Meet Extreme Huntress Semi-Finalist Alison Gagne
ReelCamoGirl will be featuring a few women who recently qualified as semi-finalists for the Extreme Huntress Competition. In its 8th season, The Extreme Huntress Competition continues to set the bar for serious outdoors women, while at the same time providing positive role models for women who are new to hunting, shooting and other traditional outdoor sports.
The Extreme Huntress™ Competition is about preserving our outdoor heritage. Our goal is to create positive role models for women who want to participate in hunting.
Voting is NOW OPEN and each of the top 20 are hoping to get enough votes to place them in the top 6 to move forward to competition. This competition helps spread awareness of ladies in hunting and the outdoor lifestyle. Go check them all out and cast your vote for your favorite Extreme Huntress!
(Validate your vote by validating your email. Failure to validate will disqualify your vote.) Voting is open from May 1st until June 1st
MEET ALISON: She tells us, "I am hoping to inspire other females to pursue the hunting and outdoor lifestyle so this is a meaningful cause for me and I believe the hunting community as a whole!"
I was brought up into the outdoor lifestyle lagging behind my Grandfather, complaining about being tired as he assured me onwards to the fishing hole, the remote spike camp or closer to that raging bull elk on the other side of a windfall-filled canyon. This has been my family's way of life for many past generations.
At age 19 I was employed as a Big Game Hunting Guide for 5 years. But living independently and having to pay my own way through life I found it convenient to eat fast foods and not cook those nourishing meals my mom once had. And my health suffered terribly.
My family preached about eating the right foods and avoiding the junk; growing and hunting our own food because after all: "we are what we eat". But I learned the hard way. Despite growing up with those positive influences, I still made bad food choices which I blame for my past ill health. Having those influences embedded in me to my core gave me the knowledge I needed to reflect upon. We really are what we eat.
For years my health suffered until I seriously focused on nutrition. So I became a Nutritionist, regained my health and now realize the true value and right of feeding our bodies the way Nature intended; the way our ancestors ate; with hunting being a large part of that.
Throughout my studies of Nutrition I realized how lucky I was to have been brought up in the Hunting lifestyle. I now use the meat and organs from the animals I hunt as tools for feeding my body the way it needs to be strong and balanced.
Now I get to guide the next generation; my children, by showing them the values of this lifestyle so it too can be embedded to their core: the importance of Hunting our own food, being self sustainable, as well as reconnecting with Nature and helping conserve Her in this ever so disconnected society.
I feel I am an Extreme Huntress because I've gone to the extremes to keep hunting my lifestyle; After losing my health and regaining it through the "hunting lifestyle", it is a personal priority.
Hunting is part of the Nutrition and Fitness triad which results in true health. As a Nutritionist and Personal trainer, I live and work towards being as healthy and as fit as I can be in order to be able to conquer mountains, chase big game, pack meat out, & carry my children alongside as a positive role model for them and others.
As a female, I am a true provider for my family.
We've been so caught up in our progresses on this planet that we've forgotten some of our core wisdom of our species. A wisdom that tells us to conserve this good earth for generations to come.
Nature is in all of us. Nature is where we originated from. Some of us have lost that connection. I want to help those people find Nature again through Hunting; as the female voice.
As a mother, it is more of a challenge to get out hunting but you can't let that stop you. You just have to deal with the situation at hand and put the time in. I was still nursing my daughter at 9months old so I had to bring her on my elk hunt on my back in a pack and shot a bull our first day out! I have to admit I had my doubts that my chances would be slim but you just don't know until you try and I tried and it almost seemed too easy!
Don't let kids be an excuse. Now a days I feel more than ever it is so very important to expose our children to the Outdoor Lifestyle in the technological era.
Being a mom and a hunter is a great way to really show our children how to set a goal and obtain it, how to push ourselves, how to learn and grow because there are no situations alike; how to be strong- physically, mentally, emotionally and even spiritually. Nature had a lot to teach us if we get out there to learn from it.
ReelCamoGirl is a lifestyle brand focused on ladies who love the outdoors.There is a growing need for a place for women to share their outdoor experiences, as well as an interest in clean eating and self-sufficiency. Through our website and social media networks, we offer a safe place where the ladies can share their pictures, stories, wild game and fish recipes, and news articles about conservation and hunting perspectives.
ReelCamo girls are strong, capable, kind, compassionate, nature & country-loving individuals. We encourage responsible and ethical hunting. We care about the land and wildlife management and about long term sustainability. We hunt, fish, dive, shoot and hike…for peace of mind, happiness, pure clean protein & connection to the outdoors. ReelCamoGirls can shoot a gun, draw a bow, track an animal, get CAMOed up, bait a hook, clean a fish and still be feminine.
Be sure to check out the all women's Antelope Hunt Contest in New Mexico
This all-women’s hunt will take place September 3-5th, 2016 in Raton, New Mexico.
The contest will run from April 1st- May 15th. We will check all entries for compliance of rules. Full rules and info can be found at: bit.ly/1q82lKZ
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