#motheringwithheartandjoy · 2016 · housewife to huntress

The Weekend that was; Getting Outdoors.

There is no wi-fi in the outdoors, but I assure you – you will find a better connection. – MWL31

Hello friends!
How was your weekend? 
We spent a lot of our time outdoors over the weekend – we have had a fairly long weekend as Trent has been on his 5 days off.
We have spent lots of time out in the backyard and also in our pool, soaking up the hot weather while it lasts!  
Sunday afternoon we headed to our favourite local park and enjoyed some family time. 
It is really so relaxing just going to a quiet little park and just spending time together. If you are ever bored on a weekend I highly suggest grabbing the hats, sunscreen, some cold water bottles & maybe a few snacks and jumping in the car and finding a lovely little park to play at for a few hours. Spending time as a family is so wonderful & the weather is so lovely at the moment, it is nice & sunny but the weather is starting to cool down to a comfortable temperature – perfect for being outside!

Also over the weekend my Dad & I went for a hunt. I was awake at 2:45am and we arrived at the private property we hunt on at 5am – the perfect time to start hunting. Early morning before the sunrises is my favourite time of day, everything is so still, the air is cool and it’s just so calming but at the same time reenergising. 

We walked through the bush for about 6 hours, we hiked almost 10km in some pretty challenging terrain- big gullies, thick scrub, thick long grass and some big hills. We didn’t see any deer – though we did see evidence of them with some impressive rub marks on a few trees. 

It was a wonderful morning spent together. It is a day I won’t ever forget, it was actually the first time Dad has ever taken me out hunting.
I don’t think Dad took the easy trail through the property at all, if anything he probably went a challenging way to put me through my paces so I could prove I wanted to be out there. But not 1 word of complaint was said from me, even though my feet ached towards the end and my shirt was that saturated with sweat it felt as though I had just jumped in the creek. I just was so happy to be out there, going for a walk through the bush is just fun for me – I love being out there. And it was a great morning to spend some time with my Dad. 

Trent, my Dad & I are looking forward to hopefully planning another hunt soon to try and get out during the rut. We need to restock our venison.

The property that we hunt on is so beautiful & picturesque. 
The moon has also been amazing over the past 2 nights, this is a quick photo I snapped last night. 

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and got to spend some of it outdoors & appreciate this lovely weather! 
If you did, I would love to see your photos or hear your stories, contact me on my social media or leave a comment below!
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nothing beats being outdoors, I hope you got a chance to get outside this weekend.(This magnificent view is from one point during our hunt!)
Posted by Modern Wife Life 31 on Saturday, February 20, 2016 The only deer we saw all day… But we did see some decent rub marks on the trees.  which is very exciting for when we head out during the rut. 

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Tutorial; Recycled Ammo Christmas Bauble {VIDEO}

It’s nearly Christmas – it’s nearly Christmas! Ok, a little while to go – but it’s close… 
I tried to keep the Christmas posts until December – I did… But I did this awesome craft over the weekend & it’s super basic, but I am in love with it – it takes next to no time at all (can totally be done during your child’s nap time!) and I was so excited about it – I filmed a video. Yes, I FILMED A VIDEO! And I have been so excited to share it with you all… So I am sharing a Christmas craft tutorial – in November… But hey, it’s late November – so that is ok, right? 
Oh heck, even if it isn’t right – I am proudly waving my festive freak flag! 
Now, I know this may not appeal to everyone – but the beauty of this craft is you can totally customise it to your own taste… You can add whatever you like…
I made “recycled ammo Christmas baubles” or “bullet baubles”… 

But you could add into the bauble anything you love… 
I know a lot of people don’t have surplus of empty shells laying around like I do – but I know some of my readers are fellow hunters & shooters.
This ornament would also be a great addition to a gift you are giving to someone who maybe interested in hunting or shooting. Just wrap the gift in brown paper, tie with brown string and attach the bauble – I think it would look really great. 
This is the perfect ornament for “manly men” – my husband, brothers & Dad don’t care that much for Christmas decorations – they just go along with whatever is put out or on the tree – but they thought these were really cool. And because it’s made from empty shells, bullets they actually shot – it makes it a little more special. 
The baubles I used are from Lincraft and I got them when they were on a 50% off Christmas stock – I can’t remember the exact price but I am positive they were under $4. I’ve also seen clear shatterproof baubles at some cheap stores.
So here is the tutorial, (if by chance the video isn’t showing up please click HERE)

I really love how these turned out. I made 4. 1 for our tree, 1 each for my brothers & their girlfriends and 1 for my parents. They were all really impressed with them.

If you recreate this craft, please send me a photo on one on my social media – I would love to see!!
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Our perfect anniversary date. {shooting & eating!}

Last week Trent & I celebrated 126, 230, 400 seconds of married life! 
On that particular day he was working night shift so we weren’t able to do anything to mark our special day.
We had planned to go out for a nice dinner together on Saturday evening. My parents had agreed to baby-sit LuLu for us. 
But on Saturday morning while I was chatting to Mum on the phone she mentioned she wanted to look after LuLu for the whole entire day & also that evening. I had to think about it for awhile. Sure I’ve spent a few hours away from LuLu, but normally when I’m spending time away from her Trent has her or if Mum does it is just for a couple of hours while I do some shopping, I don’t make a habit of not being with her, so this was a fairly big moment for me. Also because LuLu would be going for a drive to another town with my parents, I was a bit anxious about the whole idea of it. But I figured it would be good for LuLu to spend a few hours away from me & she was with her Ninny & Poppa, the only 2 people that I really feel comfortable leaving her with, so I knew she would be fine. After over packing 2 bags of supplies, a lunch bag & a bucket of toys for her we dropped her off at my parents. 

