Fellow Blogger Blindsided by Buy-Out

Everyone needs to head over to From the Draw and read Emily’s story about how her former domain name (Scent Free Lip Gloss) was taken from her unexpectedly – and how you might be able to avoid the same thing happening to you.  Emily has an awesome site, full of hunting and fishing stories, humor, and even art!  I know she will appreciate the visit, and you will enjoy the time you spend with her.

The Importance of Hunter Education

“…if you want to feel what it is like to be human again, you should hunt, even if just once” – Georgia Pellegrini in Girl Hunter.

If you have never hunted before, but think you might want to do so, now is a great time to take a Hunter Education Course.  If you plan on hunting in Texas, and you were born on or after September 2nd, 1971, you are required to take Hunter Ed, unless you want to be accompanied by a “responsible adult” every time you go out.  And this is a good thing.  I’ve seen the difference a Hunter Education course makes in the ethics of new hunters, as well as in their understanding of the State hunting laws.

According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife website, a Hunter Ed course “…provides instruction in Texas hunting regulations, wildlife management and identification,  conservation, ethics, firearm and hunting safety and responsibility, and outdoor skills.”  And with the course costing only $15 for 14 hours of instruction, it’s a bargain!

Check with your State parks and wildlife department for a listing of courses in your area – but here’s something else to consider for those who feel they might not be able to “kill Bambi” – go with a hunter and just enjoy being in nature.  I’ve sat in a blind with my youngest son many times, completely silent, waiting and watching for his deer to come into view.

During the wait, I was priviledged to view a hidden world as it took place without interference from humankind.  While experiencing the excitement of someone else’s hunt, I had plenty of time to take beautiful pictures and relax in the peace of a silent wood.

You can read about my son’s first hunting trip by CLICKING HERE.

Enjoying these experiences and wanting to encourage others to get out there and hunt has caused me to take steps to become a Hunter Education Instructor myself, and I hope to be leading a women-only hunt this fall.  So even if you are in the age range that isn’t required to take Hunter Ed, why not do it anyway?  Take advantage of the off season and learn more about hunting in your home state.

For a listing of state hunting regulations, go to the Dane County Conservation League’s site:  Hunting Season Links by State.  They have links to every state, as well as Canada.

“Is there a little feral ‘Kat’ in all of us?”

That’s the question asked by Barbara Baird over at Women’s Outdoor News, regarding the blockbuster movie, The Hunger Games.  Apparently, I’m way behind the times, having not yet read The Hunger Games series, nor seen the movie – though I’m hoping to remedy that situation next weekend.

Check out Barbara’s comments on THG, and her comparison of Katniss Everdeen (the heroine) with Stacey Huston, real-life bow hunter in “Is there a little feral ‘Kat’ in all of us?” – and let me know if you have read the books or seen the movie.  I’d love to know what you think of them!

Recipe Review: Adobo Javelina Backstrap

Not long ago, I posted that I was going to make Georgia Pellegrini’s Adobo Javelina Backstrap recipe and review “Girl Hunter, Revolutionizing the way we eat, one hunt at a time.”  Time got away from me and what I thought had been only a couple of weeks ago, has actually turned into a month.  I did, however, make the dish and enjoyed it very much, as did my husband and son.

For the recipe, check out my previous post, “Recipe Review Coming Up.”  In the instructions, Georgia recommends brining the meat first because, as she says, game animals are athletes, running in the wild each and every day, so the meat can tend to be tough if not processed properly.

After following her technique, I can say that this dish was extremely tender and tasty, although I did end up cooking it longer than the recipe required.  The smoky flavor of the chile and adobo sauce really dominates, and although this is not an extremely spicy dish, it might be a bit much for someone that likes their food bland – but then again, said person would not likely try a dish with “adobo” in the title to begin with. 🙂  I would recommend pairing it, though, with side dishes such as rice and steamed veggies so that the pork is allowed to shine as the primary flavor fiesta.

