The Ottumwa Courier

Sports

May 4, 2013

Barnyard Bounty

I know a wingshooter who once suffered from depression. When the grouse, pheasant, woodcock and duck seasons ended, my friend got the blues. His dog got the blues, too. His wife, because her husband and dog were downers, suffered as well. The whole household went into a terrible tailspin.

Then the wingshooter found a cure. You could say it was a miracle drug. Prozac? No, this was no ordinary drug like Prozac.

It required no prescription from a physician. Neither could it be found over the counter nor on a street corner.

No, the cure came in the feathery form of a fast-flying airborne acrobat that decoys better than the dumbest bufflehead.

It can descend from great heights with the speed of a dive-bombing falcon. Its ability to dip, dodge, flare and flee defies the skills of a green-winged teal.

The cure was a wingshooter’s dream bird and is available in virtually unlimited supply.

He had been aware of this bird his entire life but had never given it much thought beyond noticing its talent for pooping on city statues and silo tops. The creature was, and is, the common pigeon.

The light bulb went off in the wingshooter’s head while reading a magazine article about pigeon shooting in Outdoor Life magazine.

Here was the solution to his off-season doldrums.

Pigeons!

No season, no limits, no problem finding permission to hunt, unbelievable shooting practice, phenomenal dog training, fun, fun and more fun ... it was a dream come true.

My friend’s first foray into pigeon plinking happened at the first farm he encountered with visible birds.

After a knock on the house door and a short conversation and handshake with the farmer, he was standing next to a silo with his Brittany at heel and his 28-gauge side-by-side in the crook of his arm.

Text Only
Sports
  • 0723 OTT Sports Little League State Tourney photo Grandview hits seven home runs to stay unbeaten CENTERVILLE — It was a high scoring affair, but Grandview remained unbeaten with a 3-0 record after defeating Davenport Southeast 19-13.After Johnston American fell 3-1 against Boone on Monday, Grandview was the only undefeated team left out of the e

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • State Softball Tournament TuesdayClass 2A QuarterfinalsNo. 5 Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 5, No. 15 Alburnett 1 WednesdayClass 4A Consolation SemifinalsNo. 13 Oskaloosa (29-10) vs. Clear Creek-Amana (22-18), 10 a.m. (Veterans Diamond) ThursdayClass 2A SemifinalsNo. 5 EBF (26-

    July 23, 2014

  • Prep Baseball TONIGHTClass 4A, Substate FinalWest Des Moines Valley (23-16) at Ottumwa (25-15), 7 p.m. (1240 AM KBIZ)

    July 23, 2014

  • Ottumwa Midwest falls to Grandview BOONE – The Ottumwa Midwest All-Stars lost to Grandview Little League, 9-1, despite a solid day by Sam Matthiesen from both the mound and the plate. Matthiesen had a hit in the second inning and held the potent Grandview lineup without an earned run

    July 23, 2014

  • On Tap Thursday Prep Softball Class 2A State Semifinals Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont vs. Highland at Fort Dodge (Diamond 1), 11 a.m.

    July 23, 2014

  • Resilient Trojans one win from state FAIRFIELD — There were wild pitches, wild throws and wild rulings. Runs were earned, unearned, given, taken away and given right back.If the fifth-ranked Fairfield baseball team wanted to prove they could overcome adversity and continue toward the go

    July 22, 2014

  • Ottumwa Midwest wins slugfest with Boone BOONE — An exceptional effort by Dawson Lewis hoisted the Ottumwa Midwest Little League All Stars to a wild 15-14 win over Boone National on Monday at the 9-10 Year-old Iowa Little League State Baseball Tournament.Lewis racked up seven RBIs on four h

    July 22, 2014

  • Top-ranked North Polk too much for Blue Demons in substate final INDIANOLA — Senior pitcher Grant Lang did everything but drive the bus for the top-ranked North Polk baseball team on Tuesday. Instead, he simply drove the Comets to the Class 2A State Baseball Tournament on Tuesday.Lang not only shut out the Albia B

    July 22, 2014

  • Big Reds get 30th win and district title CENTERVILLE — Seventh-ranked Centerville dominated Keokuk from start to finish Monday night at Pat Daugherty Field. The 11-1 five inning win was the Big Reds’ 30th of the season gave them the Class 3A, District 12 baseball championship.Centerville wi

    July 22, 2014

  • No. 1 Twin Cedars clinches return to state OSKALOOSA — After needing two runs in the final two innings to keep their perfect season alive on Saturday, top-ranked Twin Cedars took all the drama out of the Class 1A, Substate 6 Final in the very first inning on Tuesday. Drew Carlson drilled a tw

    July 22, 2014

Sports photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook