Hunting, shooting, fishing and adventure for women by women http://www.womensoutdoornews.com Outdoor hunting, shooting, fishing reviews and news -- for women, by women Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:51:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.5 Outdoor hunting, shooting, fishing reviews and news -- for women, by women Hunting, shooting, fishing and adventure for women by women no Outdoor hunting, shooting, fishing reviews and news -- for women, by women Hunting, shooting, fishing and adventure for women by women http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://www.womensoutdoornews.com How I Survived My First Ladies-Only Shooting Clinic http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/how-i-survived-my-first-ladies-only-shooting-clinic/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/how-i-survived-my-first-ladies-only-shooting-clinic/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:36:20 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22029 We welcome new columnist Annette Doerr, who shares how she planned and executed a Women on Target shooting clinic for ladies last year. Looks like she survived and is going to do it again this year! Sponsored by LaserMax, Inc.

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New columnist Annette Doerr describes how she survived her first ladies-only shooting clinic, an NRA Women On Target Instructional Shooting Clinic, and managed to hit all the goals and have fun, too. 

Have you been considering hosting an NRA Women on Target Instructional Shooting Clinic at your range? If you are interested in getting more women involved in the shooting sports, read on, and consider hosting your own clinic sometime soon. I recently held my first, a pistol clinic. What a fun and rewarding experience it was for everyone involved.

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The NRA website is a great resource for information in general. This also holds true when it comes to hosting Women on Target instruction. Clinic choices include rifle, pistol, shotgun or any combination of the 3, depending on what your range can handle and the experience of your volunteers. The clinic itself is very basic, with an emphasis on safety. Each one starts off with a classroom/educational portion covering firearm safety, proper firearm storage, and much more essential information. The second half of the clinic consists of one-on-one live-fire exercises with an instructor.

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Annette Doerr at the helm!

Here is a brief summary of what you will need to do in order to get your clinic registered:

  • Check out the NRA Women on Target Instructional Shooting Clinic website.
  • Carefully read the section “Host a Clinic.”
  • Choose a date that works for you, your range, and your volunteers. Keep in mind you will need a 1:1 student-to-instructor ratio for the live-fire portion of the class. The more volunteer instructors you have, the less downtime for the participants between shooting stages.
  • Register your clinic with the NRA via the website. You must do this at least 45 days prior to your clinic date. This allows the NRA to post your information on the website and gather and mail you the program material and souvenir bags.
  • Start enrolling your students. If you keep up with the paperwork and stay organized, it will make your life so much easier on the day of the clinic. Keep a waiting list if necessary.
  • As the date gets closer, communicate with your students and volunteers to make sure everyone knows what is expected of them and that they are still available. You don’t want to find out on the day of the clinic that 2 of your instructors can’t make it.

 

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(Annette Doerr photo)

The NRA provides all of the forms you’ll need, from registration to a photo-release form, so carefully read their e-mails and familiarize yourself with the forms as soon as you receive them. Use what they send you; there’s no need to reinvent the wheel. I learned a lot from teaching my first Women on Target Instructional Shooting Clinic. Some things I will do again; some I will not!

What I’ll do again:

  • Keep it small. I limited the number of students for my first clinic to 10, which is a very manageable number since my range is small. With 5 instructors to help with the live-fire portion, this meant there were 2 rounds of shooters for each stage. I acted as the Range Safety Officer on the line; this worked well. I may increase participants to 15 for my second clinic, but I won’t go any larger than that for now. Having ladies sit and wait for too long just isn’t fun for anyone; I would rather hold 2 separate clinic dates than try to manage a larger group.
  • Maintain communication with your students and volunteers, both before and after your clinic. You want them to be excited about the clinic!
  • Encourage the ladies to get to know each other. At the start of the clinic, I had my students introduce themselves and give a little background about their shooting experience. A chatty group means they are having fun and sharing information. My ladies talked to each other; this helped pass the time as they waited to shoot between stages.
  • Know your volunteers! Look for personable instructors who aren’t full of themselves. This is supposed to be a fun day for the ladies. You want to encourage them, not scare them!
  • Enthusiasm is contagious. If you are upbeat, professional, happy and excited about the clinic, your students and volunteers will be, too. Have some fun with it!

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  • My stress level! I felt very nervous going into my first clinic. Naturally I wanted my clinic to go perfectly. Did it? No. Did that matter? Absolutely not. The goal of the clinic is to be fun, safe and informative. I achieved that goal and then some. Write a plan and follow it. You will do GREAT!
  • I’ll also keep a tighter rein on the live-fire time. My volunteers are the best guys in the world. I truly believe they had just as much fun as the ladies, if not more. As you can understand, the clinic demands a tight timeframe to work with and a lot of information to disseminate. The instructors knew beforehand how many rounds the students should load and fire at a time: 10. Somehow, the overachievers would have let the ladies shoot until dark, every single time. I had to stop them and remind them of the 10-round exercise rule, where we focused on safety and basics. We aimed to achieve our goal of hitting the targets with good groups, not becoming sniper qualified. In the future, I’ll work at reining them in sooner. (Trust me: This is a good problem to have!) Make sure to leave time at the end of the clinic for the ladies to keep shooting if they so desire—because they will!

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I am in the planning stages for my 2nd clinic, which will be held in June. Will I stress about it again? Of course! Will I fumble on my presentation? Most likely! Will the women who attend get a great education on firearm safety and will they learn to shoot in a fun, safe manner? ABSOLUTELY! And that, my friends, is what Women on Target Instructional Shooting Clinics are all about!

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The Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club National Ladies’ Shooting Day http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/the-shotgun-chelsea-bun-club-national-ladies-shooting-day/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/the-shotgun-chelsea-bun-club-national-ladies-shooting-day/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:30:26 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22027 Wow! The Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club will hold 22 events across the great U.K. on June 27.

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From our pal, Victoria, passed along to our readers …

We’re excited to tell you about National Ladies’ Shooting Day on 27th June 2015 – we’re on a mission to make this  a day to remember and we’re calling on our darling members to help!

Shotgun-ChelseaThis special landmark day is being organised to bring together ladies from across the land and raise the profile of lady shooters and we’d love you to come to an event!

We are holding 22 events on the 27th June at our favourite shooting grounds across the Country and we have some CRACKING prizes including a head to toe Dubarry outfit worth £1000, a head to toe Alan Paine outfit, £300 CENS ear plugs, a Purdey waistcoat worth £650, vouchers from Rachel Elizabeth Wood Jewellery, a Dry Fire shooting simulator worth £600, clay shooting lessons, fly fishing, skeet vests, £1500 worth of goodies from Fur Feather and Fin and LOTS MORE! By booking an event, you’ll go in to a draw to win some of these AMAZING prizes

For one day only all events are just £35, which is inclusive of: coaching, gun hire, 30 shots and ear and eye protection, we’d love you to rally up your friends!

We’ll be starting giving away prizes next week in the run up to NLSD in our Facebook event group for those who have booked already and on the day each event will have prizes, along with a mega giveaway draw, with everyone’s names going into a hat.

If you’ve not booked your place yet, we’d absolutely love you to come along – this is our biggest and boldest project yet and we’re calling on our members to help.
  

View and book the events here>>


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As a little incentive, if you bring six friends with you, we’ll give you your place free AND the member who brings the most friends along will win a private lesson (inc cartridges and clays) with 29 times World Champion and S&CBC Ambassador Cheryl Hall! Just ask your friends to put your name in the comments box on booking, or email us a list!

Look forward to seeing you there hopefully,

Love

Victoria x

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Woolx is seeking Brand Ambassadors! http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/woolx-is-seeking-brand-ambassadors/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/woolx-is-seeking-brand-ambassadors/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:26:50 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22025 Do you hunt, fish, hike, ski, run, climb or otherwise live your life outside? Are you passionate about the outdoor lifestyle? Woolx is looking for you!

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Woolx, a premium Merino Wool Clothing Company based in Upstate NY, is seeking outdoor professionals to join Team #WoolxinAction.

Do you hunt, fish, hike, ski, run, climb or otherwise live your life outside? Are you passionate about the outdoor lifestyle? Woolx is looking for you!

 

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Woolx Clothing and Base Layer was designed, created and tested by avid outdoors people in the rugged winters of Upstate New York. People with an authentic knowledge of the needs of hunters, hikers and skiers. Woolx knows there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear, and they’ve designed their top of the line, ultra-soft merino garments to handle the harshest conditions Mother Nature has to offer!

If you share Woolx’s commitment to the outdoor lifestyle, and want to share your experience and enthusiasm with others, contact Woolx at http://woolx.com/inaction/ or on Twitter @woolxwool and let them know why you’d be a perfect fit for Team #WoolxinAction!

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Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt Scholarship is Open http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/wyoming-womens-antelope-hunt-scholarship-is-open/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/wyoming-womens-antelope-hunt-scholarship-is-open/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:58:59 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22023 Want to apply for the hunt of a lifetime, among newfound friends and mentors?

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Laramie, Wyo.—The Wyoming Women’s Foundation (WYWF) is now accepting applications for its 2015 Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt.

WYWF founded the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt in 2013 to create mentorship opportunities for women through a Wyoming tradition of hunting.  The event raises funds to support WYWF’s mission, which is to invest in the economic self-sufficiency of women and the future of girls in Wyoming.

The Hunt takes place at the Ranch at Ucross northeast of Buffalo, Wyo. All hunters will be guided by licensed guides on private or public lands within an hour’s drive of the ranch. In the first two years of the event more than 90% of hunters harvested an animal. Hunters can also participate in other outdoor skill-building activities, such as fly fishing, trap shooting and workshops on cooking with wild game.

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Last year’s artwork for the banner describes the hunt perfectly!

Scholarships include all license, hunting and guide fees, as well as lodging, meals and post-hunt activities for four days and three nights at the scenic guest ranch. Hunters of all skill levels, including first-time hunters, are welcome to apply. Applicants will be considered from anywhere in the country, but selected applicants must provide their own transportation to the ranch.

To apply, submit an online application by May 31, which includes a 300 word essay on why you would like to participate and what sets you apart from other applicants. Selections will include both seasoned hunters and aspiring hunters who will hunt as mentors and mentees in pairs with other women participants. Up to 11 of the 40 hunting spots will be awarded to scholarship applicants. Event sponsors and Hunt alumnae make the scholarship program possible.

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Stacey Huston attended last year’s antelope hunt in Wyoming and tagged her first buck! (Stacey Huston photo)

Visit www.wyomingwomensantelopehunt.org for more information and to apply.

The Wyoming Women’s Foundation is a fund of the Wyoming Community Foundation, which granted over $4.5 million to Wyoming nonprofits in 2014.

 

Wyoming Women’s Foundation Media Contact: Rebekah Smith

Office: 307.721.7007

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Enter The Well Armed Woman and Laser Ammo Raffle http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/enter-the-well-armed-woman-and-laser-ammo-raffle/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/enter-the-well-armed-woman-and-laser-ammo-raffle/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:55:25 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22021 Five dollars gets you raffle tickets to 8 superb prize packages and coupons you can redeem now.

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Laser Ammo launched the April Ladies Month to honor and raise awareness for The Well Armed Woman’s Non-Profit Shooting Chapters.

The Well Armed Woman Shooting Chapters educate women of all skill levels in safe firearm handling shooting and defense. They are local groups of women who come together once a month to practice, learn and grow as shooters. Along with all of our generous sponsors, Laser Ammo believes The Well Armed Woman Shooting Chapters uses education as a powerful tool to empower women shooters in a non-threatening environment, for women, by women. To support this cause Laser Ammo, along with our sponsors, has donated items to help raise funds for The Well Armed Woman’s Non-Profit Shooting Chapters. 

We ask those of you who believe in this great cause to donate a minimum of $5 to The Well Armed Woman and by doing so will grant you entry to win one of eight different prize packages. Upon entry, you will receive an e-mail within 72 hours with your raffle ticket(s) and four coupon codes as courtesy from our sponsors. The coupon codes will include 10% off Laser Ammo products, 15% of Girls with Guns Clothing, 10% from CrossBreed Holsters and 15% of The Well Armed Woman Store! You may also donate more for greater chances to win an awesome prize!
Best of luck and thank you for your generosity.

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How to Adjust the Retention on Your Holster http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/how-to-adjust-the-retention-on-your-holster/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/how-to-adjust-the-retention-on-your-holster/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:43:40 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22019 Comp-Tac walks you through how to make sure your holster will hold your firearm.

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What to make your holster hold the gun tighter? Want it to hold looser?

Comp-Tac holsters are not only retention adjustable but they’re also ready to use straight out of the package. Certain holsters, such as the Minotaur MTAC, may require a break-in period before the factory retention can be fully utilized. Here are some steps to take to get the most out of your holster’s adjustable retention.

adjust-retention-2Step 1: Check that the holster or magazine pouch is the correct model for your firearm.

Step 2: Ensure that your firearm is UNLOADED.

Step 3: Double check that your firearm is unloaded!

Step 4: Put the holster on your waistband in the appropriate location. Insert the firearm so that the pistol is fully seated in the holster.

Want to learn the rest of the procedure?

Visit Comp-Tac. 

While you’re there, check out its fine line of holsters — for competition and carry purposes, along with a super selection of accessories.

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Learn to Read Signs in Nature to Improve Your Outdoor Photography Skills http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/learn-to-read-signs-in-nature-to-improve-your-photography-skills/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/learn-to-read-signs-in-nature-to-improve-your-photography-skills/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:00:59 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=12726 Outdoor photographer Stacey Huston, from Wyoming, gives tips for learning about wildlife around you -- especially while you're outdoors with camera in hand and mind on the task of getting interesting subject matter. Tracks, sounds and scat ... all add up to being aware of your surroundings.

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In this #TbT post, Stacey Huston describes how to find little things in nature to improve your outdoor photography skills. Now that spring is here and the earth is bursting with color again, these tips will help you find better content to shoot and also, make you aware of your surroundings as you’re out in nature.

Shoot to Thrill: Stacey Huston on signs and signals of nature

I love tracks. I am always on the lookout for tracks and sign. I think survival was engrained in me as a young girl, but I wonder how much of it I picked up out of curiosity and a little fear of the unknown. I don’t recall my parents ever sitting me down and “teaching” me how to recognize and read sign, but there were many little moments that caught my attention and helped me to realize that it is important to always be aware of what is going on around you.

Flashback 

I was just a little girl, maybe 9 or 10 years old. It was a beautiful spring day.  My parents had taken me out hiking and fishing along an icy mountain creek for brookies. This was a place we had not explored before and as evening settled in, casting long shadows through the trees, Dad was still headed in the opposite direction of the truck. We had our dog, a small brown dachshund, with us. I looked down at her and noticed that she had her tail tucked. Confused, I looked up at my mom and realized that she had a worried look on her face. Now, feeling uncomfortable myself, I stepped a little closer to her side. A little farther up the draw, Mom took another look around, let out a deep breath, and said, “Honey?”

My dad turned and gruffly asked, “What?” as though he was totally baffled and maybe even slightly annoyed by her tone, but the laughter dancing behind his eyes told a different story. My mom just planted her feet and raised her eyebrow. She checked the position of the setting sun and pointed at a freshly overturned rock, a rather LARGE overturned rock.

Even at such a young age, I didn’t need anyone to explain to me exactly what any of this meant. We had already passed several of these upturned boulders in the last half hour, and that was enough for instinct to kick in and I was starting to get scared. I recall my dad mumbling something about girls being chicken, and something else about what might be just over the next ridge, but he turned around and, reaching out to hold my mother’s hand, led the way back down the game trail that would take us back to the truck.

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Not human. Do you know what it is? Photo by Stacey Huston

Lessons learned

As a photographer, the question I get asked the most is, “Where do you go to get all these photos?”  This question never fails to baffle me and I am never quite sure how I should answer. I take them outside. Everywhere. And that question is usually followed with, “How do you know where to look?”

There really is no secret, wildlife is everywhere, but it is helpful to know how to read sign so that you are aware of what creatures ARE around.

Now it is 30 years later. I am a wife and a mother. And, I am oftentimes out in the woods alone or with my own children, and knowing how to read sign isn’t just a skill that can aid in photography, it also is an important skill to have to keep from putting myself or my children in unnecessary danger.

It isn’t just about the animals that you can see. It’s about knowing how to use all of your senses and knowing how to tell what animals are there that you don’t see as well.

Listen. I have located many species just by their calls alone. A startled antelope on a ridgeline, or the call of an eagle or hawk in flight, can reveal its location and might give you just enough time to ready your camera for a photo. Large animals normally travel through thick forest without a whisper of sound. But they can also be surprisingly noisy by breaking branches and dislodging rocks or brush in their play, passing, or in their search for food. Small creatures, like birds and squirrels, are little tattletales and will alert the entire forest of any intruders, human or otherwise that they feel might be a threat. Know the alarm calls, as well as the normal sounds that different species make.

Use your nose. You can often smell wild creatures long before you see or hear them. Most people know what a skunk is just by smell alone, even a faint odor from a distance. But many people don’t realize that elk have a very unique and pungent smell, as do antelope and other big game species. The scent of rotting creatures carries a long ways in the woods and will also draw predators and birds.

Touch.  Some of you will think this is horrible, but often I will reach down and feel scat. A huge pile of bear scat in itself can be an intimidating sight. But, if you place your hand just above and can still feel heat rising, then that ups the potential danger to a whole new level. But beyond the scope of physically touching something, if you are paying attention (as you should be) when you are out, you can sense creatures that are there long before your eyes have actually located them. I can’t count the times that a chill has run up my spine in the woods and to this day wonder if something was really there or if it was just my imagination. Listen to that feeling. Trust your instincts . . . but don’t be paranoid.

At times I have felt something watching me, only to scan the forest and discover a deer, frozen staring straight at me, or the beady eyes of a squirrel observing me from an overhanging branch. I have walked within yards of bedded elk. They knew I was there long before I spotted them, but they stayed put and did not budge because they believed they were hidden, and I kept moving and was careful not to give any physical signs of noticing them.

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What does this tell you? Look for the trail below! Photo by Stacey Huston

Sometimes the signs are obvious and sometimes they are harder to detect. Freshly used game trails, paths left by herds of migrating herds of elk, deer, antelope, mountain sheep and other animals are obvious signs. Concentrations of scavenger birds, such as ravens, magpies, or buzzards, can alert you to the location of a carcass. Eagles and predators seizing the opportunity for an easy meal often frequent carcasses.

It’s easy to notice animal tracks in snow and mud, but it’s also important that you know how to tell when those tracks were made. Know how to recognize the not-so-obvious signs.

  • A pile of sage grouse scat under a clump of sage
  • A single raptor feather tangled in a clump of brush next to a tuft of cottontail fur
  • An old deer carcass lying under an overhanging tree on a game trail in the high country
  • Rolled rocks, shredded rotten logs and even simply clumps of overturned soil in a clover-strewn spring meadow
  • A tuft of fur caught in an old rusty fence, or a scrape on a tree

All are simple signs that can keep you from danger or alert you to potential subject matter for your photos.

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Stacey Huston in the wild. Submitted photo

For safety’s sake, it is important to remember that predators are just that. Bears, wolves and mountain lions don’t wander through the woods snarling and growling. They stalk quietly, searching for their next meal. They are hunters.

Trust your instincts and know your skill levels. There is no reason to place yourself or others in danger.

Also be aware that if the woods around you suddenly fall silent, oddly silent, it is usually a telltale sign that the creatures that reside there have detected danger, but this danger may just simply be you.

Visit A Focus in the Wild and tell Stacey you dropped in for a visit!

This retro-WON was published first on March 14, 2012. 

