About 10 years ago, I had the privilege of being a part of the Diana Project. As Diana being the Greek goddess of the hunt, the Diana Project was a series of classes designed to help women with the skills needed to have a safe and successful hunt. Having grown up in New York, with no family background in hunting, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I basically was interested in gaining more outdoor skills; I honestly never considered myself “hunter” material. The Diana Project changed that.
Our classes started with a hunter education/safety class taught through the Nevada Department of Wildlife. We then started shooting, using laser rifles, moving on to 22 rifles, large bore rifles, shotguns, and handguns. We were Introduced to Dutch oven cooking, off-road driving, and using a compass and G P S. We spent a weekend camping outside of Hiko, Nevada, where we were able to practice these skills. Our instructors/mentors instilled enthusiasm for hunting. Needless to say, I was hooked.
In 2006, I was lucky enough to draw a tag. Accompanied by my husband and a couple of the Diana Project mentors, I went on my first hunting trip in October of that year. We were in the Ruby Mountains, outside of Elko, Nevada. We were out one morning, and I spotted a buck about 150-175 yards away. He was broadside, in perfect position for a shot, so I took it, and down he went. He was a forked-horn buck, but I couldn’t have felt more of a sense of pride and accomplishment as if he had been a trophy. For a small guy, he had quite a bit of meat and we feasted on venison for quite a few meals, naturally sharing those meals with my Diana Project mentors and friends. I have not had the honor of harvesting an animal since then. Not only did the Diana Project help me become a hunter, I believe that it helped me to become a better person.
View the Diana Project PowerPoint.