Little did they know these interests would lead to something more impactful than just hunting and fishing on the weekends. It was Kent’s conversation with a long-time colleague, Bill Newton, that sparked the original idea for the website you now see on your screen. In need of marketing input (Kent’s expertise) for his wine business, Rutting Ridge Cellars, Bill brought up the fact that more and more women were engaging in hunting and fishing in recent years. That piqued Kent and Judy’s interest, as they had been looking for a way to convert their favorite outdoor activities from just a hobby into a way of life. So they decided to dig deeper.
Judy went about determining the various types of information that women would be most interested in as it relates to outdoor sports, while Kent undertook the task of conducting exhaustive research online to examine what resources were currently available to female hunters, anglers, and wildlife conservationists. After verifying there was a definite gap in that area, Judy, Kent, and Bill decided to band together to create a new digital magazine to serve the needs of women who love the outdoors. They dubbed it Wildlife Enthusiast Magazine.
Wildlife Enthusiast now provides a platform for connecting women across North America and enabling them to not only access all kinds of information to enhance their outdoor experiences, but to learn from each other as well. It also is designed to publicly recognize the incredible contributions made by a number of influential female hunters, anglers, and wildlife conservationists.
Judy, Kent, Bill, and the rest of the Wildlife Enthusiast team hope you enjoy this digital publication and the resulting connections you will make with other women who are passionate about wild animals and wild spaces.
Judy and her husband, Kent own a small ranch in East Texas, where she manages an upscale RV park that overlooks the ranch. Judy confesses that she actually should have been a zookeeper, as she loves virtually all types of animals, wild and domestic. Judy is a proud member of the Lady Bass Anglers Association and the Women’s Outdoor Media Association. She also is actively involved in Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation’s “Keeping It Wild” campaign, which aims to raise more than $100 million in private funds to advance the state’s proud traditions of wildlife conservation, stewardship, and outdoor recreation. Judy serves as the Publisher for Wildlife Enthusiast.
Kent is a marketing and branding executive, customer experience advocate, change agent, and published author. He also is an avid angler and hunter and a member of the National Shooting Sports Foundation. One of Kent’s favorite vacations was a recent trip with a few of his buddies to a fishing lodge on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska—which is accessible only by float plane from Ketchikan—to fish for giant halibut. He is passionate about helping more women of all ages and walks of life across North America discover the joys of hunting, fishing, wildlife conservation, and just spending time outdoors. Kent serves as the Editor-in-Chief for Wildlife Enthusiast.
Business Development Director
Bill is the managing partner for Rutting Ridge Cellars, where he oversees all of the company’s activities, including the promotion and sales of the Rutting Ridge proprietary brand of wine to Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s 220,000+ members. Habitat conservation is a keen interest of Bill’s, and in that spirit, Rutting Ridge is proud to be a founding supporter of this digital magazine. Bill really enjoys pairing fine wines with fine dining, and you’ll often find him in the kitchen, masterminding the evening meal. Bill serves as the Business Development Director for Wildlife Enthusiast and works with our sponsors, advertisers, and supporters.