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When I was growing up, I was able to watch the dedication and exhilaration that comes from a hunter. I watched this through my father. When I was young, I would target shoot with him but the only hunts I experienced were dove hunts on Labor Day each year. My brothers were able to go with him on amazing hunting trips but those trips only happened for me later in life. I could shoot clay for hours and I felt very comfortable in the woods. In college I was able to develop my shooting skills through target and skeet shooting. I always remember thinking that it was such a shame that I did not meet any female hunters to share my love for the outdoors. I met my husband my senior year of college and fell in love with a true sportsman. He is a duck hunter by trade but anything that flew above him should be afraid… very afraid.
In 2007 my father bought some hunting property and I think we all spend more time on the property than we do at home. It was time on his property that truly sparked the huntress in me. I could hunt deer, ducks, geese, turkeys, and we even set up a quail box. Ever since 2007, as soon as I feel the air chill a bit and fall comes around the corner, I no longer get excited about school supplies. Instead, my heart yearns to sit in the woods and watch nature happen around me as if I am just another leaf on the ground.
I have realized there is no greater rush than hearing the crunch of leaves and finally seeing a deer come through, or hearing the wings of the ducks flap above, or remaining still when hearing that turkey gobble so closely. There is also a sense of gratitude to nature that I would have never experienced had I not been exposed to the world of hunting. I have been trying to expose other women to this wonderful sport. It’s amazing the sense of empowerment that you can have when you learn (and teach!) a woman to hunt. Here’s to a lifetime of empowerment!
Articles by Martha Metzler
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