I bought a matching set of 20 ga and 12 ga SXS shotguns
for my freckled red head bride and I to use on a dove hunt during our honeymoon, 45 years ago.
Then I did a dumb thing - I posted her at the edge of a stock tank, then left and went about 300 yards upslope to shoot doves as they funneled in to the waterhole. After about an hour of fast and furious shooting (the doves were coming in wave after wave of 12 to 15 birds per flock), I realized my bride hadn't fired a shot.
I went to her, and as soon as I saw the look on her face I realized I had forever lost any chance to make her my "hunting buddy". She felt abandoned, and excluded.
I should have stayed with her, intercepted the flights of doves at the water tank, put my arms around her, helped her touch off her shots, and kissed her sweet lips with every downed bird.
"Of all sad words
of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these,
It might have been."
P. S. We celebrate our 45th Anniversary, Sept 3 (third day of dove season),and we are going to the beach at Galveston, TX. No plans for a dove hunt! Alone, or otherwise. I sold both the SXS'es years ago.
Artillery lends dignity to what would otherwise be but a vulgar brawl.
Last edited by Major Dave (retired); August 11, 2011 at 04:21 PM.