the General Assembly passed their respective versions of the elk tag bill, in accordance with…
67: Virginia Democrats Don’t Understand Gun Safety, One Trillion Trees Initiative, New WOTUS Rules Finalized
Jan 28 • 14 min
In Episode 67 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses a viral video of a Virginia Delegate, Mark Levine, gunsplaining about what gun owners should own and shouldn’t own to justify his House Bill 961 that would ban commonly owned sporting rifles…
66: Here’s What Actually Happened at Lobby Day This Week
Jan 22 • 14 min
In Episode 66 of District of Conservation, Gabriella briefed listeners on her observations from the annual Lobby Day held in Richmond, VA - Virginia’s state capital - this past Monday. She debunked misinformation, provided context, explained why much of…
65: Brad Luttrell of GoWild App Joins District of Conservation
Jan 13 • 58 min
In Episode 65 of District of Conservation, GoWild App co-founder and Gabby’s friend Brad Luttrell joins the podcast to dish the latest on the company, the intersection of tech and the outdoors, their new—and fascinating—hunting survey, and so much more.…
64: Beau Beasley Previews The 20th Annual Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival and More
Jan 6 • 57 min
Our first episode of 2020 is LIVE. In Episode 64 of District of Conservation, host Gabriella Hoffman sits down with outdoor writer and Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival director, Beau Beasley, to preview this weekend’s upcoming festival and to chat…
63: Check Out GoWild App’s 2019 Hunting Survey
Dec 18, 2019 • 8 min
On Episode 63 of District of Conservation, Gabriella talks about GoWild’s new 2019 hunting survey and some of its initial findings. More on GoWild: https://timetogowild.com/ Download the app: https://timetogowild.com/pages/download 2019 Survey:…
62: Aurelia Skipwith Confirmed, BLM Relocation Brouhaha, LA Sues CA Over Gator Meat & Skins Ban
Dec 16, 2019 • 18 min
In Episode 62 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses some breaking news from in and around the nation’s capital. Here’s what she discussed: Aurelia Skipwith’s Confirmation to USFWS She was confirmed last Thursday…
61: Innovative Ways to Overcome Access Challenges with Buck Robinson of Outdoor Access, Inc.
Dec 9, 2019 • 38 min
In Episode 61 of District of Conservation, Gabriella talks with Outdoor Access’ Buck Robinson, the company’s CMO and co-founder. Outdoor Access is taking the outdoor industry by storm and has been called the “Airbnb of the Great Outdoors.” The start-up…
60: Brad Smith of Walton Rods
Dec 4, 2019 • 53 min
In Episode 60 of District of Conservation, Gabriella speaks with Brad Smith of Walton Rods. Brad discusses his journey from outdoor communicator to small business owner/rod maker, shares some perspectives about misconceptions about fly fishing, how social…
59: Logan Metesh of High Caliber History
Dec 2, 2019 • 30 min
In Episode 59 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews High Caliber History’s Logan Metesh. Logan is a noted freelance firearms historian. Before branching out on his own, he worked for the Smithsonian Institution, National Park Service, and the…
58: Ladies Fish Tales from Headwaters on the Soque
Nov 27, 2019 • 37 min
On October 26, 2019, five female outdoor communicators became Soque Slayers at Headwaters on the Soque (HOTS). It was the lodge’s inaugural Ladies Cast and Blast event. Five women from different states, backgrounds, interest levels, and fishing styles all…
57: Gun Control is Coming to Virginia—Here’s How to Fight Back & Win
Nov 25, 2019 • 29 min
In Episode 57 of District of Conservation, Gabriella dissects the gun control bills that will be heard in Virginia’s General Assembly come January and why they won’t stop crimes but rather criminalize law-abiding gun owners in the state. She also offers…
56: We’re Moving to Mondays!
