I recently took out a hunting party, and it occurred to me how many things a hunting trip can fix. The walk helps the heart, lungs, and spirit. If you have differences to work out, it helps there too. Hunting birds make you work together, which means no more differences. To walk behind a nice bird dog, watch them hunt, point and retrieve the bird you just harvested gives you such a sense of accomplishment, and amazement at the talent of those animals. The laughs you share with the people you hunt with are treasures, and won't be forgotten soon. The beautiful pheasants, the fast quail, the fluffy partridge, the stripes of black on the face of a chucker, and that sound when they rise up out of the cover is something I will never forget. At the end of the day, you are no longer stressed, upset, or angry. In the end you're muddy, sweaty, tired and smell like a dog, and there is no better feeling in the world.
GIVE IT A SHOT...
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Carol Gaver, professional dog trainer, kennel owner, and owner of Horses & Hunting Dogs.