PSE’s Mark Drury Tells How He’s Taught His Daughter Taylor to Love Bowhunting
Editor’s Note: Why would a daddy teach his daughter to hunt, and what are the benefits? This week, we’ll learn the answers to these questions and more from PSE’s Mark Drury of Drury Outdoors, a nationally known turkey caller and deer and turkey hunter. You’ll be surprised what you’ll learn about why every father should get his daughter into hunting.
Question: Mark, why did you teach Taylor to hunt?
Drury: From the day Taylor was born, I looked forward to taking her hunting with me. I wanted to introduce Taylor to my world, because most little girls are involved in their mothers’ worlds while the dad is gone. I wanted to know Taylor better and her to know my world. My brother Terry and I put Taylor in a tree stand with me when she was about 5 years old. Before we left the house, Tracy, my wife, told us, “Whatever you do, don’t put Taylor up a tree.” Knowing we were lying, we promised, “Oh, we won’t.” Terry helped me get Taylor up the tree, and she climbed the tree pretty well with my help; then she sat in my lap all afternoon. But, late in the evening when the time came to climb down out of the tree, Taylor was having a little bit of a problem. Terry was in the tree with us filming, and I told him, “I’ll go down the tree first, then you just drop her down to me, and I’ll catch her.” So, I got out of the tree, and Terry leaned over and dropped Taylor down to me. She only dropped about 5 feet. As soon as I caught her, Taylor said, “Daddy I want to do it again; let me climb up the tree.” But, I told her that we’d better go home. Our plan was to keep everything a secret from my wife Tracy, but when she found out what we had done, Tracy wouldn’t talk to me. However, she didn’t stay mad very long, she never does. The first time Taylor ever called in turkeys, she was wearing her red Sunday Easter dress with a white bow in her hair. We were on our family farm, and she was using a pushbutton call. When she started calling, three gobblers came storming in, and Taylor loved that excitement. Taylor has been in the outdoors with me a lot. Every chance I get to take Taylor with me, I load her up and take her to the woods.
Question: When did you start Taylor shooting a bow?
Drury: When she was about 5 years old. I think one of the reasons that Taylor likes to bowhunt now is that I’ve always made shooting the bow fun for her. Although I let Taylor shoot at a lot of different items, balloons were always her favorite. If she could hit a balloon and see and hear it pop, she would really get excited. I’ve blown up so many balloons for her, that sometimes I would feel like I was practically hyperventilating. The more accurately she shot, the smaller the size of balloons I would blow up. Before long, at 20 yards, Taylor could bust a balloon about the size of a softball with her bow.
Question: When Taylor was first shooting her bow, how long would each session last?
Drury: She’d shoot until I got tired of blowing up balloons. I never had to twist her arm to go shoot balloons.
Tomorrow: PSE’s Mark Drury on His Daughter Taylor’s First Bow Deer
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