Nov 22, 2019 • 3 min
District of Conservation will now drop episodes every Monday. And for the holiday season, we’ll double up on episodes on Mondays and Wednesdays. On Monday, Gabriella will have an episode about the gun control bills that will be heard in Virginia’s General…
55: Hooking More People on Fishing with Stephanie Vatalaro of Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation
Nov 19, 2019 • 19 min
Stephanie Vatalaro of Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation is our guest for Episode 55 of District of Conservation. She serves as the Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing at the organization, which is based in Old Town Alexandria,…
54: Checking In With Safari Club International at Their New DC HQ
Oct 29, 2019 • 48 min
Gabriella visited with Ben Cassidy, Chip Honeycutt, and Cyrus Baird at SCI’s new DC headquarters on October 21st to see what they’re up to, what’s going on federally and across the states (in terms of legislation), their new podcast “Tag Soup” debuting,…
53: Vote 2A in Virginia, Dierks Bentley Fined for Fishing Sans License, Airbnb Caves to PETA, SCOTUS To Heart First Gun Case in a Decade
Oct 22, 2019 • 14 min
In Episode 53 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses the latest outdoor and conservation news AND previews some upcoming interviews on the docket. Why it’s important for Virginia voters to vote for pro-gun candidates on November 5th Dierks…
52: An Update on Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Grizzlies with Joe Kondelis of Western Bear Foundation
Oct 8, 2019 • 33 min
Joe Kondelis of Western Bear Foundation is BACK on the podcast to talk about what’s happening with the grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE)—which comprises portions of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. When we first spoke to Joe last year,…
51: Mark Oliva of National Shooting Sports Foundation
Oct 1, 2019 • 51 min
In Episode 51 of District of Conservation, Gabriella ventured to the Washington, D.C., office of the National Shooting Sports Foundation to sit down with Mark Oliva, the trade association’s Director of Public Affairs. NSSF annually puts on SHOT Show in…
50: Navigating Today’s Outdoor Media Landscape with Ken Perrotte
Sep 24, 2019 • 50 min
In Episode 50 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews award-winning outdoor writer and photographer Ken Perrotte. Ken is an Air Force veteran with decades’ long experience in the communications field. He has served as the Fredericksburg Free…
49: What to Expect on Season 2, Adult Onset Hunters, Aurelia Skipwith’s Nomination Hearing
Sep 17, 2019 • 14 min
In Episode 49 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses the following: What to expect on Season Two of the podcast Whether or not adult onset hunting is an epidemic or not How Aurelia Skipwith’s nomination hearing to become the next U.S. Fish and…
48: Gun Confiscation, Read #WhyMeadowDied, Cannibalism Won’t Save the Planet, $170.6M in LWCF Grants Added
Sep 10, 2019 • 12 min
In Episode 48 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses the following: Congressional Democrats pushing the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 (which would ban most semi-automatic firearms), red flag laws, and universal background checks (plus a plug for…
47: ‘Tis Hunting Season, On William Perry Pendley, 1.4 M More Acres for Fishing & Hunting Opportunities Open on USFWS Lands
Sep 3, 2019 • 23 min
In Episode 47 of District of Conservation, we’ve got much to celebrate! First, it’s our one year anniversary of launching, so this show will be a special one to mark the start of Season II of the podcast. Gabriella discussed the start of the 2019-2020…
46: The Future of Trapping with Jeff Traynor of Furbearer Conservation
Aug 20, 2019 • 58 min
In Episode 46 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews Jeff Traynor of Furbearer Conservation. Nothing provokes immense reaction from Americans today than any mention of fur or fur-trapping. Celebrities, advocacy groups, and politicians have…
45: Endangered Species Act Reforms Will Help More Species Recover, Feral Hogs Are a Real Problem, Congressional Republicans Going Soft on 2A Should Worry You
Aug 13, 2019 • 18 min
In Episode 45 of District of Conservation, Gabriella breaks down three important news items. They include: Newly-unveiled rules changes—or improvements—to the Endangered Species Act, specifically Section 4, 4(d), and 7, were announced by the Department of…
