Hunting, shooting, fishing and adventure for women by women http://www.womensoutdoornews.com Women who shoot, hunt, fish and lead lives of adventure. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:04:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.4 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/cropped-2012_WON_Logo_watermark-32x32.png Hunting, shooting, fishing and adventure for women by women http://www.womensoutdoornews.com 32 32 Dove Hunting 101: How to Prep Before you Head out for the Hunt http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/dove-hunting-prep-hunt/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/dove-hunting-prep-hunt/#respond Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:03:40 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=28290 Hollis Lumpkin helps us prepare for dove hunting in her column, The Bright Side of the Road sponsored by Vista Outdoor.

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As fall creeps in on us, that means one thing for hunters everywhere—it’s time to fill our weekends with watchful time in the woods and fields, hunting whatever game is in season. September brings the much-anticipated dove season. I absolutely love dove hunting, and anticipate this time of year with an excited mind and itchy trigger finger. But I don’t just jump headfirst into dove season cold. Dove hunting requires some prep; here’s a rundown so you can be ready.

The Bright Side of the Road is sponsored by Vista Outdoors.

The Bright Side of the Road is sponsored by Vista Outdoor.

So, what’s first? Whichever gun you plan to use during dove season, make sure it’s clean and in working order. You don’t want to head straight into the field and not have realized that your gun’s firing pin isn’t working properly. A little bit of prep work on the gun itself can make or break your first hunt (and, potentially, your whole season).

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Now that your gun is clean and in working order, it’s time to get yourself ready. Unless you shoot sporting clays on a regular basis year-round, odds are that it’s been a while since you shot the gun you use for dove hunting. I have a 20-gauge over-under that I absolutely love; it’s my go-to for dove (and quail) every year. My summertime is spent on the water, and the last gun I’ve wielded was my 12-gauge during turkey season, which also saw a hefty amount of use during duck season. My 20-gauge has been tucked away in the gun safe, and is aching to get back in the field. I always like to shoot at least one round of sporting clays before dove season, just to get my body back in the swing of using this particular gun. It’s lightweight, with a slightly different fit than my 12-gauge, and the over-under mechanism can sometimes take a few shots to get used to. Once I do it a few times, it becomes second nature between shots, and ultimately just part of my natural movement. Still, I don’t want to waste time on my first hunt because I opened the chambers and a shell flew out and hit me in the face. I’m not saying that has ever happened, but you see where I’m going with it.

During my practice round of clays, I like to take shots that mimic the way doves fly. Of course, there’s no way you can anticipate every single dove’s flight pattern, particularly the ones that start juking and jiving with the wind, but just getting the general motion down of raising your gun and following a bird in flight will trigger your muscle memory and bring all of your dove-hunting skills back to the fore.

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Once your gun is clean and your mind and body are in tune with the upcoming hunt, it’s time to get dressed and ready. Starting from our feet and working our way up, the first thing I make sure to have is snake boots. You may live in a cooler region, so you might not run into this problem, but here in South Carolina we sometimes have unwanted guests on our hunt—rattlesnakes. Particularly in fields where we hunt over corn or sunflowers, you can bet your bottom dollar that a rattlesnake is nearby. So, the first order of business? Snake boots. It doesn’t matter where they come from or what they look like, so long as they will deter a snake from taking a stab at your leg.

Next, although you don’t necessarily need to be as stealthy as you do when you’re deer hunting, clothing that blends into your surroundings is still important. This time of year is still sweltering hot here in South Carolina, so I almost always dove hunt in lightweight, breathable shorts, which I top off with one of my camouflage or light-color fishing shirts.

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When it comes to gear, the first thing I reach for once I get to the dove field (or, really, anywhere I’m shooting) are my earplugs. The squishy orange ones will do the trick, of course, but I have some that fit my particular ears and filter out noises over about 80 dB. That means you can still hear a fellow hunter call “bird,” but the constant boom of the shotgun won’t ring your bell.

Eye protection is always a good idea when you’re shooting, too, whether the day is bright and sunny, cool and windy, or hot and still. Gunpowder residue and dust from the field can find their way into your eyes in any weather, which can really hinder you on a hunt.

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Putting on my shell belt is one thing that always puts me in the mindset of hunting. It’s like the final piece of gear that puts me into wingshooting mode, ready to get started. Until recently, I’ve always worn a shell belt that my grandfather made ages ago, but it’s seen it’s better days and I want to preserve it as much as I can. Thankfully, the fine folks over at White Wing Label hooked me up with a killer new game belt (pun definitely intended). I can’t say enough good things about this belt (MSRP: $140), and it has helped me eliminate a lot of hassle in getting out in the dove field.

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Between hunts I keep my ear plugs in the belt’s zippered pocket so they won’t get misplaced. With two sets of pockets on either side, and a game bag at the back, this belt means I can essentially wear everything I take with me out in the field. There’s ample room for shells, spent hulls and my limit of birds.

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Once I grab my dove stool and head out into the field, the only thing between me and a limit of doves is my (hopefully not too shabby) shot!

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Considerations When Choosing a College: College Campus Carry http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/choosing-college-campus-carry/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/choosing-college-campus-carry/#respond Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:13:49 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=28162 Cheryl Todd takes a look at the groups and colleges that are allowing legal firearms and enacting Campus Carry for college students in her column, 'The Flame,' sponsored by AZFirearms.

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Ah, September…. College campuses are all a-bustle and the air is crackling with the promise of greatness. Open-mindedness is the watchword of the day—minds are open to absorbing new knowledge, open to exploring new ideas, open to allowing legal firearms and enacting Campus Carry. At least, some campuses are. Let’s look at the groups and colleges that are helping to expand this horizon for college students.

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The Flame is sponsored by AZ Firearms.

#1) Students for Concealed Carry

From their website, ConcealedCampus.org:

Students for Concealed Carry is a student-run, national, nonpartisan organization which advocates for legal concealed carry on college campuses in the United States as an effective means of self-defense.

SCCC has two main functions. The first function is to dispel the common myths and misconceptions about concealed carry on college campuses, by making the public aware of the facts. The second function is to push state legislators and school administrators to grant concealed handgun license holders the same rights on college campuses that those licensees currently enjoy in most other unsecured locations.

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Dr. John R. Lott’s lecture notes.

SCCC has eight regional offices across the United States:

The Southeast regional chapter is based on the campus of Georgia Institute of Technology, and is directed by NRA Certified Instructor Robert Eager.

The Rocky Mountain regional chapter, based in Colorado, is directed by competitive multi-gun shooter Philip Harding.

The Southwest regional chapter is based in Texas and directed by Antonia Okafor.  Antonia is an accomplished young woman and firearms instructor, who, among other notable achievements, was recently been featured in one of the NRA’s “Freedom’s Safest Place” television ads.

The Central regional chapter, based in Kansas, is under the direction of Zachary Zalneraitis. Zachary is national director of public relations for Students for Concealed Carry and is responsible for the organization’s media relations and social media presence.

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The East regional chapter is under Director Alex Dawes; the Midwest regional chapter director is Stuart Dedmon. Regional offices in the Northeast and West are in search of volunteer leaders.

Fully aware that the organization has detractors who engage in emotional, fear-based discussions about the topic of allowing guns on campus, the SCCC has a page on its website filled with powerful, fact-filled statements and counter-arguments to those who oppose Campus Carry: Common Arguments Against Campus Carry.

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#2) Crime Prevention Research Center

While not an advocacy group, the Crime Prevention Research Center helps to catalog and disseminate statistics and factual information about firearm-related crime, both on and off college campuses.  Dr. John R. Lott is the president of this organization and has authored a number of books, including More Guns, Less Crime and his latest, The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies.  

Earlier this September, Dr. Lott participated in a debate with Arizona state representative Juan Mendez on the Arizona State University Law School campus. In the debate, Dr. Lott asked and answered a series of questions that he often hears from those who believe that guns on campus pose a threat to staff and students. Dr. Lott effectively presented that the statistical results show that “while bad things can happen with firearms on campus, the past clearly shows us that those things simply have not occurred.” The overarching theme of the debate was that guns on college do not create an increased risk of injury or danger.

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#3) Colleges that allow Campus Carry:

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, here is the breakdown of the decisions concerning campus carry in all 50 states (as of May 31, 2016):

Currently, there are 18 states that ban carrying a concealed weapon on a college campus: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina and Wyoming.

In 23 states the decision to ban or allow concealed-carry weapons on campuses is made by each college or university individually: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.

Because of recent state legislation and court rulings, eight states now have provisions allowing the carrying of concealed weapons on public postsecondary campuses. These states are Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin. Not included in the above list, Arkansas and Tennessee allow certain faculty members to carry weapons on campus but these laws do not extend to students or the general public.

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Antonia Okafor – SCCC Regional Director

For many people, the topic of personal protection is key to making decisions about where they will purchase a cup of coffee, enjoy an evening at the movies, and even where they will seek their higher education. People tend to “vote with their dollars” by supporting businesses and organizations that align with their own value systems. If concealed-carry concerns are a consideration in choosing a college education for yourself or your children, there is good news and many options across the nation. To find out more about Campus Concealed Carry or to inquire about how you can help in your state, please contact Students for Concealed Carry.

How do you feel about campus carry?

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Featured Blog: Elizabeth Hanson, “Why I Love Black Powder. A Super Addicting Sport!” http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/love-black-powder-super-addicting-sport/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/love-black-powder-super-addicting-sport/#respond Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:10:18 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=28202 Featured blogger Elizabeth Hanson explains where her addiction to hunting with black powder came from and why it continues.

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My addiction with black powder started early, around eleven years old, after attending the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association Spring Shoot in Friendship, Indiana.

They say once it gets under your fingernails there is no turning back . . . I love the smell, the sound, the history. It is so much fun!

My father went there the year before with his friends and took the whole family the year after. My two brothers and I walked around in amazement and then declared to him that he was never allowed to go back again without us.

Some time after that my dad started building black powder rifles. Then one Christmas when I was about thirteen years old he surprised me with the ultimate present. The first black powder rifle that he built, a .45 percussion cap made out of tiger striped maple. It was, and still is beautiful thirty years later.

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I made this powder horn in 1985 when I was 12 years old.

 

Now in today’s world where more and more woman are hunting this might not seem like a strange present, but it was thirty years ago. Most girls didn’t shoot. In fact, I don’t remember any woman shooting or hunting the entire time I grew up. My mom didn’t. I was entirely influenced by my Dad.

It was tradition, in my family to open our presents in front of our extended family at my grandmother’s house. I remember the shocked look on my cousins, uncles, and aunts’ faces. All of my girl cousins got clothes or dolls. I got a gun. I did not care what they thought. I was ecstatic.

The following year whitetail deer hunting season rolled around in my home state of Illinois. I told my father that I was going with my .45. Thirty years ago I was the only girl that I knew that wanted to go hunting. I was the odd ball out, but I didn’t care. I was determined. I endured a good amount of teasing from all of my dad’s friends. They loved teasing me as I was the only girl, but secretly I earned a lot of respect.

So why do I prefer black powder for hunting whitetail?

You only get one shot and that’s exciting.

It forces you to wait. It requires you to only take good, well placed, humane shots. Yes, I know that all hunters should have the same goal no matter what they choose to shoot, but with black powder, you should adhere to this rule even more.

Continue reading Elizabeth’s ‘Why I Love Black Powder. A Super Addicting Sport!’ here, and visit her blog, “Bullseye Hunting and Shooting.”

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JROTC Air Rifle Postal Competition Opens in September http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/jrotc-air-rifle-postal-competition/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/jrotc-air-rifle-postal-competition/#respond Mon, 26 Sep 2016 03:41:03 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=28272 Do you know a junior ROTC member that may be interested in competing in the three-position air rifle Postal Competition?

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The 2016-2017 JROTC Postal Competition will officially open on Sept. 26, 2016, for young cadets in Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force JROTC programs who are interested in competing in this three-position air rifle match with other talented juniors across the nation. Last year, over 7,000 juniors competed in the match that serves as the first step on the road to Nationals.

 

To compete, registered participants will each receive three targets and instructions for recording scores. Shooters will fire in each of the three positions (prone, standing, kneeling) at their home ranges – using one target for each position. Once record shots are fired, shooters will return the targets to CMP for scoring.

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Juniors in Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force JROTC programs across the country compete against one another in this challenging and fun match.

CMP staff members will verify scores using the Orion Visual Image Scoring system. Results will be posted within Competition Tracker for teams and individuals to check during the postal season.

 

As in years past, Larry and Brenda Potterfield, co-founders of the MidwayUSA Corporation, will provide generous fund donations to winning teams of the JROTC Championships.

 

The funds will be placed in each team’s endowment account with the MidwayUSA Foundation. The MidwayUSA Foundation is a 501c(3) public charity that helps communities and organizations raise funds to support youth shooting teams and activities. The Foundation is an endowment that helps fund team expenses today and into the future.

 

Dates to note for the 2016-2017 JROTC Postal Competition:

  • Sept. 26, 2016 – Online Registration Opens
  • Nov. 16, 2016 – Online Registration Closes
  • Dec. 1, 2016 – Targets must be received by CMP for scoring

(Late targets will not be scored.)

  • Dec. 5, 2016 – Preliminary Results Posted
  • Dec. 9, 2016 – All scores final (Protests cannot be made after 8 a.m.)

 

Top scorers of the Postal competition will qualify for Regionals, which will be held in February at three locations: Anniston, Ala.; Camp Perry, Ohio; and Las Vegas, Nev. Nationals will follow in March in Anniston for all service branches.

 

For more information, visit http://thecmp.org/air/jrotc-air-rifle-national-championship/.

 

The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a federally chartered 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. It is dedicated to firearm safety and marksmanship training and to the promotion of marksmanship competition for citizens of the United States. For more information about the CMP and its programs, log onto www.TheCMP.org.

Let us know if you shoot a postal competition.

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Ways to Conceal Carry Your Firearm: What’s the Best Holster for Women? http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/conceal-carry-firearm-holster-women/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/conceal-carry-firearm-holster-women/#respond Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:30:48 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27983 At a recent holster clinic, Stacy Bright interviewed women about their favorite way to carry concealed. Find out what they had to say in her column, "Armed and In Charge" sponsored by LaserMax.

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One of the hardest questions that I’m often asked as a firearms instructor is: “What’s the best holster for a woman?” The answer, truthfully, is that it depends on many things: style of clothing worn on a daily basis, material of the clothing, body size/shape, size of the firearm and any physical limitations.

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Since this is such a popular question, it’s no wonder that concealed carry fashion shows and holster clinics are at hot ticket. I recently hosted a holster clinic for my local chapter of The Well Armed Woman (TWAW) and the room was packed with women wanting to learn about the options available.

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Stacy demonstrates how it’s possible to conceal 9 guns! Although it’s possible, it’s not very practical. (Stacy Bright photo)

I also had the fun privilege of equipping myself with various holsters, all concealed, and asking the participants to guess how many guns I was carrying. Most guessed between 4 and 6. I actually had 9 guns hidden on my body, plus one in a concealed carry purse!

We also had a “show-and-tell” time, where members could talk about their favorite holsters, what they liked about the various models and if there were any disadvantages. Several of the women agreed to share their comments and be photographed wearing or displaying the holsters they chose.

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Susan models her TWAW IWB holster. (Susan Myers photo)

In The Waistband Holster by The Well Armed Woman with Ulticlip – Susan

Why did you choose that holster?

After watching all the holster videos on TWAW’s website, I felt that abdomen carry would suit me best.

With this holster, I really liked the idea of reducing the overall profile by having the clip offset to the side of the gun itself. Another great feature is being able to adjust how high or low the holster rides with 3 holes to choose from for the clip that comes with the holster.

This holster would not work for me, were it not for the optional Ulticlip. I don’t ever wear a belt and using the Ulticlip keeps the holster right where I put it without fail. An awesome clip and a holster with great retention and the adjustable features make this the holster for me.

What gun do you carry in that holster? 

Sig Sauer P238 .380 with extended magazine

On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1=very uncomfortable & 5=extremely comfortable, how would you rate your holster?

5 – Being able to adjust the cant, depending on what I’m wearing or doing, makes it easy to forget that I’m carrying at all.

How much did it cost?

$49.99 for holster and $9.99 for Ulticlip)

What would you say are the disadvantages of your holster, if any?

I don’t experience any disadvantages with it myself, but I suppose if someone wanted to use it with lighter-weight waistbands (as opposed to jeans) then, even though the Ulticlip would hold the holster in place, I could see the weight of the gun pulling down on the waistband posing an issue.

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Deb’s choice holster is made by Tagua.

Tagua 4 in 1 IWB holster – Deb

Why did you choose that holster?

For the versatility

What gun do you carry in that holster? 

Ruger LC9s Pro

On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1=very uncomfortable & 5=extremely comfortable, how would you rate your holster?

4

How much did it cost?

Under $40

What would you say are the disadvantages of your holster, if any?

Trigger cover is not as tight as I would like.

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A concealed carry purse is Diana’s top pick. (Diana Miller photo)

Roma Leather Concealed Carry Purse with holster – Diana

Why did you choose that holster?

At the time of purchase, it fulfilled the need

What gun do you carry in that holster? 

Sig Sauer P238

On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1=very uncomfortable & 5=extremely comfortable, how would you rate your holster?

3 to 3.5

How much did it cost?

$65

What would you say are the disadvantages of your holster, if any?

Not really its fault, but I have a tendency to overfill it, making it heavy to carry for any length of time.

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Crossbreed Holsters makes a comfortable IWB that Melissa loves! (Melissa Odom photo)

Crossbreed Mini-Tuck – Melissa

Why did you choose that holster?

I came to this holster after I tried a few kydex only styles and found they were not comfortable for IWB carry. I did some online research, looked and the reviews and found Crossbreed. They are also made locally so that was a big plus as well. A local store that carries them, let me give it a quick try before I purchased and found it very comfortable.

What gun do you carry in that holster? 

Sig Sauer P238

On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1=very uncomfortable & 5=extremely comfortable, how would you rate your holster?

Worn with the right pants and belt I would rate it a 5. Sometimes I have to double check that it’s still there!

