Greg Powers Turkey Hunting

Women Afield—Turkey Hunting for Rookies, Part 2

Turkey hunting is a great way to hone your hunting skills, and a great way for the rookie hunter to get started in his or her hunting career. In Part 1, we learned about turkey calls and where to find a mentor. In Part 2, we will take a look at several other key aspects needed to become a successful turkey hunter. So read on, learn more and then get outdoors.

Lisa Metheny with two wild turkeys.

Women Afield—Turkey Hunting for Rookies, Part 1

The wild turkey is a symbol of success for conservation groups throughout the United States and Canada. Nearly 65 years ago, the wild turkey was teetering on the edge of extinction. However, with help from dedicated groups such as the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), national and state conservation groups, plus help from dedicated hunters, the return of the wild turkey is one of the biggest environmental success stories of our time.

Stay safe when hunting in the ice and snow of winter

Women Afield—Winter Weather Hunting Safety Tips, Part 3

Just like this year’s relenting winter weather, the end of this series “Winter Weather Hunting Safety Tips” is also coming to an end. In Part 1 we looked at the dangers caused from colder temperatures and the physical demands winter weather can put on your body. In Part 2 we examined the essential gear to take with you when hunting during the winter months. Now, in Part 3, we will take a look at some of the unexpected dangers you could encounter if hunting in extreme winter weather.

Picture shows a black, fixed stock AR-15 A2 style rifle with fixed carry handle and carbine length handguard.

When Teaching a New Shooter, Does the Gun Matter?

I’m sure your immediate response is, “of course it does!” Picking the “wrong” gun might just turn someone off from shooting. I took a risk letting a brand new shooter fire a DPMS Classic 16 Carbine as her first .223 Remington, semi-automatic rifle. Fortunately, in this particular case the gun did not matter.

A deer peers out through a stand of bare trees with snow on the ground.

Women Afield—Winter Weather Hunting Safety Tips, Part 1

Across much of the United States, hunting seasons for a variety of game species start in the fall and continue through the winter months. Hunting wild game during any season has its challenges: hunting during the often brutal and unforgiving weather of winter has its own set of unique challenges. Conditions can change in a matter of minutes during the winter months turning a casual hunting excursion into a survival situation.

Cowboy Mounted Single Action Shooting

Women Afield—Fun with Guns Cowboy Style

Have you ever secretly wished you had the guts to ride shotgun with a band of unscrupulous characters or were wild enough to put on a corset and fish-net stockings as you anxiously await the return of your favorite cowboy after a long cattle drive? Chances are, if you ever strapped on a hip holster, then you probably have tried your hand at some fancy maneuvers with a pistol. Many of us are infatuated with the Old West, which might help explain why one of the fastest growing disciplines in the world of shooting is Single Action or Cowboy Action shooting.

Fly fishing at a Casting for Recovery Retreat

Women Afield — Hope Floats, Helping Women Recover From Breast Cancer

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), breast cancer is second only to lung cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths in women. One out of every eight women who lives to be at least 85 years of age will develop breast cancer. Over two million women in the United States have been treated for, or are currently living with, breast cancer. However, there is some good news; in spite of all these discouraging statistics, breast cancer—if caught early—can be treated and many women today call themselves breast cancer survivors because of early detection. The other good news is there are organizations and activities with some traditional outdoor activities, such as fly-fishing, designed specifically for breast cancer patients.

Picture shows a close up of a woman with bright pink fingernails holding a pink and silver Taurus small semi-automatic handgun.

Don’t Buy a Pink Gun Before Reading This

At a gun show or gun shop, have you ever overheard,  “I want a purple gun?” Or maybe it was pink, or Tiffany Blue. Either way, it wasn’t about the gun, it was about what the gun looked like. I understand the appeal of something other than black and clunky. After all, we ladies do like pretty things. However, buying a gun based on looks alone is like buying a car just because it’s painted “chameleon.”

White sign which reads "Hunting, Fishing or Trapping by Written Permission Only: Contact Landowner for Permission." Sign is hanging on a barbed wire fence with a tree-covered area behind it.

Women Afield — Penny Pinching: Public Places to Pursue Your Passion

Private landowners—especially farmers—have quickly realized that leasing their land can net additional income, which is certainly a boost for farmers, but not so great for the hunter. One glance at land prices and you can see it has become a land-grabbing nightmare as the price tag for hunting leases and land purchases continue to climb to record prices around the country. Adding to the sting, professionally guided hunts are quickly being priced out of reach of the average hunter.

Huntress with shotgun over her shoulder and GPS in hand.

Women Afield — Up Your Odds on Public Land

Once you have identified a few potential places to hunt, and narrowed your options, it is time to investigate your state’s trophy record-keeping system. Alternatively, you can contact the assigned biologist for each hunting location. A little legwork may help in the long run by signaling if the areas you hope to target produce the most, or even trophy, animals. This allows you to select lands that fit your hunting plans and hunting style, and cuts down on wasted opportunities. Additionally, visiting with public land managers or land unit biologists may give you access to information regarding hot spots or some local, insider hunting tips.

A hunter sits in a tree blind with a hunter's orange vest and cap.

Women Afield — Arousing Aromas

Last week, I shared cover and masking scents. This week, I discuss lure and attractant scents.

The other types of scents—often used by hunters—are the lure or attractant scents. These are not to be confused with other types of “attractant” products such as foods or supplements such as salt or mineral licks. The attractants I am referring to are aroma attractants used to draw bucks to your location such as the sex-attractant type of scents used during the rut.