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Remington Outdoor Company invited Grace and her mother to participate in a youth turkey hunt for Osceolas in Florida this month. Grace wrote her story of the hunt and shared it with us. Congrats, and great job, Grace!

My name is Grace, I’m 12 years old, and I’m a hunter. It seems like I waited a long time to say that – I asked my mom a lot to take me hunting with her – and I got my chance this spring in Florida. I didn’t get much warning; only a couple weeks before the hunt my mom told me I was going hunting with her, finally. The invitation came from Remington Outdoor Company, well, it really came from Jessica at Remington.

Florida has the earliest spring turkey season in the country, and Jessica wanted to have a youth hunt at Osceola Outdoors in Okeechobee, Fla. There would be 4 adults and 4 kids; 2 dads with their sons and 2 moms with their daughters. I’d never met any of them, but my mom had and she said I’d have a good time.

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I was so excited! I started packing as soon as I could, and I started practicing calling turkeys, too. I tried a box call, a wingbone call – my mom said it was a yelper – and diaphragm calls. When it was time to pack, I took all the calls with me, and my mom packed our camo and her vest. The morning of the trip we had to be up early and we got our bags and headed for the airport. I was so excited I was practically bouncing off the walls.

 

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Mother-daughter selfie of Katie and Grace.

 

At the airport my mom and I got Starbucks, and the line was really long. Before long we were on the plane and on our way. I’ve been to a few states, but not Florida. When we arrived we met Jessica and her daughter, Hannah, and started driving to the place we’d be hunting. On the way we stopped at the store for food for our cabin and Hannah and I also got a football, soccer ball, and volleyball, plus some other things to play with when we weren’t hunting. Mom and Jessica got new Florida hunting licenses; those licenses covered us, too. I found a baseball hat I had to have that said “Beard Busting” that had a pocket for diaphragm calls on the bill, and mom said I might have to share it with her.

Finally, we got to the cabin and started to settle in. While our moms were inside unpacking and talking, Hannah and I went outside to play soccer, and we met the 2 boys. Both their names were Jack. After awhile we went to dinner and played on a claw machine – Hannah and I each got a toy before the trip ended – and then it was time to get some sleep before the hunt.

 

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The next morning the 2 Jacks went hunting while Hannah and I went shooting. We had the Remington 870s we’d use hunting, and we practiced with turkey loads on paper targets of turkey heads. It was a lot of fun; I’ve always liked shooting. My mom started teaching me about guns and being safe when I was little and I started shooting when I was 8. After the shotguns my mom talked me into trying a .223, and I loved it – now I want one of my own. She had a .308, too, and I know she really likes those for hunting, but I didn’t want to try it. At the end of target practice I asked Jason, who was a guide with Osceola Outdoors and had come to help us, if he had anything I could shoot besides paper. He found an empty can in his truck, set it on top of a post, and had me move back 25 yards. I was a little nervous, but my first shot hit it and knocked it right off the post. By then we were all hungry, so we left for lunch. While we’d been practicing, one of the Jacks – Chris Ellis’s son – got a bearded tom with nice spurs, and it made me more excited to get out myself.

After lunch we went hunting. My mom went with me and so did a guide, Anthony. Once the blind and decoys were set up it was time to wait. We didn’t hear anything or see anything, and that made us all sad. But mom said we’d just try again.

The next morning we went out at 4:30 a.m. again and drove out with Anthony. After awhile, he stopped and we got our gear to carry the rest of the way. While we were walking, Anthony stopped, and my mom stopped, because there was a turkey up ahead in a tree. Anthony called it once and it answered right away. So we set up the blind as quietly as we could and sat down. He called it more and at first the turkey answered but then it got quiet; I guess they’d left the tree and gone silent, and that’s normal for Osceolas.

 

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We sat for hours, Anthony calling and me trying my box call. After hours my mom saw hens looking around the corner, and then they came walking out. There was a Jake with them, and he was gobbling and drumming. He went straight for the decoys to beat it up. Adrenaline rushed through me and I started shaking, and my mom and Anthony started trying to calm me down. My mom ended up steadying the barrel of my shotgun first by hand and then using the shotgun case. The Jake had been challenging the male decoy and going back and forth, but then he started running away, and I came to my senses and shot him through the head. He flopped around which freaked me out a little, but my mom explained it – that he was dead – and I calmed down. I’d shot my first turkey!

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(Katie Ainsworth photo)

 

Afterwards we took pictures and went to lunch. Anthony and my mom kept telling the story – I guess the Jake was about 40 yards away and running off, fast, so they said it was a good shot. My mom said I was the first female hunter to shoot a turkey this season, too, and that’s pretty cool.

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Grace and Anothony Brown. (Katie Ainsworth photo)

 

Then we went back to the cabin and I just wanted to relax in the hammock outside for awhile, because mom said we’d be looking for hogs later. Hannah got a Jake later that day, and we both want to do another hunt together. I’d really like to hunt with Anthony again, too. I had so much fun, and I can’t wait to do it again!

 

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L-R: Jessica and Hannah, Katie and Grace. Two proud moms with their daughters.

 

Note from Katie Ainsworth, Grace’s mom: The hunt took place at Osceola Outdoors in Okeechobee, Fla., over youth weekend in March 2015. The owner is Mike Tussey, and he seems like a nice guy. He posted all kinds of photos of the kids after their hunts. They have the earliest season opener in the country and, of course, the southern peninsula of Florida is the only place you find Osceolas. Jason Hart is the guide who helped Grace and Hannah with their target practice prior to going hunting, and he’s also the guide who went out each time with Hannah and Jessica. Grace and I went out with Anthony Brown, who is a fantastic turkey caller. There is a photo of Grace and Anthony with her Jake which I’ll send. He lives fairly close to us here in KY and he said he’s game to go out hunting when he’s back in town so hopefully we’ll manage to line up our schedules. The hunt was hosted by Remington; it was their first attempt at a youth hunt, and it went well. All four kids got turkeys and had a great time not only hunting but playing with each other outside of hunting time. Since the hunt they’ve become Facebook and Instagram friends and are pushing us to have another youth hunt, so I’d say it was a resounding success.

 

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(Katie Ainsworth photo)

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DIVA WOW Spring Ladies Clinic a Success http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/diva-wow-spring-ladies-clinic-a-success/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/diva-wow-spring-ladies-clinic-a-success/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:57:13 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21659 DIVA WOW held another WONderful spring clinic, with TV crews from Germany and France onboard. Check out the photo gallery.

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Judy Rhodes reports on the DIVA WOW annual Spring Ladies Clinic.

DIVA WOW held its 2015 Spring Ladies Clinic in the Pavilion at Elm Fork Shooting Park in Dallas. There were 170 women enrolled, 140 of which were new shooters. Nearly 100 volunteers made this event a success.

The women’s day begins with a safety briefing and registration, followed by assignments to shooting stations. Stations/disciplines included handguns, shotguns, .22 Rifles, AR-15 (modern sporting) rifles, black powder rifles, spin casting, fly casting, BB guns/Air guns, hunting dog 101 and slingshots/blow guns.

Two TV channels covered the event, Paris TV and German TV. In late May they’ll be airing documentaries on women involved in shooting and hunting sports in the USA.

This DIVA event takes place bi-annually, the last Saturday of March and last Saturday of September. The spring event was for novice shooters but the fall event will have events for intermediate to advanced shooters as well.

Enjoy the photo gallery that highlights our day. All photos by DIVA WOW.

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‘NRA Women Love at First Shot’: Ep. 6 — Cooking Wild Game ‘Family Feast’ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/nra-women-love-at-first-shot-ep-6-cooking-wild-game-family-feast/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/nra-women-love-at-first-shot-ep-6-cooking-wild-game-family-feast/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:20:58 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21642 Natalie Foster visits Julie Golob in a kitchen in KC, where this busy mom and pro competition shooter whips up Faux Pho. Includes a video.

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Natalie Foster, host of  NRA Women Love at First Shot, went to Kansas for Episode 6, which is all about cooking wild game for a family feast. The cook? None other than Smith & Wesson team captain and professional competition shooter and WON columnist Julie Golob. Julie walks Natalie through the preparation of her famous Faux Pho. Find out how Julie created a “quick Mom” route to this healthy dish, made with venison that Julie hunted last year.

For more recipes from Julie Golob, visit JulieGolob.com.

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#TbT: Peeps — Always ‘In Season’ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/babbs-in-the-woods-peeps-always-in-season/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/babbs-in-the-woods-peeps-always-in-season/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 05:00:11 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=14991 The wonders of Peeps and all the things you can do with them ... on and off the range!

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In this #TbT post, Babbs waxes on about Peeps and all the things you can do with them, including range time. After all, Peeps are “always in season.”

You’ll see them in all the discount stores soon after the official Easter weekend. Leftover Peeps.

peepscakeYou know, those little marshmallow chicks that come in six colors now because brown (thank God, it’s chocolate) debuted a few years ago.

Peeps, originally in yellow, have been around since the 1954 – a real American tradition. The reason they have landed on this site as an outdoor topic is because some of my outdoor gal pals and I were discussing them, and wondering if they would work in that staple of outdoor food: the s’more.

A Peep s’more. Why not? 

And why not try these suggestions for your leftover or bargain basement Peeps?

From Kirstie Pike, President, Prois Hunting Apparel: Peanut butter and Peeps sammiches, fruit salad a la Peeps, toasted Peeps and Rice Krispy Peeps bars

From Arkansas trapper of the Year 2008 and freelance writer Jill Easton Spencer: Melted Chickie Sweet Potato Peep Casserole, with “those little eyes peering up as they are spooned out would be too cunning.” Hmm, I wonder if those little eyes would last 20 minutes in 350 degrees?

If you can’t get enough Peeps, then head to its website where you may join the Peeps Fan Club and enjoy V.I.P(eeps) access to e-cards, gift tags, buddy icons and sneak Peeps at upcoming product lines.

If you need more ideas, check out this Peeps’ ad.

Oh, and for you weight conscious folks, Peeps now comes in sugar-free style, and the website includes a recipe for Sugar-Free Peeps Treats.

Since it’s Science Fair time of the year at local elementary schools throughout the country, why not entertain the idea of using Peeps in experiments? I know my boys liked to put Peeps in the microwave until the little chicks almost melted away. Or, did they blow up?

And, just in case you’re not sick of Peeps yet, here are some facts its website:

  • Peeps are so popular they have been the best selling non-chocolate Easter candy for the last decade. Could it be the Peep Generation has morphed from the Y Generation?
  • It would take more than 172 millions Peeps bunnies end-to-end to circle the moon.
  • Each Peeps chick has 32 calories and 0 grams of fat.
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Here’s our pal Brita, on the range with a Christmas Peep that she shot in the peep, at 25 yards with an AR-15. (Barbara Baird photo)

One more thing Peeps … you can take them or leave them. You like them or hate them. No two Peeps about it … these little confections are always “in season.”

This Retro-WON was published originally on March 30, 2013.

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Adventures with Vera Koo in India http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/adventures-with-vera-koo-in-india/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/adventures-with-vera-koo-in-india/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 21:00:11 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21626 Take a trip to India with Vera Koo -- from camels to marble to the world's largest laundromat.

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Vera Koo traveled to India last fall, and shares her adventures here at The WON. 

While much of the Western world was celebrating the holidays with festivity, light, family and gifts, I fulfilled a life-long dream of visiting uncharted regions of the Eastern world last fall. My passport has seen many stamps during the last 65 years, but India has, until now, not been amongst them and between the holidays, I joined friends in our quest to see spectacular Eastern architecture, the remnants of a great trading empire, and maybe, if we were lucky, ride an elephant or two!

While once the capital of the spice route, today India’s poverty is overwhelming. As the world’s second most populous country with more than 1 billion people, it also is technically the largest democracy in the world, but there are millions living in sheer devastation. This creates a very unique tourist experience as we toured palaces, temples and extraordinary cities filled with lavish opulence. Prior to our visit, the Taj Mahal was, in my mind, massive and somewhat generically beautiful. But the day we visited India’s most iconic destination, it was misty and the white marble mausoleum seemed to rise out of the fog. It was breathlessly stunning, the sort of awe-inspiring size that is beyond any expectation.

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(Raymond Chu photo)

 

As a lifelong student of the arts, the craftsmanship of the entire city was as moving as the story of the builders and their buildings: Artists created a legendary façade fit to honor Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, as the Emperor invested nearly 2 decades and the entire national budget to remember his wife. After completing the construction, the families and artists stayed in Agra. As such, Agra is the only place where they still have the particular style of art, passed from generation to generation much like the skills in our industry.

We arrived before sunrise to wait in line with a few thousand other eager tourists to take hundreds of pictures and explore living history. We took sunrise photos, mid-day photos, afternoon photos, and, of course, sunset photos, where the colors swirled through the skies, creating art as beautiful as the architecture we’d admired all day. Enjoy a few photos from our trip!

 

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In Agra, we visited a marble shop historically run by the descendants of the Taj Mahal craftsmen. Everything in the stores looked like jewelry-chiseled stones, polished until you could see your reflection, inlaid jewels that glittered in the sunlight. While many of our friends filled up their arms with marble trinkets and jeweled pendants, I bought just one item. From across the room, I saw a large box in a corner. It was an octagonal structure with translucent marble inlaid with mother of pearl, coral, agate and malachite — the colors of Indian sunrises and sunsets. It arrived on my doorstep in California 4 weeks after I got home in a massive crate and in perfect condition.

 

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We visited the medieval temples of Khajuraho, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, life in all its aspects — joy, love, divinity, war — is depicted in exquisite detail on every inch of the 85 sandstone Hindu and Jain temples. We saw a total of 6 UNESCO world heritage sites in India and the Tomb of Itmad Ud Daulah, also known as the Baby Taj Mahal, which memorializes a queen’s parents This ornate mausoleum is considered an imminent precursor to the Taj Mahal and has elaborate carvings and inlay work. There were colors unlike anything I’ve ever studied- the brightest turquoises, the most brilliant sapphire blues.

 

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(Raymond Chu photo)

I also saw the biggest laundromat in the world in Mumbai, where 8,000 people have their clothes washed. We stayed in hotels that were formerly royal palaces, and took flat boats on the river to Varanasi. Varanasi, known to westerners as the City of Death, is, in fact, where people go to die. We took a boat to the river to watch the fires and cremation ceremonies of hundreds of believers who are certain that their souls will be released from the eternal Hindu cycle of lives. It was simultaneously amongst the most beautiful and most chilling things I have ever witnessed.

 

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(Raymond Chu photo)

 

Of the more colorful things I’ve ever seen, Pushkar Fair ranks first! Pushkar, a quiet, secluded desert town for 51 weeks a year, becomes, for just a few days, an absolutely incredible and authentic extravaganza, drawing people from all around the globe. It is also quite the largest camel and cattle-trading fair in the world. Camels are painted, adorned, beautified and race to attract the best buyers. Buddhist devotees throng the ghats around Pushkar Lake in order to bathe, cleanse their sins and obtain places in heaven. Never have I seen so many colorful saris and crowds of hues and decorations. Even though I’m not a foodie but the curry was delicious as was everything else we ate on the tour. The entire adventure was amazing and we even rode elephants and camels!

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(Raymond Chu photo)

 

After a few weeks away from shooting to spend time with friends around the world, it is time to return to my shooting form to prepare myself for the start of my next season!

VeraKoo worl newsEditor’s note: Vera Koo is training for the prestigious Bianchi Cup tournament, held at the end of May. This year, she faces the challenge of being the come-back kid, after a skiing accident upon her return from India. We wish her all the best!

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‘Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!’ announces partnership with Freedom Boat Club http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/ladies-lets-go-fishing-announces-partnership-with-freedom-boat-club/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/ladies-lets-go-fishing-announces-partnership-with-freedom-boat-club/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:53:49 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21635 The “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” educational series announces a partnership with Freedom Boat Club.

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FT. LAUDERDALE  – The “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” educational series announces a partnership with Freedom Boat Club.

The joint marketing relationship will enhance promotions for each partner’s respective organizations as well as to encourage Freedom Boat Club members to learn fishing from A-Z at the LLGF weekend seminars held in Florida.

“We’re excited to partner with the most well established and the nation’s most rapidly growing boating membership club,” commented LLGF Founder Betty Bauman. “This club presents the perfect solution for those who want to go boating and fishing but who don’t have direct access to a boat, or who prefer the boat club model with access to 800+ boats nationwide. We believe many of our participants will find the boat club a very attractive and affordable entry to the boating and fishing lifestyle.”

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“We are equally pleased to sponsor the Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing program as many of our members are active anglers, while others want to learn more about fishing,” added Freedom Boat Club CEO and President John Giglio. “The LLGF organization does a tremendous job of instruction and since member education is one of our primary areas of focus, we believe this alliance delivers a winning partnership.”

Freedom Boat Club’s southwest Florida clubs recently promoted the March 2015 LLGF event, which was attended by several of its club members. In its new sponsorship capacity, Freedom Boat Club will actively promote the LLGF’s events, plus be on-site at various training events throughout Florida.

LLGF offers weekend fishing universities focused on women and novice to mid-level experienced anglers. Most weekend retreats begin with a Friday networking reception, followed by Saturday morning classes, lunch, afternoon hands-on skill practice and optional charter fishing on Sunday with fillet demonstration. The program focuses on women, their male guests and teens. Skills taught include catch and release, de-hooking, spin, net and fly casting, boat handling, trailer backing, knot tying conservation and more.

For information about LLGF, visit www.ladiesletsgofishing.com or www.facebook.com/LadiesLetsGoFishing.

For more information about Freedom Boat Club, visit www.freedomboatclub.com.

