The Nerds caught up with Kristen Berube who just wrote a book called “Confessions of a Camo Queen: Living with an Outdoorsman”. She has a great time talking about her crazy life as an outdoorswoman with a husband, three children, six dogs and a pig in Missoula, Montana. A denturist by trade and a graduate of Montana State University and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, she get’s in the spirit of the podcast by telling funny stories and doing a spot-on impersonation of English royalty. This show also includes one of our best “Fish in the News” segments and a report on the Sunapee trout by fellow Fish Nerd Doc Martin.
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Who Knew Life with an Outdoorsman Was This Funny
“The day I came home to find a deer head boiling in my favorite Calphalon stockpot was the day I realized there was no going back—I had become a full-fledged Camo Queen,” Kristen Berube says with a laugh. “Before I met my hunting-crazed husband, I had a normal life—I thought bugling involved music lessons and Cabela’s was an Italian restaurant.”
Berube’s laugh-out-loud, sometimes sassy sense of humor shines in her first book, Confessions of a Camo Queen: Living with an Outdoorsman (Farcountry Press, 2015). With chapters on Truck Lust, Camouflage Lingerie, Primal Home Décor, and more, the book promises belly laughs for any woman who knows an avid outdoorsman.
Berube’s stories draw on personal experience from her life with her husband, Remi. “This is a guy who wears camo every day of the week,” she says. “Even at work, under his dress slacks, he’s wearing camo undies. And if it involves chasing critters, scaring fish, shooting guns, or tromping through the woods, he’s all over it.”
“Most of my gal friends have boyfriends or husbands—and fathers and brothers—who hunt and fish,” Berube says. “We share all our whacky stories about our camo guys and their misadventures.” Confessions of a Camo Queen is an extension of those stories. “I wrote it because there are a lot of women out there who know exactly what it feels like to bounce down a rough, dirt road in a stinky truck full of dog hair while the guy tries to drive and spot deer at the same time,” Berube says. “And he thinks that’s a ‘fun date.’ What can you do? You gotta laugh.”
What does it take to be a Camo Queen? As Berube says, “You might be a Camo Queen if that first date ended with a big, wet kiss . . . from his black Lab. You’re probably a Camo Queen if you’re no longer amused by gifts of camouflage panties. And you’re most definitely a Camo Queen if you can survive a week of eating camp food with only four tiny squares of toilet paper.” Really, being able to laugh at the predicaments of life with an outdoorsman is the only requirement for membership in the sisterhood of the Camo Queens.
Confessions of a Camo Queen (ISBN: 978-1-56037-628-6, $12.95, Farcountry Press, 2015) is available at local bookstores and gift shops, through online retailers, or from Farcountry Press at 1.800.821.3874, www.farcountrypress.com.
About the Author
Kristen Berube lives a crazy, laughter-filled life with her outdoorsman husband Remi and their three camo-clad children in Missoula, Montana. A graduate of Montana State University and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, she loves being a mom and enjoys hiking, fishing, and camping almost as much as a romantic dinner at a fancy restaurant. Confessions of a Camo Queen is her first book.