Special to The Sun
When Candace Crick, a hunter of six years, submitted her essay and two photos for the 2014 Extreme Huntress contest, never did she imagine she would be selected for the top 10. Then, to her surprise again, Crick made it into the top four.
“I didn’t really think I would make it this far,” said Crick, a Chandler resident who works at Clearwater Plumbing in Edmond. “I’m pretty proud to have made it this far, especially compared to how long the other ones have been hunting versus how long I’ve been hunting. Some of them have been hunting since they were children.”
According to their web site, “the Extreme Huntress contest is about preserving outdoor heritage.” The competition’s “goal is to create positive role models for women who want to participate in hunting.” The motto of the contest is “if mom goes hunting, so will her children.”
In July, after 30-year-old Crick made it to the top four by public vote, she, along with her other competitors, made their way to the 777 Ranch in Hondo, Texas, which is south of San Antonio. During their five days at the ranch, the top four competed head-to-head, shooting moving targets with a .375-caliber rifle, shooting clay pigeons with a .22-caliber rifle and long range shooting at targets 350 yards away. Every morning and evening, the four women also hunted.
During the competitions at the ranch, the Extreme Huntress crews filmed the contests and hunts and made 11 episodes, which air on the contest’s web site every Sunday at 8:30 p.m. Crick said NBC Sports may also show some of the footage from the competition on the television show, “Eye of the Hunter,” which airs every Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
With the competition narrowed down to four, Crick said it’s all up to the voters now. To vote for Crick, visit extremehuntress.com/vote and fill out the voter form. Voting ends Christmas Day, Dec. 25.
Crick, a videographer for local KSBI Channel 52’s “Okie Wild” television show, said it would be an honor if she were to win the 2014 Extreme Huntress competition.
“My ultimate goal is to empower women and prove that you can conquer anything and I want to conquer Extreme Huntress,” she said. “With the help of Oklahoma, I hope I can.”
If Crick wins the contest, she will win a hunt of a lifetime. The 2014 trip has yet to be announced, but Crick said in previous years, some winners have won trips to Alaska and Africa. The winner of the 2014 Extreme Huntress will be announced Jan. 1.
Crick said she got her start in hunting after always watching her five sons, and her husband, Tim, go on hunting trips without her.
“They were always going dove hunting and I was like, ‘I want to go,’” she said.
Crick said she and her sons would set a timer when dinner was cooking, then they would go outside and practice archery, then come back inside to check on the food.
“It really helped me bond with my family,” she said.
Once she caught the hunting bug, Crick, along with her family, began taking hunting trips. Some of Crick’s trips include bow hunting for Black Bear in Idaho in 2011 and a 14-day moose and Grizzly Bear hunting trip to Alaska in 2012.
In Alaska, Crick caught a Halibut fish, as well as landed a 60-inch Yukon Bull Moose along the Iditarod River in Alaska.