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Welcome to the Pack

A new puppy fits in with a little professional help

Story from Gray’s Sporting Journal, Expeditions and Guides, 2015

In all of hunting, there is no closer relationship than that of a wingshooter and a dog.

Grandfathers may hunt with grandsons, wives with husbands, and childhood friends with each other, but none approach the bond between hunter and dog. The addition of domesticated dogs to the hunting equation 10,000 years ago was deemed so important by Jose Ortega y Gasset, the Spanish philosopher, that he devoted an entire chapter to it in Meditations on Hunting.

Wingshooting has four elements: hunter, gun, dog, and bird. Each has a different life span, and their careers revolve like wheels within wheels. A gun for 100 years, a hunter for 50; a dog for 12, a bird for 3. Yet the bird species outlasts them all. Wheels within wheels.

These interlocking circles of life provide ample fruit for melancholy brooding late in the season when birds are few and the first snow is blowing.

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