17-Year Old Girl Kills Bear

By: AP
By: AP

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) -- A 17-year-old Michigan girl began her big game hunting career with a bang -- or rather a whoosh -- by killing a 448-pound black bear with a bow and arrow from 16 yards away.
High school senior Jessica Olmstead of Battle Creek shot the bear during a hunting trip last month in Oba, Ontario.
She told the Battle Creek Enquirer for a story published Tuesday that the bear was the first animal she killed with the new bow.
"As soon as my dad got it for me I was immediately comfortable and I was ready to use it the next day," Jessica said.
"When I go out hunting, it's really exciting," she said. "Whenever I see a bear I just want to go at it. When you're hunting, your heart is racing, your blood is pumping, and you feel that adrenaline rush. I really love to hunt."
Her father, Tim Olmstead, told The Associated Press that his daughter eats the animals she hunts, including the bear, and does not kill just for fun.
He told the paper he's been teaching others to hunt for more than 30 years and that he's never had a student pick up the fundamentals as quickly as his daughter.
"I'm not just saying this because she's my daughter," he said. "But she's probably one of the best listeners I've every taught. With the bear she showed a lot of patience. She tracked the bear, killed it, and gutted it like a pro."
Jessica's hunting exploits range beyond the wilderness. Earlier this month, she caught a 20-pound salmon in Lake Michigan, near Holland.
"Fishing is a lot like hunting in a lot of ways," Olmstead said. "But I think that with fishing, it takes a lot more strength and a lot more patience to be successful."


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  • by Jason Location: Jackson on Oct 5, 2010 at 11:25 AM
    To Amber and Sabrina: I am totally in agreement with the both of you on this subject, but you just gotta ignore the other comments on here. The city dwellers never have and never will understand or accept the concept of hunting being a sport. Just let them drive their Toyotas and play their video games.
  • by Jim Location: Jackson on Oct 5, 2010 at 06:46 AM
    From reading all these "amazing" comments, I conclude that I'd rather be a "blood thirsty animal killin redneck" that takes animals to feed his or her family rather than a "grass-eating, tree-hugging city slicker."
  • by Amber Location: Salt Lake City on Oct 4, 2010 at 05:36 PM
    To Leonard: What makes you think her Dad is worthless? He is spending quality time with his daughter. Hunting does not make somenone incensitive or blood thirsty killers. We love nature and respect it we help keep it in balance. You should not be so quick to judge. Why don't you find some other worth while cause to protest? This is not one of them.
  • by Sabrina Location: North Carolina on Oct 4, 2010 at 10:41 AM
    How do you people think you get your filet mignon? It just doesn't lay down and die! I think it's wonderful that this young lady isn't out there into drugs; she's spending time with her dad. What a wonderful way to bond with your family! That's what my family does too. I find no shame in it. If you guys want to graze and eat grass, so be it, but leave us alone.
  • by Jason Location: Jackson on Oct 3, 2010 at 10:42 AM
    Just ignore all the do-gooders' comments. They live in small glass houses anyways.
  • by Leonard Location: Michigan on Oct 1, 2010 at 02:15 PM
    I have two comments to make: 1. I am sure that little hillbilly female was not alone with the bear. There was a battalion of red-necks with automatic rifles standing behind her to back her up in case of her miss. 2. Her worthless dad should have tried to raise her daughter as a lady, instead, he raised her to be incensitive to living creatures, blood-thirsty hillbilly like himself.
  • by Jason Location: Ogden, UT on Sep 30, 2010 at 05:01 PM
    Wow I would have loved to have seen that great job. I hope to get my 13 year old daughter out hunting soon. What a great way to spend time with your Dad. I'm happy that we are bringing up more generations of hunters lets keep it going.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 30, 2010 at 02:04 PM
    At least this gal knows how to defend herself and probably will have a better lifestyle than most of us. She loves nature.
  • by Liza Location: Northern NJ on Sep 30, 2010 at 10:27 AM
    I would love to know what broadhead she was using!!!
  • by Jason Location: Jackson on Sep 30, 2010 at 01:19 AM
    Robin: So from what I understand, to hunt animals makes someone a redneck? Well, guess I'm a redneck too just like the 17 yr. old young lady! At least I put fresh meat on the table for my family. Guilt free, because GOD gave us animals for this reason! There is a difference between torturing animals and harvesting them for food. Grow up! You can have your vegetables, I'm having venison tonight.
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