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Bad guys shouldn’t trust a hunter

Jim Scoggin hauled a black bear carcass to the family’s Blue Mountains hunting camp in 1939. Family members at the camp in 2016 said the photo, entitled “When men were men,” is the oldest remaining photo from the annual camp they’ve occupied since 1937 and starting on five generations. (Courtesy)
Jim Scoggin hauled a black bear carcass to the family’s Blue Mountains hunting camp in 1939. Family members at the camp in 2016 said the photo, entitled “When men were men,” is the oldest remaining photo from the annual camp they’ve occupied since 1937 and starting on five generations. (Courtesy)

HUNTING -- While I included some of the stories from a five-generation hunting camp in the Blue Mountains, I certainly didn't have room to tell them all the Sunday Outdoors feature.

For 80  years, the Scoggin-Koller family has had a way of making fun happen in a gnarly area they've chosen to hunt, sweat and camp for deer and elk hunting seasons.

Here's one more story they wryly tell that says something about hunters.

“One year we had a skinned-out bear hanging on the pole,” said Erv Koller, 71, of Spokane recounting a legendary Scoggin Hole story. “When a hunter driving by stopped and asked what it was, one of the guys said, ‘Wolverine.’

The visitor remarked that he’d never seen one.

“Very rare,” the Scoggins camper agreed.

“Man, that’s something. I didn’t know you could shoot them.”

The visitor was clearly pondering the encounter as he drove off a short way, and then he backed up, poked his head out the window and said, “You can’t shoot wolverines; they’re protected.”

The camper said, “Ohhh. Don’t tell anyone. We’ll get rid of it.”

The visitor nodded his head and drove off.

But he flagged down the first vehicle me met up the road and spilled the beans to a willing listener ... who just happened to be another Scoggin cousin, who listened well and said little other than his appreciation for rallying the cause.

Moral: Be careful who you talk to out there.

 




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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