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Up North: Grand Rapids Woman Talks About Experience in Extreme Huntress Competition

Updated: November 21, 2018 10:44 PM

The last time WDIO Sports caught up with Meadow Kouffeld was last May. The Grand Rapids, Minn. woman was a semifinalist for an international Extreme Huntress competition. Kouffeld went on to become one of the final four contestants to compete in the competition.

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She may be back in her natural habitat now teaching at Itasca Community College, but back in June Meadow Kouffeld traded her title as a wildlife biologist and natural resources instructor, for extreme huntress.

"This one is an adult. It's got really nice rounded feathers that are consistent with the rest of the wing feathers," Kouffeld explained to a group of students at Itasca Community College while showing different kinds of bird feathers.

Kouffeld packed up her bags and headed to Barksdale, TX where she along with three other ladies - one from Sweden, one from Slovakia and one from Washington competed for six days on a televised competition.

"It does show myself and these women in tough situations and stressful situations," Kouffeld explained. "Shooting long distances and fast shooting, safari situations and also making situations in front of a camera while hunting and working together with your partners," she added.

Now in its tenth year, the Extreme Huntress Competition continues to set the bar for serious outdoors women. The goal of the show is provide positive role models for women who are new to hunting, shooting and other traditional outdoor sports.

Heading into the competition she admits she was a bit guarded simply not knowing what to expect. Now that she's back in Minnesota, she explained that it was an overall humbling experience.

"If you make a mistake, or something doesn't go quite right, the whole world sees it. Lo and behold, I didn't make the best shot on the one animal I had an opportunity at," she explained happened during a big game hunt.

Looking back, she says she's glad she gave it a shot and added that the people and places she gets to explore because of the sport of hunting is the reason she fell in love with it in the first place.

"Of course I wanted to do well, of course I wanted to win, and of course I wanted to represent myself as best as possible, but those are always kind of the big things that drive me to go to different places and participate in these different experiences are the people and places.

An overall Extreme Huntress winner is still set to be crowned from this years competition. That will happen this January at a ceremony in Dallas, TX.

There is still time to vote for Kouffeld to help her become the overall winner of the competition. Visit the website here: https://www.extremehuntress.com/main/2019-voting/

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