Fifteen women from the Southern Red River Valley region took to the ranges back in October 2020. They were participants in the Ladies Roundup, a Red River Area Sportsmen’s Club event led by Abby Carlson. In addition to supervising her fellow hunters, Carlson stressed the importance of safety when using guns and hunting dogs, as well as being a responsible sportswoman. “Everyone of them was pretty much new to pheasant hunting, but some had experience trap shooting,” said Carlson, a Wahpeton city councilwoman. “I like to go over (safety), making sure everyone in the field knows how to act.” Beginning at JT’s Sporting Clays in Hankinson, North Dakota, the Ladies Roundup included mentorship. Carlson said the mentors helped with participants, both to increase confidence and accuracy. After breakfast, participants continued their hunt on supporter Chuck Hause’s land.
“We divided the women into two groups and took them into the field. Our dog power was provided by the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association,” Carlson said. The Roundup was successful, with each woman reaching her limit for hunted birds. Following the hunt, an Annie Oakley shootout was held to help determine an unofficial winner. “One gal had a 100 percent success rate,” Carlson said. “She didn’t miss a single shot. Another only missed one. That’s why we had the shootout, in fact. We had some donations from Scheels, which we were able to give away for grand prizes.” In addition to providing fun and confidence-building, events like the Ladies Roundup are important in honing for honing a woman’s skills and expertise. [full article]