Hunting, shooting, fishing and adventure for women by women http://www.womensoutdoornews.com Women who shoot, hunt, fish and lead lives of adventure. Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:13:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/cropped-2012_WON_Logo_watermark-32x32.png Hunting, shooting, fishing and adventure for women by women http://www.womensoutdoornews.com 32 32 Liberty Safe is giving away FREE Handgun Vaults with Select Safe Purchases! http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/liberty-safe-free-handgun-vaults/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/liberty-safe-free-handgun-vaults/#respond Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:13:23 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29635 If you love getting something for free you need to see what Liberty Safe is giving away.

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Liberty Safe is giving away FREE Handgun Vaults with Select Safe Purchases!

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Preparedness: Make a List and Be Sure to Check it Twice http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/preparedness-make-list-check-twice/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/preparedness-make-list-check-twice/#respond Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:05:26 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29369 Cheryl Todd has a list to help you make this the year you concentrate on preparedness and the second amendment. Sponsored by AZ Firearms.

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We don’t often think of old Saint Nick as someone who practices preparedness, but consider this: He’s “making a list and checking it twice” and he’s “gonna find out who’s naughty and nice.” These are the elements of preparedness and situational awareness. We can all take a lesson from the jolly old elf. Bearing glad tidings may be your intent, but not everyone has quite the same spirit.

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The Flame is sponsored by AZ Firearms.

As a gift to yourself, check off this list and plan to enter the New Year by taking at least four new steps toward preparedness:

1. Mental Preparation. It’s been said that success is 10 percent physical and 90 percent mental. Santa surely has every chimney navigation pre-planned down to the millionth of a second, similar to how athletes train, as they envision scenarios they may encounter. A gymnast, for example, plays a mental movie of each step, each hand-hold, and each tuck and roll in the process of completing his or her routine. A clear mental picture emerges that can be played forward and backward, seamlessly planning each moment. This is done to reduce anxiety, to consider surprising events that might occur, and to plan for success.

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Self-defense strategies are similar, in that we need to prepare for both known and unknown elements. We can sit in our homes and play scenarios of a home invasion wherein an intrusion comes from a variety of different doors and windows. But how do we prepare for an assault in a shopping mall, in a parking lot or while we are on vacation? One way is to make a habit of tuning in to the Self-Defense Gun Stories Podcast and Stop the Threat TV. Both of these shows take the listener and viewer through actual news stories of self-defense and offer play-by-play commentary from experts as they discuss each moment in terms of what went well and what could have been done more effectively. Watching these events offers a valuable glimpse into the tactics used by criminals, as well as a chance to witness times when would-be victims were able to successfully turn the tables on their attackers.

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2. Physical Training. Almost everyone plans to join a gym as a New Year’s resolution. Sure, we want to drop a few pounds, but we also want to increase strength and endurance. Physical exercise has been proven to help with focus, clarity, and quickness of mind and body. You can train your mind and muscles for self-defense just as effectively. Just like you would seek out a professional trainer at the gym, you will want to find a skilled instructor who can take you through threat-assessment and threat-management techniques. One of the most respected names in teaching the rules of engagement and self-defense is the Massad Ayoob Group (MAG).  MAG offers courses ranging in length from 2 days to several days, in which students learn the legal, emotional, mental and physical elements of self-defense.

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3. Legal Protection. In the movies there are good guys and bad guys, characters who are obviously naughty or nice, and the police seem to magically know who is who before they even arrive on the scene of an incident. In those films, the good guys pick up their guns and head home to resume their life uninterrupted. This is a wholly false portrayal of what happens in real life. When a citizen discharges his or her firearm in self-defense the police will process the scene, secure all suspects, and sort out the details later. For the protection of themselves and others, the police may handcuffe you, place you prone on the ground, lock you in the back of a cruiser, or even put you in jail. Furthermore, even if you aren’t formally charged with any wrongdoing, you may be sued in civil court by anyone else involved in the incident. You may be held financially liable for destruction of property, loss of life, pain and suffering…the list goes on.

For your own protection, you should consider forming a professional relationship with a self-defense legal protection organization, such as Second-Call Defense, which advises all its members on what to expect, how to react, and what not to say and do in the event of an incident. Another organization that acts as self-defense insurance to help with the legal expenses of being arrested, posting bond, and hiring counsel is the Armed Citizen Legal Defense Network (ACLDN). The United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) also offers excellent post-incident protection plans, and arms its members with education and firearms training.

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4. Community Support. Every day, groups across the United States are acting very much like Santa Claus—in that they are ever-vigilant, checking twice, and sorting our naughty laws while writing nice ones. When we join these groups, our membership fees help fund their work as they encounter the never-ending stream of regulations and laws that seek to infringe on our Second Amendment rights. The strength of their membership also sends a message to the anti-gun groups that these organizations are millions of Americans strong. These groups keep their members informed with regular newsletters to offer insight into the battle that goes on at local, state and federal levels.

One such organization is the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), which is “dedicated to promoting a better understanding about our Constitutional heritage to privately own and possess firearms. To that end, [they] carry on many educational and legal action programs designed to better inform the public about the gun control debate.” Another excellent organization is the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), which is designed to help the firearms industry, and helps those who are engaged in firearms and ammunition businesses. The NSSF is also engaged in “promoting, protecting and preserving hunting and the shooting sports.” And finally, nearly everyone has heard of the National Rifle Association (NRA), but they are much more than simply the “gun lobby.” The NRA offers and supports a wide variety of safety programs and classes. Its Political Victory Fund (PVF) evaluates and grades politicians seeking office. NRA membership also offers corporate discounts, and the organization even has a wine club.

As the sun sets on one year, dawn is breaking on the new one. Make this the year you concentrate on preparedness with a list that you have checked twice. Being ready for anything naughty will make 2017 very nice.

Make preparedness your goal for 2017.

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Sharing a First Chukar Hunt Experience in Beautiful Idaho http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/chukar-hunt-experience-idaho/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/chukar-hunt-experience-idaho/#respond Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:14:19 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29327 Christine Cunningham experienced the exhilaration that is chukar hunting and shares the story in her column sponsored by Syren.

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My first day of hunting was with a friend, whom many in the outdoors industry would call a mentor. However, I didn’t think of our relationship that way. It wasn’t until years later when we were asked to mentor young hunters that I questioned the word “mentor” for the first time. When a friend joins me for any activity, or I try something new—whether it’s hunting or learning to rock climb—the concept of mentorship is furthest from my mind. It’s a word that belongs in the business world or the classroom, and it makes me feel 100 years old and bookish. Nonetheless, it was thanks to Idaho’s Hunting Passport mentorship program that a girlfriend was able to join us for a hunt at the last minute without first having to complete a hunter education course. And thanks to that program, a group of us—all beginners in one way or another—experienced the exhilaration that is chukar hunting.

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One of my favorite parts of this particular co-mentorship was that Stacie lived in Boise and had never hunted. Her husband had hunted in the area, but had never hunted chukar. My partner and I had never hunted chukar, either, but we went on upland hunts with bird dogs as often as possible. The dogs were in similar states of experience and unfamiliarity: Our English setter, Hugo, had only hunted ptarmigan and spruce grouse, and their springer spaniel, Jack, was a rescue who had found plenty of birds but was new to the gun. We set out to have fun and learn collaboratively.

One of the common questions when planning to go out with a girlfriend is the discussion on what to wear. When it’s an upland hunting trip, hunters must consider how much hunter orange is required (find out your state’s hunter orange requirements here). I packed an extra vest and brush pants for Stacie to borrow, and she gave me details about the weather so I could determine which boots and layers to pack. As we donned our vests, she noted that she shouldn’t put her Chapstick in the same pocket as her shells. The mentorship program was already at work!

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Stacie and Hugo on a break chukar hunting with a view of the canyon. (Steven Meyer photo)

Stacie had planned to use an auto-loader because it was available. My preference for wingshooting is an over/under, so I talked her into borrowing my Elos Venti, one of a growing number of Syren shotgun models. Stacie’s husband had provided her with firearms safety instruction, and she was impeccable with her mastery of the 4 basic firearms safety rules. I’d hunted with many practiced hunters who failed to maintain muzzle control in different types of terrain, but whether we were bouldering, boarding a boat, or climbing canyons, she was always aware of where she pointed her shotgun.

We watched our dogs work like proud parents. Stacie was grateful to be able to take Jack hunting because it fulfilled a condition of his adoption. Several homes had wanted him, but Stacie won out when she expressed a desire to take him hunting. Jack’s black ears bounced above the grass ahead of us, while all we could see of Hugo was his white tail. When Hugo pointed chukar 200 yards ahead of us, my only expectation was that they would hold the way ptarmigan held. By the time we closed to 100 yards, it was clear they were running. For the rest of the day, the dogs were wild with the smell of chukar in the air and we could hear the bird’s calls echo off the canyon walls around us.

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Heading down after chukars (after heading up), (Steven Meyer photo)

Many folks call chuckar “devil birds,” and they’re sometimes sought after by elitist hunters who cannot help but return for more pleasant misery. We climbed for days, and it was fun to share the torturous work. At the end of each day, Stacie confirmed her desire to kill a bird. On our fourth day, we hunted California quail, also known as valley quail. We both shared a first in taking these sharply-dressed birds. Watching Stacie took me back to my first hunt, when all I wanted was to connect with game. And, holding the male of the species in my hand brought home everything I had read about the little bird, who was as colorful as the country.

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Stacie Meyer retrieving a pheasant pointed by Hugo and shot by her husband, Jared Meyer (she was pretty happy to have found it!) (Steven Meyer photo)

As often as I hunt birds, it’s hunting with new partners that gives me the most perspective. I can see similarities and differences between us, with a greater appreciation for my journey. I find myself connected to people whom I may not otherwise have befriended, and I find myself admiring them for our shared values, even if we have nothing else in common. This is especially true when encountering gunners who put their dogs or conservation first. Most of all, we share a story of venturing to a place that exists outside of time—the hunt, an old and true human endeavor, is a cure for modern ailments.

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As I reflect back on the week we hunted together, it’s impossible to say who in our group was mentoring and who was mentored. We all guided and uplifted each other, just as we all enjoyed our efforts and will always have something to teach and learn. As early as the 1580s, the word share meant “to divide one’s own and give part to others.” I prefer “share” to “mentor” in describing what it is to go afield with a new hunter. But, I’m also grateful to Idaho’s mentoring program because, as its website says, “There is no better way to introduce a new hunter to the safe, ethical and responsible aspects of hunting” than to take them hunting.

Let’s go on a chukar hunt!

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Survival Mom: 20 Quality Prepper Gifts Under $20 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/survival-mom-prepper-gifts-20/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/survival-mom-prepper-gifts-20/#respond Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:10:51 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29558 If you have a pepper in your life you need to read this list from our featured blogger, The Survival Mom.

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Are you looking for gifts for the prepper in your life? I know there are a few items on this list I would like to find under the tree. ~MC

Most preppers have so many things on their wishlist that it may seem like only those with a lot of spare money can manage it. Starting out, most of us have purchased cheaply made items, not realizing just how low-quality they really were. Imagine being in a severe emergency only to find that the gear in your bug out bag either breaks the first time you use it. That’s a nightmare scenario, for sure.

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You don’t have to be a victim of cheap and poor quality survival gear and supplies — not when your life could depend on it!

We’ve combed through dozens of online products that we either use ourselves or have been recommended to us by others. Each of these prepper gifts is under $20, but the are still solid quality items, not cheap dime-store items.

These items are a solid foundation to get started and they make great gifts and, in some cases, stocking stuffers. They’re also a excellent upgrades for anyone who has been preparing just a bit longer and wants to improve their kit. Have kids or grandkids? These inexpensive gifts are also a great way for them to get started. I still remember getting my first pocket knife (a knife I still own) as a kid, and my eldest loves his new mess kit.

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Food and Water

1. Herb Terrarium – Small, portable, easy to use, and herbs are good for both cooking and (sometimes) herbal medicine. What’s not to love?

2. LifeStraw Personal Water Filter – The LifeStraw is only for one person, but provides water immediately, no need for boiling water, adding bleach or anything else. It’s easy enough that even very young children can safely use one.

3. Mess kit – In addition to the standard bowl, cup, and utensils, this kit has a small cutting board and container for spices. My teenage Scout loves having the spice shaker and there are 7 colors to choose from — even pink!

4. Pie Iron Sandwich Cooker – I’ll admit it. I just like hot sandwiches, as detailed in this article. This makes it easy to make them over a campfire. It’s just like when I went camping as a little girl.

 

Continue reading “20 Quality Prepper Gifts Under $20” here and be sure to follow The Survival Mom blog.

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Bobwhites: ‘Working Lands’ Program and Restoration of Native Bird http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/bobwhites-lands-program-restoration/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/bobwhites-lands-program-restoration/#respond Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:26:19 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29572 NBCI says approval of bobwhites for 'Working Lands' program improves odds of landscape scale restoration of native bird.

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KNOXVILLE, TN, Dec. 2, 2016 – The National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) moved a step closer to two of its major goals for landscape restoration of wild bobwhites – reconnecting cattle and quail, and reconnecting forests and quail – when the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced the approval Tuesday of two NBCI-led proposals to recognize bobwhites in the NRCS Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) program.

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When announcing approval of the projects on a Missouri farm, NRCS Chief Jason Weller said “We were really pumped to receive two bobwhite proposals. These projects represent what’s best for America-family ownership, conservation, helping communities and partnerships.”
With a goal of affecting 232,000 targeted acres in 13 states by fiscal year 2018, this WLFW accomplishment may be the largest concentrated effort ever applied to reintegrating wild bobwhites into this nation’s working landscapes,” said NBCI Director Don McKenzie.
The grasslands proposal targets 150,000 acres in eight states — Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia — and will provide technical and financial assistance to landowners interested in converting pastures of exotic, endophyte-infected fescue to drought-tolerant native grasses and wildflowers, along with developing prescribed grazing plans.
It is estimated that as much as 85% of tall fescue is infected with an endophyte fungus that causes cattle a wide range of problems,” said McKenzie. “And as a cool-season grass, fescue doesn’t produce nearly as well as natives during the droughty summer months. A strategic landscape-scale mixture of native warm-season grasses and forbs that complement prevalent introduced cool-season forages will help producers, cattle, quail and other grasslands wildlife.
Additionally, the Center for Native Grasslands Management at the University of Tennessee has offered to provide “Train the Trainer” sessions for partner biologists and NRCS staff on establishing and managing native grasses for grazing and wildlife.
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A male bobwhite. (Ben Robinson photo)

The forestlands proposal targets 82,000 acres across six states – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, North Carolina and South Carolina – and will provide technical and financial assistance to landowners interested in restoring declining pine savanna habitat using native grasses, timber thinning and prescribed fire. Pine savanna is a diverse ecosystem supporting bobwhites and more than 300 other species.
These projects, which are very targeted for maximum impact, were coordinated by NBCI and approved by the NRCS State Conservationists in each participating state,” said McKenzie. “Numerous close partners played key roles, including the UT Center for Native Grasslands Management, the Central Hardwoods Joint Venture, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, NRCS state and regional offices, various state wildlife agency quail coordinators, and the National Bobwhite Technical Committee’s grasslands/grazing lands, agriculture and forestry subcommittees.
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About NBCI

Headquartered at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, NBCI is an initiative of the National Bobwhite Technical Committee (NBTC) to elevate bobwhite quail recovery from an individual state-by-state proposition to a coordinated, range-wide leadership endeavor. The committee is comprised of representatives of 25 state wildlife agencies, various academic research institutions and private conservation organizations. Support for NBCI is provided by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program, state wildlife agencies, the Joe Crafton Family Endowment for Quail Initiatives, the University of Tennessee and Park Cities Quail. For more information, please visit www.bringbackbobwhites.org and find us on Facebook, YouTube and Slideshare.

Read about the history of the bobwhites here.

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The Women’s Gun Show Episode #29: Gun Books for Your Library http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/the-womens-gun-show-episode-29-gun-books-for-your-library/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/the-womens-gun-show-episode-29-gun-books-for-your-library/#respond Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:45:27 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29540 Are you looking for a good read this holiday season, or want to give a gift that a shooter will enjoy? Check out the list that Carrie Lightfoot and Barbara Baird compiled. And, Carrie interviews author and Top Shot winner Chris Cheng about his book. Sponsored by Ruger.

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This week, in show #29, Carrie Lightfoot and Barbara Baird discuss great gun books for your library. Carrie interviews Top Shot’s Chris Cheng, who wrote a book!

Barb talks about taking a “what type of dog would you be” test: http://www.playbuzz.com/toddbriscoelittlethings10/what-dog-breed-are-you

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Barb took this test and wound up being compared to this breed of dog — similar to the one that she talked to Carrie about in the podcast this week.

