Quest to Africa No Sweat!

I can’t stop smiling when I describe my year-long journey that will climax next month when I hunt Cape Buffalo in Africa.

It all started when I won the 2012 Extreme Huntress contest sponsored by Tahoe Films. Well, not really. It all began in the Louisiana Bayou, when my Dad and my brother took me hunting. But that’s another story.

Preparation for Africa has been very challenging. Let me tell you a bit about that…. The Extreme Huntress title comes with more than just an Extreme Hunting trip.  TJ (my fiancé) and I had to postpone our wedding. That’s because our wedding dates conflicted with the scheduled hunt schedule. Conflict or not, TJ and I chose rifle shells over wedding bells.  But hang on, TJ will be joining me as an “observer” for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Another challenge has been learning to use my new Blaser 375 H&H with Barnes VOR-TX bullets and Aimpoint Red Dot site.  Can I say “O-U-C-H!?” I just did—many times! The rifle kick rocks my petite body after every shot. Really, it is quite comical to watch, me with my big ear-to-ear grin, even if it is going to HURT.


An even-bigger challenge has been using sticks.  I have never shot off of sticks. Executing this task has been more difficult than I originally anticipated. Yet another joke is: “Jackie is going to go to shoot her Cape and you’re going to see her disappear off camera! BANG. GONE! WHERE’S JACKIE?!”

Our quest will take us on a 1,500-mile stretch, from new home in Colorado to first home in Louisiana, then to New York for an overnighter.  In the shadow of the Statue of Liberty our journey out of the country will begin, first with a 15-hour flight to Johannesburg, followed by a trek to Victoria Falls and arrival in Bulawayo.

We will meet up with Tahoe Films to head to the Omay Concession, a-10 hour Jeep ride through the rough terrain of Africa. Once arriving at our Lodge with Martin Pieters I will then start my extreme hunt–one of the Big 5 DANGEROUS GAME: Cape Buffalo!

Guess what I told TJ in case we run into trouble? That’s right: “I can run faster than you!” Is that something you should say to your fiancé?

I will keep you posted on what will happens next.


Final weekend of Bass Pro Fall Hunting Classic

The final weekend of Bass Pro Shops Fall Hunting Classic focuses its attention on waterfowl, big game and predator hunting tactics Saturday and Sunday, with a sideshow dedicated to dog training for upland bird hunts. Free seminars offering advanced hunting strategies and techniques run hourly from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, including a presentation on elk hunting through the eyes of huntress Jackie Gross at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Also, Rocky Mountain/Midwest Decoy Collectors Association will display duck decoys from as far back as the 1800s. Pointer and retriever demonstrations by some of the Rocky Mountain region’s top dogs begin Saturday, and there will be sessions Sunday.

More info: Visit for a list of exhibitors and complete schedule of events at the Denver store (7970 Northfield Blvd.).

Scott Willoughby, The Denver Post

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Max Archery 3D Shoot Success

Hi everyone, I hope you’re doing well.  Can you believe that this summer is passing by so fast?  I really enjoy hunting but I really enjoy summer more at times.  Hehe

I had to share my 3D Archery experience with you.  We were invited by Max Archery to come to their 3D Archery Shoot in Montrose.  So TJ and the kids loaded up and we headed out early Saturday morning.  We had such a great time once arriving.  For never having the opportunity to shoot in a 3D Archery shoot before, we were very excited to experience this event as a family.  The setups of the targets were challenging for the adults but very accessible for the kids. The targets were very angry at the girls and me. I shot most of the targets in the leg and the girls mostly in the backside.  Now TJ on the other hand, he was bulls-eye all the way. (Yes I am admitting it!) LOL. 

From a family that does many activities together this was one of the most enjoyable times we had this summer.  We would highly recommend Max Archery‘s events to any family that would want to have an enjoyable time.

Max Archery’s Team (Jesse and his family, plus Zach and his family) are top notch.  Two of the most down to earth people you could ever hope to meet.  It was such a pleasure to be invited to their event and we can’t wait to go to another one.  If you ever need any help with your bow, I would highly suggest giving them a call.