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No naked paintballing.

If you read last week, you learned about a new game that involves shooting naked women with paintball guns in the Nevada desert. (If not, see Page 10.)

It all stems from a KLAS-TV, Channel 8, in Las Vegas report on Hunting for Bambi, a Nevada business that charges men armed with paintball guns up to $10,000 to hunt a naked woman in tennis shoes who tries to elude the hunters and the 200 m.p.h, paintballs coming at her. They even get a videotape of the experience.

KATV, Channel 7, in Little Rock rebroadcast the KLAS report on Wednesday night with no mention at all of the obvious Arkansas connection--which is that Brass Eagle Inc. of Bentonville, the world's largest maker of paintball equipment, felt compelled to issue a warning that naked paintballing "may result in significant bodily injury." A second installment on Thursday was to make that clear, News Director Randy Dixon said.

Some observers, specifically www., have argued it's all a hoax for gullible media types. But tell that to the media--with coverage from TV shows like "The O'Reilly Factor" and networks like MSNBC. Even Diane Sawyer is coming out of the woodwork for this one, according to KLAS-TV.

Business owner Michael Burdick launched a Web site selling videos of the hunts about five weeks ago, KLAS-TV reported, but was soon inundated with responses from men wanting to make their own videos. The site lists Real Men Outdoor Productions as the owner.

As for the "Urban Legend" claims of critics, KLAS-TV reported that the Web hosting company Burdick uses admitted to receiving online orders for hunts and new orders were rolling in.

And the Las Vegas city department that issues business licenses is investigating, KLAS-TV reported. Apparently the company is licensed for online sales of hunting videos but not for hunting naked women with paintball guns in the desert outside city limits.

At up to 10 grand per hunter, perhaps southeast Arkansas could shake itself from economic doldrums and become the tourism destination for human-hunting paintballers: "Hunting for Deadbeat Ex-hubby," "Hunting for That Guy Who Only Talks to Skinny Blondes at the Gym," "Hunting for the Guy Who Flipped You Off on the Highway."

It could mean boom times.
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Title Annotation:Outtakes: an inside look into Arkansas Media
Author:Holcombe, Carl D.
Publication:Arkansas Business
Geographic Code:1U7AR
Date:Jul 21, 2003
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