Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Ghost of Pheasant Past?

Late yesterday afternoon, after communicating with my sister-in-law for an hour and a half via Yahoo Messenger, my eyes were drawn to the cornfield. I caught a sight reminiscent of the last day of pheasant season in January. I can remember pulling out my new Remington 870 Youth Express and squeezing off a couple of shots.( just to see if it would work mind you;) ) At 3:40, a rooster pheasant had made himself a visible target, must have gotten beyond the jitters of the opening day of the current pheasant season. Could it be the same one I didn't get in January?!? Like always at this time of year my gun was sitting beside the front door ready to pick up and go. The gun being a pump action I wanted it to be ready to fire when I got outside. My mistake was moving back and forth in front of the door. Blasted bird seemed to be watching me with his head cocked to one side. Went into a bedroom to pull the chamber closed and add more shot cartridges. ( if you're going to shoot be prepared!) Slipped on my boots, headed out to an adjacent field since he wasn't anywhere to be seen by this time. Guess I really should get a clue, and keep my shoes on to be ready ...Once again re-hashing some previous self-analysis from earlier experiences. The search was brief since I didn't send anything into flight. Returning to the house to reflect for a time - my thoughts brought a smile to my lips...As the long shadows gave way to darkness "The Ghost of Pheasant Past" has come back to haunt me....; )

4 comments:

Kristine said...

You'll get him next time. After all, you learned some lessons from this time around, so you'll be better prepared next time.

CDGardens said...

Kristine- Thanks for your support. I will do my best to try to get this wily pheasant.

Arthur said...

I have plenty of "animals from hunting pasts" that still haunt me.

I can still see the big gray face of this whily ole buck that came out of the grass field at about 30yds. I caught the biggest case of buck fever you've ever saw and never pulled the trigger before he ran off.

I cannot tell you how many times I have replayed that one!

Keeps us coming back!

CDGardens said...

Arthur - You got it. The hope of getting the ones we didn't the last hunt; drives us to get back out there and try, try, try, again. GO H-U-N-T-E-R-S!!! ;)