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Lauren McGough Apprentices with Eagle Falconers in Mongolia

Lauren McGough Apprentices with Eagle Falconers in Mongolia

Bridging the Gender Gap in a Male-Dominated Sport   It had been a particularly grueling day for Lauren McGough, her golden eagle heavy on her hand and her body sore from traversing miles of mountainous Mongolian terrain on her horse. She was searching for fox, but the light was fading, and it seemed that the day was going to end with an empty bag. Just when her spirits were at their lowest, Kukan, a falconer and her teacher, cried out as he flushed a fox. McGough’s eagle bolted from the glove, powered across the darkening sky and slammed into the snowy hillside in a spray of powder and with a fox in her feet. Elated, Lauren whooped and galloped down to her bird. Once the eagle was fed and the fox attached to the saddle, Lauren fell into satisfied silence that held until her teacher asked no one in particular, “Why didn’t I ever take my daughters hunting?” Getting to Mongolia Lauren McGough fell in love with golden eagles when she was a child and was determined to get involved in the sport of falconry, hunting with birds of prey. When she became a falconer, however, she found she had a serious road block. She couldn’t find anyone in the United States to teach her how to hunt with a golden eagle. So, McGough applied and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to spend a year in Mongolia where falconers not only train eagles, but depend on their hunting skills for sustenance and fur. Rather than packing a lot of gear, McGough said that she packed a lot of trinkets.... read more
Why Every Outdoorswoman Needs Tracking Training

Why Every Outdoorswoman Needs Tracking Training

One of the wildest places I’ve ever traveled convinced me of the importance of animal tracking skills. Southwestern Alaska’s Katmai Brown Bears routinely weigh over 1,000 pounds, and when you’re traveling through the Katmai National Forest you’re sharing their territory. At times, you’ll see them clearly at a distance: a massive, dark shape across a beach catching salmon or playing leisurely with their cubs. In other cases, you’ll be hiking through the tangled and dense woods that are often called “bear corridors” and need to be aware of your surroundings while sharing their trails. There’s nothing worse than surprising a bear. Being able to read signs and track animals can save your life in wilderness contexts. Whether you’re hunting or hiking, the ability to track game and animal signs is an essential skill for the well-rounded outdoorswoman. Let’s take a closer look at different uses of tracking, how it can increase your effectiveness as a woman with an outdoor lifestyle, and some different strategies for learning this ancient art. Animal Tracking: A Short History Animal tracking is an ancient art that’s part of the shared cultural history of all humans. Anthropologists have revealed that for thousands of years, most of our ancestors were nomadic. Their paths followed the seasonal migrations of animal herds and flocks of birds. Tribes followed in the wake of animal life – whether they lived in North America, Africa, or Europe – using tracking skills to ensure that they were in the right locations for the season’s best hunting opportunities and food gathering. As societies became more static, tracking remained an essential skill to find... read more
Sleep Tight: Finding the Perfect Women’s Sleeping Bag for Your Outdoor Adventures

Sleep Tight: Finding the Perfect Women’s Sleeping Bag for Your Outdoor Adventures

Like most women involved in the Prima Outdoor community, I love venturing off the beaten path. I’ve spent a lot of time camping on Alaska’s rugged coastline. The views are exquisite: miles of sand stretch before you unmarred by a single footprint. And there is nothing in the world like waking up on a deserted beach and watching whales breach while you boil coffee over a driftwood fire. In my adventures I’ve found a proper sleeping bag is indispensable for creating a blissful camping experience. Attrib: Flickr – public domain Finding a Bag Designed for Your Body The “perfect fit” should be high on your list of priorities when looking for a sleeping bag. For decades companies manufactured one-size-fits-all bags, evidence of which you can see languishing at thrift stores and garage sales everywhere. You know the ones – beige behemoths that look like hideous fabric slugs. Thankfully, many companies now offer bags tailored to women’s needs. These features typically include a shorter length, more space at the hips, and extra insulation in the torso and foot region, according to outdoor writer Steve Tischler.1 You can also purchase a unisex bag. Look for one that provides roominess in the chest and hip areas; I’ve found this is essential for curvy women like myself to have a restful sleep. Most large outfitter stores have display bags you can test out before making your decision. Warmth: Essential for a Good Night’s Sleep Besides fit, warmth is the most important consideration when hunting for a sleeping bag. On many adventures my brother or partner would be nestled down in their cocoons while I... read more
Five Reasons to Fly-Fish in a Float Tube

