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Old 02-26-2022, 04:54 PM   #1
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Redhawk "The Resident Curmudgeon"

It is with a heavy heart I report that longtime forum member, "the resident curmudgeon" Redhawk has passed away.

Many of us had the opportunity to meet Redhawk at his place in Wells when he would host forum gatherings many years ago. For some of us we met through Redhawk.

I know I will always cherish the too little time I spent with him and the stories & wisdom he shared with me.

Walk on in the happy hunting ground my friend.

-Russ
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Old 02-26-2022, 05:58 PM   #2
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I never met Redhawk, but I had discussions and debates with him here on the forum, and I respected him. His spirit will carry on.
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Old 02-26-2022, 06:19 PM   #3
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I never met Redhawk, but I had discussions and debates with him here on the forum, and I respected him. His spirit will carry on.
Same with me. What a great guy and important character he was for many of us. May the Lakota spirit of Hawk Viittles live on forever.
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Old 02-26-2022, 06:21 PM   #4
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I met him a few times..........and we carried on with some spirited debates.

He is with the Great Father in the sky.
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Old 02-26-2022, 08:47 PM   #5
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I met him once very briefly years ago- as I recall it was in the backcountry of the West Canada Lakes Wilderness, in the summer of either 2008 or 2009. Our interaction was fairly brief, but he made sure to share a verbal advertisement for Hawk Vittles. RIP.
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Old 02-26-2022, 10:30 PM   #6
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Wondered what became of him. I missed his posts and whit. RIP
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Old 02-27-2022, 06:53 AM   #7
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I haven't heard from him in years, Last time I saw him was at Gary Deans party

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Old 02-27-2022, 07:38 AM   #8
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Sorry to hear of his passing. I never met him in person, but enjoyed reading his posts on here. He seemed to be a very interesting and wise character. I've also enjoyed his "Hawk Vittles" on some of my excursions. May he RIP
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Old 02-27-2022, 09:41 AM   #9
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Sad to hear, he was a cool guy. I really enjoyed his perspective.
His Hawk Vittles were the impetus behind me starting to dry my own meals.
Only time I met him in person was at Gary’s place…
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Old 02-27-2022, 09:47 AM   #10
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Many of his perspectives radiated a strong light. He was a great attribute to this forum. I am glad to have read him. Taŋy?ŋ om?ni!
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Old 02-27-2022, 10:12 AM   #11
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Never met him, ate some of his food, read some of his posts. RIP Hawk!
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Old 02-27-2022, 12:06 PM   #12
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Over the past years the only freeze dried food I took backpacking was from him. I was just about to order some more for this coming spring's trip. I believe that I once read that he was working with someone to take Vittles over? Maybe that was just me hoping.
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Over the past years the only freeze dried food I took backpacking was from him. I was just about to order some more for this coming spring's trip. I believe that I once read that he was working with someone to take Vittles over? Maybe that was just me hoping.
Hawk started his backpacker's camp food production business by a simple fairly inexpensive home dehydration process, with numerous Hawk Vittles recipes made directly from a book authored by Linda Yaffe using an inexpensive dehydrator. I did the same for myself, guides, and Boy Scouts, but did not turn my efforts into a successful famous money making business like he did so well.

Before he left Wells he did offer his equipment to me if I wanted it, maybe to other people too, but I did not need it, so as far as I knew he continued on with producing and selling Hawk Vittles simply dehydrated as it always was. I did not know that he was ever using the freeze-drying process to produce anything. Maybe he later branched out into that much more expensive process, I do not know.
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Old 02-27-2022, 02:08 PM   #14
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Yes, if anyone hears that the company is being continued, please post it. Not only were the items tasty, but I loved the single-serving option.
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Yes, if anyone hears that the company is being continued, please post it. Not only were the items tasty, but I loved the single-serving option.
You can make your own Hawk Vittles, at least his early recipes, directly from:

https://www.amazon.com/Backpack-Gour...s%2C365&sr=8-3

The great thing about Linda Yaffe's first recipe book, is even though some of the dishes and titles may sound strange to read, when you actually make them, not only are they great food, they easily lead you to trying your own variations, which is what Hawk did to produce a variety of more advanced meals.
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Old 02-27-2022, 03:50 PM   #16
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Yes, if anyone hears that the company is being continued, please post it. Not only were the items tasty, but I loved the single-serving option.
Vicki told me she does not plan on continuing it.
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Old 02-28-2022, 11:26 PM   #17
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I never met him but I felt like I did from reading his posts and that's what it means to have an online presence.
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Old 03-01-2022, 04:19 AM   #18
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Very sorry to hear of his passing. He had a lot of outdoor experience which he shared here. I really enjoyed reading his posts. RIP Hawk.
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Old 03-01-2022, 09:44 AM   #19
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My favorite Redhawk memory is when I met him for the first time at one of his gatherings in Wells when he said to me “I didn’t realize you were that big I wouldn’t have f***ed with you.”
RIP Hawk. Thanks for hosting those gatherings where I met my good friend DuctTape Russ, and later on when we helped you move to Gloversville when I got to meet Gary and his wife, and KWC and his wife & son. Good people.
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Old 03-03-2022, 12:11 PM   #20
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Hawk was so much more than the resident curmudgeon...he was the one of the original founders of this forum, and a wealth of knowledge. He was firmly cemented in his ways and opinions, but respected those who were the same, even if they disagreed, if they could frame their arguments with real data.

From a few conversations I had with him just before COVID I know that his health was not great, and I often worried that COVID didn't bode well for someone with the lung issues he had.

He was also very loyal, proud and protective of his Lakota heritage, as well he should have been.

Mi'igwech Redhawk...go in peace to the great hunting ground.
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