By Louie Stout

Trophy Turkeys Are No Challenge to this Grandma

On one hand, Betty Vanlue isn’t your stereotypical grandmother.

Indeed, she has three daughters, seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren she loves dearly. Her grandkids call her “Neenie” and like hanging out and grandma’s house.

But come hunting season, they’ll find her in the woods.


That’s quite evident when you walk around her home and see the walls decorated with deer heads and turkey beards all harvested by her.

Vanlue added another trophy to her wall last month when she shot a 22-pound tom turkey with a 9 ½-inch beard off her farm opening day.

She was in the woods at 7 a.m. April 23 and shot the bird at 8.

“I called him in (with a box call), took one shot and dropped him in his tracks,” said the proud grandmother.