Mary Robert, an Oklahoma native, cites God, family and archery as her main passions. As a sponsored woman on the competitive archery scene and an idol to female and male shooters alike, she's a good role model and posed to be the Next Big Thing in the bow world. photo courtesy of Adoralee Photography LLC\n\nA self-described "girly girl with true grit," Mary is also the mother of three boys and shares the passion for archery with her husband. photo courtesy of Adoralee Photography LLC\n\nphoto courtesy of Adoralee Photography LLC\n\nShe's at home sitting in a tree stand or, as she says, shopping for shoes.\n\n"I believe in hunting with your kids, not for them," Mary says. "I want to be the best woman in the outdoors I can be and do my part in wildlife conservation."\n\nClearly, Mary has good taste in magazines. photo courtesy of Adoralee Photography LLC\n\n"My favorite hunting is deer, turkey and ducks. I would love to hunt bear and hogs."\n\nphoto courtesy of Adoralee Photography LLC\n\nMary started competitive archery after a successful bow season five years ago, when she shot her first deer with a bow. photo courtesy of Adoralee Photography LLC\n\nphoto courtesy of Adoralee Photography LLC\n\nphoto courtesy of Adoralee Photography LLC\n\nMary got into 3D target shooting because she loved the precision and perfectionist aspect of archery.\n\n\n\n"I'm currently shooting Women's Hunter Class hoping to win my way to the Pro Class," she says.\n\n\n\nMary's archery sponsors include: Davenports Archery (as a Pro Staff Shooter)\n405-567-3884 Vanguard Optics (as a Pro Staff Shooter) Bohning Archery (as a Factory Staff Shooter) Adoralee Photography (as a Pro Staff Shooter) BowBender Custom Strings\n405-247-5653 GoldTip Arrows (as an Advisory Staff Shooter)\n\n\n\nAs Mary says, "3D archery is huge in Oklahoma." She says 3D ranges there cater to organizations such as the ASA (Archery Shooters Association) and NASP. As a result, Oklahoma hosts some of the most challenging 3D archery tournaments in the country.\n\n\n\nFor outdoorsmen curious about 3D archery, or wanting more information on Oklahoma archery, Mary recommends myarcheryclub.com\n\n\n\nIt's not just that Mary is a gifted archer. She also happens to be a long-time fan of OL. "My family loves Outdoor Life Magazine. I think my husband has been a subscriber since Boy Scouts, 35 years," she says. photo courtesy of Adoralee Photography LLC\n\nphoto courtesy of Adoralee Photography LLC\n\nMary prefers Mathews Bows, and particularly, she shoots a Mathews Reezen 6.5.\n\n\n\nShe has certainly put in time and dedication to her craft. Mary has been hunting for 15 years, and seriously bowhunting for roughly a decade. She's been a competitive archer since 2005.\n\nWhile she prefers bows, Mary also gun hunts from time to time.\n\n\n\n"I try to practice every night," Mary says.\n\n\n\nMary adds, "My husband and I like to get in the front yard and compete against each other."\n\n\n\nMary has loved the outdoors for as long as she can remember. Her father was in the military, so the constant moving and traveling gave her an appreciation for various landscapes. photo courtesy of Adoralee Photography LLC\n\nphoto courtesy of Adoralee Photography LLC\n\n"He loved to go to the mountains," Mary says of her father. "I would collect rocks and enjoy other outdoor activities like rock climbing and gold panning." photo courtesy of Adoralee Photography LLC\n\nphoto courtesy of Adoralee Photography LLC\n\nOf course, nowadays, archery is Mary's main outdoor passion, and she owes much of it to her husband, Aaron. "He loves archery," she says. "He believes archery is very empowering, especially for women. And he's right. When he brought home my first bow, I was hooked with the first shot." photo courtesy of Adoralee Photography LLC\n\nphoto courtesy of Adoralee Photography LLC\n\nMary loves helping new shooters, and believes in practice. One tip she offers new archers is to think about "aiming" the bow, not "shooting" it. "Aim, aim, aim!" she says. photo courtesy of Adoralee Photography LLC\n\nphoto courtesy of Adoralee Photography LLC\n\nCheck out Mary's Facebook page and become a fan. photo courtesy of Adoralee Photography LLC\n\n\n\nThanks for clicking through!