Hunting, shooting, fishing and adventure for women by women http://www.womensoutdoornews.com Women who shoot, hunt, fish and lead lives of adventure. Sat, 18 Feb 2017 18:08:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.2 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/cropped-2012_WON_Logo_watermark-32x32.png Hunting, shooting, fishing and adventure for women by women http://www.womensoutdoornews.com 32 32 The Women’s Gun Show Episode #39: Designing Women and the Tactical Apparel Designer http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/the-womens-gun-show-episode-39-designing-women-and-the-tactical-apparel-designer/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/the-womens-gun-show-episode-39-designing-women-and-the-tactical-apparel-designer/#respond Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:25:38 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=31102 Ever wonder what goes on behind-the-scenes in the design phase of tactical apparel? Barbara Baird interviews Tiffany Yerby-Dillon, Director of Design, at 5.11 Tactical about just that ... sponsored by Ruger.

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In this week’s show, Carrie Lightfoot and Barbara Baird continue with a series on “Designing Women” in the gun world. Barbara talks to Tiffany Yerby Dillon, director of design at 5.11 Tactical. The women also discuss cool gear, trending news and events. Sponsored by Ruger.


Interview with 5.11 Tactical’s Tiffany Yerby Dillon      

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Tiffany Yerby Dillon

Survival Story 

Carrie discovers that a woman in Maryland was able to halt a home invasion: http://www.range365.com/armed-women-halt-home-invasion?HcpsFFD7SAMSUTMk.03

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Firearms news you can use

Barb couldn’t help but be intrigued by the deluge of weaponry being discovered at the bottom of the Detroit River, including cannons! http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2017/02/01/guns-cannons-cars-history-detroit-river/96833680/

Carrie notes that a Utah lawmaker wants concealed carry permits for 18-year-olds, whereas Barb brings up the problem with this type of legislation as it pertains to reciprocity: http://www.good4utah.com/news/local-news/utah-lawmaker-wants-concealed-carry-permits-for-18-year-olds/649177229

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Jagemann Sporting Group creates these lovely magazines.

Cool products

Barb met Amy Jagemann at the SHOT Show, and discovered a line of beautiful, colorful magazines for semi-autos: http://www.jagemannsportinggroup.com/magazines/pistol-magazines/   MW15_MG_72_W_H_735x918 Carrie has been on the range a lot lately, wearing these Mechanix women’s shooting gloves: http://www.mechanix.com/womens/the-original-womens

 

snowfox glovesBarb just purchased a pair of SnowFox shooting gloves: https://www.amazon.com/Tactical-Shooting-Half-finger-Paintball-Motorcycle/dp/B01IQL5OA0/ref=pd_sbs_468_5?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B01IQL5OA0&pd_rd_r=YDT7BMXA061BJ8RPRJAC&pd_rd_w=dm98F&pd_rd_wg=0sJBG&psc=1&refRID=YDT7BMXA061BJ8RPRJAC

 

TWAW Product of the Week paracord skullsParacord anything is hot, and Carrie thinks this handy dandy product, the Skull Paracord, might come in handy, $8.99: http://thewellarmedwoman.com/self-defense/self-defense-skull-paracord

 

Calendar: What’s up?   Barb noticed that Hillsdale College is offering training and an education about the Constitution this summer in its Ladies for Liberty clinic: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/registration-open-for-hillsdale-colleges-2017-shooting-camps-and-seminars-ladies-for-liberty-and-couples-for-liberty-300381337.html  

TWAW Pow Wow Carrie talks about the POW WOW coming up in Raymond, Miss.

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Casting for Recovery: Offering 3 Metastatic Retreat Programs in 2017 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/casting-recovery-3-metastatic-retreat/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/casting-recovery-3-metastatic-retreat/#respond Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:03:48 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30767 This year Orvis will be sponsoring the Casting for Recovery, Metastatic Retreat Program offered in Colorado, Georgia and Texas.

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Casting for Recovery piloted their first program specifically catered toward women with Stage IV (metastatic) breast cancer in 2016. Recognizing that women with advanced stage disease have specific needs, CfR plans to expand metastatic retreat schedule in the future.

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In 2017, we will host 3 retreats for women with Stage IV breast cancer: one in TX, one in GA and on in CO. Women with metastatic BC living in those states may apply to attend the metastatic retreat in their state. Note: Women living in these states who previously attended a CfR retreat may apply again to attend their local metastatic retreat.

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2017 Metastatic Retreat Schedule
(For women with distant metastatic breast cancer beyond lymph nodes)

September 29-October 1, 2017
*Apply by July 21, 2017
Smithgall Woods, Helen, GA

October 6-8, 2017
*Apply by July 28, 2017
Northfork Ranch, Shawnee, CO

November 3-5, 2017
*Apply by August 25, 2017
Camp Capers, Waring, TX

If you have Stage IV breast cancer and there isn’t a metastatic-only retreat in your area, you may apply for the regular CfR retreat in your area by clicking on your state HERE. Our regular retreats are open to women of any age, in any stage of breast cancer.

We hope to expand our metastatic retreat schedule to new areas each year.

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Retro WON: Why You Must Train in Inclement Weather for Shooting Competitions http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/train-inclement-weather-shooting/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/train-inclement-weather-shooting/#respond Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:02:38 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=23347 Find out how and why Vera Koo trains in bad weather to meet challenges presented by Mother Nature at prestigious shooting competitions. Includes a video.

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Champion competition shooter Vera Koo continues her series on practical and common sense advice for competition shooters and training regimens. In this installment, she lays out why you must train in inclement weather.

When Doug Koenig offers advice, you listen. I will never forget the advice Doug offered me about 15 years ago, when I was still fairly new to competitive shooting. I had asked Doug what he thought the most important element was to performing well at the Bianchi Cup. His answer consisted of one word: Preparation.

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Vera Koo with Bruce Piatt and Doug Koenig, all Bianchi champs. (Vera Koo photo)

Throughout my career, I have learned how true that is. Consistency comes from a great deal of preparation and practice. At this level of competition, everyone in the field is a talented marksman. The top performers are the shooters who make the fewest mistakes. Preventing mistakes often stems from proper preparation. Proper preparation includes training in all kinds of weather. I need to know how weather might hinder my performance. The only way to learn that is to practice in various conditions and temperatures.

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Wet weather The 2007 European Open, at which I won the women’s championship, proved that training in adverse weather pays off. I had practiced shooting in the rain for 5 years before that event. I welcomed rainy days, because they offered a chance to hone my skills. I’d practiced in heavy rain. Yet, I’d never competed in the rain – at least, not until that 2007 event in Phillipsburg, Germany. During a day of competition, it rained harder than the rate technically allowed for matches. However, match directors felt there was no makeup opportunity, and the competition continued. A fellow competitor asked me if I would join her in protesting the match because of the conditions. I saw no reason to protest. Everyone was going to shoot in the same conditions, and I had prepared for this day. The entire plate range was soaked except for a few spots. Going prone meant diving into water and having it splash on your scope. I had learned from my years practicing in the rain that you can’t allow yourself to sense moisture. You can’t see the raindrops on your scope. Being aware of the moisture leads to distracted thoughts. Distracted thoughts lead to diminished performance. I felt some anxiety while I waited my turn, but that was not a problem. When I feel a little anxious, it helps me become hyper-focused. I had tunnel vision during the competition. My training kicked in. Although it was pouring, I could not feel the moisture. I could not see the raindrops. After I finished shooting, I looked at my scope. It was covered in raindrops. But I had cleaned the stage. I told my husband afterward, “Well, I didn’t waste my time. I practiced 5 years for that.”

Cold weather For competitions in cold weather, I have learned the importance of keeping my gun and bullets warm. Allowing my gun and bullets to become cold can affect how they perform during competition. How do I keep them warm? I employ a technique I first used in the mid-2000s during a club competition in Columbia, Mo. At 8 a.m. the day of the competition, it was 17 degrees. Match officials pushed the start of the competition to 10:30 a.m., when it was 27 degrees. I had a plastic cooler. Inside, I had a thermos of hot cider to drink that also helped keep the cooler warm. I shook up seven large hand warmers and put them in the cooler. I placed my gun and bullets inside the cooler, where it was warm. To keep warm as I waited to shoot, I had handwarmers near my shoulders, in my breast pocket and in my gloves. I wore 5 layers of clothing on my top half and 4 layers on my legs. When it was my turn to step to the line, I retrieved my gun and bullets from the confines of the cooler. I might have been a little cold, but my gun wasn’t.

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Check Vera’s headwear here. (Chris Tropea photo)

Hot weather Competing in heat brings a different set of challenges. It’s very important to stay hydrated. I have found that if I do not stay hydrated, I will feel the effects of the dehydration 2 days later. Also, if I compete while I am overheated, I will drop points. Thus, it is key to prepare for the heat, so I don’t allow myself to be affected by it. During one stretch of practicing in warm weather in Columbia, I experienced how periodic breaks from the heat benefits my performance. The range master gave me a key to the air-conditioned training room, where I could cool off. About every hour during practice, I stopped and made a trip to that room to escape the heat for a bit. I have used a similar approach in competitions. During a hot competition, in the time before it is my turn to shoot, I often escape to my car for a bit. I will sit inside and crank the air conditioner for about 15 to 20 minutes. I’ll eat some watermelon. Then I will head to my stage. To protect myself from the heat while I am outside, I wear a hat and, if need be, use an umbrella to shield me from the sun. Sometimes, I use Velcro to attach a mask of sorts to my hat to shield my face from the sun. Sure, I might draw some remarks for my unusual appearance, but I’ve learned to not pay attention to that. The important thing is to take the necessary measures to shield myself from the sun so I can perform at my best. When any competition approaches, I want to make sure to get the most out of each day of practice. Advance preparation helps me do so. Using a notecard, I outline a schedule for the upcoming day that is so thorough my day is planned nearly to the minute. The notecard outlines what time I will wake up, the amount of time I will need to get ready for the day of practice, when I will leave for the shooting range, when I will arrive, what time I will begin practice and so on. The notecard ensures that I do not waste a moment. Such planning is meticulous, but as Doug Koenig said, preparation is the key to success in this sport, so I take no shortcuts.

For more information about Vera Koo and for helpful tips on shooting and other life lessons, check out Vera Koo online.

This RetroWON, “Why You Must Train in Inclement Weather for Shooting Competitions” first appeared in 2015.

 

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#HuntingwithJR: Etiquette in the Field http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/huntingwithjr-etiquette-field/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/huntingwithjr-etiquette-field/#comments Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:11:21 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=31178 Judy Rhodes shares some tips you may not find in a book, etiquette in the field. Sponsored by Remington.

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I always had a car full of kids my children’s ages, teaching them how to fish and shoot. They had to learn properly. I wanted them to have etiquette afield, and we started in the dove fields. They had wooden pump guns and I’d make sure one was on the right and one on the left in the dove field. By the time I shot, they were eager to say, “You missed it, Mom!” I wouldn’t have if I hadn’t had to be a referee to see where my children were. From that, it started a great competition with my kids. It was like we had an abacus there to see who the better shot was.

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Today, when I mentor new inexperienced huntresses or other youth in the field and/or blind, I explain etiquette is important and being respectful of others is key to being successful harvesting game.  It takes only one to ruin the hunt.

Etiquette in the field is compared to being a house guest.  You are only there for a short time. Manners make a difference … even paying guests are not invited back if they cross the line or commit an infraction.

Whether it’s in a duck blind or on a deer stand, you need to observe and follow the behavior of your guide and of your host.

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Did You Know? 

Hand signals are used in the blind and/or field while walking as quietly as possible. Animals have a keen sense of hearing of movement on the ground. Alligators can feel movement five miles away.

TIP:  When bird hunting in fields with multiple hunters, be respectful. Pick up your spent shells and trash. Always know when it’s your turn to shoot. If a bird is closer to the opposite end of the line of hunters, do not shoot over or crisscross a shot of another hunter.

Did You Know?  

When walking a line during a bird hunt – such as pheasant, quail, chucker, guinea fowl, etc., stay within your line and walk at a pace set by the group. You don’t want to be called a “field hog.”

TIP:  Always be cognizant of where you are pointing the muzzle. Gun muzzles should always be pointed up when walking fields, especially with working dogs in front of the line.

Do you have any etiquette tips to add?

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Getting Started with Archery Hunting: What are you waiting for? http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/getting-started-archery-hunting/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/getting-started-archery-hunting/#comments Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:15:18 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=31176 Emily Houston Monroe has some tips on getting started with archery hunting in her new column at The WON, "The “How-To” Gun Girl.

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Do you appreciate the beauty of the great outdoors? Are you drawn to the idea of eating organic, free-range, locally sourced food? Do you like to see the results of your hard work? Do you think I’m a crazy person for asking seemingly unrelated questions under the headline of an article about archery? If you answered yes to any of the previous questions, you should strongly consider learning to shoot a bow. And since it is February—the month of Cupid—let’s talk archery!

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The author shooting her bow in preparation for an outdoor archery match. (Joshua Monroe photo)

With a bow, some arrows and proper technique, you’ll be able to experience the beauty of the outdoors, the thrill of an ethical harvest, and the excitement that comes with seeing your hard work pay off in the form of well-placed shots on target. Plus, the discipline of a shooting sport trains your brain in ways that benefit you at work and school. Of all the activities that get you outside and shooting things, how is archery the perfect sport for the outdoorsy, healthy-lifestyle-living, hard-working person to seek out? Let me count the ways…

Archery is relatively affordable. Once you get a bow and some field-tipped arrows, you can keep shooting until you wear out your equipment. Fair warning—if you work hard and get good, you might end up shooting into the back of previously shot arrows, in a “feels so good and yet so sad” Robin Hood-ed arrow.

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A Robin Hood is fun: It means you are consistent. But too many of these can get expensive, since it destroys at least one of the arrows. (Joshua Monroe photo)

Archery is versatile and can be done just about anywhere. You can practice from 10 yards out to 100 yards with a bow and arrow, and you’ll be honing your skills and form at any distance. Since a bow isn’t a firearm, in most states you can safely loose arrows on your property without fear of noise complaints from neighbors (make sure you have a safe backstop, though!). Many recreation centers and firearms ranges have archery ranges set up as well.

Archery hunting is a timeless activity. Humans have taken bows with them on the stalk for prey for generations. If you choose to bowhunt, you’ll get the opportunity to shop Mother Nature’s grocery store for local, organic, free-range meat. This reconnection with our primal nature has advantages beyond the refrigerator. Bowhunting in most states means a longer hunting season, which in turn means more chances for a successful hunt than firearms-only hunting.

Ultimately, archery is fun. When you shoot a bow, you’ll feel like Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games and you’ll look like a goddess. If you work at it, you’ll probably shoot some center shots and experience the great feeling of doing something perfectly. (It’s awesome!) Plus, once you get started, you might be surprised at the number of people you meet who share a passion for archery and want to shoot with you.

So let’s assume Cupid’s arrow has struck, and your heart is set on archery. Where do you start? The first step to becoming an archer is to find a bow and learn to shoot it.

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Archery is versatile and can be done almost anywhere, including at a public archery range at the Central Oahu Regional Park while on a Hawaiian vacation. (Joshua Monroe photo)

There are three main types of bows available to the modern archer. Long bows, modern recurve bows, and compound bows share the same basic physics, but with increasingly complex components. For the sake of brevity, I’m going to focus on compound bows from here on out since compounds are both popular and practical, and relatively easy to learn to shoot accurately.

How do you pick out a bow?

First, you don’t necessarily need to buy a bow to get started. Check out Archery360.com and local rec center listings to see if there are open archery courses where you could get a feel for different bows while getting some instruction. Sometimes archery pro shops will also offer courses, or a “try before you buy” option. The more data you gather, the better.

If you decide to purchase a compound bow, a few measurements will aid you in your search. Armed with your draw weight and draw length, you can shop either new or used bows and find something that fits you. An archery pro shop will be able to help you determine these measurements if you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself.

  • Bow Weight. You’ll be holding the whole weight of the bow on each shot, so be mindful of the weight when picking out a bow. Somewhere in the 3–8 pound range should be good for a beginner.
  • Draw Length. This depends on your wingspan. I used method 4 in this article and was spot-on.
  • Draw Weight. Gauge your own fitness level and commitment to getting in shape to draw your bow. Many options are available with adjustable draw weight, so you can start with something in the 20–30 pound range and work your way up. In most states there are minimum draw weights to hunt, so if you think you want to bowhunt you might consider getting at least the minimum draw weight. I bought a bow with a 40-pound draw weight and had to consult my local physical therapist for exercises to help me draw it after I got it.

There are a ton of archery brands out there who are making accurate, attractive compound bows. Hoyt, Mathews, Bowtech, PSE… you can’t go wrong with any one brand. As an engineer by trade, I cannot overemphasize the importance of gathering data before making a purchase. In addition to research of the brands and taking advantage of “try before you buy” offers, I recommend reading reviews from bow shops that operate online, like Lancaster Archery, Bass Pro, and Cabela’s. There are also specific gear review sites like Compound Bow Choice, The Best Compound Bows and Hunter’s Friend. Additionally, field trials like this one from Realtree are good to read, for the testers’ multiple viewpoints and varied experiences.

You’ve got options aplenty with style and budget. You can buy archery equipment either new or used. When my husband got started with archery, we opted to buy a used hunting bow from a coworker of mine who happened to be approximately the same size as my husband. This meant we got a bow with the right draw length and weight that was fully kitted out and ready to shoot for a good price. This is a viable option that will save some dough, if you’re willing to put the time into searching. I asked around at work and at my local gun club (which also has a big archery contingent), and searched online classifieds. When my better half decided he wanted to keep shooting archery and make the move into something with more accuracy, we again bought used to save money. He now shoots a Hoyt Pro-Comp Elite compound bow and loves it. If you do buy used, I highly recommend you take your new-to-you bow into an archery pro shop to check the strings and make any adjustments to get the bow to fit you properly.

I opted to buy a bare compound bow then accessorize for myself, rather than going with a package deal. Since I wanted to both target shoot and bowhunt, I chose my bow based on the fact that it was developed by a woman hunter for women hunters and archers: the Eva Shockey Signature Series bow by Bowtech. I appreciate the weight (with accessories, mine weighs 5.2 lbs), balance (it “feels” right in my hand) and aesthetics—it’s a good-looking bow! I’ve learned a bit more about what I like and don’t like in a bow since I made my purchase, and the next bow I buy will probably be more of a target bow, so that I can keep up with my husband. But for now, the Eva bow is perfect for me. I can take it to the range and perform well, and I can take it into the woods to hunt turkey and whitetail deer.

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This bow is fully functional for target shooting or hunting. (Emily Monroe photo)

To get your bare compound bow ready to shoot, you’ll need the following:

  • Arrow rest: to support the arrow during aiming and firing. But which type—whisker biscuit, fall-away or blade-style? If you are doing a lot of target shooting, the blade style is popular. For combining hunting and target shooting, the fall-away rest is something to consider. The whisker biscuit style holds the arrow well, which is great for hunting, but it can affect accuracy by inducing drag along the fletching.
  • Bow Sights: One-pin, three-pin, five-pin—there are so many options for sights. Bow sights are different than the sights I’m used to with my small-bore and air rifles, but the principles are the same: Line up your dominant eye with the peep and put the front sight over the target. Longer sight radius equals better accuracy. I settled on a single-pin sight.
  • Peep Sight: to align your eye with the bow sight. The peep looks like a small plastic doughnut. The size of the “doughnut hole” controls the amount of light your dominant eye gets. That in turn controls your ability to focus on the front sight. An archery pro shop will help install a peep for you.
  • Stabilizer: to dampen vibration and smooth out your hold. Stabilizers will help make the bow feel more comfortable to shoot, and they also help steady your aim by providing a counterweight. I’ve got a 6-inch compact stabilizer on my bow right now. You’ll notice lots of pro shooters or competition shooters with side/rear-angled stabilizers in addition to the front. You can go as crazy as you want with stabilizers to help your hold feel balanced and steady.
  • Quiver: for holding your arrows. Some target archers use what amounts to an elongated pocket attached to their belt, while others use tube-style hip quivers. Many hunters use a quiver attached to the bow to make it easier to walk through the woods snag-free.
  • Release: This goes on your dominant-eye-side wrist to help you draw and release the bow. There are a couple styles to choose from, primarily a wrist (trigger) release and a handle release. I chose a handle release because it fit my hand well, but lots of shooters prefer the wrist-style release. Try before you buy, if possible.
  • D-loop: This is a piece of nylon cord or string tied onto your bowstring, for your release to grab onto so you can consistently draw.  An archery shop can do this for you, or you can watch the DIY method on YouTube.

Additional accessories that would be worth the investment once you are “sold” on archery include a solid case for your bow and a target to shoot while practicing at home. But these items, like many more that will enhance your archery experience, are icing on the cake. As you’re first getting started, give Cupid’s arrow time to take effect. Your love for archery is sure to grow if it is built on the firm foundation of a good bow and sound technique. Happy shooting, Katnisses everywhere!

Are you ready to try archery?

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Meet Jay, ‘The Women’s Gun Show’ Fan of the Month http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/meet-jay-womens-gun-show-fan/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/meet-jay-womens-gun-show-fan/#respond Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:58:27 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=31053 Jay exemplifies American women self-protectors and "The Women's Gun Show" is proud that she is the fan of the month.

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Every month, “The Women’s Gun Show” podcast cohosts randomly select a fan from several entries. That fan receives a box of goodies from The Well Armed Woman, an opportunity to be interviewed by host Carrie Lightfoot at the podcast and a vignette, such as this one, at The WON. We think you’ll like what Jay told us, and we are delighted that through the show, she found training opportunities.

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

I am retired. Hobbies keep me busy. I like to create stained glass pieces and I also dabble with jewelry and charm making. I love fishing, spending time with my kids and grandgal! I like working out, and target shooting. I have been on a 22 league for about 5 years. I spend a lot of time at the lake where we plan to move permanently in about 2 years, so fixing up the city house also keeps me busy. I have done some volunteer work with Feed My Starving Children. I split my time between the city and the lake for now.

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

  • Prepared
  • Responsible
  • Confident

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

This is hard to answer because my children were grown up by the time I started shooting. I was afraid of guns. The only thing I was ever taught about guns was to stay away from them. I had no interest of them ever being in our house. Heck, I even gave my boys a hard time when they wanted paintball guns. They laugh at me now about that by the way. I can say, my grandgal is 6 and is not around guns or shooting. Talking to her I do not think she is ready yet. It is not my place to make that decision for her but I do hope she gets early and proper training when her parents think she is ready. That being said, another 6 year old or younger might be ready. I think it is will be different to the individual child depending on their exposure.

