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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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January 17, 2008

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A Source of Peace

     Reader Wanda Hyleman had sent me a nice email that she hoped I could share with "the girls." If you remember, Wanda lost her 29-year-old son Jerami in November. She wanted to let everyone know that she'd taken two does at the end of December (a 140-pounder and a 120-pounder). And she had this to say about them:

I have been hunting as much as I can, it sure has brought me some peace. Ya know, before Jerami passed away, I never wanted to stay in the woods past dark, now I hate to leave. The afternoon I shot the first doe, I looked up to the sky and said wish me luck. I guess he did.

     I was very glad to get such a nice field update - also glad to see Wanda's comments back on the blog lately. ALSO glad to hear she spotted 25 hens and jakes and 2 huge gobblers in the pasture where she turkey hunts - I know she's not the only one counting the days! -K.H.


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So sorry to hear about Wanda's son. I'm glad hunting brought her peace and a good harvest.


Sitting or Hiking in the woods is good for the soul, so glad Wanda took refuge there. Congrats on both doe! Turkey - I've been seeing a lot too, as some of the farms have been spreading manure on top of the snow. I'm ready for spring gobbler, hopefully I won't miss this year. Glad to see you on the Blog Wanda

NorCal Cazadora

Wanda, I can't even imagine what you must be going through. But I too am grateful that you've found a place of peace in the woods. Take care!

Wilma Heinowski

Everyone else has said it all. I too can't even imagine the loss. I think we all find peace when in the outdoors, nature just seems to take one there. Maybe that's why this weekend we are going to brave the cold and go hiking and spotting for turkeys in the sandhills of Nebraska.


Sometimes a day in the woods is all you need to find some peace and relaxation. I can imagine experiencing such a loss, but I'm praying for you and I hope you continue to find peace. Congrats on the does too!!