Friday, January 30, 2009
My husband first alerted me to this article and I have to say I was a little shocked at the outright denunciation of hunting, portrayed as animal cruelty. The article begins by dissecting a program that Cass R. Sunstein, a Service Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Chicago Law School, gave to a packed audience. Essentially he states that hunters are inflicting pain and torture unneccessarily upon animals, and this is a form of animal cruelty. According to Sunstein, hunting should also be banned if “there isn’t any other purpose except for sport or game.”
Well, Mr. Sunstein, there is a purpose to hunting. Many hunters do consider their time in the field to be a recreational activity. However, why do you think every state in the United States has a Wildlife and Parks Department or a Natural Resources Department? These departments are put in place specifically to conserve and maintain our parks. A part of that maintenance and conservation includes hunting. With the increasing human population, and their homes and shopping centers, we (and you) are destroying the habitat where the animals you are trying to protect once lived and thrived. Just as with the need to find alternative energy because we are depleting earth's natural resources, we must also strive to maintain a natural balance for the animals and their environments. Our state and national parks strive to maintain this exact goal. But having a goal and executing the goal are two separate tasks. And this is where hunting comes in. Not only does it help control the natural balance of life in the wild, but it also provides families with food for the year. Would you prefer that the animals starve to death because they are too overpopulated and there isn't enough forage or land for them to survive? Is knowingly starving an animal not considered unnecessary pain?
The article then goes on to include quotes and topics covered by Professor of Philosophy, Christine M. Korsgaard. She states that “cruelty to animals is built into the fabric of our lives.” Used in the context of hunting (I'm sure this isn't the direction she was headed) - yes, ma'am, it surely is. Though I've already stated that hunting isn't cruelty, I can't argue with her point that it's ingrained in our society. Maybe (now this might be a long shot here) because humans need food to survive. This includes protein, which were once living animals, and carbohydrates, which were living plants. If our ancestors didn't kill animals, many would not have survived. It's that simple.
The final quote of the article was from Martha Nussbaum, a professor of Law from Chicago, stating “each type of animal has its own complexity, each type has its own story.” She's absolutely right. Alot of the hard-core conservationists are also hard-core hunters, working hard to preserve the rights and the individual stories of these animals. Is this animal cruelty? I think not. Is this animal respect? Absolutely, and nothing less.
Read the full article here, and post your opinions.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
A young zealous boy wanted desperately to work at a department store. He approached the store manager who responded they needed no help. Quite persistent, the boy returned again and again until the manager finally said "We're having a holiday sale tomorrow. Why don't you show up and you can give it a try."
The elated boy returned the following day and proceeded to sell. At the end of the day the store manager called the youngster over and asked how he had done. The boy responded that he had sold $79,083.50 worth of merchandise. The manager asked how he had done so well. The young man said, "Well this guy was going fishing so I asked if he wanted some fish hooks, he said sure, That is $1.50. I asked if he had a nice fishing pole, he said no, so I got a graphite extension pole for $43.50. Do you have a nice reel, not yet replied the customer... so I got him a nice quick release reel for $35.00. I asked here he was going fishing and he said Strawberry Reservoir. I told him the best places to catch fish are near the center, "Do you have a boat?" The man said he didn't so I set him up with a nice outboard 30 foot cruiser for $28,000.00. Then I asked if he had a trailer. He didn't, so I got him a double axle trailer for $3,000.00. Then I asked what he had to tow the boat. He only had a station wagon, so I told him that just wouldn't do, but we could get him a nice fully loaded Dodge Ram dually, racked and packed with a tow package, trailer hitch and everything for $48,000.00. He wanted it all."
As you can imagine the store manager was astounded. "And to think it all began with that man asking for a package of fish hooks?" The boy replied, "Oh no, it all began with him asking for some tampons which were $3.50, so I replied, "Well you aren't going to be doing much else this weekend, you might as well go fishing!"
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
The knife in the photo above is my absolute favorite hunting knife. I love how it looks, how it feels in my hand, and how easy it makes things in the field. It has a 3 1/2" stainless steel blade and when closed is only 5" long. So, I can carry it not only on my belt, but in any number of pockets and even in my purse! But the one thing that I particularly love about this knife is the large gut hook. A tidbit that I've picked up over the years is that people either like them or they don't, there's rarely an in between. Frankly, I think it's what you initially use that determines your comfort level.
I love them. For me, it makes field-dressing a deer quick and easy. After the initial incision, a gut hook works like a zipper: insert it under the skin and pull, making a straight, clean opening. I also feel that with a gut hook I have less chance of puncturing any of the inner organs, because I'm not bushing a blade inward, instead I'm pulling the skin and blade away from the organs. As any hunter knows, puncturing the inner organs, especially the stomach, can create a messy and stinky situation.
