In 1966 this tall man came to our farm to dispatch a sick moose that had been wondering around our farm fields. His name was Donald Wood a conservation officer from the Oxford DNR.
Part of his job was going to schools showing films about wild life and conservation. I remember him well coming to my school. Being a larger friendly man , many off the students referred to him as "Gentle Ben".
He was a great influnce on me personaly. I began following a career path in forestry and had the privilege of working with him for 10 years. I often wish now I had kept a diary of some of the life events we shared. We had many good laughs . He had a dry sense of humor, and when he began to tell a story , it was laughter from the start to the finish, for all around.
Part of his job was looking after nusiance beaver dams. Many farmers and forestry people called him to remove dams .
25 years ago he had a tragic accident blowing one of those dams with dynamite.
I just came up from the basement bringing with me the contents of a little box that I have kept tucked away.
In 1969 I had writen a letter to Don , sending him $2.00 for for my first beaver licence. He sent me a nice note telling me the fur bearer trapping seasons, and stressing the importance of following the trapping regulations. He inclosed the regulations , which have ----one page.
The other envelope states ---This envelope contains a rifle bullet which was recovered by G Fisher & Don Wood from a doe deer killed by jacklighters at Lower Wentworth , Cumb. Co. NS at approx 12.00 am Oct 4/81 .
If you read the above , and just happen to be the one, you hit that deer right behind the shoulder,and it went about 40 yds from the road. I will give you back our bullet if you would like to claim it.
Today they will be putting up a plague at theDNR office for Mr Wood.