Hunting Bambi

  1. Only in America. What'll they come up with next?

    Oddly Enough - UK Reuters

    Naked "Bambi" hunts prompt protest

    By Steve Friess

    LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Outraged by a Las Vegas company that claims to offer men a chance to stalk and shoot naked women in the Nevada desert with paintball guns, women's groups and government agencies are scrambling to find a way to shut down such "Bambi" hunts.

    "As soon as I found out about this, I called for an investigation," Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman said. "Las Vegas is a place where anything goes, but this crosses the line if this is real."

    Real Men Outdoor Productions, insists it is doing nothing illegal and only providing another variety of adult entertainment in a city celebrated for sin.

    But critics, some of whom maintain that the hunts may be a hoax to drum up publicity for sales of a "Hunting for Bambi" video, say it should be shut down.

    The company has a Las Vegas business license to sell a $20 video of hunters chasing nude women through the woods as a spoof on hunting videos that feature men hunting deer.

    That video was staged, Real Men spokesman David Krekelberg said, but it gave rise to the idea of hosting hunts with paintball guns and charging men $10,000 for such weekend tours.

    Krekelberg said the company has so far hosted 18 "Bambi" hunts in undisclosed locations around Las Vegas. In each, a hunter faces off with two women dressed in nothing but sneakers, each of whom receive $1,000 and can earn up to $2,500 if they make it through the hour without being struck by the paintball, he said.

    But Jodi Tyson, director of the Nevada Coalition Against Sexual Violence called the "Bambi" hunts offensive, dangerous and exploitative.

    The world's largest paintball products maker, Brass Eagle, has also protested the hunts.

    The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (news - web sites) is also looking into speculation that the hunts have taken place without permits on public property. About 90 percent of Nevada is owned by the federal government.

    "In our patrol of the lands, if they're out there without a permit and we find them, we would cite them," BLM spokeswoman Jo Simpson said.

    Krekelberg denied that any of the hunts had occurred on federal property, saying only that they occur on private estates in southern Nevada. He refused to say where out of fear of sabotage, noting that "there are nuts out there who would come in and throw a wrench in there."

    He also asserted the women were not being mistreated, noting that they can wear goggles and helmets for protection if they wish.
  2. 63 Comments

  3. by   iliel
    Yes, I am embarassed to live here

    You know what really bothers me about this, to some men, this may not be a game. What could this lead to..Ugh, I'm so disgusted by this I can't even form a clear thought.

    Oh and about the helmets, he was on the news here a couple of weeks ago and said he dosn't have his girls wear helmets because you wouldn't have a deer wear a helmet. He justs asks the guys not to shoot above the neck.
    Last edit by iliel on Jul 18, '03
  4. by   jadednurse
    I just read this on another board I frequent. Unbelievable. And these men who pay up to $10,000 to participate, do they have nothing better to do w/ their money? Only in America...
  5. by   itsme
    And the women who do this...... what idiots! Now there is a job I am sure the family can be proud of!!
  6. by   funnygirl_rn
    I got home late last night from work & turned on the tv...this Bambi Paint-ball was on the news...I was soooo tired I honestly thought it was a joke...unreal!!
  7. by   colleen10
    OMG!!! I hadn't heard of this at all til now. That's insane.

    Aside from being just down right offensive I think my biggest concern is as iliel mentioned.

    To some men, this may be some weird way they act out their sexual or violent fantasies and if they get a taste of it this way, whose to say they won't take it further and do something similar to an unwilling participant?
  8. by   PennyLane
    There was a bit on CNN last night about violence towards women in video games. Grand Theft Auto was brought up. Apparently you can score more points by raping women and killing prostitutes in that game.

    Women are treated soooo badly by some factions of our society. And a lot of it is accepted by men and women alike, unfortunately.
  9. by   jnette
    "Where have all the flowers gone.... long time passing...
    Where have all the flowers gone... long time ago..."

    What indeed has become of us? This is truly repulsive.
  10. by   Spidey's mom
    Originally posted by jnette
    "Where have all the flowers gone.... long time passing...
    Where have all the flowers gone... long time ago..."

    What indeed has become of us? This is truly repulsive.

    Yep . . .. . .sigh . . . . ..
  11. by   VickyRN
    The love of money is a root of all evil. Amazing what people will do for the almighty dollar.
  12. by   Mkue
    What indeed has become of us? This is truly repulsive
    I agree.
  13. by   nowplayingEDRN
    repulsive, depraved and truely twisted........and you can't tell me this is fun for the so called "women" that participate in this. I have never been hit with a paint ball but I work with plenty of people that play paint ball wars and they say if you are not properly padded/protected they will leave one helluva bruise on you. Is humanity so desperate and depraved for entertainment that they will stoop to this???? *shakes head sadly* Oyi vey, Dahlink.
  14. by   Angelica
    I just got back from Phoenix. My husband, who is out of town, left me a note attached to a copy of the "hunting for Bambi" article which reads:

    I didn't get drawn for anything so I booked a hunt with these guys. O.K.?