The WON:  What’s your next gun?

I absolutely love my Springfield XD 9 sub compact that I carry now but have been actively looking for a smaller 9mm that I would feel as comfortable shooting but would be easier to conceal on my body. I own a  Ruger LCP 380 that is a great size for me  but I’m not comfortable with the kick. After 5 shots … ouch [Note: Many times the smaller guns will have more recoil and we recommend wearing gloves when practicing at the range with these types of firearms.]. I will be trying out a Glock 43 and a Springfield XDS next week. I held them both and I must say the minute I held the Glock it felt like home. I have a small hand and it was amazingly comfortable. If it feels as good firing … well that will be my next gun!

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

Not that I can think of right now. I recently joined a Chapter of TWAW so maybe I will find some training classes through them. I have only been to one meeting and enjoyed talking to other women shooters. Our next meeting we will have a (hands-on) self-defense training instructor so I am excited about that. My shooting experience so far has been practicing on my own and participating in a .22 league. I am the only woman on the league, so finding TWAW is very exciting for me. Don’t get me wrong, the men on the league are very helpful, I have learned a lot from them and they make me feel very comfortable. It will just be fun to get a different view and expand my education!
The WON:  How do you talk to women in this election year about your strong Second Amendment views?

Anytime someone starts a conversation with me and they are against guns … I tell them my story. I was just like them until one night at the lake, chatting with my friends (lots of hunters). I casually mentioned that I wanted to target shoot.  Next thing I know … I am sitting in a conceal carry class — geesh — all I wanted to do was shoot targets. The instructor recommended a few books to read and they totally changed my view on, not only gun owning, but also on myself carrying a gun for protection.  From Luby’s to the Legislature was one book and I can’t remember the name of the book, but one of the stories in it was about Katrina and New Orleans. Before reading these, I had a false sense of security that in a time of disaster, I would be taken care of by people in authority. That naïve idea was quickly shattered. The lesson I learned is that I am afraid NOT to be armed now. And don’t even talk to me about gun-free zones. Unless everybody walking into a gun free zone is put through a metal detector, it is not a gun free zone.

Listen to Jay at The Women’s Gun Show, Episode # 37.

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AFSP and NSSF Join Forces to Launch Suicide Prevention Education Program http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/afsp-nssf-suicide-prevention-education/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/afsp-nssf-suicide-prevention-education/#respond Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:04:34 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=31002 Learning more about how to see the signs and signals of someone who may be considering suicide is a vital step in helping those at risk.

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Suicide is a tough subject to think about, and it might be tempting to bypass an article or literature about it. But it’s important that you don’t: What you learn in this article may one day be the difference between life and death for you or a loved one.

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February is the month when we traditionally celebrate love with chocolates, flowers, and pretty greeting cards. This year, love also means learning about some of the signs our friends and family might show if they are dealing with thoughts of suicide. The hectic nature of our everyday lives often distracts us from realizing how important we are to someone who counts on us in our bond of friendship. You or I could easily be the difference between life and death for someone we know, on any ordinary day, when we least expect it. We can make that difference simply by checking in, and checking on our friends.

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This is at the heart of a new collaborative effort by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), announced at the 2017 SHOT Show. Presenters NSSF’s president and CEO, Steve Sanetti, and AFSP’s chief medical officer, Dr. Christine Moutier, spoke of “time” being the critical agent in suicide prevention. Interrupting a suicidal person’s thought process allows that person time to refocus their thoughts and energies to matters of living, and gives them time to seek help.

Of all suicide deaths in our nation, nearly 50 percent are by firearm,” said Moutier. “By increasing public education of firearms and suicide prevention, and by encouraging the use of safe storage options and thus reducing access to lethal means, we give suicidal individuals something they desperately need: time. Time for the intense suicidal risk to diminish and time for someone to intervene with mental health support and resources.

The program takes an approach similar to the “if you see something, say something” method of terrorism prevention. The initiative’s press release describes it as “an expansion of a pilot that began last August in four states, including Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri and New Mexico. In these four states, relationships between AFSP chapter volunteers and local shooting range owners, firearms retail stores and gun show vendors shared resources on recognizing the risks and warning signs of suicide and ways of reaching out to those who may be struggling.”

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At these retail stores and ranges, the “Firearms and Suicide Prevention” literature is made available not only to help educate the staff, but also to help raise awareness among the customers.

The shooting community is just that: a community. Hunting is a social activity, training and education are interactive and done in groups, and heading out to the range often involves getting together with a group of friends. These are all opportunities to strengthen our bonds, and check in with one another before and after the next planned get together. Steve Sanetti made a poignant comment about his connection with people he had served with in the military. He said that while he was on active duty he felt a responsibility for the safety of his fellow men and women in uniform, and now, as a civilian, he still feels a responsibility to be connected—not just casually, but in a real way. He truly cares about their lives. These bonds are echoed in the in the hearts of millions of people, but how exactly do we see and say something? How do we see something if our friend is hiding his or her pain? What signals are we looking for? What do we say…and to whom do we say it?

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Speakers: Dr. Christine Moutier and Steve Sanetti

Some of the informational tools that this new AFSP-NSSF Suicide Prevention Education Program offers are:

  • Talk Saves Lives: Firearms and Suicide Prevention, a community-based presentation that provides an overview and understanding of mental health and suicide, and the benefits of connecting with those who may be struggling.
  • Firearms and Suicide Prevention, a new brochure which includes sections on safe storage options, statistics about suicide, how to recognize the risks and warning signs of suicide, how to reach out to someone when you’re worried about them, and where to go for further resources.
  • Firearms and Suicide Prevention, a facilitator’s guide for AFSP volunteers involved in the program who need instructional information on leading community-based programs.
  • A new AFSP Firearms and Suicide Prevention webpage, which will showcase an overview of the firearms and suicide-prevention program and the latest news. The organizations are currently creating a short training video on how to have a caring conversation with someone who may be suicidal. The video will be featured on the webpage, and will debut this spring.

In addition to showing love to our friends and family by staying connected in meaningful ways, and giving them the time they need to regain their emotional footing, we may also find it necessary to temporarily store their firearms for them.

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Cheryl Todd and Cassie Todd-Jameson at the Press Conference (Kim Bishop photo)

The AFSP About Suicide website has this to say on the subject:

There is very strong evidence that when those who are suicidal do not have access to a chosen lethal method for suicide, most do not typically shift to a different method. In most cases, they will not go on to make an attempt or end their life. We also know that the vast majority of people who attempt suicide do not go on to ultimately die by suicide, meaning that over time, far more people will attempt than will die by suicide.

By separating a suicidal person from their firearm even temporarily, you increase their chances for survival by removing a highly lethal method from their access. If they do attempt, they may be more likely to choose a less lethal method if their firearm is not readily available. One of the important factors we can give a suicidal person is time: for the person to move out of the crisis moment and regain their usual healthier ways of coping; to receive help; for the attempt to be interrupted; or for the person to change their mind. Our ability to buy time is a life saving measure when it comes to suicide.

Also, while not the main focus of this article, if such measures as Universal Background Checks become law, we must consider the legalities of taking possession or even “borrowing” your friend’s firearm. Should it become illegal to borrow or store a friend’s firearm without passing a background check, that hurdle could be the extra step of inconvenience that prevents us from helping our friend during their time of need.

Learning more about how to see the signs and signals of someone who may be considering suicide is a vital step in helping those at risk. Overreacting is always a concern, but underreacting, or failing to react at all, can have life-altering consequences. This program and partnership are aimed at empowering all of us to show love to one another by having the vital and accurate information and helpful tools—not just this February, but all year round.

For more information, please contact Doreen Marshall, the AFSP’s vice president of programs, at dmarshall@afsp.org, or Stephanie Coggin, vice president of communications, at scoggin@afsp.org.

Please share this information on suicide with others you know.

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USA Archery and Disabled Sports USA Release Adaptive Archery Manual http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/disabled-sports-adaptive-archery-manual/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/disabled-sports-adaptive-archery-manual/#respond Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:01:15 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=31196 Find out more about the free downloadable Adaptive Archery Manual.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – USA Archery partnered with Disabled Sports USA to develop the Adaptive Archery Manual. USA Archery is the National Governing Body for the Olympic and Paralympic sport of archery. One of our core missions is to grow and promote the sport at all levels and for athletes of all abilities by providing the necessary tools and resources for coaches, judges, and event organizers nationwide.
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The manual, available for free download here, should serve as a supplement to the existing USA Archery Level 1 Archery Instructor Certification course so that instructors may safely teach archery to students of all ages and abilities. Working with adaptive archers provides another opportunity to bring this sport to a student who may not have otherwise had the opportunity to participate.
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The manual is designed to illustrate how simple it is to integrate adaptive archery into an existing archery program. Using slight modifications to equipment or teaching technique, coaches and club leaders can ensure they are providing a safe and effective program where everyone can achieve success. It is our hope that the tools included in this manual will help create a safe and fun environment that inspires adaptive archers to cultivate a lifelong passion for the sport.
U.S. Paralympic Head Coach Randi Smith commented: “this was a great collaboration between Disabled Sports USA and USA Archery. The manual is well done and will benefit both organizations. It will be very helpful for individuals and agencies wanting to start adaptive archery programs.”
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Kirk M. Bauer, J.D., Executive Director of Disabled Sports USA agreed:
Disabled Sports USA is thrilled to have partnered with USA Archery to produce the Adaptive Archery Manual. Through providing information to its member clubs and coaches across the country, this manual will play an important role in ensuring that every person, regardless of ability, has an equal opportunity to participate in archery in their community. Disabled Sports USA applauds USA Archery in being at the forefront of embracing the inclusion of adaptive athletes, which helps to set the bar for other sports agencies and governing bodies to do the same.
Para archers are welcome to compete at any USA Archery Sanctioned Event, allowing opportunities to compete against both Para and able-bodied participants. USA Archery also offers High Performance Para Archery Training Camps throughout the year with the focus of promoting athlete development and participation. To learn more about Para programs and events, click here.
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This program was funded in part by a grant from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The opinions, findings and conclusions stated herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
About USA Archery
USA Archery is the National Governing Body for the Olympic sport of archery in the United States. USA Archery selects and trains Olympic, Paralympic, World Championship, and World Cup teams, as well as developing archery at the grassroots level across the United States.  For more information, visit http://www.usarchery.org.
About Disabled Sports USA 
Founded in 1967, Disabled Sports USA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence and fitness through participation in sports.  What began as a program to serve Vietnam veterans has since grown into one of the nation’s largest multi-sport, multi-disability organizations, annually serving more than 60,000 wounded warriors, youth and adults with disabilities.  A member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, Disabled Sports USA offers programs in more than 50 summer and winter sports through its nationwide network of more than 120 community-based chapters.  For more information, visit www.disabledsportsusa.org.

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5 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day at your Archery Range http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/celebrate-valentines-day-archery-range/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/celebrate-valentines-day-archery-range/#respond Mon, 13 Feb 2017 12:40:46 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=31206 The Archery Trade Association has some great ideas for Valentine's Day at the range.

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Valentine’s Day is almost here, and many couples probably desire something new and exciting for their special night. Cinnamon Creek Archery in Roanoke, Texas, hosts a monthly date night called “Couples by the Creek” that attracts couples time after time. Charles Yardley, marketing director, says the event generates about a 50 percent return rate. “And when they return, they bring three new couples,” he said.

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With Valentine’s Day nearing, fresh ideas for dates are in demand, so consider adding a date night to your repertoire, and attract new customers. (Observer photo)

Retailers should consider following Yardley’s footsteps by hosting archery date nights. These events could promote love from Cupid’s arrows, and love for your store’s arrows. Whether the couples are seasoned pros or first-time archers, they find something to love at the range. Here are some ideas to try at your range during this season of love.

1. Heart-Shaped Targets

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Recycle used targets by cutting them into hearts for a Valentine’s Day activity at your archery range. (National Field Archery Association photo)

Have lovebirds play Cupid by shooting at heart-shaped targets. You can create the hearts in varying sizes for different levels of difficulty.

 

2. Queen of Hearts

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Much like the blackjack game suggested in our article about holiday-themed programs, this card game can be created from cards in the heart suit.

Set up the targets at varying distances, placing the lowest numbers on the closest targets and the highest numbers on the farthest targets, grouping the cards on each target as you see fit. Patrons must shoot from the 2 to the ace in order, stopping when they miss a card. Whoever gets the furthest or completes the lineup first wins.

Want to know the other 3 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day at your archery range? Read the rest of this article, from the Archery Trade Association here.

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SHOT Show 2017 Photo Feature http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/shot-show-2017-photo-feature/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/shot-show-2017-photo-feature/#respond Sat, 11 Feb 2017 18:55:40 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=31117 Check out the action on the floor of the 2017 SHOT Show. Includes a video of Katie Pavlich signing a Voquartsen Firearms catalog for us!

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Several of us from TeamWON attended this past year’s Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas a few weeks ago. With more than 1,600 companies on 13 acres, we joined 67,000 other attendees on the show floor and after-hours throughout the week. Here, in our annual SHOT Show photo feature, we bring you some of the highlights.

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Here’s TeamWON member Julie Golob, who is the captain of Team Smith & Wesson. She’s holding the new M&P M2.0 in 9mm. Watch for a full review of this gun, coming soon to The WON. We think women will love the grip and feel of it.

MSRP: $599

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Check out these fine mags from Jagemann Sporting Group, created for specific handgun models, such as 1911s and GLOCKs. You can special order a color and even get a logo imprinted on them. You may also purchase some rifle magazines. Price determined on customization.

 

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We love this photo of Jenn, from Crossbreed Holsters, as she did her hair especially to match Crossbreed’s logo background color! This leather belt rocks, and has been especially designed for women shooters. MSRP: Starting at $64.95

 

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Last year, Girls with Guns Clothing announced a Muck Boot launch and this year, you can see the boots on display. We are so proud of Jen O’Hara and Norissa Harman, 2 female entrepreneurs who have seen wild success in a short period of time — the American dream lives! Check out these boots at Girls with Guns Clothing. MRSP: $164.99 (short) to $174.99 (tall)

 

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Liberty Safe recently partnered with us, so it was exciting to see its full line of safes at the show. This one is essential for desk and night-stand drawers, or underneath vehicle seats. It is also compatible with TSA regs. A biometric safe, the HD-100 also features a lighted interior, cable and key back-up. MSRP: $129

 

 

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Syren’s Lynne Green, along with shooting ambassador Annemarie Garrett showed us the full line of women-centric shotguns, including the new Syren XLR5. Visit Syren to see the beautiful guns made for women who love competition shooting, sporting shooting and hunting. MSRP: Varies

 

 

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It’s always fun to stop by the Comp-Tac Holsters booth and visit with Randi Rogers, who shoots for Smith & Wesson, too. She’s showing us the newly designed L Line holster, an all Kydex, pancake style, modular holster that will fit multiple firearms. The main thing? This holster will accommodate a variety of “medium” size lights. MSRP: $79.99

 

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LaserMax introduced its new GripSense technology, which activates the laser when I grab the gun. (All guns have firing pins removed for display purposes at the SHOT Show, but I always check them, too, before handling them.) Check out the line of lights and lasers available as add-ons to many models.

 

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Meet Bob, the designer of the Ruger LC9s, who assured me that he consulted many women about the ease in manipulating the slide of this concealed-carry semi-auto. You know what? I recently received one to review, and so far, every woman who has attempted to rack the slide, has done so easily. Watch for this review in the near future. MSRP: $479

 

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I have a soft spot in my heart for Remington’s line of shotguns. Here’s a look at the new VersaMax competition tactical shotgun (top, $1733) and the hardwood 870 Express for home defense (middle, $444), and the 870 Express home and field combo (bottom, $550). I have shot all, and would gladly add them to my safe. MSRP: Noted in description.

 

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Remember the mention of TeamWON? It was great to see two more members at SHOT Show, managing editor Michelle Cerino (lady in red) and Armed & In Charge columnist Annette Doerr.

 

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We helped coordinated the Second Annual Women’s Meet & Mingle at the show this year, and Bonnier graciously allowed the meet-up to be held in its Sportsman’s Lounge. Here’s Dianna Mueller, chatting with newfound friends, at the event. As you can tell, it was packed out. Sponsors for the event included AZ Firearms/Gun Freedom Radio, Beretta, Crossbreed, DIVA WOW, Jagemann Sporting Group, NRA Women’s Network, Remington Outdoor Company, Shoot Like A Girl, Smith & Wesson and The Well Armed Woman.

We love to see other TeamWON members working at the event, and Katie Pavlich was asked to sign catalogs at the Volquartsen Firearms booth. We will be reviewing a Scorpion, similar to the gun that Katie shoots, later this spring. Can hardly wait! It will feature a lovely Leupold optic, too, (another new partner!).

Be sure to check out our social media sites for more coverage of the SHOT Show, including #fullautonightfest, where managing editor Michelle Cerino and I enjoyed gunning from machine guns at night in the desert.

 

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The Women’s Gun Show Episode #38: Designing Women — The Gun Designer  http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/womens-gun-show-episode-38-designing-women-gun-designer/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/womens-gun-show-episode-38-designing-women-gun-designer/#respond Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:33:48 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=31074 In this show, Barbara Baird and Carrie Lightfoot kick off a cool series on designing women in the gun industry. Barbara talks to Lauren Hudson, gun designer. Sponsored by Ruger.

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In this week’s show, Carrie Lightfoot and Barbara Baird launch a series on Designing Women in the gun world, kicking it off with Lauren Hudson – a gun designer who created the innovative H9, a sleek 9mm semi-auto gun. As always, the hosts discuss trending news, cool products and shooting events. Sponsored by Ruger.

List of women who have designed gun industry products:

Susan Houde Walter – LaserMax

Doreen Garrett – Otis Gun Cleaning System

Sharon Lacey — EAA, Pavona

Anne Mauro – Blaser

Interview with Lauren Hudson, H9 designer

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Meet Lauren Hudson, COO and CFO of Hudson Manufacturing H9 Lauren Hudson gunSurvival Story   Alamogordo NM attempted home invasion: http://www.alamogordonews.com/story/news/local/community/2017/02/03/armed-suspects-wanted-attempted-home-invasion/97465994/ Firearms news you can use Washington (CNN)The Republican-led House voted Thursday to repeal an Obama-era regulation that required the Social Security Administration to disclose to the national gun background check system information about people with mental illness: http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/02/politics/house-vote-guns-mental-illnesses/ Henry Repeating Arms honors menHenry Repeating Arms Honors Selfless Service at The NRA Foundation Sportsmen’s Banquet: https://www.nrablog.com/articles/2017/2/henry-repeating-arms-honors-selfless-service-at-the-nra-foundation-sportsmens-banquet/?platform=hootsuite Cool products Girls with guns jacket athleticBarb plans on ordering this jacket, and maybe the pants from Girls with Guns Clothing, $69.99: https://www.gwgclothing.com/collections/womens-athletic-clothing/products/womens-athletic-zip-up-jacket-camo?variant=19869388676 talon slide assist Carrie is all a gaga over this aide,Talon Slide assist,  $29.99: http://www.tacticalkinetics.com/shop TWAW Product of the Week  medtwaw AR Hand Guard For Women – Custom TWAW Purple Skulls by Offhand Gear – PRE-ORDER: http://thewellarmedwoman.com/twaw-ar-hand-guard WITO event Calendar: What’s up?  Barb is crazy about the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Women in the Outdoors (WITO) events. Check this site to see if there’s one near you:  http://www.nwtf.org/events Carrie mentions THE WORLD’S LARGEST OUTDOOR SHOW February 4-12, 2017 in Harrisburg, PA: The show features over 1,000 exhibitors ranging from shooting manufacturers to outfitters to fishing boats and RVs, and archery to art covering 650,000 square feet of exhibit hall space! Not to mention a jam packed schedule including country concerts, fundraising dinners, speaking events, archery competitions, celebrity appearances, seminars, demonstrations and much more! See https://www.greatamericanoutdoorshow.org/ Download, listen and subscribe to The Women’s Gun Show on iTunes,  Stitcher and iHeart Radio. Fan of the Month a Rafflecopter giveaway Check out our new social media platforms at Facebook and Pinterest.

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View from the Marina: Boating Teaches Life Skills http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/boating-teaches-life-skills/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/boating-teaches-life-skills/#respond Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:02:25 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30529 Have you ever thought of the life lessons that boating can teach? Perhaps its time to head out on the water with your family?

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For more than 30 years I have been booking students – singles, couples and entire families, for sail and power boating classes at our School.  As I watched students work with their instructors something occurred to me about the life lessons that boating can teach us.

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As I overheard the instructors talking to their students about docking, chart reading, anchoring or the proper use of the marine radio I often heard them say things like, “plan ahead,” “communicate,” “be responsible,” “show respect” and “be prepared.”

 

Now, as a former Human Resource Manager with experience with various corporate management training programs I am familiar with those “How to Succeed in Life” seminars.  The programs always went something like this:  set goals, prepare and practice your skills, challenge yourself, be a team player, have a positive attitude and enjoy what you do.

 

As I thought about it, I became even more convinced that the lessons we need to learn in order to lead a successful like are the same lessons that we teach our boating school students to prepare them to be competent and considerate skippers.  And vice versa.  There may be other recreations that teach some of the same skills.  Flying is one that comes to mind.  However, I can’t think of too many that combine all of the skills so thoroughly.

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I have actually seen the “life skills” theory work with real students of ours.  One family came for a six-day trawler training class with their two teenage children.  The instructor praised them for their dedication to learning the skills required to handle the boat as well as how well they worked together as a team.  For their part, the students enjoyed working toward a common goal.  They were planning to purchase a boat in a year or two so they wanted to be sure that everyone would work well together on board.  The parents were especially proud of how well their teens listened to the instructor, completed the tasks and showed responsibility during the experience.  Plus, everyone had a great time, too!

 

Another family chose to learn to sail in a five day live-on-board training program.  The two young adult children, who admitted that they weren’t great students when they were in school took to sailing like the proverbial fish to water.  While they would hardly sit still for one of those “lead a successful life” seminars, they showed patience and determination as they mastered sail trim and docking skills according to the Captain.

According to Mom, before signing up for the class they weren’t sure if they could all get along in a small space like a sailboat.  Much to her surprise, not only did they survive, but they had a great time, learned a lot and passed with flying colors.  Not only that, but she also observed her sons taking responsibility, meeting challenges, being successful and having fun.  Sounds like a they passed the class in “life skills” as well as sailing!

