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.
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?
Who introduced you to a firearm?