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By Andi Bourne

Epic ending to a great adventure


September 26, 2019

Terry Lavoie

Seeley Lake's Rick Butler is legally blind. He shot this buffalo Sept. 14 using an air gun and drone goggles.

SEELEY LAKE – Hung on every wall of Rick Butler's living room are mounts from hunting expeditions from years past and photographs he has taken. There is a story behind each of the animals and images that Butler proudly displays in his home. But few compare to his most recent hunt where he, now legally blind, brought down a 1,200-1,400 pound buffalo with an air gun.

Butler grew up in Montana and attended Seeley-Swan High School in the late 1970s. He moved to Alaska in 1984 where he worked on the North Slope in the oil field until 2010. When a project manager position opened up in Russia h...

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