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Years ago, legendary bow hunter (and NAH columnist) Chuck Adams told me that the most dangerous animal in the West isn’t a grizzly, it’s a horse. And he went on to describe examples of friends, guides and outfitters he’s known who’ve been hurt in one way or another due to a horse. Watch the video below to see a horse vs. man mishap. For that reason, Adams prefers backpack hunts to horseback hunts whenever possible.
Speaking of horses, I have a humorous horse story for you:
This past week, my two sons joined me on a 3-mile-long bike ride on a local woodland trail. We like to check for buck rubs and look for deer along the way. My wife jogs while we boys ride. The kids don’t run because they can’t keep up (legs are still too short). I don’t run because I’m lazy. And out of shape. (Insert joke here.)
Anyways … my wife has one of those handy-dandy GPS watches, so she knows exactly how far we’ve biked, as well as our speed.
“Guys, you rode at a much faster pace coming back toward home than you did during the beginning of the trip,” she explained. “Horses do that, too. They often walk slow away from camp, but then walk fast—or even trot or gallop—when returning to camp. That’s because they know they’ll be fed when they get back.”
Upon which my wise 8-year-old said: “How do you know, Mom. You’re not a horse.”
Until next time …