LAS VEGAS – Hunting’s royalty, Eva Shockey of “Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures” on Outdoor Channel, caught up with FOX411 at the SHOT show in Las Vegas and reflected on what life is like for women in the hunting industry.
“It’s pretty incredible to see how the hunting demographic has changed so much,” she said. “Being now in a position, where I have grown up in it and I have turned it into a career, it’s pretty cool because companies like Under Armour and Cabela's have really jumped on board with the female hunter thing and they have realized and very much helped push along the growth of female hunters.”
She admits that while growing up, her friends didn’t quite understand how involved her family was in hunting and how strong her passion really was. However, today, Shockey thanks hunting for bringing her closer to her father.
“I think hunting is all about family at the end of the day,” she said. “It took hunting to bring my dad and I really close together…I was always a momma’s girl, and then I started hunting and now I am equally as close to both of them. I think that’s a big part about why women are hunting because they can go hunting now with their husbands.”
Shockey married hockey player Tim Brent last year and revealed her husband can hunt, and she hopes one day her children will too.
“He is a far better hunter than me,” she said with a laugh. “It’s always been my dad and I and we are hunting buddies kind of and now my husband is involved as well because it’s cool to see it expanding. Hopefully someday we will have kids, and we will be able to bring them out and show them. The whole purpose is you want to know where your food comes from.”
Shockey explained what it is about hunting she really loves.
“It’s not just the travel or not just the adventure or just about killing an animal by any means,” she said. “It’s about a whole lifestyle and part of that is preparing yourself mentally and physically for a hunt. So with me I exercise a lot and as part of the Under Armor hunt team it’s a lot of about fitness and health.”
Shockey is sure her love for hunting will never die.
“I will never be out of the hunting industry; I’ve grown up with it. It’s all I know. It’s all I want to do with my time and I’m really passionate about it.”
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