Friday, April 13, 2018

PRO STAFF/INSTRUCTOR SPOTLIGHT: Learn more about SLG Firearms Instructor Kristy Titus

Pro Staff / Instructor Spotlight:  We asked Kristy Titus 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. Kristy lives in Oregon and is an avid hunter, competitive long range shooter and firearms instructor with SLG.

If you could only hunt in one season which one would it be?
That would be archery elk. It’s a tradition for my dad and I. We both look forward to our time on the mountain all year long.

What’s your favorite location to hunt?
Location for hunting to me isn’t as important as the people that you are hunting with. Memories are what matter to me and there is no greater gift that you can give someone than your time.

Who introduced you to hunting?
My dad introduced me to hunting at a very young age. He never let being small or a girl keep me from joining him on hunts.

What do you hunt for?
My passion for hunting is the pursuit of big game. Primarily, I hunt out west but whitetail deer has my attention right now. Those rutting bucks are sure fun to watch.

What hunting skill would you like to master?
I never stop learning and I am always trying to be a better sportsman. That has led me to competing in the PRS series. I am completely addicted to the rush of competition and the skills directly translate into being a more ethical and proficient rifle hunter.

What’s your biggest hunting challenge?
Wing shooting has been my nemesis. I am cross-dominat so I don’t bird hunt because I will pretty much miss everything. I haven’t taken the time to invest in bettering myself as a marksman with a shotgun. Perhaps someday.

What would be the most amazing hunting adventure that is still on your bucket list? –
Sheep hunting is my number one. The physical challenge and sheer remoteness of the hunt is so alluring to me.

What hunting skill do you wish you knew more about?
I would love to spend some time on the mountain with South Cox. He has mastered spot and stalk mule deer hunting with a recurve and is successful every year. That is no easy feat- learning the technique behind that success is certainly on my list. Now, I just have to talk South into taking me hunting. LOL.

What’s the hardest hunting lesson you’ve learned?
Losing an animal is the hardest lesson that every hunter eventually faces. I train extensively with my firearm and my bow so that if it happens, I know that I have done everything within my power to make ethical, terminal shots. The heart-ache never goes away but it makes it easier to sleep at night afterwards.

If hunting was no longer an option for you what would you do with your time?
If I am not hunting, you could find me shooting guns. I love to shoot. But most importantly, I love being in the country so regardless of my ability, I cant imagine not being somewhere wild.

What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
Lots of things, elk hunting, elk calling, backpack hunting, positional shooting, packing with horses and mules, scouting, nutrition, fitness. That’s a good start I guess. The question is, who would want to listen? LOL.

How many pairs of hunting boots do you own?
Ha!! A lot!!!

What style of hunting are you most passionate about?
Spot and stalk

NON – HUNTING RELATED

What do you like most about Shoot Like A Girl’s Mission
In order for our hunting and shooting sports traditions to survive the changes that our culture is facing, we need the participation of women. SLG is spearheading the empowerment of women to participate.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I would clean off my office desk. I seem to never have enough time to get that done.

What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue?
I’m not sure I pretty much do everything that I want to do.

What non hunting related skill would you like to master?
Right now, I am working on my pistol shooting skills.

What non hunting related do you wish you knew more about?
Gardening. I love my garden.

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

Where do you usually go when you when you have time off?
I spend time with my parents.

Who inspires you to be better?
Everyone. With social media, there are so many incredible people to look up to!

What are three interesting facts about you?
I owned a catering company in High School. Needless to say, I like to both cook and eat.

I am a dog mom to a tiny white maltese named Zoie and a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Kruger.

Although I am very outgoing, large crowds of people make me uncomfortable.

What is your biggest fear?
Losing our Second Amendment.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Tacos

List two pet peeves
A dirty house. I cant stand it.
People that drive too slow.

Which of the five senses would you say is your strongest.
I would say taste just because I enjoy eating food.

One thing that not a lot of people know you love to do?
I am addicted to cardio. I do it everyday. Sometimes for hours. Yet, it doesent really show. LOL.

Mountains or Beach?
Mountains



Friday, March 30, 2018

PRO STAFF/INSTRUCTOR SPOTLIGHT: Learn more about Firearms Instructor Diane Danielson

Pro Staff / Instructor Spotlight:  We asked Diane Danielson 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. Diane lives in Virginia and is an avid firearms teacher and firearms instructor with SLG.

