Don't ya just wish that
someone would walk up to you and say, 'Hey, you're a heck of a nice fella.
I'm gonna help you out by giving you this once in a life time bonus of $100,000.
Now you go out and get all the bird dog supplies and hunting accessories you
need to be successful this year!' Gosh, that would be awesome!
Of course that ain't
gonna happen but it's nice to dream. Every year that goes by, I am more
and more convinced that hunting stuff is like anything else in life, you buy
cheap, you get cheap. Or 'If you want it bad, bad is what you get'.
I have spent a lifetime
screwing up and getting the wrong thing or buying something just a little bit
cheaper because 'it was the better deal'. At some point in ones life, you
begin to figure out that if you'd have just saved the money and bought what you
wanted instead of what you could afford, you'd have been a heck'uva lot happier.
My first lesson with
that was the first shotgun I ever purchased. It was a Mossberg pump action
with a 'poly choke selector'. Sure I killed a lot of game with that gun.
But I'm here to tell you, the gun dang sure ain't purty.
There's as much thrill
in admiring a beautiful S x S or O/U as there is in good dog work and fellowship
afield, but heck, I don't need to tell y'all that. How many times have you
or someone you know whip out that beautiful wing shooting gun and everyone just
stand around ooo'ing and ahhh'ing...A real source of pride. Then there was
me, with that ugly polychoke contraption. Crap, I thought I had something
way back then! Now I realize everyone was smiling not with me but at
my dang ugly gun!
The next gun I bought
was in Italy. I was stationed there when the dollar was very strong.
I bought a Beretta O/U S687 L for 1.2 million Lire (about 600 dollars!).
What a gun of beauty. Engraved setters on one side and flushing woodcock
on the other side. I bought that gun back in 1985 and now it is a tad bit
scarred up due to heavy use, but still a source of pride. A quick and
nimble shotgun. I like it over American Beretta's as European Beretta's
come standard with clips for a sling....slings are a real plus when handling
Anyway, that's the story
of my life. Buying what you can afford instead of what you want.
Sometimes I can save enough money to get what I want. Sometimes I can't.
I guess I still struggle everyday with 'making do' and getting what is needed.
Everyone does. Sure, that ugly gun of yours is old but can you really
afford a brand new one?...nah, you'll probably just make do.
I tell my wife that I
ain't just got a degree from Hardknock U., Heck, I got a dang PhD! I just
didn't know as a young corpsman in the Navy many years ago how prophetic being
called 'doc' by the Marines would be!
Y'all take care and give
your dog a fancy treat for me!
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