Hunting, shooting, fishing and adventure for women by women http://www.womensoutdoornews.com Outdoor hunting, shooting, fishing reviews and news -- for women, by women Thu, 30 Jul 2015 02:57:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.7 Outdoor hunting, shooting, fishing reviews and news -- for women, by women Hunting, shooting, fishing and adventure for women by women no Outdoor hunting, shooting, fishing reviews and news -- for women, by women Hunting, shooting, fishing and adventure for women by women http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://www.womensoutdoornews.com Women’s Outdoor News Podcast #11: Taylor Drury http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/womens-outdoor-news-podcast-11-taylor-drury/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/womens-outdoor-news-podcast-11-taylor-drury/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 02:49:55 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22751 Where Babbs talked to Taylor Drury about the concept behind "Drury's Thirteen," along with other news, reviews and stories about women outdoors. Sponsored by The Well Armed Woman.

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

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This podcast is sponsored by The Well Armed Woman.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Don’t hurt my finger!”

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learn more about Gunsite Academy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learn more about this event.

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

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

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

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

Happy end of July!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

August

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

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

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

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

27th-30th Noveski 3-gun Colorado

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

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

-Lanny & Tracy

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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She Shoots 2 is sponsored by Galco Gunleather.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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About the holster:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MSRP: $94.99

Available in black, pink, red and blue.

About the bracelet

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

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Uptown Funk: Viral Video Shows ‘Lighter Side’ of Public Safety Personnel http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/uptown-funk-viral-video-shows-lighter-side-of-public-safety-personnel/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/uptown-funk-viral-video-shows-lighter-side-of-public-safety-personnel/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 10:00:06 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22685 Sara Ahrens reveals why her sister, Kathren, used her talents to shed light on the human side of first responders through a fun and goofy lip-dub video to the song “Uptown Funk,” by Mark Bronson and Bruno Mars, Sponsored by Crossbreed Holsters.

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

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

Kathy Sukus—A Dedicated Public Servant

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

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

The Video’s Purpose and Impact

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

Dear Kathren:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Women’s Outdoor News Podcast #10: On Downtown Abbey, Log Rolling and Duck Stamps http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/womens-outdoor-news-podcast-10-on-downton-abbey-log-rolling-and-duck-stamps/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/womens-outdoor-news-podcast-10-on-downton-abbey-log-rolling-and-duck-stamps/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 09:26:28 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22673 Barbara Baird and Stacy Bright chat, on episode #10 of The Women’s Outdoor News podcast, about news, reviews and stories that surround women who are living lives full of outdoor adventure. The women touch on Downton Abbey at the Shooting Industry Masters, why you should try log rolling and answer a question about the federal duck stamp.

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Barbara Baird and Stacy Bright chat, on episode #10 of The Women’s Outdoor News podcast, about news, reviews and stories that surround women who are living lives full of outdoor adventure. The women touch on Downton Abbey at the Shooting Industry Masters, why you should try log rolling and then they answer a question about the federal duck stamp. Barb also talked to My Gun Culture’s Tom McHale about their upcoming trip to the Shooting Industry Masters this week … and of course, Stacy checked in with The Well Armed Woman’s Carrie Lightfoot, with her informative tip of the week.

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What to Do When He’s Just Not Into You: Dealing With a Non-Female-Friendly Gun Salesman http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/what-to-do-when-hes-just-not-into-you-dealing-with-a-non-female-friendly-gun-salesman/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/what-to-do-when-hes-just-not-into-you-dealing-with-a-non-female-friendly-gun-salesman/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 18:02:32 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22675 Why you should walk away. That's your last resort when a gun salesman ignores you, writes Annette Doerr. Sponsored by Armed and In Charge.

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According to a recent report published by the National Shooting Sports Federation (NSSF) the fastest-growing segment in shooting sports belongs to the ladies. If, like me, you’re a female firearms enthusiast, it’s likely that you’ve had to deal with a gun salesman or two who never read that report.

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I’ve been completely ignored while in the hunting and fishing departments of local stores. I once had a salesperson try to talk me out of the pistol I wanted to purchase because a different brand fit my husband’s hand better. I’ve had salesmen who would only speak with my husband, despite my husband’s insistence that the purchase was for me. I’ve also experienced the dreaded “Can I help you pick out something for your husband, ma’am?” question not once but twice!

Certainly trying to deal with a salesman who clearly doesn’t want any part of working with me can put me on edge; I’ve been called “defensive” before. But is getting upset, angry, defensive or just plain nasty with salespeople the best way to re-educate them? No. It just makes you look like a beyotch .

If you’re like me, when you walk into the store, you’ve done your research and at least narrowed down what you’d like to look at. Being confident, knowing what you want, and politely demanding to be treated with respect is generally all it takes. Sometimes the salesmen are great, but sometimes they still don’t believe that you do indeed know what you’re talking about, so they try to trip you up with questions. Most always they’re shocked to learn I am a certified pistol instructor. They then assume I’m “on the job.” Truth is, I’m not a law enforcement officer; I’m simply a woman shooter who knows what she wants.

Dealing with salesmen who aren’t used to selling to women isn’t just a problem for me. I recently reached out to a women’s shooting group that I belong to and asked how they dealt with non-female-friendly firearm salesman. Within 36 hours of posting the question, I had 57 responses. Here are a few:

  • Toni G.: I love it when I get a salesman who assumes I am ignorant about guns because I am a woman!! I let him talk for a while, then begin asking him technical questions. Since he is expecting my questions to be about color, or matching accessories, it usually catches him off-guard. I love it when he says he has to ask his manager to get an answer to a technical question! I just tell him not to bother, and give him the answer, lol.
  • Deanna L.: I usually tell him what gun I want and blow his mind with what I know, and then they quit treating me disrespectfully.
  • Amy N.:  I try to let them know that I know my way around a gun. If they continue the bs I leave and let it be known how they acted. There is a place near my house that I actually warned the ladies in my classes not to go to because they consistently treat women badly.
  • Kathleen A.: Let’s face it, many women don’t have a clue, and salesmen act accordingly. This is frustrating to no end, but it’s the truth. There are also a lot of young men as salesmen who don’t know that much themselves (everybody has to start someplace and learn). If I act childish by trying to show them how much I know or stalking off, I undermine what I hope to achieve (to be taken seriously and have good service). Be educated on what you want, act respectful and expect respect—show them that there are mature, knowledgeable women shooters. Educate them. If you still have a problem, ask to speak with somebody else. From experience, it rarely takes long before they realize that you are a serious customer and know your stuff.

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While I couldn’t post all 57 the responses here, they all had similar situations and suggestions. Here are some tips that I have found helpful:

  • Educate yourself. Know what you’re looking for when you go in, and don’t let a salesman try to talk you into that cute pink .22 revolver when you went in to purchase something else entirely.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask any questions.
  • Be polite and professional and you will get the respect you deserve.
  • Don’t be rude and sassy—it just doesn’t help our cause.
  • You’re the customer. If after speaking with the salesman you’re not happy with the way you’re being treated, simply leave and buy elsewhere.

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Professional Shooter Julie Golob Partners with NRA Family InSights for Monthly Video Series http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/professional-shooter-julie-golob-partners-with-nra-family-insights-for-monthly-video-series/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/professional-shooter-julie-golob-partners-with-nra-family-insights-for-monthly-video-series/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 22:09:19 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22671 Want to see Julie Golob in 2nd Amendment and pro-gun action? Check out her new video series at NRA Family.

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New videos target parents on important topics of gun safety, education and safe shooting activities for families.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Professional shooter Julie Golob has partnered with the National Rifle Association’s Family InSights for a monthly series of videos geared towards parents who are interested in firearms and gun safety. Golob combines her extensive shooting expertise and experience as a wife and mother of two for the family oriented videos.

Julie GolobAs a multi time world and national champion in several shooting sports, a hunter, author, and a mother, Golob provides unique perspective and insight regarding gun ownership in a family environment.

“Being a mom has truly opened my eyes to firearm safety when it comes to kids and guns,” said Golob. “It’s important that we as parents set the example, educate and guide our children about responsibility and gun safety while at the same time encouraging and sharing our passion for shooting sports and the Second Amendment.”

The short vlog formatted videos tie in with the NRA’s Family InSights initiatives to educate families on the safe practices of gun ownership, shooting sports, and to provide resources to families interested in shooting, hunting, and more.

The publication’s Managing Editor Wendy LaFever shares that, “We at NRA Family InSights are pleased and proud to feature these video blogs from Julie Golob. She’s not only a world-class shooter, but an envoy who represents the reality of responsible gun use and safety to the rest of our community. We know you’ll enjoy watching these vlogs as much as we enjoy presenting them to you.”

Golob is equally enthusiastic about the project. “The NRA Family InSights message is one I strongly believe in and I am proud to be able to help contribute and share ways to expose kids to the fun of shooting through safe practices at home and on the range!”

Three videos have already been released addressing basic rules of firearm safety, carrying a firearm when pregnant and concealed carry responsibilities for those who choose to carry in a purse. Future videos in the series will address talking to kids about gun issues, range safety and ways to make range time fun for the whole family. Viewers are also encouraged to submit topics and questions through the website. Tune in each month for a new video at www.nrafamilyinsights.org.

 

About Julie Golob

Julie Golob is the team captain for Smith & Wesson’s professional shooting team and has over 120 championship titles in seven different action-shooting disciplines. When not on the range Golob works with several industry leading brands, Smith & Wesson, Federal Premium, Benelli USA and Safariland, to promote the shooting sports. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Golob served with the elite U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit where she was awarded U.S. Army Female Athlete of the Year. She is also the author of “Shoot: Your Guide to Shooting and Competition”, a top seller in the genre that provides shooting tips and insight into many shooting sports.

 

Learn more about the champion, author, veteran and shooting sports ambassador at JulieGolob.comFacebookTwitterYouTubeInstagram and Google+.

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Barefootin’ in Ascension Bay – Yucatan http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/barefootin-in-ascension-bay-yucatan/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/barefootin-in-ascension-bay-yucatan/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 21:55:10 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22653 Find out why Rita Schimpff loved her trip to Yucatan, and it wasn't just for the fishing. Sponsored by Heritage Game Mounts.

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Rita Schimpff gets a lot of her ideas inspired by trips and experiences. Here, she takes us with her on a trip of a lifetime, to Ascension Bay in the Yucatan. 

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Summertime makes me think vacation sooooo, I am taking a break from my outdoor décor column to share a fishing trip … just so you know I really do venture outdoors!

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Where the Sky Begins (Sian Ka’an) is what the ancient Mayans called this Unesco World Heritage site and where our February azure adventure began.

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Wheels up!

We learned about Casa Blanca Lodge through our friend and guide Doc Thompson of High Country Anglers,  based in Ute Park, N.M. – he helped us with all the arrangements.  Doc is a longtime friend of Rita Adams, who grew up fishing New Mexico with her guide/father and became a guide herself at 17.  She and Johnny Pares manage the 2 privately owned lodges. Heritage-Game-Mounts-Casa-Blanca-pier We called the pier at Casa Blanca lodge “home” for 8 days. The privately owned island was once a coconut plantation and now boasts Casa Blanca and its sister lodge, Playa Blanca.   yucatan food1 All of the food is fresh and made from scratch – each evening, along with cocktails, wonderful appetizers are served to each guest. All the fish is caught by locals with special permits allowed only to them. Renan was always at the ready with a hand-crafted Margarita. Heritage-Game-Mounts-Casa-Blanca-island Conservation and respect for the area, its inhabitants and natural resources are evident. This biosphere contains the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world and is also home to abundant flora and fauna; there were a pair of nesting Osprey just to the left of my chair! I spotted Roseate spoonbills, brown crested flycatchers, royal terns as well as the beautiful Mangrove warbler for my “life list.”

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Rita, with a bonefish. (Skip Schimpff photo)

The native jaguar, a once iconic symbol of greatness to the Mayas as ‘king of the forest’ is now in serious danger of extinction, but their numbers are rebounding. I had wondered (doubted really) my casting ability for my first trip in the uncharted salt flats. I fight the wind, I had not yet learned to double haul, and have not had much practice with anything heavier than a 7-weight rod, but then you don’t get ahead by waiting. We took 7-, 8- and 10-weight rods and on the first day, as we say in the South, referring to luck, a blind hog finds an acorn! Or in this case my first bonefish on a ‘Gotcha’ fly tied by my husband. At times the bonefish came in waves, and we would each have one on.

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We felt much like Kate and Bogie on the “African Queen” as we traversed through holes in the mangroves barely tall enough for the boat to squeeze through and heavily populated by spiders! Heritage-Game-Mounts-Casa-Blanca-spiders Heritage-Game-Mounts-Casa-Blanca-guide-Rene Luckily, our guide, Rene came up with a secret weapon for the non-poisonous aranjas! Your guide for the week is your lifeline and your coach. You learn to become a team. Rene is a 19-year veteran here and extremely knowledgeable about the fish and how to navigate the area and the endless maze of mangroves.

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My first tarpon ever and on a fly. My husband, Skip, and I both caught our first on the same purple/black peanut butter fly given to us by Doc, but it came at a high price later at the bar! The fly is now retired. To say Rene was patient is an understatement!  I won’t go into all the shenanigans I employed and my shock when that first bonefish took off – along with half of the rod. But I will say that in 6 days Rene uttered “Casta More Longer!” more than a few times. Heritage-Game-Mounts-Casa-Blanca-Chac-Mool Now if you wish to come in a little early from fishing one day you can enjoy a field trip on the island. A visit to ancient Mayan ruins was ours alone – no tourists at this spot discovered around 1919. The ruins of Chac Mool, circa 900 AD, were named for the powerful Mayan god of rain andthunder.

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Girls just wanna have fun. You would never guess two of these gals are 85 and we fished 6 days for 8 hours a day. One lady fished 2 weeks and took only one day off. Heritage-Game-Mounts-Casa-Blanca-morning Each morning after a wake-up call from Manuel delivering French press coffee to our room, we joined the rest of the guests for breakfast around 6 a.m. Heritage-Game-Mounts-Casa-Blanca-table Each evening Manuel saw to it that the table ‘scapes at dinner were fun and creative. One night we had balloons, whistles and horns to celebrate Audrey’s 85th birthday! Every detail was taken into consideration. Heritage-Game-Mounts-Casa-Blanca-towels And each evening our bed was turned down and fresh towels greeted us in artistic forms the locals take great pride in creating.

