“At the end of the day, I’ll never apologize for being a hunter.” – Eva Shockey
Being a woman in a man’s sport is nothing new to me, and hunting is no different than racing in that sense. But there is a different perspective that I have on my love for nature when I’m outside of the cockpit of my dragster. It’s all about connecting with the outdoors and slowing down from the busy life of work and racing. For me, hunting is my escape from the computer screen and stepping away from the role of a race car driver into a conservationist.
There are multiple strategies of hunting, similar to racing, that will take many years to master, and I have a long way to go still. There are so many challenges for me when I’m preparing for a hunt; first, getting a license and tag from the state, then practicing all year with my compound bow and arrows to be an accurate shot when I’m under the pressure of an animal in my sight. Next is the species; learning their habits, where they are located on a certain property that we are legally allowed to hunt on during the proper season, and where they eat, drink and sleep. Finally, we prepare our tree stands or blinds (we make an elevated platform to put our blinds on) in different spots we believe the species travel through, then get the right camo gear and tools (such as a range finder, binoculars, hand warmers, scent remover, etc.) so we will not be seen, smelled, or heard once we are ready for the hunt.