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Trinidad & Tobago BOW Island Adventure http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/trinidad-tobago-bow-island-adventure/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/trinidad-tobago-bow-island-adventure/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 21:01:41 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21624 Join in the fun for an amazing destination adventure to Trinidad & Tobago that combines instruction in snorkeling, stand up paddle boarding, and waterfall rappelling.

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You don’t have to be a math genius to know that two islands are better than one. Situated just off the coast of South America, Trinidad & Tobago, known as the real Caribbean, offers travelers the booming vibes of a colorful culture, steel drums, mouth watering “trini” food, warm hospitality, and some of nature’s most extraordinary and other worldly wonders including:

  • the Earth’s oldest protected rainforest prime for birding
  • first-class coral reefs begging to be explored
  • sensual jungle pools with 80ft waterfalls
  • nighttime lagoons filled with avatar-like blue-green glowing creatures
  • epic encounters with living dinosaurs. You will feel like you have stepped back in time 75 million years as you sit eye to eye with a 5ft long, 400 pound leatherback sea turtle.

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Join in the fun for an amazing destination adventure to Trinidad & Tobago that combines instruction in snorkeling, stand up paddle boarding, and waterfall rappelling (or a waterfall hike for the less adventurous) with unforgettable wildlife encounters.

Visit Becoming an Outdoors-Woman to learn more about this adventure.

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8 Red Army Female Snipers of World War II http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/8-red-army-female-snipers-of-world-war-ii/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/8-red-army-female-snipers-of-world-war-ii/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 21:00:21 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21615 In a continuation of her coverage for Women's History Month, Michelle Cerino describes 8 female snipers in the Red Army. Sponsored by Galco Gunleather.

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Find out how they trained and who they were – the elite corps and in particular, these 8 Red Army female snipers of  World War II. 

A sniper is defined as a highly trained marksman who operates alone, in a pair, or with a sniper team to maintain close visual contact with the enemy and engage targets from concealed positions or distances exceeding the detection capabilities of enemy personnel. They wait for hours, and sometimes even for days, to engage a target. When I searched the word sniper online, Chris Kyle (the subject of the Oscar-winning film American Sniper) fell in the top results, of course; he had 165 confirmed kills. Digging deeper, I discovered some famous female snipers: The Red Army female snipers of World War ll. The most common rifles for the Red Army during WWll were the sniper versions of the a .30-caliber (7.62mm) bolt-action rifle Mosin-Nagant, with a 5-round internal magazine. They were usually fitted with a 3.5X fixed-focus scope. Later in the war, some elite snipers received new semi-automatic Tokarev SVT-40 rifles, which fired the same cartridge but had a detachable 10-round box magazine.

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Lydumila Mykhailivna Pavlichenko

Lyudmila Mykhailivna Pavlichenko

Lyudmila Mykhailivna Pavlichenko was born in the Ukraine in 1916. At the age of 15, while living in Kiev and working at the Kiev Arsenal Factory, she joined a shooting club and became a sharpshooter. In June 1941, when Germany invaded the Soviet Union, Lyudmila had completed her fourth year of studying history. She was among the first to volunteer for sniper training and requested to join the infantry. Assigned to the Red Army’s 25th Rifle Division, Lyudmila was credited with taking 309 Axis soldiers in just 14 months. After being wounded by mortar fire, she left the front line to train numerous other female snipers for the Red Army and become a public spokesperson. Amazingly, she later traveled to the United States during the war, and was the first Soviet citizen welcomed at the White House by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. She also met with Eleanor Roosevelt and attended fundraisers, where she was awarded both a Colt 1911 and a Winchester Model 70. After the war, Lyudmila finished her education at Kiev University and began a career as a historian. She died on October 10th, 1974, at age 58.

 

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Kaludia Kalugina

In June 1943, 17-year-old Klaudia Kaluginawas one of the youngest females to attend sniper school. When asked in a recorded interview about the training, she said, “They taught us tactics: how to shoot, how to camouflage. Also ballistics, how the bullet flies. Here it flies, here it hits.” Klaudia was partnered with her best friend, Marusia Chikhvintseva, in the winter of 1944 as a sniper/scout team on the front lines. That summer, a German sniper killed Marusia from 200 meters away. Klaudia spent the rest of her life living for Marusia. She claimed an unconfirmed 225 kills.

 

Natalia Kovshova and Maria Polivano

Natalia Kovshova and Maria Polivano

Natalia Kovshova and Maria Polivanova were both born in 1920. Together, they attended training for snipers and volunteered for the front. They dug antitank trenches, took part in the defense of Moscow, and trained. Less than a year later, in August 1942, during a battle in which many Russian soldiers were killed, Natalia and Maria were two of the few who remained alive, although wounded. They waited in their trench until German troops approached, and then detonated their grenades, killing themselves and their enemy. They were posthumously awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union commendation in recognition of their sacrifice.

 

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Roza Shanina

Roza Georgiyevna Shanina volunteered for the military after the death of her brother in 1941, and chose to be a marksman on the front line.Nicknamed “The Unseen Terror of East Prussia,” she specialized in shooting moving targets and making doublets (two target hits by two rounds fired in quick succession). Roza became the first Soviet female sniper to be awarded the Order of Glory. She is recorded as taking 75 enemy soldiers. Sadly, she died at the age of 20, defending an officer of an artillery unit.

 

Nina Pavlovna Petrova

Nina Pavlovna Petrova

Nina Pavlovna Petrova, nicknamed “Mama Nina,” was born in 1893 and was nearly middle-aged (48) when the war came to Russia. Volunteering for service, she went to sniper school and took 122 enemy soldiers in the course of her duties. Unfortunately, she was killed in a car accident at age 53, just seven days before the end of the war.

 

Nina Alexeyevna Lobkovskaya

Nina Alexeyevna Lobkovskaya

Nina Alexeyevna Lobkovskaya was born in Siberia in 1925. She joined the Red Army in 1942, after her father was killed. She commanded a company of 100 female snipers from Feb. 1945 until the end of the war, including at the Battle of Berlin. Her company of female snipers served not only in the Army but in the Navy as well. She is credited with 89 kills.

Tatiana Ignatovna Kostyrina was just 19 years old when the war broke out. In 1943, she assumed command of an entire infantry battalion after the commander and most of the staff had been killed. Tatiana had more than 125 confirmed kills in her career on the Eastern Front.

 

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We like to think Michelle Cerino could be a sniper, if duty called. (Chris Cerino photo)

 

Of the estimated 800,000 women that served in the Red Army during WWll, 2,000 were snipers. Of those snipers, about 500 survived the war. All told, these female Red Army snipers are credited with more than 12,000 kills. As far as I can tell through online research, women are not permitted to be snipers in the U.S. armed services.

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Last fall I wrote about a hunt I attended in Minnesota with Remington Outdoors Company. What I wasn’t able to share at the time, due to a media embargo, was a shotgun I field-tested while I was there. On that writers’ hunt I demoed the Remington V3 Field Sport, 12 gauge auto-load shotgun.

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I headed to the event during the beginning of what is now referred to as the “Arctic Blast” of 2015. As you might guess, traveling from southwest Colorado to anywhere during inclement weather leads to travel delays. I missed the opening day of field-testing. I was disappointed because I really wanted to knock some waterfowl out of the air.

I arrived at Kruger Farms, in Starbuck, Minn., in the middle of the following day, and shortly thereafter a group of writers came in, shivering from a frigid morning hunt and talking about frostbitten cheeks and frozen toes. It’s a rare occasion, but for a moment, I felt thankful to have had a delay that kept me out of the 30-mile-per-hour winds and below-zero temperatures – especially since I learned I would still have a chance to shoot the not-yet-released shotgun the next morning.

After a cozy night’s sleep, in a warm lodge, I bundled up in anticipation of a freezing morning in a layout blind.

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(Sam Soholt photo)

We spent the morning watching as flocks of geese and ducks flew by at Mach 10 speeds. It seems with the onset of the frigid storm, the roosts had frozen, as had pretty much all of the open water. I sat in the blind and shouldered and swung the V3.

My initial thoughts? It felt nice. At 7.2 pounds, it was lightweight compared to the older Remington models. It had a nice balance to it. The American-style stock suited the layout-blind hunting position well.

More birds zinged by, a mile above us. We packed it in and headed back to the lodge. Some people would be happy to be going indoors, out of the frigid weather, but I felt pangs of disappointment. I still hadn’t gotten to test out this new little beauty of a shotgun.

V3 Synthetic - RightA bit of history

The development of the V3 essentially started in 1963 when Remington released the model 1100. A huge success, this gun catapulted Remington into becoming the market leader in semi-automatics within 2 or 3 years of releasing it. It is reputed as the first successful gas-operated semi-auto in the market.

About 25 years later, in 1987, Remington released the 1187 model, a 3-inch gun. Twenty-three years later, it introduced the Versa Max, a 3-1/2-inch gun.

At more than 8 pounds, the 1100 weighed in slightly on the heavy side compared to its 1963 contemporaries, which tipped scales at about 7 pounds. Weight is continually an issue in shotgun sports, so it’s a key point in the development of the V3. After the Versa Max’s release, Remington focused on making a lightweight field gun.

The V3 is not a shrunken down Versa Max. It’s a brand new, 3-inch platform from the ground up. It utilizes the Versa Port system, found in the Versa Max, which regulates the gas with the length of the shell. It has 2 gas pistons, and the simple design makes it very reliable. There are not a lot of moving parts, so the possibility of malfunction is reduced. More importantly, to you and me, the gas system greatly reduces recoil.

Recoil! Wait. Wait. I still needed to field-test it to feel the recoil for myself. If you’re a shooter, and you’ve ever picked up a lightweight gun, your first thought may be like mine: “How much is this one going to thump?”

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(Sam Soholt photo)

The ‘THUMP’ Factor: Finally shooting the V3

The WONderful thing about Kruger Farms is there’s more than one hunt you can enjoy. The guides changed gears for us; we headed out on a pheasant hunt, and I finally got to shoot the little black beauty.

On the first shout—“ROOSTER!”—I shouldered the V3, swung and pulled the trigger. The recoil felt – unimaginable … in a good way. May I remind you. The V3 is a 7.2-pound shotgun and I shot 3-inch magnum loads. The Versa Port gas system creates tremendous recoil reduction. Impressed by the gun, I now turned my attention toward hitting a rooster.

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(Sam Soholt photo)

The Arctic Blast didn’t stop us. The hunt came off successfully and so did the V3.

The Remington V3 Field Sport is made in the U.S. and will be available in 26-inch and 28-inch barrel lengths. Ladies, you’ll also like to know that a reduced-length stock is said to be available in fall of 2015.

V3 Field Sport, Black Synthetic MSRP: $895

V3 Field Sport, Wood or Camo MSRP: $850

 

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Get ‘In the Wild Kitchen’ with Goat Cheese Stuffed Moose Tenderloin http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/get-wild-in-the-kitchen-with-goat-cheese-stuffed-moose-tenderloin/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/get-wild-in-the-kitchen-with-goat-cheese-stuffed-moose-tenderloin/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:01:11 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21609 Joyce Schmalz tells us how to make these delish appetizers, thanks to "Camo is the New Black."

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Thanks to our friend, Whitney Tawney, over at “Camo is the New Black,” we discovered Joyce Schmalz, of “In the Wild Kitchen.” Oh dear, dear, dear  … Whitney featured Joyce’s goat cheese stuffed moose tenderloin, and now, we can’t get the thought of having to go moose hunting out of our heads.

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Back in October I attended a conference called “ShiftCon.”  ShiftCon is a great movement focusing on organic, non-gmo foods and environmentally friendly products.  The first night there, they held a mixer type of evening for attendees.  As people milled around visiting and getting to know each other, waiters walked around with appetizers.  I remember very clearly the waiters name: Alfredo

“Good Evening Ladies, my name is Alfredo, would you care for an appetizer?”

I looked at the little bundles on his tray, “what are they?”

“Goat cheese stuffed dates wrapped in bacon.”

I popped one in my mouth, these little bundles of goodness were the best thing I had ever tasted!!

Learn how to make these delectable d’oeuvres.

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NWTF and Powderhook Release Gobble Map App http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/nwtf-and-powderhook-release-gobble-map-app/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/nwtf-and-powderhook-release-gobble-map-app/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:10:19 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21612 Turkey hunters are now able to check turkey activity and sightings in their local area thanks to the Gobble Map from the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and Powderhook.

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EDGEFIELD, S.C.  Turkey hunters are now able to check turkey activity and sightings in their local area thanks to the Gobble Map from the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and Powderhook.

Gobble app nwtf“Powderhook and the NWTF are working hard to provide some of the most reliable and relevant information to the modern hunter,” said Eric Dinger, Powderhook co-founder and CEO. “Hunters already can view public land property boundaries in their area and they can now research and provide information about turkey activity in their local area.”

The user-driven Gobble Map, released on March 23, through Google Play and Apple app stores, allows users to post and view turkey sightings with information about gobble frequency and size of the turkey flocks.

Users don’t have to worry about giving up their hot spots, because the interface provides anonymity and location buffering.

“Hunters play the biggest role in conservation efforts across this country through purchasing licenses, firearms and ammunition,” said Doug Saunders, NWTF executive vice president of marketing and development. “These days, a hunter may only have limited time to prepare for and plan a hunt. We want to ensure they have the greatest opportunity for an enjoyable time in the woods, so they continue to carry on our hunting heritage.”

ALPS Outdoorz, Yamaha, Federal Premium Ammunition and Nationwide also are partners in the Gobble Map project.

To view or download the Gobble Map, visit the following links.

Web Interface: www.gobblemap.com

Google Play (Android): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.phonegap.gobblemap

Apple App Store (iOS): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gobble-map/id975910406?ls=1&mt=8

About Powderhook

Powderhook’s mission is Access for All. That means access for new hunters, anglers and shooters; for parents and their children; for neighbors who haven’t been out in the field for years; and for you. Powderhook works with the nation’s leading conservation organizations, retailers and manufacturers. The Powderhook platform is bringing our industry together to solve some of its most important problems.

To learn more about Powderhook, visit www.powderhook.com

About Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.
The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to give the NWTF more energy and purpose than ever. Through this national initiative, NWTF has committed to raising $1.2 billion to conserve or enhance more than 4 million acres of essential upland wildlife habitat, create 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting, shooting and outdoor enjoyment. Without hunters, there will be no wildlife or habitat. The NWTF is determined to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.

To learn more about the NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative, visit www.nwtf.org.

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Mentoring the Next Generation: Shemane and Ted Nugent http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/mentoring-the-next-generation-shemane-and-ted-nugent/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/mentoring-the-next-generation-shemane-and-ted-nugent/#comments Sun, 22 Mar 2015 22:28:20 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21582 Find out what Shemane and Ted Nugent told Lea about mentoring and how important it is to them.

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In the last of her “Mentoring the Next Generation” series, brought to you by Remington Outdoors Company, Lea Leggitt interviews outdoor legends Shemane and Ted Nugent at the Golden Moose Awards.

When the Outdoor Channel offered me the opportunity to interview several TV personalities during the Golden Moose Awards, I hoped I would meet  Shemane and Ted Nugent.

My friends know the Nuge from his rock ‘n’ roll music and from his TV show, Spirit of the Wild. Although I, too, am a fan of his music, I could hardly wait to meet the Nugents because I know they bowhunt. So do I.

 

 

One thing that I’ll never forget? Even though Ted and Shemane needed to move along to the awards, they insisted on taking the time to explain to me why mentoring is so important to them.  They would not be hurried, because both of them felt my question merited thoughtful responses.

 

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(Mia Anstine photo)

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The Fishing Cabin – 6 Ways to Add Painted and Rustic Charm http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/the-fishing-cabin-6-ways-to-add-painted-and-rustic-charm/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/the-fishing-cabin-6-ways-to-add-painted-and-rustic-charm/#comments Sun, 22 Mar 2015 22:17:17 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21584 Want to fish-e-fy your cabin on the lake or stream? Rita Schimpff tells you how. Sponsored by Heritage Game Mounts.

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In our last post, we explored the hunting lodge. This month we will hook into another popular retreat: the fishing cabin. Here are 6 ways you can add painted and rustic charm to your favorite living space.

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Our love of cabins stems back to the adventurous pioneers who settled America and built log cabins to carve out homes for themselves in a beautiful but often harsh wilderness.

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(Rita Schimpff photo)

 

Early log cabins were homes of necessity. This cabin, called “the Pleasant Home,” was built circa 1845 in West Point, Miss. The cabin sits on some of the last remaining Mississippi black prairie and now serves as a rustic guesthouse for the family’s sporting resort, Prairie Wildlife.

As America matured and prospered, retreats and vacation homes offered the wealthy a respite from city life. Just as hunting lodges ranged from small to estate, so did the cabins of wealthy Americans during the Gilded Age (1870s to 1900). Ironically, they called these elegant, large retreats “camps.”

Probably one of the largest and most elaborate of these places is Camp Topridge in New York State, once belonging to heiress Marjorie Merrieweather Post. The camp comprised 68 buildings situated on 207 remote acres, with most of the guesthouses staffed with their own butlers. Guests arrived either on Post’s private floatplane or yacht.

 

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(Photo by MWanner at en.wikipedia, with permission)

 

Notice the beautiful twig work of the boathouse at Camp Topridge, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and privately owned.

Wealthy Victorians set a rustic fashion trend using natural materials to build their getaways. Uniquely American, this style quickly spread to private clubs and hotels alike. As an example, think of Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone Park.

Americans have always had a love affair with the cabin lifestyle. It meant living easy and simple and the fishing cabin is usually located close to a lake, river or stream.

Soon, families with smaller pockets who also loved the outdoors and the ensuing pioneer spirit began building small camps and cabins to vacation with their own families and friends.

