This 73-year-old great-grandmother takes a 220-pound black bear in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula proving you’re never too old to head into the woods.
Karen Kuch is a four-foot, 11-inch tall crossword puzzle aficionado, book reader, and avid baker.
She’s also a 73-year-old great-grandmother 13 times over and recently shot a 220-pound Upper Peninsula bruin with her Ruger .44 Magnum rifle.
After a seven-year wait working through Michigan’s competitive lottery system, Kuch scored her first bear hunting tag, and was off to Luce County in the UP.
On the morning of Sept. 10, she was joined by her son-in-law Steve Vandemark and Michigan “Out of Doors Television” host Jimmy Gretzinger, who was filming the hunt.
Three hours after a hard-charging storm came across the area, Kuch put her eyes on the first bear of the day, but the fast-moving bruin offered no good shot.
An hour later she would get her first chance to raise her rifle on a different bear and pull the trigger but, as luck would have it, she missed.
“I was devastated,” said Kuch. “I thought, ‘That was it. We sat out here all day and got nothing.’”
It was perhaps the best thing that could have happened because at 5:30 p.m. the biggest bear of the day walked right by.
Another -albeit more focused- pull of the trigger and the bear was down.
Kuch was ecstatic saying, “I couldn’t believe it—it was very exciting”
It’s not the first time Mrs. Kuch has taken such a trophy. Seventeen years ago she won an exclusive state lottery for an elk tag and bagged a beautiful six-by-six that weighed 720 pounds.
Soon she was home in Frankenlust Township trimming the fat from her well-earned bear meat.
Kuch said; “They say if there’s a lot of fat on the bear, it’s going to be a brutal winter for Michigan. I’m here to tell you that it’s going to be a bad one. There’s a lot of fat on this bear.”
But she isn’t quitting hunting with her bear. She’s already been in her blind getting it ready for bowhunting season which begins Oct. 1.
Said the great-grandmother: “I’ll be ready.”
Pictures via M Live