All packed and ready for a day with Ninny & Poppa.

Yes, I cried leaving her. I don’t know why – perhaps guilt, but I think it was more because I instantly missed her. When LuLu isn’t with me I feel like I am missing something vital, like heart or a lung. I just no longer feel complete. I sat in the car contemplating if I should run back inside and say I changed my mind, but I knew she would be perfectly fine and I would be too – I trust my parents 110% with her. 
So what were Trent and I going to do with this new found day of freedom? 
Well, we decided to do what we do – go shooting. We could’ve done yard work, but hey – we wanted to just enjoy this rare day of “just us”.  
Now we didn’t have enough time to organise a hunting trip, so have no fear – this is not a post with “dead animals”. We headed out to a property owned by one of Trent’s work mates & set up some targets. We were just wasting time, having fun & also making sure our guns were shooting straight. 
We took 3 of our guns out. Our air rifle, Trent’s Tikka T3 .270 & my brand new Browning .22 rifle. 

Gamo Delta Max .177, Browning T-Bolt .22LR & Tikka T3 .270. All guns purchased at ‘The Open Range’ 
A couple who shoots together, stays together!

This was my first time bringing my gun out to shoot targets. I had shot it previously on some bunnies with my brothers, but this was my first time shooting with Trent. 
We set the target up at about 100m and I managed to get some fairly decent groupings. When I shoot at ‘The Open Range’ in their indoor shooting range, I shoot at 25m. I can manage to get a pretty great & tight grouping at that distance (about a $2 coin grouping) at 100m I was getting about a 50c coin grouping or a touch wider. Which isn’t bad, it isn’t brilliant but it was my first time doing targets with that gun & the longest distance I’ve ever shot and I had to factor in it was a windy day.

What a fun way to waste a few hours! 

A quick word about my beautiful rifle, as I said it is the Browning T-Bolt .22LR – I was going to purchase the .22 mag, but after some consideration I decided to go with the .22 LR. It is more economical to shoot and it will also be a great gun for LuLu when she grows up. If she wants to learn to shoot, this gun would be perfect for her after learning on the air rifle (she has a fair few years to wait though!). It is a stunning rifle and amazing quality – I made sure to purchase a gun that I know will last. I knew I wanted a timber stock as that is the finish I prefer.
This gun is also a perfect size for me, I held so many rifles & none felt comfortable or they were too heavy as I am fairly petite – but this one is perfect for me. 
I love the straight pull T-Bolt action, it’s a smooth & fast motion, which is great for quickly chambering a round for that follow up shot, if needed. The double helix rotary 10 shot magazine is incredibly easy to load, it feeds the rounds level into the chamber which also makes the round feed in smoothly. 
The scope I chose for my gun is the Meopta MeoPro 3-9×42. Trent & I are both very happy with the scope, the vision is clear & crisp.  

Browning .22 
The detailing on my gun is so pretty! 😉

After spending a few hours shooting our rifles we packed up and started the 50 minute trip home. 

4 years of being his Mrs. Bring on many, many more!! 🙂 

Trent called into a local pub at Quinalow to grab some Jack Daniels as he wanted to drink one before we left for dinner that night while I was getting ready. I took the opportunity to have a cold drink while we drove home & I couldn’t help but laugh at the stubby cooler he purchased while getting the Jacks!! 

This made me laugh… 

When we got home we got ready for dinner and then my parents arrived with our darling girl, we had missed her so much! She had had a great day & seemed very happy! We made dinner for my parents and LuLu and said good bye to them and drove to town for our anniversary dinner. 

A quick photo while out on our date! 

We got an early booking at La Pizziaola & enjoyed a nice dinner of yummy Italian food. After dinner we walked down to the gelato store and had dessert. 
We had a lovely evening out together, but all we wanted to do was get home to our LuLu Bug, so we went straight home!
A day off from parenting was a nice treat & I am grateful to my parents for being so amazing with LuLu & happy to have her for the day, but I love my time with her & those days off don’t have to be very often, it was lovely to just have some time with just Trent though to celebrate 4 beautiful years of marriage!

If you want to stay up to date with my hunting & shooting adventures please make sure you follow my instagram account dedicated to that; @housewifetohuntress. 
My camo cap was supplied by Aussie Feral Game Hunters, you can find them on Facebook by clicking HERE. 
Have a great week! 

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My first hunt. {Mother’s Day 2015}

Just as a courtesy warning to some of my readers, this post does contain some images that some of you may find confronting or graphic. I’ve tried to keep them as tame as possible & I have limited what I show on here & I personally don’t find any image on this post negative in anyway. No actions in this post were cruel or irresponsible & the meat from this deer will be consumed by us. The aim of these posts is to show my friends & readers that hunting isn’t a cruel & barbaric past time, but rather one that can be used to obtain amazingly delicious free range meat & also a form of much needed pest control. I encourage you to read on & keep an open mind. – B.

