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Michelle Cerino gives us photos from the 3rd Annual Women’s Outdoor and Shooting Industry Dinner.

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Making my way across the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, I noticed a small black feather on the floor. After passing a few restaurants and some slot machines, I noticed a fine white feather afloat. Yes, I was heading in the right direction. This year, the 3rd Annual Women’s Outdoor and Shooting Industry Dinner chose “Birds of a Feather” as its theme. Several industry sponsors joined the headline sponsor, LaserMax, to present this much-awaited affair.

Platinum Sponsors:

  • 2 Vets Arms
  • Flashbang Holsters
  • NRA Women’s Network
  • XS Sight Systems
  • Benelli USA
  • Hawke Sport Optics
  • Ultimate Upland
  • SIG SAUER

Gold Sponsors:

  • Galco Gunleather
  • Remington Arms
  • Timney Triggers
  • FrogLube
  • Pròis Hunting & Field Apparel
  • Unique-Ars
  • Gunsite Academy
  • Devil Dog Arms
  • STI Firearms
  • Prima Outdoor

The buzz started on Facebook as the ladies discussed their outfits for the event. Once again, attendees went all out with their attire. Feathers could be seen everywhere, from boas and eyelashes to wings and hats — creativity at its best. While dining on delicious appetizers, the ladies caught up on the past year’s events and made future plans. They exchanged business cards and new ideas, and raised more than $15,000 for a charity, Task Force Dagger, through a silent auction and raffle.

We hope you enjoy our photo gallery that attempts to portray the evening in pictures. (All photos, unless noted, by Michelle Cerino.) Please click on the photo to enlarge it.

Syren's  Alice Bertussi and Anne Mauro are joined by Sarah Blake -- a 13-year-old Steel Challenge shooter from Australia , and LaserMax CEO Susan Houde-Walter. Podcaster Carrie Zylka of 'The Wild World of CarrieZ' was the photographer for the evening. Usually, the photographer never gets her photo taken. Here's Michelle Cerino, wearing an exquisite feather-themed brooch. We think it's a selfie. The Divas of DIVA WOW: Diana Cupp, Judy Rhodes, Stephanie Pastusek, Angela Schinendeman, and Pat Bullard. Shoot Like a Girl's CEO Karen Butler, joined by Cristy Crawford and Ginger Morehead. Kate Redell, Melissa Gilliland, Janna Reeves, A.J. Hitch and Lena Miculek. Colt Firearm's Devin Green and Joyce Rubino donned some boas and gave us these great smiles! Annette Doerr has the We Shoot 2 blog and Amanda Suffecool, Eye on Target Radio. They met for the first time at this event. Townhall.com's Katie Pavlich mugged a little for the camera. High Calibered Women's Lynn Sherwood is ready to take flight and bat her lashes a bit. The WON's publisher wore this exquisite pin, courtesy of Heritage Game Mounts, and handcrafted by Hatch Creek Flies. Such a lovely way to say you fly fish. (Barbara Baird photo) Lea Leggitt and Mia Anstine of The WON are joined by Gun Goddess's Athena Means and The WON's gear gal, Michelle Bodeheimer. A Girl and A Gun's Julianna Crowder is flocked by Nicki Jones of Sure Shot Magazine and The Blaze's Dana Loesch. 2 Gun Girl Dinner The Committee: Lisa Looper, Julie Golob, Julie Routzahn, Britney Starr, Carrie Zylka, Lisa Barron and Michelle Bodenheimer.  (Carrie Zylka photo)

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Want to fly-fish with other women? Find a fly-fishing club, thanks to womensflyfishing.net, an online site filled with resourceful tips and information, and a list of fly-fishing clubs in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Japan, Sweden and the U.K.

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Learn more about women’s fly-fishing clubs.

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Hunt of a Lifetime Offered to Terminally Ill Children http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/hunt-lifetime-offered-terminally-ill-children/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/hunt-lifetime-offered-terminally-ill-children/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:10:48 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21043 Kristen Schmitt shared this article about organizations that arrange for hunts for terminally ill children.

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People usually have years to create hunting memories, but for children with life-threatening illnesses that is not often the case. Fortunately, there are organizations that understand the importance of experiencing hunting and the outdoors. These organizations work with children everyday who have these illnesses to plan an adventure, and hunt of a lifetime.

This is especially good news since Make-A-Wish Foundation (the organization most well known for fulfilling end-of-life wishes) has refused to arrange hunting trips for the last year despite granting thousands of other requests like trips to Disney World, or meeting famous celebrities. Many say this is in response to strong criticism from animal rights groups. Parents of sick children are not often aware of this loophole within the Foundation’s policies. Those who have been turned away from the Foundation because their child would like to hunt as a final wish now have several organizations to choose from that are filling the void and helping fulfill these important requests.

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Brandon Schmitz with 50″ wide bull elk. Mt. View Elk Ranch donated space to hunt. (Danny Benson photo)

Read more of guest post writer Kristen Schmitt’s article at goHUNT.

Learn more about Hunt of a Lifetime, United Special Sportsman Alliance, Outdoor Dream Foundation, Take ‘Em Outdoors and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, which all sponsor hunts for terminally children.

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6 Wee Shooting Accessories http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/6-little-things-will-make-shooting-life-wee-bit-better/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/6-little-things-will-make-shooting-life-wee-bit-better/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:49:15 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21033 We asked and she delivered. Michelle Cerino discovered 6 wee things that will make your shooting life way easier. Sponsored by Galco Gunleather.

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Imagine an event in Las Vegas with more than 1,600 exhibitors, booth space covering 630,000 net square feet and an attendance of nearly 64,000 people (the second highest ever). That event just happened last week –  the Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT). While there, I searched for products that I would like to share with you throughout the next few months in my column, which is now sponsored by Galco Gunleather. The following are 6 little shooting accessories that will make life a wee bit better on the shooting range.

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Galco Carrysafe

I love all my purses that are made specifically for concealed carry. However, sometimes I need to use a computer or messenger bag with no separate pockets. Luckily, while perusing the Galco booth, which may I add exudes the smell of fine leather, I found the solution for my pocketless purse/tote problem. The newly improved Carrysafe is a nylon holster that attaches to a backing plate with Velcro. Using the attached metal clip, it can be adjusted to any height. With 3 holster sizes to choose from, and an accessory carrier that could be used for a spare magazine or flashlight, it is the perfect addition to everyone’s concealed carry routine.

The Carry Safe is available for purchase from Galco’s online store.

MSRP: Carrysafe Gen 2, $49.95; Carrysafe, $34.95; Carrysafe Accessory Carrier, $19.95

 

Otis Ear Shield

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Otis Ear Shield

The words “No batteries required!” are music to my ears, especially when it has to do with ear protection. Otis Technology introduced a brand new type of ear protection, the Ear Shield. Claiming to be more effective than electronic ear muffs, these ear devices use a patented sound reduction chamber. When I put them on, they formed a seal around my outer ear canal. They are lightweight, adjustable, won’t interfere with stocks and are collapsible for easy storage. I cannot wait to try these out on the range.

The Otis Ear Shield will be available in 2015 at otistec.com.

MSRP: 26 decibels, $19.99; 31 decibels, $24.99

 

Ergo Delta Grip

 

Delta Grip by Ergo

I will admit, the Delta Grip looks a little odd, but boy, does it make shooting a J-Frame revolver easy. While gripping the revolver with 1 hand, I pressed out and easily made a well-aimed shot. The grip feels very natural and comfortable and I’m sure will aid in recoil.

The Delta Grip by Ergo is available online and in stores.

MSRP: Delta Grip for S&W J-Frame Revolvers, $24.99; Delta Grip for Ruger LCR/LCRX Revolvers, $29.99

 

Borewhips

Bore-whips, by Swab-Its

When it comes to cleaning guns, I love the words washable and reusable. As I rounded a corner, while strolling through the SHOT Show aisles, those words grabbed my attention. The friendly people of Swab-Its added a new piece to the company’s firearm cleaning line, the Bore-whips. Because of the brightly colored handles, I had complete control. The pull-through design made it easier and quicker to clean a rifle barrel at the booth. And, did I mention the lint-free, fiber-free swabs are washable and reusable?

Bore-whips Cleaning Swabs are available online at Swab-Its in packages of 3.

MSRP: .177/4.5mm Bore-whip, $10.99; .22CAL/5.56mm Bore-whip, $10.99

 

Lethallace

 

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Noticing a group of people listening intently in front of a booth, I walked over to investigate. There stood a life-size mannequin with 5 full-size guns, holstered on her body. And, here’s the amazing part – the same type of holster held each gun. Lethallace is a universal concealed carry holster that gives the wearer 5 different ways to conceal her gun. Made of high quality, washable fabric, the holster is easily worn in various positions. I suggest viewing the video online and then, practice putting the holster on in the various positions to determine what works best for you.

The Lethallace holster is available online and available in black, nude, pink and purple.

MSRP: $57.99

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Lucas Gun Oil

At the Cerino household, we are somewhat picky about the oil we use on our firearms and still haven’t found something we love. Hopefully that will change. Brand new, at SHOT Show this year, is Lucas Gun Oil. Yes, the same successful Lucas name you might recognize from the car-racing scene. If it can make oil good enough for a racecar, it must know the business. Right? I am planning on testing the product over the next few months, so I will be sure to update you.

Lucas Gun Oil is available online.

MSRP: Lucas Extreme Gun Oil, $5.95 (1 oz.); Lucas Extreme Gun Oil, $9.99 (4 oz.); Lucas Extreme Gun Oil, $14.99 (8 oz.)

Bonus

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The Range BenchLoader by Maglula

OK, so it’s not that small, but I really love it! Besides, I had to go big before I went home.

The AR15/M4 5.56/.223 Range BenchLoader is a heavy-duty, 30-round magazine loader. A single-stroke loading action allows me to load 30 rounds easily and painlessly into the magazine. Its round counter markings take the guesswork out of how many rounds I’m putting in. This is especially helpful during a 3-Gun match, when my magazine holds more ammunition than is allowed.

The AR15/M4 5.56/.223 Range BenchLoader by Maglula will be available later in 2015.

MSRP: $165

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Win WON: LaserMax GLOCK 42 WeaponLight and Shoot Like A Girl Hoodie http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/win-won-lasermax-glock-42-red-laser-shoot-like-girl-hoodie/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/win-won-lasermax-glock-42-red-laser-shoot-like-girl-hoodie/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:00:20 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21021 Time for winning WON again! How about a brand, spanking new light from LaserMax for that new GLOCK 42, and a Shoot Like A Girl soft and sweet hoodie?

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Wanna win WON? How about a LaserMax GLOCK 42 WeaponLight and Shoot Like A Girl Hoodie?

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Brand new for spring, LaserMax’s new CenterFire™ WeaponLight is a vital addition to the Glock 42 pistol. Easily user-installed, the 100 lumen CenterFire WeaponLight offers seamless integration with the firearm frame, weighs less than one ounce and boasts a solid hour of continuous run time.  A quality pocket holster and maintenance kit is included.  Protected by LaserMax’s Best-in-Class 5-year warranty, the CenterFire WeaponLight is a $149 value. Visit LaserMax to learn more.

 

 

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Also, you can be the winner of a Shoot Like A Girl hoodie. That’s right … tell the world you do (shoot like a girl), and make an important lifestyle statement. Attitude with a capital A. Retails for $35 at Shoot Like A Girl.

What is Shoot Like A Girl?

Shoot Like A Girl (SLG2, Inc.) is a company dedicated to growing the number of women in shooting sports by empowering them to participate with confidence.  With the help of our corporate sponsors, SLG2, Inc. thanks its valued corporate partners who share the mission to grow the number of women in shooting sports by empowering them with confidence.

Contest ends Fri., Jan. 30, at 5 p.m. CST. One winner will be chosen and has 7 days to respond to the notice/announcement sent to his/her contact info. After that, we will choose another winner randomly.

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7 WONderfully Weird Products of SHOT Show 2015 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/7-wonderfully-weird-products-shot-show-2015/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/7-wonderfully-weird-products-shot-show-2015/#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 21:40:25 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21012 From a camo kilt to a multi-tool bracelet to a pop can launcher ... Bodie finds some out-of-the-ordinary items at the show this year.

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I spent this past week scouring mile after mile of aisle at the Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas, Nev. To be more exact, I walked approximately 52.3 miles seeking out the latest and greatest gear hitting the market in 2015. In my exploration, I discovered a number of items to be featured in my column “Her Gear” in the coming months. Among my discoveries are a few products that are rather different, unique, one-of-a-kind, somewhat bazaar, or simply ingenious. Word: weird.

They say, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” Well, some things are just too good to keep to myself here in Sin City. With that said, here are 7 WONderfully weird products of SHOT Show 2015.

 

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XProducts Can Cannon

Why simply enjoy an ice-cold soda when you can launch it into the air up to 125 yards? The answer: because it is fun! According to XProducts, flying soda cans also make excellent moving targets for shooting practice.

The recently released Can Cannon is a launching device that uses a gas ported barrel and pressure tube to launch full, unopened 12-ounce soda cans, when used with standard mil spec blanks. The Can Cannon is sold as an assembled upper receiver, headspaced and mounted ported barrel and pressure tube, compatible with most AR-15 mil standard bolts and most piston bolts.

Recognizing the potential for the Can Cannon, XProducts is currently designing the following accessories:

  • Grappling Hook
  • Net Launcher
  • Dog Training Toys
  • T-shirt Launcher
  • Lawn Darts
  • Harpoon

The Can Cannon is available for purchase now from XProducts’ online store.

MSRP: $399

 

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Leatherman Bracelet

In May 2015, Leatherman will be releasing what is quite simply the most ingenious product I have ever seen on the market. With style meeting functionality, the new Leatherman Tread multi-tool bracelet will certainly turn heads. Yes, you read that correctly. Leatherman is introducing a stylish piece of jewelry that will bring out your inner MacGyver.

TSA approved, the Tread bracelet features 25 multi-tool functions, including the following:

 

  • Cutting Hook
  • Bottle Opener
  • Oxygen Tank Wrench
  • Carbide Glass Breaker
  • 5/16 inch Screwdriver
  • 1/4 inch Box Wrench
  • 3/8 inch Box Wrench
  • 3/16 inch Screwdriver
  • #1-2 Phillips
  • #1 Phillips
  • 5/16 inch Box Wrench
  • 3/32 inch Hex Drive
  • 1/8 inch Hex Drive
  • 3/16 inch Box Wr3ench
  • 1/4 inch Hex Drive
  • 3/16 inch Hex Drive
  • 5mm Hex Drive
  • 6mm Hex Drive
  • 10mm Box Wrench
  • #2 Square Drive
  • 1/4 inch Socket Drive
  • 1/4 inch Screwdriver
  • 1/8 inch Screwdriver
  • Pick/Sim Card Tool

Available in both polished stainless steel and black finishes, the Tread is adjustable to within 1/4 inch to accommodate any wrist size. Bracelet links are also interchangeable, allowing for easy customization to include the tools you most need.

The Leatherman Tread will be available directly from Leatherman’s online store, as well as from leading retailers nationwide. Click here to find the Leatherman dealer nearest you.

MSRP: $165-220 bracelet / $11-16.60 individual links

 

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Camo Kilt

When I asked a representative for B & F System, Inc. why the company chose to introduce a digital camo print kilt to the market this year, he responded with, “Why not? There are simply no other camo kilts on the market. We saw the opening and filled it.”

Made of an 80/20 poly-cotton blend, this (definitely unique) unisex kilt offers an internal pocket to hold all your necessities. A heavy-duty Velcro closure allows for a one-size-fits-all design. I can almost hear the bagpipes blaring in the background, preparing to lead kilt-clad troops into battle.

The B&F System, Inc. Camo Kilt is available now, directly from B&F’s online store. Orders can also be placed by fax, phone, mail, and in person at B&F’s brick-and-mortar store. Complete ordering instructions can be found here.

MSRP: $69.95

 

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Target Factory Target Frame 

Walking the convention floor at SHOT Show, I came to an abrupt halt, distracted by row after row of brightly colored bottles hanging from a folding rack. I immediately asked myself, “What in the world is that?” The answer amazed me!

Speaking with a Target Factory representative, I learned that what originally started as a made-up beach game quickly evolved into the Target-Frame – a relatively new (and I say brilliant) target shooting system for shooters of all ages and skill levels. The system boasts a lightweight folding frame with detachable, and replaceable, Target-Bottles. The Targets and Frame are made of blue-bin recyclable plastic, making them environmentally friendly. According to Target Factory representatives, the highly reactive Target-Bottles will withstand well over 250 direct hits from most caliber ammunition. When the Target-Bottles finally succumb to the abuse, they are easily replaced. The Target-Frame is designed with a cutout tray on the top to allow for freestanding clay targets.

The Target Factory Target-Frame and Target-Bottles are available now from Target Factory’s online store.

MSRP: $ 129.99 Standard Target-Frame / $19.99-39.99 Replacement Target-Bottles

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Chef’s Choice Sportsman Classic WafflePro

In it’s first attempt to bring the outside in, Chef’s Choice introduces the Sportsman Classic WafflePro. This traditional waffle maker features a rustic, antlered deer design in the iron plate, making it the perfect addition to any outdoorswoman’s kitchen. With 6 temperature settings, a non-stick coating and baking indicator light, this unique press bakes up fresh waffles in only 2 minutes. What could be better than delicious deer-printed waffles and crisp bacon on a Saturday morning?

The Sportsman Classic WafflePro is available now for purchase at major retailers nationwide. Click here to find the retailer nearest you.

MSRP: $59.99

 

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Riverswest Treestand Shadow

It can be rather chilly hunting from a blind or tree stand. This year, Riverswest introduces the Treestand Shadow, a one-size-fits-all cloak designed to help hunters stay warm and battle off the chill. (Imagine a cozy, camo Snuggie.)

Made of a water and wind proof exterior and heavy Sherpa fleece liner, and complete with a hood, the Treestand Shadow fully covers the body to provide warmth and concealment in the field. Two sturdy snaps beneath the chin keep the cloak in place, while allowing easy and quick removal. Personally, I’d prefer to use the Treestand Shadow when I cuddle up with a good book and warm cup of hot chocolate after returning home from a cold weather outing.

The Treestand Shadow will be available in Widowmaker Shadow camo print beginning in June 2015 from retailers nationwide. Click here to access the Riverswest dealer locator.

MSRP: $99-120

 

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Restop

It is generally taboo to talk about poo. Fortunately, Restop, an innovative company offering responsible hygiene and sanitation solutions, is making an appearance in the industry. Restop’s product line helps address the unspoken questions that come up when you are trying to answer the call of nature.

Restop offers a complete line of sanitation products to aid the outdoorswoman. The one that caught my attention at SHOT Show is the Restop I (aka, The Pee Bag). The wide opening to each bag, with a semi-rigid rim, allows for easy use by both men and women. The curve of the opening, however, is contoured to help fit a woman’s needs. Each bag contains a special absorbent polymer and enzymes that help capture up to 20 ounces of fluid. A one-way valve prevents spillage, while deodorants help eliminate odors. I can see myself using the Restop I when unable to move from a tree stand or blind while hunting. I also see it as a valuable tool on our fishing boat when we are anchored and unable to break away to shore.

The Restop I is available from the company’s online store, as well as from a number of retailers nationwide. Click here to find the retailer nearest you.

MSRP: $9.20 4/pk

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New NSSF Report: More Women Owning Guns, Going Target Shooting and Hunting http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/new-nssf-report-women-owning-guns-going-target-shooting-hunting/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/new-nssf-report-women-owning-guns-going-target-shooting-hunting/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:52:36 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21010 ‘Women Gun Owners’ report and new infographic highlight fastest growing segment in shooting sports.

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‘Women Gun Owners’ report and new infographic highlight fastest growing segment in shooting sports

LAS VEGAS, Nev.— More than half of women (55.6 percent) participating in a new study commissioned by the National Shooting Sports Foundation said they intend to purchase at least one firearm in the next 12 months. That finding and many others reflect the growing popularity of firearms ownership by women, who represent the fastest growing segment of the shooting sports.

GirlPower copyToday during the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show), NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti discussed the findings in the new report, “Women Gun Owners: Purchasing, Perceptions and Participation.” NSSF, which owns the SHOT Show, is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry.

“In the past decade, the number of women owning firearms and participating in target shooting and hunting has soared. This study helps us understand why women are choosing to purchase firearms and accessories and what shooting activities appeal to them most,” said Sanetti.

The study, conducted in 2014, focused on women ages 18 to 65 who owned at least one firearm. Over a third of women in the study were new gun owners, having purchased their first firearm within the last three years. This group of new gun owners, who are primarily between the ages of 18 and 34, reflects the changing demographics among women choosing to own firearms—a change captured visually in NSSF’s new infographic, ‘Girl Power,” which complements the new report.

“The women’s market is a force in our industry, and manufacturers, retailers and shooting ranges are making changes to their products and services to satisfy women’s tastes and needs. This report will assist anyone interested in knowing more about women’s enthusiasm for and attitudes toward firearms,” said Jim Curcuruto, NSSF Director of Industry Research and Analysis.

Among the report’s findings:

  • The most commonly owned firearm by women in the study is a semiautomatic pistol, with 56 percent of women reporting they owned at least one. Shotguns ranked second, with 50 percent of women owning at least one.
  • Women say their purchases are mainly influenced by Fit, Quality and Practicality.
  • Women purchasing a gun in the last 12 months spent on average $870 on firearms and more than $400 on accessories.
  • The majority of women report they are not driven to buy a gun on impulse but rather considered their purchase for months before deciding.
  • Nearly all women (95 percent) have tried target shooting, and more than half (58 percent) have hunted.
  • More than 42 percent of women have a concealed carry permit for their state of residence.
  • Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of women reported having taken at least one training class.

Placing a premium on safety, women say the single most important reason why they decided to purchase or own a firearm is protection—both personal and home protection. Learning to hunt and going shooting with friends and family were also cited.

The report shows women are attracted to shooting activities such as practical pistol, clay target shooting, long-range shooting and plinking; they were not as active, however, in gun collecting or 3-gun and cowboy action shooting.

Growth of the women’s market is quite visible among firearms retailers. In NSSF’s Annual Retailer Survey, more than 74 percent of retailers reported an increase in women customers in their stores in 2013 over 2012.