 

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(Rita Schimpff photo)

 

We have a small lake cabin that has been in our family since 1926. It is enjoyed by bare feet and wet dogs alike. I have painted native lake fish on the original old doors – I just had to leave the old bullet hole in the upper left door – no one ever ’fessed up, so we are not real sure of the story behind it, but know it happened sometime before 1950.

 6 Ways to Fish-e-fy Your Place

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(Rita Schimpff photo)

 

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  1. Even though I painted the fish on the doors, you can still get this same effect by decoupaging old prints or wallpaper onto your cabin doors. How about on old furniture as well?

The early days of our family cabin were quite rustic and remote. The family first traveled by horse and wagon and it cost a day’s journey. Now, by car, it is 50 minutes! We recently updated the tiny cabin and added indoor plumbing – but the outhouse is still there!

 

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(Rita Schimpff photo)

 

  1. Accent with pillows, quilts and homespun fabrics. Fish prints, plaids and calico are available and old quilts that have seen better days can be re-purposed to make pillows and chair cushions.

As a gift for my husband, I painted him a pugnacious little sunfish on lambskin and sewed it into a pillow of turquoise Ultra suede. It became the perfect accent to the fabric I chose to recover the original old wicker furniture. The fabric is called “Pontiac – chocolate,” from Calico Corners. Paint a pillow or order a custom one from Heritage Game Mounts, starting at $165. I love to paint fish on lambskin – the texture adds so much to the fish skin.

 

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(Carrie Schimpff photo)

 

Even if you missed having cocktails at Camp Topridge, the well-dressed angler should always be at the ready with a handcrafted lapel pin by Hatch Creek Flies. Many styles are available at Heritage Game Mounts for $65. Think Easter or Father’s Day.

 

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(Carrie Schimpff photo)

 

  1. Add angling art. I love everything angling. And if I am not fishing I am dreaming of it or painting it – love these hand painted Classic Salmon flies to add a bit of charm to a tabletop or in a wall grouping. We offer these works of art for $110, with custom flies available, too.

 

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  1. Name your camp and jazz up your towels with a fun angling monogram.
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  1. Add some color and interest by starting a collection of inexpensive vintage tins and bottles of the era you want. We built small shelves above accent-colored crown moulding to place funky collections of memorabilia.

 

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      6. Collect old fishing memorabilia. Oars, paddles and fishing lures. Fill an old creel with dried or fresh flowers and hang on the wall or use as a table arrangement.

For more on the creel, refer to my column here at The WON.

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Rita Schimpff (photo by Skip Schimpff)

 

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5 Ways to Get Started Hunting http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/5-ways-to-get-started-hunting/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/5-ways-to-get-started-hunting/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 21:00:01 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21564 Do you want to go, but just don't know? Let Christine Cunningham guide through the process of getting started hunting. Sponsored by SYREN USA.

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The number of women hunters continues to grow, in part because women excel at building communities and sharing stories that bring awareness to the positive force of hunting in our lives. A mother who hunts with her kids takes it as an opportunity to instill the hunting values of compassion, ethics and sustainability in her family, along with providing them with healthy food. Her children are self-sufficient, confident and connected to the outdoor world. Women hunters demonstrate the benefits of sound game management, conservation and community to a wider audience than ever before. All of this is why I believe women are the future of hunting.

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There are more gateways to participation than ever. If you yet haven’t hunted and want to give it a try, here are 5 ways to get started:

 

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At a Delta Waterfowl event. (Christine Cunningham photo)

Take a Hunter Safety Course

Most states require completion of a hunter education course before you can legally hunt, and education certificate requirements vary from state to state. As a basic hunter education instructor, I can attest that these courses provide essential training in firearms safety and wildlife conservation, as well as foster respect for our natural resources, landowners and fellow hunters.

Attend a Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Workshop

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) is a national program that offers outdoor skills workshops to women. These hands-on workshops teach adults wilderness skills while building confidence in our ability to explore and safely enjoy the outdoors. BOW helps women grow and become more confident by offering classes in an encouraging, non-competitive learning environment. BOW offers a wide range of classes, including courses in hunting, shooting, fishing, camping and more.

 

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The author, Christine Cunningham, on the right, at a Safari Club International pheasant hunt. (Photo courtesy of Christine Cunningham)

 

Join Conservation Organizations

Most conservation organizations offer programs for women to take part in outdoor events and workshops. The Women in the Outdoors program is home to a growing number of outdoor enthusiasts who participate in events hosted throughout the United States and Canada. Get involved in your local chapter of Delta Waterfowl, Ducks Unlimited, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Pheasants Forever, Safari Club International, the Mule Deer Foundation, the National Wild Turkey Federation or a similar group; each organization offers many opportunities to participate in outdoor events and programs.

Make Connections at Ranges and Other Venues 

Practicing to shoot a gun or bow is essential for hunting, and ranges often offer more than just a practical venue to learn. People who engage in various shooting disciplines are always looking for new recruits; you can expect to meet like-minded people willing to provide you with ideas about how to transition your shooting skills from the range to the field.

 

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At a Delta Waterfowl event. (Christine Cunningham photo)

Link Up with Others Online

It’s never been easier to obtain information or make connections than it has been since the advent of social media. Many organizations have websites, forums or online groups that are meant to provide women hunters with an opportunity to connect with each other and provide support and resources. Women’s Outdoor News is an online resource for women outdoor enthusiasts, but there are many specific to the hunting pursuit you want to pursue that are only a Google search away.

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I began hunting as an adult, when I was invited on a duck hunt by my best friend, who wanted to return to the sport after spending a career away from it. I learned to shoot at a nearby gun club and became involved in my local conservation organizations. I remember the misery of that first day in the field. It was like nothing I had ever experienced. The nearest escape from the damp cobwebs and the flesh of rotting salmon was a 400-yard crawl away. Mascara dripped into my eyes as the sky opened up with rain. As I crawled through the marsh, each forward movement was a decision to not stand up and leave. When I reached the edge of the pond, 2 widgeon glanced at me from the sides of their heads. Their bodies broke from the surface, shedding pond water and lifting into the rain-filled sky.

A voice behind me told me to shoot, and I pulled the trigger without fully mounting the gun. I watched the pair of widgeon fly into the distant clouds. Beside me, a spent 12-gauge shell lay in the marsh. My friend picked up the shell and held it up to his nose. “This is what fall smells like to me,” he said.

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What a WONderful experience for these girls! A Safari Club International pheasant hunt. (Christine Cunningham photo)

The hunting experience offers rewards on so many levels. If none of the above ideas work for you, and you still want to hunt, send me an e-mail at ccunningham@yogaforduckhunters.com and I will help you find a way. It’s worth it.

 

 

 

 

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#TbT: Predator Management Tips and Turkey Hunting http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/mia-the-little-gal-on-predation-management-and-tips-for-turkey-hunting/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/mia-the-little-gal-on-predation-management-and-tips-for-turkey-hunting/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 14:36:36 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=15022 In this #TbT, Mia Anstine details what you need for a successful turkey hunt, and how the Little Gal prepared for the season by working on predator control beforehand. Sponsored by Girls with Guns Clothing.

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Last year the Little Gal (LG) and I gave you a report called The Little Gal Becomes a Trapper, in which, she decided to do some wildlife management via trapping. Years ago, there were larger flocks of turkeys in the area. Over time they had slowly disappeared. LG spoke with a biologist from the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and got some ideas for wildlife management. She realized the increasing numbers of predators in our area were eradicating the flocks of turkey.

Little_Gal_becomes_a_trapper_WONLG wants to be a wildlife biologist herself, so she put plenty of thought into what she might do to help keep the balance of wildlife on the property. She decided the best thing to do was to take up trapping. She studied the hills, fields and brush to locate good positions for her live traps. In her 2012 trapping efforts, she finished the season with six fox and five raccoon. She was proud that she had captured so many turkey killers and even more pleased when she saw the flocks of wild turkey returning to the area.

When the next trapping season came around, LG decided to give trapping another try. She saved up some money, bought a few new traps and then scouted out additional locations. This winter she trapped two raccoon, a fox and FOURTEEN skunks! That’s a lot of turkey killers. Needless to say, throughout this past winter, we were happy as we witnessed even larger flocks of turkey in the area.

With trapping season closed, we are now preparing for the upcoming turkey hunting season. LG is proud that she has increased the number of birds on the property without wiping out the predators. She knows this because she is not only seeing predator tracks in the hills, but she spotted raccoon tracks coming from the goose box. There has been an egg thief! What an excellent lesson in conservation and balance of animals. It will be a continuous job, but LG is happy to learn, and also to help with wildlife management through trapping and hunting.

Merriam turkey return to the area and are strutting their stuff. Photo courtesy of Mia Anstine

An abundance of Merriam’s turkeys has returned to the area, and are strutting their stuff. Photo courtesy of Mia Anstine

As we prepare for turkey season, we have a few tips and suggestions for hunting success which we thought we would share with you. Mind you, we are referring to Colorado hunting. Colorado does not allow hunting over bait or feeders, and only allows the harvest of one bearded turkey during the spring hunt. We are going to do our best to be prepared, so she has a fair chance for a successful hunt.

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Laws:

Always be sure to make yourself familiar with local laws. Laws vary from state to state and may be changed from the past year. Review hunting regulations for the state you will be hunting before you head out to hunt.

Scouting:

It is very important to scout multiple areas prior to hunting season. We always look for more than one good location because, contrary to popular belief, those turkeys are pretty smart. You will see numerous birds all over a meadow a month before opening day, and at noon the day before season begins, they bail out of there. Scout and be sure to have a good “plan b” backup hunting location.

With hard work and preparation, we hope to be packing home a turkey this spring.

With hard work and preparation, we hope to be packing home a turkey this spring.

Gear:

When it comes to turkey hunting, gear is very important. I am not only speaking of clothing, but also shotguns (or bows), blinds and calls.

  • Shotgun – If you have been following Mia & the Little Gal, you know LG is taller than me. Even though she is taller, she is still small enough that a shorter stocked shotgun works best. She likes the 20ga Benelli, and is comfortable using it with the higher-powered turkey loads. Always make sure to sight in before you hunt. We are not allowed to use scopes in our state, so we have put a Hi-Viz sight and a turkey choke on the gun to help LG acquire her target and keep that turkey load in a tight pattern. We first head out to the shooting bench to test-fire, and then shoot off of shooting sticks and also from a kneeling position. This is most likely how LG will shoot while hunting. We also have her wear her hunting jacket while practicing so she knows what may bind or interfere with her shot.
  • Clothing – It’s difficult to know exactly what to expect from Mother Nature during springtime in the Rockies, so layers are a must. LG and I bundle up for frosty mornings in base layers, sweaters and Prois’ Eliminator rain gear. We never know when an afternoon rain or hailstorm will sneak up on us as we are stalking long beards. The layers can be easily stowed in a backpack or turkey hunting vest as the day warms up.
  • Turkey Hunting Vests – I recommend purchasing a vest that provides secure, yet silent access to calls. When shopping for a vest, look at how the pockets are covered. LG and I have seen vests that don’t close or cover well, thus allowing the calls to fall out. You don’t want that to happen while crawling through the brush! We have also seen ones that have noisy snaps or worse yet, Velcro! Keep an eye out for these things when you are shopping for a vest. At fourteen, LG is not old enough to hunt alone, so we carry her calls for her, which frees her up to pay attention to safely handing her gun. Another tip if you plan on hunting with a vest, is to practice shooting your gun with it on, to see what details in construction or storage may hinder a shot. This is especially important if you are archery hunting.
  • Calls – Be sure to practice with your calls before you hunt. We use slates, box calls, mouth reeds and other standard type calls. Look for something you can use with ease. Put your calls in your vest and practice pulling them out. You do not want to be digging through your pockets trying to find a call or striker while a bird is coming in.
  • Blinds – When you find a good general area for turkey hunting, seek out a location where you intend to set up. If you are hunting from a pop-up blind, look for a spot that has enough room for it and allow yourself time for set-up. LG and I generally use natural blinds for concealment including brush, logs and trees. This allows us to relocate if necessary. When spot and stalk hunting, I like to take along packable camo netting. Netting can quickly be draped over brush to conceal a young, fidgety hunter as well as quickly removed.
Portable camo netting is great for a quick and easy blind.

Portable camo netting is great for a quick and easy blind.

With all the hard work the Little Gal has put into predation management, and the tips above, we hope to be carrying home a turkey this spring. We wish you success in your hunt as well. Above all, be safe and have fun!

First published on april 4, 2014, this post by Mia Anstine still is relevant for turkey hunting in 2015.

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View from the Marina: Contemporary Retirement http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/view-marina-contemporary-retirement/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/view-marina-contemporary-retirement/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 21:00:39 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21485 Barb Hansen shares her "View from the Marina," and in this installment, describes "contemporary retirement" -- where seniors prefer the catbird seat in a boat to a recliner in the den.

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Barb Hansen shares her “View from the Marina,” and in this installment, describes “contemporary retirement” — where seniors prefer the catbird seat in a boat to a recliner in the den. 

 

Once upon a time Dinah Shore sang about seeing the USA in your Chevrolet.  Today, she could be singing about seeing the USA in your cruising boat.  Cruising is indeed a great way to see the USA without having to pull your wheeled vehicle into a gas station every few hours and into a motel off the interstate every night.  When you’re cruising, you don’t have to pack and unpack every night, either.  With cruising, your castle is also your mode of transport.  It’s fun, It’s scenic, It’s very economical and it’s romantic.

These days, “sailing into the sunset” is being redefined by retirees.

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(Southwest Florida Yachts, Inc., photo)

Thanks to advances in medical science, we are living longer.  Thanks to ibuprofen, we’re also functioning longer.  Retirees, especially, are beneficiaries.  With time and a bottle of friendly caplets on their side they can do things earlier generations of retirees could not.  Instead of sitting in a rocker and watching re-runs of The Golden Girls, retirees today are sitting in a catbird seat and self-directing their lives into new and exciting adventures.

I know this because in my job as proprietor of a yacht school and chartering enterprise I have been privileged to talk to some of these adventurers and I am watching the first wave of boomers plan and take action for the best years of their lives.

There comes a time when, as active as we have always been, we may have to think about giving up the tennis and snow skiing.  It’s not a pleasant thought, I know. Sometimes we have to face reality and it’s not pretty.  However, there is an activity that we can often do well into our Golden Years – Boating!

Many people who attend our boating school are finishing up their careers and soon will have the time to do what they really want to do.  Cruising is a big part of their retirement plan.  More than once I have heard them talk about cruising the “Great Loop.”  Sometimes called the Great Circle Route, this is the continuous waterway that takes cruisers up the Atlantic Seaboard, across the Great Lakes, down the Mississippi and along the Gulf of Mexico.  These “loopers” even have their own association.

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(Southwest Florida Yachts, Inc., photo)

 

Cruising the Great Loop seems somehow appropriate for our goal-setting culture.  Buried in our careers we seek to build a nest egg and to provide for the future.  Once security is in our sights, we look to fulfill another basic instinct – adventure.  An ambitious plan like cruising the Great Circle Route does that.

For some, the Great Loop is their cruising goal, the summit or pinnacle of their boating journey.  Once it is accomplished, they hang up their Topsiders and turn to gardening.   For others, the Loop is just one leg of a lifelong adventure afloat.

Cruising is also a civilized way to fulfill the deep-seated desire we all have to return to the basics.  I call this satisfying our “call of the wild” instinct.  Instead of a closet full of clothes and shoes, we bring onboard a duffel bag’s worth of basics and boat shoes.  Cruisers know that so long as their clothes suit the weather, their outfit is probably perfect for every occasion.

After learning to cruise, many of our customers are ready to charter a boat or purchase one of their own.  We even have a “floating retirement plan” for those who want to buy a boat 5-10 years before retiring so that they can pay for it and equip it while they are still working.  When they are ready to sail off into the sunset, the boat is ready and waiting for them.

So, if the “R” word is starting to creep into your daily lexicon, you may also want to start to research the “B” word now.  After all, the phrase “Boating through Retirement” has a nice ring to it.  There are a few other words that sound pretty good, too: Cruising, Relaxing, Exploring, Diving, Cooking, Fishing, Eating and more!

All of those activities go with Boating.  Now that sounds like a really nice way to spend those Golden Years.

 

 

Barb Hansen

Southwest Florida Yachts, Inc.

Florida Sailing & Cruising School

6095 Silver King Blvd

Cape Coral FL   33914

239.257.2788

www.swfyachts.com

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Meet Susan Kushlin of Gun Girls, Inc. http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/meet-susan-kushlin-gun-girls-inc/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/meet-susan-kushlin-gun-girls-inc/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 21:00:54 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21488 We like stories about new entrepreneurs. Meet Susan Kushlin, who wants to tell the world that she loves to shoot.

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We like to highlight American-apple-pie entrepreneur stories here at The WON. Meet Susan Kushlin, a new shooter who quickly realized that training to shoot guns changes a life, and wanted to reflect that in her newfound business, Gun Girls, Inc.

Susan Kushlin started shooting guns 5 years ago. “I loved the training, precision and focus that is involved when learning how to handle and shoot a firearm safely and properly,” said Kushlin. “I have had a passion for style and fashion since I was very young and have been in various fashion-related jobs. I started going to gun shows and gun ranges with my fiancé and saw apparel that represented shooting, but the products were mainly for men. Over the last few years I noticed there were some products for women, but I did not see anything that represented women in a fashionable and ladylike manner.”

