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By Parker Heinlein
Outdoors Columnist 

That bird wasn't so special after all


November 17, 2021

In the end, and that end was a long time in coming, the bird I’d sought wasn’t so special after all.

Two and a half months into the hunting season I had little to show for my efforts. The birds were scarce or not there at all. I’d shot a few and missed a few more.

Long ago I’d quit worrying about killing my limit. We ate well on a bird a day, but now even that meager a goal had become hard to accomplish. Most days I came home with an empty bag.

And while it was pleasurable enough simply to be out on the land with the dogs, the lack of birds began to weigh on me.

I needed a new appro...

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