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Tracy Drury talks about the bond between Mark and his daughter Taylor


Mark and Taylor Drury are a father and daughter team from Drury Outdoors. Tracy Drury is Mark’s wife and Taylor’s mother. Tracy talks about the bond between Mark and his daughter Taylor.


Terry Drury: Why he shoots a PSE bow


Terry Drury with Drury Outdoors explains why he shoots PSE.

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Terry Drury Talks About Persistence



Terry Drury with Drury Outdoors Talks About Persistence

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Terry Drury – The deer that got away


Terry Drury with Drury Outdoors speaks about the deer that got away!

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No Matter What Taylor Drury’s Future Holds, She’ll Still Be Outdoors


Taylor & Mark Drury - Drury Outdoors

Taylor & Mark Drury - Drury 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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Taylor Drury Talks about Her School, Friends and Bowhunting


Taylor Drury - Drury Outdoors

Taylor Drury - Drury 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: Yesterday, I spoke about how my boyfriend and my dad spent two afternoons together in a tree stand. Sometimes people ask me if I’m going to teach Zac how to shoot a bow, but honestly, I don’t know. I think Zac may want to continue learning about hunting from behind a camera, before he tries to master a bow. He can learn much more about how and why we hunt from behind a camera than he can while shooting a bow. From behind the camera, he can better understand the effort and reasoning in planting green fields, scouting, putting out trail cameras, studying pictures and trying to determine which bucks we should or shouldn’t take in the coming season. And, after that, if he wants to learn to shoot a bow, we can start teaching him.

I know how to shoot a bow, and I feel like I can shoot a bow with a lot of confidence. I may be able to teach Zac, but if he wants to learn to shoot a bow, I’d prefer for my dad to teach him. My dad’s the best bowhunting instructor I’ve ever known. My dad is patient and knows exactly what and how to teach. I think my boyfriend will learn far more from my dad than he will from me. I’m not sure I have the patience to be a good teacher, but I know my dad has that patience. Zac has told me that after being in a tree stand with my dad, at some point he may like to harvest a deer.

Many of my friends don’t even know that I’m a bowhunter, or that I’m on television and in videos. We live in the city, where there seems to be two types of people, either hunters or PETA advocates. I don’t share with a lot of people at school that I hunt and am on television and in videos. A few boys at my school who have grown up hunting and watching our TV shows think I’m cool, because I know how to shoot a bow and take a deer. The guys interested in hunting are really interested in talking to me about how I hunt, and what I do on hunts. Most of my friends think it’s really cool that I’m an outdoors person and a bowhunter and get to hunt with my dad, especially since not many girls at my school hunt. But the subject of my hunting doesn’t come up much at school.

Tomorrow: No Matter What Taylor Drury’s Future Holds, She’ll Still Be Outdoors

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Bowhunting – The Way that Taylor Drury’s Dad, Mark Drury, and Boyfriend Got to Know Each Other


Taylor Drury & Zac

Taylor Drury & Zac

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 have one problem that I think other teenage girls probably have, and that is how to get a dad and a boyfriend to get along. My boyfriend Zac isn’t a hunter, and as everyone knows, my dad certainly is a hunter. My boyfriend doesn’t shoot a bow or a gun, and my dad does both. You can see how I would be worried about whether these two were going to get along or not. I wasn’t sure, but hoped that the fact that they were so different wasn’t going to be a major problem.

I took Zac up to the farm for the first time, so he could experience hunting, which of course is a major part of my life and my family’s life. At the time, I didn’t know it, but my dad wanted to get me on film taking a deer. My dad asked his cameraman, Joe, to film me, and then asked my boyfriend, Zac, if he’d be willing to go with him on a hunt. My dad wanted Zac to film him if he came across an opportunity to take a deer. This meant that my dad and my boyfriend, who didn’t really know each other, would be spending quite a few hours together in a tree. What was worse was that I wouldn’t be there to act as a buffer between them, and that was a scary thought. Before the hunt, my dad took Zac out in the woods, showed him how to run the camera, gave him an opportunity to practice running the camera and attempted to prepare him for what an afternoon in the tree stand would be like. I found out later that after spending two afternoons in the tree stand filming my dad, Zac really enjoyed seeing all the deer and had a great time with my dad. Although Zac didn’t grow up in a hunting family and had had no previous exposure to being out in the woods and around wildlife, he got a good taste of what I’ve always had the privilege to enjoy.

