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Gerry, Get Your Gun

The Legendary Life of Hunting Guide Gerry Bracewell

by (author) Gerry Bracewell

Caitlin Press
Initial publish date
May 2015
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    May 2015
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GERRY, GET YOUR GUN packs the wallop of a .30-30 rifle. Legendary hunting guide Gerry Bracewell recounts tales of extraordinary toughness and perseverance in the untamed Chilcotin. Born in 1922, in Northern Alberta, Gerry Bracewell spent much of her early life on the family farm. But Gerry's dream was to live in the mountains of BC, and when she left home at sixteen she had little understanding of the adventures that awaited her. She worked for a short time short time in Vancouver as agoverness, but Gerry's wild spirit drove her to accept a job on a ranch deep in BC's Chilcotin backcountry. There she met her lifelong friend and mentor KB Moore. Through sheer perseverance she became his lead hand and soon discovered that ranching in the Chilcotin was a harsh way of life. Determined to succeed, she learned to ride even the toughest of horses and fight off bears, cougars, wolves and coyotes to keep the cattle herd safe. Recognizing Gerry's passion for the outdoors and her natural tracking and guiding ability, KB brought Gerry into his family and trained her to become BC's first licensed female hunting guide. Known as a fiery, adventurous woman, Gerry became a legend in her field, forging a path for herself and breaking established gender norms. GERRY, GET YOUR GUN is the story of the unyielding pioneer world of BC's Interior through the experiences of one of the toughest women you will ever meet.

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Gerry Bracewell has lived in the Chilcotin Valley for over seventy-five years. She helped pioneer the valley's early school system and was an advocate for the school district until 1974. Gerry worked and wrote for the Williams Lake Tribune for many years while continuing to run her ranch and raise four children. For five decades, Gerry was a sought-after guide in the Chilcotin. In 2004, she was inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame as a Pioneer Rancher. Gerry is ninety-two years young.

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