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Girl Hunter Georgia Pellegrini Bringing Hunting To A Whole New Audience?

October 11, 2013

Back before the switch to the new blog site, I did a review of Georgia Pellegrini’s book, “Girl Hunter“.   In my review, I mentioned several times how I just didn’t feel like the book was aimed at me, or at men in general.  Georgia writes with a decidedly feminine voice, and I get the impression that she’s trying to prove she’s one of the guys without actually being one.  If I had to sum up her writing, I’d have to call it “prissy.”

The thing is, I’d also met Georgia in person and her personna is a pretty close match to her writing.  She’s a very pretty, young woman with a bearing that suggests a blue-blood pedigree.  At times I feel like she tries to robe herself in the blood and gore of the hunt just to mess with that image, but while I’ve never hunted with her, I don’t get the feeling that she embraces the blood and gore so much she as throws it a teasing air-kiss.  Maybe that’s just prejudiced of me, but if you read her blog and PR material, I think you’d find it hard to disagree.

I know that she’s a trained chef, and I have no problem seeing her with her fingers in the gooey bits of some critter.  At the same time, though, I have a hard time picturing her on a 10-day, backcountry elk trip, or trekking fruitlessly through the poison oak for public land pigs.  I can’t see her camped out in the “sweat line”, waiting to get into a public waterfowl refuge.  When I read her book, her “adventures” hardly sounded like roughing it, but instead they drew images of luxury lodges and “old family” society.

But I don’t want to go down the road of knocking Georgia Pellegrini.  I really have no axe to grind here.  Truth be told, if I could have the same adventures, I probably wouldn’t whine about it.  She’s done very well for herself, in large part by playing off of that perplexing, privileged tomboy personna.  She has taken her show to multiple magazine articles and interviews, TV appearances, and even a gig as a judge on Iron Chef!  And regardless of the medium, her message has been about securing sustenance from the wild… in large part, by hunting.  That’s always a positive.

And (the reason I bring her up again today), she’s also evangelicizing more than the food.  She’s got her own little gig putting together what she calls, “Girl Hunter Weekends.”    It’s a long weekend of shooting, hunting, wild game cookery, and other various outdoor skills, all wrapped up in a spa package.  With a tab averaging around $2000 per person, this isn’t the kind of event that should be confused with a Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) clinic.  This is a full weekend at luxury resorts, with some outdoor events thrown in.

Before you get your nose all twisted up like I did when I first learned about these events, it might be worth giving it some thought.  Sure, this kind of thing is really tailored for the elite.  Like you, I can picture the crowd of divas and wealthy tomboys, mingling over crystal martini glasses as “the help” tend to skinning and gutting the day’s take from the field.  But maybe it’s not really like that at all.  Maybe this really is a good thing, in its way, because it introduces the decidedly blue collar outdoor sports to a group of women who probably would never get this opportunity any other way.  Sure, some of their husbands probably go off to the ritzy lodge to shoot African game, or to private resorts with thousands of acres of prime hunting ground… and while they’re gone, the wives are left to go shopping (or whatever women do while the men are off being men).

In fact, if I’m to believe what I read in a recent piece in the Missoula Independent, my prejudices are a little wide of the mark.  The women in the article sound like they were really interested in the event as much for the outdoors experiences as for the luxury accomodations and gourmet meals.  They learned things and shared knowledge, and had an opportunity they wouldn’t have had otherwise.  In the process, even if all of them didn’t become huntresses or fishermen (fisherwomen just sounds goofy), they all had an exposure to the outdoor sports.  It’s reasonable to think that their attitudes toward hunting and fishing will be changed, if only for the fact that now they’ve done it too.

And that, to quote another prissy woman celebrity, is a good thing.

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