WWII Marine veteran, 98, takes big buck; has 'encouraged many generations of hunters'

Sara Karnes
Springfield News-Leader
Robert McGrath, a WWII Marine veteran, took a big buck this week on private land.

A 98-year-old veteran continued his hunting traditions after harvesting a rather big buck this week.

World War II Marine veteran Robert McGrath was on private land when he snagged his bounty, according to a social media post from Missouri Department of Conservation. 

"He’s from the Millersburg area and still owns property there but lives in Columbia with his son," the post read.

The grandfather has made hunting a "family tradition."

"(McGrath) has inspired and encouraged many generations of hunters, anglers, shooting sports enthusiasts, and nature lovers,” per his family.

MDC and others shared their admiration of McGrath in the form of more than 1,000 "hearts and likes" as well as comments.

"No matter what your age, you can still get out and enjoy the outdoors — and bragging rights," the department said.

"Great men deserve great results," one person wrote. "Thank you for your service!"

Sara Karnes is an Outdoors Reporter with the Springfield News-Leader. Follow along with her adventures on Twitter and Instagram @Sara_Karnes. Got a story to tell? Email her at skarnes@springfi.gannett.com.