Hunting, shooting, fishing and adventure for women by women http://www.womensoutdoornews.com Women who shoot, hunt, fish and lead lives of adventure. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:52:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 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 Join Kristy Titus at Cabela’s Great Outdoor Days in Springfield, Oregon http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/kristy-titus-cabelas-great-outdoor-days/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/kristy-titus-cabelas-great-outdoor-days/#respond Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:52:27 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27505 The annual fall event, Great Outdoor Days, includes fun for the entire family, no matter skill level, with activities around the store.

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Bend, Oregon (August 24, 2016) – Kristy Titus, Cabela’s Ambassador, NRA Certified Instructor and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Team Elk featured member is offering seminars at meet & greets at Cabela’s Great Outdoor Days in Springfield, Ore. August 27 and 28. Titus’s seminar, “Bowhunting Elk Strategies” will focus on simple tips and tricks to help get up close for that perfect shot. Attend her seminar at 11 a.m. both days and visit with Titus until 3 p.m. both days.

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Great Outdoor Days

The Great Outdoor Days are my favorite time of year and I love being able to help fellow bowhunters at my local Cabela’s store,” said Titus. “It is a great opportunity to answer questions as everyone gears up for their fall hunts, especially during my ‘elk strategies’ seminar. I will pass along tips that took me years to learn!

The annual fall event, Great Outdoor Days, includes fun for the entire family, no matter skill level, with activities around the store. Learn more here.

Cabela’s

2800 Gateway Street

Springfield, Oregon

August 27-28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days

About Kristy Titus: With a shared passion and love of the outdoors, Titus is honored to serve as an ambassador for Cabela’s, The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, RMEF’s Team Elk television Show, Host of NRA I Am Forever, Swarovski Optik, Buck Knives, Montana Silversmiths, and Wilderness Athlete. Titus was raised leading a pack string of mules into the backcountry of Oregon, experiencing the thrill of public land, do-it-yourself hunting. Titus is an NRA Basic Pistol and Refuse To Be A Victim Certified Instructor. She shares her passion for fitness and nutrition as editor for Western Hunter and Elk Hunter magazines. Learn more at http://kristytitus.com, https://www.facebook.com/KristyTitus and https://instagram.com/kristytitus/

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Free Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic coming up in Pensacola http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/free-womens-saltwater-fishing-clinic-pensacola/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/free-womens-saltwater-fishing-clinic-pensacola/#respond Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:20:08 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27466 Learn the basics of conservation stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills, safety and the vulnerability of Florida's marine ecosystems in a fun, laid-back atmosphere.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting a Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic in Pensacola on Sept. 10.

The free, day-long clinic is from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Big Lagoon State Park, 12301 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. Advance registration is required. To register or get more information, please email Heather Sneed at Heather.Sneed@MyFWC.com, or call 850-487-0554.

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Participants will take home a lifelong hobby and leave with a new appreciation for the marine environment. They will learn the basics of conservation stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills, safety and the vulnerability of Florida’s marine ecosystems in a fun, laid-back atmosphere.

Lessons include knot tying, cast netting, rod and reel rigging, how to be a responsible marine resource steward, marine fish and habitat identification, catch-and-release techniques and more.

If conditions allow, women will have the opportunity to practice their newly learned skills by fishing from shore. This event is a catch-and-release activity. All participants must have a valid recreational saltwater fishing license unless exempt. Saltwater fishing licenses can be purchased at your local tackle shop or online. Learn more by visiting MyFWC.com/License.

Fishing equipment and bait are provided during the clinic but participants are encouraged to bring their own gear.

Have you ever attended a fishing clinic?

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Thump. Crash! What’s Your Home Intruder Plan? http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/home-intruder-plan/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/home-intruder-plan/#respond Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:34:18 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27287 Do you have a plan if there is a home intruder? Annette Doerr starts that conversation in her column sponsored by Lasermax.

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Thump. Crash!  You awaken from a sound sleep, but you’re not sure why. You listen for a few seconds, groggily trying to process what’s going on. Then you realize what’s happening; Someone is in your home. Do you have a plan? If you don’t, let’s start that conversation right now.

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My dad was the local fire chief, and growing up we always had an escape plan should there be a fire in our home. It’s something that I, in turn, drilled into my daughters as soon as they were old enough to understand. Even as they went off to college, they had a plan should something happen in their dorm. Fire is something people understand and often plan for, but a home invasion? Not so much.

My colleague Stacy Bright recently wrote a great piece on making your home a hard target. But what happens if that’s not enough? What if, in the middle of the night, you hear glass break? You awake from a dead sleep trying to process what you just heard. Did the cat knock over something? Did the dog bump into a chair in his quest to get a drink? Is there someone in my house? It’s a scary thought, isn’t it? It’s worse if you’ve never taken the time to run scenarios on what might happen should someone gain access to your home while you’re inside.

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If someone broke into my home in the middle of the night, chances are I’d be asleep in my bedroom. The layout of my house is atypical. My bedroom sits in the back of the house, down a long hallway. There is no egress from my room other than a spiral staircase to the office upstairs. Because of the layout, and the fact that we have casement windows, making a plan ahead of time is a necessity. My husband and I each keep a pistol in our nightstands; an intruder in my bedroom would likely be facing down the barrels of not 1, but 2 pistols, which would boost our odds of surviving. It’s always best to get out, but if you can’t, a little planning can improve your odds dramatically.

Burglaries and home invasions can also happen during broad daylight. Criminals assume the homeowner is at work during daytime hours, but most days, I work from home. Because of this, I’m generally carrying when I’m home. From the street it may look like the house is empty, making a daytime robbery attempt a distinct possibility. Does it make me paranoid to carry while in my own home? No, it makes me prepared.

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Because I live in New York, I have the “duty” to retreat should someone break into my home. I can only use deadly force if I feel that my life is in danger and I cannot safely leave the premises (and even then, I’ll be judged by a jury of 12). I do not have the same ability under the law to protect my home from an intruder as say, someone in Texas. State laws vary wildly on their interpretation of the Castle Doctrine and the use of deadly force. I’d urge you to familiarize yourself with the laws of your area, so that you can make the best plan possible for you and your family.

What are some things you’ll need to work out when making your home intruder plan? Start by going from room to room and looking around. Are there 2 ways out of this room? Is there a great place to hide a weapon where it’s out of sight and appropriately safe, but quickly accessible should you need it? If you have a sketch of the layout of your home, make some notes on it. This will help you when you brief your family on the plan.

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Here are some tips to help formulate a home intruder plan that works for you and your family:

  • Secure firearms in various locations throughout your home, including your bedroom. I have a Covert Cabinet in my front foyer. Although it looks like a decorative shelf, it actually securely hides a firearm, which I can retrieve quickly and efficiently at a moment’s notice. I also have a wall gun safe hidden in my home, where we keep a pistol at all times. It’s out of sight and I can access it quickly. For some other tips on strategically placing firearms in the home, see Michelle Cerino’s article 24/7 Pistol Carry Made Easy.
  • Predetermine 2 ways of exiting each room. Knowing how you can get out of a particular room in your home will help determine if you may have to stay and defend yourself.
  • Are your windows casement style or double hung? If double hung, you may be able to exit through the window to safety if you’re on the first floor.
  • Do you have access to the outdoors from your basement? Your best move may be down and out.
  • Does each room have a telephone in it? Know where your phones are for calling 911. You may not remember to grab your cellphone.
  • If your home is equipped with security cameras, you may be able to view other rooms on your cell phone. This will let you know where the intruder is at any given moment, letting you time your escape.

Now that we’ve covered some basics and you’re working on your plan, what do you do if someone breaks in?

  • Call 911.
  • Retrieve your firearm.
  • If you can move to a safe place, do it. You don’t have to be a hero. If you can safely move yourself and your family out of harm’s way, do it. Let the police handle the perp.
  • Keep in contact with the police. Let them know you’re armed. If you are still in your home, tell them where you are in the home. Try to remain on the telephone with the 911 operator, relaying information.

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There’s been a lot of talk lately about panic rooms, sometimes called safe rooms. Safe rooms are a secret windowless room that you can evacuate to for safety. Your home may have a safe place that can be turned into a panic room if you live in an area where tornadoes or hurricanes are a threat.

If I were building a home, I might decide to incorporate one of these secret rooms into the plan, but you may also be able to retrofit an existing room into one. Safe rooms generally have a secret entrance and no windows. (Your very own Batcave, how cool!) It could be behind a moveable bookshelf or under a trap door in the floor covered by a rug. However you decide to access your safe room, know how to get into it quickly and quietly.

Here are a few items you’ll want to keep in your safe room:

  • Cell phone: Even an inactive cell phone can dial 911 if charged. Keep one of your old phones charged and in the room.
  • Battery-operated lights, flashlights, and lanterns: You’ll want a light source should the power go out. Since panic rooms generally have no windows, it will be pitch black in there. Having a lantern will be necessary.
  • Firearm: You’ll need something to defend yourself with. Keeping a firearm in your panic room will ensure that you’re ready for anything should the time come.
  • Food and water: Who knows how long you’ll be inside? Food and water are great comfort items, especially if you have small children.
  • Medical supplies, or a first-aid kit: You may need to provide first aid to someone in your family, so be prepared. If you’re taking prescription medications, you’ll want to have some stored inside.
  • Fire extinguisher: Cover all your safety bases.
  • Other: If you do have small children, you’ll want to keep some playthings inside to occupy their time. You may also want to keep extra diapers, formula, etc. in there as well, if you need them. Give some thought to what else you may need, depending on your family dynamics and the size of your room.

The more prepared you are for a home invasion, the better your chances are of making it out unscathed. Take time and formulate a plan. Share it with your family. Oftentimes others may think of something that should be added, so get everyone’s feedback to make sure your family is as prepared as you can be. It’s going to be a frightening situation regardless of how well you’ve planned, but wouldn’t you rather have an idea of what to do? Remember: You aren’t being paranoid, you’re being prepared. If you have a plan and practice it, you’ll be less likely to panic should a home invasion occur. Be prepared, and most of all, be safe.

Does your family have a plan?

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Retro WON: 5 Ways to Switch from Rifle to Shotgun Hunting http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/5-ways-switch-rifle-shotgun-hunting/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/5-ways-switch-rifle-shotgun-hunting/#respond Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:00:01 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=19695 The Edge: Christine Cunningham shares 5 tips for shotgun hunting to help avoid frustration and bruises.

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This year, most of the women attending our annual Delta Waterfowl Women’s Education day in Kenai, Alaska, were experienced big-game hunters who had never hunted waterfowl. Because the differences between shooting a rifle and shooting a shotgun are significant, we focused our firearms training on making the switch. A typical big-game hunter may only press the trigger once or twice in a season. The rifle is designed for accuracy, to hit a precise point at long ranges. A bird hunter is going to shoot a great deal more, and the shotgun is made to shoot a spread of shot at a moving target at closer ranges, faster. Instead of a scope or iron sights, with a shotgun, the shooter’s eye is the rear sight and she is looking at the target, not the crosshairs. It’s time to get ready for shotgun hunting.

We focused on 5 shotgun essentials for duck hunters that help the beginner avoid frustration and bruises.

Gun selection

It would be sweet if every shotgun worked for every person and every hunt. A firearm is said to be a tool, but selecting a shotgun is more like selecting a car than a hammer. The type of action, gauge, weight and barrel length are all considerations. While a 20-gauge over-and-under with 28-inch barrels weighing less than 7 pounds may be a good place to start for a hunter who weighs 110 to 130 pounds, the “feel” of a shotgun has a difficult-to-quantify, yet intrinsic, value. A shotgun becomes an extension of the gunner, making it worthwhile to “test drive” several different types.

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University of Maryland Trap and Skeet Coach Anne Mauro coaches Barbara Baird on shotgunning skills. Baird is shooting a Syren Tempio. (Jason Baird photo)

Gun fit

Most factory stocks are too long for women. A shorter stock can bring a shooter’s hand and face in closer proximity to each other, which gives her better control of the gun. A large gap between the thumb and face makes for less control of the gun. The best way to test to see if a gun fits is, when wearing the heaviest gear you’ll wear hunting, place the buttplate in the crease of the elbow, the front pad of the trigger finger should be centered on the trigger. A good gun fit helps a shooter achieve the economy of movement necessary to quickly mount and fire accurately, in comfort. For me, it was as simple as cutting an inch off all my shotguns at home, but complete modifications by a professional are worth the money spent if they result in good gun fits.

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The most critical factor for hitting targets with a shotgun is keeping your head down on the stock. One way to determine where you are looking is to mount the shotgun in front of a mirror and see that your eye appears perfectly over the bead. Then, practice that mount over and over. If my cheek stays firmly to the stock, the gun points and shoots where I was looking. In the field, learning how to lead birds is important. Practicing a “sustained lead” or “pulling through the shot” does not happen at the thinking-level as much as instinctually. My favorite example of leading is Robert Ruark’s explanation of trying to hit someone with water from hose while that person is running – somehow we were born knowing how to soak a sibling!

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Anne Mauro on a Syren shotgun (Syren photo)

Chokes, loads and accessories

Rifle shooters either make on location sight corrections or hold their guns lower or higher for different ranges. They often have time to get into the best position for the shot. A shotgunner has a split second to mount the gun, pick out the target, lead the bird, press the trigger and remember not to stop the gun. Learning the pattern of any given shotgun with any given load requires shooting at a patterning board. Selecting a choke catered to the load, game and distances will account for more clean kills. Automatic ejectors, camouflaged barrels, cheek protectors, recoil pad and sling are all optional. The right choke and load are essential.

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The author in the field. (Steve Meyer photo)

Field practice

Trap and skeet shooting are games that relate to the field, but they have their own un-field-like rules. In both sports, shooting occurs from mounted positions. In the field, there is seldom a chance to get into perfect form. As it happened with me, I used a different gun for trap, a different gun for skeet and a different gun for hunting. On the range I wear a proper vest and shoot lead shot. If I showed up on Sundays in chest waders and my field gun, I might have done more toward my cause. But I don’t. I learned the hard way, making my errors in the field. One of the best things a waterfowl hunter can do is shoot from situations that simulate hunting. This means wearing the clothes and shooting the gun and load (steel shot) that will be used in the field. Trap and skeet practice did help me develop the muscles and form required, but practicing simulated field shooting did more.

Rifle shooting is said to be a science and wing shooting is said to be an art. It would be impossible to simulate the miserable weather, smell of the swamp and exhaustion I experienced my first day duck hunting. Add a gun dog, a call and a flock of pintail cupping into decoys, and it’s easy to see why practice is necessary. One of the reasons wing shooting is considered an art may be because there’s no perfection in it. Like art, it is pursued with heart and the sky is the limit.

This Retro WON, “5 Ways to Switch from Rifle to Shotgun Hunting,”  first appeared September 2, 2014.

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Win a Girls with Guns Clothing Camo Bikini in End-of-Summer Giveaway http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/27459/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/27459/#respond Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:57:28 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27459 Wanna win WON? Let's celebrate Summer 2016 with this Girls with Guns Giveaway, featuring a camo bikini, Mossy Oak dress and patriotic accessories.

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We salute the summer of ‘16 with a Girls with Guns Clothing’s Giveaway, featuring beach-worthy products, such as a camo bikini, that fit in ever-so-well with our #sandsunWON theme in August. Three winners will claim prizes that include Girls with Guns Clothing’s lineup.

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From tankinis to bikinis, you get to choose your style if you win #1 place!

1st prize: Your choice of Girls with Guns Clothing top and bottom swimwear. Value: Up to $29.99 each.

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2nd prize: Tube Dress – Mossy Oak® Obsession/Olive GWG Logo Embroidery at Back Bodice Bodice: 92% Rayon, 8% Spandex Jersey Skirt: 100% Polyester XS-XL. Value: $29.99

patriotic hat3rd prize: Patriotic sunglasses, hat and koozie. Value: $34

 

About Girls with Guns Clothing

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Norissa Harman and Jen Adams

Founded by two best friends, in their garage, Girls with Guns® Clothing (GWG) was born out of a dream and fashioned through a partnership that’s one part risk taker and one part conservative. GWG is located in beautiful Northern California between Redding and Chico, a few hours south of the Oregon border, in the small town of Red Bluff, California.

A perfect combination of our passion for the sport of shooting, hunting and fashion, GWG clothing and accessories let women show their love for hunting and shooting in an edgy way. Our line, designed by women for women, was created for all women from the avid hunter and shooter to the fashionista, to allow them to keep warm while looking good! It is your everyday, outdoor lifestyle apparel. There’s something for everyone: from gun and shell bags to t-shirts, pants and sweatshirts, including the ever-popular fur hoodies.

From our humble beginning in the days of hand drawing, pressing and embroidering hats ourselves, GWG has made a splash across the United States and can be found everywhere from big names chains like Cabela’s, Dick’s, Scheels and Sportsman’s Warehouse to local feed stores.

After outgrowing our garage and two other warehouses, in 2013 we moved into our current 5,000 Sq. Ft. warehouse, which we fondly refer to as GWG Headquarters. Girls with Guns® is proud to announce our seven year anniversary on November 29th, 2015.

After many late evenings and 14-hour workdays during the first four years, due to both of us working full-time jobs, we are now pursuing our small-town American dream full-time. This is an amazing accomplishment for us to not only have made it past the hardest part of starting a new business, but also to see the progress that our brand has made across the United States.

As two small town girls, we are happy to be a part of a movement in our country. We strongly support the rights of gun owners and keeping our hunting heritage alive, both in our local community and world wide. We would never have made it this far without the support of our family, friends and fans.

Check out our website, www.gwgclothing.com, for new arrivals and the latest deals. Also, be sure to watch our Facebook and Twitter for the latest news.

Contest begins on Thurs., Aug. 24 at 12:15 a.m. CDT and ends Wed., Aug. 31, at midnight CDT.

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In Windsurfing, There is No Such Thing as a ‘Beginner’s Guide’ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/windsurfing-beginners-guide/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/windsurfing-beginners-guide/#respond Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:05:16 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27326 When she was 16, Casey Monteleone had quite the experience windsurfing. She shares both her story of that day and of her recent attempt to try it again.

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Sometimes as an outdoor enthusiast, I get a little overly excited to talk about my adventures. I list off activities like as though they’re accomplishments on a resume … Ever since I was about 16-years old, I have proudly listed “windsurfing” as one of the outdoor activities I enjoy. I haven’t embellished so much as to call myself a “windsurfer” or even say that I was successful in my windsurfing attempt, but I usually leave out the gory details of that 1 grand windsurfing trip, and just smile and nod and say, “It was really exciting,” when anyone asks how I liked it. But, in the interest of giving you all the backstory to my most recent windsurfing adventure, I’ll share the reality of my first “windsurfing” trip.

As I mentioned, I was only 16, and summer break was in full swing. One day, I had planned to meet up with some of my friends in the extremely rural farming town of Gaston (population around 650). Hanging out usually involved driving around, listening to tunes, going on a hike, 4-wheeling on the dusty gravel back-roads, or going over to Hagg Lake.  Those days – all golden and shimmery, warm and carefree – they created some of the best memories I have, stored like little snapshots in the photo album of my brain.

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Ah, to be 16 and on summer break again! Here I am with my dear friend Betsy Hartner on one of our adventures – the same dear friend who came along to help photo document my windsurfing attempt.

