Female Shooters in Mind |

Women are participating in shooting and hunting sports more than ever before. Female shooters have uniquely different needs than the traditional male shooter. This section is dedicated to female shooters and discusses gun safety storage, tips on long-range shooting, ergonomically designed gunstocks, accessory highlights for female shooters, and more. 


Length Of Pull Options Growing up learning on your dad or mom's rifle you may have experienced issues properly placing your cheek on the comb, seeing through the scope while maintaining cheek weld, or any of the other numerous issues with an ill fitted firearm. Customize your rifle to fit your body using our length of pull adjustments. Check out how to measure your length of pull at home: "How to Size Your Firearm to Fit Your Body: Measuring Length of Pull".

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How To Fit Your Firearm: Measuring Length of Pull

Learn from the best,  Randy Boyd shows how to measure length of pull so that you can order a custom stock designed just for you. A properly sized firearm is key to an optimal shooting experience. Boyds offers length of pull options from 12 3/4" - 14 3/4". 


Boyds Gunstocks: Spike Camp Overview

Spike Camp the ambidextrous, essentials-only gunstock that weighs merely 2.5 LBS. Stripped down to the essential basics for a lightweight, affordable option but a highly functional premium hardwood gunstock ideal for both experienced and first-time female shooters. Spike Camp is a great choice for lady shooters as it's comfortable lightweight design is perfect for hitting the range or packing in for a backwoods hunt. The Spike Camp is available in most makes and models, and in a multitude of colors to compliment your gun, add uniqueness with laser engraving patterns and initials.

Spike Camp Gunstock Royal Hardwood Laminate

Boyds At-One

Boyds popular design the At-One Thumbhole is another great option for the female shooter, ambidextrous with length of pull and comb height adjustments. Get the perfect fit in all environments for all sizes. Available in most makes and models, and in a multitude of colors to compliment your gun, add uniqueness with laser engraving patterns and initials; don't forget to check out the original At-One also! 

 

At-One Thumbhole Gunstock Applejack Hardwood Laminate

At-One Stock Improves Your Accuracy

Our all new At-One shotgun stocks improve comfort and accuracy for all shooters. Whether you are breaking clays at the range or putting the bead on a long beard, the At-One's one button adjustable comb and butt pad will keep you aligned for the prefect shot. 

At-One Stock Provides a Custom Fit

Our new At-One adjustable stock offers a custom fit for everyone.
- American Made
- One button comb and butt pad adjustment
- Top-grade hardwoods and laminates
- Interchangeable grip and forend

At-One Components | Customize your Boyds At-One with hydro-dipped grip sets and an upgraded recoil pad for added comfort. Showcased below Pink Camo Dip Target Set, Candy Pink Forend Grip Set, and the Kick-Eez 1" Pad. These are a few of the many options listed on the Accessories page.

Boyds Featherweight Thumbhole, our lightest design yet at 2.3 LBS, with a traditionalist look. The Featherweight Thumbhole is an ideal choice for shooters with hiking in mind. Available in both left and right hand configurations. 

Featherweight Thumbhole Gunstock Blackjack Hardwood Laminate

Helpful Tips For Installation

Boyds YouTube: .243 Build

Even a kid can do it themselves, see how easy it is to affordably upgrade your favorite rifle and improve accuracy with your favorite Boyds gunstock.

Boyds YouTube: .17 Build

See just how easy it is to improve the looks and accuracy of your favorite .17 with a new Boyd's stock!


All Environment Accessories & Options

Sometimes the terrain isn't friendly and tight spots are precarious, Boyds Accessories are here to help. Make your stock unique and one-of-a-kind by adding custom laser engraving. Shopping for someone can be stressful, make life easy with a Boyds Gift card. 


Shooting Guides & Tips

Beginner Shooter's & Hunter's Guides | New to the sport? Make sure to check out The Ultimate Beginner's HandbookHow to Get Better at Target Shooting, and clothing tips for hunters. Even seasoned shooters and hunters can use guides as a great refresher course, check out How to Get a Hunting License and PermitHunter Safety Courses by StateTips for Taking Kids Hunting, and How to avoid Hunting Disasters

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Tips for New Trap Shooters

In this episode of Beyond Stock, Dusty chats with Kim, a newbie female shooter, about key points that are sure to help beginning trap shooters.


Boyds Blog By Female Authors

Get tips and advice straight from other experienced female shooters on our Blog page!

