Diary of a Novice Bow Hunter (By Margaret Dexter – WHF Charter Member)

As part of the Becoming an Outdoorswoman Learn to bow hunt series a shortage of mentors paired me with another first time hunter and one …

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Learning to Wild Rice (By Adele Smith & Margaret Dexter – Charter Menbers of WHF)

Asked by a friend, “do you want to try and harvest wild rice with me this year?”  I said “sure, that sounds like fun.”  I wasn’t sure what I was getting into but I was willing to give it a try. Learning on the fly is how we roll and yes it was a fun, physical, time consuming, ritual embellished experience. You can learn a lot from reading articles and watching videos but it sure is nice to go with experienced people to show …

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Just Give Them the Tools to Do It (By Betty Wilkens – WHF Charter Member)

2015 saw the passing of woman who was a dynamic leader in the field of outdoor education. Jean Bergerson, a long-time staff member of the …

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Twelve Turkey Tips

Minnesota Turkey season runs April 15 through May 28.  Divided into eight seasons, the first three are by lottery (applications due the winter before) and …

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Introduction to Deer Grandma Stories

Rewritten for Women Hunting & Fishing in All Seasons by Elizabeth A. Wilkens 2012 In 2001, I finished a small book containing nine stories about …

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A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY PRESENT

Deer Grandma, Story One   Early November of 1964.  My husband, Dan, and I were on our way to his parents’ farm in East-Central Minnesota.  …

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HANGING OUT THE WASH

Deer Grandma, Story Two A very warm start to a November weekend.  It would probably be the last opportunity I would have to hang the …

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WHEN IS A DOE NOT A DOE?

Deer Grandma, Story Three Pleasant daytime temperatures, cool nights.  The dull green of late summer foliage was turning into shades of brown, yellow and red.  …

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RIDGES

Deer Grandma, Story Four   Intense cold.  Even the trees were complaining, making sharp and loud booming noises to anything willing to listen.  Even the …

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TREASURED SEASONS

Deer Grandma, Story Five Seldom did I drive down this road.  I usually walked, often with the children, through fields and woods, to get to …

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