 

On this particular day, my friend thought it would be fun to take his parents’ super old fiberglass windsurfing board out to the lake. We pulled it out of a pile of dusty toys in their storage shed; he cleaned out an old bee’s nest and globs of mud and mildew, scrubbed off the sail, threw it into his truck, and headed to the lake.  It was a beautiful day at the lake. The sun beat down overhead. The stagnant heat formed little beads of sweat that dripped down my forehead and back as we unpacked and hauled the heavy 1980’s-style board from the parking lot down to the shore. The glittery cool blue lake beckoned us as we attached the gigantic heavy sail to the huge boat-like board.

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Here I am around 16 years old trying different “boarding” sports. Body boarding, in my opinion, was much easier than windsurfing…

My friend had been windsurfing a few times before, but I knew that although he knew a ton about different outdoor adventures, he was not the best teacher. This was the same friend who had promised to teach me to snowboard, took me to the top of the mountain, pointed me at a double black-diamond run, said “I’ll see you at the bottom!” and took off – leaving me there to figure it out. He had the same type of approach to teaching me how to windsurf. He told me that all I had to do was balance on the board, pull the rope attached to the sail and hang on. So, that’s exactly what I did. I stood up on shaking legs, trying desperately to balance while hoisting up the sail, I grabbed onto the mast, and I held on.  I moved the sail back and forth a few times, trying to find and catch the wind. As I shifted the sail around and balanced gingerly on the board with my knees flexed and center of gravity low, I found a few little gusts and I giggled and clung to the mast each time I felt myself propel in any direction. I felt like I was in love with this amazing sport.

Then the wind stopped.  

The sail deflated, I wobbled as I tried to maintain my balance, and finally dropped the sail and fell into the water. I turned back to see how far I had gone, and was shocked to find that I was smack-dab in the middle of the lake. I swam around and tipped the nose of the board toward the shore, thinking I would just catch a few more gusts and get straight back to shore. I hopped back up, hoisted up the sail, balanced, and waited … no wind.  After a few minutes, I wobbled and fell back in.  I tried again, frantically hoping for just one teeny gust – anything to help me to move – but nothing.

I wasn’t prepared to handle this. All I knew was that I was too far away from shore, and the only way I would move would be by swimming. I grabbed the rope attached to the front end of the board, and I started swimming. The sail dropped completely under water, serving as a kind of parachute, drastically impairing my attempts to move forward. I tugged and fought and battled with the board, and felt like I was making only inches of progress. I kept my eyes on the shore, which didn’t appear to be getting any closer. I made progress slowly, but my muscles were beginning to shake, ache and burn. When I was about 50 yards away from the shore, I took a break and pulled my limp body up onto the board and laid down my head and just tried to catch my breath. I heard a boat nearby, and looked up to see an older man and woman, both looking at me, headed in my direction. They threw me a rope, told me to hold on tight and they gently pulled me to shore. It may sound dramatic, but at that moment, I felt like they saved my life.

So, yes – I have been windsurfing before.  But, the honest answer to the question I usually get regarding how I liked it would actually be more along these lines: “It was absolutely horrible and exhausting, and I felt like I was about to die by the end of the day, and I hated it.”

That type of answer didn’t really feel like it aligned with my enthusiasm for all other outdoor activities, so I have always been a bit elusive with my smiley vague answers to questions about the experience. But ever since that failed (and exhausting) attempt, I’ve always felt like it was a sport that I genuinely wanted to learn, and I genuinely wanted to love! So, when coming up with ideas about topics to write about, I was so excited to give windsurfing another try.  I wanted to write an article about how awesome this sport is, how other interested beginners can get started, and how much I genuinely (honestly) love this activity. Sadly, I couldn’t do it.

If you are an avid windsurfer or a considering getting into windsurfing, please don’t misunderstand or feel disheartened. I can honestly say that windsurfing is totally amazing, but, it requires far more skill and talent and athleticism than any bystander could possibly imagine.  It is truly a very cool sport and I admire and respect those who participate in it. I cannot personally claim to genuinely love windsurfing – at least not yet.

Windsurfing is really, really hard and physically demanding, and it’s important to understand this concept before your first experience. It is not like paddle boarding, kayaking, or snorkeling – all activities that are demanding and awesome, but that you can really scale to the level of adventure that you’re looking to have.  You can learn the basics about any of these, then go out on your own, feel confident, and have a lot of fun on your first day. That was not the case with my most recent windsurfing experience.

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I signed up for a 2-hour lesson in Hood River, followed by 1 hour of additional equipment rental for extra practice. I asked my friend to come with me to take photos and help me to document the experience. I asked if she wanted to take the class with me, and she said, “Absolutely not – I’ve tried it before, and it is way too hard and tiring.” The tone in her voice was alarmingly serious, in contrast to her usually bubbly and optimistic demeanor. I giggled and said “Oh, it couldn’t be that hard!”

Oh, how foolish I was!

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This is right around the point where the instructor asked if we had any questions… If you can’t tell by the look on my face, I am extremely nervous but also really anxious and excited to get into the water. The lessons were fantastic, and were even more helpful once we were in the water and had the instructor right there to answer any questions, and provide reassurance when you just wanted to know whether or not you were doing things right. (Betsy Hartner photo)

The class started on windsurfing boards balanced on top of rotating blocks on shore. We spent about half an hour practicing getting onto the board, hoisting up the sail, holding the mast, controlling the sail, moving the board in different directions, finding the cross-wind, tail to sail to adjust direction and speed, balance, center of gravity, etc. The instructor was great, but the concepts are extremely difficult to explain and understand. At the end of the 30 minutes, he looked at us all and said, “if you’re confused, don’t be afraid to speak up.”

I said, “I’m confused.”

He grinned and chuckled; I didn’t. I still didn’t have any sense of what the correct position would feel like, and when it had been my turn to practice directional maneuvers on the blocks, the board just spun in all directions.

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Here I am really trying to learn all of the ins and outs of windsurfing, but it’s really hard to completely grasp the concepts being taught until you’re in the water and able to feel what they’re talking about. The lessons were great, though, and I would absolutely recommend at least 1 lesson to learn and practice the basics. (Betsy Hartner photo)

We headed down to the water, and we each received a board and sail.  We learned about the correct way to paddle the board with the sail secured on top of the board and out of the water, held between the feet.  We stayed within a shallow swimming area that was roped off. One at a time, we each got onto the board, pulled up the mast, and practiced different sail and body positions as the instructor called them out.  “Tail to Sail!” “Swing your mast!” “Tuck your hips!” I nervously shuffled my shaky feet around on the board, moved my body slowly, and moved the sail side to side, trying to keep up with the instructor. Every now and then, I sheepishly glanced up to make sure my friend was capturing my hilariously awkward positions on camera and I saw her laughing and waving, amused by my lack of success.

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Ok, seriously… If you haven’t already picked up on it by now, you should know that windsurfing is REALLY tiring! It’s important to give yourself a break when you need one. Safety first! I think I did this probably 20 times during the 2.5 hours we spent in the water. Plus, taking a break allows time to enjoy the gorgeous scenery. (Betsy Hartner photo)

I was able to catch the wind a few times, and I did get a sense of what balance felt like, and how to use the crosswind to control the direction and speed.  I was able to get from the starting point down to the end of the swimming hole, then secure the paddle and swim back to start.  I successfully sailed from one end to the other end of the practice area several times. I did not, however, feel in control or truly balanced or confident at any time during my lesson or practice.

At time, glimmers of enthusiasm appeared, but for a majority of the experience, I felt uncertain and uncomfortable.  I don’t want to come across as a pessimist, because I truly did want to fall in love with this sport, and maybe after a few more lessons, I will.  At the end of the day, however, I was exhausted, shaky, frozen to the bone, and so indescribably frustrated. Above all else, I walked away with such a great respect for those who actively practice and participate in windsurfing.

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Ok, so I saw this picture and I thought I looked pretty cool here – like I’m totally cruising… But the truth here is that I’m barely moving at all, and wobbling around so much that it was hard to balance on the board. Nevertheless, I stood up! And I stayed up until I got to the other end of the teeny roped off shallow area…like 20 minutes later….. (Betsy Hartner photo)

After the lesson, my friend and I went to the portion of Hood River that sits on the Columbia River Gorge shoreline, had some amazing pizza, and watched the scores of windsurfers and parasailers playing in the water. I watched the windsurfers yanking the mast with all of their bodyweight, leaning against it so hard that they were almost sitting on top of the water, catching the crosswind and using it to lift them into the air as they cut into the waves ripping across the gorge, and I was absolutely in awe. To all you windsurfers out there: I want you to know that I think you are so totally awesome.

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After an exhausting morning of windsurfing lessons followed by individual practice, Betsy and I headed out to the beach for some lunch, rest, and sun, and I sat on the shore in absolute awe of the talented windsurfers cutting across the waves, flying into the air, speeding along the top of the river like water skippers, and practicing special trick moves. It was inspirational and amazing to see what skilled windsurfers are capable of.

For any enthusiast thinking about giving windsurfing a try, I made a few notes that I hope you find helpful, outlining few things I wish I had known prior to my experiences:

1.A lesson is ALWAYS a good investment.

Not only will you learn the basics about safety, movement, and body / sail positions, but you can also try out the sport before investing in your own equipment. Most places that offer lessons also can provide all other equipment like wet-suits and water-socks, and a safe place to practice with certified instructors.

2. Be prepared for an extremely physically demanding activity.

Eat a great breakfast packed with protein, and pack snacks. Drink a bunch of extra water leading up to the day of your activity, and be sure to pack a water bottle and stay hydrated throughout the day. To be extra prepared, ramp up the exercise as far in advance as possible to make sure your muscles are prepared for an extremely demanding day. Also, be sure to stretch before and after your adventure. I failed to do this entirely, and ended the day with stiff muscles and a super sore back that hung around for a couple days after my lesson.

3. Know your limits:

If you need a break, feel too shaky, dizzy, cold, or exhausted, don’t be afraid to take a rest. This sport is extremely demanding, and your instructor and classmates will certainly understand and respect you for respecting your body’s needs. If you have any special medical concerns, please talk to your doctor before engaging in this activity – I cannot stress enough how physically demanding it is.

I am very proud to say that I have been windsurfing twice.  I still cannot claim to be a “windsurfer,” but maybe someday (after LOTS of lessons and practice) I will get there. I adore the idea of harnessing the natural power of wind, and learning how to work with it to create movement. I watch intermediate and experienced windsurfers with complete respect and appreciation, and I admire the commitment and dedication that I know it took to perfect their skills. I see other beginners and feel a sense of camaraderie and empathy for the journey they are attempting to embark on.  Windsurfing is a magical and amazing sport, and I still dream of one day calling myself a windsurfer.  Until then, I am a girl who has experienced two “really exciting” windsurfing trips, who has a deep respect for this difficult sport.

Have you ever tried windsurfing?

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Top Hunters Tell You How to Get In Shape for Fall Seasons http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/top-hunters-tell-shape-fall-seasons/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/top-hunters-tell-shape-fall-seasons/#respond Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:20:20 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27351 Morgan and Mason Basely interview some of the top women hunters in America about how they get in shape for fall seasons. Check out their new column, "2 Girls Hunting," sponsored by Girls with Guns Hunting Gear and Apparel.

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We welcome 2Girls Hunting to the ranks of TeamWON, as sponsored columnists by Girls with Guns Clothing. These teenage twins, Morgan and Mason Baseley, live active lifestyles outdoors (including hunting) and run cross-country. We thought it would be fun and interesting to kick off their new column with interviews of some of the top (women) hunters in America and how they get in shape for fall seasons. Welcome aboard! ~BB 

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2 Girls Hunting is sponsored by Girls with Guns Hunting Gear and Apparel.

People don’t often understand just how challenging hunting can be when you are not prepared for the upcoming season. Being physically in shape is one of the biggest attributes often neglected.

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As distance runners for our high school, we have the ability to work out daily and keep up our endurance, but often, we overlook the particulars needed for strength training. This is why we have chosen to sit down and visit with 4 prominent women within the hunting community who always seem ready for the challenge.

Meet the Hunters

Melissa Bachman is an American hunter, producer, and host of hunting television programs, currently of the cable television program “Winchester Deadly Passion” on Sportsman Channel.
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Tiffany Lakosky, of “The Crush with Lee & Tiff,” airing on Outdoor Channel, brings you inside her home, and also on travels – revealing what’s often behind the guts and glory of the outdoor industry.
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Jen O’Hara and Norissa Harman, of Girls with Guns Clothing and “Universal Huntress TV” on the Pursuit Channel, share their love and passion for the outdoors through their worldwide adventures together.
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2Girls hunting: What do you do to keep in shape for hunting?

Melissa Bachman: “Since I was gifted a Boston terrier last Christmas from my family (Pork Chop), she’s been very much a part of my life. So this summer, she and I have been going for a run every night and then after I run, I’ll shoot my bow to get used to shooting it while being a little winded. I will also do some drills where I’ll run with my bow and then stop to shoot to get familiar with calming my breathing/heart rate.”

Tiffany Lakosky: “I am active all year round, I really watch my nutrition and I do a lot of running and hiking. The constant camera use and set up is a good secondary arm work-out.”

Jen O’Hara: ” We embrace the importance of fitness and nutrition when preparing for hunts. Whether it be hiking the local mountains, taking a weighted backpack to the gym, running in Tough Mudder events, or attending early morning CrossFit classes,  it’s all a key part of being prepared for the next hunt and managing a healthy, balanced lifestyle.”

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Huntress Tiffany Lakosky

2Girls Hunting: “What body part do you feel gets neglected for the type of hunting that you do?”

Melissa Bachman: “There is really no way to get keep your feet in shape for a hunt – they just have to get calloused. I wear running shoes, but really, I should be wearing my hiking boots to get my feet used to the movement.”

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Tiffany Lakosky and baby.

2Girls Hunting:  “We see you have a young baby, Tiffany; are you able to find the time for a good workout? Can you incorporate little Cameron into your routine?”

Tiffany Lakosky: “It’s definitely a challenge and nicer in the spring when it’s not so hot to run. I have a backpack that he fits into and just take him around to check food plots and get in a good hike. You don’t know this till you try it, but working out with a baby-on-board can offer quite a challenge.”

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Huntress Melissa Bachman

2GirlsHunting: “How do you get yourself prepared for the elevation changes with hunting?”

Norissa Harman: “We’ve actually participated in 2 high elevation hunts and 1 high elevation obstacle run in the past year, so even though we live on the valley floor, we’ve had a lot of reasons to get in shape for higher elevations. Our favorite way to prepare is to hike our local Mt. Lassen Peak. We will usually start about 2 months before our high elevation activity, and we will hike the peak at least 4 times. We always train with multiple layers, our hunting boots and a weighted pack to simulate a true hunt.”

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Huntress Jen O’Hara

2Girls Hunting: “We run cross-country for school and building endurance is a daily activity, what is your ‘go-to’ cardio exercise?”

Melissa Bachman: “When I run, I’ll incorporate hill sprints to build up my leg strength. Working on those up and downs helps build your gluts, hamstrings and quads, which all come into play when hunting any sort of terrain.”

Tiffany Lakosky: “Running … 100% running.”

Jen O’Hara: “Our go-to cardio exercise is always weighted packs and hiking! Nothing gets the heart rate up and the blood pumping like real-world fitness. We know that when we are hunting, we are always going to be carrying a gun and a backpack, and let’s face it, we’re women and we are incapable of packing lightly!”

Norissa Harman: “If we are traveling or just can’t find the time to get outside to run and hike, we take our weighted packs to the gym and wear them while we work out on the stair stepper, the treadmill, or the elliptical.”

Whether you are in your duck waders, stalking that trophy elk or packing out your first deer, getting in shape for the big hunt requires dedication and hard work, but will pay off in the long run.

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Jen O’Hara & Norissa Harman

The Crush” airs on Outdoor Channel: Sundays at 7:30 p.m., ET, and other times during the week.

“Winchester Deadly Passion” airs on Sportsman Channel: Sundays at 2 p.m. Find out more about Melissa Bachman.

Check out the latest with Girls With Guns Clothing and watch Universal Huntress, Saturday nights at 10:30 p.m. ET on the Pursuit Channel.

How do you get in shape for fall seasons?

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Force-On-Force Training: On Set with Gun Talk’s ‘First Person Defender’ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/training-gun-talks-first-person-defender/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/training-gun-talks-first-person-defender/#respond Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:51:20 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27290 Michelle Cerino gives you a peek at the behind-the-scenes set up for the popular YouTube show, "First Person Defender." Michelle's column, She Shoots 2, is sponsored by Crossbreed.

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Have you heard of the series First Person Defender? It’s the YouTube program filmed in Louisiana that puts regular “good guys” into intense, real-life, self-defense situations. During season , I had the opportunity to play the good guy in 2 of the episodes. Now, for the filming of season 4, I get to work behind the scenes.

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She Shoots 2 is sponsored by Crossbreed Holsters.

As new participants arrive on set, I can’t help but notice the tense look in their eyes and nervousness behind their laughs. Most have already watched the previous seasons of FPD, so they have an idea of what lies ahead. What they aren’t aware of is the behind-the-scenes work underway before they arrive.

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Full masks and neck protection are quite stuffy in the Baton Rouge heat.

Each episode takes place in a location in which participants may actually find themselves: a store, a classroom or maybe even their house. Before everyone arrives, we create the set to resemble the location and include some of the items one might actually find there. I had a great time constructing a convenience store with some cardboard, tape and the various snack items we had available.

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Michelle’s finishes creating her convenience store on the set of First Person Defender.

Another huge task before filming is getting all the Simunition guns, ammunition and safety equipment ready. Simunition is a realistic and nonlethal force-on-force simulation training system. We converted the actual working firearms into Simunition guns by changing out the slide and the barrel. Then loaded the magazines with nonlethal marking cartridges. Helmets, groin protectors, neck protectors and gloves all organized on a table and set out for all participants.

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Protective gear for force-on-force training.

 

Prior to the start of each force-on-force scenario, the set is made sterile. Each person is patted down, including the cameramen and crew, to check for weapons. This includes anything that has the potential to be a weapon. Searching the entire room comes next, again making sure no items could be of danger to any participant.

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Simulation® non-lethal marking cartridges.

Next, the safety briefing, which includes the following information:

  1. Everyone in the room must keep their safety equipment on throughout the entire exercise.
  2. “In roll,” are the words that signal the scenario is starting.
  3. “End ex,” is the signal that the scenario (exercise) has ended.
  4. Everyone wearing chartreuse (the crew) is considered invisible.
  5. No shooting at anyone’s head, or from any closer than arm’s length.
  6. Once the bad guy goes down, he is dead.
  7. The good guy never dies.

Lights, camera, action!

Now, the fun part. The good guy is handed a Crossbreed holster to wear and a Simunition pistol to put in it. She is then given a description of the situation she will be placed in, including what she needs to do once the scenario begins. Everyone puts on their helmets. Then Chris Cerino (my husband, who conducts the training) yells, “In roll, in roll, safety gear on!” The good guy’s heart rate rapidly increases, and finally everyone begins acting out their parts.

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Spent Simunition® cartridges.

What will happen during each scenario is anyone’s guess. Once we hear, “End ex, end ex!”, everything stops. Pistols get set down, we remove our masks, and a debriefing takes place. Now the training session starts for each good guy participant to help improve something that hung her up during the exercise. Then, the process starts again: Another similar scenario starts and we watch to see if the good guy applies the training tip she just learned.

Ready to watch some episodes of First Person Defender? 

Check out the previous three seasons on Gun Talk Media’s YouTube Channel. Then let us know what you learn.

