“Civilized” Hunting

As much as I love hunting, the idea of sitting in a treestand and freezing my tail off for hours doesn’t appeal to me. I prefer moving through the woods or mountains really “hunting” my game rather than waiting for it to come to me. That said, I found one type of hunting where sitting is not only tolerable for me, but also quite agreeable.

A while back I had the pleasure of participating in a traditional Southern pheasant hunt in Alabama where we hunted from a mule-drawn wagon. The way it works is that the dog boxes are under the seats, and a couple dogs at a time are turned out into the fields while the hunters sit in the wagon seats. Dog handlers on horseback shadow the dogs as the dogs work the fields, and the wagon follows along allowing the hunters to have great conversation.

When a dog goes on point, the designated shooter or shooters get out of the wagon and approach the dog from a safe direction. If the bird flushes instead of runs, they take the shot and either get the bird or not.

It’s not the most productive way of hunting, but it’s not about bagging lots of birds–it’s about the social aspect. Can you just imagine the politics discussed or deals that have been cut over the centuries in the back of a mule-drawn wagon?

There’s a similar type of hunt in Africa, but instead of a wagon, you hunt by train. Don’t ask me how that works, but it certainly sounds interesting!

 

 

 

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Scott Mayer

Scott Mayer

Writer at John1911
Mayer began his outdoor industry career in 1993 on the NRA Technical Staff where he became American Rifleman magazine first Shooting Editor. Mayer left NRA and entered the business end of publishing in 2003 as Advertising Account Executive for Safari Club International SAFARI Magazine and Safari Times newspaper. In 2006, Mayer was named Publisher of Shooting Times magazine where he was also tasked with launching and leading Personal Defense TV, the first television show of its kind.

In 2008, Mayer returned to the editorial side of publishing, this time in the digital field, as Editorial Director for Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Handguns and Rifleshooter online magazines. After a brief stint in 2011 as the Digital Media Director for an ABC TV affiliate, Mayer returned to the outdoors industry and Safari Club International where he is currently Assistant Publisher and Multi-Media Communications Editor.
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  • Brennen Munro

    What a cool way to group hunt with friends! On the African Train Hunting, the train is a rolling party that makes stops when the beaters have moved game close to the tracks. Not sure how much “hunting” is involved, as the folks involved for the most part would never be able to make it through the bush without a plush train car to accomodate them. It can be thought of as an African Drive-By, rather than a Chicago Drive-By… But on a sporting level, they are about the same.

    Munro

    • Dude! I just spit coffee all over the cab of my truck! Hahaha!!

      Also, I don’t care. The train thing sounds appealing as hell to me. At least once. That still happen?

      Marky

      • Brennen Munro

        I believe that those hunts have gone the way of the Colonies, not to be seen again. Can you imagine how many Hollyweird stars would stroke if something like that was to take place again?!

        Sorry about the coffee…

        Munro

        • You are making an argument to me to invest in bringing them back. We can shoot guns, have fund and piss off Hollywood!?!

          Sounds like a viable business to me!!!

          😉

          Marky

      • Scott Mayer
        • Damn. That looks so cool!!!! I’m actually going to look into it.

          Marky

          • Brennen Munro

            I stand corrected… It seems that it still occurs, just on a more refined and genteel manner. The great from the train shoot everything in sight, types of hunts are still verboten though!

            Munro

          • At this stage of my life, I don’t ever pass up a good thing.

            😉

            Marky

        • The shotgun restriction listing is interesting as well.

          FIREARM RESTRICTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

          The following shotguns are allowed on this hunt:

          Side-by-side

          Over-and-under

          Shotguns with a caliber (gauge) of 12, 16, 20, 28, or 410

          The following shotguns are not allowed on this hunt:

          Repeating

          Automatic

          Pump-action

          Shotguns of a caliber not listed above