Kate Desmond on an NRA Women on Target Turkey Hunt from 2012

For this week's image rewind, we take a look at our very first NRA Great American Hunting and Outdoor Show (then in Westminster, Maryland – now in Frederick), the ladies from Women On Target® Hunts gave away a Turkey Hunt at the Knowlton’s Laguna Vista Ranch in Pearsall, Texas.

On this week in 2010, NRAHuntersRights.org spoke to the winner, Kate Desmond, about her first time taking a turkey in the field. Above is evidence of her success.

Women On Target Hunts logo on NRAblog Attention all huntresses! The wildly popular Women On Target® Hunt Program has added two more hunts to the 2012 fall line-up of excursions. Whether you're a seasoned huntress or looking to head out into the field for the first time, the Women On Target® Hunts Program has exciting hunts for women of all skill levels and interests, and the newest additions are sure to please!

For ladies with a love of waterfowl hunting, a new Duck Hunt in Sumner, Missouri is scheduled for November 7-9. This excursion will take place at the beautiful Habitat Flats Hunting Lodge, voted one of the Top 5 Hunting Lodges in North America by Field & Stream Magazine. The prime location of this hunt is known as the "Golden Triangle" by waterfowl enthusiasts. The Fountain Grove Conservation Area, Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Grand Pass Conservation Area, the Dalton Cutoff, and the Missouri River surround these hunting grounds and are home to staggering number of birds.


Our friends at NRAhuntersrights.org are featuring a new hunt from the NRA's Women On Target Hunt Program. Aimed at getting couples into the field together, this new hunt includes both waterfowl and upland game birds. Keep reading for all the details.

Women On Target Unveils New "Couples" Hunt 

The Women On Target Hunt Program is offering its first couples hunt. Howard Communications Photo www.howardcommunications.com A brand new hunt has been added to the 2012 slate of Women On Target hunting excursions, and for the first time ever the program is offering a hunt that the guys can get in on.

Since its founding in 1999, the goal of the Women On Target program has been to create opportunities for women to explore hunting and the shooting sports in the company of other women. While that mission remains the same today, many women have expressed an interest in attending a hunt with their spouse or significant other.

And NRA has listened.

“Women have been telling me for years that they’d like to bring their husband or boyfriend on our hunts,” said Ann Marie Foster, NRA Women’s Hunt Coordinator. “So this is just the next step in the program’s growth. While this is our first couples hunt, we’re planning to do others down the road. We want women to have fun on these hunts and feel comfortable doing so, be it with their husband, daughter or best friend.”


Prois Hunting & Field Apparel focuses on the female market

Prois Elevation Series at SHOT Show Las Vegas, Nevada - As it says on her website, Prois Hunting & Field Apparel CEO Kristie Pike is proud to NOT be one of the guys. It’s not required in our sport. After all, hunting is a discipline that can be mastered by all … especially if you have the right gear. With that mission in mind, Prois unveiling their new Elevation Series here at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas Nevada.

“We’re really excited about the new Elevation Series,” said the Colorado based Pike. “It answers the call for the more performance, aggressive hunts that take you up into high altitude for sheep, goat, elk and muley. The kind of hunting we do in our neck of the woods. ”


I don't know about the rest of you hunters out there, but I'm ready to get back out in the field! And for my fellow huntresses, our friends in the Women On Target® Hunt Program have some exciting new excursions planned for 2012 and even 2013!

Women On Target Hunts logo on NRAblog First on the schedule is a Whitetail Buck and Doe hunt at the Celebrity Ranch in Mingus, Texas from October 8-11, 2012. Whether you're a seasoned huntress or a beginner, this hunt will help you find the trophy buck of your dreams thanks to favorable hunting conditions and experienced guides.

The very next week from October 19-21, Women On Target® is returning to the Oak Creek Sporting Club in Brainard, Nebraska for a Pheasant and Chukar hunt. Featuring plenty of upland game birds, eager bird dogs, and incredible hospitality, this is one hunt you won't want to miss. First-timers will receive helpful instruction and practice and experienced wing-shooters can enjoy the fast pace of plentiful birds.


