All Hail The Queens of the Forest!
The human instinct may very well be the most powerful force in the universe! Deep in our most intimate, wildly pulsating realm of consciousness and beyond, mankind is blessed with pure urges of spiritual adventure, the non-road never traveled, survival, independence, self-sufficiency and rugged life, liberty and pursuit of individual happiness autonomy.
Those of us who continue to hunt in the modern world retain these pure instincts as we call upon them in our indefatigable drive to live life to the fullest as hands-on participants in God’s ever-loving, always fascinating, miraculous creation.
I celebrate this phenomenon most clearly at the campfires I share with great Americans throughout the hunting season every year, and a most welcome dynamic growing annually is the exciting increase in women on the hunt (for game, not men).
When I met my soulmate Shemane 33 years ago in the wilds of Detroit, Michigan, I immediately knew that she was The One!
A fiercely physical force, she had never hunted, fired a gun or touched a bow and arrow in her first 25 years of life, but I just knew she would love the outdoor, shooting, hunting lifestyle with a passion.
And so, the physics of spirituality journey began!
As a champion motocross maniac, state champion swimmer and all around tough as nails tomboy, she naturally and quickly latched on to these Samurai martial art methodologies post-haste, with aplomb.
As statistics prove, the fastest expanding demographic in the outdoor world is indeed the female of the species. I believe that the same, ultimate instinct of motherhood coincides with the natural hunting instincts to provide, protect and feed the tribe.
And everyone knows that some of the best shots and best hunters in the world happen to be women!
It is the purity of focus that assists them into avoiding the psycho baggage of the male species and naturally and effortlessly zero right in on the fundamentals of our sport.
There is also no question whatsoever that the success or our Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild TV show for 33 years is a direct result of Shemane’s effervescence, believability and glowing intellectual pragmatism that embodies the hunting lifestyle.
Everybody loves the Queen of the Forest!
When Shemane picks up her Mathews bow, I sharpen my Cold Steel knives, knowing all too well that fresh meat will hit the ground very soon.
We see the most welcome promotion of our hunting lifestyle by the husband and wife teams that host so many hunting TV shows, and we salute them emphatically. There is no question that there is something incredibly intriguing and alluring when we see a female in the wild, stalking game.
Forever the outdoor sports were the near exclusive realm of men, and it is a monumental upgrade for our sport and conservation to include the gals.
We should all salute and thank these pioneering women for joining our ranks, and do everything in our power to invite and welcome all the women in our lives to share the Spirit Campfires of the wild.
The Queen of the Forest lives!