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ImageMidnitedog
Mar 1, 2010 9:18 AM CST
Name: B Kisner
Bradford county Pa.
I am curious if any the women on this site have ever attended The Women In The Outdoors Program, my wife has attended a couple of times and loved it. Check it out at http://www.pawito.com/
Any day my feet hit the floor is a good day
ImageUniQueTreasures
Mar 2, 2010 6:51 AM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
I've never heard of this before but enjoyed reading about it. It sounds like it's worth checking out further.
ImageMidnitedog
Mar 2, 2010 8:43 AM CST
Name: B Kisner
Bradford county Pa.
My wife attended two years in a row with a couple of her friends, the first year it was held at a local rifle range, with the focus on firearms. They shot small caliber rifles, muzzle loaders, pistols, skeet with shotguns. They gave them lunch and door prizes valued at more than the $25 registration fee.
The second year it was held at a local state park with some of the same firearms but they added archery, turkey calling, kayaking, dutch oven cooking on a fire pit, lots of outdoor craft's, probably more that I'm forgetting about and of coarse it's for women only, they let men do some of the instructing and coaching as needed but that's it. Lunch and door prizes included. She had a blast and learned a lot.
Any day my feet hit the floor is a good day
Imagetmar
Mar 4, 2010 7:37 AM CST
Name: Tom Marschall
Fredericksburg Tx
Maker of fine custom furniture
There is a lady who use to play french horn in a quintet that my wife played in. They would sometime have practice at our house. Seeing the "dead heads" in the living room it was kinda obvious I was a hunter. One day she mentioned that she would like to help me butcher a deer if I ever shot one. I'm thinking... yeah.... right... whats really up with that? .... is she serious or she just want to make conversation. Anyways, about 18 months later, one of the rose pruners showed up in the back yard and I dropped her in her tracks. The quintet hadn't practiced for about a year, but I mentioned to my wife.... remember when Tina said she wanted to help butcher a deer.... why don't you call her and see if she was serious. Wife called... Tina's reaction was like that of a 6-year old child having its first Christmas Hurray! . She said she would be right over. I had already field dressed the doe, but she helped skin and butcher it. I did one side to show her, and then gave the knife to her. She was elated to have had the experience. She explained that everyone in town seems to be into hunting, so she wanted to get on the bandwagon, but she wanted to learn what to do with the animal well before she ever shot one of her own. Since then, I have taken her out on some hunts to show her how to find the deer, stalking, and where and how to select a blind. She hasnt worked up the nerve to pull a trigger yet, but we are working on it.
ImageUniQueTreasures
Mar 4, 2010 9:27 AM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
What a great story! Hopefully she will be brave enough to pull the trigger. I feel like she does.

Rick tells me that if it means meat in the freezer, I'd best be pulling that trigger. My concern is that I would just wound him/her and then have nightmares afterward for the rest of my life. I haven't had enough experience at shooting to feel confident to "make the kill". I guess I need to get out there and practice shooting so I know my aim is true. It's one thing to shoot shotguns and know you have a good chance of hitting a bird with pellets. It's different knowing you have only so much "wiggle" room to hit an animal to knock it down instantly, as compared to wounding him for life. At least that's what is in my own mind. Others may feel differently. Maybe some day I will be able to say, Yeah, I shot a deer and there was nuttin' to it.
Imagetmar
Mar 4, 2010 11:28 AM CST
Name: Tom Marschall
Fredericksburg Tx
Maker of fine custom furniture
You should just accept the fact that some day you will wound a deer. I have done it more than I care to remember. But I have also seen a deer starving to death and one so blind with ticks it couldnt walk. Think of it this way, a bullet no matter where it hits a deer will never be as cruel as mother nature can be.

On another note, deer have amazing recovery abilities. I shot a "freak horn" buck once, freak in the sense that one side had typical 4 points while the other side had like 2 points. I had guessed it had been wounded previously. As I was butchering the deer, I would have never guessed what I found. Apparently someone had taken a "bow" shot at this buck and pulled the shot to the left, hitting the upper front leg bone. Comparing to the other side of the deer, there was about 2 inches of bone that had been shot away. What remained had calcified and fused back toegther. The calcification had fused the joint as well, but you could not tell from the way the deer walked, and no noticeable scars from the outside. There were even lead fragments fused into the bone. Simply amazing!
ImageMidnitedog
Mar 5, 2010 7:54 AM CST
Name: B Kisner
Bradford county Pa.
Not trying to get off topic but my wife came home Tuesday evening about 5:50 an told me she saw several deer feeding in a old orchard at the bottom of our hill, less than a hour later a neighbor hit one of them with her Jeep Commander on her ride home from work. I talked to her yesterday an she told me it was $2000 damage, her husband went back to recover the deer but couldn't find it, mother nature is indeed a cruel mother.
Any day my feet hit the floor is a good day
ImageUniQueTreasures
Mar 5, 2010 7:56 AM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
I've been told that here if you hit a deer, you have to contact the game warden. It's illegal to just take him home. Sure seems like a waste to me.
ImageMidnitedog
Mar 5, 2010 8:12 AM CST
Name: B Kisner
Bradford county Pa.
Yes, we can recover the deer and notify the game warden within 24 hrs, they are supposed to take the head an hide, we have two deputy wardens for neighbors so It's not really a issue for us. We had a minivan that hit a deer three different times, the last one totaled it.
Any day my feet hit the floor is a good day
Imagetmar
Mar 7, 2010 7:28 AM CST
Name: Tom Marschall
Fredericksburg Tx
Maker of fine custom furniture
Yes, in Texas, road kills are strictly off limits, cant even recover antlers. I'm knocking on wood, but I am one of the few hill country residents who has never hit a deer with an auto. I have shot deer that had been grazed by some kind of vehicle, meat was bruised on one quarter, but still edible. Wife did hit one once, but it was a second hand strike, maybe even third hand. She was following a semi that either hit a deer or ran over a previous road kill, it was during the day. The semi threw the deer up in the air in front of her. Luckily it hit the ground before she reached it, but it was still bouncing a little, a leg bone or something punched a hole in her gas tank. Fortunately someone behind her signaled her about the problem before she had gone too far.
countrypleasure
Mar 11, 2010 7:40 PM CST
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I am planning on attending my first BOW weekend this Fall..Bow is Becoming an Outdoors-Woman is an educational program aimed at making women more comfortable in and more aware of the outdoor world around them. We encourage a supportive environment conducive to learning, making friends, and having fun.
Weekend long, multi-course workshops are held all across North America
ImageUniQueTreasures
Mar 11, 2010 8:10 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Welcome CountryPleasure! It's so nice of you to join us.

