everyone has a lesson to
learn, but also to teach— and some are better than others at making curriculum stick. That’s the idea behind this roster of “teachers,” who are shaping how we think about our world. Their subjects are wide-ranging, and include the tackle we fish, the ammo we shoot, and how and where we hunt. There are also a few bigger takeaways beyond these visible (and fleeting) trends of style and consumption. One is that the mechanism of influence has changed as our means of communication have evolved. Modern influencers are capably leveraging the audience-amplification capabilities of social media, which creates both a community and a soapbox for many of the folks profiled here. This is not a comprehensive list, since it would be impossible to enumerate each influencer in our diverse field. We expect there are many whose efforts (positive or negative) have gone unnoticed by our community. Indeed, some folks deliberately keep a low profile, making their inclusion here difficult (including several naturalresource lobbyists we tried to interview). Lastly, it’s useful to remember that influencers introduce bias. Always have, always will. But it’s up to you to choose who to be influenced by.