Way back when, he tried rodeoing for a while but a blindbucker convinced
him he was a school teacher and since those many years ago, his non-job
focus has been on studying and recording tales of the cowboy way. He
came by his love of western storytelling and cowboy poetry as a result
of sitting in on bunk house bull sessions in Northern Arizona back in
the late ’40s.
One of the last "Good Fellers" (see poem below), Doc Hayes hung up his hat April 22, 2020