By Katherine Browne
There is nothing that gets me excited about trapping a bird like going out with two of my best falconry buddies and two fantastic birds that are on their game. This past weekend I invited Deanna Curtis and Roger Tucker out for the first annual WOMA, Women’s Outdoor Media Association, (visit http://thewoma.com/ for more info) retreat. For the retreat I planned a long weekend of falconry, grouse hunting, and fly fishing. I based our activities on my favorite things to do and for this group that worked perfectly. Saturday morning we started out at the Gunnison Sportsmen’s Association (http://www.gunnisonsportsmens.com/) doing some skeet shooting after which we headed to breakfast then out with the birds. While eating breakfast with Roger, Deanna, and all the retreat participants I was vibrating with excitement about the coming hunt. I had hunted with Deanna and Roger in the past and knew we were in for a fantastic hunt. After breakfast we drove out to the hunting spot and Rodger treated us to a falconry talk while Deanna prepared her hen Red-Tail Karma for the hunt. Deanna fitted Karma with telemetry, removed her hood, then we were ready to go! We were all beating a sage brush before we kicked up our first cottontail but when we did Karma was on it immediately and we had our first bunny in the bag. The excitement was palpable after everyone saw this first flight and we had our first taste of success.
Karma with her first cottontail of the day
I don’t care how many times I see a red-tail hawk after a rabbit, my excitement never decreases. It always feels like the first time my male red-tail took a bunny. This was Karma’s first hunt of the year and it was stellar. We had another cottontail slip where the bunny darted right into a undercut rock. I was standing right next to the rock and saw Karma rocket under the rock after the rabbit. It was one of the coolest flights I have ever seen. Being first on the scene I watched Karma hop back out from under the rock. I love the way birds of prey walk, they do a kind of hop gallop that is very comical. I shimmied under the rock to see if I could see the bunny and I saw it pressed tight in the back of the cave. I told Deanna that I saw the rabbit and she got in position. I prodded it out with my brush stick (an old ski pole) and we were treated to another awesome flight. As we were headed back to the trucks we flushed another rabbit. This was a longer flight and Karma flew hard after the rabbit. The rabbit took cover in the brush and Deannaâ€™s Brittney spaniel moved in for the re-flush. Wilson is one hell of a falconry dog and re-flushed the rabbit almost immediately and Karma got it on her second flight. It was an incredible flight and a great way to end her first hunt of the season. Deanna is the executive director of Wild Wings Environmental Education, a non-profit educational organization located in centennial, Colorado The organization’s primary goal is to foster a greater public awareness of the important roles that Colorado’s native birds and bats play in the environment. To learn more about Wild WIngs or to make a donation visit http://www.wildwingseducation.org/.
Karma waiting for a re-flush on her cave bunny
After Deanna put Karma away it was Roger’s turn to hunt with his passage hen Goshawk Nova. Roger described the difference between the two birds and their hunting styles and answered questions. After that we were off again beating brush for bunnies. Within 30 yards of the truck we had our first rabbit. Nova took off like a shoot as we yelled the universal falconry call “HO HO HO” and rabbit ran for it’s life. Nova was on the bunny like a shot, and as is typical with Goshawks if you had blinked you would have missed it. Nova had 3 more great flights and slips (what falconers call an oportunity on a game animal or a flush) before the hunt was over.
Nova on her cottontail
The terrain we were hunting had a lot of rock outcropping and historically I have had shorter slips there but it’s a great place to see some incredible flights. Everyone really enjoyed seeing the different styles of the two birds. Both Nova and Karma flew wonderfully, followed well, and flew hard on any game that presented itself. Both birds are on their forth seasons and are prime examples of great falconry birds. I think I can safely say that this falconry demonstration was the highlight of the WOMA retreat. Everyone was so excited to see two amazing birds doing what they do best in such beautiful terrain. We couldn’t have asked for better weather, better falconers, better birds, or a better group of people to share it with. I hope the bird I trap in the coming weeks will become as great a bird as Nova or Karma. Thank you again Roger and Deanna coming out and sharing your sport with us. Stay tuned for my next edition of falconry files where I will write about my trapping adventures!
Nova primed and ready to take another bunny
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Photo by Yamil Sued
Itâ€™s been a wonderful season for Julie Golob so far and we wanted to share more exciting news. Last week Julie competed at the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) National Championships in Tulsa, OK. “It was a very challenging match with an exceptional turnout” says Julie. Julie placed 9th in Enhanced Service Pistol Master Class and earned her fourth IDPA Ladies National Title.
