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4th Annual Extreme Huntress 2013 Finalists












*Voting Starts November 1, 2012


Finalists for the 4th Annual 2013 Extreme Huntress Contest

Stephanie Wottrich

Extreme Huntress – that’s an appropriate description for me. Woman vs. Nature. Sometimes nature wins, sometimes I emerge victorious. To me, being extreme is about shedding my human scent and form, blending with my environment, becoming one with nature, stalking my prey. In doing so, the desired culmination is to harvest an animal.

I began hunting in 2000, when my boyfriend introduced me, a city girl, into the adventures to be found in the world of hunting. I have since hunted and/or fished 10 countries on 4 continents, collecting over 43 species of big game animals. I am active in fishing, bowfishing, as well as big and small game, duck, goose, dove, and upland bird hunting. 

Many hunts were physically challenging, mountain hunting in Spain and Namibia…stalking Asiatic water buffalo through the swamplands of the Northern Territory of Australia, as well as Cape Buffalo in the Okavango Delta region of Botswana. The most rewarding trophies have been the ones I have worked the hardest for, and those which have presented the most danger. The adrenaline of hunting an animal that hunts you back is something I can never get enough of!

I hunted forest buffalo while my husband, Jerel, hunted bongo in the rainforest of Cameroon. I went on several stalks for buffalo, but this time, nature won, and I did not harvest one. It was still a resounding success for me, as I saw forest elephant, sitatunga, and came up close and personal to gorillas and colobus monkeys almost daily. We encountered challenges on the hunt, uncooperative weather, my eye was lacerated by a thorny vine (which in the heat and humidity almost immediately became infected).What affected our hunt the most was when our head tracker, a pygmy named Jean, was killed in front of us by an elephant. This affected us on many levels, physically and emotionally. When we got back to hunting, everyone worked hard to get the animal he died pursuing. Jerel took his bongo on the second to last day of the hunt. Many tears were shed when the bongo was down, with toasts and cheers for Jean.

There are multiple reasons I hunt. The social aspect, hunting with friends, meeting guides all around the world, which have become an extended family. Knowing I am providing lean, organic meat to my family. The excitement of seeing an animal you would like to take, then stalking them as the ultimate predator. Learning to become invisible, blending with my surroundings, moving as silently as possible, endeavoring to become invisible, getting in range for a clean shot that will allow a quick death for the animal. As I celebrate my success, I feel conflicting emotions of sadness and gratitude to the animal that has died.

I am thankful to have been introduced to the sport, which has become a focal point of my life. And I am proud to be a part of the fastest growing demographic of hunting, a woman. An extreme huntress.


Donna McDonald

Extreme Huntress? Do I qualify?  By definition, extreme is the furthest limit or highest degree of something, going far beyond what is normal.  I always viewed myself as an easy going wife, mother, and business woman, but it soon became apparent that once you take the word “hunt” and add it to “extreme,” that is me to a bull’s-eye.

Growing up in the world of hunting, being a hunting guide and then a licensed outfitter.  I realized my whole life has revolved around the outdoors and hunting.  As a child living in the country, I remember playing hide and seek with deer in the field, following tracks, and building forts with tree limbs.  My path to extreme hunting all started one frosty morning at the age of twelve.  Hiding near a small pine, gripping my new hunting license, I felt I’d entered adulthood.  The feeling of pride came over me and I couldn’t resist reading the words Donna Tate on my license over and over again. Distracted, I missed my opportunity and looked up to see the white bottom of an elk headed into the timber.  This is when my passion and thrill for hunting began.

Fortunately I was raised on our family ranch in South West Montana which gave me the opportunity to spend my youth and adulthood in the mountains.   My passion for hunting has only continued to grow.   I still get just as energized when I see game today as when I was twelve years old.  Over the years I have hunted and harvested many species of game animals in Montana, my most challenging hunt being a mountain goat in the Snowcrest Range.   This hunt would be considered my most extreme hunt as I was climbing cliffs on all fours, working my way through places no human should go, freezing in the cold wind, and loving every moment.  Being a hunter makes us aware of our human senses.  These senses are true gifts.  That is why today I enjoy guiding, teaching and helping people to not only experience the outdoors but also help them discover and become more connected with their abilities.