How was your Mother’s Day? 
Mine was not typical, very memorable & totally awesome! I had a brilliant day and I’ve been dying to tell you about it, so let’s do this!
In the morning I was woken up by my adorable little LuLu who gave me some very sweet little gifts, we had breakfast together as a family, the 3 of us headed into town to buy me another Mother’s Day gift – hiking boots for hunting & then we went to see my Mum and had lunch with her & Dad at The Chocolate Cottage. After lunch we left LuLu with my parents & headed home to get organised for my FIRST HUNT! That’s right, on Mother’s Day I got to go hunting for the first time.
Trent and I drove out to the property which is a few hours away from where we live that we had permission to be hunting on. We were there with the hopes of getting a Red Deer so we could get some fresh venison. 

Of course we had to take a few selfies before starting our hunt!
Ready to go, loving my new shoes too – they were awesome!
Before we left our car I found this little guy, I figured I better catch him for a quick selfie in case he was the only thing we saw all day! 
A quick outfit of the day (OOTD) photo before heading out to find some deer! 
Camo & pink shirt; Browning Hell’s Belles – supplied by The Open Range – Toowoomba & Winchester Australia, 
Hiking boots; Outdoor Expedition. 

We hiked for about 2 hours. 
We walked through the property, along the river and up through the hills. It was very calming for me to be just out walking in the bush. Every now and then we would stop, look around and see if we could see anything – but nothing… Well, we saw lots of beautiful scenery – but no deer.

This property was so beautiful.
While we were walking up into the hills, we saw some wallabies. I took this photo with my iPhone through binoculars.. I am actually surprised it turned out so cool. 
My husband, my hunting guide. 

Just as it was nearing 4:30pm I kind of started to think we may not get anything as we hadn’t saw any deer. We had agreed we would turn around at 5pm because we needed to get home for LuLu. Just as we came over one rise, Trent stopped, he saw 2 hinds moving through the bush. While he was focused on those 2 I saw one that was straight ahead of us, I could see her clearly & it honestly felt like she was staring directly at me – I think she may have heard us but couldn’t see us. The other 2 were heading down the hill & the one I spotted was standing still. We made a decision then that Trent would take the shot & aim for the hind I saw as he was carrying the rifle & I didn’t want to mess around and risk spooking her. We could’ve headed further up and possibly found the stag that was with these hinds, but for what we needed this hind was perfect. A perfect size for some delicious meat! Trent rested on the tree & fired – 1 shot and she was dead. 

Taking his shot.

As soon as she was down, we took off back down the hill hoping we maybe able to get the other 2 we had seen. We could hear them barking, I sat with a clear view of where we thought they may come out with the .270 ready to go – but we didn’t see them again. Which is fine, we got what we needed.

I was so excited sitting here.

 We made the decision not to sit around for long waiting for those other 2, we were losing light and still needed to dress the carcass. 

The amazing view from where we got our deer.

When we got back to the deer, we took your standard photos – because this was a fairly special hunt. My first time out & this was also the first kill with Trent’s Tikka T3 .270 & his first deer as well. So we were pretty happy.

How she fell.

Trent and his Red Deer.
My first hunt was a success, I may not have shot this hind but I am so glad I was there to experience it & I am happy Trent got it!

We then strung the carcass up in a tree to prepare it to be cut up. Firstly we skinned the area the we needed to get our meat from, this was the part that I got to help with. As I was doing this we could hear the stag further up in the hills calling out, it was so tempting to head further up and try and find him, but we just didn’t have the time.

Skinning the deer. 

I am very keen to learn how to do this well & also gain a good understanding on how to harvest the meat. I feel I skinned it ok, but skinning an area like a back is relatively easy in my opinion – which is why I want to shoot some foxes so I can practice skinning around the faces because that is apparently the most difficult part on any animal. 
Trent then removed the back straps and removed the 2 back legs, we packed up & got ready to walk out. As we were walking out the sun was setting fairly quickly, by the time we got back to our car it was almost dark out. 

Sunsetting as we were about to leave.
Trent leading the way back to our car.
The view on our walk out…
Carrying out the 2 back legs. 