How much did it cost?

Between $60 and $70, I believe. It’s been a few years ago.

What would you say are the disadvantages of your holster, if any?

Although I haven’t found the need to adjust it, the belt clips and shell are not adjustable … while I know some are. Although some holsters of this hybrid style are adjustable, they also add some thickness, which I don’t like. It also best to wear it with a belt.

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Jo’s “go-to” holster is the Sticky. (Jo Novak photo)

Sticky Holster – Jo

Why did you choose that holster?

I’ve had several holsters that didn’t work well for me. I found the Sticky online, don’t remember if someone sent me a link or not. It wasn’t expensive and there was a 20%-off coupon. So, I gave it a try.

What gun do you carry in that holster? 

Springfield Armory XD subcompact

On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1=very uncomfortable & 5=extremely comfortable, how would you rate your holster?

5 – extremely comfortable

How much did it cost?

$15 to $20

What would you say are the disadvantages of your holster, if any?

The only disadvantage to the Sticky is finding a safe place to set it while using the restroom. There is always the possibility of leaving it. I’ve been using one for close to four years. Haven’t forgotten it, I work at it.

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Laurie wears her UnderTech compression shorts daily. (Laurie McCulley photo)

UnderTech Undercover Compression Shorts – Laurie

Why did you choose that holster?

The ease of walking – it’s comfortable under clothes.

What gun do you carry in that holster? 

Springfield XDS

On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1=very uncomfortable & 5=extremely comfortable, how would you rate your holster?

5

How much did it cost?

$50

What would you say are the disadvantages of your holster, if any?

Wearing the extra piece of clothing (shorts under outer clothes)

As you can see, the number of holster choices varies as much as the women who wear them. Your holster choice is just that – yours!

We’d love to hear what your favorite holster is and what you love about it.

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The Women’s Gun Show Episode #19: Potty Training – Your Gun in the Bathroom http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/the-womens-gun-show-episode-19-potty-training-your-gun-in-the-bathroom/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/the-womens-gun-show-episode-19-potty-training-your-gun-in-the-bathroom/#respond Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:01:47 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=28121 Find out how to go to the bathroom, aka potty training, when you are carrying a gun. Sponsored by Ruger.

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In this show, Carrie Lightfoot and Barbara Baird delve into the topic of how to use the bathroom facilities while carrying a gun. They also discuss why you should take your gun into the bathroom when you shower, trending news items and cool gear. Sponsored by Ruger.

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Links: Episode #19: Potty Training – Your Gun in the Bathroom


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Woman shoots, kills home invasion suspect

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Firearms news you can use 

Gun goes off in Yellowstone Park bathroom: http://yellowstoneinsider.com/2016/08/12/gun-accidentally-goes-off-inside-yellowstone-bathroom/

Teacher Left Gun in Bathroom, Elementary Kids Found It:

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/cops-teacher-left-gun-bathroom-elementary-kids-found-42059992 

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The Abdo: http://www.theabdo.com/ 

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Crossbreed Holsters Belly Band, 69.95: http://www.crossbreedholsters.com/Product/Modular-Belly-Bands 

Article reference: When You’ve Got To Go…. You’ve Got To Go! 

http://thewellarmedwoman.com/women-and-guns/concealed-carry/using-the-restroom-when-you-have-a-concealed-gun

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‘Great Wild Radio’: Professional Photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/great-wild-radio-hannah-stonehouse-hudson/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/great-wild-radio-hannah-stonehouse-hudson/#respond Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:26:50 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=28100 This week’s guest on the "Wild and Wonderful Women" is photographer Hannah Storehouse Hudson. You may have already seen one her photos that went viral.

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This week’s guest on the “Wild and Wonderful Women” is Hannah Stonehouse Hudson. Hannah lives on the shores of Lake Superior and is blessed to be near some of the best fishing in the country. She is the famous photographer who took the photograph of John and Schoep, that quickly circled the world, and became a social media sensation. A few months later, her famous fishing guide husband, Jim Hudson, died in a tragic ice fishing accident. That incident, which quickly followed the famous photo, created a social media frenzy which changed her life forever. Hannah withstood the storm and eventually gave a TedX talk on Empathy and the power of virtual communities. You can watch Hannah Storehouse Hudson at this link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ninDNeey5B0

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Hannah and her steelhead.

Hannah is a professional photographer and enjoys capturing dogs in action. Sledding dogs, bird hunters with their dogs and even shelter dogs. She photographs the dogs in the shelter available for adoption to help them find homes. Hannah also gives various seminars on photography. You can learn more about her on her web site, http://stonehousephoto.com and on http://hannahstonehousehudson.com

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The famous photo of John Unger and Schoep.

Hannah and I became close friends and work on the Women’s Ice Angler Project together. We recently filmed a TV show with Larry Smith Outdoors where Hannah landed a beauty of a steelhead. Listen in as I talk to Hannah about living her life outdoors, the impact of social media, and creating new possibilities.

~Wild Barb Carey

Listen to Great Wild Radio Show: Here

 

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National Hunting and Fishing Day: Saturday, September 24 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/national-hunting-fishing/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/national-hunting-fishing/#respond Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:29:57 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27470 National Hunting and Fishing Day is one of the easiest ways to recognize the conservation efforts of hunters and fishermen across the nation.

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National Hunting and Fishing Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the conservation efforts of outdoorsmen and women across the nation. Outdoor enthusiasts everywhere are encouraged to participate at their nearest event. To find the event closest to you, visit http://www.nhfday.org.

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Always the fourth Saturday in September, NHF Day 2016 is set to take place on September 24th this year.
Help us celebrate this special annual “holiday” established by Congress in 1972 to recognize hunters, anglers and recreational shooters for their leadership and contributions to the conservation in America. For example, through dues and contributions to conservation organizations, hunters give an additional $280 million annually for wildlife and habitat.
Nobody does more for fish, wildlife and habitat than traditional outdoor enthusiasts. Communicating this message is a daily goal for all of us at Wonders of Wildlife museum-the official home of NHF Day-in Springfield, Mo.
National Hunting and Fishing Day is one of the easiest ways to recognize the conservation efforts of hunters and fishermen across the nation. It is also a great way to get youth involved in our great heritage.
This year, Johnny Morris a lifelong sportsman with a passion for hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation, Morris is one of the country’s foremost leaders working to ensure natural habitats, wildlife and the outdoors remain healthy for future generations to protect and enjoy.
America’s sportsmen and women are among our nation’s most active conservationists and it’s important we recognize and celebrate everything they do to protect outdoor habitat and ensure thriving populations of wildlife,” said Morris. “I’m proud to lend my support and raise awareness for hunters and anglers, America’s conservation heroes through National Hunting and Fishing Day.
The first to suggest an official day of thanks to sportsmen was Ira Joffe, owner of Joffe’s Gun Shop in Upper Darby, Pa. In 1970, Pennsylvania Gov. Raymond Shafer adopted Joffe’s idea and created “Outdoor Sportsman’s Day” in the state.
NHF Day could not happen without the help of great sponsors. The list of sponsors for National Hunting and Fishing Day 2016 includes: Bass Pro Shops, NSSF, NRA, Yamaha, GunBroker, Izaak Walton League, Keep America Fishing, Outdoor Sportsman Group, Berkley, Shakespeare, Wonders of Wildlife, Smith and Wesson, Realtree, Ducks Unlimited, Cabela’s, NWTF and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation.

For more information on National Hunting and Fishing Day, visit http://www.nhfday.org.

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‘Sporting Clays and Pheasants’ at Becoming an Outdoors Woman http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/sporting-clays-pheasants-outdoors-woman/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/sporting-clays-pheasants-outdoors-woman/#respond Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:58:17 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=28117 Register now for an action-packed day in pursuit of birds at the Becoming an Outdoors Woman 'Sporting Clays and Pheasants' event.

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Join BOW director Peggy Farrell and a team of knowledgeable, patient coaches and guides for an action-packed day in pursuit of birds at the BOW Sporting Clays and Pheasants event.
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J & H Game Farm, a family-operated hunt club in the central part of the state, will co-host this learn-by-doing event tailored for new and novice hunters. No experience, no equipment, and no license needed.

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Participants get to practice their shotgun skills and receive one-on-one patient coaching on a 50-target, walk-though-the-woods sporting clays course.

After lunch we go afield with pointing dogs to hunt pheasants. Watching the dogs work is a highlight of the event!

We teach safety and ethics from start to finish so everyone has a comfortable and fun experience.

A complete brochure and secure online registration are available here:

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Participants range in age from 18 to 80+. BOW encourages beginners and women of all fitness levels. Visit our calendar of events page for workshop brochures and registration information:

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Wisconsin BOW Calendar of Events

See you outside,

Peggy Farrell, BOW Director

Who would love to attend the ‘Sporting Clays and Pheasants’ event?

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The Japanese Art of Decluttering for the Outdoor Enthusiast http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/japanese-art-decluttering-outdoor/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/japanese-art-decluttering-outdoor/#respond Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:50:51 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=28045 Michelle Cerino is decluttering her outdoor and competitive shooting gear using tips she learned in the book, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up." Her column, "She Shoots 2," is sponsored by Crossbreed Holsters.

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Recently, upon the recommendation of Barbara Baird I read about the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing in the book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Let me begin by admitting organizing shelves, drawers, closets and the basement is not one of my strong points. Sure, the average person stopping by my house may think, “Wow, she has a neat and tidy home.” Hah, do I have them fooled! Beneath those shiny granite counter tops, within the oak kitchen cabinets and beyond that basement door lies utter chaos. Okay, maybe not that bad, but it makes me crazy. So, onto the decluttering of the belongings of an outdoor enthusiast, and how you can do it too.

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She Shoots 2 is sponsored by Crossbreed Holsters.

In her book, Marie Kondo calls her approach to decluttering and organizing the KonMari Method. She had my attention on the second page when she said,

A dramatic reorganization of the home causes correspondingly dramatic changes in lifestyle and perspective. It is life transforming.

Surely I could apply this to my hunting, competitive shooting and other outdoor gear.

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When beginning the KonMari Method, Marie insists for the best results, one must faithfully adhere to the following rule: Tidy in the right order.

Do not even think of putting your things away until you have finished the process of discarding.

Ok, easy enough. After searching through drawers, closets and shelves, I brought out all the hunting and shooting clothing I owned. This created a huge pile in the middle of my basement floor. What had I gotten myself into?

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Now, the sorting or as Marie calls it, “The Selection Process.” Without getting into too much detail, (You really need to read the book.) the below list will give you a criteria for deciding what items to discard or keep. According to Marie, you must hold each item while making your decision.

  • Does the item cease being functional?
  • Is the item out of date?
  • Does the item spark joy or speak to your heart?

Although time consuming, I held each item, went through the list and created a discard and keep pile. Everything in the discard pile went right into my van for Goodwill and the rest I folded and hung neatly. Since my outdoor clothing decluttering seemed to go so well I went up to my bedroom and attacked my closet and drawers the same way. On my trip to the Goodwill store I made sure not to peek in any of the bags before I handed them over and received my tax deductible receipt. You can search for other organizations with tax deductible donations on the IRS website.

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Make charitable donations with the items you no longer need.

The next category I started organizing consisted of my competition gear, (not including firearms). Much of the gear I used when I started competing has either broke or been replaced with newer versions. For these items I created three sorting piles. The first pile contained everything to keep, the second pile had items that I could sell or donate and the third pile I would throw out. Again, after holding every item and going through the sorting criteria, I had my piles all sorted. Pile one went back into bins and drawers, pile two went into my van to donate to a local shooting club, and pile three went right into the trash can.

My decluttering will continue as time permits, with my next category, concealed-carry gear. Barbara applied the KonMari method to many areas of her home, including her holster collection. Since she reviews guns for several publications, you can imagine the wide range of holsters she had amassed.

I love this method of organizing and sorting through ‘clutter,’” said Barbara. “I arranged my holsters into groups, according to the guns they held. If I didn’t have that gun any longer, it was an easy donation. If I still have the gun, then, I picked up the holster and manipulated it and thought about whether I really would use it.

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Babbs would never get rid of this MiniTuk holster from Crossbreed!

“Let’s just say … I made a huge donation of holsters to my local National Wild Turkey Federation’s silent auction event recently.” Barbara’s act reminds us that charitable outdoor organizations are always looking for items such as holsters, range bags and shooting accessories – new and vintage – for their auctions.

Marie Kondo claims, “Once you have experienced what it’s like to have a truly ordered house, you’ll feel your whole world brighten.” I will let you know if I ever get to that point. In the mean time, with my hunting and shooting gear more organized and my bedroom shelves and closet no longer jam packed I do feel a sense of accomplishment, I just hope I can keep them that way.

Let us know your success stories for decluttering your outdoor gear and clothing.

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Women You Should Know: Amy Jagemann of ‘Jagemann Sporting Group’ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/women-know-amy-jagemann/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/women-know-amy-jagemann/#respond Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:00:34 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=28010 Meet Amy Jagemann, an integral member of the family-owned and operated Jagemann Sporting Group and a woman you should know.

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Meet Amy Jagemann, an integral member of the family-owned and operated Jagemann Sporting Group – maker of brass casings and magazines. Amy and her husband are raising 4 children and balancing work and life outside work, after recently moving from the Midwest to the West. Amy is particularly interested in reaching the women’s market for the fine line of products produced by her family’s company. Find out more below.

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The WON: Please will you tell our readers a little about you? What you do and why?

Amy Jagemann: I grew up and lived most of my life in Wisconsin. We recently relocated to Colorado for my husband’s work. I’ve been in the marketing field for more than 12 years. I completed my bachelor’s degree in Marketing, went to work and while working, completed my MBA. I traveled a lot for my position at the time, which made studying and completing my MBA challenging. What I love most about marketing are the challenges that must be overcome … It allows me to think like a consumer in that target market and come up with ways to reach that target market.

The WON: Jagemann Sporting Group is trying to reach more women in the marketplace? How will you do this?

Amy Jagemann: We are looking to work with groups like Women’s Outdoor News, The American Woman Shooter, Wall Armed Woman, Girls Guide to Guns and others to get our message out to the market. We also believe women are on the Web so we are also planning banner ads and other outlets to reach women on the Web.

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The WON: Tell us about the company: its history and your role in it.

Amy Jagemann: We are a family-run company. We got our start in 1946 serving the automotive market as a tier 2 supplier. When the market crashed, our company leaders walked Shot Show trying to identify opportunities that leverage our equipment and employees skillsets. That was how we got our start into brass casings. The fundamentals are similar to drawing metal and making parts for cars. We acquired a plastics plant in Tennessee and there we are again, leveraging that technology to produce polymer magazines.

We are very excited to continue developing our magazine offerings to the market. In the near future, we will be sharing some exciting news relative to customization of our magazines. I urge your readers to stay tuned for more details on that.

The WON: What do you like to do in your spare time?

Amy Jagemann: Unfortunately, at this point in my life, with 4 young children and working full time, there isn’t a lot of spare time. I’m working to get back into shooting. In high school, my dad, sisters and I used to hunt together. As my kiddos get older, I’m looking forward to having more time to get back to hunting.

I also enjoy cooking and baking. With the kiddos, the baked goods don’t last long in our house. After a stressful day, I always look forward to unwinding in my kitchen. I often joke that this is my “therapy.”

The WON: The shooting sports … do you participate?

Amy Jagemann: Not currently, but as time allows, I’m looking to get back into this. In high school, I used to shoot sporting clays with my dad and sister.

I recently completed my concealed carry certification.

I look forward to learning more about this market and meeting many of your readers.

Visit Jagemann Sporting Group:

http://www.jagemannsportinggroup.com

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Retro WON: Victorian Taxidermy – Taxidermy Fit for a Queen http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/victorian-taxidermy-taxidermy-fit-queen/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/victorian-taxidermy-taxidermy-fit-queen/#comments Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:00:53 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22967 Rita Schimpff describes how taxidermy became a thing of beauty.

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Taxidermy, as we know it today, owes a lot to Queen Victoria, and anthropomorphic taxidermists like Walter Potter, Roland Ward and Hermann Ploucquet. Before the Victorian and Edwardian eras (1837-1901) taxidermy was used by hunters, scientists, explorers and artists like (sigh) John J. Audubon, mainly to preserve specimens for study. These early examples of taxidermy were very crude, did not endure and lacked an artistic appeal.

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Queen Victoria, photographed by Alexander Bassano, National Portrait Gallery – Public Domain

 

The Golden Age and advancement of taxidermy started with those wonderful Victorians who embraced nature and brought the wild inside.

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Photo courtesy of Blue Rider Press

Read the article by Carey Dunne regarding taxidermy such as the kittens above.

There is a wonderful new book out by Blue Rider Press featuring Potter: Walter Potter’s Curious World of Taxidermy, by Ebenstein and Morris. In a review of the book for Fastcodesign.com, Carey Dunne writes it all began in the Potter family pub: “At age 15, Walter Potter, began creating anthropomorphic tableaux of guinea pigs playing croquet, squirrels smoking cigars, and kittens having tea parties. “ He later opened a small museum where, “he lovingly hand-made all the accessories for his little dead animals. His wife, daughter and a neighbor sewed the clothes.”

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Interior of the Crystal Palace shown on a souvenir card from the period, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Public Domain

In 1851, Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, headed the first Great Exhibition touted as the “Works of Industry of all Nations” and it was held in an elaborate, but temporary, structure at Hyde Park, London. The Victorian elite were smitten by the taxidermy tableaux of exhibitors such as Hermann Plouquet and the beautiful birds of ornithologist John Hancock. Plouquet was the taxidermist for the Royal Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, and soon his dead rodents were the rage of Victorian society! Queen Victoria favored and amassed a huge collection of bird taxidermy.

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Theodore Roosevelt in buckskin with rifle, photographed in 1885 by George Grantham Baine, Public Domain

During this era, the advancements in taxidermy coincided with the popularity of big game hunting. Wealthy hunters, such as Teddy Roosevelt, began to commission taxidermists to preserve their trophies for their fashionable libraries and sitting rooms.

