98-year-old granny still enjoys deer hunting

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GOLD HILL, NC — She’s 98 years old, and can hold her own against those half her age when it comes to hunting. Katie Watson shot her first rabbit at 10, and 88 years later, she’s showing no signs of slowing down. Her older brother let her shoot a rabbit for the first time all those years ago and she was bitten by the hunting bug.

Watson grew up hunting rabbit, quail, turkey and just about any wild game she could get in her sights. She is quite proud of the fact that she’s tagged 44 deer … since she turned 80. Now, she goes along with her great-nephew Wes Sells on trips every year. She’s taught him the finer points of deer hunting since he was 15-years-old.

“I think it’s great, it is a privilege and honor to be able to have someone that has hunted their whole life,” Sells said.

Watson still keeps up with men more than half her age.

“How many men still hunt when they’re 97?” she asks, smiling.


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