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‘Women Who Hunt’ Webisode Featuring Titus, McQueen and Waller http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/women-hunt-webisode-titus-mcqueen-waller/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/women-hunt-webisode-titus-mcqueen-waller/#respond Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:37:40 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27393 Did you know you can watch Titus, McQueen and Waller in the "Women Who Hunt" anytime you want online on CarbonTV?

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Bend, Oregon (August 19, 2016) – “Women Who Hunt” webisode featuring Kristy Titus, accomplished DIY western hunter and featured member on Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Team Elk; Julie McQueen of Backstage & Backroads Productions and “Till Death Do Us Part” series and Jana Waller, host of “Skullbound TV” on Sportsman Channel, is now available on CarbonTV. Watch the episode online at here.

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“Women Who Hunt” captures the inspiration and motivation of women who share a common connection: a passion for hunting. It’s an inspiring glimpse into the minds of women hunters and an opportunity to hear their stories.

This webisode follows Titus, McQueen and Waller through their preparations for a hunt as they talk about how they started hunting and why they love to hunt.

You can be a wife, a mother, a lady and yet still get outdoors and do everything the guys are doing, only in our way,” said Titus.
“I know there are lady hunters out there who are intrigued by picking up a bow or learning to shoot or hunt and they just don’t know where to begin. Hopefully this video shows its ok to ask questions and yes, there are others like you out there.

About Kristy Titus: With a shared passion and love of the outdoors, Titus is honored to serve as an ambassador for Cabela’s, The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, RMEF’s Team Elk television Show, Host of NRA I Am Forever, Swarovski Optik, Buck Knives, Montana Silversmiths, and Wilderness Athlete. Titus was raised leading a pack string of mules into the backcountry of Oregon, experiencing the thrill of public land, do-it-yourself hunting. Titus is an NRA Basic Pistol and Refuse To Be A Victim Certified Instructor. She shares her passion for fitness and nutrition as editor for Western Hunter and Elk Hunter magazines. Learn more at http://kristytitus.com, https://www.facebook.com/KristyTitus and https://instagram.com/kristytitus/

Who do you watch most, Titus, McQueen or Waller?

 

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LaserMax Center for the New Smith & Wesson M&P 45 Shield http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/lasermax-smith-wesson-mp-45-shield/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/lasermax-smith-wesson-mp-45-shield/#respond Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:41:26 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27409 It's here! The newest addition of the CenterFire laser series by LaserMax.

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August 22, 2016 (Rochester, NY) – Introducing the newest addition of the CenterFire laser series by LaserMax. The CF-SHIELD-45, for the new Smith & Wesson M&P 45 Shield.
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As an essential sighting tool for training, concealed carry, and home defense, the CF-SHIELD-45 projects a vivid red aiming point downrange. This is the perfect complement to Smith & Wesson’s new M&P 45  Shield pistol. Rounded and blended to ensure a smooth draw, the CF-SHIELD-45 mounts to the frame without permanent alteration and has a tactical design that matches the style and contour of the gun. It also offers ambidextrous activation to accommodate both right and left-handed shooters along with programmable pulse and no pulse modes. Most operators report immediate improvement to hit ratios after installing a LaserMax CenterFire laser sight. The CF-SHIELD-45 sits just under the bore for pinpoint accuracy. The user can install in minutes. Protected by a 5-year warranty, CF-SHIELD-45 is priced for every shooter’s budget at just $149. LaserMax is now accepting pre-orders and shipping the first week of September.
 
  • Tough reinforced nylon design offers superior integration with firearm frame
  • Easily programmable for steady or high-vis pulsed beam
  • Controlled activation to promote firearms safety
  • 10 minute automatic time-out prevents inadvertent battery drain
  • Ambidextrous TAP ON/TAP OFF switch reinforces safe firearm handling
  • Fully adjustable for windage and elevation
 
For complete information on LaserMax products you can visit our website at lasermax.com or by phone at (800) 527-3703. For the latest LaserMax new follow LaserMax on InstagramTwitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Do you own the Smith & Wesson M&P 45 Shield?

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She Loves to Fish: Another Epic Saskatchewan Adventure! http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/loves-fish-saskatchewan-adventure/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/loves-fish-saskatchewan-adventure/#respond Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:43:15 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27344 This week's featured blogger, Ashley Rae, tells us about her Saskatchewan Adventure, the kind of fishing experiences that dreams are made of in her blog, "She Loves to Fish."

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When I hear the words ‘fishing’ and ‘Saskatchewan’ together, it brings a smile to my face and a flutter of excitement in my heart. Although I have only been to Saskatchewan twice so far, both adventures have literally been epic! I truly mean it, the kind of fishing experiences that dreams are made of!

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My personal best pike, 44-inches long, caught on a swimbait on Last Mountain Lake in Saskatchewan.

My first trip to Saskatchewan took place last winter. I flew out to host seminars at the Regina Outdoor Sports Show and while there, I had the opportunity to meet up with fellow presenters, Jason and Jeff Matity (of MatitysGetFishing.com). These two anglers (who happen to be brothers) are some of the kindest people I’ve met throughout my travels and we became friends pretty quickly after our day on the ice. Their mandate is sharing information and helping anglers catch more fish, so be sure to check out their website mentioned above. Thanks to Jeff and Jason I was able to catch the biggest northern pike of my life at the time during my visit! You can read about that adventure here which included a 43.5-inch long pike with a girth of 20-inches! WAH! I’ll never forget the giant head coming up out of the ice hole! This was a two-part trip with lots of amazing catches and is pretty photo-heavy! I hope you enjoy!

Part One! Last Mountain Lake.

You can bet that when another opportunity came about to fish in Saskatchewan, there was no hesitation. I was beyond excited and pretty much sleep deprived until I finally departed on this trip as I was so excited at getting another crack at some giant fish. Tourism Saskatchewan brought me in this time and of course I made plans to fish with the Matity’s again for the first part of this trip. This time we fished on Last Mountain Lake where Jeff has been a guide for over 10 years at G&S Marina Outfitters. I had heard a lot about Last Mountain Lake as it’s a hot spot for giant walleye and pike alike bringing in anglers from around the globe. G&S is the only full service outfitter on the lake providing all the comforts of home plus everything you’ll need to do some serious fishing. They have 12 cozy and quaint cabins (heated and air conditioned), boat rentals, guides, a marina, store, restaurant and more.

Continue reading featured blogger, Ashley Rae’s, “Another Epic Saskatchewan Adventure!” and visit her blog, “She Loves to Fish.”

Have you had your own Saskatchewan Adventure? Tell us about it.

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Julie McQueen Partners with Girls with Guns® Clothing http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/julie-mcqueen-partners-girls-guns/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/julie-mcqueen-partners-girls-guns/#respond Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:06:36 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27331 Another WONderful woman partners with Girls with Guns® Clothing.

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Nashville, Tenn. (August 15, 2016) Julie McQueen of “Till Death Do Us Part” – now available on CarbonTVis proud to partner with Girls with Guns® Clothing and their newest clothing line featuring fitness and athletic wear, available in Mossy Oakpatterns, debuting September 1. With McQueen on the road more than 200 days a year with her husband, Daniel Lee Martin, for their production company, Backstage & Backroads Productions, she requires clothing that fits her active lifestyle and demanding schedule.

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Girls with Guns® Clothing offers chic, affordable clothing for ladies to show their love for the outdoors,” said Julie McQueen. “When they approached me to help introduce their new athletic line, I jumped at the chance – literally!  I’ve been putting their leggings and tops through the test this summer biking, hiking and working out in the gym. I love the little touches like the hidden pockets in the running leggings or extra grip tape on the headbands – it all makes my workouts more enjoyable.

GWG clothing and accessories let women show their love for hunting and shooting in an edgy way. Designed by women for women, the workout and performance line is made with sweat-wicking material and blended with Spandex to give ultimate staying power with the perfect amount of stretch and a flattering silhouette. Additional features include reflective piping and screen prints to ensure safety in lower light and zippered, sleek pockets.

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As a co-founder of Girls with Guns® Clothing and the co-hosts of ‘Universal Huntress TV,’ it is vital for us to be successful in the field, no matter what conditions we may face. For us, success ultimately comes down to having the best tools – quality hunting gear tailored to a woman’s needs, accurate firearms, precision ammunition, crystal clear optics, and sharp knives, but the most important tool that determines the success of a hunter is physical fitness,” said Norissa Harman, co-founder of Girls with Guns Clothing. “We are excited to have Julie represent us as her grace and lifestyle is exactly what our fans connect with, plus look for our Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 lines with Julie at SHOT Show in January, 2017.

Backstage & Backroads Productions was created by Daniel Lee Martin in 2010 and currently produces a number of outdoor TV webisodes, shows, commercials and more, including “Brotherhood Outdoors,” currently airing on Sportsman Channel.

Learn more about Julie and Daniel Lee at http://backstageandbackroads.com and more on their newest project, Till Death Do Us Part, at http://tilldeathdouspart.tv

Julie and Daniel Lee are America’s outdoor couple as they hit the road filming amazing adventures with their production studio, Backstage & Backroads Productions. Julie found her way into the hunting industry as a pro-staffer back before any other girl had even tried. She also made a name for herself in the fashion industry by working in Los Angeles, New York, and all over Europe. She just might be the only girl to fly from a photo shoot in France, land in the U.S., and climb directly into a tree stand. Daniel Lee was a professional golfer and advertising executive, but left it all behind in 1997 to pursue his dream of becoming a country recording artist. He’s toured with Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, Clint Black and Vince Gill, to name a few, plus annual performances at Fan Fair in Nashville. In November of 2002, Martin became the first artist signed to ChinMusic Records. His two critically acclaimed albums led to him being one of the most widely recognized independent country music artists in Nashville.

About Girls with Guns Clothing: Founded by two best friends, Jen O’Hara and Norissa Harman, Girls with Guns® Clothing (GWG) was born out of a dream and fashioned through a partnership that’s one part risk taker and one part conservative. A perfect combination of the girls’ passion for the sport of shooting, hunting and fashion, GWG clothing and accessories let women show their love for hunting and shooting in an edgy way.  GWG offers jewelry, tees, hoodies, swimwear, shoes, jackets and more in a variety of sizes, colors and camo patterns with our partner, Mossy Oak™. The line is found in larger retailers, such as Cabela’s, Scheel’s and Sportsman’s Warehouse to smaller shops.  GWG strongly supports the rights of gun owners and keeping the hunting heritage alive. Learn more at http://gwgclothing.com

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Fly Fishing with Alaskan Guides: Mousing Tips for Trout http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/fly-fishing-alaskan-guides-mousing-tips/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/fly-fishing-alaskan-guides-mousing-tips/#respond Fri, 19 Aug 2016 12:39:17 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27089 What do you know about mousing? Learn tips from a guide at one of the top-10 fly-fishing lodges in Alaska, the No-See-Um Lodge.

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Who knows why rodents fling themselves off riverbanks? Just take advantage of big rainbows’ appetites for little 4-legged swimmers. Go mousing for trout.

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• Natural mouse action starts up against the bank. Present your giant, dry fly to fish tucked in and under. It’s an enticement they usually can’t refuse.

• Trust ‘bows for excellent eyesight. They’ll move out to your mouse, so reel them in with a strip-and-swing combo. You’ll cover more water, catch more fish and have more fun.

• Mousing takes patience. That’s the hard part. Wait for the closed mouth and the turned head, and then set the hook. Otherwise, wave goodbye to that trophy trout.

Find more fishing tips at The WON.

Do you practice mousing? Tell us about it!

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The Women’s Gun Show Episode #14: ALICE Goes to School http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/the-womens-gun-show-episode-14-alice-goes-to-school/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/the-womens-gun-show-episode-14-alice-goes-to-school/#respond Fri, 19 Aug 2016 01:29:57 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27275 School safety is discussed as the hosts learn more about ALICE, an active shooter civilian response training program for schools.

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In this show, Carrie Lightfoot and Barbara Baird weigh in on the importance of school safety, and Barbara interviews Dan Huffman, of the Centennial School District #12 in the Minneapolis region, about the school district’s active shooter civilian response training program, ALICE. The women also discuss trending news topics, cool gear and what’s coming up across the nation for women who are seeking education and training about firearms.

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LINKS to The Women’s Gun Show Episode #14: Alice Goes to School

Survival Story

Coos DA on teen shooting home intruder:

http://kcby.com/news/local/coos-da-on-teen-shooting-home-intruder-no-question-in-my-mind-that-this-was-justifiable 

Firearms news you can use 

Why women are going to gun ranges: http://www.kristv.com/story/32728641/more-women-visit-gun-ranges-to-learn-personal-protection

Save the children in your neighborhood: https://slowfacts.wordpress.com/2016/08/14/save-the-children-in-your-neighborhood-with-five-minutes-a-day/ 

Cool product

Bullet blocker: http://www.bulletblocker.com/bulletproof-school-safety-protection.html

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Full Metal Coloring book: https://www.amazon.com/Full-Metal-Coloring-Range-Reflection/dp/0990575497

Interview

Dan Huffman – ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) Training

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ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) Training instructor led classes provide preparation and a plan for individuals and organizations on how to more proactively handle the threat of an aggressive intruder or active shooter event. Whether it is an attack by an individual person or by a international group of professionals intent on conveying a political message through violence, ALICE Training option based tactics have become the accepted response, versus the traditional “lockdown only” approach. 

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Dorm/Apartment Alarm Kit, $24.99: http://thewellarmedwoman.com/self-defense/sabre-dorm-apartment-kit 

Training tip

Connect with your school – ask this question: “What is your plan and how are you preparing/training students/staff/family for a school shooting?” If they do not have a plan – take it to the school board and demand it.

Talk to your children about the plan and how to incorporate some of its aspects into your home. 

Calendar: What’s up?

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Women’s Day Out, NWTF event in Ohio: The Ohio State chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will be hosting their 17th Annual Women in the Outdoors event on September 9 – 11, 2016 at Camp Muskingum in Carrollton, OH.  This Women’s Day Out event was nationally recognized by the NWTF as the Best 2015 Event for 75 to 150 participants. List some of the shooting clinics, including a Concealed Carry Class for the state of Ohio. See http://www.nwtf.org/events

Cabela’s Ladies Day Out, Sept. 24 & 25, 2016, all Cabela’s retail stores. The Well Armed Woman instructors will be out in full force, teaching a standard event, Ladies Handgun 101.

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Don’t forget to enter the contest for “Gabby’s Giveaway,” where you might win a Ruger R51, a Crossbreed MiniTuck holster and an NSSF #GunVote performance jersey from TechWear. 

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Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Surpasses 10,000 Conservation Projects http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/rocky-mountain-elk-conservation-projects/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/rocky-mountain-elk-conservation-projects/#respond Thu, 18 Aug 2016 23:59:51 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27282 What has the RMEF been up to? Find out here!

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MISSOULA, Mont.—An ongoing aspen restoration effort in Oregon’s South Warner Mountains marks the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s 10,000th lifetime conservation project.

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This is an incredible conservation milestone,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “It speaks volumes to the positive, beneficial impact the RMEF has on elk and elk country from coast to coast.

Earlier this year, RMEF contributed $30,000 in grant funding to the Fremont-Winema National Forest as part of the seventh and final year of landscape aspen treatment in south-central Oregon where elk numbers are below objective. RMEF funded similar efforts in 2014 and 2015 to conserve and restore aspen stands and meadows in the same region. Also in 2016, RMEF awarded $20,000 in grant funding to begin a similar landscape-scale effort in the North Warner Mountains.

RMEF’s first habitat stewardship project was a 1986 prescribed burn in a place fittingly named Elk Creek on the Kootenai National Forest in northwest Montana. The backcountry burn encompassed more than 1,000 acres of prime elk habitat where shrubs had become overgrown or decadent.

We are grateful to our many partners who stand shoulder-to-shoulder with us in making meaningful conservation work a reality. We vow to accelerate our conservation mission of ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage,” added Allen.

To date, RMEF completed 10,198 lifetime conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in 49 states that permanently protected or enhanced 6,883,479 acres of vital elk habitat.

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

Founded over 30 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of nearly 220,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 6.8 million acres for elk and other wildlife. RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage. Discover why “Hunting Is Conservation™” at www.rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK.
Take action: join and/or donate.

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ATA Launches Bowhunting 360, Redesigns Archery 360 to Grow Archery and Bowhunting http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/ata-launches-bowhunting-360-redesigns-archery-360-grow-archery-bowhunting/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/ata-launches-bowhunting-360-redesigns-archery-360-grow-archery-bowhunting/#respond Thu, 18 Aug 2016 14:47:37 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27272 The Archery Trade Association (ATA) has recently launched Bowhunting 360 on Facebook and as a content site, targeted at recruiting and re-engaging new and existing bowhunters.

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NEW ULM, Minnesota – Helping people to learn what archery is. Getting people excited to shoot their first arrow. And now: teaching people how to bowhunt. The Archery Trade Association (ATA) has recently launched Bowhunting 360 on Facebook and as a content site, targeted at recruiting and re-engaging new and existing bowhunters. The site launch is a direct response to ATA Board, staff and member concerns regarding the recent downturn in the bowhunting market.

Bowhunting 360’s launch accompanies a redesign of Archery360.com, which delivers written and visual content to new and beginning archers who seek news, how-to, lifestyle, technology and entertainment pieces about archery. Together the sites address the industry’s urgency to strengthen sales and promote archery and bowhunting.

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Julie McQueen, co-host of “Till Death Do Us Part” on Carbon TV and producer at “Backstage & Backroads” is a wonderful ambassador for bowhunting and archery.

Archery 360 launched in November 2013 in response to the sport’s popularity in movies, TV shows, popular culture and the London 2012 Olympic Games. Since then, Archery 360 has exposed millions to archery while building a nearly 150,000-member Facebook community, and generating 38 million YouTube views on a “Dude Perfect” video collaboration. The ATA hopes that Bowhunting 360 will have an equally widespread impact.

“Since 2012, archery participation in America has grown by 26 percent, from 18.9 to 23.8 million Americans,” said Jay McAninch, ATA president/CEO. “Continued growth serves as a testament to the efforts made by the ATA, states and nonprofit archery organizations to help grow the sport at the grassroots level. Even so, bowhunting has been lagging behind in recent years. We hope Bowhunting 360 will strengthen bowhunting sales while also helping our industry recruit new as well as revive lapsed bowhunters.”

“The ATA Board prioritized bowhunting during the Industry Strategic Planning Meeting in May,” said Ben Summers, chairman of the ATA Board of Directors. “Bowhunting 360 addresses the Board’s urgency to grow bowhunting by providing interactive content to promote the sport and drive customers to member shops.”

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Melissa Bachman, host of “Winchester Deadly Passion,” is another fine example of a role model and representative for women in the bowhunting world. (Melissa Bachman photo)

Bowhunting 360 and the redesigned Archery 360 site equip beginning archers and bowhunters with resources to try archery and bowhunting right away. This redesign includes updated aesthetics, online curriculum and lessons, and a more robust store locator to help archers find the nearest archery shop.

“It’s important for new archers to interact with the products and feel the emotions that come with arrowing their first target,” said Summers. “The store locator provides that crucial opportunity, sustaining that interest and fostering a passion for archery and bowhunting.”

Bowhunting 360 builds off of Archery 360’s traction while addressing the need for a safe, encouraging community to recruit, retain and re-engage new and existing bowhunters.

“We needed a safe space for new bowhunters to share their passion for the outdoors,” said Teresa Johnson, ATA’s senior director of communications and administration. “Bowhunting 360 provides that space, while also offering how-to and human-interest pieces to re-engage former bowhunters.”

