Just my opinion, but I really encourage you guys in particular, to not ignore the lady hunters and shooters. They’re a big part of the sport and some times I think they get overlooked and dismissed. I want to try and change that.
I got to thinking about this last week after my wife got dissed by a chauvinistic asshole at one of our local retailers. She had gone into the hunting and reloading department looking for primers for reloading. Understand, she knew what she was looking for and doesn’t approach things with a …’gee mister, can you help me?’ attitude. The clerk totally blew her off. If you know my wife, you know that was a serious mistake on his part.
I figured out long ago while working the gun shows, you never, ever ignore or disregard a female of any age that stops by your table. Doesn’t matter if she’s looking at knives, guns or starts talking about hunting. On one occasion a lady was looking at my selection of knives and after a half hour of visiting she walked away with close to $300 worth of knives.
One of the more memorable moments happened when a 20 something college girl was admiring an F-Class rifle I had for sale. This was a big single shot target rifle in .308 set up that weighed around 13#’s with the scope. I had a price on it of well over $1000 and didn’t really think she knew what she was looking at. Thankfully, I took the time to visit with her and ask if she had any questions. She was actually 19 and shot on her college marksmanship team. She knew exactly what she was looking at and ended up educating me on F-Class competition.
I was happy my wife took an interest in defensive shooting this summer. It was really great to meet Kim who shared our interest in defensive shooting and joined us in several classes.
Erin at TSA Knives is another avid hunter, trapper extraordinaire.
She comes from a family of shooters and hunters, a passion her two sisters share as well. Fact is, her mother is no slouch at trap shooting either. So I think we should hear from these ladies a bit more.
I’m working on having a couple of these ladies try out some knives for me. In Minnesota our firearms deer season is just around the corner. I thought it might be interesting to get a female perspective on a few hunting knives. Seems like we always get the perspective from the male standpoint. Too often, we overlook the fact there are a lot of female hunters in the field. In my part of the country anyway! So while I’m still getting all the details ironed out, with any luck in a few more weeks I can share some feedback from another perspective.