Successful Hunt for 76 Year Old Lady

by MarDee McDougal
(McMinnville, OR USA)

The Picture of Contentment

The Picture of Contentment

I've hunted all my life, but, despite living in this area for the past 50+ years, I have not hunted elk "this side of the mountains". But, due to the friendship of a younger couple from my church, I found out about a wonderful Agricultural hunt they do on their property each year. It's for young-people, the first-time hunter, the disabled & Sr. Citizens. I cannot say enough good about this hunt...what a morale booster, to say nothing of filling my freezer!!! Even though I'm 76 years old...I felt like I was 26 again!! The hunt opened on December 1st & I downed mine on January 8th. Naturally the weather, Christmas, & just plain ol' stubborness of the animals limited the actual "hunt days" to about a weeks worth. AND...I'll brag a little more...the site is less than 15 miles from my home. Tough you know, but someone has to do it!! :-)


I'm REALY looking forward to applying for my special hunt tag for next season.

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Aug 24, 2014
Good for you ,Mardee,D.
by: Mountain walker

Nice cow Elk, probably was great eating and tender? Always glad to see people that love this sport when get elderly and they still hunt! I have a few friends that just quit hunting a few years back. I really miss hunting with them. They will talk about it. That is about it. I have family that are always going to be hunters, as my dad and his brothers were fur trappers and miners! Good luck hunting 2014! Mountain Walker.

Jul 23, 2010
Oh my...
by: MarDee McDougal

Hope I didn't shock you too much, Dean. I've literally hunted or been hunting all my life. I was born in April & the folks took me with them that following August/September on an Antelope Hunt. And I'll never forget that Miss Munger was the only teacher who didn't approve my elk hunt absence our Sr. year & said that since it wasn't "lady-like" she'd flunk me. She held true to her word & flunked me in Spanish. My mild mannered mother went in & did a "tap-dance" on Munger's desk...ended up that Frank over-rode her & changed my grade. :-) Was a BIG duck & Sage Chicken hunter over there too, but we don't have those right here so....

Jul 22, 2010
I can not beleive it
by: Dean Vance

As a classmate of yours Mardee Iwould never have thought of you as a hunter!

Feb 19, 2010
Local News Paper did an Article On Me Too
by: MarDee McDougal

Our local news paper contacted me about my hunt. Check out the article at: http://www.newsregister.com/article/43343-mardee+bags+her+elk

Was in a store this morning & a young mother was in there with her 3 year old son. She looked at me & then said "I know where I've seen you. It was in the news paper article. My family never hunted. I've always been kinda against it & we have 2 sons. But you know, that article really touched me & gave me a totally different perspective on hunting. I'm even thinking of having our boys learn". I was really touched by that. Maybe this 76 year old grandma has done some good after all.

Feb 05, 2010
Wonderful!
by: griz

Thanks for sharing - Wonderful!

Feb 04, 2010
The Best !
by: Laurel

Way to go MarDee!

Feb 03, 2010
Grandma Kills an Elk!
by: Dave, MT

Way to go Ms. McDougal! Congratulations!

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