Representing Women in the Outdoors

If you haven’t seen it yet, the latest issue of Field and Stream features female hunter Mia Anstine on the cover.

mia anstine field and stream

I was really excited to see this.  Mia’s blog was one of the first blogs I found when I was getting into hunting so it’s great seeing her gracing the cover.  Plus, there are 10 other women making a difference in the outdoors inside the issue!

Did you know there have only been 3 women on the cover of Field and Stream in the history of the magazine?  The first, Queen Elizabeth in 1976.  The second, Eva Shockey in 2014.  And now the third, Mia Anstine in 2016.  While it’s small number, I’m glad it only took years for this to happen again instead of decades.

Representation is so important.  Seeing a magazine full of strong women in the outdoors makes me really happy.  When I was younger, I never saw hunting as something I could do.   Field and Stream magazines were always around the house growing up, but I never saw a woman on the cover.  I never looked at the magazine and thought, “hey, that could be me one day!”

Growing up exploring the outdoors

Growing up exploring the outdoors

Now, no one ever said I couldn’t hunt when I was younger.  Not even my dad or brothers said I couldn’t join them.  I just didn’t know any women who hunted nor had I seen a picture of a female hunting so it seemed off limits to me.  Now this doesn’t mean I grew up a girly girl either.  At my brother’s wedding last month, his best friend even told people there, “You wouldn’t believe how much of a tomboy Jen used to be growing up!”

Looking back on it, I wanted to be a lot of female characters I saw.  I loved the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and wanted to be April O’Neil.  I always chose Sonya when playing Mortal Kombat on Sega because she was my favorite from the movie.  I loved Sam on the sitcom Step By Step because she worked on cars and was also a tomboy.  Do you see where I’m going here?  In movies and shows, some geared for boys, I always identified with the women.  I’m sure there’s a fancy psychological term and explanation behind that but that’s out of my realm of expertise.  What I do know is the females that young girls see in media are important.

I often wonder what would’ve happened had I seen a woman on the cover of my dad’s hunting magazines.  Would I have told my dad I wanted to be a girl like that one day?  I guess I’ll never know.  But I hope that there are little girls who have seen either Eva Shockey or Mia Anstine on the covers and told their parents they want to be like that one day.

mia anstine field and stream

That’s why representation is so important—all it takes is one picture to open a whole new world to a child and create a new passion.  More and more women are being highlighted for their accomplishments in the outdoors and it’s amazing to see.  I hope by the time I have kids, females being represented in the outdoors is the norm.  Because I sure could’ve used it when I was a little girl.

Washington Outdoor Women Fall Retreat Registration


I just got my schedule in the mail for this year’s Washington Outdoor Women fall retreat!  I went last year and had the best time learning about duck hunting and archery.


I’m really excited for the workshops I’ll be taking this year: Fly Fishing 101, Wilderness First Aid, Survival Skills, and First Aid for Dogs.

I can’t wait for Fly Fishing, the instructor seems amazing.  I remember last year a woman told me she took that workshop and now teaches other people how to fly fish from everything she learned.

I was happy when I saw they offered a Wilderness First Aid course this year.  I’ve been wanting to take something on first aid basics since you can be miles away from help when you’re out hunting.  I can’t wait to see what I learn in there.  Survival Skills is another workshop that’ll teach me skills I’ve been wanting to learn.  The chance of getting stuck or lost in the outdoors is always there, so knowing how to make shelter and fire will be great to make me more confident when I’m out hunting.

I can’t wait, I’m so excited!  September needs to hurry up and get here!  Definitely expect posts on everything I learn!

Registration is open until September 7th if any ladies are in Washington and would like to go!  You can find more information on the workshops and the registration here.

Venison Bacon Burger Recipe

Summer is here and what better time to grill up some delicious venison bacon burgers!  You might be wondering where the bacon is, this recipe has it inside the burger creating a great flavor!

Venison Bacon Burger

One complaint I’ve heard about venison burgers is how dry they can be.  Not this recipe!  Big, juicy burgers full of flavor that go great with a beer on a beautiful summer day.

Click below to get the recipe!

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Summer Summer Summertime!

It’s been awhile but I’m back!

It’s been an incredibly busy last few months but things are finally settling down and I can’t wait to get back to posting on this blog!  I’ve got so many post ideas waiting to write!

Here’s a quick recap of what’s gone on in my life while I’ve been gone.

Trip to Texas!

Trip to Texas!

I traveled to Texas and fell in love with the Lone Star state!  Expect a full post on my trip with pictures galore!  The food was amazing, people were so kind, and the state itself beautiful.  I’m already planning my next trip back!  Also, hunting is so cheap there compared to Washington!

Weddings and moving!

Weddings and moving!

And the real reason I’ve been so incredibly busy the last couple months, I was a bridesmaid in two weddings and moved!  Both weddings were absolutely beautiful and I’m so grateful I was able to be apart of both their days.  Moving was stressful, but I love the new place I’m in.  So with all of that behind me, my attention can be back on this blog and getting outdoors!

I got back in the kitchen this weekend and grilled some venison bacon burgers!  Expect the recipe later this week, they’re juicy and delicous!

Venison Bacon Burger!

Venison Bacon Burger!

The one place I update regularly is Instagram.  So if you haven’t already, follow me on there!  HuntressJen and see posts like the ones below!

Follow me on Instagram!  HuntressJen

Follow me on Instagram! HuntressJen

Thanks to those of you who stuck around and are still reading my blog!  I really do appreciate it!  I can’t wait to get back to posts every Wednesday.

The one bad thing with all the craziness going on, I completely forgot to put in for special and late season hunts.  I’m bummed!  I need to build up points for those special moose and mountain goat hunts so I can do them before I’m 50!  Haha, there’s always next year I guess.

Did you put in for any special or late hunts this season?  Did you get drawn?  Let me know in the comments below!