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So many of my friends know Tiffany Lakosky. She is the star of Crush, with Lee and Tiffany on the Outdoor Channel, along with her husband, Lee. She is expecting their first child any day now. As you can imagine, I felt super excited when she took the time to talk to me at the Golden Moose Awards. She was one of the sweetest people there.

I asked her what she likes most about being a mentor to ladies. You can see what she had to say in the video below.

This series has been underwritten by Remington Outdoor Company.

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Lee and Tiffany Lakosky with Lea. (Mia Anstine photo)

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#TbT – Ellen Benitz’s 4 Must-Haves for Turkey Hunting http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/tbt-four-must-haves-turkey-hunting/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/tbt-four-must-haves-turkey-hunting/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:28:50 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21384 In this Throwback Thursday (#TbT) feature, you’ll find 4 Must-Haves for Turkey Hunting. As soon as the weather started warming up, […]

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In this Throwback Thursday (#TbT) feature, you’ll find 4 Must-Haves for Turkey Hunting.

As soon as the weather started warming up, I got into “gear mode” for turkey season.  I usually start out  by lining up all the gear I will take … and most of it, I will remove later in the season because my vest will get too heavy to lug around.  But these tried and true things will remain a constant in my vest:

1)    A really true fitting pair or two of camo gloves made specifically for women.  I usually carry two, one a little heavier in weight than the other for those cool mornings when my hands get cold.  The light weight ones are Red Head brand by Bass Pro.  They are called Red Head Strut Zone gloves for women.  They are a moisture wicking polyester/spandex material in either Real Tree AP or Mossy Oak camo patterns.  But what I like the best about them, besides the fit, is the silicone palms.  I like to ensure I have a good grip on either my friction calls or my gun!  Did I mention they fit?  I have small hands, short fingers and have a hard time finding gloves to fit, and NO man’s glove or “one-size-fits-most” gloves ever fit me.  I usually end up with too much material at the ends of my fingers.  The other pair I really like, the heavier pair is by She Outdoor Apparel.  It’s a heavy cotton blend but with a low pile interior for a little added warmth.  They, too, have some silicone on the palm and finger tips for gripping.  The camo patterns are all Realtree patterns.  These gloves will set you back $20 plus shipping, where the ones from Bass Pro are only $12.  But for me, I’ll pay just about anything to have a pair of camo gloves that FIT my small hands!

2)    A Gerber pruner The one I have I have had for a very long time and honestly don’t remember how or where I got them.  They could’ve been a gift but I don’t remember.  I DO remember to put them in my vest at the beginning of turkey season and that is where they stay for the duration! I checked the website and these particular pruners are no longer listed, but they have some others that are reasonably priced.  Besides being great pruners for cutting back brush or removing poison ivy from a tree you want to sit against, they carry a lifetime warranty and are made in the U.S.A. ! Need I say more?  Gotta have ‘em, wouldn’t do without ‘em and definitely worth the price.

 

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3)    The day or night before I go into the turkey woods I treat EVERYTHING I plan on wearing with a spray that contains Permethrin.  Repel makes one and it is available at Bass Pro and Wal-Mart called Mosquito Stop for Clothing and Gear.  You should NOT put this on your skin!  Spray your clothing and boots liberally with this and allow to dry.  This will not only kill ticks and mosquitoes that come in contact with it, but it will stay on your clothing, even through washings, for up to two weeks.  The kind I use is a military grade my brother gave me and it is suppose to stay on up to six weeks.  This year, with our mild winter, you can bet on the tick population being extreme!  I’ve already picked one of the tiny blood suckers off me just from being in the yard! I would also recommend that you spray your hunting vehicle’s seats.  It won’t stain and it could keep the little buggers out of your car or truck as well!

4)    Last, but most certainly not least, is the Hunter’s Specialties knee gun rest.  I call it my knee sponge. Mark my words, you will never catch me turkey hunting without one of these little miracle wonders!  Sometimes I carry two, just in case the person I’m hunting with starts complaining about how her knee hurts from propping her shotgun on it for long periods of time.  You know what I’m talking about, when those toms hang up about 50 yards out and commence to putting on a show for what seems like hours, while you sit there with your gun up daring not to move, while he takes his sweet time! I have terribly bad knees anyway and any weight resting on them hurts.  These little camo gun rests are cheap, usually under $5 at just about any store that sells sporting goods and are worth their weight in gold.  I can rest my shotgun propped on the sponge and wedged in my shoulder and still use both hands on my friction call.  The HS gun rest also has an adjustable strap for securing around your knee; it will even stay on when a last minute change of venue is needed.  I’ve walked around with mine on most of the day.

Well those are the four things you won’t catch me in the turkey woods without.  Of course, I carry much more, but these items are extremely important to me and for my comfort as well.  If you don’t have one of these items I would suggest giving them a try.  I can make it through the day without my turkey lounge chair, or fanny cushion, even a knife, but if I’m missing one of these other items … I would consider going back for them!

 

Ellen Benitz is retired field staff from the National Wild Turkey Federation.  She has hunted both with a bow and firearm for more than 30 years.  In that time she has taken different types of fowl and mammals, including being the first woman to take a bison with a Knight muzzleloader.  Ellen has written for the Sho-Me Gobbler, the NWTF’s state newsletter, for more than 10 years, been a contributor to The Outdoor Guide and to Buckmaster’s web edition.  She is a past youth guide for the Kansas Governor’s One Shot turkey hunt and has planned various Women in the Outdoors hunts, along with also instructing Turkey and or Deer hunting at WITO events.  She is a collaborating author for two Dutch Oven cookbooks and often instructs Dutch Oven, Outdoor Cooking or Wild Game cooking at Women in the Outdoors’ events.  Ellen has hunted mule deer in Idaho, bison in Montana, elk in Colorado, black bear in Canada, turkey in four different states (so far) and deer in Kansas and Missouri – taking two Pope and Young bucks in the last three years. She admittedly “lives to hunt” and loves any outdoor activity. 

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Save Wilbur – Wildlife Decoy Buck Fools Mia & the LG (for a Second, or Two) http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/save-wilbur-wildlife-decoy-buck-fools-mia-lg-second-two/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/save-wilbur-wildlife-decoy-buck-fools-mia-lg-second-two/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:33:01 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21381 He fooled them! Wilbur, the decoy buck, caused Mia and LG to do a double-take. Sponsored by Girls with Guns Clothing.

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In the off-season, the road-hunting theme (“Don’t worry, we’re shooting cameras!”) seems to gain traction for LG and me. We do a lot of driving to and from school, and see a lot of animals. We tend to leave early in the hope of seeing something good to take a picture of.

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One afternoon, on the way to basketball practice, we spotted a buck with large antlers. LG urged me to turn around before he ran off. She was excited to try a new attachment that hooked her cell phone to her spotting scope. The buck wasn’t too far off the road, so we thought for sure we’d be able to get a good pic. I safely made a U-turn and drove back.

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The buck was still there. I parked off the road, opposite the antlered fellow. LG hopped in back and rolled down the window. I aimed my camera as she stuck her spotting scope out. It took her some time to get the new device to properly focus on the deer.

We were both excited about getting a picture before the guy ran off.

Then it dawned on me: “Why hasn’t this buck run yet?” 

He twitched his tail.

LG got her camera focused in just about the time it took me to click off a couple of photos.

The buck shook his head.

LG focused her phone and then we laughed aloud. This decoy buck was doing his job. He fooled us until we got our cameras focused. We’re still laughing about being duped—but the shocking part was how realistic the decoy was.

Upon further research we learned this guy’s name was Wilbur. He was the game officer’s decoy, used to catch poachers. We’d heard about this buck before but had never seen it in action. We had some questions, so we spoke to a local officer with Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Here’s what he said.

How often do you place this decoy in the field?

We use the decoy every year, depending on the need as seen by the wildlife officers in the field.

How many of these robo-bucks do you have?

Some game unit managers have their own decoys, but overall there are not too many. We have loaner ones at headquarters and send them out as needed.

Where do the departments find funding to purchase their own decoys?

Colorado Parks and Wildlife acquires decoys with funds raised through violations. If someone shoots the decoy, they receive a fine and lose points, depending on the situation and severity of their infraction. The poacher pays the fees and a portion may be used to support anti-poaching projects.

How do you know when to use the decoy?

Decoys are used during regular game seasons as well as in the off season. Wildlife officers place them in areas to make sure hunters are making not only legal, but ethical shots. Hunters are allowed to use their own decoys during hunting season, too. It’s important for all hunters to verify their targets before they shoot.

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Mia and LG in the field. (Hank Anstine photo)

 

Is it OK that we took pictures of the decoy?

Wildlife officers will not stop you from taking pictures of the decoy. It shows it’s working. They may stop you if you attempt to walk up to the decoy. They ask that you do not point out the decoy to others because then it loses its effectiveness.

We were told that Wilbur, the decoy, had been in other locations during the weeks prior, and he’d actually been shot at a time or two.

The decoy is an integral part of the state’s wildlife management program. Hunting license allocations are based on the numbers of animals in the field. If animals are taken in excess of that amount allocated, the balance becomes skewed. We’d like to encourage everyone to help keep healthy animal populations for years to come.

Save Wilbur. No poaching.

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Christine Clayton Wins 2015 Ohio Duck Stamp Art Competition http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/christine-clayton-wins-2015-ohio-duck-stamp-art-competition/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/christine-clayton-wins-2015-ohio-duck-stamp-art-competition/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:32:35 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21378 Christine is the first female winner Ohio has had since the program began in 1982, and also the youngest artist to win the Ohio duck stamp competition.

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Christine Clayton is the winner of the 2015 Ohio Duck Stamp art competition that was held a few days ago. Her accomplishment is noteworthy because she is the first female winner Ohio has had since the program began in 1982. She is also the youngest artist (20) to win the Ohio stamp competition.

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Christine is from Sidney, Ohio, and painted the wood ducks that will be featured on the Ohio stamp. The competition was open to artists from all over the country.

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Yvonne Dathe and Dawn Westrum to Compete in Red Bull X-Alps 2015 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/yvonne-dathe-dawn-westrun-compete-red-bull-x-alps-2015/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/yvonne-dathe-dawn-westrun-compete-red-bull-x-alps-2015/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:22:37 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21373 For the first time in 10 years, 2 women will compete in this grueling adventure race.

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The Red Bull X-Alps is the world’s toughest adventure race. It’s a bold claim – but one it surely deserves. It’s difficult to think of another race that demands such a high level of fitness and technical skill – or lasts so long. This year, 2 female athletes will compete in this race: Yvonne Dathe and Dawn Westrum. It’s the first time in a decade that women have participated in this adventure race.

The rules are simple. Athletes must race across the Alps, by foot or paraglider, a straight-line distance of around 1,000km. Over the years, the race has attracted and tested to the limit some of the world’s top adventurers. It demands not only expert paragliding skill but extreme endurance. Some athletes will hike over 100km in a day and will cover hundreds of kilometers on foot – and 1000′s of meters in altitude – by the time the race is over!

Each team consists of one athlete and one supporter. No technical or outside assistance is allowed. The supporter is just there to help with logistics, strategy, food, medical support and provide psychological assistance, basically everything except carry their athlete! (The role of the supporter is actually hugely important – they are the unsung heroes of the race.)

Athletes can race between the hours of 05:00 to 22:30. Since 2013, athletes have been able to pull a ‘Night Pass’ that allows them to push-on through the night on foot. The next race will start on July 5th, 2015. The route will be announced on March 19th. 

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Yvonne_DatheDathe is from Germany. According to the Red Bull X website, she “isn’t daunted by the mostly-male field of athletes lining up for this year’s Red Bull X-Alps. The tandem pilot has been flying nearly every day for eight years. Her secret weapon? She’s a mental coach – meaning she’ll know how to use her mind to push her body to the limit.” Learn more about Dathe.

 

 

 

 

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Dawn_WestrumWestrum is a nutritionist  from the U.S“Paragliding and long distance trekking are two sports where men and women can compete almost equally,” so says the former US soldier. Although she only has 5 years paragliding experience under her wing, she has a solid adventure racing background. “Rarely can anyone I meet keep up with me either on the ground or in the air,” she says. Learn more about Westrum.

 

All updates for the red Bull X-Alps 2015  will be announced on Facebook and Twitter.

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Maggie Reese Interview http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/maggie-reese-interview/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/maggie-reese-interview/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:06:42 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21367 Maggie Reese and Michelle Cerino talked about guns, training and Downton Abbey while at SHOT Show. Discover more about Maggie Reese. She Shoots 2 is sponsored by Galco Gunleather.

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Competitive shooter Maggie Reese made several appearances in the Colt firearms booth at the 2015 Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT) in Las Vegas this January. Prior to one of her appearances, Maggie and I sat on the floor in a cluttered storage area for an informal chat.

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Maggie Reese and the author, Michelle Cerino, at SHOT Show. (Cynthia Ross photo)

 

Michelle: What matches are you scheduled to compete in for 2015?

Maggie: Single Stack is my favorite division that I shoot, and I really want to focus on it in 2015. So the USPSA West Coast Single Stack Championship at the end of the year will be my big match. I also plan on shooting some of the 3-Gun Nation regionals matches. My absolute favorite match, however, is the MGM Iron Man 3-Gun in Parma, Idaho. The stages of this match are so long and involved, it’s like a marathon—you have to keep on going. Unlike other 3-Gun competitions, you can be coached and helped by others on your squad. I love being able to have coaching; it’s so much more fun. Even when I know what I’m doing, I still yell out for advice as I’m moving through the stage. It’s a friendly, group environment where everyone involved supports her fellow competitor.

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Michelle: What model Colt do you shoot, and why would you recommend it to other female shooters? 

Maggie: For USPSA, I compete with a Single Stack Colt Government Model 38 Super Comp. I shoot minor, which means the rounds are lighter and a smaller caliber, so the shooting is much softer. Although the scoring is different, with minor getting fewer points, the tradeoff is I can carry a magazine with higher capacity. So I have to be more accurate, but have enough ammunition to be able to make up a shot.

I love shooting a Colt 1911 because it can be totally customized and modified. Many things can be done after market to make it suit the individual shooter. It has everything on it that I like. My grips, curved trigger and adjustable sights are exactly what I want. The oversize safeties are easier for me, and the narrow single stack fits my grip. A shooter can find a 1911 that fits her grip and customize it with whatever parts she prefers.

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Maggie’s well-loved Single Stack Colt Government Model 39 Super Comp. (Michelle Cerino photo)

 

Michelle: Do you have any rituals before you step into the shooters box? 

Maggie: I get super nervous and intimidated while I’m waiting, This can become very negative and self-defeating. I try to turn this around and take a quiet moment to be positive. I think about something I want to accomplish, like, “I’m going to have a nice, smooth draw,”or “I’m going to make a perfect trigger press.”

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Maggie Reese at the prestigious Bianchi Match. (Michelle Cerino photo)

 

Michelle: What advice do you have for women who may want to start competing? 

Maggie: Start doing your research ahead of time. Online, USPSA, 3-Gun Nation and IDPA all have club-finder links. Once you find a nearby range, go there and just watch for a while. Begin by being a spectator, then ask questions and start immersing yourself in the sport. Most competitors are super friendly, and are more than willing to talk, answer questions and show you their gear. There are people of all different skill levels out there, and everyone was a newcomer at some point. Don’t buy a bunch of gear at the beginning. Think about which division you would like to shoot, which sport appeals to you, and which direction you want to go in.

 

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Michelle: I understand youre an avid reader. What books would I see if I perused your bookshelf? 

Maggie: I love historical fiction, like about the royals and monarchy. This past summer I visited Scotland with my mother. When I returned home, I started reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, which takes place in Scotland. I just finished reading the first book in the series; there are 7 more to go. (I also started watching the TV show.) Another must-read is A Game of Thrones [the first book in the series of “A Song of Ice and Fire”] by George R. R. Martin, especially if you’re planning on watching the TV series. There’s so much more detail in the books.

And yes, in case you wondered, competition shooter Maggie is also a fellow Downton Abbey fan.

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Camo is the New Black: Flyvines http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/camo-new-black-flyvines/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/camo-new-black-flyvines/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:25:14 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21365 Here's a great story of a young entrepreneur who recycles fishing line.

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Our guest-post share comes, once again, from our pals over at Camo is the New Black, a hip blog that features hunting and fishing stories for and about women. The site’s proprietor, Whitney Tawney, interviewed Erin Gabriel Kane, the proprietor of Flyvines. Erin’s business recycles old fishing line to make braided lanyards, bracelets , coasters, dog leashes and more. Because we love a good old-fashioned American apple pie entrepreneurial tale, we have highlighted this one. We think you’ll like it, too, and let us know if you “wind up” purchasing any of these items and what you think.

 

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The Running Buddy Launches Brand Ambassador Program http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/running-buddy-launches-brand-ambassador-program/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/running-buddy-launches-brand-ambassador-program/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:30:22 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21363 Created by a runner for other runners, The Running Buddy wants to hear its clients' stories.

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From high-profile athletes and runners to busy moms and avid travelers, the brand’s new ambassadors are telling their own stories 

CharlestonSC  Over the past two years, The Running Buddy, a retail brand selling innovative lifestyle products, has exploded in popularity. The Running Buddy is best known for its line of Buddy Pouch products, which are water-resistant pouches that magnetically attach over any waistband, allowing users to store essential items like smart phones, credit cards, ID, cash, keys, and more right at their hip. Though the pouch was originally designed by a runner for other runners, the accessory quickly sparked the interest of other individuals, including avid travelers, dog trainers, parents, allergy sufferers, students, and beyond. It was even featured on QVC three times in the past year.

