About Me

about me

Me, Mammaduke & The Princess just before embarking on our Treetop Obstacle Course and Zip Lining

Who Me?

My name is Donna, and all my life there has been a man in my life hunting, fishing and etc.. First it was my Dad “The Brooklyn Cowboy” and then of course I married, “The Hubby”, someone very much like my father. Only this guy was literally Mr. Joe Hunter/Fisherman personified.  We have 2 children: Jesse (aka The Princess, age 33) and Hunter (aka The Redneck or Manboy, age 24), 2 dogs: my studly chubby black Puggle; Manny and Cami; our German Short Hair Pointer.

“A family that hunts/fishes together, stays together”

Well we did, but a lot of times it was really because no babysitters wanted to show up at 5 in the morning. Nowadays it is the Hubby, Manboy and I, and of course we never agree on anything. We each have our own idea of what we need to have and what we want to have. For example: For years I deer hunted upstate NY with my dad. Our property is up top on a hill. Heading out to our hunting spots means first hiking straight up the first 70 yards. Those 70 yards were pure hell!!!!! As my father got older, one year I thought for sure he was going to have a heart attack. When I got home I insisted we get a quad so he could ride up the hill. Since then I found out I LOVE LOVE LOVE riding the quad around BUT the Hubby thinks it should ONLY leave the garage to drag deer. Now, I would LOVE to go somewhere that we could, OK me, could ride trails all day and camp out at night. Different perspective huh?

Some Hobbies

Hunting is just one thing I enjoy. I have an endless list as I am always trying new things. Gardening, kayaking, hypertufa pot making, woodworking, bow fishing,  for a few,  and whatever catches my eye next. With trying new things also comes a lot of trial and error. To be perfectly honest, over the years I was content to let my husband take care of what I need for all my hunting an fishing needs. So in otherwise, I didn’t really learn much of the things I should of. Instead of cleaning up my own guns or equipment, I left it to the hubby while I started dinner, took care of the kids blah blah blah.

Well now I would like to change that. I know there are other women out there  who wouldn’t mind knowing more about what the men in their life find so fascinating about the great outdoors, hunting, fishing, guns, etc. I’m sure there are probably some things we already have in common  & maybe we can enlighten each other, or at the very least, offer a pat on the back when no one else will!  I have an insatiable curiosity about almost everything (with the exception of math & politics, sorry I will just blank out on you if you insist on a discussion abut these). So if you should decide to hang out & weave yourself through my (maybe sometimes tall) tales, I hope that you can benefit in some small way, even if  its just a little occasional chuckle.

Stick around, learn with me, laugh with me, and feel free to share your opinions and adventures too!


“Life is a climb, enjoy the view!”

About Me

Just having some fun on a winter day at Sandy Hook



  1. Tove Løken

    I laughed when I read your blog post about yourself.
    You seem like a lady with lots of humor and interests and have a fantastic family.
    I think you’re right. No one wants to baby sit 5 am in the morning so you have to rely on each other as a family.
    When reading about your family I started thinking about my own. I have 5 siblings and are really glad to have such a big family. I am fond of them too.


    1. Donna (Post author)

      Thanks for stopping by Tove!

  2. Jim

    Anybody that likes hunting, fishing, camping, the outdoors, dogs, kayaks, well, that’s my kind of people! I wish you could enjoy the mountains of Wyoming. But maybe you have been on vacations there you’ve been to the mountains. Do you like horseback riding. that’s my main passion. We hunted horseback, travelled horseback to our favorite fishing spots, rode in the mountains all summer long. We even took the horses up the mountain to cut our Christmas tree one year, and the horse drug the tree out. It sure pays to have a horse to pack out an elk too. Great site about the outdoors. Glad I found you, Jim.

    1. Donna (Post author)

      OMG I think I want to move to Wyoming now, it’s sounds absolutely incredible!!!!!! Hunting on horseback or even to hunting camp is on my bucket list, can’t say the same for the Hubby though!!!!

