“She grabbed a hunting magazine; she says, ‘All right, you show me where to shoot that thing,’” Jeff Labbe told the Sun Journal. His mother had been aiming a little high. “I put a crosshair mark right where she should shoot it,” he said.
After sitting in a hunting shack for two hours Wednesday, Terry Labbe spotted a buck 30 yards away. After fumbling with the gun’s safety mechanism, she fired and hit the 61-pound animal,
“I think (Jeff) was as excited as I was, if not more,” she told the Sun Journal. “You know, I’m 80 years old, I’ve never shot before in my life, so it was like, ‘Wow, I can still do it.’ It’s not how old you are that counts. You want to do it, you do it.”
According to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, about 300 of the state's 219,000 licensed deer hunters last year were 80-year-old women.
On average, for those hunters, the success rate in getting a deer was between 15 and 20 percent.