 

No matter how long you have been a boater, what kind of vessel you have or where you have cruised, as you have gained more experience on board you have hopefully become a better person.  That is a “life-success seminar” that is worth any price.

Barb Hansen manages Southwest Florida Yachts, yacht charters, and Florida Sailing & Cruising School, 6095 Silver King Blvd, Cape Coral, FL 33914.  Barb can be reached at info@swfyachts.com

Are you ready to head out boating with your family?

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas: Practical, Tactical, and Romantic http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/valentines-day-gift-tactical-romantic/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/valentines-day-gift-tactical-romantic/#respond Thu, 09 Feb 2017 14:15:05 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30989 Valentine's Day is almost here and Stacy Bright is ready to help you out with her list of gift ideas. Sponsored by LaserMax.

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Is it just me, or do the holidays seem to roll around faster each year? I mean, Christmas was just last week, right? Now here we are at Valentine’s Day again, and the gift-giving dilemma returns. I did some searching and shopping to find the most practical, tactical, and possibly romantic gifts for the special girl or guy in your life. Here are some suggestions:

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Armed and In Charge is sponsored by LaserMax

Ladies First

Honestly speaking, sometimes shooting at a paper target gets a little boring. Practice is still important, though, so for a more enjoyable time, change it up a little and add some competition. A dueling tree or similar target system will challenge even the most skilled shooter, and is a fun way to spend time with a spouse or significant other. This handgun to high-caliber Dueling Tree Steel Target from Do-All Outdoors is rated for 9mm up to 30/06 using soft-nose lead bullets. MSRP: $129.35.

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Challenge yourself or enjoy some friendly competition with a Dueling Tree (Amazon photo)

For the serious tactical gal, another gift I’d suggest is the LaserMax Spartan Light & Laser combo. This product can be used with any handgun that has a tactical rail. Having the convenience of a light and a laser in one accessory not only helps keep the weight and bulk of the gun down, but also lets the user keep both hands on the gun, rather than using her off hand to hold a flashlight. I recently wrote a review about the Spartan Light & Laser combo here. MSRP: $175.

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LaserMax Spartan Laser/Light Combo in red (LaserMax stock photo)

What woman doesn’t love jewelry? Some of my favorites are the Sweetheart Bullet Earrings from The Well Armed Woman. These earrings are made with 9mm bullet casings, sterling silver earwires and Swarovski crystals (your choice of color). The hanging charm is a dainty heart, perfect for Valentine’s Day. They are versatile enough to be worn either with jeans and a T-shirt or when dressing for a more formal occasion. MSRP: $22.99.

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Sweetheart Earrings from The Well Armed Woman (TWAW photo)

 

For the Men

My first suggestion probably only needs one word: Yeti. If you haven’t heard of Yeti Coolers you might be living under a rock. One of the company’s most popular items is its 20-ounce Rambler Tumbler. It’s perfect for keeping hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for extended periods of time. This stainless-steel cup is a practical gift is perfect for someone on the go, and can be taken to work or the range, depending on the day’s agenda. MSRP: $29.99.

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Take your coffee on the road with you with the Yeti Rambler (Yeti photo)

Whether he’s gauging the distance of a bullseye target, the next hole on his fav golf course or that big buck over yonder, any man will appreciate the gift of a range finder. Whatever his target, he’ll easily know how far away it is and how to adjust his swing or shot. Leupold offers a fine line of rangefinders, from $250 to $450: https://www.leupold.com/hunting-shooting/rangefinders/rx-rangefinders/

Leupold rangefinder

If the guy in your life likes skeet shooting, this pajama set might be of interest. The T-shirt features the silhouette of a man shooting a clay pigeon, with the words, “Just Hit It” on the front. The drawstring pants are 100 percent cotton and come in various colors. Other skeet and trap designs are also available from CafePress, which features custom designs for a variety of interests. MSRP: $39.99.

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Cozy skeet shooting pajamas for men (Cafe Press photo)

Miscellaneous Ideas

AR-15 owners will love the variety of handguards made by Offhand Gear. This “Kiss My Brass” handguard rail with a lips design is unique and makes quite a statement. Other designs include Guns & Roses, Butterflies and Skulls. MSRP: $225.

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“Kiss My Brass” AR-15 hand guard from OffHand Gear (OffHand Gear photo)

Another handy little gift is the SnagMag concealed magazine holster. This gadget looks like a folding pocket knife, but it holds an extra magazine in your pocket. The SnagMag “snags” on and stays put, making reloading a lot quicker. MSRP: $34.95

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If those ideas aren’t enough for you, a gift certificate to a training class, ammunition of any kind, or eye and ear protection are always welcome gifts for any occasion. Hopefully some of these will be perfect for that special shooter in your life.

What Valentine’s Day gift would you most enjoy receiving? We’d love to hear your suggestions.

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Retro WON: Sweetheart Grips, A Love Story? http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/sweetheart-grips/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/sweetheart-grips/#respond Thu, 09 Feb 2017 12:14:35 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21251 Michelle Cerino tells the tale of sweetheart grips and why they tug at her heartstrings.

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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Rio Grande Custom Grips

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

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

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

This Retro WON first about sweetheart grips first appeared Feb. 12, 2015.

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Get to Know N. Stephanie Spika, Candidate for NRA Board of Directors http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/get-know-n-stephanie-spika-candidate-nra-board-directors/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/get-know-n-stephanie-spika-candidate-nra-board-directors/#respond Wed, 08 Feb 2017 21:11:54 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=31048 Stephanie Spika is a candidate for the NRA Board of Directors for 2017. At 31-years old and a Patron Life Member, Spika stands out among the more traditional candidates for the Board. Get to know Spika better through this Q&A, provided by the candidate.

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Stephanie Spika is a candidate for the NRA Board of Directors for 2017. At 31-years old and a Patron Life Member, Spika stands out among the more traditional candidates for the Board. Get to know Spika better through this Q&A, provided by the candidate.Stephanie Spika aoudad

Q: Why are you running for the NRA Board of Directors?

A: Over the past few years, the NRA has put a major focus on recruiting and retaining younger members.  Being one of these “younger members,” I would be able to help expand and enhance these efforts.  My first-hand experience as an NRA staffer with our NRA members and fans on social media makes me uniquely qualified to understand what appeals to our younger members and those on the fence about joining our great organization.  The future of the NRA hinges not only on the political future of this country, but on the recruitment and retention of a strong membership with a loud and united voice.

The NRA has also seen an uptick in female members. Women are the fastest growing demographic of gun owners.  If elected to the NRA Board, I’d push for continued support of women’s shooting and hunting programs.

As an NRA Board Member I’d work relentlessly to preserve our Second Amendment and to strengthen the NRA.  The attacks against our way of life will not decrease in the future so we need to work now on building the best NRA possible so that generations in the future can experience the rights and freedoms that we enjoy today.

Stephanie Spika

Q: What makes you qualified to serve on the Board of Directors?

A: Without question, I am one of the most experienced and qualified candidates on the ballot to serve our NRA members.  I worked at the National Rifle Association for over four years, where I served as both a spokesman and the organization’s social media manager.  NRA’s Facebook page had just surpassed 1 million fans when I took over, and I when I left the NRA in July 2014, we had 3.8 million fans.  I was able to nearly quadruple our fan base due to daily engagement with our fans.  I responded to every message we received – whether that message was about membership, legislation, or any other issue.  Not all of these messages were positive and I took great pride in trying to remedy each complaint, and also to put forth positive, pro-gun facts to anti-gun commentators.  I was able to experience one-on-one communication with our NRA members on a daily basis.  The knowledge I’ve gained through these interactions makes me uniquely qualified to speak on behalf of our members.  I’ve been able to see what NRA does best for its members and what NRA can tweak to better serve its members.  But most importantly I got to experience the passion and drive of our members and that left a lasting impression on me.

I also served the NRA as a spokesman.  Not only did I write press releases and opinion pieces, I was frequently quoted in print articles, appeared on TV interviews, and regularly participated in radio interviews.   I prided myself in knowing the NRA’s official position on nearly every issue.  The NRA trusted me to speak on its behalf and now I’d like to take that knowledge to the next level as a Board Member of the NRA.

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A: I am currently Safari Club International’s manager of strategic communications, where I work to protect hunters’ rights and promote wildlife conservation around the globe.  Prior to that, I was the social media manager for a division of one of the world’s largest firearms manufacturers.  Serving in these roles has given me a deep and well-rounded understanding of the key issues and constituencies that rely on our Second Amendment rights.

Q: Give us some background about yourself. 

A: I grew up in rural Montana and passed hunters education when I was 12.  While hunting and shooting were a way of life in my youth, I never fully understood the value of our Second Amendment heritage until I entered the political realm.  After working on various political campaigns and then working for the NRA-ILA, I realized more than ever how valuable our Right to Keep and Bear Arms really is.  It takes all of us as gun owners to work together to defend the constant attacks against our rights.

Q: How does the NRA Board of Directors voting process work?

A: The terms of office for one-third of 75 Directors expire at each NRA Annual Meeting of Members.  The 2017 election will fill the normal 25 three-year terms and one two-year term that has been vacated.  Although 37 names will appear on the ballot, each voting member may vote for only 26 candidates.

NRA voting members are those fully paid lifetime members or annual members with five or more consecutive years of membership.  If you are a voting member and subscribe to one of the NRA magazines, your ballot will be in the February 2017 issue of your magazine.  If you do not receive a magazine by choice, you will receive a ballot package by mail.

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Sure-Shot Game Calls Hunt/Conference Hits the Mark http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/sure-shot-game-calls-trip-hits-mark/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/sure-shot-game-calls-trip-hits-mark/#respond Wed, 08 Feb 2017 13:58:34 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30824 When Babbs goes all out, she goes all out ... thanks to Sure-Shot Game Calls hosting this premiere conference in January for outdoor writers. Hunting with guides and dogs and seeing ducks and hogs, and then racing ATVs across meadows. Also, check out the video where someone popped a wheelie.

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It appears that many people envy outdoor writers because we get invited on simply outstanding media trips that involve shooting and hunting. True. Prepare to salivate, as we present Sure-Shot Game Calls 5th Annual Media Hunt/Conference, sponsored by Nissan, Polaris and Remington, along with MOJO, Vortex optics and Buck Knives. Can you imagine a better group of sponsors? Pair that with the setting — the Bucks and Ducks Lodge in Bellevue, Texas — where we had access to thousands of acres of hunting in Texas and Oklahoma, and that is a sure (shot) recipe for success.

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I attended the conference in early January, flew to Dallas and got whisked to the lodge, in a TITAN XD Platinum Reserve with a Cummins Diesel engine, where Kent Outdoors runs the hunting outfit.

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What a welcome site. Love this type of landscaping, and it made it oh-so-easy to empty my pockets after a day in the duck blind!

 

I would spend the next 2 days hunting for ducks and hogs. After the hunts — to which we were arrived in style in the aforementioned Nissan trucks, we had opportunities to shoot clays and drive Polaris’s new line of off-road vehicles.

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TITAN XD Platinum Reserve

In between sleeps (which amounted to very little) and eats (which amounted to very much and amazing food from Donna, the lodge cook and her sister, the supreme pie baker), the experience comes back to me in a rush, with sensory overload of an overwhelming capacity. I am grateful to have been included in the mix.

Ducks and Off-Roading

MOJO Outdoors

Here’s one of the cameramen from “MOJO Outdoors,” sitting in the field near the blind on this cold morning.

The first morning, we set up in the darkness on a large pond. Joined by Mike Morgan, host of MOJO Outdoors, and guided by JJ Kent (a character in and out of the blind). We had success and almost got our limit of 6 each. Almost. It figured out to be about 5 each for our crew. One thing I love about this type of access is being privy to behind-the-scenes work of camera crews, and a host such as Mike Morgan — a seasoned pro. For the show, he and JJ discussed the ducks’ flight patterns, the decoy set up and with the success of the morning’s volleys of our Remington shot, we had a winner of an episode for MOJO in the making. I knew it and am looking forward to watching it get recreated on next season’s show.

 

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Remington supplied the guns and ammo for this trip.

 

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Later, we dined on delish duck breasts, marinated and grilled back at the lodge. Fresh from the pond and the sky.

 

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Meanwhile, back at the ranch, we put the fleet of Polaris new off-road vehicles to the test. (Shwat photo)

I own a Polaris ATV, from a few years back. Wouldn’t trade it for anything, except maybe a Sportsman XP1000. The writers in my group and a particular ammo guy from Remington might not want to admit this, since we didn’t have Polaris babysitters with us, and probably for good reason, but let’s just say we got these machines up to about as fast as they could go and this granny also jumped a decent meadow mogul.

And that ammo dude?

He may have popped a wheelie or two.

Back home on the ranch, I use my Polaris to get into difficult places and down into hollers that I wouldn’t want to attempt on foot. I live in the Ozarks. I need 4-wheel drive. We also drove the “General,” an upscale off-road vehicle. Polaris will be happy to know that we did not attempt jumps with it, but let’s say, we did put the pedal to the metal.

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I think this is a great photo, from our friend, Jonathan Owen, at SHWAT.com, of the Polaris General, a Remington V3 and Sure-Shot game calls. (Shwat photo)

Hogs and Dogs

Here’s the other thing about outdoor writing. You must be ready to change gears quickly, accept a new challenge and roll with it. When JJ offered me the opportunity to meet Casey and go hog hunting with dogs, as opposed to sitting in a stand at night and waiting for hogs to appear, I knew I wanted to see this method. I also knew I would not wield the knife, but left that for my pal, Jon, of All Outdoor. I am a firm believer in the fact that if you do not have the confidence, it doesn’t matter what the weapon is — be it knife or gun. I do not have knife training and frankly, I am not comfortable being in amidst dogs, a wild hog and then, being responsible for ending a hog’s life quickly. I did not have the confidence.

A hunt such as this one had been on Jon’s bucket list for a long time. He would be the knife-runner. Again, in the wee dark hours of the morning, Jon and crew (Jonathan from Shwat and Mike from Petersen’s Hunting) arrived in … Jon’s BMW.  The Nissans had all been spoken for and had long gone to the duck hunting blinds. We met our guide, Casey, near the town of Bowie, and went to pick up the dogs — 8 of them, including Black Mouth Curs and pit bulls. Fortunately, Casey drove a truck. What happened over the next few hours involved tracking, finding the dogs with a hog, and watching (from a safe distance) as Jon finished 3 feral hogs. Our pal, Jonathan, from Shwat.com, ran a camera. In fact, you can read his account of the trip at his website.

 

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Casey with the dogs.

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Saber gets suited up with a vest and tracking collar.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch

Upon our return from the hogs and dogs experience, we picked up Remington V3 and Versamax shotguns (semi-auto loaders) and headed out back to shoot some clays. It got competitive — which meant shooters shot at bits and piece of already broken clays. We ran those guns hot, very hot, with no malfunctions or hiccups. We had access to thousands of rounds of ammunition.

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My go-to shotgun for 2017, the V3.

Side note: I’ve been hunting with a V3 this year during duck season, with no malfunctions. I like its feel and balance, and you can read my review of it here.

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(Shwat photo)

One of the highlights of the trip included watching as Curtis Arnold, who is the third generation of the family that is associated with Sure-Shot Game Calls, make a duck call for me. A little history: Sure-Shot built the first double reed call. In fact, Curtis’s granddad, James “Cowboy” Fernandez, held a patent on it. That’s why it’s really cool that Curtis is still making these calls, and I will treasure this one.

The other cool thing about this trip, is that I met Charlie Holder, the CEO of Sure-Shot Game Calls, and who invited me to attend. He sees the future of hunting and sees the important role that women play in that future. Look for a collaboration between Sure-Shot and The WON in the future, because there are a lot of women out there using Sure-Shot products and telling their own stories from duck blinds and fields across this land.

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Curtis Arnold signs the call he made for me.

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What are Sure-Shot Game Calls known for in the business? The Yentzen!

Another Duck Hunt (Just one)

On day #2 of hunting, we headed out to another pond — this time in Oklahoma. Typical of how hunting can sometimes turn out, this day would not rank high on the list of memorable hunts, except for the fact that the one duck we downed came in with a small group after the guide went to get the truck. For some reason, the ducks did not like our pond or were not in full force like they were the day before … other groups did not have very memorable hunts, either.

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Here is the one duck of the day, a gorgeous pintail, who will soon be in Ronnie’s, from Polaris, office.

Fortunately, the good company in the duck blind made up for the early morning and lack of shooting. I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time.

Shout-Outs

When I realized that I’d need a good rain jacket for this trip, I asked Bass Pro Shops if they’d supply one. But, in my haste through the vast camo department in the Springfield, Mo., store, I grabbed a men’s jacket. I wondered why it fit so large. This is common for me when I get in a hurry. But, the Redhead canvasback shell jacket did not disappoint, and worked perfectly — allowing me to layer it accordingly for the freezing weather on day #1 and the warmer, tropical 40-degree weather on day #2. It cut the wind, and I like the hood. You can find it here. MRSP: $109.99

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Danner Highground boot for women.

When hiking around the ranch and for the ATV riding, I wore Danner’s new Highground boots for women. I have continued to wear these boots back at home in the Ozarks, and highly recommend. With 400 grams of Thinsulate, these are the perfect winter boots for me. Made of 100% waterproof and breathable, with GORE-TEX® liners, these boot allow sweat to be released, yet do not allow moisture back in. Also, having turned my ankle and suffered a major sprain back in October, I love the 8-inch height of these boots. I’d have to turn my whole leg in order to go over in these boots. MSRP: $190.

Pick Stick

I am going to order one of these gadgets, the MOJO Outdoors Pick Stick.  The stick which adjusts from 32-1/2 inches to 55-1/2 inches, comes designed with a magnet at the end and can pick up as many as 25 hulls at a time.  MSRP: $34.99

Finally, one of my fav swag items from the trip was this way cool, vintage camo hat from Sure-Shots. I’m wearing it in the pintail photo above. Here it is, below. I am a major fan of old style camo and trucker hats. So it really “fit the bill” for me. Buy it here. MRSP: $20.98

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LINKS

Bucks and Ducks Lodge: http://www.kentoutdoors.com

Buck Knives: http://www.buckknives.com

Kent Outdoors: http://www.kentoutdoors.com

MOJO Outdoors: https://www.mojooutdoors.com/index.php/mojo-tv/about

Nissan: https://www.nissanusa.com/trucks/titan-xd

Polaris: http://www.polaris.com/en-us#

Remington High Speed Steel ammo: https://www.remington.com/ammunition/shotshell/waterfowl-loads/sportsman-hi-speed-steel

Remington shotguns: https://www.remington.com/shotguns/autoloading

Sure-Shot Game Calls: http://sureshotgamecalls.com

Vortex Optics: http://vortexoptics.com (Gifted a rangefinder, which I will review in the near future. Thank you!)

I would say the Sure-Shot Game Calls Hunt/Conference hit the mark. Wouldn’t you agree?

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Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Adds New Junior Pistol Awards to 2017 National Matches http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/civilian-marksmanship-program-cmp-junior/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/civilian-marksmanship-program-cmp-junior/#respond Wed, 08 Feb 2017 12:55:21 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30960 To better recognize its remarkable junior pistol competitors, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has added specialized awards to the 2017 National Trophy Pistol Matches.

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CAMP PERRY, Ohio – To better recognize its remarkable junior pistol competitors, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has added specialized awards to the 2017 National Trophy Pistol Matches, fired at the renowned Camp Perry National Guard Training Facility in Ohio.

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The Top 3 juniors in the President’s Pistol Match, National Trophy Individual (NTI) Pistol and .22 Pistol EIC matches will be presented individual overall awards. A special aggregate award for the highest combined score in the President’s 100, NTI, .22 Pistol EIC and the Pistol Team Match will also be given to the leading junior competitors, and the Top 3 teams in the Junior Team Trophy Match will also be recognized.

All of the junior awards will be presented during the National Trophy Pistol Awards Ceremony on July 2 at 5 p.m. The ceremony will include a reception beforehand, with winning juniors receiving their earned honors on the Hough Theatre stage – walking the same path as other revered marksmen have done throughout the long history of the National Matches.

As an added bonus, all juniors who compete in the CMP National Trophy Pistol Matches will receive an exclusive t-shirt with a design selected especially for 2017.

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Last year, junior attendance at the National Trophy Pistol Matches proved to be one of the best ever recorded – with escalating participation expected in the coming years. The demonstrated dedication of junior competitors and increasing interest in the sport serves as motivation for the CMP to continue its mission of expanding the ways it challenges and commends the marksmanship community.

For more information on the National Trophy Pistol Matches, including an in-depth look at each event, visit the Pistol page on the CMP website at http://thecmp.org/competitions/cmp-national-matches/national-pistol-matches/.

 

About the National Trophy Pistol Matches:

The 2017 CMP National Trophy Pistol Matches are scheduled for July 1-2 at Camp Perry. The Pistol Matches were introduced in 1904 and include service pistol championship competitions for both elite and up-and-coming marksmen. A Small Arms Firing School, taught by current military pistol team members and qualified CMP instructors, is also conducted during the matches for those new to the sport or wanting to improve his/her skills. For over a century, the Matches have served as the premier rifle and pistol championship series fired during the year.

 

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

The 2017 CMP National Trophy Pistol Matches are scheduled for July 1-2 at Camp Perry.

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2017 Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt will be held Oct. 12 – 15 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/2017-wyoming-womens-antelope-hunt-will-held-oct-12-15/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/2017-wyoming-womens-antelope-hunt-will-held-oct-12-15/#respond Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:19:12 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=31030 Scholarship applications for this fabulous hunting opportunity open in April. Put your name on the list to be reminded. Also, sponsorships are available.

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LARAMIE, WY – Join the Wyoming Women’s Foundation for its 5th Annual Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt Oct. 12 – 15, 2017, at the Ranch at Ucross in northeastern Wyoming. Each year the event hosts 40 women from all over the country supported by corporate sponsorships, scholarships and individual hunters. The foundation is seeking sponsors for this year’s event. Based on its level of contribution, each sponsor will have the opportunity to invite women to hunt at the event.

Here's Hilary Stern, reader of The WON, who saw the announcement for scholarship applications to this hunt in the summer of 2016. She WON!

