To Abby Donald, it was a vivid and bone-chilling memory.
“I remember I was hiking up and down mountains in negative-15 weather plus wind chill. A lot of things went wrong on the trip — getting stuck in mud and some camper issues where pipes were freezing,” Donald told the Missoulian. “It was a really long week but it turned out really successful.”
She was 14 years old and ended up shooting a bull elk.
Several years later, Donald translated that passion into a partial scholarship at Tennessee-Martin where she will line up with her teammates and fellow students on the school’s precision rifle team this fall.
“The shooting community is real nice,” Donald told the Missoulian. “It’s not like any other sport. Sure you may go to games and have fans. But your team becomes a family in shooting. It felt different than any other sport I’ve been in.”
Read more about Abby here.