The Road Warriors
Come bird season, these three diehards load up their gear and their dogs, and put their lives on hold—day job be damned. Here’s what they’ve learned from spending every fall on the road
These upland hunters have the trucks, the dogs, and the know-how to play hooky come fall, and they’ll do whatever it takes to find birds all season long.
Every hunter knows that itch. It starts when buddies invite you hunting, but you have to pass because of work. It gets worse when they text pictures of their limits. It becomes unbearable when your bird dog starts sighing and whining. Because when the weather is right, the season is open, and you’re not hunting, doing anything else is torture. But these three hunters have discovered how to break free and hit the open road when bird season arrives. And even better, they’ve done it with permission from their colleagues and families. Here’s how they pull it off, and fill limits to boot. —N.K.