Hunting, shooting, fishing and adventure for women by women http://www.womensoutdoornews.com Women who shoot, hunt, fish and lead lives of adventure. Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:25:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.2 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/cropped-2012_WON_Logo_watermark-32x32.png Hunting, shooting, fishing and adventure for women by women http://www.womensoutdoornews.com 32 32 LaserMax Spartan Laser/Light Combo: No Longer a Need to Choose http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/lasermax-spartan-laserlight-combo/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/lasermax-spartan-laserlight-combo/#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:46:39 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30390 Should you put a laser or a flashlight on your gun? Why not both? Find how how from Stacy Bright in her column, "Armed and in Charge." Sponsored by LaserMax.

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As a firearms instructor, I’m often asked, “Should I put a laser or a flashlight on my gun?” It’s a question that leads to more questions, regarding the size of their gun, its purpose and other factors. With the LaserMax Spartan laser/light combo, there’s no longer a need to choose between one or the other: You get both.

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Armed and In Charge is sponsored by Lasermax.

Straight out of the box, the Spartan is pretty simple. Powered by one AAA battery, which is included, there’s no need to worry about lithium batteries or the problems that they can lead to, such as the difficulties in traveling on an airplane with them. And speaking of batteries, the Spartan has an auto-off feature that turns the laser or light off after 10 minutes to preserve the battery life. This comes in very handy if you forget to turn off lasers or optics like I do.

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The Spartan also comes with the tools to install it, which saved me the effort of digging through my husband’s tool box to find the right size Allen wrench or hex key. Following the directions and using the “Rail Vise” mounting technology, I positioned the Spartan on my gun’s tactical rail at a point where my index finger can easily reach the switches, conveniently designed to be ambidextrous. Press lightly on the top switch to turn the laser on and again to shut it off. The bottom switch works the same way for the light.

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Next, it was time to align my sights with the laser. I was able to use the provided Allen wrench to adjust the windage and elevation settings until the laser dot dropped just below my front sight as I was looking at my target. It didn’t take long to make those adjustments, and after shooting a handful of rounds freehanded I was satisfied with the outcome. I was pleasantly surprised that even after I fired more than 200 rounds, the laser stayed at zero despite the recoil. The Spartan model I used had a red laser, which I found difficult to see in bright sunlight; it’s also available in green, which would be a better option if you shoot at an outdoor range often. The laser can be used in steady or pulse mode. To activate pulse mode, press the switch and release. Then press and hold the same switch for a couple seconds until it begins pulsing.

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The second part of the combo is the weapon light. LaserMax describes the LED light as “mint green”; it delivers 120 lumens, yet is dimmable to 4. To dim the light, start with the light turned off, then tap the light switch twice, holding on the second tap. Keep holding until the light reaches your desired level. My purpose using a weapon light is to be able to identify my target, good or bad. The soft green color provides sufficient lighting without blinding me with the reflection. Having a mounted light also allows me to keep both hands on my gun, rather than using one to hold a flashlight. Like the laser, the light can also pulse or remain steady, with the pulse activated the same way as the laser. Even though there are two parts to the Spartan combo, they can be used simultaneously.

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I believe that having a flashlight on your home defense weapon is important. As I mentioned in a previous article, How Lasers Can Be Used as Training Aids, there are varying opinions on the use of lasers. Just remember that lasers cannot replace basic marksmanship and training, so make sure you practice.

LaserMax hit this product out of the ballpark. With an MSRP of only $175, I’d say the Spartan is a steal for a laser and weapon light combo—not to mention that it comes with a 5-year warranty.

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Get Hooked on Fishing at Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing University http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/hooked-ladies-go-fishing-university/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/hooked-ladies-go-fishing-university/#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:34:51 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30214 There are so many "Ladies, Lets Go Fishing events!" You're sure to find at least one you will want to attend.

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The popular “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” University returns to the Gulf Coast March 11-12 at the Greater Pine Island Elks Lodge. Hosted by the nonprofit Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Foundation, the event offers classroom instruction, hands-on fishing activities, conservation and networking with other anglers on Saturday, followed by fishing opportunities on Sunday, March 12 out of Matlacha. 
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Perfect for women, men and teens who want to learn local fishing, educational events on Saturday from 12:30 – 4:30 pm feature speakers on conservation, inshore/backcountry and kayak fishing, equipment usage and more, followed by a hands-on fishing skill practice for releasing, dehooking/conservation, knot tying, kayak fishing, lure usage, fly, spin and net casting, fish fighting techniques and more. 
Saturday’s events conclude with a networking reception. On Sunday, participants can opt to fish from flats charters, pontoon/deck boats or from kayaks with guides, followed by fish filleting. There are no classes at the hall on Sunday.
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The Greater Pine Island Elks Lodge is located at 5630 Pine Island Rd, Bokeelia, FL 33922.
Featured on national network television and more, the series is supported by major partners including Recreational Fishing and Boating Foundation, Mercury, Ranger Boats, Magic Tilt trailers, Penn, Humminbird, Minn Kota and Fish Florida. Annual sponsors are Freedom Boat Club, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Treasure Cay Beach, Marina & Golf Resort, Sunrise Resort & Marina, AFTCO/Guy Harvey, Future Angler Foundation, Seaguar and Harbor Financial Services. 
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Registration includes instruction, use of equipment, hands-on training, networking, fundraisers and more. No equipment or experience is necessary. Registration and information is on www.ladiesletsgofishing.com.  
Other LLGF events include: 
Jan. 14-18 Cuba
March 25 Stuart Surf Fishing
April 18-24 Costa Rica
April 21-23 South Florida Seminar Weekend
May 20-21 Clearwater FL Inshore/Bay Seminar weekend
June 17-18 Keys Fishing Adventure Islamorada, Anyone Can Win Tournament
July 29-30 Homosassa Scalloping 
Sept. 9-10 Northeast Florida Seminar weekend St. Augustine
Oct. 20-22 Keys Seminar Weekend/Islamorada
Nov. 17-19 Everglades/Chokoloskee Adventure
Dec. 1-3 Miami Seminar Weekend

About “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!”

The Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Foundation (LLGF) is a national charitable 501C3 organization dedicated to attracting women and families to fishing and encouraging conservation and responsible angling. LLGF promotes networking among women anglers and emphasizes mentorships.Founded in 1997 by Betty Bauman, of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, LLGF has over 8,000 graduates and is the largest organization in the world whose objective is to introduce women and families to fishing. Both Bauman and the University series – dubbed “The No-Yelling School of Fishing” – are known nationally in the fishing and marine industries. The organization has earned rave reviews from media including WINK News, Inside Edition, The Early Show, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, Outdoor Life Network, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Southern Living and more.

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Hollis Lumpkin: First Split Duck Season 2016 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/hollis-lumpkin-split-duck-season/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/hollis-lumpkin-split-duck-season/#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:53:18 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30272 This week’s featured blogger, Hollis Lumpkin, (now one of our columnists) takes you along on her duck hunt.

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The first split of duck season came and left before I could even blink my eyes. It’s hard to believe that we’re already 2 weeks into the second split in December – where the heck did November go? 

Anyhoo… Let’s get rolling!

John and I hunted in Georgetown for opening day. It was a fairly warm morning – one that required a ThermaCell – but it turned out to be a beautiful day. Although we didn’t have any ducks to show for our efforts, we still saw plenty of birds throughout the morning. We just happened to pick the wrong blind to hunt, and the ducks never really came our way.

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With the super warm weather up north, and our land still feeling the effects from hurricane Matthew, nobody had very high hopes for the start of the season. The ducks just hadn’t come down yet, and those that had were concentrated where there was still food. Still, it’s always good to at least see ducks in the air, so we were sufficiently entertained!

Part of my excitement for that first hunt was getting to try out my new Girls With Guns Waterfowl Jacket. The GWG girls were kind enough to send one to me to try out for the season, and I could not wait to put it to the test. I was pleased to find out that I can wear the jacket on all occasions – whether I had just a long sleeve T-shirt underneath it, or was layered up for colder weather. With the PrimaLoft Silver Insulation, the jacket never felt bulky, and never got in the way of shooting or picking up decoys.

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If you saw my Instagram post, you know I took a spill that morning while picking up decoys, and the wrist cuffs on the jacket helped to keep my arms dry (even though I filled my waders with water). Shocking, right?

Continue reading about Hollis Lumpkin’s First Split Duck Season 2016 here and visit her blog “The Bright Side of the Road,”

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Meet ‘The Women’s Gun Show’s’ Fan of the Month, Debby http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/meet-womens-gun-shows-fan-month-debby/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/meet-womens-gun-shows-fan-month-debby/#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:56:32 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30170 Here's Debby, the fan of the month who is new to shooting and competitions, but who is enthusiastic about learning new skills.

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Meet Debby, our November Fan of the Month from “The Women’s Gun Show” podcast.

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

I’m a mom and grandma, I’ve been retired from nursing for 4 years and enjoy many hobbies including oil painting, gardening and reading.

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

Education, responsibility, practice.

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Debby is at the range in this photo with her daughter, Shannon.

The WON: What’s your next gun? Can be a dream gun.

I’m interested in getting a shotgun to get more involved in the clay shooting sports and also to participate in a duck hunt in the future.

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

I’d like to zone in on improving my skill with my carry handgun. I recently got my CHP and want to make sure I’m trained efficiently on my draw from IWB or Purse. I plan to schedule a one-on-one training session with an Instructor to work on improving my all-around shooting skills and practice various techniques in order to be able to protect myself if needed.

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

It’s important to have to opportunity and right to our firearms if we feel the need to do so.  I’m glad the election is over and our 2nd Amendment right is now protected by the current government leaders.

The WON: Anything else?

I go to our local range every 2 weeks to practice my aim and technique. I’m also a member of our local The Well Armed Woman Bayou Chapter in Houma, La. I’ve participated in IDPA and plan to get more involved in this skill set as well as participating in clay shooting competitions here.

So, who’s ready to be like Debby and become,  ‘The Women’s Gun Show’s’ Fan of the Month?

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The Women’s Gun Show Episode #35: Self-Defense Insurance http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/the-womens-gun-show-episode-35-self-defense-insurance/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/the-womens-gun-show-episode-35-self-defense-insurance/#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:45:19 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30467 Carrie Lightfoot and our Babbs discuss cool trends, firearms news and events. Carrie interviews Heather Borland, of the United States Concealed Carry Association, about self-defense insurance. Sponsored by Ruger.

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This week, in show #35, Carrie Lightfoot and Barbara Baird discuss firearms news, cool products and events. The topic, self-defense insurance, is covered in an interview with Heather Borland, of the United States Concealed Carry Association. Sponsored by Ruger.

Ruger giveawayLINKS to The Women’s Gun Show Episode #35: Self-Defense Insurance 

Survival Story 

Woman who shot home invader recounts ordeal. Phoenix woman shoots at intruder coming through window overnight. 

http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/south-phoenix/phoenix-woman-shoots-at-burglar-coming-through-window   

Firearms news you can use

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Barb shot a suppressed handgun at the American Suppressor Association’s media event in Indiana.

 

Barb talks about The Hearing Protection Act, H.R. 367, which would remove suppressors from regulation under the National Firearms Act, replacing the federal transfer process with a National Instant Criminal Background. Of course, the LA Times thinks we want suppressors so that we can become more militarized: http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-gun-silencers-20170110-story.html

Hearing Protection Act: http://jeffduncan.house.gov/press-release/rep-jeff-duncan-and-rep-john-carter-release-duncan-carter-hearing-protection-act

Carrie presents a listicle of the top 10 states with the most gun dealers. You might be surprised at the results and who made the list: http://www.guns.com/2017/01/06/10-states-with-the-most-gun-dealers-per-capita/

Cool products

danner high ground bootBarb wore these super boots while hunting in Texas earlier this week. Danner has a full line of women’s boots for hikers and hunters: http://www.danner.com/women/hunt/women-s-high-ground-8-realtree-xtra-400g.html

carabiner for range useCarrie wants to hook this carabiner on her range wear so that she can go to it, quickly:  https://myoutdoorshop.com/products/aluminum-carabiner-multi-tool

Theme: Self-Defense Insurance

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Interview by Carrie with Heather Borland, of the United States Concealed Carry Association. The women discuss many benefits of owning personal defense insurance. 

TWAW Product of the Week

magneticsCarrie says this is one of the best sellers at The Well Armed Woman’s shop: Magnetic Waistband Leather Holster Standard Cant in Black or Brown, $50.99 

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Download, listen and subscribe to The Women’s Gun Show on iTunes,  Stitcher and iHeart Radio.

Calendar: What’s up?

women's meet & mingleCarrie: Women’s Meet & Mingle at SHOT

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The ladies of the UK’s Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club are fun!

Barb is a member of the UK’s premiere women’s shooting organization: Shotgun & Chelsea Bun club events for 2017 http://shotgunandchelseabunclub.co.uk/events/

Fan of the Month

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Antelope Anarchy: This Week on Winchester Deadly Passion http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/antelope-anarchy-winchester-deadly-passion/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/antelope-anarchy-winchester-deadly-passion/#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:44:55 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30426 Find out what happens when Melissa Bachman heads out on an early season bowhunting trip in Colorado.

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MINNETONKA, MN; (January 10, 2016) — An early season bowhunting trip finds Melissa Bachman of Winchester Deadly Passion in a wet and cold Colorado – which is not the condition she wanted for hunting antelope. Never fear, Bachman always finds a way to connect on a buck. Tune in for an all-new episode of Winchester Deadly Passion on Sportsman Channel Sundays at 11:30 a.m. ET.

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Watch a sneak peek at here.

Water holes are everywhere, so guide Joey Menegatti of Story Creek Outfitters grabs a shovel and literally starts clearing them out!

We needed to shuttle the antelope closer to our blind and these wet and cold conditions aren’t helping us at all. But then a doe started dragging a buck closer and closer to us…that’s when my heart-rate starts climbing!

This area is also covered in mule deer and if the antelope aren’t working out – then Bachman is heading to the valleys and trees to spot and stalk for big bucks. Tune in to see if she gets her antelope and mule deer exclusively on Sportsman Channel.

Learn more about Winchester Deadly Passion at http://MelissaBachman.Com on Instagram at http://Instagram.com/Melissa_Bachman and http://Facebook.Com/WinchesterDeadlyPassion

About Winchester Deadly Passion: Every good hunter needs a solid role model, and Melissa Bachman, host of Winchester Deadly Passion, fits that bill perfectly with a unique ability to share her love for hunting with passionate fans and viewers. Winchester Deadly Passion is 26 weeks of non-stop action and pure entertainment as Melissa travels the globe going head-to-head with everything from world-class red stag and thousand pound gators to Boone and Crocket whitetails and thunderous bull elk. With rifle, bow or shotgun in hand, Melissa’s fast-paced, in-the-moment hunting style will keep you on the edge of your seat, while her expertise and decades of experience give viewers useful tips and strategies they can use afield.

About Winchester Ammunition
A world leader in delivering innovative products, Winchester is The American Legend, a brand built on integrity, hard work and a deep focus on its loyal customers. Learn more about the history of Winchester by visiting ‪Winchester.com or connect with us on Facebook at ‪Facebook.com/WinchesterOfficial.

Set your DVR for Winchester Deadly Passion.

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5 Winter Fishing Tips for Catch and Release http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/5-winter-fishing-tips-catch-release/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/5-winter-fishing-tips-catch-release/#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:49:44 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30259 Follow these winter fishing tips and help to ensure that future generations have the same opportunities to create year-round fishing memories.

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You’ll come across plenty of winter fishing tips that cover topics such as ice fishing gear or strategy, but don’t forget to learn about conservation-minded catch and release tips that apply to winter fishing as well. You can apply these tips when you catch fish that aren’t within the state regulations, or if you simply want to enjoy the experience of cold weather fishing without keeping your catches. Follow these winter fishing tips for catch and release while helping to ensure that future generations have the same opportunities to create year-round fishing memories.

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1. When the temperature dips below freezing, it’s even more important to limit the amount of time that your catch spends out of the water. Consider the fact that fish eyes and gill tissue can freeze, which may cause irreversible damage. Limit the amount of air exposure by ensuring that your release tools (such as pliers or de-hookers) are within close reach, and make sure that your camera is ready before you take the fish out of the water to snap a photo.

2. Exercise care when bringing fish through your ice fishing hole. When using an ice auger to drill your hole, consider the size of the fish you are likely to catch. The hole shouldn’t be too large that it poses a hazard, but should be large enough so that you can reel up your catch without having to use any force that could cause injury to the fish. The average size is between 8 to 10-inches, but this depends on the size of the fish you are targeting.

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3. When fishing using natural baits and tip-ups, keep a close watch on your fishing lines and tip-up flags. The sooner you can set the hook, the better for the fish in most cases. If a fish strikes your bait and the hook isn’t set quickly, the greater the likelihood that the fish will swallow your bait and become gut-hooked.

4. Use artificial lures instead of natural baits. If you are ice fishing with kids, live bait will often produce more action initially, but if you don’t have the kids along or you just don’t seem to be getting any bites with natural bait, switch to artificial lures. Fish are less likely to swallow artificial lures, which increases catch and release survival rates. Jigs heads with plastic tails work great for panfish and flashy metal spoons are known for attracting walleye.

Want to know the 5th winter fishing tip for catch and release? Read on at TakeMeFishing.org.

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SHOT Show 2017 to Host Second Annual Women’s Meet & Mingle http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/shot-show-2017-to-host-second-annual-womens-meet-mingle/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/shot-show-2017-to-host-second-annual-womens-meet-mingle/#respond Thu, 12 Jan 2017 23:05:49 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30451 If you are attending SHOT Show 2017 and you are a woman ... stop in and meet Olympic shooters and other women in the shooting, hunting and outdoor trades world at this popular event. Open to all women attending SHOT Show.

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(LAS VEGAS – January 12, 2017) This year, SHOT Show is proud to present the second annual Meet & Mingle social event presented for and by the women of the shooting, hunting and outdoor industries. Hosted by Bonnier Sportsmen’s Lounge, the Meet & Mingle will provide a place where women who work in the industry can network and enjoy light refreshments.

