Bob Parker Celebrates His First 75 Years

Just over seventy-five years ago, Bob Parker was unleashed into an unaware, unsuspecting world. It was so unsuspected, not even Bob Parker himself anticipated it. Idaho is a strange and wondrous place, home of Austrian Winter Peas, the Fosbury Flop, and if all this sounds fishy, it might be because most trout sold in the United States come from Idaho. Bob has a special feeling for the Grosbeak that is indescribable. Bob's "Grosbeak Love" is almost illegal.

Having muzzleloading bullets that are effective became a necessity long ago in Idaho, as Idaho's Bear Lake Monster was from 90 to 200 feet long, could swim faster than a horse could run on dry land or even the speed of the fastest locomotive and had a head variously described as being similar to that of a cow, otter, crocodile or a walrus. That calls for either a really tough bullet, or . . . an emergency visit to the optometrist.

Idaho can be a tough place to do business, as apparently selling an “Idaho Deluxe” potato with rot, cracking or sunburn can get you 6 months in jail. It sounds safe, though, as “cannibalism is expressly prohibited,” except in emergencies. In Pocatello, Idaho, the law passed in 1912 provided that "The carrying of concealed weapons is forbidden, unless same are exhibited to public view." In 1948, the Mayor of the City of Pocatello, George Phillips, passed an ordinance making it illegal not to smile in Pocatello. If your smile conceals your weapon, I'm not sure what the outcome would be.

Since Bob's earlier testing on highly aromatic milk cows and his prior fascination with how to manufacture a leaky hat with a muzzleloader from 300 yards away, his bullets have assembled quite a track record. The game in the video below was all taken with Parker Bullets, including the 700 yard plus pronghorn taken with a 300 grain Parker Match / Hunter.




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