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October 24, 2005

I have just returned home to Reno from a 2 week bird
hunting trip with my dog, my dad, and our good friend Hank. We spent a
week hunting Chucker (a type of partridge) in south eastern Oregon on
the Owyhee River, and then went on to northern Montana to hunt Pheasant
and Sharp Tailed Grouse. Some of you may already know that after kayaking,
bird hunting is my second favorite thing to do. There are many reason
why I devote my spare time to this sport; The relationship with the dogs,
it takes you places that otherwise you may never see, the knowledge and
strategy that you need to consistently be successful, you are always learning
something new, a bird with a brain the size of a pea can at times make
you feel really dumb, and the time that I get to spend with my family
and friends. I got home late last night after driving 1,050 miles in one
day. Today I got up, ran a few errands around town with Lisa (we are remodeling
our house), and then headed straight to the river. It was great to be
back in my boat and I felt like I never missed a day. It’s times like
these that I feel like I am one of the luckiest people in the world. My
idea of heaven is rivers and bird dogs! My plan now is to paddle everyday
here locally for the next few weeks. Hopefully next month we at Jackson
Kayak will have a training camp at Rock Island. Learning some new things
and a little friendly competition sounds like a good time to me.

Jay Kincaid




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Jay and Porter with birds