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“We received positive feedback from our survey following last year’s event,” said Barbara Baird, Publisher, Women’s Outdoor News and Contributing Editor, SHOT Daily and SHOT Business. “We are delighted to host a gathering where women in the industry can meet, network and compare notes. Special thanks to Susan LaPierre, of the NRA Women’s Network, and Julie Golob, professional competitor and retail seminar presenter at SHOT Show 2017, for their guidance in planning and helping to make this event a success.”

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Kim Rhode will be attending and has agreed to a photo session that begins at 4 p.m. She will have added another medal to her collection from last year’s Olympics!

Participants are encouraged to bring business cards for inclusion in a directory, which event coordinators will compile and make available to attendees. The U.S. women’s Olympic shooting team will arrive at 4PM for a photo session with guests.

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McKenna Dahl won her first Olympic medal this summer in the Paralympics. She also will be attending the event and has agreed to a photo session.

The event will be held on Thursday, January 19, from 4PM to 6PM in the Bonnier Sportsmen’s Lounge: Level 3, San Polo 3501. All women attending SHOT Show 2017 are invited to drop in.

The following sponsors are underwriting the costs associated with this year’s event: AZFirearms.com/Gun Freedom Radio, Beretta, Crossbreed, DIVA WOW, Jagemann Sporting Group, NRA Women’s Network, Remington Outdoor Company, Shoot Like A Girl, Smith & Wesson and The Well Armed Woman.

For more information or to participate, contact Barbara Baird: Barbara@womensoutdoornews.com

 

 

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A Conversation with a True American Icon, Katie Pavlich http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/conversation-american-icon-katie-pavlich/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/conversation-american-icon-katie-pavlich/#respond Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:35:03 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30440 Katie Pavlich will be signing catalogs in the Voquartsen booth at SHOT Show this year. Even if you don't attend SHOT Show, you can register and be in the first 50 to receive an autographed catalog.

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Volquartsen ambassador Katie Pavlich firmly believes that where we come from guides us to where we are going, even when we don’t realize it. Katie’s journey started in an Arizona mountain house, built in a meadow by her parents at the end of a two-mile dirt road. Like it was yesterday, she remembers the snowy nights going to the wood pile to get fuel for the stove, laughing with her brother as they helped fill the water tank every week, or hunting Rocky Mountain elk and mule deer as the sun bounced across the Grand Canyon’s North Rim. There’s no doubt her upbringing of strong family values and enjoying the outdoors has helped her handle adversity and stay grounded.

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In Katie’s short, but accomplished career – she has become a best-selling author, regular contributor to FOX News, and editor at Townhall.com. She also serves as a columnist for The Hill, Pittsburgh-Tribune and Women’s Outdoor News. Katie’s passionate support of our 2nd Amendment rights and steadfast resolve to fight for what she believes in, no matter the adversity – is the work we admire the most. And few people understand the responsibilities and values of gun ownership better than Katie, which is why we were excited to to catch up and discuss her work in more detail in between reloading her Scorpion 22 LR.

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You’ll be seeing more of Katie on the air waves and the web as she continues to take a stand for our 2nd Amendment rights and truth in journalism. And if you’re involved in the competitive shooting circuit, you just might see Katie at a steel match with her Scorpion.

Or – simply keep an eye on our social channels to see what we’re doing with Katie next!
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Retro WON: Women’s Waterfowl Hunt http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/womens-waterfowl-hunt/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/womens-waterfowl-hunt/#comments Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:38:10 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21135 Find out what happened when Julie Golob's duck hunt turned into a goose-getting trip. With video!

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Follow along in this photo gallery, from Julie Golob, that features highlights of a trip she made to attend a women’s waterfowl hunt in southeast Missouri, along the Mississippi flyway, before Christmas. 

 

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It’s called dirty rice and ducks and geese love it. The Bootheel of Missouri is thick with flooded fields of the stuff and outfitters, such as Dirty Rice Outfitters (DRO), make the most of it.

 

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L-R: Julie Golob, Cheri Warner, Barbara Baird and Diane Franklin. (JD Driskill photo)

Waterfowl hunting is one of the most male-dominated of wild game pursuits. That didn’t stop 2 sets of friends from meeting up for a fun-filled ladies’ weekend in the blind though. Missouri State Representative Diane Franklin, Realtree news blogger and Women’s Outdoor News publisher Barbara Baird, the vivacious farmer Cheri Warner and I were up for the challenge.

 

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There’s no sleeping in for serious waterfowl hunters. After chugging down a quick cup of coffee and delicious breakfast burrito cooked up by DRO’s camp cook, Carina, we hit the blind well before dawn. You haven’t truly watched a sunrise until you have seen one from a waterfowl pit.

 

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The first day, overcast skies and an educated duck and speckled goose population made for tough hunting conditions. Without migration of new birds into the area, the resident waterfowl were wary. Our host, JD Driskill, worked his DRO speckled goose and mallard calls whenever birds were near, changing up pitch and style to entice them into action.

 

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When birds circled about, the mood was tense as we craned our necks to catch a glimpse through concealment, ready to take a shot. During the lulls it was much different. Laughter, story telling and chocolate made the hours fly by.

 

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Even with dreary clouds and leery ducks, JD produced a few opportunities for us to shoot, but we didn’t manage to get any birds. He assured us that it was OK, because “shooting ducks and geese are different. It’s not like shooting targets. We just need to get you more experience.”

 

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(Barbara Baird photo)

 

The thrill of busting out of the rice with my Benelli, shooting Federal Premium BlackCloud ammo, made me even more determined. With every opportunity, we learned how ducks and geese study a spread of decoys, where they are likely to come in and their behavior when they commit to a landing.

 

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The day came to a peaceful close with another picturesque view and we looked  forward to the next day, as the weather forecast called for better weather.

Day # 2, or “Duck, Duck … GOOSE!”

 

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With the sun breaking through the clouds the next morning, the ducks started moving in. After working the calls, JD and his brother, Colton, consulted with each other on the bird movement and then ventured out to make a quick change to the decoy spread. This photo might be my favorite image from the hunt – the brilliant sky a gorgeous backdrop for 2 brothers who share a passion for hunting.

 

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As we stood in the blind watching our guides do their work, I looked over at Barb. Ducks or not, sharing the beauty of the outdoors with remarkable women made this hunt truly special.

 

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JD and Colton sloshed their way back to the pit. With sunlight, a bit of wind and decoys in place, JD clapped his hands together like a coach before the big game. He was determined to get us on some birds.

 

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Bird down! Diane poses with her first duck, a spoonbill, and Cheri’s smile says it all. When Diane returns to session at the capital this month, she will have this special hunt to share. I wonder if her fellow representatives can say the same.

 

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Diane and Cheri had to head home so that left Barb and me to a final afternoon adventure. JD offered that we change things up a bit and better our odds. We decided to go after some of the tens of thousands of snow geese in the area. It’s estimated that there are a million snow geese in this county alone.

 

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We hit the fields and put on a slow stalk on a group of about 50,000 snows and blues. The shots fired from my Super Vinci with Federal Premium Black Cloud produced incredible results.

 

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Barb snapped this photo of our snow geese success and my smile says it all. A huge thank you to Dirty Rice Outfitters, Diane, Barb and Cheri for the amazing experience, wonderful memories and fun girls weekend out hunting.

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This Retro WON ‘Women’s Waterfowl Hunt’ first appeared Feb. 2, 2015.

Watch a video that recaps this fun weekend for women waterfowls.

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5 Things to Consider Before Bringing a Bird Dog Home http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/bringing-bird-dog-home/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/bringing-bird-dog-home/#respond Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:19:03 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30388 Go behind the scenes of a sporting dog family in Christine Cunningham's column, "The Edge." Sponsored by Syren.

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There was a time in my life when a dog ran toward me, and I’d fear for my clothing. Dogs were wonderful creatures in my mind, but they were also smelly, slobbery, and covered in hair. My first dog, a chocolate Labrador named Jack, epitomized the hazards of dogs to fabric, whether it was clothing, linens or upholstery. He left Jack-shaped marks on the beige sofa and muddy footprints on the white shag rug. Ten years and 10 dogs later, my house has been renovated and retrofitted around the house manners of hunting dog breeds. Here are 5 things to expect when you’re expecting to allow a bird dog (or 10) into your home:

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Owning dogs has finally given me a good argument for not enforcing a shoe removal policy at my house. I’ve never been a fan of the “Please remove shoes” sign near the front door of many homes. First, because my shoes are part of my outfit. Second, because what if there’s a fire? Now, my home is more like a place of business—dog business. Just in case my houseguests are used to clean, carpeted homes I make sure to say, “Please keep your shoes on!” If you take your shoes off at my house, you will dirty your socks, or your shoes might become a new toy.

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English setters Cogswell, Boss, and Colt peaking in the kitchen window. (Steve Meyer photo)

 

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Before dogs, my bedroom was a vision of lazy Sunday mornings in white faux fur, natural fibers and goose down. After Jack plucked my comforter and killed the mythical beast that gave its faux fur for my bedding, he proceeded to shred or stain all remaining natural fibers on my bed. Now, my bed is made up of a mattress protector, durable sheets, and a hypoallergenic box stitch comforter set. We don’t sleep in on Sundays anymore.

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Five English setters from a litter we kept. Colt, Hugo, Purdey, Cogswell, and Boss were all named after fine gun makers. (Steve Meyer photo)

Socialized Snacking 

When I lived alone, my single-person snacking habits were as simple as sitting on the sofa with a bowl of ice cream or grabbing a snack from the kitchen counter. Now, all food items and the dish that once contained them are placed out of reach. To prevent “counter shopping,” my kitchen counters no longer resemble a 24-hour buffet, and the once-empty top of my refrigerator is an off-limits food-storage area. I now only snack if there’s enough to share or I eat in secret.

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Coming home to English setter littermates Colt, Purdey, Hugo, and Cogswell. (Steve Meyer photo)

 

Objects of my Affection 

My chocolate Lab, Cheyenne, holds the title for the most destructive creature in my bird dog family. She has impeccable taste in shoes, ammunition and water filtration systems. She has consumed couch cushions, danced across a shop floor on bird shot, and eaten through an unopened box containing a skill saw to chew the cord within it. Visitors ask why mouse traps line the ammunition shelf and why my shoes are placed atop bookshelves. The lack of available chewable objects is all the more reason for me to urge guests to stay in their shoes.

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Boss, an English setter, peaking in the kitchen window with muddy paws. (Steve Meyer photo)

Furniture Alterations 

There was a time in my life when I thought purchasing a sofa was a lifetime commitment. When I found the grand piano of all pin-tucked leather sofas, I figured it was as dog-proof as a cement floor. It was easy to clean compared with the suede or microfiber couches the dogs had stained and eaten down to the plywood. Although it was interesting to see the inner-workings of a sofa, it was painful to watch my gorgeous leather heirloom become the most expensive chew toy the family has ever known.

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Misbehaving English setter Boss on the bookshelf. (Steve Meyer photo)

Although I’ve found myself standing over the kitchen sink at night sneaking a snack in my tennis shoes, guilt and footwear are a small price to pay for an adoring fur family. They are responsible for disarming me of my shallow attachment to material possessions. There is a saying that “a clean house is the sign of a wasted life,” and this used to sound like an excuse for not cleaning your house. Now, I realize that I clean the house more than I ever did when I lived alone and ate ice cream in what looked like a Pottery Barn showroom. It’s hard to quantify how much work goes into vacuuming up tumbleweeds of multi-species dog hair and washing all the drool-covered dog toys and blankets.

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Colt, an English setter, looking innocent as a puppy. (Steve Meyer photo)

I think the dogs have conspired to make the house as uncomfortable as possible so that we must regularly leave the house for adventures in the field. Good plan, puppies. Good plan.

Have a bird dog? Read “Learn this Dog-training Trick to Grow Your Bird Dog’s Mind!” here.

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#HuntingwithJR: Wood Duck Hunting http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/huntingwithjr-wood-duck-hunting/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/huntingwithjr-wood-duck-hunting/#respond Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:59:11 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30318 Find out how Judy Rhodes discovered the best way to hunt for wood ducks and also, chuckle a bit at her Mr. Woody story.

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Canvasbacks are king of the ducks and mallards probably top every hardcore hunter’s list, but bagging wood ducks sat at the very top of my duck-hunting bucket list. Before I launch into tips and trivia about these beautiful creatures, I’d like to tell you a story about wood duck hunting that features my favorite dog.

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Finding wood ducks became elusive for me, even as an avid duck hunter.  I spent many chilly mornings in blinds or flooded wood timbers – 10 years’ worth, in fact, of hoping to get a glance or shot at my first wood duck. Two states and 5 guides later, I bagged Mister Woody. I could not believe my luck had changed!

My time was well spent in nature as I learned many valuable tips and insights from great duck hunting guides about these little spooky ducks. When I finally chose one to go to the taxidermist, as a memento of a wonderful hunt, I thought long and hard about how I wanted it posed. After I received the finished mount, I placed it in one of the most important “first-glance” places of my trophy room. I loved that duck and his beauty surpassed all my other ducks, hands down.

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I am not the only one who loves that duck, though. Last year, upon returning from a blacktail deer hunt in northern California, I picked up my hunting dog, Shaka, a Deutsch Drahthaar, from Camp Chuck (her trainer’s kennel and school).  She ran wildly and crazily through our trophy room, sniffing for any new mounts – only to be disappointed. After things calmed down, I noticed she was quiet and not to be found.

Holy crap! She had retrieved Mister Woody again. On command, she dropped my prize possession. I discovered, however, that Mister Woody was missing his left foot! I went on another quest – to find a left foot for my wood duck. I sent out an SOS to every wood duck hunter across the US to come to the aid, and send me an orange left foot.  Nothing. No response.

I finally called upon my favorite duck guide in Oklahoma and he had the perfect small slough in a brushy spot.  I booked a quick hunt to the north, and bagged two drakes and a hen – only to notice that none of them sported orange feet.

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I’m hoping that someday, I’ll be able to replace Mister Woody’s left foot, but until then, I still relish the thought of that particular hunt.

Did you know?

Wood ducks hang around northernmost regions longer than people realize, even though they rule the first days of a waterfowler’s autumn.

TIP:  Wood Ducks alter their feeding, loafing and roosting areas – even their flight paths – to avoid hunting pressure.

Did you know?

Wood ducks don’t often decoy in classic fashion. They do not circle endlessly or offer multiple chances of a shot. You shoot them as they make their first pass.

Tip: As wood ducks approach, they flare and offer streak over-head shots, much like shooting teal. I suggest you take iffy shots at woodies.

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

Do you have a wood duck mount with 2 feet? Please share it with us!

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Incorporating Firearms into your Physical Fitness Routine http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/firearms-physical-fitness-routine/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/firearms-physical-fitness-routine/#respond Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:53:17 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30291 Have you ever thought of incorporating firearms into your physical fitness routine? You may already do without even realizing it.

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Have you ever thought of incorporating firearms into your physical fitness routine? Believe it or not, the idea is not a new one.

In 1785 Thomas Jefferson wrote to his fifteen-year-old nephew, Peter Carr, regarding what he considered the best form of exercise: ‘…I advise the gun. While this gives a moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprize, and independance to the mind.’ —Text from James A. Bear, “Some Jefferson Ideas on Exercise, Guns and Game,” Monticello Research Report

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Every 12 months we get an opportunity to take a moment to reflect on the year that’s passed, and plan for how we want to do things differently or better in the year that’s just being born. We have all seen the cartoon depiction of Baby New Year, the diaper-clad toddler that represents the unspoiled opportunity to raise this “baby” right. And with proper care, feeding, and attention to this infant’s needs, we have hope of prosperous times ahead. We all say, for instance, that we will commit to exercising more and getting physically fit. What if you could incorporate firearms into your physical fitness? Now, that would be a fitness routine you’ll follow through on.

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Firearms enthusiasts know the fitness benefits of the shooting sports because they experience them firsthand, even if they aren’t fully aware of why they feel so healthy after an afternoon of shooting. While hunters engage in a very physical activity, by hiking and packing in in the fresh outdoor air, simply going out for an afternoon of plinking has beneficial health aspects as well.

I decided to ask some experts for their thoughts on this topic, and was fortunate to connect with Brian Hill, owner of The Complete Combatant, and Tamara Brown Templeton, a registered nurse at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

What do you see as fitness advantages to taking firearms training?

Brian: I have been a Martial Arts student in the Marietta, Georgia, area since I was 14, and an instructor since I was 18. Training and instructing in combative firearm techniques, martial arts and physical fitness have always been my passion. As far as the physical benefits of the shooting sports, we have to use several key assets when we shoot. First is the ability to find a stable shooting stance, which requires the body to work synergistically, using balance, coordination and the core muscles to assist in recoil management and target tracking. Developing a good grip strengthens the hands and forearms. The eyes have to change focus from target to front sight, thus strengthening the ciliary muscles of the eye, which control the shape of the lens. As you progress as a shooter you will move from position to position, working on your agility and speed. 

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Fine motor skills must be used for many aspects of shooting, such as loading magazines and making incremental adjustments to control aim. These all speak to mental focus and upper-body conditioning. How else are physical health and the shooting sports interrelated?

Tamara: I’ve been an RN for 13 years, most of which has been at the VA Hospital in Gainesville, Florida; I am also a beginner competitive 3-Gunner. With any firearms training, and especially combat or self-defense training, you are learning a new kind of balance. You have to not only keep your own body’s balance in check, but also have to balance the gun.  One reason is safety on the training range; secondly, acquisition of your threat into your sights while possibly moving; and thirdly, overall control of the situation. This requires another level of core strength and mental awareness. This type of training forces you to sharpen your situational awareness as well. It helps to have a certain level of physical fitness to hold your gun up for long periods if needed, and good flexibility for reaching for concealed weapons and accessories, as well as the possibility of having to shoot from crouched or awkward positions. Having the ability to bend in any direction safely while maintaining the direction of your weapon requires, again, a good combination of core strength, flexibility and situational awareness. 

Are the benefits strictly physical in nature, or are there other positive aspects?

