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Getting Outdoors
Aug 09/16

Getting Outdoors Posted by: Drew Ford | 0 Comments


Born and raised as a city girl, hunting was never a part of my childhood. Growing up in Arkansas, I never had a problem with it, I just didn’t do it. Maybe it’s because I’m not a morning person or maybe it’s because I don’t like the cold, but I just couldn’t imagine myself in waiting hours in a blind. Then, a few years ago, when my mom married a bonafide hunter, our lives drastically changed.

All of a sudden weekends were spent at a quiet cabin tucked back on some land. Around supper time, you could see the clouds of dust billowing in the distance as friends and family made their way for our big, communal style dinner. I started to crave time away from the city, time in the quiet country, with just us and the land.

It changed the people around us too. Mom still doesn’t hunt, but she does go into the blind with my step-father. Often taking a book, just enjoying the nature of South Arkansas. For a 23rd birthday party, I invited best friends, other city girls, to the cabin. It poured rain, and we spent the whole weekend in camo coveralls, muck boots,  on four wheelers, and completely filthy. It was great.

My friend Greer has probably undergone the biggest transformation. A self-professed shopaholic, who always has her nails painted, and hair and makeup to perfection (she is a southern girl after all), has now become the largest outdoorswoman of our city girl tribe. From deer through duck season you can find Greer, every Saturday in her coveralls. You can’t take away the city girl completely though, those coveralls are pink and hair and makeup is still done to perfection, even if she has to wake up at 2 am to do it.

As for me, well I still don’t wake up to sit in a cold blind, but I do have an extra freezer to store meat and fish and other findings; I eat deer sausage year round now; and you can bet I know exactly when opening day is.


By Drew Ford 
Drew was born in Arkansas, but has been lucky to call several southern states home. She’s currently working on Masters in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi. She loves vinyl records, long road trips, and acquiring useless trivia.



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