Ladies enjoying their Women On Target Elk Hunt If you let Mother’s Day go by with just a card or a last minute bouquet of flowers, then here’s your chance to redeem yourself: send your Mom or that lucky mother in your life on a Women On Target® Hunt!

Ann Marie Foster and her team of Field Hunt Coordinators have been hard at work the past few months booking some incredible Women On Target® hunting excursions, and we’ve got hunt options to fit every budget, experience level, and wish list!

We’ve got two hunts designed specifically for first-time huntresses that will help them learn the ropes of hunting in a fun, supportive environment. Whether it’s Minnesota Pheasant or Nebraska Pheasant and Chukar, these exciting bird hunts will have her feathers ruffled and get her hooked on hunting!

Is she ready for some big game? How about sending her on a hunt to harvest a trophy whitetail buck or doe in Texas? And there’s no better way for her to ring in the New Year than with a combination whitetail doe, hog, coyote, and bobcat hunt in Oklahoma from December 30, 2011 – January 1, 2012.

Maybe you’d like to set her up with a hunt that lets her experience the beauty of the outdoors while enjoying a little bit of luxury. Our Cast n’ Blast excursion in Colorado is the perfect combination of the two with hunting upland game birds, sporting clays, trout fishing, gourmet cooking classes, and a massage to top it all off!

There are many more Women On Target® hunting excursions to choose from, so check out the full list. Don't delay, because these hunts are known to sell out quickly! Whether it’s a belated Mother’s Day gift, her birthday, or “just because”, the gift of an exclusive ladies-only hunt is one that she’ll treasure forever.

With excursions as far away as Africa and as close as right next door, NRA's Women On Target® Hunting Excursions have been taking women out into the woods for more than a decade. Whether you have years of experience or it's your first time behind the trigger, Women On Target is especially designed to bring alive your passion for the great outdoors.

For a taste of that experience, check out the collection of photos from last year's hunts:

Women On Target Hunts logo on NRAblog The ladies upstairs from NRA Women's Programs are constantly working to add something new. A new program, a new clinic, or in this case –new hunting excursions.

Field Hunt Coordinator Barb Kolodge has added two new hunts to the 2011 line-up, both hosted by Rice Creek Hunt Club near Little Falls, Minnesota.

The first hunt is geared specifically towards first-time huntresses and focuses on preparing ladies for a fun and successful hunt that will lead into a love of the sport. 18 lucky ladies can experience the thrill of pheasant hunting during this exciting excursion schedules for August 12-14, 2011. Sign up today, because the deadline to register is July 26 and our hunts fill up fast.

The second excursion at Rice Creek is a duck and pheasant hunt, scheduled for September 23-25, 2011. Experience wing shooting at its best and come home with the memory of an amazing hunt and some birds to put on your table. This hunt is also limited to 18 huntresses, but don’t delay – registration closes on September 6th.

Each hunt includes two nights’ accommodations at the beautiful Nipenneh Lodge, meals from Friday dinner to breakfast on Sunday, and a guided hunting experience with trained bird dogs. Boarding is available for ladies who want to bring their own bird dog. All birds harvested will be cleaned and packaged for delicious meals after attendees return home.

More information on these hunts, including pricing and how to register, is available online. Don’t let another year go by - sign up for a Women On Target® Hunting Excursion and experience the hunt of a lifetime!

Ann Marie Foster from NRA's Women On Target® Program took a group of ladies down to Culpeper, Virginia to experience a little pheasant, chukar and quail hunting. Hosted by the fine folks at the Rose Hill Farm, there were plenty of smiles and plenty of upland birds to go around. Below are a few shots from their day.

If you'd like to learn more about NRA's Women On Target® hunts, visit their website or call Ann Marie at 703-267-1413.

The Star Exponent was on hand this Saturday when NRA's Women On Target® Hunting Programs Coordinator Ann Marie Foster led a group of women into the field for an upland bird hunt:

Women hunt pheasant at Rose Hill

Eleven women from far and near brought their shotguns to expansive Rose Hill Game Preserve Saturday to participate in an upcountry bird hunt sponsored by the “National Rifle Association Woman on Target” program.

