Elizabeth Seaman, nail tech. In her other life: hunter.
First she wanted to bag a black bear ... then she didn’t. When Elizabeth Seaman, a nail tech at Moxie Salon in Lewiston, Idaho, began dating her future husband, an avid hunter, the pastime didn’t really appeal to her. That changed when the couple moved to Idaho. “As soon as I heard about hunting for black bear I decided I really wanted to hunt. So in 2007 I signed up to take “hunter’s education” and the next spring we started bear hunting. I discovered right away that I really didn’t want to hunt black bear. Hunting for an animal that can turn on you and attack you is much scarier when you are out there doing it!” says Seaman.
For the moment she sticks to safer quarry. Using rifles that are custom-built by her husband, she hunts deer, elk, grouse, and turkey. “My first turkey hunt was the most fun I’ve had hunting,” says Seaman. “My husband used calls and the turkey came running. He started strutting around and showing off his feathers since he thought it was a female that he was showing off for.”
Her biggest challenge when hunting, she says, is figuring out an animal’s natural habits in order to successfully hunt it. “They can become very elusive when you are out trying to find them,” she says. Despite the challenge, she likes being in the outdoors, spending one-on-one time with her husband, and “enjoying God’s creation firsthand.”
Her greatest achievement came last year when she received a much-sought-after tag allowing her to hunt deer in her area. “After much work, on October 31, 2009, I shot my deer at a distance of 495 yards,” she says. “It was very exciting for me, since the furthest I had shot thus far at an animal was around 80 yards!”