The years afield have led me to discard many of the things that I've been told about the outdoors in general and hunting in particular, and it sometimes seems that I'm almost back where I started.
1. A hunting partner usually oversleeps.
2. A wife sleeps deepest when her duckhunter wants his breakfast.
3. The guys in the next duck blind are no good.
4. Beware the quick shooter, for thou shalt inherit his quickly shot birds.
5. Blessed be the camp cook, the wife who cleans game, and the partner with two candy bars.
1. A knife can't be too sharp.
2. Hip boots leak only in cold water.
3. When matches are fewest, firewood is wettest.
4. For a drippy nose, a wool mitten beats any bandana.
5. Never be the only man in the party with a game pocket in his hunting coat.
1. Foxes are not fit to eat.
2. As long as a duck is still coming toward you, shut up and don't call.
3. Squirrels can't lie still for over 20 minutes.
4. I can't sit still for over 19 minutes.
5. Geese are not smart. They are just smarter than most hunters.
1. Fences are always two inches higher than my legs.
2. Your shot was lucky; mine was skillful.
3. Only the men who build farm gates can really understand them.
4. Bird dogs are optimists; pheasants are pessimists.
5. There is no greater nor more touching faith than a small boy's defense of his birdless dad.
6. The last hills are the highest.
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