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.

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