Julie Hughes Bio

Julie Hughes


I spent my childhood playing softball, soccer, and doing anything I could with horses (primarily showing).  Over the summers, I recall practically living at organized camps.  I was never afraid to get dirty and never afraid to try new things.  However, I was never exposed to hunting.
I loved the outdoors, but I had no idea of the world that I was missing, until I met my now ex-husband.  In the first summer with him, I saw more wildlife than I had seen in my entire life!  I even had a bull Elk charge me while I was riding through the mountains.  I was so amazed by the magnificent animal.  When I was asked how big he was, I had no idea how excited folks get over it and how to rate them, and everyone laughed when the only answer I could give was "BIG"!  

He had to start from the ground up with me.  Not only did he have a non-hunter on his hands, but also a self-proclaimed, for no reason at all, anti-hunter.  I couldn't believe that he would hunt these poor defenseless animals, but I was open minded enough to see what it was all about.  The first thing he did was slap me into the mud of Western Washington with a .22 rifle for my first shooting lesson. 
After a few challenges of hunting both sides of Washington State, we relocated to Elko, Nevada.  Years later I have switched from that .22, to a 30-30, on to a 7 mag and finally into an AR compound bow.  I'm not sure which reaction I enjoy more: the look on a man's face when he hears I shoot a 7 mag or the look I get when I tell someone I hunt mountain lions with a bow and arrow!  I enjoyed hunting as a rifle hunter, but bow hunting has given me a passion for it!  I’ve even been fortunate enough to be successful as a guide and a Hunter Education instructor for the last 11 years.

I believe I was born about 70 years too late.  I have a heart for empowering women through outdoor activities whether it be  taking a hike in the foot hills or a Mule Deer archery hunt at 10,000 feet without a man around, as well as a strong desire to educate hunters and outdoorsmen of the importance of ranching on our wildlife.

 I have 2 beautiful kids: Madi and Austin, who both enjoy hunting, fishing and the outdoors as much as I do.  I thrive on adventure and can now add race car driving and bull riding to my list of accomplishments!  God shows me daily what a miracle worker He really is and has given me the drive and the strength to do all that is put before me.   

Although I consider myself a bow hunter now, I’m not opposed to hunting with a rifle for some hunts.  Yearly I bow hunt Mule Deer, Elk, and Antelope as the tags are available in my area and hope to some day hunt Big Horn, Mountain Goat, Grizzly and my dream hunt… a Bongo.

 Additionally, I love to fish.  With Pike, Lake Trout, Salmon, and Steelhead in my creel, I live in some of the best rainbow trout and bass country!  Although my dream fishing trip is the Bonefish in Beliz!

God Bless!

Julie Robker-Hughes

 

Live Simply.  Love Generously.  Care Deeply.  Speak Kindly.  And keep God in your quiver!

    

 

Articles by Julie Hughes:

Old Habits Die Hard

How much have we already lost?

Austin's Buck

Dad's Hunt

"Give it to God"

Goodbye Old Friend

Scared

What are your outings about?

Do you believe in Life Insurance?

Blessings from the Outdoors

I Was One of... Them!

Winter time in Nevada

Watch that Deer!