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Here’s an ornate Black Forest style panel frame this axis stag. (Rita Schimpff photo)

Another nod of thanks to Victoria from the hunting genre goes to her discovery of ornate Brienzware carvings of Switzerland (aka Black Forest) to elegantly frame hunting trophies. Victoria adorned her royal hunting lodges with these handsome carvings and created a décor trend still sought after today. See our related post: http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2014/09/bringing-wild-inside-black-forest-style-oak-leaves-acorns

Because of Queen Victoria, hunting and taxidermy techniques now using artificial eyes and soft tissue parts. Therefore, the pesky bugs of decay and ghoulish scientific mounts of the past gave way to new taxidermy as high society décor.

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The illustration above is courtesy of Observations on the Preservation of Hoofs and the Designing of Hoof-Trophies, published by Roland Ward, Ltd, London and Nairobi, 1885, with special permission from Fran Jurga and his blog: http://hoofcare.blogspot.com/2012/04/trophy-hoof-rowland-ward-preserved-part.html

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The Strand Magazine, 1896. Public Domain

The photo above is an example of Roland Ward animal furniture, the Bear dumbwaiter serving drinks, published in The Strand Magazine, 1896.

Roland Ward – who came from a family of natural history buffs and taxidermists (his father worked with Audubon — established one of the first taxidermy firms in England. He took taxidermy to the next level — not by merely stuffing an animal skin, but by working more from the natural world of shape and movement and turning skins, horns and hoofs into practical and decorative items for the home.

Ward also introduced the Records of Big Game book series in 1892 that continues to this day and contains the measurements of big game around the world. The Rowland Ward Company made fashionable items from animal parts — such as zebra-hoof inkwells, letter openers with fox paw handles, antler furniture and elephant-feet umbrella stands, as well as the elephant foot mini-bar pictured above.

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The image on the left is of a Gloucester’s horse hoof and intricately embellished silver inkwell stand on display the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University- artist unknown ca 1878 SFC 1983.209 by ©BrokenSphere/Wikimedia Commons

 

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Queen Victoria on “Fyvie” with John Brown at Balmoral Castle, by George Washington Wilson, 1863 public domain, Wikimedia

It was also during this time that hunting trophies, as well as preserved items, from deceased pets became fashionable in design and décor. The Victorians were fond of their animals, and honored them with commissioned portraits, and immortalized them in functional everyday tangible items of taxidermy to be placed among the sterling and cut glass. The trusty war horse that perhaps saw his master safely through or a beloved event horse that was all heart – it was a way for the animal to remain with them in the rooms the Victorians frequented the most.

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Collection by Rita Schimpff (Rita Schimpff photo)

And, Victorians loved their birds … beneath, behind and surrounded by glass and among realistic settings be it painted, framed or 3D. Rowland Ward was one of the largest suppliers of glass cases filled with birds – a fashion statement for 19th century homes.

 

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Photo courtesy of www.taxidermy4cash.com

Sometimes they combined it all, the painting, the leaves and even eggs and nests in their realistic avian cases, such as this beautiful diorama on the left of Merlins by famous Victorian taxidermist, Peter Spicer.

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Heritage Game Mounts derives much of their inspiration from Victorian taxidermy, as shown this custom-mounted quail, placed on a hand-painted elegant black forest styled panel. $575

Most of us who hunt are proud of the animals we have taken, and long after the food is gone, we like to enjoy the memory of that adventure and the honor the animal as a part of our home décor.

Visit Heritage Game Mounts.

This Retro WON about taxidermy first appeared September 3, 2015.

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Eva Shockey, Kristy Titus and Taylor Drury on Bullying and Hunting http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/shockey-titus-drury-bullying-hunting/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/shockey-titus-drury-bullying-hunting/#comments Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:39:05 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=28025 2Girls Hunting find out how prominent female hunters deal with anti-hunters and the increase in cyber-bullying. Their column is sponsored by Girls with Guns Clothing and Apparel.

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The amount of anti-hunter bullying that now takes place on social media has risen dramatically in recent years. Their hateful and often violent comments are meant to intimidate hunters. If this type of bullying were directed at another group, it would be all over the media and people would be outraged.  As hunters we need to stand up for what we believe in, be educated on the facts and be united in our cause.

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This past week, we were fortunate enough to visit with 3 predominant women within the hunting community and get their inputs on how to deal with anti-hunters and the increase in cyber-bullying.

Meet the contributors

Eva Shockey is the co-host for her father Jim Shockey’s television show on Outdoor Channel called Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures. With a combined passion for conservation and adventure, Eva is now a full-fledged Outdoor Channel and Wild TV personality and is quickly making a name for herself within the industry as a proud, female outdoorswoman.

Kristy Titus is an Oregon native and lifelong hunter and angler. Raised in the backcountry and part of the RMEF Team ELK,  also on Outdoor Channel, she has spent a large amount of time hunting and trekking through the woods and jungles and appreciates serving as an ambassador for women hunters while experiencing the thrill of fair chase hunting. She is passionate in the support of wildlife and habitat conservation and outdoor education. Her ultimate mission is to inspire others, giving them the confidence to tackle the most demanding outdoor activities.

Taylor Drury, seen on Outdoor Channel’s Drury’s THIRTEEN grew up around hunting and learned about the outdoors from her dad, Mark, and Uncle Terry. Her dad has been taking her out since she was a little girl and now that she is older, Taylor has gained a respect for the sport. For her, there is nothing more fun than spending time with family while trying to harvest an animal.

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Eva Shockey

2girls hunting: Ladies, have you been bullied via social media due to your hunting interest?

Eva: Yes, I have been bullied because of my involvement in hunting; most of this bullying comes from people who don’t understand my way of life and what I do, along with other hunters, for wildlife conservation.

Taylor: It is human nature for people to lash out at what they don’t understand. The bullying has increased lately due to people spending more time on social media.

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Kristy Titus

2girls hunting: Do you feel that female hunters receive more threats versus our male counterparts?

Kristy: Yes, I believe that people feel women don’t stand up for themselves and hunting is a predominant male activity. Again, know your facts: female hunters are the fastest growing population of hunting.

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Taylor Drury

2girls hunting: Kristy, do you have any suggestions on how to respond in a way that promotes the lifestyle in a positive light? 

Kristy: I make sure I give facts; like did you know that through state license and fees, hunters pay $796 million a year for conservation programs. I often refer to my web page, along with the website hosted by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, for facts and research.

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Taylor Drury makes her deer the primary focus of the photo.

2girls hunting: How about wild game or trophy photos? Taylor, do you have any suggestions on how to pose with your harvest to be less offensive?

Taylor: How I was raised was to pose with just me sitting behind the animal, and to display this animal as the primary focus. I don’t like to put my foot on or show any disrespect toward my harvest.

2girls hunting: Do you think there is such a thing as “trophy hunting?”

Eva: Most people think that trophy hunting is the size of the antlers. When I hunt, I do “selective hunting,” such as a more mature deer or moose. For all the time and effort that I put into every single hunt, for me … they are all trophies.

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Eva Shockey on the Outdoor Channel.

2girls hunting: Eva, any suggestions on how to avoid the critics? (Even though they will always be there.) 

Eva: Overall, hunters are responsible for hunters. It doesn’t matter the size of platform or followers, we all make the same contributions. We all need to show respect for the animal and the situations that are presented. I believe with every part of me that what I’m doing is right, so there’s nothing that I’m apologizing for.

2girls hunting: Here’s what we don’t understand … Why do anti-hunters search out social media sites and pictures that they disapprove of? Do you think they are just looking for attention and arguments? When it comes to hunters and being bullied, social media and the media itself seems to just turn a blind eye. So, let’s stand up for your rights to hunt. Be proud of legal, ethical hunting and defend our actions as hunters.

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Eva Shockey 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/evashockeyfanpage

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EvaShockey

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Kristy Titus 

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/kristytitus

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Website: http://www.kristytitus.com

Taylor Drury 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/taylordrurydod

Instagram: https://instagram.com/taylordrurydod/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialDruryOutdoors

Website: https://www.druryoutdoors.com/

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#HuntingwithJR: Extra Dove Hunting Pointers http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/huntingwithjr-dove-hunting-pointers/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/huntingwithjr-dove-hunting-pointers/#respond Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:52:10 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=28023 Judy Rhodes has some last-minute dove hunting pointers in her column, “#HuntingwithJR,” sponsored by Remington Outdoor Company.

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Judy Rhodes hunts at least 250 days a year. In this last tip on dove hunting, she offers some facts about doves and gives you pointers on how to counter dove behavior so you can fill your bag with delicious doves.

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#HuntingwithJR is sponsored by Remington Outdoor.

Did you know?

Dove have keen eyes to spot you in the field.

TIP:  Wear clothing matching your surroundings.

Did you know?

Hunters take 4 shots per dove that are bagged.

TIP:  Fields are best when many hunters are present to keep dove stirred up and flying.

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Did you know?

Dove decoys placed near you will entice birds to fly by at close range.

TIP:  When placing decoys on open ground, place decoys a foot apart facing into the wind.

Did you know?

Doves often light on or snag power lines or fences before landing or while loafing.

TIP:  Dove seek water before returning to roost. Evening hunts should be around a body of water.

If you missed Judy’s previous pointers you can read them here.

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WOW Wednesday: McKenna Dahl Adds to Great Summer for U.S. Women http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/mckenna-dahl-adds-summer-u-s-women/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/mckenna-dahl-adds-summer-u-s-women/#respond Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:12:19 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=28076 McKenna Dahl made history when she became the first woman to win a Paralympic medal in Shooting for the United States.

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McKenna Dahl made history in Rio when she became the first woman to win a Paralympic medal in Shooting for the United States, earning bronze in Mixed Prone Air Rifle in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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She adds to a tremendous Olympic and Paralympic Games for the U.S. women, with a combined four medals including one gold and three bronze medals.  They prove that it’s definitely alright to Shoot Like a Girl!

Dahl (Arlington, Washington), the youngest at age 20 and the only woman in the field of the eight finalists, qualified for the Final in third place with a score of 635.4. In the Finals, the top-eight shooters from Qualification all start at zero and Dahl lead early from the start of the Finals match, not wavering out of the top-three shooters in this tight contest. The average age of her seven opponents in that final was 40 years of age, a 20-year difference.

When it came to the elimination shot for the bronze-medal position (the 18th shot of the match), Dahl was in second place and shot a 10.3. The then third-place athlete – Geunsoo Kim of South Korea – shot a 10.8 to move ahead of Dahl where she would claim the bronze medal.

It’s overwhelming!” said Dahl, a 2012 NRA Junior Ambassador. “I knew about half way through the Final that I was in contention for a medal and I was probably going to succeed in doing so. A lot of it was really just shot process and breathing, keeping everything together and doing what I needed to do.

During her pre-event training yesterday, Dahl noted some issues with her rifle’s sights and did a complete replacement of her sights in the middle of the hour-long training session.

I had some issues with my sights sticking early on and about half way through the PET, they started sticking again so Armando [Ayala, Paralympic Assistant Coach] had brought a new sight and we changed it out. I named it ‘Aaron’ to get to know it better and become comfortable with it so I had a date with Aaron today and it went pretty well,” she laughed.

Dahl’s medal win marks the first U.S. Paralympic Games medal in Shooting since Dan Jordan won silver in Men’s Three-Position Rifle in 2004. Roger Withrow – the only U.S. Paralympic Games gold medal winner in Shooting – won gold in the Air Rifle Prone event in 1984.

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Dahl finished 24th in her other event in Rio, Mixed Standing Air Rifle.  The Washington native was born with amyoplasia arthrogryposis in her left hand and both of her feet, causing her muscles not to form properly.

Dahl was one of four U.S. women to participate in the Paralympic Games for the U.S. Shooting Team, which also included rifle shooters Jazmin Almlie-Ryan (Houston, Texas), Tammy Delano (Rome, New York) and pistol shooter Tricia Downing, the first female Paralympic pistol representative ever for the U.S.   All these women were competing in their first Paralympic Games and definitely are seeing a 2020 vision now that their first Games is complete.

Almlie-Ryan had a high finish of 17th in Mixed Standing Air Rifle while battling illness during the Mixed Prone Air Rifle event to finish 23rd.  Delano finished 17th in her Standing Air Rifle event and 42nd in Mixed Prone Air Rifle.  Downing finished 19th in her Air Pistol match.  She was extremely grateful for the opportunity just to be able to compete, fulfillment of a dream 15 years in the making after the paralysis that came when a car hit her head-on when she was out training on her bike in 2001.

I learned a lot [in this match],” Downing said. “I learned a lot this week, in this competition, and I’ve just learned a lot of things that I can just do better. We’re just going to call it an American Female Pistol record since I’m the first female pistol shooter to compete for the United States! I’m just grateful to be here and have the Paralympics under my belt. This was really a ‘bonus Paralympics’ for me as I was shooting for 2020, so now I know what I need to do, what I want to do and how to get in position to hopefully win a medal in 2020.

Downing was named to Team USA less than a week before the team departed for Rio due to reallocated Paralympic Games quotas.

Way to go McKenna Dahl!

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Hunting Story: Pam Park and Big Creek Waterfowl Club http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/hunting-park-big-creek-waterfowl-club/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/hunting-park-big-creek-waterfowl-club/#respond Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:44:35 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=28015 New hunter Pam Park loved her hunt at Big Creek Waterfowl Club. Find out why she believes women will enjoy hunting there as well.

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Pam Park is a purchasing and supply chain management professional in Louisville, Ky. She first started hunting last January, when colleagues invited her to go with them to Big Creek Waterfowl Club, near Wheatley, Ark.

Big Creek is a female-friendly hunting lodge,” said Pam. “It’s equipped with everything needed to hunt and to have a wonderful time.

Pam recalled arriving at the outfitters and not really knowing what to expect. “As a first time hunter, I was pleasantly surprised by the attention to detail of gun safety and training. We learned to shoot a gun properly and practiced by shooting sporting clays.”

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As a result of that training, Pam said she felt comfortable that she could safely handle a gun. “I was much more confident in my shooting abilities, and with the help of Barry Barnett, I actually shot a few ducks. Afterwards, we returned to the lodge and were treated to a fantastic breakfast. We relaxed the remainder of the day and were served an amazing dinner.”

“It was an experience I’ll never forget. We had so much fun, we went back again in the spring,” added Pam.

She believes women will enjoy hunting here because along with a superb outdoor experience, the accommodations were “rustic and comfortable, yet, with all the modern conveniences of home.”

 

I would highly recommend Big Creek. Whether you’re interested in a serious hunting adventure or just a fun girls’ trip, everyone will have a great time.

Learn more about Big Creek Waterfowl Club here.

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A Peek Into the Life of Vera Koo and the Book She is Writing http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/peek-life-vera-koo-book-writing/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/peek-life-vera-koo-book-writing/#respond Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:05:34 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27965 Vera Koo gives us a peek into her personal life, and shares a bit of what we will find in the book she is writing.

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I met Vera Koo a few years ago and have been intrigued with her ever since. It’s no secret that I think she is an absolutely amazing person.  As I read her recent column, my respect for her grew all the more. Vera Koo gives us a peek into her personal life, and shares a bit of what we will find in the book she is writing. ~MC

In my Chinese culture, we are taught not to air our dirty laundry. If something bad happens to you, you are supposed to try to maintain an outward appearance of strength. You are not to let on that you are struggling. My culture tells us that we should not talk of our problems with others.

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I have decided to go against my cultural upbringing. I will air my laundry in a book that serves as a memoir highlighting some of the most pivotal moments of my life. The book has been an ongoing project for several years and is nearing completion.

I am not an author by nature, but people have continually told me throughout the past 2 decades that I have a story worth telling.

After I endured a terrible personal crisis in my life more than 20 years ago that shattered my core values, I spent 2 years seeing a therapist. During that time, she repeatedly encouraged me to write a book. She thought I had many life lessons I should share with others. She was not the only person during this time that suggested I write a book.

At the time, writing a book did not seem appealing to me. I am an artist. I am a businesswoman. I am a Chinese-American. I am a mother, a grandmother. I am all those things, but I am not an author. I had no real writing experience, and technology was a mystery to me. I hardly even have time to read books. Writing a book was the last thing on my mind.

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And yet, I had a story that needed told. Somewhere along the way, I decided I wanted to take a shot at telling it.

I have a theory about learning new skills. I think it takes 5 years to get into something, 10 years to become good and 20 years to become great. I think of it as my 5-10-20 rule.

With that in mind, this book has, not surprisingly, been marked by many years of labor.

I started writing the book in 2003. I did not enjoy the project, and the book was not turning out. Meanwhile, my shooting was going downhill, so I tabled work on the book. It lay dormant until 2013, when I re-launched the project. Knowing that I do not have a background in writing, I have worked with a couple authors on the project over the years.

As time has gone by and I approach 70 years old, I have often wondered what I will do after my shooting career ends. I am the type of person who needs to be strongly focused on something and have an incentive pushing me to work hard. I cannot wither at home. I am often most attracted to activities that require an immense amount of work and offer goals that are hard to attain. I am not retired from shooting, and working on this book has helped keep me especially busy. After the book is finished, it will still keep me active with speaking engagements and promotion of the product. These will be good activities to keep my mind sharp and my body on the move.

However, as good as this project has been to keep me busy, that was not the reason I decided to author a book. Rather, I decided that my story can help others, and therefore, it was a story worth telling.

My book will touch on my life as a shooter. Certainly, the shooting sport has been a big part of my life for the last two and a half decades. But more than a rehashing of my shooting career, my book is a story of how when life comes at you hard, there is a way to come out better on the other side.

Life has presented me with many great challenges. I immigrated to this country without knowing a word of English. My husband, Carlos, and I saw our business teeter on the edge of bankruptcy before we built it back up. We lost a son. And then, more than 20 years ago, I endured a personal tragedy that rocked me to my core. I will detail this personal event in my book and discuss how it shattered me but also how I was able to rebuild myself whole again.

My book also will touch on God’s love. I have learned that although God might test your strength with adversity, He will never give you more than you can handle. While I recovered from my personal crisis, the shooting sport became a place of refuge where I could escape life’s troubles. But although shooting was a great coping outlet, it did not save me. My faith in God saved me.

