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First Time Hunter High Caliber Woman Lynn Sherwood

High Caliber Huntress ~ WILL HUNT FOR FOOD. Part 2: just kill it for me??

WILL HUNT FOR FOOD ~  High Caliber Huntress, Part 2

Meat…..     I love meat…….

Bacon, chicken, burger, steak, chops.  Lamb, elk, pigs, feathered friends, you name it…  Bring it on.

But kill it for me….

first time hunter

First time High Caliber Huntress reconciles whether to take the shot – or not…

Preparing for my big hunt (with Benelli and StillWaterOutfitters) this weekend, I’m still reconciling that I will be killing my dinner myself.

Why is this so different than buying a dead chicken at the grocery store?

I’ve eaten a dead pig’s eyeballs, the deep fried legs of frogs, entire fishies staring at me from a plate, and crickets, snails and snake when I’ve needed a protein boost or a challenge.

I’ve strolled the streets of Paris, handpicking which freshly hung chickens would be the piece de resistance in my coq au vin, and have plucked their every feather, one by one….

I’ve burried pigs in the ground, covered with banana leaves, and smothered them in smoke as they roasted to a delightful perfection for my tongue….  Surely grossing out the vegetarians amongst us, I’ve downed raw fish, uncooked meats, and itty-bitty insect critters in Turkey, Guatemala and Peru,.

Devouring every bit of information gleaned from #ChadBelding, the OutdoorChannel, and TheFowlLife in the two weeks since I won my hunt of a lifetime, I’m confident.

I’m confident that I either WILL ~ or WILL NOT ~ be able to take the shot, and kill my dinner myself. 🙂

I have a feeling that with my (sometimes overly) analytical brain, things will become technical quickly:  How and when do I call?  At what point in their flight pattern do I mount my shotgun?  Where will other shooters be in relationship, to maintain a safe field?  Where is the sweet spot for the most ethical, single shot to be placed?  How do I dress, and ultimately cook, my goose?

As a first-time huntress with anxiety about THE SHOT (read more here), thanks to tremendous support from Team Benelli and you fabulous readers, I’ve been so encouraged that the decision of whether or not to make the shot is still always, truly and personally, mine.

“It’s about conservation ~ Let’s investigate how the land and the circle of life would be different with and without management?”

“It’s about the hunt, which is different than the kill shot.”

“The animal lives on within you.  Have gratitude for your provisions.”

“Oh, the nutritional benefits of not having all that artificial CRAP in your body!!”

“You always remember your first time…”

I get it, I GET it.  …and my biggest challenge remains emotional:

*What did this animal ever do to harm me?  How is this mutually beneficial?

*He is sooooo beautiful!  And his sister hangs out repeatedly in our back yard in Wyoming…..

*Yes, i hear you – I’m rockin’ the camo….. what does this look like in real life?  In a blind?  In a scenario of any kind?  Will I really be able to look down the rib of this shotgun at this beautiful animal ~ and actually press the trigger?

~ Lynn Sherwood donning Banded camo ~  May have to ditch the pink muffs this weekend...  :)

~ Lynn Sherwood donning Banded camo ~
May have to ditch the pink muffs this weekend… 🙂

Decked out in my new, ridiculously warm Banded camo gear in my cozy living room tonight, I continue to prepare with a variety of educational tools, whilst pondering:  “Why has it always been more palatable to have someone else to kill my dinner for me?”

Will I ACTUALLY hunt for food??  Hmmmm…. Stay tuned?!

High Caliber Women Lynn Sherwood & Gloria Courser, Women's Outdoor & Shooting Industry Dinner at Shot Show

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Lynn Sherwood overcame a lifelong fear of guns as a late blooming adult, realizing it was the bad guy behind the gun she was ACTUALLY afraid of…  She and her husband, Shepard Humphries, own the Jackson Hole Shooting Experience and High Caliber Women, and they enjoy sharing their passion for safe, educational and fun shooting sports.  Lynn is a first time huntress and faces her fears ~ AGAIN….




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High Caliber Huntress ~ You always remember your first time….

Putting on my ‘High Caliber Huntress’ smile, my ‘first time hunter’ brain and my heart are at odds.

Benelli 828U Shotgun Lynn Sherwood

Benelli 828U Shotgun

I have won a hunting trip through the Women’s Outdoor & Shooting Industry Dinner raffle at Shot Show last week!

Trip of a lifetime.  I’ve shot Benelli guns only in my dreams ~ they are known as incredibly (!!!) well made firearms.  (Still drooling.)  I’ll be wining and dining with many of my idols ~ pro shooters and a bevy of other strong women in the shooting industry….  I’ll be eating the most healthy and freshest food possible…  Oh yes, and I may even get 15 minutes of fame on the Outdoor Channel’s ‘The Fowl Life’ and Theresa Vails’ ‘Limitless’.

