Hunting often gets stereotyped as a man’s sport, but try telling that to Amanda Lowrey. The 25-year-old Sandpoint resident—and mother of two—was named the winner of the 2014 Extreme Huntress Contest Jan. 10 at a ceremony in Dallas, Texas.
Lowrey was one of 10 female hunters from around the country vying for the title of Extreme Huntress, competing in the online contest at a series of events including a multi-day, head-to-head skills test in Texas last July in which top huntresses were judged on a range of activities, from physical fitness and shooting to tracking and hunting.
Performance in the contest was aired in a series of episodes on extremehuntress.com and NBC Sports’ “Eye of the Hunter,” with voting open to the public from Oct. 1, 2013-Jan. 1, 2014.
Lowrey, who works for a camouflage clothing company from her North Idaho home, was crowned Extreme Huntress after a tally of judge’s scores and online votes. As the winner of the contest, Lowrey will be featured in a bear hunting expedition in Alaska, which will also be filmed.
She took to Facebook on Jan. 10, thanking sponsors and others who supported her eight-month bid to become the 2014 Extreme Huntress:
“It's hard to summon the right words for the feeling you get when 8 months of hard work comes to a close,” Lowrey wrote. “I am so honored to have competed alongside 3 other AMAZING women whom I am so proud to call dear friends.”