Thursday, December 1, 2016

Do they call it partidge hunting?

I don't bird hunt so I can never really be totally sure when people say that they are going bird hunting.  Does that mean partridge? grouse? aren't they the same thing? In this case, I wanted partridge.

Staci and I decided to try out luck partridge hunting this fall.  We loaded the shotguns up, our outdoor gear and drove into the empty dirt roads of the Maine woods.  The fog had not lifted from the valley but the sun was making the foliage glow on the sides of the mountains.


It could not have been a more perfect October morning. The colors were radiant and there was just a small breeze.  We left the main dirt roads and headed down skidder trails to look for birds that might be hanging out close to the road.


Moose season was starting the following week so we kept our eyes and ears out for moose while we drove and walked down the paths.  After not hearing or seeing any birds down one stretch, I backed my car back on to the main dirt road.  I didn't even have time to put the car in park or drive before a partridge flew in front of the windshield.  Staci and I looked at each other and re-parked the car and started walking to see if we could find the bird.  No luck.



We drove and stopped and listened. Drove more and kept an eye out for birds along the roadway. It was an almost perfect fall day and the colors and scenery and company made up for the lack of birds that we were seeing.


Finally, we turned a corner and saw a partridge in the road, strutting his stuff.  I came to a stop as quickly and slowly as I could while Staci got out and in position to take a shot.  The bird was nervous and jumped a few times as he crossed the road, angling away from us.  Before Staci could get a good shot off, the bird flew.

There were a few expletives and laughs before we headed back down the road.  We stopped to eat lunch in a small clearing and enjoyed the warm sun and cool breeze.  We went home empty handed but the experience and fun of trying a new hunt is always worth the time and effort.

Monday, November 14, 2016

You wouldn't believe

The things that I have been up to... Running out of things to write about, there was only one solution and that was to get outside and explore. 

Here is a quick glimpse of what I've been up to and what you will be reading about very soon!


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

What makes hunting in Maine so great

Hunting in Maine is unique.  Our landscape is different than most states, our predators are a lot more abundant (hello 36,000 black bear roaming the woods) and we have a shorter season that most.  Recently, I highlighted these challenges for the National Deer Alliance and wrote about why they makes Maine such a great place to hunt.

Click here to read my article for the National Deer Alliance.




Friday, September 16, 2016

Must have clothing for outdoor women

I did a radio interview recently and was asked about women's hunting apparel and if it is getting better. I ecstatically answered Yes!  Thanks to my involvement with EvoOutdoors, I have been fortunate enough to learn what you really need to be wearing when you are in the woods during bear season, deer season, coyote etc. With the holidays coming up, here are my MUST HAVEs for any outdoorwoman or man.

First Lite: I sit while I hunt and I was always getting sweaty on my way in or out of the woods. I layer so that I can stay warmer longer but it would also take me a while to regulate my body temperature after I got warm walking into my stand. I can only imagine how much more comfortable my hunts would have been had I learned about this company and actually worn their products years ago. Here are my must haves: start with the Lupine Crew as your base layer and follow that up with the Artemis Hoody and depending on the temps, I will add the Halstead Tech Fleece on top of that. These layers are so warm and breathable… I actually wore my Artemis fishing in 80+ degree weather (to cut the morning chill and reduce sun exposure) and I stayed dry and cool the entire time.  I also wear the Corrugate Guide Pants which are perfect for bear baiting when it is hot out and you want to limit the amount of exposure you have to ticks, mosquitoes etc.

Kryptek Helios kept me cool in the 90 degree heat

Kryptek: The very first time I sat by myself to bear hunt, it was 90 degrees and I had the wrong gun with me (see blog for compete story.) My must have is the Kryptek Helios ¼ zip top.  I was camo'd, dry and comfortable. It was incredible. I stayed scent free and was ready when that hunt turned exciting.

Prois: Kristie and Katherine have created a line for women that covers all kinds of hunts, locations and conditions. These ladies are hysterical on social media and are incredibly easy to contact and talk to about their gear if you have questions. So many of their pieces are must haves! Last fall, when deer season was too warm and I didn’t need a lot of layers, I wore my Prois Reversible Sherpa Vest with the blaze orange on the outside along with a Lupine crew and I was all set. This spring while Dad and I were scouting for turkey, I wore my Generation X Jacket.  We got caught in a downpour and when we made it back to the house, my jacket was almost completely dry! The rain rolled right off the jacket and I was dry. 

Prois Reversible Sherpa Vest and beanie






All three of these companies have extensive catalogues of gear and if you are wondering what to get the outdoorswoman or man in your life, check these places out.  Hunting gear is not cheap, we all know that, but I can promise you that upping the quality of your gear will pay off tremendously and the more comfortable you are while hunting, the longer you can stay and the more alert you will be. 













* I do not receive any benefits from these companies to write about their gear.  These are my opinions based on my experiences with their clothing.