Brian: I proudly serve as a board member at Racheal’s Rest, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that offers private counseling and five-day restorative retreat programs designed to address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of survivors of sexual abuse or acts of violence to help regain their balance in life. Addressing mental health and the internal mental benefits of the shooting sports is as important as addressing the physical aspects. The mental discipline of shooting will teach you how to focus, and how to quiet the mind so that only necessary information is being processed. Having a small explosion of a discharging firearm directly in front of you, while managing your trigger and aligning the front sights, is a great way to develop concentration. The act of drawing, aiming and firing in short period of time allows the shooter to deal with stress and manage many tasks at once. Strategies for developing skills lead to discipline in training and patience. Most important, shooting is an enjoyable activity, and is great for lifting our moods. 

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The release of endorphins and the building of a sense of pride are an inherent part of gaining proficiency in any new skill. What else can people expect to experience as they engage in the shooting sports?

Tamara: The benefits of firearms training go far beyond the physical. After a successful lesson and shooting session, you gain confidence in your skills and your ability to protect yourself. As you progress in your training, this confidence continues to grow, and self-esteem and positive mental self-assessment come into play. When you see your performance improve, it can improve your outlook on your total being. Plus, when practicing “real-life” situational drills, the adrenaline rush and release of endorphins add to the thrill of hitting the mark on your target.

Thank you so much for your help in gaining a better understanding of the physical and mental benefits of firearms training. As a health-care provider, Tamara, do you have any other thoughts you would like to leave with our readers, or any advice on what sports our readers might look into?

Tamara: I would ask your readers what other exercises they do outside the range to be sure they are in good physical condition when it comes time for shooting. I’ve seen people who are overweight shooting competitively and they do well, except when it comes to fast movement through a course, like running; then they seem to have a slight disadvantage. There may be a correlation between the physical demands of the shooting sport a person chooses and a shooter’s willingness to physically prepare for it. I shoot 3-Gun and I found out in the first few matches the importance of having a better than average cardiovascular health, so you aren’t winded at the end of a course when you’re trying to aim your handgun or taking a 200-yard shot with an AR15. Sporting-clay shooters may work their upper body more, since they have to swing a longer (and usually heavier) shotgun through the air repeatedly during a match. There are so many variables—just about as many as there are shooting sports. And I’m sure there will be some who do no physical preparation at all, and say it’s all a mental game. I think there’s probably some truth to that, too.

Brian, with your varied background in coaching competitive martial artists and athletes, do you have any words of advice for someone who is thinking of incorporating firearms training into a healthy lifestyle? 

Brian: Will shooting make you a great athlete? Probably not—but it will make you more active and give you more incentive to improve your fitness level, once you realize that the most important gear is you and not the gun.

What is your physical fitness routine?

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A Girl & A Gun Releases their 2017 Shooting Journal http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/girl-gun-releases-2017-shooting-journal/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/girl-gun-releases-2017-shooting-journal/#respond Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:32:48 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30253 If you're a goal setter, enjoy shooting and find meaning in journaling you should check out A Girl & A Gun's shooting journal.

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AUSTIN, TX — A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG) announced that it has published the 2017 edition of its innovative Shooting Journal for women shooters. While there is evidence that journaling has a positive impact on physical well-being, there are also practical applications for documenting shooting sessions. This journal thoughtfully combines ballistic data collection and professional training documentation with worksheets to log thoughts, emotions, and experiences as a woman’s empowerment and success from shooting translates into other areas of her life.

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Our Shooting Journal is unlike any other training tool in the shooting industry,” says Julianna Crowder, Founder of A Girl & A Gun. “We are very excited to continue to offer unique opportunities for women shooters to grow in the shooting sports as well as experience personal growth and empowerment.

With a different monthly focus, the Shooting Journal provides dry-fire and live-fire drills along with guided discussions to inspire women to achieve shooting and personal goals. Crowder continues, “As ladies shoot at AG & AG events, matches, or practice, they can log their training sessions on guided worksheets and store them in their Journal binder. They’ll be able to clearly review their progress as they advance their shooting goals to higher levels.”

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The AG & AG Shooting Journal is available to members of A Girl & A Gun as a perk of their $50 annual membership. Members can access it at AGirlandAGun.org./Journal

About A Girl & A Gun

A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG) is a club that provides firearms training for women. The league breaks barriers for women and girls in pistol, rifle, and shotgun sports by welcoming beginners to learn the basics of safe and accurate shooting and providing experienced shooters with advanced-level opportunities. AG & AG’s girl-friendly events have been successful stepping stones for thousands of women into shooting sports and fostered their love of shooting with caring and qualified instructors to coach them.

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Gabby Franco Reviews the Remington RP9 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/gabby-franco-remington-rp9/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/gabby-franco-remington-rp9/#respond Mon, 09 Jan 2017 13:51:45 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30322 Professional competition shooter Gabby Franco heads to the range with the new Remington RP9. Sponsored by Liberty Safes.

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The firearms industry is little-by-little catching up with our demands and our needs as serious and responsible gun owners, something that I have seen firsthand as a member of the Remington Shooting Team – first with the release of the compact Remington RM380, then the R51 and now with the new, full-size pistol, the RP9.

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Women are the fastest-growing demographic of new gun owners, and that has been the focus of many gun manufacturers. Unfortunately, some have failed to satisfy such important and demanding customers by not making real changes that could effectively benefit female shooters. This practice has made many people skeptical of new products that are advertised with the promise of being ideal for women.

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A few months ago, during a meeting with Remington officials, I had the chance to see and feel the frame of the RP9 pistol. The first thing I thought before I held it was “Oh no! Another large frame handgun, I bet I won’t be able to reach the trigger!” That thought, unfortunately, is something I often have when I see a full-size pistol. That is the story of my life, as I am a petite woman with small hands. But to my surprise, I was not only able to reach the trigger, but also, I could have a good grip on the gun.

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The wait to see the final product was long, but I finally have added it to my gun collection.

I think that women will like the new Remington pistol RP9 mainly because its design helps recoil management. The grip is great! The ergonomic lets someone with small hands have a solid grip, giving the feel of more firearm control while speed shooting. The trigger guard undercut allows the shooter to have a higher grip; in fact, that is something many competitive shooters (including myself) have done to the firearms we use for competition, so having this feature from the factory is a real plus. But the best feature of the grip, or should I say the icing on the cake, is the grip angle of the RP9, which helps tremendously with recoil management.

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Considering the grip ergonomic and how it feels in your hands, someone could easily wonder how such pistol accommodates a double-stack magazine that holds 18 rounds. Magazine capacity has always been a common talking point among firearms owners and we all agree on one thing: More is better! Having a large capacity magazine is beneficial for target shooting, competitive shooting and most importantly, for self-defense.

As you can imagine, my first day at the range (after spending more than 8 months away from shooting due to pregnancy) was fun. I shot on the move and did some target transitions. While shooting the RP9, the sight acquisition appeared quickly again and again, allowing me to make my follow up shots comfortably, quickly and accurately. Consequently, I got more comfortable with the new gun, so I increased the speed of my shots at a 20-yard target. For a stock pistol, the trigger is good; it is crisp and the reset is short enough for speed shooting.

Now, the big question is: “Is this a concealed carry gun?” And my answer is: “It all depends on each one of us.” I believe there are different reasons why people chose certain types of firearms. Perhaps you and I have different needs, limitations and/or motivation to purchase the same gun and for that reason we need to think thoroughly before choosing a firearm. In my case, the RP9 will serve as a home defense pistol. It has the ideal magazine capacity of 18 rounds, it is well balanced and accurate.

Between my new mommy duties, my baby boy, diapers and lack of sleep, I have only been able to shoot a few hundred rounds with the RP9, but I look forward to going to the range and practicing with it. Hopefully, I will have more comments about the Remington RP9 soon! But, I would encourage you to go to your local gun store and check it out and if you have a chance shoot it, I am pretty sure you will like it.

Let us know what you think of the RP9.

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Nevada Foodies: A Recipe for the Best Goose Pot Stickers http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/nevada-foodies-recipe-goose-pot-stickers/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/nevada-foodies-recipe-goose-pot-stickers/#respond Mon, 09 Jan 2017 13:08:24 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30263 Doesn't this goose recipe from our featured blogger Christy Crabtree look amazing?

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Goose Pot Stickers are a family favorite when we are lucky enough to have some goose meat in the freezer…and lucky for us this year, Andy was able to bring a few back from his Colorado goose hunt. You can make this recipe with goose or substitute duck breasts.

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Pot Sticker Ingredients

  • 2 Goose Breasts chopped in 1 inch cubes
  • 8oz can Water Chestnuts
  • 8oz can Bamboo Shoots
  • 4 green onions chopped
  • 1 large shallot chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger chopped
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 package round pot sticker/dumpling wrappers
  • 1 cup water

Directions

  1. Add top 10 ingredients to food processor and pulse until a fine stuffing is formed.
  2. Remove 1 pot sticker wrapper from the package and cover the others with a damp cloth. Place a small rounded teaspoon of the mixture in the center of the wrapper. Moisten the edge of the wrap and fold wrap in half over filling to form a semi-circle. Starting at one end, pinch the edges closed with your thumb and finger (similar to pinching the edges of a pie crust). Set on a sheet pan and cover with a damp cloth. Repeat this process until all of the filling is gone.

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Continue reading the cooking instructions for Kristy Crabtree’s Goose Pot Stickers recipe and visit her blog, “Nevada Foodie.”

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The Women’s Gun Show Episode #34: Firearms Insurance http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/womens-gun-show-episode-34-firearms-insurance/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/womens-gun-show-episode-34-firearms-insurance/#respond Sat, 07 Jan 2017 02:27:07 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30301 Carrie Lightfoot, of The Well Armed Woman, and Barbara Baird, publisher of The WON, discuss firearms insurance and various aspects of it. Do you need it?

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This week, in show #34, Barbara Baird and Carrie Lightfoot discuss firearms insurance. Do you need it?

The women also talk about news, trending topics, gear and upcoming events for firearms enthusiasts.

 

Show Links: Firearms Insurance

 

Survival Story

Carrie teaches a lesson from the action of the Waffle House waitress who pursued some robbers.

Waffle House waitress loses job after firing gun during robbery:

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/01/01/waffle-house-waitress-loses-job-after-firing-gun-during-robbery.html

Firearms news you can use

Barb is excited that one of the first actions of the 115th Congress is to move for a national reciprocity bill for concealed carry: National CCW reciprocity introduced in new Congress: http://www.breitbart.com/2nd-amendment/2017/01/03/gop-rep-introduces-national-concealed-carry-reciprocity-day-one-new-congress/

Carrie finds a story about a guy napping in his car in a parking lot, next to a gun-shaped phone: Gun-shaped cell phone case prompts police standoff: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/01/01/gun-shaped-cell-phone-case-prompts-police-standoff.html

Cool products

Allen fitover glassesIf you don’t need this, you know someone who does, right? Fit-over shooting glasses by Allen: https://byallen.com/product/over-shooting-safety-glasses/

smart vault liberty insurance firearmsCarrie likes this biometric vault, made by Liberty Safes, which will take up to 15 people’s fingerprints:  http://www.libertysafe.com/handgun-vault-hdx-250-smart-vault-ps-31-pg-107.html

firearms insuranceTopic: Insurance for Firearms

Barb and Carrie walk through the various criteria you should consider when you own firearms and are considering insurance, and Carrie gets some answers from Lockton Affinity senior vice-president, Jeff Hewitt.

NRA members firearms insurance: https://mynrainsurance.com/insurance-products/firearms-no-cost-armscare

 TWAW Product of the Week

concealment clockCarrie is a fan of this concealment clock, 59.99:  http://thewellarmedwoman.com/safes-and-safety/concealment-clock 

Calendar: What’s up?

active-shooter courseCarrie recommends taking this course from The Well Armed Woman instructor, from Point Blank Firearms, and Donna Anthony’s “Active Shooter Response Course”: https://www.pointblankak.com/special-events.html

For TWAW Members

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Here’s Barbara with Natalie Foster and Carrie Lightfoot, on a panel hosted by Beretta’s Matteo Recanatini, at a SHOT Show a few years ago.

Barb talks about the upcoming Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show and how she and Carrie will bring the latest developments in the world of shooting to you. Follow The Well Armed Woman and The WON’s social media outlets for up-to-the-minute coverage.

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GripSense Activation Technology: Grabs Consumers with Choices http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/gripsense-activation-technology/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/gripsense-activation-technology/#respond Fri, 06 Jan 2017 15:04:59 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30283 Did you hear about the GripSense Technology from LaserMax?

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Rochester, NY – January 5, 2016 – Innovation and brilliant design remain the focus of the LaserMax Product Development team with the announcement today that LaserMax is set to release revolutionary activation technology for its line of CenterFire® Light and Laser products.  This new activation technology is coined GripSense.
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This revolutionary new technology combines the best of both instant activation and controlled activation into the same product” said Chris Tinkle, Chief Sales Officer for LaserMax. “Our GripSense Technology allows consumers to choose how they want to activate their light and laser.  Your gun, your choice
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The Patent Pending GripSense Technology from LaserMax is set to debut to the industry at Shot Show later this month, with a few sneak peeks prior at sales channel partners expositions. Industry professionals stop by any LaserMax exposition, to become a part of the GripSense nation.
 

About LaserMax
 
Now in its 26th year, LaserMax is a leading innovator and designer of premium laser aiming systems with a growing portfolio of significant patents. Specializing in the design and manufacture of rugged and innovative firearm sighting solutions for military, law enforcement and commercial markets worldwide. The company also delivers premium laser products and optical systems for the semiconductor, aerospace, biomedical and telecommunications industries. LaserMax is an ISO 9001:2008 certified and WOSB 8(m) certified Women-Owned Small Business and has been recognized by Inc. 500|5000 as one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S.

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Vermont Outdoors Woman: Winter Doe Camp Update http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/vermont-outdoors-woman-winter-doe-camp/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/vermont-outdoors-woman-winter-doe-camp/#respond Fri, 06 Jan 2017 14:24:54 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29458 Spend the weekend learning winter outdoor skills while staying near the shores of Lake Morey in Fairlee, VT!

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

  Registration is Open With Several New Classes

March 3 – 5, 2017

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Fairlee, VT – Announcing a Winter Retreat for Adventurous Women! Vermont Outdoors Woman has begun accepting deposits for its Annual Winter Doe Camp to be held at the Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee, VT. on March 3 – 5, 2017. Winter Doe Camp is a women’s weekend retreat for outdoor skill development, adventure, education and just plain fun.

Participants will make new friends while staying with like minded women in heated cabins and play in the outdoors all day. Spend the weekend learning winter outdoor skills while staying near the shores of Lake Morey! Delicious, hearty and well balanced meals are served buffet style in Hulbert’s sunny dining hall.

Beginning with an optional dog sledding class on Friday morning, campers can select their own classes in 4 sessions starting on Friday afternoon and ending at noon on Sunday. Thanks to an incredible lineup of volunteer outdoor educators, we are offering nearly 40 educational classes. Recreation activities include: winter camping, basket weaving, handgun, muzzleloader and rifle classes, ice fishing, Nordic skating, snowshoeing, survival skills, archery, forest management, ax skills, campfire cooking, wildlife photography, deer and spring turkey hunting, tracking, backpacking and more. Classes fill up quickly so sign up soon.

There will be spare time for socializing by the fireplace and thanks to our many generous sponsors, we will be holding our popular raffle on Sunday after lunch.

The minimum age is 15 and minors must be accompanied by an adult. Cost for the all inclusive weekend program is $390. Mother/daughter discounts, group discounts for 3 or more and day rates are available. Don’t miss the opportunity to receive an affordable outdoor education in a stress-free, supportive environment. For class descriptions, schedule and registration form, visit: www.voga.org/winter_doe_camp.htm

Contact: Vermont Outdoors Woman at: vow@voga.org or call 802-425-6211:
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In case you plan ahead:
Our next Fall Doe Camp will be held at Jackson’s Lodge on September 15 – 17, 2017 and we are already receiving $100 deposits.

Become a sponsor and we’ll promote your products and services to thousands of adventurous women.
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Sponsored by:
Hulbert Outdoor Center, Vermont Outdoors Woman, Vermont Outdoor Guide Association and Vermont Fish & Wildlife. More sponsors are listed HERE.

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

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Jig Fishing For Bass from FIX.com http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/jig-fishing-bass/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/jig-fishing-bass/#respond Fri, 06 Jan 2017 13:21:44 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29621 Get yourself ready for the next fishing season by learning the ins and outs of jig fishing for bass in this informative article from FIX.com.

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No lure is more versatile for bass fishing than the skirted jig. The jig-head with a rubber skirt combination has been around for years, and it continues to catch bass across all seasons and anywhere bass swim. Over the years, jigs have evolved and become more specialized, which has only added to their effectiveness. In this article, we will cover the major categories of jigs, the gear needed, how to fish them, and some modifications that enable you to get the most out of these lures.

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Gear Required

Jig fishing works best on baitcasting equipment for several reasons: they are generally used with heavier line around thicker cover, and the weight of the lures makes them better on heavier baitcasting gear. A rod that is between 7’ and 7’6” in length with a medium-heavy action is an ideal jig rod. A baitcasting reel spooled with 12–17lb test fluorocarbon line rounds out the entire combination. The rod and reel should be sensitive enough to detect bites yet strong enough to get a good hookset when a bass bites your jig.

Jig Types

Standard Jig

The standard jig works great for short casts to submerged cover, but it works equally well in deeper water fished along the bottom after a long cast. These jigs are among the most versatile and common of all bass lures. The 3/8oz and 1/2oz sizes work well in nearly all situations, but sometimes heavier or lighter jigs are better. The lighter style works better in shallower water or when anglers want a slower fall from their jig, and the heavier models are better for deeper water.

Football Head Jigs

Like the name implies, the football head has a unique head design that resembles the shape of a football. This design allows great contact with the bottom, enabling you to stay in touch with your lure while not hanging up as much as with other jigs due to the head design. These jigs excel around rocks, and they work well from mid-range depths to much deeper water. Ideally, a football head works best in water between 10 and 50 feet deep. When it comes to sizes, the 1/2oz football head will cover most situations, but lighter jigs will allow an angler to get a slower fall. Heavier jigs, from 1/2oz to over 1oz, work well in heavy current or deep water.

