(GunDiva's note: This post was written by Robbie, but for some reason Blogger hates him and he can't get signed in, so I'm posting until we get it figured out.)
In all my days of hunting, I have noticed something lacking in the
hunting community. What is it you ask? It’s the women! In a sport that
is dominated by men I rarely see the ladies out hunting. I have asked
some of them about hunting and what got them into it and to my surprise
many of them tell me that they were intimidated by the sport. Most said
that at first they were uncomfortable with the idea of learning from a
boyfriend or husband; stating that they felt a lot of pressure and
stress from them and that they didn’t want to disappoint them. Finally
they said they would try it out.
Ladies, if you feeling this way ask around the local gun shops to see if
there are rifle classes focusing on hunting. Don’t be shy, the fact
that you are willing to seek instruction is awesome. Look online for
support groups for women hunters. A good one to check out is “women in
the outdoors” or “women outdoors“
Guys, don’t get all hurt if she is a little hesitant about learning how to shoot for hunting from you.
I was lucky when my wife said that she wanted to learn how to hunt. I
asked if she was comfortable learning from me or if she wanted to get
instruction from an instructor. Luckily she was completely comfortable
with me teaching her the finer points of shooting.
I have found that women are much better students then men. First women
seem eager to keep an open mind and are open to suggestions, whereas
most guys like to think that they know everything about the shooting
aspect of hunting. A lot of times I feel like I’m beating a dead horse
with guys, with the ladies they seem to give their full attention and
aren’t afraid to ask questions, and are willing to try other ways of
To be honest with you I’m impressed when I see the girls out in the
field. I think we need more of you out there, building up the ranks of
our wonderful sport, showing us that you can and want to get out in the
field with the boys and provide natural wholesome meat for you, family
Go get 'em, ladies. I hope to see more of you in the field.
(GunDiva's note, part 2: I'll admit, I'm not a hunter. I don't like the taste of game - I know, I know, that's like saying I kick puppies. Plus, with my luck, I'd get my animal as far from camp as humanly possible and have to drag it all the way back. Thanks, but I'll continue to do my "hunting" at King Soopers.)