Publisher/Editor Barbara Baird is a freelance writer in travel and outdoor markets. Before launching The WON in 2008, she worked as a newspaper and then magazine editor. She contributes regularly to Field and Stream’s “Tagged Out” hunting blog. Her byline, along with other Women’s Outdoor News‘ columnists, regularly appears at The Daily Caller, Guns and Gear section.
Barbara writes “Babbs in the Woods” at The WON and is a contributing editor at Shot Business magazine. Her bylines have appeared in America’s 1st Freedom, Fly Fisherman, AAA publications, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Columbia (Mo.) Tribune, Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, SHOT Business, SHOT Daily, Shooting Illustrated, American Hunter, AAA publications, Show Me Missouri, National Shooting Sports Foundation publications and a host of other magazines and newspapers.
When not looking for the next story, she can be found fishing, hunting, hiking, kayaking, shooting or whomping up a wild game meal. Barbara and her husband, Jason, teach NRA handgun courses at their local range near Rolla, Mo.
Barbara is available as a speaker or to conduct workshops on the following topics: women in the outdoors, the women’s outdoor market, traveling Missouri and blogging. Contact her here at The WON.
Michelle Cerino is the managing editor at The WON. She also is the author of the column “She Shoots 2,” sponsored by Crossbreed Holsters. A mother of 2 teenage boys, Michelle has been right there beside them hunting youth deer seasons, plinking pop cans with .22s and being involved in Boy Scouts since 2004.
Michelle is the president of Cerino Consulting and Training Group, LLC, a firearms training company she built with her husband Chris in 2011. She manages the business, keeps the website and Facebook updated and assists in instructing civilians and law enforcement. Her path in the firearms and outdoors industries is ever progressing. She is writing, hunting, competing and doing contract work for major manufacturers.
When not working, Michelle competes in prestigious shooting events, such as the Bianchi Cup in Missouri, and major 3-Gun matches nationwide. If not competing, you might find her hunting hogs in Texas, whitetail in Ohio or ducks and upland birds in North Carolina.
Mia Anstine is the social media editor at The WON, managing and updating Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram accounts on an almost daily basis. She also works as a guide and co-owner at Wolf CreekOutfitters, Inc., spending nearly 150 days per year in the field, hunting, fishing, shooting and learning. She is a certified archery and firearms instructor, and sits on the board of her local Safari Club International chapter, and is a member of the Colorado Sportsman’s Round-Table committee. Mia aspires to make the world a better place through education, mentoring and sharing her passions.
As a child, Mia spent her time near the river in front of her home and hiking in the hills behind. It is there that she began her adventures and learned to respect the outdoors. Her father hunted to provide for her family, taught her firearm safety and how to field dress and process animals. Her mother taught her how to prepare wild game, garden, sew and live off the land. In her teen years her parents divorced and she moved to the city. It was there that she learned to truly appreciate the outdoors and all the fantastic experiences she had as a child. Now, she hopes to share all of that that with you through writing about experiences while raising her daughter to love and respect the outdoors and shooting.
Mia pens the column “Mia & the Little Gal,” sponsored by Girls with Guns Clothing at The WON. Mia’s byline frequently appears in Beretta USA blog, Western Whitetail magazine and North American Hunter.
Rob Staeger is our copy editor. Rob is a freelance writer and editor based in New Jersey. A former copy editor at Outdoor Life and managing editor of SHOT Business magazine, he now writes that publication’s regular FYI column for firearms and outdoors retailers. He’s written a number of nonfiction books for young readers, including a biography of Wyatt Earp, a chronicle of the Lewis and Clark expedition, and books on Native American hunting techniques and sports and games.
Lea Leggitt, aka “Little Gal,” is our intern. A high school student who also is active in the NRA’s Youth Hunter Education Challenge, Lea spends as much time outdoors hunting, fishing, shooting and trapping as she possible. She is an ambassador for New Generation Outdoors, on the Girls with Guns pro-staff and an outstanding athlete. Lea contributes weekly updates on our YouTube channel and created a series on “Mentoring the Next Generation,” sponsored by Remington Arms, based on her red-carpet interviews of outdoor television personalities at the 2015 Outdoor Channel Golden Moose Awards. We look for great things from this energetic and inspirational young lady.
