In my 34 rotations around the sun I have done some dumb stuff. Some of it unavoidable and some of it was 100 percent on me. I’ve found myself dragging a sunken boat out of a lake, I’ve lost GPS units after running down icy slopes, and even found myself in the bottom of a canyon, an elk on the ground, temperatures plummeting to -12, and a thrown out back.
I’ve also been witness to multiple events that I re-tell consistently. These stories are built off the characters in them. They are just plain fun stories to tell.
I’m writing a series on some of these events. Lately I find myself reading books by some of the great writers of the past: Gordon Macquarie, Gene Hill and Harold P Sheldon. I am also digging into some of the lesser known outdoor writers. One thing is common in these writers. They are not technical. They write off of perspective, opinion, and emotion. The gun dog writers seem to romanticize their stories. To some this may be an issue but I eat this stuff up. In no way am I comparing myself to the legends of the past but I feel the need to warn you, the reader. To some, the romance may seem dramatic or even fake. But those that know me well know this is in fact the way I feel and think.
This series is kind of a test for me. I am challenging myself to become a better writer and I think this can help. In the past I would tell a story based on the finish. Now I am going to tell the story out of the monotony, in between the hot points. Afterall, the majority of our hunts aren’t spent shooting the gun or bow, or even stalking. They are spent in between our ears, in conversation with the people we are out with, or talking to our 4-legged partners.
With that, I will leave you a quote from one of my favorite writers.
“A grown man walking in the rain with a sodden bird dog at his heels who can smile at you and say with the kind of conviction that brings warmth out in the open, “I’d rather be here, doing this, right now, than anything else in the world” is the man who has discovered that the wealth of the world is not something that is merely bought and sold.” Gene Hill