Elk Hunting - Indian Style
The Shoshone have always been known for their unique hunting skills, I doubt anyone ever envisioned Elk hunting, Leo and Woody Teton style.
Leo and Woody Teton are brothers, they’re Cowboys and Cattle Ranchers, Leo is the father of the young college girl, Randal Teton who posed as Sacagawea for the new Gold Dollar issued by the U. S. Mint a few years ago. They live on the Fort Hall Shoshone Reservation in Southeastern Idaho. I point out the above to explain these aren’t your average Cowboys, they are intelligent accomplished men. When you read their story you may wonder about their smarts.
Woody is riding his favorite horse Geronimo up a canyon looking for stray cattle when he spots a large Bull Elk. Woody and Geronimo head for the ranch at top speed to find his Brother Leo. All Woody can see is Elk steaks for the winter, a couple of pairs of beaded gloves and maybe a new Buckskin Jacket never mind this Elk out weighs him by several hundred pounds and probably isn’t interested in what Woody wants.
The Brothers return to the hillside where Woody had seen the Elk and sure enough it was still there grazing near the creek. Leo has his rifle with him he takes careful aim and pulls the trigger. Damn, he only wounds the Elk. Not wanting to waste any additional ammunition they decide Woody would rope the Elk and Leo would cut its throat, ( I wonder who came up with that plan?) The operation was a success. The Men are enjoying their steaks. It’s too early to know if Woody will get his gloves and jacket.
I know this sounds like a tall tale. Things like this don’t happen any more. Fortunately, Gary Yokoyama, a neighbor who went along on the hunt had a camera with him and was able to document the whole operation on film. The story is on file at The Morning News, Blackfoot Idaho.