Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Chicks with firesticks in the news

It's that time of year when stories about women hunters proliferate, and while I pass over a lot of them every day, these three today are worth sharing:

Minnesota woman bags 27-point buck

My old friend Chris Niskanen at the St. Paul Pioneer Press writes about Kelly Gustafson of Welch, Minnesota, taking down this enormous buck with a single shot from her muzzleloader at 40 yards.

"The buck's many tines look like a small oak tree on its head," Niskanen writes. "The base of the rack is so thick Gustafson can't reach her hand around it."

Because Gustafson's husband works for a local hunting products company, Robinson Outdoors, she and her buck will be featured in next year's catalog.

Click here for the full story.

That's not a pot belly on this hunter

A Wyoming photo blogger has a nice spread about Rachel, a woman who at 8-months pregnant was trying to bag a deer. The photographer, Ashley Wilkerson, was only able to go out with her once, but she got a lot of beautiful photos of the huntress, capped off at the end with a photo of her and her new baby.

Click here to see it yourself.

The wacky duck-huntin' professor

Longtime California outdoors writer Pete Ottesen did a piece for the Stockton Record about some crazy chick professor who loves hunting ducks.

She's on a mission to help other women hunt, and she's a compulsive writer. You might recognize her. Click here to find out.

Finally, the unkillable pheasant

This isn't a huntress story per se, but it's a good one. When Boyfriend and I went hunting this weekend, we agreed that he would blog about Saturday's pheasant hunt and I would blog about Sunday's duck hunt.

I definitely got the short end of the stick - duck hunting sucked on Sunday. And actually, pheasant hunting sucked on Saturday too. But the story of the Teflon bird we did manage to bring home is a really good one. If you haven't seen it already, click here to check it out.

At least I got to take some pretty pictures of feathers for it...

© Holly A. Heyser 2008


Tom Sorenson said...

I thought this title was gonna be an article on you: "The wacky duck-huntin' professor" :) Just kiddin'!

Great to see the ladies out getting the job done! And from the desk of Mr. Obvious, that is a big big buck from Minnesota. Wow!

Brandon Darnell said...

Interesting roundup. I liked the one about you.

SimplyOutdoors said...

I loved the story of the pregnant women who was still out hunting.

I tried to convince my wife-who is a huntress-to do something like that, but I just couldn't convince her.

Thanks for pointing out all the stories.

Anonymous said...

That is so funny, I had posted about the same thing and then I came to visit here and saw it again.

Like tom says it's nice to see the ladies closing the deal on a awesome buck like that.

Anonymous said...

The piece on you was great Holly. I also read the story of the Teflon pheasant on Hank's blog. That was one tough bird.

NorCal Cazadora said...

Heh heh heh - he was sure tender last night! Boyfriend brined him for eight hours and roasted him.

Native said...

Great reading on "The Wacky Duck Huntin' Professor"

Hanks story about the Pheasant was hilarious!

Are funny things starting to happen to him?
I have heard that people who have spent some time around me start to report strange events happening to them as well.

Physiologically speaking Holly, women have "more" body parts for the blood to have to get to and then warm up than men do.
And that, is why women get colder faster than men.

NorCal Cazadora said...

Now, I'd always heard our extremities get so cold because our bodies funnel warmth to our core to protect babies. But I tried looking that up once and couldn't find anthing to back it up.

And, yes, I think you are a weird-magnet. But then again, so are we. Strange things happen to us all the time. I'd like to think it's because we appreciate strange things, but ya never know.

Phillip said...

Great stuff, Holly! Congrats on getting to be the subject instead of the writer for a change! Otteson did a great job.

As to the other stuff... well, weird attracts weird, I think, so teflon pheasants are only the beginning.

Swamp Thing said...

HEY - at least you HAVE sunday hunting!

Enjoy the tales as always!

NorCal Cazadora said...

Ooooh, don't get me started on that! I'm a big believer in separation of church and state...