Meet Extreme Huntress Semi-Finalist Heather Dawn
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 do so will disqualify your vote. You have to click on the voting link to have them send you an email verification, then you must go to your email and confirm your vote. )
Voting is open from May 1st until June 1st
MEET HEATHER: "I am always the girl in camouflage and boots, and I will always be proud of that. My fuel is in the outdoors and without it I would live in darkness. Bringing other women out to shoot or putting them in a bow stand for their first time is what it's all about! I love how they almost always leave wanting more! I fought nature, man and most importantly myself to be the huntress I am today!"
Contest Entry Essay:
Down a long winding dirt road covered inovergrown cedar and unruly branches of mesquite is a place that some would never dare to adore the view. Some would castshadow on this white rock and never even make it to the entrance. Some would never make it on the road. The ones that do make it to the entrance, however, will never look back. They are the lucky ones. The smell and sounds once you have reached a certain distance from all the things the world has now accepted for your convenience is something that one who has never experienced in the wild would not know. We are a very tiny piece that is boned together through our basic respect of nature. I, fortunately, found myself at the end of one of those long dirt roads. It is somewhere that is not for those faint at heart. It is more for those of us who are providers, fighters, survivors; the believers of a simplistic, more organic time.
At a very young age of six, I was cleaning my first duck and shooting my .22 250. This lifestyle far from the closest grocery store helped mold and make me the huntress I am today. It has taught me the importance of conservation and given me a greater respect for nature. I have learned that the cycle is much larger than it seems and the smallest of efforts can lead to the greatest of rewards.
When I moved down a thirteen mile dirt road, my closest neighbor was a good eight miles away with about three gates between us. I did not realize how much work it would be. When you’re a women at the end of a long dirt road, there are certain things you must learn and the most important of these is survival.
Survival is not something learned easily, but after a good ten years out here, I can honestly say at some point that fear is shoved out the door and instinct kicks in. I have faced many obstacles to live where I do. I have fought man, animals, nature, and most importantly myself. I know I have what it takes to become the most Extreme Huntress. I have been in training for this since I was that sweet southern little six year old girl waiting for Ducks with my grandpa and uncle freezing cold but could not be happier. This lifestyle has molded me since then and everyday still. I continue to grow in my skills and my ability to surprise myself.
The contest would give me the opportunity to not only to present challenges but to experience sharing the outdoors with other Huntresses that share my same passion and goals. But mostly I want to win. So let’s get to the good stuff the icing on my little ol’ cake….I Bow Hunt, Riffle Hunt, Spear Hunt. Let me make this crystal clear-I HUNT. I live this life because I am wild at heart. I am at my best when I am in a tree, stand, a field planting food plots or doing population surveys. I live to give others the experiences that give me so much passion and joy.
I have had the privilege of harvesting-Whitetail Deer, Hogs, Rio Grande Turkeys, Black Buck’s, Aoudad, Fallow, Ducks, Sand-hill Cranes, Dove, and Quail. My bucket list would be- Brown Bear, Elk, Mule Deer and the Grand Slam of Turkey. My bow of choice is Hoyt and I shoot the Charger and Ignite. My favorite riffle is my .240 Mark V Weatherby. My grandfather gave me my riffle and I dubbed it Killer Bill after him. Me and Killer Bill have had many good memories together and it is without a doubt my most priced possession. I sport Bow Chic camouflage religiously because it is perfect for my active outdoor lifestyle. I even serve on the Bow Chic Bow Hunting Team. I am not a professional shooter but I enjoy shooting immensely. I would say my greatest accomplishment in this industry is bringing women, children and Veterans in the outdoors and letting them experience the same passion that it gives me. So there it is, a brief bit of me and why I am the most hardcore extreme huntress. My greatest asset to bring to the Extreme Huntress Contest would be that I am wild at heart. LET’S ROCK & ROLL! }~
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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