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Updated Oct 24, 2013 - 10:36 am

Valley woman aims to become famous huntress

Mindy Arthurs (Screenshot)

PHOENIX -- A Peoria, Ariz. woman is seeking to become one of the most famous huntresses in the nation by winning the 2014 Extreme Huntress competition.

Mindy Arthurs is one of four finalists in the competition. She first became addicted to hunting when she pulled her first trigger in 2008 after her husband returned from an elk hunting trip in New Mexico.

"He was all jazzed about it," she said. "I could see that energy and I begged him to get me a gun and he did for my birthday and I started with a successful black bear hunt. I put in for the 'Extreme Huntress' by sending in an essay and photos and now here I am asking Arizona to get behind me."

If Arthurs wins, she receives an all-expenses paid hunting trip that will air on NBC Sports. She has a long bucket list of where she wants to go to, including Africa.

As hooked as she is on hunting, she wants her sons, 11 and 14, out there as well.

Votes can be cast at and

About the Author

Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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