June 4, 2022

RACKING UP THE MILES:

Our greatest athlete is a 64-year-old moose antler hunter from Vermont: For decades, Will Staats has dominated the highly competitive, super secretive world of hunting for antlers shed by moose. (Billy Baker, June 1, 2022, Boston Globe)

UNDISCLOSED LOCATION -- Will Staats made me swear to keep the location of our moose antler hunt a secret. Then he made me swear again. By the third time, I was a tad annoyed, roughly the same tad of annoyance I had felt when the 64-year-old retiree asked me, several times over the phone from his home in northern Vermont, if I would be able to keep up with him on our hike. I am in my mid-40s, in mid-shape, and much closer to being fired than retired, thank you very much.

I was wrong. You probably saw that coming, but I assure you that you cannot believe just how very wrong I was. And that is because Will Staats is not just the premier moose shed hunter in New England; he is also the greatest athlete I have ever met.

Posted by at June 4, 2022 7:04 AM

  

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