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Tips for Taking Kids Hunting

Jul 10, 2018, 15:18 PM by Shantel Somerlott
For parents and veteran hunters alike, taking kids hunting can be one of the most rewarding experiences in outdoor life. For many, growing up learning to hunt was as natural as learning to tie their shoes or ride a bike. For others, the option to go hunting as a kid (for any number of reasons) simply didn’t exist. But, when many of those same youngsters were exposed to hunting as adults, they fell in love with the sport and became hooked for life.

6 Pro Tips for Hunting with Kids

For parents and veteran hunters alike, taking kids hunting can be one of the most rewarding experiences in outdoor life. For many, growing up learning to hunt was as natural as learning to tie their shoes or ride a bike.  For others, the option to go hunting as a kid (for any number of reasons) simply didn’t exist. But, when many of those same youngsters were exposed to hunting as adults, they fell in love with the sport and became hooked for life. 

In a lucky twist of fate, I grew up a member of the first group. I went on my first dove hunt before I was big enough to shoot a gun. I sat right next to my dad on my own little dove stool, and enthusiastically played the part of retriever for his downed birds. I was 8 or 9 when I got my first gun, and still remember every detail about my first successful deer hunt. 

Kids Hunting Toddler
Trying out my dad’s snake boots long before I got my first pair!

In fact, it’s not uncommon for me to encounter fellow hunters twice my age, but with half the experience. Almost every one of says the same thing – “It’s so great you grew up doing this with your dad. I wish I’d exposed to this as a kid!” 

Should you take kids hunting?

So, if you ever wonder to yourself whether you should take kids hunting, the answer is (almost) always, YES! (More on the “almost” below.)

Hunting instills knowledge and teaches skills that have ripple effects across many sectors of life. Aside from the obvious points of safety and self-protection, hunting fosters a particular sense of self that stems directly from working hard and spending time outdoors. Hunting, after all, takes practice, patience, and persistence – three facets of hard work that will stay with you through adulthood. 

Kids Hunting Hughes Youth Hunt

Hunting is often a social sport – gathering with fellow bird hunters to gear up before heading to the duck blind or sharing stories of elusive bucks around the fire at deer camp. It promotes a certain camaraderie that brings people from all walks of life together with a collective interest. Whether you’re a doctor or a janitor, an athlete or in a wheelchair, hunting can level the playing field in pursuit of a common goal. Hunters respect each other and passing on those sentiments to youth hunters is one of the best parts of being a hunter. 

Kids Hunting In the Pond
Working as a group to get the decoy spread packed up.

Last, but certainly not least, hunting teaches kids about conservation and the natural world around us. From wildlife rules and regulations to the ecosystem itself, there is a never-ending pool of vital knowledge, and hunting helps to offer amazing hands-on learning. 

1. Select the Right Age to Begin Hunting

Ah, the golden question. How early is too early? What ages are appropriate for what hunting trips? These are questions that run through parents’ minds as they introduce their wee ones to the sport, and the reason I said almost always take them hunting. 

The not-so-short answer is that it varies depending on the game you chase and the type of hunt you’re on. Ultimately, some hunts just aren’t great for kids and the poor experience can ruin hunting for them all together before they even get started. But, one awesome experience can kick off a life-long interest.

Kids Hunting First Duck

A long trek across snow-covered mountains probably isn’t the best choice for a 5th grader. But if the child has grown up hiking and is familiar with mountainous terrain, then they may have an incredible time. I grew up in hot, humid South Carolina, so a late-summer dove hunt in a dusty, sunbaked field was just another day outside. My dad started off by taking me on fun hunts in pleasant weather, so I never associated hunting with being uncomfortable or out of my comfort zone. But, if you’d dropped me on that cold mountain and told me to hike in a few miles before starting to hunt, you can bet I’d have a different attitude. 

Kids Hunting Hollis Argentina Trip
It wasn’t long before I was spending all day in the dove field in Argentina, shooting more than 1,500 rounds per day.

The short answer is, you know your kid, so you make the ultimate call. Bear in mind their physical stamina and attention span, and tailor the hunt accordingly. 

2. Pay Attention to Safety

When it comes to safety and hunting, it all starts with YOU. 

You can never be too safe - kids will be watching what you do and will likely imitate your actions. With that, set a good example – be overly cautious with you your gun, even if you’ve been handling firearms for decades.

For example, checking the safety on my shotgun or rifle is second nature to me. It’s a virtually subconscious movement after so many years, and I’ve practiced doing it discretely so as not to alarm approaching game. As a result, the motion of checking it may not even be noticeable to someone unfamiliar with guns. Make it an obvious and deliberate movement while you are hunting with a kid and show them you are doing so. 

