The MeatEater Land Access Initiative

Introducing MeatEater’s Auction House of Oddities

MeatEater’s Land Access Initiative is exactly what it sounds like, an initiative designed to raise money so we can find properties that will provide more access for regular folks to hunt and fish.

Last year, the 2020 Rinella-Putelis and other Land Access Initiative campaigns successfully raised enough money for us to help keep Shiloh Pond open to the public forever--see that story below.

This year, we are hoping to achieve some of the same land access goals with the MeatEater Auction House of Oddities. Keep in mind, this isn’t your normal run-of-the-mill auction. We plan on having some very endearing gems from the MeatEater crew, our friends, and even some from our fans. We'll even have a chance for you to enter weekly givaways. Be sure to check it out.

Our first completed project: Shiloh Pond

Last year, we chose our first project and it was a great one. A 215 acre parcel of land in Kingfield Township, Maine called Shiloh Pond. The 215 mostly forested acres include 68.2 acres of wetlands, a 1.98 acre small pond, and the namesake 20-acre Shiloh Pond.

To help raise the rest of the funds required to put this property permanently in the hands of the public, we auctioned off some great stuff, including the Alumacraft from the Das Boat series, one of Steve Rinella's left-handed rifles, and gear from Jani and Cal.The auction was a great success and the proceeds helped get the project over the finish line. Shiloh Pond is now open to the public forever.

About The Land Access Initiative

Have you ever woken up on a crisp October morning and thought to yourself, "There are just too damn many places where I can hunt and fish"?

Yeah, we haven’t either. Many folks are lucky to have their one good spot, and lucky to not see five other vehicles parked there every time. Wouldn't it be nice if there were more miles of river to walk, more entry points into National Forests, more kayak spots, more CRP fields to push? There are about 15 million acres of landlocked public land in the United States, places we all own but can't get to. There are thousands of miles of streams that we can't get to or can't legally wade. We think it should be better, and we think it can be better.

We’re actively searching for ways to increase public access, and we need your help to pull it off. There is no situation too small or too big, and no area too urban or too rural. Steven Rinella says, “This will be a win for every hunter, angler, and lover of wild places. Across the country, more spots will be available for you to get out in the woods and do what you love.”

So, do you know of a fishing access that needs improvement? Do you know of a gated road leading to some BLM ground that needs to be unlocked? Is a local property begging for an easement to let hunters pass through? From boat ramps to campsites, and trailheads to subdivision footpaths, we want to improve outdoor recreation for everyone. As long as the project provides more access, we'll consider it for our initiative.

How To Get Involved

Let us know about the land and water access needs in your area. Fill out this short questionnaire to give us more details on your public access idea. It only takes a few minutes and it's completely confidential.

We're auctioning off some cool items from the MeatEater Crew, friends & fans, and the proceeds go to the MeatEater Land Access Initiative. This is a great way to contribute to the mission.