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What's Up Outdoors: Chase that dream of working in the outdoors

So often when talking to people, they say I really wish I could do all the things that you get to do. It's true, I have been blessed by growing up in the fishing world and definitely knowing the right people and them having faith in me.

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Truth is, young or old, you can make your way in the outdoor industry if that's what you really want. You might by chance meet the right person or possibly make your own way in the fishing world but there is an opportunity that you should check out. It's called the Fishing Careers Workshop. Photo Illustration

So often when talking to people, they say I really wish I could do all the things that you get to do. It's true, I have been blessed by growing up in the fishing world and definitely knowing the right people and them having faith in me.

Truth is, young or old, you can make your way in the outdoor industry if that's what you really want. You might by chance meet the right person or possibly make your own way in the fishing world but there is an opportunity that you should check out. It's called the Fishing Careers Workshop. And possibly it could lead you into one of the 35,500 fishing related jobs in Minnesota alone. For instance here are a few of the jobs waiting-tourism, outdoor writing, fishing guide, TV personality and retail just to name a some.

One of the things that I really am looking to in the future is seeing this huge group of student anglers make their way into the world. I asked the owners of Juice Baits, Kyle and Tyler Bahr, who attended last year, what they thought and here is what they took away from the workshop. Last year the Bahr brothers attended the Fishing Career workshop held at Craguns. The flame was already lit with both of them but the workshop ignited the fire to have a career in the fishing industry.

"All the different speakers had their own stories. I was able to take something from each one of them," Tyler said. "It also gave me hope that there are plenty of opportunities in the fishing industry if you work hard at it."

Kyle added: "So many of the speakers I have looked up to for a long time, they all had their own secrets of success and were open to share these not just on stage but before and after the workshop on an individual basis."

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Kyle and Tyler have since started a successful tackle company, and they both plan on attending the workshop again in 2018.

Now that does not mean you have to be a student to attend. I truly believe anyone can take something away from it if they have a passion for the outdoors. You never know, even if you think you want to be a professional fisherman, you might find that being a cameraman might be your way into the outdoors.

Like I said, I have been lucky to do what I do, but it's not from just knowing one thing like catching fish. Some opportunities come from knowing how to run a camera, others from being crazy enough to go on a solo elk hunt and be successful. I am definitely one who will do anything to chase a dream, so if any of you have dreamed of working in the sport you love you owe it to yourself to come check it out. Go to www.fishingcareersworkshop.com for more information.

JAMIE DIETMAN, What's Up Outdoors, may be reached at 218-820-7757.

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