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Karen Butler - Founder/President

Alabama

About Karen:

Karen Butler is the President of SLG², Inc, DBA: Shoot Like a Girl. Shoot Like a Girl is a company dedicated to growing the number of women who participate in shooting sports by empowering them with confidence.

Karen launched Shoot Like A Girl in February 2009 at the World Archery Festival in Las Vegas, NV and has achieved tremendous success since then; most notably, she was named by Outdoor Life Magazine as one of their 2011 Top 25: Leaders in Hunting, Fishing and Conservation; and is a member of Team Elk, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's television show. To date, she has put bows in the hands of over 3200 women across the country. Approximately 48% of these women had never shot a bow before being introduced to archery by Shoot Like A Girl. Karen is a hunting advocate, and continues to promote ethical hunting.

Born and raised in Southern Illinois, she has spent her adult life traveling the world with the United States Department of the Army Civilian employee, and now resides Alabama. Karen started shooting a bow in 2000, after camping with some friends where she shot her first bow and rifle! She was instantly hooked on the thrill, power and control of shooting. In 2006 she won the Colorado State Championship in the Women's Bowhunter Freestyle division. She has placed in numerous local, state and regional tournaments and has competed nationally and internationally. She has hunted Elk, Mule Deer, Whitetail Deer, Turkey and Pigs with a bow and deer, pheasants, quail, Hungarian partridges, chukker and ducks with a gun. She competes in CMP Rimfire Sporter Rifle Competitions, and has earned bronze. Karen has been featured on the Pursuit Channel show and on the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's Team Elk show. She has been a featured speaker and conducted seminars at multiple shows, including Archery Trade Association's Archery Academy and Field and Stream Deer and Turkey Expos. She has also been a guest on several talk radio shows. She is a NRA certified pistol instructor, a life member of RMEF, and a member of the NRA.

Karen's husband, Todd is a First Sergeant, USMC (Retired), a veteran of Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. They have two sons, Dan, a 1LT and helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army; and Ed, who is a Navy Corpsman and father of their grandson, Ben. They also have three American Quarter Horses and a German Shorthair Pointer name Casey who hunts too!

Cristy

Cristy Crawford - Chief Operations Officer

Texas

About Cristy:

Cristy Crawford is the Chief Operations Officer of SLG², Inc, DBA: Shoot Like a Girl. Shoot Like a Girl is a company dedicated to growing the number of women who participate in shooting sports by empowering them with confidence. Cristy is an NRA certified pistol instructor, and a member of the NRA, the Texas State Rifle Association, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Delta Waterfowl and the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Cristy began working for Shoot Like a Girl in December 2010 as Corporate Sponsorship Coordinator. She is an avid competitor; in 2013 she was the first woman to make the finals in the Field and Stream Total Outdoorsman Challenge.

She grew up in a small town in east Texas, New Boston, Texas and moved to Paris, Texas where she still resides. Cristy received her college education while being a college athlete playing basketball. She received a Master's Degree in Kinesiology from Texas A&M – Commerce.

At a young age Cristy found her passion and love for the outdoors. Fishing and camping were common activities during her youth. Her obsession with hunting would come later in life with her husband Cade Crawford sharing his skills and passion for the outdoors. Cristy got her first bow in 2003 as a way to extend her hunting season and has since won and place highly in several archery tournaments to include finishing second in the Texas State Championship in the Women's Hunter Division; winning the 2010 Texas State Championship and Arkansas State Championship and 2nd in the Oklahoma State Championship in the Women's Hunter division along with Shooter of the Year in Texas. Cristy has won and placed in the top three in multiple ASA Pro/Am's tournaments. Cristy also competes fishing tournaments throughout the year with her husband.

Cristy is an avid hunter and has harvested whitetail deer, mule deer, turkey, hogs, coyote, bobcat, dove, ducks, geese and pheasant. Most recently, she got her first experience in western hunting while hunting with Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's Team Elk show. Cristy is an accomplished caller, and competed in Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's World Elk Calling Competition placing in the top six in the women's division.

Cade and Cristy Crawford have one six year old daughter that has been out hunting, scouting and fishing since the age of two, and recently caught a 6 pound bass and reeled it in all by herself. The next generation of competitive fishing and hunting is in her daughters' blood already.

Jennifer Brewer

Miranda Browne

Montana

About Miranda:

I was born and raised in southwest Montana and have lived in Montana my entire life. I grew up on a cattle ranch with my three brothers. My dad had me start shooting when I was about four years old just at targets. When I got older we would go out and hunt gophers. When I turned 12 I started hunting big game (elk/mule deer/whitetail) with my dad and older brother. At 13 I started shooting archery in school and the next year I purchased my first bow and started archery hunting. I started working at Upper Canyon Outfitters when I was 15. I started out there taking people on trail rides and helping out with whatever else needed to be done. Taking people on trail rides is where I first realized how wonderful it is to be able to share this great state with other people. It gave me the opportunity to see Montana through someone else's eyes and see just how blessed I was to grow up here. When I turned 18 I started guiding hunters for Upper Canyon. I joined the Montana Air National Guard just before my 18th birthday. I started out working on F-15s and now work on the avionics systems for C-130s. I married the love of my life in February and we are now buying our first house.

How I got involved in shooting and or hunting:

My dad had me start shooting when I was about four years old just at targets. When I got older we would go out and hunt gophers. When I turned 12 I started hunting big game (elk/mule deer/whitetail) with my dad and older brother. At 13 I started shooting archery in school and the next year I purchased my first bow and started archery hunting.

Why I like encouraging/introducing women and beginners into shooting sports/hunting:

I absolutely love encouraging and introducing women and beginners to shooting sports and hunting for many reasons. The first would be because it is great bonding time with friends and family and a wonderful way to gain new friends. Also, it is a great way to get people off the couch and outdoors in the fresh air. Introducing people to hunting also helps with conservation and protecting the land and the animals on it. Lastly, I love seeing the change in someone when they shoot for the first time. You can see the confidence rise as they become more comfortable with what they are shooting. Taking someone hunting for the first time is a little different, but also an incredible experience. To be able to help someone even just get close to an animal that they may have never seen before or if they have it was only from a distance can be a moment that they never forget and to share that with someone is truly special. There is nothing I love more than being able to share the land where I have been blessed to grow up.

Other outdoor/shooting activities:

I love to go camping and usually we will bring some guns and/or bows to shoot while we are there. I also ride horses as much as possible and love to teach new people to ride. Fly fishing, is another activity that I like to do, however I am still learning, but it is another great activity that I like to encourage women to get involved with.

Quick Facts:

How many years have you been shooting a bow? About 10

Who introduced you to a bow? I was introduced to a bow in junior high school through PE.

How many years have you been shooting a firearm? For almost 20 years now.

Who introduced you to a firearm? My dad.

Karen

Amy Crooks

Wisconsin

About Amy:

I have been a Registered Nurse for the past 8 years. I am a nurse manager on one of the Dementia units at a local nursing home. I have worked at this nursing home for the past 13 years (started there as a CNA when I was 17 years old). One of my first jobs growing up (other than babysitting) was working at an archery retail shop (ARRO) run by a close family friend. I helped in the billing aspect, stocking, taking inventory and shipping all sorts of hunting supply items. My husband and I have been married for 8 years and we have two boys (Tyler 6 and Nathan 2). I enjoy everything about the outdoors: hunting, fishing, traveling, hiking, four wheeling, campfires (the list can go on). Indoors I enjoy crafting (ie. scrapbooking, anything with photos). My husband and I recently purchased a cabin in northern WI so our family spends as much time in the peaceful north woods as possible.

How many years have you been involved in Shooting or Hunting?

5

Do you shoot Bow or Firearm?

Both

How did you get involved in Shooting or the Outdoors?

I was raised in a family with many generations of hunters. My parents introduced my sister and I to hunting and fishing at a very young age. When I started shooting (grade school), I had a recurve, and my parents introduced us to 3D shooting with our family friends. My family owned hunting land about 2 hours from our home where we spent a lot of time shooting and hunting. My sister and I would sit in ground blinds together just watching animals (this was before we were old enough to hunt). After nursing school my husband reintroduced me into bow hunting/3D shooting. Since that time we are always in the woods together!

Why I like encouraging/introducing women and beginners into shooting sports/hunting:

I love to see the reaction in a new shooters face when they shoot a gun or a bow for the first time. The immediate positive feedback is so rewarding, I love being able to share that passion with them. I recently took my best friend (non-hunter) on a bear hunt with me and that will be a trip that neither of us will forget any time soon. Her excitement to sit in the woods with me was unbelievable. From preparing for the hunt, to the first bear that walked in to the baits, to all the adventure we had during our travels, there were so many wonderful memories made on that trip! I truly feel seeing how much I love to hunt and all the stories, videos, and pictures that I have shared with her in the past led her to the decision to come with me. We have been friends for over 8 years, and this is the first time she came hunting with me. I am looking forward to many more women that I can touch with stories, photos, videos, etc.

Other outdoor/shooting activities:

  • My husband and I at times will join our local video archery league
  • During the summer & fall we will also shoot 3D shoots
  • Our local hunting store has a rifle/pistol range/simulation pistol range, they have a ladies night (shooting at a discounted rate) I have been working on getting women interested in coming with me to the range. Many women that have not shot, have verbalized interest
  • I have had 3 different women in the past month approach me in regards to shooting a bow / bow hunting. My husband is assisting me with setting up my old bow to make this available for other women to try and shoot for the first time. I am looking forward to this as bow hunting is my passion!

Quick Facts:

How many years have you been shooting a bow?

Compound bow 8 years (most recent years)

I shot a recurve for probably 3-4 years when I young

Who introduced you to a bow?

My husband bought me my first compound

My dad gave me my first recurve

How many years have you been shooting a firearm?

Actively for the past 8 years

My parents introduced me to firearms when I was 12 (aware of them before that age, but allowed to start to use them at age 12)

Who introduced you to a firearm?

Parents

Beth Edwards

Diane Danielson

Virginia

About Diane:

I started shooting as a junior .22 Rifle competitor in 1967 and have been shooting nearly every firearm discipline ever since. I began hunting with my dad and older brothers when I was 13 and found the joys of small game (rabbit and squirrel) and upland birds. Of course, that later expanded to waterfowl, deer and turkey, all of which included, field dressing, cleaning and cooking all the game we shot.

It wasn't until I moved to Wisconsin in the late 80's that I got more heavily involved in clay targets, fielding at least one women's trap and/or skeet team every summer for the industrial league at the local club. Ample hunting land and lots of ladies who wanted to learn to shoot were how I became very actively involved in teaching women. Sharing hunting land and lending out my guns to new lady shooters was the best way to see the sport grow. That later evolved into becoming an instructor and reaching even more women through volunteering for the NRA and State Hunter Safety Education programs.

In 2010 I went to work for the NRA in Fairfax, VA to coordinate nationally the program that I had run in Wisconsin for 11 years. In addition to organizing hundreds of Women On Target events throughout the US, I also coordinate a program to encourage and train more women to become NRA Certified Instructors. This includes travelling around the country to offer instructor level courses for women, by women where the need is greatest.

I still hunt whenever I can and calling turkeys is my favorite pastime. Northern Virginia doesn't offer much public hunting land but I still get my Chocolate Lab, Maggie on birds a couple times a year at a local pheasant farm. I'm an active Bullseye (Conventional) Pistol Shooter and am looking forward to venturing into 3-Gun Competition in 2015.

Karen

Julie Devine

Oklahoma

About Julie:

I am 39 years old. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 20 years in May. He is still my very best friend. Corny I know but we aren't too syrupy about it. We have 2 BEAUTIFUL daughters ages 10 and 12. The girls are both very busy in softball, basketball, soccer, and cheer. We are total addicts to watching our kids in all their various activities. In past years I was super busy competing in ASA archery competitions with a fair amount of national success, but now that my children have gotten older I don't get to compete as much as I would like. My most important award I earned in archery is being awarded the very first ASA Sportsman of the Year award in 2009. The Sportsman of the Year is an award given out at the national ASA Classic to the person that has displayed the most sportsmanlike attitude, has shown great character, and a general love of the sport of archery. I am now on the committee that chooses the current recipients.

