Long time hunter passed away.....
We lost Walt Ventling this morning to the Good Lord. He would have been 100 this Sept.
I have been elk hunting with Walt since the early 80's as a young man. We packed into the Thorofare region of Wyoming, 31 miles on horseback. Walt had been hunting the same country since the early 50's. It is located off the southeast corner of Yellowstone and is the most remote spot in the lower 48.
I learned so much from him. From packing horses and mules to hunting techniques.
I got to thinking, being born in 1908, there will never be a man alive that has seen the things in life that Walt did.
From the first forms of mechinized transportation, space flight, the great depression, the Wars, the technological advances, endless.... We will never see the kinds of changes that he lived through.
Walt made his last hunting / pack trip in 1998. At the ripe age of 90 years old. He still saddled and threw a pack like a man half his age. He was a mountain of a man, both physical and mental. He was a mentor, a friend, a Pioneer....
He will be missed.
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