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Greetings ta ever one in western Illinois and all readers of The Quill.
I'm a hope'n this week's column finds ever one in good spirits and enjoy'n life as the Good Lord hands it out ta ya.
Well, next week is Halloween. I'm a hope'n ya all has a nice big pumpkin picked out fer carven a face inta it with a bright candle fer to light up the art work. It is always fun build'n memories by do'n that job with the chillens and grandchillens.
Save the not so good shaped pumpkin fer make'n pie. MMM how can ya beat homemade pumpkin pie with a generous help'n of whipped cream cover'n the top of it. I cain't wait already.
Last weekend was open'n pheasant hunt'n season in South Dakota. There are several from this area that went up. They brought back their limit in every instance. It seems numbers of birds are up 40% in that territory. Was a good year fer hatch'n and raise'n the birds.
When a feller goes up there ta hunt, it don't matter if'n ya bags a bird or not, although bag'n a bird does add to the excitement. The real joy is watch'n the bird dogs work and enjoy'n the great outdoors.
There are so many birds up in that neck of the woods that a flush'n bird dog is often preferred over a "pointer". There is so much scent around that a pointer has a difficult time of it.
Around these parts, when their was plenty of birds ta hunt, many fellers preferred No. 6 shot fer their shotgun shells. In South Dakota No. 5 shot is often used and many folk prefer No. 4 because there is less cripples and runners. Late in the season, when it is really cold up there, No. 4 does the best. The birds are tough and wary and get up at further distances. That's what gett'n a little lead in your tail feathers seems ta teach ya.
Most lads when they were first hunt'n, way back when, started out with a single barrel 410 gauge shotgun. Now a days many fellers use 12 gauge semi-automatics fer pheasants. They shoot their cannons so rapidly that it seems they simply throw lead in the air and let the pheasant fly into the pattern.
A young boy with a 410 shotgun that could bag a pheasant was pretty good shot. Use'n a single barrel gun he had no lead to spare. We was taught ta throw a tin can in the air and shoot it with a BB gun whilst airborn. Make the gun follow the eye, not the other way around. When ya could consistently hit the can ya was ready ta hunt pheasant and quail with a 410 single shot shotgun. Ya was also prepared ta provide a good supply of rabbit fer the family table.
Someone asked fer more lessons learned on the farm whilst grow'n up in the 40's and 50's.
Well here we go with some more:
Well there ya has it then, more lessons from the 40's and 50's. There are many more but this should do ya fer a spell. Don't forget a generous supply of goodies fer them youngn's trick or treat'n fer Halloween.
Hope'n to see ya in church this week.
Wherever ya is, whatever ya be a do'n "BE A GOOD ONE!"
Keep on Smile'n
Catch Ya Later