posted on Jun, 18 2006 @ 11:06 PM
Of course "jackalopes" are real. I know. I actually saw one. Heck, I actually held an actual jackalope in my hands!
When I was growing up in the Detroit area in the 1960's, every six weeks or so, I would go to "Bob the Barber". Besides being a barber, it would
seem, judging from all of the hunting magazines that fascinated me while waiting to "have my melon peeled", that Bob was also a hunter. Of course
that became self-evident from the conversations around Bobs' when Michigan deer hunting season came around. As a kid of nine or ten, I found the
conversation, speckled with forbidden (but familiar) words, held my interest as Bob would talk about hunting -- and killing -- one animal or
another with his buddies.
I always wondered how the same three or four guys all could hang around a barber shop no matter when I dropped in. I couldn't understand why they
weren't at work or something. But I finally reasoned that they were "professional" hunters who were independantly well off from their hunting
exploits. Anyway, one of my favorite stories was of the day when Bob bagged a jackalope. The story was filled with tracking lore and superhuman
skill and endurance. It would seem that the elusive jackalope is not an "easy kill". Of course, if they were, then it wouldn't be considered
It would have been easy to dismiss Bob's story if it weren't for one little fact.....he had killed and stuffed one. Lucky for Bob that he was also
a taxidermist, eh?
I will never forget the day that Bob actually let me hold his trophy -- a perfectly preserved jackalope; body of a jackrabbit with a full rack of
antlers. It was a sight to behold.
I will never know what ever happened to Bob. It was the sixties, after all, and long hair became the fashion for men. I stopped going to Bob's
(against the protests of my Mom) and, one day, Bob's was closed. I never mourned the closing of his neighborhood barber shop. I suppose that I
figured that he only gave haircuts to while away his time between hunting seasons but after bagging a jackalope, can there really be any more
adventure to be had from hunting? No, I doubt it. The jackalope would surely be the pinnacle of any hunters goals and the most treasured of all
Yes, the jackalope is real and, based upon a great hunting and wildlife authority -- Bob -- the Northern Michigan woods practically teem with this the
wiliest of all beasts