Meet Doug Duren...
Doug Duren is a passionate hunter, farmer, land manager and conservationist. He is the owner of Lone Oak Interests, LLC, specializing in site and land management consulting and contracting services throughout Wisconsin and the Driftless Area.
In addition to his consulting and contracting work, Doug manages the Duren Family Farm near Cazenovia, Wisconsin where he has been working and hunting for over 45 years. The farm has been in the Duren family for 115 years. Current management includes acres enrolled in CRP and other conservation programs, raising grass fed beef, timber management for forest health, wildlife habitat and financial goals, as well as a variety of hunting, aesthetic and recreation objectives.
In addition to his individual clients, Doug has worked on a variety of projects with several public and private conservation organizations including American Forest Foundation, Aldo Leopold Foundation, Pheasants Forever, Wisconsin DNR and Wisconsin DNR Forestry, My Wisconsin Woods/Driftless Forestry Network, NRCS and FSA.
Duren is a frequent contributor to the Meateater television show, the Meateater podcast and The Meateater Guide to Big Game Hunting. Duren has also been a guest on the Joe Rogan Experience discussing hunting, land ownership issues and Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). He has been featured in various regional and national publications for his work in conservation.
Most recently, Doug has launched the "Sharing The Land" initiative.....
"Sharing The Land"
60 percent of land in the United States is privately owned. Nearly a quarter of that private land is owned primarily or leased for hunting. As access seeker numbers increase, so does the need to increase private land access. At the same time, the need for game and land management by communities is apparent. Land ownership requires a portfolio of labor, skills and knowledge. It's with this spirit that we invite landowners and access seekers to connect for the purpose of stewarding and enjoying healthier lands together.
If you ask Doug Duren about where Sharing The Land came from, it was born out of a need to prevent wear and tear on his soul. Attempts to restore historic oak stands had been faltering due to local deer herd sizes, given their browsing preference for oak saplings. This project, combined with local CWD prevalence (also population related), lead him to the conclusion that reductions were needed. After taking eight deer himself in a season, he felt more like an exterminator than a hunter.
A continual reader of Aldo Leopold, Doug was familiar with the Riley Game Cooperative, and its proximity to the farm along with its understudied historical nature, meant it was a quick leap to begin implementing similar processes for the benefit of the property.
By inviting hunters who had contributed to conservation practices, he not only improved the property, but engaged people about carrying that work forward elsewhere, while reaching harvest goals and sharing the value of that hunting experience. Watch this video below to learn more about Sharing the Land and the origin of the idea...
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Doug Duren is often featured in episodes and podcasts of MeatEater.
To learn more about Doug and listen to his incredible contributions, please visit the links below.
Stars in the Sky: A Hunting Story
Doug Duren MeatEater Contributor
Doug Duren on MeatEater Available on Netflix
Back 40 Episode 5: Doug Duren Shows Up for Pre-Rut
Ep. 175: If Cabbages Had Legs, I’d Hunt Them Too
Ep. 070: Chronic Wasting Disease
Episode 068: Steven Rinella talks with “Buckman” Doug Duren.
Ep. 340: Mark Kenyon talks, Land Management ,Wisdom and the Coronavirus with Doug Duren
Joe Rogan, Bryan Callen and Doug Duren Shoot the Sh*t on MeatEater with Steven Rinella