Amanda Lowrey Crowned Extreme Huntress 2014
Finally, after nine months of competition, finalist Amanda Lowrey was awarded the title of Extreme Huntress 2014. The announcement was made on Friday Jan. 10th to a packed house at the awards banquet at the annual Dallas Safari Club Convention in Dallas, Texas.
Lowrey, who lives in Sandpoint, Idaho, learned to hunt at an early age with the help of her father. Now married and the mother of two children, she has proven that she is an independent outdoors woman who can hold her own in the field.
"So what does it take to be an Extreme Huntress? It takes courage, hard work, determination, and tenacity to push through the many days of coming home empty handed, the bloody blisters on your feet from miles of hiking in grueling weather conditions," wrote Lowrey in her 500 word Extreme Huntress Contest entrance essay.
After she was selected as a contest finalist, Lowrey competed with three other women in the head-to-head outdoor skills and hunting competition last July at the renowned 777 Ranch in Hondo, Texas. The judges and hosts included outdoor celebrity Larry Weishuhn, a.k.a Mr. Whitetail; Olivia Nalos Opre, the newly crowned recipient of the Safari Club International Diana Award, and former United States Air Force F-16 fighter pilot, Scott O'Grady.
As the Grand Prize winner, Lowrey received the highest combined score, which was comprised of 30 percent from the outdoor skills portion, 40 percent from the judge's scores, and the remaining 30 percent was determined through public online votes received from the hundreds of thousands of viewers who watched the eleven riveting episodes of Extreme Huntress online at http://ExtremeHuntress.com.
"As always, we had a great group of contestants," stated Tom Opre, contest founder and owner of Tahoe Films, Ltd. I couldn't be more excited for Amanda. She put a lot of energy into the competition, but most importantly, she is an excellent role model for other women, youth, and the hunting industry as a whole."
Sponsors of the Extreme Huntress™ Competition presented by Brownells™ include the 777 Ranch, Brownells, Aimpoint, Coppersmith Global Logistics, Camp Chef, Dallas Safari Club, Walther Arms, Hunting Grounds, The Hunting Report, Yeti Coolers, and US Sportsman’s Alliance.
Women who wish to enter next year's contest can do so online, beginning January 15th. More info is available at ExtremeHuntress.com.
About the Extreme Huntress™ Competition
Now in it’s fifth year, the Extreme Huntress™ Competition is about preserving our outdoor heritage. Our goal is to create positive role models for all women who want to participate in hunting. With a fifty-percent divorce rate, there are a lot of kids who won’t get into traditional outdoor sports unless mom does. We feel if mom goes hunting, so will her children– and the whole family.