Blue-collar hunter trades luxury for trophies

Updated: April 28, 2005, 11:32 AM ET
By Gary Fallesen | Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

ONTARIO, N.Y. — Occasionally someone suggests that Mark Dittberner has misspent his adulthood. He labors around the clock, often working 20-hour days, so he can hunt big game around the world.

"You know how big a house you'd have if you didn't hunt?" they say.

This stupefies Dittberner.

"Is that what everything revolves around?" he asks in a small, heated shed behind his farmhouse in western New York. "I don't have any regrets for a nickel I spent on all the hunts and ...

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