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A True Maine Outdoors Woman!

The following is a copy of my article from the Northwoods Sporting Journal 

Who is on your short list when you think of outdoors women?  I would like to think that if you are reading my articles, that my name would be there.  I also hope that Robin Follette is on your list.  If it isn’t, you need to quickly head over to her website and be prepared to spend hours reading her stories and reviews.  She is one of the top outdoors women in Maine that you may not know about.

Last year, Robin declared that it was her year and she was going to attack that to do list with gusto.  She had a long list of goals having to do with her vegetable garden, flower gardens, fruit trees and bushes as well as trying to raise two pigs, six turkeys, meat chickens and ducks to provide meat all winter long. She also wanted to:

* Bow hunt turkey and deer

* Bear hunt

* Rifle hunt deer if bow hunt fails

* Moose hunt

* Partridge and woodcock hunt

And these are just a small sampling of her list from last year.  The best part about it was reading her stories as she checked each goal off the list.

On opening day of the season, Robin shot a 17 pound, 12 ounce Tom with a 9.5″ beard.  Her second turkey ever!  In September, after seeing a big bear on her trail camera, Robin made up her mind to dedicate the time needed to harvest that bear.  She told herself that she would make time (her daughter was getting married, she had teaching courses on the calendar etc) and put in a good effort in order to shoot her first bear.  Then, as she sat in her ground blind, she made the decision to take a wounded bear when it had a hard time opening the bait barrel. Knowing that it might not make it through the winter, Robin took her shot and got her bear.  Her trophy bear. 

Then, in November as I waited for my husband and Dad to come in from the woods, my phone started ringing.  It was Robin. I got so excited that I almost didn’t answer the call in time.  Seven years of deer hunting and she had just shot her first deer - a bruiser of a buck that weighed in at 188lb and had 8 points on his head.  In one year and lots of determination, she had three incredible hunts under her belt.  All of these experiences plus a whole host of others were documented on her blog for us to read and experience with her.

From battling snapping turtles and hunting turkey and bear to learning how to pickle deer heart, skinning ducks and raising/hunting a year's worth of free-range meat, Robin tackles any challenge head on and full of excitement to learn more.  When you read her blog, you can not help but get sucked in and become just as excited as she is.

I met Robin when we were both on the board of Friends of Becoming an Outdoors-Woman in Maine. Since then, Robin has continued to teach classes at each of the Introductory Skills weekends for BOW.  She is a community leader for the Woman and Our Woods program, run through the Downeast Lakes Land Trust and is actively promotes and encourage any woman who wants to learn more about hunting, fishing, homesteading etc. to do so and be comfortable asking questions.  She is there to help with questions about fishing, writing, cooking, gardening, hunting and is open to any thoughtful conversation.  Robin opens herself up to "anti-hunters" and encourages them to ask questions and have a dialogue, believing that we are not that different in our love of animals. 

We don’t celebrate the outdoor women around us enough and Robin Follette is one to be celebrated.  She is honest in the challenges and successes of outdoors women and celebrates them.  We are lucky to have her as a resource and advocate for hunters.  She is a true Maine outdoors woman!  



  1. A wicked good Maine woman!

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