07/19/2012 11:19 am ET Updated Jul 19, 2012

Alex Wehrley, Former Miss Wisconsin USA, Goes From Big Buck Hunter Model To News Anchor (PHOTOS)

You've played Big Buck Hunter, the bar video game in which you drunkenly blast away at fleeing deer with a fake plastic rifle as beautiful babes wink at you between rounds.

The Huffington Post found one of those deer-destroying cheerleaders, and she's an all-American bad ass.

It turns out that Alex Wehrley -- a model clad in short shorts in the recently unveiled Big Buck HD -- is not only former Miss Wisconsin USA, she's currently a news anchor and reporter for an NBC affiliate in Illinois.

Going from national beauty star to national newshound isn't easy, but Wehrley's been doing this for a while.

PHOTOS of Alex Wehrley (story continues below):

"I started modeling when I was 9 years old. But I did one small pageant when I was 19, and didn't know what I was doing at all," she told The Huffington Post. "I practiced a ton [for Miss USA] ... And became Miss Wisconsin on my first try."

In 2009, she wore the Miss Wisconsin USA sash after wowing judges in a swimwear, evening wear and interview competition. In 2010, she ditched the dashing duds for a camouflage crop top and combat boots. Next time you play Big Buck HD at your local watering hole, she'll be the one blowing kisses after you end the lives of unsuspecting -- and fake -- whitetail deer.

"Being a Buck Hunter model was a fun gig," the 24-year-old said. "It was just a casting call when I was doing freelance work in Chicago."

Indeed, Wehrley prefers hitting the bush with a real rifle.

"Well, I have no desire to shoot an animal," she said. "But I have been 'hunting,' basically an excuse to be with friends and wear cute camouflage clothes."

Wehrely certainly rocks the camouflage, but her real calling came to her in the form of WREX, where she's now Rockford Illinois' favorite morning news anchor.

Sure, Buck Hunter got her a one-time paycheck -- and plenty of rifle-wielding fans -- but her communications degree got her a career as a reporter on the street and in the newsroom (video below).

"I love being out in the field after I anchor," Wehrley said. "I love meeting people and hearing their stories ... I always knew I wanted to be in the entertainment industry."

Check Wehrley out every morning from 5 to 7 a.m. on 13 News Today, or grab a whiskey at the nearest pub sporting Big Buck HD -- she'll be there.