Because I’ve had the privilege of experiencing the outdoors in ways most people have never dreamed, I’ve also dedicated my life to sharing it with others.  I find protecting the wildlife, habitat, and natural resources we so enjoy a vital piece in being an extreme huntress.  I’ve been a leader and participant of many wildlife preservation associations and community organizations over the years.  I actively participate in developing solutions and legislation that address issues involving hunting, fishing, and outdoor heritage.

As you can see, extreme hunting is not just about trophy racks and exotic destinations. As a wife, mother, business woman, and hunter, being extreme is about pushing my limits as a human being.


Phyllis Tucker

As far back as I can remember, I’ve had the desire to hunt.  As a small child, I use to go into the forest and sneak up on animals, just to see how close I could get.  At that time, I didn’t realize why this was so thrilling to me, but it was a challenge for a little girl.  I was the third of seven children, but I was the only one who played alone in the forest.  Over time, the deep instinct to hunt ached within my soul.  No one in my family hunted.  No one I ever knew hunted.  It was just born within me.  I had no influence or encouragement at all, but as the years passed, I knew I must satisfy the primal thirst for the challenge and adventure of hunting animals in their own habitats.

My strong desire to hunt continued to grow by the minute, but I knew it would still be years before I could do the kind of hunting I wanted to do.  Every day and every night I dreamed of hunting all over the world, I knew I would need a trophy room and had visions of what it would look like.  For more than twenty years, I planned it.

I was raising two children and carrying a heavy workload, but still took the time to workout and keep in shape so that I would be able to climb all those mountains when I finally would be able to afford to hunt someday.  I read everything I could find about animals, their habits and habitats, hunting equipment such as rain gear, boots, tents, sleeping bag, binoculars, backpacks, rifles knives and wilderness survival.  I taught myself everything I know about hunting and skinning.

When I purchased my first rifle, I walked into a gun dealership and saw the display on the wall.  Instantly, I spotted the one I wanted.  I didn’t ask what make, model, action or caliber it was, but instead, I purchased it on the spot.  It was a beautiful Weatherby Mark V bolt-action .300 caliber.  I had never fired a gun in my life.  I drove into the forest and taught myself how to shoot.  The recoil never bothered me because I just assumed all rifles had a kick to them and was expecting it.  Every night I would visualize myself hunting.  I repeated over and over in my mind, “Stay calm, shoot straight and make one shot count!”  It worked because I have taken over 100 animals with one shot. I’ve worked and paid for every hunt I’ve ever been on and never ask anyone for anything.  I totally depend on my own income however the economy has taken a toll on my hunting.  I haven’t been able to hunt as I would wish and would like to win this contest to take one, last bear hunt as bear hunting is my passion.

The reason I believe I am eligible to win this contest is that I am self-taught and skilled at hunting. I’ve never depended on anyone else to go with me or to pay any part of my hunting and always traveled totally alone. I’ve climbed the highest mountains, crossed the wildest valleys, waded through the thickest forest, forged the most pristine and dangerous rivers and sweltered in some of the hottest deserts in search of the worlds most dangerous and magnificent trophies. I’ve hunted in the wilderness of Alaska totally alone on several occasions and been charged by grizzlies. I’ve traveled to Russia, Tibet, Mongolia, Turkey, Nepal, Africa, etc and hunted with local guides. I’ve hunted in conditions from -60 to +125 degrees, nearly drown in rushing, raging rivers, been trapped in a burning tent and surrounded by lions and plunged to near death in stalled super cubs. I planned and waited for many years to hunt and raised my children before I began to spend money on myself to hunt. They have always been priority in my life and I didn’t want to take anything away from them in order to pursue my dreams and desires.

When the economy was good and I was able to hunt more, I was fortunate enough to travel to many continents to hunt and have been in many dangerous situations. I feel that I’ve been the most fortunate person in the world and if I had never taken any animals on my hunts, I was able to travel and meet folks who live in other parts of the world and to see the magnificent beauty of this wondrous planet. If I never hunt again, I know within my heart, I have the awesome memories that I have been blessed with. Thank you all.


