8-year-old girl is youngest on record in Michigan to kill elk

8-year-old girl is youngest on record in Michigan to kill elk

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Sunfield Township (WXMI) — An 8-year-old girl is the youngest person on record in the state of to successfully hunt an . On Dec. 14, Braeleigh Miller was out with her dad when she shot and killed a nearly 400-pound .

“They were all still in the field when it got daylight, and we waited for legal hours, and we snuck across the field and they were in a perfect position in the field, I mean it couldn’t have unfolded any better,” Braeleigh’s dad Gunnar Miller said.

Braeleigh Miller is the youngest person on record in the state of Michigan to successfully hunt an elk. Photo by: WXMI/WXMI

He said with the help of a guide, they located a gang of elk the night before. Usually when she goes hunting, she’s the only girl among her male relatives.

“It’s cool for me because I’ve never set a record before, my Dad hasn’t set a record before, and my grandpa hasn’t set a record before, so I’m like to them, ‘Ha-ha,'” Braeleigh Miller said.

Gunnar Miller said when he saw what his daughter accomplished, he had tears in his eyes.”Yeah I got pretty worked up, I was pretty excited,” Gunnar Miller said. He said his daughter made the shot from over 200 yards away, which was her longest shot ever.

“There were a few people on Facebook that were pretty skeptical being the size of the gun and the caliber of the gun and the amount of the kick that it has being that it was a full size,” Gunnar Miller said. “It wasn’t a youth gun or anything, it was a full size rifle, and a .308-caliber has a little bit of a kick to it, but she handled it like a champ.”

Gunnar Miller said more young kids should take up hunting.

“Youth hunting in Michigan is a dying sport, and that’s why Michigan actually opened the mentor youth program after studies that have proven in Michigan is that the younger a kid is when they actually get into hunting, the more likely they are to continue it throughout their life,” Gunnar Miller said. “

So doing that study and everything obviously I would have gotten my kids into hunting at a young age no matter what, but to have the opportunity to have them be the one that’s pulling the trigger and actually harvesting the animal at a young age is a huge opportunity for them that we didn’t have when we were younger.” Braeleigh said when she grows up, she wants to take her kids hunting, too.

This article was first published by WXYZ Detroit on 28 December 2019. The practice of hunting is in no way supported or condoned by Focusing on Wildlife. The article has been re-published in order to highlight and condemn this cruel and abhorrent practice, which should be classified as wildlife crime.


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Irene Leggett
Irene Leggett

~What an utterly despicable family…..all animal MURDERERS. Just goes to show that the rotten apple never falls far from the tree, gut-wrenchingly depraved kid the same as gut-wrenchingly depraved ‘father’ Pity there isn’t a culling season for ‘hunters’. Their heads can be hung on a wall as a trophy, their bones crushed for fake medicines, their body parts cooked and eaten and their skins used to make useless, worthless trinkets….OH, we can’t do that, why NOT, its what these gun-toting, trigger-happy, brain-dead, heartless, gutless, soul-less pieces of human trash do to the animals that they hunt and murder, for fun,… Read more »

P. Bean
P. Bean

Vile child, a murderer so young – makes me feel sick and very, very angry!

Robert Piller
Robert Piller

Bad parents, evil child, bad combination.

Diane
Diane

Outrageous!! What kind of message does this give this child – that animal life is worthless?!! It is her father who is worthless!! What a barbarian! And where was the mother? To me, this is a form of child abuse. Shocking!!

Linda Badham
Linda Badham

Some father he is . What a fckn disgusting thing he is. More future murderers .!! Soon we wont have any wild life left at all. Then watch what happens !!!

Sue Lesmond
Sue Lesmond

Death wish for this morbidly obese,pocked faced ugly,deranged bitch!! What goes around comes around!

Sheryl Schroeder
Sheryl Schroeder

Heinous and sick that there are programs out there teaching children to KILL wildlife and that they are fostering this attitude of indifference, hatred and domination over wild animals. SAD. We must fight this.

Kate DelCorpo
Kate DelCorpo

This is sick on so many levels!

Janet Kenedy

In this Era children are being taught to respect Wildlife, Not Kill it !!. I Hope her Sick and Pathetic Blood Thirsty parents pay dearly for teaching their child to be a Killer.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Starting your young life as a killer. Nothing to be proud of

graciela kries

@XposeTrophyHunt