TODAY is a nerve-wracking one for hunting pro Christie Pisani, as tonight she finds out whether she has been crowned the 2014 International Extreme Huntress.
The 31-year-old shooter and former Gympie paramedic spent five days competing in the event, held in Hondo Texas in the USA, and tonight will reveal if she topped the world's best.
After spending two years as a paramedic in the Gympie region, Pisani has had her hands full, currently serving a voluntary term at Goondiwindi.
After making the top 20 competitors in the international Extreme Huntress competition, Pisani continued on to the top six grand finalists, who competed in the five-day event.
In order to make the top six, Pisani had to provide a personal essay to prove her productivity as a women in hunting.
While stealth and good aim are all part of the game, the hunter also needed to show her advocacy for the sport and respect for the environment.
She said that promoting hunting in a good light was key to the competition and in Texas, the place of hunting in effective herd management was particularly important.
"As a predominant bow hunter, I simply enjoy the sport of archery ... but also believe in the importance of hunting feral species to ensure the sustainability of natural and agricultural lands," said Pisani.
"Just look at our ancestors; it is our right to hunt and be self-sufficient.
"We don't shoot for the fun of it; there is a purpose and many hunters eat their meat."
She said the process was a wake-up call to those who believe meat comes Glad-Wrapped at Coles.
The top-level hunting ladies took their crossbows to a Texan ranch for event, which kicked off on July 9, last year.
The high-intensity face-off tested a variety of skills.
The grand final hunt day called on Pisani's best focus and ability as she was judged on multiple aspects of the sport, including long-range shooting, fitness and archery.
What's more, the whole gruelling five-day challenge was filmed and votes from the public and the score on how she handled an interview with an anti-hunting advocate all contributed to her overall success in the competition.
Christie did not just stumble upon the sport; she was immersed in it from a young age. To see Pisani in action, go to http://www.extremehuntress.com.
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