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Brenda Valentine Continues to Promote the Outdoors, Hunting & NWTF

Recent Stop was in Ohio

September 23, 2015
By Brenda Layman , Ohio Valley Outdoors

EDITOR's NOTE: This is a short version by the author on Brenda Valentine's recent appearance in Carrollton, OH, with a full story running in the Winter issue of Ohio Valley Outdoors magazine. Due on newsstands Dec. 7.

Brenda Valentine is an accomplished hunter, a veteran of both Bass Pro Shops Pro Hunting Team and the PSE Archery Team, and a former Spokesperson for Women in the Outdoors. She is presently Co-Spokesperson, along with Michael Waddell, for the National Wild Turkey Federation. She appeared at a NWTF Women in the Outdoors weekend held September 11-13 at FFA Camp Muskingum near Carrollton, Ohio.

"Michael and I represent two age groups and two genders," said Valentine. "That allows us to make connections with all the membership."

Article Photos

Two Brendas, Brenda Valentine (on left) and Brenda Layman (author of this article) met for the first time at the NWTF Becoming an Outdoors Women event earlier this month.
- Photo by Mark Layman

Valentine travels weekly in her work for NWTF, attending banquets, Wounded Warrior gatherings, JAKES events, Women in the Outdoors weekends, and visiting NWTF chapters all over the United States. Her bright smile and enthusiasm help her share the message that hunting is a positive and productive way of life. She wants everyone who participates in hunting, fishing, and sustainable living to help get the word out.

"We've got to keep the truth out there," she said. "Save the Habitat, Save the Hunt."

She pointed out that the fastest growing segment of hunters is female. She says that visibility has helped more women to feel comfortable exploring outdoor sports such as hunting, fishing, and archery, and that the industry has responded with more female-specific clothing and gear.

For many men and women, hunting is more than a sport; it's a lifestyle. Valentine works hard to spread the word that hunting is a natural and important part of wildlife management and conservation. It's also part of an attitude toward living that includes bringing home wild game for meat, growing and preserving vegetables, making and fixing things for self and family, and respecting the relationship between people and nature. She grew up in a rural area of Tennessee, and her family depended upon small game for their meals.

"We raised corn, tobacco, and hogs. We lived primarily on squirrel, coon, and birds," she said. "The earth offers a full banquet. We can take advantage of that without depleting it. We can do the stuff our grandparents and great-grandparents did."

Attendees at the Women in the Outdoors event learned several of these skills, including campfire cooking, making soap, making cheese, dressing game, and home perseveration and canning. Among a wide selection of workshops, participants also had the chance to practice shooting handguns, rifles, and shotguns and to try their hands on the archery range.

Valentine explained that hunters not only help protect our natural spaces financially by purchasing tags and licenses and by helping maintain a healthy balance of wildlife, but they bring home natural protein that has not been treated with chemicals during the raising of livestock or processing of the meat. She stopped to chat with one of the workshop leaders who had bagged a trophy buck the year before. Her warmth and supportive nature shone through as she listened to the woman describe the successful hunt.

Valentine is a great example of someone who loves, lives, and promotes hunting and the outdoor life.

 
 

 

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