Friday, October 25, 2013

Shoot Like A Girl Expands to Firearms Test Shots and launches as Featured Exibitor at the 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Cowboy FanFest

Shoot Like A Girl Expands to Firearms Test Shots tm  And Launches as Featured Exhibitor at the 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Cowboy Fan Fest

Shoot Like A Girl is proud to announce the debut of the revolutionary Firearms Test Shotstm  program at the 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Cowboy FanFest in Las Vegas, Nevada December 5-14, 2013! The new Test Shots tm program introduces women to shooting firearms, and complements the proven success of Shoot Like A Girl Test Flightstm program, which has empowered over 3,700 women throughout the United States to shoot archery, growing the sport of archery.
Shoot Like A Girl's expansion utilizes a state of the art fifty two foot trailer where women can shoot pistols, rifles and bows in a safe controlled environment. It features a military grade firearms simulation system and an archery range. With the continued support of long term partners like Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Trijicon, and new corporate partners Charter Arms, Glock and Smith & Wesson, Shoot Like A Girl will continue to grow the number of women who participate in shooting sports. Creating safe responsible gun and bow owners, and advocates for the industry and hunting conservation efforts.
The National Finals Rodeo expects to bring over 400,000 rodeo fans to Las Vegas during the 10 day event. Shoot Like A Girl is proud to be part of the NFR Experience with the launch of there expansion to firearms at Cowboy FanFest!
Shoot Like A Girl (SLG2,Inc) is a company dedicated to growing the number of women in shooting sports by empowering them to participate with confidence. With the help of their corporate sponsors, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Hunter Safety System, Bear Archery, BowTech, Charter Arms, Danner, GamePlan Gear, Glock inc, Hoyt, Elite, Lumenok, Neet Archery Products, Mathews Inc., Mossy Oak, Prois, Smith and Wesson, Trijicon, Victory Archery, PSE and ASA; they travel around the country introducing women to shooting sports! For more information or to become a Shoot Like A Girl Corporate Partner, visit

Monday, October 21, 2013

The Lumen-Arrow by Lumenok

The Lumen - Arrow by Lumenok
by Amanda McGinnis
The Lumen - Arrow by Burt Coyote Lumenok is something that will from now on always be in my quiver. The arrows fly straight and true which combine for a comfortable, tight group. My favorite perk about the arrows is the visibility you get when shooting in low light. Whether you are hunting or just shooting in the yard, seeing your shot placement in low light has NEVER been easier. This is something that is very critical when out in the woods. You will never have to second guess your shot again with these arrows, the Lumenok shows it all for you. For more information or to order yours today go to

Amanda McGinnis is a Shooting Staff member of Shoot Like A Girl. To find out more about Amanda please visit the Pro Staff at

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Bill Pelligrino's Archery Hut to host "I Shoot For The Girls" Archery Tournament!

Bill Pelligrino's Archery Hut will host the I Shoot For The Girls archery tournament for the third year in a row!  October 20, 2013 at 10:00 am!  It costs $20 to shoot, with 100% of the proceeds going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation!  

So for, Shoot Like A Girl has raised over $27,000 the past three years for NBCF!

Please join the fun, and shoot this tournament at Pelligrino's Archery Hut -6325 E. Platte Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80915 Phone:(719) 638-0554

Thursday, October 17, 2013

How To Preserve Your Trophy

How To Preserve Your Trophy
By Michelle Webb

By now you’ve probably bought a couple of the latest gadgets, filled feeders, planted food plots, hung stands, cleared shooting lanes, made sure all of your stuff was scent-free in anticipation of finally getting a chance at ‘the big one.’ You’ve gone over and over your lists and you are sure you have overlooked nothing before opening day, or have you?

What happens when you finally do have all your hard work come to fruition? You’re so excited you want to show the world. You take tons of pictures to preserve the moment and drive all around town sharing your excitement. Usually the first question you are asked is, “Are you going to have that mounted?” In most instances the answer is yes or something really close to that. Although many of us are taught how to prepare our game when we learn to hunt, rarely are we taught how to first preserve our trophy for a taxidermist so that they can capture the memory of the hunt forever.

It is a good idea to add checking into a taxidermist to your to-do list. You can either visit someone’s shop to see their work or ask someone you know for good references. You can also contact a taxidermist to come up with a plan ahead of time for when you do make your harvest. This way they can give you specifics on how you need to preserve it.

The following are some pretty basic ways of prepping your deer or other large game animals for a shoulder mount. First wipe off all blood and other fluids off the hair or fur. Bacteria is NOT your friend and anything you can do ahead to preserve your animal’s hide is paramount. Next you want to make an incision around the belly (see photo). It is fine to go ahead and field dress your game, but do NOT cut up into the brisket area.  You will make your incision all the way around the belly of the animal a couple of inches behind the front legs. Always cut from the inside or the skin side and not the hair side. Now cut the hide around both front elbows. You don’t have to worry about cutting from the inside here, this is just to ensure that you have plenty of hide for your mount. Better to have too much than not enough! Next, cut from the underside of the elbow straight down to the belly incision. Carefully skin your specimen working the skin down around to the head. Try to be careful and not make any unnecessary holes. Skin all the way up to the base of the skull and then cut the neck leaving about 4 inches of the neck behind the skull. This allows for better measurements and making your animal true to what it was.

