Let me just start out by saying this rebuttal is awesome!
This article comes from one of our Legendary fans – Ginger Thomas. After reading a recent blog of ours titled 10 Rules for Women Who Hunt with Their Man, Ginger responded with a marvelous rebuttal on behalf of all the women hunters out there. Rather than taking offense to the original article (like many did, even though it was based on MY humorous personal experiences…) she found a way to laugh and strike back with a set of her own 10 Rules for the Men Who Hunt with Their Woman. Enjoy.
Nicole Reeve of Driven TV checking a trail camera . . . no man help necessary!
10 Rules For Men who Hunt With Their Woman
By: Ginger Thomas
I’m the proud product of an amazing, God fearing, hunting Father & his equally awesome widow. Last year, at 70 years of age Mom dropped a 16 pointer with her bow. They raised me with a particular set of skills, one being humor, and here’s my rebuttal.
1 – SCENT
Yes you have bigger bladders. You also have a larger body mass which equal more sweat and more scent. WASH YOURSELF. Just because it’s not your day to shoot, doesn’t mean you should be any less meticulous. Wipe off, spray down. No beans the night before. No sunflower seeds in the stands and stop with the “I’m making my own scrape”! Sabotage’s sister is Karma.
2 – BE PREPARED
“Honey where’s my_________?” Just this week that blank space could be filled with harness, release, SD cards, binos, ratchet straps and even a blind. Keep up with your own gear. When you take it off…put it where it belongs. No one should discover their true value in a relationship because there are two people and only one harness.
3 – PHONES
Fine. Keep them. Chances are you might need them to call for help. DO put them on silent…NOT VIBRATE. We’re here to hunt…not get a group message massage. “You seein’ anything?” Followed by 15 “No’s”. Silent.
Also, DELETE Candy Crush!!
150″ Buck > Level 150
4 – DO NOT TELL US WHEN OR WHAT TO SHOOT
Do not expect us to settle for a “nice buck” on the second day of season when we have seen the same trail cam pics that you have. We are not here to shoot clean up…
5 – BE OPEN TO OUR SUGGESTIONS OR ADVICE
Having a smaller bladder doesn’t mean we have smaller minds. We’re designed to be multitasking, punctilious machines. We can value a lease, check the wind, decipher the moon phase, barometric pressure and predict movement while you’re still searching for your hand warmers. Knowledge means success and in a sport dominated by men we do our homework.
“A buddy of mine, who knows what he’s talking about, said this front coming in will have the bucks on their feet this evening. We better hit the woods.”
“Uh…ok. I told you that this morning?”
7 – BRING YOUR OWN SNACKS & DRINKS
Oh, you’re hungry? Maybe you should shoot a doe sometime. No, you can’t have any of my jerky.
8 – GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP
Snoring is not a grunt call and we are not your spotters. Your hang-on may be at a 30 degree decline, but if it comes down to shooting a monster or catching your fall…well, refer to #2.
9 – CONTROL YOUR NOISE
When you’re capable of snapping a log, watch where you are going! Leave anything Velcro at home. Your yawn is not a buck roar, your farts don’t sound like a doe bleat & you can’t whisper, so just don’t.
10 – BE PROUD OF YOUR WOMAN
To most of us it’s not about competition. Maybe a little 🙂 It is our solitude & enjoyment. We are as proud & excited for you as we wish you were of us. Our sole purpose at deer camp is not to do the dishes so please don’t joke that is where we belong. The worst…
“I PUT HER ON this good buck.” No. No, you didn’t. She scouted it, watched it mature, checked her wind, her yardage & let her arrow fly. You did help her recover it with the quad & for that she is grateful. The same way you are grateful for every deer of yours she has ever gutted, cleaned, processed & prepared into an amazing roast. Please, let us enjoy the outdoors as well. Don’t humiliate us, treat us less than or steal our glory.