Hunting, shooting, fishing and adventure for women by women http://www.womensoutdoornews.com Outdoor hunting, shooting, fishing reviews and news -- for women, by women Sun, 30 Aug 2015 21:07:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.8 Outdoor hunting, shooting, fishing reviews and news -- for women, by women Hunting, shooting, fishing and adventure for women by women no Outdoor hunting, shooting, fishing reviews and news -- for women, by women Hunting, shooting, fishing and adventure for women by women http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://www.womensoutdoornews.com Taking the Next Step: How to Find Training Opportunities and Shooting Organizations http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/taking-the-next-step-how-to-find-training-opportunities-and-shooting-organizations/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/taking-the-next-step-how-to-find-training-opportunities-and-shooting-organizations/#comments Sun, 30 Aug 2015 20:00:36 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22932 Are you ready for this? Are you ready to start training with your new firearm? Find places and organizations that welcome you. Sponsored by Armed and In Charge.

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Traditionally, guns and shooting have always been a man’s sport. However, the tables are starting to turn with more women becoming increasingly interested in learning about and training with firearms. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, nearly 79 percent of firearms retailers reported an increase in female customers between 2011 and 2012. In addition, the NSSF reports that women are seeking out training in high numbers. Almost three quarters of women have taken at least one training class, whether it be a concealed carry class, hunters education or range safety instruction. The report goes on to say that most women will take around 3 gun training classes. If you are a woman in this growing majority, where can you find training opportunities and shooting organizations after you decide you want to commit to train?

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    Gabby Franco travels the country, teaching critical shooting skills to women, men and youth. (Gabby Franco photo)

    National Rifle Association: The NRA has always been one of the largest lobbyist groups to defend the right to bear arms. With the recent addition of female commentators for NRA News such as Gabby Franco and Natalie Foster, women are more empowered. It’s also a great resource for news, education, events and more. You can also find an NRA training course near you. Some of the courses offered are Basic Pistol, Basic Rifle, Personal Protection Inside & Outside the Home, and Refuse to Be a Victim. Find out more at their website: http://www.nrainstructors.org

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  1. The Well Armed Woman (TWAW): Founder Carrie Lightfoot says that several years ago when she began thinking about owning and carrying a gun, there was no single resource for a woman gun owner and shooter. Her aim is to educate, equip, and empower you as a female who’s looking to learn more about firearms and training. TWAW will introduce you to armed self-defense, gun ownership, gun safety, shooting skills and products for women shooters. There are 225 shooting chapters in the United States that meet monthly to practice, learn and grow as shooters. Search to see if there’s a chapter near you: https://twawshootingchapters.org/index.php?_route_=chapter/locate
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  1. A Girl and A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG&AG): Founded by Julianna Crowder, AG&AG empowers women to take personal responsibility for their safety by learning the proper handling and use of firearms. By helping ladies become comfortable on the range, she’s then able to bring women into shooting sports and competition shooting. Similar to TWAW, AG&AG also has chapters throughout the United States. Search for chapters here: http://www.agirlandagun.org/loc/united-states/
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  1. Diva WOW (Women Outdoors Worldwide): For more than 15 years, founder Judy Rhodes has been introducing women to the outdoors through clinics, leagues, adventures, hunts, trade shows, charity events and community outreach. DIVA WOW teaches women, many for the first time, about the great outdoors and all that it has to offer. To find out more about their events and clinics, or to join, follow the link: https://divawow.org/membership-signup/
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  1. Local venues: If you’re unable to get involved in any of the previously listed women’s groups, due to location or scheduling conflicts, ask around your local area. Many local gun stores or ranges will be able to offer suggestions of where to take classes. Local sheriff’s departments usually have a database of local firearms instructors that you could contact as well.
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Natalie Foster (Julie Golob photo)

 

  1. Online resources: Natalie Foster, creator of Girls Guide to Guns website, lists several of her favorite online destinations for firearms information. From non-profit organizations and less known women’s shooting clubs; to blogs, informational sites, and forums, there’s plenty to choose from and investigate. http://girlsguidetoguns.com/learn-to-shoot/resources/
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For many women, making the decision to take a class can be a difficult one. Feelings of nervousness and fear of the unknown hinder their ability to take the next step. If that’s you, let me encourage you by saying that as an instructor I’ve taught many women about firearms and how to shoot accurately by using proper fundamentals of marksmanship. Let me tell you, women are extremely cautious and safe, they follow directions exceptionally well, and they’re almost always more accurate than men! Don’t sell yourself short and underestimate your ability to learn, grow, and become confident! Whether you’ve chosen to take classes that will better prepare you for a self-defense situation, or so that you can go to the shooting range for enjoyment, continue to expand your knowledge and capabilities. It’s so rewarding!

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First Benelli USA Invitational Shoot Sporting Clays Fundraiser to Honor Heroes http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/first-benelli-usa-invitational-shoot-sporting-clays-fundraiser-to-honor-heroes/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/first-benelli-usa-invitational-shoot-sporting-clays-fundraiser-to-honor-heroes/#comments Sun, 30 Aug 2015 15:05:17 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22962 The inaugural Benelli USA Invitational Shoot Sports Clays Fundraiser will be held Fri., Sept. 11, at Pintail Point in Queenstown, Md. All proceeds will benefit Freedom Hunters.

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Public Invited to Join Soldiers at Shotgunning Fundraiser

The inaugural Benelli USA Invitational Shoot Sports Clays Fundraiser will be held Fri., Sept. 11, at Pintail Point in Queenstown, Md. All of the event’s proceeds will go to Freedom Hunters, an organization that focuses on taking select active duty and combat veterans hunting and fishing.

An Eastern Shore lunch and silent auction featuring valuable outdoor gear will follow the shoot.

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Freedom Hunters will field an all-women team for the Benelli shoot. (Freedom Hunters photo)

“The Benelli USA Invitational Shoot is a pivotal event impacting our ability to honor more of our nation’s finest. The suicide rate among veterans is far too high. Sharing our outdoors traditions with our heroes will heal wounds that modern medicine cannot,” said the founder of Freedom Hunters, Anthony Pace.

Benelli USA and Freedom Hunters invite sporting clays enthusiasts to attend the event.

Please visit this site to find more information about the event: http://benelliusainvitationalforfreedomhunters.eventbrite.com 

About Freedom Hunters 

Freedom Hunters is a military outreach program dedicated to honoring those who protect our freedoms. Our mission is to salute the noble work of our courageous men and women of our Armed Forces. Freedom Hunters reflects the outdoor community’s appreciation to our troops by taking: select active duty and combat veterans, families of fallen heroes, children of the deployed, as as those wounded or injured, on outdoor adventures. Freedom Hunters’ mission is empowered by the generous support of many: sportsmen, conservation groups, state agencies, outfitters, corporations and land owners.

Learn more about Freedom Hunters.

About Benelli USA 

What distinguishes Benelli from the competition is the ultra-reliability and quality built into every gun based on superior technology and craftsmanship. Benelli’s Inertia Driven® operating system incorporates total efficiency with complete reliability—best summed up as “Simply Perfect.”

The Inertia Driven® system, combined with features like ComforTech®, AirTouch®, SteadyGrip, GripTight®, and Crio® System, offers shooters and hunters an edge that allows them to hunt longer, harder, and more successfully.

Learn more about Benelli USA.

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By joining Ducks Unlimited, you will be doing your part to ensure that duck populations will continue to rise and the future of waterfowl hunting is brighter for generations to come. After you submit the enrollment form, you will receive an email with information on how to access the members-only area of the DU website to start enjoying your benefits today!

Light weight and comfortable ladies fit long sleeve baseball tee with contrasting raglan sleeves. Popular papaya color with light gray sleeves. DU duck head sits on left sleeve pocket and DU logo is front and center. Super soft cotton/poly slub. Will be your go-to shirt for casual fun.

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  • An official Ducks Unlimited membership card
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We’re in the prairie, at temperatures topping 100 degrees, for an early archery-season antelope hunt. If you’ve ever been to or through the prairie, you know there isn’t much in the way of trees or shade. That means it’s extremely tough to stay cool during a summertime hunt.

LG and I enjoy spot-and-stalk hunting, so a typical morning hunt includes crawling through buffalo grass, sage, yucca and cactus in sweltering heat. We attempt to outsmart animals, on their own level. But just like the animals, we need to be smart enough to survive the extreme temperatures.

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Staying cool can be a challenge. I remember one summer my husband and I headed to the hunting blind for shade. About an hour later I looked over at a flushed-faced man. When I spoke, he looked distant and dizzy. He felt sick and his heart was pounding. It occurred to me, “He’s near heatstroke. Never mind a buck; I’m going to have to figure out how to pack out my husband.”

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How to prevent heatstroke

According to the American Red Cross, it’s best to postpone outdoor activities during times of excessive heat. However, this hunt only lasts so long, so we’ll be hunting and need to be prepared while we’re out there. We took First Aid courses, and learned it’s important to use the buddy system when temperatures are extreme. Always remember to keep an eye on your buddy.

How to stay cool

The best way to prevent heatstroke is to stay hydrated. We also head for the blinds in the heat of the day, because it’s the only shade around.

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LG using water bottle spray to keep cool. (Mia Anstine photo)

Heatstroke is a legitimate emergency, which can be avoided with proper preparation. Below are several ways to prevent it.

  • Water – As I mentioned, staying hydrated is the most important thing we can do to prevent heatstroke. Caffeinated beverages and those that include alcohol contribute to dehydration. Avoid these fluids when you know you’re going to be in extreme heat. Always carry water with you, even if you think you’ll only be out for a short time. You never know when that plan will change. Drink water all day, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Electrolyte Replacement – When we over-exert and sweat, we lose electrolytes. Replacing them can be a challenge, which we can attempt to meet by drinking gallons of sports drinks. I’ve grown to love Wilderness Athlete’s Hydrate and Recover packets. (Note: I am not on this company’s staff and do not receive compensation from them.) These supplement packets are small and are easy to carry in a pocket or pack. Pour the packet into your water bottle and drink. It replenishes the nutrients we lose during exertion. I use this supplement during high-altitude hunts, extreme-temperature hunts and other arduous tasks.
  • Spray Bottles – We’ve learned to pack spray bottles. Spraying can cool the skin and help lower body temperatures. Some friends carry spray bottles that have fans on them. We simply carry ArcticSqueeze Mist ‘N Sip bottles. They hold drinking water and can be used to spray a fine mist.
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Cool Gear – The Red Cross also suggests wearing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing. We’ve found some great camo clothing and accessories to wear during the hunt. Buff offers camo sun protection in CoolMax UV-resistant tube and balaclava designs. The fabric is lightweight and the CoolMax science is truly amazing as it wicks moisture away, cooling the skin.

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Mia wears SHE light weight hunting clothing (Lea Leggitt photo)

SHE apparel and Under Armour both offer Ultra-lightweight camo options for women. Bass Pro sent me the SHE Outdoor Element and I purchased the Under Armour Performance Field shirt. These are the most durable, high-quality, lightweight sets of hunting clothes I’ve found for women—perfect for archery season and spot-and-stalk. The breathable, quick-dry, moisture-wicking fabric allows a gal to protect her skin from the sun. She can wear long sleeves and pants while staying cool. Better yet, she’ll remain odor free. KoolerGel-by-Becky-Lou-Lacock

  • Ice Bottles –We all know ice is a great chiller. On our last Girl’s Hunt Out, my friend Becky Lou gave me KoolerGel, a powder you can add to any water bottle and then freeze. The treated water stays frozen 40 percent longer than water alone. This can help keep your drinks cold; it also comes in handy when you tag out during a sweltering early season antelope hunt.

 

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This week, Dan Small Outdoors Radio features competitive shooter Randi Rogers, Mercer Chamber of Commerce president Vic Ouimette, charter captain Dan Welsch and archery expert JC Chamberlin. Meet Dan and Jeff next weekend at the Can-Yak tournament in Mercer.

 

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Randi Rogers, a competitive shooter for Team Smith & Wesson and Team Comp-Tac, talks about her recent US Production Shooting Association National Championship and offers tips for introducing kids safely to the shooting sports. (www.smith-wesson.com)

 

In the Hupy and Abraham Outdoor Report, Vic Ouimette, president of the Mercer Area Chamber of Commerce, reports on fishing action in the Mercer area and invites listeners to the Can-Yak canoe/kayak fishing tournament on Labor Day Weekend. (www.mercercc.com, www.can-yak.com)

 

Capt. Dan Welsch, proprietor of Dumper Dan Sportfishing Charters of Shegoygan, reports consistent action for Lake Michigan trout and salmon off Sheboygan. (www.dumpoerdan.com, www.pier17sheboygan.com)

 

Exclusive to podcast and FM 100.5 ESPN broadcast, presented by Pappas Trading Post, Southern Wisconsin’s largest Mission and Mathews archery retailer, archery expert JC Chamberlin offers advice for selecting broadheads for deer hunting. (www.pappastradingpost.com)

 

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Join Dan at Wern Valley Sportsmen’s Club Oct. 16 for a Takedown Eventure, sponsored by Dan Small Outdoors. Enjoy a morning of sporting clays and “Deadeye” turkey shoot, followed by a gourmet wild game lunch, and an afternoon of shooting primitive weapons, including aerial archery target and spear throwing competitions. All guns, bows and spears provided. No prior experience required for any event. Drawings for great prizes including two EZ-Kut Sling Paks, complete with an EZ-Kut G2 Lopper and Pruner, a James Valley Scent package and Dan Small Outdoors coffee and sausage products. Individuals and groups welcome. Limited to 30 participants. Pre-registration required. For information or to register, call Jason Amato at 630-776-6799 or email: Jason@takedowneoutdoors.com. More event details at www.takedowneventures.com.

 

 

 

Contact: Dan Small at 414-588-4082 or dan@dansmalloutdoors.com

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There’s still time to enter Crossbreed Holsters’s giveaway of 4 women’s appendix-style holsters.

Crossbreed listened not only to its female CEO, Carol Craighead, but also to its women customers and employees on what they expect out of an appendix holster. 

Enter to win here. 

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Sportsmen’s Alliance Gets Support from America’s Top Female Hunters http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/sportsmens-alliance-gets-support-from-americas-top-female-hunters/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/sportsmens-alliance-gets-support-from-americas-top-female-hunters/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 21:06:12 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22923 The Sportsmen's Alliance has teamed up with some of America's best female hunters, to spread the word that we stand proud on our hunting heritage.

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The Sportsmen’s Alliance has changed its look and shortened its name, from U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, to just Sportsmen’s Alliance. In its monthly digital magazine, of the same shortened named, it’s easy to see how the Sportsmen’s Alliance is gathering support from some of this country’s top female hunters – Jana Waller, Melissa Bachman, Jen O’Hara and Norissa Harman. Jana stars in “Skullbound TV”; Melissa hosts “Winchester Deadly Passion”; and Jen and Norissa co-host “Universal Huntress.”

These 4 hunters grace the pages of the magazine, with the hashtag “IAmtheAlliance. Throughout the issue, you’ll find up-to-date and important news about hunting, fishing and trapping legislation and policies throughout the country. You can also see stories of people who are truly making a positive impact on the philosophies of hunting, shooting and trapping — American traditions. When Nick Pinizzotto took the reins of this organization, about two years ago, he said he wanted to change it from a boardroom suit-and-tie look to more of a camo look. I’d say he’s done that … and the fact that the Alliance has enlisted the help of a female band of well-respected and renowned hunters? All the better.

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Recognize these famous faces in the hunting world? Jen Adams, Norissa Harman, Jana Waller and Melissa Bachman. Simply the best.

Visit the August issue of Sportsmen’s Alliance magazine.

 

Learn more about Sportsmen’s Alliance.