Here’s Hilary Stern, reader of The WON, who saw the announcement for scholarship applications to this hunt here at The WON in the summer of 2015. She attended and tagged her first antelope. (Barbara Baird photo)

Founded in 2013, the country’s first all-women’s antelope hunt works to raise awareness and funds for the foundation’s mission to improve the economic self-sufficiency of Wyoming women. Since inception, it has raised more than $280,000 to help carry out its work. The hunt benefits participants through a focus on mentoring and developing camaraderie between women. Experienced hunters act as mentors and share their knowledge, experience and passion for hunting with a new or less experienced hunter. Each pair hunts with a guide. Hunters of all experience levels are welcome.

“In the past four years this event has grown into a truly powerful tradition for women–and for Wyoming,” said retired Wyoming Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Kite who co-chairs the hunt planning committee. “We look forward to continuing the tradition for the fifth year–and hopefully long into the future.”

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The hunt honors Wyoming’s hunting traditions and culture while also teaching women how to harvest, process and cook the game meat. Skills learned at the event help women provide nutritious food to their families.

The weekend includes a fundraising auction dinner open to the public. The dinner will take place at the Ranch at Ucross on Friday, Oct. 13. State and local officials often attend the dinner in support of the event and the foundation. Tickets and dinner table sponsorships are available on the hunt website. The foundation is also seeking in-kind donations for the auction dinner on Oct. 13.

Please visit wyomingwomensantelopehunt.org for more information on full event or dinner sponsorship and individual participation, including scholarships.

About the Wyoming Women’s Foundation
The Wyoming Women’s Foundation is a priority fund of the Wyoming Community Foundation, which granted out over $6 million to nonprofits across the state in 2016. The Women’s Foundation builds on a permanent endowment that will ensure funding to enhance the lives of women and girls in Wyoming for generations to come. It makes grants to organizations that help Wyoming women and girls attain economic self-sufficiency, creates statewide awareness of the barriers to economic self-sufficiency, and supports systems change to eliminate those barriers. Since its inception in 1999, the foundation has invested $832,000 into almost 100 organizations. Learn more at www.wywf.org

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Year 3 for Women Ice Angler Project (WIAP #womenonice) Moves to Lake Mille Lacs http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/women-ice-angler-project-lake-mille-lacs/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/women-ice-angler-project-lake-mille-lacs/#respond Tue, 07 Feb 2017 13:39:43 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30957 Season 3 of the Women Ice Angler Project will have one new team member this year, Ashlee Lundvall, former Miss Wheelchair USA and new columnist at The WON.

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The Women Ice Angler Project is moving to Lake Mille Lacs for the third year of #womenonice. With another great line-up of sponsors, including McQuoid’s Inn and Event Center in Isle, Minn., this year’s media event is prepped for success. McQuoid’s will host the event February 8 – 12.

We’ve seen photos of our last two years of #womenonice showing up all over the place—big signs at Gander Mountain throughout the ice belt, for example,” said founder of WI Women Fish and the Women Ice Angler Project Barb Carey. “Improved product packaging, social media shares, catalog pages—it’s great to see more women on the face of ice angling and a lot of that has to do with our project’s success.

Ashlee LundvallThis year, three new ice anglers are joining the crew, but they’re not new to enjoying the great outdoors with hunting and fishing. Ashlee Lundvall (@crownandcamo and #aredefinedlife, experienced a life-altering injury in high school. Since that time, she’s embraced life in a wheelchair and rustled up the gumption to do everything she set her mind to; hunting, fishing, living “out west with horses,” getting married and having a family, and so much more. She is an author and motivational speaker focusing on “A Redefined Life.” This winter, she’ll check one more item off her bucket list…ice fishing! Her action-track wheels will get the job done for mobility on the snow and ice. Ashlee said,

I am so excited to be a part of this project. Since my accident, I am always looking for fun ways to be involved in the outdoors, and I’ve never tried ice fishing. I hope it will inspire other people living with a disability to challenge themselves and always be brave enough to try new adventures.

The team is excited to use Clam’s Big Foot XL6000T Garage shelter, which has one end that unzips completely to make it easy for Ashlee to navigate in and out in her track chair.

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Also on the team this year is Shantel Wittstruck from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Shantel is the President of South Dakota Walleyes Unlimited, Pro Staff for Clam Outdoors, Vexilar, and Northland Tackle. She also executes sales and marketing for Adventuress Magazine. Experienced angler and Cabela’s Pro, Karen McQuoid, is able to bring local support as the owner of Mac’s Twin Bay Resort on Lake Mille Lacs.

The goal of the Women Ice Angler Project is to encourage women to try ice fishing as well as mentor those who already enjoy it and want to improve their skills. Plus, the other side of the coin is to move the industry forward showing women ice anglers in their marketing and social media work. “We’d like to introduce the passion of ice fishing and help take it to a new level for women,” Barb Carey said.

With an eye on the goal to showcase women in quality ice fishing photos for tourism and product promotions, award-winning outdoor photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson of Stonehouse Photography is part of why sponsors sign on. “The colder it is, the happier I am,” Hudson is known to say about her photography. She claims the light is better when it is really cold.

The women anglers for 2017 are Clam Outdoors Ice Team Pros Barb Carey and Shelly Holland, photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson, Clam and Vexilar Pros Shantel Wittstruck and Rikki Pardun, Clam power stick pro Bonnie Timm, Mossy Oak Pro Staffer and former Miss Wheelchair USA Ashlee Lundvall, and Cabela’s Pro Karen McQuoid.

Support for the project also comes from Mille Lacs Area Tourism Council.  Tina Chapman, Executive Director with Mille Lacs Tourism stated, “We are excited to host this event and show our area to women anglers. We are a great place to get out on the ice.” Sponsors value the videos and photos they gain with access as a sponsor. Tourism groups routinely pull many photos and used them in marketing efforts to showcase female anglers. A number of media outlets are lined up to cover the project.

OutdoorsFIRST Media will film the event for the third year, and will post photos, video, and stories about the adventure at IceFishingFIRST.com as well as theiceangler.com and facebook.com/womeniceanglerproject. OFM’s Keith Worrall is thrilled to be on board again, as women enjoying the sport is important to the family enjoying the sport. His websites reflect that family oriented commitment to ice fishing. “We want their photos and their stories this winter, too,” Worrall said.

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Larry Smith Outdoors Television Show will also film an episode while fishing with the team. Larry Smith Outdoors, www.larrysmithoutdoors.com, makes it a point to include men, women and children in the 52 episodes they film each year. All shows can be seen on their YouTube channel right after they are aired. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOA92HuzX2JcwZ1VSuJuVdg

All women anglers are encouraged to post their ice fishing photos and share their stories by using #womenonice on social media platforms. You can find us on Instagram @womenonice, and at our official Facebook page, “Women on Ice” or @WomenIceAnglers.

Our sponsors are totally behind the message women can, and do, enjoy this great sport,” Carey concluded. The Women Ice Angler Project sponsors include Clam Outdoors, Vexilar, Nebulus Flotation, OutdoorsFIRST Media, Honda USA, The Great Wild Radio Show, Fish On Kids Books, Stonehouse Photography, WI Women Fish, McQuoid’s Inn and Event Center, Mugg’s of Mille Lacs, Mac’s Twin Bay and Mille Lacs Tourism.

Stay tuned for updates soon the Women Ice Angler Project.

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Vera Koo’s First Column in a Six-Part Series Inspired by the Writings in her Memoir http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/vera-koos-memoir/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/vera-koos-memoir/#respond Tue, 07 Feb 2017 12:34:50 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30929 This is Vera Koo’s first column in a six-part series that is inspired by the writings in her memoir, which will be published later this year.

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Some people only find enjoyment in hobbies they can share with others, but I have never found this to be the case with shooting. Since I began sport shooting in my 40s, I have found it to be a rewarding individual sport.

I feel at peace when I am alone on the gun range.

Sure, you compete against other shooters, and you often see other shooters while practicing on the gun range. You are not alone in a vacuum. At some events, you even compete on a team. At its core, however, sport shooting is just you, your gun and the targets.

I like that. Shooting, for me, is not some frivolous hobby where I gather with friends and gossip on the range. It is an endeavor I pour myself into and challenge my body and mind.

Throughout my life, though, I have found that everyone needs help sometimes, even in the most individualistic endeavors. Shooting is no different, and I have been blessed with many great friends and mentors who helped me advance my career to where it is today.

You see farther standing on the shoulders of a giant, and I needed to find giants within the sport to be my mentors.

When I started competitive shooting, I knew almost nothing about the sport.

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Brian Lisankie of Aimpoint , Jim O’Young , Vera Koo, Lennart Ljungfelt of Aimpoint

Jim O’Young became my first mentor, and he remains a good friend and teacher to this day. It was like fate brought us together.

Jim is a shooting giant within Steel Challenge, a discipline that combines speed, athleticism and accuracy.

I had completed some gun training courses but was a no-name in the shooting sport when I met Jim in 1991. I had recently decided to start competing in sport shooting, but I needed direction. I had bought a competition gun but was not happy with how I was performing with it.

I spoke with my local gun range owner about my problem, and he recommended that I talk to Jim, who came to the range every Thursday. Jim would know what to do, the range owner said.

That day was a Wednesday, so Jim was not set to come by my local gun range until the following day. But just as I was about to leave, I turned around, and there he was.

I told Jim about the issues I was having with my gun. Jim is a frank man. After hearing my story, he leveled with me and asked, “Is it the shooter or the gun?”

 

The next day, I met with Jim at the range and fired 2 magazines with the gun. I felt confident, even with an accomplished shooter like Jim watching me. Afterward, Jim fired the gun, too. He decided the problem was not with the shooter. He said he would help me get a new gun.

I knew I needed to take this further. I needed more than good equipment. I needed a mentor, and I thought Jim would be perfect. He is the consummate professional.

There was just one problem. Jim told me he did not take on students.

But I don’t easily take no for an answer, so I continued to work on him and asked if I could at least observe the way he practiced. He gave in, and I began meeting Jim at the range to watch him go about his craft. Eventually, Jim asked me to bring my gun and shoot, too. Soon, he became my teacher and mentor. He instructed me. He kept me informed about workshops in the area that I should attend. He pointed me toward competitions I should shoot in. He even shot with me as a teammate in some events.

He also became my friend.

Sometimes our friends can offer a helpful word or thoughtful act at just the right time, perhaps without even knowing the full value of what they are doing.

I have found this to be true on a number of occasions, including a few years ago when I was recovering from my spiral leg fracture I suffered while practicing for the Bianchi Cup at the gun range near Columbia, Missouri. (Read about Vera’s unfortunate experience here.)

Two months after my injury, Jim visited me at my home in California. He knew I was getting antsy in my recovery and that it killed me not to be able to practice. I wanted to compete at the Bianchi Cup the following May, and I was going stir crazy early in my recovery. To ease my mind, Jim helped my husband Carlos set up a small air pistol range in our backyard. It was not the same as practicing in Columbia, but it kept me engaged in the sport.

Jim always knew how to challenge me. During his time mentoring me, if I ever complained, he would ask, “Do you want to quit, or do you want to keep going?” I never quit. That is not in my DNA.

Although Jim has been my longest-standing mentor, there have been countless others – whether it be other shooters, gunsmiths or range masters – who have in their own way helped my journey in this sport.

I did not at first shoot in the Bianchi Cup when I began competing in shooting, but after deciding Bianchi would best suit my strength of accuracy, I contacted John Pride, a former Bianchi champion living in Southern California. He told me about Mickey Fowler and his training ranch in Mariposa, California.

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Karl Piper, Vera & Mickey Fowler

If Jim O’Young was the guy to speak to about Steel Challenge, Mickey Fowler, a 4-time Bianchi Cup champion, was that man for Bianchi. His ranch was set up to mimic all the Bianchi stages.

Like Jim, Mickey at first told me he was not taking on students. But, like I said, I do not easily take no for an answer, and in February 1997, I found myself driving to Mickey’s ranch to train for my first Bianchi Cup.

At Mickey’s ranch, I met fellow shooter Ichi Nagata. I spent a lot of time training solo at Mickey’s ranch. Often, I was the last to leave, locking the gate behind me when I left.

But I had help along the way. After proving my skill to Ichi, he agreed to work with me. Ichi and his boys taught me all there was to know about Bianchi Cup while we trained at Mickey’s ranch. Any advice he gave me I put to the test, keeping what worked for me and discarding what didn’t.

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Tomo Hasegawa, Ichy Nagata, Vera Koo & Takumi Suzuki (Chris Topia photo)

Throughout my Bianchi career, Ichi always has been a valuable friend and mentor with whom I can exchange ideas.

It was Ichi who, after my first Bianchi Cup in 1997, recommended that I go to the awards banquet afterward. Such a banquet was not in my comfort zone, but he persuaded me to attend. At the banquet, I was named the top woman newcomer at that year’s Bianchi Cup, and I won a cash prize. I later thanked Ichi and bowed in a respectful gesture to him. Without him, I would not have been in position to win any award that day. The same can be said of Jim O’Young, Mickey Fowler and so many others who helped me and would continue to throughout my career.

When I started this sport, I was told that although all shooters are competitive, we are also a community, and it is important that we help each other. This is so true. The grueling nature of this sport builds a sort of camaraderie. We need to look out for one another, to help one another.

After all, we all need help sometimes, so how can you expect help in your time of need if you do not also help others in theirs?

I would never change the individual nature of shooting. I find strength in my solitude on the range. But I also would not trade the friends or advice I have gained along the way, nor would I be where I am without them.

I have learned that you will never get to a place worth reaching solely by your own effort. Everyone needs the help of others to reach where they want to go. That became clear on my journey through this sport.

Be sure to check back each month for the series from Vera’s memoir.

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REALIZE Firearms Awareness Coalition: Concealed Carry Fashion Show and Documentary Filming http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/realize-firearms-concealed-carry/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/realize-firearms-concealed-carry/#respond Mon, 06 Feb 2017 21:53:17 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30976 A&E’s Channel Viceland will be on scene to film segments for their documentary series 'States of Undress,' at the REALIZE Firearms Awareness Coalition's concealed carry fashion show.

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WAYLAND OHIO –  The group REALIZE Firearms Awareness Coalition is pleased to announce that their event “The Concealed Carry Fashion Show”  has been selected as the topic for an A&E –  Viceland Documentary. Suffecool, Director of the not-for-profit group REALIZE firearms awareness coalition was notified that Viceland wanted to feature a show in the United States for season two of their series “States of Undress”, and selected the Ohio’s not for profit and their concealed carry fashion show as it fit the bill.

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Ohio is not just the heart of it all, but in pro-gun Fashion it may be the center of it all, at least as far as February 19th goes when gun enthusiast will gather in Independence Ohio for a day of fashion, firearms and film crews.

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Women have been exercising their purchase power in firearms for over a decade and on February 19th  the Holiday Inn in Independence Ohio will welcome two his and hers activities including the Concealed Carry Fashion Show, and the Greater Cleveland Friends of NRA banquet.

 

Gone are the days when a manufacturer could take a chunky black product, color it pink camo and call it a product for women. Women not only buy guns, they demand products that are functional and fashionable. Both men and women want to store and transport their guns safely but they have different needs in fashion and usability based on ergonomics and body type. So REALIZE F.A.C. (REALIZEfac.com) has organized the fashion show to expose some fifty unique conceal carry items.

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Michelle Cerino

The show will go on with the modeling help of Bob Golic- former Cleveland Browns player, Michelle Cerino – editor of Women’s Outdoor News and Charlie Cook of #GunGram fame- the guy with a Glock and a Trumpet. Other models include men and women representing a variety of body types.

 

A&E’s Channel Viceland will be on scene to film segments for their documentary series titled States of Undress. Having visited Russia, China, and the Congo host Hailey Gates and the documentary crew is now focused on Ohio to cover how fashion empowers women in the distinctly American 2nd Amendment culture. With the help of Amanda Suffecool founder of REALIZE Firearms Awareness Coalition, Halie met up with local gals Erica Spencer and Gina Spaller to talk concealed carry, learn about firearm safety, and watch Erica shoot a stage of USPSA pistol.

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Hailey Gates

 

Halie and crew set out to examine “global fashion and issues the industry often ignores, showing us what the world wears, and why” in Ohio by spending some time in the Radio Studio with Amanda and Rob Campbell as they hosted their live weekly Eye On The Target Radio (EyeOnTheTargetRadio.com) that airs from 7-10pm on Sunday evening on WHLO 100.1 FM Akron/Kent and the same time on Monday on KRMA internet radio.  Halie took her first shots down range and walked through the firearms purchase process.

 

REALIZE Firearms Awareness Coalition is worked to expose others to the 2nd Amendment lifestyle through pro-gun sports, safety, and community necessary to support the pro-gun, pro-concealed-carry lifestyle. They do it through radio, public seminars and now, through a TV documentary.

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The live fashion show has space, and we would like to invite you to be part of the audience. Tickets and information is available through the website www.REALIZEfac.com. N.E. Ohio Friends of the N.R.A. banquet tickets can be purchased through their website www.friendsofNRA.org.

 

The REALIZE – FIREARMS AWARENESS COALITION   Supports Education, Defends the 2nd Amendment & Stands with the NRA.  

The mission of REALIZE FAC is: to educate citizens as to the historical intent of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, to enable citizens to accurately relate and defend aspects of the U.S. Constitution, to enhance public awareness and support for responsible gun ownership, and to emphasize firearms education for women who facilitate the transmittal of constitutional awareness and gun ownership to succeeding generations.  Education is key as informed Americans make better choices, and we do it through public seminars and Weekly Radio.  Radio: EyeOnTheTargetRadio.com.   REALIZE FAC is based in Wayland, Ohio, can be reached at  RealizeFAC@yahoo.com  or the web site at REALIZEFAC.org.    REALIZE FAC is a registered not-for-profit educational organization.

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Gracing the Field: The Dallas Gun Club, Fire in the HOLE! http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/gracing-field-dallas-gun-club-fire-hole/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/gracing-field-dallas-gun-club-fire-hole/#comments Mon, 06 Feb 2017 13:47:31 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30903 While on the #BunClubUSA Tour, Claire Sadler enjoyed a visit to the Dallas Gun Club. She tells her side of the story in her featured blog, “Gracing the Field.”

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Having had a few days sight seeing and living the cowgirl dream round Dallas, Victoria (owner of The Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club) and I were itching to get out for some target practice. I’m always quite excited about going to a new ground for the first time as you can’t rely on knowing where to place your barrels so you can get straight on the clay or the “it’s coming from above those trees”; you just have to go out and shoot off instinct! Vic and I had Claire-Sadler-SHotgungoogled the ground before going and couldn’t wait to see it in the flesh. Admittedly, I was also a bit nervous as I wanted to make a good impression. Vic and I would be shooting with Judy (Rhodes, Texas legend and Founder of DivaWOW), Barbara Baird and Michelle Cerino both of Women’s Outdoor News. To top it all off and really add to the pressure, Dallas Gun Club is a majorly exclusive club with an even more major and exclusive waiting list for membership. So, on Wednesday 16 November we headed over to Dallas Gun Club to get our eyes in ahead of our hunting trip. The weather was ideal and it couldn’t have been any better at a  warm 29 degrees. We did spare a thought for everyone freezing back at home in Blighty – if only for a brief moment!

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The Dallas Squad

 

From the moment you start driving down the Gun Club’s long driveway, you can instantly tell that this is a ground with class and somewhere where you take your shooting seriously. It is set in sprawling and well-manicured grounds and covers every shooting discipline. Of course we have ‘areas’ within our grounds in the UK (i.e. skeet layout, sporting etc) but some of the designated areas alone at Dallas Gun Club were bigger than some of the UK grounds I’ve been to in their entirety.

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The Driveway at Dallas Gun Club

On arriving at the club, we all sat down for cheese burgers, fries and onion rings (when in Rome!) and, while at all times maintaining our Debretts level of elegance, hoovered them down! It was a great opportunity to get to know the other girls and their shooting trips and adventures. One of the Diva WOW ladies, Cheryl, started shooting fairly recently in her later life after retiring from her career as a country & western singer. Deceivingly petite, this lady could have given Annie Oakley a run for her money! Both her and Judy could remember the days when ladies shooting didn’t really exist in the form that it is now, so much so that ladies were not allowed in the club house. It seems that the US are a few years ahead of us in terms of the ladies shooting market and it was so inspiring listening to Judy talk about pioneering the way – something that Vic could obviously completely empathise with. Judy set-up DivaWOW to get and educate more women outdoors and into shooting. It seems that her passion was infectious and the local women were clearly waiting for someone like her as the group took off  and now, not only are Judy’s days fully booked, but the ladies are part of the furniture in the club house.

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Once lunch had finished and we were borderline sick of sweet tea, we got our guns and kit together ready for a full afternoon out on the clays!  As well as getting in some target practice, Vic and I also needed to familiarise ourselves with the shotguns that had been very kindly loaned to us from Franchi for the duration of the trip: two Franchi Instinct L 12g multi-choke shotguns. The guns themselves were very smooth to shoot and on the lighter side of a 12 bore. This was welcome news as these would be ideal for hunting across the prairies.

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In order to get a good understanding of our guns and how they shoot, Judy took us to pattern test our guns which is something that is taken quite seriously pre-hunt in the US. Pattern testing is where a shotgun is fired at least twice at a stationary target (or ‘plate’), usually from about 15-20yds and then maybe a bit further back, which has an aiming mark that the shotgun should be pointed at. The ‘plate’ is washed or painted down so that it is clear and then the shotgun is fired at the aiming mark. Once the pellets hit the ‘plate’ they leave a mark at the point of impact and those marks show you the pattern. Simple! When you do pattern your gun, be more Dallas and remember to shout (*in a lovely Texan accent*) “FIRE IN THE HOLE!!” once you have loaded and the safety is off! This phrase quickly became the motto of our trip. Poor Michelle! After a week with Vic and I, I’m really not sure which she found most painful; the fact that I used EVERY opportunity to say this loudly (in every possible situation) or our very poor attempts at Texan accents…

Continue reading, “The Dallas Gun Club, Fire in the HOLE!,” here and follow Claire Sadler’s blog, “Gracing the Field.”

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CMP Seeking Volunteers for 2017 National Matches http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/cmp-volunteers-national-matches/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/cmp-volunteers-national-matches/#respond Mon, 06 Feb 2017 13:19:09 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30777 The CMP is in search of volunteers to support them during the 2017 National Matches, held in June and July.

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For the past 20 years, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has been a leader in the marksmanship community. Though our staff members have worked hard to provide unparalleled service for our competitors and guests over the last two decades, we still need more hands to help us facilitate our most popular event of the year – the National Matches  at Camp Perry, Ohio.

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That’s where you come in.

The CMP is in search of volunteers to support us during our 2017 National Match events, held in June and July. These volunteers will be assisting with CMP National Match events only and will be picked from a selection process through all received Volunteer Applications.