Debbie Thames

From a small town in Central Texas to the wild lands of Africa, hunting has become a part of my journey. I started hunting at the age of 29. I was a single mom with an 8 year-old daughter to raise. Growing up, my family was not into hunting. I met my husband of 20 years when we were in the 2nd grade… sweethearts! We were forever friends but went our separate ways only to meet again 10 years later. For 5 years we dated basing any leisure time camping, hunting, fishing and all experiences of the outdoors with it. I have rekindled a special love and the beauty of something special in my life… hunting with my best friend! I found myself changing inside, more confident and loving each challenge set before me. After a few years of whitetail hunting, Michael planned a trip to Colorado for a 10-day do-it-yourself Elk hunt. After sleeping in a 2–man tent, no bath, little food and our hunt ending unsuccessfully, we were both alive and smiling at one another and that is where he asked me to marry him.

I have been very blessed to hunt many animals in North America and Africa. My trophies include pronghorn in Wyoming, mountain lion in Montana, grizzly in Alaska, black bear in Canada, alligators in Florida, whitetail in Mexico, mule deer, whitetail, javelina, hog, dove, quail and turkey in Texas. I’ve been to Africa four times, Zimbabwe in 2002 and 2006 and then to South Africa in 2007 and 2009. In 2007, I completed the Africa Big Five, which consists of Cape buffalo, leopard, elephant, lion and rhino. Along with the Big Five, I’ve harvested numerous species of plains game.

Last year, Michael surprised me with a 7–day black bear bow hunt in Canada. I would be sitting alone hunting for black bear that would be within 15 to 20 yards of me. This hunt was going to be the ultimate test for me. I was into the 2nd day of the hunt when a black bear came directly under my stand. He walked about 20 yards and I immediately pulled back my bow. Holding back, I lined up my shot, making sure I was where I needed to be and let it fly! I did it! It was one of the proudest moments of my life when I saw the pride in my husband’s eyes as he said to me, “Baby, you just did something very special!”

Each time I enter a field, climb a mountain or sit patiently at a blind, I am aware of nature’s beauty and what I have learned from her. Being Extreme is to know when an opportunity presents itself, you take it and learn from it. I embrace challenges in my daily life as well as my outdoor adventures. I consider myself to be an Extreme Huntress because of my passion for hunting and the desire to take each hunting adventure beyond the ordinary limits and to exceed boundaries set before. For me, hunting with my bow is personal and defines my hunting abilities to a higher degree. To be named the “Extreme Huntress 2013” would be a compliment and honor that I would be proud to represent.


Thia Anderson

During my early childhood I was never exposed to hunting. In my early teens, my dad took up bowhunting and I accompanied him whenever I could. At 19, I finally became the hunter. With a .357 Magnum (the only gun we owned) on my side, I set out after my first deer.  Since that first hunt, I have evolved from raw greenhorn to expert huntress, teaching hunter education courses for the state of Idaho.

My evolution into the huntress I am today wasn’t always easy. Often, the only way I could get into the woods was to take my three young sons with me. Although I was sometimes frustrated by their inability to stalk without sounding like they were walking on potato chips or their loudly whispered questions, I was grateful to be out doing what I loved while also showing my boys that women could be hunters; it wasn’t just a man’s domain.

I am undaunted by circumstances that might keep other hunters out of the field. One year, after several days of hunting in extremely steep terrain, I lost both of my big toenails. Not about to let that ruin the rest of my hunt, I wrapped my toes with toilet paper and ended up harvesting a nice mule deer. Another year, with only one day left in deer season, I tore my meniscus. The next day, with each step excruciating, I was back out trying to fill my tag. Yet another year, after shattering my left wrist in a horse accident, my main concern was whether I could shoot my rifle. When my surgeon determined that wrist fusion was necessary, knowing how important hunting was to me, he promised to do what he could to preserve my ability to shoot. Thankfully, he was able to keep that promise. I also feared the injury would keep me from pursuing my dream of hunting with a bow but last year I was finally able to fulfill that goal.

