We asked Chelsey Petit a few fun questions. Leadership Staff Spotlight is designed to help you get to know our awesome team of Leadership Staff a little better. Chelsey lives in Wisconsin and is and an avid hunter.
If you could only hunt in one season which one would it be? Wisconsin whitetail.
What’s your favorite location to hunt? So far I’d say Wisconsin, only because my opportunities to go to other states have been limited. I’d love a chance at a big Iowa buck though.
Who introduced you to hunting? My dad and brother first ignited my passion for all things rifle/shotgun, however I credit my husband for getting me into archery.
What do you hunt for? Right now deer and game birds. I’d absolutely love the opportunity to get out for an elk or black bear!
What hunting skill would you like to master? Being able to efficiently master calling a variety of species and the spot and stalk – I’ve never really had opportunites to give it a real go.
What’s your biggest hunting challenge? I’d say it’s a tie between being quiet and being patient! Somehow I manage to get lucky, but my husband says I sound like a bear waltzing through the woods; I always tell him it’s a matter of opinion on that one. I tend to be very impatient and have a hard time hanging on without seeing signs of what I am hunting.
What would be the most amazing hunting adventure that is still on your bucket list? – I would LOVE an elk hunt! I think to be able to hear their bugels in person and watch them in their natural setting would be phenomenal.
What hunting skill do you wish you knew more about? I’ve always been fascinated by recurve bows. I think to learn to make your own and master shooting it efficiently would be awesome.
What’s the hardest hunting lesson you’ve learned? Sadly, that some shots are not always as good as you think. I’m a confident shooter and have made some great shots, but having that one shot that merely wounds an animal is the worst feeling in the world.
What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation? All things whitetail from signs, feeding, patterns/moving, etc! I have to credit (again!) my husband. He’s like the deer-whisperer and if it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have half the knowledge I do now.
How many pairs of hunting boots do you own? 4. Although, lord knows I’ve been through a shoe-store size share trying to find the ones that work best to keep my toes warm. November in Wisconsin can be brutal and my toes are forever frozen! Feel free to send me some WARM recommendations!
What style of hunting are you most passionate about? I love my rifle, however I’ve fallen for archery. I think its so easy to be passinate about because I feel you put so much into it. Your so much closer to the animal your hunting with a much higher margin of error. I havnt had the opportunity to yet harvest an animal with my bow, but theres nothing like sitting there full-draw waiting on that shot that may or may not come. It’s a rush.
NON – HUNTING RELATED
What do you like most about Shoot Like A Girl’s Mission? That this collective group of ladies with all different skillsets from all different walks of life, and all different ages, are laying the groundwork, showing women that anyone can and giving them to the tools to empower themselves, via self protection, sport, or just plain enjoyment. Theres nothing like seeing someone whose never shot before walk out of the trailer with a huge smile, saying “I did it, and I can do it”!
If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time? I would’nt even know what to do with the extra time! As a mom of two and working full time, I would really probably hang out the couch and catch up on my DVR! Haha. Or catch up on my to-do list around the house, that baby is never ending.
What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue? Restoring old mid 50’s-70’s American muscle cars. I was fourtunate to grow up with a Dad in the car business and had the opportunity to drive, learn about, and fall in love with numerous old cars. It would definatley be the hobby for me, I’m a closet motorhead.
What non hunting related skill would you like to master? Grilling! I can grill brats but that’s about it. I’d love to expand into using the grilling baskets and specific racks to grill veggies, horederves, and other things. You can get pretty creative, I recently learned you can grill pizza! Look out Traeger! You’re on my Christmas list!
What non hunting related item do you wish you knew more about? Geology/Palentology. Im a huge science nerd and I’ve always been intrigued by dinosaurs and cool stones. Lets be honest, who didn’t collect rocks when they were younger?!
What are you interested in that most people haven’t heard of? Forestry/Logging… Yes, loggers are real (I married one ? ) and no, they don’t just clear cut forrests. Its actually really cool what they do and how much of what they do effects the environment for the better. My husband is super passionate and knowledgable about what he does and you cant help but be interested when he’s speaking about it. I learn allot from him and its really cool to go watch him at work.
What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home? Here, there and everywhere ? Continental States, Alaska, and I would LOVE to go back. It is one of the most amazing places I have had the opportunity to visit.
Where do you usually go when you when you have time off? Time off? What’s that?! Haha, I usually spend the time outdoors with my kids. Whether its on the water, or in the backyard we stay pretty busy. Or go wander aimlessly around Scheels since my nearest Cabela’s is 2 hours away ? Guilty pleasures!
Who inspires you to be better? My dad. I lost my dad 5 years ago now and he was my best friend. He constantly pushed me to do everything I set out to do and to be everything I wanted too. I find myself always striving, even now, to have him be proud of me.
What are three interesting facts about you? 3?! Gosh…
1. I enlisted into the US Air Force at 17
2. I was a ballerina for 13 years
3. I’m an advocate for Suicide Prevention and Awarness, I’ve lost two immediate family members to suicide.
What is your biggest fear? Spiders! For the love, spiders are my worst enemy. I still cant wrap my head around the need for any more than four legs.. Centipedes would make this list too if were talking numbers of nessecary legs.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Oh gosh, I don’t have the slightest clue… I LOVE food. If I had to pick just one thing though, I guess I could say maybe anything chicken? I think I could live off different chicken entrees.
List two pet peeves. I cant stand liars/cheaters! Honesty is key! Everything in life can be earned fair and square! And bad drivers! I hate when drivers don’t use their signals or when they drive slow in the passing lane!
Which of the five senses would you say is your strongest… Hearing! My 5 year old may disagree on this one (selective hearing ya know!?), but I have phenomenal hearing when I want too.
One thing that not a lot of people know you love to do? I’m guilty of being a reality tv watcher Not all reality, but like … MTV’s the Challenge… They could totally hit me up!
Mountains or Beach? How about a “beachy” lake with moutains in the background… best of both worlds… I cant take real beaches, their to packed and I tend to get anxiety in overally large crowds.
Anything else you would like to add?
You can do anything you set your mind to and no one, other than yourself has the ability to hold you back.