The dangerous animal challenge

Kimberley's Nikita Dalke goes another round on extreme huntress

  • Nov. 28, 2014 10:00 a.m.

Nikita Dalke

Nikita Dalke got in on another hunt and faced down a dangerous animal challenge in the latest episode of Extreme Huntress.

The Kimberley resident competed in a reality hunting competition over the summer in Texas, which was filmed at the 777 Ranch and broken up into several episodes that air online.

In the latest episode, Dalke got in on a hunt with fellow competitor Margaret Botha, who has yet to bag an animal since the beginning of the competition.

Botha, from South Africa, was on the hunt for a deer, but was unable to find her animal out on the range.

“I though the hunt was pretty good even though we didn’t see anything,” Dalke said. “We didn’t see anything or saw signs of anything, but I thought it was a good hunt.”

The wind had also kicked up, which made it more difficult concentrate and find the animals, Dalke added.

“I was frustrated for her and you could see that she was starting to get frustrated that she didn’t have an animal down yet and the other girls were knocking them down,” Dalke said.

“So I was frustrated for her for that reason, you could see it in her body language and her attitude. It was really getting to her.”

Also out on the ranch was Kasi Geraci and Christie Pisani, while Erika Bergmark was hunting a four-horned sheep with Amanda Caldwell.

Despite an initial miscommunication on what sheep she could shoot, Bergmark was able to get a second opportunity at her management animal, and she was able to bag her animal.

The dangerous animal challenge was a highlight of the episode, as the ladies had to use a 375 bolt-action Ruger to shoot a paper target of a Cape buffalo rigged up on a pulley system.

The target would cross the shooter from right to left, and the ladies had to load, aim and fire all while a judge stood behind them shouting as a distraction.

The gun itself was a little intimidating, with a forceful kick after pulling the trigger.

“I’ve shot shotguns before that are a little too long for me and I can deal with it, but that thing was way too long,” said Dalke. “I could barely reach the trigger.”

The challenge was split into three rounds: the first round, the shooter had to shoot twice. The second round, the shooter had to shoot once, and the third round, the shooter needed just one shot.

Dalke was the first up.

“It sucked being the guinea pig,” she laughed. “It would’ve been nice to watch one of the other girls go first, get an idea of what to expect with the kick.”

Next episode, Botha will head back out with Dalke as her partner for another hunt for a Sika/elk hybrid animal.

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