The Sisterhood of the Outdoors (SOTO) has once again partnered with Cheyenne Ridge North Platte Outpost to offer a goose hunt benefitting a local (Nebraska) charity. This second annual event is hosted by SOTO Pro Staff member, Megan Beach; Sean Finley, General Manger and Chef at Cheyenne Ridge; and Guide, Ross Juelfs. This year, the hunt will support the Special Youth Challenge (SYC) of Northern Nebraska. The SYC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping youth and young adults with specialized challenges participate in outdoor activities, including using modified firearms to harvest their own animals. All levels of experience are invited to join the fun; we will mentor and teach everything you want to know about goose hunting and calling! You don’t want to miss this amazing opportunity to hunt on the famous North Platte River with first-class hospitality and guides, all for an amazing cause!
Hunters will arrive on February 1st to enjoy a meet and greet and dinner with special guests from SYC. Goose hunts will be offered two mornings and one afternoon, with a Super Bowl party on February 2nd (Super Bowl Sunday). All meals and lodging are included; however, guests will need a Nebraska hunting license, waterfowl stamp, and habitat stamp, plus a Federal waterfowl stamp (Non-resident two-day is $102 total; year is $132 total). Any meat processing and/or taxidermy are at the hunter’s cost. The closest airport is Scottsbluff Regional Airport (15 minutes; serviced by United Airlines) or Denver International (three hours).
For more information about the 2020 goose hunt, visit Sisterhood of the Outdoors’ website.
Founded in 2010 by three friends who wanted to share their love of the outdoors by creating guided hunting trips for women, a sisterhood was born. Operating under the Babes, Bullets and Broadheads name the business grew quickly as we found women were in search of other friends who shared their passion for hunting. Each year the line-up of outfitters and hunting opportunities grew, along with the number of women interested in joining in on the fun. The mission to empower the next generation lady hunter became the core of the business. Today we are The Sisterhood of the Outdoors. We create over 100 opportunities a year for women to learn to hunt or shoot. We also include many great couple’s events and fishing trips.
Our formula for new hunter retention and introduction has proven effective for the past seven years. Our past guest surveys reveal 59% of our guest were on their very first guided hunting or fishing trip. These same guests also booked a second guided hunt after going on one of our trips. And 89% of our guest have recommended or returned to our outfitters of choice.
Women like to travel in groups and enjoy each other’s company when participating in sports, hunting is no different. In a recent online survey of our fans, 81% wanted to go on an all ladies hunting trip and 12% said that they already do! And an amazing 99% of our respondents want to connect to other like-minded outdoor women.
According to nssf.org, female recruitment is growing fast and promises to increase, however there is a lack of commitment to repeat license buying and this presents a challenge to the industry. Typically, women don’t decide to try hunting on their own. They are introduced by family or friends. Gaining a new hunter with no family or friends can be done through our business model. Women create more hunters by not only bringing along their children but they also influence their circle of friends.
Publisher/Editor Barbara Baird is a freelance writer in hunting, shooting and outdoor markets. She is a contributing editor at "SHOT Business," and her bylines are found at several top hunting and shooting publications. She also is a travel writer, and you can follow her at ozarkian.com. View all posts by Barbara Baird