How I got involved in shooting and or hunting:

I grew up in a hunting family. Both of my parents hunted and one of my sister's did. I married a man that basically hunts for a living. He is a television producer for hunting and fishing television shows. Oddly enough I had never cared anything about hunting. But in 2008, I was looking for an activity that my husband and I could enjoy together. Knowing how much Michael loves hunting, I asked my husband for a bow so that we could shoot some local archery tournaments together. I was still not interested in hunting. I took to archery like a duck to water and very quickly showed a lot of skill and became a total archery addict. At the end of the 2008 competition season, my husband convinced me that I would hunt that fall. At first I resisted, but I finally accepted the challenge. I killed my first deer that fall with my flaming hot pink bow (true story). I loved the experience. Providing meat for my family's dinner table gave me a feeling of power and success like no other feeling I could describe. I feel so empowered knowing that my family would never starve, because I am capable of taking care of finding the food.

Why I like encouraging/introducing women and beginners into shooting sports/hunting:

My favorite thing in the world is introducing new women and kids to archery. The look on someone's face after that first arrow leaves the bow is priceless! Then watching them grow and develop skills is so rewarding. The more successful my chickies get the prouder I am. It's so amazing watching someone's confidence and skill grow in archery.

Other outdoor/shooting activities:

I am a certified 4H archery instructor. Introducing new kids to shooting is the most amazing feeling. I would like to encourage more women to get certified to be a 4H instructor whether it is archery, skeet/trap or .22 air rifle. You will never regret volunteering with kids. The more positive role models children today can have around them the better. If it keeps one kid from getting into trouble and drugs when they get older, I consider myself a total success.

Quick Facts:

How many years have you been shooting a bow?

I started shooting a bow in 2008.

Who introduced you to a bow?

My husband has been an avid bowhunter since he was 15 years old. He is now 40.

How many years have you been shooting a firearm?

I grew up shooting firearms as a kid. I enjoyed it immensely until a friend of my sister's had an accident with a firearm when I was 9. After that I was afraid of guns for a long time. I wasn't against them, I just didn't want anything to do with them personally. After I started competing in archery, I started noticing how many of the other female archers were also gun enthusiasts and many of them had their concealed carry license. Being around so many women that loved shooting sports led me to finally have the courage to try shooting a gun again. I enjoy firearms, but archery will always be my first love.

Who introduced you to a firearm?

My father was a police officer as well as an avid hunter. My mother was a rifle hunter herself. Both of my parents were very influential in my original introduction to firearms.

Beth Edwards

Beth Edwards

Alabama

About Beth:

My name is Beth Edwards and I live is south Alabama. I am married and have two sons, ages 24 & 16 years old. I am a Registered Nurse and a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. I am currently the Director of Operations at our local clinic and love every aspect of my job. I hunt in Choctaw county Alabama and enjoy spending every minute I can with my husband and boys.

How I got involved in shooting and or hunting:

I credit my shooting and hunting involvement to my husband Jason. He has shown me how to shoot handguns, rifles, shotguns, compound and cross bows. When my youngest son started showing interest in hunting, I realized this was a part of my husband's and older son's life that I was not sharing or a part of. I found myself just as eager to learn how to hunt as my youngest son was and I didn't miss a lesson. What I found interesting was the methods of instruction my husband would use, I often had to ask more questions, or find a different way to accomplish the things he did with brute strength. It didn't take long for me to climb a tree and start shooting.

Why I like encouraging/introducing women and beginners into shooting sports/hunting:

I have many reasons for my passion for encouraging and introducing women and beginners into shooting and hunting. First, everyone, especially women should be comfortable with weapons and find ones they feel they can handle. Shooting installs confidence and independence. With instruction, practice and safety, shooting can be very enjoyable. Second, hunting is a way to provide food for your family, get in touch with nature and be a role model for your children. Hunting is not just a men's sport, it's a family activity and a way to connect to something natural and fun. The best part of hunting, for me, is getting everyone in the truck after a hunt. It is constant chatter of what each person saw, who did or didn't have a shot, funny stories and obstacles they overcame to make it through. It is priceless! Third, there are different ways to hunt and a lot of women friendly products available to make it easier and safe. Climbing stands are lighter, safety harnesses are designed for women, bows are made with women's draw lengths, etc. Finding what is a right fit to make hunting enjoyable is easier than ever. Fourth, hunting can be very relaxing. There is nothing that compares to watching the woods wake up in the mornings and the sun setting behind the trees in the evenings. Quiet solitude is something we often do not get enough of in our busy day-to-day lives. Sitting in a tree stand or shooting house, in the quiet woods, with your thoughts and nature, with no cellphones ringing, no laundry to do or dishes to wash, is a calming force like no other.

Quick Facts:

How many years have you been shooting a bow?

I have been shooting a bow for 4 years now.

Who introduced you to a bow?

My husband Jason introduced me to bow hunting.

How many years have you been shooting a firearm?

18 years

Who introduced you to a firearm?

My husband

Debbie Essex

Debbie Essex

Kentucky

About Debbie:

I am married to Ray and we have 4 children and 10 grandchildren. I have lived in several places Ray was in the military for 22 years. I like to ride horses, sew, hunt and shoot archery.

How I got involved in shooting and or hunting:

I got into hunting and shooting with Ray. He would go hunting and I decided that this would be a good way to spend time with nature and also put food on the table.I did a lot of practicing and was finally ready. I now look forward to hunting seasons and taking someone with me to get the same experience.

Why I like encouraging/introducing women and beginners into shooting sports/hunting:

I like to encourage women to go out enjoy the outdoors,most of the women I know like to get into hunting and maybe trying 3-D. They saw it is hard,I tell them it is fun and rewarding,I like to watch everything around while out.I have a few women that have been hunting and really enjoyed it. They tell me it is fun to watch squirrels and deer .

Other outdoor/shooting activities:

I like to walk and just watch all the animals and take pictures .I have another lady that would like to get into shooting a bow .I am in the process of setting time up to get her are my :O.e to learn to shoot and hunt. She loves outdoors,maybe try horseback riding also. She want to get together and shoot hand guns and rifles. I think we will soon get her learning to do both.

Quick Facts:

How many years have you been shooting a bow? 23 years

Who introduced you to a bow? Ray my husband

How many years have you been shooting a firearm? 15 years

Who introduced you to a firearm? Ray

Debbie Essex

Andrea Fisher

Massachusetts

How many years have you been involved in Shooting or Hunting?

I first went target shooting and hunting with my father when I was about 9 years old.

Do you shoot Bow or Firearm?

Both

How did you get involved in Shooting or the Outdoors?

My father would take my two brother and I hiking, target shooting and then hunting jack rabbits and sage grouse when we lived in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Have you ever introduced other women/kids to Shooting or Hunting?

Yes, I organized and taught classes for my local retriever club, helping people train their dogs for upland and waterfowl hunting. I am a certified Hunter Education instructor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and love to see women and kids in my classes!

Andrea Fisher

Suzi Greenlee

 

About Suzi:

I was born and raised in Louisiana, also known as the “Sportsman’s Paradise”, and was surrounded by strong southern women, men that were true gentlemen and adventurous boy cousins that introduced me to all kinds outdoor activities like climbing trees, shooting BB guns and riding wheelies on our bicycles. I am an only child and have the most supportive, loving parents a girl could ask for in life. I moved to East Tennessee in my late 20’s and later married my husband, a State Trooper & avid hunter. I have a wonderful teenage son that is a Freshman in college, and I couldn’t be more proud of the young man he has grown up to be. I prefer to be outside any & every chance I get. I am on my 5th Jeep Wrangler, so I enjoy traveling the back roads and getting a little mud on my tires from time to time. I am in sales as a Real Estate Broker, so during the day my attire consists of dress clothes and high heels...but to keep my life in balance I have just as many pairs of cowboy boots and muck boots! I have three dogs that range in size and attitude, with the smallest one, pound for pound, being the “toughest” of the bunch. I love to shoot my bow, shoot skeet, turkey hunt, deer hunt, well...hunt anything really. I also like to ride 4 wheelers, side by sides and take my pontoon boat the “Cajun Queen” out on the lake every chance I get. The most important thing to know about me is that I am a Christian, but I am far from perfect. It is only by the grace and mercy of God I am forgiven.

How I got involved in shooting and or hunting:

Several years ago our Pastor did a message about marriage and the top 5 things a woman and a man desire in a happy marriage. Ladies, you can imagine the #1 thing a man desires so let’s chat about what was next on the list... “Recreational compatibility”. Right at that moment I thought about all the time my husband spent practicing with his bow, preparing for hunting season and his time spent in the woods hunting. And I recalled the joy his hobbies brought him. So I mentioned to my husband I would like to try to shoot a bow. He was more than excited to set me up with my first Mathews bow, the Passion. Much to our surprise I was a pretty good shot and immediately I fell in love with archery. Our relationship and friendship grew more and more as I became involved with shooting and ultimately hunting. I began to understand the peace and accomplishment archery and hunting could bring a person. It was no longer about “killing” an animal, it was about appreciating & conserving nature, being in the woods before the sun comes up and watching the world around me come alive as the sun rises in the morning. It was the challenge of being a woman in a man’s world and finding strength I didn’t know I had, like hiking with my gear through the woods before dawn, finding my way & climbing into my tree stand all by myself. It is the thrill of being undetected by wildlife and being blessed to harvest an animal and share the meat with family, friends and even the needy. It is the excitement of heading back to deer camp to see if anyone had any luck and if they did, stand around and chat about how it all went down. It’s about enjoying the sport of shooting and the “therapy” it brings me to grab my bow after a long hard day and decompress in my back yard shooting at a block target. Becoming focused and determined to get better and better every time I draw back. I love what shooting like a girl has done for me!

Why I like encouraging/introducing women and beginners into shooting sports/hunting:

It is an incredible feeling of empowerment to be able to pick up a bow, draw it back and accomplish making the shot. I believe sometimes men get to have all the fun, but it’s only because the women aren’t being introduced to the sport of shooting or hunting. Hunting provides not only healthy, quality, nutritious food, but it also provides peace, tranquility and an excitement that is hard to put into words. There is nothing like the sound of “silence” in the woods and then hearing the crunching of leaves as a deer approaches, which is soon replaced by the overwhelming sound of your heart beating out of your chest. Wow...I get excited just thinking about it!!

Any other outdoor/shooting activities

  • I love to shoot skeet
  • I also enjoy 3D tournament shooting
  • Turkey hunting
  • Deer hunting
  • Pheasant hunting
  • A gator hunt is on my bucket list, along with bowfishing! (Those will both 
happen in 2015!!)
  • I am “game” for anything when it comes to shooting ;0)

Quick Facts:

How many years have you been shooting a bow? 6 years

Who introduced you to a bow?
My husband. He is a State Trooper and an avid outdoorsman.

How many years have you been shooting a firearm? 9 years

Who introduced you to a firearm?
Many moons ago it would have been my boy cousins. In the past decade it would be my husband.

Shanna Hillis

Shanna Hillis

Tennessee

About Shanna:

I have been shooting a bow now for roughly 22 years. It seems like a long time but I can remember the first arrow I ever shot. I was so excited when I got my first bow, it was in February 1992 and it was cold outside but I could not wait a minute longer, I had to get out there and shoot!! That is why I enjoy helping others become involved in archery, knowing that they have the power to do something for themselves. Noone else can control that bow but you. It is an empowering feeling.

My husband had shot bows for years and thought it would be a good idea to get me started, probably so I wouldn't fuss about him being gone all the time hunting or shooting tournaments. I think I enjoy tournament archery best, being competitive certainly helps. Hunting is great and I do enjoy being in the woods, whether it is hunting squirrels, deer or turkey. Growing up I never had any inclination to hunt and after my first deer kill I was hesitant to go back to the woods. As I think a lot of woman may be, the initial shock of having taken a life seems to be different for a woman than a man. As the years have passed it has come to bother me less but it does still make me take pause when I do harvest an animal.