Continue reading, “Jig Fishing For Bass” at Fix.com.

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The Well Armed Woman’s List of Top 10 Guns Purchased in 2016 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/well-armed-womans-top-10-guns-2016/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/well-armed-womans-top-10-guns-2016/#respond Thu, 05 Jan 2017 14:07:59 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30244 What handguns do you think made the Top 10? Read to find out!

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It’s that time of year again, the Top 10 time of year. So let’s talk guns, more specifically, the gun’s women are buying. Although I am a fierce advocate of each woman getting her hands on and shooting as many guns as possible to help find the “Right one” for her, I believe there is real value in knowing what firearms other women are selecting as their handguns for self defense. We all know that there is no one right gun for all women, but I think knowing what women across the country are buying, at a minimum, can help to narrow down the possibilities and help to create a great list of guns to try, or at least start with. Yes, all women unique, but we can share some common challenges when it comes to handling and shooting a handgun. Things such as hand size, trigger finger length and strength, hand strength and upper body strength are issues many women share so knowing what the prefrerences are of other women is helpful.

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Here are the top 10 firearms women purchased in the year 2016, starting with number 10. Below the list I share thoughts and observations after reviewing all of the data collected. I am no statistician and do not submit this as scientific data, but there are valid deductions to be made and preferences represented in the numbers collected. We have a great resource here at The Well Armed Woman that can be extremely helpful to you as you research to find the right gun for you, and that is reviews written by women of dozens of handgun models. You can see them here

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This list was complied from a survey of 1100 women and from The Well Armed Woman holster sales of 2016

Find the Top 10 list at The Well Armed Woman here.

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Retro WON: High Water Duck Hunt with Hollis Lumpkin http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/hollis-lumpkin-high-water-duck-hunt/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/hollis-lumpkin-high-water-duck-hunt/#respond Thu, 05 Jan 2017 13:51:56 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=24074 Hollis Lumpkin could have used a wetsuit instead of her waders. Read about her successful and adventurous post Christmas duck hunt. From her blog, "The Bright Side of the Road."

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This week’s featured blogger Hollis Lumpkin had an eventful post-Christmas duck hunt. The high waters were no match for this experienced huntress.


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Heat and fog were definitely the theme around Christmas and New Year’s here in good ol’ South Carolina, and our post-Christmas hunt was certainly no exception. Changing up the scenery, we headed northeast of Columbia to family friend’s property where my dad and some pals have a weekly duck hunt. It has been a year or two since I’ve been able to hunt there, and this one was a fantastic way to come back.

With all of the rain the region has gotten in the past few months, water levels are extremely high and many of the roads are simply not drivable. That also means that the pond levels are a foot and a half to 2 feet higher than normal… Yes, I think you can Hollis-Lumpkin-Featuresee where this is going.

 

Continue reading about Hollis Lumpkin’s High Water Duck Hunt and visit her blog “The Bright Side of the Road,”

 

This Retro WON first appeared Jan. 13, 2016.

 

 

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S&CBC’s Shooting Adventures in Missouri & Texas with The WON http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/shooting-adventures-missouri-texas-won/ Wed, 04 Jan 2017 13:37:47 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30228 The #BunClubUSA tour continues with this video compilation of the various types of shooting adventures the S&CBC women did while in the U.S.

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Lots of gun fun! Women’s Outdoor News, TeamWON’s Barbara Baird, Michelle Cerino, Julie Golob and Judy Rhodes of DIVA WOW take Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club (S&CBC) girls, Victoria Knowles-Lacks and Claire Sadler sight seeing and shooting pistols, shotguns in sporting clays and rifles in Texas and Missouri for their outdoor adventure and hunting trip to the United States. Learn about the S&CBC and stay tuned as these women experience more great outdoor shooting adventures including the Kansas Governor’s Ringneck Classic.
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First, Victoria Knowles Lacks and Claire Louise Sadler played the part of tourist, after arriving in Dallas from London on Nov. 12. Michelle Cerino, managing editor of The WON, flew down to be their tour guide and to make sure they drove on the “right” side of the road. You can see what happened when they went to JR Ewing’s Southfork Ranch here. After hunting in Kansas for pheasants and prairie chickens, the women found their way in a rental car without a GPS unit, to the boonies of southwest Missouri, to meet up with our publisher, Barbara Baird, yet again.
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This video is compilation of the various types of shooting the women did before and after the Kansas Governor’s Ringneck Classic, a spectacular time in the field and on the range in western Kansas.

Music Attribution:
Tennessee Hayride by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

What shooting adventures would you like to go on?

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Smith & Wesson® Unveils the M&P® M2.0™ Pistol http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/smith-wesson-mp-m2-0-pistol/ Tue, 03 Jan 2017 16:34:16 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30222 Smith & Wesson Corp. just announced the debut of it's new M&P M2.0 pistol.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass., January 3, 2017 – Smith & Wesson Corp. today announced the debut of the M&P M2.0 pistol, the latest innovation from the iconic firearms company.  Designed for personal, sporting, and professional use, the M&P M2.0 pistol delivers an entirely new platform, introducing innovative features in nearly every aspect of the pistol, including the trigger, grip, frame, and finish.

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James Debney, President and CEO of American Outdoor Brands Corporation, the parent company of Smith & Wesson Corp., said, “When we launched the first M&P polymer pistols over 10 years ago, they were a game changer for the company.  Since that time, we have clearly established M&P as a leading firearm brand and built an incredibly strong family of products around it, including the market leading M&P Shield® pistols. Now, with a decade of experience under our belts, we are very excited and proud to reveal our next generation M&P pistol – the M&P M2.0. We expect this completely new product platform to clearly differentiate us from the competition and take significant share in the handgun market.  Today, we are launching the 9mm, 40S&W and .45 Auto versions of our full-size design, but stay tuned for multiple new product additions and line extensions in 2017 that will establish a completely new family based on this platform. This is a key strategic milestone in achieving our vision for the Firearms Division, which is ‘To be the leading firearms manufacturer’.”

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Matt Buckingham, President of the Firearms Division, said, “Our goal is to continually strengthen and grow our leadership position in firearms by meeting and then exceeding the needs, wants, and desires of the consumer. With this goal always in our minds, the new product development team at Smith & Wesson tapped into more than a decade of M&P experience, performance data, and candid feedback from professional users when designing the M&P M2.0 Pistol – and it shows.   When you pick up this pistol, the first thing you’ll notice is an extraordinary grip that feels great in the hand – and that’s just the beginning.  From the grip, to the new aggressive texture, to the crisp trigger and audible reset, this pistol feels and fires like a next-generation model should – and more. This is clearly one of the most advanced production pistols on the market today, and we believe it is the pistol that consumers have been waiting for.  The M&P M2.0 in 9mm and 40 caliber versions is in stock at our distributor partners and is shipping today.”

 

Highlights of the M&P M2.0 pistol include an extended stainless-steel chassis and high grip to barrel bore axis ratio for reduced muzzle rise and faster aim recovery.  The M&P M2.0 pistol further improves performance with a fine-tuned, crisper trigger, lighter pull, and a tactile and audible reset. The pistol, available in three calibers, includes an aggressively-textured grip and four interchangeable palmswell inserts for optimal hand-fit and trigger reach.  The M&P M2.0 is an ideal pistol for all shooters in all conditions.

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M&P M2.0 pistol Advanced by Design

Superior Ergonomic Design

•        M&P pistol’s optimal 18-degree grip angle, providing a natural point of aim

•        M&P pistol high grip-to-barrel bore axis – more comfortable to shoot, faster aim recovery

•        Four interchangeable dimensional palmswell grips for best-in-class fit: S,M,ML,L

•        New aggressive M2.0 textured grip for enhanced control

•        New front cocking serrations

 

Superior Performance

•        New M2.0 crisp trigger with lighter trigger pull

•        Tactile and audible trigger reset

•        Accurate 1 in 10” twist 9mm and 40S&W, and 1 in 15” twist .45 Auto M&P M2.0 barrels

•        Extended rigid embedded stainless steel chassis to reduce flex and torque when firing

•        Tactical white 3-dot steel sights for quick target acquisition

 

Superior Controls

•        Ambidextrous slide stop, reversible magazine release, and optional ambidextrous thumb safety

•        Simple M&P take-down lever, for easy disassembly and maintenance

•        M&P pistol sear deactivation lever – safe take-down without having to pull the trigger

 

Superior Finish

•        Armornite® – hardened nitride durable corrosion resistant finish on barrel and slide

•        Cerakote® FDE finish over Armornite® on Flat Dark Earth M2.0 slides

 

The M&P M2.0 pistol base model is priced within reach, at an MSRP of $599. It is available in the three most popular pistol calibers: 9mm, 40S&W and .45 Auto. The striker-fire, semi-automatic polymer pistol is available in matte black or FDE – Flat Dark Earth – finishes and includes two magazines, a limited lifetime warranty, and a lifetime service policy.

 

To see the M&P M2.0 pistol in action, please visit https://www.smith-wesson.com/brands/mp

For more information on Smith & Wesson’s M&P family of products, including the new M&P M2.0 pistols, please visit www.smith-wesson.com.

 

About American Outdoor Brands Corporation

American Outdoor Brands Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: AOBC) is a provider of quality products for shooting, hunting, and rugged outdoor enthusiasts in the global consumer and professional markets. The Company reports two segments: Firearms and Outdoor Products & Accessories.  Firearms manufactures handgun and long gun products sold under the Smith & Wesson®, M&P®, and Thompson/Center Arms™ brands as well as provides forging, machining, and precision plastic injection molding services. Outdoor Products & Accessories provides shooting, hunting, and outdoor accessories, including reloading, gunsmithing, and gun cleaning supplies, tree saws, vault accessories, knives, laser sighting systems, tactical lighting products, and survival and camping equipment. Brands in Outdoor Products & Accessories include Smith & Wesson®, M&P®, Thompson/Center Arms™, Crimson Trace®, Caldwell® Shooting Supplies, Wheeler® Engineering, Tipton® Gun Cleaning Supplies, Frankford Arsenal® Reloading Tools, Lockdown® Vault Accessories, Hooyman® Premium Tree Saws, BOG POD®, Golden Rod® Moisture Control, Schrade®, Old Timer®, Uncle Henry®, UST™, and Imperial™.  For more information on American Outdoor Brands Corporation, call (844) 363-5386 or log on to www.aob.com.

 

About Smith & Wesson

Smith & Wesson Corp. is a provider of quality firearms for personnel protection, target shooting, and hunting in the global consumer and professional markets. Smith & Wesson is world famous for its handguns and long guns sold under the Smith & Wesson®, M&P®, and Thompson/Center Arms™ brands.  Through its Manufacturing Services Division, Smith & Wesson Corp. also provides forging, machining, and precision plastic injection molding services to a wide variety of consumer goods companies. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to www.smith-wesson.com.

Who’s ready to try the M&P M2.0 pistol?

 

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Why I Support Silencers, aka Suppressors, for Firearms http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/american-suppressor-association-silencers/ Tue, 03 Jan 2017 13:35:36 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30173 Our Babbs weighs in on why the Hearing Protection Act should pass and pass quickly this congressional season, and gives us a background on suppressors, aka silencers, and why they should be easier to obtain.

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I joined the American Suppressor Association last week. The American Suppressor Association (ASA) is a registered non-profit trade association with the mission to “identify and advocate for the common interest of the suppressor industry.” I had attended its first media event in 2014 and have been impressed ever since. I felt the time had come to support the cause for silencers, aka suppressors, with some dollars, as well as words – especially this year, when there might be huge changes in firearms laws because of our recent presidential election.

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From the ASA’s website

Currently, there are 42 states where citizens may own suppressors, aided largely by the ASA and its efforts to educate.

The ASA is the voice for the suppressor industry, with a mission to “unite and advocate for the common interests of suppressor manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and consumers.” It’s been around since 2011, and since then, according to its website, “thirty-six pro-suppressor laws or regulations have been enacted. Eighteen states have legalized suppressor hunting, fifteen states have passed ‘Shall Sign’ or ‘Shall Certify’ legislation, and three states have legalized suppressor ownership.” That’s a great track record, but the ASA will not be happy until all 50 states allow suppressors to be legal.

Why Silencers?

Why do we need the ASA in the United States, given that the 2nd Amendment to our Constitution says that the Federal government shall not interfere with citizens keeping and bearing arms? In addition, I ask those who believe the Amendment only applies to some fictional “militia,” why are there government restrictions on something that is merely a firearms accessory, and not a firearm or weapon itself?

At this point, for those asking such questions, I should present a little history of something titled the National Firearms Act (The NFA) of 1934. Per Public Law, in regard to the NFA, “The term ‘firearm’ means a shotgun or rifle having a barrel of less than eighteen inches in length, or any other weapon, except a pistol or revolver, from which a shot is discharged by an explosive if such weapon is capable of being concealed on the person, or a machine gun, and includes a muffler or silencer for any firearm whether or not such firearm is included within the foregoing definition.”

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Managing editor Michelle Cerino and I attended the first ever media event hosted by the American Suppressor Association in Indiana, before the NRA’s Annual Meetings and Exhibits.

The NFA is considered by many gun enthusiasts to be the first effort by our Federal government to control guns, as it levied a tax on items that the government wanted to control without having the Constitutional power to do so. Prospective owners must fill out Federal paperwork, undergo a background check, pay a $200 tax per item, conduct the transfer of the restricted item through a licensed dealer in their state, and wait for approval until they can take possession. This appears in stark contrast to countries in Europe where the governments encourage the use of suppressors on what few firearms they allow their citizens to purchase. After all, suppressors are merely a safety device for hearing protection, not some evil, Hollywood-created gangster’s tool.

silencersIn 1939, a federal court heard the pivotal Miller v. United States case and ruled that the NFA violated the Second Amendment. The Supreme Court overturned that ruling, because the clever feds decided to regulate the taxation of NFA firearms, which the Supremes say is within the federal authority, rather than the possession of NFA firearms, which would have violated the 2nd Amendment. The NFA has been amended several times, and rarely to the advantage of a gun owner.

Currently the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATFE) cannot keep up with the requests for these transfers. It is woefully behind the curve because it only employs 25 people to work on this process. In fact, the BATFE reported the number of registered silencers in the U.S. exceeded the 900,000 mark in February 2016. According to the Jan 2017 issue of Small Arms Review magazine, from January to August 2016, the BATFE estimates they received over 365,000 NFA applications, and that by the end of 2016 they will have received an additional 1 million applications. These totals include applications for every type of NFA-restricted item mentioned above, but the majority of applications are likely for suppressors.

Why would you want to own a suppressor for shooting or hunting?

  • Some shooters fear the recoil and/or the noise of their firearms. A suppressor can cut down on flinch, or even stop the bad habit of closing your eyes before taking a shot.
  • Another reason to use a suppressor is for hearing protection. How many hunters do you know who actually wear any hearing protection when they’re hunting? As hunters, we want to hear our environment and respond to it.
  • A suppressor also reduces the muzzle rise and recoil, and that means you can get back on target faster if you need to take another shot.
  • Of course, suppressors work to your advantage if you’re hunting or shooting in or near noise-sensitive areas.
  • For law enforcement purposes, where the chemicals involved are toxic and flammable, the use of silencers on pistols as well as rifles is required because it mitigates the flash because it an cause an explosion.

The National Hearing Protection Act

An important step to expand the use of silencers in this country is for people to support the National Hearing Protection Act of 2015 (H.R. 3799), which is waiting for the new Congress to convene and pass. This act will remove suppressors from the NFA.

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“We look forward to the day when we are no longer taxed to protect our hearing while exercising our Second Amendment rights at the range, and in the field. Together, we can ensure that future generations of sportsmen and women will no longer have to sacrifice their hearing,” states the ASA, at its website.

You can learn more about how to let your legislators know that you are in favor of the Hearing Protection Act by visiting the ASA’s special page at its website.

From a human health perspective, suppressors are important, and frankly, it’s ironic that Europeans can purchase suppressors over the counter, while we have to pay a $200 fee per suppressor and adhere to strict regulations about usage of guns with suppressors.

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Find out more about laws in your state regarding suppressor legality and ownership. http://americansuppressorassociation.com/

What do you think of silencers? Do you own a suppressor?

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Triggering Positive Memories in Universal Hunter’s Last Issue http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/memories-universal-hunters-last-issue/ Tue, 03 Jan 2017 02:33:01 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30192 Go out and grab this collector’s item of Universal Hunter, which is now available on newsstands and online.

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(December 2016) – “Triggering Positive Memories” is not only the title of the cover story by author, Julie McQueen, in the winter issue of Universal Hunter, but it is also the theme as this is the last issue of the glossy-paged hunting magazine. Go out and grab this collector’s item of Universal Hunter, which is now available on newsstands and online at http://UniversalHunter.Com.

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I will miss the magazine tremendously, but I will always hold the memories of each issue near and dear to my heart. I learned quite a bit about the printing and hunting industries and I know there will always be an audience for well-written stories. So please be sure to follow us online at UniversalHunter.Com,” said Chantelle Kapp, editor. “A very special ‘thank you’ to our writers: Jim and Mary Clary, Tony Martins, Tim Herald, Larry Weishuhn, Jen O’Hara, Julie McQueen, Matt Guedes and dozens of others that have crossed our pages since our first issue in 2012.”

Featured in the winter issue is “The South African Bug,” by Jen O’Hara who is now on her 10th journey to South Africa, and one she shared with Girls with Guns employee and close friend, Callie Wolverton. Don’t miss Tim Herald’s article, “My Two Favorite Hunts,” where he answers the question he’s asked the most often – ‘What is your favorite hunt?’ His response lands him on two continents.

