Connecting to Nature

One of the things I like most about hunting is the fact I can disconnect from the hustle of life and enjoy nature in solitude. 

This past weekend, I went camping to celebrate the Fourth of July. I had zero phone service for 3 days and it was amazing. 

I enjoyed being outside and spending my time talking to the people I was with. It’s funny how little people actually talk to each other these days.

One of the things that drew me to hunting was being in the outdoors. It’s an escape away from being so connected with technology.

This past weekend reminded me just how much I like to disconnect and has me excited for a fall full of it. I’m also excited cause we’re going to hunt close to where we camped and I saw a nice three point buck in it’s velvet! Always gets the adrenaline going!

So, do you love to disconnect from technology and enjoy your time in the outdoors? Share your thoughts below!

I’m still in my transition period of this new job and place to live. It’ll probably take a couple weeks before I’m completely settled and can start planning hunting things out this way. Good news is that I’m able to go on an awesome hunting retreat this fall, I’ll post more about it next week!

Muzzleloader, Archery, or Modern Firearm?

  
What’s your favorite to hunt?

My move was successful and I’m slowly settling in. I now have a bigger group to talk hunting with which is awesome. A friend and family member were both telling me about their love of muzzleloaders. 

I don’t have much knowledge about muzzleloaders and have never seen anyone shoot one. They look cool to learn to shoot though. So add on yet another gun I want to eventually buy!

I hope to buy a bow in a month or two. Maybe next year I can look into muzzleloaders. Washington does have a tag you can draw that allows you to hunt multiple seasons. So it would be nice to be able to truly hunt all three.

So, what’s your favorite to hunt with? Or do you have one you’d also like to learn? Share them below!

Hope everyone has a great Fourth of July weekend! Be safe!

Finding My Happiness

 I read this quote earlier this week and it really struck a chord with me.

I’m in the midst of packing to move to a new city and start a new chapter of my life. Packing everything has been a trip down memory lane of my time here. From my hunter safety certificate to hunting boots with mud still caked on, I thought about everything that led me to create this hunting blog.

In some people’s eyes, I’m sure it looks like I’ve changed from the person who I was when I moved here. I’m leaving with lots of camo, hunting gear, and a new passion for the outdoors. But I  feel that more than changing­­, I just found myself.

I found something that excites me and makes me constantly want to learn more. I found something that has me looking forward to a 4am alarm clock. I found something that challenges me and makes me strive to be the best I can be. I found something that brought me closer to my family and connects me to nature.


I found something that makes me truly happy.

There’s more to it than merely changing. And if some people don’t like who I am now, that’s okay. Different things make different people happy. But I haven’t been this excited or motivated about something in a long time.

So am I leaving here the same person I was a few years ago? Not at all.

I’m so thankful to be the person that I am today, with a new, ever­growing passion for hunting.

PS – I’m going to do my best to keep posting during this transition, but it might take me a couple weeks to get settled in before I can put my full attention back to the blog. I have a lot of exciting hunting things planned for the next several months and I can’t wait to write about them!

Best Compound Bows for Women

Archery

I’m ready to take the plunge and get into bow hunting!

I don’t know many people personally who bow hunt, so I’m hoping some of you hunters can help me with my search for the perfect compound bow.

I’m looking for a bow that will be in the middle of the pack price wise, I can’t see dropping $800-$1,000 right out of the gate as I’m learning.  I want to use it for deer and elk hunting next season.  And, since I’m not a fan of the colors, no pink or purple bows.

I’m so excited to get out and start learning!  I’ve been interested in bow hunting since before I even took the hunter safety course.  It looks like something fun, as well as challenging.  I don’t want to rush getting a bow, so I’m ready to spend the next several weeks going over articles and product reviews.

What all did you feel you needed to buy to be ready to go out in the field?  I’d love to hear your experiences with the bows you currently use or have used.

So, what compound bows do you love and recommend?  Are there any brands you’ve found that are better than others?  Let me know in the comments below!

Full Draw Film Tour

If you love hunting, especially bow hunting, check out The Full Draw Film Tour.  It’s stopping in several cities along the west and midwest, so check to see if it has a stop near you.

Above is the trailer for this year’s tour.  Unfortunately, I won’t be near any of the stops when they’re happening, but I wish I could go!

I love storytelling, so throw in hunting and I’m basically in love.  I have not actually gone to The Full Draw Film Tour, but I did go to the Hunting Film Tour last year and it was great.  Check out last year’s trailer below.

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Special Hunt Permits – Washington

Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Today is the deadline to put in for 2015 special hunt permits in Washington.  In this state, being drawn for special hunt permits is based off a point system.  The more points, the better your chance of being drawn.  For once in a lifetime hunts, like moose, it can take more than a decade before being drawn.

