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By Betty Vanderwielen

Tales of Swan Valley outfitters - Leonard Moore


August 15, 2019

Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder

Leonard Moore shares stories from his time as an outfitter.

SWAN VALLEY – Ninety-three-year-old Leonard Moore was the first speaker at the Aug. 3 Upper Swan Valley Historical Society (USVHS) program entitled Outfitting and Guiding in the Swan Valley and Surrounding Areas.

Moore said, according to his mother's notes, his first packing trip into the Bob Marshall Wilderness was in September of 1926 - the year he was born. According to the USVHS website, Moore "rode in the saddle with his mother or in a pannier on the pack string's lead horse."

When he was seven years old, he shot his first elk. He said, "[the recoil from the rifle] pretty nearly kno...

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