Tattooed former sergeant, Miss America finalist says hunting saved her from suicide

Miss Kansas 2013 is anything but your typical pageant girl, and has credited hunting to saving her life as she gets ready to host a new TV show for the Outdoor Channel.

Tattooed with a prayer and an insignia for her service with the Army National Guard, Theresa Vail placed as a top 10 finalist for the 2014 Miss America Pageant. That is just one of her long list of life accomplishments which now includes landing a TV series “Limitless with Theresa Vail” due to premier this summer, according to Fox News.

VailThe former sergeant, former pageant contestant, and now TV host, attributed hunting to saving her life.

“I nearly committed suicide. My dad was the one that said, ‘You know what, Theresa, we need to find you something that you love. Something that makes you want to stay alive.’ Hunting had always been this thing, it was his way of getting away from the kids — there were nine of us — and getting away from work and he decided to take me,” she said.

“It became our special thing, none of the other kids did it.”

“Limitless with Theresa Vail” will cover a wide array of action adventures, including rock climbing, skydiving, and other adrenaline-pumping activities, but Vail is not deterred.

“The show is about pushing my own boundaries in the outdoors, not just in hunting but in every outdoor aspect,” Vail said.

One of her biggest challenges, she said, is overcoming the condescending treatment she occasionally gets for being a pretty girl in a man’s world.

“…This is my place in the outdoors, this is the first series the Outdoor Channel has had with a sole female host,” she said. “I don’t claim to be an expert. I will fail in tons of challenges I put myself through and I am OK with that and I want people to see that, but also that I will pick myself back up again.”

Vail took her winning spirit with her to the annual NSSF Las Vegas SHOT Show last week where she discussed her passion with FOX411.

“God doesn’t put things in your life that you can’t handle, she said. “I want to continue as a spokesperson for the Second Amendment, and supporting women in defending themselves.”

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