According to the National Sporting Goods Association, female engagement in target shooting grew 60 percent to 5.4 million participants between 2001 and 2013, and was up 85 percent for hunting to 3.3 million participants during that same period.

NSSF’s “Women Gun Owners” report is available to NSSF members by logging in at www.nssf.org and to media by request.

 

 

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The Outdoor Channel held its 15th Annual Golden Moose Awards on Thurs., Jan. 22, and The WON was there — behind the scenes and behind the curtain. Mia Anstine, along with the Little Gal, asked many of the industry’s top women how they planned to mentor the next generation. You’ll see the results here in the next few weeks. In the meantime, here’s who won.

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Here’s LG with Sarah Palin, who presented awards at the show. LG is our official intern, and did an outstanding job of interviewing people and finding cool products while at her first show. (Mia Anstine photo)

 

WHAT:            Outdoor Channel announced the winners of its 15th Annual Golden Moose Awards (GMA). The country’s premier outdoor television awards ceremony was held during the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s (NSSF) annual Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) and Conference in Las Vegas.

 

WHO:              The GMA were once again emceed by Michael Waddell of Outdoor Channel’s “Realtree Road Trips with Michael Waddell” and “Michael Waddell’s Bone Collector.” The ceremony included memorable performances by Ted NugentNate Hosie and Kari & Billy. Nearly 2,000 outdoor industry leaders, TV personalities and lucky fans attended the highly-anticipated awards show.

 

Special presenters for the evening included: Gerald McRaney, star of “House of Cards” and Outdoor Channel’s “Ram Outdoorsman”; Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska and star of Sportsman Channel’s “Amazing America with Sarah Palin”; Theresa Vail, a 2013 Miss Kansas winner, avid bowhunter and host of the upcoming network series “Limitless with Theresa Vail”; country music star and host of “Craig Morgan All Access Outdoors,” Craig Morgan; huntress Eva Shockey of “Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures”; Mossy Oak founder and CEO Toxey Haas; and Realtree President and CEO Bill Jordan.

 

A total of seventeen Golden Moose Awards were presented throughout the evening in the first-ever live streamed iteration of the leading outdoor programming awards show. Among the seventeen is the Fan Favorite Award for Best Host/s, which was awarded to Nugent and chosen by more than 18,000 loyal viewers of the network. Outdoor Channel also presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Harold Knight and David Hale, the unequivocal elder statesmen of the hunting world and stars of Outdoor Channel’s “Ultimate Hunting,” for their unparalleled contributions to the outdoor community. The self-described “country boys” turned a friendship and a love of hunting into a decades-long business phenomenon.

 

The Golden Moose Awards went to the following winners…

 

Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award | Winner: Harold Knight and David Hale, “Ultimate Hunting”

 

Fan Favorite Best Host | Winner: Ted Nugent, “Spirit of the Wild”

 

Best Overall Production | Winner: “Drury’s THIRTEEN”

 

Best Deer Hunting Winner: “Crush with Lee and Tiffany”

 

Best Big Game Hunting Winner: “Driven with Pat and Nicole”

 

Best Bird Hunting | Winners: “Crush with Lee & Tiffany”

 

Best Shooting Sports | Winner: “The Best Defense”

 

Best Fishing | Winner: “The Bassmasters”

 

Best Conservation, Education & Instruction | Winner: “Bass Pro Shops King of Bucks”

 

Best Comedy | Winner: “Craig Morgan All Access”

 

Best General Interest Show | Winner: “The Gunfather”

 

Best New Series Winner: “Jim Shockey’s UNCHARTED”

 

Best Series Open | Winner: “Driven with Pat and Nicole”

 

Best Videography / Camera Work | Winner: “Raised Hunting”

 

Best Sound Design | Winner: “MidwayUSA’s Gun Stories”

 

Best Graphic Design / Animation Winner: “Drury’s THIRTEEN”

 

Best Commercial | Winner: 26 Nosler, “Flat Out, Lights Out”

 

WHERE:         The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada

 

WHEN:           On Thursday, January 22nd from 8-11 p.m.

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In a #TBT (throwback Thursday) post, we look at last year’s report from SHOT from The Writing Huntress.

SHOT Show is world-renowned for many reasons. Obviously, many an outdoors, tactical, or military person flock to SHOT to check out the latest and greatest products from the most influential companies in a particular industry. However, there is another side to SHOT where lesser known, newer companies come to show off their wares in the hopes of gaining a dedicated following.

It is in the lower levels, away from the hustle and bustle of the higher floors, that SHOT attendees meander — checking out products they frankly did not know existed or what they previously did without. It was my assignment to find SHOT Show’s 5 Most Unique, Weird, or Downright Clever products offered by vendors at the 2014 show. And find I did, friends, find I did.

Without further ado, allow me to introduce the Writing Huntress’s The Good, The Clever, and The Weird 2014 SHOT Show products.

 

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Survival Grips

When creator Mark Anderson was in the midst of an unsuccessful search for an AR foregrip with finger holes, his son came home with a set of brass knuckles found on the street. Putting 2 and 2 together, the Survival Grips concept was born; it’s an ingenious combination, just perfect for us ladies, because once fingers are in the grip, there is no way anyone can take the firearm from you. The grips also help stabilize the AR and, let’s face it, they look pretty cool, too, whether tricked out in chrome and spikes or in a simple black finish.

MSRP: $49 to $69

 

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Oilfield Camo

If you’ve ever attempted to hunt from an oilrig, but had difficulty blending in, this is the camo pattern for you. Each piece from the Oilfield Camo line is patterned with helicopters, rigging equipment and an array of oil-extracting machines. According to booth operator Jeff Landry, Oilfield Camo can actually be used afield and is extremely popular with the rise of oil jobs, especially amongst hunters who want to transition from the job site to the woods seamlessly.

MSRP: Various, check its website for clothing lists and prices.

 

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Spectra Shot

As many a waterfowler knows, it can sometimes be difficult to determine exactly who in the group shot a particular bird. However, Spectra Shot eliminates this problem by introducing colored projectiles. Using these shells not only assists hunters in shooting concise limits, but also eases tensions regarding who shot the banded bird. New shooters will enjoy this product because the shells, according to owner Blair Michel, were created to reduce recoil.

MSRP: 4 box waterfowl set, $125

 

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10 Minute Deer Skinner

This innovative spin on the old “rock and rope” trick to skin a deer eliminates the possibility of a rock slipping from your deer and into your back windshield. Ben Frits, President of the 10 Minute Deer Skinner, was looking for a way for his dad to skin deer by himself and created this nifty contraption that literally skins a deer in minutes. A perfect addition to any huntress’s bag of tricks, the 10 Minute Deer Skinner transforms deer skinning from a chore to a quick, easy process.

MSRP: $29.95

 

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Grenade Launcher Laser Sight

According to the nice man who let me model said grenade launcher and laser sight, this innovation will increase your grenade launcher accuracy to 90 percent, a pretty impressive feat if you ask me. While grenade launchers are not yet readily available to the civilian market, it’s nice to know I’ll have a sight in line as soon as they are legal to own. (Hint: You’ll recognize the company’s name when you go to the website.)

MSRP: N/A to the common person

 

 

 

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Since hunting is one of our passions, you can bet we’re looking for women’s hunting apparel at SHOT Show. With big-game season behind us, we’ve got our sights set on springtime turkey hunting. Although we do hunt from blinds on occasion, we primarily spot and stalk. We’re happy to have found some women’s hunting apparel to help us in our hunting quests.

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Lea earthleticsEarthletics – Lifestyle Apparel

Earthletics offers lifestyle apparel with camo accents. It nearly jumped off the rack, as we walked by. Every hunter needs to get in shape and you know we gals always like to look good while they’re doing it. Lea is positive her friends will want to wear these items to the gym, field, on a run or around town.

The jacket is quilted polyester with camo mesh inserts. The pants are a polyester/spandex blend and even have a waistband pocket to store your house key or money.

These items will be available in August 2015. We love the black with Realtree Xtra accents, but they will also be available with AP Blue or AP Magenta accents. Sizes XS-XL

MSRP: Ladies Quilted Jacket $60, Ladies Yoga Pant $45

Visit Earthletisc site for additional ladies styles – http://www.earthleticsapparel.com

firstlitelarkspurFirst Lite – Performance Series

You can bet when we’re waiting for sunrise and turkeys to fly down, we’ll have some chilly mornings. Lea and I are always looking for quality Merino wool layering pieces. The 100% Merino wool Performance Series for women is top notch. It works as a base layer for warmth, but the 170-weight fabric is also ultra moisture wicking. You’ll have no worries of stinkin’ it up when the temps jump from 20 degrees to 70 in a day’s hunt.

The Lupine top and Larkspur bottom are currently available in Fusion, ASAT, Realtree Max-1 and Realtree Xtra camo patterns. They also come in solid black, sage or golden colors. Prices vary with color choices.

MSRP: Lupine Crew $65 – $75, Larkspur Bottom $90 – $100

http://www.firstlite.com

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Girls with Guns – Camo Jacket and Pants

At the GwG booth, we checked out their recently launched lightweight camo for women. We were pleased with the fit and tailoring of the pieces, but function also caught our attention.

The mid-weight jacket is built with a wind resistant fabric. It has a removable hood and harness slit.

The pants are made of a lightweight, breathable, water-resistant fabric. There are 6 pockets for storing calls, tags and other field necessities. The belt loops get a thumbs-up from a hunter who likes to carry her multi-tool, range finder and sometimes a pistol on her belt.

These pieces are currently available in Mossy Oak Break Up Infinity.

MSRP: Midweight Jacket, sizes XS – XL-$139; 2X-$149; Lightweight Pant XS-L $109, 2X-$139

http://www.GirlswithGunsclothing.com

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Próis Galion Rain Line

A staple in any hunters’ wardrobe is rain gear, and Próis Hunting Apparel has launched a newly designed system. This light, packable rain gear weighs less than 12 ounces. Its fabric is rated for torrential downpours, yet is extremely breathable. The hood adjusts from the sides, as well as back, so it doesn’t obscure your view. All zippers on the jacket and pants are waterproof and seams are taped. The pants have side zippers that start just below the hip. These can be zipped up or down for ventilation, or to reach base layer pockets. An added feature, that you may not find in other gear are built-in detachable boot gaitors.

The Galion design will be available in fall of 2015 in Realtree Max1, AP Xtra and solid olive colors.

MSRP: Jacket $199, Pants $179

http://www.ProisHunting.com

 

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Wolverine – Siteline Boots

Boots are ever important hunting apparel pieces, and speaking of rain and mud, we think “traction.” When we were at the Wolverine booth, when came across a leather boot with lime-green accents. It is a lightweight, waterproof hunting boot for women. The rubber-lugged sole will help maintain traction during the hunt. This boot will be available in low, mid and calf designs, fall of 2015.

Women’s Sizes 5-11

MSRP: Low $115, Mid $120, Calf $145

http://www.wolverine.com

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Lea and I are at the 2015 SHOT Show, and we’re looking for some great SHOT Show gear for hunting out west. We had a couple things on our list but ran into our friend/Outdoor Channel Celebrity and Archer’s Choice star, Vicki Cianciarulo. We were happy to visit with her and ask what she would say were her “must haves” for a hunt in the western part of the U.S.

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Vicki suggests a couple of the items we already have on our list, but she also recommends “Blister BAND-AIDs” for a rough spot and stalk hunt. We didn’t find those at SHOT Show, but we found some other great items for your hunt out west.

 

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Farm to Feet – Greensborough

With these ultra comfy socks, you won’t be needing those BAND-AIDs. These are 100% American made, Merino wool-blend socks. They have a comfort-compression fit with a well-defined heel and seamless toe. They won’t gather or bunch while you’re out hiking the mountains. Although Farm to Feet offers other densities, we loved the lightweight, Greensborough model, which comes in three different heights.

The Greensborough is currently available in a variety of colors.

MSRP: Low Cut $16, Quarter Cut – $17, ¾” Crew- $19

http://farmtofeet.com/socks/women/

 

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Irish Setter Rutt Master 2.0 

This Rutt Master 2.0 boot is an all-weather rubber boot that has supreme traction. Its slim profile has an expandable, ExoFlex, back panel to make slipping boots on a breeze and also allow you to remove them without needing the services of a friend or a shoehorn. If you’ve ever been stuck in your boots, you know what I’m talking about. With the expandable back, this boot has no seam to cause chafing or blistering. The 15-inch shaft will even fit little shorties like me.

The Rutt Master will be available August 2015.

MSRP:
$139 Non-Insulated (3lb. 10oz.)

$169 1200gram Insulated (4lb.)

http://hunt.irishsetterboots.com/

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Girls with Guns Midweight Glove

We all need gloves for those chilly mornings chasing gobblers in the springtime. The Girls with Guns (GwG) mid-weight gloves are designed for the more slender and often smaller hand of a lady hunter. They fit comfortably with stretch fleece and neoprene to cover the hand and snug spandex cuffs. The Amara Leather palm affords a good grip on your rifle or bow and the fingertip has GwG’s Smartphone Sensitive Material. Yes, you’ll be able to text your friends selfies from the field!

Currently available in Mossy Oak Break Up Infinity.

MSRP: $24.99

http://www.gwgclothing.com/hunting/gwg-midweight-glove.html

 

Tenzing T1215W Women’s Pack

Everyone needs a pack for their spot and stalk hunt, and we were pleased with the Tenzing women’s pack. It has an internal aluminum frame for support, a padded hip belt and air channels so your back can breathe. For those longer hikes, the fold-out bow or gun carrying straps are going to come in handy. There are plenty of pockets to store your knives, calls and survival gear.

This pack is currently available in Realtree Max Xtra.

MSRP: $139.99

http://www.tenzingoutdoors.com/tz_1215.php

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Swarovski ATS/STS Spotting Scope

OK, we’re not going to stop at socks and boots to prevent blisters. Why skimp on the spot-and-stalk part of a western hunt? We love, love, love the Swarovski spotting scopes. It’s best to check the trophy out before you walk 500 miles. Yes, there is a song in there somewhere. The Swarovski scope has an outstanding warranty and service department and we suggest investing in a quality scope for your western hunt or digi-scoping adventure.

MSRP: $2,632 Swarovski ATS 80

http://www.swarovskioptik.com/hunting/spotting-scopes-c2002

On a side note, if you’re serious about your “Road Hunting,”check out the optional Telephoto Lens Adaptor which allows you to attach your Nikon or Canon camera to the spotting scope, creating an outstanding telephoto lens.

MSRP: $610 TLS APO Telefoto Lens System Apochromat

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SHOT Show Media Day http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/shot-show-media-day-range-disappoint/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/shot-show-media-day-range-disappoint/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 06:16:05 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=20982 Barbara Baird found some wonderful people and great products at this year's SHOT Show Media Day at the Range.

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Babbs explains why SHOT Show Media Day at the Range did not disappoint her at all this year. Every year before the official start of the Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show, the National Shooting Sports Foundation invites media members to a range in Boulder City, Nev., for some hands-on experience with new firearms, ammo and gear. After all, it’s far easier to write about this stuff after you’ve either witnessed or worked with the products in action. Also, it’s a great opportunity to talk to company representatives about merits and development of new firearms’ products and gear.

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UTAS UTS-15 An ultimate shotgun for home protection, the UTS-15 can hold a total of 15 rounds of 12-gauge shells (chambered for 2-1/2, 2-3/4 and 3-inch shells) and exudes precision — in the steel rotary bolt heat, barrel extension and barrel that accepts Beretta mobile/Benelli Standard Style chokes. The really cool things are the add-ons: the precision-machined 4140 steel flash suppressor with strike bezel handful length knurling and a lens-focused LED spotlight and full adjustable laser sight. The only problem? I could not hit a single clay bird with this gun today. MSRP: $999 for the basic version. Extras cost extra. http://www.utas-usa.com

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 EO Tech Amy Miller, of EO Tech, explains to Sara Ahrens and me about the new Laser Battery Cap 2 (LBC2), a drop-in replacement that fits all 512/552 EOTech Holographic Weapon Sights. Remove your existing battery cap and replace it with the new LBC2, which includes integrated aiming lasers with a red visible and a civilian legal IR option.   MSRP: $479 http://www.eotechinc.com/holographic-weapon-sights/laser-battery-cap-2

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Becky Yackley It’s always fun to see families involved in the shooting industry, and the Yackley family is a perfect example. Check out all their sponsors on their shirts. Becky and Mark have 3 sons who all shoot. Tim attended Media Day with them this year. Becky is an on-the-scene photographer, as well, and photographs women’s shooting matches around the country. https://www.facebook.com/BeckyYackleyphotos

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(Jason Baird photo)

Walther CCP The Walther CCP (Concealed Carry Pistol) in 9mm Luger should appeal to concealed carry shooters who want a smaller, robust gun. In this firearm, Walther offers its SOFTCOIL ™ gas-delayed blowback technology, which means the following:

  • The slide can be easily manipulated to chamber the next round
  • The barrel rise is reduced up to one third less than in similar pistols
  • Decreased barrel rise aids in getting you back on target quickly

Overall length equals 6.41 inches, with a 3.54-inch barrel, and 1.18-inch width. Sara and I shot the stainless and Cerakote black models, that featured 5.5-pound trigger pulls, interchangeable front sights with white dots, adjustable rear sights, and reversible magazine releases for left- or right-handed operation.

http://www.waltherarms.com/ccp/

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Witt Machine Company

Yes, I had a professional manicure before I left for Vegas, but I could not resist placing these lovely flash hiders and muzzle brakes on my fingers, designed and manufactured by Witt Machine. In fact, Witt introduced a new, 3-piece, directional muzzle brake for rifles with 1/2-28 threaded barrels. It is made of 2 external shrouds, and Witt claims this “brake system can be used with no increase in sound to the shooter or bystanders at the range. This brake WILL take off the recoil and keep the barrel down during repeated firing.” In Smooth Stainless, Graphite Black or Desert Sand finishes. 

http://wittmachine.co

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(Jason Baird photo)

Ruger 22 Charger Ruger restyled it 2007 version of the Charger into this way cool model, that comes in standard brown or this one — the TakeDown version. It comes with a standard A2 grip, Picatinny rail and … drum roll … is suppressor ready. With a pistol scope (Burris Optics), you can shoot accurately out to 100 yards. It also comes with a bipod. MSRP: $409 http://www.ruger.com/products/22Charger/models.html

Sara-MP22

(Jason Baird photo)

 Smith & Wesson M&P22 Compact Here’s Sara shooting the new M&P22 Compact with a suppressor on it. She liked it for many reasons, including the  M&P reversible magazine release, Picatinny accessory rail, ambidextrous safety and more. I think she’s wishing she didn’t live in Illinois, because she only can dream about owning this gun there. With the rise of popularity of suppressed guns in hunting, look for this model to be taken to the squirrel woods. Also, frankly, it’s a wonderful way — according to our buddy Tom McHale, of My Gun Culture — to introduce newbies to the world of shooting.

MSRP: $389

http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product4_750001_750051_833059_-1_773655___ProductDisplayErrorView_Y

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Where hunter Marti Davis gets the scoop from hunter Eva Shockey.

Rather than answering more questions this month, I’m going to turn the tables and ask some of Eva Shockey. You more than likely know Eva as one of the most recognizable hunters in the world. To be the second woman ever to grace the cover of Field and Stream is quite a feat to add to her growing list of accomplishments. When Eva is not busy traveling the globe on hunting adventures, being videoed for Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures on the Outdoor Channel or appearing at trade shows and events, she makes her home in Florida. You can try to keep up with the busy lady at her Eva Shockey fan Facebook page.

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Marti: Like you, I grew up in a family that hunted. However, I didn’t start hunting until I was in my early 20s. When did you start hunting?

Eva: I was actually in a similar situation! I went on my first big game hunt when I was 21. I graduated university and came home and told my dad that I wanted to go on a hunt with him before I started working full-time. I can still remember the look of shock on his face – I thought he was about to fall off his chair because he’d been asking me to hunt with him since I was a child. It took me until I was 21, mainly because I didn’t know any other females who hunted. When I was younger, I simply thought that hunting was a boys-only scene. Once I got old enough to realize that hunting is for us girls too, I wanted to try it out – especially since it was something that I had always wanted to do.

Marti: What and where was your first big game hunt?

Eva: My first big game hunt was in South Africa with my dad, Jim Shockey of Outdoor Channel’s Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures and Jim Shockey’s UNCHARTED. I wasn’t sure if I would like harvesting an animal, so I started with a warthog … because, well, it’s not the most handsome of creatures. But from that point on, I was hooked! 

 

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(Photo used with permission from Field & Stream magazine)

 

Marti: Congrats on your recent cover of Field & Stream. How do you top that?

Eva: Being the second woman ever photographed for the cover of Field & Stream (Queen Elizabeth was the first in 1976) was a huge honour and something I will always treasure. It was a big step for them to be so bold and proclaim that women are “What’s Next” in the world of hunting. I’ve been part of the hunting industry since I was very young and it’s great to see women finally making such a splash! It’s going to be hard to top the cover of Field & Stream, but I’ll be happy if I just can keep the women in hunting trend going, and continue to drive exposure to our growing interest and involvement in hunting. That’s why media outlets like Women’s Outdoor News are so important, for instance.

Marti: When you are going to hunt in a new place, what are some of the steps you take before actually hunting?

Eva: One of the most important things to know when hunting in a new area is to get a solid understanding of the lay of the land. Whether hunting on public or private land, the best way to get a better grasp of the area is to talk to locals and ask about any good hunting opportunities. Also, it’s important to treat the hunting land with respect and leave it as you found it. Whether it’s public or private, the last thing we want is for hunting access to be shut down because hunters are leaving garbage behind in the woods.

 

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Marti: What do you think is the best way to attract new hunters?

Eva: The future of hunting depends entirely on how many new hunters are entering the sport, followed by retention rates. Hunters pay for conservation and wildlife restoration, so the importance of growing the number of hunters is significant. Women are currently the fastest growing demographic in the hunting industry and youth are arguably the most important group of entrants, so we need to provide quality hunting education programs to make hunting exciting for these groups of enthusiasts. Programs to educate hunters and bring people together are great – everything from entry level programs that teach the importance of gun safety to wilderness adventure programs that combine groups of people with similar interests. For example, programs aimed at youth, such as NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program), are exactly what we need to get young kids interested in shooting, hunting and the great outdoors.

