My First Rooster

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When I was 12 years old, I had the opportunity to go pheasant hunting with my Dad, grandpa and brothers in the fields and hills outside a small town called, Meadow, Utah.

I had played “ bird dog” for many years prior to that but this was my first year to actually carry a shotgun. I had arrived!

I remember my shotgun well: it was a long barreled, Winchester Model 42 pump .410 and I was using 3 inch shells with 4 shot.

The time was a clear, crisp November season opener and we were working a field.  As I approached a fenced-in corner, I heard some rustling in the dried weeks in front of me.  Suddenly a brightly colored rooster flushed.  His cackling startled me as he struggled to fly in-between the wires of the fence.  His struggle to free himself gave me enough time to compose myself, raise my .410, and I drop him with one shot.

I will always remember that time when I got my first rooster on that cold, bright November morning.  I cleaned him and we had him for Sunday dinner.

I am grateful for the memories I have of those days so many years ago.

-Posted by Dave (09/08/13)

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About Spencer Knibbe

Spencer Knibbe is the Managing Editor of Feather and Fin, an outdoor blog focused on all things fly fishing and upland hunting. He is an avid outdoorsman forged in the tradition of chasing brook trout and ruffed grouse through the New England woods. Spencer is passionate about conservation and ensuring the continuation of the traditions for generations to come. He resides in Ridgefield, Connecticut with his wife and two sons.
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2 Responses to My First Rooster

  1. You never forget your first rooster! Are you from Utah Spencer?

    • You are right about that. To answer your question, I’m born but not raised in Utah. We relocated to the East Coast in the early nineties. Thanks for checking us out. I really enjoyed reading your blog ( as well.

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