My name is Courtney Stern and I live in south-central Pennsylvania. I had been wanting to start a blog for quite some time, but never knew what to talk about. One day, I asked my mother-in-law and she gave me the idea "what it's like to be the wife of a hunter." I immediately fell in love and here we are today! Exciting right?
Now, let me tell you more about myself. Growing up, I was a single child to an awesome mom and a woods-loving father. Needless to say, from a very early age I began fishing and was mesmerized by the animals that my dad would bring home from hunting. I soon fell in love with the wilds of PA and began exploring what all they had to offer. I would go hunting with my dad or help him process his meat! As I got older, I became more intrigued with the wilderness and just about that time my dad had shoulder surgery. This is when my dad decided to start trapping again. Now, for your average 13-year-old girl, trapping would never seem like a good time. However, for me, trapping seemed to be the best of both worlds. The more I learned about trapping, the more I fell in love with it. Not only could you talk the whole time trapping, but it was also a sort of art. The mystery of what the next morning's catch would be was always the most exciting part. It was like Christmas; you never knew if you would get a mothball sweater (skunk) or a brand new toy (bobcat). Trapping then became my passion! I learned to respect and love the outdoors even more than I ever thought before! Then, I started deer hunting more and more and then began waterfowl hunting as well. I truly began to adore the outdoors and all it had to offer.
Then my junior year of high school, a boyfriend requested me on Facebook. I remember thinking "wow, he is really cute" (Jay had a cut off on with a cowboy hat and was holding two bass up). After a few months, I finally accepted his friend request and things progressed from there. Now, Jay and I have been together for over four years and have been happily married for over six months!
Through the course of Jay and I's relationship, we have had many ups and downs, but that has only made us stronger! However, there has always been three constants in our relationship; God, quality time, and hunting. While God has by far come first in our relationship, hunting has been a close third. The best part about our quality time is that it can often incorporate hunting as well! Now, here I am, hoping to share with other wives what I have learned over the years of being a hunter's wife/ fiancé/ girlfriend. And trust me I am still learning, but I'm loving Jay all the way.
However, my life is not revolved around hunting and trapping. I have many other hobbies too. I consider myself a jack of all trades but a master of none. I love working with my hands and making something out of nothing. This includes but is not limited to: sewing, crocheting, knitting, quilting, building, refurbishing, and much more. Throughout this blog, I hope to share more of my passions with you in hopes you come to love them as well.
I hope you enjoy my blog! Feel free to write into me or shoot me an email! I'd love to hear some input and criticism from my readers!
A hunter's wife,
Everyone, this is Jay. He is my best friend, my hunting buddy, my provider, my number one fan, and the love of my life. Did I also mention he's my husband? Before I met Jay, I didn't know that men like him existed in this world. I thought you could only find them on cheesy Hallmark movies. But by God's grace, I now have an amazing husband who I wouldn’t trade for the world.
Now let's dive a little deeper into his life. I'm sure that by now you have realized that Jay is an avid hunter. Ever since he could hold a BB gun, he was out in his Nana and Pappy's barn trying his hand at shooting. As Jay got older, he began growing his hunting experiences. First with different animals and then in different states. Now, Jay hunts just about any species that are in season. He truly is a hunter of all variety: squirrel, rabbit, duck, goose, doves, pigeons, groundhogs, turkeys, deer, elk, bear, and the occasional snake (more out of fear than desire). So hunting season in this household is basically all year long, but the extraordinarily focused Jay comes out around the beginning of August. He starts getting all of his gear ready and making sure his technique with the recurve and compound are on point. Each year he travels to and through at least four different states: Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, and West Virginia. Recently, these past few years, Jay and his dad go on long elk hunting trips to Idaho for elk too!
Although Jay hunts just about everything, I think his favorite season above all is spring turkey hunting. I don’t think I will ever quite fully understand why (because there is very little meat on a turkey) but never-the-less, each winter the turkey calls are broken out and by the end of the season Jay and I are having full-blown conversations in key runs, spits, drums, purrs, and gobbles. I'm sure if someone walked into our house they'd think we'd gone mad. But that is exactly why I love him! Not many husbands would spend hours on end trying to teach their wife how to correctly call in a turkey. Nor would many husbands walk into the kitchen strutting, spitting, and drumming only to have their wife die laughing at them. He really is a keeper!
Meet our fur baby
So you have met Jay and me, but you have yet to meet our child/fur baby. Everyone this is Bo. He is a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon and he was born on April 26, 2019. He is currently potty trained, raw fed, and water eager. His favorite toy is his stuffed duck (that dad picked out) and he loves to cuddle up with his quilt. Bo is always down for an adventure and knows how to test the limits. Currently, Jay and I are beginning to train him. Our hopes are that he will exceed the average versatile hunting dog (I mean what parent doesn’t want their kid to be the best). We love him with all our hearts and can't wait to watch him grow and develop into the dog we know he can be!