Unlike me, my hubby chooses not to use a knife with a gut hook and I can understand some of the reasons why. Knives without hooks usually have a slimmer profile and there's less chance of the hook getting caught on anything. For example, when initially penetrating the chest cavity, larger gut hooks tend to snag underneath the skin when being removed. While this isn't a major problem, it can be an unnecessary nuisance in the field. So, are you a hooker? Why or why not?
Monday, January 26, 2009
An aquaintance of ours asked us to go pheasant and quail hunting Sunday afternoon. I'm not sure that we ever saw the temperature rise above 28 degrees, but as long as we didn't stop moving we stayed fairly warm. It was a group of 6 hunters (I was the only female) and two pairs of bird dogs. I'd never hunted with these guys before and they were pretty agressive hunters. There was a strategic plan to every field, corner, or pasture! Overall, though, we had an enjoyable time. The friend that asked us to tag along was working with a new pup and alot of the birds had a pretty good head start. We were only in the field for about three hours, but with the low temperatures and a strong wind that was more than enough.
The only downfall to the situation was during the last field we hunted I was showered with shot. Thankfully I was far enough away that there was no possibility for it to cause injury, but it's still nerve-wracking. I'm always pretty nervous hunting with guys that I don't know, especially in larger groups. It never fails that there is always that one hunter that doesn't think before he shoots. I just want to stress that you should always, always, always be aware of those hunting with you. No animal is more important than the people around you, so think before you shoot!
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
So who first introduced you to hunting? For most of us, men and women alike, the answer will probably be your father. For some women, it's husbands or boyfriends. For some, it was simply a close friend or mentor. Either way, it's so important to realize that hunting and fishing is a tradition, almost always passed on because someone loved us enough to share their passion and support us so that we could make it our passion. So take a minute today to think back to why you love the outdoors and who loved you enough to share it with you...
In the meantime, congrats to Casha for the gorgeous buck!
The hilarious part to me is that most men, while they love to look, and ogle, and even fantasize about these women, they really don't care. While it may cause most men to stop and look at the, ummm.. products.. a little longer (which is what the marketers are going for) chances are the wanna-be-barbies are flapping their botoxed lips and all the guy is hearing is "blah, blah, blah... look at this rack!... blah blah blah..."
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Overall, I think this is a good article, written for experienced shooters. One of the best parts is when Petzal explains that the state of mind has a definitive impact on the ability to hit or miss your target. He goes on to discuss that experienced shooters sometimes think too much, about too much information, that can cause one to "outsmart" themselves and miss their mark. However, in the final paragraph of the article, I think Petzal missed his mark. He writes:
"The difference between a good shot missing and a poor shot missing is this: A good shot will accept the fact that sometimes you're not going to hit and will banish a miss from his mind. Then he will resume hitting again. A poor shot will obsess about it. He will suffer from insomnia, weeping fits, incontinence, dandruff and the leaping fantods, and lose whatever shreds of confidence he might have had. And, of course, he will go on missing."
First off, I believe that while he's trying to sum up the article, and define the difference between a good shot and a poor shot with his witty remarks, he lost the focus of the article. Misses and bad shots happen to everyone, hopefully infrequently, but this paragraph suggest that goods shots just forget and move on. However, it also insinuates that poor shots (most of whom don't know that they are poor shots and don't care) need to banish thoughts of why something went wrong and, basically, just need to get over themselves.
The majority of the article dealt with hunting situations, so that's also how I am applying his final paragraph. All shooters, whether it be with firearms or a bow, need to not only recognize when they miss, but they need to dwell on the situation enough to fix it. While your life doesn't end because your shot wasn't perfectly placed, those types of misses, in the field, can result in injury or unnecessary suffering of an animal, instead of a direct kill. Instead of "banishing" the incident from the mind, enough contemplation is required to determine what went wrong and why, so that it doesn't happen again (even if it's a two second realization that you flinched and pulled to the right).
I don't want to debate Petzal's article because I don't necessarily disagree with him. However, I think Petzal summed up the difference as a black and white situation when it's anything but that. When you miss your target, do not dismiss it, contemplate it to fix it. But, don't go overboard on the contemplation either, because it is a fixable situation. From my experience, it's usually the bad shots that miss and move on. Good shots know how to diagnose and fix their mistakes. I believe the difference between good shots and poor shots is determination and discipline (practice makes perfect) and having the knowledge and willingness to continue to learn and grow as a shooter.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
It was Saturday morning and Jake, an avid hunter, woke up ready to go bag the first deer of the season. He walks down to the kitchen to get a cup of coffee, and to his surprise he finds his wife, Alice, sitting there, fully dressed in camouflage. Jake asks her, "What are you up to?" Alice smiles, "I'm going hunting with you!" Jake, though he has many reservations, reluctantly decides to take her along.
