Writer Barbara Baird Celebrates Her Anniversary Dove Hunting With a Super X3.
Review of article "Babbs in the Woods: When doves fly and marriage bonds tie." published in the Women's Outdoor News online edition.
NOTE: The Winchester product manager recently was referred to this great article by a fine outdoor writer: "Babbs" Baird. This is not like the ordinary gun review you are used to. The back story, friendships and life changing events that transpire make it a story you will long remenber. We enthusiastically recommend it to you. Read the review below and then be sure to read the entire article.
September, 2012, Barbara Baird -- Freelance Writer/Editor
An anniversary, a dove hunt
and a Super X3 20 gauge.
Barbara didn’t start hunting in any serious way until about 6 years ago. She was into the sport as a sidebar in her life, She explains "I’d been out hunting before that, but considered it more of a recreational sport and not a tradition. It didn’t call to me. It didn’t make me look out windows during the day and wish I were out there, checking game cameras and trails, setting down mineral blocks for does and their fawns, roosting turkeys at night, watching the sky for birds flying. Sure, I’d attend a few writers’ hunts here and there and occasionally sit out in the woods with a book – and a gun by my side."
That changed when an acquaintance invited her to go dove hunting. It was there that something magical happened. "During that hunt, my first dove hunt, I realized the importance of the social aspect around hunting – about how it’s just natural for women to desire companionship afield . . ."
It was on that same hunt that she met the woman who would soon become her daughter's mother-in-law. She explains in the article how the mixing and melding of family, friends and hunting -- especially dove hunting -- has made all the difference in enriching her life.
The photo at right shows Barbara (who goes by Babbs) with the Winchester SX3. Temperatures were in the 90s that day. Photo courtesy of Jason Baird.
"Well, I didn’t break any records in this dove field,
but the gun didn’t wear out my shoulder
and I didn’t wear out the gun."
And then there are the guns she hunts with. Like many dove hunters, a 20 will do and a 20 semi-auto is just about perfect. Recently Barbara found herself on a dove hunt with a 20-gauge Super X3. And things will never be the same again. As she explains, "What a super slim 20-gauge semi-auto, with a swing that kept on moving and not a kick to be felt. According to Winchester, 'If you haven’t already heard, a couple of Super X3 20 gauges were used to break the world record for one day dove shooting in Argentina.' "
"This is the type of gun you’re proud to take out and use.
And durable? Absolutely.
In fact, Winchester states that its Super X3 mechanism has 'undergone testing where a total of 5,000 rounds were fired without a single malfunction.'”