What are you most passionate about as an instructor? Safety, first. Then teaching others the correct way to shoot and watching the smiles of every new shooter as they succeed.

What has been your biggest challenge as an instructor? Dispelling the misconception that women can and should only consider a revolver because they are too stupid or inept to be able to handle anything else. This goes hand-in-hand with not being respected as an expert in the industry simply because I’m a woman.

What has been your greatest success story with teaching? Listening to a woman tell 60 fellow students and 60 instructors that she was forced to come to our class by her husband who had firearms in their home. He wanted her to know how they worked and how to safely handle them. As a result of our understanding, patience and skill, she was no longer afraid and was going to stop on her way home from the class to shop for her first gun.

What is your motivation to teach others how to shoot? My mother taught me to shoot when I was 10. My father taught me to hunt when I was 12. I have been passionate about both ever since. I love sharing what I’ve learned with others so their journey is enriched by my passion for all the shooting sports.

How do you help ladies overcome their fear with shooting? Start with baby steps. Teach them simple fundamentals. Be reassuring and get them to dry fire with dummy rounds. Take them to a quiet bay at the range and get them to take one shot with a .22. If they are ok, take another one, and another. If they don’t like it, stop, then thank them because they tried. I’m not going to change their mind if they don’t like it, but at least they can walk away knowing that they fired it safely and a gun does not jump off the table and harm people.

Hunting Themed Q&A
If you could only hunt in one season which one would it be? Turkey. It’s the only one that is truly interactive – just you and the bird.

What’s your favorite location to hunt? SE Wisconsin. Only because I hunted there for so long. In Virginia, if you don’t own or lease land, you don’t hunt. There’s no public hunting land.

Who introduced you to hunting? My dad first took me hunting when I was 12 – small game. Then later, we started going waterfowl hunting together. I was privileged to witness (and help drag) his first deer a few years later.

What do you hunt for? I haven’t had an opportunity to hunt for several years. I love to hunt upland birds, waterfowl, turkey and deer. Someday, I hope to hunt for elk, mule deer, and moose.

What hunting skill would you like to master? Calling ducks!!!!!

What’s the hardest hunting lesson you’ve learned? Don’t hunt with drunks!

What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?  Almost anything gun related, ammo reloading, field dressing, skinning and butchering, (turkey calling with a wing-bone), obedience and hunt-training dogs, dressing to keep warm when you don’t have a budget for fancy expensive women’s hunting clothes.

NON – HUNTING OR SHOOTING RELATED
What do you like most about the SLG shooting trailer? Besides the owner, the gun rack, of course!

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time? Shoot and teach shooting.

What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue? Travelling the US and Canada to hunt everything I’ve ever wanted to hunt. Oh, and get a new hunting dog.

What non firearm related skill would you like to master? Taxidermy.

What non hunting or shooting related … do you wish you knew more about? Web Design.

What are you interested in that most people haven’t heard of? Bullseye (Precision) Pistol. Non-firearm related would be woodworking, sewing and crafts.

What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home? Sidney, Australia and the Great Barrier Reef in 2005.

Where do you usually go when you when you have time off? Milwaukee. I still consider Wisconsin home even though I was born in Pennsylvania and live/work in Virginia. If you mean when I get a day off, it’s definitely to the range.

Who inspires you to be better? My mother. She lived her entire life with the constant pain of Rheumatoid Arthritis and never said a word or took a pill or a shot. She never had a joint replaced or wore a brace. I pray every day to be more like her as I deal with my RA.

What are three interesting facts about you? 1. I am a better person because of my two ex-husbands. 2. I love woodworking and building furniture and have remodeled three of my previous homes myself. 3. I have a vast collection of wild game recipes that will someday be compiled into a book.

What is your biggest fear? Dying in a fiery car crash.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Do you mean one meal a day or only one thing? Either way, the answer would essentially be the same: Breakfast or Bacon and Eggs with black coffee or a latte.

List two pet peeves? Clothes that are too tight. Anything out of order (it’s an OCD thing).

Which of the five senses would you say is your strongest? Hearing. I have very sensitive ears and hear way more than I probably should.


