Making kills on and off the court
NEW CASTLE – For years Summer Sherman has been making kills on the volleyball court for Glenwood’s high school squad.On Tuesday, Oct. 24, she made a kill of a different fashion, bagging a 6-point elk near Marble.She shot the bull on a four-day hunting trip with her father, uncle and brother. After trudging through two-foot deep snow for three days, Sherman and her father had mostly focused on assisting her brother and uncle.
“The whole weekend we were just pushing (through the) trees for my uncle and brother because they had to leave early,” said Sherman, who lives in New Castle with her family. “Then the last day, we decided we would hike a little more and we just sat there for two hours and (the elk) just walked out.”As the sun started to set, the bull emerged 300 yards away. Sherman gazed through the scope, centering the cross hairs on her target, then she pulled the trigger of her Remington 6 mm. One shot was enough to bring down the bull.”I was really excited,” Sherman said. “I was kind of quiet at first because I just didn’t know what to do and then we got up there and we were both freaking out.”
The kill is rare for any hunter, but coming from the rifle of a female high school senior makes it all the more amazing. Sherman comes from a long line of female hunters, including her great-grandmother, but she’s the lone Sherman woman embarking on hunting trips these days. It’s a scenario Sherman doesn’t mind at all. In fact, she enjoys it – especially when she outdoes the hunting bunch of the opposite sex.The feat not only made her younger brother jealous, but also the veteran taxidermist where she took the bull. But there is one person with whom it most struck a jealousy cord – her boyfriend. The couple had a bet of who could get the best elk and, needless to say, Sherman won. “(My boyfriend) only got a little 5-point,” she said with a proud smile.
Besides the triumph of besting the men in her life, Sherman also now has a 43-inch by 32-inch antler trophy to boast her achievement. The rack will be mounted on the bull’s head after it returns from the taxidermist.For Sherman, who has been hunting for four years, it was her first bull elk kill. She did shoot a cow on a rather busy day last fall. She made the kill early one morning, then traveled to Delta for a volleyball match in the afternoon.Summer plans to keep hunting and volleyball in her future as she’ll be back on the hunting trail next season and hopes to playing volleyball for a junior college after graduating from Glenwood this upcoming spring. For the future, Sherman wants to put a wildlife biology major at Colorado State University in her cross hairs.
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