After bagging her animal, Nikita Dalke partnered up with a fellow competitor for another hunt as part of the third Extreme Huntress episode released this past weekend.
In the second episode, Dalke had harvested a Black Hawaiian sheep, and now it was time for her to be the spotter for a fellow Extreme Huntress challenger within the 777 Ranch in Texas.
Dalke was also subjected to anti-hunter abuse, and had to respond in a simulated confrontation with a show judge.
The intention of subjecting contestants to anti-hunting abuse is to see how they react and respond, according to Dalke.
“Went I went into that room, they didn’t tell you what was going on,” she said. “So it was kind of a shock. They sat you down and said, ‘We’re just going to read you things that an anti-hunter would say and we want you to respond.’
“I didn’t expect them to go that intense, so it kind of shocked me.”
Disclaimer: There is explicit language during that segment of the episode.
Hunting is common around Cranbrook and Kimberley for obvious reasons, but Dalke has experienced those kind of conversations in the past.
In her response on the episode, Dalke mentioned hunters are true conservationists who are ethical and responsible.
“It’s not teaching them violence,” she said. “It’s teaching them sustenance, how to feed themselves, how to look after themselves. How to look after themselves when they’re out in the bush, how to survive.
“It’s not being violent. You teach them the ethics and the responsibility that they’re supposed to have as a responsible sportsman or woman.”
Aside from that segment, Dalke joined American Amanda Caldwell for her hunt, which was a broken-horned Arabian Oryx.
As with Dalke’s hunt last week, the two were driven out to a specific enclosure within the ranch and then left to their own devices.
The judges had both ladies empty their backpacks to see what they had brought along to check their preparedness before starting off.
After that, Caldwell and Dalke got off to a quick start.
“When we first got in there, we spotted them right away, and they were down in that really thick brush,” said Dalke. “She [Caldwell] wanted to come around to the other side where the watering hole was and where it opened up to more of a plains area.”
After walking along the plains area, Caldwell had moved partially down a bank, setting up her rifle after spotting some animals. Dalke was still on the flatland above and had yet to join her when the onyx herd went on the move.
“When we found them, I hadn’t made it to going down the bank. I was stuck up on the plains and they were starting to come up right beside me about 50 yards away,” Dalke said.
However, she was able to slowly manoeuvre herself down to Caldwell without spooking the creatures, and Caldwell was able to identify her specific oryx to make the shot.
The animals were constantly moving around, and Caldwell’s shot was straight on rather than broadside, but she got the kill.
“It was a good hunt, she did well,” said Dalke. “It was fun.”
Next episode the ladies will participate in an archery competition with recurve bows, and there will be more hunting opportunities, according to Dalke.
Every week an episode is released online and people can vote their support via email for each of the six finalists. To vote for Dalke, visit www.extremehuntress.com and click on the vote tab.