You do not want to mess with this gun-toting grandma. She may be 101 years old, but she can hit what she is aiming at.
Deer hunting season had not been going well for Bertha Vickers of Morgantown, Mississippi, The Jackson Clarion Ledger reported. She’d already missed out on bagging three deer.
She liked the blind she’d been using, but she wasn’t happy with her .243-caliber rifle.
“It’s a real good place to sit, but after I had bad luck, one of the boys brought me another gun,” she said. “It’s a 7mm-08. I’d seen the gun shoot and knew it would hit.”
Unfortunately, she continued to have trouble, even with the new gun. But a few days after her 101st birthday, her bad luck changed.
From her blind, Vickers patiently waited for a deer to come into view. One did, but she decided she wanted something bigger.
Her wish came true when a larger doe came her way. Vickers took aim and fired, and the deer went down.
But to her surprise, that doe was not alone.
“I saw two deer on the ground. It shot plum through both of them,” she said. “They both dropped right there. They didn’t take another step. I knew (the second deer) was back there, but I didn’t realize it was that close to her where it could get shot.”
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Last year, just weeks before her 100th birthday, Vickers bagged a deer and — apparently to her surprise — got the attention of the Clarion Ledger.
“I don’t know why everybody is making such a big deal about it,” she said. “If I’d killed a big buck I could see it, but it was just a doe.”
Her age has clearly been no hindrance to Vickers’ marksmanship. And she is not alone.
Mary Brittain of Oregon is an 85-year-old grandmother who has not allowed age or a health challenge to stop her from hunting, an activity she has enjoyed for more than 60 years, according to Fox News.
“I can’t get out and walk because of my asthma now so I hunt from a stand,” she told Fox in November. “I hunt with my late husband’s Remington .30-06 semi-automatic. It’s a little heavy for me to hold up now but I managed.
“I need to build up my arm strength more,” she added.
These remarkable women, and their independent spirits, are inspiring. Their hunting and shooting skills exceed those of many people much younger.
And their skills accomplish something else: They send a clear message to bad guys that older and female does not mean weak and defenseless.
Grandma may have a gun — and she may know how to use it better than you do.
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