Marti: What does 2015 hold for you?

Eva: A wedding! I’m getting married to the greatest man [Tim Brent – her professional hockey player fiancé] in June at my parents’ home. Family is my #1 priority, so I’m very excited to extend my family and have yet another hunting partner in my life. I’m also in the midst of booking some pretty amazing hunts with my dad. Hopefully, those hunts will include a hunting trip to Tanzania in the spring and an archery elk hunt in the fall, among other exciting adventures!

 

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The WON goes a dancin’ with raptors and sees falconry up close and personal http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/the-won-goes-a-dancin-with-raptors-and-sees-falconry-up-close-and-personal/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/the-won-goes-a-dancin-with-raptors-and-sees-falconry-up-close-and-personal/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 06:00:58 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=14501 Retro WON, #TBT: Members of TeamWON went on a falcon hunt in western Colorado. Through this photo feature, relive the experience of raptors hunting prey and dancing in the skies.

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Babbs in the Woods

The sport of falconry, long regarded as the sport of kings, only allows two royals to participate – the falconer and the raptor. The rest of us were peons, peasants, dogs, aka bush beaters. Women’s Outdoor News’ writers Mia Anstine, Lanny Barnes, Tracy Barnes, Katherine Grand and I enjoyed an afternoon of following  falconers in western Colorado near Gunnison.

Mary K. Wilson, in “Falconry: The Real Sport of Kings,” wrote, “The sport of falconry binds man and raptor into an intimate dance of life and death.”

When The WON went a’hunting in western Colorado, we watched in fascination as two falconers and their birds took us to the dance. Of course, as we described earlier, we had to beat a few bushes in order to watch a Red-tailed hawk named Karma and a Northern goshawk named Nova in action.

Our falconers, Deanna Curtis and Roger Tucker, spent the day not only hunting and handling the birds, but also answering many questions we had for them about the sport of falconry. Curtis is the executive director of Wild Wings Environmental Education, a nonprofit education organization in Centennial, Colo. Its primary goal is to foster a greater public awareness of the important roles that Colorado’s native birds and bats play in the environment.

Tucker explained, “Nine times out of ten, the birds miss because the game knows how to escape a falcon. It’s when you combine the dog, the human mind and the dog, it works out real well.” He then instructed the beaters in etiquette of the hunt: to stay even or behind the falconer, who controls the hunt.

Go on the hunt with us, through photos taken by Jason Baird.

 

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Surveying the landscape from the ground before the hunt begins. Photo courtesy of Jason Baird

This ain’t her first time at the dance, and Karma – a Red-tailed hawk – looks at the photographer with a rather annoyed expression on her face. Her falconer, Deanna Curtis, probably is explaining to the group of brush-beaters what is expected of them. “Don’t swing your arms and walk calmly through, beating the bushes as you go.” Said fellow Falconer Roger Tucker, “That’s why they call it ‘bushwhacking!’” Meanwhile, Karma waits patiently, because she knows what she will do. Already fitted with a tracking device, Karma is ready to rock and roll on a bunny or two.

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Deanna Curtis and Karma, her companion hawk, getting ready to hunt. Photo courtesy of Jason Baird

Notice falconer Deanna Curtis’s vest with huge pockets that contain rabbit meat, a homemade lure with a feeder mouse on it, a receiver for the tracking device on her bird, plastic bags for game caught, a flask with high-dollar Patrón XO Café in case game is caught (to honor the tradition of the kill in the field by the bird, or a “fantastic flight”) and a whistle to call the bird back to the lure. Curtis said, “If I’m calling her back to the fist, I just whistle [by mouth]. If she’s going one direction and there’s an eagle coming at her, or if she’s headed for a power line with a transformer on it, and I use my whistle, she’ll come back to me because she will get the mouse.”

Olympic biathlete Lanny Barnes beats the bushes for bunnies for Karma. Photo courtesy of Jason Baird

Olympic biathlete Lanny Barnes beats the bushes for bunnies for Karma. Photo courtesy of Jason Baird

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Getting ready to stick her landing. Photo courtesy of Jason Baird

Perfect posture for sticking her landing, Karma heads for a rock pile so that she can watch her handler and the bush beaters. She wears a bell, so that her falconer and the beaters can hear her. In the old days, before tracking devices, falconers would hang two or three bells on their birds.

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All ears. Photo courtesy of Jason Baird

Wilson, the wonder dog, knew the routine and worked hard at searching the sagebrush for a bunny for Karma. Upland bird dogs, like Wilson (a Brittany), work extremely well with falconers.

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Whoosh. Photo courtesy of Jason Baird

Karma sees and starts her final approach toward the bunny. We could hear her in motion, as she also wears a bell.

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Karma mantles over her prey. Photo courtesy of Jason Baird

Karma mantles over her prey, a cottontail rabbit. Said Curtis, “Here she is mantling her prey; therefore other predators will not see her. She covers it up. I usually call her off right away, because the more I let her eat on a kill, the more possessive she gets and the harder she is to train off. In fact, she will immediately hop off the prey when she sees the lure.” For leaving the rabbit, Karma gets a reward – the dead feeder mouse.” The falconer then stretches the game and breaks its neck.

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Roger Tucker and Nova. Photo courtesy of Jason Baird

Falconer Roger Tucker introduces his Northern goshawk, Nova, to the group. Falconers keep hoods on their birds, mostly for the birds’ safety. Tucker says raptors get distracted and distressed while traveling in cages, perhaps in a vehicle with windows, and want to fly to other birds they see along the way. Nova is in her fourth year of hunting.

Originally, royalty flew falcons and the cook flew a goshawk. According to Tucker, with the invention of guns, the sport of falconry declined. It became popular again in this country in the 1950s and 1960s. It is the most regulated form of hunting, at state and federal levels. Tucker says Americans are topnotch falconers because of their innovations – new techniques and styles of flying these birds, captive breeding resulting in hybridized birds (“mutt-falcons, if you will”) and telemetry, the use of radio-tracking devices that allows the falconer to let the bird fly in a freer style.

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Roger Tucker, a falconer, strides toward Nova. Photo courtesy of Jason Baird

Falconer Roger Tucker moves toward his bird, Nova. Notice his ski pole that he uses to whack bushes. He says Colorado is a Mecca for used-ski poles in thrift shops!

Female hawks usually are about a third larger than their male counterparts, so they can hunt rooster pheasants, mallard ducks and jackrabbits.

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Mia Anstine, Barb Baird, Katherine Grand, Lanny and Tracy Barnes — all wearing Prois Hunting Apparel. Photo courtesy of Jason Baird

Tucker said falconers like to trap juvenile birds; it is legal only to trap passage or eyass birds (chicks), called passage birds, that have been pushed from the nest. “If a bird makes it through the first year … usually there is a 60-70 percent mortality rate … falconers will trap a bird in the fall, train it, hunt it and release it in the spring. They go wild so quickly, even after a few years.” According to Tucker, once released, the birds never look back. “They go wild real fast.”

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Nova steps back and allows her handler to finish the prey. Photo courtesy of Jason Baird

Teamwork in play here, as Nova steps back and does not mantle while Tucker stretches the cottontail, breaks its neck and then allows Nova a bite and a treat of rabbit meat that he brought along. He tucks the prey into his back pocket vest, and took the rabbit home. No part of the rabbit will be wasted; all will either be fed to the raptors or used as training bait.

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This Retro WON piece was first published on Dec. 29, 2012.

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Fitness Accessories for the Outdoorswoman http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/fitness-accessories-outdoorswoman/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/fitness-accessories-outdoorswoman/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 22:00:19 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=20968 Our gal Bodie tried several fitness accessories last year and gives the thumbs up to some "must-haves" that will make your outdoor experiences even better!

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Where our reviewer, Bodie, tries out several fitness accessories and after putting some serious “sweat equity” into the process, gives us her opinion.

Is hunting or fishing a sport? Regardless of the answer, I argue that participating in either activity requires the participant to be an astute athlete. Whether walking mile after mile chasing rooster pheasant through grasslands, packing into the backcountry after elk or mule deer in extreme terrain or reeling in a monster fish, each activity taxes your body and requires a certain level of endurance and physical strength.

To avoid injury, it is important to stay fit year round, including during the “off-season.” Teresa Johnston, personal coach, Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist and owner of envIRONment fitness in Portland, Ore., acknowledges that “staying fit makes you a more efficient hunter (or angler) and helps bring awareness to the body. Cross-training and working out even when you aren’t hunting is a key element in achieving this goal.”

Here are a few accessories I use to help keep me motivated and injury free while training — any time of year.

 

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Sweaty Bands

Any woman with a headful of hair knows it can be a pain to tame while working out. A Sweaty Bands headband is an attractive and reliable option for keeping hair wisps and floppy bangs under control. This one-size-fits-all elastic band is lined with a velvet material that helps keep the band in place, without the usual headache that accompanies wearing most any other headband brand on the market.

I felt skeptical at first, unsure whether the Sweaty Bands would perform. However, after running my last half-marathon without having to once adjust my headband, I am now a firm believer. The Sweaty Bands’ velvet backing helps keep slippage to a minimum, and as the name implies, also helps keep sweat out of my eyes.

 

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One of my favorite features of the Sweaty Band brand is its variety of offerings. These headbands are available in countless color and pattern combinations, including Realtree Max-1, Max-5 and XTRA camo, and in varied thicknesses, ranging from 3/8 to 1 1/2 inches.

The Sweaty Bands only drawback is its need to be hand-washed. This is only a minor inconvenience in exchange for a headband I know I can rely on time and time again. In fact, try taking it into the shower with you after your run, and voila! – a clean you and a clean headband.

The complete line of Sweaty Bands headbands is available from the brand’s online store, with select styles available from retailers nationwide. Customized Sweaty Bands can also be ordered for your sports team or private event.

MSRP: $15-20 

 

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MyID Sport Band

When I go for a run, or work out away from home, I prefer to carry personal identification. There are times, however, that carrying my wallet or ID can be cumbersome. The MyID Sport Band by Endevr helps eliminate this problem.

This lightweight, silicone bracelet provides vital identification and medical information to first responders and other medical professionals in the event of an emergency. The MyID Sport Band system allows for easy setup of a free Premium Online Heath Profile via computer or smartphone. This personal profile is stored on an encrypted server for safekeeping. First responders can then access the registered information and medical records by Smartphone QR scan, a 24/7 call center, or online.

Each bracelet comes with a 1-year subscription to maintain your personal profile. After the first year, Endevr charges a $9.95 per year maintenance fee for the subscription.

The MyID Sport Band offers a fully adjustable fit and comes in 9 different color combinations.The MyID Sport Band can be purchased from the Endevr online store and a number of major retailers nationwide.

MSRP: $19.95

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Fury Personal Carry Pepper Spray

The Fury Personal Carry Series Pepper Spray-Jogger Unit, by Joy Enterprises, is an excellent first-line of defense to carry while jogging. Pepper spray not only helps deter two-legged assailants, but also helps defend against attack from aggressive dogs or other stray animals. This 18% OC spray holds 25 shots per canister and will shoot up to 15 feet. The spray also holds a UV marketing dye to help with suspect identification in the event of an attempted attack.

The Jogger Unit’s lightweight .75-ounce canister fits securely in a pocket, while its Velcro hand strap helps keep it secure — if …  I prefer to carry it in hand while jogging.  At first I was unsure about carrying the unit by hand; however, the unit’s twist top with safety lock helps reduce accidental discharge.

The Fury Personal Carry Series Pepper Spray- Jogger Unit is made in America, and available from retailers nationwide and online, including Amazon and Wal-Mart.

MSRP: $11.60

 

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Endevr Strength Tape

Sprains, strains and certain sports injuries inhibit successful workouts. Kinesiology tape, however, offers support and stability without limiting your range of motion, allowing for continued training while healing from minor ailments.*

Endevr StrengthTape is the preferred tape for Ironman competitions, and is certain to withstand the abuse of hunters and anglers.

This kinesiology tape provides sticking strength for up to 7 days in any climate, including wet. The tape is made of a breathable, cotton fabric that I have found comfortable to the touch, and extremely durable. Endevr StrengthTape is sold in a 5-meter long roll or in pre-cut kits for special applications: ankle and foot; knee; shoulder; elbow and wrist; and back and neck.

Available in 8 different colors, the Endevr StrengthTape can be purchased from the Endevr online store, as well as a number of major retailers nationwide.

MSRP: $15.95 roll / $8.95 Pre-Cut Kit

*Make certain to consult with a medical professional before training with an injury or ailment, or beginning any new exercise plan.

 

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Oakley Drop In Sunglasses

When exercising outdoors, it is important to protect your eyes from the sun’s glaring rays. Oakley’s Drop In Sunglasses, available in 7 stylish colors, meet my needs by offering a comfortable fit while still maintaining a sense of femininity. These durable, yet lightweight, sunglasses offer Oakley’s no-slip nosepads and earpads, ensuring they will stay in place even during my more active workouts. While I work out to keep my body healthy, I trust the Drop In sunglasses are keeping my eyes safe as they filter out 100% of harmful UVA, UVB, UVC and blue light rays.

Available directly from Oakley’s online store, the Drop In Sunglasses can also be purchased from a number of major retailers worldwide.

MSRP: $180

 

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Honey Stinger Energy Chews

Honey Stinger Energy Chews are a great tasting energy snack for athletes of any caliber. As the name implies, these organic chews are made from natural protein and fiber found in tapioca syrup and honey, and also are certified gluten free.

These bite-size bundles of energy provide ample fuel for almost any duration event (such as hiking or running). I find their soft texture is easy to chew and does not stick in my teeth like other market brands. My personal favorite flavor is the Pomegranate Passion Fruit. Other available flavors include Fruit Smoothie, Cherry Blossom, Orange Blossom and Pink Lemonade. For an extra kick, the Energy Chews are also available in Caffeinated Lime-Aid and Caffeinated Cherry Cola flavors.

Honey Stinger Energy Chews are available in a box of 12 packets directly from Honey Stinger’s online store, as well as from retailers nationwide. Select retailers also sell individual packets.

MSRP: $27 box of 12 (sold individually in select markets)

 

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“Attitude is the most important accessory to working out,”said Johnston. She isn’t referring to a positive “I can do anything” attitude, as many would assume, but rather, “adopting an attitude of treating your body like a weapon, like you would your gun or your bow. You want to clean it and keep it tuned up at all times.”

“Being kind and treating your body well,” Johnston continued, “will make you a more proficient hunter and allow you pursue your passion much longer in life. Adopt an attitude to take care of your body, just as you would any other weapon. This is something any serious hunter should understand.”

What is your favorite form of “off-season” training to keep your body in tune? What are your favorite aids to help you meet your fitness goals?

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Cast Iron Cookware 101 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/cast-iron-cookware-101/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/cast-iron-cookware-101/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 22:00:43 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=20949 In this "Ask Marti Davis Afield," she tells us how to use cast iron and why we should use it. Sponsored by Crossbreed Holsters.

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In this “Ask Marti Davis Afield” segment, Marti describes how to get started using cast iron cookware, in Cast Iron Cookware 101.

Dear Marti, 

I’ve been visiting some antiques shops and flea markets. I’ve noticed quite a bit of cast iron in some of the booths. I remembered one of your past columns you wrote about Dutch oven cooking. What about using cast iron in the kitchen? 

Cookin’ with Gas in Chillicothe

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Marti’s choices of cast iron.

Dear Cookin’,

Cast iron cookware isn’t just for outdoor cooking. In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in buying and using cast iron cookware. While some people are buying vintage pieces for their collections, others are buying new and vintage cookware to use on their stovetops and in their ovens. A lucky few are using vintage pieces that are decades or even hundreds of years old, passed down from family members. Cast iron cookware has actually been cooking humans’ dinners for more than 2,500 years.

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 Benefits

There are several benefits to cooking with cast iron. With proper seasoning, the surface becomes naturally non-stick. Commercial non-stick cookware emits toxic fumes and if damaged can flake and peel-off, contaminating food.

Cast iron’s natural seasoning also makes for easy cleanup. No special utensils are necessary when using cast iron. Eating food cooked in aluminum cookware also has been known to be hazardous to your health, whereas cast iron has health benefits. Eating foods cooked in cast iron can boost your iron intake. Iron naturally helps maintain your energy levels and strengthens your immune system. It also takes less oil to cook in cast iron, therefore decreasing your fat intake.

Cast iron is less expensive compared to stainless steel cookware. It’s very sturdy and wears well. With proper care, cast iron can be passed down for generations.

Cast iron can also be used in emergency situations with any heat source.

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Help! We needed Marti at this stop recently. (Barbara Baird photo)

 

Vintage cast iron

Recently I purchased a vintage Griswold Dutch oven from Randy Young, the vice president of the Heartland chapter of the Griswold & Cast Iron Cookware Association. Randy kindly shared his knowledge of vintage cast iron with me.

There were many early manufacturers of cast iron cookware. Between the 1880s and the mid 1950s, these manufacturers produced quality cookware — including skillets, various style roasters, Dutch ovens, teapots, stoves, irons and many more items. These items can usually be identified by the manufacturer’s name, logo, specific catalog or pattern numbers and the individual quality of the items. Additionally, the older cookware pieces are much higher quality (a smoother finish and sometimes much lighter in weight). 

During the 1920s, some of the early cookware companies began to fade away.

After WW II there were few remaining. Starting in the 1950s, production methods began to change. Pieces from the 1960s, and later, were heavier and the cast iron finish was not as smooth (more grainy). Today’s iron cookware items are just not the same. Today, people and companies still introduce fakes and reproductions into the market place. These usually can be identified by less distinctive markings, gray in color, heavier, and in many instances, no markings at all. Many fakes are imports. 

If you’re in doubt about the authenticity of a piece, you can email a picture to the largest cast iron collectors club in the world – the Griswold & Cast Iron Cookware Association or GCICA on the Facebook group page. Many of the collectors in this club have been at it 40 years or longer, and always happy to answer questions or help in any way possible.

 

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(Beverly Watkins photo)

 

Starter pieces for your kitchen

So, are you ready to make the switch to cooking with cast iron? Here are some pieces I recommend. While I prefer and mostly use the vintage Griswold iron, I also have some newer pieces of Lodge Mfg and recommend this company’s products highly.

The 6.5-inch skillet is a great piece for side dishes or frying a couple eggs. The 9-inch skillet is great for pies or cornbread in the oven and for stovetop use. The 12-inch skillet is a good size for meals for a family of 2 to 4.

Moving over to Dutch oven cookware, I’d recommend either the 5-quart or the 7-quart – depending on the size of your family. Or both.

 

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Here’s Marti, showing off some of her cookware. (Jimmy Davis photo)

If you’re still on the fence, here’s a great 3-quart combo piece to begin your cast iron journey. The collection contains a deep skillet with a lid/shallow skillet griddle top. This would be a great piece for your camp or hunt cookware also.

If you are going to invest in cast iron, you should also get these items, too. The hot handle holders, because the handles on cast iron skillets get HOT, and plastic pan scrapers to help with cleaning.

You can purchase glass or cast iron lids for your skillets, too.

Trust me … your wild game (and all food) will taste even better cooked in cast iron.

Visit the Griswold and Cast Iron Cookware Association.

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Gabby Franco’s Shooting Bag Contents Revealed http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/gabby-francos-shooting-bag-contents-revealed/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/gabby-francos-shooting-bag-contents-revealed/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:51:18 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=20944 Find out what pro shooter and instructor Gabby Franco packs in her range bag, and why.

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Want to know what Gabby Franco’s shooting bag reveals? Shooting Sports USA offers the answer, in its monthly column called “Bag Check,” that features pro shooters’ items and often, reasons, for packing their range bags with the specified gear. Sure, we know that many of these shooters are sponsored, but seriously … there’s no way a pro athlete is going to agree to wear a terrible set of shooting glasses or make do with sub-par hearing protection.

A former Olympic shooter for Venezuela, and modern day instructor and pro competition shooter, Franco also reveals other aspects of her life in the column — such as her penchant for Flamenco and ceramic painting.

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The author of Troubleshooting: Mastering Your Pistol Marksmanship (available in English and Spanish), Franco travels the country teaching co-ed shooting classes, and emphasizing the fact that knowledge is power — especially when it comes to shooting skills. Learn more about Franco’s schedule of classes at her website.

Read “What’s in Your shooting Bag, Gabby Franco?” 

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What’s the Best Pistol to Carry? http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/mia-lg/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/mia-lg/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:04:40 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=20937 Mia Anstine walks you through what to consider when choosing a carry pistol. Sponsored by Girls with Guns Clothing.

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When discussing the topic of shooting with new shooters, the number one question I’m asked is “What’s the best pistol to carry?” My answer is, “The best-concealed carry gun is the one you can safely shoot with confidence, accuracy and precisely in order to stop the threat.”

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With that being said, now comes the hard part – determining which carry gun is best for you.

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Colt Mustang Pocketlite with LaserMax laser.

I asked a few friends, based upon on body-carry methods, what they chose and why. The answers they offered varied widely.

  • Walther P22 (.22 LR) — “I wanted something that wouldn’t kick.”
  • Ruger LCP (.380 ACP) — “Although it’s a rough shooter, I like how small my Ruger is. I can carry it anywhere on my body, even in the summer, and no one knows.”
  • Walther PPQM2 (.40 S&W) — “The grip fits well and I like its power and target acquisition capabilities.”
  • Smith & Wesson 642 (.38 Spl) — “One of the most popular guns in America for concealed carry, this gun comes in stainless and in an airweight model.”
  • Colt Mustang Pocketlite (.380 ACP) with LaserMax laser — “Perfect for on-body carry anywhere and just a nice, accurate, well-machined gun. The laser is a marvelous addition.”
  • Glock 17 (9mm Parabellum) — “The 9mm is said to be an effective large caliber cartridge, but it doesn’t have kick like some of those larger rounds.”
  • Beretta Px4 Storm compact (.40 S&W) — “It feels as though my .40 is big enough to take out an attacker.”
  • Kimber Pro Carry II (.45 ACP) – “My pistol is of legal caliber to kill big game animals in my state. The way I figure it, if it can knock down a 400-pound bear, it will work on a large, aggressive, dangerous attacker.”
  • Smith & Wesson model 686 (.38 Spl or .357 Magnum) – “It was my grandfather’s and I love the huge hole it knocks in everything.”

