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Mia Anstine

Mia Anstine is an outfitter, guide, hunter, mentor, firearms and archery instructor. Among other publications, she is a staff writer for Beretta USA, Western Whitetail Magazine and guest at several other publications. As a public speaker she teaches and inspires others to get involved in outdoor activities. She takes pride in guiding ladies and children for their first hunts. She’s hunted red stag, bull tahr, elk, mule deer, black bear, turkey, game birds, waterfowl, predators, varmints, hogs, carp and has more on her bucket list. To learn more about Mia, visit her website at www.MiaAnstine.com.
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Learn the Art of Calling a Turkey

Posted by Mia Anstine on Apr 11, 2018 12:57:21 PM

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The art of talking turkey is essential to becoming an independent hunter. While many people will go with friends who know how to call, you can learn and do it yourself. You may have been hunting on your own for years, but talking turkey is a skill that separates the serious hunters from the beginners. When you learn to speak turkey, you'll be proud to proclaim, “Look! I’ve learned to talk!”

How to Hunt Turkey Series

Part 1: Why You Need to Hunt Turkeys

Part 2: How to Locate Wild Turkeys

Part 3: The Gear You Need for Your Turkey Hunt

Part 4: Learn the Art of Talking Turkey

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Topics: Hunting - Turkey

The Gear You Need for Your Turkey Hunt

Posted by Mia Anstine on Mar 29, 2018 4:28:37 PM

 

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Your hunting license, Beretta turkey shotgun, and ammunition are at the very top of the ‘Must Have for Turkey Hunting’ list. However, there is a long list of other items you need and can use to help make the hunt more productive.

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Topics: Hunting - Turkey

How To Locate Wild Turkeys

Posted by Mia Anstine on Mar 27, 2018 1:59:43 PM

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Getting outdoors to turkey hunt is good for the soul. Bagging a bird for dinner is even better. If you want to fill your tag, the very first thing you need to do is find the right hunting locations.

How to Hunt Turkey Series

Part 1: Why You Need to Hunt Turkeys

Part 2: How to Locate Wild Turkeys

Part 3: The Gear You Need for Your Turkey Hunt

Part 4: Learn the Art of Talking Turkey

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Topics: Hunting - Turkey

Why You Need to Hunt Turkeys

Posted by Mia Anstine on Feb 28, 2018 9:39:41 AM

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There’s an excitement in the air as friends, clients, and guides prepare for the turkey hunting season. We look forward to the morning chill, sometimes with a bit of frost, fog, and dew. Heck, some places even contend with snow. We prepare our gear, purchase new layers, hats, gloves, devices, and such to keep us warm. Some may think it’s pure insanity to go out in these conditions. Turkey hunters are a die-hard breed of which you should be a part.

How to Hunt Turkey Series

Part 1: Why You Need to Hunt Turkeys

Part 2: How to Locate Wild Turkeys

Part 3: The Gear You Need for Your Turkey Hunt

Part 4: Learn the Art of Talking Turkey

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Topics: Hunting - Turkey

Dogs, Mountain Lions, and Delicious Stuffing - A Field to Fork Story

Posted by Mia Anstine on Jan 4, 2018 10:21:58 AM

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Stuffing seems to be the most loved ingredient that we enjoy on our Thanksgiving and Christmas menus. This year I had rave reviews on my stuffing, and it could've been due to the secret field-to-fork ingredient. Dare I tell the story of how I made the "best stuffing ever?" What's the secret ingredient that is derived from a challenging hunt? Read on, and I'll share the story of how well-trained dogs, a beautiful mountain environment, and a challenging hunt lead to delicious eats on the table.  

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Topics: Hunting

How to Hit the Bird When You're Cross-Eye Dominant

Posted by Mia Anstine on Oct 25, 2017 8:21:55 AM

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We all have our excuses about why we miss flying birds when we’re shooting our shotguns, but cross-eye dominance doesn’t have to be one of them.

As a child, and even into young adulthood, I had a strong right-eye, which matched my right-handedness. Unbeknownst to me, my eyes changed as I aged. Now my left eye will take over as the strong one if the right one is fatigued. The issue doesn’t bother me at all as I look through the scope atop my Sako Hunter rifle. When I need both eyes open, to point at and hit a bird is when I’ve encountered difficulty.

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Topics: Clay Shooting, Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Duck

How to Choose the Right Holster: Pros and Cons of a Holster

Posted by Mia Anstine on Oct 2, 2017 2:59:49 PM

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The forever-asked question in the concealed carry market is, “Which holster should I purchase?” I’ve been asked the question numerous times, and my answer is never brief. Heck, there’s a lot that goes into choosing a holster to safely hide a firearm on your body. This list of criteria gets even longer when it’s a woman who wants to know which holster is going to be best.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense

Field Safety with Hunting Partners

Posted by Mia Anstine on Sep 5, 2017 10:02:57 AM

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Being outdoors, hunting, is a great way to spend time with family and friends. Most people come to hunting by way of a family mentor. They spend time in the outdoors with their parents or grandparents. Ideally, they’ll enroll in a hunter’s safety course. They get their certification and then head out to the field with their trusted gun to become an official member of the hunting community.

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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Upland

7 Reasons to Hunt Rice Fields for Ducks

Posted by Mia Anstine on Aug 17, 2017 2:05:40 PM

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Last year I passed up my annual Louisiana waterfowl hunt to join Beretta and Sako on an epic journey to Finland and Russia. While that trip has trumped all other birthday events, I have fond memories of cutting birds from the Southern skies on the date of my birth celebration.

For multiple years I headed south to the warmer, humid temperatures to take aim at the mini-F14-like Blue Winged Teal. If you haven’t partaken in the hunt, I must warn you that it’s an addicting one. While I’m not a fantastic shot at the zinging orange clay targets at the range, I’ve become quite proficient at blasting the little speed demons from the sky.

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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Duck

Waterfowl Hunters and the Farm Bill

Posted by Mia Anstine on Aug 1, 2017 1:24:11 PM

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As a waterfowl hunter and a farmer my ears perk up when I hear mention of the Farm Bill.

I’ve been working on the areas on my property that entice these birds. However, I tend to let my place rest and have found other great locations to hunt ducks. While I’d like to tell you my favorite spots, we all know those sites are sacred. Some of these places are on public land, and others are on private leases. One of my favorite waterfowl locations is in the marshes of Louisiana. Another is in the rice fields of Mississippi. Come to think of it, the cattail-covered banks of a Minnesota lake is a fantastic location as well.

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Topics: Hunting - Duck