Field & Stream / MDOWA Blog Blast

I was invited to the Mason Dixon Outdoor Writers Association (MDOWA) “Blog Blast” that was held in Clear Spring Maryland and sponsored by Field & Stream.

We spent the whole day Friday learning and testing out new products from Field & Stream that were newly released or are soon to be to the outdoor industry. They showed us new tackle gear and some extremely awesome, durable, and affordable priced kayaks. We were able to test out all of the new F&S kayaks in the Big Pool on the C&O canal with the local news station DVM filming us.

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Later in the day we fished a private locally owned pond with the Load Up N Limit Out crew. I was the only person who didn’t catch a fish probably due to all the talking I did / distracted by the local pond residents (ducks), but I watched some monsters get reeled in and lots of smiles on faces.

We ended the evening listening to the most selfless and passionate person I’ve ever met, Rick Wilson who is the founder of Farmers & Hunters Feeding the Hungry.  Rick told us how he started this mission along with the hard work it took, always trusting god and the power of prayer. I had chills the whole time he spoke to us, you could genuinely tell that he is extremely passionate about what he has done and continues to do.

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Farmers & Hunters Feeding the Hungry [FHFH] is a program that helps feed the poor. Farmers and hunters donate their wildgame or livestock to local butcher shops that work with local food banks or ministries. The program started in 1997 and has provided over 16.9 million meals in America. 30 different states take part in this program because of the impact it has made, not only is it feeding the hungry but saving lives. I highly encourage any hunter out there who hasn’t heard of this or even people who don’t hunt to take some time to check out the website – Farmers & Hunters Feeding The Hungry. If you are feeling generous or looking to give back to the community there is ways to donate without harvesting an animal listed online. Any donation would be greatly appreciated from not only FHFH but the outdoor community as well, 1 deer feeds 200 people.​

   This morning we woke up early so that the adventures could continue, we spent the whole day at Polecat Hollow hunt club.  Hamilton Nissan brought two of the new Titans for us to put to the test on some really rough terrain but they had no idea what was happening or at least to that extreme. It was hard not to laugh but the Nissan salesman that rode with us knew the roads just as well as we did. He was a nervous wreck and kept swearing we weren’t suppose to be going up “that mountain”. I just kept telling him it was gonna be okay especially since I’m driving (LOL)…. we soon took a u turn that was more risky than driving at a 90 degree angle. To each his own.

Say goodbye to your $140 calls!!!! We met the CEO Vince and Vice President Travis of Kid Magic Game Calls, a father son duo that defines the saying “teach em young”. They have a variety of different slate calls, predator calls and duck calls that sounds great for an extremely reasonable price. Travis and his son Vince have worked and are continuing to work hard to make sure others can hunt with a call that is fun, easy, reliable, and reasonable.

Some of the coaches and students at Clear Spring Middle who are part of the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) came out today to demonstrate how the program is ran in a school system and how well students do with the sport. One of the middle school students mentioned that its taught her lots of life lessons in and outside of school. Many Clear Spring students have won multiple state tournaments. NASP is growing on many schools still but has really taught kids what they are capable of. Parents, teachers and coaches who have children involved with it truly believe all schools should offer the program.

Last but not least, we ended our day with a little side by side action on the mountains and my first rock climbing experience. Thanks to Twigg Cycles for letting us test out some new 2017 UTVs, the Polaris RZR S 570 was sooooo much fun!!!

As for MDOWA and Field & Streams I can’t thank you enough for the past two days and the opportunities that you guys made possible. It was an absolute blast!!!!!

If you’d like to read more about the trip, below are websites of other outdoor bloggers that attended:

Natural Pursuit Outdoors

Load Up N Limit Out

Kat Hass Outdoors

Its A Wanderful Life

Poor Girls Open 2016

Way late on posting this, but the highlight of my summer was without a doubt the Poor Girls Open. It’s an all ladies  billfish release tournament that raises money for breast cancer research. The tournament took place August 18th-20th at Bahia Marina in Ocean City MD.

Sport fishing is loved by many but fishing while supporting a good cause was more rewarding than any fish that could have been caught that weekend.

161 boats, 747 lady anglers and a record total of $192,035 raised. AMAZINGGG!

Huge thank you to Turn Me Loose Charters for the best time ever

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Congratulations Playmate on taking first place!!!!

Many of us know someone who needs a cure, so whether its prayers or a donation every little bit counts.

Click Here To Donate to the American Cancer Society 

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Fishing the canyons on the Bubblehead! 

Fishing the Canyons – OCMD – July 3rd 2016

Too soon for a Flash back Friday? Took the awesome #GoPro footage one of the guys got from last Sunday and redid a short video of all the highlights throughout the day. The ending is the best part & I literally can’t wait to go again!!!!!!!

All she takes is selfies when she hunts….

 

Typically every female has heard at least once in their life that they take to many selfies and if you selfie while you hunt then you are just a wilderness wannabe …… Ehhh you’re pretty much wrong but i’ll admit I get selfie fever when its been slow in the stand. BUTTT I can explain! We have a reason, or at least a good excuse!

The latest trending photo collage for the majority of female outdoor enthusiasts on Instagram has been Social Vs. Stealth. Therefore we are probably doing it for that free month of May Sportsmans Box or those super cute 9mm earrings from Hot Brass & Co.  You’d be crazy to sit still in a tree stand or a blind when you know a good giveaway is going on and the picture lighting couldn’t be better. Plus it’s the perfect time to post how hot you were on Friday night without your boyfriend getting mad at you for posting it cause you know you looked good. #SorryNotSorry

On a more serious note, for as many camera shutter snaps that have probably scared deer away I still think Social Vs. Stealth is a neat way for girls to show who they truly are. A majority of us (girls who hunt) connect through the same passion. It’s easy to forget that there is life outside of what we love. Even though its social media we still look at all these huntress’ lives everyday wishing we could hunt that, or hike there or shoot this ,etc… but what we don’t remember is how hard they might of worked to get to that point. Whether your social selfie is from work, school or the bar it shows what else you’re made of. You might not be climbing mountains if you keep socializing over captain and cokes but at least you probably met some of the nicest drunk girls in the bathroom who could go add one more like to your Social Vs. Stealth entry.

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You’re right, I don’t know half of my followers on social media but I do know that the female hunting population has grown and continues to grow everyday. Being able to connect with other girls who hunt or fish is awesome, as we all support each other and learn from one another. We stick together and we don’t give up easily on the goals we have; instead we lead one another to the right source. We see and learn what more the world has to offer and we live vicariously through each other in hopes that one day we can take the same adventure. So whether you win that free subscription or not, always “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”  

-Kenna 💗

 

 

Wild Solidarity  – Union Sportsmen’s Alliance. 

If you haven’t done so yet, head over to Union Sportsmen’s Alliance on Instagram (@unionsportsmen) or Facebook and give them a follow/ like to keep up with all of their accomplishments in helping conservation throughout North America. To become a member visit http://unionsportsmen.org. Awesome people and a great organization that I’m so happy to be apart of!!!!!!

Summer is coming and you’ll need your fishing license.

Maryland Now Offers a 365 day license to residents and non- resident.

Click Here To Purchase A Maryland State Fishing License