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Remington Outdoor Company Guest Post: Coni Brooks on Sharing the Passion of Hunting http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/remington-outdoor-company-guest-post-coni-brooks-on-sharing-the-passion-of-hunting/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/remington-outdoor-company-guest-post-coni-brooks-on-sharing-the-passion-of-hunting/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 17:12:43 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22903 Coni Brooks describes one of her toughest hunts, and gives tips on how to start hunting. Sponsored by Remington Outdoor Company.

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In this series, sponsored by Remington Outdoor Company, Coni Brooks describes one of her first hunts with a female novice hunter, and lists why she loves hunting. It’s obvious that Coni has a deep passion for hunting, and she offers helpful tips on how to get started.

I have been a shooter and hunter for most of my life. I have been able to enjoy many different types of experiences in hunting. Owning a bullet manufacturing company, Barnes Bullets, for 34 years brought numerous opportunities and although we couldn’t take part in all of them, we certainly tried our best.

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I love hunting and enjoy seeing the animals out in the wild. I have hunted many states in the U.S., including Alaska as well as Australia, Canada, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe and have been lucky to see and harvest many types of game.

When someone asks, “What is your most favorite animal to hunt?” I’d have to say elk and mule deer. I love hunting in the West because it is so challenging and above all, so beautiful. There is nothing like hearing an elk bugle and watching mule deer on a mountainside. 

Heading to Alaska to hunt bears

My first hunt without my husband was a guided grizzly hunt in Alaska in the early ‘80s. I was invited on the hunt by an acquaintance that worked in a sporting goods store in Anchorage whom we had sold bullets to for their store. He called me on a Thursday in April and wanted me up there on the upcoming Monday. The reason for the short notice was because they had a hunter cancel because of health reasons and they wanted to fill his spot.

This would possibly be a 10-day hunt –- which meant unless I got my desired animal, early, we would stay out in the elements for 10 days. I didn’t want to go there alone for something like that so I asked my sister-in-law, Elaine Brooks, who had never hunted a day in her life, to go with me. She is always game for new and different things, so her answer to me was just what I expected she would say, and that was, “YES!”

Now I want to tell you that in those earlier days, you absolutely could not find hunting clothing for women –- let alone boots, etc. Not much attention was given to lady hunters, which was a travesty because there certainly were plenty of lady hunters! These days, ladies are more open about their hunting and more manufacturers are catering to our desires. On this trip we were going to be needing really warm clothing, boots and waders as we would be rafting down rivers, walking in rivers and marshy land while hunting and hiking in all types of terrain. Both Elaine and I are small-framed ladies, so a lot of the items we purchased for the hunt came from the boys department in whatever store we could find them in.

Also, let me mention to you that there weren’t a lot of places to shop for these items then like there are now. We also were going to be needing large caliber rifles –- of which at the time my largest rifle was a .300 Win. My husband wanted me to take a .375 H&H and my sister-in-law was taking a .35 Whelen. Well, the gun stocks were way too long for us, and if they were cut down to fit us, no one else could use them except us, and no one wanted to make that happen at this stage of the game … so we had to deal with what we had. We did as much practicing as we could with the rifles and became somewhat comfortable with them. With such short notice, and not having much in our closets to pull from, we went up there with basically all the wrong stuff that really didn’t fit us all that well.

Since this was our first hunt like this, we wanted to make sure we were somewhat comfortable and not knowing what to expect –-  we wanted to look as good as possible despite our clothing, so we took items for our hair like shampoos and conditioners, hairspray and yes, even butane curling irons, brushes combs, mirrors, our makeup, cleansers, lotions and such.

When we got to the main lodge, our guide said, “Lay out everything you brought so I can see what you have.”

Well, we had the floor covered with our items. (NOT GOOD). He looked at us and said, “Do you think you are going to take all that stuff?” But not in as kind of words that I have written here. I said, “Yes, we planned on it.” He then said, “Look over there at the food, tent items, and other things you will need for 10 days, plus don’t forget to add in your sleeping bags because no one is going to pack this stuff for you.” He then told us the items you see will be divided up between all of you and you will be packing it in your backpacks.

I looked at Elaine and said, ‘You take the toothbrush and toothpaste, I’ll take a comb and mirror.’

Well, we went on our merry way, not real happy I might say, but we just learned to deal with what we had. We did a lot of backpacking and also we welcomed being able to put our items sometimes in the raft and float down the Talkeetna River in Alaska to the next camp, because it meant these heavy items weren’t being carried on our backs. Now this river in one place had 14 miles of continuous rapids … if I remember correctly.

There is a first time for everything and this was our first time doing this kind of river rafting. Oh, and I need to mention the water was more than ice cold coming straight off the glacier and yes, to add insult to injury, it was raining the day we were in the rapids. On the hunt, we did walk and hike a lot and the hip boots were sloppy on our feet and we had horrible blisters on our heels that darn near crippled us both.

Grizzlies live above the treeline, so that meant the altitude was high and that was another thing that we had to get used to. Even though we came from 4,500 feet where we lived, 8,000 to 10,000 feet took its toll on our breathing.

To make a long story short, we weren’t lucky enough to get our grizzlies on this trip, but despite all the things we had to encounter, we both decided that the experience was a good one and we learned that we could be pretty darn tough if we had to be. We went through good weather and a lot of bad weather, but we both said we wanted to come back in the fall to try again and the guides said that they would be happy to have us back.

The return hunt

We went through the rest of spring and summer, acquired some better clothes –-  though not perfect, and both had rifles made to fit us. We practiced hard and went back up to Alaska a lot more prepared and with much better confidence. We both were lucky enough to get our bears on this fall trip in August.

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Coni’s sister-in-law, Elaine. (Coni Brooks photo)

I got a very nice boar with a golden color coat, known as Toklat, and Elaine got a boar as well that was called a silvertip grizzly (named that for a silver colored coat). We both said we wouldn’t trade this experience for anything.

 

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Coni’s persistence and attention to detail pay off. (Coni Brooks photo)

It was a hard hunt, but seeing all the wildlife in Alaska was something that is treasured by both of us – even many years later. For those of you who are sitting on the fence on not knowing whether you want to hunt or not, this story isn’t meant to discourage you –- it is meant to encourage you. Not every hunt is like this and I must say this was one of the tougher hunts I have been on. Each hunt has its own challenges and benefits. I can tell you that if you don’t take the opportunity to try your hand at it, you are truly missing out.

 

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Coni Brooks with her grizzly bear. (Coni Brooks photo)

Coni’s tips to help you get started hunting

I have some tips that will hopefully help you have an enjoyable experience, if you do decide to give hunting and shooting a try.

  1. Get a rifle that you can handle and don’t let it kick you and hurt you. There are plenty of small caliber rifles for you to use and with the right ammunition –- such as Barnes VOR-TX that has a good penetrating bullet – you will do well. The Remington 700 SPS Compact is a great rifle for ladies. It has a synthetic stock and if offered in any caliber your heart desires. I have seen ladies of all sizes and shapes handle this rifle well and shoot it well, too.
  2. There are numerous classes offered that can help you, too. Check out your own state’s wildlife agency on hunting courses, and also, to see about finding a good hunting mentor. The NRA, Becoming an Outdoors-Woman and the National Wild Turkey Federation offer hunting-related events, too.
  3. Go out and shoot often so that you feel comfortable with the firearms you are shooting.
  4. I think some good hunts to start out with could be a turkey hunt, whitetail hunt or even antelope hunt. On these hunts you can usually see a lot of game and have a real enjoyable and positive experience. For our young daughters’ first hunts, we took them antelope hunting. They both used a .243 Win. on the hunt. They both got their antelope and they immediately started asking, “When can we go on the next hunt?”
  5. Get some good fitting clothes. Clothes to help you keep cool if that is the time of year you are hunting and clothes to keep you good and warm if hunting in the cold. There are lots of choices out there now so no matter what your body build is you can find clothes to fit you well.
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This, of course, isn’t everything you need to do to get started hunting, but there is so much out there these days to help you and I feel confident that once you get started hunting you will be thankful you did.

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5 Shooting-Competition Extras  http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/5-shooting-competition-extras/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/5-shooting-competition-extras/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 23:47:33 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22913 She won't leave home without these things, all packed and ready for Michelle Cerino's next shooting competition. Sponsored by Galco Gunleather.

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Michelle Cerino lists 5 things she includes for shooting competition … little extras that make all the difference in the world.

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Packing for a weekend match is always extremely time-consuming. Sure, there are the obvious items to pack: my firearms, gear and ammunition. But then comes the other stuff—you know, the products that make life just a little more bearable when I’m out in the elements.

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  1. The Schemagh is a traditional Middle Eastern headdress used to protect oneself from the sun, blowing dust and cold nights in the desert. At the range, I cover my firearms with my schemagh on the preload table to protect them from the heat of the sun, potential rain and dust. Recently, while shooting long-range rifle in direct sunlight and 98-degree temperatures, I shrouded the top of my head and shoulders with my schemagh, then wiped up the sweat I’d dripped on the stock of my rifle. (It’s difficult to shoot out to 500 yards while your cheek is sliding off a sweat-drenched stock.) Schemaghs are made from 100 percent cotton, so they are perfect in the rain for drying equipment. And yes, on those rare, unexpected cold mornings, I’ve also wrapped a schemagh around myself trying to stay warm.Lens-cleaning-cerino

 

2. Lens Wipes come in many different forms. I always attach the pouch that holds my microfiber lens-cleaning cloth to my range bags. It’s easy to get to, and it works great for situations that involve sweat or rain on my lenses. For those times when dirt, fingerprints, or unknown gunk appears on my glasses, I carry packets of disposable pre-moistened lens-cleaning wipes. Both products are small and convenient to carry.Electrolyte-Tablets-Cerino

 

 

3. Electrolyte-Enhanced Drink Tablets are the perfect way to keep from crashing on long days. Enclosed in small tubes, they fit easily in any range bag. There are many different flavors and brands, so it’s just a matter of taste preference. Make sure to read the directions so you know how much water to mix the tablet into.

 

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Michelle sports a Frog Toggs head wrap. (Colton Cerino photo)

 

4. Cooling Products are the extras I bring that many fellow competitors envy. As I’ve mentioned in Keeping Cool on a Hot Range, numerous products are available to aid in keeping your body temperature down, including Polar Products cooling clothing, O2Cool personal fans and misting bottles, Omni-Freeze Zero cooling technology fabric and Frogg Toggs hyper-evaporative material that provides a refreshing feeling. As your core temperature increases, your performance declines. Heatstroke and heat exhaustion are serious conditions. You should always take precautions to avoid a situation that could lead to them.Bug-and-Sun-Spray-Cerino

 

5. Sunscreen and Bug Spray are musts for any trip. Sun protection is important for various health reasons…and honestly, when I get sunburned, it makes the next few days of the match really uncomfortable. Bug spray keeps me from losing my mind. Between the biting flies, mosquitos and ticks, I practically exhaust myself swatting and shoeing these evil beings away.

Just remember, with a little more packing, you can make your competitions all the more comfortable and enjoyable. What extras do you bring along?

 

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Because Jen and Norissa are out there, basically being hunting freaks, they are in touch with the women’s market. They saw a need for good women’s waterfowl camo, and worked with their designers to create a new line of waterfowl wear for die-hard women duck and goose hunters.

Take, for example, the new duck jacket.

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  • Just in time for Waterfowl Season – Will Ship 10/1/2015
  • 100% waterproof, breathable
  • Featuring Primaloft Silver® insulation
  • Hidden hand warmer pockets
  • Adjustable waist, hood, and cuffs
  • Handy cargo pockets with internal shell loops
  • Neoprene cuffs to keep jacket dry
  • Fitted elbow and shoulder sections for greater range of motion
  • Field tested – Designed by women for women
  • Sizes XS – 2X
  • MRSP: $199

We’re looking forward to wearing this gear this year. We’ll let you know what we think, but we bet we’ll like it!

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Paddle vs. Prop: Three Safety Tips for Stand Up Paddlers When Boats are Around http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/paddle-vs-prop-three-safety-tips-for-stand-up-paddlers-when-boats-are-around/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/paddle-vs-prop-three-safety-tips-for-stand-up-paddlers-when-boats-are-around/#comments Sun, 23 Aug 2015 19:32:59 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22900 BoatUS offers its unique look at the issue with 3 easy-to-remember safety rules for stand up paddlers.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. August 19, 2015 – When it comes to enjoying the outdoors, stand up paddleboarding (SUP) has led the nation in growth with a 38 percent increase in participation from 2013 to 2014, according to the Outdoor Foundation’s 2015 Outdoor Recreation Participation Topline Report. But as these human-powered watercraft become more common in crowded harbors, busy waterfronts and other navigable waterways, sharing the water with both recreational boats and commercial vessels requires paddlers to up their safety game. With many of its half-million members owning both boats and paddlecraft, BoatUS offers its unique look at the issue with three easy to remember safety rules for stand up paddlers.

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When is a paddleboard a boat? According to the US Coast Guard an SUP is considered a “vessel,” so it’s important to understand certain boating responsibilities. Follow all local navigation rules and use common sense when paddling around other vessels that may not be as maneuverable or are restricted by their draft or size. Generally, a paddleboard is more easily able to turn and stop whereas larger craft take time and distance to stop. Typically, it is safest to pass astern of other vessels and let them cross in front of you. Try to avoid heavy boat traffic and pick a route away from congestion.

Practice defensive paddling: Defensive paddling is preventing collisions and mishaps in spite of the actions of others around you. Remember boats may travel faster than you do and can carry a large wake. Some boats have awkward blind spots that prevent good visibility at certain trim angles so don’t assume a boater can always see you, especially at dawn or dusk. Wear bright colors and wear your life jacket with a whistle attached. Falling in, or swimming in heavily trafficked areas can lead to the start of a bad chain of events. In narrow channels stay as far right as possible and avoid crossing busy lanes. If you must, cross perpendicular to the lane so you get across quickly. If in a group, cross as a compact group – spreading out in a line like a bunch of baby ducks hinders traffic and increases the chance for a collision.

Don’t leave home without it: A life jacket is the minimum gear – but it only works if you wear it so don’t leave it strapped to the board. If you’re concerned about comfort, take a look at high-tech, low-maintenance belt-pack inflatables or the newest vest designs that offer complete freedom of movement. Add a whistle – it will always beat yelling at the top of your lungs. Avoid paddling at night, but if you must, you’ll have to show a white light in sufficient time to avoid a collision. A flashlight or headlamp meets this requirement; a glow stick does not. And finally, a safety leash is most helpful in preventing an awkward and potentially dangerous separation from your board.

If you’d like to learn more about boating safely, visit the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water at www.BoatUS.org.

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About the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water:

The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. Funded primarily by donations from the over half-million members of Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the non-profit provides innovative educational outreach directly to boaters and anglers with the aim of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of America’s waterways and keeping boating safe for all. A range of boating safety courses – including 34 free state courses – can be found at BoatUS.org/courses .

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The Thrifty Shooter — 5 Tips for Saving Money at the Range http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/the-thrifty-shooter-5-tips-for-saving-money-at-the-range/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/the-thrifty-shooter-5-tips-for-saving-money-at-the-range/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 23:44:25 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22893 Annette Doerr lists easy ways to save money and still enjoy your range time. Sponsored by LaserMax, Inc.

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Shooting is an expensive hobby. Firearms, ammunition, equipment and accessories can all be pricey. I love to shoot, but I hate to spend more than I have to on equipment and accessories. By thinking outside the box, you can pick up some great lower-cost, high-quality alternatives that can help you become a thrifty shooter. After all, the more we save, the more money we have for ammo! Here are 5 tips for saving money at the shooting range.

