What’s in the Future for PSE’s Mark Drury?
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, what’s hunting with Taylor like now that she’s a teenager?
Drury: Taylor’s much more fun to hunt with now than when she was a little girl. She really wants to succeed as a bowhunter. Taylor gets so much more excited now than she did when she was little, and she cries with excitement when she takes a deer.
Question: Mark, yesterday you told us about taking Taylor’s boyfriend, Zac, hunting with you. Why would you advise other dads who hunt to take their daughters’ boyfriends hunting with them?
Drury: You never know what you’ll learn. By taking Zac hunting, everything I found out was all good. I’m very pleased with Taylor dating Zac, because I’ve learned he’s a really good man. I feel like Zac and I have begun to bond a little.
Question: What did Taylor ask about when you took Zac hunting?
Drury: She asked me 50 million questions, “What did he say to you? What did you say to him?” But, at the end of the day, I really believe that she felt the experience was good for her, for Zac and for me. After getting to know Zac on the hunt, I’m really proud of this young man she’s decided to date.
Question: Mark, what’s in the future for you and Taylor?
Drury: Hopefully, a lot more hunting together. However, Taylor has college staring her in the face in one year, and I’m worried about how much time we’ll have to hunt together. When girls go to college, other things become more important than hunting with dad. But, I still believe that Taylor will carve out a few weekends for us to hunt together. I believe Taylor and I will always spend time in the outdoors together, but I feel sure that once she starts to college, we’ll have less time than in the past to hunt together.
Question: What do you think about the possibility of Taylor coming into the family business and becoming a bigger part of Drury Outdoors?
Drury: We’ll have to see when that time comes, and when Taylor decides what she wants to do. If that’s what she wants to do, we’ll try to find a place for her in Drury Outdoors. I feel like hunting and especially bowhunting have created a strong bond between us. I don’t think that bond ever will go away as long as we live, and I look forward to many hunting seasons in our future. One thing that has always been 100 percent with Taylor is that when she squeezes a trigger on a mechanical release or on a rifle, she’s dead on. I’ve never seen Taylor miss with a rifle, and she only has missed one deer with her bow and never missed a turkey. She’s an incredible shot.
Question: What are you the most proud of about Taylor as a hunter?
Drury: Her ability to close the deal when she’s got the shot.
Question: Since Taylor was brave enough to bring Zac to meet and hunt with you, if she has other boyfriends, do you think she will be brave enough to bring them to hunt with you too?
Drury: I think she will, because I believe it’s important to Taylor to know what I think about them.
Question: What’s in the future for Drury Outdoors?
Drury: Well, Terry and I aren’t getting any younger. But Terry’s son, Matt, is doing a fantastic job managing the business. So, we’re going to continue to entertain the outdoor public with good DVDs, Internet content and TV shows, and we want to continue to expand our business. We’re finishing up the best year our company ever has had in a tough economy, and we plan to continue to grow the business.
Question: How did you and Terry develop Drury Outdoors as a family business?
Drury: The business just kind of happened. We believe in family, and Terry and I both know that we can always trust our family. Terry and I both believe it’s the best family business there is, but we may be a little partial.
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Next week: Hunting from Taylor’s perspective.