Sara Ahrens is a retired sergeant from the Rockford Police Department. She served nearly 2 decades in assignments to include Patrol, Community Service, Bike Patrol, Undercover Vice, Training and Recruiting. Some of her ancillary assignments included positions in SWAT, Hostage Negotiations, Honor Guard, Firearms Instructor, Armorer, Range Master, Field Training Officer, Police Trainer, and Translator. She served 11 years in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves as a Russian and Spanish Translator.
Since retirement she has taught firearms and tactics for the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI), and assisted with LouKa Tactical. Sara has a training company (Apocalyptic Defense Development or ADD LLC.) that she and her former SWAT partner, Matt Krantz, formed to teach locally. They volunteer with the NRA, Women In the Outdoors, and through local colleges and also teach civilians in the areas of Firearms (NRA and Non-NRA), Tactics, Concealed Carry, and personal/self-defense. Sara writes for a variety of publications online and in print and is especially excited to begin as a contract instructor for Fred Pryor Seminars/CareerTrack and hopes to teach in the areas of Leadership, Human Resources, and Writing.
An experienced huntress, Michelle Whitney Bodenheimer has pursued big game, upland birds and waterfowl throughout North America and Africa. Although Michelle loves to hunt and shoot (both rifle and bow), her biggest passion in life is sharing her love for the outdoors with others.
Michelle is the dedicated gear review columnist for Women’s Outdoor News, in a column called “Her Gear.” Michelle’s writings and photography also have been published in a number of outdoor journals, including On Target, Lady Angler, The Gun Dog Journal, The Shooting Channel and African Hunting Gazette. Michelle has been a repeat contributing guest on Outdoor GPS,a live hunting and fishing television program broadcast on Comcast SportsNet NW.
When Michelle is not writing, she is serving her time as an outdoor educator. She is an active volunteer for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) Outdoor Skills Program. Her primary responsibilities with ODFW are serving as a shotgunning coach and dog handler/guide for ODFW’s upland bird hunting clinics. Michelle also teaches regularly for Women in the Outdoors (WITO) and Becoming and Outdoors Woman (BOW) programs. She serves on the Pro Staff team for Cabela’s, as well as for the NW Ladies Hunt Camp, an educational outreach program hosted in conjunction with the NRA’s Women on Target Program and Extreme Desire TV, and is a member of the field staff for Próis Hunting and Field Apparel for Women.
A current member of a number of national conservation organizations, Michelle is a life member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, as well as a life member of the National Rifle Association. She also served as a past director for the southwest Washington chapter of Safari Club International.
Take caution, however, if Michelle invites you along on a hunt. Having been stalked by a cougar and attacked by a cheetah, she tends to live life a bit on the wild side.
Stacy Bright contributes to the “Armed and In Charge” column, sponsored by LaserMax, Inc. She grew up in eastern Colorado in a family of outdoorsmen. Firearms were an everyday part of her life — from hunting to personal and home defense.
Stacy 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 one of southwest Missouri’s most popular talk radio shows, “The Gun Show.”
“In a field dominated by men, I feel I bring a unique perspective to firearms and training, especially to women. I’m passionate about educating, empowering and developing confidence in those I train. In November of 2014, I started the Southwest Missouri chapter of The Well Armed Woman,” said Stacy.
Stacy lives in southwest Missouri, and has been married for 20 years. The Brights have 3 children.
Visit TWAW Facebook page: The Well Armed Woman-Springfield, MO, Chapter.
Cunningham’s outdoor humor columns, “Loose Ends” for Alaska Sporting Journal and “Common Ground” for The Redoubt Reporter, a community newspaper in Alaska, highlight her experiences fishing, hunting, shooting, and camping in the outdoors. In her blog, Yoga for Duck Hunters, she explores her relationship with the outdoors and a growing family of hunting dogs. Her articles have appeared in Alaska Magazine, Fish Alaska, Wildfowl, Western Shooting Journal, and Shooting Sportsman. In 2014, she received the Prois Award, a national award recognizing a female hunter who exhibits not only a passion for the hunt, but also a passion for conservation and community education. Her column, “The Edge,” sponsored by SyrenUSA, explores the expanding perspectives on hunting and the outdoors offered by a growing community of women hunters.