44: Let’s Go Shooting
Aug 1, 2019 • 7 min
In Episode 44 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses the start of National Shooting Sports Month, the critical role firearms play in this country, and how August serves as the perfect opportunity to teach people real gun safety and handling.…
43: Cody McLaughlin of New Jersey Outdoor Alliance Joins the Podcast
Jul 30, 2019 • 42 min
In Episode 43 of District of Conservation, Gabriella chats with Cody McLaughlin—a Republican political operative by day, outdoorsman and conservationist by night and weekend. Cody sits on the board of the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance. He was recently…
42: My Interview with Interior Secretary David Bernhardt is Up at Sporting Classics Daily
Jul 23, 2019 • 6 min
In Episode 42 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses her just released interview with Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt up at Sporting Classics Daily. Prior to becoming the 53rd Interior Secretary, Mr. Bernhardt served as Deputy Interior…
41: Can Conservatives Be Conservationists? Plus The DC Project and BLM Moving Out West
Jul 16, 2019 • 21 min
In Episode 41 of District of Conservation, Gabriella deconstructs the misconceptions about political conservatives and conservation by arguing the two can be reconciled. She also discussed the formation of the Republican-led bicameral Roosevelt…
40: Lexi Quinn Discusses the Transition from Firefighter to Business Owner, Her Love of Hunting, and The #ValueOfPOMA
Jul 9, 2019 • 86 min
In District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews Lexi Quinn, a newly-retired firefighter and immediate past U.S. Forest Service wildland firefighter. She discusses how she got her start in the Great Outdoors through bowhunting, what compelled her to…
39: Op-Ed Calls for Cutting Hunting Access on Public Lands, Previewing My Interview With Secretary Bernhardt, Buy Yo 2019-2020 Duck Stamps
Jul 2, 2019 • 18 min
In Episode 39 of District of Conservation, Gabriella previews her interview with Interior Secretary Bernhardt and what they discussed; the problem with this anti-hunting op-ed in the Hartford Courier that calls for cutting hunting access on public lands…
38: Value of POMA and On Winning a Pinnacle Award, NEPA and Forestry Reforms, A DC Fourth of July on Expanded National Park Service Monuments
Jun 25, 2019 • 20 min
In Episode 38 of District of Conservation, Gabriella returns from a two-week hiatus and updates listeners on the latest happenings and what she’s been up to. During Professional Outdoor Media Association’s (POMA) Business Conference in Wichita, Kansas…
37: Great Outdoors Month, President Trump Really Doesn’t Like Suppressors, War Brewing on 2020 Federal Duck Stamp Contest Theme
Jun 4, 2019 • 17 min
In Episode 37 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses how listeners can participating in National Fishing and Boating Weeks festivities through Free Fishing Days again via wwww.takemefishing.org but largely discussed Great Outdoors Month and how…
36: Introduce Someone New to Fishing This Year & Gearing Up for National Fishing and Boating Week 2019
May 28, 2019 • 12 min
In Episode 36 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses fishing in western Maryland for the first time and why the area is a hidden gem. She also discusses taking her friend, Matthew Redmond, on his second fishing trip and his unconventional “first…
35: On Being a Finalist for POMA’s 2019 Pinnacle Awards, Herrera vs. Wyoming, DOI Memo on Frivolous Attorney’s Fees and Costs Paid By Taxpayers
May 21, 2019 • 12 min
In Episode 35 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses being selected as a finalist for Professional Outdoor Media Association’s 2019 Pinnacle Awards. She’ll find out June 19th if she’s a Category Winner or Outstanding Achievement recipient in…
34: Being on Tarpon Time, More Public Target Ranges Coming, Wild Game Donation Bill Being Mulled, and Moratorium on Virginia’s Trophy Striped Bass Season
May 7, 2019 • 15 min
In Episode 34 of District of Conservation, Gabriella recounts her recent tarpon fishing trip and how she lost a battle with one. However, she didn’t come up empty-handed: she caught some bluefish and her first speckled trout. She fished alongside two…
33: Robbie Kroger of Blood Origins Talks The Power of Video Storytelling and Why It’s Needed in Hunting
Apr 30, 2019 • 43 min
