Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.... Life is either a daring adventure or nothing ~Helen Keller
I grew up in a small rural town in Iowa. I was a fearless tomboy and I spent most of my time exploring the woods and farmlands surrounding my home. I always wanted to see what was beyond the next hill. It was not until later in life when I discovered my true destiny and started my journey to become a Huntress. I was 30 years old when I took my hunters safety course and began by hunting small game and whitetail, but I knew that there was more and I dreamed of remote wilderness and big game hunting.
When I met my wonderful husband, Louis, I was mesmerized by all his adventures. He was born in Louisiana and lived in Alaska. He took me rabbit hunting on our second date. His passion and stories of remote wilderness hunting fueled our long distance relationship. It wasnít very long before I joined him in our great 49th state and we began sharing our quest for adventure both here and abroad.
My core value is deeply embedded in helping those in need. Beans Cafť (the local soup kitchen) gives us a great opportunity to share our good fortune. We donate wild game, seafood, warm clothing and our time to them several times a year. There is nothing more rewarding than sharing our harvest directly to those who really need and truly appreciate it. I support the Annual Armed Services Combat Fishing Tournament in Seward, Alaska. I contribute to The Alaska Healing Hearts and I am eager to work with others in our community to begin a women's chapter.
I believe in promoting wildlife conservation and protecting our natural resources. I believe in educating our youth and giving them hands on experience in the outdoors. I also believe that I have the God given right to bear arms and to responsibly hunt and harvest meat for my family. This is why I am a member and strong supporter of The Safari Club International.
My passion is the outdoors. Most of my hunts are self guided remote wilderness hunting for Alaskan big game animals. Whether itís flying into a high alpine lake to hunt late season mountain goats on Kodiak Island, battling the elements on the Alaska Peninsula hunting coastal brown bear or packing into a river above the Arctic Circle to hunt moose and caribou, I am always ready for the adventure and looking forward to the next opportunity.
Each and every day my thoughts are focused on preparation. The mountains can be unpredictable and brutal. Body, mind and equipment must all have to be in top notch condition, whether it's warm clothes, new gear or adding another 5 pounds to my pack and hitting a local trail to condition for the hunt. Each day I think, speak and live it. It's not about the passion of the hunt - it is about the passion in the huntress. Hunting is not a hobby, it is who I am.
If I used a single hunt to define me, it would be our remote wilderness moose hunt. The expedition takes us above the Arctic Circle and over 100 miles from civilization. Itís a true test of strength, perseverance and planning, stacked up against Mother Nature in all of her glory. Itís tough, physical and demanding. The journey starts with a one mile portage of several hundred pounds of food, gear and rafting equipment, and more often than not, ends with up to 1500 additional pounds of meat, capes and antlers. This all has to be tended, carried, and floated 25 miles on a river that can go from flooding to freezing in what seems like the blink of an eye. Carrying meat in wolf and bear country is a stark reminder that humans are not always on the top of the food chain. This hunt tests my will, strengthens my body and warms my soul. It defines who I am.
I am The Huntress!