Written November 25, 1993 by my dad Bob Briggs while writing for the Tahlequah Daily Times Journal
It’s almost December and pheasant season is about to open the panhandle of Texas. Pheasant season only stays open for two weeks there, so you’d better get out and get some while the season is open.
Pheasant are hard to see if you don’t know what you are looking for. I’ve seen the brightly colored birds disappear in a field of green winter wheat, and not flush until you’ve nearly trampled the beggars.
My old buddies, P.J. and “The Sarge” used to load up in Sarge’s Bronco, with a bottle of “lying Whiskey” and road hunt for these wily birds.
Now I don’t recommend that you road hunt because it’s highly against the law, but when you’re young and living in West Texas, outfoxing the game warden is just a part of the game.
We were crazy about shooting these birds. One time P.J. had me stop in downtown Waka, Texas, jumped out of the vehicle and killed a rooster pheasant in broad daylight. Now I’ll admit, Waka isn’t much of a town but it’s big enough to have a local constabulary of some sort that could put a man in the for some little time.
I tripled on a covey of pheasants once up by the town of Spearman, Texas. I was hunting alone down in a wet lands draw that had dried up and was overgrown with weeds. That is sort of like making a hole in one without a witness. It don’t do any good to tell anyone because they say, “Yeah, right.”
I sure miss those days. This cold weather snap just makes it worse. Getting up early in the morning, putting on your hunting coat with the peppery smell of blood on it, the weight of number 7 shot weighing on your shell loops. If you’re going to be legit that day and hunt on land where you already have permission, your dog seems to sense that he’ll be going with you and he’s excited as any athlete before a game.
I don’t know about P.J. or how the hunting is around Chicago, but I know “The Sarge’ will have somewhere to hunt this year. I hear the hunting’s pretty good out around Farmington, New Mexico where he’s been said to hang his boonie hat.
As for me, I’ll just kick back and think about those long ago days when a walk in the field or a slow drive down a section line meant meat in the pot.
Good hunting, fellows.