NO REMORSE: Huntress Teressa Groenewald-Hagerman, 39, downed an elephant at 12 yards

Thursday May 7,2009
Daily Express – UK

BEAMING with pride, the khaki clad huntress stands over her quarry – an elephant she killed for a bet with a bow and arrow.

American Teressa Groenewald-Hagerman, 39, was so pleased with becoming the first woman known to have killed an elephant with a bow and arrow that images have been posted on the internet.

She told how after killing the animal at dusk in Africa she left it overnight before returning the next day to check it was dead.

Going under the web name of Prohuntress, she said she found the animal in a group of 37, knelt and fired the arrow from 12 yards.

Another internet blogger said the elephant staggered 500 yards before collapsing.

Ms Groenewald-Hagerman used a powerful £450 PSE X Force bow – and trained for more than a year to build up the strength and skill to use it.
But yesterday conservationists said she had committed an act “not far short of murder”.

They said elephants lived as long as humans in tight-knit family groups and mourned their dead.

Will Travers, of the Born Free Foundation, said: “What kind of person would kill an elephant with a bow to win a bet? She needs therapy.
“I am no expert on bow hunting but I would have thought it extremely difficult to kill an elephant cleanly and without suffering with a bow and arrow.

“It is sickening but unfortunately there are people who are willing to do this.

“Elephants live in tight family units and we know through research that they show signs of being able to grieve. There are people who would say that this is not far short of murder.”

Ms Groenewald-Hagerman, a blonde Texan “happily” divorced from a South African, told of her exploits on websites including Hunts of a Lifetime.

She wrote: “I have been a professional hunter for 10 years and in the hunting industry for 12 years. A man by the name of Larry bet me I couldn’t shoot a buffalo or elephant with a bow. He indicated only one or two women had completed the buffalo with a bow and no woman had ever taken an elephant with a bow. Of course, I couldn’t turn down the challenge.”

The bow she chose has a draw of up to 90lb – more than twice the weight pulled by female British Olympic archers.

She wrote: “I must say this was the hardest task I have ever taken on in my life. It took 14 months of training before I was physically capable of pulling the heavy bows.”

She said she spent eight days on the hunt in Zimbabwe before getting close enough to take a shot.

“It was shot near dark. We went back the next day and found him. I was in the middle of 37 elephants when I took my shot. This was my first bow kill and first woman to take an ele with a bow.”
She added: “It was at 12 yards kneeling.”

One admiring blogger called BO-N-ARO wrote: “12 yards!!! I bet they had a great blood trail because of the low entry!!

“That has to be one of the best examples of setting a goal and working hard to achieve it!”