Re: Running Of Elk & Scarring of Deer & Canoeing

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Posted by MMMMarcia on January 19, 1999 at 06:28:34:

In Reply to: Re: New Pages To LOTM Site & Running Of Elk posted by Champ on January 19, 1999 at 00:22:47:

Champ wrote:
: >>Wonderful! I know of a few buckskinners who like to trek via canoe, in part for that very reason.

It is a wonderfully silent way to observe nature, and being an ardent birdwatcher & nature lover, I go whenever I can, which isn't nearly as much as I'd like to. My canoe has taken me to within a few feet of some very interesting critters, who occasionally aren't even aware of my presence.

: The scar does sound like a bullet wound. Not knowing where you had this experience, & thus not knowing if there are any big cats about, I would almost imagine it being a bullet wound. A cat would've more'n likely left more than one scar!

That was my thinking, as well. I live in central Florida and the Rock Springs Run/Wekiva River area is designated a Wild & Scenic River. It goes through the heart of a large preserve where hunting is allowed at certain times of the year, and where *some* folk probably do a bit of it all year 'round, when they think they can get away with it. So a bullet wound is very likely, and what it looked like to me. We do have a few big cats (Florida panthers) left in the state, but they are few and far between, especially in central Florida (having been chased out by an even bigger MOUSE, if you get my drift!)

: >>I always say I was born in the wrong time ;-)

Me, too...except for that part about having to live without air conditioning! Of course, if I'd never had it, I wouldn't miss it!

: Fortuantly there are still a few places left that you can get a "sense" for what it was like.
: My fellow Butler's Rangers from NY & Canada, along with reenactors of the British Indian Dept. & Fraser's Select Coy of Marksmen [plus some full-blood Mohawks & Civilian "Refugees"], trek each year over the old war trails thru the Adirondack mountains [see excerpt below]:

: They also do this trek at times as Roger's Rangers. Either way, I think it'd be a blast, and give one a "feel" for what it was like.

Yes, it sounds like a great adventure, all right.

: I hope to do this with my Ranger 'pards in the near future...
: By the way, with Butler's Rangers, my persona is based in part on that of notorious Longhunter Simon Girty, who more or less went "Native" with the Shawnee & Wyandots during the Revolution.

I remember reading about him in many Zane Grey type stories as a kid, which were probably the 1950's version of Penny Dreadful novels, but which I devoured at that point of my life.

: I think I mentioned that I plan to develop a website for Caldwell's Coy of Butler's Rangers, when I do it'll have photos of us in uniform, on treks, etc...

Keep us posted on that.

: In the meantime check out the official Butler's Rangers Regimental website at:

: Loads of information, and a few cool photos...

Thanks! I'm sure a lot of the posters here will want to check that out.


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