A 39-year-old woman happens to be a successful big-game hunter, but it hasn’t always come easy!
With two decades of hunting experience under her belt, former beauty queen, Olivia Nalos Opre, is hardly showing signs of slowing down. She’s married, and has four children. She’s also a hunting consultant, a co-host of an ongoing adventure film series, and has a blog about her endeavors.
Olivia started hunting at age 16, according to The Telegraph. Since then, she’s killed 90 species of animals, on six different continents. She’s enjoyed continued success, as a big-game hunter. From ibex, to elk, to lions; her tally is impressive, to say the least.
Amid Olivia’s achievements, there’s been backlash. Due to internet presence, modern day huntresses face constant scrutiny. Opre endures criticism, on a daily basis, including anti-hunting comments, and even death threats.
Olivia remains resilient, when faced with adversity. “It’s frustrating that people can cast so much judgment and hatred on me for what I do,” she remarked. “The same people who call me a ‘Bambi killer’ think it’s fine to wear leather, put lipstick on and take penicillin, all of which involve the death of an animal.”
Instead of letting the “anti’s” get the best of her, Olivia harnesses the hate. She does so with class, serving as an advocate for her way of life. Her efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. An example of the effects, is the continued involvement of females, in the hunting world.
Female participation in hunting continues to grow. A recent study indicates that female hunters number 1.5 million in the U.S. alone, which is a 25 percent increase, in the last eight years.
Think Opres is hunting to make money? You might be surprised. It’s actually the other way around. There’s a lofty price tag attached to hunting big-game animals, and the money spent is allocated wisely. Olivia states: “the money we pay for hunts goes to schools, medical care and wells being drilled, the meat of the animal goes to the local tribe, as does its skin.” This, of course, applies to African safari-type hunts.
Opres is also very clear about her purpose, as well as her goals. Rather than hanging on to the term ‘trophy hunter’, she insists on conservation, for the focus of her hunts.
Perhaps her most profound statement concerns hunting, in general. “Animals can die in a lot of ways, and I think being killed by a hunter is the most humane one,” Opre says. “Taking a life is emotional, but hunting is a journey, and a creature’s death is only five percent of the whole hunting experience.”
Olivia Opre has had a remarkable journey thus far, and the future promises many more accomplishments. Her passion for education and stewardship, continues to make a lasting impact on many people.