We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Our Lab did not perform perfectly, but we three guys had a wonderful day in the field anyway, chasing pheasants.
Funny thing is, I didn't really care that the Lab flushed birds out of range. I just love to get out all day in a fine drizzle with pals hiking over hill and dale, far from civilization with the wind blowing through the trees and fields with dog and firearm (I used my s/s 20 ga today - just lighter to carry. Made in Italy for Abercrombie and Fitch, no idea how long ago. A pretty firearm with 2 triggers. 2 triggers just come automatically for me. I don't know why.
!2 or 16 ga are better for pheasant, but what the heck. I like to use that gun.
Cool idea from our friend: Load the first barrel with lighter bird shot, like 7 1/2, the second with #6. That gives you a better chance if you miss the first.
Next October I'd like to get back to Maine for grouse and woodcock, but I wonder whether, now, I'd just rather see 'em than kill them. (Yes, my T level is at the max limit - it's not that.)
Know a little of what you're speaking. Was out yesterday shooting sporting clays, Didn't hit much but it was just so much fun outside with 2 friends in a fine Florida day. Can just imagine how much nicer hiking with friends and dogs would be.
I was always happy to sit in a blind and let things get quiet enough to where the small birds would start to join me. Or to stalk the creek bottoms and scout the oat patches. Had lots of opportunities but only took the ones that felt right. Gave thanks - both for the game harvested, but also for the privilege of the game that I just watched, living life. Much more of the latter.