By Kerrin Brinkman | March 22 2012 07:35

Our friends at 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 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.”

The inaugural Women On Target couples hunt will take place Dec. 13-16, 2012, at Swan’s Nest in Cambridge, Md., which is located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in close proximity to the Choptank River and Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. This hunt is designed to appeal to the adventuresome couple that wants to experience an exciting guided duck/goose and upland bird hunt, enjoy great food, and experience other outdoor activities like kayaking, canoeing or biking in the Chesapeake Bay tradition.

The overlapping goose and duck season in Maryland provides the opportunity to shoot both in either field and water blinds over corn or soybean fields, freshwater ponds and creeks in the area. Guests will also enjoy a half-day upland bird hunt with the opportunity to harvest up to 10 quail or six chukars or four pheasants per couple. Skeet, trap and sporting clays are also available.

The cost of this hunt is $920 per person and includes three nights lodging in Swan Nest’s beautifully restored farmhouse; a comprehensive safety orientation; shotgun patterning; a round of skeet, trap or sporting clays; meals from Thursday dinner to Sunday breakfast; one half-day waterfowl hunt; one half-day upland bird hunt; game cleaning and packaging; and a 2/1 hunter to guide ratio. Price does not include licenses, stamps, ammunition or gratuities. The deadline to register is June 30, 2012.

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