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Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2013 10:00 am

SANDPOINT — Hunting has been a part of Amanda Lowrey’s life ever since she was big enough to keep up with her father on the trail.

Lowrey, a lifelong Sandpoint resident, got her hunting license at the age of 12 and went on to bag just about every big and small game species found in the West.

While hunting in the backcountry several years ago, Lowrey tracked a black bear she shot down a steep 450-yard embankment and packed her quarry back up the hillside.

Lowrey was eight-and-a-half months pregnant at the time.

Her dedication and proficiency as a hunter caused Lowrey to be named a semifinalist for “Extreme Huntress,” a televised contest featured on “Eye of the Hunter” on NBC Sports.

Lowrey, 24, is among 10 semifinalists vying to make it to the final round, a head-to-head hunting skills competition on a 5,000-acre ranch outside of Hondo, Texas, in July.

But Lowrey needs the public’s help in getting to the final round.

The four finalists are picked partially via popular vote on the contest’s website (

“The voting is open to the public. The more votes I can get at this point will help me to move forward to the next round,” said Lowrey.

The popular votes accounts for 50 percent of the judging in the semifinal round. Judges’ scores account for the other 50 percent.

“They’ll combine the two (scores) to see who’s the top four,” Lowrey said.

The contests in the final round include trophy field scoring, sighting in a rifle, long-range shooting, gun cleaning and a dry-land biathlon.

The final round of competition will be filmed and whacked into 10 episodes that will air on “Eye of the Hunter.” Another round of public voting, plus their performances at the contest will be used to crown the 2014 Extreme Huntress.

The grand prize is a bear hunting expedition in Alaska, which will also be filmed.

Lowrey said the Extreme Huntress contest is unlike others in that it does not serve to sell a product or promote a brand. The theory underpinning the contest is that if a mother goes hunting, her children will, too.

“It’s an opportunity to be a positive role model for the next generation of kids growing up and to teach them those values and those traditions,” said Lowrey. “There’s not many things out there like this.”

 Although Lowrey’s two daughters are 3 and 4, they’re already hitting the trail to watch.

“They love to go with us,” Lowrey said. “My oldest daughter can’t wait until she’s old enough to go hunt herself. She’s chomping at the bit.”

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  • CameronRobertson posted at 10:32 pm on Wed, Apr 15, 2015.

    CameronRobertson Posts: 1

    It is really encouraging to see women being as successful as men in a sport or field that often only portrays male enthusiasts. This clearly goes to show that if you have true passion and the will to persevere, you can achieve whatever that you dream to accomplish and nothing will get in your way.

  • kenu lorsen posted at 12:40 am on Thu, Jan 15, 2015.

    kenu lorsen Posts: 5

    Hunting is not an easy sport to practice, until you will become good at it, you will need to do a lot of practice. Also, the rules are strict to protect the animal population, but also the people. It is best to be part of a hunting club, like the one from Its members will help you to evolve much faster.

  • billmarket17 posted at 3:47 am on Mon, Jan 5, 2015.

    billmarket17 Posts: 1

    Every hunter has a favorite gun and a favorite hunting store from where he buys from time to time the necessary ammunition and maybe a few weapons for this activity. The gun store from also has quality shooting products, sold at a decent price. Therefore, if a hunter wants to change his gun or try a new model, he will find at this store a wide range of shotguns.

  • millicater posted at 5:10 am on Mon, Dec 29, 2014.

    millicater Posts: 17

    If someone wants to practice this sport, he needs at least one good hunting shotgun. Additionally, every hunter should consider to buy a gun safe to keep the gun here when the hunting season is close. There are many models at, but the hunter should choose only the one that he needs, large or small, depending on what type of gun he owns.

  • millicater posted at 2:04 pm on Fri, Dec 26, 2014.

    millicater Posts: 17

    The best gift for a person who adores this activity is a professional knife from Every person who goes hunting needs besides guns, at least one sharp knife to use it when it is necessary. A knife can be used for other activities as well, therefore, it is an excellent gift in general.

  • Ridinghunter posted at 3:59 pm on Thu, May 16, 2013.

    Ridinghunter Posts: 1

    Great article and Amanda really is the one to back! [thumbup]

    Ideally qualified and so deserving, she would really benefit from winning this competition and would bring so much to it.

    Do please vote for her as many times as you have email addresses - and show your support for this daughter of Sandpoint - you can be proud of her! [beam]