Women just as successful in outdoors as male counterparts

Lyle Johnson
Jason Henry took this eight point buck on a family lease in Mississippi Dec. 20.

As I sit here typing this article, its 33 degrees outside with a forecast of temperatures in the upper 20s for the next two nights. It’s wintertime. The deer hunters have really been enjoying these past couple of weeks and the low temperatures as it has the breeding activity at its peak.

The “rut” is in full swing in most of our state and those that enjoy spending some quality time in the stand have been reaping the rewards. I’ve been getting a lot of pictures and seeing many on the internet of some of the deer taken and there have been some nice deer taken.

Women have taken to the woods and rivers in record numbers in the past few years with a very enviable success rate. Many of the pictures we’ve shown on Ascension Outdoors seen exclusively on EATEL FiberEdge channel 4 have been of the ladies with some very respectable trophies, both in the woods and in the water.

Teri Henry and her husband Jason have been deer hunting on their lease in Mississippi this year and have been having some pretty good hunts. Jason killed a very respectable eight-point buck on Dec. 20.

Teri took their two boys up on Dec. 22 and that evening she bagged herself an eight point, also. She couldn't find the deer, so she went back to the camp and her, Jason and the two boys went out after dark in 36 degree weather to find her deer. The whole family including the two very young boys braved the 36 degrees and found her trophy.

I personally believe their success ratio for deer hunting is much higher that their male counterparts. I certainly don’t hear nearly as many sob stories about the one that got away because they missed. If you don’t believe me just ask me, I’ve got a few myself.

I’ve had five opportunities to shoot at deer in my adventures. Two were successful, one got away with a very superficial wound and the other two just made fools out of me like you wouldn’t believe.

How about in the water? Kim Bain-Moore, all the way from Australia, will be the first lady angler in history to take on 50 of the best male anglers in this years Bassmaster Classic in Shreveport/Bossier City on Feb.20-22.

Bain finished atop the Angler of the Year standings in the 2008 season of the Women’s Bassmaster Tour and earned her a trip to the Classic. "I plan on treating this tournament just like any other I compete in. I'm sure I'll be nervous, but I'm nervous before every tournament," Bain-Moore said. "It's more like nervous excitement. I'll just put my head down and try to make good decisions."

Hey, our own Greg Hackney has also earned a spot in this years Classic with a respectable 36th place finish in the Angler of the Year standings on the Elite Series. I will have the honor of being his observer on the first day of competition and get to watch first hand his quest to win the highest honor in professional bass fishing. But more of that in another article.

On the local scene, I’ve been wondering how the fish are responding to the after-effects of the two hurricanes. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries ruled the Amite/Blind River basin a complete fish kill. I heard a lot of stories about the numbers of scaled fish; bass, bream and sac-a-lait that died.

I have caught some catfish on my pier on the Diversion but I have yet to catch any scaled fish. Has anybody out there in reader land been fishing in our area lately for game fish. Call me (225-485-7997) with your story whether you’ve caught anything or not, I’d like to know both ways. I don’t need specifics, just want to know what’s happening.

Well, better brace a little for the cold. I’ve got a wood stove a few feet away and it’s very warm at my computer. Spring time is just around the bend and that means my favorite time of the year to catch some bass. Remember, keep the slack out and set the hook hard. So until next time have fun in the outdoors, be safe and God bless you.

Jason Henry took this eight point buck on a family lease in Mississippi Dec. 20.