Mindy Arthurs in her home, where trophies from her and her family adorn the walls. (PHOTO BY NICK COTE, VIA WWW.YOURWESTVALLEY.COM)On the first day of her first hunt, she shot and killed a record black bear with her very first shot. “We had practiced quite a bit at the Ben Avery Range (north of Phoenix), and I felt comfortable with my 7-mag rifle that I used,” Arthurs said. “I just had a feeling I was going to get a bear on that trip.”
The bear pelt now hangs on the wall in the Arthurs’ home amidst 17 other trophies and mounts, including deer, bison and mountain lions.
“I think that first hunt really lit the fire in Mindy as far as her enthusiasm for the sport,” said John Maples, Mindy’s father and the minister of Northgate Church of Christ in Phoenix.
Arthurs became an extreme huntress on that day in 2008. Now, she’d like the official title to go along with her passion.
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