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Women hunters: a new look at hunting in America

Guest Post

By Stacy Keogh, Professor of Sociology, Whitworth University
Originally published in Backcountry Hunters and Anglers‘s Backcountry Journal and reposted here with permission from the author.

I am not a hunter, but I have been around hunting my whole life. I grew up in northern California where my Dad hunted frequently and strongly encouraged his kids to participate from an early age. My sister and I took the hunter’s education class at the ripe ages of eleven and twelve, despite our marginal interest. We were the only girls in the class and the youngest students by at least a couple of decades. That group was not unlike the composition of the hunting camps we visited, where campfire conversation wasn’t exactly women-and-children friendly...

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Silent Candy

Guest Post

Rachel V.

By Rachel VandeVoort

Every year I inch closer to having my life back.  It is a terribly selfish thing for a mother to say.  But I say it out loud, along with a myriad of other not-so-perfect thoughts on the realities of being a mother.  The life I long to have back is my pre-child hunting life.  The days of endless miles of hiking, spontaneously exploring the millions of acres of National Forest that rest at my fingertips, happily enduring all inclement weather thrown in my path, throwing a few granola bars in my pack as ample sustenance for whatever lies ahead; all the things I took for granted as a hunter in the western United States before having kids.  

Post children, my hunting life with kids- when it exists- has become bribing the kids with chocolate to walk just a few more yards, m...

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Field Notes | Snow Goose Hunt

Snow geese - February 2015

Moving to D.C. from Montana was a tough adjustment. Not only are there more people in the metro area than my entire state but our yard is the size of a postage stamp and we’re lucky because we have green space! How was I supposed to survive without the outdoors? Could this place of concrete and marble really become home?

After learning some of the best waterfowling in the country takes place on the Chesapeake Bay, I was more than willing to make the hour drive to get in the duck blind. Since my inaugural east coast hunt six years ago, I have had many days in the blind but nothing compares to my snow goose hunt this year.

My alarm went off at 4:30 AM, I kissed my husband and lab, pulled on my warmest layers, triple checked I had a ten pack of hand warmers and jumped into my Mini...

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An Interview with Flyvines’ Erin Gabrian Kane


Today we’re sitting down with Erin Gabrian Kane, owner and creator of Flyvines and learning more about her and her business.  Flyvines recycles old fishing line to create braided lanyards, bracelets, coasters, dog leashes and sunglass retainers.  We’re excited to host this smart and savvy businesswoman and hope you enjoy the interview.  

Camo is the New Black: How did Flyvines start?

Erin Gabrian Kane: Flyvines started about six years ago, my business partner is an Outfitter, and was looking for a simple lanyard for his clients to use on the Missouri. After picking up some fly line and braiding it, the Flyvines lanyard was created. For the first year, it was developing the bracelets/lanyard/sunglass retainers and giving samples to the shops and guides to see their feedback.

CITNB: When ...

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Belly-crawling Fever

Guest Post


By Jenn Doherty

I found myself belly-crawling through prickly-pear cactus in hot pursuit of some antelope. I would quickly get in front of my husband, Mitch, before he would remind me that this was his hunt and I should get my own tag if I want to be the one with the gun. I thought about it for a while and decided he might just be right. After all, what was holding me back? I had gone through adult hunter’s safety and was comfortable carrying a gun in the field.

I didn’t grow up hunting. It was certainly all around me while growing up in a state Aldo Leopold called home for many years, but my family was not a hunting family. Instead I enjoyed hiking, backpacking, canoeing and other activities growing up, along with an instilled respect and appreciation for the outdoors...

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