AK Girl Downs a Grizzly During the Day, Attends Prom That Night


By John McAdams via wideopenspaces.com

Last Saturday was prom night for the students at Kotzebue Middle High School in Alaska. However, it was also an opportunity for 15-year-old Cassidy Kramer to bag her first grizzly bear. Cassidy headed out on her grizzly bear hunt along the Noatak River Saturday morning with her father and brother. It didn’t take them long to find bears, though most of them were sows with cubs. They managed to find a legal bear after a few more hours of hunting. With just two shots from her rifle, Cassidy had bagged her first grizzly bear . . .

After shooting the bear, the Kramer family quickly set about skinning and dressing the bear. They had to hurry to make it back home in time for her to make it to prom.

According to Lance Kramer, Cassidy’s father:

We had to get back fast, because it was 5:40 and prom was at 8. We got back at 7 and she went upstairs and took a quick shower and did her hair.

Fortunately, Cassidy arrived back home in time to change from her hunting clothes into a pink dress and make it to prom with her friends.

Don’t worry, even though she was in a hurry to make it to prom that day, the bear will not go to waste. Her father stated that, in accordance with Eskimo custom, Cassidy will give her first bear to someone who needs its meat and hide; in this case, her grandmother.

Corina Kramer, Cassidy’s mother, joked about Cassidy’s unusual prom day:

It was her first bear and it was her first prom.

Way to go, girl!


  1. avatar Roscoe says:

    It is said “everything’s bigger in Alaska”.

    That was certainly a big day for Cassidy Kramer; and it was probably just ‘all in a day’s work’.

    Way to go, girl…and dad!

  2. avatar Another Robert says:

    Cue social-media firestorm complete with death-threats from , yes, folks who think they are too gentle to kill animals: 5-4-3-2…….

    1. avatar Paelorian says:

      Most of those types post their comments while chewing on some beef jerky before heading out to eat Kentucky Fried Chicken. They would never dream of killing an animal, no. Just like a mob boss who would never dream of personally carrying out a murder.

  3. avatar Governmentknowsbest says:

    Self reliance….I love it

  4. avatar Daniel Silverman says:

    Epic day.. I bet her prom date was extra nice though.. Sorry I couldn’t resist!

    1. avatar William B. says:

      No need to apologize. In all seriousness, I’ll bet young ladies like this are less likely to be victims of sexual assaults. And it’s about guns, hunting and other similar sports teaching discipline, self-reliance and self-respect, not about guns teaching violence.

    2. avatar Tim T. says:

      Per the article, she went with friends anyways. Dad doesn’t think she’s old enough to date.

  5. avatar SteveInCO says:

    From bearing arms (against a bear), to bare arms in one day. Nice!

  6. avatar Sammy says:

    I hope the anti hunter loons give her a break on social media. Oh yea, congratulations on the bear.

  7. avatar doesky2 says:

    That’s Merica!

  8. avatar Chip Bennett says:

    What a day! Nicely done, ma’am.

    What rifle does she have?

    1. avatar Chris. says:

      looks like a Remington 700 maybe? Picture doesn’t have enough detail to really make out the action.

      1. avatar Rokurota says:

        The bolt handle knob is round, rather than the flat-ish Remington style one. We don’t even know that’s the same rifle. But who cares? Pink dress and stainless rifle is a color combination I can admire.

    2. avatar beerwhisperer says:

      A Browning A-bolt with a BOSS was the first thing that came to mind. Just a guess.

      1. avatar Red in Texas says:

        Yep, looks like a Stainless Stalker.

      2. avatar Will in Oregon says:

        The BOSS leads me to believe it’s either an A Bolt or a model 70

    3. avatar Yngvar says:

      A stainless Howa 1500 with a plastic stock. Cheap and reliable.

    4. avatar Accur81 says:

      Looks like a dead ringer for my Winchester Model 70 Ultimate Classic with BOSS in long action – probably a .270 or a 30-06. I’ve got one in my safe that’s taken a lot of deer.

    5. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

      It looks very much like my Win70 (circa 1994), which is a stainless synthetic .338 WM. It would be an appropriate rifle for hunting grizz, too.

    6. avatar Dave says:

      According to a comment (signed Lance Kramer – her dad) on the KTUU article, it’s a “.22-250 Winchester. I think 55 grains. Redfield Widefield 3 x 9 x 40 variable power scope.”

      1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

        What?!?!?!? I cannot see a .22-250 being an ethical choice of caliber for hunting grizzly bears. It is a dangerous choice as well for the hunter.

        1. avatar LarryinTX says:

          Eskimos and other brands of Indians may have a different idea of ethics than you do, and I would not argue the point with them, you would likely look like a fool.

  9. avatar Am says:

    I thought she shot it with an AK from the name of the title.

    1. avatar Stinkeye says:

      Yeah, I did, too. I was disappointed that it was just the abbreviation for Alaska, and not a woman who’s so into Kalashnikovs that she’s called “AK Girl”.

      7.62x39mm probably isn’t a good round for shooting grizzlies, though.

      1. avatar vv ind says:

        Thirty round clip, 600 round per sec ROF and a shoulder thing that goes up. Yeh, it’ll wipe out an entire village of grizzlies

        1. avatar LarryinTX says:

          Even if they were just turning their lives around!

      2. avatar William B. says:

        “AK Girl” in title = click bait, and we all clicked. But it’s still a great story, isn’t it, even if she didn’t do it with a gun Hillary wants to ban?

