A top ten Miss America 2014 finalist, an avid bowhunter and a sergeant in the Kansas Army National Guard, Theresa Vail is out to prove she can do anything she sets her mind to.
Now the former Miss Kansas is pushing herself outside of her comfort zone on her new Outdoor Channel show, “Limitless with Theresa Vail.” Oh, and did we mention she’s only 24?
FOX411: What can fans expect from the show?
Theresa Vail: After Miss America, Outdoor Channel saw my hunting background and they contacted me and asked if I wanted a show and I said yes. From there it developed into this non-traditional hunting, adventure-type show.They can expect to see me in every episode doing something that I’ve never done before with the exception of the first episode -- I’ve done the death march before -- everything else has been a new challenge so they see me struggle at times. I keep pushing myself and I don't stop trying.
FOX411: The show is called “Limitless.” What does that mean to you?
Vail: I came from a very depressing background of bullying. I didn't have a lot of friends at school. What pulled me out of that was me pushing myself to do things I wasn't comfortable with otherwise I would have stayed in this lonely state.
FOX411: Being in the public eye, has it been hard to stick to your guns, so to speak?
Vail: Not at all. I know what I stand for, I'm proud of what I stand for and that's why it's so easy to stand up in the face of adversity. I fully believe that teaching a woman how to use a gun is the best thing you can do for her and for her confidence and her personal empowerment. That’s when I became completely confident in defending and protecting myself. The Second Amendment is my life.
FOX411: Do you think you have to be an outdoors enthusiast or hunter to enjoy the show?
Vail: No, I think that's the beauty of this show. It’s not just catering to hunters, it’s not just catering to outdoor enthusiasts, it’s catering towards anyone who wants to see a motivational story. I think that's what this does.
FOX411: You've been outspoken about your American pride. Do you think the country is headed in the right direction?
Vail: That is a very difficult question considering everything that’s been going on lately. The controversy with the Confederate flag, and everything that’s been happening. But why I’m proud to be an American is because there are still people out there who believe in what this country is founded on and I hope that those people speak out and once again be united.
FOX411: You recently shared a picture on Facebook of a squirrel you ate. What’s the secret to cooking the perfect squirrel?
Vail: Very carefully. You cook it in a crock pot with, oh gosh what do I put in there? French onion soup mix and let it sit overnight for a couple of hours and the meat just falls off the bone and it's delicious.
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