Firearms news you can use

Knife attack stopped by a gun: http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/28/us/ohio-state-university-active-shooter/

Black Friday Gun Sales: http://bearingarms.com/jenn-j/2016/11/29/despite-predictions-black-friday-produced-record-breaking-gun-sales/

Cool products
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Watch Chris Cheng instructive videos on the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLflj6x1a7no6AhutnXaRCtFOJwuwLn3bD
Book list

Chris Cheng, Shoot to Win: Tips, Tactics and Techniques to Help You Shoot Like a Prohttps://www.amazon.com/Shoot-Win-Tips-Tactics-Techniques/dp/1628736992

Julie Golob, shoot: Your Guide to Shooting and Competition: https://www.amazon.com/Shoot-Your-Guide-Shooting-Competition/dp/161608698X

Gabby Franco, TroubleShooting: Mastering your Pistol Marksmanship, Vol. 1: https://www.amazon.com/TroubleShooting-Mastering-your-Pistol-Marksmanship/dp/0615824188

Navy SEAL Chris Sajnog, Navy SEAL Shooting: https://www.amazon.com/Navy-SEAL-Shooting-Chris-Sajnog/dp/194378700X/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8Any of Jeff Cooper’s books: https://www.amazon.com/Jeff-Cooper/e/B000APBQSU

Massad Ayoob, In the Gravest Extremes: http://thewellarmedwoman.com/books-and-dvds/in-the-gravest-extreme

A Time to Kill: http://thewellarmedwoman.com/books-and-dvds/a-time-to-kill-the-myth-of-christian-pacifism

NRA Guide Personal Protection in the Home: http://thewellarmedwoman.com/books-and-dvds/nra-guide-to-the-basics-of-personal-protection-in-the-home

Gunproof Your Children: http://thewellarmedwoman.com/books-and-dvds/gunproof-your-children-handgun-primer

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TWAW books and dvds: http://thewellarmedwoman.com/books-and-dvds

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Stevens Adds Three Compact Over-Under Shotguns to its 555 Lineup http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/stevens-adds-compact-shotguns-555/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/stevens-adds-compact-shotguns-555/#respond Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:06:47 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29537 Exciting news from Stevens!

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SUFFIELD, Connecticut – November 30, 2016 – Stevens by Savage Arms is pleased to announce its extension of 555 over-under shotgun product line by adding three compact models priced less than $695. Shipments of these firearms are currently being delivered to dealers.

Stevens has made its 555 over-under line even more versatile with the new 555 Compact. The stylish shotgun has a mid-length forearm and a compact, 13.25-inch length-of-pull, making it perfect for smaller-framed shooters. Like the original 555, it features a light aluminum receiver that’s scaled to gauge. A steel insert reinforces the breech, minimizing weight and maximizing strength.

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The 555 Compact sports a Turkish walnut stock and forearm, shell extractors, a manual safety, and a single, selective mechanical trigger—all at a superb price. Five interchangeable choke tubes allow the fast-handling gun to meet any shooting need.

Features & Benefits
• Mid-length forearm and compact 13.25-inch length of pull
• Lightweight aluminum receiver scaled to gauge
• Single, selective mechanical trigger
• Turkish walnut stock and forearm
• Chrome-lined barrels
• Tang-mounted safety
• 24-inch barrel length

Part No. / Description / MSRP 
22154 / 555 Compact, 20-Gauge / $692
22155 / 555 Compact, 28-Gauge / $692
22156 / 555 Compact, .410-Gauge / $692

About Vista Outdoor Inc.
Vista Outdoor is a leading global designer, manufacturer and marketer of consumer products in the growing outdoor sports and recreation markets. The company operates in two segments, Shooting Sports and Outdoor Products, and has a portfolio of well-recognized brands that provides consumers with a wide range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative products for individual outdoor recreational pursuits. Vista Outdoor products are sold at leading retailers and distributors across North America and worldwide. Vista Outdoor is headquartered in Utah and has manufacturing operations and facilities in 13 U.S. States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico along with international customer service, sales and sourcing operations in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe and New Zealand. For news and information visit www.vistaoutdoor.com or follow us on Twitter @VistaOutdoorInc and Facebook at www.facebook.com/vistaoutdoor.

 

Stevens by Savage Arms is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company.

To learn more about Savage Arms, visit www.savagearms.com.

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Run ‘Moose on the Loose 5K’ at Shot Show – January 16 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/run-moose-5k-shot-show-january-16/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/run-moose-5k-shot-show-january-16/#respond Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:41:56 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29527 If you're attending SHOT Show you need to find out more about, "The Moose On The Loose" 5K run.

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Minneapolis, MINN. (December 2, 2016) – Attendees of the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) will have the chance to use their sneakers for more than just traversing the show floor when they run in the 2nd Annual Moose on the Loose 5K hosted by Julie McQueen and Jimmy Herman on Monday, January 16 at 4 p.m.  The event is pegged as a fun run and doesn’t cost a dime to enter, but attendees will be encouraged to donate online to Wishes 4 Warriors and Stewards of Wildlife.

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“The Moose On The Loose 5K is a great way to combine charity, healthy lifestyles, and industry friendships during SHOT Show. I’m honored and excited to host this event again this year! It’s going to be a great time!” stated Julie McQueen, host of “Till Death Do Us Part” and co-host of Moose on the Loose 5k.

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Lace up and join Julie and I for a great cause helping fellow hunters and outdoor enthusiasts as we kick off the 2017 SHOT Show week,” exclaimed Jimmy Herman, fiddler for Carrie Underwood’s band and co-host of Moose on the Loose 5k.

Started in 2016, the first Moose on the Loose 5K began with Julie McQueen and Cam Hanes as hosts and word spread via social media. That event had 80 runners participating with several organizations involved to hand out water and other giveaways.

 

The 2017 event currently has organizations WSI Sports creating t-shirts for the first 80 participants, Radyne is ensuring all runners are hydrated by delivering water, Wilderness Athlete is bring samples of their hydration and energy products, Girls with Guns Clothing will provide an outfit from their athletic line to the winner of the lady racers, National Deer Alliance is helping to off-set race costs, Mule Deer Foundation’s Ray Crow will be serving fun beverages, and others to be named.

Let us know if you join in on the 5K run.

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World Archery 2016 Athlete of the Year Award: Six U.S. Archers Finalists http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/finalists-world-archery-2016-award/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/finalists-world-archery-2016-award/#respond Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:17:49 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29518 Find out how to vote for our U.S. archers for the World Archer, Athlete of the Year.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – World Archery announced the finalists for the 2016 Athlete of the Year Awards. Among the world’s top competitors, six U.S. archers are in the top five of their category.  Read the original announcementOnline voting is now open through December 31st.

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USA Archery is incredibly proud of our archers,” commented CEO Denise Parker (Salt Lake City, Utah). “This was a remarkable year for us and we congratulate all of our very deserving nominees.

In the compound men’s category, both Steve Anderson (Bountiful, Utah) and Braden Gellenthien (Hudson, Massachusetts) were named to the shortlist. Anderson picked up his first international gold this year at the USA’s best ever World Archery Field Championships. He also shot a personal best 711 in qualification this year and earned team gold and silver medals at the Medellin and Shanghai Archery World Cup stages.

Gellenthien also picked up some major international hardware in 2016 team gold medals at the Antalya and Medellin Archery World Cup stages and the individual title at the Indoor Archery World Cup in Nimes France. At the U.S. National Target Championships, Gellenthien had possibly his greatest accomplishment of the year: a near perfect 718/720 points to set a new world record for the 50m ranking round.

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Crystal Gauvin

Brady Ellison (Globe, Arizona) is a strong contender for the best recurve male athlete of the year. After ending the U.S.’s 16-year individual Olympic medal drought with a bronze in Rio and his second consecutive Olympic team silver, Ellison earned both team and individual gold at the World Archery Field Championships. He won mixed team gold in Shanghai, individual gold in Medellin and team bronze in Antalya during the 2016 Archery World Cup circuit, earning himself a spot in the event Final where he won his fourth gold and fourth Longines Prize for Precision, becoming the first person ever to earn those honors four times.

On the indoor circuit Ellison cleaned the 2015-2016 Indoor World Cup Circuit with his third Final Champion title. He opened the 2016-2017 season with individual gold in Marrakesh following a world record qualification score of 598/600 – breaking a record that had stood for 15 years.

Crystal Gauvin (Dayville, Connecticut) is a finalist for the compound women’s athlete of the year award. After finishing with both individual and team silver at the Medellin stage of the Archery World Cup, Gauvin won bronze at the Archery World Cup Final. Ranked No. 2 in the world, Gauvin also posted a strong 705 in qualification in the past year and competed on the U.S. World Field Championship Team.

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Lia Coryell

Paralympic archers Andre Shelby (Jacksonville, Florida) and Lia Coryell (Lacrosse, Wisconsin) were also named to the men and women’s short lists. Veteran Coryell earned a spot on the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Archery Team after 14 months of intense training with teammate Samantha Tucker. Coryell won bronze at the Parapan American Championships. Domestically, Lia is the U.S.’s only competitive W1 female archer and competes against the W1 men in most national competitions and is an inspiration to women around the world.

Shelby, a Navy veteran, became the first African American in history to medal in archery at the Paralympic Games. He also won the U.S.’s first compound open men’s gold at the Paralympic Games, earning his first Paralympic Champion title at his first Games. Shelby won both team and individual gold medals at the Parapan American Championships. Domestically, Shelby won bronze in the para compound open men’s division at the Arizona Cup, and bronze at the SoCal Showdown, competing against able-bodied archers.

To vote for these amazing U.S. athletes for the 2016 Athlete of the Year awards, visit www.worldarchery.org/awards.

About USA Archery

USA Archery is the National Governing Body for the Olympic sport of archery in the United States. USA Archery selects and trains Olympic, Paralympic, World Championship, and World Cup teams, as well as developing archery at the grassroots level across the United States.  For more information, visit http://www.usarchery.org.

Please vote for our the World Archery finalists.

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We’re right in the middle of holiday shopping.  If you’re an angler then you already have holiday fishing gift ideas for your spouse, child, or buddy.  But if you don’t fish then it can be tough to find the perfect present for your favorite fisherman.  Here are four ideas to narrow down the choices.

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1.  For how long has your angler been fishing?  Odds are if it’s been a short time then hardgoods are a solid bet.  Rods and reels get the nod, beginners need to assemble a variety of lengths and line/lure/line weights to suit the variety of species and fishing conditions.

2.  Replacements are always welcome.  Anglers who have been fishing for a while probably have enough rods and reels, but because they spend a lot of time on the water their gear wears out.  New waders, line, favorite lures, new lures, hooks, split rings, and soft plastics are good ideas.  Take a look through their tackle box to see what is worn out.  Lures with chipped finishes, rusty hooks or pliers, and frayed line all need to be replaced.

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3.  What do you get the angler who has everything?  Anglers who have spent a lot of their life on the water acquire tremendous amount of gear.  Chances are they have what they need, so here are two ideas.  The first is to read up on new tackle for 2017.  Since the tackle is just hitting the market the chance is slim that they have it.  The second is an experience.  Maybe they’ve always wanted to catch a particular species of fish or visit a specific place (like Alaska or Florida).  Those experiences provide great memories, particularly if you can find a way to go, too.

Continue reading, there are still more great ideas from TakeMeFishing.org‘s “Holiday Fishing Gift Ideas” here.

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Vermont Outdoors Woman: Winter Doe Camp Update http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/vermont-outdoors-woman-winter-doe-camp/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/vermont-outdoors-woman-winter-doe-camp/#respond Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:24:54 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29458 Spend the weekend learning winter outdoor skills while staying near the shores of Lake Morey in Fairlee, VT!

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A Winter Retreat for Adventurous Women at  Hulbert Outdoor Center, Fairlee, Vermont.

  

March 3 – 5, 2017

Work is underway on our Winter Doe Camp schedule.

With so much interest in our next retreat, we are contacting instructors and starting to develop classes for our 2017 Winter Doe Camp one month ahead of last year.

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We’ll let you know when the schedule comes together.

As soon as the schedule is finished, we’ll have the registration form ready and you will be notified. 

Classes and schedule may change
 due to circumstances beyond our control.

Save Your Spot at Winter Doe Camp! We are accepting $100 refundable deposits so that you can save your spot at camp. First come, first served for the classes of your choice. Send deposits to: VOW, P.O. Box 10, N. Ferrisburgh, VT. 05473  PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR PHONE NUMBER & EMAIL ADDRESS 

 

Cost for the all inclusive weekend program is $390 pp.
 
Save 10% for mother/daughter groups or friends groups of 3 or more. 

Special day rates for daily drive-ins.

News From Our Office:

As many of you know, we are beginning the process of reorganizing Vermont Outdoors Woman as a non profit foundation with the goal of getting more women into the outdoors. A new website is under development thanks to Teija Huttunen-Green. An Advisory Board and a Board of Directors are nearly complete and volunteers are stepping up to help with organizing. Thanks to everyone involved. 

If you think that you have what it takes to help grow our organization, let us know. Right now we need help with sponsorship development, raffle items, legal advice, social media and if you live near North Ferrisburg, VT, office help.  Email: vow@voga.org or call 800-425-6211. 

Thanks in advance.


About Winter Doe Camp


Winter Doe Camp
 is a women’s weekend retreat for outdoor skill development, adventure, health and just plain fun. Participants can camp out or stay in heated cabins at night, enjoy great meals and play in the snow all day. Spend the weekend learning winter outdoor skills while staying near the shores of Lake Morey in Fairlee, VT!  

Classes start on Friday and run through Sunday. 
Delicious, hearty and well balanced meals are served buffet style in Hulbert’s sunny dining hall.
 
Accommodations are in Hulbert’s comfortable, winterized cabins. Cabins have 4 rooms with 4 beds in each room. Each cabin contains two bathrooms each with two showers and two toilets. Participants are responsible for bringing their own blankets, pillows, linens, and towels or you can rent them for $10. Program fee is based on Quad occupancy.  
   
The minimum age is 15 and minors must be accompanied by an adult. 
 
Contact: Vermont Outdoors Woman at: vow@voga.org or call 802-425-6211:
To learn more about Vermont Outdoors Woman, visit: www.outdoorswoman.org
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In case you plan ahead:
Our next Fall Doe Camp will be held at Jackson’s Lodge on September 15 – 17, 2017 and we are already receiving $100 deposits.
Sponsored by:
Hulbert Outdoor Center, Vermont Outdoors Woman, Vermont Outdoor Guide Association and Vermont Fish & Wildlife. More sponsors are listed HERE.  

Vermont Outdoors Woman as a non profit foundation with the goal of getting more women into the outdoors.

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Retro WON: Young Doc Fills her Freezer with Organic Colorado Elk and Antelope http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/organic-colorado-elk-antelope/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/organic-colorado-elk-antelope/#respond Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:08:37 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=14147 Twin biathletes Tracy and Lanny Barnes describe how they scouted and then guided their sister's five-day Colorado hunt for elk and antelope. Their tips are invaluable for high-altitude big game hunting, but their stories of the hunt will make you smile.

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To say “time is precious” is an understatement to some. For the past 13 years of her life Christie Barnes, our older sister, has been pursuing a career as a surgeon. She has one more year of residency, at which point she will have received an undergraduate degree in Pre-Med/Biology from Creighton University, a degree from Creighton University, a Masters’ certificate in Physiology from Georgetown, and the title of Surgeon for the field of Otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). On top of that, she was given a total of five vacations in 13 years – which usually only consisted of a few days at a time. So, what do you do with your precious vacation time when you only have five days? You go hunting in Colorado, of course.

Hunting is what our family does, and when you’ve had a 13-year hiatus and your freezer is empty, it only seems rational to spend your vacation time participating in a time-honored tradition. The only hang up … you have two days to hunt elk in a unit you’ve never hunted in, and two days to hunt antelope. 

So, how do you do that?

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The Barnes’ twins love hunting in their home state of Colorado when they’re not training for the next biathlon competition. They are wearing Prois Hunting Apparel. Photo by Jason Baird

Employ your overly eager twin sisters to scout for you! My dad often tells people there is no reason for him to have a hunting dog, because he has us. He’ll send us scouring a mountainside to flush out game. Ahhh … the joys (or downside) of being an Olympic athlete … and the family dog.

We didn’t have much time to scout for her, as we are preparing for the start of our racing season. So, when time is precious and you want the most success out of a hunt, how do you find the animals in the least amount of time? Below, we’ve outlined some tips for scouting for game. Let’s face it, we all don’t have weeks to take off work to scout an area, especially if we are from out of state, but a little scouting in the right way can produce results.

Know before you go.

In other words, have a game plan. Scour maps from the area, the detailed topographic maps that show terrain, drainages, roads, trails, etc.  Talk to anyone you know in the area who might have any information on where herds might be or where game may have been spotted.

Check maps.

Look at the maps to determine where roads and trails cut through. If there are a lot of trails and roads in an area, chances are there are tons of people and no game. Find places you can get to, based off your ability and the likelihood that it’s not overly crowded with other hunters, hikers, etc.

Look ahead at the weather.                                   

Check the weather in the area for when you will be there hunting and especially find out what the weather has been like the weeks prior. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Has the weather been hot and dry, pushing animals into dark timber or deep brush, to the north facing slopes and or high elevations which provide more shade and cooler temperatures, and closer to watering holes, wallow, etc.?
  • Has the weather been wet and stormy, which may push the animals into the trees and out of open areas and to lower elevations?
  • Will there be snow to check for fresh tracks? Cooler weather will get the animals up moving around more. Hot, dry weather will mean the game will be bedded down for most of the day in a cool, shaded area. Also, when you get there, try to figure out any wind patterns so that you can plan your hunt accordingly. 

Water. Water. Water.

If you’re planning on hunting out West, you need to be scouting and hunting in areas that have water. Just because the map you are holding shows a creek, doesn’t mean that creek is still running in the fall. If the creek has a glacial lake that sources it, chances are it’ll run year round. Find areas that have ample water for the game you are hunting. Elk will likely water early morning or at dusk and maybe once during the day if it’s really hot. Look for a place where a wallow is being used, other wise expect to hunt the general area around where there is plenty of water. 

Run for Cover.

Elk like cover for bedding down during the day – a place that will keep them cool and safe. Elk like solitude and will not be in an area where lot of people are working their way through. Look for places that will provide ample cover for elk during the day and also places that will keep them cool and shaded. 

Put boots on the ground.

Finally, when you do get to where you are going to hunt, put some time in scouting on the ground. There’s no need to go in deep and spook the elk, but a quick check of water sources, track and especially scoping up above timber will produce good results for you to make a decision as to where to go (and where not to go). 

The same basic concepts apply. 

When hunting in a foreign area, the same basic concepts will likely apply to where you hunt game back home; it might just be on a different scale – different elevation, different species, etc.