To learn more visit Bowhunting360.com and Archery360.com.

About the ATA
The Archery Trade Association (ATA) is the organization for manufacturers, retailers, distributors, sales representatives and others working in the archery and bowhunting industry. The ATA has served its members since 1953. It is dedicated to making the industry profitable by decreasing business overhead, reducing taxes and government regulation, and increasing participation in archery and bowhunting. The organization also owns and operates the ATA Trade Show, the archery and bowhunting industry’s largest and longest-running trade show worldwide.

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Retro WON: The 7 Deadly Sins, or How Not to Guide an Angler http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/not-guide-angler/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/not-guide-angler/#comments Thu, 18 Aug 2016 12:46:48 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=15950 In this Retro WON, Kathryn Maroun describes 7 ways, er sins, and how not to guide anglers.

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Kathryn Maroun spells out 7 Deadly Sins, and tells how not to guide an angler.

I’m sure that you have made offers in life that you never expected the person to actually take you up on.

“Here take it, you should have the last piece of cake. I insist.”

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Then you are in shock and upset when the person takes you up on your hollow offer. The delight of a great fishing run is a lot like cake – always leaves you wanting more. Nothing will upset an angler more than having someone else mess with his water, even if they seemingly have had their fill.

I politely offer guides a pass at the pool, but I never expect them to take me up on my offers. Sometimes they do. And this prompts me to ask this question: Should a guide get a chance to fish his sports’ water?

Whether guides can fish depends on many variables: river rules, licensing rules, and lodge rules. But if all of those are OK, then it depends on your relationship with the guide.

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Richard Adams — a good guide!

A lot of fishermen become guides because they love to fish. In my opinion, and with experience from both sides of that equation, I think that it muddies the waters and can turn an otherwise successful fishing day on its ear when guides fish their sports’ water.

It’s a case of you can’t have your cake and eat it, too. Fishing is fishing and guiding is guiding. Pick one!

I love guiding and I love fishing, but never the two shall mix. Personally, I think that it is better not to be the person poling the boat. But if you are the guide and not the sport, you should try not to commit any of the 7 Deadly Sins that can lead to the demise of a guiding career.

Lust

Lust is an intense desire for money, food, fame, or power.

I remember shooting the pilot for my series, What A Catch!, in the Highlands of Cape Breton on a storied Atlantic salmon river. Fishing was tough (as usual) all week, and I hadn’t landed a fish. My husband told me not to come home until I got a fish on camera. Desperate and out of time, the guide and I split up to double the chances of getting the footage.

The local guides know the hot spots. That’s why we hire them. I knew that the guide had been holding out on me all week. He was waiting for his chance to catch a fish on camera.

I took one of my cameramen aside and asked him to go with the guide and shoot him catching a fish, as I expected he would do. Sure enough, the cameraman reported back to me that the guide had a fish on after a half-dozen casts. What the guide didn’t know is that I’d asked my cameraman to quietly mark his outing with the guide on our GPS. With confidence, the next morning my crew and I retraced the route and – just as they had done with the guide the day before – filmed me landing a fish of note after a handful of casts. I wish I could have seen the look on the guide’s face when the series aired featuring me with the big fish that he lusted after. I would never hire that guide again.

On the other hand, I’ve had great experiences fishing with well-intentioned guides who put me in the hot spot on day one. With a fish on camera, the pressure is off, and everything else after that becomes gravy. It’s a win-win situation.

Gluttony

Gluttony is overindulgence and overconsumption to the point of waste.

To offer your guide a rod can also cause problems when the fish are plentiful. Case in point: I was fishing for trophy pike, the wolf of the north. We were above the Arctic Circle, where the fish were not educated to a fly. My guide was very knowledgeable and good company – a recipe for a wonderful week of fishing. I wanted him to enjoy his day, so I offered him the rod.

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We were drifting nicely at the hourglass of a lake where the flow was funneling lots of food for the bold pike. My guide started picking off lunkers one after the other. He landed four fish, bang, bang, bang, and bang. Twenty minutes had passed and I wasn’t fishing.

I started to get frustrated because he wasn’t giving me a chance to fish. I asked him to give me a chance to put the camera down and cast my fly. The words were still afloat in the thin northern air when he hooked up again. I had to pull out my own guide card and tell him to stop fishing. A quiet unease fell over the boat. It wasn’t much fun catching fish after that.

Successful guides don’t feel a need to hog the water. Their sole focus is to ensure that their client has the best, safest, and fishiest experience possible. I love fishing with guides who get as much pleasure from watching me catch a quality fish as they do from catching it themselves.

Pride

Pride is a desire to be more important or attractive than others, failing to acknowledge the good work of others, and excessive love of self.

If you don’t think that this sort of thing goes on, just watch this short clip as my guide reluctantly shares the run with me.

 

 

When given the choice to deprive me of the magic fly, or do the right thing and share with me what was working that week to elicit a strike, this great guide gave me the fly.

 

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Share your guide stories with us at The WON.

This Retro WON first appeared August 07, 2013.

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The DC Project: They’re Home, Now, the Next Steps http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/dc-project-home-now-next-steps/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/dc-project-home-now-next-steps/#respond Thu, 18 Aug 2016 12:43:22 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27249 They went to D.C. and are now back in their own states. Find out what they are doing to continue with The DC Project.

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The DC Project has ignited a fire in women all across the United States. Since returning home from their historic trip to our nation’s capital, the 50 women from 50 states have begun connecting with their legislators and fellow citizens with a renewed passion to defend and protect the Second Amendment.

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The DC Project is a nonpartisan and truly grassroots initiative that in July 2016 brought 50 women—one from each state—to Washington, D.C., to establish relationships with their legislators and reveal the faces and stories of female firearms owners and Second Amendment supporters. A rally on the west lawn of the Capitol building capped off the week, celebrating the experiences these ladies had on Capitol Hill and the new friendships they formed. Together they are a spark for other women to continue the conversations at home.

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A few of the ladies who traveled to Washington, D.C., have provided these updates:

Dianna Muller, founder of the DC Project (OK): While I was in D.C. I took 10 women from 2 legislators’ offices to the local shooting range. This experience forged new friendships among us all. Many of these women had never before fired a firearm, and we provided a safe and fun experience that they’ll remember for a lifetime. I have also gotten an invitation to hunt with one of my senators; we should be planning that in the next few weeks.

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Jeanelle Westrom, owner of Davenport Guns (IA): I’ve offered my expertise to all of my senators and representatives: If a law is being considered, they can consult me on how it would affect those of us who have to administer it. More than one office was very receptive to my offering this service to them; it was a better approach than just me asking for something from them.

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Katy Brown, owner of Tier 1 Gun Store (WA): One of my meetings in D.C. put me in contact with a legislative staffer who accepted my invitation to come shooting. The Spokane police academy was kind enough to let us use their very nice range, and we were able to talk about firearms education and correct a lot of misused verbiage regarding firearms. The staffer also put me in contact with head of the Judicial Committee to see what I can do about getting firearms safety courses back into schools.

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Adrianna Eschete, firearms trainer (LA): Many of my representatives offered to send local staff members to my monthly meetings of The Well Armed Woman to show their support. My congressman’s legislative adviser had recently returned from his honeymoon in Brazil, having visited the same city in which my mother was born and raised. We connected immediately, and have remained in contact since the trip. Small world!

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Kim Condon, skin-care studio owner (MS): My senator and his wife are planning to tour our shooting range, Boondocks Firearms Training Academy.  I’m a regular guest on a local radio show once a month, where I share the news of the DC Project and information on where to seek firearms training.  I plan to keep in touch with the legislators and their staff periodically, so they will know my name and have a contact for information pertaining to firearms, women with firearms, etc.

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And then there’s me, Cheryl Todd, host of Gun Freedom Radio (AZ): I have been invited by the NRA Women’s Leadership Summit to moderate a panel discussion on the topic of the DC Project.  The 2016 NRA Women’s Leadership Forum Summit will take place from September 9–11 at the Ritz-Carlton Tyson’s Corner in McLean, VA.  My panelists will include DC Project founder Dianna Muller, Megan Boland and Julianna Crowder. I am honored and excited by this invitation; it’s amazing opportunity to share our wonderful experiences in our nation’s capital, speaking to our legislators and representatives with other women who value and support our Second Amendment.

The DC Project is an example of what one person can do—and when one person becomes 50 people, doors and minds get opened.  This is just the beginning: The DCP ladies are in the process of planning their next trip to our nation’s capital, which may be as early as February 2017. Be sure to follow all of the ongoing photos and videos with #DCProject, and find out more at agirlandagun.org.

Read more of our articles about The DC Project here.

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NWTF Ohio: You Won’t Want to Miss Our Women’s Day Out http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/nwtf-womens-day/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/nwtf-womens-day/#respond Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:00:34 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27258 What are you doing on the weekend of Sept. 9 to 11? Check out this fabulous combination of courses, from yoga to concealed carry to fly-tying to zip lining!

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The Ohio State chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will be hosting their 17th Annual Women in the Outdoors event on September 9 – 11, 2016 at Camp Muskingum in Carrollton, OH.  This Women’s Day Out event was nationally recognized by the NWTF as the Best 2015 Event for 75 to 150 participants.

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The Women in the Outdoors program is designed to offer women ages 14 and over the opportunity to gain valuable in-the-field skills in an environment that encourages fun and success in the outdoors.  The exciting program targets women who want to learn outdoor skills through inexpensive courses addressing such topics as camping, fishing, botany, hiking, bird watching, archery, shooting sports and much more! It will also allow women to develop a greater understanding of wildlife conservation and meet others who share their enthusiasm. This program will provide the foundation to train women as outdoor educators and develop a network of outdoor enthusiasts with similar interests.

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Course selections at this event include an eclectic lineup —  with Basic Archery, Basic Fishing, Basic Handgun, Basic Shotgun, Basic Rifle, Conceal Carry Instruction, Fly & Jig making, Self-Defense, Yoga and Zipline/High Ropes, to name a few options. For more information, contact Amy Butterfield at (614) 327-1041, call (800) THE-NWTF or visit the Ohio NWTF Chapter Website: http://your.nwtf.org/events/flyer.php?id=11062.  You may also contact Amy by email at abutterfield.nwtf@gmail.com for additional information.

The Women’s Day Out events are held across the country and provide participants with proper equipment and expert instruction. The combination of sponsorship and local chapter support allows the NWTF to offer these programs at a low cost to participants. The cost of attending each event includes a membership in Women in the Outdoors program and a subscription to Turkey Country magazine, the Federation’s full-color, quarterly publication with articles and information on a variety of outdoor adventures and activities.

About the NWTF: In 1973, when the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded, there were an estimated 1.3 million wild turkeys and 1.5 million turkey hunters. Thanks to the work of wildlife agencies and the NWTF’s many volunteers and partners, today there are more than 7 million wild turkeys and nearly 3 million turkey hunters. Since 1985, the NWTF and its cooperators have spent more than $258 million upholding hunting traditions and conserving more than 13.1 million acres of wildlife habitat.

The NWTF is a nonprofit organization with 275,000 members in 50 states, Canada, Mexico and 14 other foreign countries. It supports scientific wildlife management on public, private and corporate lands as well as wild turkey hunting as a traditional North American sport.

For more information on the National Wild Turkey Federation, call (800) THE-NWTF or visit our Web site at www.nwtf.org.

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WOW Wednesday: U.S. Women Earn Most Shooting Medals Since ‘84 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/u-s-women-earn-shooting-medals-since-84/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/u-s-women-earn-shooting-medals-since-84/#comments Wed, 17 Aug 2016 12:18:55 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27238 The ladies of the USA Shooting Team certainly made their presence known in Rio. We celebrate their achievements in this week's WOW Wednesday!

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The strength of U.S. women was fully on display in Rio during the Olympic shooting events.  Women shot and the world recognized with this being the first time since 1984 that three women were able to step on the podium for Team USA.  The significance of which can’t be understated as the idea to Shoot Like A Girl will forever resonate as a result of the power shown by the U.S. women in earning the only medals in the sport for Team USA.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 14: (L-R) U.S. Olympians Kim Rhode, Virginia Thrasher and Corey Cogdell pose for a photo with their medals at the USA House at Colegio Sao paulo on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kim Rhode; Virginia Thrasher; Corey Cogdell

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 14: (L-R) U.S. Olympians Kim Rhode, Virginia Thrasher and Corey Cogdell pose for a photo with their medals at the USA House at Colegio Sao paulo on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

The U.S. Olympic Shooting Team left Rio having secured three prized possessions courtesy of a sport-defining Ginny Thrasher gold in Women’s Air Rifle, a repeat bronze for Corey Cogdell-Unrein in Women’s Trap and a most-historic bronze for Kim Rhode in Women’s Skeet.

For 36 hours to open the 2016 Olympic Games, Thrasher was the face of Team USA as the lone gold medalist, winning the first medal of the 2016 Olympic Games. That fact propelled her into the media spotlight while the subsequent reveal of her personality and grace made her a star.

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Cogdell-Unrein became a powerful representation for females everywhere given her battle to get back on the podium and then by the subsequent headline misfortune giving more credit to her husband, Mitch, than the athlete actually earning the medal.  She’s handled both results with dignity and class.

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Rhode did nothing more than add to an Olympic legacy almost unfathomable already by earning a sixth straight individual Olympic medal becoming the first Summer Olympian ever to do so.  Already an idol among shooting fans young and old alike, she’s now a sensation for all Olympic dreamers.

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When is bronze as good as gold? Look it up in the future and we’re pretty sure you will be able to bookmark August 12, 2016. Trending is something Rhode will now be doing well into a third decade as America’s shotgun queen. Since winning Olympic gold as a 17-year-old in Atlanta, Rhode’s journey now comes full circle having perhaps experienced the most trying four years of her Olympic pursuit.  Pregnancy and childbirth created a whole host of health complications for Rhode.  Looking at her son, Carter, in the stands on this day and seeing him waving down to mommy as she was about to step on the podium a record sixth-straight time, it was at that very moment that the pain of doing so vanished and that familiar feeling of accomplishment set in.

Adding to these remarkable achievements are two other female athletes that made the Olympic Finals in their events. Finals appearances for Sarah Scherer in her Olympic departure and for Morgan Craft in her Olympic arrival helped give the U.S. women five Olympic finalists in six events.

Given her comeback from a debilitating back injury, it was SCHERER DETERMINATION for the 25-year-old Sarah Scherer right to the very last shot in Rio.  She qualified fourth in Air Rifle and ended up with an eighth-place finish. Her match destiny in Three-Position rifle was pretty much decided when she cross fired (shot someone else’s target) in her very first shot in the standing series, shot 41 of 60.  She received a 0 out of 10 possible points for the error.  Earning a 9 or 10, could have meant a top-15 finish most likely.  Ultimately, it’s the last 19 shots though that truly showcased all that Scherer gave the sport.  Read more about how Scherer chose to end her career right here.

The first-time Olympian Morgan Craft nearly made it an even greater day for USA Shooting in Women’s Skeet. She survived a three-person shoot-off to advance to the semifinals.  She’d face another three-person shoot-off after 16 targets along with Rhode and China’s Wei Meng.  She’d fall to the two skeet shooting greats, but not before earning the admiration of her teammates and a legion of fans during her quick rise to stardom.

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Pistol shooter Enkelejda Shehaj completed her Olympic return and finished with strength. Her results won’t make headlines, a 34th-place finish in Sport Pistol and a 40th-place result in Air Pistol.  Her comeback story should.  You can read about it here.

Lydia Paterson shot to a 29th-place result in Women’s Air Pistol during her first Olympic Games.

These Games proved once again that the rest of the world is really good at shooting too.  China and Italy led the overall medal totals with seven apiece, while Italy did so with flair in earning a Games-high four gold. Germany showcased its strength in winning three gold medals and four overall too.  All told, 19 countries, including two from IOC-sanctioned Kuwait that was competing under the IOA flag, earned medals in shooting. That total was the highest amount of countries earning a medal in any one sport besides judo and athletics.  Swimming and taekwondo each had 18 countries earn medals.

If you enjoyed this story of the ladies with their medals, check out all our previous WOW Wednesdays.

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A Poll: Top 3 Reasons Women Learn to Shoot Firearms http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/top-reasons-women-learn-shoot-firearms/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/top-reasons-women-learn-shoot-firearms/#respond Wed, 17 Aug 2016 11:52:03 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27122 Have you ever wondered why most women learn to shoot firearms? Stacy Bright polled women on 2 social media platforms, read about the top 3 reasons. Sponsored by LaserMax.

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Calling all ladies: Have you been contemplating learning about firearms? If so, there’s no better time than now! The number of women gun owners has been rising dramatically over the past decade, and continues to soar! With organizations such as the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and The Well Armed Woman (TWAW), women have the opportunity to learn everything from gun safety and basic nomenclature, to protecting and equipping themselves for personal defense. It’s your time to learn to shoot firearms.

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I polled women on 2 social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter, and asked them “Why did you learn to shoot firearms?” Here are the top 3 reasons that they gave:

1.Personal protection for themselves and their families

For me, it was common place growing up to have guns around to plink at targets and to use for hunting. In high school it was normal to see rifles or shotguns in the back window of our classmates’ trucks. However, it wasn’t until I became an adult, specifically after I had children, that I decided that the best way to protect them would be to carry a gun with me at all times.

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Mary practices what she learned in her concealed carry class.

The ways of the world are changing, we see it every day on the news. We can no longer bury our heads in the sand and pretend that evil doesn’t exist. But rather than hiding and being paranoid, women are choosing to take classes, gain confidence, and feel more empowered and ready to protect themselves and their families.

For women, it isn’t enough to simply know the “how-to’s” of guns, they need to feel confident in the ability to load, unload, and draw from a holster safely. Hands-on practice is important so that those skills become as easy as tying their shoes or putting on makeup. Equally important is the mental preparedness through self-defense scenarios and the laws that allow the use of a firearm for personal protection.

2.  Camaraderie with others

Getting together with like-minded women is fun! Target shooting is more enjoyable with other people, whether that’s friends or family. By challenging each other to practice and improve, it’ll keep everyone moving forward! Instead of sitting on the couch watching mind-numbing “reality” shows, pack your family in the car and spend some quality time together.

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TWAW ladies after a shotgun class.

As a Leader for my local chapter of The Well Armed Woman, I see women coming out of all ages and from different walks of life to join with other ladies who enjoy firearms! In a recent study by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the number of women in the U.S. who practiced target shooting jumped 60 percent, from 3.3 million in 2001 to 5.4 million in 2013. The NSSF also sponsors a First Shots program at various local ranges, in which newcomers (including many women) have the opportunity to take their first steps in firearms education during classroom and live-fire events.

There’s something unique about shooting sports and women who enjoy it, at least from my experience. A supportive atmosphere is created, like a sisterhood, which makes asking questions and learning a group affair.

3.  Our 2nd Amendment right

We, as United States citizens, have the right to keep and bear arms. As a matter of fact, we’ve had that right since 1791 when the 2nd Amendment was added to the U.S. Constitution as a part of the Bill of Rights. The Declaration of Independence also states that we are endowed with certain unalienable rights such as “life” and “liberty.” At the time of America’s birth, when our Founding Father’s were writing the Constitution, they knew that there was a possibility of a corrupt government. They realized that it would not be wise to allow those in power to have the ability to disarm the citizens.

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Three students show off their targets from a CCW class.

