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PRO STAFF / INSTRUCTOR SPOTLIGHT: Learn More About Archery Instructor Amy Crooks

Pro Staff / Instructor Spotlight:  We asked Amy Crooks a few fun questions. Pro Staff / Instructor Spotlight is designed to help you get to know our awesome team of Pro Staff / Instructors a little better. Amy lives in Wisconsin and is an avid archer and hunter.

If you could only hunt in one season which one would it be?
That’s tough!  But probably bear

What’s your favorite location to hunt?
Canada; it’s so peaceful, you can drive for miles and only see the wilderness

Who introduced you to hunting?
Both of my parents; but pretty much everyone I grew up around was involved in hunting of some sort.

What do you hunt for?
Bear, whitetail deer, turkey

What hunting skill would you like to master?
Probably spot and stalk style hunting, with my bow.  I haven’t been super great at being super sneaky, I primarily hunt from tree stands or ground blinds.

What’s your biggest hunting challenge?
Hunting in the cold.  I am always cold anyway and WI weather is so unpredictable. But it still doesn’t keep me out of the woods.

What would be the most amazing hunting adventure that is still on your bucket list?
There are so many!  Caribou, brown bear, moose, elk, alligator

What hunting skill do you wish you knew more about?
Traditional archery.  My husband has really gotten into this over the past year.  It has been really fun watching him, I would love to join him in this.

What’s the hardest hunting lesson you’ve learned?
Probably just the act of seizing opportunities.  I have definitely learned while bow hunting that you can’t wait for that perfect shot/the animal to stop, before getting drawn and ready, you need to anticipate and prepare yourself.

If hunting was no longer an option for you what would you do with your time?
Scrapbooking, photography, or a mixture of both.  Or reading

What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
Bear hunting

How many pairs of hunting boots do you own?

What style of hunting are you most passionate about?


What do you like most about the SLG shooting trailer?
I love everything about the trailer, and of course the archery area is my favorite.  But in general I love how comfortable and non-intimidating atmosphere.  I love seeing the ladies faces light up, and the big smile on their face when they shoot a bow for the very first time.  Seeing their immediate confidence that they can do it is so awesome!

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Travel – anything outdoors really

What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue?
Gardening (I really don’t have a green thumb)

What non hunting related skill would you like to master?
Gardening (I really don’t have a green thumb)

What non-hunting related. . , do you wish you knew more about?
Home remodeling projects

What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?

Where do you usually go when you when you have time off?
To our cabin in northern WI, it is so quiet and peaceful up there

Who inspires you to be better?
My boys; the perspective through the eyes of a child are so pure and awesome!

What are three interesting facts about you?
I have been a nurse for the past 10 ½ years – I am passionate about caring for patients with dementia; I don’t like to swim in lakes where I can’t see through the water; I like to bake

What is your biggest fear?

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
That’s tough because I love all food; but probably salads
List two pet peeves

Not using your manners (please, thank you, chewing with your mouth open); dragging your feet while you’re walking

Which of the five senses would you say is your strongest?
Hearing (although my husband would probably disagree)

One thing that not a lot of people know you love to do?
I love turning up the radio in my car and singing (when I’m alone, or with my kids)

Mountains or Beach?
Definitely mountains; however I do enjoy a good clean beach now and then

Anything else you would like to add?
I love that my husband and I are able to share our passion for hunting together and now we both get to involve our boys.  It’s fun exploring the outdoors together as a family.

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