Today is September First and for the wingshooter for most of the US means opening day for doves. I did not partake. Don't get me wrong I love being out in the field with my dog with my double barrel in hand but some of my previous outings have left me with a bad taste in my mouth. First every numbnut with a shotgun and a hunting license is out here. That means crowds. While most hunters are good people there are a subset in our group that are complete idiots. I've seen a moron shoot a dove and when it landed 5 yards in front of him, instead of going to retrieve the bird he shot it again blowing it to Smithereens laughing the whole time. On another instance my father once took a pellet to the face from an idiot shooting low birds. Luckily nothing happen other than a scare but he could have easily lost an eye or worse. Fucking idiots. Another reason is it's hot. Africa hot. That's not only hard on myself but it's grueling on the dog. Also the heat brings out the rattlesnakes and that's the last thing I want to deal with. I could always leave the dog home but I don't want to hunt without him. So we'll see if I pass up this first dove season again or if I go out. It's unlikely but if I do go out it will not be on a weekend when all the crowds go out or it will be because I was invited on private property and won't have to deal with the scum. For now though the side by sides are staying in the cabinet.