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Morel Madness: How to Find Them http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/morel-madness-how-to-find-them/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/morel-madness-how-to-find-them/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:37:38 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22013 Once you've had one, you'll want more. Learn how to find morels and how to be safe in the turkey woods while hunting for these magnificent mushrooms.

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One of the things I learned very quickly about living in the Ozarks is that people keep secrets about where morels grow.

At our old ghost cattle ranch, we all like to hunt for the elusive mushroom and we tell each other where the mushrooms can be found – but, that is top-secret, classified family business.

My mother-in-law once found the biggest mushroom in the Tri-County area, and for that honor she was awarded $5, and a photo of her prize-winning ’shroom in the paper.

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Over near Kansas City, there live some mad mycophagists named Theresa and John Maybrier. They suggest hunting during turkey season after 1 p.m., when turkey hunters must quit for the day here in Missouri. They also urge all mushroom hunters to carry mesh bags so that the spores can spread in the woods.

The Maybriers remind mushroom hunters not to wear red, white (including your socks) or blue into the woods, for those are the colors that the gobblers display. They suggest that you don a wide-brimmed hat or long-billed baseball cap to protect your head from the sun and your eyes from tree branches.

Because to get to morels, hunters have to traipse through territory rife with Hawthorne tree thorns, wild rose bushes and gooseberries, the Maybriers also recommend sturdy shoes or boots. Yellow or orange shirts are a must for safety in the woods.

Theresa gives a helpful tip for beginners: “The significant thing to remember is to look for trees that are in the process of dying – morels like the soft hardwoods such as birch, maple, elm, ash, sycamore, aspen, poplars. Morels are fungus. Looking for the trees that are dying will increase the number of morels they will find because this is a food source for the morel underground organism, giving it strength to reproduce.”

The Maybriers take their mushroom hunting outside the Show Me State’s borders, and offer hunting mushroom adventure trips to Michigan every spring. The Maybriers have written a book filled with tips for hunting mushrooms and also, recipes.

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(Barbara Baird photo)

 

About mushroom hunting, John says, “Every season is completely different.” He adds, “Once you figure it out, you can go anywhere and find ’em.”

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Vera Koo: Lightning Strikes Twice http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/vera-koo-lightning-strikes-twice/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/vera-koo-lightning-strikes-twice/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:34:40 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=22007 She will not a let a torn ACL keep her down. Find out what happened and why Vera Koo is determined to come back to the shooting sports, sooner -- rather than later!

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Vera Koo knows that lightening can strike twice, especially when it comes to accidents when you’re active. Read about her recent skiing accident and how she, once again, prepares to recover so that she can shoot competitively in a record amount of time.

I’m a firm believer in destiny: things that are meant to happen will happen.

The year 2013 was difficult. Not the most difficult year of my life, but certainly amongst the most life-changing ones. After spending months in rehabilitation, regaining my ability to walk, shoot, and compete, my 2015 strategy was set with dozens of competitions, shoots and training sessions in preparation for the Bianchi Cup in May.

On January 1, however, my carefully planned path took a detour.

 

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Vera participated in a snowball fight with her grandchildren before hitting the slopes. (DZR Show Company photo)

Spending the New Year at Squaw Valley in Tahoe is a family tradition and this year, my daughters, granddaughters, son and husband joined together for a few days of skiing and celebrating. We’ve been skiing Squaw for 30 years and have all become expert skiers. I no longer jump off cliffs or climb to ski unmarked trails, but otherwise, together, we stare down double black diamonds, Squaw’s famed KT-22, Olympic slopes and Headwall Face. As such, imagine my surprise when our group of 10 disembarked from what would be my first and final chair lift of the day. I was skiing on high tech parabolic rental skis that are shorter than my typical long skies. So when my granddaughter skied to my right, crossing in front of our group as she attempted to control her tips, my own skies crossed the back of hers and in a bizarre and disastrous collision, my skies wedged between hers, and we crashed to the ground.

She bounced back up.

I dimly recall screaming out in pain as I heard a symphony of pops and grinding bone, as I felt searing pain in my hip.

I was certain that my lower leg was being torn out of my body.

 

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Arrival of ski patrol. (DZR Shoe Company photo)

 

As my daughters, both of whom were former competitive racers, attempted to undo my boot bindings, I lay sprawled on the ground until the pain cleared and I could focus on the reality of the situation. The post-lunch skiing crowd streamed around me as they attempted to exit the chair lift and the noise was thunderous as someone in the crowd said that the ski patrol was en route. I nearly laughed at the absurdity of this: after skiing for 40 years, I have never taken ski patrol down the hill. Yes, I’ve had a few spectacular falls – but never so remarkable as to require such mortifying assistance.

As I didn’t want to ruin their weekend of skiing, I told my daughters and their friends to go ahead and continue skiing — but they insisted upon waiting until ski patrol arrived. Within minutes, ski patrol was asking me to stand up solely on my left leg. When I crumpled back down to the ground, unable to bear any weight, it was diagnosed as a torn ACL and suddenly I was being tucked into the ski patrol toboggan.

I’m certain that I’ve never flown down a mountain so quickly as that toboggan ride. But even with the short ride, my mind was working overtime — seeking reason, understanding and appreciation for my current situation. I was out of shape, I thought. Due to my trip to India, I hadn’t worked out regularly in months.

 

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Other thoughts flew through my head: This was my first run in several years. I was worried about my family. Were they still going to have a good time? At least it was my injury and not my granddaughter’s or my husband’s. At least I’ve been in this situation before and I know that I can handle rehab. It would have been excruciating for my husband or granddaughter. Nothing is forever, I told myself. My life has been very balanced: I’ve had so many good things happen and so many balancing events.

Remembering the very best times is the only way for me to live.  

In that moment of acceptance, as I bounced down the mountain, bundled like a toddler, my future also hit me: the cold reality that after a full year of successful rehab, I was back to square one. I couldn’t walk, let alone go prone. So, the Bianchi Cup 2015 was immediately crossed off my list, as was my dream of shooting the World Action Pistol Championship in Rome 2016.  As these thoughts crowded my aching head, the toboggan came to a sudden stop and ski patrol unloaded me at the Squaw Valley clinic, a veritable sports medicine assembly line: on a good day they might see 50 torn ACLs.

Two doctors came to my aid as I told them that I was a competitive shooter and planned to compete at the national level in 2015. They offered the pros and cons of surgery, timing, effects and rehab and quickly outlined a calendar: 6 months to normalcy, 9 months to full force.

Perhaps we are realistically looking at a full year to recovery at my age, but I’ve been here before.

 

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(Shun Chu photo)

I’m determined to see you all at the Bianchi Cup this May. Things happen for a reason, perhaps I’m supposed to slow down. But, on the side of my competitive edge and the forefront of destiny: It could’ve been worse. After all, I could have just as easily torn my right ACL, which, due to my previous surgery, might have never seen full recovery. At least this time I’ll be rehabbing my left leg.

See you in May!

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Michelle Cerino interviews Theresa Vail, a modern-day adventurer who is bound to become even more of an inspiration to women through her new television series.

Theresa Vail, 24, host of a new series coming to Outdoor Channel, made several appearances at the 2015 NRA Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn., this April. Prior to one of her appearances, Theresa and I had a casual chat about her upcoming series on Outdoor Channel, titled, “Limitless with Theresa Vail.” Since the booth was extremely crowded and there were no empty rooms, we did what any problem solvers would, found a spot on the floor against the wall, and started talking.

 

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The interview. (Chris Cerino photo)

 

You may know Theresa Vail as the 2013 Miss Kansas winner, or as the 2014 “Miss America” top ten finalist who proudly kept her tattoos uncovered. But did you know she is also a sergeant in the Kansas Army National Guard, a bowhunter and a full-time college student? This all-American woman is the perfect fit for the half-hour series about overcoming stereotypes and proving there is no set mold for what a woman can and should be.

A woman with her own show is ground breaking for Outdoor Channel. Through her series, Theresa hopes to both empower and inspire women as she leans something new in every episode. Unlike most other series, “Limitless” allows Theresa to experience most everything as a novice, not as the expert. Experiencing something new is one of her goals. Hopefully, when other women follow along through her adventures, they will say, “If she can do it, I can do it.”

 

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“Limitless with Theresa Vail” has been a collaboration between Theresa and Outdoor Channel. Although everyone has input, Theresa insists that her goals be in the show and her brand remain constant. So far, she reports everything has been great; she has been able to do things she has only dreamed of before the show.

Filming for the series feels very natural for Theresa. The limelight of being Miss Kansas helped her gain confidence being in front of the camera. Although each episode is a learning experience, it is an easy, natural progression. Being able to do participate in adventures she enjoys helps, too.

 

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Theresa’s favorite part of the series so far is the filming of the B stories.This is where the audience really sees her personality. Recently, she partook in the 26th annual Bataan Death March Memorial, which honors a special group of World War II heroes at White Sands Missile Base in New Mexico. She made the 26-mile hike, while carrying 45 pounds in her rucksack – no small feat. Unfortunatey, for Theresa, her feet blistered during the march. She knew there are little girls looking up to her and quitting was not an option. So, she pushed past her physical boundaries, knowing her body can handle way more then her mind says it can. Although she struggled, she propelled past that mental barrier and completed the march.

Knowing that people will be looking up to her is what gives Theresa her motivation and drive. Women need to see that they can be well rounded. She wants viewers to realize that she is not the expert or the hero. Seeing her struggle, and perhaps even bail out on something, does not mean she is going to give up on everything. Having the experience is the important part, and that is what she wants the audience to understand.

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(Outdoor Channel photo)

About tattoos and the military

Theresa has some advice for young ladies considering getting a tattoo or joining the military.

Since a tattoo is permanent, something you will be wearing for the rest of your life, she suggests first sketching it out on a piece of paper. Then, hang it on your wall for 6 months, and look at it everyday. If, by the end of those 6 months, you never get tired of looking at it, and can still see the meaning behind it, then go for it.

As for the girls considering the military, Theresa suggests starting by analyzing your strengths and weaknesses. Do you have the right personality? If you are rebellious or hot headed, you may have trouble accepting authority. Having been in the military for 8 years, Theresa has seen what happens to those people. Many never get promoted, are always in trouble and end up hating the military. As a woman, joining the military involves a transition from being a girl to an absolute professional businesswoman. There is no laughing and flirting, with all the barriers there are for women in the military, this only makes it more difficult for those trying to overcome them.

 

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Theresa Vail and Michelle Cerino. (Chris Cerino photo)

 

 

“Limitless with Theresa Vail”will begin airing on Outdoor Channel as part of the network’s summer programming lineup in July 2015. I know I am going to follow along with Theresa’s adventures. I know she will inspire me to try something new.

 

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Winnemucca Fifth Grader Wins Nevada Free Fishing Day Poster Contest  http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/winnemucca-fifth-grader-wins-nevada-free-fishing-day-poster-contest/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/winnemucca-fifth-grader-wins-nevada-free-fishing-day-poster-contest/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:13:49 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21996 How wonderful it is to have a teacher who realizes your potential. Like, for example, Carol McKim, who urged her student, Ava Balderrama, to enter this art contest.

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Winnemucca, NV – Fifth grader Ava Balderrama has impressed the teachers at French Ford Middle School in Winnemucca with her artwork all year. So when her teacher Carol McKim learned that the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) was holding its annual Free Fishing Day poster contest; she knew exactly who she would tell.

“I sought out Ava to compete in this contest because I felt if Ava just did half of what she does on her regular assignments she would have a good chance of winning,” said McKim. “Ava is a wonderful student who does her very best at everything and on every assignment.”
Proving once again that teacher knows best, Balderrama’s entry was selected as the winner of this year’s contest beating out 267 entries from around the state.
“I am so excited to have one of my students win the state Fishing Day Poster Contest especially when I found out that student was Ava. She is an amazing student,” said McKim. “Ava was very surprised when she found out that she won. She was also thrilled, but humble.”
The runner-up spots went to Mia Bertolone, fifth grader from Minden Elementary in Minden, and fifth grader Garret Pargas from Alice Maxwell Elementary in Sparks.
As the winner, Balderrama will receive a framed copy of her artwork and a fishing rod and reel. She and her family will also be treated to a guided fishing outing.

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Ava Balderrama Free Fishing Day poster

While almost all of the other entries were done with crayons or markers, Balderrama actually painted her entry. She believes her artistic talents come from her mother with a little help from some Bob Ross videos she watched. She also added that her favorite part of fishing is catching a fish with her Dad’s help.

This year’s theme for the Nevada Free Fishing Day Poster Contest was “Fishing is On the Hook.”

Free Fishing Day takes place on Saturday, June 13 this year. The statewide event allows anglers to fish any public fishing water in the state without a fishing license or trout stamp, while all limits and other regulations apply. Visit www.ndow.org to find out more about Free Fishing Day events taking place locally.

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) protects, restores and manages fish and wildlife, and promotes fishing, hunting, and boating safety. NDOW’s wildlife and habitat conservation efforts are primarily funded by sportsmen’s license and conservation fees and a federal surcharge on hunting and fishing gear. Support wildlife and habitat conservation in Nevada by purchasing a hunting, fishing, or combination license. Find us on Facebook, Twitter or visit us at www.ndow.org.

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‘Why do you carry?’ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/why-do-you-carry/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/why-do-you-carry/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 22:00:45 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21982 Marti Davis asked several women why they choose to carry a firearm. Sponsored by Crossbreed Holsters.

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I posed the question, “Why do you carry?” to several female friends. Here are their responses.

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Barbara Baird, publisher of The WON, stated, “I started carrying when Missouri first passed its law authorizing concealed carry. I took the class, qualified and started training. I had already been shooting for several years before the law passed. At that time, I was a travel writer and a newspaper editor and often found myself in the boonies, sometimes with car troubles. At first, I thought I needed concealed carry in order to protect myself at certain times and in particular places. Then I discovered that I could not predict when ‘bad’ was going to go down. So now I carry whenever and wherever legally possible. I just figure out how to do it … like deciding which shoes or bag to carry. I choose my gun, carry system (holster or bag) and go.”

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One of the guns Barbara has chosen to carry is a Walther PPQM2. She also carries a Smith & Wesson 642 or a Colt Mustang Pocketlite, depending on the occasion and dress requirements. (Jason Baird photo — on timer)

 

Ellen Benitz, retired from the National Wild Turkey Federation and a very active grandmother, said, “I decided to conceal carry in Missouri soon after the law passed. My decision was made for personal safety. I had a job at that time that required me to travel extensively throughout the Midwest by myself, sometimes late at night. Knowing that I could defend myself if necessary gave me the courage to do my job with less worry. I was still diligent about circumstances, and I think carrying reminded me to keep an eye out for dangerous situations. Luckily I never had to draw my firearm to defend myself. I did, however, practice regularly, and I constantly ran scenarios through my mind whenever I traveled so I wouldn’t be caught off-guard. I would also attend safety seminars and workshops to keep up-to-date on procedures to ensure my safety and my family’s safety.”

Brenda Valentine, the First Lady of Hunting, said, “I’ve had a carry permit since they became available many years ago. I carry because the law says that since I am a law-abiding American citizen, I have the right to protect myself, if needed.”

Carol Craighead, owner of CrossBreed Holsters, said, “There are several reasons I carry. First, it’s my constitutional right. The whole empowerment thing is also appealing. But, ultimately, the most fundamental reason is to protect not only myself, but, more important, my family, from potential harm. Being a mom, you always worry about keeping your children safe. I want to feel like I’m doing everything I can to ensure just that. While nothing is ever a guarantee, I truly believe that carrying and being comfortable using my firearm gives me the advantage I hope and pray to never need.”

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Carol Craighead practices her draw. (Clayton Craighead photo)

 

National and world-champion shooter Julie Golob, captain of Team Smith & Wesson, shared her thoughts: “My usual, everyday carry is my Smith & Wesson M&P Shield. I keep it with me because I want to be able to protect my family and myself. Anything can happen, but I believe the better prepared you are, the more likely you are to avoid bad situations—and if they do happen, to stop them.”

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Julie Golob carries and competes with a Smith & Wesson M&P Shield in 9mm. (Julie Golob photo)

 

Each of these ladies’ reason for carrying, as well as my personal one, centers on the same general idea: protecting their families and themselves. They also feel strongly about our Second Amendment, which guarantees we have the right to keep and bear arms. The majority of U.S. citizens tend to agree with us on this. According to ConcealedGunsProCon.org, in a 2012 poll conducted for Thomson Reuters, 75 percent of Americans support “laws allowing law-abiding citizens to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon.” A 2013 CBS News and New York Times poll found that 65 percent of Americans “oppose a federal law requiring a nationwide ban on people other than law enforcement officers carrying concealed weapons.”

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The author with her Shield, in a Crossbreed Holster. (Barbara Baird photo)

Fortunately, as of 2013, all 50 states have some form of concealed-carry law on the book. Practicing your right to carry is just the first step. You must be always be aware of your surroundings and possible bad situations. Criminals look for easy targets and victims. If they think you’re ready to protect yourself, they’ll more than likely not even try anything.

Practicing with your concealed firearm, and continuing to train, is something you need to do. Regular maintenance of the gun also is paramount. Heaven forbid a situation arises in which you need to use your concealed-carry; the last thing you’d want in that case is for your firearm to malfunction due to dust bunnies or corrosion when you’re trying to protect yourself.

Be aware and be safe out there, ladies, and carry on.

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Report from New Zealand: Hard Work Leads to LG’s Success on a Red Stag Hunt http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/report-from-new-zealand-hard-work-leads-to-lgs-success-on-a-red-stag-hunt/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/report-from-new-zealand-hard-work-leads-to-lgs-success-on-a-red-stag-hunt/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:12:06 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21984 #ThisJustHappened! Read the story of how the Little Gal tagged a monster red stag in New Zealand. Sponsored by Girls with Guns Clothing.

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Mia Anstine reports from New Zealand, where she is currently hunting. We thought you’d like this recent account of the LG’s red stag hunt.

The Little Gal (LG)  and I have dreamt of chasing red deer stags for quite a long time. We met a friend a few years back, who happens to be a New Zealand outfitter. Each time we saw him, we’d inundate him with questions. We wanted to know all about the hunt and began formulating a plan. As we learned more we established clarity. We would be chasing stags, with bows, during the roar.

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Jason Kidd, of New Zealand Custom Outfitters, was fabulous to work with. Our plan became defined and before we knew it we made the arduous flight to the other side of the world.

New Zealand is comprised of two islands, North Island and South Island. We arrived in Christchurch, loaded our gear into the vehicle and headed a few hours south. After a day of recuperation from the arduous flight, we made our way up the mountains to what would be base camp for the next 5 days.

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It can be hit or miss to plan a hunt during a certain phase of an animal’s rutting cycle. Although we truly wanted to hunt during the roar, there were no guarantees. We were happy to learn the beasts had just fired up. Our guide chuckled as he attempted to teach us to roar. We had little understanding because we had never actually heard a real stag.

Our first morning on the mountain deep guttural growls cut through the mist. We’ve heard plenty of bull elk bugle, growl and chuckle. They’re nothing like the sound of a stag roar. Our eyes lit up and the hunt was on.

The deer would emerge from the timber and feed out onto the plains. We slithered and crawled into range to identify a mature stag. Then Jason and LG would cut the distance to bow range. They made the trek just as the wind changed, blowing their scent the wrong direction. They watched, silently, as the alerted animal trotted away.

Another hunt. Another animal located. Another stalk. Skylined in the prairie, the pair of hunters now had to lay on their bellies, moving only when the stag’s antlers turned away from them, inching their way closer. Hank and I watched through the prairie grass from another knoll. LG and Jason found a tall clump of grass to hide behind as they watched a stag.