I cannot believe we got a deer, 4 days later I still look at the photos & think what?! Did that seriously happen? I don’t even care that I didn’t get to shoot it, I just was so happy to be out there. I wouldn’t have even cared if we didn’t get a thing – I just enjoyed being in the outdoors, I find it relaxing. 
This was such an important day for me, it was really kind of a trial to see if I would enjoy hunting. I knew in my soul I would – I am far to passionate about this to not enjoy it. But I have had a fair few people doubt I a) could handle the physical side of it & b) handle seeing an animal be shot. Both of those things didn’t phase me once while I was out there. The hiking part of the hunt was great, I love doing that sort of stuff. And I watched the deer being shot, to me it was very interesting & reinforced my belief that hunting when done well & responsibly isn’t cruel at all. The deer was totally unaware at what had happened & therefore not stressed. I truly believe that hunting is one of the most ethical ways to get meat, the animal isn’t stressed, they are simply minding their own business & then they are dead – no transportation, no being crammed in with other animals, no going to unfamiliar places – it is very simple & if done right, instant. 
When I was skinning the deer I wasn’t upset or grossed out by it. I feel we treated the animal as respectfully as we could & I was grateful that we were harvesting some really delicious venison to fill our freezer. Of course I felt the standard sadness out of respect for the deer, but I wasn’t upset or remorseful, it was just being respectful. 
This Red Deer may not be an impressive trophy stag, I think I’ll aim for that next year during the rut (I can dream), but she was exactly what we wanted – a perfect freezer filler.
I cannot wait to get back out there again & hopefully next time we see one I can take a shot.
I would like to thank The Open Range & Winchester Australia for providing me with my amazing Browning Hell’s Belles camo gear and Aussie Feral Game Hunters for my cap!
I also want to thank you, if you have read until the end of this post. I know this series isn’t for everyone – but this is something I am passionate about & I will continue to do. I hope if it isn’t for you you have kept an open mind & are respectful of the fact Trent & I were hunting to get meat for ourselves.
Thank you to everyone for your support!

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Housewife to Huntress; Practice update #2

Another shooting update…
on Tuesday I headed into ‘The Open Range’ for another hour of practice… At this moment we are really focusing on me getting comfortable with the .22 and really trying to improve my ridiculous eye issue, which I am finding insanely frustrating. I wink perfect with my right eye, but left just is just stupid! That’s the only way I can explain it… But I’m working on it, which is the only thing I can do really. 
After practicing with the .22 I had a few shots with the 9mm handgun. Handguns are great fun and I enjoy using them, but they aren’t something I am probably ever going to own… They are a whole different ball game after shooting with a rifle, but like I said still fun and a great stress reliever.
But rifles & shot guns are what I am focused on becoming really confident in. For use in both sport & hunting.

Time spent wasting bullets is never time wasted.
.22 shots from 25m
my pathetic target with the 9mm 
After shooting practice I came home and my youngest brother Tristan came over and helped me practice skinning on a couple rabbits. I’ve never skinned a single thing in my life before except a lab rat in biology at school, which I wasn’t meant to do… But anyway. I think I did pretty well, he was happy with how I went (I think). I didn’t really get a photo of my efforts, but next time I’ll try to remember to! 
(The reason I am learning to skin animals is because when I eventually go hunting I want to be able to shoot a fox and skin it – I think it’s a good skill to have)

On Sunday of the weekend just gone I also got to have a bit of practice with my air rifle – just a bit of plinking, nothing serious – but it is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
I also had my first kill on the weekend (if you follow me on instagram or Facebook you’ll already know this)
It was a fairly impressive kill, I have shipped it off to the taxidermist it’s that impressive. 
I did have to stalk it for a bit and when I was about 4 or so metres out I nailed it with my massive Gamo Deltamax .177. I assume it probably weighs way less than 10g (dressed), so I am pretty proud.
(Oh please if you are reading this I hope you realise it is all sarcasm.) 
I shot a pathetic toad. 

What a kill, what a trophy! 
But hey, my outlook on this is my kills can only get bigger & better from here… I doubt I could kill something smaller and more lame than this!! 

Suns out guns out…
While I practice shooting, LuLu gets to spend some time with her Ninny.
Cheeky selfie with one of my parents steers.
I am still really enjoying shooting, it is something I take very seriously and want to be incredibly great at. 
In other news I had to take my proof of I.D into my local police station last Friday, so that hopefully means my license won’t be too far away! 
At the moment I can’t transport our guns on my own, I can’t shoot them on my own & I also can’t buy my own gun – so once the license arrives I can look into getting my very own gun, which I am very excited about!
Sorry this isn’t a huge update.
But I do have 2 new shooting videos.
The first is just another plinking video from down the farm. I have no idea what was going on with the last duck when it stood back up – I swear to you those right side ducks hate me. This one is done in real time, I didn’t bother cutting out the shots I missed, just so you guys can see how I am going with shooting. It was hard getting a place to shoot down at the farm on Sunday because the grass is so thick and long. Also when shooting my air rifle, I try to either shoot from my shoulder or shoot from resting on my knee. Like I’ve said, I love my ducks and shooting them is so much fun – I really enjoy it.

The second video is just a quick one of my shooting from in at The Open Range in their indoor shooting range – I just filmed the target I was shooting. Fairly happy with my grouping. Once again this video is done in real time so you all can see how I am shooting.
If you have any advice for me, please let me know! ‘
Have a great week guys!!

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Housewife to Huntress; Practice update #1

Hey everyone!
I thought I would do a quick update on my shooting progress…
On Wednesday I had my 1st lot of practice at ‘The Open Range’ and the other weekend Trent helped me do some shooting at my parents farm…
So I’ve done a few days of shooting in the last couple weeks, but nowhere near the amount I want to be doing… I think Trent & I need to buy a farm so I can shoot daily. (In Australia you need at least 40 acres to fire a gun on) 
I am pretty impressed with my efforts, these 2 days of practice are my first proper times ever shooting a rifle. Like I’ve said I have shot a .22 before but it was nothing serious, it was just one shot here and there. 
My first day of practice with Trent I did really well, I was shooting from roughly 30m & then we went further back. I did some shots from my shoulder and some from a rest, but the rest was mainly just supporting my left elbow on the hood of my car (a picnic rug is a great makeshift rest lol). 
I also had 1 shot with Trent’s Tikka T3 .270 – which is a beautiful gun. Very big & loud, but an awesome gun and it is what I need to get comfortable using if I want to shoot deer (which I do). We had a target set up at about 300m & Trent said I got it. 
That day I also spent a fair bit of time plinking, I love my (well, Trent’s) Gamo Deltamax .177 air rifle. It is a break action & just loads of fun and it’s helping me get more accurate. The duck targets I have are awesome and you can easily lose hours just shooting them. Admittedly it can be bloody frustrating when the odd duck wont go down even though you hit it like 5 times, it’s always the right side ducks for me! If it was a real duck – it would be dead!!

