In baseball, a grand slam is the best of all hits, meaning the batter belted a home run over the fence with runners on each base. In another outdoor sport, a grand slam signifies one is an accomplished all-around hunter.

That is the distinction Emily Tripp, 15, of Frankfort owns after she bagged 125-pound spike horn buck Nov. 23 while hunting with her dad, Mike, and her uncle, Wayne, in Monroe.

Tripp had bagged a bear, turkey and moose previously, three of the four animals she needed to complete the Maine hunting grand slam. Then the recent successful deer hunt completed the four necessary animals.

According to a story written by Republican Journal reporter Tanya Mitchell in November, the Searsport District High School sophomore plays soccer, participates in track and field and has a love of hunting in the Maine woods.

When she shot a 700-pound cow moose in October, Tripp posted a photo of herself standing next to the moose on her locker at school, an image she said shocked some of her classmates.

"A lot of people didn't know I shot it, because I don't look like I hunt," said Tripp.

Not only does she enjoy spending hours hiking or sitting in the woods with her dad, Mike, she also has proven quite good at hitting her targets.

As of Nov. 12, Tripp had managed to tag a bear, turkey and moose. The deer came Nov. 23. In addition, Tripp said she also shot a second turkey and a partridge this year, but said none of those animals counted toward her possible inclusion in the exclusive club of Maine hunters who earned the grand slam.

What Tripp did need to achieve the grand slam was a deer, an animal she and her dad sought since deer hunting season opened for Maine residents Oct. 27.

The father and daughter travel as far away as the Allagash area, which is where she shot the moose, or as close as Monroe, where they went in search of the deer.

Last year was the first time Tripp carried a rifle while in the field with her father.

"This is the first year I've really gotten into hunting, and it's really exciting," Tripp said.

This year, her dad said he is not carrying a rifle at all.

"I'm having so much fun doing this," said Mike.

Mike said he and his daughter did not consider the possibility of achieving the grand slam until they were able to secure a moose permit, thanks to the generosity of relatives who transferred their moose permit to Tripp last August.

Tripp had passed on shooting a few of the deer she spotted in the field this season — she had a doe permit as well, but really hoped to tag a buck to complete the grand slam. that came true on Nov. 23.

Tripp's new-found talent also has meant a well-stocked freezer for the Tripp family. Mike said they plan to share their good fortune and donate some of the moose meat to a local food cupboard.

To be a successful hunter, Tripp said, experience has taught her patience is necessary.

"You can't expect to see something your first time out, or even your first week out," she said. "For the bear we went four weekends in a row, and I got it on the very last day."

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