Local huntress Tad Mecham is competing for an Alaskan Brown Bear Hunt in the 4th Annual Extreme Huntress Contest conducted by the producers of “Eye of the Hunter” airing on NBC Sports (7 a.m. EST Sundays).

The contest encourages women to get out in the field and teach kids to hunt. Many families these days have women as head of the household. They are afraid men won’t be the role models and teach the upcoming generations to love the great outdoors.

Online voting accounts for 50% of the score (Tad is currently in second place) and the other 50% is judged on how you campaigned and if you brought attention to women hunters passing on the traditions. Here is Tad’s entry into the contest.

Tad Mecham

Hi, my name is Tad. Yea, my dad had a great sense of humor.  Kinda like the boy named Sue, I’ve had to be tough! I lived in a town of 100 until I was 12. I played with my brothers and neighborhood kids – mostly boys. I have been an outdoorswoman, hunting and fishing since I was very young.

I have taken a lot of criticism for being a “girl” that loved to hunt. I was a cheerleader in high school and when the games were over, I would go rabbit hunting. I was hunting when hunting wasn’t cool!

I have been in law enforcement for over 24 years and still love my job, and I ride a Harley. I am a woman in a man’s world no doubt, but I’ve crashed through many glass ceilings!

I live in southern Utah on the coveted hunting ground of the Paunsaugunt. I have taken several large mule deer and a real nice bull elk. I am 52 and I love being outdoors and the next challenge it brings. I have drawn once-a-lifetime tags twice. I killed a Rocky Mountain Billy Goat in 2008, and a Desert Bighorn Sheep last week! Both were challenging hardcore hunts, but I came out with two beautiful trophies! My goal is always one shot, and I haven’t missed yet.

My kids are all grown, and I am the proud “Grammy” of 11. My goal is to teach each and every one of them to love and appreciate the outdoors. The older ones love to shoot and hunt, making me so proud (especially my granddaughter)! My family is my greatest treasure.

My husband and I have hunting hounds, another one of my passions. I have killed a couple mountain lions, the most recent being last January. I scored a huge Tom – and I was thrilled! I love to hunt with the dogs, and have my own pursuit permit.

There is nothing like the sound of the dogs on a hard solid tree! We hunt mountain lion, bobcat and bear with our dogs. I dream of killing a huge bear, but haven’t drawn the tag yet.

Hunting for me is just a way of life – it’s what I do, and I love it! I have dreamed of one day going on an Alaskan Bear Hunt. It would be checked off my bucket list! If you’re looking for a long time hardcore huntress…I’m your girl! P.S. I can cook too!

The link to vote and info on the contest: http://tahoefilms.com/contests/extreme-huntress-contest-2/