Who We Are
Ranger Outdoors was created with the hope that we could spread knowledge about the outdoors, promote conservation, and sell some cool apparel. Ranger Outdoors is a place outdoor adventurers of all kinds can share their stories. We encourage anyone with outdoor knowledge or simply a good story to contact us, we want to promote the outdoors anyway we can. Ranger Outdoors is a small business so we like to support other small businesses, our apparel is purchased from and created by local small businesses.
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Zac is a long time lover of the outdoors. Having grown up in the suburbs of Chicago there wasn’t many places to get out and enjoy nature. Zac was inspired by the opportunities he had to enjoy local ponds and forest preserves to getting a small taste of nature among the vast urban progress. Zac started his journey at local wildlife center in Glen Ellyn, IL where he was a volunteer helping rehabilitate a variety of native species. After obtaining a degree in Wildlife ecology from the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point (Go Pointers!) He caught his first big break working as a wildlife technician. The research he assisted with studied the effects of oil and gas drilling on duck nesting in North Dakota. Now he works as a program manager for a private conservation company in Iowa, where he manages over 7000 acres of public land for game species habitat.
Austen gained his love for the outdoors through his parents who both shared a love of nature that they ingrained in him early on. Austen spent his youth fishing, hunting, and exploring Illinois and Wisconsin. He obtained a degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point. He currently works as a park ranger in Illinois. Where he does everything from leading fishing programs to fighting wildfires. He started Ranger Outdoors to not only share his experiences and knowledge about the outdoors but allow others to share theirs.