When it comes to the point system for drawing permits, I definitely regret not hunting sooner and building points longer.  This is the first year I’m putting in for special hunt permits that I hope to draw years down the line.  I’m starting by putting in for moose and elk tags.

I absolutely love reading hunting stories.  Last year, I was captivated reading the story of one woman’s moose hunt.  The adrenaline and excitement sprang from the page and I felt like I was there with her.  After reading that, I knew that one day I wanted to go on my own moose hunt.

I also love bowhunting stories from elk season.  That is one hunt I can’t wait to do.  I’m looking forward to hunting deer this year with my rifle.  But I am going to be beside myself excited for the first elk hunt I do with a bow.  Hopefully I can make that happen in the next couple of years.

Putting in for special hunt permits isn’t cheap, but it sure has me excited thinking about hunts to come!

Are you hoping to be drawn for any special hunts this year?  Comment below and share what hunt you’d love to go on!

 

Merry Duck Hunting

Duck Hunting 2 - Country Huntress

As many awoke excitedly on Christmas to open their presents, I woke up bright and early excited to head out for my first duck hunt.

With no holiday plans until the afternoon, my brother and I seized the opportunity to get out and see if we could shoot some ducks.  I’d been interested in duck hunting for awhile so I couldn’t wait to learn more about it.

Duck hunting is my brother’s favorite and he has his go-to spots around where he lives.  But since we were both home for Christmas, it was all new territory neither of us knew.  The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website has a great “GoHunt” feature that shows public land for different types of hunting.  I put in our location and found a couple of areas for duck hunting.

We headed out as the sun was rising and drove to a large lake outside of town.  We figured there wouldn’t be many other hunters out since it was Christmas morning, but boy were we wrong!  Several cars were parked along the road and we heard gunshots ring out almost immediately after stepping out of the car.

This area seemed to be along a migratory route as several flocks of ducks flew overhead and quacking echoed throughout the sky.  The only problem was they were too high to shoot.  As we walked along a small stream, my brother taught me about jump-shooting.  Unfortunately, we saw no ducks to actually jump-shoot.

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Huntress – What’s In A Name?

You wouldn’t expect it, but the word “huntress” is actually quite polarizing in the world of hunting.

By definition, a huntress is a woman who hunts.

Huntress Defined

Simple.

In actuality—it’s not that simple.  Some women are so absolutely put off by the word, you’d think it means something completely different.  When researching reasons why women hate the word, I found a lot of people saying they’re not “that kind of girl.”

Of course, I had to dig deeper to find out what made someone “that kind of girl.”  It appears the term refers to women who are perceived as high-maintenance, want rhinestones on their pink camo, a cute gun to tote around, and is more concerned about how they look than shooting an animal.

To me, that definition stems from people letting their preconceived notions make the word far more loaded than it truly is.  Not to mention putting limitations on what they believe females can do.

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Waterproof Gear – What’s The Best?

Rain Cloud

Spring has arrived!  Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, and rain is falling.  Lots of rain is falling!  In my neck of the woods, we seem to be stuck in an endless cycle of sunshine, rain, another glimmer of sunshine and then more pouring rain.

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I’m quite accustomed to rainy weather.  I actually really like the rain and get excited when it’s in the forecast after weeks, or even months, of sunshine.

The recent gloomy skies had me thinking about hunting season and the torrential downpour I got stuck in last season.  November, much like spring, in Washington can be an unpredictable month weather-wise.  Sometimes we get snow, sometimes it just rains, and other times it’s just cold with beautiful skies.  We really never know which way it’s going to turn out.

Not knowing the conditions I’d be out in, I wanted to be prepared for the worst case scenario.  My goal was to find a hunting coat that would keep me warm, dry, and not break my budget.  The search was harder than I thought.

I always read reviews online before buying a product.  This time was no different.  I spent hours reading countless reviews on several coats.  I was surprised by how many waterproof jackets had reviews where someone ended up being soaked after wearing it.

I don’t think bad reviews necessarily mean a product is bad.  But, I didn’t want to find out a coat was in fact not waterproof as I was out hunting.  Eventually, I found this coat from the Bass Pro Shops SHE line.  It was true to size and comfortable to wear.  It kept me warm and I could easily add layers underneath if I needed to.

SHE Outdoor Insulated Waterproof Jacket

One of the things I love most about this coat is how quiet the material is when moving around.  Overall, it definitely lived up to what they said the coat would do.  Being in the rain for a few hours and finding my upper body completely dry after taking the jacket off was proof enough.  The only downfall to the coat is the lack of pockets (three small pockets doesn’t cut it when they can barely hold more than a couple of shotshells).

This year, I plan on investing in waterproof hunting pants.  I’m prepared to spend a little more for these.   With plans to bowhunt in a couple of years, I want clothes I can use for both rifle and archery seasons.

What waterproof hunting gear do you use and swear by?  I’d love to hear what you’ve found works the best before I get back to scouring the internet for product reviews.