December 11, 2013
Trend Alert: Grannies Who Gun Down Deer
By Phil Bourjaily
Maybe deer hunting keeps you young. That's the only explanation I have for this outbreak of news stories (that is, if two stories equals an outbreak) about grandmothers (possibly great-grandmothers) who hunt deer. I thought I was doing pretty well when I found a story about 82-year old Violet Mears of Parksley, Va., who took up hunting at age 73 and has shot eight deer since then. No, I don't know why the news story insists on calling her a "silver fox huntress."
Then this morning Dave Hurteau sent me this story about Katie Watson of Gold Hill, N.C., who is 98 and still hunts deer, having tagged her most recent deer earlier this year. She is also gives a fun interview as you can see on the news story and is sure death to Mountain Dew cans.