It’s not a big hunting season right now, but it’s time to start planning ahead if you want to book a weekend this fall or winter.
About a year ago, I wanted to go hunting for the first time but didn’t have access to land, gear or the know-how to get started — and didn’t want to splurge on a big guided group hunting package. A friend eventually invited me to his property and accompanied me on my first hunting expedition, but without knowing someone with land and deer stands, who knows when I would have finally had a chance to try it.
An Austin-based website wants to make that exchange between people who want to hunt and people who already have land easier. Founded by photographer, entrepreneur and hunting enthusiast Logan Crable, Outrider launched recently as an “Airbnb for hunting” to allow private landowners to connect with prospective hunters and vice versa.
Crable works with Feral Austin, which has a kitchen specifically outfitted to butcher game and process the meat into sausages or other proteins. On the site, you can specify various requests, whether you’re just looking for a place to stay on the land or you need gear and a guide. Outrider also allows landowners to specify if they have feral hogs they’d like to have eradicated. You can check out the site at outrider.us.