In Episode 33 of District of Conservation, Robbie Kroger of Blood Origins joins the podcast to discuss Season 3 of his project and the power of video storytelling in the hunting industry. Here’s what he touched upon: His background and how a letter is the…
32: Earth Day Special- Introducing Conservation Nation, Another Virginia Deer Found With CWD, DOI Sport Fishing and Boating Council
Apr 23, 2019 • 15 min
In Episode 32 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses the bleak origin of Earth Day and how sportsmen and women can reclaim the holiday from radical environmentalists. She also discussed her new CFACT video series CONSERVATION NATION and what…
31: Brian Lynn and Bruce Tague from Sportsmen’s Alliance Join the Podcast
Apr 16, 2019 • 56 min
On Episode 31 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews Brian Lynn and Bruce Tague from Sportsmen’s Alliance. Brian serves as the Vice President of Communications and Marketing, while Bruce serves as Vice President of Government Affairs.…
30: Yes, Elk Are Thriving in Virginia and Come To Ohio State University Tomorrow for a “Hunting is Conservation” Panel
Apr 2, 2019 • 13 min
In Episode 30 of District of Conservation, Gabriella recounts her experience in Virginia’s Elk Country and why this is a conservation success. She also talked about her upcoming talk at Ohio State University tomorrow on how “Hunting is Conservation”…
29: Stephen Gutowski of Washington Free Beacon Joins the Podcast to Talk What the Media Gets Wrong About Guns and More
Mar 26, 2019 • 68 min
In Episode 29 of District of Conservation, Gabriella invites listeners to hear from Stephen Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon. He is an NRA-certified firearms instructor and a recipient of a 2018 Defender of Liberty award from Second Amendment…
28: Nathan Edmondson of Eco Defense Group (EDGE) Joins the Podcast
Mar 19, 2019 • 40 min
In Episode 28 of District of Conservation, Gabriella welcomes Nathan Edmondson of Eco Defense Group to the podcast. Nathan has worked in the entertainment industry and says his involvement in wildlife conservation was necessitated by an urgent need to…
27: Boris is Back! My Dad Returns to the Podcast to Talk Mountain Lions, Green New Deal, Conservation, and Our Upcoming Fishing Trips
Mar 12, 2019 • 40 min
In Episode 27 of District of Conservation, Gabriella welcomes her dad, Boris Hoffman, back to the podcast. They discuss mountain lions, the Green New Deal, Conservation, gun control, hunting, and their upcoming fishing trips. —- Support this podcast:…
26: Make Hunting Ecumenical Again and Outdoor Women Making Waves During March
Mar 5, 2019 • 16 min
In Episode 26 of District of Conservation, Gabriella deviates from the usual discussion of public policy affecting anglers and hunters to instead discuss the need for the outdoor industry to adopt a more ecumenical approach to hunting and fishing…
25: House Democrats Are Keen on Confiscating Guns From Law-Abiding Americans, Maryland Sunday Hunting Bills, and LWCF Could Be Killed By the Green New Deal
Feb 26, 2019 • 18 min
In Episode 25 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses a wide swath of trending and breaking topics. First, she discusses how keen House Democrats are with gun confiscation, rather than working to actually reduce gun violence. H.R. 8 and H.R. 1112…
24: Boris Hoffman Fled Socialism to Pursue His American Dream and Fish Without Fear
Feb 19, 2019 • 54 min
In Episode 24 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews Boris Hoffman— a general contractor and avid angler. Boris also happens to be Gabriella’s dad. Boris discusses the following: — How he picked up fishing in Soviet-occupied Lithuania despite…
23: The “Green New Deal” Is Awful for True Conservation, PA Sunday Hunting Making Waves, Animal Rights Groups Thwarting Maryland Ray Fishing Management
Feb 12, 2019 • 14 min
In Episode 23 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discuss how the “Green New Deal” is not only awful for the environment, it’ll kill conservation efforts, boating, and other activities that involve traditional energy sources. Plus, she discussed…
22: David Bernhardt Nominated to Run Interior Department
Feb 5, 2019 • 14 min
In Episode 22 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses a lot of news—starting with how pro-gun interests in Virginia will benefit from the fallout of political chaos befalling Governor Ralph Northam (D-VA) and Lt. Government Justin Fairfax. She…
21: Post SHOT Show Recap & Interior/USFWS Social Media Accounts Are Running Again!