First few shots through the .22 
Plinking time!

Here are some videos of my practice from that weekend…

On Wednesday my practice was again with a .22 rifle (PWS Summit bolt action). I was using a rest to shoot with but using my shoulder to hold the stock, if that makes sense. 
This practice session was held at ‘The Open Range’ in their indoor shooting range, it’s so great – I love shooting there! Getting advice from their knowledgable staff is really helping me become a better shooter too. 
I did do one target off my shoulder – I think I really need to work on my arm strength for this because I am a little bit shaky while holding the gun – apparently that is fairly normal though. 
I am having a lot of trouble closing my left eye – which is something I really need to be able to do in order to shoot right handed.
I did have a go shooting left and I can do that fine, but I am determined to shoot right – so I just have to practice, practice and practice. 
At the moment to help with this problem the safety glasses I shoot with, well – I’ve blacked out the left side and it’s really helping. I shoot pretty much perfect with it. So as soon as I correct this issue I’ll be very happy!! 
(If you have any advice at all on how to help improve my ‘eye issue’ I would love to know!)

Shooting time… 
My results from Wednesday’s practice. 
Video from my time at ‘The Open Range’…

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So I am happy at where I am at currently – clearly I am not close to the end of this journey – I still have a lot of work to do – I believe anyway! I know my accuracy is fairly decent, but I see room for improvement. My biggest thing I need to improve is my darn eye!! 

My end goals on this project are pretty much to be able to shoot a range of guns comfortably and most from my shoulder. But the very end goal is just to be able to hunt & do it well. But we will talk about this all in another post shortly!
If you have any advice for me, I would love to here it.
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Housewife to Huntress; Getting licensed to shoot…

Ok, so we all know by now that I am determined to learn to shoot well & eventually be able to hunt…
Well, before I can get my own gun or legally shoot on my own, I need my firearms license. Before you get a license in Queensland you need to take part in & pass a Firearms Safety Course. 
On Saturday the 21/March I did my safety course with Downs Protection. 

These guys were great, it wasn’t a huge class and it was really easy to follow along with because they thoroughly explained everything and made sure everyone understood each point.
The course is designed for someone that has zero gun experience or knowledge. 
There are 2 forms of assessment when it comes to passing the course, the theory test & a practical test.
The theory test is easy (well, I thought so) & it tests you on what you learnt from that class. Every question is based on what you learnt that day – nothing is based on prior knowledge. (Even though everything taught in the class I feel I already knew, my Dad & husband are big on being safe around guns. But also a lot of stuff is basic common sense.)
The prac side of the course is firing a gun, this was done at ‘The Open Range’ in their state of the art indoor shooting range. 
I assume each course is slightly different, but we had to check the gun & make sure it’s clear, load a magazine & put it in the gun & then successfully fire it twice.
Firing the gun is easy, the test isn’t assessing how well you shoot or if you are accurate, it’s testing you on if you can handle the gun safely & put into practice the skills you learnt that day.
We used a bolt action .22 – but when Trent did his course (with another company) they used a break action & a bolt action.

I apologise for the dark photos – but this is my doing the practical side of the test.

After talking to Trent & comparing our courses, the company I did my course with sounds a lot better. Our instructor had a slide show & spoke about everything so we all understood each point really well – Trent’s course wasn’t like that and he also had to sit in a hot church hall to do his & then go to an outdoor shooting range, ours was in an air conditioned classroom & then the indoor shooting range – it’s the little things people!
I’ve wanted to do this course for a long time & I am so happy I finally have done it & passed!
The courses are well worth doing if you are interested in guns and it is a legal necessary requirement if you are wishing to obtain your firearms license, another benefit that I see for doing my license besides from the fact I can buy my own guns & legally use them on my own is that Trent has his own gun, if something ever happened to him or his license I can legally take over the ownership so we don’t lose it. (If you accidentally forget to renew your license you have to have another licensed person to sign them over to until yours is renewed)
I just applied for my weapons license online (which is the easiest way to do it) – I needed to prove my change of name (from being married), my drivers license number, a copy of my Firearms course certificate, proof of my SSAA membership & you have to include a passport style photo. The whole process takes less than 15 minutes. There is a 28 day cooling off period before the license starts being processed & it normally takes about 2 months for it all to be approved, which is an incredibly long time. And then when I want to purchase my first gun, I again have to wait 28 days before I can pick it up. So in about (hopefully) 3-4 months I will have my first gun to show you all! 
If you have any questions about the course or the steps to get your firearms license feel free to contact me & I can try to help!
The company I did my course with is ‘Downs Protection’ they are based in Toowoomba and I highly recommend them. 
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Introducing Housewife to Huntress.

