Female Hunter Feature: Allison Hunter Voges

Katherine Hill // August 11

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Allison grew up in the outdoors of Southern Indiana. Some of her favorite memories are tagging along on a quail or squirrel hunt with her father or fishing with her grandparents and cousins out on the pond. Any other opportunities were spent walking the creek banks or exploring the land on horseback. After college, Allison took up archery and found a true passion for the sport. Shortly after picking up her bow, she asked a friend to take her on her first whitetail hunt which fueled her enthusiasm for the outdoors. These days you can find Allison out hunting and fishing every chance she gets; whether it’s in her home state of Indiana or somewhere else in the US. While she loves the quiet and peace that hunting and fishing bring, she’s even more passionate about sharing her love and enthusiasm for the outdoors with anyone she meets. Some of Allison’s fondest memories have taken place around the campfire with friends, telling stories about past hunts and dreaming of future adventures. Allison is the author of a children’s book about hunting entitled Chasing Deer and is the Indiana Chapter President of the American Daughters of Conservation. Her real goal in life is to inspire and encourage other women and youth to step out of their comfort zones and into the great outdoors. 

Why do you hunt and fish?  Primarily I hunt and fish to feed my family. There’s no better feeling than providing a quality meal for the ones I love straight from field or pond to table. More than that though, hunting and fishing bring so many enriching life experiences with them. The closeness you feel to nature and your Creator. The camaraderie you find while hunting and fishing with other people or telling stories around the fire at hunt camp. The memories gained out in the field are experiences I wouldn’t trade for anything. When was your first fishing memory, and how old were you? One of my earliest memories is fishing out at a small farm pond with my mom, dad, and grandparents. It was such a happy moment in time. I’d dig through the worms to find a big juicy one for dad to bait my hook. I remember my papaw telling me to make faces into the water to scare a big one onto my line and as soon as I did my bobber went under and I reeled in a nice bluegill. Now I’m making new memories like that with my own son. What do you love most about hunting? If I had to choose one thing I love most about hunting, it would be the closeness I feel to nature each and every time I take to the field. There’s no better way to experience the true wilderness in my opinion. What’s your most memorable hunting experience? Last fall I stepped far out of my comfort zone and went on a two-week public land archery hunt for elk with a couple of my buddies in Colorado. We were at a fairly primitive camp and I brought my Papaw Hunter’s World War II army cot to sleep on as a way of honoring him. Those two weeks I covered nearly one hundred and fifty miles on foot. The weather was absurd. It fluctuated from nearly eighty degrees and dropped to the low thirties with about a foot of snow. The terrain was incredible and though I didn’t leave with an elk, I had some close encounters. It was an experience I will never forget and hope to attempt again one day.

Do you have a favorite wild game recipe?  My favorite is my Jalapeño Popper Wild Turkey Salad. You can find it hereDo you have a dream hunting excursion? I have a variety of bucket list hunts I’d love to attempt someday, but if I had to pick one it would be a Dall sheep hunt in Alaska. What would you say to other women who haven’t tried spending time outdoors yet? Sometimes it can seem a little daunting as a female in the outdoor sporting world. My advice to any woman hoping to take those first steps and give it a try is to find other females who are passionate about the outdoors. Join some female-led organizations like the American Daughters of Conservation. Maybe reach out to some local conservation groups. You can find a variety of wonderful women’s groups online via Facebook or other social media platforms where you can seek advice or connect with other like-minded women. Do what you can to get involved and meet others who can serve as your mentor. Take that leap and give it a try because it will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. Follow Allison on Facebook… Follow Allison on Instagram… Follow Allison on YouTube…  

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About the Author

Katherine Hill

Katherine has preferred city life and the concrete jungle to life in the outdoors, but as her family has grown, she has learned the power of nature and is now the one introducing this lifestyle to her little ones. Katherine is just starting this journey into the great outdoors and can't wait to see what adventures await!