Hook and bullet club

by Nick Wognum

A photo we ran last week of a moose that had much of its fur rubbed off sparked the interest of Travis Raida. He saw the picture as well and thought it looked very familiar. Here’s his story:<BR><BR>“Word has been passed to me that a moose photograph appeared in Monday’s edition of the Ely Echo. Having seen a moose north of Virginia on Sunday, April 11 at approximately 4:45 p.m., I wondered if my eyes gazed upon the same mighty beast. I quickly fired up the computer and logged onto elyecho.com.<BR><BR>“I scanned the website looking for a link to this ‘ghost moose.’ Clicking on the link, I was whirled across cyberspace to a picture that looked strangely familiar. It was mine. <BR><BR>“I had snapped the photograph along the side of Highway 169 about a mile and a half north of the division from Highway 53.<BR><BR>“Luck had fallen upon me as I was traveling back to the Twin Cities. Having grown up about five miles north of the sighting, I had traveled the road countless times. Never before had I witnessed such a marvelous creature. He seemed carefree and oblivious to the steady stream of traffic less than 15 feet away. <BR><BR>“I watched and enjoyed the rare moment, not sure if I would ever view a moose as close as this one again. I hastily grabbed the camera out of the back seat and snapped the shutter. Seconds later he paused and looked at me and slowly turned from the busy road. <BR><BR>“As I watched him amble toward the tamarack swamp I thought about leaving the vehicle and getting just a little bit closer. But the thought of a charging animal several times my size did not appeal to me and I watched him disappear into the forest. My first up-close moose viewing deemed a success, I continued on my way.<BR><BR>“Having said that, I feel you should know the author of the picture you have in your possession. Since my father works for the U.S. Forest Service and was unsuccessful on a moose hunt this past fall, I thought he would get a kick out of the photograph. He passed it on to a few co-workers and in turn it ended up at the DNR. My only request is that you put credit where credit is due. ”<BR><BR>Our thanks to Travis Raida for taking the photo and sharing the story with our readers. <BR><BR>Stumpjumpers Club back in action<BR><BR>There are signs of life for the Stumpjumpers ATV Club here in the Ely area. After a meeting a few weeks ago, those present decided to get the club back on its feet again. The Stumpjumpers were active a few years ago but due to one reason or another stopped meeting on a regular basis.<BR><BR>A group of Ely Igloo Snowmobile Club members wanted to get the ATV club back up and running again, so a Stumpjumpers meeting was held prior to the snowmobile club meeting on April 7.<BR><BR>That will again be the case on May 5, with the Stumpjumpers meeting at 6 p.m. and the Igloos at 7 p.m.<BR><BR>There was a consensus that the two clubs should remain separate, even though many snowmobile club members have ATVs. <BR><BR>The next meeting will feature a visit from the vice president of ATVAM, the state association for ATV clubs in Minnesota. <BR><BR>If you’ve got a wheeler, you should be at the next meeting and at the very least should become a member of the club and ATVAM. There are plenty of issues surrounding ATVs but if the owners/operators aren’t at the table, the only voice that’s heard are those who oppose them.