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Topic 88 of 96: Hunting for Bambi

Wed, Jul 16, 2003 (08:16) | Paul Terry Walhus (terry)

Hunting For Bambi: What Do You Think?

A business near Las Vegas called "Hunting for Bambi" is offering men the
opportunity to "hunt" for naked women.

TV station KLAS in Las Vegas is reporting that men pay
anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 to shoot women they call "Bambis" with
paint ball guns. They take home a video of their experience. Many of the
men reportedly return for multiple hunting trips.

The women wear no protective gear and no clothing, only tennis shoes.

Paint balls hit at about 200 mph, and can draw blood when they hit bare

The women get paid $2,500 if they avoid being hit and $1,000 if a paint
ball hits them. They admit it hurts.

Some experts and critics are wondering if the bambi hunts are actually the
acting out of sexual aggression that could lead to more violent behavior.

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 Topic 88 of 96 [news]: Hunting for Bambi
 Response 1 of 2: Bambi   (bambi) * Wed, Jul 16, 2003 (08:51) * 107 lines 

I'm actually one of the women thinking about signing up for this but I
hear it really hurts when you get hit. And there's a big difference
between $2500 and $1000. Right now I'm working in a strip club, but it
wouldn't be much different. I would do it for the money but the issue for
me is how good their insurance is, they don't allow protective gear.

Here's a news article I read on the net:

(July 10) -- It's a new form of adult entertainment, and men are paying
thousands of dollars to shoot naked women with paint ball guns. They're
coming to Las Vegas to do it. This bizarre new sport has captured the
attention of people around the world, but Channel 8 Eyewitness News
reporter LuAnne Sorrell is the only person who has interviewed the game's

George Evanthes has never been hunting. "Originally I'm from New York.
What am I going to hunt? Squirrels? Someone's cats? Someone's dogs? I
don't think so," said Evanthes. Now that he's living in Las Vegas, he's
finally getting his chance to put on his camouflage, grab a rifle and pull
the trigger. But what's in his scope may surprise you. He's not hunting
ducks or deer, he's hunting naked woman.

"I've done this three times," says Nicole, one of the three women allowing
themselves to be shot at. Two other women, Gidget and Skyler, claim they
have done this seven times.

Hunting for Bambi is the brainchild of Michael Burdick. Men pay anywhere
from $5000 to $10,000 for the chance to come to the middle of the desert
to shoot what they call "Bambis" with a paint ball gun. Burdick says men
have come from as far away as Germany. The men get a video tape of their
hunt to take home and show their friends.

Burdick says safety is a concern, but the women are not allowed to wear
protective gear -- only tennis shoes.

Burdick says hunters are told not to shoot the women above the chest, but
he admits not all hunters follow the rules. "The main goal is to be as
true to nature as possible. I don't go deer hunting and see a deer with a
football helmet on so I don't want to see one on my girl either," said

The paint balls that come out of the guns travel at about 200
miles-per-hour. Getting hit with one stings with clothes on, and when they
hit bare flesh, they are powerful enough to draw blood.

Evanthes shot one of the women and says, "I got the one with the biggest

Gidget is the one who took the paint ball shot to the rear. She says, "It
hurt. It really hurt. I didn't think it was going to be that bad." When
asked if she cried she says,"yeah, a little bit."

So why do women agree to strip down and run around the desert dodging
paint balls? Nicole says it's good money. "I mean it's $2,500 if you don't
get hit. You try desperately not to and it's $1000 if you do," said

The men and women say this is all good, clean fun, but in Part 2 of this
special report, reporter LuAnne Sorrell speaks with a psychologist who
says for some men playing out this sexual aggression may lead to other
more violent acts against women.

Michael Burdick, the founder of Hunting For Bambi, explains the game to
three women early one Monday morning. "You have to collect four flags
throughout the course. Some are easy for you and some are not easy," said

The woman begin stripping down to their tennis shoes and start running to
dodge the paint balls that go buzzing by.

"We got a hit," said George Evanthes, who just shot and hit one of the
women in the behind. "It was sexy. Let's put it that way," said Evanthes.

The women who take part in this bizarre game get paid $2,500 if they
escape unscathed. Even if a paintball hits them, they walk away with

"As you can see this is not lethal, and it wasn't meant to hurt anybody.
Just good clean fun," said Evanthes.

Burdick says the majority of the men who pay the $5000 to $10,000 to play
the game are the submissive, quite type. "For the individual who's used to
saying 'I can't go out with the boys tonight' or the wimp of America, it's
a chance for him to come out and vent his aggression and really take
charge and have some fun."

