Hunting social media app, GoWild, has partnered with Outdoor Access to help more hunters and anglers take to the woods or water this year. The two tech companies are kicking off a series of efforts to get more people enjoying the great outdoors – whether that’s for the first time, or for the first time in a long while.
Outdoor Access, often referred to as the “Airbnb of the outdoors,” serves as an easy resource for GoWild to direct hunters, anglers and others who are looking for private land to enjoy their favorite outdoor recreation. GoWild, in turn, will serve as a place for Outdoor Access’ members to turn for help with questions, as well as, share experiences and help build community around their shared love for the outdoors. The duo’s first initiative is promoting the importance of mentorship in hunting by sponsoring a parent-child turkey hunting sweepstakes this Spring. The National Wild Turkey Federation is also promoting this hunt as a part of its Hunting Heritage program.
One winner will receive an all-expense-paid turkey hunting trip for two (one adult and one child). The parent and child will hunt on an Outdoor Access property, with the help and guidance of Erin Crooks, the founder of Raise ‘Em Outdoors, a non-profit dedicated to teaching kids about wildlife conservation and the respect for our outdoor heritage.
“The two biggest challenges a new hunter faces are the lack of mentors, and the lack of access,” said Buck Robinson, Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Outdoor Access. “Together with GoWild, we’re conquering those conventional barriers, and this hunt helps us showcase just how easy it is to try hunting.”
The hunt will be taking place within a short drive of Richmond, Virginia, showcasing how easy it is to get outside, no matter where you live. The hunt will take place May 4-5, 2019.
Outdoor Access was founded as a land rental solution, providing easy access for hunting, fishing, camping and other recreation. The company has gained significant steam among the casual hunter, an audience the entire industry is recruiting in its R3 movement (Recruit, Retain and Re-activate). This includes new hunters, who were reluctant to really take up the sport until they had a safe place to hunt, as well as hunters who had otherwise given it up due to loss of their favorite hunting spot. “Thanks to Outdoor Access, a hunter NEVER has to worry about having a safe, private place to go,” Robinson explains.
“You’ll hear concerns throughout the rest of the industry—we have an access problem,” said Brad Luttrell, the Co-Founder and CEO of GoWild. “Uber, Airbnb and Amazon all made something easier and more accessible, and those respective industries are growing because of it. Outdoor Access is rapidly transforming the way we share land resources, which creates opportunities for hunters. I hope this sweepstakes can help folks realize how easy it is to try hunting.”
Entry is free. Parents can submit an essay (up to 300 words) on why they want their child to be a lifelong hunter. The GoWild and Outdoor Access teams will choose 3 finalists and the GoWild community will vote for a final winner. All of the details can be found within the GoWild app (available on iTunes or Google Play) by searching “Sweepstakes.”
About Outdoor Access
Outdoor Access enables lovers of the outdoors to book their trips at OutdoorAccess.com in a process similar to reserving a hotel room or vacation house. It now features nearly 500 private property listings in Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York, that its nearly 4,000 members can use for a variety of outdoor recreational activities. In 2019, Outdoor Access will be expanding to South Carolina and Eastern Texas.
GoWild is the most active, fastest growing social media and activity tracking platform for outdoors enthusiasts. The GoWild app is free. GoWild is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. Download the app for Android, iPhone or Garmin at timetogowild.com.