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Where are the women?

This week, my interview with Steve at The Maine Outdoorsman went live. Steve said yesterday 200 people hit his site viewing over 500 pages. That is a lot of people reading about little ole me and hunting. Why? When I think of women who are in the general public's eye and hunt, I can think of 2 - Country singer Miranda Lambert and Sarah Palin. Why only two? Why is the female hunter such a fascinating thing? (I should probably note that I do not have cable so any and all female hunters on the hunting stations are lost to me. I'll keep it to the general public because that's what I am familiar with.) People/media were fascinated by the fact that they could get footage of Palin and her gun, shooting (and gutting) animals but I feel like the nostalgia would be lost if they had the same footage of McCain. Lambert and her hubby Blake Shelton tweet photos of their kills, and comment on what/where they are hunting. I only know this because I follow both. That's it. I can not think of any other women who are public about their hunting.
As I am writing this, a coworker made a comment about another coworker needing some vacation time and that he would be better after his drunken hunting weekoff. Maybe that's why women hunting is so interesting - we don't fit in the mold of the at-sports-camp-drinking-lots-of-beer-not-really-hunting stereotype of a hunter. At least for me, hunting is a serious thing. I am not a big drinker anyways, but the idea of drinking and hunting (even if its a hangover from the night before) terrifies me. I have a very healthy respect for my gun and I know that even though the safety is on, its not 100% safe. The idea of shooting myself (or my dad) makes me sick to my stomach (I felt bad when I hooked his finger while we were fishing when I was maybe 10) so I know I need to be on my game when I am holding my 30-06. Im proud to be a hunter and I think its really cool that I get to have the chance to hang out with my dad, be in the Maine woods and hunt in the same area my grandfather's did when they were my age. I like being a Maine girl who hunts - so where are all of the other women???

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  1. There are more and more women in the hunting woods these days and a fair share of them are featured in those hunting shows that do run on cable. It is still a male dominated sport, but I follow several blogs written by women who are hunters such as yourself. I think it is great that you are out there cheering loudly for women in the outdoors. Keep it up!

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  2. Any recommendations Trey? Maybe they are on Hulu and I can check them out. Thanks for the support!

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  3. Rick, Trey, Duckman and many others all have extensive blog rolls listing women who hunt and fish. Check them out and link away! Its a great way to make connection with other women who hunt. Also, you need to make a "blog listing" in your side bar and link to your new friends!

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  4. My blog listing is at the bottom but I will move it. Ill change it out with my Twitter Im still learning, Steve! =)

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  5. Check these out

    http://bulletsandbiscuits.blogspot.com/

    http://huntlikeyourehungry.blogspot.com/

    You may like these and tell them that Trey sent you!

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  6. Thanks Trey! I added them to my google reader and will check them out. Im excited about what they are posting and I havent started reading them. I will keep you posted =)

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  7. Yeah, you put up/moved your blog list . . . hey wait a minute . . . :(

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  8. I added you to my list. Wish you could say the same =)

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  9. Don't tell them Trey sent you or you will scare them off ;)haha.

    I will be back to give you more links to woman hunter/outdoor blogs, I'm at work now. sshhhhh

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  10. Awesome! I look forward to it. You had to work on Columbus Day? Yuck = )

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  11. Don't listen to LB when she is talking about me. She is still upset that I beat her in every blog giveaway/contest. :) Can't help that I am lucky!

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  12. Wait - you two have giveaways??? = )

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  13. From time to time you find someone hosting a blog give away for their followers. Check this out for an example.

    http://treyluckie.blogspot.com/2011/06/its-give-away-time.html

    LB makes the best jams and jellies on this earth. She will give some of that away so keep watching!

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  14. Ohh... that sounds yummy and fun. I think I need more than 10 people following my blog first though. Right? Maybe I can make something and just give it away for an incentive to like my blog - ha!
    Thanks Trey

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  15. You are welcome! The blogging community is a fun one. I see that you have already made a few friends. That will only grow! Feel free to stop by my blog when you get a chance. I have the best followers!!!

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