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.
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.