Many have tried to define their love for the outdoors; even the most eloquent have fallen short of the mark.
I am often asked how a lower vertebrate can induce me to spend countless hours and money in pursuit of the often elusive. I simply answer, "It's more the trip than the destination."
The attraction is the unknown, the unpredictability of the outcome. If we knew in advance where we stood at the end of the day, life would be extremely boring.
There is something majestic about fishing new waters, hunting new woods or hiking new trails. For some, the adventure is predictable; they stay with the normal routine and become victims of habit. For others, what is predictable is expected; the challenge lies in the pursuit.
My dad often told me: "Son, you were born an original. Don't die a copy."
I doubt many will choose to emulate my path. There are far too many with better reason and sense of adventure to make the effort on their own.
All persons hunting migratory birds (including doves) are required to have a migratory bird permit. Migratory bird permits can be obtained free of charge at all hunting and fishing license vendors. There is no open season on harlequin ducks.
For date and shooting time confirmations, call the SC Department of Natural Resources at 803-667-0696 or 803-734-3886.
The 2011-2012 migratory bird hunting seasons:
Mourning doves: Nov.19-26; Dec. 21-Jan. 15
Ducks (excluding sea ducks): Nov. 19-26; Dec. 10-Jan. 29
Mergansers, sea ducks (eiders, scoters, long-tailed ducks): Oct. 15-Jan. 29
Coots: Nov. 19-Nov. 26; Dec. 10-Jan. 29
Canada geese/white fronted geese (late seasons): Nov. 19-26; Dec. 3-Feb. 3, Feb. 6-9
Blue and snow geese: Nov. 19-26; Dec. 10-Jan. 29
Brant: Dec. 11-Jan. 29
Turkey Shoot Today
A family fun turkey shoot will be held today at Parris Island Rod & Gun Club range just off Vieques Rd. on Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island. The turkey shoot begins at 7 a.m. and runs all day.
Cost is only $2 per shot, and the club provides all the ammunition. Bring your own gun, but no scopes and no barrels longer than 32 inches. A few youth and adult guns will be on hand for shotgun-deprived participants.
Participants can win hams and turkeys. Refreshments will be available.
For information, call Nick Russell at 843-524-5577 or 843-812-9697.
The Ducks Unlimited Banquet will be held tonight at Honey Horn on Hilton Head Island. The gates at Honey Horn open at 5 p.m. Food will be served at 6 p.m. Along with great food and beverages, there will be games, raffles and auctions.
Tickets cost $40 per person or $70 per couple.
For information or directions, call 843-290-5372 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Coon Hunt
A youth coon hunt sponsored by the Greenville County Coon Hunters Association will be held next Saturday in Travelers Rest. The event is part of a series of nine youth coon hunts being held around the state through February, sponsored by the SCDNR and the S.C. Coon Hunters Association.
For more information on the Travelers Rest hunt, call Brian Kelly at 864-752-5301.