Have you ever thought of traveling to pheasant hunt? Don’t rule out Oregon! Check out my “how to” on The Shooting Channel. I sure feel blessed to live in such an accessible bird hunting state.
I’m very excited to announce the launch of my new venture MWB Wildlife Imagery. If you are interested in outdoor photography, please take a moment to peruse the pages of my new site here.
The site is still a work in progress, but I assure you, it will be worth the wait. Until then, sit back, and enjoy a little Cat Nap.
Nothing warms my heart more than when I have the opportunity to watch a child’s smile grow as they discover the great outdoors. This past weekend, I had that opportunity when I attended the 11th Annual Oregon Youth Outdoor Day at E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area with my family, together with the families of 750 other children.
For $5.00 a person, participants were allowed to wander from station to station and learn about a variety of outdoor activities, including: shooting sporting clays, archery, rock wall climbing, predator calling, waterfowl calling, wood duck box construction, birdhouse and bird feeder construction, fishing, casting, GPS use, duck decoy paining, elk calling, laser BB shooting, wilderness survival, dog training, fly tying and fly casting, amongst many other outdoor activities.
Although the event is geared toward first-timers, it was a the perfect refresher for the experienced outdoors kid, as well.
Registration provides a day full of fun for each youth, a backpack to carry all their gear, a t-shirt, and lunch. In all my years of outdoors education, I have yet to find another event that offers so much bang for the buck. ($5.00 also bought lunch for mom and dad, too).
I want to send a special thank you to all the volunteers, sponsors, and contributors who made this event possible, including:
- Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation
- Oregon Fish and Wildlife
- Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
- Friends of the NRA
- Oregon Hunters Association
- Sportsman’s Warehouse
- Oregon Duck Hunters Association
- Wild Sheep Foundation
- Hopp Insurance
- J’s Fish & Chips, Lincoln City, Ore
- Lancaster Village
- Oregon Trappers Association
- Safari Club International
- Santiam Flycasters/North Santiam Spey Casters
- Delta Waterfowl
- Duckmasters Labs
- Ducks Unlimited
- Northwest Steelheaders
- NW Liberty Reptiles
- National Wildlife Refuges
- Oregon State Marine Board
- Oregon State Police
- South Salem High School Environmental Club
- Yamhill County Search and Rescue
Without the collaborative efforts of these organizations, the future of our hunting and fishing sports would be in jeopardy. It is imperative that we continue to work together to expose children to the great outdoors.
Our family has already set the goal of bringing someone new to the event next year, someone who has never experienced what it is like to catch a fish, shoot a gun, or launch an arrow at a target.
Who do you have in your life who should be introduced to the outdoors? Have you taken the time to do so? Next time you head out to your favorite lake to cast a line, or up to the mountain to scout, take a first-timer with you and open their eyes to a whole new world!
In recent weeks I have been counting down “My Favorite Things” and sharing with you my favorite stuff from this world. In light of this week’s tragic events, I will take pause, and focus on those things that are truly my Favorites and most important in my life. For what is most important is not the material stuff, but rather family, friends, and my Faith.
Last week a senseless act of violence fell in my own community as a raged gunman entered Clackamas Town Center (CTC), my local mall. CTC is only a mile from my home. Although I am not much of a shopper, the mall is a central part of my life. I was just there last week with my family. The mall holds our local book store, my dentist’s office, the movie theater, and so many more conveniences we take for granted. With a shooting so close to home, I am reminded that evil exists in my own community. Reality unfolds….
Then- Friday’s massacre in a sleepy Connecticut town took so many of God’s angles, young and old. Precious lives were ripped from this Earth much too soon. It brings life into perspective. Lives have been tarnished; families destroyed.
This is not a time for political discussion of gun control, violent video games, or this Nation’s growing mental health epidemic. This is a time to focus on the blessings that have been bestowed on each of us, and making the most of the life we have here on this earth.
Three years ago, while traveling in South Africa, tragedy struck my own family. I found myself 10,000 miles from home, holding my dying husband’s body in my arms. As his life slipped away, I could only think of my young son, half a world away. It was the thought of my son, and my undying love for him, that helped me gain the courage and strength to persevere. One of the most precious memories I have is that moment when I was reunited with my son, months later. I cannot begin to imagine the thought of losing him forever. To hold him in my arms again provided me with a peace and love only a parent knows. (*I am blessed to still have my husband here, but that is a long story for another day.)