My dad did teach me to shoot a rifle, the good ole .22, I am sure that is probably what everyone started shooting with. I now enjoy shooting all calibers of rifle. My primary hunting rifle is a .270 WSM. I love the short mags, more bang for the buck...literaly. I do love my muzzleloader also, it really is hard to pick what my favorite is!

I enjoyed quite a bit of success on the tournament trail in 2006 and 2007. Then I suffered a crippling case of target panic that set me back in what I was hoping would be a fast rise through the ASA classes. It has taken years of trying everything to get back to some form of shooting well. I am glad to say that 2014 has been a great year on the tournament trail and I am looking forward to an even better year in 2015.

Anne Geist

Marissa Hoehn

Arkansas

About Marissa:

I'm Marissa Hoehn and I live in Malvern, AR. I've been rifle hunting since I was 13 and picked up bow hunting four years ago and absolutely love it! I've been in Arkansas for a couple years now and am really getting to know all the outdoor sports here. Last year I got to go on many hog hunts, had my first Arkansas archery hunt and duck hunt. This spring I finally took my first turkey. When I'm not hunting you can find me fishing, running and working out, wood working, spending time with family and friends, or working in the Emergency Room. I graduate nursing school in December and look forward to having more time to hunt, travel, and introduce more women to the sport I love.

How I got involved in shooting and or hunting:

I got involved with shooting and hunting after watching my dad head out to the woods to deer hunt every year growing up. He was taking my brother to get his hunter's education license and I insisted on going and getting mine. My dad thought I would never use it, but then decided that it wouldn't hurt to have it. Now I spend more time hunting and being involved with shooting sports than he ever imagined, and we are always sharing stories and pictures and asking each other for hunting and shooting advice.

Why I like encouraging/introducing women and beginners into shooting sports/hunting:

I like introducing and encouraging women in shooting and hunting because it's such an empowering sport. When I see a woman shoot for the first time, they get a hug smile and it's as if they have a new found independence. I love it when they come back to me and we talk about other shooting sports or when we can shoot together again. It's a win-win! I also love to introduce women to shooting sports because growing up I didn't have that someone to encourage and teach me from a woman's standpoint. I love being able to be that person for someone else.

Other outdoor/shooting activities:

I have also taken up waterfowl hunting, turkey hunting, and skeet shooting. They are all fairly new to me, but I am absolutely loving the shotgun sports. I hope get to go on a goose hunt and a dove hunt next year.

Quick Facts:

How many years have you been shooting a bow? I've been shooting a bow for 4 years now.

Who introduced you to a bow? My boyfriend introduced me to shooting a bow. I fell in love with bow hunting after he took me with him to film a bow hunt in which he harvested a doe.

How many years have you been shooting a firearm? I have been shooting firearms for 13 years.

Who introduced you to a firearm? My father introduced me to firearms when I was 13 years old.

Christina Krajesonics

Angie Kokes

Nebraska

About Angie:

Raised at the foot of the Nebraska Sandhills by a family who loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing. Angie Kokes learned early on that if you want something you better be willing to work for it. She attributes the character and values she has today to being raised with a never quit attitude.

Angie began hunting and fishing at a very young age, tagging along with her dad for any hunt he’d take her along on, and with her family and grandparents on weekend fishing trips. She hunted and fished all through grade school and high school. Her first year of college she made enough money selling furs to make her very first solo rifle purchase.

Married now for seventeen years to her husband Adam, the two hunt, fish, trap and are full time farmers and ranchers. The couple also own and operate a tack & trailer sales business. As a farmer and rancher Angie says being in the outdoors is not just a weekend event, it is everyday life. Angie’s home is situated on the North Loup River with close proximity to 3 amazing lakes and she takes full advantage of all of the hunting, trapping and fishing the area has to offer. She embraces the life she has been blessed with on the farm and the ability to witness nature in all it’s splendor all day, everyday.

While Angie is most passionate about bow hunting, she will tell you if it can be hunted she either hunts it already or will be trying it in the future. Among her favorites along with bow hunting whitetail and mule deer are duck & goose hunting, upland game birds, dove hunting, calling coyotes, raccoon hunting, hog hunting and when she’s not hunting you will find her on the river or lake somewhere fishing. If it’s outdoors you’ll find Angie somewhere near by.

Angie is adamant about sharing her passions with others and especially women, making joining Shoot Like a Girl such an honor! It is a huge blessing to be a part of a team who encourages and supports women to get outdoors!

Christina Krajesonics

Christina Krajcsovics

New Jersey

About Christina:

I am a 40 year old mom with 3 great kids. I am a full-time military; Prior Army currently in the Air National Guard. I love everything outdoors. I love hunting and fishing and I love spending time in the outdoors with my family. I love archery tournaments and watching my kids compete.

How many years have you been involved in Shooting or Hunting?

20+

Do you shoot Bow or Firearm?

Both

How did you get involved in Shooting or the Outdoors?

My step-father was an avid outdoorsman. He always enjoyed taking me fishing and hunting with him. He taught me how to shoot a gun and we did a lot of skeet shooting. When I was 14, he took me for my hunter's safety course. Since then I have competed in many tournaments and spend hours in the woods bow hunting.

I believe in strong family values and would love to see more families involved in the sport.

Have you ever introduced other women/kids to Shooting or Hunting?

I have 3 children. Two boys 18 and 16, and a 12 year old daughter. Both my boys are into bow hunting. I go to many 3-D shoots with my daughter and we shoot as a Mother-Daughter team. We are a close family and enjoy archery and hunting together. I also belong to Garden State Archers and we help the boy scouts get their archery badge every year.

April Mack

April Mack

Oregon

About April:

My family is strong in faith and we rely on each other. I am 41-years old and am married to my high school sweetheart, recently celebrating 21-years. We have 2 kids; a 19 year old daughter with special needs and a 12 year old son. Our son is following in the footsteps of us with hunting. I love the fact I can share with him that women can hunt, and be successful at it too. Our daughter shot a turkey last spring – that was really cool! We hunt basically from the end of Aug (Archery for deer and elk) through the end of May. I hunt deer, elk, turkey, upland and water fowl. We have German Wire Hair pointers for our bird hunting and are truly in awe when I watch the "boys" do their stuff!

I love all aspects of hunting, the early morning rise to getting back out for an evening hunt. The overwhelming emotions when we harvest an animal and just being able to experience God's great creations. But most of all, this is time as a family we can spend together… With busy schedules between work and school, this is our time to unwind and reconnect.

I love anything that involves outdoor activity. As a family we are very active in hunting and fishing as well as biking, hiking, camping or any other opportunity to get out. Any spare time I have I am usually doing activities outdoors.

How many years have you been involved in Shooting or Hunting?

On and off since I was a kid, but consistently the last 4 years.

Do you shoot Bow or Firearm?

Both

How did you get involved in Shooting or the Outdoors?

Growing up with 2-olders brothers, my dad would take us out for deer hunting. That was with rifle. We would do target practice occasionally as well. My involvement was not nearly what it is now. My husband introduced me to bow hunting and bird hunting; he has taught me pretty much everything I know about it and still continues to educate me. Along with hunting we do skeet shooting and target practice. But rarely have time during the hunting season (10 months out of the year).

My dream is to have more involvement with outdoor activities (volunteering, group involvement, staffing etc). This is where my heart lays and I am on a mission to full fill this dream. I would bring a West Coast presence, which caters to a different demographic of hunters. I am currently involved in a few outdoor organizations. Christian Bow Hunters, and the Oregon Bow Hunters Assoc. I am enrolled to take a class to become a bow instructor later this month. As well as upbeat and positive energy, I would bring a positive representation of SLG to potential followers and patrons. Relaying what it means to be an ethical hunter as well as responsible outdoorswomen. I am looking to expand my experiences with outdoor organizations and share experiences with other women with similar interests and possibly assist in teaching or mentoring others to become involved

Have you ever introduced other women/kids to Shooting or Hunting?

Early this year, as Director of Women in the Outdoors (WITO) for the Oregon Chapter, I created a Mother's Day skeet shoot and luncheon. I organized the location, meals, raffle prizes and activities. It was a complete success! We had approximately 10 ladies show up; one of them was a young 12-year old lady! The experience ranged from ladies that competed in shooting events to ladies that had never touched a shot gun. They were taught safety of the gun, proper gun handling and proper shooting stance and form.

Debi Martin

Debi Martin

Mississippi

About Debi:

I am a simple girl with a big love for the great outdoors. I spend most of my time with my family hunting, fishing and shooting archery tournaments. I am very fortunate to be married to a lover of the outdoors as well. My husband Brad has supported me and always helped me in anything I do. We are very devout Christians and have been blessed beyond measure. God has provided between the both of us five beautiful children and three perfect grandchildren.

How I got involved in shooting and or hunting:

My late father was a preacher and an avid hunter. Some of my fondest memories were of he and I in the woods together. We enjoyed all that God had put on earth for us to have. My father always took the time to show me how to do things and he would explain the privilege of getting to hunt. My husband Brad was very eager to buy me a bow and have me go with him to archery tournaments as well as bow hunt. With much love for me, and with the patience of Job he introduced me to archery. Now we travel all over with ASA shooting tournaments and we try to hunt in as many states as we can.

Why I like encouraging/introducing women and beginners into shooting sports/hunting:

When I get to talk to women about shooting sports it gives me the biggest sense of accomplishment. Just having an opportunity to talk with woman that were told they weren't good enough or they could not do something just because they were a girl, well that just makes me strive harder to prove the doubters wrong. We as women need to always support each other in all that we do. Taking someone no matter what age and putting a bow or a gun in their hand for the first time is like something I cannot explain. Having them feel the sense of empowerment for the first time, having them know they can do it and seeing the smile on their face is priceless. By passing on my knowledge of shooting sports and hunting is me doing my part to keep the tradition alive.

Other outdoor/shooting activities:

I shoot with local archery clubs as well as with ASA and I am also an avid hunter. I work closely with Mississippi Bowhunters Association as they fight to keep our bowing privileges alive in our state. With MBA we host archery camps for children. Some of those camps are for orphans, Camp Rainbow is for children going through or recovering from cancer and Camp Just Like Me is for children who have just lost a parent. With our local archery club we have always encouraged women to come out and learn basic instruction on archery. We have been very successful in bringing not just women but children to the sport.

Quick Facts:

How many years have you been shooting a bow? 6

Who introduced you to a bow? My husband Brad Martin.

How many years have you been shooting a firearm? 32 years

Who introduced you to a firearm? My late father J. D. Enterkin.

April Mack

Tammy Mayfield

Texas

About Tammy:

I was raised around guns and learned to respect them at an early age. However, hunting was not a part of our household. It was until I met my wonderful husband in 2003, who introduced me to hunting world. At first, I didn't think it was my thing. I wanted nothing to do with it. I really don't know what happened, except the fact that love does crazy things… but I am now truly addicted to hunting and shooting!! I absolutely live for it now. We have a deer lease in Llano, Texas. We love the hill country and plan to retire there someday. Our little boy is 8, and he has been going to the deer stand since he was 6 weeks old. He had rather be hunting and shooting than riding a bike! Our 20 year old daughter is now getting in to bow hunting. We have created a true hunting family and I am grateful for God giving me this life! There is nothing else I had rather be doing, than spending time with my family and hunting.

How I got involved in shooting and or hunting:

I have been shooting guns my entire life. My dad used to always shoot with us growing up. He taught me how important it was to know how to use a gun. My first gun was a 20 gauge that Santa brought me for Christmas at the age of 10. My hunting adventures began with my sweet husband in 2004. He broke me in slowly and it is now our life.

Why I like encouraging/introducing women and beginners into shooting sports/hunting:

When I started hunting, I truly found my passion. I wish I could hunt 365 days a year. Before I met my husband, no one could have ever told me that I would someday find my passion in the world of hunting. NO ONE! I loving doing it, talking about it, and teaching it to other women because I believe there are many women out there like me. I meet them every day. Women who turn their noses up to guns and hunting can learn to enjoy it and become a way of life like it did mine. Men are lucky to have us, ladies! I want to encourage ladies to step outside their comfort zone, you never know what you will discover about yourself. Shooting and hunting is fun, family friendly, and healthy too!