Living in the West, I am lucky to have many opportunities to hunt the way I love to hunt: unguided, spot-and-stalk on public land. My most exciting and rewarding hunt was a black bear hunt in Washington two years ago. I spotted a bear on a ridge a half mile away, with one hour of shooting light left.  While my husband watched with binoculars from the opposite ridge, I hurried down the steep canyon and up the other side and was able to stalk to within 75 yards and drop the tremendous 300+ pound color-phase boar with one shot.

Being an extreme huntress is not about the number of animals taken, the size of trophies on the wall, or the exotic places visited. It is about having a passion to hunt that is so ingrained and intense that absolutely nothing will keep you from doing what you love the most. I am such a huntress and I have never met anyone, man or woman, quite like me.


Tad Mecham

Hi, my name is Tad. Yea, my dad had a great sense of humor.  Kinda like the boy named Sue, I’ve had to be tough! I lived in a town of 100 until I was 12, I played with my brothers and neighborhood kids-mostly boys. I have been an outdoors-woman, hunting  and fishing since I was very young.  I have taken a-lot of criticism for being a “girl” that loved to hunt. I was a cheerleader in highschool and when the games were over, I would go rabbit hunting. I was hunting when hunting wasn’t cool! I have been in Law Enforcement for over 24 years and still love my job, and I ride A Harley. I am a woman in a mans world no doubt,  but I’ve crashed through many glass ceilings!

I live in Southern Utah on the coveted hunting ground of the Paunsagaunt.  I have taken several large Mule Deer and a real nice Bull Elk. I am 52 and I love being outdoors and the next challenge it brings. I have drawn once in lifetime tags- twice. I killed a Rocky Mountain Billy Goat in 2008 and a Desert Bighorn Sheep last week! Both were challenging Hardcore hunts, but I came out with 2 beautiful trophies! My Goal is always, 1 shot. and I haven’t missed yet.

My Kids are all grown, and I am the proud “Grammy” of 11. My goal is to teach each and every one of them to love and appreciate the outdoors. The older ones love to shoot and hunt, makes me so proud! (especially my Grand-daughter). My family is my greatest treasure.

My husband and I have Hunting hounds, another one of my passions. I have killed a couple Mountain Lions, the most recent being last January, I scored a Huge Tom -I was thrilled! I love to hunt with the dogs, and have my own pursuit permit. There is nothing like the sound of the dogs on a hard solid tree! We hunt Mountain Lion, Bobcat and Bear with our dogs. I dream of killing a huge bear, but haven’t drawn the tag yet. Hunting for me is just a way of life-it’s what I do, and I LOVE IT! I have dreamed of one day going on an Alaskan Bear Hunt, It would be check off my bucket list!    If your looking for a longtime hardcore huntress..I’m your girl!  P.S. I can Cook Too!

Jody Geistweidt

Extreme Huntress encompasses many things, meaning participation in teaching, conservation, biology, heritage, protection, and love. Remaining involved in all areas is crucial. You must teach others of any age to preserve and protect hunting rights, and the right to bear arms, that’s in jeopardy at all times. Conservation’s important, and ties heavily in with the biology and protection part of hunting. Protecting wildlife involves practicing correct biology and conservation efforts. Heritage is very near to my heart, because it’s the part that involves spending time with those I love dearly. They, in turn, pass it on to somebody close to them. Love means the love of the sport of hunting, and the family involvement. You can tell from my picture that I take hunting very seriously, and have for 31 years!

I’ve always said that Hunting’s not a choice, but a heritage born within you. It’s in my blood. I was taught by my Grandmother, Oma, at age 4, and my kids from me. We’ve taught our boys that you respect nature, killing it to eat it or feed others, as God intended, never to just hurt or waste any animal. We’ve taught them how important it is to vote to insure a wonderful leader for our country, and further preserve these rights to all, so they may share the time outdoors as we have. We have also taught them safety, because there are always mistakes to be made in the field, whether hunting or target shooting. There’s importance in teaching other hunters to respect non-hunters’ beliefs as well, because creating enemies by disrespecting their feelings only creates more adversity to all parts of the hunting industry. These are the people we need to teach, not alienate.

