A young woman who calls herself 'Bunny Hunter' may be Tampa's answer to Duck Dynasty. She has her own YouTube channel where she shoots guns, handles knives, hunts wild boar, and packs pistols beneath evening gowns, miniskirts, and Daisy Dukes.
"Maybe I can get girls interested and aware that you can wear this dress and still protect yourself, and no one will be wiser to the fact that you're packing some serious heat," she explained.
I know Hunter's real name and age, but agreed not to publish or broadcast it because of her concerns for safety and security. Note to would-be pests: She's often armed.
"MANLY, YES, BUT I LIKE IT TOO."
That was a slogan from a 70's soap commercial, but Bunny Hunter says the once-manly pursuits of guns, fishing rods, and the great outdoors is becoming more appealing to women. Although she dresses provocatively in many of her videos, she says men aren't her only views on YouTube.
"The demographic is 80 percent male, 20 percent female," she said. "But in the beginning it was 90 percent male, so that shows improvement."
I spent a couple of hours with her on a local range watching her shoot.
"This is definitely my favorite gun," she said, smiling, after squeezing off a couple of rounds on the huge Serbu Firearms BFG-50, a .50-caliber rifle.
She literally and figuratively gets quite a kick shooting the long-distance sniper rifle.
SHE GETS PAID FOR THIS?
Bunny Hunter is already receiving checks from advertising that appears on her YouTube channel. She hopes to dramatically increase revenue by promoting certain guns, knives, rods, and camping gear within her segments.
"Have you ever heard the term media entrepreneur?" I ask.
"I have," she smiled. "Is that what I am?"
In this new world of social media, reality shows, and YouTube stars, that's exactly what she is.
You can check out Bunny's YouTube channel at: http://www.youtube.com/user/bunnyhunterUSA