Special Needs Horseback Rides Bring Smiles

Riders, volunteers, and even horses are smiling

In between teaching shotgun at the Women’s Outdoor Weekend and helping at the Youth Fishing Derby in Pagosa Springs Wolf Creek Outfitters (WCO) hosted the special needs children of Pagosa Springs for the annual horseback ride.

Each year our team gives the kids the opportunity to watch, pet, lead, and if they desire, ride a horse. This is a day the WCO team and our friends look forward to each year.

Twelve children along with their instructors and a couple of parents arrive for the big day. The morning begins with adjustments to boots and cowboy hats, followed by greetings and instructions. Then everyone meets the horses.

Many of the children have been to this event in the past and are comfortable around the horses. Others take a little warming up. Then before you know it they are off on a ride.

We start off with our team of volunteers leading the children via horseback on short rides around the arena. For those who are up to it, and capable, they’re handed the reins and get to be in the “driver’s seat.”

We also make it a point to try to get the instructors and volunteers a-horseback. After all, why should these children ride if the adults won’t? This year we had two of the group’s instructors or leaders, who’d never ridden before, take a ride.

This year we also have a new addition to this special day. Loud, “OOOHs, AAAHs, and WOW’s” were heard as Ombré the pony led out for his grand introduction.

Ombré proudly packed around a few of the smaller, more timid children. One of these only rode once, but had Ombré not been there she may have not ridden at all.

Each year it seems there’s at least one who doesn’t want to hop on a saddle. Don’t worry. We put them right to work. They get to smile, wave, and cheer in support of their friends. Some of the more brave ones learn to lead the horses too.

Another youngster, who is deaf, climbed atop Cowboy (aka., Mr. Man) and rode the entire time. Having been to this special event before, he wasn’t getting down from the horse until it’s time to go.

At WCO we are honored to be a part of such a great event. It’s rewarding to meet these great youngsters and to have them back year after year. The horses love them too. It’s amazing how they have a sense of who they’re packing around and know they need to take care of their riders.

We’re proud to have such a great team of horses that take care of this precious cargo and a fantastic group of volunteers who find it rewarding to give back to this special group of people.

We know they all find great reward in this day, but we’d also like to give a huge thanks to our volunteers, Terry Eschelman, Jordan Lindsay, Lea Leggitt, Laura Jacobson, and Tucker Jacobson.

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Mia Anstine Featured in Empowering Book About Women Hunters

Mia Anstine of Pagosa Springs, Colorado is among 18 individual female hunters across the country profiled in a revealing new book called Why Women Hunt. The book is the first of its kind by Author and hunter K. J. Houtman.

Anstine is a hunting guide and instructor in archery, firearms, and other outdoor-related skills: “Sitting in a tree stand is tough for me personally, more than climbing from 9,000 to 13,000 feet, but I’ve taken bears, whitetail and other game animals from just sitting. I love it all. Each has its own purpose—you can learn from one method of hunting to help in another.”

Mia told the author that she wishes non-hunters understood hunting better and that’s part of the reason she took to being a hunter education instructor, “… the burden is on us to help them understand. I wish they’d take a hunter education class, even if they weren’t going to hunt. Sometimes we don’t get anything after a long day. It’s not always easy and it is never guaranteed. Some people don’t know and some have a misconception fostered from watching hunting TV shows. We need to demonstrate how we achieve healthy wildlife herds and how we affect animals in a positive way through hunting.”

Houtman of Minnesota takes an intimate look at the lives of these intrepid outdoor women—of all ages, professions, education and cultural backgrounds. Their diverse personal stories explore what motivates them to connect—spiritually and physically—with the natural world in one of humankind’s most ancient food-gathering rituals.

Pre-Order your copy of ‘Why Women Hunt’ today.

Book website address: www.whywomenhunt.com

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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.

JOIN NOW: www.joinsci.org

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 www.safariclub.org or call 520-620-1220 for more information

Things You Must Add to Your 2019 To-Do List | 053 MAC Outdoors Podcast

We’re saying goodbye to 2018 and welcoming in 2019 with three things hunters, outdoorsmen, and shooters need to add to their goals in the coming year. We’ve also added a fun giveaway. You’ll have to listen to this show for details. Happy New Year from the MAC Outdoors Podcast!

