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Another masculine retreat falls as two ladies with unladylike shotguns invade a Minnesota duck camp
On northwest Minnesota's land of lakes and ducks a detail of doctors descends each autumn weekend, leaving behind duties, dilemmas and doting wives. Ac least, this has always been recommended hunting procedure since these Minneapolis men of medicine and shotguns founded their bachelor retreat outside of Melby. But in hunting, as in medicine, procedures often change—and so the good doctors of duckology discovered this season. A lady slipped through the firing line. Not, of course, without extraneous circumstances. One of the doctors invited SPORTS ILLUSTRATED to sample some really fine Minnesota waterfowl shooting. He didn't reckon that Virginia Kraft, lady reporter and Nimrod (see page 71), would accept the invitation. And where there is one lady, said the doctor's wife, why not another? Armed with shotguns, both ladies arrived, had some fine shooting and—triumph—were warmly invited back.
Preparing for big weekend, Drs. Donald McCormick (left), William Jefferies and George Garske unload their hunting gear from station wagon at doctors' duck camp.
Anticipating big appetites, hunting-clad Dr. Leonard A. Lang wrassles with bacon and eggs in gas-lit bachelor kitchen of two-room hunting camp on Lake Christine.
Delighted doctor, Urologist George Garske, beams on lady interloper, wife Beth, as happy hunters walk through autumn foliage to duck blinds on nearby pass between Lake Christine and Lake Inca.
Delivering the bird, Dr. Richard Tucker's 2-year-old black Lab, Pirate, splashes out of wintry water with a downed bluewing teal and hearty approval of his master.