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Following A Family Tradition

Born and raised in Cottageville, S.C. Krystal Todd has grown up around nature and hunting most of her life. Although a great deal of her time is spent with her daughter, Ryleigh, and working as a Registered Nurse at Colleton Medical Center in the Behavioral Health Unit, Todd finds peace in the tranquility of nature when she is sitting about 15 feet off the ground waiting and watching for deer. It’s no surprise the appreciation that Todd has for hunting because she has grown up around avid hunters her whole life. “My whole family deer hunts,” Todd said, “My grandmomma, my granddad, and my cousins.” Todd remembers specifically growing up around her grandparents who rarely missed the opportunity to hunt. “My grandmomma and my granddad, before my granddad become ill, religiously hunted every day,” Todd said, “They were always in competition with each other to see who killed the most deer.” Todd said that watching her grandmother growing up as a female hunter really influenced her and her grandmother became her biggest inspiration for why she enjoys hunting as an adult. For Todd, hunting is about much more than the thrill of the sport, it is also about the calmness it brings to her as she waits for a big buck to step out. “I like having the peace of mind with the quietness and being able to watch the deer and other wildlife,” Todd said. Todd did not begin her passion for hunting with deer, she originally began Coon hunting and after her daughter was born moved solely to deer hunting. Deer hunting allowed Todd to bring her daughter along with her in a sport that can teach her daughter many valuable lessons. For Todd, the time she spends in the woods with her daughter is not only quality time but also a time to make the memories that she had as child, “So that she can learn that she can hunt and kill her own food,” Todd said, “She can learn to be in nature. She can learn that as a girl she can do anything that a boy can do like hunting and provide for herself.” Last year Todd and her daughter Ryleigh killed their first cow horn together. This year Todd and her daughter have spent many afternoons on family and friend’s property enjoying the peace and tranquility that nature brings. So far in the season Todd was able to kill not only one but two bucks the first few weeks after the opening of the season, which has provided plenty of meat in the freezer for her family.

Amye Stivender (212 Posts)