Ted Nugent would love bowhunting with my
mom. Although they've never met, the two became pals last year
when Ted shared a bear camp at Danny Dyers camp in New Brunswick,
Canada with my father. Ted wasn't seeing any bear so my mother
called the lodge and gave the thumbs up for them to take Ted to her
stand. He harvested a good bear there and later told Mom on the
phone that this must mean they were family now...
would also like mom's passion for bowhunting. She isn't at camp
for the scenery, to "get away", or enjoy a week idly in the wild.
Although she may enjoy spending time away with Pop, I know that the
real reason she is in a hunting camp is to just that-- to hunt and more
importantly put game on the ground.
known fact is that mom was the first Addington in our family to harvest
game with a bow! It was around 1970 and she was hunting in the
mountains of West Virginia with my father. The two were walking
when a doe appeared. Pop shot at it and missed and as it went by
mom she drew and released an arrow. Afterwards my father was
growling at her for "wasting an arrow" when the deer was so far away
from mom (about 35 yards) and she said, "I think I hit it.." She
did. His arrow had missed it. That was her first
bowhunting trophy! He's had friendly family competition ever
The two have been side by
side on hunting adventures all my life. By age four I was joining
them but who ever took me did not see much game. There
weren't many female bowhunters in West Virginia in the early 1970's and
my mother was out there every fall, recurve in hand. Early on I
became the tracker for the family because of my eyes.
1978 my folks established Addington's Bowhunter Shop in Winfield, West
Virginia. This small shop grew and with my parents in the media
all the time archery and their business grew in West Virginia.
Pop also sent me into the schools in the area with my archery show and
a SAY NO message, and this was a decade and a half before archery in
the schools would come about.
In 2002 the
store was Archery Business Magazine's Dealer of the Year for the East
and in 2003 was the #1 Mathews retailer in the United States. Mom
had worked in management at another company but after retiring came on
board with Pop to help at the shop. The two are well known in the
area and folks love to come visit and hear stories, buy equipment and
"hang out" in front of the shop's flagship fireplace.
Cathy always has coffee and a hunting tale ready!
Mom went on her first bear hunt in the 1980's and fell in love with
it. She has taken some trophy deer in her day but her passion is
bear hunting. For over 20 years my folks have celebrated their
wedding anniversary with a Canadian bear hunt in June.
great thing about bowhunting with mom is that you don't have to do much
tracking, ever. Most of her game, including large bear, never
travel further than 20-25 yards after the shot. Usually it's much
shorter. I remember that in one year she harvested a Spring bear,
a doe, a whitetail buck and a West Virginia bear and the total yardage
traveled after the shot for all four game animals was less than 128
yards. That's amazing, especially when the buck traveled down a
ridge about 68 yards. I know, I tracked it.
is a sure shot and with today's equipment she is a very efficient
hunter. She normally uses 45# and has for years. She
does have a little trouble late in the early evening and early morning
seeing her pins, but today's sights have helped that problem.
is cool under pressure. She's had bear try and come up her tree
stand before and doesn't flinch. One year she tapped a bear on
the nose with her bow to "shoo" it away. She's also had
bear slap her ladder before and shake the whole treestand.
my folks were at Danny Dyer's New Brunswick, Canada bear camp for the
annual Spring bear hunt. This would mark their 44th wedding
anniversary. Mom saw a huge bear early in the hunt and convinced
my father to hunt for it from her stand. He shot that bear his
second night at her stand. It was a trophy! I guess maybe she
felt guilty for having bagged the first deer so many years ago.
The fact is that these two are a dynamic duo.
Cathy Addington Super Mom.
waited until the second to last night of the hunt to harvest her bruin,
another nice bear. She was happy to call home and tell me
the details, including the fact that the bear only went a short
distance. The excitement in her voice from bear camp is
great! She really lives to hunt!
has been the glue that has held the business and our family together
through the years. She is funny, strong and I couldn't ask
for a better mother. I am pretty proud of her---and she has always been
behind me in every endeavor. Folks soon find though that
when roused she can handle herself well in about any situation.
Luckily most never see that side of this great woman!
wife Amanda and I are expecting our first child soon, a boy we are
naming Franklin Augustus. (AKA "Gus".) Anyway, I
remember hearing my folks talking recently about the fact that they
couldn't wait to take Mr. Gus on his first trip to bear camp.
Some things never change.
And for that, I'm thankful. I'm also thankful for such a great mother!