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  1. Range Bags – Range bags are used for holding your gear on your way to and from the range. Your range bag should be large enough to hold the necessities—eye protection, ear protection, a small first aid kit, spare magazines, a stapler for targets, etc.—and it should be comfortable to carry. While manufacturers offer some wonderful range bags in all shapes and sizes, there are alternatives you might have never considered…and they are probably already lurking in your closet or garage!RangeBagIdeas
  • Why not recycle that diaper bag that is in the back of your closet…you know, the cute one you absolutely had to have, only to use it for a few months, after which it was never to be seen again. Diaper bags actually make great range bags. They are already built for carrying gear, just of a different type! They are durable, comfortable to carry, full of pockets and zippered compartments, and probably pretty cute! Most diaper bags have a changing pad that can double as a firearm mat to protect your firearm from getting banged up on the range table while you clean your gun. Cleaning solvents and gun oil usually wipe right off them, too!
  • Did the man in your life get another tool bag for his birthday or the holidays last year? Turn it into a range bag! Tool bags are full of compartments, have an easily accessible large main section for bulkier items, and are extremely durable and easy to carry. Keep an eye out for sale flyers and you’ll be able to snag a great deal!
  • Backpacks! It’s back to school season: Is your teenager getting a new backpack to start this year off? Grab last year’s model! Backpacks make great range bags and they are quite functional, keeping your hands free while carrying your firearms. They have zippers, compartments, and even side pockets in which to stash a bottle of water or two to quench your thirst.
  • There are also some really cute, inexpensive large tote bags and purses that are full of compartments and would work well as range bags. Nothing wrong with looking chic while heading to the range, right ladies? Thrift stores are a great place to find big purses and tote bags that work. Did you get a free duffle bag when you renewed your NRA membership, or a membership in another organization? Everyone has duffle bags lying around; use them! With zippered side pockets and a large, easily accessible main compartment, they can be perfect!
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The author in a DIY place. (Beth Doerr photo)

OK, now that you have something fun to carry your gear in, let’s save some money on what goes inside!

  1. Hearing Protection – Hearing protection is one of the most important pieces of equipment you will buy. I cannot stress enough that you will want the best you can afford. TeamWON’s Michelle Cerino wrote a fantastic article on hearing protection; please check it out if you haven’t already done so. I will not regurgitate all of the different types of hearing protection out there, but if you are looking for basic ear muffs or foam plugs, you don’t have to buy them at an outdoors store. Basic protection can usually be found at the big hardware stores, usually at a great price. Other large discount chain stores often carry a limited selection in their outdoor/sporting goods section. Keep an eye on the sale flyers, especially during the fall; stores tend to run good sales going into hunting season. Common sense also prevails here. If you are shooting .22LR, often disposable foam plugs will suffice. However, if you are shooting higher-caliber pistols, rifles or shotguns, you’ll want much better protection for your ears; once you lose your hearing, it’s gone forever. It is always better to err on the side of caution when it comes to your eyes and ears.
  2. Eye Protection – You always want to protect your eyes from flying brass. Make sure the glasses you purchase are ANSI certified. Again, the big home improvement chains can be a good source. They carry many types of safety glasses that work well for shooting. Impact-resistant, shatterproof sunglasses designed for sports also work well on sunny days. Just make sure they have the appropriate safety ratings and are ANSI certified.PrintTargets
  3. Targets Fancy reactive targets are a luxury we all love, but they can be expensive. A package of paper plates from the dollar store can go a long way for plinking and practice. Bring a few magic markers to draw aiming points and you’re all set. Plain copy paper works well, too. Adhesive dots can be purchased inexpensively as well and work great when sighting in a new firearm or scope. There are also websites that offer free targets in .pdf format that you can print for your own use. Doing so is much less expensive than purchasing ready-made targets.golf-tee-chamber-indicator
  4. Chamber Indicators – There are plenty of items you’d never think to use as an indicator that your chamber is clear while on the range. One of my favorites to use is a golf tee! You can pick up a bag of tees for just a few bucks, and they are available in lots of bright, fun colors that will leave no doubt on the line that your chamber is empty. Don’t want to spend any money? Broken tees work, too, if they’re long enough!

Thinking outside of the box can save you a lot of money at the range. Repurposing items you already have around your house is not only good for the environment; it’s good for your wallet, too!

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The Women’s Gun Zone Covers Every Topic Important to Women Shooters

Scottsdale, AZ – August 20, 2015 – Finally, a women’s only online gun forum, sponsored by The Well Armed Woman (TWAW). With the numbers of women entering gun ownership soaring, there hasn’t yet been a comprehensive online community and gun forum created for women, a place where they can share and discuss all things gun – until now.

The Women’s Gun Zone offers extensive forums covering every possible topic important to women shooters of all ages. Women can ask questions and glean from other women shooters. News feeds, videos, photos, private groups where women can “gather” based on things they have in common, as well as places to share their own photos and videos are available. Popular forum topics include the following: Purchasing the Right Gun, Concealed Carry Holsters, Owning Guns with Children, Gun Laws, Pregnancy and Shooting, Defensive Shooting, Competitive Shooting, Senior Citizens, just to name a few. New topics will be regularly and can be added by users, so no question goes unanswered.

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“Women are relational and we live our lives out in community with one another, so it just seemed natural to create an online community where women can get their questions answered, get advice from other female shooters, share their experiences, and stay up to date on what’s happening in the gun industry with new products, and stay informed on political issues,” said Carrie Lightfoot, founder of TWAW.

“I am as excited about this new community as I was when I launched the TWAW Shooting Chapter program,” continued Lightfoot. “This creates a whole new level of sharing and interaction for women shooters that far exceeds current social media options and has none of the limitations that come with mainstream social media. What an amazing resource this will be! Facebook, the most popular social media platform is riddled with issues and challenges for a woman seeking advice and information. Great comments and information gets lost in the feed and are impossible to retrieve, and the looming risk of the Facebook anti-gun policies – where gun related page could be shut down at any time, or posts and comments can be completely removed – make this a welcomed and easy-to-navigate resource. Only approved registered users can post and utilize the forum’s services, so users will not be subjected to inappropriate comments or images.

When polling the more than 200,000 Facebook fans of the Well Armed Woman for input on what they wanted to see added to this comprehensive resource and to the company website, a community such as this one was the overwhelming request. Now, the first and only women’s online forum and community is a reality.

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Women of all ages and experience levels are invited to join. “As this has been created for women gun owners, their feedback and input will be invited and welcomed. I want this to be what our users want it to be, so we will work together to make it the best,” said Lightfoot. “We also will be inviting industry partners to join in and connect directly with women shooters. Here, those companies that truly are working to meet the needs of the female shooter through our sponsorship program can have unprecedented access to women shooters to help guide them. ”

Visit The Women’s Gun Zone here: www.thewomensgunzone.com

Companies interested in sponsorship opportunities, email Carrie Lightfoot at: carrie@thewellarmedwoman.com or call 888 572 7730

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About The Well Armed Woman:

 

The Well Armed Woman, LLC is the largest, most comprehensive online resource and e-commerce site dedicated to products for the woman shooter. TWAW Shooting Chapters, Inc. is a 501 c 3 Non-profit organization, which exists to educate and empower women in a safe and non-threatening environment for their effective and responsible self-defense with firearms. There are currently 230 chapters in 49 states across the United States. Carrie Lightfoot is the volunteer chairwoman of the board.

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Marti Davis Afield: On Tree Stand Safety http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/marti-davis-afield-treestand-safety/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/marti-davis-afield-treestand-safety/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 08:58:11 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=16540 Marti Davis gives her advice on treestand safety and recommends specific fall-arrest systems.

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Fall hunting season is upon us, and with that, brings the time when we start to hear about tree stand accidents.

Most hunters prefer to hunt from a tree stand for various reasons. An elevated tree stand gives you a better vantage point, a larger field of view and an earlier sighting of the game you are pursuing. This also gets you and your scent up off the ground.

 

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Choosing your tree stand

Whether you choose a fixed-position hang-on, a ladder stand, a tripod stand or a climbing stand, always make sure it meets the Tree-Stand Manufacturer’s Association (TMA) standards. Secondly, make sure the stand has the proper weight rating. This means that it can support the total weight of you and any gear on you.

When assembling and installing your tree stand, always follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions.

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Choosing a fall-arrest system

Fall-arrest systems, fall restraints, harnesses, whatever you call them … you need one. And, like tree stands, make sure your harness is approved by the TMA. While there are several good options available, I prefer and recommend the Hunter Safety System products. I have used the reversible vest and the UltraLite harness.  I also utilize its Quick-Connect tree strap. I have several of these straps and I attach them to trees above my ladder stands at the beginning of season. Then, when I climb into my stand, I can check the strap to make sure it is still safe and secured to the tree. I simply reach up and hook my harness tether to the strap.

For a fixed-position hang-on stand, I recommend using a LifeLine. This is installed when you install the stand. It allows you to attach your harness tether at ground level. As you climb, you slide the Prusik knot up the LifeLine. You are connected to the fall-restraint system from the time you leave the ground.

 

Barbara Baird uses and recommends the Hunter Safety System vest. Photo courtesy of Jason Baird

Barbara Baird uses and recommends the Hunter Safety System vest. Photo courtesy of Jason Baird

 

Making sure a stand is safe to use

Whether it’s a tree stand that you installed or one that someone else put up, always check the stand before you get in it. When you get to the stand, visually inspect it. Does it look safe? Grab the stand and see if it feels secure on the tree. Are all the straps tight and not chewed by squirrels? Are the leg sections tight at the joints? If it doesn’t look safe, don’t climb into it.

When you climb up into your stand, use the 3 points of contact. One hand and both feet or both hands and one foot as you make your way up the ladder. Never carry any of your gear in your hands when climbing. Use a pull rope after you get tethered in your stand. I usually have a rope attached to each stand and always carry a spare in my pack.

 

Marti safely and easily places this Summit ladder stand with the help of the Second Man Ladderstand.

Marti safely and easily places this Summit ladder stand with the help of the Second Man Ladderstand.

 

Accidents happen

While using a harness is the safest way to hunt from a tree stand, accidents can and will happen. A safety device just ensures there are fewer accidents and lower injury rates. Most statistics state that 1 in 3 hunters will have a tree stand accident. Those aren’t very good odds. You must be vigilant about safety.

As some of you may remember a few years back, I fell and broke my back while exiting a tree stand. I had unhooked from the tether. My first step out of the stand, I slipped on a wet limb and fell approximately 15-feet down. Accidents happen in a split second, sometimes even when you are trying to be careful. The moral of the story? Check the tree and its condition, too, and watch for slippery spots, loose branches, etc. Also, the owner of this property had affixed a metal hook on the pull rope hanging from the treestand, and I narrowly missed that on my descent to the ground. If you are supposed to hunt in a stand where someone else has set it up to be dangerous, don’t.

 

Barbara Baird attaches her compound bow to a pull rope. Photo courtesy of Jason Baird

Barbara Baird attaches her compound bow to a pull rope. Photo courtesy of Jason Baird

 

Do’s and donts

-Always carry your cell phone or 2-way radio on your body, in a place where you can access it if you fall and wind up on your back and not able to move easily. Not in a pack, they can come off in a fall and then be out of reach, and not on your back.

-Always let someone know where you will be hunting and when to expect you back. Leave a map of the route, and give detailed instructions. After all, you needed it, so they will, too!

-Know where you are and how to tell 911 or friends and family how to get to you.

-Think ahead and be prepared.

-Don’t use homemade stands. They will not comply with TMA standards.

-Don’t climb on limbs. They can break and they can be slick. They might break your back.

-Don’t use metal spikes or screw-in steps.

-Don’t use a single-safety belt that only attaches around your waist.

 

The Second Man Ladder Stand helps you safely install a ladder stand.

The Second Man Ladder Stand helps you safely install a ladder stand.

 

I recommend all hunters take a Hunter’s Education course, regardless of their age. Everyone needs a good refresher now and then. And, if you’re a bowhunter, take the Bowhunter’s Education course. Check out this free tree stand safety course. I recommend this TMA-approved online tree stand safety course, and it is the only one approved by this organization.

A few minutes of arming yourself with knowledge and then, practicing safe treestand techniques, might spare you months of recovery, followed by years of therapy.

RetroWON: “Marti Davis Afield: On treestand safety” originally published Oct. 8, 2013. 

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Jen ‘The Archer’ Cordaro Joins Sportsmen’s Alliance http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/jen-the-archer-cordaro-joins-sportsmens-alliance/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/jen-the-archer-cordaro-joins-sportsmens-alliance/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:10:02 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22885 Jen Cordaro, the vegetarian-archer-turned-hunter with a large social media following and who has been targeted and harassed by animal-rights activists for posting hunting images on the medium, has joined the Sportsmen’s Alliance as the Western U.S. Outreach Coordinator.

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Jen Cordaro, the vegetarian-archer-turned-hunter with a large social media following and who has been targeted and harassed by animal-rights activists for posting hunting images on the medium, has joined the Sportsmen’s Alliance as the Western U.S. Outreach Coordinator.

jen_release“Jen’s unique combination of background, education, messaging and interest in public policy make her a perfect fit at Sportsmen’s Alliance,” said Brian Lynn, vice president of marketing and communications. “Coming from a large Southern California city, her understanding of the state’s culture and her interest in promoting hunting there are valuable additions to our Western Office outreach.”

Currently working on a doctorate in public policy, with a focus on pro-hunting policy, Cordaro also holds a master’s degree in social and cultural anthropology from California Institute of Integral Studies, a master’s in human rights advocacy and non-profit management from the University of New Hampshire and a bachelor’s in geography from Humboldt State University. Cordaro will work to promote the Sportsmen’s Alliance within the context of her professional appearances and writings, as well as driving awareness of California-specific issues the Western Office address and those she’s committed to personally.

“I am very excited and honored to be joining the Sportsmen’s Alliance team and I look forward to being part of the important policy work the Alliance influences. It is my hope that we can make headway on issues that California hunters, trappers and anglers are facing, because California is ground zero for passing unfriendly policies towards outdoorsmen and women – if they pass here, they’re then used in other states,” said Cordaro. “While I am excited and honored, I also feel an incredible responsibility to represent the outdoor community with pride, integrity and as a force to be reckoned with. We have a lot of work to do here in California in order to protect our heritage, and we must fight with the utmost standards.”

Cordaro will assist with the advancement of Western U.S. policy, and will work closely with the marketing and communications team of the Sportsmen’s Alliance to ensure that coverage of California aligns with the most pressing initiatives and goals of the organization.

About the Sportsmen’s Alliance: The Sportsmen’s Alliance protects and defends America’s wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits – hunting, fishing and trapping – that generate the money to pay for them. The Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization responsible for public education, legal defense and research. Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs coordinated to provide the most complete defense capability possible. Stay connected to Sportsmen’s Alliance: OnlineFacebook and Twitter.

Sportsmen’s Alliance
801 Kingsmill Parkway
Columbus, Ohio 43229
614-888-4868
www.sportsmensalliance.org
info@ussportsmen.org

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Photo Feature: Shooting Industry Masters Big Shot Ball http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/photo-feature-shooting-industry-masters-big-shot-ball/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/photo-feature-shooting-industry-masters-big-shot-ball/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:45:06 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22867 It was a night to remember, when we cleaned up for the Big Shot Ball!

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We cleaned up well, if I do say so myself. At this year’s Shooting Industry Masters, to benefit the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s First Shots program, attendees dusted off range dirt and donned duds for the Big Shot Ball. The ball, based on the Roaring Twenties theme, gave us an opportunity to network and visit with each — after spending a day on a hot range shooting. More than 300 shooting industry members attended the Masters from July 24 to 25, at the Claythorne Lodge in Columbus, Kan. Downstream Casino and Resort hosted the evening events. All in all, 80 competitive teams (including the Rough ‘Riters) raised $71,650 for the important program, First Shots. Here are some of the photos from the evening gala.

