I have finally decided to try to write something again. I meant to stay with it all year but, well…
So I decided to write this because I don’t have anything interesting to write about and it gives me something to do other than sit at the computer and research old shotguns that I can’t afford.
September: The time of year that I start compulsively daydreaming about hunting birds. The mornings almost feels like fall but the mid south mornings turn from cool to hot way to early. This is the most frustrating time of the year, as half the country have opened up seasons and I am forced to either wait until the middle of October or drive north. Now lets get something clear from the beginning. Driving north for a bird hunt is a great idea, it just isn’t always an option. Unfortunately, real life things like family, work, and bills can bust up that plan like a young pointer knocking every bird in a half mile radius. After spending a season chasing huns in Big Sky Country and falling in love with “the quail on steroids”, I have been fortunate enough to take a few early fall trips to revive the soul. But this year, it just isn’t in the cards.
So what should I do? Its still too hot to enjoy running dogs. I don’t really want to do much work on throw down birds. Read and listen. That is what I do in September. I dust off all the blogs and podcasts that get my mind ready to get back into this healthy addiction.
Here is a list of blogs and podcast that I enjoy when I need to break up the monotony of a long drive or take a break from a home remodeling project. So, before you lose your temper and throw your hammer through the wall, pull up one of these blogs and take a few minutes to forget about real life. (Ugh..Ugh, Not that I would ever get that frustrated during a little remodeling project.)
The Hunting Dog Podcast: I love this podcast. Ron Boehme (find Ron or Dancing Duke Kennels on facebook) does a great job puting this show together. He interviews all kinds of folks who’s life revolve around hunting dogs of all kinds. It covers hounds, flushers, retrievers, and pointing dogs with the majority of shows going bird hunting of some kind. I like the fact that this podcast is put together in a kennel rather than a studio. It may be on the lower end of the production scale but when you hear two or more guys talking bird hunting and dogs and cracking open beers it takes on a kind of authenticity I can really appreciate.
I also follow several blogs. I used to buy all the bird hunting magazines that I could get my hands on and devour them within the evening. They had a few good photos and if I was lucky maybe one good article. They just got so repetitive and monotonous it drove me to look for something new. Something a little more legit and less focused on sales of ad space. The magazines are still out there and I still pick one up every now and then, but these blogs seem to do a better job of portraying a real bird hunt.
Most of these bloggers are very talented writers, either telling great stories or giving reviews on gear that has just come out. I appreciate their work and aspire to write as well as they can. Most if not all of these blogs focus on wild bird hunting, with a smattering of fly fishing, turkey hunting, big game hunting, outstanding photos and an occasional rant about some hot topic or another. For some reason I follow a lot of bloggers that are chukar hunters. I don’t know if chukar hunters make up the bulk of the bird hunting blogging world or if I simply like their stories about continually hiking uphill and sliding down scree slopes, chasing one of the most frustrating game birds in North America, or if I just find a beauty in the country they hunt in. Either way they are lucky to live where they do and I am lucky they write about it.
Take a break from what ever boring, same old, deer hunting show you are watching and check out these blogs. And if you know of more good blogs about chasing wild birds, by all means please share them.