With reasons ranging from recoil to family loyalty, we need to dig a bit deeper into what makes one pistol more appealing than another.

 

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The author, Mia Anstine, shooting her Ruger LCP. (Hank Anstine photo)

 

In order to break the decision process down a bit, let’s first look at the primary reason for carrying. We want to protect ourselves, our families or other people. In other words, we want to stop a threat.

If you feel that your life is in danger, you’ll no doubt experience increased adrenaline and an elevated heart rate. This will absolutely hinder your shooting accuracy, so heading to the range on a regular basis to practice is imperative in order to overcome those disadvantages.

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Babbs on the draw with her Smith & Wesson 642 revolver. (Jason Baird photo)

The best way to see what features are your “must haves” in a pistol is to actually shoot any gun you want to depend upon for your life. According to the laws in your state, you might sign up for shooting courses at your local range. Ask the instructor if he/she will bring more than one pistol to test fire. Another option is to talk to friends and family. Let them know what your end goal is and ask to shoot their pistols. Attempt to shoot more than one model, caliber and type of pistol. Many ranges offer rentals, and spending a little cash up front can save you hundreds of dollars of problems later.

Often times, inexperienced shooters want to shoot the most petite pistol because it appears less intimidating, and well-meaning husbands and boyfriends often buy into this concept for the lady shooter. Take note, although smaller and lighter is “cute,” these pistols can be sending a whole lot of momentum down a very short barrel from a lightweight gun. That means you are the one who is going to absorb the recoil. A longer barrel on a heavier gun means lower recoil.

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Kimber in .45 (Mia Anstine photo)

 

Features to consider when choosing what size handgun you want to carry 

  • Knock-down power– When fired, small caliber bullets quite simply create small holes. A larger size bullet will do more damage, creating a larger hole in the target, or attacker. Whichever you choose, practice a lot because shot placement reigns supreme in a gunfight.
  • Size and weight – You need to think about how much weight you want to carry around on your belt, or on your person somewhere, all day. You need to feel the grip in the palm of your hand because, just like buying jeans, we’re all shapes and sizes so they’ll all fit differently.
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Ruger in .380 (Mia Anstine photo)

 

  • Shooting Comfort (little recoil) – Just because a pistol is smaller in size does not mean it will have less recoil. Some compact carry handguns have extremely short grips so there is not a lot to hold onto when you’re shooting. Testing a pocket carry pistol versus a bigger one with a longer barrel, in the same caliber, will illustrate that the bigger gun will actually have less recoil. All other things being equal, the better a handgun fits your hand, the less that recoil will bother you.
  • Concealability – When you are looking for a pistol to conceal, consider the seasons you’ll be carrying. Give thought to what part of your body you’ll use as your point of attachment. Will potential attackers see the imprint? Will slides, releases or hammers catch on your clothing as you draw?
  • History – Ask around. Grandpa may have been happy with one pistol, while your friend with smaller hands may want something with a smaller grip. Find out what experiences they’ve had, how they feel about their guns and don’t forget to ask “Why.”
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A Walther PPQM2 also comes in in a compact version.

 

The Well Armed Woman offers a series of short articles on the steps to choosing the right gun. 

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Wisconsin Women Fish Offers Several Winter Trips http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/wisconsin-women-fish-offers-several-winter-trips/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/wisconsin-women-fish-offers-several-winter-trips/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 20:57:33 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=20935 Want to get out fishing in Wisconsin and Michigan this winter? Here's how!

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If you’re looking to fish in Wisconsin this winter, check out the roster from Wisconsin Women Fish organization. The group offers several opportunities to fish this winter among friends, and is even planning a road trip to fish in Michigan.

Here are some of the upcoming events:

Ice Fishing 101, Jan. 16, Castle Rock Lake

Lake Trout Fishing, Jan. 31, Big Green Lake

Ice Fish Lake Superior, Feb. 6 through Feb. 8

Sturgeon Spearing, Feb. 13 through Feb. 15, Lake Winnebago

Teeter Pig, round two, Mar. 6, Timbers Resort (Michigan’s Lake Gogebic)

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Visit Wisconsin Women Fish.

 

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MDC Hosting Basic Handgun Shooting Classes for Women  http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/mdc-hosting-basic-handgun-shooting-class-women/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/mdc-hosting-basic-handgun-shooting-class-women/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 20:48:17 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=20933 Participants will learn the basics of handgun safety, shooting techniques, equipment and more in these free classes.

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HARTSBURG, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites women to get a hands-on outdoor-skills lesson in basic handgun shooting at one of two upcoming free classes being held at Ammo Alley on the following dates:

Jan. 27, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. with registration required by Jan. 23

Feb. 24, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. with registration required by Feb. 21

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Participants will learn the basics of handgun safety, shooting techniques, equipment and more. A mentored shooting practice will occur at a local indoor shooting range immediately following the classroom session.

“This class is a great introduction to handgun shooting,” said MDC Outdoor Skills Specialist Brian Flowers. “Target shooting is a fun activity that can be enjoyed by women of all ages.”

The class is open to women 18 and older. To register or for more information, contact Flowers at Brian.Flowers@mdc.mo.gov or 573-815-7901, ext. 3388.

Ammo Alley is located at 11562 County Road 395 in Hartsburg.

For more information about this and other Discover Nature programs in mid-Missouri, go online to mdc.mo.gov/regions/central.

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2014 Ladies Shotgun ‘Salon,’ a High ‘Calibered Event’ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/look-214-ladies-shotgun-salon-high-calibered-event/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/look-214-ladies-shotgun-salon-high-calibered-event/#comments Sun, 11 Jan 2015 23:17:54 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=20921 Anne Marie Foster, of Calibered Events, gives us 10 great reasons to go to this year's Shotgun "Salon" weekend.

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For many of us, the best way to muster through the cold winter is to plan for spring. Calibered Events will hold its 3rd Annual Ladies Shotgun “Salon” – a sporting clays and spa getaway – at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pa., from April 23 thru 26. If you want to think spring and also, dream about pampering yourself while improving your shotgunning skills, this is the event for you.

The Shotgun “Salon” weekend combines sporting clays and luxurious accommodations at Chateau Lafayette, and includes gourmet fare and pampering at the renowned Woodlands Spa. Now in its third year, the Shotgun “Salon” experience offers 3 nights lodging in an exquisite chateau setting (double or single occupancy pricing), along with all meals, a $65 Visa resort card, sporting clay instruction/coaching, 1 case of shells, firearm (if you don’t bring one) and a $200 credit toward spa services. This year, Calibered Events is offering a non-shooter package, for a female friend or relative who wants to see what the weekend is about, but who doesn’t want to participate in the shooting activities.

“The first year we had 7 first time wing shooters, last year  there were 11 and so far this year we have 5 new gals,” said Ann Marie Foster, of Calibered Events. She added that the Nemacolin Field Club director, Wesley Russum, who is vice president of the Pennsylvania Sporting Clays Association, oversees a fabulous staff of Certified Sporting Clay Instructors, who offer guidance and instruction to  all guests.

“If you want to experience fabulous shotgunning opportunities with top-notch instruction, then join us at the Ladies Shotgun ‘Salon’ – great food, fabulous accommodations and camaraderie like none other – a most memorable event,” said Ann Marie.

Let’s take a look back at some of the highlights from the 2014 Ladies Shotgun “Salon.” All photos by Melissa Moore.

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New shooter Melissa Moore dusting one of her first 7 clays … in a row!

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On deck — Peg, with twins Amanda & Emily … practicing their pointing – fun times!

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No shortage of laughter! Ann Marie and Kate enjoying a little round of back up shooting.

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Even though the weather was a wee bit cool, 2 of these shotgunners were from Florida, and obviously, the weather did not infringe on their spirits!

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“I absolutely LOVE my Beretta Xplor 400 Unico,” says Ann Marie. See the dusted bird in the sky!

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The Ladies Shotgun “Salon” has its own Boot Fashion Show!

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Did we mention gourmet fare from the chef at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort?

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“Really … I was just looking for a shortcut to the next station!” Or, so says Ann Marie Foster, driver extraordinaire.

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Oh yes, and if you’re not too tired after a day of shooting and then enjoying a massage, there is always shopping! The Ladies Shotgun “Salon” at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort has it all!

Visit Calibered Events to learn more about the 2015 Shotgun “Salon,” along with other shooting outing opportunities.

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#MaggieMonday from Colt’s Manufacturing Company http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/maggiemonday-colt-firearms/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/maggiemonday-colt-firearms/#comments Sun, 11 Jan 2015 19:58:32 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=20919 Want to know more about Maggie Reese, pro competition shooter for Colt’s Manufacturing Company? Check out #MaggieMonday.

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Are you following #MaggieMonday, courtesy of Colt’s Manufacturing Company on its social media outlets — a feature that highlights pro competition shooter Maggie Reese? This series is an opportunity for you to get to know Colt’s sponsored shooter better. Maggie is a 3-gunner, firearms instructor and captain of the ladies at Team Surefire. Her sponsors include Safariland and Hornady.

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Maggie Reese (Colt’s Manufacturing Company photo)

Maggie has won numerous awards in prestigious shooting competitions:

  • 2-time USPSA National Ladies Multigun Champion
  • 2-time SMM 3-Gun Ladies Champion
  • 2011 Iron Man’s “Iron Maiden” and Rocky Mountain 3-Gun Ladies Champion
  • 2011 USPSA Ladies Production World Team, IPSC silver medalist

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Where Was TeamWON? Our Travels in 2014 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/won-2014/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/won-2014/#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2015 20:01:59 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=20902 Where did we go and what did we do last year? Find out here!

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Michelle Whitney Bodenheimer reports on where TeamWON traveled in 2014.

As I reflect back on 2014, I cannot help but feel incredibly grateful for my many adventures this past year in both field and stream. The majority of my excursions were in my home state of Oregon, where I spent time hunting bear in the Blue Mountains, chasing blacktail deer, ruffed and blue grouse on Mt. Hood and catching oversized, prehistoric sturgeon on the Willamette River near downtown Portland.

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My hunting and fishing adventures also took me far beyond the Pacific Northwest. This past year I joined some of my closest girlfriends and fellow staffers for Próis Hunting and Field Apparel dove hunting in Texas, fishing the Chain-o-Lakes in Wisconsin and even flying across the Atlantic Ocean to Africa.

Going on safari in the Eastern Cape of South Africa with 5 other women turned out to be my most memorable activity of 2014. With a beyond-compare hunting experience, I finally took a zebra — a species that has been at the top of my “bucket list” almost as long as I can remember. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to bond with the other women in camp on this trip. We fortified friendships certain to last a lifetime.

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See the red dots? That’s where TeamWON went in 2014.

Reminiscing with some of The WON’s other columnists, it is evident that each woman had an equally memorable year.

Where was The WON in 2014? I asked the women to list 3 places and 1 memorable event.

 

 

Barbara Baird, “Babbs in the Woods” 

Barbara’s 2014 adventures stretched from West Virginia to New Mexico and from Louisiana to Minnesota. She hunted coyotes in New Mexico with Mia Anstine and the Little Gal, trained at Gunsite Academy and tagged her third Rio ever, thanks to Benelli in Texas.

One of Barbara’s most memorable moments this past year occurred on that trip to Texas, with a new hunter in the field. “I sat in the sagebrush, beside a first-time hunter and whispered to her as the turkey came toward us — like she was in labor — to breathe, calm down, focus, steady on the bird and then … BAM! Rio down.” A special thanks to Julie Golob, who made the little video that tells the story of this trip.

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Christine Cunningham, “The Edge” 

In 2014, Christine settled in, focusing her time on rearing a littler of English Setter puppies. “I’m not a breeder,” Christine admits, “and I made the crazy decision to keep all 5 of the pups. Adventures this fall centered around re-planning trips to include a puppy.” With this in mind, Christine stayed close to home, exploring her home state of Alaska. On each trip, 1 of her new puppies joined Christine – flying in to the Redoubt Bay Flats for a remote duck hunt; hunting sharptail and ruffed grouse in Alaska’s interior; and flying in to the mountains of South Central Alaska to chase ptarmigan and fish for grayling.

Christine will not soon forget this past year as she relishes her recent selection as the 2014 Próis Award winner.

 

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Michelle Cerino, “She Shoots 2”

This past year, Michelle spent time competing in the Brownell’s Lady 3-Gun Match in Covington, Ga., as well as filming Gun Talk TV’s First Person Defender in Baton Rouge, La. Michelle’s also spent time hunting locally in Ohio, generating memories to last a lifetime. “After spending years taking my boys hunting for deer and teaching many youth through the Ohio Hunter’s Education program,” she explains, ”I finally harvested my own. Borrowing my son’s crossbow, I got my first deer, a doe. Finally I was able to can my own venison and provide a delicious meal to my family.”

 

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Anietra Hamper, “Reeling the Globe”

Anietra’s 2014 adventures took her spinning around the globe with rod and reel in hand, spending time fishing for salmon in Scotland, pike fishing in Ireland and shrimping in Louisiana.

On one of her more memorable adventures, Anietra found herself in Iceland. As she explains, “My love of fishing has as much to do with enjoying the environment of the destination as it does landing a great catch. Iceland offered one of the most breathtaking backdrops I’ve ever experienced. Walking on a glacier as ice shifted beneath my feet and flying over an erupting volcano brought the land of fire and ice to life for me. Having that moment to feel truly in sync with my environment as I enjoyed something I love as much as fishing was magical and forever memorable.”

 

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Marti Davis, “Marti Davis Afield”

Marti didn’t venture far from home in 2014, choosing to hunt deer, turkey and squirrel in southwest Missouri and southern Illinois. And, on the topic of squirrel … Marti and Babbs and Babbs’ daughter competed in the World Championship Squirrel Cook-Off in Bentonville, Ark., last September and took 13th place out of 39 with their own rendition of smoked squirrel. This past year, Marti also spent time with outdoor photographer Gretchen Steele, touring southern Illinois and chasing ring neck snakes. Marti explains that Gretchen captured her in images, “holding a snake for the first and probably last time ever.”

 

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Julie Golob (on right) with teammate Randi Rogers.

Julie Golob, “Julie G.” 

Julie found herself in the winner’s circle in 2014. As a member of the US Ladies Production Team she joined the team competing in the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) World Shoot in Frostproof, Fla., medaling as a team and bringing home an individual bronze. Julie followed up her IPSC success taking a 1-2 sweep with fellow Smith & Wesson teammate, Randi Rogers, at the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) Back Up Gun Nationals in Springfield, Mass.

Julie rounded our her year joining The WON’s Barbara Baird on a duck hunt with Dirty Rice Outfitters in Gobler, Mo. Julie recalls, “After little luck with ducks, we switched gears and went after snow geese. Thanks to JD and Colton Driskill’s efforts, we bagged our first snows!”

 

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Rita Schimpff, “Bringing The Wild Inside” 

When she wasn’t busy decorating, Rita enjoyed both fields and streams this past year. Rita’s adventures included fly-fishing the Brazos River Ranch at an altitutde of 10,500 feet in New Mexico and hunting quail in snow and ice in Corsicanna, Texas.

One of Rita’s more memorable moments from 2014 included fly-fishing the Caribbean off the private island of Punta Pájaros in Mexico’s southern Yucatan. “I caught my first tarpon and bonefish on a fly!” Rita explains. “The island was steeped in tradition, ancient Mayan ruins and flora & fauna galore! My dream trip.”

 

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Mia Anstine, “Mia & the Little Gal”        

Mia and the Little Gal (LG) both agree that 2014 will be remembered as “a stupendous, outstanding, amazing, fantastic kind of year.” LG enjoyed her first trade show, joining Mia at the NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Ind., this past spring, where she met amazing women in the industry, including the aformentioned Julie Golob.

The dynamic duo rounded out the year hunting teal with Becky Lou Outdoors, and chasing speed goats as a family. As Mia recalls, “The antelope hunt was a step up in the big game hunting world for LG. She ‘walked 500 miles’ and bagged a speed goat with her bow. That, my friends, is a huge accomplishment for any hunter.”

 

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Britney Starr, “Shooting Starr” 

In 2014, Britney also found herself lucky enough to be hunting in South Africa (for 5 species of animals), chasing Rio Grande turkey in Texas and scouring fields for pheasant in South Dakota.

She recalled a memorable moment: “Elephant-back riding with Michelle Whitney Bodenheimer, Andrea Fisher, Cindy Grove and Julia Chamberlain while we were on safari in South Africa.” As Britney recalls, “We also had the chance to feed the elephants after our ride. It’s something that has always been on my ‘bucket list’ of things to do, and I’m blessed to have been able to share the experience with some of my closest friends.”

Team WON’s adventures spanned the globe in 2014. I, for one, cannot wait to see where we venture this year!

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Learn to Snowshoe at Montana Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Clinic http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/learn-snowshoe-montana-becoming-outdoors-woman-clinic/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/learn-snowshoe-montana-becoming-outdoors-woman-clinic/#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2015 16:59:18 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=20917 Montana BOW will hold clinics for learning to snowshoe this winter.

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You can learn the technique of how to snowshoe at the upcoming Montana Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Clinic (BOW) on Jan. 24 at Thompson Falls, Montana. Discover the fun of snowshoeing while exploring the winter landscape! A beginner/novice class runs from 8:00 –1:00. An intermediate class runs from 11:30 – 4:30. Both the morning and afternoon classes will eat lunch at the Elks Lodge in Thompson Falls.

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In February, Bow will hold another snowshoe clinic in a forest near Rimini. The $10 fee includes instruction and use of snowshoes if needed. More details in January, but it is scheduled for Feb. 21 and 22, 2015.

Learn more about the clinics.

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Comp-Tac Launches New Website http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/comp-tac-launches-new-website/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/comp-tac-launches-new-website/#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2015 15:27:11 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=20900 Find your gun gear quickly at this new website.

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HOUSTON, Texas –To better serve customers, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, a leading manufacturer of competition and concealed carry holsters and accessories, has launched a new and improved Comp-Tac.com website.

Comp-Tac has been proudly serving both retail and dealer customers online for 15 years. The launch of the new website allows Comp-Tac to improve the overall customer experience.

 

Important features of the new Comp-Tac.com include:

  • Improved navigation structure allowing customers to locate holsters by function such as concealed carry or competition.
  • Additional navigation fields to display all of Comp-Tac’s accessories such as Light Holders and Pepper Spray products.
  • Expanded search functionality.
  • New side bar navigation allowing customers to narrow by firearm make and model.
  • Improved images for better visual representation of product.
  • Cleaner, simpler, more efficient customer check out process.
  • New Website Tools including wish list creation, tell a friend and online reviews.

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“Developing the new Comp-Tac.com has been an exciting process and we are thrilled with the end result. Our customers have asked for a better, easier way to learn about and order our products and we have delivered. One of Comp-Tac’s founding principles is giving the customer the best customer service possible and our new website does just that,”explains Gordon Carrell, General Manager of Comp-Tac.

With the launch of the new website, Comp-Tac has focused on improving many of the existing functions including key elements of the customer’s online experience at Comp-Tac.com. Chief among these improvements is the “my account” function. To take advantage of these new features returning Comp-Tac customers will simply need to re-create their account when logging onto the new site. Returning Law Enforcement, Military and Dealer Customers will need to re-set their passwords upon logging in for the first time.

“Comp-Tac has long provided concealed carry and competition holsters and accessories for customers all over the world. Now, Comp-Tac can provide those same great products in a way that is more accessible to current as well as new customers. First time holster buyers can visit the site and immediately learn about the different options for carrying concealed, as well as the other products Comp-Tac offers to fit their needs. Providing information is a key part of our mission, the new website does just that,”commented Randi Rogers Sales and Marketing Manager.

Comp-Tac Victory Gear invites consumers to visit the new site and explore its features. In keeping with Comp-Tac’s commitment to customer service, the new Comp-Tac.com will be continuously updated and improved to provide the most effective and efficient online customer experience possible.

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

Media Contact:
Randi Rogers 281-209-3040

 

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7 Reasons to Choose an Over/Under Shotgun for Wingshooting http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/7-reasons-choose-overunder-shotgun-wingshooting/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/7-reasons-choose-overunder-shotgun-wingshooting/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 22:00:32 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=20883 Christine Cunningham explains why she prefers an over/under shotgun for the bird field. The Edge is sponsored by Syren.

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My love of the over/under shotgun began with a split-second decision I made while acting as master of ceremonies for a live auction and fundraising banquet. The bidding was about to close on one of the most beautiful guns I’d ever seen: a Beretta white onyx 28-gauge over/under shotgun with a 28-inch barrel, choke tubes and gold inlay engraving.

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The Edge is sponsored by Syren USA.

As the auctioneer placed the gun back in its custom Giugiaro case, I cleared my throat into the microphone, raising the bid. I’d never spent so much on a gun. But up to that point, I’d never seen one so beautiful. Choosing a shotgun is as much a matter of personal preference as anything, but there are practical reasons as well. Here are 7 reasons to choose an over/under shotgun for the field.

Purpose-Built for Wingshooters

When John Browning designed the Browning Superposed shotgun, the first true over/under, it was with the thought that it was the last gun the government would take from the citizenry. In the history of firearms, the over/under shotgun stands alone, in that its design was not for military or law enforcement purposes—it was conceived purely for the wingshooter.

 

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The Perfect Double

One question I get asked in the field, especially in waterfowling, is, “Don’t you wish you had another shot?” For me, a double on game birds is as good as it gets. An over/under provides me with the two shots required without a “throwaway” shot. In the fast-flush-and-flight world of wingshooting, if I had a third shot, it would likely be a Hail Mary. The perfect double is also possible with a side-by-side, but I’ve never managed it.

 

Customized Shot

With 2 barrels, an over/under (or any double gun) provides the option to shoot 2 different patterns instead of just the 1 available for single barrels. This option works as well in clay events as it does in the field, since the second shot is usually at a bird farther away than the first. For upland hunting, the choke in my bottom barrel is improved cylinder, and my top barrel is modified. For waterfowling, my bottom barrel is modified, and the top is full choke. Using two different chokes gives me the most effective pattern at the range I will likely be shooting. It also lets me use different loads depending on the conditions.