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Due to their growing loyal fan base, Running Buddy owners Julie Bradfield and Greg Smith decided it was the perfect time to introduce a Brand Ambassador program. “One of the best parts about what we do is having the opportunity to hear our fans’ stories,” said Bradfield. “So it seemed natural that the next step was to give those fans a platform to share their stories with others, thus creating a positive community around our products.”

Running Buddy Brand Ambassadors are invited and encouraged to share their thoughts and collaborate with other ambassadors in a variety of ways including: social media outreach and engagement, sharing audio or video clips, outreach to potential Running Buddy retailers, writing informative blog posts or articles, sharing photos from marathons and other activities, and more. Upon being invited to become a Running Buddy Brand Ambassador, these individuals are provided with program details as well as an ambassador badge that they can use on their social media accounts, blogs, or websites.

Several Running Buddy Brand Ambassadors are currently featured on TheRunningBuddy.com, with additional ambassadors to be added as the program continues to grow.

The Buddy Pouch and other Running Buddy products are currently available for purchase online through www.TheRunningBuddy.com and through Amazon Prime. Buddy Pouch products are also available to retail stores across the country. For more information about the Running Buddy, visit TheRunningBuddy.com or find us on Facebook at Buddy Pouch (The Running Buddy).

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Mentoring the Next Generation: Julie Kreuter http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/mentoring-next-generation-julie-kreuter/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/mentoring-next-generation-julie-kreuter/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:23:48 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21361 Why does Julie Kreuter enjoy her role as a mentor? Find out what Lea learned from Julie while on the red carpet at the Golden Moose Awards. Sponsored by Remington Outdoor Company.

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Lea Leggitt continues with her series of red-carpet interviews, “Mentoring the Next Generation, at the Golden Moose Awards from the Outdoor Channel. In this installment, she talked to Julie Kreuter, co-host of Outdoor Channel’s Beyond the Hunt, where it’s not just harvest that makes hunts memorable.

 

I asked Julie about being a mentor to other ladies and she seemed very honored. You can watch her response in the video below.

I also asked her how she got into hunting.

I grew up on a large cattle ranch in Nebraska and learned to shoot guns with my dad. Growing up, I remember shooting many tin cans off of a fencepost for target practice, which later turned into deer and waterfowl hunting with my dad. However, it wasn’t until I met my husband, Rick, that I learned to shoot a bow. I’ve always enjoyed experiencing wildlife up close and personal. I just love what the outdoors has taught me and it’s honestly provided me with some life-changing experiences. I’m very blessed to have hunting and shooting sports as a big part of my life.

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LaserMax Micro Rail Mount Laser Giveaway, Plus Girls with Guns’ Hat and LaserMax Goodies http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/lasermax-micro-rail-mount-laser-giveaway-plus-girls-guns-hat-lasermax-goodies/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/lasermax-micro-rail-mount-laser-giveaway-plus-girls-guns-hat-lasermax-goodies/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:05:05 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21351 Leaving the month of love with a little red laser giveaway, along with a lovely little leather clutch and 2 hats -- one from Girls with Guns Clothing (your choice) and the other from "Armed and In Charge!"

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Sandra WINS! This week, LaserMax and Girls with Guns Clothing combined some goodies — including a LaserMax® Micro rail mount laser, lovely golden leather clutch with the LaserMax logo, an Armed and In Charge tweedy cap and your choice from the tremendous lineup of ball caps at Girls with Guns Clothing.

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The LaserMax Micro rail mount laser is small and fits almost any firearm with an accessory rail. Here are more of this little number’s features:

  •         Ultra lightweight, durable design
  •         Fits virtually any firearm with an accessory rail
  •         Automatic 10 minute shut-off
  •         Ambidextrous tap-on/tap-off activation switch
  •         Quick and easy installation
  •         5+ hours of battery life
  •         Bright red beam can be set to constant or pulse mode for highest visibility
  •         MSRP: $129.99

Armed-and-in-charge-hatLaserMax promotes women and shooting at its “Armed and In Charge” Facebook page. Wear this dicey little cap and tell the world that you are in favor of women bearing arms and protecting themselves.

MSRP:  $24.99

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Keep on telling the world about your lifestyle statement, even when you go out on the town, with this limited edition leather LaserMax clutch.

MSRP: $35

Girls-with-guns-hatsPick a hat! Any hat! Girls with Guns Clothing offers 27 different hats and we’re sure you can find one to wear that best reflects you. Yes, choose any hat from the lineup to complement your wardrobe, courtesy of Girls with Guns Clothing.

MSRP: $19.99 and up

This giveaway ends on Sat., Feb. 28, at 5 p.m., CST. We will notify the winner and she/he has 7 days after notification to claim prizes. We will choose another winner randomly after 7 days if the first winner doesn’t claim the goodies! Good luck!

 

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Gabby Franco to Teach #NoWeaknessAllowed Seminar in Sacramento http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/noweaknessallowed-seminar-sacramento/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/noweaknessallowed-seminar-sacramento/#comments Sun, 22 Feb 2015 23:30:54 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21350 There are a few places left in this seminar, for Feb. 27, which focuses on mind strength and its importance in shooting and in life.

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Miami, Fla. – Professional competition shooter Gabby Franco will teach her popular seminar “NoWeaknessAllowed, on Fri., Feb. 27, at Oakmont High School cafeteria in Roseville, Calif., from 6 to 8 p.m. The program focuses on mental preparation techniques and training exercises that will be valuable to competition shooters and non-shooters alike. Learn how to overcome inner fears and build a strong mindset, on and off the range.

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Franco, a former Olympic Pistol competitor in Venezuela, now is a firearms instructor and active competitor in the United States Practical Shooting Association. She competed in Top Shot Season 4, as well as the All Stars Contest. She is an NRA Certified Pistol and NRA Refuse to Be a Victim instructor. She is sponsored by Remington Arms, Blade-Tech, US Optics, Bobro Mounts, Barnes, Bushmaster and Mixon Targets.

Entry fee is $30 per person, and includes opportunities to win a Remington 783 bolt-action rifle, an AR-15, training classes and more. Half of the revenue will be donated to a local shooting team.

Learn more about Gabby Franco.

Contact:

Gabby Franco

Email: training@gabbyfranco.com

Phone: 305-209-3106

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5 Ways to Determine Your Hunting Success Before Setting Out http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/5-ways-determine-hunting-success-setting/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/5-ways-determine-hunting-success-setting/#comments Sun, 22 Feb 2015 23:13:09 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21342 Christine Cunningham explains how confidence plays into shooting and hunting success. Sponsored by SYREN USA.

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On opening day of hunting season, I usually have not slept most of the night. Somehow, the dogs know the exact date of the opener. They either have a sense of it, or they have learned to notice the signs—the guns ready, the clothes laid out, the boots repaired. The excitement is so palpable that it’s easy for me to forget any number of things. The morning of every hunt bears a similar anticipation. For many, it is filled with anxiety. Others treat it like just another day at an office. No matter how we start our day in the field, the way we do it can determine our success. Here are 5 things you can do before setting out to ensure a successful hunt.

 

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End of the Driveway Check 

There is nothing worse than travelling a hundred miles before sunrise and getting to the duck blind only to realize you left your hunting license in your other field jacket (yes, you have many field jackets, not to mention vests). Even if the item left behind is not a deal-breaker, forgetting it can ruin the hunt. A missing whistle, knife or watch can make a hunter feel unprepared or affect his or her “mental game.”

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Many hunters have a pre-season checklist and perform a quality check on all of their gear. Due to the anticipation mentioned above, this is usually done sometime before the morning of opening day. It is worthwhile to do a recheck to adjust for actual weather conditions and to make sure the most obvious thing doesn’t get left behind. It never hurts to stop at the end of the driveway and do a “guns, ammo and license” check. It’s probably a good idea to see if you remembered the dog, too, if you have a dog. I have a dog.

 

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Turn Off the Coffee Pot 

Whether we make the decisions that most affect our day before we’ve had our coffee or out in the field, often they are the result of sequence thinking. For example, if we’re going to the grocery store, we focus on where we will go and what we will buy. Because we are focused on the result and the steps it takes to achieve it, we tend to skip over the small details on the way. Did we turn off the coffee pot and lock the front door before leaving the house?

“Batten down the hatches” is a nautical expression that means to prepare and protect yourself in the event of a storm. Hunting requires all of our attention. Unfortunately, I’ve been distracted in the duck blind by the thought that I didn’t turn off the coffee pot on more than one occasion. Most checklists hunters make ignore these non-hunting details, which can arise like a storm or are left to distract us later. Liabilities that might worry me later include setting up the auto-reply on my e-mail, closing the garage door, turning off appliances, or feeding the cat, if I had a cat. I don’t have a cat.

 

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Leave Behind Unrelated Thoughts 

Many people consider spending time outdoors a great escape. The environment alone provides a change of scene from the daily grind, but it’s important to leave the attendant stressors of life behind as well. If we are not fully present in the field—if we are thinking about our finances, relationships, or how we need to get back to our hectic schedules—our chances of success will suffer. I avoid unrelated thoughts about time, money or relationships when I’m in the field. Instead, I focus my attention on the hunt.

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Play Your Vision 

Visualization is powerful psychological tool to prepare for any number of tasks. It requires clearing the mind and visualizing not just the desired outcome, but the entire course of events that lead up to it. If there are hills to climb, weather to endure and a long wait, you can imagine how to overcome those possible hurdles.

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The reason visualization gives us an edge is because it allows us to improve upon a belief in our abilities, to recognize possibilities and be prepared for them, and to create a pattern of success similar to performance.

 

Have a Plan B 

Not having an alternative strategy when your plans go awry can ruin your day. I try not to think too much about Plan B because I don’t want to take any energy away from the original plan. But if you’ve ever not had a Plan B and showed up to your hunting spot only to find a world-wide photography event converged in the parking lot, you know you don’t want to grind too many gears in a downshift. The hours lost to re-planning the day destroys its momentum. A good back-up plan is essential.

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 It doesn’t matter if you’re hunting opening day or midseason, every day afield requires effort. Watching nature does not bring about the same dialog that participating in it as a hunter does. Venturing afield to hunt brings about a primal energy that does not exist in another medium. Hunting provides a sense of being alive, through all five senses. It demands our utmost attention.

There have been times in the morning, while I wait for first light, that I can see, feel, taste, and touch the same thing—ducks. Morning flights fill the air, the flats are heavy with the smell of marsh, two chocolate Labs sit alert, and my shotgun rests in my lap. It all speaks to ducks. And when the moment brings a pair of pintails cupping into a spread of decoys, there’s nothing like taking them.

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Mentoring the Next Generation: Nicole Reeve http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/mentoring-next-generation-nicole-reeve/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/mentoring-next-generation-nicole-reeve/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 21:49:14 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21338 Our intern, Lea Leggitt, launches her series of red-carpet interviews at the Outdoor Channel's Golden Moose Awards. Sponsored by Remington Outdoor Company.

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As many of you who follow The WON know, Lea Leggitt – of Mia & the Little Gal (or, LG, as we affectionately call her here at The WON) – attended her first SHOT Show last January. While there, she and her mom and step-dad spent time backstage and on the red carpet at the Outdoor Channel’s Golden Moose Awards. Remington Arms is supporting this series of interviews with some of the industry’s finest ambassadors. Here is Lea’s first installment in her series on “Mentoring the Next Generation.”

I was so excited to get to meet and interview Nicole Reeve, co-host of the Outdoor Channel’s Driven with Pat and Nicole.  Nicole has hunted all around the world and has even taken Boone and Crocket and Pope and Young animals. I asked her what she likes most about being a mentor to other ladies. You can see her answer in the video below.

I also asked her a couple more questions:

Lea: How did you get into hunting?

Nicole: I grew up with 2 older brothers and no sisters, so needless to say. whatever they did, I did! Also, my dad would never leave me out. At the young age of 2, I joined in on the deer hunting festivities with my dad, mom and brothers and several family friends. Shooting my first deer at a young age proved hunting was in my blood; I didn’t know any different. Both my dad and mom were very supportive of my passion and love for the outdoors, but none of us ever dreamed I would be doing what I am for a living. I’ve been very blessed and my favorite part is knowing my inspiration and impact on younger females who enjoy my same passion and love for the outdoors.

Lea: What does winning a Golden Moose award mean to you?

Nicole: Winning a Golden Moose award goes so much further than just winning. The hard work, dedication, blood, sweat and tears we put in each year to bring our fans/viewers the best Driven with Pat and Nicole footage we can comes full circle when we are nominated for an award, let alone win one! While both Pat and I grew up in the outdoors, neither one of us knew anything about videography when we started out, which is really why our “Driven” testimony stands true: no matter what you put your mind too, if you’re “Driven” enough you will succeed. That’s really why we do what we do: to make a positive impact on others and show that no matter what life throws you … to pick yourself up and stay driven!

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Comp-Tac’s Randi Rogers Wins Florida Open Ladies Production Title http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/comp-tacs-randi-rogers-wins-florida-open-ladies-production-title/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/comp-tacs-randi-rogers-wins-florida-open-ladies-production-title/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:56:43 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21340 Congrats to pro competition shooter Randi Roger, on another win!

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HOUSTON, Texas – Team Comp-Tac’s Randi Rogers won the Ladies Production title at the 2015 USPSA Florida Open Championship, held in Frostproof, Florida, February 13-15.

With her final score of 1356.5453 points, Rogers outpaced her nearest challenger for the Ladies title by over 127 points and finished 10th overall among all those competing in the Production division.

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“The Florida Open is one of my favorite matches to shoot. It is always extremely challenging with 30-round stages, swinging targets and targets out to 30 yards. Combine that with the fact that it is the first major championship of the year and it will test your skills to the max. Finishing so high in the standings helps put me on the right foot moving forward,” said Rogers, Team Comp-Tac member and Sales and Marketing Manager for Comp-Tac.

“All shooting sports events, including the Florida Open, are excellent opportunities for Comp-Tac to connect with our customers. Each match is a new opportunity to learn from our customers how our products are used and what we can do to improve on their performance, both in competition and when carrying concealed,” explained Team Comp-Tac member and General Manager Gordon Carrell.

Next up for Team Comp-Tac, Rogers and Carrell will compete in the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals taking place February 26-28, in Springfield, Massachusetts.

For more information on Team Comp-Tac, and the full line of Comp-Tac Victory Gear holsters and accessories, visit www.Comp-Tac.com, like Comp-Tac on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CompTac, or follow on Twitter.

 

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The Hunting Lodge – Cabin or Estate Inspired Décor http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/hunting-lodge-cabin-estate-inspired-decor/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/hunting-lodge-cabin-estate-inspired-decor/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 21:44:27 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21322 Rita Schimpff gives us lots of ideas for how to make our homes reflect our love of the outdoors. Sponsored by Heritage Game Mounts.

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Rita Schimpff walks us through several ideas for creating a hunting lodge look in a cabin or estate. Discover the inspired décor that works for your place.

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Hunting lodges can be as simple as a log cabin or as grand as a European estate, but they all have one thing in common – shelter for the hunter. And that shelter décor can range from rustic to Old World elegance.

And what huntress does not like a little inspiration to bring the lodge look into her own home? “Bringing the Wild Inside” will be exploring the inspiration for hunting and fishing lodges in the next several installments here at The WON.

Pictured above is an individual rustic cabin, situated at 10,500 feet at the private Brazos River Ranch in New Mexico. This year the ranch will complete a huge new lodge to update this secluded facility as an elk and trout destination.

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This grand lodge at Longleaf Plantation is a gorgeous and serene spot in Mississippi  – a place to shoot quail or fish for bluegill and all the while, enjoy the sporting décor that I think even Ralph Lauren would relish.

 

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Two looks – one on the left from a southern Colorado lodge and the one on the right from a simple small cabin – both use original art, rustic woods, leather and quirky old memorabilia to add visual interest, set the theme and make the hunter feel at home. The 3 old relics – the alarm clock, rotary phone and blue cracker box add color and make for an interesting vignette, while adding a bit of nostalgia and comfort at the same time.

 

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Lodge décor should always be comfortable and welcoming, and can be easily accomplished by including taxidermy and items of a hunting nature. Comfy furniture and rich colors also add warmth and welcome to the décor. I am a huge fan of warm reds and earthy greens in the lodge palette.

If you look closely at the upper left photo, you will notice how Longleaf Plantation effectively mixed several types of wood as paneling and trim with the large planked wood floor – even the wainscot below the chair rail is skinned bark! The photo on the right adds comfortable seating in a colorful Indian print to complement the slate floors and framed Indian arrowheads.

 

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In this photo, a turkey red and cool green accent paint are used throughout the small cabin to add a bit of punch to all the rustic collectibles. Taxidermy again becomes art.

 

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These once disposable old paper shooting targets also become art. The targets mix handsomely with taxidermy to make an interesting grouping, with either classical pieces or more homey ones within a more rustic collection of art and hunting memorabilia.

These replica German shooting targets come with an interesting history printed on the back and are handmade by www.HeritageGameMounts.com to be either be hung on the wall or displayed on a table easel. The colorful targets sell for $35 for a 6-¾-inch small and $45 for the 8-½-inch large.