This book has been a grueling project, and it has required a lot of soul searching. Since I rebooted this project in 2013, it has helped heal me. Seeing my story unfold in words in front of me has helped me grow. My husband says that fear no longer affects me, no longer occupies important space in my mind. Over time, that personal tragedy that used to have a toxic effect on me and everyone around me is fading away. It is now just a small part of my life story.

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I want people who read my book to know that if they are facing struggles in life, they are not alone. There are many people around us who are presenting a strong front to the outside world, and we do not realize it, but they are hurting on the inside, toiling with their own personal demons. I know, because I went through this. I wanted to seem like a strong pillar to others, to keep my life adversity tucked away.

However, I have learned that there is no shame in talking about your problems and discussing how you overcame them. I hope my story can help heal and inspire others.

I know that life can be a rollercoaster sometimes, but for every tragedy, there is a great triumph waiting for you on the other side if you are willing to work to attain it.

Read more articles by Vera Koo in her column at The WON.

Find out more about Vera Koo on her website VeraKoo.com.

 

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Remington Custom Bicentennial Collection Auction Announced http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/remington-custom-bicentennial-auction/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/remington-custom-bicentennial-auction/#respond Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:51:00 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=28001 Don't miss this live auction for a chance to own the rare collection of Remington Custom Bicentennial firearms.

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Huntsville, AL – Remington Arms Company, LLC, (“Remington”) is proud to announce today that on Thursday, October 6, 2016, James D Julia, Inc. auctioneers will be hosting a live auction for a chance to own the rare collection of Remington Custom Bicentennial firearms.

This auction is an opportunity 200 years in the making.  The live auction will be the only chance left to own these rare firearms.  There will never be another opportunity to purchase the Remington Custom Bicentennial Collection.  On October 6, 2016 serious collectors will gather to bid on the last of four sets hand-crafted in the Remington Custom Shop.  Each set is engraved by master engraver, Jesse Kaufman.

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The Custom Bicentennial Collection includes a Model 870, Model 700 and a Model 1911 R1 – three firearms that forever changed the firearm history.  These three firearms honor the first two centuries of America’s oldest gunmaker.

The Remington Custom Bicentennial Collection includes:

  • Three Bicentennial High Grade Firearms (Model 700, model 870, Model 1911 R1)
  • Matching Custom Serial Numbers
  • Assembled and Finished by the Remington Custom Shop
  • 100% Special Commemorative Engraving Coverage with Heavy Gold Wire Inlay
  • Engraving by Jesse Kaufman, Sturgis, SD
  • Exhibition American Black Walnut Stocks and Grips are Hand Checked and have a Hand Rubbed Oil Finish
  • Checkering and Hand Rubbed Oil Finish by Karen Dufek, Remington Custom Shop,
  • Gold Front Sight on Pistol and Leather Butt Pads on Long Guns
  • Custom Leather Motor Travel Case
  • Custom Wood & Glass Display Case with Bicentennial Etching on Glass

Don’t miss your chance to own a priceless part of Remington’s 200-year history.  The auction begins on October 6, 2016 at 10:10am EST.  All proceeds generated from the auction will be used to support wildlife conservation efforts.

For more information and to register for the live auction, please visit https://www.remington.com/BicentennialAuction

About Remington Arms Company, LLC

Remington Arms Company, LLC, (“Remington”) headquartered in Madison, N.C., designs, produces and sells sporting goods products for the hunting and shooting sports markets, as well as solutions to the military, government and law enforcement markets. Founded in 1816 in upstate New York, the Company is the nation’s oldest continuously operating manufacturer with its original Ilion, New York plant still in operation today. Remington is a privately-held manufacturer of firearms and ammunition products and one of the largest domestic producers of shotguns and rifles. The Remington Family of Companies has 12 locations across 9 states employing over 3,500 people and distributes its products throughout the U.S. and in over 55 foreign countries.

More information about the Company can be found at www.remington.com.

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Visit Your Favorite National Park FREE Next Saturday http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/visit-national-park-free-next-saturday/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/visit-national-park-free-next-saturday/#respond Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:22:49 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27975 What are you doing Saturday, September 24th? Why not visit a national park? It's free!

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Next Saturday, September 24, is National Public Lands Day, when entrance fees are waived at your favorite national park in America.

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Start out by heading to FindYourPark.com to discover what’s around you — including national parks and other public lands — and check out the exciting events being held across the country. Then, call some friends, get ready for an adventure, and enjoy your public lands free of charge.

Thank you for your support and we hope you get out there and #FindYourPark!

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1110 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 200  |  Washington, DC 20005

Phone: (202) 796-2500  |  Fax: (202) 796-2509  |  donorservices@nationalparks.org

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Women You Should Know: Anne Kania and ‘Joy of Hunting’ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/women-know-anne-kania-joy-hunting/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/women-know-anne-kania-joy-hunting/#respond Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:21:38 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27872 Anne Kania came later in life to hunting and now to teaching women (and men) how to hunt. Read about 'Joy of Hunting'.

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In our series, “Women You Should Know”, we are delighted to introduce you to Anne Kania. Anne came later in life to hunting and now to teaching women (and men) how to hunt. We think you’ll like the story of her journey, and maybe even entertain traveling to beautiful Big Sky country (Montana) to hunt with her at her wingshooting retreat.

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The WON: Tell our readers, please, a bit about your background. How did you get into hunting?

Anne Kania: I was born in Sunderland, a working class town in the northeast of England, founded on shipbuilding and coal mining. My dad was a bus-driver; we were Catholics; we lived in a small house for the size of our family, but on the edge of town where we could play in the woods all day.  Sunday afternoon outings took us to the local countryside – to have an ice cream somewhere pretty then drive home again.  I lived in the city all my young life.

Years later, when I became a hunter, I recalled that my great-grandfather had been a gamekeeper on an estate in County Durham, but by then, no one alive knew any of the details.

I was athletic and musical in school but a late developer. I had my first singing lesson at the age of 33 and discovered I have a unique voice, which some people will pay to listen to!  I became a professional classical singer at the age of 40.

By that time I had moved to new Zealand, to the artsy town of Christchurch, where I spent my leisure time going to opera, concerts, art-house movies and art galleries, also completing many of the “Great Walks” New Zealand is famous for.

The WON: How did you transition from New Zealand to Montana?

Anne Kania: I had no exposure to guns or to hunting until, at the age of 50, I came to Montana for the first time to visit my new man, Bruce Kania.  Bruce introduced me to hunting.

Talk about a culture shock!  We’d managed to communicate by email for 2 years, side-stepping the hunting question, but here  I was confronted with it. I arrived at the beginning of dove season. I had to understand how an apparently urbane guy could go around killing innocent animals (doves especially!). But at a deep level I was ready for the answer. I have always loved eating meat, yet felt guilty that I had nothing to do with the killing part. This was it! Honestly, it took him 5 minutes to give me the arguments in favor of hunting and I was completely convinced. I wanted to try it to find out if I had what it takes to source / hunt / bag my own food. I guess you could deduce that I did.

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The WON: Why did you start your business, Joy of Hunting?

Anne Kania: Two catalysts converging on New Year’s Day 2016.  A friend of ours came bird hunting with us a few times last season, and (I’m embarrassed to admit) became very frustrated with the whole thing, trying to handle all the different elements and not having a clue was going on. It occurred to me out of the blue that I could have sat down with him for a couple of hours before the first hunt and given him an overview of what to expect.  Then over Christmas I read Lily Raff Macalou’s excellent book, Call of the Mild, and thought … there has to be a better way to learn to hunt.  I woke up on New Year’s Day with a strong sense of vocation:  I want to teach hunting. I want to teach women to hunt!  And I am perfectly positioned to do so!

There’s no doubt I have the passion, and I believe I have enough skill amassed over 10 years of intensive hunting that I can impart to a beginner the essentials of hunting. Before I moved to Montana, I specialized in teaching adult beginners to sing. I have tons of empathy, having myself been thrown into the deep end and learned by doing not so long ago. Along the way, I have had some excellent advice from wonderful men, and gradually become skilled and instinctive. Every year I shoot more birds and lately I’ve been guiding friends on our property and loving it. So the idea of doing this for a living is a perfect fit.

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The WON: What do you feel you offer that other such businesses cannot or will not?

Anne Kania: We are dedicated to teaching hunting, in a private and comfortable hunting environment, with a small number of participants. We can offer this because we don’t have the overheads of a large lodge, for example, and since we are teaching beginners, we can provide the right sort of hunting opportunities to satisfy them. Our guests are not intimidated by being in a big group, and of course, they don’t have their guys breathing down their necks and offering “advice.” Our niche is to get women up to speed so they feel comfortable going to a lodge and meeting a guide for the first time (or joining an organised hunt or finding their own places to hunt).  So we see ourselves working in a complementary way with the lodges as a kind of pre-school. Other unique features are a wonderful view of the Yellowstone River,  a beautiful home with lodge-like spaces and private accommodations and a setting that attracts huge numbers of Canada geese each year (and hopefully ducks) that enables us to offer waterfowl hunting as well as pheasants. My coaching partner, Andrea Mahorney, complements me perfectly:  she is young and fit and runs amazing pointing dogs; I am “of a certain age” – 61 – have arthritic knees and run Labrador retrievers. I have an amazing husband who is very supportive and is happy to leave the teaching to Andrea and me, as we are both certified NSCA Level 1 Instructors. But he is an inspirational character and will add his unique blend of experience to the mix, especially over dinner, in front of a roaring fire and with a few glasses of wine to help the stories flow.

Visit Anne Kania Joy of Hunting.

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The ‘How To’ Gun Girl: How to Get Your Child (or Yourself!) into Olympic Rifle Shooting, Part 1 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/child-olympic-rifle-shooting/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/child-olympic-rifle-shooting/#respond Mon, 19 Sep 2016 11:48:47 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27945 Emily Monroe, The ‘How To’ Gun Girl, explains how start getting ready for the 2020 Olympic Rifle Shooting Games.

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The Rio Olympics ended a little less than a month ago, so now is the perfect time to start thinking about the next summer Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020! Side note: in saying that, I definitely feel like the Head Elf after Christmas Day in the Will Ferrell movie Elf: “It’s time to start preparations for next Christmas!”

It’s time to start preparations for Next Christmas!

Growing up as an air rifle and smallbore rifle shooter, I wanted to shoot for Team USA at the Olympic Games, but my career didn’t take me that far. I’ve written about this before, so I invite you to link hop on this blog to find out more about that. The Olympic bug bites nearly every young air rifle or smallbore rifle shooter at one time or another. If you would like your child to learn how to shoot in the way that could get them qualified for the Olympics, the first thing I’d recommend is to find a good rifle club that supports junior shooting, specifically precision rifle shooting. For me, that was the Acorns Junior Rifle Club and the NOVA (Northern Virginia) Sharpshooters.

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Ginny Thrasher started shooting at the NOVA Sharpshooters junior rifle club, and last month in Rio her air rifle skills and her competitive grit earned her the first Gold Medal awarded at the Rio Olympics.

To find out more about getting into Olympic-style junior rifle shooting, I spoke with one of my former coaches, Tom Pike. Tom is now at the helm of one of the biggest junior rifle clubs in the US, and he shared a lot of wisdom about how to find a growing club and why shooting in such a club can take a junior shooter from being a “good shot” to being Olympic-level “great”.

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This is Tom Pike, or at least, this is Tom Pike’s Back. As a coach for the last 14 years, he is frequently finding himself in a position like this – at a range, recording scores and encouraging his shooters. Photo courtesy of Tom Pike.

TOM PIKE AND THE NOVA SHARPSHOOTERS

Tom Pike is is one of the head coaches and administrators for the NOVA Sharpshooters, a rifle team run out of the Izaak Walton League in Fairfax County, Virginia. He is also a coach, shooter, parent of shooters, hunter, and fellow enginerd. Over the fourteen years he’s coached shooters in Northern Virginia, Tom has seen some very talented athletes start their careers at the NOVA Sharpshooters range. The list includes the names of NCAA champions, national match winners, and Olympians.

Continue reading about Emily Monroe’s “How to Get Your Child (or Yourself!) into Olympic Rifle Shooting, Part 1: Find a Good Rifle Club” here and visit her blog “The ‘How-To’ Gun Girl”

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What’s Next for the SW22 Victory Pistol? Just ask Volquartsen Firearms http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/sw22-victory-pistol-volquartsen-firearms/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/sw22-victory-pistol-volquartsen-firearms/#respond Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:49:51 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27955 Volquartsen Firearms introduces two more SW22 Victory accessories.

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You ask, they deliver. Volquartsen Firearms introduces not one, but two more SW22 Victory accessories.

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First up is the 1911 Mil Spec Picatinny Scope Rail. This rail will replace the plastic rail shipped with the pistol. The mount is Type III black hard anodized and machined from 6061 billet aluminum.

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Next is the Exact Edge Extractor for the SW22 Victory. Volquartsen Firearms extractor provides a more positive extraction and eliminates any stove piping. To ensure your extractor will not wear out they wire EDM cut these from A2 Tool Steel.

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Did we mention that NO gunsmithing is required for either accessory?

Upgrade your SW22 Victory today!

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The Women’s Gun Show Episode #18: Carrying a Gun on Campus http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/the-womens-gun-show-episode-18-carrying-a-gun-on-campus/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/the-womens-gun-show-episode-18-carrying-a-gun-on-campus/#respond Sun, 18 Sep 2016 12:30:38 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27923 In this show, Carrie Lightfoot and Barbara Baird discuss campus carry. Carrie interviews Antonia Okafor, an advocate for campus carry in Texas. Sponsored by Ruger.

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In this week’s podcast, Carrie Lightfoot and Barbara Baird focus on carrying a gun on campus – campus carry. Carrie interviews campus carry activist Antonia Okafor, who explains the Texas concealed carry bill and the national movement toward allowing legal concealed carry holders to carry firearms on campus. The women also discuss trending news and cool gear. Women's Gun Show logo

LINKS for The Women’s Gun Show Episode #18: Carrying a Gun on Campus

Barbara’s teal hunt with Southwest Louisiana Sportsman in Jennings, Louisiana. http://www.swlasportsman.com tracey teal Carrie is planning for the upcoming The Well Armed Woman Chapter Leader Conference in Jacksonville, Fla.: http://thewellarmedwoman.com/2016-national-leadership-conference TWAW-leaderconference15 Survival Story  Pastor’s wife shoots suspect during robbery: http://6abc.com/news/pastors-wife-shoots-suspect-during-robbery-in-ne-philly/1513907/  Firearms news you can use

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McKenna Dahl (Shooting USA photo)

McKenna wins! http://www.teamusa.org/News/2016/September/13/McKenna-Dahl-Wins-First-Ever-Paralympic-Shooting-Medal-By-A-US-Woman Missouri loosens gun laws: http://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2016-09-14/gun-rights-voting-restrictions-up-for-overrides-in-missouri Parents open to counseling about firearm storage: http://www.guns.com/2016/09/16/survey-finds-parents-open-to-physician-counseling-about-safe-firearm-storage-practices/  Cool products  2pcs-edc-multifunction-hair-clip-stainless-steel-tactical-ruler-color-ship-randomly Multifunction hair clip: https://www.selloscope.com/bez/2Pcs-Edc-Multifunction-Hair-Clip-Stainless-Steel-Tactic/B01GOASRDG  galco idefense   Galco Gunleather iDefense: https://www.galcogunleather.com/idefense_8_393_1352.html  Antonia Okafor campus carry   Interview Antonia Okafor  sabre drink test kit TWAW Product of the Week – Sabre Drink Test Kit Calendar: What’s up? liberty purple safe raffleLiberty safe raffle – http://thewellarmedwoman.com/liberty-lx25-raffle Ladies Night, Baxter, MN: http://www.millsshooting.com/events/2016-09-26/?view=l  

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Carrie’s sidekick, Sig, uttered his opinion of the show during the recording session.

   

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‘Great Wild Radio’: Professional Ice Angler Shelly Holland http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/great-wild-radio-angler-shelly-holland/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/great-wild-radio-angler-shelly-holland/#respond Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:09:56 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27911 Meet Shelly Holland, one of the first female Professional Ice Anglers on this week's "Great Wild Radio Show."

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This week on her “Great Wild Radio Show,” Wild Barb talks to Shelly Holland, one of the first female Professional Ice Anglers. Shelly is in her 10th year with Clam as an Ice Team Pro.

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Shelly is a spirited character with a long history of jumping into adventures whenever she can. In addition to being a pioneer in the ice fishing industry, she also raced jet skis. Recently arning her captain’s license, Shelly hopes to someday be a charter captain for pleasure cruises near the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior. As if that isn’t enough, she also owns a food truck in the Minneapolis, St Paul area. Her customers wait for her bubbly personality to show up each day.

In addition to seeking adventure, Shelly enjoys spending time with her Grandchild. Also, as part of the Women Ice Angler Project she will make several appearances across the Ice Belt.

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You can visit with Shelly at the St. Paul Ice Show the weekend of  December 3rd. Just go to the Clam booth and look for the gal with the biggest smile. Wild Barb recorded this podcast with Shelly while in a boat on Lake Superior.

Listen to Great Wild Radio Show:

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Retro WON: Yamil Sued … on rain and dust and what’s a must http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/yamil-sued-rain-dust/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/yamil-sued-rain-dust/#comments Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:04:48 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=11745 Yamil Sued gives us some photography tips for dealing with the elements you are sure to encounter during your outdoor activities.

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After over 26 years behind the camera, I have learned one thing: weather doesn’t always cooperate. Some assignments can be scheduled according to weather, but some can’t. Some events are scheduled months in advance and photographers need to be prepared for all types of weather. This is where experience and ingenuity come in.

Packing for a trip

My packing process is simple, but thorough. I usually pack more than I need, but guess what … it doesn’t hurt! The last thing you want is to run out of clean clothes while on location. Pack for all possible kinds of weather.  I have been on trips where weather changes from the mid 30s to the mid 80s in one week. Always bring rain gear.

