Full Interview: We Talk Hunting with Miranda Lambert

Editor's Note: We ran part of this interview with Grammy-nominated country-western singer Miranda Lambert in our latest issue (March '08). Since we didn't have space in the magazine to include the whole conversation, we're posting the rest here.

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Best known for: Album and song “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”

Why she hunts: “It gives me a chance to recharge my batteries and clear my head. And when I’m out there in the woods I don’t have to be Miranda Lambert—I can just be Miranda.”

First kill: An 8-point buck. “I killed my first deer about four years ago in San Angelo, Texas. I was with my dad in a ground blind and I shot it with a .243 bolt action.”

Hunts with: “My boyfriend, [country singer] Blake Shelton, is my hunting partner. He bought me my first bow last year.”

Home ground: Southeast Okla-homa. “Blake had land there and I just bought some, so we have a couple places that we can hunt on.”

New passion: Archery. “Don’t get me wrong, I love gun hunting, but I really have gotten into bowhunting. Last year was my first time trying it so I’m still brand-new at it, but I absolutely love it. It feels a lot more intimate.”

New pastime: Scaring urbanites. “I bring my bow on the road and practice a lot. I have a block and set it up out by the buses and shoot. Last year I set up in an alley in downtown Chicago. I got some strange looks.”

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Hunting success: Five for five. “Since I started hunting I’ve shot three bullets and two arrows and I’ve killed five animals. I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop because I know my time is almost over.”

Other hunting experience: Squirrels. “I’ve gone a couple times in East Texas and Oklahoma and I love it. I use a Remington 20-gauge shotgun, which happens to be one of my favorite guns to shoot. The waiting in deer hunting can be a little boring sometimes, so squirrel hunting can be more exciting.”

Trophies: Three bucks. “I have three mounts at my house. The first one is my first deer, the little 8-pointer. He was pretty wide but didn’t have a lot of mass. I have another 8-pointer I killed last year in Texas, a 145, mounted as well. I also have a pretty nice axis buck that I got hunting in South Texas.”

Hunting as a moral compass: “I love that we eat everything we kill. Last year I donated one of my deer to Hunters for the Hungry. I know everyone has their opinions, but to me, as hunters, we are helping to preserve the outdoors.”

Hunting in her music: “My current single ‘Famous in a Small Town’ from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend says, ‘I just got the first buck of the season’ so hunting has already made it into my songs.”

Family recipe: Venison jerky. “My dad makes it. It’s incredible. I haven’t learned how to make it yet but I really want to try. I remember having it way back when I was a little girl. It’s good stuff.”

Earliest hunting memories: “Deer Camp. That’s what my family calls our friend’s land in East Texas that we’ve been going to for…forever. When I was a little girl my dad used to take me out with him, but it was more about spending time together than about hunting. Hunting was actually something I really wanted to do, but my dad focused all the hunting attention on my brother, thinking he would be the big hunter. But I’m way more into it than he is.”

Next quarry: Razorbacks and gobblers. “Still trying to get me a hog and turkey. I’ve been hunting for both in Oklahoma and Texas, but I haven’t gotten either yet. Soon.” —Stephen Camelio