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Solo Elk Hunts

Mark Kayser's article in the September issue ("4 Days for Elk") brought back some pleasant memories
for me. In the fall of 2005 I participated in my first Western elk hunt at the age of 65. I contracted an
outfitter in Montana to take me into the backcountry on horseback and set me up in a spike camp
because I like to hunt alone. On the third day of the hunt, I shot a 5x5 bull that somersaulted several
times down a very steep slope. When I finally got to him, his antlers were tangled in a small pine tree
and his neck was twisted around to a point that I could not extract him. I took my belt saw and cut
down the small pine tree to free him, but when I did he started sliding down the slope again. I grabbed
his antlers and dug in my heels, but he pulled me about 10 yards until his butt stopped against another
small pine. I then took a small piece of rope from my pack and tied him to another pine so I could gut
and quarter him. When I turned the gut pile loose in the dark, it started rolling down the slope and
out of hearing. The outfitter came in the next morning with pack horses but it was too steep for the
horses so we had to wrestle the quarters uphill about 200 feet to a flat spot where the elk was standing when I shot him. Mark's article took me back to those great memories.
Carl Brehm, Springwater, N.Y.

WE NEVER 'SAUSAGE' A THING

Article in the October issue on p. 36 on sausage making refers to the "front shoulder of a hog" just had
me chuckling ("Intro to Sausage Making," "Know-How"). Lots of hunters use the term but obviously
the only shoulders on a quadruped are on the front. Never have heard about the rear hams, though.
Still a good article-and thanks to Brad Fenson.
Allen Rhodes, via email

PARTIES IN THE POTHOLES

Scott, as an avid waterfowler I must comment on your October issue that promoted the great Saskatchewan pothole country waterfowl hunting ("Party in the Potholes"). Your photo of the hunt
success on p. 82 disappoints me with the number of hen mallards and hen gadwall shot. You discuss
the duck factory and you and your hunting party shot too many hens-poor judgment in such a great
place to hunt. I've hunted Sas myself in early October at Cudworth and Moosejaw. Next trip please
enjoy the hunt but shoot the drakes, there are plenty of birds. Come and join me on the Upper Mississippi Refuge to hunt cans in November-all public lands. Enjoy the hunt.
Garold Becker, Stoddard, Wisc.

HOORAY FOR QUAIL

The article on quail came at a very good time ("A Visit with Gentleman Bob on the Black Belt Prairie,"
October). I have hunted since I was 12 years old. My dad taught me "safety first." I enjoy the outdoors,
and I always look forward to hunting season. We had a very hard storm the last of June, and when
things cleared I was amazed to see quail in my back yard. I live in the country with farms around so
there is plenty of food for all. To hear the quail's call was a joy to my ears.
I always enjoy all the articles and read American Hunter from cover to cover. Thanks to the NRA
for all you do so we can enjoy our freedom. I will turn 81 years old soon, and I look forward to many
more years. It is great to see more women interested in hunting, as I am myself.
Kathryn Armagost, Leechburg, Pa.

A RABBIT-HUNTING TIP

I haven't seen any articles lately about still-hunting rabbits without a dog, so here's a tip for readers that
I learned 72 years ago, when I was only 11 years old. It was 1948 in Akron, Ohio, when my father got
me a used .22-caliber Savage Sporter Model 23A. About the same time, the Bledsoe family, originally
from Kentucky, moved in next door. Their son, Dale, was around my age, and he became my best
buddy. His father, Orphard, told me this: While still-hunting rabbits, "every time you stop, study the
area closely, looking for the round, black, beady eye of the sitting rabbit, and its head will come into
view." All I know is it works, so I hope readers use this tip to get more game.
William C. Mallardi, Barberton, Ohio
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Says You, American Hunter, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030-9400.
Or email us at americanhunter@nrahq.org. Letters may be edited for the sake of brevity.

Hunting may be called many
things: a necessity, a pastime,
a sport, a living, an escape. At
times, it has been the most important or the least important
factor in my life. At times, while
facing stress or suffering the
duress of heartache, hunting
has been the only thing I wanted to do. Conversely, at times
hunting has been the last thing
I felt like doing.
Right now is not one of
those times. Right now, I look
forward to hunting most of
all-and why not?
This year has been unlike
any in my lifetime. In a world
with COVID-19, throughout the
uncertainty and trepidation
and alarm and yes, even the
boredom it has caused, I have
reminded myself that I am
blessed to hold a job and remain healthy and loved.
Now, as I write this it is Oct.
12. Deer season lies before
me, and I relish the opportunity it represents. Virginia
regulations allow me to take
as many as five deer in a year,
and this fall I intend to do just
that between bow season,
early and late muzzleloader
seasons and centerfire season. My wife reminded me we
don't really need five deer in
the freezer-we just don't eat
that much. But I'll worry about
that if and when I actually bag
five deer. It'd be a good problem to have, right?
This year, my deer season
represents the ultimate escape-a great chance to get
outside, breathe deep, forget politics and focus on a
singular goal. Whatever else
hunting means to you, I hope
your deer season offers an escape. This year, we all could
use one.
J. Scott Olmsted

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NRA HUNTER'S CODE OF ETHICS 1. I will consider myself an invited guest of the landowner, seeking his permission, and so conducting
myself that I may be welcome in the future. 2. I will obey the rules of safe gun handling, and will courteously but firmly insist that others who hunt
with me do the same. 3. I will obey all game laws and regulations and will insist that my companions do likewise. 4. I will do my best to acquire those
marksmanship skills which ensure clean, sportsmanlike kills. 5. I will support conservation efforts which can ensure good hunting for future generations
of Americans. 6. I will pass along to younger hunters the attitudes and skills essential to a true outdoor sportsman.
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