By Chris Avena
Minnisota, population 2500. There was a five year old girl tagging along with
her Mom and Dad on their morning hunts. Not yet old enough to hunt, she studied
their every move, learning, fanning her Deadly
Passion. Growing up in the outdoors, developing her skills, Melissa Bachman
was destined for a career in the outdoor. She majored in broadcast journalism
in college and today, she not only owns her own production company but she is
the host of Winchester Deadly Passion
that airs on the Sportsman Channel and
Chris: We are here today with
Melissa Bachman. Thanks for taking the time, Melissa.
Melissa: Thank you for having me. Appreciate it.
Chris: First of all, congratulations. You are a new mother!
Melissa: Yes, thank you very much. It has been a lot of
Chris: I did not know that you were
pregnant. I saw you at the shows last season & you looked fabulous as
usual. Were there a lot of people who even knew that you were pregnant?
Melissa: You see, I'm a big fan of having a private life. A
lot of people believe everything goes on social media, not a problem. I prefer
to have all the people that are close to me know about the pregnancy and after I had the baby, I decided to tell everybody that we had Jacks. It has been a wonderful experience. We will post post some pictures once in
a while. But I'm a hunter and that's what I have on my social media. That is what my TV show is
about. I have always
been an advocate to get kids
into the outdoors and now more than ever. But I just thought that is the best way for
me. I think everyone should
have a private life. I think people sometimes should step back and say, you know what, that's right, you can't eat a meal
without putting it on social media. You can have a baby without anybody knowing
ahead of time. I hunted all the way up until I had the baby and I started
hunting again right
after. I would like to
show people that you can keep going with your career, you can keep going with
whatever you are doing. It's not a
huge holdup and you can still be active and do great things.
Chris: I know your parents took you out into the woods at
a very young age, even arranged your school schedule around your hunting. At what age are you going to take your son
into the woods?
Melissa: We are going to take him right away. I would have taken him already this year,
had it been a little bit better weather but you have to be careful and make sure that it's a good time
to be out. But as soon as he's old enough, he will be coming along with us. He did come with us, he just
didn't get to experience it all the way. He stays in his car seat and one of us
stay back with him. But I'd like to get him involved as soon as possible and I
think it's really important to get kids involved not only in the hunt but
seeing the processing, eating the meat and going
all the way through. So I think it's really important to understand that whole
thing for anybody regardless of their age.
Chris: I see you have another addition to the family as well.
Melissa: Yes, Porkchop got a sister and she is not happy
about it. We adopted a new little French
bulldog. We call her Ribeye or Ribs for short. So Porkchop has a new friend. I
thought it would be a great idea. Jackson, our little boy and this dog are best
friends. They sleep together, they love each other. Porkchop however had a very
long list of things she wanted for Christmas, this was not it. This puppy was
not on the list. They're coming
around, they're becoming friends but Porkchop was not happy with me, that is
Chris: I know you work extremely hard in the industry.
You're on the road, 300 plus days a year. How does that factor into the new
Melissa: Well, I've tried to cut things back a little bit.
I don't want to be gone 320 days a year, my son wouldn't even know who I am.
But what I've done is, I have gone through my list and picked some of my topnotch hunts, the highest quality hunts. I'm trying to do
quality over quantity. I used to just hunt down stuff because that's what I
love. Now, I have other obligations as well so I'll still hunt, I still produce
a year, that's a lot.
So now I'm just being a little more efficient
with my time, making sure that I'm getting things done. I am doing hunts back to back so I'm not going back and forth to the airport. There's a
lot of efficiencies that I've learned along the way that has helped.
Chris: But you have other businesses as well, such as a jewelry
line, clothing line.
Melissa: Yes, I do other things. I run a production company. That is my main
other thing that I do. So I'm keeping busy all the time. There is no downtime but I
really am trying to keep the amount of time that I am on the road
to as much of
a minimum as possible, I am still gone a lot
but hopefully not too much.
Chris: You have traveled all over the world and you are so generous with
your time. What have you learned in your travels?
Melissa: I met some of the best people that you could ever meet.
I really have. It has been amazing. You meet such
wonderful people on
things everywhere you go and no two places are the same. I've just met such wonderful people and I love it very, very much.
Chris: On any of your hunts, have ever been a
dangerous or compromising position?
Melissa: You know, I try to be pretty careful. I try to really look at
things and go with the highest level of service and guides and outfitters so
you don't get yourself in those situations. I understand it can happen but I've
been very lucky over the years. I really do my homework and try to ask around and
get good info before I go to a place.
Chris: What species or what type of hunt really gets your
Melissa: I love going up to Alaska and calling Black Bear.
I call them in
using predator calls.
They come charging in and I shoot them with a
bow. That is absolutely my favorite thing to do.
Chris: A while back you posted a picture of yourself with a lion and you were
viciously attacked by these anti-hunters, and it still continues today. We saw it with Kendall Jones, Larysa Switlyk, Rebecca
Francis and it keeps
going on and on. Why do you think they only target women?
Melissa: Well, I think it goes against their narrative.
PETA has always used people like Pamela Anderson. They have used
women to showcase that all hunters are awful people. They are about
an inch from dragging their knuckles on the ground. Now, that's all changing.
Now, women are hunting, families are hunting, people are doing it together and
that's not supposed to happen. They don't like that because it goes against with
what they have been trying to portray. So they think that maybe these women are weak. We will just
attack them and they
will just disappear. Well, they don't know hunting women very well. That is probably never
going to happen. But I think that is a part of it. Women are very powerful. A lot of them are in households. If the women hunts and the guy is
hunting and the kids are hunting, you are
getting so many more people involved. So I think it shows that we are doing a really
Chris: That's a fast-growing demographic in the industry.
I love to see women in the outdoors and I know they're fantastic hunters.
Melissa: Absolutely. I think guys, girls, kids, anybody can
be a hunter as long
as they just listen and do what they are told.
Chris: Well, that's the thing. Guys have an ego, women
Melissa: That's not all true. There are lots of wonderful guys out there that don't
have egos as well. It goes all ways but I think as a rule, I think women are
just as capable as men and men are great hunters and women are great hunters. I
don't think there is any
differences in that. I just love seeing everybody out there together. And the
more that you can get together, the more families you have as well.
Chris: Any advice to young girls or young women that are
looking to get into the industry or just looking to get outdoors?
Melissa: I think the most important thing is to find a
mentor. Find someone that you
can look up to that you can ask questions and just stay true to yourself and do
what you love and do it for the right reasons and get out there and enjoy
Chris: That's great. I appreciate your time.
Melissa: Thank you very much.