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104-year-old woman becomes Wisconsin’s oldest hunter

Kaitlyn Riley

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Florence Teeters poses with DNR Wardens Joe Paul and Nick Hefter after buying her first gun deer license. - Photo credit: Bill Ball

A mother of five, Florence Teeters, 104, got the idea to get her first hunting license for this year’s gun-deer season while sitting in the blind on her land in Price County with her son last year.

“Yes, it was her idea to get the license,” son Bill Teeters said. Little did anyone know Tetters would bag her first buck on opening day of the 9-day gun deer season.

“This speaks to the adage that you should never underestimate the power of our senior citizens,” DNR Secretary-designee Preston D. Cole said. “After raising a family of hunters, this young lady chose this opportunity to partake in Wisconsin’s long-established tradition of deer hunting. We join the rest of Wisconsinites in celebrating her outstanding accomplishment. This proves that Wisconsin’s gun deer hunting season is for every generation.”

DNR officials say a preliminary records check indicates Florence is the oldest person to date to purchase a gun deer license and harvest a deer.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in both radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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