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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 16, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBRIOOE iiMMUy, October 16, 1973 Fraser Hodgson A frustrated hunter By MASTER CRAFTSMEN Featuring... IMPERIAL BLACK GRANITE Also. BALMORAL RED and OXFORD GREY GRANITE Inscriptions Largest Stock of Memorials in Southern Alberta LETHBRIDGE MONUMENTAL LTD 325 8th St. S., LETHBRIDGE Phone 327-3920 We are the experienced consultants in PRE-NEED ARRANGEMENTS Hunting has always been a frustrating sport, sometimes more so than others. No matter how careful things are planned something seems bound to go wrong. Somebody forgets the coffee or canned beans, and even firearms have been left behind. Snakebite antidote is never forgotten, but food, blankets, and other necessary items are often leit behind. Sometimes even that very necessary took, a can- opener is forgotten, and it's messy opening cans with a knife or axe. The hunted game also does things not expected, and puts the hunter to ex- tra trouble. You can't be prepared for every reverse on a hunting trip, and some are very frustrating. I've sat behind a tree for an hour watching a buck a half-mile away, and when he quit feeding and went into the brush I was sure I could circle and come right to his bed. When I got there some time later and found his tracks it was just to follow them in a different direc- tion altogether. Otherwise wonderful days have been spoiled on a fishing trip, when I was wading down the middle of a fast stream and felt a determined strike, only to miss settling the nook and have to climb a tree to retrieve it. I've never had much luck NEW! SHUR-GAIN protection with 4 effective sanitizers SHUR-GAIN Germ Kill for Dairying The ideal iodine germicide sanitizer for dairying operations. SHUR-GAIN Milkstone Remover and Acid Cleaner For the removal of milkstone, rust and mineral film in pipelines and milking equipment. SHUR-GAIN Chlorinated Cleaner Controls disease causing bacteria in milk handling equipment and bulk tanks. SHUR-GAIN Germ Kill for Hog and Poultry Sanitation For sanitizing and disinfecting buildings and equipment. Ideal for footbaths. Shur-Gain Feed Service Mill HUB-GAIN CANADA PACKERS UNITED Lethbridge, Alberta Phone 328-2540 or 328-2624 catching fish up at Jackpine. A hunter friend told me of a perfect set he had arranged for wild geese, only to have several flocks turn away next morning just as they came in to land. He finally walked out. to see what scared them, and saw an old washtub hung up on a fence a long way away. He figured the sun glinting off the tin frightened the birds as they descended. Anyway, next morning he had a fine shoot after he hid the tub. It often doesn't take much to turn one kind of luck to another. GOOSE HUNT When I worked for the International Harvester Co. in the late thirties, visiting officials from Chicago often came out here on company business. A man named Harold Hall from the industrial department arrived once during goose hunting season. He was very in- terested, so my boss Carl Hanson took him out one afternoon and spotted a big flock in a field northeast of town After they left to roost, they dug their pits and camouflaged everything ready for morning. This new hunter didn't have a gun of course, and the only one Carl could find was my old 1897 Winchester pumpgun. I always got along fine with the gun, but it had a lot of funny ways a stranger had to get used to. It had never been too well taken care of before I got it, and the action was somewhat worn, but if you remembered certain weaknesses it did nearly all it was supposed to do. I had taken the gun apart once and a patient welder friend built up some of the worn parts, but there was still plenty of play here and there. Also, the slide lock was gone, so it had to be held out in place or the trigger couldn't be pulled. The empty shell ejector didn't work too well unless the gun was held tipped a bit to one side, so it had a clear way to get out. A loaded shell coming along with the empty still there was a bad mixup. Then, among a few more small things was the magazine. It held five shells alright, but when full the spring put quite a pressure against the worn threads that held it in place. I kept tightening it all the time but never seemed to find time to repair it properly. Like a mechanic's car, it wasn't in very good shape. EXPLAINED I carefully explained all this to Carl, as he was go- ing to use the blunderbus as he called it, and lend his model-12 to Harold. I told him you should grow up with a gun like mine to get along, but he figured he'd do alright: anyway, he couldn't find any other. I didn't see him for several days, but when I did he was still mad He got along alright on a duck shoot the evening they went goose spotting but next morning in the thick of battle his luck ran out The geese came in almost right on top of him on the ground. He had been careful about everything else, but forgot to tighten the threaded magazine. He was so made he almost jumped out of the pit too soon, and would have spoil- ed the shoot for the others. Harold often laughed about it afterwards, but Carl never did, it was always his most frustrating experience. I'm sure every hunter has had several disappointments Do you recall the one that really got you down? City encroachment worries farm man CALGARY (CP) Owning and operating a farm and ranch management consultant firm has led Doug to become ultra-sensitive about the growing encroachment of cities onto good agricultural producing land. Mr. Allen, owner of Farm and Ranch Management Con- sultants Ltd., says urbanization poses a threat to agriculture with farm operators facing infringement from developers, municipal councils and a growing number of acreage-dwelling commuters. "The Calgary region could easily find itself facing a Niagara Peninsula situation where there is no land left for he warns. He and his firm, which has access to a 14-member staff of agriculture plant and animal scientists, management and accounting specialists and long-range planners, are working toward averting this through asserting that com- mercial agriculture has to adopt more efficient business rnplhods and thus help introduce order into rural Alberta areas. "Whert GOOD SERVICE AUTOMATIC" AUTOMATIC TRAHSMiSSiON LTD. PIMM 327-0910 1520 3rt An S Guaranteed Servicing Rebuilding and Exchange ;