I never thought I would be the kind of gal spending her evenings on a wooden bar stool, swapping turkey hunting stories and sorrows while debating the merits of trail cameras with men who have forgotten more about hunting than I could ever hope to absorb. In October 2015, the encouragement of a new friend and a $50 Barnett Vortex youth bow opened my eyes to what I was missing in the world of archery, and I was instantly, hopelessly, hooked. Casual shooting lessons in the yard led to whitetail archery season, followed by throwing myself into a winter indoor archery league and, most recently, hitting the 3D archery circuit. My technique is better, my equipment is upgraded, and my draw weight just got jacked up another two pounds. Eight more to go before those whitetails come around this fall, and I'm practicing like mad to make my goal.
Best part about all this is I feel like I've truly found a hobby I love that is leading me to a better life. Work has always been my life raft, but it had become my life. I'm ready for something shiny and new that brings a fresh start to the next chapter in my life. And I choose to begin that chapter by walking through the bow shop doors.