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Ain't that a purty sight? I think it is, because you just don't see it too often - four women headed out for a duck hunt.
I took that picture almost two years ago just before we headed out into the marsh for a little afternoon duck hunting. It was Lucrezia's (right) first duck hunt, and she and Penny (the blonde) ended up getting a snow goose each, which was pretty awesome.
I'm excited to be working on a much bigger women's duck hunting event this November in the Sacramento Valley. Working with Delta Waterfowl and Cal Waterfowl, we're putting on a women's duck hunting weekend for apprentice hunters.
The women will gather Friday Nov. 11 at Red Bank Outfitters in Red Bluff for a night of gourmet game and wine. We'll spend the next day on training - waterfowl ID, shooting instruction, and everything you need to know about hunting ducks on public or private land. Then on Sunday, the participants will head out to a variety of private duck clubs in the Sacramento Valley for a mentored hunt.
The price is $175 per person, and that includes two nights' lodging at Red Bank, food, training and, of course, the hunt. It's a pretty sweet deal.
Know of any women 21 and older who'd be interested in this? Please share this information with them. Sign-ups go through Oct. 7 or when we've reached our limit of 25 women, whichever comes first. Women need to have licenses with state and federal duck stamps, and they need to have, or borrow, their own clothing, gear and guns.
Click here for information and the application form. And if you're one of the women who wants to do this, see you there!
Update: I have really exciting news about this hunt: SHE Outdoor Apparel has agreed to donate one pair of its new women's waterfowl waders to one lucky participant of this hunt. These are high-end waders - they retail for $240. So ladies, if you think you really wanna be a duck hunter, you might want to get in on this.
© Holly A. Heyser 2011