The Midwestern sunrise peeped above the horizon, gleaming through the A-frame that overlooked hundreds of Canada Geese decoys. Inside the furthest left side of the blind were six women from six states with a shotgun in hand, seated anxiously upon buckets and coolers, and ready for the words, “take em.”
Caption – A volley of lesser Canada geese committing to the spread.
The energy was unreal that morning; one would think a 3 a.m. wake up call would reveal a rather lethargic crew, but that was simply not the case. We were alert and ready for the experience of a lifetime. The morning was epic. Gunpowder filled the air and barrels were hot; we hardly had an opportunity to pick up our harvests before another volley would start committing to the spread. That morning, we hunted with 17 people, and by mid-morning, a 17-man limit was on the ground.
Caption – Pictured left to right: the chocolate brown Labrador Retriever, Zee; Nicole Belke of Ilinois; Jenna Taylor of Florida; Sydney Broadaway of Alabama, Jessica Beyers of Texas; Sierra Langbill of Nebraska; Courtney Smith of North Carolina; Whitney Vau of California; and Kayla Hill of Kansas.
We walked behind the blind, high-fiving, hugging, and simply amazed at what had just taken place. It was certainly not your typical morning—a once in a lifetime hunt, many would say, but what I found most important was that the unforgettable hunt was shared with once in a lifetime friends.
Caption – Jenna Taylor (left) and Sydney Broadaway (right) share a hug after an epic morning.
Alabama, California, Florida, Illinois, Nebraska, North Carolina, Texas… There we all stood, overlooking our harvest, representing our states, representing women hunters, representing our passion—our shared passion—waterfowl. In that moment, we were one entity.
We will never forget our hunting trip with Big Kansas Outdoors, and to be honest, a part of me didn’t even care to reveal just how successful we were over the weekend. Oftentimes, people base a successful hunt on how many limits were harvested, but that weekend was more than just harvests or bands—the laughter, smiles, and memories trump everything else. I will cherish every moment with those ladies.
Caption – Sydney Broadaway shows off a pair of beautiful Specklebelly Geese.
We aren’t in Kansas anymore. This is true. But I’d give anything to be standing in an A-frame again with these ladies—and I guarantee they would say the same.
I hope you enjoy the pictures; they capture more and speak louder than any words I could provide.
A Special Thanks to:
Outfitter: Big Kansas Outdoors
Photographer: Hunter Forbes