Sleep, wake, repeat.  

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Register for 2015 Susan G. Komen South Florida ‘Think Pink Fun Shoot’ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/register-for-2015-susan-g-komen-south-florida-think-pink-fun-shoot/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/register-for-2015-susan-g-komen-south-florida-think-pink-fun-shoot/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:43:44 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22651 Happy Day Creations and Quail Creek Plantation have joined together with Susan G. Komen South Florida to present the 2015 Think Pink Fun Shoot and needs one hundred women to join them in the fight against breast cancer. The inaugural event, scheduled for Saturday, October 17, 2015, at Quail Creek Plantation in Okeechobee, will be the first of its kind in Florida.

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West Palm Beach, FL – Happy Day Creations and Quail Creek Plantation have joined together with Susan G. Komen South Florida to present the 2015 Think Pink Fun Shoot and needs one hundred women to join them in the fight against breast cancer. The inaugural event, scheduled for Saturday, October 17, 2015, at Quail Creek Plantation in Okeechobee, will be the first of its kind in Florida. This fun, fund-raising clay shooting event, benefitting Susan G. Komen South Florida, encourages women of all shooting skill levels to enjoy a day together, celebrating all things pink!

From the special pink clay stations to the lunch meal, this event has been in the planning stages since the Blazing Berretta Babes shooting team started attending events together three years ago. The foursome has entered and attended many fun shoots over the years that were “manly” in design and featured raffle prizes, trophies, prize categories and sponsors primarily for men.

BBB copy 2“It makes perfect sense that most clay shooting events have focused on men, as the majority of shooters are men, but times are changing. Bettina, Connie, Carole and I kept talking about the fact that we were competing against mostly men; men that had been shooting for decades, and often times, were professional instructors. We envisioned an event that would recognize and celebrate women involved in sporting clays” said Lyn Cacella, Chairman of the 2015 Event. “The sport is certainly male-dominated, and we love shooting with the guys. This is an event for both. The 2015 Think Pink Fun Shoot event is designed to encourage women to come out and have some fun with her gal pals and the men in her life. A fun, female-focused fundraiser… it’s a guns and roses kind of thing.”

Sporting Clays originated in the 1920’s in Great Britain for the purpose of teaching wing shooting skills to wealthy sportsmen. In the last seventy years, it has expanded worldwide and is recognized not only as a system for teaching shooting skills, but also as a tournament sport and one of the major recreational target shooting sports.

Female participation in sporting clays tournaments is growing faster than any other competitive shooting sport in America. Research by the National Sporting Goods Association shows female participation in target shooting grew by 46.5% between 2001 and 2010. An October 2011 Gallup Poll found 23 percent of women own a gun, and according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, female participation in hunting has grown by almost 37 percent.

 

For more information, or to register for the event, visit HappyDayCreations.com or contact Lyn Cacella – 561.628.4824/Lyn.Cacella@gmail.com.

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In the Wild Kitchen with Joyce Schmalz: Skillet Caramel S’mores Cake http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/in-the-wild-kitchen-with-joyce-schmalz-skillet-caramel-smores-cake/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/in-the-wild-kitchen-with-joyce-schmalz-skillet-caramel-smores-cake/#comments Sun, 19 Jul 2015 22:31:52 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22647 She wanted to wow some children taste testers and oh boy, did she ever. Find out more about this great summertime skillet recipe for dessert.

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Joyce Schmalz, blogger and chief cook over at “In the Wild Kitchen,” is always up to a challenge. In this case, she told her niece and nephew that she was about to concoct a Skillet Caramel S’mores Cake. She wrote, “While perusing Pinterest and Facebook, I’ve seen a dish pop up, a s’mores dish. I don’t know where it originated from and actually never clicked through to a link, but I thought, huh, great idea, can I put my own spin on it?”

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It looks like she did it, and from the reactions of her taste testers — who ranged between the ages of 8 and 11 — we’d say it was a resounding success!

Discover the recipe for Skillet Caramel S’mores Cake.

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Various reports are pointing to the upward trend of women fishing. More women fishing means more families fishing and more investment of dollars into the world of angling, along with lots of intangible benefits.

At last official count, 33.1 million Americans fish. At least 27% of these anglers are women.  You do the math. The latest National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation (2011) reported that 89% of all anglers live in metropolitan areas, dispelling the myth that fishing is for good old boys on bayous and fishing ponds.

The national survey is conducted every 5 years by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and fortunately, the numbers for hunting, fishing and observing wildlife were up by 3% since the last survey.

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In fact, the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) partnered with the Outdoor Foundation to conduct research, and reported in a recent press release that 46 million Americans, age 6 and older, fished last year. That shows that the numbers are trending upward. More than 47% of newcomers to fishing are women. And there’s more to this report, which you can find here:

  • Outdoor Activity – Among adult outdoor participants, fishing is the second most popular outdoor activity
  • Newcomers – More than 2.4 million people, had their very first fishing experience in 2014
  • Women anglers – Over 47% of first-time fishing participants are female
  • Social – Nearly 82% of fishing trips involve more than one person
  • Youth – Fishing participation as a child has a powerful effect on future participation – more than 85% of adult anglers fished as a child, before the age of 12
  • Future Participants – Almost 4.3 million youth (11%) would like to try fishing, a growth opportunity for the industry
  • Number of outings for Hispanic participants – Hispanic Americans fishing participants average 25.8 days on the water per year; over six days more than the average for all fishing participants (19.4 days)
  • Spontaneous – 81% of fishing trips are spontaneous or planned within a week of the trip
  • Motivation – Spending time with family and friends continue to be the largest reason to participate in fishing, specifically, 72.2% for ages 6-12 and 66.8% for ages 13-17

If you’re interested in learning to fish, or boat, check out Take Me Fishing, an online resource that will help you buy a fishing license or boat registration, and educate you on how to fish. You can find great fishing opportunities near you, and share your #FirstCatch at the website and on its social media outlets.

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And there’s more to find at Take Me Fishing

  • Fishing by species: Learn the types of fish you’re going to be catching. Learn how to release them properly and to clean them, too.
  • Learn how to fish: Watch videos with your friends and family on techniques for casting, reeling and fish handling. Read tips from pro anglers.
  • Boating safety: PFDs, first aid kits, and more is required for a safe, fun outing on a boat.
  • Top places to fish and boat: Take Me Fishing lists America’s top 100 family fishing and boating places.
  • Boat selector: Let Take Me Fishing help you choose the boat of your dreams, or the best one for your purposes.

Take Me Fishing is affiliated with the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foudnation. Its mission is to implement an informed, consensus-based national outreach strategy that will increase participation in recreational angling and boating and thereby increase public awareness and appreciation of the need to protect, conserve and restore this nation’s aquatic natural resources.

Visit Take Me Fishing.

 

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The Sport of Log Rolling http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/the-sport-of-log-rolling/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/the-sport-of-log-rolling/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 18:49:20 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22636 Here's a story about a family who loves to compete in log rolling events, and how Abby Hoeschler created a company that makes synthetic logs.

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It’s hot. You might be looking for something new and fun to do in the water at the lake. Have you heard of the sport of log rolling? You know, the type that burly lumberjacks practiced 200 years ago in order to break up logjams on rivers?

Up in Minnesota, with its 10,000 lakes, the Hoeschler family has been rolling logs since the late 1960s — when the matriarch, Judy Scheer Hoeschler, learned the skill as a teen in Hayward, Wis. Hayward hosts the annual Lumberjack World Championships, which includes log rolling.

Judy won the first of 7 world championship log rolling titles in 1973. When Judy settled in LaCrosse, Wis., with her husband Jay, she persuaded the local YMCA to allow her to teach log rolling lessons on a 500-pound cedar log. The only drawback? Log rollers spun a bare wooden log, which required spiked shoes to turn.

So, she did what any woman would do when confronted with a flooring problem. She carpeted the log, which provided excellent traction for rubber-soled shoes.

Four children later, the Hoeschler family has been log rolling for years, and wanted to grow the sport internationally. Because of agricultural restrictions, the family could not ship cedar out of the country. Getting a 450-pound log to Europe proved to be a major  hurdle, so the family talked about developing a lightweight, synthetic log.

Five years later, Abby Hoeschler, graduated from college and in 2011 went on a  search for engineers to create the perfect synthetic log.

“I avoided math and science (she’s an Art History major) like the plague, so I was a little hesitant at first,” said Abby, about diving into the log rolling business. In the world of art, log rolling is portrayed as an American tradition. Abby now collects artwork – such as a Saturday Evening Post cover depicting log drivers on the river, posters, songs, an Old Spice ad and newspaper clippings – to illustrate the history of logrolling in America. She uses the artwork to decorate her office in Golden Valley, Minn.

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The Key Log works like this: a log that measures 11 feet, 8 inches can be filled with water from a garden hose, funnel or bucket– creating the proper buoyancy and spin, on a 15-inch diameter, that replicates a cedar log’s behavior on the water. The log idoes not require maintenance. You can roll it while wearing water shoes, or no shoes. A Key log can be emptied in about 5 minutes, and stored. A log will cost about $2,100.

The log comes with Key Log Trainers – devices that wrap around a Key Log and slow it down. You can attach up to 3 Trainers to a log.

“People really have fun, even the first time, when rolling a log,” said Abby. She believes log rolling is a fun way to fitness, while celebrating the rich tradition of America’s logging history.

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Visit Key Log Rolling.

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Podcast #9: Gabby Franco, Paragliding and Pulling Your Tooth Out with a Slingbow http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/podcast-9-gabby-franco-paragliding-and-pulling-your-tooth-out-with-a-slingbow/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/podcast-9-gabby-franco-paragliding-and-pulling-your-tooth-out-with-a-slingbow/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 18:47:15 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22641 In this episode, Stacy Bright and Barbara Baird talk about women who are shooting, hunting, fishing and living full lives of adventure -- with special guest Gabby Franco. Sponsored by The Well Armed Woman.

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In this week’s episode, Stacy Bright and Barbara Baird discuss a host of topics, including the Red Bull X-Alps and its lone female competitor (Dawn Westrum), along with other notable women in the outdoor scene this summer. Barb interviews professional competition shooter Gabby Franco, and Stacy talks to Carrie Lightfoot, who delivers another important tip regarding firearms and how to pick a holster for concealed carry purposes.

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Interview: Barb interviews Gabby Franco who is a Top Shot contestant, NRA Commentator, Olympic Athlete, and Firearms Trainer. See http://www.gabbyfranco.com.

Ask Us:   What’s the big deal about letting your child use a slingbow to remove a baby tooth?

Adventure 

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Former US soldier becomes top female Red Bull X-Alps athlete http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/former-us-soldier-becomes-top-female-red-bull-x-alps-athlete/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/former-us-soldier-becomes-top-female-red-bull-x-alps-athlete/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 17:03:37 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22633 Kudos to Dawn Westrum, for showing true grit on this grueling adventure race in the Alps.

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Women can compete on equal terms with the guys. That’s the inspiring message brought home by Dawn Westrum (USA3), one of two women to compete in the world’s toughest adventure race for the first time in 10 years. Westrum may have been eliminated at 06:00 this morning as the last-ranked athlete, with 375km still to go, but she has surpassed expectations, not least her own.

“I’m not even disappointed. I never thought I’d get this far. I had a great race and got further than I thought I’d ever go.”

During one two-day period, which included a non-stop spell through the night, Westrum hiked 115km, a quarter of the total distance she covered on foot.

Race Director Christoph Weber was among the first to celebrate her achievement: “She’s proved that she can hike hard and make intelligent decisions in the air and that women can be really strong in this race.”

 

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Dawn Westrum (USA3) performs at Red Bull X-Alps 2015 in Salzburg on 5th of July, 2015. (Red Bull X-Alps photo)

What makes her achievement all the more remarkable is that Westrum, a former US soldier, has only been flying six years. But what she lacked in experience, she more than made up for in determination and spirit.

“I kept pushing my goals,” she said. “I had been thinking, ‘maybe I get to Germany, maybe I get to Italy,’ but I just kept on going.” Westrum eventually reached Turnpoint 7, the Matterhorn. The last two days saw her finish in style as she enjoyed epic flights over Switzerland, including a 100km flight over the Tessin mountains.

“After Gerald Gold (AUT2) overtook me I just thought, ‘you know what, this is my last day, I’m not racing,’ so I flew over the Aletsch Glacier. It was so beautiful and I just hung out there, cruising along. It was the perfect ending to a great race,” she said.

Another athlete to surpass expectations was the New Zealander Nick Neynens who made an extraordinary comeback. On day 1 he was the first to launch but finished the day in last place after a disastrous route decision. He spent the first few days at risk of elimination but clawed his way back to re-emerge in the top 10 after an epic 170km flight on Day 8, which included a direct line over the Swiss mountains at 3,600m. Watch it here.

“The race was just fantastic. I feel great,” he said after making goal at 06:30 local time today. “I wasn’t worried about elimination,” he added. “I just walked as fast as was sensible, and over the race the flying just got better and better.”

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Dawn Westrum (USA3) gets support from Gerhard the technical pro during the Red Bull X-Alps near Garmisch, Germany on July 8th 2015 (Red Bull X-Alps photo)

By early afternoon 11 athletes had made Monaco, a record for the race. But there were still another 11 athletes on course, hoping to make the finish before the clock stops at midday Friday, with nine in with a chance of making it. But for those trailing at the back such as American adventurer Dave Turner (USA4), who had 150km still to go, the odds are not looking good.

Head over to Red Bull MOBILE Live Tracking to find out who will be the Last Hero Home.

ABOUT THE RED BULL X-ALPS

The 2015 Red Bull X-Alps is the seventh edition of the world’s toughest adventure race in which athletes must hike or fly 1,038km across the Alps from Salzburg to Monaco in the fastest time possible. The race started on July 5, 2015. It’s an epic undertaking that can involve hiking up to 100km of mountain terrain in a day – or flying at altitudes in excess of 4,000m. The race demands not only a very high level of endurance fitness but expert paragliding experience. The 2013 edition was the fastest on record with 10 athletes reaching Monaco. It was won by Christian Maurer (SUI) in 6d 23hr 40m.

