By Lars Dalseide | March 8 2011 14:49

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 www.nrahq.org/women/hunting/excursions.asp or call 703-267-1413.

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