Speaking of rain gear, one of my favorite pieces of gear is the Rain Sleeve.  This is the coolest gizmo I have ever used!!  Yes, there are more expensive products out there made specifically for rain protection, some costing up to $200.  At this website, the Rain Sleeve runs under $7 for a two-pack.

I remember Tulsa, Okla., in 2008. I shot half of the USPSA Nationals virtually underwater.  The Rain Sleeve saved my shoot and my gear.

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Bob Vogel. Photo by Yamil R. Sued.

Not only for Rain …

The Rain Sleeve is not only for rain. I live in Phoenix, Ariz. It doesn’t rain much in the desert, but it’s dusty! I use the Rain Sleeve in a slightly different way in dusty situations. The rain sleeve comes with a handy nylon drawstring that nicely tightens the plastic sleeve around your lens. In dusty situations, I actually use gaffer’s tape to seal the bag around the lens; this gives me a nice, sealed dust protection. The Rain Sleeve is disposable, too. So, after your event or trip, just throw it away. Heck, the Rain Sleeve is so good, it’s even and effective protection against “carp juice!”

Visit Yamil Sued’s website to see more superb photography.

Editor’s note: We appreciate that you read the WON, Yamil, and hey … we want you along on our next Carp Caper, Buddy. Just bring a lot of Rain Sleeves, OK?

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Yamil R. Sued, on location at the Bianchi Cup match in Columbia, Mo., 2011. Photo by Dustin Pluth.

This Retro WON first appeared August 26, 2011.

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Women of Syren USA: Ashley Butcher http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/women-syren-usa-ashley-butcher/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/women-syren-usa-ashley-butcher/#respond Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:00:58 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27843 Meet Ashley Butcher, sporting clays shooter, founder of Clays for Heroes, marketing manager for her family owned company, student and sponsored shooter for Syren USA. Find out what she loves about her Syren shotgun.

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You know that adage of asking someone who is busy to get something else done? That notion certainly applies to Ashley Butcher, a sponsored shooter for Syren USA. Find out how she fills her hours as an ambassador for the shooting sports, and not just at competitions.

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The WON: Please will you tell our readers what you want them to know about you? 

Ashley Butcher: I currently work as the marketing manager for Summit MSP LLC, our family-owned marketing company in Lockport, N.Y. I also work part-time for Woolley Shooting Clinics. My responsibilities at WSC include brand design, web design/ web maintenance, and gun sales. I graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Marketing and I am currently enrolled in Canisius College for my MBA in Accounting.

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The WON: How did you discover the shooting sports?

Ashley Butcher: My dad introduced me to shooting sports and hunting at a young age and being outdoors is my favorite way to pass the time. My competitive shooting career started in 2010 with our Scholastic Clay Target Program and I am currently participating in the National Sporting Clays Association Championships Tour with the hope of acquiring enough points to make the USA Sporting Clays or Federation Internationale de Tir Aux Sportives de Chasse (FITASC) Team. Recently, I won the 2016 New York State Ladies Sporting Clays and Ladies FITASC Championships.

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The WON: Can you tell us about Clays for Heroes?

Ashley Butcher: In 2012, with the help of my family and fellow sportsmen and women, I founded Clays for Heroes. Clays for Heroes is an annual sporting clays shoot at Rochester Brooks International Skeet and Trap Club that aims to “combine shooting sports and positive public outreach in order to raise funds and show support for our American heroes.” During the past 5 years, Clays for Heroes has raised more than $30,000 to give back to our veterans.  All the proceeds of the event benefit Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA). HAVA is a 501(c) 3 organization whose mission is “to raise awareness and assist disabled veterans with the healing process through active participation in the outdoor sports.”

Last year, HAVA partnered with LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve and the funds from our event were used to take 12 disabled veterans on a 3-day pheasant hunt. My family and I were able to attend the hunt and it was an incredible experience to meet these heroes and make some new hunting buddies. We will be using the money from this year’s event to do another hunt this fall.

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The WON: When women ask you why you shoot a Syren, what do you say?

Ashley Butcher: Being a petite woman, my Syren Tempio is the first gun that fit me right off the shelf. One of the hardest things I found when looking at guns was finding a model that fit my hand and allowed me to comfortably reach the trigger.  Because of this, I thought my only option was a custom stock … until I shot the Syren. The Syren Tempio fit my hand like a glove! When Caesar Guerini designed the Syren, it did an excellent job making sure all elements of the stock were designed for the female body frame.

The WON: What type of feedback are you getting from women who are experiencing this line of shotguns? 

Ashley Butcher: So far, everyone I have talked to who owns a Syren loves it! I sold one to a lady at our club this year and she has nothing but good things to say about it. This past weekend, I had the opportunity to work with 15 women who are interested in shooting sports at a local event Women on Target, which is hosted by the Ladies Shoot N’ Hoot. Syren USA shipped me some demo guns for the event and every woman who shot one, wanted one! All the ladies agreed that they just “felt more comfortable” than the guns they have shot in the past. It was a great event to be a part of and everyone broke some targets!

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The WON: Why is it important that a woman have a shotgun that fits her?

Ashley Butcher: Gun fit is one of the most critical elements of shooting because if the gun isn’t pointing where you are looking, you are going to struggle to hit targets. Women have different body shapes than men and it is important that the length of pull, the pistol grip, the pitch and the cast are correct so the gun sits in your shoulder and points right under your dominant eye.

The WON: What’s the best way for a woman to start competing in shotgun tournaments? 

Ashley Butcher: If you are a woman interested in shooting competitively, there are clubs and programs all over the country that are open to new members.  I have found that Sporting Clays shooters are some of the nicest people and most are open to help new shooters. Don’t be afraid to walk into a gun club and ask for help. There are also more and more women’s programs developing – if you feel more comfortable learning with other women. The Ladies Shoot N’ Hoot that I mentioned above is always open to new shooters!

Ashley Butcher is just one of the “Women of Syren.” Read about the other ladies in our series here.

Visit Syren USA to learn more about its fabulous line of firearms for females: https://syrenusa.com.

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McKenna Dahl Wins Bronze at Paralympic Games http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/mckenna-dahl-wins-bronze-paralympic/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/mckenna-dahl-wins-bronze-paralympic/#respond Thu, 15 Sep 2016 01:26:39 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27898 McKenna Dahl made history yesterday when she became the first woman to win a Paralympic medal in Shooting for the United States.

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RIO DE JANEIRO – McKenna Dahl made history yesterday when she became the first woman to win a Paralympic medal in Shooting for the United States, winning bronze in the R5 (Mixed 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2) event at the Centro Nacional de Tiro Esportivo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Dahl (Arlington, Washington), the youngest at age 20 and the only woman in the field of the eight finalists, qualified for the Final in third place with a score of 635.4. In the Finals, the top-eight shooters from Qualification all start at zero and Dahl lead early from the start of the Finals match, not wavering out of the top-three shooters in this tight contest.

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When it came to the elimination shot for the bronze-medal position (the 18th shot of the match), Dahl was in second place and shot a 10.3. The then third-place athlete – Geunsoo Kim of South Korea – shot a 10.8 to move ahead of Dahl where she would claim the bronze medal.

“It’s overwhelming!” said Dahl. “I knew about half way thought the Final that I was in contention for a medal and I was probably going to succeed in doing so. A lot of it was really just shot process and breathing, keeping everything together and doing what I needed to do.”

During her pre-event training yesterday, Dahl noted some issues with her rifle’s sights and did a complete replacement of her sights in the middle of the hour-long training session.

I had some issues with my sights sticking early on and about half way through the PET, they started sticking again so Armando [Ayala, Paralympic Assistant Coach] had brought a new sight and we changed it out. I named it ‘Aaron’ to get to know it better and become comfortable with it so I had a date with Aaron today and it went pretty well!” she laughed.

Dahl’s medal win marks the first U.S. Paralympic Games medal in Shooting since Dan Jordan won silver in Men’s Three-Position Rifle in 2004. Roger Withrow – the only U.S. Paralympic Games gold medal winner in Shooting – won gold in the Air Rifle Prone event in 1984.

Jazmin Almlie-Ryan (Houston, Texas) battled through illness today and finished in 23rd place with a score of 628.3.

For complete results from the R5 event, please visit: https://www.rio2016.com/en/paralympics/shooting-r5-mixed-10m-air-rifle-prone-sh2-final.

Vasul Kovalchuk of Ukraine won the gold medal for the R5 event.

The Paralympic Games Shooting competition will wrap today with the R6 (Mixed 50m Rifle Prone SH1) and P4 (Mixed 50m Pistol SH1) events.

John Joss (U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit/Corsicana, Texas) is the lone U.S. competitor in the R6 event. USAMU Rifle Coach Jason Parker said Joss has been shooting scores competitive with his USAMU Olympic teammates in training. Joss also finished in sixth place at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Smallbore in the Men’s Prone Rifle event.

Michael Tagliapietra (Fond du Lac, Wisconsin) is the lone competitor for the U.S. in the P4 event. Though Oleskii Denysiuk of Ukraine will be making his Paralympic debut, he’s currently the top-ranked P4 shooter in the world so look for a strong performance from him. Seakyun Park of South Korea won the gold medal at the Paralympic Games in 2012 and he and the rest of his South Korean teammates traditionally do very well in this event as well.

For complete results from the Shooting competition at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, please visit: https://www.rio2016.com/en/paralympics/shooting.

Congratulations McKenna Dahl!

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DIY_WON and How to Make Kombucha Tea, the ‘Immortal Health Elixir’ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/make-kombucha-tea-immortal-health-elixir/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/make-kombucha-tea-immortal-health-elixir/#respond Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:08:23 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27855 Are you part of the Kombucha tea craze? If not, find out what it's all about and how to brew your own.

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Have you ever heard of Kombucha tea, aka mushroom tea?

I hadn’t, until I spent a week at Kenda Lenseigne’s home and questioned her about the 2-gallon glass container sitting on her kitchen counter, filled with a tan liquid, emanating a slight aroma of vinegar. She went to her refrigerator and brought out one of the many mason jars filled with the same color liquid and poured me a small glass. The first sip tasted a bit odd, but by the time I finished the glass I decided I liked it. My friend explained how she made the fermented tea called Kombucha and offered me her recipe and a small jar with a piece of her SCOBY (sometimes called, “The Mother” or Mushroom) to take home ( I would need it to start my own batch).

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A SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast).

Originating around 2,000 years ago in Far East and sometimes called the “Immortal Health Elixir” this fermented beverage, known as Kombucha, is believed to have many health benefits.

Possible Health Benefits of Kombucha (These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA)

  • Aids in cleansing and detoxification
  • Improves digestion through increased nutrient absorption and waste elimination
  • Increased energy
  • Weight loss
  • Boosts immunity
  • Helps with inflammation reducing joint pain
  • Probiotic rich

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Although I could easily purchase Kombucha tea at most health food stores, being a “do-it-yourselfer,” I decided I would start my own batch with the SCOBY Kenda gave me. A SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) contains a living colony of bacteria and yeast that start fermenting once combined with sugar. This ugly, rubbery, slimy disc grows and eventually covers the surface of the tea, sealing it off from the air. As fermentation takes place, the sugar turns into probiotics and healthy acids.

 

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How to Make 2 Gallons of Kombucha Tea

What You Need:

  • 2-gallon glass container (I bought mine at Walmart for $11.46)
  • 2 cups of white sugar
  • 16 tea bags or 1/4 cup of loose tea (I use green tea; however there are others you can use, but avoid any oily teas like earl grey or flavored teas.)
  • A light dishcloth and large rubber band
  • Long wooden or plastic spoon (avoid kombucha contact with metal)
  • Pot large enough to boil 2 gallons of water
  • 1 SCOBY
  • 1 quart of starter tea
  • Glass jars with lids
  • Strainer
  • Funnel
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Michelle pours her Kombucha into 2 quart jars before straining.

Begin with sterilized equipment and wash your hands thoroughly.

  1. Boil 1 gallon of water with 2 cups of sugar.
  2. When the water boils, add 16 tea bags or 1/4 cup of loose tea. (I use green tea, however you can also use black tea.)
  3. Allow tea to steep until it is cool (or longer).
  4. Strain tea bags or leaves into a 2-gallon jar.
  5. Add 3 quarts of cool water to jar.
  6. Add 1 quart of the starter tea or pre-made Kombucha. (You will now have 2 gallons of liquid.)
  7. Carefully add the SCOBY (mother) to the tea.
  8. Cover the jar with a thin dishtowel and a rubber band to keep fruit flies out.
  9. Allow to ferment for 7 to 10 days. Fewer days will produce a weaker Kombucha that is sweeter; more time will give you a stronger Kombucha with a more sour taste. I start tasting mine at 7 days.
  10. Achieve the desired taste, then prepare your tea for the next batch. Now, gently remove the SCOBY and place on a clean plate. Reserve 1 quart of starter tea for your next batch.
  11. Strain and pour the finished product into smaller class jars with lids and refrigerate.
  12. The whole process can begin again.
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A little flavored tea adds variety to the Kombucha batches.

To flavor the Kombucha, add a small amount of herbal tea or grated ginger to the jar when bottling.

I could go on and on about my Kombucha tea. Adding different flavors, brewing for varying amounts of time and even double fermenting for more fizz. Take the time and do some research online to find out what will work best for you. Although the recipes are similar, there are slight differences that you may like better. And if you decide you love your SCOBY like me, you can find my shirt at Violet Love.

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So what are you waiting for? Let us know if you brew Kombucha Tea!

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All the statements made in this post are based on the personal experience and a collection of research gathered in various ways. The author can in no way be held responsible for any problems arising from the use of the information contained in this site. All information is given freely for use at your own discretion and is for informational purposes only. No health claims for Kombucha have been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), nor has the FDA approved Kombucha to cure or prevent any disease.

Please consult with your Physician before using Kombucha tea. Only your health care provider can provide you with the best advice on what is safe and effective for your health. This site is not responsible or in control of the consumers’ home brewing process.

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Should You Add Ice and Freeze Coverage to Your Boat Policy Now? http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/add-ice-freeze-coverage-boat-policy/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/add-ice-freeze-coverage-boat-policy/#respond Wed, 14 Sep 2016 12:10:24 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27850 Ice and freeze coverage may be a smart option for some boats in winter storage - is yours one?

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ALEXANDRIA, Va., September 12, 2016 — Many boat owners think they don’t have to worry about freeze damage if they live in temperate states or if they keep their boat in heated indoor storage areas in Northern climates. However, every year the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) Marine Insurance Program gets freeze-damage insurance claims for boats in Southern states hit by a hard freeze, and claims for boats stored indoors in Northern states where storms took out the electrical power – which usually means no heat. So the first rule of winter storage for any boat is to winterize properly.

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Storing a boat inside over the winter requires a look at your insurance policy first, says BoatUS.

Even then, small winterizing mistakes like not draining all of the areas of the engine raw-water system, can easily destroy an engine. For that reason, BoatUS says ice and freeze coverage may also be a smart option for do-it-yourselfers who want peace of mind, or for trailerboaters who store their boat in a heated garage or travel between warm and cold states.

Typically offered as a policy “rider” to boats stored in Northern climates, it’s inexpensive. BoatUS offers the add-on coverage for as low as $20. However, there is a deadline to purchase this coverage as most insurers don’t offer it once temperatures get cold, usually the end of October.

BoatUS says the good news is that boat owners in more temperate states often have this feature added to their policies automatically, but boaters should check with their insurer.

For more information on boat insurance or ice and freeze coverage, go to www.BoatUS.com/insurance or call 800-283-2883.

Celebrating 50 years in 2016, BoatUS is the nation’s largest organization of recreational boaters with over a half million members. We are the boat owners’ voice on Capitol Hill and fight for their rights. We help ensure a roadside trailer breakdown doesn’t end a boating or fishing trip before it begins, and on the water, TowBoatUS brings boaters safely back to the launch ramp or dock when their boat won’t, day or night. The BoatUS Marine Insurance Program gives boat owners the specialized coverage and superior service they need, and we help keep boaters safe and our waters clean with assistance from the non-profit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. Visit BoatUS.com.

Do you have ice and freeze coverage for your boat?

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All rise for the Queen of shooting, Cheryl Hall! http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/queen-shooting-cheryl-hall/ Tue, 13 Sep 2016 16:33:26 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27884 Our friend across the pond, Cheryl Hall of the Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club is doing great things for new shooters.

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Cheryl Hall is the Queen of shooting. She’s got more World titles than you could shake a stick at. She’s on top of her game, she’s inspirational and she’s one of the best friends of The Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club (SCBC).

Shooting a major championship even for Cheryl Hall is pretty major. Shooting a major if you’re a novice is hugely major!

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Last week, Cheryl took a number of S&CBC members around the British Open at High Lodge as part of her mentorship scheme. This lady is so passionate about more women shooting competitions and introducing members in to her World. Shooting a competition can be rather daunting, especially when you haven’t been shooting for long. What Cheryl has created with her mentorship program is so valuable and unique.

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Cheryl worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this possible. She got approval from the CPSA that this indeed was a great idea. From advertising and filling the squads to advising on the day, Cheryl promoted, filled, organised and got these S&CBC members shooting the Open. Most members would never have dreamed of shooting in such a competition. It’s testament to Cheryl and her passion and the belief in the SCBC members.

Way to go Cheryl Hall, from your friends across the pond.

 

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Five Common Hunting Arguments That Actually Do More Harm Than Good http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/five-common-hunting-arguments-harm/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/five-common-hunting-arguments-harm/#comments Tue, 13 Sep 2016 12:04:28 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27766 As practical as some pro-hunting arguments are, many of them are counterproductive. Christine Cunningham shares how to deliver the message more effectively.

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It often appears in the media that hunting is under attack. Hunters usually respond by sharing a standard line of pro-hunting arguments. As practical as some of these arguments are, many of them are counterproductive. By looking at them more closely and considering the values we share with our audience, we can deliver our message more effectively to those who do not already agree with us, and communicate what matters to us in a more dynamic way.

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 Argument 1: There are more game animals today than in the early 1900s because of hunters. 

