On August 16 A&E is going to unleash the bad ass hog hunting Texas family The Campbells onto the reality TV landscape in a show called American Hoggers. The Campbells include retired Texas Ranger Jerry Campbell (64), his son Robert Campbell (28), and daughter Krystal “Pistol” Campbell (23). According to the press release from the network the show will follow the Campbells as they assist Texas residents with the real and dangerous threat of feral hogs.
Being a red-blooded meat-eating male my attention was drawn instantly to 23-year-old Krystal Campbell, who is described as a “firecracker” in the promo. After doing a little digging I can confirm the firecracker label and the fact that she’s the real .357 Ruger gun-toting deal. Read on as we get to know the young gal who’s sexy, educated, and lethal!
According to DFW.com Krystal Campbell and her family run Campbell’s Homeplace Ranch based out of Brownwood, TX. The ranch includes such noted members as former President George H.W. Bush and actor Sam Elliot. In addition they note that Krystal is a former Miss Brownwood.
Krystal was featured in an Outdoor Life profile and here’s some of the info I was able to gather up. She’s committed to her education, as evidenced by her comments back in November of 2010 that she’s working on a Master’s degree in Psychology from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. She plans on pursuing her doctorate after that. She’s also a former cheerleader for the semi-pro football team the Texas Mavericks.
Krystal’s passion however is the hunt, and it’s time to get down to the business at hand which is talkin’ about Krystal’s killer instincts (and looks)! She guides hog hunts, rides horses and hunts deer. As we’ll discover from the show she does a lot of hog hunting too and doesn’t always require a gun to finish her job. She got her introduction to hunting from her daddy Jerry at the tender age of 3 when she was brought along on a hog hunt with her brother Robert. On that occasion Jerry landed the second largest pig in the state.
Her first kill was at just six when she scored a hog with a pistol and she was hooked from there. As she matured into a young woman she developed an appetite for what’s considered dangerous game like mountain lions, wildcats and even bears! If I dated Krystal (dream on right) I’d be in the tent calling for my momma while my lady was out taking care of the whole bear situation. She’s even gone as far as missing her first day of class to continue a hunt. That’s my kind of dedication right there.
Actually, putting the hunt first has become a tradition for our girl. She almost got kicked off her high school cheerleading squad for missing a game because it was the opening day of deer season. A girl’s got to have her priorities I reckon. I guess it would be too much to ask to see a photo of Krystal hunting in her cheerleading outfit right? Anyways, the Campbells primarily use hounds and horses to get their hogs. The dogs pick up the scent and Krystal follows on horseback if the terrain isn’t too rough. Once the dogs have a hog at bay she’ll use her pistol or her knife if the boar ain’t too nasty. To find out more about the serious danger and damage these feral hogs can bring check out our infographic here.
Krystal Campbell is a pretty lucky gal and a pro at her craft as she’s managed to go this far without suffering a major injury. Jerry hasn’t been so lucky as he has plenty of war wounds to show, hell he’s even been gored before. Can you imagine being the young Texan boy headin’ out to the ranch to take Krystal out for prom. I’m gonna guess that whatever time Jerry set as curfew that our man had Krystal home way before that. I know I would. You can check out ten great quotes from Jerry here.
Post note: In the original press release A&E called Jerry a Texas Ranger, they have since changed the wording. You can get all the details on that here. The Texas Rangers are one of the most respected organizations in America so I certainly wanted to point this discrepancy out.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this profile on Miss Krsytal Campbell as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it up. Please feel free to click on any of the photos below for the full-page image.