Volunteer duties may include but are not limited to firing line work as range officers, assistance with stats/scorecards or other tasks assigned as needed.

Becoming a CMP Volunteer is a worthwhile opportunity for any competition-goer. Not only will volunteers earn behind-the-scenes access to the CMP competitions process, they’re also destined to create unforgettable memories with staff members and participants along the way.

Why Should I Volunteer?

Chosen individuals will receive a per diem travel stipend (based on amount of time worked) and exclusive benefits offered only to those who graciously donate their time to helping us provide an exceptional experience for all of our guests.

What Do I Need to Know?

All chosen volunteers will attend a specialized Range Officer training course, provided by the CMP, that will quickly brush up on all you need to know. The Range Officer Course is typically offered for $75/person, but is completely FREE for volunteers – a possible $150 value for those volunteering for both rifle and pistol.

No past experience is needed to volunteer, though knowledge of guns, gun safety and range procedures is a plus!

Can I Still Compete If I Volunteer?

Our helpers are welcome and encouraged to compete during times he or she is not volunteering.

How Do I Apply?

Visit our website at http://thecmp.org/competitions/competition-volunteers/ or contact Vera Snyder, volunteer specialist, at 419-635-2141 ext. 782 or volunteer@thecmp.org.

Apply today to become a member of the CMP Volunteer family!

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

Will you be attending the National Matches this summer?

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Women’s Gun Show #37: Guns in Underwear http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/womens-gun-show-37-guns-in-underwear/ Fri, 03 Feb 2017 15:21:17 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30905 In this week’s show, Carrie Lightfoot and Barbara Baird run through a long list of options for concealment of carry guns in your underwear. They also talk about trending news, cool products and shooting events in the future. Carrie interviews fan of the month, Jay, from Minnesota. Sponsored by Ruger.

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In this week’s show, Carrie Lightfoot and Barbara Baird run through a long list of options for concealment of carry guns in your underwear. They also talk about trending news, cool products and shooting events in the future. Carrie interviews fan of the month, Jay, from Minnesota. Sponsored by Ruger.

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Special thanks to the chapter leaders from across the country from The Well Armed Woman for their input.

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Dene Adams corset holster: https://deneadams.com/collections/frontpage/products/midnight

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The Well Armed Woman Leggings: http://thewellarmedwoman.com/holsters/concealment-leggings

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Can Can Concealment holsters: http://thewellarmedwoman.com/holsters/concealment-leggings


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Flashbang bra holsters, now in nude: http://www.flashbangholster.com

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Undertech compression shorts: http://thewellarmedwoman.com/holsters/concealment-compression-undershorts

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Survival Story

Carrie tells the story of a robbery gone bad in Winchester, Va., when a convenience store employee defended herself during an abduction: http://www.your4state.com/news/virginia/winchester-police-armed-robber-recovering-from-wounds-after-woman-uses-personal-gun-in-defense/645888843

Firearms news you can use

Barb says it’s unbelievable! California legislators exempt themselves from gun laws in the state: http://joeforamerica.com/2017/01/california-senate-exempt-gun-laws/

Carrie reports that the NRA Applauds Neil Gorsuch’s Nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court:

https://www.nraila.org/articles/20170131/nra-applauds-neil-gorsuchs-nomination-to-the-us-supreme-court

Cool products

boobytrapbraBarb thinks Booby Trap bras look interesting and, of course, fit the show’s theme: https://boobytrapbras.com

kimber revolver 257Carrie notes that the new Kimber revolvers would fit well into any of the underwear options: http://www.kimberamerica.com/pistols/revolver

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Carrie produced a DVD titled “The Well Armed Woman Gun Basics Training DVD”: http://thewellarmedwoman.com/books-and-dvds/the-well-armed-woman-gun-basics-training-dvd

Includes the following topics:

  • Firearm Safety
  • The two types of Handguns and the advantages and disadvantages of each
  • Loading & unloading
  • Stance
  • Grip
  • Trigger Pull
  • Aiming your gun
  • Drawing your gun
  • Holsters & holstering
  • Practice

Calendar: What’s up? 

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Barb thinks it’s time to plan for a vacation around an Appleseed Project event, to learn rifle marksmanship skills and also, history around the first days of the Revolutionary War: https://appleseedinfo.org

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Randi Rogers will be instructing at the Fantasy Camp. Couldn’t ask for better! (Yamil Sued photo)

Carrie says there’s still room to sign up for the NSSF’s Fantasy Camp, where you can learn to shot from professional competition shooters: http://shootingsportsfantasycamp.com

 

Jay fan of the month 

Fan of the Month Interview: Jay from Minnesota

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Build a DIY Ice Fishing Shelter on a Budget http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/diy-ice-fishing-shelter-budget/ Fri, 03 Feb 2017 13:57:44 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30758 Do you enjoy ice fishing? You have to check out these instructions for building an ice fishing shelter for only $150.

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Keeping warm while ice fishing is next to impossible on some days, unless you have a good shelter. Many “pop-up” tent style shelters are available on the market, all of which have hefty price tags, but none equal the comfort of a home-built wooden shelter. The keys to keeping warm on the ice are getting your feet off the ice, getting out of the wind on sunny days, and using a portable heater on cold, windy, overcast days.

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In this article, we’ll show you how to build a light wooden shelter that will comfortably hold 2–3 anglers, that can function as a lean-to on sunny days, and that can close up tight on bitter cold days. This shelter uses an exoskeleton-style frame to give you more room on the inside and provide a smooth, snag-free interior for winter clothing.

Materials (note that lumber prices vary regionally and seasonally):

  • 25 2’ x 4’ x 8’ boards (for the framing)
  • 1 piece of thick 4’ x 8’ plywood for the floor (no thinner than 15/32)
  • 6 sheets of 2.7mm 4’ x 8’ utility panels (for the doors, sides, and roof)
  • 1 box of deck screws (I used a 1-pound box of #9 x 2½” T-25s)
  • 1 box of small finishing nails (to hang the utility panels)
  • 1 bottle of good wood glue
  • 4 hinges

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Tools:

  • Hammer
  • Saw (whichever kind you own)
  • Screw gun
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Protractor

This is a straightforward build that requires no special tools beyond what most people own already. The only complicated tool you’ll need is the protractor since you need a 26.5° angle for your roof pitch.

Interested in the rest of the directions on how to build the best $150 ice shelter ever?

All the materials, tools, and instructions with illustrations can be found at FIX.com

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Retro WON: Applying the philosophy of Sun Tzu to my life by Vera Koo http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/vera-koo-apply-philosophy-sun-tzu/ Thu, 02 Feb 2017 13:45:13 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=17412 In this Retro WON, competition shooter Vera Koo describes how she applies the philosophy of Sun Tzu to her life.

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“Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?” ~Sun Tzu

Great athletes are perfectionists. We have a strong work ethic, and the tenacious ability to bite into something and never let go. We stay with it. We are determined, meticulous planners, who value self-control, pure strength and building on talent. We are physically and mentally strong.

However small, however big, it doesn’t matter what’s asked of us. We will do whatever it takes to get the job done. That is the personality of a great competitor.

Is it stereotypical for me to quote Sun Tzu? Perhaps. But if you have read his Art of War, you may understand several unique elements of Chinese culture. Sun Tzu, for anyone who hasn’t opened a history book or a fortune cookie recently, was a Chinese general, strategist, and philosopher during the Zhou dynasty. He lived and wrote during 500 BC and still is celebrated for his concise treatise known as Art of War. Today, politicians and corporations alike utilize his tome for social and diplomatic engineering.

He is credited with advising, “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer,”

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting”

and “Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.”

Whether you believe his words to be irrefutable proverbs of wisdom or better found within a pressed cookie, for more than 2 millennia, Sun Tzu’s work has emphasized that detailed, precise planning will inspire success.

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Traditionally, Chinese heritage views success on 2 levels: a personal level and a higher, spiritual level. For example, a successful man should be educated and healthy, with a good family and job. He should be capable of contributing to his society, country and the world. A successful traditional Chinese woman should be good in all aspects of home economics and marry a good husband who comes from a highly-educated family. In conventional Chinese doctrine, a wife should give birth to a son who will carry on the family name and grow up to be even more prosperous than his father.

Modern Chinese families, however, are frequently more globalized, pursuing excellence in education, jobs, social status, power and wealth equally, regardless of gender.

Balancing our cultural deep ceded fear of failure and disappointing family, the highest level of success is bringing honor, power and fortune to your relatives.

Whether your cultural reference is a modern tale spanning multiple generations, an animated woman warrior or an ancient Chinese text designed to inspire global domination, fear of the unknown and expectations of perfection cross decades, borders and oceans.

I’ve spent years analyzing when I perform at my personal best. I’ve discovered that when I performed my best, I am in a place of 100-percent focus.

  • I don’t see people.
  • I don’t recognize family or friends.
  • I barely understand what is said to me.
  • When I don’t see, hear, or acknowledge, I can’t feel.
  • This lack of emotion gives me complete control within a very narrow tunnel vision.

This absolute tunnel vision tends to appear when I am at my most vulnerable and facing possible failure.

In spite of this, I am most confident in my ability to succeed when I plan.

When I am in a new environment, I plan every aspect of my schedule from timing my commute between a hotel and a shooting range, to mapping out where to park, where to prepare, where to sit and where to eat. I know that I need to eat exactly 1 hour before I pull the trigger, and exactly how much time I must allow for my mental preparation, physical warm up and a final equipment check, before reporting to my station.

Vera Koo, Jessie Duff and Julie Golob at Bianchi Tournament 2011. Photo courtesy of Chip Lohman, NRA Shooting Sports

Vera Koo, Jessie Duff and Julie Golob at Bianchi Tournament 2011. Photo courtesy of Chip Lohman, NRA Shooting Sports

I perform best under absolute pressure and the expectation of complete collapse, but, I can succeed under that pressure because I know that I’ve prepared absolutely to the minutest detail.

Are you a last minute racer or a careful planner?

Do you perform better without the pressure of necessity or do you rise to the occasion when the stakes are highest?

How to succeed in any competition

  • Push the limits of your potential farther than what you think you can do.
  • Come back a little for rest but then push again.
  • Come back to a place of comfort, but then go back out and push farther.
  • You will be surprised how far your can go. We believe we have limitations.

But we don’t.

Visit Vera Koo.

This Retro WON about Sun Tzu first appeared January 9, 2014.

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Gov. Fallin, NSSF and Oklahoma City Leaders Launch New Firearm Safety Initiative – “Project Childsafe Communities” http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/nssf-oklahoma-firearm-safety-childsafe/ Thu, 02 Feb 2017 12:37:42 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30730 Find out how this community-led effort focused on “Aiming for Zero” firearm accidents, works to prevent firearm thefts and misuse.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), along with Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, Oklahoma City leaders and law enforcement officials, today launched Project ChildSafe Communities in Oklahoma’s State Capitol, kicking off a national initiative designed to encourage responsible firearm ownership with an emphasis on secure firearm storage. The event marked the launch in Oklahoma City – the first event in the nation under the initiative – starting a year-long, community-led effort that is, among other goals, “Aiming for Zero” firearm accidents.

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Like many of my fellow Oklahomans, I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and of the right to own guns. Every member of my immediate family has a conceal carry permit. So I know the great responsibility that comes with owning a gun, and that includes responsible firearm safety” Governor Fallin said. “ I look forward to working together to practice and promote firearm safety throughout our state to protect our children from firearm accidents.

Project ChildSafe Communities is supported by NSSF through a two-year $2.4 million grant by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).  BJA awarded this grant to help promote additional firearm safety efforts on a national level by creating Project ChildSafe Communities in key cities around the country.

 

In Oklahoma City, the initiative will provide local law enforcement agencies with thousands of gun locks to distribute at public events and at their office locations, complemented by a library of educational resources and information.

By making the safety kits and educational resources available, we will help promote responsible gun ownership to members of our community that will have a larger impact in facilitating smart habits that will help keep guns safely stored away from children, at-risk individuals and criminals,” said Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty.

The initiative is also partnering with several local organizations representing conservation groups, mental health and suicide prevention advocates, veterans, retailers and hunting and shooting groups to help share messages and information about responsible firearm storage.

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Their collective efforts will be backed up by community-wide messaging that that will appear in social media, in an upcoming public service announcement on TV and radio, and on billboards around the capital city region.

Oklahoma City represents the first Project ChildSafe community effort under the new initiative and, based on the tremendous local support we’ve seen already, it will serve as a model for similar firearm safety efforts around the nation,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti.

Through partnerships with more than 15,000 local law enforcement agencies and more than 3,400 organizational supporters, Project ChildSafe has helped educate firearm owners on the importance of gun safety, while distributing more than 37 million free firearm safety kits—which include a free gun lock—to communities in all 50 states and the U.S. territories.

In addition to Governor Fallin, and the Oklahoma City Police Department, local stakeholders who attended the Project ChildSafe Communities launch event included Mayor Mick Cornett, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma Mark Yancey, the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office, the Oklahoma City Fire Department, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife, the Oklahoma Veterans Council, Honoring American Warriors, the Oklahoma City Gun Club, Hall-N-Hall Consulting and local chapter leaders of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, National Wild Turkey Federation, Delta Waterfowl and The Well-Armed Woman, Cabela’s and 4-H Shooting Sports.

For more information on Project ChildSafe Communities and how to get involved, visit projectchildsafe.org.

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BOW Director Peggy Farrell Shares Tips for Introducing Women to the Shooting Sports http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/bow-peggy-farrell-tips-shooting-sports/ Wed, 01 Feb 2017 16:06:02 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30807 This week, Dan Small Outdoors Radio features Becoming an Outdoors-Woman international director Peggy Farrell.

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This week, Dan Small Outdoors Radio features Becoming an Outdoors-Woman international director Peggy Farrell, Musky Hunting with a Fly author Rick Kustich, and Jiffy pros Jim O’Brien and Duffy Kopf. Dan remembers the late Roger LaPenter. Jeff reviews Treadwright tires. Listen 24/7 online at www.lake-link.com/dsoradio.

Peggy Farrell, director of the International Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program, previews her seminar, “Introducing Women to the Shooting Sports,” scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Central Wisconsin Deer & Hunting Expo in Wausau. (www.fishingboatingoutdoor.com, http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/bow)

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In the Hupy and Abraham outdoor report, fishing author Rick Kustich talks about his new book, Hunting Musky with a Fly. (www.rickkustich.com, www.hupy.com)

In the Jiffy Ice Fishing Report, Jiffy pro staffer Jim O’Brien reports good panfish action on Waukesha County lakes and good walleye action on Grindstone Lake in Sawyer County. (www.jiffyonice.com, www.dancingwithwalleyes.com)

Pure Fishing pro staffer Duffy Kopf previews his seminar, “Muskie Fishing Basics,” scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Milwaukee Muskie Expo at Washington County Fair Park in West Bend. (www.muskieexpo.com)

In the Madison Outdoors Report, exclusive to podcasts and FM 100.5 ESPN broadcast, presented by Hupy & Abraham, Wisconsin’s largest personal injury law firm, Jiffy pro-staffer Duffy Kopf reports good ice action on most Madison lakes. (www.hupy.com)

This week’s Jiffy giveaway: A Jiffy full auger case that will fit most ice augers. To enter the drawing, call 414-297-7554 and leave your name, number and mention the Jiffy giveaway. Or email: dsoradio@gmail.com. Include the same info in your email. 

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

Be sure to listen to Dan’s interview with Peggy Farrell.

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DIVA Shotgun Showcase at Choctaw Preserve Registration is Open http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/diva-shotgun-showcase-choctaw-preserve/ Wed, 01 Feb 2017 13:24:52 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30752 If you live in northeast Texas or southeast Oklahoma, you'll surely want to attend the first DIVA WOW event in your area.

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Mark you calendars! Registration for the Shotgun Showcase has begun.
Shotgun Showcase 
DIVA STYLE
Presented by DIVA WOW
Diva WOW Womens Group
Saturday, March 18 – 1p to 5p
Choctaw Preserve
589 Game Farm Rd
Denison, TX 75021
(45 minutes north of McKinney and 26 miles south of Durant)
Join us for shotgun shooting, informal instruction and fun.
Beginners to Experienced Shooters are welcome!
Try out a variety of models of shotguns from Syren & Remington.
Semi-Autos, Over/Unders and a left hand Semi-Auto
Beretta loaners will be available
  • $65 per person – DIVA Members
  • $75 per person – non DIVA members
  • Ladies & Girls Only
  • Minimum age – 10
  • Limited to 40 shooters
  • Register online to reserve your spot
  • Registration closes March 17
  • No Refunds

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Includes:
  • Shotguns
  • 2 boxes of Shells
  • Extra boxes of shells available for $7.50 per box that day
  • Targets
  • Casual Instruction from the ladies of DIVA WOW
  • Water and snacks furnished
  • Door Prizes
Reception:
  • Hosted by DIVA WOW
  • Drawing for Door Prizes

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What to Bring:
  • Smiles
  • Shotgun (if you have one)
  • Eye & Ear Protection Required
  • Shell bag or shooting vest
  • Appropriate Dress for the weather
  • Ball Cap – keeps your hair out of your eyes if it’s windy and shades your eyes if you are looking towards the sun.
We are excited about this upcoming Shotgun Showcase. As always, we will be taking photos, so wear your DIVA cap or shirt, and your name badge if you are a member.

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We welcome the ladies and girls from North East Texas and South East Oklahoma to attend our first DIVA WOW event in your area. The DIVAs met many ladies at the Gun Show at Choctaw Event Center, Choctaw Casino in December. We had a blast talking to some wonderful folks there. Next gun show there is on March 18-19, on the same weekend as our event. Those that attend the Shotgun Showcase will receive a discounted coupon for the gun show.  DIVA WOW will have a booth at the Gun Show, so come by and visit!  Choctaw Preserve is located only 21 miles south the Casino.

For more information on the Shotgun Showcase, please contact us!

Judy Rhodes – Sponsors
DIVA WOW Founder jr@divawow.org

Cheryl Long – Registration
DIVA WOW Communications communications@divawow.org 469-667-6368

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Stacy Bright Reviews the Smith & Wesson M&P 45 Shield http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/02/bright-smith-wesson-mp-45-shield/ Wed, 01 Feb 2017 13:12:39 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30702 Stacy Bright reviews the Smith & Wesson M&P 45 Shield. Find out if she'll carry it. Sponsored by Liberty Safes.

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My very first gun, meaning the first gun that I picked out for myself, was a Smith & Wesson Airweight 642 .38 Special revolver. The minute I held it in my hand, I knew it was the one I wanted to buy. I was determined to practice with it and carry it for protection; that gun was my constant companion for the next couple years. After taking multiple training classes during that time, and getting more experience with different guns, I decided to step into carrying a semi-automatic, and I’ve done so ever since. For me, there is some feeling of loyalty to the company that my first gun came from. So when I was asked to review the new Smith & Wesson M&P 45 Shield, I didn’t hesitate. I’ve wanted a .45-caliber gun that would work for concealed carry for quite awhile, and having had experience with the 9mm Shield, I was anxious to get my hands on the larger-caliber model.

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Straight out of the box, it looked similar to the 9mm Shield. The main difference that stood out to me was the grip. Its rough texture is undoubtedly designed to help with control (which I’ll talk about in a minute). The Shield comes with a user’s manual, cable lock, and two single-stack magazines. One magazine holds 6 + 1 and is flush with the bottom of the grip; the other holds 7 + 1 and has the extended finger grip.

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In addition, the Shield is striker-fired, has a manual thumb safety, white-dot front and rear sights, and a polymer grip and frame. The slide and barrel are made of stainless steel; the barrel is 3.3 inches long and the gun is 6.5 inches long overall, weighing 20.5 ounces.

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It was windy and cold the day I picked up the tester Shield from my FFL dealer, but I decided to put some rounds through it on the outdoor range anyway. My biggest complaint was how stiff the magazines were to load; luckily, I had a magazine loader to help load it to capacity. Since that first day, I’ve shot about 300 rounds through the gun prior to my official evaluation, and the magazine has loosened up considerably.

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For my evaluation, I used two types of ammunition: Aguila 230gr FMJ and Remington 185gr JHP High Terminal Performance. Since my purpose in owning this gun is for concealed carry, all my shots were taken at 7 yards (21 feet). I must also add that I am right-handed, but have recently been having some nerve pain in my right hand, which is aggravated by the recoil of any caliber higher than a .22. Since I’ve trained a lot with off-hand shooting, I decided to do this evaluation completely with my left hand. Depending on what my doctor says about my right hand, I might end up carrying and shooting left-handed eventually. Although the safety is on the wrong side for left-handed shooters, there’s also a no-safety option available. The magazine release button is also on the left side, so I’ll have to practice ejecting the magazine differently.

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I started with the Aguila cartridges first, shooting 20 rounds in the freehand position. My first impression was how easy the gun was to control. As I mentioned, the grip is rough, which helps with controllability. Since the Shield uses a single-stack magazine, I anticipated a stout recoil, but was pleasantly surprised. At 7 yards, I got all my shots nearly on top of each other with ease, except for one lone flyer. The trigger felt smooth and crisp and had a short reset. As I mentioned earlier, the sights are white-dot. I prefer either night sights or fiber-optic sights, but those can be easily swapped in if you prefer.

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Next, I used the Remington cartridges; the distance and shooting style remained the same. Felt recoil increased slightly with these rounds, but not enough to be unmanageable or uncomfortable. All 20 shots were within a few inches of each other. For personal defense at close distances, I’m happy with the accuracy.

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Overall, this gun handled exceptionally well and didn’t feel like a compact .45. I shot a total of 200 rounds through it for evaluation, 100 of each brand. Including the 300 rounds that I fired prior to the test, there have been a total of 500 rounds through it to date, without a misfire or failure to eject.  I’m impressed! The rough grip surface helps keep the gun from slipping when fired, although after 200 rounds I could feel a small amount of abrasion on my palm near my thumb from the repeated recoil. I have yet to purchase a holster for the Shield, so I can’t speak to how it feels while carrying. I am concerned that the aggressive texture on the grip might rub against my skin unless the holster has a sweat guard that would prevent it from touching. (Another option would be to wear a cami tucked between the gun and my skin.)

 

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For anyone who’s looking to pick up a .45-caliber for concealed carry, I’d recommend trying the Shield. I think this is a great option for ladies, as the recoil is like that of a 9mm. I enjoy taking it to the range to practice, instead of merely tolerating it—I might just become a full-time southpaw!

