Hunter Spotlight #4 - Holly Marie
At Treestand Brews, we care about the hunting community. We want to take a second to recognize those that have a deep passion for the outdoors.
This week we are recognizing Holly Marie.Instagram: @hollymarie_bfit
We had a couple questions for Holly about what it means to him to be a hunter.
Q:What influenced you to be a hunter?
A: I grew up with a single mom and was never exposed the world of hunting. It wasn’t until I was 31 that I had my first opportunity to hunt wild game. I always loved seafood and especially venison when I did score the opportunity to eat it. In 2018, I decided to enter an NPC fitness competition. Of course I researched the best diets to fuel my body. Over and over it suggested lean meats but especially: fish, venison, and turkey. My significant other was an avid hunter and an excellent archer. Of course immediately I had easy access to an endless supply of all of the lean meats. However, I knew that there would be no better feeling than to hunt my old wild game, fill my own freezer, and to fuel my own body. All on my own. I practiced for rifle season until I knew I would be a solid and humane shot. In December 2017, I tagged my first doe. I was immediately hooked. In May 2018 my first Tom, November 2018 my second doe, and May 2019 my second Tom. This year I decided it was time for a compound bow. My grouping is solid and in October of this year, less than 15 days away, I’ll be in the great Pure Michigan hunting Whitetail with my compound bow. There is no better feeling than harvesting your own food and knowing completely the story behind how it ended up as a meal on on your families table.
Q: Favorite Hunting Season?
A: Absolutely Whitetail because it is my favorite meal and I’m absolutely in love with whitetail - they completely fascinate me on all realms and I love watching them. It also is such a relaxing season to spend in the woods.
Q: What are your hunting traditions?
A: I’m fairly new to hunting, but getting up extra early for the good cup of Joe no matter what.
Q: What advice would you give to a first time hunter?
A: You are never too old or too young to start. Anything that you do new will take time, patience , and practice. I was 31 before ever handling a rifle and 33 before handling a bow. I didn’t grow up around the hunting lifestyle and it was uncomfortable. Now, I’m not sure how I lived without it. If you are young without resources and interested, ask family friends or relatives that hunt to take you. Just because your immediate family may not hunt, doesn’t mean you are out of luck. I guarantee you that anyone with passion as a hunter would be more than happy to show you the ropes.