 

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She turned to family and friends, spent many long nights in discussions with them and eventually came forth with Gun Girls, Inc. She launched the company in October 2013. “The company was developed on the basis of offering fashion forward and functional concealed carry handbags, accessories and apparel with the Gun Girls, Inc., logo in rhinestone, screen print and embroidery,” said Kushlin.

gun-girl-inc-purseCurrently, collections include Gun Girls, Inc. Concealed Carry Handbags, Gun Girls, Inc.( womens and girls-apparel and accessories ), Gun Girls, Inc. BABY (infants – custom onesies and bibs) and G.G. Inc. (men’s – custom logo hats and tee shirts). “All of my products are  carefully hand picked by me and I look for quality,function, style and affordability. The company stands for the freedom we have in this country to reach our goals, have self confidence and pride and to represent the fact that women don’t want to be victims. I believe it is a woman’s right to protect herself! We promote that through fashion in all our collections,” added Kushlin.

 

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The company’s mission statement, “All Girls Can Be Gun Girls!!” means “that any woman/girl, when trained properly, can achieve her goals with pride and self confidence – no matter who you are or where you come from. We are all connected through shooting and Gun Girls, Inc. promotes that through fashion,” said Kushlin.

gun-girl-inc-babyShe developed her collections to be worn at the range, out to dinner, or anywhere you want to make a lifestyle statement that says, “I don’t want to be a victim. I believe in a woman’s right to protect herself.”

When asked which gun is her favorite, Kushlin said, “I have two favorite guns right now: a Smith & Wesson 642 revolver for carry and a Ruger 22/45 for target shooting.” Her fiancé recently gave her a new Black Rain Ordinance AR-15 finished in Pink Splash, custom engraved with the Gun Girls, Inc. logo, for her birthday to add to her collection.

 

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Kushlin is working on taking the company to a larger customer base and is in discussions with distributors and companies that build brands in the U.S. and Canada.

When asked about the growth of women in the shooting world, she said, “I don’t think you can stop women from getting into shooting.”

We hope she’s right.

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For that supportive guy in a gun girl’s life.

Visit Gun Girls, Inc.

 

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Second Annual Women’s Only Wellness Weekend in Indiana http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/second-annual-womens-wellness-weekend/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/second-annual-womens-wellness-weekend/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 21:00:46 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21484 Get away for a weekend to hike, and participate in workshops ranging from tai chi to bird-watching to wine tasting.

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The second annual Women’s Only Wellness Weekend at Turkey Run State Park (Marshall, Ind.) this spring offers a chance for women to hike beautiful trails, enjoy the food and accommodations of Turkey Run Inn, and participate in workshops ranging from tai chi to bird-watching to wine tasting.

Hosted by State Park Inns, the event runs Friday, April 10, through Sunday, April 12. The weekend offers dozens of activities, and participants can make their personal schedule as active or as relaxing as they want.

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Whether it’s getting outdoors or relaxing inside with a craft class, there is something for everyone. Evenings offer scheduled entertainment.

The package price begins at $240, based on a double-occupancy room. The fee includes lodging, meals, workshops and other programs. The weekend sold out last year.

Reservations are required by March 20 by calling 1-877-Lodges1.

Participants can take part in six workshops, choosing from 36 topics that include exercise, crafts, and outdoor activities.

Workshops and other schedule information is at dnr.IN.gov/parklake/inns/turkeyrun. Click on “Specials and Events.”

Turkey Run State Park (stateparks.IN.gov/2964.htm) is at 8121 East Park Rd. Marshall, 47859.

Media contact: Tara Renner, State Park Inns, (317) 234-5389, trenner@dnr.IN.gov.

Deadline is March 20 to register.

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Why You Might Want a Suppressor on Your Gun http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/why-you-might-want-a-suppressor-on-your-gun/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/why-you-might-want-a-suppressor-on-your-gun/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 21:00:54 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21535 Sara Ahrens got up close and personal with Remington Arms’ guns with suppressors at a recent media event. She tells […]

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Sara Ahrens got up close and personal with Remington Arms’ guns with suppressors at a recent media event. She tells you why you might want a suppressor on your gun.

Suppressors are an area that I have little to no knowledge of, given that I am a resident of Illinois and they are illegal. But, at a recent Remington Arms media event, I was intrigued by information presented by the Director of Parts and Accessories, Jeff Still. His presentation focused on Remington Arms’ line of suppressors and the misinformation that exists amongst civilians about the laws surrounding ownership of suppressors.

Still advised that many people think their states have outlawed the ownership of suppressors, when in reality they are legal. Due to the considerable amount of misinformation on state laws, Remington has decided to undertake a program to educate citizens on each state’s law with regard to ownership of suppressors and to explain the necessary process to legally secure them.

SILENCER US MAPStill advised that the most effective tool Remington has used to educate the general public about suppressors is a map of the United States, which illustrates the states that legally allow citizens to own suppressors.

He said that they have used this map at various events and that they’ve had an overwhelming response of shock by those people who believed that suppressors were illegal in their states, but really aren’t. This might be a good time for civilians to research their state laws because there are several benefits to using a suppressor for hunting. Remington provided a copy of the map they use to educate the public. Unfortunately, for those of us in Illinois, we are one of the 11 states where the ownership of suppressors is still illegal. Even without knowing anything more about suppressors than their basic construction, it’s not hard to understand the benefits they provide to hunters.

One obvious benefit of using a suppressor for hunting is decreased noise. Decreased noise actually provides multiple benefits for hunters.

The decreased noise not only helps the hunter preserve whatever hearing he or she still possesses, but it also decreases noise for surrounding hunters. Nothing is more unnerving or stressful than to hear every other surrounding hunter shooting … except you. Personally, I have come to spend most of my field time bow hunting just to avoid the added psychological pressure of hunting in conditions where surrounding hunters are perpetually shooting. Not only would the reduced noise be beneficial to other hunters, but also to the surrounding community.

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Writer Katie Ainsworth sights in an M-24 with an AAC TITAN QD Silencer (Sara Ahrens photo)

Face it, whether a hunter is sighting in his gun at his local gun range, or in the field bordering residential areas, decreased noise reduces noise complaints.

Another benefit of reduced noise is the ability to continue to hunt when others are shooting. Most certainly suppressed fire would not have as big of an impact of surrounding wildlife as unsuppressed fire does. Besides the benefits that accompany a reduction in noise, suppressors benefit hunters through improved accuracy.

The basic design and construction of a suppressor is such that the canisters contain a series of baffles and chambers meant to disperse the gases in a variety of directions, instead of straight out the front of the muzzle. This design not only reduces the noise – it also reduces the felt recoil. The diversion of gasses means that the gasses do not all exit the muzzle simultaneously, ergo controlling muzzle flip and rise. The reduction in felt recoil and muzzle flip/rise should result in greater accuracy in initial, and follow up, shots. The decrease in felt recoil should also aid those shooters who suffer from flinching in anticipation of the noise and recoil. The reduction of recoil, muzzle rise and flip also means that a hunter should be able to acquire a second sight picture quicker, thus allowing for faster follow up shots when needed. In addition to the design of the suppressor, the weight of the suppressor should also help further reduce barrel rise.

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Katie Ainsworth shoots a 9mm with a TiRant suppressor. (Sara Ahrens photo)

With all the benefits of suppressors, hunters authorized to purchase and possess one may find it worthwhile to do so. Remington offers several suppressors and these are the recommended models based on rifle caliber.

Rimfire hunting: Element 2, which is rated for 22 mag and 17 HMR

For AR hunting in .223: SR-5

For 308/6.8/.223: SR-7

For 300 win/308: 300 TM

For 338 LM/300 Win: TiTan –Ti

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(Sara Ahrens photo)

For additional information regarding these suppressors, go to the Remington Defense website.

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What’s Your ‘Lucky Charm’ on the Range? http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/whats-your-lucky-charm-on-the-range/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/whats-your-lucky-charm-on-the-range/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 21:00:08 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21571 Find out what these shooters wear or carry to the range for good luck. Happy St. Pat's Day!

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Does superstition have a place at the gun range? Do you have a “lucky charm” that you must carry with you to the range when you shoot – especially in competition? I asked some women in the shooting world to tell us about their good luck items, and here’s what they said.

Eileen Haislar said her “lucky vertical stripe underwear,” is her good luck charm. “Really … I’m serious. I have to wear a certain pair and I always do better,” she said, at the Facebook page, The Shooting Sisterhood, which is a wonderful resource for women who love the shooting sports.

Other women weighed in at The Shooting Sisterhood.

  • Teri Horne said, “I have a projectile … that I dug out. I carry [it] in my range bag.” Hmmm, we’re wondering where she dug the projectile from, and think there might be a follow-on story there.
  • Meanwhile, Kate Lunsfod said, “I always wear my favorite boots and belt. I feel they bring me luck!”
  • Meanwhile, Ellen Shumate said her lucky charm is her gun, which makes it easy.
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In a separate email, WeShoot2 blogger, Annette Doerr, wrote, “I shoot better with my lucky pistol earrings in! I wore these to Media Day at the Range this year at SHOT Show, and not only shot better, but also got a ton of compliments from … the men! I also wore them when I directed my first Women on Target clinic this fall. I now make a conscious effort to wear my lucky earrings to the range every time.”

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Then, 30 Cal Gal, aka Anette Wachter, told us, “Gold Metal patch from when I won the 2011 British Columbia Rifle Championship. I was the 2nd woman ever and 1st American woman to win the match in 127 years.” Well now, we think we’d probably frame that patch instead of tote it around in a bag, but then again, that’s impressive, Anette.

Do you carry a lucky charm to shooting events? If so, what is it and why?

 

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Trisha Bowen-Steffen Joins ‘Outdoor Bound’ TV Pro Staff http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/trisha-bowen-steffen-joins-outdoor-bound-tv-pro-staff/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/trisha-bowen-steffen-joins-outdoor-bound-tv-pro-staff/#comments Sun, 15 Mar 2015 21:00:57 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21529 Congrats to our pal, Trisha Bowen-Steffen, the real deal when it comes to hunting, shooting, fishing and adventure.

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A resident of Northcentral Wisconsin, Trisha Bowen-Steffen has been hunting, trapping, and fishing for what seems like her whole life. Her passion grew from tagging along with her dad who never told her “no” when it came to anything in the outdoors. She started shooting bow through her local 4-H club at age 8 and hasn’t stopped since.  


Trisha Bowen-SteffenShe enjoys chasing any game that is in season as well as shooting sporting clays. Trisha also likes to hunt for wild mushrooms and make maple syrup with her daughter. In early fall, most of her weekends are spent with her husband and daughter calling in Canada Geese. When she is not hunting, Trisha is often taking photographs and writing about her outdoor adventures.

“We are proud to add Trisha to our Professional ProStaff made up of Charter Boat Captains, Guides, Hunters and Conservationalists and look forward to her contributions on Outdoor Bound TV“, commented show host, Kurt Walbeck. “Trisha brings another dynamic to our staff of Professionals.”

You can catch Trisha on this week’s episode as she travels to Fond du Lach, WI to take part in the annual Sturgeon Spearing season on Lake Winnebago.

Visit Outbound TV.

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Mentoring the Next Generation: Eva Shockey http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/mentoring-next-generation-eva-shockey/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/mentoring-next-generation-eva-shockey/#comments Sun, 15 Mar 2015 21:00:30 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21519 Lea Leggitt continues with her series of red-carpet interviews at the Golden Moose Awards. Sponsored by Remington Outdoor Company.

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Lea Leggitt continues with red-carpet interviews at the Golden Moose Awards, hosted by the Outdoor Channel. In this installment, she meets her mentor, Eva Shockey.

At the Golden Moose Awards this year I met one of my favorite ladies, and one of my biggest mentors, Eva Shockey, All my friends know Eva as co-host of Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures on Outdoor Channel. They all wanted me to tell her how much they like her, but I only had time for a couple of questions for her.

I was surprised to see Eva’s reaction to my first question. When I asked about how she felt about being a mentor, she seemed as though she didn’t know what to say. She had never considered herself a mentor, but I really loved how she said she wants the younger people to look up to her like her own kids would. It really was amazing to meet her and I will continue to look up to her.

Lea: How did you get into hunting?

Eva: Most people assume I started hunting when I was very young, considering that my dad has been a professional hunter for my entire life. However, that isn’t actually true. I grew up surrounded by hunting and camping and the outdoors and loved to join my dad on his hunting trips, but I didn’t actually hunt until after I graduated from university.

My mom supports hunting, but she doesn’t hunt, so I decided at a young age that if I wanted to be a classy lady like her, I couldn’t hunt because then people would think I’m a tomboy. In hindsight, that misconception was obviously incorrect and when I got older I realized that I can be the girly girl that I am and still love to hunt. Since my first big game hunt at 21 years old, I have loved every minute of it and am so proud to be a hunter!

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(Mia Anstine photo)

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Tracy R. Wins a LaserMax Uni-Green Rail Mounted Laser, LaserMax Bracelet and Gun Girls, Inc., Tee http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/wanna-win-won-lasermax-uni-green-rail-mounted-laser-lasermax-bracelet-and-gun-girls-inc-tee/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/wanna-win-won-lasermax-uni-green-rail-mounted-laser-lasermax-bracelet-and-gun-girls-inc-tee/#comments Sun, 15 Mar 2015 21:00:06 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21555 Wearin' o' the green this week here at The WON, thanks to LaserMax and Gun Girls, Inc.

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It’s the wearin’ o’ the green this week at The WON. Tracy R. wins a LaserMax Uni-Green rail-mounted laser, along with a way-cool LaserMax Silvertone bracelet with green stone on black cord and, from a new business in the gun fashion world, a green old-school, vintage-looking camo tee from Gun Girls, Inc..

Want to know a little more about what you can win?

First of all, the premiere item is the LaserMax Uni-Green rail mounted laser. Why?

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Talk about wearin’ o’ the green! This laser will share its Picatinny rail with other accessories, making it easy for you to customize your gun.

And, here are a few more reasons you’ll want this one on your personal defense gun:

  • Highest visibility in all lighting conditions
  • Pulse or constant beam options
  • Incredibly lightweight — only 1 oz. with batteries
  • Ambidextrous activation to accomodate the left or right-handed shooter
  • Maintains alignment after every battery change
  • Optional Momentary Activation Switch

MSRP: $349

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About the bracelet. It’s simple. It’s jazzy. It tells the world, I am not afraid to reveal that I like guns. Period.

ggincteeFinally, wear the green with this Gun Girls, Inc., tee — a lovely, soft vintage green camo with a bit o’ bling on the front. From a new business, owned by Susan Kushlin, this shirt features the Gun Girls, Inc., logo in rhinestones.

This contest officially begins on Monday, March 16. Contest ends Fri., March 20, at 5 p.m., EDT. Winner will be notified and has 7 days after notification to reply. Otherwise, we will choose another winner randomly.

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Women’s History Month: Move Over Annie, These Women Were Great Shooters, Too! http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/strong-women-shooters/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/strong-women-shooters/#comments Thu, 12 Mar 2015 20:00:11 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21504 March is Women’s History Month. Trying to decide whom to write about, I first thought of Annie Oakley. However, since […]

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March is Women’s History Month. Trying to decide whom to write about, I first thought of Annie Oakley. However, since everyone knows about her, I decided to dig a little deeper. Following are 4 great shooters  whom you may not have heard of, and need to know more about, because they were great shooters, too.

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Deborah Sampson was born in 1760 to a poor family in Plympton, Mass. At a young age, Deborah lived in various households. Her mother could not provide for the children after her father didn’t return from an overseas trip. She spent much of her childhood on a farm, spinning, weaving, cooking and learning how to handle a musket. In the spring of 1782, while working as a schoolteacher, the patriotic and adventure-seeking Deborah acted on her idea of enlisting in the Army dressed as a man, taking the name Robert Shirtliffe (the spelling in historical documents varies).

Five-foot-eight and broad-shouldered, she found herself assigned to the dangerous task of working with a scouting party, which came under attack. Later, she dug trenches, enduring constant cannon fire, and helped storm a British fortification. In 1782, Deborah received a huge gash from a sword and caught a bullet in her left thigh. To keep her gender concealed, she extracted the pistol ball herself. For more than 2 years her secret remained undiscovered, until she fell victim to an epidemic and was taken to a hospital, unconscious.

Deborah received an honorable discharge on October 23, 1783. She later married and had 3 children. She was the first woman in the country to go on a lecture tour.

Pauline Cushman

Pauline Cushman was born Harriet Wood in New Orleans, in 1833. She changed her name when she began touring the United States, performing in a series of plays. In 1863, she was given the chance to spy for the Union army. Pauline began touring alongside Confederate forces. Her striking looks helped her obtain information and even discover battle plans. At one point, she was caught, tried and sentenced to death – only to be saved by an invasion of the Union troops. Her spying continued, and later, President Lincoln commended her for her service and awarded rank.

The war over, Major Cushman now toured the country giving lectures about her exploits as a spy. She was even featured in the P.T. Barnum circus show.

Plinky_ToepperweinElizabeth Servaty Toepperwein was born at New Haven, Conn., in 1882. At age 18, while working as a cartridge assembler in a Winchester factory, she met Adolph Toepperwein, an exhibition shooter employed by Winchester and a member of a vaudeville shooting act. After marrying a few weeks later, Adolph gave Elizabeth her first shooting lessons. When, after several tries, she finally hit a tin can, she exclaimed, “I plinked it!”which earned her the nickname “Plinky.” Soon she was shooting 1-inch pieces of chalk and crayons from between Adolph’s fingers and from his mouth, as part of his act. During the St. Louis World’s Fair they made their first appearance as a famous husband-and wife-team, The Famous Topperweins.

In 1906, Plinky won her first trophy in an open trapshooting competition, breaking 99 out of 100. She was the first woman in the U.S. to qualify as a national marksman with the military rifle and the first woman to break 100 straight targets at trapshooting; later, she scored 200 straight 12 times. In 1916 during an endurance shoot, she broke 1,952 of 2,000 targets in 5 hours and 20 minutes, the most ever shot by a man or woman in a single day. Although trapshooting was her main interest, she was equally proficient with rifle, pistol and shotgun. Can you imagine Plinky shooting 3-Gun?

