- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 9, 2003

CINCINNATI - It took 10 years, but Donna McMillion finally turned the tables on her husband, Delbert.

After 24 years of spending most weekends home alone while her husband was out bowhunting, Mrs. McMillion took up the sport.

On a Sunday in mid-September, it was Mr. McMillion tagging along as his wife taught an archery seminar at the Outdoor World Bass Pro Shop.

Mrs. McMillion has become an accomplished archer in the last eight years, winning a world championship, and is a member of PSE Archery pro staff doing seminars and teaching the art of archery.

But she also finds time to hunt.

The McMillions, of Moscow in southwest Ohio, spent part of September in Canada hunting black bear with bows.

It was 10 years ago that Mrs. McMillion first approached her husband about joining him on a hunt. “I firmly believe if a woman does not have a man to teach her how to hunt, she is at a disadvantage. So I asked him to show me,” she said.

Initially taking up wildlife photography, she accompanied her husband on hunts but eventually started shooting a compound bow. “I started to have success with the bow and people told me I should hunt with it,” she said.

Her husband recalls it a little differently. Her motive was not that complicated, he said.

“She was tired of being left alone,” Mr. McMillion said. “I was gone all the time and she was home alone every weekend, so she took up archery and became very good at it.”

Mrs. McMillion began working with Outdoor World Bass Pro in March in the outdoor-skills workshop program.

“Since she started hunting as well as competing, she brings an added dimension that gives her credibility with the male bowhunters,” said George Francis, promotion director.

Once she started spending time in the woods, hunting was the natural progression. “Once you experience witnessing a woods waking up, getting close to the wildlife on their turf, it is just addictive,” she said.

The couple joined other archers going afield after wild turkey during Ohio’s 16-day fall wild turkey hunting season. The fall archery-only wild turkey season will run through Nov. 30.

During the fall season, hunters with a proper permit can take a turkey of either sex from half an hour before sunrise to sunset using shotguns, crossbows and longbows.

The McMillions use compound bows. Mr. McMillion’s has a pull of 62 pounds, and Mrs. McMillion’s a pull of 48 pounds.

Last year, hunters harvested 2,145 wild turkeys during Ohio’s fall turkey hunting season.

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