Category Archives: Research

Beyond the Northwest Gun’s Effective Distance

A wheezy snort foretold of a deer’s approach.  Although hushed, the distant cough-like blow traveled from the north island, up the rise and into the humble cluster of thorny bushes that grew tight around a tall oak tree. For any … Continue reading

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“Interesting indeed…”

Blue jays flew in from the west, the river side of the hill. At first three or four, all screaming and shouting at some unseen danger or disruption. The chastising crescendoed as more arrived. Msko-waagosh lost count at fourteen agitated … Continue reading

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A Key Underlying Premise

A downy woodpecker rapped three notes, “Tat-a-tat-a-tat.” Two followed, then three again, then two… An unseen cardinal called to the east, off by the isthmus that divides the nasty thicket. “Tsu, tsu, tsu, tsu” was its four-note song. After a … Continue reading

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Plucking a Few Choice Words

A Prologue Dating passages in a hunter hero’s narrative is tricky. The stories sometimes are told out of order and/or without context. Thus, as living historians, we tend to focus on one sentence as our primary justification for including an … Continue reading

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Delivering Another Fatal Message

A fair measure of black powder trickled down the bore. The joyous stench of the last shot hung all about; white smoke drifted overhead. Nimble fingers rolled two, dry, brown, red oak leaves, both with their stems broken off, into … Continue reading

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“That won’t work on an actual hunt…”

First light ushered in a volley of musket fire. The muzzle blasts, five in all, echoed up and down the River Raisin. A minute or so later, a second unsettling exchange erupted well to the north—four shots, a pause, then … Continue reading

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“…at the behest of a lone goose…”

Light snow dusted a myriad of deer tracks. The comings and goings offered promise, tempered with the knowledge the hillside recorded the past, not the future. Ice crystals clung to mustache hairs. Fingers tingled. A purple raspberry switch tugged at … Continue reading

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A Circuitous Still-Hunt

Inner voices suggested a different course. Trail-worn elk moccasins turned about and struck off in the opposite direction. This new still-hunt progressed over the rise and down into a small valley. The depression’s south end spilled into a dense, difficult-to-navigate … Continue reading

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