Sunrise Over Sunflowers
August 29, 2011
The first day of September is a day I look forward to every year. It is the opening day of dove hunting season. It's the first day in the field doing something I love. The morning starts off early. Usually around 2:00 to 3:00 a.m., I meet up with friends and family for our trip south to our favorite hunting area. We arrive under the cover of darkness where the morning air still has a crisp feel to it. We grab our gear and hike out to the sunflower field. Day has not revealed itself, but there is still plenty to do. We set up a few decoys, and catch up on all the hunting stories from the year before. More hunters arrive, and we greet them like old friends. Soon, the sun begins to break the horizon, and it's time to begin the hunt. As the afternoon approaches, the day in the field wraps up. We start heading back to the truck with birds in the bag and smiles on our faces.
A new hunting season has started. A new adventure begins. I have many more days ahead watching the sunrise.
Blue Ridge Branch