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Doug Nelson of Virginia walks a trail while hunting "partridge" -- ruffed grouse -- near Virginia on Oct. 10. Sam Cook/Duluth News Tribune

Partridge hunter enjoys a tradition of success

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Here he comes, up the forest trail, toting the old Winchester double-barrel. He appears to be marching right out of a 1940s sporting catalog.


Look at those high-water canvas pants, purposely cut short so they don't get so wet. His 12-inch L.L. Bean boots rise to meet the sawed-off leggings. And check out the old wool shirt, buffalo-plaid in green and black. But the crowning touch is the hat -- floppy brimmed wool felt, looking frumpy and soft and lived in.

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