New in 2015 is the one-day Powertraveller Prologue on July 2 which was won by Paul Guschlbauer in 2h 21m. Stanislav Mayer (CZE) was 2nd in 2h 22m and Gavin McClurg (USA2) came 3rd in 2h 24m. Athletes started and finished in Fuschl am See, passing the Turnpoints of the Zwölferhorn and Schafberg peaks. The first three athletes each gained an additional Led Lenser Nightpass and a five-minute headstart on the main race start.

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Project Appleseed ‘Ladyseed’ Rifle Marksmanship Clinic Offered in Melrose, FL – Sept. 26-27 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/project-appleseed-ladyseed-rifle-marksmanship-clinic-offered-in-melrose-fl-sept-26-27/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/project-appleseed-ladyseed-rifle-marksmanship-clinic-offered-in-melrose-fl-sept-26-27/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 13:27:55 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22630 A “Ladyseed” is a Project Appleseed event designed specifically for ladies and reserved only for ladies to attend.

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Project Appleseed is a nationwide program of The Revolutionary War Veterans Association, a non-profit educational organization operated by volunteer instructors dedicated to maintaining the ideals and traditions of the Founding generation of our country.

Our volunteer instructors travel across the country teaching those who attend about the difficult choices, the heroic actions, and the sacrifices that the Founders made on behalf of modern Americans for our country’s freedom and independence.

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

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Project Appleseed teaches rifle marksmanship and the true story of Patriots’ Day, April 19th, 1775, the day of Paul Revere’s Ride in weekend clinics all over this great nation.  By taking our participants back to that fateful day and teaching rifle marksmanship, we hope to reconnect “ordinary” Americans with their “extraordinary” heritage.  The ideals and traditions of the men, women and children who created this country resulted in the freest and most prosperous nation the world has ever known.

Project Appleseed‘s heritage program vividly portrays the Battles of Lexington and Concord.  Modern listeners are confronted with the danger, the fear, and the heartbreaking separations that arose out of the choices made on April 19th, 1775. They are also reminded of the marksmanship skills and masterful organization that ultimately helped set the colonists on the path to success. Those who attend gain a better understanding of the fundamental choices faced by our ancestors as they began to set the stage for the nation we now enjoy.

A “Ladyseed” is a Project Appleseed event designed specifically for ladies and reserved only for ladies to attend.

The women who attend a “Ladyseed” event will learn much more than how to fire a rifle. They will also learn American heritage and the history of how women actively aided in the fight on April 19, 1775. Many ladies walk away from a Project Appleseed “Ladyseed” event with a renewed sense of their country and of themselves.

For many women, the instruction at a “Ladyseed” event creates a comfortable learning environment. Shooters of all skill levels are successful with our “Ladyseed” program. “Ladyseed” events are about women teaching women, and women sharing with women. Most women walk away glad that they attended and ready to sign up for the next Appleseed event!

The Project Appleseed “Ladyseed” marksmanship clinic will be held on Sept. 26-27 at 5575 Lone Pine Trail, Melrose, FL (about 25 miles east of Gainesville, FL).

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

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

Please bring your own ear/eye protection, a rifle with sling, ammunition, rifle mat, bug repellent, hat, sunscreen, a packed lunch, snacks, drinks, and plenty of water to stay hydrated.

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

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

Adults: $60

Youth under age 18:  $20

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

Additional club range fees of $20 per day applies for all.

To register online, go to www.appleseedinfo.org.   For more info, contact Trey Dawson at 727-452-4650 or tdawson@tampabay.rr.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/FloridaAppleseed.

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The Pope & Young Club announces a ‘Ladies Only’ membership drive http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/the-pope-young-club-announces-a-ladies-only-membership-drive/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/the-pope-young-club-announces-a-ladies-only-membership-drive/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 12:43:56 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22628 The Pope and Young Club is reaching out to women with this membership drive. Win an Illinois whitetail hunt if you register before March 2016.

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Chatfield,MN  - July 2015 – The Pope & Young Club is proud to announce their 2015-16 “Ladies Only” membership drive. All ladies joining the Pope & Young Club from now through March 2016 will be entered to win an Illinois Whitetail hunt with Midwest Trophy Outfitters. The drawing is open to all new female members that join before March 2016.

The hunt is a 5 1/2 day, fully guided bowhunt for whitetail deer in west central Illinois. You will hunt with Greg Guerrieri of Mid-west Trophy Outfitters, located in Fulton County, Illinois. The hunt will include all lodging and food.

You may be familiar with our records program, but did you know that we are far more than just the keeper of the bowhunting records? Did you know we have given over 1/2 million dollars to conservation programs over the last 5 years? Such programs as, DNA research of Coues’ deer, Shiras moose study, elk research in Absaroka Moutains of Wyoming, the outdoor education center at the Jack Creek Preserve, the Bitterroot Elk Project, Primero Conservation jaguar research, Conservation Leaders of Tomorrow, American Wildlife Conservation Partners, U.S. Sportsmans Alliance, Kicking Bear One-On-One Camp for kids, National Archery in the Schools program and most recently, a major partnership with Scholastic 3D Archery (S3DA).

LadiesOnlyMembershipDrive copy 2Do you want to help protect and defend bowhunting across North America?

Do you believe the culture, heritage and ethics of bowhunting should be passed down from generation to generation?

Do you believe that North American big game animals and their habitat should be maintained and managed so that future generations can experience their wild beauty?

If those issues are important to you, please join us today and help us ensure bowhunting exists for future generations. Plus, you will have a chance to win this fantastic whitetail deer hunt. Membership is only $40 and, as a member, you help us protect and defend North American big game and bowhunting across North America. General membership application: https://www.pope-young.org/members/join.asp

The Pope & Young Club is a non-profit North American conservation and bowhunting organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of our bowhunting heritage, hunting ethics and wildlife conservation.  The Club also maintains the universally recognized repository for the records and statistics on North American big game animals harvested with a bow and arrow.

The Pope & Young Club • www.pope-young.org • Box 548, Chatfield, MN 55923 • Ph: 507.867.4144

Media contact Rick Mowery @: rick@pope-young.org • Ph: 989.884.3800

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We Did It! DIY Decorative Old-World Trophy from Heritage Game Mounts http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/we-did-it-diy-decorative-old-world-trophy-from-heritage-game-mounts/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/we-did-it-diy-decorative-old-world-trophy-from-heritage-game-mounts/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 18:06:30 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22622 See what happened when Mia and the Little Gal read the directions and created a beautiful muley Legacy panel mount, courtesy of Heritage Game Mounts. What a great mother-daughter project! Sponsored by Girls with Guns Clothing.

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Mia and the Little Gal have long admired Rita Schimpff’s old-world style game mounts, found at her online business, Heritage Game Mounts. They decided to challenge themselves with this interesting project — a DIY decorative old-world trophy game mount. Find out how it worked out for them. 

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LG and I seized the opportunity to try a game mount we’ve been enamored of for quite some time. About a year ago, Rita Schimpff, the owner of Heritage Game Mounts, began writing the column “Bringing the Wild Inside” at Women’s Outdoor News. When her articles were published, we admired the beautiful décor she shared. Since we’re of the hunting persuasion, the old world–style plaques she used to display antlers and horns stole our attention.

We have many European-style mounts in our home. We are fond of the plain white skull and antler style, but have given thought to blinging some of them up. LG even created one with Swarovski beads, which she donated to an auction/fundraiser for a local preschool. White Euro mounts continued to adorn our walls, and we continued to drool over the various panel mount styles Rita shared.

Last winter, while at the SCI convention in Las Vegas, Nev., I met Rita in person. She grew up hunting and fishing, and therefore has a grand respect for wildlife. A graduate of Texas Christian University with a BFA in commercial art and textile design, Rita’s been a part of the interior design field for more than 30 years.

You’ll see her knowledge and experience demonstrated through her handiwork on the pages of the Heritage Game Mounts site. In reading her columns here at the WON, I’ve been inspired to create some of my own designs in my home.

I asked about the plaques she used in her designs and wondered where she found them. I learn she has them manufactured, right here, in the United States. Due to my curiosity, Rita offered to let me try one. All she asked was that I share my experience with all of you, here at the WON.

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Heritage Game Mounts—Legacy Panel

LG and I received a package in the mail, nicely wrapped to prevent any scraping or scratching. We took inventory of the items inside, and in unusual fashion, read the directions.

Rita had suggested having our taxidermist help us, but installation seemed self-explanatory. Plus we needed to give it a whirl so we could let you know if it was a do-it-yourself project or not.

Our only difficulty was in choosing which skull we would cut and fasten to the mount. After days, if not weeks, of deliberation, we nominated an old beautiful mule deer and went to work creating our own furniture-style decor.

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LG helped measure and cut, and I helped cut and measure. It was a bit of teamwork, but overall it was a magnificently easy task.

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Our advice is to read the directions prior to undertaking construction. It’ll save you a ton of time. (You might guess why we mention this.) We took a couple of trips to and from the hardware store to find fresh drill bits, screw tips and so forth. Not counting driving time, mounting our mule deer to the polymer plaque took less than 2 hours.

We found the ideal spot on our wall to hang the artwork. We love the look of the Black Forest oak-leaf-and-acorn style. It fits right in with our eclectic decor. Rita tells us the oak tree is a symbol of great strength and hardness. “Mighty oaks ruled in popularity, followed by linden and walnut,” she says. During Victorian times it showed up on early German coins, crests and military insignia.

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LG and I are pleased with the additionor rather, transitionof the mule deer antlers. We also love the strength the look exudes among our cherished memories. As an added bonus, the DIY project gave us some bonus mother-daughter time.

Heritage Game Mounts offers this furniture-style décor available in a variety of designs for all sizes of horns, antlers and game.

MSRP: $175 to $450

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(Mia Anstine photo)

 

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Brenda Valentine Featured Guest at Ohio’s 16th Annual Women in the Outdoors Event in September http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/brenda-valentine-featured-guest-at-ohios-16th-annual-women-in-the-outdoors-event-in-september/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/brenda-valentine-featured-guest-at-ohios-16th-annual-women-in-the-outdoors-event-in-september/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 15:17:43 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22620 This exciting program targets women who want to learn outdoor skills through inexpensive courses addressing such topics as camping, fishing, botany, hiking, bird watching, archery, shooting sports and much more! It will also allow women to develop a greater understanding of wildlife conservation and meet others who share their enthusiasm.

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The Ohio State chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will be hosting their 16th Annual Women in the Outdoors event on September 11 – 13, 2015 at Camp Muskingum in Carrollton, OH. The First Lady of Hunting, Brenda Valentine, will be a featured guest at this nationally recognized event.

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(Photo courtesy of Brenda Valentine)

The Women in the Outdoors program is designed to offer women ages 14 and over the opportunity to gain valuable in-the-field skills in an environment that encourages fun and success in the outdoors. The exciting program targets women who want to learn outdoor skills through inexpensive courses addressing such topics as camping, fishing, botany, hiking, bird watching, archery, shooting sports and much more! It will also allow women to develop a greater understanding of wildlife conservation and meet others who share their enthusiasm. This program will provide the foundation to train women as outdoor educators and develop a network of outdoor enthusiasts with similar interests. The events are held across the country and provide participants with proper equipment and expert instruction. The combination of sponsorship and local chapter support allows the NWTF to offer these programs at a low cost to participants. The cost of attending each event includes a membership in Women in the Outdoors program and a subscription to Turkey Country magazine, the Federation’s full-color, quarterly publication with articles and information on a variety of outdoor adventures and activities.

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For more information, contact Amy Butterfield at (614) 327-1041, call (800) THE-NWTF or visit the Ohio NWTF Chapter Website at www.ohionwtf.org. You may also contact Amy by email at abutterfield.nwtf@gmail.com for additional information. About the NWTF: In 1973, when the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded, there were an estimated 1.3 million wild turkeys and 1.5 million turkey hunters. Thanks to the work of wildlife agencies and the NWTF’s many volunteers and partners, today there are more than 7 million wild turkeys and nearly 3 million turkey hunters. Since 1985, the NWTF and its cooperators have spent more than $258 million upholding hunting traditions and conserving more than 13.1 million acres of wildlife habitat. The NWTF is a nonprofit organization with 275,000 members in 50 states, Canada, Mexico and 14 other foreign countries. It supports scientific wildlife management on public, private and corporate lands as well as wild turkey hunting as a traditional North American sport. For more information on the National Wild Turkey Federation, call (800) THE-NWTF or visit our Web site at www.nwtf.org.

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Register for Inaugural GI Jane Match in Texas this October http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/register-for-inaugural-gi-jane-match-in-texas-this-october/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/register-for-inaugural-gi-jane-match-in-texas-this-october/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2015 19:43:58 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22618 The Fusion Action Shooting Team – FAST - is proud to host the inaugural Ladies Handgun Championship, aka the GI Jane match! The purpose of the match is to help bring more women into the action shooting sports, while also raising money for a worthy cause -- Camp Cope.

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The Fusion Action Shooting Team – FAST – is proud to host the inaugural Ladies Handgun Championship, aka the Inaugural GI Jane match! The purpose of the match is to help bring more women into the action shooting sports, while also raising money for a worthy cause. Our charity this year is Camp Cope, which helps children of veterans/active duty military personnel deal with issues related to having a parent in the military.

What: Ladies Handgun Championship aka the GI Jane Match

When: Saturday, October 17th (RO’s and male staff will shoot on Friday, Oct. 16th)

Cost: $175 for female shooters (male staff will shoot free the day before, but will need to purchase a banquet ticket for $40 if attending banquet/after-party)

Where: Rosenberg, Texas at the KELLC Ranch/Area 59 Range

This event will be a USPSA-style match with six stages and two side matches. The registration fee will cover the six stages, the award/dinner banquet that evening, the after-party following the banquet, and a dogtag necklace with the shooter’s name as match ID. The two side stages will be an additional small fee, and funds from the side matches will go to Camp Cope. Our theme this year is GI Jane, and the range will be decked out to resemble a military field operation. We will have a renovated hummer with a minigun on a turret at one of our side matches – the other is yet to be determined – and we hope to have other military vehicles available that day, as well. Ladies Handgun-GI JANE copy 2

We want to stress that although “Championship” is part of the event name, this match is for ALL women who shoot, even those that have never participated in a match before. We will even have a Rookie Squad just for those ladies that are brand new and want to walk through the course and get basic assistance. The stages will be challenging enough, though, for the more experienced to have a fun run at taking 1st place. Awards, and the random prize drawing, will be presented at a banquet held at the Rosenberg Civic Center Saturday evening, beginning at 6:00 pm, and dinner is included in the registration fee, as well as a party following with adult beverages, dancing, and fun.

