The annual ladies Sika Archery Hunt, Not one to miss!

Sika Deer run wild in the Chesapeake Bay Area of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. I feel like this is a little-known fact but, it’s true…I’ve seen it myself. If you are looking for a unique and challenging bow hunting experience, hunting with Muddy Marsh Outfitters is what you need to do!! Muddy Marsh is located in Dorchester County, Maryland. Hunting wild Sika deer is a rewarding and fulfilling experience that you will not soon forget. Muddy Marsh Outfitters is a group of dedicated bowhunters catering only to bowhunters. The stand sites consist of baited permanent locations as well as portable stands allowing hunters to move with the action. Last year’s hunt with the Sisterhood of the Outdoors and Muddy Marsh we had ladies ages 16 to 60 and made memories to last a lifetime. You can be a lifelong bowhunter or just starting out looking for a challenging experience. Either way this hunt is unforgettable and an experience you will not want to miss.


As the anticipation builds – Life as a Lady Guide

It is August 18, 2017 memories flood my facebook page with the last 10 years of my life and antelope hunting. The journey laid out perfectly in pictures, comments and memories from my friends. From my first antelope hunt, to taking my family on my hunting journey and getting them their first antelope, to meeting friends for the first time, first time archery hunts, first big game kills, building relationships and friendships, building our sisterhood.

My anticipation of what is coming keeps me going every day. This year I am not only taking old friends hunting, I get to take their kids for the first time, 3 of them, their husbands, more ladies from my sisterhood, 4 young ladies that will someday carry on our mission, and others that will come as strangers but I promise they will leave as great friends. I sit every day in anticipation of what all of the memories will look like next year. The dreams I get to make come true for so many as a lady guide, as a friend, as an antelope hunter make the anticipation stronger.

So until Sept 10th, when my first hunters show up, I will wait, live through my memories and anticipate what lies ahead and what stories I will get to tell after my first year as a Lady Guide.


Etiquette and the lady hunter

Dear Mr. Outdoors Etiquette,
I am an average, single male, height and weight proportionate, age … well, age doesn’t matter – let’s just say I’m young at heart. I’m an outdoorsman, love to hunt and fish. I belong to DU, Trout Unlimited, and Pheasants Forever. I recently joined a small hunt club in my area, a small group of hunters renting three farms for waterfowl, deer, and upland game. There are a couple of ponds stocked with blue gills and large mouth – perfect for the summer months while I’m waiting for the early teal season.
I just got back from the summer meeting for new members. They seem like a great group of guys – that is, guys and a gal! You see, I think there’s a woman in the club! I’ve never hunted with a woman before, and I’m not sure how to handle it. Can you give me some advice so I don’t make a fool of myself this winter?
Only a Little Threatened?
P.S. The other guys in the club were laughing and joking with her, just like one of the guys. It was pretty cool, actually.
Dear Little,
Take a deep breath. Everything is going to be OK. You’re not the first guy that this has happened to, and you won’t be the last. In fact, it’s happening more and more these days as women pursue their passion in the field.
First off, let’s figure out why she was there. Was she with someone else – her boyfriend, her husband, or her father? If she stayed in proximity to one particular member, chances are she was there to watch or “try it out.” First thing to look for in this case is her clothing – was she wearing oversized or mixed clothing? If the answer is yes, then she is wearing her father’s (or boyfriend’s, or husband’s) clothes. Second thing to look for is her accessories. I’m not talking about her purse and jewelry, I’m talking about hunting accessories – especially calls. If you did not see a lanyard around her neck, that’s another indicator she was there as a spectator.
On the other hand, if her clothes fit her, the camoflauge of her coat and bibs match, and she was wearing a set of calls, I’d say there’s a good chance you have an outdoors woman in your club. Here are some things to look for, if that’s the case.
Her rig. Is she towing a trailer behind her truck? (She has a truck, trust me on this one.) Is it a decoy trailer or a dog trailer? There are a lot of women who end up hunting after getting involved in retriever trials and hunt tests first. Yeah, its ackbasswards, but after the Dad taking her out as a youngster introduction, the Labs to goose pit is the most likely path that women take to becoming a full fledged huntress. So, if it’s a dog trailer, you’re in luck. One, it means you don’t have to chase cripples during the peak of the morning flight and two, you’ve got a training resource if, when you get a dog of your own. Women are natural trainers of man’s best friend, working with intuition and empathy to anticipate the dog’s next move before the dog even knows what it is gonna do! The pro who taught me how to train bird dogs always made sure the client’s wife or girlfriend was there for training sessions. He claimed women are more in tune with the animal, will work with the dog instead of trying to force it. I can think of several clients who proved him right.

If it’s a decoy trailer, you’re still in luck. The decoys are going to be in top notch condition coming out of that trailer. Putting them back in will require an adjustment for you, because there will be a right way ( I.e., her way) to store them, requiring some effort on your part but that’s why they went out so easily at 0 dark thirty this morning so don’t bitch about it.
Calls. Look for calls. They will be on a lanyard hanging around her neck or from the rear view mirror of that truck I promise you she is driving. Don’t expect to see bands on the lanyard. If she has killed a banded duck or goose, chances are she offered it to someone else who was hunting with her as a memento. Also, expect them to be good calls,from one of the top makers, and don’t be surprised if she knows how to use them.
That goes for the rest of her equipment, too. If she is in there at the meeting, mixing it up with the guys, she is going to have the best equipment and she is going to know how to use it. Do NOT patronize her with advice on how to blow a comeback call; or, how much to lead a crossing bird in a 30 MPH wind. I’m guessing she already knows how to do both, and there’s a good chance she can do them better than you.
Bottom line here is, leave your ego at home, watch and learn from the other club members, and listen. Next time you see her, ask her about her dogs, her favorite load for Canadas, or what decoy spread she favors for late season birds. There’s a good chance you’ll learn something and you will make a new hunting buddy.
Mr. E
P.S. Do not go looking for romance here. She’s not looking to fall in love, she’s looking to shoot something. Make sure you’re not that something.
P.P.S. Keep the early morning greetings simple. I once observed a club member hug my buddy l for an awkwardly long time at the opening day morning meet up. He did not realize he was one second away from getting thrown on his ass. In addition to being a helluvagood huntress, she is trained in several of the martial arts.

onXmaps A good Support System

A good support system….

You can try hard, you can work hard, you can work harder but sometimes you need good help.

I became a licensed antelope hunting guide this year with the help of a ton of people, my support system.  From family and friends, to colleagues and my employer.  All giving me advice and helping along the way.

When I finally got my license in the mail I needed to find some quality hunting places to take my new clients.  I started  driving through familiar lands hoping to spark something, writing down numbers on posts, trying to remember who was who and where I was at.  It all became very overwhelming.  One day I sat at my desk, frustrated and confused so I decided to try out an app I had heard about, onXmaps. After it was installed on my phone, I began looking at the information it provided, I began calling landowners and recognizing where places were and before I knew it I had some great new places to take my clients.

onXmaps has become one of my biggest support systems in providing me with landowner information and details so I know where I am at all times and will be a big part of my success as a hunting guide this year.

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