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Fisherman Pulls 200-Year-Old Flintlock Rifle out of Lake Winnebago

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What’s the most interesting thing you’ve pulled up with your boat’s anchor? How about a 200-year-old flintlock rifle?

When you are out fishing, you are bound to pull up just about anything.

This guy found a historic artifact.

While fishing at Lake Winnebago, the Fond du Lac resident pulled up anchor and found a 47-inch-long, rusted rifle encrusted with zebra mussels. Experts believe the flintlock rifle rested at the bottom of the lake for at least 200 years.

The rifle might be rusted, and the stock mostly missing, but it is a priceless piece of American history.

The history of the rifle remains unknown, but it makes a great story, and Groff will proudly display it in his home.

How’s that for a fish tale?

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Fisherman Pulls 200-Year-Old Flintlock Rifle out of Lake Winnebago