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Q&A with Hunting Goddess Melissa Bachman

Q+A  March 16 2012
 — By Katie Frasier
Q&A with Hunting Goddess Melissa Bachman

It seems more and more female hunters are getting in the game–and we were lucky enough to score an interview with one of the fiercest lady hunters in the country. Melissa Bachman does it all: hunter, producer and outdoor writer. She’s developed an impressive presence both on television and online, paving the way for other female hunters to follow.

This down-to-earth girl might be famous in the hunting world, but she remains just a down-home hunter at heart, hoping to score big like the rest of us.

Where did your love for hunting stem from?
I was very lucky to have been raised in a family that loved to hunt. My entire family would spend our weekends together duck hunting and deer hunting, but I wasn’t able to actually pick up a gun or bow until I was 12 years old. For years, I looked forward to my first hunting trip and could hardly sleep the night before. I was so excited to go out deer hunting behind our house that I even drew up little maps of our property and picked which stands we should try first. I was lucky enough to take a doe my first year out. It was years before I ever shot my first buck, but that didn’t matter. I was just thrilled to be out hunting!

What drives your hunting passion?
It’s hard to beat the adrenaline rush that happens when the moment of truth comes, or the feeling of accomplishment when all of your hard work pays off. I love hunting on the ground, aggressive with a bow in my hand.  I really enjoy making the game come to me either with predator calls, rattling or simply spotting and stalking the animal I’m after.

Do you have a favorite hunting memory?
Definitely predator calling a bear into 18-yards on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska with only a bow in my hand.  I was dropped off by plane with a tent, kayak and a bow for one week.  I had looked over maps, learned the area and successfully shot a beautiful black bear on camera after getting him to charge in from over 150-yards out.  It was the biggest adrenaline rush of my hunting career!

You scored one of the best jobs out there–getting filmed while you hunt. What’s next on your radar?
Right now, I’m a full-time host and producer for North American Hunter TV and will be producing my own new series which will begin airing in August. I also write weekly blogs for Petersen’s Hunting, and co-host on a variety of outdoor programs such as: WhitetailSLAM, Dangerous Game, Whitetail Revolution, Winchester Legends, and Whitetail Country along with a few others. Most of these shows can be found on NBC Sports.

I’d really love to someday have my own show that I edit and produce.  That way I could be busy hunting all fall with my cameraman, come back in the winter and edit all the footage together.  I’ve produced other people’s TV shows, however someday I hope to produce my own as well.

We hear you took a possible world record in New Zealand! What was that experience like?
This was my first trip ever to New Zealand, and I wanted to hunt stags on the ground with my bow.  After a long stalk, my cameraman and I were able to get within 36-yards of a huge bedded stag.  We watched him feed and bed, then made our move to get in close. I didn’t want to spook the big stag so instead of making him stand I just waited.  Two-hours later after sitting through a freezing rain and windy conditions the stag finally stood, and I made the shot.  I was shaking like crazy but there were probably two reasons for this: the fact that I didn’t dress warm enough and was soaking wet, and the fact that I had just shot a possible world record stag! Overall, it was a great experience. New Zealand is absolutely beautiful!

What has your experience as a talented female hunter in a male-dominated sport been like?
I’ve run into a few individuals from time to time who have expressed their strong belief that women belong back home in the kitchen, but usually these types of people are few and far between. In general most people are thrilled to see more women in the field hunting! Frankly, I don’t really care what people think because I love to hunt more than anything in the world and am just thrilled to be in the field every single day!

If you could give aspiring hunters any advice about making it big, what would it be?
The best piece of advice I could give is just get out there and spend time hunting with people you enjoy. It’s a great time to relax, have fun and it’s not all about the size of animal you bring home. Pick someone in your life that will teach you the ropes of hunting and don’t give up.  Some years will be great some years will be tough, but if you enjoy the hunt it will always be time well spent.

And of course we have to ask– what are your go-to hunting boots?
I usually wear rubber boots all fall for my whitetail hunts so I choose Muck Boots. I started wearing them about four years ago and find them to be the most comfortable rubber boots on the market.  For western hunts, I like to have a boot that is light, waterproof and extremely comfortable. I have four pairs of the exact same Timberland low profile boot that I wear on all my western hunts. It feels like a tennis shoe when you’re walking but has the durability of a hunting boot.

(21) Readers Comments

  1. Wish I could meet this woman someday. Charm her up a little, stroke her ego chatting up her “skills” and WHAM square it the BOX! Nothing would give me more satisfaction than to hear that she had an “unfortunate” hunting accident where she got mauled and died of unbearable infections some weeks later. Absolute piece of utter filth! First grade %#@! of the highest order! The hell is wrong with these people?! How about culling THEM?

  2. What is wrong with people to chose her as a host on TV Show? she likes to play ‘BIG BOYS” game? let her play with her colleague-hunters a game with each other one would be a hunter, another – a dear – that would be great Fun and Show!

  3. I cannot believe some of the comments above!! surely for those of you who believe that M.B is a Saint and is only doing what is natural for human beings to do, OMG wake the F### up!! please do not try and justify that Trophy Hunting in this form is natural and in the best interest for wildlife conservation, Please Grow a brain!!!!! All these animals are shot purely for enjoyment and self satisfaction.

    Please don’t get me wrong, i do understand and appreciate the importance as well as the financial benefit from hunting and am not against hunting at all, I am completely aware that without hunting we would not be able to maintain/afford and protect most of our wildlife parks.

