The Future of Hunting


Great Great Grandmother Mabel Morgan (l) and Great Grandaughter Casey (r)
Great Great Grandmother Mabel Morgan (l) and Great Grandaughter Casey (r)

Editor’s Note: On Fridays we usually take a look back at some of the epic hunts that have appeared in the pages of Safari Magazine. This Friday, we’re instead looking at the future of hunting. SCI Life Member Frank Chapman shares a story of multi-generational hunts for elk in Wyoming. From the looks of it, the future of hunting is in very capable hands.

first elk hunt
Three generations of hunters celebrating a successful 1st elk. From left: Grandfather Frank Chapman, Granddaughter Mabel Schroeder and Daughter Casey Schroeder.

My granddaughter Mabel Schroeder turned 12 recently. She is named for her great great Grandmother Mabel Morgan, who dedicated her adult life to hunting and fishing in Wyoming. In fact, Mabel hunted in the Gros Ventre area northeast of Jackson Hole well into her 80’s. From my teenage years I took advantage of every opportunity to hunt with my Grandmother. She was an active hunter into her 94th year, and was planning her fall hunt when she passed away in 2000.

For the past 15 years of her life, she hunted with SnS Outfitters and Guide Service. So when grandmother’s namesake decided she wanted to go on her first elk hunt, Sy Gilliland and I decided it was fitting that she make her first hunt with the same group that had guided her great great grandmother on her last hunt.

Mabel shows off her first elk. Her namesake would be proud to know the hunting heritage is being passed down.
Mabel shows off her first elk. Her namesake would be proud to know the hunting heritage is being passed down.

Casey(Mabel’s mother and my daughter), Mabel and I started this multi-generational hunt on Sunday . Casey and I filled our cow calf tags early on Sunday, but Mabel passed on several bulls waiting for the right one. On Monday she connected with this nice bull at 240-yards with her father’s Ruger 77 in .270.

The torch has been passed, and now a new Mabel will be looking after our hunting heritage.

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