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World Hunter Eva Shockey Tells Us About Taking Deer, Caribou and Moose

Day 3: Eva Shockey and Her Dad, Jim Shockey, on Her Saskatchewan Deer Hunt

Editor’s Note: Eva Shockey can’t remember a time that she wasn’t around hunting. Eva’s mother, Louise Shockey, was a ballerina. Following her mother’s lead, during the early part of her life, Eva leaned heavily toward dance. She was a ballerina, she competed in ballroom dancing, and she taught dance. She went on hunts with her dad, well-known outdoorsman Jim Shockey, but never really wanted to take an animal until she was in her early 20s. Today, she’s one of the most recognized lady hunters in the hunting industry. She co-hosts "Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures" ( TV show and hunts all over the world with and without her dad.

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewWhile I was on my hunt in Saskatchewan (see Days 1 and 2), my dad, Jim Shockey, was in Africa hunting and videoing. I really like to hunt with my dad, but I thought my dad asking me to do a solo hunt by myself was a good idea. I guess he knew that I would learn a lot more about hunting deer and also about producing a TV show, if I didn’t have him as a backup. He realized that, if I had a question about any part of the hunt or the TV show, I’d have to answer that question myself.

When he's on a hunt, Dad doesn’t call me every day, but he does call my mom every day. I asked my mom to tell Dad to call me the next time she talked to him, but not to tell my dad why I wanted him to call me. I just told her to tell him, “Eva’s in Saskatchewan, and she’s really having a tough hunt. She says there are no deer there, and it doesn’t look like she’s going to be able to take a deer and get the TV show.” On the 10th day of my hunt, after I had taken the big buck the afternoon before, Dad called about 10:00 am. I told Dad, “I don’t know what we’re going to do. The weather is so hot that we’re not getting any pictures of deer on our trail cameras, we’re not seeing any deer, and we’re having a real hard time.” Dad started laughing and said, “Eva, there may be a very good reason that you're so successful when you're hunting with me. Maybe the reason you’re so successful is that I'm such a good hunter.” I said, “Well, Dad, we did see one buck. He came within bow range, and I took him.” Then, I went ahead and told him the story of the hunt, the buck I’d taken, and the TV show we had gotten. He started laughing again and really got excited for me and with me. He was very, very happy. We were there to film an episode of “Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures” for the Outdoor Channel, which I co-host with my dad.

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewI had gone on numbers of hunts without my dad before and had been in charge of all the production, but this was the first time I had hunted in Saskatchewan without Dad on our family ranch. My mother, my grandmother, my brother, my dad and I all get together each year on the ranch for this hunt. I was the only family member at the ranch for this hunt, even though I did have the cameraman and Wojo with me. Earlier in 2014, I was in the Yukon for a moose and caribou hunt. I took a moose and a caribou on that hunt with a gun.

To learn more about deer hunting, you can get John E. Phillips’ Kindle eBooks and some print books, “How to Hunt and Take Big Buck Deer on Small Properties,” (John’s latest book), “How to Hunt Deer Up Close: With Bows, Rifles, Muzzleloaders and Crossbows,” “PhD Whitetails: How to Hunt and Take the Smartest Deer on Any Property,” “How to Take Monster Bucks,” and “How to Hunt Deer Like a Pro,” or to prepare venison, get “Deer & Fixings.” Click here on each, or go to, type in the name of the book, and download it to your Kindle, and/or download a Kindle app for your iPad, SmartPhone or computer.

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About the Author

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.

Tomorrow: Taking a Mountain Caribou with Hunter and TV Host Eva Shockey

Check back each day this week for more about World Hunter Eva Shockey Tells Us About Taking Deer, Caribou and Moose"

Day 1: Eva Shockey Tells about Her Saskatchewan Deer Hunt
Day 2: Eva Shockey Says Taking Her Biggest Deer Ever Did a Number on Her Emotions
Day 3: Eva Shockey and Her Dad, Jim Shockey, on Her Saskatchewan Deer Hunt
Day 4: Taking a Mountain Caribou with Hunter and TV Host Eva Shockey
Day 5: Eva Shockey’s Yukon Moose Hunt for Her Wedding Feast with Her Dad, Jim Shockey

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Entry 800, Day 3