Outdoor journalist helps TU, others with new book

Kris Millgate is a tenacious outdoor journalist, and I’ve come to admire her as much for her work as I do for her enthusiasm.

Several years back, while working to garner press for TU’s Sportsmen’s Conservation Project, I contracted with Kris to help produce high-quality videos that showcased TU’s work on public lands and waters all over the West. I’ve traveled with Kris to Colorado, Utah, Texas and here at home in Eastern Idaho (we both live in Idaho Falls), and she’s done some truly fantastic work for us over the years. And, I’ve come to realize that, while I’ve always considered Kris to be “just one of the guys,” she’s had to do everything men in her field do, but with the significant challenges that come with doing it as a woman in a field dominated by men.

And, as an extreme athlete, she can outhike, outfish and pretty much outdo any guy I know.

Kris is writing a book about her adventures as a female outdoor journalist, and, as is typical, she’s taking the road less travled. The self-published book, to be titled, “My Place Among Men,” will chronicle her work in the outdoors on American public lands. And, if you order her book this week, there’s a chance Kris will pick up the price of your annual membership to Trout Unlimited. She’s crowd-sourcing the funding for the book, which I have no doubt will be truly unique. Your book order this week serves as a “raffle ticket.” Kris will draw a lucky winner from the orders she gets this week, and pay the annual dues to TU, or to another conservation group, like Backcountry Hunters and Anglers or the National Wildlife Federation.

If the stories I could tell of Kris going to great lengths to “get the story” on public lands are any preview to what will be contained in the book, we’re all in for a treat.

— Chris Hunt

By Chris Hunt.