ANDERSON, Calif. - Times are changing in a sport historically dominated by men. That is evident in the Northstate where the girls are hunting with and besting the boys.
An international competition is pitting the women against each other and it has some local flavor.
Maggi Kouffeld is going up against the best. The outdoor life is nothing new to her, growing up in Igo in Shasta County. It is a family affair.
"I've been hunting all my life," Maggi said. "My father didn't have any boys so it was just me and my sister. He's taken us out in the woods all of our lives and gave us a good solid foundation for hunting. Like how to ethically hunt and how to safely handle and shoot a firearm."
Her mother did more than just sit on the sidelines.
"She kept us outdoors, riding horses and everything else like that."
Maggi has become one of the best, being featured in a television series. She is now showcasing her skills on the international stage.
It is called the Extreme Huntress Competition. 20 women are semi-finalists from various countries, submitting their essays which are posted online. Six women are voted on to advance, and will take their talents to Hondo, Texas to compete against each other at the well-known ‘777 Ranch.'
Kouffeld said hunting has become a popular thing among Northstate women.
"The companies are starting to tailor to women and the outdoors. They can see the growing trend," she said.
Ultimately, she said she wants to set the tone for the future.
"If I can be involved in that and promoting the younger generation on what a girl is capable of in the woods it's definitely a great thing," Kouffeld said. "I'm happy to be a part of it."
Vote for Maggi and learn more about the competition by visiting the Extreme Huntress Competition website.
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