47th Annual IBA Spring Banquet
March 1, 2014
featuring Melissa Bachman
I’m a small town girl from Paynesville, Minnesota, who’s been hunting and fishing for nearly 18 years. Yes I’m only 23, but I started at an early age thanks to my parents who brought my brother and I out to the duck blind and whitetail woods. I’m sure it would have been easier to leave us home, but it’s their dedication that sparked my love for the outdoors.
Before long, I convinced my parents to sign a high school work permit allowing me to start classes at 10 o’clock each morning. This was not used so I could sleep in, but so I could use the mornings to bow hunt, temporarily fulfilling my ever-growing passion for whitetails.
I graduated with honors from St. Cloud State University with a double major in Mass Communications and Spanish. Getting practice in the Spanish language was difficult in central Minnesota; so I lived in both Costa Rica and Spain while completing my Spanish degree. I also competed as a pole-vaulter on the SCSU track team. After college I interned at North American for the summer, and within a few months became a full-time member of the team.
Last fall I spent over 90 days in the field. Although most of the days were spent producing North American Hunter television, I still found time to bag a 336 bull elk with my bow, a 52 inch Kudu in Africa, two trophy whitetails with my TC muzzleloader; and establish an on-air presence after arrowing a 200 class Illinois whitetail on camera, all in the past year. I guess you could say I’ve been busy, my home is primarily used as a place to store extra hunting gear.
This fall I don’t plan on cutting back my days in the field, however there are a few new adventures waiting. A unit 10 Arizona archery elk hunt, a South Dakota mule deer hunt, and of course I’ll be spending most of my time chasing around those Illinois giants.
Her most unusual hunting adventure.
Not many people know this, or can say this, but I arrowed a big buck in high heels. Yes, wedged high heel boots. The airline lost my luggage and instead of staying in and not hunting, I wore my fuzzy wedged boots to the stand and slipped on a couple of boot pillows to stay warm. However, tracking the big guy in heels wasn’t quite as easy, but sure made for good photos.
*The Meadows ballroom is over 14,100 square feet, with a 3000 square foot stage equipped with audio visual capabilities and five screens. This area can be divided into five spaces to accomodate five different groups.