Hannah Nikonow

Hannah Nikonow
Communications and Marketing Coordinator

HHA Member since 2017, Board Member since 2020

In Wyoming's Big Horn Basin I grew up with tens of thousands of acres of BLM lands out my back doorstep. Those expanses of sagebrush rangelands are a part of me and will forever fuel my drive to conserve and pursue wild places and wild critters.

My favorite hunting story is always the most recent one so today this entails my youngest dog's last retrieve of the bird season. Bannack the Pudelpointer fractured his leg on the opener for the 2021 Montana grouse season. He had surgery soon after and had to be rested almost the entire season, which is pure torture for a 1.5 year old balls-to-the-wall pointing dog. In late December we were finally cleared to go on a few short hunts and headed to Idaho's chukar slopes. After a handful of nice retrieves on wild flushing, jumpy birds we were headed back to the truck when Bannack locked into a staunch point. I walked up past him ready for the flush but nothing happened. Thinking he was only pointing old scent, my husband walked up between Bannack and my position to look for tracks. At that moment, of course, the chukar exploded from beneath a rock, my husband felled it with a reactive shot, and Bannack delightedly retrieved the bird to him. I proceeded to berate my man for stealing my shot and smother the dog with praise. It's a memory that will make me grin for a long time.

My favorite hunting snack is warm, sweaty string cheese forgotten in a pack too long paired with homemade sweet and spicy goose jerky chewed carefully for steel shot.

 

 

 

Hannah wants YOU to get your Wild Night tickets today!

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published this page in Member Profiles 2022 2022-03-08 09:16:13 -0700
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