I didn’t grow up hunting, despite doing every other outdoor activity. My husband, Cody on the other hand has been hunting since he could walk. He is the one who made me fall in love with hunting. Cody's love for hunting was contagious and now I couldn’t imagine a life where I don’t hunt.
Cody showed me this passion and as much as I love him and our hunts together, finding a good group of women to learn and grow with was important to me. I did what any millennial looking for friends does, and I found a Facebook group. This led to another Facebook group, messaging some ladies and then signing up for a ladies-only dove hunt.
Loading up my Yeti, my Benelli, and my Mojos my emotions were all over the place. One second I was nervously thinking, “Will they like me? Will I like them?” The next I was bouncing with excitement over this new adventure. A minute later I would tell Cody, “I’m canceling, I’m not going”.
Luckily, I followed through and ended up meeting the BEST group of ladies and friends that I’ll have for the rest of my life. It was a weekend full of laughs, honest moments, side by sides, bird dogs, good food, and honestly only a few doves.
There’s something about surrounding yourself with women who share a passion with you. Especially when the passion is in a male-dominated field. God didn’t design women to operate the same as a man, so the dynamic is completely different on a woman’s hunt. This is something I’ll forever be grateful to experience.
Tips to Find Your Tribe
If you’re curious about how to get involved or find a group of women to hunt with, here are some tips!
- Search Facebook. Look up “women hunting” or something similar to find a Facebook group.
- Once you join, make a post looking for ladies in your area! Or even just wait and see if someone pops up.
- If you have a friend/acquaintance who hunts or is involved in the outdoors then reach out to them! They will normally be more than happy to teach you or have a friend to adventure with.
- Don’t be scared of a new experience! The worst that can happen is a bad time, but it will probably end up the greatest trip!
- If social media isn’t you’re forte, then check out your local gun clubs/ranges. Ask the employees at your local outdoor store about hunting groups or even individuals who could help you.
All it takes is one step to find your tribe, your new passion or to learn more! I’m so thankful for the times I’ve had with my tribe and the times to come. I’m glad God designed other women who love the outdoors as much as I do.