BANGOR – University of Maine Fort Kent nursing student Jessica Girsa had such a successful hunting season, she could feed her family for multiple Thanksgivings.
Girsa completed the Maine grand slam this year.
She bagged a turkey, black bear, deer and moose this year to complete the slam. The hardest of the four, the moose. Girsa bagged the 800 pounder during the final stretch of her allotted time.
Once hunters get picked in the moose lottery they only have one week to hunt before their time is up. The Millinocket native started hunting with her dad when she was ten years old, about a decade later, she’s earned the pinnacle achievement in Maine hunting.
“I had great hope because everybody, all my friends and families say that I’m the lucky hunter because I have had great opportunities to shoot animals,” Girsa said.
Hunting is a family affair in the Girsa household. When she bagged her Moose, easily the biggest achievement of her hunting career, she was able to do it with most of her family by her side.
“He’s (her father) been with me for everything so the excitement on his face and my mom got to be a part of my moose hunt which she hasn’t got to see a lot of the animals I’ve hunted in the past so just the excitement that everybody had,” Girsa said.