One thing that not a lot of people know you love to do? Design. You name it – clothes, brochures, websites …


Mountains or Beach? Beach. I’m a water baby. I’m sure it has something to do with my dad being pure blood American Samoan.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

LEADERSHIP STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Learn more about Angie Kokes

We asked Angie Kokes a few fun questions. Leadership Staff Spotlight is designed to help you get to know our awesome team of Leadership Staff a little better. Angie lives in Nebraska and is and an avid hunter.


If you could only hunt in one season which one would it be? – I feel like I’m cheating on all the other seasons by answering this question.  But I’d have to say bow season which also doubles as spear season.  Four and half months of chasing whitetails is heaven on earth to me.

What’s your favorite location to hunt? – Home!  Being from Central Nebraska and living along the North Loup River, I simply couldn’t ask for a better place to hunt.

Who introduced you to hunting? – My dad as soon as I was old enough to tag along.

What do you hunt for? – Basically whatever is in season and whatever I can.  I also trap during the winter months.

What hunting skill would you like to master? -  I want to one day spear a bear.

What’s your biggest hunting challenge? - Learning to master the spear has been to date the greatest hunting challenge I’ve ever taken on.  Since mastering it, the biggest challenge now is finding places where it is a legal means to hunt with.

What would be the most amazing hunting adventure that is still on your bucket list? – Spearing a bear….can you tell I’m hung up on that?  I’ve put so much work into learning to exel with the spear… to be able to go after a bear I’m a little obsessed with it.  And someday I want to go after the giant non-typical muley that I’ve dreamt about for years!

What hunting skill do you wish you knew more about? – My brother in law got me a blow gun for Christmas that has been a blast to play with, but so far I haven’t gotten a shot at a rabbit, but it’s coming I promise you that!  I’d like to get more accurate with the Atlatl, and get better at calling ducks and geese.

What’s the hardest hunting lesson you’ve learned? – To listen to my gut.  I was hunting what may have been a state record bow whitetail in 2013 and we moved a stand in on where I had patterned him.  Just as we finished getting it set the wind switched and made it just all wrong to hunt the location that day.  After cleaning up and walking back in everything in my heart told me to not worry about the wind and get in the stand.  I didn’t listen and instead hunted the wind and had to watch the buck come from the opposite direction he’d been coming for three weeks, walk right up to the ladder stand and rub on it.  Watching the whole show from my upwind position just 200 yards away  I wanted to throw up, cry and scream all at once.  It haunts me to this day.

If hunting was no longer an option for you what would you do with your time? – I’d like to think I would probably be dead if hunting was no longer an option, but if it did happen I’d probably trap and fish more.

What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation? – Spear hunting

How many pairs of hunting boots do you own? – Probably 2 or 3.  It might sound crazy but I will take off on a spot and stalk in my work clothes and cowboy boots if I happen to be out working and see something to go after.  Yes I always carry my bow with me everywhere during season.  So my work boots kind of double as my hunting boots.

What style of hunting are you most passionate about? Spear, Bow and anything Primitive or challenging.

NON – HUNTING RELATED

What do you like most about Shoot Like A Girl’s Mission? – I love everything about SLG’s mission!  I’ve always been super passionate about introducing women to the sport of shooting.  And any chance to empower a woman with confidence, especially with a firearms or equipment she may have once feared is even better!

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time? – I’m a hobby junky so anything working with my hands and mind and making and designing something.  I’d like to write a book someday too.

What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue? – Knife Making

What non hunting related skill would you like to master? – I’d like to learn the fiddle or banjo

What non hunting related do you wish you knew more about? – Wood working with roots and tree stumps and different kinds of inlays.

What are you interested in that most people haven’t heard of? – I pretty much wear my life on my sleeve, so I think most people probably know everything about me, which relates to if something is a challenge or someone has suggested I might not be able to do something I’ll be out there trying it the next day.

What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home? – Northern Quebec

Where do you usually go when you when you have time off? – What is time off?

Who inspires you to be better? – The Good Lord and my husband

What are three interesting facts about you?
- I’ve had 28 broken bones including two vertebrae in my neck
- I’m a former Miss Rodeo Texas Tech
- I love hard, physical work

What is your biggest fear? Spiders and Helicopters, nope, nope, nope!

