Friday, October 13, 2017

PRO STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Learn more about Archery Instructor/ Pro Staff Member April Mack

For our first Pro Staff / Instructor Spotlight, we asked April Mack a few fun questions. Pro Staff / Instructor Spotlight is designed to help you get to know our awesome team of Pro Staff / Instructors a little better. April lives in Oregon and is an avid archer and hunter.



If you could only hunt in one season which one would it be?
That’s not a fair question… but archery elk

What’s your favorite location to hunt? East side of Oregon. It’s not only my favorite place to hunt, but I would live there in a second!

Who introduced you to hunting? My husband almost 30-years ago. He started me off with archery for deer, then after we had kids I went with rifle.  After shooting a hole in the pavement I went back to archery. 

What do you hunt for?
Elk, deer, bear, cougar, turkey, upland and water fowl, coyotes, squirrel,

What hunting skill would you like to master?  
Bear hunting, knowing their behaviors, feeding and travel patterns and habits.

What’s your biggest hunting challenge?
Patience, I do not do very well with sitting and strategizing. I like to constantly be on the move.

What would be the most amazing hunting adventure that is still on your bucket list? Hunting in Alaska- Bear, Caribou, Moose, all archery with Salmon fishing in between!!!

What hunting skill do you wish you knew more about?
Muzzle Loader, I have never done it and know nothing about it, other than the basics I teach for hunter Ed.  Long range rifle shooting is intriguing but I would probably not hunt that way.

What’s the hardest hunting lesson you’ve learned?
Never become complacent when you’re tired or frustrated, that’s when opportunities get blown.

If hunting was no longer an option for you what would you do with your time?
I would hike. A lot!! Maybe take up photography…

What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
Turkey, elk & blacktail hunting, shot gun instruction, hunting with bird dogs – upland and waterfowl, how to skin and process an animal, archery

How many pairs of hunting boots do you own? 1- Lightweight summer hiking boot and 1-pair of rubber boots.

 What style of hunting are you most passionate about?
Archery - Spot and stalk… calling (elk and turkeys).  Getting up close to your game.

NON – HUNTING RELATED

What do you like most about the SLG shooting trailer?
Archery of course!! ;) I love the fact that ladies can come into the trailer and experience different venues of shooting, under a very controlled environment.  SLG instructors are very knowledgeable about the equipment available and we all have the passion for teaching others to get into the sport.  Whether it be for hunting, competition, self-defense, or a new hobby.  Ladies can take their time, ask questions and learn. It is the best experience to share with ladies when they have that “ah-ha” moment and seeing the confidence they gain. I think it is the overall atmosphere.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Read

What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue?
Cooking meals like Gordon Ramsey and learning foreign languages

What non-hunting related skill would you like to master?
Rock Climbing

What non-hunting related .. do you wish you knew more about?
Carpentry

What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?
Florida

Where do you usually go when you when you have time off?
East side of the state (usually for hunting)

Who inspires you to be better?
My Christian Sisters!

What are three interesting facts about you?
I want to become a pilot, I once trained to fight in an MMA match, and I won’t swim unless the water is 70 or more.

What is your biggest fear?
Ants. Yes.


If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Cracker Barrel Macaroni and Cheese with bacon.

List two pet peeves
Overthinking things and lack of common courtesy

Which of the five senses would you say is your strongest?
Hearing

One thing that not a lot of people know you love to do?
I love to work out

Mountains or Beach?
Mountains most definitely!!! I do not like the beach.

Anything else you would like to add?
I love mentoring new hunters.  Teaching new hunters the ins and outs and tips to being successful. Last year I took a young lady out and helped her to harvest not only her first buck but her first bow kill!  That hunting experience was as memorable to me as it was to her.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Shoot Like A Girl An Anthem to Live By - written by Karen Butler

I am extremely excited to launch the Shoot Like A Girl Anthem on September 15, 2017 on ITunes.  I asked my friends and songwriters, Tanya Davis and Michael Curtis to collaborate on a song that portrayed the confidence that comes from participating in shooting sports, an attitude that women can accomplish anything we set our minds to, we can provide food for our families and defend ourselves and our families from criminals.  They wrote great lyrics for our message, add a Southern Rock beat, and Angela Hacker on vocals - this song exudes confidence!

This is the right time for the Shoot Like A Girl Anthem.  We need a song that all young girls and women can look to for inspiration to achieve their goals. In my opinion, there is too much messaging, that is contrary to the truth, talking about how down-trodden women are.  This is America!  Almost 100 years ago, women truly suffered to ensure our right to vote and over 50 years ago the equal pay act was established, it is up to us to take advantage of those opportunities.  The Anthem embodies this spirit of hard work in the line, “I work hard for my pay, doing it my way to make it in this world”.

