Here's a young girl that hunters and conservationists can be proud to have represent our side.
Kerigan Disorda appears to have what it takes to be a great hunter and conservationist, even at the tender age of 13 years.
She has a passion for hunting (bear hunting in particular), a solid understanding of hunting as a conservation and game management tool, and a keen desire to learn more about the animals she pursues.
Filmmaker Caroline Santinelli followed Kerigan and her father Jeff Disorda on one of their weekend bear hunts. Santinelli's camera shows a girl more at home in the woods than in front of a laptop or video game like most 13-year-olds.
They chased Joe Russel's howling bear hounds through Vermont's Green Mountains, with Kerigan helping to stay on course with GPS.
"There's something special about young hunters," says Santinelli. "My parents could barely drag me out of bed before 10 a.m. when I was twelve years old, especially on the weekend, but Kerigan Disorda and her dad are on the road by 4:30 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday of bear hunting season."
Jeff Disorda concurs. "She'll go one day, be up at 4:00 in the morning, hunt all day til dark, and be ready to go at 4:00 the next day."
Kerigan also says that if they meet people who are not necessarily supportive of hunting or hunting with dogs, she will take the time to try to educate them on why hunting is good and its role on wildlife conservation.
Right now she even has some longterm career goals in mind. "I either want to be a bear biologist or a game warden," she says.
Hats off to this young girl and to her dad for raising her to appreciate the great outdoors.