This term, cheating, is usually reserved for people who transgress some ethical boundary. For instance, a spouse who engages in inappropriate intimacy with another person who is not their spouse. It is also used to describe someone who doesn’t follow the rules of the game; steals the other team’s signals, manipulates a game to their advantage. You get the idea.
Today I felt like a cheater. It has been a very busy couple of weeks where work has not meshed well with my personal life. I could have used an extra 10 hours a day during this period.
So when it appeared that I would actually have a whole day off today, I had planned on tiring out two Brittanys.
Then a friend called me last night (ok, In reality, he texted me). He is a dedicated waterfowler and I am fortunate that he contacts me when he is working birds. He told me that they had the “X” where several hundred geese where using a cut cornfield. I said, let me think about it. 2 seconds later we had determined a meet-up place and time. Woo Hoo!
I had to sneak around last night as I packed my ‘blind bag. Put shotguns in cases. Look into those eyes that are saying, “Woo Hoo! We’re going hunting, we’re going hunting!” Know that you have no intention of loading them up when you go on your way at 4 a.m.
I had mixed feelings all day, that is until there was a moment when we literally had five or six hundred geese working our spread. Flat on my back I got to watch birds crisscrossing the sky above me, layered up, calling to the impostors we carefully placed on the ground. I was filled with awe. Even though less than 1% of those birds landed in our decoys, even though we were so greedy we let these few fly off in hopes we could fool many more. So we remained in the ‘hide’ doing our best to sweetly woo others into our trap to no avail.
After the adrenaline waned. I tried to imagine how one of my upland stars might have coped with such a scene. And I laughed.
After the hunt I went home, confident in the character of these two orange and white buddies and that they would forgive me for cheating on them.
And, I know what they were up to today:
(By the way, met a new friend today, Miguel, a dairy farmer from Central Mexico who is working on a masters degree at Penn State Univ. Also, you can connect with the Justin for a hunt like this at: http://www.geeseatyourfeet.com/
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