Angler, Hunter & Outdoor Personality
From humble beginnings in central Georgia, Macy Watkins was introduced to the outdoors at a very early age. Fishing ponds alongside her father & grandpa with a trusty old Zebco rod and a carton of worms. From there, her interest and curiosity grew. Through annual fishing trips with her church and the freedom of a driver’s license, Macy was able to explore her interest as it evolved into a passion.
My favorite hunt is the next one, my favorite fish is the next bite, and home is where my feet are.
After graduating from the University of North Georgia in 2019, she landed a role at an outdoor PR agency. Interviewing all kinds of personalties in the industry, she learned the ropes, made lasting connections and expanded her knowledge in the world of hunting & fishing. Still, the desire to actively participate in the subjects she was working with & writing about became too great to continue sitting behind a desk.
“God blessed me with a chance to leave a good job for a great opportunity to work for myself”. With a solid background in business and plenty of support from those around her, Macy made the leap to creating content full-time. And her frame is much larger than what you might see on social media. She is a steward for conservation, working closely with organizations like Ducks Unlimited, nationally and in her home state of Georgia where she served on the state board. “So many things I have done today trace back to connections, friendships, and volunteer experiences I have with DU”.
What is your profession? Did you always know this is what you would end up doing or was it something you "stumbled into"?
I took my first job after college at a marketing agency in the outdoor industry. In the spring of 2020, my social media blew up and afforded me the opportunity to quit my job by the end of that year. I went from sitting in an office to traveling every day to fish and hunt my heart out. My goal is not to “make it” on social media, though I have, and it supports me. I am thankful. My goal is not to specialize in one fish, but catch a fish wherever I go. My goal isn’t to be known for hunting one species of wild game, but rather to be skilled, knowledgeable, adn experienced so that there isn’t anything I can’t do.
O’ Brother Where Art Thou
Gone with the Wind, a great story from my home state of Georgia.
Most inspiring quote, piece of art, saying, or advice that has impacted the way you live today?
My old boss told me that most people on social media are a mile wide but an inch deep. Meaning they have no depth to what they're doing.
So with everything I do, I try to do something that means something. I do cool stuff, but there's some real depth behind it all, and the decision to remain true and authentic is behind every post I make online.
When you're not working, what are you doing for fun
I love to make art. Behind the southern accent and country lifestyle is a bachelor’s degree in fine art! Who’d have thought. Other than that, I read and run every day.
Coolest place you've ever traveled?
Dominican Republic. My experiences there really opened my heart for people in need, and made me love and appreciate hispanic culture.
Bucket list destination you haven't been yet?
I'm planning to hunt the wild turkey in Hawaii next spring!
You're stranded on a deserted island - who is coming with you and why?
My best friend, Maggie Williams! I’m very confident in our survival skills. We are both proficient in hunting, fishing, trapping, calling, and cooking, which could really come in handy on the island. I would probably put Maggie in charge of hunting wild game for meals, while I catch fish for us. I could easily build a bamboo rod on the island, and then rig it with fishing gear that I always keep in my purse. I’m also bringing Maggie for comedic relief, to have someone to make jokes about the fact that we’re stranded.
You get to have drinks with anyone (dead or alive) - who are you calling?
Probably Elvis because every day I get really upset that we weren’t alive at the same time.
What advice would you give an 18-year-old that wants to do what you do?
If you think it’s impossible, it’s not. You are absolutely thinking too small. If people aren’t laughing at your goals, you should probably come up with some bigger ideas. Also, always make time to dream. The majority of my day is spent working to achieve my goals, but taking a few minutes to dream about what I want for myself has always been crucial for me. Then I write down a detailed plan with a timeline and action items to make it happen.
Also, surround yourself with people who have similar work ethic and goals. My path accelerated when I created a strong network of go-getters and trail blazers. If you're not hanging around people like that, then those high level conversations about goals, finances, and success just simply aren’t happening.
Any guilty pleasures?
Ask anyone I've ever been on a trip with. They will always say "don't touch Macy's oatmeal cream pies."
What's your favorite element of Turtebox? (battery life, durability, waterproofness, sound, togetherness, elevating experiences)
One, I love the battery life. Like, wow.
Two, I love how Turtlebox brings people together. When I bring it around groups, people start smiling and singing along. Turtlebox has this magical way of creating a better atmosphere no matter where you’re at or what you're doing.
How do you use your Turtlebox?
You know, the normal stuff... Fishing trips, cookouts and such. But some of my favorite ways to use it are playing country and bluegrass while I tie flies at night, or starting the day early with worship music and shooting my bow.
Name the most famous contact in your phone
Bill Dance. He checks on me regularly, and sends me funny pictures. He always signs it with "❤️, Bill"