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Kim Hiss, an associate editor at Field & Stream, has hunted ducks, antelope, turkeys, and deer throughout the country, enjoying a number of women's hunts along the way. She lives in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Click here to email Kim.

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August 31, 2007

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The Gear Giveaway!

Some of you have written asking about the clothing giveaway I’d mentioned a little while back. Again, the idea was that F&S had gotten some nice gear to photograph for the July feature on women hunters, and with those shoots over, it made sense to find homes for these clothing items through the blog. So here’s the deal: The person who posts the best comment(s) will be given a piece of gear. A new recipient will be announced every Friday until the supply runs out—I only have enough pants, jackets, and such to last about a month. Of course, these items are just what happen to be inhouse, so sizes are very limited (mostly smalls and mediums). If you’re chosen, and the gear doesn’t fit, you’ll have a very nice present for a friend or family member.
   So considering today’s Friday, I guess I’ll announce the first gear recipient: Annette Shearer from Lexington, KY, will be getting a Hunter Fleece Zip-Jacket compliments of SHE Safari (shesafari.com). Keep the comments coming, and I’ll keep the gear going. –K.H.


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Sarah Rogstad

Congrates Annette.

Tanya Litz

As I do every Monday morning when I get to my office I read all of my weekend email (as I refuse to waste valuable weekend time at the computer), I was surprized to see that 3 different people had forwarded me an article that was posted on AOL. All of those three know that I am somewhat new to hunting and take the time to read & learn just about anything I can. The article quoted Mark Duda, The Executive Director of Virginia Based Research Firm Responsive Managment as having said "You just dont get up and go hunting one day - your father or father type figure has to have hunted" and then went on to say "In a rural environment, where your friends and family hunt, you feel comfortable with guns, you feel comfortable with killing an animal". My friends that sent the article were all taken back by his comments. I am one of the only hunters they know well enough to call a friend and all were curious how did I get involved in a sport that my "Father or Father type figure" had not been involved in? My answer was as simple as it could be and very contrary to how Mr Duda feels. "I wanted to do it so I just woke up one morning and went hunting", ok so it took a little more effort than that, a friend of mine spent alot of time with me teaching me about firearms and I spent alot of time shooting clay pigeons. It has become one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and I am sad that I dont have a youth in my life that I can share it with, I would have no problem being some childs "father type figure". I think that for non hunters as Mr Duda's quote reinforces they beleive it is about the guns and killing an animal, but for some, like me, it was about so much more. There is no feeling in the world like being in the woods alone first thing in the morning listening to the animals. I have never once felt like I "killed" an animal I have always felt that the animal made a sacrifice for me and let me take it. It does not surprize me that over the last 10 years the number of hunters has decreased almost 10%, since the American non hunting public is more likely to hear about guns, ammunition, hunting accidents from far left animal rights activists or an article in the newpaper than from someone who really does hunt! I am such a novice and I cant wait to learn and do more every season, but since I was not raised in a "Hunting Family" and I try to recognize one of my 1st responsibilities as a hunter is to show/tell people who have never spent more than a couple hours in the woods how at the end of the day is is less about the guns, ammo or the kill and more about really getting to watch the process of nature, learning skills and responsibilities and preserving a heritage. Although it is not my personal heritage to preserve, I am thankful that someone preserved it for me!
Tanya Litz, Loxahatchee, FL


I stumbled on this website from a hunting forum and that was talking about how to raise the next generation of hunters, and thought I would post how my immediate family is doing our part to be fruitful and mulitply.
I guess I should start from the beginning. I grew up in a hunting family (sorta), my dad grew up hunting and my mom grew up hunting. After I was born, my father had an allergic reaction and lost 50% of his hearing. The doctor's told him to be careful and to stay away from anything that could damage his hearing more. So he gave up hunting. As I got older I got to spend some time with my uncle on my mothers family farm. Mainly we would go squirrel hunting and rabbit hunting, but I was preteen, and lost interest in hunting as I hit Jr High and High School partly due to sports and the distance from where I was living to the farm. Fast forward to after college. Met some friends that grew up hunting and was turned onto it again. They had places within short drives that we could hunt.
When I got married, I was lucky enough to marry into a hunting family. I would have married her even if her dad didn't hunt. We dated for a year before we got married. When she asked why it took so long for me to ask her to marry me, I told her I had to let her go through all the seasons. Most people hear that and think Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer, but it was for Deer, Duck, Spring Turkey, and fishing. Two years later we found out we were pregnant and I just knew it was going to be a boy and my new hunting buddy. 9 months later we had a baby girl and I realized that she would be my new hunting buddy. We would spend several hours snuggling on the couch on Saturday mornings watching hunting shows, and learning the differences between elk and deer, mallards and pintails, and doe and bucks. Some of my proudest moments are when we go into a sporting goods store and she sees the mounts on the walls and tells me what they are and what noises they make. One day we saw a turkey mount at the store and the man behind the counter asked if she knew what the turkey was. She responded not only with "Turkey," but then proceeds to make a cluck and gobble sound. She was 20 months old!! The man was astounded and I walked out of there with my head held high. She is 2 years now and still loves to watch hunting shows with me. Since then we added another daughter to our family and I intend to do the same with her. Everytime I head out to hunt or to work at the camp, my wife dresses them in camo just to show her support of my obsession. The camo is pink, but its a start.
They are both too young to hunt, but when they are ready I will have 2 of the best hunting partners that a man could ask for.

Laura Bell

Congrats Annette! Liked reading your comments!