We will also have a photographer at the match and a bay set up for individual or group photos with your favorite gun/friend/man, etc. Photo packages will be priced and ordered separately. Sponsors to date are: Glock (two pistols and swag), Sig Sauer (one pistol), Kel-Tec (two pistols), Offhand Gear (t-shirts and gift certificates), Zip Nac (zipline tour for two), and Eggleston Bullets (ammo with colored bullets), Rebecca Creek Distillery (creating two custom cocktails for us and providing the alcohol for them), Pedernales Brewing Company (providing beer for the after-party), and we are announcing new sponsors almost every day.

Pending: Gabby Franco is working on possibly setting up a precision shooting class for ladies on Friday, the 16th, for those that can come in earlier. More details to come soon.

Contact:

Cathi Bray

Cathi@FastShooters.com

www.FastShooters.com

Registration link: https://clubs.practiscore.com/ladies-handgun-championship-gi-jane-match/register

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5 upland bird hunting essentials for woman’s best friend http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/5-upland-bird-hunting-essentials-for-womans-best-friend/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/5-upland-bird-hunting-essentials-for-womans-best-friend/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2015 19:26:39 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22608 From food to feet, find 5 great products for your favorite bird dog. Our Bodie and her hunting companion, Storm, put these products to the test.

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As an avid upland bird hunter, it is important I keep my prized German shorthaired pointer, Chippewa Gracie’s Molteno Storm, healthy, happy and ready for our next hunt. An exceptional dog, Storm is more than a pet, more than a tool and more than an accessory in the field. She is a friend and my dearest hunting companion. Here are 5 essential gear items I use to keep that special bond between my 4-legged friend and myself, and to keep us both ready for our next adventure while upland bird hunting.

Huntress April Mack, of Oregon, understands the bond between woman and dog. April hunts regularly with her German wirehaired pointer, Bone Point Jinx. To April, “Having a strong bond with your dog is essential to a successful hunt. You need to be able to trust each other so you (both) can concentrate on the job at hand.”

Mud River Magnum Hoss Food Bag 

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(Michelle Bodenheimer photo)

Traveling with a sufficient supply of food for Storm has been problematic. Most bags and storage containers fail to keep food contained, usually tearing and spilling everywhere. The Mud River Magnum Hoss Food Bag, however, makes this generally inconvenient task manageable.

This water-resistant laminate bag stores up to 30 pounds of dry food. The roll-top closure helps keep food in, while a zippered compartment on the bottom of the bag provides convenient storage for food and water bowls. The storage compartment also creates a flat base, helping keep the bag upright and preventing it from spilling over. Although the Magnum Hoss Food Bag is priced on a bit on the high side, the durable material resists tearing, unlike most competitors on the market.

Available in both orange and green, the Mud River Magnum Hoss Food Bag can be purchased directly from Mud River’s online store, as well as from most major outdoor retailers nationwide.

MSRP $42

Mud River Dog Handler Bag 

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(Michelle Bodenheimer photo)

Not only must I pack a bag for myself, I also must pack a bag for Storm before each of our hunting and training adventures. Between training bumpers, check cords, e-collars and remotes, towels, brushes and treats, I am amazed at how much “stuff” a hunting dog requires. Fortunately, the Mud River Dog Handler Bag keeps Storm’s gear reliably organized.

True confession: From time to time, I also use the Dog Handler Bag to transport my own gear on an overnight get-away.

The Dog Handler Bag is made of a heavy-duty water resistant shell with a double reinforced, water-resistant bottom – keeping gear dry and protected from the elements. The bag’s multiple storage pockets are well placed, and its doctor’s-bag-style opening provides easy access to all contents. There is nothing worse than having to take everything out of a bag in order to reach 1 or 2 items tucked away in a corner. The design of this Mud River bag helps avoid having this problem! A padded-shoulder strap also makes for comfortable carry.

The Mud River Dog Handler Bag is available in brown or Realtree Max 5 and can be purchased directly from Mud River’s online store, as well as from most major outdoor retailers nationwide.

MSRP $53 to 65, depending on color selection

SportDOG Brand SportHunter 825 E-Collar 

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Although Storm is well trained, I appreciate the security of using an electronic training collar. The SportDOG Brand SportHunter 825 lives up to my high level of expectation, providing me a reliable means of communicating with my dog in the field.

The SportHunter 825 provides both versatility and dependability in all conditions. The collar’s DryTek waterproof design has held up to continued abuse presented by rain, snow and numerous water retrieves. Although the manufacturer contends the unit will hold up to a 2-hour battery charge, I find that this brand of e-collar often holds a charge for much longer.

This e-collar extends up to a ½ mile, providing me control over my pointer when I set her to work in the field. The comfortable handheld remote quickly switches between stimulation, tone and vibration allowing me to communicate with Storm as necessary in each situation we face. The SportHunter 825 is easily expanded to control up to 3 dogs by adding SportDOG Add-A-Dog collar receivers.

The SportDOG Brand SportHunter 825 electronic collar is available directly from the SportDOG Brand online store, as well as from major outdoor retailers nationwide. Click here to find the retailer nearest you.

MSRP $204.95

Dokken Deadfowl Trainers 

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Storm takes modeling very seriously. (Michelle Bodenheimer photo)

Between hunts, I work with Storm to keep her in prime condition and to ensure her continued cooperation in the field. The Dokken Deadfowl Trainer series provides realistic training dummies just right for the task. These training dummies present a lifelike weight and feel, helping teach a dog how to properly carry birds of varying sizes.

The Dokken Deadfowl Trainer series includes lifelike ducks, geese, and almost all species of upland game birds. The Trainers’ hard, free-hanging head helps discipline aggressive shaking. Although I own several Deadfowl Trainers, my favorite is the pheasant — likely, as this is my favorite upland species to hunt. Storm and I regularly train with the pheasant and I am continually amazed by the dummy’s ability to hold up to the abuse of heavy field training.

Dokken’s Deadfowl Trainers, including my favorite Dokken Deadfowl Pheasant, are available at most major outdoor retailers nationwide. Click here to locate a retailer near you.

MSRP $25.99 for Dokken Deadfowl Pheasant, other models vary by price

Musher’s Secret

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(April Mack photo)

A few years ago, I learned the hard way that I must condition Storm’s sensitive pads before we take to new terrain. Halfway into a hunt in Central Oregon, the poor girl simply stopped hunting and refused to carry on. After close inspection, I realized she had torn open each of her pads on the rough lava rock covering the canyon we explored. This was a difficult and painful lesson for both of us to learn, as I was forced to hoist Storm over my shoulders and carry her back to my vehicle. Shortly after this terrible experience, I began using Musher’s Secret, an all season treatment to help protect a dog’s sensitive paws from the most extreme conditions.

This 100%-natural, food-grade wax product was first developed to help protect Canadian sled dogs’ paws from wear and tear. The dense wax is intended to create a breathable barrier over sensitive pads, while still allowing dogs to properly perspire between toes. Musher’s Secret helps protect from ice-build up, snowballing, cuts from sharp ice and snow, sand and sandburn, and hot pavement. It also softens the skin, making it more pliable and resistant to tears from sharp rocks and rough terrain. The wax is easy to apply by simply rubbing into the exposed skin of a dog’s paws. I now coat Storm’s paws before each outing, helping prevent injury in the field.

Musher’s Secret is available in 3 sizes – ranging from 60 grams to a 1-pound canister, and can be purchased at select retailers nationwide. Click here to find a retailer near you.

MSRP $14.95 and up, depending on size

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(Todd Bodenheimer photo)

“Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend never had a dog!”

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Celebrity Hunter, Jana Waller, Slated as Special Guest at 2015 Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/celebrity-hunter-jana-waller-slated-as-special-guest-at-2015-wyoming-womens-antelope-hunt/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/celebrity-hunter-jana-waller-slated-as-special-guest-at-2015-wyoming-womens-antelope-hunt/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2015 12:15:17 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22605 What a WONderful opportunity for new hunters to meet one of the industry's best!

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Laramie, Wyo. – The Warren Ranch, near Cheyenne, Wyo. is sponsoring “Skull Bound TV” host and producer Jana Waller as a special guest hunter at the 2015 Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt. The October event brings women from across the nation together at the Ranch at Ucross in northeast Wyoming for a weekend of hunting, mentorship and camaraderie. It also raises funds and awareness for the Wyoming Women’s Foundation (WYWF).

Waller, who has been a hunter for three decades, promotes women in the outdoors and the undeniable relationship between hunters and conservation. Her show Skull Bound TV” on the Sportsman Channel highlights Waller’s passion for the outdoors, as well as the intricate skull art she creates. Waller plans to feature her experience at the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt as an episode of the show.

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Jana Waller

“I am so excited to be a guest! There’s nothing more inspiring than surrounding yourself with like-minded women who have a passion for the great outdoors and hunting!” Waller says. “There’s something magical about the wide open prairies of Wyoming, and coupled with campfire stories from dozens of women, it’s bound to be a wonderful adventure. I’m honored to be a part of this year’s exciting event.”

2015 will be the third year WYWF has hosted the all-women’s hunt. The event helps raise awareness about the nonprofit organization’s mission – to help women achieve economic self-sufficiency.

“What an honor it is to have Jana join us for the hunt this year!” says Shelley Simonton, WYWF board chair, and two-time hunter at the event herself. “The other women hunters will certainly appreciate her knowledge, experience, passion and advice.”

The Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt will be Oct. 8-11 at the Ranch at Ucross, 17 miles outside of Buffalo. The event provides training on all aspects of hunting, from harvesting to processing. For more information visit www.WyomingWomensAntelopeHunt.org or call 307.721.7007.

The Wyoming Women’s Foundation is a program of the Wyoming Community Foundation, which granted out over 4.53 million to nonprofits across the state in 2014.

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Top to bottom: 5 concealed-carry holsters for summer http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/top-bottom-5-concealed-carry-holsters-summer/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/top-bottom-5-concealed-carry-holsters-summer/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2015 09:00:43 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=19412 Marti Davis Afield: Marti shares her favorite concealed-carry holsters for use in hot weather.

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I started carrying concealed several years ago, and the amount of holsters to choose from baffled me. Particularly in the summer months, carrying concealed gets more difficult as we wear fewer clothes and become even more active. Here are 5 concealed-carry holsters for use during the hot summer months.

 

Purse holster

CrossBreed Holsters, LLC, is owned by a southwest Missouri family. While they have various models for concealed carry on the body, I recently tested one of their newest additions to their modular style holsters. The CrossBreed Purse Defender regularly sells for $52.95, and at this time, it is on sale for $42.36 via their website.

Let’s face it. You cannot always carry on your body, especially in the summertime, when you might choose a tight-fitting garment. The Purse Defender is designed to fit in your favorite purse or handbag and transform it into a concealed-carry purse. The Velcro-lined Kydex 9-inch-wide by 6-inchtall L-shaped panel, with its 3-inch wide base that fits into your handbag. Attach the appropriate handcrafted modular holster to the panel and it securely holds your pistol or revolver in your purse. The Purse Defender is available in right- or left-hand models and comes in a variety of sizes to fit small- to medium- sized handguns.

I use this holster with my Smith & Wesson Shield 9mm and love the fact it can be used with any purse or handbag I want to carry. All CrossBreed holsters come with a “2 week, try it free guarantee” and a lifetime warranty. And, to make it even better, they are made in the USA. (You should think about wearing any bag in a cross-carry position for extra security.)

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(CrossBreed Holsters, LLC photo)

 

“Active-duty” carry

For the concealed carry holder who leads an active lifestyle, I recommend the Pistol Wear PT-ONE. I call this “active-duty” carry, even though it’s billed as an outside-the-waistband holster. Barbara Baird, publisher of The WON, lent me this holster to wear for the summer months in hot, humid Missouri because it is made of a breathable belt, along with other materials that move with you. The PT-ONE is designed for those concealed-carry holders who want to carry when working out, biking, jogging or doing other fitness activities. When worn properly, the holster doesn’t bounce. It can be worn with your active wear or casual clothing comfortably and discreetly, in several positions (including back carry or up high in front). It adjusts very easily and fits up to 40-inch waists.

In addition to the cushioned pouch area for your firearm, there also is an integrated magazine pouch. Another key feature is a perspiration barrier, to protect your firearm from sweat. And, the PT-ONE is hand-washable. Fortunately, Barb said I could keep the holster, and I know I’ll use it all year — not just in the summer.

The Pistol Wear PT-ONE retails for $49.95.

 

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Inside-the-waistband (IWB)

Barbara also likes the Betty holster, from Flashbang. She carries her Smith & Wesson Model 642 in this IWB holster. With light retention and a super clip, the Betty can be used with or without a belt and she likes to wear a loose, summery shirt over a skirt or a pair of shorts and know that she can draw and fire quickly. This little number also fits inside a bag or hey, inside a cowboy boot. The clip can be angled as well, to fit the draw pattern you wish to perform. MSRP: $49.99

 

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(Flashbang photo)

 

Belly Band

Galco Underwraps Belly Band is a belly band style holster I recommend and use with my LCP or my Shield (I could carry both of them in this get-up.). It retails for $59.95, is ambidextrous and comes in either khaki or black.

The Underwraps is versatile with its 2 leather handgun pockets. It can be worn low on your waistline, under your beltline or above it. This 4-inch wide belly band also offers 2 elastic utility pockets that can be used for multiple items, like an extra magazine, knife, flashlight, identification etc. You have 4 size options to choose from for this comfortable and versatile holster.

