When I was a young man I once went deer hunting with my brother in the hills above our home. I was wearing a red and black Filson Mackinaw Cruiser and a worn Stetson outfitters hat. I was also carrying an old savage rifle chambered for the 250/3000. We went quite a distance into the woods that day. Just before dark my brother spotted a mule deer. It was standing on a gentle slope not more than fifty yards away. At first sight I thought it was an elk because its antlers were almost black with silver tips and I knew that there was a herd of elk in the area because I had hunted in there earlier. My brother counted the antlers. It had at least five points on each side and its antlers had a wide span, extending far beyond its ears. It was the biggest deer I had ever seen. When I fired my first shot I jerked the trigger and shot just over his front shoulder. I was amazed how quickly he moved; almost like a ghost he vanished over the hill and was gone. I quickly chamber another round into my gun and ran to the top of the hill, hoping to have another chance. When I came to the top I nearly stumbled into two bull moose that were grazing in a meadow. In my excitement I rushed past them not fully appreciating my danger. I never did see that trophy mule deer again. Naturally, my brother was very disappointed in me. Thinking back on that experience now in a way I am grateful I did not shoot that deer. I have no doubt I encountered a true monarch of the forest. It was fitting for me that I was wearing a true classic. My Mackinaw Cruiser was both rugged and warm. As we quietly made our way down to the valley below, with the shadows of night closing around us, I was grateful for the added warmth I felt from my Mackinaw Cruiser, and I marveled at what I had seen. I knew I would never come that close again to a deer of that size and grandeur. It does me good to know that there are still giants in the forests.   Share your own memories about your Filson Mackinaw Cruiser. We want to hear who wore it, where it’s been and how it performed for you. You can include photos or not. If you just want to send a photo, that’s OK, too. We will go through all the stories and select the best. The winner will receive a free new Mackinaw Cruiser. Click here to enter.