NRA Women's Leadership Forum logo

Looking for the hunt of a lifetime, ladies? NRA's Women's Leadership Forum is hosting a Colorado Elk Hunt just for women at beautiful Bear Mountain Ranch. Here's all the details you need to know and how you can reserve your spot:

Join Susan LaPierre and women from the NRA Women’s Leadership Forum for an NRA Ladies’ Elk Hunt at Bear Mountain Ranch in Kremmling, Colorado, November 4 – 10, 2011. Due to recent cancellations, there are openings for two hunters. The reduced fee of $5,250 includes one guide for every two hunters, all meals and beverages, and first class lodging. Please call Campbell Engle at the NRA for more information (703) 267-1570.  

Can't make this hunt? Be sure to check out the Women On Target® Hunt Program for more hunting excursions just for us gals!


Prois Hunting and Field Apparel, a supporter of NRA's Women On Target® Hunting Programs and the Women’s Wilderness Escape, is holding a contest for the most hardcore female hunters. After watching the video, visit their website at www.proishunting.com/proisaward/ and submit your entry.

But make it fast ... the deadline is Friday.

Prizes include an Elk, Mule Deer, Whitetail and Wolf hunt of a lifetime in the Canadian Rocky Mountains along with gear from Prois, Black Creed, Bowtech Archery, Swarovski Optik and more.

Enjoy hunting with NRA Women On Target Hunting Excursions

With fall right around the corner, we've got just the thing for ladies looking for fun: Women On Target® Hunts! What better way to enjoy the crisp autum air than by enjoying the great outdoors during a women-only hunting excursion?

The Women On Target® Hunts program has seven exciting trips lined up for this fall all across the country. Whether it's Minnesota duck and pheasant to Texas whitetails or even a hog/coyote/bobcat/whitetail combination hunt in Oklahoma, we've got the perfect hunting excursion waiting for you.

Complete with lodging, meals, and much more, Women On Target® Hunts are designed to let women of all experience levels enjoy the thrill of the shooting sports while bonding with other huntresses. We even offer hunts geared towards first-time huntresses!Paired with helpful, experienced guides and sometimes even our Women On Target® Field Hunt Coordinators, ladies are guaranteed the hunt of a lifetime.

Discover what hundreds of women already have and sign up for your Women On Target® Hunt today! Take a look at the full list of available fall hunting excursions and see what others have to say about the program.

Questions? Want to see a particular hunt added to the list? Contact Ann Marie Foster, Women's Hunt Coordinator, at afoster@nrahq.org or 703-267-1413.

Prois Hunting & Field Apparel Logo on NRAblog Since the company launched in 2008, women who hunt and shoot have turned to Prois Hunting and Field Apparel to outfit themselves with the best in hunting and shooting attire designed specifically for women. NRA's Women's Programs Department is thrilled to be partnering with Prois, who has signed on to support the Women On Target® Hunting Programs and the Women’s Wilderness Escape for 2011/2012.

“Working with the NRA is great, we believe in their programs and what they do for women,” said Kirstie Pike, CEO of Prois. “NRA acknowledges that there are a lot of women out there looking to get involved in the shooting and hunting arenas.”

Based in Gunnison, Colorado, Prois features a line of performance and athletic hunting and shooting apparel for women, made in the USA and using the latest in materials and technology to provide their wearers with the best in style, fit, and function.

“Our fabrics and our features are what set us apart,” noted Pike, adding that the types of fabrics Prois uses in their apparel is a step above what women typically expect in traditional hunting attire.

According to Pike, the Pro-edition line features some of the best-selling products including the Pro-Edition Jacket with 3-ply wind-stop technology in a variety of patterns.

As part of their partnership, Prois will provide gear for Women On Target's Field Hunt Coordinators based on their specifics needs including terrain, season, and species being hunted. They will also provide items for participants of the 2011 Women's Wilderness Escape this fall.

“We're thrilled to have Prois as the official sponsor for the Women On Target® Hunting Programs and to have them join our other industry partners in supporting the Women’s Wilderness Escape events. The quality and flattering design of their hunting and shooting apparel for women is top -notch," said Women On Target® Hunt Program Coordinator Ann Marie Foster.

Foster noted that ladies can now visit Prois' website directly from the Women On Target® Hunting Program and Women’s Wilderness Escape websites.

"We wanted to make it as convenient as possible for our gals to browse over quality gear for their next Women On Target® hunting excursion or shooting adventure, and Prois has made it easy to do just that!”

To learn more about Prois or to purchase some of their amazing apparel, visit their website www.proishunting.com and visit NRA Women's Programs website to learn more about our programs made by and for women.  

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