From our location, we spied another stag. It came from their side. Two-hundred yards away from LG and Jason it moved and we whispered, and wished they could hear us: “To your left. Look left. He’s coming. Draw! Draw!” The great stag was just yards from the pair who had their eyes peeled, looking at another target.

He crested and then LG saw him. It was too late to draw. The stag had them busted. They held their location and Jason let out a hind (female red deer) call. The stag backed off several yards but circled back, looking for the hind. He was still within bow range and LG was ready.

She drew and the large stag came near. His hormones, adrenaline and lust led him forward, looking for the hind. He walked directly toward the LG and Jason. LG sat, holding her bow at full draw.

Hank and I watched from the distance. We again whispered our commentary from afar. “Turn. Turn.”

The great stag never turned. LG held relentlessly as he stood, straight on, at 40 yards for about two minutes. Finally, he turned and trotted off over the hill. LG let down on her bow and sighed, smiling with excited exhaustion.

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LG on the mountaintop! (Mia Anstine photo)

 

LG had another 2 or 3 close calls. Each day we hiked several miles up and down the mountains, looking for an opportunity. The weather socked in and temperatures dropped. Fog hung on hills and the roar fell silent. We hunted on.

Wet, cold conditions caused our muscles to stiffen. Finally, on the second to last evening, LG decided to take the rifle. Jason located a herd. LG said, “Let’s go!” and the pair climbed a mountain in hopes of getting a quality animal.

Imagine their excitement when they spotted a quality stag when they crested the top. There, at just 150 yards, sat a gorgeous animal.

 

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He rested as the hinds held watch, keeping their big eyes on alert around their male. Another belly crawl and the 2 hunters finally found a good angle. LG found her shot.

She connected with a monster, realized her dream and made all her hard work come together.

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Registration Open for Iowa Girls Outdoor Program  http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/registration-open-for-iowa-girls-outdoor-program/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/registration-open-for-iowa-girls-outdoor-program/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:40:53 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21979 Outdoor Journey for Girls has introduced more than 2,000 girls to the outdoors in a safe and supportive environment. The 3-day, 2-night Outdoor Journey for Girls teaches girls canoeing and water safety, basic orienteering, fish and wildlife identification, firearm safety and basic shooting, camping and outdoor survival, fishing and more.

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Cedar Rapids, IA – A unique program that introduces 12- to 15-year-old girls to the fun of the outdoors is being offered three times this summer.

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The 3-day, 2-night Outdoor Journey for Girls teaches girls canoeing and water safety, basic orienteering, fish and wildlife identification, firearm safety and basic shooting, camping and outdoor survival, fishing and more. Programs are offered June 17-19 at the Conservation Education Center at Springbrook State Park, north of Guthrie Center; July 7-9 at Black Hawk County Conservation Board’s Hickory Hills Park, near Dysart; and Aug. 5-7, at Springbrook. Spots fill quickly so early registration is recommended. The $125 registration fee covers food, lodging and equipment use. Pheasants Forever is a sponsor and local chapters often provide scholarships to help offset the cost for attendees. For a brochure, registration form and more information, go to . Outdoor Journey for Girls has introduced more than 2,000 girls to the outdoors in a safe and supportive environment. Girls are taught by Iowa DNR conservation officers, biologists and staff, county conservation board naturalists, and representatives from other agencies like the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Iowa State University. MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Lancaster, Coordinator, Outdoor Journey for Girls, 319-231-4471. http://www.iwinr.com/#!outdoor-journey-for-girls/cy94

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CrossBreed® Holsters Confirms Fit for the S&W M&P 22 Compact http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/crossbreed-holsters-confirms-fit-for-the-sw-mp-22-compact/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/crossbreed-holsters-confirms-fit-for-the-sw-mp-22-compact/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:55:23 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21964 Are you ready for some target practice? Need a holster for that new M&P in .22? Look no further than Crossbreed Holsters. Carry the cross!

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Springfield, Missouri – CrossBreed® Holsters currently offers a full line up of handcrafted holsters for the S&W M&P 22 Compact, including their flagship brand the SuperTuck®, recognized as the most comfortable and secure IWB holsters on the market today.

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CrossBreed® Holsters has gained national recognition as a maker of the best and most functional concealment holsters available on the market today. Each holster is still handcrafted to ensure your firearm is safe and secure while carrying. Combined with the best customer service in the industry makes CrossBreed® Holsters the company you can count on for all of your Conceal & Carry needs.

Visit Crossbreed Holsters.

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#TbT: 7 Things You Must Do When Hunting with a Gun http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/marti-davis-afield-7-things-must-hunting-gun/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/marti-davis-afield-7-things-must-hunting-gun/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:00:20 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=20525 From Marti Davis Afield. Learn and employ these 7 things for safe and effective hunting. Sponsored by Crossbreed Holsters.

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In this #TbtT column, Marti Davis lists 7 things that must become second nature to any hunter, especially when using firearms. We hope you have a safe and successful hunting season. Be careful!

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Safety, safety, safety

Firearm safety must always be our number one priority. Always remember to treat every gun as if it is loaded. That means always pointing the gun in a safe direction. Make sure you’re using the proper ammunition for the firearm. Keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to fire.

When you’re hunting from an elevated stand, never climb with the firearm. Use a rope to raise and lower the unloaded gun after you’re safely strapped in to your stand. You can never be too careful or safe when it comes to handling and hunting with firearms. You might want to check this column that I wrote about safety.

 

 

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Marti Davis with Missouri Department of Conservation Agent Shannon Ohrenberg. (Marti Davis photo)

 

Know right from wrong

Before you do any kind of hunting with a gun, you must familiarize yourself with the state’s game laws and regulations. Even if you’re a seasoned hunter, you need to refresh your memory and check for any changes in the regulations that might affect your hunt. If you know and follow the regulations, when you do have an encounter with a conservation agent, you won’t have anything to worry about.

And while we’re on the subject of conservation agents, if you happen to get stopped by an agent, be courteous. It will take only a few minutes for the agent to check and see if you have the proper licenses and tags. Conservation agents have a job to do, and this is just a small part of it.

Cleaning and maintenance

While some firearms take more cleaning and maintenance than others, you should take proper care of all firearms. If you do, they will last for many years, with the possibility of being handed down from generation to generation.

I like to use a combination cleaner-lubricant-protectant, such as Break Free CLP. A quick wipe-down at the end of a day afield is sufficient, unless you’ve been out hunting in rain or snow, or in extremely dusty or brushy conditions. In that case you probably need to break down the firearm to a certain extent. Remember to follow all manufacturer’s instructions on breakdown and reassembly. Never skip any steps the manufacturer recommends.

I also like to use a bore snake for a quick pass-through on my barrels. I use a little of the Break Free CLP on the snake and pull it through two or three times. It’s a great time saver for those quick, after-hunt wipe-downs between the thorough cleanings that require breaking down the gun.

And don’t forget that new guns need thorough cleaning when you first get them. Most come packed with a coating of heavy grease.

When it comes to maintenance on your firearms, I highly recommend that you find a reputable gunsmith in your area to take care of any malfunctioning firearms. For safety’s sake, never shoot any gun that is not in perfect working order. When in doubt, consult your gunsmith.

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Marti Davis watches as Elizabeth sights in her rifle. (Jon Poulson photo)

 

Sighting in or patterning

Before going afield, you must take the time to sight in your rifle or pattern your shotgun. Even if you’re going out with the same deer rifle you’ve used for several years, take the time to make sure your gun is still zeroed in. Even the smallest of bumps can sometimes knock sights or scopes off zero.

With shotguns, make sure to pattern them to see which load works best with which choke. Once you get that figured out, make sure to use the same load each time you hunt with that shotgun and choke.

To be an ethical and responsible hunter, you have to know your own and your firearm’s limitations before you step out in the field. As ethical hunters, we always want to make the quickest and most humane kill shots we can.

 

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Marti Davis patterns her turkey gun. (Barbara Baird photo)

 

Transporting your firearms

Transporting can be as simple as using a sling to throw the gun over your shoulder, making it easier to carry in the field.

In a vehicle, I highly recommend a case of some sort when transporting firearms, whether it’s a simple zip-up, soft-sided case or a padded, hard-shell transport case. For one thing, a case protects the gun—for another, in some states it is the law. This is another area where it’s necessary to know the regulations and laws in the state you are hunting—or even just traveling through. Some states also require firearms to be cased when transporting them on all-terrain vehicles in the field.

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Follow-through

When throwing a ball, you must follow through to complete the action. The same applies to shooting a rifle or shotgun. Once you make the shot, you must follow through. If you’re shooting a bolt-action or pump-style rifle, follow-through includes working the action and chambering a fresh round. Be ready to make a follow-up shot if necessary. The same goes for shotguns. After you complete the shot, get another shotshell into the chamber and be prepared to make a quick follow-up shot. Of course if you’re using an autoloader, the gun does this for you. Just stay on the gun and be ready in case you need to take another shot.

Storage

After the hunt, be sure to unload and store your firearms properly. As I mentioned when discussing cleaning and maintenance, wipe down or clean your firearms prior to storage. Always make sure to store all guns beyond the reach of children or anyone else you don’t want having access to them. Always store ammunition separately from all firearms.

 

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Barbara Baird and Marti Davis. (Ginger White photo)

 

These safety rules need to become second nature, yet always in the forefront while you are working with firearms, especially while hunting.

 

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(Barbara Baird photo)

 

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Morgan McCarthy publishes a popular blog that stemmed from an Instagram account featuring outdoors women. Morgan contacted The WON about her new blog, and we like it! We like it, a lot, and are looking forward to promoting “Outdoors Women” whenever possible. In this post, Morgan features Alyssa Maurer, a college student who actively pursues fishing and hunting.

What is your involvement with the outdoors?

    Growing up, I spent a large amount of time on my grandparent’s farm and hope to, one day, have my own. The past 4 years as a college student have restricted the seasons that I am able to participate in because I am so far away from home. The past two years I have been home for Salmon, Steelhead, and waterfowl season.

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Read the rest of the article on Alyssa Maurer at Outdoors Women.

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Jessie Duff on 2A, 3-Gun, Kids on Guns and Turkeys http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/jessie-duff-on-2a-3-gun-kids-on-guns-and-turkeys/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/jessie-duff-on-2a-3-gun-kids-on-guns-and-turkeys/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 01:00:32 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21954 Babbs sat down with Jessie Duff at the NWTF show recently. Here's what she had to say.

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Amidst clucks and yelps at the National Wild Turkey Federation Convention in February, I got the opportunity to talk with Jessie Duff, team captain of Taurus shooting team, and Weatherby shooter.

Duff stars in “NRA All Access Presented by Taurus,” on Outdoor Channel. The show, in its 3rd season, features Duff as she travels the country, highlighting people, programs and issues associated with the NRA. The show is a year-round show. Before “All Access,” Duff and her husband, Matt, spent 2 years hosting “Friends of the NRA,” which also highlighted people and programs of the country’s largest gun-organization.

Duff said she is a big advocate for Second Amendment rights. “I can’t work in this industry and do what I do for a living and not stand up for it when the opportunity came,” she said.

After the NWTF show, she intended on spending some time training on a local range near her home. Obviously, the training paid off, as she won 4 championship titles at the Steel Challenge Nationals in March, including “2015 Ladies Steel Master National Champion.”

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When asked if she had scheduled any 3-Gun matches this year, she said, “I enjoy shooting it [3-Gun], but it’s hard to focus on both in one year.” That means she intends on concentrating on Action Pistol events, like the Bianchi Cup and others. However, she attended the 2014 inaugural Brownells Ladies 3-Gun Pro-Am event last October in Kentucky. She credited the success of the event, which hosted more than 260 participants, to the coordinator, Lisa Marie Judy, and the fact that Judy had planned for guns, ammo and coaches to be on hand for new shooters and those women who had never shot a 3-Gun match before then.

We also talked about the rise of new women shooters to other forms of shooting and to hunting. Of course, since we sat in a Weatherby booth, surrounded by shotguns and rifles, we naturally began conversing about the new line of Weatherby guns, made for youth and women shooters. “You don’t want to start a child too early on a shotgun. If they’re physically strong enough and in a mindset to be able to handle firearms safely, that’s the time to start,” said Duff. She stressed that a child must understand that a firearm is not a toy, but that it can be fun.

Now involved with Weatherby and its new program, Women of Weatherby, Duff said she thinks it’s easier for women to want to join in the shooting and hunting sports and traditions because of firearms that fit – something she and other women are working on with Weatherby.

Here's Jessie Duff, from NRA All Access on the Outdoor Channel, and of course, professional championship competition shooter. She's holding a Weatherby SA-459 for turkey hunting.

Here’s Jessie Duff, from “NRA All Access” on Outdoor Channel, and of course, professional championship competition shooter. She’s holding a Weatherby SA-459 for turkey hunting. (Barbara Baird photo)

 

She hopes to get out turkey hunting this spring and if she does, she knows exactly the gun she’ll grab: a Weatherby SA 459.

Follow Jessie Duff.

 

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Cabela’s to host Ladies’ Day Out Event Nationwide Saturday, April 18 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/cabelas-to-host-ladies-day-out-event-nationwide-saturday-april-18/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/cabelas-to-host-ladies-day-out-event-nationwide-saturday-april-18/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 19:18:10 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21955 Cabela's announced today plans to celebrate the company's biannual Ladies' Day Out event, Saturday, April 18, at stores nationwide with guest appearances, sales, seminars, workshops and more.

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Nationwide celebration of female outdoor enthusiasts to take place Saturday, April 18

SIDNEY, Neb. — Cabela’s announced today plans to celebrate the company’s biannual Ladies’ Day Out event, Saturday, April 18, at stores nationwide with guest appearances, sales, seminars, workshops and more.

According to the Outdoor Foundation’s 2014 Outdoor Participation Report, of the 142.6 million U.S. participants in outdoor activities, 46 percent – approximately 65.6 million – are female. Cabela’s Ladies’ Day Out event offers educational workshops and insight on outdoor products and activities and encourages women and families to embrace and enhance their passion for the outdoors. 


cabelas“Ladies’ Day out is a wonderful opportunity for outdoorswomen and their families to learn from local experts and interact with each other while sharing their passion for the outdoors,” said Bobbi Lindeman, Cabela’s Vice President of Merchandising. “Cabela’s is proud to host this event twice a year and encourages all outdoor enthusiasts, new and experienced, to attend.”


The first 100 women to check in at a participating Cabela’s store on Saturday, April 18, will receive a free gift and all who participate in the event will qualify for a discount on in-store purchases. Seminars and workshops will be taught by local experts and Cabela’s staff free of charge.

For more information and a complete schedule of Cabela’s Ladies’ Day Out events, visit www.cabelas.com/stores or a participating Cabela’s store. 

Cabela’s Incorporated, the World’s Foremost Outfitter® of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, offers thousands of products, including hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, boating and wildlife-watching gear, as well as clothing and outdoor-themed gifts and furnishings. The company is famous for its strong brand and world-renowned reputation for delivering quality merchandise, value and legendary customer service.

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Thompson/Center Arms® Reintroduces The G2 Contender® In Complete Rifle and Complete Pistol Systems http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/thompsoncenter-arms-reintroduces-the-g2-contender-in-complete-rifle-and-complete-pistol-systems/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/thompsoncenter-arms-reintroduces-the-g2-contender-in-complete-rifle-and-complete-pistol-systems/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:13:21 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21952 "The versatility of the G2 Contender has always been at the heart of its popularity and we have definitely preserved that for hunters and shooters who depend on these rifle and pistol platforms in a host of different hunting situations," said Thompson/Center Brand Manager Danielle Sanville.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (April 14, 2015) — Thompson/Center Arms makes it easier than ever for sportsmen and women to experience the versatility and performance of an interchangeable firearms platform through the reintroduction of the venerable G2 Contender. Now, T/C enthusiasts can take home a G2 Contender rifle or pistol as part of a complete rifle or complete pistol system.

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Utilizing the longtime choice of serious hunters around the world, the G2 Contender, the complete rifle and complete pistol systems easily transition from plinking to big-game hunting. Chambered in .30-30 Win. (Complete Rifle System) as well as .22LR and .357 Magnum (Complete Pistol Systems), the new T/C G2 Contender rifle and pistol come complete with barrel, stock and forend. As needs arise, hunters and shooters have the freedom to customize their G2 Contender complete rifle  with barrels in blued or stainless and in seven different calibers ranging from 17 HMR to 30-30 Win. An additional 11 different calibers from 17 HMR to 45 Colt/410 Bore are available as an accessory barrel to compliment the G2 Contender complete pistol.

“The versatility of the G2 Contender has always been at the heart of its popularity and we have definitely preserved that for hunters and shooters who depend on these rifle and pistol platforms in a host of different hunting situations,” said Thompson/Center Brand Manager Danielle Sanville. “But what the G2 Contender complete rifle and complete pistol systems do is make it easier for hunters and shooters who prefer something chambered in a proven, all-around caliber that is ready to go right out of the box while also having the option of further customization down the road.”

The components of the T/C G2 Contender Complete Rifle and Complete Pistol maintain their compatibility with previous G2 Contender models. The G2 Contender frame will accept all Contender barrels and their corresponding forends (except the Herrett forend). Blued and stainless barrels are also interchangeable. As sportsmen and women have come to expect from T/C’s interchangeable firearm platforms, sights and optics mounted onto barrels stay sighted in and ready to perform when returned to the firearm.

The interchangeable, single-shot T/C G2 Contender Complete Rifle and Complete Pistol are made in the U.S.A. of the highest-quality materials to deliver unparalleled versatility and performance.

T/C G2 Contender Complete Rifle Specifications

Caliber: .30-30 Win.

Barrel Length: 23 inches

Overall Length: 36.75 inches

Weight: 5.5 lbs.

Sights: None

Length of Pull: 14 inches

Rate of Twist: 1:10

Finish/Stock: Blued/Walnut

T/C G2 Contender Complete Pistol Specifications

Calibers: .22LR and .357 Magnum

Barrel Length: 12 inches

Overall Length: 15.5 inches

Weight: 3.5 lbs.

Sights: Adjustable

Rate of Twist: 1:15 (.22LR), 1:14 (.357 Magnum)

Finish/Stock: Blued/Walnut

For more information on the Thompson/Center G2 Contender or to locate the nearest Thompson/Center authorized dealer, call (800) 331-0852 or go online to  www.tcarms.com.

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She Loves to Fish: Steelhead and Talking Dirty http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/she-loves-to-fish-steelhead-and-talking-dirty/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/she-loves-to-fish-steelhead-and-talking-dirty/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:37:24 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21950 Find out why Ashley Rae strung steelheads and "talking dirty" together in her latest blog post.

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From our pal Ashley Rae, a primo angler and storyteller at her blog, “She Loves to Fish.” Here’s her intro to her latest adventure, where she’s back on steelhead and “talking dirty.”

 

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What I feel to be the longest winter ever has FINALLY come to an end! I’ve already been out on the open water fishing Lake Ontario tributaries for steelhead (migratory rainbow trout). My ice gear is stored away and it’s time to focus on spring opportunities! Steelhead are incredibly spunky and I’ve enjoyed getting my heart broken from time to time and also landing these amazing creatures on my fly rod over the years. They can be found in Lake Ontario tributaries in the fall months and throughout the winter as they prepare to spawn in these waters come spring.

 

In the rest of this fine blog post, Ashley talks about her latest fishing (steelhead, we know!) and about her new job at Anglers Atlas and how that’s going for her. She also goes on a little rant; thus, the “dirty” part of this blog. Hint: It’s about her disgust with the amount of trash left behind on banks and in the fine waters of her Canada.

It’s a great read and reflects the fine ambassador that Ashley is in the fishing world.

Read “Steelhead and Talking Dirty.” 