FMG Publication's Amy Grant and Todd Jarrett. Not everyone dressed up, but those who did ... did it right! Mrs. Rob Pincus Here's the lovely Larissa McHale along with NSSF's First Shots manager, Tisma Juett, We decided to go all "Downton Abbey," from the 1920s. Here's Tisma Juett, flanked by Tom McHale (My Gun Culture fame) and Dr. Bomb The lovely Suzi Huntington, along with her better half, Roy, publisher of FMG. It's always fun when TeamWON can get together. Here I am with the dapper flapper Michelle Cerino. It's the adorable Celia Grimes on the left, from LaserMax, along with XS Sights' Tanya Gorin. That's Dianna Liedorff with her hubby, mugging for the camera. Suzi appears yet again, with competition shooter Bruce PIatt. What fun we  had ... Suzi and friends. Meow. The baby belle of the ball -- Rob Pincus' new daughter. It's Miss Laci Warden, flapper, from Chevalier Advertising, being photo bombed by Greg Kosteck, of Winchester.

If you’d like to read more about the event, check out Tom McHale’s rendition at My Gun Culture, “Why the Shooting Masters Was the Cat’s Pajamas.”

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Are you doing these things to keep yourself safe? Wendy Megyese believes “the devil is in the details” when it comes to personal safety. Find out how you can do the right things that make sense.
Some time ago, I had the opportunity to speak to a wonderful group of ladies. I talked to them about safety tips, taught them a few simple self defense moves and went over the use of lethal and non lethal weapons. I consider myself an expert in the field of self defense for women, but part of having expertise in an area is staying open to new ideas. Not to mention, the older I get, the more I realize how much there still is to learn!
After the meeting, one of the ladies approached me. She told me about a safety tip she had learned somewhere. She said, “When you pick up your mail or packages, always put the label face down in the car. That way no one can see your address.”
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I had never considered doing that. I am always getting my mail and setting it on the passenger seat of my vehicle where it stays until I get home. Many times, I spend the day out and about running errands. I never thought just how easy it would have been for a predator to peek inside my car and have access to my name and address!
Imagine someone knocking on your door. You don’t recognize them, but they smile and say “Hey, Sue, it’s me, Peter.”  Now, perhaps you don’t know any Peter, but the fact that they are at your door and know your name may be enough to make you let your guard down. Curiosity gets the better of you, and you open the door. You have just become a victim.
Being safety conscious obviously encompasses the big things like being aware of your surroundings, locking your door and having your self- defense weapon readily available. But, as I was reminded, it also includes the small details, like setting your mail face down. Others include:

  • Putting only your first initial and last name on a mailbox or phone listing if you are a single woman living alone.
  • Making sure you have enough fuel to get to a safe destination, so you don’t have to stop in a questionable or unknown neighborhood.
  • Shredding any important documents before recycling or discarding them.
  • Having your wallet secured and your keys in your hand beforeyou leave a store.
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Sara Ahrens demonstrates another “no-no” for safety. Don’t check your phone while in public and moving. Always watch your back! (Mike Ahrens photo)

Such small acts can make you less likely to be the target of a criminal. Remember to pay attention to the details and stay safe!
Wendy Megyese is a Deputy Sheriff and a Self Defense Expert. Her passion is educating and empowering law abiding citizens with self defense tools and techniques so they can be victors and not victims. Visit her website at http://www.bestlinedefense.com to find the best self defense and survival products.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Wendy_R_Megyese

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Angler Wrangler HoeDown to Benefit ‘Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing’ and Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/angler-wrangler-hoedown-to-benefit-ladies-lets-go-fishing-and-guy-harvey-ocean-foundation/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/angler-wrangler-hoedown-to-benefit-ladies-lets-go-fishing-and-guy-harvey-ocean-foundation/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 11:29:11 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22863 If you're in Weston, Fla., during this event, check it out. Our friends at "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing," are raising money to keep on keepin' on.

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The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” invite outdoor enthusiasts to attend the Angler Wrangler HoeDown, a western style fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 3, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Alligator Ron Bergeron’s Green Glades Ranch in Weston, Fla. The event is hosted by J.R. Bergeron of Bergeron Land Development and Bergeron Emergency Services.

Angler-Wrangler-logoFeaturing the Otter John Wild Animal Show, appetizer contest, dinner and an auction/raffle, the event will be held at the acclaimed western saloon on the private, 8,000 acre ranch. 

Participants are encouraged to leave their suits and don their boots to come western-style to mingle and contribute to the causes.

The Otter John Animal Show features wildlife from the Everglades such as alligators, hawks, otters, snakes and more, with details of their habits and how they can be preserved. 

The causes are:
Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation – To encourage conservation and best management practices for sustainable marine environments
Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Universities – Teaching conservation and marine stewardship to new anglers, ladies and families, as they enter the sport of fishing.

Current sponsors are Bergeron Land Development, Bergeron Everglades Museum
and Wildlife Foundation and Bergeron Emergency Services. Current donors include Stephens Distributing. The Green Glades Ranch is at 21111 SW 16th Street, Weston, FL 33327. The ranch offers a rodeo ring, lake, waterfall, stables, picturesque life sized animal statues and mounts. Reservations start at $75 Early Entry per person.  Weston is approximately 20 miles west of the Ft. Lauderdale International Airport using I-595.

For information, RSVP’s, sponsorships and donations, contact Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing (event producer), fish@ladiesletsgofishing.comwww.ladiesletsgofishing.com , phone 954-475-9068.

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Register Now for NWTF State Women in the Outdoors Event in September http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/register-now-for-nwtf-state-women-in-the-outdoors-event-in-september/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/register-now-for-nwtf-state-women-in-the-outdoors-event-in-september/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 17:33:54 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22859 There's still some space available for this statewide Women in the Outdoors Event in Louisiana.

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We love to see women’s event coordinators who go that extra mile and interact with potential attendees on social media, such as the National Wild Turkey Federation of Louisiana’s State Bossy Hens Women in the Outdoors event team. The weekend full of workshops and social interactions among women who love to be outdoros is scheduled for Fri., Sept. 11 through Sun., Sat. 13, at the Cecil J. Picard Educational & Recreational Center in Bunkle, La.

The event is affiliated with a great Facebook fan page, with the same name.

WOW weekendThe weekend includes these classes:

Aerobics
Climbing Stand Safety
Wood Carving
Bird feeders
Painting
Outdoor photography
Archery
Deco mesh wreaths
Ol factory Advantage
Advanced shotgun
Self protection
Kayaking
Wild game tracking
shotgun basics
hand guns
Bow fishing

The enthusiastic coordinators are even offering a prize to the lady who brings in the most referred paid registrations — a beautifully handcrafted Bullets and Black diamond Swarovski Crystal Necklace from Pretty Hunters Twilight Radiance Collection.

Discover the Facebook page for Bossy Hens.

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Find the Best Sunglasses for Summer Activities http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/the-best-sunglasses-for-summer-activities/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/the-best-sunglasses-for-summer-activities/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 15:38:38 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22854 Find out what you need in sunglasses for fishing, playing golf, riding a motorcycle and other summertime activities. Includes helpful information about lens choices. Courtesy of Marvel Optics.

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When it comes to really enjoying summer to the best of its potential, a pair of good-looking sunglasses is a total MUST-HAVE. Summer activities are so much more fun when your eyes are properly protected against the sun and your vision not compromised. The best way to make sure your summer is well-spent is making sure your sunglasses are high-quality, properly tinted, and don’t strain your eyes.

Different kinds of sunglasses are suited for different kinds of activities, and if you choose one kind for a purpose it wasn’t made for, you might stay uncomfortable throughout the day. Here is a list of the best kind of glasses for different kinds of activities:

Sunglasses that are used while fishing should have the properties given below to ensure a fun day in the sun along with maximized safety and visibility:

  • Glasses with rubber accents work well for this sport because they can keep your glasses in place even when your boat rocks a little too much.
  • Sunglasses with polarized lenses cut the glare and help you see better through the surface of the water to identify rocks and fish distinctively.
  • Hydrophobic coated lenses are also a blessing when you are fishing, since they repel water instantly for a clear vision in case your glasses are dipped in liquids.
  • Floating eyewear retainers can also be very helpful in case you drop your glasses into the water.

Hiking sunglasses
When you are hiking on an elevated mountainous area, you become more exposed to sunlight. This is why sunglasses used for hiking have very specific properties to help make the adventure hassle-free:

  • Sunglasses with high altitude lenses will protect your eyes from the harmful and intense rays of the sun.
  • Wrap-around frames are your best option for hiking, since they block out the light from the sides of the glasses as well to enable you to enjoy complete UV protection.
  • Anti-scratch lenses can protect your glasses from damage as you make your way through tricky mountainous terrains.

Motorcycling sunglasses
Motorcycling is fun, but it can be very dangerous if the driver’s vision is constantly disturbed. To make the endeavor entirely safe in this regard, you will need sunglasses with the following properties:

  • Foam sealed sunglasses are very helpful in blocking out any kind of debris from entering your eyes, as well as protecting them from the wind.
  • Anti-fog lens coatings will enable you to see the road ahead through a crystal clear vision.
  • Photochromic lenses are an exceptional option, and they adjust to the levels of sunlight automatically so that any time, is a very good time for riding a bike.

Marvel Optics has a marvelous collection and an extensive variety of glasses to fit every need, and you can visit our website to find eyeglasses, no matter how rare your requirements. Check out this great infographic to learn more about which sunglasses are suitable for different kinds of sports or activities.

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Guest Post: When Hunting or Fishing Outside of the Country, Don’t Get ‘Ceciled’ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/guest-post-when-hunting-or-fishing-outside-of-the-country-dont-get-ceciled/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/guest-post-when-hunting-or-fishing-outside-of-the-country-dont-get-ceciled/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 15:19:44 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22853 Anietra Hamper gives great advice on how to avoid getting in serious trouble when hunting or fishing outside the country.

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Anietra Hamper, travel writer, gives helpful tips on what to do when traveling and working with guides in a foreign country — especially in light of the “Cecil” story.

When Cecil, the famous African lion, was shot and killed in Zimbabwe by an American dentist on a hunting trip, global outrage erupted. Ever since, public discussion of the incident has centered on the ethics of big game hunting and conservation. The one discussion that is missing, is the matter of putting so much trust in local guides. In this case, the dentist, who is now being sought for extradition, says he relied on the expertise of his local guides to ensure his hunt was legal.

No matter where you stand on the Cecil shooting, I want to shift the conversation to a lesson we can learn about reliance on local guides and your personal responsibility when you are outside of U.S. borders. In the end, the responsibility IS yours.

I travel around the world fishing for some of the largest and most unusual species that I can find. I rely on local guides in the countries that I am visiting to get to the best locations with the best fishing opportunities.

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I do trust my guides because the skeptical journalist in me thoroughly researches them before I ever book a trip. In Ireland, some loughs require no license to fish, others do; In Scotland, it is illegal to fish in some places on Sunday; in Southeast Asia, it is illegal to fish for the giant Mekong catfish in the wild and in most countries there are very specific licenses and requirements that must be followed.

Blind trust can get you into a lot of trouble.

You have likely heard the stories of hikers taken captive because they accidentally crossed a border, or fines levied against anglers who did not know the local laws or did not have proper licenses. As trusting as we like to be, the truth is, there are many guides in many countries who will do just about anything for a buck…including posing as a guide when they are no more qualified than a random local off the street.

Here are several ways that I recommend digging a little deeper the next time you hire a guide to take you hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing or any other outdoor activity in a foreign country:

See more at: http://www.threewordpress.com/anietra-hamper-cecil-lion-shooting-lessons-about-trusting-local-guides/#sthash.TGxIIbtU.dpuf

Anietra Hamper has written other helpful posts, at The WON, in her column, Reeling the Globe.

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Women’s Day at Fairfield County Fish & Game Protective Association http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/womens-day-at-fairfield-county-fish-game-protective-association/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/womens-day-at-fairfield-county-fish-game-protective-association/#comments Sun, 16 Aug 2015 20:34:43 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22849 Fairfield County Fish & Game (Connecticut) is happy to announce that registration is open for our annual Women’s Day event that aims to help get ladies interested in the shooting sports.

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Fairfield County Fish & Game (Connecticut) is happy to announce that registration is open for our annual Women’s Day event that aims to help get ladies interested in the shooting sports!

Whether it be your mom, sister, aunt, cousin, daughter, niece, or friend, it’s a great opportunity for them to come out to try everything & anything while having a fun time together. We have qualified instructors at each venue for rifle, pistol, shotgun (trap, skeet & 5-Stand) and archery.

WD FLYER 2015 copy 2Everything needed for the day is provided: eye & ear protection, ammo for each venue, goodies from sponsors, and most importantly – food! Also, during the lunch break we have a $5 raffle to benefit a breast cancer center at a local hospital, last year we were able to raise over $500 thanks to the amazing participants! Any questions feel free to ask! Please don’t hesitate to register as this event fills up quickly. See you on the range!

Fairfield-co-womendayRegistration contact:

Josie Burzynski-Smith
josie.burzynski@gmail.com

Fairfield County Fish & Game

310 Hammertown Road

Monroe, CT 06468

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Publisher’s Review: August Issue of ‘The American Woman Shooter’ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/publishers-review-august-issue-of-the-american-woman-shooter/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/publishers-review-august-issue-of-the-american-woman-shooter/#comments Sun, 16 Aug 2015 19:33:16 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22846 Find out what this month's issue holds.

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Because we want to support our friends in the industry, we’re going to add a monthly review from the publisher of The American Woman Shooter, a magazine that really needs no explanation. Lucretia Free said this month’s issue features the following topics:

  • Meet American Woman Shooter Bobbi Jeen Olson: Shooter, actor, stunt and businesswoman extraordinaire
  • Straight Shootin’: Questions you are too embarrassed to ask, answered by our three person panel
  • Girls Can’t Do What? Meet teen shooter Cheyene Dalton
  • Personal Defense Tips for the Summer

When asked what she learned while putting together this issue, Lucretia said,

I have learned several things … but here are two. First, as a new shooter, I was in the dark about bows. I didn’t realize so many women who shoot also enjoy bows for recreation, hunting and competitive sport. I was thrilled to learn more from our bow hunter extraordinaire, Joella Bates. Secondly, I love our “Straight Shootin’” segment! In each issue, we ask a question or topic that women want to know more about, but often are embarrassed to ask. I learned common sense perspectives from 3 unique women regarding what to do with your gun when you use the ladies room. Perfect!

taws-covers-front-page-AddaVisit The American Woman Shooter online.

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Ashley Rae is Cover Girl for ‘Adventuress’ Magazine http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/ashley-rae-is-cover-girl-for-adventuress-magazine/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/ashley-rae-is-cover-girl-for-adventuress-magazine/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 21:38:57 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22844 Check out 'Adventuress' magazine and subscribe for free!

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Fishing aficionado Ashley Rae graces the Summer 2015 cover of Adventuress magazine, an online publication intended to inspire and inform the outdoor woman, and those women who love the country lifestyle. The digital magazine is fresh and clean, and chock full of information, cinluding “Topwater Bass,” “Scouting Velvet Bucks” and “Tips for Great Outdoor Photos.” It also features an article on stand up paddling, a very popular sport on these hot summer days.

The cover story highlights one of fishing’s most ardent anglers, Ashley Rae. Ashley  writes articles for Advenuturess, and also blogs at her own website, SheLovestoFish.com.

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(Adventuress cover photo)

In the process of being built, the website already offers lots of sage advice, supported by beautiful photography.

Check it out and subscribe for free.

