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News Photo by Justin A. Hinkley Bob Skuse poses in the trophy room of Bob’s Gun Shop near Alpena, standing next to some of his collection of stuffed African animals he has killed during 35 years of hunting in the whole world. To the right is the Cape buffalo, or “the black death”, and behind Skuse is his African lion.

WILSON TOWNSHIP – “It’s the fiercest animal out there,” the hunter said, pointing to the towering black bust of a Cape buffalo mounted on the stone wall. “They call it the ‘black death’. They will hunt you down.

But, there, Bob Skuse said, pointing to a collection of stuffed sheep taken in Alberta, the Yukon and British Columbia, they are “the hardest thing in the world to hunt… You go up (6,000) to 10 000 feet every day. This is by far the hardest thing.

Over there, a wall of ducks. On the other side, a warthog, an antelope, a Cape grysbok. On the other side of the large stone accent wall, a timber wolf, a mountain lion, several deer. On the ground, a zebra skin rests under a huge elephant tusk on the coat, which rests under an elephant ear painted by a local artist.

Emerging from one corner is the centerpiece: an African lion, captured in northern South Africa after an 11-day hunt.

In all, some 35 years of adventure hang on the walls of Bob’s Gun Shop backroom, dozens of trophies won by Skuse over decades of hunting across America, Africa and Canada.

News Photo by Justin A. Hinkley A painted elephant ear and elephant tusk recently took center stage on a stone accent wall in the trophy room at Bob’s Gun Shop near Alpena.

Plus a fish caught by Skuse’s son in Cancun.

The lion – a grown, snarling beast with claws stretched out at passers-by – may attract attention, but the Cape buffalo – the black death – stands out for Skuse as a particularly formidable foe.

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“I shot that. He didn’t go down,” Skuse recalled in a recent interview. “You can’t shoot him in the head. , we waited for half an hour, then chased him to see if he chased us, he didn’t, so I ended it.

News Photo by Justin A. Hinkley The bust of a Cape buffalo, known to South Africans as the ‘black death’, hangs recently on the stone wall of Bob’s trophy room Gun Shop near Alpena.

Not that the lion got off safely.

“You would hunt for a while, go to bed, get up early and go hunting, then rest again and hunt at night as well,” Skuse said. “You try to get it before he knows you’re there, stalking you, you know. You always have to have the wind in your favor.

Skuse, 83, has been hunting since she was 12 and grew up in poverty near Lincoln.

“We were the last place that had electricity,” Skuse said. “When I was about 12 I started hunting, .22, you know, stuff like that. That’s where it started.

Skuse has owned Bob’s Gun Shop for 59 years, building the trophy collection that now lines almost every corner of every wall in that back room, as well as several mounted deer in the main showroom of the gun shop just outside Alpena on M-32.

News Photo by Justin A. Hinkley A Safari Club International Silver Award that Bob Skuse won in 1988 for taking a Cape eland in Namibia recently sits on the trophy room mantel at Bob’s Gun Shop near Alpena .

His first trip to Africa was in 1983, when a missionary he helped support invited him to hunt.

“I went to Zimbabwe and hunted with him,” Skuse said. “I shot, I think, about ten animals. The next year I went back there, went to another country and slaughtered 10, 12 animals. I’ve been there four times in all and I’ve been to five countries.

And, on each trip, he brought something back for his wall: kudus, waterbucks, jackals.

“I was hunting different animals,” he said. “I didn’t want to shoot anything two-on-one.”

In his adventures, Skuse won several awards for winning the best match. He also won trophies for marksmanship. In 2016, the Alpena Sports Hall of Fame inducted him for his hunting.

News Photo by Justin A. Hinkley A stuffed black bear recently sits in the trophy room at Bob’s Gun Shop near Alpena.

“You just have to make up your mind, you’re gonna do it,” Skuse said. “It’s not something you go in and get. You really have to hunt them.

Skuse no longer hunts – “I’m over the hill”, he said – and no one can hunt today as he hunted.

“There are a lot more restrictions,” he said. “For example, I don’t think you can bring the lion back anymore. There are a few you can’t bring back anymore.

So, as he gazes happily around his trophy room, memories roaring like his lion in the corner, Skuse can only smile, nod and say, “I’ve been blessed.” The good Lord was with me.

Justin A. Hinkley can be reached at 989-354-3112 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @JustinHinkley.

News Photo by Justin A. Hinkley A collection of waterfowl recently hangs on the wall in the trophy room at Bob’s Gun Shop near Alpena.

News Photo by Justin A. Hinkley A collection of African animals photographed by Bob Skuse was recently seen in the trophy room of Bob’s Gun Shop near Alpena.

News Photo by Justin A. Hinkley An African lion shot by Bob Skuse is seen mounted recently in the trophy room of Bob’s Gun Shop near Alpena.

News Photo by Justin A. Hinkley An African lion shot dead by Bob Skuse after an 11-day hunt is seen as the centerpiece of the trophy room at Bob’s Gun Shop near Alpena recently.

News Photo by Justin A. Hinkley A collection of wood-boring animals recently hung on the wall in the trophy room at Bob’s Gun Shop near Alpena.

News Photo by Justin A. Hinkley A mountain lion is seen mounted recently in the trophy room at Bob’s Gun Shop near Alpena.

News Photo by Justin A. Hinkley A stuffed timber wolf was recently seen in the trophy room at Bob’s Gun Shop near Alpena.

News Photo by Justin A. Hinkley A zebra skin covers the floor in front of a stone accent wall recently in the trophy room at Bob’s Gun Shop near Alpena.

News Photo by Justin A. Hinkley The stuffed waterfowl recently rested in the trophy room at Bob’s Gun Shop near Alpena.

News Photo by Justin A. Hinkley A warthog is seen mounted on the wall recently at Bob’s Gun Shop near Alpena.


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