 

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The 1st World Shooting Championships were held in 1897; these colorful old targets were patented in Germany in the same year. The world championships were, no doubt, a carryover from the popular 1896 Olympics that featured 5 shooting events in Kallithea, Greece. The original oversized chromolithographed sheets featured 2 sizes of 6 European animals as targets: boar, bear and hare are along with a roe, chamois and stag. Add a few in your home!

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Turkey Hunting Guns for 2015 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/turkey-hunting-guns-2015/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/turkey-hunting-guns-2015/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 22:05:38 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21314 Are you hunting for a new turkey gun? Marti Davis runs through a mighty fine list of options, straight from the National Wild Turkey Federation's show floor.

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In this installment of “Ask Marti,” our reader wants to know about turkey hunting guns for 2015, and Marti just happens to know of 5 great options.

 

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Marti Davis Afield is sponsored by Crossbreed Holsters.

 

Dear Marti,

I’ve been using my dad’s old goose gun for hunting. It’s heavy and has a really long barrel. What other options are available for a gal who is looking for a turkey hunting shotgun?

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Dear TH &TL,

There are numerous shotguns for you to choose from, and some great offerings for women hunters. Here are 5 different shotguns that I looked at last past week at the 39th Annual National Wild Turkey Federation Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tenn., and frankly, you should check them out and see if one is a good “fit” for you.

 

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Lisa Walters, of Remington Outdoor Company, holds the V3. (Marti Davis photo)

Remington V3 Field Sport

Remington Outdoor Company unveiled its new V3 Field Sport autoloader shotguns this past January at the SHOT Show. This line of shotguns utilizes Remington’s Versaport gas system, which I think is a great feature because it cycles lightweight loads and the heavier turkey loads without fail and makes for lighter recoil. So, even if you buy this as your turkey gun, you can still take it to the skeet field or dove hunting (with lighter loads, of course) and not have any cycling issues.

The V3 weighs in at 7-¼ pounds. While these new 12 gauges aren’t available yet, they should be here this summer, in time for fall turkey seasons. They will be available in the wood/blued, synthetic/camo in either Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades or Break-up Country camo and the synthetic black/matte finishes. On down the road the V3s are expected to be offered in a 20-gauge version.

Barbara Baird shot this gun at a writer’s event last fall, and fell in love. She says she can hardly wait to take this one dove and then, turkey hunting, in the fall.

MSRP: $750 to $850

 

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Browning Silver NWTF

The Browning Silver line of semi-automatic shotguns has been out for a several years now in various models. This year the company added the Silver NWTF 12 gauge in Mossy Oak Break-Up Country camo. This shotgun comes in a 24-inch barrel length and will shoot up to 3-½-inch shells. The overall length is 45 inches with a length of pull at 14-¼ inches. It has a magazine capacity of 4 shells and weighs in at 7 pounds, 4 ounces. These shotguns use Browning’s Invector-Plus choke tube systems. Another feature I am particularly intrigued by is the HiViz 4-in-1 sight. It’s bright and I really like the the look, and potential to see the sight better in low light conditions.

I really like its Dura-Touch Armor Coating, as it makes for a non-slip grip. I also like the flexibility of being able to choose 2-¾ inch, 3 inch or 3-½ inch shells. I have used the Browning Silver 12-gauge slug gun and the Silver 12-gauge field gun the past few years. This Silver NWTF is one I’d like to take to the range and test.

MSRP: $1,579.99

 

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(Barbara Baird photo)

Mossberg Model 835 GT Grand Slam

The Mossberg 835 Ulti-Mag turkey 12 gauge is a pump-action shotgun in either a 20-inch vent-rib barrel or 24-inch vent-rib, ported barrel. The 835s are chambered in 3.5 inch and come with an X-Factor ported turkey choke tube. The sights are an adjustable fiber optic system. These shotguns weigh in around 7.5 pounds, depending upon which barrel length you choose.

You can use this beauty/beast combo for turkey or waterfowl, and the stock is a synthetic composition in Mossy Oak Obsession.

MSRP: $633

 

 

Here's Jessie Duff, from NRA All Access on the Outdoor Channel, and of course, professional championship competition shooter. She's holding a Weatherby SA-459 for turkey hunting.

(Barbara Baird photo)

Weatherby SA-459

Weatherby’s 2015 shotgun line has several new models to choose from. Pro competition shooter Jessie Duff had a few minutes to chat with Barbara Baird at the NWTF convention. She told her that she’s looking forward to trying out the Weatherby SA-459 semi-auto shotgun in the turkey woods this season.

This shotgun is available in either 12 gauge or 20 gauge with a 22-inch vented top rib barrel. It comes with an extended XF fluted choke tube. I like the green fiber optic front sight and removable Picatinny receiver mount – because if you want to add optics, this option makes it easy to do. The shotgun is fully dipped in Realtree Xtra Green camo and the synthetic stock includes a rubberized pistol grip for better control.

Both the 12 gauge and 20 gauges will shoot up to a 3-inch shell and have a magazine capacity of 5+1. Overall, its length is 44 inches and the 12 gauge weighs in at 6 ¾ pounds, while the 20 gauge weighs 6 ¼ pounds.

MSRP: $799

 

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Winchester SX3 Long Beard

Winchester came out with the SX3 Long Beard 12-gauge semi-auto turkey gun last year and I wish I had been able to sling this one then. Why? Because, I like the looks and feature of this pistol-grip stock, which is slimmer and therefore lighter. In addition, the stocks in the SX3 line come with spacers that allow you to adjust the length of pull, the cast and the drop. Bottom line – you can adjust this shotgun to fit you. It comes in Realtree Xtra Green. The S stands for Super, and our Barbara Baird took an SX3 into the dove field and left with a lot of doves for her famous enchiladas. In fact, Winchester Repeating Arms claims that outdoor writers love this gun, and we can see why.

This 12 gauge weighs 7 ½ pounds, will shoot up to 3-½ inch shells and holds 4 in the magazine. Overall length is 46 inches, with the 24-inch barrel.

MSRP: $1,269.99

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WILD Women Workshop in Wisconsin Features Ice Fishing, Winter Camping and Snowshoeing http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/wild-women-workshop-wisconsin-features-ice-fishing-winter-camping-snowshoeing/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/wild-women-workshop-wisconsin-features-ice-fishing-winter-camping-snowshoeing/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:36:39 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21313 Move fast, stay warm and have fun at this Wisconsin workshop for women, based on winter outdoor skills.

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Grantsburg, WI – Take part in a unique outdoor experience that introduces women 18 or older to a variety of new outdoor winter activities. The WILD Women Workshop offers hands – on instruction in a fun and non-threatening learning environment. WILD Women helps women grow and become more competent in outdoor activities by offering classes in an encouraging, supportive, and non-competitive learning atmosphere.

 

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Workshop will be facilitated by WDNR staff at Crex Meadows Wildlife Area (WA). Our goal is to provide an atmosphere where women feel comfortable learning new skills associated with outdoor activities.

This workshop is for you if… you have never tried some of these activities but have hoped for an opportunity to learn. You are a beginner who wants to improve your skills. You have experience with some of these activities but would like to try new ones. You enjoy the camaraderie of likeminded individuals.

Courses will include: Ice Fishing, Winter Camping, and Snowshoeing. Workshop consists of three sessions, lasting one to three hours each. No experience is necessary. This workshop is for women of all adult ages, abilities, and backgrounds.

Workshop will occur: Saturday, March 7 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Enrollment: Pre-registration Required. Workshop is filled on a first-come first-served basis. The registration fee for this workshop is $15/Adult. The registration fee includes program materials, lunch and refreshments. Recommended to bring: insulated winter clothing/boots, water bottle, folding chair, camera, sunglasses. Space limited to 20 participants. WILD Women classes are kept small so that participants receive plenty of one-on-one interaction with friendly, supportive instructors.

Crex Meadows WA is located at: 102 East Crex Avenue, Grantsburg, WI 54840.

To register or for more information, please contact: Kristi Pupak, Wildlife Conservation Educator at 715-463-2739 or via email: Kristina.pupak@wisconsin.gov

Wildlife conservation education programs are supported by Friends of Crex, donations always appreciated.

For complete details and updated information join the Friends of Crex. Receive newsletters, event invites, and discounts. For regular updates, photos, news and more, visit www.crexmeadows.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pintrest.

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Guest Post from ‘Camo is the New Black’: Brenda Valentine http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/guest-post-camo-new-black-brenda-valentine/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/guest-post-camo-new-black-brenda-valentine/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 22:00:27 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21307 We welcome 'Camo is the New Black' with its interview on one of our fav ladies in the biz, Brenda Valentine.

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There’s no better way to kick off a fresh guest post than by bringing in a genuine resource for women hunters and anglers, Camo is the New Black, and with that, a feature on one of our favorite ladies in the hunting industry, Brenda Valentine.

To celebrate President’s Day we’re talking to a legend in the sportsmen and women community, Brenda Valentine, aka the First Lady of Hunting.

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Brenda is often credited with starting the current women’s hunting movement and directly responsible for recruiting more women into hunting than anyone in modern history. Brenda grew up in a family where wild game was the primary table fare and good hunting/shooting skills were learned at an early age. The lessons of woodsmanship, animal behavior, and handling a firearm that once provided meat for the table were also building a firm foundation for Brenda to become a respected leader and a role model in today’s world of hunting and conservation.

Camo-is-the-new-black1Find out how Brenda got the name “the First Lady of Hunting,” what her favorite animal is to hunt, her advice to a newbie hunter and more at Camo is the New Black.

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Elizabeth Atkinson Ryan Appointed to New Mexico Game and Fish Commission http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/elizabeth-atkinson-ryan-new-mexico-game-fish-commission/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/elizabeth-atkinson-ryan-new-mexico-game-fish-commission/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:56:35 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21305 Congrats to Beth Atkinson Ryan on her recent appointment.

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Posted by firstforwildlife on February 10, 2015

SCI member Elizabeth “Beth” Atkinson Ryan of Roswell, New Mexico, was appointed by Governor Susana Martinez to the New Mexico Game and Fish Commission.

Beth-RyanBeth is a partner at the law firm of Carson Ryan LLC, where she has an oil, gas, and energy practice. She is married to Zack Ryan of Paducah, Texas, a teacher and coach at Gateway Christian School in Roswell. They have two children, Isabelle Marie (6 years old) and Kathryn Elizabeth (18 months old).

Regarding the Commission, Beth states that “based on [her] personal passions, along with [her] agency, administrative, and legal experience, [she] feels she will be a great asset to this already dynamic group of Game Commissioners.”

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Wanna Go Fish? Bass Resource Lists ‘Fishing for Women’ Guide http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/wanna-go-fish-bass-resource-lists-fishing-women-guide/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/wanna-go-fish-bass-resource-lists-fishing-women-guide/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:26:53 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21303 If you'd like to find a woman's organization that fishes, this website is for you.

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Bass Resource states, “If you feel there’s just too much testosterone in the local bass club or tackle shop, then here’s the place for you!” It lists several websites for women who like fishing, including Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing, Reel Women, Texas Women Fly Fishers, Flygirls, and Kentucky Network of Outdoor Women.

The website also features articles for women who are interested in fishing, touching on subjects such as discrimination, apparel and profiles on the top anglers on the pro circuit.

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NWTF National Convention and Sport Show Photo Gallery http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/nwtf-centers-show-save-habitat-save-hunt-initiative-national-convention-sports-show/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/nwtf-centers-show-save-habitat-save-hunt-initiative-national-convention-sports-show/#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 21:57:33 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21266 Take a look at what happened at this year's NWTF show! Photo gallery includes products and people that Marti Davis and Barbara Baird found at the event.

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The 39th National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Convention and Sport Show, held from Feb. 12 to 15, at Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., circled its agenda around the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt initiative.  We’ve put together a photo gallery to illustrate the experience.

What is Save the Habitat? Save the Hunt?

According to the NWTF: The NWTF isn’t going to let it happen on our watch. That’s why we launched the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative. It’s an aggressive charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and our devoted volunteers not only to keep the NWTF alive but also to give it more purpose than ever.

We’re committed to raising $1.2 billion to conserve or enhance more than 4 million acres of essential upland wildlife habitat, create 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting, shooting and outdoor enjoyment.

As an NWTF member and columnist for its magazine, Turkey Country, I am delighted to see the direction the organization is taking with this initiative, now in its third year. It offers all of us an opportunity to take ownership in the process of bringing more hunters to more lands for more hunting, and in the meantime, conserve our habitat and make the outdoors a place welcoming to all.

 

Every year, this balloon guy enthralls children with his marvelous balloon creations. Nature Blinds also had a handy tree stump cooler on display. Kelly Smith created the BustCubby, which wicks away moisture, wards off harmful emissions and keeps your cell phone nearby and on your body. BOWTECH had one of its Eva Shockey Signature Series bows unhand for our Babbs to hold. The National Archery in the Schools Program held a match for 6 schools in the Family Adventure Village, which featured lots of hands-on activities for children. This little girl wore a monkey on a tree on her head, thanks to Ballon Guy. Marti Davis found the Camo Clown on his way to do a show for the kids in the Family Adventure Village. Phil Kuhtic and his wife have been attending the show for 18 years. Check out his pin collection. He's the "Pin Man." He has more than 2,000 pins! Annetta Morris was a good sport and talked to several youth from the Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience during their scavenger hunt at the show. Annetta and husband, Callie, own Hazel Creek Taxidermy and star on video and TV shows. Beth Bruton, of Star, N.C., told us she picked up this red fox off the road. She sent it to a hat maker and calls it her "roadkill hat." The Outdoor Option greeted guests at its booth at the show: here's Dan, Shannon and Danny Reaser. Strikers came in all shapes and sizes. As you can imagine, you could find calls, strikers and other gear at this show. Here's Jessie Duff, from NRA All Access on the Outdoor Channel, and of course, professional championship competition shooter. She's holding a Weatherby SA-459 for turkey hunting. NWTF39show Skull Bound TV's Jim Kinsey and Jana Waller took a break from getting a time-lapse photo. Jana presented on a seminar on "Women's Role in Protecting Our Hunting Heritage." Brenda Valentine won the NWTF's "Communicator of the Year" award. She's here with her husband, Barney. Nature Blinds offers a tree for a blind. Seems a great place to take a shot from, whether it's a gun, bow or camera!

Want to learn more about the people and products mentioned above?

Brenda Valentine — the First Lady of Hunting

BOWTECH Eva Shockey Signature Series Bow

Jana Waller, Skull Bound TV

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Annetta Morris, Hazel Creek Taxidermy

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Strikers courtesy of Kettle Creek Custom Calls

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Ask Randi Rogers: Inside- or Outside-the-Waistband Holster for Me? http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/ask-randi-rogers-inside-outside-waistband-holster/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/ask-randi-rogers-inside-outside-waistband-holster/#comments Sun, 15 Feb 2015 22:00:49 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21245 Randi Rogers is back, our "Dear Abby" of Personal Protection and firearm knowledge. Sponsored by Comp-Tac Victory Gear.

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We are delighted to introduce our new advice column on shooting, Ask Randi Rogers. This month, Randi breaks down the difference between an inside- and outside-the-waistband holster.

Randi-RogersDear Randi,

In your opinion do most women wear inside-the-waistband (IWB) or outside-the-waistband (OWB) holsters? What is the biggest difference other than in or out? 

Confused in Canton

 



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Dear Confused,

In my opinion, most women do neither. Most women actually carry in an off-the-body method, such as a purse or bag. I think that the reasoning behind this is two-fold:  1) most women’s clothing does not lend itself well to concealed carry — as it is tighter and form fitting, which makes carrying a firearm very difficult while still looking and feeling attractive, and 2) another reason women don’t necessarily like to carry on the body is the weight of a firearm. Carrying something all day long even when it is small can make you tired. Most women don’t want to carry the extra weight, especially while they are at home. 

If you are looking at choosing a concealed carry firearm, I am a huge proponent of ON body carry. I think it is important because it seems like it’s always when I don’t have my purse that I really want to have my concealed carry gun. Here are a few situations that I know of where I feel better that I carry on the body:

  1. The gas-station: This is one place that I very rarely grab my purse. I usually just step out of the car with my wallet in hand so I am thankful I keep my firearm on my body.
  2. Working in the yard: This is another place where I don’t normally carry a purse, but I want to make sure that I have something on my body in case someone just walks up.
  3. Loading groceries: This is yet another place that I usually set my purse down and it can be one of the most dangerous places to be.


If you are considering either an IWB or OWB holster, these are the 2 big differences when you compare them: 

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Infidel Ultra holster by Comp-Tac Victory Gear. MSRP: $94.99

  1. Comfort: If you are carrying IWB. it is VERY important that the holster be comfortable because it will be touching your skin. You might want to consider something that is leather or fabric so you don’t stick to it. OWB comfort is not as much of a factor because your clothes protect you.
  2. Clothing: If you are considering carrying IWB, you will need to give some thought to your wardrobe. Are you prepared to buy bigger pants? I know, that for me  is not something I want to go up, so I prefer to carry OWB. If you are leaning to the OWB side, then you will probably need to consider some additions to your wardrobe in the form of vests, outer shirts or even jackets. Fortunately, there are many cute accessory options for carrying a gun.
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Paddle holster from Comp-Tac Victory Gear. MSRP: $74.99


Concealed carry is a big choice, but making sure you have the right holster for you lifestyle, body type and needs will make it much easier.

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Sweetheart Grips http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/sweetheart-grips/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/sweetheart-grips/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 03:14:35 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21251 Michelle Cerino tells the tale of sweetheart grips and why they tug at her heartstrings. Sponsored by Galco Gunleather.

