Since I was a little kid I loved weapons. Shiny or black, wooden or metal, I stared longingly at the garden tools and saws my father kept in the garage… anything that had a sharp blade and could be used to cut, chop, drill or otherwise reap destruction upon an innocent piece of wood. As I grew a little older and because I had the advantage of older brothers, I was able to shoot a bow and I fell in love. Now I had sharp projectiles! Around 8 or 9 years old air rifles and pellet guns entered the picture and that was it. I’d take any opportunity to sneak a peek and begged to shoot them until one day I could. I still feel badly for all of the squirrels who never made it past my window, but I knew one day I would be out in the woods tracking down some big beautiful game animal…
I think there is something very natural about women wanting to hunt. Since the dawn of man we all participated in gathering food in whatever way we could, and despite some stereotypes women played as big a role in hunting for meat as men. Somehow over the years this changed, and we got lost in a sea of expectations regarding our roles as mothers and gardeners. Now, as we are finally coming out the other end of all of that misconception, many of us still remain intimidated by this male dominated event. I say we take it back. Women are beautiful, fierce, cunning creatures and I truly believe that if put gun to gun with any man in the woods, we would not only have more kills but we would look damn good doing it.
Last year I decided to go for my LTC. Much like an FID card a License To Carry allows you the ability to carry a concealed weapon on you at all times, except for in government buildings. If you are interested in target practice or hunting, you might as well go for your LTC. I don’t carry a firearm on me at all times, but the application process is the same and I believe in exercising every right I have. This website provides all of the information you need on completing the process. Once your firearms safety course is finished, fill out a simple application with your police department and WHAMMO, you’re licensed. Go for it!
You do not need your LTC to take the hunter safety course! There were a ton of young people who took the course with me who definitely did not have one. In my opinion it makes sense to have it if you will be transporting weapons, but if you’re not sure you’d like to hunt, you can take the hunting course first. For information go to and read up. The course is FREE. Its interesting. You even get to play outside with real guns, learn how they open and how to load them, and how to carry them safely in all situations. I promise you are with many others who have never held a gun, and you will leave feeling like a capable person. If you pay attention, its also a whole lot of common sense which made taking the test a breeze. Just sign up as soon as you find one in your area – they fill up!
Why did I take the time to tell you about this? Like I said, I have loved the idea of hunting since I can remember, and I STILL waited over 30 years to pursue it. I let life tell me I shouldn’t or couldn’t. I let the process intimidate me. I had some voice in my head telling me that I was silly to want it, but its not silly. Its awesome and strong and independent and everything we are as daughters and mothers and sisters. I say arm yourselves with knowledge and with the ability to hunt and protect yourselves and your loved ones. Be the strong role models for our young people that we wish we had.