MSRP: $479.00

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A Firearms Enthusiast’s Top 5 Picks from SHOT Show 2017 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/firearms-enthusiasts-picks-shot-show/ Tue, 31 Jan 2017 13:38:23 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30782 Stacy Bright walked 8.5 miles a day to find her top 5 picks at SHOT Show. Find out what they are in her column, sponsored by Crossbreed Holsters.

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A few weeks ago, SHOT Show 2017 was held at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas. Held annually, this trade show (SHOT stands for Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade) is not open to the general public, but by invitation only to those in the industry, including commercial buyers and sellers and media members.

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For me, the best part of SHOT Show is, well, everything. Joining 65,000 other men and women who love firearms and freedom is quite an experience. With more than 1,600 companies showing their products on the main floor, it’s difficult to see everything in the 4 days the show runs. I averaged 19,000 steps per day, according to my FitBit, which equals a daily distance of a little over 8.5 miles. Supportive shoes are essential. Of all the products and firearms I saw as I trekked through the aisles, here are my top 5 standouts.

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5.11 Tactical offers a variety of clothing, gear and uniforms for emergency response personnel and law enforcement officers, as well as the everyday citizen who’s carrying a firearm for personal protection or teaching on the range. One of the company’s new products that I’m excited about is its Wyldcat Pants. These pants are made of a stretch sateen fabric that can easily accommodate an inside-the-waistband holster. They have a total of 8 pockets, which can hold a cell phone, AR magazines, a pocket knife or anything else you want to carry. Finally, the most versatile option is the side-zippered gusset on the bottom of the legs: This allows for a straight leg or boot cut, which makes going from the range to dinner easy. Keep your eyes out for the new Men’s Defender-Flex Jeans coming soon, too. MSRP: $74.95.

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Crossbreed Holsters had its new Ladies Reversible Carry Belts on display, and they’re fantastic. I’ve had the opportunity to wear one for the past few months, and it hasn’t disappointed. The top-grade leather is black on one side and brown on the other. To reverse the belt, simply pull down on the flat base of the buckle and rotate. The buckle itself is available in three colors: chrome, gunmetal and gold. I’ve found that a lot of my pants have been designed with smaller belt loops, so the slimmer women’s belt fits better while still providing ample support for my holster and firearm. There are several options for men as well, including the Crossover Belt, which has a sturdy, rugged look while remaining stylish. MSRP: $64.05.

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New Firearms

Walther Arms recently introduced the 9mm Creed pistol. This gun, like most of Walther’s pistols, has the company’s signature ergonomic grip that fits and feels nice in most people’s hands. It has a pre-cocked, double-action trigger that’s hammer-fired. The trigger break is crisp and clean, and since it’s pre-cocked it isn’t heavy. It has white 3-dot sights, front and rear slide serrations, and comes with 2 magazines. The magazine-release button is also reversible to accommodate left- and right-handed shooters. MSRP: $399.

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Honor Defense is a fairly new firearms manufacturer, but the people behind the company have plenty of experience. The Honor Guard 9mm pistol is a compact striker-fired semi-automatic, and comes with 2 single-stack magazines and 2 different-size backstraps. The stippling on this gun is similar to a mesh pattern, and unlike anything I’ve encountered so far. It’s not too abrasive, yet definitely helps with grip, extending up along the side of the frame, not just on the grip itself. The magazine-release button and slide catch are ambidextrous. Every part of this gun is made in the USA and is assembled by veterans. I feel patriotic just talking about it. MSRP: $499.

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Target Training Systems

My top pick in the training gear category is from Triumph Systems. All of the company’s products and training equipment is designed to help you enjoy practicing with your firearm, yet challenge yourself with high-adrenaline scenarios. I love all of Triumph’s products, but my favorite is the Pivotal Trainer with Threat/No Threat targets. A target is randomly presented holding a cell phone (no threat) or gun (threat). This system increases stress and challenges the shooter to identify their target. Additionally, this system can be used with a laser gun, meaning that training isn’t limited to the range; it can also be used at home, similar to dry fire practice. Pivotal Trainer MSRP: $399. Threat/No Threat targets MSRP: $7.25/ea.

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I could go on about all the products and firearms that I saw at SHOT Show, but there’s not enough time in the day. Judging by the number of exhibitors and attendees at this year’s show, the year ahead looks promising.

Did you attend SHOT Show this year? What are your top 5 picks?

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A Delicious Venison Valentine’s Recipe for the Entire Family http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/venison-valentines-recipe-family/ Tue, 31 Jan 2017 12:52:18 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30691 What are you cooking for Valentine's Day dinner? Marjorie Paulson shares her Venison Backstrap with Black Olives recipe in her column, sponsored by The Original Muck Boot Company.

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Happy Valentine’s Day, ladies! Heart-shaped boxes of chocolates are flying off the shelves and the florists are designing more arrangements than at any other time of the year.

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While I like flowers and candy just as much as the next woman, there are things I love much, much more. I love my husband. I love my kids. I love the time I spend outdoors. And I love food. Rolling all these together into one evening around the dinner table is my idea of the perfect valentine. To this end, I plan on turning a wonderful hunting trip I took on New Year’s Day into a Valentine’s Day family meal we won’t soon forget.

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As with most evening meals in our house, my Valentine’s Day menu will include wild game. In this case, I’ll showcase my late-season antlerless-only rifle hunt in western Nebraska. The backstrap from the mule deer I took will provide the meat. I’ll add a simple pasta dish, a tangy Caesar salad and some hearty French bread from a local bakery. Pair all that with wine for the adults and milk for the kids, and we are one happy family.

 

To start, I plan on preparing Venison Backstrap with Black Olives. This is an adaptation of a beef tenderloin recipe I found in an Italian cookbook years ago. I’ve also used bison backstrap in this manner—fall off the chair, it was so good—and, of course, I’ve prepared this dish with the meat we most often have in store: venison.

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This simple dish calls for black Greek olives (I use Kalamata), olive oil, the steaks, salt, pepper and some red wine. How can you mess this up? Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet and place it over medium-high heat. Once the oil is nice and hot, place the venison steaks (make them thick, like an inch or more) in the skillet and cook for 2–3 minutes. Carefully turn the meat over, season with salt and pepper, and cook for another couple minutes. Flip again and, depending on the thickness of the steaks and the desired doneness (I recommend medium rare), cook for a total of 8 to 12 minutes.

Process the flesh from the Kalamata olives with 2 tablespoons olive oil in a small food processor. Once the steaks are cooked, transfer them to a dish. Add ¼ cup (or more) of red wine into the skillet and stir to loosen any browned bits. Add the chopped olive mixture to the skillet and stir to heat through. Return the steaks to the pan and serve.

Your family will love you for this. And isn’t that what Valentine’s Day is all about?

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I’ll complement these fine steaks with a simple pasta dish: Spaghetti with Tomatoes and Onions. Those three ingredients, along with salt, pepper, butter and fresh Parmesan cheese, are all that are needed. Slowly sauté a thinly sliced onion in 4 tablespoons butter (unsalted if you have it). This should take a good 10–12 minutes. Add 3 cups canned whole tomatoes, chopped, and some salt to taste. Cook at a moderate simmer for another 20 minutes. Cook 1 pound of spaghetti. Add the spaghetti to the tomato and onions and toss; mix in some Parmesan cheese and black pepper. Mmmmm.

I’ll also throw together my Caesar Salad, eyeballing the measurements. Just chop up some Romaine lettuce, add croutons (homemade, if you feel so inclined), some cracked pepper and plenty of shaved parmesan cheese. Consider including crumbled bacon and diced avocado for a change. Toss it with Caesar dressing. Try making it from scratch for a real treat.

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I love sitting around the dinner table eating an amazing meal that I prepared. And when the main dish is one I scouted, hunted, processed, cooked and shared? This is my way of letting my family know how much I love them.

That’s amore, my friends, in our house.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Women’s March: Hold onto Your Dignity, Ladies http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/womens-march-dignity-ladies/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/womens-march-dignity-ladies/#comments Mon, 30 Jan 2017 14:28:03 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30739 Unless you live in a cave, you've heard about the Women's March. Katie Pavlich has a few things to say about it in her column, sponsored by Volquartsen.

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Last week tens-of-thousands of women descended on Washington, D.C., and other cities across the country to participate in the Women’s March. On the surface, it sounded like a great idea, but unfortunately, vulgarity and self-disrespect overwhelmed any trace of an equal rights message.

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Katie Pavlich is sponsored by Voquartsen Firearms.

First, let’s go back to before the march got underway. When it was revealed just days before the event that the Texas group “New Wave Feminists” held a platform of being pro-life, they were stripped of their sponsorship. Women’s March organizers argued their pro-life stance was “harmful to women” and therefore was removed, turning the “March for Women” into a partisan affair for some women with pre-approved opinions on controversial issues. That was just the beginning.

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For years, I’ve heard women rightly demand they be judged on their accomplishments, hard work and character, not by gender stereotypes or their body parts. I was appalled to find a number of women holding signs that read “f*#k you, you f*#king f*#k,”  “vulva the resistance,” and far worse. Others paraded around in costumes representing female genitals and wore pink hats self-knitted to represent a “cat.” (Which by the way, wouldn’t knitting blankets for homeless women and their little girls have been a more productive use of time and resources?)

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Marching around in a vagina costume or in “cat” hats isn’t empowering, it’s embarrassing and certainly doesn’t effectively prove any substantive point. Women can disagree on tough issues without casting their dignity aside.

Growing up my mother and father taught me that I am capable of doing anything a man can do. My grandparents taught my mother the same and in fact, she’s the best shooter in our clan. My confidence on the range, in the field and in my personal and professional lives has never come from a place of victimhood, but instead from a place of self-confidence and respect. I believe in order to earn respect from others, whether you’re a man or a woman, you must show respect for yourself first.

When I was 11-years old, my dad took me deer and elk hunting for the first time. I was the only female cousin in the family and the only cousin to harvest both animals that year.  The previous summer, my male cousins had been especially mean to me and refused to allow me to play baseball with them, since I was a girl. I proved them wrong, albeit in different venue.

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Two years ago, I participated in a trap-and-skeet-shooting fundraiser in Maryland. When the range master started to hand me my shotgun for the day, which was a 12-gauge, he looked me up and down and said, “Oh, you’ll probably need the 20-gauge.” To which I responded, “No, I’ll take the 12.”

Again, as the only girl in the group with a bunch of West Point graduates, I ended up coming in second place after a tiebreaker.

Last year, at the NRA annual meetings in Louisville, I was the only woman to speak at the leadership forum in front of thousands of people.

In life, I’ve learned I don’t need to demean myself to make a point, especially when it comes to sexism or equal rights for women. All I need is my dignity, integrity and abilities to prove I’m capable.

The number of women who marched last week was impressive. Their message, however, was not – and they certainly don’t speak for or represent me.

Was there a Women’s March in your area?

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#HuntingwithJR: Canvasback Hunting http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/huntingwithjr-canvasback-hunting/ Mon, 30 Jan 2017 13:04:14 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30711 Judy Rhodes experiences the duck hunt of a lifetime as she heads out in search of the canvasback. Sponsored by Remington.

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Canvasback is a species of the diving ducks tribe. It’s the largest and North America’s king of the ducks. Drakes sport rusty red heads, white bodies and black chests and rear-ends.

They feed by diving beneath the surface of the water. These gregarious ducks are mainly found on fresh water.

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Being an avid duck hunter from Texas, I witnessed different species of ducks coming through the Central Fly Zone and longed for the day I would bag a canvasback. Did I mention that the canvasback is the “holy grail” for duck hunters?

Mentoring to 3 first-time DIVA duck hunters several seasons back, I decided to book a hunt in northeast Texas, close to the Red River. Shaka Team (named for my trusty compatriot and retrieving dog) arrived primed and pumped for this hunt.

The ducks flew fast and furious to the blind to get a closer look at our new hunting gear and shotguns. In retrospect, we could not have chosen a more perfect day for the (canvasback) duck hunt of my lifetime.

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Shaka never missed a beat during her continuous retrievals, proudly displaying our ducks, dropping them and searching the skies for her next opportunity to splash and fetch. Left-wing DIVAS were an equal match for the right-wing DIVAS. We were poetry in motion. We were one with the gun, sharing a common bond, a symphony of duck hunting, of DIVAS outdoors.

“Here comes a pair out front to the left,” whispered our guide, on my side. Bang!  One shot and I took the pair!  Our guide was so excited he let out a holler that only this Texas cowgirl could understand. I had rodeo-ed a pair of something special. What, you ask? A pair of canvasbacks!

As the pair began a helicopter move toward the water, Shaka swam with vigor, retrieving the hen first. Shake got her command to retrieve the drake, and when she arrived – eye to eye with the other facet of the Crown Jewels, he dove.

Although this surprised her, at first, her training kicked in and she recalled the many times she had practiced for this day – back there in the “cement pond” in Dallas. The only thing different about this scenario was the drake’s cunning plan to hold onto a piece of grass under the surface of the water. At this point, Shaka became a mermaid, and dove to retrieve the duck.

My guide asked me if she knew what she was doing, since she was only 2-years old. Holding my breath, I replied, “I hope so!”  Moments later, Shaka sprang up from the water, as her jets had just kicked in, with the drake in her mouth. We all clapped, high-fived and screamed like little school girls for the accomplishments of a young, well-trained hunting dog.

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What an exciting moment in my duck hunting life – sharing this story with my DIVA hunting sisters, our guide Andrew and of course, my dear Shaka.

And that, my friends, is a story I will take to the (memory) bank.

Did you know?

Diving ducks do not walk as well on land as other species of ducks.  Their legs are placed farther back on their bodies to help propel them when underwater.

TIP:  As you may have learned from the aforementioned Shaka retrieval story, canvasbacks can hold on to a piece of grass under the surface for up to 5 minutes.  Many times they will drown themselves before they will let go.  Keep watching the water where they went under.

Did you know?

Canvasbacks are strong fliers, with their strong broad, blunt-tipped wings requiring faster beats than other ducks; they take off with some difficulty.

TIP:  Lead is very important when shooting a canvasback; in fact, you need 5 times more lead because of the speed when flying.

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

Have you hunting the canvasback?

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Range Games: Have Fun While Practicing Your Shooting Skills http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/range-games-fun-shooting-skills/ Sun, 29 Jan 2017 12:58:24 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30684 Are you bored shooting the same old drills? Try these range games and have some fun while you practice. Sponsored by LaserMax.

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Tired of the same old drills or unorganized plinking? Whether you’re shooting steel or just hitting paper targets, any day at the range can be fun. But did you know there are plenty of range games you can have a blast with while still working on your marksmanship?

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It seems so obvious once it’s pointed out, but many popular games that you probably already know how to play make a great transition to the shooting range. All it takes is a little out-of-the-box thinking and you can find new and exciting ways to have fun with your gun. (And really, isn’t that the best of both worlds?)

Here are some creative range games that you can have fun with while you improve your skills. They work for rifles or pistols.

Battleship: Just like the popular board game, your mission is to sink your opponent’s fleet of battleships before she sinks yours. Believe it or not, this competitive strategic game can be played at the range. If you’re artsy you can make your own battleship targets with some graph paper and then run off several copies for future use. Or, you can find them already printed online.

With your targets downrange, you and opponent take turns trying to sink each other’s battleships by shooting the required number of holes through each ship. The ship is considered sunk when you’ve hit it the target predetermined number of times (depending on how large the ship is), exactly like the board game.

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Tic-Tac-Toe: Tic-tac-toe is likely one of the first games you learned as a child. It’s easy, strategic and a fun way to kill time. In the range version of tic-tac-toe, the grid is drawn in the standard hashtag pattern, but each box is cut in half either horizontally or diagonally, with an X or O placed in each section. Your job is to hit your character without accidentally scoring for your opponent. If both shooters miss hitting the square, closest to the letter wins it. It’s harder than it looks.

Targets for tic-tac-toe are easy to make on the fly, and are readily available online. It’s also fun to play if you and your opponent are shooting with different calibers. This makes it easy to see whose shot went where without physically going downrange and marking the shots after each round. Download a free printable target here.

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Pool: You don’t have to have a pool table to play 8-Ball. Making your own targets for this one is simple. Trace 15 circles onto a sheet of paper and label them with numbers; some should be solid colors and some should be striped, like a set of billiard balls. How you arrange the numbers can be up to you; they can be in order or mixed up. If you’d prefer pre-made targets, they’re available for free download online from several different websites and in several different designs.

 

Take turns shooting at the ball targets in numerical order, making sure you don’t accidentally hit one of your opponent’s. If you hit your ball of choice, shoot again. Miss and it’s your opponent’s turn to clear the table.

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A great perk of this game is that it makes you think about what and where to shoot, especially if the balls aren’t in numerical order. Mix them up and you’ll see not only improvement in your marksmanship, but also your focus. It’s fun, and a great training tool.

Darts/Cricket: Who needs to accidentally put tiny holes in the wall of your home playing darts when you could put some bigger holes in some targets at the range? Dartboard targets are easily available online, and most can be printed for free. Just like in darts, each player gets 3 shots, representing 3 darts. The same rules apply that would if you were playing a regular “cricket”-style game of darts—each shot either opens numbers, closes numbers or scores points. (You can find the exact rules for cricket online; since this is also a target game, there’s no adjustment in scoring needed.)

This game really takes focus. Depending on your shooting skills, you can adjust how far out you hang your targets. Challenge yourself, but don’t make it so hard it becomes frustrating. The goal is to have fun, and this game really brings out the friendly competition.

If you’re crafty, you can have fun prepping for these games by making your own targets at home with your own artistic flair. It’s also a great way to get your kids involved while they’re indoors this winter. If you’re like me, however, a little time spent Googling can lead to a bunch of free websites that offer downloadable targets in PDF form. One such website I found was www.targetz.com. Several websites also sell fancier targets; what you choose is up to you.

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Whichever game you decide to try out, bring along some extra targets. Take a few rounds to get used to how the game works, then hang a new target to start the game. It may take some time, but soon you’ll be having fun doing something different at the range.

I love to play these types of range games. It takes a great deal of thought, strategy and hand-eye coordination to make the shot you need without scoring points for your opponent. Because of their competitive nature, these games can raise your stress levels in a friendly way, and getting used to that feeling can benefit any shooter.

While I’ve described some popular range games, there are others out there. Friends have told me that playing “pistol poker” is a great way to spend the afternoon, but I haven’t yet tried it. Whatever your preference, head to the range and get your range game on.

What range games have you tried? Which one is your favorite?

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You’re Sure to Love this #duckyWON Dutch Oven Duck Recipe http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/love-duckywon-dutch-oven-duck-recipe/ Sat, 28 Jan 2017 13:39:29 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30664 Looking for a new way to serve duck? Check out this recipe from Hollis Lumpkin. Sponsored by Vista Outdoor.

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Not all ducks are created equal. If someone offered to cook you a mallard or a bluebill, you’d choose the mallard, right? Swap out the bluebill for a blue-winged teal, and I’ll pick the teal every time. There is quite a variation in taste across the different species—big or small, puddle ducks or divers. It’s the truth, and one that we as hunters must find ways to work around when we get back to the kitchen. After all, it’s not often that you can pick and choose the specific ducks that make up your limit, especially here on the East Coast. We eat what we are fortunate enough to shoot, and duck can make one killer meal if cooked properly. All you need is a big Dutch oven, a little bit of time, and a great, foolproof recipe like this.

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A few weeks ago, I limited out on ringnecks alone. I’ll take it!

 

Dutch Oven Duck

6 ducks, whole or breasted out

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 large yellow onion

2 carrots

3 celery stalks, including leafy tops

3 cloves of garlic

2 Tbsp. butter, cubed

1.5 Tbsp. Italian seasoning

4-5 cups stock (vegetable or chicken)*

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

 

Prep your ducks for cooking, either plucking them to cook whole, or breasting them out. (All my birds were breasted, and I kept the skin and fat on 3 of them.)

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The ducks don’t need to look perfect when they’re prepped. They’ll look delicious in no time.

 

In a large, oven-safe pot or Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat. Place the ducks skin side down and sear until the surface is golden brown, about 2 minutes. Remove from the pot and set aside, turning off the heat as well.

While the ducks are resting from the sear, chop the onion, carrots, celery and garlic into bite-size pieces.

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Next, it’s time for everyone to get back in the pool. Use the vegetables to create a layer at the bottom of the pot, and place the ducks on top, skin side up. Place the cubed butter around the ducks, leaving a piece atop each one (if you can make it stay). Sprinkle with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning, and pour in the stock.

*I noted above that the recipe takes 4–5 cups of stock. This will vary depending on the size of the pot you are using. You want the liquid to cover about ¾ of the ducks, without submerging them completely.

 

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No stock on hand? Just use water—there’s plenty of flavor already.

With the lid on, place the pot in a 350° preheated oven and cook for 2.5 to 3 hours. You don’t even need to set a timer. Let the ducks do their thing—no peeking!—and they will be fall-off-the-bone tender when you take them out of the oven.

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Remove the pot from the oven, and it’s time to eat. I usually serve this by spooning some of the vegetables and liquid over a bed of rice before adding the duck on top. Serve hot, and expect satisfied bellies all around.

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See what I mean? Falling off the bone with only the slightest graze of the fork.

A big thank-you to my father-in-law, Parker, who first showed me this dutch oven recipe. It is quite a hit, and has a permanent spot on my list of go-to duck dishes.

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Girls with Guns Clothing Waterfowl Jacket Review http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/girls-with-guns-waterfowl-jacket-review/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/girls-with-guns-waterfowl-jacket-review/#comments Fri, 27 Jan 2017 23:21:37 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30608 Hollis Lumpkin has spent every spare minute she could find out in a duck blind in South Carolina's Lowcountry this past season. Find out why she wore this jacket and how you can win it!

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Hollis Lumpkin is on the pro-staff for Girls with Guns Clothing. She also writes for Women’s Outdoor News. What you may not know about her is that she is a duck hunting freak. So, if Hollis likes this Girls with Guns waterfowl jacket, you can take that endorsement to the duck blind with you and knock down your limit. In fact, you can win the jacket — if you’re reading this between the dates of Fri., Jan. 27, and Mon., Jan. 30, you can also enter our #duckyWON giveaway of this WONderful warm jacket — sponsored by Girls with Guns Clothing.

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Review of the Girls with Guns Waterfowl Jacket

I was lucky enough to be put in contact with the ladies at Girls With Guns through Women’s Outdoor News to review some of their gear, the Waterfowl Jacket in particular. I am an avid duck hunter and typically hunt several times a week during the season, so having the right gear (and good gear) is important to me. At 5’10, I am definitely on the tall side, so many women’s hunting clothing does not fit me very well. I often find myself in men’s hunting clothes so the torso & arm lengths are adequate.

