As a youth I grew up in a small town in central Vermont. The outdoors has always been a part of my life. In my youth it was the excitement of exploring the brook near my home for treasures. I collected rocks with my brothers and buried things near the brook in the fall to see if it would still be there in the spring. I spent afternoons lying on the big rock in the middle of the brook reading and when I got older a fought with my parents or friends, or boyfriends I would run away to my rock in the brook. My dad was and still is a hunter. I went out in the woods with him once when I was in my pre teen years and I loved being in the woods but wasn't a fan of shooting anything. I thought hunting was so mean. In my adolescent years I didn't understand the reasoning behind it and I refused to eat anything that my dad would go out and hurt. Those poor defenseless deer.
Now twenty years later I have changed my outlook so completely. I see that hunting isn't just going out kill something, it's about providing for your family. I calculate my deer by how many meals I get out of it. As much as I love antlers they are not always what I look for. Though my pups love when I bring them home some antlers to chew on. I started hunting four years ago. I love hunting deer and I have to say that Turkey is one of my all time favorite things to hunt. My husband says that will wear off after I shoot enough but every hunt is so different and exciting. If you haven't tried it you should get out and try. I have recently started exploring more hunting opportunities. I have been bear hunting in Maine at South Branch Lake Camps for the last two years. I have seen some beautiful bear but have yet to take a shot on one. I enjoy seeing others hunt and get their game. I have decided recently to try rabbit hunting in my near future and maybe some duck hunting. It's a big open world out there and so many things to explore. Stay tuned for more from this woman sportsman! Have a fantastic day!