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Pizza or Steak it would be a toss up.
List two pet peeves
- Liars & Cheaters…I have no tolerance for either.
- People with skills they don’t appreciate or use.

Which of the five senses would you say is your strongest?- Although I’m hard of hearing around background noise, when I’m hunting my hearing is probably my biggest asset.

One thing that not a lot of people know you love to do? - I love fixing and building fence and do a lot of custom work for people.

Mountains or Beach? - Both

Anything else you would like to add? – With so much chaos in the world including the gun and hunting debates I’m thrilled the Shoot Like a Girl Trailer exists and is out there actively educating people with facts and not opinions.  I’m blessed and proud to be a part of this great team!

Friday, March 2, 2018

PRO STAFF/INSTRUCTOR SPOTLIGHT: Learn more about Chief Operations Officer Cristy Crawford

Pro Staff / Instructor Spotlight:  We asked Cristy Crawford 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. Cristy lives and works in Texas and is Shoot Like A Girl's Chief Operations Officer and an avid hunter, fisherman and competes in various outdoor related competitions.


If you could only hunt in one season which one would it be?
That's a tough question!! I love all aspects of hunting various species. I would have to say there is something special about watching waterfowl soar in from the heavens and work a decoy spread!

What's your favorite location to hunt?
I don't get to hunt in the mountains often.. But I have always loved trying to sneak up on things. Spot and stalk in the mountains gives me the opportunity to do just that.

Who introduced you to hunting?
My husband took my love for fishing and the outdoors and taught me everything I know about hunting! I will always be thankful for his patience and him going above and beyond to teach me all the "why's" and reasons we were set up a certain way. It made our relationship stronger and made lifelong "hunting and fishing buddies"

What do you hunt for?
Everything I can.

What hunting skill would you like to master?
I have been obsessed with calling all types of animals for quite some time. I have been successful calling animals in but I still strive to do that on a more advanced level.

What's your biggest hunting challenge?
TIME!  I have a wonderful family and job. Both help to support my obsessive habit. Although, traveling does seem to happen sometimes during the most magical times of the year .. such as the whitetail rut etc.

What would be the most amazing hunting adventure that is still on your bucket list?
I have always thought (even though its expensive) It would be amazing to go on one of the hunts in Alaska for example. Where you are dropped off in the wilderness with only the gear on your back for a few weeks. Fishing and hunting. The other adventure I would like to go on one day would be to follow a big wave of migrating ducks all the way from the border of Canada to the coast in the Central or Mississippi flyway.

What hunting skill do you wish you knew more about?
Anything traditional

What's the hardest hunting lesson you've learned?
I have been obsessed with hunting for 20 years now. In the beginning I would want every shot to be absolutely perfect. I have learned through time, experience and failures that you can still make an ethical shooting decision even when the animals approach isn't the perfect case scenario. Most of the time the animal doesn't have the same game plan that you have developed in your head for their approach.

If hunting was no longer an option for you what would you do with your time?
I would have a hard time not being able to enjoy the outdoors in the same way, but I would fish a lot more. I get asked all the time if I had to choose between hunting or fishing which one would I choose. My go to answer to that question is.. well what time of year is it? If its winter I'm hunting if its summer I'm fishing. So I would without a doubt be a year around fisherman.

What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
Calling especially ducks and turkeys.

How many pairs of hunting boots do you own?
I have a problem getting rid of old worn out boots so 7. Most are worn to the point they are no longer useful in the field , but they are useful working in the yard or other outdoor projects I end up doing.

What style of hunting are you most passionate about?
Having a whitetail deer in bow range or anything wing shooting. I love the challenge of a bow and the feel of a good shotgun!

NON - HUNTING RELATED

What do you like most about the SLG shooting trailer?
Being fortunate to work for Shoot Like A Girl for 8 years now I have been able to watch first hand how SLG has grown from just archery in a little trade show booth into the semi tractor trailer of today. The thing I love most has always been watching the "wow" moments from women shooting for the first time. Watching all the anxiety disappear from their faces with a huge smile after executing the first shot ever!

If you didn't have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
If it was summer time I would definitely bass fish all night and work during the day. Winter time I would enjoy working on various projects & waterfowl taxidermy or European mounts at night.

What hobby would you get into if time and money weren't an issue?
Non hunting related makes this difficult!

