A Successful Hunt
Filling the Freezer
This is How it's Done
Out & About with Barney
Looking Beyond the Horizon
One for the Road
The Outdoors is My Passion
I’m Brenda Valentine, also known as “The First Lady of Hunting”®. I am usually characterized in bios as being an extreme hunter, an award winning T.V. host, a champion archer, an acclaimed author, and an outspoken advocate for guns and hunting as well as the leader of the current women’s hunting movement, but what is most true is my love of the land and the animals that thrive on it. A lifelong hunter, I am committed to the sustainable lifestyle that hunting promotes, as well as an avid conservationist. I believe if we take care of the ecosystems and biodiversity of nature and help keep the natural order in balance through hunting, nature will also take care of us. I am an 19-year veteran member of Bass Pro Shop’s National RedHead Pro Hunting Team and a National Spokesperson for the National Wild Turkey Federation and an honorary member of the NWTF Foundation Board of Directors, an honorary board member of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation, and a member of the Tennessee Turkey Hunters Hall of Fame. I am honored to be among those inducted into the National Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame. I am an award winning TV host and radio personality who writes regular columns in NWTF’s Turkey Country, Heartland and Mossy Oak Biologic Game Keepers magazines. My husband, Barney, and I have a menagerie of farm animals plus two daughters, two sons-in-law and four grandchildren who are all passionate outdoor guys and gals. It’s a great way to share with your family, too. Whether you are hunting, hiking, fishing or enjoying a relaxing day in your back yard or in our great national and state parks, spend some time outdoors with your family as often as possible. And whether you are old or new to the outdoors lifestyle, I welcome you to my Web site and invite you to my Facebook page where I maintain an active presence along with friends and fans who share a common bond with the land. Thank you for your interest in a lifestyle and commitment to conservation that is as old as humanity.
Conservation is not just a byword to me. When I am not on the road filming or speaking, I can often be found on tractor or horse, or behind a team of mules, working to improve wildlife habitat on the Tennessee farm that my husband, Barney, and I call home, as well as a conservation project I took up several years ago that you can read about here. The truth is, conservation is important to every informed hunter. That’s why I try to get the word out at every opportunity that conservation is important to animals, the environment, and humans alike. And hunters are are integral part of conservation, with money paid in for hunting licenses and stamps paying for conservation efforts all across the country.
For me, hunting is a family tradition — I was born into it! I am the oldest child in a self-reliant family that depended on wild game meat for the table. Those early years accompanying my Daddy in hunting, trapping, and fishing formed the solid foundation for my lifestyle today and whetted my desire to teach others and share the lifestyle I live and love. I stay busy attending speaking engagements, but when I’m home you’re apt to find me on the farm driving the tractor, riding horses, putting up vegetables from the garden, working on treestands, or shooting bows and guns with the grandkids. One of the best ways to share in discussions about the sustainable lifestyle of the hunting community is to become a part of it. Join us on my Facebook page where from time to time we share tips and tricks of the trade, recipes and the like.
You can also find great recipes in the NWTF’s “Cooking Across Turkey Country” cookbook. I have several recipes and more in this cookbook. Pick it up on Amazon.
It was through a combination of knowledge, talent, hard work, and a quick wit that I was able to earn the respect of my male counterparts early on, in a day when few women were part of their cadre. I am right at home in the backwoods of Tennessee or the plains of Africa or the glaciers of Alaska, and I’m also comfortable in the boardroom and ready to tackle tough issues like gun rights and conservation with intelligence and the insight of a lifetime spent educating others about hunting, conservation, and the sustainable lifestyle of outdoor enthusiasts. I’ve made it my life’s mission to encourage everyone to cherish the outdoors and their freedom to hunt and own firearms. Every year, I keeps a whirlwind public speaking schedule in order to express the importance of land and wildlife management, patriotism, and sharing the outdoors with children, women, and the disabled.
I’m also a staunch supporter of U.S. military and wounded veteran projects. In 2012, I 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. It is my goal to inspire men and women to uphold hunting as it is threatened by political forces as well as competition from other sports and today’s bustling lifestyles. In an economy where people don’t depend on hunting as much for food, I work hard to ensure that children understand where food comes from and the importance of game management. I tell the truth about hunting; that it is an honorable way of life and that hunters are good, decent people who care about animals and the environment.
From hunting squirrels on a small farm in Tennessee with a .22 to stalking cape buffalo in Africa with a bow and arrow, I have successfully achieved most of hunting’s greatest challenges. Among the many accomplishments and awards for hunting, shooting and leadership efforts I have been honored to receive 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
- TNWF Conservation Communicator of the Year
- Participant in the “Outdoor Legends Tour II” of Southwest Asia
- Outdoor Writers Association and Outdoor Channel media awards
The following is a reprint of my Turkey Country Magazine column that answers questions concerning the tick-born allergy called ALPHA-GAL. I contracted this serious condition several years ago and was finally correctly diagnosed by Nashville-based allergy specialist, Dr. Keenan Smith. There have been cases of Alph-Gal recently found as far north as Michigan as well as a few cases in Europe.
I urge everyone to become educated to the dangers of ticks.