    BUT PLEASE, if you do feel the need to walk into a 2 hectare property with a high Powered rifle and have a person point out the Animal you paid them to put inside for you, just so you can shoot the poor thing, prop its head up on a mound of sand and then post it all over the internet like you are the conquoror of `Olympus, Don’t get upset when most of the world thinks of you as a heartless person!

  4. she gets a thrill out of killing animals ! is that normal ?

  5. I am disgusted by the recent picture, Melissa Bachman, posted of her latest “adventure” in Africa. The picture of her posing over the lion was both nauseating and unimpressive. It’s a picture that illustrates inhumanity at its very best. This type of entertainment, is disappointing and is what is wrong with the world we live in today. She is pretty tough to go up against a lion with her power rifle and scope. I wish upon her the type of unhappiness she has put upon the animals she has hunted…. Trophy hunting is different from the hunting I truly respect. True hunters use the animals as food and do not fly in a lion to hunt it in a canned environment. She is repulsive, good riddance is right….. I hate this woman and as a Minnesotan, I am ashamed her name is associated with our state and the real hunters who live here. (tweeted, facebooked, and petitioned.)

  6. People like her are not wanted on this planet! Where would her courage and bravado be if she did not have her little popgun with her or it misfired when a lion charged! Do not sponsor or let this poor excuse for a human being publish her exploits .She needs to see the beauty of these animals not think of them as a trophy! This woman is sick and disgusts me .

  7. Please somedody shoot that sick woman. People like her are the main reason why I lost faith in humanity.

  8. Why do you people think harvesting an animal is such a sin? All of our ancestors depended upon wild animals as a way of survival! If they didn’t ‘Kill’ animals, you wouldn’t be here! You don’t see any drawings on cave walls of a caveman eating a salad! I was raised in a family that hunting was a way of life that was handed down by my ancestors and is still big part of my life. My family depends on wild game as way to provide food to feed ourselves. Any animal species has to be managed by hunting and actually thrives because of hunters. Look at the whitetail deer population. Deer a very plentiful because sportsmen and sportswoman manage and control herds so that disease and habitat is controlled to sustain a healthy and growing population. It’s not just ‘killing’! Theres more to it!—–This is my last post, I have to go hunting. And No! I won’t kill myself! I will leave that for God!

    • FACTS:
      She is not hunting to surving or feed her self
      She calls this a sport using high powered rifle ??????
      She celebrates the death of a beautiful animal
      This is TROPHY HUNTING
      Please Please Please stay out of Canada you creature from hell

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  9. It’s strange how bunny huggers act isn’t it? I wish someone who let one of these animals loose in your home and see how “beautiful” it is then. We don’t hate on u for being up tight short sided dirt eaters do we? Do I start a petition to ban u the owning pets do we or driving ur smart car? How about eating ur kelp that so other see creature could be eating and now is starving. Harvesting animals is a celebration of our heritage and if not done then you will see the real inhuman series of events.

    • I cannot believe some of the comments above!! surely for those of you who believe that M.B is a Saint and is only doing what is natural for human beings to do, OMG wake the F### up!! please do not try and justify that Trophy Hunting in this form is natural and in the best interest for wildlife conservation, Please Grow a brain!!!!! All these animals are shot purely for enjoyment and self satisfaction.

      Please don’t get me wrong, i do understand and appreciate the importance as well as the financial benefit from hunting and am not against hunting at all, I am completely aware that without hunting we would not be able to maintain/afford and protect most of our wildlife parks.

      BUT PLEASE, if you do feel the need to walk into a 2 hectare property with a high Powered rifle and have a person point out the Animal you paid them to put inside for you, just so you can shoot the poor thing, prop its head up on a mound of sand and then post it all over the internet like you are the conquoror of `Olympus, Don’t get upset when most of the world thinks of you as a heartless person!

  10. There are so many ways to prove ourselves and enjoy the adrenaline, why this lady has to kill an animal?? To be “frickin’ awesome”??? Pppfffff please, give us and this world a wonderful gift and kill yourself instead another animal!!

  11. Im glad to hear she was dropped from National Geographic and subsequently banned from ever trophy hunting is SA again. This is proof enough that she is getting all she deserves. Good Riddance.

  12. She kills defenseless animals so close to being endangered/extinct from a distance with a high powered rifle and calls it a “Great Hunt”. Please! You look and sound so freakin stupid! You paid to shoot the lion for its head. What skill was involved? Unless you kill with your bare hands we are not impressed just disgusted that you are allowed to kill in enclosed areas for FUN! Times are changing…tables are turning….best of luck in your future

  13. If it’s okay for her to kill animals in the prime of their lives, then we should also be able to kill other animals, such as pets. Why is one considered “animal cruelty” and the other “sport”? From the animal’s point of view there is no difference, but that’s just what you want to avoid, isn’t it Ms. Bachman, the “animal’s point of view”?

    Take some time to think about what it’s like to be walking around your neighborhood and suddenly get shot in the chest by a smiling hunter a few hundred feet away.

  14. Jealous of someone who kills things for fun….sure. And respect, what about respect for the animals she’s killing for her own amusement?

  15. She’s a huntress. Not an awful human being. Even if hunting is not your thing, respect her, for she’s one of the best.

    • You cant seriously think people should respect this person? I wouldnt even call her her a human being what person kills an innocent animal for enjoyment? She is nothing but a discusting individual with no sense of morals and definitely NOT down to earth!! A good quote I read is the only other people that keep trophies of things they kill are serial killers..so there you go. I hope she suffers one day for all the innocent lives shes taken, no different to a human life its a life shes destroyed.

  16. My Dream Girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She is Frickin’ awesome! If you hate her, you’re probably JEALOUS!!

  17. she’s an awful human being

  18. this makes me so sick!!!

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