Throwing it Back to Turkey Hunting Season and Gear You Need

It’s already turkey hunting season in some parts of the country, which has my Throwback Thursday eyeing good memories and great gear.

Elk hunters often ask why I like turkey hunting. Well, hey! What else are you going to pursue, stalk, and call in the springtime?! If you love the challenge of getting up close and personal with wild animals, turkey hunting fits the bill.

While in some areas spot and stalk turkey hunting is frowned upon, or sometimes even illegal, in the wild west it could be a go. Get out, explore, cover some ground, and hunt those big, fat red heads.

Before you go, you’re going to need some gear. Here’s a video I made a while back to give you an idea of what you may need in your turkey hunting pack. Have a look and then let me know what other items you have in yours! Happy Thursday and Happy Turkey Hunting! For me, sixteen days to go.

From the video: A friend wanted to know what I carry in my turkey hunting pack, so today I’m dragging it out and rifling through the contents to show all of you. See links to my Affiliate Shop below for details on the items in the video.
• Primos Speak the Language vest (no longer available. The link is for a newer model)
• Swarovski Optik binoculars –
• Flambeau Flex Turkey decoy –
• AvianX Laydown Hen decoy –
• Semi-thick hunting gloves –
• Primos Hunting hen turkey calls –
• Mesh camo face mask –
• Mesh camo gloves –
• Leica range finder –
• Primos Slick Stick Call Conditioner –
• Primos Lil Dog Predator Calls –
• Carlton’s Elk Calls –
• HotHands –
• FirstLite Balaclava –
• Turkey hunting pot calls (The models shown are discontinued)
• Mulit tool –

Not shown:
• Box Call –
• Gobbler –

I’m wearing –
• Girls with Guns Hunting Pants (these pants are discontinued. You can find newer models here. Use code SHEDHUNTER15 at checkout) –
Fisrt Lite Gear –

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Touches of Springtime at the Funny Farm

It’s incredible how less than two weeks ago we had feet of snow and now it’s gone, and it looks like springtime at the Funny Farm. Does it feel like spring in your neck of the woods?

I’ll start by saying that we had our annual Safari Club International banquet fundraiser event last weekend. Most of my time and energy the past few weeks has gone into support, promotion, and creation of the event, and directly after if finished I began prepping for the next event — Easter! The first day of spring happened to coincide with the transition.

Springtime is always a happy season for most of my friends. At my house the decor changes, days get longer, temperatures get warmer, from the dead of winter the ponds thaw and grass grows, and baby animals are born! All of this makes me smile, so I thought I’d share a bit of country living with you.

I snuck outside with the camera to get a few pictures yesterday. Here’s a peek at things from animals to colorful additions on the first day of spring at the Funny Farm.

Scrappy Corgi – Just ranchin’.

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Mia Anstine SCI Region 13 Representative

In January I attended and presented at the Safari Club International (SCI) convention in Reno. While there I received information and inquiry as to whether I’d like to act as the Regional Representative for the Colorado area. I currently serve on the Board of Directors as Secretary for the Four Corners Chapter of SCI.

In February I learned that I’d been selected to fill the vacancy in the Regional Representative position for SCI’s Region 13. After being the Secretary for the Four Corners Chapter of SCI for several years, I look forward to working on a more broad basis with other Colorado chapters. The finalization of the position is subject to approval by the Board at the May Board meeting.

I’m already taking the reins as the Representative. I’m working to develop relationships with the Presidents and Board Members of the other chapters. Each location has great strength, and each has areas where they can grow. If you’re interested in creating an SCI Chapter in your area DM me on my social sites, or comment below.

Becoming an SCI Member:

Joining Safari Club International is the best way to be an advocate for continuing our hunting heritage and supporting worldwide sustainable use conservation, wildlife education and humanitarian services.


Safari Club International – First for Hunters is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI has approximately 200 Chapters worldwide and its members represent all 50 of the United States as well as 106 other countries. SCI’s proactive leadership in a host of cooperative wildlife conservation, outdoor education and humanitarian programs empowers sportsmen to be contributing community members and participants in sound wildlife management and conservation. Visit the home page or call 520-620-1220 for more information

2A Contact Senators Now Do Not Pass H.R. 8

I’m walking in the door from a trip to Washington D.C. where I spoke alongside other Second Amendment advocates and GOP Representatives at press conference in opposition of H.R. 8. This is a gun control bill similar to what has already been unconstitutionally imposed on us in the state of Colorado. Please contact your Senators now and tell them NOT TO PASS H.R. 8.

If you have questions regarding the bill, read it, read on, and/or comment below. I’ll do what I can to answer your questions. If you live in Colorado, did you know that many of the rules in H.R.8 already apply to you?

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Extreme Gun Control Bill 

H.R. 8 Mandates Universal Background Checks
FAIRFAX, Va.–Today, the newly minted anti-gun leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives passed its first gun control measure by a 240 -190 vote, offering further proof that anti-gun politicians are more interested in scoring cheap political points than doing their jobs and passing meaningful legislation that would make Americans safer. 

