|Erin and Her Dad with a Nice 6 Pointer She Harvested|
1. ME - Do
you just hunt deer?
ERIN - Dad
got a moose permit last year. I did not get drawn this year, but I concentrate
purely on deer and moose.
2. ME - What
do you think about the "women’s" hunting clothes? Would you ever wear
ERIN - No.
Maybe I am a little too much of a feminist, but in my mind, if you are going to
hunt, wear hunting clothes. They
don't label its 'men's hunting gear' and 'women's hunting gear' its just
hunting gear. I would rather wear
my red plaid wool hunting jacket than a pink camo hat.
ME - Erin
isn’t that pink your wearing in the picture you sent me?
ERIN - I
know, I’m busted for wearing pink, but my love of monkey thumbs acknowledges no
ME - Ah so
there is a little know clause in the annuals of hunting, allowing you to wear
pink if monkey thumbs are involved?
ERIN – This
line of questioning is what is going to lead you to a broken nose.
ME - GULP! Moving
on to question three.
3. ME - Do
you ever blog about your hunting experiences?
4. ME – Do
you have siblings that hunt?
Nope. My sister hates the
outdoors. My brother in law
hunts. My husband hunts (its he
and his dad vs me and my dad – team Merrill is ahead!!)
ME - Why
didn’t your sister get into hunting? Did you shoot-up all of her Barbies?
ERIN - Funny
thing is I had all of the Barbies.
I loved them. I had the
Townhouses, convertibles, the whole deal.
5. ME - Are
you part of any of the online hunting communities?
ERIN - I use
to follow some hunting blogs on Twitter but nothing was relevant to me and/or
6. ME - Ever
hunt out of state?
ERIN - No,
but Dad and I are going to go Elk hunting at some point in our lives.
7. ME - How
do people react when they hear you’re a hunter?
ERIN – It’s
very interesting to look at the reactions of people when they find out I
hunt. It has been my experience
that women are stunned and always say "how can you kill something like
that" (my reply is usually "with my gun") while men are
impressed. I had probably 5 or 6
guys check with details, pictures... one Red Cross volunteer bought me a cheesy
plastic deer magnet which I love and keep in my office.
I have also
found it to be an incredible networking/fundraising tool. If I can get people talking about
hunting of any kind or being outdoors, once they know I hunt, they seem to
listen to me more and they will try to test me "what model is your gun 700
or 702?" (it’s a 700) "what grain bullet do you use?" (180) Once
I answer them, they know I know what I am talking about, its like I gain more
credibility. Its weird but
definitely something I have noticed in my fundraising career.
really interesting how different hunting is for men and women - or how it’s
viewed. Guys can't get over the
hunting thing with women. I don't
know if they are the ones who did not grow up with women hunting or hunting in
general or if they just can't picture a woman cutting open and gutting a deer
or if its the idea of a woman killing something. I'm not sure.
8. ME - Can
you pee in a deer stand?
ERIN - I
don't pee in a tree and I schedule my peeing. No liquids before I leave in the morning. Pee break at lunch and then again when
its dark. I can't pee in a tree so if desperate I climb down and pee in the
9. ME - Do
you host an all girl deer camp?
ERIN - I
have no idea if there is an all girl deer camp. I learned everything from my dad.
10. ME - Is
you gun bigger than mine?
ERIN - I
shoot a Winchester 30-06 with a Sterling scope and yes I can guarantee it is
much bigger than yours.
ME – Why do
I suddenly feel so inadequate . . .
11. ME - Are
their unique challenges to being a female hunter?
ERIN - I
don't really know what unique challenges there are as far as hunting goes -
maybe the emotional aspect. I can
do everything in the woods a guy could do (minus pee from the tree stand).
12. ME - Any
funny outdoor stories you would like to share?
ERIN - I once had my hair dyed in the
morning and went out hunting in the afternoon. It was hot out and I reeked of dye. Dad was about 20 feet
from me and we heard the all might snap of a branch. Then, we heard a blow, and then another and then what
sounded like sneezing, as the deer smelled me ran in the opposite
direction. Dad just started laughing
and we decided that I am only allowed to dye my hair before the season starts
and then after the season is over, or after we get a deer. I’m dedicated to the sport like that!
Also, when I
bought my hunting license the first time, I went after I had a
manicure/pedicure and the full on hair styling for my best friend's wedding.
