No Matter What Taylor Drury’s Future Holds, She’ll Still Be Outdoors
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’m often asked, “Taylor, what are you going to do when you grow up?” I guess that’s a question older people always ask teenagers, but honestly, I really don’t know. I do know that I’d like to work with my dad and my family in Drury Outdoors. Drury Outdoors is a family business, and I would really like to help carry on the family tradition that my dad and my uncle have created. I think a lot of how much I’ll be involved in the family business depends on where my dad is at in his life when I get out of college. I do have another interest though, because ever since I was a little kid, I’ve had an interest in going to medical school. If my career turns out to be something other than hunting and being in the outdoors, I know I will continue hunting and helping my dad as a hobby. I believe I’ll always hunt with my bow and want to be with my dad. However, I’m not really ready to make any plans as to what my career will be, until I get to the appropriate time to make a decision.
I think being in the woods and seeing a wide variety of animals is so much fun, and especially animals you don’t normally see in the city. If you don’t live on a farm, then you’ll rarely see a deer. But I think sitting in a blind or tree stand and seeing how deer react to different changes in the environment is cool. To be completely honest, the thing I love most about bowhunting and hunting in general is the time I get to spend with my dad. My dad is gone a lot because of work, but he’s doing what he loves to do. Unfortunately, he has to be away from our family quite a bit. Normally when he’s home, Dad and I hunt together. Hunting provides such a great time for fathers and daughters to bond. We’ve always had an interest in hunting together, and my dad has always found a way to make hunting fun for me. Usually, the most one on one time dad and I have together is when we hunt. Often my dad will be at the farm, and I’ll be at home going to school. So, when we do have time together in the outdoors, our adventures aren’t only about hunting, but also about our being together.
One of the great things about hunting with my dad is that when we go hunting, he’s always in a good mood. Dad isn’t into shopping, and he doesn’t really enjoy going out to eat either. My dad is an outdoorsman. The outdoors is where he works, and where he’s the happiest. When we’re hunting, my dad’s really happy, and it’s the time when we have the most fun together. So, to go back to the original question of how to get kids interested in hunting, why I’ve become a bowhunter and will I stay in hunting, the simple answer is that hunting gives me an opportunity to have fun with my dad, and for me, there’s nothing more important than that.
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