Re: New Pages To LOTM Site & Running Of Elk

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Posted by Champ on January 18, 1999 at 19:19:19:

In Reply to: Re: New Pages To LOTM Site & Running Of Elk posted by MMMMarcia on January 18, 1999 at 15:09:12:

: Hi, Champ!

: Sounds like you would be an interesting fella to know...why don't you think about joining us at our Gathering in June?

: On the subject of Running Deer or Elk...I don't know doodly about doing either, as I'm not a hunter. No guns around here at all, long or short. But, my thoughts when I watch this scene are that Chingachgook (who is not with Uncas & Hawkeye) is running somewhere behind the elk, perhaps to keep it on the move, and Hawkeye & Uncas are running to cut it off. Perhaps they know where it will head & have taken a short cut? It never occurred to me to think they were just trying to chase it down, as I can't imagine a man could run as fast as an elk.

: Is my interpretation possible? Anyone?

: Marcia

Siyo Marcia,
thanks for the compliment & invite, I'd love to attend, unfortuantly I live in the opposite end of the country [Pacific NW] & I and the wife are expecting a baby in May, so finances are a bit tight [unless I win the lotto ;-) ]... but I'll check in here a little more regular than in the past...
Your right, it appears that Chingachgook is "driving" the elk towards Uncas & Hawkeye. My comments were only meant to explain that running deer [in the past] has been done, but only with hounds, as both Rich & Mark are right, a man could not do this ;-)
When I was about 11 yrs old, I spent the summer with my Grandpa [out in the isolated countryside]. Early one evening I spied a buck & two does, so I slipped out of the house, made my way to the pasture & slowly crawled thru the tall grass until I was within 30 feet of the trio [the breeze was blowing with me].
All of a sudden the breeze shifted, they caught my scent and were gone, I hopped up & gave chase but it wasnt long before they had out distanced me & were gone into the trees & brush.
That is something I'll never forget [big grin]...


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