I shared the space with three other women—two from New York City and another from New Hampshire. I was the only one with hunting or shooting experience. Kat, a fashion magazine editor, spent the trip dressed in black leather and mink and wielded her shotgun like a pro despite being an amateur like the rest of us. Melissa, a social-media strategist, approached the trip with interested caution. Pam, a thoughtful soon-to-be grandma, was surprised when she hit her first clay. Through the pursuit, we all became united, and constantly encouraged each other throughout the experience.