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Pheasant Fun and Bachelor Bliss

| 10/28/2008 4:58:00 PM

Two weeks ago, I took part in the best bachelor party with which I’ve ever been involved. Two weeks before my brother Josh’s wedding – set for this Saturday, November 1 – my brothers and cousins (except for our older brother Danny) went down to T&C Wildlife L.L.C. in Arcadia, Kansas, and took part in a hunt modeled after what I’ve heard referred to as a European pheasant shoot.

First of all, I think it speaks volumes, and I’m very proud to be a part of a family that would choose to go on a hunt for a bachelor party. Complete credit goes to Adam, my cousin and brother’s best man, for organizing the event. It couldn’t have been better thought out.

Cousin Adam, left, and brother Josh

The only regrettable thing that happened over that weekend was my brother Danny getting stranded eight hours from home, along the Texas-Oklahoma border, and not making it back. That was out of anyone’s control, though, and as crappy as that was for Danny and all of us who hadn’t seen him for quite some time, the chance to be together will occur again this weekend at the ceremony.

My two older brothers, Andy, left, and Josh.

But back to the actual hunt. I think anyone, before arriving at T&C, probably had the preconception – as I did – that this would be a sort of Disneyland hunt. When you hear about a hunt like this, where purchased birds are released into the air and let fly among more than 20 shooters strategically placed encircling the point at which the birds are released, it’s kind of a turnoff.

Brownie Heaven
2/28/2013 10:33:00 AM

Cakes Delivery Thank you for sharing ..!! i like it !!

Caleb Regan
10/29/2008 2:49:15 PM

Hank- I think we're both lucky to share an appreciation for these simple pleasures with our friends. I would take the wild hunt over the preserve-style hunt any day, but in most cases it's more about enjoying the company of people you hunt with, like you said. How was your luck?

Hank Will_2
10/29/2008 9:20:43 AM

Hey Caleb -- I love the concept of a bunch of guys getting together for a bachelor party this way. It's much better than some of the more-recently traditional approaches. As a bird hunter myself, I have often shied away from preserve-style hunts, but I can completely relate to your comment about the opportunity for less experienced hunters to get some shooting in. Last weekend, I hunted wild pheasant in South Dakota. It was plenty of work because the corn hadn't been cut and the CRP was a tangled mess. But it was very fun non-the-less. A big part of the fun was just getting together with a few friends and stomping over some of the most beautiful country on this earth.

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