Any other outdoor/shooting activities

My husband and I help our local game warden each year with Father/Son/Daughter Hog hunt. The TPWL come out as well.. we practice shooting guns, bows, teach safety, animal tracks, eat BBQ and go out for a day of pig killing! We have a lot of fun and enjoy interacting with these youngsters! It is a great way to introduce shooting and hunting.

Quick Facts:

How many years have you been shooting a bow? I have been shooting a bow for about 10 years.

Who introduced you to a bow? My husband started me on a "woman friendly" Parker bow.

How many years have you been shooting a firearm? About 40 years.

Who introduced you to a firearm? My dad.

Julie & Brook McDonald

Brook McDonald

Ohio

About Brook:

I am eleven years old and in 6th grade. I love to sing, dance, perform in musicals, the outdoors, hunting, rc cars, and archery. My whole family enjoys archery.

How many years have you been involved in Shooting or Hunting?

Shooting 8, Hunting 2

Do you shoot Bow or Firearm?

both

How did you get involved in Shooting or the Outdoors?

Me and my family shoot guns, hunt and all started archery together. I stuck with archery because I like it the best. In September, this year, I went through the Hunter Safety course and passed. I am very excited to hunt this year and hope to get my first deer. My dad has taken me hunting for 3 years and hoping this year I can get my deer.

I think it's important to get women and girls into archery because they don't think they can do it. We can give them the chance to try and show them they CAN do it!

Have you ever introduced other women/kids to Shooting or Hunting?

I wish more of my friends would shoot with me but really need more parents to support their kids in shooting and hunting like my dad and mom do.

Julie & Julie McDonald

Julie McDonald

Ohio

About Julie:

I grew up in suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio and enjoyed playing various team sports (soccer, basketball and fast-pitch softball). My hometown was a city and I was never really exposed or taught shooting sports until I met my husband in college. I did not have any friends that hunted and grew up scared of guns, for the most part.

How I got involved in shooting and or hunting:

I met my husband my senior year of college and he was an avid hunter and shooter. He was actually going through the Ohio Police training soon after we met and I had never been around guns. I decided if I was going to continue with the relationship that I needed to learn to safely handle guns and not be afraid of them.

Why I like encouraging/introducing women and beginners into shooting sports/hunting:

The second amendment is a right to bear arms. I had really been taking that right for grated and not taking on the responsibility myself. All Americans should learn to safely handle guns and not grow up afraid of them. Now I know that my fear of guns was only my lack of knowledge and not having the opportunity or person in my life to teach me.

I feel very blessed to have met my husband and we are now able to teach our children shooting sports. I believe there are a lot of women and youth out there that just need to have a person to teach them shooting sports, give them the proper equipment and training so they do not grow up afraid like I did.

Shoot Like A Girl is giving all women the opportunity to handle firearms and bows that are sized for them. The mobile trailer the company obtained through our generous sponsors is an amazing program which enables women to safely experience and learn to shoot a gun or a bow. Women see for themselves how it feels to shoot a gun or a bow. No need to be scared or afraid anymore----you did it!!

Other outdoor/shooting activities:

All the below activities I do with my family. My husband, myself, my 12 year old son (Trey) and my 14 year old daughter (Brooke) all compete in activities below:

ASA 3-D archery

USA target archery

SASS Cowboy action shooting

We also make sure to get both my children out hunting during youth hunting season. My husband and I both got our Ohio Hunter education certificates this past year and both kids have passed hunter safety classes. Typically I will be in blind with my daughter and my husband & son will hunt from tree stands. It is great to have that hunting experience together as a family.

Quick Facts:

How many years have you been shooting a bow? 6 years

Who introduced you to a bow? My husband

How many years have you been shooting a firearm? 22 yrs

Who introduced you to a firearm? My husband

Karen

Donna McDonald

Montana

About Donna:

My husband, Jake, and I own and operate Upper Canyon Outfitters, a guest ranch and fly fishing & hunting outfitter in Southwest Montana. Our ranch was homesteaded by my grandfather in 1910, and we raised our two children here, with our daughter now living in Bozeman and our son in Washington DC.

I have been a licensed outfitter with the state of Montana since 1989. One of my goals and passions is to stay involved in the hunting industry both on the local and national level to help protect the hunting heritage and introduce others to the sport. I have been involved with the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association (MOGA) Board of Directors for nineteen years, serving as the first woman President of MOGA in 2008 and 2009. I have served over six years on the Governor's appointed Private Land/Public Wildlife Council, a council of citizens representing the interests of hunters, landowners, and outfitters. I have also been involved in several major legislative accomplishments such as introducing the Coming Home to Hunt licensing campaign, half price youth licensing, and establishing more access to land for hunters. One of my most passionate goals was helping organize Big Hearts under the Big Sky. This charitable partnership program provides military service men and women, children who face the challenge of a life threatening illness, and women who suffer the challenges of breast cancer the opportunity to enjoy Montana outdoors at no cost. http://www.bigheartsmt.org/ Currently, I also serve on the Board of Directors for the Ruby Water Shed Council and America Outdoors.

How I got involved in shooting and or hunting:

My first memories of hunting were as a young girl. I often followed my father through the mountains of Montana with my single shot 22 rifle.

Why I like encouraging/introducing women and beginners into shooting sports/hunting:

learning about my own abilities and challenging myself personally. It has inspired me to participate directly in conservation efforts at all levels in an effort to make improvements for the future. I have grown up with the outdoor and hunting culture all around me, and likewise it has been a portal for me to raise my family and to share with so many friends. What good is this incredible industry if we do not share it with others? Who will be there to not only enjoy in it, but to perpetuate the work we've done thus far and progress?

Being a woman in the hunting industry today is much different than it was thirty years ago, but we still have a long ways to go. I am fortunate to be involved in an industry where I have access to helping women become more involved in the sport of hunting. I enjoy introducing and promote hunting in an ethical manner to women, children and new hunters. I try to broaden my scope to target women of different ages and backgrounds, and create a diverse and robust population of women hunters. We have to champion people to believe in themselves and provide opportunities to get more women involved in the hunting industry. I urge men and women alike to become part of the solution by supporting women's exposure to the sport. Hunting is really a way to share in our love for the outdoors, quality time with our families, and bring awareness to ourselves, actions, and impact on our environments.

Other outdoor/shooting activities:

I am fortunate that I am the owner and outfitter of a fly fishing and hunting business. Daily I feel I have the opportunity to encourage more women and children to become involved in outdoor recreation of all kinds, and consequently the conservation efforts that protect our access and ability to enjoy these activities. I believe hunting is a tremendous privilege that needs our constant attention and support. We are keepers of the future, and getting others involved is my way of ensuring that future generations will enjoy the same opportunities we have in the outdoors today.

Quick Facts:

How many years have you been shooting a bow? I've always had a passion for bow hunting, but didn't really get into it until about fifteen years ago.

Who introduced you to a bow? We had bow hunters at our lodge and I did a lot of elk calling for them. Then, a good friend once said he would guide me. He encouraged me to start doing more bow hunting for myself. Some of the most enjoyable times I've had have been carrying a bow.

How many years have you been shooting a firearm? I can't remember not shooting a firearm. I would guess I started around eight years of age.

Who introduced you to a firearm? My father introduced me to hunting, and gave me my first firearm – a 22 rifle. He was an avid hunter and I feel a deep and enduring sense of gratitude to my father for his encouragement. He gave me opportunities that men of that generation rarely did, joining on many male only hunts. No one accomplishes anything all alone.

Amanda McGinnis

Amanda McGinnis

Georgia

About Amanda:

I am a single mom who is passionate about the outdoors! My son and I do everything together, from traveling to and from rodeos, to shooting bows and hunting together! I have a wonderful family who supports me in all of my fun hobbies.

How I got involved in shooting and or hunting:

My dad is one heck of a bow hunter! We love shooting together in the evenings after work. He has taught me so much, and he hates to brag but he has even been on the cover of GON with a awesome Harris Co, GA buck named Skyscraper! He has traveled the world bow hunting and I am praying the Lord blesses me and allows me with amazing opportunities that he has had!

My brother Ty got me into turkey hunting, and my all time favorite duck hunting! The passion I have for duck hunting is unbelievable strong! I eat, sleep, and dream ducks! I honestly think I love it because of the amazing dog that I get to take with me every time named Limit! (Trained by the amazing Freddy King)

Why I like encouraging/introducing women and beginners into shooting sports/hunting:

In 2014 I have had the opportunity to let 3 girls who have never shot a bow shoot mine! It is an amazing feeling seeing them get so excited that THEY could do it! 2 of the 3 girls have purchased a bow this same year and have already harvested their first deer with it! AMAZING! Seeing the special moment in someone's eyes when they pull the release and the arrow goes flying straight towards the target… you know they are hooked just like I was the first time I ever shot a bow!!!

Any other outdoor/shooting activities

It's amazing talking to all the girls I rodeo with and hearing about how they would love to get involved! All of us living in different states it,s hard to get with them to teach them… So sometimes I just have to take my bow to the rodeos!

Quick Facts:

Who introduced you to a bow? My Father

How many years have you been shooting a firearm? Since I was little also!

Who introduced you to a firearm? My brother Ty had me out shooting squirrels when I was 5 with a BB gun!

Samantha McKelvey

Samantha McKelvey

New York

About Samantha:

I am 25 years old and was born and raised on Long Island, New York. I have a bachelors degree in biology, and I hope to one day become an environmental conservation officer. In the meantime, I work as a construction inspector for an engineering firm. In my spare time, I enjoy outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, kayaking, shooting, photography, and dog training. I am always trying to expand my knowledge of these sports and different ways I can improve my skills. I shoot skeet, trap, and sporting clays for recreation, and have been hunting for a few years now. I have been successful in harvesting small game, upland birds, and waterfowl, but I am still working on getting my first deer.

How I got involved in shooting and or hunting:

I have always been around the outdoor sports since I was little. When we would go to our property in upstate New York, my dad would take me fishing on the lake or I would tag along on a deer hunt. He would let me shoot his shotgun at a tree or we would target practice with the BB guns off the porch. My dad did not do any hunting or shooting on Long Island where we live so it took years for me to really get more involved in the sport, but he instilled in me a love for the outdoors. I met some really great people in my mid to late teens who introduced me to archery and archery hunting, and I fell in love. From there I learned about upland and waterfowl hunting and all the dog training that goes along with those sports. It seems like each year I get to experience something new in this world that I absolutely can't live without.

Why I like encouraging/introducing women and beginners into shooting sports/hunting:

It is important to encourage and introduce new people to shooting and hunting because without them, there is no future for the sport we love so much. Everyone has to be exposed to new experiences in some way, and what better way to get women involved than by being introduced to shooting and hunting by another women. Anything that is male-dominated can be very intimidating for a young girl or woman, but with the support of other women in the sport, female newcomers can feel comfortable and accepted. I struggled for a long time feeling comfortable enough in these sports, and even still have a hard time every so often. I think having a female mentor would have made my introduction to hunting and shooting much easier and I would not have been so apprehensive. If I can make at least one girl or women's experience a bit better than it is all worth it. This is a great time for women in shooting and hunting as there are so many new opportunities for them. Finally there are lines of clothing and gear specifically designed for us, and there are plenty of television shows featuring women knocking down big bucks. Women are being represented now more than ever, but there is always room for improvement. By getting more ladies involved, it just makes things better for every woman in the sport. They can take pride in seeing their improvement on the target, harvesting an animal to feed their family, and getting more in touch with the outdoors. And, in my opinion, there is nothing better than that.

Other outdoor/shooting activities:

I am in a group of Long Island female hunters. It is something that was just started recently, but it seems to be taking off nicely. We are looking to have our first get together within the next month or so to discuss the things we can do together as a group. I have already spoken with one woman whose boyfriend runs a waterfowl guide service about putting together a women's only waterfowl hunt. I am very excited about the opportunities in the future with this group of ladies.

Quick Facts:

How many years have you been shooting a bow? I was first introduced to archery when I was 17 and got my first compound bow soon after.

