“For me, nature is everything…it brings me to life.”
Kendra is a young Wisconsin hunter from Eau Claire whose been wearing camo since she learned to walk. Her parents, Shane and Kim Yoder, started bringing her on fishing and camping trips when she was four or so, just to be with them out in nature and take it all in. (Plus, they joke that they didn't have babysitters, so it was easier to take the kids along for the journey.)
When Kim and Shane were growing up, girls weren't often taught outdoor skills like hunting and fishing. Kim herself didn’t learn to hunt until she was an adult. (Shane taught her, on their first date!) Now Kim and Shane are raising two strong, independent daughters, Kendra and Alyssa, and they’re teaching them outdoor skills of all kinds. There’s a humble appreciation and reverence that becomes second nature when you grow up with cultivated access to the outdoors. The Yoders have that in spades.
Turkey hunting is one activity that the whole family does together. We got to go out with them one day in the spring. It was a pretty hilarious sight…the Yoders with their lean hunting equipment, and us on the Love WI side hauling in lights, camera, action. But they gave us a hand with the lights, and we tried to not make too much noise. It was beautiful out, and we all sat in the hush of the new day, waiting for turkeys.
Bonus: Learn how to make a turkey call from Kendra!