05 May 2014

A Museum Like No Other

From a copyright story at the Alaska Dispatch.  Excerpt:

Rainy Pass Lodge is the oldest continuously operating hunting lodge in Alaska, set deep in the wilderness 120 air miles northwest of Anchorage. 2014 marks the lodge’s 77th year in existence. Exclusively a hunting lodge in its early days, Rainy Pass Lodge is now open year-round to cater to snowmachiners, ptarmigan hunters and the Iron Dog and Iditarod races, as well as summer guests and horseback riders.

Buckey Winkley came to Alaska in 1961 and has been the resident hunting guide at Rainy Pass Lodge since 1964.

... As a child in the 1950s, Winkley enjoyed history and reading, and he immersed himself in hunting articles, hunting books, and books about natural history. “To me there was nothing more exciting than hunting a grizzly bear in Alaska.” His father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were all hunters. He started shooting guns when he was 5 years old, and started collecting them in high school. Winkley says he’s always been a collector, and out of the 145 antique guns in his “museum,” he’s shot more than 70 of them.

“There’s guns in here that are over 400 years old," he said.

As Buckey says in the video, "This is a 400-year history of guns, hunting, and shooting."

You really do need to go to the linked article, and watch the brief video. 


Old NFO said...

Nice video! And quite the collection there!

Rev. Paul said...

I'm gonna have to visit Rainy Pass. Definitely.