What non hunting related skill would you like to master?
Cooking! I have a few dishes that I cook well but a lot of my cooking has been trial and a lot of error!

What are you interested in that most people haven't heard of?
I love to have projects going. Most of my projects involve building something or tearing something apart and rebuilding it. I don't do well with just sitting around unless I'm hunting.

What's the farthest you've ever been from home?
Africa

Where do you usually go when you when you have time off?
Woods or Water

Who inspires you to be better?
The good LORD, My husband, My Daughter, My Family & Friends

What are three interesting facts about you?
1) I'm a competition junkie. I have competed in all sorts of various outdoor competitions from ASA Archery Pro/Ams to fishing team bass tournaments with my husband.
2) If something breaks around the house I usually try and enjoy trying to fix it myself
3) I use to be extremely shy

What is your biggest fear?
Extreme heights. I say extreme because I'm not afraid to be in a deer stand as long as it has a good sturdy platform. But you will not see me look over the edge of an extremely high cliff or drop off. I am to clumsy to risk tripping and falling to my death. Haha

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A good steak and tators.

List two pet peeves
Going to cities where people love to honk their horns the second the red light turns green..no matter if your 5 cars back from the light. It falls under rushing and I don't like to be rushed.
Rude and Inconsiderate people. Life's too short to not be nice to one another. Traveling as much as I have has made me realize that a lot of people just don't take the time to be nice to one another anymore. It really is sad.

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

One thing that not a lot of people know you love to do?
Rebuild old motors

Mountains or Beach?
Mountains

Friday, February 23, 2018

PRO STAFF/INSTRUCTOR SPOTLIGHT: Learn more about Firearms Instructor Janeen Wyatt

Pro Staff / Instructor Spotlight:  We asked Janeen Wyatt 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. Janeen lives in Oklahoma and is an avid firearms teacher and firearms instructor with SLG.



What are you most passionate about as an instructor?
Educating and empowering ladies to feel more protected by being more aware of their surroundings and knowing how to safely use there firearms.

What has been your biggest challenge as an instructor?
I am the leader of a ladies shooting group as well.  Keeping things fun and interesting for beginners and more advanced women is always something that can be challenging at times. Balance and offering different classes seems to be key.

What has been your greatest success story with teaching?
I have a lady in my group who was so scared and nervous about guns, but she was determined to learn because her husband had passed away. She finally conquered her fear and now is quite the shooter.  That is a great success story!

I also had a lady with very high anxiety come into the SLG trailer who thought she wouldn’t be able to shoot. With a lot of encouragement and some training, she shot very well and was so excited that she was able to do it.  That makes my heart happy!

I have had several ladies thank me because of things they learned in my Self Defense Situational Awareness class that has detoured them from being a victim. That is why I love what I do. If I can help one lady to not be a victim of a crime, it is all worth it.

What is your motivation to teach others how to shoot?
I teach firearm safety in order to help others not have a negligent discharge or possibly hurt themselves or someone else.

Another motivation is when a student has an “aha moment”.   Whether it’s regarding sight alignment or conquering their fears, I know I’ve done my job well.

How do you help ladies overcome their fear with shooting?
I remind them how they felt when they first learned to drive a car. How everything felt awkward and scary. Now you jump into the drivers’ seat of a car and drive to the store without really thinking about how you got there. Shooting becomes easier the more you do it as well. Anyone can overcome the feeling of being nervous just by getting more practice while still being cautious. Remember, guns are a tool, just like a Skil saw. Learn how to safely use them and always follow the safety rules, and you will be just fine.

Hunting Themed Q&A
 If you could only hunt in one season which one would it be?
Deer season

What’s your favorite location to hunt?
I am definitely a newbie at hunting, but my first experience was in a blind that had a swivel chair and a heater. I’m thinking this is a great way to hunt. LOL 😉

Who introduced you to hunting?
My wonderful husband.

What do you hunt for?
Deer so far, but I am wanting to try duck hunting too.

What hunting skill would you like to master? Since I’m a newbie, all of it.

What’s the hardest hunting lesson you’ve learned?
Sun in my eyes when looking through a scope at a deer  is hard to see the target. Remember I’m new to this, so I have a lot to learn. LOL

What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?  
The fundamentals of firearms. I could also teach an awareness and a Self Defense Class pretty easy.

