Her husband was a hard-core hunter who spent as much time in the woods as life would allow.
But she never thought she’d trade in her business suits and dresses for camouflage coveralls.
“He’s been a hunter all his life and brought it with him when we got married,” said Monica, a Virginia Beach girl now living in Chesapeake. “Over the years, he kept telling me that I needed to try it. But I told him I wasn’t going to go out in the middle of the woods, and there was no way I could ever kill anything.”
Over time, though, Monica tired of being a winter hunting widow. She didn’t like being mad when Mick would head to the couple’s Suffolk farm, leaving either the night before or in the wee hours of the morning, and returning late at night.
“I started watching the hunting shows on TV and didn’t even realize I was getting more and more into it until one day when somebody got in front of the TV and I told them to move because I was watching,” Monica said. “Mick turned to me and said ‘Ah hah.’ All this time I thought it was just a man’s world. But there were so many women on the TV shows. And they weren’t just women who were set up with everything by the men. They knew what they were doing.
“I was like, ‘I can do that.’ So I kind of joined in self-defense to spend more time with my husband. But I was becoming interested.”
So she hit the woods with her husband. She hunted several times the first season, but failed to bag a deer.
“But there was an attraction of being in the woods and the adrenaline of hearing a deer come out,” Monica said. “Then seeing them come out.”
Monica was somewhat reluctant to start her second season, mainly because of a lack of success the first year. But she bagged a small 5-point buck and the ice was broken.
“Mick was screaming, and I was going nuts,” said Monica, a 42-year-old who owns an executive recruiting business. “It was amazing. I loved everything about it, and I was definitely hooked.”
To the point where she started to crave a true trophy.
Last weekend, she got one – a 10-pointer that turned out to be the biggest buck