Reliability

My 20-gauge over/under lie completely submerged on the duck flats this year; it didn’t miss a shot afterward. Potential reliability issues present in single-barrel repeaters simply do not exist in over/under shotguns. They don’t have the problems associated with ejection ports, shell carriers or magazines. There are just fewer little parts in an over/under. There are no gas pistons, forearm nuts or stock springs. The maintenance can be as simple as wiping it off and dabbing on some oil. I don’t want to be 6 miles into the mountains on a ptarmigan hunt with a gun problem.

Handling Advantage

While the feel and handling of a gun can be subjective, there’s no arguing that a break-open gun is shorter than a repeater with the same length barrel. The difference is that an over/under doesn’t have a lengthy feeding mechanism. The handling advantage of a shorter gun of the same weight is that it swings faster. Since the shells are in the chamber and between the hands, the balance point of the gun is not shifted forward.

 

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Safety

The simplicity of a break-open action in determining whether the gun is safe and unable to fire makes a hunt with other shooters more enjoyable. Since safety is everyone’s responsibility, being able to ascertain the safety of other shooters visually from a distance is one less thing to worry about afield. In a magazine tube, shells are hidden from view; with an over/under, if the gun is open, it is safe.

Aesthetics

A gun is most certainly a tool, but it is also a work of art, in that it evokes the passion of wingshooting. Beauty is naturally subjective, but there are certain traits—smoothness, fine lines and the variety in wood grain—that inarguably belong to the classic double gun. The practicality of aesthetics is simply in the added joy it brings to the field. Certainly, for me, the image of a chocolate Labrador on retrieve or an English setter on point is as much a part of the hunt as the bird in hand.

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Take Your Kids Junking This Weekend http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/take-kids-junking-weekend/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/take-kids-junking-weekend/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 15:25:20 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=20887 Babbs details why junking is healthy for the whole family.

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My kids grew up in junk shops and flea markets and got dragged to jumble sales and garage sales and rummage sales, depending upon which part of the world we lived in at the time. They wore clothes from the thrift shop where I worked at Edwards Air Force Base, and loved coming over after school to “help.” The stash of M&M’s in the back enticed them to offer their free labor. And, of course they loved to shop the sales. That little thrift shop, run by the officers’ wives of the base, routinely acccrued thousands of dollars of sales per day and contributed all proceeds to worthy charitable causes. It also defrayed the clothing and toy budget for our growing family of 3 boys and 1 girl.

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So when Mia Anstine sent me this photo – of the Little Gal and her at an antiques shop this week – it brought back fond memories. In fact, my daughter and I love to go “junking,” and our Baby Boy and I poked around in a few shops in Louisiana during a visit last fall. In fact, I have an album on my personal Facebook page devoted to our unique “finds” afield.

A few weeks ago, my girl and I stumbled upon the “little shop of horrors” while entering what we deemed to be a run-of-the-mill antiques shop. It featured a medical section, with an old sweat cabinet, scalpels, teeth, prosthetics and other rather interesting items. The owner helped my daughter choose fixtures for a project she’s working on as a commercial interior designer, and also told us that true antiques shops are going away. Today’s shops have to fill their shelves with junk that looks old, but that stuff really isn’t old. He talked about overhead and it really opened my eyes to the world of antiques shops and the struggles to keep the doors open.

 

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Case in point, prosthetics from days gone by created a heart-stopping display. (Barbara Baird photo)

 

Of course, junking can occur at all types of venues: flea markets, thrift shops, antiques shops, garage sales.

 

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Here’s our Marti Davis, who tried to convince Julie Golob that she needed for us to buy her this pony for her kids while we were junking in Arkansas. (Barbara Baird photo)

 

Here’s why you should take your kids junking at your earliest convenience:

  • Talk about a history lesson. This is the perfect opportunity to talk about the types of gadgets you or your parents used. Remember the rotary dial telephone?
  • Continue the history lesson by looking at old postcards and photographs and talk about fashion and cars and presidents, whatever.
  • Your kids can get some hands-on experience with old gadgets.
  • Old toys fascinate children.
  • How much fun is it to rummage around in a bin with old doorknobs or buttons or coins? Loads of fun.
  • You can always find something for a dollar.
  • Also, if you’re into the outdoors, look for old creels, lures, gun accessories, ammunition posters, etc. You’ll find plenty. In fact, my friend sent me an old Remington recipe box for Christmas, full of wild game recipes, that she found in a junk shop. It means the world to me.
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We stumbled upon this interesting coat rack while out junking a couple of weeks ago. (Barbara Baird photo)

 

I sometimes wondered whether my children appreciated the time junking, and imagine my surprise when Baby Boy said, “Yeah, a lot of my friends would be playing computer games or whatever and I had to go to a junk shop with you, and now, I have something to remember from being a kid – the trips out to places with  you, Mom.”

 

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(J. Baird photo)

There, you have it. So, if you take your children out junking, please will you let me know what you find? Send a photo. We’re going to open our own album at Facebook, and we’d love to show the world your treasures!

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Vera Koo: From Dolls to Guns — My Journey to the Competition Shooting Sports http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/vera-koo-dolls-guns-journey-competition-shooting-sports/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/vera-koo-dolls-guns-journey-competition-shooting-sports/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 22:00:09 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=20874 Vera Koo didn't become a world champion competition shooter at an early age. Read about her journey.

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I did not grow up playing with toy guns. I grew up playing with dolls. In fact, as a child, I never had any interest in guns.

I was raised in a very traditional Chinese family that valued women as nurturers and caretakers. My mother groomed me to be good wife, a good mother and a good daughter-in-law.

 

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I never would have guessed I would later become a competitor in the male-dominated sport of Action Pistol Shooting, let alone a national and world women’s champion.

I am living proof of Albert Einstein’s mantra, that those who attempt the absurd can achieve what seems impossible.

 

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Vera and her family in earlier years.

Even well into adulthood, shooting seemed like an unlikely path for me. During the 1980s, my husband Carlos and I liked to go camping. My husband owned a couple small guns for protection. We figured they would be nice to have if we were ever approached by a bear. Little did we know my husband’s guns would not have been powerful enough to take down a bear.

My husband showed me how to load and unload the guns, but I could never remember how to perform the tasks he showed me, because I never handled the guns. The guns scared me.

Eventually, I decided the guns weren’t inherently dangerous. My lack of knowledge made them dangerous, and I needed to educate myself.

The first time I fired a gun came during the 1980s when my husband took me trap shooting. We rented a shotgun for me to use. I had never held a shotgun before. The range master showed me how to load, aim and pull the trigger. When it was time to fire the weapon, the range master told me to go ahead. I stood there for a long time, afraid. Finally, I pulled the trigger.

The range master had me shoot with 4 others, in rotation. He watched closely as I shot. My performance surprised everyone, including myself. I hit 8 of 25 pigeons. More importantly, I got my first taste of shooting.

Not long after that, a friend who had purchased a .30-‘06 rifle took my husband and me to a range to shoot it. The rifle was sitting on a table pointing downrange when my friend invited me to fire it. As I picked it up, I accidently fired a round. Because the gun was pointed downrange, there was no threat of anyone being injured, but I realized then I needed more education.

I asked the range officer if there was somewhere I could learn how to shoot firearms safely. A year and a half later, I signed up for a class at a college in California.

I did not enter lightly into my decision to take the class. Before I start a hobby, I first decide whether it is something I want to spend at least 10 years of my life doing. It takes 5 years to really get into any activity, 10 years to become good and 15 to 20 to become excellent. My decision to take the class was a decision to take shooting seriously.

I was in a beginner’s class with 22 students. I was 1 of 3 women. Many in the class had some experience firing guns. Others were novices like me. I was 41 years old, and I wanted to see how far I could advance in the sport before turning 50.

Shortly after starting the class, I set a goal to be the best female shooter in the class. I achieved that goal in 3 months. Then, I advanced my goal to becoming the overall best shooter in the class. I did so in 18 months. That class helped me establish two important elements for the future: accuracy and consistency. My accuracy became my strength, and it has helped me climb the ladder in this sport.

 

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When I set a goal, it is like planting a seed in my mind. It germinates and grows, and I can’t stop thinking about the goal. I maintained my goal-oriented mindset after the class ended. I wanted to make small improvements after each practice or match. Attaining even small improvement can take several hours of work. I do not believe in trying to reinvent the wheel, so I sought out mentors for help. In 1991, I met speed-shooting specialist Jim O’Young and persuaded him to coach me.

My goals and commitment to this sport helped me arrive where I am. It is a destination I would have never expected to reach, but life is about what you make of unexpected situations.

We can plan for the future all we want, but life will surprise us. No one who knew me 30 years ago could have imagined I would become an accomplished shooter. I reached this point because I was not afraid to pursue a challenge.

I have come to realize the effect attitude has on life. It is my belief that life is 20 percent what happens and 80 percent how we react. We are all in charge of our attitudes.

When guns scared me 30 years ago, I could have approached my fear in a couple different ways. By choosing to learn more about them and how to properly handle them and how to fire accurately, I met my fear head on and wound up developing a hobby I can pour myself into.

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(Chris Tropea photo)

There was always a chance I wound not excel in this sport, but true failure would have been not trying. As Chinese philosopher Confucius once stated, “Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.” Shortcomings do not discourage me or make me want to stop shooting. Rather, they serve as my greatest motivation.

There is a champion within all of us. I found the champion within me through my desire to become an accomplished marksman, even when I had no previous background in shooting. The idea of a then-middle age Chinese woman taking up shooting probably seemed absurd to some at the time, but it takes embracing the absurd to make the impossible become possible.

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Ashley Rae Named Eastern Canada Project Manager for ‘Angler’s Atlas’ Magazines http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/ashley-rae-named-eastern-canada-project-manager-anglers-atlas-magazines/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/ashley-rae-named-eastern-canada-project-manager-anglers-atlas-magazines/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 12:58:23 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=20871 We've watched her fish and been amazed! Can't wait to see what she does now. Congrats, Ashley!

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(Ashley Rae Facebook photo)

Congratulations to angler Ashley Rae, for being named the new Eastern Canada Project Manager for Angler’s Atlas magazines. On her Facebook page, she wrote, “This morning I woke up, turned my computer on and went to ‘work’ in my pyjamas in my new home office. (I’ve always wanted to do that!) With the new year comes a big change and a new job! I’m thrilled to be the Eastern Canada Project Manager for the Angler’s Atlas Magazines. I will be working from home and pounding pavement working with local lodges/resorts, businesses and guides throughout Ontario to help promote their businesses within our publications … and it’s all about FISHING. Stay tuned because we also have some cool contests coming up!”

We wish Ashley the best and look forward to following her new adventures.

Visit Ashley Rae online.

Learn more about Anglers Atlas.

 

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Women Duck Hunters: Growing in Numbers, but Lagging in Independence? http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/women-duck-hunters-growing-numbers-lagging-independence/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/women-duck-hunters-growing-numbers-lagging-independence/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 21:25:43 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=20868 From Shotgun Life, Holly Heyser wonders why women love to waterfowl hunt, but don't make the calls.

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From Shotgun Life, Holly Heyser wonders why women love to waterfowl hunt, but don’t make the calls.

This is my ninth season of duck hunting, and while the number of women duck hunters here in the Sacramento Valley has grown a lot since I got started, I’ve realized this season that we, as a class of hunters, have some work to do.

Holly_Heyser_shotgunlifeTwo epiphanies have driven this train of thought.

The first was in October, when I went on a women’s hunt at the Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge, up on the high-desert border between California and Oregon. I hunted that day with three women and a kid, all of whom I’d just met.

Two of the women were experienced waterfowlers, but I was the only one blowing duck calls. One was comfortable only with a honker call. The other – Megan, whom I count today as a dear new friend – gave up on calling years ago in the face of her brother’s ridicule.

For some reason, this day crystallized eight years of personal observation: Most women duck hunters I’ve encountered don’t call at all, use only whistles, or call only when no one else is around. Often, those women tend to disparage their own calling skills.

Read the rest of Holly’s story at Shotgun Life.

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Going to the Dogs: Decorating Ideas and 2 Projects Your 4-Legged Friends Will Love http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/going-dogs-2-projects-4-legged-friends-will-love/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/going-dogs-2-projects-4-legged-friends-will-love/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 20:45:24 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=20848 Want to learn how to make a dog bed or toy box out of a wine barrel? Or some seriously sweet decorating ideas to keep your house dog-central? Check out Rita Schimpff's ideas here, sponsored by Heritage Game Mounts.

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Talk about “Bringing the Wild Inside” with Rita’s column on “Going to the Dogs,” where she details 2 projects for your 4-legged friends.  

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Our canine companions are not exactly WILD, but sometimes while living inside the house with us, it can sure seem like they are not so domesticated!

 

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By the fire after a chilly dove shoot with my 2 companions. Belle is a Boykin spaniel and my 9-year hunting companion. Sage is our 5-year-old rescued lab mix who could not be bothered with hunting. (Skip Schimpff photo)

 

I love dogs and am especially fond of the sporting breeds, dogs that were bred to hunt and work in the wild. In this post, we are going to explore a couple of ways to make dogs and their trappings more attractive in your home — along with a couple of DIY projects, such as an attractive dog bed and a hidden bin for toys, treats and mats.

 

 

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Isn’t Piper Ann the cutest little Boykin puppy? (Mark Reilly photo)

 

Project #1 is a wine barrel bed made by my Boykin Spaniel friend Mark Reilly. Mark says it is super easy to build. Just contact a local winery and purchase a decommissioned barrel. It usually costs less than $50 and you can get 2 beds out of one barrel. Or use for Project #2 below. Cut in 2 and then cut a little half opening and toss in a comfy pillow! I have seen many new ready to purchase for between $195 and $250.

 

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(Rita Schimpff photo)

 

I found this attractive modern leash holder of a spaniel several years ago. It is modeled after an antique one I had long admired. I have the one pictured by the front door, holding a leash and my beloved Kate’s old collar. I also have a Labrador holder stationed by the back door; so, either way, we have leashes at the ready!

 

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I love to collect old and new dog-related items and group them together. The little Scottie bookends are from the 1940s and were handed down from my husband’s mom. They guard several volumes of books on “dogs in art through the ages.”

Project #2 is a storage bin made out of the other half of the wine barrel to hold mats, treats and toys. Mine is actually an antique hand-painted barrel that belonged to my great grandfather and used as a toy bin for my mother when she was a child. I put mine on rollers and it slips under the coffee table for easy access when the dogs come inside.

 

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Because it was an antique, I had a friend (in the roofing business) line it with copper that can easily be taken out if need be, but protects the original inside paint.

 

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(Rita Schimpff photo)

 

And, since I wanted it to slide easily under my coffee table and not drill into the antique, I attached rollers to a piece of round plywood that fit just inside the bottom lip. All my dogs quickly learned that this was their bin and will wait for me to set out their mats and then give treats. They each have a special toy that they pull out – I have not yet taught them how to put up their toys, unfortunately.

 

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(Jason Roberts photo)

 

This hound lithograph is very special to me since it used to hang in my grandfather’s study at our farm where I spent many wonderful years growing up and where I took my first deer (not the one pictured). Before that, this handsome print hung in my grandfather’s grandfather’s saloon! The artist is Henry Rankin Poore and it is commonly known as the Winchester Dogs, but also as the Bear Dogs. The artist was commissioned by Winchester Repeating Arms to paint the original ca 1907 for advertising.

 

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Check out this gorgeous sporting dog painting, mounted on resin. (Rita Schimpff photo)

 

 

Heritage Game Mounts has started a new custom line of sporting dog portraits painted on a mounting board for stag and elk – wouldn’t you like to see your canine friend immortalized? Prices start at $950 for frame and painting.

 

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(Rita Schimpff photo)

 

There are so many ways to decorate and enjoy our canine subjects inside – be it through books and art, vintage collectibles or just making a nice nest for the dogs.  Hope these tips inspire and earn you and your furry companions a pat and a treat while keeping the house neat!

Visit Heritage Game Mounts.

 

 

 

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Tate Wins a Signed GWG Camo Hat and Hunting Gloves http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/win-signed-gwg-camo-hat-hunting-gloves/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/win-signed-gwg-camo-hat-hunting-gloves/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 01:55:30 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=20843 Lucky reader Tate wins a Girls with Guns Mossy Oak Infinity baseball cap that has been to Africa and back, along with a nifty pair of SmartPhone-ready camo gloves in our latest Win WON giveaway.

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Tate wins a signed Girls with Guns’ (GWG) baseball cap and a pair of hunting gloves. Oh no, we’re not talking about any old baseball cap. This one? It’s been to Africa and back with Norissa Harman and Jen Adams, proprietors of Girls with Guns Clothing and stars of the new television show, Universal Huntress, on the Sportsman Channel.

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The hat is made in Mossy Oak Infinity and actually went with the huntresses to Africa last year during the filming of their show. It came back unscathed and unworn, and is ready for their signatures and then, on to you, the lucky winner. MSRP: $19.99

gwg_midw_gloveAlso, Norissa and Jen want you to have their favorite hunting gloves from their new line of camo — a midweight glove with stretch fleece Neoprene and Spandex cuffs. The gloves feature an  Amara leather palm treatment, a silicone grip and SmartPhone sensitive material, so you can text and use your phone afield. MSRP: $24.99

This giveaway ends on Fri., Jan. 9, at 5 p.m. EST. One winner will be notified and has 14 days from the end of the contest to supply shipping address.

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Set Effective Training Goals for the 2015 Competition Shooting Season http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/set-effective-training-goals-2015-competition-shooting-season/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/01/set-effective-training-goals-2015-competition-shooting-season/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 01:17:07 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=20836 If you're trying to figure out how to plan ahead for a year of competitive shooting matches, take a look at Karla Herdzik's advice.

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In this guest post, competition shooter Karla Herdzik details how to set effective training goals for the 2015 season.

Ah, the off-season. That time of the competitive shooting year when shooters rest, relax, actually have a weekend at home, and (maybe) clean their guns before putting them in the safe for the winter. And of course – plan for next year.

It’s during the cold winter months at home that shooters often sit on the couch, laptop in hand, carefully planning out next year’s schedule and wondering how to stretch those budgeted dollars and vacation days to the max.

Shooters often use this time (or, they should) to assess their performances from the previous season and set some goals for next year. Here are a few suggestions for getting your best out of the 2015 shooting season:

1. Figure out where you want to go and why you want to go there. The first step in planning for success is determining what success actually looks like to you. So, you need to decide what your ultimate goal is.

  • Is it achieving a certain classification?
  • Is it getting a new sponsorship?
  • Is it beating a particular shooter in a match?
  • Is it simply becoming more comfortable when the timer beeps?

Whatever it is, figure out your goal. Write it down. Next, determine why it is you want that thing. You have a lot of hard work up ahead, so when you’re tired and discouraged, you’ll need something solid to motivate you. Figure out your “why,” and write it down so you’ll remember it when the going gets tough.

 

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2. Take stock of where you’re at, right now. Now that you know where you want to go, you have to figure out where you’re at right now, so you can plot out a course for how to get there. This is a great time to review your match videos from this season with a critical eye – keep your eyes open for your progress during the course of the season, and for those persistent weaknesses that plagued you all year long. If you kept training logs, review those now, too. Write down your strengths and weaknesses; consider ranking them on a scale from “1, I am a ninja” to “5, this is flat-out embarrassing.” (Oh, you didn’t take videos this year? Well, weakness located; put it on the list of things to fix.)

3. Determine how much you have to invest – be realistic. Remember this: most of us are not professionals. We have real lives and real jobs that require an awful lot of time – so be realistic about how much time and money you have to invest in your shooting goals. Your number is probably going to look much different than other shooters because you lead different lives. There’s nothing wrong with this, as long as you live in your reality and set your goals for your performance accordingly.

 

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A peek at a past plan by Karla Herzik.

 

4. Make a plan. Revise previous goals as necessary. Now that you know where you want to go, where you’re at now, and how much you can invest, you can make a plan for the 2015 season.

  • Make small, bite-sized goals with specific timelines to help you reach your ultimate achievement. Write them down! This will keep you motivated as you achieve these steps, as well as keep you on track toward your larger goal.
  • Develop a training plan to maintain your strengths and attack your weaknesses; reassess your skills every few months.
  • Maybe you’ve realized that with your current skill level, budget, and work schedule, there’s no way you’re going to get to your ultimate goal this year. That’s OK. Figure out something that you can achieve, and revise the timeline for your ultimate goal accordingly.

Karla_HerdzigNow get to work! Next season is right around the corner!

Oh, and one more thing … not being a professional means we aren’t actually trying to pay our mortgage with prize table winnings. This is incredibly important to remember! For 99% of us, we are simply normal people with a passion for a sport in which we are not at risk of life, limb, or property. Coming to grips with this revelation is incredibly liberating, because it relieves a lot of (self-generated, mostly) pressure to perform.

So … smile, because this is supposed to be fun!


Karla Herdzik is a nationally-ranked competitive 3-gunner, and an expert at baking range cookies to share with her squad. When she’s not shooting or working as an analyst for the Army, Karla enjoys CrossFit and Olympic lifting. Karla began shooting USPSA in 2008, and discovered the joy of 3-gun in 2011. She now enjoys blogging about her shooting and fitness ventures on a variety of websites.  Follow her blog at www.gunsandbarbells.com.

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Best of TeamWON 2014 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2014/12/best-teamwon-2014/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2014/12/best-teamwon-2014/#comments Tue, 30 Dec 2014 22:30:34 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=20830 Looks like we hit the target several times this year, and delivered columns that our readers really liked. Find out who wrote what and why these columns ranked high in our analytics.

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It’s been another great run here at The WON, covering shooting, hunting, fishing and adventure for women by women. We have a team of outstanding writers and photographers who are out there everyday, living active and outdoorsy lives. If they’re not doing anything outdoors, I can guarantee you that they’re thinking about being outdoors.

Here are some of the top stories at The WON this past year. We hope you enjoyed reading these accounts as much as we enjoyed writing about them.

