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Marion’s Bear

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Marion Laurienti with her bear

On August 29th Marion Laurienti, a petite retired grandmother who looks like a perfect afternoon would be spent having tea and crumpets with her lady friends, harvested her first bear. “It has been a dream of mine for years,” Marion told me.


She and husband Joe love to hunt and is one of the reasons they retired to Overgaard a few years ago.


For this particular hunt they were accompanied by a friend who has trained hounds. “Those hounds did an amazing job,” Marion said. “This was my first hunt with a crossbow as well. I always used a rifle or shotgun. Her bear was harvested in 3C and was estimated to weigh around 200 pounds.

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Barbara Samples was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ and has called Heber-Overgaard home since 2008. She is married to Larry Samples, who is co-owner with her in L & B, Inc., owner of the Mogollon Rim News. They have four (grown) children and two grandchildren. Barbara serves as the Editor.