Scrapbooking the Outdoors

How many scrapbookers are out there? I just started scrapbooking last year. I didn't think I'd like it, the nit-pickey little pieces, the cheesy decorations. Guess what? They have nifty tools that cut the little pieces and there are some really cool stickers and backgrounds! After I made my first page, I thought "Oh, that's so nice! I made that?" My next scrapbook is going to be all about my outdoor activities (naturally!). I Googled "scrapbooking the outdoors" and here's some of what I found:

The Great Outdoors Scrapbooking
There is nothing like being out in nature. The trees, the mountains, the wildlife, the scenery, the fishing, the bugs, umm, well, maybe the bugs aren’t so great, but you just can’t beat Mother Nature for the awe-inspiring views. When you use our Great Outdoors scrapbook supplies to scrap your trip to the lake, wilderness trek or visit to the park, you are sure to be inspirational as well with the pages you’ll create. Your memories will be preserved for generations to come.

About.Com: Camping and Outdoor Scrapbook Pages
Do you have some camping or outdoor photos still in boxes or older photo albums? These layout ideas will inspire you when you need an idea for your next camping layout. In this gallery, you will find everything from simple pages to more complex layouts. A couple of the layouts have even been created digitally.

Scrapbooking Ideas - Outdoor and Camping Scrapbooks
Fun outdoor and camping resources for your camping vacations and outdoor themed pictures.

Outdoor Phrases and Quotes from

Gun Hunting from a Ground Blind

Do you hunt in the chilly north, but can't put up a permanent gun hunting stand? Then I highly recommend hunting from a ground blind!

Where I hunt, there's no particular reason you'd need to hunt from an elevated stand because of the hills, dips and valleys in the landscape. We aren't allowed to put up permanent stands on the private land I hunt, and finally it's cold. Cold, cold! After years of shivering in a tree stand, only to freeze out and head in the house to warm up, I purchased a pop up ground blind. I LOVE IT!

I love it because it's cozy - I'm protected from most of the wind, rain, snow. My movements are hidden and muffled. I can bring lots of stuff (like a book, lunch, extra gear, blankets, etc.) that will all fit right next to me. I can sit in a ground blind all day, which optimizes my hunting time!

The blind is put up in my "spot" about two weeks or more ahead of time (no trees necessary!), and the deer don't even glance at it by the time I sit for hunting. I stake and tie it down - learned that lesson the hard way. It's made of camo material, but I also add natural camoflage around it like branches, grass, etc. Inside I clear out anything crunchy from the ground, and add a comfy chair. When I'm putting it up, I take a snippers and clear my shooting lanes while I'm there. Then I leave it alone until the day or two before hunting. Then I put in anything that I want to have on opening day - but don't want to carry in that morning. Like an extra chair for gear or a buddy, water bottle, seat cushion, book, etc. The big debate for me is whether to open the zip down windows then, or to wait until morning. I think I've decided to open them the day before to minimize the VERY LOUD ZIPPER SOUNDS in the morning.

I sat in my blind in the rain once, and realized I should have used seam sealer (waterproofing product) on the seams because rain was dripping in there. But other than that, I'm very well protected from the weather. One consideration to remember though, is to hang blaze orange outside your blind when gun hunting. It defeats the safety purpose of wearing blaze orange otherwise!

If I'm not Blogging, I'm Hunting!

Tomorrow is opening day of gun season!! I've been busy getting ready for that. Plus last weekend, we went out bow hunting and saw 3 bucks which made me really get in the mood for hunting this weekend. Since I've been too busy to write, here's some links to articles about women hunting that came out recently. Good luck hunting!!

Girl power: Teen schools guys on how to bag deer
"Rachel Woodard might be a Ravenna High School cheerleader, but she's far from all pompoms and pigtails. The 17-year-old senior is an avid deer hunter who already has bagged six deer, including two seven-point bucks."

Hunting: Despite overall decline in license sales, more women are taking up hunting
"A 2005 five-year survey by the National Sporting Goods Association painted a rosier picture of female hunting participation, claiming a 72 percent increase nationwide. "We can explain decreases in men," said Mark Duda of Responsive Management, a Virginia firm that tracks and interprets outdoors trends. "Male hunters live in rural areas and they're aging. As to why female participation is increasing, that's more of a mystery, since it appears to span various age groups, incomes and levels of education."

My favorite quote from this article? "Something is happening with women and hunting."

Starting up a Women in the Outdoors Event

I've mentioned the Women in the Outdoors program a few times (here and here). It really interests me, and I decided that I want to participate. But there were no events right in my area, so I took it a step further and contacted someone to help start one. If this is something you may be interested in too, and are wondering about it, here's how it's going!

Karyl is the regional coordinator, and she had also gotten emails of interest from another woman in my area that also wanted to start an event. After a few scheduling emails back and forth, we met at a local restuarant. The first thing we had to determine was the location of the event. We brainstormed beforehand and at the meeting and came up with three possible options: a 4-H outdoor education camp, a rod and gun clubgrounds, a wildlife area with an educational center. We chose one as our first choice, and then checked Karyl's schedule for dates. We selected 3 dates that didn't correspond with any other Women in the Outdoor events (especially those close by), and that worked for the three of us. The next step is to call our first choice location and schedule one of the three dates we selected - hoping they had those dates open! If they don't we'll work our way down the list of locations.

After that is settled, we'll meet again to work on the next phase of planning a Women in the Outdoors event. Check back for updates!

Woman Hunter Shoots Albino Deer in MN

I've been busy bow hunting and getting ready for gun hunting. I saw a niiiice buck by my gun hunting spot - can't wait! But I haven't seen any albino deer, unlike the woman in Minnesota who shot one last week. According to Fox News' November 5th, 2007 story online, Mary Roakoz shot and killed a rare albino deer as hunting season got kicked off in Minnesota.

It's not legal where I live to kill a full albino deer. I'm on the fence on what I think about this. I don't blame her for doing it, but I don't think I could personally do it. I've read too many fiction stories where there's a mystical white animal that appears in the forest and has special powers!! It would be bad karma I think.