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‘Must Haves’ You Didn’t Think Of (for International Travel) http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/must-haves-you-didnt-think-of-for-international-travel/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/must-haves-you-didnt-think-of-for-international-travel/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:19:54 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21944 Are you itching to travel internationally and wonder what you might be missing? Mia tells you what to pack and why. Sponsored by Girls with Guns Clothing.

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Mia Anstine reflects on how to pack for international travel, and the “must haves” you probably didn’t think of … yet. 

My family has been preparing for a journey to the other side of the world for quite some time. As the departure day nears, we’re scrambling to make sure we have everything we need for the trip.

We couldn’t be more excited to hunt red stag and tahr in New Zealand. We’ve been preparing for the hunt for quite some time. We’ve been practicing our shots and getting in shape. Our excitement is so immense, we’ve actually had our camo packed for about a month. As we wrap up the final details, the lengthy travel time has begun to loom.

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We visited with friends and family who’ve traveled all over the world. We began to ask, “Beside our passports, what are the travel must-haves we should think of?” This question evolved into one about how to stay healthy on our journey.

Medications

Women’s Outdoor News’ publisher Barbara Baird mentioned being sick during a recent trip. One of her colleagues remarked that Cipro, (aka Ciprofloxacin, a prescription antibiotic) is helpful in fighting bacterial infections. It’s said to help with food poisoning, and we’ve all heard the “Montezuma’s revenge” tales of international travel. What I don’t know is whether or not a doctor will prescribe it before you have an ailment.

Speaking of prescriptions and travel, always remember to pack your prescriptions in your carry-on. A family member was on an international trip and the bags he checked were lost. His prescriptions were somewhere in those bags, and it was very difficult to get his necessary medications overseas.

WeShoot2 founder Annette Stevens-Doerr suggests bringing Pepto-Bismol because it helps with a multitude of stomach situations. Diva WOW founder Judy Rhodes recommended Tums; no prescription is required for either of those.

Rhodes has traveled across the oceans more than anyone I know. She says Tums aren’t the only thing to carry. She takes a small medical kit with her, including items such as Neosporin, tweezers, Band-Aids, Aleve and packets of tissue. According to her, paper is quite pricey and hard to come by in some counties.

There’s a general trend of friends recommending items to help a body feel better. Travel can be hard on a person. That’s why I always begin a regimen of Airborne and Emergenc-C prior to travel, in attempt start off in the best health possible.

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Items for Travel Comfort

Our travel time will be almost 24 hours. LG, Hank and I will take pillows and sleep aids in hopes of getting a bit of rest on the way. I also plan to take compression socks and medicine for leg cramps and aches, which I tend to get during long periods of sitting.

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Food or Snacks

I always pack a few healthy snacks that don’t require refrigeration. These get us by in the event we end up racing from gate to gate and don’t have time to stop for a meal.

I make my own trail mix, including nuts and dried fruits. LG also likes to make jerky, but since Jerky Dynasty sent us a package—a variety pack, which we love—we’ll be bringing some of that along instead. We’ll add a few granola bars and call it good. These snacks will also come in handy in our backpacks when we’re on top of those beautiful mountains in New Zealand!

Supplements

If you’ve ever hunted or hiked extreme terrains, you’ll know how taxing it is on your body. Extreme hiking can deplete your body of nutrients in no time.

Wilderness-Athlete-Hydrate-Recover While on a sheep hunt, a friend shared Wilderness Athlete’s Hydrate and Recover with me. It’s a powdered supplement that you add to water. I buy it in the individual packets because they’re easy to stow. I drink one after I’ve endured a strenuous workout. It helps rehydrate the body and replenish muscles. Since it’s possible we’ll be on the hikes of a lifetime, I’m definitely adding this to the pack.

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Smiles

A positive attitude and a smile always make a travel experience a bit brighter. Don’t leave home without one. We’ll be sharing some of our smiles with you from the other side of the world.

Follow Mia and LG’s journey at Mia’s Facebook page.

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The Sling Thing: Why You Should Add This Skill to Your ‘How-to Shoot’ List http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/the-sling-thing-and-why-you-should-add-this-skill-to-your-shooting-skills-list/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/the-sling-thing-and-why-you-should-add-this-skill-to-your-shooting-skills-list/#comments Sun, 12 Apr 2015 21:00:25 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21936 Michelle Cerino schools us in why and how to use a sling. Sponsored by Galco Gunleather, maker of great slings.

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Michelle Cerino explains the sling thing — and why you need to add this skill to your shooting repertoire.

“A sling is to a long gun what a holster is to a pistol.” We make that statement during every rifle class we teach. The saying evokes a mental image, to which many students nod in agreement.

A sling is more than just to a device to help carry a long gun; it also offers stability in a variety of unsupported positions, such as standing, kneeling and sitting.

Slings are used in a variety of shooting disciplines. While hunting, a sling frees your hands to drag game out of the woods or offer support for your rifle. Some shooting competitions require participants to sling their long gun during a stage while they are shooting another firearm. Knowing how to sling the long gun in a stored position, and then being able to deploy it at the right time, takes training and practice. Some slings are meant for carrying a gun; others are for storage and quick retrieval. Still others are designed for shooting support. The best slings have multiple uses and can be sized for each individual shooter.

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She Shoots 2, with Michelle Cerino, is sponsored by Galco Gunleather.

 

Galco Gunleather, the sponsor of my column, is mostly known for its finely made leather holsters. However, did you know the company also makes a variety of really great slings?

 

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The shooter’s elbow easily fits in the sling for added stability. (Chris Cerino photo)

 

Safari Ching Sling

I was fortunate to have Galco send me the Safari Ching Sling to field test for this article. Created by the late Eric Ching, it is a speed sling, allowing quick transitions to and from shoulder carry, but it also provides true shooting support. For those who carry heavy rifles, its extra wide width distributes your rifle’s weight on your shoulder for a more comfortable carry. An important feature in any sling is the ability to adjust its length to fit different-size shooters and guns. A Galco innovation, the Keyhole Lock, makes adjusting the sling secure and tool-free.

Attaching the Safari Ching Sling to my Savage .22 was a piece of cake. It easily fit into my 1-inch sling mounts. Once I slung it over my shoulder, I was able to adjust it to a comfortable fit for carrying and shooting in no time.

With the guidance of the small booklet of diagrams and directions that came with the sling, I quickly learned how to properly take advantage of the Safari Ching Sling’s features. The elbow strap made it easy to obtain sling tension when I went into different shooting platforms. It also functions as a thumb loop while shoulder-carrying muzzle-up, which keeps the rifle from sagging. The sling fits long guns with two 1-inch swivels.

The Safari Ching Sling is available in dark Havana brown or black. MSRP: $79.95

 

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Michelle uses the thumb loop when carrying her rifle. (Chris Cerino photo)

 

Braided Cobra Sling

Many people carry ornate, well-crafted, expensive long guns into the field—perhaps even family heirlooms that have been used and passed on for generations. The stunning Braided Cobra Sling is the perfect addition to this investment. The classic-patterned, hand-braided, premium Latigo leather is a fine work of art. The sling easily fits 1-inch swivels.

The Braided Cobra Sling is available in dark Havana brown. MSRP: $142.95

Tapered Rifle Sling

Modestly priced, the Tapered Rifle Sling is made of fine-quality leather that comes in three color choices. It fits 1-inch swivels.

The Tapered Rifle Sling is available in tan rough-out, cordovan top grain, and black shrunken grain. MSRP: $45.95

SLC Strap

For those who need a basic tactical sling, Galco carries the Simple Lanyard and Carrying (SLC) Strap. There are 2 carry positions that can be used with this sling. First is the 2-point carry position, which allows for over-the-shoulder and across-the-back carry, with the muzzle either up or down. The second position is for those who want a single-point sling, leaving it in a muzzle-down position. An HK-style snap hook makes transitioning between the 2 carry positions quick and easy.

The SLC Strap is available in black or foliage green nylon. MSRP: $25.95

 

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Whether standing or kneeling, the Safari Ching Sling offers support. (Chris Cerino photo)

 

Regardless of the sling you choose or what you’ll be using it for, be sure to practice with an unloaded gun before you start shooting with it. This will allow you to get the sling adjusted just right and learn how to quickly get in and out of it with ease. Then head to the range for some live-fire practice. Be sure to move into the various shooting positions you may encounter. Get used to the new tool you’ve added to your firearm, and become comfortable with it. As always, time on task will make those skills easier to apply in the field.

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Camo Ammo Jewelry in Hollywood for the MTV Movie Awards http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/camo-ammo-jewelry-in-hollywood-for-the-mtv-movie-awards/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/camo-ammo-jewelry-in-hollywood-for-the-mtv-movie-awards/#comments Sun, 12 Apr 2015 15:37:51 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21942 Find out more about Camo Ammo Jewelry's Hollywood premiere! Congrats to Lisa Glassburn for this accomplishment and distinction.

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Camo Ammo Jewelry Participated in Luxury Gift Lounge in Honor of The 2015 MTV Movie Awards Nominees and Presenters

We are pleased to announce Camo Ammo Jewelry, in association with The Artisan Groupparticipated in an invitation-only luxury celebrity gift lounge hosted by GBK Productions on April 10-11, 2015, at an exclusive location in Hollywood, Calif., in honor of the 2015 MTV Movie Awards.

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Camo Ammo Jewelry gave its uniquely designed “Western Winchester Antique 12 Gauge Brass Shotgun Shell Necklace” to all attending celebrities in their swag bags. The event was attended by nearly 50 press and media outlets.

To learn more about Camo Ammo Jewelry and its products, or its participation in this exclusive event, visit http://www.camo-ammo.com , call 530-999-8109. Email: camoammo at icloud.com.

For press inquiries regarding The Artisan Group, please visit http://www.theartisangroup.org.

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50 Shades of … Gunsite http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/50-shades-of-gunsite/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/50-shades-of-gunsite/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 20:16:11 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21797 Gun writer Richard Mann and our Babbs went on a hunt in the pro shop at Gunsite Academy to bring you 50 Shades of ... Gunsite. Find out what they discovered for gun fighters.

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Gun writer Richard Mann and our Babbs went on a hunt in the pro shop at Gunsite Academy to bring you 50 Shades of … Gunsite. Find out what they discovered for gun fighters.

If you are fortunate enough to attend a course at one of the nation’s elite firearms training schools, aka Gunsite Academy, you’ll want to commemorate your attendance by purchasing something from its well-stocked pro shop. Gun writer Richard Mann (RM) suggested that we take on the task of finding 50 items in the shop, to illustrate the vast selection of items. The topic of “50 Shades of …” — regarding the book and movie’s pop culture notoriety — came up in the previous evening’s dinner discussion with the others whom Remington Arms had invited to test its new gun, the RM380.

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Richard and I decided to run with that theme, and apply it in a clean version to the pro shop. The shop has an online site, and claims, “The Gunsite Pro Shop carries top of the line equipment that is battle tested from the streets of our communities to the battlefields throughout the world. If it doesn’t pass the muster of our great students and staff, you won’t find it in our Pro Shop.”

 

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#1 — Gunsite challenge coins, $9.95: Go ahead. Make someone’s day and have a game of “who’s got the coolest challenge coin?” You do. (BB)

 

wrapping-paper-gunsite#2 — Wrapping paper, $ 0.99: Speaks for itself and can be used for Christmas, birthdays, or bachelor parties. (RM)

 

exist-bumper-sticker#3 — “Exist” bumper sticker, $1.50: Check out the interesting letter design here. Make a hippie mad today. (BB)

 

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#4 — Decal, $ 3: It goes on your truck, gun case, or ATV. Let’s folks know you’ve been to the Camelot of the great southwest. (RM)

 

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#5 — Winestoppers, $5.95 each: Obviously, you will make a subtle lifestyle statement when you cork your wine with Gunsite topper, especially at the aforementioned bachelor party. Or, you might buy a bunch of them, like a woman in the gift shop did, cut off the corks and make drawer pulls. (BB)

 

raven-earringsandpendant#6 — Silver Raven earrings and pendant, $ 65: When my wife and I went to Gunsite on our anniversary we bought this set. She wears the earrings; I wear the pendant. You can wear all three but if you’re a guy you might get some funny looks. (RM)

 

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#7 — Fit-over Shooting Glasses, $24.95: Face it. Someday, if you live long enough, you’ll have to wear fit-overs. Maybe after cataract surgery. Life happens. Notch up the cool factor and walk around mugging like we did and it will help the situation. (BB)

 

DVCpin-gunsite#8 — DVC pin, $4: You don’t know what DVC sands for? Shame on you. “Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas.” Don’t know what that means? Google is your friend! (RM)

 

can-can-corset#9 Can Can Concealment, $119: Some of us thought this tactical corset merited attention. That’s Sara Ahrens mugging it for this photo. Appreciate you, girl.  (BB)

 

shot-glass-gunsite#10 — Shot glass, $5 – Not to be used on the range. Pour half full with Jameson or Midleton Irish whiskey, drink and be happy. (RM)

 

knee-pads-shooting#11 — Hatch knee pads, $23.35: Go all tactical with these knee pads on the range. (BB)

 

gunsite-licenseplate#12 Gunsite License Plate, $ 7 — Show that you are a member of the Gunsite family. You might be surprised who waves at you when you have one of these on the front of your car. (RM)

 

BladTech-mouse-knife#13 BladeTech Mouse-Lite knife kit, $24.95: A mini-version of the Pro Hunter Magnum. Clips to your belt and comes in funky colors. (BB)

 

raven-gunsite-ballcap#14 Gunsite ball cap, $18: The best selling item in the Gunsite Po Shop. Looks good on your head and is much less painful than a raven tattoo. (RM)

 

IMG_1671#15 Raven hitch cover, $74.95: A “fitting end” on any truck of great stature. (BB)

 

8#16 Gunsite gun rug, $ 19.95: A protective place to put your pistol when it’s not in service. (RM)

 

gunsite-onesie#17 Onesie, $8: “My grandma went to Gunsite and all she bought me was this … cool onesie!” (BB)
sheep-dog--shirt-gunsite#18 Sheep dog shirt, $22: Probably the second most popular item sold in the Gunsite pro shop. Be a sheep dog, kill the big bad wolf. (RM)

 

chums#19 Chums, $6: Eyewear retainers always come in handy — either for fit-overs or for fishing glasses.  (BB)

 

Perry Suspenders#20 Perry suspenders, $22.95: Do you have dunlop disease where you belly done lops over your belt? Can you not keep your pistol belt up? Here is the fix. They may not be fashionable but they are effective. (RM)

 

IMG_1679#21 BoreSnake, $25: Face it. Your pistol is gonna get dirty at Gunsite. If it ain’t the sand, it’s the lead. What? You didn’t bring a BoreSnake with you? No problem.  (BB)

 

511-polo-gunsite#22 5.11 polo shirt, $35.99: Classier than a tee shirt and cool in the summer. (RM)

 

pink-pistol-pouch#23 Pink pistol pouch, $24.95: For the lady who wants to make sure she can find her pistol pouch quickly and more than likely, “he” won’t borrow it. (BB)

 

gunsite-apron#24 Gunsite Apron, $23.95: Designed as an apron to wear while working on guns, it will work just as well at the grill. If you’re a man it must be worn with a pistol, women have the option of paring it with lingerie. (RM)

 

croc-concealedcarrypurse#25 Croco Town tote, $249.95: Classic. Looks expensive, feels expensive, is expensive – but worth it. (BB)

 

gunsite-dumppouch#26 Dump pouch, $27: Used to store extra ammo or magazines while on the range training. It’s a great piece of kit for many Gunsite classes and other training programs. You can also use it while your fishing to hold your beer. (RM)

 

gunsite-coaster#27 Gunsite coaster, $3.95: Because you can never have enough coasters, and often evokes this question: “Oh, you went to Gunsite?” For which, you can extol the virtues and brag about your newfound shooting skills. (BB)

 

raven-grips-1911#28 1911 Thin raven grips, $32.95: Don’t underestimate how thin grips can improve the feel of a 1911. Gunsite Raven Grips are movie stars and have appeared in the Tom Selleck Jessie Stone films. (RM)

 

survival bracelet-gunsite#29 Survival bracelet, $10: Susan Davidson’s 13-year-old grandson makes these bracelets. She manages the shop. With the proceeds, he purchased his first gun, holster, belt and ammo pouches for his first class at Gunsite! (BB)

 

art-of-the-rifle#30 The Art of the Rifle, $35: A rifle shooter without this book is nothing but a trigger puller. This is an instructive read for anyone who has designs on being a rifleman. Authored by Jeff Cooper. (RM)

 

urban-camo-hawaiian-ccw-shirt#31 Hawaiian shirt, $39.95: The pro shop calls this one, “urban camo.” Great concealed carry shirt for guys and remember, Magnum wore one. (BB)

 

Cooper-book-fireworks#32 Fireworks, A Gunsite Analogy, $39.95: Jeff Cooper’s 2nd best book. Your firearm’s education is not complete without it. (RM)

 

gunsite-tankard-mug#33 Gunsite tankard mug, $24.95: Beautiful stoneware mug that will hold your favorite beverage before and after range time.

 

Wilderness-belt#34 Wilderness belt, $44.95: Some like leather and some don’t. Some folks also like to loosen their pistol belt after breakfast, again after lunch and once more after supper. (RM)

 

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#35 Blade-Tech off-set drop holster, $69.95: You know the holster is going to matter a lot during training here. Get a good one, and this one cants forward so you can get a grip fast. (BB)

 

jacket-gunsite#36 Fall jacket, $45.95: A great deal on a cool weather jacket that shows off your Gunsite alliance. (RM)

 

bullet-earrings#37 Ammo earrings, $21.95: Tell the world you support hunting and shooting when you wear this bit o’ bling.

 

to-ride-straight-cooper#38 To Ride Shoot Straight and Speak the Truth, $50: Unquestionably Cooper’s best book. You’ll think about many things differently after you read it. (RM)

 

mental-conditioning-cooper#39 Jeff Cooper on Mental Conditioning Combat, $34.95: The title says it all. It’s one of the main reasons you should attend Gunsite. Become a gunfighter, not a just a gun owner.  (BB)

 

Galco-ching-sling#40 Galco Gunleather Safari Ching Sling, $79.95: Learning to shoot a rifle with a sling is something you will never regret. If you learn to do it with a Ching Sling, those who see you will regret they didn’t. (RM)

 

sniper-book#41 Modular sniper data book, $43.35: Record keeping book for kills and other things. (BB)

 

Galco holster 1911#42 Galco Gunleather Avenger holster, $ 94.95: One of my favorite range training holsters made of the best leather money can buy. Few things are as sexy as a 1911 in an Avenger holster. (RM)
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#43 Handgun Training, by Richard Mann, $21.99: Richard says this is almost as good as any of Cooper’s books, and wants everyone to buy at least 2 copies. (BB)

 

dummy-rounds#44 Dummy Rounds, $ 0.50 each: Dummy rounds are the best way to practice malfunction drills and immediate action. 10 of them will last you a lifetime. (RM)

 

gunsite-shorts#45 Gunsite grey shorts, $16: Richard would not hold these up and turned his back on the camera … no doubt the shorts are comfy since they are made of cotton. (BB)

 

Colt-CCO#46 Colt CCO, $1,395: Without question, the best defensive handgun Colt makes and it’s only available through Gunsite. It has a Commander slide and an Officer frame. I ordered mine on Cooper’s birthday – May 10th – what better way to honor the Guru. (RM)

 

gunsite-children-tee#47 Gunsite children’s tee shirts, $8.50 each: In soft pastels, this shirt features a small-embroidered raven. We bet your child could even wear this shirt to school, and no one would mind. (BB)

 

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#48 Steyr Scout, $2,899: Quite possibly the one-rifle answer to any question. Created with input from the Colonel himself, the Steyr Scout is loaded with features you won’t find on any other rifle. (RM)

 

raven-bronze-30thanniversary#49 — 30th Anniversary bronze, $995: With only 100 in production, you know these will only increase in value and create conversation in your office or home. (BB)

 

25#50 Gunsite 250 Pistol Graduation Certificate, Priceless: Everyone I’ve talked to who has graduated the Gunsite 250 Course said it was life changing. I concur. (RM)

Visit the Gunsite Academy pro shop online.

