The female hunter feature is for Moriah Briggs. Here we go!
I’m from a small town with a bar and a church. I grew up knowing the values of hard work and going to church to come to know Jesus as my personal Savior. I also learned the riches of a simple life living in the country, growing a garden, raising animals, canning, woodworking with my Pap, and listening to true country music. I thought my folks were tough on me but as I grew up, I found out they were the few and far between. I worked as a lifeguard in high school and was the first of a few generations to attend college to become a physical therapist assistant, which I’m still doing today. My dad and brother deer hunt and I did that from a young age but I’ve taken on many other hunting adventures such as turkey and waterfowl. Thanks to my boyfriend, I’ve also hunted hog and alligator. Life is short and I feel you should always have dreams no matter who thinks they are silly. Do what makes you happy, but don’t forget where you come from, and thank God for every blessing!
Why do you hunt, fish, and spend time outdoors?
I spend the most time hunting. Does bowfishing count as hunting?? I do like to fish but am not as good at it or passionate about it.
When was your first hunting memory, and how old were you?
First time hunting gun season with my dad, two bucks came in beautifully while we were sitting in the blind. Dad said, “You shoot the first, I’ll shoot the second.” I was shaking so bad that I couldn’t pull the trigger! My dad still talks about it and laughs. I think I was around 14 years old.
What do you love most about hunting and spending time outdoors?
It cleanses your soul. Makes you appreciate the simple things. It is good time to clear your mind and talk to God. It also makes you appreciate putting food on the table and being a provider.
What’s your most memorable hunting or outdoors’ experience?
There are so many! I remember turkey hunting in Nebraska. When the sun came up a bald eagle flew over! It was amazing! It was the first time I had ever seen one!
Do you have a favorite wild game recipe?
Red wine goose stew. There are a lot of different recipes! Goose is hard to make taste good, but when you do it right, it’s like beef.
Do you have a dream hunting outdoors’ excursion?
Noodling is on the agenda this year and I would like to get an axis deer hunt in Texas planned soon. I also need an oceola turkey for my grand slam.
What would you say to other women who haven’t tried hunting or spending time outdoors yet?
Honestly just give it a try, even if you’re not sure. I read an article on depression the other day and it mentions going outside, feeling the soil under your feet, and the sun on your face. This speaks volumes!
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