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first person Peter Waller “Keenly alert” on the African trail Game-hunting banker pursues dangerous prey At eight, Pete Waller went into the Florida woods alone and shot a fox squirrel with a .22 rifle. “At that age, it was as if I’d shot a grizzly,” says Waller, now 63. His father, Joe, introduced him to hunting, letting the boy pull the trigger when he had a bead on game with his shotgun. “When that gun went off, I was hooked,” says Waller, who is chairman, president, and CEO at First National Bank of the Rockies, Grand Junction, Colo. Little did Waller know that in 2000, he’d find himself in Tanzania, on the first of 12 African trips, after years of hunting stateside and trainColorado banker and hunter Pete Waller also ing bird dogs. As a boy, he’d hunted shoots with a camera, as in his photo of vicariously in Africa through Outdoor Victoria Falls—a personal favorite—which was Life, Field & Stream, and other pubtaken on one of his many trips to Africa. lications. “I never thought I would friends pursuing dangerous game. go there,” he says, let alone rack up three of the Big-Five game animals—all Waller goes for camaraderie. But considered dangerous to hunters on foot. That trip found him pursuing Cape he’s also there for protection, carbuffalo. Waller learned, in hunting under seasoned guides over the years, that rying a heavy-duty, “just in case,” a dangerous-game hunter takes few long shots nor many iffy shots. He carefulrifle. Wounded big game will counly tracks and stalks, or baits and waits, depending on game habits. When the ter-attack with extra force. At least right shot comes, fire and put targets down—lest they put the hunter down. one professional guide and hunter Besides Cape buffalo, Waller has killed elephant and leopard. He had a that Waller knew died that way. chance once at lion—villagers told his guide that a pride was killing their “A wounded buffalo is a very cattle, and Waller agreed to try to discourage the raiding cats. The lions won. tenacious animal,” says Waller. The last of the Big Five, rhino, Waller won’t pursue—rhinos are too scarce. “They will hide and wait for you to Even those African animals that he does hunt are carefully screened—the approach them.” preference being for males past their reproductive prime. Waller loves Africa, and may reloWaller knows many people don’t like hunting. But he points out that some cate there after retirement. There’s species need thinning to prevent widespread starvation. And the continuance an indescribable feeling he gets of species hinges on hunters. Fees and other spending by hunters funds most when walking and tracking in an conservation and anti-poaching programs, says Waller. African hunt. It’s not fear, he says, Whenever he can, Waller eats what he shoots. Back home, he’s often in spite of the risk. His best attempt “hunted for the freezer,” stocking up on lean deer and elk. In Africa, he’s is to call it “keenly alert”—someshot and eaten similar prey, as well as Cape buffalo. Even when he got his how everything he sees is more elephant, he insisted on sampling it: “It tastes like elephant, and you need vibrant, more in the moment. “Your African-bred teeth to eat it.” Much of the edible game from African hunts senses become more alive.” goes to the locals, he explains. A village shared his elephant for the larder, as —Steve Cocheo, executive editor & well as a portion of the fee that a trophy kill generates. digital content manager Many of Waller’s more recent trips to Africa have been to accompany 44 | ABA BANKING JOURNAL | april 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ABA Banking Journal - April 2013

ABA Banking Journal - April 2013
Contents
Chairman’s View
Editor’s Column
The Economy
Bank Notes
Picture This
ABA COMMUNITY BANKING Negotiating better contracts
Pass the Aspirin
Tech Topics
COVER STORY: Focus on risk Regulators raise the bar—big time!
RAROC architect’s views on risk
Top-performing big banks
Compliance Inbox
ABA At Your Service
Legal Issues
First Person

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