Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Shoot Like A Girl at RMEF Hunter Christmas Expo & Ladies Auction

Shoot Like A Girl (SLGinc²) recently visited the Las Vegas Convention Center for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Hunter Christmas Expo, held Dec. 4 through 7. More than 28,000 people attended the inaugural event, presented by Cabela’s. SLG welcomed 222 ladies to its state-of-the-art, 52-foot trailer.

While in the trailer, women experienced the revolutionary introduction process to shooting, called Test Shots  and Test Flights,  as they shot pistols, rifles and compound bows in a safe, controlled environment in a short amount of time. The trailer features a military grade firearms simulation system and a live archery range, and is wheelchair accessible. If the women seemed excited at the
prospect of shooting under the guidance of qualified SLG² female instructors, they seemed almost more excited after their time in the trailer – as they look forward to continuing their quests to learn shooting skills.  

“RMEF is always a exciting environment to be involved in,” said Cristy Crawford, Shoot Like A Girl Chief Operations Officer. “We are grateful to be partnered with such a wonderful organization, filled with great people who are focused on conservation.”

SLG² also debuted a new firearms counter. The larger firearms counter gave attendees the opportunity to see and touch products and firearms from our corporate partners. This firearms counter features pistols and literature from Colt, Smith & Wesson, GLOCK, Charter Arms and 3m Peltor Hearing Protection.

In a partnership with Upper Canyon Outfitters of Montana, SLG² raised $7,750 for RMEF, by offering an elk/mule deer hunt at the RMEF Ladies Auction. The hunt placed

#8 in funds raised in overall hunts auctioned off at Elk Camp 2014.  This hunt is for women-only, for two on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest near Robb Creek, which also happens to be RMEF’s first conservation land acquisition. Meals and lodge accommodations will be provided by Upper Canyon Outfitters. The package also included a bow provided by SLG², a Savage .30-’06 rifle, one set of PrĂ³is Hunting Apparel’s pants and jacket, SLG² merchandise and two pairs of Danner High Ground boots.

About Shoot Like A Girl:

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 our corporate sponsors, Shoot Like A Girl (SLG², Inc) thanks their valued corporate partners who share their mission to grow the number of women in shooting sports, by empowering them with confidence:  Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Hunter Safety System, Ammo2Go, Bear Archery, BowTech, Charter Arms, Colt, Crimson Trace, Danner, Federal Premium Ammunition, Game Plan Gear, GLOCK, Inc, Hogue, Hoyt, Hunt Force, Elite, Lethal, Lumenok, Neet Archery Products, Mammoth Coolers, Mathews Inc, Mossy Oak, 3M Peltor,Powder Hook, POV Action Cameras, ScentBlocker/Tree Spider, Smith and Wesson, Sonic Boom Targets, Stedi-Stock, Taurus, ThermaCell, Trijicon, Triple Crown Outdoors, Trophy Hunting Products, TRUGLO, PSE, Women’s Outdoor News and ASA we travel around the country to introduce new shooters to shooting sports!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Shoot Like A Girl Featured at Field & Stream Deer & Turkey Expo in Louisville, KY

Shoot a pistol, rifle & bow with us in Lousiville, KY. January 30 - Febuary 1, 2015 at Field & Stream / Outdoor Life Deer & Turkey Expo. For more information go to http://www.deerinfo.com/louisville 

Located at:
Kentucky Exposition Center (State Fairgrounds)
937 Phillips Lane
Louisville, KY 40209

Event Hours
Friday, Jan. 30, 2015
2:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015
9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Federal Premium Ammunition Joins Shoot Like A Girl's Team of Corporate Partners

Shoot Like A Girl is pleased to announce that Federal Premium Ammunition has joined the elite team of Shoot Like A Girl Corporate Partners.
This selective Corporate Partner Team enables Shoot Like a Girl to introduce women to shooting sports, creating new gun and bow owners, as well as new outdoor enthusiasts.
“Shoot Like a Girl is a great example of how to get new people involved in the shooting sports in an exciting and engaging way. Federal Premium Ammunition is proud to be part of this initiative and encourages more women to learn our sport and take to the fields and ranges,” Said Jason Nash, Director of Marketing for Federal Premium Ammunition.
“I was thrilled with the addition of Federal Premium Ammunition to our outstanding corporate partner team. Federal Premium Ammunition’s continued recognition of the value of women and the shared commitment of our mission to grow the number of women in shooting sports will be enhanced through this partnership,” said
Karen Butler, President, Shoot Like a Girl.

