Gearhead Archery Pro Staffer Alli Armstrong
At 19 years old, Alli Armstrong of southern Illinois is already a seasoned hunter and a 3D National Champion. Along with her parents, Darrick and Susan, and her little sister, Adriana, she has traveled to 7 states and British Columbia in pursuit of various species of turkey, whitetail deer, bear, antelope, mule deer and elk. To date, Alli has taken 24 whitetail deer with her shotgun or muzzleloader, 6 whitetail deer with her bow, one mule deer with her rifle, one bear with her rifle, 2 bull elk with her rifle, 2 bull elk with her bow, and 33 turkeys, 3 of which were double bearded, 2 triple bearded, and a quadruple bearded Rio. Alli’s five best whitetail bucks with a gun range from a 130 inch 8 point to a 150 inch 11 point and her best buck with a bow was a 140 inch 10 point. Most recently, Alli has taken a Boone & Crockett mule deer with her bow.
Alli is currently working on her television show called Grace Camo and Lace which will air on the Sportsman Channel. She has been featured on three seasons of Legacy Trails. She also writes for various hunting magazines and blogs such as North American Whitetail and Bowhunting.com. Alli has co-authored a book with Brenda Potts called Hunting Dream Jobs. The purpose of this book is to answer many people’s questions about how to get started in the hunting industry. Alli will also receive the 2017 Safari Club International Young Hunter Award.
Even though Alli spends every possible moment in the outdoors, she still maintains a straight A average in school. Alli is currently going to Southeastern Illinois College (SIC). Alli has been taking online classes through SIC since the summer of her freshman year in high school. She has worked hard to have a year of college completed by the time she graduated high school. She has also been a guest shooter on SIC’s national champion archery team for two years. Since she is officially in college, this is her second year as a member of the team. Alli won the title of National 3D Archery Champion in Women's Bow Hunter while representing Southeastern IL College in the 2015 US Intercollegiate Archery Championships (USIAC) at Sahara Woods State Fish and Wildlife Area. She also won All-American honors for being in the top ten in nationals and Academic All-American honors for archers finishing in the top ten at nationals and carrying an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better.
Alli started hunting squirrels at the age of 5 with her father, Darrick, and was hooked from that day forward. At age 6, she began turkey hunting and harvested 2 double bearded turkeys. In the fall of the same year she managed to take her first deer. Alli’s passion for hunting increased as she got older. At the age of 10, Alli drew a youth tag for a New Mexico elk hunt where she took a nice 6x5 bull with her rifle. This hunt aired on Beyond the Lodge in April 2009. In 2010, Alli drew another New Mexico elk tag and took a monster 330 class 6x6 bull elk. Not only did Alli complete one Grand Slam for turkeys in early April of 2009, she managed to start and complete her second Grand Slam in one season. In the fall of 2012, Alli went on her first archery elk hunt in Colorado where she took a beautiful Pope & Young 6x5 bull elk. Alli returned the following year and took another big Pope & Young 6x6 bull elk with her bow.
Alli finds joy in all aspects of nature, from the smallest insect to the largest game animal. Alli is passionate about hunting and wants to keep the sport alive by showing kids and women how much fun hunting can be. Alli has already helped several kids get started in the sport and has even demonstrated gun and archery safety knowledge at local hunter safety classes. She also attends celebrity youth hunts to meet and encourage other kids in the sport. Alli and her little sister, Adriana, are living proof that hunting can be safely enjoyed at an early age.