They arrive at the hunting site. Jake sets his wife safely up in the tree stand and tells her: "If you see a deer, take careful aim on it and I'll come running back as soon as I hear the shot." Jake walks away with a smile on his face knowing that Alice couldn't bag an elephant -- much less a deer. But not 10 minutes pass when he is startled as he hears an array of gunshots. Quickly, Jake starts running back. As Jake gets closer to her stand, he hears Alice screaming, "Get away from my deer!" Confused, Jake races faster towards his screaming wife. And again he hears her yell, "Get away from my deer!" followed by another volley of gunfire.
Now within sight of where he had left his wife, Jake is surprised to see a cowboy, with his hands high in the air. The cowboy, obviously distraught, says, "Okay, lady, okay! You can have your deer! Just let me get my saddle off it!"
Monday, January 19, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Product Review: The Pink Lady, by Charter Firearms. I first saw this product almost a year ago in an email newsletter that I receive. I had been looking for a revolver for some time and my husband and I had discussed the idea that a .38 special would be the best way to go. Of course, revolvers come in a wide array of options but we were looking for something that would not only be fun for me to practice with, but would also provide a good weapon for self-defense, if that occasion ever arose (hopefully it never does). So, the moment I saw this picture, I definitely started doing my research. My first impression was that the pink was a little bright and gaudy, but definitely eye-catching.
I didn't really continue the search for a revolver until we walked into a local sporting goods store this summer. And there sat The Pink Lady.. admist all the gray and black, she definitely stood out from the rest. Up close, the pink is not quite as bright and has a little bit of a shimmer that sparkles in the sun. I bought it on the spot. Taking it home, I couldn't wait to try it out! Not only was it accurate and light-weight, it was fun to shoot and has since become my favorite revolver. But don't just take my word for it, my future sister-in-law bought one for herself soon after!
The Pink Lady has a 2" barrel, 5 shot capacity and fixed sights, while weighing in at only 12 ounces. So ladies, if you're looking for a light-weight, fun-to-shoot pistol that packs a definite punch and offers the ability for good self-defense, this would definitely be a great revolver to look into. And for the men, if you're looking for a revolver to entice your favorite gal to get into the shooting sports or to join you at the range, I would recommend starting here. Not only does Charter Arms offer The Pink Lady but they now have The Lavender Lady and a red and stainless version.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I have always had a passion for the outdoors and hunting, but so have most of the men that I've grown up with and come to know. While it's wonderful that we share the same passion, it's important not to forget that we are physically very different. I'm a woman, and proud of that fact! Pink firearms or outdoor products allow me to say "Look at me! I hunt, I shoot guns, and bows, and arrows, but I'm going to look as cute as possible doing it!"
So many of us tend to lay aside our femininity while we're out on a hunt or in a gun store; and in some ways we have to, so that we can be taken seriously by the male population. Functional, pink products allow us to stand toe to toe with the men who share our passions, but it gives women the individuality not to be obscured by the ever present testosterone in our sports!
Not to mention, the marketers of pink products have definitely found a niche where their products will always be appreciated! I don't know how many of you go out of your way to purchase a pink product, but it definitely causes me to stop, look, and think twice about a product, whereas I might have quickly passed on the opportunity to purchase a more masculine product.
So what do you think? Share your opinions...
2 backstrap venison steaks (thawed)
1 medium bag of frozen mixed vegetables
2 10.75 oz cans (1 26 oz can) of cream of chicken soup
1 1/2 cups white rice
2 cups water
Mix vegetables, cream of chicken soup, rice and water together in crockpot. Add venison steaks. Cook on low for 8 hours. Season to taste. (You may need to add additional water.)
Monday, January 12, 2009
I started this blog with the intention of focusing solely on women in the outdoors, specifically in the realm of hunting. As I was creating this blog though, I realized that such a lifestyle encompasses so much more than the word "hunting" can ever define. This lifestyle includes a passion for wildlife, a respect for the outdoors, and the always evolving traditions that a hunting family creates and enjoys. So while deer season in Kansas is 8.5 months away (bow season) this blog will start with past hunting stories, new and better equipment, clothing specifically designed for women, pink camo accessories, venison recipes and so much more! I invite you to share your experiences, post photos and enjoy!