Not Your Average Hair Stylist

Most people never bat an eye when I tell them I'm a hairstylist. Its a pretty average job in my eyes, especially living in the suburbs of Milwaukee. I have been working behind the chair for 12 years now, and I really enjoy my job. Making people look and feel good is extremely rewarding. The time I get with each of my clients is 100% all about them, from the service itself to the conversations we have building our trust. When we get to that point in our relationship and the conversation shifts and my clients want to know more about my hobbies and interests, they soon find out that I'm not your average hairstylist!

Up to this point I already had a productive bow hunting season.  I had harvested two does.  Buck fever got the best of me in the early part of bow season and I missed a monster buck.  I had numerous encounters with other decent bucks, but couldn’t seal the deal on any.  I was patiently saving vacation days until I thought the time was right.  I want to think that I am becoming more knowledgeable at hunting whitetail, but I think luck plays a part also.  I had been watching the weather and a front was going to move through the state later in the week.  I thought this may be a good time to take off.  The buck activity had also been picking up.  I knew a particular area where a monster buck had been seen regularly.  I had always wanted to hunt this area, so I thought I would give it a try.  I hunted the area early in the week one evening & saw several doe, but nothing came close enough.  Later in the week when the front was moving through, I decided to give it another try.  I set up in the evening.  I didn’t see a thing.  I left my climber and decided I would give it another try in the morning.  It rained most of the night.  I kept a close watch on the radar.  As it got closer to time to getting up I had to make the decision of going in to work or getting a little wet.  It looked like the rain wouldn’t last much longer.  I just had this gut feeling I needed to be in a tree when it did quit raining.  So I put my rain gear on and headed out.  By the time I got to my tree the rain had let up and it was just a light drizzle.  I pulled my bow up and got situated.

My hunting journey started when I was just a young girl. I was fortunate enough to have a father who was willing to let his daughter sit with him in his deer stand and talk his ear off, while constantly moving around on opening morning of WI deer hunting. Our early mornings and late evenings together during deer season is where some of my best hunting lessons came from. For my 12th birthday my father bought me my first shotgun. That was my going to be my first year being able to hunt with a gun. I practiced with that shot gun all summer, completed my hunter safety course and was ready for the November rut and opening morning. This was the first time where I got be the hunter and my father was the one talking my ear off. One of the best things he told me in the stand that opening day was, " Sarah make sure you always look beyond your target before you shoot." That day I shot my first whitetail deer. That lesson my dad taught me has held true for me my entire youth, and still holds true for me today.

So you have went on your first duck hunt and now your hooked. You watched the guide sweet talk those birds down out of the big sky to give you that opportunity to harvest your ducks. Now you would like to be a part of that. You want to be able to call ducks in also. With so many choices in the market how do you pick out a call?

There are several major duck call makers and they all make a good call. There are also a lot of individuals that make there own calls. Some of those are really good and some not so much. I would recommend starting out with a call from a reputable call maker. Echo, RNT, Hobo, Refuge, Elite are just a few proven duck calls on the market, although there are many more that are well known calls too.

Everyone has heard the saying “if there is a will there is a way”.  There is so much truth to that statement, especially for me in the way I started my hunting journey.

I came from a farming family.  Both of my grandparents were row crop and cattle farmers.  My dad followed suit in his younger days until he gave up row crop farming for pipeline work.   So being in the outdoors was always in my blood, but not so much from a hunting standpoint.  One of my grandpa’s was a hunter and the other grandpa loved to fish.  I believe that is why hunting was in my blood even though I did not grow up doing that.   I always had a love for nature and the outdoors, but it wasn’t until later in life that my desire to become a hunter was fulfilled.

I grew up in a family full of hunters, and hunting and fishing, and the outdoors.  I wish I would have learned to appreciate all of the experiences in front of me before now.  I guess that is why they call this a life lesson.  You learn from things in your previous years, hope to not make the same mistake and then pass these lessons on to others.   I have great memories of my childhood, hunting into my forties and the journey in between that has brought me to my passion in life.

Last summer I was planning my first ever Wisconsin black bear hunt. I was beyond excited, as it took me 7 years to finally draw a tag! So much time and effort was put into baiting and checking trail cameras all summer long.

I set up my stand near a creek bottom, where it was extremely wet and swampy. The cover was so thick, many times I even took the wrong trail leading to my bait pile. I had several bears throughout the summer hitting my bait at all hours of the day. I had the perfect spot, everything was good to go.

Bow Fishing on the Delaware River in New Jersey for almost six years now I am still in shock about what I get to see come out at night. It is a major tidal river on the Atlantic coast of the United States. Its watershed drains an area of 14,119 square miles in five U.S. states—New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. You can see anything from 30 pound carp to Atlantic sturgeon in the river. There are over 90 different Delaware River species. What you get to see in one night on the river is always exhilarating. As a lover of the outdoors and a sportsmen bow fishing is not only a way to help the native species of these waters, but it is a good way to control the amount of invasive species that are living in the river. The nongame invasive species that you are bow fishing for are invading the native species habitat. Fish like the common carp and snake head are invading and are taking over habitats of fish like the native largemouth bass. Carp were brought over from Asia and are considered a nuisance.

At Babes Bullets and Broadheads, its our goal to take youth hunting each year.  Our staff have taken numerous youth on hunts.  I find it very rewarding to be there to mentor young ladies who aspire to learn to hunt.  I have had the joy of seeing youth take their first deer or first antelope and have tried countless times to get them on a Turkey.  What is great is that no matter how successful I have been with these young ladies, I am rewarded with a great friendship.  It is not about me, its always all about them.  I feel strongly about giving back.  I don't need a pat on the back or a picture of me on social media.  I need to have the feeling I get from truly giving of myself and my time to impact the lives of our youth.

I challenged myself! I was surprised at finding out there was an Louisiana Gator hunt offered by a team of ladies of BabesBulletsBroadheads and their intent to bring women together that share a passion for hunting. It was more than that! It was an independent challenge for all the ladies that attended. Twelve ladies not knowing each other, from different states, made the trip with a mission to capture a gator. Strong women and I say this because we made the trip not know anything about what we would be tested on. We all came out successful! We succeeded in the journey, the hunt, the harvest and the Louisiana heat; we succeeded in meeting and making lifelong friends with other ladies that share the same passion. We secceeded in confidence, perseverance, drive, independence. We left with trophies, Gator meat for our families, accomplishment, and cherished memories of a great time had with each other and the people of Louisiana. This and so much more is what a hunt with BabesBulletsBroadheads entails. Make the trip, do the hunt, share the passion, make lifelong friends, spread the word and share your memories and fascinate other women with your stories! Visit facebook.com/babesbulletsbroadheads for all their adventures, and join a ladies hunt!