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7 Ways children Can Have Fun at the Shooting Range

Mia Anstine (Mia & the Little Gal) described 7 safe and fun ways to make shooting more interesting for up-and-coming shooting participants, including multi-colored targets, zombies and plinkers. We always enjoy seeing her daughter, aka Little Gal, as the featured youth. Mia’s column is sponsored by Girls with Guns Clothing.

 

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(Barbara Baird photo)

 

How to Make a Shotgun-Shell, Lighted Wreath

Our readers are crafty, and we have discovered that they like to make things out of firearms’ related products. This piece (Babbs in the Woods), which originally ran in 2012, came back this month as a retro-WON column, and featured my daughter and her mini schnauzer, too.

 

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How to Make a Paracord Lanyard for Duck Calls

Ask Writing Huntress columnist Lisa Barron detailed in yet another crafty piece how to make a paracord lanyard, and included her own illustrations. Burris Optics sponsored Ask Writing Huntress in 2014.

 

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(Todd Bodenheimer photo)

 

Outdoor Companies Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Michelle Bodenheimer, our “Bodie,” likes to bundle up theme ideas for “Her Gear” reviews and this one hit a homerun with our readers. Bodie found several fishing and hunting companies that offered breast cancer research funding with the purchase of products, including a pink Yeti cooler and a lovely Mystic Sapphyre fly rod.

 

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Clearing Semi-Auto Handgun Malfunctions

Michelle Cerino (She Shoots 2) tells us to calm down and clear malfunctions safely and wisely. She knows it happens to all of us when we’re shooting semi-autos, and lists the various malfunctions and ways to deal with them on the range. Vertx sponsored She Shoots 2 in 2014.

 

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Is Getting Cold Ruining Your Hunt? Try These 5 Tricks to Stay Warm! 

Christine Cunningham, a hunter from Alaska, details how to stay warm during a hunt in her column, The Edge – from hand warmers to sleeping bags. EvoOutdoors sponsored The Edge in 2014.

 

 

7 Tips for Introducing Young Girls to Shooting

Marti Davis took her 8-year-old niece out to the shooting range, and gives us tips on how she made the experience memorable, safe and fun. Marti Davis Afield is sponsored by Crossbreed Holsters.

 

 

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7 Questions with Katie Pavlich

Team Smith & Wesson’s captain, Julie Golob (Julie G), interviewed Townhall.com news editor and New York Times best selling author Katie Pavlich about her new book, guns and hunting. A must-read with 1 of America’s best pro-2A journalists. Smith & Wesson sponsors Julie G.

 

 

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7 Essentials for Ice Fishing

Our newest columnist, Anietra Hamper (Reeling the Globe), braved the cold and headed north in her homestate of Ohio to ice fish. She recounts the experience and teaches us how make proper preparations in order to experience this winter sport.

 

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Shooting and the ‘Ming’ Thing

Pro competition shooter Vera Koo has broken down lots of obstacles to become a shooting champion. Read about how she compares her climb in the world of shooting to Madame Butterfly. Who would have thought, right?

 

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Kathryn Maroun Objects to New IGFA Rules that Separate Male and Female Anglers 

In a controversial column (What A Catch!), professional angler Kathryn Maroun spells out why she believes the new International Game Fish Association’s rules are harmful to fishing. We think Kathryn embodies the spirit of TeamWON – feisty, courageous and not afraid to speak our minds.

 

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Flying with Firearms, Ammunition and Tools

Pro competition shooter Randi Rogers penned a popular post on how to fly with guns, ammo and other stuff, and reminds us to make sure we know the rules before we head to the airport. The Rogers Report was sponsored by Comp-Tac Victory Gear and Smith & Wesson.

 

 

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Bringing Wild Turkey into Your Home Décor

Rita Schimpff, owner of Heritage Game Mounts, offered several décor ideas for Thanksgiving, using a wild turkey theme, including a spin-off on Martha-Stewart-style place cards for the dinner table.

 

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5 Tips on How to Become a Pro in Competition Shooting

Molly Smith ought to know how to go pro, since she has competed for the past few years in the big time circuit as a Smith & Wesson-sponsored shooter. In this piece, she defines pro and walks you through what it takes to become one. Smith & Wesson sponsored Millisecond Molly in 2014.

 

 

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5 Concealed Carry Alternatives

Britney Starr listed 5 personal defense devices to carry if you cannot carry a firearm. Galco Gunleather sponsored ShootingStarr in 2014.

 

 

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Guest writer Marcy Harris describes her birthday trip to the Bahamas, where she went swimming with the sharks. Marcy keeps us up to date on her latest bucket list accomplishments.

For my 55th birthday, I went to the Bahamas. I stayed in the Riu Palace Paradise Island Hotel, right next door to the Atlantis Hotel. It shares the same beautiful, white sand beach. I chose the Riu Palace because it’s an all-inclusive. I knew I’d be really busy doing things, and I didn’t want to have to worry about deciding on or finding a place to eat.

I received my Open Water scuba certification on Sun., May 18, at Clear Springs Scuba Park in Terrell, Texas, from instructors at Scuba Toys in Dallas. That was 2 days before I flew to the Bahamas, and my very first non-instructional dive was planned through Stuart Cove’s Dive Shop for Wednesday.

Stuart Cove is a diver and underwater photographer and has shot many films and documentaries. His dive shop is situated on the southeast end of the New Providence Island, where Nassau is – Paradise Island was constructed to connect to New Providence Island. The area by Stuart Cove’s dive shop in the Bahamas is so clear and beautiful that many movies have been shot there, including some James Bond movies, Pirates of the Caribbean (2 and 3), Cocoon, a lot of National Geographic and Discovery documentaries, and Stuart Cove himself filmed the movie Open Water. There are many shipwrecks there to dive and discover.

 

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(Stuart Cove Dive Bahamas Facebook photo)

 

Diving in that beautiful turquoise water for the first time was exhilarating! Since I’d just certified, I remembered everything I’d learned and felt very confident. I buddied with another single diver there, Todd Wilson, a college student, and he didn’t mind that I was new to diving.

We were diving a 2-tank dive, meaning that we would dive once, surface, change tanks and dive again. Our first dive was to go along the trench wall – a 6,000+-foot drop called the Tongue of the Atlantic. Our second dive was to dive with the sharks. Not only dive with the sharks, but dive while our dive master FED the sharks!

The first dive was at Runway Wall and went perfectly the first 20 minutes. I went down 62 feet along the trench and saw corals and Caribbean fish of all kinds. I’d brought a waterproof fish identification book along with me on the boat so I could check off the ones I’d seen, kind of like bird watchers do. The fish were so beautiful and everything moved so slowly and peacefully. The fish seemed unafraid of us. It was very relaxing. I’d always loved snorkeling but this was exciting because the fish were bigger, but not too big at 62 feet deep, and the water was so clear. I was so excited for the second dive!

For a second I couldn’t see my buddy, Todd. I looked around and saw that I was much higher than he was. I swam sharply down toward him but I wasn’t getting any closer. I kept kicking and pulling with my arms, but I was rising. I tried to deflate by BC (buoyancy compensator) vest, but even completely empty I was still rising. There was nothing I could do. Before I knew it I was bobbing on the surface.

I was really mad. Something had gone wrong with my weights. When I’d rented my equipment, they didn’t have any weight belts left so they gave me weights to put in the pockets of my BC. When I turned upside-down so sharply, the weights fell right out of my pockets.

Up on the surface, I looked toward the boat and gave the signal given to us before the dive that meant I was OK. Then I started my way over to the boat. I wasn’t far away, and within 6-7 minutes later, everyone came up.

For the second dive, my buddy Todd traded me his weight belt for my weights. It wouldn’t do for me to all of a sudden start floating off with hungry sharks swimming around.

I wasn’t worried about the second dive now that I had a weight belt on. We drove to our new location, Shark Alley. All of us, except our Italian male dive master, Danielle (Dani) Buttarelli, got into position.

We were 45 feet deep on a very large, sandy circular area, a little smaller than a baseball in field. There were medium-sized rocks spaced out around the outer ring of the circle about 3 to 8 feet apart. We kneeled around or lay behind the rocks and were told not to move. Dani came down in the center of the circle with a huge, metal bait box as tall as his waist. He wore a kind of chain mail armor over his wetsuit that had a few holes in it (bite marks?).

Dani would open the bait box in the middle, skewer a fish head and whip it out for the sharks. The sharks, 6-foot to 9-foot Caribbean reef sharks, could smell the fish (and knew it was snack time since this dive was done every day) and snatched the fish away as soon as it was extended.

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Dive Master Dani at snack time. (Stuart Cove’s photo)

When Dani opened the bait box, sharks came in from all sides. They swam between us as we held on to the rocks. I had a couple brush my head and mask trying to get into the circle. I was thinking, “This is AWESOME!” Having the dive suit, my mask and all the gear on, I didn’t actually feel anything except a slight impact. I felt fully protected. If I’d been skin diving and actually felt the shark on my bare skin, that might have been a completely different matter.

Dani kept skewering fish and as soon as he brought them out the sharks would fight over them. One shark bit another as it tried to take a fish. The sharks were so many and so thick that at times I couldn’t see Dani in the center of the circle.

Dani had gotten permission from each of us prior to the dive to bring the bait box closer to us so the photographer/videographer, Katie Storr, could get better pictures. Sharks swam next to us and over us and in front of us. By then we felt pretty comfortable with them. But don’t get the wrong idea – we still weren’t moving around!

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That’s a big shark over Marcy’s shoulder. She’s in the foreground. (Stuart Cove’s photo)

Being with those sharks was thrilling. Never once did any of the sharks make any movement that indicated they were interested in us. After all, this was their normal afternoon snack. They went there the same time every day, kind of their version of happy hour at Cheers. Not scary in any way. Of course, I didn’t move a muscle either.

After emptying the bait box, Dani took it up in the center of the circle and led the sharks away so we could ascend safely. On board, all of us talked about how amazing the dive had been. And by the time we got our gear disassembled and returned to the dive shop, our pictures were ready in the gift shop and the DVD was for sale. Of course, I bought both. I can watch the DVD now and still feel the excitement of being in the water with the sharks.

After the Dive

And what a sense of accomplishment! I’d been battling some tough personnel issues at work but after diving with those sharks, I felt like I could do just about anything. I could make it through anything. I felt so peaceful and strong. There was a determined fierceness inside of me that nothing would shatter the peace I’d found.

As soon as I got out of the water, I knew I had to get my Advanced Open Water scuba certification so I can dive deeper, at night and learn to navigate better. There are so many other places in the world I want to dive!

 

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(Marcy Harris photo)

Along with the pictures and DVD, I had to buy a couple of other things. T-shirts, of course, but I also bought a bumper sticker. I’d never had a bumper sticker on any of my cars before because I thought it would bring down the value of my car. But this one is like a badge of honor. It gives me street credit.

What About Your Bucket List?

We don’t know how long we have left to enjoy (or endure) our lives. Maybe it’ll be 30 years. Maybe it’ll be 30 days. The point is, we all have things we really wish we could do. Things that we’ve always wanted to do. How long has that been for you? Has it been over 45 years like it was for me — wanting to swim with dolphins?

There’s something I’ve learned from all these activities I’ve been doing and that’s that I should have done them sooner, every single one of them. The confidence they’ve given me, the feeling of controlling my own life, my destiny, rather than feeling like I had no say in what happened in my life or what came my way, was a BIG eye opener.

Yes, we all have commitments and cannot take off to travel the Nile or live in New Zealand, but I felt for a while like I had no choice in the direction my life was going. I was on a carnival ride that I didn’t like and it would never stop. I needed a change. I needed something positive in my life.

I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in May 2013, and I’m so grateful my spirit didn’t give up. My symptoms kept me from participating in just about everything for a year because I didn’t have the energy or the strength to walk or stand or hold or carry things. But, thankfully, I went into remission and I’ve been on full speed since then. I don’t know how much time I have until my symptoms come back or how long it will be before I go into remission again, if I do.

Don’t let an opportunity pass by you. OK, you don’t make a fortune. But if you’ve wanted to go on an Alaskan cruise to see the salmon spawning and see whales and bears and the Northern Lights, start taking action. Set your mind on the idea of going. And start saving a little here and there. If you can, have a separate account set up and have a small amount go directly out of your pay check into a vacation fund.

The thing is, if you don’t start to take some mental action, researching travel, looking at possible dates, finding someone to go with (or deciding to go by yourself), that dream will stay a dream. Once you start acting on it, making plans, your dream becomes reality. Find out if that adult grizzly’s paw is really the size of a dinner charger plate.

And if there’s something you’ve wanted to do or to take a trip to a particular place and all of a sudden you learn that it’s available or there’s a trip planned, don’t automatically tell yourself you can’t go because you don’t have the money right now. Or that it’d be better to wait until … the kids are grown, the car is paid off, the credit cards are paid off, spring, etc.

You may not have all the money at this exact moment, but on most trips you can pay in installments. With the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman trips, you can pay in installments (check out the upcoming trip to Costa Rica – you may meet me there!).

Memo from Marcy

If you tell yourself you can’t afford it, you’ve set yourself up to not be able to afford it, whether it’s this month or 12 months from now. In self-talk, you’ve reinforced the idea to yourself that you can’t afford it. And if you wait until …, well … something else always comes up that you should use that money for. WAIT is a bad four-letter word.

Instead, let the thought of adventure peak your interest. Let yourself get excited by the possibility of doing the thing that you’ve wanted to do. So you were going to paint your fence, but what will you get more enjoyment out of? What will you be able to look back on with utter contentment? And what can truly wait? Your happiness? I don’t think so. You’ve waited too long already. That fence can wait.

The exhilaration you’ll get from doing what you’ve been waiting to do will be enough to sail you through thin times ahead if you need to cut back a little. Your memories, pictures and video will sail you through times of loneliness, debt, sickness, thin paychecks and more. Will your fence?

Be open to what is presented to you. Be aware of opportunities being placing in front of you. I wanted to swim with dolphins, the dream of my life. But I also found that I could scuba dive (something I’d wanted to do since I was a teenager) while sharks were being fed right in front of me. And it was one of the best experiences of my life!

Oh, and if you think you can’t find anyone to go with you somewhere, let me know. I might be able to join you!

Be open to opportunities, friendships, life and love.

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Marti Davis Suggests Baselayers for Hunting http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2014/12/underwear-marti-davis-suggests-baselayers-hunting/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2014/12/underwear-marti-davis-suggests-baselayers-hunting/#comments Tue, 30 Dec 2014 00:00:26 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=20817 Want to know what TeamWON wears to stay warm as baselayers? 'Chilly in Cedar Rapids' asks Marti for advice on how to stay warm.

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In our new “Ask Marti Davis” format of Marti Davis Afield, she explores what underwear is under there — all about baselayers for hunting.

Dear Marti,

I hunt in Iowa and the temperatures can get pretty doggone-it-all low during hunting season. What type of baselayers do you wear when deer hunting?

Sincerely,

Chilly in Cedar Rapids

 

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Dear Chilly,

Winter is upon us now and deer hunting is still in full swing in several states. Baselayers make for an interesting topic to discuss. I reached out to some of the other hunters who are on TeamWON and will share their recommendations, along with my own.

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Michelle Bodenheimer (Wyatt Bodenheimer photo)

 

Michelle Whitney Bodenheimer hunts all over the United States, with her home territory being Oregon. For spot-and-stalk and upland bird hunting in the cold weather, she uses Cabela’s Women’s E.C.W.C.S. Silk Weight Tights and Crew. These baselayers are lightweight polyester material that provides warmth with minimal bulk, while offering great mobility. In fact, Cabela’s boast that the current models of these provide 121% more warmth than the previous models did.

 

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She’s wearing Merino wool baselayers. Christine Cunningham prefers them. (Steve Meyer photo)

 

Our fearless leader and publisher, Barbara Baird, shared this information on her baselayers.

I usually scour the racks at places like TJ Maxx and Marshalls for brand-name ski base layers, like North Face, Patagonia, you-know-the-type. But, after reading our Christine Cunningham’s fine explanation, in her recent column, of why she prefers Merino wool, I believe I’m going to start replacing those pieces with Merino wool base layers, including and most importantly, a turtleneck top. Also, I purchased this Wind River balaclava, by First Lite, from EvoOutdoors. Just … wow. I wore it during a downright chilly duck hunt and whooee. Thin and warm, and it allowed me to move. I wore it 2 days in a row, and it didn’t stink. It is made of 18.5 micron superfine Merino wool, with a 2-piece design that includes ear holes. I threw a camo baseball cap on top and covered it with a fleece camo hat to complete the look and function. This balaclava is machine washable and even dryable! This is available in Realtree Xtra, Realtree Advantage Max-1, Mossy Oak Infinity, Dry Earth and Pine. It is on sale for $38.

 

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Babbs with her Merino wool balaclava by First Lite. (Julie Golob photo)

 

Mia Anstine hunts and guides in some of the higher elevations of Colorado and New Mexico. She and the Little Gal, whom we all know and love from Mia’s column, definitely know about hunting in some colder temperatures. Most of their hunting is spot-and-stalk, so very seldom do they stand hunt.

 

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Mia loves her WoolX baselayers, which she reviewed for The WON. (Hank Anstine photo)

 

Mia recommends Marmot® ThermalClime Pro top and bottoms. Marmot proclaims that these base layers are powered by Polartec Power Dry, to keep you warm, dry and comfortable. For some heavier weight base layers she uses and recommends the WoolX X-Treme series women’s heavyweight Merino wool thermals. Mia states, ‘I generally don’t hunt from stands, but when I do, if it’s cold, I wear a wool-type material as my base layer. WoolX works in extreme cold especially when you’re hiking, working up a sweat, then stopping for a rest. It will help prevent chill and is a good all-around base layer.”

For spot-and-stalk or chilly stand hunting days, I personally the Under Armour Women’s ColdGear Infrared EVO Scrunch neck top and ColdGear Infrared EVO legging. These feature ColdGear Infrared technology that makes them great layering items for extra warmth. The polyester/elastane material also uses a light and flexible ceramic material that absorbs your body heat. The dual-layer construction combines a smooth, fast-drying exterior with a brushed,  heat-trapping interior. For those real frigid days and stand hunting I go with a secondary baselayer – Polartec Power Dry base layers from L.L. Bean. The quarter-zip expedition-weight top and pants are made from some of the best synthetic moisture-wicking fabric found for cold-weather activities. The pill-resistant exterior quickly disperses moisture to keep you dry, warm and comfortable.

 

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Marti in her fav sweater, in 2011. (Barbara Baird photo)

I’m going to throw in a bonus item for those cold days afield. This is one of my favorite pieces of hunting clothing. It’s L.L. Bean’s Men’s Waterfowl Sweater with WINDSTOPPER. Yes, it’s for men, but let’s face facts: the guys have more options when it comes to hunting clothing. Hope this helps answer your question and keeps you nice and warm on these cold winter days afield.

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Universal Huntress TV Debuts http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2014/12/universal-huntress-tv-debuts/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2014/12/universal-huntress-tv-debuts/#comments Mon, 29 Dec 2014 00:12:12 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=20808 Congrats to our friends, Girls with Guns Clothing's Jen Adams and Norissa Harman, on the debut of their new TV show.

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When Jen Adams and Norissa Harman started Girls with Guns Clothing in a garage a few years ago, with Jen sitting on the floor running the embroidery machine, they never envisioned that a few years later, they’d be starring in a TV show. Universal Huntress TV (UHTV) debuts Mon., Dec. 29, at 8 p.m. PST on the Sportsman Channel.

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UHTV follows Jen Adams and Norissa Harman, the fierce and fashionable duo behind Girls with Guns Clothing [GWG], an everyday outdoor lifestyle apparel company. Their roots are planted deep in the heart of Northern California, where they started GWG in their garage 6 years ago. Now, they’ve taken those roots to the far edges of the earth, and you can find GWG in retail locations worldwide.

After teaming up with outdoor lifestyle moguls Remington Arms, Mossy Oak and Swarovski Optiks, these country girls are ready to ride off into an African sunset … or take a leap of faith from 10,000 feet. Get ready, the hunting world gets a 30 minute fashion makeover every Monday night at 8PM PST on the Sportsman Channel.

“We have always been big dreamers but never in our wildest dreams have we expected to see and do the things we have in the past year,” said Norissa.

“Never in my lifetime did I think a small town country girl like myself would have a job that consisted of traveling the world to do something that I am so passionate about — hunting. The opportunities we have had this year have been amazing,” added Jen.

 

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Norissa Harman and Jen Adams

 

The TV show ball started rolling after the women met outdoor film producer Emanuel “Kappie” Kapp at the International Sportsman’s Expo in Sacramento 2 years ago. He invited them to join him on a hunt in South Africa, in order to see how the trio worked together. No strings attached.

“I was instantly in! South Africa was on my hunting bucket list and I was excited,” said Jen. “Norissa was instantly out! She brought up some valid points: 1) We had no idea who this guy was 2) He could be a serial killer  3) Who jumps on a plane to South Africa without knowing where you are going?”

After some begging and pleading, Norissa agreed to accompany Jen to South Africa, in what would become the first of several trips there. “Kappie is a perfect fit for us. His enthusiasm for the outdoors and love of life make him an awesome producer,” said Jen.

Before the show, the women had traveled to hunt together in New Zealand, and Jen had traveled to Mexico. Of course, their business at Girls with Guns Clothing necessitates trips to China. This past year, they traveled to Namibia, Zimbabwe, Congo, Paris (France) and the South Island of New Zealand.

 

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Norissa and Jen with Kappie on the “set.” (Universal Huntress photo)

 

“Being gone from home for 200 days, I had time to reflect on my life and realize that there are so many more important things in life such as family, friends and experiences. It’s all about the journey. Work used to be my vice and the number 1 thing that I cared about. This crazy year has changed that in me. Hunting is my passion, it’s where I find my solitude with nature and reconnect with myself,” said Jen.

“I have to say the whole year has been life-changing for me. When you see different cultures, the way people live their lives really puts life and our great nation that we live into perspective. It’s nice to be in the middle of nowhere to sit and reflect; we don’t get to do that much with our schedules,” added Norissa.

 

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Jen and Norissa in their camo. (Universal Huntress photo)

 

The women want more than exposure for their own business with this show. “We want our audience to live the ride with us and enjoy the journey. We want the audience to learn alongside of us about the new species, hunting techniques and terrains all over the world. We have a lot of fun along the way and we do some extreme sports and sight-seeing that people may not dare to do, and that’s the fun of it. It’s something different,” explained Jen.