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(Galco Gunleather photo)

 

On your thigh

Femme Fatale offers the next holster on Barbara’s must-get-list. She noticed it at the DIVA WOW Holster Clinic last month in Dallas, and knows this one will be the bomb for concealing a small firearm when wearing a dress or skirt. This holster comes in embroidered lace, and measures 6 inches tall. Made of corset elastic, it will hug an upper thigh for hours. Silicone grippers keep the holster in place, and a 5-inch pocket will conceal any of several small models of handguns and it comes in a variety of colors for $70.

 

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Donna Bickert, owner of Femme Fatale (Barbara Baird photo)

 

One last note, be sure to get in some practical practice drawing your firearm from whichever concealed carry holster you plan on using. Start out with an unloaded firearm, and then do some live fire practice. Always be cognizant of where your muzzle points on the draw with any holster. You hate to think that you would ever have to use your concealed gun, but be sure that you will be prepared if and when the need arises.

This Retro WON post was first published on July 30, 2014.

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Safety First, Despite What Hollywood Shows http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/safety-first-despite-what-hollywood-shows/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/safety-first-despite-what-hollywood-shows/#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2015 23:51:17 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22595 Find out what firearms trainer Stacy Bright does not like about these movies. Sponsored by LaserMax.

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When I asked a few weeks ago for suggestions for movie posters that depicted shooting and/or guns, I received more than 40, and I’ve found many more that weren’t suggested! With the number being so high, we have to ask, “What’s the reason?”

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Movie producers love to have action-packed scenes with gunfights and explosions, mainly because they draw big audiences, which means big bucks. Movies also are able to portray things in ways that are not always realistic, thanks to special effects—and much of this stylized gun-handling is very unsafe in the real world. Let’s take a look at several movies that demonstrate Hollywood’s mistakes.

The Man with the Golden Gun

In this picture, we can see that not only does the actor have his finger inside the trigger guard, but he has bad fundamentals as well. He should only place his finger on the trigger when he’s ready to shoot, and then the trigger should be against the pad of his index finger, before the first joint.

 

3Holes And a Smoking Gun

Some people would call the actor’s grip “tea cupping” or “cup and saucer,” but I just call it wrong. This technique will do little to help manage the recoil of the firearm. Instead, wrap your support hand around your strong hand, providing support and improved recoil management.

 

Killer Elite

There are a couple of things wrong in this picture. First, Clive Owen has his finger on the trigger while pulling back on the slide. If there is a round in the magazine, he’s likely to accidently shoot when he releases the slide. In addition, the actor in the middle appears to be holding a rifle, and is pointing it directly at the guy to his left. This obviously is not a “safe direction.”

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Not only is this movie a fictional comedy, but it also has a fictional poster. Take a close look at the “bullet” that’s ricocheting around Leslie Nielsen and you’ll notice that it’s not your typical “bullet”—it’s an entire cartridge! I don’t know of any guns that shoot the entire cartridge out of the barrel, do you? There are 4 components in a cartridge, with the bullet being the only projectile.

 

Machete Kills

Do I even need to say anything about this one? Not only would this be extremely unsafe, walking around pointing your guns at everyone, but it would also be completely uncomfortable and inaccurate to aim. Although I do have to say, she could team up with Rose McGowan below! Oh, my!

 

Planet Terror

Unfortunately, many people look to movies and video games for firearm education. We need to be good teachers, instructors and educators to those who don’t know any better, rather than letting them learn from Hollywood producers. It’s our responsibility to put safety first!

 

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Looking starlet-like and with her finger off the trigger … it’s Stacy Bright with Atticus. (Katelyn Bright photo)

 

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Podcast #8: Why You Need a Women’s Shooting League at Your Range! http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/podcast-8-why-you-need-a-womens-shooting-league-at-your-range/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/podcast-8-why-you-need-a-womens-shooting-league-at-your-range/#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2015 20:12:07 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22590 Find out the pros of having a women's shooting league at your range, along with timely news about fishing, hunting, shooting and adventure. Sponsored by The Well Armed Woman

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On this episode of Women’s Outdoor News Podcast, Stacy Bright and Barbara Baird talk about timely topics in shooting, hunting, fishing and adventure for women. Barbara interviews Stacy about the importance and advantages to ranges that offer women’s shooting leagues.

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This podcast is sponsored by The Well Armed Woman.

Shooting

Safariland's ELS quick release belt allows for 3-Gun competitors to change the setup of their rigs.

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The Well Armed Woman Weekly Tip - Founder Carrie Lightfoot: Tune in and get educated; why you need to be involved

Hunting

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Photo courtesy of the Wyoming Women’s Foundation

Fishing

Pam Martin Wells is a winning angler in the ladies' circuit. Photo courtesy of Larry Morris, LBAA Media Specialist

Pam Martin Wells (Photo courtesy of Larry Morris)

ASK US: Where is a good safe place to fish for Salmon and when is the best time of year? I want to can/process some and bring it home. Is that legal to cross state lines with?

Adventure

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Here’s out intern, Lea Leggit. She’s empowered! (Mia Anstine photo)

 

 

 

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Interview: Barb talks to Stacy about how the importance of having a women’s shooting organization at your shooting range.

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

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Women of Remington Outdoor Company: Ginger Chandler, Engineer and Senior Veep http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/women-of-remington-outdoor-company-ginger-chandler-engineer-and-senior-veep/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/women-of-remington-outdoor-company-ginger-chandler-engineer-and-senior-veep/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 13:23:04 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22583 Meet Remington's real deal in its senior vice-president of new product development and innovation.

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I met Ginger Chandler last spring at Gunsite Academy, while we put the new RM380 to the test. She spent a lot of time on the line, shooting the new firearm, as well as talking to gun writers about what they observed in this new firearm – designed specifically for the women’s market, as well as being a pocket pistol. It quickly became clear that she felt connected to the product and the people of Remington Outdoor Company. ~ Barbara Baird

Ginger Chandler chose the field of mechanical engineering a few years ago when only about 5% of engineer graduates were women. Fast-forward about 20+ years, and she now leads new product development and innovation as a senior vice president at Remington Outdoor Company, after a notable series of job progressions in the firearms and other industries. “I have the opportunity to work with outstanding professionals who design and manufacture excellence in the form of products and experiences,” she said.

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An avid hunter, Chandler particularly likes to hunt deer and turkey. (Photo courtesy of Ginger Chandler)

Chandler describes herself as “passionate,” when it comes to the firearms industry. “I am excited about contributing my skill set to products that support the lifestyle I love. Living the outdoor lifestyle and sharing nature is extremely important to me and the fact that I get to be a part of it with a company with such deep American roots is very special,” added Chandler. Chandler also loves turkey hunting. “OK, I’ll admit it. I’m a turkey-hunting junkie. I started down the turkey path with a simple goal – I wanted to learn how to hunt turkeys!” She then did her homework. “I researched their behavior, the habitat, where they live, range and population of the different sub-species, characteristic of the different sub-species, calls, clothes and of course, shotguns and shotshells. I was determined to be successful,” she recalled. Chandler spent many hours in the field, and made rookie mistakes. “With the support of my friends, family, and a whole lot of trial and error, I can now say I am somewhat successful. It has been a journey and the turkeys have made it challenging,” she added. Now, she’s set her goal toward achieving the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Grand Slam.

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Learning about the product means being willing to work on drills from the firing line, along with gun writers from the U.S. at Gunsite Academy. (Sam Soholt photo)

Chandler believes her time afield connects her to the role of leading new product development and innovation at Remington. “Being a consumer and having the experience allows me to better understand what fellow hunters want and need from their firearms,” she stated. “Nothing beats first-hand consumer knowledge and at Remington, we take that very seriously.” Remington Women’s Initiative  Remington Outdoor Company launched its Remington Women’s Initiative earlier this year, specifically to address the burgeoning women’s shooting market and its needs.

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Chandler fires during the Dozier Drill, knocking down all the standing targets easily with the RM380. (Sam Soholt photo)

“I am committed to upholding the rich tradition of innovation at Remington. Led by a team of the most powerful minds in the industry and operating under the most advanced R&D network in the world, we are looking forward to providing you the utmost in products for your outdoor experiences. And with our Women’s Initiative program and your input, the tradition of innovation continues,” said Chandler.

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5 things that softball taught me about the great outdoors http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/5-things-softball-taught-great-outdoors/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/5-things-softball-taught-great-outdoors/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 11:00:50 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=19210 Babbs in the Woods: Barbara Baird shares 5 things that she learned about the great outdoors from softball.

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I just realized that I learned 5 things that softball taught me about the great outdoors.

I thought about these things as I sat on the bleachers, watching the team that The WON sponsored this year, coached by our own Marti Davis. The Purple Cobras ranged in age from 9 to 12, and reminded me of days long ago, when I nervously went up to bat on a ball field in Montana.

Sure, I went on to find other sports – such as volleyball, long-distance running and tennis – that I competed in throughout high school and college. But softball? As my first sport, it taught me grit at an early age and laid the foundation for success later in the outdoors.

Here’s why.

 

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Patience is a virtue. When you’re in right field, you rarely get to play, but you must be aware at all times. The ball – like a whitetail – will come your way some day.

 

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You will get hurt. Yes, playing softball hurts if the ball rolls up to your ungloved hand and sprains your finger. Expect the unexpected, and know that you will get hurt while pursuing your outdoor adventures. Sprains, strains, breaks – all become real-life happenings when you’re moving fast to get to that tom you hear over yonder and you fall.

 

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When you fall down, get up. So, you missed the shot or the weather forced you to cancel. Revisit #2, shake it off, get back out there. My dad, a football coach, always told me, “No pain, no gain, kid.”

 

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Camaraderie counts. Just like the sisterhood that evolves from being on any team, you also will find a sisterhood among outdoor enthusiasts. Embrace it. Trust your team.

This retro WON was first published July 10, 2014. The WON continues to sponsor the Purple Cobras this year, and Marti Davis is their coach again!

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How Important is Stun Gun Voltage, Anyway? http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/how-important-is-stun-gun-voltage-anyway/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/how-important-is-stun-gun-voltage-anyway/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 15:03:16 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22580 So, you think you want to carry a stun gun? Find out what you need to know about it here. Sponsored by Best Line Defense.

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The current marketing strategy of stun gun manufacturers is to label them with ever increasing voltages. A new cell phone commercial sums up what consumers want to hear, “More is better.” But just how important is the voltage amount in stun guns?

To answer that question it is important to understand what voltage is and does in a human body. Most people think that a very high voltage can kill a person. The truth is that voltage does nothing to a body but carry the amperage.

Here’s Wendy, explaining the points in this particular line of stun guns, offered at Best Line Defense.

The most important factor to consider in a stun device is not the voltage, but the amperage available. The amperage needed to be effective is between 2.5 and 4.5 milliamps. It sounds like a small amount, and it is, because 1 amp will kill you. Anything closer to 5 milliamps will make the device’s capacitor susceptible to burn out, and may create an unreliable unit

What higher voltages may allow is a better delivery of the amperage. This translates into being able to penetrate thicker layer of clothing. However, even stun guns with voltages of under 1 million are very effective in getting through an inch of clothing. This means it will even work through most coats and jackets and even multiple layers of clothing.

So how can you decide which stun gun is best?

When choosing a unit, take into consideration how comfortably it fits into your hands. This is a very important factor because the length of time your stun gun is in direct contact with your attacker will make a difference in their reaction. The longer the contact, the more disabling the effects will be. The recovery time is also generally longer. You want to choose a device that will not slip easily from your fingers,preferably with a rubberized grip. Or choose one that will be difficult to pry away, as with the Blast Knuckles stun gun.

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The other factor you must consider is the reliability of the manufacturer. Simply put, stun guns are electronic devices. They are not all created equal. Some have better and more reliable components than others. This is the main factor in the pricing difference between stun devices. While expensive does not always equal quality, you do want to buy a one that offers a lifetime warranty. This means the distributors will stand behind their products.

The physical size of the stun device is also not a big contributing factor. Some of the smallest ones can bring the biggest men to their knees.

If you are still in doubt about which is the best stun gun for you, feel free to  contact us. We would be happy to help you choose a stun gun that fits your lifestyle and safety needs.

Stay Safe!

 Read more of Wendy’s articles on personal protection.

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Lady Bass Anglers Set to Fish in Kentucky Lake Tournament http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/lady-bass-anglers-set-to-fish-in-kentucky-lake-tournament/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/lady-bass-anglers-set-to-fish-in-kentucky-lake-tournament/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 13:49:22 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22579 The Lady Bass Anglers will be fishing hard on Kentucky Lake this month. Find out when and where.

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The Lady Bass Anglers Association will bring the third stop on the 2015 tournament season to  Kentucky Lake. Kentucky Lake is the mainstream reservior of the Tennessee river. The dam backs up about 160,000 acres of water making it the largest of the Tennessee Valley Authority reservoirs  The companion body of water is Lake Barkley which impounds 118 miles of the Cumberland river. These two bodies of water are connected by a channel near the dams of each reservior. Both bodies of water will provide the LBAA  anglers with plenty of opportunities to bring in bigs sacks of fish each day. 

Cheryl Bowden. Photo courtesy of Larry Morris, LBAA Media Specialist

Cheryl Bowden. Photo courtesy of Larry Morris

The state record fish for the state of Kentucky are 13 lbs 10.4 ounces for largemouth,11 lbs 15 ounces for smallmouth, which is also a world record and 7 lbs and 10 ounces for spotted bass. This two day pro/am event will have pro-anglers competing to bring in the heaviest 5 fish limit comprised of any combination of largemouth, or spotted bass. Co-anglers are looking for the same species but only need 3 fish for a bag limit each day.The state record fish for the state of Kentucky are 13 lbs 10.4 ounces for largemouth,11 lbs 15 ounces for smallmouth, which is also a world record and 7 lbs and 10 ounces for spotted bass. This two day pro/am event will have pro-anglers competing to bring in the heaviest 5 fish limit comprised of any combination of largemouth, or spotted bass. Co-anglers are looking for the same species but only need 3 fish for a bag limit each day.

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Pam Martin-Wells (LBAA photo)

The state record fish for the state of Kentucky are 13 lbs 10.4 ounces for largemouth,11 lbs 15 ounces for smallmouth, which is also a world record and 7 lbs and 10 ounces for spotted bass. This two day pro/am event will have pro-anglers competing to bring in the heaviest 5 fish limit comprised of any combination of largemouth, or spotted bass. Co-anglers are looking for the same species but only need 3 fish for a bag limit each day.