If you look for an area where these basic concepts apply, then your chances of success will be much higher:

1. Water – of premiere importance, because if there’s water, there’ll be game.

2. No people – because if there are lots of people, whether they are hunter, hikers, bikers,  etc., the animals won’t be around.

3. Last but not least, cover—because if animals are pushed on public land, they are going to head for cover and places that are harder to reach in thicker or darker timber/brush. It may not be ideal to hunt in, but that’s where the animals are going to be.

And, how did all that scouting pay off?  

Day 1: Antelope

The sun’s beating down on the San Louis Valley in Colorado. Three girls are hunkered down in a creek bed, binoculars up, a group of antelope are in view. One of the girls is 31-year-old Christie Barnes. As mentioned earlier, she hasn’t hunted in more than13 years. But, she’s flanked by her twin sisters, Tracy and Lanny.

The girls look around at each other for a second and then look back to what lay in front of them. It’s almost as if they held a conversation, a silent one with no words. One you only learn from growing up hunting together. All three girls know that there is no cover between them and the antelope. The antelope are more than a mile away, across nothing but dust, cactus and yucca. No plant is higher than six inches. The terrain though, very gently undulates toward the speed goats. So, during the next hour-and-a-half, the girls crawl and “sumo-walk” toward the antelope, all the while trying to keep their movement up-and-down at a minimum and their hands and knees out of the cactus that blankets the ground.

Finally, the girls are within range and Christie, gently sits down in a cactus to get a good position. (Yeah … ouch!) She centers her crosshairs on the antelope and squeezes the trigger. The antelope goes down and Christie’s 13-year hiatus from hunting is now over.

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Lanny, Tracy, Deb, Thad, Christie with Christie’s antelope.

 

Day 3: Elk

We awoke to a thick layer of frost inside the tent. It was going to be a cold day. We grab our gear and start our trek in the dark. A layer of frozen snow does nothing to help our sneak to the avalanche chute where we were hoping to see the elk. We arrive a little late, due to the noise slowing us down. The tracks are there, but the elk are gone. We start to follow the tracks, but soon, as a blizzard starts laying more fresh snow down, we realize the tracks are disappearing beneath our feet. This is the beginning of October, but it feels like mid-December.

We press on, encouraged that the snow beneath our feet has now become soft and quiet. We stop for a quick lunch and huddle under a tree. The snow has been coming down hard now for two hours. We’ve never hunted this area, so we aren’t quite sure where the best place is to go look for elk that are bedded down, but we know you won’t get a bite if your line isn’t in the water. So, we press on, scouring the pines, glassing the hills. 

Finally, we are rewarded.

Tracy spots a spike bull bedded down on a hillside across from us. We know it’s likely he’s not alone. So the wait begins. Finally he stands and he is looking uphill. We wait as he slowly walks across the hill. Then all of a sudden, Lanny whispers to move. We scramble into the trees and around a corner to where we see four spikes and a shooter bull come running down the hill. They run through the open too quickly for Christie to get a good shot, but then they are coming right toward us.

Christie sets up on the shooting sticks as a spike bull comes within 40 yards and then turns up hill. She waits. One spike goes through the trees, followed by another. The shooter bull goes through the trees and she doesn’t get a shot, but that’s because a larger bull has just come up through the woods where the other were only moments earlier. The biggest bull usually comes through last; that’s why they usually get big.

Christie sets up and right and as the bull crosses through the trees, she squeezes the trigger. The bull turns and goes behind a tree. We all look at each other. Did it go down? We slowly sneak up the hill to where she had shot, and there, lying on his side, was her first bull elk. Nothing could replace the smile she had on her face. The snow finally stopped and the sun came out and as if on cue, the doctor got to work and did a little surgery on the elk to fill her freezer for the winter.

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Dr. Barnes didn’t mind that this elk coded out. It’ll fill her freezer with organic protein to keep her going during long days at the hospital! Congrats.

Runnin’ and Gunnin’ with the Twins is sponsored by Advanced Technology International, manufacturer of gunstocks, shotgun accessories and bipods.

This Retro Won first appeared October 23, 2012.

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With Temperatures Dropping, Time to Gear Up for Ice Fishing http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/temperature-dropping-gear-ice-fishing/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/temperature-dropping-gear-ice-fishing/#respond Thu, 01 Dec 2016 01:28:46 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29501 Marjorie Paulson gets some tips from Barb Carey about ice fishing in her column, sponsored by XTRATUF.

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My first exposure to the sport was watching the 1993 movie Grumpy Old Men, a story of two former childhood friends and next-door neighbors in Wabasha, Minnesota. The characters, played by Jack Lemmon and Walther Matthau, share some family ties and a fierce love of ice fishing.

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I grew up in suburban Virginia, where my out-of-doors winter play consisted of sledding, playing “Fox and Hound” and getting into snowball fights. Snow in the Mid-Atlantic states is wet. By the afternoon following a big snowstorm, the traffic has turned streets into a brownish-gray mire of mush. Winters were cold, but not frigid.

Area lakes did not often freeze hard enough to support much weight. Needless to say, ice fishing was not something we did.

This is not the case for Barb Carey, founder and president of WI Women Fish. Growing up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Barb went ice fishing with her dad on winter days. It was just part of life. As she started a family of her own, Barb busied herself with life, as we all do. Eventually, though, she returned to her ice fishing roots. After 10 to 15 years away from the sport, she noticed big changes in ice fishing gear and technology. Ice fishing had grown, in size and complexity.

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For some, that might have been the end of the story. Not for Barb Carey. She began to notice the distinct lack of women in catalogs and magazines dedicated to the outdoors, and ice fishing in particular. It was as if women just didn’t fish, an idea that Barb knew to be wholly untrue.

With this in mind, Barb founded the Women Ice Angler Project, an event intended to create media content with women in the forefront. The idea is designed to raise awareness among the ice fishing companies, ice anglers, and the general public that women do indeed participate in the sport of ice fishing.

What began as a way to showcase women in the ice fishing world has become much more personal. The women who attend these events or become members of the organization are immediately “welcomed with open arms,” says Barb. They quickly connect, provide support and encouragement, and they create adventurous opportunities for one another.

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The Women Ice Angler Project is now a forum for women to connect with like-minded individuals. Events such as an “Ice Fishing Class” and a “Weekend in a Sleeper Shack” can be found at wiwomenfish.com. These events draw women in from several states and Canada.

I can in no way diminish the importance of a grand adventure like a weekend on the ice with fellow women anglers, but I am equally thrilled that this project is a great community for women who might not have the means—in terms of time or money—to attend events like these. One award at last year’s fish camp was given to a woman who had never been to an event in person. She was named “Most Improved Boater” because, with the online help and support of women of the project, she worked all season to grow in her self-reliant boating skills.

Not only do women turn to the Women Ice Angler Project for support, they also come to the site with questions: “How do I winterize my boat?” “What type of jig rod should I use?” “How do I improve my chances for success?” “Where’s a great place to ice fish?”

The project provides a safe, supportive platform for women to ask these kinds of questions.

One big question many women who are about to take the plunge into ice fishing ask is, “What equipment do I need?”

When it comes to gearing up, Barb recommends that you connect with other women who are experienced in ice fishing. Experienced ice anglers know what works in terms of equipment and clothing.

And while some sporting gear is prohibitively expensive, it doesn’t have to be. If you are just beginning, you need a jig rod and a tip up. You can find these for $20 apiece. Some anglers want to upgrade their gear every year, so look for a big selection of used gear on the market.

Barb suggests that every angler have access to her own fish and depth indicator. This can be pricey, but it’s a critical piece of equipment that will help increase your chances of success. As a beginner, look for opportunities to borrow one; there are loaner programs available. The reason to have one for yourself is this: If you and your partner fish together and you only have one depth finder, one person gets to use it and the other feels left out. The sense of empowerment alone is worth finding a way to get this device in your hands. You deserve your own equipment.

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Getting the proper clothing is another crucial aspect of preparing to go ice fishing. Gear that keeps you warm and dry is essential. You will need a pair of women’s boots. Barb’s boots have 2,000-gram Thinsulate insulation. That’s warm. For extra insulation, try a pair of women’s fleece liners.

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Insist on clothing that fits you. Comfort is key: Don’t go for anything bulky. You will want a base layer that wicks away moisture, an insulating layer and a waterproof/windproof outer layer. Again, there may be no need to buy your clothing new. Keep your eyes out for good used options.

Above all, whether you are a lifelong ice angler or you are just looking to enter this cold realm, know that there are supportive, women-friendly resources to help guide you. From seeking out advice to planning a grand adventure, and everything in between, help is available. The current crowd of female ice anglers is ready to embrace you with a warm welcome.

So, are you ready to get out and try some ice fishing?

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Turkey Hunting: Get a Call and Start Practicing Now http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/turkey-hunting-call-practicing/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/turkey-hunting-call-practicing/#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:58:06 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29416 2 Girls Hunting explain the different types of turkey calls in their column, sponsored by Girls with Guns Hunting Gear and Apparel.

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Pursuing turkeys is one of the most exciting forms of hunting. The birds are tough to hunt yet also engaging. Hunters can be conversational with their quarry. While the conversations are exhilarating, the confrontations are what turkey hunters live for. The last 50 yards of enticing that big gobbler to your location can last for hours – or, end in a flash. It all depends on the individual bird and the situation. If getting started in turkey hunting is in your plans for this coming year, you might want to get your hands, or mouth, on a turkey call and start practicing.

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As avid turkey hunters, there are numerous types of turkey calls to help you bring in that monster bird.  From box to slate, diaphragm to many specialty versions, there are calls to use in any situation you find yourself while trying to bag a big gobbler.  Some of these calls have been around for more than a hundred years, while others have only been recently introduced.  One thing that they all have in common is that they mimic the language of  the wild turkey.

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Wingbone call

The first call we will talk about is the wing bone call.  This is the first type of turkey call invented.  Pieces of a turkey’s wing bone are boiled and the marrow removed.  The pieces are glued back together.  By placing your lips together over the bone and making a kissing type sound, you can produce a turkey “yelp”.  These calls are made at home, or by custom call makers, and not commercially sold in stores.

 

Box call

Box calls are next on the list.  They are pretty much like the name implies.  A wooden box that has a lid attached.  The lid is brought across the edge of the box, making cluck sounds.  The caller can use a gentle stroke to create a quiet cluck or purr.  You can strike the paddle harder to achieve a louder call.  In a pinch, you can also use the box call to create a ‘gobble” sound!  Most of these calls are made of wood, while some newer ones are made of plastic.  While all turkey hunters know, its hard to hunt turkeys with your hands full, and a box call requires 2 hands to operate.  Box calls are great for beginners, and should be in your arsenal.

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Slate call

Slate calls come in handy too.  They are 2 part calls, the first part being called pot.  The pot is a round piece of slate, ceramic, glass or other materials fashioned onto a piece of wood or plastic.  The 2nd part of this deadly duo is the striker, which  is usually made of wood.  The striker is rubbed or scratched on the pot. You hold it as you are holding a writing instrument. The slate call can make  almost all of the talk that a turkey can produce.  Once again, the only draw back to this call is that you need 2 hands to operate.

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Diaphragm

A diaphragm call is the most difficult to learn, yet the easiest to conceal while in use because it is hidden in your mouth.  This keeps your hands free to hold your gun or bow.  A diaphragm call is made by placing a piece of rubber, stretched between 2 pieces of metal.  The metal is then wrapped in a cloth material.  Place the call on the roof of your mouth and by directing tongue pressure and air over the rubber, almost all of the turkey sounds can be made.  This call takes lots of practice to master, but once there, this call will be your saving grace.

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Specialty calls

The final group is specialty calls.  These include push button and shaker calls.  The push button is just that – a box that contains a spring loaded dowel, that when pressed downward, creates a cluck sound.  These calls are usually made of wood, which makes them easy ruin if you take them out in the rain.  Plus, with moving parts, you have to be careful not to drop them.  The shaker call is a tube call, and when shook vigorously, it creates a gobble sound.  Be forewarned… you must be very careful about employing the gobbling sound. If you are on public land and you let go with a gobble from your shaker, you may call up another hunter thinking you are a wild turkey.  Another negative about this call is that you have to shake it violently and a turkey may see you moving.

Try many styles, use them in hunting situations and try to mimic the vocal turkeys. You won’t learn unless you practice. We like to combine the slate call to get their attention and then rely on a diaphragm call when we get a visual. Of course we are still learning our calls and practice as often as possible; we have been known to take ours with us in the car, listening to a how-to-call CD’s and annoying our passengers or even sitting on our front porch with a slate call in hand, trying to get an early season Tom to talk back to us. You Tube offers lots of instructional videos on calling techniques.

Hint: Turkeys are very visual and detect the slightest of movements,  rapidly fleeing in the opposite direction. Keep your hand gestures and body movement to a minimum to increase your chances at a successful hunt and unsure your hard work and patience pays off with a wild turkey going on the BBQ for dinner!

Are you ready to practice with your turkey calls?

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#HuntingwithJR: Deer Rule the Hunting World http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/huntingwithjr-whitetail-deer-hunting/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/huntingwithjr-whitetail-deer-hunting/#respond Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:48:08 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29213 Judy Rhodes explains why deer rule and shares some tips in her column, sponsored by Remington.

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Whitetails rule in the world of deer hunting and many hunters never venture out of their quests to discover other species. Frankly, whitetail reign for these reasons:

  • There are so many of them, millions and millions, even with the last few years of chronic wasting disease and the dreaded epizootic hemorrhagic disease.
  • They can be found in so many states, and according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, you can buy tags for them in 45 states.
  • They taste delicious. Talk about organic and healthy food for your freezer. In fact, I call hunting “grocery shopping” in the woods.
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Even though I hail from a state with whitetails galore, I recently headed to California with a Remington Custom 700 North America in .270, equipped with a Trijicon scope. There I enjoyed  a successful blacktail deer hunt. I hate to leave any out. Blacktail deer are small, reclusive deer. Some people poo-poo blacktail meat. Many people prefer the taste of whitetail venison to blacktail. If that is your story, I suggest lots of sausage and jerky made from your deer.

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#HuntingwithJR Quips and Tips

Did you know?

The only scent on deer’s antlers occurs during shedding. The area on its head is called the button – where the antlers detach from the deer’s head and regrow every year. Both antlers may not drop at the same time.

Tip: When glassing deer, notice the size of the antlers.  A legal deer (shooter) qualifies when antlers are outside the ears. And in some cases, you must count the points on the antlers, too.

Did you know?

Antlers are branched structures made entirely of bone (though they are covered in skin called velvet while growing).

Tip:  When culling does, make sure to note the shape of a deer’s head. Does are rounded, while button bucks have a side spaces for antlers.  Knowing the difference ensures a successful doe cull, or grocery store in the woods success.

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

Do you hunt deer?

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Katie Pavlich Enjoys Fall and the Beautiful Outdoors of Virginia http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/katie-pavlich-fall-outdoors-virginia/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/katie-pavlich-fall-outdoors-virginia/#comments Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:32:49 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29402 There is so much to do and see when visiting Virginia in the fall. Katie Pavlich goes exploring in her column, sponsored by Volquartsen.

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Summer is my favorite season: I enjoy long days, early sunrises, heat and even humidity. But there’s something about an East Coast fall that makes me appreciate the beauty of Mother Nature more than any other time of the year, especially in Virginia.

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I’ve come to know and look forward to Virginia autumns the most. They carry the years into the barren winters before renewal in spring. Autumn in Virginia has provided some of the most beautiful and colorful sights I’ve ever seen. The sounds of crunching red, yellow and orange leaves on a cool afternoon reflect the past and represent unique new things to come. After all, autumn is defined by maturity.

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With diverse scenery, it’s no surprise that founding fathers like Thomas Jefferson and George Washington made their homes on the southern side of the Potomac River.

“Here you can form no adequate idea of the beauty or sublimity of a winter’s storm; but standing, as I have often stood at Monticello, to watch its progress—rising over the distant Alleghany, come sweeping and roaring on, mountain after mountain, till you feel its fall and shudder at its blast; and then to turn to the fire-side, and amidst its comforts to listen to the howling wind,” Jefferson said while touring guests around Monticello in 1809, two decades after Virginia grew from a British colony to an official American state.

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Jefferson also expressed a love for spring in his writings, but there’s no doubt he recognized the unmatched beauty of an Old Dominion fall. In 1797 he wrote, “My experience of the different parts of America convinces me that these mountains are the Eden of the U.S. for soil, climate, navigation and health.”

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Apple picking for holiday pies this time of year is a tradition. At Carter Mountain Orchard, just outside of Charlottesville and next door to Monticello, the smell of cider donuts fills the air.  Cute couples, families, kids and furry four-legged friends make their way through rows of trees, climbing up to reach fruit-filled branches.

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Nearby, Shenandoah National Park is at its peak, and tourists from all over the world enjoy leisurely trips down Skyline Drive. Ambitious backpackers ramble along the Appalachian trail while day hikers make their way up Old Rag Mountain or around Stoney Man Loop.

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Southeast at the Tides Inn in Irvington, oysters are shucked on the docks, and when the sun sets early, the campfire begins with roasted marshmallows for dessert. The full moon bounces along the water, replacing the colored reflection of the trees along the shoreline.

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As life rolls along, with each year going by faster than the one before, it’s important to take a moment and appreciate the beauty that passing time has to offer—even if only for a season.

Have you ever visited Virginia in the fall?

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Laser Sights: Red versus Green http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/laser-sights-red-versus-green/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/laser-sights-red-versus-green/#comments Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:52:22 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29357 Thanks to newer technology and research, we have the option to purchase lasers in red or green. Annette Doerr shares her insights in her column, sponsored by LaserMax.