Next are conservation, biology, and protection. Many don’t understand the need for hunting to “conserve” something. There’s a delicate balance of nature between humans and animals, and we must control the animal populations so there will always be enough food to sustain greater, healthier herds.  Due to the abundant growth of human populations in rural areas, along with drought, animals are being pushed out of their normal habitat. Many states use biological and geological information to determine the best harvesting numbers for game so they are not in further jeopardy. Hunters harvesting wildlife for food, combined with the conservationist practice of harvesting older, mature animals, leaves healthier populations numbers, assuring younger, baby-bearing animals are left.

I was a State Rep with Lone Star Bow Hunters Association (Texas), because of my passion of promoting and spreading my knowledge of hunting to children and women, and promoting laws affecting all hunters. I’ve ran LSBA state 3D tournaments, and received a “Meritorious and Dedicated Service Award to LSBA and Bowhunting in the State of Texas” award through LSBA. I was an adult leader for county 4H, and hoping to start an archery program, participate in BB gun with my son, and a lifetime NRA member. We’re members of a Wildlife Management Group, conducting census surveys and best management numbers. I’m obtaining my concealed hand-gun license, hoping to teach through Women in the NRA to other women. Soon I will become certified to teach Hunter’s and Bow Hunter’s Education as well.


Trine Bengtsson

I have hunted since I chased moles and seagulls as a small girl. Since then I have hunted challenges and experiences more than trophies.

Became Danish Champion in longbow shooting as 12 years old. Need to mention that I received both the first and second price, when I was the only participant with longbow at my age…

Started out with my rifle .308 win at 14 years old and in the age of 16 I had shot my first red stag in the highlands of Scotland, my first European moose in Swedish forests, the first roe buck in the Danish open fields, my first rein deer in Greenland, my first sika stag of Kintyre, my first wild goat on Jura island and much more.

My passion for hunting took me to New Zealand for 1 year after high school, where I worked for different outfitters. Many fantastic hunting experiences and many new skills was brought home. Amongst that a very rough hunting for my Himalayan Thar in the Mount Cook mountains.

Coming back home, I started to work professionally with my huge passion for hunting dogs. Both as a breeder, but most of al as tracker for wounded animals. I have always been very fascinated of the cooperation between a hunter and his dog, and the excitement and concentration you feel when you track a wounded – and potential dangerous – animal.

My eager to track animals brought me to Africa. I took the hand of my 2 year old son, and moved us down to the Limpopo River, and took my PH license along the way. Learned Africa and the wonderful people. Learned the animals and their behaviours, learned the bush and the survival in it, but most of all learned how much more I had to learn.Worked in the bush, hunted with clients and developed my passion for tracking.

The Danish Hunting Association needed a person to manage the team of the 170 governmental employed trackers, so I moved back to Denmark after 3 years. Spend 5 very exciting and wonderful years in the Danish Hunting Association, but “the African fever” came back to me. I started African Adventure in 2005 and has since then made hunting trips to 7 different countries in Africa, with the experience of a fair chase hunt and a solid tracking experience as the central part of every trip. My personal Africa hunt passion has been focused on the big game hunting in Zimbabwe, and the giant eland hunting in RCA.

I sold African Adventure in 2012, and my new project is a world wide hunting agent company with base in Denmark. Many new fantastic expeditions are coming up, and I still seek the thrill when hunting dangerous game, or hunting on the edge where I have walked down Mount Cook in darkness, crashed in a Cessna in the bush of RCA, injected liquid drip on myself due to fatal dehydration in the Zimbabwean bush and many more stupid things!


Joella Bates

I am a woman hunter of over 45 years. First a small-game shotgun hunter, then a white-tailed deer rifle hunter, a bowhunter for small, large, and dangerous game around the world, and a bare-hands hunter. I am an extreme huntress. By six, I accompanied my hunting-and-expert marksman Dad hunting and fishing.

At eight, I shot my first squirrel with a shotgun on the 12th shot. Dad’s 16-gauge shotgun blacked my eye and busted my lip, but did not deter me from hunting. Before long, I was knocking quail from the air. Dad let me deer hunt, but not carry a gun. My woodsman skills made me the bird dog, tasked with flushing deer.

At 14, after four years as a gun-toting deer hunter, I saw and shot my first deer with a rifle. In high school and college, I bagged a buck of 8-points or better, seven straight years, until studying Wildlife Biology and shooting on the Varsity and ROTC Rifle Teams consumed me.