Also, don’t just hand them the gun and head on your merry way to hunt. Let them practice with the gun ahead of time – first holding it and getting used to its weight, then the process of shooting, followed by actually shooting it. 

Stressing the importance of muzzle direction is crucial. Instill in them from the beginning to always treat a gun like it is loaded, even if it is not. It’s easy for a kid to get overly excited when they see a flight of ducks coming towards the blind, and accidents can happen far too easily if they don’t understand (or remember) proper gun care.

Kids Hunting Hollis and Foster

Shooting practice is also key – a child could end up with a black eye or, worse still, they could even lose grip of the gun entirely if they aren’t used to the recoil or at least expecting it. 

Start off holding the gun for them getting in and out of the stand, and even while in it, until they get more comfortable with handling it themselves. Make sure they 100% know how to use it and are comfortable doing so before their first shot at game. I still get buck fever after taking dozens of deer and passing on even more, and I know I’m not the only experienced hunter to feel that way. Imagine being 10 and seeing those same deer for the first time!

3. Keep Kids Entertained During Downtime

No matter how much preparation you do before a hunt, you will inevitably encounter those slow hunts when nothing is happening. Hunting is often a waiting game, after all. Downtime entertainment can make or break a hunt, especially for excited and energetic kids. 

But, don’t jump straight to phone or tablet games. To this day, I often bring something to do in case I get bored – from reading, to tackling a crossword puzzle book. Both are great options for kids, too. You can also come up with different games to play, like I Spy or “Nature Bingo” to keep them entertained but still learning. Even snacks can keep them occupied for a little bit. 

Kids Hunting In the Pond
Working as a group to get the decoy spread packed up

4. Bring Extra Supplies for Kids

What should you bring along on these youth hunts? Invariably, kids will forget something – it’s in their nature. Just to be safe, bring back ups of the basics – hat, gloves, and facemask. Kids are often fidgety, and its only exacerbated if they are uncomfortable, so a spare cushion or seat is a good idea, too. In the same vein, whenever I guide youth hunts, I make sure to bring plenty of water and snacks. If you are hunting in cold weather, bring extra hot hands, since children get cold more easily than adults. If it’s hot out, I make sure to have bug spray or a ThermaCell. 

Kids Hunting Wear Extra Layers
We both needed all of the warm clothes we could get on this icy youth duck hunt I guided last year.

5. Always Carry a First Aid Kit

Kids are inherently accident-prone and often careless, so be prepared to address some minor first aid issues. As a general rule of thumb, I bring small first aid kit with me on longer hunts, which is usually all you need to mend a scraped knee or thorn-poked hand in the field. 

6. Remember to Have Fun & Be Supportive

When it comes to hunting, having fun is a top priority. It should be enjoyable for all parties – young and old, seasoned and novice. Just because you love to hunt, doesn’t mean every kid will, and pushing him or her too hard can put a damper on the entire experience. Let them learn at their own pace and come to enjoy it naturally. 

Moreover, don’t pressure a youth hunter to take a shot they aren’t ready to take. Taking an animal is different in a kid’s mind, and they often struggle with it both before pulling the trigger and after. Don’t get upset if they miss a shot or freeze up and can’t even pull the trigger. Use it as a teaching moment and let them know that it is absolutely acceptable to pass on game, and even the best hunters in the world miss eventually! Disappointment is a part of hunting – if you haven’t experienced it, you haven’t hunted enough! As long as kids are enjoying themselves, and learning in the process, you can call the hunt a success. 

Kids Hunting Group Shot
Two youths on an epic duck hunt that not one of us will soon forget.

When it comes to taking kids hunting, the bottom line is be safe, be smart, and have fun.


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Tips for Taking Kids Hunting

Jul 10, 2018, 15:18 PM by Shantel Somerlott
For parents and veteran hunters alike, taking kids hunting can be one of the most rewarding experiences in outdoor life. For many, growing up learning to hunt was as natural as learning to tie their shoes or ride a bike. For others, the option to go hunting as a kid (for any number of reasons) simply didn’t exist. But, when many of those same youngsters were exposed to hunting as adults, they fell in love with the sport and became hooked for life.

6 Pro Tips for Hunting with Kids

For parents and veteran hunters alike, taking kids hunting can be one of the most rewarding experiences in outdoor life. For many, growing up learning to hunt was as natural as learning to tie their shoes or ride a bike.  For others, the option to go hunting as a kid (for any number of reasons) simply didn’t exist. But, when many of those same youngsters were exposed to hunting as adults, they fell in love with the sport and became hooked for life. 

