Cheers to 2014!

Cheers to 2014 ~ from the red carpet in Vegas to the wilds of Africa, and everywhere in between. What a year to remember! Thank you to all who played a part in making the year so memorable.

A special thank you to: Próis Hunting and Field Apparel for Women, Women’s Outdoor News and Cabelas, with shout outs to Outdoor GPS and The Morning Bullride.

I cannot wait to see what 2015 has in store.

Ready. Set. Go! 

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Prois chicks and ticks… not a pleasant combination.

Author Michelle Whitney Bodenheimer and Britney Starr with Michelle's mighty blue wildebeest.   Image by Starr & Bodill African Safaris

Author Michelle Whitney Bodenheimer and Britney Starr with Michelle’s mighty blue wildebeest.
Image: Starr & Bodill African Safaris

This past July, I had the wonderful experience of hunting with Starr & Bodill African Safaris in the Eastern Cape of South Africa with five other unique and amazing women, including fellow Prois staffers Andrea Fisher and Britney Starr.  (Starr is coincidently one of the Starrs behind Starr & Bodill). We enjoyed 10 days of successful plains game hunting and a day of fishing in the Indian Ocean. It was an adventure I will never forget.

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The Measure of Success: a black-tailed deer hunt

Próis Hunting and Field ApparelThis morning I took to the woods under a cloak of darkness. Silently, I found my place and nestled in to sit and watch the forest wake around me. With the sun’s first rays I listened to the birds sing and held hope I would successfully fill my tag.

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Nightmares and Day Dreams (Re-Post)

I originally posted this story two years ago. As hunting season is now underway and many of us are introducing our children to the hunting and shooting sports for the first time, I feel it is an important message to share once again. Then again, is there ever a bad time to share this information? I think we all need safety reminders from time to time, regardless of age or experience.

*The names listed in this story have been changed to protect those involved.

There are a few cardinal rules in gun safety that must always be followed: 

     1- ALWAYS keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.

     2- ALWAYS treat a gun as if it is loaded.

     3- ALWAYS keep the safety on and your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot. 

ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS!
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Hunting season is here… It’s time to make Deer Camp Chili!

Fall is in the air! The colors are changing as the air turns crisp and cool. This also means it is HUNTING SEASON and time to make a big batch of Deer Camp Chili! (Did I mention this is my favorite season of the year???)

I have had several people ask me for recipe, although I really don’t have one. I have made the same from-scratch recipe for years which includes “a little of this and a little of that.” This year I took the time to write down the recipe for my grand children and their grand children to eventually enjoy. Until then, perhaps you can enjoy it, too. ;-)

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Join Me! NW Ladies Hunting Camp May 17 ~18, 2014

Are you interested in learning about the hunting and shooting sports? Or are you an experienced huntress wanting to fine tune your skills and network with other outdoor adventurers?

Join me, May 17 ~ 18, 2014, for the NW Ladies Hunting Camp!  This special event is sponsored by the NRA’s Women on Target® program and Extreme Desire TV, and is perfect for women of all backgrounds and experience levels.

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This two day event will be held in the beautiful Southern Willamette Valley near Pedee, Oregon, at Luckiamute Valley Pheasants.  Courses will be offered in a variety of outdoors skills, including, but not limited to: rifle and pistol shooting, archery, survival skills, outdoor photography, tracking, dutch oven cooking, field dressing, upland bird hunting, and so much more!

I will be joined by experienced instructors and leaders in the women’s hunting industry, including Candy Yow, Jennifer Holbrook, and Robin Rick, amongst others.

Registration is only $200 per participant ($269 after April 6), and includes all meals, course instruction, supplies and equipment, and includes a festive Saturday evening BBQ and fashion show!

For registration and more information click here.  Space is limited, so be sure to sign up today and take your outdoor skills to the next level!

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Running isn't to be left to the dogs.

Running isn’t to be left to the dogs.

As an avid hunter, it is very important I stay in shape in the off-season. In recent months I have taken up running to help keep me on task. I have never been a “runner”, but I realize it is not that difficult. Like most things in life, it is as simple as putting one foot in front of the other. (Okay, well maybe it isn’t that easy… but if I keep telling myself that, then maybe I will believe?)

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“Too Bad Hunting Isn’t an Olympic Sport” featuring Olympian Lanny Barnes

Originally posted on Get Outdoor with Amy Spoon & the Outdoor Chic Clique:

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Unless you have been living in a bubble, you know the 2014 Winter Olympics are in full swing.  There are some amazing American athletes with high hopes of bringing home the gold, but Tracy and Lanny Barnes, USA’s twin Olympian biathletes, were making headlines well before any American stepped foot in Sochi.  While only Lanny will be competing in Sochi, it is by no means because her twin sister, Tracy, was not deserving of representing the Country.  Tracy was originally the one who earned a spot on the team. Due to an extremely disappointing illness during the trials, Lanny was not able to perform to her full potential and didn’t make the team.  Tracy completely shocked her sister with, Lanny and Tracywhat was more of a demand than a request, that Lanny take Tracy’s spot on the Olympic team and head to Sochi.  It is one of the most selfless…

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The Hunt that Opened My Eyes… Part III (Repost)

This summer I will be returning to the Dark Continent, a place I once called home. I will hunt and fish with Starr & Bodill African Safaris, then return to a mission that is responsible for changing my life.  In homage to my upcoming adventure, I continue to share a series of posts I first made in late 2011. I look forward to adding a new chapter to this story in the months to come.

RECAP- Our 2009 South African safari was amazing, and the hunting phenominal. Todd and I had both harvested a number of animals and experienced new, beautiful terrain.  However, our vacation quickly took a turn for the worse.  While hunting bushbuck toward the end of our trip, Todd collapsed in my arms… he had no pulse… he was not breathing… he was dying. Continue reading

The Hunt that Opened My Eyes… Part II (Repost)

This summer I will be returning to the Dark Continent, a place I once called home. I will hunt and fish with Starr & Bodill African Safaris, then return to a mission that is responsible for changing my life.  In homage to my upcoming adventure, I continue to share a series of posts I first made in late 2011. I look forward to adding a new chapter to this story in the months to come.

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