Born To Hunt

There’s no other way to say it: Caroline Pruitt was born to hunt. While only age 14, this remarkably successful … Continued

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East Texas Whitetail: Caroline took this nice 8-point buck on her family farm last December near Nacogdoches, Texas. This free-range buck was spotted and stalked by Caroline using a muzzleloading rifle.
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Coastal Pacific Black Bear: Last May Caroline took this great Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada black bear with noted television hunter Jim Shockey. Caroline used a bow, and arrowed the aggressive and big bruin at only 20 feet, while being backed up by Shockey who had a rifle.
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Vancouver Bear: Caroline took a second bear during her Canada hunt last May with Jim Shockey. This beautiful bruin fell to her muzzleloader at a distance of 53 yards. Both hunts will be shown on Shocky’s Hunting Adventures television show.
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Buffalo: Caroline traveled to Cimarron, New Mexico for self-guided American bison hunt. Can you believe a 13-year old young lady at that time, looking face to face at a one-ton bull, armed only with a .44 magnum pistol? This is the #15 Safari Club International bison taken with a pistol. All of the bison meat was donated to a local women’s shelter charity.
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Namibia Leopard: Caroline and her father traveled to Namibia, Africa with Ozondjahe Safaris in July 2008. This was one of the most trying hunts for Caroline, trying for a leopard. She spent 10 days in a blind, over 70 hours waiting for that 3 seconds a leopard might sit still. A great shot to the leopard with only a few seconds to make it happen.
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Algar Stag: Caroline used a Bowtec bow to make a perfect 32-yard shot on this Red Stag in Patagonia, Argentina last March. This spot and stalk hunt resulted in the 14th largest SCI stag in South America.
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Black Hawaiian: This #1 SCI black Hawaiian sheep taken by a crossbow, and was collected by Caroline last December during a self-guided Nacogdoches, Texas hunt.
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Javelina: During a self-guided javelina hunt last March near Hebronville, Texas, Caroline spotted this javelina at over 100 yards, and stalked it to within crossbow range, taking the animal at 17 yards. It ranks #9 with SCI among javelina taken with a crossbow.
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Lioness: This was Caroline’s introduction to Africa’s “Big 5” hunting. She took this lioness last March at less than 50 yards with a .375 H&H rifle. It was her first dangerous big game animal, while hunting in South Africa, near Port Elizabeth with Tam Safaris.
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Feral Boar: Hunting near Jayton, Texas in July Caroline spotted this wild hog, stalked it in thick brush, and took the animal at 12 yards with her crossbow.
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Bongo: Caroline is the first youth to be issued a hunting license and the youngest person to harvest a wild bongo. She did it in June 2008 in Cameroon, Africa. It was a self-guided hunt, using the assistance of local hunters, who later made Caroline “princess of Kong Village.”
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Tahr: Last September Caroline traveled to New Zealand, with Kiwi Safaris, to collect this beautiful tahr. This was a difficult and dangerous hunt, requiring considerable spotting, stalking and hiking in rugged mountains.
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Eland: Caroline’s first trip to Africa was in May, 2007 with HHK Safaris. This oversize eland she took at 70 yards with a .300 Weatherby, and started her love of big game hunting.

There’s no other way to say it: Caroline Pruitt was born to hunt. While only age 14, this remarkably successful young woman has over 50 big game animal species to her credit. Here are some of her trophies.