Building a Relationship and a Sport for a Lifetime with PSE Bows – Taylor Drury
Editor’s Note: Taylor Drury is the 16 year old daughter of Mark Drury of Drury Outdoors and the creator of M.A.D. Calls. Taylor can’t remember when she first started shooting a bow, but the family likes to joke that she was born with a bow in her hand. Taylor explains that, “I really like watching animals and enjoy shooting my bow and taking deer. Most of all, I enjoy the quality time I spend with my dad in the outdoors when we scout, put out cameras, plant green fields, and hunt together.” This week, we’ll learn more about Taylor, what hunting means to her, and why hunting is such a strong thread that’s woven through the fabric of the Drury family.
Taylor Drury: I’ve been shooting a PSE bow for about 3 years and I really love the PSE Chaos, because it’s comfortable, it fits me really well, and the bow isn’t too heavy to handle with ease. The Chaos is quiet, crazy fast and is easy for me to draw and shoot. My Chaos is so fast that I don’t have to shoot a heavy draw length to be at the legal limit for the arrow to pass all the way through a deer.
The first deer I took with my PSE Chaos was a doe, and since then I’ve taken two bucks. In my opinion, the Chaos is one of the best bows for young archers available on the market today. I’m not a weight lifter, so my arms aren’t overly strong. I shoot at a light weight, but there’s still enough weight to get a total pass through a deer, especially at close ranges. The Chaos is just right for the range I shoot.
I can’t remember when I first started going into the outdoors with my dad. But, I think my first memory is of my dad scouting and carrying me on his back when I was 3 or 4 years old. I guess it was before turkey season started, because Dad would stop, make some turkey calls and listen for turkeys. My dad would let me use his calls to try and call the turkeys. When deer season was about to come in, we’d go out riding in our vehicle at night looking for deer. Dad taught me to use his binoculars and also what to look for when scouting for deer. When I got a little older, my dad would let me go with him, and we’d sit in a blind and look for deer together. Although I was interested in looking at deer when we first started going, pretty soon into our adventure, I’d get disinterested. Dad brought plenty of snacks and portable games for me to play with in the blind, while he was watching for deer. Dad also would bring a blanket to keep me warm and allow me to go to sleep if I wanted. Dad made sure I didn’t get bored and brought along enough items to keep me interested. If I did get bored or tired, I could go to sleep, until the time came to go home.
I’m asked a lot, “What’s the secret to getting a young person to want to go hunting?” I think the first key is to make sure that your daughter or son will enjoy the time you spend together. Don’t have unrealistic expectations of what the child is capable of doing. Most children aren’t going to be able to sit quietly for long periods of time in a blind. Remember that the child will want to do things that are fun for them and will hold their attention. If you’ll give your child the opportunity to try things they can be successful at, then they’ll want to keep trying new things. Many girls want to be with their dads anyway, so if they can be together and have fun, the child will want to go another time as well.
I think one of the big mistakes that dads often make with their children is they make their children go hunting whether they want to or not. Since I’ve grown up in a hunting family, I’ve always been interested in what my family does when they go out in the woods. I’ve always wanted to go with my dad, and I’ve never turned down an opportunity for us to be together. But we haven’t just spent time sitting in the blind. We’ve played games, and he has made hunting fun. For instance, when we’d go out scouting when I was younger, he would say, “Taylor, let’s make a bet on how many deer we’re going to see this afternoon.” When we would look at the pictures taken from the camera, he’d ask me how big I thought the deer were, and that too became a game. Dad really built my interest, not only in hunting, but in everything to do with the wild. Dad created as many games as he could that he and I could play together that related to hunting, archery, wildlife management and nature in general. I think that’s the real secret of starting a young person out hunting. Make it fun for them, have plenty of snacks and always have such a good time that they’ll want to go back out again with you.
Tomorrow: A Dad and a Buck for Taylor Drury to Remember
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