Drew YoungeDyke is an occasional fly angler, public land hunter, a trail-runner, a Train To Hunt athlete, a freelance outdoor writer, and chair the Michigan Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. Professionally, he is the Great Lakes Communications Coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). In 2017, he gave away his compound and took up traditional bowhunting, competing in the 2017 Train To Hunt Nationals in the traditional bow division.
Prior to working for NWF, Drew was the editor of Michigan Out-of-Doors magazine and the Chief Information Officer for Michigan United Conservation Clubs, where he founded the Michigan Out-of-Doors Podcast and a joint wildlife habitat volunteer program with the Michigan DNR, which won the agency Outdoor Life’s first Open Country award. Before that, he was the Policy & Communications Specialist for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. He earned his law degree and BA in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy from Michigan State University. Drew is a member of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers and the Michigan Outdoor Writers Association. He also currently serves a DNR appointment to the Pigeon River Country State Forest Advisory Council.
Drew spends the rest of his free time backpacking and fishing in the Pigeon River Country, kayaking the Huron River, and volunteering with the Huron River Watershed Council. Originally from Central Lake in northern Michigan, Drew lives in Ann Arbor with his wife Michele. Click here to listen.