Look out Bullwinkle, 95-year-old Laura Wood has already taken down one moose with a single shot during a hunting trip in Newfoundland and she is busy preparing for her next conquest.
An avid hunter for the last 79 years, Wood finally realized her long held dream of felling a moose while on a hunting trip at the Sandy Lake Lodge in Grand Falls-Windsor, N.L.
Years of trying to fulfill the dream have been littered with obstacles. Moose hunting on the mainland of Nova Scotia is banned and Cape Breton, the only area where it is allowed, uses a lottery system to choose hunters permitted to hunt the animals. Wood got her chance 20 years ago, but came home empty handed. Determined not to give up, she set out for her first hunting trip to Newfoundland six years ago, but never caught glimpse of the elusive animal.
Wood decided to give her dream once last chance, but she was beginning to think luck was once again against her. Then she saw the 600 pound female moose on the last day of her hunting trip. She told CBC News: "Well I just shot it. The guide said, 'don't shoot again.' I was going to shoot again, but he said 'don't shoot' because he knew I got it."
Dick Fevens, owner of Sandy Lake Lodge and Wood's hunting guide, told The Star he had never seen a client with more ambition and enthusiasm since opening the business five years ago. He recalled a time when Wood crawled under a fallen tree lying across a hunting path and said: “She’s 95 years old. She’d hunt in the morning and we’d bring her back at about 10 a.m., she’d have a little nap and have dinner, then she’d want to play cards. Then we’d hunt in the evening and she would come back, get her supper and then want to play more cards before bed. She’s an inspiration.”
Wood comes by her love of the outdoors and her hunting skills naturally. Her father, Alfred Hamilton, was a long-time game warden and taught her how to hunt. She has been hunting rabbits and deer since she was 16 years-old.
Wood's oldest son, Bill, says his mother has several hobbies. Besides hunting, she enjoys driving a four-wheeler, tending to her vegetable garden and a strawberry patch, and loves playing cards. He told Fish and Game: “My mother is an independent woman, that’s the truth. She doesn't hear so good anymore but her eyesight must still be pretty dang good. It was sure good enough for her to see that moose she just shot.”
Shortly after returning home from her memorable hunting excursion, Wood is already planning on heading to the family cabin for deer season and says she is planning on trying to get a male moose next.
As for what she did with the moose she bagged this go around: "It's in my freezer now."