Hey everyone!!
So, I have a bit of an announcement for this post… 
An announcement I am super excited about…
I am sure some of you may have clued onto the fact that I am fairly keen on shooting & hunting from my last few posts (and especially if we are FB friends), but it’s something I haven’t ever had a chance to learn or do. 
But I have been given an absolutely amazing opportunity & I’ve partnered with my favourite gun store ‘The Open Range’ to bring you all an on going series of posts about my journey from being totally green with any sort of gun experience to being able to shoot well & hopefully eventually being able to go on a successful hunt (well, hunts…)
So I am very excited to introduce you all to my new series…

I am incredibly excited about this and it is truly something I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time and something I am passionate about and so determined to become very skilled in. And I am so excited to be working with ‘The Open Range’ to bring you this series! 

I am fully aware that I won’t wake up tomorrow morning and be able to shoot perfect, this is a long term thing I’ve committed myself to & it will take a lot of practice not just with a gun but also fitness, which I am super keen to do! 
So you maybe asking, why guns? Why shooting? Why hunting?
I do have a reason besides being really interested in the sport, I would love to change the stigma & stereotypes associated with hunting. I am so sick of people looking at me like I am insane or cruel because I want to learn to hunt. 
And I know it’s almost an impossible fight. But I’m willing to try.
But ultimately I do want to appeal to my female audience and explain it’s not a sport that’s cruel and senseless, it isn’t scary or dangerous if you are smart & safe, you don’t have to be rough or an overly tough girl to do it & that you can still do it & still look good 😉 
(and by good I mean classy, when I can, hopefully I can do some great hunting apparel hauls & reviews & hey, to make it fun maybe an outfit of the day post when I get to go hunting!) 
Shooting a gun isn’t hard, anyone can do it – you pull a trigger. But it does take practice to have good control of a gun & shoot accurately. And you have to be responsible because you are in control of a firearm. Being safe is the most important part of learning to shoot. I know my accuracy isn’t perfect & that’s my first goal, to get that on point. And it can take years to get amazing, but let’s pray I pick it up quickly. 
The other weapon I would eventually want to learn how to use is a compound bow. But we will focus on one thing at a time for now – maybe!
Going to a gun range and firing guns (like Trent & I did in THIS POST) is great fun & an excellent way to experience guns if you never have before, especially if you think it’s a past time you could be interested in. You do not need a license to go & you don’t even need to know how to hold a gun. If you go to ‘The Open Range’ (or somewhere similar if you aren’t local to Toowoomba) they talk you through the whole experience, teaching you correct hand placement, they will load the gun for you & talk to you while you are preparing to shoot & even give you tips on how to aim better or how to improve your accuracy. It is done in their state of the art indoor firing range  which is a safe and controlled environment. I had such a great time shooting there, I love it and it is where I will be also doing a lot of my practice! And to make it better all the guys that work at ‘The Open Range’ are really friendly and offer great advice. 
Hunting is done with a specific purpose in Australia – it is used basically as pest control. Pigs, foxes, deer, hares, wild cats & dogs & kangaroos are pests. Yes, roos are native & you do need a permit to hunt them, but they are pest to farmers. I don’t plan on going around slaughtering countless possums & koalas or other natives – because you don’t shoot those animals – I would see that as senseless. But going to a property with permission of the owner and helping them cull the pests that destroy their farming land, kill their livestock, eat the crops & ruin fencing makes perfect sense to me. If you pest control your home you have no right to whinge & bitch and say that I want to partake in a cruel sport – the goal at the end of the day is to kill the animals humanely, responsibly & quickly. It’s an added bonus that it is something I find interesting & fun. But ultimately it’s about helping the farmers. 
Another field of shooting I also want to try is clay target shooting, it’s a sport I’ve been wanting to do for years. But I have been told I’m much to little for the 12 gauge shot guns they use, but we will see… Hopefully I can do it! 🙂 
Yes I have lots and lots of goals!
Guns are dangerous, yes. That is why you need to take a firearms safety course before you apply for a gun license (I’ve just done mine with Downs Protection – look out for the blog post on that coming shortly!) & you need a license to purchase any firearm (I am in the process of applying for mine!). But when handled safely & intelligently they aren’t dangerous & can be a lot of fun. 
So at the moment when I am practicing shooting it is done so under the instruction of either Trent, my Dad or brother or at ‘The Open Range’ in their fully licensed indoor range. 
My Dad has had guns my whole life, my brother owns guns, my Uncle does & Trent does too, so being around them doesn’t make me uncomfortable or nervous, but that’s because I am confident that we are all safe & smart when handling them. Guns in the hands of foolish or bad people however are dangerous, which is why we have a licensing system in Australia to own guns, in an attempt to filter out inappropriate gun owners. 
This of course doesn’t stop bad people owning guns, but needing a drivers license doesn’t stop unlicensed drivers driving cars & causing accidents. So you can’t really judge good & safe gun owners for the irresponsible actions of a few individuals that use firearms in an unsafe manner. 
I know this series won’t be for everyone, but I encourage you to continue reading & keep an open mind. 
And if hunting isn’t necessarily for you I really encourage you to give target shooting a go – it is a lot of fun & a great hobby! 
And if you are currently in the same boat as me & just starting out to learn to shoot, share your tips with me & make sure you keep checking back because as I learn new ways to practice and new skills I plan to be posting them here! I’ll also try my best to do a few videos when I can of my progress.
Please follow my new instagram account if you are specifically interested in my shooting adventures – ‘Housewifetohuntress’ 
And never fear, Mumma tips & housewife posts will still be here too!

