An 80 year-old grandmother from East Texas just showed the world that she’s still got it by shooting a buck right from her kitchen while she was making lunch.
Virginia Luce is a four-time cancer survivor who retired just two months ago after working for 25 years as a registered nurse. She currently lives on an 80-acre property with her husband Myrl that is located adjacent to the Davy Crockett National Forest.
“It’s a pretty good spot,” she told Dallas News. “My husband and I have hunted and fished together for our entire married life — 63 years. “I usually kill a buck every year, but we don’t allow anyone to shoot the momma deer. The way I see it, if you leave the girls alone, the boys will come.”
Luce has been hunting for decades, but physical limitations have forced her to change her strategy as of late.
“I do all my hunting from the house now,” she said with a laugh. “My kitchen is my deer stand. We take the screen off one of the windows every fall. I can see a pretty good ways from there.”
Luce was recently at her post making lunch when she saw what looked like a buck slipping along the edge of the national forest, about 175 yards away. When she grabbed her binoculars, she immediately recognized the animal she was seeing.
“It was a really big buck,” she said. “We’d seen him on our game camera at a feeder a few weeks back, but that was the last deer I expected to show up right here behind the house.”
With no hesitation, Luce grabbed her rifle and pulled the trigger as the buck slipped into a narrow lane near the edge of their property. Her husband, who was watching television in the living room, had no idea she had even seen a buck until he heard the rifle go off.
“She watches them all time when she’s in the kitchen,” he said. “Right after the shot she hollered, ‘Well, that was the big one, Daddy.’ That’s when I put my boots on, got on the tractor and went to load him up. He didn’t go far. She doesn’t miss very often.”
Luce has shot many bucks in her lifetime, but she says this one was the biggest.
“When I saw all those horns I thought was I seeing things — I’d never seen anything like it,” she said. “I got so excited about that deer that I can’t even remember what I was fixing for lunch.”
The buck was later taped at 1602/8 gross as a non-typical by Jacob Carter at McCarty Taxidermy.
“It’s a really neat looking deer,” Carter said. “And what a neat story. It’s not every day you hear about an 80-year-old woman shooting a big buck out of her kitchen window.”