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Troop 439 Bulletin

Volume 1, Number 4, October 30rd, 2001

"All things are ready, if our minds be so. " Shakespeare


After the Timberwolves opened the meeting, we fell in for the Hunting program, which has presented by Jimmy Ritzman. He began by discussing apparel, which he said was "just like winter camping, except only one day". The clothes he displayed were mostly camouflage, except those that were bright orange. Orange must be worn to legally hunt with a gun. He emphasized the importance of hats and boots to wear.

He also mentioned several other necessities. First, a good knife, which "should be sharp enough to cut hair"; rope, which you need to take the gun up into the tree, and to drag the deer to your vehicle; and the 'pee bottle', which you relive yourself into so the deer do not scent you. Deer have a good sense of smell.
He mentioned how, when you shoot a deer, the best place to hit it is on the shoulder blade, because all the vital organs are back there. You can shoot does in the head, but you don't want to on bucks, because it wrecks the trophy.

To get a hunting license, you must take a course, and then pass a test. Jimmy quoted one question from the test, "What is a safety?" (on a gun) The answer they wanted was, "A mechanical device that can and will fail".

Scouts interested in shooting or hunting training can visit the website of the local chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America at


Next meeting: Religious Emblems
The campout in November, the 17th to the 18th, is a backpacking trip on the Appalachian trail. Bring $15 to sign up on Monday.
50th Anniversary Patch Contest! Winning entry is made into our 50th anniversary patch.
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Scout Maxime

"There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up." -- John Andrew Holmes
For best results add daily push-ups to the regimen.