We are also thrilled to report that Julie will be writing her first book! She has a contract with Skyhorse Publishing of New York, NY to write a how-to book for aspiring shooters-and current shooting enthusiasts who want to hone their skills. Skyhorse was ranked second on the 2010 Publisher’s Weekly list of the fastest-growing independent publishers in the United States. They publish books on many different subjects in areas including sports and outdoors, military history, how-to, self-help, true crime, antiques and collectibles, transportation and aviation, current events, and more. Read more on the WON at
Julie has just two more matches on her schedule for the season. Next she will be competing at the World Action Pistol Championships in Australia at the for the Ladies World Individual and Team Titles. Just 2 days after she returns Julie will heading to Las Vegas for the USPSA Handgun National Championships where she will be shooting in the Revolver Division.
Prois Hunting & Field Apparel has recently partnered with Sportsman’s Warehouse to provide their customer base with the high-performance, technical women’s hunting gear that can only be found with the Prois brand! This is terrific news for our customers who are fans of the Sportsmans Warehouse chain and look to this retail avenue to find their hunting necessities. Prois Hunting Apparel can now be found at the following twelve Sporstman’s Warehouse Stores:
ALASKA: Wasilla and Anchorage
COLORADO: Grand Junction
IDAHO: Idaho Falls
NEW MEXICO: Albuquerque
SOUTH CAROLINA: Columbia
UTAH: Midvale and Riverdale
We look forward to working closely with Sportsmans Warehouse to provide female hunters the gear they need to face the extremes. What sets Prois apart? It is our belief that women require performance outdoor gear for their hunting and field pursuits. We select only the top rated performance fabrics to provide windstopping, wicking, waterproofing, silence and thermoregulation. We create each item to maximize efficiency and functionality in the field utilizing signature features such as scapular pockets, magnetic snaps, lumbar compartments, ducktail features and more. We take great pride in the fact that our gear is made with an overall commitment to the female hunter.
Stop by your local Sportsman’s Warehouse, you will not be disappointed!
We were dying to post this before we had announced our Pro-Staff selections. We are so proud to have Julie on our Pro-Staff team! With these two titles under her belt Julie has won 6 world titles this year alone!
Photo by Yamil Sued
PIRU, Calif. – Helping to set the tone for the rest of her team, Smith & Wesson’s shooting team captain Julie Golob knocked off defending champion Jessie Abbate to claim the Women’s Limited division title during Friday’s competition then outgunned Glock’s Randi Rogers on Saturday to take the Women’s Production title at the Steel Challenge World Speed Shooting Championships in Piru, California.
Golob accounted for two of the nine titles that Team Smith & Wesson picked up during the three day speed shooting competition.
“The Steel Challenge is one of the most intense matches on the circuit. The women competing here are incredibly talented and going into the event I knew I would have to be at the top of my game to win,” said Golob.
“The Steel Challenge is all about control for me and not shooting outside of my ability. It’s easy to get lured into shooting someone else’s pace but I was able to stay focused. I used a Smith & Wesson M&P Pro Series 9mm and Safariland production rig in both divisions. I love this set up and to be undefeated at this year’s Steel Challenge was an absolute thrill,” said Julie Golob.
In Friday’s Limited division match Golob won just three stages to Abbate’s five but finished with a final time of 113.72 seconds, outpacing Abbate’s 116.41 by 2.69 seconds.
On Saturday, again shooting the Smith & Wesson M&P, Golob went head-to-head with Rogers with each winning four of the eight stages. However, it was Golob’s performance on the stage called Outer Limits, where she picked up 5.01 seconds on Rogers, that gave her the advantage and ultimately the win. Photo by P. Erhardt
Golob finished the Production event in a time of 121.20 seconds to Rogers’ 125.98, an difference of 4.78 seconds.
Earlier in the match Golob finished ninth overall with a time of 106.85 seconds in the Iron Sight Rimfire event where she was the only woman competing. Her fellow teammates, Phil Strader and John Bagakis, finished first and third respectively in the same event.
The Steel Challenge World Speed Shooting Championships were held August 19-21 in Piru, Calif. For more information on the Steel Challenge and the Steel Challenge Shooting Association, visitwww.SteelChallenge.com, find us on Facebook or follow @SteelChallenge on Twitter.
Prois Hunting Apparel Pro-staffer Christina Holden traveled to Africa assisting wounded military heroes on a plains game safari hunt. She and the hunting party visited the country of South Africa in the Limpopo Province.
Christina is proud to take part in Safari Club International humanitarian efforts and serve as an ambassador, representing the generosity of the human spirit. She reached out to family, friends and colleagues, and collected 150 pounds of clothing and supplies to fill SafariCare Blue Bags for less fortunate children of all ages. Bush Africa Safaris, where they spent 10 days hunting the African bush, helped arrange the visit to a local boarding school. (www.bushafricasafaris.co.za)
Christina said she was honored to have the opportunity to assist on this safari for our military veterans and enjoyed spending time with the children and delivering much needed supplies to the Shongoane Village of South Africa.
The two military heroes took six fine trophies and Christina colllected a handsome impala ram which will soon be on her wall to provide memories of a wonderful Bush Africa hunt.