The weather wasn't bad but a bit grey for good photos. Anyway, a meeting of the rabble-rousers and movers and shakers hunting pheasants at the Nick and Mary Jo Nemec place went off without serious injury. About 14 of us with widely differing political and social perspectives had a good time tromping around the Nemec land near Holabird, SD. Some of the group excelled at hunting and some of us just managed to do a pretty good job of eating Mary Jo's good chili. John Cooper gave a short hunting safety message...including don't shoot toward the ground with blockers at the end of the field, only shoot a bird if there is blue sky under it, don't swing around and shoot birds behind you, and if you shoot a hen, I will write a complaint, etc. Below are a few images of varying quality.
Kevin Woster herding the hunter cats into a line for a photo. You can see the photo he took at Woster Facebook page.
There just must be some pheasants around here someplace.
A short rest in the field. Can't remember if this is before or after they tromped through a now dry wet area with grass and reeds over their heads.
He just had to show off the bright colors of these roosterss. According to Bob Newland, this is about half the bird harvest for the afternoon.
Unlike the mideast, this group of very mixed perspectives on politics, government, religion, society, and hunting dogs with a lot of guns mingled without a single stabbing, explosion, or shotgun blast in the gut. I think I have a reasonably correct list of the participants: Eric Abrahamson, John Cooper, Cory Heidelberger, Sam Hurst, Lynn Jurens, Bob Mercer, Nick Nemec, Bob Newland, Marty Jackley and son Michael, Jeremiah M. Murphy, Lee Schoenbeck, Bill Walsh, Doug Wiken and ringmaster Kevin Woster. Sorry if I missed anyone or spelled a name wrongly. It was fun. Met a few people I had never seen before, and some I had not seen for many years.
***Stay tuned even if your wife also won't cook pheasants---Doug Wiken