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If you have kids, you might be familiar with the game “Red Light, Green Light, 1-2-3,” but as a shooter, when I hear “red light, green light” I automatically think of laser sights. When they first became commercially available for firearms, lasers came only in red. Now, thanks to newer technology and research, we have the option to purchase our optics in red or green. But did you ever wonder why lasers are only marketed in red or green? What about blue, or pink or orange? Do you even know where the word laser comes from?

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The word laser is actually an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Lasers themselves have come a long way from when they were first developed in the 1940s. With the advancement of technology, now anyone can afford to upgrade her pistols with laser sights.

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I recently reviewed the new Spartan Laser by LaserMax. What’s cool about the Spartan is that you can install it on most semi-automatic pistols. If you decided to buy a laser sight, would you want it in red or green? I took a look at some reasons to consider each color. Here’s what I found:

Red:

  • Some old-school shooters prefer the red beam because that’s what they’re used to.
  • Red lasers cost less to manufacture, so are generally less expensive to purchase than their green counterparts.
  • Red lasers are also said to have a better battery life, which makes them less expensive to operate.
  • Red lasers are currently more mass-produced, which means they’re readily available in the marketplace (but green ones are gaining fast).

Green:

  • According to the research done by LaserMax, the human eye can see the color green easier than any other color. This holds true in any lighting condition.
  • Green looks brighter to our eyes than any other color.
  • Many shooters like to have the newest technology; green lasers are taking the market by storm.
  • Green lasers are easier to see in bright daylight. We don’t think about how much optical power it takes to see a color, but apparently it takes less effort for our eyes to see the color green. In daylight, our eyes can see all colors well, but we still see green the best.

Knowing the above, I ran my own unscientific test. In broad daylight on a sunny day, I was unable to see a red laser on my target at about 25 feet, but still able to see the green. I played around with my distances and lighting conditions: Other than in bright daylight, I was able to see both, especially as I reduced the light. In a low-light situation, I’d be comfortable with either color.

As I’ve already covered, there are many benefits to shooting and training with a laser:

  • If you find yourself in a low-light situation, the illumination of the laser can give you a better sight picture.
  • A laser sight tells you exactly where your shot will go.
  • Merely pointing a laser at a threat may be enough to stop the threat without having to pull the trigger.
  • Lasers give you a quick sight picture.
  • Lasers provide instant feedback when dry-fire training, and they make dry-firing much more fun.

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That said, there are also some misconceptions about lasers:

  • A laser will give away my location. Well, maybe…and if we’re talking about using lasers during military operations, it may be a valid point. However, if I wake to a home invasion, my yelling at the intruder that I’ve called 911 and that I will defend myself will also give away my location. Besides, modern lasers are not like the ones you see in movies: They do not create a visible line between the gun and the aim point. Any perceptible beam is only visible because of air contaminants, such as dust or smoke.
  • You need more training if you need to rely on a laser. Using a tool that provides a faster sight picture and shows you exactly where your shot will go hardly makes you a terrible shooter. Most people with this train of thought have never tried shooting with a laser.
  • What happens when your battery runs out? Two words: personal responsibility. If you’re shooting with a laser, you’ll always want to make sure your laser has fresh batteries so that when you need it, it will turn on. Most lasers today have a very long battery life and an automatic shutoff feature (the Spartan automatically shuts off after 10 minutes of inactivity). It’s up to you to make sure your lasers work, but don’t forget we’re not talking about a scope; your gun will still have iron sights on top. If in doubt, why not put some night sights on your gun in addition to the laser. (Safety first!)

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The list of responses and/or questions as to why you choose to train and shoot with a laser never ends. I find that 9 times out of 10, the people who make negative comments are the ones who haven’t trained or shot while using a laser.

It’s now commonplace to purchase a pistol with a laser already integrated. Most manufacturers work with the leading laser manufacturers and have worked their designs flawlessly into the frame of the gun. They’re so well designed you don’t feel any extra bulk in the grip, even though that’s generally where the laser is based. Guide-rod lasers and grip lasers are also readily available if you want to retrofit your pistol. These are easily installed at home, without the need for a gunsmith. Guide-rod lasers are manufactured specifically for certain pistols, ensuring proper fit. And then there’s the new LaserMax Spartan, which is now available in a laser and light combination. The Spartan will fit on almost any semi-automatic pistol by connecting to your preferred location on the bottom rail. If you’re a revolver fan, No worries—LaserMax makes lasers for wheel-guns, too.

It’s impossible to say whether a green or red laser would work better for you. Variations in the human eye, degrees of color blindness, and other vision issues can affect how an individual perceives light, color and, ultimately, which laser they can see better. Both colors have benefits and work well. Either color is better than not having one.

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Whether you’re purchasing a pistol with an integrated laser or buying an accessory laser for your existing handgun, rifle or even shotgun, that tiny beam of red or green light can be a terrific aid to your shooting and your safety. Do your research and see which color laser is best for you. Then grab one and start training.

It used to be red that meant stop. Now, according to companies like LaserMax, green means stop, too.

What color laser sights do you prefer?

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Mossy Oak® ProStaffer Ashlee Lundvall Receives Pathfinder Award http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/mossy-oak-ashlee-lundvall-award/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/mossy-oak-ashlee-lundvall-award/#respond Tue, 29 Nov 2016 01:49:09 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29464 Mossy Oak ProStaff member Ashlee Lundvall was recently named a recipient of Safari Club International Foundation’s (SCIF) Pathfinder Award.

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WEST POINT, MS  – Mossy Oak ProStaff member Ashlee Lundvall of Cody, WY., was recently named a recipient of Safari Club International Foundation’s (SCIF) Pathfinder Award.

SCI Foundation Pathfinders are people who are faced with challenges in life that causes them to find new ways to live and to overcome the challenge of being engaged in outdoor activities. These hunters also give of their time to help their community and promote hunting for other disabled hunters.

I am incredibly honored and grateful to the SCI Foundation for choosing me as the 2017 Pathfinder Award recipient,” said Lundvall. “As a hunter living with a disability, I am passionate about being a resource to others to encourage them to get outdoors and stay active. Accessible recreation has saved my life, and I look forward to continued opportunities to work with SCI and other groups in order to protect and sustain the opportunities for others to also find healing through hunting and other outdoor adventures.

 

The SCI Foundation Pathfinder program provides funding to SCI Chapters in support of their activities that engage disabled, terminally ill persons and wounded military and veterans who are hunters into the outdoors. Often, the reintroduction to nature and hunting helps these hunters to find their way to adapt to their life changes and challenges and helping others along the way.

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Lundvall will receive the award at the 2017 SCI Convention February 1-4 in Las Vegas, NV. She will be presented with a trophy and all-expense paid African safari along with other gifts.

The Foundation (SCIF) funds and directs programs across the globe dedicated to wildlife conservation, humanitarian services and outdoor education. For more information about the Pathfinder Award, your local SCI chapter or how to join SCI, go to www.SafariClub.org, www.safariclubfoundation.org or call 520-620-1220.

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Congratulations Ashlee Lundvall on your award!

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#GivingTuesday: You can make a BIG difference with a small donation http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/givingtuesday-difference-small-donation/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/givingtuesday-difference-small-donation/#respond Tue, 29 Nov 2016 01:07:54 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29447 Find out more about donating this #GivingTuesday to the Trailblazer Adventure Program and help children experience the outdoors.

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Protect your passion this #GivingTuesday

When you contribute just $5 to the Trailblazer Adventure Program, you help more children experience the outdoors.

 

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Can you commit $5 or more to the Trailblazer Adventure Program? 

Trailblazer gets kids outside to experience a bow in their hands and fish on their hooks. It strengthens a child’s passion for the outdoors and creates a pathway for families to make memories together. Trailblazer needs your help to ensure more youth and their families can experience what it truly feels like to be alive in the outdoors.

How many lives will you impact today? Make a difference now!

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Donate $50 or more and receive a 40% discount on any item in the Alps Outdoorz line and the Delta Waterfowl Gear line at alpsooutdoorz.com

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Your #GivingTuesday contribution will make a BIG impact!

 

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Tips for Duck Hunting in the Saltwater Marshes of the East Coast http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/tips-duck-hunting-marshes-east-coast/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/tips-duck-hunting-marshes-east-coast/#respond Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:50:48 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29367 Have you ever duck hunted in the saltwater marshes of the East Coast? Hollis Lumpkin shares tips and beautiful photos that will surely inspire you to try it in her column, sponsored by Vista Outdoor.

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There are few things more exciting for a duck hunter than the last few moments before legal hour, when it is still a bit dark and the sound of beating wings and faint whistles fill your ears. You hunker down in the reeds and feel like you could burst with anticipation. When that duck hunt is in the saltwater marshes on the East Coast, the sunrise usually makes the trek to your hunting spot worth the work, even when there are no ducks. It’s those hunts that I absolutely adore, and I’m here with a few tips on how you can make the most of them, too.

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There’s a whole medley of locations and tactics when it comes to hunting in our saltwater marshes, from estuary bends just off main water channels that require a boat or layout blind, to hidden ponds deep within the marsh that can only be accessed on foot (and barely, at that). Many coastal hunting properties make use of old rice fields tucked at the edge of those marshes, flooding them and creating the perfect place for ducks to go. If you are going to hunt those tidal creeks, make sure you are very familiar with the area and its waterways, as well as the tide charts. It’s not a bad idea to check it out at low tide first, noting not only the depth, but also any oyster beds or pluff mud flats (trust me, you will sink). I’ve even taken a tumble in an old alligator nest hole.

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Make sure you’re not hunting in an area posted “Private” or “No Trespassing.” WMAs have specific hunting guidelines as well.

Plus, when you’re a fair distance from shore and surrounded by marsh grass, sometimes you can only tell which way is up. Head out on foot, and a few hundred yards of marsh grass can seem like the middle of the Amazon. Throw in some hidden oyster beds and it’s a recipe for disaster before you even begin to hunt.

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It’s hard to tell, but there are actually several ponds hidden in this seemingly endless span of phragmites.

 

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These common marsh reeds can grow more than 15 feet high, so double-check your routes in and out to avoid getting lost.

When it comes to camouflage, you’ll need to mimic phragmites. From your clothing and gear to your boat or blind, marsh grass is key. I’ve recently been working with the ladies at Girls With Guns, who have outfitted me with their Waterfowl Hunting Jacket (MSRP $199.99) for the upcoming season. I am so excited to put it to the test here in South Carolina’s marshy coast, since it will blend in perfectly with our terrain. As the season wears on and ducks become warier, an ill-camouflaged hunter, boat or blind will result in flared birds and fewer shot opportunities. If possible, leaving the boat behind (or foregoing it all together) and hiking in to your hunting spot will help minimize the conspicuous appearance of a hunter and dog to a passing duck.

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When there’s no blind or boat, just make use of the surroundings to hold your gear.

I’ve been on plenty of duck hunts without the help of a bird dog, but this is one type of hunting that demands it. If you knock down a duck that lands in the marsh grass, your dog will be worth its weight in gold. It doesn’t matter how good your shot was if you can’t ever find it, and when you’re faced with 20 feet of dense reeds in front of you, you could spend the entire hunt looking for that one duck. Even a few feet can be impossible for a person to get through (particularly in bulky waders), but a dog can wiggle its way through with little effort. On the other hand, setting up on the edge of a wide creek will undoubtedly result in a fallen duck landing in water well over your head. Without a helpful pup, you’re looking at a quick boat ride for every retrieve—otherwise, the tide will carry your bird wherever it pleases. In either scenario, having a place for your dog to sit or stand while resting is also important. Even a small, well-concealed platform will do wonders for keeping your dog safe and comfortable.

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Dixie quickly understood the need for some grassy camouflage!

When it comes to decoys, I’ve found that a spread with some variety is usually a good tactic. Some ducks typically don’t decoy to a big spread of mallards, and you’re not likely to see only mallards, either. Hunting in these marshes and their surrounding areas will yield quite a melting pot of species—puddle ducks and divers alike. From big gadwall and black ducks, to fast ring-necks and tiny teal, it’s not uncommon to end a hunt with an assortment of ducks, and your decoy spread can help you accomplish that.

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How many species can you identify?

 

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Three ducks shy of a two-man limit still provided an excellent mixed bag.

Smaller ponds and potholes simply can’t hold a lot of ducks; while more open water might require a much larger spread, the little honey holes only need a few decoys to draw ducks in. Still, the key with decoys in either case is movement. While most coastal days have at least a light wind, it’s not a guarantee. Ducks are almost always moving on the water, so mimicking that movement is essential. Flat water and stagnant decoys will raise a red flag for ducks flying overhead looking for a place to land, so make use of jerk strings or bubblers and other moving decoys (where legal) to keep a bit of chop on the water. Sometimes, that movement is all you need to get ducks to commit, without ever blowing a call.

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As for duck calls, less will often be more in these marsh-pond setups. Since you aren’t trying to draw ducks across an enormous lake or field, loud or aggressive calling isn’t necessary. A few basic quacks or greeting calls to let ducks in the air know where you are can do the trick. Or—similar to how you add variety to your decoys—throw in a whistling call to mix things up. At the end of last season, we drew in big flights of gadwall and widgeon with a few well-timed widgeon whistles.

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Full disclosure: I am terrible on a duck call. But I can manage a widgeon whistle by mouth without a call, so I can at least help out a little bit in the blind.

My last bit of advice for hunting in coastal marshes is in regard to your gun. Whether you take a spill like I did in that alligator hole, or you and your gun stay high and dry all day, make sure you clean it after each hunt, no matter what. I’m not saying you need to completely take it apart every single time, but a good wipe-down and a coating of some Hoppes No. 9 Moisture Displacing Lubricant (MSRP $10) when you come out of the blind will certainly help keep your gun in working order. It’s amazing how quickly rust can accumulate in this salty, humid air, and it only takes a little bit to ruin a good gun…and subsequently a good hunt.

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Trust me—one hunt out here in the marshes on the coast, and you’ll be hooked!

 

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She Loves to Fish: For the Love of Fall Walleye! http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/loves-fish-love-fall-walleye/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/loves-fish-love-fall-walleye/#respond Mon, 28 Nov 2016 12:33:08 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29428 This week's featured blogger, Ashley Rae, tells us all about her love of walleye in her blog, "She Loves to Fish."

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Walleye was the very first species I ever targeted. The first outing took place when I was just 5 years old and introduced by a family friend. I still get so pumped up for these fish year after year, but especially during the fall walleye migration on the Bay of Quinte. If you’ve read my blog before you know that I rave about this incredible migration each year when the walleye move in from Lake Ontario to feed heavily on baitfish leading up to their spring spawn. Ginormous fish over 10 pounds are regularly caught throughout the season and as the waters cool down the bite heats up even more. Catch and release is as popular as ever and helps to keep this fishery pumping out giants. The season is really just getting started but I’ve had some great adventures so far aboard my deep-v Alumacraft boat that I picked up over the summer.

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Before owning a boat of my own, I had the opportunity to fish the Bay over the years with friends aboard their boats and was even a first mate on my friend Joe’s charter. There really are a lot of great people out there who were willing to invite me aboard and teach me about this type of fishing. Some people learn to fish from their father, mother, grandparents, or siblings. Being the only avid angler of my family, it has been through friends that I’ve picked up a lot of knowledge from over the years and I’m so thankful for it! It’s also pretty fantastic that so much information is available online these days too.

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Being that not many women get such opportunities or feel intimidated to try, I decided to host a Ladies Fall Fishing Trip on the Bay of Quinte this year.

Continue reading featured blogger, Ashley Rae’s, “For the Love Of Fall Walleye!” and visit her blog, “She Loves to Fish.”

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The Women’s Gun Show Episode #28: Giving Thanks http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/the-womens-gun-show-episode-28-giving-thanks/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/the-womens-gun-show-episode-28-giving-thanks/#respond Fri, 25 Nov 2016 15:48:00 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29331 Carrie Lightfoot and Barbara Baird discuss the many reasons they are giving thanks this year -- especially in regard to women and firearms.

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This week, in show #28, Carrie Lightfoot and Barbara Baird discuss gratitude and give thanks — especially for the trends they are seeing in regard to women and firearms. The Women’s Gun Show is sponsored by Ruger.

Links to The Women’s Gun Show: Giving Thanks

Survival Story : Three arrested after grandmother foils home invasion

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Firearms news you can use 

More Ohio schools arm teachers to shoot attackers: http://www.thenews-messenger.com/story/news/local/2016/11/04/ohio-schools-arm-teachers-shoot-attackers/93311920/

Bakersfield District Gives OK for Teachers to Carry Guns on Campus:https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2016/11/18/kern-county-high-school-teachers-to-be-allowed-to-carry-guns-on-campus/

The number of women obtaining pheasant hunting licenses in South Dakota has almost doubled in the last 10 years, reflecting a shift in culture and the success of hunting education programs: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/10/31/thousands-more-women-in-one-state-take-up-hunting.html

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Alph Burly LaCrosse boot for women, $180: http://www.lacrossefootwear.com/productfamily/womens-alphaburly-pro/hunt/ nineline wooden flag American flag wooden storage box, $224.99: http://ninelineapparel.com/american-made-wooden-signs/     

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Calendar: What’s up? 

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Carrie –  USCCA Training – https://www.usconcealedcarry.com/training/ 

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TakeMeFishing.Org: Get Started Ice Fishing http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/takemefishing-started-ice-fishing/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/takemefishing-started-ice-fishing/#respond Fri, 25 Nov 2016 12:14:13 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29271 If you're looking for something to do outdoors with your family during the winter months, read more about ice fishing ... from TakeMeFishing.org.

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We are so glad you’d like to try ice fishing. One of the biggest benefits of ice fishing is enjoying time outdoors with your family during the winter months. Once you have decided that you want to learn how to ice fish, it’s easy to get started.

