Sheri Coker is an Arkansas transplant living in Fairbanks, Alaska, and she’s doing what she does best. Hunting. Despite being a transplant, this veteran hunter is a finalist for the 2013 Pois Award, an annual reward honoring hardcore women hunters. “My dad, who ingrained in me the love for the hunt, impressed upon me that any woman worth her salt should be able to hit her target with any weapon,” she says.
Coker comes from a long tradition of hunting and has lived the hunter’s way her whole life. When she was young, it was the entire family pursuing game, eating it, and then pursuing more. The hunt expends energy, and the meat caught replenishes it. Hunting is more than just a sport to Sheri, it’s a life. In her entry essay, she reflects on Thanksgiving with her families, saying that while others were boasting their turkey and ham, it was Sheri’s family that had rabbit, quail, duck, deer, and squirrel. What great thanks comes from a bounty like that? A happy family that didn’t have a lot of space, but thanks to generations of hunters and some good aim, had plenty of food.
Having majored in Dance and Biology, Sheri has taught both dance and field biology. With such a heart for nature, she’s spent time choreographing dances across the streams and valleys, all the while toting along her rifle and bow. No surprise that she’s up for an award honoring hardcore women. Sheri hopes, despite being an Alaska resident for only twelve years, she is welcomed by Alaska residents and can influence young women hunters and older ones, who maybe don’t understand the benefits of hunting. On top of that, Sheri is proposing a research study to prove that hunted game is healthier than mass-produced meats.
Source: Alaska Dispatch