Photo: Whetstone Habitat/Facebook

“I always had a fishing rod in my hand and my dad was really adamant he grew up in the southwest so he had access to those public lands growing up so he kind of instilled the value of being outdoors. We had a camper growing up. So I always kind of thought I wanted to do something outside. When I got to college, I pursued a degree and got a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Management to kind of follow through with with that passion. I was one of those things where I just I’m the only one in my family to kind of go that route. My entire family is pharmacists. Which is what I thought I was going to be when I when I got to school but didn’t take me long before I picked up a minor in Wildlife and Fisheries and quickly thereafter switch majors Wildlife and Fisheries and that’s what I stuck with. In the past worked for like West Virginia DNR worked for that state agency for a little while work for the Forest Service for a little while.” – Zack Vucurevich, founder/owner of Whetstone Habitat

In Episode 210 of District of Conservation, Gabriella speaks with Zack Vucurevich – founder and owner of Whetstone Habitat, LLC.

Whetstone works with landowners to develop and implement management practices across their property that are more sustainable and beneficial for the native wildlife and plant communities. Zach holds a B.S. in wildlife and fisheries management (WVU) and is Level II Deer Steward (National Deer Alliance). Connect with him at and IG/YouTube @whetstonehabitat.

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EP 223: Journalists Should Learn to Hunt to Better Understand Conservation (ft. Mallory Walser) District of Conservation

In Episode 223 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews her new friend Mallory Walser – a former TV broadcast journalist-turned-avid hunter . Like Gabriella, Mallory grew up in California. Mallory previously worked for KBZK, KTUU, and KEYC before her current job in digital media.  Mallory discusses learning to hunt from her husband (whom she met in Minnesota while covering an ice fishing tournament), her recent DIY antelope hunt, the importance of teaching her kids about where their food comes from, what journalists get wrong about covering hunting/conservation, transitioning from journalism to her new job, how to encourage more women hunters, and much more.  SHOW NOTES Mallory's blog post on Anchored Outdoors Connect with Mallory on Instagram — Support this podcast:
  1. EP 223: Journalists Should Learn to Hunt to Better Understand Conservation (ft. Mallory Walser)
  2. EP 222: Dominion Energy Gave $200K to Shadowy Group to Depress Sportsmen Vote in #VAGov Race
  3. EP 221: Rep. Dan Newhouse on the 30X30 Alternative & Congressional Western Caucus Priorities
  4. EP 220: Biden Administration Reignites Debate on Controversial National Monument Designations
  5. EP 219: The Brewing Wolf War, REEF Act, Fishermen Sound Alarm on Offshore Wind Turbines


September 14, 2021