The MeatEater Land Access Initiative

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MeatEater’s Land Access Initiative is exactly what it sounds like: an effort to raise money so we can pay for properties and easements to provide more access for regular folks to hunt and fish.

The Land Access Initiative was born In 2020, and with your help we successfully raised more than $70,000 dollars, enough to conserve a piece of wild America for everyone to enjoy. Shiloh Pond in Kingsfield, Maine, which is now open to the public forever.

In 2021, we wanted to do more so we launched the MeatEater Auction House of Oddities to further our fundraising goals. We auctioned off some gems from the MeatEater crew, our friends, as well as incredibly generous and unique gifts from the extended MeatEater family. We ended 2021 on a high note, having already surpassed our previous fundraising efforts. The Land Access Initiative is ready to ride again, to say thanks to all our viewers, listeners, readers, and everyone who works for or appreciates wild places.

Without property suggestions from folks out in the field across the country, projects like opening Shiloh Pond wouldn’t be possible. We encourage you to submit a project in your area that needs funding and is directly tied to public access. Be it creek or crick, boat launch or river access, ATV trail or foot-traffic-only easement through an HOA-governed condo development blocking Forest Service lands, we want to work with you. Let’s make it happen again and make more access to hunting and fishing in 2022.

Our First Completed Project: Shiloh Pond

In 2020, 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 Das Boat season one, a Steven Rinella left-handed rifle, 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 we can't access 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 always open to accept donations to the Land Access Initiative in the MeatEater Store. This is a great way to contribute to the mission.