Sierra Scott, 16, is one of many young women today who are breaking stereotypes.
Maybe hunting and fishing once were looked upon as “good ol’ boy” sports, but that is changing.
Federal surveys show that teenaged girls are taking to the outdoors as never before, and Scott is the perfect example.
Whether it be competing in a junior bass tournament or sitting in a deer blind with her dad, she is at home in the outdoors.
“I grew up with it,” said Scott, who lives in Parkville and is a junior at Park Hill South High School. “I still remember going fishing with my dad when I was little and catching a big bass on my Barbie pole.
“I was so excited. It was so much fun.”
And her dad, Sterling Scott, knew he had a future fishing and hunting partner.
“I remember coming home from bass tournaments and the kids (Sierra and her brother, Sterling Jr.) would hop into the boat and have me give them a ride around the neighborhood,” he said with a laugh.
Sierra still enjoys those boat rides, but on the water. She is an avid bass fishermen and has excelled at a young age. As one of the few females competing in the Bassmaster High School Series, she teamed with Crewz Berry and finished second in the state tournament at Stockton Lake in late October. That qualified the team to compete in the national tournament later this year.
That was only one frame on her 2015 highlights reel, though. Hunting with her dad during the November deer season, she shot a wide-racked 9-point buck, an achievement that her dad says he has never matched in many years of hunting. Now she is making wall space in her room for the mount that one day will be displayed there.
“The first thing she did after taking that buck was to call her brother and tell him that she shot a bigger deer than he had,” Sterling said. “S2 had taken a big 8-pointer three years ago.
“A little friendly sibling rivalry.”
Sierra also caught a 6-pound bass at a private lake in 2015, and can show you pictures of the big muskie she landed at Pomme de Terre Lake.
That has only fueled her excitement about the outdoors.
“I grew up with fishing and hunting, and it’s a big part of my life,” she said.