Dalke helps out on elk hunt

Competition for Extreme Huntress title gets down to the wire with three episodes left.

It’s getting down to the wire for Nikita Dalke and the rest of the Extreme Huntress competitors.

Dalke, along with five other female hunters, are vying for the title of Extreme Huntress in a competition that was filmed in Texas over the summer, but the episodes are currently airing online.

In the latest episode, the 10th out of 13, Dalke has been paired up with Margaret Botha, a South African hunter who has yet to get an animal on the show.

Botha and Dalke went out twice, once for a Sika deer-elk hybrid and again for a red sheep.

“I though the hunts were good. It was a little frustrating for her at the end, but that’s hunting,” Dalke said.

In the elk hunt, Dalke, who has extensive elk hunting experience in the East Kootenay region, served as more of a judge than a hunting partner, per the request of the show judges.

“When we started the hunt, I had asked the judge, ‘what role am I playing here. Am I acting like a guide? I’m confused as what my role is here’,” said Dalke.

“She goes, ‘We want you to basically act like a judge. We want you to tell her the layout of the area we’re in, where you think they are, just any information on elk and just let her do her own thing, let her hunt.

“So that’s what I did.”

Botha, who is more used to hunting African game, had never hunted those long-legged ungulates.

“That was the first time she’d ever seen elk,” Dalke said.

The two were able to spot some elk, but Botha wasn’t able to spot the specific hybrid she needed to take down.

The next day, the two went out again, as Dalke was set for a red sheep hunt, but she gave it up to Botha. Over the course of the show, Dalke has already bagged two animals, so she gave up her hunt for her fellow competitor.

“That was supposed to be my hunt but when we came up on the sheep, I told her to go,” Dalke said. “That was just more her hunting. I didn’t have to help her or anything like that, I was just the secondary shooter in past hunts.”

The next episode will wrap up the last hunt with all six competitors before moving in to the final challenges, which will include the second part to a dangerous game challenge, a long-range shoot and a biathlon.

The title of Extreme Huntress is won by voting. People can submit their votes for Dalke and watch episodes on the Extreme Huntress website.