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Outdoors Woman and Bowhunter Eva Shockey

Day 5: Bowhunter Eva Shockey Believes Her Camo Is a Fashion Statement

Editor’s Note: Eva Shockey, who recently was featured on the cover of “Field and Stream Magazine,” is 25-years old and has been hunting with her dad, well-known outdoorsman Jim Shockey, for as long as she can remember. But she didn’t start taking game until she was 20-years old. The story of Eva Shockey’s life is a classic example of what happens when two worlds collide. Louise Shockey, Eva’s mother, was a professional ballerina, a model and an actress. Eva’s dad, Jim Shockey, was and still is one of the most well-known hunters and outdoorsmen in the world ( Many people wondered which path Eva would take. Would she be a rough-and-tumble hunter like her dad, or would she demonstrate her more-feminine side like her mom? Eva fooled everyone. She didn’t just follow either route. Instead she’s combined the lifestyles of both her parents and is a girly girl and an avid bowhunter.

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewCamouflage is almost always a part of my wardrobe, not only when hunting but when I’m not hunting. I wear Under Armour ( Mossy Oak in Break-Up Infinity ( or Obsession (, because I like the earth tones. Even when I’m not hunting, I usually wear some type of sportswear that includes at least a trace of camouflage. We’re all starting to see more girls and women wearing camouflage patterns and/or sports clothes that give them more of an outdoor look

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewMany women ask, “How do you stay warm when you’re hunting in 20- or 30-degrees below zero?” I think one reason women may not hunt is none of us enjoy being cold. But I’ve learned how to dress for cold weather. I can stay out all day long from before sun-up until after dark. First I put-on wool long underwear. On top of that, I wear a thick Under Armour base layer. I’ve learned that the closer that base layer is to your skin, the warmer you’ll stay. Next, I put on a fleece bottom and a fleece top as an insulating layer. I wear one or two jackets or one of my dad’s big warm well-insulated jackets on top of the fleece layer. I usually wear a waterproof Mossy Oak camo fleece jacket as an outer layer. When I get to my stand, I put on a Heater body suit ( that looks like a sleeping bag with legs and has a hole for your head and neck. As a deer approaches, I can unzip my body suit, take my bow down from my bow hanger, clip on my release, draw, aim and shoot. After I’ve arrowed the deer, I can hang my bow back on my bow hanger, zip-up my body suit and get warm quickly. I also wear toe warmers and use HotHands ( to keep me warmer. When I first started hunting with my dad, getting cold was a real concern for me. After a couple of years, I decided that I needed more layers to stay warm than my dad and some of the guys did. If I get cold hunting, I’m not having a good time. I never think I have on too-many clothes.

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John Phillips, winner of the 2012 Homer Circle Fishing Award for outstanding fishing writer by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA), the 2008 Crossbow Communicator of the year and the 2007 Legendary Communicator chosen for induction into the National Fresh Water Hall of Fame, is a freelance writer (over 6,000 magazine articles for about 100 magazines and several thousand newspaper columns published), magazine editor, photographer for print media as well as industry catalogues (over 25,000 photos published), lecturer, outdoor consultant, marketing consultant, book author and daily internet content provider with an overview of the outdoors. Click here for more information and a list of all the books available from John E. Phillips.

Check back each day this week for more about Outdoors Woman and Bowhunter Eva Shockey"

Day 1: Eva Shockey Has Learned She Can Be a Girly Girl and a Bowhunter
Day 2: Bowhunter Eva Shockey Decides to Live in Two Worlds and Love Them Both
Day 3: Bowhunter Eva Shockey Explains What Life’s Like Being a Part of a Family Outdoor Business
Day 4: Guys Have Difficulty Understanding That Eva Shockey Is an Archer and a Bowhunter
Day 5: Bowhunter Eva Shockey Believes Her Camo Is a Fashion Statement

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Entry 767, Day 5