Rachel was born and raised in the suburbs of Southern California. Growing up, she was always a bit of a tomboy and loved all animals and the outdoors.
As a child she was horse-crazy and loved to ride. As much as she loves being outside, she has always had a tremendous passion for both the outdoors and for technology. As an adult, her love of technology led her to pursue computer programming and build a career in the technology field, in which she currently is a Project Manager for a web design company.
Although much of her childhood was spent running around outside, it wasn’t until her late teens that she got her first foot into the world of shooting, hunting, and fishing. Over the past few years, she has eagerly absorbed as much knowledge and experience as possible. While she has only gone on small game and bird hunts to this day, she hopes to participate in her first archery big game hunt next season.
While she loves pretty much everything to do with nature, her first passion is fishing. From trout fishing to bass fishing to ocean fishing (and everything in between), each offers a unique challenge and level of skill one must attain. It’s a constant learning process and the enjoyment never ends. Fishing requires patience, passion, and perseverance.
Living a sustainable, outdoors lifestyle is also extremely important to her. She strongly believes in the ability to raise, hunt, and fish for her own food. Another important aspect in her life is fitness. Without fitness, many of these things would not be possible. Lifting weights and staying fit are important components in an active lifestyle. You can follow Rachel on Instagram @vonfleck and on Twitter @rachelvonfleck.
Tarra was raised on a hog farm in Dearing, GA. Her love for the outdoors was instilled in her by living a country lifestyle. At age seven she was plowing fields on a tractor and hunting. In her late teens, she moved permanently to the upstate of SC for college and work opportunities. She is happily married and a mom to 2 Great Danes. In her twenties, she became interested in learning more about shooting handguns and became an SC Certified Pistol Instructor and teaches the required class to obtain your CWP. Along with being a NRA Instructor and teaching basic pistol and firearm classes her favorite pastime is hunting. For over a decade she has written 2A industry product reviews and articles. She continues to educate and train herself on firearms so she can share her knowledge with others.
Connect with Tarra on Instagram @refined_country
Julianne grew up in San Luis Obispo California and moved to Bozeman Montana when she was 11. She grew up hunting with her dad and grandpa form a young age and was able to take hunters safety when she was 12 and has been hunting every season since that day. Growing up in Montana has lead her to hunt a variety of animals including, deer, antelope, elk, moose, sheep, turkey, waterfowl, and upland game. She is also an avid fisherwomen who enjoys spin casting and fly fishing in rivers and lakes all over Montana. Julianne has caught everything from rainbow trout to walleye and everything in-between. Julianne is pursuing a degree in Health Enhancement from Montana State University with a double minor in Family Consumer Science and Coaching. With this she plans on teaching health enhancement to middle school students which will in cooperate bow shooting and the importance that hunting can have in living a healthy lifestyle. She believes in living a health lifestyle and enjoys Olympic lifting and crossfit to help her stay in shape for hunting season. Hunting and fishing is a huge passion of Julianne’s and she hopes that she can encourage women to get involved with hunting and fishing and share this wonderful world with more people. You can follow Julianne on Instagram @montana_huntress
Chelsie grew up in a small town in Central Utah where she learned to love the outdoors. She was taught how to clean her first deer at the age of six and today she teaches and helps others out in the field. Her love for the outdoors never went away as she grew older and that is what brought her and her husband together. Today they do everything together from fly fishing to elk hunting and everything in between.
She is a Doggy Mom to two awesome pups, Remi and Maizy, who have been trained to hunt waterfowl and upland game by her and her husband. When Chelsie isn’t being a Doggy Mom and hunting with her husband you can find her working hard towards her goal of being a Flight Medic. Her and her husband also own a European Mount business that keeps them busy during the fall.
Chelsie also enjoys ice fishing, shed hunting, and riding horses with her Grampa. Her love for the mountains keeps her going back for more adventures each week. You can follow her adventures on her Facebook: Chelsie Wilkey, Instagram @central.mtn.euros and, on Twitter @cntrl_mtn_euros
Cherri grew up hunting, fishing and spending time at the deer lease and lake house with her family. As a child, catching perch with cousins and listening to hunting stories around a campfire were some of her favorite pastimes. Wing-shooting and waterfowl hunting are Cherri’s favorite types of hunting now. This type of hunting is done with other people, while moving around, and there’s lots of shooting and talking while bird hunting. She likes the challenge of moving targets and trying to out-shoot the other hunters in the field. She finds this exciting and it feeds her competitive nature. She does like to deer and turkey hunt, but both require that the hunter be very still and quiet. These were never her strong suits. After teaching 2nd Grade, Cherri spent years working for an award-winning affiliate of Keep Texas Beautiful by providing Environmental Education for the six school districts and private schools serving Angelina County. During those years, her love and respect for nature and the outdoors blossomed, as did sharing the importance of being a good steward of our environment and the wildlife it sustains. Today, after having been retired almost 10 years, Cherri is able to spend more time traveling and pursuing her love of hunting and fishing in the great outdoors. She now has the time, energy, and tenacity to address larger groups of young women to influence and impress upon them the importance of maintaining our right to hunt and how important it is to hunt ethically and responsibly, all the while being mindful of our beautiful natural surroundings. Cherri believes her affiliation with ReelCamoGirl will allow her to do just that. Follow Cherri on Facebook and @cherriteutsch on Instagram.
