Varmint Hunting (back in 1964)
I'm not sure exactly when I got hooked on shooting, but anyone that knows me will tell you - that I'm still seriously hooked on all types of shooting. I developed a real interest in varmint hunting long before this picture was taken. In the early sixties there were very few gun magazines like there are today. Back then Field & Stream was about the best shooting publication around. The most interesting articles seemed to be about varmint hunting, and there were varmints all over the rolling fields around Rochester, New York. It was common to find pickup trucks (left by hunters) parked along the roadside early on almost any morning. The countryside where I lived, was covered with experienced varmint hunters that were always shooting woodchucks at extreme long range.
I remember one particular magazine article that explained why it
was a good idea to always ask the landowner for permission to shoot on his land. Well, this sounded like a good idea until you ask
yourself "What if he says No?" Then you would really get in trouble if you ever got caught shooting on his land. However, that
article sounded like such an honorable idea that I couldn't resist. Imagine how awesome it would be if the farmer actually said Yes.
(Remember, this was before the 1968 Gun Control legislation).
Several months later . . . My favorite varmint rifle was this
Anschutz Model 64 with a 15 power Unertl scope. The stock needed to be glass bedded and refinished, and I just couldn't wait
for winter to get started. Notice the "unfinished" gunstock on the rifle in the picture above? I just completed glass bedding the stock, and I was in the
middle of refinishing it. I had the stock 99% sanded down, almost ready to apply the finish, when one of my shooting buddies came over and announced "the
woodchucks are back in that farmers field again". Oh crap! . . . . what bad timing. I knew that if I let him hunt that field without me there would
soon be very few woodchuck survivors. It was now or never. So, I assembled my rifle and headed out with him to plaster more woodchucks than we've
ever seen in a single day.