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Extreme Huntress: PA Woman Seeks Title to 'Create a Positive Role Model for Women Who Hunt'

| by Phyllis M Daugherty

Mary Windschmitt, of York County, Pennsylvania, is a 2015 semi-finalist in the Extreme Huntress competition and hopes to be selected as a finalist to compete at the 777 Ranch in Hondo, Texas, the York Daily Record reports.

The goal of the competition is “to create positive role models for women who want to participate in hunting,” according to the Extreme Huntress web site.

She faces some very tough competition from a bevy of young women as beautiful as Sports Illustrated calendar models, except that they have all their clothes on and are wrapped in fur parkas. They also are—for the most part--posing with a dead animal they have proudly killed.

Mary Windschmitt, the YDR tells us, has hunted around the world.

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Her first time hunting, she took a doe with her first shot during early muzzleloader season. Since then, she has taken the sport to another level.

She has killed a giraffe with a bow with a 63-pound draw, something many outfitters said couldn't be done, YDR states.

She shot a 9-point buck, gutted it and dragged it to the truck all by herself. (Not a task to which most women aspire!)

"She's a go-getter. There's no excuses," her husband, Joel, said. "She's very strong in what she does."

"It's exciting," she responded.

While many in the Extreme Huntress competition learned the skills of hunting and shooting from their fathers (one from her grandmother), Mary Windschmitt says she started hunting while she was dating her future husband—an avid hunter

She has hunted in many different places from Africa to New Brunswick to Alaska, and more. She has taken red stag, black bear and Hartmann's Mountain Zebra, YDR announces.

"I'm really good at it, and I'm patient," Mary Windschmitt said of her skills.

As part of the competition, Windschmitt needs to garner votes from the public as their favorite huntress. The online voting is not a popularity contest, said Tom Opre of Tahoe Films Ltd.

"We gauge each huntress's ability to broadcast the message about the woman who hunts," he said.