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If you are ready to bundle up and take to the ice with hopes of catching species like walleye, crappie, lake trout, perch or bluegill, follow these easy steps to get started ice fishing:

  1. The first step to take before planning an ice fishing trip is to purchase a fishing license that is valid in the state where you will be fishing.
  2. Check the ice fishing regulations that apply to the state and waterway where you will be fishing. Knowing how to properly identify each different type of species that you catch while on the ice is an important part of learning how to ice fish.
  3. Use a fishing rod that has plenty of sensitivity, but that is shorter than a standard open water rod. Ice fishing rods are usually only 3 to 4-feet in length since long casts aren’t necessary for this type of fishing.
  4. Get an ultralight spinning or spincasting reel that is rigged with eight-pound fishing line. Eight-pound line is sufficient enough for most of the species that you will be targeting through the ice. Keep your ice fishing gear simple to start out with.
  5. Decide when to ice fish and where to ice fish. Check the weather forecast, dress appropriately, and educate yourself about ice fishing safety. Learn about which types of spots on a frozen waterway are both safe and likely to hold fish.
  6. Choose the type of bait that you would like to use (live or artificial), but keep in mind that live baits are best for beginners. While learning how to ice fish, it’s best to use live minnows or wax worms. Once you have some experience, you can switch to jigs, spoons or other artificial lures to make it more of a challenge.

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Continue learning about ice fishing here.

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Win a Smith & Wesson M&P15T and a Comp-Tac Mag Pouch http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/mp15t-giveaway/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/mp15t-giveaway/#comments Fri, 25 Nov 2016 03:25:20 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29373 Wanna win a #BlackFridayRifle from Smith & Wesson, specifically an M&P15T? Enter now to win this gas-operated semi-auto AR, along with a Comp-Tac mag pouch.

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Wanna win a #BlackFridayRifle from Smith & Wesson, specifically an M&P15T? Enter now to add this gas-operated semi-auto with a 16-inch barrel and 30-round capacity to your inventory, or get started with the perfect AR in this model.

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Chambered in 5.56mm NATO/.223, this rifle comes with a Troy Adjustable, folding battle front and rear sight. MSRP: $1,159

Our friends at Comp-Tac have added a Comp-Tac AR Magazine Pouch to this giveaway — made of 100% Kydex for the smoothest, fastest draw. Perfect for Three Gun Competitors or any shooter who would like to carry an additional magazine while at the range. The AR Magazine Pouch with belt clip attaches to the belt with a Kydex belt clip that slides down over the belt or can have the belt fed through for easy wearing.

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The deadline is Fri., Dec. 2, at 5 p.m. CST. You must be 21 or older, a US citizen and eligible to own a firearm. The firearm will be sent to your FFL dealer. After 48 hours, if we have not heard from you re: the contest giveaway, we will ask Rafflecopter to randomly select (as it did the first time) another winner! 

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Meet the September Women’s Gun Show Fan of the Month, Shannon http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/september-womens-gun-show-shannon/ Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:35:58 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29224 Meet Shannon, a happily married, stay-at-home mom who runs a business from home. Shannon is the September “Fan of the Month” for the popular podcast, "The Women’s Gun Show," which is sponsored by Ruger.

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Every month, The Women’s Gun Show chooses a fan of the month to feature. This month, we’re delighted to highlight the life of Shannon. She wins a box of goodies from The Well Armed Woman, a conversation at the popular podcast – sponsored by Ruger – and a profile here at The WON.

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Who she is

I’m a happily married stay at home mom and I run a decal business from home that ranges from selling small decals to larger decals for commercial lettering. I have an Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/DixonCustomDesigns1

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On children and guns

My girls always knew their dad worked with guns and hunted and so they’ve always been educated about gun safety at minimum. My husband and I feel that if you’re going to have guns in your home, it should not just be you practicing safety. You have to teach your children. And not just for your home but also what to do in someone else’s home. Our kids know that if they ever find a gun that they should immediately get away from the area and let an adult know. They know that every gun is loaded and guns are not toys.

Next gun purchase?

Oh, that’s a tough one. I’m very much a Glock girl. I love my Glock and would love to have the whole collection someday. but customizing my Glock 19 would be awesome.

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Next training would be

My husband and I would both love to do some training classes for skilled rifle and combat pistol. And I would also love to go on a hunting vacation someday.

How do you talk to women in this election year about your strong Second Amendment views?

I often talk about this. I am very passionate about my right to bear arms. I tell anyone that will listen that this right is ours to protect ourselves from any threat – foreign or domestic. To protect yourself and your family from an intruder in your home faster than any other help can get to you. To protect yourself and others in the event of a shooting in your area. And equally as important, to protect yourself from tyranny. Our forefathers wanted and fought for our great nation to make it and keep it free. If you can compromise one of our Constitutional rights, you can compromise any/all of them … and I will never stop fighting against that.

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Congratulations again, Shannon!

If you are interested in entering the contest to become the “Fan of the Month” for “The Women’s Gun Show” podcast, visit this page and select the most recent podcast, and enter at the bottom of the post: http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?s=podcast+women%27s+gun+show

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Girls with Guns® Clothing Releases Limited Edition Mossy Oak™ Hoodie for Black Friday http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/girls-guns-limited-edition-black-friday/ Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:56:13 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29320 Girls with Guns® Clothing is excited to announce their new limited edition Black Friday Pullover - the GWG Camo Buck Stamp Hoodie! Only 50 of each size will be available, so order early.

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November 25, 2016 – Red Bluff, CA: Girls with Guns® Clothing is excited to announce their new limited edition Black Friday Pullover – the GWG Camo Buck Stamp Hoodie! Featuring the Mossy Oak™ Break Up™ Country™ camo pattern with a tan hood interior and drawstrings and a subtle buck skull glitter screen print, this limited edition pullover is perfect for all of your winter activities. The Camo Buck Stamp Hoodie will retail for $39.99 and will be available in sizes XS-3X. As a Limited Edition Pullover, there will be less than 50 of each size, so get yours before they’re gone!

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Girls with Guns® Clothing is proud to offer three other limited edition styles along with the Mossy Oak™ Camo Buck Stamp Hoodie – GWG Thin Blue Line Tee (proceeds going to support local law enforcement agencies), GWG Ugly Christmas Sweater and the GWG exclusive “Field to Plate is Worth the Hate” Tee (supporting hunters’ rights). All limited edition Black Friday styles can be found at:

www.gwgclothing.com/collections/holiday-gift-guide.

Send us a photo wearing your limited edition Mossy Oak™ Hoodie.

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Reaching New Heights: Try a Zip-Line to Conquer Your Fears http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/heights-zip-line-conquer-fears/ Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:36:36 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29222 Casey Monteleone tries an aerial adventure course and a zip-line tour to conquer her fear of heights.

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Casey shares her story of conquering her fear of heights by conquering the zip-line. ~MC

As far back as I can remember, I’ve had a fear of heights. Not the normal “awareness” or “caution” that is programmed into us as human beings and prevents us from walking off the edge of a cliff—I’m talking about the full-blown, gut-wrenching, heart-pounding, head-spinning, dry-mouth, weak-in-the-knees kind of a fear.

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Tree to Tree, the aerial obstacle and zip-line course park, offers a variety of courses ranging in complexity and difficulty level. Located in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, the park itself offers gorgeous scenery and a true outdoor adventure.

I hope that none of you can relate to this terrible feeling, but, unfortunately, statistics indicate otherwise.  According to Health Research Funding, between 2 and 5 percent of the population suffers from the fear of heights (known as acrophobia). And ladies, we are actually twice as likely to suffer from this disorder than men. Acrophobia ranks as one of the top 10 phobias experienced by the adult population.

Now, I am the type of person who likes to push my own limits in all capacities…but this is one area that I’ve never fully been able to conquer. I have hiked up steep, winding cliffs along the Oregon coast, only to end up crawling to the edge to be able to peek out and see the gorgeous scenery below. I’ve ventured up to the top of the amazing Space Needle in Seattle, only to drop to my knees upon getting within 5 feet of the observation window, needing my friends to hold me up as I felt my world spinning out of control. I’m “that mom,” standing behind my kids at any observation deck with my hands clutched over my heart, telling them to stay away from the edge when they’re a solid 10 feet away from even being able to see what we came to observe. My older daughter has a daring spirit that I adore, and she loves to tease me in parking garages, always wanting to peek over edges and giggling when I turn pale and wide-eyed, pleading with her to step away. At amusement parks, she drags me onto rides like the Ferris wheel, and I feel like a child clinging to her little hands for comfort as we hover high above the park. I was getting frustrated trying to overcome my fear; I was physically not capable of tolerating heights.

So, naturally, after a quick Google search, I booked a trip to the local zip-line park. I was determined to go to high places and conquer my fear, one way or another. I had booked my experience at Tree to Tree Adventure Park, a little gem nestled deep in the forest surrounding Henry Hagg Lake in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The park offers different levels of aerial adventure courses and zip lines, ranging from kids and beginner levels up to expert. The trip included a half day of aerial courses; I’d start with the beginner level and work my way up, wrapping it up with an hour of their most “advanced” zip lines.

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I can’t say enough about how experienced and professional the instruction we received was. I felt secure and reassured by the focus on safety and proper use of equipment. The staff at the park were fun, friendly, and super knowledgeable.

I arrived bright and early, excited but nervous about the exhausting day ahead. After checking in at the front desk, located in a small lodge-like garage, my group was paired with a friendly guide, who outfitted us with safety gear. We assembled at the base of the beginner course for step-by-step instructions on how to properly wear and use our safety harnesses, latch systems, gloves and helmets. The safety gear and attention to proper protocol made me feel less nervous, and more eager to get started. We practiced on a wobbly bridge only a few feet off of the ground, testing our ability to properly hook into safety ropes and getting used to the swinging obstacles attached to trees with long ropes. My heart was racing, but my hands were surprisingly steady as I focused on the task, assured by the fact that I was safe even if I fell. That dizzy, head-spinning feeling that I usually get while standing in an unsecured high place was just part of the course; everyone felt unstable and wobbly, because that’s what the suspended course is supposed to feel like.

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The obstacles looked and felt daunting but offered a fun and focused challenge with the reassurance that our safety gear was there to keep us safe.

We progressed to a course a little higher off the ground, with different, more challenging obstacles. Without even realizing it, my heart rate slowed and I forgot to be scared. I was so focused on finding the next step, getting the proper latching, and plotting my course that I actually didn’t even think about how high I was off the ground, or dwell on any of those ominous “what if’s” that usually creep into my brain when I’m high up. I could feel myself able to control my movements. I used the wobbling sway of the obstacles to propel me forward and guide my steps. I wasn’t afraid.

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Just before zipping ahead, one of our tour guides grabbed a camera and snapped a photo of our group. As you can see from the scenery behind our group, we were up quite high but also surrounded by breath-taking views.

As an added treat, at the end of each course, there were zip lines to get to the platforms with ladders back down to the ground. We had received training on proper posture, rope holds, and hand positions during the zip, so I entered my first one eagerly and without fear. It was exhilarating, and I couldn’t wait to get to the next one. The aerial course took about 3 hours, but it passed in no time because I was having a blast. After the course, we sat outside at a picnic table and had a bag lunch provided by Tree to Tree.

After lunch, we moved on to the zip-line course. I honestly didn’t know what to expect. We were assigned 2 new guides: the zip-line experts. It took about 15 minutes to hike to the first zip line. We trekked up a steep trail through the woods, winding and weaving through the beautiful forest, where we came to a tree with a wooden ladder nailed up the side. The ladder took us up through a hole cut in a platform, and a cable extended through the trees and seemingly deep into the forest. Our first guide latched in; in an instant, he waved goodbye, took a flying leap off of the platform and zipped through the woods, disappearing into the foliage. We heard him whooping and hollering all the way down.

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After my moment of panic, I carefully stepped over the ledge and was met with pure joy and excitement. This was an unforgettable feeling, and an incredible adventure.

 

The second guide asked for volunteers, and one of the girls in our party raised her hand.  He helped her latch in and reminded her of the safety basics; she took a little hop over the edge and flew away. We could hear her giggles and laughter trailing behind her as she, too, disappeared. I raised my hand to go next. I felt no fear, only excitement, as I got latched in and gingerly stepped over the edge. My slide started off slow and bouncy, but I gradually picked up speed. I could feel the wind blowing across my face, and I couldn’t help but smile the most genuine and childish smile. From the pit of my stomach to the corners of my uncontrollable grin, I felt truly happy, alive and free. The zip lines were all configured differently, with different lengths and speeds weaving through the trees and green foliage, and they were all incredible.

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This photo was snapped just before my very last zip. After the 3 hour aerial obstacle course and several zip-lines, I was exhausted but so grateful for such a wonderful and exhilarating experience. I had just conquered my fear of heights!

Whether you’re suffering from a debilitating fear of heights or just looking for amazing and unforgettable family-friendly excitement, I highly recommend both an aerial adventure course and a zip-line tour. Not only was this one of the most genuinely fun and exciting adventures I’ve ever had, but it was also one of the most empowering and liberating. My fear of heights melted away that day, and I conquered something that had previously felt insurmountable. Things haven’t changed completely: I still feel my heart pound when I’m in high places without the security of a safety harness, and I still am “that mom” who clutches my heart when I see my kids near any ledge. But nonetheless, I can’t wait to take my children to experience the same kind of safe, high-flying adventure that I got to experience at Tree to Tree.

Have you gone on a zip-line? Share your photos with us!

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The Survival Mom: Leftover Turkey Recipes That Don’t Suck http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/survival-mom-leftover-turkey-recipes/ Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:23:03 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29139 The Survival Mom shares some great ideas for ways to use leftover turkey that go beyond a simple sandwich.

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Nothing says “holiday meal” quite like turkey, but turkey is great any time of the year. It’s just not quite as ubiquitous. That leaves two questions for a survival mom:  Where can I find some great leftover turkey recipes?!? And how can I add turkey to my long-term storage?

Help has arrived! Here are some great ideas for ways to use leftover turkey that go beyond a simple sandwich, and freeze-dried turkey and turkey-jerkey both make great additions to your long-term storage food.

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Long Term Storage Turkey

Freeze Dried

Freeze dried foods look nearly identical to fresh because the freeze drying process retains the size, shape, and color of the food. Freeze dried raspberries and blackberries are almost identical to their fresh counterparts and we use these frequently in desserts and smoothies.

When food is freeze-dried, it is flash-frozen (frozen super quickly so ice crystals don’t form), then the moisture is removed and it is packaged. It is much less temperature-sensitive than most foods, is extremely light-weight, and can be returned to it’s original state just by adding boiling water, even decades later. When you buy a can of freeze-dried turkey or other meat, it is important to read the information on the can to know how long it should be good for.

Most companies sell freeze dried products in both small and large cans.  The larger sizes are usually more economical – if you are going to actually use that much. If you will only use a small amount at a time, it’s better to buy several smaller sizes because they are only good for so long once they are opened. (The packaging includes guidelines.)

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Preserving it for (much) Later

Sometimes, we just have too much to eat before it goes bad. That’s when it’s time to make some jerky and can some turkey to enjoy weeks or months later.

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Sandwiches and Sandwich Fillers

Turkey sandwiches are a classic leftover meal for a reason – they are fast, tasty, and (can be) yummy. That “can be” is the problem. Who hasn’t gotten sick of turkey sandwiches in the week after Thanksgiving? These give you more options for your lunch box.

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Turkey Wraps with Curry-Chutney Mayonnaise and Peanuts

And more…15 Best-Ever Leftover Turkey Sandwiches

 

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The Women’s Gun Show Episode 27: Gun Gifts For Her http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/the-womens-gun-show-episode-27-gun-gifts-for-her/ Sat, 19 Nov 2016 17:40:18 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29289 Are you ready to start shopping for that woman who is a firearms enthusiast? Or the one who wants to learn to shoot? Barbara Baird and Carrie Lightfoot made a sweet list for Santa. Sponsored by Ruger.

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In show #27, Carrie Lightfoot and Barbara Baird discuss gifts for her, the woman who wants to learn to shoot or hone her skills. From small items, such as ear protection, to larger items, such as safes, the women run the range of shooting gifts that she (and possibly he) will love to receive this Christmas. Sponsored by Ruger.

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Carrie update: Lularoe Leggings – http://www.lularoe.com/adult-leggings/

Survival Story  Middletown woman fends off would-be burglar with butt of gun – http://www.wlwt.com/article/middletown-woman-fends-off-would-be-burglar-with-butt-of-gun/8121571Firearms news you can useBarb: Five Fast Gun Reforms President Trump Will Sign Into Law: http://bearingarms.com/bob-o/2016/11/09/five-fast-gun-law-reforms-president-trump-will-make/Carrie: Donald Trump Launches ‘Second Amendment Coalition’ – http://ijr.com/opinion/2016/11/261709-second-amendment-advocates-have-something-to-celebrate-since-the-release-of-this-list/http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/11/03/trump-2nd-amendment-coalition/

 

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Barb— Ruger earrings: http://shopruger.com/Pewter-Signature-Earrings/productinfo/24502/

 

Carrie: Redneck Plunger:  http://www.cabelas.com/product/Redneck-Plunger/1611737.uts?productVariantId=3517161&WT.tsrc=PPC&WT.mc_id=GoogleProductAds&WT.z_mc_id1=03703862&rid=20&gclid=CJCGxNSxndACFZGIaQodPgQGdg&gclsrc=aw.dsGift Ideas

Carrie: http://thewellarmedwoman.com/blog/5-tips-for-gift-shopping

 

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The Art of Remington ($62): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0966021223/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

Small Gifts

  

 

Pushpins

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Uplula – http://thewellarmedwoman.com/range-supplies/accessories/uplula-magazine-loader

 

Medium Gifts

TWAW shooting chapter membership – https://twawshootingchapters.org/

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Hoodies: www.gwgclothing.com/collections/womens-sweatshirts-and-hoodies

Large Gifts

New Gun – but not the gun, give a gift certificate

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Training: Carrie: 3 day ladies pistol – gunsite https://www.gunsite.com/classes/ladies-pistol-class/
TWAW Product of the Week –  http://thewellarmedwoman.com/gun-gift-shop/twaw-tactical-stocking

Calendar: What’s up?