 

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If You Fly Fish, the International Women Fly Fishers Organization is for You http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/if-you-fly-fish-the-international-women-fly-fishers-organization-is-for-you/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/if-you-fly-fish-the-international-women-fly-fishers-organization-is-for-you/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 18:05:43 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21877 Want to learn more tips and techniques and find cool events where you can fly fish?

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International Women Fly Fishers (IWFF) is the first international women’s fly fishing organization. It was founded in 1996 by Fanny Krieger and members of the Golden West Fly Fishers of San Francisco, CA. Our goal is to connect women interested in fly fishing with each other and all aspects of the sport. Further, we encourage our members to maintain a dialogue with the fly fishing industry that promotes the recognition of women in the sport.

Membership in the IWFF includes our quarterly Newsletter that is packed with information, stories, poems, drawings, photographs and special logo merchandise and other offerings for our members. Our members only site is a growing platform to connect and engage with fellow members on a variety of fishing related subjects from fly tying, to casting, to recommendations for a great guide for your next trip. In addition, you will have the opportunity to meet women from around the world at our biennial Festivals, and annual regional Rendezvous.  At these events you will have the opportunity meet and network with incredible women who share our passion for fly fishing; learn to fish new waters; improve your skills through seminars and clinics; hear famous fly fishers speak on their favorite topics; learn to tie flies and more.

Mission: To support women fly fishers and to promote participation in the sport of fly fishing through education, environmental awareness and social

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#TbT — Gear Review: Frogg Toggs women’s waders — the way to go http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/gear-review-frogg-toggs-womens-waders/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/gear-review-frogg-toggs-womens-waders/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 11:00:36 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=15363 It's time to think spring and flinging a fly-line. Our Bodie tells you why she'll be wearing these waders in the water.

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Michelle enjoys a day on the water. Photo courtesy of Todd Bodenheimer

Michelle enjoys a day on the water in her Frogg Toggs. Photo courtesy of Todd Bodenheimer

Under my mother’s loving instruction, I caught my first fish when I was two-years old. It didn’t take long before I was “hooked.” My parents taught me how to cast a spinning rod and toss out a line with a bait caster. They taught me how to clean my catch, and cook up a delicious dinner. Over time, I developed an intimate love affair with fishing. I grew to love early mornings on flat-water lakes, and wading into quiet streams in search of finned treasures. I may have also been known to play hookie from a college course or two in order to catch a bite on the Snake River near Washington State University.

As my relationship with fishing has progressed, so has the women’s fishing industry. Years ago, when I purchased my first pair of waders, they were only offered in men’s sizing, and in limited “one-size-fits-all” styling. It was difficult to find a pair that fit properly. Today, however, the industry markets countless brands of waders cut for a woman’s curves! My favorite brand for size and fit is Frogg Toggs®.

The Frogg Toggs Canyon Togg wader offers an exceptional fit for the discerning female angler.  Photo courtesy of Todd Bodenheimer

The Frogg Toggs Canyon Togg wader offers an exceptional fit for the discerning female angler. Photo courtesy of Todd Bodenheimer

The women’s Canyon Togg wader series is designed for the female shape and is available in a range of sizes (small through x-large). The waders are expertly constructed to not bunch around the arms and chest. This feature is extremely important to me, as I want to be able to move freely when casting a line or fighting a big fish. The waders also boast a Y-back design with adjustable, quick release suspenders. The suspender straps are extremely comfortable and sit well on the shoulders. I have experienced problems with shoulder straps of other brands slipping off my narrow shoulders while casting. This has never been an issue with the Canyon Togg.

The stocking feet of the Canyon Togg are constructed of 3.5mm Neoprene, and are cut to minimize “bunching” of excess bootie material in your wading boots. I wear my Canyon Togg waders with my favorite Caddis wading boots, and find them a comfortable combination.

The Canyon Togg wader offers room for layering underneath on extra chilly mornings.  Photo courtesy of Todd Bodenheimer

The Canyon Togg wader offers room for layering underneath on extra chilly mornings. Photo courtesy of Todd Bodenheimer

The Canyon Togg is designed with an ultra tough, breathable nylon outer shell, and the cut of the wader is forgiving enough to allow for extra layers in colder conditions. Last fall, I took the opportunity to fish central Montana with my husband. The mornings were cold (cold enough we were breaking ice from our rods between casts), while the afternoons were sweltering. The Canyon Togg provided me plenty of room to layer heavily in the early morning, yet they still fit comfortably (and not too big) when I stripped down to shorts and a t-shirt by afternoon. The waders also offer an adjustable belt, with belt loops, which help find that perfect fit.

Although Frogg Toggs offers an exceptional warranty on the waders, they offer no guarantee of a big catch!  Photo courtesy of Todd Bodenheimer

Although Frogg Toggs offers an exceptional warranty on the waders, it offers no guarantee of a big catch! Photo courtesy of Todd Bodenheimer

Frogg Toggs offers a one-year warranty on all defects in workmanship and materials in their waders. Keep in mind, however, this warranty is no guarantee of a big catch! If tragedy does strike, Frogg Toggs also offers a Breathable Wader Repair Kit with waterproof quick-dry glue (MSRP $7.95).

As much as I have enjoyed the Canyon Togg wader, I realize all good things in a love affair must come to an end. I recently discovered that Frogg Toggs has discontinued the Canyon Togg line. The good news for the budget-minded-fisherwoman, however, is that the regularly priced $109.95 Canyon Togg wader is now available at close out pricing of $59.95 directly through Frogg Togg.

Although I am sad to see the Canyon Togg go, I am very excited to hear that Frogg Toggs has introduced the women’s Hellbender wader in its place. The Hellbender, also a stocking foot wader, provides all the same great functionality of the Canyon Togg.  The Hellbender, however, offers an H-back design suspender for enhanced comfort and fit. The Hellbender also has a more accessible front zipper pocket for secure storage on the outside of the wader (as opposed to the smaller, inside pocket on the Canyon Togg).

The Hellbender retails for $139.99, and can be purchased through Frogg Toggs or a retailer near you.

As much as I have enjoyed my Canyon Togg waders, I cannot wait to try the Hellbender series and see what great fishing adventures we have in store! My love affair with fishing will continue …

The retro-WON post was published originally on May 14, 2013.

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Randi Rogers Wins High Lady honors at IDPA Pan American Championship http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/randi-rogers-wins-high-lady-honors-at-idpa-pan-american-championship/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/randi-rogers-wins-high-lady-honors-at-idpa-pan-american-championship/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 00:49:02 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21795 Congrats to Randi Rogers on yet another win! Comp-Tac Victory Gear is a sponsor of The WON.

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Houston, TX – Team Comp-Tac‘s Randi Rogers continues her 2015 season by winning the High Lady title at the IDPA Pan American Championship held March 26-28 in Caguas, Puerto Rico. With a final time of 332.47 seconds, Rogers also finished 4th in Stock Service Pistol Master Division.

“The Pan American Championship was an excellent example of a high-level championship. With 16 stages of moving targets, steel, complex positions and plenty of movement, this match was a complete combination of shooting skills. I am very excited about winning Stage 9 and overall I am looking forward to taking what I learned there through the rest of the season,” commented Rogers, Team Comp-Tac member and Sales and Marketing Manager for Comp-Tac.

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Fellow Team Comp-Tac shooter Gordon Carrell swept the competition winning Division Champion in the Enhanced Service Pistol Division, High Industry and Most Accurate Shooter with a final time of 279.44 seconds.
In addition to sending Team Comp-Tac shooters to the competition, Comp-Tac Victory Gear was a stage sponsor for the IDPA Pan American Championship. “Comp-Tac wants to reach customers from around the world, and with more and more people competing in the shooting sports, supporting shooting events is a great way to do that,” explained Carrell.
Next up for Team Comp-Tac, Rogers and Carrell will compete in the USPSA Single Stack Nationals in Barry, IL May 7–9.–

 

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Judy’s Reviews: What to Choose for a Woman’s Archery Needs http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/judys-reviews-what-to-choose-for-a-womans-archery-needs/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/judys-reviews-what-to-choose-for-a-womans-archery-needs/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 21:00:58 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21786 In this guest post, Judy Erwin Branham revisits some great finds from this year's Archery Trade Association show and tells us what we might need to have in our own archery inventories.

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In this guest post from Judy Branham, she lists several items that she found at the Archery Trade Association (ATA) show last January. “Judy’s Reviews” is published here, in part, courtesy of Huntresslife.com. Find out what you might be missing for a successful archery or bowhunting season in 2015.

“Many targets, one goal: growing archery” was the slogan for this year’s ATA Show 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana’s Convention Center. Encouraging archery and bowhunting growth through the largest gathering of archery product buyers, dealers, and exhibitors in the world is a huge undertaking each year. Joining together for this international attraction draws celebrity hunters and huntresses alike not only to share new products, but to enjoy the comradery of this elite archery society.

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Engaging with new products such as Bear Archery’s new “Cruzer” compound bow, Red Wing’s Irish Setter boots, Hunter Safety System’s new reflective rope system, and Victory Archery’s arrows was exciting and fun having the opportunity to see new products before they go to market. The following are a few of my personal favorites from the show this January 2015. Broken down into six categories for ease of search are my choices: arrows, bows, safety systems, apparel, boots and products.

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Discover Judy’s fine list of new archery gear for 2015 at HuntressLife.com.

 

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Training Beyond the Requirements of Concealed Carry http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/training-beyond-the-requirements-of-concealed-carry/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/training-beyond-the-requirements-of-concealed-carry/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 21:00:45 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21769 In our new column, "Armed and In Charge," Stacy Bright stresses the importance of training with your concealed carry gun.

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Welcome to the first installment of our new column, “Armed and In Charge,” sponsored by LaserMax. In this post, our new columnist Stacy Bright lays out why concealed carry holders need to train with their firearms — training beyond the requirements of concealed carry. Stacy is a concealed carry instructor in southwest Missouri and we are delighted to add her to the ranks of TeamWON.

 

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Depending on the state you live in, the requirements for getting your concealed-carry permit—also called a concealed weapons permit or concealed pistol license—vary greatly. Some states, such as South Dakota, only require an application, background check and a $10 fee, without any classroom or live-fire training and testing. In other states, such as Kansas, the applicant must complete an 8-hour training and safety class, pass a background check, and pay a fee of $150.

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Practice is imperative (Stacy Bright photo)

Regardless of how someone acquires her concealed carry permit, she should continue to seek further training. Any type of basic pistol or concealed handgun course should be merely a foundation or stepping stone. Let’s look at some reasons why training beyond a concealed-carry permit is important.

First of all, the primary reason someone decides to carry a concealed firearm is for personal protection. Yet the gun itself cannot save your life, nor the life of a loved one, without the knowledge and training of how to use it. Simply holstering a gun and strapping it to your body doesn’t give you the ability to draw, aim, and squeeze the trigger quickly and accurately when presented with a life-threatening situation.

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Stacy Bright in a CCW class. Glenn Bright photo

In my opinion, a concealed-carry weapons (CCW) course should cover several objectives: safe gun-handling rules and the ability to follow them; how to load and unload both a revolver and semi-automatic pistol; basic principles of marksmanship such as grip, stance, sight alignment, trigger squeeze, and sight picture; an understanding of the laws of the state in which you’re applying for a permit; and, finally, the ability to hit the target. Many of my students come to my classes completely unfamiliar with any type of firearm, and some have never touched a gun. The classes that I teach include all of the above objectives, and I work with each student at his or her level of knowledge and confidence. But even with the skills and information presented in a thorough classroom setting, that should not be the sum total of firearms training. As I stated earlier, it should be the foundation upon which all future training is built. One way or another, you must get training with your firearm. Unfortunately, however, most CCW classes don’t cover real-world skills.

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One of those real-world skills would be how to draw your gun from a holster. That sounds simple enough, but if you’ve never practiced it, you won’t do it well or safely. You must also consider what type of holster you’re wearing and its location on your body, as well as the type of clothing that might be covering the holster. Drawing and re-holstering can be dangerous to yourself and those around you. Care should be taken to follow the rules of safe gun handling, paying close attention not to sweep the muzzle over any part of your body. Along with drawing the gun, you’ll also need to get good shots on the target. In a life-threatening situation, a few seconds might be all the time you have to respond quickly and accurately. If you haven’t had the opportunity to participate in an IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association) match, I’d highly recommend it. I’ve found that it’s a great way to challenge yourself in drawing quickly, acquiring your target, shooting on the move, and adding a little stress to the mix to see how well you shoot under pressure. IDPA will help you learn more about your gear and show you where you need more practice.

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On the range (Glenn Bright photo)

Another factor that is often overlooked is how to use your firearm in low-light conditions. According to the FBI, more than 60 percent of all police shootings happen in low-light conditions. This means that the likelihood of having to use your firearm at night—in the darkness of your home or in a poorly lit parking lot—is greater than during the day. Going to the range and spending hours on end lining up your sights and getting accurate hits on the center dot of the target won’t help you much if you haven’t learned how to shoot without being able to see your sights. Various techniques, including point shooting and body alignment, can help you overcome the inability to see your sights, yet still get accurate hits on the target.

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(Glenn Bright photo)

Whether you’re a beginner or advanced shooter, understanding and following the rules of safe gun handling should be the most important aspect in carrying a firearm. After that, continue to learn. All training doesn’t have to look the same. Practice with blue guns, computer simulators, airsoft guns or a live firearm. Search out a local firearms trainer who does more than have you shoot at stationary paper targets. Hopefully you’ll never have to use your firearm to protect yourself or your loved ones. But in the event you do, you’ll be thankful that you chose to train beyond the requirements needed to obtain your concealed-carry permit!

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‘Armed and In Charge’ Debuts at Women’s Outdoor News http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/armed-and-in-charge-debuts-at-womens-outdoor-news/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/armed-and-in-charge-debuts-at-womens-outdoor-news/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 10:00:27 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21790 The WON launches its newest column, geared toward personal protection and sponsored by LaserMax, Inc. Meet the women who will bring tips, techniques, information and energy to this new category.

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Rolla, MO – April 6, 2015Women’s Outdoor News (The WON) will launch a new column on Tues., April 7, called “Armed and In Charge.” Sponsored by LaserMax, Inc., the column is a result of a collaboration with LaserMax, in conjunction with its Facebook Fanpage, created for women, that bears the same name.

 

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Column duties will be shared by 2 new writers to The WON, Stacy Bright and Annette Doerr.

Stacy-Bright Bright holds instructor certifications from the NRA in Pistol & Rifle, as well as being an Range Safety Officer and Refuse to be a Victim instructor.  In addition to her NRA credentials, she also is a Missouri CCW instructor and teaches various other home and personal defense courses. She co-hosts a popular radio show in southwest Missouri, “The Gun Show.”

 

 

AnnetteDoerr copyDoerr is a freelance outdoor writer and business services consultant living in suburban New York. She is an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and Range Safety Officer, and writes the blog, WeShoot2.

“We believe that in order to empower women who want to defend themselves, we must provide them information. Our capable and approachable band of freelance writers is prepared to discuss and educate women who are looking for answers. Since the personal protection market is the fastest growing segment of the shooting industry, it only makes sense to reach out to these new firearms’ owners. We are delighted to welcome Stacy and Annette to our ranks of qualified and energetic writers,” said Barbara Baird, publisher of The WON.

Targeted toward the personal protection category, this column will address tips, techniques and gear, as well as the mental mindset of what a woman needs if she is going to arm herself.

 

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About Women’s Outdoor News:

Featuring news, reviews and stories about women who shoot, hunt, fish and enjoy adventure through the eyes of talented female columnists, reviewers, photographers and correspondents, Women’s Outdoor News is your online resource for women in the outdoors. Read about influential women in the outdoor industry, learn about shooting sports and follow women who are passionate about hunting, fishing and pursuing adventure outdoors. Discover, engage and connect with members of TeamWON at womensoutdoornews.com and on Facebook, Twitter and You-Tube.

 

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Review: Remington RM380 Micro Pistol http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/review-remington-rm380-micro-pistol/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/review-remington-rm380-micro-pistol/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 06:00:06 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21755 Our Babbs got to review this brand new .380 from Remington, and she thinks women will really like it.

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Babbs tests a Remington RM380 Micro Pistol.

“Trust, but verify.”

Although The Gipper (aka, Pres. Ronald Reagan) said those words in reference to the Soviet Union, they also apply to any gun you intend to use for self-defense. The RM380 Micro Pistol passed its trust qualification with flying colors for me a few weeks ago, out in the desert at Gunsite Academy. I can hardly wait to start carrying it.

Remington Outdoor Company invited me, along with some other lucky gun writers, to experience firsthand this little number while training at one of the nation’s premiere training schools. For 2 days, we put that little pocket pistol through the paces. One among us even fail-tested it, and wore out his trigger finger. Meanwhile, the gun kept loading and firing upon demand.

Crossbreed Holsters supplied several styles of carry holsters that paired particularly well with this gun and impressed the group overall.380

Designed to meet the growing pocket-pistol carry market, this gun especially will appeal to women. In fact, Remington designed this gun with women in mind.

Here’s why.

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The RM380 comes in all-metal construction with a light DAO trigger. Lefties will appreciate the ambidextrous magazine release, and if you want, you can replace its grip panels for further customization. While on the subject of the grip, the angle and ample checkering worked well for the other women and for me. The guys certainly hit their targets in good, tight groups and never complained that their guns slipped away from them – which makes me think Remington found a great middle-of-the-road-pleasing carry gun here. The RM380 comes with a slightly extended Beavertail, which also kept my hand on the grip and especially, made it easy to find an accurate hold when drawing from a holster. The trigger guard – designed and undercut so that a shooter can hold on higher on the front strap – also contributed to me being able to maintain a firm grip on this gun.

Features like a 2.9-inch 416 stainless steel barrel and aluminum frame make this firearm particularly appealing for hot weather carry. And the sights? Machined sights integral with the slide, they lay low and operate snag free; they are what you would hope for on a micro carry gun.

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Women and seniors will appreciate the light force it takes to rack the slide back, and when you’ve fired the last round, the slide stays back. No guessing required as to whether you’ve emptied the magazine and cleared the chamber. You can check easily. You can also pull the slide back easily, thanks to the wide, positive cocking serrations.

Also, the RM380 weights 12.1 ounces and comes with an angled trigger with a 7.9-pound pull.

The magazine holds 6 rounds.

As you may have suspected, the gun is chambered in .380 Auto. It debuts at this year’s National Rifle Association’s Annual Meeting & Exhibits in Nashville.

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Babbs on the move. (Sam Soholt photo)

The tests

We shot that little number from 3, 5 and 7 yards in speed drills, a competition shoot-off at about 15 yards and several stimuli and moving drills. If the bullet flew off the center of mass, I knew it meant operator error on my part – moving and not adjusting my aim properly, which is something I need to work on.

We also performed the Dozier drill at about 15 yards, where we had to shoot at 4 opponents quickly. The opponents – prepper poppers of steel – kept going down faster and faster, as we increased our abilities to hit and move on.

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Sara Ahrens and Brian McCombie on the range with the RM380. (Barbara Baird photo)

We also spent time in the shoot house, learning to clear it room by room and looking for the bad guy. Talk about a wee bit of pressure, with the instructor’s hand always on the shooter’s shoulder and danger around every corner.