Chris W. Cox, the executive director of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), issued the following response to the passage of H.R. 8:

Mia Anstine shares traditions, hunting, mentoring, and competition perspective at the House GOP Members & Second Amendment Supporters press conference.

“This extreme gun-control bill will make criminals out of law-abiding Americans. It will also make it harder for good people to defend themselves and their families. Criminals, on the other hand, will continue to get their firearms the way they always have – through the black market, theft, and straw purchases. Forcing more government paperwork and additional fees on good people trying to exercise a constitutional right will do nothing to make Americans safer. On behalf of our members and supporters, the National Rifle Association will continue to fight to preserve the constitutionally protected right to self-defense.” 

Earlier this week, President Donald Trump issued a statement of administration action publicly stating he would veto H.R. 8.  Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. More than five million members strong, NRA continues to uphold the Second Amendment and advocates enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation’s leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the armed services. Follow the NRA on social at and Twitter @NRA.

Crazy Fox Bites can Educate Wildlife Lovers

Here’s a crazy story for you today — A crazy like a fox story. Don’t we all need a little, “Wow!” or “What the … ?” nowadays? With all of the politics and hatred going around I certainly haven’t seen many posts or articles that don’t make me cringe. This one may insight a grimace but differently.

Words of wisdom or caution – “Do not feed wild animals.”

Fox bites homeowner, tests positive for rabies

LAS VEGAS, NM – On Saturday, Conservation Officer Justin Hepler responded to a call from a Las Vegas homeowner who was bitten by a fox she believed was starving when she attempted to feed it.

After meeting with the bite victim at a local hospital, the officer learned the fox had jumped into a parked vehicle and began eating insulation on the door and chewing on a hammer handle. The homeowner admitted to offering the fox a bowl of dog food when it bit her on the wrist and hand, leaving several puncture wounds on both arms.

Once on the scene, the officer was able to locate the fox, discovering it exhibiting abnormal behaviors consistent with rabies. The officer first attempted to capture it, but when it became aggressive and attacked he euthanized it. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish submitted the fox for testing to the state’s Scientific Laboratory Division. Results came back positive for rabies late Monday.

“It’s important to stay away from any animals acting sick, fearless, aggressive or friendly,” said Dr. Kerry Mower, wildlife disease specialist for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. “It’s also important people never attempt to feed wildlife.”

Rabies is a deadly viral disease that can be spread among mammals, most commonly through aggressive behavior, such as biting, that causes exposure to saliva. It is most commonly found in foxes, bats, skunks, coyotes and racoons, but can be transmitted to humans and pets.

The public should contact their local Department of Game and Fish office or call radio dispatch at (505) 827-9376 for assistance with wildlife acting oddly, especially coyotes, skunks, raccoons, foxes and bats. The public should immediately contact the New Mexico Department of Health at (505) 827-0006 if they or their pets are bitten or otherwise exposed to the saliva of wild animals.

Here are some guidelines to help protect yourself and your family from rabies:

  • Stay away from wild or unfamiliar animals. Do not attempt to feed, approach or touch wild animals (alive or dead). Teach this important message to your children. Rabid animals may show no fear of people and may seem friendly or become aggressive.
  • Pets should be up to date on rabies vaccinations and wearing current license and rabies tags on their collar.
  • Horses and other livestock should be considered for rabies vaccination to protect them from rabid animals that may attack them.
  • If you or a loved one are bitten by an animal, or come into contact with an animal’s saliva, wash the exposed site immediately with soap and water and seek medical care as soon as possible. Be sure to report the bite to local conservation officers, animal control officers, and/or health officials as soon as possible for recommendations about receiving rabies exposure protective vaccination.
  • Keep pets on a leash at all times.
  • If your cat or dog has been bitten or scratched, call your pet’s veterinarian, even if the wound appears to be superficial.
  • If you see a sick or dead wild animal, or a wild animal acting abnormally, stay away and report it to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. For more info about rabies see the New Mexico Department of Health website at:

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Adventure Stories Connecting Hunters at SCI Convention

Update: My apologies. I included a link to a collector, no longer in print, edition of the book. Please use this link instead. It’s a bit more affordable. I’ll leave the pricey one linked below for any of you who may be interested. ~Mia

Sitting around the table, telling stories, and relating to one another is a time-old means of connecting with others and it’s no different at this year’s Safari Club International Convention (SCI). Each year at the event we enjoy the pleasure of spending lunch with a group of writers and other media.

Remember, the word of the month is “Relationships.”

When you’re at a lunch with a media group the stories told around the lunch table may be of publications, works passed, politics, and adventures. I particularly enjoy sitting back, listening, and most often learning from the experiences recounted at the table. The knowledge that surrounds me is priceless.

Each year at our lunches we also meet and listen to various speakers. This year, my surprise, we are blessed with the presence of Denny Geurink. As I read the headline of his presentation, ‘Hairraising Adventures in the Land of the Bear,’ I figured this would be interested. I always love a good bear story.

Denny has an amazing story to tell, and there simply wasn’t enough time in a lunch hour to hear the whole thing, so can you guess what’s next? I mentioned that we’re a group of writers and media, so did you guess that we’ll have yet another book to add to our reading lists? — YES. We’ll be reading another book. Keep reading to learn more!