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‘In the Wild Kitchen’s’ S’mores’ Pops = Decadence and Delight on a Summer Night http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/in-the-wild-kitchens-smores-pops-decadence-and-delight-on-a-summer-night/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/in-the-wild-kitchens-smores-pops-decadence-and-delight-on-a-summer-night/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 21:14:49 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22842 Easy peezy summertime sweetness in this rendition of s'mores.

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Leave it to Joyce, over at her wild kitchen, to come up with a WONderful summertime treat, based on the popular dessert of s’mores. We love the story Joyce tells of driving somewhere with her children, and concocting this recipe, too.

I thought what if someone doesn’t want the sticky sandwich style treat, what if we could make them more decadent?  I immediately messaged my girlfriend who was coming up the next day and asked for a favor, I needed cake pop sticks stat!

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Nurture Your Nature with ‘Women Outdoors’ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/nurture-your-nature-with-women-outdoors/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/nurture-your-nature-with-women-outdoors/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 12:53:24 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22840 Do you like biking, hiking and other soft adventure? Check out the mission of this nonprofit that supports women in the outdoors.

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Want to spend more time outdoors with like-minded women who like to hike, bike, kayak, etc.? Check out this non-profit organization, Women Outdoors, where its motto is “nurture your nature.”

Founded in 1980, Women Outdoors is a national, nonprofit, all-volunteer organization with more than 250 members.

Women Outdoors promotes leadership, friendship, adventure and enjoyment in the great outdoors. An all-volunteer organization, Women Outdoors sponsors several regional chapters, which organize activities for their members such as hiking, biking, kayaking and cross-country skiing.

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Fall Weekend Getaway

Join Women Outdoors for our Fall Weekend Getaway at Stump Sprouts! Located in the Berkshires in Hawley, MA, Stump Sprouts sits at the heart of beautiful hiking and biking trails through lush fall foliage (and miles of incredible cross-country skiing in the winter). Six delicious vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals (Friday dinner through Sunday lunch) are included in the cost of the weekend. No charge for laughter and fun!

Attendees may bike, hike, zip-line and explore.

Learn more about this weekend getaway.

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Ask Writing Huntress: On wearing pink camo http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/ask-writing-huntress-wearing-pink-camo/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/ask-writing-huntress-wearing-pink-camo/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 11:00:57 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=18353 In this Retro WON post, The Writing Huntress takes on the topic of pink on camo and why it doesn't work for her.

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in this Retro WON column, the Writing Huntress expounds upon the wearing of pink on gear.

Dear Writing Huntress,

I am going to start hunting this year. I’m excited about hunting, but I am a little nervous because I’ve already had some issues with the color pink on my gear. I went to a small, local store to buy my camo and the only women’s clothing I could find had pink tags and zippers, and some items were totally covered in pink. I already own a pink camo hat that the guys make fun of me for having, so I don’t know what to do about getting gear for season. What’s the deal with pink? Is it OK to wear while hunting? What animals can see it? Do you wear it?

 

Sincerely,
Pretty in Pink in Portland

 

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Dear Pretty in Pink,

Allow me to start off this column by wishing you the best this season. I hope the memories you amass will equal the joy you gain by filling your freezer. Your question is a common, if not controversial one, in the huntress realm.

Let me preface this column by answering your last question: I prefer not to wear pink. I’ve never been a fan of the color, as I’ve always been a tomboy. It has always baffled me why female gear is littered with pink, while male gear isn’t covered with blue tags, piping or details. Also, I’ve found it’s easier to hunt sans pink, given the wide array of hunting I do. Years ago, when I began hunting, the only women’s gear I could find came covered in the hue, so I generally sought out wares from the children’s section. Today, companies are beginning to cater to both pink- and non-pink-choices for huntresses, in response to the recent rise of female participation in hunting.

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Do keep in mind that the function of camouflage is to break up the silhouette of the human form. Therefore, you should be fine sporting any color, as long as your camo pattern makes you appear more like a tree, bush or brush. This is especially true when you’re deer, elk or moose hunting, because those animals cannot see color, but can easily discern shapes and movement. However, there are a few animals that make wearing pink difficult, namely ducks, geese and turkeys. These birds and their keen eyesight will see you coming a mile away if you’re not properly concealed. If you choose to wear pink while hunting these feathered creatures, be sure to invest in some type of blind. Or, opt for non-pink camo, such as Próis Hunting & Field Apparel for Women.

However, your pink preference may still come under scrutiny, even if you hunt from a blind, as you’ve already experienced. No hunter, male or female, is impervious to some sort of color discrimination, especially when it comes from older hunters. Two years ago, I went duck hunting with my regular group. I knew I had to stay warm so I threw on a pair of my husband’s black Carhartt bibs. It didn’t take long after my arrival for the jibes to begin flying. When I went to greet the eldest of the group, he barked, “Are we hunting Canadas? Didn’t you know we don’t wear black EVER while hunting mallards?”

 

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The reason I bring up that story is because hunting buddies always have, and always will find something to hassle you about. A wise hunter once told me, “If I’m not laughing or making jokes, I don’t like you.” This simple platitude taught me hunting is fun and filled with opportunities to get a chuckle, even if it is at my expense. Learning to hunt, making mistakes, and yes, even wearing pink, are reasons for older or more seasoned hunters to initiate younger hunters into the clan with a few laughs. Remember, don’t take these forms of mild initiation to heart; the wizened members of your hunting community were once newbies, too!

However, if your hunting friends are being outright mean, ask them to stop or go ahead, and show them that color doesn’t mean anything. I once hunted with a guy who loudly claimed I couldn’t carry decoys through knee-deep sludge. In response, I proceeded to carry every single goose from the boat. After the hunt, I retrieved the entire spread, brought it to the boat and volunteered to push the vessel a quarter mile back to open water. Allow your hunting safety, work ethic and positive attitude to speak louder than the hue you decide to wear, because once your buddies see you take hunting seriously, they won’t have anything to say about the color you don.

 

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Pretty in Pink, there should be no reason for you not to wear whatever color you chose, especially if you are considering the practicalities of wearing pink (or any other color) afield while hunting animals that can see the hue. Just remember to hunt with confidence and enjoy the experience, even if you have to laugh a little at yourself.

 

Happy Hunting,

WH

 

This post was originally published on April 9, 2014.

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7 Things that Will Help You in Youth Hunter Education Challenge http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/7-tips-hunting-competition/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/7-tips-hunting-competition/#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2015 21:18:55 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22812 Lea Leggitt is fresh off an international hunting event, the NRA's Youth Hunter Education Challenge. She lists 7 tips to help you improve yourself if you're competing in YHEC.

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A report from the International Youth Hunter Education Challenge, held at The Whittington Center in New Mexico, from Lea Leggit, The WON’s intern, where she lists 7 things that will help you to compete. The 30th Annual International Youth Hunter Education Challenge is in the books and I’d say it was a success. This was my third year competing and it was one of my favorite years.

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Youth competing at the shotgunning event. (Mia Anstine photo)

Why? There were fewer shooters than years in the past, and not only were participant numbers low but also, overall scores were lower. All 8 events provided a challenge but were a lot of fun. On the up side, it was good news to hear 18% of the participants in last year’s International YHEC were girls. This is a pretty good number and everyone is hopefully going up from there. In case you didn’t know, YHEC is a hunting competition for kids. Participants compete archery, shotgun, muzzleloader, .22, hunter responsibility, hunter safety trail, orienteering and wildlife identification. There is a possible score of 300 at each station. Entrants may enter to compete as teams, of 5 shooters, or as individuals. They will be given awards based on scores as individuals and team scores.

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Lea does well with her Beretta shotgun. (Mia Anstine photo)

There were 16 states present, including Florida and even New York. The week started out beautiful with cool mornings and afternoon showers. All shooters had 4 days to complete all 8 events and most teams finished with a day to spare. This year I competed as an individual from Colorado. In some events I did some good things and others I struggled with getting the score I needed. Although I made a lot of new friends from across the country, I missed having the support and camaraderie of my team. I’m hoping the team will come with me, next year, to the International event.

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Lea draws on her target. (Mia Anstine photo)

Every year I learn something new just from the experience and the challenge of the program. Here are 7 things that helped me.

  • For Archery — in the competition take your time and don’t second-guess your distance estimate.
  • In the shotgun event, as a shooter, you should always double check your choke to make sure you’re using the correct one. Also, make yourself comfortable before shooting.
  • Muzzleloader is a challenge on its own, to be sufficient in this event you want to make sure you have a routine so you never miss a step.
  • In Rifle or .22, just like archery, you want to take and manage your time on each shot. Don’t rush and don’t second guess the distance.
  • In the other 4events; Hunter Responsibility, Hunter Safety Trail, Orienteering and Wildlife ID, the major tip is to study. You’re given books for this. Use them, and never second-guess your answer.
  • Approach every event with the utmost confidence. This will help not only your attitude, but also the quality of scores you get in your events.
  • Lastly, ALWAYS remember you’re there to have fun.
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Checking to see the dinner plate area on a target. (Mia Anstine photo)

For information on how to get involved in the YHEC program, to find teams around you, or even create your own team you can go to http://international-yhec.nra.org/. Competing in YHEC is a great experience for kids of all ages. It’s perfect for learning safety, outdoor skills, shooting skills, making friends and not to mention it is a great way to prepare for hunting season.

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An Open Letter to Under Armour Regarding Pink on Camo http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/an-open-letter-to-under-armour-concerning-pink-on-camo/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/an-open-letter-to-under-armour-concerning-pink-on-camo/#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2015 20:51:45 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22826 Why is Babbs writing to Under Armour? Find out.

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Dear Makers of Under Armour,

I am a hunter. Thank you, by the way, for making hunting clothes for women. I love to wear your product. I’ve tried many other brands, and believe me, yours works for me. I love the way your product moves, wicks away moisture and keeps its shape – wash after wash.

V5-1247079-946_HTFThe only problem is … the pink on your camo.

And, it’s not because it’s a pink thing and I hate pink. It’s because by adding pink accents to your otherwise all camo apparel, you cut out the ability for me to wear your camo while turkey hunting. This effectively removes a season of wear and I have to buy other camo, or alter yours. And, by the way, I don’t see any light blue on your men’s hunting camo.

Turkeys can see color. In fact according to Scientific American, a turkey retina  has 7 different photoreceptors, as compared to a human retina’s 4 photoreceptors. That’s not all: “The retinas of turkeys have seven different types of photoreceptors including 1 rod and 6 different types of cones, 2 of which are actually ‘double cones.’ Human retinas have only 4 different types of photoreceptors consisting of 1 rod and 3 single cones.” So there. See the problem? They will be able to see that little pink zipper or touch of an accent — mainly because it just doesn’t blend in with our surroundings, unless we’re sitting in a patch of gardenias or something.

V5-1247095-946_HTFIn order for me to turkey hunt comfortably in your camo, I will either have to blacken out the UA and other accents with a permanent sharpie in black, or take my UA camo to my favorite alterations lady and ask her to replace the zippers with green or brown or black zippers.

1238981-946_FPlease will you offer your camo, as I see you are doing with a few pieces of apparel, with no pink accents at all? Go ahead, and offer the pink for women who want it, but for those of us who want to wear our UA during turkey season, too, please will you consider losing the pink?

V5-1247080-946_FCROPThank you,

Barbara Baird

Publisher, Women’s Outdoor News

Freelance writer for gun and outdoor publications

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Minnesota Becoming an Outdoors Woman Fall Workshop to Be Held at Gunflint Lodge in Grand Marais http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/minnesota-becoming-an-outdoors-woman-fall-workshop-to-be-held-at-gunflint-lodge-in-grand-marais/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/minnesota-becoming-an-outdoors-woman-fall-workshop-to-be-held-at-gunflint-lodge-in-grand-marais/#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2015 16:14:48 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22823 Register now for this eclectic set of outdoor skills workshops, held at one of Minnesota's most beautiful fall sites.

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Join like-minded outdoor enthusiasts at this year’s Becoming an Outdoors Woman Fall Workshop, from Sept. 11 to 13, at Gunflint Lodge in Grand Marais, Minn. Classes include the following:

  • Unique to Gunflint! Towering Pines Canopy Tour (Zip line)
  • Horseback Riding— Friendly Jaunt
  • Pontoon Fishing
  • Animals & Plants of the North Woods
  • Sewing with Fur
  • Make a Turkey Call
  • Intro to Muzzleloader Firearms
  • Diamond Willow Walking Stick
  • Fall Outdoor Survival
  • And more!

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Learn more about the Minnesota BOW Fall Workshop.

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OffBeat: 4 Ways to Evaluate Your Child’s College Campus for Safety http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/offbeat-4-ways-to-evaluate-your-childs-college-campus-for-safety/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/offbeat-4-ways-to-evaluate-your-childs-college-campus-for-safety/#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2015 15:41:54 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22817 Sara Ahrens checked on her daughter's college campus for its safety, and lists 4 ways you can evaluate and take action for your own peace of mind, as well as alerting your child to potential dangers. Sponsored by Crossbreed Holsters.

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A month ago I received a text alert from my daughter’s college campus about a murder. I was unable to sleep and was overwhelmed with stress … even though my daughter was at home safe and sound for the summer. It turned out that the murder was unrelated to the campus population, but that incident really concerned me. For the parents of college students, this time of year can be very unnerving as we send our children off to, or back to, college.

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I thought I had adequately evaluated the safety of every campus my daughter visited before she chose her school. Although I am confident that she is in a safe environment, there were a couple of areas that I did not investigate and later discovered, which caused concern. It’s important to recognize potential safety threats so that our children can choose the best campus, or just so that they are aware.  Here are 4 areas to evaluate at your child’s college to ensure his or her safety.

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#1 – Does the campus have a police department or security?

I’m going to be honest, I feel more comfortable with full-fledged police officers than security. In my experience, police officers are better trained and screened than security officers. If a school has security officers, find out if they are armed. Personally, I would have real concerns about sending my children to a school that cannot defend them against lethal threats. I would also find out how many officers or security guards work and their hours. Is there security 24/day, 365 days/year … or do they go home at 2 o’clock in the morning and leave over the holidays?

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(Sara Ahrens photo)

#2 – What types of crimes have been reported?

My guess is that asking the police chief or head of security what types of crime they encounter will yield answers such as “under-age drinking, disorderly conduct and theft.” The real concerns, however, should be any crimes against persons (rape, battery, homicide). At my daughter’s school, I found an online log of every police call for several years. The log provided a short narrative of the incident and suspect information. When I initially looked through the campus calls for service, I saw no red flags. Then I saw the word “assault” several times. This term is misleading and generic, so when I read the description of the incident, I discovered that there were 3 cases of “assault,” which appeared to me to be sexual assault, in the year prior. The reports did not say “sexual assault” or “sexual abuse,” as I am accustomed to seeing. Each case was closed administratively, meaning it was not solved. Although I am uncomfortable with these cases remaining unsolved, the information allowed me to have a conversation with my daughter and warn her. I told her the locations these crimes occurred and gave her the suspect’s description and I reminded her not to walk alone.

#3 – What types of security measures are in place?

There are many measures that campuses can and should implement to ensure your child’s safety. These include text/email alerts, building security, lighting and the availability of emergency telephones. Some campuses have elaborate camera systems and have officers assigned to monitor those cameras.

All schools should have a notification system for students and parents. This can be email or text alerts for incidents such as active shooters, natural disasters and inclement weather/school closures. Keep your contact information up to date so that notification can be made and your child can avoid unnecessary danger.

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a concept that discusses how to reduce crime through specific environmental design measures. Some suggestions include making sure that trees, shrubs and dumpsters do not provide a hiding place for violent offenders, ensuring that buildings are locked, and that building entrances, walking paths, and parking lots are well-lit. Make sure that your child’s campus is environmentally designed to ensure safety. If you see something that could pose a safety issue, report it.

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#4 – What surrounds the campus?