Headquartered in Anoka, Minn., Federal Cartridge Company has been providing hunters and shooters with high-quality rimfire, centerfire and shotshell ammunition since 1922. It pioneered the Premium category of ammunition and is part of the world’s leading ammunition manufacturer, ATK Sporting. For more information on Federal, visit

Shoot Like A Girl is dedicated to providing women an introductory experience to shooting sports and grows the number of women who participate by empowering them with confidence. Utilizing a state of the art 52’ trailer women can shoot pistols, a rifle and compound bows in a safe controlled environment. Shoot Like A Girl (SLG², Inc) thanks their valued corporate partners: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, 3M Peltor, Hunter Safety System, Ammo To Go, Bear Archery, BowTech, Charter Arms, Colt, Crimson Trace, Danner, Federal Premium Ammunition, Game Plan Gear, GLOCK, Inc, Hogue, Hoyt, Hunt Force, Elite, Lethal, Lumenok, Neet Archery Products, Mammoth Coolers, Mathews Inc, Mossy Oak, Powder Hook, POV Action Cameras, ScentBlocker/Tree Spider, Smith and Wesson, Sonic Boom Targets, Stedi-Stock, Taurus, ThermaCell, Trijicon, Triple Crown Outdoors, Trophy Hunting Products, TRUGLO, PSE, Women’s Outdoor News, Upper Canyon Outfitters, and ASA. For more information or to become a Shoot Like A Girl Corporate Partner, visit www.shootlikeagirl.com.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

11 Ways to Capture the Essence of your Hunting Trip with Photo

Capturing the essence of your hunting trip by taking quality photos gives you something to share and cherish with your friends and family for years to come. We have been guiding and outfitting hunters for more than 30 years here in the mountains of Montana. During this time we have come to realize the importance of quality photos for our clients to help capture those moments and give them memories to reflect upon. We are not professional photographers and don’t know all the tricks, but through our experience, we have come up with a few ideas for taking great pictures.
Here are some tips we give our guides when taking photos for the clients.
1. Remember to take lots of photos from several different angles and distances. With today’s digital cameras, it is easy to delete the ones you don’t want.
2. Top priority should be to wipe away the blood from the wound channel, antlers, nose and mouth. Leaving blood on the animal is one of the most common mistakes; also push its tongue back into its mouth. A picture with the tongue hanging out and with blood is unprofessional and can be a turn-off to others viewing your photos.
3. Position the trophy in an appropriate position. If possible, animals should be placed broadside to slightly angled to the camera. The belly needs to be on the ground. Deer and elk look best when they are resting on their front knees.
4. Stay low when taking the photograph. This will enhance the object you are photographing. You should be far enough away that the animal is the main focus. If you are too far away, then the animal will look smaller than it really is.
5. Try not to have your hand on the antlers and remember to keep area clean of backpacks, coats and blood in the background.

Figure 1 and Figure 2 feature the same elk, but the elk looks smaller with the photographer so far away and standing up. There is a backpack in the foreground. With technology today, you can crop this photo to remove the backpack. Pay attention to your surroundings and to detail so that you can see what is in both the background of a photo and the foreground. Let your photo tell the story – make it a good story. Figure 2 depicts what we would deem an appropriate photo, but wearing camo gloves would have masked the hunter’s hands and distracted less from the antlers.
7. These are wild animals and as ethical hunters we should respect this, so never sit on your harvest or show disrespect.
8. This also applies to taking the photo in the field with the background of the area it was harvested. Select an area that reminds the hunter of where that game was harvested. A dead animal in the back of a pick-up is not an ideal photo.
9. Prepare the hunter for the photograph. Remove any blood and dirt from hands and if clothes are bloody, then change them. Your clothes should enhance the contrast with the animal for better pictures. Hunter orange really brings out whatever is in front of it.

Figure 1 and 2 feature the same animal. But in figure 1 the antlers are lost in the hillside, and the hunter is a distraction sitting in the center of the antlers. Figure 2 just changed the angle of the photo, changed the lighting, and moved the hunter, making the deer more pronounced and horn set more visible.
10. Pick a good background. You want to contrast your animal against the background. A deer/elk with dark antlers will look more impressive against a light skyline. Light colored antlers will show better with a dark background.

This is the same elk in both photos, but in figure 1 the antlers blend in with the color of the grass and the photographer is standing above the hunters, which makes the bull look smaller. The guide has his bare hands on the elk and antlers. Again, camo gloves would have reduced this distraction from the elk and his hands wouldn’t reflect the flash. In Figure 2 the antlers are against the light colored sky. The photo shows the mountains and the intensity of the terrain. Plus, the location of the hunter’s hands is not taking away from the antlers. I would suggest in figure 2 the hunter not have his leg in front of the elk.
11. One last word of advice is to take lots of photos of the hunt, not just the harvest. It’s all an adventure and spending time in the outdoors is really what it’s about. If you can spend this time with friends and family, or introduce someone new to the sport, those are the photos you will smile about for years to come.

Donna McDonald is a member of Shoot Like A Girl Pro Staff and owner of Upper Canyon Outfitters in Alder, MT. Find out more about Upper Canyon Outfitters at www.ucomontana.com