The American hunter: A tradition of our heritage

The American hunter: A tradition of our heritage

Dennis Pirch I can remember walking with my dad in the cornfields of Iowa watching him use his shotgun during pheasant season. Being 7 or 8 years old, longing for the time when I could carry my own shotgun waiting for the rooster to flush. At 12 years old I was given a 410 shotgun that had been handed down from my grandfather, to my dad, and now it was my turn. That gun is still on display in our home and was used by our two boys when they were introduced to dove hunting, Arizona style. This episode began a lifelong passion of hunting which began as a boy in pursuit of small game that developed into the thrill of big game hunting in the wide open spaces of the West. This story no doubt has been repeated thousands upon thousands of times throughout our great country which very much could be considered a “right of passage” in many families. At the age of 14, a new 20 gauge pump JC Higgins shotgun was under our Christmas tree for a young man that had proven his firearms safety skills in the field the previous two years. There were many duck and pheasant hunts where that shotgun showed its prowess. The fall was the best time of year when eighth and ninth grade football was the highlight of my school activity and then the weekends were spent in the field hunting with my friends. They were teammates on the […]

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