Growing up, my Dad hunted each fall.  My sister and I would come home from school and if there were organs floating in a bowl of water in the refrigerator, then we knew Dad had gotten a deer.  I remember going out to the barn at night while he butchered it and I would watch him and talk to him about how and where he had shot it.

In 2002, my Dad let me tag along with him while he went hunting.  I was in charge of rattling the antlers.  He had me practice a couple of times so I would do it just long enough and with enough intensity to sound legit.  When I rattled in my first buck and Dad shot it, I was hooked.   In the years that followed, we have built three tree stands and I have two other portable tree seats that I hunt from.  I shot my very first deer from the first tree house that we built.

Dad and I have hunted in every kind of weather (the most fun by far is hunting in the snow!) and have become good hunting partners.

After I was interviewed about being a female hunter, I decided to start seriously blogging about hunting and I launched And a Strong Cup of Coffee in 2010 to document my hunting adventures with Dad. I write about my hunting adventures, topics related to the deer and bear populations in Maine, what is it like to be a young female hunter and other new adventures I may encounter along the way.

I write a monthly column in the Northwoods Sporting Journal called "Women in the Woods" and am a member of the New England Outdoor Writers Association and Outdoor Writers Association of America, serving on their National Affairs and Environment committee.  I am also the co-Founder and Chair of the board for Women of the Maine Outdoors, a nonprofit working to help women get the funding needed to attend outdoor educational opportunities.

Thanks for visiting and reading my blog!


  1. just read your united ,we win in the nwj .again ,you are rite on point.as an older women I did not hunt with my dad .that was for the boys. every year they would get a week off in the spring and in the fall. I always said when I grow up I will hunt. I was very lucky to find a man that understood that . we brought up two boys that both hunt and fish. take only what they or someone else will eat. I myself hunt,geese, partridge, deer and turkey. not yet successful with all of them but, still trying.in all man woman or child we need to protect what we like to do. I am sorry to here what we might face again another bear issue. we need to stay strong.


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