Beka Garris {{Female Hunter Feature}}

Carly Brasseux // April 5

Beka Garris was born and raised in Northern NJ and grew up hunting and fishing. She became obsessed with the outdoors at a young age and went along on her first hunt at age 7. She became an avid bowhunter in her teenage years and since then has become a self-taught, traditional bowhunter and loves to bowfish as well. She enjoys all things outdoors and also loves cooking what she hunts, gathers, and grows. She currently lives on a small homestead in Ohio with her husband and daughter. 

This Female Hunter Feature is for Beka Garris. Here we go!

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Why do you hunt and fish?

Over anything, I enjoy the simplicity of the lifestyle and the peace it brings me to be outdoors. 

When were your first hunting and fishing trips, and how old were you?

On my seventh birthday, my Dad took me on a turkey hunt. I've been hooked ever since. My dad took me fishing for the first time much earlier, around age 3.

What do you like most about spending time outdoors?

It's very calming, and I enjoy teaching my daughter about everything outdoors.

What’s your most memorable hunting experience?

On my 13th birthday, my dad took my older brother, my one younger brother, and me out turkey hunting on youth day. We all ended up getting a turkey and it was the first turkey I ever shot. I also ended up winning a trophy for the biggest turkey in the annual youth day contest… the best birthday ever.

Do you have a favorite wild game or fish recipe?

I can't say that I do…so many good ones! However one of my favorite ways to cook venison is to season well and throw it on the grill over high heat. Add a few pats of butter to baste it and cook to medium rare. It rivals a good restaurant steak. 

Do you have a “dream” hunting excursion?

Moose in Alaska and Black Bear with my traditional bow!

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What would you say to other women who haven’t tried spending time outdoors yet?

The outdoors has something for everyone, whether it's hiking, kayaking, fishing, or hunting. I encourage everyone to get out and try something at least once because you probably don't know what you're missing! 

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About the Author

Carly Brasseux

Carly Brasseux is a determined and passionate freelance outdoor writer, published author, business owner and social media/marketing consultant based in Texas. In a world where women are the fastest growing segment of the hunting population, she is a major proponent of those women wanting to learn more about the outdoors and hunting. Her handle, Miss Pursuit, is an expression of her enthusiasm for all things outdoors, from educating women through her experiences learning to hunt over the last decade, to getting out with her kids to explore the wild. Her expertise in social media and marketing, as well as her vast network of people in the outdoor industry, have given her the influence to make an impact for years to come. Member of the Mule Deer Foundation, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, Stewards of the Wild and the Texas Wildlife Association.