Dale Bennett, West Jordan, is a modern mountain man, but his wife, Linda, and their daughter, Liberty, 13, have won all the prizes in several mountain-man events, especially tomahawk and knife throwing.
Bennett, a postman at the Murray Post Office, and his wife, a fiscal clerk at the Utah Department of Energy and a part-time swimming teacher, went to a modern mountain-man rendezvous at Fort Bridger, Wyo., in the late 1970s and had so much fun they decided to buy a teepee and camp in it instead of staying in their camper.Since then, the whole family, including two sons, Shane, 21, who is on an LDS Church mission in England, and Travis, 20, who works for a tire company, have enjoyed attending mountain-man campouts and rendezvous.
Bennett joined the Mountain Men of the Wasatch club six years ago and has made his own buckskin clothing from deer he has killed, made his daughter's buckskin dress and helped his wife make her homespun outfit.
He enjoys shooting black powder muzzle loading rifles and pistols and hunts with a black powder rifle.
But at mountain-man rendezvous, his wife and daughter take home all the trophies.
Liberty, an eighth-grader at West Jordan Middle School, won first place in the 12-and-under division at the 1987 Fort Bridger Rendezvous in tomahawk throwing and won third place this past Labor Day weekend at Fort Bridger.
Linda Bennett took second-place awards in tomahawk and knife throwing and third place in a combination tomahawk and knife throwing contest at this year's Fort Bridger Rendezvous in the women's division.
She has won second- and third-place awards in tomahawk and knife throwing contests every year she has competed in the events. Last year at Fort Bridger, she was in a three-way tie for first place in the Dutch oven contest.
Her husband is undaunted. He said he is happy his wife and daughter are winning trophies. "I'm happy they are interested in my hobby."
Bennett has trophies of his own, anyway - a closet full of bowling trophies he has won over the years for high series and team victories.