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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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June 30, 2008

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Quite a Comment

     I love the weekend CBS show Sunday Morning hosted by Charles Osgood. I was introduced to it by my Grandfather, and now my boyfriend and I watch it every week we can. It's got the Wynton Marsalis-recorded trumpet theme, those great sun illustrations between segments, Mr. Osgood's trademark bow tie -- I'm a sucker for all of it.
     That said, I'm generally not a fan of commentary segments, and Sunday Morning is plagued by one particular contributor who reminds me that I really should be spending the next five minutes scraping dried tomato sauce out of the microwave, unclogging the bathroom sink or scooping the litter box with my bare hands -- ANYTHING to avoid sitting through the words and alleged wisdoms of CBS' Nancy Giles.
     Conveniently enough, Ms. Giles just did a segment on the Supreme Court gun rights ruling. I think I speak for all of us (you'll see what I mean when you hear her comments) when I say: Game on, Ms. Giles, game on.
     You can read her commentary here. Just don't have any potential bludgeoning devices around when you do -- it's not your computer's fault that such ignorance exists at the national network level. In the interest of warning you what you're getting yourself into, here's a particularly charming passage:

     "I wonder why some still hunt when you can get meat already wrapped at the supermarket."

     Yes, good question. What ever could we be doing out there?
     Of course, as the network disclaimer points out, Ms. Giles' opinions are her own and do not reflect the views of CBS. Good thing, or I'd  have to rethink my loyalties to Letterman.
     In Ms. Giles' defense (note, it's taking a great deal of maturity for me to be this morally generous), she does note that she'd like to better understand people who hunt. Anyone care to explain anything to her? -K.H.


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NorCal Cazadora

Game on indeed! Perhaps she should've asked that question before she went on the air.

Tom Sorenson

I was impressed when reading the comments on the link at the amount of gun - and hunting - supporters. NorCalCazadora was right on top of it, too. Awesome! I feel proud to be part of such an honest group of good people!

NorCal Cazadora

Ha! When I saw the comment in the CBS site from Idaho, I had a feeling it was you, Tom.

Thanks to FS Huntress for unleashing the outdoor bloggers on this!

Funny thing is my mom just called me to tell me about this. "Have you heard of Nancy Giles?" she said. "Funny you should mention that," I told her.

Dana @ The Wild WoodsWoman

I just can't stand it when "news shows" ask totally unqualified people to comment on topics! It's frustrating that they get airtime when other people close to the issue are left out. If anyone wants more info on Nancy Giles her website is at: http://web.mac.com/nancygiles/nancygiles/Home.html
And her contact email (according to the website on 7/1/08) is: [email protected]

Laura Bell

Has she even purchased meat from a store lately? You mainly get fat and food coloring. But you know, I was just thinking to myself that it's so nice now that meat comes from a grocery store instead of an animal!
Lots of good comments posted on there!

Kimberly Hiss

Yes, there are definitely some good comments on the CBS site -- and it's great to see NorCal Cazadora, Tom Sorenson and Wild WoodsWoman jumping into the fray! Thanks for reporting back (and for the additional info on Ms. Giles website). If anyone happens to get any interesting replies from CBS, let me know and we'll put them up. -K.H.


I found my way here thanks to NorCal Cazadora ... just wanted to say how glad I am to see that I wasn't the only one unpleasantly struck by that particular question of Nancy's. If only she really wanted to understand ... personally, I don't believe that she does.


That is one of my favorite shows and missed it that morning...this reminds me when my 2nd husband, who had been dating this lady before me, had gone turkey hunting and came home late with a turkey and she showed up at his house mad and said, "You could have bought that at the grocery store"...well, she lasted the good part of 2 minutes. He was done with her!
PS: Ms. Giles has no clue!


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Deb MErskin

I really DO want to know, though. If it's not about there being meat at the grocery store, why do you all hunt?