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Photography, books and movies about wartime are a few of my passions. The ever-present scene of the soldier looking lovingly at a tattered photo of the gal he left behind always chokes me up. While touring the National WWll Museum in New Orleans this year, I saw many of those worn and faded photos displayed within the glass cases. How many times must that soldier have looked at that photo, longing to return home and see his girl again? How else could a soldier have held on to the image of a loved one left behind? In my research through history books and talking to people in the field and at local gun shows, I found an interesting and artful way that this devotion was expressed—sweetheart grips.

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Throughout history, soldiers have created unusual souvenirs from battlefield debris. It wasn’t until after World War l that the term “trench art”was used to describe these creations made from carved bones or shell casings, among other things. During World War II, some American soldiers even found ways of replacing the grips on their pistols. This form of trench art came about as a result of the invention of acrylic. A clear, lightweight acrylic known as Lucite was new to this war, and covered the viewing ports of warplanes. Soldiers salvaged the Lucite from downed planes and used it to carve replacement grips for their Colt M1911A1 pistols. Removing the standard wooden grips from their Colts, they replaced them with handmade transparent grips. However, prior to putting the grips on, soldiers would place a photo of their gals beneath where the grips attached. Thus, the “sweetheart”grips came to be.

Although many grips had photos on both sides, some soldiers kept one side of the grip clear, without a photo. This way, he could see how many rounds he had left. The photo was also an easy way for a soldier to identify his gun, should someone else pick it up. And when they found enemy guns, they made clear grips for those, too.

 

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Where can you find these historical sweetheart grips? I started by heading to a local gun show. Many vendors I asked had seen a pistol come through at one time or another with a photo on it, but there were none in the building the day I went to search. One vendor allowed me to take photos of a war-era gun with the original grips.

Luckily, Garrett Schuster, who owns Garrett’s Gun Parts eBay store, found a pistol for me at another gun show. This French Unique 25 auto (1920–1930) is not what you would have found soldiers carrying during World War ll. However, it does show the spread of the sweetheart grip outside the war. The elderly man who sold the gun said it was his wife in the photos. I enjoy a good love story, so I’m going to believe him.

 

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Just like the soldiers in World War ll, many people still enjoy customizing their firearms, and grips are an easy, non-permanent way to make that change. Not only does a custom grip show a little of your personality, it also may show others something that you hold dear to your heart.

 

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Rio Grande Custom Grips manufactures premium custom grips for many models of handguns with removable grips. They have a library of more than 80 designs that range from skulls and camo to animals and flowers. If you find a design that you like, they can even add a name or date to personalize them. If you want a completely customized grip,they can do that, too. Using a personal photograph of a loved one or a pet, Rio Grande Custom Grips can create your very own custom Sweetheart Grip, much more durable than those our soldiers carried in World War ll. I had a set created for my husband and found how easy the process is. I e-mailed a few high-resolution images to them; they picked out the one that would fit on the grip the best, and confirmed their choice with me. A week or so later, the grips arrived.

 

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Rio Grande Custom Grips

  • Stock MSRP: $64.96
  • Semi-Custom MSRP: $89.95
  • Fully Custom MSRP: $112.95
  • Discount when ordering more than one set of grips.

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Is the sweetheart grip story true or an exaggerated love story? One doubter in Ebay comments is quoted as saying, “There is no way these grips were made from windscreen of a Japanese Zero. They either burned on impact or crashed in the ocean.”

 

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I, on the other hand, believe in the love story. The grips of my pistol were carved by a muddy soldier, as he sat in the trenches with bullets flying overhead. They carry the photos of his sweetheart, whom he married upon his return. They lived happily ever after.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

All photos by Michelle Cerino.

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#TBT: 7 questions to ask an outfitter when taking a youth hunter on a guided turkey hunt http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/seven-questions-ask-outfitter-taking-youth-hunter-guided-turkey-hunt/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/seven-questions-ask-outfitter-taking-youth-hunter-guided-turkey-hunt/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 06:00:49 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=18193 Mia Anstine shares important questions to ask an outfitter when taking your little guy or gal on a guided turkey hunt.

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In this #TBT, Retro WON column, Mia Anstine shares important questions to ask an outfitter when taking your little guy or gal on a guided turkey hunt.

 

Mia and the Little Gal is sponsored by Girls With Guns Clothing

Mia & the Little Gal is sponsored by Girls With Guns Clothing

 

Turkey hunting in the spring is one of the most exciting times to introduce your little guy or gal to the sport. It’s always exciting to chase down the keen birds, and also, to call them in. To increase the odds of bagging a bird for your youngster, you may want to book a guided hunt with an outfitter who offers turkey hunting.

With any guided hunt, you need to ask specific questions before you go. This becomes even more important when you are bringing a youth hunter along. You want to make sure your child experiences quality time and wants to hunt again.

It is best to get your questions answered in person, or at least over the phone, by the outfitter. This will allow you to get a good feel for the outfitter, destination and methods of the hunt.

Standard questions should include travel arrangements, accommodations, meals and any state regulations specific to the game you are hunting. As adults, many of us are capable of being adaptive or spontaneous if necessary. This can be a bit more difficult if you are taking a child, so you should be prepared to ask added questions before your departure. Below are several questions to ask the outfitter, if you are taking a youth hunter on a guided hunt.

 

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LG smiles brightly as she poses with her Merriam turkey.

 

1. What gear is recommended?

Ask the outfitter what gear he or she recommends. If he or she says to bring mud boots, then bring them. There may be times when it may rain, or you will have to take child across streams or through mud, while you are there. An outfitter will give you an idea of the anticipated climate or weather patterns for the time of year you are hunting.

You should, in turn, be prepared with all-weather gear for the “just-in-case” scenario. Read my tips for keeping your little one comfortable during cold-weather adventures.

 

2. What type of terrain will you be hunting?

Wading across a shallow stream may seem exciting to some kids, while others may become distressed, squawk or squeal at the thought. You want to know if these types of conditions exist. LG used to be a whiner when she knew we had to hike. Ask if you’ll be sitting in a blind, brush or hunting spot-and-stalk. It’s up to you to decide what your child can manage, without scaring away a gobbler.

 

3. What hours of the day will you hunt, or how long will you hunt?

Some turkey-hunting guides will wake you up before sunrise. keep you out all day and return well past a young‘un’s bedtime. Other outfitters offer morning hunts and afternoon/evening hunts. Ask the outfitter what your guide’s schedule is, and determine if it is something your kiddo can handle.

 

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Photo courtesy of Hank Anstine

 

4. When will we eat and what’s on the menu?

An angry belly can lead to an angry child. When you are asking about whether or not meals are provided, ask when you will be stopping to eat. If you are on an all-day hunt, it may be necessary to pack some snacks. If you have a picky child, be certain the menu contains items that will make him or her smile.

 

5. What are the facilities going to be?

You may want your child to have the full-on outdoor experience and stay at a camp. Every kid should experience a tent, campfire and the wilderness, right? Well, maybe yes, and maybe no. You know your child better than anyone. If he or she is a bit timid, you may want to ease into this gradually. It could make for a better 3-or 4-night’s sleep if you have 4 walls, a furnace and indoor toilet.

 

6. What are the possibilities of wild-turkey interactions?

Something that will have your child addicted, hook, line and sinker, to turkey hunting is interaction. There is nothing better than seeing a fidgety, bored and antsy child lose his or her breath when a big tom comes strutting in to a call. Ask the guide what the likelihood of this experience is. If you can get at least that far, you have a high chance of getting the youth hunter out there again.

 

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Photo courtesy of Mia Anstine

 

 

7. What are the regulations for turkey hunting in this state?

Verify that your child is old enough to hunt, according to the regulations of the state that you will be hunting. Ask if a hunter safety certification is required. In addition to asking about the state regulations, you should also follow up and check them yourself. After all, it is your responsibility to know the rules of the area.

Taking a new turkey hunter out is a lot of responsibility. Ask the outfitter questions, assess your child’s ability, take note of your personal experiences and determine what is going to make for the best possible hunting experience.

 

This Retro WON piece first ran on March 21, 2014.

Good luck, have fun and we hope you will share your turkey-hunting tales with us.

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Scouting in the Dark: Using Night Vision Legally http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/scouting-dark-using-night-vision-legally/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/scouting-dark-using-night-vision-legally/#comments Wed, 11 Feb 2015 22:00:25 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21237 Mia and LG tried out 2 night vision devices -- the FLIR Scout BTS Series and Stealth Cam Digital Night Vision Monocular STC-NVM. Sponsored by Girls with Guns Clothing.

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Have you ever thought of scouting in the dark? LG and I’ve done a lot of scouting. We’ve chatted with a few bull elks in the night. We’ve heard footsteps near our tent at night. This past year we were given the opportunity to try a couple different methods of seeing those things that go “grunt” in the night. We tested both infrared and thermal vision devices by spying on animals in the dark.

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When we received the optics on trial basis only, I thought, “What are we going to do with these? We cannot legally hunt with them.” LG and I began to throw out ideas of fun we might have with said items. I phoned the local departments of fish and game to inquire as to what rules we’d need to follow.

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The area in which we live is near the Colorado-New Mexico boarder, so I decided to contact officials in both states. The upper state indicated we wouldn’t be able to use the night vision optics during a hunt. They said as long as we had a firearm with us, we could not have the night vision device in our possession as well. *We suggest checking your state’s regulations.

“Rats!” we thought, because these sight-enhancing items would be fabulous to use for more that one purpose, while hunting. LG and I thought we could use them to look for wildlife, before a guide drops us off at our stand or blind.

Guess what? When I phoned New Mexico Department of Fish and Game (NMDGF), they said we would be able to have the optics, but we couldn’t hunt with night vision, except under special circumstances.

The NMDGF official gave caution when he shared that some animals, coyote and jackrabbit, could be hunted at night. Night vision (or thermal vision) can complicate the laws of hunting. He said even though night vision could be used for said species, there is a shade of gray due to risk of being ticketed for reckless use with a firearm. This is due to the inhibited ability to see beyond a target.

Since we weren’t actually going to use mounted scopes and hunting at night, we took this advice as a word of caution, which we appreciated.

After we had clarification about the legalities for taking in the views at night, we headed out to do some scouting.

We had a ton of fun learning to use the optics. We looked to see what may be chasing our ducks, geese, goats and other animals in the night. After we got the devices figured out, we headed out for a road hunt. –Remember, we shoot cameras!

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Flirts Scout infrared monocular camera on a mule deer buck (Lea Leggitt photo)

We checked some of our favorite hunting leases and learned a few things.
• Look for predators – If our farm animals were not being quiet in the night, we were able to scan the area to see if a predator was near.
• Check the area – Using night vision to see if animals are around your stand, before you get out of the vehicle, is a great idea. At times, we suspected there were animals nearby. We were amazed with the number of animals we saw.
• Locate bucks and bulls – With both devices, we were able to see if the animals had antlers. However, the thermal vision was not as sharp, so we weren’t able to determine size of antlers.

Thermal vision works, detecting heat. If you’re viewing a live animal, you’ll see the body, as well as warmer areas around the eyes and nose. Antlers don’t carry a large amount of heat, but we learned we were able to see them if sun had been upon the animals during the day.

Infrared night vision collects ambient light, therefor works well on a clear, starry night when the moon is out. On a dark, cloudy night, it doesn’t have much light to collect, so will be a bit dimmer.

Night vision optics tested –

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(Mia Anstine photo)

FLIR Scout BTS Series – MSRP $6199 (This one’s for the pros, but there are more affordable versions available.)

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(Mia Anstine photo)

Stealth Cam Digital Night Vision Monocular STC-NVM – MSRP $199 (YES! It is affordable, and on sale for $139.99 at Amazon.)

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Vera Koo Prepares for an Adventure in India http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/vera-koo-prepares-adventure-india/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/vera-koo-prepares-adventure-india/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 22:00:03 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21222 Vera Koo never lets the grass grow under her feet. Find out how she prepared to visit India. A 3-part series.

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Vera Koo prepares for the adventure of a lifetime – across the ocean to India.

I have a philosophy about opportunities. Opportunities are fleeting. When one arises, you should be careful not to miss it.

You might never feel like the time is perfect to act on an opportunity. Opportunities can pop up at any time. You might feel like you are not ready when they come, and when you feel you are ready, they might never come. Yet, whether you feel ready or not, if you see an opportunity, you should grab it. Otherwise, you will miss your chance and might never get another one.

My philosophy about opportunities explains my fall trip to India. I left Oct. 27 for the 3-week trip. I had given the idea of traveling to India little thought until a friend asked me if my husband and I would be interested in going. I soon became excited about the idea.

I will be turning 70-years old in about 2 years. At the time of the trip, I was healthy and able to travel. I need to go on these trips while I am still able. Although my husband did not care to make the trip, he supported me going — as long as I went with other friends. So I went with a young married couple and we all joined a very reputable tour group to visit India to see the Taj Mahal and other treasures of India.

After first being presented with the idea, I learned more about India. As I increased my knowledge about the country, I looked forward to seeing it even more. India houses many beautiful structures, such as the Taj Mahal. We also planned a trek to a national park and made plans to attend the annual Pushkar Fair, a major festival at which camels and other livestock are bought and sold. In addition to the attraction of seeing the livestock, the fair features various competitions (Editor’s note: such as the longest moustache and a bridal competition).

This trip offered me an opportunity to experience the art, the culture and the history of another country. Such trips have been rewarding in the past.

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(Christina Van Zandt photo)

Italy

In 2011, my daughter and I traveled to Italy and visited Rome, Tuscany and Florence with a Stanford tour group. We attended the Palio di Provenzano horse race in the town square of Sienna. Before the race, there was a 1-hour parade of pageantry featuring Renaissance regalia. We had great seats right next to the parade’s path and the race. A crowd of about 35,000 gathered in the center ring of the town’s square and in the surrounding area, not unlike the crowd that gathers in New York’s Times Square on New Year’s Eve.

Also during the trip, our traveling party was treated to a private, after-hours tour of the Vatican Museums. We saw the paintings, sculptures and tapestries without fighting a crowd.

We sat in the Sistine Chapel and meditated on Michelangelo’s fresco of “The Last Judgment.” We also heard interesting lectures on Italian history and politics from Roberto D’Alimonte, an Italian political scientist.

Ski trips

Everyone in my family is an avid downhill skier, and we have gone skiing in Canada, France and Switzerland, along with our skiing adventures in the United States. We also have traveled to Singapore, Thailand and Japan and also to China, which is where I was born, and Hong Kong, which is where I spent much of my childhood.

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(Christina Van Zandt)

Why I love traveling

I had majored in art at San Francisco State University, and my love for art has always stayed with me. Partly because of this, I found Thailand particularly enjoyable. I liked the country the minute I arrived. Banana trees were set against the colors of the river, which were contrasted by the rustic roofs of the tin huts near the water. I see the presence of God in such beauty. The people of Thailand were very gentle and spoke softly.

Recently, I have become more interested in history. When you grow older, you begin to look at life with depth. When you consider an object or an idea, you think, what does this say? What meaning does this convey? What is the origin? You look beyond basic facts.

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(Dr. Raymond Chu photo)

And now, India

I hope my trip to India will not be the end of my travels. I would be interested in visiting Mexico and seeing where the Mayans lived or traveling to South America to see where the Incas lived. Those tribes have been in my memory since studying them in high school, and I am interested in learning more about how they lived. I have long been interested in Egyptian history, but I have never made it to Egypt. I am also more interested in learning about Chinese history than ever before.

Of course, I have made trips to Italy, Germany, New Zealand and Australia for shooting, but traveling for sport and traveling for pleasure are different experiences. Even so, I prepared for my trip to India much like I prepare for shooting competitions.

Although I did not anticipate any problems on my trip to India, I prepared for potential problems in case they came up. I made sure I was in good physical condition, just as if I were going to India for a competition. I added a little weight, trained and exercised leading up to the trip. I took my necessary shots. I brought antibiotics and basic medication with me, along with treating my clothes with mosquito repellent, plenty of power bars, water boiling pot and a face mask to help with the air pollution in India.

I am accustomed to traveling to competitions with 4 seasons’ worth of clothing, and I brought clothing capable of handling any weather scenario I might face. I even brought boots in preparation for rain or rougher conditions.

I did not turn my mind completely away from shooting. Previously, I had not incorporated much visualization when it comes to shooting, but because I was abroad for 3 weeks and not practicing shooting, I may needed to visualize my shooting and proper techniques while I was gone.

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(Dr. Raymond Chu photo)

Mostly, though, I looked forward to this journey because it offered me a chance to broaden my knowledge and appreciation for another country.

Traveling to India presented a great opportunity – one, now in retrospect, I am glad I did not let pass me by.

Vera Koo will take us to India with her, in 2 future installments of her column here at The WON.

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Brownells Lady 3-Gun Pro-Am Challenge Announces West Coast Match Registration Open http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/brownells-lady-3-gun-pro-challenge-announces-west-coat-match-registration-open/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/brownells-lady-3-gun-pro-challenge-announces-west-coat-match-registration-open/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 18:30:01 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21235 If you want "in" on this prestigious match, register now!

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Harleyville, SC: Brownells Lady 3-Gun Pro-Am Challenge will open registration on Wednesday, February 11 at 8:00 PM EST for the first of two female only 3-gun matches for 2015. The West coast match will be held at Southern Utah Practical Shooters Range in St. George, Utah from May 1-3rd.  Registration will be limited to 250 female competitors of all skill levels with an entry fee of $225.