Just because there are more game animals today, that fact doesn’t prove it’s because of hunters. The argument gains credibility when it includes the relevant information that hunters have invested funds and spearheaded conservation movements that brought back wildlife populations. However, an objective first reaction would be to question how many game animals are healthy for the environment (more is not always better in the minds of anti-hunters, who believe game populations are kept artificially high for hunters), whether hunters deserve all the credit, and whether this effort reflects the present efforts of hunters, and not just the past.

A better argument will focus on how the perspective of a hunter informs our reason for conserving wild animal populations. Someone once said, “The predator husbands his prey.” Hunters do this out of a desire to care for the woods, prairies and mountains animals call home. Our activism is part of an “outdoor atavism” engrained in the hunter. We envision abundant wild game and wild places because they call to something deep in every human spirit. A hunter takes this responsibility seriously, and that is why we contribute our time and money to conservation causes, which benefit all wildlife, not just game animals.

Revised statement: Hunters have successfully advocated for safeguarding wild animal populations and environments since the 1900s.

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Argument 2: Hunters pay for conservation.

There’s a saying, “It ain’t bragging if you do it,” but every time we praise ourselves to those who disagree, we do little to bridge the gap between us, or create a better understanding. It may be true that no one gives more to habitat, research and wildlife enforcement work than hunters do, but an objective person will not necessarily conclude that hunters have single-handedly pioneered and funded the American conservation system. Instead, they are left to defend their own contributions, or argue that lands managed for hunting are purchased and maintained with tax dollars, despite the number of Americans who do not hunt.

A better argument focuses not on how much we pay, but on how and why we lead the charge in securing permanent and dedicated funding for wildlife and habitat conservation. We can follow up by expressing our desire to continue and expand user-pays public benefits policies and explore partnerships to share our conservation ethic with those who do not understand hunting’s value to a healthy environment. It doesn’t matter to the objective nonhunter that we are affluent; what matters is that we are ambassadors, naturalists and conservationists of land and game held in the public trust.

Revised statement: Hunters demonstrate responsibility for healthy animal populations and environments by leading wildlife and habitat conservation funding and initiatives. 

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Argument 3: Hunting has a high approval rating. 

Hunters often cite statistics showing that 85 percent of American adults approve of hunting. These numbers might be so high because hunters are recognized as a positive force for conservation, or because they’re associated with a cultural tradition or lifestyle. But whatever the reason for the rating, the opinion of most Americans is not relevant when it comes to an argument about right and wrong. Just because something is popular, doesn’t necessarily make it right.. This argument also  invites objections to certain less-popular types of hunting, such as trophy hunting. The moral debate about hunting can never be resolved by an insistence that the animal-welfare ethic is outnumbered.

A better argument provides the credibility behind the claim. In the United States, wildlife is held in public trust and access to wild lands and wildlife is shared equitably and sustained for present and future generations. Under this system, hunters actively participate in environments that few others are lucky enough to even see, but the appeal of hunting to nonhunters may be found in the basic desire to share in the freedom epitomized by wild places The information hunters provide in the form of harvest reports and conservation dollars are valuable to the scientific management of game, but the values that inform our hunts are shared by many people.

Revised statement: Hunters’ valuable contributions to conservation and quality of life have earned hunting an 85 percent approval rating. 

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Argument 4: Hunting is good for the economy.

Hunting is important to our economy, but when hunters focus on this argument, we often miss the point. The economic value of an activity does little to justify it in the eyes of those who object on moral grounds, or who fail to understand what hunting means in economic numbers or otherwise. Consider another industry that humans have been involved in for about as long as hunting: Pornography is also arguably good for the economy, but that fact does little to change whether an individual feels it’s wrong or right.Hunters are said to spend billions a year, but economics are concerned with material prosperity, not what’s good for the soul.

Hunting is good for the economy, but the importance of this can’t be expressed in terms of economic trends alone. A more effective argument focuses on the shared values driving the growth in service industries (particularly in the West) centered around quality of life and protected public lands. The dollars spent by hunters are made more valuable by the fact that hunters often partner with conservation groups to advance policies that protect the outdoors. In a culture desperate to reconnect with wildlife and wild lands, this value far exceeds a mere financial return on investment.

Revised statement: Hunting stimulates growth in communities, and creates a greater investment in the outdoors.

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Argument 5: Hunting is a wildlife management tool.

Often when we cite this argument we discuss the ways in which hunting helps to balance wildlife populations with what the land can support, which limits crop damage, increases highway safety, and curtails disease outbreaks. Hunters help manage growing numbers of predators, such as cougars, bears and wolves—species which many people romanticize or misunderstand. The fact that we are “more than willing to pay for the opportunity” to hunt predators does little to endear us to those who claim to respect those predators’ lives. If we characterize ourselves as predator-hating bounty hunters, we alienate ourselves from the shared values we have withpeople who love these animals from a less practical standpoint.

A better argument focuses on the fact that hunters are partners in conservation. We are willing to provide our field skills and information to science; we hunt not just because we are willing to pay or willing to kill, but because we are willing to serve. Most of us have as many stories of sacrifice as we do trophies. Think about the times we didn’t take the shot, or the times we exercised voluntary restraint in game selection. We didn’t take those actions because our government needed game management help; we took them because we knew it was best for the game. Those stories show us in our true light. If we share our stories, and not just our victories, we send the message that we consider our hunting responsibilities sacred, and err on the side of what is best for the animals.

Revised statement: Hunters are partners in conservation and wildlife management. 

Beyond the hunting arguments, the best advocacy for hunting may be our ability to share the deeply personal reason that calls us to the field again and again. It is not our legal or financial right that make us hunters, or even hunting’s practical value. Likewise, those things are not what appeal to nonhunters. It is respect for life—our own, our families’, and that of the creatures that inhabit our world—that makes up our hunting heritage. And by expressing that respect, we can make a connection.

Read Christine Cunningham’s column, “The Edge” here.

What other hunting arguments would you add to this list?

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New Recreational Boats Upper Deck Capacity Standards http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/recreational-boats-upper-deck-capacity/ Mon, 12 Sep 2016 21:50:04 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27822 The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), has revised its Boat Capacity standard for upper decks on recreational boats.

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ALEXANDRIA, Va., September 9, 2016 – The membership organization that sets safety standards for recreational boat design and manufacturing, the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), has revised its “Boat Capacity” (H-5) standard for upper decks on recreational boats. Upper decks are often referred to as the “fly bridge” or “upper helm.” The new standard, which is partly in response to fatal capsizing accidents involving overloaded fly bridges, will now include upper-deck weight capacity regardless of boat length.

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Overloading is an issue for all types of recreational boats.

Upper decks are typically found on boats greater than 25 feet and often found on fly bridge sportfish vessels, trawlers, houseboats and even some pontoon boats.

New boats with upper decks will soon have an additional capacity placard for those areas to help boaters make smart choices about loading and stability,” said BoatUS Seaworthy magazine Editor Charles Fort. “This will help ensure boaters don’t make the mistake of overloading the upper deck.

The majority of boats built today adhere to ABYC’s voluntary standards through the National Marine Manufacturers Association certification program. Additionally, ABYC offers standards for the maintenance and repair of recreational boats. “A boat that’s designed, built, maintained or repaired to ABYC standards helps ensure a safe day on the water,” added Fort.

Owners of older boats with upper decks may find the capacity in their owner’s manual or by contacting the manufacturer.

An issue for small and large boats, capsizings and sinkings are at the heart of a new BoatUS Marine Insurance Program study that looked at five years of the association’s member insurance claims files. The study reveals how these accidents happen and what boaters can do to avoid them, and it can be found in the August 2016 issue of BoatUS Seaworthy at http://goo.gl/m3hqO3. Data shows that while most capsizes occurred in smaller boats,18% occurred in boats over 25 feet.

For more information on ABYC standards, go to http://abycinc.org.

About Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS):

Celebrating 50 years in 2016, BoatUS is the nation’s largest organization of recreational boaters with over a half million members. We are the boat owners’ voice on Capitol Hill and fight for their rights. We help ensure a roadside trailer breakdown doesn’t end a boating or fishing trip before it begins, and on the water, TowBoatUS brings boaters safely back to the launch ramp or dock when their boat won’t, day or night. The BoatUS Marine Insurance Program gives boat owners the specialized coverage and superior service they need, and we help keep boaters safe and our waters clean with assistance from the non-profit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. Visit BoatUS.com.

Be careful out there, overloading is an issue for all types of recreational boats.

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Kristy Titus Collection by Montana Silversmiths: Exclusively at Cabela’s http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/kristy-titus-montana-silversmiths-cabelas/ Mon, 12 Sep 2016 14:27:45 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27756 Check out the recently launched, expanded selection of the Kristy Titus Collection by Montana Silversmiths.

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Columbus, MT (August 31, 2016) Kristy Titus has recently launched the expanded selection of the Kristy Titus Collection by Montana Silversmiths collection available exclusively through Cabela’s. Kristy Titus is well known for being a Cabela’s Ambassador, NRA Certified Instructor and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Team Elk featured member.

The Kristy Titus Collection launched in 2015 and has done so well. I love hearing comments from ladies on how they finally found a jewelry line that speaks to their passions in the outdoors and is chic and elegant,” states Titus. “I was thrilled when Montana Silversmiths wanted to expand the line this fall as I already had many ideas in the works. We continue to cultivate and curate the highest quality jewelry for women that love the outdoors.

The expansion of the Kristy Titus Collection stays true to its roots with nature-inspired designs.  Each design is carefully selected by Titus to ensure that her vision becomes reality.  This season’s collection expands upon the outdoor theme with beautiful flowing designs and pieces of wilderness that might be seen on a hike or on a hunt.  Whether elk prints, bits of glinting light, natural turquoise or branching antlers, a piece of nature is included. All of the designs are crafted of solid sterling silver and genuine turquoise along with the highest quality crystals available provide the brilliant shine to pieces.

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Choosing Montana Silversmiths as Titus’ partner in creating this collection was easy for her, as Montana Silversmiths has long been part of her family. Titus’ intention for the collection is for the pieces to be quality timeless creations that are passed down. Inspired by wild places the sterling silver and natural stones found throughout the collection hope to create a true family keepsake. The Kristy Titus Collection by Montana Silversmiths is available exclusively through Cabela’s stores and online at www.cabelas.com.

The Kristy Titus Collection has been very popular with our customers and we are thrilled it is expanding to offer additional products,” said Justine Marx, Cabela’s category manager for home and gifts. “Cabela’s is proud to have a great relationship with Kristy, and to be the exclusive retailer of her Montana Silversmiths jewelry collection.

Cabela’s Incorporated is a leading specialty omni-channel retailer of hunting, fishing, camping, shooting sports and related outdoor merchandise and has long been recognized as the World’s Foremost Outfitter. The company is famous for the strength of its brand and world-renowned reputation for delivering quality merchandise, value and legendary customer service.

About Kristy Titus: With a shared passion and love of the outdoors, Titus is honored to serve as an ambassador for Cabela’s, The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, RMEF’s Team Elk television Show, Host of NRA I Am Forever, Swarovski Optik, Buck Knives, Montana Silversmiths, and Wilderness Athlete. Titus was raised leading a pack string of mules into the backcountry of Oregon, experiencing the thrill of public land, do-it-yourself hunting. Titus is an NRA Basic Pistol and Refuse To Be A Victim Certified Instructor. She shares her passion for fitness and nutrition as editor for Western Hunter and Elk Hunter magazines. Learn more at http://kristytitus.com, https://www.facebook.com/KristyTitus and https://instagram.com/kristytitus/

What pieces for you have of the Kristy Titus Collection by Montana Silversmiths?

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Survival Mom DIY: Make Coffee From Chicory Root http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/survival-mom-diy-coffee-chicory-root/ Mon, 12 Sep 2016 12:20:20 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27584 The Survival Mom shares the uses of the blue wildflower known as chicory and making your own coffee from it's root.

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Here’s a great DIY from this weeks featured blog, “The Survival Mom,” about the discovery of  a simple, common weed that can be used to make coffee from chicory! ~MC

For several years, I’ve noticed a beautiful blue wildflower lining the road during the summer. It starts out looking like a weed, but when it blooms, the flower is the color of a Tanzanite gemstone. I’ve noticed that it also grows well along sidewalks, in gravel, or any other harsh environment you can think of. The plant is a dark green and is about 12-24 inches high. The bluish flower petals are flat at the ends, and slightly “fringed”. The leaves closest to the ground look exactly like dandelion. If you are looking for it on a sunny day, they are easy to see. But, on an overcast day or late afternoon, the flowers close up, and it’s harder to spot.

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I decided to take some photos and find out what it was.

To my surprise, I found out it was chicory. I  remembered hearing that it can be used to make a beverage similar to coffee, but wanted to learn more about it. I also wondered  if it had any medicinal properties.

According to Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants & Herbs, the root can be mixed with water to make a diuretic or laxative. It’s used homeopathically for liver and gallbladder ailments, it can lower blood sugar, and has a slight sedative effect. Chicory root extracts have been shown to be antibacterial, and its tinctures have an anti-inflammatory effect. You can learn how to make your own tinctures fairly easily.

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Next, I wanted to find out what parts of the plant were edible and how to use it to make “coffee”. I learned that its root must be dried and roasted before making a hot beverage.

Continue reading, Survival Mom DIY: Make Coffee From Chicory Root here.

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Hunting Story: Jennifer Durham and Big Creek Waterfowl Club http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/hunting-durham-big-creek-waterfowl-club/ Sun, 11 Sep 2016 12:14:06 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27777 Find out why Jennifer Durham likes to hunt at Big Creek Waterfowl Club, a place that tailors hunts to newbies and seasoned hunters alike.

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Jennifer Durham works in corporate American in Austin, Texas. Jennifer was happy to tell others about why she likes to hunt at Big Creek Waterfowl Club, near Wheatley, Ark.

 I’m a girly girl and I love the outdoors,” said Jennifer. “In fact, people are surprised when I say that I hunt.

She hunts mostly with her husband, a commercial real estate broker. The couple wishes to make the most of their vacation time together and traveling to Big Creek Waterfowl Club affords them the perfect opportunity to spend time together outdoors. Jennifer also has attended an all-women’s hunt at the outfitter, located in one of the nation’s best flyzones for waterfowl.

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Jennifer said, “There’s never an attitude of guys only at Big Creek.” In fact, Barry Barnett and his crew accommodate all hunters – from the field to the fork.

Jennifer listed another reason she likes Big Creek, which include the lodging areas – set up for twos or fours. Lodges include fireplaces, large screen TVs, decks and comfortable lounging areas. “I really enjoyed the lodging, meals and overall social aspect of Big Creek,” said Jennifer.

She is anticipating a return trip at her earliest convenience, to hunt either ducks or geese.

Learn more about Big Creek Waterfowl Club here.

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The Women’s Gun Show Episode #17: See Better, Shoot Better http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/the-womens-gun-show-episode-17-see-better-shoot-better/ Fri, 09 Sep 2016 13:31:36 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27792 Curious as to why you should attach an optic to your handgun? Find out the pros and cons in this week's show. Barbara Baird interviews shooting champion Jessie Duff and Leupold's Riza Lesser. Carrie Lightfoot and Baird also discuss trending news and cool gear.

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In this week’s show, Carrie Lightfoot and Barbara Baird discuss the reasons, pro and con, for attaching optics to your firearms. Barbara talks to pro competition shooter Jessie Duff and Leupold’s Riza Lesser, while on location at the Leupold Optics Academy in Oregon. The women focus on how to see better and therefore, shoot better.

LINKS from The Women’s Gun Show Episode #17: See Better, Shoot Better 

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Granny with a gun: http://worldnewsdailyreport.com/grandmother-with-ak-47-saves-cops-being-attacked-by-street-gang/

Firearms news you can use 

Mizzou’s football team may not own guns: http://www.ammoland.com/2016/09/gun-right-groups-launch-investigation-into-public-university-and-sports-team-firearms/ – axzz4Jbd6xcyG

Woman shoots self while testing a gun: http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/while-testing-gun-woman-accidentally-shoots-herself 

Cool products

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Barbara Baird is on the range at the Leupold Optics Academy in Oregon and learning to use the DeltaPoint Pro by Leupold, and being coached by pro-competition shooter Jessie Duff. (Era3 photo)

Leupold DeltaPoint Pro sight: https://www.leupold.com/hunting-shooting/scopes/deltapoint-reflex-sights/deltapoint-pro/

 

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Tru-glo sights: https://www.truglo.com/firearms-handgun/brite-site-tritium-fiber-optic-handgun-sights-green-yellow.asp?catid=E5FDB84FE8F74C239330C1841BDD3D5E

 

Interview

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Jessie Duff. Notice the sight on her gun — DeltaPoint Pro from Leupold.

 

http://www.jessieduff.net

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Riza Lesser, marketing program manager for Leupold, and her elk.

 

Training tip

Train with red dot and backup iron sights: https://trex-arms.com/the-beginners-guide-to-pistol-reddots/

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See better. Shoot better.

TWAW Product of the Week – TWAW Shooting Glasses 6.99 

http://thewellarmedwoman.com/range-supplies/eye-and-ear-protection/TWAW-shooting-glasses

 

Calendar: What’s up?

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Paralympics: http://www.usashooting.org/news/fanhub

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The Boone and Crockett Club: Defining Fair Chase http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/boone-crockett-defining-fair-chase/ Thu, 08 Sep 2016 14:07:47 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27731 Boone and Crockett, the oldest hunter-conservationist organization in North America, has released a comprehensive essay on fair chase, the first and longest standing honor code in North American hunting.

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MISSOULA, Mont. – The Boone and Crockett Club, the oldest hunter-conservationist organization in North America, has released a comprehensive essay on fair chase, the first and longest standing honor code in North American hunting.

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Millions of hunters worldwide practice fair chase, many without even knowing this code has a name or that the Club originated it,” said Club President Morrie Stevens. “With public misperceptions about hunting on the rise and increasing questions about hunting practices and new technology, we feel it is time to re-visit this fundamental part of hunter’s conservation ethic.

The concept of fair chase-the ethical pursuit of a game animal in the field-emerged over 125 years ago at a time of environmental crisis when many formerly abundant wildlife populations in North America were on the brink of extinction. Theodore Roosevelt, after witnessing the bleached bones of thousands of slaughtered bison, was determined to do something about this travesty.

