Generations of women bond over hunting (w/video)
Hunting has always run in Mary Hancock's family. Hancock has been hunting and fishing most of her life, and at 48, she continues to hunt more than ever.
"I love challenges, and it's nice to get away from your everyday worries," she said.
However, it's not just Hancock who enjoys the thrill of the hunt. Every woman in her family hunts and fishes.
In fact, three generations of women hunt, and on one early fall morning, seven women came out to enjoy a morning of dove hunting.
"All women have their bonds," she said. "Some go shopping or get their nails done; we go hunting and fishing. They've all grown up hunting and being exposed in our sportsmanship lifestyle."
Krystal Flores, 28, Hancock's daughter, not only enjoys the sport but also values the skill and lifestyle that her mother passed on to her and her sisters.
"Growing up, we didn't have a whole lot of money, and hunting was something that we could always count on to fill up our freezer at the end of the year," Flores said.
This type of lifestyle instilled a valuable skill set and bond with the sisters.
"Our mom showed us that if something did happen, we can always go out and know that we could provide for our family," she added.
Every woman in the family recognizes that these values and skills should stay alive for generations to come - even 11-year-old Savannah Moore.
Savannah, Hancock's niece, has been hunting since she was 9 and has become quite well-known around the family and friends for her sharp shooting.
"Savannah and me are kindred spirits," Hancock said. "She reminds me of me when I was kid. She always wants to be with the guys, and she always wants to play harder and rougher then the other girls."
Savannah plans to keep hunting running in the family.
"My dad said to me that he would never force me to do anything, but he would always want me to try," Savannah said. "That's what I'm hoping that my kids and grandkids will do. I hope the hunting will keep going on."