Since I began writing for the newspaper, quite a number of former student-athletes from Payson High School have been the focus of many of my outdoor articles. This one goes back to 1986 when Curt Rambo Jr. was playing baseball for coach Tom Meck and football for Terry Nodlinski. Curt Jr. earned All-State and All-Star honors for Payson High School in football and went on to graduate from NAU with a math degree. He has worked for Motorola for more than 13 years in the Valley, but when possible he comes back to his roots in the Rim Country to enjoy the outdoors.
He was an avid outdoorsman as a youngster and those interests have stayed with him into his adult years. Whenever possible, he enjoys the pursuit of big-game archery hunting because of the challenge of getting within close range of the animal.
On a recent archery deer hunt, he had some amazing, up-close experiences with big game. Curt was sitting in his Ameristep ground blind, which has total scent containment. This means that human smells are shielded from the outside environment. Ground blinds are a comfortable and safe way to archery hunt. As with most serious archery hunters, Curt also wears camouflage clothing made by Scentlok and Scent Blocker Plus. Again, one of the key factors in successful archery hunting is to cover the human scent, and the new innovation in clothing is truly amazing.
During an earlier archery cow elk hunt, he had waited for three days in his blind, but as is sometimes the case, the right shot did not present itself. But that does not mean there wasn't activity. He had an elk walk by only 8 feet away, and two whitetail bucks were just 10 feet from him, and ironically, in both situations, the wind was blowing right at the animals. He had never been that close to big game animals before. Curt said the close range had to be attributed to the scent containment clothing and ground blind.
Well, when archery deer season reopened in December, Curt was back in that ground blind hoping to get a shot at one of those deer. Seven hours later, in the middle of the afternoon, that moment materialized. He made a clean shot and Curt was able to place his tag on a trophy-sized 4-point mule deer. When the work of getting the animal out of the woods began, dad, Curt Sr., who wasn't far away, was glad to assist his son. Shared outdoor experiences between father and son are memories to cherish.
I hope you will take the opportunity to enjoy your family out in God's creation.