Faithful readers, we hunters are an odd lot. We pine all spring, all summer, for the fall season to finally get here. And as the various opening days draw nigh, we freak out. I need to fix the lock on my topper. I really should have shot more clays this summer. How many pairs of liner socks do I have? Shit, I missed the sale on Laphroaig!
But the conundrum facing me at this moment is which dog do I put down on Wednesday for the beginning of the Kansas prairie chicken season? Seems silly, I know, but I think about these things, not unlike a college football coach who has a QB controversy on his hands. I suspect I am not alone.
Here are the choices -- pluses and minuses. Vote in the poll box to the right of this post. Voting ends Wednesday at noon -- about the time I arrive in the Land of Chickens.
- Pros: she's my pro. She knows the drill, and she's hardly ever let me down. She's also gotten the call for every season that we've hunted together.
- Cons: she's recovering from surgery. She's been cleared by the doc, but her conditioning is nonexistent.
- Pros: she's in good condition, and although she's a late bloomer, she impressed in late season 2009 and during training this year.
- Cons: she's pretty close-working, and my goal on Wednesday is to make some bird contacts so I know where to go when my hunting buddies arrive later in the week.
- Pros: she's a puppy. It's a new season, so why not start it with my newest? The dog can certainly cover the ground, and she has a great nose. She'll undoubtedly bust birds, but if she's a miscreant, there's no one else to offend.
- Cons: she's a puppy. If I need to explain, then you're at the wrong blogsite. Go here instead.