I used hog tenderloins, rather than javelina backstrap, and Georgia states that the recipe may also be used well with antlered game, which would not require the brining process.

Girl Hunter” is filled with recipes for many different types of game, mixed in and among stories of Pellegrini’s hunts for each animal in a beautiful and intellectual tome.  Each scene is painted with such artistry that you feel as though you are right there with her, slipping into the shadows, waiting for that tom turkey to come trotting out, volunteering to be tonight’s tasty treat.

I highly recommend the book, especially for anyone that loves hunting and/or cooking.  You can purchase “Girl Hunter,” or read more about it, by clicking here.

Find us on the Outdoor Blogger Network!

Rounds & Roses is now part of the Outdoor Blogger Network, a site where writers can share their love of the outdoors with all who venture in.  As stated on the OBN website:  “One of the main goals of the Outdoor Blogger Network is to provide a centralized site on the web for writers and readers of Outdoor related blogs to come and peruse a vast listing of the best Outdoor blogs in existence.”

The site, which now hosts 1218 outdoor blogs listed in over 72 categories, was the brainchild of friends and fishing buddies, Rebecca Garlock, aka The Outdooress, and Joe Wolf of Flowing Waters.  The two dreamed up the concept of OBN while on a fly fishing trip for trout in Oregon.  They believed that “…a unified group of Bloggers has a much better chance of being taken seriously by the Outdoor industry as a viable part of the media.”

Based on the huge number of outdoor bloggers, each with their own following, who participate, as well as the large number of national media outlets and businesses that have jumped onboard, it appears Garlock and Wolf have been extremely successful in their endeavor.

Whether your love is shooting sports or kayaking, fishing or hiking, outdoor photography, conservation, hunting, or myriad other activities that involve the great outdoors, you are sure to find what you are looking for at Outdoor Blogger Network.

We are proud to be part of this group and encourage you to head over to OBN and discover the great outdoors – oh, and be sure to leave a comment for us while you are there.  You can find us under Family Outdoors in the Outdoor Blog Directory, or by clicking here.

Magazine for young shooters

For those that still have members of the under-18 crowd at home, or who know of young people in that category, did you know the NRA publishes a monthly magazine just for junior shooters?  You and/or your junior can view the February issue online, as well as previous issues, by clicking here:  NRA InSights:  News for Young Shooters.

Each month the magazine brings news, contests, stories, games, and more to young people interested in hunting and the shooting sports.  There are also tips, conservation news, podcasts, camp listings, tons of photos, and too much more to list.

Check it out, and don’t miss this month’s feature story on Cool Jobs:  Exhibition Shooter – Ramping It Up! by Linda Hoff.

New Books to Review!

Just received “Shoot,” by Julie Golob today, as well as “Girl Hunter,” by Georgia Pellegrini, two books I’m looking forward to reading and reviewing.  “Shoot” is “Your guide to shooting and competition,” and contains 248 pages of photos, tips, techniques, and training concepts.

“Girl Hunter” is not just about the hunt, but also about how to prepare the game in delectably delightful dishes.  Subtitled as “Revolutionizing the way we eat, one hunt at a time,” Pellegrini acknowledges the desire of many these days to know where their food comes from.

Stories of her hunting journey, along with the recipes, add up to over 245 pages of great reading.  Needless to say, although I’m a fast reader, I will not be ready to review either of these next week, but will get to it eventually.  I’m excited about making some of Georgia’s recipes and letting you know how they turn out.

Hope to at least get a recipe reviewed soon, so stay tuned…

Debutante Hunters

Check out this short film, Debutante Hunters, that was entered into the Sundance Film Festival:


The girls featured are from the low country of South Carolina, where my son and his family live, and it’s a great little short film that represents hunting in a positive light.  It’s not gory, but if you don’t like hunting, don’t watch the film.

Debutante Hunters was the winner of the Yahoo! Audience Award, so check it out!

