Category Archives: Bird hunting

Back roads

Naiveté is the headwaters of all rivers of adventure. Back roads The Nelson Place. That is where I should go, I’d been told. I do not remember his first name; maybe Duane. But as promised on the directions hurriedly written … Continue reading

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Bird hunters’ camp

The rip-rumble of the tent flap’s zipper sets the dogs whining in their travel crates. They’ve been awake, stretching and yawning, for ten minutes or more, ever since the creak and thump of my cot-flip interrupted their sweet and untroubled … Continue reading

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Good day in Dakota

A good day in South Dakota, November 2016. Six hunters, three dogs, 18 roosters. From left to right: Abbey, Ty, and Sam. Over the Gang members are Cy, Dennis, Fred, Ken, and Bob. Not pictured: The Old Coot. Abbey offered … Continue reading

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Stormcrow

Why should I welcome you, Gandalf Stormcrow? – A bewitched Théoden, King of the Mark of Rohan, in response to the arrival of the wizard Gandalf, from The Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers, by J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973), … Continue reading

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Not dead, just hunting

The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.    – Mark Twain (1835-1910), American writer and humorist Not dead, just hunting In response to questions from readers via telephone calls, e-mails, and text messages: No I have not died. … Continue reading

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Bird hunting in the classic style

More than seventy-five years ago William Harnden Foster, the laureate of ruffed grouse hunting and a principal in the development of grouse dog field trials in New England, observed that trials for quail dogs had become “races,” so specialized in … Continue reading

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Last call

It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true; it’s called ‘Life.’ – from the novel The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett (1948-2015), English author of fantasy novels Last call It is … Continue reading

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