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Draftmule 06-Jul-17
Millermx 11-Jul-17
GregE 08-Sep-17
Brad From Hebo 09-Sep-17
GregE 09-Sep-17
Brad From Hebo 15-Sep-17
From: Draftmule

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Please communicate a story about Dave Doran. The Oregon bow hunting community recently lost one of its finest! Dave Doran of Bend was a hero traditional hunter. My favorite Story he relayed to me was his solo bull moose hunt in Alaska. Dave shot a big bull with his recurve near where he was camped on the river. After butchering, hanging and waiting for outfitter plane he got word plane would not land on frozen river! Dave was told to get everything up to high ground! Dave packed it all alone in a marathon day. Just about killed him but reached the tent opening and collapsed in. Only trouble he passed out with his tired feet left out to frost bite over night. Survived intact with fine trophy. Retired from ODFW, ran the best little traditional shops around and solo hunted for years. I will miss him dearly but Daves spirit is vast, he will be with us when the going gets tough!

From: Millermx
I met Dave many times at different meetings and he was always a pleasure to talk to! He will be missed and was a great asset to ODFW!

From: GregE
I grew up with Dave, attended the same church and our youth group went on many campouts and we shared hunting trips and arrow flinging outings. One trip to the Siuslaw campground, DAve was late getting up so three of us decided to shake him out of his sleeping bag. He was strong and tenacious and we finally gave up trying.

About 1960 Dave introduced me to Bill Sweetland who made Forgewood compressed cedar arrows and had a lot of archery gear. I bought my first "real hunting bow" a used Bear Alaskan recurve, 45# and a dozen arrows- 6 field tips and 6 Bear Razorheads. Those light blue shafts sure showed up in last light and helped find many an errant arrow. We hunted up the Coburg Hills NE of Eugene and never even took a critter shot while together but I still have memories of our time together. We both attended Cascade College in Portland where Dave continued to play trumpet and wrestle. He later played with the Eugene Symphony.

Dave served with the Marines and got out after his Viet Nam tour. I went into the Army as a helicopter pilot and stayed for 20 years. We met while I was home on leave several times and though I had taken up wheel bows and Dave was into primitive, make it all yourself gear we still found lots to talk about and share. I hadn't seen him after he moved to the Bend area but thought about him often.

Greg Eastman


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Pictured back row: Unknown, Eric Erickson, Dave Brinker. Front row: Walt Miller, Dave and Nancy Doran
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Pictured back row: Unknown, Eric Erickson, Dave Brinker. Front row: Walt Miller, Dave and Nancy Doran
Nice write up, Greg.

What I'd give to have known Dave better. I'm a late traditional enthusiast. Dave and his wife and done immeasurable positives to our hunting community.

This is a picture of some my fellow Stott Mountain Archers at Hart Mountain with Dave. I watched the video that goes with this afternoon. Priceless.

From: GregE

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Grabbed this off the Leatherwall- More like the Dave I knew but the red has turned gray :)

Looks like the P&Y Shoot, Greg.

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