Regular columnists Dr. Jim and Mary Clary continue to provide product reviews on items from Ruger Powder-Keg Knife by CRKT, Bog-Pod Hiking and Shooting Q-Stik, G.P.S. Large Rolling Range Bag and BIGshot Targets Iron Man Pro, to name a few. Of the Range Bag, the Clary’s wrote, “The patent pending ‘Visual ID Storage System’ has found a home on this bag. The photo realistic icons are places on specific pockets to maximize protection and storage of each item. Not only do these icons take the work out of organizing your stuff, it makes it easy to quickly check your bag before heading home to insure everything is present.”

And finally, don’t miss a special Q&A with Dean Capuano, Director of Communications for SWAROVSKI OPTIK and host of SWAROVSKI OPTIK Quests on Outdoor Channel. Capuano shares how to buy optics for any hunting situation and whether or not brightness in optics is an overrated question.

Universal Hunter is now on newsstands and available for download via iTunes, Google Play, Nook and Magzter. Learn more at http://UniversalHunter.Com and at https://www.facebook.com/UniversalHunterMagazine

About Universal Hunter:

Led by Editor, Chantelle Kapp, and Publisher, Emaneul Kapp, the respected wildlife and hunting videographer and photographer with more than 20 years worldwide video and photography experience, and producer for “Universal Huntress,” put Universal Hunter magazine together. Universal Hunter’s team of professional writers include: Tim Herald, Julie McQueen, Tony Martins, Magnus Pelz, James Clary, Larry Weishuhn, and many more. Each issue offers new and exciting hunting and informational articles along with member contribution articles, giving Universal Hunter readers the best of both worlds.

Winter Issue is Universal Hunter is the Last Newsstand Issue – More Online at UniversalHunter.Com

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What’s on Your Whitetail Checklist? http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/whitetail-checklist/ Mon, 02 Jan 2017 19:36:25 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30146 Marjorie Paulson reveals her whitetail-hunting checklist in her column, “Out and About,” sponsored by The Original Muck Boot Company. Find out what she won't leave home without!

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I’ve started keeping a “bullet journal” in an attempt to keep myself organized. Basically, it’s a personal calendar with the flexibility to keep all kinds of lists. To-do lists, books-to-read lists, movies-to-watch lists, chore lists, steps left to finish a bathroom remodel.  Lists come in handy in all aspects of my life, from buying groceries to my whitetail checklist.

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Not only are lists handy, they can be crucial when it comes to planning a whitetail hunt. Bringing the essential gear can mean the difference between a successful, enjoyable hunt and a miserable—or, worse, dangerous—one.

Here’s what I have on my whitetail deer–hunting checklist for rifle season.

1. Boots. While I don’t aim to prioritize this list, I have to admit that I’m partial to my footwear on a whitetail deer hunt. Not only must they keep my feet warm in the colder days of rifle season, but they must also protect my feet from burrs, blisters, rocks and rubs. I primarily hunt in the spot-and-stalk method. The areas I hunt are open enough to allow me to see quite a distance and hilly enough to demand comfortable footwear. The boots I rely upon are Women’s Wetlands from The Original Muck Boot Company. After walking miles in them, at the end of the day my feet are just fine. Bottom line on boots: Find a pair you love, break them in a bit before heading out for a long hunt, and go back to them time after time.

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2. Hunting gear. By this, I mean the gear you need to actually kill a whitetail. I use a Browning .270 WSM. It’s deadly accurate, lightweight, and left-handed. In addition, I bring two knives: a SOG fixed blade and a Havalon caping knife with replaceable blades. Regardless of the brand you choose, it’s essential that your knives be sharp and easily accessible.

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3. Optics. Ideally, I use three forms of optics. First, I have a scope on my rifle. I cannot imagine hunting without a scope, especially across open fields and small canyons. My goal is an accurate shot with an efficient kill; a scope makes that possible. The second optic I rely upon is a pair of binoculars. I’ve used some of the best and some of the worst. Obviously, the higher quality binos, the better. The most important feature, in my opinion, is ease of use. I must be able to lift the binos to my eyes and quickly acquire visual contact with distant objects. I have no time to fiddle around getting things “just right.” Finally, I like to use a rangefinder. It’s not essential, so I could leave it off my checklist, but I appreciate the peace of mind it provides. Confidence cannot be overrated when it comes to pulling a trigger, and a rangefinder lets me verify my instincts.

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4. Clothing. We dress from the inside out, so let’s start with base layers. These are essential where I hunt during late rifle season. A good set of base layers provides you with an extra layer of insulation and it wicks away moisture, keeping you warm in cold weather.

Browning-Junior-uplandvestYou’ll also need a hunter orange vest, and possibly more hunter orange gear, depending on the state you hunt in. I also wear an orange cap because it’s warm and I think it brings me good luck.

5. Food and water. Where I hunt, I take long walks but I am never more than a couple of miles away from the truck. This cuts down on the amount of food and water I must bring along. Even so, I always carry water with me. Staying hydrated, regardless of the temperature outside, is essential. I bring two bottles with me, which is plenty for drinking, with perhaps a little extra for hand washing and cleaning my knives at the end of a successful hunt. Again, knowing that the truck is nearby makes a difference, because I keep plenty of water in there.

Likewise, I don’t carry much food with me. A couple of Snickers bars and maybe an apple is enough. Often I don’t even need that while I am hunting, but it’s good to have in case I get hungry.

6. Extras. There are various other items I carry with me; some are vital and some are simply convenient. I always have a small first-aid kit in my pack. I carry a flashlight with me, and I like having a headlamp. Rope can come in handy when I have to drag a whitetail back to the truck. I also carry a supply of hand warmers: My fingers get cold no matter what gloves I wear, but hand warmers keep them nimble. I like to carry a few Ziploc bags in my pack. These are great for storing the whitetail deer heart—we gut the deer in the field—as well as for securely holding various other items, such as trash that I might not want to stuff in my backpack.

Speaking of such trash, women who hunt sometimes find themselves in the field during “that time of the month.” I make sure I have a few feminine products and some toilet paper in my pack. I keep them in a Ziploc bag that I can then use to put any used items in for later disposal. As awkward as that may sound, most of us have been in such situations. It’s just life. We don’t let something that natural keep us from getting outdoors.

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7. Licenses and tags.  I did not prioritize this list. If I had, the hunting license would have been at the top. Like the dessert at the end of a great meal, I saved the best for last. A hunt cannot happen without a hunting license allowing you to legally hunt in a state. Hunting big game, such as whitetail deer, requires “tags,” which must be purchased and allow you to hunt in a particular location for a specific species of animal. Not only do licenses help conserve animal populations, they also serve as an important method of raising funds for the state, much of which is used to protect the very land upon which you are hunting. In addition, hunters in many states must meet certain firearms safety requirements before being granted a hunting license, a practice which addresses public safety concerns.

No doubt, I have left many items off this whitetail deer-hunting checklist. Each hunt is different, and each hunter is unique. My hope is that this checklist serves as starting point as you prepare for a hunt. There are so many products out there that claim to be essential, but I try to limit my gear to the minimum necessary. I would love to hear from you.

What’s on your whitetail checklist?

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The Women’s Gun Show Episode #33: Firearms Checklist http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/01/womens-gun-show-episode-33-firearms-check-list/ Mon, 02 Jan 2017 15:02:09 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30123 In this show, Carrie Lightfoot and Barbara Baird list 17 must-dos for gun owners in 2017. Barbara interviews the Nov. Fan of the Month, Debby, from New Orleans. Sponsored by Ruger.

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This week, in show #33, we’re going to discuss a must-do list of what you need to do in 2017 if you own firearms, and you can download a firearms checklist. We’re also going to hear from our November Fan of the Month, Debby.

LINKS to The Women’s Gun Show Episode #33: Firearms Checklist

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Intruder killed in attempted Kingwood home invasion Houston:  http://concealednation.org/2016/12/burglars-didnt-want-to-take-christmas-eve-off-now-one-is-on-permanent-vacation/   http://cw39.com/2016/12/25/intruder-killed-in-attempted-kingwood-home-invasion/  Women's Gun Show logoFirearms news you can use

Barbara runs through several changes that gun owners in California will face in 2017, and why Californians are forming long lines to buy guns before new gun control laws come into effect: http://www.theblaze.com/news/2016/12/21/lines-out-of-the-door-see-what-happens-when-liberal-states-pass-new-strict-gun-control-laws/

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Barbara really likes her new Comp-Tac flatline thumb break holster: http://www.comp-tac.com/tactical-holsters/flatline-thumb-break-holster-10528 deuce-full_loadout_20_tacticalteddy_coyote_grande diaper bagCarrie still has babies on the brain, and found this tactical diaper bag – https://tacticalbabygear.com/?utm_source=Facebook https://tacticalbabygear.com/collections/diaper-bags 

Theme: What you must do if you own firearms and haven’t  done so yet

Barb and Carrie created this helpful checklist, based on their discussions during the show.

Firearms Checklist for 2017

From The Women’s Gun Show, sponsored by Ruger

  1. Record all serial numbers, accessories (include magazines, scopes, optics), value of firearms. Take photographs. Create a document on computer. Use Excel spread sheet.
  2. Clean firearms that have been used.
  3. Store your guns and organize your safe(s). Purchase additional storage options for your guns.
  4. Analyze the places in your home that you spend time and plan to store firearms accordingly for safe and storage placement.
  5. Check out holsters and other parts for them.
  6. Figure out an organizational system for holsters and belts, optics, etc.
  7. If you have holsters, optics, etc., that you don’t use any longer, consider donating to a non-profit conservation organization.
  8. Get and change, if necessary, batteries for optics. Clean the glass on your optics.
  9. Order any extra batteries for accessories.
  10. Do a maintenance check – flashlights/lasers. Change the batteries on all batteries.
  11. Check safes – change batteries.
  12. Buy binders with sleeves and store your firearms manuals and small tools in the sleeves, in a resource area.
  13. Review your training – log it – set training goals for new year. Consider making a dry fire checklist that applies to your lifestyle and how you’d use your firearms.
  14. Clean out your range bag, remove all items and organize before placing them in back in the bag. Change batteries in electronic ear protection, and add new batteries in a Ziploc bag for future battery changes. See https://www.amazon.com/Life-Changing-Magic-Tidying-Decluttering-Organizing/dp/1607747308 for a great technique on how to organize things.
  15. Organize your ammo storage and rotate it so that the oldest is in front and gets used.
  16. Check – restock your cleaning kit/supplies.
  17. Carrie’s bonus tip: Review your local laws. Refresh and note any new laws in place regarding firearms and especially, concealed carry, for this year.

Download a PDF of this checklist.

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Here’s Debby (on the left) with her daughter, Shannon, the one who invited her to the range!

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Meet Debby, the November Fan of the Month, a new shooter from the New Orleans area!

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Carrie loves these Howard Leight Impact Pro Electronic Ear Muffs,  $87.99: http://thewellarmedwoman.com/range-supplies/eye-and-ear-protection/howard-leight-impact-pro-electronic-ear-muff    Tisma-Juett-Colt-DefenderCalendar: What’s up?

The Apple Valley Gun Club (Victorville, CA) has got it goin’ on for women: http://www.applevalleygunclub.com/index.php?page=38 

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Shot & Chelsea Bun Club Adventures at Southfork Ranch http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/shot-chelsea-bun-club-adventures-southfork-ranch/ Fri, 23 Dec 2016 20:10:51 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30109 Have you ever seen Southfork Ranch, home of JR Ewing? Check out the video that details the trip made by The WON's managing editor, Michelle Cerino, and The Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club ladies.

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Last November, 2 members of the UK’s Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club (S&CBC) came to the US for a tour, which included spending time in Texas, Kansas and Missouri. Victoria Knowles-Lacks, the founder of the S&CBC and her good friend, Claire Sadler, a lawyer from London, arrived in Dallas on Sat., Nov. 12. Our managing editor, Michelle Cerino, flew there to sightsee and make sure the ladies drove on the “right” side of the road. One of the must-sees, and on the wish list from the UK visitors, was Southfork Ranch.

Judy Rhodes, our hunting writer and founder of DIVA WOW, lives in Dallas, but had been preoccupied with her son’s wedding eariler. She joined the group – and me – on Tues., Nov. 15.

In the meantime, Michelle had escorted the ladies to see the famous Texas School Book Depository and Southfork Ranch.

“Dallas was just incredible! It was such an amazing city and we absolutely loved it … not as much as the company though. Barb, Judy and Michelle were just the absolute best. We’ll never forget our time with these amazing ladies,” said Victoria.

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We put together this video, a compilation of various photos and movies, from the women’s trip to Southfork. We hope you enjoy watching it, and that if you haven’t been to JR Ewing’s place, you’ll feel like you got a peek behind the scenes.

We’d like to thank the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau for the gracious passes they supplied to our tourists.

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TakeMeFishing.Org: How To Catch Trout Through the Seasons http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/takemefishing-catch-trout-seasons/ Fri, 23 Dec 2016 14:14:38 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29478 Read through these simple tips from TakeMeFishing.org, on how to catch trout through the changing seasons, and you'll be well on your way to catching your first rainbow, brown or brook trout.

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Do you want to learn how to catch trout? Maybe you’ve been reluctant to try trout fishing because you remember reading a book or magazine article that made it sound like the only people who could outsmart these popular sport fish were either brain surgeons or rocket scientists. Or, perhaps you’ve been hesitant to start trout fishing because you don’t think this is the best time of year to catch them. What are the best seasons for trout fishing?

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Well, you can forget the complicated book or article and stop over-analyzing your timing. Read through these simple tips on how to catch trout through the changing seasons, and you’ll be well on your way to catching your first rainbowbrown or brook trout.

Spring

Early season trout fishing often means higher water levels and cold water, so it makes sense to find a few shallow streams that will warm up faster than a large river. One or two days of warmer early spring weather and sun  will raise water temperatures and encourage trout feeding activity. Note that the optimum temperature feeding range for trout is between 50 and 68 °F, so water temperatures higher or lower than this range will call for slower fishing techniques and more precise presentations.

If you prefer to fish with spin-casting gear during the spring, try weighted spinners with flat blades that will give off plenty of vibration when retrieved at a slow pace. The vibrations from the spinner will help trout find your lure in cloudy or murky water. If your goal is to catch a spring trout on fly, you may want to try casting a nymph or streamer pattern out toward areas of slow current.

To find out when trout season opens near you, and to learn which fishing methods are permitted, check the state fishing regulations. The local fishing regulations on trout streams and rivers can change frequently in order to protect the health of the fishery.

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Summer

Summer trout trips should take place either early or late in the day, with an emphasis on fishing higher elevation mountain streams. If you head upstream to higher altitudes, you’ll find cooler waters that are more productive. Deeper pockets of water are likely to hold fish since these areas will be cooler and more comfortable for trout during the summer. Try casting a crawfish-imitating lure on spin-casting gear or a weighted insect-imitating fly.

Continue reading TakeMeFishing.orgs., “How To Catch Trout Through Each Seasons,” here.

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The Women’s Gun Show Episode #32: Good Santa, Bad Santa http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/the-womens-gun-show-episode-32-good-santa-bad-santa/ Fri, 23 Dec 2016 13:07:20 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30073 Carrie Lightfoot and Barbara Baird discuss how to be a good Santa this season, especially when it comes to decisions about firearms and gear. Sponsored by Ruger.

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In this week’s show, hosts Carrie Lightfoot and Barbara Baird discuss the world of gift giving for firearms and the Good Santa, Bad Santa approaches! They also discuss trending news in the firearms world, cool products and upcoming events.

 

Carrie’s Interview with Colion Noir on CN TV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_O9m1uCcvo
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Carrie discusses the reasons you need to look around you wherever you are, for things that you can use to protect yourself with, if called into action.

Armed robber shot by nail salon employee, 1 suspect at-large: http://www.ajc.com/news/breaking-news/police-armed-robber-shot-nail-salon-employee-suspect-large/HbHsTW6GAMNwm7KN89TYKN/

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Barb thinks it’s interesting that the BBC picks up on the fact that “liberals” fear a tyrannical government.

Why US liberals are now buying guns, too: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-38297345

Carrie talks about this recent article in GQ on women and gun ownership and the ladies discuss the imagery and how it misses the mark, and focuses on a backside.

GQ Why Women Own Guns: http://www.gq.com/story/why-women-own-guns

Cool products

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Annemarie Garrett, a Syren-sponsored shotgunner, is wearing the purple version of this wonderful vest.



Barb wears this shooting vest, and loves it. Just remember, Italian sizes run smaller than US sizes.

Syren shooting vest, $148: https://syrenusa.com/product-category/shooting-vests/

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Carrie seemed to think she’d want to get one of these and add it to her prepper box of supplies.

Paracord grenade, $49.99: http://odditymall.com/includes/content/this-paracord-survival-grenade-is-filled-with-survival-tools-thumb.jpg

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Based on Michelle Cerino’s article: http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/12/good-santa-or-bad-santa/

 

TWAW Product of the Week

black thigh holsterWe call this “spanx” with a gun. Only comes in black though.

Thigh holster shorts, $69.99: http://thewellarmedwoman.com/holsters/thigh-holster-shorts

Calendar: What’s up?
BOW 19th annual winter workshop: http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/bowWI/Pages/FebBOW17.pdf

Gun Show schedules around the country: https://www.crossroadsgunshows.com/purchase/calendar.php

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Retro WON: Are your Gifts from Good Santa or Bad Santa? http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/good-santa-or-bad-santa/ Fri, 23 Dec 2016 11:51:06 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=23857 Find out real quick how you can become a Good Santa, according to Michelle Cerino, especially when gifting firearms or outdoorsy presents to the ladies. Sponsored by Galco Gunleather.

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When it comes to giving gifts, is there a Bad Santa or a Good Santa in your life?

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This time of year you are almost certain to see Santa Claus somewhere nearby as you shop. For the most part he looks the same: chubby, red clothes and hat, black belt and white whiskers. Sure, sometimes he wears glasses, or his beard may be a little grey, but nothing out of the ordinary. What you won’t know until Christmas morning, after Santa has visited, is that there are Bad Santas. Hopefully your Santa is the good one!

You see, you need to be sure Santa knows what you really like and don’t like … or bad gifts can happen.

A Bad Santa might think every girl wants a pretty pink gun, but Good Santa realizes that it’s not the color that makes the gun female-friendly.