Jan 29, 2019 • 8 min
In Episode 21 of District of Conservation, Gabriella reviews her recent trip to SHOT Show and previews her upcoming articles reviewing the show for a big outdoor publication and ReelCamo Girl. She also discusses why it’s good to see U.S. Department of…
20: Bad Gun Bills Mostly Defeated in Virginia. Plus Some Good Hunting Bills.
Jan 21, 2019 • 10 min
In Episode 20 of District of Conservation, Gabriella updates listeners on the status of Governor Northam’s (D-VA) anti-gun package—most of which were defeated—and three surprisingly good hunting bills before the General Assembly this legislative session.…
19: 2019 Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival Recap and Interviews
Jan 15, 2019 • 28 min
In Episode 19 of District of Conservation, Gabriella recaps the 19th annual Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival. She also conducts four mini interviews with four outdoor communicators at the show: —Emily George, outdoor writer, SEOPA member, and…
18: There’s Nothing “Reasonable” About Gov. Northam’s Gun Control Package
Jan 8, 2019 • 23 min
In Episode 18 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses the signing of the Modern Fish Act into law, the upcoming gun legislation in Virginia’s General Assembly, and her fishing/hunting goals for 2019. SHOW NOTES: Northam’s announcement on…
17: Free Market Environmentalism with CFACT’s Adam Houser and Graham Beduze
Jan 1, 2019 • 36 min
In Episode 17 of District of Conservation, Gabriella sits down with Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT)’s campus division, which is run by Adam Houser and Graham Beduze. It was recorded in SW Florida over the weekend at their Eco Summit, where…
16: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is Out—Who Will Replace Him? Plus Two Fish-Minded Bills
Dec 18, 2018 • 19 min
In Episode 16 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses the news of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s tenure at DOI, his accomplishments, what led to him resigning, and who his successor could be. She also discussed the Modern Fish Act making waves…
15: The Greater Sage Grouse, Sportsmen’s Package Must Pass, WOTUS Rule Reform is Conservation Win
Dec 11, 2018 • 20 min
In Episode 15 of District of Conservation, Gabriella explains the situation with the greater sage grouse and reforms to the 2015 plan; conservation groups backing a “Sportsmen’s Package” during the Lame Duck Session, and newly announced plans to scale…
14: President H.W. Bush Should Be Honored For His Contributions to Fishing and Conservation
Dec 4, 2018 • 13 min
In Episode 14 of District of Conservation, Gabriella touches on Bush 41’s legacy with respect to conservation, environmental issues, and fishing. She also discusses why the 8-0 ruling in Weyerhaueser vs. U.S.F.W.S is a win for private property rights and…
13: It’s #GivingTuesday: Which Groups Should Hunters, Anglers, and Gun Owners Support?
