Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2007

Age: 69

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Occupation: Retired federal fisheries biologist, standby school bus driver.

Favorite outdoor activity: Hunting ducks and geese with his black lab, Dakota.

Favorite outdoor memory: "The year before last I went pheasant hunting in Montana, and we limited out. Then we went up to Alberta, Canada, and we shot 'greater honkers.' I've never seen anything that big before. They were just huge. ... There were three of us and we got our limit - eight apiece - 24 birds in about two hours."

Favorite spots: Martin didn't want to reveal his favorite hunting spots, but he said he enjoys hunting off the Stikine River near Petersburg and in Auke Bay hunting scoters.

Close call: Martin was hunting grouse in Thane with a friend when a covey suddenly burst from bushes. "They came over at me and I had my over-under (shotgun) and I swung on them and I shot, and I tumbled over backwards. John thought I was dead. I got a gash on my head, and I was bleeding profusely, and it left big a dent on my gun, but I was OK." Martin said he fell about 30 feet or so. "That was kind of scary."

Advice: "Get a dog, because these sea-ducks are very hard to kill."

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