Five Reasons to Fly-Fish in a Float Tube

One of my favorite spring and summertime activities is fishing small lakes out of my float tube. Living in Alaska, most people flock to the river to snag salmon leaving the lakes practically empty. Nine out of 10 times I prefer the solitude of fishing for small trout rather than the combat fishing that comes along with swinging for salmon. On a warm, sunny day nothing beats a day on the water in a float tube. 1. Access Fishing out of a float tube is the ultimate access to small lakes. Float tubes give anglers an edge in many ways. From shore, anglers are limited by their casting abilities; in a float tube, using flippers, anglers can position themselves as close or far away as their casting talents allow. In lakes featuring thick brush and trees with limited amounts of shore, a float tube allows you to fish spots you couldn’t ordinarily get to. Not only are you able to access every inch of the lake in a float tube, they allow you boat-like access to lakes that are too small for boats or lack launches. For lakes off the road system, there are float tubes that pack up light and compact enough to hike into remote mountain lakes. Float tubes allow you to get off the beaten path and explore lakes away from the crowd.   2. Casting Without a doubt, one of the most frustrating learning curves for any new fly-fisherwoman is spending hours untangling knots and fishing flies out of trees. When I was first learning to fly-fish my father had the foresight to sit me... read more
Gaining Access to Land for Hunting – The Do’s and Don’ts

Gaining Access to Land for Hunting – The Do’s and Don’ts

By: Amy Felhaber   As the hunting community grows, we are now seeing many individuals struggling to gain crucial land access. If you aren’t fortunate enough to have previous connections or family ties, chances are you ask permission each year. Whether it’s friends, neighbors or strangers, asking to use another’s acreage can be a daunting task for some. With this article I hope to give you some ideas about what works for me to gain access, as well as what hasn’t worked. As a reminder, these are personal suggestions and should always be evaluated by each individual in association with their own determinants. When beginning the initial steps to get permission to gain land access for hunting, one must consider the following: What will I be hunting? Will I be hunting alone or in a group? How often will I be using the land? Start by asking family, friends and friends of friends if they have had success with any landowners. If you don’t have any luck, scouting your local area is a wise alternative for a starting point. Do’s It’s always a good idea to start small when gaining access for hunting land. Whether that be starting with one hunter or using the land for one hunting season, it lays the groundwork for the landowner to build trust with you and vice versa. Some tips and relevant questions to ask when introducing yourself: Introduce yourself and your intentions. Explain what you are going to be hunting, if you will have any partners and when or how often you plan on hunting. If the landowner says yes, follow up... read more
She Loves To Fish

She Loves To Fish

By: Ashley Rae Several years ago, I found myself very frustrated in tears in a parking lot after trying to find a pair of waders for fly fishing. I traveled out of my small hometown to a larger city, which I thought would have a better selection. I was greeted with laughter from the two male associates when I inquired about waders for women. I then asked for the equivalent boot size in men’s to find that that was not an item they carried either. I told them I was just looking for something that would fit me properly and they laughed and replied I would have to wear ‘chin waders’ because they didn’t make anything for ‘little people’. It felt like a slap in the face. Introduced to fishing by a family friend, I have been fortunate to experience time on the water since the age of five. No members of my immediate family fished so it was with friends throughout my life and joining a local bass fishing club that I was able to experience fishing. Each experience and outing left me wanting more. After graduating college and having more financial stability after paying back student loans, I decided to buy a fishing kayak so that I could be independent. I wanted to fish as I pleased and didn’t want to wait on anyone anymore. I learned a lot out on my own without any time limits and being able to go where I pleased and fish as long as I wanted. Working in the Office Administration field after college for a few years, I realized that... read more
Just the Beginning

