Girl’s Guide to Hunting

I have a confession to make: I’m still pretty new at this whole hunting thing. Sure, I grew up camping and fishing, but up until a couple of years ago the only living thing I’d ever shot was a snapping turtle. With a pellet gun.

Bambi

Bambi looks like he could turn into a really nice buck

Hunting just wasn’t something I grew up around, for a myriad of reasons. I guess partially because of that, my thoughts on hunting were along the lines of, “But I could never shoot Bambi!” And honestly, if you’d told me even six years ago that I would own my very own shotgun and rifle, I would have thought you were crazy. Well, to be fair, I’ve had my shotgun for almost six years now, but up until a couple of years ago the only thing I’d used it for was shooting clays. Doves are definitely harder to shoot than clays.

So with that confession, you’re probably asking yourself, “So what makes you enough of an authority to call this ‘Girls’ Guide to Hunting’?”

Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

But that nothing, in a way, is what this is all about.

See, I know I’m not the only female who’s still pretty new to this whole hunting thing. Hell, the fact that my Hunter Safety Course a couple of years ago was half female proves that. The statistics, too, back it up. The numbers of female hunters are increasing rapidly–in some states there are more new female hunters than male hunters (including kids and teens).

I’m willing to bet I’m not the only new female hunter who was both excited yet anxious about her first time out in the field. I think there are some of us still grappling with the thought of shooting Bambi, while others are totally squicked out at the thought of field dressing a deer (I know I was–and warning, the video I linked to is graphic). Others are probably wondering and worrying about finding camo (again, I know I was–I’m 5’2″ and not a small girl–but I’ve heard good things about Prois), and there’s always the difficulty of being a chick who needs to pee without a toilet in sight.

So I encourage you to join me on this adventure. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re an old hat by now, my goal is to inform, entertain and share, and to give us female hunters a place to talk about the hunting stuff our husbands laugh at us about (seriously, when I mention the whole gotta-pee-while-in-the-blind thing, he just laughs and tells me I’ll have to hold it).

In the meantime, here’s to Bambi (and a few of his friends).