Temperatures were mild and the sky mostly overcast as female shooters dressed in blaze orange jackets worked with canines and guides to bring down pheasants, partridges and quail. The birds are raised on the idyllic 210-acre farm on Batna Road, a property that also houses an early 19th century federalist style frame home known as Rose Hill.

Jackie Symonds from Maryland, Jane Peterson from down the road in Fredericksburg and Beth Hauptman of Long Island, N.Y. met for the first time at the event, but were soon acting like old friends as they talked about what they love about hunting, and readied to get out into the grassy field, following behind Abby, an eager German shorthair pointer.

“Being outdoors is the No. 1 thing,” said Peterson, wearing blaze orange earrings. “There’s nothing like it.” A federal government employee, Peterson has been hunting pheasant for six years, and said she’s usually the only girl in the group. Later, she shot three birds in less than an hour, a skill she probably inherited from her father, who was also a hunter.

Read the complete article on the Star Exponent website. For more information on Women On Target hunts, see their excursion page at or call 703-267-1413.

Ann Marie Foster, NRA's Hunting Programs Coordinator for Women On Target®, didn't make it into the office this morning. Instead she's winding her way down to the historic Rose Hill Farm for the first Women On Target upland bird hunt of the season. And she couldn't have picked a better weekend.

"We're bringing down twelve ladies for a half-day hunt in Culpeper, Virginia," said Foster. "Two are first time hunters, another two won the opportunity to join up at the 2nd Annual NRA Great American Hunting and Outdoor Show in Westminster, and we couldn't be more excited."

Pictured to the right with NRA Board Member Dave Butz, Foster came to the NRA almost two years ago with a background in public relations, fundraising, and a fever for the outdoors. All of this amply reflected in her work.

"Our first hunt of the year was a little different," explained Foster. "At Addison (Addison Ranch in Marietta, Oklahoma), we went after deer, hog, and bobcat. Here we're concentrating on the birds — pheasant, chukar and quail. Along with the great guides down at Rose Hill and their fabulous pointer dogs, we're sure to come away with a lot of smiling faces."

If you'd like to learn more about NRA's Women On Target hunts, take a look at their excursion page at or call 703-267-1413. And for those ladies interested in experiencing the total package, maybe September's Women’s Wilderness Escape is for you.

Ann Marie Foster, NRA Women's Hunting Programs Coordinator, alerted NRAblog to these two remarkable hunt opportunities that are coming right up. Mark your calendars:

Talking Turkey

A great new NRA Women On Target® Hunt is calling first-time turkey huntresses!

It's a banner year for Eastern turkeys in Southeast Kansas. Why not plan a Spring excursion now? Join K&K Outfitters and Women on Target® from April 21-25, 2011. The only requirement is that you've never hunted turkeys before! Look here for cost and details, and to register right away before all the tickets are taken.

On the Wing

This one's right around the corner and there are just a couple spots left!

Join Women on Target® Hunts on a historic 210-acre Piedmont region estate near Culpeper, Virginia, on March 5, 2011, to hunt upland birds. There's room here for just twelve total wing-shooters on a half-day hunt that includes pointing dogs and a 3:1 hunter-to-guide ratio. Prime upland game birds include pheasants, Hungarian partridges, chukar and quail. Don't miss out!

Yesterday wrapped up with a visit to Brownells for the National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors welcome and a trip to the Sportsman Channel's Awards banquet. Today started bright and early with a visit by NRA President Ron Schmeits, a quick update from huntress extraordinaire Lisa Metheny, and a rumor that Colandro from New Jersey's Gun for Hire is in the building.

While YHEC helps foster a love of hunting among young people, our Women On Target® Hunts program has its sights sets on getting more women involved in the outdoor sport. In 2010, Women On Target® Hunts welcomed new Field Hunt Coordinators, including Tracey Splechter. These Field Hunt Coordinators are experienced huntresses who are passionate about introducing women to hunting and helping current huntresses experience the hunt of their dreams, like this huge elk that were harvested in Texas.

2011 is promising to bring even more adventures and exciting moments for these programs. We have added even more coordinators, new brands of hunts, and hope to find even more new women to introduce to this ageless tradition.

Read more about Women on Target® Hunts here.

As we head into the New Year, I hope that 2010 has been as good to you as it has to us here at NRAblog. Stay tuned for 2010 recaps from both Kyle and Lars!

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