Just the Beginning

By: Rihana Cary My passion for the outdoors started at a very young age. My favorite family vacations consisted of camping, fishing and looking forward to any outdoor adventure. I remember the first time my grandfather took me fishing when I was seven-years-old. I caught seven fish (way more than my limit) but Grandpa wasn’t counting, and I was hooked. Being a “do-it-myself” kind of girl, I not only had to cook the fish, but also insisted on the dirty work of gutting and cleaning. Even though I lost interest by the second fish, some of my fondest memories are fishing with my grandfather. Fishing and mushroom picking were the extent of my family’s dinner harvesting and I grew up thinking steak came from aisle 12 at the supermarket. We were carnivorous non-hunters that enjoyed the outdoors. I was always interested in nutrition and once I realized the real world wasn’t high school sports and boys, I set my sights on the health care industry. Anatomy, health and nutrition became my favorite subjects, and I enjoyed learning about enzymes, clavicles and glomerular filtration rates. As I began looking closer at the facts of nutrition and investigating the foods we put in our body, I learned a harsh reality. With the help of movies like “Supersize Me” and “Food, Inc.,” and the plethora of books blowing the lid off the money-saving tactics of the agricultural businesses, I quickly realized the lack of nutrients I was getting from the antibiotic-pumped, farm-plumped protein I was consuming. Armed with this new outlook, not so surprisingly, I became vegan. I know, I know, the... read more
Taygen Made in New Zealand

Taygen Made in New Zealand

By: Taygen Hughes I awaken from my sleep in the run-down cabin on my friend’s sheep farm just as the natural light of the dawn sneaks through the cracks in the wall, gradually making out the spider’s webs and rat feces on the aged wooden panels and rusted corrugated iron. Below my bunk bed the choir (slightly off-key) of snoring men seek warmth in their sleeping bags as they fight to keep daylight at bay. Peering out the doorless doorway I make out the last moments of the Southern Cross, stars waning in a sky turning from black to deep azure. A crisp morning air touches my exposed face and I can smell its freshness. Just a few minutes more I decide, a few minutes before I unzip my bag and face the cold. That’s when I hear it; the powerful deep throated roar of a stag in the distance. I’m not alone, for suddenly all snoring stops and the room goes quiet. The morning roar of a red stag, known as the hunters’ alarm clock, has woken the cabin. Excitement grips the room as my companions look around, smiling in unison at the omen. This is hunting. This is New Zealand. MADE IN NEW ZEALAND My introduction into the hunting world dates back to when I was a young girl growing up in New Zealand. My dad, a possum trapper in the mountains behind my small town, was fed up of being wet and cold in the bush and decided to take matters into his own hands. So, as any innovative, do-it-yourself Kiwi would, he and my mother... read more
Inspired By My Dad

Inspired By My Dad

By: Dani Bergen It seemed so big, a dream I had played over and over again in my mind, till one day I woke up and realized that it truly was a dream. A reality dream! The darkness was so engulfing. I was scared I was going to wake up and it would all be over. My eyes hadn’t yet adjusted to my new surroundings but somehow I just knew it was real. There was nothing more reassuring of my location than the, every so often, squeeze of my dad’s hand on mine and the clink of his shotgun strap every step he took. I couldn’t see his face but somehow I just knew he was smiling and I was the luckiest girl in the world. My little five year old body was swamped in my dad’s large camouflage onesie, the velcro on my hunting hat was as tight as it could go, and a bottle of pepper spray was clasped in my left hand. Every step made my dream so much more of a reality, the true reality of the beginning of so many more pitch black nights of walking out from an evening of hunting. I knew it was real and I was living in the reality of a dream I had dreamt every night my dad tucked me in and told me stories of his hunting adventures. This evening was not being lived in my imagination. The walk in, the extra tree stand my dad set up just so I could come along, the young black bears, and the dried tears I could now feel on... read more
Hunting the Racks

Hunting the Racks

By: Jackie Bartz My dad raised me to hunt wildlife, my mom raised me to hunt for a good deal and while these two pastimes don’t often collide, they do when it comes to the hunt for the perfect gear. I’ve spent years pulling the trigger too soon on hunting and fishing clothing that later turns out to be a waste of money; usually it doesn’t hold up in the field or stand up to the conditions. Last year, I wrote down my dream list, a list of clothing and equipment I need. Through experience and advice, I’ve learned the most economical and efficient thing to do is buy exactly what you want up front. Trial and error, and cutting corners only wastes time, sanity and money, and you will eventually end up buying what you wanted in the first place. Keeping a dream list is one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever been given, it allows me to watch for sales and purchase the items I want at a lower price (this is where my bargain hunting instincts kick in). I often find deals during the off-season or holiday sales, or on discount websites. Like holding out for the big buck on your trail camera, waiting to find the right piece of gear on sale is worth the wait. But just like with hunting, this takes scouting, patience, research and persistence. For example, finding the right rain jacket was a quest like you wouldn’t believe. I’ve worked my way through four rain jackets in Alaska. I started with a Cabela’s jacket that I liked but I... read more