Field and Stream

“Seasons With Bear”

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It is difficult, all these years later, to recall just how free we were, that dog and I. September is the gold of a hunter’s year in Montana, the opening of upland bird seasons for grouse and Hungarian partridge, with sometimes enough doves and snipe around to vary the bag even more. There is a glorious freedom in simply chasing birds. And Bear and I took every advantage of it. Once in your hunting life, you should train a dog, become immersed in the psyche and soul of another animal for whom you are 100 percent responsibl­e, and whose senses, and sense of the world, are so beyond your own that every moment, every day, is a process of revelation. —Hal Herring, Vol. 2, 2020

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