How come I've never heard of these things around here? It's rare to hear of anything going on for women here. Am I just not listening to the right radio stations? Not reading the right papers?

I noticed there are quite a few women that come to the main camp during hunting season. But I never hear about them doing the hunting. I would imagine they were like me and just tired of sitting at home while the menfolk spent every weekend at the lease.

Now that I've spent the season in the woods with my hubby, I can understand the appeal that is there. I enjoy myself in the woods very much and look forward to spending more time there this coming season. I figured one of the reasons I was so comfortable right off the bat was because we used to do a lot of "primitive" camping. As the kids got older, there was less time to do that though and years went by before I got back in the woods again. I'm so glad I did!

What part of the country are you from CountryPleasure?

Janet
countrypleasure
Mar 11, 2010 8:33 PM CST
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I'm about 60 miles north of Chicago.

Here is the link for the Texas BOW program.
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/learning/bow/
ImageUniQueTreasures
Mar 11, 2010 8:50 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Thank you for posting the link. I enjoyed reading it. I wish the upcoming workshop was a little closer to me. It's in El Campo, TX on the weekend of April 30-May 2, 2010.

I have added your link to the right side bar, as a Useful Link, along with BK's link at the beginning of this thread.

I am going to go back through some of the threads and add other links there for new folks that come in. So if anyone has any links they love that they'd like to share, let me know.

Chicago would seem like a good hunting area. Do you all have lots of deer there? Will you be hunting with your husband?

countrypleasure
Mar 11, 2010 9:18 PM CST
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I haven't been hunting yet..My family in Northern Wis all hunt..
I am newly single..
ImageUniQueTreasures
Mar 11, 2010 10:07 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Are you going to go on this "adventure" in the outdoors by yourself, or will you take other ladies with you? Either way, I know you'll have a blast and you'll come back wanting "the guys" to help you pick out a rifle. Big Grin

When you go on this workshop, be sure to take some photos and share them with us. Yanno, We live vicariously though photos! Smiling
countrypleasure
Mar 12, 2010 7:06 AM CST
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I have shot several rifles and favor the M1 carbine. But my
ex won't let me have it so I guess I'll have to buy
my own
Imagefirefly
Apr 9, 2010 4:53 AM CST
Name: Christine
Mid Michigan
We have woman retreats here, but I have never attended one. I am lucky enough to spend time in the woods every day learning and spend lots of time shooting and tracking the deer movement.

We can pick up roadkill here in Michigan, just by calling and getting an oral permit. Some people pick up deer to lay in a field for the eagles to feed on (for photo ops) or for bait for coyotes. Keeps the animals off the edge of the roads where they can be hit.

We have a lot of deer vehicle hits here. It is really quite a problem.

I did get my cross bow. I will be using that this upcoming bow season. I am excited to try a new type of weapon. When I bow hunt, I am very worried about the injure/not kill and am very selective about when I shoot. The last 2 years, I did not take a deer with a bow because I felt the shot was not perfect. I lose a lot of opportunities that way. With the cross bow, I think I will be more sure of myself.

I will set up the target soon and take all summer to practice and be confident of the weapon.
What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. Ralph Waldo Emerson
ImageMidnitedog
Apr 9, 2010 8:45 AM CST
Name: B Kisner
Bradford county Pa.
firefly, grab yourself one of the foam deer targets, they are great for practicing shot placement at different angles an distances. I practice with mine from a elevated deck which helps me lot as I use treestands in archery season. I also attend a couple of 3D target shoots in late summer an fall which helps getting used judging distances an shooting at unknown distances, shooting up an down hills at different targets than your used to. Practice is the key.
Good luck an enjoy
Any day my feet hit the floor is a good day
Imagefirefly
Apr 9, 2010 3:26 PM CST
Name: Christine
Mid Michigan
Yup, I got one of those stacked foam targets. The problem is the cross bow is so powerful, it almost shoves the bolt clear through.

I have worn the center out with my compound bow. Only split an arrow once.
What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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