Buckmasters Mourns Loss of Wrestler, Mr. Perfect
The world knew Curt Hennig, "Mr. Perfect," as a professional wrestler.
Buckmasters knew him as a supporter of hunting, a friend, and a
"We are saddened to learn of the death of Curt Hennig," Buckmasters
founder and CEO Jackie Bushman said today. "Curt will truly be missed,
but never forgotten. Our prayers
go out to his family."
Bushman was first introduced to Hennig by Wade Boggs who brought Hennig
to the Buckmasters Classic hunt. "I didn't follow wrestling in those
days," Bushman says, "and didn't know how big the sport was until Curt
got here. He was a tremendous hit with the kids and everybody at the
"Curt attended five Classics and was very instrumental in their
success," Bushman says. "And he would speak highly of Buckmasters as he
criss-crossed the country in
his travels. All of us here at Buckmasters appreciated that. We
appreciated his standing up for hunting and for being a role model for
hunters, but most of all, we enjoyed his friendship. We'll miss him but
we won't forget him."
Hennig's father taught him to hunt when he was about 11 years old, he
wrote on an interview form before the 2001 Buckmasters Classic. The
white-tailed deer, he said, was his favorite animal to hunt, but he
also liked to hunt ducks and pheasants. He wrote that he found hunting
that he enjoyed "going against the weather in the 000s. In Minnesota,
it's heavy duty hunting."
Asked what he liked most about hunting, Hennig said that he liked to
get away, that he enjoyed the camaraderie, and that hunting was a "good
chance to see old friends."
In answer to the question, "What kinds of things have you learned from
hunting?" Hennig said: " I learned a new respect for my dad when he
taught me safety, properly heeding gun regs [that it's] a gentleman's
Hennig was indeed, a gentleman and his name, "Mr. Perfect" fit him in a
number of ways. Bushman and Buckmasters staffers remember him as being
extremely polite, gracious and always in a good humor. He was also
well-educated and well-rounded. Other than hunting, he wrote that his
hobbies included fishing, painting, and piano.
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