Nothing quite like a meal of fresh rabbit & gravy

Bob Cowman and Kip Kolthoff, vintage hunters, after a successful morning chasing bunnies.

I googled the difference between ANTIQUE and VINTAGE as I was working on the title for this article.

It appears that something has to be at least 100 years old to be considered an antique. However, if an item is at least 40 years old, it is considered vintage.  

This difference will become clear in just a minute.

Recently I got a call from good friend Bob Cowman from Quincy, Ill. Bob is the senior pastor of my former church there and he told me he had a new member that has beagles.  

He set up a trip and I headed to NE Missouri for a Saturday morning rabbit hunt.

Rabbit and gravy is one of my top 5 favorite meals. Nancy’s preparation of that meal is outstanding. The thought of a rabbit hunt and the anticipated follow-up meal was very exciting.

Bob and I drove to Lewis County, Missouri, to the home of Kip Kolthoff. Kip is a really nice guy, a bit younger than me and bit older than Bob.  

He has a kennel full of beagles of all ages. He showed us a gorgeous 6-week old tri-colored puppy. He had a pair of 6-month old lemon colored pups, as well.

I helped Kip load the dog box into the bed of his truck as he explained that we were going to hunt that day with his 2 most experienced dogs.  

That was his way of saying that Henry and Coop were his oldest beagles.

On this particular hunt I was carrying my Grandpa Guy’s 20-gauge Ithaca Model 37 Featherweight shotgun. This gun has been in our family for many, many decades.  

Grandpa Guy, my dad, all my boys and I have killed rabbits, squirrels, quail and pheasant with it.

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