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Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Chester County, PA
The legend of Stumpy
When I returned to the United States after several years over seas my uncle Ray took particular delight in the following tale. Now my dad was a died in the wool grouse hunter and although he was not very successful at it he pursued the state bird with a passion. He would now and then lower himself to the hunting of rabbits and pheasants and just to help out on family drives would even go along on deer hunts. His deer hunting mostly consisted of him being posted on a spot by one of my uncles and then smoking as many Pall Malls as he had on hand while pretending to enjoy the day. So as my uncle told it, it happened that while he was lighting a smoke and keeping an eye on the tree line a buck appeared and my dad dropped it with one shot from his beloved, yet seldom fired, Winchester Model 70 30/06. With iron sights no less - he was a deadly shot by-the-way. As was the family ritual, everyone congregated to where the shot came from and there is my dad standing over his deer; his very first deer after many many years of deer hunting. And all are congratulating him and he is all smiles and excited. Then my uncle Ray noticed that the deer had a leg missing; the front leg on the right side was a stump that had grown over. Well naturally my uncle Ray looks at my dad and says "Holy smoke, you shot Stumpy"! and my dad is crushed. He is so upset that he announces then and there "If I have to start counting the legs besides looking for antlers I'm through with this". And he never went deer hunting again much to the chagrin of the group. He did however continue with grouse chasing until he passed. The back story to this is that after my uncle Ray told me this story and after he had gone home that day my dad said that he was so happy to see that deer only had three legs and he took the opportunity to pretend that he was so upset over it that it was the perfect excuse for him to use to end his deer hunting career. Be that as it may, he would not surrender that Winchester to me.
Good night Chesty, wherever you are......