A good Santa knows if you like color accessories and what colors you prefer. I like a little color to make my firearms my own, but many women dislike colors, especially pink.

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Not everyone like color and bling. But for those that do, there are many choices.

A Good Santa knows that smaller guns aren’t always best for ladies. Bad Santa thinks it’s only about hand size, but Good Santa takes you to the gun store to hold various guns and choose a size you prefer. He understands that generally, smaller handguns aren’t easier to shoot. He understands that guns are like shoes. Some fit. Some don’t.

 

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Sometimes Bad Santa gifts firearms that he likes. (Chris Cerino photo)

Bad Santas think bigger bullets are what the lady needs. Bigger bullets, bigger holes, right? Good Santa knows what’s most important is that you can shoot it accurately and are comfortable shooting it. He takes you to the range to practice with guns of different calibers and sizes to find the caliber you are comfortable shooting. Ooh! Range time certificates!

Bad Santa might decide to choose some new range clothes for you. Maybe he saw an ad that specified that the clothes are “just for the ladies.” Good Santa should know that you are particular about clothing, especially clothing that needs to fit for function and the ensuing rise of the pant design. Maybe he could take you shopping (and include lunch, please, and not at the food court) or just get a nice certificate to avoid being on the Bad Santa list?

 

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Yes, the pink camouflage pj’s really happened. (Chris Cerino photo)

The funniest thing I used to get from Bad Santa? Pink camo pajamas. It took years for Bad Santa to get it through his head that I just don’t like camo pjs!

Babbs, our publisher, said one year Bad Santa bought someone she knows a really nice meat grinder for processing venison. Really. Her friend searched inside the grinder for a piece of jewelry. Surely, it was a bad joke, right? Babbs’ friend said she never recalled even mentioning the words grinder and Christmas together. It probably didn’t help that her friend had been on a long dose of prednisone for a misdiagnosed bout of scabies.

But no, Bad Santa decided to giver her friend a grinder, and although it has come in handy and her friend and Bad Santa have enjoyed making designer venison bratwursts, the gift was a shocker and a “what in the world were you thinking” sort of thing. You see, functional gifts are great, and Bad Santas can become Good Santas if they will lay the groundwork.

 

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In retrospect, this gift might have been a better gift for the family, not the lady in Santa’s life … unless, of course, she wanted a meat grinder. But this grinder came on the heels of several years of lovely, thoughtful jewelry, like a bolt of stainless steel out of the sky.

 

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The difference between Bad Santa and Good Santa appears to be simple. Although good intentioned, Bad Santa gives you what he likes and thinks will be best for you, which is not always the best choice. Good Santa will ask questions, take you shopping and to the range before he delivers your Christmas gift. He listens to what you like best and adheres to your wishes. Unless of course it’s diamonds, then he can chose whatever he wants.

 

This Retro WON post was first published in Dec. 2015.

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Win An All-Expense-Paid Gator Hunt for Women http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/win-expense-paid-gator-hunt-women/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/win-expense-paid-gator-hunt-women/#comments Fri, 23 Dec 2016 08:01:26 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30082 On the last day of "The Twelve Days of Remington" giveaway, we're announcing a women's gator hunt. Enter to be the one woman who joins 3 others on this outstanding gator hunt with Frenchie's

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The anticipation has been building with “The Twelve Days of Remington” giveaway here at The WON. From apparel to ammo and from pistols to long guns, we’ve been adding more and more goodies every day. The cream of the crop, though, is today’s giveaway addition – an all-expense-paid gator hunt for one lucky woman in Anahuac, Texas, which is the “alligator capital of Texas.”

Yes, our winner will join Jessica Kallam (Remington Outdoor Company), Judy Rhodes (#HuntingwithJR author and founder of DIVA WOW) and Barbara Baird (publisher, The WON) in mid-September for an alligator hunt. The hunt tentatively is set to occur during the weekend of the Gatorfest.

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Frenchie’s Guide Service will be hosting the experience, and the winner can use a Remington gun of her choice – long gun or pistol – for the hunt. According to Judy, you need at least 6 feet of alligator to make a pair of boots, and Frenchie thinks we might be able to get up to a 10-footer. Judy has hunted with Frenchie and his outfitting service receives high marks from her — a woman who hunts 250 days a year worldwide. (Note: The hunter will be responsible for the cost of tanning the alligator hide. Remington Outdoor Company will pick up the travel, permit and all other associated expenses.)

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The winner will fly into Houston, where she’ll meet the Gator Team of Jessica, Judy and Barb. The rest of the weekend holds potential for a seriously memorable outing.

This giveaway ends today, Dec. 23, at 5 p.m. CST. The hunt is open to women who are 18 and older and who are legally allowed to use firearms.


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Welcome to the Family, Hilary Duff http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/welcome-family-hilary-duff/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/welcome-family-hilary-duff/#comments Fri, 23 Dec 2016 02:08:26 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30059 The narrative in Hollywood may be changing. Katie Pavlich noticed that recently actress Hilary Duff posted two photos on her Instagram and Twitter pages with friends at the gun range. Sponsored by Volquartsen.

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For years Hollywood has painted gun owners as unhinged, violent, white men from the South (not that there’s anything wrong with being a white guy from the South). It’s a hypocritical stance, considering these same highly paid actors use guns irresponsibly and violently in their films while condemning those of us who practice real firearms safety and education. The good news is, this narrative is changing.

 

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Recently actress Hilary Duff, famous for her role as Disney’s Lizzie McGuire and currently playing Kelsey Peters on Younger, posted two photos on her Instagram and Twitter pages with friends at the gun range.
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This pretty bugger and I at the gun range early this morn @mrslisao youre a damn good shot,” Duff, clad in a fashionable camouflage vest, posted about her weekend.

Between the 2 social media platforms, Duff has a whopping 7 million followers, giving extensive reach to the idea that target shooting is a fun, educational hobby that can be enjoyed by anyone.

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Duff captioned another of her photos that showed her shooting an Israeli-developed sporting rifle: “Learned a lot today with @tyleragrey and @jackosbourne this is a tavor x95 #targetshooting,”

I haven’t had a chance to shoot the Tavor yet. #jealous.

Over the years, a positive firearms presence in pop culture has done tremendous things to boost the image of gun owners and to bolster the Second Amendment.

Shows likes Top Shot opened up competition shooting to a mainstream audience, showcasing the fun, safe side of the sport. Throughout its five seasons on the History Channel from 2010 to 2013, host Colby Donaldson gave shooters the chance not only to show off their skills, but to amplify the fact that gun owners come from all walks of life and backgrounds.

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Take for example Olympian Gabby Franco, a Top Shot All-Star who grew up in Venezuela. Or Chris Cheng, winner of Top Shot’s season 4; he works for Google and is openly gay.

One reason why I chose to come out publicly is that I’m a gay guy in a gun world. Hunters, sport-shooting enthusiasts, and collectors are too often stereotyped as part of efforts to politicize guns…” Cheng wrote on his website in 2013. “Take it from someone who in a single package is not only gay, but Chinese, Japanese, California-born, a college graduate, a tech geek who worked on cool Google projects, a gun enthusiast and a passionate 2nd Amendment advocate. Our community is as diverse as anyone’s.

A special thanks to the National Rifle Association and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, who are supportive of my decision as they recognize the diverse perspective I bring to the conversation about the safe and responsible use of firearms,” Cheng continued.

Gun owners come from all walks of life, with diverse backgrounds and experiences. These new instances of portraying that reality in pop culture, instead of falling back on unfair stereotypes about who anti-gun advocates think gun owners are, is refreshing. Pop culture will always be upstream from politics or academic arguments, playing a crucial role in preserving and exercising the Second Amendment for years to come.

Welcome to the family, Hilary Duff. Call me if you ever want to hit the range again.

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Retro WON: Add Training to Your New Year’s Resolutions for Shooting Success http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/training-new-years-resolutions-shooting/ Thu, 22 Dec 2016 13:35:34 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=23715 Stacy Bright gives some great advice on how and why you should be training with your handgun -- whether for personal defense or competition. Armed and In Charge is sponsored by LaserMax Inc.

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If you’re ever in a situation where there’s a need for immediate action against an active shooter or assailant, how will you respond? When seconds count, you’ll be forced to make quick decisions, and that’s where training will come into play. As average citizens, we don’t have access to training such as military or law enforcement officers do. However, there are a few options that can help us train for the unexpected.

With the new year quickly approaching and many people choose to make resolutions, perhaps you might add one that better prepares you to protect yourself and your loved ones? Consider participating in an IDPA or IPSC match, and work toward a goal of better safety and security.

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IDPA

The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) is the governing body of a shooting sport that simulates self-defense scenarios and real life encounters. According to its website, one of the unique facets of this sport is that it is geared toward the new or average shooter, yet is fun, challenging and rewarding for an experienced shooter too. I found this to be true the first time I participated in an IDPA event. I had no idea what to expect.

The range officer running the event walked me through each stage and made sure that I understood what to do before starting. He set me up for success before I even fired a shot.

These courses that contain simulated “real world” self-defense scenarios, allow participants to test their skills and abilities under stress. One of the most memorable stages for me occurred with me starting with my back to the targets. When the shot timer went off, I had to turn and face the target, draw my firearm from the holster, advance to a barrel that simulated “cover,” and drop to my knees. From that position I had to engage one target on the right side with 2 shots, and then switch the gun to my off-hand and engage one target on the left side with 2 shots.

My friend, Marti Davis, wrote a great column about how to really get into match mindset for IDPA.

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Here’s competition shooter and the captain of Team Smith & Wesson Julie Golob, shooting an indoor IDPA match. (Yamil Sued photo)

The fun part of this kind of training is that I was competing against myself. Sure, there were other people also participating in the match, but ultimately my focus always is to do better the next time and work on the aspects that are more challenging for me.

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IPSC

The International Practical Shooting Confederation recognizes all the shooting disciplines: handgun, rifle, shotgun and action air. With multiple targets in play, and some that move or react when hit, it’s necessary for a participant to show speed, accuracy, strategy and other techniques to win. The ISC classification system ensures that shooters will be facing an equal skill level, and beginners are encouraged to get started. Competition in IPSC will challenge any shooting enthusiast and help equip them for real-life encounters.

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Because I always carry, I must practice the skills necessary to defend my life. The most important aspect is safe gun handling and adherence to the rules, which are top priorities for both IDPA and IPSC clubs. At the end of the day, we all want to go home in the same condition we started in. Whether it’s going to work, or grocery shopping, carrying a gun safely is key. Throwing rounds downrange for practice is fun, but won’t hone the skills you need in a defensive situation. Developing skills under stress in a controlled environment allow me to have a better chance against assaults or an active shooter when things are happening quickly and without warning.

Moving Forward

As Christmas is almost upon us, why not choose to give yourself the gift of personal protection and training? Additionally, here’s a few items that you might want to add to your “wish list.”

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A New Gun

Are you carrying the gun you want to carry? The firearm has been called the “ultimate equalizer,” but only if you have one. Select a gun that you’ll carry AND practice with routinely. Down the road you can always choose to purchase another gun that’s been modified for accuracy, speed and reliability, referred to as a “race gun” by those in the sport, if you choose to get more involved in competition shooting.

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A Good Holster

A holster has several functions: Security, accessibility and concealment (if you’re a concealed carry permit holder). Any holster should retain the firearm while you sit, bend over, etc.. It should also be easy to reach so that you can draw your gun quickly, because seconds count in a gunfight. Finally, it should conceal your firearm when it’s not in use. We recommend our pal’s, Tom McHale’s book – The Insanely Practical Guide to Gun Holsters.

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As long as it’s the correct caliber for your gun, any kind of ammunition would be a great gift. Target loads are great to practice with at the range, and personal defense rounds are perfect for carrying in your personal defense firearm. If you want to dream big, ask for a reloading kit and learn to make your own ammo.

This Retro WON, “Add Training to Your New Year’s Resolutions for Shooting Success” first appeared December 7, 2015.

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Wanna Win WON? ‘The Twelve Days of Remington’ Giveaway http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/twelve-days-remington-giveaway/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/twelve-days-remington-giveaway/#comments Thu, 22 Dec 2016 06:01:10 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29793 Every day Remington Outdoor Company is stuffing the stocking of this sweet giveaway. Find out more and stop back to enter, because we'll add new entry methods.

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Wanna win WON? Why, sure you do … and in the final run-up to Christmas, Remington Outdoor Company invites you to enter its giveaway, “The Twelve Days of Remington,” hosted by Women’s Outdoor News.

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It’s going to be fun, starting out with these his and hers (Or, hey, both of them can be for her — or him, for that matter. You win it, you decide.) ball caps. The prizes will keep getting bigger and bigger, and worth more and more. Let’s just say you’ll be able to put some of them into holsters and gun racks.

So check back each day, because we are even going to add more ways for you to enter the contest as it progresses. Tell your friends, too. Every day, we’ll load up another prize, until on Dec. 23, we’ll load up the last prize and ask Rafflecopter to choose 12 separate winners.

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#HuntingwithJR: Sandhill Crane Hunting http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/huntingwithjr-sandhill-crane-hunting/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/huntingwithjr-sandhill-crane-hunting/#comments Wed, 21 Dec 2016 13:36:21 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30017 Have you ever hunted for sandhill crane? Judy Rhodes has some tips in her column, sponsored by Remington.

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Eight years ago, I started Sandhill crane hunting. I thought it looked easy, since these birds are large. Let’s just say I got a big “goose egg” on my first 3 hunts out.

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How could I misjudge sandhill cranes? They measure 3- to 4-feet high and weigh 6- to 12-pounds pounds, with a wingspan of 6 to 7 feet. Yet, they are a difficult hunt for beginners. They fly fast and high.

Not to be outsmarted in the field, I began researching the migration of these pre-historic birds. Cranes can fly over mountain ranges and migrate over grain fields up to 2 miles. My big question is always this one: “How do I get these birds down for a closer look of the fields so I can harvest my prize?” You’ll see how in my tips below.

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For this particular hunt, JR took shot her Remington VersaMax shotgun, custom finished in cheetah print.

Now, when purchasing a waterfowl hunting license on September 1 in Texas, I include Sandhill crane, which is a free, and separate permit. I am sorry for some hunters in the Midwest and California who cannot hunt sandhill cranes migrating over their states.  Or maybe not, that leaves more excitement in the field for me.

I hunt for meat and filling the freezer. I am very fond of the Sandhill crane for it is delicious meat. Referred to by other hunters as “ribeye in the sky,” these birds are best prepared as if Texas beef ribeye – medium rare and seasoned with a fine rub, cooked over hot hickory charcoal.

Tips for Sandhill Crane Hunting

Did you know?  

Sandhill Cranes are longest living survivors amongst birds. In fact, per the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the earliest Sandhill Crane fossil, was dug from the Macasphalt Shell Pit, Florida, and estimated to be 2.5 million years old.

They are also the most thrilling type of waterfowl to hunt.  Cranes pose significant challenges and frustrations to the inexperienced hunter.

Tip:  Concealment! Concealment! Concealment!  Sandhill Cranes have excellent vision and flare the second something doesn’t look right on the ground. Blend into natural setting by wearing face paint and being in camo from head to toe!

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Sandhill Cranes are notorious for not flying into feeding/hunting fields in the fog. Be patient on foggy mornings… just wait it out. When the fog burns off, the birds will be up and moving in a hurry.

Tip:  Sandhill Cranes fly fast and glide long distances. They are heavily bodied and produce a deep wing beat such as a greater Canada goose or swan. Lead is the key. I always suggest giving at least a school bus lead, or about 8 feet.

So, what do you think? Are you ready to try sandhill crane hunting?

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Delicious Recipes to Keep Hungry Hunters Fed All Day http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/recipes-keep-hungry-hunters-fed/ Wed, 21 Dec 2016 13:24:03 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29999 Hollis Lumpkin has two great recipes to keep you and your fellow duck hunters fed with your spoils from deer season. Sponsored by Vista Outdoor.

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With duck season underway, our weekends are filled with early, chilly mornings, decoy spreads and (hopefully) a limit of ducks. And before and after those hunts? Hungry hunters. The camp kitchen is flooded with camouflaged figures, cold hands and empty bellies. Here are two great recipes to keep you and your fellow duck hunters fed with your spoils from deer season: a flavorful breakfast and dinner using that delicious venison in your freezer.

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First on the menu is an easy and filling open-faced venison sausage breakfast sandwich. It’s a mouthful, but you won’t regret making them.

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Open-faced Venison Sausage Breakfast Sandwich

1 lb. crumbled venison sausage

1 package frozen, store-bought garlic bread

6 large eggs

6 slices white cheddar cheese

3 green onions

1-2 cups fresh greens (arugula and spinach)

2 tsp. olive oil

1 tsp. lemon juice

salt & pepper to taste

In a large skillet, brown the venison sausage over medium heat until it is almost cooked through. While you are cooking the sausage, toss the garlic bread in the oven and cook according to the package instructions. Take it out a couple of minutes early, since it will be going back in after you assemble the sandwiches.

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After the sausage has cooked, remove it from the pan and set aside. Cook the eggs in the same skillet, without draining it. I typically use fried eggs over easy, but it would be just as delicious with scrambled or poached eggs. Depending on their size, I typically can fit 3 fried eggs on each half of the bread; you might need to adjust the amount of eggs if you’re scrambling them. Like the garlic bread, remember not to cook the eggs as thoroughly as you otherwise might. They’ll finish off in the oven.

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Place the garlic bread on a baking sheet. Spoon a layer of sausage across each piece, then layer on the eggs and cheese. Bake at 350° for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

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Top open-faced sandwiches with sliced green onions just before serving. I also like to add an arugula and spinach mix, dressed lightly with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. It might sound odd to have a “salad” on a breakfast sandwich, but the fresh greens and tart lemon juice really brighten the flavors.

Depending on how hungry the hunters are, plan on serving one or two sandwiches per hunter. These sandwiches are pretty filling, and you will likely have satisfied everyone’s bellies through lunch.

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On the menu for dinner? A grown-up, venison version of the classic sloppy joe that cooks all day in the slow cooker. Once you do the prep work, you can get back in the duck blind or head to the deer stand, and not have to worry about it again until suppertime.