A parent’s love is unmatched. Tonight I hug my child a little harder, and a little longer before I tuck him into bed. My heart is broken for so many mothers and fathers in the world that have been robbed of this experience. They will have no more baths to give, lunches to pack, or school assemblies to attend. Laughter and smiles have left their homes.
Through the pain and devastation, I pray the families affected by the tragedy of this past week are aware of God’s undying Love for each of them. May the arms of our Lord wrap around our Country and bring us all comfort and peace in this Holy season.
2 John 1:3 “Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.”
Tis the season of holiday music, laughter, and smiles. Although it is not a “holiday” song, per se, one song I love to sing this time of year is “My Favorite Things” from the Sound of Music. While belting out the lyrics last week to put a smile on my son’s face, I got to thinking of many of my favorite things. I began by sharing the Prois Pro-Edition Vest, and now the list continues:
#2- My Taxidermist- Cory Wright
Although my taxidermist is a great friend and hunting companion, I absolutely LOVE the work he produces. Cory Wright, of CoryWright Taxidermy in Gresham, Oregon, is a true artist. Cory breathes life back into my trophy mounts that now grace the walls of my home. As long as Cory is in business, I will not allow anyone else to do my taxidermy work. The beauty of Cory’s work speaks for itself….
#3- My German Shorthair Pointer
Three years ago I treated myself to a special Christmas present (although I couldn’t bring her home until the following April). As an avid bird hunter, I decided it was time to raise my own bird hunting companion. I began my search for a German Shorthair Pointer and quickly found a breeder with “must have” dogs. After a visit with Howard Meyer of Chippewa Kennels in Corvallis, Oregon, I knew I must have one of his future pups. http://chippewa-gsp.com I spent time in the field with a few of Howard’s dogs and immediately fell in love. Not only were they all strong hunters, but their companionship and cooperation in the field was par to none, and their noses… their noses were exceptional!
I put down my deposit with my Christmas money before the new litter was even born, and several months later paid a visit to make my pick. I have not once been disappointed. Chippewa Gracie’s Molteno Storm (“Storm” for short) has become one of my best friends and hunting companions.
“Brown paper packages, tied up with string. These are a few of my favorite things.” What are you hoping to find all wrapped up this holiday gift-giving season? What are a few of your favorite things?
Earlier today I caught myself singing “My Favorite Things” from the Sound of Music. (Of course I was singing in my best Julie Andrews’ accent!) ”Rain drops on roses, and whiskers on kittens, Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens…” The song got me to thinking about my favorite things and why I hold them so near and dear to my heart. Family, close friends, my health, and my Lord and Savior are all at the top of the list. There are a number of other things in my life, however, that I feel I could not live without. Here is the rundown: Continue reading
Come hunt with me! Ladies in Camo is offering a great upland bird hunt package January 19 and 20, 2013. What better Christmas present could you give yourself? Check out http://www.ladiesincamo.com/huntsevents.html for more information and to reserve your spot today!
Hunt: Fully Guided Pheasant & Chukar Hunt. Minimum of 6 hunters/Maximum of 15.
Outfitter: Sage Canyon Outfitters, Maupin, OR http://sagecanyonoutfitters.com/index.html
Package Price: LIC exclusive price of $430 for the entire weekend of hunting; which includes trap shooting, light breakfast and a lunch both days, 5 birds (5 pheasant roosters Saturday/5 hens or chukars Sunday) on each day and a guide w/dog. Does not include lodging, evening meals, guide tips or license. Suggested lodging at Imperial River Company Hotel http://www.deschutesriver.com/ (averages $79 per night for double occupancy) #800-395-8903 for reservations.
Arrival/Departure: Arrive at Sage Canyon Outfitters at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday. You will depart Sunday after the hunt.
Booking your hunt: For more information, email email@example.com. A 50% non-refundable deposit is due at time of booking with the remainder due upon your arrival at the outfitter; if booking via email, the deposit is due within 10 days of booking to hold your spot. To reserve your spot, click on http://www.ladiesincamo.com/store/bookahunt.html.