 
 
 
 
The angler in each division with the largest combined two day weight will be awarded the top cash prize for her division. One angler  each day will also be awarded a $250 cash prize for the biggest bass of the day. Cash payouts in each division will be paid to every 1 in  5 anglers registering for the tournament.

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Hot Summer Giveaway from The Well Armed Woman! Win a Glock 43 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/hot-summer-giveaway-from-the-well-armed-woman-win-a-glock-43/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/hot-summer-giveaway-from-the-well-armed-woman-win-a-glock-43/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 13:38:34 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22577 Enter now to win a new single stack in 9mm, designed for women and concealed carry. From The Well Armed Woman and Glock. Deadline is July 31, 2015.

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Wanna win a hot summer giveaway? Perfect for concealed carry, the GLock 43 is the prize from The Well Armed Woman.

GlockgiveawayGlock designed this single stack 9mm to be female friendly. The contest deadline is July 31.

Enter here.

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Review: The Kimber Micro-Carry — Another Great Carry Option for Summer http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/review-the-kimber-micro-carry-another-great-carry-option-for-summer/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/review-the-kimber-micro-carry-another-great-carry-option-for-summer/#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2015 21:19:10 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22573 Find out what Babbs thought about this little .380.

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Our Babbs  and Stacy Bright hit the range last spring with the Kimber Micro-Carry.

It’s beefy, but not chunky. Think the filet mignon of 1911s. Think hot summer weather and you’re carrying a cool, lightweight mini-1911, chambered in .380 ACP. Think the Kimber Micro Carry.

kimber-advocateKimber sent me two versions of its micro carry gun to review, the Advocate (in purple) and the Crimson Carry (with a laser, of course). Hornady Manufacturing, Inc., and PHD Ammunition provided hundreds of rounds of ammo for a morning of testing, so I set up the Oehler 35P chronograph 6 feet from the muzzle and fired away, before stepping up to fire at targets in real-life scenarios. Kimber did not skimp on anything when it designed this model. Even though it is small, it exhibits the fine genetic traits of the Kimber 1911 line such as a lowered and flared ejection port, a beveled magazine and steel sights mounted on machined dovetails. The Micro also resembles its older family members, presenting a strong 1911 characteristic – especially when it comes to the thumb safety, slide and magazine releases.

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Here’s Stacy Bright, on the range with the Kimber Micro-Carry. Notice the size of the gun in her hands. (Barbara Baird photo)

Just as with other Kimbers, the plunge trigger works like a dream, with a short and oh-so-smooth pull. This firearm weighs in just under 14 ounces, with a barrel length of 2.75 inches and twist rate of 16. Its matte black finished slide is machined from stainless steel, which is another reason it’s a cool gun for hot-weather carry. All the Micro frames come constructed out of aluminum and finished in satin silver, and sights are made from steel, which means there’s no plastic that can break off in a quick-draw moment.

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Stacy Bright. Groups at 7 yards. (Barbara Baird photo)

Read the rest of the review.

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National Park Foundation’s ‘Open OutDoors for Kids’ a Great Way to Provide New Experiences http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/national-park-foundations-open-outdoors-for-kids-a-great-way-to-provide-new-experiences/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/national-park-foundations-open-outdoors-for-kids-a-great-way-to-provide-new-experiences/#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:54:09 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22570 National parks are gateways to self-discovery and learning and Open OutDoors for Kids is making sure all kids from across the country get the chance to experience them.

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Help get America’s kids off the couch and into our country’s national parks! Open OutDoors for Kids puts nature at the fingertips of today’s youth through in-person and in-classroom experiences. Just $10 opens 1 door of opportunity for a kid. When you open up OutDoors for kids, you help them find a career path, discover their heritage, or experience the joy of movement and exploration.

Open OutDoors for Kids is an initiative from the National Park Foundation to connect more kids to their national parks through fun and engaging activities. Children today are more disconnected from their natural and cultural heritage than ever before. Open OutDoors for Kids is changing that—building on a child’s innate wonder and curiosity about the natural world.

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National parks are gateways to self-discovery and learning and Open OutDoors for Kids is making sure all kids from across the country get the chance to experience them.

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Research demonstrates that kids who spend time outdoors are healthier and do better in school. Kids who have opportunities for hands-on learning outdoors also demonstrate more interest in and are more proficient in science. Similarly, a young person’s understanding of history improves after visiting sites of cultural significance.

Yet with cutbacks in school funding for field trips and other barriers to access, kids today have fewer opportunities for experiential learning. At the same time, we are witnessing an epidemic of inactivity among children as they spend more time engaged in “screen time” as opposed to “green time,” resulting in rising rates of obesity and other issues. Most at risk are children from underserved, urban communities.

 Learn more about the program.

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Learning Big Game Hunting Skills http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/learning-big-game-hunting-skills/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/learning-big-game-hunting-skills/#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:07:14 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22556 Find out what Michelle Cerino learned when she attended big game hunting school, courtesy of FTW Ranch. Sponsored by Galco Gunleather.

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Michelle Cerino recently spent time learning the art of big game hunting in a specialized Sportsman’s All-Weather All-Terrain Marksmanship (SAAM) course in Texas. 

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She Shoots 2 is sponsored by Galco Gunleather.

Do you know what it takes to get that precision shot while hunting or competing? Have you ever shot at dangerous game charging toward you? How about shooting off African hunting sticks? I had the chance to learn and experience all this and more at the FTW Ranch, located three hours west of San Antonio, Texas. On more than 12,000 acres of rugged terrain lie several cabins and a beautiful 8,000-square-foot lodge decorated with a variety of mounted game from around the world. There I had the opportunity to attend the Sportsman’s All-Weather All-Terrain Marksmanship (SAAM) training, whose slogan is “Because you only have one first shot!”

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With this type of attitude in the kitchen, how can the food not be delish! (Michelle Cerino photo)

My first day at the ranch began with a steaming cup of coffee delivered to my private cabin. Once dressed, I walked to the dining room and joined the other guests for a delicious breakfast of omelets made to order, grits, ham and fresh berries. Yes, these home-cooked meals continued throughout the weekend.

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After breakfast we met in the classroom to begin the lessons. During the first few hours I learned the parts of the rifle and scope, along with an explanation of minute of angle (MOA) and milliradian (MIL). Learning how to calculate for trajectory (MOA and MIL) is mandatory knowledge for long-range shooting, and something I never quite understood.

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Safari jeeps ready and waiting. (Michelle Cerino photo)

Next we moved to another building for a hands-on, rifle-cleaning lesson. Everyone had her own work station, which meant we’d all start out at the range with a clean rifle. Finally we headed out in a customized safari jeep though the incredible hilly terrain to one of the ranch’s 15 ranges.

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Larry, my instructor, showed me the 7 fundamentals of marksmanship and helped me practice them.

1. Body Position, or “Build your house”: Creating a strong foundation that is necessary for good rifle shooting.

2. Acceptable Reticle Movement (ARM): How much movement will allow you to still make that shot?

3. Breath Control: This is done through the natural repository pause.

4. Front Sight Focus: Achieved through proper sight alignment, correct eye relief and focusing on the reticle.

5. Trigger Control and Squeezing the Trigger: Squeezing the trigger without disturbing the alignment of the rifle with the target.

6. Follow Through, “Ride the Bull” and Stay on the Gun: Staying on the gun through recoil, while still looking through the scope.

7. Call Your Shot and Reengage: Being able to accurately identify where the center of the crosshair was when the rifle discharged. Also keeping your eye on the target and recycling the action to shoot again quickly.

Finally I began shooting. I tried all the different positions—standing, sitting, kneeling and prone, with and without African shooting sticks. My greatest accomplishment was a hit at 1,200 yards on my first shot.

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Can you see the live axis deer feeding among the targets? (Michelle Cerino photo)

The second day brought a completely new adventure, stalking big game. Sure, they were just targets, but as I walked down the windy wooded path and a cape buffalo popped out at me, it felt slightly nerve-racking. When a lion appeared from behind a bush, right after I shot a “leopard,” my heart again raced to a faster beat. Did I mention the charging elephants?

The FTW Ranch is the perfect place to learn precision shooting skills. From hospitality, to great food and with amazing instructors, it served the perfect learning experience. Many of the events I partake in require me to step outside my comfort zone; this trip was no exception. Sure, I may never get to Africa on a big-game hunt, but I can apply the skills learned at the FTW Ranch toward any long-distance shooting opportunity. Who knows? Maybe I’ll even participate in a sniper competition someday.

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(Michelle Cerino photo)

Learn more about FTW Ranch.

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New Online Course for Boaters: All About Marine Radio http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/new-online-course-for-boaters-all-about-marine-radio/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/new-online-course-for-boaters-all-about-marine-radio/#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2015 14:39:36 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22554 Learn this important skill for boating, at your convenience and online at BoatUS.org.

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ANNAPOLIS, MD, July 6, 2015 – If you put 10 boaters in a room with a working marine VHF radio, how many could call for help, call a friend, or share a navigational hazard with nearby boaters? Chances are the most important piece of safety gear aboard a boat is the least understood. A partnership with the US Power Squadrons and BoatUS Foundation aims to improve boaters’ knowledge with the new online course, All About Marine Radio, offered at BoatUS.org/courses. The course shows how to use standard VHF radios as well as newer Digital Selective Calling (DSC) VHF radios and is great for novices and experienced boaters. Taken from the comfort of home, the course is $24.95.

“From calling a mayday to requesting a marina slip, it’s the boater’s VHF radio that is the most reliable way to communicate and it is the only piece of equipment that can get those closest to a boat in distress to respond quickly,” said BoatUS Foundation Director of Education Amanda Suttles Pérez.

All About Marine Radio teaches how to choose the best radio for your boating lifestyle and how to get the most use out of it. The online course will show some simple rules to follow when you’re using a marine VHF radio plus how to:

  • Determine which features you want in a marine radio for your type of boating
  • Make and receive radio calls, including what channels to use
  • Obtain and use an Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number for your boat
  • Call for help in all kinds of emergencies
  • Ensure that your transmissions are understandable
  • Simple rules to follow when using your radio

Joining BoatUS for $24 annually lowers the course’s price to $19.96 – the same price offered to US Power Squadrons, Canadian Power Squadrons, US Coast Guard Auxiliary, and Great Lakes Cruising Club members. More information on BoatUS membership benefits can be found at BoatUS.com/membership.

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About BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water:

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

About United States Power Squadrons:

Organized in 1914, United States Power Squadrons (USPS) is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation and related subjects. Our members are boating families who contribute to their communities by promoting safe boating through education. We enjoy participating with our fellow members on the water and in the classroom. USPS has nearly 40,000 members organized into over 400 squadrons across the country and in some US territories. USPS is America’s largest non-profit boating organization and has been honored by three US presidents for its civic contributions. Each squadron’s activities involve the three primary objectives of USPS: community service, continuing education, and enjoying the friendship and camaraderie of our fellow members. For more, go to USPS.org.

 

 

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Podcast #7: Fishing in Spain http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/podcast-7-fishing-in-spain/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/podcast-7-fishing-in-spain/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2015 18:51:32 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22547 From fishing to hunting to shooting to trekking in the Alps, this week's podcast covers miles of information, including an interview with Anietra Hamper -- who will attempt to break the world's Wels catfish record in October. Sponsored by The Well Armed Woman.

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This week’s podcast finds Barbara Baird and Stacy Bright discussing timely topics at Women’s Outdoor News, along with a great trip from The Well Armed Woman. Barbara talks to Anietra Hamper, outdoor writer and adventurer, who is poised to break the world’s wels catfish record on an upcoming trip to Spain this October.

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Vera Koo: On God’s Plan http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/vera-koo-on-gods-plan/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/vera-koo-on-gods-plan/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:06:50 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22549 Inspiration. Vera Koo describes how she believes God's plan is evident, even in the aftermath of injuries. She also reveals what the future might hold.

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Learn why Vera Koo accepts and moves forward through accident and injury, again and again, and about how she looks for, and accepts, God’s plan in the process.

The manner in which I tore the anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in my left knee on Jan. 1 was, in a word, ridiculous. There is really no other way to describe it.

Because of my extensive efforts toward shooting, I had not vigorously skied in about 5 years. I had decided it was not worth the risk, because I had spent too much time preparing for shooting matches to risk injury from another sport.

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However, that day in January at Squaw Valley Resort in California was supposed to be a light day of skiing with my family. I planned to go down the slopes a couple times before retiring to the restaurant for coffee and dessert with my husband.

I am a skilled, experienced skier. I have come down double-black diamond slopes. I am very familiar with Squaw Valley, having skied there for 27 years.

A couple trips down the slope should have been no trouble. And yet, I never even skied. No sooner had I gotten off the lift chair than my skis got tangled with my granddaughter’s. I fell to the ground. I heard a pop, and I screamed in pain.

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In the moments after the injury, I did not feel regret. I did not feel sorrow, nor anger.

The injury occurred in such a ridiculous manner that there is no questioning it was part of God’s plan. I strongly believe everything happens for a reason. I am not to question God’s plan. He has used injuries in the past to teach me lessons.

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My knee injury brought to mind a series of injuries I sustained about 6 or 7 years ago. Each injury got progressively worse.

In the first instance, I was trying to close a bathroom window without stepping out of the shower when I fell out of the tub and bruised my thigh.

A short time after that, I wanted to grab a cooler from a shelf in the garage. I could not reach the cooler from where I was standing. Instead of tracking down a ladder or a stool, I stepped on a round generator for a boost. I had done it many times before, but this time I was wearing slippers. When I reached for the cooler, I fell backward and landed on the cement on my tailbone and elbow. A doctor later told me I was lucky I did not sustain a more significant injury from that fall.

The third and final injury in that series also occurred in the bathroom. I apply my hairspray over the tub, and that area is slippery. Sure enough, I slipped and fell, hitting my head. That caused blood to gush from my head like ketchup from a bottle. Yet, once again, I had avoided any major injury.

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After this series of injuries, I wondered why I had fallen 3 times in such a short period. I went to see a doctor, but there was nothing wrong with my brain or balance. I also went to see an intuitive counselor and asked when my streak of bad luck would end.