CLICK HERE to refer to last month’s book and my thoughts.

Denny has been in the writing business for some time and for about four decades produced a column in Field & Stream magazine. He shared with us that during his tenure at F&S magazine he became the first American to be invited to, and attend, a hunt in Russia.

Just after the fall of the Soviet Union, the writer embarked on a life-changing hunt to Siberia. After hearing only a couple of details about this adventure, it intensely reminds me of my trek to Russia with Sako Rifles. From learning the rules of the land to attempting to communicate in a land of languages unknown, the bear and moose pursuits echo those of my own.

Those are not the reason I’d like us to read Denny’s book. It’s the adventure that I find intriguing. It is the “excitement, mystery, danger, and adventure of living and traveling in Siberia” and adventures of rubbing elbows with the KGB, meeting Russian dignitaries, and living in tents and trappers’ cabins in Siberia with the local natives that I find fascinating. Let’s read this one.

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Women Only Firearms Event

This and other women’s only events, presented by the NRA, are helpul to women with all levels of firearms experience. Be sure to check it out, or share it with someone who would be interested.

NRA Women’s Wilderness Escape Partners with Leupold and Kristy Titus

FAIRFAX, Va. – The National Rifle Association’s Women’s Wilderness Escape program has partnered with Leupold and Kristy Titus of Pursue the Wild to introduce a new women-only firearms training event for 2019. 

From June 3-7, 14 ladies will spend three days in central Oregon’s beautiful town of Redmond learning to handle and shoot a scoped rifle and an optical sighted pistol. All women over the age of 18 are welcome to attend. The $1,200 registration fee includes all firearms, ammunition, targets, classes, activities, ground transportation, lodging and most meals.

Novice shooters, hunters, competitors and experienced shooters will all gain a wealth of knowledge and skills in this course. The curriculum includes two days of scoped rifle instruction and one day of basic optical-sighted defensive pistol instruction. Leupold’s knowledgeable instructors will lead the course and teach each student to be comfortable and accurate with both firearm platforms. Kristy Titus will be in attendance to help mentor the participants with her outdoor, hunting and shooting experience. 

NRA’s Women’s Wilderness Escape events are the premier shooting sports and hunting training excursions tailored exclusively for women. The program provides opportunities for women ages 18 and older of all different skills levels to explore and learn about shooting, hunting and the outdoors with some of the most skilled NRA Certified Instructors and outdoor specialists.

Registration is now open for the Leupold Academy Rifle & Pistol Instruction with Kristy Titus as well as three other 2019 NRA Women’s Wilderness Escape events: 

For more information about NRA’s Women’s Wilderness Escape events or to register, visit, call (800) 672-7435 option 5, or email

About the National Rifle Association

Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. 5.5 million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and is the leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the military. Visit

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Women in the Woods Features Mia Anstine

“They hunt and they don’t do it by sitting in shooting houses or ground blinds in front feeders.” Florella Crouch of Georgia and Mia Anstine of Colorado are featured in the Wilson Post’s ‘OUTDOORS– Women in the woods’. Author, John Sloan, brought these two ladies from different walks of hunting life together on the one topic of how they pursue game. Read it here —

I’m proud to be featured alongside another amazing lady who hunts. It’s a joy to see others who embrace the hunt, put their feet on the ground to do the work and connect with animals. Even better is that we share it in a positive way. Many thanks to John Sloan for including me in the write up.

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Christmas Gift List for Faith, Firearms, and Freedom Supporters

Are you having a hard time filling your Christmas Gift list? Do you have special people in your life who embrace faith, firearms, and freedom? If you haven’t already, you need to tune in and subscribe to a fun podcast to which I contribute. On this week’s episode of Armed Lutheran Radio, we’re sharing our ideas and hope to inspire you. Have a listen, you’re sure to be excited by the perfect gifts.


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It’s that time of year again. Time for our annual Christmas gift list show. For 2016 and 2017 we shared the things we’d like to find under our trees, but this year we are giving you some gift ideas for the shooters in your life. Plus Lloyd and Mia and Pastor Bennett share thoughts of the real meaning of the season.

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Sergeant Bill’s Gift List Ideas

  • Magazines
  • Reloading Components
  • Training Classes

Mia’s Gift Ideas

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Lloyd’s Gift List Ideas

Clinging to God & Guns with Pastor John Bennett
Pastor Bennett shares his Christmas wish list ideas and keeps us focused on the real meaning of Christmas and the gifts we can’t buy at the store.

Prayer of the Week
Almighty God, heavenly Father, bestow on us Your grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which Your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility, that in the Last Day when He will come again in His glorious Majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may then rise to the life immortal; through Him who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Our Closing Theme
A rockin’ rendition of A Mighty Fortress is Our God, performed just for Armed Lutheran Radio by Kenny Gates.

Thank you to our Reformation Gun Club members! Bryan, Dave, David D., David H., David W., Edwin, Frank, Gordon, Jackie, James, Jesse, John B., John N., Kalroy, Lucas, Marc, Robert L., Robert M., Russell, Samuel, and Tyler!

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