In 1983, with home burglarized and guns stolen, Dad bought me a used 31-inch-draw compound bow. It bruised my arm and ego. Dad died in 1986 and my second child was born. In 1989, I again tried bowhunting. My bow from Odell’s Outdoors was a reward for completing my first year of graduate school. Bulls-eyes occurred in the backyard, but buck fever took over with deer, me missing five times on two deer. This just made me more determined to practice and succeed.

Since then, I have won five 3-D Archery World Championships and successfully taken on many bowhunting challenges. I am the first woman bowhunter to harvest an African Cape Buffalo, a Wild Turkey Grand Slam, and the African Big 5. I have taken 67 different species with my bows and arrows and seek to expand that list.

Since my Big 5 hunt in 2009, my life has changed. I am devoted to living and promoting health and fitness along with promoting and introducing others to the outdoor heritages and coaching archery. With an attitude of “No Excuses – No Limits,” I have lost 73 pounds. At 51, I look and feel awesome, ready to walk a marathon.

As a grandmother drawing, successfully shooting and hunting with a 90+ pound bow, I am “EXTREME.”  In 2009, I arrowed a lioness that charged to 6.5 yards and remained at full draw with a 91-pound bow when a charging cow elephant dropped two steps from me.

After succeeding with multiple weapons, I took on grabbling catfish and snapping turtles with my bare hands. Now that is EXTREME.

Inducted into the UTM Athletic Hall of Fame; the Outdoor Channel Circle of Honor; and the Legends of the Outdoors National Hall of Fame, I proudly represent women devoted to excellence, adventure, and extreme outdoor challenge. Alaskan Brown bear…… bring it on. I am ready for extreme challenges. I am better than ever.


Michelle Whitney Bodenheimer

From coastal rain-forests and high mountain peaks of the Pacific Northwest, to the bushveld of Southern Africa; it is all home.  Home is where the heart is, and my heart belongs to the great outdoors.

Although I had fished and camped from a young age, it was not until my early twenties that I began to hunt.  It did not take long before I mastered the shotgun, knew how to sight in my rifle, and nock an arrow on my bow.  The more I learned about hunting, the more I wanted to learn, and the more I wanted to go!

Over a decade later, I have traveled the globe on many hunting adventures.  I cherish the memories my hunts have given me, the cultures I now know, and the people I have met along the way.  I will never forget the first time I heard the bugle of a majestic bull elk in the mountains of Idaho, or the bark of a bushbuck in a river bottom in Africa.  The experiences from my hunts have helped define me.  I am not only a wife and mother, but a dedicated conservationist.  I am an active member of a number of wildlife conservation groups, and serve on the board of directors for our local chapter of Safari Club International.  My hunts abroad also introduced me to a wonderful humanitarian relief mission in South Africa which I now diligently support and visit as often as possible.

As I became more skilled, I was determined to share my passion for the outdoors with others.  I am now a shotgunning coach, guide and instructor for several non-profits.  There is nothing better than guiding a group of young hunters on their first pheasant hunt, and watching their faces light up when they harvest their first rooster; or leading a new huntress into the forest in pursuit of her first deer.

Last fall, however, I feared I had experienced my final outdoor adventure.  My doctor phoned with questionable results from a biopsy.  The next week I was having surgery to remove a mass of breast tissue.  I was terrified that I would never have the opportunity to pass on my hunting heritage to my young son.  My world was crashing down.  Although I recovered from surgery, I was left with permanent nerve damage to my right arm… my shooting arm.

I refused to relinquish my passion for the outdoors. With hard work and determination, I retrained myself on how to position my shotgun and rifle, and how to draw my bow.   Within two and a half months, I was back in the field guiding, instructing, and living my dream.  I coached my son to his first 3D archery tournament win this past summer, and last weekend, I was again in the forest hunting for myself.  I was breathing in the fall colors, the smells, and the sounds; I was where I was suppose to be… in the great outdoors.


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Judging for 2013


Melissa Bachman Producer/TV Show Host

Melissa Bachman is a producer and Co-host for outdoor television shows. Her job entails filming, editing and hunting for a living. This past year, she was in the field over 140 days and she loves every minute of it.

