Carolyn S. Zanoni, an avid outdoorswoman who stalked game both large and small with a bow and arrow, was a trailblazer for female bowhunters.
She made her initial foray into the sport in the early 1960s when friends invited her to go bowhunting for rabbits. Her father joked that if she shot any rabbits he’d clean them — certain she wouldn’t bag one.
“She brought back three big ones,” said her husband, George, who was introduced to his wife of 42 years by fellow bowhunters. “From that point on she was hooked.”
Mrs. Zanoni, 81, died Tuesday, Oct. 25, in her Westchester home of complications related to a stroke from several years ago.
She was Bowhunter magazine’s 1980 Female Bowhunter of the Year.
“Carolyn was a forerunner for many modern-day female bowhunters who have now made names for themselves,” said M.R. James, founder and editor emeritus of Bowhunter magazine. “She had infinite patience and was an excellent shot. Besides which, she could handle her own when it came to using any kind of equipment.”