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Outdoor Life Online Editor

Dead Falls
Your recent Survival column about watching where you are going (BRACKET "Making the Right Moves," September) was right on.

I recently retired from the University of Idaho, where I did research and taught hydrology and climatology. One project was in the Yaak River area of northwestern Montana. The hills were steep and full of snags and downed timber.

One afternoon I started down one of the hills after lunch. The first 100 meters went fine, but I was in a hurry and thinking about things other than where I was going. I stepped over a large log and the next thing I knew I had broken my leg (tibia). Apparently, I had stepped on some twigs on the other side of the log, so my foot slipped and I came down on a protruding rock, which broke my leg.

Lucky for me, one of the people who found me was a paramedic. A very painful ride to the nearest hospital (about 35 miles) and a medevac plane ride to Moscow (200 miles) followed. I then spent a week in the hospital and several months getting over the whole thing-all because I was in a hurry. Thanks for the great advice.

Myron Molnau
Via E-mail

There are conflicting comments in "Making the Right Moves," by Rich Johnson. In one instance he suggests stepping over rocks, logs and boulders. In another statement he says to beware of shadows lest you step on a hiding snake.

In this part of East Texas snakes are not dormant during much of the deer season, and you might receive the fangs of a cottonmouth or copperhead in your calf if you step over a log instead of stepping onto it first and peering over the side. I was taught this 50 years ago by my father. I don't deny that I have managed to slip off a few, but so far I haven't been bitten, although I've seen several snakes. One is enough. I guess the best lesson from Mr. Johnson's article is to be careful and use your head.

James E. Raney
Nacogdoches, TX

Forget the Record Books
Pope and Young! Boone and Crockett! The quest to be a member of these clubs is killing the future of hunting and our heritage. I don't believe in baiting or using high-tech feeds to build the bigger, better deer with the monster racks. I support responsible farmers and ranchers who plant natural fields of clover and other plants to sustain deer in harsh winters.

The areas infected with chronic wasting disease used infected meal to boost deer weight and antler growth. They practiced what is often referred to as QDM (quality deer management). The hunting community is not naive. Feeding deer meal is simply unnatural and, as you may have noticed, can result in dire consequences. Trying to get your name in a club for a massive, artificially made deer is sickening.

Hunters in the Midwest, I beg you to stop trying to make the $6 million deer. Let your kids grow up knowing that the deer they used to hunt with their dads will be there when they are old enough to take their kids to the field for the first time. I want to watch the fascination and excitement in my daughter's eyes every time we see a deer hurdle a fence or a big buck stand up after tracking him for a couple of miles. Keep our heritage and our hunting ethics alive.

Bill Esterline
Fort Wainwright, AK

Call to Arms
Over the years I have read many Outdoor Life issues cover to cover, but just this past month I came across a box of them from 1942 and 1943. When my kids sat down to go over them with me, one article got the attention of all of us. It was in the June 1942 issue and was titled "Minute Men of 1942." After reading it with my kids (I'm an old Army sergeant), I was quite surprised to learn that the United States had made a call to arms in 1942.

All the new gun-control groups out there make it sound like this has not happened since the Revolutionary War. I think you should coonsider rerunning this article if for no other reason than as a historic reminder.

James P. Graham
Via E-mail

Like the Flow
Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy Outdoor Life, especially the fact that all of your articles begin and end within a few pages. I don't have to continually go to the back of the magazine to finish reading an article. The articles flow much more smoothly and make OL a pleasure to read. Thanks.
Dennis J. Paulachok
West Chester, PA