I will trust this pistol to defend me and my loved ones, God forbid, should we ever need it.

The RM380 retails for $417. Available this summer.

 

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Getting It Right the First Time — Learning Goes Both Ways When Taking a First-Time Hunter Afield http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/getting-it-right-the-first-time-learning-goes-both-ways-when-taking-a-first-time-hunter-afield/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/getting-it-right-the-first-time-learning-goes-both-ways-when-taking-a-first-time-hunter-afield/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 18:00:57 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21740 Find out how Christine Cunningham prepped a first-time hunter for his duck hunt and what she learned from the kid. Sponsored by SYREN USA.

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Christine Cunningham goes through the process of getting it right the first time with a youth duck hunter, and reveals about how learning goes both ways.

I got the call on a Friday night. A girlfriend’s son wanted to go duck hunting in the worst way. After 6 hours of the Outdoor Channel, she was begging me to take him. He had experience shooting a .22 and a BB gun, but he had never fired a shotgun before. This was earlier in my hunting career, and not being a mom or a guide, I spent the night worrying about snacks and alternate activities. My hunting partner assured me that, if this kid wanted to go as bad as his mom said he did, those things would not matter. I wasn’t so sure.

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The Edge, with Christine Cunningham, is sponsored by SYREN USA.

 

Safety First

We met at the local gun range the next day to go over the 4 rules of firearms safety and general firearms handling. It forced me to recall my first experience with the rules. I had been asked to recite them verbatim, a feat which almost required flash cards. The enthusiasm of our young friend gave him superhuman powers, and he recited them without a blink. On to the next challenge, he seemed to say.

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Practice Round

Even if someone has shot before, there’s nothing lost in a practice round. It’s an opportunity to assess experience level. We set up the clay thrower and explained how to shoot clay targets. Again, I thought back to how intimidating clay targets were at first –and, due to my lack of any natural talent, at second and third. I’d wondered if I would ever be successful in the field … especially since ducks aren’t blaze orange.

I watched as the boy, much smaller than I, practiced mounting my 20-gauge over/under. It looked large and bulky in his arms. I worried he would get tired. My partner cautioned him about getting a “blue whistler.”

“Why’s it called a blue whistler?” I asked.

I knew what it was. I had received plenty of bruises on my right bicep due to improper mounting of my gun.

“A blue whistler,” my partner said, “is when someone sees your arm and says”—he let out a long whistle – “’that’s a good one.’”

We put our ear protection on and watched as the first clay flew up. A shot fired and the clay shattered. The next clay sailed out of the thrower, and the boy nailed it. His mom ran to get her camera from the car as the next 3 clays shattered to smoke in the air. It was 9 clays later before he missed.

New Fields

The next morning, our new hunter showed up in his clamming hip waders and layers of sweatshirts. Today, I would have made sure that he had the best of gear, but back then, I was as gear-poor as he was. He wore my waterfowl camo, just as I had worn someone else’s on my first hunt.

The sky was clear – a bad sign for duck hunting. I had read recommendations to choose easy access points, provide snacks and alternative activities, and, above all, to end the trip at the onset of a lack interest. My hunting partner assured me that enthusiasm was a great motivator, and this kid had it.

I still worried. The blind sat ready a mile away and, once there, we were sure to get cold. I remembered my reluctance and lack of patience as an adult beginner. My concerns didn’t last long. We made it to the blind in record time, at a pace set by someone one-third my age. His appreciation brought back my earliest memories of what it was really like to hunt the first time.

No Time to Settle

We set the decoys and settled into the blind. I wanted to manage expectations by pointing out our poor prospects. “Probably not going to see a bird today,” I said. No one listened to me. I barely listened to myself. “Probably should have gone clamming,” I thought.

My partner poured a lid of coffee, and I offered my friend’s son a cup of hot chocolate I’d brought just for him. He passed on the hot chocolate in favor of applying camo face paint. His fingers were covered in black and green paint when my partner said the only thing we wanted to hear: “Get ready, here they come.”

I looked up from my feet; I sometimes find myself looking at my feet at inopportune moments. There were 4 pintails in the air, coming in to the decoys 40 yards away. They flared as I reached for my gun in slow motion. My friend’s son had mounted his gun before I had even grabbed mine.

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He fired, and the second pintail in the group dropped out of the air. My partner shot a double on the last two.

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(Christine Cunningham photo)

“Yes!” my friend’s son shouted. “Yes,” I thought. Some hunters are born, some are made. This kid didn’t need me; I needed this kid. He taught me something I will never forget about taking a new hunter afield: there is no template. He taught me to allow someone to rise to the occasion. This was something that had been done for me without my realizing it.

 

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What’s for Dinner

His mother had one condition: Her son had to clean any birds he killed. Since he wanted to roast his duck, we showed him how to pluck one of my hunting partner’s birds. As we plucked, my partner explained that a wing must be left on if a bird is cleaned in the field for identification purposes due to bag limits and, in some places, limitations as to species and gender. My friend’s son listened with great interest as we explained that enforcement officers checked bags to determine that what was taken from the field was legal.

Later that night, I got a call from his mother.

“I need you to explain one thing to me,” she said.

“OK,” I said.

“He wanted to cook his duck for dinner, and he did a great job plucking the bird. But there’s something I don’t understand.”

“What’s that?” I asked.

“He’s insisting that one wing has to be left on.”

 

 

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Quail Creek Plantation, along with the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Women in the Outdoors Program, welcomes you to the 9th Annual Women in the Outdoors State Event, set in Okeechobee, Florida. The dates are April 24 and 25.

Women, from age 13 and up, are invited to register for this popular weekend event. Attendees may choose 4 courses. Courses include archery, bird watching, canoe/kayak. concealed weapons, cowboy roping, gator hunting, soap making, swamp cabbage cooking, rifle hunting and many more.

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Here’s a photo from last year’s event. Lots of happy campers here!

Learn more about the WITO State Event.

Contact: Denise Helms

Phone: 772-475-1158

Email: marlinteeni @ yahoo.com

 

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#TbT: Marti Davis Recommends Turkey Decoy Set-Ups, or 7 Ways to Lure Your Lover http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/turkey-decoy-set-ups-7-ways-lure-lover/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/turkey-decoy-set-ups-7-ways-lure-lover/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 11:00:01 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=18443 In this installment of Marti Davis Afield, Marti shares turkey decoy set-ups and tips to call in a longbeard.

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Marti Davis Afield: Marti shares turkey decoy set-ups and tips to call in a longbeard.

 

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This month, I’m going to share tips on several different turkey decoy set-ups for spring hunting. And, just to make it fun, I’m doing a spin-off of Paul Simon’s 1975 hit song “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.”

 

1. Hop on the hen, Ben

This set-up is great for the early part of the season, before the peak-breeding time has occurred. I take an alert hen decoy, and using a shorter stake, place her directly on the ground. Then, I place a jake decoy right on top of her, in the breeding position. I also place 1 or 2 feeding-hen decoys in this set-up. This will usually draw a jealous boss gobbler right in to defend his harem of hens.

 

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2. No need to be coy, Roy

Another set-up for the early season involves using a full-strut decoy along with 2 or 3 feeding-hen decoys. Place the strutting decoy facing the direction of where you will be sitting, and more than likely, the gobbler will come in to the set-up and go head-on with the decoy, or approach it from the side. Thus, taking his attention away from your location. Generally, if there are multiple toms and you can get 1 of them to break away and head into your set-up, the others will follow. Then you can take your pick.

 

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3. Seek out that floozy, Suzy

As it reaches mid-season and peak breeding, I recommend using a single, feeding-hen decoy. She’s lonely and isn’t shy about letting any and every tom nearby know that she is looking for love. Start by calling loudly, and as the gobbler closes the distance to your set-up, adjust the volume down.

 

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4. Just drop off the key, Lee

During late season, I recommend setting up a few feeding-hen decoys to draw a gobbler in. The girls are all just hanging out and have left the door unlocked and open for any potential suitor to come in for a visit. When a tom comes into view, use soft clucks and purrs to seal the deal. He will see that there are numerous girls available, and his odds have just increased dramatically.

 

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5. Come to the boys club, Chub

Once it gets to the end of the season, breeding will not be on his mind. However, getting back into bachelor groups is. Use a mix of 3 or 4 jake and tom decoys. Call using gobbler yelps and be watchful and ready all around your location. They will probably come in silently on this set-up.

 

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6. Slip out the back, Jack

This set-up doesn’t involve using any decoys. When I am hunting in a timbered or wooded area, I don’t use decoys because it is harder to see a turkey coming in to my calls. I make him come in looking for the hen that is calling. If I had a decoy out, he might see the decoy and expect the “hen” to come to him, therefore hanging up just out of range, or even out of sight.

 

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7. Make a new plan, Stan

Turkey hunting is hard! Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Turkeys can be frustrating beyond belief. One morning they do 1 thing, then you adjust your set-up the next day and they’ll do just the opposite. You have to be versatile and willing to change it up.

 

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A prime example of this is a hunt I experienced in Illinois a few years ago. I had been chasing those frustrating birds for 4 days. The 3rd and 4th mornings the flock flew down and got in a big group and fed off, away from my strutting-jake and feeding-hen decoys. The turkeys just weren’t following my playbook. So, I made a new plan. I decided if they want to get in a big group, I’d give them a big group to join. The next morning, I slipped into the woods well before dawn. I put out every decoy I had and some I borrowed from a friend. I placed a mix of 6 hen and jake decoys in front of me, at roughly 20 yards. I hunkered down in some logs and patiently waited for the sun to start illuminating my set-up. The toms started gobbling from the roost, roughly 150 yards from my set-up. As soon as the turkeys started pitching down from the trees and into the field, they marched right into the decoys. I picked out the largest longbeard and let the hammer drop.

 

Bottom line, these set-ups are just tips or guidelines, if you will. Versatility is 1 of the keys to chasing these wary longbeards. Remember, “the answer is easy, if you take it logically!”

This retro-WON column first ran on April 21, 2014.

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DIVA WOW to Hold 2015 Ladies Spring Archery Clinic http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/diva-wow-to-hold-2015-ladies-spring-archery-clinic/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/diva-wow-to-hold-2015-ladies-spring-archery-clinic/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 19:05:37 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21736 Line up and let the arrows fling at the DIVA WOW 2015 Ladies Spring Archery Clinic, to be held on Sat., May 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cinnamon Creek Ranch in Roanoke, Texas.

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Line up and let the arrows fling at the DIVA WOW 2015 Ladies Spring Archery Clinic, to be held on Sat., May 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cinnamon Creek Ranch in Roanoke, Texas.

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  • $40 for DIVA Members
  • $50 for Non-DIVA Members
  • Beginners to Experienced Shooters Welcome!
  • Instruction, Instructors & All Equipment Included.
  • If you have your own compound bow, bring it if you like!
  • PLUS, Access to Basic Range, 3D Targets & The Flying Target.
  • Limited to 50 Ladies
  • Drinks & Snacks Included
  • This Clinic will go on, Rain or Shine.
  • No Refunds

To register, contact Sara Lauer, Clinic Chair
sbearide.hunt at gmail.com
972-998-9257

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Taurus® Team Captain Jessie Duff Starts Season with Big Win http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/taurus-team-captain-jessie-duff-starts-season-with-big-win/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/taurus-team-captain-jessie-duff-starts-season-with-big-win/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:19:06 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21733 Jessie Duff won her 9th championship since 2007 by taking home the coveted title, "2015 Ladies Steel Master National Champion," at the US National Steel Championships.

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Miami, FL - Team Taurus® Captain Jessie Duff kicked off her 2015 season with several victories at the US National Steel Championships in New Smyra Beach, FL. Duff won her ninth championship since 2007 by taking home the coveted title, “2015 Ladies Steel Master National Champion”.

Her recent victories during the Championships prove her dedication and passion for this sport, as she rounded out the first match of the season with wins in the Ladies .22 Open, Ladies Limited, Ladies Open, and Ladies Steel Master National Champion. Jessie set new national records in the Ladies Limited and the Ladies Open. During this event, Jessie used her Taurus PT1911 Taurus single stack and custom open 9mm to carry her through the course of fire at the Volusia Country Gun & Hunt Club. She also used her PT1911 Taurus with a .22LR conversion kit to capture the 1st place position in the Ladies .22 Open division.

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After the competition, Jessie Duff stated, “The Steel Nationals marked my first match of the 2015 shooting season, and I couldn’t be happier with kicking the season off with a clean sweep! Shooting Steel is one of my favorite matches, it allows shooters to go all out with speed, and you really see some incredible talent at this match. The new location, Volusia County Gun & Hunt Club, for the Steel Nationals is a great facility, and has plenty of room for this type of match. I enjoyed shooting on the range, and think the match has found a great place to call home.”

The US National Steel Championships was full of excitement and adrenaline this year with eight challenging stages, a list of veteran shooters, and anticipation for the upcoming season. Under the watch of Match Director Mike Calloway, the event ran very smooth and the high level of professionalism by the staff and volunteers was greatly appreciated by Jessie and the other shooters.

Jessie next match will be the USPSA Single-Stack National Championship, May 6-9, 2015 in Barry, Illinois. 

About Jessie Duff:

Jessie Duff has taken her shooting career of a beginner, all the way to a top ranked professional, earning multiple World and National Champion shooting titles, in five different shooting disciplines. Among these are the prestigious Bianchi Cup and the World Speed Shooting Championships. Jessie has also ranked in numerous regional and state champion matches as well. Outside of shooting, Jessie is a TV personality on the hit series Friends of NRA, on the Outdoor Channel. Reaching this level of shooting performance in her career, defines a well-disciplined competitor and role model for the Taurus Shooting Team. 

About Taurus®:

Taurus International Manufacturing, Inc. is proud to be the U.S. importer of all Taurus brand firearms manufactured in Brazil and to be the manufacturer of the model PT-22, PT-25 and PT-738 pistols made here in the US.  Taurus International services all Taurus brand firearms under the LIFETIME REPAIR POLICY™ as well.  For additional information about Taurus, visit www.taurususa.com. High-resolution images are available at www.taurusdownloads.com.

 

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Women of Remington Outdoor Company: Emily Albright http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/women-of-remington-outdoor-company-emily-albright/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/women-of-remington-outdoor-company-emily-albright/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:44:06 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21724 Here's a fine turkey hunter who brings her expertise to work with her every day.

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In our continuing series on the women of Remington Outdoor Company, we will meet a buyer/planner, Emily Albright, in the Arms Service Department. We think you’ll appreciate that Albright walks the walk — mentoring the next generation and new women hunters whenever possible. 

I am a small town country girl who was born and raised in Paris, New York. Not only am I an avid hunter/shooter, but I am also a Hunter’s Education Instructor. You could say that I grew up on Remington Firearms.  In fact, the Ilion plant, which will celebrate their 200th Anniversary in 2016, is only 25 minutes from my home.

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When I was 15 years old, my uncle took me on my very first turkey hunt.  I didn’t know it then but that day would change my life. Not long after, I attended Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks where I received my Bachelors Degree in Natural Resources Environmental Science with a minor in Fish & Wildlife.  After college, I took a job with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) as one of their Women’s Regional Coordinators for their Women in the Outdoors Program. My job was to help set up and organize events that would teach women a large variety of outdoor skills and knowledge — some of which included hunting seminars, safe gun handling courses, fly fishing skills, outdoor cooking, kayaking/canoeing classes, etc.

After working with the NWTF for more than two years, I decided to leave that job in order to come and work at Remington Arms. I currently work in the Arms Service Department as a Buyer/Planner.

I enjoy coming to work every day knowing that we are helping other hunters and shooters stay on top of their game.

It is well known that I typically take my vacation during turkey season and enjoy traveling all over the country to hunt these beautiful birds.  I have harvested many birds in multiple states and even Canada.  There is something about the sights, smells and sounds of spring that keep me coming back.

 

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Here’s Emily Albright in Maine, 2013, with another beautiful tom. (Photo courtesy of Emily Albright)

 

Those who have hunted with me know I am pretty superstitious when it comes to the turkey woods. I always have my lucky Remington hat and carry my 12 gauge 870, which I have named “Old Faithful.” I have found that this gun prefers Remington Nitros in 5 shot and that’s all that I use. I load (3) in before each hunt … no more, no less. I have harvested over 25 turkeys with this one firearm and have come to depend on it.  I have had it for many years and could not picture myself hitting the turkey woods without it. I bought it with the Shurshot Stock and have added a SuperCell recoil pad. I love the way that this stock allows you to grip and control the firearm.  I know that females and younger children typically have a hard time finding a firearm that fits them but this one does the trick for me.  Not to mention, it is ambidextrous.

 

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Emily and “Old Faithful” with another beautiful Maine gobbler. (Photo courtesy of Emily Albright)

My husband and I both are Pro Staff for Mossy Oak and enjoy helping with various “turkey events” each year. Every spring we mentor both a Youth Turkey Hunt and a Women’s Turkey Hunt within our local community. We have also been involved and helped start a Wounded Warrior Turkey Hunt in which we take a couple wounded veterans out into the field  I truly enjoy teaching and helping others get involved in the outdoor and shooting sports.

 

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Cold doesn’t stop this hunter! Emily Albright with her South Dakota gobbler, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Emily Albright)

 

I am extremely grateful that I get to work for a company who shares in a lot of my same passions and beliefs. To me, hunting is not just about the harvest. I have experienced and seen some really incredible sights and landscapes. If you are someone who is looking to get into the hunting or shooting sports, I encourage you to check us out. Remington truly does make something for everyone.

Learn more about Remington Outdoor Company.

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Outdoor Podcast Channel Launched http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/outdoor-podcast-channel-launched/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/04/outdoor-podcast-channel-launched/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:19:19 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21722 The Outdoor Podcast Channel launches on iTunes and Stitcher Radio today, Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

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March 30, 2015 — The Outdoor Podcast Channel launches on iTunes and Stitcher Radio today, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. The channel, which currently consists of eight unique outdoor related podcasts, is designed for all outdoors people who enjoy the flexibility of listening to entertaining and informative outdoors related shows on demand and at their leisure.

opc_final_logo_pngThe Outdoor Podcast Channel’s shows include Blanchard Outdoors Podcast, Fish Nerds, Take Aim Podcast, HuntFishTravel Podcast, The Turkey Hunter Podcast, Up North Journal Podcast, Bowhunting Freedom and Big Buck Registry’s Deer Hunting Podcast. The channel will feature a new episode from one of the above shows each day of the week.

With a new show posting each day, there is no shortage of outstanding content available to listeners. The channel’s
mission is to encourage its listeners to get out and enjoy the outdoors through education about many outdoor topics including fishing, hunting, and camping.

Jay Scott host of The Big Buck Registry’s Deer Hunting Podcast says, “I have been hosting and producing the Big Buck Podcast for almost three years, and I listen to podcasts daily. In my opinion, the Outdoor Podcast Channel has put together a lineup of the most outstanding outdoor podcast shows in the industry, and I’m excited to be a part of the channel’s lineup.”

Currently there is nothing like The Outdoor Podcast Channel on the market, and the channel plans to add new shows in the future. The channel’s goal is to be THE “go to” source for everything outdoors in podcasting.

“I’m excited to be a part of this, as a longtime podcast listener the thought of a single RSS feed with all of my favorite podcasts is extremely appealing.” said Carrie Zylka hostess of the HuntFishTravel Podcast (formerly CarrieZ’s Hunting, Fishing & Outdoor Podcast), “the value of a cooperative in this industry is we all add value and can provide the listener with a unique one stop listening catalog.”