Unfortunately, we see gun violence, not to mention other acts of hate that don’t include firearms, on a regular basis – not only here in America, but all over the world. It’s not a “gun issue”, it’s a “people issue.” Sadly, imposing more regulations and bans on guns won’t fix someone who intends to do evil. The only thing it will do is prevent innocent people from having the ability to protect themselves. Because of the growing threat of “gun control”, more people are buying guns and ammo, including women.

Final Thoughts

Competitive shooting and hunting were also reasons listed when women were asked why they chose to learn about guns. Although these weren’t listed in the top three, they’re equally important. They are another avenue to pursue, should you choose.

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Carlie tries out a new rifle.

Thankfully, no matter what the reason, women have amazing opportunities to get involved and thrive! With the uptick of women taking firearms classes and getting concealed carry permits, companies in the gun industry are making more products specific to women and helping them equip themselves. Women firearm instructors are also on the rise, which make it easier for ladies to feel comfortable and learn in a way that’s unique to them.

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Author, Stacy, gets tips on shotgun shooting.

If you’ve been on the fence, or the thought briefly crossed your mind, my advice would be to jump in! It’s a worthwhile experience, no matter what your reason!

Did you recently learn to shoot firearms? Check out our shooting tips at The WON.

Why did you learn to shoot firearms? Let us know through our social media outlets.

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Kristy Titus Earns NRA Range Safety Officer Certification http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/titus-nra-range-safety-officer/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/titus-nra-range-safety-officer/#respond Tue, 16 Aug 2016 15:14:38 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27187 Are you a Range Safety Officer? Look who joined your ranks.

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Bend, Oregon (August 15, 2016) – Kristy Titus, Cabela’s Ambassador, NRA Certified Instructor and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Team Elk featured member has recently completed her Range Safety Officer (RSO) Certification from National Rifle Association.

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According to the NRA, the RSO certificate was created in response to the demand for a nationally recognized range safety officer certification. Titus had to demonstrate she possesses the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to organizing, conducting, and supervising safe shooting activities and range operations.

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I’m very proud to add the RSO certification to my currently held NRA certifications as a pistol and Refuse To Be A Victim instructor,” said Titus. “The RSO certification expands my role and responsibility at the range to include range inspections, range rules, firearm stoppages and malfunctions, range safety briefings which include procedures to follow in the event of an emergency.

Interested in becoming a Range Safety Officer?

To learn more about the NRA or to join, visit https://membership.nrahq.org/forms/signup.asp?campaignid=XM030847

About Kristy Titus: With a shared passion and love of the outdoors, Titus is honored to serve as an ambassador for Cabela’s, The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, RMEF’s Team Elk television Show, Host of NRA I Am Forever, Swarovski Optik, Buck Knives, Montana Silversmiths, and Wilderness Athlete. Titus was raised leading a pack string of mules into the backcountry of Oregon, experiencing the thrill of public land, do-it-yourself hunting. Titus is an NRA Basic Pistol and Refuse To Be A Victim Certified Instructor. She shares her passion for fitness and nutrition as editor for Western Hunter and Elk Hunter magazines. Learn more at http://kristytitus.com, https://www.facebook.com/KristyTitus and https://instagram.com/kristytitus/

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Michelle Scheuermann, BulletProof Communications LLC, 651.964.0264; michelle@bulletproofcomm.com

 

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#GunVote – Jessica Brooks-Stevens of Barnes Bullets http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/gunvote-barnes-bullets/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/gunvote-barnes-bullets/#respond Tue, 16 Aug 2016 12:18:48 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=26993 Jessica Brooks-Stevens of Barnes Bullets talks about the #GunVote in this video sponsored by the NSSF.

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The #GunVote affects families in more ways than one. In the middle of Utah, you’ll find a thriving company and a fabulous woman who has worked there for most of her life, Jessica Brooks-Stevens. Her family’s livelihood, Barnes Bullets, depends on the decisions we make this November at the polls.

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Sponsored by the NSSF.

For the record, I’ve been shooting Barnes Bullets for quite some time, so was with great interest that I attended a recent Remington Outdoor Company Media Tour on behalf of Women’s Outdoor News. While there, I visited the plant and saw the behind-the-scenes work that goes into making every round of reliable ammunition.

I also visited a test range, where I shot hunting and match-grade ammunition. I learned a bit more about long-range shooting and then headed in to visit with the Barnes crew, including Jessica.

Her parents purchased the Barnes Bullets business when she was a young girl. She grew up making ammunition and as a result, began representing for hunting and shooting communities at an early age.

With this year’s presidential and local elections looming, Jessica shared a concern about all of our rights being stripped away. She hopes people will take the time to educate themselves before they head to the polls and to remember the Second Amendment when they get there.

To find more educational material regarding the #GunVote, please visit the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s website here – http://www.nssf.org/gunvote/

Iollow all our #GunVote posts at The WON.

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Wanna Win WON? Gabby’s Giveaway Features R51, Crossbreed MiniTuck Holster and #GunVote Shirt http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/wanna-win-won-gabbys-giveaway-features-an-r51-crossbreed-minituck-holster-and-gunvote-shirt/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/wanna-win-won-gabbys-giveaway-features-an-r51-crossbreed-minituck-holster-and-gunvote-shirt/#comments Mon, 15 Aug 2016 22:00:37 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27199 Wowzahs! Wanna win a Remington R-51 gun and holster it in a Crossbreed MiniTuck while wearing your new #GunVote shirt from the National Shooting Sports Foundation? Enter now. Deadline is Mon., Aug. 22, at 5 p.m. CDT.

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Gabby Franco, former Olympic pistol shooter and Remington competition shooter, wants to offer you the opportunity to win one of Remington’s newly release R51s. Of course, you’ll have to holster it when you carry this firearm in concealed style, in a Crossbreed MiniTuck holster and also, you may want to wear a newly printed shirt made for you, courtesy of the National Shooting Sports Foundation and its #GunVote campaign.

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R51-BeautyShotRemington R51: Built for the concealed carry market, this gun just became available for sale. Read our review of it here. We think men and women will like its easy-to-rack feature and also, its slim build for concealment. ($448)

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Crossbreed MiniTuck Holster: Designed exclusively and patented by CrossBreed® Holsters, the MiniTuck® is hand molded to fit each specific firearm listed. It features a premium leather backing with a molded and mounted kydex pocket and includes a “combat cut” standard on each holster. Versatile for carry options, the MiniTuck® may be worn comfortably with or without your shirt tucked in – based on your personal carry style. The SnapLok powder coated steel belt clips are modular, enabling you to adjust cant AND ride height. Three different leather selections and additional clip choices allow each individual to choose the combination of options that they prefer for their personalized, handcrafted holster. ($67.75)

gunvote performance jersey Techwear#GunVote Shooting Shirt: As part of the #GunVote campaign, the National Shooting Sports Foundation has designed a special #GunVote performance jersey.

Show your support for the Second Amendment and make a statement with your very own custom professional #GUNVOTE performance shooting jersey. These performance jerseys are what the pros wear and will keep you feeling cool and comfortable. They are proudly made in the USA using TechwearUSA’s proprietary high performance, lightweight, moisture-wicking Techstatic fabric.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and TechwearUSA have partnered to create this unique jersey to raise awareness for NSSF’s #GUNVOTE voter registration and education initiative. A portion of every purchase goes directly to the #GUNVOTE voter education initiative.

These shirts can be ordered directly from TECHWEAR USA, and come in unisex and ladies sizes. ($59)

The giveaway begins at 5 p.m. CDT on Mon., Aug. 15, and ends at 5 p.m. CDT on Mon., Aug. 22. There will be one winner, who must be eligible to own a handgun in the state he or she lives, and also, must be at least 21 years old. Winner must reside in USA.

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Review: Remington R51 Gen 2 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/review-remington-r-51-gen-2/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/review-remington-r-51-gen-2/#comments Mon, 15 Aug 2016 21:50:22 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27107 Have you shot the Remington R-51? Babbs had a chance to shoot 200 rounds through her new pistol.

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Especially designed for the concealed carry market, Remington’s recently released R51 packs a perfect 9mm punch from a slim design.

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Sponsored by Remington Outdoor.

Remington calls it “perfected.” That’s because, for those of you with long memories, the first generation of this model had some problems and was recalled. Immediately after that unfortunate experience, Remington offered 3 options to its disappointed customers:  a different gun (more expensive) from its lineup, a refund or the next generation R51. Most of its customers, I’ve heard, chose to wait for the new version. That’s a testament to the company, right there.

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Remington’s new facility in Huntsville.

Redoing the R51

I spent some time with Remington’s engineers last December at company-sponsored tour that took several gun writers from Ilion, N.Y., to Huntsville, Ala., in a whirlwind 2-day tour.  The R51 is being built in Alabama now – having relocated from Charlotte, N.C. You may think that the gun industry is a big, well-oiled machine without a heart, but I have seen the human component within the industry. I’ve talked to people working on the lines and in the drawing rooms at some of the largest manufacturing gun companies in the world, and believe me … there is one thing they all have in common: they want to be proud of what they’re making.

So, the Remington engineering team took the gun back and worked it over; in fact, if you visit Remington’s webpage on the R51, they’ll tell you what they’ve improved on this model. I think they should be very proud of the results.

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My first shots with an R51

Remington sent me an R51 a couple of weeks ago. I took it to the range, shot 200 rounds through it without a single malfunction – using different types of target and personal defense ammo. We’re not done yet. I plan on shooting the R51 several hundred more times and coming back with a more thorough review. I’m going to holster it and bag it and drop down with it and shoot from prone and kneeling and I may even move from target to target on occasion.

I will then, add it to my concealed carry arsenal of choices.

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On the range for the first time with the Remington R51. (Jason Baird photo)

Why women will love this gun

I believe, though, that the R51 will appeal to the women’s market for several reasons. Now, some of you guys out there think it’s an ugly little gun. Beauty is in the eye of the gun-holder, and frankly, I think it looks a little Bond-ish, James Bond-ish, if you must know … and it feels like some of those slim James Bond-type guns. And it uses a retarded blowback action as the Walther PPK, the gun that Bond used (because he didn’t have this gun to choose from). So, to me, it’s attractive.

Thanks to the gun’s Pederson-block design, most women will appreciate its low felt recoil.

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As you might have suspected, gun writers can be geeks. At the Remington plant tour last December in Alabama.

Some of the other reasons I like it? 

Grip: It comes with a positive grip safety and has been designed at a comfortable, forward angle. I like that little bit of checkering on the front of the grip, too, for sweaty hands.

Size: It can hold 7 in the metal magazine. I prefer a metal mag.

Trigger: It’s a polymer trigger that resets fast. Once you load up a mag and start shooting, you’ll feel the big difference between the dry-fire and the loaded-fire versions.

Balance: Perfect. I like it.

Snag-free factor: You can pull this from a holster or a bag freely and fast.

Lightness: Again, it’s summer. You need something to put on your waist or inside your waistband and enjoy. You can do that with this slim Jim of a gun.

Only challenge?

I have to admit, disassembly of this gun is a challenge – of which I am up for and will master within a few more times of taking it apart to clean. Just wear safety glasses when working with it, because that spring is a strong one.

The R51 will be on store shelves on Aug. 12.

MSRP: $448

Visit Remington to learn more about the R51.

In fact, up until Mon., Aug. 22, you can enter to WIN WON below.

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Affordable Hunting: Making Your Dream Hunt a Reality http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/affordable-hunting-making-hunt-reality/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/affordable-hunting-making-hunt-reality/#respond Mon, 15 Aug 2016 12:21:33 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27138 Do you have a dream hunt you wish you could go on? Lora Gene Young, a new featured blogger at The WON, has tips for making your dream hunt a reality with affordable hunting.

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Meet Lora Gene Young, a new featured blogger at The WON. Lora Gene grew up surrounded by wildlife in a small town in the very northwest corner of North Carolina. She now spends part of the year in New Zealand and part in Australia working in hunting camps. Her writing can be found in many different outlets, including her own blog, Gypsy Nomad. I’m excited to share her article about affordable hunting here at The WON. ~MC

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Gypsy Nomad, Lora Gene Young.

 

Plane tickets, trophy fees, daily rates, taxidermy, gun permits…The thought of hunting internationally can be daunting to the hunter on a limited budget. Do not let all the details bog you down. You do not have to be rich and famous to hunt internationally. Just a few simple tips and the process becomes an achievable goal rather than a bucket list dream.

First, determine your priority. What is most important on your list? Sure you want to hunt a red stag in New Zealand and a water buffalo in Australia and a lion in Africa and… the list keeps going. Focus, which is your priority, which location or species do you want to accomplish first. Determining your priority will make it easier to set your goals and do your research.

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Two friends from Hawaii at the Tahr Cabin, Central South Island Hunting, New Zealand.

Once you have set your goal animal or location, research is paramount. Know what to expect. There is great power in online investigating. Look up several outfitters to get baseline prices. Talk to others who have hunted and get their opinions on quality and incidental costs. This research will give you a starting place for your budget.

Now it is time to use your resources. If you are a member of a hunting organization, go to the banquets or conventions and find out about auction hunts. Friends of the NRA, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Wild Sheep Foundation, Safari Club International…

Continue with Lora Gene Young’s “Affordable Hunting: Making Your Dream Hunt a Reality” in her post in Huntress View.

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The Women’s Gun Show Episode #13: Gun Free Zones http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/the-womens-gun-show-episode-13-gun-free-zones/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/the-womens-gun-show-episode-13-gun-free-zones/#respond Fri, 12 Aug 2016 13:52:03 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27039 Carrie Lightfoot and Barbara Baird discuss gun free zones and why they aren't really gun-free. Katie Pavlich, host of Outdoor Channel documentary "Safe Haven," adds further statistics and research about these areas. Also, meet the July "Fan of the Month," a former Army nurse raising her kids to love the 2A!

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Carrie Lightfoot, of The Well Armed Woman, and Barbara Baird, of Women’s Outdoor News, discuss gun free zones in this week’s show. Barbara interviews Katie Pavlich, host of Outdoor Channel documentary “Safe Haven,” about some of the statistics and facts about gun free zones, and why they are not safe havens. Carrie interviews the July “Fan of the Month,” Lorie – a former Army nurse who is raising her children to be 2A lovers and protectors. Find out what’s trending the news and also, the women choose cool firearms-related products. 

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Survival Story: Concealed Permit Holder Stops Attempted Mass Shooting in SC 

Firearms news you can use 

Crime Prevention Research Center – John Lott http://crimeresearch.org/ section of website on gun free zones – interviews, etc. 

Millenials say gun control not as important as other voting groups: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/07/25/nbc-news-gun-rights-abortion-tied-number-one-18-35-year-old-women/ 

Cool products

NORB

No ordinary range bag: http://thewellarmedwoman.com/norb-range-bag 

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Interview: Katie Pavlich, host of “Safe Haven.”

See http://outdoorchannel.com/showvideos.aspx?vid=43334&show-id=25702#sthash.pbiWVfoj.dpuf

Check out Katie Pavlich’s Instagram page:https://www.instagram.com/katiepavlich/?hl=en 

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Katie Pavlich travels with a GoTenna, a device that enables you to use your smartphone to text & share locations, regardless of cell coverage or wifi.

Katie Pavlich’s Must-Have Items for Travel: http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/07/case-emergency-katie-pavlichs-travel/ 

 

Interview: July Fan of the Month, Lorie

The women's gun show fan of the month

July Fan of the Month

TWAW Product of the Week – Self-defense products, the non-lethal line: http://thewellarmedwoman.com/self-defense 

Training tip 

  1. Play the “What if” game – think of scenarios when you’re out, look for exits and cover. Encourage your children to do the same, and especially teenagers, since they’ll be at clubs, theaters, etc.

  2. Sit where you can see what is happening in in your environment

  3. Trust your gut

  4. Don’t go into gun free zones

 Calendar: What’s up? 

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Last year’s Chapter Leader Conference.

The Well Armed Woman Chapter Leader Conference: https://twawshootingchapters.org/index.php?_route_=2016-twaw-national-leadership-conference

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DIVA WOW 3-Gun Clinic: https://divawow.org/participate/diva-wow-ladies-3-gun-clinic-2016/

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#Thinblueline giveaway to benefit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund: http://www.nleomf.org

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Fly Fishing with Alaskan Guides: Must Tie Knots http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/fly-fishing-alaskan-guides-tie-knots/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/fly-fishing-alaskan-guides-tie-knots/#respond Fri, 12 Aug 2016 12:00:04 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27093 Find out the 3 basic knots you should know for fly fishing from guide Melissa Arntz at one of the top-10 fly-fishing lodges in Alaska, the No-See-Um Lodge.

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If you’re new to fly fishing in Alaska, start with these 3 basic knots. If you’re a seasoned pro, practice the trinity, and improve your tie-on-the-fly time. Thanks to Melissa Arntz, a fly-fishing guide at one of Alaska’s most popular fishing lodges.

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• Improved Clinch Knot: It’s easy, it’s fast and it gives you 95% of your original line strength. This is your classic knot for attaching light tippets to small flies.

• No-Slip Loop Knot: Does that fly need a little more action in the drift? Alaskan fly-fishing guides recommend this knot with larger lines.

• Double Surgeon’s Knot: When you need to connect different-sized lines, go with this quick and easy tie. It’s bulky, but it lets you size your tippet to suit your fly.

Check out the No-See-Um Lodge in Alaska.

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Women of Syren USA: Lynne Green http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/syren-usa-brand-manager-lynne-green/ Thu, 11 Aug 2016 13:29:35 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27070 Meet Lynne Green, the new brand manager at Syren, who is also a competitor and instructor.

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Lynne Green is the new brand manager for Syren USA. This competitor and instructor shares with us the reasons she loves to shoot and compete under the Syren banner.

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The WON: Please will you tell our readers what you want them to know about you? 

Lynne Green: I have recently accepted the position of brand manager for the Syren brand of Caesar Guerini and am working on setting up ladies shooting events for the fall of 2016 and into Spring of 2017. I have been back in Atlanta for almost 2 years now, after after living in Texas for 19 years.  I am an avid Sporting Clays shooter and travel around the US to competitions.  I completed and passed my Level 1 NSCA Instructors Certification course this past May and hope to start taking ladies and young girls out shooting as soon as the weather cools a bit. I also am an avid photographer and have taken over 1 million pictures of people shooting sporting clays.  These days, I mostly take pictures of the outdoors, wildlife, hunting and dogs.  I shoot the Syren Tempio 12-gauge sporting model.

 

Syren tempio sporting modelThe WON: When women ask you why you shoot a Syren, what do you say?  

Lynne Green: Wes Lang, the president of Caesar Guerini, and I have been talking about the women in the shooting sports for years – and how they needed their own firearm … to be recognized as their own market.  When he created the Syren line, I was thrilled!  He didn’t just dip his toe into the ladies market, he jumped right in. The willingness to take that risk speaks a lot to me and I have huge respect for Wes and everyone at the company.  They take pride in making an outstanding and beautiful product and I’m proud to be representing their firearm. Oh, and my scores are great!

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The WON: What type of feedback are you getting from women who are experiencing this line of shotguns?

Lynne Green: Every single one loves it! It’s like buying a pair of great shoes that fit right out of the box – you feel good wearing them. Same with these guns. It’s not just some “extra” gun that they threw in there for the women, it’s the whole line.  Back to the shoes, there are different shoes for different things – same with the guns. Lots of ladies want an auto to reduce the kick but shoot heavier shells, while lots of the ladies I know want a field model for upland game hunting. The sporting models give women several price points, including the new Syren Elos Sporting. The engraving is beautiful – because most women like to show things off – a gun is no different.