In a lucky twist of fate, I grew up a member of the first group. I went on my first dove hunt before I was big enough to shoot a gun. I sat right next to my dad on my own little dove stool, and enthusiastically played the part of retriever for his downed birds. I was 8 or 9 when I got my first gun, and still remember every detail about my first successful deer hunt. 

Kids Hunting Toddler
Trying out my dad’s snake boots long before I got my first pair!

In fact, it’s not uncommon for me to encounter fellow hunters twice my age, but with half the experience. Almost every one of says the same thing – “It’s so great you grew up doing this with your dad. I wish I’d exposed to this as a kid!” 

Should you take kids hunting?

So, if you ever wonder to yourself whether you should take kids hunting, the answer is (almost) always, YES! (More on the “almost” below.)

Hunting instills knowledge and teaches skills that have ripple effects across many sectors of life. Aside from the obvious points of safety and self-protection, hunting fosters a particular sense of self that stems directly from working hard and spending time outdoors. Hunting, after all, takes practice, patience, and persistence – three facets of hard work that will stay with you through adulthood. 

Kids Hunting Hughes Youth Hunt

Hunting is often a social sport – gathering with fellow bird hunters to gear up before heading to the duck blind or sharing stories of elusive bucks around the fire at deer camp. It promotes a certain camaraderie that brings people from all walks of life together with a collective interest. Whether you’re a doctor or a janitor, an athlete or in a wheelchair, hunting can level the playing field in pursuit of a common goal. Hunters respect each other and passing on those sentiments to youth hunters is one of the best parts of being a hunter. 

Kids Hunting In the Pond
Working as a group to get the decoy spread packed up.

Last, but certainly not least, hunting teaches kids about conservation and the natural world around us. From wildlife rules and regulations to the ecosystem itself, there is a never-ending pool of vital knowledge, and hunting helps to offer amazing hands-on learning. 

1. Select the Right Age to Begin Hunting

Ah, the golden question. How early is too early? What ages are appropriate for what hunting trips? These are questions that run through parents’ minds as they introduce their wee ones to the sport, and the reason I said almost always take them hunting. 

The not-so-short answer is that it varies depending on the game you chase and the type of hunt you’re on. Ultimately, some hunts just aren’t great for kids and the poor experience can ruin hunting for them all together before they even get started. But, one awesome experience can kick off a life-long interest.

Kids Hunting First Duck

A long trek across snow-covered mountains probably isn’t the best choice for a 5th grader. But if the child has grown up hiking and is familiar with mountainous terrain, then they may have an incredible time. I grew up in hot, humid South Carolina, so a late-summer dove hunt in a dusty, sunbaked field was just another day outside. My dad started off by taking me on fun hunts in pleasant weather, so I never associated hunting with being uncomfortable or out of my comfort zone. But, if you’d dropped me on that cold mountain and told me to hike in a few miles before starting to hunt, you can bet I’d have a different attitude. 

Kids Hunting Hollis Argentina Trip
It wasn’t long before I was spending all day in the dove field in Argentina, shooting more than 1,500 rounds per day.

The short answer is, you know your kid, so you make the ultimate call. Bear in mind their physical stamina and attention span, and tailor the hunt accordingly. 

2. Pay Attention to Safety

When it comes to safety and hunting, it all starts with YOU. 

You can never be too safe - kids will be watching what you do and will likely imitate your actions. With that, set a good example – be overly cautious with you your gun, even if you’ve been handling firearms for decades.

For example, checking the safety on my shotgun or rifle is second nature to me. It’s a virtually subconscious movement after so many years, and I’ve practiced doing it discretely so as not to alarm approaching game. As a result, the motion of checking it may not even be noticeable to someone unfamiliar with guns. Make it an obvious and deliberate movement while you are hunting with a kid and show them you are doing so. 

Also, don’t just hand them the gun and head on your merry way to hunt. Let them practice with the gun ahead of time – first holding it and getting used to its weight, then the process of shooting, followed by actually shooting it. 

Stressing the importance of muzzle direction is crucial. Instill in them from the beginning to always treat a gun like it is loaded, even if it is not. It’s easy for a kid to get overly excited when they see a flight of ducks coming towards the blind, and accidents can happen far too easily if they don’t understand (or remember) proper gun care.

Kids Hunting Hollis and Foster

Shooting practice is also key – a child could end up with a black eye or, worse still, they could even lose grip of the gun entirely if they aren’t used to the recoil or at least expecting it. 

