Outdoor Women: Amanda Benton

Amanda Shadrick met Drew Benton two days before Christmas 2009 when she was singing in a karaoke competition at Rack Em pool hall in Lynn Haven, Fla.

The song that won her the contest that night was the country hit “I Wanna Fall in Love” by Lila McCann.

Amanda and Drew did eventually fall in love, marry and start a family, but there was more to their romance than Amanda’s award-winning voice. Turns out that what prompted Drew to reach out to Amanda initially was a picture she posted on her Facebook page.

“He commented on one of my hunting pictures,” Amanda said. “I think it was one of me coming out of a deer stand. You know how girls are, always taking selfies. He saw it and asked me if I wanted to have dinner with him. I kind of put it off for a while, but I told him if he wanted to meet me, I’d be singing in this karaoke contest … And that was pretty much all she wrote.

“The pictures on someone’s Facebook page tell you a lot about them, and his were all fishing and hunting,” she said. “I mean from the get-go, we both knew what we were getting into.”

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