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Michelle Cerino. (SandraMcDougall Mitchell photo)

Match Director, Lisa Marie Judy has stated, “Based on the success of the inaugural 2014 Brownells Lady 3-Gun Pro-Am Challenge we have decided to offer 2 matches. I’m excited about that we can offer these matches with quality brands as sponsors.”

Our highest levels sponsors at this point include Brownells (who have again committed to being the Title sponsor), Benelli, Devil Dog Arms, STI, and ESS. This match will be set up in a Pro-Am format. Pro-side prize table will be distributed in the order of finish. Ameuter prize table items will be dispensed by random draw with the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place competitors in all divisions receiving an award.

Women interested in participating can register at www.lady3gun.com/register/. The two matches will be using the same hashtag on social media #lady3gun. The Brownells Lady 3-Gun Pro-Am Facebook account is: https://www.facebook.com/lady3gun and Twitter account: https://twitter.com/lady3gun.

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Minnesota Becoming an Outdoors-Woman to host ‘Archery for Women’ classes http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/minnesota-becoming-outdoors-woman-host-archery-women-classes/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/minnesota-becoming-outdoors-woman-host-archery-women-classes/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:39:17 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21234 If you live near Blaine, Minn., and want to learn to shoot a bow, here's your opportunity! A 3-part series of classes will be held, starting this month.

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Are you interested in learning how to shoot a bow and you live in Minnesota? Thanks to a cooperative effort between Safari Club International North Country Bowhunters Chapter and the DNR’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman in Minnesota program, a series of 3 classes will be held at the Schwan Center at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. Course instruction includes archery basics, equipment, target shooting and hunting skills. The course begins on Feb. 28. .

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“Women can learn the basics of archery and those with intermediate archery skills can learn how to bow hunt,” said Linda Bylander, the DNR’s BOW outreach program coordinator.

Learn more about Minnesota’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program and all the classes available.

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Got a Firearm in the Home? Own It? Respect it. Secure It. http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/got-firearm-home-respect-secure/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/got-firearm-home-respect-secure/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 22:00:35 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21213 If you own a gun, or want to own a gun, this initiative will either educate or refresh you on safe gun owning practices.

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Last year, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) ramped up its efforts to support safety and education campaigns, such as Project ChildSafe, with its Own It? Respect It. Secure It. (ORS) initiative. If you have a firearm in your home, you must read about this initiative.

Women’s Outdoor News played a small part in the launch of the initiative back in 2013, by discussing with the marketing firm and designers about what women want to see in such a program.

Now, the NSSF needs all gun owners to help get the message out about the initiative, and also, Project ChildSafe – of which The WON is a proud supporter – can always use a mention or share, too.

What is Project ChildSafe?

First of all, let’s look at Project ChildSafe. The NSSF, the official trade association of the firearms industry, launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (called Project HomeSafe then until 20003). Not only does the program promote safe and responsible firearms ownership, it also distributes kits that include gun locks to gun owners in the U.S. and in 5 territories.

Gun owners can learn about safe handling, safe storage and how to find a safety kit from Project ChildSafe at its site. Law enforcement agencies distribute the firearm safety kits and you can find out if your local law enforcement has partnered with the program, too.

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Marti Davis and her niece on the range, going through the steps to safely load this Henry Repeating Arms Muddy Girl .22 rifle. (Jason Baird photo)

 

I found the Gun Safety Quiz to be a great resource, especially if you have new shooters or hunters in your midst. Go over the questions and answers with them. It’ll spur lively conversation and also, refresh your memory on the rules, too. You might also want to visit the Safe Handling section of the site, along with your children and friends.

Are you wondering how to store your guns? Project ChildSafe offers a Safe Storage area, with guidelines, options and a special “message for your children.”

Own It. Respect It. Secure It. 

The NSSF offers a toolkit for this new initiative. The organization wants the “Own It. Respect It. Secure It.” (ORS) message out there, for gun owners to embrace and for the general public to see in action.

Here are some simple ways to show you support the ORS, and you do not have to run a website or own a business to do so:

  • Place the ORS logo and tagline on your website.
  • Print the NSSF’s template artwork for ORS and distribute as stickers, flyers, banners and use as a sign at your place of business.
  • Use logos on your social media sites.

Logos and artwork are available online. Visit ORS.

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Women of Fishing Families to Hold Workshop Series with Fishing Partnership Services http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/women-fishing-families-hold-workshop-series-fishing-partnership-services/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/women-fishing-families-hold-workshop-series-fishing-partnership-services/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 15:40:49 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21216 What a cool idea. Here's an organization geared to support women who work in the fishing industry, or who come from fishing families.

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women-of-fishingfamiliesThe Women of Fishing Families is collaborating with the Fishing Partnership Support Services of Massachusetts to offer quarterly workshops geared toward women who work in the fishing industry or come from fishing families across the Cape & Islands.

All workshops are FREE! For more details, visit fishingpartnership.org.

Visit Women of Fishing Families to see the schedule.

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Hunting-Partner Relationships http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/hunting-partner-relationships/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/hunting-partner-relationships/#comments Sun, 08 Feb 2015 23:33:46 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21206 You can measure easily whether someone will be a good hunting partner, even before you go afield! Christine Cunningham tells you how. Sponsored by SYREN USA.

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Christine Cunningham explains the importance of the hunting-partner relationship, and lists 5 things that will make it work for you.

My home town in Alaska was first discovered by the Kenaitze people, a branch of the nomadic hunters of Alaska’s boreal forest. Their migrations intersected the harvest cycles of fish and caribou, and respect for all life forms informed their belief system. To the Kenaitze, a successful hunt depends not just on the skill of the hunter but on the “will” of the bird, fish or animal harvested. The Kenaitze word for the hunting-partner relationship is selden. The hunting partner not only assists with the hunt, but also is considered family. We don’t celebrate the anniversary of the modern hunting-partner relationship, or categorize it in a census, but it is an important partnership in the life of any hunter for many of the same reasons the Kenaitze value is important.

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Do you and your hunting partner share these 5 compatibility traits?

 

 

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(Steven Meyer photo)

Physical Compatibility

The list of practical reasons for having a hunting partner is long. A partner can help pack in or pack out a variety of things. He or she brings an extra set of eyes, ears and skills. If a hunting partner is at a different level of physical ability, however, it can limit options for both parties. If one hunter is in sheep-shape and wants to run a marathon for game, it can frustrate a hunter who has a shorter stride or lacks the same physical conditioning.

For me, hunting has pushed my physical capabilities to a new level. Hunting with someone who is more physically capable than me has improved my ability as a shooter, hiker and packer. While two people may appear to be at different physical levels, their shared intensity an important consideration in a partnership. Some hunters prefer a slower, more methodical approach. My hunting partner is always the one to insist we go a bit farther or stay a bit longer. It’s in this extra time I wouldn’t have spent afield that everything happens. 

 

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Good Communication 

Janet Pasternak started hunting 3 years ago after joining the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Alaska program. During her 3rd hunting season, she joined with a novice female hunter and a more experienced friend for a caribou hunt. While Janet was the better shooter, her 2 companions were more physically fit, and the party separated in the field. Janet spent the day searching for them. The next morning, Janet took a caribou with the skills she’d learned. She was surprised when one of her partners told her, “That was my caribou you shot! I never want to go hunting with you again!” No matter what she did, Janet was unable to smooth things over and ended up leaving the hunt early. “It was the worst experience of my life,” Janet says. She now chooses her hunting partners more wisely.

“There needs to be a fair understanding of who is going to shoot first, especially for big game,” advises Alaska big-game guide Emily Schock, of Silvertip Aviation. Emily advocates for a fair system of deciding the “first right of refusal” on hunts. Hunting partners who have spent a lot of time in the field together may have a mutual understanding based on their shared experiences. A particular shot opportunity may be better suited to one partner than another, for instance. In duck hunting, a party may designate someone as the “shot caller,” and discuss lanes of fire in advance. Communication is key.

 

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Shared Passion

Alaska hunter Kaasan Braendel ,of Nin Ridge Guides, is proud of the hard work that goes into sheep hunting. She looks for mental toughness and good conditioning in a partner. She also looks for someone with a healthy sense of adventure. “I do prefer people who have a passion for the outdoors. Not so much the killing part as the overall experience,” said Kaasan.

If one person took a month off work and is committed to the hunt of a lifetime and the other person is glad to go along but is also looking to find edible mushrooms, there might be a problem. Passion is not just about commitment and engagement; some of us are exploring and some of us are blazing trails. The level of passion can be the same, but the purpose of the passion can include motivations as diverse as learning, teaching, limiting out, finding a trophy or enjoying time afield. There’s nothing better than a shared passion with purpose.

 

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Similar Ethics

As much as personal compatibility can be gauged in a matrix of answers to psychological questions, what works or doesn’t work in a hunting partner is more a matter of fit than form. Anyone who has spent a hunt looking down the barrel of another person’s gun or watching her fellow hunter violate a personal code of conduct knows what it means to say, “He’s a great guy, but I’d never hunt with him.”

A biologist friend once shared a good piece of advice when I asked him about shooting drakes only, or shooting the first or last duck in a flock. “There are no value judgments in nature,” he said. He described the various types of restraint he’d heard bird hunters put on themselves —only shooting birds on the wing, shooting drakes only, avoiding shooting certain species or mated pairs. These restraints are not game laws, but come from personal value judgments. A hunting partner often shares these views, but even if they are not shared, they must be respected.

 

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(Steven Meyer photo)

Companionship 

The relationship between hunting partners is an intimate one to the Kenaitze. It’s a relationship that includes inheritance and other rights normally reserved for wives. Physical and mental qualities are important, but to truly share the experience of mountaintops and river deltas, a hunting partner must possess a unique quality to find those same places.

One of the qualities I look for in a hunting partner is a sense of humor; in many ways, they’re the same things I look for in a best friend. In the terms of regular relationships, this list of criteria encompasses physical, mental and spiritual qualities, but a true hunting partner can’t be found on a list. It just happens. Alone in a duck blind at last light, you turn to your left or your right, and the person on the bench next to you is your favorite person in the world.

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7 Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Woman Who Shoots http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/7-valentines-day-gifts-shooting-woman/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/7-valentines-day-gifts-shooting-woman/#comments Fri, 06 Feb 2015 00:44:43 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21185 Our Bodie has been searching for a while to find a sweet collection of 7 gifts that you can give the woman who loves to shoot.

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What do you give to the shooting woman in your life? For women who love shooting, traditional gifts of chocolate and roses might not hit the bullseye in the target. So, while at various trade shows and throughout this past year, I’ve been looking for special ideas — and I give you 7 Valentine’s Day gifts for the woman who shoots.

 

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Camo Ammo Jewelry

I love jewelry – especially jewelry representing my shooting lifestyle. Camo Ammo Jewelry manufactures beautiful, custom jewelry from spent shells and bullet casings. One of my favorite pieces from the line is the “Eat Pray Hunt” .300 Win. Mag. Paisley Leather Cuff Bracelet. This stylish bracelet is the perfect accessory for almost any casual, everyday outfit, and captures the essence of my life perfectly! The multicolor paisley leather bracelet boasts two .300 Winchester Magnum bullet casings with 2 clear crystal rivets and a metal faceplate stamped with the words “eat pray hunt.” The bracelet is 1-inch wide and available in a variety of different lengths, ranging from 6.75 inches to 8.25 inches. Do you have a woman in your life who prefers to shoot and not hunt? Camo Ammo also offers a complete line of jewelry for non-hunters, as well as a line of men’s accessories. The complete line of Camo Ammo Jewelry, including the “Eat Pray Hunt” bracelet, is available for purchase directly from Camo Ammo’s online store.

MSRP: $28.99   5.11-lucy-tote 5.11 Lucy Tote

I am always on the hunt for a quality, stylish purse, especially one that offers the security of carrying a concealed weapon to help keep me safe. The purse that most recently caught my attention is the 5.11 Lucy Tote. This fashionable tote offers a wide range of tactical features for any woman choosing to carry, including a dual-zipper side pocket, compatible with 5.11’s TacTec System, for concealment of a handgun. The pocket is positioned to allow quick access to the firearm. The interior of the tote also holds a concealed pocket large enough for a badge wallet or passport. One of my favorite features of the Lucy Tote is its roomy size, coupled with the fact that it is made of a durable, water-resistant nylon twill fabric. These features make the tote a true everyday carryall. The 5.11 Lucy Tote, manufactured in iron grey or military brown, is available for purchase directly from 5.11’s online store and from select retailers nationwide. Click here to find the retailer nearest you.

MSRP: $109

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Every woman needs a stylish and classy pen, whether for writing checks at the grocery store, penning a letter to a dear friend or journaling her adventures from a recent hunt. Earlier this year, I discovered the line of Write Stuff of AZ custom pens on display in a booth at the Dallas Safari Club Convention. I quickly realized I would not be leaving their booth without making a purchase. Each Write Stuff pen is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. I purchased a polished deer antler with a fun bolt-action mechanism for extending the ballpoint. The pen’s deer-head clip and filigree detailing at the base only adds to its overall appeal. My purchase has proven itself reliable, and this unique item will likely become a family heirloom to be eventually passed down to my son. Write Stuff of AZ produces a complete line of one-of-a-kind treasures, including pens made from custom acrylic, elk antler and wood. The complete line of Write Stuff pens is available from the company’s online store. Each pen accepts Parker style refills, available in rollerball and ballpoint at an office supply store. 

MSRP: $75 to $80 Shady_Lady_Shooting_Carry_Case Shady Lady Shooting Pistol Cases

When I first spotted the Shady Lady Pistol Case, I did a double take. The case appeared to be a small clutch, or perhaps a makeup bag to help organize my generally messy purse. I was blown away when I realized this stylish-looking container was indeed a durable pistol case. Each pistol case is made of sturdy Cordura fabric with a half-inch foam interior to keep pistols safe and secure. Small and large cases are available in a variety of camo patterns, including purple, blue, pink, white and orange. Shady Lady offers custom fabrics to personalize each case to an individual’s taste, such as the Asian-inspired fabrics pictured. The complete line of Shady Lady Shooting pistol and rifle cases is available directly from Shady Lady’s online store. You can direct inquiries for custom fabric orders here.

MSRP: $14.99 to $24.99

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Pack’n Heat—Eyes & Ears

Most women like a little bling in their lives. The Pack’n Heat—Eyes & Ears set allows a woman to take her sparkle and shine with her to the shooting range. These custom embellished earmuff and eyewear sets, decorated with genuine Czech crystal, come with a sturdy carrying case for storage and transport. The earmuffs feature a sleek, low-profile design, limiting any interference with the stocks of most firearms. I find the padded headband and ear cushions also fit comfortably with the matching safety glasses. Weighing less than 1 pound, the Pack’n Heat—Eyes & Ears are available in a wide range of colors and designs, including solid colors, safari animal prints, ombre and camo patterns. Click here for a complete listing of where to buy these stylish accessories. Note: These earmuffs come in 25db of protection. You should determine what level of protection you need for the type of shooting and environment you’ll be in, and you may need to wear earplugs with this type of muff. Category: Ear Muffs & Eye Protection.

MSRP: $175 to $199, depending on style.

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Flashbang Holster

For some, a traditional Valentine’s Day gift might include a little lace and lingerie. Why not include a concealed-carry holster to accessorize such intimate apparel? The Flashbang Holster is designed to tuck horizontally under the band of most bras, allowing for quick draw of a concealed handgun. Available in black or pink, the Flashbang Holster is sold in both right- and left-carry options. As Flashbang points out, “Any stylish gal will tell you that having to dress like a man to carry a gun is an unacceptable option.” The Flashbang Holster allows a woman to carry concealed weapon for defense while still maintaining her femininity and style. The Flashbang Accessory Strap Sets allow the wearer to coordinate her Flashbang Holster with her bra. The straps are available in Drop Dead Red, Limed & Loaded, Berry Dangerous, Not Afraid of the Dark, Don’t Make Me Teal Ya and Peacekeeper Plum. The Flashbang Holster and Accessory Strap Sets are both available directly from Flashbang’s online store, as well as from a number of other online retailers. Click here to find a complete listing of retailers.

MSRP: $49.99 Flashbang Holster / $9.99 Accessory Strap Set

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What would Valentine’s Day be without chocolate? I, for one, love chocolate… but I also love guns. Why not combine the two? Chocolate Weapons’ Solid Milk Chocolate Gun leaves no detail to the imagination. Modeled after the classic 1911 .45 ACP and made from almost a full pound of silky smooth chocolate, this delicious gun is even presented in an authentic padded gun case! The Chocolate Gun is available directly from Chocolate Weapons’ online store. MSRP: $29.99

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Michelle Whitney Bodenheimer found some of these products while at the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show, Las Vegas, 2015, and at a Dallas Safari Club convention. She did not take compensation from any companies to review or mention these products, and decided all on her own to include them in this collection of ideas for Valentine’s Day.

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Register Now for DIVA WOW 2015 Ladies Annual Spring Shooting & Outdoor Clinic http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/register-now-2015-ladies-annual-spring-shooting-outdoor-clinic-diva-wow/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/register-now-2015-ladies-annual-spring-shooting-outdoor-clinic-diva-wow/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 23:00:09 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21196 Want to learn to shoot, or better your shooting skills? Or how about learning to wield a slingshot or how to cast a fly or train a gun dog? Join the DIVAs in Texas this spring.

