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Our Newest PROSTAFF Member – We could not be prouder!

My name is Taylor Lauren Rather. I am 14 years old.  I’m an honor roll student at Halifax County Senior High school in Halifax, VA.  I like to spend  time with my friends and family. My brothers name is Joshua, he is 18 years old and I like to hunt and fish with him.  We like to go ride 4-wheelers in the mud  with our friends, fish, hunt, camp and I like to spend  time with my pets  which include 2 dogs, 6 bunnies, 10 cats and 1 fish.  I love animals and the outdoors. I also have a passion for drawing, photography and videotaping my adventures.

At the age of 11, I shot my first turkey.  It weighted 21 ½ lbs.  with spurs measuring 1 and 2/16 inches each.  The beard  was 10 inches long.  I used a Remington 870, 20-gauge shotgun.  This was also my very first turkey hunt.  My brother and I shot our first turkeys on the same day.  It  was a very special day to me.  Ha, Ha, he shot a Jake.

That same year in November 2005 during muzzlerloader season I shot my first deer, an eight point buck.  I used a Thompson Center-Thunder Hawk .50 cal. with 80 grains of powder and a .295 power belt bullet.  It was a 75 yard shot and he dropped in his tracks.  My brother had bow hunted this same deer during bow season.  Josh was happy that I got my first deer, but was disappointed that he didn’t get him first.

It has always been my dream to get the “turkey grand-slam” and to hunt other birds such as ducks, geese and dove. It is my goal to also hunt elk, mule deer, black bear, prong horn and moose.

I think all animals are beautiful and I enjoy watching them.  I would like to fly in a helicopter one day and take pictures from the air of wild life.

After high school, I would like to go to Virginia Tech to study to become a veterinarian or a similar field as a Wildlife Biologist.

I encourage my friends and others to spend time in the outdoors.

Taylor Lauren Rather


Kevin Paulson

Kevin Paulson is the Founder and CEO of His passion for Hunting began at the age of 5 hunting alongside of his father. Kevin has followed his dreams through outfitting, conservation work, videography and hunting trips around the world.

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