Who introduced you to a bow? My boyfriend at the time archery hunted and introduced me to the sport.

How many years have you been shooting a firearm? I have been shooting firearms since I was little, but really got more serious about it in my late teens and early 20's.

Who introduced you to a firearm? My dad

Reanne Klein

Jamie Meyer

Oklahoma

About Jamie:

I live in Norman Oklahoma. I work full time at the District Attorney's Office. I also own two businesses: Meyer Designs which is a Bullet Jewelry Company (www.meyerdesigns.org) . I also own Oklahoma Gun Training which is a Firearms Training Company (www.oklahomaguntraining.com) . I have 2 yorkies and a cockatiel. I started shooting competitively in late 2011. This year was my first time to shoot the Bianchi Cup in Missouri, and I really enjoyed it. I recently won 1st place in my division at my first local major USPSA match. I mostly shoot USPSA/IPSC, Steel Challenge, Action Pistol and 3 Gun. I also shoot skeet and trap for fun. I'm a certified NRA Instructor in Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun and Refuse to Be a Victim, as well as teach the Oklahoma Conceal/Open Carry Classes. I'm also an NRA Range Safety Officer, as well as certified USPSA Range Officer. I've completed the 3 day Instructor Development Class with Tom Givens and have over 300 hours of professional instruction in defensive and competitive techniques. I enjoy taking classes from others and will continue to learn and improve my skills. My passion is showing others how to safely use firearms, and giving them the tools to be successful.

How I got involved in shooting and or hunting:

I had a traumatic event happen to my husband and I in 2007 while on vacation out of the country. When we got home the first thing I wanted to do was learn how to pr0tect myself. My husband already had his conceal carry license and he suggested that I take the class. Once I completed the class he then took me to a local range and bought me my first handgun. I then started going to the range to practice more, and really fell in love with shooting in general. I soon sought out many different Instructors to get professional training and really began to learn more about competitive shooting. I attended my first pistol match alone, and not knowing anyone at the range. Once I got there I soon realized how welcoming everyone was. I now go to a match or at least to the range to practice almost every weekend. My shooting friends have truly become more like family and I always look forward to shooting matches with them.

Why I like encouraging/introducing women and beginners into shooting sports/hunting:

I feel that it's important for women to be comfortable with firearms mainly for safety and self defense reasons. I remember how much I struggled learning from some of the men who first taught me, and I want to break that barrier for my students. I want to make a difference in their lives and I felt that I could do so by teaching them something I truly have a passion for. Some women want to just learn the basics and plink around in their backyards or local ranges. Where some may want to learn strictly for self defense. Regardless of what style of shooting they are wanting to accomplish I want to be a valuable resource for them. I try and host several different styles of shooting events every year, with the hopes of bringing more ladies into the shooting industry. To see the expression on their faces when they hit their target for the first time, that is truly an exhilarating moment that cannot be replaced, and that is why I teach.

Other outdoor/shooting activities:

We are fortunate to have a couple local Women Only Shooting Leagues in my area. I often help teach classes, seminars, and do a lot of guest speaking to help attract more women to their events. I think the ladies only groups do a fantastic job of uniting more women together that have similar things in common. I would encourage women to look into a local women's shooting group near you and get involved. I've also helped at several NRA Women on Target events, and encourage women to participate in those as well.

Quick Facts:

How many years have you been shooting a bow? I've only shot a bow one time.

Who introduced you to a bow? Ginger Morehead

How many years have you been shooting a firearm? 9 years

Who introduced you to a firearm? My wonderful husband

Cindy & Cassie Minor

Cassie Minor

Oklahoma

About Cassie

I like archery as a sport because it doesn't have coaches that yell at you like other sports do. I don't have to worry about letting team members down because I mainly shoot against myself. I set a goal I want to meet and I work to make that goal. If I make the goal, I'm happy regardless how I placed against other people in my class.

How many years have you been involved in Shooting or Hunting?

I started shooting a bow when I was 7 and competing when I was 8. I went deer hunting (bow) and Dove hunting for my first time last year.

Do you shoot Bow or Firearm?

Primarily bow because I'm still too small to handle the kick of some of the guns. I also shoot BB Guns!

How did you get involved in Shooting or the Outdoors?

My Dad, Mom, and brother.

Have you ever introduced other women/kids to Shooting or Hunting?

Yes, some of my friends. I also help work some booths in OK and at the ASA tournaments to try to get more girls interested.

Cindy & Cassie Minor

Cindy Minor

Oklahoma

About Cindy

I am a mother of two awesome kids, Cassie and Seth, and wife to a wonderful husband, Doug. I received my Masters of Science from Oklahoma State University and I am a full time Engineering Program Manager for NASA space programs at Frontier Electronic Systems and part time Teaching Assistant for the Engineering Technology Management Masters program for Oklahoma State University. Cassie and I also make Puff Quilts for babies and provide them for fundraisers when asked. My husband is a coach for the 4H Archery program, so I also help him when needed. I enjoy competing in 3D archery competitions, but most of all seeing all our extended archery family.

How I got involved in shooting and or hunting:

I became involved in archery through our son, Seth. He had heard about 4H Archery, so we inquired. My husband and I decided if we were going to travel to all the competitions, we might as well try it as well. I find it's a great stress reliever and truly enjoy it. Now we are a family of 4 who all shoot and compete in 3D archery competitions.

I'm a beginner regarding bow hunting and it makes it a little tough when you are scared of heights. I'm learning though and my husband and kids have been teaching me. I'm determined to get a turkey! I use to go deer hunting (rifle) with my dad for years until he passed away in 1994, and I just haven't been able to go again yet because it was our special time together. My husband and I use to go quail and pheasant hunting, but the populations are so small in my area that you can't find many anymore.

Why I like encouraging/introducing women and beginners into shooting sports/hunting:

I enjoy encouraging women to try shooting a bow because I know how it has helped me. I let them know my personal experience. Life is so fast and seems to get faster every year that goes by. Picking up a bow forces me to slow down and take a moment for myself and truly enjoy a moment of pure silence between just me and the wilderness. As a mother, I believe all mothers need this moment of pure calm.

Shooting a bow also gives you a sense of pure focused accomplishment. You aren't multitasking as in everyday life. You must focus on the shot and forget the million other responsibilities that constantly fill your head. It also provides an activity the entire family can actually enjoy together. There aren't many sports that exist that a couple or the entire family can actually participate in together, but in archery you can. You aren't forced to take the spectator position; you can actually participate if you choose.

Also, all of us ladies have a BLAST shooting together! We all want to do well, but more importantly we really enjoy each other's company too. It's like a family reunion traveling to the competitions and seeing everyone every year. It's fun to support each other and we teach each other the new tips we learn during the year.

Once I tell women all this, they become enthused and willing to give it a try. Most love it and a few decide it's just not for them. Either way, we have fun, which is what it's all about!

Quick Facts:

How many years have you been shooting a bow? 3 years

Who introduced you to a bow? My son, Seth.

How many years have you been shooting a firearm? Several years

Who introduced you to a firearm? My dad, David Walton, when I was 10.

Cindy & Cassie Minor

Stacy Mitchum

Arkansas

About Stacy

I am a 3rd grade teacher at Charleston Elementary School in Charleston, AR. I have been married to my amazing husband, Donnie, for 15 years. I have three equally amazing “bonus” children which I love as my own; Laura (29), Aaron (28) and Amalie (22). We have two precious grandsons. There are two seasons in my family – 3D archery season and hunting season. Both Donnie and I compete locally and nationally. We are members of ASA and state co-directors for Regions Archery. I am also program coordinator for Charleston NASP. When we are not shooting or hunting, our hobbies include cheering on the Razorbacks, cruising and NASCAR.

How I got involved in shooting and or hunting:

When I was born, my father, an Arkansas State Trooper, wanted a boy. As soon as I could sit up on my own I had a pony. As soon as I could stand, I had a BB gun. One of my fondest memories is of shooting cans off of Mount Magazine with my daddy when I was a little girl. As often happens, life got in the way and I quit shooting as I grew older. Although my dad was always a big hunter, I never took much interest in the sport until he was diagnosed with cancer. I realized I wanted to share every moment possible with him. The very first time he took me whitetail hunting, I harvested an 8 point buck. He was so proud that he gave me the rifle. Since then we make sure we spend every opening day together in the same brush blind from which I shot that first buck.

Archery is a different story. When Donnie joined a hunting lease, he told me that if I wanted to spend time with him, I had to learn to shoot a bow. I refused as I had absolutely no interest at all. He bought a bow and put it in my hands. My friend, Shasta, taught me to shoot and took me to my first 3D competition. She created a monster! Now I drag Donnie to every tournament I can find.

Why I like encouraging/introducing women and beginners into shooting sports/hunting:

I love to see the look on a young girl’s face when she hits her first center X or 12 ring on a 3D target. It is the look of self-confidence and pride- qualities some of our youngsters are lacking. I love that the shooting sports develop a sense of empowerment regardless of age, appearance or physical condition. I want girls and women to know it is ok to run like a girl, throw like a girl and SHOOT LIKE A GIRL!

Any other outdoor/shooting activities

  • National Archery in the Schools Program
  • 3D range manager for Gellco Outdoors
  • Regions Archery State Director for Arkansas

Quick Facts:

How many years have you been shooting a bow? 5 years

Who introduced you to a bow? My friend Shasta Reichard

How many years have you been shooting a firearm?on and off my entire life

Who introduced you to a firearm? My dad

Laura Moore

Laura Moore

Ohio

About Laura:

I was born in 1989, I live in Shelby, Ohio, and I am a kindergarten teacher at Galion Primary School. I graduated from Shelby High School in 2008 and from Ashland University in 2013. I received two teaching licenses: Early Childhood Education (Pre-K-3), and Early Childhood Intervention Specialist (Pre-K-3). I've participated in cheerleading, track, dance, softball, FFA, and have coached various cheerleading squads. I love spending time doing anything outdoors like camping, fishing, hunting, or shooting 3d, and spending time with my friends and family. My boyfriend Josh and I are very active in the IBO and with competitive 3D archery, and are trustees at our local Archery Club, Handlebar Ranch, in Mount Gilead, Ohio.

How I got involved in shooting and or hunting:

I began by talking with my Grandpa Moore about all of his hunting and clay shooting experiences. When I was 17, I asked for a shotgun for Christmas so I could go out and shoot clays with him. I was granted my wish and given a single shot 20 gauge which began my love and passion for the outdoors and shooting sports. I started by shooting clays, and then buying my own Remington 870 to start gun hunting in the fall of 2010. I gun hunted whitetail for 2 years during gun season before I decided I wanted to try out shooting a bow to have a longer season to spend in the stand. I'll never forget my beginning experiences with my Grandpa and my Uncle as they taught me different strategies and tips for in the field. The memories I made with them I truly cherish and will always remember.

Why I like encouraging/introducing women and beginners into shooting sports/hunting:

I truly enjoy introducing shooting and hunting to any women, beginners, and especially children. I know the feeling I get and the gratification of shooting a bow and participating in any other kinds of outdoor sports, and I could only hope to imagine that every one gets to have that experience at least once in their lifetime. I'm somewhat more outgoing, and I know that not all women would feel comfortable just walking into an archery shop like I did and saying that they have no idea what they're doing but want to shoot a bow. It can be intimidating at first, and the industry in general is intimidating. If I can help encourage and break down the barrier of intimidation by being a woman and introducing them to the sport myself then I feel that I'm doing a wonderful thing for the industry. I know that there are some people who are uneducated about outdoor sports and hunting, and to help explain the truths and reality of participating in these activities sheds more of a positive light rather than the negative one some have against outdoor sports and hunting. Even to just encourage women, children, or beginners to tag along and watch while hunting or participating in outdoor sports opens a whole new world of outlets and more than likely an interest in some very valuable experiences.

Any other outdoor/shooting activities

Outdoor 3D archery, fishing, shooting clays, camping, shooting indoor 3D and 5-spot leagues. Anything at all that involves friends, family, good people, and a good time!