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The dynamic mother/daughter duo share their hunting, shooting, and outdoor adventures. You’ll find tips, tricks, lessons, and tales from the trail. Mia is a mom, hunting guide, writer, and vlogger who lives on a ranch in Colorado. Her daughter, Lea, also a guide, is a passionate young hunter who’s in the second year of her college journey. TUNE IN because you never know what obstacles and inspiration they’ll encounter as they head outside for new adventures.

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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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Who Contributes BILLIONS to Fuel the Nation’s Economy? — Sportsmen

We’re not just getting outside and becoming healthier, we’re making a huge difference in other aspects too! If you’re not getting out there, stop procrastinating and DO IT!

Here I am with my friend and fellow sportswoman, Donna Boddington, at the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation’s meet up during the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade show. We are proud supporters of the United State’s economy.

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As sportswomen, we are proud supporters of the Nation’s economy. Donna Boddington and Mia Anstine at the Congressional Sportsman’s Foundation gathering.

Sportsmen and Women Contribute Over $93 Billion to Fuel the Nation’s Economy

Congressional-Sportsmens-Foundation-Logo(Washington, DC) – With countless places to roam and enjoy the great outdoors, Americans are taking advantage of these opportunities, and as they go, spending significant dollars. New economic reports by Southwick Associates reveals more than 53 million Americans consider themselves sportsmen and women, spending more than $93.5 billion in 2016 on gear, licenses, travel, clothing, gas and more.

In a series of reports released today by the American Sportfishing Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF), expenditures made for hunting, target shooting and sportfishing gear and services in 2016 supported 1.6 million jobs and provided $72 billion in salaries and wages. These monies also generated nearly $20 billion in local, state and federal taxes, much of which benefits vital conservation and educational programs that improve our outdoor areas for all who enjoy them and make hunting and shooting safer activities.

“Hunting, angling, and the shooting sports continue to be a critical and significant contributor to the nation’s economy, and to the conservation of our nation’s natural resources through the American System of Conservation Funding,” said CSF President Jeff Crane. “CSF looks forward to continuing to work with our partners and policy-makers to enhance our outdoor sporting traditions through federal and state policies.”

“If hunting, fishing and target shooting were a corporation, it would rank #25 on the Fortune 500, ahead of Microsoft,” says Rob Southwick, President of Southwick Associates. “While time spent outside may come across as something to do after the real work day is done, in reality hunting, fishing and target shooting is a critical industry, generating jobs and income for thousands of communities across the country.”

Key highlights of the reports include:

  • Each year, 35.8 million people 16 years and older take to America’s waters to fish.
  • More than 28 million people over 16 years old took to our nation’s public and private lands and waters and gun ranges to hunt and target shoot in 2016.
  • The number of people who participate in sportfishing, hunting and target shooting represents 16.5 percent of the total U.S. population.
  • When factoring in multiplier effects, spending by sportsmen created economic activity in excess of $220 billion.
  • Hunting, fishing and shooting adds $119 billion of overall value to our nation’s gross domestic product and generates $17.6 billion in federal taxes and $12.2 billion in state and local taxes.

The 2018 edition of the America’s Sporting Heritage: Fueling the American Economy report is sponsored by American Outdoor Brands Corporation; Pure Fishing, Inc.; and Safari Club International.

Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation

Since 1989, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) has maintained a singleness of purpose that has guided the organization to become the most respected and trusted sportsmen’s organization in the political arena. CSF’s mission is to work with Congress, governors, and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping. The unique and collective force of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC), the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC) and the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC), working closely with CSF, and with the support of major hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping organizations, serves as an unprecedented network of pro-sportsmen elected officials that advance the interests of America’s hunters and anglers.


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Get Outdoors for Memorial Day

Below you will find this month’s newsletter Memorial Day Newsletter, which gives you some outdoor fun ideas. If you haven’t already signed up, CLICK HERE and get on the list to receive updates, news, tips, recipes, gear reviews and more. Are you ready? Let’s go! 