  3. Connor

    haha i love that photo of you pushing the rock thT made me craxck up. awesome site idea you can tell tht u were thinking 🙂 and you can also tell that you are having lots of fun making your site like i am mine. drop by or add me as a friend 🙂 take care now

    1. Donna (Post author)

      Many Thanks for stopping by! And yes…when I saw that rock i HAD to have my picture taken doing that!!

  4. inahealthyway@gmail.com

    Hi Donna, wow you’ve done such a great job so far! I love the desing of your website:) Also I like how the page About me is written.

    You have to be very active person which is really good! My dad is extremely passionate fishman.. He is able to spend all his free time fishing…When I was little he used to take us camping and fishing very often and I really enjoyed it.

    I haven’t been fishing since 10 years or so but I love fish for my lunch (lol :D)

    Anyway, I wish you lots of luck and I look forward to reading more of your articles!


    1. Donna (Post author)

      Hi Iveta, Many thanks for stopping by. Once the weather gets warmer I should have some fishing stories going, maybe we could trade some!!

  5. Eva Tipping

    Donna, You have a wonderful view of life!
    Always LOVED your first blog. I can’t wait to see your posts

    1. Donna (Post author)

      AWWWWW Thanks Eva!!!!! and I’m just getting started!!!! HAHAHA

  6. Carolyn

    I’m eager to read more on your website and your outdoor adventures! I’m born in the “big city” and never knew much about hunting and fishing. But I must admit that the great outdoors are calling me. Me and my husband have been camping and we were thinking that we never got to fish together and that it would be a great way to try new recipes… that’s if we do catch something!

    Also I have a one-year-old princess (me too 🙂 and I’m pretty sure she would prefer to jump in the water than sitting there until a fish shows up at the end of my fishing line 😉 Until then, I’ll read on your website and take notes of what we will do on our future family getaways.

  7. Lynne

    Great website, you had me laughing there about not being able to find a babysitter to come at 5am!
    I have a 2 yr old and a 4 yr old and we never use a babysitter. It’s not that I wouldn’t like to, it is just that I find myself unable to trust anyone with my children with the world the way it is today!
    My kids go everywhere with me.
    Nice to meet you and I look forward to the post on traditions, maybe you wrote it already? I’m big on family traditions, hubby thinks I am silly but he knows he must play the game with me or there will be trouble!

    1. admin

      Thanks Lynne! Our kids are 10 years apart so they didn’t always want to do the same things or be able to at the same time. Oce my son was up and walking & could for a while we started taking him bird hunting with us. His orange vest just missed the ground & I made him a fake license: I told him the rules and he had to sign it before he could come with us. He also had a fake shotgun & the Hubby would stand behind him a ways & shoot at the same time so he would think he shot. We had one particular day where I had shot at a pheasant 3 times….meanwhile Manboy had put his “gun” up and shot, & this is what we heard when the bird finally went down: ” It’s a good thing I was backing you up Mom, or we wouldn’t of got that bird”……mind you he was 4 years old at the time (AND a fake gun)! I haven’t wrote on traditions yet, I know its going to take e awhile, & I will most likely get emotional, because a lot of it came from my father first, who passed away in 2007. I totally agree with you on them!!!! and same with taking kids everywhere, they ARE portable! I don’t know why some people have such a hard time??? but boy thats a whole other topic huh????

  8. Debra

    Loved reading about you and your outdoor life. You pictures are absolutely vibrant with energy.

    I feel your motto that a family that hunts and fishes together…. I feel if you and your family can entertain themselves and get along with the bare minimum (like camping) they will stay together.

    I look forward to hearing more about your families adventures.

    1. admin

      Hiya Debra,

      Thanks for stopping by! I have a post coming up about Traditions. It’s something that a lot of people don’t realize how much of a role its plays in hunting. Camping is something I really really would like to get into. Any kind of vacation with the Hubby is nonexistent unless it involves hunting or fishing..and we don’t make the kind of money to go trips other then local, and even then, boats are quite the money pit!!!! I’m hoping maybe one of these days I can convince him to give it a try and maybe we could try fishing out of kayaks instead, well I can dream….


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