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
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