Here’s the thing:  I don’t know if I can take the shot.

Overcoming a lifelong fear of guns to become a shooting enthusiast and instructor took guts.  Balls to the walls grit to turn tears into triumph.  I had my “ah-hah moment” several years ago when I realized it wasn’t the gun I was afraid of;  it was the bad guy behind the gun.

NRA Basic Pistol

NRA Basic Pistol

Jumped into an NRA Basic Pistol course to learn about the parts of the guns, the ammunition, and how it all worked together.  Loaded dummy rounds in the classroom.  My analytical mind was in heaven.

Walked onto the firing range five hours later.  Picked up a .22 caliber Ruger Mark III, and immediately I was in tears.

Trembling:  ‘bang’.  Yes, I do think my eyes were closed. 

I was still breathing.

Now focused again on the front sight, slow gentle trigger press:  ‘bang’.

……Hmmmmmm, that was kind of fun, and I didn’t shoot my toe.  Oh, and I didn’t shoot the toe of the shooter next to me either!

Third trigger press (eyes wide open) – whoa…  I’m shooting better than the guy next to me who’s been shooting on the farm for 60+ years:  ‘Oh yes, I can do this!!!  …And I want to teach other people how to do this’!

Turns out, like being a nurse in my ‘former life’, coaching women and families in the shooting sports is ridiculously rewarding.  Faced my fear, and am now in tears (in a GOOD way!) again when I help people overcome theirs.  As a woman, mom, wife, daughter, friend, coach and owner in two shooting businesses (Jackson Hole Shooting Experience and High Caliber Women), I’m serious about this on a lot of levels.

You know that saying, “You don’t know what you don’t know till you know you don’t know it”?

Addicted.  Didn’t know I’d be it till I was it.

Face your fear, Lynn.  Face your fear….

Which takes us to the upcoming HUNT.

I have never hunted, and I have never killed a live thing outside of the vegetable kingdom that didn’t die immediately from a swift strike of my flyswatter.  Some would suggest that I “man up” and get to killin’, but I am struggling.

These days, I have a healthy respect for the gun.

Not afraid of missing  (Lord KNOWS I’m capable of that, more often than not!!  😉 )

SOOOoo excited to meet like-minded women in my field.

Sort of wishing I could lose some pounds in a week before a tv appearance (I write, as I continue to eat my bacon).


I don’t know if I can take the shot!

 Hear me:  I can take the shot to stop the threat from bad guy in a heartbeat.

But an animal….


What the hell did it do to me?

And it’s so beautiful!


If a goose mates for life, and I kill a goose, am I dooming a poor grieving widow goose to a life of celibacy?  If not, when will she end her mourning period and find a new goose dude?

As a ‘NAP’er (Non-Aggression Principle: paraphrased to mean ‘initiate no violence upon anybody in any manner…), I ponder why I should kill an animal – AND, with my own hands and in an intentional act, no less!?!

And why is it different for me when I buy the meat off the shelf in a grocery store?

(While respecting and appreciating people that scrub out motorcycle carburetors, do YOU want to get involved in the nastiness yourself?)

first time hunter

First time hunter

I recognize and fully believe in the conservational benefits of hunting, the health benefits of the meat itself, the stories of the hunt vs the kill, the hierarchy of man over beast, and the social structure of our modern environment…

And I have a feeling it will become a ‘technical’ challenge, rather than an emotional drain….

I think what keeps me moving forward toward this challenge is my understanding of human’s need to be generalists.  A human being should know how to hunt for a meal in the absence of a grocery or restaurant being as easy to access as we are spoiled with in our 1st world lives of 2015.

Robert Heinlein

 “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”   ― Robert A. Heinlein

I don’t want to be a prissy, incapable yuppie lady that can’t fend for herself.  I don’t want to be Heinlein’s “Insect.”

But, good gravy ~ what if I can’t take the shot??

First Time Hunter High Caliber Woman Lynn Sherwood, NRA Training Counselor and Instructor, Co-Owner of Jackson Hole Shooting Experience & High Caliber Women

First Time Hunter High Caliber Woman Lynn Sherwood, NRA Training Counselor and Instructor, Co-Owner of Jackson Hole Shooting Experience & High Caliber Women based in #JacksonHole

About the author: Lynn Sherwood used to be a scared-y-cat of all things firearms related, gave it a shot for herself just a few years ago, and now co-owns two shooting related businesses and loves to share her passion for the sport.  With her incredible husband. Shepard Humphries, friends, and a team of 16 passionate coaches, she revels in opportunities to share her love for the sport through the Jackson Hole Shooting Experience and High Caliber Women in #JacksonHole, Wyoming and beyond.  NRA Training Counselor, CVI & HCW Instructor, and future High Caliber Huntress, Lynn stands at the ready for your input!