Quick Facts:

How many years have you been shooting a bow? I've been shooting a bow for a little over four years, since the summer of 2010.

Who introduced you to a bow? I actually introduced myself! I was going in to our local hunting shop to buy some shells to go shoot clays with a friend, and decided to walk back to the archery department because I wanted to challenge myself with a new hobby, and ever since I laid my hands on my first bow, I was HOOKED! I've had 4 bows since then, starting with a Parker Sidekick, a Hoyt Rampage XT Vicxen, a Hoyt Carbon Matrix Vicxen, and now an Elite Spirit.

How many years have you been shooting a firearm? I've been shooting a firearm for about eight years, since the winter of 2006.

Who introduced you to a firearm? I knew that my Grandpa Moore had always went hunting and was big into the outdoor sports, so I decided to follow in his footsteps and ask him to share his stories and expertise!

Allison O'Nan

Allison O'Nan

Kentucky

About Allison:

I am a wife and mother. I have two kids, and I'm currently a stay at home mother with a license in cosmetology.

How I got involved in shooting and or hunting:

My husband introduced me to the sport when we began dating. I was 19.

Why I like encouraging/introducing women and beginners into shooting sports/hunting:

Shooting Sports/ Hunting has given me a huge amount of confidence in myself. I believe it's a life skill all women and children should at least be exposed to.

Other outdoor/shooting activities:

3D archery tournaments, archery league. Working on the farm to prepare for the season. I would like to encourage all women to take part in pre season activities. It's a huge sense of accomplishment when you put the work in and are successful in the field. I also love checking trail cameras. Checking trail cameras is a great family activity.

Quick Facts:

How many years have you been shooting a bow? 10 years

Who introduced you to a bow? My husband

Who introduced you to firearms? My husband

Colleen Richardson

Colleen Payne

New Mexico

About Colleen:

I am a native New Mexican born and raised in a hunting culture. My family instilled in me at an early age that every animal harvested had its life taken to further the lives of our family and it was our duty as outdoorsmen to be stewards of the land and wildlife. My first hunt was for northern New Mexico mule deer at the age of 12 and it was every meaning of the definition of "becoming a woman." Every time I squeeze the trigger on an animal it gives me the same rush of excitement and achievement that first hunt did. The opportunity has graced me to hunt seven of the twelve big game species in New Mexico as well as white-tail in Oklahoma and Texas. My interest in animals was so in depth I became graduate of New Mexico State University holding both a bachelor and master's degree in Animal Science specializing in reproductive physiology.

How I got involved in shooting and or hunting:

I got involved with shooting and hunting at a very young age when my father introduced me to firearms and hunting. He was a hunter so naturally I was accustomed to the lifestyle. As I got older my interest and activity level in shooting and hunting grew. To help put myself though college I began working at a large chain sporting goods store in the camping department and eventually moving fulltime to be the only female in the hunting department. Submerging myself in all things hunting and outdoors related and getting to meet conservation leaders in my community sparked an interest in getting involved with various organizations. My volunteer and community engagement has started with volunteer activities and grown into high level leadership roles within my community and state. With my interest in wildlife management and conservation efforts, it led me to an appointment on the Board of Directors for the New Mexico Wildlife Federation. I have been an active member of the board for two years by offering a scientific approach to public policy and wildlife management issues, providing support with NMWF special events such as annual legislation meetings, sportsman's summit meetings and annual banquets. I feel my most important role on the board is to represent the growing demographic of hunters, youth, young adults and women. My involvement with local conservation organizations such as National Wild Turkey Federation and Mule Deer Foundation the past seven years has led me to a leadership role I couldn't be more proud to hold. I am currently the New Mexico State Chair as well as the Tri-County Chapter Chair for the Mule Deer Foundation. I believe it is critical to ensure a positive role in the community to encourage youth and fellow hunters to follow my example by means of caring for the land and wildlife. My involvement will not end here and will continue to help make a difference for the benefit of wildlife and the people who are committed to preserving it.

Why I like encouraging/introducing women and beginners into shooting sports/hunting:

I enjoy introducing both women and men into this lifestyle because it is something that is meaningful to me. This is more than just a "sport"; it is a lifestyle and a tradition and to encourage others to get back to their roots and appreciate the great outdoors is not only rewarding to me but it becomes meaningful to them as well. Hunting and shooting helps to teach a person confidence, empowerment, self-sufficiency and a set of life skills that not any other sport can do. To not only am I as a woman in the industry becoming a role model for others, but the women who are interested in learning, getting involved, concerned about conservation and want to make a difference, they are the ones who inspire me and are the true role models.

Other outdoor/shooting activities:

I participate in 3D archery competitions which are a great way to stay fine-tuned for hunting season and meet some great fellow women hunters.

Quick Facts:

How many years have you been shooting a bow? I have been shooting a bow for six years competitively.

Who introduced you to a bow? My dad introduced me to a recurve bow when I was a child but more recently my fiancé, Rusty introduced me to compound bows for competition and hunting.

How many years have you been shooting a firearm? I have been shooting firearms for sixteen years.

Who introduced you to a firearm? My dad also introduced me to firearms and taught me how to shoot. From working in the hunting retail industry and selling firearms, my supervisors and co-workers helped introduce me to a broader range of firearms and their various characteristics.

Sherry Riffe

Chelsey Petit

 

About Chelsey:

Im a 24 year old mother of one spunky little lady. Born and raised in Wisconsin. Age 18, I enlisted into the U.S. Air Force and have 7 years of service. My husband is Active Army and due to his service left good ole' Wisconsin and became Kentucky residents.

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How did you get involved in Hunting or Shooting:

I grew up around hunting/shooting and the outdoors from a very young age. Being fortunate enough to have a family cabin for the weekends you grew up loving everything outdoors, and that meant a whole lot of brass for target practice or worms for fishing. My Dad was a huge factor in getting me involved. From getting me my first fishing pole to my first 243, he started my passion for the sport/outdoors. He taught me the "ins and outs" so to speak, how to be a proper hunter in ranges from hunting etiquette, embracing the thrill, appreciateing what the hunt supplied me with, to harvesting properly/ethically, and to never be sorry for doing so. I owe everything I stand for as a hunter to my Dad.

Why I like encouraging/introducing women and beginners into shooting sports/hunting:

I grew up learning from men in a male dominate domain as a young girl. At times it was frustrating trying to gain confidence and not having anyone to relate with me, i felt like there were things that were just to be expected of me to know and at times, rushed. I like helping women so they can avoid that all together. I want them to start out feeling confident, and relaxed, not rushed or in-adequate. That they have full attention and that there are no dumb questions. I think learning from another woman makes things easier and takes the pressure off allot of women and to be able to give them the confidence/tools necessary to avoid having to go through some of my expiriences. I love being able to show them that women really do have a place in a "male domain" and that there's nothing they can't do.

Any other outdoor/shooting activities

I would love to see more ladies involved in bird hunting, - partridge/pheasant. Theres nothing better than the rush of a dog flushing out a bird.

3D ARCHERY shoots would be great for beginner bow hunters or even just for fun shooters. I think it would be a huge confidence builder. In the off seasons it's a great way for me to stay where I need to be but Also a good fun stress reliever.

Musky Fishing - they say it's the fish of 10,000 casts but when you hook your first one there's a rush like no other. We of course practice catch and release, but the small lake fish are fair game for dinner!

Sherry Riffe

Jill Pisani

Pennsylvania

About Jill:

Hello from Pennsylvania! My name is Jill Pisani (Hazi) and I am 25 years old, recently married. I have been involved in competitive archery shooting for over 13 years now and it has become not just a hobby for me, but it has also become a lifestyle.

During the off seasons of target shooting my husband and I hunt the Western Pennsylvania archery and turkey seasons. We have also been to Kansas to hunt their early archery season as well.

In our spare time we enjoy shed hunting with our black lab Gunner, cleaning skulls for European mounting, shooting 3d's with family and friends, night fishing for walleyes, and spending quality time with our loved ones.

How many years have you been involved in Hunting or Shooting:

Shooting a Bow and Arrow: Over 13 years, hunting: 5 years (deer and turkey)

Do you shoot Bow or Firearm?

All of the above!

How did you get involved in Hunting or Shooting:

I definitely owe it to my Dad. It all started with flinging some wooden arrows out of a recurve bow and then switching to a compound bow a few years down the road. When I added the compound bow with "a girl wants to show up a boy" attitude, hunting was born for me. From there the rest is history.

Introduce Women/Kids into Shooting or Hunting:

I am a certified level 2 Coach for archery and spend my Thursday nights during the Winter months teaching youngsters to shoot a bow.

Also, being currently a part of the Shoot Like a Girl team I have become an local advocate in trying to make women especially, realize that archery/hunting is a self-based sport that anyone can do.

I am proud to wear the Shoot Like a Girl Logo.

Sabrina Slayton

Brandi Pixley

Arkansas

About Brandi:

I was raised in the hills of Arkansas, on my families' Dairy farm in a town with a population of 72. Hunting and fishing were just a part of life. I was always a tom boy growing up, which growing up on a farm there was no room to be "girly." I fulfilled my dream of hunting Elk and mule deer last year in Colorado. I rifle, muzzle load, and bow hunt. Hunting has become more of my passion the last couple years, and my favorite hunting partner is my sister, hunting has brought us closer together. I was raised the old fashion way and still live that way today. I do not have city water, I still have a well. I grow my own garden full of vegetables and can them the way my Grandma did, along with making jellies from the fruit trees I have in my yard. When I'm not hunting or working in my garden, I am a full time Emergency room travel nurse. I have been a nurse going on 9 years now. I moved to Tennessee about a year ago. I'm proud to be a part of Shoot Like a Girl, Inc.

How I got involved in shooting and or hunting:

My Dad and my family has always hunted, growing up it was just a part of life, a way to put food on the table. My Dads family has always taken a trip to Colorado Elk hunting, since the 80‘s. My uncles won coon hunting contests, it‘s in our blood and part of life. My Granny was 4‘ 10" and one of the best shots you ever did see, LOL, and tough as nails. So growing up around shooting and hunting was just part of it. Me and my older sister and both avid hunters

Why I like encouraging/introducing women and beginners into shooting sports/hunting:

I believe it's very important to pass down traditions and the old "simple" ways of life, to do things the way your family and ancestors did them is priceless. It gives you a sense of pride and accomplishment. I've always believed in empowering woman and breaking down the stereo types, and proving to people that say "you can't" that "you can, and do it better." And just to show women and new hunters the true meaning behind hunting, not the killing, but the experience…. Enjoying the outdoor and all it has beauty it has to offer.

Quick Facts:

How many years have you been shooting a bow? 2 years

Who introduced you to a bow? I actually got into bow hunting, after going bow fishing for the first time 3 years ago.

How many years have you been shooting a firearm? Since I was 8 or 9 years old

Who introduced you to a firearm? My father

Colleen Richardson

Amy Ray

Georgia

About Amy:

I am married to my best friend and hunting partner Scott. I live in the north Georgia Mountains with my two boys, Alex 15 Christopher 20 and step sons Mitchell 26 and John 27. I have a degree in Geology and specialize in industrial mineral technology. I am a technical account manager with a large chemical company. I grew up loving all things outdoors. I only started hunting about five years ago. I am hooked for life.

How I got involved in shooting and or hunting:

After the tragedy of losing my first husband to cancer, I met Scott who is an avid outdoorsman. He helped me purchase my first rifle and taught me to deer hunt. He is the president of a 3300 acre hunting club and we spend every weekend at hunt camp during deer season. I have always loved the outdoors and camping so I was excited to give hunting a try. With his encouragement and coaching I have hunted deer, duck, turkey, antelope and elk. I have learned to shoot rifles, shot guns, cross bows and compound bows. I am passing the passion on to my boys and it is wonderful to experience the outdoors and hunting as a family.

