Boise woman named finalist for ‘Extreme Huntress’ contest

She earned votes and impressed judges, now Jeanne McFall of Boise gets to travel to Texas next month and take her best shot at becoming America’s Extreme Huntress.

With the help from her friends, fans and the celebrity judges, McFall was among six finalists recently selected from 20 semifinalists.

“I’m really honored and excited,” McFall said Tuesday.

Six women will face off in a head-to-head hunting and outdoor skills competition at the Extreme Huntress Challenge at 777 Ranch in Hondo, Texas in July 11-18. The contest will test the women’s physical fitness, shooting, tracking and hunting skills.

McFall said that although the contest is judged, it’s based on skills and is not a “drama, driven dynamic” that dominates many reality show/competitions.

McFall, 38, graduated from Boise High School in 1994, and works as a fisheries/hydraulic engineer for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Aside from being a hunter, McFall is a former competitive cyclist and triathlete. She describes herself as an “Idaho girl through and through” who learned to hunt with her dad and has since compiled an impressive collection of big game animals including elk, mule deer, whitetail and pronghorn, mostly with a bow and arrow and killed on unguided hunts on public land.

A panel of celebrity judges will eventually crown a winner, who will be named in January. Judges include including Olivia Nalos Opre, Brittany Boddington, Larry Weishuhn and Melissa Bachman, will be on hand at the 777 Ranch to score the semi-finalists as they compete head-to-head.

Tahoe Films, Ltd. will film the event and produce a series of online episodes. The series will include will be 26 six to eight-minute episodes that will be aired on

To learn more about contest, competitors and judges go here.