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Rafael Rodriguez Returns


Rafael Rodriguez Returns

At the 2010 SCI Convention in Reno, Rafael noticed a familuar name on the marque above the outfitter's booth, which read; Wildman Lake Lodge - Gary "Butch" King - Master Guide. 

Curious recognition flickered as their eyes made contact through the mass of past hunters and potential clients who crowded the outfitters convention display.  As Rafael made his way to the counter, Butch searched the alphabet for the Mexican client’s first name and as their hands met over the counter it came to his tongue, “Rafael, how long has it been?”  In a strong Spanish accent, Rafael said “1974, I hunted with you for my Dall Sheep, Grizzly, Moose and Caribou.”  Wow, we were both kids in our early 20’s and here we meet again.  At the reunion, Rafael booked the 2012 spring bear season for himself and Rafael Jr at Wildman Lake Lodge. 

This evening, Rafael took his Alaska Brown Bear; almost thiry-eight years after the two had first hunted together in the Wrangell Mountains and on the Alaska Peninsula as very young men.  Rafael’s brown bear will go well into the SCI Record Book.  Interestingly the lower jaw had evidently been broken many years ago, as the lower teeth are severely misaligned and deformed by either a fight with another bear or a swift kick from a fleeing moose.  This damage did not increase the length of the skull and may have even retarded to growth.  A great trophy.  Now, Rafael will accompany his son Rafael Jr. for the duration of the season


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