My Mainely Girl Adventures is a blog about my life as the woman who married an outdoors man and discovered later in life that I too could be a great outdoors woman. I had never hunted, and rarely fished, or camped. I have spent the better part of my life watching my family camp, fish and hunt. I took pictures but looking back through boxes of photos, I discovered I’m not in most of them prior to 2004.
The Game Changer
In my twenties, I had always purchased my fishing/hunting license to go with my husband, but never actually hunted. Then babies came along and I was grounded. When the turkey lottery was announced in 2004, my husband asked me to put in for the lottery to increase our odds. I told him if I got picked I’d let him be my sub-permittee, but he’d only get to shoot it if I couldn’t handle his shotgun. As luck would have it, I got drawn. We went to turkey school, I shot his gun, and I bagged a 24.5 pound turkey that spring. I still hold the record for biggest turkey in the family. That fall, I decided to try deer hunting, and shot a 5-point buck. I was hooked. Since then, I’ve hunted every year…I even scored a moose permit and bagged a cow moose in 2011.
And as they say, the rest is history. I am on a mission to not only enjoy every minute of my life, but to record my adventures for my kids and grandchildren to read. By the time I die, they’ll think I was the crazy Momi who liked to have her picture taken, and I’m okay with that.
Why I Love the Outdoors
Learning to hunt has been empowering for me as well as rewarding. I came from a non-hunting family and was taught that only men hunt, and I was basically afraid of the woods and the dark even as an adult. The first time I heard a partridge take off it nearly scared me out of my wits. Now I can walk in to my stand in the dark, and walk out after dark and feel completely confident and unafraid. I love watching sunrises and wildlife and listening to nature as it wakes up. I always tell my friends, it’s not about killing a deer or catching lots of fish, it’s about the adventures you have in the process. I find fishing and hunting personally challenging, yet relaxing for me. In 2015, I was selected as a finalist for Miss Maine Sportsman. I also just became one of the founding members of the Women of the Maine Outdoors, a non-profit whose mission is to expand outdoor opportunities for Maine women and girls. I am a member of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, the NWTF Women in the Outdoors and the Maine Bowhunters Association. I hold a Maine Concealed Weapons Permit, and I am currently taking a trapper course to be able to trap in Maine. In August, I will take a Maine Guide course to become a registered Maine Guide!
I hope women (and men) who read this blog come away with a desire to want to learn to hunt and fish and enjoy the outdoors.