A Minnesota wildlife official confirms that a 12-year-old girl is the youngest Minnesotan to kill a moose in the modern era.
Department of Natural Resources spokesman Lou Cornicelli says Kelly Holmin of Nicollet achieved the distinction earlier this month.
The bull moose had a 58-inch antler spread. Kelly bagged it Oct. 13 on the Gunflint Trail.
She and her father endured a cold week of wind and snow before they saw the 1,100-pound moose about 75 yards away. Kelly dropped it with a single shot.
Jeff Holmin says his daughter was so happy that she was crying with excitement.
This wasn't the seventh-grader's first experience with hunting. She and her father take annual grouse-hunting trips, and she bagged her first wild turkey last spring.
Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press