PHILLIPS, Wis. – It’s never too late to bag your first buck.
Florence Teeters, 104, harvested a buck this hunting season, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources spokesperson Raechelle Belli confirmed Tuesday. As far as the department knows, this is Teeters’ first deer harvest.
Teeters is the oldest person to date to “purchase a gun deer license and harvest a deer” according to a state database, Belli said.
“This speaks to the adage that you should never underestimate the power of our senior citizens. After raising a family of hunters, this young lady chose this opportunity to partake in Wisconsin’s long-established tradition of deer hunting,” DNR Secretary-designee Preston D. Cole said in a statement.
NBC 15 in Madison reported that Teeters’ son Bill went hunting with his mother last year; that’s when she said she wanted to get her own license.
“Yes, it was her idea to get the license,” Bill Teeters said in a statement to the DNR. “And, yes, that was her first license.”
This year, she shot the buck with her son by her side from a blind at a distance of about 30 yards, the station reports.
Teeters enjoys spending time in the woods, has gone zip-lining and goes to Mardi Gras every year, the station reports, citing her son.
“We join the rest of Wisconsinites in celebrating her outstanding accomplishment,” Cole said. “On behalf of the DNR, we thank Mrs. Teeters for her participation in this year’s annual gun deer hunt and for helping keep Wisconsin’s hunting heritage alive. This proves that Wisconsin’s gun deer hunting season is for every generation.”
Contributing: Joel Shannon and Jordan Culver, USA TODAY
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