The WON: Why is it important that a woman have a shotgun that fits her?

Lynne Green: If you’re going to shoot, your intent is to hit targets or birds. Hitting targets makes shooting more fun. If your gun is too long – which is the predominant problem – then your form is off and you decrease your chances of hitting targets.  For the most part, most people don’t buy shoes or clothing or anything else that doesn’t fit them … before Syren, we ladies didn’t really have a choice, but now we do!  It’s not hard for most women to understand that because we have totes full of men’s or children’s gear that doesn’t fit!  If the ladies are hitting targets because they have a gun that fits, then everybody wins!

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Syren Pro Staff (Syren USA Photo)

The WON: What’s the best way for a woman to start competing in shotgun tournaments?

Lynne Green: There are several ways to begin competition shooting.

  • Find some fun girlfriends to go with – even if you’re all new – it can be very intimidating walking into a gun club for the first time and they’re not always super friendly, but they do want your money, so bringing a girlfriend or two makes it a bit easier.
  • Start at a local club and a one-day 100 bird-sporting event. If they have 5-stand, that’s a good way to start also. That way you start small, don’t get overwhelmed and can learn the etiquette and rules.
  • See if there are any local ladies shooting groups available and show up. I know it can be very intimidating but we all want more women shooters, so welcome all newcomers!
  • Once you start going to some local shoots, then graduate up to state and regional shoots. In some states there’s something every weekend if you’re willing to drive a bit, but search out your surrounding states for events also.
  • If you can find a shoot partner that wants to go too that’s a bonus!  My friend, DIVA WOW’s Cheryl Long, and I shot pretty much every weekend my first year – I had more than 5,000 registered targets that year and we had a blast! It helped to share expenses and the memories are priceless!

Visit Syren USA to learn more about its fabulous line of firearms for females: https://syrenusa.com.

Follow Lynne Green at Gunvana.com

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Retro WON: On Flying Carp and the Dangers Therein http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/flying-carp-dangers-therein/ Thu, 11 Aug 2016 12:00:57 +0000 http://womensoutdoornews.com/?p=2743 Shoot to Thrill photographer Bill Konway recently sold a photos of a bowfishing trip on the Illinois River to Field and Stream magazine's website. That made Babbs think about the last time she spent a terror-filled evening dodging flying carp and getting slimed on that river.

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I have witnessed flying carp — firsthand. Believe me, it’s a scary thing to see.

My up close and personal experience with flying carp 

A few years ago, I got an assignment to write about teens bowfishing for Xtreme JAKES’ magazine, which meant we made a trip to Illinois. We took the kids, Grandpa Jake and Aunt Anna Belle. Thank God we only took the kids out on the water while the others stayed at the lodge. Ed DeVries, an avid Illinois bowfisherman, set us up. He told us that earlier in the week, a woman had been knocked off a jet ski by a flying carp.

DeVries found two perfect teenage specimens – both accomplished bowfishermen – named Mike Brown and Jon Person. He showed up with his boat, the bowfishing kids and Person’s dad, Evan, who also brought a boat.

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That guy is Mike Brown, on the Illinois River for flying carp.n (Jason Baird photo)

We spent a couple of hours before sundown – DeVries, my husband, Brown and me in one boat and our kids with the Persons in the other boat.

Brown used a compound bow, with a bowfishing reel attachment on the bow handle. A special fiberglass arrow, with line attached, completed the setup. Person shot a crossbow.

Before sundown, we moseyed along the banks of the river while the youngsters took turns at the helm on decks, standing in the ready position with bows in hand, waiting to let an arrow fly at a grass carp. We also had to watch for barges. The section of the river that we were on was narrow, so we saw some barges up close and personal.

The Illinois River is packed with Asian carp, aka silver carp, bighead carp and grass carp. Therefore, there is no limit on how many carp you can kill, and there also is an open season. Evan Person said that he started fishing for bass a few years ago, but decided that it was too much trouble to find the correct-sized bass to keep while fishing among so many carp. He switched to bow hunting for carp.

After sunset things started to get exciting. We weren’t searching for carp any more. They came looking for us.

Actually, the flying carp came at us.

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“I got slimed!” said JB, who witnessed flying carp firsthand on the Illinois River. (Jason Baird photo)

DeVries says there is something about the lights on the boat and the vibration of the motor that makes the carp fly.

DeVries also knows the river real well, and took the boat to a section near a bridge. “OK, prepare to enter the flying silver fish zone,” he declared, as he turned on the lights and slowed the boat. Up ahead, our kids started screaming, as fish began swimming in from seemingly nowhere and then, jumping into the boat. The Persons called them suicide fish.

We watched and saw fish continually arcing over their boat. Some made it all the way across, while others kamikaze-dove into my daughter’s knee and my son’s head. In our boat, a flying fish whizzed by my husband’s camera and slimed the lens. I finally pulled my jacket up around my ears, as the third fish shot between DeVries and me. I wished I had worn my bicycle helmet.

Meanwhile, 17-year-old Brown stood on deck, ever ready. The fish did not fly around the front of the boat, which was a good thing. He stood, legs apart, bow in hand, ever searching the waters for signs of a live one. He took a few shots and missed, and then, he spied another one and hit it. DeVries helped him haul it aboard.

At about 10 P.M., we decided to call it a night. Our daughter climbed out of the boat and exclaimed, “I’ve been slimed!” And we drove back to Missouri the next day in a fishy smelling SUV.

I’d go back again in a heartbeat, but like I wrote earlier, I might decide to wear a football helmet this time!

This Retro WON first appeared August 25, 2009.

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3 Tips for Any Boater Facing Powerful Summer Thunderstorms http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/3-tips-boater-summer-thunderstorms/ Wed, 10 Aug 2016 14:56:32 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=26792 TowBoatUS Ft. Lauderdale rescue of kayakers has lessons learned for surviving summer thunderstorms.

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HILLSBORO INLET, Fla., July 27, 2016 – Recreational boaters and paddlers understand that late afternoon thunderstorms are common during the summer boating season. A recent incident involving two TowBoatUS Fort Lauderdale captains and their rescue of four kayakers pre-fishing a local tournament offers some lessons learned on how to survive an afternoon storm.

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Boaters need to be prepared for summer thunderstorms.

Just before 2 p.m. on Friday, June 24, under severe thunderstorm watch, Captains Eric Laury and Steve Reuss ran for cover as a large, fast-moving storm approached. Safe in a marina close to Hillsboro Inlet, they began to “wait out Armageddon,” as Reuss described the strong storm. Minutes later the US Coast Guard reported three overturned kayakers in the water about two miles south of the inlet.

With 3-foot chop, 40-knot winds and near constant lightning, both captains immediately headed out to provide Good Samaritan aid. Normally the response boats, which have red hulls and white “TowBoatUS” letters on the side, are used for towing disabled recreational boats. After a short search Captain Reuss quickly located and safely took aboard two kayakers in the near zero-visibility conditions.

Captain Laury, reporting severe wind gusts “trying to lift” the boat beneath his feet, soon found and retrieved two other paddlers with overturned kayaks. It was later learned that these two paddlers had hailed the original mayday with no knowledge of the other two distressed kayakers, and the slightly erroneous report of three distressed kayakers yielded the safe return of all four.

To share some lessons learned, BoatUS has three safety tips for any mariner or angler facing powerful, summer thunderstorms:

  1. Don’t let your guard down:“Sometimes during the summer we see boaters lulled into a sense that calm seas always prevail, but these kayakers were prepared,” says TowBoatUS Ft. Lauderdale spokesman Barney Hauf. “They had life jackets on, carried a handheld VHF radio and a Personal Locator Beacon.”
  2. Don’t leave the boat: While caught out on the open water and unable to seek cover, the paddlers stayed with their overturned vessels. “They fastened themselves to each other and to their equipment to stay together,” said Captain Reuss. Staying with an overturned boat gives rescuers a larger target to find.
  3. Watch your weight:Small craft are most prone to overloading. Says BoatUS Foundation Assistant Director of Boating Safety Ted Sensenbrenner, “Kayaks weighted with a lot of gear can loose buoyancy. No matter what kind of boat, know your vessel’s capacity rating.”

For more information on boating safety, go to BoatUS.org.

About Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS):

Celebrating 50 years in 2016, BoatUS is the nation’s largest organization of recreational boaters with over a half million members. We are the boat owners’ voice on Capitol Hill and fight for their rights. We help ensure a roadside breakdown doesn’t end a boating or fishing trip before it begins, and on the water, we bring boaters safely back to the launch ramp or dock when their boat won’t, day or night. The BoatUS Marine Insurance Program gives boat owners the specialized coverage and superior service they need, and we help keep boaters safe and our waters clean with assistance from the non-profit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. Visit BoatUS.com.

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5 Things that can Ruin Your Perfectly Planned Archery Hunt http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/5-things-ruin-planned-archery-hunt/ Wed, 10 Aug 2016 12:42:10 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27019 Find out about possible obstacles while on an archery hunt. Can be applied to gun hunting in several cases, too.

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Little Gal and I are putting our efforts into becoming more efficient bowhunters. While it’s on my mind, I feel the need to share some thoughts on bowhunting obstacles to be aware of. These are five things that can ruin an archery hunt.

1. Lack of preparation.

My friend, competitive archer and fellow bowhunter Shannon Gillett, practices shooting her bow even in the off season at local 3-D events. “Competitions help keep you mentally and physically prepared for hunting season,” she says. Shoots help her stay in tune with her equipment.

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I mentioned preparing for the hunt last time, but that’s only half the battle. Some things you can only learn through experience in the field.

2. Not knowing where the animals are.

Practicing your shot and getting your gear organized is only the start of your hunt prep. If you don’t do your scouting, you may not find any animals. “Use trail cameras to learn the animals in the area you are hunting,” Shannon suggests. “Pattern them as best you can, so you know when and where they are moving.”

3. The weather.

In Colorado, we do a lot of spot-and-stalk hunting. The key to this hunting method is always to play the wind. “Most game animals have an incredible sense of smell,” says Shannon, who does some spot-and-stalk as well as tree-stand hunting. “Playing the wind is the key to every hunt.”

Melissa Bachman, host of Winchester’s Deadly Passion, also mentioned Old Man Weather as a hunt spoiler. “When I’m doing a spot-and-stalk hunt, the wind is key,” she says. “I continually check it along the way, and accommodate for any wind change. I can alter my plan of attack for a direction change, but the hardest is when it goes from a steady breeze to dead calm in the middle of a stalk  This can be a game changer; it creates a lot of difficulty for both smell and sound, as you try to get inside archery range.”

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Melissa has also had hunts ruined by excessive temperatures. “Nobody can control the weather, but high-heat conditions can be extremely difficult,” she says, noting that archery hunting bull elk in hot weather is challenging because they don’t want to bugle, which makes it difficult to call them in. “You need to change your tactics and try not to let the heat spoil your hunt. Try wallows or waterholes during this time. Do everything you can to keep hydrated, so you’re at the top of your game should the situation work out.”

4. Other animals.

I’ve had a variety of animals spoil numerous hunts. It doesn’t happen every time, but I’ve seen more than a coyote or two on just about every hunt. “If I’m bowhunting and I see a coyote, or pack of coyotes, coming my way it’s usually not good news for my hunt,” says Melissa. “They tend to spook most of the game away. At times they’ll continue to circle the area.” On the plus side, she may still get to release an arrow…at them.

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The Little Gal and I have also had trouble with cattle. Herds have busted through the middle of our turkey hunt, or come in to check out our antelope decoy. The curious buggers wanted to know what we were up to, and the turkeys and ‘lopes skedaddled when the herd surrounded us.

Melissa has a cattle story of her own. “Recently I was on an elk hunt,” she says. “We were a couple of hours into a stalk on a big bull. Everything was working perfectly. We got closer and closer. Then, suddenly, this loud blow horn [of a heifer] began to sound. Every elk in the herd got up, looked around and took off in the other direction ”

5. Other people.

I love hunting on public land, but I guide hunts on private land. One plus about hunting on private property is that you should be the only one hunting there. I can attest, however, that that is not always the case. I’ve had to run trespassers off. I’ve also had to remind the landowner’s teenagers that we’re elk hunting, so they can’t be riding their four-wheelers there during the season.

On public land, dealing with other hunters can be even more challenging. “I can’t count the number of times I’ve been cow calling to an elk and then heard one bugle after another,” says Melissa. “The bugle doesn’t sound real hot…and sure enough, I called in another hunter.” Calling another hunter, or being called in, is pretty disappointing.

Part of the reason Shannon, Melissa, the Little Gal and I enjoy archery hunting is the challenge. Plan on changing plans, and always learn from the obstacles in your way. The more diverse you become in the field, the more successful you’ll be at archery hunting.

Share your stories of a ruined archery hunt with us at The WON.

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Stevens 555 Over-Under Shotguns Available in 28-Gauge and .410 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/stevens-555-shotguns-28-gauge-410/ Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:30:58 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=27002 Check out the Stevens 555.

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SUFFIELD, Connecticut. – August 8, 2016 – Stevens combines performance and value in its popular 555 series of over-under shotguns, which are available in 28-gauge and .410 bore options. Shipments of these shotguns are being delivered to dealers.

Stevens 555

The 555 is nimble and fast-handling, with its scaled-to-gauge lightweight aluminum receiver. The receiver employs a steel insert that reinforces the breech to maximize strength while keeping weight down.

 

Standard features include a Turkish walnut stock and forend, shell extractors, a tang-mounted manual safety, a chrome-lined barrel, and a single, selective, mechanical trigger. The shotgun also includes 5 interchangeable choke tubes. Finally, it has a price that is unmatched among comparable over-under shotguns.

Features & Benefits of the 555

• Lightweight aluminum receiver scaled to gauge
• Single selective mechanical trigger
• Turkish walnut stock and forend
• Chrome-lined barrels
• Tang-mounted safety

Part No. / Description / MSRP
22166 / Stevens 555 28-gauge, 2 3/4- to 3-inch chamber / $692
22166 / Stevens 555 .410 Bore, 2 1/2- to 3-inch chamber / $692

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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Help Celebrate the National Park Service Centennial http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/celebrate-national-park-centennial/ Tue, 09 Aug 2016 14:21:32 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=26988 Help celebrate the National Park Service's 100th Birthday!

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It’s almost here! We have been getting excited all year for the National Park Service Centennial — the 100th birthday — and the actual day, August 25, is now almost here!

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All across the country, the national park community has been celebrating all year long and will continue to do so throughout the rest of 2016, but this date of August 25 is a special moment in time.

To help you celebrate, and show off your love of America’s national parks, you can download “I Parks” wallpaper images for your phone, computer, and Facebook page. With these images, you can show how much America’s national parks mean to you at this historic moment, and celebrate the National Park Service Centennial.

Download Centennial Wallpaper Images Here

The celebration will continue throughout 2016 — we hope that you find the time to get outside to celebrate and explore all that the national parks have to offer. Visit FindYourPark.com to discover parks and events, and share your unique stories and photos from your park adventures!

National Park Foundation

1110 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 200  |  Washington, DC 20005

Phone: (202) 796-2500  |  Fax: (202) 796-2509  |  donorservices@nationalparks.org

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Learn this Dog-training Trick to Grow Your Bird Dog’s Mind! http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/dog-training-trick-bird-dogs-mind/ Tue, 09 Aug 2016 12:03:41 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=26977 Christine Cunningham shows you the steps to "The Sleeper Move," so you can plant live birds for your pointing dog. Sponsored by Syren.

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It wasn’t until my second year bird hunting with an English setter that I realized no book or friendly advice had prepared me for the entirely different set of characteristics that came with setters. A friend told me pointing dogs were like geniuses, which meant they were always straddling the border of brilliant and crazy. My setter was born with skills, but it was my job to hone those skills. There’s an adage I’d heard but never felt until I was faced with the exuberance of a bird dog: “Old age and treachery beats youth and skill every time.” I needed some dog-training tricks up my sleeve.

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My introduction to formal bird dog-training was at Falcon Ridge Upland Game Farm in Point McKenzie, Alaska, where dogs learn the skills necessary to hunt in the field and perform at field trials. There, a scant farm life has given way to flying enclosures, random wash tubs for the dogs and a pigeon pole. Every structure was in need of painting, and a retired Allis-Chalmers tractor served as a hitching post. The appearance of elegance was squandered on a single prized species—the bird dog.

 

On the day I was there, I joined two other owners and their dogs for the training. We learned how to plant live birds for the dogs. There are many ways to do it with varying degrees of style; this is how we did it, step by step:

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1 Purchase live birds. Make sure the birds are good fliers—usually those raised in flying pins. Chukar (shown) work great on inexperienced dogs whereas a pheasant might spur the dog. Quail aren’t always great fliers; they tend to not fly far and allow the dog to catch them (the worst thing!).

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2. Place your anxious bird dog out of sight of the field in which the birds will be planted.

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3. Take a bird to the spot you plan to plant it and tuck its head under its wing.

4. Hold the bird’s legs out straight.

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5. Swing the bird, head down, 10 to 20 times in a wide circle. This will put the bird to sleep.

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6. Tuck sleeping bird into brush.

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7. Mark the spot. A piece of orange tape works well.

8. Release the dog on a check cord and follow the dog to field with a shotgun (preferably an over/under).

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9. Once the dog finds the bird and is on point, walk to the bird and wake it up with the toe of your shoe. This will prompt the bird to fly.

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10. SHOOT! (The dog should hold.) Note: The shooter should be well-trained in firearms safety and a good shot.

 

A real hunt brings a number of variables into play—terrain, weather and the availability of private or public land. But training with live birds gives both the hunter and the dog an opportunity to practice field etiquette, which is as simple as being safe and sporting. There is not a set of written laws to follow, but a way of doing things that reflects a love of the sport, enhancing the enjoyment of all involved. If a few tricks help to speed the process, I’ll use them. (If you know of a trick that can get the dogs to clean the birds once they are shot, please e-mail me at cunningham@yogaforduckhunters.com.)

What other bird dog-training tips do you recommend?

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The ‘How To’ Gun Girl: I Love the Olympics http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/gun-girl-love-olympics/ Mon, 08 Aug 2016 12:28:37 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=26969 Featured blogger, Emily Monroe, tells you where you can find all the coverage of the Olympic Shooting Sports in her blog, “The ‘How To’ Gun Girl.”

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I unapologetically, enthusiastically, thoroughly love the Olympic Games. I love to watch coverage, read all about, and generally absorb the Olympics. I love all the typically American Olympic highlights like soccer and gymnastics. I’ve recently gotten into watching archery and I’m excited to watch those amazing athletes shoot recurve bows at 70m distances! But my heart beats the hardest (fastest? Most…heartily?) for the shooting sports, and rifle in particular.

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Every four years, the best shooters in the world gather in one place to literally take their best shot. There are 15 shooting events in the Olympics – five each in rifle, pistol, and shotgun. Twenty athletes on the USA Shooting team will bring their A-game to Rio de Janeiro starting this Saturday, August 6th. There are already some amazing stories going into the 2016 Games, and I know at the end of it all we’ll have some more great stories to read and talk about for the next four years!

Continue reading about Emily Monroe’s “I Love the Olympics,”  and visit her blog “The ‘How-To’ Gun Girl”

What’s your favorite sport in the Olympics?

