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Publisher's Summary

An acclaimed bow hunter who defies the stereotype that hunting is a man's game, Eva Shockey is a TV and social media phenomenon at the forefront of a new wave of women and girls who are passionate about outdoor sports.

Eva Shockey grew up expecting 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 enduring 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 her millions of fans can attest, that has meant hunting as a way of harvesting food, caring deeply about conservation, sustainability and healthy eating, and getting closer to God in nature.

In this riveting memoir for the adventurer in all of us, Eva takes listeners along as she hunts caribou on the rugged Aleutian Islands, tracks a 1500-pound bull moose across the unforgiving Yukon, and meets many other challenges of a life in the wild.

Along the way we learn that hunting is about so much more than pulling a trigger. "My story is about discovering your dream," writes Eva. "It's about following your passion, mastering your skills, taking aim no matter who thinks you're crazy...and then letting the arrow fly. If you've done all you can, I can tell you that you're almost certain to hit your mark."

Whether you're a lifelong hunter or a city dweller who has never set foot in the wilderness, Eva's story delivers an empowering message about rejecting stereotypes and expectations, believing in yourself, and finding the courage to pursue what you care about most.

©2017 Eva Shockey (P)2017 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"In this sprightly, instructive autobiography, Shockey describes her love of hunting...She details the hours-long hikes, the cheek-chafing cold, the patience ('hair-pulling stretches of monotony'), and the constant practicing required to 'harvest' that 1500-pound bull moose. She endures antiwoman and antihunting attitudes, defending hunting as an act of conservation, self-reliance, and, often, charity." ( Publishers Weekly)
"I have had the privilege of knowing Eva Shockey for years as colleagues in the outdoor industry, and am thrilled for her voice and perspective is reaching a larger audience. Taking Aim offers fresh perspective that appeals to both the lifelong hunter and non-hunter alike. Eva's voice gives insider understanding to readers for which the outdoor industry is a world yet undiscovered. Simultaneously, she speaks to the heart of every avid outdoorsman as she recounts stories of risky exploration and its rich rewards. Hunter or not, Taking Aim is for you." (Willie Robertson, author, American fisherman, and hunter)
"Throughout this book Eva mentions the impact her family has had on her education and passion for the outdoors. I have three little girls, and another child on the way, that my wife and I are raising to appreciate, enjoy and love the outdoors as much as we do. This book is a great reminder of the importance of introducing and giving the gift of the outdoors to your children." (Justin Moore, country music singer)

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Recap of Eva’s social media

It’s a decent read(Listen) but if you follow Eva’s journey on Social Media, you have (mostly) what the book is already. HOWEVER, I’d say it’s worth diving into. Overall, she’s an excellent ambassador to hunting and for women hunters. This book would mostly benefit non hunters or less experienced hunters. The challenge would be to get this book into the non hunters hands.
Exciting stories, good details to those stories, and a fun backstory to growing up as a Shockey. Shes a positive storyteller with an almost kid like enthusiasm. Congrats on what you’ve done and I look forward to what you’ll become, Eva. I enjoyed listening to your stories and hearing how you pace your own path.

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great inspiration

Eva narrates her own book, so on top of the story you get a sense of her and her personality. she is a huge inspiration to me as a female hunter.

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This book made me feel like a part of the story.

This book made me feel like a part of the story. Her vocabulary was impeccable. The book was more enjoyable as the narrator was the author of the book. Great read.

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Well done!

This was an amazing and well written book worth all of the time spent listening to it! I remember first hand when the Facebook bear story blew up and reading the most disgusting comments aimed at you Eva and I was so thankful to see other hunters there standing up. We protect our own.
Going to need more material from you to listen to!!!! Very well delivered!
Also, gonna have to buy that Bowtech Eva Shockey Series for my wife now.

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Great!

As a fellow female hunter I loved the description, and the drive Eva writes and narrates with. She took me right into each of those camps and delicately painted the picture of here adventures. Love it and love following her story

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To Eva

This book is better than I thought it even could be. Within the first 5 mins of the intro, I was already crying. Tears of passion, half wanting to get in the stand, half wanting to go shoot my bow. The stories you tell about your hunts and the passion you have for hunting, and just the outdoors in general, is so admirable. I am the only girl in my little world that I know who hunts. I fight for hunting and what it means to me and turned my now husband into a hunter...a bow hunter at that. It’s nice to have you fighting for us, hunters and girls. I met you a few years ago and I’ve followed your journey for a while now. Thank you for fighting the good fight and more than anything, thank you for keeping your faith in God very public. We need more people like you in the world.

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Very relative

As a female hunter myself I greatly appreciated the connections Eva made between hunting and life skills. The stories were exciting! I am happy to recommend this audiobook to my friends and family!

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Loved it

Great inspirational account of Eva’s journey to present day. From the book, I can surmise she is a soulful, sweet, grounded, very real and humble lady. I love her social media posts but this book endeared her to me
Even more so. I enjoyed the subject content because I am also a hunter, and related with so much of
This book. However, even if you aren’t a hunter- this is a very positive, insightful book about following your gut intuitively and leaning into your destiny and being brave enough to believe in yourself even when you get flack or resistance. Eva narrates and her voice is very pleasant to listen to- (which honestly, is a make or break for me with audible downloads- if the authors voice annoys me- I can’t listen- will usually just go the kindle in read it instead) so listen away! You won’t regret. 💕✨