Women’s Shooting Events Going Viral

Just a short note tonight to say that I am sooooo excited about all that is going on in the world of women’s shooting sports/events/activities these days.  I talked to Lynne Finch today, of National Take Your Daughter To The Range Day, http://nationaltakeyourdaughtertotherangeday.com/, and Female and Armed blog, http://www.femaleandarmed.blogspot.com/, and some very exciting things are in the works.

If you haven’t checked out those sites yet, please do, and please get involved.  This will be a great opportunity to get many young women out to the range and introduce them to the shooting sports.

Also, I have ordered four books, all of which I believe have been published within the last year – probably in the last six months – related to women who shoot.  I will be doing reviews here soon, so keep watching for that, and will also have some interviews of amazing young people, who are truly the next generation of shooters.

There are so many different disciplines within the shooting sports, from practical shooting to hunting, and from cowboy/girl shooting to Olympic events, that there is truly something for everyone.  Check out my previous blog post:  “Ladies, You Are in Good Company,” at https://roundsandroses.wordpress.com/2011/10/19/ladies-you-are-in-good-company/, to get an idea of the size and scope of women’s shooting events.

To Pink Or Not To Pink…

So here’s the question:  “Women wearing pink camo:  What are you trying to blend into?”

And of course that question could be asked of anyone wearing any color of camo in any setting outside the typical hunt setting, i.e., the woods.

But as the debate continues on whether pink camo, hunting gear, fishing gear, and pink guns themselves are actually enticing to women, more pink gear is being made and displayed in stores every day.

Only about 15-16% of women, “survey said,” prefer the color pink for their hunting and fishing gear, although no one is sure of the percentage of women that actually purchase those items.  Obviously, pink gear is being sold or savvy manufacturers would not be making it, but are the women who actually shoot and fish primarily the ones purchasing the gear?

About half the women surveyed in recent studies said they felt pink outdoor gear to be insulting, and most women in the survey said they prefer traditional camo colors or black for their gear, although many probably don’t care one way or the other.

Initially, I was put off by the pink camo due to the fact that I’ve never been a pink girl and I felt that the manufacturers were just assuming that most women likepink – because we’re girls.  In fact, I’ve never seen pink gear out at the range where I shoot, and most of the women I know who hunt and fish are not into the girly-girl look – at least not at the range or in the hunting blind.  I also felt that if companies wanted to appeal more to women, and thought the color of the gear was the way to go about it, they would offer a wider range of colors and not focus so much on just one.

Another reason is that I think we’ve been inundated with pink everything lately, ad nauseam.  I have no qualms about the breast cancer pink campaign, but when it is showing up on everything from toilet paper to professional football players, I can’t help but feel like it’s gone too far.

And maybe it’s just the shade of the pinkness that bothers me.  I do have a couple of caps I wear to the range that have traditional camo along with a very light pink logo, or some other small, light pinkness to it – but the bright, hot pink that’s going around is just too much for this strawberry-redhead to handle.  And pink guns?  I still can’t get used to that.  Yes, I think some of the guns look cute, but is that really what you want to pull from your holster – a “cute” gun?  I mean, we’re not playing games here.  This is not Barbie’s Day at the Gun Range or Barbie Defends Herself Against the Rapist day, or even Barbie Takes Down a Big Buck day – you get the idea.

So do I mind that there are more options for women in hunting and fishing gear?  Absolutely not.  Do I know of anywomen who have purchased these items?  No.  Would I like a wider range of color options?  Yes.  Would I actually purchase them?  H’m, probably not.

And therein may lie the problem.  I think there are a lot of women who think some of the pink gear is adorable – in the stores, but when it comes down to actually buying guns and accessories that they will use out in the field or carry on their person, it’s probably rare that the pink stuff makes it past the front door – except as a gift from the guy who is trying to get his princess to go hunting with him :0)  I guess we’ll just see how the market unfolds over time.

So what do you think?  Pink or no pink?  That is the question.