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Sunday Series; Let me ask you a question…

I read a question the other day that has really stuck with me…

“what would you do if you knew you were guaranteed to succeed?” 

That question honestly has not left my mind at all and at times it has made me a bit sad.

I feel I have so many goals & dreams that most likely will never be achieved in my life time, but at the same time the thought I may not achieve everything I dream of just pushes me to at least give them ago. 
So what would I do… 
  • Firstly and it’s the thing I strive to do every single day – be the very best Mother in this world. I know that it is a fairly impossible task as I will never be my Mother, but I give it everything I have and I am determined to be the best I can. I also want to be the best wife to my ability. 
  • I want to be the best version of myself I can – we develop constantly. Our interests, attitudes, likes, dislikes are constantly evolving as we pass through each season of our life – but no matter what, I just always want to remain a good person. 
  • I would want to a great Australian female hunter or at least just be able to hunt, I have had this deep desire to learn to shoot & be a hunter (either with bow or gun) for what seems like the past few years. I’ve never had the chance to go because it’s more of a thing my Dad, Trent & my brothers do – kind of a “girl free” event, but they are slowly working out I still want to go – so maybe one day I’ll get to go. I know I need to work on my accuracy a lot more – but it is a working progress & something I’ll be starting to work on very soon.
  • To go along with the goal of one day being able to hunt, I would also love to be able to skin my kills! If I kill a fox I know it may happen, as my Dad is great at it & will teach me! Ultimately I would love to learn how to do taxidermy – but not on pets (because that is creepy), just for hunting trophies! It is unlikely to happen as I don’t have the time to commit to learn something that is so incredibly hard & detailed, but – it’s a goal. (Also, I would love to learn to butcher my own meat).
  • I would move to America – I am not even joking. I have this very strong pull towards America, I honestly feel like I need to visit the South or even move there! The big touristy cities (L.A, L.V, N.Y etc) don’t interest me that much, New York would be fun, but it’s not a must see for me. Anywhere in the South would make me happy – heck I would even move to Texas. I love Australia I truly do and I know things in real life are different to how they appear online but I have a really strong urge to at least visit America – one day!! 
  • I would start a magazine. This has been something I’ve thought of for a little while, especially since becoming a Mum. No “Mummy magazines” appeal to me, I always want to buy magazines but not one jumps out at me or has anything I find interesting inside! Surely I can’t be the only one who is sick to death of the boring Mummy magazines or the trashy magazines that are packed full of lies? How about a magazines that has a good mix of interesting articles about strong women, recipes, realistic interior design tips, great articles on child development, home making suggestions & tips and fashion that appeals to regular adults? Not midriff baring crop top style hideous looks – just classy & classic fashion. 
  •  And if we are really dreaming, heck I would be a surgeon. Science & the medical field really interests me. There is no way I could ever be a nurse & being a G.P wouldn’t be ideal for me, but being a surgeon would be incredibly interesting, rewarding and would be a very respectful career. 
So they are my “unlikely to happen but hey you never know one day they might happen” goals. (Ok realistically the surgeon one will most likely never happen!) I have a few more goals that are starting but they are still developing in my mind at the moment. 
But just between you and I – I have already started work on one of these goals – I may not get to exactly where I dream, but at least I am starting!! 
(Did any of those goals surprise any of you?)
And I like to keep this thought in the back of my mind when I am doubting myself…

If you had asked me the same question back when I was 18 and fresh out of high school my answers would’ve been very different. They most likely would have been;
  • Travel everywhere, see & experience everything.
  • Be a photographer.
  • Be a journalist for either Rolling Stone or National Geographic (such a typical 18 year old dream). 
  • Or be a lawyer. 
And to be honest I did want to do journalism for a very long time, I did start it at university but surviving on your own in a town hours away from your parents & supporting yourself while dealing with a personal family matter was just too much, I couldn’t do it and I quit. I kind of hate that I quit – but at the same time I feel everything happens for a reason. I ended up working very hard and worked my way through a dodgy job up into a better job with a better position that I feel I should’ve needed a degree to do and that was doing advertising & promotions for a large company. I ran all their promotions, redesigned their whole entire store & over saw the construction of that project & hosted a successful store reopening and did a lot of media campaigns for them. I am proud of the work I have done in a short amount time, even though I know compared to others it really isn’t much. 
I also wanted to do law for what feels like my whole life, like since I was 7 & it is something I am still interested in! But the older I’ve got the more I’ve realised I don’t think that field is for me. Yes I am fairly ruthless & can argue amazingly but to me it seems like a very high stress & at times corrupt job. Not meaning you have to be corrupt to do law, but like every industry there are dodgy people & I don’t agree with that – especially when it comes to dealing with criminals. I just don’t feel like I need a stressful job – I have enough stress already! 
And with travelling I still want to, but my expectations have kind of changed. I think more now about what will benefit LuLu better instead of myself, so that is why we are waiting until she is much older until we travel – so she will remember it better. I think paying an exorbitant amount of money for an overseas holiday with a 1 year old is kind of insane, I would much prefer to go when she is older, so she can actually remember the trip! 