Start off holding the gun for them getting in and out of the stand, and even while in it, until they get more comfortable with handling it themselves. Make sure they 100% know how to use it and are comfortable doing so before their first shot at game. I still get buck fever after taking dozens of deer and passing on even more, and I know I’m not the only experienced hunter to feel that way. Imagine being 10 and seeing those same deer for the first time!

3. Keep Kids Entertained During Downtime

No matter how much preparation you do before a hunt, you will inevitably encounter those slow hunts when nothing is happening. Hunting is often a waiting game, after all. Downtime entertainment can make or break a hunt, especially for excited and energetic kids. 

But, don’t jump straight to phone or tablet games. To this day, I often bring something to do in case I get bored – from reading, to tackling a crossword puzzle book. Both are great options for kids, too. You can also come up with different games to play, like I Spy or “Nature Bingo” to keep them entertained but still learning. Even snacks can keep them occupied for a little bit. 

Kids Hunting In the Pond
Working as a group to get the decoy spread packed up

4. Bring Extra Supplies for Kids

What should you bring along on these youth hunts? Invariably, kids will forget something – it’s in their nature. Just to be safe, bring back ups of the basics – hat, gloves, and facemask. Kids are often fidgety, and its only exacerbated if they are uncomfortable, so a spare cushion or seat is a good idea, too. In the same vein, whenever I guide youth hunts, I make sure to bring plenty of water and snacks. If you are hunting in cold weather, bring extra hot hands, since children get cold more easily than adults. If it’s hot out, I make sure to have bug spray or a ThermaCell. 

Kids Hunting Wear Extra Layers
We both needed all of the warm clothes we could get on this icy youth duck hunt I guided last year.

5. Always Carry a First Aid Kit

Kids are inherently accident-prone and often careless, so be prepared to address some minor first aid issues. As a general rule of thumb, I bring small first aid kit with me on longer hunts, which is usually all you need to mend a scraped knee or thorn-poked hand in the field. 

6. Remember to Have Fun & Be Supportive

When it comes to hunting, having fun is a top priority. It should be enjoyable for all parties – young and old, seasoned and novice. Just because you love to hunt, doesn’t mean every kid will, and pushing him or her too hard can put a damper on the entire experience. Let them learn at their own pace and come to enjoy it naturally. 

Moreover, don’t pressure a youth hunter to take a shot they aren’t ready to take. Taking an animal is different in a kid’s mind, and they often struggle with it both before pulling the trigger and after. Don’t get upset if they miss a shot or freeze up and can’t even pull the trigger. Use it as a teaching moment and let them know that it is absolutely acceptable to pass on game, and even the best hunters in the world miss eventually! Disappointment is a part of hunting – if you haven’t experienced it, you haven’t hunted enough! As long as kids are enjoying themselves, and learning in the process, you can call the hunt a success. 

Kids Hunting Group Shot
Two youths on an epic duck hunt that not one of us will soon forget.

When it comes to taking kids hunting, the bottom line is be safe, be smart, and have fun.


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Kids Hunting Wear Extra Layers

NRA WOMEN BOYDS AT-ONE
NRA WOMEN

Our fellow shooting sports enthusiasts over at NRA Women featured Boyds Hardwood Gunstocks in their latest article. They cover stock options, cost, and how to order. Check it out, Click Here!


Female Hunting & Shooting Idols

TEXAS BLACKBUCK AMANDA
Our very own Sales Coordinator, Amanda! She took a trip to see Pigman TV down in Texas and while she was there she snagged this awesome Blackbuck! She took it down with a Boyds Classic stock in Coyote laminate with Multi-Point Checkering laser engravings. Great shootin', Amanda!

Our good friend Kat Haas with Kat Haas Outdoors has quite the hunting story to share. She took down a Colorado Pronghorn buck while she was 5 1/2 months pregnant! She was already an amazing hunter and writer, but she's truly outdone herself this time!

Head over to Shwat.com or Click Here to read the full article on her experience!

Kat Haas Outdoors Colorado Pronghorn

Female Youth Idols

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KENLI DUMAS 4H SMALL BORE
4H CHAMPION

This outstanding female shooter is our next generation Female Hunting & Shooting Idol! Last month in Nebraska at the 4-H National Championships, Kenli Dumas from Louisiana took 2nd place in Overall Individual Small Bore Rifle and was part of the team that took 1st place in Overall Team Small Bore Rifle. She won using two Boyds Gunstocks! Keep up the great work, Kenli! We know you'll go far and can't wait to see all your future accomplishments.


Congratulations to all other competitors and shout out to all members of Kenli's team! Thank you for keeping the shooting sports tradition alive.