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Join the ladies of DIVA WOW at their Annual Spring Shooting & Outdoor Clinic on Sat., March 14, at Elm Fork Shooting Sports in Dallas, Texas. The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This clinic is for new shooters and those unfamiliar with shooting and outdoor activities. All instruction is lady friendly and is a great sampler clinic.

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Learn about:

  • Handguns  
  • Shotguns 
  • .22 Rifles 
  • AR-15 (Modern Sporting) Rifles
  • Black Powder Rifles
  • Spin Casting * Fly Casting
  • BB Guns/Air Guns
  • Hunting Dog 101 
  • Slingshots/Blow Guns

The most popular classes will fill up quickly.

  • $75 per DIVA Member
  • $85 per Non-Member (Join today and get the discount!)
  • $65 per Life Member
  • $10 Guest Lunch for non-participants (includes guys)
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Registration closes on March 9 No Walk-Ups! No Refunds! Limited to 170 ladies. This is a RAIN OR SHINE event. Dress for the weather. Bring layers, rain gear, and good shoes! Wear good protective clothes! Hot brass can fly in all directions! (Down your shirt or onto your toes, and it hurts!) Neck high t-shirts, and tennis shoes are great gear for shooting days! Bring your own eye and ear protection, if you have them.

Learn more about DIVA WOW’s March event in Dallas.

Register here.

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Meet Carol Craighead, Crossbreed Holsters http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/meet-carol-craighead-crossbreed-holsters/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/meet-carol-craighead-crossbreed-holsters/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 22:00:13 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21175 She did not plan on running the family holster business. Find out what makes Crossbreed Holsters successful and learn more about the people behind the promise.

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In 2012, Carol Craighead’s world turned upside down and right side out, after the sudden death of her husband, Mark, whom the shooting world respected as an innovative and fine businessman – the president of Crossbreed Holsters. “Mark was a wonderful husband and father,” said Carol.

CBHlogo_19 copy“I used to come in and help out, with shipping especially. My biggest role was being a sounding board for Mark. At the time, I’d think ‘Why is he telling me all this?’” said Carol. Now, she’s thankful that he shared his vision with her, and also with his right-hand business associate, Trent Cooper, Mark’s brother, Matt, and others on the team at Crossbreed.

The family concept runs deep here, and also includes Mark’s and Carol’s 2 daughters, Carlie and Tori. “It made the transition after Mark’s death more doable, and Mark’s brother, Matt, has a lot of the same ingenuity that Mark had,” added Carol. The family concept can be found among ranks of team members, too, as several siblings and husband/wife combinations work at Crossbreed.

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“We all work as a team here,” said Carol. The new facility is located in Republic, Mo., and includes 7,000 square feet, a major change from the 2,400-square-foot building that previously housed the company. Recently, Crossbreed started making gun belts in house, and hired 3 more people to the team.

Carol said that during an expansion of the company, Mark and Trent shared an office, which turned out to be a huge advantage to Trent later. Mark explained reasons why he chose to run the company in a certain way, and Trent learned so that when the time came to move forward, the task flowed easier.

“We strive to put out a quality handmade product, give wonderful customer service, make the best holsters and stand behind our product,” explained Carol.

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The Purse Defender.

Because of the burgeoning women’s market in regard to concealed carry holsters and carry gear, Crossbreed Holsters (which sponsors Marti Davis Afield here at Women’s Outdoor News) is responding to women’s needs. Along with a line of on-body holsters that work well for women, it also launched the Purse Defender. Carol, who is a petite woman, mentioned to Matt that she’d like to see a holster that fit into a woman’s purse. He designed the best seller, the Purse Defender, with a right- or left-hand draw, with an optional secondary holster, and extra loop Velcro brand fastener, optional magazine carrier and optional Bedside Backup.

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Carol and Tori Craighead (Crossbreed Holsters photo)

 

“We listen to our customers a lot, as well as get feedback from our floor,” said Carol. Watch for several new products out the door in 2015 as a result.

Crossbreed offers a 2-week, try it free guarantee. Holsters carry lifetime warranties.

Visit Crossbreed Holsters.

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Kenna Wins An Eva Shockey ‘Signature Series’ Bowtech Bow! http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/wanna-win-won-eva-shockey-signature-series-bowtech-bow/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/wanna-win-won-eva-shockey-signature-series-bowtech-bow/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 11:28:08 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21170 Do you want to pull back your own Eva Shockey Bowtech Signature Series bow? Win it here.

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CONGRATULATIONS Kenna! You WIN! Eva Shockey delighted the world of women’s bowhunting when she introduced her new Bowtech “Signature Series” bow at the Archery Trade Association Show last month. We asked Eva if we might give away one of her new bows as a Valentine’s Day promo, and she said, “Yes!” One lucky winner will get to own this beauty. The Eva Shockey Signature Series comes with a draw-length range of 22.5 to 28.5 inches and draw weights of 40, 50 and 60 pounds. It also sports a 31.5-inch axle-to-axle length and a 3.3-pound mass weight. Reaching top speeds of 332 fps, it will hunt with you. The bow comes in a BlackOps finish with Electric Blue accents.  Enter below. Contest ends Fri., Feb. 13, at 5 p.m. EST. One winner will be chosen randomly and notified. If, after 7 days, that winner does not respond, we will choose another winner randomly.
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Ask Marti Davis: How to Buy a Gun at an Auction 101 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/ask-marti-davis-buy-gun-auction-101/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/ask-marti-davis-buy-gun-auction-101/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 22:01:15 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21159 Are you leery of purchasing a gun at an auction? Marti Davis walks you through the process, from start to finish. Sponsored by Crossbreed Holsters.

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In this installment of “Ask Marti Davis,” she details how to buy a gun at an auction. And, Marti ought to know, since she’s not only married to an auctioneer, but also works at gun auctions several times a year.

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Dear Marti,

Recently I saw an ad for a gun auction. Is it difficult to buy a gun at an auction? What do I need to know about buying guns at auction?

Betty from Bangor

Dear Betty,

It’s good that you’re asking this question before you find yourself in the middle of a hot bidding streak. There are a few steps that I recommend, especially since I’m married to an auctioneer, that will help you get the best deal at a gun auction.

Check out the flyer

Most reputable auction companies will post a listing of sale guns in their upcoming auction. The first thing I would do is go to the auction company’s website and print off the list of guns it will be offering at the auction. Go through the list and see if there are any guns you might be interested in purchasing.

Do your homework

If there are any guns you’re interested in purchasing, then do your homework before the day of the auction. Check several of the online gun auction sites and see what similar guns are bringing. Another good resource for checking used gun prices is the Blue Book of Gun Values. This book is published each year as a guideline for current gun values. The Blue Book can also be purchased as an app. You need to decide what you are willing to pay before you go to the auction, and put that number either on your downloaded copy of the sale list, or in your phone somewhere.

If you haven’t ever attended an auction, you might recruit a friend that has to go along with you and do the bidding for you. It can be a little overwhelming to a newcomer.

Auction day

Most gun auctions will have a viewing prior to the start of the auction. This is when you need to take the time to thoroughly inspect and look over the gun you are interested in bidding on. [ALWAYS check to make sure the gun is unloaded. This is a mandatory move for every time you pick up a different gun. Always point it in a safe direction, too.] At this point, you might want to check the reference guide again, because guns are sold in levels of conditions. Now that you’ve surmised the condition of that firearm, you can predetermine how much you’ll bid on it.

Most guns sold at auction are sold as is/where is, which means once the auctioneer says, “Sold!” it is the high bidder’s gun – regardless of condition. The only time where this might not be the case is if the gun is being sold “subject to approval” or with a “reserve.” If the auction is advertised as an absolute auction, then that means whatever the high bid is, the gun will sell. If it’s listed with a reserve, that means that the seller has set a predetermined minimum bid that the gun must bring in order to sell that gun.

You’ll want to dry fire, if possible, rack a slide back, pump it, or whatever applies. Look to see if any accessories or extra chokes or parts come with the gun, too.

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Bidding

First off, don’t be afraid to bid. If you don’t ever raise your hand to bid, you won’t get a gun bought. Make sure the auctioneer or a ringman sees that you’re bidding. A lot of people like to make bids by winking or just a slight nod of their head, and a lot of bids are missed because of these preferences. Make eye contact with the auctioneer or the ringman and raise your hand or bidder card so there is no doubt you are bidding.

Secondly, know when to stop bidding. If you’ve done your homework before the auction and inspected the gun, you should already know how much you are willing to pay for the gun. Don’t get caught up in the fast pace and a bidding war. If you do, you will overpay for a gun and come to regret it.

Read the fine print

Always read the fine print and understand the terms of the auction. Some auctions charge a buyer’s premium. A buyer’s premium means that you will pay a set percentage on top of your high bid. This means that if you were the high bidder at $1000 and there was a 10% buyer’s premium, you would pay a total of $1100. The auction company might have to charge sales tax on the guns also, but this should all be disclosed prior to the auction, along with forms of acceptable payment – cash, check and credit card. Some companies accept credit card, with a convenience fee being charged. All of these factors need to be considered when determining how much you are willing to bid for a gun.

Absentee bidding

If there is an upcoming auction with a gun you’re interested in, contact the auctioneer before the sale. Most companies will allow you to inspect a gun and leave an absentee bid. This can also be done over the phone. A reputable auctioneer will give you a proper description of the gun and will handle your absentee bid for you.

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Remember, the auctioneer is there to represent and work for the seller. His #1 job is to get the gun to bring as much money as possible. That is how he gets paid. Most auction companies charge the seller a pre-arranged percentage to sell their items.

Just like any other business, there are good and bad auctioneers. Make sure the auctioneer and the auction company’s sale you’re attending has a good reputation. If so, you won’t have anything to worry about when the gavel drops and you leave with a new-to-you firearm.

 

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#ShedRally – The World’s Largest Shed Hunt, is Back http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/shedrally-worlds-largest-shed-hunt-back/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/shedrally-worlds-largest-shed-hunt-back/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 14:30:00 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21166 Coming March 7. #ShedRally. Why it matters and what you can win!

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PIKE COUNTY, Ill. (Feb. 3, 2015) – Coming in March, a hashtag will unite outdoor enthusiasts across America during the second annual #ShedRally – The World’s Largest Shed Hunt.
Whitetail Properties and Realtree are inviting men, women and families who love the outdoors to get outside on March 7 and hunt for shed antlers and upload creative photos and videos to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram along with the hashtag, #ShedRally.“#ShedRally was started so America could shed hunt together,” said Michael Turbyfill, Whitetail Properties PR & Marketing Director. “The hashtag lets us show the world, in real time, how much we love the outdoors.”
 

“At Realtree, family, friends and the outdoors are very important to us and that’s what #ShedRally is all about,” said Dodd Clifton, Realtree marketing coordinator. “Guy or girl, young or old, shed hunting is something anyone can do while enjoying time outside.”

Last year during the inaugural #ShedRally, thousands of users uploaded photos and videos during the event. Shed hunters from the East Coast to the West Coast participated. The winning photo was submitted by an active-duty soldier stationed in Kuwait.

Throughout February, Whitetail Properties and Realtree will post shed hunting tips, tactics, and exclusive photos and videos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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The benefits of shed hunting are endless. Shed hunting is an awesome way to learn the land, how bucks use a hunting property and what bucks survived hunting season and winter. It’s a great way for family and friends to exercise and enjoy a few hours outside. Shed hunting also is the perfect time to teach young hunters about deer sign and scout for the fall.

To top off the event, Whitetail Properties will judge all uploaded photos that use the #ShedRally hashtag and pick the most original and creative users to win prizes from Whitetail Properties, Realtree, Scentlok, Buck Knives and Legendary Whitetails.

For more information about #ShedRally – The World’s Largest Shed Hunt, visit Facebook.com/WhitetailProperties and Facebook.com/RealtreeOutdoors.

About Whitetail Properties:
Founded in 2007, Whitetail Properties Real Estate has exploded into North America’s top place to buy and sell recreational hunting, ranch and farm land. This fact was cemented last year with more than $320 million in sales and being named one of “America’s Best Brokerages” by The Land Report. Whitetail Properties has expanded operations into 20 states and counting, enlisting a staff of hard-working, knowledgeable and passionate Land Specialists. The team currently averages a farm sold every day throughout the year.

Whitetail Properties reaches more than 31 million households with Whitetail Properties TV, an award–winning show on The Sportsman Channel that showcases the benefits of owning recreational real estate.

To browse prime hunting and farmland currently for sale or to contact a Whitetail Properties Land Specialist, visit WhitetailProperties.com.

About Realtree:
Realtree is the world’s leading camouflage designer, marketer, and licensor with over 2,000 licensees utilizing the Realtree camouflage brand. Thousands of outdoor and lifestyle products are available in Realtree camouflage patterns. In addition, Realtree is committed to supporting individuals and groups that work to ensure our outdoor heritage, the conservation of natural places, and the wildlife that resides there. Realtree promotes its products and relationships widely on television, as well as through Realtree.comand many other outlets.

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Registration Now Open for March Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, Louisiana http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/registration-now-open-march-becoming-outdoors-woman-louisiana/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/registration-now-open-march-becoming-outdoors-woman-louisiana/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 13:40:49 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21156 There are only 125 spots available, so sign up soon if you want to go to this annual event in Louisiana.

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will open registration Jan. 30 for 125 participants in the 27th Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Workshop set for March 27-29, 2015.

Women throughout Louisiana and neighboring states can participate in this educational, hands-on outdoor skills workshop at Camp Grant Walker in the rolling hills of central Louisiana. Women 18 years of age and older who like the outdoors are encouraged to sign up for this three-day workshop.

LDWF-women-BowThe $200 registration fee (check or money order only, made payable to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation) which must be submitted with the registration form provides for instruction in four classes, program materials, use of demonstration equipment, lodging, meals and a T-shirt.

Participants can enroll in four classes from a selection of more than 30 topics. These subjects include deer management and hunting, shotgun, rifle, handguns, fly-fishing, kayaking, camping, archery, rappelling, fishing, boating/trailering, compass skills, outdoor photography, camp cooking and more. Expert instructors donate their time and skills in classes taught in and around the nearby streams, lakes, wooded ridges and forest trails at Camp Grant Walker.

Natural resource scientist Christine Thomas of the University of Wisconsin founded the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program. She completed a survey in 1991 entitled “Barriers to Women Participating in Hunting and Fishing.” It indicated that lack of instruction and encouragement were the main obstacles for women interested in learning more about the outdoors.

To receive a registration form contact Dana Norsworthy in Monroe at dnorsworthy@wlf.la.gov, (318) 345-3912 or Chad Moore in Minden at cmoore@wlf.la.gov, (318) 230-4352, or you can download the form from the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/becoming-outdoors-woman. The forms will not be available until Jan. 30, 2015. A completed registration form and registration fee must be returned by mail to the address provided on the form. Hand delivered forms will not be accepted.

Please review the new registration process and the course descriptions prior to filling out the form. Registration will be accepted until the workshop is full. All forms received after the workshop is full will be placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations. Fees for those who are not part of the 125 workshop group will be returned.

Join the fun and be one of those 125 women in the woods. Register for the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Workshop and become skilled in something that you always dreamed about doing.

*Editor’s note: Becoming an Outdoors-Woman is sponsored by LDWF and is a registered trademark, not to be confused with the Women in the Outdoors program sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation.

 

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Women’s Waterfowl Hunt http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/womens-waterfowl-hunt/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/womens-waterfowl-hunt/#comments Mon, 02 Feb 2015 21:38:10 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21135 Find out what happened when Julie Golob's duck hunt turned into a goose-getting trip. With video!

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Follow along in this photo gallery, from Julie Golob, that features highlights of a trip she made to attend a women’s waterfowl hunt in southeast Missouri, along the Mississippi flyway, before Christmas. 

 

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It’s called dirty rice and ducks and geese love it. The Bootheel of Missouri is thick with flooded fields of the stuff and outfitters, such as Dirty Rice Outfitters (DRO), make the most of it.

 

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L-R: Julie Golob, Cheri Warner, Barbara Baird and Diane Franklin. (JD Driskill photo)

Waterfowl hunting is one of the most male-dominated of wild game pursuits. That didn’t stop 2 sets of friends from meeting up for a fun-filled ladies’ weekend in the blind though. Missouri State Representative Diane Franklin, Realtree news blogger and Women’s Outdoor News publisher Barbara Baird, the vivacious farmer Cheri Warner and I were up for the challenge.

 

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There’s no sleeping in for serious waterfowl hunters. After chugging down a quick cup of coffee and delicious breakfast burrito cooked up by DRO’s camp cook, Carina, we hit the blind well before dawn. You haven’t truly watched a sunrise until you have seen one from a waterfowl pit.

 

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The first day, overcast skies and an educated duck and speckled goose population made for tough hunting conditions. Without migration of new birds into the area, the resident waterfowl were wary. Our host, JD Driskill, worked his DRO speckled goose and mallard calls whenever birds were near, changing up pitch and style to entice them into action.

 

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When birds circled about, the mood was tense as we craned our necks to catch a glimpse through concealment, ready to take a shot. During the lulls it was much different. Laughter, story telling and chocolate made the hours fly by.

 

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Even with dreary clouds and leery ducks, JD produced a few opportunities for us to shoot, but we didn’t manage to get any birds. He assured us that it was OK, because “shooting ducks and geese are different. It’s not like shooting targets. We just need to get you more experience.”

