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At the Shooting, Hunting & Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Orlando not quite two years ago, Teressa Hagerman of Kansas City had a friend ask if she'd like to try taking a cape buffalo with a bow and arrow. "Sure," she said. He then asked if she'd try for an elephant with archery gear since no woman had previously collected such a massive animal.
"Why not," she replied.
Her friend, Larry Sleyton of Orion Multimedia, said he'd set it up, so long as he could document the hunt for the television show "Dangerous Game" on the Versus cable network.
So began an elephant hunt, with 14 months of strength training and strict dietary nutrition preparation for Teressa. She contacted Pete Shepley at PSE Archery, who advised her on the right gear and shooting regimen to prepare for the hunt. When she started she could only draw a 45-pound bow. When she began her hunt, 14 months later, she was shooting a PSE "EXCalibur" bow set at 90 pounds, with heavy carbon shafts and special German-made broadheads that cost $40 each.
Teressa (left) departs for Johannesburg, South Africa. Tagging along are Mike and Joyce Christianson of Wisconsin. Mike Christianson is a world-class archer who has collected all African dangerous game with a bow, and is Teressa's bowhunting mentor.