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Monday, September 1, 2014

Why failure is good - a column for Shotgun Life

Whenever I work with new shooters or hunters who want to get into duck hunting, I always work really hard to lower their expectations. Shooting clays is hard enough; shooting ducks that move faster and can change course instantly can be almost impossible for the newbie.

It turns out that embracing failure is really good for your brain, and my latest column for Shotgun Life explains why.

And here's a fun postscript you won't see in the column: Minutes after I sent that tale of epic failure to my editor, I got an email from someone submitting a hunting photo for the magazine I edit, California Waterfowl. The caption - with names changed, of course - said this:

Bobby Jones, age 14 attended the 2014 Youth Hunt at the Quack Quack Duck Club and took
a full limit of seven ducks while only firing nine rounds.  This was Bobby's first duck hunt.

OMG.

Sigh.

© Holly A. Heyser 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Blue-Billed Mallard - a video for California Waterfowl

I have been super excited about doing this video, because it's just a really cool story about a hybrid duck California Waterfowl banded in 2012, and the boy who shot that bird. Check it out:
© Holly A. Heyser 2014

Friday, August 1, 2014

Making it work - a column for Shotgun Life

If you're a bird hunter, you know damn well what you have to do to stay sharp: When you're not hunting, you MUST shoot clays. A lot. Kinda like if you want to lose weight, you have to exercise. A lot.

Four years ago, I did just that over the summer (shoot, not exercise - that's another issue) and I had my best season yet. This year, I discovered how to get my groove back, and that, my friends, is the topic of my latest column in Shotgun Life.

© Holly A. Heyser 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Yep, we do all that - a video for (and about) California Waterfowl

Even after a full year at my new job as magazine editor for California Waterfowl, I wake up every day excited about, and proud of, what we do.

So when my boss tasked me with producing a video that encapsulates the wide range of our organization's accomplishments, I was stoked. It was an extraordinary amount of work, but I think the result shows pretty clearly everything that makes me so proud to work for CWA.

Enjoy! And if you're not yet a member, I hope this will convince you to join, which you can do here.


© Holly A. Heyser 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014

This ain't your daddy's hunter ed class - a video for California Waterfowl

You could take a regular hunter education class if you were ready to start hunting.

But why would you do that when you could do something like this instead?

I shot this video at California Waterfowl's Family Camp in June, one of many hunter ed camps we do at our property in the Suisun Marsh, Grizzly Ranch. At this one, kids and their parents go through hunter ed together, but we've also got kids-only camps, adult-only camps, women's camps - you name it.

This was incredibly fun to shoot - didn't even feel like I was working. Check it out, and if you know someone who's ready to start hunting, please share it with him or her - there's still time to sign up for more camps this summer.


© Holly A. Heyser 2014