Sisterhood of the Outdoors Women’s Waterfowl Weekend 2018
“Our mission is to empower the next generation of lady hunters and to provide women with quality hunting, fishing, and outdoor adventures at an affordable price. From big game to waterfowl, from stingray bow fishing to rifle hunting predators we want to share these adventures with you.”
Amy Williams Ray – President: Sisterhood of the Outdoors
When Sisterhood of the Outdoors President Amy Ray, and Pro-Staffer /Waterfowl Guide Victoria Jones teamed up with Upper Bay Hunt Club President and Professional Waterfowl Guide Thom Slavin, eight very lucky ladies experienced the hunting adventure of their lifetimes! The eastern shore of Maryland, and in this outing Cecil County, hosts some of the best waterfowl hunting in the country. Add to that the Sisterhood of the Outdoors empowering ladies with quality hunting experiences, and Upper Bay Gun Club’s commitment to “doing it right the first time” and you have the formula for success!
When the forecast came in touting bitter cold, high winds, ice and snow, none of our women even considered cancelling or re-scheduling. Our orders came via a text reminder “Everyone Plan Accordingly.” That is exactly what we did! It also gave us a perfect situation to field test our gear together, and share our findings.
Cabela’s of Christiana Delaware, and it’s Marketing Manager Eric Williams supported our event in so many ways, and provided us with breakfast, and a meeting space to give our lady hunters some fun and educational presentations. Delaware Senator Dave Lawson spoke with us about current legislative issues surrounding wildlife conservation and hunting. Amy Williams Ray, President of the Sisterhood of the Outdoors, Cabala’s Pro Staff spoke with us about exciting upcoming events with the SOO, our Mission, and Blind Safety, and Etiquette. Diane Sorantino, Captain, Team Beretta USA shared with us shotgunning safety, and tips, and held a Q&A about Beretta Shotguns. Sergeant Chelsea Chillas, Conservation Officer Delaware Fish and Game, lead a discussion on Enforcement of Game Laws, and the importance in relation to Wildlife Conservation. Victoria Jones Staff Manager Sisterhood of the Outdoors, Waterfowl Guide, Pro-Staff Molt Gear Goose Calls demonstrated cleaning a Canada Goose, and gave us Field Instruction in Decoy Placement and Goose Calling. Allan Ellis, Publisher Maryland Hunting Quarterly, Maryland Hunting Coalition and Bill Miles Maryland Hunting Coalition brought us the Maryland perspective on hunting, conservation, and legislation. They played an instrumental role in extending an invitation to Kara Hartman, the new Mid-Atlantic States Coordinator for the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation. Kara was a most welcome addition to our weekend, and our hunting blind!
For three days the ladies of The Sisterhood of the Outdoors, ranging in age from 22 to 61, from all over the country, arose well before dawn to brave the bitter cold, and bring home our fair share of Canada Geese, Snow Geese, and Mallard Ducks. We are there to build each other up! Share in camaraderie! Share our stories! We arrive as strangers. We leave as sisters.