Way to Go Out With a Bang!

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Clem Parnell and Thad Holmes were partners at the Alabama Conservation Department, working on a hunting detail one night. Due to a relative's recent passing they were discussing how they wanted their remains to be handled when they passed. The costs and the space of burial was daunting, and Parnell said "You know, I've thought about this for some time and I want to be cremated then I want my ashes put into some turkey-load shotgun shells and have someone that knows how to turkey hunt use the shotgun shells with my ashes to shoot a turkey. That way I will rest in peace knowing that the last thing that one turkey will see is me, screaming at him at about 900 feet per second."

This first conversation led to many more, and a lot of research was done. Parnell and Holmes became the business owners of Holy Smoke LLC which came into action in July. "We're not in the funeral home business. We're not in the cremation business, nor in any way do we want to be in that business" Parnell said. "Our service provides a celebration of this person's life after they've been prayed over and cried over."

Holy Smoke LLC was featured on the Colbert Show which prompted many phone calls, most of which are positive instead of negative and lots of questions: How they keep the ashes separate, how long it takes to get it finished, if they can do golden retriever ashes, and so on. They only have one bag of ashes open at a time, once that job is complete they clean everything and then open the next. Turn around is about two days from receiving the ashes to placing the ashes in shells. They have four men who are helping load the shells to manufacturer's specifications.

The ash will be placed in the shotgun shell's shot cup. Rifle and handgun loads will have hollow-point bullets, which will be drilled after being loaded so ash can be inserted, then resealed. That process could result in a minute amount of ash residue remaining in the meat of an animal shot with it. From Al.com.


hunter25's picture

Although this is a novel idea

Although this is a novel idea and a pretty good one I believe the cost is very expensive. I read about it before and looked it up and remember being very surprised at how much it cost. It would be cool though if you could plan ahead and have the funding set aside on your own if you wanted to be sure it was done. Another twist on the idea and one with very little cost that I read about was someone that had thier ashes given to a friend who siply filled up a bunch of aluminum arrows with them. Every year on his hunt at the end of the season he would have one arrow with him that he would release into the sky in some remote area in memory of his lost friend.

And yes I know this is not safe but it's still a cool story.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

Almost as good as the

Almost as good as the "seasoned shot", where they put salt, pepper, and spices in the shell to "season" your game as you shoot it... lol

Talk about being entrepeneurs.  I bet they'll make some good money off it though.  Hunters are pretty dedicated to their passion, so I can see more and more people wanting to have their ashes spread over their hunting grounds by way of shot shells.

Very cool!

ndemiter's picture