Opening podcast episodes include outdoors industry experts and personalities, including Joshua Carney, Jodie and Brandon Carter, Harold Knight, and Lisa Montgomery. Opening topics include fishing in Belize, deer ticks and Lyme Disease, turkey hunting public land, Michigan’s firearm opener, and hitchhiking fish and Sherpa Gobies.

Listeners can download each shows’ episodes and subscribe to the Outdoor Podcast Channel on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, and on http://www.outdoorpodcastchannel.com. For more information about the Outdoor Podcast Channel’s shows, visit http://www.outdoorpodcastchannel.com/participating-podcasts. Podcasters who would like to submit their show for consideration to be featured on the Outdoor Podcast Channel can submit their request at http://www.outdoorpodcastchannel.com/list-your-show/.

Inquires may be directed to
Jay Scott
724-613-2825
admin@outdoorpodcastchannel.com

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Smith & Wesson® Offers Consumers Three Free Magazines With Purchase Of New M&P® Pistol http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/smith-wesson-offers-consumers-three-free-magazines-with-purchase-of-new-mp-pistol/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/smith-wesson-offers-consumers-three-free-magazines-with-purchase-of-new-mp-pistol/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:24:27 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21720 Smith & Wesson Corp. announced that the company is currently offering consumers a limited opportunity to obtain three free magazines with the purchase of a new full-size or compact M&P pistol.

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M&PMagazine Promotion Available Until May 31, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (March 31, 2015) — Smith & Wesson Corp. announced that the company is currently offering consumers a limited opportunity to obtain three free magazines with the purchase of a new full-size or compact M&P pistol. With over 50 choices available including the Performance Center® Ported C.O.R.E pistols or the recently introduced carbon fiber finished M&P, there has never been a better time to purchase your first or second M&P pistol.

The promotion is available to consumers in the continental United States who purchase any new Smith & Wesson M&P pistol in 9mm, .40 S&W or .45 ACP from March 29, 2015 through May 31, 2015. During the limited time promotion, consumers who purchase a new M&P pistol can obtain an online claim form from the company’s website or at the participating dealers for the three free magazines. The promotion is not valid with the purchase of the M&P Shield™ and is only available while supplies last.

Due to state and local laws, residents of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York City are not eligible to participate in this promotion. For each eligible M&P firearm claimed, the participating dealer from where the sale originated will receive one free magazine in retail packaging.

The Smith & Wesson M&P pistol is manufactured with a reinforced polymer chassis, superior ergonomics, ambidextrous controls and proven safety features. A leading choice of recreational shooters, law enforcement professionals and competitive marksmen worldwide, the M&P pistol is engineered to meet any need at anytime.

For more information regarding this Smith & Wesson consumer magazine promotion and to learn how to qualify visit www.smith-wesson.com.

About Smith & Wesson
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC) is a U.S.-based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, delivering a broad portfolio of quality firearms, related products, and training to the global military, law enforcement, and consumer markets. The company’s firearm division brands include Smith & Wesson®, M&P®, and Thompson/Center Arms™. As an industry leading manufacturer of shooting, reloading, gunsmithing and gun cleaning supplies, the company’s accessories division produces innovative, top quality products under Battenfeld Technologies, Inc., including Caldwell® Shooting Supplies, Wheeler® Engineering, Tipton® Gun Cleaning Supplies, Frankford Arsenal® Reloading Tools, Lockdown® Vault Accessories, and Hooyman™ Premium Tree Saws. Smith & Wesson facilities are located in Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, and Missouri. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to www.smith-wesson.com.

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Beretta Offers the First Factory-Equipped Guide Rod Laser http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/beretta-offers-the-first-factory-equipped-guide-rod-laser/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/beretta-offers-the-first-factory-equipped-guide-rod-laser/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:55:23 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21717 One of the most trusted and field tested professional sidearms ever developed - the 92FS - is now available from the Beretta factory with a precision engineered internal Guide Rod Laser™ preinstalled, from LaserMax.

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March 31, 2015 (Rochester, NY) - One of the most trusted and field tested professional sidearms ever developed – the 92FS – is now available from the Beretta factory with a precision engineered internal Guide Rod Laser™ preinstalled. The new laser-equipped Beretta 92FS pistol represents LaserMax’s latest collaborative effort with the world’s oldest firearms manufacturer. Aimed at delivering the very best in high-tech products to Beretta’s loyal customer base, the new pistols will be offered in both red and green laser variants.

Having adopted the M9 as the standard service sidearm in 1985, the U.S. government has purchased many hundreds of thousands of Beretta pistols for military use and over one million Beretta 92FS pistol variants have been sold to the military and police agencies of 25 other nations. These contracts and their continued renewals serve as testament to the Beretta 92 series’ ruggedness, reliability and ease of use. Thanks to the addition of the LaserMax® Guide Rod Laser, the choice of professionals worldwide is now equally suited for concealed carry, home protection or duty use.

LaserMax is the only manufacturer of an internal guide rod laser sight. This patented design has been proven through over a quarter century of combat and defensive use by tier one special operation forces, conventional military units, federal agents, SWAT and police professionals, and responsible firearm owners worldwide. The Guide Rod Laser installs as close to the pistol bore line as possible, ensuring the most consistent relationship between point of aim and point of impact (POA/POI) over all shooting distances. Emitting a highly visible pulsed laser for rapid target acquisition, the LaserMax sight comes factory aligned for guaranteed center-of-mass accuracy at 20 yards. To secure your LaserMax-equipped Beretta 92FS contact a Beretta USA dealer today and reference the following product identifiers:

9f930871-e303-4254-97a8-8b749169987bBeretta 92FS with Red LaserMax Guide Rod Laser:

SKU: SPEC590A
UPC: 0082442734880

Beretta 92FS with Green LaserMax Guide Rod Laser:

SKU: SPEC591A
UPC: 0082442734897

Established in 1526, Beretta is the oldest firearms manufacturer in the world, tracing its lineage through 16 generations of continuous family ownership. Visit www.beretta.com to view Beretta’s complete line of firearms, accessories, and apparel.

Complete information on LaserMax products is available at lasermax.com or by phone at (800) 527-3703. For the latest LaserMax news, follow LaserMax on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Gun District, and YouTube.

About LaserMax
Now in its 26th year, LaserMax is a leading innovator of premium laser 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 was recently recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. by Inc. 500 | 5000.

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Ask Marti: Can You Recommend a Good Handgun? http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/ask-marti-can-you-recommend-a-good-handgun/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/ask-marti-can-you-recommend-a-good-handgun/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:45:42 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21709 Marti asked, and several women told her about the guns they preferred. Sponsored by Crossbreed Holsters.

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Marti Davis tries to help our reader by offering several recommendations of tried-and-true, good handguns. See what you think about the lineup.

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Ask Marti Davis is sponsored by Crossbreed Holsters.

Dear Marti, 

I’ve decided I want to purchase a handgun. Which one should I buy?

Hannah in Hoboken

Dear Hannah,

When it comes to a handgun, what fits one shooter might not fit the next. While I can’t tell you for sure which handgun would suit you the best, I can give you some recommendations. In fact, I asked several female handgun owner friends of mine what they carry and what they target/plink with, since you didn’t state whether this pistol would be for concealed carry or target shooting. The best thing to do is get your hands on as many handguns as possible. You can tell a lot about a gun’s fit just by gripping it. Then, if possible, go to the range and try some out.

 

Target/Plinking handguns

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Our Babbs recently purchased this Walther P22 for plinking and … loves it! (Barbara Baird photo)

 

Stacy Bright, the leader of the Southwest Missouri chapter of The Well Armed Woman likes plinking with her Walther P22. The P22 has a rounded grip that fits her hand very well and is just a fun shooter. This double-action/single-action polymer pistol weighs 1.1 pounds with an empty magazine; its MSRP is $319.

 

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Here’s Ruger’s Amy Mistos with a sweet little SR22 at Gunsite. (Barbara Baird photo)

Rebecca Green, a self-proclaimed rookie shooter, received a new handgun for her anniversary back in February. After trying “many, many guns,” Rebecca found that the Ruger SR22 was the only one that fit her and that she could easily pull the slide back on. “It’s not necessarily a powerhouse,” says Rebecca, “but it’s easily controlled, and I’m fairly accurate with it.” The SR22 is a polymer-framed pistol with two interchangeable rubberized grips (no tools required). It weighs 17.5 ounces; its MSRP is $415 to $449.

 

 

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Ellen Benitz, retired Women in the Outdoors director for the National Wild Turkey Federation, enjoys shooting at targets and practicing her form with a Ruger Mark III .22 pistol. Ellen says, “I like the narrow grip. It fits my hand, and it’s lightweight as well.” The Mark III is available in either an alloy steel or stainless steel, with either a blued or satin stainless finish. It weighs from 42 to 43.2 ounces (depending on model), and its MSRP is $475 to $589.

 

Conceal and Carry pistols

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Marti with her Shield. (Barbara Baird photo)

My personal everyday carry is a Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm in a CrossBreed Super Tuck IWB holster. When I first started carrying, I chose a Ruger LCP. When I decided to move up from an ultra-compact carry pistol, I did a side-by-side comparison on the Shield and another compact single-stack 9mm. While the narrow grips of both guns fit my hand, I liked the Shield better. The trigger pull was one of the main factors.

 

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Amber Cobb, a pro staff member at Just for Does, carries the Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380 pistol. “I have very small hands, and this gun is a great fit for size and weight,” says Amber. “I’m able to hold it with a steady and secure grip.”

 

 

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A Ruger LC9. (Celia Grimes photo)

Julie Garner, an avid hunter, shooter and concealed-carry permit holder, carries a Ruger LC9. “I like how it fits in my hands, and the weight of it,” says Julie. When I spoke with Julie, she said she was looking for another carry pistol; hopefully this column will help her choose one.

 

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Babbs likes Smith & Wesson’s 642 because of its light weight and small size. (Jason Baird photo)

Elaine Sawtell has carried a Smith & Wesson airweight .38 revolver for years—either in an IWB holster, the pommel bags on her saddle, or in her purse. The Smith & Wesson J-Frame has become the most popular small-frame personal-defense revolver on the market. It has been around for decades due to its reliable performance, and is available in several different calibers. Elaine simply states, “I love it.” Our publisher carries the 642 in .38 Special.

 

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Stacy Bright likes her Walther PPQM2. (Jo Novak photo)

Stacy already shared her favorite plinking pistol; for her carry piece she prefers the Walther PPQ M2. Like the P22, it has the rounded ergonomic grip. Another feature she really likes is the trigger—it has a short reset making for quick follow-up shots. The PPQ M2 is a double-action, polymer-frame, striker-fired pistol. Its MSRP is $649.

 

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The WON’s Mia Anstine likes her Ruger LCP in .380. (Hank Anstine photo)

 

Ellen carries the Ruger LCP .380 or a baby Glock .40 pistol. “I would like to carry the Glock more often, but it is so much heavier than my LCP!” she says. Both pistols are a good fit for her small hands and short fingers. The LCP is a high-performance, glass-filled nylon frame with an alloy steel barrel; its MSRP is $389–$575. The Glock 27 is a polymer-frame pistol that weighs less than 22 ounces unloaded, or 27 ounces with a loaded magazine. The Glock 27 sells for $529 at one of the big outdoor stores.

This list of guns that the ladies have shared with us should give you a good starting point for your handgun shopping trips.

 

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Women of Syren USA: Courtney Jones http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/women-of-syren-courtney-jones/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/women-of-syren-courtney-jones/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:00:40 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21690 Refreshing. Inspirational. Enthusiastic. Three words that describe this SYREN USA competition shooter, Courtney Jones. Find out why.

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Meet Courtney Jones, a fresh face for the future of shotgun shooting sports. Sponsored by SYREN USA, Courtney tells us how she got interested in shooting and why she persevered until she reached the professional level. We think you’ll find her story refreshing and inspiring.

The WON: When people ask you who you are and what you do, what do you tell them?
Courtney: I am currently a high school senior at The Oakwood School in Greenville, N.C. I enjoy shooting Sporting Clays and Federation Internationale de Tir Aux Sportives de Chasse (FITASC), while traveling around the country and meeting people who also have this interest. Last December, I competed in the Professional Sporting Clays Association (PSCA) Qualifier. This allowed me to earn a spot on the 2015 PSCA Tour. I am looking forward to competing in these events and learning from the experience.

The WON: I see that you found the shotgun sports through your school’s Scholastic Clays Target Program (SCTP) team. How’d that happen?
Courtney: During my eighth grade year at The Oakwood School, the school introduced the SCTP team. My mom, who works at the school, wanted me to join just to learn gun safety. I had never been around any type of gun and was a little bit afraid. After the first practice, I was more comfortable and before long I fell in love with the sport.

The WON: What are the benefits of being on a school team? Why should teens consider joining?
Courtney: A school team allows you to have fun and learn something new with your friends. I joined the shooting team with a few of my friends and actually became friends with the others. While you are having fun, you also learn things, such as teamwork and communication skills. Shooting with a school team has taught me that in order to succeed in any aspect of life you must continue to work hard and never give up.

The WON: Please tell me about the Syren Tempio Sporting shotgun and why it’s the gun for you.
Courtney: The average shotgun is built for a male, which means the gun doesn’t fit a woman correctly. For my first two years, I struggled to get better or to find a gun that fit. After every visit to the range, I would come home in pain. Finally, I bought a gun and had a great deal of modifications done to it, so it would fit to me. This was a semi-automatic. With a gun that fits, it shoots to where you look. This year, I have begun shooting a Syren Tempio. Syren’s fit allows women to be able to shoot with correct form, which means no more pain. The gun fits most women perfectly without having major amounts of modifications. Syren has designed these guns specifically for women, even down to the intricate engraving. My gun fits me perfectly, and I love the smoothness and balance of the gun, which allows for a more accurate shot.

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The WON: How much and how do you practice?
Courtney: Every weekend, I try to go to a sporting clays range both Saturday and Sunday. I shoot between 300 and 500 rounds each weekend. When I practice, I pretend I am in a competition, which allows me to be able to improve my mental game and focus while on the course.

The WON: I see that you’re going to study engineering. Do you know which areas you’re interested in?
Courtney: I am interested in mechanical, civil and biomedical engineering. In the fall, I am attending North Carolina State University for engineering, but not quite sure which discipline yet.

The WON: When you’re not on the range, studying, practicing, what do you like to do? Hobbies?
Courtney: When I am not working on schoolwork or my shooting, I spend time with my friends and family. My family and I like to kayak every now and then. Another thing I like to do is to help others. I mentor and tutor middleschoolers. I also like to introduce others to the sport or help others improve their shooting. Working with other women and youth shooters is fun because I can relate to them easily and help the sport grow.

 

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The WON: I would imagine that your family has been super supportive of your shooting life. What do they do to support you?
Courtney: My family supports me by encouraging me no matter how I shoot. My parents and grandparents go to most of the shoots with me and support me as much as they can. They’ve traveled all over the country with me.

The WON: What do you say to any girls who might wonder why you compete in this sport?
Courtney: This sport allows you to travel all around the world, meeting new people who are very different but all have one hobby in common. Shooting also teaches focus and lets me take my mind off of schoolwork or other things in life for a few hours, which allows me to relax while having lots of fun. There are not many other sports, where females are able to compete as equals to males.

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Project ChildSafe Releases New Firearm Safety Video http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/project-childsafe-releases-new-firearm-safety-video/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/project-childsafe-releases-new-firearm-safety-video/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:33:21 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21705 Want to learn how to talk to your children about gun safety?

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First-of-its-kind resource from NSSF encourages open conversations between parents and children about firearm safety

NEWTOWN, Conn. – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) today released a new, first-of-its-kind educational resource, the “How to Talk to Your Kids about Firearm Safety” video. The video, starring champion shooter and mother Julie Golob, encourages parents to have “the talk” about firearm safety with their kids sooner rather than later, and provides tips for how to have a helpful discussion.

“Too often, children don’t know what to do if they find a gun,” said Steve Sanetti, President and CEO of NSSF, which developed and sponsors the Project ChildSafe firearm safety education program. “This video opens a door for honest conversation and empowers parents to be the authority on gun safety for their kids, whether they have guns in their homes or not.”

The “How to Talk to Your Kids about Firearm Safety” video was created as a resource to start positive and constructive conversations by encouraging discussion rather than lecture, and helps parents responsibly demystify the subject of guns.

“As a mother, I know full well how challenging this conversation can be,” Golob said. “It’s crucial that parents set an example and teach their kids about firearm safety so children don’t learn about guns solely from what their friends say or what they see on video games and TV.”

The video features Golob expressing the importance of adults having gun safety discussions with young people, emphasizing that education on responsible safety and storage is the number one way to prevent firearm accidents in the home. The video has two sections, one for talking with younger children, the other for talking to older kids and teens.

“How to Talk to Your Kids about Gun Safety” is available—and shareable—online at www.ProjectChildSafe.org and on the NSSF YouTube page at www.YouTube.com/user/TheNSSF. NSSF is also promoting the video with its members, law enforcement partners, local communities, conservation groups and other supporters, starting with a national launch in partnership with Sportsman’s Warehouse, which streamed the video in all of its stores across the country.

“Talking to kids about gun safety is not something to be put off or ignored—it’s an essential part of responsible gun ownership,” Sanetti added. “This video supports our industry’s “Own It? Respect It. Secure It” initiative, and we hope firearms owners everywhere watch it and share it with their communities.”

The video expands Project ChildSafe’s safety education resources that encourage safe firearms handling and secure storage by gun owners and their families. The video complements such program resources as the Safe Storage Options Infographic and the Parent-Child Safety Pledge. Since 1999, Project ChildSafe has worked with more than 15,000 law enforcement departments throughout the United States to distribute educational resources and free firearm safety kits, which include a gun lock, to their communities. To date, the program has given away more than 36 million safety kits and gun locks in all fifty states and the five U.S. territories.

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Project ChildSafe’s public commitment to firearms education and making our communities safer is supported by Project ChildSafe, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity. To learn more about Project ChildSafe, visit www.projectchildsafe.org.

Women’s Outdoor News is a proud supporter of Project Childsafe.

 

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Orvis: Try A New Adventure This Spring. Sign Up for ‘The Art of Fly Fishing’ for Free http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/orvis-try-a-new-adventure-this-spring-sign-up-for-the-art-of-fly-fishing-for-free/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/orvis-try-a-new-adventure-this-spring-sign-up-for-the-art-of-fly-fishing-for-free/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:28:46 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21700 Want to get some more tips about fly fishing? Thanks, Orvis!

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Orvis is offering a 6-part email series on “The Art of Fly Fishing,” a free course that you can get in your inbox. Our Babbs has already signed up and is looking forward to learning new tips and techniques and then, applying them to the waters of her beloved Ozark blue ribbon trout streams.

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Note: Upon signing up, Babbs received a $10 gift certificate good off of a $50 purchase.

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BoatUS: 2015 List of Top Ten Boat Names http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/boatus-2015-list-of-top-ten-boat-names/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/boatus-2015-list-of-top-ten-boat-names/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:15:26 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21697 Want to find out the most popular names for boats in the U.S.?

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ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 30, 2015 – Big and small, power or sail, there are many different kinds of boats and so many different kinds of boat owners. But the one thing they seem to agree on is how boating makes them feel, at least if your looking at a boat’s name on the transom. “Serenity” has been named the #1 boat name for the second year in a row with the release of the 2015 list of Top Ten Boat Names from Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). It is also the name’s tenth appearance on the popular list of boat names issued annually since 1992 by the recreational boat advocacy, service and safety group. “Calm, peaceful and untroubled is what boating is all about for so many boaters,” said BoatUS spokesman Scott Croft.

