Anyone who’s ever been hunting knows that the majority of your success comes down to pure luck. Even if you’re in the ideal spot with top-of-the-line gear, it’s possible that the animals you’re chasing just don’t want to be dinner that day. Try as you might, you can never guarantee success on a hunting trip.
One American hunter found himself in this position during one such excursion. He was about to give up and head home empty handed, only to find out that his luck had changed, just not as he expected. Rather than returning with a trophy buck, he made a major scientific discovery in the earth beneath his feet.
David Bradt ventured into Montana’s Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge one chilly November afternoon, hoping to return with an elk. While he was prepared for a hunt, he never imagined what he would come home with that day.