As a hunter’s education instructor for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and volunteer for conservation organizations, she works to promote the outdoors and continue the hunting heritage by recruiting new members. She serves on the board of WomenHunters and represents female hunters for Prois Hunting & Field Apparel for Women and Syren USA.
Hunting and the outdoors isn’t just a past time for Marti, it’s her lifestyle. She enjoys hunting, trapping, fishing, scouting, working on food plots, riding an ATV and even brush hogging — although it’s not at the top of her “favorites” list.
Besides her home state of Missouri, Marti has traveled to hunt in Tennessee, Idaho, Kansas, Arkansas, Illinois, Montana, Colorado and New Mexico. She has taken whitetail deer, turkey, black bear, elk and antelope. She also hunts small game, traps and hunt predators and occasionally hunts waterfowl. Whatever season is open, she’s up for it.
Marti pens the column “Marti Davis Afield” at The WON.
Marti Davis is a staff member for Browning Trail Cameras, WoolX and Mossy Oak. Marti enjoys working with these companies and representing them at trade shows and outdoor stores.
She also loves sharing her passion and introducing new hunters to the sport. Marti truly believes we must pass on our great hunting heritage.
Annette Doerr is a freelance outdoor writer and business services consultant living in suburban New York. She writes a column called “Armed and In Charge,” sponsored by LaserMax, Inc.
This married mother of two is an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and Range Safety Officer. Annette is not only passionate about the sport of shooting, she also loves helping new shooters get involved, especially women and teens. An active equestrian, she enjoys riding her American Quarter horse, Cody. She volunteers in greyhound rescue and adoption, and shares her home with Casper, a rescued racing greyhound, along with her her cat, Tony, and her husband, Bob.
Visit Annette at her own blog, WeShoot2.
A self-proclaimed “daddy’s girl,” Julie Golob found her love for shooting at a young age. What began as a father/daughter weekend hobby, turned into an accomplished career. Indeed, Julie’s resume is filled with firsts: first woman recruited for the US Army Action Shooting Team, first action shooter in history to be named US Army Athlete of the Year and the first and only person to have won national titles in all 6 divisions in practical shooting, just to name a few.
After claiming more than 50 world and national titles, champion is not her only accolade. Julie is also the captain of Smith & Wesson’s highly successful shooting team. She is the author of SHOOT: Your Guide to Shooting and Competition and is featured on outdoor television programming, offering tips and insight into the shooting sports. She can be seen pushing the envelope in exhibition style shooting as a member of the talented Shooting USA’s Impossible Shots team on the Outdoor Channel, as well. Julie also creates her own podcast, JulieG Radio and is the co-host of Gun Girl Radio.
An avid hunter, this Pròis Hunting and Field Apparel’s pro-staffer has a passion for the outdoors and cooking wild game. She loves sharing her hunting experiences and venison recipes on her blog JulieGolob.com.
Last, but certainly not least, Julie is a loving wife, and a mother to 2 beautiful little girls. She is committed to her role as an ambassador to the shooting sports and balances her passion for competition with her dedication to her family.
Long before Anietra Hamper dedicated nearly 2 decades to a successful career in television news as top-rated anchor, she was digging up night crawlers and fishing at her grandparents’ cottage. Now, a published travel writer/photographer, member of the Society of American Travel Writers and host of “Road Trippin-USA,” a travel television show, Anietra uses her world travels to fish wherever she goes. She has a penchant for seeking out the world’s largest, most unusual fish and currently holds the female record at Bungsamran Lake in Thailand for the Giant Mekong catfish. Her authentic approach to uncovering unique and spectacular places to fish enables her to make sure readers have the information necessary to duplicate that experience. She appears regularly in her column, “Reeling the Globe.”
Anietra and her sidekick, Sunny (a “hot mess” dog that she literally rescued from the street), live in Columbus, Ohio. Visit Anietra’s website at www.Threewordpress.com.
