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Old May 26, 2004, 11:07 PM   #1
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Hunting "Haiku"

In case some of ya'll were not English majors like me, a Haiku is a very short poem that is supposed to contain a complete experience.

Sometimes that's the only kind of hunt I can get. A short one.

The last couple of weeks have been crazy, with overtime work, overtime family requirements, lots of Church business...I was feeling overworked and under-appreciated.

I had a business meeting scheduled out about halfway to my favorite Whistle Pig hunting ground.(WP is a kind of ground squirrel--about half the size of a Prairie Dog). Should be done around 3:30 or 4pm. Had an evening appointment, too, at 7pm. But I figured I might squeeze 2 hours of hunting in between the two...So I threw my boots and jeans and rifle and water bottle in the car before I took off. Figured I had to do my part to "Save the Priarie" from the vermin that cause prairie-mange.

Got done with the meeting and high-tailed it. First the Highway, then the byway, then the dirt road, then the old tracks. Changed outa my slacks in the car, trying to spot rodents while doing so.

No problems with the rodent spotting. They were everywhere.

My rifle is a little popgun the size and weight of a Red Ryder BB gun. Maybe lighter. Its an oddball .17/.357Mag wildcat built on a Martini Cadet action. Carries like a toy gun but it shoots pretty well out to 200 yards.

I never had to take shot nearly that long. The piggies were frisky and dumb. I'd shoot a few, walk a few hundred yards, shoot a few more, and repeat.

Even with as little time as I had, my barrel got warm and I got bored. There were so many targets. I even tried a new variation--shooting 'em with my .22 Kit Gun. Didn't hit any with it, but I got close enough that I thought I might.

When it was time to go, I was ready to go. I'd had a good long walk. I was almost out of ammo. I was reminded what a beautiful place the shortgrass prairie is. I felt lucky to have a rifle and cartridge both rare and suited to the task.

I was ready to get on with life. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon.
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Old May 27, 2004, 08:42 AM   #2
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Neat story.
It seems like it's harder and harder to get away like that.
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Old May 27, 2004, 09:23 PM   #3
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Haiku ??'s

Doesn't a haiku have a lot of complicated rules? Like it must be exactly 17 syllables, and mention nature and/or the season of the year? No I wasn't an Eng. major either.

Nevertheless, nice story. Xlnt way to waste a couple of hours. Wish I'd been there to help.
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Old June 2, 2004, 10:17 PM   #4
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leaves crunch under hoof
onto the green field to feed
da' turdy point buck
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Old June 3, 2004, 09:34 PM   #5
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sun sparkles through trees
he walks through forest, i lift
my gun. down he falls

i see the falcon
eyes sharp ears alert, hunting
a kindred spirit



Ok, i think this was definately a thread hijack. Sorry.
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Old June 4, 2004, 10:47 AM   #6
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Good hijack! REAL hunting Haiku's! Keep 'em coming.

Gray clouds scudding low
Spitting sleet and cold rain. Ducks
Flare, then fall, warmly.

Now we need a few on varmiting, upland, etc.
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Old June 4, 2004, 02:48 PM   #7
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It is too early.
There! Damnable perky deer.
Bang! ...Sights must be off.

---

Tree rat leeps around,
Then he returns to his tree.
I stand in the rain.

Twenty-two cal gun
Yes, I will have my revenge!
(Damn squirrel wins again.)
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Old June 5, 2004, 05:21 PM   #8
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Sitting in the woods
I see 100 squirrels
Only while deer hunting


Dog runs through tall grass.
Freeze! Point! Explode! Lift! Swing! BANG!
We have food tonight.

keep em coming.
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Old June 6, 2004, 08:55 PM   #9
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another...

Geese high over picked
corn of gold. The deeks stand.
My call pleads, in vain.

Two geese bore in:
Fire. Son gets his first goose.
Best day of my life.
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Old June 6, 2004, 10:59 PM   #10
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You guys are good. I'm enjoying this.
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Old June 10, 2004, 10:50 AM   #11
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Dog lunges forward
Rooster cackles fill the air
See the beak, then BOOM!
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Old June 10, 2004, 07:00 PM   #12
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Crosshairs on rodent.
True shots save the Prairie,
One dog at a time.
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Old June 10, 2004, 08:30 PM   #13
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2 from Ogden Nash =

1. The hunter crouches in his blind
'Neath camouflage of every kind.
And conjures up a quacking noise
To lend allure to his decoys.
This grown-up man with pluck and luck,
is hoping to outwit a duck.
2, = My favorite, about a safari gone Bad...

O weep for Mr& Mrs Bryan.
He was eaten by a Lion;
Following which, the Lion's lioness-
Upand swallowed Bryan's bryaness.

Sorry don't know any Haiku
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Old June 14, 2004, 09:26 PM   #14
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There once was a hunter named Fred
"This year I'll bring the Saiga" he said
John Kerry said "Hey!
You can't hunt with an AK!"
But the deer ended up just as dead.

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Old June 14, 2004, 09:57 PM   #15
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Oops -- you wanted a Haiku!

Deer Hunting

Padding through the woods
Chasing silence and glimpses
Rifle in my hands
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Old June 15, 2004, 11:50 AM   #16
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Good Haiku. Good limerick, too!
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Old June 15, 2004, 12:42 PM   #17
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Hunting Tom Turkey
Wet leaves, gobbles fill the woods
Shotgun goes home cold.
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Old June 15, 2004, 01:08 PM   #18
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another...

Now I hunt paper.
Tiny groups: The least wind's move
will push my shot off.
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Old June 17, 2004, 10:05 AM   #19
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Brother aims, pulls, fires
first shot, first clay, first hit. Great!
Ha! Beginner's luck.
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Old June 17, 2004, 11:56 AM   #20
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Hey! Javelina!
Sounds like a fun hunt for us.
Drat . . . Didn't get drawn.
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Old June 17, 2004, 05:45 PM   #21
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Not hunting-related, but my favorite haikus nonetheless:

http://www.mallninja.com/haiku.htm
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Old June 17, 2004, 10:59 PM   #22
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FirstFreedom -- Those are hilarious.

Radio crackles
Tangos spotted in food court
This could get messy

Double-parked shoppers
It's parking lot anarchy!
Pass me a Claymore

Mall Ninja's mommy
bathed him in Gun Scrubber and
knits kevlar booties
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Old June 18, 2004, 04:27 PM   #23
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Good ones!


I seek ground squirrels
Wind, clouds, and cool keep them down
Safe another day.
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