Keri Asher7 min read
I came across Keri Asher on instagram recently and instantly fell in love with this chick! I adored seeing all her past accomplishments and found personal inspiration and refreshing joy in her humbling hunt history and personality. She is sweeter than southern sweet tea pe. I am so thrilled to get to share her story with you and show why she is what comes to mind when I think about role models for the future of women who hunt. Y’all don’t forget to follow Keri and her story on instagram!
Hey everyone, my name is Keri Asher and I’m twenty five years old with a huge passion for hunting! I don’t hunt for fame or popularity and I can’t stress that enough. I grew up smack dab in the middle of Tulsa, OK (which is as city as it gets) where to most hunting and fishing is not practiced or even known about- much less considered “cool” in terms of what to do.
I was so young when I started hunting and fishing. Some of my earliest memories were of my dad and I in the woods or on the banks of river or ponds.
Why do you hunt?
I hunt because I truly enjoy the sport. Growing up in the city I have never taken for granted all the opportunities I was given to go out and hunt or fish.
It’s almost indescribable how overwhelmed I feel when I harvest and animal. Knowing I have the skill, capability, accuracy and will to accomplish something so challenging to most is quite amazing.
What’s your favorite hunting memory?
I make memories every time I hunt, but I’d have to say my favorite hunt by far would be with my dad. My dad has always been my hero and my inspiration. He had a severe stroke in February 2014, and the left side of his body was completely paralyzed. After many trips to physical therapy and countless prayers my dad made a full recovery. Our first hunt together after his stroke was so heart warming, it was as if God knew he needed a well gratifying hunt. He was able to shoot his biggest archery buck ever, and I was there to share all the joy and excitement he had and most definitely deserved. We tracked and recovered the deer together, but then I watched my dads happiness slightly fade and turn into discrete tears that he tried to quickly wipe away. I couldn’t understand why he was suddenly so upset. My dads attention turned from the buck he was so proud of completely to me, he gave me hug and said “girl, I thank God I was able to share this with you. I was worried I would never have this opportunity again after my stroke but here we are and you stuck by my side the entire ride- I’m so happy your here with me and I love you more than you know.” It’s crazy how this sport can be so much more just a hobby or an escape from reality for some people, it’s about times like those that make it hit home.
What would be your best advice to give to anyone new wanting to hunt?
Some advice that I would give to new hunters would be to stay true to your passion. Dedication and persistence will pay off in the long run and don’t let anyone turn a passion like hunting into something you stop enjoying.
What would you name as your dream hunt and why?
My ultimate dream hunt would be to shoot an elk bull with my bow or travel to Alaska for a moose or caribou hunt!