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 writes “What’s In Your Range Bag?” for Shooting Sports USA. Barbara also 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, 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.
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.
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.
Sara is excited to be back, after a brief hiatus, and writing for The WON, teaching what she has learned as a police officer, and is grateful for the opportunity to represent Crossbreed Holsters, in her column, OffBeat.
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.
A girlie girl who grew up in Ohio, happy playing with her dolls and barbies, Michelle Cerino, author of the column “She Shoots 2,” sponsored by Galco Gunleather, never thought she would lead the life she does now. 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 Chris Cerino 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.
Michelle competes in prestigious shooting events, such as the Bianchi Tournament in Missouri, and the AR15.com Rockcastle Pro-Am 3-Gun Championship and Blue Ridge Mountain 3-Gun Match. She has hunted hogs Louisiana and Texas, and whitetail deer in Ohio and North Carolina.
Christine Cunningham is a lifelong Alaskan, author and outdoor columnist known for her contributions to outdoor magazines and her commitment to creating opportunities for women to connect and share their stories. Her first book, “Women Hunting Alaska,” profiles some of Alaska’s most outstanding female hunters.
Christine began her writing career shortly after her first duck hunt in 2006, when Alaska Magazine published her story, and she earned the title “Case-a-duck-Cunningham” – it took her a case of shells to land a single duck. She has since improved her shotgunning skills and expanded her hunting family to include 6 sporting dogs (3 Chocolate labradors, 2 English setters, and 1 Irish setter). In her outdoor humor columns, and later in dozens of feature articles, Christine writes about her outdoor pursuits and the relationship bird hunters share with their hunting dogs.
Christine is a hunter education instructor for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and volunteers as an instructor for Delta Waterfowl educational workshops and Safari Club International annual upland and youth hunts. She serves on the board of WomenHunters and is honored to represent quality outdoor apparel for women as Pro Staff for EvoOutdoors.
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.
She is on the pro-staff for Mossy Oak camouflage and Moultrie Products. 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.
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.
Rita Schimpff is an artist and designer who grew up hunting, fishing and enjoying outdoor life in Oklahoma and Texas, thus developing an early love and respect for wildlife and their habitat. She has carried this love to her art and her long involvement with many local and national conservation associations. As a member of the first Junior League San Antonio Mitchell Lake Wetlands Project, she created its logo and illustrated Mitchell Lake Wildlife Refuge: an Illustrated History.
A graduate of Texas Christian University with a BFA in Commercial Art and Textile Design, Rita retired after more than 30 years in an interior design field. She launched her Texas based company, Heritage Game Mounts. She creates elegant, Old-World-inspired panels to display domestic and exotic game. She pens a blog called “Bringing The Wild Inside” at the site, and at The WON, that offers ways to bring beauty and balance to the shared hunter/non-hunter home.
Rita and her husband, Skip, have made hunting and fishing a large priority with their children. Along with two Boykin Spaniels and numerous adopted rescues, all aspects of hunting are very much a family affair.
All of Heritage Game Mounts’ products are American made.