There are some other extremely empowering lines in this song, that all women should be able to find strength in.  One of my favorites is, “They say it’s a man’s world, but you can’t prove it by me”.  As a woman who spent 22 years serving her country as a Department of the Army Civilian, and started a successful business in shooting sports, I live in the professional male -dominated environment and am appreciative of the opportunity, the mentorship I received, and the support from the men in my life; especially my husband, Todd. This line says, I can achieve success, but it doesn’t mean at the expense of or better than a man, rather “good as any man”, as another phrase in the song states.

I’m also proud that the song proclaims hunting as an acceptable lifestyle for women.  “Learned how to live off the land”, is our way of saying that ethical hunting is an important part of conservation efforts and provides organic sustainable food for our families.  Equally important is the stance on the 2d Amendment.  The line, “My .45, my peace of mind, there for my defense” is our continued support of creating safe, responsible gun owners.  Women can sing along with pride, “I’m an outdoor lover, who fights like a warrior, and shoots like a girl.” 

Please help us make the Shoot Like A Girl Anthem a number one hit!  Download it on September 15, 2017 on ITunes and look for matching merchandise on shop.shootlikeagirl.com.  Proceeds from this song enable Shoot Like A Girl to continue to introduce women to shooting sports.


Karen Butler is President, SLG2, Inc, DBA:  Shoot Like A Girl.  Shoot Like A Girl is a company dedicating to empowering women to participate in shooting sports with confidence.  They have had over 15,000 women through their program.  Currently, the Cabela’s Shoot Like A Girl Coast to Coast tour provides women an opportunity to shoot a pistol, rifle and bow in their semi-tractor trailer mobile range. Visit www.shootlikeagirl.com for our schedule and more information.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Shoot Like A Girl Now Taking Applications for Pro Staff


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 - Final Staff members for 2016-2017 will be announced on Facebook after October 31, 2016

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

How We Measure Success........

Making memories in the field and enjoying the great outdoors is what hunting is all about!

In August 2015, Shoot Like A Girl was a featured exhibitor at the Virginia Outdoor Sportsman Show.  As part of the event, we teamed up with Monquin Creek Outfitters, of Virginia, to give away a spring turkey hunt for the 2016 season to one lucky shooter at our trailer from the show.  Monquin Creek Outfitters is known throughout the country as one of the premier places for turkey and I was thrilled at the opportunity to aid in this hunt’s success for our lucky winner.
Rita Cook was randomly selected as our winner.  I had such a great time talking with Rita in preparation for the hunt, her excitement was radiating through the phone! 
My April calendar was filling up fast!  What an exciting month! My daughter has accompanied my husband and I turkey hunting her entire life. At eight years old it was finally time for her to try and fill her very first tag. My family traveled to Kansas to hunt with our daughter for the youth season. What an emotional roller costar that was! Kansas is know for its large turkey population and we had many close encounters along with two missed shots. All the time spent teaching and helping assist my husband in molding here with all the needed skills for her success in the field I almost cried after those two missed opportunities. She didn’t get her first turkey but learned many valuable lessons in the field; and she would eventually harvest her first turkey towards the end of April.  Tears of joy flowed that day I must confess. After my families trip to Kansas it was time to go to work for Shoot Like A Girl.  We were a featured exhibitor at the Cabela’s store grand opening in Short Pump, VA. The Cabela’s grand opening was a success and I even got the chance to meet Rita’s family at the event.
It was finally time to travel to Manquin, VA in preparation for an early morning date with the turkeys.  There is always something special about sharing the outdoors with another female that loves and shares in the same passion. Knowing the alarm would sound extremely early that morning we couldn’t help but sit up late the night before trading stories and getting to know one another better.
I wanted nothing more than to help locate and watch Rita successfully harvest a turkey, unfortunately, this is not one of those articles.
I had many highs this turkey season, my daughter harvested her first bird, which I must confess is at the top of the list, and I too, had several successful hunts harvesting birds in various states.  As I look back on the 2016 turkey season and the many days in the field, this hunt with Rita actually makes the top three.
Accompanying us on the hunt was Chip from Monquin Creek Outfitters, along with Hank who was representing Virginia Outdoor Sportsman’s Show. The turkeys were extremely quiet that morning and as you turkey hunters know, it is very hard to harvest a quiet bird.  A few distant gobbles from the roost and that was it, the odds were defiantly stacked against us!  Even through the struggles with the turkeys we were having a great time.  We all shared stories as we traveled to from location to location, looking for that hot lonely tom.  I have to applaud Chip, he tried as hard as he could to get Rita on a bird, we logged many miles and covered a lot of ground in our efforts.  As I got to know Rita better, I began to understand the various obstacles she has faced in hunting. Rita had struggled to find information of public hunting opportunities in her area; she also struggled with acceptance as a female hunter in her local hunting club.  As I learned of her troubles, I started evaluate how we measure success as a hunter.

