Editor’s Note: This unique organization, Babes, Bullets, and Broadheads (BBB) was started by three moms who hunt with rifles, muzzleloaders and bows. All three of these ladies - Beverly Sisk, Amanda Chance and Crissy Springer - started hunting as soon as they could walk when their families took them hunting. Today, these ladies take their children hunting. Some years ago, these ladies were aware that somebody should be working to promote women and children in the outdoors, and they decided this would be their mission in life. BBBs host women-only hunts throughout the year, promote and take children hunting and participate in other organizations’ activities to get more women and children involved in hunting sports.
Crissy Springer: I had been organizing some women-only hunts for “Woman Hunter Magazine” that ceased publication 2-years ago. Beverly talked to me about the need she felt for organizing more hunts for women and children. She and I both agreed that this was a project we both wanted to do. Amanda was in the middle of the mix with the two of us. As we struggled about what to call this organization, we asked ourselves, “What do we all have in common?” Well, we all were women, we hunted with bows and with guns, we all had children who hunted, and we all three recognized a need for creating more hunting opportunities for women and children. So we came up with Babes, Bullets and Broadheads – a title that explains who we are and what we do.
Beverly Sisk: Right now, while being interviewed over the phone for this Mossy Oak blog, I'm at a sporting-goods shop buying arrows for my recurve bow. Although I've shot a compound bow all my life, I want to learn to shoot and hunt with a recurve bow. We’re all trying to expand our knowledge of hunting and using a wide variety of different hunting methods. All three of us are part of the Mossy Oak Pro Staff, and we've developed field-staff members from all over the country. We have 32-field staff ladies from Seattle, Washington, to Delaware and throughout many of the southern states. As field-staff members, these ladies work with us and with other conservation and hunting organizations to promote hunting to women and children in the outdoors.
Our organization sponsors six women-only hunts per year. Then each one of us takes new hunters one-on-one hunting with us. We teach them gun safety, how to enjoy the outdoors and how to hunt. The three of us and our field staff work together and independently to take women and children hunting like our Turkeys for Teens hunt. Also, we help other organizations that put on hunts for children. We want to continue to grow Babes, Bullets and Broadheads until that term and that organization becomes a household name.
We see a growing need for providing access to hunting for women and children. Mossy Oak has identified and recognized that there are a huge number of women and young people who want to learn about hunting and participate in hunting who may not have the resources and the opportunities to go hunting. So, Mossy Oak is helping us get our message out and helping us get involved with more women and children who want to hunt or want to learn about hunting, but who don’t know how to take that first step. Babes, Bullets and Broadheads wants to be a part of finding these women and children. We want to help them develop their skills to become hunters and go on hunts where there’s not pressure to perform. Because our families have taught us the value of hunting, and we've taught our children the value of hunting, we believe we have a great responsibility to provide an opportunity to other women and children who haven’t been as fortunate as us to have outdoor mentors. I guess to sum it all up, Babes, Bullets and Broadheads has charted its course to mentor women and young people in hunting and outdoor skills.
Springer: In the last couple of years, our organization has grown by leaps and bounds. Our challenge is to let more people know who we are, what we do, and why we do it. We encourage our field staff ladies to work with the National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited and any sportsman and conservation organization that offers outreach programs for women and children. In the future, we hope to be able to do more parent/child hunts, especially for single-parent families. This will be one of our major goals for 2015.
To learn more about Babes, Bullets and Broadheads, go to their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/babesbulletsbroadheads, or Twitter at https://twitter.com/BBBOutdoorGirls. Also you can email us through our website or contact any one of us at Beverly@babesbulletsbroadheads.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.