Off the Clock: Hunter Hubble Hits His Mark
Posted: October 11, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
By David Driver
Ken Hubble grew up on a 300-acre farm near Hagerstown, Md. His boyhood interests included hunting small game, a hobby that is common to many youngsters who are raised in a rural community.
But that hobby was curtailed while Hubble spent 21 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. Hubble, now director of Internal Audit and Management Services at Mason, was stationed in more than 25 countries. He saw a lot of the world, had a variety of titles, including 11 years as an auditor – but had no time for hunting game.
That changed when Hubble retired from the military in 1994. He once again took up hunting, and today the hobby has become a passion for the resident of Fredericksburg, Va. Hubble had 25 days of annual leave last year, and he estimates that he was hunting 20 of those days.
“A good day of hunting would be in Pennsylvania during mid-January, during a period of weather when it is in the low teens, with snow falling or freezing rain. Life really does not get better than that,” says Hubble. That may sound like misery for some people. But not Hubble. And his hobby does benefit those who are in need.
Hubble donates some of his deer meat to Hunters for the Hungry, a Virginia-based organization that collected more than 333,000 pounds of donated meat in 2004.
Hubble does most of his hunting on property he owns in Warfordsburg, Pa., and at Jordan River Farms in Sperryville, Va. He is normally awake by 4 a.m. and outdoors hunting by 5 a.m. on his trips to Pennsylvania.
Examples of Hubble’s marksmanship can be found hanging on the wall of his office, which is just off Braddock Road at Patriot Square. Hubble admits that the animals do raise eyebrows from some first-time visitors to his office. His wife, Shelly, wanted to free up some space in their house, so she suggested that he mount the animals at his office.
“People step back when they step into my office,” says the soft-spoken Hubble. His office décor includes a wild hog that was killed in South Carolina; turkey feathers, also from South Carolina; two rams that were killed on a former game preserve in eastern Virginia; a fox that was shot in Pennsylvania; and a 6-point buck, also from a trip to the Keystone State.
Hubble, who spent seven years as a rifleman while in the military, says hunting is a “good way to hone my survival skills.” He has also enjoyed teaching his children how to hunt. His son, Brandon McBeath, 22, shot two of the largest deer Hubble has ever seen while hunting.