Melissa was born in late 1972 in Tokyo and when she was a small child moved to a rural area of South Dakota. She grew up hunting and fishing in every free moment with a father who was an avid outdoorsman. She was by his side whenever possible, his little tomboy, and developed a love for hunting, fishing, and the outdoors.
By her early teens when most girls were looking at prom dresses, Melissa was afield with her father taking many mullies and whitetails. Regrettably, she left the west to pursue an education in South Carolina, where she obtained a Doctor of Pharmacy degree with a specialty in nuclear pharma. While living in Charleston, she had her own boat and spent many hours fishing, but had little access to the shooting world. It was only after relocating to Northern Virginia that she again had time for these activities and exposure to the hunting community. This resulted in the release of pent up desires to hunt and fish.
New to archery, she has become an excellent bow hunter, an accomplished duck hunter, and enjoys spending every moment she can steal away from work chasing whitetails from Illinois to Texas, and elk in Southern Colorado, Idaho, and New Mexico. What she may lack in experience, she makes up for with desire and attitude.