This weekend I went to the Women in the Outdoors program sponsored by the Wildlife Turkey Federation. They have it over on Lake Tenkiller in Cookson every autumn. If you have never been, it's a great experience. They offer classes for women to learn different outdoor skills. One year I learned about beekeeping, another year

I learned about harvesting and making elderberry juice, cleaning handguns and orienteering. This year they offered learning how to make a barn quilt. Good stuff. 

I didn't get to attend all my classes but I did get to try my hand with a crossbow. Let me tell you, I’m hooked. I nailed two bullseye's on my first try. I wasn't strong enough to pull the string back but I can easily hit the mark once it's ready. It was exhilarating. 

The next morning I went on my first deer hunt. I had a mentor and we sat in a blind. We didn't see a single deer. The most I got from the experience is that it was great to listen to nature slowly waking and watching the sun rise. The early morning fog created a surreal misty atmosphere that had me itching to go walking among the autumn leaves. 

I realized, once again, I miss too much by sleeping in. I need to start getting up earlier. Early mornings are magical. 

So, maybe as much as I love deer jerky, I may not be cut out to be a hunter. It's hard for me to sit still in silence that long. But, I do like shooting a crossbow. I've added it to my bucket list of things I want to accomplish. I can see it being great to have a higher level of proficiency in target shooting with a crossbow. It's fun and relaxing. 

If you're a woman, certainly try out some of their outdoor offerings. It's a great way to meet interesting women who enjoy the outdoors.