Gagne through to ‘Extreme Huntress’ finals

Elk Valley woman has collected enough online votes to make it through into the Top Six of the 2016 “Extreme Huntress”

  • Jun. 30, 2016 1:00 p.m.
Alison Gagne of Elkford is the Kootenay representative in this year’s “Extreme Huntress” competition

Alison Gagne of Elkford is the Kootenay representative in this year’s “Extreme Huntress” competition

Barry Coulter

Alison Gagne is through to the finals.

The Elk Valley woman has collected enough online votes to make it through into the Top Six of the 2016 “Extreme Huntress” competition, and will be heading to Texas in a few days.

“Extreme Huntress is a popular worldwide competition — considered the most prestigious female hunting award —which showcases the hunting skills and outdoors abilities of the contestants, and is aired is in a series of online episodes. It’s stated goal is to preserve and promote outdoor heritage and create positive role models who want to participate in hunting.

Gagne reached Stage 2 — the voting round — of “Extreme Huntress,” based on the strength of an essay she wrote for the competition. To get through to the round of six in the prestigious female hunting award show, she had to attract online votes from supporters. She achieved that result on the weekend.

In July she will head to Texas to compete against five other women in head-to-head outdoor skill challenges for six days that will be filmed and presented in more than 20 episodes. More voting will take place with each episode, and the Extreme Huntress 2017 winner will be determined in January, 2017, by the judges and combined over all voting scores.

British Columbia is well represented in the final six. Also garnering top votes are Candace Knudsen, Chantelle Bartsch and Cassandra Oosterhoof. Taylor Reisbeck of Montana and Lindsay Christensen round out the field.

Another Elk Valley woman, Erica Forsyth, represented the Kootenays last year on the program. The year before, it was Nikita Dalke of Cranbrook.

The Townsman will follow Gagne’s adventures as the “Extreme Huntress” moves on.