Outdoor Life - - HUNTING - Aaron Oel­ger

Back in 2013, I was bowhunt­ing for elk in The Raggeds, a wilder­ness area west of Crested Butte, Colo., when I hap­pened on a large sheet of twisted and bent metal high on the slopes of a tim­bered moun­tain. I later learned that it was the re­mains of a sin­gle-en­gine air­craft that had crashed in the area some 20 years ear­lier. Most of the wreck­age had been dis­man­tled and re­moved by pack­trains, but the mules were un­able to carry the en­gine. Later, I went back to the area and lo­cated the en­gine. My guide re­called that the plane was owned by the Colorado Depart­ment of Na­tional Re­sources. I never learned if there had been loss of life in the wreck, but it was sure a spooky thing to find an aban­doned air­craft en­gine sit­ting in the mid­dle of the wilder­ness.

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