ATV Safety

This is my version of common sense pertaining to All Terrain Vehicle use on the ranch. We all know that we should be using helmets while using these vehicles but lets be honest a lot of people do not. When hunting and using ATV for ranch work people don’t always wear them. I would suggest […]

Read More » | May 4, 2013 | Category: Blog, Safety Tips | Comments: none

Recipe – Snapper Ceviche

I am a fan of Mexican food and bottom fishing! Yes that is a very random statement! I am from South Texas and we are heavily influenced by Hispanic culture which includes celebrations, superstitions, and best of all food! I love Mexican style seafood! The best seafood I have ever had the pleasure of eating […]

Read More » | May 3, 2013 | Category: Blog, Recipes | Comments: none

Recipe – Glazed Venison Meatloaf

I am always on the lookout for recipes that are simple to make, hearty, and of course, delicious.  I also love recipes that make great leftovers. This recipe for meatloaf fits that bill perfectly. It can be made with ground venison, elk, or beef. Pair it with your favorite starch (like honey roasted potatoes) and […]

Read More » | May 2, 2013 | Category: Blog, Recipes | Comments: none

Nena’isms & Randomness

The following are a bunch of random thoughts I felt like sharing with all of y’all!  A bit of helpful information and some that is just FYI and just my mere opinions….. A little window into my world! – My favorite color is Green!  Spider eyes sparkly under your flash light ….For the longest time […]

Read More » | May 1, 2013 | Category: Blog | Comments: 1

Recipe – Tasty Fish Tacos… Yum!

Fishing season is here and I am in desperate need of some sun on my skin and fish in my freezer! I do love my venison but lately I have been craving some fish. The weather has been very windy this spring and I haven’t been able to break in my sea legs for 2013 […]

Read More » | April 30, 2013 | Category: Blog, Recipes | Comments: none

I am a Junkie

I am a junkie; an addict. It’s true! And quite frankly, I am not ashamed to admit it. I was not truly aware of the full extent of my affliction until today. I’ve got it bad! – Today was opening day of turkey season. Of course, I had to work. I had already made plans […]

Read More » | April 29, 2013 | Category: Blog | Comments: 1

Why Women, Why Now?

Queens of Camo has put me in contact with a much broader hunting industry and for that I am thankful; however there are still some skeptics out there who are either uneducated on why women belong in the hunting industry or are just afraid of change. The old saying of women belonging in the kitchen […]

Read More » | April 28, 2013 | Category: Blog | Comments: 2

Getting Started

According to a recent survey by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, women are the fastest growing segment of the hunting population.  This statistic is reflected in my personal observations as well; when I was a young woman just starting out in the outdoors, I knew plenty of men who hunted, but not a single other woman who did.  But that’s not the case now.  I frequently see women around town or who come into my practice wearing camo hats, jackets, and sweatshirts.  In my conversations with these women I’m happy to find that many of them are not just making a fashion statement; they are indeed avid huntresses. – In past generations the normal route for someone to go from non-hunter to huntress was through the mentoring of a relative (parent, grandparent, aunt/uncle) or close family friend who were themselves a hunter.  They would take the fledgling huntress under their wing and introduce them to firearms or bows, teaching them marksmanship and shooting safety.  They would take them out to the fields and forest, teaching them to become woods’ savvy, how and where to look for game animals, proper game care, and other necessities for a successful hunt. Often, if the novice huntress was too young to hunt, they would accompany their mentor for a season or two, simply watching and observing, before they were ever allowed to carry a gun themselves. Unfortunately, more commonly the boys of the family were taught to hunt while the girls stayed at home. – Alas, things are quite different these days.  In our mobile society, with families dispersed far and wide, few of us have a grandparent or aunt/uncle nearby who we can turn to for an introduction to the outdoors.  And it’s a sad fact that more and more we are seeing single-parent families, almost always headed by non-hunting women, who simply don’t have the time, resources, or personal knowledge to help out a young woman with the desire to become a huntress.  Finally, in many parts of the country rapid urbanization is making it increasingly difficult to find a place to go hunting, even if you have someone who is willing to take you! – So what is a young (or not so young) woman who wants to hunt supposed to do? Let’s assume that you have decided that you want to give hunting a try, but have little or no experience with firearms or even the outdoors in general.  Where do you start?  The first step is to start doing some research, and luckily that has never been easier than it is today. Thanks to the internet virtually everything you could possibly want to know about anything related to hunting is at your fingertips. There are numerous websites and chat forums dedicated to every aspect of hunting – some of them specifically for women (you’re on one of them now!) – including the various game species, equipment, clothing, and outdoor survival.  While everyone has their own opinions, most people on hunting chat forums are quite willing to share their knowledge, especially when the questions come from someone who is just trying to get started.  You might even meet someone who lives in your area that would be willing to get together with you in person and take on the mentor role. – Don’t forget to look at YouTube as a great resource for a lot of “how to” videos on everything from sighting in your bow or rifle to field care of game animals.  There are also a number of good hunting TV shows (and unfortunately a few bad ones) that can be helpful and inspiring for a new hunter or huntress, and many of them feature women hunters (Note: watch for the new Queens of Camo TV series, hopefully debuting on a major network in the near future!) – Your state’s fish & wildlife agency is another good resource.  Virtually all states offer hunter education courses (often mandatory for you to hunt in that state) that can give you an excellent introduction to hunting, as well as familiarize you with that state’s hunting laws and can be a great way to meet other like-minded huntresses.  In addition, many states have special programs designed to introduce new people, especially women, to hunting.  In my home state of Washington the program is called WOW: Washington Outdoor Women.  All of the instructors in this program are women, which many find much less intimidating than courses taught by crusty old men.  WOW introduces women of all ages to the joys of a life in the outdoors, teaching a wide variety of skills necessary to become a successful huntress. If your town has a gun club or shooting range considering talking to them about becoming a member, explaining that you are new to the sport and would like a place to practice and perhaps get some instruction from other experienced shooters.  Again, it has been my experience that most experienced […]

Read More » | April 27, 2013 | Category: Blog | Comments: 2

A Weekend Trout Adventure! (And Recipe!)

After a relaxing Saturday hanging out and watching The Masters I set my alarm for 6:00am so that I could go fishing with my dad and my boyfriend.  I love fishing and it is always more fun when you get to go out with good company.  I find that whenever I am doing something in the wilderness […]

Read More » | April 26, 2013 | Category: Blog, Recipes | Comments: none

Recipe – Venison Pasties

When I was growing up, my dad’s favorite meal was pasties. Nearly every birthday or special occasion, this would be his meal request. Today, I don’t fix them often, but when I do, they are always a hit. – Pasties are small, dishless pies that are filled with meats and vegetables. They are sometimes called […]

Read More » | April 25, 2013 | Category: Blog, Recipes | Comments: none