Teenage Girl Bags Bear

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A 17-year-old Battle Creek-area girl has begun her big game hunting career with a bang, bagging a 448-pound black bear from 16 yards away with a bow and arrow.

Jessica Olmstead shot the bear that was more than twice her size during a hunting trip last month in Oba, Ontario. She used a Matthews Passion bow and arrow set designed for women.

The Harper Creek High School senior tells the Battle Creek Enquirer for a story published Tuesday that she loves hunting and whenever she sees a bear, she just wants to go at it.

Her father, Tim, says Olmstead "tracked the bear, killed it, and gutted it like a pro -- like she's been doing it for years."


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  • by Brian Location: St. Johns on Oct 15, 2010 at 07:17 AM
    congrates young lady on a successful hunt. Its to bad all the rest of these bleeding heart liberals don't see it that way.I guess they are ok with eating meat as long as they don't have to kill it.We hunters have to stick together or these idiots will try to stop all hunting. Agian congratulations on a great trophy and hunt.
  • by Jason Location: Jackson on Oct 3, 2010 at 10:56 AM
    You guys, no matter what you do these days, someone will think you are doing something wrong or cruel. I have actually been accused of being cruel to animals because I enjoy fishing and eating the fish I catch!! My response to all you bleeding hearts, get a life! If it bothers you that bad, then don't watch!
  • by Jen Location: Williamston on Oct 1, 2010 at 07:22 AM
    Wayne, I'm curious as to why someone who shows concern for animals has to automatically become a "PETA freak". I don't have a problem with hunting in general and have cooked some pretty awesome venison myself in the past. I just have an issue with animals such as this being killed seemingly completely needlessly. Deer are hunted because they prove to be a menace to drivers and farmers, but I have yet to hear of any of my friends involved in a bear-car accident or any farmers crops being damaged by bear infestation. Bears' habitats are being reduced just about everywhere, and the only time they cause any kind of trouble is when they're habitat has either been reduced or taken away all together. I'm glad this girl is not doing criminal activities, but I think there are still better serving things she could be doing, like volunteering at a wildlife sanctuary that protects these types of animals. Also, for the record, I think actual PETA is an extremist organization and I do not support it.
  • by WAYNE Location: CT on Sep 30, 2010 at 09:47 AM
    I think thats great being 17 and get such a great animal! Not to say they taste great! I you anti hunting peta freaks only knew what you are missing.The thrill of hunting and eating the purest and healthy food you can eat! Remeber if god wanted us to kill plants and eat oats out teeth would be flat. Next time you kill a plant look in the mirror and call your self a plant eating killer. But remember every body has their hobbies hers just happens to be better than you couch potato vidieo game playing out of touch peta freaks. So get a life and get in touch with nature she is.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 29, 2010 at 08:11 AM
    Why don't you anti's put your hobbies on a list so everyone can take a shot at you??? Why are you all so smart and everyone else are something less???
  • by Jen Location: Williamston on Sep 29, 2010 at 04:19 AM
    I was at least glad to read in another, follow-up story that she does eat what she kills. I don't happen to give a flying fig if you think I'm foolish for still finding this a bit unnecessary to kill an animal such as this, especially one whose natural habitats are more and more encroached upon; in other words, they're hardly safe no matter what. Ancient cultures hunted out of pure necessity and the non-edible parts were mostly used for practical purposes with only certain parts that didn't have as much practical purpose being used as "trophy" or "display". Modern man requires none of these such things, and with animals regularly driven to extinction, I just find it better to enjoy them as they are and not stuffed and mounted somewhere in my house. Hello?! These animals are killed for straying into populated areas without it being to expressly cause harm, and yet people still want to hunt them in the limited places they do live and kill them there.
  • by Realist Location: Grass lake on Sep 28, 2010 at 07:31 PM
    You people have no idea what you are blowing about!!! This is a 17 year old and she was just expressing her excitment,just because most of you are pruns and dont understand that man has hunted for food or trophy way longer than you have been around, its only a bear. Whats its purpose any how! I suppose all of you commenting dont eat any type of animal!!! Ha its because of people like you is why this country is in the condition its in with all you bleeding hearts
  • by Anonymous on Sep 28, 2010 at 07:04 PM
    wonder if this was one of those places that harvest wildlife for hunters?
  • by Smithy on Sep 28, 2010 at 07:00 PM
    Okay... seriously. Are you all REALLY bashing a 17 year old girl concerning her hobby of hunting? Calling her a murderer? Insulting her "household"? I give kudos to her and her family for getting involved TOGETHER in a past time other than getting high, having sex, or being overall menaces to society. Many are quick to bash hunting as a horrible sport that kills innocent animals. Hunting is both a sport and a means to feed a family. It is a bonding experience (I know that is hard for some of you to believe). The article did not state that she slaughters animals for fun all the time. Let's not crucify her. KUDOS to WILX for reporting on a POSITIVE story coming out of Battle Creek and the surrounding area. I have read almost nothing but violent crimes committed by the youth of our area in recent weeks. Why are you all so quick to criticize this young girl??
  • by Rp on Sep 28, 2010 at 06:44 PM
    I wonder of all of you perfect world hopefuls are disgusted with your G. Parents for harvesting the farm animals for food.After many years of harvesting wild game..they still thrive. I hope you hit a deer tomorrow
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