 

Venison Sloppy Joes

1.5 lb. ground venison

2 Tbsp. homemade Sloppy Joe seasoning

2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes 

1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste 

4 Tbsp. mild salsa

Olive oil

2 onions, sliced

1 Tbsp. butter, plus more if desired

6 pieces Bibb lettuce

6 sesame-seed buns

I like to make my own seasoning mix for sloppy joes, from spices I always have on hand. I make more than I need for a single meal, since the mixture stays good in a jar for up to 6 months.

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For these sloppy joes, I don’t typically brown my venison before putting it in the slow cooker. I have no real reason for doing it that way, but it eliminates a step. With the slow cooker set on low, add the venison, followed by two heaping tablespoons of the seasoning mix, Worcestershire sauce, canned tomatoes, tomato paste, and my somewhat “secret” ingredient—3 or 4 big tablespoons of mild salsa. If you like things spicier, feel free to use a medium or hot salsa, as they will both add great flavor. Stir well to combine, put the lid on, and walk away. I cook the meat on low for about 6 hours, or on high for close to 4, giving it a good stir once or twice as it cooks. You might need to skim off some of the liquid as well, depending on how much has rendered.

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In a separate skillet, heat up some olive oil and add the sliced onions. As the onions sauté, add a tablespoon or so of butter and stir as it melts so all the onions are coated. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt, and continue to sauté until the onions have turned a golden brown. Remove them from the skillet and set aside until it’s time to serve.

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When it is time to eat, fill each sesame bun with a few scoops of the venison mix, and then top with a piece of Bibb lettuce and some of the caramelized onions. Serve with chips or fries and some homemade pickles, and I can promise those hungry hunters will be satisfied once again.

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That is, until the next hunt.

What are your favorite recipes for hungry hunters?

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The Importance of Maintaining Your Firearms and ‘How To’ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/importance-maintaining-firearms/ Tue, 20 Dec 2016 13:53:54 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29947 When it comes to firearms maintenance, most people occasionally get a little lax. Annette Doerr shares simple gun cleaning steps in her column. Sponsored by LaserMax.

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When your houseguest says to you, “If you bring me all your firearms, I’ll clean them,” you don’t hesitate. You run to the gun safe and pull out the boxes—all of them. When he’s also a military guy, you know your guns will soon be cleaner than they were the day you brought them home. Sound like a dream come true? It actually happened to me this summer.

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We had just returned from a fun afternoon at the range; My guest J.P., a former Marine and current National Guard platoon leader, retrieved his cleaning kit from his Jeep and spent the rest of the afternoon disassembling, scrubbing down, lubricating and reassembling not only all of his pistols, but all of mine as well.

Love it or hate it, firearm maintenance is a necessary evil. Sometimes I find cleaning my pistols cathartic; other times it’s a chore that I tend to put off. But firearm maintenance is probably the most important part of owning a gun. It’s the one thing that’s 100 percent in our control, and the one thing that can literally make or break our firearm firing properly when we need it to.

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When it comes to firearms maintenance, most people occasionally get a little lax, myself included. When I was new to guns, the supplies would come out the second I got home from the range, and I fieldstripped, cleaned, and gave a once-over to any gun I used. Freshly oiled, they were stored in their protective cases until I retrieved them for the next fun day at the range. But as time went on, I’d put maintenance off, locking my guns away without cleaning them every time. If they were lucky, sometimes they’d get a quick swipe with a bore snake and some Hoppes No. 9 before they hit the case.

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Realizing the wealth of experience and gun-maintenance information that I currently had under my roof, I chatted with J.P. while he cleaned my guns. I asked him first to tell me about the cleaning kit he was using. It looked conspicuously different that the ripped plastic packaging that still held my cleaning kit. His was in a large, black, hard plastic protective case with a handle. Inside were solvents, brushes, patches and rods of varying sizes. He explained that while his kit of choice—the MPro-7 Universal Cleaning Kit—was a little more expensive than the one I got at the discount chain, it had adaptors, rods and accessories to clean everything from his 9mm pistol to his M4.
I recently came upon a product called Swab-its Bore Tips. These reusable foam tips are shed-resistant and fiber free, unlike the cotton swabs I had been using for years. They’re available in your choice of bore sizes, and you can purchase only what you need, without getting a lot of product you may never have use for. What’s nice about the Swab-its is they’re washable and reusable.

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Here’s why regular gun cleaning is so important. Each time you fire a round, tiny particles are left in the barrel. Given time these particles build up and form corrosion, which will eventually change the accuracy of the gun. Aside from being cleaned regularly, carry guns also need to be wiped down at the end of each day to remove the oil and sweat it accumulates from contact with your body, especially in the hot summer months.
Here are some tips for keeping your firearms clean and well maintained. Safety note: Anytime you’re working with your firearm, make sure the gun is cleared and there is no live ammunition in your vicinity. Many accidental discharges have occurred by owners who were cleaning their guns. Don’t be that guy or gal; be safe.

  • Know how to safely fieldstrip your gun. Refer to your owner’s manual if you need assistance.
  • Make sure you’re in a well ventilated area; the fumes from some cleaners can be toxic.
  • Many people clean their guns at the kitchen table. Try not to do this: Even with layers of newspaper down, you really don’t want residual lead and contaminants floating around where you eat dinner.
  • Make sure you have the right products for the job you’re doing. Whichever brand of cleaning products you select, you’ll need the appropriate-size rod and bore brush for your gun.
  • Take your time. Proper firearm maintenance isn’t something we should hurry. If you’re going to take the time to properly fieldstrip and clean, do it right the first time.
  • Watch the small parts. I swear, every time I fieldstrip my Kimber 1911, that little spring flies across the room. Every. Single. Time. I find that keeping a small dish on my cleaning table to hold all the small parts (screws, springs, pins) makes reassembly a snap, because there’s no looking all over for a tiny screw. It comes off the gun and goes into the dish.

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The basic steps of gun cleaning are simple. Again, your owner’s manual may have information specific to your gun, but here are the basic steps:

  • Fieldstrip your gun and remove the bore.
  • Apply a gun-cleaning solvent to a cleaning patch, and run it through the bore of the gun several times.
  • Next run a dry cleaning patch through the bore a few times. If the patch is dirty, change to a new clean, dry patch and repeat until the patch leaves the barrel clean. You’ll find the patches come out cleaner as you go, because you are removing the buildup with each new patch.
  • Using a cotton swab or a Bore-tip dipped in a tiny amount of cleaner, scrub down the rest of the pistol, making sure to get in all of the nooks and crannies. If your gun is really dirty, you may want to do this with a nylon brush for some extra cleaning power.
  • Reassemble your pistol. I like to then wipe the entire, assembled pistol down with a clean microfiber cloth.
  • As for lubrication, it’s best to refer to your owner’s manual to see what is recommended for your particular gun. I like to hit all the spots that rub together when the gun cycles; your mileage may vary, depending on the manufacturer’s instructions. I don’t use a lot of oil/lubricant, just enough to keep things moving smoothly.
  • Once complete, I again wipe down the gun with a clean microfiber towel. This will remove any excess oil, as well as oil from my skin.

Your firearm works hard for you at the range. As J.P. said, keeping a clean and well maintained pistol or rifle will ensure that your gun is ready to go should you ever need to use it. It’s also a great time to inspect your parts for unusual wear and tear, cracks, splits or anything that just doesn’t look right and might need the attention of a gunsmith.
Sure, J.P. is picky about the way his firearms are cleaned; he knows firsthand the importance of having a firearm ready to fire when necessary from his time overseas with the Marines. We thank him for his service, both past and present, and for volunteering to teach me how a professional cleans his guns. I’m hoping that next time he visits, my clean pistols will pass his inspection.

So, be honest, how often do you clean your firearms?

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2017 DIVA WOW Spring Clinic: Save the Date http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/2017-diva-wow-ladies-spring-clinic/ Tue, 20 Dec 2016 12:49:57 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30051 The DIVA WOW Spring Clinic is great for beginners. Includes all instruction, range fees, equipment, ammo, catered lunch and much more!

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2017 DIVA WOW LADIES SPRING CLINIC
Saturday, March 25, 2017 8a – 4p
Diva WOW Womens Group-Spring
Elm Fork Shooting Sports, Dallas
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Pistol
.22 Rifle
AR15 Rifle
Shotgun
Spin Casting Fly Casting
Hunting Dogs 101
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Great for beginners.  Includes all instruction, range fees, equipment, ammo, catered lunch and much more!

Registration available soon!  If you have questions about the event, please contact me!  Always a terrific day of teaching and learning.  Please save the date, plan to attend, teach, volunteer or be a vendor.

Barbara Parks,

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Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas and Stocking Stuffers for Outdoor Lovers http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/christmas-gift-ideas-stocking-outdoor/ Tue, 20 Dec 2016 12:20:06 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30019 2 Girls Hunting help you put a little bit of creativity in your Christmas shopping this year. Sponsored by Girls with Guns Clothing.

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With Christmas right around the corner, many people are starting to panic for last minute gift ideas. If you are anything like us you like to give something unique and special to others, but it is definitely fun to wake up to a full stocking on Christmas morning.

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We want to sit down and share some ideas of a few specialty gifts that we have in mind to give to some of our closest friends and maybe this might just spark an idea and help you fill your Christmas list.

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Cozy and warm:

Every lady on your Christmas list would love a new cozy sweatshirt this year, and why not one that is both fashionable and functional. Girls with Guns Clothing has the perfect find with their Camo buck stamp hoodie. Wear it around the house or out in the woods, it will surely keep you warm this winter. If you really want to make a statement, pair the sweatshirt off with a cute GWG trucker hat and belt buckle.

Give the gift of a firearms training class:

Do you really want to surprise your girlfriend or mom this Christmas? How about a gift card for a concealed carry permit and class. Let her spend the day at the range learning how to protect herself. If you live in the Northern California area check out Northern Firearms Instruction, they will help get you pointed in the right direction.

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Join up:

Want something really unique and different? We are giving a few memberships to our family this year for The California Waterfowl Association. Membership dues will help fund waterfowl preservation programs, wetland enhancement, youth education programs, and our legislative action team. If you don’t live in California, think about an alternative such as the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation or the National Wild Turkey Federation.

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Kitchen time:

Do Vietnamese spring rolls with wild duck sound tasty? Maybe by putting a cookbook on your Christmas list it will inspire you all year long to live a healthy lifestyle. One of our go-to books to give beginning hunters or even someone just looking for a notable read is Hunting For Food by Jenny Nguyen and Rick Wheatly. This resourceful book is a guide to harvesting, field dressing and cooking wild game.

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Men’s apparel and duck calls:

Don’t tell our dad, but we are hooking him up with a Country Life hat from Country Life Apparel. We enjoy supporting small business with a down to earth feel. Along with a new hat, our dads stocking will include a new duck call from Cottonwood Custom Calls .

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Give the gift of bling:

Camo Ammo Jewelry will do custom hunting-and-shooting related jewelry and accessories; some of our favorite pieces are the leather wrap bracelets with bullet casings and the hand crafted elk antler rings.

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The little things:

Need a few stocking stuffer ideas? Lipzipz Lip Balm,  A Kershaw pocket knife, a small box of ammo, Face Paint Combo Pack by Nature’s Paint, or even a gift card to your local sporting good store: these are all items we hope find in our stockings on Christmas morning.

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Don’t wait until the last minute and stress out about fulfilling your shopping obligations. A few small and personalized items are sure to make a good impression.

If you put in just a little bit of creativity we are sure your Christmas gifts won’t be re-gifted next year.

 

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Don’t Forget Our Endangered and Threatened Animals this Holiday Season http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/endangered-threatened-animals-holiday/ Tue, 20 Dec 2016 02:08:46 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=30042 Give the gift of Christmas stockings this season to the exotic endangered and threatened animals at Stewards of Wildlife.

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Uvalde, TEXAS (December 19, 2016) – Give the gift of Christmas stockings this season to the exotic endangered and threatened animals at Stewards of Wildlife, a non-profit organization based in Uvalde, Texas. Stewards of Wildlife are offering the gift of Christmas stockings filled with treats, medicine and care for donators to give virtually. Stockings begin at $15 and go up to $50. Learn more at Stewards’ Facebook page: http://facebook.com/stewardsofwildlife Donate at http://stewardsofwildlife.com/shop

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Each stocking donated will help off-set costs of medicine and bring in more breeding animals for a stronger, diverse herd along with good-for-them treats because it is Christmas after all,” said Cole Reid, director of Wildlife Sustainability at Stewards of Wildlife. “Donators will receive a video of their animal receiving their stocking on Christmas Day along with more background information on that animal and species.

Stockings are offered at $15 for Dash the Tortoise, $20 for Lemurs, $30 for Bongos and $40 for Zebras and $50 for Sampson, the Giraffe. Learn more about these animals at http://stewardsofwildlife.com

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All Stewards of Wildlife projects require thousands of dollars in private sector funding. “We need your donations. We need your help. You can donate directly and safely on our website. Please call us or contact us for any concerns; we are happy to serve,” concluded Reid.

About Stewards of Wildlife:

Stewards of Wildlife Conservation is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and proliferation of wildlife as well as the habitats and natural resources they utilize.  Stewards of Wildlife offers a home to more than 80 species from around the globe.  These animals are breeding and stable in vast areas in order to provide the most comfortable and natural living situation possible.  Stewards of Wildlife is focused on bringing together animal resources from the private landowners and the public sector zoos in order to create “meta-populations” of species that are vital, sustainable, and can maintain evolutionary potential.

We understand that there are many organizations and groups with the best intentions trying to help wildlife, and realize that our contribution is space and expertise. Though our priority concern is protecting the rarest and most endangered species, Stewards of Wildlife is ultimately concerned about all of the flora and fauna worldwide. Learn more at http://stewardsofwildlife.com

Don’t forget our endangered and threatened animals this holiday season.

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12 Days of Christmas: Day 12, Do It All Again Next Year! http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/12-days-christmas-day-next-year/ Mon, 19 Dec 2016 13:07:46 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29976 The Survival Mom has some great ideas for staying organized and preparing yourself for decorating next Christmas season.

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One of the reasons why I love Christmas is that my home is at its loveliest for one whole month. Over a big window facing the back yard is strung a lush garland of pine entwined with tiny white lights. My two trees (Mom’s, done in all red and gold and the “family” tree with our personalized, handmade and Disney ornaments) fill a living room and family room, respectively, and take my breath away.

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All this beauty makes me wish the holidays could last forever, but all too soon, it will be time to take down the lights, trees, decorations, and ornaments and store them until next year. My memory is so faulty, though, how will I remember where everything went? After all, even the hall bathroom received its’ fair share of Christmas decor and my daughter and I put a lot of thought into all the little holiday touches we add here and there around the house. Christmas organization isn’t something I can ignore!

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At my age, my memory isn’t as good as my forgettery, so to help it along, I take a series of photos to remind myself where everything goes. A quick shot of the hall bathroom, one of the dining room table, another of the kitchen island, the outside lights, and on and on will be a lasting, photographic record so that next year I won’t be standing there with decorations in hand saying, “Now where does this thing go?”  This is an easy task to delegate to your kids, by the way, and since you’ll probably have the camera out anway, Christmas Day is a good day to get ‘er done.

Once your photography session is finished, you can store everything on your computer in a file, “Christmas decor 2016” or, better yet, store them on a CD in case your computer crashes.  I prefer having the photos printed and placed in a small photo album, which gets stored in one of the holiday bins. I’ve noticed those little photo albums become great memories, as we’ve moved from house to house over the years.

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Have an Active Holiday Season: Ideas to Keep Your Family Moving! http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/active-holiday-season-ideas-family/ Mon, 19 Dec 2016 01:56:18 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29949 Casey Monteleone shares a few ideas that will get your family outside and active.

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The holidays are purely magical. Twinkling Christmas trees, sugar cookies and hot chocolate, nutcrackers, the smell of evergreens and cinnamon, and the childish anticipation of Santa coming to town…those are the kinds of wondrous feelings that I want to be sure to inspire within my own children, every holiday season. I vividly remember hiking up and down the mountainside every year, sloshing around ankle-deep in mud, as we searched for the perfect Christmas tree. I remember eagerly pulling out precious Christmas ornaments year after year, each one with its own special story and memory. I remember anticipating the moment each day that I could open the window on the Advent calendar, one day closer to Christmas Eve. I’m sure you have your own magical holiday memories, too. These things that we do each year—our traditions—they create the spirit of Christmas that we pass forward. An once we become parents, we get to create our own traditions…and we become responsible for creating holiday magic. Below are a few ideas that will get your family outside and active. They can help you to build amazing memories for your entire family.

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Get creative as you plan your advent calendar activities: think about outdoor adventures, volunteering opportunities, and magical seasonal memories that you’d like to share with your entire family. (Joan Scritsmier photo)

1. Activity Advent Calendar

My childhood friend and active mom extraordinaire, Joan Scritsmier, shared this brilliant idea with me. Rather than using an Advent calendar that contains little pieces of waxy chocolate to count the days down until Christmas Eve, Joan uses an Advent calendar to get her kids involved and active. Her children get to open a special envelope each morning that has an activity listed for the day. She has included activities like “go through rooms and donate clothes and toys to foster closet” and “go for a winter walk with apple cider” listed. This is your opportunity to get truly creative and take an organized approach to planning daily activities.

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Have fun creating your advent calendar! Joan’s calendar looks great, and can be re-used each year. Your entire family will love opening the envelope for each day as you count down to Christmas together! (Joan Scritsmier photo)

To make an activity Advent calendar, take an old, largish picture frame and put 5 evenly spaced nails in each side. Tie twine from one side to the other to make 5 hanging lines. Plan out 24 activities (make sure you’re prepared and have all supplies to do each activity ready on the assigned day), write them on small cards, and slip them into 24 envelopes. Get creative with decorating the cards and envelopes: Use stamps, markers, puffy paint—anything! Then use small clips or clothespins to attach all 24 cards to the lines, evenly distributed and spaced. You can get fancy and decorate the frame or lines, too–just have fun with it!

