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By Oscar Johnson
Certified Hunter-Ed instructor 

Who knew I'd be able to qualify to write this column?


My name is Oscar Johnson. I am a Certified Hunter-Ed instructor and remember, as a kid, reading each month the “This happened to me” articles in my dad’s Outdoor Life magazines. Me being me, I thought I’d never have a story to qualify for that column. That certainly changed on the eve of Oct. 31, 2014.

Hunting companion Delos Reno and I set up camp for the impending elk opener the next day. Our other hunting friend, Steve from Tacoma, showed up to set up his camp. It was 4:30 p.m. and I decided I had a couple hours of legal hunting time left for deer season. Thought I’d walk down the road, drop into the woods and be back by dark. I had a t-shirt, jeans, the outer shell of my jac...

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