The hunt, my sixth in Alaska, had started with plenty of fast action. Late on May 14, I boarded a Northwest Airlines plane in New York, stopped to swap hunting lies in Seattle that evening with Bill Niemi, the maker of Eddie Bauer down jackets, stepped down in Anchorage on the 15th at 5 A.M., local time. A commercial flight to Naknek and charter hop brought me to Branham's base camp on Chiginagak Bay, roughly five hundred miles west of Anchorage. There an Alaskan surgeon, Dr. Hale, and other medico, Dr. Sparks of Ohio, would hunt their brownies. Bud and I loaded up his Super Cub and flew to our own camp on Nakalilok Bay. At 6 o'clock on the evening of May 16 we were glassing a handsomely furred brownie. By 8, Bud was skinning a hide to lie before his Rainy Pass Lodge fireplace.