By Durinda Fisher
-- My husband Brett and I met in March of 2001. He has been an active hunter since his childhood when his father introduced him to it. Being the oldest and only girl of three children, my father and mother introduced me to sports when I was young, and I played them through my early-30s. When Brett and I met, I had no idea how much my life was going to change.
In the fall of 2001, I was first introduced to hunting by Brett at his deer lease. I didn't know what to do or expect but Brett was patient with me and explained what we were doing, what to look for and to sit quietly. He didn't harvest anything that weekend, but I found it to be exciting and interesting. I continued going with him on scouting trips.
In the spring of 2002, Brett bought me a Winchester .243 rifle. I had never in my life fired any kind of gun and was quite nervous. I became a great shooter in no time, and we were both surprised how quickly I picked it up. That fall, Brett took me out on my first rifle hunt. It was exciting!
On Thanksgiving evening, I shot my first doe at 90 yards. What a rush! Well, that was it, I was hooked.
Nov. 10, 2007, Brett and I had been married for 3 1/2 years, and I was at our lease near Freedom, Okla., bowhunting by myself. Who would have thought I would be doing this? Not I. Over the past five years I had learned to hunt with a bow, a muzzleloader, a rifle and a shotgun. I have taken several does, bucks, turkeys, doves and one big 6x6 bull elk.
I look forward to hunting seasons every year and gear up for the challenges that await. I want to thank my husband, Brett for introducing me to hunting. It excites him to see me get excited about it. Some husbands don't like taking their wives because it's their time to hunt and be with their buddies or just spend time alone doing what they enjoy.
Not Brett. He looks forward to hunting so we can spend time with each other outdoors. Every hunting season I learn from my mistakes and put more tactics to good use. As Brett says, "You add a new chapter to your hunting diary every time you go outdoors whether you're hunting or scouting."
This is so true whether it's a mistake that haunts you in your mind the rest of the season or when everything goes right and you harvest your quarry. Brett has taught me to be an ethical, conscientious hunter and to have a lot of patience. We both enjoy the hours spent together and exchanging stories after each morning and evening hunt and comparing notes.
The number of women hunters is rising each year due to wanting to know, learn and enjoy the outdoors with their spouses, boyfriends or family members. It has been a positive and eye-opening experience for me that I will never forget. I am very lucky and fortunate that my husband has introduced me to the sport of hunting.
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