When Randy & I started Outrider, we began with a simple, hand-written list that outlined our core goals for the company:
• Make hunting more affordable.
• Make booking a hunt easier.
• Create more access and opportunity for hunters.
• Create a platform for landowners, allowing them to monetize their land.
• Advocate sustainable hunting practices and values.
• Introduce a new generation to hunting.
Everything we do, say, and make has to fulfill at least one of these goals. This list has helped us maintain our course and provides us with a clear road map for the future. We’re committed to creating a world-class product that empowers landowners and creates affordable access for hunters.
We understand that the model of “landsharing” comes with some reservations: “Why would I let strangers on my land?!” While we have several reasons why you should, I would like to put the discussion into in a broader perspective. For one, landowners leasing their land to hunters is a tradition that goes back hundreds of years. We’re simply modernizing the process. As far as the sharing economy goes, if you told me 10 years ago that homeowners would rent out their houses to strangers, that I could make extra money by picking up strangers in my car, I would have told you that you were crazy and that would never catch on. I think what the sharing economy has proven is the existence of the social trust and the true value in human relationships. It is also proven that the sharing economy makes life a heck of a lot easier, and arguably better.
We understand that sharing your car or home isn’t the same as sharing your land with hunters. We are dedicated to the details and nuances that make hunting unique. We created Outrider to alleviate some of the pain points that prevent hunters from hunting more. If hunters and landowners work together, both sides win.
I please ask that you join us on our journey. We can’t do it without you.