  10. avatar Tom W. says:

    Outstanding!. Kudos to a hurry up field dress, and prom dress.

    A memory worthy of telling family generations for years to come, as opposed to I threw bricks at Baltimore cops, and looted back in 2015.

    Thank God for her and her family. We/and they, are becoming an ostracized minority. But we will not go down quietly, and posts like this make me smile.

  11. avatar woody from NY says:

    Most would refer to those two experiences so close together as the perfect day. Job well done.

  12. avatar ThomasR says:

    Classy gun, classy bear, classy dress, The girls got class.

  13. avatar Conway Redding says:

    Was the bear bothering her in some way? I’m sorry, but I just don’t get what is supposed to be admirable about shooting a critter that is neither doing you harm nor threatening to do you harm.

    1. avatar foo dog says:

      Waaaa…boo.hoo. triggered much, troll?

    2. avatar Doesky2 says:

      Don’t feed the troll.

    3. avatar Daniel Silverman says:

      Ok I am a little bearish about asking this, but..
      What does bear taste like? I have had elk, deer, hog, moose, snake, gator, frog, but never bear..

      1. avatar Bruce L. says:

        I had smoked bear in 1960 at the 50th Boy Scout National Jamboree. Don’t remember what it tasted like, but I do remember I liked it. Pretty good eating. And I bet her grandmother will make good use of the pelt. Well done Cassidy.

      2. avatar vv ind says:

        Smoked bear. Like a smoked ham or even pastrami. Split pea & smoked bear soup.

      3. avatar uncommon_sense says:

        Assuming the bear eats mostly grass (which is almost always the case) and the hunter cooled the meat quickly, it tastes sort of like venison in a stew. I had some bear stew and thought it was venison until I confirmed that it was bear. Note: I am referring to black bear. I don’t know if grizzly is the same.

        1. avatar LarryinTX says:

          I was under the impression that grizzly food was largely fish. Is that just because that is what shows up in the media?

        2. avatar uncommon_sense says:


          I believe even grizzlies eat mostly grass — something like 90% of their diet. Of course that could vary depending on locally available food sources. For example deer love to eat alfalfa, corn, soy beans, clover, grass, acorns, and leaf buds. When those are not available, they resort to cedar branches, sagebrush, or whatever else they can chew. I am sure many grizzlies would love to eat salmon. But there are not very many rivers in Montana, Idaho, or Alaska that have salmon. The rest of the time, bears eat grass, berries, insects, and carrion. Once in a blue moon they may actually hunt and take down a deer, elk, or moose. I don’t believe that happens very often.

    4. avatar Sock Monkey says:

      “I just don’t get what is supposed to be admirable about shooting a critter that is neither doing you harm nor threatening to do you harm.”

      Then you should try to learn. Just to get you started, here’s a basic reason: to participate in the cycle of life, as we predators are meant to. Here’s another: bears are made of meat and fur. There could be other considerations, like controlling a species that is sometimes a danger to humans.

    5. avatar Steve s says:

      You have obviously have never lived or been to Alaska. I was stationed at Ft Greely in the interior. People living in Alaska HUNT game for subsistence. That game can be bear, caribou, elk. I fished for king salmon on the Gulkana river. Liberals especially in metropolitan areas have no concept of living in the bush to hunt for food.

      1. avatar SteveInCO says:

        Liberals especially in metropolitan areas have no concept of anything that’s part of reality.

        Fixed it for you.

    6. avatar Former Water Walker says:

      It’s a BEAR slick-er conway…in Alaska. And this little girl looks like she has some Inuit?native blood in her. Weenie time…

      1. avatar Stinkeye says:

        “Weenie time”?

        1. avatar Former Water Walker says:

          I meant Conway was a weenie Stinkeye…get your mind outa’ the gutter LOL

      2. avatar Geoff PR says:

        Looks a bit Inuit to me as well.

        Good shooting, Cassidy.

        Personal opinion, you look better in the pic on the left…


    7. avatar ThomasR says:

      It’s called the cycle of life. Everything eats everything else in the the life death life that is the great mystery called life.

      Only the arrogance of some can look at this cycle and say that the I Am got it wrong.

      Even plants have a desire to live, they have an intelligence, an awareness of self, that feels fear when they are being torn out of the ground for some one lIke you to eat of it’s body. . Read the book called “The secret life of plants”

      And yet I’m sure that you at least eat plants,, you murderer.

      No, the idea that some how killing and eating a plant, a living being, is some how more “pure”;than eating a bear, a living being, is the worst kind of prejudice. Because the sacrifice made by that plant, and the thankfulness you should feel to this living being in providing it’s body for your sustenance should be just as great as the give away made by the bear.

      it is the same level of disconnection from the Great Spirit and the Laws of the Mother Earth, from the I Am; made by people such as yourself that usually supports the insanity of Gun Free Zones and the insanity of supporting the monopoly of force by governments. The most blood thirsty and savage of bodies that consistently commits democide against their own people.

      Read the book, “The Secret Life of Plants” it may help you to realize the lie, the denial by which you live. Also the bible. Just a suggestion.

  14. avatar Chris T from KY says:

    If her husband, when she gets married treats her well he will not have to sleep with one eye open. Congratulations and your dress and weapon are a wonderful combo.

  15. avatar Larson says:

    Now that’s wife material!

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