“The toughest part of my job is the physical aspect of filming on the run. Hunting in tough conditions is one thing, but filming is another. Hiking with over 60 pounds of gear through all types of weather and terrain can be downright grueling. But when everything comes together and its all captured on film, the sense of accomplishment is incredible.”

Find Out More About Melissa

Brittany Boddington
Hunter/Writer/ TV Show Host

Brittany Boddington grew up in Los Angeles and with the help of her father Craig she has found a love of the great outdoors and has turned her passions toward hunting around the globe. She has worked hard and been lucky enough to hunt all over the world and to her delight she spends the majority of the year living out of a suitcase. She now writes for several notable outdoor publications including Peterson’s Hunting Magazine, Sports A’field and Gun’s and Ammo and appears on the TV shows Tracks Across Africa and The American Huntress.


Rebecca Francis – TV Show Host
Rebecca Francis was the first woman to win the title of Extreme Huntress in 2010. Winning the contest has been one of the most exciting things Rebecca has experienced. Since winning, she has participated in numerous live radio interviews and featured in several women’s outdoor publications. She writes outdoor articles and blogs for and, plus contributes to several other hunting magazines. Currently, she is the co-host of Eye of the Hunter™ on NBC Sports/Versus.
Find out more about Rebecca


Olivia Nalos Opre – TV Show Host/Hunting Consultant

As a television host and hunting consultant, Olivia has hunted six continents and taken over 60 species of game animals. She has hosted TV episodes for Ruger Adventures, Federal’s Dangerous Game and The World of Beretta. In 2003, Olivia was Mrs. Nebraska and took her pro hunting message to the national stage in the Mrs. America Contest. She is a tireless advocate for hunters all over the world.



Jackie Gross –  Extreme Huntress 2012

As our 2012 Extreme Huntress, Jackie is a hardcore hunter. She has just returned from her first African safari where she took two cape buffalo, waterbuck, zebra and baboon. Look for this episode of Eye of the Hunter™ to air Nov 25 and Jan. 6 at 7AM EST on NBC Sports.



*Voting Starts November 1, 2012




Are You An Extreme Huntress?

Are you a woman who hunts? Do you think you are the most hardcore woman huntress in the world? If you answered yes, then consider entering the Eye of the Hunter™ Extreme Huntress Contest.
Contest winner will be named Extreme Huntress 2013. She will be outfitted for a hunt of a lifetime. Our 2013 winner will be flown from Seattle, WA to Alaska to hunt brown bear with Eye of the Hunter™ co-host Rebecca Francis and Alaska Outfitters, in October, 2013. The hunt will be filmed for a future episode of Eye of the Hunter™. Please see Official Rules for details regarding all costs and responsibilities of contest winner.
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How to Win?

A celebrity panel of judges will score entries. The top ten entries will be posted to the Extreme Huntress 2013 web page. From November 1, 2012 through January 1, 2013 the finalist will be voted on by the public. Online voting is limited to one voter per verified email address. Voters must provide a verified email address. Any finalist who knowingly or willfully cheats, promotes cheating or makes negative or derogatory statements about contest or sponsors will be immediately disqualified.

How to Enter?

Email an essay (up to 500 words) about, “Why you are the most hardcore, Extreme Huntress,” to You can also send up to 2 low resolution jpeg format photos. All entries must be received by October 25, 2012, 11:59PM MST.

NEW Finalist Criteria

*Contest winner will be determined by 50% online votes and 50% judge scores with the highest total combination score declared the winner.

2013 Extreme Huntress Contest Rules



Previous Winners

Rebecca Francis – Extreme Huntress 2010

Watch Becky’s hunt for mountain goat in British Columbia with Calamity Creek Guides and Outfitters.



Angie Haas-Tenison – Extreme Huntress 2011

Watch Angie’s hunt in New Zealand for red stag with Fraser Safaris New Zealand.



Jackie Gross – Extreme Huntress 2012

Jackie’s African safari for cape buffalo hunting with Martin Pieters Safaris episode is in production and will air 4 quarter 2012 on NBC Sports at 7AM EST Sundays.