Lady from the Loess Hills.Minnesota freelance writer Don Oster avidly bowhunts big whitetail bucks.
The lady was excited, and understandably so. After all, she'd just taken her first whitetail buck -- in her very first season of bowhunting Bowhunting is the practice of taking game animals by archery. Technique
In contrast to a rifle hunter, who may shoot effectively from ranges in excess of 200 yards (about 180 m), archers will usually restrict shots to 45 yards or less, depending on factors such as . So it's little wonder that when the lady met her husband at the edge of the timber, she was still shaking. Overwhelmed o·ver·whelm
tr.v. o·ver·whelmed, o·ver·whelm·ing, o·ver·whelms
1. To surge over and submerge; engulf: waves overwhelming the rocky shoreline.
a. by the experience, she blurted out how she'd shot a buck, followed the blood trail, found the deer, and field dressed it.
"It's big," she told her husband. "Real big. And I need help getting him out of the woods."
Well, sometimes in such moments of high exultation things get a bit blown out of proportion, and when the hunters reached the downed animal, the lady hunter realized she'd grossly overestimated the size of the deer. Her husband took one look at her "big buck" and chuckled. If only he had known where the excitement of that lady, hunter's first buck would lead her -- to a Custer family lifestyle based on bowhunting trophy whitetails -- he might not have been so quick to laugh. And today, Ruby Custer is still mighty proud of the little buck that launched her bowhunting career in the Loess Hills The Loess Hills are a formation of wind-deposited loess soil in the westernmost part of Iowa and Missouri along the Missouri River. Geology
The Loess Hills are generally located between 1 and 15 miles (24 km) area of Iowa.
It was not exactly coincidence that Ruby's first year of bowhunting was also her first year of marriage to Billy Custer. Prenuptial agreements prenuptial agreement (antenuptial agreement) n. a written contract between two people who are about to marry, setting out the terms of possession of assets, treatment of future earnings, control of the property of each, and potential division if the marriage is later may be common fare these days, but they were exceptional in western. Iowa some two decades ago. Maybe even today this one would be considered a little different. Billy Custer's main condition of marriage was that Ruby take up hunting. She agreed to the deal, and soon the knot was tied.
Today, it's not clear exactly how much instruction Ruby received from Billy or how many of her hunting skills have been learned on the job, so to speak. Regardless, this lady, who has spent most of her life in the Loess Hills, certainly knows her whitetails. In fact, her dedicated search for whitetail knowledge has amounted to a year-round, 20-year obsession. Today she can stand toe to toe with the best in the game when it comes to scouting, patterning, and successfully hunting big whitetail bucks.
Ruby didn't set out to be a pioneer in the now well-documented movement of lady hunters, but if not a pioneer she certainly, was a forerunner A family of ATM adapters from Marconi (formerly Fore Systems). See Marconi. . In response to Billy's prenuptial demand, she took up bowhunting at a time when it was not fashionable among females. Until recently, lady bowhunters were a relatively small group. There was no Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program back then. Nor were there specialized women's bows and camo attire. All through her early years of hunting, Ruby wore men's hunting clothing and boots, which either fit or were altered as necessary. Maybe that's why today she's more at ease in camo and boots than in a dress and heels. One thing is for sure, Ruby Custer is an accomplished outdoors woman.
When you meet this tall, slender, willowy wil·low·y
adj. wil·low·i·er, wil·low·i·est
1. Planted with or abounding in willows.
2. Resembling a willow tree, especially:
a. Flexible; pliant.
b. Tall, slender, and graceful. woman with short curly hair, a firm handshake handshake - handshaking , and clear blue eyes Blue eyes are eyes that have blue irises (see eye color), and may also refer to:
a. The skin of a male deer.
b. A soft, grayish-yellow leather usually having a suede finish, once made from deerskins but now generally made from sheepskins.
2. and change her Oneida Eagle bow into a Colt .45, and she certainly would have the look Not taking herself too seriously, she scoffs at the comparison. A sharp wit and lots of laughs accompany this tall package. Ruby can swap a good joke or share a hearty laugh with most any bowhunter. She also will find a way to take a bloodless blood·less
1. Deficient in or lacking blood.
2. Pale and anemic in color: smiled with bloodless lips.
3. little nick out of everyone around camp, all in good fun.
Today Ruby Custer is part owner-operator of her own Iowa hunting operation, Strut 'n' Rut rut
the period of increased sexual activity occurring in the autumn (fall) in some male mammals, especially deer and elephants. It is accompanied by increased testicular activity, especially spermatogenesis, and in deer by shedding of the antlers and a marked increase in vocalizing Guided Hunts (40012 270th St., Dept. BH, Soldier, IA, 51572; 712/884-2282). She personally scouts, sets stands, guides clients, tracks, and field-dresses, skins, capes, quarters, and cleans, carcasses. Ruby's dedication to her clients has limited her own hunting time, relegating her to mostly a spectator's role while her clients have collected numerous record book whitetails scoring from 130 to more than 170 inches, including five whopper Whopper - WarGames book bucks that were taken from her own private property. That's five fewer bucks for Ruby to try for when her turn comes. By season's end, she may be a bit burned Out from being a full-time guide, worker, and supporter, but when the last client heads for home, Ruby climbs back into a treestand until the last minute of the season.
To say there is some competition in the Custer enclave enclave /en·clave/ (en´klav) tissue detached from its normal connection and enclosed within another organ.
A detached mass of tissue enclosed in tissue of another kind. would be an understatement. Not only does this couple endure typical husband/wife differences, but Billy also runs his own whitetail hunting operation, which introduces a professional rivalry that can get downright intense. Pictures and big, mounted whitetail heads dominate the decor in the Custer house, and shed antlers antlers
metaphorical decoration for deceived husband. [Western Folklore: Jobes, 395]
See : Cuckoldry lie everywhere. This awesome display reinforces the fact that Billy and Ruby have both been very dedicated and successful in their passionate pursuit of trophy bucks. To date, Billy has personally shot the most record-book qualifiers, but Ruby's four record-book-class whitetails have been taken in the last 10 years -- during which time Ruby has won the Women's Iowa Big Buck Contest three times. It appears that Billy's lead is in serious jeopardy. While these two share an obvious mutual respect for each other, Billy made one serious mistake that will haunt him forever. He never should have laughed at Ruby's first buck.