When it came to lunch, the van stopped in a field and started unloading food by the tubs full. It was all authentic Polish food and it tasted amazing. The polish guys had prepared a number of different soups and sausages, along with a form of apple pie for dessert. The food was so good.
When we got out into the fields to hunt, we all spread out and walked, while others went to the other end of the field and blocked. There was nothing more entertaining than watching all of the dogs do their jobs and be happy to do so. Watching 4 or 5 dogs get birdy at the same time is a sight to behold. They were trained excellently and were pros when it came to flushing the birds and retrieving them. This was all such a learning experience for me as it’s normally just me and one other person hunting, with a dog of course. We normally just push the terrain hoping to kick something out close enough to shoot.
Here’s what I’ve taken from this trip:
- Always be ready - I know I stated this in my last article, but after some entertaining mishaps, it’s worth repeating. This mishap isn’t from something I did, but one of the guys I was with. Safety is important but having one in the magazine is good too. You never know when a bird is going to flush and give you the perfect shot, or in some cases like this you do know the bird is going to flush and you’re still unprepared. It would be kind of embarrassing if you weren’t ready and had 30 people watching and using you for entertainment.
- Take a gun cleaning kit - I fully admit to being a huge klutz. I am constantly tripping or falling over something. This trip wasn’t any different. I fell in the mud and needed to clean my gun. Thankfully one of the guys had me covered and brought their cleaning kit, but I’m definitely needing to invest in a small kit I can fit in my backpack.
It didn’t sink in until I was on my way home, but my hunting season is really over. At least until I get another spur of the moment opportunity. If that doesn’t come about there are roughly 200 days until my next season. I better start preparing now. If only I could figure out how to get past my offseason blues.
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About the writer:
Heather Reed is a Wyoming native, living just 30 minutes away from the best the Mountains can offer. She fell in love with hunting and the outdoor lifestyle at a young age, when she'd watch numerous family members bring back their harvested animals and share their animated hunting stories. While other kids wanted to play dolls or other games, Heather created hunting games and imagined shooting trophy animals. Now that she's grown, she still dreams of hunting these animals. If she's not hunting, or even thinking about it, she's out fishing, shooting or cheering on the Detroit Red Wings.