“In life, we grow as women, wives, parents, business owners, etc. I’d say we want our viewers to grow with us and our experiences,” added Norissa.

 

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Jen’s first ostrich. Their friend, Morgan Mills (far right), a Nashville country music artist, sings their theme song and occasionally tags along on their adventures. (Universal Huntress photo)

 

In 2015, the women more than likely will return to Africa, along with trips to Germany, Spain and of course, the US. “We are hoping to draw archery tags in Jen’s hometown in August,” said Norissa.

Along with the TV show, the women launched a new line of camo, featuring a Mossy Oak pattern. “We started field testing it in March on our first out-of-country hunt. While hunting, we would notice things such as pocket positions that needed changed, inseams, rise, etc. that would make a more comfortable fit for a woman hunter.  It is hard to find a woman-specific line that fits comfortably and still looks good,” said Jen.

“Our customer base has been asking for this for awhile, so we have wanted to deliver an introductory product that we loved. With hunting as much as we have this year, it was nice to make the much-needed changes while out in the field,” said Norissa.

 

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Sizes will run from XS to 2X, and with the debut of yet another line — Mossy Oak Country Camo in the fall of 2016 — the women will offer size 3X. Girls with Guns Clothing also is working on a line of rain gear.

Learn more about Universal Huntress TV. Follow the ladies on their Facebook page.

Visit Girls with Guns Clothing.

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5 items to keep in your vehicle during the winter http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2014/12/5-items-keep-vehicle-winter/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2014/12/5-items-keep-vehicle-winter/#comments Sun, 28 Dec 2014 23:53:10 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=20805 Britney Starr lists 5-must-haves for winter travel. Sponsored by Galco Gunleather.

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As winter has arrived in my snowy home state of Michigan, I find thinking about what precautions I can take in case of a vehicle-related emergency in the winter, i.e., flat tire, stuck on an icy hill, dead battery, etc. Below are 5 items to keep in your vehicle in the winter.

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Boots and a blanket

In case of an emergency where you might be stranded and your vehicles heat isn’t working, having a pair of boots and a warm blanket will keep you more comfortable as the temps drop. The boots also serve double duty if you have to go outside in the snow, because no one wants to trudge around in “I just came from a business meeting” high heels while trying to change a tire. You might throw in a pair of warm socks, too.

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Flashbang’s Lisa Looper claims she can change a tire on her car in 8 minutes. We’re impressed! (Lisa Looper photo)

 

Water and a snack

If you end up really stranded while going over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house in the middle of nowhere, there’s a possibility you could benefit from a bottle of water and a power-bar while waiting for a tow or a rescue from a relative or AAA. Even if you’re not stranded for a long period of time, no one likes a “hangry” motorist, so bundle up with your warm blanket, boots and enjoy your snack while you wait.

Sand and a small shovel

If your car loses traction on an icy road, or becomes stuck, you can, again, don your boots (aren’t they helpful) and sprinkle sand underneath your tires (using the shovel). Or, use the shovel to dig your way to China, if you’re stuck in a snowdrift.   

Author’s note: Always make sure your vehicle is in a safe condition and you are clear of any traffic before exiting. 

Britney Starr vehicle winterization

(Britney Starr photo)

Emergency medical kit

A small-to-medium sized medical kit is something you should always have in your vehicle, no matter what time of year. It’s simple enough to purchase a pre-made kit online or from your local convenience store and add a few extra items to it, or you can spend a little more time and make a kit yourself.

Here are the items I put in my first aid kid:

  • Hot Hands
  • Gauze pads
  • Gauze rolls (be careful not to wrap too tightly when using)
  • Waterproof medical tape
  • Self-adhering wrap
  • Antiseptic wash
  • Super Glue
  • Neosporin
  • Scissors (to cut gauze)
  • Sterile gloves
  • BandAids
  • Flashlight
  • Baby wipes
  • Hand sanitizer

Jumper cables

Another item that should stay in your vehicle year round, that you’ll be happy to have when the need arises, is jumper cables. You can purchase a set from most hardware or convenience stores. Be sure to get the longer length cable, in case your car is in need of a jump while in a blocked or in a tight spot, and the cable has to reach a long way to get to the other vehicle that is helping you.

Prepping my truck with items for winter also made me think of what I would do in case of an emergency, such as a flat tire or a dead battery. I’ve never had to experience either alone, and I’m not sure I would know the proper way, if the occasion arose. Luckily, DMV.org and “Auto Repair for Dummies” offer how-to guides for both topics.

What items do you keep in your vehicle during the winter?

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HotLeaf Camo’s Rebecca Long and the ‘Pink Thang’ in Hunting http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2014/12/hotleaf-camos-rebecca-long-pink-thang-hunting/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2014/12/hotleaf-camos-rebecca-long-pink-thang-hunting/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:00:20 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=20782 There's a lot more than meets the eye regarding the development of this camo for women.

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Rebecca Long, the founder of HotLeaf camo, favors the pink thang in her newly developed camo print. A seriously hot pink oak leaf pattern swirls throughout her camo, which is intended to blend in, yet stand out.

The birth of HotLeaf happened a few years ago when Rebecca started bowhunting. “I went into the stores, just like everyone else, to buy equipment and look for high performance clothing to wear. I was seriously unimpressed with the selection of apparel for female hunters,” recalled Rebecca.

 

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Rebecca Long at the RMEF Hunter Christmas Expo in Las Vegas. (Jennifer McManus photo)

 

Having served in the Air Force as active duty for 7 years, and now on Reserve status, Rebecca knows about how camo should function. She wore it a mechanic on the flight line at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. “Serving in the military, I wore camo every day during periods of my life, which I loved, and I experienced firsthand what it was like to wear unisex designs. I am proud to wear the Air Force uniform, but during my free time, I’d like to wear comfortable clothes that make me feel like a woman and represent who I am in a daily life as an active mom with recreational interests,” said Rebecca, mother of a 2-year-old girl and an 8-year-old stepson.

“During this time, my husband and I were on this build-everything-ourselves-kick, so I asked, ‘Why don’t I just make my own camouflage clothes?’ I guess you could say I had a ‘Eureka’ moment,” said Rebecca.

She combined her personal experience in the military with knowledge of how deer perceive color to create the concept of HotLeaf. Ungulates – deer, elk, antelope, any animal with a hoof – are red and green color blind. Therefore the hot pink in the mix shows up as gray.

Rebecca and her partners Kaeley Duncan, Jennifer McManus and Heather O’Connor have launched a high-performance base-product that other companies feature in their product lines. “I never went into this business hoping to be the next Tumi or North Face. I wanted this to be all about the raw material, which is a camo print that appeals to the female hunter, but also holds credibility scientifically, functionally and aesthetically,” said Rebecca.

 

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Rebecca Long with HotLeaf’s sponsored athlete, Charr Candelaria. (Jennifer McManus photo)

 

As a savvy businesswoman, and presently attending the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo., majoring Textile and Apparel Management, with a minor in Business, Rebecca knows what her customer looks like: “She is a savvy huntress with impeccable taste and she needs her gear to perform.”

Jennifer McManus serves as the company’s president and brings nearly 2 decades of expertise in global product development and operations for US trading companies. Her experience spans a wide breadth of industry sectors, including OEM components, fitness products, television, soft goods for the equine industry, jewelry/accessories and home decor. She founded and continues to run Source by Design, Triple Creek and Loulabelle Jewelry. Her knowledge of full-service sourcing and private label manufacturing, heavily specialized in the area of soft goods, “cut and sew,” enables her to deliver on product quality as well as profitability from a finance standpoint.  Jennifer has an M.S. in International Management Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas.

The HotLeaf team also features Heather O’Connor as marketing director. Heather’s background includes more than 15-years of experience in eCommerce and online marketing. She’s worked with some of the most recognizable brands in apparel, retail, cosmetics and consumer packaged products helping them define brand strategies, measure and interpret consumer behavior, cross-sell and up-sell and optimize eCommerce sales channels.  Heather has a B.A. in Marketing from Southern Methodist University.

HotLeaf recently signed agreements with major outdoor clothing/gear companies that will debut the HotLeaf products in January. “To have these iconic brands embrace our product validates my ideas and personal experience as a female who enjoys the sport and art of hunting. I’m hopeful you soon see evidence of this progress as we’re anticipating upcoming engagements – such as vehicle wraps, HotLeaf material purses, saddle bags, bedding sets, neoprene items, footwear and apparel and so much more in 2015. We can’t announce the brands, which are contracting with us yet until after the SHOT show, but it is very, very exciting!” said Rebecca.

HotLeaf provides a highly technical pattern for retail partners, not for the end-consumer … yet. “We will be in large and small retail stores, and as we grow, we may sell direct,” said Rebecca.

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(HotLeaf Camo photo)

Fresh from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Hunter Christmas Expo in Las Vegas, Rebecca reported a very warm reception toward HotLeaf camo products. She will be at the annual Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas in January, and expects to heat up the camo world with her new design.

This outdoor woman loves to bow hunt, duck and dove hunt. When possible, her family camps and hikes together. “I am starting to focus more on firearms and have even recruited my mom to buy a gun and learn to shoot with me. I’m excited to be able to share that experience with her,” said Rebecca.

“I want people to know that our company is dedicated to something really authentic. I am a woman who hunts, and I understand the dichotomy between being in traditionally ‘manly’ situations and being a female with just as strong a heart and will. I really believe in what we’ve done here, and I want my fellow female huntresses to know that I made this business in direct response to what they face: fashion and technical integrity do not have to be mutually exclusive.”

HotLeaf camo is proud to sponsor Fatal Impact Outdoors, a Canadian TV show, and The Wild Outdoors, on the Outdoor channel.

Visit HotLeaf camo.

 

Contact Rebecca Long at hotleafcamo@gmail.com.

 

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‘Universal Huntress TV’ to Debut on Sportsman Channel Dec. 29 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2014/12/universal-huntress-tv-debut-sportsman-channel-dec-29/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2014/12/universal-huntress-tv-debut-sportsman-channel-dec-29/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:40:19 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=20800 We know they've been busy this past year -- 200 days on the road -- to video this new series! Congrats, and we can hardly wait to see it!

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RED BLUFF, CA - Let’s Ride – Universal Huntress TV, brought to you by Remington®, follows the small-town country girls behind iconic outdoor fashion line Girls with Guns Clothing® as they travel around the globe on the journey of a lifetime.

SERIES PREMIERES MONDAY, DECEMBER 29 AT 8PM PST/11PM EST

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UHTV follows Jen Adams and Norissa Harman, the fierce and fashionable duo behind Girls with Guns Clothing [GWG], an everyday outdoor lifestyle apparel company. Their roots are planted deep in the heart of Northern California, where they started GWG in their garage 6 years ago. Now, they’ve taken those roots to the far edges of the earth, and you can find GWG in retail locations worldwide.

After teaming up with outdoor lifestyle moguls Remington Arms®, Mossy Oak®, and Swarovski Optiks®, these country girls are ready to ride off into an African sunset…or take a leap of faith from 10,000 feet. Get ready, the hunting world gets a 30 minute fashion makeover every Monday night at 8PM PST on the Sportsman Channel!

Sisterly love meets heart-pounding excitement as each week, the girls take on new species, new terrain, and new personal challenges, forcing them to test their physical and emotional limits. While Norissa is the careful and cautious planner, Jen fearlessly jumps into whatever wild idea Cameraman Emaneul ‘Kappie’ Kapp throws their way! UHTV isn’t just about hunting the Big 5 or the Dangerous 7 though; along the way, the girls sample exotic cuisine, befriend the locals, and learn that the greatest adventures come when you step outside of your comfort zone.

montana-silversmiths-gwg-frontJoining them on their journey are Emaneul Kapp, the South African-turned-Georgian who films and produces Universal Huntress TV, his beautiful fiancée Chantelle Enslin, the editor of the premier hunting publication ‘Universal Hunter Magazine’, Nashville recording artist and Team GWG pro staffer Morgan Mills, Marius ‘Big Daddy’ Kotze,   of the girls’ South African home away from home, Rhinoland Safaris, as well as guest appearances by Jen and Norissa’s avid hunter husbands, Jon O’Hara and Brian Harman, and many others.

The Universal Huntress TV theme song, ‘Let’s Ride’, written and produced by Morgan Mills, featuring country star Colt Ford, will be available to download via iTunes and other digital music download apps by December 19, 2014.

Universal Huntress TV is produced for Sportsman Channel by Universal Sportsman. Executive producers for Universal Sportsman are Emaneul Kapp and Chantelle Enslin, chantelle@universalhunter.com. Media contacts for Sportsman Channel are Tom Caraccioli, 646.996.5316,tcaraccioli@thesportsmanchannel.com and Ryan Nolan, 262.432.9100 ex 117 rnolan@thesportsmanchannel.com. 

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Christmas gifts for the outdoors guy who has everything http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2014/12/ask-writing-huntress-christmas-gifts-outdoors-guy-everything/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2014/12/ask-writing-huntress-christmas-gifts-outdoors-guy-everything/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:23:02 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=17090 In this #TBT post, Writing Huntress tackles the age old question of what to get a guy who loves the outdoors and who already owns everything. And ... she shows us her "guns."

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In this Retro WON, the Writing Huntress gives you suggestions for Christmas gifts for the outdoors guy who has everything.

Dear Writing Huntress,

Both my dad and boyfriend are hunters. They own everything when it comes to hunting, including gear and guns. I’m trying to get them something different this year for Christmas, something that is fun, but also something they will actually use. What should I get the guys who have everything?

Sincerely,

Sad Santa in Sinking Spring

 

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Ask Writing Huntress is sponsored by SportDOG.

 

Dear Sad Santa,

I can sympathize with your plight. I am married to a man who literally has it all when it comes to gear and guns.

You can always get your father and boyfriend gift cards, but, let’s face it, gift cards are boring. Hence, I suggest you take the long and terrible drive to your nearest computer and check out the Bass Pro Shops website.

North Carolina was our home for 2 years and, conveniently, the Concord Mills location was just minutes from our house. Inevitably, I did 2-years’ worth of Christmas shopping there.

 

Bass pro shops WON Christmas

Bass Pro Shops put on quite a show from their online deals to the in-store Santa’s Wonderland.

 

Now that we live in the middle of nowhere, I’m facing the same quandary that you are, Santa. This is where the glory and majesty of technology comes in. Sure, you can’t visit Santa’s Wonderland in person, but you can score deals for some nifty gifts online.

In order to give you the best list possible, I have taken submissions from not only my hubby, but also from our hunting buddies who range in age from 25- to 60-years old. According to the census taken, the gifts they’d like to see under the tree are as follows:

 

Warm foot coverings

Hunters know the virtue of a good, warm pair of socks; so don’t be nervous about getting your guys a pair of Yate World’s Warmest Pocket Sock for Men ($14.99). If things are desperately cold in the foot department, ThermaCELL Heated Rechargeable Insoles ($119.99) are the way to go.

 

The ability to shoot long distances

If either your boyfriend or father shoots long distances, think about getting him the Burris Eliminator LaserScope ($649.99). My husband has been pining for one, himself.

 

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The Burris Eliminator scope.

 

The ultimate in clandestine comfort

Every time we would visit Bass Pro in Concord, hubby and I would rest our weary shopping selves on matching camouflage recliners ($499.99 to $799.99). Likewise, of the gentlemen polled, 10 out of 10 would love a recliner for Christmas.

 

Cabin decorations

Big bucks and duck mounts are stunning wall art, but don’t forget the plethora of framed prints and other wall décor offered on the Bass Pro website. If your hunny is a little on the romantic side, get him the personalized Whitetail Love print ($89.99). Your dad may have antlers on the wall, but I’m fairly sure they don’t spell out his name. The Bass Pro exclusive Antler Letter print ($149.99) is a perfect addition to his trophy room.

 

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The Antler Letter print from Bass Pro Shops.

 

Some Sort of manly meat cooker

Sportsmen the world over seem to venerate grills with overzealousness. Celebrate this trait by spoiling the men in your life with the Browning Ceramic Charcoal Grill ($549.77). It will cook their deer, duck, pheasant and the like for Christmas dinner.

 

Fire

The best part of going to deer camp is sitting around a roaring fire after a successful hunt. Make your deer camp experience glow next season using Landmann USA Patio Lights Fire Pit with Deer and Tracks ($139).

 

A dog and a training collar

If you’ve read this column before, then you know that I adore my SportDOG blind bag ($59.95). I also love and use SportDOG’s line of dog training tools. If you don’t have a duck or upland dog, you can always adopt 1 to go with SportDOG’s line of training collars ($5.99 to $499.99)!

 

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Writing Huntress shows off her SportDOG pride. And her “guns.”

 

Sad Santa, turn that frown upside down! You’ll do just fine making this Christmas memorable for your hunting men.

Oh, and if you’re looking for a homemade gift, buy a box of red, green and yellow shotgun shells. Shoot them, then wrap the shell casing around the matching colored lights and you’ve got shotgun shell lights for your tree! You can also make a shotgun shell wreath.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Hunting,

WH

This Retro WON column was published first on Dec. 3, 2013.

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Lynx and Bear: Predators Fit for the Table http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2014/12/lynx-bear-predators-fit-table/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2014/12/lynx-bear-predators-fit-table/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:59:02 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=20781 Christine Cunningham interviews people who eat lynx and bear, and shares delish recipes. The Edge is sponsored by EvoOutdoors.

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Are lynx and bear predators fit for your table? This past spring, the salvage requirements for brown and grizzly bears taken near my home town changed to require that the meat from brown bears taken at black bear bait stations be salvaged. Although I had no plans to hunt brown bears over bait, the regulation change spurred conversation about whether or not brown bear was edible. When a friend offered a sample of a brown bear roast her daughter had taken at a bait station, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try it. To my surprise, the flavor was not unlike other wild game and surprisingly mild.

Although many hunters shun bear meat, those who do consume it report that the meat is usually good or very good, as long as the animal has not been feeding on fish. Regardless of what the bear has been eating, the meat must always be cooked to prevent trichinosis, a parasitic disease also found in domestic hogs that can infect humans. As I considered the upcoming predator hunting season, I checked in with other hunters in Alaska about preparing predators for the table. Here’s what they had to say.

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Black and Brown Bear: The Other Red Meat

Alaska hunter Elaina Spraker has subsisted on wild game most of her life. In the face of dwindling moose populations due to predation by bears, she was delighted to discover black and brown bear as “the other red meat.”

“Hunters talk about Dall sheep as the wild game delicacy, but black bear meat is some of the best wild game I have ever eaten,” said Elaina. “The mild, sweet taste of the meat is delicious.” It was through utilizing black bear meat for the table that she became convinced of the value of bear baiting as a method of harvesting bears. “Not only can a hunter spend more time evaluating the animal, determine its gender and make a more accurate shot, but also the use of an elevated tree stand provides a safer opportunity for adolescent hunters to harvest a big game animal.”

(Sue Ensminger photo)

(Sue Ensminger photo)

Professional hunting guide Sue Entsminger is known for her inspired fur fashions and the contributions she has made to Alaska’s hunting community since she moved to the state in the ’70s. After taking an animal, Sue utilities every edible part, including head meat, innards and bones for soup broth. Her family eats grizzly and black bears, and Sue renders the fat for cooking.

Predators_Hunter_Returns_Amazon_photoWhen preparing bear, Sue uses recipes she has collected over the years, some of them found in The Hunter Returns After the Kill, published by the Cooperative Extension Service, University of Alaska, as well as Great Sausage Recipes and Meat Curing by Rytek Kutas. She recommends not storing bear in the freezer for longer than 6 months, and she pressure-cooks hers before freezing it. The only part of a bear she uses for steaks is the backstrap. The rest she makes into sausage, corned meat or roasts (see Sue’s Burgundy Bear recipe, below).

Elaina’s favorite way to prepare black bear is her black bear and bean enchiladas recipe. Both Elaina and Sue recommend cooking bear meat until it is well done, preferably when a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees. “Bear meat can’t be medium rare,” said Sue. “It’s just a cautionary measure against trichinosis.”

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(Elaina Spraker photo)

Lynx: The ‘Other White Meat’

Lynx are often hunted for its fur and the meat is not eaten as it is presumed not to have a value for human consumption. However, many hunters who eat lynx report that it has an excellent flavor similar to pork, and cook it like pork or chicken. Elaina has prepared lynx in a variety of ways. “Lynx not only tastes like pork, but I cook it like pork or chicken,” says Elaina. “Most chicken or pork recipes can be substituted with lynx.” She has made lynx enchiladas, lynx fettuccini, and lynx and dumplings.  Just as with bear, 160 degrees is preferred with lynx. The light, mild-tasting meat is also good in stir fry and fajitas. Sue has even prepared lynx steaks, and reports that they are excellent.

Many big game animals have parasites. Hunters rarely notice them except when infection is extreme. Most are not transmissible to humans. Dogs and cats, however, are susceptible to some of these parasites. Therefore uncooked meat scraps or internal organs should not be fed to pets.

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Bear dinner. (Elaina Spraker)

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Sue's Burgundy Bear
Recipe type: Wild Game
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 lb. bear meat, cut into ¼-inch pieces
  • 4 onions, chopped
  • 6 carrots, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 bottle dry sherry or dry red wine
  • 3-4 Tbsp. parsley
  • 2 tablespoons celery leaves
  • 2 or 3 bay leaves
  • 1 clove garlic
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, melt butter and brown bear meat on both sides.
  2. Brown onions and carrots in the same fat.
  3. Then, in a baking dish, arrange meat and vegetables together.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and add equal parts dry sherry and pan drippings with water added. Top with parsley, celery leaves, bay leaves and garlic.
  5. Then bake 2–3 hours at 350 degrees.
  6. When done, use the juice to make gravy.