Alice H. Bull

Born in 1910, Alice H. Bull grew up in Port Angeles, Wash. Her father taught her how to shoot, hike and ski. At age 7, she riddled a neighbor’s washtub with BBs. Noticing her interest in guns, Alice’s father gave her a .22.rifle and told her the never-forgotten slogan, “A gun is always loaded.”Much later, she became captain of the women’s rifle team at the University of Washington, while earning a degree in business administration. After college, Alice won her first trophy, shooting a .38-caliber revolver at a state pistol shoot-off. From there, she won many championships, including the national women’s high-power-rifle title. She competed in the National Rifle Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio, in 1935, 1936 and 1937. In 1949 Alice became the first woman elected to the National Rifle Association’s board of directors. She also was the first woman to earn the Army’s Distinguished Rifleman Badge, in 1961, and serve on the federal government’s National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice, in 1972.

Alice received the Sybil Luddington Women’s Freedom Award for her lifetime achievements on behalf of shooting sports and the right to bear arms at the NRA’s 1996 national convention.

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Fifty years from now, who will be celebrated during Women’s History Month? Which women of today are setting records and making a difference? Do you know a strong woman who is making her mark in history?

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A New National Campaign Asks Anglers to Pledge to Pitch It http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/a-new-national-campaign-asks-anglers-to-pledge-to-pitch-it/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/a-new-national-campaign-asks-anglers-to-pledge-to-pitch-it/#comments Thu, 12 Mar 2015 13:27:17 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21526 The recreational fishing industry, through KeepAmericaFishing®, its grassroots angler advocacy campaign, is asking anglers to add their worn out soft plastic baits to that list.

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Recreational fishing industry is asking anglers to properly dispose of soft plastic baits 

Alexandria, VA – March 11, 2015 - Americans are more conscious than ever about properly disposing of, or recycling plastic containers and other materials. The recreational fishing industry, through KeepAmericaFishing®, its grassroots angler advocacy campaign, is asking anglers to add their worn out soft plastic baits to that list.

KAF-PitchItThe new Pitch It campaign was the direct result of a proposed legislative ban in Maine on the sale and use of soft plastic baits. While legislators were contending that baits discarded in our waterways were harming fish populations, the American Sportfishing Association(ASA) is not aware of any study done in the wild showing the detrimental impact of soft baits. Years of laboratory tests on soft baits have shown that most fish regurgitate or pass them without harm.

While there are many environmental factors that have an impact on lakes and streams, ASA contends that, regarding soft plastic baits, what really exists is a litter problem. As the voice for the recreational fishing industry, ASA and KeepAmericaFishing developed the Pitch It campaign to address this issue, educate anglers on proper disposal methods, and influence a positive change.

“The genesis of the Pitch It campaign was the potential legislative ban on soft plastic baits, and that is its current focus,” said KeepAmericaFishing Director Liz Ogilvie. “However, we would like to extend the campaign beyond soft plastic baits to address trash of any type littering our nation’s waterways.”

Ogilvie also said that ASA and KeepAmericaFishing believe that building awareness and educating anglers is the appropriate action to stop other states that may consider introducing their own legislative actions.

“Our industry has stepped up to take the initiative to tackle this problem head-on and demonstrate that recreational anglers are – as always – the best stewards of our nation’s waterways,” stressed Ogilvie. “In fact, there is a lot of support from the industry on this issue, but special thanks go to the World Fishing NetworkStrike King and angling pro Kevin VanDam who were all significant contributors to getting the campaign off the ground.”

In his January 15, blog post, Pitch It supporter Kevin VanDam said, “There’s no excuse for throwing anything in the water that isn’t going to break down immediately. A crusty sandwich is one thing, but old plastics, fishing line or any tackle should be carried to shore at the end of the day. I encourage you to share this information with other fishermen and convince them to keep damaged plastics in their boats until they get to land where it can be disposed of properly. We have to lead by example.”

The Pitch It microsite on www.KeepAmericaFishing.org not only serves as an educational tool, but it also aims to be a repository for recycling programs across the country. “We are hearing about local tackle shops, clubs and even individuals who have started recycling programs for their local area. It’s important that we list them in one place, so anglers can easily find a repository for their disposable tackle,” noted Ogilvie. “Perhaps people will discover an opportunity right around the corner that they never knew about.”

For more information, contact info@keepamericafishing.org or visit the Pitch It microsite at http://www.pledgetopitchit.org/.

 

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Attention Bracket Lovers: Play ‘Critter Madness’ to Pick America’s Favorite Game Species http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/attention-bracket-lovers-play-critter-madness-pic-americas-favorite-game-species/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/attention-bracket-lovers-play-critter-madness-pic-americas-favorite-game-species/#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 21:02:24 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21523 It's the season to pick your favorites. Have fun with this new game that the whole family can play!

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TRCP unveils its inaugural tournament on March 12
TRCP-crittermadnessWASHINGTON, D.C. – The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership today announced their launch of “Critter Madness,” a tournament-style contest that will determine America’s favorite game species. Modeled on the popular NCAA basketball bracket, this tournament encourages American sportsmen and -women to vote on their favorite game animals and sport fish in a series of rounds. Facing off are 32 species, including elk, wild turkey, blue marlin, and bass from four distinct game “regions”—big game, upland birds and waterfowl, saltwater fish, and freshwater fish. First-round voting begins March 12 at crittermadness.org.

At the end of each of the five weekly rounds, the TRCP will reveal the fish or game species with the most votes. The Critter Madness champion will be announced on April 7. Participants are encouraged to log in to the contest to be eligible for weekly contestant prizes, which include an Orvis Gale Force pack, Berkley pliers, a Buck knife, Costa sunglasses, Abu Garcia Orra SX Low Profile baitcasting combo, custom Yeti Tundra 45 cooler, and a Remington Model 870 Express Super Mag Turkey/Waterfowl shotgun.
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How to Shed Hunt http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/shed-hunt/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/shed-hunt/#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 20:01:29 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21483 It's that time of year again! Time to hunt for shed antlers. Let Mia tell you how and why. Sponsored by Girls with Guns Clothing.

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It’s the time of year when mom, dad, kids and even dogs can head out on a hunt. Big game hunting seasons have closed. Some of our friends have tagged out and others never quite caught up to the big bucks or bulls they chased. As winter transitions to spring (between January and March), deer and elk begin to drop their antlers. If you’re like LG, you know that means it’s time to do another type of hunting – shed hunting! We get asked how to shed hunt all the time. Here’s how we do it.

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LG’s been shed hunting since she was a wee tyke. It’s an activity that gets entire families away from the TV and outside to enjoy God’s creations. Regardless of your thoughts on hunting animals, anyone can enjoy shed hunting.

 

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Where to hunt shed-antlers?

We live in Colorado and rules have changed for a few areas this year, so we want to caution you to always check the regulations in the area you are shed hunting. Some locations do not allow you to retrieve sheds, and others only allow you to retrieve sheds that are not attached to a skullcap or of limited sizes. Shed-antlers are found in the same areas we find deer and elk. They are sometimes rubbed or knocked off when an animal is going through thick brush or trees. Another locale to check is near creeks, fence lines or drainages. When the animal jumps, he may jar the antlers loose, causing them to drop. Something else to keep an eye out for is complete carcasses or skulls that still have antlers intact. Sometimes these are found on lion kills. Others are from accidents, fights during the rut or even animals that expired in landslides. 

 

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What are antlers? Antlers are similar to bones, but they grow and then die and fall off each year. While the antlers are growing, they have blood flowing through them and are covered in a fuzzy coating referred to as “velvet.” In this stage, before the antler dies, if it is broken it may bleed. Later, as a male begins to rut, the blood flow decreases. The antler dies and falls off or is shed. After the antler has died, it’s similar to an old, dried-out bone. Hormones restrict blood flow in the antlers, causing them to die and fall off. After a male drops his antlers, another pair begins form. They are generally a little larger than the previous year’s set, until the animal is elderly and on the decline of his life’s cycle.

When do deer and elk shed their antlers? It varies. Whitetail deer may begin shedding antlers in December and continue through February. Mule deer bucks may be seen losing antlers between January and March. Elk tend to shed antlers later yet, losing their antlers between February and April. The periods vary, and antlers may drop one at a time or both at once.

 

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Can my dog go shed hunting? Yes! Your dog can go shed hunting, too. Some shed hunting pros have even trained their loyal companions to find the dropped antlers. Wildlife biologists request that dog owners maintain control of their pets afield, so as not to frighten wildlife out of habitats.

Are antlers the same as horns? Although some refer to antlers as “horns,” they are not anything like horns. Horns are permanent on an animal and do not shed. In fact, horns sometimes have bones inside portions of outer coverings that keep growing. This outer layer is made up of a material similar to fingernails or hair. It continues to grow and does not fall off, until the animal dies, at which time the sheath may dry out and slip away from the interior bone.  

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Regardless of what you find, shed hunting is a good time for young and old alike.

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Smith & Wesson Pro-Staffer Randi Rogers Offers Advice for Women Who Want to Learn to Shoot http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/smith-wesson-pro-staffer-randi-rogers-offers-advice-women-want-learn-shoot/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/smith-wesson-pro-staffer-randi-rogers-offers-advice-women-want-learn-shoot/#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:58:13 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21521 Randi Rogers stopped long enough in her whirlwind schedule to talk to one of our fav radio hosts, Dan Small.

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This week, Dan Small Outdoors Radio features lady’s pistol champion Randi Rogers, turkey-hunting expert Ray Eye, Ruffed Grouse Society biologist Gary Zimmer and Madison, Wisconsin tackle dealer Gene Dellinger. Jeff and his partner Wayne Gstohl win the NAIFC qualifier on Wisconsin’s Lake Menomin. Dan greets fans at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show. 

Exclusive to podcast and FM 100.5 FM ESPN broadcast, presented by Wildland Management, providing forestry mowing, food plot and CRP installation, wetlands creation and other environmental services. Gene Dellinger, proprietor of D&S Bait in Madison, reports on ice-fishing action on the Madison chain and says ice is starting to deteriorate due to warm weather.

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Smith & Wesson pro-staffer Randi Rogers tells how she won the Production Lady title at the Florida Open and High Lady title at the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals in Springfield, MA and offers advice for women who want to get into recreational and competitive shooting. (www.smith-wesson.com, http://randirogersshooting.com)

Ray Eye, host of “Eye on the Outdoors” TV and radio shows, offers advice for taking spring gobblers when they do not respond to hen calls, the subject of his seminar at the Field & Stream/Outdoor Life Wisconsin Deer & Turkey Expo, April 10-12 in Madison.

Gary Zimmer, coordinating biologist with the Ruffed Grouse Society, reports on winter’s impact on grouse and says spring drumming should start within a month.

This week’s giveaway: Four tickets to the Field & Stream/Outdoor Life Wisconsin Deer & Turkey Expo, April 10-12 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. To enter, call 414-297-7554 or email dsoradio@gmail.com). Leave your name and phone number and mention the Deer & Turkey Expo giveaway.

Spring Giveaway: Niagara Falls Fishing Adventure. Guided fishing for two on the famed Lower Niagara River with Jiggin’ Jake’s Charters of Youngstown, NY; Two-nights stay at Barton Hill Hotel & Spa in Lewiston; passes to see all the Niagara Falls attractions; Shimano rod & reel package. To enter the drawing, visit Niagara-usa.com or call 877-FALLS-US and ask for a free fish map. That’s all there is to it!

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

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BATFE Retreats on 5.56 M855 Ammo Ban http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/batfe-retreats-5-56-m855-ammo-ban/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/batfe-retreats-5-56-m855-ammo-ban/#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:33:33 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21520 Caving to the pressure of 80,000+ comments, the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives called off its proposed ban on this popular form of ammo. Originally published at Realtree.com.

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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) announced March 10 that it had withdrawn its proposal to ban 5.56mm M855 ammo, known as “green tips” after receiving tens of thousands of comments from the public opposing the ban. The ammo is popular with target shooters and small game hunters because of its affordability, and is a common caliber found in AR-15 rifles.

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The BATFE had announced plans to ban certain types of M855 ammo through implementation of a proposed “sporting exemptions” framework. The BATFE claims M855 is armor-piercing, and the proposed framework would have banned M855 because the ATF said it feared the round could be used in a semi-automatic handgun. This type of ammo has been considered exempted for sporting purposes since 1986

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#NoWeaknessAllowed Seminar and Firearms Training in Yuma, Arizona http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/noweaknessallowed-seminar-firearms-training-yuma-arizona/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/noweaknessallowed-seminar-firearms-training-yuma-arizona/#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:03:58 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21515 Gabby is on the road again with her new program.

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Professional Competition Shooter Gabby Franco to Teach Life- and Shooting-Skills Courses

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

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

Entry fee is $35 per person. Franco will donate a portion of her proceeds to the Yuma Young Guns. The First Christian Church is located at 3261 South Avenue 6 East, Yuma, Ariz.

 

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On Sat., March 28, Franco will hold two classes for women only. The first is a four-hour Precision Shooting class from 8 a.m. to noon, and the second is an Introduction to Competitive Shooting from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is $175 per class. On Sun., March 29, Franco turns her attention to a men’s class that will run for six hours, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and focuses on Precision Shooting and Introduction to Competitive Shooting. Cost is $225.

Classes will be held at Adair Ranges, Inc., located approximately 15miles northeast of Yuma on Hwy 95 (16th St.). Turn off about 3/4 mile past Gila River Bridge to the west.

 

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Register online, http://gabbyfranco.com/yuma.html, for the seminar and classes.

Learn more about Gabby Franco at http://www.gabbyfranco.com/index.html.

Contact:

Gabby Franco

Email: training@gabbyfranco.com

Phone: 305-209-3106

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Ask Randi Rogers: Why Do I Fail Miserably at Matches? http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/ask-randi-rogers-fail-miserably-matches/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/ask-randi-rogers-fail-miserably-matches/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 22:20:57 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21481 Randi Rogers tells Frustrated in Frankfurt how to practice to win matches.

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In this installment of “Ask Randi Rogers,” she describes why people fail miserably in the clutch at shooting matches. Randi, in typical Rogers’ form, also gives constructive advice on how to practice to improve match performance. After all, this pro competition champion shooter ought to know.

Dear Randi,

I shoot great in practice, but when it comes to matches, I shoot terribly. Why is that? 

Sincerely,

Frustrated in Frankfurt

Dear FF,

One of the most difficult problems I have had in my own shooting is this same “practice shooting” and “match shooting” phenomenon. It is hard when you work so hard and do great in practice, but when you come to a match you struggle and don’t perform the way you KNOW that you can. Here are 3 things I have done that help me.

  • What is your mental strategy in practice vs. matches? For me, I used to have a bad disconnect where when I practiced it was relaxed and fun, but at matches I would be nervous and stressed out. To help with my match performance, I really had to change this. There are 2 ways to make this change. First, give yourself more pressure during practice. You don’t want to go all drill instructor, but if you can make your practice a serious affair where you really are trying to do your best at every drill, this will simulate the same seriousness of a match. The other side of the coin is to make your match environment less serious. I am not saying pull a Three Stooges, but don’t be afraid to smile, laugh and have a friendly conversation with your squad mates. You can still be serious when you are on deck, but you don’t have to be locked down focused all day long.
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  • Start Strong! This was another way to change my practice to help make it more similar to a match. In practice, many people I know take some time “warming up.” They shoot groups or just generally take some shots to get them going before they start “serious” practice. This is a bad habit to get into because you are never going to be able to go to a match and just “warm up” on the first stage. All the stages count – so, make sure all of your practice counts. Sometimes it is good to start your practice by shooting a whole stage first thing, or to use a timer on your very first shots. This helps to set the tone and make sure you are working hard right from the beginning.
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  • What do you practice versus what do you shoot in a match? You have to make your practice simulate a match. This doesn’t mean only shoot stages, you will have to do drills as well, but don’t just practice the stuff you like or the stuff you are already good at. This is hard sometimes, because I know I don’t want to work on hard stuff; I want to work on the easy stuff! However, if you want to compete well at matches, you have to work on everything: distance targets, swingers, one-handed shooting and movement. If you practice the hard stuff, it doesn’t seem so hard when you see it in a match.

Whether shooting practice or shooting matches, the key to everything is to be safe and have fun! Hopefully, with a couple of small changes, your match scores can be as much fun as the scores you shoot in practice.

 

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Guest Post: 10 Things My Horse Taught Me About Shooting http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/guest-post-10-things-horse-taught-shooting/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/guest-post-10-things-horse-taught-shooting/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 22:20:00 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21477 Guest blogger Annette Doerr, of WeShoot2, got to thinking about riding and shooting. Check out how she compares the two activities.

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Annette Doerr writes the popular blog WeShoot2. In this guest post, she focuses on 10 things her horse taught her about shooting. We think you’ll crack a little smile when you read this one, and see some astute comparisons, as well. Thanks, Annette.

 

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1. You get what you pay for. The old saying “You get what you pay for” is absolutely true. I once got a “great deal” on a water bottle for trail riding. It seemed handy, hooked over the horn of my western saddle and then secured around the fender. Sounds great, right? Well the first time we used it was when my husband (not exactly an equestrian) took my horse on a Poker Run with some friends of mine. It was all good, until my horse started spinning and bucking. Seems the nylon strap that hooked the water bottle over the horn came undone causing the full water bottle to drop onto my horses shoulder, spooking him as it banged into him every time he moved.

Now imagine getting a “great deal” on a cheap holster. Is securing your weapon something you REALLY want to skimp on? Cheap, Chinese plastic may look like a good deal, but if it cracks and breaks while you’re using it, the last thing you need is to have your weapon unsecured or worse yet, fall. While there are plenty of good deals to be had on quality holsters, know what you’re buying, and buy the best quality that you can afford (preferably American made!)

