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Brenda Valentine

Current Highlights

  • First Woman inducted to the Legend's Outdoor Hall of Fame in 2003 (same class as Johnny Morris)
  • Only woman member of the Armed Forces Entertainment Outdoor Legend's Tour in 2012 that visited troops in war zones of Afghanistan as well as Kyrgyzstan and Germany to thank them
    for their service
  • 2003 Outdoor Channel Golden Moose Award for a TV show that I hosted and co-produced
  • 2013 Professional Outdoor Media Association Pinnacle Award
  • 2012 inductee to the TN Turkey Hunters
    Hall of Fame
  • Published a book of my hunting stories
  • Won a National Team IBO Championship...Changing the perception of women hunters and introducing tens of thousands of women to hunting
  • Traveling & hunting around the world
  • Home: Puryear, TN
  • Family: Barney (husband), Melissa & Scarlet (daughters) & 4 grandchildren — all are hunters!
  • Hobbies: farming for wildlife, gardening, horseback riding,
    fishing & trapping
  • Rifle/Bow Preference: both — plus shotgun and muzzleloader

Career Highlights

  • Biggest Kill: Cape Buffalo, moose/elk/caribou/kudu/giraffe/
  • Greatest Hunting Achievement: Successfully taking a cape buffalo with one arrow at 19 steps, several turkey grandslams
  • Favorite Hunting Moment: Assisting each of my 4 grandkids shoot their first deer — each when they were five years old
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Brenda Valentine's Pro Picks

RedHead® Pro Series Skinner Fixed Blade Knife by Buck®
RedHead® Pro Series Skinner Fixed Blade Knife by Buck®

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Browning® X-Bolt Medallion Rifle
Browning® X-Bolt Medallion Rifle

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My Recommended Shotguns
My Recommended Shotguns

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Leupold® Ultimate Slam Blackpowder or Shotgun Scopes
Leupold® Ultimate Slam Blackpowder or Shotgun Scopes

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Winchester® Ammunition
Winchester® Ammunition

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RedHead® Bucklick Creek Turkey Lounger Vests
RedHead® Bucklick Creek Turkey Lounger Vests

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All Turkey
Hunting Vests

Hunter Safety System® Safety Vest/Harness
Hunter Safety System® Safety Vest/Harness

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Leupold® Rangefinders
Leupold® Rangefinders

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"My mother drilled to me that being a girl was an asset — not a handicap for hunting. We have more patience and sharper eyes. My father told me that to kill a squirrel/deer/turkey/raccoon etc, you must THINK like a squirrel/deer/turkey/raccoon or whatever it is you are hunting "

Bowhunting Tips

  • Don't over bow! A draw weight that felt easy to pull during summer practice can become impossible when you are perched in the top of a tree shivering cold.
  • Faithfully practice all recommended scent elimination precautions, BUT still watch the wind direction.
  • A whitetail deer's eye can see about 300 degrees which means it is only safe to risk the movement of drawing your bow when you can't see the deer's eye. This might be when the head is completely behind a tree or the deer is facing totally away from you but if you can see it's eye, it can see you.
  • Aim Low. It is hard to train yourself to aim at the lower 1/3 of the body but this is where most of the vitals are located and where a bowhunter should hold the sight for the greatest success . Often a whitetail will crouch in preparation to leap an run which usually results in a high miss.
  • Bowhunters that shoot low to medium draw-weight will get the most penetration from a heavier arrow tipped with a cut-on-contact broadhead. The fps may be slower but the kinetic energy will be much greater and so will your bowhunting success.

My Hunting Info

  • Professional Affiliations: National Spokesperson for the NWTF, Cornerstone Member of Professional Outdoor Media Association, TN Outdoor Writers Association, Head Archery Coach, Bethel University, RedHead Pro Team member, Co-host of 100% Real Hunting & King of Bucks TV, NWTF Foundation Board Member, Mossy Oak Elite Pro-Staff, Feature writer for GameKeepers Magazine, Hunters Safety Systems ProStaff member, Columnist for Turkey Country Magazine
  • Hunting Strength: The woodsmanship skills and knowledge I learned as a kid have always been my ace-in-the-hole. Paired with my above average shooting skills with bow and firearms, these skills have been key to many of my hunting successes. I also have an unusual physical and mental toughness that has come in handy many times on particularly difficult hunts.
  • Favorite Technique: Archery and muzzleloader are probably my favorite but I like center-fire rifle too.
  • Favorite Game to Hunt: wild turkey and whitetail deer
  • Favorite Places to Hunt: Tennessee, Texas & Africa
  • Favorite Season to Hunt: Whatever is open at the time
  • Favorite Time to Hunt: I like it all. Hot weather is my least favorite.
  • Favorite Way to Hunt: Treestand

Some Things I Never Leave Home Without

  • RedHead Pro-Team Knife
  • Lucky Buckeye
  • Small digital camera
  • Lip balm


Brenda Valentine, aka "First Lady of Hunting"®, is a committed conservationist, extreme hunter, award winning T.V. host, champion archer, acclaimed author, and outspoken advocate for guns and hunting. She is credited for being the leader of the current women's hunting movement. Brenda is a 16-year veteran member of Bass Pro Shop's National RedHead Pro Hunting Team. She serves as a National Spokesperson for the National Wild Turkey Federation and is an honorary member of their Foundation Board of Directors. Brenda is the Head Archery Coach for Bethel University in McKenzie, TN. She writes regular columns in NWTF's Turkey Country and Mossy Oak Biologic Game Keepers magazines.

Among her many accomplishments and awards for hunting, shooting and leadership efforts are: National Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame, Tennessee Turkey Hunters Hall of Fame, Paris/Henry Co. Sports Hall of Fame, Women In The Outdoors Leadership Award, AMVETS Silver Bayonet Award, and Outdoor Writers Association and Outdoor Channel media awards. From hunting squirrels on a small farm in Tennessee

with a .22 to stalking cape buffalo in Africa with a bow and arrow, Brenda has successfully achieved most of hunting's greatest challenges.

She is known for her southern accent, down-home personality, can-do attitude and relentless humanitarian efforts. Each year she keeps a whirlwind public speaking schedule where she has the opportunity to express the importance of land and wildlife management, patriotism, and sharing the outdoors with children, women, and the disabled. Brenda is also a staunch supporter of U.S. military and wounded veteran projects. In 2012 she was the only woman chosen by the DOD to take part in the Outdoor Legends Tour ll. This was an opportunity to personally extend appreciation to active troops in Afghanistan and S.W. Asia and hospitalized servicemen in Germany for their service to our country on behalf of the entire outdoor industry.

When not on the road filming or speaking, Brenda can be found on her tractor working tirelessly to improve wildlife habitat on her farm. She and husband Barney have a menagerie of pets plus two daughters, two sons-in-law and four grandchildren who are all passionate outdoor guys and gals.