The first topic that was brought up talked about how important comfort is for us and men underestimate it. The writer brought up an uncomfortable turkey hunt she had, where she was growing tired of sitting, because they sat in a briar patch. It’s my belief that as a hunter, even if I’m with someone else, it’s my job to say something if I’m growing uncomfortable and getting tired of sitting. I’m there to hunt. If I want to bring a cushion to sit on for those long hours, I will. If I forget it, that’s on me and no one should have to accommodate me to make me comfortable. I can understand how sitting in a briar patch would be uncomfortable, but we don’t have to be meek and just follow along with what others say, we can speak up.
Next, the author wrote about men behaving in a condescending way towards women. I understand 100% where she is coming from on this one. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told that, “when I hunt, I walk miles, you wouldn’t like it.” Or “the terrain is really rough, you wouldn’t have fun,” and countless other reasons, in which men decide for me what I’d like and what I wouldn’t like. Give me a chance, before you decide for me. When it comes to hunting, I haven’t found anything I won’t try or anything that I wouldn’t do again. It’s insulting when someone else makes the decision because of my gender or my short height.
The next one that sticks out for me goes with the last topic too - treating a woman as if she’s frail. Just because of my gender, height and what I look like, doesn’t mean I’m not willing to hunt hard. Just give me an opportunity to prove myself and you’ll see I’m game for anything.
To me, part of hunting means getting out of your comfort zone. Whether that means terrain you’ve never explored or hunting something you’ve never hunted before. There are tons of ways to step out of that zone. I’ve grown up hunting and ever since I was a young, it has been a huge part of my life. Most men are very welcoming of women when it comes to going hunting, but there are still some who are resistant to us. I take my hunting seriously and when someone tells me I wouldn’t like something, or I wouldn’t have fun it makes me all the more determined to do it. Like I stated before, these opinions are just what I believe and not necessarily the same as others, but for most women, I’m sure like me, they just want the chance to prove themselves.
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About the writer:
Heather Reed is a Wyoming native, living just 30 minutes away from the best the Mountains can offer. She fell in love with hunting and the outdoor lifestyle at a young age, when she'd watch numerous family members bring back their harvested animals and share their animated hunting stories. While other kids wanted to play dolls or other games, Heather created hunting games and imagined shooting trophy animals. Now that she's grown, she still dreams of hunting these animals. If she's not hunting, or even thinking about it, she's out fishing, shooting or cheering on the Detroit Red Wings.