First Shots Seminars this year: http://www.nssf.org/FirstShots/Seminars/index.cfm

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Outdoor Sportsman Group Congratulates Lee & Tiffany Lakosky on Announcement of Second Baby http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/outdoor-sportsman-group-congratulates-lee-tiffany-lakosky-on-announcement-of-second-baby/ Fri, 18 Nov 2016 18:06:21 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29280 Congratulations, Lee and Tiffany Lakosky, on the announcement of your second baby, fittingly nicknamed “Baby CRUSH 2.”

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CRUSHING IT…FOR A SECOND TIME! Congrats to Lee and Tiffany Lakosky on baby #2!

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WHO:               The dynamic and beloved hunting duo, Lee and Tiffany Lakosky, stars of CRUSH with Lee & Tiffany on Outdoor Sportsman Group – Networks’ (OSG) Outdoor Channel.

WHAT:              The Lakoskys are excited to share the news their CRUSH family is growing! OSG congratulates Lee and Tiffany Lakosky on the announcement of their second baby, fittingly nicknamed “Baby CRUSH 2.” The outdoor lifestyle media company is excited to be a part of the family’s journey as they round out their CRUSH crew, which includes their 1 ½ -year-old son Cameron, plus their two Labrador retrievers – Tanker and Mattie May.

WHY:                Lee and Tiffany Lakosky are one of the most popular and respected hunting couples on television today. A part of the Outdoor Channel family for more than a decade, the Lakoskys invite viewers each week into their lives. CRUSH with Lee & Tiffany – now in its eighth season – chronicles the highs and lows of their action-packed and entertaining hunting season adventures throughout North America.

WHEN:             Baby Crush 2 is scheduled to arrive in April 2017.

In the meantime, catch CRUSH with Lee & Tiffany on Sundays at 7:30 p.m. ET, Tuesdays at 5:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. ET, Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. ET, and Fridays at 12:00 p.m. ET.

WHERE:           To offer Lee and Tiffany well-wishes, use #BabyCRUSH2 on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

 

Watch CRUSH with Lee & Tiffany on Outdoor Channel. To locate the network in your area, please visit www.OutdoorChannel.com/channelfinder.

 

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The Holiday Gift for the Boater: BoatUS Membership with Towing http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/holiday-gift-boater-boatus-membership/ Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:33:43 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29181 Have a boater on your holiday gift list? Look no further. The organization that makes boating better, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), has 3 holiday gift ideas.

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ALEXANDRIA, VA, November 8, 2016 — Have a boater on your holiday gift list? Look no further. The organization that makes boating better, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), has three holiday gift ideas.

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A $24 annual membership from BoatUS is a very affordable holiday gift.

The gift of on-water towing: Give the gift of an on-water Unlimited TowBoatUS Towing Membership Plan for saltwater boaters for just $149 a year that includes BoatUS membership. For freshwater boaters the price is just $72. Both provide 24/7 dispatch and your boater will never have to pay out of pocket for a tow home or soft ungrounding. Included with annual BoatUS membership is a subscription to BoatUS Magazine as well as exclusive fuel, transient slip and repair discounts, and savings on boating gear at West Marine stores.

The gift for roadside breakdowns: A stocking stuffer that offers big benefits to a trailer boater, consider gifting a BoatUS annual membership with Unlimited Trailer Assist for $38 that takes care of roadside breakdowns. One hundred miles of free on road towing for both a disabled boat trailer and its tow vehicle to a safe location or repair shop are included, along with lockout, flat tire, battery jump and fuel drop-off service.

The gift that makes boating better: Annual BoatUS membership for just $24 includes over 25 benefits and services including round the clock on water or roadside dispatch, a BoatUS Magazine subscription, exclusive fuel, transient slip and repair discounts, and savings on boating gear at West Marine stores. Your boater can also take advantage of BoatUS’ advocacy efforts, safe boating and clean water programs.

All of these gifts can be found at BoatUS.com/gifts or by calling 1-800-395-2628. For each gift membership purchased from now through December 31, 2016, the giver’s name will be entered in a drawing to win a $200 West Marine gift card.

What are you giving the boater in your life for Christmas?

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Retro WON: Is getting cold ruining your hunt? Try these 5 tricks to stay warm! http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/cold-ruining-hunt-tricks-stay-warm/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/cold-ruining-hunt-tricks-stay-warm/#comments Thu, 17 Nov 2016 13:36:02 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=20495 She oughta know ... Alaskan Christine Cunningham shares her "keeping warm" techniques with us.

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It’s that time of the year when we start getting cold and need to figure out how to stay warm. A fitting time for this Retro WON. ~MC

My first experience with frostbite was during a late-season duck hunt on the Kenai River in South Central Alaska. The boat’s motor stopped, and three of us were faced with paddling 2 miles upriver or a 6-hour float down. There weren’t any other boats on the water, given the minus-11 degree temperature. There’re more ducks down river, I thought, and we had plenty of clothes, gear, and even a propane heater. Since that trip, I still lose feeling in my fingers at the slightest cold.

I chase ducks in extreme weather. Here are 5 tricks I’ve learned, as well as a few tips from women who hunt and fish in some of Alaska’s most severe cold-weather environments, on how to stay warm.

 

Fake heat for real warmth 

Chemical hand warmers like HotHands or Grabber at first seem like a concession to the gods. Am I such a fragile human that I really need 5 packages of hand warmers to stay warm? Yes, I do. I may open them in the privacy of my own vehicle and no one may know I’m padded down with chemical warmth, but guaranteed, if it’s below freezing, I’ve got these little gifts from the gods in my pockets. They are a light-weight and inexpensive instant warmth option with the caveats that activation is delayed at higher altitudes, they cool off in sweaty palms and can cause a rash if placed against sensitive skin (this I know from putting them in a bra).

Alaska big game hunter and fly-fisherman extraordinaire Rene Russ suggests putting them in a sleeping bag. Others put them in hats, gloves and inside pockets. They use the toe-warmer variety, made with adhesive on one side, between layers of clothing. Warmers work great when strategically placed between the base layer and an outer layer. Smart outdoor apparel companies, such as Próis Hunting and Field Apparel include drop pockets for hand warmers, like the ones located between the shoulder blades in the Sherpa Fleece Jacket and Pro-Edition Jacket. When I look at outdoor apparel, I look at the possibilities for secret hand warmer compartments.

My fingers have been frost-bitten, but my feet are usually kept warm by movement. In Alaska, many of us wear Bunny Boots for extreme cold. There is nothing lightweight about them, but I snowshoe into the mountains wearing these blocks of concrete in the winter and figure that I can skip going to the gym. Andrea Lowe Radford, owner of AK’s Adventures ‘n Taxidermy, recommends ThermaCELL heated insoles. Due to a medical condition that causes her circulation issues, staying warm is essential to her health and safety when she hunts in extreme cold. “Don’t expect to feel like your feet are in a hot tub,” she says. The battery powered and remotely operated insoles keep feet at a normal temperature.

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If you can’t fake it, make it

There’s nothing like real heat. One of my favorite movie scenes is in the Frisco Kid when Harrison Ford and Gene Wilder cuddle together under a blanket during a blizzard. Wilder’s character asks, “We are doing this to keep warm, aren’t we?” And Ford’s character says, “Uh-huh.” To which Wilder says, “In that case, you can put your arms around me.”

If creating external heat isn’t possible with technology, there’s nothing like old-fashioned heat making. Burning calories generates heat internally. There have been times I’ve sprinted to keep warm, but most often I just do some chore that requires movement of the major muscle groups. I’ll get out of the blind and rearrange the decoys or move to another blind. I think the reason so many good stories get told in a duck blind is because both laughter and lying are proven to make us warm. So does anger, but my stories are seldom so lame as to create hostility. And, if all else fails, I’m not above turning to my hunting partner with a , “Come here, darling.”

Drink and eat for heat

Creating heat takes calories, and even the act of eating provides a slight increase in temperature. My favorite hunting snack is duck pepperoni sticks. As it turns out, there’s science behind me on this. Spicy foods, like those that include cayenne or chili pepper, have thermogenic properties: they produce heat in the body. Ginger is another food that generates warmth. Hot food and hot water (a thermos of coffee is worth its weight in warmth), if the calories are equal, won’t take heat away and add warmth.

Being hydrated also is critical to staying warm. The theory is that water retains heat. This goes against my personal experience in below-freezing weather when I am often stationary for extended periods of time. If I have to pee, I’m usually colder. My theory is that I’m having to work to keep the water warm rather than it keeping me warm. So much of what works in creating a slight increase in warmth depends on the individual, given our food preferences and level of overall health and fitness.

 

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Great layers

Alaska hunter Ruth Cusack hunts remote wilderness areas where staying warm means staying alive. “Basically all I do is have great layers,” she said. I couldn’t agree more. Ruth uses merino wool base layers, a waterproof outer layer, and fleece and down in-between. She recommends quality liner gloves underneath waterproof mittens and turned me on to Darn Tough Vermont socks. Melinda Shore, a recreational dog musher living in Two Rivers, Alaska, uses a Primaloft middle layer and, if she’s expending a lot of effort and sweating, she removes layers. She recommends Wristies, which are fleece tubes with a slit for the thumb similar to fingerless gloves.

My layering system depends on my level of activity. No matter the temperature, my next-to-skin layer is always merino wool. My mid-layers include pile fabric and/or a thin down vest. Often, I will opt out of the wind-or-rain blocking layer by wearing a dual-action mid-layer. Skin exposure at the wrists and ankles is an important consideration, and I wear thin stretch gloves with mittens and leg warmers, like Ruth and Melinda do. One trick I’ve learned is to tie my oversized beaver-lined mittens together with a long cord and drape them around my neck. When I need my hands I can easily bring them out of the gloves.

 

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‘Start cold, work cold, chill warm’

I’m not sure where I first heard the phrase, “Start cold, work cold, chill warm,” (SCWCCW) but it makes sense. It’s not as severe as “If you sweat, you die” – an oft-repeated axiom of the cold-weather survivalist. Even though I like SCWCCW, I have found ways to cheat. For instance, some hunters will drive to their hunting grounds in a cold vehicle to avoid sweating (Start Cold). Most of my trips require 100-mile road trips, and I like a toasty car. So, I change into my hunting clothes, including socks, at the actual start of the trip. On a hike or climb to, I pace myself so as not to get too warm. As for chilling warm, I follow all of the above tips!

When you start getting cold how do you stay warm?

This Retro WON first appeared November 17, 2014.

 

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Dallas Safari Club (DSC) 2017 Convention Set for January 5-8 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/dallas-safari-club-dsc-convention/ Thu, 17 Nov 2016 12:06:49 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29191 The DSC expo offers 2017's first opportunity to shop for hunts with top outfitters from around the globe.

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DALLAS – Only two months remain until the start of the DSC 2017 Convention and Expo, which returns to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and Omni Hotel in Dallas Jan. 5-8, 2017. Sportsmen and women are invited to be a part of another record-breaking event to help support conservation, education and hunter advocacy initiatives around the world. The theme this year is Adventure.

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The four-day celebration is open to the public and is one of America’s premier fundraisers for conservation. The DSC 2016 convention raised more than $6 million for wildlife programs, public education and hunter advocacy worldwide. The convention also added 450 new members to surpass the 6,000-member mark for worldwide membership.
This convention is shaping up to be another record-breaking event for DSC,” said DSC Executive Director Ben Carter. “Visitors and exhibitors from across the world will gather to celebrate hunting, education and conservation. It will be a time to reconnect with old friends and introduce new people to our mission.
The expo offers 2017’s first opportunity to shop for hunts with top outfitters from around the globe. Displays also include world-class sporting gear, firearms, art, collectibles, entertainment, seminars, auctions and more. Together, attractions cover the space of nearly nine football fields.
Daily admission to the convention is $20 per person, with multi-day and discounted family packages available. Children under 12 and active military (with ID) are free of charge.
For more information about the 2017 DSC Convention, go to www.biggame.org.
Sponsors of the 2017 DSC convention include Sports Afield, Hornady, Bass Pro Shops, Zeiss Sport Optics, Midway USA, Shikar Safaris, Trijicon, EuroOptic, Boyt Harness Company, Yamaha Motor Corporation, Lone Star Outdoor News, Blaser, Capt. Peacock Yachts and Expeditions, Chattaronga, Capital Farm Credit, Global Rescue, Rock Island Auction Company, Legendary Consortium, Rungwa Game Safaris, RAD RIDES, Wildlife Partners LLC, Vogt Silversmiths, Triple G Group, Michael Mantheakis Safaris, David R. Oakes – CIMA, Sporting Classics and many others.

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#CraftyWON: Thanksgiving Crafts to Create with Your Children http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/craftywon-thanksgiving-crafts-children/ Wed, 16 Nov 2016 12:48:30 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29197 Stacy Bright has some fun crafts kids will enjoy making for Thanksgiving centerpieces in her column sponsored by LaserMax.

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At this time of year, most of us start seeing signs of fall. The trees are changing colors, the temperature is dropping, and the big-box stores display Thanksgiving decorations, although there’s so much Christmas merchandise you’d think it was December already. If your kids are like my youngest daughter, they might enjoy these crafts that could easily be used as a centerpiece during a Thanksgiving meal.

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Thankful Tree: The first idea we came up with focused on Thanksgiving and what we’re thankful for, while incorporating our love of firearms. We stepped outside and found a branch a little over a foot long, which was the main item needed. Next, we took a small pail and filled it up with spent brass casings. You can use any container that you have around the house, like a clay pot, glass jar, or something similar.

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Place the small branch down in the container so that it will stand up on its own. Using construction paper, my daughter cut out various colors of leaves and then wrote something that she was thankful for on each one. Finally, using a hot glue gun, she put a small dab on each leaf and glued it to the tiny branches. Her “Thankful Tree” was complete! What a great way to focus on our blessings.

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Mason Jar Gobbler: The second craft didn’t use a “gun-theme”, but still brought the outdoors inside. Again we went looking outside, this time for a colorful leaf. We have a beautiful maple tree in our front yard, so first we took a look and found a nice, colorful leaf and brought it inside to begin our creation. My daughter measured the circumference of a small mason jar and then cut a strip of tissue paper to wrap around it. She chose white so that the rest of the design would stand out more, but you can use any color tissue paper desired. Since we didn’t have ModPodge (a waterbase sealer, glue and finish, which can be purchased at craft stores or online) around the house, she poured plain white glue into a bowl and added some water to make it easier to work with. Using a paintbrush, she covered the jar with the glue and then adhered the tissue paper.

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When that was dry, she did the same thing with the leaf and stuck it to the jar. Next, she cut out two circles, one smaller than the other, from construction paper to form the turkey’s body and head, similar to a snowman. She also cut a small triangle, that would become the turkey’s beak, and an odd-shaped piece for his wattle. After gluing the body and head on top of the leaf, the turkey took shape. The leaf colors added to the overall look of ‘feathers’. To complete the project, she added wiggly eyes that we got from a craft store and put a small votive candle inside the jar.

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Flowers & Shells: The last craft is perfect if you don’t have a lot of time. We picked up a couple small floral bouquets at the local craft store, and found a glass container and shotgun shells at home. We placed the shotgun shells in the container and arranged the floral pieces. That was it. I told you it was easy! It makes a lovely centerpiece and will get your guests talking.

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Take advantage of the opportunity to spend some time with your kids during the holidays and create a fun masterpiece or two. What crafty ideas have you done? Feel free to post on social media and tag Women’s Outdoor News so we can see them! Happy Thanksgiving!

Show us your Thanksgiving centerpieces.

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Champion Traps & Targets Releases the Workhorse Electronic Trap http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/champion-workhorse-electronic-trap/ Wed, 16 Nov 2016 12:00:33 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29226 Check out the new Workhorse Electronic Trap.

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OVERLAND PARK, Kansas – November 9, 2016 – Dependable and affordable; that’s how Champion Traps & Targets designed the new Workhorse Electronic Trap to live up to its name, combining high-volume target-throwing capacity in a compact design.

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The Workhorse fits in the trunk of almost any vehicle, and can be unloaded and set up by one person. It runs off a single deep cycle battery, and the detachable magazine holds up to 50 clays. The trap is even adjustable, and can throw clays with three different launch angles up to 75 yards.

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The compact Workhorse has a MSRP of $359.95 and gives users multiple launch angles to hone their skills, and with a quick, 2.5-second reset, keeps the action fast and fun. The Champion Workhorse can keep throwing clays until you run out of daylight or ammunition – whatever comes first.

The Workhorse Electronic Trap from Champion

Throws Clays Until You Run Out of Ammunition

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Healthy Habits We Can Learn from our Hunting Dogs http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/healthy-habits-learn-hunting-dogs/ Tue, 15 Nov 2016 13:01:02 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29077 Christine Cunningham learned a few healthy habits from her hunting dogs and shares them with you in her column sponsored by Syren.

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Living and hunting with 10 bird dogs has tested my limits at times. Those of us who own gun dogs work hard to train our canine partners to point, flush and retrieve, but dogs can also teach us how to stop, look and listen. They are still close enough to the natural world that they demonstrate many of the healthy mental, physical and even spiritual habits we strive toward. Here are just some of the healthy habits I’ve learned from hunting dogs.