Marv Glovinsky is a clinical psychologist. He says Hunting for Bambi is
every man's fantasy come true. "You might think of all men as little boys
who have never grown up, so they entertain their adolescent fantasies and
they go through life being adolescents on the hunt."

But Glovinsky says this so called game that mixes violence with sexuality
can be dangerous for men who can not distinguish fantasy from reality, and
acting out the violence in this game could lead to them acting out real

"If you're blurring reality and fantasy and you can't make the distinction
and you're emotions over power your intellect or your higher mental
function, your going to get into trouble, and if you have a control
problem to boot, that's really going to cause problems." Problems, he
adds, like beating, raping or even hunting women with a real gun.

Hunter Evanthes disagrees, "This is just a game. Get serious, get real."
But some worry it's a game, which may have consequences that go far beyond
the playing field.

 Topic 88 of 96 [news]: Hunting for Bambi
 Response 2 of 2: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Wed, Jul 16, 2003 (12:01) * 81 lines 
Bambi don't get your hopes up yet.

Here's what one urban legends site has to say.

Claim: A Las Vegas business offers men the opportunity to "hunt" naked
women with paintball guns.
Status: Undetermined.

Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2003]

Is this site for real? If it is I weep for the future...

Origins: Another
cruel real-life example of the shocking degradation of women, or a big
put-on? That's the question being raised about Hunting for Bambi, a Las
Vegas-based business which purportedly offers "hunters" the opportunity,
for $10,000, to stalk naked women and shoot them with paintball guns.
According to the Hunting for Bambi site, their business is:

More shocking than anything you've ever seen before. Labeled by CBS News
as a cross between Sex and Violence a deadly combination! Women are being
hunted down like animals and shot with paintball guns. This Raw and
completely Uncensored video is a cross between Bum Fights and Girls Gone
Wild and is sure to be the topic of many Howard Stern Show fans. You will
be completely stunned when you see some of the wildest, most outrageous
moments ever caught on tape. This is without a doubt one of the sickest
and most shocking videos ever made. When it comes to hunting women if you
can think of it we probably show it. Women are screaming with fear as our
Team Bambi hunters track them down and blast them with paintball guns . .
Contributing to the public's belief in this venture was a local Las Vegas
television station, KLAS-TV, running a non-probing news feature on Hunting
for Bambi (complete with footage of "hunters" in action) and proclaiming
it to be real.

However, the whole setup of the Hunting for Bambi site seems to be a
deliberate attempt to shock and outrage rather than amuse, and it's all
too easy for hoaxsters to fool reporters with shows staged for their
benefit (as notorious prankster Joey Skaggs has demonstrated time and
again). Paintball, although intended as a game, is a potentially dangerous
sport which requires full protective gear for safety, and allowing
"hunters" to shoot at naked human targets is a recipe for disaster. (What
woman in her right mind would allow people to shoot at her with paintballs
delivered at a muzzle velocity of up to 200 MPH but agree that she
couldn't wear so much as protective goggles, protected by nothing but a
vague rule that shooters are supposed to hit their targets below the waist
only?) Even if the "Bambis" are willing participants who sign liability
waivers, the potential for a multi-million-dollar lawsuit should one of
them be seriously injured or killed is far too great. (Indeed, Brass Eagle
Inc., the leading paintball products company, has already asked Las Vegas
city and country officials to investigate the purported Hunting for Bambi
activities, as "the health and welfare of the women participants could be
damaged or threatened by this undertaking.")

Moreover, in common with most web-based business hoaxes, the Hunting for
Bambi site displays a curious lack of contact information. Its putative
parent company, Real Men Outdoor Productions, is indeed a registered
Nevada corporation, but that in itself doesn't mean much, as anyone can
register a business for a small fee. (The address listed for Real Men
Outdoor Productions corresponds to the address of another registered Las
Vegas company, Clean Your Carpets Inc., whose corporate status has since
been revoked.) Perhaps more significant is that no business address or
phone number is to be found on the Hunting for Bambi site, and several
readers who expressed interest in booking a "hunt" have told us their
e-mail inquiries to the Hunting for Bambi folks went unanswered. Those are
rather odd business practices for a legitimate company looking to book
customers at $10,000 a pop.

We're still investigating, but we'd be quite surprised if this turned out
to be anything but yet another outrageous leg-pull.
Last updated: 15 July 2003

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