Lindsey Browne Davis
MYSTERY RANCH Brand Ambassador
Salt Lake City, Utah
Vice President of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, Board member of the Outdoor Alliance & Utah Wildlife Federation, Member of the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation advisory council
Deep down, I’m a Colorado gal whose home will always be in the mountain west. I’m fortunate to have grown up as an athlete and exposed to the outdoors -- two things I think raise strong, confident women.
I earned my degree in International and Environmental Studies, with an emphasis in sustainable development and food systems. I spent my 20’s off-grid working in Tanzania, Ghana, Mexico, Switzerland, Japan, and in rural areas of the west helping communities develop resiliency through permaculture. I learned how to farm, build soil, turn human manure into soil, move water across a landscape, tend native plants for wildlife habitat and harvesting, save seeds, raise and butcher animals, and build homes that integrate into the landscape. To me, being ‘hands-on’ is what makes us true members of our ecosystems.
After 12 years in the non-profit sector, I founded a company called Wylder - the only online women’s specific retailer in the outdoor industry, and the first female-founded benefit corporation in the state of Utah. I learned a ton and rolled my experience into becoming the Vice President of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable - an organization that sets the national agenda for recreation policy in America.
I am a first-generation hunter. I’ve come to connect my perspectives around food systems, wildlife management, and habitat to hunting. I love sharing my experience with new hunters, and helping make sure we continue to build and expand on the tradition of hunting alongside the conservation and funding models that support wildlife and inclusivity in this country. In my off-time, I’m a backyard gardener, mediocre cook, bird dog wrangler, and a citizen scientist. In the summers, I help monitor and install motion-sensored cameras to find species density in the wildlife-urban interface of Salt Lake City, which helps me feel like the team Zissou scientist I always wanted to be.
- I once testified in front of Congress on behalf of the Outdoor Recreation Economy in front of the House Small Business Committee to help our representatives understand how much public lands and wildlife matter to us (scary).
- I am a columnist and contributor to one of my favorite publications, Modern Huntsman.
- I once rappelled into, pack rafted down, and hiked out of a section of the Grand Canyon (my gnarliest adventure to date).
- I can tan hides, wrangle and relocate rattlesnakes, and once participated in a city-wide tomato fight in Spain.
- I love Outdoor Alliance’s work; they ensure recreation and conservation go hand in hand on our public lands. I am also a huge fan of the work of the Greening Youth Foundation, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
What Mystery Ranch Pack do you Run?
- The Pop-up 28 is my go-to for hunting. I love the Stein 65 for backpacking, and the Mission Duffel and Rover for travel!
“Nice Marmot.” - The Dude