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Rise and Stretch 

The first face I see in the morning is often that of my English setter, Boss. He stands up, yawns and stretches. In contrast, I pet his ears, roll over and hit the snooze on my alarm before falling back asleep. Stretching first thing in the morning and throughout the day provides an energy boost, improves range of motion and circulation, and relieves tension. A good way to include stretching in your morning regimen is to add it to something that is already a habit, like brushing your teeth. During the day, replacing a sugar habit with stretching provides a similar uplift without the crash.

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Readiness 

One of the things that impresses me most about dogs is their constant state of readiness. While many hunters start a fitness regimen prior to a hunting season, dogs are usually ready to go. My point here isn’t that training isn’t valuable for dogs and humans. Dogs, perhaps because they lack gainful employment or a mortgage, are closer to the natural world, where they are always ready for adventure and accustomed to walks and runs. A good way to practice readiness is to observe when we fall into automation—the drive to work, or standing in line at the grocery store. When we have lost our ability to be present, we lose some of life’s best opportunities for curiosity, creativity and joy.

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Receptivity 

Dogs turn their heads when they hear words they know—but more often, it seems they are listening to the nonverbal content of human communication. As far as I can tell, they are not thinking of what to say next. If I focus on listening rather than being heard, then when it is my turn to say something, it is usually more appreciative and relevant. Winchester, my first English setter, is the most “wide open” dog I have ever seen hunt. He runs a marathon in the mountains in search of birds. His athleticism puts me to shame, but the way he looks at me and the world is an even better quality: He takes in the wholeness of a person or experience, rather than an understanding limited by words.

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Relaxation 

When I am camping, or in any environment removed from a clock-based schedule, my sleeping habits fall more in line with the long sleep at night/ shorter naps during the day pattern of my dogs. Napping improves my mood, recharges my energy and stimulates creativity. When falling into a dog-like nap is too difficult or my mind won’t allow it, I practice conscious relaxation by taking notice of what enters my mind and observing those thoughts without judging. Next, I physically relax any part of my body that is tense. Whether or not I actually fall asleep, taking the time to rid myself of mental and physical stress provides many of the same benefits as napping.

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Restoration 

After a day in the field, I notice the way my dogs groom and care for themselves. They are especially attentive to their paws—unlike us humans, who have a tendency to abuse and neglect our feet. Shoes protect us from stickles and other surfaces, but they can also weaken our arches and cram our toes. A little time spent caring for my feet each day has improved my posture and balance. Foot care can include everything from a simple massage to a routine that includes interlacing the fingers between the toes, flexing and extending the foot, and doing ankle rotations.

Gratitude 

The sight of a dog’s wagging tail is one of the “seemingly unremarkable” things that makes me happiest. It suggests gratefulness and joy. Since we don’t have tails, we aren’t nearly as adorable as an excited puppy or a hunting dog when you grab your shotgun, or whatever it is that lets him or her know adventure is imminent. Being grateful is the antidote to nearly every negative thought that enters my mind. Whether gratitude comes in the form of a relaxed state of mind or an overwhelming state of joy, it’s an acknowledgment of the best things in life. And, if I had a tail, I’d wag it. Instead, I make sure to smile often. Just the act of smiling is a physical expression of gratitude.

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Live Each Moment

One of the greatest gifts of living and hunting with dogs is the way they connect us to the natural world. They find us birds, but we also find ourselves caught up in seeing the world their way. They live in the moment and observe life without human worry, regret or fear. They don’t live nearly long enough, but if we’re lucky, we’ll find a way to live each of life’s moments as fully as they do.

What other healthy habits can we learn from our dogs?

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Clair Sadler is ‘Gracing the Field’: Top Gun – Girly Gamekeeper http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/gracing-field-top-gun-girly-gamekeeper/ Mon, 14 Nov 2016 13:29:12 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29126 Meet a real life girly gamekeeper making her way in what has been, traditionally, a role for the boys.

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As it is another start to the season, who better to feature as my next Top Gun but Twitter’s best loved Girly Gamekeeper. If you aren’t already following her on Twitter then I am judging you! Get yourself on there asap and search for ‘@girlygamekeeper’. Quite possibly one of my favourite follows, she keeps me amused throughout the season – and beyond – and some of her Tweets actually make me laugh out loud. Yes she’s got pretty nails, drinks pink champagne and can accessorise but she’s also a real life girly gamekeeper making her way – and bringing a bit of glamour along the way – in what has been, traditionally, a role for the boys. She shoots, she bakes and she keeps it real with a fine balance of chat between cake, gamekeeping and pheasant poo.

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So, Girly Gamekeeper…

How did you get into Gamekeeping?

I have always been around shooting, one of my first jobs was beating! It beat getting up at 6am to do a paper round or having to wash dishes! Plus there was always some top nosh and I got £25 for walking the dog! As I grew up I got more and more involved in the keepering aspect and now I do it alongside my other jobs.

How you find being a girly gamekeeper in what has been, historically, a male dominated role?

You have to give as good as you get and have a thick skin. Only today I was told not to mistake a cartridge for my lipstick, to which I replied “you’ll never mistake it for your [Editor’s replacement: ‘male appendage’], it’s too big”. You have to prove yourself much more as a female – just because I have my nails done doesn’t mean I’m not prepared to get stuck in and covered in shit! You also have to push to be involved and never give up!

What does your normal day entail, both during and outside of game season?

In Spring, post February 1st, it’s down time with lots of clearing up, tidying and general sorting. I also work at a clay ground, and have a business, so my life is always crazy juggling everything!

June onwards is chaos. Day old chicks arrive (pheasant, partridge and duck) and the main focus is keeping the buggers alive! Pheasants have a death wish from birth and if there is a way to die they will find it…You have to keep them fed, watered and warm – which requires checking every few hours in the first few weeks. Once they get older you have ‘bitting’ (placing a plastic bit in their beak to stop the aggressive little shits brutally murdering their mates!) this involves sitting in hot dusty sheds semi-naked, as pheasant poo is easier to get off skin than clothes!

Continue reading, “Top Gun – Girly Gamekeeper,” here and follow Claire Sadler’s blog, “Gracing the Field.”

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The Women’s Gun Show Episode #26: The Morning After Election 2016 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/the-womens-gun-show-episode-26-the-morning-after-election-2016/ Sat, 12 Nov 2016 12:00:06 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29231 Carrie Lightfoot and Barbara Baird discuss the results of the 2016 presidential election and what it means to gun owners. Sponsored by Ruger.

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In show #26, Carrie Lightfoot and Barbara Baird discuss this year’s presidential election, and the morning after. 

LINKS to The Women’s Gun Show Episode #26: The Morning After Election 2016

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St. Louis Shooting: 73-Year-Old Homeowner Kills Armed Intruders 

http://www.personaldefenseworld.com/2016/11/st-louis-shooting/ 

Firearms news you can use 

What to Look for When Donald Trump Becomes President in Regard to Guns: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/nov/09/donald-trump-president-policy-immigration-agenda-healthcare

Voters in 4 States Used Their Ballots to Sound Off on Gun Control

http://bearingarms.com/jenn-j/2016/11/09/how-california-washington-maine-and-nevada-voted-on-gun-control/

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Retro WON: Syren USA Photo Feature Quiz: Shotgun Safety Afield and on the Range http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/syren-usa-quiz-shotgun-safety-afield/ Thu, 10 Nov 2016 13:32:09 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22784 Take this quick quiz to see if you know how to handle a shotgun safely.

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

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This safety post is sponsored by Syren USA.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 Answers to quiz:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This Retro WON first appeared August 4, 2015.

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11 Indicators that Bicycle Travel and Tourism are Booming — and Changing http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/bicycle-travel-tourism-booming/ Thu, 10 Nov 2016 12:51:38 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29146 2015 and 2016 mark a continued surge in all types of bike tourism, from single-day to multi-day, paved roads to gravel, all over the world.

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As 2016 winds down, bicycle tourism and travel continue to rocket upward in North America and overseas. In its fourth biennial survey, Adventure Cycling Association has found that the bicycle tourism sector in the U.S. and globally is becoming more prominent, more lucrative, and is diversifying, especially with the boom in bikepacking and off-road travel. Demand for bicycle tour opportunities is also prompting new and expanded bike route networks and facility improvements at the regional and national levels. Here are eleven indicators of how bike travel and tourism are prospering and changing.

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  1. Boom in “adventure” and touring bikes:An indicator of bike travel’s popularity is that one of the hottest new categories in bicycle sales has been “adventure” bikes — multi-purpose bikes that can be used on paved roads, gravel, and for light touring. All of the largest bike manufacturers have jumped in with new models, including Raleigh (with their Tamland 2and Stuntman), Specialized (the AWOL), and Trek (the 920). Pioneers in the adventure field such as Salsa have released new models, including the Marrakesh and they have upgraded existing models (as Surly has done with the popular Long Haul Trucker). Start-ups like Advocate Cycles are producing excellent adventure bikes for both pavement and off-road (the Sand County and Seldom Seen).
  2. Boom in bikepacking and gravel travel: Spurred by innovations in off-road bikes and bike travel gear, especially lighter and trimmer framebagsand other packs, bikepacking on single track and unpaved roads has taken off. In 2015, adventurers like Tom and Sarah Swallow successfully rode the entirety of a dirt trail across the USA originally meant for dirt motorcycles. New websites have come out (like bikepacking.com) to chronicle classic routes (such as the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route or Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route) and new ones (from the Estonian Taiga to the Tasmanian Trail). New groups are forming too, like Bikepacking Roots, to promote and conserve bikepacking opportunities. There has also been a boom in gravel riding, and many states are touting their large networks of very-low-traffic gravel road networks, especially in agricultural areas (like Iowa, which boasts 68,000 miles of gravel roads).
  3. Continental and national bike route networks continue to grow:One of the biggest official continental networks on the planet, EuroVelo, continues to expand, now with 15 routes equaling  70,000 kilometers (or 42,000 miles) designated in 42 countries. The official US Bicycle Route System has grown in the last two years from 15 to 24 states and the District of Columbia, and from 6,790 miles to 11,243 miles (with a goal of reaching at least 50,000 miles in the network). More than 40 states are working on the project and many are now signing segments of the system, for example in Michigan, which is working to be a major bike travel destination. Another forthcoming continental system is the Great Trail in Canada, comprised of 15,000-plus miles of local trails. This project is slated to be completed by mid-2017, though some cyclists have cautioned about the condition of some of the trails.
  4. National and state tourism bureaus invest in promoting bike travel: Countries around the world are increasingly investing in becoming bike travel destinations.  Taiwan has finished a round-the-country route system and is marketing the island as an up-and-coming velo-destination. At the annual Adventure Travel Trade Associationconference in Anchorage, Norway and Switzerland announced major plans to promote cycling in their countries. Germany continues to be a bike travel powerhouse; according to ADFC, the German cycling non-profit organization, 10% of tourism revenue in Germany results from bike travel, and the country has increased its number of long-distance branded cycle routes to 220. In the U.S., more states than ever are promoting bicycle tourism, starting with long-time leaders Minnesota and Oregon (which is expanding its network of official scenic bikeways). Other states are stepping up, including Alaska, Idaho, Mississippi, Michigan, Tennessee, and Florida (which recently announced major investments in new cross-state connector trails and hosted a statewide conference this year on bike tourism).

Continue reading Adventure Cycling’s, “11 Indicators that Bicycle Travel and Tourism are Booming — and Changing” here.

Adventure Cycling Association inspires and empowers people to travel by bicycle. It is the largest cycling membership organization in North America with more than 51,000 members. Adventure Cycling produces cycling routes and maps for North America, organizes more than 100 tours annually, and publishes bicycle travel information including the award-winning Adventure Cyclist magazine. With over 45,000 mapped miles in the Adventure Cycling Route Network, Adventure Cycling gives cyclists the tools and confidence to create their own bike travel adventures. Phone: 800-755-BIKE(2453). Web: www.adventurecycling.org

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#HuntingwithJR: Pass the Buck http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/huntingwithjr-pass-buck/ Wed, 09 Nov 2016 14:34:03 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29175 Judy Rhodes shares some buck tips in her column sponsored by Remington.

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According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, white-tailed deer (aka, whitetail) is the most popular animal species hunted in the US. In fact, up to 83% of US hunters hunt deer. This reason is why I am focusing on this topic of the buck.

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#HuntingwithJR is sponsored by Remington.

There are more than 30 million whitetail deer in this country, and very few predators. Only 5 states do not issue whitetail deer permits, because they do not have a hunting population of this species: California, Nevada, Utah, Alaska and Hawaii.

I love to hunt whitetail, blacktail and “any-tail” deer in season, frankly. I hunt at least 250 days a year, on my own dime and my own time – and it’s something that I always equate my Novembers with – deer hunting.

Be sure to follow me as I venture to California this month to hunt blacktail deer, equipped with a Remington Custom 700 North America rifle in .270, and a Trijicon scope.

Pass the Buck Tips

Did you know?  

Deer are aged by adding half to each year because they are born 6 months prior to hunting season.

TIP:  A mature buck is 5 1-2 years old. The dropping of the belly is the best way to identify a mature buck, along with the headwear he’s sporting. You must know your state’s regulations as to how many tines are on an antler before you shoot either a bow or a gun.

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Did you know?

Mule deer are larger bodied, without brow tines, than a whitetail deer.

Tip:  Big bucks, mulies and others, come out of the tree lines to feed at last light. You need to be there, waiting for them to appear. Remember. Patience is a virtue when deer hunting.

For more information about deer behavior, check out the Quality Deer Management’s informative website, and in particular, this article on “10 Things We Know About mature Buck Movements.”

Let us know if you tag a buck this year.

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Giving the Gift of Gun Ownership this Holiday Season http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/gift-gun-ownership-holiday-season/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/gift-gun-ownership-holiday-season/#comments Wed, 09 Nov 2016 12:31:50 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29079 Cheryl Todd has some great ideas for gifts you can buy the firearms enthusiast in your life in her column sponsored by AZ Firearms.

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The holiday season is in full swing, and we all have gift-giving ideas dancing in our heads. The people we love, and how to protect them, are never far from our minds, but personal safety is just that: personal. Receiving a defense tool as a gift is only a blessing if the recipient knows how to properly use the item. Without proper training, a knife, a canister of pepper spray, or a firearm can hurt the very person you hope to protect.

‘Tis the mid of November and all through the house 

The excitement of gift-giving’s begun to arouse. 

With to-do lists all handled with adroitness and care

We practiced at the range without a moment to spare. 

This year we want to give personal safety instead

But safety and legal issues dance in our head. 

So we pull out our smartphone and fire up WON’s app

With that in mind, there are several wonderful ways to say “I care about your personal safety” that can be wrapped in festive paper.

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The Flame is sponsored by AZ Firearms.

#1) Range Time: If the people on your list have little or no training with the particular defense tool you have in mind, purchase a gift certificate to your local gun range. Many ranges offer rental of a wide variety of firearms, so your loved one can enjoy trying several different guns to get an idea of which ones (if any) best fit in their hand. To find a range in your area, simply search on wheretoshoot.org, the NSSF’s range finder tool.                      (Price range: $50–$200)

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#2) Make a Date: To make this an even more special gift, make a “date” out of the adventure to the firing range, or gather a group of friends for an afternoon of memory-making. You can enjoy coffee and dessert before heading to the range, or plan for dinner and drinks to celebrate afterward. For someone who has never been shooting, or who rarely invests time in themselves, this experience will be memorable (and possibly life changing). And even if your recipient has been to the range before, your time and attention are valuable gifts. (Price range: Priceless)

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#3) Tactical Training: The friends and family on your list who have some shooting experience can benefit from more even instruction. We can never learn enough, and being exposed to a skilled instructor is always enjoyable and enriching. Consider the gift of a tactical class, like those offered by the Massad Ayoob Group (MAG). MAG travels across the country, offering a variety of classes that combine classroom and live-fire instruction. Another idea is to plan a day with your loved one to attend a class that teaches safety in every area of our lives, such as the NRA’s Refuse to Be a Victim program (RTBAV). Also worth considering are the many clubs across the nation that offer camaraderie and a social outlet with valuable instruction, such as The Well Armed Woman. A gift membership to such an organization will introduce your loved one to a wonderful community of safety-minded people that are a constant source of ongoing education and training.                                   (Price range $50–$1,200)

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#4) For Bookworms: Knowledge is the gift that keeps on giving, and any number of books can offer hours of entertainment and enrichment to the people on your gift list. Amazon is a great online resource for finding books on gun safety, Second Amendment issues and gun control.                                                                                                                                           (Price range: $10-$30)

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#5) Firearms as Gifts: Finally, if the person on your list is a proficient and trained firearms owner, you may be tempted to wrap up the equivalent of “the Holy Grail of holiday gifts, the Red Ryder 200-shot Range Air Rifle,” as Ralphie Parker dreamed of in the movie A Christmas Story. Ralphie’s mom warned him, “You’ll shoot your eye out,” and we’d do well to exercise a measure of caution when we consider purchasing a firearm as a gift. The safest way to stay on the right side of the law in every state is to purchase a gift card from your local gun shop and wrap it in festive paper. Not only will you steer clear of any appearance of making a “straw purchase,” a criminal act in which a person who is prohibited from buying firearms uses another person to buy one on their behalf, but you will also empower your recipient to find the right firearm for him or herself. Each person has a different physical stature and hand strength, and firearm ownership and choice is a deeply personal decision.                 (Price range: $400 and up)

Plus, who doesn’t like to go shopping?

Give the gift of shopping, and go together…

and perhaps find something nice for yourself while you’re at the store. See what I did there? You’re welcome.

For more information on the legalities of purchasing firearms for others, check out the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Straw Purchase Prevention Guide.