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The author and her horse, Cody. (Kristen Doerr photo)

2.  Breath. Yes, breathing is important in both equestrian activities and shooting. When I’m on my horse and I get nervous, I sing. I’m a terrible singer, but singing keeps me breathing.

Want to read the other 8 comparisons? Jump on over to WeShoot2.

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Brady Joins TRCP as Media Relations Director http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/brady-joins-trcp-media-relations-director/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/brady-joins-trcp-media-relations-director/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 20:41:00 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21512 Congratulations to Krystin Brady on her new job at the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.

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Hunter, angler, and former Field & Stream staffer will lead media outreach for sportsmen’s group

WASHINGTON – Kristyn Brady has joined the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership as the group’s media relations director. Brady spent 6 years on the editorial staff of Field & Streammagazine, where she most recently served as assistant editor and Heroes of Conservation columnist.

“Kristyn’s expertise and her connection to the sportsmen community will be a tremendous asset in communicating about important conservation and sportsmen’s access issues,” said TRCP President and CEO Whit Fosburgh. “As we seek to unite sportsmen and educate decision makers, credibly telling the story of sportsmen-led conservation, its connection to access and the outdoor economy, and what it means for the future of our hunting and fishing traditions will be critical to our success.”

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During her tenure with Field & Stream, Brady was responsible for finding and spotlighting nearly 100 extraordinary volunteers working to improve fish and wildlife habitat on the grassroots level through the magazine’s Heroes of Conservation program. In 2011, she helped launch Hero for a Day, an online video series created to boost and chronicle local conservation projects across the country. The planning and execution of both efforts required that Brady work closely with sportsmen’s groups, land trusts, state agencies, and the media.

“I’m excited to join the fantastic team at the TRCP,” said Brady. “In this role, I’ll continue to help share inspiring stories of progress being made by sportsmen across the country and in Washington, and I’m eager to use my experience in publishing to bring even more awareness to the conservation efforts of the TRCP and our partners. I’ve tasked myself with thinking creatively about the content needs of today’s media professionals.”

Brady grew up on the South Shore of Massachusetts and received her bachelor’s degree from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She worked for an arts nonprofit in Boston before relocating to New York City to join Bonnier Corporation and Field & Stream, where she quickly took up shooting, fishing, and hunting chukars, grouse, turkeys, and deer.

Visit the TRCP’s online Media Center, and contact Kristyn Brady with media requests at kbrady@trcp.org or 617-501-6352.

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3rd Annual Cast One for Hope Set for October on Bitterroot River http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/3rd-annual-cast-one-hope-set-october-bitterroot-river/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/3rd-annual-cast-one-hope-set-october-bitterroot-river/#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2015 21:03:49 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21474 What a wonderful way to raise money for this extraordinary charity.

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Casting for Recovery presents the 3rd Annual Cast One for Hope, an exclusive single-fly event on the legendary Bitterroot River, to benefit women with breast cancer. The event will be held on Oct. 2 and 3, 2015, in Hamilton, Mont.

Kick-Off Party: 6 – 9pm, Friday, October 2, 2015

Help us kick-off an amazing weekend of fly fishing and fundraising at the Pineview Lodge in Hamilton, MT. This casual reception is open to the local community and will include music, delicious edibles, hand-crafted spirits and local brew. Evening fare by Red Rooster Gourmet & Catering. Tickets $40 available here.

Single-Fly Event and Celebration Dinner: Saturday, October 3, 2015

The full-day guided drift begins at 8:30am and includes a catered lunch. This is your opportunity to fish pristine Montana water with elite, professional guides. 2 anglers per boat, limited to 30 anglers. The Celebration Dinner and Auction will begin at 6:30pm with a gourmet dinner and wine pairings at the Bedford Building, downtown Hamilton, MT. This memorable evening will include live and silent auction, awards presentation and music. Fly fishing entry is $1,000 per angler and includes both Friday and Saturday evening events. Dinner-only tickets, $100, available here. Local community members and CfR supporters are encouraged to attend.

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Learn more about Cast One for Hope.

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5 Ways to Transition Your Shotgun Skills from Shooting Clays to Hunting http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/5-ways-transition-shotgun-skills-shooting-clays-hunting/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/5-ways-transition-shotgun-skills-shooting-clays-hunting/#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2015 21:00:17 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21464 Go ahead. Practice this way at your range and we bet you'll see a marked improvement next season in the bird field. Christine Cunningham tells you how to practice. Sponsored by SYREN USA.

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Many will say that shooting clay-birds can destroy a hunter’s timing or create bad habits. A clay shooter can get locked into the predictable flight paths of targets, causing missed ducks, pheasant and grouse. Sporting clays provides a more lifelike presentation than trap or skeet, but any clay shooting is different than wingshooting. The original goal of shooting clays was to provide practice for hunting. It provides us an opportunity to practice a correct gun mount, to master observation techniques and to shoot more often, and therefore better. My time spent shooting trap and skeet have made a noticeable difference when hunting season arrives. Here are 5 ways to transition your shotgun skills from the shooting clays course to the hunting field.

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Practice Shooting on Uneven Ground 

When you set yourself up for a shot on the trap or skeet range, you’re setting your whole musculature for that shot and recoil before calling for the target. In the field, whatever position you have to shoot from, your body tightens to make the shot. One foot might be in a hole or on a hill. In hunting situations, you don’t always have the luxury of getting into a perfect shooting stance. Setting yourself up in the perfect stance can cause you to lose the time you need to make a shot on game. One way to practice for this is to enlist the help of a friend and use an automatic trap thrower or hand thrower to alternate releasing and shooting clays. Set the auto-thrower up in an area that has irregularities in terrain, brush and trees for obstructions and practice taking shots while walking through high grass or brush.

 

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Practice Shooting at Game Speed 

No practice set up can replicate field-speed. If you shoot moving targets enough, you get a feel for the speed of the bird. The mind does that for you, but you’re not thinking about it. One of the best-known explanations for calculating ballistics for ducks is the garden hose comparison used by Robert Ruark in the classic book, The Old Man and the Boy:

Let’s say you are watering the lawn. Your Cousin Roy runs through the back yard and you got the hose in your hand and all of a sudden you would like to wet down your Cousin Roy. He could probably use a bath, but let’s don’t get personal.

If the kid is running against the wind and you got a hose in your hand and you want to wet him, you got to do several different things. One, you are pointing the hose. Two, you are figuring the wind. Three, you are figuring how fast Roy is running.

So you know that a hose will squirt only so far before it bends backward in the wind. You know that Roy can run only so fast. So if you’re as smart as I think you are, you point the hose somewhere ahead of Roy, let the wind take the water stream backward, and then let Roy and the stream collide at a point you’ve already figured out.

A clay target is not going to replicate a winged-target any better than it could replicate a running boy. Clays have never moved the way teal or geese move, for instance. Sporting clays offers fewer static shooting scenarios than trap or skeet, but another way to practice for the unexpected is to have another person throw targets without calling for them and to set up presentations that are close to those you will experience in your method of hunting – a 50- or 60-yard crosser, a fast rabbit, a following pair or a falling target. It helps to learn something about the size and flight of the birds, as well as the way they will be hunted, in order to work on those situations in practice.

 

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Practice Shooting with Distractions 

In competitive clay shooting, you don’t allow outside influences to enter your mind during a shoot. This is true to a lesser extent in amateur clay shooting as well, since the course is designed according to safety requirements and also, the rules of the game provide a shooter with the ability to focus on his or her shooting. On the range, you don’t have to worry about bird identification or the dog. In the field, the outside influences matter. Shooting different colored targets (for example, one color for hens and one color for drakes) and only shooting a designated color will help reconnect the discriminating mind that can be lost in competition shooting. If you shoot with a dog, having the dog with you when you practice can be helpful as long as it does not affect the dog’s training.

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Practice Shooting Using the Your Field Gun, Loads and Chokes 

I made a mistake in practice of becoming “too much of a trap shooter.” I started out going to the range to practice for bird hunting, but drank the Kool-Aid. I purchased a BT-99 specifically for trap, then a Browning Citori for doubles, and then an entire skeet set. In the field, I used heavier loads or a lighter gun and different chokes. The result of not shooting my field gun showed during the following hunting season – my trap & skeet scores improved, but my wingshooting took a hit. This year, I reviewed the Syren Elos Venti, and took the gun to the field and to the range. It was designed to be as appropriate in the field as it is in the gun club. After the review, I purchased the Elos sent to me on consignment. It’s the perfect choice for me because it allows me to practice with the gun I will be using in the field.

 

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Practice Shooting in Your Field Clothes 

In the winter, while shooting clays, I wear a heavy shooting jacket. In the summer, I often shoot in a t-shirt. Neither of these articles of clothing are what I would wear in the field where I need to be either camouflaged or dressed in layers. My game vest is built differently than my shooting vest, and it makes a difference when I practice wearing a game vest. This is especially true when there is weight in the game pouch, which has thrown off my balance on hillsides in the mountains. Before the season starts, it helps to practice wearing exactly what I wear in the field.

 

 

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The biggest difference between clay-bird shooting and shooting in the field is the mental game. In wingshooting, a bad shot could mean a wounded bird. If you’re a good shooter, you’ve probably put some pellets in a bird. That’s a real dilemma. It’s something that you think about.

Hunting is not about a number of targets hit as much as it is about moments in time. The moment when the bird comes up and you swing the gun is what I think about the day before the opener. Everyone has something about the field they like better than something else. Maybe it’s pressing the trigger. For me it’s reacting to a wild bird, swinging through it … there’s nothing better than that.

 

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Lady Bass Anglers Association Kicks Off 2015 Tournament Season at Caddo Lake, Louisiana http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/lady-bass-anglers-association-kicks-2015-tournament-season-caddo-lake-louisiana/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/lady-bass-anglers-association-kicks-2015-tournament-season-caddo-lake-louisiana/#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2015 05:02:27 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21473 It's the start of another great season for the LBAA!

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The Lady Bass Anglers Association (LBAA) will kick off its 2015 tournament season at Caddo Lake, La., on March 13. Located in Shreveport, La., Caddo Lake is the largest natural body of fresh water in the South. For more information about the tournament, visit the Lady Bass Anglers Association’s website.

 

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Pam Martin Wells is one of the top female bass anglers in the country. (LBAA photo)

Special thanks to the following for their generous support of the LBAA tournament on Caddo Lake:
Oil City Rotary Club
Pics North LLC
Dempsey Oil Company
Boyou State Oil Corporation
Representative Jim Morris
Allen Brothers
PKP Oil Company
Oil Well Acidizers, Inc.
Chippewa Investments, LLC 
Marine Specialties

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Women of Remington Outdoor Company: Ashley Kerr http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/women-remington-outdoor-company-ashley-kerr/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/women-remington-outdoor-company-ashley-kerr/#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2015 02:55:17 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21460 Meet the new Women's Initiative Manager for Remington Outdoor Company, Ashley Kerr.

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We love this story of how a young woman, Ashley Kerr, achieves her dream of working in the outdoor industry. As part of our series on “Women of Remington Outdoor Company,” we hope to encourage and inspire a new round of outdoor enthusiasts to go after those dreams of doing what they love — every day at work.

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I started shooting when I was in my early twenties when my husband introduced me to firearms.  I fell in love with shooting immediately.  Soon after that, I knew that I wanted a career in the shooting sports industry.  I relentlessly pursued a position at one of the top firearm wholesaler in my home town. They gave me an opportunity, and my career in the shooting sports industry began. I was promoted to sales within six months, and after three years with that company, I pursued a new career with Remington Outdoor Company.

Working at Remington for the last seven years, I have flourished and I’m continuing a wonderfully successful career with Remington.  I was awarded the Merchandiser of the Year Award, Ammunition Salesperson of the year (first woman in Remington history), and most recently being promoted to the Press Relations and Marketing team in a brand new role as  the Women’s Initiatives Manager.  My new role as the Women’s Initiatives Manger is a first in Remington’s history.

It’s hard for me to believe how far I’ve come in my journey since setting my goal of working in the industry I truly adore. Having said that, my new role as Women’s Initiatives Manager is both exciting and challenging.  We are breaking ground with our efforts to create a safe, welcoming environment for ladies to become informed and trained with firearms.  Another area we are focusing on is for us to provide products that will have many adaptable features that women are asking for.

 

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Throughout the year Remington Outdoor Company will be hosting training events that will be hosted by women, for women, and instructed by women. It’s a great joy of mine to coach ladies through their first shots; it’s a moment that will be with them forever just as my first shot was.

Our goal for training contains a  method that involves a safe, welcoming, environment with straight-forward instruction; not only the basics of stance, grip, etc. but being able to diagnose their own targets allowing them to continue to improve when they are on their own.

 

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Most importantly the excitement of introducing ladies to the shooting sports is all about having a safe, fun, educational, welcoming environment to assist them on their journey to become skilled shooters.  I truly love my job and I am excited to be a part of an initiative that allows me to do just that.

The future of women in the shooting sports is brighter now than ever and I am proud to be part of it.

~Ashley Kerr

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Oppose ATF’s 5.56 M855 Ball Ammunition Ban http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/oppose-atfs-5-56-m855-ball-ammunition-ban/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/oppose-atfs-5-56-m855-ball-ammunition-ban/#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 13:51:14 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21458 Let your voices be heard.

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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has announced it is seeking to ban commonplace 5.56 M855 ball ammunition  as “armor piercing ammunition.” If you have not already done so, all industry employees, target shooters and gun owners should contact your Member of Congress AND the ATF to oppose this unnecessary ban, which is truly a solution in search of a problem and that raises serious questions about executive agency attitude and overreach. Stopped cold on Capitol Hill, this action appears to be the Obama administration’s attempt to pursue gun control by other means.

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Commonly available steel-core, “green tip” M855 and SS109 rifle ammunition that is primarily intended and regularly used for “sporting purposes,” like target shooting, has been exempt from federal law banning armor piercing ammunition for decades. There is no question that the 5.56 ball ammo has been in wide use by law abiding American citizens for sporting purposes.

It is with the increasing prevalence of handgun versions of rifle platforms, that ATF now apparently sees an opening to now ban the widely used M855 and SS109 ammunition.

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DIVA WOW has brought thousands of women to the shooting sports through clinics and hunts. This ban threatens the availability of target and hunting ammo. (DIVA WOW photo)

ATF’s proposed “framework” for applying the “sporting purpose” exemption test rewrites the law passed by Congress to disregard the manufacturer’s intention that a projectile or cartridge is “primarily intended for a supporting purpose.” ATF inappropriately places the focus on how criminals might misuse sporting ammunition in a handgun.

Read more about the ban, and how you can easily contact your representatives through the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s site.

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Mentoring the Next Generation: Katie Pavlich http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/mentoring-next-generation-katie-pavlich/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/mentoring-next-generation-katie-pavlich/#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 01:59:28 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21456 Find out what Lea learned from Katie Pavlich about hunting. Sponsored by Remington Outdoor Company.

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Lea Leggitt, intern at Women’s Outdoor News, loved being backstage and on the red carpet at the Outdoor Channel’s Golden Moose Awards. She created a series of interviews, based on the theme of “Mentoring the Next Generation,” for her short interview time with each leading outdoor personality. In this installment, Lea talks to Katie Pavlich.

At the Outdoor Channel’s Golden Moose Awards I met Katie Pavlich. I learned that she is a very successful reporter, editor, author and television news commentator who supports Americans and our Constitution. She also is a firearms shooter and a hunter.

One of my favorite things of the evening happened when I told her about my assignment at the Golden Moose Awards for The WON. She asked me right away if I knew Barbara Baird, publisher of this site.  Of course I do. It made me laugh.

I asked Katie about mentoring others.

 

I also asked her another question, since I am a hunter, too.

How did you get into hunting?

I owe everything to my dad for getting me into hunting. He’s been a hunting safety instructor for 30 years and, of course, is a long-time hunter himself. I am so grateful to him for sharing hunting with me; it is one of the greatest gifts I have ever received. He bought me my first hunting rifle with “Katie P.” embroidered on the sling for my 10th birthday. At age 11, I was elk and deer hunting in Arizona, climbing mountains, walking through the desert and taking in the view of the Grand Canyon. The most important lesson he ever taught me is that hunting isn’t about the kill, but about the experience.

 

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Holster Fashion Show a Great Way to Educate and Entertain http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/holster-fashion-show-great-way-educate-entertain/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/holster-fashion-show-great-way-educate-entertain/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:34:07 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21424 Here's what we saw at the Firearms and Fashion Expo's holster show.

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If you’re looking for a way to introduce more women to the concept of shooting a firearm and carrying concealed, you might consider hosting a holster fashion show, which, as we found last weekend at the Firearm and Fashion Expo in Branson, Mo., appeared to be a great way to educate and entertain. The weekend’s events felt the brunt of yet another winter snow and ice storm that swiftly moved into the southwestern portion of the Ozarks on Friday afternoon and basically shut down travel.

For the few souls left at the Expo (including Yours Truly), the show must and did go on. Our models appeared and we worked with a small, although enthusiastic, crowd who came out to support this fund-raising effort for the Southwest Missouri Chapter of The Well Armed Woman (TWAW). Pictured below are a few of the holsters we showed onstage, and yes, that’s our Marti Davis in the mix. After the show, the audience could ask questions and examine the holsters that had been brought out from behind stage. We even auctioned a few of them off to raise money for TWAW’s non-profit status fund.