Vera Koo is an 8 time National Action Pistol Woman Champion who holds 2 World individual titles. Her most recent win was a Gold for Team Women (2-persons team) at the NRA World Action Pistol Championship in Germany in September 2012. And Vera is proud to be part of the United States Action Pistol Shooting Team since 1999.She is passionate about sharing her love of the shooting sport and the pressures of being a competitive athlete while challenging cultural expectations.Vera is a 67-year-old, first-generation American Chinese woman and has been married to her husband for 45 years. She has 3 grown children and 4 granddaughters. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design. An avid sportswoman, she has mastered downhill skiing, windsurfing, equestrian jumping, water-skiing, backpacking and hiking. She loves gardening, sewing and enjoys movies and hanging out with friends.Writing her column “Vera Koo” at The WON is both a challenging feat and an exciting adventure for Vera. She is looking forward to learning a new craft and will be looking for feedback from her readers. Visit Vera Koo online.
Becky Lou Lacock spent most of her life as an entrepreneur owning several retail businesses. Her shooting and hunting adventures began later in life, and her excitement and enthusiasm just seems to spill out onto everyone around her.
Becky Lou hunts year-round across the nation Sport shooting is also often on her agenda including shotguns, rifles and pistols. She actively competes in Cowboy Action Shooting with S.A.S.S. registered alias of “Sassy Bandit.”
Becky Lou is noted in the industry for her passionate efforts to inspire and encourage women to experience outdoor activities by speaking and volunteering for women’s groups and educational programs across the nation. With a firm belief of “Let No Woman Be Left behind,” she also participates, promotes and organizes female group activities and hunts across the country. She works diligently to provide women of all levels of physical and financial capabilities with the perfect outdoor opportunity.
As a professional freelance writer, she has been published by media outlets in print and online including InterMedia Outdoors’ Game & Fish Magazine / Sportsman Magazine & OutdoorHub.com.
Becky Lou serves on the pro-staffs of Prois Hunting, Bear Archery, Commando Hunting Products,Trophy Bag Koolers/ComboKoolers, Watson Airlock Bags and Hammer Time Wildlife Attractants. She is Hunt Coordinator for DIVA-WOW, the oldest and largest women’s outdoor organization in the world.
Wendy Megyese is a speaker, author, self defense expert and law enforcement officer. Her articles on self defense have made her a leading online authority on this topic. Wendy’s passion is educating others on how to avoid dangerous situations and empowering them to fight back if they are faced with an attacker. Born and raised in New York City, she now lives in rural Arkansas with her husband . She is the mother of four adult children and grandmother to one. In her free time, she enjoys riding her Harley Davidson and playing with her two dogs.
Check out Wendy’s many contributions at ezinearticles.
Judy Rhodes, the Voice of Women in the Outdoors, is an outdoor visionary and mentor to women and youth in the outdoors. She pens hunting tips titled #HuntingwithJR. Judy, founded DIVA … Women Outdoors Worldwide (DIVA WOW) — the largest women’s ONLY outdoor organization. DIVA WOW is a non-profit 501(c)3 unique all-volunteer, sisterhood dedicated to encouraging women to discover their outdoor passion.
Daughter of East Texas ranching parents, Judy was introduced to the outdoors the ole fashion way … she lived it. Judy and Sam, her husband, have shared many campfires with their 2 sons.
The world’s curiosity toward guns, women and outdoor culture actively seek the guidance, knowledge and adventures of this Texas Diva. Committed to conservation and an outdoor lifestyle, Judy annually averages hunting 250 days in the swamps, fields, bush and/or fields. Judy’s 2015 year began filming documentaries about women empowered by shooting guns, hunting and the value of the second amendment with Norwegian TV, Paris TV, ZDF (German) TV, Telemundo, SKY TV & Al Jazeera/ Saudia Arabia TV.
Judy’ s voice and mission of introducing women to the great outdoors has been featured on local, national and international airways to major publications worldwide. She has been a guest of royalty and a client of professional hunters in marshes, exotic fields and/or countrysides worldwide. She has hunted in 30 safaris on 4 continents.
A South African remarked, “You do not meet Judy Rhodes, You experience her”!