The beautiful, talented and accomplished turkey caller Mikayla Nixon, still a senior in high school, continues to actively compete in contests across the country as her schedule allows. She strives to hold her existing titles, and is looking to grab even more! It is very exciting to see a young girl actively involved in the outdoors and hunting, and amazing to see her competing in calling contests around the country!
Mikayla began competing at the early age of 4 when she took 2nd place in a calling competition, with her sister Marlaina winning first place. The two girls’ father, Shaine Nixon, an avid turkey hunter, has raised both of his daughters to appreciate and participate in hunting in the great outdoors. He is the motivational inspiration for Mikayla and her calling ventures, and supports her ambitions and strives to make it all happen for her with the limited time that she has. Mikayla has been limited to contests she could attend as a senior in high school and is very involved in many extra curricular activities. Shaine Nixon explains, “Since then she has been limited to contests she could attend with school and all that she is in. In January she didn’t get to defend her title (reigning State Champion Senior Friction) because she was on one side of Dallas at a Future Business Leaders of America convention as a high school senior representative from her school, while the rest of us were at Bass Pro in Grapevine at the state calling contest.”
Here are just a few of Mikalya’s latest accomplishments while she works to add even more!
- 2011 – (4 time Winner) Texas Junior State championship.
- 2011 Winner State Senior Friction – Her first time in that division (see report here: http://www.nwtf.org/texas/2011_calling_contest.html)
- 2012 Mack’s Prairie Wings calling contest Stuttgart, AR. This event was billed as the “King of the Delta” and had all the major junior and senior callers participating.
- 10th in the friction which included ten of the best pro callers in the world.
- 3rd in the Intermediate Division
- 2012 World Championships in Mobile, AL
- 3rd place in the Amateur which was opened up to all the junior callers
- 4th place in the Juniors which had three winners competing from the NWTF Grand Nationals Calling contest in Nashville this year, 2012.
- 13th place in the Friction Division, competing against professional men, which places Mikayla 13th in the world.
Up coming events:
- 2012 Clay County World Champion Turkey Fest in Henrietta, TX, referred to as the “Battle of the Beards”.
Mikayla is looking forward to being one of a three person team with her father, Shaine Nixon and good friend Bobby Woods. Bobby is 2012 NWTF Grand Champion Friction Caller, and 4 time 2012 World Champion Friction Caller. If all goes well, this will be both Bobby and Mikalya’s first Rio Grande Turkey! Check out their facebook page now for events and list of all teams that will include even more celebrities isuch as Hal Shaffer, Ken Cobb, Mike Stroff, Jamie Satterfield, and many more.
The picture above makes a statement in history. See a detailed article here about this history making event: http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2012/03/arkansas_teen_becomes_first_fe.html
Mikayla has had her plate full these last few years along with honing her “Gift for Turkey Gab”. She played varsity softball as a freshman and sophomore on a very competitive team that won 36 games one year and lost in the state semi-finals n Austin. She has served as president of Harleton High School FFA. She is currently a Member of Future Business Leaders of America and coaching her sister Maleigha’s “12 and under” softball team. Mikayla has received the Presidents award for Academic Excellence and attendance. She has traveled 30,000 miles in one year with father Shaine, for turkey calling competitions, and she did not miss a day that year of school, and maintains an honor roll report! Mikayla is a giving person and volunteers for NWTF‘s “Women in the Outdoors” and JAKES programs. She has accomplished 4 time state junior championships, and won the Texas State Friction in 2011 beating the senior men.
“Mostly. I just love being with her. She has an incredible personality and her hunting skills are awesome. She loves people, and really talk to anyone!” says Shaine Nixon, a father full of admiration.
Since meeting Shaine and speaking with Mikayla, I have been anxious to spread the news and commend this remarkable young woman. I am hoping that you too will share this story which will help to inform, encourage, and inspire other youth to get involved in outdoors activities, calling in turkeys is fun, and all forms of competition is good for the soul!
There are so many resources available for children of all ages such as NWTF Jakes check out events in your area, http://www.nwtf.org/jakes/, NRA focuses on many outdoor activities in addition to gun safety, including Wildlife Art! http://www.nra.org/programs.aspx, also check OutdoorHub.com for current youth news,events and programs! http://www.outdoorhub.com/category/general-outdoors/youth-outdoors/
One form of inspiration may not be immediately obvious, but after recently attending a Hunter Education Class myself, I am acutely aware that this class is not just for hunters, it should be presented to all persons of all ages that would like to begin any outdoor activity. It addresses firearm safety, and being familiar with gun safety is a plus, whether or not you plan to ever handle one. Wildlife Management Agencies in most states also offer special programs and activities for youth, so check your with your local agencies here http://www.fws.gov/offices/statelinks.html.
Congratulations to you Mikayla on all of your accomplishments and good luck in all of your future endeavors! Kudos to her dad Shaine for the support and encouragement he shows for his girls!