Why I like encouraging/introducing women and beginners into shooting sports/hunting:

As a new hunter (5 years) I am filled with a passion to pass it on. I am 45 years old and I never dreamed what I have accomplished would be possible. The confidence and friendships I have made with other women in the outdoors is simply amazing. Any chance I get to take a new hunter out in the field I do it. I have mentored several youth and women who are just starting out. I have learned patience and felt at peace in the quiet woods. Deer hunting is probably the first and only time I felt comfortable being still and quiet for hours. I relish the time I have to myself alone with my thoughts when deer hunting. I am committed to conservation and enjoy my “dirt road” dates with my husband working the land to improve the habitat for wildlife. It’s hard work but very rewarding when you harvest a great buck or big tom turkey. Introducing and supporting women as outdoors persons is something I am committed to. We are a force in the industry and it is being recognized. The best part is having fun along the way. It’s a wonderful journey to take other women on with me. I have such an appreciation for those who have helped me along the way, I feel compelled to pass it on. For the past three years I have been a field staff member of Babe, Bullets and Broadheads, a wonderful group of like-minded ladies who take women on all kinds of hunts. It’s been life changing to gain such a great group of lady hunters as my close group of friends.

Emily Reinert

Emily Reinert

Minnesota

About Emily:

I am a 27 year old female who currently works in the healthcare field and am continuing my education to gain my Masters of Nursing, taking general education courses until moving on to the University of Minnesota in the upcoming year. I live in central Minnesota, in a suburb of the cities of Minneapolis/Saint Paul, close enough to the city and close enough to the woods. Being an outdoors woman at heart, I enjoy going to the cabin, hunting, fishing, playing sports, and staying close to family and friends.

How I got involved in shooting and or hunting:

Since I have been hunting at the age of 12 and receiving my firearms safety certification, my passion of the shooting sports continued to grow. I remember my first few years deer hunting in negative degree weather, bundled up, waiting on the few deer we would see, and still enjoying every minute of it with my dad out in the stand. From hunting at the old family farm, to a 280 acre hunting property to various WMA's, there is always something new to learn and experience, which is why hunting and being outdoors never becomes boring to me. I now have been rifle hunting for 15 years and bow hunting for 7, having had the opportunity to hunt whitetails, bear, turkey, ducks, grouse, and other varmints. I am still on a journey to grow the species of animals that I hunt and varying locations, continuing to share my experiences with friends and family, and enjoying every second of it.

Why I like encouraging/introducing women and beginners into shooting sports/hunting:

Since I have been introduced into hunting when I was a young lady, my dad and uncles tried to get my sister and I involved together. Shooting guns and being outside peeked my interest right away and sitting in a tower stand in the Minnesota cold never bothered my too much. All the years going hunting, I have always been the only girl who hunted in my group of friends throughout middle school and high school. Once college arrived, going to a small school in a smaller town, my passion for the outdoors and hunting seemed to fit in to a larger group of people, many of them being females. Sharing stories and similar experiences only broadened my love of shooting sports and being outside, so encouraging other non-hunting or non-outdoors friends to try something outside their comfort zones seemed natural. I have had the opportunity to educate many women on outdoor activities, both that do and do not involved shooting guns or bows. Now that I have become a Minnesota DNR Firearms Safety Instructor, I can further my personal goal of encouraging and empowering the female population to try shooting sports of all types, including rifle, handgun, and archery. I enjoy seeing the women's faces as they enter the Shoot Like A Girl trailer at our various events and seeing the true enthusiasm and enjoyment of accomplishing shooting a rifle, handgun or bow with confidence.

Other outdoor/shooting activities:

I am currently a Minnesota DNR Firearms Safety Instructor as well as a ProStaff member for Shoot Like A Girl, as well as participate in Quality Deer Management practices at our hunting property. I enjoy attending shooting sports/hunting related events held around Minnesota and continue to look for opportunities to expand my hunting endeavors.

Quick Facts:

How many years have you been shooting a bow? Who introduced you to a bow? I have been shooting a bow for 7 years now. I was introduced to archery from my boyfriend and was working at Cabela's at the time, with my dad also hunting with a bow when I was younger. Becoming interested in archery seemed natural to my hunting personality and I continue to learn new tips and tricks as the years go on. I have become fascinated with the idea of ground blind hunting and getting close to wildlife, especially since I grew up hunting in drives or tower stands.

How many years have you been shooting a firearm? Who introduced you to a firearm? I have been shooting a firearm since the age of 12, which is 15 years now. I was introduced to hunting by my dad, grandpa, and uncles. I enjoyed every part of hunting when I was first involved because my dad made it seem possible instead of scary. I was able to be involved in many aspects of the hunt right from the start because of my dad. When I was hunting with my dad, he let me be the first one to shoot the nice deer walking past, the first one to sight in our rifles for the year, and the first one to test out the grunt call for the season. Being an important part of the hunt from the start of my hunting career instilled in me a passion and sense of enjoyment that I feel I would not have if I did not enjoy the outdoors. The hunting property that my family owns has become a special place for me where I can relax, enjoy every moment of being there, and know that I am with friends and family who are feeling the same sense of companionship and happiness through hunting.

April Rouse

April Rouse

North Carolina

About April:

My name is April Rouse, I am 32 years old. I was born and raised in North Carolina and LOVE to shoot my bow, and hunt!! My husband and I have two wonderful daughters, 9 and 15 years old; we actually adopted both my nieces. I am currently a stay at home mom, while home schooling both our children. I am also working on my Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership at Colorado State University Online. My husband & I also own a successful taxidermy business. We love to hunt, target practice with our bows, go camping, ride four-wheelers, ride horses, anything outdoors!!

How I got involved in shooting and or hunting:

I did not grow up around hunting; however I did grow up fishing, and always being outdoors! I met my husband 11 years ago and he has been hunting his whole life. He introduced me to bows, guns, and hunting; and I was immediately in love! I started out with my bow and hunting, and was addicted! Then he introduced me to shooting firearms. We love to hunt, and target practice; and love to meet others who we can share our passion with. When we have more time, we would love to shoot in competitions.

Why I like encouraging/introducing women and beginners into shooting sports/hunting:

I love opportunities to promote hunting and introducing the sport of archery & firearms knowledge to more females. There have been so many females that have been introduced to hunting, fishing, archery, and firearms in the last few years...but there are so many more that haven't had the opportunity to learn about it. I love to share my story of how I got into hunting, and maybe others will find the passion that I have found!

Other outdoor/shooting activities:

I am a licensed taxidermist along with my husband in our taxidermy business. I love that I have the opportunity to meet women hunters that come in to have their trophies mounted. I also love the opportunities when wife's come in with their husband and I have the chance to encourage them to get involved as well. It's a great feeling to see them come back the next year, and it's the wife's trophy getting mounted!

Quick Facts:

How many years have you been shooting a bow? Around 8-9 years

Who introduced you to a bow? My husband

How many years have you been shooting a firearm? Around 6-7 years, also have my concealed carry permit

Who introduced you to a firearm? My husband

Jill Sadler

Jill Sadler

Alabama

About Jill:

I am married to a wonderful man that thankfully shares the same love for the outdoors and bow hunting as me. We have been together for 10 years and have a 14 year old daughter and a 4 month old son, Jackson Hoyt Sadler. For the past 7 years, I have been a flight attendant and had the opportunity to travel the world. Since having a baby, I've retired from travel and returned to college pursuing a degree in nursing. I enjoy all things outdoors, archery tournaments, all types of hunting, bow fishing and spending time with family.

How many years have you been involved in Shooting or Hunting?

15

Do you shoot Bow or Firearm?

Both

How did you get involved in Shooting or the Outdoors?

I began gun hunting and skeet shooting with my father around the age of 12. My husband got into archery while we were dating and I soon followed. I purchased my first bow in the summer of 2007 and began bow hunting the following season. I enjoy all types of hunting but archery will always be my favorite because the challenge it presents and the preparation and practice involved. Archery is a true skill that builds confidence self-assurance.

I am a huge advocate for women and girls getting involved in archery and hunting. I feel like it builds self-confidence and is a great sport that an entire family can enjoy together. I love that, in a male dominated industry, SLG gives women a voice and helps to spread the word that women are just as qualified and deserve the same respect as archers and consumers.

Have you ever introduced other women/kids to Shooting or Hunting?

Along with my husband, I helped to introduce my step daughter to archery. She shot her first bow in school during an archery program in gym class. She lives in Colorado during the school year and spends the entire summer in Alabama. Two years ago she showed interest in expanding on what she had learned in school. We purchased her a Hoyt Ruckus and she's been in love ever since. She competes in long bow competitions in Colorado and is such a natural at archery. She loves bow fishing and this will be her first year deer hunting with us during her Christmas break. My husband is a hunter safety instructor and I enjoy assisting with his classes being a positive role model for women and young future archers who are new to archery and hunting.

Raychel Shaw

Raychel Shaw

Texas

About Raychel:

I was raised in a military family and at a very young age started going to the range with my dad. I got my first gun, a Daisy model 8 single shot .22 (which I still have), when I was 9 or 10. I learned to shoot rifles from my dad and pistols from my mom..she out shot my dad EVERY time with a pistol! I really got into hunting in 2000 when I met and married my husband, Shaun. He and his dad taught me how to live capture hog hunt with dogs and after putting me to the test coon hunting one night realizing that I really could shoot decided to introduce me to a deer stand. I've been an avid hunter ever since! There is something so empowering about being able to bring food from the field to the table and bypass the grocery store! In 2008 for our anniversary my husband bought me my first bow. I had no idea what I was missing!! Needless to say he awakened a new desire and an even deeper passion for hunting..something I'm surprised could get any stronger!

As an avid firearm enthusiast and second amendment supporter I took advantage of an opportunity to become an NRA certified firearms instructor. I began working for Shoot Like a Girl as an instructor in our 52' shooting trailer in Dec of 2013 at it's trailer launch in Vegas at the NFR Finals. My passion for hunting has not diminished but because of that absolutely EXHILARATING experience in Vegas an even greater passion of sharing the love of shooting sports through accurate education led me start East Texas Firearms Training here in my own community. I have since obtained several more certifications one of which certified me to teach Texas concealed handgun classes. I've been teaching CHL and basic pistol classes 1 to 2 times per month when not traveling with Shoot Like a Girl or hunting, along with giving some private firearm lessons as well as some private archery lessons.

There is no greater feeling than sharing something you love and are so passionate about with someone else and seeing that spark in their eyes! I get to watch that every day in my 3 children. We homeschool so their academic education is my responsibility and something we adhere strictly to but I also get the privilege of getting to introduce them to hunting and shooting sports as well as the outdoors. Not only do Shaun and I get to light the spark we get to kindle the fire now that they are all 3 getting old enough to hunt! Armed with a degree in Agriculture and forestry for livestock and wildlife management from Stephen F. Austin State University I am fully immersing the kids in conservation what being a steward of the land means. Our oldest 2 have already harvested deer and have been empowered by the fact that they helped put food on our table! We love being able to have a blast enjoying God's creations while conducting ourselves in a manner that's still pleasing to Him! check out East Texas Firearms Training on Facebook or www.EastTexasFirearmstraining.com and remember to SHOOT LIKE A GIRL!!!!

Raychel Shaw
Owner of East Texas Firearms Training
Raychel@easttexasfirearmstraining.com
NRA certified Firearms Instructor, DPS certified CHL instructor, Shoot Like a Girl Staff/instructor

Kristy Titus

Kristy Titus

Oregon

About Kristy:

With a shared passion and love of the outdoors, Kristy is honored to serve as an ambassador for Cabela's, The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, RMEF's Team Elk Television Show, Swarovski Optik, Buck Knives, Montana Silversmiths and Wilderness Athlete. Her greatest hope is to inspire others, giving them the confidence to tackle the most demanding outdoor activities.

Kristy was raised leading a pack string of mules into the backcountry, experiencing the thrill of fair chase and do it yourself hunting. She believes that life's lessons are best learned in the field with family and friends by your side, helping to develop sound personal character and values. The time she spent in the backcountry as a kid with her family transformed her life and created the entire core of who she is.

Kristy's dad taught her that there was no such thing as a goal or a dream that was too big to make into a reality. Learning the value of setting goals and creating her own success started with small moments in the field: as a kid learning to handle, ride and pack mules; learning to call elk; learning how to strategize in the field; and ultimately gaining the skills to hunt solo on public land.