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Photo Gallery: A Look at the Brownells’ Ladies Multigun Fall Fest http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/brownells-ladies-multigun-fall-fest/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/brownells-ladies-multigun-fall-fest/#comments Tue, 08 Nov 2016 13:07:35 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29014 Michelle Cerino shares her photos from the multigun match put on by A Girl & A Gun in her column sponsored by Crossbreed Holsters.

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The message came early in October 2015. Out of the blue, Julianna Crowder, founder of A Girl & A Gun women’s shooting league, contacted me to see if I would be available October 27 to 30, 2016. She said, “I have a cool event coming together and would love to have you there.”  My competition season usually ends before that time, so I quickly replied with, “Yes!” I’ll admit, the excitement immediately began. What did Julianna think I could do that she invited me a year in advance? What could I offer to this new multigun event for the all ladies shooting group, A Girl & A Gun?

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She Shoots 2 is sponsored by Crossbreed Holsters.

So now, a little more than a year later, with the excitement of this past weekend’s events still fresh in my mind, I share with you a pictorial of the Brownell’s Ladies Multigun Fall Fest sponsored by Red Stitch Tactical

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The event was held in Park at Rockcastle Shooting Center known to many simply as “The Rock.”

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As the lead squad mom, I decided to shoot early with the range officers so I could assist all my ladies during the match. This is squad 7/8. While I organized the shooters, Tennille Chidester, my co-squad mom, coached them on.

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Although pink may not be everyone’s favorite color, there were abundant splashes of it on every stage.

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On Friday evening, I taught this lovely group of ladies how to roll sushi maki while others took a class on making very artistic and unique journals.

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When a shooter’s rifle went down, Becky Yackley came to the rescue with her cleaning tools and oil.

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Meet Henry, one of my roommates for the weekend. Yes, unlike most matches, many 4-legged friends hung around the range.

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It’s not always easy for a mom to get away for a few days. Happily, the children that tagged along for the weekend spent time crafting, playing games and having fun.

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Proud members of A Girl & A Gun showed their love of the group with their chamber flags and other paraphernalia.

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Yes, the awards party took place on Halloween weekend and many arrived dressed in costumes.

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Oh, the 3-Gun Things! This group of ladies’ unique costumes represents the pistol, rifle and shotgun.

In case you didn’t notice, I shared no photos of ladies actually competing in the match. You see, The Brownell’s Ladies Multigun Fall Fest was so much more than that. As it states on the A Girl & A Gun event page,

This is your chance to gather with an exceptional group of women who all have a passion for the shooting sports! This is not just about winning prizes, although that is an awesome bonus … this is about strengthening our sisterhood, getting motivated as athletes and continuing to build a strong female presence in the world of competitive shooting sports.

Yes, Julianna and her executive director, Robyn Sandoval, accomplished what they set out to do. They put on a fantastic match with many added touches. If this sounds like fun to you, I have an announcement to make. Mark your calendar for October 6- and 7, 2017, and join me at The Rock for the next one.

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Sara Parker Pauley Selected as Missouri’s New Director for Department of Conservation http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/sara-parker-pauley-selected-missouris-new-director-department-conservation/ Mon, 07 Nov 2016 18:12:43 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29169 We offer congratulations to the first woman to lead the Missouri Department of Conservation, Sara Parker Pauley.

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The Missouri Conservation Commission has selected Sara Parker Pauley as the ninth director of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), effective Nov. 1, 2016.

“As a lifelong conservationist, hunter, and outdoorswoman, Sara Parker Pauley appreciates and understands the value of Missouri’s fish, forest, and wildlife resources,” said Conservation Commission Chair Dave Murphy. “Sara has a breadth of experience and a proven track record of success to lead the Department.”

“I look forward to this opportunity the Commission has entrusted me with,” Pauley said. “I began my career working for the Department and I look forward to working with the staff, dedicated volunteers, and committed partners to lead this agency into the future.”

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Sara Parker Pauley is an avid turkey hunter. (Scott Pauley photo)

MDC protects and manages the fish, forest, and wildlife resources of the state, and provides opportunities for citizens to use, enjoy, and learn about these resources. Pauley replaces Robert Ziehmer, who resigned in July to work in the private sector. She is the first female director in the Conservation Department’s 79-year history.

“Sara Parker Pauley is an excellent and well-qualified choice as Conservation Director,” said Gov. Jay Nixon. “I’ve had the great pleasure to hunt and fish with Sara several times, and I’ve seen first-hand her respect and love of the outdoors. With her significant management experience, she is poised and prepared to take the best state conservation department in the U.S. to even greater heights, especially in getting even more young people involved in the outdoors.”

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Since December 2010, Pauley has served as the Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Pauley previously worked as a project manager for D.J. Case & Associates, a natural resources communications firm. She worked with federal and state agencies on policy development, marketing, and environmental compliance. From 2001 to 2005, Pauley served as the deputy director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. She also served as chief of staff to former Missouri House Speaker Steve Gaw.

Pauley has been an executive committee and board member of the Conservation Federation of Missouri. She was a member of the board of the American National Fish & Wildlife Museum, where she served as director of conservation programs. She has published a number of articles on wildlife and natural resources management.

A native of Columbia, Pauley received both her law degree and her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri – Columbia, and did post-graduate studies in Australia as a Rotary Fellow. She was an instructor at the University of Missouri’s School of Natural Resources, where she taught a course in natural resource policy and administration.

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21 Ways to Keep Your Cool When Everything Hits the Fan http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/21-ways-keep-cool-everything-hits-fan/ Mon, 07 Nov 2016 13:42:25 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29123 Feeling stressed? Learn 21 ways to help relieve the tension from our featured blogger, The Survival Mom.

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In less than 24 hours we will know the results of the 2016 Presidential Election. Between this and the World Series (I live in Ohio) it’s been a little tense in our house. When I saw this post in The Survival Mom’s blog, I knew I had to share these 21 ways. ~MC

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Stress happens. Whether at work or school, some days you’re pushed to the edge, you feel the tension all over your body, and you aren’t sure whether to punch something or cry. We’ve all been there. We’ve all had bad days. But it’s not the end of the world (yet), and there are plenty of wholesome and pleasant ways to center yourself again. Here’s a list of 21 ways to keep your cool.

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  1. Diffuse a soothing blend of essential oils. Of course you’ve heard the saying, “Take time to stop and smell the roses,” but did you know that Rose essential oil is even more potent for relaxation than Lavender oil? Diffusing a blend of Rose, Lemon, and Lavender oil will chill you out, lift your mood, and make your house smell awesome.
  2. Stick your nose in the coffee pot. Coffee usually gets a bad rap, since the caffeine can cause stress for some people, but simply smelling freshly brewed coffee or warm coffee grounds can reduce stress. I switched to a French press a while back and will never again use a traditional coffee maker. If you’re worried how you’ll make coffee in a power outage, you need one, too!
  3. Listen to calming music. Whatever genre helps you find your zen, be it country or Celtic harp, listening to about 30-45 minutes of music with a slow tempo can clear your mind and relax your muscles.
  4. Read. Yes, put aside your computer, tablet, or cell phone, and take an hour or so to read something on paper. There is something very stressful and anxiety-triggering about being in front of a screen 24/7, and it is not good for your brain to be constantly switching from app to app, or scrolling through a dozen pictures at a time. Reading requires focus, and patience, and helps your mind to center itself after being stretched a thousand different ways.

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The Women’s Gun Show #25: #GUNVOTE http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/the-womens-gun-show-25-gunvote/ Fri, 04 Nov 2016 16:11:15 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29092 Carrie Lightfoot talks to former NRA prez Sandy Froman about the importance of the #GunVote in this election. Sponsored by Ruger.

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In this week’s show, Carrie Lightfoot and Barbara Baird discuss the importance of thinking about the #GUNVOTE. Carrie talks to Sandy Froman, former president of the NRA, about the upcoming election and the Second Amendment.

 

Top voting issues: http://www.people-press.org/2016/07/07/4-top-voting-issues-in-2016-election/

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‘Great Wild Radio’: Author and Angler K.J. (Kristine) Houtman http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/author-angler-kristine-houtman/ Fri, 04 Nov 2016 12:31:54 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29056 This week's guest on the "Great Wild Radio" is author and angler K.J. Houtman.

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This week I talk to author and angler K.J. (Kristine) Houtman.

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Kristine has worked in the fishing industry as a Tournament Director for the Masters Walleye Circuit and is a member of the Women Ice angler Project.

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She is also an award winning author of the children’s book series, Fish On Kids. Kristine will give us a hint about another new book she has that is being released in November. Beside being a great author and angler, Kristine is an outdoor communicator who is a great mentor to me.

~ Wild Barb

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Salute to Veterans During Sportsman Channel’s Veterans Day Marathon http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/salute-veterans-sportsman-channel/ Thu, 03 Nov 2016 23:49:15 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29094 Shows will feature adventures with veterans or active military personnel living out their dreams of a larger-than-life outdoor journey.

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DENVER (November 3, 2016) – To honor and recognize U.S. servicemen and women who work, play and protect the citizens of America and world, Sportsman Channel is offering a Veterans Day Marathon presented by LAPG. Beginning at 5 p.m. ET on November 5, every program on the network will have a connection to the military. Selected shows will feature field adventures with veterans or current active military personnel living out their dreams of a larger-than-life outdoor journey.

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The military men and women who have served our great country are engrained in the fabric of our everyday lives,” said Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks CEO and President, Jim Liberatore. “Sportsman Channel’s desire to reflect this is one way in which we hope to call attention and connect all Americans with its military heroes and history.

From ex-Marine Craig Boddington hunting with friends on a traditional whitetail hunt in Petersen’s HUNTING Adventures, to Jana Waller on Skullbound TV hosting double amputee and army veteran, Corey Garmin as he scores his first bull, Sportsman Channel’s Veterans Day Marathon is focused on recognizing and connecting with the men and women serving today, as well as those who
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In 1954, when November 11 was officially named Veterans Day, President Dwight D. Eisenhower called upon all United States citizens to join hands in a common purpose – “to solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom.”

Sportsman Channel’s Veterans Day Marathon airs on November 5 from 5-8 p.m. ET. 

Program details follow: 

Skullbound TV (5 p.m. ET) – Jana heads to Utah with double amputee/army veteran Corey Garmin. Corey overcomes adversity and scores his first bull.

Petersen’s Hunting Adventures (5:30 p.m. ET) – Craig Boddington is Kansas born and raised. And despite his globe-trotting hunts, he looks forward each year to hosting a couple of buddies for a traditional whitetail hunt on his farm in southeastern Kansas

Moment of Impact (6 p.m. ET) – Army Sergeant Major and “Wounded Warrior” Pat Corcoran, joins Gary Joseph up at Skinner Creek hunts in Northern British Columbia. They will be spotting and stalking huge black bear boars.

Big Deer TV (6:30 p.m. ET) – The Outdoor Recreation Heritage Fund exists to provide healing opportunities to veterans, troops and their families through outdoor activities. Mike Hanback joins a group of brave soldiers on a Virginia deer hunt.

Skullbound TV (7 p.m. ET) – Jana hosts Jared Ogden and Grady Powell from Team Military on their first bear hunt in Western Montana.

Wildlifers (7:30 p.m. ET) – Our armed veterans give their all…and Wildlifers is pleased to give back to three very unique soldiers on a special South Texas hunt. From a Vietnam vet to a Gulf War veteran, they get to experience some hunting they’ll never forget.

About Sportsman Channel: Launched in 2003, Sportsman Channel/Sportsman HD is a television and digital media company fully devoted to honoring a lifestyle that is celebrated by millions of Americans. A division of Outdoor Sportsman Group, Sportsman Channel delivers entertaining and informative programming that showcases outdoor adventure, hunting and fishing, and illustrates it through unique and authentic storytelling. Sportsman Channel embraces the attitude of “Red, Wild & Blue America” – where the American Spirit and Great Outdoors are celebrated in equal measure. Sportsman Channel reaches more than 36 million U.S. television households. Stay connected to Sportsman Channel online at thesportsmanchannel.com, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Sportsman Channel’s Veterans Day Marathon airs on November 5 from 5-8 p.m. ET.

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Retro WON: Shoot to Thrill, Gretchen Steele Gripes about ‘Grip-and-Grins’ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/retro-won-shoot-thrill-gretchen-steele/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/retro-won-shoot-thrill-gretchen-steele/#comments Thu, 03 Nov 2016 13:46:39 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=11622 Gretchen Steele shares a few tips with you about getting some great fish trophy photos.

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I am griping about grip-and-grin fish photos in this installment of Shoot to Thrill. We all know that I am little buggy about trophy photographs, whether it be mammal, fowl or this time of year – fish. I’d like to share a few tips with you about getting some great fish trophy photos that will become treasured family portraits, rather than just snapshots.

There are 3 basic types of fish trophy photos: in the water, out of the water and harvest. Each type comes with its own challenge and each with some simple things to remember.

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Beautiful shot of trout by Gretchen Steele.

Always think conservation before creativity. Some fish, such as the huge sturgeons, should never be removed from the water, and in fact it may not be legal to so.  In that case you are going to have to don your waders, and work out into the water to do the photographing. If you absolutely are not going to wade out into the water, use a wider angle lens to capture the angler gently floating the fish on the surface.  Remember that in all fish photos it’s best to have the sun at the photographer’s back or at 45 degree angle and as always – sunglasses off – hat brims up – we want to see those smiling faces! If you have fill flash available, it can be invaluable during bright sunny days.

It’s important to be conservation minded when doing catch-and-release fish out-of-water photos.  The angler should always have wet hands when handling the fish, and keep it out of water no longer than absolutely necessary. The rule of thumb I use is no longer than I can hold my breath.  Hold the fish properly for the species, some can be held lip style, some should have their whole body supported. At all costs avoid the dreaded grip and grin, with the fish held straight out in front of the angler in death grip with both hands , yes, it makes the fish look larger , but it’s a trick we are all on to and it also makes the anglers hands look abnormally large.  I ask the angler to bend her arms at a 45, with elbows touching her sides or abdomen.  That still gives a good separation of fish and angler yet doesn’t make things seem disproportionate.

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Taylor Farrar — the man, the truck, the boat, the bowfin!

Harvest – If your fish are going to be harvested, you have a bit more leeway. You can actually take the time to clean up the fish and the angler and get a little creative with posing.  Have the angler admire her catch for the day, arrange the tackle combination used alongside the fish, get in close.  You still need to remember to work fast and keep the fish wet. The longer the fish is out of water, the more the colors begin to fade.  You want to capture those sparkling drops of water on a brightly colored fish.

Don’t just limit yourself to trophy photos when fishing, snap photos throughout the trip of anglers casting, close ups of rods, reels, bows, netting a fish.  Capture the memories of the entire trip!

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You can win a Pelican memory case if you provide the winning caption for this photo of Ashley Allison and her carp from a bowfishing trip.

This Retro WON by Gretchen Steele first appeared Aug. 9, 2011.

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A Reflection on Gunsite Academy and its 40th Anniversary http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/gunsite-academy-40th-anniversary/ Thu, 03 Nov 2016 02:16:49 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29068 Katie Pavlich reflects on her first trip to Gunsite Academy and her recent return for its 40th anniversary, in her column, sponsored by Volquartsen Firearms.

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3 years ago, I packed up my guns and headed west on my way to Gunsite Academy for an experience that would change the way I think about my personal awareness forever.

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Katie Pavlich is sponsored by Volquartsen Firearms.

I remember the day well. I woke up for my 5 a.m. flight to Phoenix with an AR-15 and my 9mm handgun unloaded, locked and ready to take as baggage at the airport. The woman who checked me in was wearing American flag glasses and gave me a supportive nod when I said, “I need to declare a firearm.”

It was April 2013, just a few months after the unspeakable mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., and the Second Amendment was under attack. The media narrative smeared all gun owners as complicit in the attack and heavily promoted gun control as the only solution. My goal at the time was to have an impact on the national debate by telling the story about why good, law-abiding Americans own handguns for self defense, and, more important, why they invest in firearms training to improve their skill set and mental capacity for dangerous, life-threatening situations.

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My opportunity to do so came when a friend of my father put me in touch with Buz Mills, the owner of the world-renowned Gunsite Academy in Paulden, Arizona. Within two minutes of our first conversation, he invited me to come out to do my work. His wife, Sonja, talked to me on the phone about what to pack; she was adamant about bringing enough sunscreen and Chapstick. We all quickly became close friends.

Buz purchased and saved the 2000-acre ranch a little over a decade ago, ensuring the teachings of its founder, Col. Jeff Cooper, would continue for thousands of students and future generations. Cooper’s wife, Janelle, still lives on the ranch and opens her home to students, serving brownies and lemonade to make them feel at home.

I’ll never forget the peace, comfort and belonging I felt as I drove down the dry dirt road that leads to the Ravenguard gate. Gunsite Academy isn’t just a place to go train, but instead a place where you visit old friends who have become family and make new ones with each class you attend.  It’s also the place we remember those who are no longer with us, like my 250 instructor, Mike Hughes, and his wife, Joy, who died in a plane crash on the property two years ago.

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On October 6, Gunsite celebrated its 40th anniversary with the largest alumni shoot in its proud history. In preparation, staff returned the original names of the onsite buildings by putting up signs featuring books of the Bible. People from all over the country, from all four decades of classes, flew in to be part of the occasion. Ronin Colman, a student from Cooper’s first class back in 1976, made the trip and reminisced about his original experience and some of his old classmates.  He was just a teenager when he first came to Gunsite all the way from northern California; he’d become a big fan of Col. Cooper’s work through his books.

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Gunsite grad Katie Pavlich at the Gunsite Alumni Shoot! (Gunsite Facebook photo)

40 years is certainly a milestone, and, God willing, I’ll be there for the 80th anniversary celebration, too.

Here’s to another 4 decades of the Gunsite family and training people to save their lives.

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