Alyssa Caldwell, a 12-year-old from Texas was elk hunting in New Mexico with her father. They had no idea that the hunting trip would turn into the scariest and emotional hunts of their lives.
The two had set up camp and headed out on their hunt when her dad realized he had forgotten the shooting sticks. He left Alyssa alone and went back. When he was close to the camp he heard Alyssa shoot and went running back to her. When he got to his little girl, she had shot a mountain lion that was only 5 yards away!
“I didn’t hear him or see him until he was really close,” Caldwell told Lone Star Outdoor News. “I didn’t know exactly what it was but I knew it wasn’t a bobcat. I raised my gun when he crouched down.”
“I knew it was stalking me,” she said. “I had a feeling right before that something was watching me. After I shot, I kept the gun on it the whole time. Dad ran back and he thought I had shot an elk. I told him I had shot a cat he fell to his knees and got real emotional.”
The game wardens came and confiscated the mountain lion and let them continue their hunt. A full investigation showed that the kill was in fact done in self-defense. Just two days later Alyssa took a 6×4 elk.