I think it’s great to look back at different stages of my life & see what I considered a “goal” at that point. I’m sure in 5 or 10 years my dreams will be very different again, but I guess that happens. As we mature we develop new interests & dreams – I think it all depends on the season of our life. 
But right now in this season for me, I am focused on being an amazing Mumma, wife & daughter! Anything else I achieve in during this time is an added bonus!

So what would YOU do if you knew you could not fail?
What are you dreams? 
Have a beautiful Sunday!!

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Our perfect date. {First time shooting handguns – March 2015}

A day spent wasting bullets is never a wasted day!

The other day Trent and I went on a bit of a spontaneous date! 
We dropped LuLu at my Mum’s house for a few hours so she could have some time with Ninny & we could have some time together. Initially we just had planned to go to lunch at The Cube. 

Entree & dessert. 

But after lunch we decided to head to our favourite gun store; The Open Range to look at some options for a ‘first gun’ for me. I am very keen to get a gun and I am on the look out for the “perfect one”. 
Well, after looking at some awesome guns and talking to the always helpful staff, we decided it would be fun to try out a few handguns in the shooting range. 
So we were all set to go and argh!! We realised we didn’t have closed in shoes on – so we rushed to good ol’ Target and picked up some shoes and raced on back. 
This was our first time ever shooting handguns, Trent owns a really beautiful & big hunting rifle & is a very good hunter, I’ve shot my Dad’s smaller rifles before, but never anything serious – just pointless shooting trees at the farm, so I’ve never done a lot of shooting. But that isn’t by choice, I am so keen to go hunting! One day, one day I’ll get to go! I also really want to learn how to shoot clay targets – I think that would be a very fun hobby. 
So anyway, this was our first time with handguns – Dave (from The Open Range) went through how to use the guns with us and then it was my turn! 
The first gun I got to try out was a 9mm handgun (the same gun the police use), it was a bit nerve wracking pulling the trigger the first time only because I had no idea how it would feel/kick back etc. But it was fine, that gun was really easy to shoot & handle. 

9mm handgun. 

Secondly was a .357 revolver – using a revolver made me feel like I was in the wild west about to have a duel! 

.357 revolver 

Then Trent tried a .44 magnum revolver and I also had a few shots with that gun, I really liked that one and it did ‘”kick back” a lot, but not once did I feel I was going to drop it or lose control of it. 

.44 magnum revolver. 

Trent finished off our session with a .44 magnum Desert Eagle, I didn’t use this gun because I felt it was a bit to heavy for me but Trent liked it, on his very last shot with it he got a bullseye! 

Trent shooting the Desert Eagle. 

Trent’s target looks a lot better and much more accurate than mine, but as I was reminded by Trent & also Dave – this was my first time shooting “at something” and also my first time with a handgun, so thinking of it that way I am very proud of my target and I think I did great! 

Trent’s target is on the left and mine is the right side. 

Shooting those guns was such a fun experience for us both, we both are really into guns & hunting so it was perfect for us and an awesome ending to our date! 
If you are stuck for a unique date idea or even a gift for your partner (or anyone), I think a trip to the shooting range would be fantastic! Even if shooting isn’t normally your thing, doing something to step out of your comfort zone is so great. It gives you such an adrenaline rush & you leave with such a buzz! I was so proud afterwards, I couldn’t wait to tell my Dad what I had done & he was impressed I shot a .44 magnum handgun, it was once the biggest handgun in the world – it isn’t anymore, but it’s still a pretty big gun and I managed to hit my target with it! 

If you live in Toowoomba – I highly suggest you head to The Open Range, it is a business owned by a couple of local guys and their new store is awesome! It is so spacious and really well laid out & they have a huge range of stock and the staff are always very helpful and knowledgable. I say they are my favourite ‘gun store’* in the area because last year when I was shopping around for Trent’s birthday present (his gun, well actually I was just buying the accessories for it, he got to go pick the gun) not one other store in town would help me, but these guys did. They didn’t make me feel stupid for not knowing exactly what I was looking for and they recommended really great products that Trent was very happy with. And they are always friendly to LuLu! She loves visiting The Open Range – they have some amazing trophies on the walls she loves to look at! 
So when I say they are my favourite store, I am not lying – they really are great!
I am hoping to go back and shoot a few more guns in the near future and hopefully I can convince one of my best friends to come with me!! 🙂 
(Also ladies, if you are worried about the gun hurting you or being to small or weak – I am just over 5ft & weigh just over 40kg – if I can do it – you can do it!!)

Below is a short video of Trent & I shooting the guns. 

  I hope you all enjoyed this post and it inspired you to go out and try something different! This truly was an ideal date for Trent and I, good food & guns! 
What is your idea of a perfect date?

Our souvenirs from our date!

*This is NOT a sponsored post – all opinions are my own & I am not being paid in anyway for this post.