The new code of conduct for hunters established by Roosevelt and the Boone and Crockett Club not only transformed individual behavior and purposes for hunting, but also supported the new conservation principles the Club was promoting. The system of wildlife conservation we have today is still based on the Club’s principles of limiting harvest and wisely managing wildlife populations to ensure they will never be threatened again, as well as an ethical approach to hunting that meets with the expectations of sportsmen and society.

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The Club’s essay on fair chase explores the code’s historical roots and provides a framework for how modern fair chase hunters think about hunting practices and customs. It delves into how hunters evaluate new technological advancements, regional traditions and why fair chase is more a matter of the “spirit of the hunt” than a set of written rules. The essay also addresses the opportunity for hunters to foster a positive public perception of hunting by conducting themselves in an ethical manner.

Fair chase is rich with benefits,” said Stevens. “Not only to the game we hunt and the traditions of hunting, but to hunters personally. Fair chase is linked to such things as self-reliance, discipline and character development, and caring for something greater than ourselves. Understanding the value and transformative nature of a fair chase ethic is just as important for those who hunt as it is for non-hunters.

The new essay on Fair Chase can be read at this link:

http://www.boone-crockett.org/pdf/On_Fair_Chase.pdf

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Becky Lou Outdoors Offers Women’s Hunting Trips this Fall http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/becky-lou-outdoors-offers-womens-hunting-trips-this-fall/ Thu, 08 Sep 2016 14:04:23 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27782 Want to hunt whitetail this fall in a women's-only setting? Check out the various hunting trips offered by Becky Lou Outdoors.

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Along with all the adventures that keep her running and gunning across the country, Becky Lou Lacock is on a mission to help provide women affordable economical adventures, aka often in the form of hunting trips. Using her passion and the many people she meets, she is constantly searching for a way for groups of women to share in an outdoor experience.

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Seasoned outdoors women are welcome, but new beginners are encouraged to join on the events that allow for novice participants!

Becky Lou founded an open Facebook group called, “A Girls Hunt Out” (inspired by the infamous event of a Girls night Out!) with the motto to “Let No Huntress be Left Behind.” Hoping to provide a common resource for all organizations to post and promote women’s outdoor activities from shooting, fishing, camping and hunting, Becky Lou plans several activities each year: pheasant and quail hunting in northeast  Texas; waterfowl hunting in the swamps of southern Louisiana; turkey Hunting in Kansas, Nebraska and the Tensas Reserves of northeast Louisiana — to name a few. She also seeks out and promotes others from the many organizations across America. You can find these other events listed on her Facebook page, as well. It is a great go-to source for women’s outdoor events.

teal-hunt-girlshuntoutThere are hunts available for whitetails in Texas and Illinois in 2016.

Learn more about hunting with Becky Lou: http://www.beckylououtdoors.com/?page_id=2521

 

 

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DIVA WOW Ladies 3-Gun Clinic 2016 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/diva-wow-ladies-3-gun-clinic-2016/ Thu, 08 Sep 2016 12:44:38 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27724 It's not too late to register for the DIVA WOW 3-Gun Clinic in Waxhachie, TX.

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3-Gun Clinic
ONLY 3 WEEKS AWAY!!
September 17, 2016
8:00a to 5:00p
 
Introduction to 3 Gun Competition
Tactical Pistol, Rifle and Shotgun
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 * NEW THIS YEAR *
 DIVA TOP GUN

Put your NRA skills together…

We will shoot 3 firearm stages in the morning

9mm Pistol, .223 Rifle and Tactical 12g shotgun.

After lunch we will begin the
DIVA TOP GUN Competition
on 2 separate stages,

shooting for DIVA Champion

in pistol, rifle and tactical shotgun.

The DIVA with the highest combined scores 
(HOA) will become our first 
DIVA TOP GUN!!

Great PRIZES will be awarded in many categories!!


Rifle Side Match 
Shoot for Accuracy – Win great prizes!
.308 caliber AR Rifles x 3 Rounds

Closest to the bullseye wins

$10 per person, per entry – unlimited times to shoot
Purchase tickets when you register or at the door
 

Register Here

We don’t teach you how to shoot,
We teach you how to improve!
Extreme Tactics and Training Solutions 
620 Greathouse Rd
Waxhachie, TX  75167

CLINIC INCLUDES

  • Friendly Competition and Great Instruction
  • Great Catered Lunch in the covered Party Barn
  • Lunch Time Raffle & drawing – must be present to win these items
  • Vendor Shopping 
  • Event Patch For All Participants
  • All Firearms
  • Ammo
  • Equipment
  • Targets
  • Instruction
  • Goody Bags
  • MORE SURPRISES TO COME!
 
SPECIAL RAFFLE  – Tickets available now when you register for 3-Gun Clinic
 
Syren XLR5 Sporting Semi-auto Shotgun 
28 Barrel 
Triwood Stock & Forearm
$1995 SRP
Syren  
  • $20 per ticket, available online in the DIVA Store
  • Drawing for winning ticket at 3-Gun Clinic, September 17, 2016
  • Do not need to be present to win
 
CLINIC DETAILS
  • $95 DIVA Members
  • $120 Non Members
  • Open to the Public
  • Limited to 80 Ladies
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • $20  Extra Lunch for non-participants (no children please)
  • Guys are welcome to observe or to volunteer
  • Registration Closes Sep 15
  • No Refunds
WHAT TO BRING
  • Good Eye and Ear Protection Required
  • Ear muffs or molded ear protection recommended
  • Bring your own sturdy belt to carry holster and magazine pouch
  • Sunscreen – We will be in the sun much of the time
 
RECOMMENDED ATTIRE
  • Long Pants
  • High Neck Shirt
  • No Open Toe Shoes or Flip Flops
  • Ball Cap or Hat
  • Dress for the Weather
Please do not bring your own firearms or ammo

This 3-gun clinic is not for beginners who have never shot any firearms.

DIVA 3-Gun Clinic is intended to introduce 3-Gun Competition to ladies, and to put to test the skills our members have been working to learn through the Winchester/NRA Marksman Qualification Program in our leagues.
 
To learn more about this exciting, challenging and fun shooting sport, watch this video from NSSF.
We have added a DIVA ROOM BLOCK at
131 Rvg Blvd, Waxahachie, TX 75165
(469) 517-1600
Please call to request the DIVA Room Rate of $69.99/2 queen beds
Diva WOW Womens Group

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Retro WON: 7 Reasons to Go Camping in the Fall http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/7-reasons-go-camping-fall/ Thu, 08 Sep 2016 12:00:13 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=19936 Carrie Zylka shares 7 reasons why she loves to go camping in the fall, and why you will, too!

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I love fall camping.  Everything about it and once Labor Day hits and hunting season gets here I am in seventh heaven.

 

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And here are my top 7 reasons why:

1.  Solitude

The kids have headed back to school; sports have begun eating up all available weekends. The weather is cooling off, and people are obsessed with hunting and football. Which means less people in the campground with you! There is nothing better than having a huge state park campground all to yourself.

Perhaps you are a bit anti-social and tend to avoid large crowds, camping in the fall can provide you the advantage of avoiding noisy campsite neighbors, obnoxious children and barking dogs.

2.  Wildlife is More Active

With the breeding season getting underway, animals are likely to move about more, especially during peak rut time. If you’re not into hunting then this might be the perfect time to visit the parks that do not allow hunting on them. Or better yet – visit the ones that do (just make sure to wear blaze orange for safety) as the hunting pressure will cause animals to move more as well.

Additionally, most animals are gearing up for the long winter, squirrels for example become more active at this time as they desperately search for nuts to ensure their tree pantry is full for the onslaught of cold hits.

3.  Fall Colors

Of course the best reason to camp in the fall is you are surrounded by the brilliant tapestry Mother Nature has created for you. The leaves are turning and everything seems brighter. It’s the perfect time for hiking and photography.

4.  Weather is cooler and that means NO SWEATING!

I hate camping in August, it’s hot and humid and sticky and sweaty and I get crabby and tired easier and crabby and did I mention crabby? The cooler weather means I can be more active without immediately breaking into a sweat. I can enjoy hiking and sightseeing more because I don’t have to lug around a gallon of water with me. And for me personally; the cooler weather tends to invigorate me, it wakes me up and gets the blood moving, it makes me want to go for a long hike!

Read more at The Wild World of CarrieZ.

What’s your favorite season for camping?

This Retro WON was first published September 26, 2014.

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#HuntingwithJR: Scouting for Doves http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/scouting-procedures-dove-hunting/ Wed, 07 Sep 2016 13:26:51 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27624 Are you ready to get out there and start scouting doves? Read Judy Rhodes’ tips in her column, “#HuntingwithJR,” sponsored by Remington Outdoor Company.

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It’s important to learn scouting procedures for doves. Doves are seedeaters.  They feed on sunflowers, corn, wheat, oats, millet and other grain crops. They eat on bare ground because their legs aren’t strong or long enough to scratch through litter.

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#HuntingwithJR is sponsored by Remington Outdoor.

Tip: Find grain fields to hunt over. 

Scouting for Doves

It’s also important to know dove rituals that will help you when scouting for doves.

  • Shortly after dawn doves fly from roost to a watering hole, then off to feeding areas when they remain for the day.
  • Prior to roosting doves return to watering holes.
  • Doves like to loaf on branches, graveling and watering sites are some of their favorite locations.

Tip: Make sure you are concealed in one of these spots during the right time of day.

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The Remington V3 Field Sport.

Have you started scouting for doves yet?

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Winchester Honors Kim Rhode http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/winchester-honors-kim-rhode/ Wed, 07 Sep 2016 12:56:22 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27737 To celebrate Olympian medalist Kim Rhode’s history-making achievements, Winchester is once again featuring her image on boxes of AA target loads.

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EAST ALTON, Ill. – Kim Rhode roared into history before the first competitive shot was ever fired in Rio, but now she has a bronze medal to solidify her legacy in the shooting sports arena. Rhode is the first American athlete in history to win six consecutive medals in an individual sport.

“We are proud of our long-standing partnership with USA Shooting, and particularly Kim Rhode,” said Brett Flaugher, vice president of marketing, sales and strategy at Winchester Ammunition. “We offer a heartfelt congratulations to all the athletes who participated in this year’s games. Kim and her fellow teammates are a reflection of all that is great about sporting competition, what is best about America and what is best about the benefits of competitive target shooting.”

To celebrate Rhode’s history-making achievements, Winchester is once again featuring Kim Rhode on boxes of AA target loads. The standard AA loads, AA128, will be in the commemorative boxes and available at Winchester retailers.

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Winchester Ammunition has enjoyed a long-time connection with Rhode and the USA Shooting team as the exclusive shotshell sponsor and supplier since 1999.

“We all owe a great deal of our success to Winchester and their AAs. They’ve helped us practice, train and compete with the confidence we need just knowing we’re shooting the best product out there,” said Kim Rhode. “We’re very proud to have the Winchester name behind our team and are very thankful to have those legendary AA shotshells in our shooting vests.”

About Winchester Ammunition
The iconic Winchester brand celebrates 150 years of legendary excellence in 2016—a historic milestone representing a steadfast commitment to the hunting and shooting sports traditions and future generations of sportsmen. A world leader in delivering innovative products, Winchester is The American Legend, a brand built on integrity, hard work and a deep focus on its loyal customers. Learn more about the history of Winchester by visiting Winchester.com or connect with us on Facebook at Facebook.com/WinchesterOfficial.

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The Women’s Gun Show July Fan of the Month: Lorie McMaster http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/womens-gun-show-fan-month-lorie-mcmaster/ Wed, 07 Sep 2016 12:31:24 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27563 Meet Lorie McMaster, who is like a lot of women in the world – working, raising a family and trying to keep it all in balance. Lorie is the July “Fan of the Month,” for the popular podcast, "The Women’s Gun Show," which is sponsored by Ruger.

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Meet Lorie McMaster, who is like a lot of women in the world – working, raising a family and trying to keep it all in balance. Lorie is the July “Fan of the Month,” for the Women’s Gun Show. Carrie Lightfoot interviewed Lorie in Episode #13.

The women's gun show fan of the month, Lorie McMaster

We had a few more questions for Lorie.

The WON:  What’s your answer for when people say, “What do you do?” 

Lorie: I am the Test Center Coordinator at a local community college. Basically, I administer exams everyday to both students and professionals in the community.

The WON:  Three words that best describe your attitude toward being able to shoot safely and competently. 

Lorie: Sounds cliché: Training, Training, Training.

The WON:  You mentioned your children in the interview. How did you know if was time for them to learn about shooting? 

Lorie: I think it depends a lot on the child. Are they showing interest in guns? Are they teachable? Do they listen and follow instructions? How impulsive are they? Appropriate motor skills? Hand size? Wrist and arm strength? Make sure it will be a good experience for them.  For example, my daughter is 11, but the size of an 8-year old.  She was an amazing shot with a Cricket .22 rifle. A few weeks later my husband and I took her to the pistol range and let her fire my Sig P238 .380. She hated it! We progressed too much too soon and she did not have the wrist strength for the recoil. The empty cartridges kept flying back, hitting her in the forehead. So now we need to see about getting a small .22 just for her.

The WON:  What’s your next gun? Can be a dream gun. 

Lorie: I would love to have my fathers Colt 1911 from WWII. Just to relive the memories of shooting with him while I growing up. My brother has it, but will not let anyone near it.  I am thinking I would like a Sig P320 Compact. I have small hands and struggle with a full-size grip. I want a gun for both home defense and defensive shooting classes. I am curious about the USPSA matches every other month at our gun club. If one gun will meet all of these requirements I want it!

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The WON: Is there training or a trip you’d like to take that revolves around shooting? 

Lorie: I would love to have both defensive pistol and defensive carbine classes. I have not yet researched locations other than a local training facility in our county.

The WON:  How do you talk to women in this election year about your strong Second Amendment views? 

Lorie: In our county, most women already hold strong Second Amendment and conservative views, but these views are not openly discussed. Most women concealed carry and a lot of women hunt.

Listen and subscribe to The Women’s Gun Show on iTunes and Stitcher.

Congratulations again Lorie!

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WOW Wednesday: Learn the Basics of Paralympic Shooting http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/learn-basics-paralympic-shooting/ Wed, 07 Sep 2016 11:25:17 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27715 The US will send its largest team ever in Shooting to the Paralympic Games including the first women. Read more about the sport here.

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The United States will send its largest team ever in Shooting to the Paralympic Games with five athletes earning the distinct honor to represent Team USA, including the first women to compete for the United States in Paralympic Shooting competition.

There are currently 12 events for Paralympic Shooting, which include eight rifle and four pistol events. Paralympic Shooting offers three separate events for men and three for women. Men and women compete together in an additional six mixed events.

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U.S. History

The USA’s Paralympic history in Shooting includes three medals overall. Roger Withrow earned the only gold medal thus far at the Stoke Mandeville/New York 1984 Paralympic Games for the 10m Prone Air Rifle event. West Brownlow also earned a bronze medal that same year in Air Pistol. Current Alaska Fairbanks head coach Dan Jordan is the last Paralympic medal winner for the U.S. having earned a silver medal in the Three-Position Rifle event at the 2004 Athens Games. Since 1975, 30 Team USA athletes have competed in Shooting at the Paralympic Games.

Most recently in London, Josh Olson (Spokane, Washington) finished 12th and 28th in his two rifle events while Eric Hollen (Colorado Springs, Colorado) finished 14th and 23rd in his two pistol events.  China was the top team after earning four gold medals during the competition.

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Shooting first appeared as a demonstration event at the 1972 Paralympic Games. Shooting became an official Paralympic event at the 1976 Paralympic Games. The sport’s debut came with 14 participating countries and only three medal events. Today, more than 65 countries participate in Paralympic Shooting.

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Classification

Classification provides a structure for competition. Athletes competing in Para sports have an impairment that can lead to a competitive disadvantage, thus a system has to be put in place to minimize the impact of impairments on sport performance and ensure the success of an athlete is determined by skill, fitness, power, endurance, tactical ability and mental focus.

To best ensure an environment of fair and equal competition, Para athletes are placed in categories for competition based on their impairment, called “sport classes.” Within sport classes, athletes are grouped by the degree of activity limitation resulting from the impairment. As sports require different activities, the impact of the impairment on each sport also differs. Therefore, for classification to minimize the impact of impairment on sport performance, classification must be sport-specific. Shooting athletes can be tested and receive their classification at most IPC Shooting events.

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There are two classifications for Paralympic shooters: SH1 pistol/rifle and SH2, which are broken down as follows:

  • SH1 rifle identifies athletes who do not need a support for the gun.
  • SH1 pistol athletes may have upper and lower limb impairments. There is no additional support for the pistol.
  • SH2 rifle athletes need support for the gun via use of a shooting stand and may require a loader.

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Within these classifications, things such as the stiffness of the spring used in a shooting stand, to the height of the back of a wheelchair used in competition are regulated and determined by level of impairment.

The sport is governed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and coordinated by the IPC Shooting Sport Technical Committee and Management team.

The sport follows rules of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) in conjunction with its own IPC Shooting Technical Rules and Regulations, which take into account considerations for Para athletes in shooting sport.

The course of fire for Paralympic events is similar to the men’s events in Olympic shooting, with the Sport Pistol event conducted on the same course of fire as the women’s Olympic event. Finals are conducted just as they are in the Olympic events.

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Fun Facts

One of the events unique to Paralympic competition is Air Rifle Prone. Though athletes will not lay on the ground in the traditional prone position, they are able to rest their elbows on a shooting table while shooting.

Paralympic Three-Position Rifle events are contested with one elbow supported for the kneeling position, and two elbows supported for the prone position.

Read more about the Paralympic Shooting Games here.

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Shotguns: The Hints They May Give You About Their Owners http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/shotguns-owners/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/shotguns-owners/#comments Tue, 06 Sep 2016 12:32:57 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27626 What do shotguns say about their owners? Christine Cunningham explains it all in her column, "The Edge," sponsored by Syren.

