Harvesting and Gardening

While my family always seemed to have different plans and things they had going on in their lives, two things were certain to remain the same-we hunted and we had a garden. For my family, hunting and gardening were not only a means of eating fresh and quality food, but also a means of survival. […]

Read More » | September 10, 2013 | Category: Blog, Conservation | Comments: none

Why DIY?

I’ve always been a do-it-yourself kind of girl. I credit that largely to my parents; I can’t recall a single time when they had someone else do something they could do themselves. To this day, even into their late 60s, they still always have at least one home improvement project going on; maybe remodeling a […]

Read More » | June 26, 2013 | Category: Blog, Conservation | Comments: none

Rooted and Home Grown

My family has always hunted, fished, and had vegetable gardens. We are a live off the land kind of people, which has lead us to a healthy and active lifestyle. My mother grew up on a dairy farm that also had crops and other live stock. My dad well….he is a kind of live off […]

Read More » | June 19, 2013 | Category: Blog, Conservation | Comments: 1

Zeus the Yearling

This past weekend my husband, son, and I were shooting in the local archery tournament. It was a hot day, but we were pumped either way. We were getting to do something that we loved. The local course has 20 targets. Little did we know, we wouldn’t make it that far. – At target 15, […]

Read More » | June 15, 2013 | Category: Blog, Conservation | Comments: none

Bee Adventurous

Although Queens of Camo evokes a thought of only hunting because of the ‘CAMO’ in the name, we are not just women who hunt; we are women who fish, prepare our harvests, and enjoy the outdoors in every way possible. Inspiring women to find their passion for hunting does not always start with, well, hunting. […]

Read More » | June 3, 2013 | Category: Blog, Conservation | Comments: 2

My California Adventure

I was born in California. When I was 12, my family decided to escape the “rat race” of the San Francisco Bay Area by moving to Oregon. Prior to marrying my husband, I had only been back once, and that was over 20 years ago. Aside from fond memories of my time at our cabin […]

Read More » | May 25, 2013 | Category: Blog, Conservation | Comments: none

Down with the Litter Bugs

I am not usually a complainer, but after a frustrating hunt this afternoon, I decided I needed to vent about one of my pet peeves—people who drop their garbage wherever they feel like it. – The area I hunted today is fairly isolated. I have hunted the same area for three years for turkeys, elk, and deer, and besides my husband I have never seen another hunter. I like to think of the area as my own little hunting paradise. Unfortunately, telltale signs of previous human presence was scattered all over my honey hole today as I explored several of the trails. I came across a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup wrapper, a granola bar wrapper, a Tootsie Pop wrapper, a beer bottle, and several beer cans. – While I would love to believe that I am the only person to hunt this area, the reality is that public land will get hunted by other people. I understand this. But why do some people feel it is their right to leave their trash anywhere they want? It baffles me. How hard is it to put a wrapper in a pack or pocket? And how in the world are they packing in all of this beer? Beer is not good for hydration, is heavy, and takes up a lot of pack space. And why are they drinking beer when they are hunting in the first place? This is certainly not a safe practice…alcohol and weapons do not make good partners. If they want to drink while they are hunting, that is their choice, but I certainly don’t want to see the evidence when I am out trying to enjoy the experience of being in nature. – On one hand, it frustrates and angers me that people can be so lazy that they can’t make the small effort to pack out what they pack in. On the other hand, it saddens me that there are people who have so little regard for the environment that they feel no qualms about turning it into their own personal garbage dump. I wonder what goes on in their mind when they toss that wrapper or can. Do they think it will enhance the environment or that the trash will break down anytime soon? Frankly, I doubt they think of anything of it at all. – In the future, I am going to carry along a bag to pick up trash I find in the woods. At least I can do something to help enhance my next outdoor experience and that of someone who might follow me. As angry as it makes me that such action is necessary, it is a simple solution and might even help me feel a sense of satisfaction. Mr. Litterbug might not care about my special hunting area, but I do.

Read More » | May 21, 2013 | Category: Blog, Conservation | Comments: none

Management of Deer

I cannot stress the importance of wildlife management. We are not only hunters, but managers of these amazing creatures. I say that because when hunting, it’s of utmost importance to distinguish which mature animals to harvest, thereby increasing the stamina and numbers of the herd, and preventing starvation and over-population. … When looking for a […]

Read More » | January 13, 2013 | Category: Blog, Conservation | Comments: 3