My name is Emilie Okopal and I am a speech-language pathologist. My passion for hunting and the outdoors has run strong through me for as long as I can remember. I grew up in a family that had a strong connection to hunting, so I was exposed to it from a very young age and couldn’t help but to fall hopelessly in love with it.
Nothing feeds my soul quite like the relentless pursuit of an animal in which I have prepared to hunt for out of the utmost level of reverence. I have been blessed to harvest a number of animals over the course of my 12 years of hunting, but most importantly, I have been taught some of life’s most difficult, but beautiful lessons through it all.
My favorite type of hunt is with my compound bow, as I adore its challenge, beauty, and intimacy. In my spare time I enjoy preparing for hunting season, shooting my bow, fly fishing, gardening, and eating the most delicious meat and vegetables that were brought from field to table.
I live for the fall. The time of year when most folks begin to start dreading the upcoming winter, shoveling snow, short days, and cold nights – my mind races in anticipation of the upcoming hunting seasons. In the summer you can find me working on a construction project, shooting my bow, hanging tree stands or throwing a mallard training dummy into the pond for my lab to retrieve. In the winter you can find me catching up on many hours of lost sleep, regaining calories lost in prior months, and resting mentally - reflecting on the previous year and preparing for the next. In the fall, you can’t find me.
I may be in a mountain range out west chasing a big game animal, sitting in a treestand waiting on a whitetail, or calling ducks in a marsh with my bird dog Merle. But wherever I am – there probably isn’t cell phone service there. I constantly seek to quench a thirst for adventure that I know will never be satisfied.
I am not an exceptional hunter, gardener, or cook - nor do I consider myself an expert in any one specific area. I’m just your average guy (or average Joe) that enjoys every second spent away from a desk and the stresses of modern life and society. I enjoy reading, listening to podcasts / audiobooks, and learning from others who are more knowledgeable than I. I am NOT a lot of things, but what I am is a learner. I enjoy sharing experiences and writing about topics that interest and help the average person enjoy life more on a day to day basis.