Re: Pheasant Opener Observations
I've witnessed a lot of this exact stuff over the years on certain game lands. Some of those game lands I'll never go to again because of bad experiences. I've written off hunting on opening morning completely.
Saturday, I had to work in the morning anyway, so I grabbed the brush pants, gun, vest and dog and headed to the fields around 4:30. To my dismay it still seemed really crowded with guys. I figured I would take a walk to get away from the fields close to the parking lot. As I was getting ready to walk, I noticed two other guys with a dog suiting up as well. I had a gut feeling they had the same hunting plans as myself, so I walked up and said hi, and asked where they planned to hunt. Sure ebough, they were going to go to the same fields as me. Lots of things went through my head in an instant, ranging from getting back in the truck and going home to asking them to join ranks with me. I opted for the latter, and they politely agreed to join me. We introduced ourselves, shook hands, the dogs got acquainted and away we went. We had about a 10 minute walk and we spent that getting to know each other and the dogs. We hunted from about 5-6:30 and put up 8 birds. We ended up with only 2 in the bag but I still had a blast with my unplanned company. When we got back to the parking lot we exchanged info and made plans to do it again sometime. Prior to that, i had never hunted with strangers or even considered it, but I'm glad I did. Really nice to see there are still decent people among our ranks.