By Danielle Sturgis | April 27 2010 11:30

Kate Desmond with her prize turkey after an NRA Women on Target hunt

Justin McDaniel of sat down with Kate Desmond, the lucky lady chosen as a winner during the Great American Hunting and Outdoor Show this past January. (Above, check out the photo slideshow provided to NRAblog by Ann Marie Foster, the NRA Women On Target Hunt coordinator.)

"Just get out there and give it a shot"

Pearsall, Texas - Kate Desmond had never even thought about going hunting prior to winning a drawing for a free turkey hunt at NRA’s inaugural Great American Hunting and Outdoor Show in January. Attending the event as a volunteer, Desmond took a chance and bought six raffle tickets for a hunting trip to Knowlton’s Laguna Vista Ranch in Pearsall, which was being sponsored by NRA’s Women On Target® Hunting Programs.

As luck would have it, Washington Redskins great and NRA Board Member Dave Butz was on hand for the drawing, and he pulled Desmond’s name from a pool of approximately 100 entries.

“I think I did a little dance actually after my name was picked because I was so excited,” Desmond said.

Now, after taking her very first gobbler, Desmond says she’s hooked on hunting for life.

“It was just the most incredible experience I think I’ve ever had, to be honest with you,” said Desmond, a property manager from Westminster, Md. “It really was. I’m still fired up.”

Prior to her hunt, Desmond was mentored by Ann Marie Foster, NRA Women On Target Hunting Programs coordinator, on what to expect from her first hunt. Desmond was already familiar with firearms and had shot sporting clays before, but she had never considered giving hunting a try.

“I’ve shot before and I have my own gun, but I’ve always just done sporting clays,” she said. “I’ve never hunted and never even thought of hunting before this.”

The hunt was scheduled for Friday to Sunday, April 9-11, so Desmond and Foster set out for San Antonio with hopes of getting Desmond her first turkey while the birds were still gobbling. She didn’t know it then, but one of the best turkey callers in the business, Brad Cantrell of the Primos Hunting Calls Pro Staff, would be her guide and caller for the hunt.

“I never knew you could get such a thrill out of hearing a turkey gobble!” she said.

Continue reading Kate's story here.

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