NON – HUNTING OR SHOOTING RELATED
What do you like most about the SLG shooting trailer?
I love interacting with all the different ladies who come into the trailer. I love knowing our team is making a difference in these ladies’ lives. All the hugs, high fives, and smiles lets me know how much they appreciate the help.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
My somewhat new hobby is oil painting. A great way to relax. I would also spend more time with my family and grand babies providing they didn’t require sleep too. :)

What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue?
I would love to travel more.  Cruising and snow skiing would definitely be on the list of adventures.

What non firearm related skill would you like to master?
Photography, I love capturing memories.

What non hunting related .. do you wish you knew more about?  Medical things.  I sometimes wish I would have gone to nursing school.

What are you interested in that most people haven’t heard of?
 I actually keep my license up as a cosmetologist. Although I don’t work at a shop,  it’s nice to get the discounts for hair products.
Oil painting and I would also love to learn how to fly fish.

What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?
My husband and I love to cruise. Puerto Rico and the surrounding islands were the farthest.

Where do you usually go when you when you have time off?  My sister and I married brothers,  so we enjoy going to TX to visit our siblings where they live.

Who inspires you to be better?
Jesus, if I can be more like Him, everything else falls into place.

What are three interesting facts about you?
I watch Self Defense  and oil painting videos for fun.  I’ve been married to my best friend for over thirty years.  I have three sons and almost three grandchildren, one is due any day now.

What is your biggest fear?
Losing someone I love.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Mexican of course.

List two pet peeves?
Someone who complains ALL the time and NEVER looks for the good in others. We all have situations we go through and need to vent at times to family or a close friend. I am talking about negative people as a whole, who never seem to be happy.  If your around that too much, it can rub off.

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

One thing that not a lot of people know you love to do?
Oil Paint

Mountains or Beach?
That’s a hard one, I love both.  Since I love to cruise I will say beach.

Anything else you would like to add?

I feel very blessed to be able to use some of the gifts God has given me to help others.  He has opened doors for me to do the things I love and am passionate about. I am very grateful.  The best recipe for a happy life for me is...God First, my family second and everything else after that.

Friday, February 16, 2018

PRO STAFF/INSTRUCTOR SPOTLIGHT: Learn more about Firearms Instructor Taryn Stewart

Pro Staff / Instructor Spotlight:  We asked Taryn Stewart 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. Taryn lives in Oklahoma and is an avid competitive shooter and firearms instructor with SLG.

Are you a competitive shooter? Yes, I just started in 2017

What types of matches do you participate in? I shoot USPSA, and Steel challenge

What types of firearms do you shoot competitively? I shoot PCC (pistol Caliber Carbine)

If you could only shoot one what would it be? USPSA

How did you get involved with competitive shooting? My husband started shooting competitively when he retired from the police department 2 years ago, I would go with him and think to myself I want to do it to! I watched a few people shoot PCC and I knew that’s what I wanted to shoot to. So I told him and luckily we own a gun shop and he builds customs guns, so he built me a pretty awesome PCC ( her name is Matilda)

How long have you been shooting competitively? Only a year

What shooting skill would you like to master? Speed

What’s your biggest shooting challenge? My biggest challenge is my confidence. A lot of times I am the only girl out there so that can be very intimidating. But I have learned the “shooting world” is very supportive and helpful and encouraging.

What would be the most amazing competitive stage that is still on your bucket list? The PCC national championships!

What’s the hardest lesson you’ve learned? The amount of practice and commitment that is required to shoot competitively

What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation? Basic Fundamentals


NON – SHOOTING RELATED

What do you like most about the SLG shooting trailer? I am honored to be a part of Introducing women into the shooting sports, and watching the huge smiles on their faces when they leave the trailer.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time? I would load up our 5th wheel and Travel the United States. There is so much out there to do and see.

What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue? Shooting more! I would love to go somewhere every weekend to shoot and meet new people and see the world!

What non-shooting related skill would you like to master? Baking, I’m a horrible baker

What non-shooting related .. do you wish you knew more about? I love to cook I just don’t have the time. I would love to have some mad cooking skills and be on one of those cooking competition shows.

What are you interested in that most people haven’t heard of?

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

Where do you usually go when you when you have time off? I’m not really sure what time off is!! I’m either working, or shooting somewhere. We do make a point to take our family on vacation during the summer. We pick a national park every year to visit.