 

Marti  wears a Crossbreed Mini-Tuck IWB holster. (Jason Baird Photo) Jerusha models the AVA, from Flashing Holsters -- an IWB holster.  (Jason Baird photo) Jo wears a Pistol Wear Mini-Trump. (Jason Baird photo) Emily models this On Your Side OWB holster, in fashionable colors. (Jason Baird photo) Jerusha is ready for business with this Montana West concealed carry purse. (Jason Baird photo) Jo gets ready to draw from her boot, thanks to her Galco Gunleather ankle glove. (Jason Baird photo) Bright_Deborah Whytock Del-Galco

 Notes from the Show, with other holsters, too

A special thanks goes out to Stacy Bright, a firearms instructor and Concealed Carry trainer in southwest Missouri, who planned and then, coordinated this event. These are her show notes.

 

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BELLY BAND – This woman’s belly band holster is made by The Well Armed Woman and is one of the best and most versatile holster options for women. It is exactly what we need to effectively carry our firearms with the variety of clothing styles we wear. THE MOST comfortable belly band there is and THE ONLY BELLY BAND MADE FOR WOMEN! Women have shorter waists than men, so the typical 5″ or wider belly band can be cumbersome and uncomfortable. Finally a belly band holster designed for women. The Well Armed Woman Belly Band is made from top quality comfort elastic for all day wear. It is a comfortable 4″ wide and is available in both Natural and Black. It features multiple holsters and pockets for spare magazines or other items comes with removable retention straps. Universal, fits most all Firearm models and is Latex free.

MSRP: $40.99 magnetic-holstersMAGNETIC HOLSTER – This holster is IDEAL for lighter weight pants/ sweatpants or skirts with no belt. The features a very body hugging design which is ideal for women as it lays very close to the hip with no handles jutting out. The magnet is amazingly strong so the holster does NOT slip! It also can be molded to your gun for a custom perfect fit. (Comes with complete and very easy directions) It also has a built in sight channel. It can be ordered for right or left handed shooters. These amazing holsters can be molded and formed to YOUR gun or used as is perhaps for multiple gun models of similar size. Can be worn on the waist on ALL kinds of pants/shorts and skirts including In The Pants and On The Waistband. Can be used as a pocket holster with its very sleek design. Use it in your car on any metal surface. Use it on the side of your bed – attach to metal bed frame. You can wear this holster IN THE PANTS TOO! Just buy the opposite side draw because you will turn it around to wear inside the pants. So… If you are right handed and want to wear it in the pants, order the LEFT HANDED model.

MSRP: $50.99 flash-bang holsterTHE FLASHBANGThe Flashbang is a thermo-plastic, molded clamshell that snaps into place over small pistols and revolvers. It tucks underneath a bra band, where it is secured in place by both the band itself and a soft suede strap that snaps around the center portion of the bra between the bra cups. The open-bottom design of the holster allows the gun to be drawn simply by pulling straight down on the grip of the gun, while the suede strap keeps the holster securely attached to the bra. To draw the gun, use your weak-side hand to pull the hem of your shirt away from your body. Then pull straight down on the firearm with your shooting hand. Because of the way the Flashbang holster is made, the trigger guard is fully covered until the gun is pulled away from the body while at the same time allowing a full grip on the firearm. The Flashbang bra holster comes with three straps of different lengths to accommodate the majority of bras. Each strap has a directional snap that allows you to quickly put the holster on and take it off, but prevents the holster from being forcibly removed or accidentally knocked loose. ** Note: the Glock 26 & 27 are LARGER sub compact pistols and therefore, require ‘bigger bust’ to be able to conceal comfortably and properly. You will need to dress around these guns i.e. wear looser shirts etc. more than the other models due to the size of these pistols. Keep that in mind.

MSRP: $44.99 minituck_HH_sigCROSSBREED MINITUCK IWB - The cleverly designed CrossBreed® MiniTuck® features the same comfort and concealability as the larger SuperTuck®; but on a smaller scale for compact carry pistols. This holster is ideal for deep concealment of a smaller pistol or for those with a smaller body frame. Designed exclusively and patented by CrossBreed® Holsters, the MiniTuck® is hand molded to fit each specific firearm listed. It features premium leather backing with a molded and mounted kydex pocket and includes a “combat cut” standard on each holster. Versatile for carry options, the MiniTuck® may be worn comfortably with or without your shirt tucked in – based on your personal carry style. Powder coated steel belt clips are modular, enabling you to adjust cant AND ride height. Three different leather selections and additional clip choices allow each individual to choose the combination of options that they prefer for their personalized, handcrafted holster.

MSRP: Base Price $67.75

 

Ava holster

THE AVA – Meet AVA, another Flashbang Holster - a leather and thermoplastic hybrid made to be worn inside the waistband. It features a soft, leather back piece that conforms to your shape. The back piece is lined with a rich, deep purple suede for comfort. It is also cut down to be smaller than the traditional men’s style hybrid holsters, to better fit a woman’s body- but guys love the Ava too! The clips are super-strong to hold the holster in place with or without a belt. They are adjustable and can be raised or lowered to create a total of NINE different cant and depth combinations! Totally customizable!! The AVA can be worn many different ways, so you can find the carry that works best for you and is most comfortable!

MSRP: $59.99 twaw-pistol-pouchTHUNDER WEAR PISTOL POUCHThe Well Armed Woman Pistol Pouch by Thunderwear was designed by a wearer, for a wearer. It provides a stable platform for the most comfortable, concealed carry possible. We anchor the weight around the hipbones, (not on the soft tissue of your waist). This distributes the weight of your firearm (and the tactical reload) evenly around the hips at the center of gravity. The firearm is worn in the front, on the centerline. This way it will not interfere with normal or rigorous physical activity, such as running or climbing comfortable. When you sit down, the firearm fits down in between your legs. “Sensitive” body parts are well out the way of the firearm. Worn on top of the underwear, under the pants or skirt.

MSRP: $47.99

 

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THE BETTY – From the creator of the Flashbang Bra Holster comes an in the pants holster that allows you to carry like a women. A tuck-able inside-the-waistband thermo-plastic holster with adjustable cant. Ideal for carry with or without a belt on any type of clothing with an accessible waistband. Can also be used to clip inside a purse, or to the top of a cowboy boot (with appropriate cover garment). (NOTES ON THE BETTY): Unlike the Flashbang which is another clamshell type holster which “snaps” tight around the gun, The Betty should be a little bit looser when you put it in the holster when it is off your waistband. Because it relies on the “tension” created between your body and your pants to get it to the right tightness, it will be a looser fit prior to clipping it to you pants and tightening the waistband. If it were completely tight before you put it on and tightened your waistband – it would be so tight you could not draw the gun from it. I hope this makes some sense; it’s a hard thing to describe!!

MSRP: $44.99

 

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FEMME FATALE ANKLE – This ankle holster from Femme Fatale is covered in luxurious lace and features a hidden pocket to securely hold your handgun. The 5″ wide pocket accommodates a variety of firearms and allows for ambidextrous wear. The design also allows for the firearm to be positioned so that it is within the contour of your leg for more complete concealment. The closure is a single row of hooks & a single row of eyes. A hidden plastic shield between ankle and gun provides additional comfort.

MSRP: $40

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 FEMME FATALE CORSET - Luxurious, embroidered lace covers 6″ wide corset elastic which fits comfortably just below your bra. A padded pocket in the front conceals your firearm, and the tension of the garment keeps it snug. The pocket is lined with a breathable, waterproof material to help kee perspiration and body oils off your gun. It accommodates a variety of gun sizes and allows for ambidextrous draw. The back has lingerie hook and eye closures, with three rows of eyes for a perfect fit. You may not expect a corset to be comfortable, but you’ll be surprised! This lace is super-soft and comfy. And the holster positions the gun so snugly against your body that even the most petite ladies will get excellent concealability. Just keep in mind that this is a corset, designed to cinch the waist in, so it will be a snug fit. Holster pocket is roughly 5″ deep and 7.5″ wide to allow you the option to angle the firearm to your preference. Fits a variety of firearm sizes from sub-compact to full-size.

MSRP: $89

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FEMME FATALE THIGH – This feminine thigh holster from Femme Fatale features 6″ wide, luxurious, embroidered lace. Silicone grippers along the top and bottom edges keep the holster securely in place. No need for an uncomfortable garter belt! Pocket is roughly 4.5″ deep and 4.5″ wide, to accommodate a variety of firearm sizes. What about Kilt-wearers? Yes, we can custom-make one for you in man-thigh size, without the lace! The holster was positioned lower on the thigh in the images, to allow for modest photography. You will want to push the holster up much higher. The holster will work on either leg – adjust to figure out what placement and height works best for you.

MSRP: $70

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STICKY HOLSTER – These original holsters are IWB (In the waist band) holsters for concealed carry. The smaller sizes also work well for in the pocket use. The construction of the holster uses the pressure from your clothing waistband to secure both the holster and the gun. They don’t come with clips or loops to secure it in place, as the outer “sticky” skin adheres to your waistband, undergarments and/or your skin. Sticky holsters has also developed these holsters into a modular system, where you can use it IWB, in the pocket, on your ankle using our ankle rig and for police officers.TAGUA IWB – This very versatile holster can be worn inside the waistband or on the belt. Being ambidextrous, it allows for left and right. Doubled stitched for strength and durability leather lined for added protection of your guns finish. Belt slots fits up to 1 1/4″ wide belts.

Prices vary. Purse-Defender CrossbreedCROSSBREED PURSE DEFENDER – Another member of the CrossBreed Modular family: The Purse Defender is designed to go inside your favorite purse or hand bag, so you don’t have to buy a special conceal carry purse if you don’t want to. The Velcro® Brand Fastener-lined Kydex panel fits securely in your purse or other bag, and keeps the gun and purse stabilized. This means that it will not spill over or cause your purse to tip like many purse holsters on the market today. Combined with our handcrafted modular holster, the Purse Defender ensures your firearm is safe, secure and always in the same spot in your purse or bag. The Purse Defender system comes complete with the L-Shaped panel, and a CrossBreed® Handcrafted Modular Holster. (For use with your own purse.)It is available in left or right hand and for a wide variety of small to medium sized handguns. The Purse Defender measures 9″ wide x 6″ tall with the base of the assembly being 3″ wide. The Purse Defender and modular holster come complete with Crossbreed’s “Two Week, Try it Free Guarantee” and our Life Time Warranty.

MSRP: From $49.95 (small) and from $52.95 (large)

On Your Side holster

 

ON YOUR SIDE OWB – These outside the waistband holsters are made of kydex and molded to your specific firearm. Because it is so slim, it sits close to your body allowing a cover garment to conceal it easily. It rides comfortably while standing or sitting down and drawing and reholstering are simple and easy. Available in many different colors/patterns for both men and women!

Prices vary.

Montana West purseMONTANA WEST PURSES – Made of leather, this handbag has a zippered pocket on the back to conceal the handgun (8.5 x 5), and a single compartment divided by a medium zippered pocket. Also has zipper enclosure for the entire purse, a smaller zippered pocket on inside back, 2 open pockets on the inside front, and a cell phone pocket and a zippered pocket on the back. Comes in various styles and colors.

Prices Vary.

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GALCO ROYAL GUARD – The Royal Guard™ offers the ultimate in comfort, durability, and versatility. Worn inside the pants, it allows real-world concealment of even a large defensive pistol. Made with the rough side of the leather facing out for the greatest degree of stability, the Royal Guard’s innovative design creates a smooth leather pocket reinforced for sturdiness and protection, while also permitting unrestricted movement and easy reholstering. Combat grip accessibility, essential for speed, rounds out this most versatile of inside the pants holsters. Constructed of premium natural color horsehide, the Royal Guard fits 1 3/4″ belts, with an optional belt channel that fits 1 1/4″ belts. Made for semiautomatic pistols and double-action revolvers, the Royal Guard is available in right or left hand designs in natural finish.

MSRP: $136.95

GalcoM4XmatrixGALCO M4X MATRIX – Offering a high level of security but an extremely fast draw, the M4X ALH™ is the latest addition to Galco’s Matrix™ holster line. Galco’s patented locking device retains the pistol until the ergonomic and intuitive thumb-release lever is depressed, instantly releasing the pistol for a quick, smooth draw. Constructed from the same injection-molded thermoplastic as the other Matrix holsters, the M4X also maintains the same fierce durability and dependability. The locking mechanism has endured torture tests involving thousands upon thousands of draws, and is well-suited to hard, real-world use. The slight forward cant allows a fast and comfortable draw, while pulling the handgun in tight for good concealment.

MSRP: $44.95

Galco=Gunleather-anklegloveGALCO ANKLE GLOVE – The Ankle Glove’s wide neoprene ankle band and Velcro closure offer extended wearing comfort and unmatched security. Additional comfort is provided by sheepskin padding between the holster and ankle. It also features a reinforced thumb break for speed of draw and detailed molding for firearm retention. The Ankle Glove may be worn with or without the optional adjustable calf strap (sold separately). Constructed of premium saddle leather stitched to a neoprene band, the Ankle Glove accommodates ankles up to 13″ in circumference. Made for semiautomatic pistols and double-action revolvers, the Ankle Glove is available in right or left hand draw in black finish

MSRP: $104.95

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GALCO DEL HANDBAG – This is the go anywhere bag, crafted from full-grain, glove-tanned leather. The fully lined, divided main compartment includes a pocket for a cell phone, glasses, PDA, or other accessory, along with a zippered pocket for small items. An easily accessed outside front pocket offers additional storage for frequently used items. The strap is wide at the shoulder for additional comfort, with a solid brass, trapezoidal buckle. The Del’s™ self-contained side-entry holster compartment accommodates most small and large-frame defensive handguns. Like all Galco handbags, it features a locking zipper for added security.

MSRP: $339.95

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PISTOL WEAR TRUMP CARD MINI-HOLSTER- The versatile, unisex, concealment holster for concealed carry with casual, athletic, or professional dress attire. Designed for comfortable under arm carry, inside the waistband (IWB) carry or outside the waistband (OWB) carry. The Trump Card MINI concealment holster is very comfortable and it can accommodate a variety of concealed carry positions. It includes a unique multi-location adjustable support strap for under arm carry use. The strap can be placed anywhere on the concealment holster system to achieve the best fit for the user. Fits subcompact handguns less than 5.25 inches in length.

MSRP: $44.95

As you can see, there are many options for carrying concealed. Please feel free to let us know which ones you prefer and why.

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Children and Guns — What You Should Know Now http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/children-guns-know-now/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/children-guns-know-now/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:10:42 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21422 Carrie Lightfoot urges Americans to learn and practice safe gun handling.

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Thanks to The Well Armed Woman and Carrie Lightfoot, for this guest post on what you should know now about your children and guns. It’s a call to action by parents and gun owners.
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For the educated and responsible gun owning parent, these are positive words. We think about the next generation we are raising who will fight to protect our Second Amendment rights, a generation that respects guns as the powerful tool they are and knows how to care for and handle them properly. We smile as we think of our family time on the range. For others, hearing the words ‘children and guns’ elicits horrific images and fears along with cries for stricter laws to protect them.

As mothers and fathers, we have to understand this and these emotionally charged responses from those that lack the understanding that we have as responsible gun owners.
I participated in a number of interviews following the tragic accident involving a 9 year old girl who accidentally shot an instructor while shooting a subcompact automatic Uzi. We all have opinions and criticisms of this incident and are rightfully disturbed by choices made by the adults involved. Rather than add to the dialogue which we are seeing everywhere in the press and social media, I would like to focus on what an incident like this means to us as parents and gun owners.
Read the rest of the post at TWAW.

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Corey Cogdell-Unrein Earns Gold in Women’s Trap at ISSF World Cup Series http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/corey-cogdell-unrein-earns-gold-womens-trap-issf-world-cup-series/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/corey-cogdell-unrein-earns-gold-womens-trap-issf-world-cup-series/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:31:10 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21420 Congrats to Corey Cogdell-Unrein and teammate Kayle Browning at ISSF Acapulco World Cup.

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The USA Shooting Shotgun Team wasted no time in picking right up where it left off in 2014. In Acapulco, Mexico for the start of the 2015 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup series, Corey Cogdell-Unrein and Kayle Browning supplied the opening-day highlights Monday with a gold medal, a fourth-place finish and the most important reward of all, an Olympic quota in Women’s Trap.  Brian Burrows came through Tuesday with a finals entry and an eventual sixth-place finish.

The team is looking to build off an historic season that saw it earn16 World Cup and 11 World Championship medals along with three earned Olympic quotas. That goal got off to enthusiastic beginning when Cogdell-Unrein finished on top of the podium and earned an Olympic quota while Browning finished fourth after just missing out on the gold-medal match during a shoot-off with her teammate.

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Two-time Olympian Corey Cogdell-Unrein got her and the USA Shooting Team’s season started right with a gold-medal at the ISSF Acapulco World Cup on Monday. (USA Shooting photo)

The ISSF World Cup in Acapulco goes through Saturday with competition set for Men’s Double Trap Thursday, followed by Men’s and Women’s Skeet Sunday and Monday.  Follow the action here or by following USA Shooting’s news feed here.

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Spring Cleaning Sale at The Well Armed Woman http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/spring-cleaning-sale-well-armed-woman/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/spring-cleaning-sale-well-armed-woman/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:17:20 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21417 Do you need to stock up on some gun cleaning supplies? Check out what The Well Armed Woman is offering on sale.

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You know you gotta do it. Clean those guns, Girl. The Well Armed Woman is offering you an excuse to shop for cleaning supplies with its “spring cleaning sale,” where you can get 15% off its line of WONderful cleaning products.

 

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Find out more about this sale, and while you’re there, check out TWAW’s blog, holster collection and helpful tips for becoming a skilled and trained firearms shooter. Code: MARCH.

Visit The Well Armed Woman.

