This Female Hunter Feature is for Beka Garris. Here we go!
I was born and raised in Northern NJ, and grew up hunting and fishing. I became obsessed with the outdoors at a young age and went along in my first hunt at age 7. I became an avid bowhunter in my teenage years and since then I have become a self-taught, traditional bowhunter and love to bowfish as well. I enjoy all things outdoors and also love cooking what I hunt, gather, and grow. I currently live on a small homestead in Ohio with my husband and daughter.
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 hunt 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 I 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 biggest turkey in the annual youth day contest…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!
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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