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Casey’s daughter loves her nature walks! All she was interested in this year were sticks, which is wonderful – anything covered in glitter looks great on a Christmas tree. Plus, it’ll be great to be able to tell her the story about the year that all she wanted to take home was a stick!

2. Nature Walk and Homemade Ornaments

Children seem to have the gift of being able to find beauty within nature. Whether they pick up a pine cone, a twig or a leaf, kids seem to want to collect and look at these things that, as adults, we end up passing by and taking for granted.

For this craft, all you need are some beautiful things from nature, some string or twine, glue, cheap paintbrushes, glitter, labels, paper plates (to help keep the glitter all in one place), and some dedicated quality time with your kids. To get started, simply take your kids on a nature walk and encourage them to pick up things they find beautiful. The best part of this craft is the walk itself, so get creative. Make an afternoon out of going on a special holiday hike, and be sure they take their time picking out their natural supplies.

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Casey’s daughter hanging her homemade nature ornament on the tree. Your kiddos will be proud of the ornament they made themselves, and every year they hang their special ornament on the tree, they will remember that year’s nature walk together.

Take the leaves, pine cones, or other treasures home and give them plenty of time to dry out. Then, let your kids paint the items with a layer of glue, and then coat them in glitter! Once the glue is dry, tie an ornament string to the item, and be sure to add a label with your child’s name and the year. Each time your children pull ornaments out of the storage box to decorate the tree, they will remember the nature walk and making the ornament together.

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Get your elf outside, and your kids will follow! It’s a great way to get them out for a short period of time and for a little bit of fresh air during the holiday season.

3. Outdoor Elf on the Shelf

I love the idea of Elf on the Shelf. It’s so much fun for us parents to get to be creative every night, and it’s such a treat for the kids to wake up and see what silly things the elf is up to. I also love the idea of my kiddos getting fresh air, and spending a little time outside each day. So why keep the elf indoors? Try simply moving the elf outside from time to time. You can make sure there’s plenty of cover so he/she isn’t too subjected to the elements, and you can set up boundaries (such as “I don’t think the elf would go beyond the fence”). This is a great way to get kids excited about going outside, even when it’s not perfect weather for playing. Finding the elf doesn’t take too long, but still gets them outside and moving with purpose for a short time.

It can be difficult to get kids excited about being outdoors and active during the holiday season, but with some planning and your own willingness to get moving and create new traditions, it can certainly be done in a fun and magical way. What are some of your holiday traditions that keep your family active?

How do you get your family outside in the winter?

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Thompson/Center Arms™ Launches Campaign: #PeopleOfTC http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/thompsoncenter-arms-peopleoftc/ Sat, 17 Dec 2016 13:49:05 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29923 Find out how you can connect with the Thompson/Center Arms™ social media and
digital brand campaign: #PeopleOfTC

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass., December 16, 2016 — Thompson/Center Arms, American’s Master Gunmaker®, today announced the launch of the company’s new social media and digital campaign: #PeopleOfTC.  Highlighted by compelling photography, personal stories and quotes, #PeopleOfTC is designed to celebrate the employees, heritage, products, outdoor lifestyle and partners that come together to make up the iconic Thompson/Center brand.

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Danielle Sanville, Brand Manager for Thompson/Center Arms, said, “Every T/C firearm that we build is a result of the dedication and passion of the people behind the brand.  Across our company, in manufacturing, research, development, customer service, and sales and marketing, our employees and their passion for our products provide the key ingredient for these high performance, masterfully crafted firearms.  We realized that our customers and partners who select our products for their adventures in the field, feel the same way.  So we developed a campaign that will bring us all together, each providing an element in the story of craftsmanship and heritage that makes us all the #PeopleOfTC and America’s Master Gunmaker.  Social media is the perfect platform to broadcast these voices.

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Fans and users are encouraged to locate the interactive campaign on a variety of social media platforms, as well as a website where the company will feature its fans and customers and provide them with an opportunity to engage with the brand through events including contest entries.

 

Facebook: /TCArmsCo

Instagram: @TCArmsCo

Twitter: @TCArmsCo

Web: www.tcarms.com

 

About Smith & Wesson

Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC) is a provider of quality products for shooting, hunting, and rugged outdoor enthusiasts in the global consumer and professional markets. The Company reports two segments: Firearms and Outdoor Products & Accessories.  Firearms manufactures handgun and long gun products sold under the Smith & Wesson®, M&P®, and Thompson/Center Arms™ brands as well as providing forging, machining, and precision plastic injection molding services. Outdoor Products & Accessories provides shooting, hunting, and outdoor accessories, including reloading, gunsmithing, and gun cleaning supplies, tree saws, vault accessories, knives, laser sighting systems, tactical lighting products, and survival and camping equipment. Brands in Outdoor Products & Accessories include Smith & Wesson®, M&P®, Thompson/Center Arms™, Crimson Trace®, Caldwell® Shooting Supplies, Wheeler® Engineering, Tipton® Gun Cleaning Supplies, Frankford Arsenal® Reloading Tools, Lockdown® Vault Accessories, Hooyman® Premium Tree Saws, BOG POD®, Golden Rod® Moisture Control, Schrade®, Old Timer®, Uncle Henry®, UST™, and Imperial™.  For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to www.smith-wesson.com.

Fans and Users Invited to Participate and Connect:  #PeopleOfTC

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The Women’s Gun Show Episode #31: Christmas Movies that Go Bang  http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/the-womens-gun-show-episode-31-christmas-movies-that-go-bang/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/the-womens-gun-show-episode-31-christmas-movies-that-go-bang/#comments Fri, 16 Dec 2016 15:16:15 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29930 Carrie Lightfoot and Barbara Baird discuss trends, news and cool products in the firearms world. Barbara talks to Rev. Kenn Blanchard about movies with Christmas settings and firearms. Sponsored by Ruger.

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This week, in show #31, Carrie Lightfoot and Barbara Baird go through the usual routine of talking trends in firearms, news, cool products and events. Barbara and the show’s producer, Rev. Kenn Blanchard, run through a list of Christmas movies that go bang. Sponsored by Ruger.

Links to The Women’s Gun Show Episode #31: Christmas Movies that Go Bang

Survival Story   Homeowner charged after shooting at 2 men fleeing her home in Kill Devil Hills: http://wtkr.com/2016/12/12/person-shot-in-kill-devil-hills-monday/ http://bearingarms.com/bob-o/2016/12/13/woman-breaks-every-common-sense-self-defense-rule-goes-jail/?utm_source=badaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl Firearms news you can use guns n roses sweater christmasGuns ‘n’ Roses Ugly Christmas Sweater: https://gnrmerch.com/collections/featured/products/holiday-sweater Gallup Poll, Victims of Crime Are More Likely to Own Guns: http://www.gallup.com/poll/199235/crime-victims-likely-own-guns.aspx?g_source=Politics&g_medium=lead&g_campaign=tiles http://bearingarms.com/erika-h/2016/12/13/gallup-victims-of-crime-are-more-likely-to-own-guns/ Cool products caldwell mag chargerCaldwell mag charger: https://www.amazon.com/Caldwell-Mag-Charger-Tac-30-Small/dp/B01B7RLHOW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1481810915&sr=8-1&keywords=caldwell+mag+charger

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Caldwell Shooting Supplies also introduced this new Mag Charger for handguns, which will feed to almost any magazine. Arriving in 2017.

se-atlas8-front-470x599Atlas 8 With the ATLAS Dry-Fire training system: http://www.thesaltedearth.com/ christmas-movies-that-go-bang-copyGuns and Christmas Movies Die Hard: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_Hard Lethal Weapon: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lethal_Weapon National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Lampoon’s_Christmas_Vacation Reindeer Games: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reindeer_Games Batman Returns: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman_Returns Trading Places: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trading_Places A Christmas Story: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Christmas_Story For the Boys: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For_the_Boys Four Brothers: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Brothers_(film) Frosty the Snowman: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frosty_the_Snowman Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolph_the_Red-Nosed_Reindeer Shaft: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaft_(2000_film)

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Kenn Blanchard produces “The Women’s Gun Show.” (Laura Burgess photo)

Visit Kenn Blanchard: http://blackmanwithagun.com Kenn Blanchard show: http://kennblanchard.com TWAW Product of the Week  perfectly_imperfect_bronze_custom_bullet_heart_necklace_grandePerfectly Imperfect Heart Necklace, $27.99: http://thewellarmedwoman.com/new-products/perfectly-imperfect-heart-necklace Calendar: What’s up?  refuse to be a victimFind a Refuse to Be A Victim Clinic: https://wot.nra.org NSSF Fantasy Camp: http://shootingsportsfantasycamp.com/camp-details/ Subscribe to The Women’s Gun Show on iTunes, iHeart Radio and Stitcher. Fan of the Month Enter here a Rafflecopter giveaway

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ATA’s ‘Explore Bowfishing’ Could Boost Archery Participation http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/atas-explore-bowfishing-archery/ Fri, 16 Dec 2016 13:11:22 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29487 You've heard about Explore Bowhunting’s continued success, now learn about a new program, Explore Bowfishing.

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Explore Bowhunting’s continued success inspired the Archery Trade Association to launch Explore Bowfishing, another educational program for students 11 to 17.

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Much like Explore Bowhunting, which teaches youths basic bowhunting skills, Explore Bowfishing fills a need that industry leaders identified in the archery market.

The Explore Bowfishing program launched Oct. 25 at the Aquatic Resources Education Association Conference in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. As with Explore Bowhunting, this program helps instructors, educators and program leaders teach youths basic bowfishing skills.

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In addition, Explore Bowfishing opens doors by targeting a new but existing audience – anglers – while expanding the market for bowfishing-specific archery equipment.

Explore Bowfishing will help us reach a new customer base,” said Katie Haymes, ATA’s senior manager of education programs. “We can grow participation in our sport by using different types of equipment like bowfishing’s specially designed bows, arrows and accessories.

Jennifer Mazur, ATA’s director of archery and bowhunting programs, is confident the program will attract a new crowd. “Bowfishing offers a unique shooting experience,” Mazur said. “It’s a fun, fast-paced, multi-shooting activity that appeals to a wide audience.”

Bowfishing also has the potential to reactivate lapsed anglers and bowhunters, and create a gateway into bowhunting deer, turkeys and other game.

Some people are more accepting of bowfishing than bowhunting,” Mazur said. “This could be a natural transition from shooting fish to shooting game animals.

Haymes and Mazur are two of seven team members who created the program, and they have high expectations for its future. At the recent AREA Conference, the Explore Bowfishing team held a four-hour workshop to teach aquatic educators about the curriculum with hands-on activities about safety, fish identification, fish habitat, water refraction, instinctive shooting techniques, and how-to lessons on bowfishing equipment.

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Three state wildlife agencies – Arizona, Texas and Ohio – walked away with bowfishing kits, which feature a full lineup of bowfishing gear to use while piloting the program.

Introducing archery to state agencies’ fisheries programs will require more state-agency staff working to grow archery. Strategically, that’s never a bad thing.

To learn more about Explore Bowfishing and its curriculum, materials, activities and bowfishing kits, visit the Member Services Area at the 2017 ATA Trade Show, Jan. 10-12 in Indianapolis.

If you are interested in acquiring the program for your state, please contact Katie Haymes at katiehaymes@archerytrade.org or (804) 431-5390 for more information.

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

Would you like to acquire Explore Bowfishing at your schools?

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Remington V3 Autoloading Shotgun is Now Available with Walnut Stock http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/remington-v3-shotgun-walnut/ Fri, 16 Dec 2016 10:02:31 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29912 Check out how cool a walnut stock looks on the Remington V3 Field Sport line.

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Huntsville, AL – Remington Arms Company, LLC, (“Remington”) is pleased to announce that the V3 Field Sport Walnut is now shipping and available at retailers, dealers and distributors across the country.

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The V3 shotgun blends Remington’s legendary pointability with the reliability of the revolutionary VersaPort gas system in a compact and lightweight platform.  A match only made in America.  The Remington V3 flawlessly cycles all 2 ¾ to 3-inch 12 gauge loads while reducing recoil to a level previously unheard of in autoloaders.   For traditional good looks, the V3 is now available with American walnut woodwork and rich satin finish.

The V3 Field Sport –the new 3-inch chambered, American designed and built shotgun that represents the return of America’s greatness in autoloading shotguns.

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The Remington V3 Field Sport is also available in black synthetic and camo versions.  All V3 shotguns ship with three screw-in Remchokes (Improved, Modified, and Full chokes). The V3 shotgun is the new American autoloader, from Remington.

The Remington V3 Field Sport Walnut is available in both 28 and 26-inch barrels with a MSRP of $995.

About Remington Arms Company, LLC

Remington Arms Company, LLC, (“Remington”) headquartered in Madison, N.C., designs, produces and sells sporting goods products for the hunting and shooting sports markets, as well as solutions to the military, government and law enforcement markets. Founded in 1816 in upstate New York, the Company is the nation’s oldest continuously operating manufacturer with its original Ilion, New York plant still in operation today. Remington is a privately-held manufacturer of firearms and ammunition products and one of the largest domestic producers of shotguns and rifles. The Remington Family of Companies has 12 locations across 9 states employing over 3,500 people and distributes its products throughout the U.S. and in over 55 foreign countries.

More information about the Company can be found at www.remington.com.

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So, what do you think of the Remington V3 Field Sport walnut stock?

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Savage Arms Introduces New B-Series Bolt Action Rimfire Rifles http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/savage-arms-bolt-action-rimfire-rifles/ Thu, 15 Dec 2016 14:55:35 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29904 Check out what Savage Arms line of modern new firearm.

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SUFFIELD, Connecticut – December 14, 2016 – Savage Arms is pleased to introduce a new line of bolt-action rimfire rifles with its new B-Series, including 12 caliber options priced from $281 to $413. Shipments of these firearms are currently being delivered to dealers.

Savage has added to its line of modern new firearms with the B17, B22 and B22 Magnum bolt-action rimfire rifles. The new models’ ergonomically designed stock, higher comb, top tang safety and target-style, vertical pistol grip allow shooters to hold the rifle in a more natural position that puts less pressure on the wrist.

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The B Series includes a dozen new models in configurations including Sporter Barrel, Heavy Barrel, Heavy Threaded (suppressor ready) and Heavy Stainless. Like the popular A Series rimfires, all B Series rifles feature a 10-round rotary magazine and the accuracy-boosting adjustable AccuTrigger.

Features & Benefits
• Four configurations available in 22 LR, 22 WMR and 17 HMR
• User-adjustable AccuTrigger
• 10-round rotary magazine
• Button-rifled barrel
• Modern, ergonomic composite stock
• Top tang safety
• Drilled and tapped for scope mounts

Part No. / Description / MSRP
70200 / B22 F, 22 LR / $281.00
70201 / B22 FV, 22 LR / $308.00
70202 / B22 FVSS, 22 LR / $392.00
70203 / B22 FV-SR, 22 LR / $344.00
70500 / B22 Magnum F, 22 WMR / $301.00
70501 / B22 Magnum FV, 22 WMR / $329.00
70502 / B22 Magnum FVSS, 22 WMR / $413.00
70503 / B22 Magnum FV-SR, 22 WMR / $364.00
70800 / B17 F, 17 HMR / $301.00
70801 / B17 FV, 17 HMR / $329.00
70802 / B17 FVSS, 17 HMR / $413.00
70803 / B17 FV-SR, 17 HMR / $364.00

Savage Arms is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. To learn more about Savage Arms, visit www.savagearms.com.

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

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The #BunClubUSA Tour: The Kansas Governor’s Ringneck Classic http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/12/kansas-governors-ringneck-classic/ Thu, 15 Dec 2016 14:52:29 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=29681 It's part 2 of Michelle Cerino's exciting 8 day trip with The Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club ladies. Check out this photo feature from the Ringneck Classic. Sponsored by Franchi.

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The next stop of the #BunClubUSA tour brought us to Oakley, KS, for The Kansas Governor’s Ringneck Classic.

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Most of the events took place at the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center. Yes, we purchased quite a few Western- inspired items at the gift shop. And of course we couldn’t pass up all the photo ops available. Like having our pictures taken with Fred the full size buffalo in the lobby or outside with the HUGE statue of Buffalo Bill on horseback.

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A hunters’ reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres started the culinary part of the trip to Kansas. The delicious, mouthwatering appetizers consisted of fried pheasant with dipping sauce, venison skewers, smoked grouse with blackberry sauce, venison meatballs with barbecue sauce and many more. Yes, we went back for seconds and thirds.

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Things got real serious when we arrived at the field for our pheasant hunt. The rolling hills, covered with grasses and corn went as far as we could see.  The Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club girls and me retrieved our Franchi  Instinct L over-and-under shotguns from the van, finally the hunt we’ve been waiting for.

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The dogs on our hunt worked hard, especially Remington, a yellow lab. We all enjoyed watching their excitement, along with their field acumen. As they proudly ran through the grasses, retrieving the pheasants for their owners it almost looked like they were jumping through waves in the ocean.

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Yes, the hunting dogs are very hard workers, but they are well loved, too. I love to watch the relationships between dogs and hunters. Whether a quick drink of water from a sport bottle, or a little hug of encouragement in the field, it’s a special bond.

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We had a very successful hunt, thanks to our fabulous guides and hard working dogs. For those of us on our first pheasant hunt we couldn’t have been more happy. I already have plans to do some more bird hunts within the next few months and hopefully get back to Kansas someday.

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The 2016 Kansas Governor’s Ringneck Classic earned the right to call itself a success. Not only did everyone have a great hunt, but also, the money raised (just under $52K) went to some well deserving groups, including the following:

  • $1,000 scholarship to a college student majoring in a related field – awarded in June
  • $1,000 Pheasant Forever Lifetime Membership will be awarded to 4 youth hunters at the event.
  • Northwest Kansas Conservation Foundation
  • Freedom Hunters

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So, who’s in for the 2017 Kansas Governor’s Ringneck Classic in Colby, KS?

If you’re interested in more information on the  2017 hunt send your email to the following address. contact@kansasringneckclassic.com

If you missed the first part of the #BunClubUSA tour you can read it here.

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