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Special ‘Patriot’s Day’ Project Appleseed Rifle Marksmanship Clinics Offered Throughout Florida & Nationwide – April 18-19 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/special-patriots-day-project-appleseed-rifle-marksmanship-clinics-offered-throughout-florida-nationwide-april-18-19/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/special-patriots-day-project-appleseed-rifle-marksmanship-clinics-offered-throughout-florida-nationwide-april-18-19/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:20:26 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21415 We've attended a Project Appleseed event and highly recommend. Experience history, along with stellar gun training.

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While Project Appleseed holds events on weekends all over the country, all year long, the upcoming weekend of April 18th and 19th is special. In order to honor this, perhaps the most important date in American history, we hold special rifle marksmanship events we call the “Patriot’s Day Event”.

Project Appleseed is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to maintaining the ideals and traditions of the Founding generation. In order to accomplish our goal, Project Appleseed teaches rifle marksmanship and the true story of April 19th, 1775, the day of Paul revere’s Ride in weekend clinics all over this great nation.

By taking our participants back to that fateful day and teaching rifle marksmanship, Project Appleseed hopes to reconnect “ordinary” Americans with their extraordinary heritage. The ideals and traditions of the men, women and children who created this country resulted in the freest and most prosperous nation the world has ever known. We drift from their simple wisdom at our own great peril.  As we are an all-volunteer organization, we ask for your help in getting the word out to fill our firing lines and expose more Americans to these patriotic, non-partisan, family-oriented events.

April 19, 1775 – the day of the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World”

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(Project Appleseed photo)

“Patriot’s Day” Project Appleseed rifle marksmanship clinics will be held throughout Florida on:

Apr. 18-19: Wyoming Antelope Club, 3700 126th. Ave. N., Clearwater, FL.

Apr. 18-19: Hernando Sportsman’s Club, 16121 Commercial Way, Brooksville, FL.

Apr. 18-19: Manatee Gun and Archery Club, 1805 Logue Rd., Myakka City, FL.

Apr. 18-19: Volusia County Gun & Hunt Club, 4645 E. SR 44, New Smyrna Beach, FL.

Apr. 18-19: Port Malabar Rifle and Pistol Club, 610 Hurley Blvd. SW, Palm Bay, FL.

Apr. 18-19: Isaac Davis Memorial Range, located off Upper Cody North Road, Wacissa, FL (near Tallahassee).

 

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Participants are taught fundamental rifle marksmanship skills that are to allow a rifleman or riflewoman to be accurate out to 400 yards, with iron sights or a scope, a standard rifle and surplus ammo. Most of the instruction at a Project Appleseed event is conducted on the firing range at 25 yards, at reduced size targets to simulate 100 to 400 yards.  Students will learn rifle shooting from the standing, sitting, kneeling, and prone positions, sight alignment, and breath control, along with safe gun handling, proper use of a sling, and Revolutionary War history.

 

Registration begins at 8 a.m. The clinic starts at 8:30 a.m. and will continue until 5:00 p.m., both days.

 

Please bring your own ear/eye protection, rifle with sling and ammo, rifle mat, bug repellent, hat, sunscreen, a packed lunch, snacks, and water to drink.

 

A .22 caliber rifle is recommended due to the cost of ammo, but a centerfire rifle can be used if preferred.   About 250 rounds of ammo will be needed per day.

 

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(Jason Baird photo)

Marksmanship Clinic fees (includes both Saturday and Sunday, but participants do not have to attend both days):  

Adults: $60

Youth under age 18:  $20

Active duty military, Law Enforcement Officers with ID, and elected officials are free.

Additional club range fees may apply.

Patriot’s Day Project Appleseed rifle marksmanship clinics are offered nationwide too.  For a full calendar listing for all nationwide 2015 events in your area, please visit http://appleseedinfo.org/search-states-map.php

For more info or any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Project Appleseed Regional Coordinator, Trey Dawson, at 727-452-4650 or tdawson@tampabay.rr.com.

Revolutionary War Veterans Association – Project Appleseed Florida

www.appleseedinfo.org

https://www.facebook.com/FloridaAppleseed

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LaserMax Announces New Sales Director http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/lasermax-announces-new-sales-director/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/lasermax-announces-new-sales-director/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:42:18 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21413 Congratulations to Shari-Lynn Fix. What a great company -- very female friendly and progressive!

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March 3, 2015 (Rochester, NY) – LaserMax, producer of the world’s most rugged laser sighting and illumination tools for firearms, today announced the appointment of Shari-Lynn Fix as Director of Distribution and International Sales.

Shari FixIn her new role, Fix will be responsible for development of a distribution channel strategy aimed at increasing LaserMax’s market share and boosting customer relationships. She will also work closely with the LaserMax marketing team to develop and implement effective sales programs and promotions.

Based in Georgia, Fix draws on over 25 years of shooting sports industry experience in a variety of sales positions at prominent gun companies. Most recently, she held the position of Key Account Director at Remington Outdoor Company, where she excelled at developing key customer relationships and driving significant sales growth. Prior to that, she performed numerous key Regional Sales Director roles at Remington that afforded her the opportunity to oversee factory rep and distributor relationships throughout the United States. Fix’s firearm industry career began in 1988 at H&R 1871, where she was hired as an order entry clerk and worked her way up to VP of Sales before transitioning to the role of National Sales Manager at Taurus International.

“Shari has forged strong relationships with shooting sports wholesalers by helping grow their businesses through creative programs and partnerships, much as we strive to do at LaserMax. She draws from a deep well of industry knowledge and we are delighted to welcome her to our team. We anticipate that she will prove instrumental in leveraging her experience to increase revenue and provide even more value to distributor partners,” said Chris Tinkle, Chief Sales Officer for LaserMax.

LaserMax currently works with twenty distributors and three factory rep groups to stock thousands of retail locations that carry LaserMax products. Backed by a best in class five year warranty, the company’s popular firearm accessories offer a substantial margin opportunity for stocking dealers.

For more information, please visit lasermax.com.

About LaserMax
Now in its 26th year, LaserMax is a leading innovator of premium laser systems with a growing portfolio of significant patents. Specializing in the design and manufacture of rugged and innovative firearm sighting solutions for military, law enforcement and commercial markets worldwide, the company also delivers premium laser products and optical systems for the semiconductor, aerospace, biomedical and telecommunications industries. LaserMax is an ISO 9001:2008 certified and WOSB 8(m) certified Women-Owned Small Business and was recently recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. by Inc. 500 | 5000.
MEDIA CONTACT
Celia Grimes
Director of Marketing
585.272.5420 x325
cgrimes@lasermax.com

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Comp-Tac’s Randi Rogers Wins 7th IDPA Indoor Nationals Championship Title  http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/comp-tacs-randi-rogers-wins-7th-idpa-indoor-nationals-championship-title/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/comp-tacs-randi-rogers-wins-7th-idpa-indoor-nationals-championship-title/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:08:04 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21409 Congrats to Randi Rogers on another victory!

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HOUSTON, Texas – Team Comp-Tac’s Randi Rogers won her seventh consecutive Indoor National Ladies Championship title at the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship held February 25-28 in Springfield, Massachusetts. With her final time of 247.46 seconds, Rogers finished ninth Master in the Stock Service Pistol Division where she competed with a Smith & Wesson M&P Pro pistol.

 

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(Paul Erhardt photo)

“Competing at the Smith and Wesson Indoor Shooting Center is a one of a kind experience. This is the only match all year that I shoot indoor and the complex stages, low light scenarios and challenging shots require each competitor to stay on top of their game. I really enjoyed the match and was able to take home lots of ideas on what to practice next,” said Rogers, Team Comp-Tac member and Sales and Marketing Manager for Comp-Tac.

Comp-Tac Victory Gear was fully involved at this year’s Indoor National Championship as both a stage sponsor of the match and a vendor. As the top competition and concealment holster brand among IDPA members, Comp-Tac operated a busy vendor’s area which was a hit with shooters throughout the competition.

“IDPA consistently surveys their members on what equipment they use, and Comp-Tac has been named the leading holster brand for the last three years. IDPA members know we don’t just build holsters, we use them. We carry them on the range for competition and carry them every day for concealment. The opportunity to speak with competitors and customers at matches to learn what they want, and what they need, is a key to our success,” explained Gordon Carrell, a Team Comp-Tac member and the company’s General Manager.

Next up for Team Comp-Tac, Rogers and Carrell will compete in the Smith & Wesson PanAmerican Invitational Championship taking place March 25-28, in Caguas, Puerto Rico.

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

 

 

 

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Women’s Spring Fling in Missouri Offers Clinics on Archery, Fishing, Canoeing and Other Skills http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/womens-spring-fling-missouri-offers-clinics-archery-fishing-canoeing-skills/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/womens-spring-fling-missouri-offers-clinics-archery-fishing-canoeing-skills/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 21:16:02 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21407 If you're interested in learning how to canoe, fish, shoot a bow or other outdoor skills, check out this weekend retreat.

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The Missouri Department of Conservation will offer The Discover Nature – Women’s Spring Fling from Fri., May 1 through Sun., May 3, at Lake Doniphan Conference and Retreat Center in Excelsior Springs, Mo. The site provides a safe and friendly environment where women experience hands-on outdoor skills training with a team of professionals. Training will include opportunities to learn skills in these areas: fishing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, archery, backpacking/campout, orienteering, nature id, plant crafting, herbal soaps and wild edibles. mdc-spring_fling15 To learn more about the event, visit http://mdc.mo.gov/sites/default/files/resources/2015/02/registration2015.pdf

Or,  call Lisa LaCombe at 816-655-6263 x1332or email lisa.lacombe@mdc.mo.gov 

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Mentoring the Next Generation: Theresa Vail http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/mentoring-next-generation-theresa-vail/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/mentoring-next-generation-theresa-vail/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:58:43 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21404 Lea Leggitt continues her winning streak on the red carpet at the Golden Moose awards last January. Sponsored by Remington Outdoor Company.

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Lea Leggitt continues her winning streak on the red carpet at the Golden Moose awards last January. Her series, “Mentoring the Next Generation,” includes several outdoor celebrities who also are excellent role models for young women. In this installment, she talks to Theresa Vail.

I  visited with Theresa Vail, who has a show coming out on Outdoor Channel TV in July (Limitless), at the Golden Moose Awards last January. She is known as Miss Kansas, but I learned a lot more about her in the short time I had with her that night.

I asked her about how she felt about being a mentor. She surprised when she said she liked sharing her hunting and shooting experiences, because it gave her strength from when other kids bullied her in school. She said it saved her life. It caught me off guard —  because she is so pretty and sweet. Who would think that someone like that would ever be bullied?

 

I have never experienced bullying first hand and haven’t seen it. I didn’t know it could hurt someone so much that she would say something saved her life from bullying. I hope others can learn from Theresa Vail and find the confidence hunting or shooting can give you.

Sponsored by Remington Outdoor Company.

 

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Theresa Vail and Lea Leggit on the red carpet at the Golden Moose Awards. (Mia Anstine photo)

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Comp-Tac’s Neutral Cant Holster, Back in Black! http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/comp-tacs-neutral-cant-holster-back-black/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/comp-tacs-neutral-cant-holster-back-black/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:26:53 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21402 Wow! Another options for concealed carry holsters from one of the best companies out there.

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HOUSTON, Texas — Comp-Tac Victory Gear is now offering the popular appendix carry, hybrid holster, The Neutral Cant, with a black leather backing.

The Neutral Cant offers the consumer the combination of a comfortable leather backing, perfect to wear against the skin, with a ridged Kydex shell that will hold its shape offering a quick draw and safe, easy re-holster. With a 0° cant this holster can be worn anywhere from the three o’clock to one o’clock position making it perfect for side or appendix carry.

Comp-Tac-neutral-cant“A majority of our customers prefer the durability and stylishness of the black leather backing that Comp-Tac offers on many of our hybrid products. Expanding the black leather color to the Neutral Cant gives our customers the ability to have a dark colored leather backing that hides wear. Plus nothing says style like basic black,” explained Marketing and Sales Manager Randi Rogers.

In addition to the hybrid construction, the two nylon mounting clips are sturdy enough to wear for years while being gentle on belts and clothing. The two clip system allows users to adjust the cant of the holster, the ride depth and provide a sturdy hold spreading the weight of any firearm across the belt.

With holster fits for more than 150 different makes and models, the Neutral Cant can be used with almost any concealed carry firearm option on the market today including, but not limited to, brands like Glock, Smith & Wesson, Springfield, Sig Sauer, Colt and Walther.

“Comp-Tac strives to offer our customers products that fit their needs in comfort, durability, ease of use, and style. It is Comp-Tac’s mission to produce products that fill the consumer’s everyday carry needs,” commented Gordon Carrell General Manager of Comp-Tac.

The Neutral Cant is available in both right and left hand models and can be ordered directly at www.Comp-Tac.com as well as purchased in stores at over 90 different retailers nationwide at an MRSP of $94.99.

For more information on the Neutral Cant, and the full line of Comp-Tac holsters and gear, visit www.Comp-Tac.com. To follow the latest news about Team Comp-Tac, “Like” Comp-Tac on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CompTac, Twitter at @CompTac or visit our Blog.
Contact:
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5 Pieces of New Gear for Turkey Season 2015 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/5-pieces-new-gear-turkey-season-2015/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/5-pieces-new-gear-turkey-season-2015/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:14:28 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21388 Marti searched high and low at the NWTF show. See what she found to take to the turkey woods this year!

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Marti Davis Afield recently spent 2 days in Nashville at the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Sport Show and Convention, searching for some cool new products to take out with her this turkey hunting season.

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Here are 5 pieces of gear that I am looking forward to using this coming spring turkey season. I found each of these items while scouring the floor of the NWTF’s convention at Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. Babbs and I are looking forward to mentoring a new hunter, a mom of 3 girls, in the turkey woods this season. We hope she’ll love the tradition, as we do, and that next year, we’ll be in the woods with 4 new hunters and probably with a lot of this gear, because I know I’m going to like it.

Turkey-Chair-MC-2015-CountryALPS OutdoorZ Turkey Chair MC

Being comfortable in the turkey woods can make or break a hunt. The ALPS OutdoorZ Turkey Chair MC looks like it can make a long sit pretty comfy. ALPS designed this wider version of its original Turkey Chair with More Comfort (MC) in mind. The 4-inch addition to the seat boosts the final measurement 23-inches wide by 12-inches deep and 21-inches high. It folds flat for easy transport with the sling and weighs a mere 8 pounds.

The Turkey Chair MC comes in Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity or Realtree Xtra and it’s NWTF approved.

MSRP: $49.99

 

pop up blind copyBrowning Mirage Hunting Blind

Hunting those sharp-eyed turkeys can be quite difficult; hunting them with a bow even more so. A good ground blind can tip the odds in your favor and help cover the necessary movements when you decide to draw back back to make that important shot.

Hunting from ground blinds isn’t new to me and the blinds I’ve hunted from typically did their job. The Browning Mirage has some features that really caught my eye, though.

  • All of the windows can be opened and adjusted to various positions via the SILENT-TRAC window system
  •  The 360-degree curtain style viewing uses a heavier-than-normal mesh material that slides quietly, rather than those dreaded noisy Velcro closures
  •  A bow hanger is included along with a durable carry bag with shoulder straps for transporting.

MSRP: $199.99

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FOXPRO  Crooked Spur Series

FOXPRO is known for its predator calls and new for Spring 2015 it unveiled its Crooked Spur Series line. This collection includes pot calls, box calls and diaphragm mouth calls.

While I use multiple types of turkey calls, the pot style friction calls have always been my favorites. I am looking forward to see how those big old long beards will respond to the sounds of the Knuckle Puck Orange pot call. This call is a solid one-piece wood body, glass-over-glass call with an ergonomic shape and unique finger grooves. I know when I tried these in the convention hall, they sounded pretty sweet. I can only imagine how much better they’ll sound in the turkey woods.

The Extreme Striker that comes with the Knuckle Puck has a built-in predator reed for those unfortunate times that your turkey hunt suddenly turns into a predator hunt (Of course, that is if your state’s hunting regulations/laws allow). Another great bonus is that these calls are made in the U.S.A.

MSRP: $99.95

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Montana Decoy Co, Miss Purr-fect

Last spring I had the chance to use some Montana Decoys during spring turkey season and this spring I can hardly wait to put this life-like Miss Purr-fect 3D hen decoy in the field. This 3D decoy compresses to a compact 9 inches by 13 inches disc-like shape and then, when you need her, she expands to full 9 inches by 35 inches size in seconds. The feather-cut fabric makes for a very realistic look and movements.

Miss Purr-fect uses Perfect Pose Technology, which means you can pose your decoy to suit your needs. You can choose one of 2 leg pole slots to pose the hen either as a feeder or as a lookout. Wire construction of the head also allows for multiple positions.

Weighing in at 1 pound, 6 ounces, this decoy won’t be weighing your turkey-hunting vest down.

MSRP:  $49.99

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Moultrie M-880 Gen2 Mini Game Camera

Everyone knows I am a fan of Moultrie game cameras. What I saw at the Moultrie booth really piqued my interest. It has taken the workhorse of its mini-game cameras and made it even better in their new M-880 Gen2 mini game camera.

Some of the improvements that I am really happy to see and test out include the following:

  • Enhanced image quality
  • Improved battery life
  • Quick-Start setting (you simply set the date & time)
  • Up to 100-feet of nighttime illumination range
  • Improved weatherproof case in Mossy Oak Bottomland camo

You can bet I will be putting these new cameras to the test and keeping tabs on my turkey flocks in preparation for the upcoming spring season.

MSRP: $149.99

While there were literally thousands of products to check out at the NWTF convention, these are simply a handful that I think will help me put my tag on some spring gobblers. We’ll keep you posted through out social networks, as we go afield for some big old toms.

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