Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Patreon Delivers Mark Strand’s Classic Outdoor Stories

A new Patreon page brings back the Golden Age of outdoor stories, from talented veteran Mark Strand.

Find it at patreon.com/markstrand

After a rewarding tenure as Editorial Director at MidWest Outdoors, Strand returns to freelancing, he says, “to create stories I have always wanted to write. It’s time.”

His Patreon page features stories, illustrative images, podcast segments, and video. As a ‘patron’ you choose a level of support and unlock benefits of that tier. Strand’s start at just $2 per month, for which you can read all his original stories. Two free stories offer a sense of what to expect.

The Patreon introduction describes Strand’s vision.

If we unearth we are lost.

We live off each other, the wild animals we pursue and our deepest sense of humanity tied in ironic symbiosis, the irony being that we love and kill and care for our prey, in order to maintain the precious balance between life and death and to ensure the circle of life remains what it has always been. To wall our human hearts from it breeds confusion and anxiety and the result is what we have done to ourselves in the modern, urbanized world.

We must allow our bodies and minds to live with wild animals in wild places because we are whole only when we assume our role as predator and presider and ultimate decider of what kind of world we live in.

We’ve never been closer to the tipping point where the balance of humanity loses its grip on our true role, but there is time to return if we circle back and find the path.

We simply must hunt and fish in order to save ourselves, and the animals we prey upon, from an unnatural demise.

Here on my Patreon page, I create stories that celebrate why we hunt and fish in wild places. Why wild places hold the key to everything. Why we have to preserve them, and work to improve them. This is the place where I make my case for what I believe to be the reason we were put on this planet.

Mark Strand has covered the outdoor traditions of fishing, hunting, and shooting since 1977. He has written for nearly every outdoor magazine, has authored or co-authored 14 books, is a filmmaker and podcaster, and happily lives the life of an outdoor generalist, hunting & fishing for whatever is in season. He is proud to have been inducted into the Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame, alongside the legends he has interviewed, fished with, and written about over the years.


Mark Strand

writer, photographer, filmmaker, podcaster

Return to the Golden Age of outdoor stories at my Patreon page