And I am sure that a rifle is no match…

…for a Nature Writer and his Large Breed Dog… Andy looks terribly excited in panel three to be going off to the slaughter… and in panel two Mark is demonstrating that, along with possessing superior virtues, he can also detect, merely by human ear, that which usually takes an array of well-placed microphones to determine- the exact point and direction from which a gunshot emanates…  for it is reasonably well known that “ear-witness accounts” of gun shots are unreliable in determining location and direction.

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Also notice in panel one where Mark’s usually perfectly slicked and coiffured hair is getting a bit excited- is this like hackles going up at the sight of danger?  What or who exactly is this Trail-beast?  Would we see a vestigial tail if Mark were to give us a full moon shot?  OK, this is getting a little creepy…