 

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(Barbara Baird photo)

 

The thrill of busting out of the rice with my Benelli, shooting Federal Premium BlackCloud ammo, made me even more determined. With every opportunity, we learned how ducks and geese study a spread of decoys, where they are likely to come in and their behavior when they commit to a landing.

 

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The day came to a peaceful close with another picturesque view and we looked  forward to the next day, as the weather forecast called for better weather.

Day # 2, or “Duck, Duck … GOOSE!”

 

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With the sun breaking through the clouds the next morning, the ducks started moving in. After working the calls, JD and his brother, Colton, consulted with each other on the bird movement and then ventured out to make a quick change to the decoy spread. This photo might be my favorite image from the hunt – the brilliant sky a gorgeous backdrop for 2 brothers who share a passion for hunting.

 

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As we stood in the blind watching our guides do their work, I looked over at Barb. Ducks or not, sharing the beauty of the outdoors with remarkable women made this hunt truly special.

 

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JD and Colton sloshed their way back to the pit. With sunlight, a bit of wind and decoys in place, JD clapped his hands together like a coach before the big game. He was determined to get us on some birds.

 

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Bird down! Diane poses with her first duck, a spoonbill, and Cheri’s smile says it all. When Diane returns to session at the capital this month, she will have this special hunt to share. I wonder if her fellow representatives can say the same.

 

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Diane and Cheri had to head home so that left Barb and me to a final afternoon adventure. JD offered that we change things up a bit and better our odds. We decided to go after some of the tens of thousands of snow geese in the area. It’s estimated that there are a million snow geese in this county alone.

 

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We hit the fields and put on a slow stalk on a group of about 50,000 snows and blues. The shots fired from my Super Vinci with Federal Premium Black Cloud produced incredible results.

 

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Barb snapped this photo of our snow geese success and my smile says it all. A huge thank you to Dirty Rice Outfitters, Diane, Barb and Cheri for the amazing experience, wonderful memories and fun girls weekend out hunting.

Visit Dirty Rice Outfitters.

 

Watch a video that recaps this fun weekend for women waterfowls.

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Women of Remington Outdoor Company: Jessica Kallam http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/women-remington-outdoor-company-jessica-kallam/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/women-remington-outdoor-company-jessica-kallam/#comments Sun, 01 Feb 2015 21:24:24 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21126 In this first of a series on the women of Remington Outdoor Company, Jessica Kallam tells us why she is devoted to her job and her mission to empower more women in shooting.

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Women’s Outdoor News is delighted to present a year-long series featuring the Women of Remington Outdoor Company. We launch it with a guest post from one of the industry’s hardest working and well-respected women, Jessica Kallam.

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Jessica is shooting a Remington R4 11.5 full auto, with an 11.5” 1/7 twist, 4150CMV chromed line, MIL SPEC components and double heat shield HGs. (Remington Arms photo)

 

I am fortunate to be able to represent some of the most well recognized and established brands in the firearms’ industry.  I am a shooter, a hunter and someone who believes strongly in self-defense. My role as the manager of media relations for Remington Outdoor Company , and recently, as manager for Remington’s female initiative program, has provided me with the opportunity to hunt and shoot with some of the most seasoned professionals in the industry.  I have trained at elite tactical facilities, as well as witnessed, firsthand, nature’s wonderful bounties from a treestand.

About the new focus on women, Jessica said, “I am excited to manage Remington’s new female initiative program and as part of that program, I’d love to have the opportunity to hunt with you.” Jessica will be hosting a women’s-only Rio hunt with Remington Country Outfitters in April in Oklahoma.

 

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But as a mother, it isn’t just about me anymore.  I want to take my passion and the skills I have learned and pass them along to my daughter.  She loves to shoot and we have spent many hours of quality time shooting clays out of the air and plinking reactive targets with our .22s.  As she grew older, the love of shooting evolved into handguns and tactical shotguns.  I always made the sessions about being safe and having fun.  Little did she know that our playful range sessions would become the basis of a lifelong commitment to personal protection.

 

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Prepare her? Oh yeah. Here’s Jessica’s daughter at a youth event at Gunsite Academy. She is shooting a Para Recon 9. (Jessica Kallam photo)

 

As a mother, it’s my responsibility to prepare and empower my daughter for life and part of that is personal protection.  Many people probably don’t think about things like that when preparing their children for the real world.  It is important to me that my daughter can not only think for herself, and support herself, but that she can protect herself.

 

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Jessica’s daughter at Gunsite with the Para Recon 9. (Jessica Kallam photo)

 

So, as a professional woman and a dedicated volleyball mom, I wear many hats. But one of the gifts I want to ensure I pass along to my daughter is the ability to be an independent person and one who respects the Second Amendment.  And when it comes time for her to leave the nest, I will rest assured knowing that I did the best I could to prepare her.  As for now, I’ll settle for being the “cool mom” who takes her shooting – and I am just fine with that.

 

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Kallam, in gray behind instructor Il Ling New, at a Remington Arms’ sponsored media event for women at Gunsite Academy. More often than not, Kallam stays behind-the-scenes, but at this event, she joined the women on the line for a shooting drill, using tactical shotguns. (Barbara Baird photo)

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Thompson/Center Arms™ IMPACT!™ Muzzleloader Receives ‘Readers’ Choice Award’ From Game & Fish/Sportsman Magazine http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/thompsoncenter-arms-impact-muzzleloader-receives-readers-choice-award-game-fishsportsman-magazine/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/thompsoncenter-arms-impact-muzzleloader-receives-readers-choice-award-game-fishsportsman-magazine/#comments Sun, 01 Feb 2015 21:06:21 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21123 Kudos to Thompson Center for this recent award. Our Babbs loves to use her IMPACT! during muzzleloading seasons in the Ozarks!

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (January 29, 2015) — Smith & Wesson Corp. announced today that the Thompson/Center Arms IMPACT! was recognized as the top performing muzzleloader by Game & Fish/Sportsman magazine. Thompson/Center Arms Brand Manager, Danielle Sanville was presented with the prestigious “Deer Gear Readers’ Choice Award” during the 2015 SHOT Show® in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Thompson-Center-ImpactNearly 3,000 qualified hunters cast their votes in the magazine’s 2014 Deer Gear Readers’ Choice Awards and provided personal opinions about their experiences using the T/C® IMPACT!™ muzzleloader. The qualified voters are all highly skilled, longtime hunters who have been enjoying the sport for over 30 years and consider themselves expert or advanced deer hunters. When the final votes were tallied, the T/C IMPACT! received over 50 percent of the total votes cast and double the number of votes received for the second and third place muzzleloaders.

“To receive a Readers’ Choice Award is a great accolade for all of our employees and a tremendous validation of the exceptional value and capability that the T/C IMPACT! provides to avid hunters worldwide,” said Danielle Sanville, Brand Manager for Thompson/Center Arms. “Since its introduction, the T/C IMPACT! has helped set a standard for quality and value in an affordable price point muzzleloader. All of us at T/C want to thank the hunters who voted for the T/C IMPACT!. We are proud to win this award as we remain committed to developing products that meet the high demands of today’s sportsmen and women.”

Thompson_Center_Impact_Camo_6689_WS_CamoDesigned for durability and operational simplicity, the T/C IMPACT! muzzleloader features a new sliding hood breech that provides for easy cleaning via access to the removable breech plug with a simple pull of the ambidextrous tabs. The rifle has also been designed with youth and smaller frame shooters in mind, especially the configuration of the muzzleloader’s rugged composite stock. Capable of adjusting length of pull from 12.5 to 13.5 inches, the muzzleloader can be easily modified to meet the needs of individual shooters.

The T/C IMPACT! employs Thompson/Center’s patented hammer and trigger mechanism for quick, safe and simple operation. This single-shot, .50 caliber muzzleloader features a 209-primer ignition as well as the company’s patented Quick Load Accurizor® (QLA) muzzle system that incorporates a false muzzle design into the very end of the barrel. This unique system is designed to align the bullet squarely with the barrel, while enhancing accuracy and saving precious time when reloading. Additional features that hunters will find invaluable include the rifle’s 26-inch blued precision rifled barrel, adjustable sights with fiber optic inserts, solid aluminum ramrod, improved ergonomics and an improved recoil pad for a greater reduction of felt recoil.

For more information on the T/C IMPACT!, or to view the complete line of Thompson/Center Arms firearms and accessories, visit www.tcarms.com.

About Smith & Wesson
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC) is a U.S.-based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, delivering a broad portfolio of quality firearms, related products, and training to the global military, law enforcement, and consumer markets. The company’s brands include Smith & Wesson®, M&P®, and Thompson/Center Arms™. Smith & Wesson facilities are located in Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, and Missouri. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to www.smith-wesson.com.

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Crossbreed Holster Purse Defender On Sale for Valentine’s Day http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/crossbreed-holster-purse-defender-sale-valentines-day/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/02/crossbreed-holster-purse-defender-sale-valentines-day/#comments Sun, 01 Feb 2015 20:55:20 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21121 It's time to start dropping hints for Valentine's Day! Check out this Crossbreed Holster Purse Defender, which will fits most purses, and then some.

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The Purse Defender ($52.95) is the latest newcomer to CrossBreed’s modular systems line of holsters. The Purse Defender is designed to fit into your favorite purse or handbag. It consists of a Kydex panel that is lined with Velcro to attach your molded modular holster to it. The Purse Defender l-shaped panel measures 9-inches wide by 6-inches tall, and the base is 3-inches wide. A Small Purse Defender ($49.95) measures 6.25-inches wide by 4.75 inches tall, and the base is 2 inches wide. I have also tested this model with my Shield, and highly recommend it. ~Marti Davis, Marti Davis Afield

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5 Mistakes to Avoid on Your Hunt – Have You Made Any of These? http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/5-mistakes-avoid-hunt-made/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/5-mistakes-avoid-hunt-made/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:28:51 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21113 Christine Cunningham describes how she and other hunters have learned from their mistakes afield in this column, sponsored by SYREN USA.

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One of my first duck hunts found me lying on my back in the bottom of a gully, with my gun to my chest and rain coming down. My companion, standing at the top of the cut looking down at my situation, did not call off the hunt. He did not immediately clamber down to my rescue. He turned with a brief look of annoyance at the delay. As he recognized my misfortune, his face turned to a smile and then chokes of laughter as he said, “I wish you could see yourself!” I was getting no sympathy.

It took me years to learn that there are more than 5 mistakes to avoid on a hunt. Here are 5 of the most important things I’ve learned, as well as a few tips from the ProStaff at EvoOutdoors.

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Wearing the Wrong Clothes (or Wearing the Right Clothes Wrong) 

At best, wearing the wrong clothes can result in a miserable hunt or spooked game. The worst-case scenario is hypothermia or heatstroke and, in extreme cases, death. And there’s nothing like death to ruin a hunt.

The reason I found myself in the bottom of that gully like a turtle on its back was because I’d tightened the straps on my chest waders too tight and could not bend my knee enough to take an upward step. When I attempted to get up the side of the gully, I fell backward. Heavy, bulky or tight-fitting clothing restricts movement and also can affect your body temperature. The best way to avoid a clothing mistake is to be constantly aware and evolve your clothing system to meet the needs of the day.

When Tracy Harden, co-owner of EvoOutdoors, outfits a hunter, she takes into consideration the type and length of the hunt, the camp conditions and whether archery or a modern firearm will be used. This helps her to understand how the hunter will pack, and gives her an idea of the best weight of the fabric, type of fabric, and layering system to use.

When Sarah Fromethal tries on new camo-wear, she runs in place, squats and pretends to draw her bow. “Most importantly,” she says, “I take the material and rub it together. If doing any of these actions results in too much fabric noise, I can’t make myself buy it.” She also checks the weather forecast and packs a raincoat if there’s even a slight chance she will need it.

Andrea Haas, an avid deer and turkey hunter, learned how not to wrap a scarf when a buck she was after stepped out broadside at 25 yards and she drew her bow back. “As soon as I did, the wind started to pick up and it kept blowing part of the scarf into my face and another part in the way of the bow cams, so I opted not to shoot.” She purchased a neck gaiter shortly after.

 

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Failure to Practice with Purpose 

Elk hunting is a passion Emily Anderson shares with her husband, Troy. Hunting not only provides them with healthy meals, but it connects them to each other and the outdoors. Hunting is not just something they do. It has become a part of who they are. They are constantly learning from experience and turning that into a practice with a purpose in the off season.

When I asked Emily to share a mistake she had made in the field, she was sitting in a treestand. It was a bittersweet moment that was exactly on point: She was there because of several missed opportunities earlier in the season.

“I never want to complain about having the opportunity to hunt. I’m thankful and blessed to be in the woods right now. That is the sweet part,” Emily said. But she had missed a buck because she had worn so many layers that her bowstring hit her jacket sleeve.

It’s from mistakes like this that Emily recommends practicing shooting with the gear you wear in the field. “This is especially important if you are doing a backcountry hunt,” Emily says. “Shoot with a backpack on, practice in low-light conditions, and get comfortable shooting from different positions and not just the perfect practice setup.”

 

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Lack of Study and Observation 

Ryan Van Lew has been out in the woods hunting since the age of 5, and is always willing to learn something new as well as sharing what he’s learned with new hunters. “Every day you get into the woods you learn something new,” says Ryan.

When he was 14, he hung his first stand and shot a buck out of it. “I thought, ‘Wow, this hunting is easy.’” But then he didn’t shoot a buck for 4 years after that. “My dad sat me down and said, ‘Now, I think you know it all but after 4 years it’s time I tell you to sit back, study the woods, study the animal’s moves, and always learn when you head to the woods.’ Since that day I’ve become a better hunter and woodsman.”

Do your research, including maps, weather, weather history, game regulations and scouting.

For example, hunting moose in the spruce forest at lower elevations is a totally different hunt than hunting moose in sub-alpine terrain.

 

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Forgetting to Breathe

Morgan Helen has experienced a wide range of hunting scenarios, from waterfowl and whitetail to red stag and fallow deer. She has learned not ever to rush a shot. “Take a deep breath … then slowly squeeze.”

A year ago, Tracy had been fighting a dislocated rib. It was difficult to find animals, and when she did get close enough, the elements were another obstacle. “To say the least, I was physically and mentally challenged,” Tracy said. “I had pushed myself to my limit.” But, she forced herself up the mountain and focused on not giving in. When she’s successful, it’s because she remembers why she’s there from sunrise to sunset, remembering to breathe.

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Christine Cunningham (Steven Meyer photo)

Reflecting on the mistakes I’ve made in the field and those shared by the ProStaff at EvoOutdoors, I realize that there is a common theme. It comes down to the focus Tracy talks about. Hunting is something that goes beyond a single day afield, or even a week at camp. It is an activity that defines the sporting life. The best way to avoid mistakes is to prepare, practice and perform as a hunter year round. Regardless, we’ll still make enough mistakes, and miss enough shots so we have those stories to tell around the campfire.

 

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Savage Arms 11/111 Lady Hunter – A Rifle for the ‘Little Lady’ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/savage-arms-11111-lady-hunter-rifle-little-lady/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/savage-arms-11111-lady-hunter-rifle-little-lady/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:15:39 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21096 Mia Anstine liked what she found when she took this rifle out on a mule deer hunt. Find out why. Sponsored by Girls with Guns Clothing.

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Mia Anstine reviews the Savage Arms 11/11 Lady Hunter, the perfect rifle for the “little lady.”

The day I went to pick up the Savage Arms 11/111 Lady Hunter, my FFL dealer beamed. He opened the box and displayed the petite .243-caliber rifle, which was said to be designed for women. We felt pleased with the size, the recoil pad and especially the balance of the wood-stocked rifle. I completed my paperwork and headed home. He reminded me to let him know what I thought; we both know a lot of women who may want a rifle like this one.

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I mounted a scope and bore-sighted it, then headed to the range. With the rifle mounted in a sled, I fine-tuned the optics. I immediately smiled at how smooth the bolt ran. The magazine, which holds 4 rounds, loaded and mounted with ease. I test-fired one round at a time and after zeroing the rifle, I went to hunt-scenario rehearsal.

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I planned to use the Savage Lady Hunter in an upcoming mule deer hunt. I would not use it to hunt bigger game—i.e. elk, moose or bear—because the .243’s a bit on the light side for rifle calibers. However, it would be a suitable round for hunting deer.

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I shot from standing, kneeling, sitting and prone positions. The Lady Hunter has a reduced length, an oil-finished walnut stock and a raised comb designed to fit persons of smaller stature. The reduced length allowed me to comfortably reach the trigger. The Lady Hunter is 39.5 inches in overall length, which allowed me to reach the forestock to support the rifle during a shot. The length made for a nice balance while in standing position. I held steady and shot rounds in a 3-inch group. When I transitioned to more supportive positions, my patterns improved.

This rifle is not only reduced in size, but weight as well. In addition to the reduced stock, it has a carbon-fiber barrel. This sweet little gun weighs in at 6 pounds (without optics). I’m not one to worry about kick, but I know many shooters do. I have good news for them. The wood stock, combined with an extended butt pad, made for very little recoil.

With the trigger pull at a proper length for my small arms, I was shooting tight-grouped patterns with the .243 in no time. This is partially because of Savage’s AccuTrigger. The trigger safety design allows for the lightest trigger pull allowed, yet is safe against accidental jarring discharge. I was happy to not have to consciously worry about pulling my shots. The Lady Hunter felt comfortable and is a smooth shooter.