Cheers,
Mia

Memorial Day Weekend

As we enjoy Memorial Day and the holiday weekend that markedly indicates summertime is coming I want you to stow your devices and get outside. If you cannot pry yourself away from these electronics, maybe you’ll like to learn about some that can come in handy for you while you’re outdoors.
REMEMBER – SOME GAVE ALL

Mia from the Mountains

Here in So.CO (Southern Colorado) we’ve been busy. I traveled to the NRA Annual meetings in Dallas, Texas. I enjoyed participating in a mentorship meeting with some of the NRA Women I look up to and have a fabulous time at the Women’s Leadership Luncheon where Tucker Carlson chatted and inspired us. Yep! There is hope for our country — If we all do our part.

Just prior to, and shortly thereafter, the NRA event, I’d been guiding turkey hunters and then made a trek up to visit my college girl. We moved her into her first “Own Place” then zipped back home to work frantically on getting our irrigation system installed and running. Now it’s off to the mountains for pack trips, then more travels and board meetings.  It’s been hectic but satisfying.

MAC Outdoors Podcast

Since we hope you’ll get outdoors as much as we do, Lea and I shared a few apps that will help you find your way around in the woods. Be it for hiking or hunting, these programs that you can download right to your phone will help you know where to go. Learn more here – http://ow.ly/CFvG30jF2U8.

Fishing

We’ve also been out on the lake fishing — Where do we find the time? — We caught several Small-Mouth Bass and landed some Northern Pike. Thanks to a friend, the next time I catch a pike, I’ll have a delicious recipe.

Find it here – http://ow.ly/938I30kaAJz

 

Find Your Food

I love finding deliciousness in the outdoors. Wild asparagus is a fave because it is not as bitter as that which you buy in the store. Keep an eye out for it and tell me what other goodies you like to find this time of year.
More edible plants – https://youtu.be/s1qxwLkR4Po.

 

 

 

Gun Girl at College and Mother’s Day Gift Ideas| MAC Outdoors Podcast 038

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Mia and Lea share a recap of the year and all the adventures the college girl has encountered. From shooting competitions to hunting. They also share some fun Mother’s Day gift ideas for the outdoor and gun loving mom.

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MAC Outdoors Podcast:

The dynamic mother/daughter duo share their hunting, shooting, and outdoor adventures. You’ll find tips, tricks, lessons, and tales from the trail. Mia is a mom, hunting guide, writer, and vlogger who lives on a ranch in Colorado. Her daughter, Lea, also a guide, is a passionate young hunter who’s in the first year of her college journey. TUNE IN because you never know what obstacles and inspiration they’ll encounter as they head outside for new adventures.


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Scouting Adventures and Turkey Hunting Tips | MAC Outdoors Podcast 036

036 MAC PodcastWe’re scouting and preparing for turkey hunts in two different states. Lea recounts a recent scouting experience while Mia prepares for guiding. You’ll find a few laughs, some gear tips, plus learn about turkey hunting.

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MAC Outdoors Podcast:

The dynamic mother/daughter duo share their hunting, shooting, and outdoor adventures. You’ll find tips, tricks, lessons, and tales from the trail. Mia is a mom, hunting guide, writer, and vlogger who lives on a ranch in Colorado. Her daughter, Lea, also a guide, is a passionate young hunter who’s in the first year of her college journey. TUNE IN because you never know what obstacles and inspiration they’ll encounter as they head outside for new adventures.


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Craziest Things You’ve Heard All Day | MAC Outdoors Podcast 035

Outrageous-fishing-hunting-laws-mac-outdoors-podcastWe’ve been sharing a lot of the serious news so today we’re giving you the craziest things you’ve heard all day. We hope this makes you smile. We also want today’s podcast to bring some interaction as we’re asking YOU for a lot of advice. Listen up as we talk about some outrageous laws. Tells us your thoughts over at our social outlets.

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The dynamic mother/daughter duo share their hunting, shooting, and outdoor adventures. You’ll find tips, tricks, lessons, and tales from the trail. Mia is a mom, hunting guide, writer, and vlogger who lives on a ranch in Colorado. Her daughter, Lea, also a guide, is a passionate young hunter who’s in the first year of her college journey. TUNE IN because you never know what obstacles and inspiration they’ll encounter as they head outside for new adventures.


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