These photos are from the first year of the muzzleloader hunting season, 1973. Wallace, Neal, Lynn & I hunted only a few days from a camp in a corn field beside the Jackson River in the Gathright Wildlife Management Area. The entire river bottom is now at the bottom of Lake Moomaw.

When we camped there the Jackson River was the largest river of drinking water purity in Virginia. It was dammed to provide better dry season river flow for a paper plant in Covington, VA. This river valley was an important frontier location in the mid-18th Century.

A camp we could drive to was important due to the limited time we had to hunt this season.

The river was thirty yards in front of the truck.

Wallace was hunting with the rifle made in the Gunsmith of Williamsburg movie. During a lunch break we put a cardboard box out at three-hundred paces for some long range rifle practice.

Neal, kneeling with binoculars, watches for the ball to hit.

Neal shoots while I spot.

My turn. The cooler is almost hiding the fact that I still used a priming horn back then. Since then I have learned better!

I'm shooting the .62 caliber rifle I had made with the Sharon Rifle Works barrel. (RIFLE)


We never knew where the camp cat came from! We were a couple of miles from the nearest house. The rifle is the iron mounted, .60 caliber that Wallace made for Lynn. Web page of photos of this rifle