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My first day of shotgunning was as an adult at a gun club in Alaska. The heavy object was placed in my arms and felt as unfamiliar, mysterious and deadly as a chainsaw to a girl who had never so much as chopped a single piece of wood, much less felled a tree. A professional had made the variety of choices for me—shotgun type, barrel length, automatic ejectors, pistol grip, pitch, drop and length of pull. There was a quick explanation of ballistics, and all I could think was, It’ll be a miracle if I ever hit a target. Yes, my first experience with shotguns.

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The Edge is sponsored by Syren.

 

For months I had been listening to old trap boys on the sidelines, trying to glean shotgunology as if by osmosis. For years I toiled not to embarrass myself on Saturday hunts and Sunday shoots. Then one day, a group of shotgunners stood around the stove in the clubhouse as a pipe-smoking member extolled the virtues of a particular gun so modified that it looked like an artificial limb. I shook my head and said, “I would never shoot a gun like that.” Everyone looked at me. If I could have looked at me, I would have looked at me. The quiet girl had an outspoken opinion about a shotgun!

I won’t say that I started drinking whiskey and smoking a pipe after that, and it was awkward to defend my first newly formed judgment. The fact was, though, that I had an opinion, and, after the first one had escaped my lips, they flowed like water. I liked over/under shotguns with wood stocks. I liked case-hardening on the receiver. I didn’t care for too much engraving (at the time). I thought it was cool to take a 12-gauge waterfowling and a 28-gauge for upland game or early-season teal, but a bit arrogant to take a .410. I inspected everyone’s choices as if they were character traits—guns, chokes, loads. My opinion-forming grew at the rate of a child’s ego. At 5 years old, I was ready to open up my own gun shop.

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Christine Cunningham’s Syren Elos Venti in 20 gauge.

Luckily for me, I checked myself before it went too far. The truth of the matter is that choices are not universal. For instance, the weight of a shooter has some say in how competently he or she can handle a heavier gun. Someone who chooses a pump-action or automatic doesn’t necessarily prefer the ability to kill more game over the refinement and balance of a double gun. There is much more that goes into the decision. The reason many of us prefer a particular type of action may be because it was what we shot with when we were starting out, or because of family tradition. The choice of shotguns comes down to a mix of influences as well as the practicalities of the game hunted and where, and tells the story of how each gunner has developed over time.

Here are just a few examples of what a gun might say about it’s owner:

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Alex Brittingham in the field with her Benelli Super Black Eagle II (John Phelan photo).

A field-worn semi-automatic 12-gauge weighing 7½ pounds with a 28-inch barrel, and chambered for 3½-inch shells with full chokes may belong to  an experienced duck hunter who has put some thought into the purchase.  Alex Brittingham shoots a 12-gauge Benelli Super Black Eagle II as her primary gun and the first shotgun she purchased on her own as a waterfowler. Looking at just her gun, you would learn she was left-handed and the length of the stock would give you an idea of her height. You wouldn’t know she started hunting at the age of 4, and this gun was the first left-handed gun she ever owned. When she first started bird hunting, she was given a Remington 870 pump to shoot. That season, she became an expert at shooting a pump shotgun and could reload faster than anyone hunting with her. However, it was quickly brought to her attention that she was worrying too much about reloading and not enough about aiming. After using a pump for an entire season, she made the decision to purchase a semi-auto Benelli, so she could put more effort into hitting birds.

A 20 gauge over/under with a nicely figured wood stock and weighing 6½ pounds with a barrel length of 26 inches and improved cylinder chokes may belong to an upland hunter who appreciates the aesthetics and traditions of the sport.

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Sarah Deline (Nancibeth Koutstaal photo).

Sarah Deline shoots a 20-gauge Fausti Conrad as her primary gun. Besides finding the overall design attractive, Sarah was drawn to Fausti USA as a brand due to the involvement of the three Fausti sisters, Elena, Giovanna, and Barbara Fausti, who represent the company and who are all shooters and hunters. My own favorite shotgun is the Syren Elos Venti, in 20-gauge and, similar to Sarah, I was attracted to the beauty of the gun and story behind Syren, the first company to provide an entire line of shotguns designed for the female shooter.

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Nance Ceccarelli, Bonne, and her Beretta on one of their favorite chukar hunts (Paul McCawley photo)

Nance Ceccarelli primarily shoots 3 shotguns, but the first gun she picked, was her Beretta Urika in 20 gauge. She picked it by selecting a black queen out of a deck of cards at a Friends of the NRA banquet. But, the reason she played the game was that the Beretta was engraved with a beautiful English setter pointing a ruffed grouse, and the shotgun came with a matching print.  Both the gun and print number are the same. She picked the black queen because “the Queen B” or Bonne was her new young dog that year. She loves the gun, which fit her right out of the box. It has been refinished a couple of times, and has travelled well with her in the chukar hills she frequents.

A shotgun can say a lot about its owner. The condition of the gun demonstrates the cleaning habits of the shooter and the environment it’s been used in. The scratches and scrapes tell untranslatable stories of days afield. There is no right or wrong in the judgment of what is behind the firearm as much as there is a story in every gun. It’s the story of the gunner. As many grandmothers have said, “You can tell a man by his shoes.” A shotgun can reflect so much about us, whether it’s our outdoors activity, our level of maintenance, our interest in details, or whether we favor tradition or trend. Most importantly, like a good pair of shoes, they fit the kind of life we live. What does your shotgun say about you?

Given your choice of shotguns, what would you choose?

Rad more about Christine’s Syren Elos Venti here.

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8 Ways To Avoid Problems at the Boat Repair Shop http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/8-ways-avoid-problems-boat-repair-shop/ Tue, 06 Sep 2016 12:31:02 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27165 For over 25 years the BoatUS has helped Boat Owners Association of The United States members resolve disputes with repair facilities.

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. July 25, 2016 – For over 25 years the BoatUS Consumer Protection department has helped Boat Owners Association of The United States members resolve disputes with boat repair facilities. The vast majority of shops do the job right, but sometimes they – or boat owners – make mistakes. To see what went wrong and to possibly learn from others, BoatUS has surveyed its BoatUS Dispute Resolution files to identify eight trouble spots that boaters needing work done should know:

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Whether a simple repair or complex job like the refit, BoatUS has some tips to help avoid problems.

  1. Finding a shop: Word of mouth is still king. Having American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) and Better Business Bureau (BBB) certifications are also two good signs. Boaters can also check out the BoatUS Consumer Protection Database for complaints filed by BoatUS members.
  2. Get it in writing: Get a written estimate before work begins, and remember that it is based on an approximation of how much the job will cost. If work may go beyond the estimated price, you can always direct the shop to obtain your authorization before proceeding with unforeseen repairs. Remember, if it’s not in writing, there’s no way to confirm the work was requested.
  3. Is there a guarantee for the work? 30-, 60-, or 90-days are all typical. Ask if parts and labor are included. Don’t wait until after the warranty expires to check the repairs.
  4. Remove valuables: Bring small electronics, personal items and fishing gear home.
  5. Take photos: It’s always good to take a few “before” time-stamped photos of your boat in the shop (your smart phone may have this feature built-in or there are Apps available). Accidents do sometimes happen, and you may need before and after damage photos to show the shop damage took place and possibly file an insurance claim.
  6. Languish at your peril: Avoid having your job pushed to the back burner by staying frequently informed about ongoing repairs. While there are often legitimate delays due to seasonality, parts sourcing, weather, and personnel, if you think you are getting put off, you probably are. Cut losses and find another shop. (Tip: For larger jobs, ask the shop to periodically email you pictures of work in progress. It may help keep the job on schedule.)
  7. Inspect, inspect, and inspect: When picking up the boat after completion of repairs, ensure each bit of repair work matches the actual invoice. If you do have a dispute with the final bill, you’re in better legal shape if you pay it in full, preferably on a credit card, and then file a complaint with the shop and/or your credit card company.
  8. A note about end of season repairs: Sea trials must take place during the warranty period, which has sometimes caused problems for BoatUS members who put their boats away for the winter before ensuring the repairs are satisfactory. Any open issues found in the springtime will likely come out of the boat owner’s wallet.

About Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS):

Celebrating 50 years in 2016, BoatUS is the nation’s largest organization of recreational boaters with over a half million members. We are the boat owners’ voice on Capitol Hill and fight for their rights. We help ensure a roadside breakdown doesn’t end a boating or fishing trip before it begins, and on the water, we bring boaters safely back to the launch ramp or dock when their boat won’t, day or night. The BoatUS Marine Insurance Program gives boat owners the specialized coverage and superior service they need, and we help keep boaters safe and our waters clean with assistance from the non-profit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. Visit BoatUS.com.

Do you have a trusted boat repair shop?

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Washington Women Outdoors: September Schedule of Activities http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/washington-women-outdoors-september/ Sat, 03 Sep 2016 21:08:01 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27682 If you enjoy the outdoors and live in the D.C. area, this September you should meet up with, The Washington Women Outdoors.

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Washington Women Outdoors (WWO) is a non-profit organization that is run almost entirely by volunteers. They engage in outdoor activities instructed by women in the D.C. area. Activities are available for all skill levels to inspire the beginner and to challenge the more advanced. Check out their September schedule of events.

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Here are September events for Washington Women Outdoors. Please join us for a canoeing and camping trip, stand up paddleboarding, river kayaking, hiking, and biking. You can register for events online or through the mail.

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September

3-5 Delaware Water Gap Canoeing and Camping Trip
3 Beginner River Kayaking Trip on Antietam Creek
10 Anne Arundel Adventure Bike Ride
10 Stand Up Paddleboarding, Level 1
17 Shenandoah Summit Sampler Day Hike
22 Backpacking Committee Meeting & Social
24 Sugarloaf Road Bike Ride
25 Mason Neck Half-Day Hike

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Find out more about the WWO here.

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‘Wild Barb’ to Host Interviews with Female Anglers on ‘Great Wild Radio Show’ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/wild-barb-to-host-interviews-with-female-anglers-on-great-wild-radio-show/ Fri, 02 Sep 2016 13:48:27 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27651 Meet Wild Barb Carey, co-host of the "Great Wild Radio." The WON sponsors her segments on women anglers. Marianne Huskey is first in her vast lineup of fishing pros.

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The WON is delighted to sponsor Barb Carey and her radio show, “Great Wild Radio Show,” weekly in a special segment on women who fish. Barb is the founder and president of Wisconsin Women Fish and has been teaching ice fishing classes to women for more than 10 years.

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Barb Carey

Who is Wild Barb?

Barb is an award winning author and the voice of “Wild Barb” on the Great Wild Radio Show. She also is an active member of the WI Fisheries Advisory Council.

‘Wild Barb’ and Marianne Huskey

Marianne Huskey

Join Wild Barb as she talks to Marianne Huskey, professional  walleye angler, in the first installment of this series. Marianne is the top earning professional walleye angler and is the  first woman to win “Angler of the Year” (2012) in any species competing in the Pro-Am format against all males. Marianne works full time in the outdoor industry and is the Matzuo America pro-staff director. In addition to holding several pro-staff positions, Marianne guides, speaks at seminars and also has been featured at Women’s Outdoor News in a series of tips titled “#Fishon with Marianne Huskey,” and in the Outdoor section at The Daily Caller.

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Listen to this podcast to hear Marianne while she talks about fishing big water, and tips for women wanting to work in the industry.

 

 

 

 

Listen to Great Wild Radio Show: http://www.podcastgarden.com/podcast/thegreatwildradioshow

 

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The Women’s Gun Show Episode #16: Safety Tips for Travel http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/the-womens-gun-show-episode-16-safety-tips-for-travel/ Fri, 02 Sep 2016 04:42:35 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27633 Are you following these safety travel tips? Find out when Wendy Megyese lists them in her interview with our Babbs at The Women's Gun Show, podcast #16. Sponsored by Ruger.

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Carrie Lightfoot and Barbara Baird discuss cool gear and trending topics in the firearms world that pertain to women this week in show #16. Barbara interviews Wendy Megeyse, former law enforcement deputy, about how to stay safe while traveling. Sponsored by Ruger. 

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LINKS to The Women’s Gun Show Episode #16: Safety Tips for Travel

Survival Story

Former CNNers survive New Mexico motel gunfight: http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/01/us/new-mexico-motel-shooting/

Guide to the Interstate Transportation of Firearms – NRA-ILA

https://www.nraila.org/articles/20150101/guide-to-the-interstate-transportation 

Firearms news you can use

Gun ownership in homes rises: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/surprise-gun-ownership-rises-to-44-of-all-homes/article/2600319

Olympic Champion Kim Rhode Warns About The Suffocation of Shooting Sports Through Gun Control: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2016/08/17/olympic-champion-kim-rhode-gun-control-is-hurting-the-shooting-sports-n2205932 

Cool products

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TruckVault: http://www.truckvault.com/?mSrc=I06

Kim Rhode – truckvault video: http://www.facebook.com/TruckVault/videos?__mref=message_bubble

 peltor tactical earplugs

Peltor Tactical earplugs: http://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company-us/all-3m-products/~/3M-PELTOR-TEP-100-Tactical-Earplugs-Kit-1-Kit-EA-Case?N=5002385+8709320+8709345+8711017+8712275+8713720+8720539+8720540+8726539+8729299+3292682142&rt=rud

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Wendy and John Megyese in front of their store in North Carolina.

 

Interview

Wendy Rivera Megyese: http://www.saltydogspetboutique.com/about-usnano vault the well armed woman 

TWAW Product of the Week

Nanovault: http://thewellarmedwoman.com/safes-and-safety/gunvault-nanovault

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Calendar: What’s up?

NRA women’s Leadership Forum Summit – http://www.nrawlf.com/benefits-events/summit.aspx 

Becoming an Outdoors Woman, California, is now run by California Waterfowl:

Two big events this fall — http://www.calwaterfowl.org/cwa-bow

Women’s Pheasant Hunt Weekend – September 24-25

Multi-course Workshop – October 21-23

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Q&A with ‘Girls with Guns Clothing’ on Hunting and the Muck Boot Partnership http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/09/girls-guns-clothing-hunting-muck-boot/ Thu, 01 Sep 2016 13:00:01 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27565 The newest member of TeamWON, Marjorie Moss, interviews Jen and Norissa about their business, hunting and the exciting collaboration between GWG and The Original Muck Boot Company in her column, "Out & About," sponsored by The Original Muck Boot Company.

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We welcome Marjorie Paulson in her debut column of “Out & About,” where she interviewed the women behind Girls with Guns Clothing.

Meet Jen O’Hara and Norissa Harman, the women behind Girls with Guns Clothing (GWG). Jen and Norissa took time out of their busy schedules to answer a few questions about their business, their hunting plans and the exciting collaboration between GWG and The Original Muck Boot Company.

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Out and About is sponsored by The Original Muck Boot Company.

In 2008, while participating in Shoot For Purpose, a charity sporting clays shoot for breast cancer, Jen and Norissa jokingly dubbed their all-women team “Girls with Guns” and from there, the name just stuck. With Norissa’s background in embroidery and screen printing, and Jen’s business savvy, the 2 best friends decided to partner together to fill a void in the women’s outdoor lifestyle and technical hunting industry. They envisioned a brand that brought together some of their favorite things – Jen’s love of all things camo, and Norissa’s flair for trending fashion – that could become the everyday outdoor lifestyle brand for country girls, outdoors women, and hunters alike. They believed that no one truly knows a woman’s form and their gear needs quite like another woman, and they were tired of men’s and youth sizes being their only options for outdoor apparel. Fast forward 8 years later, and Jen and Norissa feel that they have far surpassed their original goal, and they are incredibly excited to see what the future holds for GWG.

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Marjorie: How has GWG evolved from those early days in the garage?

Jen and Norissa: After outgrowing our garage and 2 other warehouses, we moved into our current 5,000-square-foot warehouse, which we fondly refer to as GWG Headquarters. We are looking forward to our 8-year anniversary in November.

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Marjorie: Talk about your new partnership with The Original Muck Boot Company.

Jen and Norissa: We couldn’t be more excited to partner with the top hunting boot company in the US! The first line will feature a hunting boot combining Muck’s comfort technology and waterproof design with GWG’s feminine style. These boots are rugged and will stand up to any hunt you take them on. The Girls with Guns Arctic Hunter comes in both a tall- and mid-height style. They are available for purchase at www.muckbootcompany.com, www.girlswithgunsclothing.com, and our retailers. Dick’s Sporting Goods and Sportsman’s Warehouse will also be carrying the boots. MSRP is $179.99 for the GWG Arctic Hunter Tall and $169.99 for the Mid.

 

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Marjorie: What type of outdoor adventures do the 2 of you participate in?

Jen and Norissa: We pretty much participate in everything in the outdoors. That’s the idea around GWG. It’s a brand that is built around your everyday, outdoor gal. We hunt, fish, hike, shed hunt and wakeboard. You name it.

Marjorie: What parts of your life compete with your time spent outdoors?

Jen and Norissa: Family and work are the only 2 things that really pull us away from hunting. Luckily, because we have our own television show – Universal Huntress TV on the Pursuit Channel – part of our job incorporates hunting.

Marjorie: Tell us about your fall hunting plans.

Jen and Norissa: Pursuant to Universal Huntress TV, our hunting plans take us all over North America. Jen will be moose hunting in Alberta, Canada. Norissa plans on hunting whitetail with her husband in Pennsylvania. And together, we will travel to Florida to hunt gator and go deep-sea fishing, chase mule deer in Colorado and hunt hogs and pheasant back home.

Jen has already gone out with the bow during archery blacktail season and is looking forward to hunting with her niece (who wants to be a hunter like her Auntie Jen!) during rifle season for blacktail. Jen will also find opportunities to hunt dove locally.

Marjorie: Do you have any tips for women hunters as we move into fall hunting season?

Jen and Norissa: One of the most important tips we have for women is to practice shooting consistently. This is the best way to improve your odds for success when the moment comes that you need to pull the trigger under pressure. Also, staying in hunting shape is very important, so you can keep up with your guides when hunting and hiking.

Do you have a favorite style Muck Boot?

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