Marilyn Judd has been hunting more than 10 years. She's never made a kill, until now. "I said I have a bear and I can see him, he's down." said Judd. It all began Sunday evening; she sat in the woods behind her Derby Line home, waiting.
"Looking out, sitting in my chair and I'm looking around and the bear." says Judd. "I was like Oh my god, there's a bear." One clean shot, the 380 pound beast never made it to the corn field just on the other side of the woods.
"I'm glad that it was a clean first kill and he don't go far," she said.
The animal stood 6 feet, 6 inches, a massive catch for a woman who stands 5 foot 3 inches. Judd said, "His paws, his back paws, were on the ground and I'm standing next to him and he just towered over me. It was just amazing."
The animal is a rare kill here in Vermont.
"They did a measurement of his head and they said it's definitely a record," she continued.
It's a record, meaning the bear meets the requirements to be mentioned as a Boone and Crockette big game record. Marilyn says it wouldn't have been possible without a special gun. One her mother left her before her death years ago. "I'm just gonna stick to my guns and believe that my mom was there." With her mom by her side and a little patience, waiting more than a decade for the kill of a lifetime was worth it.
"How do I want to say it, I'm proud of my bear! You know?" And there's nothing like a few hundred pounds of bear burgers and sausage to get you through the winter.
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