Melissa Bachman – A True Role Model
If you have been reading my website much, you know that I am passionate about getting women and children into the outdoors. It is essential for the future of our wild places and the wildlife that inhabit them for the next generations and more women to get involved in outdoor activities, and most importantly hunting and fishing. People who don’t understand what hunters and fisherman have done for the conservation of wild animals, birds, and fish are missing out on a very important story about our great country. About 100 years ago the big game, waterfowl, turkey and other game species were nearly wiped out in North America. But because of the efforts of hunters, all of those populations are doing incredibly well now in 2015.
Since I started writing here, I have had numerous people contact me about this very subject; how do I get started becoming an outdoorsman or woman? Surprisingly a lot of those people are single mothers, and I have personally helped several single mothers get started with their kids becoming outdoors people. But the intent of this article today is not necessarily about how to get started, but to tell you that anyone can become an outdoors person, so there are no excuses. And if you are already a sportsman or woman, it is your duty to do the same thing I am doing; get more people into the outdoors!
Recently I became aware of a young woman whose parents did just that; they got her and her brother active in hunting and fishing at very young ages. The woman’s name is Melissa Bachman, and she now has a show on the Sportsman Channel called Winchester Deadly Passion where she travels around the world hunting all types of game. Melissa is not only the star of the show; she also writes and produces the show. Click here to see a video of her show.
Melissa grew up in Minnesota with a wide variety of outdoor opportunities for her family and her to fish and hunt in abundance. On her website www.melissabachman.com you can see pictures of her family taking her and her brother hunting and fishing, and she writes blog articles about this very topic; the importance of getting young people hunting. You can read one of her articles by clicking here. She has a much larger audience than I do and is in a more prominent position to reach people, and she promotes the same topic, which is great! But that’s only one reason why I really like Melissa.
When I first saw an episode of her show, Melissa was hunting whitetail deer in Nebraska and antelope in Montana. The thing that really stood out to me was Melissa’s hunting ethics; she passed on shots with her bow that were questionable due to distance and high wind, and when she did shoot she made sure it was a high percentage shot, and she is a good shot by the way. After I saw that show I thought “What an incredible role model for the people I am trying to reach,” and I contacted her to see if she would be interested in writing a guest article on my site. She got back to me and said that she would love to when she has the time, which she doesn’t right now because of her show and related activities. We have talked a couple of times, and I told her that I wanted to go ahead and write about her to let other people know about her.
To me, Melissa personifies today’s sportsman or woman. In actuality she is even more of the role model we need simply because she is a woman. I am not saying that to be sexist at all, but rather to point out that women can be role models in outdoor activities just as much as men can. I think someone like Melissa will appeal to women more than someone like me because she is a woman who is out there doing the hard physical work, mastering her weapons, and exhibiting the skills that are needed for a successful hunt. I look forward to meeting Melissa someday, and maybe even go on a hunt with her, like a Colorado elk hunt she took in this video.
The joys of hunting and fishing are not simply about harvesting animals or fish, but rather the experience of trying, and the environment you are in when you pursue wild game. But I think the best part of it all is the bonding that occurs with those that you hunt or fish with. When you hunt and fish with your children, you enrich your relationships and create deep bonds that will never fade.