The counselor told me that once I started paying better attention to what I was doing, the falls would stop. The counselor was right.

Each time, my falls could have left me in worse condition than they did. They were a warning. When life lessons are dealt to you, if you learn fast, you can avoid future problems. It took me a while to learn, but I finally understood the lesson.

I needed to be more cautious and stop trying to cut corners. Each fall was a result of me trying to save a couple minutes of time or simply being careless. The falls were God’s way of telling me I have to slow down.

God always has been merciful when it comes to my injuries. When I tripped over a rope after a shooting practice in April 2013, resulting in me fracturing the tibia and fibula in my right leg and chipping a bone in my ankle, I could have been left with great pain in the aftermath. The injury occurred while I was practicing in Columbia, Mo., and I returned to California with 156 pain pills that the doctor had prescribed. I only took maybe 5 or 6.

The injury was a humbling experience, but not a terribly painful one.

The same has been true in the aftermath of this knee injury. I was not left with great pain from the surgery to repair the injury or throughout my rehabilitation. Once again, God was kind.

I do not know yet what God’s plan is for me as it pertains to this latest injury. Shortly after the injury, I had some ideas of what His plan might be.

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It might be that God was telling me I needed to spend more time at home. With my dedication to shooting, I am frequently on the run, training for an upcoming competition or shooting at events across the country.

Maybe He was offering me a chance to take more time to focus on my writing projects. I have been working on a book for some time, but a few months before the injury, the project hit a snag. It is a project I plan to see through to its completion, despite the hiccups that have come up previously.

Maybe it is time I begin thinking about starting a small business. Given my lifelong interest in art, I have given consideration to possibly starting a design company.

The truth is, even though I had some ideas for what God’s plan was, I do not know for sure. Sometimes His plan is not revealed until a year or 2 down the road. I am OK waiting for the answer.

God has always been kind to me, and even in these instances of adversity, I have learned to trust His plan.

 

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Regardless of what Vera Koo does, she will always be an inspiration to women in the shooting sports. She is pictured here with Jessie Duff (center) and Julie Golob. (Barbara Baird photo)

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Amy Roberts Named New Executive Director of Outdoor Industry Association http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/amy-roberts-named-new-executive-director-of-outdoor-industry-association/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/amy-roberts-named-new-executive-director-of-outdoor-industry-association/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:06:50 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22545 "Amy's specialty retail and manufacturing background at MEC; deep knowledge of outdoor industry government affairs and corporate responsibility issues; and her overall authentic, collaborative approach to business make her the ideal person for this role," said Jen Mull, OIA's board chair and CEO of Backwoods.

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BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The Outdoor Industry Association has hired Amy Roberts as its new executive director.

Roberts currently works for Canada’s Mountain Equipment Co-op, where she is director of sustainability and a member of the executive leadership team. She also serves on the boards of The Conservation Alliance, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition.

Frank Hugelmeyer resigned as president and CEO of OIA last fall. Since Hugelmeyer’s departure in October, Steve Barker has served as interim executive director.

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Roberts has previously worked for OIA. Prior to joining MEC, she served as the organization’s vice president of government affairs, managing the outdoor industry’s lobbying efforts focused on trade and recreation. During her time at OIA, she also facilitated the development of the outdoor industry’s Eco Index to measure the environmental footprint of products.

“Amy’s specialty retail and manufacturing background at MEC; deep knowledge of outdoor industry government affairs and corporate responsibility issues; and her overall authentic, collaborative approach to business make her the ideal person for this role,” said Jen Mull, OIA’s board chair and CEO of Backwoods. “We are so excited about the good work that OIA will continue to accomplish on behalf of the outdoor industry with Amy leading the team.”

Roberts said, “I feel very lucky to work in an industry that provides true benefit to the world by producing and selling amazing outdoor products and experiences that support healthy families and create active communities,” said Amy Roberts, incoming OIA executive director. “OIA’s role as a trade association is to be a place of collaboration, where we bring together all the industry voices to amplify our impact beyond each individual company’s independent voice. I look forward to working with all our members to collectively achieve success and help the industry to grow.”

Roberts will start her new position in late July before the Outdoor Retailer summer show. Barker will stay on for a few months during the transition.

OIA will also adjust its board structure, reducing the size of its board from 25 members to 15. The OIA said it will reach its new size through a mixture of term limits, members stepping down and new additions as a result of the current election. OIA will kick off board elections later this month.

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Award-Winning Micro™ Joins LaserMax’s Trend-Setting Family of Green Laser Sights http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/award-winning-micro-joins-lasermaxs-trend-setting-family-of-green-laser-sights/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/award-winning-micro-joins-lasermaxs-trend-setting-family-of-green-laser-sights/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:44:41 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22541 Now offered in green and equipped with advanced features and programming, the MICRO-2-G represents the newest generation of Micro laser technology.

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July 1, 2015 (Rochester, NY) – The world’s smallest and toughest rail mounted laser sighting system just got better. Designed to withstand the rigors of repeated fire on subcompact handguns, the LaserMax Micro has been a top seller since its introduction in 2010. Now offered in green and equipped with advanced features and programming, the MICRO-2-G represents the newest generation of Micro laser technology. Key innovations include multiple operating modes and a Quick-Change Battery Hatch™ with enables safe and easy on-board battery changes. A full five (5) hour battery life is safeguarded from inadvertent drain by a battery preservation mode deactivating the laser after 10 minutes idle. Soon, red and Infrared (IR) versions of the Micro II will join the MICRO-2-G to make the family complete.

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The green laser sight originator, LaserMax has been innovating green laser technology since the 1990s, and was first to market with a commercial green laser sight in early 2007. Proven to improve shooting speed and accuracy, LaserMax sights are highly sought after for their precision and performance. Available now, the MICRO-2-G retails for $199 and can be purchased from fine firearm retailers everywhere.

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Intro to Archery: Visit your local archery shop http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/intro-to-archery-visit-your-local-archery-shop/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/intro-to-archery-visit-your-local-archery-shop/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:30:16 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22536 Kristen Schmitt explains why local archery shops rock.

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Kristen Schmitt explains why local archery shops rock.

Everyone should find a local archery shop that they like. Yes, big box stores sell bows, arrows and other equipment, but there is a huge difference between the two – and it’s not something that you may realize until you take the time to walk into your local archery shop. To be honest, when I first started this journey, it never occurred to me the value behind having an archery dealer you trust. Now, I not only value it completely, but cannot imagine taking my bow to be setup by someone I didn’t know.

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Not only do the independent archery dealers seem to have a higher level of knowledge – which is essential in having your bow sized specifically to you – but their attention to detail and expertise is also more than any big box store can offer.

My husband and I visited our local archery shop last week to get my Eva Shockey Bowtech and his PSE Bow Madness 34 ready for the upcoming fall deer season. I cannot speak highly enough about our particular archery expert, Jim Despart. He is incredibly knowledgeable about all aspects of archery and bowhunting AND offers tips to improve accuracy and confidence when shooting a bow. I never feel dumb asking a question. That level of comfort is important for anyone who is a beginner (and anyone who isn’t).

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4th Annual Sanctuary Classic Fishing and Photo Contest http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/4th-annual-sanctuary-classic-fishing-and-photo-contest/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/07/4th-annual-sanctuary-classic-fishing-and-photo-contest/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:18:23 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22534 Find out more about this photo contest, that awards prizes for fishing photos taken in any National Marine Sanctuary or adjacent waters.

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Contest Kicks off July 4 and Runs Through Labor Day, Offering Weekly Prizes
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For the fourth straight year, The Sportfishing Conservancy, the Guy Harvey Oceans Foundation and NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries are working together on the Sanctuary Classic, a unique, free fishing and photo contest that celebrates recreational fishing in America’s national marine sanctuaries and promotes conservation-focused fishing practices.

136The 2015 Sanctuary Classic – which kicks off in the Keys and runs through Monday, September 7 (Labor Day) – will continue to work much as it has in the past, by awarding prizes for fishing photos taken in any National Marine Sanctuary or adjacent waters.

Learn more.

Contacts:
East Coast:    Tom Raftican, (805) 895-3000, tom@sportfishingconservancy.org
West Coast:    Jenny Armstrong (949) 813-7831, jenny@sportfishingconservancy.org

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3 Things to Know Before an Emergency at the Range http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/06/3-things-to-know-before-an-emergency-at-the-range/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/06/3-things-to-know-before-an-emergency-at-the-range/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 04:16:56 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22526 Find out what you need to know at your shooting range, before you uncase your gun.

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We welcome with open arms Sara Ahrens back onboard as a columnist at The WON! We are delighted to bring back “OffBeat,” her column that describes her life off the beat as a patrol officer. Now that she’s retired, Sara will be able to devote time to engaging us in her well-planned and executed columns, sponsored by Crossbreed Holsters. In this launch of the column under this sponsorship, Sara tells us 3 things we must know before an emergency happens on our range. ~ The Editors

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A fun day at the shooting range can quickly turn into a life-or-death emergency. If it does, how much you know and prepare can directly impact the outcome. The worst time to consider what you should know during an emergency… is during the emergency. Here are 3 things you should know in order to handle a medical emergency at your range.

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#1 – Where is the Phone and What’s the Address?

Summoning help from first responders should be at the top of your list when a medical emergency occurs at the range. Knowing the location of the range phone or a cell phone is just the first step. Equally important, is knowing in advance how to dial out on the range phone and determining if your cell phone even gets service.

In a perfect world when you call 911 for an emergency, the dispatcher will know where you are calling from and have that address available on their computer terminal. Unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect world and many communities do not have the most up-to-date dispatching systems. If someone calls from a landline phone from the range, it is more probable than not, that 911 will have the range information available. However, if the number has recently changed, 911 has never been called, or someone calls from their cell phone, it’s more likely that they will not know your location.

At best with a cellphone, many dispatch systems can get first responders “near” the location of the caller. Close isn’t going to cut it when time is of the essence. To ensure the best response time, make sure your range posts its address; or better yet, memorize it yourself! Under pressure, people are hard pressed to come up with needed information. 

 

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Sara Ahrens at Gunsite Academy, a well-run, safe range. (Barbara Baird photo)

#2 – What is Your Range’s Policy on Providing Information to 911?

I have never been a member of a range that advises its members not to tell 911 that someone has been shot, if in fact they have been. I have heard that such policies exist. First of all, let me emphasize the importance of providing as much information as possible to 911. First responders are dispatched to 911 calls based on a system of prioritization. If you simply state you have a “medical emergency,” but you fail to provide details, you may be endangering the lives and subjecting yourself to criminal charges. Failing to provide information delays response and prevents dispatchers from sending the right emergency equipment. Likewise, emergency responders need to know immediately if the “medical emergency” can be handled locally or if arrangements need to be made to transport to more advanced treatment centers. Not divulging the details delays the process of coordinating care. It should be noted that when giving details to 911, it is important to explain that the shooting was accidental, if in fact it was because the response for an active shooter is quite different than that of an accidental shooting. It should be noted that it is illegal to provide false information in order to gain a faster response.

first aid kit#3 – Where is the Emergency Medical Equipment at Your Range?

Depending on the location of the range in respect to the emergency responders, you may be the first responder. Knowing the location of first aid kits, the contents and its condition is critical.

When I took over as Range Master in my agency, someone requested a bandage for a small cut. I opened the first aid kit, which had been mounted to the wall for decades and was shocked by my discovery. The packaging on all bandages had yellowed and it was impossible to remove the plastic backing from the adhesive strip, which in retrospect, was probably for the best. There were items in that kit that had been outlawed by the FDA.

Had a real emergency occurred, using that kit would’ve only made things worse. I immediately replaced the kit with one that contained items likely to be needed in an emergency on a range. This included an AED (Automated External Defibrillator).

We go to the range to train and have fun but sometimes, bad things happen. If something bad were to happen while you are at the range, do you know where the phone is, what to say, where you are? If you have to be the first responder, do you know if, where, and in what condition the first aid kit is? If not, you should figure it out before you uncase your firearm.

 

 

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Empower Your Daughter http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/06/empower-your-daughter/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/06/empower-your-daughter/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:00:46 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22521 Mama Mia details ways to empower teenage daughter as she grows up.

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My main goal in sharing my Little Gal’s experiences hunting, fishing and shooting is to empower other women…including young women. Part of raising our youngsters to become independent, self-sufficient women is helping them learn how to physically take care of themselves. I’ve been thinking of some ways to empower our daughters, as they grow up to take on the world.

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Between the ages of 16 and 24, our daughters begin to date, take employment and drive without us. It also means they’re at the most vulnerable time of their lives for rape and other attacks. We’ll no longer be right there to protect them, so they need to know how to do it themselves.

For example, a friend’s 17-year-old daughter works nights at a fast food restaurant. She and a coworker were closing when they noticed a suspicious man outside. They called the police and waited, locked inside the building. I give kudos to her for being aware of her surroundings. It’s lucky she hadn’t been caught out in the dark parking lot by the strange man.

I say it’s lucky because after the pair phoned the police they waited 45 minutes for a response. After that long period of time, a patrol car finally appeared in the parking lot. What if she, or her coworker, had been outside calling for help during an attack? Can you think of the horrific things that might have happened?

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I thought of a sign I’ve seen in stores a number of times: “The average response time for a 911 call is 23 minutes. Response time for a 9mm is 1,350 feet per second.” I used to agree with the slogan, but apparently I hadn’t thought it through. These young people aren’t old enough to legally carry a firearm. What can they do?

Be aware.

I sat in the high school gym watching LG and her teammates play basketball. At halftime I scanned the crowd, noticing that many of her friends were oblivious to their surroundings. They had their heads in their phones and obviously had no clue as to what was going on around them. Our daughters need to be aware, but who can teach them?

Be a mentor.

My cousin is a victims advocate at a battered women’s shelter. She said teens tend to learn a lot from other teens. Teach your little gal to be a mentor to her friends.

LG and I have had many conversations about safety and awareness. We live in a small town where everybody knows everybody, and there is a false sense of safety for many residents. According to the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence, young women are most likely to be sexually assaulted by someone they know: a friend, a relative, an employer, a date or someone they’ve recently met. Teach your young lady about safety and remind her to teach her friends.

