Shannon Lansdowne of British Columbia was named Extreme Huntress 2016 at the Dallas Safari Club Convention’s Saturday Night Banquet on January 9, 2016.
Lansdowne, an accomplished huntress already and outfitter’s daughter, beat our five other contestants over the series’ 13 episode run for the title.
Congrats to Shannon Lansdowne and all the women of the Extreme Huntress!
See video of her winning HERE
About the Contest
With a 50% divorce rate among parents and kids becoming invested in other sports at a younger and younger age, kids may not have the role models or opportunity to start hunting when they reach the legal age to hunt (12 or 14 depending on the state). If mom goes hunting, so will her children, thus preserving our outdoor heritage for future generations.
Now in its sixth year, the competition is wildly popular among contestants and fans. 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.
Beginning Sunday, October 5th at 8:30pm EST, the first episode of Extreme Huntress will air online. Afterwards you can vote on which Extreme Huntress you think should win that episode. These short, 15-minute episodes will air each week for a total of 13 weeks. Every week you get a new chance to vote!
Below is Shannon’s essay as submitted with her application.
Am I the world’s most extreme huntress?
I know I am a female hunter, hunting guide, Outfitters Daughter, an outdoors woman, a conservationist, an advocate for all hunters, and a mentor to our next generation of hunters and guides. In our industry today there are many strong, knowledgeable, experienced women all of which provide a contribution to our way of life and our right to hunt, so what makes me stand out from many extreme women. To me being extreme isn’t only about the number of days in the field or how far you have traveled to hunt.
I am a provider. I am a provider of wild, organic, healthy meat. As a woman there is no greater accomplishment to be independent and able to hunt and provide for my family, to step out of the mold of a “wife” or “homemaker” and hold the self-confidence to break out of the stereo type and expand the mold for the next generation of what a wife or mother is. I am a woman who can do it herself without the guidance or assistance from a male. This is knowledge I will pass onto my children and our next generation of hunters; teaching them game preparation, outdoor skills and how to continue as conservationists.
I am a hunter. I hold a passion to be in the outdoors; I sit silent for hours with the anticipation of pulling the trigger and harvesting an animal. To hike the mountains for miles with the hope I will soon spot movement or hear the crack of a branch. Hunting to me is not only about the harvest, it is about time spent in the wilderness, developing serenity, learning patience and defeat.
I am a Guide; “a person who advises or shows the way to others.” Growing up as an outfitters daughter on the Central Coast of British Columbia I started getting my hands dirty around the same time I started walking. I developed hunting and guiding skills from my father as an outfitter along with watching the guides and many hunters. I learned gun handling and field dressing around the same time I learnt how to read. To me hunting and guiding is second nature, it is who I am and where I hold the most knowledge and confidence.
I am an advocate for hunters all around the world; a personal goal of mine is to provide uninformed people the tools, resources and accurate information to help them make an informed decision on hunting and the consumption of wild game. Unfortunately, the majority of youth today are becoming more removed from our heritage as hunters and are becoming more reliant on the way of today’s world of electronics. If each mother can encourage their children to get outdoors and experience hunting then I personally feel we are raising our children right and teaching them the fundamentals they need to develop into well-rounded, informed adults. As a result we are continuing a family tradition and building the next generation of hunters and conservationists.
I don’t believe being an extreme huntress is based on your trophy room or the years of experience you hold in the field, I believe what makes you extreme is the level of passion you hold, the dedication to the industry and your actions to help build our next generation of Hunters.
This is why I feel I am an Extreme Huntress.
Congratulations again to Shannon Lansdowne Extreme Huntress 2016.