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Historic Deer Hunting Tale

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  Ken Felt says he's been hunting since he was thirteen years old. That's 80 years ago now. And this year like many other years, he jumped on his four-wheeler, headed out in the woods and bagged his deer.

Ken Felt, Shevlin, MN: "And that was it and I just backed up to it with the 4-wheeler and tied a chain around her neck and drug her home, because there was snow on the ground."

  And beyond the fact that Felt is 93, this year for the very first time, he bagged his deer with a very special rifle

  Felt took that deer with a rifle that his grandfather brought from Sweden to America back in 1885. It's an 1867, Remington, .50-caliber rifle.

Ken Felt: "My Grandfather used it in Sweden for a couple winters. He provided meat for lumber camps. So, he shot moose and elk." 

And now his rifle has finally bagged its first game in America. Ironically, it's the same kind of rifle used by General George Custer. Custer thought so highly of it, he wrote a glowing letter to the Remington company in 1873, while in North Dakota. Custer said in part: "Forty-one antelope were brought down at 250 yards." 

Ken Felt: "The photographs of Custer's rifle and this rifle are identical."

  Yes, you'd be hard pressed to find any more history behind a deer hunting story this year, than Ken Felt's story. And while Ken still has his rifle, Custer's rifle was taken by a victorious warrior, following his "Last Stand" back in 1876.

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