As the daughter of legendary big-game hunter Jim Shockey and granddaughter of Hal Shockey, Eva Shockey has bowhunting in her blood. She picked up her first plastic bow at age 2, shot a recurve when she was 5 and started hunting by the time she was 20.
Eva now travels the world as the co-host of Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures on the Outdoor Channel alongside her father. She’s arrowed numerous species, but said nothing compares to catching whitetails on her trail cameras and following them season after season.
In 2014, Eva became the victim of social media criticism and serious threats from anti-hunters after she posted photos of a black bear she harvested in North Carolina. Following the backlash, Eva created and sold T-shirts that read, “I’ll never apologize for being a hunter.”
As a proponent of conservation, she understands the critical role hunters play in preserving wildlife.
“Most of the hatred I receive from anti-hunters comes from a place of fear and naivety,” Eva explains. “I truly think that if I could sit down and teach them about the purpose of hunting to provide meat to eat and how hunters are the most significant contributors to conservation on this planet, they would have a change of heart.”
When Eva wasn’t pleased with the quality of bows designed for female hunters, she partnered with Bowtech in a year-long process to develop the Eva Shockey Signature Series that hit the market in 2015.
“Their engineers did an incredible job making my dream bow become a reality,” she said. “The end result is absolutely incredible. It’s smooth. It’s light. It’s fast. It’s the best bow I’ve ever shot.”
While she doesn’t fit the mold of what a stereotypical hunter looks like, Eva uses her platform to encourage women to break into the industry. In 2014, she was the second woman ever to appear on the cover of Field & Stream and believes anyone who is passionate about the outdoors and sourcing meat can be a hunter.
“Female hunters are the fastest-growing demographic in the hunting industry,” she said. “So, the outdated mindset that ‘hunting is for the boys’ is quickly becoming a thing of the past.”
Eva and her husband — professional hockey player Tim Brent — welcomed their first child, daughter Lennon Bow, in January. While becoming a new mother means some changes in her life, Shockey won’t be giving up her hunting career.
“The best thing about hunting is that it’s meant to be a family activity,” she said. “I learned to hunt because it was a tradition passed on from generation to generation in my family, and my husband and I plan to do the same thing with Leni as she grows up. There’s nothing better than being raised with a love for adventure and the great outdoors!”