Now for those of you who want to cape out your own game, there are some further instructions for you. Instead of stopping at the base of the skull, you will continue skinning until you are at the base of the ears. You want to cut the ear butts as close to the skull as possible. Sometimes it is necessary to flip the hide back over just to check where you are before making that cut. Once you have confirmed you are in the right place, cut the ear butts loose from the skull. With the ear butts now loose it will be easier for you to now make your Y-incision. Being very mindful of your fingers, use your knife to puncture the hide from the inside or skin side of the center of the back of the neck between the ears. Now that you have your cut started you can finish from the outside or hair side. Holding the hide taut and using your knife, cut the skin side down about 3-4 inches from your initial puncture. Now still with your knife cutting from the inside take your incision up to the middle of the back of each antler bur. Now comes the tricky part, cutting around the burs. Most people have a tendency to put their knife on the outside and just go to cutting. This results in loss of hair and a natural look to your mount. Take your knife and with it inside next to the bur, rock it gently cutting up towards the bur releasing the hide. This is thicker than just normal skin tissue. Just be careful and go slow. Once you have released one bur, move to the next in the same fashion. Once both burs have been released you can now finish skinning out the head. Skin the rest of the head out cutting as close to the skull as possible. Whether you skinned your animal up to the neck or decided to cape it out, when you are done fold the hide skin to skin, roll it up and place it in 2 sealed bags. This helps prevent freezer burn which can greatly damage a hide.  If you chose to cape out your animal, next you will need to cut off the antlers (see picture).

If you happen to want smaller game such as a bobcat, coyote, raccoon, etc. for a nice display piece then your care will be relatively the same. You will want to wipe any blood or fluids from the hair or fur. You will NOT make any incisions. These specimens will be kept whole and taken to your taxidermist. Cool the animal as soon as possible without getting it wet. Place your animal and tuck the legs and tail inside if you can. Double bag.

If you happen to be a bird hunter, here are some tips for you. Again, wipe any blood or fluids from the feathers in the direction of the feathers.  Let the body cool down. Tuck the head underneath a wing.  Stick it in an old stocking (pantyhose) with the end tied off head first. After you get it in, tie off the other end. Double bag.

Finally for all the fisherman/women, whether you have caught a fish of a lifetime or a young’un has caught their first and wants to preserve the moment, nothing is too big or too small. To prepare your fish you need to wet a towel and wrap your fish whole. Double bag. Of course an alternative for all you catch and release conservationists, there is the option of having your catch preserved in a different method. The new trend in conservation is having a fiberglass replica made to reflect your catch. If this is your preferred method then after the catch but before the release, you need to take a couple of pictures and get measurements. For your replica to be exact you will need a weight and you need to measure the length and the girth of the fish. This is the information that your taxidermist will need. Please do this quickly and try not to handle the fish to much to ensure that it will thrive once again after the release.

Whatever your prize memory that you want preserved is, make sure the body has cooled down and  after double bagging, immediately put your game in your freezer or take it to your taxidermist. If along the way you accidentally made a cut where you shouldn’t have, broke a tine off an antler or something just wasn’t quite right, your taxidermist may be able to take care of it for you. Someone once taught me that “almost anything can be fixed.” But the sportsman or woman needs to realize that their taxidermist is only as good as the sportsman who takes care of his game. Remember always make sure your games is legal and properly tagged.

Taxidermy is much more than just an old deer head hanging on the wall. With all the latest methods mounts are becoming more and more realistic and you can even add a little habit scene fitting for your surroundings or with your preferred game to make it even more realistic. Taxidermy has become quite an art form. Good luck this hunting season and go make some memories in the field.

Michelle Webb is Taxidermist and Shooting Staff Member at Shoot Like A Girl. You can read more about Michelle in the Pro Staff section of our website at 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

High Desert Archery will host a "I SHOOT FOR THE GIRLS" tournament

High Desert Archery will host a
"I SHOOT FOR THE GIRLS" archery tournament at 1836 W. Amador Road Suite B, Las Cruces, NM 88005

                                                        October 16th at 6:00 pm
                                                 100% of the proceeds go to the          
                                                    National Breast Cancer Foundation! 

Tuscarora Archers to Host "I SHOOT FOR THE GIRLS" Tournament

Tuscarora Archers will host a "I SHOOT FOR THE GIRLS" archery tournament at 5608 Etzler Road, Frederick, MD 21705 

October 12th at 10:00am and 
October 13th at 1:00pm.  

100% of the proceeds go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation! 
For information call 301-695-5316