I hate to burst your bubble folks, but its more likely than not that you will never see me on the cover of any hunting magazine for three reasons, 1. I just don’t look that good in camo 2. I would refuse to wear anything pink or have anything within the shot be pink and 3. if I were ever asked a question about my looks vs my hunting abilities, my comment would not be fit to print.
I was excited when I got the May issue of Field and Stream. Finally! There was a woman on the cover. I flipped through the pages to find the article. I flipped. I flipped. And when I got to the end of the magazine, I went back through and looked again. Maybe I didn’t have enough coffee? Nope. There was NO ARTICLE!!! There were only 5 questions asked to Eva Shockey about her hunting and one of them was about her looks. WTF Field and Stream! Clearly, you have to be pretty to make the cover of magazines and regardless of your hunting skills, the bottom line is looks. I couldn’t tell you what show Ms. Shockey is on, I couldn’t tell you what she hunts or where she hunts. But I can tell you that she thinks that, “If people think that’s attractive (keeping her clothes on), especially in full camo, I think that’s great.” Thank you for perpetuating the stereotype that we are merely objects that should look good and not be taken seriously among our male counterparts. And thank you Michael Shea for writing an article where you think questions
about looks are more interesting than questions like:
1. How many people have you
taught to hunt or fish? if you have taught children, how old were they?
2. Do you help support outdoor organizations by donating your time, talent
3. How are you, as a sportsman, working to ensure a healthy outdoors for
This half-assed attempt at highlighting female hunters would never happen if
you had someone like Ted Nugent on the cover. There would be a full article and interview
with him. There would be photos of his
hunts and questions about his technic and ideology when it comes to hunting. I would bet everything that I own that he
would never be asked about his look and how women react to him. The backhanded attempt to show the strides
females hunters are making is nothing but an afterthought in this magazine.
In another article, David Petzel writes about the “correct” way to introduce women to rifles. Let me summarize: women are weak and can’t handle the recoil of a big gun so just let them shoot with a .22. He tries to validate his argument by using an example of a woman he and his buddy were teaching to shoot. Clearly, his sexist attitude is worthy of publication and to be taken as truth. My favorite gem, “Keep in mind that women, unlike men, tend to want everything perfect. That can make them slow to pull the trigger. It’s not a big deal at the range, but its a big deal in the field.” You are right Petzel! You got me. I am such a woman, shame on me! I would rather take my time and make
sure I don’t use more than one bullet to kill an animal than spray and pray
that I get it. But you will never get me to give up my 30-06. No .22 rifle for me, please.
Why? Why are we, as the fastest growing demographic in the hunting world,
allowing magazines to portray us as just helpless hunters who have to prove
that we can gut our kill or can handle a gun bigger than a .22? I have
given up hope that the magazine will move past its
When they have women as regular writers and contributors, then maybe I
will take them seriously again.
Women are adding dollars, time and effort into the outdoor world and we are
doing it a lot faster than men. At some point, there will come a time when we
are respected as hunters and seen as equals among men. I just hope I am around to see and read about
Also, special thank you to UnderArmor who’s ad with Eva Shockey was black and white except for the PINK highlights of her arrows and neck warmer.