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Win a #ThinBlueLine Bracelet from Camo Ammo Jewelry http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/win-a-thinblueline-bracelet/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/win-a-thinblueline-bracelet/#comments Sun, 07 Aug 2016 13:49:11 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=26943 Want to win a lovely #ThinBlueLine bracelet and show law enforcement that you care? Camo Ammo Jewelry is giving away 3 and also, donating proceeds to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

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Lisa Glassburn, the proprietor and chief designer at Camo Ammo Jewelry, works full time as a police dispatcher, a job she’s been doing for 15 years in northern California. With recent events in the news regarding harm to law enforcement, we decided to reach out to Lisa and to our friend Carrie Lightfoot, at The Well Armed Woman, to see if we might be able to make a difference and to show that we care about our law enforcement this summer. Lisa created a beautiful bracelet, the #ThinBlueLine bracelet, and we’ll be giving away 3 of them this week at The WON, The Well Armed Woman and of course, through Lisa’s Camo Ammo Jewelry outlets.

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“It is important to me for my clients to receive something that is personal to them, such as the caliber they shoot or a birthstone color in their earrings or a customized saying on one of the metal-stamped, leather-cuff bracelets,” said Lisa, in an interview with The WON.

The #ThinBlueLine Bracelet

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“In light of recent attacks on police officers, Camo Ammo Jewelry offers this support/reminder – a #ThinBlueLine beaded, ammo stretch-bracelet,” said Lisa. This bracelet is created with 10mm black onyx and blue jasper beads accented with blue crystal spacers. The head stamps come in .40 and 9mm, and from various manufacturers, in brass or nickel. The center is filled with a beautiful sapphire Swarovski crystal atop the primer. Available in 3 sizes: small, (6 to 6.75 inches), medium (6.75 to 7.25 inches) and large (7.25 to 8 inches). Cost is $29.95.

For those people who want to order a bracelet now, use the code “backtheblue” upon ordering, and Lisa will take 20% off the price during the giveaway, which begins on Sun., Aug. 7 and ends at 11:59 p.m. CDT on Sun., Aug. 14. Order here.

As stated, we will give away 3 bracelets. Lisa will donate some of the proceeds from the sales to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund: www.nleomf.org.

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After you receive your bracelet, please show us your pride in wearing it and post it at any social media outlets affiliated with Women’s Outdoor News, The Well Armed Woman and of course, Camo Ammo Jewelry.

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The ‘How-to Gun Girl’ on USA’s Ginny Thrasher and the First Gold Medal http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/gun-girl-usas-ginny-thrasher-first-gold-medal/ Sat, 06 Aug 2016 17:06:09 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=26937 Ginny Thrasher won the first gold medal at the Olympics in Rio in 10m Air Rifle. Find out more about this superstar from the How-to Gun Girl.

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Ginny Thrasher just won gold at the 2016 Olympics. And not just any gold. She won *the first* gold medal that could be awarded at the Olympics. And she won it so commandingly, setting an Olympic Finals Record, that she leaves no doubt in anyone’s mind that 2016 is the Year of Thrasher.

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The kind of win Ginny just experienced gives me chills. Ginny won both NCAA rifle titles as a freshman, which was unprecedented. She won the smallbore rifle Olympic trials less than a month later. In June she added a national air rifle title to her resume and notched some top 10 international finishes. Despite all this, at age 19, on the Olympic stage she is a rookie. An underdog. No one expected her to win. She beat the top-ranked shooter in the world (Andrea Arsovic of Serbia) in this event to qualify for finals, which seats the top eight scores of the qualifying round against each other in what amounts to a single elimination match for the medal. She kept her cool during the incredibly stressful finals, watching her USA teammate fall out of the pack, along with shooters from Iran, Russia, and Germany until it was just Ginny and two formidable opponents in the top three. Defending Olympic champ Yi Siling and former Olympic champ Du Li trailed behind Ginny in points, but their collective experience and accomplishments might have put pressure on any lesser competitor to make their nerves break during the final shots of the match.

Read the rest of this in-depth look at what goes on to get to the Olympics, and Ginny Thrasher’s performance today: http://www.howtogungirl.com/blog/2016/8/6/follow-through-why-i-love-the-olympics-part-2

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Stevens Offers Muddy Girl Camo Pump-Action 20-Gauge in Compact and Youth Models http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/stevens-offers-muddy-girl-camo-pump-action-20-guage-compact-youth-models/ Fri, 05 Aug 2016 20:30:46 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=26931 These new shotguns boast the same great features as Stevens’ other 20-gauge 320 field-grade models, including dual slide bars, a rotary bolt, rugged synthetic stock, vent rib and a five-round capacity.

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SUFFIELD, Conn. – August 5, 2016 – Stevens has expanded its popular 320 pump shotgun line with two new 20-gauge models designed specifically with women and youth in mind. The 320 series has a reputation for solid, affordable performance for everything from wing-shooting to home defense. Shipments of this new product are being delivered to dealers now.

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These new shotguns boast the same great features as Stevens’ other 20-gauge 320 field-grade models, including dual slide bars, a rotary bolt, rugged synthetic stock, vent rib and a five-round capacity. Both models include interchangeable chokes and come in compact and standard length of pull models, finished in Muddy Girl camo.

For more product information and images visit the Online Press Kit:

http://media.vistaoutdoor.com/presskit/NPS/stevens/20-Gauge_Field-Grade_Muddy_Girl_Camo_Pump_Shotgun.aspx.

 

 

 

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Team USA Qualifies in Good Shot at Return to Olympic Archery Podium http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/team-usa-qualifies-good-shot-return-olympic-archery-podium/ Fri, 05 Aug 2016 19:14:35 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=26926 What does Mackenzie Brown think about being the only woman to qualify for the USA Archery Team? Find out. It has to do with cooties.

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Hours before the opening ceremony for the 2016 Olympic Games, the U.S. Olympic Archery Team took the field for qualification. This 72-arrow ranking round determines the brackets for both team and individual eliminations throughout the next week. The Team USA men earned a second place team qualification, putting them in high contention for a repeat shot at the podium.
At the half for the men’s morning session, Brady Ellison (Globe, Arizona) led the U.S. men, ranking 3rd with 342, just 6 points out of first. Zach Garrett (Wellington, Missouri) and Jake Kaminski (Gainesville, Florida) were hanging on to 19th and 24th respectively with 336 and 333.
Ellison moved into 2nd with a 690 while Garrett climbed into 18th in the seventh end, 17th after that, and then 15th with three ends to go to ultimately qualify 15th with 674. Kaminski finished 31st with 660 and aided in the team’s solid ranking headed into the team competition tomorrow.
“I feel really good that our team qualified second, that was our main focus coming out here today and we achieved our goal,” commented Garrett. On his individual performance he added: “I know I’m capable of higher scores and ranking, but it’s my first Olympic Games, so at the same time, I’m happy.”
Kaminski agreed: “I’m really happy we’re second. It’s better than we did in London and it means we would meet the Koreans in the finals instead of the semifinals, so that’s good. The top two teams and strongest hitters in the field-that’s what everybody wants to see for the gold match.” Korea took the top team qualification spot, led by Kim Woojin who scored a world record breaking 700.
The qualifying positions created a potentially tough bracket for the individual eliminations: provided the three win their early matches, Ellison would face Kaminski in the 1/16th elimination and Garrett in the 1/8th round.
While his focus now is just on the team competition tomorrow, Ellison addressed the brackets: “It will be just like shooting back home, those will be the hardest matches of the whole thing, but I predict that wherever America ends up, we’ll be in the medal matches.”

Mackenzie Brown is the only woman competitor

Mackenzie Brown (Tyler, Texas) is the sole U.S. woman competing in Rio. Staying upbeat throughout the afternoon as the great Brazil sun blazed, Brown was all smiles in qualification. At the half, she was sitting in 22nd, but just 6 points out of the top 10 as incredibly close scores kept the rankings in flux.
Mackenzie-BrownAs the second half started, Brown stepped to the line, shot an arrow, and her finger sling snapped and her bow fell to the ground. She was quickly able to react, fix her equipment, and regain composure. “It was a 10, so I just adjusted and kept going,” explained Brown. “What a time for that to happen! It had been used for quite a while. I felt good today, I would have like to have shot better, but feel like I did really well considering the nerves I was dealing with. I’m going to go out and do my best, just like I do every competition. Qualification is just how you put yourself in a bracket, how you react to that afterwards is up to you. So I’m going to keep a strong mental program and do my best.”
Competition resumes tomorrow with the men’s team matches. The U.S. archers have a bye into the quarterfinal. Competition picks back up for Brown on Monday with individual eliminations; as the sole woman representing the 2016 U.S. Olympic Archery Team, she will not participate in team competition, but commented: “It’s pretty cool, but I have to put up with all the boy cooties!”

Follow worldarchery.org for scores.

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.

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Olympic Shooting: Women’s 10m Air Rifle & Men’s 10m Air Pistol PREVIEW http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/olympic-shooting-womens-10m-air-rifle-mens-10m-air-pistol-preview/ Fri, 05 Aug 2016 18:59:51 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=26920 "Tossing out the first pitch" in the Rio Olympic Games are Sarah Scherer and Ginny Thrasher, along with 49 other competitors in the Women’s Air Rifle event -- vying for the first medals handed out in Rio.

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All the hype, pomp and circumstance will have concluded upon the lighting of the Olympic Flame later tonight in Rio de Janeiro as we get set for the triumphant return of the Olympic Games.  Now, it’s time for the stars of the show to display their skill to the world.  First up for the U.S. Olympic Shooting Team:  Sarah SchererGinny ThrasherWill Brown and Jay Shi.

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Tossing out the first pitch are Scherer and Thrasher along with 49 other competitors in the Women’s Air Rifle event that again will be the first medals handed out in Rio.  International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach will be in attendance to hand them out and with any luck Scherer and/or Thrasher will be on the receiving end.  They’ve both demonstrated the ability to perform in this extreme match in which, really, only perfection is a guarantee of highest placement.  NBC is livestreaming the event in its entirety beginning at 7:30 a.m. ET with Scherer firing from firing point 35 and Thrasher from firing point 37.

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Just the fact that she’s competing is an extraordinary feat for Scherer, having undergone two major back surgeries since 2014 as a result of three herniated discs.  The 2012 Olympian, who finished seventh in this event in London, sat out the better part of two years trying to get back against her doctors wishes to compete. She announced her readiness with a Finals appearance during World Cup Bangkok in March and then by winning Olympic Trials. She’ll compete for the final time in Rio, unable to continue in a sport she loves due to a back that won’t support it.

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Bleacher Report named Thrasher one of 11 teen phenoms to watch in Rio and her 2016 resume justifies just that.  Quite simply, she’s been on target this year and will be looking to put the exclamation point on a dream season at the Deodoro Shooting Center. It all started with a freshman campaign for the ages at West Virginia University where she became the only freshman ever to sweep both NCAA individual titles while helping lead the Mountaineers to a fourth-straight title.  She picked up her Olympic spot in April in Three-Position Rifle and went out and finished seventh in Air Rifle at World Cup Munich in May, followed by winning a national title in Air Rifle at USA Shooting’s National Championships in late June.

ATHLETE EXTRA:  Get to know more of Thrasher’s Story

China’s Dongqi Chen owns the World Record of 422.9 points set in March 2014, an average score of 10.57.  Despite that, China’s team is so deep she didn’t make the team and will not shoot in Rio.  Finals world-record holder, 2010 World Champion and defending Olympic champion Siling Yi will be though as will two-time Olympic champion (2004 & 2008) Li Du.  The 34-year-old Du won the Rio World Cup test event back in April. The event will also feature Andrea Arsovic of Serbia, currently ranked No. 1 in the world.  Italy’s Petra Zubasling is the reigning World Champion and will be a force to reckon with too.  The U.S. has won two gold medals in the event but not since 2000 when Nancy Johnson did so.  Pat Spurgin also won gold in the event’s Olympic debut of 1984. Retired Olympic champion Jamie Corkish finished fourth and fifth in 2008 and 2012, respectively.

Format: During the qualification round, every competitor fires 40 shots within 50 minutes. The qualifications are scored in decimal points, the maximum score per shot being 10.9 points because of an additional set of 10 rings within the 10-point circle that increases the score of 0.1 points as it approaches the center of the target.  Shots are fired in the standing position at 10m (33 feet) trying to hit a 10-ring target of only .5mm diameter, or roughly the size of a period at the end of a sentence. The top-eight athletes from the qualification phase advance to the final match, where they can shoot up to 20 final shots. The maximum score for each shot is still 10.9 points, setting the highest possible score at 218.0 points. The eight finalists start the match with 0 points: the qualification score is not carried forward into the final round. The final begins with two series of 3 shots, to be fired within 150 seconds, followed by 14 single shots to be fired on command and within 50 seconds. After the second single shot (eighth overall), the athlete with the lowest aggregate score is eliminated from the final and places eighth. Any following elimination is determined every two shots until the gold and silver medalists are decided by the 20th and conclusive shot. If there is a tie for the lowest ranking athlete to be eliminated, the tied athletes will fire additional tie-breaking single shots until the tie is broken.

Qualification – 7:30 – 8:20 a.m. ET

Finals – 9:30 – 10:00 a.m.  

NBC LIVESTREAM starting at 9:30 am ET. Also, stay tuned to NBC SportsChannel for live Finals coverage.

Men’s 10m Air Pistol will follow Women’s Rifle the first day of the Rio Games. For Jay Shiand Will Brown, this will be their Olympic debut, but likely not to be their last.  Brown is set on firing point 20 while shoot will compete from firing point 50 along with 44 other competitors.

After coming in fourth at the 2012 Olympic Trials for Air Pistol, Brown claimed the top spot with a five-point advantage over two-time Olympian and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Jason Turner. Brown has had a very successful four years leading up to this event with a bronze medal at the 2013 Bavarian Airgun Championships, gold at 2013 World Cup USA, gold in the 2014 Championship of the Americas (where he secured the 2016 Olympic Quota for the United States), and silver at 2016 Bangkok World Cup. With his steely calm, he could have a demanding presence in Rio.

ATHLETE EXTRA: Learn more about Brown’s coolness under pressure

Shi has been looking toward the Olympics since 2006 after learning the 2008 Olympic Games were going to be in his birthplace, Beijing, China. After an injury to his right eye, his family moved to the United States where, at the age of 37, he pursued international-style pistol. Shi had a commanding performance at the U.S. Olympic Trials for Smallbore in 50m Free Pistol where he held a 26-point lead, which earned him a spot on the USA Olympic Shooting Team. The 2015 Pan American Games silver medalist in this event earned the opportunity to compete Saturday after earning a minimum qualifying score in a previous World Cup.

ATHLETE EXTRA: More about Shi’s perfect year in the making 

The current Air Pistol World Record was set by Korean Jongoh Jin in May 2009 when he shot an incredible 594/600. The five-time Olympic medalist will be defending his record and his Olympic gold medal from 2012. He has collected medals in the 2012, 2008, and 2004 Olympic Games including silver in 2008 and fifth in 2004 in Air Pistol. He is one of three active shooters with five Olympic medals on his resume. Jin may be challenged by Brazil’s Felipe Almeida Wu who is currently ranked No. 1 in the world. Turner’s bronze in 2008 and Erich Buljung’s silver medal during the event’s debut in 1988 are currently the only medals earned by the U.S.

Format:  In qualification, competitors fire 60 shots within 1 hour and 15 minutes. The shots are fired in the standing position 10 meters (33 feet) from a 10-ring target with a bullseye 11.5mm in diameter, or approximately the size of a dime. The qualifications are scored in integer points, with the maximum score per shot being 10 points, and the maximum qualification score being 600 points. The top-eight athletes from the qualification phase advance to the final match, where they can shoot up to 20 final shots. The eight finalists start the match with 0 points: the qualification score is not carried forward into the final round. The maximum score for each shot is still 10.9 points, because of an additional set of 10 rings within the 10-point circle that increases the score of 0.1 points as it approaches the center of the target. The final begins with two series of 3 shots, to be fired within 150 seconds, followed by 14 single shots to be fired on command and within 50 seconds. After the eighth final shot, the athlete with the lowest aggregate score is eliminated from the final and places eighth. Any following elimination is determined every two shots until the gold and silver medalists are decided by the 20th and conclusive shot. If there is a tie for the lowest ranking athlete to be eliminated, the tied athletes will fire additional tie-breaking single shots until the tie is broken.

Qualification – 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. ET

Finals – 2:30 p.m. ET | FINALS LIVESTREAM starting at 2:30 pm ET

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The Women’s Gun Show Episode #12: How to Choose the Right Holster http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/the-womens-gun-show-episode-12-how-to-choose-the-right-holster/ Fri, 05 Aug 2016 10:26:39 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=26904 From bras to garters and from ankle to waist, Barbara Baird and Carrie LIghtfoot discuss the many ways to carry your gun. Sponsored by Ruger.

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In this show, Carrie Lightfoot and Barbara Baird discuss in detail how to choose the right holster for your firearm. From top to bottom and in between, the women talk about bra, waistband, ankle and other methods of concealed carry. As always they touch on trending news topics, reveal cool new products they’ve found and get ready to watch the Olympics in Rio. The women also discuss the switch by Apple in the emoji department, of a revolver handgun to a squirt gun. 

LINKs to The Women’s Gun Show Episode #12: How to Choose the Right Holster

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Survival Story

Man shot outside gas station: http://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/arizona-news/184000612-story 

New Texas Gun Law Allows Students to Carry on Campus: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36948149 

Apple replaces the pistol emoji with a water gun: http://money.cnn.com/2016/08/01/technology/apple-pistol-emoji/index.html

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Cool products

dryfire cards

Dryfire cards: http://www.dryfiretrainingcards.com/

 comp-tac gun belt

Comp-Tac gun belt: http://www.comp-tac.com/gun-belts/velcro-lined-kydex-reinforced-contour-belt-10510

 

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TWAW Product of the Week – OWB/Convertible http://thewellarmedwoman.com/holsters/twaw-owb-holster

 

Calendar

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Olympics schedule/stories: https://www.rio2016.com/en/shooting

 

App for Olympics: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/olympics-official-app-for/id808794344?mt=8

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This is the bracelet that will be given away at Women’s Outdoor News. #thinblueline from Camo Ammo Jewelry

 

#Thinblueline giveaway to benefit law enforcement: https://www.camoammojewelry.com/collections/new-products/products/thin-blue-line-40-s-w-beaded-bracelet 

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Fly Fishing with Alaskan Guides: The Eyes Have It! http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/26893/ Fri, 05 Aug 2016 08:59:35 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=26893 Find out what to put over your eyes to see fish and for ultimate protection from Melissa Arntz, a guide at one of the top-10 fly-fishing lodges in Alaska, the No-See-Um Lodge.

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Find out why your eyes have it when you’re fly fishing in Alaska, according to guide Melissa Arntz, at the No-See-Um Lodge in King Salmon — ranked in the “top-10 fly-fishing lodges of Alaska.”

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The votes are in and affirmative for making sure that your fly fishing adventures are easy on the eyes. Set your sights on these strategies for enjoying a sunny day on the water.

• Invest in quality shades. Polarized wrap-arounds stay put through the wildest action, protect your eyes from UV rays and always look cool.

• Supersize your focus with a clip-on magnifier. The hinged, rectangular viewer attaches to your hat brim and gives you flip-down access to clearer vision for detail work.

• Zip your tippet through the rod’s smallest eye with a sight-saving fly threader. This little tool really comes in handy during low-light sunrises and sunsets.