One area I failed to fully investigate was the area surrounding my daughter’s campus. My daughter chose a school with a campus in the country. It wasn’t until we registered for her classes that my son pointed out a map of the surrounding area. Indeed, her campus was set in a forest-preserve-type atmosphere, but just beyond the tree line I discovered there was a prison and a drug rehabilitation center! I was not happy to find this out when I did, but I was relieved to have discovered it in time to warn my daughter. Before school started, we had a serious review about personal safety, mindset and trusting your instincts.

It is not too late to evaluate the security measures at your child’s college. As you move your child onto campus this fall, take note of the aforementioned areas. Make sure your children are aware of any dangers that lurk on, or beyond, their campus.

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Women’s Outdoor News Podcast #12: Bodie Goes to the Birds http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/womens-outdoor-news-podcast-12-bodie-goes-to-the-birds/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/womens-outdoor-news-podcast-12-bodie-goes-to-the-birds/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 03:58:57 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22814 Congrats to Michelle Bodenheimer, aka Bodie, who landed a job with the National Wild Turkey Federation. Hear more about it and also, find out what's happening in shooting, hunting, fishing and adventure for women by women. Sponsored by The Well Armed Woman.

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Join Barbara Baird and Stacy Bright for The WON’s podcast #12, where Barbara talks to Michelle Bodenheimer about her new job with the NWTF, and Stacy gets another tip from The Well Armed Woman, Carrie Lightfoot. The two ladies discuss stories about shooting, hunting, fishing and adventure for women.

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Interview: Barb talks to Michelle Bodenheimer about her recent job as NWTF Regional Director for Washington and Oregon

  • Barb tells about her recent Wyoming trip where she went prairie dog hunting

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Elizabeth Bender with a delicious blackfin tuna she caught off Dania Beach, Florida. Photo courtesy of Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!

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  • Chicks with Picks — for women who want to learn to rock and ice climb, and women’s ski programs (coming soon)! Visit their website: http://www.chickswithpicks.netcbh_won_giveaway_2 copy

Special thanks to Adley Stump for graciously allowing us to play “Like This,” on our podcast. See more from Adley on her website:http://www.adleystump.com

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Kayaks Down: 9 Safety Tips You Must Know if You Kayak http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/kayaks-down-9-safety-tips-you-must-know-if-you-kayak/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/kayaks-down-9-safety-tips-you-must-know-if-you-kayak/#comments Thu, 06 Aug 2015 21:31:11 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22802 Michelle Cerino offers tips for safe kayaking, after finding out the hard way why these will work! Sponsored by Galco Gunleather.

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I read tons of books about having a survival mindset. An unexpected storm turned a recent family kayaking trip off the coast of Virginia into a life-or-death situation, emphasizing the importance of a survival state of mind. Without the proper safety equipment, planning and mindset, this crisis might not have had a happy ending. Here are some steps to take to avoid disaster.

All photos by Michelle Cerino.

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1. Know what you’re getting into. Read guide books, research tips online, watch videos, check with outfitters and talk to others that have experience on the water. Learn how to re-enter your boat and how to assist others back into theirs before you head out. Luckily for me, my husband, Chris, and boys had experience canoeing and whitewater rafting through Boy Scouts.

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The Cerino family, ready to roll out in their kayaks.

2. Have a float plan. Let someone who’ll be remaining on shore know the route you’ll be taking. Even though we had a float plan, our guide checked in with the people on shore periodically. They knew our last stopping point, and where we were heading next.

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Shallow marshes may give a false sense of security.

3. Wear your life jacket. If you’re purchasing one, buy the personal floatation device (PFD) specifically designed for the paddling sports. Regardless of how shallow or calm the water is, put it on! Our trip started out in marshes only 2 feet deep. A storm took us out to 60-foot-deep water with rain, 45-mph winds and 4- to 5- foot waves.

4. Carry a whistle or another sound signal device. Have a way to let other paddlers know when you are in distress. I suggest attaching it to your PFD for easy access. Although my husband had a whistle on his life vest, I happened to turn around to see him and my son in the water with an overturned kayak. When I capsized, I would not have been able to get to a whistle if it hadn’t been attached to my PDF. Struggling to hang on to the kayak is about all that can be done.

kayaks5. Bring a tow rope. Thankfully our guide had one in her kayak. Chris tied two of the kayaks together so we wouldn’t get separated. It also made it easier to hold onto that rope while swimming, rather than the side of the kayak.

6. Buy a Lifeproof case for your phone. My phone was tucked inside the top strap of my bathing suit to take photos of the trip. After trying to swim to shore for more than 1.5 hours in the storm and saltwater waves, I wasn’t sure the phone still worked. Since our guide had already called 911 from her phone that was in a dry box, I used mine to call my mom and dad. I know, it sounds crazy, but that was the first thing I did. And I’m happy to say, the phone suffered no water damage.

stormy-weather7. Watch for weather and water changes. Keep an eye on the sky. If a storm seems to be approaching, seek shelter. DO NOT try to beat a storm—they always seem to win. Also, know which way the tide is going. High winds and waves can make this very deceiving. Although waves were crashing toward shore, the tide was actually pulling us the opposite way, out to the Atlantic.

8. Wear bright clothing—preferably white, bright orange or yellow. It was extremely hard to see everyone in the waves. Bright colors would have helped a spotter if we’d needed a water rescue.

kayakcerino9. The body won’t go where the mind’s never been. Anticipate how you will react in a disastrous situation. Play it through in your mind before you head out into the water. Know how to perform combat breathing. And most of all, don’t give up!

Happily, we all made it to an island. We were exhausted and thirsty after swallowing so much salt water. We had some water bottles and food in a dry bag so we relaxed and waited. After the storm passed, we were rescued by a police boat.

Will I go kayaking again? Sure. I’ll just make sure that I always bring along my two Eagle Scout sons, and their leader.

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‘Camo is the New Black’ Revisits the Debate on Pink Camo http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/camo-is-the-new-black-revisits-a-debate-on-pink-camo/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/camo-is-the-new-black-revisits-a-debate-on-pink-camo/#comments Thu, 06 Aug 2015 12:18:10 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22796 What do you think about pink camo? Should it be taken seriously? Is there a place for it afield?

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Seems we go ’round and ’round on this topic. Is pink camo to be taken seriously? Our friends over at “Camo is the New Black” are bringing up the sore subject yet again, for your opinion.

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Given this is a blog devoted to sportswomen who hunt and fish, it’s time we talk camo… pink camo. The debate around pink camo is real.  I go back and forth about what pink camo really means to me and how it reflects on our community.

Like many of you, I’m a girl who like manis and pedis and even occasionally chooses to wear hot pink.  But in general, pink camo really turns me off.  Why?  To me pink camo says the industry doesn’t take women seriously who choose to get outdoors.  Pink camo is simply not practical.  The whole point of camo is to blend in so that you remain hidden from your target, right?!  How are you supposed to have a successful hunt when you’re alerting the pray wearing pink?

Join in the debate at “Camo is the New Black.”

In the meantime, we think some pink camo is fun. Check out this jacket from Girls with Guns Clothing.

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This cute hoodie can be found at Girls with Guns Clothing.

Check out this hoodie at Girls with Guns Clothing, on sale for $69.99.

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Syren USA Photo Feature Quiz: Shotgun Safety Afield and on the Range http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/syren-usa-photo-feature-quiz-shotgun-safety-afield-and-on-the-range/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/syren-usa-photo-feature-quiz-shotgun-safety-afield-and-on-the-range/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 20:32:09 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22784 Take this quick quiz to see if you know how to handle a shotgun safely.

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A quiz that features the beautiful line of Syren USA shotguns, and how to carry them safely when afield or at the range.

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This safety post is sponsored by Syren USA.

Idyllic. That is how I remember the setting on that late June day in northwestern Virginia. I met Anne Mauro, vice president at Syren USA, on a beautiful sporting clays range and we shot the entire lineup of Syren shotguns for women. Anne also gave me several pointers on how to shoot better, and believe me, she is a great instructor. Anne is the head coach for the University of Maryland trap and skeet team, and also a world-renowned competition clay shooter. We had the entire range to ourselves, as it was a weekday, on the Shenandale Gun Club in Swoope, Va.

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During the course of shooting the various shotguns, designed especially for women’s sporting and field shotgun needs, we discussed shotgun etiquette, which equates to field and range safety. Anne and I thought it would be interesting to ask you to identify the problems with the following gun photos. Please check for the answers at the end of this post. Photos courtesy of Jason Baird.

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1. Which shooter is carrying her gun correctly? Barb (L) or Anne (R)?

 

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2. Someone’s gun is being held wrong. Anne (L) or Barb (R)?

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3. In this photo, Anne is holding the XLR5 Waterfowler and Barb is holding the XLR5 Velocity. What’s wrong with this picture?

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4. As the women go the next station, one is holding her gun incorrectly for walking anywhere — range or field. Anne (L) or Barb (R)?

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5. Of course, the women are holding their guns down and away from their bodies and each other, but what’s wrong with this photo?

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6. Is there anything wrong about this photo, as the women return to the gun rack? Yes or No?

 Answers to quiz:

1. Anne is holding the gun correctly. After all, no one likes to have a barrel point at her.

2. Anne is now exhibiting how to incorrectly hold a shotgun. No one can tell whether the action is open or closed.

3. Anne’s gun is open and showing clear. Barb’s gun is not.

4. Barb — Look at the potential to swing the barrel and hurt someone.

5.  Closed actions — always lock back the action on a semi-auto shotgun when racking it or transferring it.

6. Yes. Barb should have her over-and-under open, too, just like Anne’s gun! Always open your over-and-under shotgun to show that it’s unloaded.

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Performance Center® by Smith & Wesson® Introduces New TALO Exclusive Model 642 J-Frame Revolver http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/22782/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/22782/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 16:56:02 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22782 You can bet our Babbs likes this announcement. What a great carry gun for a lady!

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (August 3, 2015) — The Smith & Wesson Model 642 Airweight®, one of the company’s most popular self-defense revolvers, is now available in a special edition offered exclusively through the Performance Center and TALO Distributors Inc. Manufactured by the skilled hands of Smith & Wesson master gunsmiths, the new TALO exclusive J-Frame revolver offers an easy-to-carry personal protection package with enhanced features available only through the legendary Performance Center. Chambered for five rounds of .38 S&W Special +P, the Model 642 is an ideal personal protection handgun with its lightweight aluminum alloy frame and durable stainless steel cylinder. The hammerless J-Frame model has been elevated by the Performance Center with a hand-tuned action that gives the revolver its renowned smooth double-action trigger pull. Additional Performance Center upgrades include a chrome-plated, polished trigger and high bright, polished cylinder flutes, side plate screws and thumbpiece. d0f66402-af67-4711-a541-ad88bf16b323 The Model 642 is easily concealed with its 1.875-inch barrel design that contributes to an overall length of 6.31 inches. With an unloaded weight of 15 ounces, the revolver fits comfortably in the hand and is fitted with a set of custom, synthetic grips with wood inserts. These functional yet stylish grips bring an added degree of sophistication to this classic revolver. The Model 642 is standard with an integral front sight and a fixed rear sight for added durability. The double action only revolver also features a matte silver, two-tone finish and is standard with the Smith & Wesson lifetime service policy.

For more information on the new TALO Exclusive Performance Center Model 642 revolver, please visit www.smith-wesson.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 firearm division brands include Smith & Wesson®, M&P®, and Thompson/Center Arms™. As an industry leading manufacturer of shooting, reloading, gunsmithing and gun cleaning supplies, the company’s accessories division produces innovative, top quality products under Battenfeld Technologies, Inc., including Caldwell® Shooting Supplies, Wheeler® Engineering, Tipton® Gun Cleaning Supplies, Frankford Arsenal® Reloading Tools, Lockdown® Vault Accessories, and Hooyman™ Premium Tree Saws. 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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Vera Koo: How Windsurfing Kick-Started My Quest to Learn Other Sports http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/vera-koo-how-windsurfing-kick-started-my-quest-to-learn-other-sports/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/vera-koo-how-windsurfing-kick-started-my-quest-to-learn-other-sports/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 15:29:13 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22771 Want to be inspired today? Find out why Vera Koo credits her struggle to learn to windsurf to her success in shooting -- and all other sport challenges between the two.

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Before I met my husband, Carlos, I had no background in sports. I did not even take physical education classes in school.

Carlos and I met before I turned 18 years old, and we married in 1969. One of my marriage philosophies is that anything my husband likes to do, I should learn it, because if my husband is interested in something, he will give me the time and support to learn that activity. And I try to never miss an opportunity to learn something.

Carlos has had an interest in various sports, so over the years, I have learned camping, equestrian skills, windsurfing, water skiing and snow skiing, among other activities.

Although I did not know it at the time, these sports helped prepare me for years later when I became involved in competitive shooting.

Take windsurfing, for example. What a challenging learning experience that was.

verakoo-windsurfingI first started windsurfing in 1980 when Carlos and I were living in Singapore. I did not particularly enjoy being in water. I am petite, and at that point in my life I was not a hardcore athlete, so trying to command the humongous sail while standing on the far edge of the board felt like pulling a 60-pound weight.

During my first windsurfing class, my hands started bleeding, and I developed large bruises from my legs slamming against the board. I had no idea how to stabilize myself. Standing on the board felt like I was trying to balance myself on an oversized bar of soap. After lunch that day, I taped up my hands and resumed practicing.

The instructor told me I had to be committed to 2 weeks of practice to see some improvement. So every day for 2 weeks, I went to a lagoon and practiced on a rented board. My husband and the instructor watched as I struggled to learn the skills that were taught in class. After 2 weeks, I was a pathetic case.

My instructor then told me I might need 4 weeks to see some positive results, so I kept practicing. When I did not have a good handle on the skills after 4 weeks, the instructor suggested it might take another month. After 2 months, I still did not have the skills mastered.

verakoo-waterskisIt was 4 months before I mastered the basics of the class — 4 months of practicing every day in the lagoon. I ultimately graduated from practicing in the lagoon to windsurfing in the ocean. Twice, the coast guard had to rescue me when a storm came to shore.

Yet, 18 months after that first class, I was a skilled windsurfer. I remember one man even tested me, sailing across my wind and blocking it from me. Usually you will fall when you have no wind, but I am very light, and I learned that if I put my body really close to the mast and do not move, I could maintain my balance until I regained the wind to resume sailing.

After Carlos and I moved to California, my young children liked to brag to onlookers that I was a professional windsurfer. Of course, I was not, but I had come a long way from that first class.

Windsurfing was such a difficult sport for me that, after mastering it, I felt I could learn anything. That was the hardest activity I had learned at that point in my life, and it gave me confidence. Windsurfing also showed me what can be attained through dedicated practice.

vera-koo=skiLearning how to snow ski also took plenty of persistence, and it gave me experience in competing in a sport in adverse weather conditions. I liked skiing in snowstorms, because that is when you get fresh powder. I would aim to be among the first dozen people on the slope the day after a snowstorm, so I could practice on the fresh powder. Dealing with the weather in skiing prepared me for practicing in the rain throughout my shooting career. I wanted to be prepared to compete in the rain, so I practiced in pouring rain.

Learning equestrian showed me the need to overcome fears. I was always afraid of the black horses. My instructor found out, and so she made me ride a very tall black horse. I had to face my fear. That is what equestrian does. If you fall off your horse during a jump, you have to get up, get back on the horse and do the jump again. Otherwise, fear will set in. (Only once did I not get back on the horse after a fall. It was a bad fall, and it turned out I had suffered a spinal fracture, so it is a good thing my husband encouraged me to see a doctor rather than getting back on the horse.)

Carlos and I also spent many years camping. On camping trips, we would hike carrying 35-pound bags. That tested my strength and fitness, challenges I also have to meet in shooting.

