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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Miss Kansas to host new hunting show on TV

  • Miss Kansas Theresa Vail will host a new hunting show on the Outdoor Channel starting in May 2015.
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  • When Miss Kansas 2013 Theresa Vail decided to climb out of the traditional box at the Miss America Pageant and show a new tattoo, she opened doors that have led to some exciting changes in her life.
    Starting in May 2015, she will premiere as the host of a new outdoor hunting show on the Outdoors Channel. The show “Limitless” will start shooting this fall and feature big game hunts of white tail deer, moose and elk.
    Besides Kansas, shooting is scheduled for New Mexico, Wyoming, Montana and British Columbia.
    Vail, an avid bow hunter, said the show would challenge her and other women to break out of traditional activities and try something new. The Outdoors Channel approached her in December 2013 about doing the show.
    The first episode will feature the four-day long Governor’s Turkey Hunt in April at Rock Springs near Manhattan. Vail and all the current Miss Kansas preliminary titleholders will participate in archery, shotguns, orienteering and fishing.
    Next on her list, Vail is going to New Mexico and taking part in a re-enactment of the Bataan Death March from World War II where the Japanese Army forced some 66,000 Filipino and 12,000 U.S. prisoners of war to march some 80 miles during which time from 7,000 to 10,000 POWs were killed along the way.
    Vail and five local contestants from New Mexico will participate in the 26-mile event through the desert wearing 40-pound rucksacks.
    This is the second time she has taken part in the event. In 2011, she was one of 6,000 who finished out of 12,000 who started. She also lost her toenails in the process.
    “It was very empowering to finish,” Vail said.
    Vail broke many stereotypes when she participated in the Miss Kansas and Miss America pageants. She was a bow hunter (she wanted to use it as a talent but it was not allowed because it used a projectile), had a tattoo and was in the military.
    Since the Miss America Pageant, Vail has traveled Kansas and other states making appearances at schools, women’s events and at outdoors trade shows as she spreads her platform of getting women to break out of traditional activities.
    She has made appearances in Kentucky, Georgia, Tennessee, Las Vegas and Milwaukee where she delivered her platform at the National Pheasant Forever Fest, an event that featured breakout sessions and hers was packed.
    People we standing in the aisles and along the walls. It was so popular that people were leaving other sessions to come to hers.
    The board members at the Milwaukee event have asked her to return to the event again because they have never had such big numbers for their speakers.
    At each venue she promotes the Miss Kansas organization and its scholarship program for young ladies. She always talks about her platform and enjoys sharing about bow hunting.
    Page 2 of 2 - Vail has met with many children and they enjoy visiting with her about archery. She credits part of her popularity to “Hunger Games” movie.
    Vail’s message has also had an impact in other countries.
    In Germany on March 6 she received the Dr. Vito Genco Ambassador Award through the World Forum on Shooting Activities that held its world conference in Germany this year. The award was given for Vail’s efforts to promote getting women involved in shooting sports.
    A woman from China sent her an e-mail and told Vail she had inspired her and others to step outside their culture. Vail said she is humbled and honored that women are crediting her for new confidence.
    “I’ve given them the confidence to do that,” Vail said.
    Vail said she hopes her legacy at Miss Kansas is that she broke barriers and stereotypes and, hopefully, can get others to do the same.

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