Hunting is a personal and individual experience that is amplified when shared. While reading about or watching video of a hunt is enjoyable, there is nothing greater than hearing stories, only hours old, told by someone sharing the same woods and chasing the same quarry.
When I first started hunting I had no idea there were other women like me who were passionate about hunting. It's hard to imagine now with the countless social media groups dedicated to women in the outdoors.
My first hunt at an outfitter was also my first women only hunt. I really didn't know what to expect but it was better than I imagined. I met women that are diehard serious hunters and good people. I've been on many women on hunts and have made many lifelong friends. The women that I have hunted with have all been supportive of each other, constantly encouraging and genuinely happy for the hunters who succeed no matter the size of an animal they bring back to camp. I've seen strangers become family around the dinner table, weaving wild tales of the day's adventures over a delicious meal. I genuinely miss those moments everyday and look forward to my next women's hunt every year.
Although they can be expensive, the memories you will make are priceless. Some hunts can be very expensive and some are cheaper than staying at a hotel for the same amount of time. If you do choose to go on a women only hunt, do some research, don't be afraid to ask questions or request referrals. Some women's hunts have a hostess that can help you with all aspect of the hunt from gear recommendations, to questions about tags, or even sitting with you if you are nervous which is nothing to be ashamed about. Hunting at night in the pitch black swamps of the South or bear hunting for the first time can be extremely nerve wracking if you don't know what to expect and your imagination runs wild.
Outfitters can be hit or miss depending on their additude towards women who hunt. The outfitters I've dealt with have been fantastic and they are always impressed about how the women are very serious about hunting. Depending on the game you are hunting, the season and the area of the hunt your chance of success can vary. A lot of success depends on the hunter, if someone is ill-prepared, distracted or can't sit still.
It takes a lot of commitment to spend money on a hunt and travel but what you'll find is a group of women just as committed to hunting as you are, coming together to share an experience.
If you are interested in a women only hunt there are many quality organizations that provide hunts. For me, when I first went to Maine it felt like home, Brenda, Pete, all the ladies that come year after year and even the new hunters – they have become family and Maine is my favorite hunting destination. Though on day if I win the lottery I would hunt every state!
I hope you consider going on a women's only hunt no matter where you go.
If you are interested in more information on an annual women only fall black bear hunt in Maine please visit Pleasant River Guide Service