Jim, Landon and me with a pile of birds. The dogs did all the work.

The season has been over for a few weeks now. The dog knows it. I know it. We’ve both settled in to the routine of the off season. I cleaned the shotgun, put it in a gun sock, and stowed it in the safe. I bathed the dog and now she smells like that oatmeal shampoo. She’s already back to roaming the backyard and intermittently stalking song birds and lizards.

My mind is wandering to turkey season. Instead of the yellow grass and oaks of southern Arizona, I’m wondering what the weather is doing in the high country. I’m thinking about getting down the decoys, breaking out a slate call, and seeing if I have enough shells to go pattern the shotgun like I do every season.

But I dare not start digging out gear and making piles of camouflage clothing. I won’t open the safe and rummage through shells. I refuse to start scratching the slate just yet. The dog will know. She’ll sense I’m cheating on her. She’ll sit there patiently, watching with her sad orange-brown eyes, knowing I’m going hunting without her. I can’t do it to her yet. Maybe in a week or two.

It breaks my heart to see her so sad. But I do love turkey hunting, and September grouse season is a long ways away.

Slice of heaven
God got creative when he colored up Mearns quail
Cane sugar for the win. Viva Mexico
10 months away

2 Responses to “Mearns”

  1. Charles A. Peterson

    You think you got problems!!!! We received three (3) inches of snow last nite, and my two pointers are doing their “snow dance” when I let them out for a run. Already missing southern Arizona!!! Our Dusky Grouse season doesn’t open until September 1st, but there is always some great trout & salmon fishing in the summer. The Coronavirus has hit our little community hard. Everything except grocery stores and hardware stores have been closed for over two weeks. All of Colorado’s ski resorts are closed for the season. Its time to stoke up the fireplace, break out all the old hunting books that I haven’t read in a while, and enjoy the enforced hibernation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Bob

    What a great story. I too am thinking spring turkey, but I haven’t yet subjected my wife to practice calling – I’m afraid if I start too early…


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