Some of my best camp stories have revolved around items I have found
on the trail and in the bush. Some I have been able to return and have had gear returned to me by other hunters. The laundry list of gear includes,Knives,compasses,flashlights,more Knives,all manner of camp equipment as far as that goes partial camps strewn down the trail,more knives,boots,hats,a back pack that had been out for a year"no ID" it was tore up but contained A set of Nikon binoculars,two nice compasses,GPS garmon" I put new batts in and it still worked but had no ID logged into it". When you find these items on the trail its one thing but when your of
in the deep country it makes you think what the hell happened here.
My most memorable find is a Buck 119 Knife
While on a trophy mule deer hunt near bonderant Wyoming, some 13 miles from the trail head I shot my 5x5 33" but after I was done dressing him out there was a reflection of metal some ten feet away. Sure enough
it was a Buck 119 in good condition . I wrapped it between two sticks and
duct taped it together and headed back to camp to relish in my new find
and share the story with guys. well I put it away in my bag so when I got out I could get a sheath for it.You see from that hunt I went directly to my family Elk hunt in Colorado. so on the way i stopped at a army surplus store in glenwood springs and picked up a temporary sheath until I could order one from Buck knives . Bad idea some five miles from camp it slipped out of the cheap ass sheath and when i got back to camp I realized what happened so after all the guys had there turns joking about it. I set of on foot to re trace my steps and hope I might get lucky and find it again. Well turns out that it broke out Ware I loaded up the horses but I found it. Returning to camp victorious we all had a good laugh about it . Now the story is not over yet for you see dad and I stop at the Cabellas Sydney Nebraska store on our way home every year. While we where there it dawned on us to check the bargain cave to see if they had any buck 119 knives returned broken that still had a sheath. You know what they did so went to check out . It was at that point that the cashier inquired why I was buying a broken knife. So I told her the story she inturn informed us that Buck knives had a Both set up on the other end of the store and that they may have a new sheath or send me one. Well on this new intel dad and I went to the both and you know what?... the guy sitting there was none other than Chuck Buck Himself and he was signing knives He took the time to here the story of the knife that I found in Wyoming lost in Colorado only to find it again, and on this he told me to go get it ,so I did He engraved GOOD FIND STEW CHUCK BUCK and good hunting on the other side.
I take that knife on every trip it has a luck
about it .
note Chuck sent me a new 119 sheath for it too what a great guy .
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