My experience with the Amanda, Same, and Michael is one I will never forget for a few reasons. The first was being able to witness Amanda and Sam in the outdoors, not only partners in life but the best of friends each enjoying bird hunting in their own way, and encouraging each other steadfastly in the facets of it they each pursued. The second reason was being floored to see hunting shared down from father to daughter and the deep rewards it brought each of them individually and through the bonds it created between them as family. Perhaps we try too hard to make our children love what we love and need to be more like Michael, who simply let his children witness how the outdoors brought him fulfilment so that they wanted to try it themselves. This was something I dream of sharing with my own daughter—to witness her experience her first bird and bird dog and to watch the spark ignite in her for the outdoors and, more specifically, for bird hunting. It’s not just my dream, but the dream of many fathers. Amanda, Sam, and Michael are a beautiful example of what a family looks like when they are brought together frequently by their love of bird hunting and bird dogs. Thinking back to that first day of hunting with them when Michael declared it a “Banner day in West Virginia,” I can’t help but wonder whether he was talking about the birds we had seen that day, or the fact that he was hunting within the good and favored company of his family.
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To learn about American woodcock hunting check out: https://projectupland.com/american-woodcock-hunting/
To learn more about the Weimaraner read: https://projectupland.com/hunting-dogs/the-complete-weimaraner-history-profile-and-hunting-dog-story-2/