Who said you couldn’t be 100-years-old and out hunting deer? Often people have misconceptions that just because someone is too old or too young, they can’t do something they love. But that is hardly ever the case. The world is a lot more fluid than our judgments would have us believe. And Bertha Vickers from Morgantown, Mississippi is ready to celebrate her 100th birthday on January 9. While she’s excited about her milestone year, she’s more eager to talk about the deer she recently killed while out on the hunt.
Even though she’s happy to talk about it, she’s a bit surprised that the general public is so excited to hear that a woman, who is about to turn 100, just shot and killed a deer.
“I don’t know why everyone is making such a big deal about it,” the elderly active hunter told the Clarion-Ledger. “If I’d killed a big buck, I could see it, but it was just a doe.”
The news broke onto the scene when the Clarion-Ledger reported how Vickers used her .243 Winchester rifle to bag a deer a few miles from her rural Mississippi home.
And when her family shared photos of the about-to-be centenarian with her deer, comments started pouring in with congratulations and birthday wishes.
Although the world is shocked to hear that a 99-year-old woman shot and killed a deer, Vickers isn’t. She goes hunting all the time, and this doe just marks yet another kill she made while out on the hunt.
Vickers loves to spend her free time going out into the woods with her rifle, by herself, and hunting squirrels and deer.
Nevertheless, the old woman has made headlines for shooting down a deer just days before her 100th birthday.
Vickers was born on January 9, 1918. She grew up in the farmlands in Oktibbeha County, which neighbors where she currently lives. She married her husband, Bert Vickers in 1935 when she was just 17-years old.
She remembers the Great Depression is a “tough time” for farmers.
But she survived and went on to have three children and 66-years of happy marriage.
Going deer hunting during the season was a Sunday tradition for the Vickers.
Back in 2001, Bert lost his battle with cancer. And despite losing her husband, Vickers refused to lose her passion for nature and hunting.
“Just to get to go and the thrill of catching or killing something is so exciting. I’m going to do just what I want to do,” she said about achieving her 100th year.
Although she has reached an age that most people can only dream of, she refuses to let the number slower her down.
“I’m going to fish more than I did last year. I would love to kill a buck. I can’t hunt in this cold, but it will warm up.”
Reaching the centenarian club is not easy. But an active lifestyle and a love for the outdoors can only help.
What do you think about this near centenarian hunting a deer days ahead of her milestone birthday?