Gabriella is a media strategist and consultant based in the Washington D.C., metro area. Growing up in Southern California inspired her to develop her love of fishing and spending time in the outdoors. She is a proud angler and gun owner. She plans to learn how to hunt in the near future.
Connect with Gabriella on Instagram: @gabriella_hoffman or on Twitter @gabby_hoffman
Kaitlin Potter Phelps- Official RCG Team Photographer
Kaitlin was born and raised on a farm in Northern Utah. As a young girl, she spent her time riding horses, fourwheelers, fishing, and helping with farm chores. She spent weekends shooting clay pigeons off her families back porch and shooting ‘pot-guts’ with her siblings from the old farm truck. She and her siblings were always competing to be the ‘top shooter’. As she got older, her love of competition pushed her to compete in many sports arenas. She enjoyed running and competed in track and field, which opened the door for her to join the US Junior Olympic Skeleton Team. Through skeleton racing, she was able to travel to many different countries and developed a love for travel.
While competing, and attending college at the U of U, she met and fell in love with her now husband, who had a great love for the outdoors as well. As a tomboy, it only seems fitting that she now has 4 boys of her own and enjoys sharing her love of the outdoors with them. She and her family find any opportunity they can to be outdoors together.
She has deep sea fished in Costa Rica and recently returned from a week long hunting trip to South Africa. She loves being able to combine her love of hunting and travel.
She believes that growing up on a farm gave her a great appreciation for hard work and the world around us. To her, hunting is more than a sport, its a way of life. ‘We’re challenging ourselves and were challenging nature. The two greatest forces on the planet.”
Her goal is raise her boys with the same appreciation and respect for the great outdoors. You can follow Kaitlin on Instagram @kaitlinphelps
Kelly was born in Bronx, New York but grow up on the sandy beaches of Ozona, Florida. A small town just outside of Tampa. Growing up with two older brothers she was a bit of a tomboy. Always playing in the sand or mud, climbing trees or fishing off the pier. She lived to be outside. Being raised by a single mother she did not have many opportunities to learn how to hunt or shoot. But loved to take pictures of the wildlife. Later in high school her love for photography grow and it was very rare to see Kelly without a camera in her hand. At this time Kelly’s mother and her set off on a new adventure to the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota to be closer to family.
Shortly after moving to South Dakota she met who would later become her biggest influence into hunting. This man would also become her husband. Sharing many hunts together in a time when it was frowned upon for a girl to be out hunting but that didn’t stop Kelly. She is known not to be someone who just sits on the side and watches. And with the encouragement of her husband she became a very determine hunter. Always gaining knowledge and learning every aspect of harvesting an animal. From shooting to field dressing to processing her own meat to reloading her own ammunition, she does it all. Kelly believes that hunting is not about the trophy you get but more about the story behind the trophy.
After many years together Kelly and her husband decided to grow their family and were blessed with twins, a boy and girl. And she still has that same determination to do her best and to be the best mother she can be to her children. To raise her children in the outdoors. To teach them to shoot, hunt and fish. Passing down the passion she has for the outdoors to her children. To include them when she can on her hunts. To encourage her children to do their best and to respect the wildlife and environment around them.
Living in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota gives Kelly many opportunities to continue her passion for photography. She has taken many beautiful pictures of wildlife and the breathtaking scenery around her. In the months leading up to hunting season, you will find her and her family settings up and checking trail cameras on the public land that they hunt. Finding just the right area to hunt and set up her tree stand.
When they are not gearing up for hunting season you will find them all camping at the lake fishing for walleye from the boat or sitting on the ice waiting for a tip-up to go off. But when hunting season hits you will find Kelly patiently sitting in her tree stand with her bow or hiking up a mountain with her beautiful custom Winchester 270 given to her by her hunting partner and husband looking for just the right deer to harvest. Providing nourishment for herself and her family.
Kelly is also an avid archery shooter. Shooting her bow any chance she can and is apart of a local archery shooting league. Archery is a passion her whole family shares and most summer nights you will find them in the back yard shooting together. Kelly is apart of many organizations that encourage and help children get outdoors. Sharing her knowledge and passion to the younger generation of outdoorsman.