Women Outdoors, Part 1: Profiling the Animal
ISE is proud to present two hunters who are growing the sport the correct way--as a fun, ethical way to challenge yourself, learn new skills and confidence, find friends and stock your freezer with excellent protein.
Donnelle Johnson is a hunter, angler, CPA and a musician. After moving to Colorado in 1991, she and her husband formed HuntData, which produces printed and digital maps sold in Bass Pro, Cabelas and Sportsman’s Warehouse. Along the way Donnelle developed a deep understanding of the mechanics of hunting and joined her husband on a few hunts. Her hunting interest quickly developed into a passion for big game, but she also hunts goose, turkey and pheasant. Donnelle's sponsors include Mossy Oak, Bass Pro/Cabelas, Native By Carlton, Feradyne Outdoors, and PSE. Her three children, two son-in-laws and one grandson all hunt. Vice President of Step Up Step Out, a non-profit organization equipping and mentoring new women and children hunters, Donnelle has published articles in Colorado Outdoors magazine and appeared on hunting shows to talk about “finding your wild”. She wants to change her world one hunter at a time.
Lisa Daniels Thompson is an avid outdoors woman who prides herself on being a lady. She grew up in Montana, where, she says, “you’re raised with a fishing rod in one hand and a shotgun in the other.” Lisa moved to Colorado in 1981. She attended the University of Wyoming, where she had earned a full-ride Division 1 scholarship in basketball. Lisa was the starting point guard for all four years and to this day still holds seven number one records. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and taught for a handful of years. Lisa is on the ProStaff with Cabela’s/BassPro, Mossy Oak, Feradyne Outdoors, Native by
Carlton, PSE Archery and is the VP of Marketing/Sales for HuntData. A mentor for the non-profit organization Step-Up Step-Out, Lisa also volunteers for various organizations and leads seminars about empowering hunters to “Find their Wild”. Lisa chases big game with bow, muzzleloader and rifle, and has harvested 11 6x6 bull elk in the last 16 years on DIY public lands.
Wayne Carlton is an industry legend with more than 35 years of elk-call-manufacturing and elk-hunting experience. Wayne mastered calling elk with a turkey diaphragm and piece of vacuum hose but with deep passion and lots of hard work, Carlton Calls became a household name in elk hunting and Wayne, with his signature cowboy hat, became the leading pioneer, paving the way manufacturing and instructing fellow hunters how to talk to elk with his calls.