I had the privilege of meeting Al about 10 years ago shortly after I met my brother John Hammer. In fact John and Al were out hunting elk when I first tried to call John. Al was very generous and gracious in allowing me to join him and John, hunting on Al's land at Five Rivers. Al loved his land and he knew every inch of the property and had many stories about logging, close encounters with bears, deer, elk and even rascals that would trespass. Al loved his land and was a wonderful steward of it. Al and John would spend many weekends a year doing maintenance on the buildings, roads and keeping strips mowed for the varied wildlife. Al loved to fish and I got to spend some fun days every year with him and John up on Detroit Lake. We would discuss the world's problems, issues of the day and reminisce about our past hunts and discuss the outdoor opportunities for the coming year. I have only fond memories of the times I got to spend with Al. I will miss Al as a friend and hunting and fishing buddy. I know my brother John will greatly miss his best friend and mentor. I offer my sincere condolences to Al's family and know you will greatly miss a wonderful husband and dad.