Nov 27, 2018 • 15 min
In Episode 13 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses a helpful article on which conservation groups hunters and anglers should support on #GivingTuesday and lists the best groups to support that promote true conservation efforts. Article on…
12: Allen Luck of American Sportfishing Association Talks Modern Fish Act Status and More
Nov 20, 2018 • 30 min
In Episode 12 of District of Conservation, Gabriella is joined by Allen Luck of American Sportfishing Association live in Old Town Alexandria. Allen serves as Digital Director at the trade organization and runs their “Keep America Fishing” initiative. He…
11: New House Leadership Will Work Against Sportsmen’s Interests
Nov 13, 2018 • 12 min
In Episode 11 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses the effects of the 2018 midterm elections. She notes that Democrats who have reclaimed the House of Representatives want to pursue anti-gun legislation, but won’t have it advance past their…
10: Election Day Special on What Hunters, Anglers, and Gun Owners Will Likely Vote For
Nov 6, 2018 • 21 min
In Episode 10 of District of Conservation, Gabriella details whether or not hunters and anglers will be driven to vote by single issues like public lands access and red tide/toxic algae and if they will break political orthodoxy or not; Gabriella details…
9: I Was One of 245 Americans Who Participated in TIME’s “Guns in America” Cover
Oct 30, 2018 • 16 min
In Episode 9 of District of Conservation, Gabriella gives a brief overview of her experience participating in TIME Magazine’s “Guns in America” cover: http://time.com/guns-in-america/ She also discusses the appointment of Aurelia Skipwith to be Acting…
8: Erin Crooks of Raise ‘Em Outdoors
Oct 23, 2018 • 58 min
In Episode 8 of District of Conservation, Erin Crooks of Raise ‘Em Outdoors joins the podcast. Erin discussed being a Virginia transplant, a recap of her 2018 kids’ camps, why she wants more kids fishing/hunting, her son’s anti-hunting kindergarten…
7: National Hunting & Fishing Month, Billfish Conservation, EAA Reservoir Approved, Gun Bank Bill
Oct 16, 2018 • 11 min
In Episode 7 of District of Conservation, Gabriella recounts her recent trip to Florida, discusses National Hunting and Fishing Month proclamation, the implementation of the improved Billfish Conservation Act of 2012, both chambers of Congress passing…
6: Joe Kondelis of Western Bear Foundation
Oct 9, 2018 • 30 min
In Episode 6 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews Joe Kondelis of Western Bear Foundation. Joe serves as president and CEO of the organization, which is dedicated to the conservation of western bears like the grizzly. Joe discussed his…
5: It’s Time to Modernize the Endangered Species Act
Oct 2, 2018 • 20 min
In Episode 5 of District of Conservation, Gabriella breaks down the need to reform the ESA, discussed the Supreme Court case Weyerhaeuser v. USFWS, and several ESA reform bills - including a bill to delist the gray wolf - that passed in the House…
4: NRA TV Host Cam Edwards Joins the Podcast
Sep 25, 2018 • 45 min
In Episode 4 of District of Conservation, NRATV host Cam Edwards joins Gabriella on the show to discuss how he got his start in media, the firearms industry, how NRA members should be more invested in nuanced gun issues, why Democrats in NRA should be…
3: 3 Conservation Bills Passed in the House Last Week
Sep 18, 2018 • 18 min
In Episode 3, Gabriella discusses the problem with the continued halt of the managed grizzly bear hunt in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem; a DOI memo which gives more power to state wildlife agencies for managing regulations; and the passage of the…
2: Here’s How My TIME Magazine Interview Went
Sep 11, 2018 • 15 min
In Episode 2, Gabriella recounts her experience interviewing with Time Magazine for their upcoming gun issue due out in late October. She also discussed the ramifications of halting of the upcoming managed grizzly hunt in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem…
1: Introduction to District of Conservation Podcast
Sep 4, 2018 • 15 min
In the first episode of District of Conservation, Gabriella outlines her hopes for the podcast and three goals she hopes to achieve with it. The first goal is to inspire other urban residents to get more people outdoors; the second goal is to help tell…