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What’s next for Vera Koo? Find out here, at The WON!

While camping, we would sleep in the open air or in tents. It was not uncommon to wake up in the morning and find you were surrounded by ants. Camping can be a hot and grimy activity, much like shooting. I have showered after shooting competitions and watched as a layer of brown dust flowed off my body. If you cannot deal with heat, humidity and dirt, you cannot be a competitive shooter. You have to maintain your mental focus despite those conditions.

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When I met my husband, I probably seemed very fragile and not athletic. Throughout our years of being together, he exposed me to sports that, without either of us knowing it at the time, taught me lessons that have helped greatly during my years of competitive shooting.

That is why when a friend tells me her husband is interested in a sport, I encourage the wife to take an interest in that sport, too. If your husband likes boating, learn as much as you can about boating, even if it does not seem interesting. For one, it will offer a chance to learn an activity while spending time with your husband. Also, it might teach you lessons that will prove invaluable later in life.

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Get a QDMA Rack Pack Membership for a Youth — Only $15 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/22769/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/22769/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 19:25:40 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22769 It's a great deal -- a youth membership at Quality Deer Management Association. Find out why.

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The Rack Pack program prides itself on using engaging and creative methods to get kids involved in the outdoors and hunting. Our goal is to reach out to the young people by focusing on white-tailed deer hunting, conservation and preservation of our resources as well as the endless activities provided by the great outdoors.
 

rack packAnnual Rack Pack Membership - $15 (ages 17 & under)

Includes: – Rack Pack Grunt Call – QDMA’s Aging & Scoring Bucks on the Hoof DVD – Decals – Coupons to QDMA’s store The Shed – Personalized member card – Full access to the Rack Pack website

- Free admittance to field days – Quarterly Rack Pack Post newsletter

Rack Pack Pro Membership – $30 (ages 13-17)

In addition to receiving all the benefits of a Rack Pack member listed above, the Rack Pack Pro membership option includes a one-year subscription to Quality Whitetails magazine - that’s six issues of whitetail information to get you on the fast-track to being a top whitetail hunter and manager!

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Marti Davis Launches New Website http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/marti-davis-launches-new-website/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/marti-davis-launches-new-website/#comments Sun, 02 Aug 2015 20:45:34 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22756 Congrats to Marti Davis, and be sure to check out her new, informative website.

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‘Marti Davis Afield’ Offers Hunting and Fishing Tips and Techniques

Willard, MO – August 3, 2015 – Marti Davis is a conservationist who hunts and fishes. Through her new website, “Marti Davis Afield,” she will offer hunting tips and techniques for new, as well as seasoned, hunters. An avid angler, Davis has been fishing alongside her husband, Jimmy Davis, in tournaments throughout southwest Missouri this season.

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Davis, who pens a column for “Women’s Outdoor News,” will include topics from her popular posts – including turkey gear that works, 7 things you must do when hunting with a gun and how to buy a gun at an auction. As a certified NRA instructor in pistol and shotgun, Davis also gives tips on shooting.

The new website contains Davis’s beautiful outdoor photography, along with videos and links to her partners. Davis is sponsored by Winchester, Mossy Oak, Moultrie Outdoors, L.L. Bean and WoolX. Her byline has appeared at The Women’s Outdoor News, The Daily Caller’s Guns and Gear, Respoolin’, 7/24 Outdoors and Women Hunters.

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“With this new website, I want to inspire others to go afield and enjoy our wonderful outdoors. Introduce a family member or friend to the outdoors and share our passion.”

Follow Davis at her social media outlets on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Learn more about Marti Davis Afield.

 

Contact: Marti Davis

Email: martidavis72@gmail.com

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Wanna Win WON? Crossbreed Giving Away 4 Women’s Appendix Holsters in August http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/wanna-win-won-crossbreed-giving-away-4-womens-appendix-holsters-in-august/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/wanna-win-won-crossbreed-giving-away-4-womens-appendix-holsters-in-august/#comments Sun, 02 Aug 2015 20:20:22 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22762 You can enter again and again to win one of 4 holsters that Crossbreed is giving away this month -- made especially to fit a woman's curves.

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Crossbreed Holsters wants to give away 4 brand, spanking new appendix holsters this August. Crossbreed listened not only to its female CEO, Carol Craighead, but also to its women customers and employees on what they expect out of an appendix holster.

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The WON’s Stacy Bright models her new Crossbreed appendix style holster, which she loves. (Katelyn Bright photo)

With softened and smoothed corners, this holster has been designed with a woman’s curves in mind. It can be worn on the front of the body, specifically, because it is not canted. This holster is designed for a small firearm, and can be worn in the standard appendix or cross-draw style.

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At the end of August, we will choose 4 lucky winners randomly, who will each receive a holster of choice.

The holsters come with a Lifetime Warranty and retails between $59.50 and $69.50, depending on the choice of leather — hand dyed cowhide black, premium cowhide and horsehide. The giveaway ends at 5 p.m. CT, on Mon., Aug. 31. Four winners will be chosen randomly and notified. The winner has 14 days, upon notification, to accept the holster delivery.

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Register Now for Girly and A Gun’s 2nd Annual Breasts and Vests Shoot http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/register-now-for-girly-and-a-guns-2nd-annual-breasts-and-vests-shoot/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/08/register-now-for-girly-and-a-guns-2nd-annual-breasts-and-vests-shoot/#comments Sat, 01 Aug 2015 22:48:15 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22759 It's time to register for this fundraiser, set in Pennsylvania.

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It’s time to register for this fundraiser, set in Pennsylvania. For men and women, this sporting clays tournament raises money for breast cancer awareness and for Hounds on Working Leashes (H.O.W.L.).
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WHO: Girly and A Gun’s 2nd Annual Breasts and Vests shoot
 WHAT: Shoot to support breast cancer awareness of the Lehigh Valley, and H.O.W.L. Hounds on working leashes. A 501 (3) C non profit, that outfits working dogs with stab vests, ballistic vests, food,     and grooming supplies
WHEN: Oct 3rd 2015
WHERE: Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays in Coplay, PA.

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Women’s Outdoor News Podcast #11: Taylor Drury http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/womens-outdoor-news-podcast-11-taylor-drury/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/womens-outdoor-news-podcast-11-taylor-drury/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 02:49:55 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22751 Where Babbs talked to Taylor Drury about the concept behind "Drury's Thirteen," along with other news, reviews and stories about women outdoors. Sponsored by The Well Armed Woman.

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In this week’s episode, Barbara Baird and Stacy Bright discuss what’s been happening in the world of hunting, shooting, fishing and adventure. Barbara interviews Taylor Drury, star of “Drury’s Thirteen” on Outdoor Channel, and Stacy talks to Carrie Lightfoot for another tip from The Well Armed Woman.

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This podcast is sponsored by The Well Armed Woman.

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The Well Armed Woman Weekly Tip - Founder Carrie Lightfoot: Competitive Shooting

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  • Barbara talks about going to Wyoming to shoot some prairie dogs and hunt coyotes

Interview: Taylor Drury of Outdoor Channel’s “Drury”s Thirteen.”

Ask Us: Dear Ladies, I’d love for my wife to go outside more with me, but what should I invite her to do? That’s from Gary in Kansas.

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Special thanks to Adley Stump for graciously allowing us to play “Like This,” on our podcast.  See more from Adley on her website: http://www.adleystump.com

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Remington Outdoor Women Series: Meet Chloe Lester, Gunsite Academy Graduate http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/remington-outdoor-women-series-meet-chloe-lester-gunsite-academy-graduate/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/remington-outdoor-women-series-meet-chloe-lester-gunsite-academy-graduate/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:37:42 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22745 Chloe Lester recently attended a youth firearms course at Gunsite Academy. Find out what she learned and how it changed her life. Sponsored by Remington Outdoor Company.

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Meet Chloe Lester, an 18-year old athlete who recently learned important skills for handgun shooting, courtesy of Remington Outdoor Company, while a student at a special course at Gunsite Academy.

“Don’t hurt my finger!”

Gary Smith, one of my instructors at Gunsite Academy, reiterated that command to me all week long.

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I thoroughly enjoyed pulling the trigger way too fast, so therefore, he put his finger near my trigger finger so I had to do it slowly. Falling in love with shooting was never in the plan, but thanks to my week at Gunsite Academy, I don’t think I ever will out of love with it.

 

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Arriving at Gunsite that Monday morning as one of the newbies, I felt overwhelmed with information that was way over my head. “All guns are always loaded”  is one of the 4 rules now forever engraved in my brain.

I walked in that hot Monday morning, knowing barely anything about guns, not even how to load my magazine. All of that changed by the end of Friday … after I realized one of the best weeks of my life was over. Gary and Dave, my 2 instructors, taught me things that I didn’t think I was ever capable of learning —  from shooting 2 headshots in 1.5 seconds to cleaning my Remington 1911 9mm inside and out. Ome thing stuck with me: guns are for safety and protection only.

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“Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target” is another one of the 4 gun-handling rules. I frequently wanted my finger to stay on the trigger, but initially I was advised to keep it off.

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This series on women in the firearms world is sponsored by Remington Outdoor Company.

Guns have never been something I have thoroughly been interested in, even though I have a dad who works in the firearms industry and a brother who loves shooting. I grew up on a court or in a pool breaking records in sports, not shooting. While being at Gunsite with Jessica learning more about her career, I have thought further about majoring in public relations, because I love being around people and pleasing people.

Being a young woman, I know I need to have self-defense skills, so I highly suggest women my age who are going off to college, or just women in general, need to know a basic knowledge of self defense, because in the world we are in today you never know what is going to happen.

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I owe all the credit for my conversion to gun-fan to my Gunsite instructors; I’ve had many teachers in my lifetime and those 2 were honestly the most outstanding teachers I’ve ever had. Overall, one of my most memorable moments was when I exploded a 2-inch lollypop 3 yards away and I was only allowed one shot. It’s all about “lining my front sight up with the target,” as my instructors would say.

I could go on forever about how amazing the week at Gunsite Academy was, but I will end with this message: thanks to my amazing instructors, my new friends, and the Remington 1911 9mm, I will have knowledge and memories I will never forget and I would do anything to go back to “Gun Camp.”

Learn more about Gunsite Academy.

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‘Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!’ No-Yelling School Comes to the Keys Nov. 13-15, 2015 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/ladies-lets-go-fishing-no-yelling-school-comes-to-the-keys-nov-13-15-2015/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/ladies-lets-go-fishing-no-yelling-school-comes-to-the-keys-nov-13-15-2015/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 05:13:00 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22742 Register now for this fun style of learning to fish.

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Angler’s getaway in Islamorada and Tavernier, FL includes fishing, rigging, conservation and more!

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL – 7/2015 ─ Angling skills will be taught at the award winning “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!®” Keys
University, November 13-15 in the Sport Fishing Capital of the World. The weekend conservation-minded university offers classroom presentations, networking, hands-on skill fishing activities and optional charter fishing trips on Friday and Sunday. Classes will be held at the BPOE Elks Lodge in Tavernier FL and fishing is out of nearby Islamorada.
Elizabeth Bender with a delicious blackfin tuna she caught off Dania Beach, Florida. Photo courtesy of Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!

Activities launch Friday evening with a networking social and appetizer contest from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Saturday morning presentations begin at 8:30 am, including Offshore, Inshore and Bottom Fishing, plus Fishing Basics. What makes this program so special are the hands-on fishing activities taught by several guides for releasing, knot tying, dehooking, bait rigging, spin casting, gaffing grapefruits, cast netting, trailer backing, boat handling, reel maintenance and more until 4:30 pm. A second party will be held afterwards at Seaside Glassworks.
On Friday and Sunday are optional inshore and offshore fishing trips out of Whale Harbor and Robbies, followed by a fillet demonstration.
New for 2015 is the Ladies Choice option to bring a male guest or invite teens to include the whole family.
Featured on national network television and more, the series is supported by major partners including the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, National Marine Manufacturers Association, Discover Boating, Miami International Boat Show, Recreational Fishing and Boating Foundation, Mercury, Ranger Boats, Magic Tilt trailers, Humminbird, Minn Kota and Fish Florida. Annual sponsors are

Freedom Boat Club, Treasure Cay Beach, Marina & Golf Resort, Old Bahama Bay, Sunrise Resort & Marina, Valentine’s Resort & Marina, Penn, AFTCO/Guy Harvey, Future Angler Foundation, Harbor Financial Services, Wear Video Badge and All Rite Grading.
BPOE Elks 1872 is located at 92600 Us Highway 1 S Tavernier FL 33070 at Mile Marker 92.5. Host hotels include Breezy Palms Resort in Islamorada and Ragged Edge in Tavernier.

The 2015 schedule includes Bimini, Bahamas Sept. 11-13 and a fundraising event at Alligator Ron Bergeron’s Green Glades Ranch planned for Oct. 3.

Contact: LLGF, phone 954-475-9068, fax 954-474-7299

Learn more about this event.

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About “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!”
“Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!®” (LLGF) is a national organization dedicated to attracting more women to sport fishing and to promoting conservation and responsible angling. LLGF promotes networking among women anglers and emphasizes mentorship between novice and experienced members. Founded in 1997 by Betty Bauman, of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, LLGF has over 8,000 graduates and is the largest organization in the world whose objective is to introduce women to fishing. Both Bauman and the University series – often dubbed “The No-Yelling School of Fishing” – are renowned nationally in the sport fishing and marine industries. The organization has earned rave reviews from national media including “Inside Edition,” CBS’ “The Early Show,” NBC’s “Nightly News,” “Good Morning America,” “Outdoor Life Network,” USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Southern Living and more.
Brief Release or Calendar information: “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!’ Florida Keys University, Nov. 13-15.
“Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!”® saltwater fishing university, Nov. 13-15 at BPOE Elks, MM 92 Bayside, Tavernier, FL. Registration includes networking reception and fundraisers, classes, lunch, hands-on skill stations and more. Men and teens welcome. Optional fishing charters are on Friday and Sunday.

Contact: phone (954) 475-9068; email info@ladiesletsgofishing.com

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Overview:
“Ladies Let’s go Fishing!” hosts multiple annual saltwater fishing universities in different Florida cities. The Universities teach fishing skills in a fun and relaxed environment, plus give hands-on opportunities to practice skills and a chance to go charter fishing. Noted as the “No Yelling School of Fishing.”

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We always enjoy learning about what Tracy and Lanny Barnes, Olympic twin sisters who competed in the biathlon, are doing. We think you’ll be delighted to hear that they are taking their teaching skills and talents to workshops and clinics around the country, and that they have joined the Babes with Bullets team as junior instructors, which is sponsored by Smith & Wesson. ~The Editors

Happy end of July!!

How are you? How is your summer going? I know it’s been a while, but Tracy and I wanted to update you on what we have been doing.
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We have been incredibly busy this summer and we are gearing up for some big events this fall. After a long run of 3-gun matches almost every weekend this winter and spring, we took a step away from the competitions and started focusing more on training for 3-gun. 3-gun matches are great for experience, but training really helps you make the big jumps in performance. We have been training and shooting almost daily to try and improve our skills in 3-gun and get to the place where we want to be going into our big fall competitions. Currently we are both sitting in the top 10 in the 3-gun nation regional standings. Lanny is 4th and Tracy is 10th.

We now have 49 acres and have built a range that even the Miculek’s would be jealous of ;). Tracy and I realized that in order to reach our goals in 3-gun and become the top women and competitive amongst the men, we needed to have a facility that allowed us the same if not better training environment that our competitors have. We are confident that this will make the biggest difference in the long run and help us rise to the top.

Not only will be able to walk out the door and shoot every day, we will be able to host courses for T.O.P. Shooting Institute here as well. We have one huge bay completed as well as a long distance range that goes out to 600 yards. We also have a shotgun range for sporting clays and have natural terrain 3 gun courses set up through out the property. Thanks to Salute targets we have just about every target we might see in competition at our range.

