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The one that didn't get away

Cathy said she understands hunting isn't for everyone. She even questioned if she'd be able to pull the trigger when the opportunity presented itself, given her love of animals.

"But, I believe in women enjoying the sport of hunting. It is entirely different than just seeing them under an apple tree in the back yard," she said.

It also is a great way to appreciate the outdoors while connecting with loved ones - and can help put food on the table during tough economic times, she said.

"I'm so glad I decided to get back into it again," Cathy said. "The woods are a great outlet. So serene and peaceful. It's 100 times better than paying a therapist."

Cathy took a lot of good-natured ribbing from her fellow supervisors after missing the huge buck her first time out, but, in the end, she got the last laugh.

"I was the only supervisor to bag a buck this season," she said triumphantly. "I just really had a lot of fun with it."

Even better, it was the first buck Cathy had ever shot.

"I can't wait for next year," she said.

John Gereau is managing editor of Denton Publications and an avid outdoorsman. He can be reached at johng@denpubs.com.

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