Over the past few years, Kristy has been blessed with the opportunity to hunt around the world, reaching from the frozen Canadian tundra to the bushveld savannas of Africa. Climbing some of the steepest, roughest mountains in the world, enduring the most severe weather conditions, pushing her mind and body to the limits, digging deep, giving each hunt everything that she has motivates her to continuously look for ways to gain the advantage over the next hunter and the prey that she seeks.

Kristy is passionate in the support of wildlife and habitat conservation and outdoor education. She is a featured member of the RMEF's Team Elk television show airing on the Outdoor Channel and actively volunteers supporting local RMEF chapter events and youth hunts around the country.

As an NRA Basic Pistol Instructor and NRA Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor, she has teamed up with Shoot Like A Girl, helping to ensure the continuation of our hunting and shooting sports heritage.

Kristy is part of the Wilderness Athlete Pro Staff, with a background as a Certified Clinical Sports Nutrition and Exercise INTRAFITT® technical representative and an NPC figure competitor.

She knows there is nothing more powerful than proper nutrition and hard training. Spending countless hours training in the gym, running trails, shooting rifles and archery, refining her elk-calling skills and preseason scouting gives her the advantage in the backcountry.

She shares her passion for fitness and nutrition as editor for Western Hunter, Elk Hunter and North American Hunter Magazines.

Over the past several years, Kristy been blessed with personally witnessing miracles while volunteering on the mountain with participants in the Wounded Warrior Outdoors, Adventures Enabled Program.

WWO provides therapeutic adventures for active duty servicemen and women as referred by military hospitals; some injuries are evident, some are invisible.

In the past, Kristy served on her local Safari Club International board of directors, later moving on to become Vice-President and then President of her local chapter, ultimately leading her to Washington D.C. to lobby members of Congress for legislation and policies to improve hunting and conservation.

By sharing her adventures and love of the outdoors, Kristy's greatest hope is to inspire others, giving them the confidence to tackle the most demanding outdoor activities.

Michelle Webb

Michelle Webb

Texas

About Michelle:

I am 41 years old. I have been hunting and shooting my entire life. I am married and have 3 sons. My 2 youngest sons have been shooting 3-D tournaments with us since they were 3 and 5. Archery has been a huge family affair from the beginning. We belonged to a local archery club where I was involved with my husband and my father. I soon began helping out with the local 4-h archery group also, something they didn't have when I was young and in 4-H. I would have been all about that! I soon became a certified archery instructor. Later I went and took my bowhunter safety class from Texas Parks and Wildlife and became a certified Bowhunter's Safety Education Instructor in the process. After some years of helping out, I decided to get more involved in 4-H. I am currently the local project leader for our local 4-H shooting sports club. I am also the club coordinator for the 4-H shooting sports group. There are many wonderful parent volunteers in our community that I am privileged to assist in this role as they teach our pistol program and shotgun program.

I own my own taxidermy business and am honored to be entrusted with the great memories of my customers hunts. I love doing taxidermy as it helps extend my hunting season. Being so involved in the hunting industry, I am very humbled to extend my services to many organizations where we assist in hunts for our disabled veterans. It is such a great feeling to be able to give back to these gentleman that give so much of themselves for us and our country. I continue to try and give back to my community, especially when it comes to women and shooting sports. I have taught classes for the NWTF Women in the Outdoors events. I love either helping someone that is comfortable with archery equipment hone their skills or teaching someone how to shoot for the first time.

How I got involved in shooting and or hunting:

I started shooting when I was very young. I honestly don't remember how old I was as it has always been a part of my life. My younger brother and myself would make our own bows out of sticks and string all the time. My first gun was a Daisy Red Ryder bb gun. I was given rules of safety to follow. Once I proved I could be safe and trusted, I graduated to a high powered bb rifle, from there I graduated to a shotgun all by the age of 10. I was taught to use iron sites before scopes. I became very proficient at shooting and really enjoyed the sport. It became a past time and release for me. I love shooting any kind of firearm whether pistol, rifle or shotgun BUT my passion is archery. I absolutely love shooting a bow. I initially learned to shoot with a recurve and shot one for 30 years before my husband bought me my first compound. I really wasn't sure about the change at first but I have learned to love it. I still enjoy my recurve though.

Why I like encouraging/introducing women and beginners into shooting sports/hunting:

I have such an enthusiasm about the outdoors that I want to share it with as many people as possible. I especially love introducing women to the world of shooting/hunting. Thankfully the hunting/shooting industry today is recognizing that women too enjoy the sport and are trying to accommodate them. My personal goal is to make every woman that I come into contact with, or can positively influence, to feel comfortable in the shooting/hunting industry with themselves and abilities. Hopefully they will have such enthusiasm about it, they will share it with others.

Any other outdoor/shooting activities

I finally got to try my hand at bowfishing. Oh what a wonderfully addictive hobby. Anything that has to do with the outdoors and shooting I am all about it. When talking to friends, if I hear "I've never done that" or "I'm not sure I could do that", I immediately try to encourage and get them involved. They usually soon learn they can and that they like it!!!

Quick Facts:

How many years have you been shooting a bow? Over 30 years

Who introduced you to a bow? My Daddy

How many years have you been shooting a firearm? 30 years

Who introduced you to a firearm? My Daddy

Jordan Simmons

Samantha Williams

About Samantha:

I am 21 years old and my sister and I have our own dog training business.

How I got involved in shooting and or hunting:

My dad and sister have done these activities together for as long as I can remember, and I wanted to be involved when I was old enough to tag along. Shooting and hunting are some of the main things that have kept our family close - my mom will even go with us from time to time.

Why I like encouraging/introducing women and beginners into shooting sports/hunting:

I like to encourage others to get involved in hunting and shooting sports because I know how much it means to me it has been such a big part of my life. There's just something about seeing someone who has never shot before, shoot a gun for the first time and hit the target...going hunting and harvesting their first deer or shooting their first duck.

Any other outdoor/shooting activities

Competing in Hunt Tests with dogs. Working with dogs and getting to spend time with them doing something that we both love is so rewarding!

Quick Facts:

How many years have you been shooting a bow? Since I was six years old Who introduced you to a bow? My dad

How many years have you been shooting a firearm? Since I was seven or eight years old.

Who introduced you to a firearm? My dad

Karen

Sloan Williams

 

About Sloan:

I am 23 years old and have been going hunting with my dad since I was 3 years old. My sister Samantha and I have our own dog training business that we have been running since 2011.

How I got involved in shooting and or hunting:

I guess you could say I was a Daddy's Girl from a very young age. I wanted to go wherever he went and do whatever he did...even sitting in the woods when it was freezing cold and being quiet to see if God would provide us a deer that day. Once my dad saw that I was crazy about the outdoors, instead of getting baby dolls and frilly dresses at Christmas...I got a new gun or bow and camo, tree stands, duck calls, and the list goes on.

Why I like encouraging/introducing women and beginners into shooting sports/hunting:

I love seeing new people (especially girls) get involved in shooting and hunting because I know how much I love it and I want everybody to have the same opportunity. I have met so many girls over the years that thought it was really cool that I had someone to take me hunting and teach me how to shoot. Many of them did not have someone in their lives that had the patience to take them hunting - their dads did not take the time with them because they were girls.

Any other outdoor/shooting activities

Dog training/running dog events and hunting

Quick Facts:

How many years have you been shooting a bow? For sixteen years

Who introduced you to a bow? My dad

How many years have you been shooting a firearm? Eighteen to nineteen years

Who introduced you to a firearm? My dad

Suzetta Wise

Suzetta Wise

Oklahoma

About Suzetta:

I am 33 years old and an avid outdoorswoman finding pleasure in all things outdoors. My family has always had a small farm. We try to live off the land from season to season between gardening, gathering, hunting, and fishing. We have always fished and hunted as a way of life and also for the sport. I enjoy barrel racing and anything to do with my horses. I love kayaking, swimming, and anything that can get me in the water. My husband is a football coach and I am a cheer coach and we LOVE football! We have been married for over 9 years and do not have any children, except our ‘furbabies' – 3 beautiful dogs, 5 horses, 3 cats, and 1 precious goat. We do almost everything together except mountain biking and running (jogging), he is not that enthused about those two sports of mine!

We just absolutely love competitive 3D archery. Competitive archery has allowed me to take my shooting abilities to a whole new level. I can honestly say that I am much stronger hunter and shooter since beginning 3D archery. I try to encourage all bowhunters to take up competitive 3D shooting for that same purpose. It is absolutely fun and addictive! I tell everyone – "It's like golf for archers!" There are many different styles of tournaments that allow numerous shooting opportunities with range and target differences. You may shoot in flat, swampy areas at one tournament or hilly, wooded areas in another tournament. The animals range in size, as well. There are numerous animals and etc. to aim at, like turkeys, beavers, mountain lions, bears, alligators, elk, lions, and etc. The bonus rings vary in their sizes as well, so on the turkey your bonus ring may be the size of a dime or a nickel but most bonus rings are the size of a quarter or half-dollar. Like I said, it is crazy addictive, fun, and educational. I honestly learn something at every tournament I attend!

I am also a National Board Certified teacher and have also received my certifications in Oklahoma to teach the National Archery in the Schools Program, Explore Bowhunting class, Hunter Education, and Aquatics in the Classroom. I am absolutely passionate about the great outdoors and live it 365 days a year or ‘season to season'!

How many years have you been involved in Shooting or Hunting?

My family started taking me hunting when I was four years old and I have been involved with guns and bows pretty much my entire life. Hunting, fishing, and shooting have always been a part of my life – it's honestly my family's heritage. My dad, grandpa, uncles, and even my aunts have influenced my passion for hunting and shooting with guns and bows.

Do you shoot Bow or Firearm?

Both

How did you get involved in Shooting or the Outdoors?

I grew up around ‘deer camp', shooting, camping, hunting, and fishing of all kinds. When I was four years old my grandpa took me on my first hunting trip in a homemade tree stand, which is only 10 yards from one of the trees I hunt from today! I was not only the first grandchild but the first ‘girl' in the family. My granny sure hoped that I would be her little princess that stayed clean and pretty. I however chose to be ‘one of the guys' – just a little more on the cutesy side! I wasn't your typical girl growing up, as I truly loved watching all of the deer being field dressed and processed out at the ‘corral' or ‘deer camp'. I would have my family & friends give me pieces of the deer hide, tail, or feet to drag around on a string as toys for my cats and dogs! Now, I don't want to scare you into thinking that I am as redneck as all get out. Yes, I am definitely country and have some Oklahoma red on my neck but I am also a former rodeo queen with several other crowns to boot! I can get down and dirty but I can definitely look good while sporting my bow or gun! I may be ‘one of the guys' but I definitely ‘shoot like a girl'!!!!

I am very passionate about hunting, fishing, & anything outdoors and love that SLG shares my passion. I love nothing more than being a member of such a wonderful organization and help spread this awesome way of life with others!

Have you ever introduced other women/kids to Shooting or Hunting?

Yes! I am always promoting hunting and archery in all that I do. For anyone that knows me or talks to me for very long, knows how much I love anything outdoors. I constantly promote hunting through teaching hunter education in the school and even outside the school. Teaching NASP (National Archery Schools in the Program) and ‘Explore Bowhunting' classes, I have been able to promote not only archery but hunting, as well. My school has developed a very strong NASP program over the past few years. We have become very competitive on all levels (regionals, state, and national). As a NASP coach, I cannot even begin to express the amount of joy and pride that it gives me to see my students share and also love the sport that I am so passionate about. It is such a great feeling to see the kids excitement after they shoot their bows and meet new goals. Actually, it is one of my most favorite feelings in the whole world. I absolutely love being an archery coach!

I have also helped many families get their families started in fishing, hunting and archery. I helped several people that have had no clue with purchasing their first bows and guns. I have even given many courses outside of the school to assist with those that wanted to gain more knowledge about basic rifles, shotguns, and compound bows. I am EXTREMELY passionate about what I do and love helping and encouraging anyone to get out there and do whatever makes them happy outdoors, whether it be just target shooting or hunting.

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