The BoatUS 2015 list of Top Ten Boat Names:

  1. Serenity
  2. Seas the Day
  3. Andiamo (Italian for “let’s go”)
  4. Aquaholic
  5. Second Wind
  6. Island Time
  7. Happy Ours
  8. Journey
  9. Serendipity
  10. Relentless
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Croft says boaters frequently come to BoatUS to get ideas for a name by taking a peek at the Association’s online list of over 8,000 boat names, then use the free and easy layout program to, “Start playing around with a boat name to get an idea of what it will look like, picking letter styles and colors.” Boaters can then choose to either order online or if they want some more creative help, may use the BoatUS Premium Boat Graphics service that offers the talents of a professional designer. An online photo gallery can also help boaters also narrow down a choice.

“Picking a boat name can be harder than naming one’s own child,” said Croft, who has had to name several of his boats through the years. “Boat names can reflect your lifestyle, your relationship to loved ones or what you do for a living. And that’s only the beginning.” For the record, Croft’s first boat name was “Constitution” because, “We happened to name her on a July 4th weekend and I had only a limited choice of ugly hardware store letters.” For his second boat name, Croft chose “Aiden R.” after his only son and used the BoatUS graphics service.  “Kids sometimes think it’s pretty cool to have their name on a boat. It’s also a real safe bet for parent to choose – but only if you have one child,” he said with a smile.

The BoatUS Graphics service also offers easy video instructions on how to remove or add a graphic to a boat as well a 30-day “Oops Assurance Guarantee” that allows the buyer to receive replacement decals free of charge if the graphic was damaged during installation. For more, go to BoatUS.com/boatnames.

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

BoatUS is the nation¹s largest organization of recreational boaters with over a half million members. We are the boat owners’ voice on Capitol Hill and fight for their rights. We help ensure a roadside breakdown doesn’t end a boating or fishing trip before it begins, and on the water, we bring boaters safely back to the launch ramp or dock when their boat won’t, day or night. The BoatUS insurance program gives boat owners the specialized coverage and superior service they need, and we help keep boaters safe and our waters clean with assistance from the non-profit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. Visit BoatUS.com.

 

 

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Katie Pavlich: ‘Safe Haven: Gun-Free Zones in America’ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/katie-pavlich-safe-haven-gun-free-zones-in-america/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/katie-pavlich-safe-haven-gun-free-zones-in-america/#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 21:00:05 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21680 Katie Pavlich talks to The WON about her role in creating this important documentary for the Outdoor Channel.

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Katie Pavlich talked to The WON at the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT) last January about her role in creating Safe Haven: Gun-Free Zones in America. It airs Wed., April 1, on Outdoor Channel.

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(Photo courtesy of Katie Pavlich)

You may know Pavlich as a conservative contributor to Townhall magazine, FOX news and as a columnist at The Hill and Pittsburgh Tribune. In this documentary, she and the team at Outdoor Channel removed politics and emotions from a hot-button topic that sits at the front and center of firearms and freedom in this country.

When asked to describe the one-hour documentary, Pavlich prefaced her description, “When you have people like Piers Morgan and Katie Couric come out with documentaries, I think it’s important to do the same in a factual way.” Pavlich then explained this documentary concentrated on facts – the statistics about gun free zones and shootings therein. “It’s heavy on interviews, views from the experts, a straight-forward review of statistics to gun-free zones and responses and solutions,” said Pavlich.

 

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Pavlich joins these contributors, along with others, in Safe Haven:

  • Jeanne Assam – Former Minneapolis police officer and member of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., Jeanne used her concealed firearm to stop an active shooter during church services
  • Massad AyoobInternational firearms and self-defense instructor and former Vice Chairman of the Forensic Evidence Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Michael Bane – Outdoor industry veteran, producer, writer and ardent second amendment supporter, Michael is also the star of Outdoor Channel’s Shooting Gallery and The Best Defense
  • Elizabeth Boyer – A police officer in White Hall, Ark.
  • Amanda Collins – A University of Nevada, Reno student and concealed carry permit holder who was sexually assaulted in an on-campus gun-free zone; Her attacker went on to kidnap, rape and murder 19-year old Brianna Denison
  • J. Eric Dietz, Ph.D., P.E. – Director of the Purdue Homeland Security Institute and Professor in the Computer and Information Technology Department at Purdue University, as well as author of the institution’s studies on active shooter events
  • Eric Katzenberg – Writer, director and producer of over 75 hours of firearms driven television and documentary film productions, including Assaulted: Civil Rights Under the Fire
  • Edward Monk – National Rifle Association (NRA) handgun instructor and former Armor Officer with the United States Army
  • Katherine Schweit – A FBI Special Agent who heads the agency’s Active Shooter Initiative and is the lead agent for the FBI’s recent Active Shooter report
  • Steven Strauss – Lecturer and John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs & Co. visiting professor at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, an adjunct faculty member at the Harvard Kennedy School and Huffington Post contributor on the gun-free zone debate
  • David Thweatt – Superintendent of Harrold Independent School District in Harrold, Texas, which allows teachers concealed carry with proper training

Pavlich said the idea for the documentary came from Outdoor Channel’s CEO, Jim Liberatore, because he “wanted to reach out to people who aren’t pro-gun.”

It’s easy to see where Liberatore found the reason for this documentary. In a press release issued by Outdoor Channel, it states that all but two of the locations for mass shootings in the U.S. have shared one thing in common: designated gun-free zones.

Safe Haven takes a step back from the public discourse on gun control and analyzes mass shootings in gun-free zones, as well as individual crimes where the presence of a legal firearm was denied by law. Using original interviews with victims of crime in gun-free zones, as well as politicians and other commentators, the documentary poses the question: Do gun-free zones work or are we creating an environment for criminal activity to run rampant?

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Katie Pavlich at the SHOT Show, at the film’s preview, with Jim Liberatore (far left)  and Tim Cremin, producer of Safe Haven, from Winnercomm. (Jason Baird photo)

Pavlich, who loves to dig for information, and who has authored 2 books, one a New York Times’ bestseller (Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Cover-Up), listed her 2 favorite aspects of the documentary: 1) the people interviewed and 2) the fact that, “we show that gun-free zones have failed – whether at business, school – across the board, they’ve failed.”

“There’s this misconception that schools are the places where the most mass shootings have occurred, but it’s not true. It’s businesses,” added Pavlich.

When asked about atrocities such as Newton and the school shooting there, Pavlich said, ‘When an emotional situation, like Newton, happens, there are solutions thrown out that may not work – similar to what happened in the ’90s. We’re not in an emotional period, and let’s have a sober approach.”

Pavlich said that the SHOT Show is proof that the outdoor industry, which includes hunting and shooting, is not a fringe industry.

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Pavlich, training at Gunsite Academy. (Alex Landeen Photography)

 

“People see documentaries like the one we did as getting involved in politics; it’s not. If you really believe in hunting and you believe in shooting sports and you believe in everything that’s represented at the SHOT Show, you’re going have to get involved in policy a little bit,” said Pavlich.

Safe Haven: Gun-Free Zones in America premieres on Wed., April 1, at 4:30 p.m., ET.

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‘Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing’ Event in South Florida, April 17-19, 2015 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/ladies-lets-go-fishing-event-in-south-florida-april-17-19-2015/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/ladies-lets-go-fishing-event-in-south-florida-april-17-19-2015/#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 20:00:30 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21676 How about some hands-on, one-on-one seminars teaching you deep sea fishing, fly casting, equipment of the sport and much more!

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Are you ready to learn from the pros? Hands on one-on-one seminars teaching you deep sea fishing, fly casting, equipment of the sport and much more! Meet new friends and network with an extraordinary group of people- people like you who love the outdoors! No experience needed! We even supply the tackle.

Ft. Lauderdale is beautiful this time of year. The weather and the water has started to warm up and the fishing is good.

The University is at I.T. Parker Community Center, Dania Beach.

NEW! Ladies Choice! Bring a male guest for the educational portion, plus he has the option to fish! Rates are per person.

NEW! $5 Discount for Women bringing teens! Discount applied for the adult woman and her teens!

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Registration

Early Registration – $99 Sign up now to take advantage of this super deal! Register by March 15 and automatically be entered to win a free prize!

NEW! VIP Registration – $160

Premium reserved seating – Front row/closest seating to speakers
First in line for lunch, then sit with the other VIP’s and speakers that are at lunch!
Free! Choice of one: Fun fish earrings, t shirt, tank top or LLGF dolphin buff!
First choice to choose which vessel from our lineup to fish on.
$20 off any future LLGF seminars you attend and $10 off for your friends (taken within a year)
Receive contact info on the other VIP’s
10% discount on souvenir purchases (max. of $100)
2 Raffle tickets for Saturday Raffle
Goody Bag
Social Angler (for those who have been to LLGF before) – $35. Does not include the educational day and hands-on skill practice. To get one -on-one time with these captains during the skill practice would normally cost hundreds of $. For that you need to sign up with the early registration of $99 or regular registration once early registration expires. This option is for those who just want to attend the Welcome Social on Friday and fish with us on Sunday.

Guest Speakers

Chosen professionals in their respective fields, these speakers are passionate about their craft and are happy to share their knowledge and secrets with the class! Imagine one-on-one with a captain, yet not paying for private lessons, that’s what the University is all about!

Capt. Lee Lavery will help you learn about the equipment, rods, reels, tackle, what it is and how to use. She leads the chapter and sets a great role model!

Capt. Mike Genoun of Florida Sport Fishing Magazine will share deepwater fishing techniques.

Capt. Brian Liebowitz was popular last year for his inshore fishing techniques and is coming back!

Capt. Jason Peters will show fly casting.

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Tentative Agenda

Friday

6-8 pm: Welcome Reception and Networking! Sponsored by Harbor Financial Services, the South Florida “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” Chapter and Cabot Cheese! Master Chef Potluck Contest, Bring an Appetizer! “Handy Tips for keeping your boat and other household items looking good” – Bill Lindsey, Starbrite. Raffle and beginning of Silent Auction. Open to the Public, men welcome. Mingle with the captains & sponsors and meet the other ladies fishing on your boat!

Saturday

8:30 – 9:45am: Fishing Orientation, Conservation

9:45 – 10:00 Break

10:00 – 11:00 am, Room A: Fishing Basics – Capt. Lee Lavery OR

10:00 – 11:00 am, Room B: Inshore Fishing – Capt. Brian Liebowitz

All Participants:

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11:00 – Noon Room A: Deepwater and Bottom Fishing – Capt. Mike Genoun, Florida Sport Fishing Magazine

12:00 – 1: 00 pm: Lunch, Fishing Fashion Show, Reeling against a human fish, demonstrated by Betty Bauman

1:10 – 3:30 or 4:00 pm – Fly Fishing demo and indoor/outdoor skill stations Skill stations/one on one practice includes knot tying, spin casting, net casting, lure usage, ballyhoo rigging, dehooking, venting and conservation, boat handling, trailer backing, gaffing grapefruits, how to use tackle and rod/reel repair and maintenance!

1:10 – 1:25 pm: Flyfishing Demonstration – Capt. Jason Peters

3:30 or 4 pm: Auction, raffle and final announcements

Sunday Fishing:

Fishing Adventure, optional and additional. Followed by fish fillet demonstration. Note: due to allowing male guests we will try to get ladies fishing with ladies but cannot guarantee it will be all ladies.

Fishing Rates (Optional/additional, Rates are per person. Coming alone? Don’t worry, no need to fill the boat, we do it for you!):

$55 Fishing from Party Boat (8:30am-12:30 pm, $5 gratuity not incl.) Bottom fish for grouper and snapper, perhaps mackerel! Includes use of rod/reel.

$145 Offshore Sportfishing Boat (1/2 day approx. 8 am – noon), gratuity not incl., 6 persons/per boat) Fish for sailfish, kingfish, wahoo, dolphin and more! In a half day you can get right out into the Gulf Stream and return with fish!

Overnight Accommodations – There are no official hotels so you can stay wherever you want. Book your rooms early as there are times when hotels in this area can be sold out. One suggestion:

Holiday Inn Express Fort Lauderdale Airport – South, 201 N Federal Highway, Dania Beach, FL 33004 954-925-5500 A few minutes drive from the I.T. Parker Community Center. 2014 rates were $169-$179 but you need to ask about 2015 rates.

Amenities: Shuttle from Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood Airport ( guests must call hotel), Express Start Breakfast Bar 6-10 am daily, Complimentary high-speed internet access and free wireless, fitness center, new outdoor swimming pool and patio area, Priority Club Rewards

Reservation and Cancellation Terms and Conditions

New! No Worries Cancellation Policy – Only $25! Not sure about your plans? Click HERE to view this new policy before registering! You will have a chance to accept or decline it when registering.

Click HERE Sign up now!!

Note: Please sign up for University Registration and Fishing Choice at the same time. You will not be able to return to the form for Fishing Choice only. If you need help please call 954-475-9068.

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Grace’s First Turkey Hunt http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/graces-first-turkey-hunt/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/graces-first-turkey-hunt/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:00:57 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21644 Find out about what happened on Grace's first turkey hunt, sponsored by Remington Outdoor Company.

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Remington Outdoor Company invited Grace and her mother to participate in a youth turkey hunt for Osceolas in Florida this month. Grace wrote her story of the hunt and shared it with us. Congrats, and great job, Grace!

My name is Grace, I’m 12 years old, and I’m a hunter. It seems like I waited a long time to say that – I asked my mom a lot to take me hunting with her – and I got my chance this spring in Florida. I didn’t get much warning; only a couple weeks before the hunt my mom told me I was going hunting with her, finally. The invitation came from Remington Outdoor Company, well, it really came from Jessica at Remington.

Florida has the earliest spring turkey season in the country, and Jessica wanted to have a youth hunt at Osceola Outdoors in Okeechobee, Fla. There would be 4 adults and 4 kids; 2 dads with their sons and 2 moms with their daughters. I’d never met any of them, but my mom had and she said I’d have a good time.

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I was so excited! I started packing as soon as I could, and I started practicing calling turkeys, too. I tried a box call, a wingbone call – my mom said it was a yelper – and diaphragm calls. When it was time to pack, I took all the calls with me, and my mom packed our camo and her vest. The morning of the trip we had to be up early and we got our bags and headed for the airport. I was so excited I was practically bouncing off the walls.

 

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Mother-daughter selfie of Katie and Grace.

 

At the airport my mom and I got Starbucks, and the line was really long. Before long we were on the plane and on our way. I’ve been to a few states, but not Florida. When we arrived we met Jessica and her daughter, Hannah, and started driving to the place we’d be hunting. On the way we stopped at the store for food for our cabin and Hannah and I also got a football, soccer ball, and volleyball, plus some other things to play with when we weren’t hunting. Mom and Jessica got new Florida hunting licenses; those licenses covered us, too. I found a baseball hat I had to have that said “Beard Busting” that had a pocket for diaphragm calls on the bill, and mom said I might have to share it with her.

Finally, we got to the cabin and started to settle in. While our moms were inside unpacking and talking, Hannah and I went outside to play soccer, and we met the 2 boys. Both their names were Jack. After awhile we went to dinner and played on a claw machine – Hannah and I each got a toy before the trip ended – and then it was time to get some sleep before the hunt.

 

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The next morning the 2 Jacks went hunting while Hannah and I went shooting. We had the Remington 870s we’d use hunting, and we practiced with turkey loads on paper targets of turkey heads. It was a lot of fun; I’ve always liked shooting. My mom started teaching me about guns and being safe when I was little and I started shooting when I was 8. After the shotguns my mom talked me into trying a .223, and I loved it – now I want one of my own. She had a .308, too, and I know she really likes those for hunting, but I didn’t want to try it. At the end of target practice I asked Jason, who was a guide with Osceola Outdoors and had come to help us, if he had anything I could shoot besides paper. He found an empty can in his truck, set it on top of a post, and had me move back 25 yards. I was a little nervous, but my first shot hit it and knocked it right off the post. By then we were all hungry, so we left for lunch. While we’d been practicing, one of the Jacks – Chris Ellis’s son – got a bearded tom with nice spurs, and it made me more excited to get out myself.

After lunch we went hunting. My mom went with me and so did a guide, Anthony. Once the blind and decoys were set up it was time to wait. We didn’t hear anything or see anything, and that made us all sad. But Mom said we’d just try again.

The next morning we went out at 4:30 a.m. again and drove out with Anthony. After awhile, he stopped and we got our gear to carry the rest of the way. While we were walking, Anthony stopped, and my mom stopped, because there was a turkey up ahead in a tree. Anthony called it once and it answered right away. So we set up the blind as quietly as we could and sat down. He called it more and at first the turkey answered but then it got quiet; I guess they’d left the tree and gone silent, and that’s normal for Osceolas.

 

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We sat for hours, Anthony calling and me trying my box call. After hours my mom saw hens looking around the corner, and then they came walking out. There was a Jake with them, and he was gobbling and drumming. He went straight for the decoys to beat it up. Adrenaline rushed through me and I started shaking, and my mom and Anthony started trying to calm me down. My mom ended up steadying the barrel of my shotgun first by hand and then using the shotgun case. The Jake had been challenging the male decoy and going back and forth, but then he started running away, and I came to my senses and shot him through the head. He flopped around which freaked me out a little, but my mom explained it – that he was dead – and I calmed down. I’d shot my first turkey!

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(Katie Ainsworth photo)

 

Afterwards we took pictures and went to lunch. Anthony and my mom kept telling the story – I guess the Jake was about 40 yards away and running off, fast, so they said it was a good shot. My mom said I was the first female hunter to shoot a turkey this season, too, and that’s pretty cool.

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Grace and Anothony Brown. (Katie Ainsworth photo)

 

Then we went back to the cabin and I just wanted to relax in the hammock outside for awhile, because mom said we’d be looking for hogs later. Hannah got a Jake later that day, and we both want to do another hunt together. I’d really like to hunt with Anthony again, too. I had so much fun, and I can’t wait to do it again!

 

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L-R: Jessica and Hannah, Katie and Grace. Two proud moms with their daughters.

 

 

 

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DIVA WOW Spring Ladies Clinic a Success http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/diva-wow-spring-ladies-clinic-a-success/ http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2015/03/diva-wow-spring-ladies-clinic-a-success/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:57:13 +0000 http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/?p=21659 DIVA WOW held another WONderful spring clinic, with TV crews from Germany and France onboard. Check out the photo gallery.

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Judy Rhodes reports on the DIVA WOW annual Spring Ladies Clinic.

DIVA WOW held its 2015 Spring Ladies Clinic in the Pavilion at Elm Fork Shooting Park in Dallas. There were 170 women enrolled, 140 of which were new shooters. Nearly 100 volunteers made this event a success.

The women’s day begins with a safety briefing and registration, followed by assignments to shooting stations. Stations/disciplines included handguns, shotguns, .22 Rifles, AR-15 (modern sporting) rifles, black powder rifles, spin casting, fly casting, BB guns/Air guns, hunting dog 101 and slingshots/blow guns.

Two TV channels covered the event, Paris TV and German TV. In late May they’ll be airing documentaries on women involved in shooting and hunting sports in the USA.

This DIVA event takes place bi-annually, the last Saturday of March and last Saturday of September. The spring event was for novice shooters but the fall event will have events for intermediate to advanced shooters as well.

Enjoy the photo gallery that highlights our day. All photos by DIVA WOW.

DIVA WOW clinic Blowgun training German TV reported on the clinic. DIVA WOW clinic Blackpowder -- always a BIG hit! Paris TV was there, too. Ooh la la. AR-15 shooting DIVA WOW is all about success on the range. Fly-fishing instruction. Another hands-on sport. Spin-casting hooks women on fishing, too. Dog training ... and girls of all ages. Dogs get training at our clinic, too! handgun-diva

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