PEORIA, Ariz. -- A suburban Valley mom is taking aim at shooting down gender barriers -- competing to become one of the nation's best known hunters.
Mindy Arthurs fearlessly faces down big game in an Internet TV show called Extreme Huntress.
Most women would be pretty upset if their husband bought them a gun for a birthday present. Arthurs isn't most women.
“This is the first one and it's been really good to me,” said Arthurs, holding up the 7mm magnum rifle her husband bought her for a birthday present five years ago. "I said I want to start hunting and I want to start with a bear."
During Arthurs' first hunt she took down a big black bear in northern Arizona. Since that 2008 hunt, the sport has become a passion for the Peoria mother of two.
"I love it because it gives you an opportunity to get out there with loved ones and be closer to them in an environment that is beautiful," said Arthurs.
Now, her passion has taken her to Extreme Huntress. She made it through all the preliminary rounds, jumping into the top 10 and eventually a top four finalist on the show. She’s competing for the top prize -- an all expense paid big-game hunt and an appearance on NBC Sports.
"I need some fans. I need Arizona to vote for me!," said Arthurs, referring to the viewer voting component of the competition. "I'd love to win that competition and use it as a platform to, like I said, reach out to get other people involved, educate."
Arthurs is up against ladies from Alaska, Idaho and Oklahoma.
You can watch Arthurs compete in new episodes every Sunday night, online, at www.extremehuntress.com. You can also vote on the website anytime.