As a little girl, Margaret Elaine Lunt learned to love the outdoors by accompanying her father on hunting trips, and her passion carried over into adulthood. “I just love being out and seeing some of the most beautiful sights,” said Lunt, now 82. “Hiking a mountaintop with fresh-fallen snow and the bushes and grass all sparkling with frost and red fallen leaves on the ground, it’s just so beautiful.”
As an adult, Lunt enjoyed hunting with her husband, too, and as their son grew old enough, the trio shared many memorable outings together. But Lunt participated in all these adventures only as a hiker and an observer. She never applied for a permit or carried a rifle. But that changed with a simple question. “One time we were out hunting with my brother and his brother-in-law and my son, and my brother’s brother-in-law said, ‘Elaine, you like this so much. Why don’t you get a gun and hunt?’ So I did,” said Lunt. Purchasing her first rifle at age 55, Lunt has killed several mule deer and cow elk over the years.
KSL.com reports that Lunt’s 2015 season started on a good note when she drew a bull elk hunt for the Deseret Land and Livestock unit, near Morgan, Utah. Unfortunately, Lunt’s 86-year-old husband couldn’t join her on the adventure. “(My husband) knew he wouldn’t be able to do the hiking and things,” said Lunt. But their son was able to accompany her. “Since I had spent so many years hunting with my son, it was just a joy to be able to share that together.”
The group’s first day in the field provided lots of action but no kill for Lunt. “We hunted until dark; oh, we saw so many elk and heard the bugling, but nothing was close enough to shoot,” said Lunt.
The next morning, though, after a seven-mile hike, Lunt was able to drop a massive 8-year-old, 6×6 bull, green scoring 336. “I was really excited; I couldn’t believe it,” said Lunt.
Lunt can’t apply for another bull tag for five years, but she wants to apply for a cow tag next season.
“I was quite pleased that I can do that at my age,” she said. “It was unbelievable to see him there and think, ‘Oh, I did it. I got him.’ And I really don’t enjoy killing the animals. We hunt for the meat. We’ll have meat for a couple of years.”