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Know what tools you can use to protect yourself.

Since teenagers cannot legally carry concealed firearms I asked Officer McCoy, a campus police officer at our local college, “What can they do or carry to use in self-defense?” He indicated that weapons are not allowed on campus—not just firearms, but knives, batons, clubs and other items can be deemed weapons. There are many shades of gray, however. A baseball bat isn’t a weapon, but it could be considered one if someone used it to attack another person. On the flip side, it would be ideal for self-defense.

Officer McCoy reminded me to check each college’s rules, because some colleges do allow firearms on campus.

Learn self-defense basics.

I was beginning to further understand what was not allowed, but I still needed more information. I approached our local chief of police with my questions.

Chief Rockensock recommended teens get educated in self-defense basics. He said they need to be aware of people and surroundings. They also need to have a plan for escape. Awareness is key in personal safety.

The chief gave caution to using other tools for self-defense. Pepper sprays and other items can do more harm than good if the holder is not properly trained in using them, he said.

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Take self-defense classes.

Anyone can contact their local police departments to find information on training programs. Chief Rockensock cautioned me to choose someone with good credentials. He suggested martial arts classes as a good fit for our small community If you do some research, you may find some classes in your area.

Likewise, I found organizations offering classes specifically for teens. Both organizations are specifically designed to combat violence and empower young women by teaching safety and self-defense techniques. Groups can book classes from Girls Fight Back. Another organization, Just Yell Fire, has instructors throughout the U.S. and Canada—including one just an hour away from us. We’ve booked an independent class. Stay tuned: We’ll share our experiences in these programs with you soon.

 

 

 

 

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The Won’s Podcast #6: DIVA WOW and Other WONderful News http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/06/the-wons-podcast-6-diva-wow-and-other-wonderful-news/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/06/the-wons-podcast-6-diva-wow-and-other-wonderful-news/#comments Sat, 27 Jun 2015 13:55:23 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22499 Join Stacy Bright and Barbara Baird at The WON's podcast #6, where Babbs talks to Judy Rhodes of DIVA WOW, and Stacy gets another tip from The Well Armed Woman.

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Join Stacy Bright and Barbara Baird at The WON’s podcast #6, where Babbs talks to Judy Rhodes of DIVA WOW, and Stacy gets another tip from The Well Armed Woman. The pair discuss lots of news, reviews and stories from the past week’s lineup.

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  • Keeping Cool on a Hot Range – Michelle’s been finding ways to stay cool on a hot range and other places. Find out what she recommends. Sponsored by Galco Gunleather.

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Judy Rhodes

 

  • Interview with Judy Rhodes — Find out more about the founder of DIVA WOW and what makes her tick. Also, hear about upcoming events.

Fishing: Ask Us – From Heidi, in Montana … I’m looking for a good pair of women’s waterfowl waders. Got any advice? Of course we do! Babbs will reveal what she wore on an ill-fated goose hunting trip, and also, the women will talk about this cool giveaway at “Camo is the New Black” See http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/06/win-a-pair-of-bass-pro-shops-she-outdoor-waders-courtesy-of-camo-is-the-new-black/

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Adventure

 

 

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The Well Armed Woman Launches Competitive Shooting Team http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/06/the-well-armed-woman-launches-competitive-shooting-team/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/06/the-well-armed-woman-launches-competitive-shooting-team/#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:11:15 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22517 Great stuff! The Well Armed Woman is sending ambassadors to the shooting sports.

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Scottsdale, AZ  – June 17, 2015 – The Well Armed Woman has launched a competitive shooting team, sponsoring six ladies from across the country. The team consists of team captain, Karla Pohl, of Texas, Beth Alcazar of Alabama, Beth Mastorovich of Pennsylvania, Shannan Chada of Michigan, Naomi Moss of California, and Deanna Messer of Arizona. Carrie Lightfoot, founder of the Well Armed Woman, is hopeful this team will be able to bridge the gap between women shooters and the predominantly male world of competition shooting.

“You see, nothing hones our defensive firearm skills better than competitive shooting. My desire is to help pave the way to remove the perceived hurdles of getting started and open the door for more women to get involved in competitive shooting”, Carrie says.  “To do that, this great team of ladies will be ambassadors and connect with women all over the country. They will introduce the different disciplines and show them just how fun it can be and that it is an option for ANY woman at ANY skill level.” Some of the national competition organizations are: The International Defensive Pistol Association  (IDPA) and  United States Pistol Shooting Association (USPSA).

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The ladies have already started competing, with Naomi Moss (shown left) shooting an IDPA match at 5 Dogs Shooting Range in Bakersfield, Ca where, despite the 105° temperatures, she placed 12th in her division and 2nd in her class.Karla and Shannan have also shot their first official matches as members of the team.

Carrie notes, “The purpose of The Well Armed Woman Shooting Team isn’t to win trophies, it is to spread the rewards and joys of training, and to encourage women to join in!”

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Team captain Karla Pohl, gets ready to run another stage. (TWAW photo)

You can find more information about the team and the shooters at http://thewellarmedwoman.com/women-and-guns/team-twaw/twaw-competitive-team or by following The Well Armed Woman Shooting Team on Facebook.

Carrie Lightfoot
Owner/Founder
The Well Armed Woman, LLC
TWAW Shooting Chapters Inc.
888 572 7730
Fax: 480 625 4238

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Woman’s Best Friend – The Hunting Dog http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/06/womans-best-friend-the-hunting-dog/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/06/womans-best-friend-the-hunting-dog/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 20:00:09 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22505 Follow Christine Cunningham's tale of life with special dogs -- chosen to help her afield and in her daily life. Sponsored by Syren USA.

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Christine Cunningham is raising a beautiful brace of hunting dogs. We call her a puppy mama and we are delighted that she has shared her life with us at The WON. Alas, this is her last column (for a while), as she embarks on a new, secret (to us) project. We think you’ll love her tale of woman’s best friend, the hunting dog. We wish Christine all the best, and look forward to reading her stories in the future. We also want to thank Christine’s photographer, Steve Meyer, who routinely supports her beautiful words with equally gorgeous photography. ~The WON

At first he may need an invitation, and the simple word “go” will send him into hysterics. Later, it is the gathering of gear that will indicate an adventure is imminent. A single hunting dog can manage to be everywhere at once: underfoot, overhead, in the cab of the truck, on top of the gun case. And, although this is a stage I never imagined finding myself, it is now the needs of the dog, and not those of the hunter, that cause trips to be planned.

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A hunting dog brings an important dimension to taking game. Dogs have been hunting with us for at least 20,000 years. Besides helping us in the field, developing a relationship with an animal gives us a chance to deepen our connection to nature and the game we hunt. This happens at every stage—raising them, training them, and hunting with them. Just as taking a new hunter afield helps us to understand better why we hunt, bringing along a dog is an opportunity to combine skills and add a new dimension.

Making the Decision

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They call him “Colt.” Just one of the new puppies in the litter that Christine is raising as a brace. (Steve Meyer photo)

My first experience of a dog in the hunting arena came secondhand. He was a scruffy little British cocker spaniel who, at first glimpse, appeared an ordinary house pet. I ruffled behind his ears, and he grunted disinterest. When we unloaded the shotguns for the ensuing pheasant hunt, this mop of an animal bounded across the field with the pattern of a lawn mower—at high speed and bounce. He rocketed tight-sitting roosters out of the grass, cackling and in brilliant spectacles of orange. He flushed birds until he wore out our party of four. Our vests were full at the end of the field, and he stood at the edge of the grass, daring us to continue.

“I can’t believe that dog,” I said in amazement. I didn’t know at that time that he was part of a hunting tradition all his own, and that, whereas I had other things to live for, he had a single purpose. He was the hunting dog—a noble position in any hunting family. When he relaxed at the end of the day, it was without the chores of cleaning and putting away. He curled up with a full belly and the satisfaction of a job well done. There was no way we would have found the birds we did without him, and he convinced me to bring home one of his brethren, an obnoxious chocolate Lab named Jack.

Raising (Hell)

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Hugo (Steve Meyer photo)

The first dog I chose as a puppy was another chocolate Lab, Cheyenne. She’s proven far more expensive than her pedigree and dog food alone. Over the course of a year, she chewed thousands of dollars in equipment and home furnishings. This included an entire leather sofa down to the springs and an unopened box containing a skill saw, along with its cord. When she wags her tail, her whole body wags. When she has done something wrong, she dances around the room with a mix of caution and excitement that is nothing short of a cartoon image. Her ability to retrieve waterfowl, however, is natural-born.

With the same unbridled enthusiasm in which she tore apart home furnishings, she launches into every environment that might contain a duck. I had read somewhere that the time needed to raise a puppy is an equivalent commitment to night school. If you don’t want to study for a degree, maybe a high-energy hunting dog is not a good choice. But if you want to be endlessly entertained and have plenty of activity in the off-season, there’s no better motivation than “for the love of the dog.”

Training (Me)

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Colt loved traveling in a puppy backpack. (Steve Meyer photo)

My decision to bring home an English setter came after the purchase of a 28-gauge shotgun, which determined the necessity for a proper upland hunting dog. Within months of imagining the possibility, Winchester was on a plane from a 70,000-acre ranch in North Dakota to his new home on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. When I opened his air travel kennel, his black and white spotted face peeked out; two black eyes were hidden in black spots. Even during his puppyhood, I knew there was something otherworldly about setters. It turned out that his lordly ways were only outweighed by his sportiness in the field. The dog was born to hunt.

After years of hunting behind him, I admit there are things I could have done differently as a trainer. I could have done less. It seems I had a whole lot to learn about life—and that I would learn it from a dog. His instinct about birds was often right when mine was wrong. It would be nice if he would retrieve, but I don’t have the heart to make him. The only time I ever needed him to bring back a bird, he did so…reluctantly. The moment was a perfect expression of our bond.

A Family (with more legs)

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Here’s Christine with Cogsy. (Steve Meyer photo)

There was never a time in which I wished I would have children or a family of my own. I didn’t know what I would do to fill a lifetime, but I knew there was plenty. I’ve arrived at mid-life as a member of various outdoor-affiliated organizations and rabidly read literature on this year’s migration numbers. Stories about the purchase or demise of fine hunting dogs bring tears to my eyes. I own more gun-cleaning kits than sewing kits (actually, I don’t own any sewing kits). I have no children or excuses for my behavior. I love all things outdoors and spend most my time with Labs and setters who think life is about athleticism and breakfast; I agree.

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With Hugo. (Steve Meyer photo)

Why get a hunting dog? Will it make you healthier? Will it challenge you? Will it further your involvement in your sport? Will it deepen your connection to the hunt you love? Yes, it can do all of that, but it can do one thing more. Bonding with the dog who shares the hunt with you is a chance to build a friendship unlike any other. A hunting dog reflects you in a new way and brings awareness, authenticity and shared joy into the things you do together. They are great teachers of patience, forgiveness, devotion and silent conversation. If you’re up for the effort, it’s worth it.

 

 

 

 

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Retro WON — Mia & the Little Gal: The Little Gal Settles a Bowfishing Score http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/06/mia-the-little-gal-the-little-gal-settles-a-score/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/06/mia-the-little-gal-the-little-gal-settles-a-score/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 07:58:21 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=12046 Find out why the Little Gal had to get back on the water, in her quest to conquer some carp.

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The Little Gal is back in school and summer vacation is long over. I have been hunting bears and Hank has been guiding hunters. Our schedules are full, so to speak. On Friday, Hank told us that the boat was going to be put away for the winter next week. The Little Gal and l decided we had to go to the lake one last time. The Little Gal still had a score to settle, and it is about bowfishing.

Over the summer the Little Gal found a sport she decided she wanted to conquer. Bow fishing. She told us she needed a bow. She is small, thus the name “Little Gal,” and isn’t able to pull a great deal of weight. We found her a youth-model fishing bow, and she has spent the summer trying to master it. After shooting high, low, left and right, she had glanced her arrows off of a couple of the big fish. She had frustrating days and exciting days. Day after day she tried and day after day she came home with nothing. All of a sudden it seemed summer was over and it was time to go back go school. She hadn’t arrowed a fish yet.

We loaded up with the news of the boat being put away. Perched at the bow was that Little Gal. She had her bow up and ready. We went straight to the “Honey Hole” and trolled through, but there was not a fish to be found. The Little Gal was a little disappointed. We worried that the weather may be to cold but headed to another spot anyhow. As we approached we saw a few carp finning and we knew “it was on.” Without anyone saying a word, the Little Gal jumped to her feet as the fish dove deep.

The Little Gal pursed her lips in disappointment. “Mom. You’re driving too fast.” I told her to be patient and motored to the other side. The Little Gal stood in silence at the bow of the boat. She was looking intently left and right. I trolled slowly and then we saw a couple more fish finning in the sun. The Little Gal let an arrow fly … but it was too low. She gave a frustrated glance.

We told her to be ready because there were more ahead. I put the boat in gear and she reeled in as quick as you’ve ever seen. She had her bow up and ready before we knew it. Then she let another arrow fly and WHACK! She nailed one! The arrow didn’t bounce off this big guy, it penetrated all the way through. She jumped up and down and shrieked as she had finally arrowed her first fish.

“Mom! Stop the boat! Hank! Hurry! Hurry! Don’t let him get off! Hurry!” Hank dragged the fish in for her. The Little Gal looked at it in amazement. Not because she’d never seen one before, but because this one was “hers.” I quickly turned the boat off and we ran to admire her first fish. With a HUGE high five and big hug we resumed our positions.

I put the boat in gear again. We continued our day and the Little Gal found another carp to smack. She spotted it and drew. It darted to the left and she swung at full draw like and old pro. She led it and then let her arrow fly. It hit her target with direct force, and then she was screaming for Hank to drag in another score.

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The Little Gal and her carp. Photo by Mia Anstine.

The Little Gal had an awesome finale to the season. Her score with those big ole carp has now been settled. Not one but TWO arrowed fish for her. Hank and me? We had big fat zeros. She says “I’m catching up to you guys fast.” Gotta love it!

Follow Mia Anstine’s life at her excellent blog, My Many Outdoor Adventures.

This retro-WON piece first came to light on Oct. 14, 2011!

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