Grits [Gresham] and Dave [Petzal] were widely respected outdoor journalists and huntin’ and fishin’ types of considerable experience. Dave was the younger of the two with dark brooding eyes and a devilish smile. I nicknamed him Rasputin.”—Ian Manning*, With a Gun in Good Country

*Ian was a PH of wide experience, and we got along well until he said that one of my rifles looked like it belonged to a French nobleman. I offered to fight him with fists, knives, or guns, but about that time someone spotted a Gold’s cobra near camp, and I felt obliged to hide in a tent for several hours. By then the whole thing had blown over.