Taking Aim, by Eva Shockey with A.J. Gregory


5 it’s about the journey stars!!

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Taking Aim: Daring to Be Different, Happier, and Healthier in the Great Outdoors

A world-famous bow hunter who defies the stereotype that hunting is a man’s game, Eva Shockey is a real-life Katniss Everdeen–a TV and social media star at the forefront of a new wave of women and girls in outdoor sports.
     Eva Shockey grew up aspiring to be a dancer, like her glamorous mother. But something about spending family vacations RV-ing across North America and going on hunts with her dad sparked in her an unduring passion for a different way of life.
     In Taking Aim, Eva tells a very personal story of choosing the less-traveled path to a rewarding life in outdoor pursuits like hunting and fishing. For her, as the millions of fans who follow her life on TV and on social media can attest, that has meant hunting as a way of harvesting food, caring deeply about sustainability and healthy eating, and getting closer to God in nature.
     In this riveting memoir for the adventurer in all of us, Eva takes us along for the ride as she scales rugged mountains in Alaska, tracks 1,500-pound bull moose through unforgiving Yukon terrain, and meets the many challenges of a life in the outdoors. Along the way we learn that hunting is about so much more than letting an arrow fly or pulling a trigger.
     Whether you’re a lifelong hunter or a city dweller who has never set foot in the wilderness, Eva’s story offers a timeless, empowering message about rejecting stereotypes and expectations, believing in yourself, and finding the courage to pursue your own unique dream


My thoughts…

My husband is a hunter and is raising little hunters of his own.  I myself do not hunt,  I understand why we hunt.  I do shoot archery, I have a compound bow.  I understand the necessity to hunt for conservation and to put organic food on our table.  I am sure my husband has explained to my 800 thousand times what Eva Shockey explained in this book but the ways she explained it seemed to sink in a thousand times better. So I’m going to say in advance sorry Mr. Tough Guy.

I highly suggest this book whether you are into hunting or not, this book does not specifically talk about hunting.  It talks about Eva’s journey to who she is now. This book explains conservation in a way that I never thought about conservation before.   Hunters raise more money for conservation of animals than any other group is just one of the many facts I have pulled from this book.  I knew that they did a lot but that is just amazing.

“Here’s a fun fact: In 1900, fewer than half a million white-tailed deer remained in the United States. Today, conservation programs have returned the whitetail population to some 32 million.”

Growing up Eva had dreams of being a dancer, just like her mother.  When her father would come home from his hunting trips she would run out to the garage area and chat away about her week while he would process the game from that hunting trip. To Eva this was normal, the same as some fathers wear a tie to work, or my husband wears work boots and old clothes.  She stayed with her dreams of being a dancer for years upon years even unto college.  Eva only showed hints of being interested in hunting when younger.  It wasn’t until after college that Eva really took an interest in her father’s career.

At first she learned the ins and the outs of the business side.  Then she asked to go on hunts with her father.  When Eva was younger and would go to the hunts with her family, she would be able to see how the hunt provided for the village/town they were in. However she didn’t actually participate in those hunts.  Now that she was older she wanted to participate to see the other side to understand everything.  This book is about that journey, her becoming a woman in a man dominated field.  How she overcomes the things thrown at her with grace and calm.

Going hunting is much more than just putting food on the table for their families.  It’s about the journey.  You are closer to nature, you respect nature.  You are respecting the earth for providing you with this food, for your family, friends, or village.

“Criticism can arise in many different forms at any point in your life. People might make fun of your style, tell you you’re not good enough, call you dumb, or say your’re a nerd.  As hurtful as negative words can be, they only mean something if you believe them. It’s not easy to hear or read mean or hurtful words-and you can’t stop them from coming. But you do have a choice. You can give negative comments power, which will cost you time and energy that you can never get back or you can allow them to push you forward and continue to follow your own path. The choice is yours.”



Do I think everyone should read this book? Of course I do! It’s about a young woman going for her dreams in a male dominated world. I think Eva is much, much more than hunter and if you read her book you find that out real fast.  She is an amazing human being, and role model for young ladies whether they are hunters or not.

I would like to say a big thank you to Convergent, #Takingaim , and Eva Shockey for an advanced copy in lieu of my honest review.







12 thoughts on “Taking Aim, by Eva Shockey with A.J. Gregory

  1. Sounds like a great empowering book!
    My sister’s family are hunters, too… my niece and nephew have been involved since… oh, early age and after growing into adulthood, they did their exams and got their hunters licences in Estonia. Every time I visit home it’s just… it’s so different… there’s meat in the freezer and if you have a field to grow veg and fruit one hardly needs the supermarket. It is about sustainability and it is about respecting nature as well and hunting should never be a sport like it is in some cases.
    Anyway, I like this topic. I have never heard about the lovely lady but I’ll keep the book in mind 🙂

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    1. Right! Exactly! I couldn’t have said it better myself Liz!! ❤ The book comes out in August, the ARC was rather short (around 200 pages) but I think that's because they will be adding photos into the finished copy.

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  2. Very interesting review. Hunting isn’t a big thing in the UK at all, and the few people who do hunt do it as sport as opposed to for more base human reasons. The sport reasons I have issues with as these often are immensely cruel, I was taken on a traditional fox hunt when I was 11 and it terrified me in so many ways. But the kind of hunting you talk about here I don’t have an issue with, hunting for food, ensuring conservation is a priority all these things are back to our human base nature. And are survival instincts we should all know in case of a zombie apocalypse quite frankly!

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    1. I don’t believe in hunting for sport either, hunting to put food on the table is one thing. Hunting just to hunt is another thing entirely. I tried to talk hubby into buying a zombie target so I could practice for the Zombie apocalypse and he just laughed at me!! I told him you just remember who has your back when it happens?!?!


      1. That is exactly right! My sister is a fantastic chopper of wood, I’m regularly telling her to make sure her axe is always handy as she never knows when the zombies might attack! She thinks I’m insane!

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      2. haha I always say I’m either going to go Black widow on them or Katniss on their ass!! He just laughs at me.. so I’m going to trip him LOL… j/k I need him.


  3. Awesome review debby! I never knew hunter did so much for wildlife. And I never thought about the benefits of organic food through hunting. Thanks for reviewing this book. I’ll put it on my tbr💕


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