My husband was out and about today and ran into a tech at the gun store, who we deal with quite frequently. This gentleman asked how he could get his wife into shooting and maybe even hunting.
My husband was excited because he sees the opportunity to make new friends that have a similar interest, as well as an opportunity to give a newbie a positive experience.
Honestly, that question, “how do I get my wife involved” is one I get quite often.
I remember speaking on a women’s panel at an archery show. There were more men than there women in the audience. It intrigued me because since it’s a women’s panel, you would think that maybe women would want to listen and ask questions. Guess what else? Most of those men in the audience asked us questions on how to get the women in their lives involved or how to make their lives easier in shooting sports and hunting. We had answers.
One way to get your wife or maybe even your daughter or friend involved is to include them. If you include them, they get a taste of what’s going on. They have an opportunity to ask questions, and they can decide whether or not it’s something they might like to do.
I have a few friends whose wives aren’t against hunting, but they don’t want to hunt. They enjoy tagging along on hunts, and they love having the organic meat. A bonus is that they’re spending quality husband-wife time together. So take them along.
Another way you might be able to get her interested is to find mentors. Find some of the women out there who are already involved in the sports you like. Maybe it’s 3-gun. Maybe it’s shooting trap. Maybe it’s sporting clays or even someone who’s shooting long range. There are women in these fields that are great mentors. Follow them on social media, find their website, find them on YouTube and share them. Let your wife know that the women do not enamor you. Maybe tell her, “look at what this girl is doing.” Hopefully, she’ll follow or ask questions and even want to become involved too.
I mentioned I was speaking at a trade show take. Do you go to shows? Take her along with you. Let her meet some of these women, who are mentoring others. Many of these award-winning shooters or famous hunters are genuinely down-to-Earth people. It’s nice to meet them and talk to them in person, and I tell you, most of them are so encouraging to others. It is something that will help that the woman in your life want to become involved because they see a woman who’s already involved.
I have to touch on the topic of positive reinforcement. I know a lot of men try to teach the women in their lives themselves. Often this doesn’t turn out as wonderful as this well-intentioned man had envisioned.
The Last tip I’m going to give you is to sign them up for a class. Take the time to look up a women’s Firearms classes or groups. Find a class or a camp that she can go to where she can be with other women who are in her shoes
Inclusion, mentors, and classes! Find it. Good luck, be safe! Have fun!
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