I will not be talking about our incompetent government just yet. This time it’ is about something lot more enjoyable and fun. I was asked to join the usual crew of the American Birdhunter TV show on another quail hunt in New Mexico. The only difference from the past couple of years is the new name GUNDOG TV. I could not be more excited to hunt the little birds again. As Randy Lack said the first time about hunting quail “it’s personal” and I believed it then and I still believe it now. There is always a bird or twenty that get away.
We met again at the chili pepper capital of the world Hatch, New Mexico. Lots of history in this tiny town and surrounding area about an hour north of the border with Mexico. I bought several books on my last trip there about first settlers and about US Cavalry chasing Mexican outlaw/revolutionary Pancho Villa around. He was either, depending what side you were on at the time or now. But back to the quail.
I decided to bring along the Upland Ultra Light 12 ga over/under and the reason for it are few. It’s a true working gun and hunting quail is a true work. I had it recently refitted and added about inch and half to the standard length of pull. I became much quicker at shouldering it and finding the birds at the end of my barrel. There is nothing like well fitted gun. It’s very light but a full size 12 ga over/under. What I mean is as you scramble kicking and stomping bushes,weeds or just getting largest tumble weeds out of the way and quail rises up you need a gun that just falls right into your hands without having time to make adjustments on the grip. It falls/fits into my hands better and faster than most shotguns. If you have hunted quail in recent years you know your boots will need nice treatment after the hunt. Your pants very likely will become designated quail pants and same thing happens to your shotgun. My Upland Ultra Light already has some “battle scars” from falling on steep hillside in Idaho’s Hell’s Canyon or on rocky slope of western Wyoming. And that is why my choice has been and continue to be the Upland Ultra Light for tough western upland bird hunts.
I am not complaining, I love earning the opportunities to shoot birds. Where we hunt, dogs will find the birds but the hunters have to take turns to kicked them out of their extremely thick cover. They stick, more they’re shot at more they stick. Most of the birds were found in or around irrigation ditches only short distance from the famous Rio Grande. These ditches could at times be ten to twelve feet high and at least twenty to twenty five feet wide. We always position shooters on each side of the ditch and one of us jumped in to do the dirty work and follow dogs. Kick, jump and stomp on the cover. We took turns in the bottom as the guy did not have many opportunities to shoot. You can’t do both and also shooting up from the bottom is unsafe. Dogs and hunters are in and out of your view. Most shots taken by a “bottomer” are only taken when the quail flies out from behind after all dogs and people walked right past it. It happens more often than it should. That is how tight quail hold. Four to five dogs, three to four hunters at a time is sometime not enough to flush the quail initially. As physically demanding as quail hunting in the southwest desert is you’ll have hard time finding more exciting bird hunt anywhere.
We hunted from first light to last. Breaks only to rest and water the dogs and grab quick bite to eat for humans. I do not have bird dog of my own yet but none of us would drink or eat before the dogs were taken care of.
The desert in the winter provides you with most incredible scenery. I believe the TV show will be fun to watch and I know I will learn from my mistakes. There were many mistakes and if I could turn back time. But I just have to wait for the next hunt.
MORAL NO MAN’S LAND
We are dealing with very unique period of our history. I have thought extensively why we have so many people who commit terrible crimes because they do not fully comprehend the consequences it will have on them, society or the individuals harmed/killed in the process.
I will leave out terrorist actions because that has more to do with out foreign and immigration policy. Neither is putting American citizens first. It’s all about appeasement. Appeasement does not work, never did but what I want to focus on are internal issues we are facing.
The crime has been in long-term decline for quite some time. There is so much good policing have done especially in larger metropolitan areas. People in rural parts of the United States have police their own communities for centuries. What I want to talk about is the random mass killings committed by individuals with either mental issues, self esteem issues or just plain old rage and lacking the ability to deal with adversity in their lives.
I might be way off and some will call me extremist, lunatic and some kind of conspiracy theorist but I have come to this country and have seen some changes in last twenty five years. I have yet to see signs of global warming or climate change. I have seen plenty of change socially and not for the better.
I will track the beginning of this change to about mid sixties when the government policies started to undermine strong family, community (neighborhood) and spiritual beliefs(religion). The reason for undermining these three institutions by government policies is simple. Less people rely on family, community or religion more they will need government to help them. This creates dependency. Dependency creates constituents. Is it that simple? I say it is, We’ve seen it throughout second half of twentieth century in most of Eastern Europe. If Americans were more aware and knowledgeable about history they would never let it go this far but that’s what happens when you become complacent. How does this have anything to do with random brutal crime?
Family, neighborhood and church were always the first and the most important ones responsible for setting the boundaries. With decline of all three in our recent history there far less boundaries and guidance for our young. How do you expect them to learn respect, consequences, work ethic and discipline etc.? From government bureaucrats? I don’t think so, they are in it for themselves. So we have “moral no man’s land” where our most important institutions are on dramatic decline and government is not going to help even if they wanted to. Our Founding Fathers knew the danger of all too powerful government so they set the system up so you can not centralize so much power in the hands of so few. If the change is going to come, it’s going to come very slowly. Much slower than President Obama wishes. And it’s going to come from the people not from the few.
I am writing this blog post the day after Paris climate conference ended with “tremendous success” according to most media. This environmental movement reminds me so much of communist government. They always find a reason why we should give them another term, another five year plan, another few years to destroy evil corporations, banks, industries or whatever comes to one’s mind. It never ends with “our job is done here now it’s up to the citizens to enjoy the fruits of the freedom we secured”. I boldly predict this will go on for few more years, maybe decades across the western world until the people will catch on this environmentalist (communist, big government) movement. In the meantime as we saw the most recent Black Friday people will continue to arm themselves in fear of more and more cultural, economic and social restrictions in name of better environment. This is nothing new, it’s just new way of labeling wealth redistribution. The result of Paris conference is rich countries will provide more funds to poor countries to combat climate change. I read “rich countries will tax their citizens more and more to generate necessary funds to pay for ever growing bureaucracy of their own government”. The poor countries will get screwed just like the working class and the poor of the western world. It has happened before. Citizens please stay vigilant, learn history and continue to arm yourself. The only deterrent there is.