That’s not to say Queen Elizabeth II, bless her hat-wearing heart, was a babe with a bow on her 1976 cover of the 119-year-old magazine. But the May cover girl certainly is. Eva Shockey, who co-hosts Jim Shockey’s Outdoor Adventures with her father, stands proud on the front page as a representation of where the sport is heading. As the NSSF reports (via Outdoor Channel), 3.35 million women currently hunt. That’s an increase of 10 percent from 2008. More women are spending time and money in sporting shops, guns with pink grips are being marketed to women young and old for far more than self-defense. My last trip to the range probably saw women outnumbering men, though I didn’t see a single one shooting solo.
What I like most about Eva is that she sounds kind of like me. I’ve never shot a bow, but I have shot a rifle, and I enjoyed it—and was a wee bit terrified by it, too. To Outdoor Channel, she said: “I’m just like a lot of hunters who are from the younger generation. I don’t have 40 years experience. I’m nervous to hunt because I don’t always know why we’re doing something. I don’t know what to do and what decisions to make. I think people can relate to that.” I love that quote because I understand the sentiment. I like that she’s not a pro and doesn’t pretend to be one. In fact, she embraces her average-ness. It’s sort of what makes a star of the people, don’t you think? Consider Jennifer Lawrence and Shailene Woodley—we love them because to us, they are relatable. So, an apt choice, I would say.
On tap for this week: A closer look at hunting, gun laws and all things redneck.