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  • Home: Puryear, Tenessee
    (husband) Barney, (daughters) Melissa & Scarlet
    Hourseback riding / training. Farming for wildlife. Gardening / Flowers
    All legal methods

    Hunting Stuff

    Years Been Hunting: 50 years plus
    Hunting Strength:
    The woodsmanship skills and knowledge I learned as a kid have always been my ace-in-the-hole. Paired with my above average shooting skills with bow and firearms, these skills have been key to many of my hunting successes. I also have an unusual physical and mental toughness that has come in handy many times on particularly difficult hunts.
    Favorite Technique:
    Bow, Muzzleloader, Centerfire
    Favorite Game to Hunt:
    Turkey & Whitetail Deer
    Favorite Places to Hunt:
    Tennessee, Illinois, Montana, and Africa
    Favorite Season to Hunt:
    Turkey &  Deer
    Favorite Time to Hunt: Anytime the season is open and I am free to go
    Favorite Way to Hunt: Treestand
    Favorite Turkey Call:
    Brenda Valentine Sweet Talk

    Career Highlights

    Biggest Kill: Giraffe, Cape Buffalo, Moose, Elk, Caribou, Kudu
    Greatest Hunting Achievement: Cleanly killing a Cape Buffalo bull with one arrow at 19 steps, several turkey grandslams
    Favorite Hunting Moment: Assisting each of my 4 grandkids shoot their first deer — each when they were five years old

    Professional Affiliations: National Spokesperson for the National Wild Turkey Federation
    Host of the NWTF's award winning TV program, "Turkey Call" on the Pursuit channel
    21-yr veteran of Bass Pro Shops National RedHead Hunting Team
    Co-hosts Bass Pro's "REAL HUNTING TV" on Verses network as well as being a regular on the Bass Pro "King of Bucks" program
    First woman inducted into the National Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame
    Member of the West Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame
    A present nominee for the National Archery Hall of Fame
    2012 Inducted into the Tennessee Turkey Hunters Hall of Fame
    2013 Professional Outdoor Media Association Pinnacle Award
    Bethel University, Head Archery Coach
    First/only woman selected to represent the outdoor and hunting industry in the 2012 Armed Forces Entertainment "Outdoor Legends" S.E. Asia Tour
    National champion 3-D Archer
    Featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal
    About to receive the Silver Lance award, the Amvets highest honor for my work with the wounded vets

    Often described as the 1 person responsible for recruiting more women into hunting than any other in modern history.  Brenda Valentine, the "First Lady of Hunting"®, grew up in a family where wild game was the primary table fare and  good hunting/shooting skills were learned at an early age.  The lessons of woodsmanship, animal behavior, and handling a firearm that once provided meat for the table were also building a firm foundation for Brenda to become a respected leader and a role model in today's world of hunting and conservation. 

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