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q-he Adams County Record Wednesday, December 12, 2012 Page 9 BY DALE FISK This is the last part of my story of the 1972 Horse Heaven hunt. But I have a follow-up story ready for the near future. At dawn, Walt and I set out, not knowing that our luck would more than live up to the success of the outing so far. We walked west toward the timber where we had seen deer the day before. It was here "that we jumped the big buck. After my first shot at him, the big deer showed no sign of slowing down, so I took aim and fired again. I looked quickly over the recoil :and saw the buck fall. Adrenaline pumped through me as I chambered another round to be ready just in case: As the echo of my rifle blasts echoed off the mountain sides and time returned to its normal speed, I checked my safety and hurried down the hill. When I walked up on the deer, I got my first real look at him. The broad, high spread of his heavy antlers had four points on one side and five on the other. I grinned from earto ear and let out a war whoop of elation. About that time, Walt came trudging down the hill. It turned out that he had just put his crosshairs on this trophy of his dreams when my second shot had literally dropped the buck out of his scope. My glee was tempered somewhat by Walt's disappointment. But- as we loaded the big animal onto a horse and packed him to the cabin, I felt on top of the world in more ways than one. About midday we started preparing for the trip home. Before we left, we ate the lastof our provisions, which consisted of a single can Of soup divided between the four of us. VC"lth the cabin tidied up and the horses loaded, we triumphant nimrods headed down the trail. It didn't dampen our spirits in the least that-- since the horses were either carrying camp gear or venison-- we were all afoot. About six miles from the cabin, Walt shot a doe along the trail. It wasn't the trophy he had wanted, but at least he wasn't going home empty handed. The doe didn't stay down after Walt's shot, and I was in position to-deliver the finishing bullet. It occurred to me, with some sense of youthful satisfaction, that I had helped to down three out of the four deer we had harvested on our trip. Somehow we found room on the already loaded horses, and were homeward bound once more, with six long miles remaining before we reached our vehicles. At this point, the wear and tear of three days of strenuous exertion was beginning to tell on both man and beast. The inadequacy of our skimpy lunch became more and more apparent as the day wore on, and our stomachs grumbled in complaint. To make matters worse, a light rain began to fall. We walked.., and we walked. We adjusted the packs. We walked some more. I'll always remember the little packet of ketchup that one of us found in a coat pocket. It was the most Me with my buck. Rowland Auction Service COTTTONWOOD, IDAHO (208) 962-3284 Sales are Fridays at 12:30 PM. Dennis Rowland - Owner Cell: 208'983.7400 Brent Rowland - Rep. Cell: 208-451.4415 ( ) Looking east from Horse Heaven Lookout tower, 1935 This shot was taken from the lookout tower at Horse Heaven about 1935. The Camera was looking more or less east at Rapid River. The tower had been gone for years when we were there, and I don't remem- ber any trees near the cabin. delicious ketchup we had ever tasted. Thanks to my" inexperience, the horses had not had the best of feed on this trip either. At one point my old palomino, Danny, stumbled against me as we staggered along. As he did so, it seemed to me that he looked at me with a and headed for Riggins. On pathetic, tired expression in the way out, we met Dan's his eyes--and maybe a little parents, Lloyd and Florence resentment. Brown, who had driven up After what seemed an to see if they could find us eternity, we reached the alive. When we arrived in trailhead. We quickly Riggins, they took pity on loaded the horses, the deer us and bought us each two, and our gear into the big heavenly, hot hamburgers at Gould Ranch stock truck a cafe. To us starving young men, they were just about the best hamburgers we had ever eaten. So, that's the end of this story. But the next fall, we packed in to Horse Heaven again. That trip made this one seem uneventful. I'll start that one next week if we have room. e.tttet+ wireless Samsung Galaxy STM II 90 NO REBATE 2-yr plan with data required LG OptimusTM Select S| NO REBATE 2 yr plan with data required Buy one Sansung or LG phone & get one FREE of equal or lesser value Check out our holiday LIMITED TIME! Scan the code to claim this week's special offer or go to alltelbluepon.com ,wl Make a child's holiday extra special. Drop off your new toy donation at any AIItel store. For a store near you, visit alltel.com/storelocator Switch to AIItel. 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