I’ve been sitting silently for over a half-hour. It’s finally time to make my move. I slowly shift my weight and stand. I pause, making sure I’m still undetected. So far, so good. With delicate footsteps, I navigate the obstacles toward an opening. Suddenly, a loud cry ends my silent evening.
“Crap! She’s awake,” I mutter to myself.
Oh. You thought I was talking about bowhunting? My mistake. As a new mom, I find many similarities between bowhunting and motherhood. Both require epic patience, and lugging around a 20-pound kid works wonders for your upper-body strength. Plus, my passion for this kid is unbelievable.
Those credentials qualify me to offer some Mother’s Day gift ideas that hit the bull’s-eye. If you have a bowhunting mama in your life, consider these suggestions:
Outdoor mamas passionately share their love for the hunting lifestyle. Bowhunter and new mama Eva Shockey proudly embraces her outdoor lifestyle while hoping to inspire other moms. Her book “Taking Aim” describes her upbringing, and her blog post “Mother’s Day Gift Guide,” promises, “No matter what kind of outdoor enthusiast your mama is, this book will open her eyes to adventure, passion and living the field-to-table life.”
Around the house and in the outdoors, bowhunting mamas are always on the move. Give your special mama a gift that makes it easy to carry the kiddos with her.
Tiffany Lakosky, co-host of “Crush with Lee & Tiffany,” is a bowhunting mom who brings her kids on adventures. “A great baby backpack carrier is clutch,” Lakosky said. “Our kids are always with us, and we are so blessed for that!”
April Vokey is best known for her river and fishing adventures, but this longtime angler has been spending lots of time in the woods lately. Vokey is a new mom and beginning bowhunter. “Moms need a safe-rated baby carrier for scouting,” Vokey said. “I personally use the Ergobaby.”
If you really want to spoil mom, get her a new bow or the latest archery accessories.
“We gave my mom a bow one year,” Lakosky said. “We gave her a shotgun another year, and she smoked turkeys with both. In our family, turkey hunting and Mother’s Day go hand-in-hand!”
You’ll find plenty of women-specific bows and accessories by visiting your local archery retailer. Shockey’s gift guide recommends her ES Signature Series Bow from Bowtech and her ES Tru-Fire Release. “I designed this release to fit a smaller wrist, (so it’s) made specifically for us girls,” Shockey wrote. “I also wanted it to look more like a cool leather bracelet than the traditional wrist release.”
If you’re looking to get mom something sparkly, skip the traditional jewelry stores for some outdoor-inspired bling. Vokey suggests “any antler jewelry from Padgett Hoke.”
And Shockey? Her favorite outdoor-inspired jewelry companies are AnchorBeads and Classic Rock Couture.
Bowhunting mamas don’t just make dinner. They also harvest their family’s meat. If mom shoots dinner, she deserves help preparing the meal.
Vokey recommends the Anova Sous vide precision cooker. And although grills are traditionally a Father’s Day gift, bowhunting moms are all about breaking stereotypes. In that case, Shockey recommends a Traeger grill.
Let your bowhunting mama treat herself! Gift cards show your appreciation and hit the bull’s-eye. Visit your local archery shop and buy a gift card. Your bowhunting mama can pick out arrows, accessories or even range time with your thoughtful present.
Sometimes the greatest gifts can’t be found in stores. “For me, personally, some of my best memories of Mother’s Day were when my mom started hunting and we’d take her out on Mother’s Day,” Lakosky said. “Some years she shot turkeys, some years she didn’t, but we always spent the day with her and made memories that mean the world to me!”
Even if you can’t go hunting on Mother’s Day, spending time outdoors with your family is the greatest gift of all for your bowhunting mama.