Zac and I had only been dating for about 7 months at that time, and to be honest, having my dad ask my boyfriend to help out felt somewhat awkward. That was the first time that Zac and my dad had spent any time together without my mom or me being present. I was really nervous about how things might turn out. My dad can be a real jokester, and he can come across as very sarcastic, but he’s only kidding. I was wondering to myself, “What if my dad says something very rude, and Zac doesn’t figure out that he’s just joking. Or, what if my dad says something that totally embarrasses me?” While I couldn’t help but worry about what might happen, I could rely on the fact that I knew my dad would introduce Zac to the experience of hunting. This was Zac’s first time in the woods, and I knew my dad would help him, since it was his first time out. I knew dad would explain a lot about hunting to Zac to help him understand what hunting and especially bowhunting involved. I was pretty relieved after the first hunt when Zac told me that he had had a really good time, and that he had learned a lot from my dad. I knew that during their time together, things could have turned out badly between my dad and Zac, but I also realize that whoever I date has to be okay with my parents.

After Zac and my dad spending two afternoon hunts together and getting along well, Zac and I now can make more trips to the farm during hunting season. Too, if I’m hunting and being filmed, now I know that Zac will have a really good time running the camera for dad. From this experience, I’ve learned that my dad’s idea of his taking my boyfriend hunting wasn’t a bad idea. I also think that the relationship Zac and dad have built from two afternoons in a tree stand together have helped each of them get to know each other better, and also makes things better for me.

Tomorrow: Taylor Drury Talks about Her School, Friends and Bowhunting

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A Dad and a Buck for Taylor Drury to Remember


 Taylor & Mark Drury - Drury Outdoors

Taylor & Mark Drury - Drury 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: Last year, I took the best bow buck I’ve ever taken. However, this wasn’t the first time I’d drawn my bow on this deer. We named the buck, Chief Tricks, because every time I’d get a shot, just before I could release the arrow, he’d run away. My dad had taken me to one of the favorite fields we’ve planted and named, Hourglass. Relatively early in the day, there still was plenty of daylight. We saw two other deer, and then we saw Chief Tricks, coming out from the side, 10 yards from my stand. One thing I’ve learned is that settling in to take a shot at a deer is much harder than settling in to take a shot at target archery in the backyard. My nerves immediately go crazy when I see a deer to shoot. My heart starts pumping fast, and when I start to make my draw, I feel like I’m pulling a 100 pound bow. But I’m always able to pull my Chaos to full draw, and I always remember what my dad has taught me about how to follow through after the release. I’ve had so much practice with the Chaos that I have a tremendous amount of confidence in my bow. I’ve learned that with my Chaos, I don’t have to think about my bow. All I have to do is keep my form and go through my shooting sequence, and the bow will do its job. This time when Chief Tricks came in, I made my draw, went through my shooting sequence, released the arrow and knew I had a good hit.

After seeing Chief Tricks stand still for a moment and then run off, we climbed down out of the tree stand and started tracking the buck. We had a good blood trail on Chief Tricks, so I knew I had double lunged him. We found him about 50  or 60 yards away. Seeing that buck with those horns gave me an amazing feeling. I was almost surprised that my Chaos at low poundage could take down this monster buck. Chief Tricks scored 140 on the Pope & Young scale. Every time I take a deer with my bow, when I finally get to that deer, there’s a level of excitement that makes me want to do it all over again to find that same joy.

I also enjoy the effort my dad and I put in together when we prepare green fields, put out cameras, and study the pictures of the wildlife. Before the season opens, we like to watch deer from a blind. And all of our hard work comes together when either of us gets to take a buck with our PSE bows. For me, taking that buck with my Chaos was one of the major accomplishments in my life, especially at 16 years old. I also feel really special to have a dad who invests so much time in teaching me how to shoot accurately. Knowing that my dad has confidence in my ability to shoot, and then finally taking a deer with my bow, is one of my favorite things.

Tomorrow: Bowhunting – The Way That Taylor Drury’s Dad, Mark Drury, and Boyfriend Got to Know Each Other

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Building a Relationship and a Sport for a Lifetime with PSE Bows – Taylor Drury


Taylor Drury - Drury Outdoors

Taylor Drury - Drury 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’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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What’s in the Future for PSE’s Mark Drury?


Taylor & Mark Drury - Drury Outdoors

Taylor & Mark Drury - Drury Outdoors

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.


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