yellowlabhunter wrote:Today was the opener. I sat in my blind and visited my thoughts of hunting when I was a child and young adult. As I write I am in my mid 40s. I sat in my blind and watched a beautiful sunrise. I was alone in a single man blind....no more dog and dad long gone. Something was missing....I was losing a connection of some kind? I got up out of bed and felt the thrill but when I was actually out there I appeared to not feel the "Passion" I once had driving to....walking out...and sitting in the blind? I cannot put my finger on it...I just didn't feel my child-like energy and anticipation I had for many years. Maybe its a phase and it will return soon....or maybe not? I have the guns....the calls...all the equipment... but I was just very mellow and could of been home and probably felt the same...perhaps? I don't know...I'm sure it will pass soon. Be well all.
Many never get into the real time honored traditions of waterfowling. It is so much more than just shooting birds you could buy from the store at 1/8 the price of your time and effort and money. I think at bottom that waterfowlin' is America and in fact waterfowl is what sustained early settlers on the East Coast. It was not turkey! We need waterfowlin' today like we need more patriotism and love of country. I would urge anyone for example to get involved in collecting decoys rather than having birds stuffed. Stuffed birds will only get old and look old and never appreciate in value. Old Decoys are the heart of the sport and many will keep or appreciate in value over time and make great family heirlooms. Many of our greatest Americans were avid waterfowlers. Glen L. Martin that many consider the father of modern Aviation, studied and shot birds whenever he could and traveled out over Marylands Eastern Shore from his plant in Middle River Md. In case we forget his namesake is Lockheed Martin, worlds largest aerospace manufacturer. Without Martin and the WWII aircraft his plants produced we would have been in the War a lot longer with many more Americans killed. It's a heritage that the common guy, heads of state, (**** Cheney has been photographed at some decoy auctions), presidents, sports stars and many industrialists like Walter Chrysler can all share, in may ways it is democracy in action. for example -
Waterfowlin' is the greatest American past time in my opinion and to be consistent at it, you must always be at the top of your game, coz to be good, you must understand the concepts of poker, chess and golf, which none of these games do I play, but I do play waterfowl pretty good. In fact in many areas of the US before spectator sports became common, (circa 1900) duck and goose hunting were reported in what is now the sport pages. LOL a Huge loss in my opinion. So in our digital world, waterfowl ing is one place that still has "meaning" which is very important is a increasing meaningless cyber world. Being able to pass "real" meaning to future generations is not to be dismissed.