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It’s great to have friends that share your interests; friends you can bounce ideas off of and discover and perfect new ways of doing things. I have such a friend in Deryl Markgraf. Deryl and I met a few years ago and became instant friends. The love of hunting wild hogs and then transforming the meat into tasty meals created the bond between us, and lots of time together hunting and fishing strengthened that bond.

My friend is not a person that delves lightly into anything. He is a degreed engineer and like most engineers, he has a way of looking at any topic way past the superficial and into the core. There is either a concise, clear answer or there is not. If the answer to any question is questionable, Deryl begins researching the topic until he is satisfied he has the correct solution. I spent a career as a surveyor and had many civil engineers as bosses. Most were great guys/gals but many were so analytical that they lost me in casual conservation. I would make a statement, say tell them about a fish I might have caught that was close to being a new water body record, or… whatever. They would want to know all the pertinent details, which lake? What was previous record? What exactly did my fish weigh? Was it weighed on certified scales? You get the picture!


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