Melissa started out hunting sporadically when she was 19. She went on occasional bird hunts with her dad growing up. But in the last 6 to 8 years her passion has increased, especially now that she has taken to bow hunting.
She says she is motivated to hunt because it enables her to bring a healthy source of protein to the table for her family. Hunting for her provides stress relief and brings her closer to wildlife and conservation. Melissa says, "There's nothing more refreshing than getting out in the woods and watching the beauty of nature." She is continually learning and developing new skills as she is now learning to fly fish.
"Women That Hunt caught my attention because I share a passion in seeing young hunters get involved with the outdoors."
You can visit Melissa at Bass Pro Shops in Moncton.
"We are thrilled to have her on board as our first Ambassador. She will represent the WTH mission, vision and values well as we continue to extend our reach across Canada." ~Kelly, President
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Melissa is from the Coldbrook, in the beautiful Annapolis Valley.
About 6 years ago she was asked to attend a ladies day at her local gun club. She was hesitant to go but thought why not. Every year when she was not working she would attend every open house and ladies day put on. Melissa always took to shot gun. Her husband suggested that they get their PAL and she hasn't looked back since!
Fast forward 2 years and she now competes in the NOVA Sporting Series along with other Sporting Clay events around the province. She attends clinics and gets in practice whenever she can, however being a Registered Nurse sometimes gets in the way. "There truly is nothing better than seeing that clay break!" Melissa says. "Originally I thought WTH would be great as I wanted to try hunting and what a way to do so with other women. However, WTH is far more than just about hunting, its about bringing back traditions by socializing, inspiring and connecting members of the community again."
"We are thrilled to have women from all over Nova Scotia join the Ambassador program. They are making our goal of reaching members in all communities a possibility." ~ Kelly, President
Trinity is from Argyle Sound in the South West of Nova Scotia. She was first introduced to hunting by her grandfather, Mike and stepfather, Patrick, who would let her tag along in the tree stand. Weekly, Trinity’s family would shoot silhouettes and targets at the indoor gun range in Bear Point, Ns. That is where Trinity came to love hunting as a sport and a way to bond with the whole family. She started out by hunting rabbits in the woods behind her family home, and that is where her passion for hunting took off. Trinity harvested her first deer in 2012 and has loved to hunt in the rifle season ever since that moment. In the 2020 hunting season, Trinity purchased her first cross bow. With the help of her stepfather and her uncle, she was able to master the art of hunting with a cross bow, and harvested a beautiful 8 pointer, three days into the cross bow season. One of Trinity’s goals is to purchase a compound bow and also give that a try in the near future. She has since inspired her cousin Reese to become an avid hunter, as well as many other young girls in her community. Women that hunt first caught her attention because she had never heard of a club exclusively for women who hunt in Nova Scotia. The mutual support and girl power that is shown in the group is what inspired Trinity to become an ambassador and try new things as a hunter.
"It's a movement, and we are finally getting established enough that it's spreading! The only way to inspire the next generation and grow our community is to engage individuals who are fueled by passion not a pay check." ~ Kelly, President