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Hollis in her beloved Lowcountry of South Carolina.

I put the Waterfowl Jacket on as soon as the box arrived and immediately fell in love with it. It fit overall in length and size – plenty of room to layer underneath it, but not so bulky that I feel like the Michelin man. During our first split of duck season, I wore the jacket on three separate hunts. One was fairly warm for duck season, the other two were on the chilly side. I was pleased to find out that I can wear the jacket on all occasions – whether I had just a long sleeve T-shirt underneath it, or was layered up for colder weather. With the PrimaLoft Silver Insulation, the jacket never felt bulky, and never got in the way of shooting or picking up decoys.

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One of my favorite things about the waterfowl jacket is the cuff feature on the sleeves. While I was out picking up decoys, wading through the water and trying to stay upright despite the thick pluff mud, I managed to take one wrong step and fell into the water. I instinctively stuck out both my hands to catch myself (even though there was nothing to stop my fall). Within seconds I had partially filled my waders with saltwater, and had submerged my arms up to my chest. Of course, my socks and pants were wet but, to my surprise (and delight), my shirt sleeves were bone dry. The sleeve cuffs had blocked the water from seeping into my shirt beneath. I know I will appreciate this again during an inevitably rainy hunt in the near future, when rain typically finds its way down the arms of my jacket every time I raise my gun to shoot. It’s never fun to have wet sleeves under a jacket, but it looks like that problem is solved!

Hollis shoots GWG jacket

In terms of camouflage, the Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades pattern is absolutely perfect for where I hunt. I can seamlessly blend in with the terrain around me, and never felt like I stood out among the marsh grass.

Bottom line, I have officially found my new favorite duck hunting jacket. All thumbs up!

DWG also sent me their Mossy Oak Blades Head Cover for duck season, and I am really excited to try it out. Living and hunting in South Carolina means we don’t typically see the super cold weather until late December or January, so I haven’t had a chance to put it to use yet, but I know that wind resistant fleece will feel amazing when its 20* in the duck blind!

Read Hollis’s column, “The Bright Side of the Road.”

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Wanna Win Won? A Girls with Guns Clothing Waterfowl Jacket http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/wanna-win-won-girls-guns-clothing-waterfowl-jacket/ Fri, 27 Jan 2017 23:20:50 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30622 Wanna win this Girls with Guns Clothing waterfowl jacket? Hurry! The giveaway ends on Jan. 30 at 5 p.m., CST. #duckyWON is almost over!

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Wanna Win WON? How about a Girls with Guns waterfowl jacket? We have had such a WONderful #duckyWON month here at The WON, that our friends at Girls with Guns Clothing offered to close it out — just as the migratory bird season closes out — with a giveaway of their popular and warm waterfowl jacket in Mossy Oak Blades. The Waterfowl Hunting Jacket was designed by women for women.  Not only does it allow full flexibility in the field, but it will keep you dry in any situation.

  • 100% Polyester
  • 100% Waterproof
  • Primaloft Silver Insulation
  • Handwarmer Pockets
  • Mossy Oak® Blades Pattern

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Our duck hunting freak of a writer, Hollis Lumpkin, loves this jacket, and reviewed it right here.
From her review:

One of my favorite things about the waterfowl jacket is the cuff feature on the sleeves. While I was out picking up decoys, wading through the water and trying to stay upright despite the thick pluff mud, I managed to take one wrong step and fell into the water. I instinctively stuck out both my hands to catch myself (even though there was nothing to stop my fall). Within seconds I had partially filled my waders with saltwater, and had submerged my arms up to my chest. Of course, my socks and pants were wet but, to my surprise (and delight), my shirt sleeves were bone dry. The sleeve cuffs had blocked the water from seeping into my shirt beneath. I know I will appreciate this again during an inevitably rainy hunt in the near future, when rain typically finds its way down the arms of my jacket every time I raise my gun to shoot. It’s never fun to have wet sleeves under a jacket, but it looks like that problem is solved!

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The Women’s Gun Show Episode #36: SHOT Show in the Rearview Mirror  http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/womens-gun-show-episode-36-shot-show-rearview-mirror/ Fri, 27 Jan 2017 18:44:26 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30633 Carrie Lightfoot and Barbara Baird recall the week of SHOT Show 2017, describing cool guns, great people and events. Includes a video interview with Mike Fifer, CEO of Ruger.

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In this week’s show, Carrie Lightfoot and Barbara Baird, run through a long list of things they saw and liked, and people they met, from SHOT Show 2017. The women also discuss trending news in the firearms world and upcoming events for women. Sponsored by Ruger.

Mike Fifer: https://www.gunsamerica.com/blog/ruger-ceo-mike-fifer-retire-goes-high-note/

Ashlee LundvallAshlee Lundvall: http://www.ashleelundvall.com/

Kim-Phone-Olympic-MedalsKim Rhode: http://www.teamusa.org/usa-shooting/athletes/Kimberly-Rhode

mckenna dahlMcKenna Dahl: http://www.usashooting.org/12-the-team/usashootingteam/paralympicteam/mckenna-dahl

Lou Farigno: http://louferrigno.com

Jim Shockey: http://jimshockey.com/

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We even caught up with our producer, Kenn Blanchard!

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Calendar: What’s up? 

Barb noticed that there will be a Women on Target Pistol class in California: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cgssa-women-on-target-february-2017-pistol-class-at-burro-canyon-tickets-30283339283 

liberty 2millCarrie mentioned the fact that Liberty Safes has produced its 200 millionth safe  https://www.facebook.com/LibertySafe. Carrie also reminded listeners about TWAW Giveaway of the month:  https://thewellarmedwoman.com/giveaway-of-month

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Takemefishing.org: What is Ice Fishing Anyway? http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/takemefishing-ice-fishing/ Fri, 27 Jan 2017 13:34:45 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30523 Takemefishing.org explains how ice fishing is a celebration of winter. Perhaps it's time you join in the fun?

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To many anglers’ delight, the recent weather brought snow and freezing temperatures across the Northern part of our country.  From Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine, ice fishermen sharpened auger blades, lubed reels on jigging rods and on tip ups, and headed out catch fish.  For some, those ice fishing trips fell in between holiday parties.

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But wait, what is ice fishing anyway?  Non-believers chalk it up to being one, giant party.  There’s always food and drink and in a way they’re right.  Ice fishing is a very social sport.

At the core is fishing, and just like other types of angling, there are different levels.  Some ice fishermen are a fraternity of hard cores that use a wide variety of electronics to determine water temperatures and drop-off structure, find fish, and catch them up.  Some use live bait like shiners on tip ups while others prefer to jig for bass, panfish, trout, or walleye.  The range of shelters spans from sitting on a bucket to lounging in a tricked-out shanty complete with couches, heaters and bunks.  Flatscreen tv’s are for watching a game.

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Food ranges from onion soup and venison stew to freshly fried fish filets.  After putting a pout on your belly many ice fishermen strap on some Super Tacs for a pickup game of hockey.  Figure skaters twirl around while family members watch, hot chocolate or coffee in hand.

Ice fishing is a celebration of winter.  Sometimes the weather is cold, snowy or windy, but isn’t that just the winter equivalent of summer’s hot, dry, and windless days?  You know the kind I’m talking about; they’re the ones where you’ll fish hard and when the bite shuts off you jump overboard and go for a swim.  For many, this time of year just means you’ll skate instead of swim.

Continue reading, “What is Ice Fishing Anyway?” here.

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Outdoor Women TV Stars Win Big at 17th Annual Outdoor Sportsman Awards http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/women-outdoor-sportsman-awards/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/women-outdoor-sportsman-awards/#comments Thu, 26 Jan 2017 13:58:37 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30584 TeamWON's Julie Golob and Stacy Bright get on the red carpet and backstage during the 17th Annual Outdoor Sportsman Awards. They talk to influential women in the outdoor TV world about ... inspirations, motherhood, sisterhood, etc.

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Women’s Outdoor News team of Julie Golob and Stacy Bright attended this year’s 17th Annual Outdoor Sportsman Awards, sponsored by RAM, on Thurs., Jan. 19. Held at The Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas during the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s annual industry gathering, the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) and Conference, aka SHOT Show, this year’s ceremony saw 20 awards given out by hosts Tom McMillan, of Sportsman Channel’s MCMILLAN, and Michael Waddell, of Outdoor Channel’s Realtree Road Trips with Michael Waddell and Michael Waddell’s Bone Collector.

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Julie and Stacy spent time on the red carpet before the awards show began and then, backstage and behind-the-scenes, to bring you this coverage of women who are influential in the world of outdoor television.

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In this video, Julie chats with Melissa Bachman on how her mother influenced her as a hunter.

List: Outdoor Sportsman Awards 2017

BEST OVERALL: Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures

BEST NEW SERIES – OUTDOOR CHANNEL: Carter’s W.A.R.

BEST NEW SERIES – SPORTSMAN CHANNEL: Just Junie

BEST DEER HUNTING: Michael Waddell’s Bone Collector

BEST BIG GAME: CRUSH with Lee & Tiffany

BEST SMALL GAME: MeatEater

BEST FISHING: Trev Gowdy’s Monster Fish

BEST SHOOTING SPORTS: Viking Chronicles

BEST GENERAL INTEREST: The Best Defense

BEST COMEDY: MCMILLAN

BEST COMMERCIAL: Under Armour – These Are My Boots

BEST GRAPHICS: Dropped

BEST SHOW OPEN: Driven with Pat & Nicole

BEST SOUND DESIGN: The Best Defense

BEST VIDEOGRAPHY: Dave Mercer’s Facts of Fishing

BEST TURKEY: The Habit

BEST WINGSHOOTING: Heartland Waterfowl

BEST CONSERVATION: Carter’s W.A.R. 

FAN FAVORITE HOST – OUTDOOR CHANNEL: Ted & Shemane Nugent, Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild

FAN FAVORITE HOST – SPORTSMAN CHANNEL: Tim Wells, Relentless Pursuit

The entire ceremony of the Sportsman Awards was live-streamed for the first time ever and can be seen at MyOutdoorTV.com and Outdoor Channel’s Facebook page.

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Retro WON: Gretchen Steele on Wingshooting with a Camera http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/gretchen-steele-wingshooting-camera/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/gretchen-steele-wingshooting-camera/#comments Thu, 26 Jan 2017 13:44:13 +0000 http://womensoutdoornews.com/?p=7615 Gretchen Steele says shooting a camera at waterfowl is a lot like shooing a gun. Read her tips for how to successfully photograph waterfowl in and out of season.

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While waterfowl seasons across the nation are beginning to come to an end, the opportunities for photographing waterfowl are just starting to heat up. I often find that my best waterfowl images come after the season ends when the ducks, geese, and swans have settled down a bit and are not so stressed from migration and avoiding hunters. Some of my best images have come in February, March and April – not months traditionally thought of as peak waterfowl season. Mating and breeding waterfowl can offer some excellent photographic opportunities as their colors, plumage and behaviors are all at a peak.

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Learn to listen to and watch large groups closely, soon you will be able to predict their actions by behavior and the various calls they make. While a single image of a green head in flight is dramatic, do not underestimate the impact that an image of hundreds or thousands of migrators lifting off the water can make.

The proper equipment is a must when photographing waterfowl on the wing. Good images can be obtained using a quality 70-300mm lens, especially when used on cropped sensor body, but I find that my 400mm lens is truly my go to lens for waterfowl. That extra bit of reach is often necessary.

Unlike other forms wildlife photography, a tripod is just not practical in any sense when it comes to photographing water fowl.  Tripods don’t fit in blinds and pits. They sink and fall over in marshes, they are ungainly and difficult to handle when quick movements are needed. Instead of using a tripod, shoot with your camera much the way you would with your gun when hunting waterfowl – deep breath, pull it up, lead the shot and start banging away. It goes without saying that if your camera has an option for a burst of images this what you want to select. Get comfortable with panning. Keep your shoulders and head tight in position, and twist from the waist as you follow the bird across its flight path.

When shooting waterfowl using your cameras predictive focus is nearly a must – as is using aperture priority. A word about aperture in this case – resist the temptation to use a wide open aperture. Although the best shooting times for waterfowl coincide with low light conditions, you will find that the images are much sharper if you determine your lenses sweet spot. Typically this is 2 stops above its wide open setting. For instance since at 400mm f/5.6 is wide open on my lens, I’ll bump it to f8, maybe even f/11 if the light is improving. In order to obtain the necessary shutter speeds that needed for sharply capturing a bird in flight, change up the ISO vs. changing the aperture. Most higher end DSLRs now produce excellent image quality at ISOs of 1600 and some at 3200. The higher ISO will allow you to shoot in that sweet pre dawn hour without sacrificing quality.

Position yourself correctly for the “in your face shots.” Waterfowlers, and waterfowl lovers, want to see those birds dropping in, wings cupped, landing gear down.  It’s important to understand that for the best images you need the sun and the wind at your back for those. Waterfowl land INTO the wind. If the wind is howling in your face, you will most likely end up with a memory card full of ducks behinds. With the sun behind you, it will assist in lighting up the bird as it comes in.

If you are new to photographing waterfowl, I would suggest finding a park or refuge with a fairly stable population of birds and practice on those before stepping off into the fields, marshes and rivers in search of the wild birds. These birds are often a bit more tolerant of people and will allow you work a little more slowly than those in the wild.

Soon our feathered friends will begin the migration back to their summer breeding grounds, offering you some great opportunities. Extend your waterfowl season by getting out there and trying your hand “wing shooting” with a camera!

See more of Gretchen Steele’s photography at her website.

This Retro WON, about “Wingshooting with a Camera,” first appeared Jan. 17, 2011.

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The Gun Counter 101: Or, How to Buy a Gun http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/gun-counter-101-buy-gun/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/gun-counter-101-buy-gun/#comments Wed, 25 Jan 2017 15:27:23 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30501 We give you a detailed start-to-finish list on how to buy a gun, including approaching the gun counter and working with a sales rep.

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It’s the gateway to shooting, the gun counter at a gun store. Behind the counter stands the gate keeper, responsible for your success or failure to purchase a gun.

I write an undercover shopper article for a trade magazine in the gun industry. To accomplish this task, I must create a story that I present to 4 gun stores in an area on why I want to purchase a firearm – I’ve been from Seattle to Charlotte and Sioux Falls to Phoenix to Savannah and in between. Let’s just say I’ve been around a lot of gun counters and told a lot of fibs.

How to buy a gun

Here are some techniques, tried and true, that have worked for me throughout the years to make the most of my experiences at a gun counter.

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What do you want?

You wouldn’t go to a clothing store and ask for a dress or a pair of shoes, or to a car lot and ask for just a car. You know the function of the garment and you might have an idea of the design and color that you’re looking for. Think about what you are looking for – is it a rifle, shotgun or handgun? Then, narrow it down further. For what purpose will you use the firearm? Target practice? Self-defense? Hunting? Home defense? Concealed carry?

Approach with confidence

It can be disconcerting, walking up to a gun store counter. It’s almost like stepping into a foreign country for a first-time buyer. Take a deep breath and basically, put your big girl panties on. Act brave, people will not know the difference. Remember, you know what you are looking for so place yourself close to the counter near the types of guns you’re interested in seeing. Don’t hang back, hoping someone will notice you. Don’t stand down by the ARs when you want to look at a pistol. You’ll just have to move there.

Get eye contact soon

Start looking at the nearest sales associates. Catch someone’s eye and nod or give the hint of a smile so that they see that you mean business. They should at least acknowledge your presence. Did you need to take a number? This is your opportunity to check out the inventory of guns while you wait. Decide on at least 3 options that you want to see.

When help comes

When help arrives, tell the sales associate what you want and in what caliber or gauge. Such as, “I’m looking for a concealed carry pistol in 9mm, and I’d like it to be a small gun.” Then, point at the guns you’ve chosen to see, or ask for the makes and models that you want to see. (You can do prep work beforehand, thanks to the various gun manufacturers’ websites and helpful publications, such as this one.)

 

gun counter sales associateWhat a good sales associate will do

A good sales associate will start to work with you regarding what you want. He will listen to you and ask follow-up questions about the potential purchase. When it’s time to start shopping, he will bring a gun out of the case, point it in a safe direction and clear it (check to see that it’s not loaded). He will then tell you the features of it, and not just read them off the tag. 

What you should do

Now, you should pick up the gun, and if you want to double check that it’s clear, do so. Then, point it in a safe direction and acquire the sights. Always ask permission to pull the trigger. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to dry fire the gun. There are some guns, such as .22 caliber rimfire, where you should never fire the trigger dry. This is where you can take all the time in the world. Make sure it fits you, and if it doesn’t, and you want to move ahead further with this gun, ask how it can be made to fit you. Does the business have an in-house gunsmith? Can the grip or stock be modified?

What you might consider doing

Not so much at the big box stores, but at smaller local gun stores, the sales associates have been told to work with the customer. Sometimes, they can knock some of the price down for a cash payment, or if you know the gun costs less at another location, let them know that. Will they throw in a holster or some ammo? Let’s make a deal here. 

What a sales associate should not do

  • Train you on the spot. Sales associates are not trainers. Even if they teach courses, they are not teaching at that time. They are selling you a gun. You wouldn’t expect a car salesman to teach you to drive.
  • Touch you without asking. I’ve seen a sales associate wrap his ever-loving arms around my daughter-in-law to make sure she had a proper grip on a gun. There’s no reason for a sales associate to come around the counter to help you, or hold your hands in his, or basically touch you at all.
  • Try to sell you the most expensive gun. That’s why if you do your homework beforehand, or check out the inventory onsite, you’ll have a good idea of what’s available and the range of prices. If it seems he’s wanting to sell you the moon, ask if there are less expensive models.
  • Equate your lifestyle to his mom’s or wife’s or girlfriend’s reasons for buying a gun. I’d rather hear about why local women are buying a certain gun than why he bought this one for his mom, wife, girlfriend.
  • Talk bad about any of the guns he’s selling. Sure, everyone has an opinion, but he’s not entitled to his while at work and selling guns.

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Now what?

If you find a gun that you want to buy, now you’ll do the paperwork. You may have to wait for a few days or 10.

Think about what else you’ll need for this new purchase.

How will you carry it or use it? Do you need a holster or gun bag?

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How will you store it? Do you need a safe or vault?

Do you have ammo?

Does your gun need an accessory?

Do you have any cleaning supplies?

Parting shot

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Also, remember that a gun will feel different when it’s loaded (it’ll be heavier) and when you fire it and experience the recoil. This is one reason why gun stores with gun ranges and rentals are such a sweet deal. You can try before you buy.

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Head over to that gun counter, and good luck with your purchase. You’ve got this.

 

 

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2016 in Review: Women Hunters Took a Stand http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/2016-review-women-hunters/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/2016-review-women-hunters/#comments Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:49:44 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30411 In her debut column at The WON, Callie Wolverton gives examples of how the women of the hunting industry found their voice and essentially, fought back. Sponsored by Girls with Guns Clothing.

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We welcome Callie Wolverton, business operations manager at Girls with Guns Clothing, as a columnist for GWG Life. Callie will alternate months in 2017 with the popular Morgan and Mason Baseley, of 2Girls Hunting, and bring us in-depth and behind-the-scenes looks at what it’s like to an outdoors-oriented woman. ~BB

The past year, 2016, was an eventful year for the nation. We lost 140 law enforcement officers in the line of duty, 18 United States military servicemen and women and countless celebrities. We witnessed a historic election, with the nomination of the first female presidential candidate by a major party and the surprising victory of Donald Trump. We encountered hate and divisiveness but also experienced incredible acts of human kindness. Many feel as though they lost something this last year, but no one can argue that in 2016, we, as a nation, found our voice.

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Giving a voice to our great nation is easier now than in 1776, but no less passionate. Thanks to worldwide access to social media, people from around the globe took to Facebook and Twitter to express their feelings, share a special moment or shed light on causes dear to their hearts. The mainstream media took advantage of the “instant access” trend, livestreaming breaking news and releasing updates, many times even before the dust had settled — which left their viewers wondering if they truly knew the whole story.

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While most of us used social media as it was intended — a platform to stay in touch with loved ones and the world around us — many users, particularly in the anti-hunting and anti-gun communities, chose to act as unofficial keyboard warriors for their causes.

Following 2016’s trend of threatening and bashing those who hold opposite viewpoints, the antis viciously attacked hunters and gun owners, and none were attacked so vehemently as the women who chose to protect themselves and put food on the table.

Cries of generational heritage, statistics on crime and conservation dollars, and support of the organic and locavore movements fell on deaf ears. Nothing could appease the attackers, short of laying down our guns and taking up the vegetarian lifestyle. No one was immune to it, as Eva Shockey learned when anti-hunters took to Facebook and Instagram to attack her unborn child.

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(Facebook – Aryanna Gourdin – Braids and Bows photo)

Aryanna Gourdin, a 12-year-old pro staffer for Girls with Guns Clothing’s TeamGWG, was bombarded with death threats and harassed with vile, disgusting comments due to her culling safaris in Africa. The fact that she, a young girl, was capable of harvesting a giraffe and other exotic species, shook the anti-hunting community to its core. So much so that the hate spread to her father, Eli, and to other members of her family. Even those who dared to stand in solidarity with Aryanna were subjected to vicious verbal attacks and threats to their businesses, as Jen O’Hara and Norissa Harman, the co-founders of Girls with Guns Clothing, quickly found out.

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(Wide Open Spaces – 08.19.2016 photo)

A woman didn’t even have to be behind the trigger in 2016 to incur the wrath of the antis. Sarah Bowmar, whose husband, Josh, legally harvested a Canadian black bear with a spear, lost her sponsorship with Under Armour after more than 4,350 signatures were collected asking UA to terminate their contract with the Bowmars. Given Under Armour’s foundation as a performance sportswear company and the ensuing pressure from their social media followers to drop the Bowmars, Under Armour released a statement saying, “Under Armour is ending its relationship with Sarah Bowmar, the wife of Josh Bowmar. The method used to harvest this animal was reckless and we do not condone it.” The anti-hunting community gleefully celebrated their small “victory,” but they had no way of knowing that the tide would soon turn against them.

In years past, outdoorswomen who were the target of anti-hunting abuse were told to lay low, to ignore the comments for fear of repercussions to their businesses and their livelihoods. 2016 was different. The anti-hunting community had no idea that the years of abuse would have the opposite effect on the outdoor industry.

