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Wisconsin License #a 143314

Wisconsin Deer Hunting License #A 143314 is near and dear to my heart.

It's just a piece of paper, right? N O T!

License #A 143314 is history. It's a moment in time, back in the day, when my father was young and the future was full of adventure.

I come from a hunting family. Deer hunting was the climax of all hunting adventures when I was growing up. One of the most interesting guns to me was my father's CN Newport double barrel, two trigger 16 gauge shotgun. I loved that gun from first sight.

Guns in Wisconsin tend to pass on from one generation to the next. This would be no exception. But this gun held special meaning. Somewhat sacred, you might say. For this was my Dad's first gun.

Back in the 1960's my father worked for Kraft Foods as a traveling salesman. His territory was Wisconsin and Illinois where he would drive Monday-Friday every week. I still have vivid memories of Dad arriving home on a Friday afternoon and all the kids of the house swarming around him. You see, it was customary for Dad to hand out sticks of Wrigley's Chewing Gum when he got home. And, oh ya, we were glad he was home, too.

Dad loved to hunt. Since he traveled to lands far and near, he saw opportunity. If a flock of geese were feeding in a corn field in who-knows-where WI he might attempt a shot (with permission from the land owner). On more than one occasion he would bring home a goose or three and we would help Dad clean the goose.

Of course "clean" was a relative term. Yes, the feathers came off of the birds and yes, most of those feathers covered our little bodies from head to toe.

Dad's 16 Gauge shotgun could usually be found in the back of his company issued car nicely packaged in a break down cloth carry case edged with tough leather.

Fast forward to the 1980's and now I'm a young man with a child or two of my own and exploring my own hunting adventures.

By then, I noticed that Dad seldom used the ol' double barrel. So I asked and he let me "borrow" it. Over the years "borrow" became permanent possession. To this day, that double barrel shotgun is still my favorite where I eagerly hunt Rough Grouse. It's somewhat like taking Dad hunting with me every time I pull that gun out of the case. There have been many great hunts over the years.

In the early 1980's I decided to shine that ol' double barrel up a little. That's when I encountered License #A 143314. As I was pulling apart and dismantling the gun I noticed something was stuck down the long screw hole down the butt of the gun. Carefully reaching down with a long screwdriver, I pull out this perfectly preserved 1936 Wisconsin Deer Hunting License. The registration number still clearly visible- #A 143314 came into view.

The license was obviously filled out in fountain pen, very common in the day. The name was clear as a bell. The license fee listed on the license? $1.

So I asked Dad who was this mystery man?

He was amazed! Why, this was the guy he had bought the gun from!

What a treasure. This was REAL history. And something that brings smiles to many faces every time they hear the story.

Many guns get passed from one generation to the next. It's tradition. And sometimes, there's a little piece of living history that comes with these treasures!

Doug Palmer


Street Talk

An amazing story Doug!

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  about 8 years ago
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