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We have also been teaching a lot of courses lately. We have taught 3 different competitive shooting courses for T.O.P. as well as two Law Enforcement courses. I also had the opportunity to be a junior instructor for Babes with Bullets as Kay Miculek’s and Lisa Munson’s assistants. We have also been writing shooting/physical training plans for women all over the country to help them try and reach their competition goals.  We have a Ladies only 3-gun course here in Durango coming up this fall (Nov. 6-8th.). We would like to offer our a free spot in the course (airfare not included) if you have any ladies interested. More information to come out soon for the course, but it will be fun 3 days of shooting combined with a few of the best adventures Colorado has to offer. 

Tracy and her husband just returned from a weekend long trip to the sight of the Rocky Mountain 3-gun World Championship where they helped set up the stages for the Championships and were able to get a good sneak peak into what the stages are going to be like in a few weeks. We also have our new competition shirts coming out soon after a little hiccup with with last company that tired to make them.

In August we will start up with a back to back schedule of courses and competitions. Below is our schedule for the next month-

August

1-2 T.O.P. Shooting Institute Biathlon Course in Seattle, WA

12-16th Rocky Mountain 3-gun World Championships Raton, NM

17-21st Babes with Bullets Diamond Event Birmey, Montana (Celebrity Chef)

22-26th Babes with Bullets Pistol Course Birmey Montana (Instructor)

27th-30th Noveski 3-gun Colorado

We will be on the road most of the fall with shooting competitions, teaching shooting courses, and hunting trips. We will also be in the upcoming Peterson’s Bowhunting Journal Magazine. So keep an eye out for that.

Thank you for all your support and we are looking forward to jumping back into the competitions and putting our training to the test. If there is anything we can do for you, please let us know. Have a great rest of your summer.

-Lanny & Tracy

Visit T.O.P. and learn more about attending a clinic with the twins.

 

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We went. We saw. We shot. A lot.

The 13th Annual Shooting Industry Masters is now in the record books. Team Rough ‘Riters – sponsored by Volquartsen, Remington Outdoor Company, Crossbreed Holsters, Diva WOW, The Well Armed Woman, Gun Goddess and A Girl and a Gun Women’s Shooting League – gave it our all for a solid two days, as we endured heat and humidity that made violets shrink and ankles swell.

The Shooting Industry Masters is an all industry, once yearly 3-gun match owned and operated by FMG Publications. It raises money for the NSSF’s First Shots program, and also benefits USA Shooting Team and Honored American Veterans Afield. This year, FMG Publications chose a Roaring ’20′s theme.

We found ourselves in 3-Gun scenarios, being timed as we ran from gun to gun to gun. We hustled across a field with airsoft guns, looking for gangstah paper faces and plastic bottles to shoot. We shot clay targets, steel targets, paper targets and plastic targets from shotguns, rifles, bows and pistols. We threw knives. We tried everything – at the numerous side matches – and sometimes again and again. The story of the weekend and its uniqueness can be told in these photos, where we used, as a friend used to say, “Other people’s guns with other people’s ammo.”

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All the best people attend. Here are Carli and Carol Craighead, of Crossbreed Holsters.

 

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Our official Team Rough ‘Riters photo. (FMG Publications photo)

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XS Sights hosted the “Snitches Get Stitches” side match, and my teammate Larissa and I pose for this mug shot. (Tom McHale photo)

 

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Here’s Ashley Hiebinsky and crew from the Cody Firearms Museum at their side match, which featured a 3-Gun challenge. (Jason Baird photo)

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Freedom Hunters sponsored an all-female team of women warriors. Here’s Adriana Galvan on a bow.

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Here’s The Bomb on a Tommy gun, thanks to the Zoot Shooters from Colorado. (Tom McHale photo)

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Larissa gets coached by Freedom Hunters’ Anthony Pace, on how to shoot a flying disk after it was launched from a clay thrower.

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Army veteran Megan Putze enjoyed shooting the airguns. This one is a Walther Terrus.

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Ron Norton, president of Inland MFG (M1 Carbines), let us pose in this authentic Vietnam era jeep from the ’60s. (Tom McHale photo)

 

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WarSport Team 3-Gun Challenge http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/warsport-team-3-gun-challenge/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/warsport-team-3-gun-challenge/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:17:04 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22712 Find out what happened when Michelle and her family went to this national 3-Gun event. Sponsored by Galco Gunleather.

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The competitive shooting industry is trying to find more ways to welcome and encourage women’s and juniors’ involvement in the sport. Thanks to Candace Horner’s original vision, an event took place the weekend of July 11–12, 2015, that accomplished this feat. The WarSport Team Challenge was a 3-Gun team event.

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She Shoots 2 is sponsored by Galco Gunleather.

The twist? Each two-person team must include either a junior or female shooter. Yes, that meant many fathers were shooting alongside their sons, daughters, or wives. (During the morning shooters’ meeting, it was announced that a good divorce lawyer or marriage counselor would be recommended if necessary.)

 

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A room that included many females and juniors waiting to walk the prize table. (Michelle Cerino photo)

It was 6:30 a.m. when we arrived at Woody’s Hunting and Rifle Club in New Hill, North Carolina, along with 83 other teams and what looked like it would be beautiful (although hot and muggy) weather. The 2-day match would consist of 8 stages, all involving teamwork, planning and, of course, some running. Unlike most competitions, coaching among teammates was welcomed and encouraged.

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Michelle kept her game face on with her Frogg Togg’s cooling bandana. (Colton Cerino photo)

At most 3-Gun matches I’m the sole female on my squad, and there may be only a handful of others in the entire match. Here, my squad of 11 teams consisted of 7 females and 5 juniors. With skill levels varying among the squad and the team members, this was sure to be an interesting event. For many competitors this was their first major 3-Gun match.

Sure, I could go into detail about how the stages were set up, explain how targets were scored and even mention the types of target we had to engage. I could tell you how 5 stages were shot the first day, and 3 the following. What’s more important, though, is the sportsmanship and camaraderie that was evident between teammates and among the squads.

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Michelle along with her teammate Dwaine Starr, husband Chris and son Colton.

During all 8 stages, one team member had to tag the other person before they could proceed to their intended targets. The shouts of encouragement from other squad members really got everyone pumped up, and perhaps even pushed the team members to run a little faster.

One of the difficult parts of working as a team took place on stage 5. My teammate had to depend on me to engage a popper target with my shotgun so he could hit the aerial clays it dispersed. This involved trust, confidence and patience. The teams that were able to communicate had the most success with this stage.

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13 year old Kylie Fox tags her dad Rick’s hand to continue the relay. (Michelle Cerino photo)

The biggest difference between this match and a typical 3-Gun match were the hugs of congratulation, high-fives and cheers after each team shot the stage. Seeing everyone working together, helping each other plan stages and openly supporting the other shooters was well noticed.

ladies-warsportThe prize table was deep, with every competitor walking the stage as a team, but choosing her prize individually. I walked away with some great product and a positive feeling about the entire match. I can’t wait until next year, when I’ll partner with my husband, Chris. Hopefully we won’t need that marriage counselor  when it’s over.

 

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Wanna Win Won? Comp-Tac Flatline Thumb Break Holster and Camo Ammo Jewelry Bullet Casing Tennis Bracelet in .40 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/wanna-win-won-comp-tac-flatline-thumb-break-holster-and-camo-ammo-jewelry-bullet-casing-tennis-bracelet-in-40/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/wanna-win-won-comp-tac-flatline-thumb-break-holster-and-camo-ammo-jewelry-bullet-casing-tennis-bracelet-in-40/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:50:10 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22697 Why not add a little bling on your wrist to your quick draw? Win a versatile Comp-Tac holster paired with a lovely crystal tennis bracelet from Camo Ammo Jewelry.

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We’re warming up for more summertime giveaways. This week, we’re giving away a Comp-Tac Flatline thumb break holster and a Camo Ammo Jewelry Swarovski crystal tennis bracelet, chambered in .40 cal. That’s right. You can add a little flash to the draw when you wear this bracelet on your strong hand at the range. You can choose a red, blue, black or pink holster. And, you may choose from a wide range of crystal colors for the bracelet, too.

We will choose one winner randomly on Sun., Aug. 2, at 5:30 p.m. CDT.

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About the holster:

The Flatline Thumb Break, from Comp-Tac Holsters, is a level two holster that can be worn inside the waistband or outside the waistband.

Level Two: A level two holster requires the user to remove two levels of security before removing the firearm from the holster. The first step is to open the leather thumb break; the second is to pull the holster past the detent in the holster for removal. The leather thumb break is secured by a Law Enforcement grade snap that can be pushed open by the thumb. The thumb break is also removable if the customer chooses to carry the holster as only a level one.

Mounting Options: The Flatline Thumb Break comes with three sets of clips; inside the waistband standard clips, outside the waistband Flatline clips and outside the waistband offset Flatline clips.

flatlinethumbThe Flatline Thumb Break has an all Kydex body which provides a rigid material that is fit to each firearm and maintains its shape even with the pistol un-holstered. The smooth low friction surface allows for a fast draw and easy one-handed re-holstering of the firearm. The all-Kydex body will not bend or stretch over time and is impervious to sweat and solvents.

The Flatline Thumb Break holster offers ride depth adjustability which allows the user to carry the firearm higher or lower on the belt depending on their preference.

The Flatline Thumb Break offers cant adjustability for the user to choose the angle of the firearm on the draw.

The Flatline Thumb Break is the only Kydex pancake style holster that offers tension adjustment allowing the user to set how snuggly or loosely the firearm fits in the holster. 

The Flatline is made for a variety of firearms including mil-spec 1911s, Glock, H&K and Smith and Wesson pistols. Great for concealed carry, range use or open carry. 

MSRP: $94.99

Available in black, pink, red and blue.

About the bracelet

Camo Ammo Jewelry’s bullet casing bracelet is available in silver or gold tone. Bracelet measures 7 inches long and has a foldover snap clasp. The 11 links can be customized with all clear Swarovskis or alternating clear and another color (shown in sapphire blue).

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Available in 9mm brass, 9mm nickel, .223 brass, 10mm nickel and now, .40 brass. With variety of crystal colors.

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Mountain Grove, MO – July 24 – Team Rough ‘Riters heads to the 13th annual Shooting Industry Masters at Claythorne Lodge in Columbus, Kan., from July 24 to 25. More than likely the first type of its kind to compete in the Masters, Team Rough ’Riters is comprised of 2 freelance writers in the gun world and their better halves.

Named the Rough ‘Riters in honor of Teddy Roosevelt’s character and ability to connect words in prose, the team garnered sponsorship from the following companies and organizations: Volquartsen Custom, Remington Outdoor Company, Crossbreed Holsters, DIVA WOW, The Well Armed Woman, Gun Goddess and A Girl and A Gun Women’s Shooting League. The-Rough-Riters-logo-FinalHosted by FMG Publications, the Shooting Industry Masters invites the firearms industry to send teams to this themed competition to raise money on the range for the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s First Shots program. This year’s setting is the Roaring Twenties.

The Team TomTom McHale – proprietor of My Gun Culture, McHale’s bylines appear in major gun publications. He is an authority on holsters, especially the Flashbang. Check out his line of Insanely Practical Guide books.

 

 

 

 

LarissaLarissa McHale – Southern belle, editor and one of the kindest women on the planet.

 

 

 

 

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Barbara Baird – Writer, editor, NRA instructor and publisher of The WON.

 

 

 

 

jasonJason Baird – Explosives expert and former commander of RAF Rifle team. Known as Dr. Bomb by those who care.

 

 

 

 

The Rough ‘Riters will be bringing the Masters to you on social media all weekend. Check out their various platforms at Mygunculture.com and womensoutdoornews.com.

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It’s hard to avoid negativity when you feel like your chosen profession is under constant attack by those you’ve spent your entire career trying to protect. I, and many other first responders, have succumbed to the temptation of negativity over the past few years. It often feels like there are few advocates for emergency responders, but I know one person who is doing her best to prove that we are also human beings … my sister Kathy.

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OffBeat, with Sara Ahrens, is sponsored by Crossbreed Holsters.

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Sara Ahrens with her sister, Kathren Sukus (Mike Ahrens photo)

Kathy Sukus—A Dedicated Public Servant

At the age of 19, my sister worked as a dispatcher at the Beloit, Wisconsin, police department, and it was that exposure to the culture that really planted the seed for my own future career in law enforcement: It showed me that officers were human beings. Their stories had varied themes ranging from comedy to tragedy to compassion and sacrifice, and they spoke directly to my heart. It was inevitable that I would become a police officer because I understand that first responders are normal people who perform extraordinary tasks.

My sister has dedicated her entire adult life to her career, and eventually rose to the very top! She is the head of Rock County Wisconsin’s Communication Center. Hopefully they are as proud as I am of her for the work she is doing to improve community relations. My sister used her talents to shed light on the human side of first responders through a fun and goofy lip-dub video to the song “Uptown Funk,” by Mark Bronson and Bruno Mars, which has gone viral. At the time of this writing, has racked up 2,300,000 views in one month! It has been seen around the world, and the outpouring of support has been amazing.

The Video’s Purpose and Impact

The video was shot in downtown Beloit, Wisconsin, and was filmed by Tony Huml, with Huml Media. The video features Rock County employees who all volunteered their time. The Rock County “Uptown Funk’ lip-dub video was produced to show the “lighter side” of Rock County’s first responders and communications personnel, and it is working. My sister posted a letter (in part) on Facebook that is representative of the support she has been getting from around the country.

Dear Kathren:

I don’t ever do this, but as a Wisconsin native and former public servant…I was moved to reach out to you when I saw your Rock County First responder’s “Uptown Funk” video, which—I’m sure you know—has gone viral. I hope you’ll share my comments with your personnel, as that video spoke to me.

I served more than 27 years on active duty. During that time, I worked with some of the best human beings I would ever have the privilege to know in my lifetime. I got the chance to do things that a young man with my lack of social position and similar lack of education would otherwise never get the chance to do. I was also led to courageously face some pretty heinous situations in places I would otherwise never have gone. I saw things that a person should never have to see. Despite all that, I always had a special admiration for first responders and the special challenges you all face from day to day—which I regarded more troublesome than anything I ever did. I was conscious of this from a very young age. I’m only sorry it took me this long to say something about it.

Despite the apparent “dangers” of my former profession, I always had a few comforts that you don’t:

First, I always knew when I was headed into harm’s way. There were times I could relax and times I knew that survival meant I had to walk the razor’s edge of vigilance—you all don’t have that luxury. Even the most routine call can suddenly claim a life. You have my sincere admiration for that.

Secondly, I knew that no matter how bad a particular mission or deployment might be, I was going to go home eventually (one way or another). You all endure day-to-day, knowing that “tomorrow” will (very likely) not be terribly different from “today.” It takes a special brand of faith to face what must (at times) be so discouraging to your operators who see the worst that humanity can do to each other every day, day in and day out. Thank you for facing that on our behalf.

Finally, no matter how bad a particular job might be, I knew I did it with the approval, admiration and appreciation of my countrymen. Our society has degenerated to such a degree that many who are served most by your services are suspicious of you, and distrustful of your very best and dedicated efforts to serve them. I mourn this for your sakes, and so deeply admire you for the courage and faith it takes to face those challenges every day.

So … thank you for the video, which demonstrates … your indomitable spirits and the optimism with which you quite necessarily approach each day. Please know that despite the challenges your personnel face, there are many of us who do thoroughly appreciate your service to our country and our society.

This video has been successful because it humanizes emergency responders and dispels the negativity. It represents the cohesion amongst first responders and is a positive and accurate representation of the emergency responders I know and love.

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