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.