Watch: Of Ducks and Dog

You can have a good day with only one or the other, but a great day requires both.

 

“One of the fringe pleasures of duck shooting is owning dogs, training them, reciprocating their affection, and watching them work—and of course knowing that, thanks to the dog, you’re putting cripples into the bag that would otherwise die lingering deaths from infection, or be eat alive by gulls. One of the most effective steps that might be taken to conserve wildfowl would be a Federal rule requiring every duck hunter to have a bona fide retriever with him while shooting, unless accompanied by a guide whose duties would include retrieving.”

— Ed Zern, “Wings and Water, Guns and Dogs”

 

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