Casts and Blasts on Theresa Vail -Avid Bowhunter/Miss Kansas

A few details that didn’t make the Sunday Outdoors page feature on Theresa Vail, the current Miss Kansas that’s loved the outdoors for most of her life.

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–Theresa actually got her start squirrel hunting in Germany, where she claims they have “huge fox squirrels.”

– The family squirrel recipe is a stew that includes sauerkraut and beef broth. (Yes, I will be getting that recipe.)

– Like many women, she’s left eye-dominant and shoots a left-handed bow. Theresa said her success shooting military weapons improved greatly when she started shooting left-handed several years ago.

– Her right forearm holds a slight scar from where the bowstring often slaps her skin after the shot.

– She’s successfully hunted wild turkeys with a shotgun, but wants to hunt them with a bow.

– Though her schedule is very busy with Miss Kansas duties, she hopes to try bowhunting for mule deer this fall near Pratt.

– One of her dreams is to hunt bears with her bow and arrow.

– She has no photos of herself ¬†and the 150-class eight-pointer she shot last fall in Ohio. She said the shot was made late in the evening, and she had to catch a flight early the next morning. That’s when her friends recovered the deer. She does have a video clip of the hunt and her voice can be heard after the shot.

– Though she likes to hunt deer with a bow, and squirrels with a 20 gauge, Theresa said she has a 12 gauge with a red dot scope for her home defense weapon of choice.

– Theresa is at least the fourth Miss Kansas, including both the Miss America and Miss USA pageants, to enjoy shooting and/or hunting in about the past 15 years.