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NWTF and NHF Day Continue Partnership http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/nwtf-nhf-day-continue-partnership/ Thu, 04 Aug 2016 19:28:34 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=26899 NHF Day is set to take place on the fourth Saturday in September. This year NHF Day falls on September 24th.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (August 4, 2016) – National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day) is a day set aside to celebrate all that sportsmen and women do to support conservation whether it is building habitat for dwindling quail populations or teaching the next generation.  The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) recognizes the importance of NHF Day and is once again a major sponsor.
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Ira Joffe proposed the day back in 1970. As a result, Pennsylvania Gov. Raymond Shafer adopted Joffe’s idea and created the Outdoor Sportsman’s Day in the state. In early 1972, Congress unanimously passed Joint Resolution 117, authorizing NHF Day, on the fourth Saturday of every September.
“NWTF is joining us once again to support America’s top conservationists,” said Misty Mitchell, director of Conservation Programs for Wonders of Wildlife. “They have been the standard when it comes to stepping up to the plate for conservation. NWTF runs many programs to promote responsible conservation that most of us don’t realize. Their continued support means the world to NHF Day.”
Hunters, fishermen and outdoor enthusiast may not even know they are supporting wildlife conservation. Through licenses, permits and special taxes, hunters and anglers generate $100,000 every 30 minutes-totaling more than $1.75 billion per year-for fish, wildlife and habitat. No one contributes more for conservation.
NWTF has worked tirelessly to promote wildlife conservation and responsible firearm ownership. Its many programs and initiatives have led the way for individuals to become more active in both practices.
“The NWTF is actively working to Save the Habitat and Save the Hunt though our national initiative, but we know we cannot do it alone,” said NWTF CEO George Thornton. “It will take a collaborative effort for us to preserve our hunting heritage, and events such as National Hunting and Fishing Day-where the entire outdoor industry comes together to promote our life style-play a huge role in offering outdoor opportunities to new audiences.”
Generating more awareness for conservation, NHF Day is dedicated to spreading the word through any avenue possible and social media is one of the largest stages to do this and the hashtag #1conservationist will help them accomplish this goal.
Visitors are encouraged to visit https://www.facebook.com/nhfday for a wide variety of information including a comprehensive overview of NHF Day, sponsor information and event planning details.
NHF Day is proud to recognize its loyal sponsors that include: NSSF, Bass Pro Shops, NRA, Yamaha, Outdoor Channel, Izaak Walton League, Cabela’s, Keep America Fishing, Realtree, GunBroker, Ducks Unlimited, NWTF, Wonders of Wildlife, Shakespeare, Berkley, Smith and Wesson, and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation.

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Win a Trip to the 2016 Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt with Thompson/Center Arms http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/win-trip-2016-wyoming-womens-antelope-hunt-thompsoncenter-arms/ Thu, 04 Aug 2016 13:38:01 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=26888 What an incredible opportunity to win a trip to one of the finest women's hunts in the nation this year.

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Enter for your chance to win a trip to the 2016 Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt with Thompson/Center Arms™!

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– A Wyoming antelope hunting license and conservation stamp
– A fully-guided hunt with a licensed guide (one guide per two hunters)
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– Round-trip airfare to an airport local to The Ranch at Ucross (up to $1,500)

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Retro WON: Learning How to Fly Fish in the Ozarks http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/retro-won-learning-fly-fish-ozarks/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/retro-won-learning-fly-fish-ozarks/#comments Thu, 04 Aug 2016 13:02:48 +0000 http://womensoutdoornews.com/?p=2589 It's almost the weekend and it's time to answer the age-old question: What to fish? Babbs is planning on packing the fly-fishing gear and heading out to one of Missouri's blue-ribbon streams for a morning of fishing. She'll try to remember these tips, picked up a few years ago from Missouri's master caster Jim Rogers.

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I learned how to fly fish from one of the best instructors in the country, located near where I live in the Ozarks of Missouri.

After taking a primer on fly-fishing at Bennett Spring, courtesy of master caster Jim Rogers, I know that all my troubles lie behind me when I fly-cast.

Why do I write that? One of my favorite comic strip characters is Dennis the Menace. I liked the kid so much that I reproduced a Dennis-look-alike in our third son, complete with freckles and a shock of blond hair that would not stay down, even if slicked with pomade.

His zingers came from truthful observations. For example, our “Dennis” once told my friend, “Pat, you’re not fat. Just a little bit,” and, “Grandpa, you’ve got hair coming out of your nose.”

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Jim Rogers and the author fly fish (Jason Baird photo)

Then, there was the note that his second-grade teacher made him write to me after a round of bad behavior on the playground. He wrote, “Mom, I said stick a soccer ball in your bottom.”
That took some explaining from him, as I hadn’t realized it was meant to describe a remark he’d made to a fellow classmate that day.

The real Dennis once said to his mom, as she stood on the bathroom scale and his father sat snickering in the bedroom, “All your troubles lie behind you.” To which she answered, of course, “Did your father tell you to say that?”

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After taking a primer on fly-fishing at Bennett Spring, courtesy of master caster Jim Rogers, I know that all my troubles lie behind me when I fly-cast.

Rogers, concessionaire at the park, as well as one of the nation’s leading fly-fishing instructors, explained to my husband and me the challenge of mastering the sometimes elusive, but oh-so-simple looking, art of fly-fishing.

For our lesson with Rogers, we never touched our lines to water. Instead, we stood outside in a green grassy area for nearly two hours while groundskeepers mowed around us. The noise made it difficult to hear Rogers sometimes, but we still had a good session.

Rogers says the dynamic of fly-fishing is about “the acceleration to an abrupt stop in a straight line path.”

He says the main problems that folks have when fly-fishing are three-fold: using the wrist too much, having a pivot point somewhere and overpowering on the forward cast.

Rogers gave the analogy of shooting a gun at a piece of paper. Too many fly-fisher wannabes look at the paper and try to move the hole on the forward cast. He said, “It’s too late. What you want to do is look at your back-cast. That’s where all the sighting comes in and allows you to make a good forward cast.”

And that’s why all my troubles in fly-fishing lie behind me.

Then he said there are three definites in fly-casting. First, there should always be a pause to let the line straighten out at the end of the back-cast. Second, the longer the cast means the longer the casting stroke. The third definite, according to Rogers, and he admits, “I made this one up,” is that “slack is a bummer.” Slack in a line means you have no control.

Rogers showed us, then held the rods with us and finally watched us, as we tried to produce good casting.

First, we had to put our rod tips on the ground in front of us, with the reel seats against our forearms. Then, he instructed us to slowly lift our handles to eye level, without breaking our wrists. That was the easy part for me, since I play tennis.

He next said for each of us to slowly lift the whole unit up to eye level. Then, he said to bring our casting hands back to our ears and to stop the rods. He likened this part to having a baked potato or baked apple attached to the rod. Or, he said to imagine we had paintbrushes filled with wet, drippy paint on our rod tips. The acceleration, according to Rogers, is not a natural movement. He said, “The thought in your mind is that you are taking your rod with a baked potato on the end or a baked apple or a paintbrush and you’re going to throw those straight back at a target 10 feet off the ground.”

He said, “If I can carry the paint on the paintbrush, then I can throw all the paint on that brush to one little spot. That’s the fly-cast. That is acceleration to an abrupt stop.”

The abrupt stop occurs at about one o’clock in the air on the imaginary clock on the side that you are casting from. After the stop, he instructed us to look at the line and to watch it straighten out behind us, before moving to the forward cast.

The forward cast was always successful if the back-cast was performed correctly.

So, if your fly-casting could use a few refresher tips, you might try looking behind you.

This Retro WON first appeared August 13, 2009.

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Yeti Tumblers Keep Your Drinks Cold! http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/yeti-tumblers-keep-drinks-cold/ Thu, 04 Aug 2016 12:22:52 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=26725 Are you a Yeti fan? Check out this review of Yeti tumblers and other beverage holders originally found at HuntingLife.com.

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I just took a sip of water from my Yeti 20 oz. Tumbler. Ice rattled as I lifted the cup to my lips. Cold water is what gets me through the day as I work and play. The Yeti Tumblers are what I use to keep my water ice cold all day long.

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We recently took off for a three-week road trip. We brought three Yeti cups with us: a 20 oz. Tumbler, a 30 oz. Tumbler with the straw, and an 18 oz. Bottle. Our travels took us close to Death Valley and all the way up to the highest peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains in California. Our Yeti cups resided in the sunbaked truck for hours on end in the July heat. On cool, foggy mornings by the sea they kept our coffee hot throughout the morning.

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Here’s what we found: the Yeti Tumblers are true to their word. “Your beverages will stay ice cold or piping hot longer.” It’s true. When we filled our tumblers with ice in the morning and poured our drinks in, they stayed cold as long as we needed them to. On long days, we continued refilling the liquid but never needed to refill the ice. For the much-appreciated coffee in the mornings, the Yeti kept my drink hot until the last drop. That’s nice on a cool, breezy drive along the coast.

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We like the clear lids on the Yeti Tumblers because they allow us to see inside the cup to determine how close we are to needing a refill. However, we did notice with dismay that the sun occasionally reflected off the shiny lid, an annoyance more than anything. We briefly mentioned how a matte cover would negate that issue, but then realized we would be unable to look into the cup. It’s a trade-off.

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The straw we used on the 30 oz. Tumbler is a great accessory, though hard to keep clean when you are away from a dishwasher for three weeks. We did our best, but there were times when it looked a little sketchy.

The clear lids on the Yeti Tumblers are easy to drink from, but the open sip area took some getting used to. I generally use a spill-proof drinkware. I often carry my water bottle in my arms along with my bags, books, and any number of miscellaneous items. The first few times I carried the Yeti Tumbler, I spilled my drink (thankfully just water) all over me and the car. Once I got used to the open lid design, I became unconsciously aware of carrying it upright.

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We used the Yeti Bottle, with its 3-finger grip, insulated Triple Haul Cap, for other beverages at the campsite. The leak-proof design allowed us to seal up leftover drinks for the next evening. We also noticed and liked the Over-The-Nose technology of the Yeti Bottle. I think we’ve all been there: you tip your cup back and your nose hits the bottle or the lid, leaving a dot of coffee on your nose that you then must wipe off with your sleeve. Yeti has done away with this little problem by designing a cup that does not hit your nose.

I will admit I was skeptical of Yeti’s claim to keep drink colder than others. I wasn’t enamored with the open sip area and it’s non-leak-proof design. But after three weeks of constant use, I appreciate the Yeti Tumbler for what it is: a sturdy, no sweat, insulated cup that will without a doubt keep my water cold all day long in any condition.

Yeti is happy to introduce you to their Tumblers, Bottles, and their entire lineup of products at www.yeti.com.

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Kristy Titus to Host 2nd Annual Women’s Shooting Clinic http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/kristy-titus-host-womens-shooting-clinic/ Wed, 03 Aug 2016 20:11:44 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=26883 Read what Kristy Titus is doing at the Craig Family Camp in Indiana this weekend.

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Bend, Oregon (August 3, 2016) – Kristy Titus, Cabela’s Ambassador, NRA Certified Instructor and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Team Elk featured member is helping more women become involved in the shooting sports by hosting the 2nd Annual Women’s Shooting Clinic at the Craig Family Camp in Indiana this weekend.

Jim, Leann and Jack Craig founded the Craig Family Camp to create a place for young kids and novice shooters to learn firearm safety, the hunters’ role in conservation, shooting ethics and skills to shoot a variety of firearms. The camp is supported by community volunteers that work to ensure attendees have an excellent experience.

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The Craig Family took home The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Conservationist of the Year Award in 2015 for their substantial contributions and impact in the areas of land protection and stewardship, hunting heritage and other RMEF mission priority areas. The foundation that the camp is building in Indiana is evident within the community of young sportsmen and women.

Last year at the camp, Titus helped 85 women shoot rifles, shotguns and pistols, all in a safe controlled environment with knowledgeable mentors and instructors. “Last year, some of the women had never shot a firearm, but all left the clinic with huge smiles on their faces, armed with new skills and confidence to become more active in shooting sports and a greater supporters of our second amendment. We have many great partners in the camp that support the event from Cabela’s, Buck Knives, and Montana Silversmiths,” said Titus. “This year we are expecting around 100 ladies that we look forward to helping learn some new firearms skills.”

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2015 Clinic Participants

At the clinic, women will rotate between five stations: .22 rimfire, shotgun, pistol, positional shooting scenarios and gun cleaning & safety where they will receive hands-on firearms instruction.

About Kristy Titus: With a shared passion and love of the outdoors, Titus is honored to serve as an ambassador for Cabela’s, The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, RMEF’s Team Elk television Show, Host of NRA I Am Forever, Swarovski Optik, Buck Knives, Montana Silversmiths, and Wilderness Athlete. Titus was raised leading a pack string of mules into the backcountry of Oregon, experiencing the thrill of public land, do-it-yourself hunting. Titus is an NRA Basic Pistol and Refuse To Be A Victim Certified Instructor. She shares her passion for fitness and nutrition as editor for Western Hunter and Elk Hunter magazines. Learn more at http://kristytitus.com, https://www.facebook.com/KristyTitus and https://instagram.com/kristytitus/

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Hurricane Preparedness: Two Ways to Buff Up on Boating http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/hurricane-preparedness-boating/ Wed, 03 Aug 2016 14:18:16 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=26446 Make your boat’s hurricane plan now.

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ALEXANDRIA, VA, June 29, 2016 – Of the 26 “major” hurricanes (Category 3 or greater) over the last decade, remarkably none have struck the US. However, with Tropical Storm Colin — the earliest third storm on record when it struck Florida June 5 — BoatUS recommends taking time now to develop a plan for the boat to weather the next storm or hurricane.

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While predictions for the number of storms are near normal for 2016 Hurricane Season, you really can’t rely on them,” said BoatUS Seaworthy Editor Charles Fort. “Predictions don’t tell you where a storm may strike. Boat owners also need to understand that it doesn’t take a big storm to damage their boat. Colin was relatively weak, but when it came ashore it still damaged boats in the Big Bend region of Florida.

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Can you count the number of boats in this photo that were damaged by 2012’s Superstorm Sandy? (Answer: 4).

To get started on your plan, BoatUS offers two ways to help boat owners, marinas and waterfront towns deal with hurricanes:

You don’t have to start from scratch: Check out the range of free hurricane preparation information developed for boat owners and marinas at BoatUS.com/hurricanes. Easily downloadable storm-planning materials include a hurricane preparation worksheet, in-depth Boater’s Guide to Preparing Boats and Marinas for Hurricanes, up-to-the-minute storm tracking tools with live satellite images, and checklists for what to do before and after a hurricane strikes. Sample hurricane plans for boat and yacht clubs are also included.

Learn at home: Take the Hurricane Preparation for Boaters online course from the non-profit BoatUS Foundation and US Power Squadrons. From the comfort of home, you’ll be able to create a hurricane plan for your boat, better understand your marina’s or storage area’s storm protection, and learn when and how to move a boat should move before a hurricane. The course also details the steps needed to take before a hurricane makes landfall and how to secure a boat for hurricane conditions, including diagrams for tying lines. The $30 course fee is currently discounted 20% when using promotion code “STORM” at  BoatUS.org/courses.

Make your boat’s hurricane plan now.

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WOW Wednesday: Why Shooting is an Olympic Sport http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/wow-wednesday-shooting-olympic-sport/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/08/wow-wednesday-shooting-olympic-sport/#comments Wed, 03 Aug 2016 12:50:17 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=26797 Justifying the existence of shooting in the greatest sports spectacle the world has ever known, the Olympic Games.

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Who hasn’t heard this question? Those of us so intrinsically tied to this sport, we can’t see why anyone would question shooting’s inclusion in the Olympic Games, but as we move toward Rio, jockeying for airtime (and respect) with swimming, gymnastics or track and field, enthusiasts of the gun sports are once again finding themselves justifying their existence in the greatest sports spectacle the world has ever known.

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Rifle coach, psychologist and author of several rifle and pistol shooting books Heinz Reinkmeier writes in his book Sport Psychology and Competition: The Psyche of the Shot: “In spite of all protests to the contrary, [shooting] is a sport. A sport, because the performance of both mind and body play equal parts. Because the execution of movement, or to put it another way, the athlete’s precision is what makes the difference.”

Dr. Robert DuVall, director of Sports Medicine of Atlanta (SMA) echoes Reinkemeier’s remarks. Shooting sports represent the essence of fine motor control in sports…few other sports require the refined motor skill and precision of shooting. Likewise, few other sports necessitate the combined physical and emotional aptitudes that are required for sport shooting success.

Precision – it seems to be the resonating sentiment of what sets shooting apart from other Olympic sports. In no other sport can millimeters separate an athlete from a medal to not even making a podium. It happens often, and most recently at the Olympic level when Wang Zhiwei of China edged out Xuan Vinh Hoang of Vietnam for the bronze medal in Men’s Free Pistol at the 2012 Olympic Games by one-tenth of a point – that’s the difference of hitting between the dimples on a golf ball from about a half a football field away.

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Or take for example another one of the precision shooting sports at an even smaller level – 10m Air Rifle. The 10-ring competitors are aiming at is just .5mm across – that’s the size of a period in newsprint from about 30 feet away. The slightest twitch can send the 4.5mm pellet disastrously off course — that includes a heartbeat or a mistimed breath.

The body control skills [in shooting] are very precise,” said Sean McCann, Senior Sports Psychologist for the USOC.  “It’s a fine motor control sport. In general, fine motor control sports are more disrupted by pressure, anxiety or nerves than gross motor sports like running or swimming. Being a little bit off can make things really off. Because you’re doing such a small movement, any slight variation, just being a little bit off makes them so volatile. In some sports, if a top athlete has a bad day mentally or physically, that just means that they don’t set a world record or that they get a silver medal instead of a gold medal. In shooting, if you’re having a rough day mentally, then you can go from the top three into the 60s.

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Merriam-Webster defines the world “sport” as “a contest or game in which people do certain physical activities according to a specific set of rules and compete against each other.” Shooting has been included as an Olympic sport since the inception of the modern Olympiad in 1896. The founder of the modern Olympic movement, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, was himself an avid pistol shooter. A former French champion, de Coubertin supported the inclusion of four pistol and two high-power rifle events on the Olympic program. The current Olympic program consists of 15 Olympic events across rifle, pistol and shotgun.

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In the introduction to Olympic Shooting by Col. Jim Crossman, two-time Olympic Champion and Vice President of the International Shooting Sports Federation Gary Anderson wrote: “It is to the credit of the Olympic movement that a wide range of athlete attributes are tested by many different sports and individual events in the Olympic program. Those events are not limited to testing speed or strength or endurance. Many Olympic events also test precise motor control skills and the athletes’ mental abilities to continue to perform those skills under the pressure of competition. Shooting is that kind of sport and has been an important part of the Olympic sports calendar since the modern inception in 1896.”

Every Olympic sport is a combination of physical and mental requirements. There’s no doubt in my mind that shooting has the toughest mental requirements of any Olympic sport,” asserts McCann. “For me, it’s just an issue of what’s the ratio. Some sports are very physically dependent and have some mental components; some are very mentally dominant and have some physical components, and I think shooting is more in that area. You can’t say any sport is purely physical or purely mental. They’re all some sort of combination. But if you’re looking at difficulty on the mental side, there’s nothing tougher than shooting.

Read more Wonderful Olympic Women (WOW) Wednesdays here.

Jessica Delos Reyes, USA Shooting.

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