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Two Northland women finalists for 'Extreme Huntress'

Two Northland women are finalists in an international competition to name an "Extreme Huntress'' for 2019, and they're looking for a little support from their neighbors.

Meadow Kouffeld of Grand Rapids and Tara Hokuf of Bemidji are among the 22 semi-finalists, with four finalists moving on to a hunting "competition" in Texas later this year to pick the single winner.

Other women in the competition from from Iceland, Slovakia, Sweden and several western states including Colorado, Arizona and Texas.

The "Extreme Huntress" competition is an effort to draw attention to, and interest in, women and their growing role in the future of hunting and outdoors recreation. It's sponsored by Safari Club International and several hunting gear manufacturers.

The 22 semifinalists were selected based on their applications, essays and video interviews. To get to the final four, the women will be scored 80 percent by judges and 20 percent based on popular vote.

That's where Kouffeld and Hokuf are looking for votes at Voting continues through May 31.

The "2019 Extreme Huntress" will be announced at the Dallas Safari Club Convention black-tie awards event in January.