I’m constantly preaching safety, so you can bet I liked the trigger safety and also took note of the safety switch. The manual switch is located on top of the action, just behind the bolt. The red “ready to fire” indicator is easy to see. The button’s profile is fairly flush, so it reduces the risk of being accidentally moved while you’re hiking in the field. It’s easily activated with your thumb with very little movement, minimizing the possibility of scaring off animals.

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With range time under my belt and growing confidence in this new little gun, it came time to hunt. I liked carrying a light, wood-stocked rifle up and down mountains. One thing some men may scoff at is the fact that I rarely have to duck branches. I like to share good news; here is more. Did I mention the gun’s reduced size? When I had the rifle slung on my shoulder, the barrel didn’t protrude much above my height. Hah! That meant even less ducking under branches for this little lady.

My take on the Savage Arms 11/111 Lady Hunter?

This rifle is a great all-around rifle for women. Although I tested it in .243 caliber, the Lady Hunter is available in other chamberings. If you’ll be hunting big-game animals, such as elk, moose or bear, I suggest going with a larger caliber. This gun is so well-designed for sportswomen, I’m thinking you’ll enjoy it for years to come.

Savage Arms 11/111 Lady Hunter .243
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Melissa Bachman to Appear at Grand Slam Club/Ovis Convention http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/melissa-bachman-appear-grand-slam-clubovis-convention/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/melissa-bachman-appear-grand-slam-clubovis-convention/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:55:39 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21094 Meet and see huntress extraordinaire Melissa Bachman at this venue, where she will participate in a roundtable on bowhunting and present a seminar.

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 Melissa Bachman, host of Winchester Deadly Passion, and huntress extraordinaire will be at Grand Slam Club/Ovis convention January 30-31 at the Grand Sierra Reno in Reno, Nev. Bachman is part of a roundtable of world-renowned bowhunters as well as hosting her own seminar on using calls and decoys all on Saturday, January 31. For a full seminar schedule, visit http://superslam.org

Melissa-Bachman1Bachman’s schedule on Saturday, January 31:

  • 9-10 a.m. Bachman is hosting a seminar on “Aggressive Hunting Tactics: Utilizing Calls and Decoys”
  • 10:30 – 12 p.m. – Bachman is part of a bowhunting roundtable with other top names in the industry: Tom Miranda, Jack Frost, Tom Hoffman and Ken Vorisek.

About Winchester Deadly Passion: Every good hunter needs a solid role model, and Melissa Bachman, host of Winchester Deadly Passion, fits that bill perfectly with a unique ability to share her love for hunting with passionate fans and viewers. Winchester Deadly Passion is 26 weeks of non-stop action and pure entertainment as Melissa travels the globe going head-to-head with everything from world-class red stag and thousand pound gators to Boone and Crocket whitetails and thunderous bull elk. With rifle, bow or shotgun in hand, Melissa’s fast-paced, in-the-moment hunting style will keep you on the edge of your seat, while her expertise and decades of experience give viewers useful tips and strategies they can use afield.

With a company heritage dating back to 1866, Winchester Ammunition was there for the taming of the American West, the Allied Forces’ victory in World War II and through the years, millions of fond memories made in the great outdoors. Known as The American Legend™, Winchester is a global leader in sporting, law enforcement, military and personal defense ammunition production. Winchester continues to raise the bar with new products like AA TrAAcker, Varmint X and the 17 Win. Super Mag. To learn more about Winchester, visit Winchester.com or connect with Winchester at Facebook.com/WinchesterOfficial

Learn more about Winchester Deadly Passion at http://MelissaBachman.Com and at http://Facebook.Com/WinchesterDeadlyPasson

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Women of SYREN: Tanya Faulds http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/women-syren-tanya-faulds/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/women-syren-tanya-faulds/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:45:08 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21088 From gamekeeper's daughter to world-renowned shotgunner, Tanya Faulds describes her journey to the world of competitive shooting. Sponsored by SYREN USA.

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In this new series at The WON, we will meet women who shoot SYREN (and also, Caesar Guerini) shotguns. We’re delighted to kick off these profiles with Tanya Faulds, a professional clay target shooter, who lives in the south of England with her husband, Olympic Gold medal shotgunner Richard Faulds.

 

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“I started shooting when I was about 14 when my father was a gamekeeper, but he had the opinion that ‘girls don’t really shoot’ … So, it wasn’t very often that I used to get the chance. When I was about 22, I started working for a gun shop/shooting ground and started taking regular tuition,” said Faulds.

Soon after her lessons commenced, she started competing with friends. Then, she met her future husband, Richard, at a charity event and jumped right into the deep water of a World FITASC (Fédération Internationale de Tir aux Armes Sportives de Chasse) Championship event (this was before she’d prepped with a FITASC event).

Faulds shoots a custom fitted Guerini Summit Ascent made prior to the inception of the SYREN brand. As a ProStaff shooter, Guerini custom modified the stock to fit Tanya. “It is a gun that really suits my style, with the slightly raised rib, it gives great visibility and point-ability,” she said. Faulds especially likes its custom stock, and believes most stocks are too long and too flat for most women shooters.

Not too long after Tanya began competing with her custom fitted Guerini, the development of models with configurations made specifically for women, and SYREN a new division of Caesar Guerini and Fabarm was born. Available as part of this new Women’s only division, SYREN currently has 9 models available and all tailored to the woman shooter right off the shelf. “The new SYREN lady’s model is fantastic and a great move forward for ladies in the shooting world; it gives them something which has been targeted directly at the female market with specific changes to the stock and balance which is key for us.”

Her 3 highlights in shooting competitively include the following:

  • Silver Medal in Ladies at the British Open Sporting Championship in 2014
  • Winning the European Side by Side Championship 4 times (2005, 2006, 2013 and 2014)
  • Qualifying for the Professional Sporting Clays Association )PSCA) Tour in America for 2015

Why do you shoot competitively?

Faulds said, “I say that it is something that women can do just as well as the guys can. I think a lot of ladies are put off as the shooting world is very male dominated, especially in the U.K. So, quite often, there’s no real incentive for girls to take up the sport, especially if their partners/husbands don’t shoot.”

Faulds believes the best way for women to get into the shooting sports is to take professional advice, “rather than just having a few shots with hubby’s gun, which will invariably be too long, kick like a donkey and put you off forever.”

“A good coach – be it man or woman –will ensure that you get started in the right manner which will make you enjoy the sport much more,” added Faulds.

Off the Range

“When I’m not shooting, I like to spend as much time with my 3 kids as possible. We spend so much time away from home that when we are home, they come first. We go to the cinema or days out; they like horse riding, fishing. My 2 girls (Lauren and Chloe, 17 and 14) enjoy typically girly stuff and Charlie (7) likes riding his quad bike, playing football, building Legos, etc., so there’s always something to be doing with them,” said Faulds.

All the Faulds’ children are “keen on shooting.” They like to participate at the Faulds’ school and cheer on their parents at competitions.

As well as being a full-time mom, Faulds runs the Owls Lodge Shooting School with her husband, and also does security work.

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His and Her Shooting Tips

“The main thing I’ve learnt from Richard is to be ‘poker-faced’ when competing. Never let people know your thoughts, then they find it very difficult to play mind games with you when you’re in competition. … Also, to keep going until the last shot is fired, never give up, as if you are finding it difficult then chances are everyone else will be, too. You only ever get out what you put in,” said Faulds.

As for what she thinks Richard has learned from her throughout their years of competing together: “I think Richard has learnt a few tricks from me, on the psychological side of things … To say the right thing at the right time is very important and can make a massive difference during the course of an event. We bounce off each other quite well and both enjoy watching each other shoot well and succeed. Also, you need to be there for one another when things don’t quite go as planned – if you fall off the horse, get straight back on.”

Follow the Faulds

This year looks to be a very busy one for Tanya and Richard. They will be competing in Dubai in late February, then the World English Sporting Championships in Florida in April, plus PSCA events across America and the US OPEN and National Championships again.

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Remington Country Outfitters Offers Women’s-Only Rio Grande Hunt in Oklahoma http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/register-now-remington-country-outfitters-womens-rio-grande-turkey-oklahoma/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/register-now-remington-country-outfitters-womens-rio-grande-turkey-oklahoma/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:08:18 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21086 Want to hunt and tag 2 Rios this spring? Sign up now for a women's-only hunt in Oklahoma.

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Women hunters, join us this spring in beautiful Oklahoma for an exciting 2 bird Rio Grande turkey hunt in Oklahoma. Hosted by Remington’s own Jessica Kallam, Manager of Media Relations and Expeditions. We have secured a full camp of 8 hunting spots during prime hunting dates in April at this location. Hunters can expect lots of action, fun, and fellowship.

This outfitter offers excellent hunting on their private ranch that is prime turkey hunting habitat. Their ranches offer a varied terrain in which to chase the elusive gobbler.

Accommodations: Lodging is a comfortable ranch style house with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and a full kitchen. Very clean bunk house style hunting camp with a full kitchen. Hunters enjoy 3 hearty meals a day.

CLICK HERE to download the flier.

 

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Hunts Package Include:

√ 4 Day/5 Night All Women’s turkey hunt – $2200 per person

√ 2 birds per hunter

√ All meals and lodging

√ 2×1 guiding

√ Airport transporation to/from Oklahoma City, OK

√ Hunting licenses and tags for 2 birds

√ All transporation during the hunt

√ Available one time offer special pricing on any Remington shotgun or rifle

√ Gift bag upon arrival

Hunt Date: April 5 – 9, 2015

Cost: $2200 per person

 

Learn more about the Women’s Rio Grande Wild Turkey Hunt in Oklahoma

 

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My First SHOT Show: 5 Things that Surprised Me http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/5-things-surprised-first-shot-show/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/5-things-surprised-first-shot-show/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:00:15 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21071 Guest writer Stacy Bright attended her first SHOT Show this year, and narrows down her list to 5 things that […]

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Guest writer Stacy Bright attended her first SHOT Show this year, and narrows down her list to 5 things that surprised her.

For those who might not know, SHOT show is the shooting, hunting, and outdoor trade show that’s held annually for those who have professional affiliation to the trade. I was eligible to attend as a media professional, due to co-hosting a local radio show in my area. In addition to being a radio co-host, I’m also an NRA firearms instructor and leader of our local chapter of The Well Armed Woman. With this being my first year to attend SHOT show, I had numerous expectations and ideas of what it would be like. Even with plenty of research and planning, there were several things that were unexpected.

 

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How big it really is!

Type “SHOT Show” into your Web browser and you’ll notice one of the first details mentioned is how enormous this trade show is. However, no amount of written description can properly prepare you for the actual event. Some booths were like a miniature showrooms with walls, stairs, and tall structures, and many had banners or signs overhead that were just as large, not to mention having a life-size helicopter hanging above one! I had studied the educational seminars, exhibitor booths, and even had a game plan of how to best tackle 12.5 miles of aisles, yet still left wishing I had a few more days to see it all!

 

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Stacy and Glen Bright met and talked with famous couple Ted and Shemane Nugent.

Accessibility of people

Among all the exhibitors, speakers, and other industry professionals, not one was rude to me when inquiring about their products, or just asking to have my photo taken with them. It’s one thing to learn about a product from a website, but a completely different experience to learn firsthand from the manufacturer or business person individually.

 

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Some real “kickers,” these shoes have spikes on the bottom — designed for self-defense. (Stacy Bright photo)

Innovation & Advancement

 There was a wide variety and range in products, and the ingenuity of the developers was impressive. From shotgun suppressors to personal protection devices in your tennis shoes, products ran the gamut. Some of these products will never be seen by the public, and some will have overwhelming success. Whether they were in law enforcement and tactical supply, hunting and outdoors, or firearms and ammunition, each division was a representation of the advancements made within the industry.

 

 

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Organization

An expo of this size is no easy task. Obviously this isn’t the first year for SHOT show, so many of the bugs have been worked out. Details such as having plenty of access to water stations throughout the expo center, maps of the show floor, and the shuttle bus system between local hotels and the Expo, it’s all planned out! Now if only I could be that organized!

 

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Tisma Juett (director of First Shots for the NSSF) and Julie Golob (captain of Team Smith & Wesson) flank Stacy at the show. (Glen Bright photo)

Community

I felt such a feeling of pride to be a part of this wonderful group of people. The community of firearms professionals, enthusiasts, and educators are truly high caliber individuals! (Pun intended!) I love the people that I get to work with and the students that I teach in my local area, and this week brought a renewed sense of purpose to continue educating everyone I know about firearms.

SHOT show far exceeded my expectations! The education I received and the people I met were invaluable and I’m already looking forward to next year! Hopefully I’ll get to meet some of you there!

 

Stacy Bright  holds instructor certifications from the NRA in Pistol & Rifle, as well as being an Range Safety Officer and Refuse to be a Victim instructor. She also is a Missouri CCW instructor and teaches various other home and personal defense courses.  She has been instructing professionally with Canovi & Associates since 2011, and co-hosts a local radio show on Sat. mornings called “The Gun Show,” Bright is passionate about educating, empowering, and developing confidence in those she trains. In November 2014, she started the Southwest Missouri chapter of The Well Armed Woman with the purpose of “Educating, Equipping and Empowering Women.” 

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Editor’s note: We look forward to further contributions from this rising star in the outdoor industry.

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Photos of the 3rd Annual Women’s Outdoor and Shooting Industry Dinner http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/photos-3rd-annual-womens-outdoor-shooting-industry-dinner/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/photos-3rd-annual-womens-outdoor-shooting-industry-dinner/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:00:26 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21047 Check out these lovely photos of women in the outdoors and shooting industry, as they came together in a networking event, hosted by LaserMax and others to raise money for charity. She Shoots 2 is sponsored by Galco Gunleather.

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Michelle Cerino gives us photos from the 3rd Annual Women’s Outdoor and Shooting Industry Dinner.

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She Shoots 2 is sponsored by Galco Gunleather.

Making my way across the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, I noticed a small black feather on the floor. After passing a few restaurants and some slot machines, I noticed a fine white feather afloat. Yes, I was heading in the right direction. This year, the 3rd Annual Women’s Outdoor and Shooting Industry Dinner chose “Birds of a Feather” as its theme. Several industry sponsors joined the headline sponsor, LaserMax, to present this much-awaited affair.

Platinum Sponsors:

  • 2 Vets Arms
  • Flashbang Holsters
  • NRA Women’s Network
  • XS Sight Systems
  • Benelli USA
  • Hawke Sport Optics
  • Ultimate Upland
  • SIG SAUER

Gold Sponsors:

  • Galco Gunleather
  • Remington Arms
  • Timney Triggers
  • FrogLube
  • Pròis Hunting & Field Apparel
  • Unique-Ars
  • Gunsite Academy
  • Devil Dog Arms
  • STI Firearms
  • Prima Outdoor

The buzz started on Facebook as the ladies discussed their outfits for the event. Once again, attendees went all out with their attire. Feathers could be seen everywhere, from boas and eyelashes to wings and hats — creativity at its best. While dining on delicious appetizers, the ladies caught up on the past year’s events and made future plans. They exchanged business cards and new ideas, and raised more than $15,000 for a charity, Task Force Dagger, through a silent auction and raffle.

We hope you enjoy our photo gallery that attempts to portray the evening in pictures. (All photos, unless noted, by Michelle Cerino.) Please click on the photo to enlarge it.

Syren's  Alice Bertussi and Anne Mauro are joined by Sarah Blake -- a 13-year-old Steel Challenge shooter from Australia , and LaserMax CEO Susan Houde-Walter. Podcaster Carrie Zylka of 'The Wild World of CarrieZ' was the photographer for the evening. Usually, the photographer never gets her photo taken. Here's Michelle Cerino, wearing an exquisite feather-themed brooch. We think it's a selfie. The Divas of DIVA WOW: Diana Cupp, Judy Rhodes, Stephanie Pastusek, Angela Schinendeman, and Pat Bullard. Shoot Like a Girl's CEO Karen Butler, joined by Cristy Crawford and Ginger Morehead. Kate Redell, Melissa Gilliland, Janna Reeves, A.J. Hitch and Lena Miculek. Colt Firearm's Devin Green and Joyce Rubino donned some boas and gave us these great smiles! Annette Doerr has the We Shoot 2 blog and Amanda Suffecool, Eye on Target Radio. They met for the first time at this event. Townhall.com's Katie Pavlich mugged a little for the camera. High Calibered Women's Lynn Sherwood is ready to take flight and bat her lashes a bit. The WON's publisher wore this exquisite pin, courtesy of Heritage Game Mounts, and handcrafted by Hatch Creek Flies. Such a lovely way to say you fly fish. (Barbara Baird photo) Lea Leggitt and Mia Anstine of The WON are joined by Gun Goddess's Athena Means and The WON's gear gal, Michelle Bodeheimer. A Girl and A Gun's Julianna Crowder is flocked by Nicki Jones of Sure Shot Magazine and The Blaze's Dana Loesch. 2 Gun Girl Dinner The Committee: Lisa Looper, Julie Golob, Julie Routzahn, Britney Starr, Carrie Zylka, Lisa Barron and Michelle Bodenheimer.  (Carrie Zylka photo)

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Find a Women’s Fly-Fishing Club http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/find-womens-fly-fishing-club/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/find-womens-fly-fishing-club/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:35:55 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21069 Want to find a fly-fishing club near you? Check out this wonderful online resource.

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Want to fly-fish with other women? Find a fly-fishing club, thanks to womensflyfishing.net, an online site filled with resourceful tips and information, and a list of fly-fishing clubs in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Japan, Sweden and the U.K.

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Learn more about women’s fly-fishing clubs.

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