 
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Elaina’s Lynx Fettuccini Alfredo
Cuisine: Italian
 
Ingredients
  • 12 oz. fettuccine
  • 12 Tbsp. butter, divided
  • 12 oz. Lynx backstrap, or any tender cut
  • 2 Tbsp. flour, plus more (or panko bread crumbs) to coat meat
  • 8 oz. sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2½ cups heavy cream, divided
  • 2 Tbsp. of fresh minced garlic
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • Salt and freshly ground white pepper
  • 2 cups grated fresh Parmesan or Romano Cheese
  • 2 tsp. grated lemon zest
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add a tablespoon of butter to the noodles while draining and toss.
  3. Cut lynx into small cubed pieces and season with salt, pepper and garlic.
  4. Roll seasoned meat in flour or panko bread crumbs.
  5. Heat oil and a couple tablespoons of butter in a large, heavy skillet over moderate heat for approximately 3 minutes.
  6. Add mushrooms and cook until brown.
  7. Set aside on plate.
  8. In the same large, heavy skillet add remaining butter and cook over medium heat just until the butter melts, stirring occasionally.
  9. Stir in 2 tablespoons flour until thick like a paste.
  10. Stir in 2 cups of the cream, the fresh garlic and the lemon juice.
  11. Blend together until creamy.
  12. Add nutmeg, salt and white pepper.
  13. Then add the lynx and mushrooms to the cream mixture.
  14. Add the pasta and toss.
  15. Add the Parmesan and the remaining ½ cup of cream to the cream sauce in the skillet.
  16. Toss the pasta mixture over low heat until the sauce thickens slightly.

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Misty Jacobsen Wins Women’s Division of World Champion Elk Calling Contest http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2014/12/misty-jacobsen-wins-womens-division-world-champion-elk-calling-contest/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2014/12/misty-jacobsen-wins-womens-division-world-champion-elk-calling-contest/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:18:37 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=20788 Congrats to Misty Jacobsen and other female elk callers. Check out the children's division ... girls are coming on strong in this event!

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LAS VEGAS – Amateur and professional elk callers from California, Idaho, Nevada and Oregon are the new world champions for 2014. Misty Jacobsen won the Women’s division.

Competitors from four other states and two Canadian provinces also received honors.

The 2014 World Elk Calling Championships, sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) and Leupold, were held during the annual RMEF convention and expo, which concluded Dec. 7 in Las Vegas.

Results:

Professional Division
1. Corey Jacobsen, Boise, Ida.
2. Bryan Langley, McMinnville, Ore.
3. Al Morris, Springville, Utah
4. Matt Brimmer, Keno, Ore.
5. Jason Phelps, Pe Ell, Wash.
6. Lance Sellers, Boise, Ida.

Men’s Division
1. Dirk Durham, Moscow, Ida.
2. Shane Donner, Calgary, Alta.
3. Greg Hubbell Jr., Belmont, Calif.
4. Kevin Akers, Oregon City, Ore.
5. Tom Gonzales, Phoenix, Ariz.
6. Travis Jones, Stevensville, Mont.

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Misty Jacobsen, Del Ray Oaks, Calif.; Kristy Titus, Prineville, Ore.; and Amy Morris, Springville, Utah. (RMEF photo)

Women’s Division
1. Misty Jacobsen, Del Ray Oaks, Calif.
2. Kristy Titus, Prineville, Ore.
3. Amy Morris, Springville, Utah

Natural Voice Division
1. William Card, Fallon, Nev.
2. Trent Penrod, Lakeside, Ariz.
3. Sam Jacobsen, Boise, Ida.

Youth Division
1. Brayden Langley, McMinnville, Ore.
2. Austin Rose, Boise, Ida.
3. Russell Nemetchek, Saskatoon, Sask.
4. Isaac Jacobsen, Boise, Ida.

Pee Wee Division
1. Sutton Callaway, Maricopa, Calif.
2. Kailee Brimmer, Keno, Ore.
3. Jessi Jacobsen, Boise, Ida.

The event helps raise awareness of RMEF elk, habitat and conservation initiatives.

In the competition, callers have 30-45 seconds to mimic cow elk sounds, followed by bull sounds. Most callers blow across a latex reed placed inside the mouth. In the natural-voice division, however, no calling devices are allowed. A variety of plastic tubes are used like megaphones, giving the sounds realistic resonance. A panel of judges scores each competitor anonymously.

Winners received prizes and cash ranging from $500 to $2,500.
About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
Founded over 30 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of more than 200,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 6.5 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.

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

Founded over 30 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of more than 200,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 6.5 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.

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Why You Should Use A Shot Timer as a Training Tool http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2014/12/use-shot-timer-training-tool/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2014/12/use-shot-timer-training-tool/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:00:21 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=20773 Michelle Cerino describes ways to improve your shooting by using a shot timer in your drills. She Shoots 2 is sponsored by Vertx.

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During the competition season, when I have the opportunity to practice, I always bring along my shot timer. Many shooters hear that high-pitched beep only during a match, because it is most likely one of the least-used tools for training. If you’re like me, you might have never even touched a timer before, but I want to convince you why you should use a shot timer as a training tool.

I hadn’t, until I bought my own, a Competitive Edge Dyamics CED8000RF timer. 

 

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The CED800 Timer has one of the largest viewing screens and many features. MSRP: $149.00 (Chris Cerino photo)

 

What Is an Electronic Shot Timer?

The basic function of a shot timer is to measure the exact time between the start signal and the final shot, with a whole lot of options in between. Although functions vary among different brands, most will display the following features:

  • Par Time allows a start and a stop beep to be set.
  • Start Delay options allow the start beep to sound a set time, or even a random interval, after the go button is pressed.
  • The Review function shows you all the information in the string of fire that you just shot.
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The par time function is used on Shot timers during competitions. (Chris Cerino photo)

 

How to Read a Shot Timer

When reading the shot timer as soon as I finish a drill, the number showing is the time the final shot was made. I can then press the review button, which shows me when each shot was fired and the amount of time between shots. For example, looking through the review I may see: 1.75, 2.10, 2.35. This means there were 3 shots fired. After the beep, my first shot was at 1.75 seconds, the second shot was a third of a second later, and the final shot was a quarter of a second after that. The time between each shot is the “split time.”

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Using Your Shot Timer to Train

I can break down the training in many ways. Let’s begin by using the “Start Delay” feature. Since this allows me a few seconds before the start beep, I’m able to practice my draw from a relaxed position. When I review the times, I can see when my first shot went off. Now I have a number to work with. I am able to set a measurable goal of increasing the speed of my draw.

Also, using the review function, I can look at my split times. Am I able to shoot a cadence of fire? Is there a certain point where the time increases or decreases? Through training and practice, I work on decreasing the time between each shot. Again, I can measure my increase of speed by reviewing the decrease in split times, and am able to record the progress.

Everything until now would be live-fire practice, on the range. However, there are times I need to train and cannot get outside. That is when I practice my draw using the par time feature with dry fire. As always, when practicing dry fire, make sure your firearm is unloaded. I begin by setting the timer for 3 seconds. That allows me to practice smooth movements, making sure my form is solid. At the first beep, I draw my pistol, make the sight picture on my intended target and press the trigger. After a while I start decreasing my time, trying to increase my speed, so I am pressing the trigger before the second beep. Once I am confident of the time, I will then decrease another increment.

 

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Michelle times her reloads with her electronic shot timer. (Chris Cerino photo)

 

Whether live fire or dry fire, I can also use the par time feature for reloads. For dry fire, I start with 2 EMPTY magazines. One in my magazine pouch, and the other in my pistol, with the slide locked back. Upon the first beep, from the sighted-in position, I drop the empty magazine, retrieve the EMPTY mag from my mag pouch, and perform a reload. My goal is to be back on target, with the proper sight picture before the second beep. The live-fire equivalent would be to load 1 bullet into the chamber and have a magazine of 2. Either from the high ready or holster, I fire the first shot. Since the gun is now dry, I perform a reload and shoot the next 2 shots. Again, the goal being to have fired the third shot before the second beep.

 

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Range officers follow closely behind so the shooter hears the second beep. (Chris Cerino photo)

When practicing with the timer, it is important to set goals. There are many variables involved in the timing of a shot. What size is the target? How close is it to the shooter? Are you using a security holster? Start out with times that you are comfortable with, and can perform flawlessly. Do not sacrifice form for speed. Find the point where you are making accurate hits, the fastest you can.

Bringing a notebook along when training is a great way to keep track of your progress. Note the speed at which you start each training session, and the speed you’re at when you end. Try to make an improvement, no matter how small, at each session.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lady Bass Anglers Association Announces 2015 Pro Tour Schedule http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2014/12/lady-bass-anglers-association-announces-2015-pro-tour-schedule/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2014/12/lady-bass-anglers-association-announces-2015-pro-tour-schedule/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:52:55 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=20771 Find out where the women will be fishing for the big bucks (and bass) next year!

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The Lady Bass Anglers Association (LBAA), the premier Women’s Professional Bass Tour, announces its 2015 Pro Tour Schedule. Our ladies will kick off the season on beautiful Caddo Lake in Shreveport, Louisiana. Following behind are stops on Bull Shoals Lake, Kentucky Lake, and Old Hickory Lake. We will cap our season off at the Lady Bass Classic on Pickwick Lake in Alabama. For our 2015 schedule and registration, click here.

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Pam Martin-Wells, LBAA champ (LBAA photo)

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About Lady Bass Anglers Association (LBAA)

The Lady Bass Anglers Association was formed by professional bass anglers Cheryl Bowden and Secret York. In three short seasons, the LBAA has developed a popular series of women’s professional bass fishing tournaments with a footprint across the south and fans across the country. For more information about the LBAA, contact Southern Sports Group or visit www.ladybassanglers.com.

About Southern Sports Group

Southern Sports Group is a full-service firm offering sports marketing, athlete management, sponsorship evaluation and acquisition, and event management for a variety of clients. For more information on SSG, its offerings, and partnership opportunities, contact Jennifer Wilson, VP Sales, at (205) 202-4121 or jwilson@southernsportsgroup.com”> jwilson@southernsportsgroup.com.

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Girls’ Night Out and Hunting in Minnesota Farm Country http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2014/12/girls-night-hunting-minnesota-farm-country/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2014/12/girls-night-hunting-minnesota-farm-country/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:00:38 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=20759 MIa Anstine went a'huntin' in Minnesota, thanks to Remington, and also, much to her surprise, attended a Girls' Night Out at Kruger Farms. Sponsored by Girls with Guns Clothing.

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Not long ago I attended a wonderful hunt and while there, another event surprised me – Girls’ Night Out. Remington Outdoors invited me to a hunt at Kruger Farms, set in Minnesota farm country. I hunt often. I felt grateful for the opportunity to head to a new area to pursue game and test-drive one of Remington’s upcoming releases, along with one firearm that’s already on the market.

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Kruger Farms is a private farm on 1,400 acres located in the prairie pothole region of western Minnesota near Starbuck. I stayed in their recently restored 10-bedroom farmhouse. The Starbuck area is composed of rolling hills, cornfields and wetlands, the end product of glacial activity more than 10,000 years ago. It’s a farming community and boasts a population of a few more than 1,200 people.

This excursion provided the opportunity to spend 3 days hunting ducks, geese, pheasant and whitetail deer. That’s a lot of hunting and field-testing to cram into 3 days, right? Well, I’m always up for a challenge, and as Murphy’s Law would have it, delayed flights set back my arrival.

Traveling from Colorado in the winter is always hit or miss. I’ve spent many hours in the Denver International Airport waiting on flights. This journey became one of those journeys. Because of the aforementioned delayed flight, my allotted time at Kruger Farms got shortchanged. I ended up arriving a day late, missing the morning waterfowl hunt.


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Not to despair! When I arrived at Kruger Farms, Mel Canady and a wonderful yellow Lab greeted me. The dog instantly became my buddy and accompanied me on a tour that Mel gave of the facility — including the home, the gathering room (aka bar) and their store.

I had no idea Kruger Farms also had a store. Set out in the middle of farm country, it is a huge retail facility and sells a wide variety of hunting, fishing, shooting and other outdoor gear. Even better news? They sell women’s items, too!

 

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Girls’ Night Out

Upon arrival, I soon discovered that Kruger Farms would be hosting a women’s event, and Mel scurried around, feverishly setting up for it. When I heard “women’s event,” I became intrigued. Mel told me the event is held annually. Kruger Farms invites women to come for a fun, relaxing night. Highlights include snacks, appetizers and a wine tasting. Guests get a sneak peak at Kruger’s fall lineup, along with holiday discounts. The “Girls’ Night Out” event draws nearly 200 women every year.

 

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After an evening sit with a muzzleloader in a deer stand, I came back ready to go social. I headed over to the meet and greet, where I met other lady hunters, women fishing guides and hunter’s wives. Even with near-zero temperatures, the turnout drew many women.

 

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(Mia Anstine photo)

 

The fun atmosphere continued from that event into the rest of my time at the farm. The temperatures had plummeted so roost waters had frozen. We headed out in the cold to look for open water for additional waterfowl hunts. We tramped through fields and knocked down some pheasants. Then we sat and patiently awaited the arrival of Mr. Big—a mature whitetail buck.

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(Kruger Farms photo)

 

Although Mr. Big never made his appearance at my stand, another writer/hunter tagged a huge 9-point. He took his shot with the Remington Model 700 Ultimate Muzzleloader at a mere 30 yards. Author L.P. Brezney sat in a stand down the way from mine. He put the muzzleloader’s primed casings and charging systems to more of a test. Remington says the Ultimate is accurate at 200 yards; he bagged a fat 8-point at 175.

 

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(Mia Anstine photo)

 

The Remington muzzleloaders, along with their UML Ignition Systems, obviously do their jobs. After our last sit, I chose to test the muzzleloader to unload it. I shot from a standing position. Although, to me, it is a heavy gun (8.5 pounds), I also felt little recoil.

Keep your eyes peeled in the future for more about a soon-to-be-announced Remington product.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nikki G is the Winner – Colt Pocketlite Mustang/LaserMax Giveaway (and Other Great Gifts!) http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2014/12/last-week-colt-pocketlite-mustanglasermax-giveaway-great-gifts/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2014/12/last-week-colt-pocketlite-mustanglasermax-giveaway-great-gifts/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 02:04:41 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=20757 There's still time to win this Colt Pocketlite with a LaserMax red laser, along with a bunch of accessories from Natchez Shooters Supplies, Girls with Guns Clothing and The Well Armed Woman. Includes video!

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We are happy to announce Nikki G won our Colt Pocketlite Mustang/LaserMax giveaway, which started on Black Friday. This was a fantastic giveaway that easily totaled $1,000, because not only did it include a Colt Pocketlite, but also many items intended to round out this holiday package gift to you.

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For example, Natchez Shooters Supplies donated Sabre Red maximum strength pepper spray, Sabre 800,000 volt stun gun with LED light, 2 MUDDY GIRL range bags (mini and deluxe), an Extreme Muddy Girl holster and … if that’s not enough … 2 boxes of Federal American Eagle .380 ACP for your new gun.

Our pals at Girls with Guns Clothing donated a way cool bucket cap and water bottle for your range time, and our friend, Carrie Lightfoot, of The Well Armed Woman, donated an IWB holster.

I purchased this gun recently, and I made a little video of some of my first shots of it at the range — about 5 yards from my target. This is not the first time I’ve shot this gun, though.

Flashback to … SHOT Show Media Day 2013.

I met the guy that engineered the new Colt Mustang Pocketlite and he told me about the stainless slide and alloy frame. He pointed out the improved grip angle. I dry fired it. I like it. Then, I loaded it and went for a headshot right off the bat at about 15 yards. Ping. Not  a problem. “Do that again, said the man.” Ping, ping, ping, ping. I took it out a little farther … 25 yards. Ping ping ping.

Such a nice balance. In the redesign, the Mustang got a stainless steel slide with an electroless-nickel finished aluminum frame. It looks like a little 1911 and just feels tight. The magazine release is on the frame behind the trigger, just like on the 1911. If you can run a Colt 1911, you can run this little pony, chambered in .380. It’ll fit in your pocket, on your ankle, in your purse …

 

With the LaserMax red laser, if you will train with it, you should feel that extra confidence in low-light conditions should the need arise to draw this gun. The laser is easy to manipulate and if you, again, train to use it, turning it on should become part of the routine. MSRP: $837 for gun and laser combo

The giveaway ends on Fri., Dec. 19, at 5 p.m. CST. Enter here.

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5 holsters for winter concealed carry from Galco Gunleather http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2014/12/5-holsters-winter-concealed-carry-galco-gunleather/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2014/12/5-holsters-winter-concealed-carry-galco-gunleather/#comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 22:00:42 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=20748 In cold weather, you get more options than ever to carry your concealed firearm. ShootingStarr is sponsored by Galco Gunleather.

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With winter quickly approaching (or having arrived) in the northern states, it’s important to modify the way you carry concealed to accommodate a change in wardrobe. Here are 5 options for wintertime concealed carry from Galco Gunleather:

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Traditionally used as a way to carry a sub-compact gun in loose-fitting pants, the Pocket Protector also may be used to carry a compact or sub-compact gun in the pocket of your winter coat. It’s a great “first line of defense” if the need arises. The pocket holster, used in this method, is the most easily accessible out of all of the holster options, because all you have to do is reach into your pocket and pull the holster/gun out, clearing the holster after it is removed from your pocket.

Galco’s Pocket Protector is available in the black, premium center-cut steerhide, in a variety of sizes for a wide range of firearm models.

MSRP: $27.95

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ShootingStarr is sponsored by Galco Gunleather.

 

 

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Miami Classic II Shoulder System

If you are lucky enough to be able to wear a shoulder system harness, look no further than Galco’s Miami Classic II. They call it a spider harness because it pivots independently, yet is connected by a clover-shaped Flexalon swivel back plate – a Galco trademark.

Situated in a horizontal position, both your firearm and adjacent extra magazines are easily accessible under a winter coat, allowing for a user to carry a full-sized handgun. Of course, a user should be mindful to wear a shoulder harness holster only when wearing a cover garment on at all times.

Because of Galco’s “wet molding” leather holster construction process, a holster may need to go through a break-in period before actual use. Here are some tips for that process:

1. Place the unloaded firearm in a plastic freezer bag, or cover it in 2-3 layers of plastic kitchen wrap. Do not cover the grip.

2. Insert the bagged/wrapped firearm slowly into the holster, gently twisting it side-to-side to minimize tearing of the bag/wrap.

3. Once the firearm is completely seated in the holster, twist it about 1/16” in both directions 6-12 times.

4. Allow the bagged/wrapped firearm to sit in the holster for about 15 minutes.

5. Remove the firearm from the holster and remove the bag/wrap from the firearm.

6. Insert the unloaded firearm into the holster, which should now be snug but not loose. If it is still too tight, repeat the above steps until the holster is broken in to your satisfaction.

The Miami Classic II Shoulder System is available in black or tan leather, in a wide variety of fits for semi-automatic handguns.

MSRP: $199.95

 

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SSS – Side Snap Scabbard

Galco’s Side Snap Scabbard is an outside-the-waistband holster that fits oh-so-comfortably because of its body-hugging, forward-molded design. Paired with Galco’s Field Grade Seven Hole Sport Belt ($31.95,) it easily attaches for quick on-body carry, and is held securely in place by the durable snaps.

The onset of colder weather makes this holster a “no brainer” to pair with a hooded sweatshirt as a cover garment.

The SSS – Side Snap Scabbard is available in black premium saddle leather, for a comprehensive list of firearms.

MSRP: $111.95

 

 Galco Ankle Lite

Left-handed shooter Britney wears the Ankle Lite on the outside of her left leg for easier access to her firearm while driving.

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With your shorts put away in your closet and long pants a staple in your winter wardrobe, it’s easy to switch your method of on-body carry to an ankle holster. I find this concealed carry option best for long car rides, where your leg/ankle is within arm’s reach.

Galco’s Ankle Lite boasts premium, center-cut steerhide construction,retention strap with reinforced thumb break, metal-reinforced mouth for easy holstering, a neoprene ankle band with Velcro fastener and sheepskin padding for extra comfort.

The Ankle Lite is available in the color black, for a wide variety of firearm fits, in both right- and left-hand draw.

MSRP: $78.95

Galco CarrySafe

 

 

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Although off-body carry isn’t my first choice, it’s better than not carrying a gun at all. Purse carry may be an option for you, if you don’t want to worry about bulky clothes and winter jackets getting in the way of your draw.

Galco’s CarrySafe can be used in purses, computer bags, backpacks, etc., by placing your gun in an elasticized, Velcro-backed holster that attaches – with an adjustable metal clip – to a hard, plastic Velcro backing plate. Simply clip the CarrySafe into your preferred bag, and your gun becomes secure while also still accessible.

The CarrySafe is available in the color black, for right-handed draw only, and fits various sized handguns, including sub-compact to full-sized models.

MSRP: $34.95

What’s your preferred method of carry in the winter?

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Make Your Own Shotgun Shell Christmas Tree Ornaments http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2014/12/shotgun-shell-christmas-tree-ornaments/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2014/12/shotgun-shell-christmas-tree-ornaments/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:30:33 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=20746 Want some quick, easy ornaments to reflect your shooting lifestyle?

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Want to quick make some shotgun shell Christmas tree ornaments? Our friend, Natalie Foster of Girls Guide to Guns, walks us through this video on how to make sparkly shot shell ornaments that light up your tree.

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Note: Most ranges have piles of shells that they are only too happy for you to take away.

 

 

Visit Girls Guide to Guns for more firearms and fashionista news.

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Win a Wedding in the Bahamas http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2014/12/win-wedding-bahamas/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2014/12/win-wedding-bahamas/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:48:36 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=20743 How do you feel about having sharks at your wedding?

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If you’re looking for the perfect site for a destination wedding, why not consider the Bahamas? And, hey, you can also win a wedding, according to our pals over at Women’s Adventure magazine site. Here’s the “hitch”:

The wedding ceremony will be performed in an at-the-dock shark cage, with a front row view of huge, hungry bull sharks, which arrive daily for their feeding.

And what do you get for agreeing to have your wedding in such an unusual setting?

  • Travel by seaplane
  • Honeymoon suite named for Ernest Hemingway
  • Local food and beverage allowance
  • Ceremony performed by a sea captain
  • No charge for the couple to stay at the Ernest Hemingway suite
  • 2 nights free for friends and family who stay 4 nights
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In order to enter, you need to submit a video to the resort’s Facebook page. Winner will be announced on Dec. 30.

Learn more about this contest at Women’s Adventure magazine.

 

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