Success is not measured in our harvest!  To me, success is enjoying the outdoors and passing along our knowledge and skills to others, to passionately appreciate the beauty and serenity of the outdoors that the good Lord created! Hank and Chip were able to share with Rita their knowledge of various public hunting opportunities and hunting clubs in her area that she had previously not known about.  I am so grateful I had the opportunity to hunt and share the outdoors with Rita, Chip, and Hank, and I am thrilled to call each of them friends!  It’s amazing how fast the outdoors bonds people together from various backgrounds.  I have enjoyed keeping in touch with Rita since the hunt and here are her thoughts about the hunt.

“I was fortunate enough to win a turkey hunt at Monquin Creek with Shoot Like a Girl’s Cristy Crawford.  To say I was excited is the understatement of the year!  I was going to get to hunt some of the best land in my area with a woman hunter that I totally admired.  It was a dream hunt for me. I made that fatal turkey hunting mistake of assuming that I was no doubt going to harvest a turkey.  How could I not, right?  Ha!!  Turkeys never make it that easy, which is exactly why I can’t stop!  The ups and downs of turkey hunting are what make it so exciting.  This hunt was no exception.  We heard some Toms early but they did not follow the script we had written.  We hunted all morning and I had a blast!  I did not harvest a turkey but the hunt was everything I dreamed it would be.  I met some awesome people and I got to experience hunting with them.  Never miss an opportunity to hunt with experienced hunters because they will teach you so much.  Cristy was no exception.  She shared stories and offered advice that will help me to become a better hunter.  This hunt was a HUGE success because I was able to hear turkeys, hunt beautiful land, and made friends that will last a lifetime and that is what hunting is all about.”  – Rita Cook
Making memories in the field and enjoying the great outdoors is what hunting is all about. Measure success by the memories and knowledge created in the field and you will always have a successful hunt! Take a friend hunting and help us pass on the blessings of the great outdoors!


Come Shoot a Pistol, Rifle & Bow with Shoot Like A Girl at the 2016 Virginia Outdoor Sportsmans Show! Click Here for More Details
For More Information on Monquin Creek Outfitters     CLICK HERE 

Cristy Crawford - Shoot Like A Girl 
Chief Operations Officer, Cabela’s Pro Staff

Friday, June 3, 2016

Weatherby Inc. Signs on as Corporate Partner with Shoot Like A Girl

Weatherby Inc. signs on as corporate partner with Shoot Like A GirlShoot Like a Girl is proud to welcome Weatherby Inc. and looks forward to seeing the positive impact this partnership has on new women shooters

Athens, AL – May 18, 2016 – Shoot Like A Girl’s state-of-the-art, 52-foot mobile range will be showcasing a new logo on their trailer this year at  the NRA Annual Meeting, Weatherby Inc. has signed on as a corporate sponsor with the company.  Weatherby Inc., a name long established in the firearm industry, is highly regarded as a leader and Shoot Like A Girl is honored to add them to their great team of Corporate Partners.  "With the increasing number of women hunting and shooting it was important to us to help meet the needs of this growing population," says Director of People & Culture, Brenda Weatherby.  "Partnering with Shoot Like A Girl is an honor considering we share the same passion and commitment.  With the benefits each corporation brings with their own individual expertise, this collaboration stands to garner even more successes for the companies and the industry as a whole.  “Weatherby is known for designing great rifles, and this year as they launch their newest rifle, the Vanguard Camilla, a rifle designed by women for women, couldn’t be a better time to add them to our elite list of corporate partners.  All of our partners enable Shoot Like A Girl to travel around the country and empower women to participate in shooting sports.  We simply could not do this without their support, and we are thankful that Weatherby has joined the team,” says owner and founder, Karen Butler.

Shoot Like a Girl will be featuring the  new Weatherby Vanguard® Camilla™ at their Trailer during the NRA Annual Meeting May 19th-22nd, 2016.. The Camilla™ is designed specifically for women by a select team of women hunters and shooters.   It is built on the best selling Vanguard platform. Available in 223 Rem., 243 Win., 308 Win., and 7MM-08 Rem.  There will also be a Weatherby Element™ 12 gauge, 26” synthetic Shotgun for the counter for the public to view. 

All attendees of the NRA Annual meeting are invited and welcome to participate in the Shoot Like A Girl experience at the trailor where they will be able to see the newly revealed Vanguard® Camilla by Weatherby.  There will also be a guest appearance from Brenda Weatherby from 2:00pm - 3:00pm on Friday and Saturday, and from 1:00pm - 2:00pm on Sunday to answer any questions you might have on Weatherby product.  

Shoot Like A Girl has earned a reputation as a company with one of the largest positive impacts on the expansion of the firearms industry.  They are growing the number of women who participate in shooting sports. Shoot Like A Girl produces remarkable results, 70% women who shoot in the trailer will commit to buying a gun.  

They look forward to celebrating their newest partner, Weatherby, and are confident that together, both will have an even greater impact on the progression of shooting sports and the achievements of women within them.