Eleven-year-old Kaitlynn Bessette, left, killed a black bear with a single shot to the heart.

11-year-old hunts 150kg bear


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Remember that first rabbit you shot when you were 12? Kaitlynn Bessette, 11, can go one better. She just hunted her first bear.

She nailed a 152kg black bear on her first attempt, hitting it in the heart, and said she was “thankful, very thankful”.

The American youngster, who’s into hunting and fishing, said she’d always wanted to hunt bear but didn’t know if she’d get the chance.

Kaitlynn isn’t only young, she has suffered a disorder since birth that means she needs a heart and liver transplant, something she is still waiting for.

The hunt, which Kaitlynn did last Saturday, was arranged by an organisation that helps disabled kids achieve outdoors-related goals.

Kaitlynn’s parents both said they were proud of their girl, and her mother said she burst into tears as soon as Kaitlynn rang to say she’d got her bear.

The family plans to have the bear mounted.

Wisconsin television news celebrated Kaitlynn’s success in a state where hunting is a common experience and the current bear season is about close.


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Mick Matheson

Mick grew up with guns and journalism, and has included both in his career. A life-long hunter, he has long-distant military experience and holds licence categories A, B and H. In the glory days of print media, he edited six national magazines in total, and has written about, photographed and filmed firearms and hunting for more than 15 years.

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