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About Gabe the Shootist

I am retired from public service, a trained gunsmith, pump mechanic, an old pipeliner, passable electrician, carpenter, truck driver, amateur blacksmith, proof reader, experienced hunter, shooter, reloader, avid canoeist, Renaissance man, jack of all trades, all around good guy (with the caveat: I won't be insulted, lied to or laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I require the same from them.).

…to find my soul.

This quote from John Muir is very popular today. I have always felt the truth of this statement. Recently, I finished a book by Albert Bigelow Paine titled “The Tent Dwellers” and his take on finding one’s soul in the … Continue reading

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Requirement #20 of the American Mountain Men

20. Must have made a study of the lifestyle of the mountain man, frontiersman or American Indian before 1840 and must submit a report of this study to the association Capitaine. This requirement is optional for advancement to Bossloper and … Continue reading

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Requirement #19 of the American Mountain Men

19. Must spend three days and two nights totally alone under primitive conditions and aux aliments du pays [“off the nourishment of the land”]. This requirement is optional for advancement to Bossloper and mandatory for the Hiveranno degree. This seems … Continue reading

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Requirement #18 of the American Mountain Men

18. Must have served as a Booshway for at least two activities of the AMM This requirement is optional for advancement to Bossloper and mandatory for the Hiveranno degree. This can be fulfilled with any activity of the AMM, from … Continue reading

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Requirement #17 of the American Mountain Men

17. Must be able to properly skin an animal and prepare the skin for market. This requirement is optional for advancement to Bossloper and mandatory for the Hiveranno degree. You do not have to harvest this skin yourself to fulfill … Continue reading

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Requirement #16 of the American Mountain Men

16. Must have at least three full years of membership in AMM. This requirement is not applicable for advancement to Bossloper but mandatory for the Hiveranno degree. To fulfill this requirement, one must be a member of the AMM for … Continue reading

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Requirement #15 of the American Mountain Men

15. Must have hunted for and killed at least one game or fur animal with a muzzleloading firearm or primitive bow and must have used the skin and/or meat for food, clothing and/or accoutrements. The hunt must be made from … Continue reading

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Requirement #14 of the American Mountain Men

14. Must be able to converse using Plains Indians hand talk. The 200 words on page 64 of Tompkin’s book “Indian Sign Language”, will be used as a basis for conversation. To complete this requirement, you must demonstrate your ability … Continue reading

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Requirement #13 of the American Mountain Men

13. Must be able to cook a meal of meat using only the meat, fire, a knife, and materials found in nature. This requirement is optional for advancement to Bossloper and mandatory for the Hiveranno degree. This requirement can be … Continue reading

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