Who inspires you to be better? My husband for sure! Every time I say I can’t his response is always “why can’t you”

What are three interesting facts about you?
I have been a dental assistant for 11 years
I don’t like to shop
I love teaching

What is your biggest fear? Heights! I won’t go above the 2nd step on a ladder no way no how!

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Chocolate cake
List two pet peeves: Clutter, and being late

Which of the five senses would you say is your strongest? Hearing, I swear I hear everything

One thing that not a lot of people know you love to do? I love to load up the camper and just go.

Mountains or Beach? Both for sure. They are both beautiful and relaxing

Anything else you would like to add?
My husband and I own a gun shop/range Firearms Solutions in Duncan OK.
Certified, NRA Certified Basic Pistol Instructor
Certified, Oklahoma Self Defense Act instructor
Certified, CLEET instructor
Certified, NRA Personal Protection in the Home Instructor
Certified, NRA certified Chief RSO
Certified, NRA Refuse to be a victim instructor
Certified, The Well Armed Woman Certified Instructor
Certified, USCCA Instructor
Certified, Glock Armorer
The Well Armed Woman Chapter Leader
The Well Armed Woman Regional Trainer

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Shoot Like A Girl & Sisterhood of the Outdoors Women's Arkansas Waterfowl Hunt

Extremely cold temperatures, ice, and mud is usually not the perfect situation for what some call a great adventure, unless you’re a duck hunter.  The 5th annual The Sisterhood of the Outdoors/Shoot Like a Girl duck hunt at Bust a Duck guide service in Augusta, Arkansas was a continued success.  This year’s hunt was a special one, with two of the ladies taking their first duck ever.
First Duck!!
First Duck!!

The arctic air found its way South in the last few days of December making the 2017 women’s waterfowl hunt one of the coldest yet.  There is nothing like sharing the duck blind with fellow female hunters, no matter the conditions.  Introducing new waterfowl hunters is one of my biggest passions.  Waterfowl hunting is unique compared to other species, as hunters don’t have to worry about scent control or talking too much in the blind, unless the birds are working.  This is the perfect combination for bringing a new female hunter into the field. Duck hunting has so many opportunities for social interaction in the blind, and new hunters are able to ask questions right after the action takes place.
Our group enjoying fellowship and a successful hunt!! 
Because of the harsh weather conditions, our new hunters got to experience all the challenges that waterfowl hunters face.  The combination of ice and clouds are a duck hunter’s nightmare.  Cloudy days create less shadows allowing ducks to see your decoy spread better.  Combine that with big chunks of ice floating around in your decoy spread and ice freezing to your decoys makes for a challenging day.  Although the conditions were not favorable, it allowed for many learning opportunities.  We had safe and fun hunts in both traditional and pit style blinds.  Through all the hard work, challenges, and worst-case scenarios our new duck hunters still fell in love with duck hunting.
Mr Bust a Duck Buster Cooper with our group of female hunters at the BAD Lodge
SLG Chief Operations Officer Cristy Crawford
with Sisterhood of the Outdoors Owner Amy Ray
SLG Chief Operations Officer Cristy Crawford shooting
the Beretta a400 Xtreme 12ga shotgun & Federal Premium
Blackcloud shells
 
This hunt continues to be one of my favorite hunts of the year.  Seeing the excitement on new hunters’ faces continues to fuel my passion for waterfowl hunting.  Special thank you to Federal Preimum Ammunition and Beretta. The team at Bust a Duck guide service go above and beyond to make us feel welcome at the lodge and in the field. It is without a doubt a female friendly operation.  You can find out more about Bust a Duck Guide service at www.bustaduck.com .  We are so happy to continue teaming up with The Sisterhood of the Outdoors and bring together ladies of all walks of life to enjoy duck hunting.  The Sisterhood of the Outdoors’ mission is to empower the next generation lady hunter and provide ladies with quality hunting, fishing, and outdoor adventures at an affordable price.  They have numerous opportunities for fishing and hunting.  To find out more information about Sisterhood of the Outdoors go to www.sisterhoodoutdoors.com .  A small deposit holds your spot in the 2018.  Comes hunt with us!
Cristy Crawford - Shoot Like A Girl Chief Operations Officer