Day 6: Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, friends and duck hunting buddies. It’s a special time of year and we all have a lot to be thankful for. Take time to make sure you acknowledge that. But you don’t have to take it as far as former President Teddy Roosevelt did in this old cartoon. But there’s no truce between hunters and the hunted on this day for most.

We’ll return tomorrow with an up-to-date report on how the ducks and geese or flying, but first a few moments for this important historical lesson.

A Thanksgiving Truce” first appeared in the November 22, 1905 issue of a Washington magazine. President Theodore Roosevelt, shown above in his “Rough Rider” uniform, was an animal lover as well as an avid hunter, hence the Bear’s toast “Here’s hoping that when next we meet, we see you first.’”

Roosevelt was one of our nation’s foremost conservationists. During his Presidency, he was the first to create National Forests, National Parks, National Game Preserves and much more. And he also did his share of hunting.

From the Library of Congress.