Instead of fear, their attacks inspired even more pride, and instead of shunning the spotlight, the women in our industry decided to take a stand.

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(Represent – Eva Shockey photo)

Eva Shockey chose to quote the great Winston Churchill, saying, You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” She ended her post with a cheeky dig at the antis using the hashtag #IHaveHaters (and the pretty girl hand-raise emoji) and reminding her fellow huntresses to #NeverApologizeForBeingAHunter, a nod to her “Never Apologize” gear.

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(Daily Mirror – Nicola Agius photo)

Aryanna Gourdin took to live TV with her father Eli to defend their hunting heritage and show the world the true meaning of conservation. Knowing that fashion can make a bold statement, they chose to wear “Stand Up to Anti-Hunter Bullying” shirts from Joni Marie’s Rockstarlette Bowhunting.

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Sarah Bowmar is getting the last laugh after being dropped by Under Armour. The hunting industry called for a community-wide boycott of UA and inspired other hunting apparel companies to come out and vocalize their support for all hunters, regardless of their method of take. The petition for Under Armour to reinstate Sarah has grown to almost 10,000 signatures, more than 2+ times the amount of the original petition. Not only has Sarah increased her social media following, thanks to the support of her fellow huntresses, but she’s now sponsored by Nomad and Girls with Guns, companies that proudly backs her passion for hunting and the outdoors.

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We witnessed many historic events in 2016, but for the women of the hunting industry, the year is most memorable because they took a stand—they found their voice.

In the end, it’s not what happened to you but how you deal with it that makes history, and 2016 was one for the books.

If you would like to proudly wear your passion for hunting, you can do so here, here, and here.

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Morgan Mills Hosts Exclusive New Series on NRA TV – ‘On Location’ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/morgan-mills-hosts-nra-tv-location/ Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:01:21 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30540 Join Morgan Mills with a Backstage Pass to the Hottest Events Across Country Music and Outdoor Industries.

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California (January 17, 2017) – Country music rising star, Morgan Mills, is ‘On Location’ with NRA TV’s newest series gaining backstage passes into country music and outdoor industries most sensational events. From award shows to on-the-road unique locations, Mills and “On Location” interviews some of the biggest names that share their passion for the outdoors.  “On Location” is part of NRA Country, a celebration of American values, and is available to watch on NRATV.com and on Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire and Roku.

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Episode one featuring the 2016 CMA Awards week and episode two featuring Charlie Daniels 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam are now available online at https://www.nratv.com/series/on-location

On Location is like nothing available online right now as we are giving viewers what mainstream media won’t talk about – where did these country musicians go hunting last? With whom? And what is their favorite gun?” explained Mills. “NRA Country is reaching a whole different audience who is hungry for this information and I can’t wait to share our adventures with them.

NRA Country is a celebration of American values. Respect. Honor. Freedom. It’s a lifestyle and a bond between the best and brightest in country music and hard-working Americans. NRA Country is powered by pride, love of country, respect for the military, and our responsibility to protect our great American lifestyle. NRA Country celebrates these values with concerts and events benefiting military and veteran services organizations, first responders, conservation organizations, firearm safety programs, and local charities making a difference in their communities. NRA Country will be involved in causes that defend our values and it will empower our artist friends who promote these values to encourage our next generation of leaders.

About Morgan Mills: Morgan Mills is from the south, North Carolina to be exact. She also spent her formative years growing up and working in NYC and Los Angeles. Being on stage, in front of the camera and walking red carpets comes just as naturally as skinning a deer, pulling in a jug line and disassembling & cleaning her guns. Named as one of their artists “On The Horizon”, Sirius XM The Highway put Morgan on the country music map by launching her latest single “Let’s Ride” featuring Colt Ford, at the same time as the hit outdoor TV show ‘Universal Huntress’ on The Sportsman Channel launched it as the show’s theme song. In the past couple of years Morgan has made her name in the outdoor industry and traveled the world as a guest host of UHTV, along with many other outdoor TV shows. Through her music, she has shared the stage with the likes of Toby Keith, Jake Owen, Tyler Farr, Colt Ford, among others, and her video for “Dance In The Rain” continues to gain traction as it remains in rotation on CMT, GAC, ZUUS and The Nashville Network/The Heartland Network and on social media. Becoming the face of NRA Country and hosting new show “On Location” seems to be an organic fit for Morgan, as it builds off of her experiences and blends her passions for country music and the outdoors naturally.

Learn more about Morgan Mills

at http://morganmillsmusic.com, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/morganmillsmusic , on Instagram at http://instagram.com/morganmillsmusic and on Twitter at http://Twitter.Com/MorganBMills

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Women Hunting Pheasants: Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club and The WON http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/women-hunting-pheasants-scbc-won/ Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:56:20 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30333 The #BunClubUSA tour continues with this video compilation of the women's hunting adventures in Kansas.

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Hunting pheasants isn’t just for the guys! Women’s Outdoor News’ Michelle Cerino and Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club (S&CBC) girls, Victoria Knowles-Lacks and Claire Sadler are off hunting the Kansas Governor’s Ringneck Classic. Shooting the Franchi Instinct L they had a very successful pheasant hunt.

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This video is compilation of the women’s hunt with The Kansas Governor’s Ringneck Classic, and in search of prairie chickens in western Kansas.

 

 

 

You can see more of The Kansas Governor’s Ringneck classic here.

Are you ready to experience hunting pheasants in Kansas?

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Gracing the Field: Bun Club US Tour http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/gracing-field-bun-club-us/ Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:25:32 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30372 Claire tells her side of the story about the Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club trip to the US in her featured blog, "Gracing the Field."

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It’s been a very busy couple of months with work, game season and obviously a rather epic break to the US, which has meant that blogging has had to take a bit of a back seat. That being said, I have really been looking forward to writing about my recent trip to the US and what better time to put pen to paper than while resting in the Christmas break. Victoria Knowles-Lacks (Founder and owner of The Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club) and I travelled out to the US in November for an unbelievably brilliant whirlwind multi-stop tour to Dallas, Kansas and Missouri. Our good friend Barbara Baird, from Women’s Outdoor News managed to get both Victoria and I invited on the Governor of Kansas Annual Pheasant Hunt ‘The Ringneck Classic’ in Oakley, earlier in the year and so the seedlings for our trip had been sown.

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As we were heading over to the other side of the pond Barbara also arranged for us to meet the wonderful Judy Rhodes as well as allowing Victoria and I to drive across states to impose on her hospitality in Missouri and Jim Millensifer, Board Member for the Ringneck Classic, gave us a once in a lifetime opportunity to have a day hunting on Prairie chickens! Vic and I had been looking forward to it from the moment we were first discussing it. Not only as a holiday and opportunity to hunt, but also being able to spend some time with some pretty awesome ladies from whom we could also learn a thing or two. As there is so much to write about, I will be writing blogs about each different part of the trip – so watch out in the coming weeks for the follow ups to this blog!

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We flew out to Dallas on Saturday 12 November. On the Sunday (13th) afternoon, we were due to meet Michelle Cerino, a rising star in the shooting and fieldsports industry in the US, who would also be accompanying us to the Ringneck Classic. Michelle is managing editor for Women’s Outdoor News and also runs her own website Princess Gunslinger. Both Michelle and Barbara are so passionate about getting more women to enjoy the outdoors and are ambassadors for women’s shooting.

So, after a 10 hour flight, Vic and I arrived in Dallas Fort Worth a day earlier than we needed to land, but having both had hectic schedules recently, we thought we could take an extra day to relax and recover from the jet lag. After finding our hotel and dropping our bags we headed off to the Dallas mall for a mooch and some dinner. We stumbled across a TexMex restaurant and decided to get stuck in. Most of the food here was awesome although we were both rather traumatised by ‘queso’ – when you’ve eaten your body weight in fajitas the last thing you need staring back at you is a bowl full of guaranteed cardiac arrest! Victoria took much delight in the fact that I tried to order ‘refined’ beans oops. I genuinely thought they were called that and not ‘refried’! Also, with hindsight, if I’d have known how much margaritas, jalapenos and cheese we would end up having during our time in Dallas I would have spent more time in the gym and made sure I packed some Gaviscon…

Continue reading, “Bun Club US,” here and follow Claire Sadler’s blog, “Gracing the Field.”

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Devastating Fire Cleared Path for Rare Gila Trout’s Return http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/fire-rare-gila-trouts-return/ Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:58:40 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30197 Find out the amazing way the Gila Trout will swim again in the remote headwaters of Mineral Creek, well inside the Gila National Forest of southwestern New Mexico.

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Wear and tear on boot soles and a helicopter—that’s what it took to get 1,033 Gila trout safely placed in the remote headwaters of Mineral Creek, well inside the Gila National Forest of southwestern New Mexico.

On November 18, 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) working with its partner agencies, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and the U.S. Forest Service, released two age classes of Gila trout into Mineral Creek ranging up to a foot long. The rare yellow trout were spawned, hatched and raised in captivity in 2015 and 2016 at the Service’s Mora National Fish Hatchery. Hatchery fish are carefully paired and spawned to maximize genetic diversity of offspring which provides a safeguard for their survival in the wild. The captive fish also purposely face rigorous swimming conditions in the hatchery to further ensure their fitness when released.

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(Photo Craig Springer USFWS)

These 1,033 trout traveled by truck eight hours to meet a helicopter at the Gila National Forest’s Glenwood Ranger Station. The aircraft made multiple flights carrying an aerated tank at the end of a long-line, each time full of Gila trout. Biologists from the three agencies had hiked in several miles in the rugged country to meet the trout and place them in the cool, shaded runs and pools of Mineral Creek.

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(Photo Craig Springer USFWS)

Mineral Creek is tributary to the San Francisco River near Alma, New Mexico. Streams in this watershed harbor one of five known relict genetic lineages of Gila trout.  The species lives only in New Mexico and Arizona along the Mogollon Rim, an area of conservation emphasis for the Service. This release is a large step forward in conserving Gila trout, noted Andy Dean, lead Gila trout biologist with the Service’s New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, based in Albuquerque. “This repatriation into Mineral Creek adds another stream to harbor Gila trout, as outlined as a necessity in the Gila Trout Recovery Plan,” said Dean.  “Not only does this add a population within the San Francisco River drainage, it also helps establish Gila trout populations across a larger geographical area. More Gila trout over a larger area adds greater security to this rare fish.”

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(Photo Craig Springer USFWS)

That desired security will be achieved when the Mineral Creek population is naturally reproducing, and multiple year classes swim its waters, perhaps in 2018.

Mineral Creek came to the attention of biologists as a candidate stream to receive Gila trout following the massive Whitewater-Baldy Fire of 2012. Destructive as it was, the forest fire made Mineral Creek suitable for Gila trout. The fire burned in the headlands of the stream and summer rains washed a slurry of ash and debris down its course, removing unwanted competing non-native fishes. Though the mountain slopes and streamside vegetation are not fully stabilized post-fire, sufficient habitat exists to harbor Gila trout in Mineral Creek.  With so few suitable streams available to repatriate Gila trout, biologists seized the opportunity.

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(Photo Craig Springer USFWS)

Mineral Creek Canyon is steep to be sure. It’s certainly among the more remote and more difficult Gila trout habitats to reach, but it’s not the only stream to receive Gila trout from Mora National Fish Hatchery this autumn.  Another 8,621 Gila trout have been placed in several other waters that advance the species’ recovery and should entice anglers to go after native trout in native habitats of southwest New Mexico.

Willow Creek received 3,039 Gila trout; Gilita Creek, 1,022; Sapillo Creek, 2,270; and West Fork Gila River, 2,290. These waters are readily accessible and won’t require shedding lots of boot tread to reach them as is the case with Mineral Creek. These trout—shards of sunshine—lie in dark water behind boulders and in the scour pools beneath log jams, waiting for bugs to come drifting by. They also wait for what anglers may throw their way. Anglers should visit the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish website to learn more about fishing regulations, which requires a free Gila trout permit.

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(Photo Craig Springer USFWS)

The Gila trout is protected under the Endangered Species Act.

The species was listed as endangered in 1973, and through conservation measures it was downlisted to threatened in 2006. A year later select Gila trout populations were opened to angling for the first time in 50 years.

To learn more visit www.fws.gov/southwest

Craig Springer, External Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Southwest Region

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Why You Should Give Cross-Country Skiing a Shot http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/cross-country-skiing/ Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:38:04 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30434 Do you know how much fun cross-country skiing can be? Have you ever thought of the health benefits? Find out in this column sponsored by Mpowher.

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As many people do in the winter months, I found myself scraping up some coin for a lift ticket so I could cannonball down a mountain at impressive speeds. I grew up on the snow, and I was always rushing off down the slopes, feeling the wind on my cheeks and digging in my edge as I carved out each turn. This was fun until ski passes were no longer affordable and I had to spend my money on other things (growing up can be a drag). I needed to find an alternative that still put me on the snow, but at half the cost. Enter cross-country skiing. I know, what a drag—that’s what I thought too, until I discovered how much fun it is, and all the benefits this sport has to offer. I found some aspects of cross-country skiing very appealing, and hope you do too.

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1. It’s easy to learn, and easy to advance your skill set. As long as you can walk and have some sense of what it means to glide, this sport can be enjoyed almost immediately by many different ages. Even when I was a small child, my mom was able to plop me onto a pair of cross-country skis. Yes, my method of braking was to run into the closest snowbank, but she could still enjoy her time out on the snow with a little 6-year-old.

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2. It’s a great way to stay fit. Cross-country skiing puts me in the crisp winter air with the added benefit of a total-body workout. This sport will work every major muscle in your lower and upper body and is very low impact. Cha-ching! That is a win for me. In an hour of cross-country skiing, a 180-pound person can burn 654 calories (measured at a moderate level, via NutriStrategy.com). To put that in perspective, this is almost equalvalent to me running 5 12-minute miles! (That’s not gonna happen, but cross-country skiing? Yes, that I can do.)

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3. The price. Can you say 20 bucks for a fun adventure on the snow? Try to find a lift ticket for even close to that price…and a lift ticket doesn’t even include the downhill equipment cost. You may have a better chance walking on water.

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Yes, I still prefer the rush of cruising down a mountain. But any day on the snow is a good day. This sport is a great way to get outside without breaking the bank, and offers a wonderful winter experience with friends and family.

What are you waiting for? Get out and try some cross-country skiing!

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Retro WON: The 7 duck commandments — Duck hunting etiquette http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/duck-hunting-etiquette/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/duck-hunting-etiquette/#comments Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:00:09 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=19942 The Edge: Christine Cunningham shares 7 do's and don'ts of duck hunting etiquette, and a fun duck hunting etiquette quiz.

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The idea of duck hunting etiquette may seem like the gloved version of a gloves-off sport. But, really, it’s as simple as being safe and sporting. The so-called unwritten code is nothing secret, and is basically a way of enhancing enjoyment for all involved.

Invitation only, means only you

Being invited duck hunting is no small feat. The privilege of shooting from another’s blind, scouted area or special haunt is a gift. It’s best to show up early, and take your cues from the person who extended the invitation. If it’s not discussed, the invitation does not include anyone else or even your dog. Allow the host to indicate when to take the shots, and only use your call when you have learned the particular manner in which your host prefers to hunt his or her area.

It’s never a bad idea to bring extra food, and offer to help with expenses, setting up decoys and cleaning birds. Because it’s not your hunting spot, it’s critical not to share the location, including providing details of the location socially. By no means can you bring someone else back to the same place. An invitation to go duck hunting is like being invited into a member’s only club: it’s hard enough to get the invite, even harder to become the kind of member who can invite others.

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Good dress makes good company

Showing up in appropriate attire ensures those in your party that you will stay as warm and dry, therefore, as pleasant as possible. Clothing and gear are dependent on the hunt details. You’ll need to know if the hunt will be conducted while sitting on a bench, lying in a blind, shooting from a boat or slugging through tidal flats or flooded forests. Well-fitting clothes and good baselayers are always important, but learning hunt details will help determine whether the additional weight and warmth of chest waders or wetlands camo are necessary.

A friend recently teased me for suggesting that the women participating in a hunt bring an extra set of clothes for our after-the-hunt meal (I may have used the tease-worthy phrase “lodge clothes”). It’s fine and sometimes fun to walk into a public place wearing the badge of your bedraggled field clothes. But, it’s nothing but polite to keep the field where it belongs (in the field) and spare the car upholstery and fair-weather furniture the blood, sweat and plant life still clinging to your chest waders.

 

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(Steve Meyer photo)

 

Firearms safety rules are the bare minimum

If a hunt isn’t safe, it’s less enjoyable for all involved. Firearms safety rules are often written and rewritten, but the unwritten rules are a logical extension of the 4 basic firearms safety rules. One of the worst sounds in a duck blind for many duck hunters is to hear a safety click off early. The worst sight is to look down another person’s barrel. Both of these things, and many others, are a result of poor gun handling. If you are a first-time shot – someone who has never shot a clay, never shot a bird or never shot in company – a shooting course, lesson or guided/supervised hunting venture is the best place to start. Once in the field, shotgun safety is everyone’s responsibility. The gun should always be unloaded and the action open, if the gun is being handed off, such as when climbing over a fence or tree or boarding a boat. Special care should be taken to be aware of the dog at all times.

 

Don’t criticize the duck dog

Duck dogs have a hallowed place in the hearts of duck hunters. It doesn’t matter if they ever win a field trial or even retrieve a duck without stopping to urinate or running off with it first. If they eat your bird, they’re just having a bad day. If they relieve themselves in the back of your vehicle, they are just being rather humorous. If they jump up on your lodge clothes with their muddy paws, don’t lose your cool. It’s ill-advised to criticize or command another person’s hunting dog. If you don’t like duck dogs, if you don’t love the way a good dog watches the sky with its muscles trembling and eyes fixed or runs the direct line of sight to a marked bird, just don’t say so to the person who does. Praising the dog, on the other hand, can make up for many of your personal character flaws. 

 

Be sporting and don’t bust the sky

Every hunter has his or her own rules for voluntary restraint. Many only shoot drakes, even when the law doesn’t require it. Some target a particular species, and avoid others. No matter what a hunter’s personal value judgments are, it’s important to keep things sporting. It’s considered un-sporting to shoot a bird on the water (ground swatting) or to shoot at ducks out of range (sky busting). Often, hunters will work out beforehand what airspace belongs to which hunter. If new to duck hunting, placing the furthest decoy at the outside edge of a 40- to 45-yard shooting range can help mark the maximum shooting distance.

Wounded birds must be dealt with quickly, and it’s considered bad form to leave birds on the ground. A dropped bird should be retrieved as quickly as possible. It’s best to show respect for other hunting parties, especially on public land. A hunting party should not set up too close or in a manner in which they’ll be shooting toward another party. Skilled shooters, who are generous and allow a few birds to pass into another’s airspace, are to be thanked. We all have bad days in the field, but complaining or making excuses can ruin another’s enjoyment. The best response to an off-day afield is to credit the ducks for being especially wary.

 

Do your homework

The best way to show respect for the quarry, and add enjoyment to time spent afield, is to learn as much as possible about it beforehand. Learning how to identify waterfowl, their habits and the vocalizations of each species is fundamental for duck calling and decoy setting.

Understanding the regulations pertaining to migratory birds, including duck stamps, harvest limits, shooting times, steel/non-toxic shot, magazine capacity and conservation is a bare minimum. Bringing a timepiece and a light into the field also shows you’ve done your homework.

 

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Get dirty!

Duck hunters get dirty, no doubt. It’s a good kind of dirt, though. What’s really dirty is money, the remote control, cell phones, keyboards and the buttons on a vending machine. The duck hunting environment includes every type of “clean” dirt and dirt-carrier imaginable – swamp, marsh muck, insects, rodents, snakes, sweat and blood. It’s considered bad form to be squeamish. A duck hunter should not hesitate to pick up a bird, wring its neck, pick it and cook it up for dinner. The more you can be at peace with the dirty aspect of duck hunting, the more enjoyable it becomes for all involved.

 

There’s nothing like getting to a duck blind before dawn, with the sounds of the marsh waking up all around you. The serenity quickly becomes replaced with an incomparable rush of excitement when ducks cup into your decoys. Oh, and don’t shoot the decoys.

 

 

Duck Hunting “Etiquette” Quiz

 

1. A large flock of mallards flies 100 yards above you, you:
A. Put another wad of tobacco in your maw
B. Gaze at the sky
C. Pull out your duck call
D. Fire three rounds into the air and yell, “I think I winged one!”
2. You are invited duck hunting and are told to be in the parking lot at 4, you:
A. Wake up in your duck clothes and get to the parking lot at 3 a.m. just to listen for a while
B. Show up 15 minutes early with your gear in the trunk and say, “I just need to finish this bagel and then I’ll be ready in like 2 minutes.”
C. Show up ready to go at 4 a.m.
D. Ask, “Do you mean in the morning?”
3. The duck dog hikes his leg and urinates on your waders, you:
A. Say, “Gotta love a quirky dog!”
B. Gaze at the sky and hope no one notices
C. Pet him on the head and say, “Thank goodness for waterproof.”
D. Yell, “OMG, did that just really happen? This dog hates me. I think this dog totally hates me.”
4. A large flock circles and is coming into the decoys, the leader says, “Take ‘em,” you:
A. Shoot the farthest 2 and grab your standby gun
B. Realize there isn’t enough time to get out of your mittens so sit this one out
C. Take the shot
D. Ask, “Where, where are the ducks that you are referring to?”
5. At the end of the day, you are the only one who has not killed a duck, you:
A. Pick up the birds and philosophize about the meaning of it all
B. Shrug and say, “I just didn’t have any good shots.”
C. Tell about the one time you shot your limit and casually mention the name of each person who was there who saw it
D. Ask if you can still be in the group photo
6. There’s a mid-morning lull and a blue sky, you:
A. Enjoy the coffee
B. Gaze at the sky
C. Volunteer to go stir up some ducks around the bend
D. Take a selfie and caption it with #girlduckhunterproblems
7. The dog brings back a winged duck that is still alive, you:
A. Wring it’s neck while petting the dog
B. Hope the dog’s owner will take care of it
C. Ask for a lesson in duck-neck-wringing
D. Freak out
Mostly A’s: You are worthy of duck hunting tradition. Duck hunting is in your blood and it’s your blind.
Mostly B’s: You may need to read “The Old Man and the Boy” a few more times and see about corrective lenses.
Mostly C’s: Your instincts are good, but you might not be proven yet.
Mostly D’s: You should take up golf.

 

This Retro Won was about, ‘Duck Hunting Etiquette’ first published Sept. 29, 2014.

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