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Hello all! My name is Tasha Ivey, and I currently reside in Dover, Arkansas. I have been married to my best friend for 12 years, and we have 2 great kids, ages 10 and 5. We are certainly a family that loves the outdoors! We try to include our children in as many of our outdoor adventures as we can. We feel that it is so important to pass down that tradition.
I have not always been a hunter. As a matter of fact, I was quite the opposite. I was not at all interested in putting on 12 layers of clothing and walking through the woods like I was the “Marshmallow Man” just to sit there in freezing temperatures waiting for some helpless animal to come out. I couldn’t bear the thought of taking an innocent animal. I truly didn’t understand what the hype was all about. I didn’t understand how important hunting really was.
I was never introduced to any hunting as a child. My dad would occasionally take my sisters and me out fishing. I know he hunted as a child, but he never had time as an adult. He was much to busy working 3 jobs to support our family. The only type of “hunting” my dad did was frog-gigging. Frog legs were a main staple of our diet. So much that I cannot bear the thought of eating another one! It wasn’t until I met my husband that I was introduced to the wild world of outdoor sports. Needless to say, I wasn’t impressed at first. I didn’t mind the occasional fishing trip, but hunting was not at the top of my list of favorite ways to spend my time. I went out with him a few times before we got married, but that was mainly to be with him…not to hunt.
I eventually got tired of being a hunting-season widow, and I quickly decided “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!” I actually started paying attention to what my husband was trying to tell me about the importance of hunting. I gained a lot of respect for hunting, and I finally understood that I didn’t dislike hunting itself. I dislike irresponsible hunters.
Here we are years later, and I’m passionate about hunting and what it stands for. I have been gun hunting mainly for the last 10 years, but I just recently started shooting a bow. I would love to be able to bow hunt this fall. It is certainly a challenge, and it requires more patience and skill than a gun. That’s why I like it so much! Deer hunting is by far at the top of my list, but I do enjoy occasional wild hog hunting and turkey hunting. I am slowly trying to broaden my hunting horizons. I spend most of my time working with children, so I do what I can to spread the word and pass on the hunting tradition with all my “kids.” I worry that hunting is a dying heritage, and we must pass on the tradition to our kids for the sake of their future.
I’m very proud to be a part of Women Hunters. My goal is to learn all that I can from the other ladies and hopefully give some advice and insight to new hunters. God bless you all on your next adventures, and please remember that safety and responsibility should always come first! Best of luck!
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