All dolled up, went in and asked to buy a license in a small country store I
proclaimed to the woman behind the counter that "I wanted to sign the
paperwork to allow me to kill Bambi's dad"! She looked at me really weird
and I am fairly sure my comment blew her mind!
13. ME - So
understanding you live in a big city and according to our previous
conversations, can’t stand the heat and would most likely die if it wasn’t for
AC, all things considered you seem kinda girly to me, would you like to refute
ERIN - I
picked out my wedding ring based on hunting; nothing I would want to risk
loosing while gutting a deer and something that would not catch on my glove
going on/off my hand.
ME - Point
taken, I retract my previous statement. You are much tougher than I am. Please
don’t punch me in the face.
14. ME - What
interest you related to the outdoors?
ERIN - I
would like to find more women's hunting blogs or Maine hunting blogs. I
definitely printed and read the Deer Plan from IF&W. Chandler Woodcock was also my English
teacher in Skowhegan. I have met
with him to find out about getting on a board or committee through
IF&W. If you know of any,
please let me know. I would love
to be able to give a voice to young female hunters.
15. ME - Can
you please supply me with a brief history of how you started hunting?
ERIN - I
started going hunting with my dad when I was 20. He has hunted forever so it was something I was use to. We have about 400 acres that we hunt
on. I know, the first season I went, I was so loud. I snapped branches, crunched leaves, tripped... I also did
not carry a gun. I can't remember
if it was the first year or second that Dad shot one when I was with him. I rattled the horns, gave myself a
blood blister and called in a 4 pointer. Dad asked if I wanted him to shoot it
and I, of course said yes! It was
112 pounds, but I was so excited.
I then took
Hunters Safety and Dad and I built a tree stand in the winter of 2006-2007. Dad
said I was in charge of bringing home the meat - no pressure. I had never shot the 30-06 before and
Mom said it would kick so hard I would fall out of the stand. So, I shot it twice out behind their
house. Dead deer target both
On Nov 17th
at 6:30am, I spotted a small buck coming down through some trees towards the
stand. Shaking, I got into
position and did what Dad told me.
Line up the sights and never lift your head. I remember asking Dad if I
could shoot it, pulling the trigger, seeing the back leg come up and then
asking Dad if I shot it. Ha! My
first deer 115lb, 4 pointer, dead with 1 shot.
I was so
excited, called my Mom, she didn’t answer so I called my Grammie. She answered and now, whenever I get a
deer, I call Grammie first. Gotta
love family traditions. My Grampa gave me his gun, another 30-06 after
In 2009, we
built our Sky Condo. It’s huge -
12 feet off the ground and could handle 3 grown men, its fantastic. Again, only Dad and me are
allowed. The first year, we saw
triplets with their mom and in total, probably 17 deer throughout the season. I
was walking around one afternoon in 2009 and shot my doe with a 30-30 open
sites. I dropped her, but didn't
kill her. The sound she made was
terrible. Dad had told me that
once you shoot a deer, do not chase it because it will keep going - stop and
let it lie down and die. So I did,
but my doe got up and left. She
stumbled, wobbled and walked off.
I assumed she would die out of sight.
arrived, having heard the shots, we started to track her. The biggest blood trail ever! Then it stopped. Disappeared along with my deer. We searched and searched and never
found her. I felt horrible. I hated the idea that I had wounded an
animal. I was 27 at the time. It was haunting. (Maybe other women hunters deal with
this more then men, I dunno). But
season, last season, I was ready.
I also went back to my scope and my 30-06. I was so excited we had put up the trail camera and were
seeing many deer. Plus, after
loosing the doe, we needed to get some meat in the freezer.
7:45 AM, I spotted something moving across the field. I lifted my gun to look through the scope, Dad looked
through the binocs and said "its a deer!" I tried to find it, but all
I saw was a tree. Dad lifted his
gun and told me to shoot. I said I
didn't have a shot and if he did...boom!
He dropped it and then went scurrying down the ladder and across the
field. He shot it one more time in
the head. It was a beautiful
150lb, 6 pointer. Again, I took
pictures, I have them from every deer I have killed with Dad.
my hunting history up to this point.
It’s so much fun, the anticipation, and the build up, the never knowing
if a deer will step out in front of you.
And being with my Dad. Even
though we don't talk much while we are out there, it’s an amazing experience to
share with him. I love it!
ME - Thanks a Ton Erin for Providing me with a little perspective on what it is like to be an outdoor woman. Look forward to reading about more of your adventures on your blog!
Next I will be posting some additional links and information on Women and the Outdoors on 10/7/11